Your smartphone is about to kill off another piece of arcane technology

Smartphones have effectively replaced a lot of the gadgets that we used to buy, including calculators, compasses, alarm clocks and dedicated GPS trackers. And now The Wall Street Journal reports that smartphones look poised to kill off another antiquated piece of technology — hotel key cards. Per the Journal, Hilton is planning to implement technology […]

Why I broke up with Apple

Disclosure: I used to be a big Apple fan. I still remember how giddy I was when I got my green iPod Mini in 2004, my fifth-generation iPod in 2006, my MacBook in 2007 and my iPhone 4S in 2011. Along the way, I also bought an iPod Shuffle (for the two or three times […]

New York Times pits Galaxy S5 against iPhone 5s, says competition isn’t even close

Last week, we took an in-depth look at Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 smartphone to see how it compared with the HTC One (M8). While the competition was certainly intense, in the end we called HTC’s new flagship phone the best Android smartphone in the world. In terms of sales, however, the M8 will never compete […]

Obama says he’s not allowed iPhone for ‘security reasons’

The troubled mobile phone maker BlackBerry still has at least one very loyal customer: U.S. President Barack Obama. At a meeting with youth on Wednesday to promote his landmark healthcare law, Obama said he is not allowed to have Apple’s smart phone, the iPhone, for “security reasons,” though he still uses Apple’s tablet computer, the […]

A common test to screen for stroke risk is under review

After a career driving custom buses for touring rock bands, Ken Goins felt like he was in good shape to enjoy retirement, having lost weight and quit smoking years earlier following a bypass operation at age 50. But on his 69th birthday, an ultrasound test showed an 85% blockage in his left carotid artery, one […]

Mike Dell’s former lieutenant leads coup attempt

Dave Johnson finds himself once again pitted against a former employer. In leading Blackstone Group’s 11th-hour bid for Dell Inc, the acquisitions expert and famously tough negotiator has seated himself across the table from ex-boss and company founder Michael Dell. Their relationship has now become a crucial element in the battle over the largest private […]

Google picks 8,000 winners of ‘Glass’ contest

Google has picked out 8,000 people who will be given a chance to don a pair of Internet-connected glasses and make a fashion statement likely to be envied by gadget-loving geeks around the world. The pool selected by Google won a contest conducted last month requiring U.S. residents to submit 50-word applications through Twitter or […]

Black, female, and a Silicon Valley ‘trade secret’

How diverse is Silicon Valley? Most tech companies really, really don’t want you to know, and the U.S. government isn’t helping shed any light on the issue. In an investigation that began in August 2011, Money Magazine probed 20 of the most influential U.S. technology companies, the Department of Labor, and the Equal Employment Opportunity […]

5 things we learned at SXSW 2013

Hoopla surrounding South by Southwest Interactive, the techie festival that wrapped up here Tuesday, has exploded in recent years. The event is famously known for helping to boost Twitter in 2007 and Foursquare three years later, giving it a rep as a launching pad for new digital tools. Fresh-faced startups converge on Austin, hoping to […]

Austin startup smashing mobile barriers

Omar Naseef, a native Austinite and UT grad, is on a mission. By launching YoMobi, he and partner Katherine Ruiz are poised to shatter barriers and make mobile commerce accessible to all entrepreneurs and small businesses. He identified an inequity: that nonprofits and micro-businesses who couldn’t afford to hire their own IT staff or site […]


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