Windows Phone 8 Looks Great, but It Screws Existing Users

Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8 today, with multi-core support, a new Start screen, native code sharing with its forthcoming Windows 8, a new Wallet feature for mobile payments, SD card support, more screen resolution support, and IE 10. Phew. » 6/20/12 1:00pm 6/20/12 1:00pm

Why a Keyboard—not a Processor or Screen or Anything Else—Is the Only…

The killer (or be killed) feature of that new Microsoft Surface for Windows RT is its keyboard. The tablet itself is a wonderful device. It's got a great body and a (seemingly) fast processor. But input is everything. » 6/19/12 4:40pm 6/19/12 4:40pm

Hands On With Microsoft Surface for Windows RT

Microsoft's event today was long on promise and short on specs. RAM? We dunno. Processor speed? We dunno. Price? We dunno. Release date? We dunno. But even a very brief hands-on made something abundantly clear: It's a super solid device and if Microsoft can deliver what it demoed, the iPad finally has a real… » 6/18/12 11:23pm 6/18/12 11:23pm

El Bulli: Cooking in Progress: Inside the World's Greatest Food Lab

One of the great regrets of my life is that I'll never have the chance to sample a meal at El Bulli, the now-closed Spanish restaurant considered by very many to be the best in the world, where chef Ferran Adrià pushed the frontiers of food. This documentary by Gereon Wetzel will likely be as close as I get to… » 6/14/12 9:00pm 6/14/12 9:00pm

WWDC Smackdown: Who Apple Hit Hardest Today

Apple announced so much great new stuff today, and Tim Cook walked away looking too fine and fancy. But not everyone else left in such good shape. Apple threw plenty of haymakers at its biggest competitors; here are the Manny Pacquiaos* of WWDC 2012. » 6/11/12 5:52pm 6/11/12 5:52pm

I would argue by the very act of making things public by default, and yet remaining largely private. Zuckerberg has said that he does not believe in privacy. (See: [www.wired.com]) If that's the case, why would he have a problem with having his photo taken? » 6/07/12 1:06pm 6/07/12 1:06pm

New Google Maps: Offline Mobile Access, Improved 3D and More

Google Maps announced it is rolling out offline maps for mobile, showed a new person-mounted Street View camera and is improving the 3D capabilities of its maps via aerial data. It's a major overhaul, one that comes in the face of Google reportedly losing one of its biggest partners. » 6/06/12 1:01pm 6/06/12 1:01pm

Proof That TED Is Past Its Prime

A few weeks ago we posited that TED—the conference series made of tiresome talks—had diluted its brand and become a place that needed more censorship instead of less. And now Buzzfeed has dug up objective proof, sifting through the mud barrel of videos on the TED site to bring you the 50 worst. » 6/05/12 5:20pm 6/05/12 5:20pm

Windows 8 Release Preview Hands On: Wonderful (And Kind Of Boring)

Windows 8 Release Preview is among us and, boy, is it lovely. It's so much dreamier than the Consumer Preview, and makes the Developer Preview look like something cobbled together out of two-by-fours, electrical tape, and rebar. It also is quite boring. » 5/31/12 3:00pm 5/31/12 3:00pm

Meth Labs and Dead Dogs: How the Founder of McAfee Antivirus Went on…

It's been a while since I've posted anything. "I've been busy" is everyone's excuse for laziness, but I can't come up with a better one. For those of you who follow the news in Central America, you will know that I am in hiding in an undisclosed location in Belize. Hiding out is no fun. I've always wondered why people… » 5/24/12 2:30pm 5/24/12 2:30pm