Mon, 14 Mar 2011 01:58:03 EDTPeople lined up for blocks to buy an incremental update to an established product. In the gadget market, that's not ordinarily rational behavior.But Apple's iPad and the iPad 2 that arrived in stores Friday are not ordinary gadgets.
Mon, 14 Mar 2011 01:51:00 EDTAlthough you might need a program to comply with the basic civic duty of filing taxes, you won't have a wide range of choices. The market has congealed into a duopoly.
Sat, 05 Mar 2011 19:29:00 ESTHere's a hot tip: A tech company will introduce a breakthrough new gadget soon. This device will be magical, possibly even revolutionary. It will make everything you've seen before in that category look obsolete.
Thu, 03 Mar 2011 09:04:00 ESTSAN FRANCISCO Almost a year ago, Apple defined the tablet market by introducing the iPad, then had the playing field to itself for most of last year. Now, just as other tablets are starting to arrive based on such competing operating systems as Google's Android and HP's webOS, Apple is looking to...
Fri, 25 Feb 2011 16:45:01 ESTOur smartphones are getting ahead of us. Not in the sense that their features exceed our understanding (though that's often the case), but in the way the rest of our devices haven't caught up to their capabilities. Over the past few years, the smartphone has become a polymath of gadgets. It downl...
Sat, 19 Feb 2011 15:44:00 ESTThe phrase "30 percent" now amounts to fighting words in the media and gadget industries.
Sat, 12 Feb 2011 15:01:00 ESTA funny thing happened Thursday: Verizon finally started selling the iPhone, and mass hysteria did not erupt. After years of yearning and months of hype, there was not a mass rush to Apple's and Verizon's stores.
Thu, 10 Feb 2011 22:39:04 ESTMeet the new iPhone - somewhat the same as the old iPhone.
Fri, 04 Feb 2011 17:59:02 ESTThis Sunday will be a major television-viewing day for millions of Americans. Most of them will pay to have Fox's broadcast of the Super Bowl beamed into their homes. But I won't.
Wed, 02 Feb 2011 21:10:01 ESTThe company behind the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and Fox News launched a tablet-only news application called the Daily that owes nothing to those media brands.
Sat, 29 Jan 2011 18:27:03 ESTGoogle can give you free long-distance calling and provide driving, walking, transit or bicycling directions to almost anywhere in the world. But can it find information on the Web when you ask?
Sat, 22 Jan 2011 17:19:00 ESTIdeally, nobody should have to worry about one TV and Internet provider buying a TV network. In that ideal world, you'd have enough choices for those services that competition would keep the newly combined company honest.
Fri, 21 Jan 2011 09:19:59 ESTMy first reaction to yesterday's news that Verizon is suing the Federal Communications Commission to overturn its pending, half-heared net-neutrality rules was one of a Verizon customer.
Sat, 15 Jan 2011 22:58:00 ESTTuesday morning featured a somewhat familiar spectacle in the technology business: consumers finally getting what they wanted.
Tue, 11 Jan 2011 22:38:01 ESTNEW YORK - You can stop asking, "When will Verizon get the iPhone?"
Sat, 08 Jan 2011 23:05:01 ESTYou could once be safe in calling the Consumer Electronics Show "the TV show." Now it might be more accurate to call it "the wireless show."
Sat, 08 Jan 2011 00:08:02 ESTCan you find hope for the American economy in a TV with its own app store, a camcorder that records in 3D or a shiny new tablet computer? If it's the Consumer Electronics Show, where the crowds look to be returning to levels last seen in 2007 and 2008, maybe you can.
Sat, 01 Jan 2011 17:33:00 ESTThe year 2010 began with a herd of manufacturers chasing Amazon's Kindle. It ends with some of the same companies in pursuit of Apple's iPad. In between those tablet-computing crazes, we've all been challenged to keep up with the expanding universes of social networking and smartphones.
Sat, 25 Dec 2010 21:29:00 ESTMany new computers should come with a version of the usual consumer warning: Some disassembly required.
Sat, 18 Dec 2010 15:57:00 ESTIn the dreams of people who write photo- and video-editing software, we all take time and care to edit our multimedia output into thoughtfully curated productions that strangers willingly sit through.
Fri, 10 Dec 2010 22:43:01 ESTGadgets can't stay exciting (often another word for "scary") forever. As the costs of components deflate and manufacturers join the market, competing devices both get better and grow more alike.
Fri, 03 Dec 2010 21:38:02 ESTIt's not quite accurate to say that only two categories of tablet exist - the iPad and Everything That's Not the iPad. But that description isn't far off.
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Sat, 20 Nov 2010 18:21:00 ESTEvery two weeks - sometimes more often - I answer readers' questions on our site. The following exchanges, edited and revised for clarity, come from Friday's Web chat .
Tue, 16 Nov 2010 21:29:01 ESTThe Beatles, their surviving heirs and their misguided management finally turned in their Flat Earth Society membership cards Tuesday, allowing the sale of their music as digital downloads on Apple's iTunes Store. La-dee-freakin'-da.
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Sat, 06 Nov 2010 01:04:00 EDTWindows Phone 7 may be Microsoft's most-misnamed product ever. That moniker suggests a sequel to its Windows Mobile line of operating-system releases; fortunately, Windows Phone 7 is nothing of the kind.
Sun, 31 Oct 2010 01:04:00 EDTGoogle designed its Google TV software to bring the diversity of Web video to your TV without the complexity of the personal computer.
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Fri, 15 Oct 2010 11:33:00 EDTWhen Microsoft introduced its Windows Phone 7 operating system on Monday, it couldn't make its traditional sales pitch to consumers: We're Microsoft, this product has "Windows" in its name, get on board now!
Sat, 09 Oct 2010 17:18:01 EDTA tiny $99 box can connect your TV to a wealth of Internet-sourced TV shows, movies, pictures, podcasts and music. But which box would that be?
Sat, 02 Oct 2010 17:59:00 EDTCongress seems to have ended its involvement in the long-running network-neutrality debate by declaring its own neutrality in the matter.
Wed, 29 Sep 2010 13:03:00 EDTMicrosoft upgraded the security of its Hotmail Web-mail service on Monday, adding two ways for holders of Hotmail accounts to get back into their accounts after hackers break in. That's a welcome step to address a growing problem.
Tue, 28 Sep 2010 12:02:40 EDTIt's now been almost two weeks since Craigslist spent a day under a Congressional spotlight for its now-ended "adult services" ads. Since the San Francisco-based classified-ads site publicly surrendered at a Sept. 15 hearing--saying the ads it once accepted would flow to other sites that made f...
Sat, 25 Sep 2010 19:42:00 EDTA "Google phone" hand-cuffed to Microsoft's Bing search engine sounds like a bad joke. But it's a real product, one for whichVerizon Wireless charges $199.99.
Thu, 23 Sep 2010 08:23:28 EDTLast weekend, my sister-in-law got engaged. After I congratulated her on the phone, I thought it would be fitting to post a note to that effect on her Facebook profile -- but then saw she hadn't updated it with the news.
Wed, 22 Sep 2010 09:56:53 EDTI've been complaining lately about the increasing amounts of carrier-installed, un-removable junk apps on smartphones, and in particular those devices running Google's Android operating system. Last night I did something about it: I engaged in some entry-level hacking to remove some of this unwan...
Sat, 18 Sep 2010 19:05:00 EDTThe iPod isn't even nine years old. But that's been enough time to dull the marvel of a pocket-size device that costs less and holds more music than many CD racks.
Thu, 16 Sep 2010 13:40:57 EDTCraigslist got an old-fashioned Congressional grilling Thursday at a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on child sex trafficking -- the expected sequel to months of contentious debate over the classified-ads site's shuttered "adult services" section.
Sun, 12 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDTSearching the Web hasn't changed all that much over the past 15 years: You type words describing what you're looking for, hit the Enter key, and look through the results that a search engine presents to you. Sites have changed their presentation and style and made themselves accessible on mobile ...
Thu, 09 Sep 2010 22:25:00 EDTApple is still keeping tight control over the universe of programs for the iPhone. But at least it's shedding a little more light on why some apps make it and others get left out.
Sun, 05 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDTI was traveling last week to cover Apple's iPod and Apple TV event Wednesday (and writing an extra column based on that). So this week, I offer questions taken from Friday's Web chat.
Thu, 02 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDTSAN FRANCISCO -- The slow-moving struggle to unplug TV viewing from its traditional business model just got more interesting -- and messier.
Sun, 29 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDTWhat's a phone call worth these days? A Verizon phone booth in a Metro station suggests one answer: 50 cents. Another comes from Verizon's cheapest landline service option, which charges 10.2 cents a call. If you use a cellphone or subscribe to a voice-over-Internet-Protocol calling plan, the num...
Sun, 22 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDTHave Google and Verizon got a deal for you! The nation's leading Web firm and one of its biggest telecom firms teamed up two weeks ago to offer a joint proposal to end a prolonged debate over "network neutrality." In that document, the firms suggested that the government impose net-neutrality reg...
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Wed, 11 Aug 2010 10:25:13 EDTLike many of you, my wife and I have had too many old and broken gadgets collecting dust in various rooms. Like many of you, we could use some extra cash. Can we address both of these issues at once by selling these things to sites that buy old electronic junk?
Sun, 25 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDTTwice this year, I've had a chance to review the Phone of the Month, then failed to take advantage of the opportunity.
Sun, 18 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDTMicrosoft has been having a lousy year. And the worst part of it may be that people aren't interested in its misery -- certainly not in this week of obsessing over Apple.
Sat, 17 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDTApple still doesn't think there's anything really wrong with its new iPhone 4 and says it has the data to back that claim. But just in case, it will offer free cases to customers worried about the device's reception and a full 30-day refund on the phone to those who can't live with it.
Wed, 14 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDTApple has a reception problem. No, not the one some users of its new iPhone 4 have complained about, in which holding the phone with your hand over a gap between its two antennas on its lower left side weakens the phone's grasp of AT&T's signal. That's an engineering problem that should be fi...
Sun, 11 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDTIn much of the United States, ordering broadband Internet access is a binary decision.
Sun, 04 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDTThe Fourth of July should not be a day to stay indoors and fuss with computers, gadgets or any of the other things discussed here every week.
Sun, 27 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTThere's no mistaking Apple's new iPhone 4 for any of its three predecessors. This angular, precisely machined device -- only three-eighths of an inch thick -- looks and feels little like the smooth, streamlined iPhone, iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS.
Sun, 20 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTIs even Microsoft tired of the Microsoft Office upgrade treadmill?
Thu, 17 Jun 2010 15:07:08 EDTWas it really just a year ago that television watchers across the United States were cringing in fear about the demise of most analog over-the-air broadcasts?
Wed, 16 Jun 2010 13:56:35 EDT3D technology isn't just for watching movies and sports--or so the video-game industry would have us believe. At the E3 Expo in Los Angeles, Sony and Nintendo touted hardware and software for 3D gaming.
Mon, 14 Jun 2010 16:51:47 EDTThe market rate for public WiFi access in downtowns and uptowns, strip malls and shopping centers, and most other places people drink coffee in the United States -- which is to say, a large fraction of America's populated surface -- is about to drop to zero. Starbucks announced Monday that starti...
Sun, 13 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTBack when cellphones flipped open, the impending arrival of a new version of Microsoft Office would be stop-the-presses material. Now, even the debut of a free version of Microsoft's flagship productivity suite can seem less exciting than temporary tweaks to Google's home page.
Fri, 11 Jun 2010 13:14:44 EDTAdobe shipped the semi-awaited 10.1 version of its Flash Player browser plug-in last night, but the results aren't likely to earn the San Jose, Calif., company any more friends.
Fri, 11 Jun 2010 12:32:00 EDTBack when cellphones flipped open, the impending arrival of a new version of Microsoft Office would be stop-the-presses material. Now, even the debut of a free version of Microsoft's flagship productivity suite can seem less exciting than temporary tweaks to Google's home page.
Thu, 10 Jun 2010 17:00:25 EDTGoogle's home page looks a little different today--and not in a fun, productivity-destroying way.
Tue, 08 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTApple debuted a thinner iPhone with a sharper screen, high-definition moviemaking and video-chatting capability -- but one that, in the United States, remains locked to AT&T Wireless.
Sun, 06 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDTCan you have too much of a smartphone? Sprint's new HTC Evo 4G, its third device to run Google's Android operating system, raises that theoretically absurd question. The Evo -- debuting June 4 for $299.99, before a $100 mail-in rebate, for new or renewing subscribers -- stands apart from other sm...
Fri, 04 Jun 2010 15:28:35 EDTMicrosoft is retiring Bing cashback, the rebate option it launched to try to boost the use of its Web search engine.
Thu, 03 Jun 2010 12:45:40 EDTOver the last few days, you may have seen a story or two warning about a new form of Mac spyware. But there's nothing too novel about this malware.
Sun, 30 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTNo Windows viruses. Free. Any questions? Of course. Start with this one: How can an operating system with those virtues, the open-source Linux, remain confined to a tiny minority of desktop and laptop computers at home? Linux may run TiVo video recorders and live inside Android phones, in additio...
Mon, 24 May 2010 17:22:31 EDTThis morning's Post features an op-ed from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg expressing a controlled sort of contrition for its recent privacy moves and promising a simpler privacy-settings interface.
Sun, 23 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTSAN FRANCISCO Fellow journalists, it's past time to retire the traditional description of Google: " the Mountain View, Calif., Web-search firm ."
Thu, 20 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTSAN FRANCISCO Google wants to fix two sticking points with the Web of today: watching video without having to fuss with extra browser plug-ins and finding Web-based applications that are good enough to bump off the disk-based programs you're used to. The company opened its Google I/O developers c...
Wed, 19 May 2010 18:14:05 EDTSAN FRANCISCO--Wednesday morning, Google will open its annual developers conference, Google I/O, with a keynote presentation outlining its major product developments. I'm expecting news about its Android smartphone operating system; its project to add Web software to TVs; such Web applications as...
Tue, 18 May 2010 20:03:43 EDTSAN FRANCISCO -- Many people think of the Internet Archive only as the home of the Wayback Machine, the site that lets you see what pages looked like years ago.
Sun, 16 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTYou could forgive your digital camera for feeling some of the same anxiety a film camera might have suffered eight years ago.
Mon, 10 May 2010 17:44:15 EDTTwitter users might have felt a little devalued earlier this afternoon when their "following" and "follower" counts mysteriously reset to zero.
Sun, 09 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTMaybe Bill Gates was right all along about tablet computing.
Wed, 05 May 2010 08:44:01 EDTGoogle's search results should look a little different today. The Mountain View, Calif., company is rolling out a redesign of its search pages that includes a freshly scrubbed version of its logo.
Tue, 04 May 2010 12:06:30 EDTIn Sunday's paper, I attempted to clarify advice I gave in the prior Sunday's paper. Now I'm afraid I might have to clarify it further, and for the same reasons as the first time around: Facebook's changing, confusing and sometimes outright cryptic privacy settings.
Mon, 03 May 2010 17:05:41 EDTIntuit's Mint.com personal-finance Web site has had a reasonably busy spring. Last month, it added support for entering cash and check transactions; a week later, it announced that it could download data from 16,000 financial institutions supported, or "nearly all U.S. banks"; and this morning, i...
Sun, 02 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTIt's an exciting time to shop for a new smartphone. Which is to say, it's a confusing and maybe frightening time to buy a smartphone.
Tue, 27 Apr 2010 14:38:38 EDTWe're seeing yet another round of "the floppy disk is dead" stories this week after Sony announced that it would stop selling the things in Japan next March.
Sun, 25 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDTThe story could have been programmed to draw media coverage, were it not for its implausibility: Apple (a reader magnet) banned a future Pulitzer Prize winner's iPhone application (invoking journalists' professional pride) because it "ridicules public figures" (spurring righteous indignation amon...
Fri, 23 Apr 2010 17:58:38 EDTA vocal contingent of Facebook users could use a "Dislike" button to record their reaction to the expanded sharing system the social network launched Wednesday.
Wed, 21 Apr 2010 15:37:37 EDTFacebook launched a set of initiatives that will expand its reach across and into numerous third-party sites, The Post's included.
Mon, 19 Apr 2010 14:07:22 EDTThat next-generation iPhone that somehow disappeared in a Bay Area bar before surfacing in a story on the Gizmodo tech-news site is now on its way back to Apple.
Sun, 18 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDTIf your Internet provider jerks you around and slows you down, what are you going to do about it?
Fri, 16 Apr 2010 11:25:21 EDTA Pulitzer Prize can win you a round of applause in a newsroom, but it won't necessarily get your application in Apple's App Store.
Tue, 13 Apr 2010 14:01:00 EDTYesterday, Microsoft announced its latest venture in the smartphone business.
Sun, 11 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDTThe price of Apple's new iPad, starting at $499, fits into more people's budgets than any of its computers. But that doesn't mean it will fit all of their needs.
Wed, 07 Apr 2010 15:23:52 EDTThe Federal Communications Commission saw most of its authority to regulate Internet access sawed off by a federal court decision yesterday. Now what?
Tue, 06 Apr 2010 13:30:25 EDTYelp announced two changes to its review system last night that it hopes will quell accusations of extortion.
Sun, 04 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDTThe signs of a new season surround us: Flowers are blooming, trees are budding, and another Facebook privacy fracas is brewing.
Thu, 01 Apr 2010 12:39:37 EDTThere are some weird sights on the Web this morning.
Tue, 30 Mar 2010 12:31:00 EDTHere we go again: Somebody runs a story based on unnamed, third-party sources saying that Apple might ship a version of its iPhone compatible with Verizon Wireless--which in Internet retelling, becomes "iPhone coming to Verizon!"--which then leads to glum disappointment six months later when the ...
Sun, 28 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDTSubscribers to Comcast's TV and Internet services have been getting a little something extra lately: access to a Web site that lets them watch many of the channels their bills cover.
Wed, 24 Mar 2010 16:14:10 EDTThe wireless-phone industry is gathering in Las Vegas this week for its semiannual CTIA show, and Wednesday saw a flock of new phones unveiled.
Sun, 21 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDTThe government has a big plan for broadband -- big enough that you'll want a broadband connection to download its full text.
Sun, 14 Mar 2010 00:00:00 ESTTax-preparation programs are an unnecessary evil. We don't need special software to pay other bills, but our elected representatives' perpetual tinkering with the tax code makes paying for our share of government so mind-numbingly complex that most of us must outsource the math. It's alarming and...
Sun, 07 Mar 2010 00:00:00 ESTAbout a week ago, Intuit announced that it had fulfilled one of its customers' oldest requests: It had shipped a new Mac version of its Quicken personal-finance program that didn't look and run like a 1998-vintage relic.
Sun, 28 Feb 2010 00:00:00 ESTSo this guy walks into a bar. He looks around, recognizes the bartender -- and whips out a cellphone, launches an app and taps a button labeled "Check-in here." Then he gets a beer. That is a routine occurrence for people using -- make that, playing -- a social-networking service called Foursquare.