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Dear Mr. Jobs (About That iPhone…)

July 3, 2007

Dear Mr. Jobs (About That iPhone…) PALO ALTO, Calif., July 3, 2007 Dear Steve,Thanks for letting me try out one of your new iPhones. Not only has it been fun to play with but having it over the weekend sure made me the center of attention. Were I young and single, I have no doubt the iPhone would have gotten me a date or two. I feel sorry for all those people who waited in line and spent [...]

First Look at iPhone

June 30, 2007

With the exception of four anointed reviewers from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Newsweek, as far as I know no journalists were able to get their hands on the Apple iPhone until the day it was released to the public, Friday at 6:00 PM local time. I got my loaner phone at exactly 6:00 PM west coast time about two seconds after the doors were open at the Apple store in Palo [...]

Larry Magid Reports On T-Mobile’s Hybrid WiFi-Cellular Phone

June 27, 2007

For the past several days I’ve been testing a very innovative new cell phone. It uses WiFi along with a regular GSM cellular network, it has a camera and you can use it to browse the web. No. It’s not the Apple iPhone. It’s one of T-Mobile’s new “Hotspot at Home” phones that’s designed to make calls either through T-Mobile’s GSM cellular network or [...]

New Plaxo puts extra power in data syncing

June 25, 2007

Plaxo has a somewhat controversial past, but based on my experience with its 3.0 version launched today, it deserves a terrific future. The original service, which was launched in 2003, was designed to help people keep up with contact information by sending e-mail to friends asking them to update their profiles on Plaxo’s servers so that you would always know their up-to-date phone number, [...]

Entrepreneurs Betting On

June 22, 2007

June 21, 2007 As anyone who’s ever raised a child can testify, parents sometimes need a bit of help and advice. After all, kids don’t come with a user manual.A new website launched Wednesday – with advertising and a big boost from venture capital – is designed to provide a bit of help and support. is an editorial site with over 4,000 reference articles about [...]

Putting Energy Hogs in the Home on a Strict Low-Power Diet

June 13, 2007

Here’s a link to my column in the New York Times I THOUGHT I was pretty good about energy conservation, but it turns out that I’ve been a bit of a hypocrite. I drive a reasonably fuel-efficient car, I work at home so I don’t use fuel to commute and I am replacing incandescent bulbs in my home with energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs. But I am also a prodigious computer user, and it looks [...]

Be Smart With Your Cell Phone

June 13, 2007

Most adults I know use their cell phones primarily to make calls. But ask any teenager and you’ll soon find out that that’s only one of many things they’re doing with today’s cell phones. One thing they’re doing is texting. That’s where they’re using their thumbs to type out messages to their friends. The technology, known as “SMS” or [...]

What’s to Love and Hate About Microsoft Vista

June 13, 2007

Houtston Chronicle tech columnist columnist Dwight Silverman, who is my friend and co-author on Microsoft Windows Vista Peachpit Learning Series wrote a great blog post called “10 Things I love, 10 Things I hate about Windows Vista.” I highly recommend [...]

Internet Security an Evolving Necessity

June 12, 2007

Although it’s always a good idea to take security companies’ dire warnings with a bit of skepticism, it’s clear to me we must take PC and Internet security seriously. It’s not a time to “be afraid, very afraid,” but it does make sense for anyone using PCs to take reasonable precautions to protect their data, their privacy, their security and their PCs. And by [...]
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