Google Now Comes With A Monthly Statement →
If your online life has felt like you’ve been making deposits at the First National Bank of Google, relax—your monthly statement is finally ready.
Sourcing Should Be Part of a Gadget’s Story →
Apple seems to have figured out that how a product was made is a feature in its own right (not that it doesn’t have work to do in its Chinese supply chain). But a lot of other consumer-electronics firms—some of which actually own most of their own factories—have yet to come to that realization, leaving customers hoping that they’re not subsidizing the misery of workers...
Art Of Video Games On Display →
This post for Discovery News covers what I got out of this exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution’s American Art Museum—and what the exhibit left out. Which, sadly, was a lot.
Tip: How to copy a DVD to your PC →
Today’s USAToday.com column outlines DVD-ripping options—I continue to recommend Handbrake—and suggests one way to keep your use of an auto-posting Facebook “social app” private.
Retina displays, 4K TVs push pixel limits →
I like the Retina display on the new iPad—and I’m pleased that my three-year-old HDTV also qualifies as a Retina display when viewed from my couch.
The New iPad: A Super Screen And A Big Battery →
I had the opportunity to borrow not one but two new iPads—one an AT&T LTE model, the other a Verizon LTE unit. Hence I could take a photo of one iPad with the other. (The camera is pretty good, but nowhere near as nice as the screen.)
A cautionary tale about syncing →
What one reader’s contacts-syncing mishap can teach us about being too generous with access to our data. Plus: You probably don’t have to put up with the crummy, proprietary onscreen keyboard that came with your Android phone.
Which Apps Might Outlive SXSW →
A recap of my experience using people-discovery apps like Glancee at SXSW—and why I may not be enough of a small-screen extrovert to keep using them.
Smartphone Battery Life Goes South By Southwest →
What location-based apps are doing for me at SXSW, and what they’re doing to the phones I brought here.
Windows 8: The Shock Of The New, And The Old →
A writeup for Discovery News based on a week living with—sometimes, battling with—Windows 8 on my own laptop.
Tip: Avoid hiccups in Safari browsing →
My USAToday.com column addresses one of the more infuriating software defects I’ve ever seen in an Apple product and offers a reminder that screengrabs trump privacy policies on social networks.
Things Unsaid In Apple's New iPad News →
A look at the consequences of some of the new iPad’s features. (Note to phone vendors: I will gladly accept not-worse battery life if it makes the device weigh a fraction of an ounce more.)
The Aereo Scenario: A TV Tune-Up On Trial →
A startup called Aereo wants to give New Yorkers another way to watch over-the-air TV. Broadcasters say they don’t want its help.
What to expect here
I needed someplace to park my LLC’s domain name, I thought it might be useful to provide readers with an ongoing index to each new story of mine, and I had yet to make any meaningful use of tumblr. Hence this site. I may do more with it than just broadcast links to my work… but no promises.
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Rob’s February Podcast: Let’s Talk About Spectrum
It’s been an interesting month in tech policy, between the ongoing debate over whether basic-tier cable TV service should become encrypted–shutting out the “QAM” tuners on TVs and other video devices–and the just-enacted payroll tax-cut bill’s provisions for shifting some spectrum from TV broadcasts to wireless data services, public safety and short-range networking. It’s a lot to dig through, so...
Big Screens Are For TVs, Not Phones
Buying a smartphone is getting a lot more like shopping for a TV, and not just because so many mobile devices advertise high-definition resolutions while so many connected TVs include app stores of their own. Now, somehow, screen size has become a major selling point on phones. It seemed like a good idea when Android vendors began offering 3.7 and 4-inch screens to stand out from Apple’s iPhone...
Surfing at a Billion Bits Per Second
This is what it’s like to use one of the fastest Internet connections in America.
Samsung Galaxy Note Review
It’s tempting—oh so tempting—to lead off a review of Samsung’s Galaxy Note by mocking its enormous size. So I shall. The Note is big enough to give me a sense of empathy for our toddler when she picks up our phones. Its 5.3” display is the largest I’ve used in a pocket-sized gadget since 1998’s MessagePad 2100. But at $299.99, with a two-year AT&T contract,...
How online marketers target you →
My USAToday.com column explains what your computer’s IP address and your browser’s cookies can and can’t say about your identity on their own. Plus: using Know Your Meme as a pop-culture reference.