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Technologizer: Hey, They’re All Just PCs

August 25, 2011 by in technologizer

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For one of the most successful, profitable, all-around-important inventions of all time, the PC has never gotten much respect.

Technologizer: The Great Operating System Games

August 17, 2010 by in technologizer

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By Harry McCracken

They may not be the fanciest computer games of all time, but untold billions of hours of productivity have been lost to them over the past four decades.

Technologizer: Dell’s Streak–Is It a Huge Smartphone or a Tiny Computer?

July 29, 2010 by in technologizer

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By Harry McCracken

The time I’ve spent with Verizon Wireless’s Droid X has made one thing clear to me: I like great big smartphone screens. As impressively elegant as the iPhone 4′s 3.5″ retina display is, the X’s 4.3″ superscreen makes for larger type and easier tapping. It’s like the difference between a highly refined sportscar and a roomy SUV. I hope phones in both sizes flourish.

And then there’s Dell’s Streak…which makes the Droid X look like a pipsqueak. At five inches, its screen is so expansive that it’s not clear upon first glance whether this device is a phone. It is. Or at least it can be one: The Dell executive I spoke with at a demo yesterday described the Streak as being “capable of making phone calls.” In other words, Dell sees it as a data device that does voice rather than a phone that does data.

Technologizer: The State of iPad Satisfaction

July 13, 2010 by in technologizer

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By Harry McCracken

Six thousand owners of Apple’s tablet tell us what they think–and the news is good.

Technologizer: History of the VideoPhone

June 29, 2010 by in technologizer

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By Harry McCracken

A visual history of the science and sci-fi of phone calls you can see. (No, it didn’t start with The Jetsons.)

Technologizer: The IBM Muppet Show

June 14, 2010 by in technologizer

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By Andrew Leal for Technologizer

Before Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, Jim Henson made short films for Big Blue. The tech may be archaic, but the entertainment is timeless.

Technologizer: How to Control Your Facebook Privacy

May 19, 2010 by in technologizer

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By Harry McCracken

If you think the whole Web is suddenly looking more like Facebook, you’re not imagining things. At its developer conference last week, the 800-pound gorilla of social networks made a bevy of announcements — and all the biggies involved intermingling your life as a Facebook user with other activities around the Internet.

Technologizer: The iPad vs. Everything Else

May 03, 2010 by in technologizer

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By Harry McCracken

Can Apple’s much-hyped tablet replace your notebook, e-reader, smartphone, audio player, magazines, or gaming device?

Technologizer: The Secret Origin of Windows

April 19, 2010 by in technologizer

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By Tandy Trower for Technologizer

Few people understand Microsoft better than Tandy Trower, who worked at the company from 1981-2009. Trower was the product manager who ultimately shipped Windows 1.0, an endeavor that some advised him was a path toward a ruined career…Trower recounts the inside story of his experience in transforming Windows from vaporware into a product that has left an unmistakable imprint on the world, 25 years after it was first released.

Technologizer: Albatross Face-Off -Microsoft Bob v. the Apple Cube

April 05, 2010 by in technologizer

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By Harry McCracken

I promise we’ll stop commemorating the 15th anniversary of Microsoft Bob after today–and today is the anniversary of the app’s formal release–but bear with me for one last item.

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