Even as other parts of the internet economy stumbled, cloud service providers accelerated their growth. Could that save the tech boom?
Stories by Fredric Paul
ComScore's report on the top mobile apps of 2015 shows that tech giants like Facebook, Google, and Apple have taken over a market where plucky upstarts used to have a shot.
Samsung is rumored to be working on an 18-inch tablet, which would be even larger than Apple's rumored large-screen iPad Pro.
Two new reports highlight the positive impact Uber has had: one on drunk driving, and the other on women who are prohibited from driving in Saudi Arabia.
With the recently released Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Note 5, Samsung also introduced a snap-on, Blackberry-style physical keyboard, for those who are tired of attempting to type on a touchscreen.
Over the last couple years, this TechWatch blog has been home to requiems for a number of products and services that have either died or pretty much died, collapsing to the point where they no longer resemble their once-great former selves.
The retail giant's connected-home concept store in San Francisco showcases dozens of cool IoT products for the home, but buyers are still on their own.
Unless you've been living under a rock for the last couple weeks, you've no doubt heard about Facebook's creepy, secret, psychological experiment designed to see if negative newsfeed posts inspire more negativity -- and vice versa. I don't want to excuse Facebook's behavior, which has prompted a (sort-of) apology from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, as well as an ongoing stream of condemnation and outrage from legitimate psychologists and Internet commentators. I too was weirded out by the revelations, feeling manipulated and that somehow my privacy had been unfairly invaded without my permission.
If recently published reports are to be believed, Microsoft is finally realizing something I've been saying ever since Windows 8 first reared its ugly head: the so-called Modern (formerly Metro) tile interface may work fine on smartphones and tablets, but it basically throws traditional computers under the bus. The Windows 8 start screen is just plain silly on traditional computers.
Wednesday was a big day for technology cases in the Supreme Court. The Justices ruled on a pair of important cases that promise to have wide-ranging implications for the development and use of modern technology for years and decades to come. But the effects of the decisions aren't necessarily what either side in the cases has been arguing.
After literally years of speculation, Amazon finally announced its own smartphone, the Amazon Fire, at an event in Seattle yesterday. The device boasts several innovative new features that go beyond what's currently available on other platforms, but for now at least, the Fire's awkward positioning and high price make it unlikely to lure masses of users away from their iPhones or traditional Androids.
The introduction of Google Glass at the Google I/O developers conference in June 2012 was one of the coolest technology debuts ever. Glass-wearing skydivers jumped out of an airplane high above San Francisco's Moscone Center, floated down to the roof, jumped onto mountain bikes, and pedaled into the conference hall where Sergei Brin was waiting -- while the audience soaked up the experience through the first-person perspective of the stunt team.
I've always been an agnostic in the religious wars between Mac and PC. Reaching across the aisle separating Steve Jobs from Bill Gates hasn't always been easy. But unlike trying to be bi-partisan in Congress, mixing Macs and PCs has actually gotten less complicated and less annoying over the decades.