Is this the world’s first combination head shop/computer store?

Is this the world’s first combination head shop/computer store?

Ashbury Tech, located in the famed Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, combines two classic eras in San Francisco’s unique history: hippies and tech.

03/21/17

Possibly the worst mass invasion of internet privacy ever

Possibly the worst mass invasion of internet privacy ever

In what might be the worst mass invasion of internet privacy, police got a warrant for a particular Google search from an entire Minnesota town.

03/20/17

Native apps vs. mobile websites: A new battlefront opens

Native apps vs. mobile websites: A new battlefront opens

Bandwidth efficiency—a key factor in developing markets—makes mobile websites the preferred option over native apps.

03/13/17

Consumer Reports decision to rate cybersecurity is a huge deal

Consumer Reports decision to rate cybersecurity is a huge deal

Consumer Reports helped develop The Digital Standard for rating digital privacy and cybersecurity of IoT devices, and it will use it in upcoming product reviews.

03/08/17

Wearables in the starting lineup for NBA and MLB?

Wearables in the starting lineup for NBA and MLB?

As MLB and NBA athletes begin to don wearable fitness devices during games, big questions remain—including who owns the data?

03/07/17

The ultimate upgrade to Amazon’s Alexa

The ultimate upgrade to Amazon’s Alexa

What Amazon’s Alexa really needs is some human assistance. Enhance it with a human/AI hybrid service.

03/02/17

8 ways to make Amazon’s Alexa even more awesome

8 ways to make Amazon’s Alexa even more awesome

Amazon’s voice assistant, Alexa, works remarkably well, but these improvements could dramatically extend its range and usefulness.

02/28/17

The cloud is growing 7 times faster than the rest of IT

The cloud is growing 7 times faster than the rest of IT

The latest IDC forecast says public cloud spending will grow almost 25% this year, topping $122 billion. And the growth keeps up through 2020.

02/21/17

We finally know how much a data breach can cost

We finally know how much a data breach can cost

Thanks to Yahoo and Verizon’s renegotiated deal, we finally have a real number for how much a data breach can cost. And it’s huge.

02/21/17

The end of net neutrality is nigh—here’s what’s likely to happen

The end of net neutrality is nigh—here’s what’s likely to happen

The new FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, is committed to killing net neutrality. What will that mean in practice for internet service providers, content providers and consumers?

02/07/17

The cloud continues to rise—and fast

The cloud continues to rise—and fast

Wall Street fretted when AWS’ earnings grew “only” 47% in Q4 of 2016. Looking at the quarterly results from cloud vendors Amazon, Microsoft and Google, though, analysts are wrong to worry.

02/06/17

Tech companies can no longer avoid politics—and the fallout could be ugly

Tech companies can no longer avoid politics—and the fallout could be ugly

As President Trump issues executive orders affecting the tech industry, such as the one on immigration, tech companies find themselves pulled into the world of politics.

01/30/17

My worst tech purchase ever

My worst tech purchase ever

I’ve made some dumb buying decisions over the years, but none worse than the IBM PC Jr.—an underpowered, unloved, overpriced and overhyped computer.

01/25/17

More proof the cloud is winning big

More proof the cloud is winning big

A new IDC forecast predicts spending on cloud infrastructure to top traditional IT approaches by 2020.

01/19/17

Amazon Alexa ‘wins’ CES, but how well does the virtual assistant really perform?

Amazon Alexa ‘wins’ CES, but how well does the virtual assistant really perform?

As Amazon’s Alexa finds a home on multiple new devices, can the voice-activiated virtual assistant live up to mainstream consumer expectations? Fredric Paul gives it a try.

01/10/17

When we weren’t looking, smartwatches became niche items

When we weren’t looking, smartwatches became niche items

Smartwatches—like the Apple Watch—have become niche items: for exercise and outdoor use. Few make smartwatches for general users to wear anytime.

01/09/17

7 things Amazon needs to do in 2017

7 things Amazon needs to do in 2017

Amazon is riding high these days—in the cloud, retail, drones, devices, AI and more. But to extend its dominance without alienating its customers, it must address a few key issues.

12/22/16

How to tell if the Trump administration is serious about tech innovation

How to tell if the Trump administration is serious about tech innovation

Forget last week’s high-profile meeting with tech leaders, the real indicator of Trump’s tech intentions lies in the fate of two key government agencies: the United States Digital Service and 18F.

12/20/16

12 tips on moving enterprises to the cloud: Cultural edition

12 tips on moving enterprises to the cloud: Cultural edition

When it comes to DevOps and the cloud, culture can be a bigger issue than technology. AutoScout 24 shared its learnings at AWS re:Invent.

12/19/16

The latest ransomware is pure evil genius

The latest ransomware is pure evil genius

Popcorn Time ransomware melds social engineering with technology to spread itself faster than ever.

12/13/16

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