April 2012 Archives
Wednesday, 18th April 2012
When people talk about the future of TV and entertainment, brands like Samsung, Apple, Comcast and Boxee tend to come to mind. Apple-watchers in particular expect that company to turn its longtime hobby into a game-changer by releasing their own HDTV set later this year. Whatever happens, the living room of the future will look very different…
Will Facebook Offers Address Investor Revenue Concerns?
Facebook's stated mission is to make the world "more open and connected," which leaves some people wondering how the recently launched Facebook Offers fits into that strategy. Short answer? It doesn't. The service is squarely targeted at pleasing Wall Street investors ahead of next month's initial public offering of Facebook shares. If the ploy…
Amazon vs. Best Buy: A Tale of Two Retailers
It's bad enough that Best Buy has to switch CEOs - because of potential personal misconduct - while it's also trying to make a comeback. But it's also about to lose a familiar foe in the rear-view mirror. This year, Amazon will almost certainly overcome Best Buy in full-year revenue for the first time.
The Power & Peril of Saving the Web for Later
Today, Read It Later relaunched as Pocket, a free app for saving any Web content for later. It breaks content shifting out of the mold of apps specifically for reading. Pocket's clean, colorful interface may be the first in the category suitable for a mainstream audience. Is that a good or bad thing?
Tuesday, 17th April 2012
Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro: Microsoft's Lessons Learned
The announcement from Microsoft late yesterday touts the three versions of Windows, and if you read it through to the end, you'll count four. And you may think, once again, there's something being pulled over your eyes that looks like wool and smells like wool. The surprise here, at least so far, is that there's nothing that really requires…