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 →

Does OpenOffice have a future?

A few days ago the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) announced that Apache OpenOffice had graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP). That’s nice but will be it enough to make OpenOffice matter given that its LibreOffice fork has stolen much of its thunder? Sure, it’s nice as Andrea Pescetti, VP of Apache OpenOffice, said “The OpenOffice graduation… Read more →

Disruptions: You Know You Can’t Live Without Apple’s Latest Glass Rectangle

Peter DaSilva for The New York Times The new iPhone uses a charger that is incompatible with those used for older models. Philip W. Schiller, Apple’s vice president for marketing, strode across the stage of the California Theater in San Jose last week trumpeting the virtues of new Apple products. As he caressed the side of the latest iMac personal… Read more →

Disruptions: You Know You Can’t Live Without Apple’s Latest Glass Rectangle

Peter DaSilva for The New York Times The new iPhone uses a charger that is incompatible with those used for older models. Philip W. Schiller, Apple’s vice president for marketing, strode across the stage of the California Theater in San Jose last week trumpeting the virtues of new Apple products. As he caressed the side of the latest iMac personal… Read more →

Disruptions: You Know You Can’t Live Without Apple’s Latest Glass Rectangle

Peter DaSilva for The New York Times The new iPhone uses a charger that is incompatible with those used for older models. Philip W. Schiller, Apple’s vice president for marketing, strode across the stage of the California Theater in San Jose last week trumpeting the virtues of new Apple products. As he caressed the side of the latest iMac personal… Read more →