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.


AT&T supports FCC crackdown on robocalls, other carriers ... don't

AT&T supports FCC crackdown on robocalls, other carriers ... don't

The chairman of the FCC asked U.S. wireless carriers to join a new effort mean to block annoying robocalls, but with the exception of AT&T, their response has been underwhelming.

Comcast wants to blur line between cable and web content

Comcast wants to blur line between cable and web content

Giant cable provider Comcast will soon let its subscribers access video content via Roku devices and Samsung smart TV, and it will offer 6,000 hours of programming from the Rio Olympics next month.

Verizon to heavy wireless data users: 'You’re fired'

Verizon to heavy wireless data users: 'You’re fired'

Verizon is cracking down on customers who foolishly believe that an unlimited data plan is actually unlimited.

Netflix vs. Hulu: How to choose a streaming service

Netflix vs. Hulu: How to choose a streaming service

Netflix gets the edge for movies and has better technology. Hulu has more TV shows, but you can’t watch tonight’s episodes until tomorrow.

When should you buy your kids their first smartphone?

When should you buy your kids their first smartphone?

An informal poll of tech-savvy West Coast parents finds that many think giving younger children a smartphone isn’t very smart.

No, sharing a Netflix password will NOT land you in jail

No, sharing a Netflix password will NOT land you in jail

Despite the clickbait headlines, a recent ruling in U.S. federal court isn't meant to crackdown on consumers who share their Netflix passwords. In fact, some of the largest streaming providers say they're OK with password sharing.

Why you should avoid OS upgrades from Microsoft and Apple (for now)

Why you should avoid OS upgrades from Microsoft and Apple (for now)

New OS software can be very buggy, especially if it's still in beta form. Here's how to avoid potential problems with new Windows and iOS updates, as well as how to uninstall the latest test version of Apple's mobile OS.

Landlords, ISPs team up to rip off tenants on broadband

Landlords, ISPs team up to rip off tenants on broadband

Exclusive agreements between landlords and ISPs mean many tenants in apartment buildings have only one choice of broadband service provider. The FCC banned such pacts nearly a decade ago, but it left a glaring loophole.

Surprise! Charter, Time Warner Cable bilk customers of out millions each year

Surprise! Charter, Time Warner Cable bilk customers of out millions each year

Many Americans already have low opinions of their cable providers, and a new report from a U.S. Senate subcommittee spotlights another reason for animosity: Two of the country's largest cable firms regularly overcharge customers.

Microsoft Edge more power efficient than rivals? Not so fast ...

Microsoft Edge more power efficient than rivals? Not so fast ...

Microsoft says Edge is far more power efficient than rival browsers, based on its own tests, but Opera, Google and Mozilla quickly offered responses to the contrary.

T-Mobile’s Binge On still slows all of your video

T-Mobile’s Binge On still slows all of your video

Researchers tested Binge On and found that fixes made by T-Mobile haven’t fixed much. Even video data users paid for is still throttled.

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