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Apple is Certain, Once Again, to Garner the Biggest Quarterly Profits in Corporate History

Saturday, January 31st, 2015 - by Stephen Green

Apple reports last quarter’s profits at market close today, but Fortune says the company will surpass even the most optimistic forecasts: Apple told Wall Street to expect total sales somewhere in the range of $63.5 to $66.5 billion — representing, at the midpoint, 15% growth from fiscal Q1 2014. Analysts aren’t buying it. They saw […]

Why Some Cops Are Worried About the Waze App

Friday, January 30th, 2015 - by Stephen Green

Are you familiar with Waze? It’s a smartphone app, which my wife turned me on to a year or two ago, which crowdsources traffic information. There’s not much use for it here in Monument, Colorado (“Teeming city of tens!”), but I keep it installed for shopping & drinking excursions to Denver, or for road trips […]

Would Your Life Be Better Without Facebook?

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 - by David Solway

After long and determined resistance, I was recently persuaded to open a Facebook account. I did so for two reasons: to see what the fuss was all about; and as a means of publicizing my books, articles and music. I have been on Facebook for a month or so and have come to regret my […]

How Many iPhones Did Apple Sell Last Quarter?

Monday, January 26th, 2015 - by Stephen Green

Best estimate is “lots.” Read: Expectations for the iPhone on Wall Street are high, as hardly a day goes by without another sign that Tim Cook made the right call when he decided to go after the oversized phone market that Samsung once owned. On Wednesday, for example, Counterpoint Research reported that Apple’s market share […]

The Surprising Place Where Apple Is Succeeding

Thursday, January 15th, 2015 - by Stephen Green

There’s one place where Apple is kinda-sorta-nearly competing somewhere adjacent to the low end, and that’s in the market for sub-$1000 laptops. The company’s 11″ MacBook Air got a price cut last year to “just” $899 retail, and that seems to be paying off: Apple sold a record 5.75 million Macs in the quarter that […]

The Next Microsoft Is…

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 - by Stephen Green

…Google? Let’s read what Katie Benner has to say about that: For all of its innovation, best captured by Eric Schmidt’s “How Google Works,” Google is a 55,000-person behemoth, and it’s nearly impossible for any company to move quickly and creatively at that size. Among tech giants, only Apple has managed to innovate after becoming […]

Why Samsung’s Profits Fell Last Year

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 - by Stephen Green

Via The Samsung Group announced Thursday that its yearly profit fell for the first time since 2011. The electronics giant still beat analysts’ expectations as its slowing smartphone sales were buoyed by demand for its computer chips. Sales of Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones made up two-thirds of its profit for the last two years, but […]

Why Amazon’s Fire Phone Failed

Saturday, January 10th, 2015 - by Stephen Green

The best tech article I’ve read in weeks is Fast Company’s behind-the-scenes report on the development of Amazon’s Fire Phone — which was thoroughly rejected by consumers and caused an embarrassing $170,000,000 write-down for the retailing giant. So what went so wrong? The short version might be: Jeff Bezos thought he was Steve Jobs. Read: […]

15 Things Back to the Future II Predicted for 2015

Friday, January 2nd, 2015 - by Paul Cooper

Back in 1989, Americans marveled at what the year 2015 might look like in the popular film Back to the Future II.  The second installment in the time-traveling trilogy focused heavily on Marty McFly and his girlfriend being taken by their pal Doc Brown 30 years into the future and seeing what life was going […]

This Isn’t Quite Picard’s Replicator, But It’s Closer…

Thursday, December 25th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

Via CNN: The “Foodini,” as it’s called, isn’t too different from a regular 3D printer, but instead of printing with plastics, it deploys edible ingredients squeezed out of stainless steel capsules: “It’s the same technology,” says Lynette Kucsma, co-founder of Natural Machines, “but with plastics there’s just one melting point, whereas with food it’s different temperatures, […]

Ships with Frickin Laser Beams

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

The Navy’s ship-deployed laser we talked about last month has been deployed on the USS Ponce — and tested, too. And it works: The Navy announced that it had deployed and fired a laser weapon this fall aboard a warship in the Persian Gulf. During a series of test shots, the laser hit and destroyed […]

A Big Advance in Solar

Monday, December 15th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

With a tip of the hat to Charlie Martin, a team of Australian scientists just blew away the previous record for solar conversion efficiency: A team from the University of New South Wales, Australia, just set a new world record for solar energy efficiency by successfully converting 40.4% of available sunlight into electricity. And what’s […]

The Truth About Uber

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

The controversial app-based taxi company is taking some heat — justified in one ugly incident — for various things, but I did get my first Uber experience last weekend and thought I’d share it with you. I flew into LA on Friday for a quickie overnight to attend Kurt Schlichter’s surprise 50th birthday roast. The […]


Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 - by Stephen Green

Robert Fox says the counterattack may have already begun: Last week the Financial Times reported that the computer security specialists Symantec had identified one of the most powerful attack viruses, code named ‘Regin’. It appears to have been aimed at Russian and Gulf banking networks; it gets in, does its work, then disappears in days […]

‘What’s Holding Back iCloud’

Saturday, November 29th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

No one, apparently: While Apple is known for providing a top-notch integrated software and hardware experience, its ability to provide services, particularly those that run remotely, has been scrutinized in recent years. Apple Maps was a fiasco on its own, leading to a shakeup of the company’s executive team, and the company hasn’t fared particularly […]

Hit Me with Your Selfie Stick

Friday, November 28th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

Read, via The Mirror: Sadly, they’re not arresting them for the crime of making people look uncool. No, the Korean government are organising a crack down because the bluetooth devices haven’t been properly tested before going on sale and could cause other electronics to malfunction, Korea Times reports. Anyone found selling the untested tech could […]

Beware: E-Cigs Can Give You Malware

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 - by Bryan Preston

Specifically, Chinese-made e-cigarettes. If you plug them into your computer’s USB port to charge them up, you may be loading malware on your machine. Many e-cigarettes can be charged over USB, either with a special cable, or by plugging the cigarette itself directly into a USB port. That might be a USB port plugged into […]

Haunting Melissa 2 Arrives in iTunes Store Thursday

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 - by Andrew Klavan

Dark Hearts:  The Secret of Haunting Melissa, should be available for download from the iTunes store this Thursday, the 20th, tomorrow as I write. This is the sequel to the innovative ghost story in an iOS app, created by Neal Edelstein and scripted by me. I haven’t seen the whole thing yet, but I’ve seen […]

Google Glass Chief: Google Glass 4X Too Expensive

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

That’s from the man himself, Astro Teller, head of the company’s Google X lab: Wearables, from Glass to smartwatches, also need to be cheaper — a lot cheaper — before they go mainstream. “Every time you drop the price by a factor of 2, you roughly get a 10 times pick up of the number […]

The $800 Million Hacking Threat from the North

Monday, November 17th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

From In late October South Korean intelligence reported that between May and September North Korea managed to distribute over 20,000 to South Korean smart phone users games containing spy software. The North Korean “spyware” was seeking information from banks as well as documents relating to reunification plans and defense matters. The spyware allowed the […]

Peanut Butter Diamonds?

Sunday, November 16th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

I’m not sure exactly how to lead you into this story, so without any further ado… Diamonds are typically created more than 800 kilometers (500 miles) below Earth’s surface when temperatures over 2200 degrees Celsius (4000 degrees Fahrenheit) and pressure 1.3 million times greater than the atmosphere combine and crystallize carbon into the clear white […]

Net Neutrality Isn’t

Friday, November 14th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

At Forbes: Most things are not public policy issues, yet get turned into such. Obama’s letter is purely about taking a thriving enterprise — our wild and wonderful Internet — and turning it into a public utility (the legalistic details behind the scenes involve a “reclassification” of up-until-now free Internet services as a public utility). […]

We’re Landing on a Comet

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 - by Stephen Green

Saying it out loud makes it even cooler. Try it. “We’re landing on a comet.” More: A miniature spacecraft cast off from its mother ship Wednesday to start a lonely, nerve-wracking descent to the rugged terrain of a comet. The European Space Agency’s washing-machine-sized spaceship, named Philae, detached from its carrier just after 3:30 a.m. […]

Coming Soon: Dark Hearts: The Secret of Haunting Melissa

Monday, November 10th, 2014 - by Andrew Klavan

Some of you were probably too busy voting Democrats out of office to notice that a terrific new trailer for the Haunting Melissa sequel came out on YouTube last week. HM was director Neal Edelstein’s innovative ghost-movie-in-an-app that climbed the App Store bestseller list in 2013. The script to that film was by your humble correspondent as is the […]