I’m not good at predictions. Tim Cook, the CEO of the largest company in the world, called me a twit during a global presentation a few years ago because I made a poor prediction. (Seriously. Here are the details.) I made a commitment then to avoid sweeping generalities about the future. […] continuedRead more
We’re drowning in passwords.
Slowly – slowly! – we are moving out of the Age Of Passwords. Better alternatives exist. Apple has integrated fingerprints deeply into iOS and fingerprint readers are turning up on many Android phones. Microsoft has built Windows Hello into Windows 10 to authenticate you with fingerprints, iris scans, and facial recognition – right now to log into a computer, eventually to log into websites. […] continuedRead more
On a recent earnings call, Mark Zuckerberg said that “people around the world spend on average more than 50 minutes a day using Facebook, Instagram and Messenger.”
Facebook has more than 1 billion active users every single day, more than 1.6 billion active users every month.
An average of 50 minutes a day. […] continuedRead more
One is an aberration. Two is a coincidence. Three is a trend.
There are three new Chromebooks on the market with some interesting things in common. It’s a trend. It might be an early sign of an important shift in the devices we use.
Let’s get some background, then take a look at the three new devices. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft Edge is the web browser that Microsoft developed to replace Internet Explorer. When you upgrade to Windows 10, Edge is set as the default browser, regardless of your previous settings. It is also set as the default program to open PDFs, even if you were using Adobe Acrobat or some other program designed for PDFs. […] continuedRead more
It’s the guiding principle of technology these days: everything is simple and easy once you know how to do it. I discovered a Google Chrome trick that makes me giggle with happiness.
Chrome lets you pin a website to the taskbar.
Really, that’s it. Doesn’t sound like much, does it? Let me tell you how it’s done, then I’ll gush for a while about why it’s such a swell trick. […] continuedRead more
The tech community is entranced with Google Project Fi, a partnership between Google, major carriers, and hardware manufacturers to deliver a unique and satisfying phone experience – and along the way deliver a powerful message to the carriers about how they should change their business practices. It’s audacious and ambitious. […] continuedRead more
Market share for Internet Explorer is going down fast. Google Chrome is the Internet browser being chosen by more people every year. If you’re an Internet Explorer user, you’re not required to switch! This is an interesting trend, not an emergency. Nonetheless, I recommend having Chrome installed on every Windows computer, either as the default browser or as the fallback for websites that Internet Explorer does not handle properly. […] continuedRead more
There are three points that are frequently overlooked in the debate about the FBI’s demand that Apple provide custom access to a terrorist’s locked iPhone.
• Apple is not defying a court order
• The FBI is seeking a broad precedent
• The tool requested by the FBI would compromise Apple in other countries
These are not the only issues in this debate. […] continuedRead more
Google posted an announcement a few days ago that Picasa will be closed down soon. Picasa is two things – a cloud service for storing photos online, and a desktop application for managing photos on your computer. Both of them will be shut down in the next few months. Google is committing all of its resources to Google Photos, the online photo service that duplicates much of what is in Picasa, and more importantly works perfectly on mobile devices, the focus of everyone’s efforts these days. […] continuedRead more
Google is an advertising company. Roughly 95% of its revenue comes from displaying ads on web pages. But it spends large resources on projects that are genuinely good for the world, even if they don’t directly make money. The Google Cultural Institute is one of those projects that I had missed in the five years since it was launched. […] continuedRead more
Happy holidays! Welcome to the end of 2015! I knew we’d make it. Take a deep breath. There’s no reason to feel the urge to throw a computer out the window for at least a couple of weeks.
It’s been an interesting year in technology, mostly good news but with occasional infuriating bits – which is actually the way it’s been for the last couple of decades, isn’t it? […] continuedRead more
Hey, this is fun! I think I’ll start writing all my headlines like Buzzfeed. “You won’t believe what happened when I got an iPhone.” “Five things that will shock you about Office 365.” Nah, it won’t work. I’ll still want to write articles that are full of complicated stuff like nuance and details. […] continuedRead more
Executives at Dell and HP and Lenovo put their head in their hands and moaned as they watched Microsoft’s presentation of new hardware on Tuesday.
It was Microsoft’s best presentation in years, showing off new phones that can turn into computers; a Hololens augmented reality demo that had a goggle-wearing presenter shooting lightning bolts at robots climbing out of the walls; and the Surface Pro 4, which is generally improved in just about every way from the already impressive Surface Pro 3. […] continuedRead more
Ads on websites are out of control. An online debate has been raging all week about ad blocking – programs that run on your computer or your phone to remove ads from web pages so they load faster and you have fewer distractions. I’ll try to tell you briefly why it’s such a contentious issue, and why the consequences of a battle among Google, Apple and Facebook may change the shape of the web for all of us. […] continuedRead more