Preston Gralla

Contributing editor

Preston Gralla is a contributing editor for Computerworld, a blogger for ITworld, and the author of more than 45 books, including NOOK Tablet: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly 2012) and How the Internet Works (Que, 2006).

In Silicon Valley, do the jerks always win?

5 great free Windows tuneup utilities you need right now

5 great free Windows tuneup utilities you need right now

Want a faster, cleaner, better-running PC? Then check out these five free downloads to clean up and speed up your computer.

What Gamergate says about the tech industry

The antipathy toward women expressed in the Gamergate dispute reflects uncomfortable truths about the rest of the tech industry.

Can the iPhone 6 really defeat the NSA?

Can the iPhone 6 really defeat the NSA?

There are loopholes in Apple’s claim, and law enforcement’s outrage seems disingenuous.

Ex-Microsoft software guru Ray Ozzie releases a mobile app -- and it's for the iPhone

Ex-Microsoft software guru Ray Ozzie releases a mobile app -- and it's for the iPhone

Former Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie has released a mobile app and service, and it's not for Windows Phone, but instead the iPhone. They can't be pleased in Microsoft Land about this.

Can a cat video save Windows Phone?

Can a cat video save Windows Phone?

Microsoft has tried just about everything to help Windows Phone succeed, to no avail. So it's now turning to the Internet tried-and-true: A cute cat video. Will that really help juice up market share or is it a sign of desperation?

A Clippy feature may be heading back to Microsoft Office. Will it be a winner this time?

A Clippy feature may be heading back to Microsoft Office. Will it be a winner this time?

Clippy may be the most reviled feature in the history of Microsoft, but the company may be adding a Clippy-like feature to the next version of Office. Will it be useful this time around?

Windows Phone should fear Android One, not the iPhone 6

Windows Phone should fear Android One, not the iPhone 6

Windows Phone has nothing to fear from the big-bang rollout of the iPhone 6. But Google's Android One project could well ensure that Windows Phone never becomes a serious smartphone contender.

Leaked screenshot shows Cortana making her debut on Windows 9

Leaked screenshot shows Cortana making her debut on Windows 9

A series of leaked screenshots shows the Cortana digital assistant in action on Windows 9. This is good news for the new operating system, and one more reason to look forward to it in action.

Windows 9 video leaks: Virtual desktops and Notification Center in action

Windows 9 video leaks: Virtual desktops and Notification Center in action

Another day, more Windows 9 leaks, this time of the new virtual desktops and Notification Center. I've got the videos, and you'll want to see them.

Leaked video shows Windows 9 Start menu in action  -- I want it now!

Leaked video shows Windows 9 Start menu in action -- I want it now!

A leaked video shows the Windows 9 Start menu in interactive glory. If it's for real, this Start menu beats out all other previous versions, as you can see in the video I've embedded. I'd like to get my hands on it right now.

Europe has a love/hate thing for U.S. tech

Europe has a love/hate thing for U.S. tech

European regulators never seem to miss a chance to crack down on U.S. tech companies, but their market share on the continent just keeps growing.

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