It Takes Time to Judge the True Impact of New Technology

By Rob Pegoraro, The Washington Post

About this time last year, I wrote a column following up on some pieces I’d written earlier to see what if anything new had happened to those topics. The reaction I heard afterwards convinced me that revisiting old news was a worthwhile exercise — in general, it’s too easy for tech reporters to lose sight of how a product works over time in the real world, as opposed to a brief trial in a reviewer’s hands. Price cuts, bug fixes, maintenance upgrades and better or worse marketing all change how a piece of hardware or software fares in the market. How did those factors affect the things I’ve covered in the past year?

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