Ballmer to Skype Fans: You Can Trust Us

SAN FRANCISCO — Trust us. We’re not going to screw up Skype. That was the message Microsoft delivered Tuesday, hours after formally announcing that it was buying the internet telephony pioneer for a staggering $8.5 billion — staggering because it’s more than the Redmond giant has ever paid for anything, and because Skype doesn’t exactly print […]

Ballmer to Skype Fans: You Can Trust Us

Reports: Verizon iPhone Likely Coming Jan. 11

U.S. iPhone users frustrated with AT&T’s frequently dropped calls, limited geographic coverage, delayed delivery of iPhone tethering, elimination of unlimited data plans, poor customer service, and alleged cooperation with warrantless wiretapping by the NSA may soon have an alternative.* Verizon yesterday sent out invitations to a Tuesday, Jan. 11 press event in New York. Many believe that this event will be the […]

Reports: Verizon iPhone Likely Coming Jan. 11

‘Windows Will Be Everywhere,’ Ballmer Promises

LAS VEGAS — Microsoft unveiled its vision of the future, where everything from phones and tablets to big-ass tables runs Windows. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer delivered a somnolescent and nearly news-free keynote presentation on the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show here, laying out his company’s strategy for home entertainment, mobile content, PCs and tablets. […]

‘Windows Will Be Everywhere,’ Ballmer Promises

Intel Beefs Up CPUs With Graphics Power — and Content Protection

LAS VEGAS — Intel is preparing a new line of processing, graphics and wireless technologies aimed in part at bringing video to consumers — and preventing them from copying it. The content protection scheme, known as “Intel Insider,” is a feature built into its second-generation Core processors, which Intel unveiled Wednesday at the Consumer Electronics […]

Intel Beefs Up CPUs With Graphics Power — and Content Protection

Journalism in the Age of Online Collaboration

Savvy journalists have adapted (or have been forced to adapt) to a new, more collaborative publishing model online. Here are my notes from a keynote presentation I delivered on this topic at the OCLC Collaboration Forum, held at the Smithsonian, on September 21. Matsuo Kinsaku was born around 1644 in Japan. As a young man, […]

Journalism in the Age of Online Collaboration

How OK Go’s Amazing Rube Goldberg Machine Was Built | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

In music, timing is everything. When you’re dancing with an enormous machine, it’s even more important to get the timing correct, down to the microsecond. For its latest video, released on YouTube Monday night, pop band OK Go recruited a gang of very talented engineers to build a huge, elaborate Rube Goldberg machine whose action […]

How OK Go’s Amazing Rube Goldberg Machine Was Built | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

Siri Launches Voice-Powered iPhone ‘Assistant’ | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

A new app invites you to command your iPhone in the same way that Captain Kirk addressed the Enterprise’s computer. Siri’s visual interface displays a transcription of what you say, then hands the data off to an appropriate web service or search engine. Siri, an artificial intelligence-based voice-recognition startup, launched an iPhone app incorporating its […]

Siri Launches Voice-Powered iPhone ‘Assistant’ | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

Sprint Leapfrogs Verizon With Fast 4G Hot-Spot Device | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

Verizon’s MiFi was one of our favorite products of 2009: It takes a 3G wireless data signal and turns it into a Wi-Fi hot spot. Now Sprint has one-upped Verizon with the Overdrive, which takes a 4G signal and turns it into a Wi-Fi hot spot. On Sprint’s WiMax-based 4G network, the Overdrive, which is […]

Sprint Leapfrogs Verizon With Fast 4G Hot-Spot Device | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

Microsoft Touts Home Entertainment at CES Keynote | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

LAS VEGAS — Microsoft detailed plans for XBox 360 enhancements, a new gesture-driven interface for the XBox and a tablet-style Windows PC tonight at a keynote presentation kicking off the Consumer Electronics Show here. It was the second year as CES headliner for Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who took over the keynote spot from his […]

Microsoft Touts Home Entertainment at CES Keynote | Gadget Lab | Wired.com