My trip to Hawaii this week was less enjoyable than the phrase “my trip to Hawaii” (and event host Qualcomm covering airfare and lodging expenses) would suggest, thanks to my laptop suffering a screen and maybe motherboard-level malfunction that left it unusable from Wednesday on.
11/15/2022: Google to Pay Almost $392M to Settle 40-State Lawsuit Over Location Tracking, PCMag
I wrote this from my hotel room during the lightly-scheduled first day of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit.
11/16/2022: If You Care About Your Privacy, Don’t Buy These Tech Gifts, PCMag
I got an advance copy of Mozilla’s announcement of this update to its Privacy Not Included gift guide, making it easy to write this as well in conference idle time.
11/16/2022: NASA Successfully Launches Artemis I, PCMag
I assumed somebody else would cover the long-awaited debut of NASA’s Space Launch System rocket, but seeing nobody claim that in my client’s Slack workspace led me to raise my hand–and then writing this from Hawaii made it easier to follow a post-launch press conference that started around 5 a.m. Eastern.
11/17/2022: Astranis’s MicroGEO is a high-flying new take on satellite broadband, Fast Company
I wrote about one of the companies spotlighted in Fast Company’s Next Big Things in Tech awards.
11/17/2022: S02 E40 – SmartTechCheck Podcast, Mark Vena
I joined this podcast by positioning my phone on a travel tripod parked atop a trash can atop a table on the balcony of my room. And then somebody had to fire up a circular saw on the ground floor of the hotel…
11/18/2022: How Qualcomm’s ‘Always-On Camera’ Became Its ‘Always-Sensing Camera’, PCMag
With my laptop inoperable, I wrote this on a Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered Lenovo Thinkpad x13s that a company rep had handy. Writing this post in Chrome on a laptop with a processor architecture not supported in that Windows x86-only browser was a bit of an adventure, and now I want to do a longer-term test of a Snapdragon laptop–not just because my own laptop is on the fritz.
11/18/2022: FCC Publishes New Broadband Map, Votes to Require ISP ‘Nutrition Labels’, PCMag
I wound up writing this post in the Google Docs app on my phone, a dreadful experience that left me wanting to ice my thumb.