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Will the iPad Thrive in Apple’s Closed Ecosystem?

IUGO Mobile has used Apple's iPhone to dial up a measure of success with its smartphone-based games. The development company was the first gaming outlet to get its own featured section on the iTunes for PC Store. IUGO's games are used for demo purposes in Apple Stores, and "Toy Bot Diaries" was part...

Bing’s New Bells and Whistles Could Leave Searchers’ Heads Ringing

When Microsoft first launched its Bing search engine less than a year ago, the company promised to map out a strategy that involved more frequent updates and feature additions. This week, the company reiterated its commitment to that road map with the announcement of some new tweaks and technology i...

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The Fly in the Smartphone Ointment

For a second, I thought the Radio Shack ad in my Gmail inbox was trying to sell me a new netbook or a previously unreported competitor to Apple's forthcoming iPad. Then I took the time to read all the ad copy: "Watch. Read. Surf. Play on the Biggest Touchscreen Smartphone Around." Ah. That would be ...

Is the Chatroulette Sleazefest Giving Video Chat a Bad Name?

It's a good bet that when "The Daily Show's" Jon Stewart spends six minutes making uber-ironic fun of a particular trend or topic, it's pretty much arrived as a legitimate Mainstream Media Phenomenon. Such was the case recently with Stewart's hilarious deconstruction of Chatroulette the Web site tha...

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Old Dogs, a Straying Audience and New Media Tricks

The U.S. Census Bureau has started mailing out its forms, so I would like to take this opportunity to announce a new demographic category for those of us who will be writing "journalist" in the "occupation" box: Old New Media Dogs. T-shirts and business cards are forthcoming. I've spent the last wee...

Sour Grapes, Part Deux: SXSW Shows New Media Its True Colors

"OMG, somebody call the Waaaambulance!" went a comment on last week's column about South by Southwest. I had prepared myself for reader snark following my "it's all about me" piece regarding SXSW's denial of my complimentary press credential request. I was pleasantly surprised: only three comments -...

Is Sony Playing a Dangerous Game With PS3 Customers?

Gaming companies like Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft ask a lot of their customers. Every few years, they are encouraged by the companies to spend a few hundred bucks to upgrade to a fancy new console. But as far as I can recall, only Sony has ever asked its fans to not play those consoles. It h...

Compliant Media Help Apple Skirt Child Labor Scandal

You don't have to search very hard on Apple.com to find the 2010 Supplier Responsibility Report, the company's internal audit of how workers are treated on the assembly lines at the overseas third-party companies making its Macs, iPhones and iPods. "Read about Apple's continuing commitment to social...

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A Sour-Grapes Special: SXSW Snubs ECT and Me

Austin, Texas, is the home of the annual South by Southwest Festival, which in 23 years has grown from a music-only celebration featuring a few Sixth Street bars, a handful of bands and lots of Shiner Bock beer, into a two-week, multi-media extravaganza featuring hundreds of Next New Thing musicians...

Tech Titans Lend Credibility to Bloom Box Hype

After years of keeping everyone in the dark about its solid oxide fuel cell technology, Bloom Energy officially brought its first product out into the sunlight Wednesday with a media event launching its Bloom Energy Server, a cleantech refrigerator-sized power plant for homes and businesses. Bloom u...

FCC Aims to Haul Digital Have-Nots Across the Divide

On top of all the other demographic categories that segment the United States, the FCC on Tuesday introduced some new ones that its chairman says serve as reasons for adopting a new national broadband strategy, which the agency will present to the public March 17. "Near converts," "digital hopefuls,...

Bloom Energy’s Mini Power Plant: Revolution or Hot Air?

Bloom Energy, a clean energy startup based in Sunnyvale, Calif., officially launches its core product this week. However, the company really had its coming-out party on Sunday's "60 Minutes," with executives giving CBS' Lesley Stahl a first look at a $700,000 wireless power-plant-in-a-box called, ap...

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Has Google Cut a Backroom Deal With Big Pharma?

I had planned on using Hayden Hamilton, founder of the Portland, Oregon-based ProgressiveRx.com, as my source for updates on how things were going in Washington with healthcare reform -- especially regarding any technology-driven solutions to spiraling healthcare costs. After all, Progressive is an ...

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Google’s New Buzz: Not Exactly Light Years Ahead

Innovation was certainly on display at this week's Google Buzz press conference, but there was only one moment that truly registered an 9.5 on my personal Coolness Quotient meter. That was during the mobile segment of the demonstration. Vice President of Engineering Vic Gundotra spoke into his Andro...

Google’s Enterprise and Mobile Plans: Killer Buzz or Buzzkill?

While the technosphere was busy Tuesday pitting Google's new Buzz service against Facebook and Twitter in some kind of social media steel-cage deathmatch, the search giant's executives were hinting at what they see as the real winning uses for Buzz -- within the enterprise and out and about in the m...

Google Buzz Bridges Social Media and Gmail

Google has certainly generated more than its share of buzz regarding its plans to get deeper into social media. On Tuesday, the search giant revealed those plans: Google Buzz, which takes a big step into Facebook and Twitter territory while keeping one foot firmly planted on its Gmail foundation. Wh...

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Don’t Stomp on the Bookworms, E-Publishers

Apple's new iPad is apparently going to let me download The DaVinci Code -- either in book or movie form. I like that. If you're going to release a new device and charge me a lot of money for it -- not to mention the costs of using a network of some kind to facilitate all that downloading and...

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iPad’s Not Soft Enough to Cushion Journalism’s Hard Landing

The more I see devices like the new Apple iPad, the more I come to appreciate Steven Spielberg's 2002 sci-fi spectacular "Minority Report." It was the first thing I thought of when I saw video of the company's newest "magical" creation and executives demonstrating its New York Times app. The ...

DoT Adds Another Law to Anti-Texting Crazy Quilt

It could be the next service announced by your car's GPS feature when you drive from state to state: letting you know what highway exit to take -- and warning you about whether texting/phoning while driving in that state is legal. Tuesday's move by the Department of Transportation to outlaw texting ...

Video Sites Dip Toes in HTML 5 Waters

Forget about the debate over whether "Avatar" or "The Hurt Locker" will win movie awards this year. The real argument among those who create and share their own Web videos -- DIY James Camerons, as it were -- centers on whether or not they should dump Adobe Flash and other plug-in players for HTML 5...

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