Technologizer posts about TIME

Starting a New Chapter

By  |  Posted at 8:23 am on Thursday, March 1, 2012


Back on February 9th, I announced that I had a cool new job, as an editor at large for TIME. I’ll be writing about personal technology for the publication in both its online and print incarnations. And Technologizer is coming along with me: Starting later today, it will become part of

When we flip the switch, heading to will take you to the new version that’s part of You’ll also find Technologizer posts, and scads more stuff, at’s all-encompassing tech section, Techland.

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Checking In

By  |  Posted at 3:29 pm on Thursday, February 16, 2012

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My apologies for the lull in activity here since I announced my new gig as an editor at large for TIME. Before too long, Technologizer will reemerge as a blog hosted by In the meantime, I’m doing most of my blogging on TIME’s Techland. Here are a few items you may have missed:

See you over there, I hope–and I promise to drop in here as well before the transition is complete.

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Over at, I did my darndest to do something that seems to be nearly impossible: Define “PC” in a way that makes sense for 2012 and beyond. (The comments are interesting: A couple of folks apparently believe that anything that isn’t a powerful desktop computer is not a PC.)

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It’s TIME for a New Adventure

By  |  Posted at 2:10 pm on Thursday, February 9, 2012


Three and a half years ago, I quit a cool job and started Technologizer. It’s been the best gig I’ve ever had. So far.

As a sideline, starting in September of 2010, I’ve been writing for and TIME magazine. That too has been huge fun, and an honor. Over the past few decades, TIME has influenced my editorial brain as much as any publication. Just as important, I’ve been impressed by its current incarnation online, in print, on tablets, and elsewhere.

I’m pleased to announce that my relationship with TIME is about to become way more than a sideline: I’ve agreed to join its staff as an editor at large.


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Over at, I reviewed Sony’s Personal 3D Viewer, which lets you strap two tiny OLED screens to your head for 3D movie watching and game playing. It’s an unusual gizmo, and at $800, it isn’t cheap. But I liked the 3D effect way more than almost anything else I’ve seen.

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More About the Apple Cult (Even Though I Said It Was Time to Stop Talking About It)

By  |  Posted at 1:16 am on Friday, January 27, 2012


Over at, my Technologizer column for this week is about the theory that people who buy Apple products act like cult members. As the theory would have it, they snap up Macs, iPhones, and iPads not because they’re good products, but because they’re mesmerized by Apple advertising and think that owning the company’s products makes them better human beings. Or something like that.

My take is that the theory was always silly–and that it’s particularly nonsensical in an age in which truly vast numbers of people are buying Apple products. The company’s customer base isn’t made up of like-minded fanatics; it consists of a large variety of people who buy Apple stuff for all sorts of reasons. But mostly, I hope and think, because they find it useful.

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In case you’re keeping track, here’s some stuff I’ve written for other sites this week:
For TIME, I proposed a few new year’s resolutions for tech companies.
Also at TIME, I mused on the fact that at CES, everyone’s keynoter.
And at CNET, Microsoft’s CES departure made me think of IBM”s COMDEX departure.

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Two pieces by me published elsewhere:


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My Technologizer column this week for is on OnLive’s new mobile versions of its cloud-gaming service. (Spoiler: I had some challenges getting it t work well, and it has some rough spots, but when it runs like it’s supposed to run it’s a lot of fun.)

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Happy Thanksgiving! If you’re not eating Turkey and have a spare moment, check out my story on Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” over on It’s certainly the best mobile operating system that very few people use…

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Over at, I’ve written about my experience with Samsung and Google’s new Galaxy Nexus phone–and in particular its operating system, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Overall, I’m impressed. Lots and lots of little refinements add up to the best Android handset to date. And while Ice Cream Sandwich doesn’t utterly eradicate Android’s geeky, ungainly feel, it makes it far more pleasant. If you like big screens and want LTE, this is the Android phone to get.

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I’ve been a busy boy this week. Here are three items I’ve written for other sites that are now live:

Whew. Mind if I take a brief nap?

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Over at, my latest Technologizer column is about why “minor” upgrades such as the iPhone 4S and Windows 8 are at least as important as biggies like the iPhone 4 and Windows Vista.

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My friends at TIME had just finished work on the issue that comes out this Friday when the world learned of the passing of Steve Jobs. They stopped the presses, called an emergency meeting–here’s photographic evidence–and put together a new cover story. (And what a cover that is.) I’m honored to say that the obituary I wrote for became part of the print magazine’s coverage. (I also have another story in the issue, on Facebook’s new Timeline and Open Graph features.)


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My latest column–online now and in print next week–is about Google+, identity, and anonymity.

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Remembering 9/11, on the iPad and on the Web

By  |  Posted at 4:27 am on Sunday, September 11, 2011

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Steve Rosenbaum's The 9/11 Memorial: Past, Present, and Future

On September 11th, 2001, the Web basically consisted of words, images, murky RealAudio sound, and a smattering of video that was a hassle to deal with, especially if you were still on dial-up. And tablets, in their modern, iPad-era form, didn’t exist at all. But a lot has happened in the past decade–and the tenth-anniversary coverage of the attacks and subsequent events include some remarkable creations which make use of today’s technology to do things that TV, books, magazines, and newspapers can’t.

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