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The Revolution Will Not Be Printed

The Revolution Will Not Be Printed

It’s easy to believe that since print survived radio and television it will survive the Internet. After listening to Barry Dawson, I’m not so sure. Or to take a more nuanced approach, I’m not sure it will continue to influence the culture and the economy to the extent it has since Gutenberg invented movable type …

The Pause that Refreshes

The Pause that Refreshes

My uncle and I were visiting the restroom during a showing at the old Eric Theater in Allentown, Pennsylvania. I didn’t want to miss the good parts of the movie but Uncle Max had other priorities. Leaning into the urinal, he heaved a huge sigh and exclaimed, “Ah, the pause that refreshes.” As a kid …

As Technology Booms so Does Need for Simplicity

As Technology Booms so Does Need for Simplicity

What’s cool to one person can leave others cold. Technology is like that. Some get excited by it. Others get tangled in it. As homes incorporate more sophisticated technology, builders and designers have to question whether customers will be wowed by all of the gadgets or struggle to operate them. The question goes well beyond …

Emergency? Who You Gonna Call?

Emergency? Who You Gonna Call?

Payphones have gone the way of steam engines and spats. Concern about security has not. Colleges have responded by installing emergency call stations known for their blue lights. Adults old enough to remember rotary phones can use their landlines and lifelines. Leave it to the Internet generation to develop an alternative. Security apps for smartphones …

Taking the temperature of weather apps

Taking the temperature of weather apps

With much of the Gulf of Mexico and the Eastern seaboard in the grip of hurricane season, residents might want to update their iPads with the latest weather apps. (The iPad doesn’t come with a basic weather app, unlike its smaller sibling, the iPhone.) Mashable’s Elizabeth Woodard has a few suggestions. For basic information in …

Hands across the ether

Hands across the ether

I had a problem. The friend who had created and hosted my website for the past dozen years was closing his business. The server would go dark Friday. He let me know Monday. I felt more concerned about whether he would find a job than whether I could find a company to host the site. …

The age of distracted viewing

The age of distracted viewing

Half of all cell phone owners use their devices while watching TV, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. Owners use their phones to engage with content, avoid advertising or interact with others. The report is based on a survey of 2,254 adults via landline and mobile phones. The numbers drop dramatically …

Access all areas

Access all areas

Smartphones are replacing computers as our primary Internet devices. More than half of American cell phone owners use their devices to access the Internet, according to a report issued this week by the Pew Research Center. That’s a big jump from the 31 percent of cell owners who said they used their phones to go …

Measuring your brand’s health

Measuring your brand's health

On Mashable this morning strategist Jacqueline Zenn lists nine ways to measure your brand’s social media health. Yet metrics aren’t the salvation for every social media program or campaign. “Even with all these metrics,” she cautions, “it is important to remember that there is no magic formula that will simply turn your social media marketing …

Older adults embrace technology

Older adults embrace technology

They may not spend most of their time sending text messages but older Americans are embracing digital technology. They use the internet, join social networks and own mobile phones, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center. The center reports that as of April 2012, 53% of American adults age 65 and older …

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