2012 in Review: Tech Turkeys of the Year

Previous | Next Image 1 of 16 Tech Turkeys of 2012 Thanksgiving of 2012 is just around the corner, and you know what that means… holiday gift lists and end of year news re-cap articles! But before we get there, I think it would be best to talk about Turkeys. Not Thanksgiving Turkeys, the juicy,… Read more →

Hurricane Sandy Reveals a Life Unplugged

If they wanted to talk to a friend, they had to do it in person. If their first post-storm instincts were to check a weather app, they resigned themselves to battery-run radios. As the full scope of the storm’s damage became obvious, it was clear these inconveniences were hardly grave. And because most children, and adults, eventually found some kind… Read more →

A Race Against the Clock, Again, in Package Delivery

Kozmo would perish, but some online merchants and their delivery partners are inching back toward that shining vision. Though they aren’t promising free delivery within an hour, they are trying out same-day service for a fee. And in doing so, they are addressing the asymmetry that has bedeviled online purchases of physical goods since Kozmo’s demise: it takes mere seconds… Read more →

Disruptions: Casting a Ballot by Smartphone

Timothy A. Clary/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images People waiting to vote in Boston. Last Tuesday, millions of Americans stood in long lines to cast their votes. While they waited, sometimes for several hours, many used their smartphones to pass the time. Some read articles about the election. Others updated their Twitter or Instagram feeds with pictures of the lines at… Read more →

Livescribe proves that the pen isn’t dead yet

I’ll admit, I was skeptical when Livescribe asked me to review it’s new smartpen. Although I’d given high marks to their Echo smartpen in previous reviews (“Livescribe: Fixing note taking once and for all” and “Livescribe use models in special education“), that was back in 2010. Just a few months earlier, Apple had released its… Read more →

Livescribe proves that the pen isn’t dead yet

I’ll admit, I was skeptical when Livescribe asked me to review it’s new smartpen. Although I’d given high marks to their Echo smartpen in previous reviews (“Livescribe: Fixing note taking once and for all” and “Livescribe use models in special education“), that was back in 2010. Just a few months earlier, Apple had released its… Read more →

Windows Phone 8 offers relief from carrier bloatware

One thing I love about buying an iPhone is that Apple is able to provide the device through carriers without any of the preloaded apps and services that can add considerable cost to your monthly bill. Microsoft’s Windows Phone devices may come loaded with several carrier apps, but the great thing is that they can… Read more →

Apple Settles Patent Suit With HTC

Apple and HTC have brought an end to their lawsuits against each other in the first settlement between Apple and a maker of Android smartphones. In a statement issued Saturday night, the two companies said the settlement includes the dismissal of all current lawsuits and sets up a 10-year license agreement that includes rights to current and future patents held… Read more →

A snapshot of enterprise cloud adopters at Workday Rising

Enterprise cloud applications vendor Workday, fresh from its recent IPO, held its annual convention this week. With many of its 350 customers and 200 prospects in Las Vegas for the event, it gave a good feel for the profile of the typical Workday customer. Here are a few impressions from the proceedings (disclosure: Workday, a… Read more →

Ascend D Quad XL, Huawei’s high-end Android smartphone

We recently got our hands on Huawei’s latest (and most expensive) Android smartphone, the Ascend D Quad XL, which sells at CN¥2,599 (US$420), and it will be available in North America by the year end. Decent workmanship The phone has a black plastic body with some texture on the back side to enhance grip. Weighing… Read more →