Steve Jobs is unveiling the Apple iPad, the company's feverishly anticipated tablet device, in San Francisco at this minute. NEWSWEEK Technology Editor Daniel Lyons is on the scene—and says the audience's reaction is surprisingly tepid. "I haven't been this let down since Snooki hooked up with The Situation," Lyons e-mails.On to some serious observations.
Kimberly White / Reuters-LandovWith the unveiling of Apple's tablet computer less than 24 hours away, enough details have squirmed out of Steve Jobs's death grip to form a coherent picture of what the new device is likely to offer.
Of all the choice lines in Conan O'Brien's statement about the late-night mess at NBC─and there are plenty, from "terrible difficulties in prime-time" to "what I honestly believe is its destruction"─one of the most interesting concerns technology. "Some people will make the argument that with DVRs and the Internet a time slot doesn't matter," Conan wrote. "But with the Tonight Show, I believe nothing could matter more." Conan's right, and he's wrong.
ESPN announced this week that it is launching a 3-D sports channel. If other cable networks know what's good for them, they'll follow suit as soon as possible.Everyone knows that over the last decade or so, a digital tidal wave has replaced postal mail with e-mail, landlines with cell phones, and home newspaper delivery with news Web sites.
For cybersecurity geeks, it was a moment to celebrate. In May, as President Obama announced a new federal office to oversee America's digital infrastructure, he used language rarely heard in the White House. "We've had to learn a whole new vocabulary just to stay ahead of the cybercriminals who would do us harm: spyware and malware and spoofing and phishing and botnets," Obama said. (Today, he named his pick for the post.) Obama also reminded the audience that he knew of what he spoke: in 2008...
At first, it's a little difficult to get interested in what Steve Wozniak and his partners at a startup called Fusion-io are hawking. They're storage devices.
Some people savor literature; others, fine wine. I prefer to relish the really exceptional sex scandals of our time.Right now, obviously, that's the Tiger Woods inferno.
Like sex and salsa, sleep is one of those things that you never have quite enough of. You wish you'd turned in earlier, snoozed a little later, suffered fewer midnight interruptions from the baby and your partner's freezing feet.
One of the many mind-boggling statistics about Facebook—300 million members, half log in daily, 8 billion minutes of use per day—is that the social network also happens to be the Web's largest photo-sharing service.
It's a hot afternoon in July on the AT&T Labs campus in Florham Park, N.J., and William Cheswick, on staff as a principal researcher, has been asked to open the summer lecture series on any topic of his choosing.
The only force equal to the pace of innovation is our ability to become blasé about it. The first time a little box on my rental car's dashboard talked to a geosynchronous satellite and then told me where to turn left, I was amazed.
In design, imitation is a funny thing. When Thing A looks like Thing B, it can be homage─or plagiarism. Tribute─or theft. The message from the imitator to the imitated might be, "Yep, you nailed it, the platonic ideal of this category, and I can't help but follow your lead"─or a more brazen "You did all the hard work of creation, and now I will shamelessly copy."But a lot of that is just academic banter for the design teams that work at Thing A and Thing B's companies.
Have you seen the new antipiracy video from the software industry? It is execrable! Outdated, kinda offensive, and embarrassingly unhip, the clip has a zero percent chance of achieving its goal of deterring illegal downloads on campus.
As people still struggle to explain exactly what Twitter is, one of the more compelling theories I've heard is that the service is actually a real-time search engine.
From the Techtonic Shifts inbox, a classic ludicrous press release: The boating industry has known for years that the intimidation of driving and docking a boat, especially a yacht, keeps many people who enjoy boating from owning one themselves.
My musical aptitudes are somewhere in the vicinity of Helen Keller's, so you may want to take this with a grain of salt. But I really mean it: Spotify lives up to the hype.
I have simple needs. I like cold drinks, hot pizza and difficult things explained to me like I'm a drooling half-wit. Just because I'm familiar with a technology doesn't mean I get it—a distinction addressed by CommonCraft.com, whose In Plain English series of videos takes complicated, tech-forward topics, such as wikis, CFL bulbs and phishing, and explains how they work using disarmingly crummy paper-cutout animations.