Opinion articles

Augmented reality finally delivers on 3D promise

The disillusionment was practically palpable. 3D was supposed to be the saving grace of a supposedly dying category, and drive a new level of engagement and involvement with media content. Alas, it was not to be, and 3D TVs and…

Computing on the edge

It’s easy to fall into the trap these days that anything really important in tech only happens in the cloud. After all, that’s where all the excitement, investment and discussion seems to be. To be sure, there are indeed innumerable…

Cars need digital safety standards too

When it comes to using your digital devices, physical safety is probably one of the few things you don’t have to worry about. Sure, the occasional overheating battery can be a problem, but generally speaking, you don’t see a whole…

The Messy Path to 5G

It’s the hottest topic in the tech world—certainly at this week’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show in Barcelona, Spain—it is. The next generation of wireless networks—commonly called 5G—is on the lips of most people you speak to, in the…

Rethinking wearable computing

Bring up the topic of wearables these days, and you’re likely to see rolled eyes, shrugged shoulders, and a general sense of “whatever.” The problem, of course, is that wearables were badly overhyped and haven’t even come close to living…

The network vs. the computer

The history of the technology industry has seen several swings back and forth between dependence on a network that can deliver the output of centralized computing resources, to client devices that do most of the computing work on their own.

Voice drives new software paradigm

A great deal has been written recently on the growing importance of voice-driven computing devices, such as Amazon’s Echo, Google Home and others like it. At the same time, there’s been a long-held belief by many in the industry that…

Inside the mind of a hacker

Writing about security is kind of like writing about insurance. As a responsible adult, you know it’s something you should do every now then, but deep down, you’re really worried that many readers won’t make it past the second sentence.…

Takeaways from CES 2017

By now you’ve undoubtedly read or viewed several different CES stories across a wide range of publications and media sites. So, there’s no need to rehash the details about all the cool, crazy, or just plain interesting new products that…

Cars as client devices

It’s no secret that an enormous amount of advanced tech hardware is making its way into today’s automobiles. Whether it’s for assisted or autonomous driving features, advanced infotainment systems or simple safety enhancements, modern cars are getting a big injection…

The workplace of the future

To no one’s surprise, how and where we work matters to people. Not just the company you work for, but the physical environment, the culture, the people, and the tools you use to get things done.

Opinion: This AI boom will also bust

Imagine an innovation in pipes. If this innovation were general, something that made all kinds of pipes cheaper to build and maintain, the total benefits could be large, perhaps even comparable to the total amount we spend on pipes today...

The magic inside your devices

Sometimes, it’s what’s inside that counts more than what we can see on the outside. That’s certainly the case with people, and increasingly, I think, it’s going to be the case with tech devices. …

Editorial: The indefatigable PC

By all rights, it should be dead by now. I mean, really. A market based on a tech product that first came to market over 35 years go? And yet, here we stand in the waning days of October 2016…

Opinion: Can IT survive?

If you’ve ever worked at a business with at least 20 employees, you’ve undoubtedly run into “them”—the oft-dreaded, generally misunderstood, secretly sneered at (though sometimes revered) IT department. The goal of Information Technology (IT) professionals, of course, is to provide…