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On Technology

By Phil Baker

Chinese companies enter global smartphone market

Both Apple and Samsung are poised to introduce new smartphones in early September. It’s a yearly ritual that highlights the intense competition between the two leading phone makers, each vying to outdo the other. Most expect Apple to release an iPhone design with a larger 4.7-inch display and Samsung to release a Galaxy 5 with a more substantial enclosure.

Essential gadgets for the connected traveler

My wife and I just returned from a two-week vacation visiting Oslo, Bergen and the fjords in Norway, and several towns in Normandy and the Loire Valley in France. I was able to try out some products — not to make work more efficient, but to help make our vacation run smoothly. We carried a MacBook, iPad, and two phones, a Verizon iPhone and T-Mobile HTC One.

Why canít the US build consumer electronic products?

I recently returned from a short trip to Shenzhen, the large Chinese city less than an hour’s drive north of Hong Kong. When anyone wonders why we don’t build consumer electronic products in the United States, the one-word answer is Shenzhen.

When two phones are better than one

Ever since I discovered T-Mobile’s ridiculously low-cost International service, I’ve been carrying a T-Mobile phone (HTC One M8) along with my Verizon iPhone 5s.

Fantastical calendar app adds flexible functions

Over the course of a business day I spend lots of time using iCal, Apple’s default calendar program. I use it to plan, to keep track of my schedule, create alerts for appointments and import my travel schedule from TripIt.

Comcastís campaign to undermine net neutrality

Net neutrality means that the Internet service providers (ISPs) treat all data that travels over their networks in exactly the same way. It’s the way the Internet has worked since its inception and has transformed our lives in nearly everything we do. It’s also spawned innovation to create products and services we never imagined.

Big Brother is watching ó and itís not just the government

Collecting and analyzing our personal data continues to grow exponentially. It’s not just the NSA, but businesses such as Google and Facebook, whose growth depends on learning more and more about us and everything we do.

Product developers get advice for their companies

I was on a panel last week at Stanford University that was part of an educational program put on by True Ventures, an early-stage venture company. It a program for founders of their companies involved in developing new products. Each of us on the panel was asked to offer three pieces of advice involving the development of new products.

After eight months, Volt keeps plugging along fine

When I bought a Chevy Volt in October, I promised an occasional update on the vehicle. As you may recall, the Volt is an “extended range electric car” that runs off batteries and then switches to gasoline after the batteries are depleted.

EcoATM pays cash for discarded cellphones

San Diego-based ecoATM wants to pay you for your old phone or tablet. A retired iPhone, Nokia or Samsung smartphone could be worth a couple of hundred dollars. And if you’re near any of its 900 ecoATM kiosks, you can get your money on the spot.

How GM, Toyota responded to massive recalls

Having been among the first to accuse Toyota of covering up its unintended acceleration problem, I thought it appropriate to look into GM’s recall for faulty ignition switches. Each is an example of corporate malfeasance, each caused deaths that could have been prevented and each company handled the issue differently.

Fatherís Day gifts for the tech-loving dad

Here’s my selection for 2014 Father’s Day tech gifts. I’ve tried each of these items and can highly recommend them.

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