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.

How You Can Tell Your Phone Carrier to Block 'Robocalls'

FCC Net Neutrality Ruling Opens Door for Municipal Broadband

FCC Net Neutrality Ruling Opens Door for Municipal Broadband

Big ISPs effectively convinced many states to bar the construction of municipally-owned broadband networks, but the FCC this week voted to do away with the roadblock. The ruling is good news for consumers, who can expect more...

Sprint's 'Family' Data Plan Is Cheapest Option for SMBs

Sprint's 'Family' Data Plan Is Cheapest Option for SMBs

Sprint's latest "family" wireless data plan features 12GB of high speed data that can be shared across as many as 10 lines for $90 a month. It's a great option for small- and medium-size businesses, but Sprint's network generally...

Why You Should Forget Your 'Right to be Forgotten'

Why You Should Forget Your 'Right to be Forgotten'

An Orwellian court decision in the European Union forces search engine companies to alter history by deleting certain links. The ruling is a threat to your right to know specifics about the past and to the Internet itself.

AT&T Will Pay $29 a Month for Your Online Privacy

AT&T Will Pay $29 a Month for Your Online Privacy

AT&T is offering gigabit fiber broadband service in a select few U.S. cities for $70 a month, a discount of $29 off the regular price, but only if customers are willing to forfeit online privacy.

U.S. Wireless Carriers (Finally) Agree to Unlock Customer Phones

U.S. Wireless Carriers (Finally) Agree to Unlock Customer Phones

The major U.S. wireless carriers this week agreed to unlock customers' mobile devices for free. Unfortunately, there's no legal way to enforce the agreement, according to CIO.com contributor Bill Snyder.

iPhones Retain More Resale Value Than Samsung Handsets

iPhones Retain More Resale Value Than Samsung Handsets

A new report from online mobile-device marketplace NextWorth says Apple's iPhone retains significantly more resale value than other high-end smartphones, including Samsung's popular Galaxy S phones.

5 Can't-Miss Deals on Apple iPads

5 Can't-Miss Deals on Apple iPads

Tablet sales slowed in 2014, and deals on iPads are easier than ever to find. Here are five deep discounts worth a look, including a deal for $50 off a brand new, first-generation iPad Air.

That Smartphone or Tablet Is Keeping Your Kid Awake

That Smartphone or Tablet Is Keeping Your Kid Awake

Research is mounting that suggests the blue light emitted by many digital screens blocks melatonin production and keeps you (and your family) from falling asleep.

Fuming TurboTax Users Force Intuit to Issue Rebate

Fuming TurboTax Users Force Intuit to Issue Rebate

Intuit removed key features from its popular TurboTax software without telling customers. In response to waves of criticism, countless angry posts on social media and piles of poor online reviews, the company backtracked and offered a...

Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking Say Artificial Intelligence Represents Real Threat

Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking Say Artificial Intelligence Represents Real Threat

It may not be time to worry about a robot apocalypse, but artificial intelligence (AI) poses some very real threats, according to more than 100 leading scientists and tech luminaries, including Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking.

What You Need to Know About Cablevision's 'Freewheel' Wi-Fi Phone Service

What You Need to Know About Cablevision's 'Freewheel' Wi-Fi Phone Service

Cablevision's new 'Freewheel' wireless plan costs just $30 a month, and you get unlimited data, talk and text. Unfortunately, it only works with a specific device (for now) and when you're connected to a Wi-Fi network.

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