IBM Hong Kong calls Cringely report of 100,000 layoffs ‘ludicrous;’ Cringely fires back

IBM Hong Kong calls Cringely report of 100,000 layoffs ‘ludicrous;’ Cringely fires back

IBM Hong Kong this morning issued an un-IBM-like press release in response to a report by Robert Cringely last week that the company is planning to lay off 26% of its workforce, or more than 100,000 people.

01/26/15

Shot at Brady funnier in Seattle than N.E.

Shot at Brady funnier in Seattle than N.E.

It looks like Target employs someone who doesn’t appreciate that a joke displayed publicly on the West Coast can make it all the way to the East Coast in no time in this age of social media.

01/23/15

BlackBerry issues futile call for ‘app neutrality’

BlackBerry issues futile call for ‘app neutrality’

This proposal by BlackBerry – actually sent to U.S. lawmakers yesterday – calls for the government to compel the likes of Netflix to make their applications work with the likes of BlackBerry whether business considerations justify it...

01/22/15

Our latest ‘25 Geekiest 25th Anniversaries’ list

Our latest ‘25 Geekiest 25th Anniversaries’ list

Today Network World has published its/my 9th annual collection of the year’s “25 Geekiest 25th Anniversaries.”

01/20/15

‘Is radar breaking my WiFi?’

‘Is radar breaking my WiFi?’

The question in the headline was posed yesterday by a reader of Reddit’s section that is devoted to networking. "This just seems so far-fetched," he lamented.

01/16/15

Watch a woman I’m not related to toss sausages at police here in Framingham

Watch a woman I’m not related to toss sausages at police here in Framingham

Yes, this happened right here in the town in which I work, and, yes, the sausage-tossing alleged perpetrator and I share the same surname, but, no, we are not related, at least to the best of my knowledge.

01/13/15

Guided tour of a Google data center

Guided tour of a Google data center

Google exec walks us through a company data center in Berkeley County, South Carolina (I’ve provided a few highlights under the video for those who can’t or don’t want to watch).

01/13/15

Facebook growth nonexistent, Pew finds, while other social-media platforms gain users

Facebook growth nonexistent, Pew finds, while other social-media platforms gain users

Talk of Facebook’s impending demise may be no more credible than today’s latest Twitter rumor about the death of Fidel Castro, but that doesn’t mean either one is the picture of health these days.

01/09/15

‘What do I do if my Internet pipes freeze?’

‘What do I do if my Internet pipes freeze?’

The question in the headline was posed by an impish troll to readers of Reddit’s section devoted to networking. He got the help he deserved ... and more.

01/08/15

Chinese air passenger’s refusal to stow phone earns her 5 days ‘detention’

Chinese air passenger’s refusal to stow phone earns her 5 days ‘detention’

With U.S. aviation officials poised to lift their longstanding ban on cellphone use in commercial airliners, such is most decidedly not the case in China.

01/06/15

Twitter hoax may prove costly … someday

Twitter hoax may prove costly … someday

All I know about Jake Berlin is that you can’t trust anything he posts on Twitter. And that may cost him someday.

01/05/15

‘Find My iPhone’ foils thieves once again

‘Find My iPhone’ foils thieves once again

You might think that smartphone thieves would be smarter by now. Not so.

01/05/15

FTC chides BabyBus for tracking babies

FTC chides BabyBus for tracking babies

The Federal Trade Commission today has made public its contention that BabyBus, a China-based maker of mobile software designed for the youngest of the young, appears to be violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act...

12/22/14

1987: Jobs explains mouse to Playboy

1987: Jobs explains mouse to Playboy

Spotted this one on Reddit’s section devoted to the “mildly interesting:” In a 1987 interview with Playboy -- which we read back then for the articles, if you recall -- Steve Jobs was asked what’s up with this mouse contraption.

12/17/14

BMW to take the valet out of valet parking

BMW to take the valet out of valet parking

This may be a godsend for those who are reluctant to hand their keys over to a parking valet, in others words, everyone. Or maybe it will make that leap of faith seem trivial by comparison.

12/16/14

When management meddles with passwords

When management meddles with passwords

There’s a password discussion ongoing today in the section of Reddit populated by system administrators and it was prompted by the lament of one whose business-side management wants everyone to email it their passwords.

12/12/14

Not shocked by Lenovo power cable recall

Not shocked by Lenovo power cable recall

So I’m sitting at my kitchen table this morning scanning news items on my Lenovo ThinkPad, which is plugged into my kitchen wall via a Lenovo power cable, when I read this headline: “Lenovo recalls power cables over fire risk.”

12/11/14

Guidance counselor in need of one takes to Facebook and threatens to ‘shoot’ protesters

A Pennsylvania high school guidance counselor has chosen one of the worst ways imaginable to show her students the dangers of using social media while under the influence of anger.

12/09/14

Amazon crowd pokes fun at $40,000 TV

They don’t seem to appreciate the fact that it’s been marked down from $45,000. Or that this is nowhere near the most expensive television available via Amazon.

12/08/14

Wozniak calls Apple garage origin ‘a myth’

Wozniak calls Apple garage origin ‘a myth’

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has done this kind of thing before, debunking – or at least degrading -- a slice of Apple lore.This time it's about that garage.

12/05/14

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