Monthly Archives: March 2013

Accidental Empires, Part 17 — Font Wars (Chapter 11)

Seventeenth in a series. Love triangles were commonplace during the early days of the PC. Adobe, Apple and Microsoft engaged in such a relationship during the 1980s, and allegiances shifted — oh did they. This installment of Robert X. Cringely’s

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New Trump reality show would have CEOs swap jobs for a day

Donald Trump is in negotiations with Fox and NBC to bring a new reality show to television, featuring corporate CEOs swapping roles. The concept is in advanced planning stages, with a mock-up pilot already shot and the two networks vying

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Boot up: Q10 hands-on, Asus Transformer 2 review, Google opens patents, and more

Plus Google Reader post-mortem, Apple’s password dependency, are Bitcoin systems the next currency?, and more A burst of 13 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team Google Reader and other customer tragedies >> Hal’s (Im)Perfect

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Twitter Announces “Twttr” – Will Start Charging $5 A Month If You Want To Tweet Using Vowels

Vowels aren’t really necessary in today’s digital age, are they? Twitter doesn’t think so, as it announced a new “two-tiered” service including its free model called “Twttr.” You can only tweet without vowels though. Want the vowels back? Pony up

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Avast! Internet Security 8 review

Avast! 8 is the latest generation of avast!’s security range, and as usual it’s available in several different packages, from the basic avast! Free 8 to the do-everything Premier build. If you just want solid, standard all-round protection, though, avast! Internet

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Rocket Internet-Backed Zalora Reportedly Shuts Down Its Taiwan Operations [Updated]

UPDATE: A spokesman from Zalora Taiwan said: Zalora Taiwan is conducting review of our operating model in Taiwan to shift some of the operation to our headquarter in Singapore. During the period, we would not be able to serve new

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Network Theory Approach Reveals Altitude Sickness to be Two Different Diseases

When the symptoms of altitude sickness are treated as a network, two distinct clinical syndromes emerge, say physicians

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This Week in Fiction: Tessa Hadley

Deborah Treisman talks with the writer Tessa Hadley, whose story, “Valentine,” appears in this week’s issue. “Valentine” is part of the novel “Clever Girl,” which will be published in the U.S. next winter. Go to Source

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Festo demonstrates BionicOpter dragonfly robot

The dragonfly is quite the show off when it comes to flying. It can hover in mid-air, maneuver in all directions, and glide without so much as a beat of its wings. After succeeding in capturing the essence of a

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Guardian launches ‘augmented reality’ specs to offer immersive liberal insight

Guardian Goggles’ anti-bigotry technology will automatically redact columns by Melanie Phillips or Richard LittlejohnVideo: Alan Rusbridger introduces the Guardian Goggles You can already access the Guardian in ways that were unimaginable two decades ago: on your desktop or laptop computer,

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All Quiet On The Western Front: Gaming M&A May Be In A Lull As A New Generation Grows Up

When you step off the elevator into Kixeye’s new downtown San Francisco office, a guy in military fatigues has you sign an NDA. After you do (I didn’t), a receptionist with a lot of piercings takes your name, while The

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Bamboo bee aims to bring bamboo bicycles to the masses

Following a solo expedition around Asia on a self-built bamboo bicycle, Sunny Chuah was inspired to create a range of bamboo bikes suitable for mass-production. Thus the company Bamboo bee was born, and now Chuah has turned to Kickstarter to

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What Games Are: My Three GDC Themes

Editor’s note: Tadhg Kelly is a veteran game designer, creator of leading game design blog What Games Are and creative director of Jawfish Games. You can follow him on Twitter here. The Game Developer’s Conference was, as expected, a whirlwind.

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Between Easter and Cesar Chavez, Google chooses the labor leader

In what will surely be viewed as a controversial, yet likely politically correct decision, today the Google homepage is running with a Doodle portraying deceased labor leader Cesar Chavez, in honor of what would have been his 86th birthday. Chavez passed away

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Is using Chrome OS like going to prison?

Now that’s a question I never expected to ask on Easter morning. But instead of waking up to egg hunts, I’m haunted by Brian Fagioli’s Google+ Chromebook Community post overnight. He stirs up the hornets nest today. “Using Chrome OS

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256 Shades Of Grey

I want a black and white computer, and I don’t want it out of sheer, wanton weirdness. I actually think it’s a good idea. Here’s why. A huge, huge proportion of the content we consume every day is text. And,

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Google’s Doodle Features American Labor Leader Cesar Chavez On Easter Sunday, Users Retaliate On Twitter

Google’s Doodles on the Google.com search page don’t frequently stir up too much controversy, but today many users are outraged by the search giant’s choice in featuring Cesar Chavez, an American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist. Of

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Google Glass Early Adopters Want To Build Education, Healthcare, Accessibility & Safety Apps

Wondering who has won a Google Glass? Stanford PhD student Andrej Karpathy has used Twitter’s API to compile a partial list of the so far close to 4,000 winners of Google’s Glass Explorers first adopter competition who applied to buy the

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Are Viral Loops Or Viral ‘Oops’ Driving Your App’s Growth?

Editor’s Note: Nir Eyal writes about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business at NirAndFar.com. Follow him @nireyal. Recently, MessageMe announced it had grown to 1 million users in a little over a week’s time. The revelation captured the attention

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Supraflux Video Camera Stabilizer makes for a smooth change in direction

We’ve seen plenty of video camera stabilizers, from ones aimed at steadying your wobbly smartphone footage to those which hold DSLRs. But while stabilizing rigs can be great at smoothing out your shakes, they’re typically difficult to operate if you

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