Hiawatha Bray

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Hiawatha Bray is a technology writer for the Boston Globe Business section. He has contributed to a number of newspapers and magazines including Wired, Fast Company and Black Enterprise. He received an Overseas Press Club award for his series on the Internet in Africa.

Articles By Hiawatha Bray

Some big investors are betting that our appetite for online video will be worth a pretty penny. They’ve ponied up $58 million to launch a video service called Vessel, for which fans will pay $3 a month to get first looks at exciting short videos.

That’s the secret sauce, right there. Vessel will show the same stuff that will eventually appear on YouTube or other short video sites, but three days sooner, leaving YouTubers to twiddle their thumbs for 72 hours.More →

New England Patriots locker-room employees Jim McNally and John Jastrzemski engaged in a series of sometimes vulgar, always entertaining series of text messages that, according to the National Football League, implicated star quarterback Tom Brady in the teams efforts to use underinflated footballs in the AFC championship game against the Baltimore Ravens.More →

An elderly friend with health problems gave me a scare recently when I phoned her and learned her number was out of service. Had she moved, or was it something much worse? Actually, she was feeling better than ever, now that those infuriating sales calls had finally stopped. Out of sheer frustration, my friend had gotten a new phone number.More →

Twenty years ago today, somebody flipped a switch and opened the floodgates. On April 30, 1995, the last federally funded portion of the Internet shut down, turning it into a free-enterprise operation.

It was just one major breakthrough of 1995, the year the Internet achieved lift-off. Amazon, eBay, craigslist, and Match.com all went live that year, while Microsoft rolled out its first Internet Explorer browser. In 1995, about 16 million people were online, less than half a percent of the human race. Just five years later, 5 percent of the world had logged on. Today, it’s 3 billion of us — 40 percent of the planet. Probably no other technology has caught on so fast, built so many new businesses, or demolished so many old ones.More →

Apple Inc. made its long-awaited entry into the moribund smartwatch market on Monday, showing off a new wrist-mounted device it hopes will become the first such gadget to become a mass-market hit.

The new Apple Watch features a sleek design that looks far more elegant than many rival smartwatches. It also features an upscale price tag — $349  for the least expensive model, rising to $10,000 or more for an elite version crafted from solid gold.More →