technology

  • With or Without Apple: Sparrow for iPhone Will Soon Get Push Notifications

    With or Without Apple: Sparrow for iPhone Will Soon Get Push Notifications

    There are a fair amount of third-party iPhone email clients out there, but few ever received the kind of reception that Sparrow for iPhone got a few weeks ago. Sadly, though, unless you have a jailbroken iPhone or use a third-party service like Boxcar, you won’t be able to get push notifications for new emails from Sparrow – but this could soon change. Read More

  • It’s 2012 Already So Where Are All The Jetsons Flying Cars

    It’s 2012 Already So Where Are All The Jetsons Flying Cars

    As we enter 2012, shouldn’t we all be traveling around in flying cars by now? That was the prediction in the Jetsons cartoon tv show. The futuristic series, first produced by Hanna-Barbera in 1962, was set in 2062, exactly 50 years from today. 2012 is the halfway point, so we’ve still got some time before we are all driving around in flying cars. But, many other technology… Read More

  • Here In Silicon Valley, Are We Killing Jobs And Making The Rich Richer?

    Here In Silicon Valley, Are We Killing Jobs And Making The Rich Richer?

    As the Occupy Wall Street movement keeps growing, many of the issues raised by the protestors continue to gain support from the average American. In particular, the erosion of the middle class due to job losses and the increasingly large income gap have become key issues in the 2012 presidential elections. At the moment, Wall Street and big corporations are getting the lion’s share of… Read More

  • Tech M&A In Q2 Stays Flat At $26 Billion; Tech IPOs Make Up 40 Percent Of All IPO Value

    Tech M&A In Q2 Stays Flat At $26 Billion; Tech IPOs Make Up 40 Percent Of All IPO Value

    A new report put out today by PricewaterhouseCoopers lays out the tech M&A landscape. Technology deals totaled $26 billion in the second quarter of 2011, slightly down from the $26.6 billion worth of deals in the first quarter, but up 6.7 percent from the same quarter a year ago. These numbers include only deals closed in the quarter like Qualcomm’s $3.5 billion acquisition of… Read More

  • You Need to Win the Battle for Share of Mind

    You Need to Win the Battle for Share of Mind

    Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by (@msuster) Mark Suster, a 2x entrepreneur, now VC at GRP Partners. Read more about Suster at Bothsidesofthetable Are we headed for a long era of innovation in which startups are the new norm? Are we seeing a time in which pre-revenue companies are more valuable than our offline institutional brands? Yes, there is unprecedented innovation. The era… Read More

  • One Billion People Will Have Access To WiMax In 2011

    The WiMAX Forum says that WiMAX will expand coverage to potentially serve a billion people by the end of this year. Last year, the strongest growing areas included the United States (with Clearwire), Japan, Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines. Read More

  • Best Buy Sells Future Proofing For Your Gadgets

    It happens to everyone; you buy that new phone, or laptop – and then a new more powerful version of the same product comes out the very next week. Best Buy has come out with a program designed to help with this phenomenon, but it doesn’t come cheap. Read More

  • New Compass Finds Its Way With Light

    The compass has been around, pretty much forever. Currently technology isn’t really that far from a magnetized sliver of metal floating on a cork, but that may be about to change. A group of physicists have been working on a new type of compass, one that uses rubidium atoms to measure the magnetic field and provide a more accurate reading. Read More

  • Craig Barrett Takes On Vivek Wadhwa In The Tech Education Debate

    Craig Barrett Takes On Vivek Wadhwa In The Tech Education Debate

    Editor’s note: The most valuable employees of any technology company are the engineers and scientists, which is why everyone in Silicon Valley does whatever they can to ensure the continuous supply to this talent pool. The size of the talent pool is ultimately determined by the number of people who graduate from colleges and universities with science, technology, engineering, or… Read More

  • Why are we so afraid of technology 'ruining' soccer? It's not like technology hasn't been all over the sport since its inception.

    There’s a myth out there that technology will ruin soccer, what Pelé (and others) once called “the beautiful game.” Let me ask you something: is this Cristiano Ronaldo free kick any less beautiful because he’s wearing the latest Nike boots? Do you have any idea how many hours are spent developing the technology that’s built into things like the Nike Mercurial… Read More

  • Tech CEOs See Flat Annual Compensation For The First Time In A Decade

    In most years, come rain or shine, executive pay at technology startups always goes up because the competition for talent is always so intense. In 2009, however, cash compensation for CEOs at private technology companies will be flat compared to last year, according to a new CompStudy by executive search firm J. Robert Scott and Ernst & Young. This will be the first time CEO pay at… Read More

  • The motherboard as art: The Mona Lisa

    Well, I think we finally know what Asus does when they get a dead motherboard. They take it apart, and turn it into a picture! Behold the loveliness that is the Motherboard Mona Lisa, a model of PCI and AGP slot beauty and mystery. Read More

  • What's YOUR favorite protocol?

    Yesterday’s trip down memory lane with the Gopher protocol got me thinking about all the other protocols I used to use, and those that I continue to use on a regular basis. There’s little doubt that hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP) is one of the most widely used protocols on the Internet today. But there are a host of other protocols used every day! Let’s look at a few of… Read More

  • Graphene makes a gra-fine photodetector

    Graphene, as everyone knows, “is a one-atom-thick planar sheet of sp2-bonded carbon atoms that are densely packed in a honeycomb crystal lattice.” (Seriously, I didn’t just check Wikipedia for that.) Scientists have been using the material for lots of different applications for some time now. Recent work at IBM’s T. J. Watson Research Center has focused on using graphene… Read More

  • NASA announces a contest to choose the next contest

    Apparently you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to help NASA. The space agency just posted a request for suggestions for future prize contests on their website, and anyone may submit an idea. Read More

  • King Abdullah University of Science and Technology


    I’m in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for the inauguration ceremony of KAUST, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. This is a 30-square kilometer state-of-the-art research institution with faculty and students from all over the world. For the next couple of days I’ll be getting some behind-the-scenes access to technology in use here, both for education and research, as well… Read More

  • Not all gadgets suck: 500,000th pacemaker successfully installed

    It’s pretty easy, in this day and age, to get frustrated with technology, and lose sight of how awesome our world is as a result of technological innovation. Every now and then some piece of news will come along to remind us of how great technology can be, leading us on an adventure of knowledge, and restoring our appreciation for science. Today, that news is word that the 50,000th… Read More

  • Survey Says Baby Boomers Think Playing With Your Blackberry During A Meeting Is Rude

    The generation gap all too often expresses itself as a technology gap. A survey of white collar workers (most of them in the legal profession) commissioned by NexisLexis offers a glimpse at changing attitudes towards technology between Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Gen Yers. One thing Baby Boomers apparently really hate is when the rest of us are not paying attention during meetings and… Read More

  • SXSW panel: Don't worry, kids, the news business isn't going to die

    Even though we’re losing newspapers left and right in the U.S., people ought not be afraid for the future of news, journalism, etc. So says Steven Johnson, author of, among other things, The Invention of Air. Johnson, speaking at a panel at SXSWi, tried to allay the fears of every kid in journalism school—and those of us who recently graduated, lol!—by saying that people… Read More

  • Revisiting Louis CK's “Everything's Amazing, Nobody's Happy”

    Louis CK, the best working comedian right now, is a bona fide Internet sensation. He was on Late Night With Conan O’Brien last fall, and he proceeded to eviscerate my stupid, spoiled generation. You know, bitching about things like “oh, my phone is too slow,” “what, this airplane doesn’t have on-bord Wi-Fi? fail!” etc. Typical First World nonsense. Louis… Read More