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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.

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 [...]

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.
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Mar 30, 2015

It's a tech demo. No! It's a musical. No! It's an opera debuting this weekend at Stanford's Bing Hall. buff.ly/1yu2rtM

Mar 30, 2015

I, for one, am happy to filter my water this summer to save cold water for the salmon. Come on, people. ebmud.com/water-and-wast…

Mar 30, 2015

It looks like Caliornia's EBMUD water district just caved to complaining customers about the change in water taste. ebmud.com/water-and-wast…

Mar 30, 2015

A biomedical engineer from New South Wales uses previously secret chip tech as "a Google Map" for the human body buff.ly/19B7odA

Mar 30, 2015

RT @mustardandsage: Our neighbor's roomba just committed suicide, out their back door and off a third-story deck.

Mar 30, 2015

Are you hoarding an old Android? Hankering for a new iPhone? Apple's Android trade-in program starts today. buff.ly/1ysQtQZ

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