Author Archives: Jon Fortt
  • Live: Apple iPhone 4 press conference, 10 a.m. PT

    I'm here at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, ready to live blog the iPhone 4 press conference when it starts at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET.

    It's a critical moment for Apple's (AAPL) most important product: over the past week, the pressure has mounted for the company to address complaints that the phone can drop its reception when users touch part of the antenna, which runs along the outside of the body. MORE

    - Jul 16, 2010 10:27 AM ET
  • Chrysler's engineering software shift

    The automaker is embracing engineering software from Siemens where it once used Dassault. A case of open vs. closed?

    Before it hits the road, every car first lives digitally on an automaker's computers, where engineers can keep track of engines, electrical systems and every other detail.

    Chrysler, the struggling U.S. automaker that owns the Dodge and Jeep brands, has quietly taken a step away from engineering software market leader Dassault Systemes and MORE

    - Jun 23, 2010 9:15 AM ET
  • Can Microsoft beat Google at its own (free) game?

    Despite impressive efforts from several rivals, Microsoft Office still rules the roost when it comes to office software. But can it hang on for much longer?

    Let's set the record straight: Windows may have heft. Facebook may have buzz. But there is still no bigger name in the pantheon of global software than Microsoft Office.

    On the occasion of today's consumer launch of Office 2010 (downloads starting at $119 for Home and MORE

    - Jun 15, 2010 11:09 AM ET
  • LeapFrog's iPad for kids

    To reclaim its lost luster, LeapFrog is on a mission to remake itself with software

    It has a full-color touchscreen, connects to a computer, plays video and music, and comes with its own unique software. But unlike the iPad, this device costs $69, not $500. And it's not for techies.

    It's for tykes.

    Meet the Leapster Explorer, the latest must-have gadget for the elementary school set. Educational toy company LeapFrog (LF) unveiled it MORE

    - Jun 8, 2010 9:01 AM ET
  • Tech executives stop cutting and get strategic

    With the economy growing, CEOs want chief information officers to help with marketing and sales. Are the techies ready to step up?

    Filippo Passerini knows that a customer who likes to lather up with Pantene shampoo is probably in the market for Olay moisturizer products too -- and as chief information officer at Procter & Gamble, a growing part of his job is making sure that the company makes both sales.

    Passerini's team of computing experts uses technology to analyze the $80 billion consumer giant's online MORE

    Jun 8, 2010 3:00 AM ET
  • Looking for an iPad killer [video]


    Michael Copeland and Jon Fortt discuss whether Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), Google (GOOG) or anyone else will soon have an answer for Apple's (AAPL) iPad. (View on mobile)

    - Jun 4, 2010 12:41 PM ET
  • Browser toolbars are back

    Remember browser toolbars? They're back -- and surprisingly powerful.

    Adam Boyden's startup just might have the next big idea in online marketing -- and it's got nothing to do with search or banner ads.

    Boyden heads U.S. operations at Conduit, a company that is challenging the conventional wisdom about how to get and keep people's attention online. Rather than use Google's column of blue links or Yahoo's image-rich brand advertising, Conduit claims MORE

    - Jun 3, 2010 1:23 PM ET
  • Don't like Facebook's privacy controls? Try anyone else's

    We might think Zuckerberg's system isn't simple enough – but at least he has one.

    When I was in the seventh grade, I had a crush on an eighth grader and documented my secret love on a scrap of paper. Somehow it ended up in the possession of my obnoxious classmate, Myiia, who refused to give it back.

    A vice principal got involved when he saw us arguing in the hall. After MORE

    - May 28, 2010 3:28 PM ET
  • Why Facebook's privacy woes aren't over

    Facebook only grows when we share -- so Zuck and Co. will keep pushing us past our comfort zones

    Think Mark Zuckerberg doesn't value privacy? Try getting into Facebook headquarters. Even with an invitation, it's not easy. When this reporter arrived for a press briefing Wednesday, I got checked twice at the door -- and later, security guards almost wouldn't let me through the building.

    The Facebook founder and CEO guards his MORE

    - May 27, 2010 2:21 PM ET
  • Techmate: Facebook CEO responds to privacy concerns [video]


    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talks to Jon Fortt about how he has tried to simplify the social network's privacy settings and mollify critics.


    - May 26, 2010 7:46 PM ET
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