Sinofsky's out, and Microsoft still faces tough pathway to Windows 8 adoption

Windows Division President Steven Sinofsky's departure from Microsoft signals major problems with customer adoption of  the radically-different Windows 8 operating system.  Analysts have been predicting for months that the OS will...

Damned Lightning Adapter for iPhone 5 unlikely to darken Apple's angelic brand

Apple’s launch of the iPhone 5 could break all records for sales. It’s fascinating to watch. What’s also fascinating to me is the way Apple seems to be breaking its earlier reputation for its incredibly polished marketing of its...

The iPhone and the BlackBerry

About the time the iPhone first appeared five years ago Friday, I recall having a dinner with friends and somebody said, "What exactly is a smartphone?" At that time, in 2007, many executives and others knew what a BlackBerry was,...

Jelly Bean is only Android 4.1? How the innovation curve makes it easy to become jaded

Word that the next generation of Android, dubbed Jelly Bean, could really be Android 4.1 instead of a higher number such as Android 5.0, sounded a little depressing to me, since I'd been hoping for a major update from...

Microsoft-branded Windows RT tablet likely to be Barnes & Noble special

It makes sense that Microsoft will unveil a tablet on Monday made with Barnes & Noble, as various anonymous sources have reported, including one informed source who talked to me. After all, Microsoft invested $300 million in...

The next iPhone should have a bigger screen

Smartphone screen size matters, a lot.I have been thinking about and playing with the gi-normous 5.3-in. Samsung Galaxy Note since it came out in February.  I reviewed it back then and raised concerns mainly about the digital stylus,...

Quick! Dispatch out that gazpacho, Ms. Siri

Siri, the voice command personal assistant application in the iPhone 4S, is still in beta. Even so, Apple recently began running two TV ads with well-known actors touting Siri's capabilities in seemingly real-life situations.The...

Three years to every mobile decade

Writing today's story on the the Galaxy Nexus on Sprint for $200, plus two-year contract, Galaxy Nexus arrives at Sprint on Sunday for $200 with 2-year deal, made me think how experts estimate we see a decade's worth of changes in...

Adjusting to iPad instead of laptop

While my older Macbook was being provisioned with a newer one, I worked for two days via an iPad 2 and a Bluetooth keyboard.I was able to research and file stories. I downloaded an app simply called Desktop for 99 cents to allow me...

Barcelona, smartphones and faithful dogs

Near the close of the fascinating 2012 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, five of my colleagues from IDG news outlets and I had an amazing tapas meal together. It  gave us a brief time to reflect on some of the more thoughtful,...

When in doubt with wireless, use Ethernet

Sometimes older technology works better.  At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Sunday night, HTC announced three new smartphones in the One series, with its One X running on fast 4G LTE wireless.  However, the room of reporters...

CES and trade show serendipity will live on, Microsoft or not

When Microsoft said it wouldn't return to CES in 2013, a colleague remarked that such enormous tech conferences were becoming a thing of the past. He referred to Apple's decision to leave CES years ago, and how vendors get more out...

Galaxy Nexus on Verizon LTE; maybe the bigger battery isn't really needed

One of the biggest worries with new smartphones such as the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus is whether they will have enough battery power to get through a full day of work or school, much less play movies and music long enough to satisfy...

Time Travel, that continuing, evolving genre in "11/22/63"

If you haven't read "11/22/63" by Stephen King yet, check it out. It's a long novel, but a quick read, and worth the effort.  It's not horror or gore, but about time travel. The central character travels back in time to attempt to...

Banning cell phone usage while driving won't happen nationwide

The cat's already out of the bag with regulations on driving while talking or texting on a cell phone. Unfortunately, it's too late to affect the kind of changes that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended on...

Safe bet: Mobile stays hot in 2012, among other predictions

It's the time of year for mobile industry predictions, like it or not. Sometimes the predictions from prognosticators sound incredibly obvious, but other times they provoke thought and insight. Bill Dudley's list of 2012 Mobile...

Verizon's spectrum slam dunk over AT&T

Talk about ironic: AT&T got slammed by the FCC for its $39 billion bid to buy T-Mobile USA (and its spectrum) in recent days. Then on Friday, Verizon Wireless said it is buying wireless spectrum from three cable companies for...

Smartphone speed tests and weighing network performance

Metrico Wireless, a mobile testing firm, just released a comprehensive measure of how the iPhone 4S performed on the three U.S. carriers: iPhone 4S data speeds, Web browsing fastest on AT&T, test shows AT&T did well on the...

Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet: What you need to know

Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet computer ships to customers on Tuesday, Nov. 15, for $199, while the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet goes on sale in stores for $249 later in the same week.Both are Wi-Fi-only, offer 7-in. touchscreens and...

The dark side of Mobile World Congress 2011

Everybody always wants to know the big story out of a major conference like Mobile World Congress, which ended last week in Barcelona.  I can't purport to be the sage who knows for certain the big story for an event where 50,000...

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