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  • Facebook Isn’t Forking Android, They’re Spooning With It

    Facebook Isn’t Forking Android, They’re Spooning With It

    Facebook is absolutely, positively, 100 percent not working on a phone. The first rule of tech news remains intact: when a company says they’re definitely not doing something, it’s as sure a sign as you can get that they will eventually do said thing. Read More

  • What If The Google Reader Readers Just Don’t Come Back?

    What If The Google Reader Readers Just Don’t Come Back?

    If judged by my Twitter stream last week, the shutdown of Google Reader is the biggest story ever in the history of news. Of course, the reality is that Google is likely shutting down the product for a good reason: relatively few people used it, with less using it over time. More wood, fewer arrows, and all that. But that doesn’t mean this move isn’t a mistake for a couple reasons. Read More

  • An iPhone Lover’s Take On The Nexus 4

    An iPhone Lover’s Take On The Nexus 4

    This is the first Android device I would feel comfortable using on a regular basis. That doesn’t mean I’m going to, but I would be just fine with it. If I had to boil down my thoughts about the Nexus 4 into two sentences, those would be them. Read More

  • 2010 Microsoft Wrote Some Checks That 2013 Microsoft Can’t Cash

    2010 Microsoft Wrote Some Checks That 2013 Microsoft Can’t Cash

    The RapGenius breakdowns of recent Andrew Mason and Warren Buffet statements by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz are, well, genius. And they got me thinking back to some of my favorite blog posts along the same lines: breaking down corporate speak, vagueness, or pure bullshit line-by-line. Strolling down memory lane, I landed upon this post from June of 2010, in which I broke down some high andRead More

  • The Chromebook Pixel Is The Most Brilliant Laptop You’ll Never Buy

    The Chromebook Pixel Is The Most Brilliant Laptop You’ll Never Buy

    “Wait. That’s a touchscreen?!” That wasn’t the first thought that popped into my head when I started to use the Chromebook Pixel -- it was about the tenth. But that’s only because it seemed impossible that a screen this nice could be a touchscreen. Of course, being that nice, comes with a price. Read More

  • Those Rumored Google Stores Are Starting To Make A Lot Of Sense

    Those Rumored Google Stores Are Starting To Make A Lot Of Sense

    When talking about Apple’s rise from near-bankruptcy to become the most valuable company in the world, people often credit the amazing string of products from the iMac to the iPod to the iPhone to the iPad. And rightfully so. But just as important was another piece of the puzzle that ensured said products would find mainstream appeal and acted as an accelerant for Apple’s success: the Apple… Read More

  • The Fall TV Lineup May Include Apple Dominating Gaming

    The Fall TV Lineup May Include Apple Dominating Gaming

    What I’m about to say is undoubtedly going to piss some of you off. And that’s fine. Because in a few years, I’ll be right and you’ll look silly. While everyone is focused on the next generation video game consoles from Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft — the latter two of which should be coming later this year — Apple is going to dominate them all. And it won’t even be that… Read More

  • A Dell Was Gotten, Dude

    A Dell Was Gotten, Dude

    The year was 2004. I had just graduated college and my old Gateway mini tower PC was on its last legs. I was about to move out to California to begin my life. My parents asked what I wanted as a present before I left. But they already knew the answer. Dude, I was getting a Dell. I went online and customized the hell out of an Inspiron 8600. The price tag was well over $3,000. The thing was a… Read More

  • Hold The Phone, I Want My Dick Tracy Watch

    Hold The Phone, I Want My Dick Tracy Watch

    A few days ago, I read Nilay Patel’s review of the Pebble smartwatch for The Verge. Like many others, I bought a Pebble on Kickstarter, and I can’t wait to try it out myself. But one part of Patel’s review stuck out at me in particular: Any incoming notification will quietly buzz the Pebble and light up the screen. Frankly, it’s great — being able to see who’s texting, emailing, or… Read More

  • With Apple, What A Difference A Week Makes

    With Apple, What A Difference A Week Makes

    You know the drill, Apple posts a record $54.5 billion in revenue... ...and the stock tanks 10 percent in after-hours trading. I mean. Fifty four and a half billion dollars. I went ahead and did the math: that’s an annual run-rate of $218 billion dollars (yes, I know Q1 is the holiday quarter, so it tends to be much larger than the others — but don’t underestimate the possibility of a new… Read More

  • The Boy Who Cried Facebook Phone

    The Boy Who Cried Facebook Phone

    In The Lord of the Rings, when Sauron’s forces capture Gollum, they torture him in Mordor but are only able to get two things out of him: “Shire” and “Baggins”. Over the past few days, we’ve had similar frustrations in trying to track down the content of the Facebook event taking place this coming Tuesday. Despite hounding a number of people who might be in the know, the only… Read More

  • CESpool

    CESpool

    CES attendee, why are you here? Are you hoping to see the latest and greatest gadget? Have you been here the past few years? Have you noticed you’ll find no such gadget anywhere near CES? And if it were here, would it matter? Do such gadgets ever get released? Or are they figments of some marketing wizard’s imagination? Have you seen the press release? Have you noticed there is no price or… Read More

  • The Fifth Horseman: Samsung

    The Fifth Horseman: Samsung

    We all know the “four horsemen” of tech: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. These are the companies that pretty much everyone agrees will shape the foreseeable future of the tech sector. In some circles, that list makes waves for who is not included: Microsoft. But any rational thinker (meaning those outside of Redmond or anyone who hasn’t made a career as a .Net developer) knows that… Read More

  • That Apple/Waze Deal Hits A Roadblock — That Roadblock Being Reality (Not Happening)

    That Apple/Waze Deal Hits A Roadblock — That Roadblock Being Reality (Not Happening)

    Yesterday, we ran a big story: Is Apple Plotting A Route To A Waze Acquisition? Rumours On The Road Point To Yes. That's huge news for a few reasons: Apple rarely makes startup acquisitions — Waze is a hot startup with good buzz — the Apple Maps fiasco — the list goes on. But there's just one little problem: the deal isn't actually happening. That information comes from multiple sources… Read More

  • The iMac In A World Of MacBooks On The Brink Of iPads

    The iMac In A World Of MacBooks On The Brink Of iPads

    Modern Apple owes pretty much everything to the iMac. Yes, it was the iPod and later the iPhone and iPad that took the company to new, almost unimaginable heights. But as everyone knows, the company was at death’s door when Steve Jobs unveiled the “Bondi Blue” iMac in 1998. The iMac saved Apple, giving the company the time to do everything else that followed. But as we enter 2013, the… Read More

  • Quit Instagram, They Said. They’re Selling Your Photos, They Said.

    Quit Instagram, They Said. They’re Selling Your Photos, They Said.

    The real world: Quit, verb, to leave (a place), usually permanently. The internet: Quit, verb, to threaten to leave as loudly as possible, usually over something stupid, then do nothing. Some days I feel like the blogosphere is full of paranoid attention whores. Other days, I'm sure of it. Today is one of those days. Read More

  • The Debate On Mobile First

    Mobile First Or Mobile Worst?

    We happen to live in a massive time of transition. The PC market that has dominated computing for the past few decades is decaying while mobile computing is soaring — with the only limit in sight being the total number of people on the planet. As a result, startups have been gradually shifting their focus from web-first to mobile-first. It's the reason why I stay up late at night writing postsRead More

  • I Love The Smell Of Sepia Tone In The Morning

    I Love The Smell Of Sepia Tone In The Morning

    In three short weeks it will be 2013. Someone may want to send a fax to Flickr and Twitter to let them know. Over the past couple of days, both of these services have pulled a move straight out of 2010: they launched new versions of their mobile apps with — get this — filters. Filters! These guys have millions of dollars and thousands of employees at their disposal and this is the kind of Read More

  • Mobile Burst

    Mobile Burst

    I use my phone far more than I use a computer these days. If you’re not already, soon, you’ll be doing the same. Yes, a huge part of this is that it’s a device that is always with you. But recently, there’s something else I’ve noticed too. For a few services out there, I far prefer to use their apps instead of their websites. What’s interesting is that I don’t mean service that… Read More

  • Why Magazine Apps Suck

    Why Magazine Apps Suck

    Well, The Daily failed. It wasn’t all that fun while it lasted. And it didn’t last all that long. If everyone had known that it was going to cost $25 million a year to run, it probably would have been easy to predict its eventual failure. At a high level, the reality is simple: the economics didn’t come close to working. But because the media industry loves nothing more than talking about… Read More