Author Archives: Josh Quittner
  • Making more than $75,000? Have a big forest to roam? We feel for you

    There are certain truths emerging at Pop!Tech: Preserves make jungle cats unhappy -- and money does the same to fat cats.

    Far and away, the Tiger Guy stole the show yesterday. He got a standing ovation from the 500 people crowded into the Opera House—the site of the annual Pop!Tech conference in Camden, Maine, where the digerati meet the socially conscious. Or maybe it's more a case of the digerati ARE MORE

    - Oct 22, 2010 11:57 AM ET
  • The joys of screwing up

    At the annual Pop!Tech convention, failure is everywhere. That's a good thing.

    The Rube Goldberg-like contraption that was supposed to launch the Pop!Tech 2010 failed this morning. A robot took the stage and attempted to start a chain of amusing events—a ball rolling down a track, stacks of books and chairs tumbling domino style, bi-planes flying, culminating with a flood of red balloons cascading down on the 500 people assembled. But, MORE

    - Oct 21, 2010 1:00 PM ET
  • Catching Kindle

    Days after deal with Barnes & Noble, Plastic Logic teams with AT&T to take on Amazon's electronic reader

    With today's announcement that AT&T (T) would be supplying on-board, high-speed data connectivity to the upcoming Plastic Logic eReader, the last piece has fallen into place for the first real challenger to take on Amazon's (AMZN) Kindle. 

    Yesterday Plastic Logic announced a partnership deal with Barnes & Noble (BN) to start selling e-books in MORE

    - Jul 22, 2009 10:45 AM ET
  • Scrabulous and four-letter words

    By Josh Quittner

    I was playing Scrabble at Scrabulous the other day and noticed that my opponent laid down a four-letter word that happens to be a racial slur.

    My friend is a very PC kind of guy; I didn't think he was trying to insult me. I figured that, since we both routinely cheat online, the "Scrabble helper" program my buddy used must not have known that the word was offensive MORE

    - Mar 18, 2008 2:03 PM ET
  • A how-to-do it site for the YouTube crowd

    By Josh Quittner 

    Want to learn how to make your own sushi? Or how to make an origami bird? Or how to dance without embarrassing yourself? Starting today, Howcast, a New York City-based startup founded by three ex-Googlers, will show you.

    The site aims to be a kind of Wikipedia of user-generated videos for people who want to learn how to do just about anything. "We'll show you how to chop MORE

    - Feb 6, 2008 11:56 AM ET
  • Microsoft's AOL or Microhoo?

    By Josh Quittner

    The idea that Microsoft would take Yahoo as its hapless partner has been discussed for years down in the Valley. But most of the folks I've talked to pretty much dismissed it as too wrong to contemplate. Even Microsoft, dissed by Valley Guys as not getting the Web (see previous column here), wouldn't actually go through with it, Yahoo's decent dowry notwithstanding.

    Granted, this part of the world is MORE

    - Feb 1, 2008 1:36 PM ET
  • Amazing Amazon

    By Josh Quittner

    Er, what recession? Online retail giant Amazon beat the Street Wednesday reporting $207 million in net profit for the fourth quarter. That's a 112 percent increase over the $98 million the company hauled in during last year's holiday season. Amazon (AMZN) also reported revenue of $5.67 billion beating estimates that were generally in the $5.4 billion range.

    The company reported record sales, record operating profits and its fastest annual MORE

    - Jan 30, 2008 4:33 PM ET
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  • The hard side of Mister Softie

    By Josh Quittner

    Ah, Microsoft. Nothing gets the knickers of Silicon Valley startup guys more twisted than signs that the world's largest software company is over-reaching again. The latest outrage? Some of my friends at the Valley's best-known social networks and Web 2.0 companies are privately grousing that emissaries from Redmond are trying to "strong-arm" (their term) startups into giving special treatment to Messenger, Microsoft's (MSFT) answer to AIM and other MORE

    - Jan 18, 2008 6:17 AM ET
  • Leaky Apple

    By Josh Quittner

    The Macbook Air notwithstanding, the most interesting part of this year's Macworld was that all the interesting stuff was leaked well in advance. This has rarely happened before.

    Steve Jobs takes secrecy at least as seriously as he does clean design. I remember being rousted out of bed by an irate phone call from Jobs at midnight, the night before a Macworld where he was to launch the MORE

    - Jan 15, 2008 1:55 PM ET
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  • Will someone please start a Facebook group to save Scrabulous?

    By Josh Quittner

    I can't tell if Hasbro (HAS), the maker of Scrabble, is the smartest company in the world or the dumbest. Over 100 million sets of the game have been sold in 121 countries, in 29 different languages, according to everyone's favorite source. What a cash cow.

    So, why in the world didn't it create a free online version? Could it have something to do with the digital rights being MORE

    - Jan 11, 2008 11:42 AM ET
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