January 8th 2014, 8:33 am PT

“We the Geeks” Takes a Look at the Future of Computing

The White House (yes, THAT White House) has a “We Are The Geeks” event today. In case you don’t know, “We Are The Geeks” is a series of Google+ Hangouts to discuss science, technology and innovation in the United States. I just found out that my good friend Alex Kipman will be joining an amazing tech cast for what I am sure will be a lively discussion:

Tom Kalil and Cristin Dorgelo from the White House Office of Science and Technology will join Mark Papermaster, Chief Technology Officer at Advanced Micro Devices, Alex Hawkinson, CEO of SmartThings, Alex Kipman of Microsoft Kinect, and Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus Rift to discuss:

  • What new computing advancements might we see in the next few years? What about 10-15 years from now?
  • What are the technological breakthroughs that need to happen to get there?
  • And finally, what might be the impact of the ever growing intelligent connection of people, processes, data and things?

The event takes place today at 2p ET – via The White House blog



January 8th 2014 at 8:33 am | Technology | 48 comments

May 2nd 2013, 11:07 am PT

Win tickets to see “Star Trek Into Darkness” Fan Sneak Shows in IMAX 3D

Want to be one of the first to see Star Trek Into Darkness?

Well I can try and help with that! Working with Paramount Pictures, I’ve got my hands on Fandango passes that can be used to see Star Trek Into Darkness Fan Sneak Shows in IMAX 3D.

How do you enter? Easy:

Answer this question by leaving a comment below: What you are looking forward to seeing most from Star Trek Into Darkness?

I’ll then randomly choose 15 people to win a code to redeem for a set of tickets on Fandago. Since the codes will only work on Fandango, this is a US contest only…sorry.

PLUS: Did you know that director J.J. Abrams did a Q&A with Xbox fans? Watch a clip of it here, and look for the entire video on your Xbox 360 dashboard the next time you sign into Xbox LIVE.


The rules: Deadline to enter is 11:59am Pacific on May 10, 2013. 15 randomly selected winner will be notified by e-mail or Twitter. One entry per person. Read this if you have questions about the Disqus commenting system. Contest is open to US residents only.

Note: If you do not have an e-mail address or Twitter name associated with your Disqus login, you must include your Twitter information in your comment to be eligible. Any winner who does not respond to my notification within 72 hours will forfeit the prize. For faster notification, follow me on Twitter where I can DM you if you won.

May 2nd 2013 at 11:07 am | Technology, Xbox 360 | 576 comments

February 12th 2013, 7:12 am PT

Contre Jour Returns with More Online Levels

Back in October, Internet Explorer introduced the online world to the creature, Petit, by bringing the groundbreaking game Contre Jour to the web with Internet Explorer 10 and HTML5.

Today, the team has announced that Petit is back with even more beautiful gameplay, including two new “worlds” with 20 free levels.

Here is a little about the game to get you started: Joining Petit on his new adventures is his sidekick, Amie. Amie is a brand-new character who helps Petit along his journey to save his one true love, the Rose.

Just like the first online version of Contre Jour that debuted in October, the new levels really showcase the power of IE10 as a touch browser. We also saw great response to Contre Jour around the world, and are pleased with the positive global exposure we’ve seen with visits from fans in more than 100 countries.

If you’re playing this game on a tablet, check out how responsive the multi-touch gestures can be. The gameplay is so immersive that you’ll probably forget that the game is running in a browser and not just a stand-alone app. We’re excited for Petit to continue to reach new fans worldwide with more gameplay.

Play the twenty new free levels at

February 12th 2013 at 7:12 am | Technology | 7 comments

July 14th 2011, 9:33 pm PT

Add me to your Google Plus circles

If you are over at Google Plus, you can find me here:

I’m not posting as much there as I do on Twitter, but I have been playing around with it to see where it will fit in to the rest of the social media tools I use.

If you’ve tried it out what do you think so far ?


July 14th 2011 at 9:33 pm | Technology | 44 comments

March 19th 2009, 3:01 pm PT

IE 8 Now available


If you use Internet Explorer for your web browsing needs, you may be interested to know that a final, release version of IE8 is now available for download*. For security and stability, it’s always best to run the latest release version of your preferred browser.  If you’re already running Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Opera or any the other browsers out there, maybe it’s time to check to see if you’re on their latest released bits (as we say in the software industry.)


*Windows Vista and Windows XP users only. If you’re running the Windows 7 Beta, read the special message on the IE8 site.


March 19th 2009 at 3:01 pm | Technology | 85 comments

January 16th 2009, 7:01 pm PT

Going to the Inauguration next week? If so we need your help

I have mentioned Photosynth in the past, but now it’s time to get the community involved. If you are going to attend the US Presidential inauguration next week in Washington D.C., head over to to see how you can help create a Presidential style Photosynth. I am sure a few of you may go, so this is your chance for you to capture the moment for the rest of us to enjoy. Head here to read (and see) more on Photosynth or read more on the team blog. Dust off the camera and good luck.

January 16th 2009 at 7:01 pm | Technology | 119 comments