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A Thief Snatched My iPhone—And I Learned A Lot About Smartphone Crime

A few weeks ago, I became a statistic. I was at a bus terminal in San Francisco when a stranger jumped out and grabbed my iPhone out of my hands. My adrenaline-addled brain did everything wrong—things like chasing the thief, which could have gotten me injured, or worse. (Just thinking of it now makes me […]

Nest Makes Its Move In The Smart Home

Developers, you have a new smart-home platform to play with. Google’s Nest unit has formally unveiled an API (see our API explainer) that will let independent programmers create new applications for the company’s smart thermostats and smoke alarms. Nest’s press release is embedded below. The main idea behind the program is to let a variety of […]

Forget Bitcoin: There’s A Better Model For Mobile Money

Bitcoin has all the buzz right now. But there’s another financial innovation that could have a far more meaningful impact on the lives of billion of people without bank accounts across the world. In 2007, two years before the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto wrote the original proposal for Bitcoin, Safaricom, a Kenyan telecommunications company effectively controlled […]

Distributed Development: You’re Still Doing It Wrong

Distributed computing is the future of technology, but you’d never know it from how many tech organizations continue to operate. While our systems run across multiple servers and even data centers, our development teams too often sit within the same office. While there are real benefits to a co-located development team, the costs of competing […]

10 iPhone Tweaks To Make Your Life Easier

Guest author Chris McConnell, a designer, writer and entrepreneur, goes hands-on with the coolest consumer tech products at DailyTekk. iPhones are cool. iOS is cool. Apple thinks so, I think so and if you’re reading this you probably do too. The iPhone experience is already amazing, right out of the box. But if you want […]

Microsoft Digs At Cloud Competitors With New OneDrive Discounts

The great cloud computing war of 2014 is in full pitch. Cloud storage providers continue to jockey for the chance to store all your digital data, they’re giving away more for free and dropping the prices for their paid add-ons. Microsoft wants to remind everybody that it has significant stake in the game. Today, Microsoft […]

A Thief Snatched My iPhone—How I Became The Latest Smartphone Crime Statistic

A few weeks ago, I became a statistic. I was at a bus terminal in San Francisco when a stranger jumped out and grabbed my iPhone out of my hands. My adrenaline-addled brain did everything wrong—things like chasing the thief, which could have gotten me injured, or worse. (Just thinking of it now makes me […]

Why Getting Girls to Code Is a Really Big Deal

Editor’s note: This post was originally published by our partners at PopSugar Tech. Girls today need to learn how to code for two reasons: first, there aren’t enough female engineers, and second, it will become an essential skill, just like reading, writing, and math. The tech community used to be a place that wasn’t exactly accommodating to […]

What To Expect At Google I/O 2014: Android Wear, Android Everywhere

Google is about ready to set its yearly agenda. Its I/O conference, which starts Wednesday, is Google’s main opportunity to showcase what it’s been working on across its sprawling techno-empire. We don’t know if Google will continue to throw everything but the kitchen sink into its keynote address like it did in last year’s three-and-a-half […]

San Francisco Tells Parking Apps To Stop Auctioning Spaces

Turns out selling access to public parking spaces is, in fact, illegal.  Today the City of San Francisco issued a cease-and-desist order to Monkey Parking, a mobile application that allows drivers to bid on public parking spaces that are about to be vacated by another driver. Two other parking startups that attempt to monetize public parking […]

Marketing 101

Marketing is the practice of making products worth talking about, and then creating stories that get them talked about. It sometimes (but only rarely) uses advertising as a tool. Most of all, it starts with what gets made and why and how. Tools that are useful: A phone The most important element of marketing is […]

Disruption Is A Stupid Word Anyway

The Platform is a regular column by mobile editor Dan Rowinski. Ubiquitous computing, ambient intelligence and pervasive networks are changing the way humans interact with everything. Let’s disrupt “disruption.” My boss, ReadWrite editor-in-chief Owen Thomas, and I disagree, feistily and frequently, about a variety of topics. We had profound differences of opinion on how to […]

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