Opinion articles

Are backdoors into your devices inevitable?

Currently, we all enjoy a relatively secure experience when using our devices thanks to encryption. While nothing transmitted via radio waves or over the internet can ever be 100 percent protected, for now, device manufacturers do their best to secure…

The hidden value of analog

Sometimes, it seems, digital isn’t better. Sure, there are enormous benefits to working with media, files, and devices in the digital domain, but we are, after all, still living in an analog world. As human beings we still touch things…

The robotic future

Of all the futuristic technologies that seem closer to becoming mainstream each day, robotics is the one that is likely to elicit both the strongest and widest range of reactions. It’s not terribly surprising if you really think about it.…

Should Apple build a car?

As your mother or other caregiver likely told you as a child, just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you necessarily should. So, given last week’s news that Apple has obtained a permit to test drive three autonomous cars…

Little data analytics

For years, the mantra in the world of business software and enterprise IT has been “data is the new gold.” The idea was that companies of nearly every shape and size across every industry imaginable were essentially sitting on top…

Apple is dead to me... I'm switching to Windows

I converted to Apple over 5 years ago however I need a more powerful machine that can handle a LOT. I doubt I’m the only creative professional in this situation. Nowadays, my camera’s RAW files are bigger (I use a Hasselblad X1D, but my MacBook was still choking with my Sony A7Rii files), and I do a lot of video work as well. I simply need a workhorse.

Samsung is building a platform without an OS

For the last 20+ years, the traditional thinking in the tech industry has been that in order to have any real power and influence, you had to have an operating system. Companies like Microsoft, Apple, and Google have turned their…

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.