The European Union’s head of antitrust enforcement hit Google with a $2.7 billion fine last week because of a shopping service you’ve never heard of.
The EU’s action comes after seven years of tussling with Google. The case was almost settled in 2014 but intense lobbying caused the proposed settlement to fall apart and led to the much stricter punishment announced last week. […] continuedRead more
Now you can say what a timer is for when you set it on an Amazon Echo. “Alexa, set a timer for the pasta for eight minutes.” Then set a second timer: “Alexa, set a timer for the laundry for 30 minutes.” Eight minutes later, the Echo will chime, and Alexa will say, “Your pasta timer is done.” […] continuedRead more
Google announced a number of new products and services at its developer conference last week. One of them, Google Lens, might change the world. It might be the most important technology announcement in ten years. Of course, it’s just as likely that it will turn out to be nothing important, just another bit of vaporware that is underwhelming when it appears and is abandoned two years later. […] continuedRead more
It’s the ten-year anniversary of one of the most important inflection points in history. 2007 was such an eventful year that its significance seems obvious in hindsight, but it’s gone unremarked until Thomas Friedman spelled it out in a new book.
Thomas Friedman, the well-known and controversial New York Times columnist, released Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations a few weeks ago. […] continuedRead more
You have a vague idea that Google knows a lot about you.
Google has nothing to hide. It’s prepared to show you everything it has collected about you.
Are you sure you want to know? It’s a bit . . . creepy.Read 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
Every year at this time, all of us participate in a shared ritual, a rich tradition for families and loved ones, the heartwarming moments when we all sit at our computers and shop at Amazon.Read more
Quicken and Quickbooks are among our oldest friends on desktop computers. Millions of people use Quicken for their home finances. Most small businesses use Quickbooks as their accounting system.
Changes are coming.
Intuit is trying to sell Quicken. There’s no buyer lined up. Intuit just desperately wants to get rid of Quicken, as it made clear in one of the strangest press releases I’ve seen recently. […] continuedRead more
Getting Started With Android: Office 365 Mail
The OnePlus One phone has given me a chance to explore the world of Android apps. Here are some of the apps that I’ve been using for the last couple of months for reading and listening. Some of them are specialized but perhaps you’ll get an idea for an app that might work for you. […] continuedRead more
When I got my new Android phone, the first app I installed was Audible, the audiobook service owned by Amazon. Many of you are already Audible listeners but perhaps some background will be helpful if you haven’t been introduced yet.
Audiobooks are nothing new. Old-timers will remember renting overpriced cassettes by mail from Books On Tape. […] continuedRead more
Amazon now allows you to share your Kindle books with your spouse and your children. The new “Family Library” is a bit confusing to set up but the effort is worth it if you want to read some of the books that have been purchased in your spouse’s Amazon account. […] continuedRead more
The email above landed in my inbox this morning. It’s phony. I don’t know how it got through the junk mail filter. We are required to be paranoid these days! It’s sad. Let me give you some tips for staying safe out there.
The message purports to be from Amazon. It’s got the look and feel of Amazon’s emails. […] continuedRead more
OnePlus calls its OnePlus One phone the “flagship killer.” It’s true. The OnePlus One is one of the best phones on the market, able to hold its own against the iPhone 6 and offering more than any of the other leading Android phones. It’s taken the tech community by storm with cutting edge specs for half the cost of other flagship phones. […] continuedRead more
I was an early adopter of Windows Phone 8 and I have recommended Windows phones to clients and friends. I thought there was a good chance that Windows Phone would achieve sufficient momentum that developers would come on board and treat Windows as a platform worthy of the same respect and effort as iOS and Android. […] continuedRead more
Amazon has been making some odd product decisions lately, and the latest was just announced today: the Kindle Voyage, a black & white e-reader with some modest improvements over the current Kindle Paperwhite that sells for a luxury price, starting at $199 and scaling up to as much as $289. […] continuedRead more