June 30, 2013
Windows 8.1 is seen as Microsoft's attempt to regain the customer favor lost with the release of Windows 8 and its controversial user interface, but is it more a case of back-pedaling than moving forward?
June 23, 2013
Yahoo's announcement last week it would begin resetting inactive email addresses and make them available again must gladden the hearts of people set on a "vanity" address of firstname.lastname@example.org, but how likely is it they'll succeed in getting it?
June 09, 2013
NASA says its Mars Curiosity rover will finish up its scientific investigations in its initial landing area -- working in an area smaller than a football field -- and enter a "distance-driving" mode ... but don't get too excited. We're talking about a five-mile "road trip" that's going to take months.
June 02, 2013
Struggling Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC has announced a version of its flagship HTC One handset running stock Android 4.2.2 will be available June 26, making it the latest phone maker to hope a phone running the "true church" version of Android -- untouched by any manufacturers' or carrier's add-on bells and whistles -- will attract some buyers.
May 26, 2013
The unveiling last week of the Xbox One represents Microsoft's latest weapon in a war whose outcome is likely to either bulk up or shred the bottom line of more than a few companies -- call it the battle of the living room.
May 12, 2013
If persistent rumors of Apple's introducing a low-cost version of its all-conquering iPhone -- rumors gaining credibility with each passing day -- turn out to be correct, it will mark a turning point for the Cupertino, Calif., tech darling. But you have to wonder what Steve Jobs would think about it.
May 05, 2013
Empty space. In discussions of things astronomical, the term pops up so often it's gone beyond cliche.
April 28, 2013
Every jump in technology brings with it adjustments society must make and rules it must develop if the new paradigm is to be considered acceptable, and Google Glass -- a wearable computer that can record video surreptitiously -- presents just such a paradigm shift.
April 21, 2013
The public release of photos and videos in the hunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was made possible in large part because we now live in a society where we are never long out of the field of view of a camera mounted somewhere or carried by someone.
April 07, 2013
"Facebook Home" for Android phones, creating an "all Facebook all the time" home screen, can be seen as an "all in" bet by the social networking company, pushing its stack of chips from the desktop computing arena to where it sees its future -- mobile.
March 24, 2013
One might like to assume that when the framers of the Constitution sat down to consider the rights and freedoms most deserving of being explicitly put forward in the document, people's right to privacy would be at the top of a short, fundamental list.
March 10, 2013
Amid signs the smartphone industry may have to gird itself for a period of slower growth and reduced profit margins, manufacturers are casting about for a new smartphone feature that could capture the public's eye and convince buyers to pull out the old credit card yet again.
March 03, 2013
Google, which as an American company operates in the United States under freedoms and rights taken mostly for granted, is finding itself in European courts because of a concept the European Union takes very seriously -- "the right to be forgotten."
February 17, 2013
Asteroids and meteors have been much in the news recently, with an exploding meteor injuring hundreds in Russia and an asteroid making a close fly-by of the Earth, both on Friday.
February 10, 2013
You've lost your smartphone. Or more worrying, it may have been stolen. Like most people, you've entrusted it with more and more of your personal data. Your first thought: just how secure are those emails, contact list, work documents and that app to access your bank accounts?