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  •  Employees hold a new full size Apple iPad 4th generation, left, next to new Apple iPad mini at the Apple store on Michigan Ave. in Chicago. Farhad Manjoo wants to know why Apple hasn’t designed MacBooks to respond to touch like iPads.

    Why don’t Apple laptops have touch screens? Mar 9, 2013 12:00 AM
    Like many kids, my 2-year-old son can run circles around you on an iPad. Computers, though, flummox him. o when I plop him down in front of YouTube on my MacBook he always gets confused when a video ends. He reaches for the screen and repeatedly taps to get a new clip to play. It's pretty funny, actually. But of course, my kid is totally right. Why doesn't the MacBook screen respond to his touch?

     
  •  Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced plans to force Yahoo’s few hundred remote workers to relocate to its offices.

    Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s misstep Mar 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is going to regret this decision to ban working from home. It’s myopic, unfriendly and so boneheaded that I worry it’s the product of spending too much time at the office. (She did, after all, build a nursery next to her office to house her new baby). Numerous studies have found that people can be more productive when they’re allowed to work away from the office.

     
  • A Google worker rides a bike at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

    How Google keeps its workers happy Jan 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    Google monitors its employees' well-being to a degree that can seem absurd to those who work outside Mountain View. And if there's any sign that joy among Googlers is on the wane, it's the Google HR department's mission to figure out why and how to fix it. The company's swank perks — free gourmet food, on-site laundry, Wi-Fi commuting shuttles — are legendary in the corporate world, and they've driven a culture of ever-increasing luxuries for tech workers.

     
  •  Tablets won’t replace PCs because tablets are a form of PCs, some experts argue. Semantics aside, the line between PCs and laptops is blurring with a new batch of hybrid computers.

    Hybrid computers may replace old PCs Jan 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    PC makers are showing off a variety of laptops and desktops that look completely different from your father's PCs. Call these machines "hybrids," "convertibles," or maybe just call them very weird. Several companies showed off laptops whose screens detach to become tablets. Stranger still were the desktops that double as tablets.

     
  •  When Samsung first unveiled the Galaxy Note — a 5.3-inch smartphone that was big enough to be a minitablet the world’s tech pundits couldn’t stifle their giggles. Was it a phone? Was it a tablet? Was it a joke? But the joke’s on us. Confounding our predictions, Samsung sold 10 million Notes in 2012, making it one of the most successful smartphone launches in history. Then, in the fall, Samsung launched the Galaxy Note II, an upgraded version with an even larger screen — and it promptly sold 5 million of them, and is on track to sell 20 million over the course of the year.

    The genius of Samsung and the phabletJan 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    When Samsung first unveiled the Galaxy Note — a 5.3-inch smartphone that was big enough to be a minitablet the world's tech pundits couldn't stifle their giggles. Confounding our predictions, Samsung sold 10 million Notes in 2012, making it one of the most successful smartphone launches in history. Then, in the fall, Samsung launched the Galaxy Note II, an upgraded version with an even larger screen — and it promptly sold 5 million of them, and is on track to sell 20 million over the course of the year.

     
  • Manjoo: My technology new year’s resolutions Jan 5, 2013 12:00 AM
    I write about technology for a living, but tech, and the way I use it, frustrates me all the time. I'm constantly finding technology slow or annoying or buggy, and I'm always on the lookout for new ways of doing things. The turn of the calendar is a good time to implement some changes in how I use technology. I came up with five tech resolutions for the New Year. Some of these might be applicable to you, too.

     
  •  In 2008 and 2009, recession-strapped consumers around the world began snapping up netbooks in droves. Now, as Charles Arthur reports in the Guardian, most major PC manufacturers have stopped making these tiny machines. The last holdouts were the Taiwanese firms Acer and Asus. Both say they won’t build any netbooks in 2013.

    Why Apple Killed the netbook Jan 5, 2013 12:00 AM
    In 2008 and 2009, recession-strapped consumers around the world began snapping up netbooks in droves. They became the fastest-growing segment of the PC market, and some wild-eyed analysts were suggesting that netbook sales would soon eclipse those of desktops and regular laptops combined. That didn't happen. Over the past couple years the netbook market crashed. Now, as Charles Arthur reports in the Guardian, most major PC manufacturers have stopped making these tiny machines.

     
  • Employees hold a new full size Apple iPad 4th generation, left, next to new Apple iPad mini at the Apple store on Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

    The 8 best technologies of 2012 Dec 29, 2012 12:00 AM
    2012 wasn't a breakthrough year for tech. We didn't get an innovative new category-bursting device — the Apple TV remains a pipe dream and Microsoft's Surface was, for me, a dud. But this was a year for improvement: Everything good got much, much better. That's the theme you'll notice below, in my list of the best technologies of 2012.

     
  • Facebook’s pokey chat app Dec 29, 2012 12:00 AM
    It's pretty brassy to call your sexting app Poke. That was my first reaction to the news last week that Facebook had launched a clone of Snapchat, the trendy smartphone app that lets you send photos and videos that self-destruct after a few seconds.

     
  •  Guns are exempt from most of the consumer safety laws that improved the rest of American life. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which was established in 1972, is charged with looking over thousands of different kinds of products.

    We have the technology to make safer guns Dec 22, 2012 12:00 AM
    Research shows that it's possible to make safer firearms. There are a slew of sensible technologies that gunmakers could add to their products that might prevent hundreds or thousands of deaths per year. Why aren't gunmakers making safer guns? Because guns are exempt from most of the consumer safety laws that improved the rest of American life.

     
  • Facebook has the potential to become a solution to the world’s gifting woes, a way to quickly, easily, and thoughtfully make the people around you feel like you care.

    Facebook has revolutionized gift-giving on the web Dec 15, 2012 12:00 AM
    A startup called Karma launched a mobile app that I considered a breakthrough for gifting. The app alerted you to your friends' special occasions, recommended gifts they might like, took care of all the pesky gifting logistics, and, best of all, gave the giftee a sense of joy even before the thing arrived. Karma did a lot of this by plugging into the world's most-comprehensive repository of social relationships — Facebook.

     
  • The greatest hoodie around, made in America Dec 8, 2012 12:00 AM
    American Giant has figured out a way to do what most people in the apparel industry consider impossible: It's making clothes entirely in the United States, and it's doing so at costs that aren't prohibitive. American Apparel does something similar, of course, but not especially profitably, and its clothes are very low quality. Winthrop, on the other hand, has found a way to make apparel that harks back to the industry's heyday, when clothes used to be made to last.

     
  •  Steven Sinofsky’s departure from Microsoft comes just weeks after the company launched Windows 8, a major overhaul of the operating system that’s used on most of the world’s computers.

    Microsoft just lost its Steve Jobs Nov 17, 2012 12:00 AM
    In a move nobody predicted, Microsoft announced that Steven Sinofsky, the executive who'd led the development of Windows 8 and the Surface tablet, was leaving the company. Sinofsky deserves all the credit (or blame) for Microsoft's new path. He led the development of Windows 8 single-mindedly and almost single-handedly, cutting out input from other divisions as well as from his underlings.

     
  • The new LED bulbs aren’t worth $50 Nov 11, 2012 12:00 AM
    Last year I visited Switch Lighting, a small Silicon Valley company that claimed to have built something revolutionary. Switch's product: a light bulb that produced the same warm, comforting glow that we associate with Edison's enduring incandescent bulb but lasts 20 times longer and uses a fraction of the energy. The Switch bulb was going to cost $20. I was won over. But the company had to go back to the drawing board and the new bulb costs $50. The bad news: It's not worth it.

     
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  •  Microsoft store product adviser Stuart Pitts displays the new Surface tablet computer.

    Why is the Surface so bad? Nov 10, 2012 12:00 AM
    There's only one question anyone should ask about Microsoft's Surface tablet: Is it better than the iPad? It didn't take me a week and a half to decide whether the Surface is better than the iPad. At most it took a couple days, and that's being generous. You'd likely arrive at the same conclusion after playing with the Surface for just a few minutes in a Microsoft Store.

     
  •  Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple Inc., holds an iPad Mini Tuesday during an event in San Jose, California. Apple Inc. introduced a smaller version of the iPad designed to keep customers from buying low-cost tablets from competitors Microsoft Corp., Amazon.com Inc. and Google Inc.

    Slate: Under Tim Cook, Apple is stronger than ever Oct 27, 2012 12:00 AM
    Every fall, Apple holds a big event to show off its holiday lineup of gadgets. This year, it held two big events. That pretty much sums up the most important thing about Apple in 2012. The company has long been obsessively focused on making a few devices really well. Now it's making a lot more than a few devices. Releasing so many new things in a single year marks a major philosophical shift for Apple.

     
  • Slate: Hard times in FarmVille for developer Zynga Oct 13, 2012 12:00 AM
    Zynga has entered what looks like a death spiral, and nobody is surprised. This week the firm announced that users aren’t flocking to its latest games, and as a result it’s lowering its revenue expectations for the year. The announcement sparked another brutal slide in Zynga’s stock price; shares were recently trading for less than $2.50 each, more than 75 percent less than at Zynga’s IPO. In some ways Zynga’s demise — along with Facebook’s IPO fizzle and investors’ newfound distaste for advertiser-driven consumer sites — is a good sign for the tech industry.

     
  •  Noah Meloccaro, right, compares his older iPhone 4s to the new iPhone 5, held by Both Gatwech, outside the Apple Store in Omaha, Neb.

    Slate: The iPhone 5 is a miracle Oct 13, 2012 12:00 AM
    When Apple unveiled the iPhone 5 last month, many tech pundits called it “boring.” I was one of them. Now, almost a month later, it’s time for me to get something off my chest: I’ve made a huge mistake. That’s because, in all other ways, the iPhone 5 is the best phone ever to grace the earth. It beats every single rival on just about every metric you can think of, including speed, battery life, and especially beauty and workmanship.

     
  • Slate: The world’s best thermostat just got better Oct 6, 2012 12:00 AM
    The Nest, which was built by a start-up co-founded by Tony Fadell, the guy who designed the iPod, is not just the most beautiful thermostat in the world. A minimalist orb that resembles HAL, the Nest may well be one of the most beautiful objects you install in your home — it looks like something from the future, if the future were ruled by people with impeccable taste in Scandinavian furniture.

     
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