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  • The cheap iPhone that wasn’t Sep 14, 2013 7:32 AM
    At the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., CEO Tim Cook did unveil two new iPhones rather than just one. But neither of these phones is the cheap iPhone that people had been predicting. Indeed, Apple didn’t really change its pricing strategy in any meaningful way. Across the globe, it will still be charging the same for its phones as it always has.

  • Microsoft-Nokia: A good deal that came too late Sep 7, 2013 6:14 AM
    This week, Microsoft announced its unsurprising, $7.2 billion plan to buy Nokia’s smartphone division. Nokia is the world’s largest manufacturer of phones that run Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system (which is a bit like pointing out that, at 5-foot-6, I’m the tallest member of my immediate family). Microsoft is buying Nokia to control both the hardware and software in its devices; this move, Microsoft promises, will improve the phones themselves and make them easier to sell. But this is the antithesis of the company’s Windows strategy.

  • Who should run Microsoft next? Aug 31, 2013 5:06 PM
    There’s only one guy in the world who should be running Microsoft right now. Everyone knows his name (rhymes with Gill Bates), and everyone knows why he’d be perfect. Microsoft’s problem isn’t that it doesn’t make money — it does, gobs of it, every quarter, like clockwork. Microsoft’s problem is not that it doesn’t make products that the world isn’t using widely.

  • If anyone can save The Washington Post, it’s Jeff Bezos Aug 11, 2013 7:26 AM
    As a billionaire many times over, the most obvious and immediate benefit Jeff Bezos brings to The Washington Post is his bottomless wallet. But billionaires are a dime a dozen. Bezos’ real value to the Post — the reason that people in the media are both shocked and optimistic about this deal — isn’t what’s in his wallet. It’s what’s in his head.

  • Why Apple, Google are the best of enemies Aug 10, 2013 7:26 AM
    In the past, these companies maintained largely separate businesses. Apple sold hardware. Google did search. Facebook was a social network. And Amazon was an online store. But now they’re all vying to become not just the most successful firms in tech but the most consequential companies in any industry, anywhere. I think we often pay outsized attention to the rivalry, and we don’t look enough at the friendly cooperation among these companies.

  • Google’s got the best way to watch TV Aug 3, 2013 6:00 AM
    Google’s Chromecast doesn’t do much. But what it does do, it does so consistently well, and so cheaply, that it’s quickly became a primary part of my media-watching routine. Chromecast, a little USB-stick-sized device called a dongle, streams Netflix, YouTube and websites to your TV.

  • NeverWet? More like Oftenkindawet Jul 27, 2013 7:19 AM
    In 2011, LancasterOnline, a news website covering Lancaster, Pa., published a story about a seemingly magical invention by a local company. The product was called NeverWet, and it did exactly what its name suggested: When you sprayed the coating on any item, the object would be rendered practically immune to water and other liquids. There was only one downside to NeverWet — you couldn’t buy it.

  • The dumbest thing Apple ever did Jul 21, 2013 7:49 AM
    The battle for the e-book market was, at its heart, a fight between Steve Jobs’ and Jeff Bezos’ differing business philosophies. Amazon was bent on keeping prices low, even at the cost of profits. Apple, as ever, wanted to make sure that it could make a bundle on e-books.

  • I tried the Android. Now give me back my iPhone! Jul 20, 2013 7:48 AM
    It’s unclear if Google makes much money from Android directly — by some estimates Google makes as much from ads on Apple’s iOS devices as it does on Android machines. But there’s no question that Android has helped lower the prices of smartphones across the globe, which can only help Google’s ad business. It’s hard to call Android anything other than a resounding success. Well, except for one small thing: Most Android phones are lousy.

  • Google Plus does photos best Jul 13, 2013 6:54 AM
    Almost two years ago, I predicted that Google would soon kill off the network, although now that prediction is looking pretty shaky. While Google has failed to turn its network into a place to catch up with your friends — because your friends are on Facebook — it has turned it into an amazing place for pictures.

  • Silicon Valley’s attack of the clones Jun 29, 2013 7:04 AM
    I’ve always believed that in tech, ideas matter less than execution. Apple didn’t invent the tablet, Google didn’t invent the search engine, and Facebook didn’t invent the social network. They all just did those things better than others. And if Instagram can do short, viral videos better than Vine — because it has a bigger audience already, or because it offers slight improvements like effects filters and image stabilization — then being second shouldn’t stop it. On the other hand: Sad day for Silicon Valley.

  • Apple’s iOS 7 is little more than a new look Jun 22, 2013 7:35 AM
    For a redesign that’s so immediately jarring and radical, iOS 7 comes to feel strangely superficial over time. Once I got used to the new icons and typography in iOS 7, there was no next step — no clear payoff for braving the dislocation the new design had caused. What’s this design in service of? How does it improve your phone? Does iOS 7 change how your device works, rather than just how it looks? Most of the time, not really.

  • Here’s how to fix the school yearbook business Jun 1, 2013 7:32 AM
    You wouldn’t know it to look at the products, but the school yearbook business is kind of shady. There’s a good chance you and your kid’s school are paying way too much for yearbooks — sometimes thousands or tens of thousands a year too much.

  • The end of the credit card? May 18, 2013 7:27 AM
    This week Square announced a new product that took me by surprise: the Square Stand, an iPad holder and credit card reader that's meant to function as a point-of-sale system for high-volume small businesses like restaurants and cafes.

  • Why I love Internet sales tax plan May 5, 2013 7:12 AM
    Don't hate the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would require you to pay tax on all offline and online purchases. The bill does something that's almost unheard of: It makes taxes fairer and simpler. There's also a carve-out for small businesses

  • Why iPad is Apple's most valuable product Apr 27, 2013 9:06 AM
    The iPad has always labored under the shadow of its little brother the iPhone. When Apple launched the tablet back in the spring of 2010, everyone thought it was derivative -- it's just a big iPhone! Even now, after proving itself a worthy alternative to personal computers, the iPad rarely gets its due.

  • Review: Facebook Phone Isn’t as Bad as You Think Apr 6, 2013 6:56 AM
    Facebook Home isn't a phone, it isn't an operating system, and it isn't an app. Instead, it's a free-to-download lock- and home-screen replacement for Android phones. If most people's phones are already Facebook phones, Facebook Home makes them Facebookier, bringing the social-network's content (including, at some point, ads), to your phone's foremost screen.

  • Good riddance, Google Reader, Manjoo says Mar 23, 2013 8:16 AM
    I've made it pretty clear that I don't like RSS readers. But enough about me. Let's talk about you. You didn't just love Google Reader. No, your feelings about it were much deeper -- you relied on Google Reader, making it a central part of your daily workflow. Now it's gone, and you feel lost.

  • Is Google Fiber too powerful? Mar 23, 2013 9:00 AM
    Google Fiber, the search company's effort to wire a large American city with 1-gigabit Internet lines. That's 100 times faster than the average American home broadband speed. The only problem is, no one knows what to do with that much power.

  • What to do with the world’s fastest Internet service Mar 16, 2013 7:32 AM
    oogle's gigabit initiative, called Google Fiber, has sparked a round of questions across the tech industry. Is Google looking to become an Internet service provider? Does it simply want to spur other ISPs into providing faster service? And, finally, why gigabit Internet — what does Google expect people to do with the world's fastest broadband service?

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