San Francisco journalist Bill Snyder writes frequently about business and technology. His work appears regularly in 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.

Articles by bsnyder


The Best Mobile Browsers Based on Usability

FixYa recently ranked mobile browsers based on usability ratings from its visitors. The findings suggest third-party browsers are good alternatives to default options, but the "official" browsers are still more popular.
October 29, 2013

Tips for Traveling Abroad with Your iPhone

You can take your iPhone nearly anyplace in the world without running up horrendous voice and data bills, but it takes some preparation. blogger Bill Snyder offers up iPhone travel tips he learned during a recent trip to Spain.
October 25, 2013

How to Get Free Wireless Data, Text and Voice with FreedomPop

Buy a $100 HTC Android phone from FreedomPop, get free wireless data, text and voice. Data speeds over Sprint's network aren't exactly blazing, according to blogger Bill Snyder, but the price sure is right.
October 2, 2013

Apple Charges 4X More Than It Pays for iPhone Memory

Apple’s brand shines brighter than any in the world, but the popular company is taking its customers for a ride with its exorbitant iPhone-memory markup, according to blogger Bill Snyder.
October 1, 2013

Ride-Sharing Services Get Green Light in California

Need a quick car ride? There's an app for that. The state of California recently ruled that ride-sharing services, including Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, are good to go, with a few caveats.
September 20, 2013

Don’t Be Fooled by Ads Disguised as News

An increasing number of online editorial organizations are running something called "native" or "sponsored" content, a.k.a., advertisements disguised as news. blogger Bill Snyder says the practice is often deceptive, and the FTC is currently investigating the issue.
September 17, 2013

Gmail Users Should Expect No Email Privacy, Google Says

Do you value email privacy? If so, don't use Gmail. Facing a lawsuit from angry consumers, Google told a U.S. court that Gmailers should understand their email can and will be scanned.
September 9, 2013

How to Get a Great Deal on a High-End Smartphone

The cost of some high-end smartphones from companies including Google, Nokia and Apple are dropping as new models become available, so now's the time to find great deals on devices, according to blogger Bill Snyder.
September 5, 2013

Now is the Time to Sell Your Used iPhone (Right Now!)

Apple is expected to release a new version of the iPhone in September, and the value of used iPhones is dropping rapidly. blogger Bill Snyder spotlights two websites that let you lock in a selling price today and still hold on to your iPhone for another month.
August 16, 2013

How to Find the Cloud-Storage Service That’s Right for You

NextAdvisor compared cloud-backup and cloud-storage services from eight companies. blogger Bill Snyder takes a look at each service and offers tips on how to determine which one is right for you.
August 12, 2013

How ‘Educational’ Apps Could be Hurting Your Kids

No "educational" app is going to make your child a genius, according to blogger Bill Snyder. In fact, the apps could actually have a negative effect on kids. Here's how.
August 8, 2013

Amazon, Overstock Print-Book Price War Could Cut eBook Costs

Amazon and Overstock have both reduced prices on some print bestsellers by more than 50 percent. That's great news for people who want paper books, but blogger Bill Snyder says it could also mean cheaper eBooks.
July 30, 2013

How One Company is Fighting Fake Online Reviews

Consumers are increasingly wary of user-generated reviews because unscrupulous organizations often pay people to post misleading evaluations. But is fighting back against the fakers. Here's how.
July 29, 2013

Dropbox Aims to Replace Your Hard Drive

Storing files is just the beginning. Dropbox will soon allow you to sync and transfer files, data, to-do lists and more between any of the devices you own.
July 10, 2013

5 Desktop PC Deals for Under $400

Sometimes the best technology is the technology you can afford. A bargain desktop PC could make a great homework machine or a hub for your home network.
July 5, 2013

NSA Snooping, PRISM Spotlight Need for Clarity on Data-Privacy Law

In light of recent news about NSA snooping and the PRISM program, blogger Bill Snyder says because there is currently no clarity about the types of data the government can legally intercept, the Internet is facing a major crisis of confidence.
June 17, 2013

Adobe Goes All In for Cloud, While Microsoft Stays on the Fence

Adobe is moving its Creative Suite software to the cloud, and renting it to consumers by the month. Meanwhile, Microsoft says it won't follow the subscription-only path but will continue to offer desktop and cloud options, at least for now.
May 9, 2013

Google Reports Web Censorship Is Escalating

Think the Web can't be censored? Think again. Google reveals in its most recent transparency report that requests to censor content from government agencies around the world soared by 26 percent last year.
April 29, 2013

Microsoft Lures Bargain Hunters with Bing Offers

Bored with Groupon? Microsoft jumps into the game with Bing Offers, a site that aggregates local deals on everything from food to cars to spas, and more.
April 26, 2013

Siri Stores Your Secrets but Will She Rat You Out?

Apple stores your Siri requests in the cloud for as long as two years, but the company says the info is all anonymous. blogger Bill Snyder suggests you still exercise caution when asking for Siri's help.
April 19, 2013