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About Paul Hochman

Paul Hochman is a contributing writer to Fast Company, the Gear and Technology Editor for the NBC TODAY Show and has become a fixture in sports and news programming nationally. He has covered Olympic gear and technology for NBC at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics and the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino. He also covered gear and culture at the 2004 and 2005 Tour de France for OLN TV.

Mr. Hochman is also a popular corporate presenter and has been a featured speaker at Carnegie Hall, the New York Athletic Club, and at the International Design Conference in Aspen, among others.

Finally, Mr. Hochman is an accomplished athlete. He is a black belt in the Uechi-Ryu style of Karate and was a three-year letter winner on the Dartmouth Men's Ski Team; he currently tests and writes about new equipment all over the world.

Attractive Tech

In this uncertain job market, there has been one booming segment -- home office construction. There are now almost 20 million home offices in the United States. But working at home means you're living with your tech. Which means you're looking at it all day long. Manufacturers have responded to a sudden interest in aesthetics with tech that doesn't just perform, it gleams.

Death of Moving Parts

While it's true that the passing of almost anything inspires grief, nobody is going to miss videotape. Or squeaky, power-hungry hard drives. Or film. Yes, with the advent of plunging flash memory prices and some technology breakthroughs, moving parts -- in video cameras, server farms and any number of other devices - are on their way out. Here are some of the best of the new solid-state generation.

 

Car Tech

Tech Hits the Road Automobiles are one of the least-forgiving environments for technology—from temperature and humidity spikes, to vibration and dust. But as tech has gone more mobile and businesses have required more of their mobile workers, some manufacturers have created car-ready gear that lets you take your digits with you.

New Ways To See

Seeing Technology in a New Light Where information was once accessed by simply looking at a screen, now it’s accessed by looking at a really, really small screen. Ever looked at a spreadsheet on a 3-inch surface? Now technologists are creating new ways of looking at, and accessing, our data. Sixty-inch laser TV, anyone?

 

Rugged Gear: Three Ways To Protect Your Digits

The Tough Tech market is projected to grow to over $1.6 billion by 2011. The reason: the more mobile the technology, the more vulnerable it is to bumps and bruises. Manufacturers are responding with more rugged offerings. This edition of Fast Forward highlights some new road-tested products to secure your data.

Green Gadgets That Aren't a Waste

Green Tech once conjured images of science projects and inspired warm (but fiscally dubious) dreams. Now all that's changed--companies are putting billions into sustainability. In this edition of Fast Forward: An eco-friendly cellphone and flat screen TV that will save energy--and save you money.