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Wednesday, January 04, 2012 00:01 AM

Time for a New Calendar, They Say

by Tim Moran So the calendar page has turned, once again, to the beginning of a new year. Most of us did a little partying on 12/31 and got up--however happily--on 1/1 without giving the least bit of thou....

Wednesday, January 04, 2012 00:01 AM

Customer Revolt Succeeds, Again

by Samuel Greengard In late December, Verizon Wireless decided to institute a $2 "convenience" fee for one-time payments made online or over the phone. The company said that the fee was necessary to offse....

Thursday, December 29, 2011 23:12 PM

12 Technology Predictions for 2012

By Samuel Greengard My Intel-powered crystal ball is displaying the following 12 information technology trends for 2012: 1. The cloud lifts. Vendor hype notwithstanding, cloud computing is here to stay. ....

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 19:12 PM

The Uber Tech Brings You Search Bliss

by Tim Moran Whatever your opinion of Google, you have to admit they have the title thing down. Case in point: Daniel Russell, Uber Tech Lead of Search Quality and User Happiness. When I fire up Chrome ....

Monday, December 19, 2011 18:12 PM

Dear Santa: My Technology Wish List

by Samuel Greengard Dear Santa, Here's my tech wish list for 2012: 1. A functional digital wallet. Google and Paypal have introduced e-pay products but we need a digital wallet that really works--on ve....

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 18:12 PM

Mobile Platforms: Don’t Call Any Winners

Today we have two interesting bits of news in the mobile OS space. Microsoft has replaced the head of its Windows Phone division, which is widely viewed as being troubled to this point. And from eWEEK Labs....

Monday, December 12, 2011 22:12 PM

Lowe's Social Media Fail

Lowe's, the big home-improvement chain, decided to use Facebook to explain its decision to pull ads from the television series All-Amerian Muslim. Issues of common decency and diversity aside, there was a....

Monday, December 12, 2011 21:12 PM

Fat, Dumb, and Happy on the Internet

by Samuel Greengard Pew Research Center's Internet & Life Project reports that 53 percent of young adults ages 18 to 29 go online on any given day for no particular reason. About 81 percent indicated that....

Thursday, December 08, 2011 18:12 PM

Using Servers as Furnaces

by Tim Moran "Honey, I'm a little chilly. Can you reboot the server please?" Researchers from Microsoft and the University of Virginia don't think that line is a joke--not if you have a "Data Furnace" in....

Monday, December 05, 2011 20:12 PM

Big Brother, For Real

by Samuel Greengard I just spent 10 days in China. I carried an iPhone and iPad the entire time and the ability to stay connected was truly profound. During Thanksgiving, we were able to use FaceTime whil....

Friday, December 02, 2011 18:12 PM

On Her Majesty's Secret Service

by Tim Moran UPDATE: Challenge met, maybe. Ever since the glory days of James Bond, people have imagined themselves gamboling about the globe as operatives for Her Majesty's Secret Service. Well, this mig....

Thursday, December 01, 2011 18:12 PM

You Don't Own Your Computer

by Samuel Greengard Imagine if anyone could traipse into your house and store their stuff in your kitchen or closets. Or if they could get into your car whenever they desired. Imagine a world without door....

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 18:11 PM

Technotopia Doesn't Exist

From the Annals of Extreme Wrongness, here's Alan Greenspan in 2005: "But recent regulatory reform, coupled with innovative technologies, has stimulated the development of financial products, such as asset....

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 17:11 PM

Reasons to Be Thankful

By Samuel Greengard In the spirit of Thanksgiving, here are seven technologies and products that aren't only cool, they've actually improved the quality of our lives: 1. A healthcare revolution. Research....

Monday, November 21, 2011 19:11 PM

Supercomputing as a Service, Cheap

by Tim Moran This list of the Top 500 Supercomputers comes out every June and November, and I doubt if the minor ranking variations from one list to the next hold much interest to those not in the superco....