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Herman Cain’s Tax Plan Is Shared With ‘SimCity’

With presidential hopeful Herman Cain’s ascension to the top of the GOP field, everyone is talking about his 9-9-9 tax plan—or should we say “SimCity’s” 9-9-9 tax plan? (more)

Posted on Oct 13, 2011 READ MORE

‘Steve Jobs Has Arrived’

Posted on Oct 9, 2011 READ MORE

Courtesy of Apple

New iPhone: Don’t Judge the 4S by Its Cover

Apple announced Tuesday the first new iPhone in 16 months. It says the 4S is twice as fast, has a better camera and can communicate with you like a virtual manservant. But it looks just like the old version and that seems to have disappointed those of us who spent months fantasizing about a mythical “iPhone 5.” (more)

Posted on Oct 4, 2011 READ MORE

Ross Catrow (CC-BY-SA)

Netflix Has a Customer Crisis

With about a quarter of all Internet traffic in North America passing through its servers and roughly 25 million subscribers, Netflix got everybody’s attention in July when it announced that it was raising its prices by as much as 60 percent. Now the company is conceding ... (more)

Posted on Sep 15, 2011 READ MORE

NASA / Artist concept of an SLS launch

This Is the Rocket That Will Take Us to Mars (video)

Who said NASA is dead? The space agency has unveiled its new rocket design—the most powerful ever if we go ahead and build it—capable one day of dropping a human or two on Mars.

Posted on Sep 14, 2011 READ MORE

Stefanos Kofopoulos (CC-BY-SA)

Google Marries Motorola for Her Patents

Google just threw down $12.5 billion to buy Motorola Mobility and its 17,000 patents, giving the search giant some much needed ammunition in the phone wars. Google’s top lawyer recently shamed Apple and Microsoft, saying they use patents to stifle competition. That was before Google bought the company that invented the mobile phone.

Posted on Aug 15, 2011 READ MORE

Martin Abegglen (CC-BY-SA)

The Terrorist Threat We’re Ignoring

For decades, trade-related reporting has mostly focused on jobs. Left almost completely unmentioned are other concerns that free-trade critics have raised—concerns about the environment, human rights and, yes, national security.

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 READ MORE


Poll: Are You Worried That Facebook Recognizes Your Face?

Regulators in the U.S. and Europe are concerned about a new Facebook feature that uses face-recognition software to “tag” users in their friends’ photos. (more)

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 READ MORE

Possibly Carcinogenic

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The Grim Beeper

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Etch A Sketch 2 Takes Gadget World by Storm

A new combatant entered the so-called tablet war today, and it’s already getting a big thumbs up from gadget aficionados: the Etch A Sketch 2.

Posted on Mar 13, 2011 READ MORE

Illustration from Mr. T in DC

The FCC, Net Neutrality and the Future Enrons of the Internet

Apparently having learned nothing from its failure to rein in Enron, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns and the rest, Congress is pushing to deregulate Internet service providers.

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 READ MORE

You’ve Got Merger: AOL Buys Huffington Post

Arianna Huffington’s namesake media empire is now the property of content-hungry AOL. For $315 million, AOL gets Huffpo’s 25 million monthly unique visitors along with all the ads and blog items they can digest. Huffington will stay on to use her savvy and Grecian know-how to wrestle some sense ... (more)

Posted on Feb 7, 2011 READ MORE

From Quality to Quantity—and Maybe Back Again

Amid last week’s flood of business news, one story stood out as reason to hope for more than just a momentary uptick in your 401(k): Apple, you may have heard, announced record first-quarter profits.

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 READ MORE

Official Google blog

Google CEO to Step Down

Eric Schmidt, who took Google from humble origins to one of the world’s most successful and most talked-about companies, announced Thursday that he is handing his job over to co-founder Larry Page, who, Schmidt blogs, “is ready to lead.” Schmidt will stick around with the hefty title of executive chairman.

Posted on Jan 20, 2011 READ MORE

Uncensored Playboy Is (Not) Coming to the iPad

According to a tweeting Hugh Hefner, Playboy magazine, “both old & new” is coming to the iPad, and it “will be uncensored.” That’s somewhat surprising, considering that Apple CEO Steve Jobs once claimed that the iPad was designed to offer “freedom from porn.” (Update)

Posted on Jan 19, 2011 READ MORE

Flickr / acaben (CC-BY-SA)

Apple’s Personality in Chief Takes Medical Leave

No other company is as dependent on one man as Apple is on Steve Jobs. That’s the perception anyway, so when the Apple CEO announced he is taking another medical leave, the murmurs about the fate of the world’s second-most-valuable company began immediately. (more)

Posted on Jan 17, 2011 READ MORE

Verizon Wireless

And Steve Jobs Said, ‘Let There Be a Verizon iPhone’

From the dawn of time, or somewhere around there, everyone from Uncle Mike to that friend of a friend of someone in accounting has been certain that next month Verizon will get the iPhone. For the first time ever, they’re right. ... (more)

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Steve Jobs Snoozes, Apple Loses: It’s Cause for Alarm

Also in this edition of the Borowitz Report: Birthers Challenge Hawaii to Produce Statehood Certificate.

Posted on Jan 9, 2011 READ MORE

Flickr / Max Braun (CC-BY-SA)

Where Did All the Spam Go?

The people who keep track of these things report that global spam traffic dropped from 200 billion messages in August to just 50 billion in December. Unfortunately it appears that the spammers may have decided to pause their activity before a relaunch. Which is just as well because we’re running low on Canadian Viagra.

Posted on Jan 6, 2011 READ MORE

Aspiring iPad Killers Crash CES (Update)

The iPad was the little tablet that could. Now the rush to crash Apple’s party is on. Here’s a look at some of the upstarts turning heads at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show.

Posted on Jan 5, 2011 READ MORE

No Time for Tax Talk When There’s iPad Scrabble

I could write more about the tax deal, but you’re probably tired of hearing about it, and, to be honest, I’ve been too busy playing iPad Scrabble.

Posted on Dec 9, 2010 READ MORE


Facebook Is Too Cool for E-Mail

Facebook is trying to reinvent messaging—just don’t call it e-mail. Yeah, you’ll get an @Facebook e-mail acount, but as CEO Mark “Maaaaark!” Zuckerberg says, “It’s not e-mail.” Instead the new platform will collect your entire messaging history ...

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / Lelyanne (CC-BY)

Steve Jobs’ Rant Prompts Mega Nerd Fight

How do you take down the guy who gave us the iPhone, the iPad and the wrinkle-free turtleneck? It helps if you speak fluent nerd.

Posted on Oct 19, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Pat Sullivan

One Day, You’ll Have a Chip in Your Rear

Should your car help authorities track you? Should it be a traveling billboard? … Amid emerging technology, the role of the license plate is in flux and causing controversy.

Posted on Sep 12, 2010 READ MORE


Attack of the Monster Phones

The smart-phone boom has produced a new breed of giant phone that makes Apple’s offering seem tiny by comparison.

Posted on Sep 12, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / laihiuyeung ryanne (CC-BY)

Google Android Cheat Sheet for Normal Humans

This is a guide for my mom and everyone else who might be confused by Google’s mobile phone jargon.

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Falling in Love With the Kindle

I hated Amazon’s first Kindle as much as my dad, an avid reader, writer and collector of books, loved it. For him, it was delivery on a very old promise. For me, its monochrome screen, beige plastic body and single-mindedness represented a technological regression.

Posted on Sep 6, 2010 READ MORE

Jon Stewart: Internet Predator

The “Daily Show” host goes after Google for doing evil and tries to get to the, er, meat of Net neutrality.

Posted on Aug 18, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / Nahuel31 (CC-BY)

Nigel Warburton on Why Video Games Are Good

In Tom Chatfield’s “Fun Inc.,” the case is made that far from corrupting popular culture and turning its addicted users into “blinking lizards,” video games can help us be happier and live better.

Posted on Aug 13, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / The Pug Father (CC-BY)

Google and Verizon Have a Plan to Wreck the Internet

Google and Verizon have decided they would do a better job writing the regulations that govern their Internet businesses, and so the two have come up with a “policy framework” that has progressive groups and net neutrality advocates steamed.

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 READ MORE

Steve Jobs Is Darth Vader

Our Chinese is a bit rusty, but it seems, judging by this video, that Steve Jobs is a Sith lord who will solve your iPhone antenna problems by light-sabering your fingers off. But don’t take our word for it.

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE

Squares Sound the Alarm on ‘Digital Drugs’

The YouTubes are filling up with videos of teenagers engaging in the disturbing use of recreational drugs—in the form of digital music files. Buzzkill. We’re not sure which is more embarrassing—getting “high” from an audio recording or worrying about it.

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Courtesy of Apple

Apple Announces iPhone 4

Apple has unveiled its latest magical device built by suicidal Chinese workers—the iPhone 4. It squeezes four times as many pixels into the same-sized screen. It’s made out of glass and steel, with antennas wrapping around the sides of the phone. The phone runs on the iPad’s A4 processor. It has a front-facing ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 7, 2010 READ MORE

Apple Passes Microsoft to Become the World’s Biggest Tech Company

Apple fan-boys and -girls, rejoice. The iCorporation is now worth more than the dreaded Microsoft. But don’t get too excited: Bill Gates’ gang has a few ideas to get back in the game, and some bloggers claim that Google, whose Android is outselling the iPhone, “has leapfrogged” Apple in terms of innovation. (continued)

Posted on May 26, 2010 READ MORE


What Apple’s Lost iPhone Says About Access Journalism

It goes like this: A 27-year-old Apple employee left what appears to be the next iPhone on a bar stool. Someone picked up the super-secret device and, long story short, sold it to a gadget blog. And thus a corporation’s highly sophisticated control over the journalists who cover it briefly and symbolically imploded. (continued)

Posted on Apr 20, 2010 READ MORE

iPad™ Wins Nobel Peace Prize

“We didn’t want to fall prey to all of the hype surrounding the iPad™,” said Nobel committee chairperson Gustav Traavik, who waited at the Apple store in Oslo for over two hours to buy the device. “But it is sweet.”

Posted on Apr 11, 2010 READ MORE

Flickr / kidperez

WSJ: Apple Working on 2 New Phones

Citing unnamed sources, The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is working on not one but two new iPhones, including a device that will run on Verizon’s network. Engadget says one device could be called the iPhone HD. (continued)

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE


Sprint Unveils First 4G Phone

America’s third-place carrier doesn’t get that many high-five opportunities, but somewhere Sprint executives are bruising their palms after announcing the EVO 4G, the first phone in America to run on a next-generation wireless network. (continued)

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE

Illustration based on an Apple press photo

Prudish Apple Bans Bikinis

If you’re looking for sex appeal, there isn’t an app for that. Apple is killing applications on its iPhone and iPod Touch that show women in such obscene dress as beachwear. Despite parental controls, mature-content warnings and a lack of anything truly provocative, the company apparently decided things had gotten too raunchy.

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 READ MORE


Someone Tell Google to Calm Down

Unsatisfied with running just your searches, browser, e-mail, calendar, documents, videos, cell phone, turn-by-turn navigation, operating system, electricity monitoring, much of the advertising on the Internet and more, Google has announced that it plans to experiment with providing Internet service that is about 100 times faster than what most Americans are used to.

Posted on Feb 10, 2010 READ MORE


Google Calls the Dreaded NSA for Tech Support

Google already threatened to quit China over a network attack originating from that country, but it seems the Internet giant was shaken up enough to call the National Security Agency (of spying-on-Americans fame) for assistance. (continued)

Posted on Feb 4, 2010 READ MORE

‘iBailout’: Pocket Activism

The creator of “iBailout!!” says he wants to put his socially conscious games in front of a mainstream audience that might not normally engage with politics and activism.

Posted on Feb 4, 2010 READ MORE

‘iBailout’: Pocket Activism

Nick Marroni says, “My goal is to make games that have social and political relevance.” To that end he has created a satirical iPhone game called “iBailout!!” You play as the “Fed,” a robot that eats money. Just don’t let the angry mob get you.

Posted on Feb 4, 2010 READ MORE

iToys [A Cartoon From China]

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Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE

2,000 Angry Chinese Workers Don’t Care About the Apple Tablet

Apple has a big event planned for the end of the month, when the company is supposed to unveil its rumored tablet and perhaps a new iPhone OS, but the workers who make screens used by Apple are a lot more concerned about getting paid and whether they’ve been made to work with hazardous materials.

Posted on Jan 19, 2010 READ MORE / phone

The Google Phone Is Here Again

Google is quietly taking over the phone market for reasons that have little to do with its latest “superphone.”

Posted on Jan 6, 2010 READ MORE

What Can the FCC Do for You?

The Federal Communications Commission has a long and disappointing history of generally failing to regulate ever-larger media and telecommunications companies, except, during fits of prudishness, in the area of so-called indecency. But the latest incarnation of the FCC is proving to be more of a consumer advocate than its predecessors. (continued)

Posted on Dec 6, 2009 READ MORE

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