Microsoft buys Danger, the maker of Sidekick

February 12, 2008 at 3:44 pm | Posted in tech | 1 Comment
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…for $500 million. I guess this was an impulse buy while waiting in line to purchase Yahoo.

Sidekick Blue Screen

M$ scores an existing wireless platform that does more than make phone calls and a company that knows how to make a functional and useful product. Will M$ take the Sidekick and boost it as an iPhone competitor? Beats the Zune method, I suppose.

Gigaom has details here and here.

BestBuy loses laptop; is sued for $54 million

February 12, 2008 at 1:44 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment
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Lost laptopUnderstand that Raelyn Campbell never expects to collect $54 million. She merely wants to bring attention to the lousy service that she received from BB.  It’s working.

The short story: she hands her laptop over to BestBuy for warranty repair. After six weeks no one can find it. Runaround ensues. Eventually, BB offers her a gift card worth less than the laptop.

Raelyn talks to a lawyer who, upon learning that her tax forms were on the lost laptop, points outs that BB violated Washington D.C.’s security breach notification law by not informing her that her personal data was lost.  Files suit.

Potential moral of the story:
-have your gadgets repaired locally
-back up all of your data regularly and store the backup well away from the original
-sure, shop at BestBuy – it’s buyer beware no matter where you shop

Read the full story at msnbc

This follows nicely on the Drake student’s victory vs. Circuit City.

Wonder why $54 million?  Here’s the answer.

New policy at White Hill School?

February 12, 2008 at 12:19 am | Posted in tech | 1 Comment
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IMG_3725What’s going on over at White Hill? Horses galloping through recess?

Free wifi at Starbucks

February 12, 2008 at 12:15 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment
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ATT LatteOk, so it’s not free for all. As part of Starbuck’s plan to switch from T-Mobile (sometime this spring) you will receive free wifi at the java giant’s stores if:

-you currently subscribe to AT&T broadband
-you buy, and use, a Starbucks gift card which entitles you to enjoy two hours of wifi a day

Otherwise, you pay. Details at arstechnica.

Questions:

1) I wonder how long it will take $B to reduce the gift card deal from two hours to…less?
2) Peet’s…Peet’s? Search wifi on peets.com and you get “ Peet’s currently does not offer wi-fi internet access in our company-owned retail stores.” This statement is accompanied by a photo of a woman staring at her laptop in a Peet’s. Strange.

I made the image above while juggling my very happy eight-month old boy. Learn ’em early.


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