Stories by Dan Tynan

  • The 10 stupidest tech company blunders

    Some of the biggest high-tech deals never happened. Some of the most promising products and services never came to be. Why? Because the people and companies involved didn't realize what they were letting slip through their fingers, or they simply couldn't foresee what would happen afterward.

  • 15 of the most elegant tech designs ever

    Like beauty, sleekness is in the eye of the beholder. It's impossible to define easily, but you know it when you see it. It's that feeling in your gut that says "I don't know what that thing is or what it's supposed to do, but I want one--now."

  • The 10 dumbest tech products so far

    New Coke. Chia pets. Ashton Kutcher. All are bad ideas that should have been snuffed out before they emerged into public consciousness. All are things that make you scratch your head and say, "What in God's name were they thinking?"

  • 10 cool new mobile gadgets

    Some of these 10 intriguing mobile gizmos, including a connected GPS unit, external iPhone speakers, a Bluetooth headset, and a gadget charger, are fairly mainstream. The others, well, not so much.

  • When the Web got it wrong

    Did you hear? Britney Spears had a fatal run-in with a pretzel, a guy named Homosexual ran in the Olympic 100-meter dash, and President Obama attended a Muslim academy.

  • Gear of the year

    Forget boring tech: Here are some of the most innovative, interesting products we’ve seen (or are waiting to see) this year.

  • Small gestures: Talking to tomorrow's tech

    It was a typical Saturday morning, and my children were swinging nunchuks at each other again. Though my son and daughter go medieval on each other several times a day, I wasn't worried. They were just using the Wii.

  • How TVs will get much, much flatter

    Plasma is dead. Front and rear projection? Fuggeddaboutit. LCD has a few good years left, and then it's sayonara, baby. TV technology's future lies in tiny phosphorescent molecules.

  • The 10 most disruptive technology combinations

    If there's one thing the digital revolution has taught us, it's that we shouldn't get too attached to anything. Technology has a way of seizing long-held ideas and entrenched industries and turning them upside-down.

  • The seven dirtiest jobs in IT

    Working in IT isn't always pretty. After all, we can't all work on the cutting-edge technologies all the time. Some of us have to get dirty -- in some cases, literally.

  • The perils of dirty data

    Few IT projects are more frightening than data integration and reconciliation. Actually, let us rephrase that. One thing is more frightening -- when data integration goes bad.