Lead consumer technology writer and author of the Tech Fix column for @nytimes. Putting out fires and starting new ones every week.

In the Race to Pay, Mobile Wallets Win

In the Race to Pay, Mobile Wallets Win
nytimes.com — "Contrary to what Tim Cook said when Apple rolled out Apple Pay, consumers have been swiping their cards for a long time and it's not that hard," said Julie Conroy, a research director for the Aite Group.

Fitbit Strives to Escape the Shadow of Apple

Fitbit Strives to Escape the Shadow of Apple
nytimes.com — As a result, Fitbit's stock has fallen about 10 percent since it went public last June. "There were concerns around competition, particularly from Apple," Katy Huberty, an analyst at Morgan Stanley, said of investor skepticism around Fitbit. Mr. Park said "it actually does not bother me at all" when people frequently compare his company to Apple.

Taking the stigma out of buying used electronics

Taking the stigma out of buying used electronics
newsobserver.com — When you sell a used video game console to the retailer GameStop, it goes on a long journey before winding up in the pre-owned section inside a store. The product travels to one of GameStop's repair facilities, like its enormous refurbishment operations center in Grapevine, Texas, where it undergoes a litany of tests.

Windows Phone’s Market Share Spikes, but Will It Matter?

Windows Phone’s Market Share Spikes, but Will It Matter?
bits.blogs.nytimes.com — A new report on the state of the smartphone market shows that Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 operating system has gained some traction. But for Microsoft and its hardware partner, Nokia, it's unclear whether the good times will last.

Taking the Stigma Out of Buying Used Electronics

Taking the Stigma Out of Buying Used Electronics
nytimes.com — The Programs Amazon's in-house program for pre-owned products is called Warehouse Deals. The giant online retailer sells used products in 25 categories, including televisions, cameras, computers, kitchen gadgets and cellphones. Many of the items come from customers who opened the packaging or used the goods and returned them to Amazon.

How to make your tech gadgets last longer

How to make your tech gadgets last longer
smh.com.au — Vincent Lai with the Treo he rescued. Photo: Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times Vincent Lai was working at a recycling facility in New York and sorting through a bin of used mobile phones a few years ago when he dug up a Palm Treo, a smartphone that was discontinued last decade.

You can resist the urge to upgrade

You can resist the urge to upgrade
heraldtribune.com — Vincent Lai was working at a recycling facility in New York and sorting through a bin of used cellphones a few years ago when he dug up a Palm Treo, a smartphone that was discontinued last decade.Lai, 49, tested the Treo and found it still worked.

KCB206 Assessment 1: Case Study

KCB206 Assessment 1: Case Study
storify.com — Gaming has being around with us for century from the beginning of the human kind. From board games to hide and seek games all of these are source of games in early eras, because it's a way to interacts with other people as well as a source of entertainment even if you don't speak in the same languages as each other.

Repairing, Rather Than Replacing, Aging Gadgets

Repairing, Rather Than Replacing, Aging Gadgets
postandcourier.com — Vincent Lai was working at a recycling facility in New York and sorting through a bin of used cellphones a few years ago when he dug up a Palm Treo, a smartphone that was discontinued last decade. Lai, 49, tested the Treo and found it still worked.

Choosing to Skip the Upgrade and Care for the Gadget You’ve Got

Choosing to Skip the Upgrade and Care for the Gadget You’ve Got
nytimes.com — Mobile Device Maintenance When smartphones and tablets were fairly sluggish and limited in abilities compared with computers, there was a compelling reason to buy a new mobile device every few years. But now the mobile gadgets have become so fast and capable that you can easily keep them much longer.
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May 04, 2016

It’s official: Mobile wallets are finally more convenient than the credit card. Blame that slow-as-molasses chip nytimes.com/2016/05/05/tec…

May 03, 2016

Apple Watch was the wrong approach to wearables, says Fitbit CEO. My profile on Fitbit’s product+growth strategy nytimes.com/2016/05/03/tec…

May 02, 2016

RT @puiwingtam: Fitbit is trying to do everything right - and has largely succeeded. But Apple Watch casts a long shadow. nyti.ms/1NQhQ4s@bxchenNKiDq by @bxchen

May 02, 2016

New on @nytimes: As large as Fitbit has become, the wearable tech company still lives in the shadow of Apple mobile.nytimes.com/2016/05/03/tec…

May 01, 2016

This is what it looks like when you leave your friends alone with your Amazon Echo pic.twitter.com/zHFQcbUDOA

May 01, 2016

In new media, 6-post/pageview quota is nothing new tinyurl.com/zvyh43j The troubling thought is that many still think it’s a good idea.

Apr 28, 2016

TIL from @qhardy that iSmell, a USB device that emitted smells of websites you visit, was real en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISmell Who’ll bring it back?

Apr 28, 2016

Kudos to @sacbee_news for breaking the story about UCD chancellor paying $175,000 for online reputation repair sacbee.com/news/local/art…

Apr 28, 2016

Long overdue good news for my alma mater: UCD chancellor of pepper spray notoriety put on leave nytimes.com/2016/04/29/us/… by @thomasfullerNYT

Apr 27, 2016

New Tech Fix: A used electronic sold by a reputable brand like Amazon can often be as good as new nytimes.com/2016/04/28/tec…


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