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  • A computer's place is in the kitchen

    Forget the living room. The kitchen is the true family hub now. Here's what Amazon is cooking up.

  • It was 20 years ago today ...

    20 years ago Microsoft released Windows 95, and the world lined up for it. 20 years later, things have changed.

  • Apple on course for wireless iPhones?

    Don't underestimate the importance of wireless charging to mobile devices.

  • Can mobile save the mall? Yes, but not how you think.

    In a world where shopping malls are losing customers by the escalator-load to more convenient and deeper-inventoried digital options, one mall in a lightly populated Nebraska town is making some impressive progress in getting its shoppers to stick around. It's not about bringing customers into the mall. It's about giving them reasons to come all the time — and not wanting to leave.

  • 10 Apple rumours that never happened

    Every time you hear a convincing Apple rumor you need to remember how many never happened.

  • How big will Amazon's data get, and what does that mean for companies working with AWS?

    If Amazon Web Service is becoming a nearly ubiquitous technology, what does that mean for the future of data and how companies work with Amazon moving forward?

  • Wi-Fi challenges Bluetooth for the beacon market

    The Wi-Fi Alliance recently unveiled Wi-Fi Aware as an alternative to Bluetooth Smart for beacons. Is Wi-Fi Aware sufficiently different and compelling to entice developers?

  • Hey Cortana, why can’t I use Siri on a Mac?

    You can use Cortana on a Mac, but not Siri. Why does this make sense?

  • Experts, redefined

    IT pilot fish is helping his aunt fix her PC because, well, that's where family members get their tech support, right? But this time, she suggests getting help -- from "the smart people."

  • Wi-Fi at DEF CON - dealing with the worlds most dangerous network

    Wi-Fi can be done securely, even at a hacker conference like DEF CON. Just avoid open networks and Android.

  • Windows 10: Microsoft lays its smartphone ambitions to rest

    The company wants us to believe that Universal apps — usable on all Windows 10 devices — will save the day for Windows Phone. It’s already clear that won’t be happening.

  • Using clues to move paper coupons to mobile

    Printed coupons and mobile devices are as far apart as Bitcoins and silver dollars. One company that's been specializing in bridging the gap sees the answer in not looking at any one element and instead layering.

  • New earbuds give you super-hearing

    Listen to this: The world of earbuds is about to be transformed by startups whose products let you customize what you hear.

  • Global privacy advisory market topping $3B

    How much do companies around the world spend each year on data privacy services to fix the problems we read about in the headlines every day? Nobody as far as I can tell has published an answer to this question. So this month I set out to pull together the best available data points on the market.

  • IT must map its way to visibility

    We in IT need to lead. Within the enterprise, we need to be perceived as leaders. We need to articulate the value we bring to the table.  

  • Why I won't write a requiem for Google+

    Over the last couple years, this TechWatch blog has been home to requiems for a number of products and services that have either died or pretty much died, collapsing to the point where they no longer resemble their once-great former selves.

  • How Facebook, Apple and Twitter are ending online equality

    The latest trend in social networking is the rise of elitism.

  • For Linux, Supercomputers R Us

    Supercomputers are serious things, called on to do serious computing. They tend to be engaged in serious pursuits like atomic bomb simulations, climate modeling and high-level physics. Naturally, they cost serious money. At the very top of the latest <a href="">Top500</a> supercomputer ranking is the Tianhe-2 supercomputer at China's National University of Defense Technology. It cost about $390 million to build.

  • Just what can't computers do?

    As technology advances, we poor humans are getting desperate for sources of self-esteem. Everyone knows computers can play chess and Jeopardy! better than we can. They sort thousands of documents for relevance in legal cases faster, cheaper and better than lawyers do. They assemble electronic products in factories faster, cheaper and better than people do.

  • Today's high-end smartphones: Too big for comfort?

    It's obviously the start of smartphone season. Tech-fashionable vendor OnePlus announced its <a href="">new OnePlus 2</a> high-end low-cost smartphone on Tuesday, while <a href="">Samsung has sent out invitations</a> to an upcoming press event that will take place in a couple of weeks.