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


New on the iPad: The Story of Business Intelligence

Mobile business intelligence app developer Roambi wants to marry the excitement of a magazine narrative with the dryness of business intelligence data on the iPad. The goal is to tell the story behind the numbers.
September 21, 2011

Mobile Startups: Tip of the Iceberg, Say Venture Capitalists

At this week's DEMO Fall 2011, mobile startups trying to bridge the physical and digital worlds often didn't aim high enough and received mixed reviews from venture capitalists and former entrepreneurs.
September 15, 2011

Tech Titans We Will Miss and Ones Better Off Dismissed

In the wake of Carol Bartz's firing from Yahoo, let's take a look at how tech CEOs' personalities and business tactics defined or are defining their companies, for good or ill. Here are 10 dynamic current and former tech CEOs, some we will miss, and others ... not so much.
September 12, 2011
Apple Enterprise Now

Apple Gets Cozy with SF Police

Like a George Orwell novel, it's getting hard to distinguish between Apple private investigators and police officers.
September 6, 2011
Apple Enterprise Now

Steve Jobs Leaves Apple Without a Future

‘Tis a sad day in Cupertino, as the inevitable happened. Steve Jobs, 56, battling pancreatic cancer, tendered his resignation as Apple CEO. Silicon Valley loses an icon of innovation embodied in a favorite son. Corporate America loses the greatest modern-day CEO. The tech industry loses its top visionary. But what does Apple really lose?
August 25, 2011

iPad Culture Shock for IT

The iPad is unlike any other enterprise technology, delivered to market by a vendor seemingly indifferent to CIOs, and surrounded by mass media-fed confusion. How can CIOs cope?
August 23, 2011

Apple’s Spaceship Campus: What’s the Message?

Apple wants a campus that looks like a "spaceship," says Steve Jobs. A Silicon Valley designer sees mixed messages in the analogy: Is the future temporary?
August 18, 2011

If Corporations Were People…

Former Massachusetts Gov. and presidential hopeful Mitt Romney infamously said last week, "Corporations are people, my friend." We're assuming he meant tech companies, too. So what actors would play them? What would the movies be called?
August 15, 2011

Business Apps on the iPhone: Dos and Don’ts

Techies love features and functions; business users are more focused on simplicity and speed. CIOs must seek to balance both worlds when developing a business app for the iPhone.
August 11, 2011

Leadership Lessons from Apple CEO Steve Jobs

What can CIOs learn about leadership from Apple CEO Steve Jobs? Plenty. Executive leadership guru Paul David Walker says tech execs should take cues from his marketing savvy and confidence. But leave the arrogance at home.
July 28, 2011

iPads in the Enterprise: 5 Price Negotiation Tactics

Did you know you can gain up to a margin point of additional discount when buying at least 1,000 iPads from an Apple reseller? Before you jump on the iPad bandwagon there are five things you need to know to ensure you get the best deal.
July 20, 2011

iPad Apps: Is Apple Courting the Enterprise?

Apple's new volume purchase program for business seeks to solve a major problem of iOS app distribution. Just beware of the wording: Custom B2B apps in the program must go through an Apple app review process.
July 19, 2011
Apple Enterprise Now

iPad, iPhone Content Creates Apple Stickiness

How much cash have you spent on iTunes and the App Store? You’re probably pretty invested, at least enough to keep you stuck on Apple.
July 13, 2011

iPhone 5: Is a Redesign in the Cards?

Kyle Wiens of iFixit shares insights and predictions about the next-generation iPhone expected to launch this fall.
July 11, 2011
Apple Enterprise Now

iPhone 5: Balancing Performance, Battery Life and Size

The Apple rumor mill went into high gear this week, spinning out this gem: Apple ordered 15 million iPhone 5 units from manufacturer Pegatron in time for a fall launch. Apple already unveiled iOS 5 at its worldwide developers conference earlier this year, which leaves only the iPhone 5 hardware as the real mystery.
July 6, 2011

Trials of iPad Enterprise Adoption

Apple iPad enterprise adoption is not easy, but a prestigious law firm makes the case for why it is worth the effort.
June 30, 2011

Apple iCloud Draws CIO Concerns

Once again, CIOs are left in the dark. This time, the technology culprit is iCloud. Will Apple shed light on the problem before the service launches this fall?
June 14, 2011
Apple Enterprise Now

The San Francisco Chronicle’s iPad App Blunder

The San Francisco Chronicle unveiled an iPad app this week that serves up breaking news, live updates and exclusive videos, photos and other content. The cost: $6 per month, or $60 per year.
June 1, 2011

Is IT Tracking Your Location via Smartphone?

Lost in all the iPhone location tracking buzz is one big reality: If you carry a company-issued smartphone, chances are IT knows where you go -- though not for the reasons you might think.
April 26, 2011

iPhone and iPad Crapware: 5 Apps to Avoid

If you're new to the world of iPhone and iPad apps, don't be fooled by these stinkers in the App Store. Here are some apps that have been overpriced or outclassed.
April 7, 2011

iPad Newbies: It’s an iPad, Not a Big iPhone

Don't try to turn your new iPad into a bigger version of the iPhone. The two devices are used in vastly different ways, from content consumption to content creation, which means different apps will take priority.
April 5, 2011

5 Awesome iPad Productivity Tools for Under $5

Do you take notes in meetings? Get people to sign electronic documents? Write long missives? These economical and under-the-radar productivity apps will make your job a little easier.
March 25, 2011

10 iPhone and iPad Apps to Download, Then Delete

Some of the best iPhone and iPad apps are seasonal or have a short shelf life -- that is, they fill a fleeting need. So go ahead and download these apps, then delete them when you're finished. It's okay, really.
March 22, 2011

How to Prepare Your Enterprise for iPad 2: Expert Tips

Like it or not, business users will walk into your enterprise with iPad 2 tablets next week. Here are some key issues to help IT get ready for new provisioning, security and bandwidth challenges.
March 8, 2011
Apple Enterprise Now

iPad 2: Buyers Face Big Questions

Thinking about getting an iPad 2 when it hits Apple Stores on March 11? Before you spend a Friday morning stuck in a long line, big questions about the iPad loom.
March 3, 2011

iPad 2: Jobs Calls Rivals Copycats, Dismisses Tablet Wars

At today's iPad 2 launch, Steve Jobs tried to quash the notion that rivals can even wage a tablet war as he unveiled a svelte (and faster) iPad 2 with a price tag that undercuts the competition.
March 2, 2011

15 Best iPad Apps for Newbies

Are you considering the upcoming iPad 2 as your first iPad? An iPad, unplugged, is a welcome contrast to the communications-driven iPhone. Take our tour of cool apps that take advantage of the iPad's leisurely user experience.
February 24, 2011

Apple’s iPad 2 One More Thing: iTunes in the Cloud?

While the iPad 2 unveiling is set for March 2, many questions remain: How much will the iPad 2 cost? Will Steve Jobs take the stage? What will be Apple's "one more thing"?
February 24, 2011
Apple Enterprise Now

iPad2 Delay Rumor Mill: Is Apple Playing Games?

Rumors surfaced this week that the iPad 2, widely expected to be released in April, might slip to June due to bottlenecks at Apple's contract manufacturer Hon Hai, according to Taiwanese brokerage Yuanta Securities. Following fast on the heels of this rumor, a source "familiar with the matter" told Reuters that an iPad 2 delay is untrue.
February 22, 2011

iPad Productivity Tools: 3 Must-Haves

For a serious productivity punch with your iPad, check out Quickoffice for file viewing, Dropbox for storage and an Apple Wireless Keyboard.
February 16, 2011
Apple Enterprise Now

Is the iPhone App Gold Rush Over?

Who can argue with the huge success of Angry Birds? Augmented reality has helped breathe new life into old apps. A former Apple engineer recently came out with a very cool iPhone app called VisualList, a note-taking app using the built-in camera.
February 9, 2011

iPhone 4 Newbies: 10 Essential Tips and Tricks

Are you lined up to get the Verizon iPhone 4 when it debuts later this week? Don't miss's tips on how to dodge the number one killer of iPhones, extend battery life, manage apps and more.
February 8, 2011

iPad Security: How a Hospital Group Treated Trouble

Take an inside look at how one hospital group is testing and perfecting its prescription for security as its doctors demand to do more work on iPads. One decision: Not all apps are ready yet.
February 7, 2011
Apple Enterprise Now

Can Android Outrun Apple’s Marketing Machine?

Maybe you're too young to remember a scrappy Apple taking a bold swipe at Microsoft in a famous television commercial introducing the Macintosh.
February 2, 2011

iPad 2 and iPhone 5: What’s Coming?

Uber-geek Kyle Wiens of iFixit has an insider's view on what's next for the iPhone and iPad. He predicts more RAM and maybe a multi-core chip, but not higher resolution. Are we maxing out on battery life?
February 2, 2011