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Hits, No Errors: The Secret of Mobile Success

*+-  When Jeff Hawkins was designing the original Palm Pilot, he had a simple rule for his team. If a feature was generating error messages, it either got fixed fast or it was removed.  The … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / December 11th, 2013
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The Freemium Model May Be Going Away

*+-SugarSync, one of the pioneers of freemium cloud storage, announced today it was ending its free service. From now on,the minimum account will be 60 gigabytes of storage for $7.49 a month or $75 a...

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Steve Wildstrom / December 10th, 2013
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The Pitfalls of Techno-optimism (and the Ambition of Amazon)

*+-Jeff Bezos’ interview with Charlie Rose on 60 Minutes accomplished three things. It told the world that Amazon is a true technology company, not just a giant retailer.  It took attention away from unpleasant subjects, such as … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / December 4th, 2013
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Wheeler’s FCC: Ring Out the Old Fights, Bring in the New

*+-The list of recent of accomplishments at the Federal Communications Commission is pretty short. Although President Obama and his FCC chief, Julius Genachowski, took office with a lot of bold talk, very little has happened … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / November 27th, 2013

X-ray Glasses Are for Real

*+-Readers of a certain age remember comic book ads for mail-order glasses that would let you see through people’s (read: girls’) clothing. They were, of course, a pure rip-off, but their real world counterpart is...

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Steve Wildstrom / November 20th, 2013
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Education and the Future of MOOCs

*+-Maybe online course aren’t going to remake the face of higher education after all. After a fast start, reality seems to be closing in on the world of the massive, open, online courses that were … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / November 20th, 2013
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UnderArmour Deal Shows Fitness Tech Going Mainstream

*+-If there was any doubt that fitness measurement, whether using wearable devices or sensor-equipped smartphones, is going mainstream it should have been settled Nov. 14  by UnderArmour’s purchase of startup Map My Fitness for $150 million. … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / November 15th, 2013

Apple Support: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

*+-See update below Apple is a company that inspires both delight and dismay in its customers, sometimes both in the same person and on the same day. First the good news. My 27″ iMac had … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / November 7th, 2013
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Tablets, Desktops, Laptops: How the Tools Fit My Life

*+-With the endless arguments about tablets’ productivity or lack thereof, I decided to take a close look at the computing tools in my life. The result is a seemingly contradictory conclusion: We truly live in … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / November 6th, 2013
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At Last, the Last Act for BlackBerry?

*+-This may be the exception that proves Betteridge’s Law.1 It’s too soon to put a number on the days remaining to the once high flying BlackBerry, but the latest financial developments suggest that the sand...

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Steve Wildstrom / November 4th, 2013
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A Note To Commenters

*+-At Tech.pinions we value and encourage spirited debate in our comments. You can argue with our writers and you can argue with other commenters, even vociferously. But we have a very low tolerance for personal … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / November 1st, 2013
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J.D. Power Explains Its Inscrutable Tablet Rankings

*+-J.D. Power caused a bit of a stir today when it put out a new survey in which Samsung had displaced Apple as the leader in U.S. tablet satisfaction. While the headline of the McGraw-Hill … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / November 1st, 2013
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Why Motorola Won’t Offer a Modular Phone

*+-Motorola created a lot of buzz this week with its announcement of Project Ara, a sort of Lego kit mobile phone that would allow users to pick and choose components. I know this is going...

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Steve Wildstrom / October 30th, 2013
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iWork vs. Office: Apple Chooses, Microsoft Faces a Dilemma

*+-Apple took a big step last week when it made its iWorks apps–Pages, Numbers, and Keynote–free to buyers of new iPhones, iPads, and Macs. But the redesign of the programs themselves may have been a … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 30th, 2013
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Obamacare: Where Did 500 Million Lines of Code Come From?

*+-Anyone who knows even a little about enterprise software has to be horrified by the events surrounding the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Not so much the obvious flaws in the enrollment process, though...

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Steve Wildstrom / October 25th, 2013
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A Better iCloud: Missing in Action

*+-If anyone mentioned iCloud at Apple’s announcement event yesterday, it went by so quickly that I missed it. And that means that a glaring hole will remain in its otherwise strong ecosystem for the foreseeable … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 23rd, 2013
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Apple Drives Consumer Software Prices to Zero

*+-Oct. 22, was not a good day to be in the consumer software business. In addition to a slew of new iPads and Macs, Apple announced the avaibility of new versions of some key software … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 22nd, 2013
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Why Silicon Valley Can’t Fix Healthcare.gov

*+-Senator John McCain is hardly a darling of the tech community. But he expressed a sentiment widespread among techies when he said of the woes of the Obamacare enrollment process: “Send Air Force One out...

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Steve Wildstrom / October 21st, 2013
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Two Cheers for IT

*+-In a new post, my colleague JohnKirk gives IT departments a well-deserved dressing down. I actually agree with everything he says, but it isn’t quite the whole story. I have no love for IT. During...

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Steve Wildstrom / October 17th, 2013
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Tablets, Phablets, and Phones: Microsoft’s Confusion Continues

*+-An update to Windows Phone 8, due to begin rolling out soon, has some good news for fans of really big phones. Devices with 1920×1080 pixel displays will get an assortment of new user interface … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 16th, 2013
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Let’s Stop Talking About Winners and Losers

*+-Enough already. The debate over Android, iPhone,  and occasionally Windows Phone as winners and losers in the smartphone market, being pursued with vigor in the comments  at Tech.pinions as well as nearly  everywhere else in...

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Steve Wildstrom / October 10th, 2013
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The Do-It-Yourself Cloud

*+-My working life depends on cloud storage. I regularly work on two desktops (Windows and an iMac), a MacBook Air, an iPad, and an iPhone, plus whatever I may be evaluating at any given time. … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 9th, 2013
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Enterprise and Consumer Tech Are Not Converging

*+-In an important Stratechery post titled “Overstating the Consumerization of IT,” Ben Thompson argued there is a critical difference in how consumers and enterprises (or more broadly, business) approach technology. Consumers are willing to pay...

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Steve Wildstrom / October 3rd, 2013
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Schools and Tech: A Long-Running Tragedy

*+-Last year, the Los Angeles Unified School District had a great idea: Provide all 640,000 students in the system with iPads equipped with custom software from Pearson Education at a cost of $1 billion. Today … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / October 2nd, 2013
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A Comeback Product for Not-Dead-Yet Real Networks

*+-Younger internet users may never have heard of Real Networks. But the Seattle-based company was once a major media pioneer, inventing postage-stamp-sized streaming video back in the days of dial-up connections and creating Rhapsody, the … Continue reading

Steve Wildstrom / September 25th, 2013