Jeff Wolfers

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A Hit, a Miss and a Meh: Apple Rolls Out New Objects of Desire

The world's tech press gathered in the glittering Church of Tim Cook's Apple yesterday morning in Cupertino, California to hear about the latest, bestest, most magical, iStuff they've ever produced. Oddly, Bono and U2 showed up to sprinkle their peculiar brand across the gathered great and good. Unless you're near dead you probably have heard most of the detail, but you come here for opinions not detailed specs so here is my take Sep 10, 2014 2:20 AM PT

It's Tech September: Get Ready for Huge Technology Announcements this Month

After the typical summer's 10 week pause in tech news it's time to fasten your seat belts kiddies because here we go! September begins the Christmas selling season (yes, really, we're all Americans now) and so get ready for a huge pile of shiny new tech kit to spend your hard earned money on. I'm guessing come October, that you don't want to be the only kid at the table with last year's iPhone, Galaxy, etc, so get out your wallet. It's time to spend! Sep 4, 2014 4:17 AM PT

Microsoft Announces 18,000 Layoffs - Cuts Staff by 14 Percent

Microsoft, the aging tech behemoth, has a shiny new CEO, a new strategy, new(ish) products in the pipeline and now 18,000 less staff. In a wide ranging, 3,000 word essay to his 125,000 (oops! 107,000) colleagues, CEO Satyna Nadella stressed the need to improve product cycle time, to shed excess management layers and to say goodbye to 14 percent of staff. Jul 22, 2014 1:29 AM PT

Google's Android Continues Company's Quest for World Domination

Tech's big four - Apple, Google, Microsoft and Amazon - focus on software and developers this time of year. First was Microsoft's BUILD conference back in April, but in June we've had Apple's WWDC,  Amazon's Fire and just last week Google I/O was held in that mecca of all things tech - Moscone Center in San Francisco. Recently I've written about Apple and Amazon, so here's a short update on our modern day SkyNet - Google.  Jul 2, 2014 8:53 AM PT

The Battle of the Tech Ecosystems

Long rumoured and long delayed, Amazon's Jeff Bezos finally announced a smartphone: the Amazon Fire. The Fire phone joins Amazon's growing tech lineup including Fire HD tablets and Fire TV. Amazon? The book store company now sells a full line of tech products? What's next, the Fire PC? Jun 20, 2014 1:11 AM PT

Apple is the new IBM... and I Might Finally Buy One

I've been reflecting on the recent tour de force developer conference held by Apple: the WWDC. CEO Tim Cook and his team presented a sweeping overhaul of the software systems that power the iPhone, iPad and Mac computers Jun 14, 2014 5:26 AM PT

Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast and Now Amazon and Android Media Boxes: Is It Time to Cut the Cord?

What a busy month in the world of internet media streaming boxes what with Jeff Bezos announcing the Amazon 'Fire' device and fresh rumors swirling now about a relaunched Android TV device. Where these little boxes were niche and esoteric they are now mainstream. The question is does this mean you can cut the expensive cable or satellite TV cord now, and which one of these devices is best for you? Apr 24, 2014 2:31 AM PT

The Evil Empire Finally Awakens - Microsoft Office now on iPad

Listen up peeps... the business world runs on Windows/Office. Over a billion users every day heads down pounding away on their computer keyboards (not glass panels) using Excel, Word and yes even PowerPoint and Outlook. Be snobs if that makes you feel all superior but it appears even Microsoft is finding it's way back home after the Windows 8 disaster. Pages is for dummies. Numbers is for morons. Word and Excel is for proper work. And they are now available on the popular iPad. Finally Apr 5, 2014 9:38 PM PT

Windows XP Support is Ending: What You Should Do

It's hard to believe but after two years of warnings 400million of you still run Windows XP on your computer. And on April 8th Microsoft is ending support. XP is finished - as in NO MORE SECURITY UPDATES for XP. Still running XP you will be officially at risk. Mar 23, 2014 7:53 AM PT

Apple's CEO Tim Cook denies green is bad

The normally even tempered Apple CEO Tim Cook showed a rare bit of angry emotion when the National Center for Public Policy Research member asked him whether he shouldn't focus on the bottom line rather than on expensive and inefficient green projects. The main stream media piled in behind him accusing the questioner of being a climate change denier. Mar 4, 2014 7:43 AM PT

Microsoft Loves Up On Android?

In a stunning announcement this week, Microsoft's newest company Nokia announced at the Mobile World Congress a sleek new line of smartphones running Google's open source Android operating system. Trust me, that this is an IT earthquake and potentially the beginning of a new, open, modern Microsoft. Feb 27, 2014 4:59 AM PT

Google Is Killing Privacy and We Should All Be Worried

Google's official mission statement, "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful," when coupled with their college age motto of "do no evil," is at its face an absolutely amazing and admirable goal. But has Google gone too far? Feb 26, 2014 8:53 AM PT

Facebook Buys WhatsApp for $19 billion

Facebook yesterday added another global brand and 450 million new users to its growing collection of social media properties when it agreed a $19 billion cash and stock deal for fast growing, five-year old startup WhatsApp. Feb 20, 2014 3:05 AM PT

Why Are We Still Buying iStuff?

Welcome to my Breitbart London tech column. It is an honour to join the roster here. I'm a long time tech watcher, pundit and consultant, having worked in Asia, Europe, America and the Middle East. I've mostly worked with big bad bankers, but there have been other stops along the way. I'll try and fill in some of your technology knowledge holes here for what is now a HUGE industry, and one that touches all of us every day.  Feb 16, 2014 8:35 PM PT

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