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Join Us Tuesday For GridTalk With Linden Lab VP Joe Miller
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
Joe Miller, Linden Lab vice president, platform and technology development, will be our special guest for GridTalk, where we'll talk with him about Windlight, new Second Life technology that makes the world more beautiful and realistic.
BlackBerry 9000 Details And Image Leaked
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
Details and specs of the much-anticipated, touch screen iPhone killer, the BlackBerry 9000, have supposedly been leaked. Let's take a look.
Zumobi Talks Widgets And Mobile 2.0
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
A few weeks ago I sat down to discuss Mobile 2.0 with handset giant Nokia at Mobile Internet World. This time I wanted to deepen the conversation and cover mobile widgets with Beth Goza, senior marketing manager at startup Zumobi. Guess what, widgets are key to bringing Web 2.0 to the third
Police Claim Exploding Mobile Phone Did Not Kill South Korea Man
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
Yesterday the blogosphere exploded with news that an exploding cell phone may have killed a man in South Korea. Now police claim the combustible handset did not play a role in the man's demise. What gives?
California Plan To Outsource E-Mail Service Raises Privacy Questions
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
On Wednesday, I broke the news that California is weighing a plan to hand off the hosting of e-mails--to, from, and between state workers--to either Google or Microsoft. Is everybody comfortable with that?
Will Open Networks Force Apple To Unlock The iPhone?
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
Almost milliseconds after Verizon Wireless said it will open its networks to outside devices starting next year, I was swarmed with e-mails asking me if the iPhone would soon be able to run on Verizon's network. At first, I said no. EDGE phones don't run on CDMA networks. Then, I thought through the question again.
Eye-Fi Points To The Future Of Web-Based Products
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
The Eye-Fi Wireless SD card for digital cameras reduces a Wi-Fi card to fit on an SD flash storage card, with room left over for 2 Gbytes of storage. But amazing as that is, the most interesting thing about Eye-Fi is the way it works the network.
Will The Verizon Decision Translate To Wireless Growth In 2008?
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
2007 is quickly winding down and its time to start looking ahead to the new year. So far, location-based services and GPS look to be the big trends for 2008. To get a broader perspective, I sat down with noted technologist and trend prognosticator Mark Anderson of
South Korean Man Killed By Exploding Mobile Phone
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
Sure, we've all heard about mobile phones that explode, but this time the exploding phone actually killed someone. Are mobile phones becoming less safe?
Google Talks Up Enhanced Mobile Google Maps And Location Services
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
As if we needed another sign that location will be the hot topic for 2008, Google today announced a significant upgrade to its Google Maps for mobile application called My Location. In order to get a better handle on the upgrade, I sat down with Steve Lee, product manager, Google Maps for mobile, to discuss Google's plans for location applications.
Lenders Plan Database To Help With Foreclosure Mess, But Will Things Really Change?
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
Mortgage lenders on Tuesday committed to a doozy of an IT project: they'll build a database on every foreclosed property in the United States to help cities untangle the foreclosure mess. Good. The guilty party is finally starting to show some responsibility for the subprime mortgage crisis.
University To Make Students Carry GPS Mobile Phones
Commentary  |  11/27/2007  | 
For those of you who thought I was jumping the gun with location and GPS, check this out: Montclair State University will require its students to buy and carry a special cell phone equipped with GPS. Is this a sign of things to come?
Real Zune Now
Commentary  |  11/27/2007  | 
New models of Microsoft's Zune media player prove that Microsoft is still Microsoft: It's one of the best companies in the world at doing the difficult job of learning from its mistakes.
Gmail As Designed By Microsoft
Commentary  |  11/21/2007  | 
Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner, it's time for some holiday chestnuts. Here's one: What if Microsoft, and not Google, had designed Gmail? How would the application be different? Let's take a look.
Bigger Screens, Lighter Notebooks? It's Not A Paradox
Commentary  |  11/20/2007  | 
Fujitsu is releasing a new laptop today that breaks one of the rules of notebook physics -- it has a bigger screen than a similar predecessor model, but it's lighter. How does that work? The reason is the change in screen technology from fluorescent-backlit to LED-backlit.
So, Apple Is Not Spying On iPhone Users After All
Commentary  |  11/20/2007  | 
Yesterday the blogosphere erupted when evidence surfaced that Apple was potentially spying on iPhone users. Now other bloggers are claiming that Apple is not spying on its users. So which is it?
Is Apple Spying On iPhone Users?
Commentary  |  11/19/2007  | 
Just when you thought the security risks of the iPhone couldn't get any worse, we discover ">this. According to one member of the Hackint0sh forum, Apple is using the iPhone to spy on its users.
Pssst, Wanna 57 Percent Return? OLPC
Commentary  |  11/17/2007  | 
If you're interested in a sure thing in a computer technology investment I've got a hot tip for you -- a guaranteed 57% return. Not only that, you get a cool laptop and a tax break just like you were buddies with George Bush (if that idea appeals to you). Your cost? $423.95 and a postage stamp. Here's how it works. (I'll explain the stamp later.)
Amazon Planning E-Book Debacle
Commentary  |  11/16/2007  | 
Amazon is apparently planning to release a $399 e-book reading device called Kindle on Monday. I'd have thought that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos would know better since he was around at the turn of the century, during the first e-book flop.
Will Android Be Windows To Apple's iPhone?
Commentary  |  11/13/2007  | 
Everyone is complaining that Google's Android looks an a lot like the iPhone. Well, what if that is Google's point? What if Google hopes to do to the iPhone what Microsoft did to Apple's first user experience breakthrough, the Mac?
Is This Android Running On An iPod Touch?
Commentary  |  11/13/2007  | 
Yesterday I predicted that someone would create a hack that would put Android on an iPhone. Well, this isn't quite a match, but it looks close enough. Is this Android running on an iPod Touch?
Facebook, Feds, Close In On Online Privacy
Commentary  |  11/13/2007  | 
On Oct. 23, Donald Kerr, who is second in command as the deputy director of national intelligence, gave a speech at the GEOINT Symposium, sponsored by the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, that seemed calculated to inflame civil-liberties activists and privacy advocates. In it, Kerr basically said "Fuhgeddaboutit" when it comes to protecting your privacy online.
Microsoft MAR Takes A Half-Step
Commentary  |  11/13/2007  | 
The first comments posted to last Friday's story about the Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher (MAR) licensing program were of the "Microsoft is screwing us again" variety. That doesn't seem to be the case, but there are other reasons why the idea of a new license for old hardware doesn't make much sense.
Social Networking With A Point
Commentary  |  11/13/2007  | 
Is there a real point to social networking? It is a lot of fun, and it can be a useful way to establish contacts. But it's usually a black hole of time -- a lot of chat without a lot of substance. However, there's at least one new site that's trying to offer social networking with a social conscience.
New Mac Ads Ridicule Vista -- But Vista Complaints Are Yesterday's News
Commentary  |  11/12/2007  | 
The I'm-a-Mac/I'm-a-PC ads have lost their entertainment value, but nobody's told Apple, which just introduced three new commercials in the threadbare series. Not only are the ads tired, they target issues are no longer relevant to the current PC market.
First Look At Android-Powered Mobile Apps
Commentary  |  11/12/2007  | 
Along with the launch of the Android SDK, Google today showed off samples of what Android-powered mobile applications might look like. Not surprisingly, these apps look more than a little like the iPhone's.
Join Us For GridTalk Tuesday With Science Fiction Writer Charles Stross
Commentary  |  11/9/2007  | 
Our guest for our next GridTalk is science-fiction writer Charles Stross, whose most recent novel Halting State, is set in the near future -- just 11 years from now, when virtual worlds, massively multiplayer games, advanced mobile computing, and augmented reality are a part of daily life.
Will Apple Nickel And Dime iPhone Users To Death?
Commentary  |  11/9/2007  | 
You know, I'm so glad that sophisticated, cool-looking smartphones like the iPhone have replaced the clunkier, less communicative PDAs of yesteryear. Because now we can pay $50 a year to do some of the stuff that we used to be able to do for free.
Guide For Switching From Windows To Mac
Commentary  |  11/9/2007  | 
Going through some Web pages from the beginning of the year, I came across this excellent Lifehacker guide for switching from Windows to the Mac. The guide focuses on the two biggest headaches for switchers: Different keyboard shortcuts, and different ways of launching and shutting down programs and documents.
Nobody Wants Tablet PCs
Commentary  |  11/8/2007  | 
Maybe Apple is coming out with a tablet PC, but it seems unlikely. It's not a product that makes sense. Tablet computers have been available for Windows a couple of years now; they're not selling like gangbusters and there's no reason to assume that a Mac version will do better, no matter how much magic pixie dust Steve Jobs shovels onto the product.
Apple Readying Leopard Update
Commentary  |  11/8/2007  | 
Apple is distributing test versions of a bug-fix upgrade of its new Leopard Mac OS. 10.5.1 fixes bugs in the firewall, data lost problems, and bugs in Mail, Spotlight, iCal, and more, according to Engadget, which lists a couple of dozen bugs that the update fixes.
Which Side Are You On -- Online?
Commentary  |  11/8/2007  | 
Around NYC, it's become common to see a giant inflated rubber rat sitting on the sidewalk when a local union is sponsoring a strike. The Writers Guide of America, however, is a bit more sophisticated than that -- they're using YouTube.
Barry Diller, A Dollar, A Ten O'Clock Scholar
Commentary  |  11/7/2007  | 
So media mogul Barry Diller is planning to split his IAC empire into five public companies, eh? But the conglomerate that includes Home Shopping Network, Ticketmaster, and search engine is already successful as a collective. Why break up the band? What does Barry know that we don't?
'Dilbert' Creator Scott Adams Comes To Second Life To Get Kicked In The 'Nads
Commentary  |  11/7/2007  | 
"Dilbert" creator Scott Adams made the trek to Second Life recently, where he encouraged audience members to step up and kick him in a sensitive private place. "This is what you call being customer focused. I think Nordstrom could learn a thing or two from my example," Adams said on his blog.
Radiohead Fans: Ears Open, Wallets Closed
Commentary  |  11/6/2007  | 
So now we know what most of the devoted fans of Radiohead thought the art-rock band's new album was worth, given the option of choosing how much to pay for it: Nothing, as in zip, zero, zilch.
Mac Software Bug Can Lead To Massive Data Loss
Commentary  |  11/6/2007  | 
The blog reports that you can experience "horrendous data loss" if you move data from one volume to another, and the destination volume disappears midway. Karpik says he first encountered it in Samba, but it also occurs no matter the type of destination -- local USB, Firewire, network, etc. -- and that the bug dates back all the way to Panther and affects Leopard.
Report: Apple Developing Tablet PC
Commentary  |  11/6/2007  | 
One of the perennial rumors of the Apple community is coming around again. This time, it's a CNET blog reporting that Apple is developing a tablet PC Really. Not kidding this time.
Has Muni Wi-Fi Gone With The Wind?
Commentary  |  11/6/2007  | 
There are a number of "pie in the sky" dreams that have fallen by the wayside in the last few years. One of those is the idea of free, attainable municipal Wi-Fi.
An Ode To IP v 6?
Commentary  |  11/6/2007  | 
Interesting things happen when Internet engineers have too much time on their hands. Hear for yourself.
Google's Android: The Greatest Vaporware Smartphone Ever
Commentary  |  11/6/2007  | 
Google's announcement of the new, "Android" smartphone platform had less substance than a fashion show at a nudist colony. It's a non-existent smartphone, codeless software, and an alliance of major mobile phone players that leaves out most of the major phone vendors.
Join Us For GridTalk With Cisco Systems
Commentary  |  11/5/2007  | 
Join us for GridTalk on Tuesday when our subject will be Cisco Systems' upcoming Virtual Career Fair, with guests Christian Renaud, the company's chief architect for networked virtual environments, and Randy Sisk, new markets and technologies scout for the company. Cisco is a pioneer in using Second Life and other virtual worlds for business, so we'll also spend some time discussing the broader issues of commercial activities in virtual worlds.
Five Reasons Palm Should Drop Its OS And Use Google Android
Commentary  |  11/5/2007  | 
Let's face it: The Palm OS isn't exactly cutting edge. Alright, I'll be blunt: Palm's OS is the 8-track cartridge of smartphone software. I think Palm should face facts, drop its never-ending linux initiative and its ancient leisure suit of an OS, and embrace
Will Google's Android Further Fragment The Mobile Market?
Commentary  |  11/5/2007  | 
Google earlier today answered months of endless gossip and blog posts. While there is no gPhone -- at least not for now -- Google's new mobile linux platform, Android, could translate into millions of
Windows Home Server Gets Serious
Commentary  |  11/5/2007  | 
Back in May at Microsoft's Windows Hardware Engineering (WinHEC) Conference, Windows Home Server, a new product, still in beta, was one of the stars of the show. It's taken nearly six months for Home Server to get its act together and take it on the road. But today HP finally announces its MediaSmart Server, a Home Server appliance, and Home Server will soon appear at big-box retailers near you.
What's Great And What Stinks In The New Apple Mail
Commentary  |  11/5/2007  | 
While the young people nowadays are all about their "instant messaging," and "social networks," e-mail is still the switchboard through which most of my business communication flows. Apple Mail 3, the upgraded mail client included in Mac OS X Leopard, is a very good mail client and a significant improvement over previous versions. It has a few features I love, some I hate, and some that are frustrating because they're good but could be so much better.
1-800-Flowers Goes Back To Its Mom And Pop Roots
Commentary  |  11/2/2007  | 
You'd think that with the evolution of the Internet and more people going online to shop, retailers would become further removed from customers and less personal. I was surprised to find out that is doing exactly the opposite. It's hoping that advancements in technology will help the company go back to its roots.
Will Google's OpenSocial API Program Kill Ning?
Commentary  |  11/1/2007  | 
Google this week stormed into the social networking world and stole Facebook's thunder with its new OpenSocial API program, an effort to create an open standard for creating and integrating applications into social networking platforms. While the rest of the blogosphere is pondering Facebook's fate, I want to ask another question: Does OpenSocial spell the death of Ning?
Google Mobile Guessing Game Continues
Commentary  |  11/1/2007  | 
What does Google plan to announce? First, it seemed Google would announce a deal with Verizon Wireless, a rumor that prompted our colleague Richard Martin to wonder if Google wasn't about to sell out on its unofficial corporate motto. Now it looks like
Craigslist Slaying Spotlights Need For Online Safety
Commentary  |  11/1/2007  | 
The murder of a young woman answering a job ad on Craigslist is a sad reminder of potential danger when people connect online and subsequently meet up in the real world.
The Palm Centro Smartphone: Small But Satisfactory
Commentary  |  11/1/2007  | 
I was wary of the claims made about Palm's new Centro smartphone. The iPhone aside, I've found few smartphones -- or, for that matter, plain mobile phones -- that have made me say, "Maybe I want that one." Those that I do like are usually so expensive that I can't imagine paying for one. But I'm sold.
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