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Superbrilliant, killer Droid X review

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Tom Scocca’s extremely critical appraisal of the new Droid X smartphone is one of the most clever and devastating reviews I’ve ever seen. I cannot imagine reading this and wanting to go anywhere near the thing. Why? Here: I tried […]

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Apple & AT&T: A doomed marriage

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I love my iPhone, but boy, do I hate AT&T, which all iPhone users have no choice but to commit to. Wired has a great piece up about the bad marriage between the two companies. Here’s an excerpt that should […]

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Losing your bookshelf

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Via Alan Jacobs, this Nathan Schneider essay laments a certain loss as we move to digital books. Excerpt: What concerns me about the literary apocalypse that everybody now expects–the at least partial elimination of paper books in favor of digital […]

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PA state wine commissars tech FAIL

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Just look at this thing. It’s a vending machine for wine, now being tried out in Philadelphia. As regular readers and/or PA residents know, this state has a Soviet-style liquor-purchasing system in which you have to buy all wine from […]

Best reason yet to be a male Luddite

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Twisted Japanese art student lady invents device to teach men what it’s like to endure painful menstruation. As one of the Gizmodo comboxers wisenheimered, “So when will they invent a machine that simulates the unmitigated hell a man goes through […]

Apple Nazi: ‘No bumpers for you!’

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It’s not Godwin’s Law, it’s a lame “Seinfeld” reference! Anyway, Apple sells an apparent defective product to its customers, then allegedly tells its AppleCare reps to tell disappointed iPhone 4 users, “Tough ti**y said the kitty.” Excerpt: A purported internal […]

Oil spill: This will ruin your day

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I don’t know if you’re reading the website The Oil Drum, and its commentary on the BP oil spill, but it’s a site that attracts a lot of knowledgeable industry workers and experts. You can learn a lot from it. […]

Technology in the classroom goes bust

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A friend told me once that she and her husband were considering putting their son in a particular private school, but were turned off by the principal’s focus on how much technology the school has invested in putting into the […]

Top-kill fails — as does industry, government

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BP says its “top-kill” attempt to stanch the oil and gas hemorrhaging has failed. Now what? It’s beginning to look like we’re going to have to watch that thing befoul the Gulf at least through August, when the relief well […]

iPad + Velcro = Genius

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Erin Manning passes along something wunnerful: iPad + Velcro from Jesse Rosten on Vimeo.

Helicopter parents meet Facebook

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What is wrong with these people?! Excerpt: Mandeep Singh Dhillon’s son, Zoraver, learned how to take pictures of himself with his father’s computer when he was four years old, and he immediately wanted to share the results with relatives online. […]

Two Russian women duped into sex slavery …

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… unless the Internet can save them! Follow that link to a Metafilter thread in which a man engages his online community in an effort to try to save two Russian women he knows from meeting a job contact in […]

Technology: The god that failed in the Gulf

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The WaPo’s Joel Achenbach on where our worship of the false god of Technology can lead us: There have been blowouts since the dawn of the oil drilling industry, but never a blowout like this. This one is the deepest […]

Why Ray Bradbury still matters

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I have never read Ray Bradbury, but after this Slate essay about why he still matters, I’m planning to stop off at the bookstore on the way home, buy some of his stuff, take it home to read with my […]

At home with Mac nerds

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Matthew, looking over my shoulder just now: “Hey, you’ve got a new operating system.”Me: “Yeah. My hard drive crashed on this laptop the other day. The tech guy at work installed a new one, and it had Windows 7 on […]

No easy villains in Gulf oil spill

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Lisa Margonelli delivers the discomfiting truth that there are probably no easy villains in the Gulf oil spill disaster — and what that means for our reliance on “easy” oil. Excerpt: Where did that oil spill go? We’ve got millions […]

How the BP oil spill is like Chernobyl

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Dmitri Orlov makes a case. Excerpt: The political challenges, in both cases, centered on the inability of the political establishment to acquiesce to the fact that a key source of energy (nuclear power or deep-water oil) relied on technology that […]

Newsweek is dying; what’s being born?

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I’m sorry to see that Newsweek is for sale, because I hate to see journalists lose their jobs — and yes, I know that it’s only for sale, not shutting down, but come on, I think we all know where […]

Things the world should toss out

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The Washington Post has an interesting feature up in which various writers suggest one thing the world would be better off without. I thought Kara Swisher’s bit on computer keyboards was interesting. Excerpt: In other words, it’s long past time […]

Is Steve Jobs evil?

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Longtime readers know I’m a big fan of Apple, but I have to agree with David Carr that the huge deal he’s made over the “stolen” iPhone has been a public relations fiasco for Jobs. It has undermined Apple’s image […]

Cutting the cable/satellite TV cord

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The next big thing, reports CNN: Despite rising cable and satellite TV prices and easy access to streaming TV and movies on the Internet, few consumers have cut the cord. But that looks like it’s about to change. One in […]

All hail the Cupcake Cannon!

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Best invention since the iPad:

Steve Jobs hates Flash. Here’s the secret why.

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Did you read Steve Jobs’ letter explaining why he’s down on Adobe’s Flash? I got bogged down and bored by it. But this analysis by Charlie Stross is anything but boring. Excerpt: If you’re using an iPad in 2015, my […]

Teenagers + technology vs. parents

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A mom is fed up with how communications technology affects her teens and their friends. Excerpt: All this communication gadgetry is causing obsessive-compulsive behaviors, giving people control over another’s whereabouts that astonishes me. More frightening is puberty–especially for girls. One […]

The computers’ Sabbath / Thomas’s Law

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My Templeton colleague Dave Thomas notes that even computers need a “Sabbath” (i.e., time to rest), but people these days seem to think there’s something wrong with rest. Excerpt: This is compounded by an always-on society. The ability to be […]

Gillian Duffy: The new Susan Boyle

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Meet Gillian Duffy, a genial grandmother who is quickly becoming a British media sensation, thanks to PM Gordon Brown’s being nice to her face, then calling her a “bigot” behind her back — forgetting that he was wearing a live […]

Will the iPad kill the Kindle?

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Sarah Peyton tracks the ups and downs of learning to live with the iPad — and because she’s in publishing, she wonders if it will kill the Kindle. Excerpt: I’ve owned a Kindle for about 6 months and it’s my […]

Is there anything the iPad can’t do?

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Probably not: Jens Stoltenberg, the Norwegian prime minister, who was stranded in New York because of Iceland’s volcanic ash cloud over the weekend, was using an iPad to run his government remotely, according to his press secretary. Here’s my new […]

The evolution of TV watching

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Niraj Chokshi: Almost one fourth of people under 25 now watch most of their TV online. The authors of a new survey estimate that 800,000 U.S. households got rid of their cable subscriptions last year, and expect the number to […]

Digital power in the postmodern age

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A great Edge exchange between Evgeny Morozov and Clay Shirky about how the Internet and digital technology works to affect power relations within polities. Morozov says he thinks techno-utopians in the press are taking a too-narrow view of how the […]

For newspapers, gloom, doom, the usual

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Cheered by the magnificent Pulitzer Prize success of my friends and former Dallas Morning News colleagues, I decided to do something I hadn’t done in a while: go to print journalism analysis sites to see if things might be looking […]

iPad and the paradoxes of progress

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David Pogue’s NYT review of the iPad seems to have captured perfectly the polarization it’s causing. Techno-geeks tend to hate it, while the masses love it. Laura Miller’s Salon piece spells out what I intuited about why I’d love to […]

I, Codger, iCodger

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I forgot to tell you that yesterday, when I walked into the Apple store with my 10 year old Matthew, and I beheld all the twentysomething nerdling staffers pootling about, I felt about a billion years old. “Can I help […]

iPad: iCame, iSaw, iWant

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I had to go to an Apple store today to solve my home wi-fi connectivity problems. While there, I had to take a look at the iPad. Prior to this visit, I couldn’t really see the point of the thing. […]

Abandon politics, change the world

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The cultural conflict scholar James Davison Hunter has a new book out that I’m definitely going to get, criticizes Christian political engagement of both the right and left. From a Hunter quote on Andrew Sullivan’s site: The tragedy is that […]

Your TV is better off dead

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At least for news, says Matt Steinglass. Excerpt: Kevin Drum reminds us that the outsized influence of cable TV news is bizarre, since its ratings are abysmal. Average Americans simply don’t watch it. They watch “American Idol”. As Matthew Yglesias […]

The Cloud of Knowing

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The visionary David Gelernter, one of the smartest people on the planet re: the Internet, says “it’s time to start taking the Internet seriously.” These excerpts can’t begin to do justice to the ideas in his short essay, but they’ll […]

Look out, Heidi, here comes Der Hotshot

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When you have enough 12 year old boys sexually active in your society that you can economically justify the manufacture of training-wheel condoms for li’l playas, you have problems far deeper than can be solved by contraceptive technology. But it’s […]

Does the Internet undermine our democracy?

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Reader Indy raises an interesting question: Have you ever considered the impact of Internet discourse on potential loss of trust in Americans in each other? Until I started reading messages boards ten years ago, I didn’t realize how readily some […]

Roger Ebert gets his voice back, kind of

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Beautiful. If you haven’t already, read the amazing Esquire profile of Ebert and his life with cancer, and without his speaking voice. He’s something else. UPDATE: Wow! A reader in Washington e-mailed a link to Will Leitch’s moving piece about […]

Are cell phones giving us cancer?

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Uh oh: Earlier this winter, I met an investment banker who was diagnosed with a brain tumor five years ago. He’s a managing director at a top Wall Street firm, and I was put in touch with him through a […]

Grindr and the problem of technology

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The late media critic Neil Postman famously observed that the rise of broadcast media meant the end of childhood. His point was that childhood as a period of relative innocence is a socially constructed phenomenon, and is possible only when […]

Free riders watch the Super Bowl

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I watched the big game at the home of new friends and neighbors, all folks with Front Porch Republic sympathies. This morning, one of our crew, a Catholic theologian, writes to say: Every adult in the house last night was […]

The Internet killed American democracy

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So says Robert Wright. Excerpt: The new information technology doesn’t just create generation-3.0 special interests; it arms them with precision-guided munitions. The division of readers and viewers into demographically and ideologically discrete micro-audiences makes it easy for interest groups to […]

The inevitable iPad thread

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Soooo … the iPad is announced. What think ye? There’s such a hurricane of information and analysis I hardly know what to say. I’m also a minor Apple cult member — minor because though I’m not evangelical about all things […]

Facebook privacy settings you should activate

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As some of you who have tried to friend me, or otherwise engage me on Facebook know, I’m definitely not much of an FB user. I almost never check my page, mostly because I am already overburdened with more information […]

The Internet and our thinking

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The Edge’s 2010 World Question survey is out today. The question, and answers: How is the Internet changing the way you think? I’m about to get on the road for the long drive back to Texas, so I don’t have […]

Gadgets to watch in 2010

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OK, I’m going to confess to you now that Santa Claus brought the Dreher chirren a Wii for Christmas — and it was a fantastic purchase, for the most part. The kids are getting actual exercise (both boys came out […]

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'Rape by deception'? Huh?
The BBC this morning reported on a bizarre case in Israel of an Arab man convicted of "rape by deception," because he'd led the Jewish woman with whom he'd had consensual sex to believe he was Jewish. Ha'aretz has the story here. Plainly it's a ...

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