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Category Archives: Technology issues

Two tools to improve Gmail

I’ve been using two features in Gmail that have made the experience even better. The first is Gmail’s new Priority Inbox. The second is called Rapportive, and it is a browser plug-in you use alongside Gmail. If you’re heavily into social media — or want to know the social networks your contacts have joined — you’ll love Rapportive.

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Google is the new Microsoft for Apple

Apple has used that same approach for hand-held gadgets with significantly better results, as the iPhone, iPod and now iPad have become market-leading products. But Google quickly adopted the Microsoft model — ironic, isn’t it — and is seeing the love spread.

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A Hulu IPO: How much is TV worth?

I’ve been thinking about the potential of a Hulu.com IPO and I can’t get past three issues that make it a risky investment.  The issues boil down to a pretty basic question: How will Hulu make real money? A Hulu IPO may come in the the fall, reports the New York Times, and could value [...]

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Hey Apple, Hong Kong is not a country

On Friday, the iPad will launch in nine additional countries. Well, that should be eight countries. Hong Kong is not a country.

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Apple needs proper grasp on iPhone 4′s PR problem

The biggest problem with the iPhone 4′s antenna isn’t whether it’s faulty or fine, it’s Apple.

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Content curation is gaining traction across the Web

This is different than “content aggregation,” which has long-vexed traditional magazine and newspaper publishers, and is separate from Google News’ content aggregator, which randomly scans the Web for headlines that pertain to what’s happening in the world. Curated digital content is more selective, and it’s a term that is gaining traction.

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The lost iPhone saga not the only tech leak of note

This story first appeared in Vegas Seven The infamous lost iPhone story, in which tech blog Gizmodo paid $5,000 in exchange for a next-generation iPhone that had been left in a bar, was unusual for many reasons, but the primary one is this: It was the first time in recent memory that a yet-to-be announced [...]

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Survey says: Apple products a big hit in Chicago

Chicago ranks as the nation’s 6th largest market for the biggest use of Apple’s three top products: the iPhone, the iPod and Mac computers. The only surprise, in my view, would be that Chicago didn’t rank higher. The survey comes from Experian Simmons; here’s a link to the report. In my travels around the Windy [...]

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Text messages for Haiti: How mobile phones raised millions in donations

This column first appeared in Vegas Seven When disaster struck Haiti, the international community answered the call. Well, almost: They started to text. An enormous amount of money was raised through text messaging initiatives to assist relief efforts in Haiti after a devastating earthquake hit the country on Jan. 12. Related Posts, Bendable Gadgets:Motorola Droid [...]

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How buzz-worthy is Google’s new social networking tool?

This story first appeared in Vegas Seven Raise your hand if you have social media overload. My hand is held high, even if you can’t tell by the illustrated headshot next to this column. A maddening array of social media networks has popped up in recent years, targeting your tastes and even your aspirations. They [...]

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Living in 2D: New barcode creates personal calling card

Originally published in Vegas Seven Barcodes aren’t just used to manage inventory, track shipments and scan prices at the check-out register anymore. Now consumers armed with a basic Web-enabled camera phone (not just fancy iPhones) can capture a new type of barcode image to unlock a world of information, from movie showtimes to contacts for [...]

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Google Buzz privacy concerns: Stop complaining

If you’ve been paying attention to this week’s launch of Google Buzz,  you’ve heard the privacy outcry that followed the social media service’s debut. Google has been listening to the ‘buzz’ and on Thursday announced changes that will appease some of the detractors. Of course, other folks will still find a reason to be upset. [...]

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Amazon vs. Apple: Don’t cry for book publishers

Amazon and Apple are apparently in an epic battle to sell e-books that will cost book buyers more money than what they currently pay. Who do we root for in this battle? It started because Apple has big plans to make the new iPad the e-reading device of choice, turning the popular Amazon Kindle into [...]

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Tech’s endangered species: the stand-alone GPS unit

Even though Nokia foresaw a huge market for GPS services on mobile phones when it bought Chicago digital mapmaker Navteq in late 2007 for $8.1 billion, I’m pretty confident it didn’t plan on offering free turn-by-turn driving directions on Nokia phones. At least not so soon. But that’s exactly what Nokia announced Thursday, saying 10 [...]

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