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Northern California
Freelance Journalist
As seen in:  Vice, Forbes, KQED

Former investigative reporter for big media. Former message crafter for big tech. Currently: An independent writer finishing book about Tesla & wireless power.

IKEA Launches New Furniture Collection, Promises Better Living Through Wireless Power

forbes.com — It's tempting to dismiss IKEA's new embrace of furniture that will charge your phone as a gimmick. After all, what are the chances--really--that laying your device down on a pad or table top to charge will significantly improve the quality of your life? In fact, hundreds of hours of observational research [...]

KQED Public Media for Northern CA

kqed.org — Download audio (MP3) Survivors The assault on Lara Logan is not unfamiliar to working women like Elise Ackerman. By Elise Ackerman The year was 1988. I was living in Cairo, studying Arabic and pursuing my dreams of being a foreign correspondent.

Forget Wireless Charging, This Microsoft Prototype Charges With Indoor Sunlight

forbes.com — A year ago, the Internet was buzzing with speculation that Apple was about to unveil a new iPhone with a sapphire screen that doubled as a solar panel. It was a cool idea and not entirely unfounded. In February 2013 Apple was granted a patent, originally filed in 2008, [...]

Intel Assaults The Wired Workplace With New Chip Technology

forbes.com — Two wires down, one to go. Intel came a step closer this week to offering techology that enables a wire-free workplace with the release of its 5th generation Intel Core vPro processors. The new processors allow PCs to wirelessly connect to displays and docking stations. Intel says its Pro Wireless Display [...]

An In-depth Look At Energous, Its IPO, And Its Disruptive Approach To Wireless Power

forbes.com — George Holmes had decided he was done with wireless power companies when a friend asked him to check out a little startup based in Pleasanton, CA. "It's the best wireless power deal on the planet," his friend said. "I don't think so," Holmes said. "I've been there. I've done that.

Turn Your Clunker Into A Connected Car In Three Minutes Or Less

forbes.com — Forget everything you've heard about smart cars. For automakers, 2015 is all about the connected car. Cars with online maps, streaming music and streaming video. Cars that respond when you say things like "call my mother," and "find me the nearest gas station." Cars that let you search Google and [...]

New Research Shows Facebook Still King Of Social Networks

forbes.com — Facebook is a habit we just can't quit, as much as we may want to try. From high-profile projects like "99 Days of Freedom" to protests by individual brands, pledges to abstain from Facebook's giant platform tend to get a lot of attention. A new survey from the Pew Research [...]

iOS 8 Lawsuit May Be On Shaky Ground

forbes.com — Apple's new mobile operating system has been plagued with an unusually high number of problems. Users have complained of everything from shortened battery life and sluggish performance to dropped WiFi, issues with Safari, issues with audio, problems with iMessages, problems syncing with iTunes and mysteriously disappearing ringtone purchases. And [...]

Apple Dominates Holiday Shopping Worldwide With 51% Of Smartphone Activations

forbes.com — The author owns some Apple stock via an independently managed account. Investors used to have wait until Q4 earnings calls to see how their portfolios fared during holiday shopping. Not so in the new connected world. Flurry, a mobile analytics company that measures how users interact with mobile apps, has a [...]

Highlights From Newly Released NSA Oversight Reports Reveal Bumbling Ineptitude But No Evidence Of Systematic Abuse

forbes.com — A few hours before Christmas Eve, the National Security Agency released more than a decade's worth of damning reports on its website. The reports, which had been submitted by the NSA to the President's Intelligence Oversight Board from 2001 to 2013, purport to cover any activity that could be considered [...]
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Apr 21, 2015

RT @ForbesTech: Marissa Mayer’s Yahoo turnaround remains stalled after yet another disappointing quarter: onforb.es/1cWXCVE pic.twitter.com/BSEvnzEHn0

Apr 21, 2015

RT @EricHolthaus: One of Today's Pulitzer Prize Winners Left Journalism Because It Couldn't Pay His Rent. Now He's in PR. slate.com/blogs/moneybox… via @slate

Apr 21, 2015

RT @nytimesscience: The Hawaiian Electric Company barred thousands of customers from switching to solar. nyti.ms/1Dmej2e pic.twitter.com/DzzP65PWWy

Apr 20, 2015

Baltimore police used secret Stingray cellphone interceptors more than 25,000 times buff.ly/1Faa6Eb

Apr 20, 2015

Are you a tab addict? If you find yourself leaving your computer on overnight to "save your place" the answer is probably yes. @ejacqui

Apr 20, 2015

RT @ejacqui: Going on a tab hoarding purge. If you come across a tab that doesn't bring you joy, it's time.

Apr 20, 2015

#wireless charging bling for the Apple Watch. A charging stand and backup battery combined. buff.ly/1D7UoVj pic.twitter.com/S7I8MbpBS8

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