Peter Soldinger

Peter Soldinger

Former Digital Trends Contributor
Peter Soldinger is a Los Angeles-based screenwriter for film and television with a passion for sports and a contentious relationship with all the technology that makes both pursuits possible. He thinks that relationship is amusing and wants you to read about it. If you've gotten this far, he was right. Soldinger is a rabid Yankees, Knicks, and Giants fan and still believes the "rom-com" is a viable genre of film.

I’m the jerk who bought the laptop 10 seconds before the new one is announced

Look, I’m an average consumer of computers, so when I bought my brand new MacBook Pro the other day, it didn’t occur to me that the thing would be irrelevant almost immediately. What an idiot!


Microsoft’s NFL deal is great news for pro football teams (unless they’re the Jets)

The NFL will drop its ban on tablet computers being used during game days as part of their recently announced partnership with Microsoft. This may make teams more competitive; it will certainly make watching these teams more hilarious.

What my dog taught me about the new Surveillance State

Low-cost home security systems mean that we can now train our voyeuristic tendencies on our own family members, and even pets!


‘Following’ just got funkier thanks to Spotify’s music-ification of social media

Spotify’s new follow function has created one of the best music discovery engines yet, not to mention a bonafide social network built around music, musicians, and fans.


Gravity is for poor people: How the rich are settling the final frontier

Maybe we should be glad that Richard Branson and his fellow gazillionaires are taking the mantel of space exploration from our governments … but maybe not.


Kickstarter’s Hollywood crush is great for independent film

That Zach Braff and Veronica Mars have led successful financing efforts on Kickstarter is being derided by purists as polluting the spirit of the site. Those critics have it all wrong.

Movies & TV

Will this Bitcoin stuff amount to anything more than a hill of beans?

The recent surge and collapse in Bitcoin values got us thinking about all the things we don’t understand about the virtual currency, and whether they’re a good or a bad idea.


How my first flying lesson proves that idiot-proof technology makes us idiots

When I climbed in the back of my buddy Phil’s pilot’s lesson, I learned a valuable lesson about how we sometimes rely a little too much on touchscreens and GPS when plain old experience often serves us better.


You know what they say about people in Glass houses?

Google has announced its first wave of Glass recipients, and it’s a veritable “Who’s who” of … well … actually, it’s a little unclear who is who on this list of 4,000.


Gut check time, boys: Why do we make it so hard for women in tech?

The month of March was a banner one for women being made to feel unwelcome in the tech industry. It’s an old problem, and not a complicated one: men need to grow up.


In an always-on world, March Madness is no joke

With every game of the NCAA basketball tournament available on TV, phone, and computer, plus a gazillion apps feeding real-time bracket information, information overload doesn’t begin to describe our hero’s experience on Day 1.


Listen, Google and Apple, this is not how you reanimate obsolete technology!

If we’re going to be forced to wear glasses and watches again, then here 7 other technologies we’d like to bring back from the dead.


For those returning to cubicle captivity, we salute you (and recommend the following)

Thousands of Best Buy and Yahoo! employees are about to return to the workplace for the first time in a while. Here are 11 rules to live by now that you’re amongst other people all day long.


How technology helps a sick boy (while secretly plotting to destroy us all)

The story of Devon Carrow, a sick 6-year-old Connecticut boy who attends school with the help of a robot called the VGo, is heartwarming – until the Robopocalypse begins.

Cool Tech

Confessions of a straight male: Why I’m done with online shopping

I’ve been snookered with promises of false conveniences in exchange for a wardrobe that makes me look ridiculous. It’s time to return to the warm embrace of the mall.