Big Data: More than just analytics

Analytics provides an approach to decision making through the application of statistics, programming and research to discern patterns and quantify performance. The goal is to make decisions based on data rather than intuition. Simply put, evidence-based or data-driven decision are better decisions.  Analytics replaced the HiPPO effect (“highest paid person’s opinion”) as a basis for making critical decision. So, what… Read more →

Amazon sues former cloud sales chief over Google hiring

Amazon is suing its former Amazon Web Services (AWS) sales chief after he moved to Google, a purveyor of rival cloud goodness. The retail giant turned tablet maker and cloud giant sued Daniel Powers, claiming that his move to Google violates a non-compete clause in his employment agreement, preventing him from working for the competition for 18 months after he… Read more →

Surface pre-order failures: Too many cooks

Throughout the history of tech writing, device makers have sent out review devices for bloggers and journalists to write about. That was certainly the case with Surface RT, and last week we saw a slew of early reviews of the device by my colleagues at ZDNet and other publications. Alas, I didn’t get a review unit. I had to buy… Read more →

IT spending slowdown, emerging trends reshuffles megavendor deck

IBM, EMC, Cisco, HP and others are all saying that customers are becoming cautious about the economy and pulling back on tech spending. This pullback is more like tapping the brakes, but there’s economic uncertainty for sure. The catch is this slowdown could accelerate the thinning of the enterprise megavendor herd. Outside the tech sector, companies such as UPS, 3M… Read more →

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 →