Analysis: Is Bill Gates’ funding of media slanting their objectivity?

Bill Gates is filthy stinking rich. But, did you know that he likes to use his vast fortune to influence media coverage and public opinion?

Qualcomm's secret mobile weapon: Augmented Reality

The mobile industry will soon undergo a massive consolidation of the smartphone/tablet space. We simply have too many vendors and Intel's focused entry later this year should force the ARM vendors to merge, some to fail, and only the strongest will survive. 



Opinion: Will impending battle over Net Neutrality benefit us?

It appears likely that the Republican controlled House and the Democrat controlled Senate will battle over the Federal Communications Commission’s Net Neutrality order. It sounds entertaining, but we shouldn’t expect that it will benefit us.

No, Motorola's 4G Xoom isn’t worth $800+

Android is undoubtedly one of the coolest mobile operating systems coded in recent years. But it isn't iOS, and the Xoom, for all its tricked-out and superior specs, isn't an iPad. Simply put, the Android-powered Xoom lacks the comforts of Apple's "walled garden" ecosystem. 



The AMD Valentine’s Day Gift for Intel, or how I almost got divorced

So I’m sitting minding my business today when the following note is hand delivered to my wife with a cup of chocolates: Dear Rob, I heard that Sandy B broke your heart and wanted to let you know that I’m here for you. Oh, and I have a cousin from Llana Texas I’d like to introduce you to soon - I think you two will really hit it off!

Nokia and Microsoft, the ugly choice


A lot of us here are suddenly asking if Microsoft can save Nokia. Back in 2005 Palm was clearly in trouble, their smartphone sales weren’t going anyplace and their plan to break the company into two parts - one  software and the other hardware - had failed badly. 

The TouchPad, Pre 3 and Veer: A new beginning or end for HP?

A few days ago I analyzed the bar for what we now know as the HP TouchPad, which was one of the three products HP announced today.  

Technology Super Bowl: Setting the bar for the HP/Palm tablet

In a few days HP will launch its tablet competitor against the iPad. The Motorola Xoom, which was expected to be the first real iPad contender, isn’t having a good day with a price about $300 higher than the market will likely accept. 


No, AMD did not drop the 3D gaming ball

No one can dispute the fact that Nvidia spent an immense amount of time and money developing a viable 3D ecosystem. However, the rapidly evolving standard has yet to be adopted by the majority of mainstream or core gamers.

No, I will not play Halo Kinect

Yes, Microsoft may have purchased the KinectHalo.com domain, but I can tell you right now I will never, ever play a Kinect-based version of the game - if there is one.

In search of a real Sputnik moment

In President Obama's State of the Union Speech last month he spoke of "our Sputnik moment" referring to President Kennedy's vision that we would reach the moon by the end of the 60's. 
It was a wonderful decade to dream and his government was referred to as the Camelot of its time. 

Celebrities, stop shilling for tech companies!

What ever happened to the good old days when celebrities would sip a Coke on screen for millions of dollars in endorsement money? I had no problems watching Britney Spears dance for Pepsi or Derek Jeter apply deodorant and shave with a particular razor.

Analysis: Intel partners with Will.i.am to create a new computing future

At Intel’s global sales meeting this week Will.i.am, who clearly gets points for creative naming, was confirmed as the Director of Creative Innovation.

Apple without Jobs is like Disney without Walt

As Steve Jobs and Apple prepare to separate for possibly last time, an analogous event come to mind: when Walt Disney left his company - catastrophically.

Total Remake: Total Recall lead is Colin Farrell as Arnie’s part

The hackery in Hollywood is reaching critical levels. This time they’re remaking Total Recall with Colin Farrell.  

Why you shouldn't buy a Verizon iPhone until June

One of the questions a lot of people are asking this week is whether or not they should buy a Verizon iPhone.  

Analysis: Detroit schools think netbooks will fix education problem

These days everyone seems to think improved technology means progress. So will giving netbooks to students and teachers in Detroit improve education for students in one of the worst school districts in the country?

Intel's Mooly Eden and the best CES demos

I’m at CES this week and this is a demo show. The best events are those where the technology, not the executives, take center stage and the audience is in awe of what they are seeing.  

AMD at CES: The ATI gamble pays off

Over the last several weeks I’ve been briefed on what most of the PC manufacturers are bringing to the Consumer Electronics show and a surprising amount of laptops are based on AMD Fusion.  

Living with a Windows 7 Phone: HTC HD7 vs. Dell VenuePro

I’m on my second Windows 7 Phone, not because I had a huge problem with the first one, but only because the new one has a real keyboard and I’m still not a fan of phones that use screen keyboards.