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Best Buy To Shut 50 Stores In Streamlining Effort

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TechCrunch’s Best Buy tag isn’t exactly a heartening place to visit. In the last few months, it “stole Christmas,” been “finished,” and is now “going out of business.” Dire straits indeed for a company that has defied the odds not only against big retail competition but against deadlier online opponents...
Best Buy To Shut 50 Stores In Streamlining Effort
One In Ten Young People Have Been Rejected For Jobs Because Of Their Social Media History

I Went to Espoo, Finland, and All I Got Was This Angry Birds T-Shirt (And Plush Toy and …)

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There’s no mistaking what pays the bills at Rovio. The company’s offices in the Helsinki suburb of Espoo are filled with Angry Birds memorabilia. There are stuffed birds and pigs everywhere and each of the company’s conference rooms is named for one of its hallmark characters. “It sets the right...
I Went to Espoo, Finland, and All I Got Was This Angry Birds T-Shirt (And Plush Toy and …)

Declaring playlist bankruptcy - lost in a land of infinite choice

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The album is dead, long live the playlist – the new container primary unit of music consumption. iTunes Store’s disaggregation of the album in to its individual parts long ago allowed listeners to reassemble those parts to their own, not artists’, preference. In fact, there is no more apt an...
Declaring playlist bankruptcy - lost in a land of infinite choice

Indulge Your Steampunk Urges By Tweeting In Morse Code With Your iPhone

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Google’s promise of bringing morse code to our smartphones may have just been a cleverly crafted joke, but if you’re just tickled by the concept’s delightful sense of anachronism, a new iOS app called TeleTweet should definitely be on your radar. Released by the team from Shacked Software this past...
Indulge Your Steampunk Urges By Tweeting In Morse Code With Your iPhone

Low Latency No. 15: Anachronism

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What is Instagram doing to the way we take and look at photos? [Read more]...
Low Latency No. 15: Anachronism

Newsweek shuts print edition, goes gently into digital night

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Another icon of 20th century news reporting is about to disappear. Newsweek editor Tina Brown announced this morning that the magazine will publish its final print copy on December 31 but live on in a new tablet edition known as Newsweek Global. The move appeared to be inevitable after recent...
Newsweek shuts print edition, goes gently into digital night
Why I chose a crappy Kindle over the iPad for my kid

Next Issue, magazines and paving media cow paths

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Newspapers get most of the press when it comes to the disruption of the mainstream media industry, but magazines are also struggling to find a digital model that works. Next Issue Media believes it has the answer — a Netflix or Hulu-style newsstand with all-you-can-read access to dozens of...
Next Issue, magazines and paving media cow paths

We're Skeptical That Smartphone-Tablet Hybrids Will Take Off

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This post is from Business Insider Intelligence, a new research and analysis service that's currently in beta testing. Check out our free trial offer here. Yesterday, ABI Research released a report about smartphone-tablet hybrids -- which the firm calls "phablets" -- predicting that 239 million of them would ship by...
We're Skeptical That Smartphone-Tablet Hybrids Will Take Off

PlayStation Vita – review

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Sony's handheld Vita console faces stiff competition but there's no doubting its powerful gaming capabilitiesVita, for those who have missed the hype, is the latest handheld to emerge from PlayStation supremo Sony. A successor to the PSP and rival to Nintendo's 3DS, it is also quite possibly the most powerful games...
PlayStation Vita – review

T-Mobile sheds its towers in exchange for a $2.4B infusion

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T-Mobile USA’s corporate parent Deutsche Telekom is selling off the rights to 7,200 U.S. cell towers to Crown Castle International for $2.4 billion. The deal will remove T-Mobile from the cell site management business, but hopefully give it some of the cash it needs to complete its $4 billion network...
T-Mobile sheds its towers in exchange for a $2.4B infusion

FCC wants to know if it's too modest about broadband, gives chance to fight caps and slow speeds

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A common complaint with the FCC's National Broadband Plan is its conservative definition of the broadband in question: many would argue that the 4Mbps baseline is an anachronism in an era of 4G, FiOS and Google Fiber. If you've ever wanted the FCC to up the ante, now's your...
FCC wants to know if it's too modest about broadband, gives chance to fight caps and slow speeds

USPS shows CES modernity with, um, Marilyn Monroe

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In the crowded exhibition halls of CES, the United States Postal Service serves up a little anachronism. [Read more]...
USPS shows CES modernity with, um, Marilyn Monroe

An Appreciation of The “Home Phone”

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Last night on a whim I asked folks on Twitter if they had a home phone – you know, a “hard line” – the k ind of communications device that used to be ubiquitous, but seem increasingly an anachronism these days. The response was overwhelming – only three or four...
An Appreciation of The “Home Phone”
Bitcoin: How a Virtual Currency Became Real with a $5.6M Fraud

Let's get physical: in music, bits take on appearance of atoms

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Two developments this weekend point to how competing interests are trying to increase the value of their intangible digital content by re-imagining it as though it were ye olde packaged goods… Singer Ellie Goulding is holding “the world’s first digital album signing” to promote her latest release, Halcyon – the latest...
Let's get physical: in music, bits take on appearance of atoms
Cloud services and the new platform wars
Next Xbox to lose the disc drive, says MCV

A vocational element is vital to a full education | Observer editorial

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If we are not to fail future generations of pupils, Mr Gove's changes will have to be refined before they are institutedIt is hard to conceive at a time of stalled growth and rising unemployment that within the next 20 years the world economy is predicted to double in size. A...
A vocational element is vital to a full education | Observer editorial

The Half-Life of Illusion: On the Brief and Glorious Heyday of the Cyclorama

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Cycloramas were the blockbusters of their day, drawing millions to revel in their illusions. They were also marvels of technology, blending art with artifice to create an immersive experience. During the final decades of the nineteenth century, they pioneered mass entertainment. Then, within a few years, they lost their...
The Half-Life of Illusion: On the Brief and Glorious Heyday of the Cyclorama

NYC Considering Installing Enormous Touchscreens Instead Of Pay Phones

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The Big Apple is looking into upgrading its existing pay phones, and a pilot study is underway that replaces everyone’s favorite anachronism with something a little more 21st-century: giant touchscreens. According the NY Post, the city will unveil 250 revamped phone booths next month that have been revamped with 32-inch...
NYC Considering Installing Enormous Touchscreens Instead Of Pay Phones

Cisco Buys Its Way To Continued Relevance

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Cisco is not afraid to spend big to show investors that it will not be left behind as software takes on a greater role in networking. The world's largest maker of networking gear agreed this week to spend $1.2 billion for Meraki, a San Francisco startup that builds software-centric wireless...
Cisco Buys Its Way To Continued Relevance

No, the job of social media editor isn't dead -- but it sure as heck better be evolving

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If you want to get a lot of people to share your post on social media, here’s a tip: Take a shot at the whole idea of social-media editors. BuzzFeed writer Rob Fishman (himself a former social-media editor at Huffington Post) may or may not have had that principle in...
No, the job of social media editor isn't dead -- but it sure as heck better be evolving

The Last Days of the Pixel (Ones You Can See, Anyway)

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I was driving a rental car recently that had a small display between the speedometer and fuel gauge. When you started the car, a little animation played, showing the car company's logo. And I thought: "That looks cheap." The color palette was limited, but, more important, so was the resolution....
The Last Days of the Pixel (Ones You Can See, Anyway)
Welcome to the future of libraries, no books required

Why Twitter might make lawyers as important as ever

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The legal profession has undergone a lot of change and embarked on a lot of soul searching over the past few years, but don’t dismiss it as an anachronism just yet. As the web changes the way citizens consume and digest information — always faster and in greater quantity —...
Why Twitter might make lawyers as important as ever

PlayStation Vita review

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The Vita is something of an exciting anachronism in this age of smartphones and throwaway gaming experiencesIt is quite fitting perhaps, that Sony's latest handheld console – the PlayStation Vita – should arrive in the midst of London fashion week. Like the delicate couture of Mary Katrantzou or David Koma,...
PlayStation Vita review

Letters: Internet justice

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Dan Sabbagh is right to point out (Judges deserve the red card for pressurising news websites, 23 July) that the internet poses a challenge to our contempt of court law, but it is worth remembering that when judges try to prevent jurors from Googling defendants' histories they are not just...
Letters: Internet justice
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