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  • Inside Apple's gigantic Apple Watch rollout

    By Mike Elgan | 24 March, 2015 00:18

    The Apple Watch may or may not be an impressive piece of design or technology. But one thing is certain: Apple's preparations for retail sales of the watch are amazing.

  • The Apple Watch is flirting with feature-bloat, putting sublime simplicity at risk

    By Jon Phillips | 13 March, 2015 02:45

    If I were Tim Cook right now, I wouldn't be worrying about Apple Watch sales potential. Oh, it will sell. The new TV spot is inspiring, and the stainless steel polish on these watches looks fan-frigging-amazing. Add in Apple's trademark surprise-and-delight, and all signs point to long lines on launch day.

  • yARN: I like my Pebble, but I'm not kickstarting Pebble Time

    By Jason Snell | 05 March, 2015 02:48

    I was an original backer of the Kickstarter for the Pebble smartwatch and have been wearing it on my wrist for more than two years, so you'd think I'd be one of the tens of thousands of people rushing to Kickstart the new Pebble Time. But I'm not.

  • Microsoft doesn't know what it has with HoloLens

    By Rob Enderle | 27 January, 2015 06:49

    Microsoft's HoloLens has the potential to be just as revolutionary as the Apple II or Tesla car.

  • Why it's (finally) time to embrace thin client technology

    By Rob Enderle | 06 December, 2014 06:36

    Earlier this week, I was at Dell's analyst update on its thin client business and it got me thinking about how thin clients were supposed to replace personal computers. An experience that was instant on/off, that embodied simplicity and reliability and that not only had the performance of a PC but could be updated without any user impact was a compelling idea.

  • Reality challenged: remember those predictions Tim Cook would be fired?

    By The Macalope | 30 November, 2014 04:31

    It was just a matter of time, but Apple's executive corps could only preside over so much market share bloodletting before the bill came due.

  • Can't wait for the Apple Watch? You're not alone

    By Mike Elgan | 23 November, 2014 03:13

    Apple CEO, Tim Cook, unveiled the Apple Watch at a special event in September. The press was herded into a special tent to look at prototype watches running canned videos of what the watch might look like.

  • Rise of the celebrity tech entrepreneur

    By Mike Elgan | 18 November, 2014 00:16

    California is a house divided, with global entertainment powerhouse Hollywood in the south -- epicenter of the movie, TV and music businesses -- and global technology powerhouse Silicon Valley in the north.

  • 10 iPad Air 2 reviews in 10 quintessential quotes

    By Caitlin McGarry | 23 October, 2014 06:43

    Apple's just-announced tablets, the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, haven't hit store shelves yet, but the early reviews are in.

  • Did HTC, of all companies, just Re-invent the compact camera?

    By Tony Ibrahim | 10 October, 2014 11:17

    Re looks nothing like a conventional compact camera. There’s no display and it has barely any buttons. The body is cylindrical and its only popping design trait is a large, peering lens. Frankly, it looks like a submarine’s periscope.

  • Top 5 reasons to love the Apple iPhone 6

    By Tony Ibrahim | 25 September, 2014 10:50

    The latest iPhones, the 6 and 6 Plus, could see Android fans making the move across to Apple.

  • Top 5 reasons to hate the Apple iPhone 6

    By Tony Ibrahim | 24 September, 2014 12:59

    The new Apple iPhone 6 is not without its shortcomings.

  • What to expect from Apple's September 9 event

    By Dan Moren | 30 August, 2014 01:39

    Roll them bones, strain the tea leaves, and consult your crystal balls. With Apple's September 9 event now a matter of public record, the only sensible way to while away the hours over the next week and a half is to speculate about what precisely the company might have hidden up its sleeves strange temporary building.

  • Apple planning to release 12-inch MacBook Air later this year

    By Yoni Heisler | 25 June, 2014 03:57

    According to a recent report in Digitimes, Apple is prepping plans to manufacture a 12-inch MacBook Air during the third quarter of 2014. As it stands now, the MacBook Air comes in 11 and 13-inch flavors so it remains unclear if Apple's svelte notebook will be available in three distinct sizes or if one of the aforementioned form factors will be shown the door.

  • Why you shouldn't buy the Amazon Fire phone

    By Mike Elgan | 23 June, 2014 23:43

    Amazon launched a new smartphone this week. It's called the Amazon Fire phone, and it sports some unique hardware, software and services.

  • Is hardware back? Mobile and Cloud technology offer clues

    By Jonathan Hassell | 03 June, 2014 01:21

    If you haven't been living under a rock, you've heard pundits proclaim the death of the PC. As consumers move to tablets and stop buying laptops and desktops, and as companies pinch IT budgets even harder than they have in the past, it's easy to paint a doomsday scenario for hardware. Even the hardware companies play into this myth — look no further than AMD to see weakness portrayed. For many, it seems, hardware has lost its sexiness.

  • Reviews: D-Link's Wi-Fi Smart Plug; LaCie's Fuel wireless storage

    By Keith Shaw | 28 May, 2014 08:07

    The Wi-Fi Smart Plug is a power outlet adapter that includes Wi-Fi connectivity, letting you turn any electrical device into a connected device for power on/off purposes. With an included app for iOS and Android devices (phones or tablets), users can control the connected appliances wherever they are (whether inside their own home networks or over the cloud).

  • Why Apple's wearable technology will be personal technology

    By Marco Tabini | 07 April, 2014 23:57

    There is no shortage of signs that wearable technology is the next big thing in the world of personal electronics. Tech giants like Samsung and Google have already made heavy investments and are rushing all sorts of products to the market. Indeed, given that Pebble--a pioneer in this space--has reportedly sold 400,000 units of its smartwatch, it's clear that the time of wearable tech is upon us.

  • How Samsung can still win the looming smartwatch wars in an Android Wear world

    By Jon Phillips | 19 March, 2014 14:03

    Android Wear looks spectacular. I've binge-watched Google's reveal videos, peeled through the developer notes, and brain-vacuumed an independent tour of the SDK. I emphatically dig what I see, but now it's time for a reality-check. A Google smartwatch victory is not a fait accompli.

  • Let's get small: One editor's journey from iPad to iPad mini

    By Jonathan Seff | 14 January, 2014 14:22

    I've been a user of a full-size iPad since the first Wi-Fi model was released in April 2010. And until the iPad mini debuted near the end of 2012, it was just the iPad because your choice was 9.7 inches or nothing.


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