Articles by Dan Lyons

8th May, 2013

Stay off the Twitter and get some damn work done!

By | May 8th, 2013|Tech|4 Comments

That was the lesson I took from reading this really interesting piece by Brian Lam. I often feel guilty because I’m not very “active” on Twitter and I feel like this makes me a bad person somehow. It’s inspiring to hear someone I respect and admire say you’re better off taking a quick look then hunkering down and doing some real work.

For those of you who don’t know him, Brian was once the editor of Gizmodo, got burned out […]

23rd Oct, 2012

I’ve moved to a new home, and hope you will come with me

By | October 23rd, 2012|Tech|70 Comments

Just a heads up that I’m starting a new job as editor-in-chief of ReadWrite, a tech site formerly known as ReadWriteWeb. We have rebranded the site as ReadWrite and launched it yesterday with a new design and a new approach to covering tech news. Meaning: more personality, more engagement, more fun.

This is not going to be Fake Steve 2.0 because, alas, Fake Steve has left the building. But […]

1st Oct, 2012

Apple's new maps miraculously now work perfectly thanks to Tim Cook's apology

By | October 1st, 2012|Tech|15 Comments

That’s what I’m hearing. People around the world who were having problems with the new maps say that within hours of Tim Cook’s apology the software miraculously started working perfectly. Customers are happy, Apple has won, Google is screwed, and, in a tiny church in a remote village in Portugal, a painting of Steve Jobs (above) has started weeping real tears, all thanks […]

27th Sep, 2012

The real issue about Apple maps

By | September 27th, 2012|Tech|19 Comments

The key thing in the maps situation is what this move says about Apple and the kind of company it has become. As Roger Kay points out on Forbes:

Does Apple care that its naked self interest is showing? Not at all, near as I can tell. Apple has always had disdain for what others think, even — no, especially — customers.

However, for a potential customer […]

27th Sep, 2012

Here comes the map spin from Cupertino

By | September 27th, 2012|Tech|51 Comments

The rule of thumb for following Apple is that if you want to know what Apple PR’s official line is, you just need to read the top-tier Apple apologists like John Gruber and MG Siegler. They’re pretty much operating as unpaid Apple spokesbots. Apple briefs these guys, but instead of having the balls to do it on the record, Apple feeds them some spin with the condition that they will write it up while attributing their info to “sources who are familiar with the situation.” It’s a bit like being a Kremlinologist and reading Pravda and Izvestia.

And, sure enough, in the wake of the Mapocalypse, today come Gruber and Siegler with Apple’s spin. Gruber pens “On the Timing of Apple’s Map Switch” and Siegler provides “Ripping Off The Bloody Band-Aid.”


27th Sep, 2012

Pogue goes rogue!

By | September 27th, 2012|Tech|13 Comments

The brainwashed brown-noser pens a vicious critique of Apple’s new maps app. Apparently he just noticed that the software is terrible:

In short, Maps is an appalling first release. It may be the most embarrassing, least usable piece of software Apple has ever unleashed.

Question remains: How did Pogue not notice this when he was preparing his original glowing review? The one in which he said the new […]

25th Sep, 2012

Here's the song that the RIM BlackBerry band should have covered

By | September 25th, 2012|Tech|42 Comments

To hell with the weird remake of REO Speedwagon’s “Keep On Lovin You.” Here’s the song that captures the essence of RIM.

20th Sep, 2012

Killer app?

By | September 20th, 2012|Tech|25 Comments

Much is being about the problems with the new maps issue on iOS 6. The best piece I’ve seen so far is this one on The Verge. The key angle to this story, the one that might resonant with customers, is this: “Apple’s decision to swap out Google Maps is a rare example of the company openly placing its own interests above those of its customers,” write […]

2nd Sep, 2012

Apple adds Samsung GS3, Galaxy Note to list of targeted devices

By | September 2nd, 2012|Tech|6 Comments

Hell, why not throw in TVs, refrigerators and microwave ovens? Sue everybody, right? Punitive damages.



24th Aug, 2012

How soon until Apple sues Lenovo?

By | August 24th, 2012|Tech|10 Comments

Lenovo just leapt past Apple to become the #2 smartphone seller in China, after Samsung. Guess what? Lenovo’s phone, the K800, looks exactly like the iPhone. Meaning: rectangular, with a glass screen, and a phone icon that looks like a phone and a mail icon that looks like an envelope. This must not stand! Especially since Apple’s share in China has fallen to 10 percent, despite […]