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Northern California
Freelance Journalist
As seen in:  Vice, Forbes

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

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 [...]

Will Rapid Charging Damage Your iPhone 6 Or 6 Plus?

forbes.com — Based on recent marketing campaigns, if there is one area where new Android phones have iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus beat, it's rapid charging. With the Galaxy S5, Samsung's "fast charging" technology became "ultra fast charging." Motorola's Droid Turbo promises an 8 hour charge in just 15 minutes.

Freescale Talks About Its Sweet Spot: The Growing Market For Connected Cars

forbes.com — Chipmakers in search of growth are advised to get in touch with their inner gearhead. According to IC Insights, average annual growth for automotive semiconductors is expected to be 10.8 percent over the next three years, 50 percent more than communications chips, the next-fastest growing segment. The market for [...]

iCracked Is Building A Global Empire One Cracked Smartphone Screen At A Time

forbes.com — For many people, a cracked smartphone screen represents one of life's unavoidable annoyances. For AJ Forsythe, co-founder of iCracked, it's an enormous, international business opportunity. Well over one hundred million smartphones were sold in the United States this year. Worldwide, the number was closer to two billion. Out of the new [...]

New, Far-Reaching Apple Patent Reveals Next iPhone May Demonstrate A Cat's Ability To Land On Its Feet, Er, Edge

forbes.com — Cracked and broken screens are the bane of smartphone users. In addition to spawning a cottage industry of blog posts and screen-fixing services, the unfortunate tendency of glass to shatter on impact has inspired two Apple employees to patent what they call "a protective mechanism for an electronic device."
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Jan 25, 2015

Does Apple risk missing out on the tech's Next Big Thing? buff.ly/1D7nNjv

Jan 25, 2015

Google defends policy that leaves most Android devices unpatched | Computerworld buff.ly/1Bb4FOW

Jan 25, 2015

How Three Guys With $10K and Decades-Old Data Almost Found the Higgs Boson First buff.ly/1C32UsG

Jan 25, 2015

Energous can deliver power over Wi-Fi. But is it the best "wireless power deal on the planet?" buff.ly/1zc7xAf

Jan 25, 2015

Something special is happening at Oakland's Fox Theater tonight pic.twitter.com/aibxihppEM

Jan 25, 2015

@minarad I was just wondering what Masters and Johnson would do with wearables

Jan 23, 2015

RT @phil_torres: The *real* Amazon Delivery Drone. Because I'm in the Amazon. And it delivered us some mean video. pic.twitter.com/s4RuXDv7ub

Jan 23, 2015

RT @Bill_Gross: Yes the planet got destroyed. But for a beautiful moment in time we created a lot of shareholder value. via @Benioff pic.twitter.com/CXgLZQf8WK

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