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I was on vacation from last Tuesday morning to Wednesday night. Could you tell? Maybe not. Beyond my output at Yahoo Tech (two posts written in advance, one I did Monday), at USA Today (filed the night before we left). and here (neither of those two posts…
I was on vacation from last Tuesday morning to Wednesday night. Could you tell? Maybe not. Beyond my output at Yahoo Tech (two posts written in advance, one I did Monday), at USA Today (filed the n...
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One thing I didn't know until I was almost ready to file this +USA TODAY column: Google's Play Music app lets you confine streaming playback to WiFi, while the iOS Apple Music app doesn't have that option. File that away for future reference if you're nearing your (non-T-Mobile) wireless carrier's data cap and you still want to rock out.
How to handle Apple Music when dealing with low bandwidth.
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For much of this week, I took notes from a seat in a room while somebody else stood before me and others to deliver a lecture about one subject or another. It was a bit like college–except I used a laptop instead of paper, I was never unplugged from the…
For much of this week, I took notes from a seat in a room while somebody else stood before me and others to deliver a lecture about one subject or another. It was a bit like college--except I used ...
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In addition to these two stories, I filed another that happens to be the first piece I’ve done for the client in question. That debut status means I can only guess if the editing will entail more or less punishment for my prose than it deserves.…
In addition to these two stories, I filed another that happens to be the first piece I've done for the client in question. That debut status means I can only guess if the editing will entail more o...
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Something weird happened this week: Apple only got a few passing mentions in my coverage. 7/28/2015: Windows 10 Is the Product of a Chastened, Changed Microsoft, Yahoo Tech My contribution to Yahoo’s coverage was this essay about how little the Microsoft…
Something weird happened this week: Apple only got a few passing mentions in my coverage. 7/28/2015: Windows 10 Is the Product of a Chastened, Changed Microsoft, Yahoo Tech My contribution to Yahoo...
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Some months ago, a PR person for Gogo handed me a few freebies I probably couldn’t use: three free passes for that company’s inflight WiFi service. (Ethics aside, almost all of my transcon flights are on planes that don’t employ its connectivity, while on…
Some months ago, a PR person for Gogo handed me a few freebies I probably couldn't use: three free passes for that company's inflight WiFi service. (Ethics aside, almost all of my transcon flights ...
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Hey, August, you’ve been doing a really bad job of being a slow news month. Could you please clock out already? 8/18/2015: How to Survive the Next Techno-Panic, Yahoo Tech When I suggested this topic to my editors, I had no idea that a day later, Spotify…
Hey, August, you've been doing a really bad job of being a slow news month. Could you please clock out already? 8/18/2015: How to Survive the Next Techno-Panic, Yahoo Tech When I suggested this top...
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For years, I’ve been a bit of a curmudgeon about inflight WiFi. A seat on a plane was a refuge from an interrupt-driven lifestyle, a place where I could monotask for a change. And besides, most first-generation, air-to-ground WiFi systems became unusably…
For years, I've been a bit of a curmudgeon about inflight WiFi. A seat on a plane was a refuge from an interrupt-driven lifestyle, a place where I could monotask for a change. And besides, most fir...
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As I was struggling to finish and fact-check my Yahoo column Monday evening, I stumbled across an enraging story: The Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery had been charged in St. Louis County, Mo., for “trespassing and interfering with a police officer” while…
As I was struggling to finish and fact-check my Yahoo column Monday evening, I stumbled across an enraging story: The Washington Post's Wesley Lowery had been charged in St. Louis County, Mo., for ...
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This attracted special attention here in Canada because of the CTV journalist.  It's outrageous that the police are harassing journalists who are just doing their jobs.
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As you might have seen on Twitter, I was at the White House Tuesday for the Obama administration’s first Demo Day. (Yes, I should have added #humblebrag to some of those tweets.) This event was both a diversity-boosting exercise for the president and a…
As you might have seen on Twitter, I was at the White House Tuesday for the Obama administration's first Demo Day. (Yes, I should have added #humblebrag to some of those tweets.) This event was bot...
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I asked for trouble Thursday night and didn’t get it: I installed Windows 10 without first backing up the PC, then I blithely accepted every default setting during the setup, and things pretty much worked out. The machine in question was the ThinkPad…
I asked for trouble Thursday night and didn't get it: I installed Windows 10 without first backing up the PC, then I blithely accepted every default setting during the setup, and things pretty much...
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And the Win10 upgrade apparently went without a hitch. I'm using Windows 10 now, and the most notable things I hadn't expected are the effort by Microsoft to change passwords to PINs, and the fact that the Groove Music app finds and plays your iTunes music. Also, the appearance of some applications such as Word and Outlook are changed subtly.
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The first round of comments on today's +Yahoo Tech column arguing that we're not dealing with the same company and mindset responsible for Windows 95 or Windows XP: Yes we are! I guess there's no convincing some people...
Compared to every other operating system to ever come out of Redmond, Windows 10 is a different kind of upgrade. It should be: It comes from a company that scarcely resembles the one that many of us loved to hate in 1995.
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Curious, sometimes cranky freelance tech journalist; occasional international statesman of goodwill
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I try to make sense of computers, consumer electronics, telecom services, the Internet, software and other things that beep or blink through my reporting, reviewing and analysis. I've done that in multiple channels: print, Web, social media, radio, TV, podcasts and public-speaking appearances.

The bulk of my work so far has been at the Washington Post, where I wrote a consumer-tech column for the Business section from September of 1999 to April of 2011. For most of those years, I also hosted Web chats, did a weekly Q&A tech feature and blogged for the paper.

I started at the Post in 1993 by sorting mail and answering phones. I also proofread copy, assigned and edited stories, spent an unholy amount of time in meetings, wrote for almost every section of the paper (National, Metro, Style, Sports, Business, Health, Food, Home, Weekend, Real Estate, Outlook, Sunday Arts, Sunday Source, Travel, Book World and the Magazine), and appeared on the front page all of three times.
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Married, one kid. Have run two marathons and biked 11 centuries (but none recently!). Can tie a bow tie by hand.
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