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Sometimes 40-year-old technology actually is the best tool for the job

Technology changes far slower than we usually think it does. In fact, a pretty-good technology that achieves widespread acceptance has a way of sticking around for years, even decades. Just look at how many people still listen to AM radio, buy CDs at concerts, or drive cars with internal combustion engines and four wheels. Or, […]

Body cameras are the first step to reducing police brutality

Let’s get one thing clear: No gadget will fix bad policing. There is no app to cure racism. But putting body cameras on police officers is one hell of a start. It is one of the few areas where a new technology offers a clear, unambiguous social benefit. Usually there are tradeoffs and unintended consequences to any new […]

What Yo’s $1.5M round tells us about the state of tech marketing

The guys who invented Yo are not stupid. Their app may be — depending on who you talk to, the idea of an app that does nothing but send the message “Yo” is either charmingly clever or incredibly annoying — but the founders are not. Moshe Hogeg is the CEO of photo- and video-sharing site Mobli and […]

How Microsoft can break the logjam of carrier anti-innovation

In my column this week, I return to the subject of Microsoft — and suggest a way that the company can give its Windows Phone OS a boost. Carrier subsidies are increasingly standing in the way of innovation. “We’re drunk off the subsidy model,” IDC analyst Ramon Llamas told VentureBeat last week. The lure of cheap, […]

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