Reporter’s Notebook: Snapchat’s Path From Stanford to the Beach

Jenna Wortham/The New York Times Snapchat’s office in Los Angeles. Over the weekend, I reported about the recent successes of an up-and-coming start-up, Snapchat, that lets people send messages that disappear after they are viewed. I spent two days with the founders of the company, Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy, in Los Angeles, interviewing them and learning about their business…. Read more →

Mapping out presentations, documents and research

Quite a while ago, in the ancient times when I worked at Digital Equipment Corporation, I was introduced to a technique, called mind mapping, as part of a “Digital Management Education” course on business planning. It’s been part of my daily work ever since.  I was presenting from a mind map recently. A session attendee… Read more →

Deconstructing the Bush family email hack

On Thursday, The Smoking Gun ran an article describing the apparent hacking of email accounts belonging to the Bush family and family friends. Unlike other analysts, I’m not going to look at the contents of the messages disclosed. Instead, I’m going to spend a few minutes deconstructing the hack itself. What got hacked? According to… Read more →

Feature driving tablet adoption: Battery life

The tablet space has never been so diverse as it is today. The iPad drove the evolution of tablets, followed closely by Android slates, and now with Windows 8 tablets joining the fun. Tablets are being adopted by mobile professionals in increasing numbers who are choosing to leave the laptop behind and take the slate… Read more →

E-Mails Of Reporters In Myanmar Are Hacked

The warnings began appearing last week, said the journalists, who included employees of Eleven Media, one Myanmar’s leading news organizations; Bertil Lintner, a Thailand-based author and expert on Myanmar’s ethnic groups; and a Burmese correspondent for The Associated Press. Taj Meadows, a Google spokesman in Tokyo, said that he could not immediately provide specifics about the warnings, but said that… Read more →

Daily Report: Samsung Emerges as a Potent Rival to Apple’s Cool

Apple, for the first time in years, is hearing footsteps, reports Brian X. Chen in Monday’s New York Times. The maker of iPhones, iPads and iPods has never faced a challenger able to make a truly popular and profitable smartphone or tablet — not Dell, not Hewlett-Packard, not Nokia, not BlackBerry — until Samsung Electronics. The South Korean manufacturer’s Galaxy… Read more →

Egypt court orders YouTube block over ‘anti-Islam’ film

A court based in Cairo, Egypt, has ordered a month-long ban on video streaming service Google for hosting “anti-Islam” film Innocence of Muslims. The Associated Press reports that Judge Hassouna Tawfiq called the video “offensive to Islam,” as well as the Prophet Muhammad while ordering the suspension. The trailer, a 14-minute video, portrays Muhammad as… Read more →

The Surface Pro’s available storage problem

Is it a tablet or not? Ed argues, in effect, that the Surface Pro is really an Ultrabook in tablet guise. As an Ultrabook, its usable storage capacity is on par with the market leader, the MacBook Air. But Microsoft isn’t calling it an Ultrabook, but a “laptop in tablet form.” And it shares the same… Read more →

Should security concerns slow BYOD trend? Probably.

Writing a BYOD/Consumerization column doesn’t necessarily make me a full-fledged proponent of the practice. My opinion is that you can do anything you want as long as you’re willing to accept the risk. That includes snake hunting, parachuting, out-of-bounds skiing and bringing your own device. All have their benefits, all have their risks and all… Read more →

A new Mac Pro or JBOP, just a bunch of peripherals?

Somewhat surprising was the Mac Pro refrain from a number of Mac managers at the recent Macworld/iWorld Expo in San Francisco. They were concerned over the missing piece in the current Mac lineup: a new Mac Pro. Apple gave the multi-multicore system a minor speedbump last summer, which one content professional called a “non upgrade.”… Read more →