Archive for the 'Google' Category

It’s your potty and they’ll spy if they want to

It’s no secret that virtually anything that runs on code can and will eventually be hacked. There’s no dearth of examples. Our desktops, laptops, smartphones and tablets are really just the playthings of any attacker with sufficient skills and time. But now it’s getting personal. Hackers are hitting us where it really hurts. Yes, I’m […]

Pussies use smartphones. Real men wear goggles.

Sergey Brin said it, so it must be true. Smartphones are emasculating. Speaking at a TED conference earlier this week to show off the latest version of Google Glass, the Google cofounder opined thusly: "You’re actually socially isolating yourself with your phone," Brin told the audience. "I feel like it’s kind of emasculating…. You’re standing […]

Big data, big problems? Here’s one possible solution

By now it’s kind of a truism that Big Data is going to be Big Business. Marketing companies want to comb big data sets to determine what you’re likely to buy, so they can show you the right offers at the right time. Health care providers want to analyze big data so they can determine […]

Dear Google: WTF?

As a general rule, when it comes to doing things smarter or better than everyone else, Google kicks ass. Sure, there are some notable faceplants. Google Buzz? Google Wave? Even Google+ isn’t exactly a world beater. But in general, working at Google = genius, more often than not. With one enormous exception: transcription services for […]

Google’s not-so-little SEO problem

Over the weekend the New York Times published a long piece by David Segal describing in painful detail exactly how Google’s search results have been totally pwned by JC Penney. Over the holiday shopping season, the retailer where my mother used to drag me to buy my Easter suits received an extraordinary bounty of Google […]

10 stupid social media predictions for 2011

As I write this there are but a few hours left of 2010, which I believe will be remembered as the year Facebook became the dominant force on the InterWebs, supplanting even mighty Google in its reach and depth. What will happen in 2011? Beats me. But that won’t stop me from offering up some […]

Twelve tech predictions for 2011

As 2010 draws to a close, that can only mean one thing: Bloggers conjuring up predictions lists so they can take a few days off around the holidays. Here in Cringeville things are much the same, but with one key difference: unlike other prognosticators, I’m totally unencumbered by facts. That tends to make my accuracy […]

A Nimble way to manage your social contacts

I don’t know about you, but lately I’ve been suffering a failure to communicate — and it comes from having too many ways to do it. Tweets. Facebook updates. Emails to six different accounts. Skype chats. Google voice. Text messages. Sometimes I even manage to talk to people. But mostly the efforts of the world […]

The 10 dumbest tech moves of 2010

It’s been quite a year. And in what has become a tradition here in Cringeville, it’s time to honor the most malicious, obnoxious, offensive, or nonsensical behavior in technology. This year’s winners include captains of industry, titans of technology, sultans of sweat, and a number of other people desperately in need of a clue. Among […]

2010: When Google fell to earth

Remember when Google could do no wrong? Those days now feel like ancient history. I think 2010 will be remembered for a handful of really big stories, including the rise of tablets, the dominance of Facebook, and the emergence of a fifth column of Web troublemakers who can no longer be ignored, from Anonymous/4chan to […]

Facebook phone rumors are real. The Facebook Phone? Not so much.

God I love the InterWebs. Years from now, scholars dissecting the complete disintegration of journalism in the 21st centure will look back at us and say, what the frak? The example du jour: The Facebook Phone rumors, which were sparked this past weekend by TechCrunch and continue to burn. If you believe what you read […]

Google’s data pervert wants your children

Imagine wandering through Times Square and seeing a 60-foot-tall animation depicting you (yes, you) as a creepy child-baiting ice cream truck driver. How would you feel? That’s probably how Google’s Eric Schmidt feels today. A group calling itself Consumer Watchdog, which has decided that Google is Evil Incorporated, has taken the unusual step of buying […]

Good Bye Microsoft, Hello GoogApple

I recently had an experience that epitomizes everything that’s wrong with Microsoft, and why it is rapidly being tossed into the Recycling Bin of history. I have a Vista laptop and, as I’ve recently learned, I am powerless over it. (Just saying that makes me feel like I should belong to a 12-step group. But […]

My favorite April Fools jokes for 2010

My head is throbbing, my skin feels like sandpaper, and my mouth tastes like the entire Russian army retreated through it on its way back to Moscow. No, it was not from those Jagermeister and NyQuil jello shots. That was last week. It’s a hangover from overindulging on April Fools’ Day pranks yesterday. It’s my […]

Apple and Google: Coffee diplomacy

Two middle-aged guys sit down for a cup of coffee, and people start acting like they just saw Brad and Angelina at Starbucks. What’s the big deal? In this case, the two guys are Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt, sitting down for a morning confab over cafe lattes at a Palo Alto beanery last Friday. […]

The Google-China plot thickens

It’s been just two days since I last wrote about the Google China soap (not soup) opera, and yet it feels like weeks, so much has happened in the interim. To wit: Earlier this week, Google’s US executive bio page suddenly displayed in Chinese. (A "bug, Google called it. Yeah, right.) On Wednesday, YouTube, Twitter, […]

Is privacy making a comeback?

Privacy is all over the news these days, including social networks, where it seems the Feds like to play.

Apple’s patent power play: no winners, only losers

Apple has lawyered up and is out for blood — or at least, blood money. Its patent suit against Taiwanese handset maker HTC is further proof that the cold war between Cupertino and Mountain View is quickly escalating into a shooting match with live ammo. Apple could easily have chosen to sue Palm, whose WebOS […]

2010: The year Google fell to Earth

So far, 2010 is shaping up to be the year Google discovered it had feet of clay — and those feet have been spending a lot of time in Google’s mouth. (Also: This blog is shaping up to be all about Google, Apple, and Microsoft. Maybe we should rename it Notes from the GoogAppSoft. Or […]

Microsoft’s new mojo lies with Windows Phone 7

They’re baaaack. Just when you thought the dragon had been mortally wounded and sloughed off to its cave to die, it comes back spitting fire and disturbing the neighbors. At this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Microsoft introduced a new mobile operating system that appears to be nothing like any OS it’s ever invented, […]