Category Archive: Technology

Tech-related articles and analysis.

Apr 03 2010

The [uTweet.it] Series

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As some of you may know, I have been writing a weekly article for the startup online magazine, uTweet.it.  For the sake of better exposure for both the magazine and my own articles, I’m going to start posting summaries of each article here.  First, though, some information on the publication.  Conceived by Paul Clarke in …

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Apr 02 2010

Google Is The New God

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When times get rough, where do you turn for answers and support?  Some people look to family and friends, some people listen for the voice within, and some people pray to a higher power for guidance.  Chances are, though, your first stop is the electronic Gaia we call the Interwebs.   Prayer at dawn by …

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Mar 30 2010

A Twitter Portrait of @Alyssa_Milano

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A number of Twitter tools and apps exist to help us visualise the millions of tweeple and their billions of tweets. I kept toying with one for a while, and I found it particularly well-suited to generate a snapshot of the foundational Twitter celebrity that is Alyssa Milano.  This particular Twitter tool is called, “Twitter …

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Mar 29 2010

Google, Should I?

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I’ll be the first to say that I love Google, and I run to it for information on just about anything that crosses my mind.  Therefore, I include myself in the next statement:  It’s moderately ridiculous how much we depend on Google to help us live our lives.  I don’t remember what I was searching …

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Mar 26 2010

Panic! When The Digital Sky Is Falling

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We’ve all confessed it at some point or other – we’d be useless without our smartphones, and dead without the internet.  A lot of our distress comes from our inability to make decisions without digital input.  Here are some services we depend on and the trouble that ensues when we lose them.  So I was …

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Mar 23 2010

No Longer Okay To Be Camera-Shy?

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Now that every phone has a camera, and many can shoot video, I begin to wonder whether it’s okay to be camera-shy.  In the age of Flickr and YouTube, could those who don’t love the lens still be relevant?  I have a confession to make.  I am webcamera-shy.  I know, I know – I’m an …

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Mar 19 2010

Are You A Citizen Of This New Nation?

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FCC Chairman, Julius Genachowski, has been in the news a lot recently speaking about the future of broadband internet access in America and what we can do to develop it.  One phrase being stressed is digital citizenship – are you an effective citizen of this new, digital nation?  Citizenship@MaRS by mars_discovery_district To find the answer, …

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Mar 17 2010

So Do You Bump Me Or Do I Card You?

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Adding people you meet in the wide world to your social networks can be a chore.  Thankfully, the necessary information can be listed on business cards, but a popular mobile app now offers to streamline the process (at least for Facebook).  Which is better: paper or phone app?  In meeting a lot of people on …

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Mar 16 2010

Breaking Language Barriers

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In the beginning, communication was hindered by distance.  Now, all that stands in the way of universal communication is language.  As computers and their programs grow faster and smarter, even this barrier is falling.  Join me as we take a brief snapshot of the budding industry of real-time translation.  Online translation went mainstream (in the …

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Mar 14 2010

The Lasting Power Of Twitter

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All good things must go, and that will eventually include Twitter as we know it.  Until that time, Twitter has some fundamental qualities and current developments that will help it to weather the storms of Facebook, Google Buzz, and other social media challengers.  A double-edged sword that tends to work in Twitter’s favor is the …

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