• Posted on May 29, 2014

Lenovo: Red Dragon Rising

With two back-to-back blockbuster deals, Lenovo, the Chinese PC juggernaut, hopes to forever change the IT landscape’s balance of power. Over the last two weeks Lenovo revealed its post-PC blueprint for IT domination that includes doubling down on mobile, client and the data center. Lenovo’s $2.91 billion purchase of Google’s Motorola Mobility smartphone business, following […]

  • Posted on May 29, 2014

Dell’s Private: Now Comes The Hard Part

Gone is the bitter battle to take Dell private. Gone is the Wall Street spotlight. Gone are corporate raider Carl Icahn and his biting tweets. Now comes the hard part: transforming what founder and CEO Michael Dell is calling “the world’s biggest startup” into an enterprise solutions channel power. Just weeks after shareholders approved Michael […]

  • Posted on May 24, 2013
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Google’s ‘conversational search’ stinks: But it’s destined to change search forever

You want to have a horrible conversation? Try asking Google Search a question. If Google can, it will reply back with a spoken word response. Now go ahead and ask a follow-up question. You might get a reply, but the odds are good Google will serve up the virtual equivalent of a blank stare. Don’t […]

  • Posted on May 22, 2013
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Google Glass competitors: 6 alternatives

Sure there are plenty of non-Google Glass believers who take pleasure in deriding those who dare to wear Google’s Internet-connected glasses. But don’t tell that to following six companies that see a future where smart eyewear is as ubiquitous as smartphones. What follows are top contenders to Google Glass. Some go on sale this summer, […]

  • Posted on May 22, 2013
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Spotify bests Google in music service smackdown: For now

Google’s long-rumored music service is finally here. But does it have what it takes to compete with a long list of competitors – namely Spotify? If it wants to be more than a “me too” music service it’s going have to try harder. Right now Google Play Music All Access, announced at Google I/O, doesn’t […]

  • Posted on May 22, 2013

New Email Tools Tame Your Inbox

I’m not sure how it happened, but my inbox looks like something that could be featured on A&E’s TV show “Hoarders.” Mixed in with email I care about are mountains of missives from long-lost companies I once did business with, ancient newsletters and long forgotten social-network updates. New inbox management apps promise to turn the […]

  • Posted on May 22, 2013

Why You Don’t Need Congress to Unlock Your Cellphone

You own a smartphone, and you want to unlock it so you can take it to a different carrier or use an international SIM card. Yet unlocking your phone yourself, legal for several years, is now against the law. So you’re mad as hell and you’re not going to take it anymore. But before you grab […]

  • Posted on May 22, 2013

Austin’s Texas-Size Google Fiber Dreams

In the home of the South by Southwest festival, where “keeping it weird” is the city’s unofficial motto, Google Fiber is already inspiring a thriving community of techies with bold and sometimes offbeat ideas. Even a year before Google rolls out its 1-Gbps Internet service, anticipation is fueling Texas-size dreams as unique as the city […]

  • Posted on May 14, 2013

Google Glass to get Windex treatment at I/O

Did you hear the one about the Google Glasshole that walks into a bar? I don’t have a punch line here, but you’ve heard the jokes. On Wednesday expect Google co-founder Sergey Brin to use the Google I/O’s keynote as a venue to put some much needed shine back onto his Internet-connected eyewear Google Glass. […]

  • Posted on May 03, 2013

No-Contract Cellphones: What You Need To Know

Contract-free cellphone plans were supposed to be easier to understand, but that’s no longer the case. Washington state’s attorney general recently blasted T-Mobile for its Simple Choice plan that turned out to be not so simple. T-Mobile was criticized for its new “no restrictions” plan, which, in fact, does have some restrictions.  Oops! It’s time […]

  • Posted on April 23, 2013

How Boston Tracks Manhunt on Social Media

I’ve been in lockdown here in the West Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, six miles from the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Watertown, Mass. Most years, I pay little attention to the Boston Marathon. Now, as the active manhunt takes place just miles from my home, I’m glued to my social […]

  • Posted on April 23, 2013

Did Boston Police Jam Cell Reception After Bombings?

Hours following the blasts at the Boston Marathon finish line Monday (April 15), cellular networks buckled under the pressure of tens of thousands of people using their phones to call loved ones. Soon to follow were news reports that cellphone service was shut down intentionally to prevent possible remote detonations of further bombs using cellphones. […]

  • Posted on March 21, 2013

How to get a new PC that runs Windows 7, not Windows 8

New Coke, the XFL, the recently canceled ABC drama 666 Park Avenue—all perfectly decent, but they lacked that certain excitement that turns a pimply kid into a Justin Bieber. Windows 8 is also having a hard time exciting the masses. We love much about its touch-oriented user interface, personalization features, and deep links to cloud […]

  • Posted on March 20, 2013

Bogus Ink Stink

In early February, Yasar Sattar shook hands with undercover detective Rod Jones and a private investigator for Epson, who were posing as potential ink buyers. All three men were inside a Brampton, Ontario, doughnut shop, and Sattar had just agreed to sell $30,000 (U.S.) worth of Epson and Hewlett-Packard ink jet and toner cartridges for […]

  • Posted on March 20, 2013
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Michael Dell on Surface tablet: ‘The impact will be limited’

Michael Dell has reached a crossroads. PC sales are slowing to a crawl as tablets and smartphones capture more consumer dollars every year. What’s the founder and CEO of the third largest PC manufacturer to do? If you think Dell is ready to give up on the PC, think again. When asked about the so-called […]

  • Posted on March 20, 2013

Sneaky Mobile Ads Invade Android Phones

Are you wondering how that mysterious icon ended up on your Android phone’s start screen? Annoyed at the ads clogging your notification bar? You aren’t alone. Thousands of Android apps now include software that shoves marketing icons onto your phone’s start screen or pushes advertising into your notification bar–and many of the apps give you no […]

  • Posted on March 20, 2013

Windows prelaunch paranoia: 17 years of gloom and doom

Everything is on the line with Windows 8 and Microsoft. It’s do or die, according to pundits. So goes the headline hyperbole. But here’s the zinger: Dire make-or-break predictions for the launch of the latest Windows, tying it to the failure of Microsoft itself, have also greeted the releases of Windows 7, Vista, XP, Windows […]

  • Posted on March 20, 2013
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Intel’s Otellini: ‘I don’t think there is a tablet- or phone-centric world’

Intel has a lot on the line this week as the chip maker hosts the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco starting Tuesday. So it’s an opportune time to catch up with the company’s CEO, Paul Otellini, and to pepper him with questions about Windows 8, the future of the personal computer, the rise of […]

  • Posted on March 15, 2013

Windows 8 will be big at CES 2013, despite Microsoft’s absence

The oh-so-enchanting Steve Ballmer keynote: Gone. The sprawling, seemingly never-ending Microsoft product pavillion: Gone. The army of Microsoft marketing flacks, storming CES en masse with hive-like precision: Gone, gone, gone. Sure, Microsoft may not be appearing at CES 2013 as a marquee exhibitor, but its presence will still loom large in Las Vegas once the show begins. Windows […]