Patrick May Patrick May (325 Posts)

With more than 30 years on the front line of daily American journalism, I'm currently a staff writer with the San Jose Mercury News, covering Apple and writing people-centric business stories from Silicon Valley.

Silicon Valley’s still a bro’s world

David McCandless, a London-based journalist, writer, designer and number-cruncher extraordinaire, has sunk his teeth into the gender gap that is Silicon Valley these days. In a very cool (if slightly depressing) graphic, McCandless and his colleagues at Information Is Beautiful have Read More →

Google search is the new Ouija board — for predicting holiday presents

With seemingly 3,000 shopping days still left before Christmas, many of us apparently have already given a lot of thought to what we'll be sticking under the tree this year. Thanks to the search-trend gurus over at Google, we can literally Read More →

Android users, beware!

Remember how nasty those computer viruses could be when they'd scramble up your screen and shut down your desktop?

And remember how comforting it was to start using these very safe and virus-protected smartphones without worrying that our ever-ready, Read More →

This new phone’s a pain in the neck

A Hudson River Valley rehab specialist has now given us all one more thing to worry about when we use our ADD-fueling, socially stifling smartphones all day and all night long. What's that, you ask? Well, bending you head down for hours Read More →

Big R&D spenders: That’s a lot of money for thinking outside the box

Six-hundred-and-forty-seven billion dollars. That's the record amount of money that public companies spent last year on dreaming big, thinking cutting-edge, plotting new products like crazy, and just all-around getting their creative grooves on. And it's actually $9 billion more than companies spent Read More →

Uber gets its Spotify groove on

Love your Spotify playlists? Love getting out and about with Uber? Then you'll really love the latest feature from the king of ride-sharing and the king of music-streaming. They call it "soundtracking'' your trip and it lets you set your own Spotify Read More →

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