Articles By Mark Sullivan

3 startup services let you take control of personal data

Hundreds of Web companies, such as Facebook, give away a free service in exchange for the right to collect data about the consumers who use the service. In their marketing messages and other

Published on: July 13th, 2012 Mark Sullivan

9 apps that will make your skin crawl

There was an old Andy Griffith episode involving a stranger who arrived in Mayberry and knew so much about the townspeople and the goings-on of the town that it was as if he’d

Published on: July 28th, 2011 Mark Sullivan

Your wireless carrier as Big Brother

Like a lot of cell phone users, you may be wondering just what your wireless company knows about you. Can it see what kinds of apps you're running on your phone and where

Published on: May 31st, 2011 Mark Sullivan

Top 5 apps announced at Google I/0

During the first day of Google I/O, I roamed the App "Developers Sandbox" looking for the next big thing in apps. The companies exhibiting their apps were invited by Google, and many are

Published on: May 12th, 2011 Mark Sullivan

LG to rollout 3D smartphone and tablet

LG fired two important shots in the smartphone and tablet wars here at Mobile World Congress, announcing the Optimus 3D smartphone and the LG Optimus Pad, an Android Honeycomb-based tablet.The Optimus 3D, LG

Published on: February 15th, 2011 Mark Sullivan

Dell trumps Apple on green report card

An environmental watchdog group has issued a new report card, giving Dell props for executing a program under which customers can easily return old gear for recycling by the manufacturer. Apple, which often

Published on: November 2nd, 2010 Mark Sullivan

11 most annoying Web applications

They install themselves, marking their territory with icons. They flash distracting, trivial alerts on the screen in front of you. They demand that you install the latest update, and they won't take no

Published on: September 6th, 2010 Mark Sullivan

10 basic rights Facebook must give its users

Like it or not, Facebook has become a fact of life. Many of us depend on the service to share our interests and life events with our friends. In my experience, Facebook membership

Published on: May 24th, 2010 Mark Sullivan

8 key contenders for mobile video supremacy

The iPhone got people thinking that watching TV on a phone could be more (and better) than a mere novelty. Many of them began buying TV and movies from the iTunes store to

Published on: April 29th, 2010 Mark Sullivan

What those matter-of-fact error messages really mean

Even when we make the stupidest errors while using our computers, phones, or whatever, the canned message that informs us of our blunder typically adopts a tone that ranges from completely matter-of-fact to

Published on: April 7th, 2010 Mark Sullivan

Top 10 online services and sites for 2010

A year ago, I chose ten sites and services to watch in 2009. Of those ten--TV.com, Qik, Boxee, Loopt, Blip.fm, Power.com, Tweetag, Hi5, Tripit, and BlackBerry AppWorld--only Boxee and (to a lesser extent)

Published on: January 8th, 2010 Mark Sullivan

Smartphone users should unite to fight for these 10 rights

Many smartphone owners are frustrated with the high prices they pay to wireless service providers, as well as the treatment they get from providers once they're locked into a two-year service contract. North

Published on: November 11th, 2009 Mark Sullivan

How to haggle for a better service contract

In our recent feature 10 Things We Hate About ISPs and Cable and Phone Companies, we report that one of people's greatest frustrations with service providers is their penchant for advertising nicely priced

Published on: July 21st, 2009 Mark Sullivan

Top 10 sites to help you land a job … and stay afloat until you do

As the economy continues to suffer, many people are cutting their budgets, looking for work, or preparing a plan of action in case a layoff comes. Fortunately, the Web offers some powerful new

Published on: March 11th, 2009 Mark Sullivan

10 Web sites you’ll bookmark by year’s end

Arguably, 2008 was the year of Twitter, Facebook, and Hulu. Come January of next year, I wonder what Web sites we'll agree were the ones that really mattered in 2009. In fact I'll

Published on: January 26th, 2009 Mark Sullivan