Senior Writer

Tom Kaneshige has been covering business and technology in Silicon Valley for two decades. As senior online writer at, Tom covers Silicon Valley culture, BYOD and consumer tech in the enterprise.

Articles by tkaneshige


iOS 7 Beta Frustrates Mobile App Developers

'Oh Apple, why hast thou forsaken me?' Such is the lament you might hear among iOS developers angry over Apple handcuffing their efforts to create compelling mobile apps -- particularly where it concerns iCloud.
July 24, 2013

Will Wearable Technology Kill the Smartphone?

When it comes to emerging technology, 'wearables' may be the talk of the town these days. But don't throw away your trusty smartphone. It may become the driving force behind wearable technology such as glasses, watches and clothing.
July 22, 2013

Millennials in the Valley: Inside the Gen Y Mindset

Do Millennials trust Facebook more than their employer? Why are they bringing their parents to work? Silicon Valley tech companies are fighting to hire these Generation Y workers, so it's time to gain some insight into the Millennial workforce.
July 18, 2013

BYOD Creates Trust Gap Between Workers and Employers

Infographic: If you're a CIO (or other IT leader) and you have a BYOD policy in place, you also have some trust issues to overcome: Your users aren't confident their personal data is remaining private.
July 17, 2013

Connected Cars Race Toward Mobility and the Cloud

Forget fuel efficiency, all-wheel drive and sunroofs. Your next car may connect wirelessly to an array of cloud services, talk to your iPhone, call 911 if you have a medical emergency and even place your coffee order. It's not as futuristic as you may think.
July 12, 2013

Will BYOD Give Rise to the Enterprise Genius Bar?

As the invasion of consumer tech changes IT, it makes sense that support for consumer devices would start to reflect the retail experience. Think Appleu0019s Genius Bar. Mike Burgio of Inergex, an IT services firm, talks about why IT leaders need to think about hitting the bar.
July 1, 2013

Taking the Road Less Traveled to Mobilize Desktop Software

Moving complex software to the iPad is no small task--a fact not lost on PerkinElmer when it needed a mobile version of its popular desktop chemistry product. It avoided the temptation to contract young mobile hotshots and instead relied on its veteran desktop team.
June 26, 2013

The BYOD Mobile Security Threat Is Real

Cloud storage, text messaging, poor accountability and the "Bad Leaver" open the doors to data breaches in a BYOD environment, says a cyber-crime expert in this interview.
May 30, 2013
10 BYOD Worker Types

10 BYOD Worker Types

The BYOD (bring your own device) movement affects everyone at a company, from CEO on down to the hourly worker. Here are 10 of the most common worker types taking shape in the new BYOD workplace.
May 29, 2013

iWatch Sighting in Latest Apple Ad?

Apple's newest TV ad might be revealing a glimpse of the rumored iWatch, best that's the only good thing about it, writes's Tom Kaneshige.
May 24, 2013

10 Popular iPhone Apps – Blacklisted!

BYOD programs may come with the restriction of apps that consume too much data, risk malware or distract workers. Here are 10 iPhone apps that you're likely to find on a blacklist.
May 23, 2013

Mobile Players Offer a Mix of Messages in TV Ads

Apple, Samsung and Microsoft take divergent paths to selling their smartphones via TV commercials. The winning approach: Focus on your own unique features, and resist potshots at the competition.
May 2, 2013

Just How Close Is Apple’s Tim Cook to Being Fired?

Apple CEO Tim Cook needs to show investors where the company's future growth is coming from. If he fails this fall, then he might be in big trouble, say industry analysts.
April 26, 2013

Why the Midmarket Is Overlooking Benefits of BYOD

BYOD has the potential in the midmarket to empower smaller workforces. If mishandled with loose rules and complex legalese, BYOD can lead to increased feelings of isolation. Here's how the midmarket can make BYOD work for them.
April 24, 2013

CIOs Sound Off on a Role in Flux

Add business partner, co-collaborator and, um, anthropologist to the growing list of IT executive skills, said CIOs at a recent panel in San Francisco.
April 16, 2013

What Will the iPhone 5S and iOS 7 Look Like?

The iPhone 5S rumors are swirling. Pundits and Apple watchers are predicting models with different screen sizes, cheaper prices, face recognition and NFC support.
April 9, 2013
Apple Enterprise Now

Apple’s ‘Spaceship’ Campus Evokes Jobs-Era Perfectionism

Some facts have emerged about Apple's planned "spaceship" campus. Delayed and over-budget but painstakingly detailed, it's already part of Apple history, and makes's Tom Kaneshige nostalgic for Steve Jobs' maniacal focus.
April 5, 2013

What’s Behind Apple’s Mea Culpa in China?

Apple CEO Tim Cook's overboard apology to China about the company's alleged disregard of customer service highlights an East-West cultural clash about how to do business.
April 3, 2013

Microsoft to Make Leaps in the Mobile Enterprise

Apple, Google, Microsoft and BlackBerry bear down for the great mobile enterprise race in 2013. Here are the results from an exclusive survey on mobile app deployment plans for all mobile platforms. The winners and losers may surprise you.
March 29, 2013

Mobile Hardware Is Going to Disappear

What's next for smartphones? Perhaps a cloak of invisibility. Apple, Samsung and Google are doing their best to make the hardware go away.
March 19, 2013
Apple Enterprise Now

Apple, Where Art Thou?

Apple is under siege and uncharacteristically running for cover amidst mounting competition and research reports favoring Android.
March 12, 2013

Hailo Picks up Speed as a Digital Disrupter for Taxis

Like it or not, CIOs and other IT leaders will have to deal with a digital disrupter who wins over suppliers and customers by wringing out inefficiencies in the market. Mobile startups like Hailo and Uber, which match up passengers with transportation, are turning the industry on its ear.
March 7, 2013
Apple Enterprise Now

Is Computer’s Future a Glass House?

According to Google and Corning, glass surfaces and eyeglasses are where we'll do our computing in the future.
March 6, 2013

Is Your Enterprise iPhone App User-Friendly?

Mobile enterprise apps running on iPhones, Androids and other smartphones must be "user-friendly." But what does that really mean? A mobile app expert gives a concrete definition.
February 25, 2013
Apple Enterprise Now

Apple Creativity Starts Simply

What's in a name? A potential barrier to the creative process, says Jony Ive.
February 21, 2013

Does BYOD Cost Too Much?

It's a good bet you don't know how much your company is spending on all those "Bring Your Own Device" smartphones and tablets. Even worse, it's probably too much, says a mobility management expert.
February 20, 2013

BYOD to Change the Face of IT in 2013

The influx of younger workers and BYOD programs in 2013 will continue to shake up IT departments, according to new research reports. Should CIOs shift to a device-neutral service model?
February 7, 2013
Apple Enterprise Now

Ashton Kutcher Says Steve Jobs His Hero

Comedic actor and popular geeknik Ashton Kutcher says he's learned a lot from playing Steve Jobs in the indie film "jOBS."
January 31, 2013
Apple Enterprise Now

Apple Is Just Another Great American Company

Apple will continue to make stellar products for a long time, but the magic that defined the company for 15 years is gone, writes's Tom Kaneshige.
January 25, 2013
Apple Enterprise Now

Infographic: BYOD’s Meteoric Rise

The BYOD (bring your own device) movement hit a full sprint in 2012 and the following infographic puts BYOD data in colorful perspective. But is a BYOD reality check coming in 2013?
January 16, 2013

Apple’s 15 Boldest Computer Designs, 1976 – 2012

Apple's computer hardware designs through the years have reflected the state of the company. Subliminal messages abound with each product release. Here are some of Apple's most bold, iconic computer designs and what we think they're telling us.
January 15, 2013

BYOD Planning and Costs: Everything You Need to Know

Bring Your Own Device programs promise to remove the cost of smartphones from a company's balance sheet. But most companies transitioning from company-issued smartphones to BYOD aren't even breaking even. Here's a breakdown on BYOD's hidden costs and some tips from those in the trenches on how to make BYOD work for your business.
December 13, 2012
Apple Enterprise Now

Does It Matter if Apple Makes Macs in America?

Apple's decision to bring the manufacturing of some Macs back to America should boost national morale, but it's mostly a gesture of good will that will serve Apple's image more than anything else.
December 7, 2012
Apple Enterprise Now

Lessons for an iPhone Newbie

You don't know how you'll use an iPhone until you get one and most likely you'll use it a lot. So it's wise to pay up for more storage and make smart choices with a data plan.
November 26, 2012
Apple Enterprise Now

Beware of the iPhone Swipers

Watch your back this Black Friday. There will be gadget thieves on the streets to go along with gadget deals in stores.
November 19, 2012

15 Best iPad Apps for Newbies (2012)

Got a shiny, new iPad or iPad Mini? The first thing you'll notice is that the tablet itself isn't all that exciting. It's the apps that make the iPad special. Here are 15 must-have apps.
November 19, 2012
Apple Enterprise Now

Is Apple Getting Soft?

Apple ousts Steve Jobs protégé Scott Forstall. Will Apple's risk-taking and innovation go with him?
October 30, 2012

The iPad Mini Puts Apple in a Pickle

The cost of the $329 iPad Mini will determine its future - and maybe Apple's, too. In the near term, the iPad Mini could have a big holiday season, but it will run the risk of cannibalizing regular iPad sales, according to one veteran tech analyst.
October 23, 2012

Apple Manufacturing Jobs Are Not Coming Back and That’s OK

Everything about Apple is as American as apple pie, even its decision to send manufacturing and unskilled-labor jobs to China. What matters more is that Apple products have spawned high-paying jobs for skilled workers in America, writes's Tom Kaneshige. That's why the Apple name keeps popping up in this year's presidential election.
October 18, 2012

Apple iPhone Passbook: The Future of Mobile Payments?

The mobile payment war has begun. One mobile commerce expert thinks Apple is laying the groundwork with Passbook to make the iPhone a full-blown mobile wallet. But more retailers need to experiment with Passbook for it to get off the ground.
October 17, 2012