Monthly Archives: December 2011

19th Dec, 2011

A meme is born?

By | December 19th, 2011|Tech|10 Comments

How soon until someone does something with this video from North Korea?

8th Dec, 2011

Backpedaling on Tesla

By | December 8th, 2011|Tech|4 Comments

Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas on March 31, 2011, explaining why he was upgrading Tesla stock to “overweight” status and projecting sales of $9.5 billion by 2020, and declaring Tesla to be “America’s Fourth Auto-maker”:

The confluence of structural industry change, disruptive technology, changing consumer tastes and heightened national security creates an opportunity for significant new entrants in the global auto industry. California dreaming? We don’t think so. In our view, the conditions are ripe for a shake-up of a […]

7th Dec, 2011

Reminder: Meet Matias Duarte, Android designer, today

By | December 7th, 2011|Tech|2 Comments

Just a reminder that we’ll be doing a Newsweek Daily Beast Hangout on Google+ today at 4:30 Eastern time. Our guest will be Matias Duarte, the head of design for the Android project at Google. Matias is a really great guy with an interesting background — he studied fine arts in college, and aspired to become a painter — and if you’re an Android fan you’ll have a […]

5th Dec, 2011

A Siri backlash?

By | December 5th, 2011|Tech|7 Comments

I’m not talking about the abortion stuff, which was ridiculous. But I’m starting to see grumbling about the simple fact that Siri just doesn’t work all that well. In the latest pieces the writers aren’t willing to say, as Jordan Crook of TechCrunch did recently, that while Siri is disappointing, “in the end it’s my fault.”

Jason Kincaid on TechCrunch […]

5th Dec, 2011

Come hang out with Matias Duarte, the lead designer of Android

By | December 5th, 2011|Tech|4 Comments

My colleagues at Newsweek Daily Beast are trying to arrange some Google+ Hangouts with interesting tech industry folks. First one we’ve scheduled is this Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 4:30 p.m. East Coast time with Matias Duarte, a renowned computer interface designer who runs the user experience team for Android. I spoke with him recently during a visit to Google and hope to publish a Q&A from the […]

2nd Dec, 2011

Are these the two best phones in the market right now?

By | December 2nd, 2011|Tech|62 Comments

Which of these phones would you buy — the iPhone 4S or the Samsung (Google) Galaxy Nexus? If you saw them sitting side by side in the store, which one would you take home with you?

I finally got an iPhone 4S last night, and now can do side-by-side comparisons with the Galaxy Nexus I picked up at Google a couple weeks ago. First impressions: the camera on the […]

1st Dec, 2011

A new look for YouTube

By | December 1st, 2011|Tech|2 Comments

Another story for today’s hungry Beast — YouTube doing a major overhaul of its look and feel.

1st Dec, 2011

So what if your phone is a spy?

By | December 1st, 2011|Tech|5 Comments

The real lesson around the Carrier IQ story is that soon everything we use will be spying on us. My argument on the Beast is that as long we’re going to have these feeding frenzies every time someone finds out about some new snooping technique, we might also start to realize that this is the new reality we’ve created. It’s only going to get worse when the “Internet of things” (sensors in everything) becomes a reality. Welcome to the digital panopticon. […]

1st Dec, 2011

What is going on with the Galaxy Nexus?

By | December 1st, 2011|Tech|7 Comments

Google and Verizon are driving me crazy on this, and apparently I’m not the only one. I’ve been using a Galaxy Nexus for a couple weeks now, and I’m hooked. Now I want the real thing, with LTE speed from Verizon. First the rumor was it had been pushed back to Dec. 8. Now the rumor is Dec. 11. Richi Jennings at Computerworld thought he had […]