| Mar 24, 2014
| 10:00 PM
One of the most tired cliches is that so-and-so doesn't actually sell such-and-such; they sell peace of mind. Well, in this case, it's true. The question is whether there is a market for that peace of mind among airline customers.
In recent months,...
| Jun 2, 2014
| 7:09 AM
Kevin Outterson of Boston University's School of Public Health raises the question, a little mischievously, of whether Steve Ballmer's $2 billion is really being put to the greatest possible social use.
He highlights the following quote from a recent...
| Jun 2, 2014
| 8:42 AM
Today, let's switch on airplane mode and tune out our wireless carriers, their out-there monthly charges and long-term contractual obligations.
The next call you make is free, with a Wi-Fi connection, maybe even to the other side of the globe.
| Oct 31, 2010
Common as Air
Revolution, Art and Ownership
Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 306 pp., $26
The late Jack Valenti, who was Hollywood's ubiquitous lobbyist for four decades, fully agreed that copyright terms should be limited. The proper term, he...
| Feb 13, 2003
For the past couple of years, one of the best reasons for an average consumer to buy an Apple Macintosh over a Windows PC has been the included set of multimedia software -- iTunes, iMovie, iPhoto and iDVD.
On Jan. 31, Apple Computer Inc. released...
| Jan 16, 2003
With the introduction of Safari at the Macworld San Francisco trade show last week, Apple Computer Inc. boldly entered "the browser wars."
Though currently a "beta," computer-speak for "unfinished test version," Safari is impressive software. Apple...
| Jan 25, 2014
| 4:27 PM
SEATTLE — The Seattle Seahawks are headed to the second Super Bowl in their history. They have an inexhaustibly dynamic coach in Pete Carroll, an instant-superstar quarterback in Russell Wilson, the NFL's richest and most reclusive owner in Paul...
| Feb 8, 2014
| 8:30 AM
Bill Gates wants you to feel much better about the future of mankind. Things are looking up, he says, way up.
"By almost any measure, the world is better than it has ever been," Gates wrote in his annual letter chronicling the work of the Bill & Melinda...
| Jul 8, 2014
| 9:22 AM
Oh dear. Someone help me.
I’m starting to feel a teensy glimmer of sympathy for struggling Clippers owner Donald Sterling, the blowhard “philanthropist” whose reprehensible conversations about race got him banned from the NBA for...
| Apr 28, 2014
I may be America's most-beloved workplace advice columnist, but I am not a master of efficiency when it comes to work. I'm easily distracted and routinely succumb to the siren song of social media.
(I'll give you a moment — it's always hard to...
| May 21, 2014
| 11:50 AM
Is Microsoft actually beating its high-tech competitors? That could be the hidden message in the presentation by Cisco Systems Chairman and CEO John Chambers at a company conference this week.
Chambers, striding into the audience of current and...