Colleague X has a burning question from a friend:
Amazon is trying to cast itself as a champion of lower e-book prices as its messy dispute with publisher Hachette drags on.
Some cool gear arrived at the office on Tuesday: new MacBook Pros and the new Flir One ($349) thermal imaging camera for the iPhone 5s. Macworld Lab set up the laptops for benchmark testing, so I took a few pictures of the new $2499 15-inch MacBook Pro as it churned through Speedmark 9.
A couple years ago, few people would have bet on the laptop as the savior for an ailing tablet market. But that's what Best Buy seems to be counting on as tablet sales fall flat.
In a sign that its Chromebox for Meetings videoconferencing solution is alive and well, Google unveiled a boatload of new features and capabilities, all designed at luring businesses to its Google Apps platform.
Facebook is still trying to figure out how to get you to buy stuff from your News Feed, but one experiment that didn't quite pan out was Facebook Gifts. The social network is shutting down the service on August 12, Recode reported, after underwhelming users with digital gift cards.
After Netflix made direct interconnection deals with Comcast and Verizon to boost the quality of its videos earlier in 2014, it was pretty much inevitable the streaming service would also strike an agreement with AT&T. Recently, the inevitable was confirmed: Netflix and AT&T came to an interconnection deal in May.
If you've been caught in an embarrassing situation by the local 6 o'clock news crew, then you'll appreciate that professional video editors often must protect the innocent by obscuring people's faces in broadcasts, and in some cases, they may need to avoid trademark infringement by blurring company or product logos. A new feature in Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014 can make that a much less tedious task.
I've been reading comics on and off since I was a kid, and I went to college in San Diego, yet I never attended San Diego Comic-Con International until the release of the iPad. I was drawn by the impact that device would have on the comics industry, and sure enough, over the past five years there's been massive change.
I've sat through countless dull PowerPoint and Keynote presentations. And I'll admit that some of my own have been snoozers, too. Based on my observations of presentations by others, and on feedback I've received about my own, I'd like to share one simple tip for making your presentations better: Don't focus on your presentation software.