Giving Tech A Sporting Chance
Not being much of a sports fan -- sorry, guys -- I've always been a bit bemused by the lengths to which players will go in order to win for their fans, their teams, and (probably most importantly) their prize money or huge salaries. It seems to have gone from such traditionally accepted means as fixing games (as immortalized in countless boxing films) to taking unpleasant medications that will both increase your muscle mass and shorten your life span -- and now, to using technology to gain an ad
Are You A 'User'?
OK, so you don't have any vacation time left, and you're working today (or maybe you're not working and you love InformationWeek so much that you can't keep away). Regardless, I need your help. I want to know about your experiences with user groups: what you think of them, if you belong to any, and how much of an impact they ultimately have on the technology you purchase, use, and manage every day. But first, let me tell you about my experiences with user groups ...
Why Bloggers Will Never Replace Reporters
What do you get when you fly in 14 celebrity bloggers to interview Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates (and give them a free Zune as a party favor)? Pretty much a group kiss-up, apparently.
'I Was Quoted Out Of Context' = 'The Journalist Published What I Said'
In an interview with a journalist a short time back, Seagate CEO Bill Watkins made a joke about his company's mission: "Let's face it, we're not changing the world. We're building a product that helps people buy more crap--and watch porn." Seagate employees were offended, and so Watkins did the manly thing--
Cable Industry-vs.-Telco-Giants Is An Astroturf War
While I'm against tilting the playing field in favor of AT&T, which appears to be what Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin was trying to do in this week's FCC ruling on local franchise applications, I'm not against real competition in local broadband. But as you might expect given the players, it gets unreal pretty quickly. One example: "Astroturf" local support.
Over the course of my rather long and varied journalistic career, I've been laid off five times (usually because the magazine in question was shut down) and have survived two or three others, so I'm not unfamiliar with the anger and angst that can accompany that process. However, that doesn't mean I've got any sympathy whatsoever with the fool who reportedly planted a logic bomb in Medco Health Solutions' com
Principle Rears Its Ugly Head At The FCC
The Federal Communications Commission under Republican Chairman Kevin Martin has been a government regulatory agency driven by principle -- the principle most often being, "whatever Big Business wants, Big Business gets." Unfortunately for Chairman Martin, he was prevented yesterday from giving AT&T what it wants most -- approval of its extremely dubious merger with BellSouth.
Apple Customers Want Apple To Make A Phone. Will They?
Rumors of an Apple phone have been popping up across the Internet for a couple of weeks. Some parties mentioned in various instances of these rumors have denied the whole thing, while others have remained somewhat silent. Is Apple releasing a phone or not? Who knows. What I do know, however, is that with this level of interest, they probably ought to do so.
Former HP Board Member Signs Book Deal
According to Gotham Books, Tom Perkins -- who blew the lid off the HP spy scandal -- also is set to write about his marriage to author Danielle Steele, his trial for manslaughter in a backwater French town, and the creation of Genetech.
Sony's mylo, Like Youth, Is Wasted On The Young
Sony's mylo is a big helping of gotta-have-it rolled up in a very small package: WiFi phone, email-IM-text-messaging-Web-browsing with a full keyboard, and even an MP3 player. Sony is marketing the mylo to the youth market, which leaves the impression that the mylo is just a toy. It's not. It's got some serious mobility features for grown-ups, too.
Person Of The Year: Hey, It's The Digital You!
No sooner are blogs declared passé, and big business trains its guns on social networking sites, then along comes You, Time magazine's "Person of the Year" for 2006. Yes, you baby! Or rather we, us, them--the masses as it were, but not just any old masses. For its annual accolade, Time specifically singled ou
Cingular Signs Exclusive MySpace Deal
A set of tools will let Cingular subscribers edit their MySpace profiles, view and add friends' profiles, post photos and blogs, and send and receive messages.
What Does 2007 Promise?
Earlier this week, futurist and technology guru Mark Anderson hosted his annual SNS New York dinner, a high-level gathering of VCs, investment bankers, journalists, technology entrepreneurs, and others, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
BitTorrent User Goes To Jail
A Hong Kong court has upheld a three-month jail sentence for a 38-year-old man who the Motion Picture Association claims is the first to be charged for using BitTorrent file sharing.
Apple iPhone Due Monday?
Gizmodo says Apple's iPhone will be announced Monday: "I guarantee it. It isn't what I expected at all. And I've already said too much." Gadgetell has some more rumors.
Reckoning On Robots
Robots have always fascinated me: From Robby the Robot (who starred in the classic science fiction film Forbidden Planet), to the inhuman but highly effective mechanisms that build our automobiles, to the current crop of scientific toys that are available for hobbyists and experimenters. In fact, I actually wrote a book about robots back in 1982 titled Robots: Reel to R
Ban The Analysts! Or Not?
It looks like the sometimes raging debate over whether journalists should quote industry analysts - be they technology or financial specialists - has flared up again, this time in an interesting story on a U.K.-based IT publication. Check it out - they are talking about whether to quote the same analysts that U.S. publications talk to. The article notes the New York Times has banned quoting analysts, and then violated
Have Blogs Peaked?
Micro Persuasion has some interesting stats to indicate that blogging has peaked. The numbers of new blogs being created, rate that people are writing new posts, and searches on the word "blog" are flattening. However, he hastens to add, these numbers are preliminary, and don't necessarily reflect diminishment in the influence of blogs. (Thanks,
Wi-Fi Chipset Sales Up 25%
Wi-Fi chipset sales are expected to exceed 200 million units in 2006, according to a report released by the Wi-Fi Alliance and In-Stat.
Washington Watch: IT On The Docket
This winter, you will want to be on the look out for a number of IT-oriented issues going bump in the dark corridors of Washington and, separately, in discussions with in industry consortiums. Several groups are agitating for changes that will affect IT - some for the better, and some for worse, but one way or another, all will require action on your part.
Torture Video Puts Pressure On Egyptian Police
Privacy goes two ways. While the Internet and other information technology enable unprecedented levels of surveillance of private citizens, tech also permits the people to shine a light on government. For example, in Egypt, an Internet video, is causing citizens to question the prevalence of torture by police.
Senate Passes Pretexting, Phone Record Privacy Bill
The legislation aims to stop individuals and companies from lying, impersonating, or breaking into computerized accounts to obtain the information, which is normally only available to customers, carriers, and law enforcement officers.
Trimble Acquires @Road For $496 Million
GPS maker said it was attracted to @Road's strength in several markets, including those in transportation, distribution, telecommunications, cable, field service, utilities, facilities management, and public works.