One of the most important ongoing stories in tech for 2011 was the incessant legal maneuvering between Apple and Samsung. The patent wars have crossed the globe with battles being fought every day in different countries and over different patents. Both sides have had major victories. Both sides have suffered devastating losses. In the middle… Continue reading The face of mobile? One little girl appears in Apple AND Samsung commercials.
Blogging can be rough (from a #firstworldproblems perspective, at least). You’re constantly being attacked for your opinions, bashed for your mistakes, and ridiculed for your presence as one of the biggest failures on the internet. I deal with it every day. Sometimes, it’s hard to muster the gumption to put words on the screen. As… Continue reading My faith in the US education system has been restored
Those of us who grew up in the 80s are well aware that the culture, attitude, and utter cheesiness of the era was impossible to avoid. “Cool” had a much different meaning than it did in the 60s, 70s, 90s, and 00s, and the video you’re about to watch was likely considered “totally radical, dude”… Continue reading “Blue Busters” video proves nothing, not even Apple, was immune to the 80s
Just when many (including us) were writing off Windows Phone 7 and waiting for their more-anticipated next generation of phones and software, Microsoft leaked plans to bring 3 or more LTE Windows Phone 7 devices “within the next half year”, all on AT&T. This information refers to US markets only. As VentureBeat put it, the… Continue reading Windows Phone 7 will see 3 LTE releases within 6 months
I was struck by something when I began reading Digg’s list of its “Ten stories you’ll be sorry you missed this year.” None of the stories had anything to do with tech. Oh, how times have changed. When Digg launched in 2004, it was almost completely a tech site, much like its predecessor, Slashdot. It… Continue reading How Digg left its tech geek roots behind and embraced the mainstream
In the movies, it always start innocently. They are designed to help humans, to do the mundane or difficult tasks that are better suited for non-sentient robots rather than men and women. In the end, they always turn on us. Hopefully, the folks at the Swiss Federated Institute of Technology in Zurich are keeping that… Continue reading Flying robots that build things open doors to automated architecture
I’ll never forget when my boss at the time showed me his shiny new Windows Phone. I liked the interface, the feel of the hardware itself, and the responsiveness of the internet even on the (dreaded) AT&T network. I nodded politely and congratulated him on his bold move away from the norm (something that he… Continue reading Apps are rising on Windows Phones. Should they be taken more seriously?
They just passed 62 million users by adding 625,000 new users per day. Now, Google+ is predicting that they will have over 400 million users by the end of 2012. Are the numbers reliable? Some say no. Not really. Those who sign up through Android 4 must create or attach their Google+ account whether they… Continue reading Google+ predicts that it will have 400 million users by end of 2012
Tech exploded this year. There’s little to argue that gadgets and gizmos, social media and apps all had huge years as everyday life moved a step closer to becoming completely tech-driven for many in western society. What can we expect to see growing as the next big thing in 2012? That’s the question that our… Continue reading What trended in 2011 (and what to expect from 2012)
Twitter is used by different people for different things. It’s a communication tool for some, a news aggregator for others, and a way to spread a message for individuals and groups around the world. From the perspective of the US government, it can be a beacon of freedom as well as a source of international… Continue reading Taliban on Twitter: How congressional attempts to block them is asinine on 2 levels