Category Archive: Technology

Tech-related articles and analysis.

Mar 28 2012

The Digital Mosaic: 7 Impressive ASCII Artworks

  Think back, real hard, to the time when Music Television actually played music videos and Chia Pets were common gifts.  A time before multi-layer graphics with alpha channels and fancy compression.  A time, yes, even before you had a “clip art” library on your “Macintosh.”  In the early days of personal computing, screen graphics …

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Mar 26 2012

Can Twitter Really Be Bought?

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This recent Businessweek article about the strategic purchasing options of Twitter has got me fuming, and it’s not just because I’m a Google guy. Barry Ritholtz, a widely followed financial analyst and blogger, argues that Apple should buy Twitter, primarily because doing so would add the crucial social component that Apple still lacks, despite its growing …

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Mar 21 2012

The Evolution of Jewelry…For Phones?

Leave it to the Japanese to make use of every available nook and cranny to make something cuter. It’s way beyond customizing the phone cover you already have – it’s inventing new jewelry that originally served no other purpose than adding character. Enter: the phone charm. Considering the human tendency to decorate *everything* (Bedazzled jeans, …

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Mar 19 2012

Understanding Android: Three Ways to Find Your Location

It’s not all GPS.  How exactly does an Android device obtain your current location?  I had to hunt the webs for each answer separately, so for users and developers alike this article quickly highlights the three ways Android discovers where you are.  In order of power consumption, Cell-ID, Wi-Fi, and GPS can be powerful tools. …

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May 13 2011

Our Dangerous Dependence on GPS

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It’s becoming hard to imagine a life without GPS.  In our quest to find ourselves and connect with others, this tool offers instant results and emergency assistance.  However, as recent events and reports point out, there can be a terrible price to pay for relying too heavily on our guardian satellites. You may not have …

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May 07 2011

Netflix and Pandora Scratch Your Most Basic Itch

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Why settle for filling a niche when you can cater to consumers’ instincts and take it much further?  Streaming media services Netflix and Pandora help sell themselves by scratching a basic human itch.   Your project barely made deadline (only thanks to your unpaid overtime), and traffic crawled all the way home.  You kick off …

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Feb 02 2011

Resurrecting The Jukebox With Mobile Phones

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While some old favorites, like Pogs, are probably well and truly faded, some, like jukeboxes, are just waiting for the right new technology to rescue them from dusty obscurity.  In particular, the rapid expansion of wi-fi and smartphones paves the way for the revival of this magical music box.     Almost ubiquitous in ’50s-style …

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Apr 11 2010

[uTweet.it] Powerful Instant Presentation Feedback

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You’re standing on-stage, in front of three hundred seated and raptly-staring people.  In your hand: your iPhone, remotely controlling the brilliant presentation you’re giving.  Suddenly, a little red box catches your eye from the laptop screen on the podium.  My second post at uTweet.it details a way to integrate emerging technology with large presentations to …

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Apr 05 2010

Facebook Slices Your Bagels!

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Well, maybe not that, but it sure does do everything else.  Through expanding Facebook integration for outside content and the rapid development of internal apps, Facebook is becoming a more ubiquitous and interactive home for the internet user.  Facebook addicted by Vasjen Katro For most people, Facebook is simply a way to keep connected with …

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Apr 04 2010

[uTweet.it] Future Typing: Four Ways to Input Text

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The physical QWERTY keyboard is, and will be for some time, the most common way to input text to a desktop or laptop.  With the expansion of tablet and slate computing, however, these bulky, mechanical devices are sure to go out of style.  Or are they?  Let’s look at the currently available options for text …

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