Technologizer

By Harry McCracken | What Harry McCracken is writing--and reading--on the web

How the Clinton Campaign is Foiling the Kremlin

Staffers are now using a “Snowden-approved” app to hide Trump-related e-mails from hackers, in Russia and elsewhere.<p>On May 17, as dusk was setting over Brooklyn, around a dozen employees from <b>Hillary Clinton’s</b> campaign, and a consultant who worked with the Democratic National Committee, walked …

Russia

Welcome To 1986: Inside "Halt And Catch Fire's" High-Tech Time Machine

In its third season, the show takes on the Silicon Valley of the '80s—and gets the details right, from plot points to on-set clutter.<p>Tech executive John Bosworth is ready to take my questions. As I fire up a note-taking app on my iPad, he leans back behind a desk at his San Francisco-based startup, …

Halt and Catch Fire

How Microsoft built a computer so good, even Apple wanted to copy it

On May 20, 2014, Satya Nadella — the recently appointed CEO of Microsoft — sat down next to Microsoft Surface boss Panos Panay in a packed New York City auditorium.<p>They were there to launch the Surface Pro 3, the newest version of Microsoft's tablet.<p>"This is a big day," Nadella told Panay. "Let's …

Microsoft

GAME OVER

VERYTHING CHANGED for Fujioka the day<p>GAME OVER<p>Tablet maker Fuhu was No. 1 on the Inc. 500 two years in a row. Then it went bankrupt. Inside the …

Tablets

Lyft made a big bet on Apple's secret smash hit, Swift, and it paid off in a huge way

Just over a year ago, ride-hailing app Lyft made a huge bet by rewriting its iPhone app entirely in Swift — the Apple-created programming language that's taking the technology world by storm.<p>It was a big risk: Swift is still largely untested in real-world apps, having only been introduced in …

Apple News

Lyft pushes back at Uber’s ‘unsavory tactics’

Lyft is not happy with Travis Kalanick and Uber. Last week, Lyft found itself the subject of several stories claiming the company was involved in active but unsuccessful acquisition talks with a number of firms. Naturally, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick seized the opportunity to zing his …

Travis Kalanick

Facebook Is Taking a Different Approach With Its New App for Teens

And even if it fails, at least Facebook is thinking differently.<p>Facebook is finally taking a different approach to winning over young users.<p>The social network on Friday introduced yet another app for sharing photos and videos intended to challenge its fast-growing rival Snapchat and its popularity …

Teens

Latest Gartner data shows iOS vs Android battle shaping up much like Mac vs Windows

While Apple has seen declining sales of its iPhone over recent quarters, new data from Gartner provides another look into the decline facing Apple and the smartphone market in other regions. Overall, the data shows that smartphone sales worldwide grew 4.3 percent year-over-year, though Apple saw a …

Gartner, Inc.

AMD’s takes biggest jab at Intel in years with Zen processor

Advanced Micro Devices is touting its Zen next-generation microprocessor core as something that will make the company very competitive with larger rival Intel in enthusiast and gamer PCs as well as servers.<p>Lisa Su, chief executive of Sunnyvale, Calif.-based AMD, showed off working versions of the …

Advanced Micro Devices

T-Mobile's new unlimited plan has some nasty fine print

T-Mobile and Sprint are both making a big splash today with the introduction of some too-good-to-be-true data plans. Both companies' new plans offer unlimited talk, text, and — importantly — data, but both companies' unlimited data come with big asterisks beside them.<p>That's because their data plans …

T-Mobile

Volvo and Uber to deliver fully autonomous car this year

Better yet, when you call for an Uber and a self-driving car shows up, your ride is free.<p>Volvo and Uber are collaborating on a fully self-driving vehicle that should be in ride-sharing company's Pittsburgh fleet by the end of the year.<p>It's an announcement that blows Ford's claim, earlier this week, …

Driverless Cars

Uber’s First Self-Driving Fleet Arrives in Pittsburgh This Month

Near the end of 2014, Uber co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick flew to Pittsburgh on a mission: to hire dozens of the world’s …

Robotics

When will we see a touch-enabled Mac?

It’s simply no longer amusing when I absent-mindedly tap on my Macbook Air’s screen.<p><i>A version of this essay was originally published at</i> <i>Tech.pinions</i><i>, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on the tech industry.</i><p>I never wanted a touchscreen on my notebook. In fact, in 2012, …

Apple News

Audi’s newest cars will be able to tell drivers when a red light will turn green

The technology is set to be usable in a few cities later this year.<p>In an industry first, German carmaker Audi is equipping its latest models with a feature that will allow cars to show when a red light is about to turn green.<p>The feature, which allows the cars to receive traffic light information in …

Audi

This BBC documentary is the spookiest thing you'll see today

Since the 1970s, thousands of people across the globe have reported hearing a strange humming sound incessantly pulsating in their ears – and we’re not talking about tinnitus.<p>In fact, some claim the weird sound has persisted for so long that it has started driving them nuts, disturbing their …

BBC

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 review: the best big phone

There is no greater evidence of The Future of Computing than the big-screened smartphone. Big phones have become the de facto personal computers for many people, taking the place of countless devices, including laptops and tablets. They’ve become more than just phones in ways that smaller devices …

Samsung

Ex-Apple CEO's quirky Android phone comes to the UK for £99

Obi Worldphone garnered a fair amount of attention when it announced its first smartphones around this time last year. Understandably so with a former Apple CEO among its founders, but John Sculley's new venture is in the business of making more affordable devices -- the opposite end of the …

Android News

ESPN.com has finally replaced espn.go.com, and a newish SEO rule means it won’t lose Google juice

It isn’t quite our-long-national-nightmare-is-over level, but one of the significant daily reminders of the early web just disappeared. ESPN’s website, which had been hosted at <i>espn.go.com</i> since 1998, is finally now just at <i>espn.com</i>. Here’s ESPN’s EVP for digital and print John Kosner yesterday:<p>And …

Google

John Oliver: ‘The media is a food chain which would fall apart without local newspapers’

On Sunday night, John Oliver devoted 19 minutes and 22 seconds to newspapers.<p>"The media is a food chain which would fall apart without local …

Comedians

Apple Music’s Bozoma Saint John: It’s About Passion, Not Algorithms

Apple music’s head of global consumer marketing, Bozoma Saint John, gives us a taste of the passion powering the streaming service.<p>When I met Apple Music marketing chief Bozoma Saint John at Apple for an interview, she had just come from a photo shoot and she looked, well, fabulous. While she was …

Apple News

Playing The Long Game Inside Tim Cook's Apple

iPhone sales have slumped, stock is down, and pundits insist Apple is a tech laggard. But the company may be stronger than ever.<p>Eddy Cue doesn’t look like a man in the midst of his toughest year in decades. Sporting an untucked apricot camp shirt and blue jeans over camouflage socks and a pair of …

Tim Cook

Former Fox News Booker Says She Was Sexually Harassed and ‘Psychologically Tortured’ by Roger Ailes for More Than 20 Years

The morning after Fox News chief Roger Ailes resigned, the cable network’s former director of booking placed a call to the New York law firm hired by …

Roger Ailes

A Q&A With the 91-Year-Old Who Made 1995’s “Someday, a Woman Will Be President” T-Shirt

When psychology professor Ann Moliver Ruben put the phrase “someday, a woman will be president” on a T-shirt in 1995, she considered it a symbolic …

Women Leaders

Microsoft Office smartens up with new features

Here's proof that Microsoft's Office 365 has moved past the era when its apps got better almost entirely though one-fell-swoop updates every few years: The company is <b>announcing a smattering of substantial new features</b> for Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Most of them will be available starting this …

Microsoft Office

Goodbye, VHS: A Visual Ode To A Disappearing Format

How many of these tapes did you own? What memories do they bring back?<p>These days, video barely exists as a physical medium for most Americans. It streams in ultra high-quality through the air, like magic. For decades, though, video came encased in plastic rectangles called VHS tapes, which were …

King Kong

How I Founded a $2 Billion Company with a 95 Cent Book from RadioShack

Polycom’s co-founder on the best investment he ever made, and why thinking small is a big idea<p><i>“Every minor detail is a major decision. Have to keep</i> …

RadioShack

Verizon’s purchase of Yahoo, explained

One of the most important companies of the first dot-com boom, Yahoo, has reached the end of its life as an independent company. Yahoo’s board approved the sale of Yahoo’s core business to Verizon in a deal valued at $4.8 billion. The company’s shareholders and regulators must still approve the …

With Yahoo Acquisition, Verizon Hopes To Grow Its New Media Empire

Verizon EVP Marni Walden explains why Verizon just paid $4.8 billion for Yahoo. One big reason? Yahoo's 600 million monthly mobile users.<p>After months of speculation and intrigue, the bidding war for Yahoo came to an end today with the announcement that Verizon has agreed to acquire the former …

They Promised Us Jet Packs. They Promised the Bosses Profit.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Project Foghorn is one of those straight-from-science-fiction concepts we’ve come to expect from Alphabet, the sprawling conglomerate formerly known as Google. The idea, hatched by the company’s X research lab, was to use seawater and chemistry to create fuel that could be …