David Pogue Profile

Personal technology columnist for the New York Times for thirteen years, David Pogue is the founder of Yahoo Tech and an expert on the use of computers and social media.

As well as his New York Times work, David is a monthly columnist for Scientific American and has over 3 million books currently in print. The writer or co-writer of seven of the “for Dummies” series (including Macs for Dummies, Magic for Dummies, Opera for Dummies and Classical Music for Dummies) he has also written the 120 humorous computer books in the “Missing Manual” series.

David hosts science shows on PBS’s “NOVA,” and is a regular correspondent on “CBS Sunday Morning.” He has also been profiled on “48 Hours” and “60 Minutes.”

A summa cum laude graduate (distinction music) from Yale University, David spent a decade as a Broadway musical conductor and arranger. He has been honored with two Emmys, two Webbys, a Loeb award for journalism and an honorary doctorate in music.

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    David Pogue is the founder of Yahoo Tech, having been groomed for the position by 13 years as the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. He’s also a monthly columnist for Scientific American and host of science shows on PBS’s “NOVA.’ He’s been a correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning” since 2002.

    With over 3 million books in print, David is one of the world’s bestselling how-to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the “for Dummies” series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music); in 1999, he launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes 120 titles.

    David graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1985, with distinction in Music, and he spent ten years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals in New York. He’s won two Emmy awards, two Webby awards, a Loeb award for journalism, and an honorary doctorate in music. He’s been profiled on “48 Hours” and “60 Minutes.” He lives in Connecticut with his wife and three children.

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David Pogue brings his vast experience of technology as the founder of Yahoo Tech to overviews of the newest products on the market, the latest science and what can be expected in the future.

David’s presentations are highly entertaining, often combining his talents in magic with extraordinary anecdotes concerning the wild things he has done as a host of four NOVA miniseries on PBS all delivered with his trademark humor.

Whether speaking on the power of disruptive technology, the failings of science in America or why products fail, David guarantees you thoughtful insights combined with a wonderfully engaging presentation for a keynote you will never forget.

Disruptive Tech: The Unrecognizable New World of Tech and Culture
Wearable tech, the cloud, drones, the quantified self, the Internet of Things, self-driving cars, augmented reality: the tech of our world is changing faster and faster. But the fascinating part is the effect it’s having on the society and culture we once new. What will life be like when printed newspapers and printed books are niche relics? What are the ramifications of the massive services-for-privacy trade that young people, especially, seem willing to make?

In this funny, fast-paced snapshot of the new world, Yahoo Tech columnist David Pogue will bring you up to date–and help you consider what we’ll gain, what we’ll lose, and what beliefs will shift into something we’ve never seen before.

Science, Schmience: Why America’s Failing Science—& How We Can Turn It Around
The STEM fields (science, tech, engineering, math) drive America’s economy; they fuel the country’s innovation, commerce, defense, and business.

But American test scores, graduation rates, and STEM dominance have been declining steadily for 20 years. And even though a quarter of incoming freshmen intend to major in a technical subject 75 percent of them switch majors by graduation. What’s going on? And how can we compete if we don’t fix the situation, fast?

In this fascinating, cutting-edge presentation, PBS "Nova" science host (and Yahoo Tech founder) David Pogue surveys all of the factors—financial, political, cultural, and educational—and looks at our chances for turning around America’s science future.

The Digital Generation Comes Of Age
For the last 20 years, computers and technology have been part of the everyday curriculum for a generation or two of digitally privileged kids — and, as they become the majority, it’s showtime.

As computer-literate children become America’s new leaders, visionaries, and designers, how will their digital upbringing affect society and culture? Tech columnist David Pogue takes a thoughtful, funny look at how the tidal wave will hit as the digital generation enters prime time: what we’ll gain, what we’ll lose, and what beliefs and approaches will shift into something we’ve never seen before.

Should Science Be Allowed to be Interesting? One Man's Insane Journey through a TV Career on PBS
David Pogue, non-scientist, was plucked out of obscurity to host four NOVA miniseries on PBS. The mission: to illustrate cutting-edge scientific developments as clearly and as entertainingly as possible. Fulfilling this task has involved hang gliding, landing on a nuclear carrier, handling 10-foot sharks underwater, firing an AK-47, slicing a brain in half, and pouring a $12 million gold bar–so far.

In this lavishly photographed, highly hilarious talk, Pogue will share the experience of a lifetime–and opine on the state of science, television, and humor in America.

Why Products Fail
In his 25 years reviewing tech products, David Pogue has seen his share of turkeys. Many were so obviously failures a kindergartener could have spotted them. Sometimes the problem is design. But more often, it’s procedural, having to do with misfires in communication, PR, marketing, or groupthink. In this entertaining talk, he’ll revisit some horrifying disasters from his journalism career—and, more importantly, pick apart how things went off the tracks.

David Pogue’s Tech Update 2014 (2015, 2016...)
The very simple premise here: If you want to know what of importance is going on in the world of technology, Yahoo Tech columnist David Pogue is the perfect tour guide.

This talk is constantly updated to represent what’s going on in tech right now, whether it’s the gadgets themselves, amazing free Internet services, or social-media shockwaves. But it’s not just the technology—wearable computers, self-driving cars, the Internet of Things; it’s also the effect it’s having on the society and culture we once new.

The talk was originally designed for groups who hire David to return to their conferences each year, so they’d be sure to see fresh, funny material every time—but it turns out to be just a great standalone, highly entertaining crash course in what’s worth knowing about at the time of your event.

Dave’s Mobile Show-and-Tell
David Pogue reviews over 200 products a year. If anyone can identify the breakthroughs, he can.

In this lively presentation—half talk, half magic show—David will present and actually demonstrate the latest and most amazing mobile gadgets, and offer his mini-critiques of each. The assortment changes monthly, of course, but past presentations have included the cellphone that offers unlimited free calls via Wi-Fi; the memory card that beams photos instantly onto Flickr; the secret of getting Directory Assistance for free on your cellphone (rather than $2 per call from your carrier); the latest breakthroughs in speech recognition; and, of course, the coolest, latest apps.

Prepare to have your mind blown—and your credit card stressed.

The Power of Simplicity
Why are consumers so fed up with their computers? "Software rage" has become an epidemic, help lines are flooded, and people are flinging their machines out the window in frustration.

More often than not, the problem is the software design itself–the interface. The design of programs and Web sites grows in importance every day. Getting it right–packing a lot of features, the right way, into a small screen area–is extremely difficult, and the masters of the art are few and far between. But David Pogue, who analyzes software design each week in his Yahoo Tech column, has found some fascinating real-world examples that illustrate both clever solutions and horrifying failures. He’ll also look forward to interface design of the future–speech, animation, and other innovations–as we move into an era of both much bigger and much smaller screens.

What People are Saying about Seeing David Speak

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“Oh man @pogue killing it as the host of the general session at #ibmpulse loving the jokes and realistic viewpoint on today’s tech”
    Eric Maniloff (@TechGripes)

“@pogue’s keynote at @AIIMCon just now just might be the best keynote I’ve ever heard.”
    Jesse Wilkins (@jessewilkins)

“Standing Ovation for @pogue #ABATECHSHOW”
    Alexandra (@scrappydoo6)

“@gregrobertson: @Pogue killed at #icsf. Standing ovation following his technology melody. it was that good”
    Lisa Archer (@LisaArcher)

“Best conf speaker I have EVER seen – @pogue ended to a standing ovation and cheers after singing about Web2.0”
    Christine Kirk (@LuxuryPRGal)

“David is a non-stop show with laughs, music (he writes and performs) and common sense advice. He wowed the crowd!”

“RT @realtorheather: @pogue hit it out of the park today. Amazing tech tips and laughter. Love it! #icsf”
    Chris Smith (@Chris_Smth)

“Standing ovation for David Pogue!! Singing, laughing and learning all in on package! #rootstech #genealogy”
    Deb Ruth (@ddaruth)

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Books by David Pogue:

Windows 7: The Missing Manual

In early reviews, geeks raved about Windows 7. But if you′re an ordinary mortal, learning what this new system is all about will be challenging. Fear not: David Pogue′s Windows 7: The Missing Manual comes to the rescue. Like its predecessors, this book illuminates its subject with reader-friendly insight, plenty of wit, and hardnosed objectivity for beginners as well as veteran PC users.

Windows 7 fixes many of Vista′s most painful shortcomings. It′s speedier, has fewer intrusive and nagging screens, and is more compatible with peripherals. Plus, Windows 7 introduces a slew of new features, including better organization tools, easier WiFi connections and home networking setup, and even touchscreen computing for those lucky enough to own the latest hardware.

With this book, you′ll learn how to:

  • Navigate the desktop, including the fast and powerful search function
  • Take advantage of Window′s apps and gadgets, and tap into 40 free programs
  • Breeze the Web with Internet Explorer 8, and learn the email, chat, and videoconferencing programs
  • Record TV and radio, display photos, play music, and record any of these to DVD using the Media Center
  • Use your printer, fax, laptop, tablet PC, or smartphone with Windows 7
  • Beef up your system and back up your files
  • Collaborate and share documents and other files by setting up a workgroup network

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    Mac OS X Snow Leopard: The Missing Manual

    The latest update of Pogue′s immensely popular Mac manual offers a wealth of detail on Apple′s latest Mac OS X operating system known as Snow Leopard.

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