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Let’s talk about why Elon Musk likely got the offer of a board seat from Twitter, why he probably turned it down, and what will happen to his “hostile takeover” attempt

This decade is going to be known for both an unprecedented amount of change and a lot of companies and people suddenly discovering that the road they were on dead-ended. Let's talk about a some of these upcoming disruptions. Then we'll close with the product of the week, a head-mounted display that ...

OPINION

Tesla Smartphone Could Be a Game Changer

One recent rumor that Elon Musk has been emphasizing is the creation of a Tesla phone with a unique feature set. This makes a lot of sense given where Tesla is going, particularly as a hedge against Apple's rumored electric car. Let's explore the potential for a Tesla phone this week. Then we'll clo...

HOW TO

Computers Use Processes, So Should You

Writing about technology over the years I've produced many guides on how to do cool stuff with your computer. However, without the right foundation, even the most thorough guide can leave room for pesky variables to creep in. This made me realize how important it is to establish what firm footing fo...

Microsoft on Oct. 29 once again surpassed Apple to take the top spot as the most valuable publicly traded company in the world. This week let's talk about why Microsoft is so well balanced and deserving of the top honors. Then we'll close with the product of the week, the AMD Radeon RX 6600 graphics...

OPINION

The Dilithium Crystals Might Be Melting

For those born after the mini-computer era (co-terminus with the original Star Trek), dilithium is the fuel used to power a warp core propulsion system needed for interstellar travel. Dilithium is both naturally occurring and rare, and when it melts, from overuse of the warp core, the starship is ba...

Apple's strategy is all about status and making you stand out as an Apple user, while Google's strategy is more about features and what you can do with its phones. In effect, Apple is more about form, appearance, and ease of use, while Google is more about function. Let's contrast Apple and Google s...

BlackBerry's automotive initiatives are increasingly focused on electric vehicles that need help to reach their full potential. Last week the company highlighted the coming experience with EVs. I found the description compelling and worth covering here because it will make a massive difference. We'l...

Microsoft last week launched its new Surface line, and elements of it better target Apple's weaknesses than any prior effort. Let's talk about the new Surface PC product that best showcases how Microsoft can compete with Apple. We'll close with the product of the week, the Surface Duo 2, which has ...

August 25 marks the 30th anniversary of the release of a free computer operating system that revolutionized nearly every industry and helped spread the open-source movement globally. Today, Linux is everywhere in industry as it dominates servers and networking; is the driving force behind cloud comp...

Linux entered the world of technology with little more than a kernel to call its own. That was the intent of a young computer science student from Helsinki named Linus Torvalds in doing this personal fun project. In 1991, he created code that would become the basis for a completely new approach to o...

People are freaking out about reports of NSO Group's Pegasus surveillance tool being used to spy on journalists, political dissidents, and other opponents of regimes worldwide. It's disheartening, and worth discussing. But why are we shocked? In Pegasus' case, the game theory is clear: some company ...

HOW TO

Bolt-On Security the Linux Way

In this piece, I aim to provide a range of simple but effective options for encrypting a small number of files. In particular, these options are salient for use cases like tax filing, where users are sending sensitive documents to recipients with an unknown degree of technical proficiency. Fond as I...

Recently, I took an interest in poking at Gentoo a bit. In the eyes of many desktop Linux users, it's considered a rite of passage to install this historically significant distribution. This curiosity sent me on a much more interesting Linux safari to explore what truly differentiates distributions...

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