Monthly Archives: January 2014

Late to the Party

Fortune Tech were lucky duckies and got to interview Lenovo CEO Yuanqing Yang. When asked if his company can catch up to Apple or Samsung in smartphone sales, Yang replied: Definitely, over time. Our mission is to surpass them. Thanks, Yang. Noted. Let’s check in each year for the next five years. See how that […]

No Compromise

Steven Sinofsky, 11 August 2011 (my emphasis): We started planning Windows 8 during the summer of 2009 (before Windows 7 shipped). From the start, our approach has been to reimagine Windows, and to be open to revisiting even the most basic elements of the user model, the platform and APIs, and the architectures we support. […]

We Are Redundant

At, Craig Karmin on the future of checking into hotels: Guests arriving at the Aloft Hotel in Manhattan or one in Silicon Valley will soon be able to do something hotels have dreamed about offering for years: walk past the check-in desk and enter their rooms by using a smartphone as a room key. […]

Valuing Brands

Microsoft is giving up the fight for the use of the name ‘SkyDrive’: The name change comes more than six months after Microsoft was forced to rename SkyDrive following a trademark case with British Sky Broadcasting Group (BSkyB). Microsoft is positioning the new OneDrive naming as the one place for documents, photos, and other content. […]

Wait, We Didn’t Fake The Moon Landing?

Kirby Ferguson, the man behind one of my favorite short documentary series, Everything Is A Remix, is back with a new series, This Is Not A Conspiracy Theory. Kirby is such a great storyteller.

Thirty Years Ago

I wish I could say I was on the original Mac thirty years ago, but I wasn’t. I was on the original IBM computer, the 5150. My father actually bought it in 1981 and it wouldn’t be until around 1990 that I remember using Windows 3.x. Back in the pre-Windows days of the 5150, everything […]

A Base-Model Toyota Corolla

Seamus Condron at is a longtime iPhone user and self-admitted Apple fanboy, but he decided to keep an open mind and test drive a Google Nexus. It didn’t go well: On a spec sheet, the Nexus 5’s HD display trumps the iPhone’s considerably. And don’t get me wrong, the Nexus screen is impressive, but […]

Chuck’s Pixels

—Chuck Close (American, b. 1940). Self-Portrait (Black on White), 1977. Hard-ground etching with aquatint. (Taken at the de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA)