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Intel Haswell: $599 Touch Ultrabooks In 2013
Commentary  |  1/7/2013  | 
[UPDATEQuestions have been raised about some of Intel's power consumption claims.] The PC industry used to taunt Apple about their price premium but now the joke is on them: The first crop of Windows 8 tablets and hybrids are overpriced and under-featured. But Intel seems to have the right idea on saving the PC industry. They are pushing Ultrabooks to the $599 price point with mandatory touch capability by the end of 2013.
5 Reasons I Want An Ubuntu Phone
Commentary  |  1/7/2013  | 
Love your carrier -- and your huge monthly bill? Then read no further. But if you'd jump at a better deal, Ubuntu might just fit the bill.
How Social Media Changes Buying Behavior
Commentary  |  1/7/2013  | 
Treating social media as just another marketing channel is a mistake, says CEO of digital agency R2 Integrated.
Jailbreak Windows RT - Why? Beats Me
Commentary  |  1/7/2013  | 
A researcher has found a way to jailbreak a Microsoft Surface or other ARM-based Windows RT system. Research to find a reason to do so is a much harder task.
Google Maps Mess: Windows Phone to Regain Access
Commentary  |  1/6/2013  | 
Google's failure to come clean about the Google Maps Mobile site's treatment of Windows Phone is an embarrassing spectacle. The company's various explanations for why Internet Explorer on Windows Phone cannot visit Google Maps don't survive any real scrutiny, and the truth appears to be unflattering.
Google Drops 'F' Bomb on Developers
Commentary  |  1/5/2013  | 
Changes in the EULA (End User License Agreement) for the Android SDK warn developers of doing anything that might result in the "fragmentation" of Android. As with so many of these agreements, ambiguity is rampant and designed to give the vendor — i.e. Google — the freedom to interpret circumstances to its own benefit. In fact, developers aren't the source of the fragmentation problem, Google's own handset OEM partners are.
How IT Can Keep Its Strategic Role In 2013
Commentary  |  1/4/2013  | 
A columnist says this is the year IT may lose its seat at the strategy table. A focus on the end customer is key to avoiding that outcome.
Reading This Column Will Cost You 0.4 Micromort
Commentary  |  1/4/2013  | 
It pays to assess risk properly in making IT and other big decisions. Here's what not to do.
Google at War With Windows 8, Phone?
Commentary  |  1/3/2013  | 
[2 UPDATES] Google must actually be afraid of Windows Phone, Windows 8 and the Microsoft services associated with them. The threat these pose to Google is serious enough that it doesn't just ignore Windows 8/Phone, but take active measures to make them less usable. The market will speak on this before the FTC gets a chance to deal with it.
10 Epic CES Fails
Commentary  |  1/3/2013  | 
Consumer Electronics Shows have launched great technologies like VCRs and HDTVs, but many product reveals turn out to be duds. Here are some of the worst.
CES 2013: What We Want To See
Commentary  |  1/3/2013  | 
Forget 500-inch, green smart 3-D TVs. Here are a few exciting new trends I'll be examining at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.
Why You'll Need A Big Data Ethics Expert
Commentary  |  1/3/2013  | 
The looming issue in big data isn't technology but the privacy and ethics decisions associated with how, when and if results should be provided.
When To Ignore That Mobile Health App
Commentary  |  1/3/2013  | 
Patients and clinicians need to be aware of all the digital snake oil cluttering up the iTunes store.
CES 2013: New Smartphones On Deck
Commentary  |  1/3/2013  | 
CES 2013 kicks off this week in Las Vegas and promises to provide a modest smorgasbord of new smartphones. Here's what we're likely to see.
Can Waze Save Apple Maps?
Commentary  |  1/3/2013  | 
Incorporating Waze navigation and local search into Apple's Maps app and service would address many of the problems that have earned Apple its poor mapping reputation. Unfortunately for Android users, Apple would probably pull the plug on Waze use, or at least relegate them to second-class status.
Ubuntu For Phones: Beautiful, Elegant, Doomed
Commentary  |  1/3/2013  | 
How good could an UbuntuPhone really be? It can't possibly be unique enough and have enough of a value proposition to break into a market that's already dominated by big, powerful players.
10 CES Trends That Matter To Business
Commentary  |  1/2/2013  | 
Even with its consumer focus, the Consumer Electronics Show 2013 has plenty of food for thought for IT leaders.
Apple Tests iPhone 6? Not A Shocker
Commentary  |  1/2/2013  | 
Server logs show that Apple is already working on the next-generation of its iPhone and iOS platform. Um, no kidding.
Windows 8 Tablet Launch #Fail
Commentary  |  1/1/2013  | 
Microsoft Windows tablets, in spite of a superior Intel processor, suffer from hardware and software problems — and are overpriced. The PC industry seems to have a misguided notion that it doesn't need to compete on specs and price with the iPad 4 and Nexus 10. It's shocking that Microsoft spent three years producing an antiquated overpriced product such as the Surface while Apple and Google, including their partners, are producing superior products in 6-month cycles.
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