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iPhone 5 ad music composer Rob Simonsen talks about writing for Apple commercials

Think of it as an occupational hazard: While working on my column about the piano music in the latest iPhone commercials, I've become a Rob Simonsen groupie. I couldn't reach Simonsen before my column deadline, but I talked to Read More →

Apple iPhone ad inspires favorite commercial contest

As I was writing my column about my obsession with the piano music in Apple's latest iPhone ads, it struck me that the tech industry has a long history of backing their commercials with impressive soundtracks. Impressive, of course, can Read More →

Local man burned up by Apple’s response to iPhone fire

When Michael Kelly's iPhone caught fire last week, he was pretty upset. But Apple's response to the incident has made him livid. Kelly was walking through the living room of his Orinda home on Tuesday, Aug. 20, when he heard a Read More →

Red Burns’ NYU program put tech wisdom ahead of tech genius

I hate it when the first time I hear about an amazing person is when I read her obituary. I suppose it's a reflection on the limits of my own horizons that I had never heard of Red Burns until Read More →

Google’s Barra going to work for the “Apple of China”

The mobile tech industry is abuzz over the news of Google executive Hugo Barra’s departure for a new job at Chinese smartphone-maker Xiaomi.  And it's not just because his move was reported on the same day that news Read More →

Patent reform: Will New Zealand lead the way?

As patent-infringement lawsuits tie up courts and tech companies around the world, complaints -- and calls for reforms -- are growing louder. This week, New Zealand took a potentially groundbreaking stance, banning certain software patents. "A computer program is not Read More →

Tablet market slowed by rush to other devices

Once happily riding the latest technology wave, tablet sales are beginning to slow down as consumers turn to smartphones with bigger screens and wearable computing devices. That's the conclusion of a new report out from International Data Corporation, which tracks tablet Read More →

Wiretap: Jerry Yang’s latest investment aims to make drivers smarter

Something I (and others) have noticed lately is how much Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang has been investing in startups. Since quitting the company's board early last year, Yang and his AME Cloud Ventures have plowed dough into Read More →

Quoted: The thriving industry of Facebook spammers

"Facebook doesn't ban us, simply because we generate the content on Facebook itself. Everyday I materialize funny, and interesting content full of phrases and so forth that is shared and liked by thousands of users. Without the fan pages Facebook Read More →

Off Topic: Best video game ever, serial killers and Facebook, DVRmageddon, ‘Real World: SF’

"Japan World Cup 3" is the greatest video game ever made. No? Watch this and tell me your disagree. Next time you hop into an Uber car driven by a complete stranger, ponder this: Is there a connection Read More →
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