Oyster’s “Netflix for books” may be the service avid readers have wanted

Oyster has already established a compelling elevator pitch: “Netflix for books.” Pay a monthly fee, get access to an unlimited number of 100,000 titles available in Oyster’s app. The app is beautifully designed and certainly rivals that of Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s iBooks version. But whether its business model is as much of a threat, and… Continue reading Oyster’s “Netflix for books” may be the service avid readers have wanted

Forget ‘smart’. I’m waiting for ‘brilliant’.

There’s a reason that companies like Apple and Microsoft have been in slumps over the last year or so. There hasn’t been anything to come out that has really impressed us. Sure, there are smartphones and smartwatches, tablets and glasses, but the wow factor hasn’t come along and smacked us on the face in quite… Continue reading Forget ‘smart’. I’m waiting for ‘brilliant’.

Microsoft cannot justify silly Nokia deal

It was a silly move. Stratechery possibly said it best with an article titled, “The Deal That Makes No Sense“. For their part, Microsoft has taken the initiative to defend the $7.2 billion bid for Nokia by putting out a justification document and having a conference call about it. Neither were very compelling. Don’t misunderstand… Continue reading Microsoft cannot justify silly Nokia deal

5 reasons why the smartwatch really will be the next big thing

Every time a shift in gadget technology is in the works, tech bloggers hit their keyboards with every reason they can think of that it won’t work. We saw it with the roll out of smartphones when some were estimating that it would be 2012 or later before they would become commonplace. It happened with… Continue reading 5 reasons why the smartwatch really will be the next big thing

Mac Pro set to be released Fall 2013

The wait is almost over. Apple has started airing a teaser video from WWDC that reveals the sleek new look to its next generation desktop. According to sources, it will be released this Fall. The newest entry into the long line of desktops is a complete redesign unlike anything that’s hit mainstream computing in the… Continue reading Mac Pro set to be released Fall 2013

3 great programs for editing your videos

Years ago, home videos were a way to document a growing family and relive memories. These primitive, basic videos created at home were about as far as average people could go with their homemade motion pictures. Nowadays, anyone can edit a video to rival many professionally made commercials and movie trailers. The video sharing mogul… Continue reading 3 great programs for editing your videos

Samsung misses numbers. Is the Galaxy yesterday’s news?

They aimed low. They still missed. Mighty Samsung is facing challenges it hasn’t had to face in recent years as the wave of popularity for their smartphone line seems to be waning. The Galaxy S4 was being heralded as the one that might put Samsung as in a commanding lead against chief rival Apple. Instead,… Continue reading Samsung misses numbers. Is the Galaxy yesterday’s news?

4 Microsoft innovations that people actually like

You probably don’t love everything that Microsoft has put out. In fact, a lot of people look at Microsoft as a completely out of touch company; however, they do still have some classic gems. Here are 4 Microsoft innovations that people actually like:   1. The Surface Tablet Ever since Apple launched the iPad in… Continue reading 4 Microsoft innovations that people actually like

Good guy Tim Cook has compensation adjusted to reflect performance

It isn’t often that CEOs negotiate a worse deal than the one they’re offered. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook isn’t your average negotiator. At his request, his compensation package has been modified to be based upon performance rather than tenure. His original deal called for 1,000,000 restricted shares of stocks to be given to him in… Continue reading Good guy Tim Cook has compensation adjusted to reflect performance

Is Microsoft crazy to offer $100,000 for Windows Phone 8 apps?

The short answer: no. The longer answer is that they have to do something. When Microsoft first made the jump into the smartphone arena with their Windows Phone 7 operating system, it’s likely that they knew they had a tough road to climb and that they would be the third option for most phone buyers,… Continue reading Is Microsoft crazy to offer $100,000 for Windows Phone 8 apps?