• Why Are PC Sales Up And Tablet Sales Down?

    Why Are PC Sales Up And Tablet Sales Down?

    When iPads first came out, they were hailed as the undoing of the PC. Finally, a cheap and reliable computing device for the average user instead of the complicated, quirky PC. After a few years of strong growth for iOS and Android tablets and a corresponding decrease in PC sales, the inverse is suddenly true: PC sales are up and tablet sales are “crashing”. What happened? Read More

  • Is Burning Man Just Work?

    Is Burning Man Just Work?

    It’s that time of year again. Summer is over for most people and has just begun for San Francisco. And this week, the city becomes emptier than a VC parking lot at 5pm as many of SF’s denizens head to Burning Man, a festival that celebrates human expression — importing in over 60,000 people to Black Rock City, Nevada to party. Read More

  • BiiSafe Buddy Is A Bluetooth Keyfob For Item-Tracking And Location Alerts

    BiiSafe Buddy Is A Bluetooth Keyfob For Item-Tracking And Location Alerts

    Finnish made BiiSafe Buddy, which was crowdfunded on Indiegogo, offers item tracking via Bluetooth and a location-sharing alerts feature geared towards families by turning the gizmo into a physical button to quickly share your location on a map with a chosen circle of loved ones. I gave it a road test for a few days to see whether the concept lives up to the promise. Read More

  • Buying Stuff Within A Tweet Is Reportedly Coming To Twitter Via Stripe

    Buying Stuff Within A Tweet Is Reportedly Coming To Twitter Via Stripe

    Soon you’ll be able to buy something straight from a Tweet, if the rumours come true. Tech site Re/code says sources have told it that Twitter is working with payments startup Stripe on the launch of its ‘in-tweet’ commerce project. Twitter is reportedly planning to add buttons within tweets that say “Buy”, or similar, allowing users to enter payment… Read More

  • San Francisco Open Exchange Aims To Be The E-Trade Of Bitcoin

    San Francisco Open Exchange Aims To Be The E-Trade Of Bitcoin

    Y Combinator-backed startup San Francisco Open Exchange (SFOX) is an online trading platform that helps people find the best bitcoin prices at various exchanges. In other words, it would like to help you buy, sell and invest in bitcoin exchanges kinda like and investor buys and sells stock on E-Trade. Co-founder Akbar Thobhani left his job at Airbnb to create this platform. However, he soon… Read More

  • HBO’s “Silicon Valley”: Behind The Squirm

    HBO’s “Silicon Valley”: Behind The Squirm

    HBO’s “Silicon Valley” is more than your average breakout series that had audiences praying for a second season even as the credits on the pilot began to roll. The show has clearly hit a cultural nerve, both inside and outside the tech community. I talk with series co-executive producer and writer Clay Tarver on how — and why — the new hit show gets it right. Read More

  • Women In Tech: It’s Not Just A Pipeline Problem

    Women In Tech: It’s Not Just A Pipeline Problem

    Why are there so embarrassingly few women in the tech industry? Repeat after me, robotically, defensively: “It’s a pipeline problem!” So says David Cohen of TechStars, echoing many others, e.g. Paul Graham and CNN. But come on, folks. We’re kidding ourselves if we pretend that’s the only obstacle here. The pipeline problem is very real; but so is the trapdoor problem. Read More

  • German Regulator Backs Google Over Publishers, As Europe Gets Embarrassing

    German Regulator Backs Google Over Publishers, As Europe Gets Embarrassing

    German regulators will not pursue a complaint brought against Google by a group of publishers for giving users access to their news articles. A number of German publishers, including Axel Springer and Burda, brought the action under a group called VG Media to demand Google pay them for making their articles available to the public on the search engine without paying them. But Andreas Mundt… Read More

  • Apple Opens Battery Replacement Program For Affected iPhone 5 Units

    Apple Opens Battery Replacement Program For Affected iPhone 5 Units

    Apple has created an iPhone 5 battery replacement program after it released a statement saying that it had discovered a “very small percentage” of units “may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently.” This iPhone 5 battery replacement program is the second to arrive. Late last year, Apple had a replacement program for iPhone 5s… Read More