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The numbers may have fallen short of analysts’ rosy estimates, but Google’s quarterly sales increased yet again in the first quarter of 2014. Revenue hit $15.42 billion for the quarter ended March 31, the company announced in a Wednesday earnings call, with earnings hitting $6.27 per share. That’s a 19 percent jump from the $12.95 billion in revenue earned in the first quarter of 2013, but it’s less than the $15.52 billion in revenue and $6.42-...
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The Indiegogo campaign for the scientifically untenable Healbe activity tracker hasn’t been shut down, but now a co-founder of the crowd-funding site seems to understand just how badly the wearable is affecting public trust in his platform. In a Friday blog post titled “Trust and the Future of Open Funding,” Indiegogo CEO Slava Rubin directly addresses the controversy surrounding the Healbe GoBe Automatic Body Manager, which claims to “automatica...
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When I was nine years old, I spent my summer playing with firecrackers. Two summers later, my friends and I were stealing supplies from local construction sites to build tree forts in the woods—a safety violation that would have disappointed Willie Mays. By the time I was 13, my summer break entailed more mature forms of mischief that can’t be shared here. My antics may sound alarming, but I'd argue that all this tomfoolery was more innocent—and ...
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Well, this is frustrating. I’m now the proud owner of a Sony SmartBand, the activity-tracking wristband that records lifestyle events along with exercise and sleep data. But I can’t actually use the device because its essential, mission-critical software isn’t yet available on Google Play.  I guess this is what happens when you receive highly anticipated consumer tech from Amazon before the hardware is even ready for sale. The SmartBand package...
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Patience, patience, young Explorer. Tomorrow’s Glass will be more fashionable than today’s. This is the thrust of Google’s announcement that it’s teaming up with Luxottica, the premium eyewear manufacturer that essentially makes every brand of glasses that matters (a fact profiled in a 60 Minutes segment that isn’t completely boring). In a Monday blog post that deliciously makes reference to monocles—because monocles remain a thing—Google exp...
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It’s breaking Glass news, but doesn’t have anything to do with a recent eat-the-rich political statement involving breaking Glass: In a Monday night blog post, Google announced the latest updates to Glass’ system software, promising improved battery life, more convenient photo features, and a more streamlined user interface for voice commands.  This is good news for not only existing Glass owners, but also members of the general public who migh...
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It looks like Google wants to usher its Glass face computer from the domain of the digital elite to less exclusive territory. On Thursday, The Verge posted a document that indicates Google is considering the announcement of a one-day expansion of its Explorer program. The plan, it seems, would allow any U.S. resident to purchase Glass—thus significantly changing how the wearable is seeded to would-be users. The allegedly leaked presentation slide...
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It’s somewhat charming that Google is trumpeting the partnership between APX Labs and the Washington Capitals hockey team as a stellar example of business application development for Google Glass. Indeed, when you read Google’s Monday night blog post announcing its Glass at Work program, APX Labs’ Skybox app seems like something straight-laced and corporate—the result of a very serious enterprise software effort. No, it’s none of that. The Washin...
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OK, it's not like Gucci is getting into the smartwatch business. But this wearable tech actually adopts a fashion-forward aesthetic.
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Google’s smartglasses are far from perfect, but we have to give the company credit for always positioning the current iteration of Glass as a work-in-progress. I would qualify the Glass Explorer program as the ultimate alpha test of any prototype in consumer-tech history—insomuch as Google has recruited thousands of hardware testers, publicly, to help its engineers work out the kinks.  And now, in a Friday blog post titled “The Top 10 Google Gl...
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Editor-in-Chief of PCWorld.com and Greenbot.com, and lead wearables reporter for TechHive.com.
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  • IDG
    Editor, PCWorld.com, present
  • Wired.com
    Gadget Lab Editor, 2011 - 2013
  • Future US
    Editorial Director, Tech, 2003 - 2011
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    Editor-in-Chief, Maximum PC, 1999 - 2003
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    Executive Editor, boot, 1997 - 1999
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    Executive Editor, The Net, 1997 - 1997
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    Features Editor, The Net, 1995 - 1997
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    Editor-in-Chief, BLAST, 1994 - 1995
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Work: writer, editor, tech enthusiast. Play: driving sports cars on race tracks, cooking Italian street food in the comfort of my own home, and helping my dog become a better human being.
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