Category: technology

  • Microsoft’s “convergence” vs. Apple’s “supersession”

    Microsoft’s “convergence” vs. Apple’s “supersession”

    Whether tablets merge with PCs or replace them altogether, one thing is clear: you will only need one computer.

  • The podcast machine

    The podcast machine

    Skype is uniquely positioned to stake a claim at the center of the podcast universe—while also lowering the entry bar and growing the nascent medium.

  • iPad Pro as PC replacement?

    Federico Viticci, the patron saint of iPad computing, reviews the iPad Pro, which went on sale yesterday in the U.S.

  • What can we learn from a logo?

    What can we learn from a logo?

    The logos of Microsoft and Apple, interpreted charitably and not-so-charitably.

  • How often should you upgrade your gadgets?

    How often should you upgrade your gadgets?

    How often should you upgrade each of your gadgets?

  • Only Apple (can singlehandly stop worker abuse).

    When we buy our smartphones, tablets and laptops, Americans sustain an unjust system that diminishes human life. We ignore the suffering of those who build our gadgets, because it’s too damned inconvenient to give up our precious devices. But reports like this one, published in the New York Times, make worker abuses harder to ignore. […]

  • Buy myself an iPad—and some talent.

    Buy myself an iPad—and some talent.

    Once upon a time, I drew. When I was twelve, I’d fill the margins of my school notebooks with doodles. These were ridiculous sketches: severed heads, floorplans for elaborate secret lairs, and goofy-looking comic characters. Just the sort of thing you’d expect from a pre-teenage boy. Unfortunately, that was the pinnacle of my artistic career. I would […]

  • Apple Maps & the long road back

    Apple Maps & the long road back

    I had planned to write a short piece ridiculing iOS’s default mapping app. The title? “Rural iPhone users should avoid Apple Maps.” I assumed that Apple couldn’t match Google’s ability to collect and crunch location data. Google Maps (I was certain) was superior—boasting faster routes, newer maps, and more accurate business listings. I’d even identified […]

  • Self-driving cars will erode our sense of place.

    Self-driving cars will erode our sense of place.

    It’s appealing, isn’t it? Climb into a living room on wheels, let the computer watch the road, and catch up on Game of Thrones en route to work. Or snag a quick nap. Or (most likely), do a few extra hours of work. But despite their convenience, self-driving cars could obliterate our endangered sense of […]

  • Who is the Apple Watch for?

    Who is the Apple Watch for?

    The Apple Watch allows users to keep their phones in their pockets while they’re on the go. But as a remote worker, my phone’s never in my pocket, and I’m never on the go. My iPhone sits on my desk, always within view. I can easily see each new notification as it rolls in. Why […]