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


Five Shopping Myths That Will Cost You Money

Don't believe it when a salesperson tells you should buy an extended warranty on your new HDTV or pay an extra $100 for a faster processor. Here's the myth-busting truth.
March 20, 2013

Firefox on the iPhone Ain’t Gonna Happen

Apple says build your mobile browser our way, and Mozilla says no way. A deal to get Firefox on iOS is never going to get done. And who loses? Me and you.
March 11, 2013

Apple Updates iOS to Fix iPhone 4S Glitch

Relax iPhone 4S users, a simple update will protect you from connectivity problems associated with Apple’s new software.
February 11, 2013

Intuit Brings Mobile Payments One Step Closer

Cross your wallet with your smartphone and you'll have what Intuit calls Mobile Money. It's a new take on mobile payments using NFC-enabled smartphones.
January 31, 2013

It’s Time to Banish Java from Your Computer

Instead of worrying about the security threat posed by Java, simply get rid of it. Chances are you won’t miss it. Here are steps you can take to kill Java from your PC.
January 15, 2013

Getting the Best Price on CES Goodies

Before you run out to buy the cool new PC or HDTV that debuted at CES 2013 this week, take a deep breath. A little patience will save a lot of cash.
January 11, 2013

AT&T Enters the Home Security Business: Yikes!

AT&T, a company that can't deliver decent customer service, says it will protect your family with home alarm systems. They've got to be kidding.
January 8, 2013

Dirty Secrets of 7-inch Tablets

Sluggish multitasking performance, scratch-prone backs and too little storage. The iPad Mini, Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7 have their good points, but here are the complaints voiced by users.
December 18, 2012

Apple Gets It Right with iTunes 11 (Finally)

Apple recently rolled out iTunes 11, which is a great-looking and efficient digital media player. It's not perfect, according to blogger Bill Snyder, but it's a huge improvement over previous versions of iTunes.
December 14, 2012

This Week’s Best, and Worst, iPhone 5 Deals

Best Buy knocks $50 off the price of the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S. But Apple’s sale of unlocked iPhones is a bad deal for nearly everyone.
December 10, 2012

Affordable Holiday Gifts for Geeks

Buying holiday gifts like the iPad or an HDTV shouldn't mean you've maxed out your credit cards. Here are five way to get the most for your money when you're shopping for that gadget-obsessed somebody.
December 7, 2012

Microsoft Disses IE Haters

It may not be fair for a giant software company to beat up on nerds who live in their parents' basement. But Microsoft’s ad defending IE10 is hilarious.
November 30, 2012

Black Friday Tips and Deals for Tech Shoppers

From laptops to iPhone accessories, online and brick and mortar retail stores will be chasing your dollars with tempting discounts. Here are some ways to come out ahead on the biggest shopping day of the year.
November 9, 2012

The Browser Speed Wars Are Over

Browser speed matters more on mobile devices, where Opera Mini rules, writes blogger Bill Snyder. On the Windows desktop, Internet Explorer 10 has the edge over the competition, though not by enough to affect day-to-day browsing.
November 8, 2012

Google Map App on iPhone and iPad Is a Certainty

Ignore the rumors that Apple has said no to Google’s map app. CEO Tim Cook, who apologized for Apple's own dismal map app, would be crazy to anger his customers ... and crazy he is not.
November 5, 2012

Microsoft’s Surface RT Is Worth a Look

It's not the iPad, but Microsoft's new tablet will actually help you get work done with great design, a real keyboard that doubles as a screen cover, and a free copy of Office Home and Student 2013 RT.
October 29, 2012

Yelp Cracks Down on Fake Reviews

Businesses that are caught planting fake reviews on Yelp will have to wear a red badge of shame for 90 days.
October 19, 2012

With Quicken 13, Your Finances Go Mobile

A familiar desktop application gets better mobile capability, making it easy to track and manage your finances when you're on the go.
October 3, 2012

Dirty Secrets of the Most Popular Ultrabooks

If the Macbook Air is the gold standard of the thin and light laptop, how do four popular Window’s Ultrabooks stack up? Here's the scoop from people who bought them.
September 21, 2012

iPhone 5 Upgrades: Beware of the ‘Verizon Tax’

Buying Apple's new iPhone 5 from Verizon means upgrading to an expensive "share everything plan" that could cost you upwards of $700 a year. And because it has a new type of connector, you'll shell out even more cash.
September 13, 2012

Scam Alerts: Fake Amazon Reviews and ‘Free’ Trials

The Internet is full of fakery. Beware of free trials that become recurring items on your credit card bills and take those great reviews on Amazon and other e-commerce sites with a shaker full of salt.
September 11, 2012