Bill SnyderColumnist, CIO

San Francisco journalist Bill Snyder writes frequently about business and technology. He writes the Tech's Bottom Line blog for InfoWorld, and 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.

Google Flight Search: Not Quite Ready for Prime Time

I'm not cheap, exactly, but I do love to find a bargain. So when I'm thinking about a vacation or a business trip, I search the Web for the best airfare.


Google Needs to Grow Up

Google says it wants business adoption but won't support companies that need help. When will the grownups take over?

Cloud Computing for Consumers: The Downsides

If you read much about tech, you've undoubtedly been told by some snarky writer that if you're not headed for the cloud, you're hopelessly unhip.

Android Devices Exposed: 7 Ways to Thwart Hackers

Take a deep breath. There's a new report out highlighting a huge spike in threats against Google's Android platform.

6 Tips for Smart Back-to-School Spending on Tech

Got a college-bound kid? Here's how to equip your digital student without breaking the bank account.



Apple's Real Worth: How Many Jobs It Creates

Apple, Silicon Valley leaders are displacing traditional corporations in net worth, helping to keep good jobs in America

Verizon 4G LTE: Four Gotchas

Who's the fastest wireless carrier in town? If you've seen any of their ads, you know it's Verizon, unless it's AT&T or T-Mobile or Sprint.

5 Cool Add Ons for Firefox 5

I was just getting used to the excellent version 4 of Mozilla's Firefox browser when those wild and crazy coders rolled out version 5 after just three months.

Email Clutter: Cleaning It Up on Your Own Terms

If you're a grownup, you don't have to put up with someone telling you to clean your room. Why should anyone tell you to clean up your inbox?

Mobile Payments: Don't Buy Into It

If you're anywhere close to my age, you might remember the late Orson Wells making a pitch for Paul Masson saying, "We will sell no wine before its time."

Facebook Facial Recognition: Why It's a Threat to Privacy

Facebook facial recognition is more than just creepy. It has enormous potential for dangerous misuse of facial recognition data, and Facebook has a long record of misusing all sorts of data.

Security Hysteria: Let's Cut the Hype

Hackers are more malicious than ever, but the media- and vendor-fomented hysteria is misplaced. If it doesn't stop soon, expect to see Congress breathing down the neck of IT

Pity the Poor PC: First the iPad, Now iCloud

Tablet sales are up, PC sales are down, and here comes iCloud. What's poor Michael Dell to do?

Cell Phones and Cancer: 8 Precautions Worth Taking

The WHO's recent report that cell phones are possibly carcinogenic is not definitive data and has its skeptics, but Bill Snyder of writes that we all make our own decisions.

Will the Carriers Kill the Mobile Revolution?

Mobile usage keeps going up -- and so do data plan charges. This trend can't continue