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Daily Report: Cracking the Code on Mobile Ads

As more of us have access to the Internet and apps through our cellphones and tablets, advertisers are looking for new ways to reach us there, Claire Cain Miller reports in Monday’s New York Times. Some mobile ads remain just miniature versions of ads on Web sites, an echo of the early days of the Internet, when advertisers essentially slapped… Read more →

16GB Nexus 7 drops to $199 ahead of 32GB launch

Your 8GB Nexus 7 (and mine) seemed like a bargain at $199 when it hit the Google Play devices page just a few months ago, but it appears as though its expiration date has already passed. Several major retailers in the U.S. are now listing the 16GB model at that price point, preparing for the impending… Read more →

Q&A: How Livescribe’s Sky adds a smartpen to Evernote

Livescribe is taking its “digital smartpen” business to the cloud with Sky, a new Wi-Fi version announced today (Monday) for delivery in November. Like Livescribe’s previous pens, such as the Echo and Pulse, it uses the Anoto system of specially-marked paper. However, unlike earlier models, it uploads files to Evernote, instead of storing them on users’ PCs. Livescribe is taking… Read more →

Media gets a taste of its own medicine

In the early 1990s, Bruce Springsteen sang a song 57 Channels (And Nothin’ On). Back then, I used to wonder how that’s possible. Cable TV had just made its entry into India and we had so much to watch. Over the years, I could relate to the song much more, especially when I would surf the channels for news. With… Read more →

They Know Where You’re Throwing Those Birds

BERLIN — Angry Birds, the top-selling paid mobile app for the iPhone in the United States and Europe, has been downloaded more than a billion times by devoted game players around the world, who often spend hours slinging squawking fowl at groups of egg-stealing pigs. While regular players are familiar with the particular destructive qualities of certain of these birds,… Read more →

They Know Where You’re Throwing Those Birds

BERLIN — Angry Birds, the top-selling paid mobile app for the iPhone in the United States and Europe, has been downloaded more than a billion times by devoted game players around the world, who often spend hours slinging squawking fowl at groups of egg-stealing pigs. While regular players are familiar with the particular destructive qualities of certain of these birds,… Read more →

How I became an internet pirate

I interviewed the boss of the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) last week. He told me that piracy is a far greater problem now than it ever was in the home taping days of my youth, because today’s copies can be of excellent quality. But how much of this problem is due to the entertainment industry itself? Paul… Read more →

Microsoft’s Sinofsky responds to complaint over Office 2013 on Surface RT

Throughout the Windows 8 development cycle, Windows boss Steven Sinofsky has been a regular participant in comment threads on the Building Windows 8 blog, delivering often lengthy replies to complaints or suggestions in the blog’s comment section. So it shouldn’t be surprising that he’s also willing to sign in on other popular discussion forums and contribute an authoritative answer. Case… Read more →

Microsoft’s Sinofsky responds to complaint over Office 2013 on Surface RT

Throughout the Windows 8 development cycle, Windows boss Steven Sinofsky has been a regular participant in comment threads on the Building Windows 8 blog, delivering often lengthy replies to complaints or suggestions in the blog’s comment section. So it shouldn’t be surprising that he’s also willing to sign in on other popular discussion forums and contribute an authoritative answer. Case… Read more →

Windows 8 surfaces without me

Tulsa’s Surface Store A product like Windows 8 only comes along once every 15 years or so–Windows 95 was the last such product–and it’s disappointing to think that the whole thing left me a little underwhelmed. One possible reason for my disappointment might be because I missed the launch entirely*. I visited the Microsoft Popup Store the day of the… Read more →

Danger lurks in counterfeit iPhone/iPad USB adapters

A recent blog post by software engineer Ken Shirriff tested a dozen USB chargers sold worldwide: both the versions that come in the shrinkwrapped box from the manufacturer, as well as third-party products. It also looked at counterfeits. The article asked the question whether “a charger provides silky-smooth power or if it is a dangerous charger that emits noisy power… Read more →