Bill Snyder

Columnist

San Francisco journalist Bill Snyder writes frequently about business and technology. He writes the Tech's Bottom Line blog for InfoWorld, and his work appears regularly in CIO.com and the publications of Stanford's Graduate School of Business and the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. He welcomes your comments and suggestions.


Cell phone alerts are dangerous to drivers

Cell phone alerts are dangerous to drivers

The conventional wisdom that hands-free phone conversations behind the wheel are safe may be wrong. A new study finds that even a short alert can be a dangerous distraction.

FCC ruling could finally make telecoms eradicate 'robocalls'

FCC ruling could finally make telecoms eradicate 'robocalls'

Consumers and regulators have repeatedly asked telecom companies to block 'robocalls.' They've refused and issued excuses in the past, but a recent letter from 44 U.S. AGs and a new FCC ruling may finally force them to take action.

Verizon nabs another speed crown as low-cost carriers lag far behind

Verizon nabs another speed crown as low-cost carriers lag far behind

A new series of network tests in six major U.S. cities proves that when it comes to wireless service, you can have speed or you can have low prices, but you can't have both.

How to get a Windows 10 PC on launch day

How to get a Windows 10 PC on launch day

July 29 is the big day, when Windows 10 will finally be released, and PCs with the new OS preinstalled will be immediately available through these three retailers.

Smartphone 'upgrade fatigue' sets in as new models disappoint

Smartphone 'upgrade fatigue' sets in as new models disappoint

Apple is riding high in the smartphone world, while Samsung starts to struggle, but the latest minor, incremental phone updates have many consumers reconsidering pricey upgrades.

How the lack of U.S. broadband competition costs you every time you use an ATM

The feeble state of broadband competition in the United States leads to costly services and even increased ATM fees. The Competify coalition wants to change the landscape, and it's petitioning the FCC for help.

Why it's right for Google to resist the 'right to be forgotten'

Why it's right for Google to resist the 'right to be forgotten'

A nonprofit, consumer watchdog group is pushing for Google to remove search results at its users' request, but such a move is akin to hiding potentially-offensive library books and would be a major mistake.

Consumers love Samsung, but don't trust Apple or Facebook

A new consumer survey ranks Samsung as the "most reputable" tech company in the world, while both Facebook and Apple scored poorly due to privacy and ethics concerns.

Verizon shines in extensive U.S. wireless speed tests

Verizon shines in extensive U.S. wireless speed tests

All four major U.S. carriers improved the speeds of their wireless networks during the past year, and while Sprint made the most gains, Verizon came out with the fastest average downloads nationwide.

Hulu adds Showtime as costs of streaming services quickly mount

Hulu adds Showtime as costs of streaming services quickly mount

The ability to stream movies and TV shows is a great option, but when you build your own bundle it pays to keep a close eye on your monthly costs, which can add up rapidly, especially if you're still paying for cable.

 Attention Samsung Galaxy Users: Your phone has a big security flaw

Attention Samsung Galaxy Users: Your phone has a big security flaw

Samsung readies fix for a security flaw that may have compromised as many as 600 million phones, including the Galaxy.

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