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.

Verizon is Tracking Mobile Users Online, Researcher Says

English Family Gets Texts from Beyond the Grave

English Family Gets Texts from Beyond the Grave

A family in South Shields, England, received texts from their deceased grandmother's phone number, but the incident proved to be a cruel joke and not some sort of supernatural phenomenon.

Four Can't-Miss Deals on Intel Haswell PCs

Four Can't-Miss Deals on Intel Haswell PCs

As the holiday season approaches, PC makers are starting to clear their shelves. Here are four must-see deals on PCs with Intel Haswell chips.

Why You Really Shouldn't Worry About In-Store Beacons

Why You Really Shouldn't Worry About In-Store Beacons

In-store beacons push advertisements and other content to your phone using Bluetooth — but only if you let them. Beacons don't automatically track your location or movement, but they do communicate with apps that could collect...

McDonald's CIO on Why It's Supporting Apple Pay on Launch Day

McDonald's CIO on Why It's Supporting Apple Pay on Launch Day

In an exclusive interview with CIO.com, McDonald's U.S. CIO talks about why the fast-food giant chose to support Apple's new contactless payment technology out of the gate and how it built on its experience with Google Wallet to help...

HBO Will Make it Easier to Cut the Cable Cord

HBO Will Make it Easier to Cut the Cable Cord

HBO plans to offer its programming as a standalone Internet-streaming service in 2015, and that's great news for cord cutters.

5 Things You Need to Know About VoLTE

5 Things You Need to Know About VoLTE

Voice over LTE (VoLTE) means better sounding voice calls and the ability to use voice and data at the same time, among other things. Here are five facts you should know about the next-generation wireless network technology.

Why Facebook Forced You to Use Its Messenger App (Hint: $$$)

Why Facebook Forced You to Use Its Messenger App (Hint: $$$)

Facebook reportedly plans to let users send money to friends and pay for certain services via its Messenger app. CIO.com columnist Bill Snyder warns against trusting a company that doesn't prioritize user privacy with sensitive...

Facebook and Verizon Reverse Course, Show Power of Consumer Complaint

Facebook and Verizon Reverse Course, Show Power of Consumer Complaint

Sending angry email messages and posting complaints on social media sites can embarrass tech companies into changing obnoxious policies, as demonstrated by some recent flip-flopping from Facebook and Verizon.

U.S. Lags in Broadband Speed Due to Serious Lack of Competition

U.S. Lags in Broadband Speed Due to Serious Lack of Competition

The United States lags behind 24 other countries in average broadband speed, according to new research. The reason? A serious lack of competition among U.S. broadband providers.

In-Flight Phone Calls Could Spark High-Altitude Brawls

In-Flight Phone Calls Could Spark High-Altitude Brawls

Following a recent European ruling to let passengers access wireless networks throughout flights, a group of U.S. Congressmen told regulators that in-flight cellular calls are both annoying and dangerous.

Online Daters Looking for Love In All the Wrong Places

Online Daters Looking for Love In All the Wrong Places

New research suggests online daters marry less frequently and break up more often than traditional daters. One upside to digital dating: More dates.

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