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Checking my emails - 150 times a day

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The cool thing now for arty kids in their early 20s is to go offline, but Kevin Barry is still hookedI tend to wake a little before eight in the morning, and for a moment or two I listen to what the weather is doing outside our house in south...
Checking my emails - 150 times a day
Cheap smartphones are the Bonnie to prepaid plans' Clyde

Far Cry 3 - preview

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An incredible action game but also one promising a powerful comment on a medium only starting to find its feet"Imagine how much easier life can be if you just take what you want," speaks my guide, as he leads me out of the island's tribal temple and into another mission...
Far Cry 3 - preview

Apogee Duet 2 review: Truly pro audio comes to your Mac AND iOS devices

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A few weeks ago, I gave a glowing review to the Focusrite Forte, an external sound card for both Windows and OS X that has positively lovely sound quality. I also noted, at the time, that it looked a lot like the Duet 2 from US-based Apogee Electronics. Apparently that...
Apogee Duet 2 review: Truly pro audio comes to your Mac AND iOS devices

Brian Eno On The Birth of the Long Now Foundation

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Click here to view the embedded video. Ambient music composer Brian Eno recalls how he and Stewart Brand joined up to co-found The Long Now Foundation. Eno says his interest in long-term thinking was sparked by moving to a dysfunctional New York in 1978, where city dwellers were stuck in...
Brian Eno On The Birth of the Long Now Foundation

[Video] The Tablet Conundrum

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Tablets aren't just the hot holiday gifts of today. They've broken open the idea of what a computer is, what it should look like, and how we should interact with it. Dan, Eliot and Jon were joined by new RWW writer Adam Popescu to discuss the Nexus 7, the...
[Video] The Tablet Conundrum

Google warned to change search results or face court over antitrust issues

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European Commission wants to address search engine company's dominance which it says could harm competitionEurope's antitrust chief has given Google until 2 July to offer changes in its search results and advertising rules or face the threat of going to court and potentially huge fines.Joaquin Almunia, the head of competition...
Google warned to change search results or face court over antitrust issues

Good counterpoint to @netgarden's piece. @chrislynch_mwm explains why he believes android will win after all. http://bit.ly/9PRcBp

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Good counterpoint to @netgarden's piece. @chrislynch_mwm explains why he believes android will win after all. http://bit.ly/9PRcBp

How would you change the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9?

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We like to think of HWYC as the counterpoint to IRL, focused on your experiences of using these gadgets on a daily basis. What annoying little issues do you wish the company had ironed out before shipping? Is there anything you like about the device you want to share...
How would you change the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9?

Sneeje's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

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When I read Techdirt, one of the things I'm looking for are articles that help me understand the complex considerations between governmental power and individual rights. They interest me because I find that they always force me to deeply consider my own justifications and philosophies, and the debates in the...
Sneeje's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

Apple's Amazing Run Is Masking The Much Of The Market Is Already Drifting Lower

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Interesting comment here from BTIG's Dan Greenhaus: ...the S&P continues to push higher although it shouldn’t go unnoticed that the Russell 2000 is down in three of the last four sessions, the transports are down in six of the last nine sessions and a large amount of recent gains...
Apple's Amazing Run Is Masking The Much Of The Market Is Already Drifting Lower

Nokia experiments with location-based white space services in Cambridge, UK (video)

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Following news of the first successful white space trials in Cambridge, UK, Nokia is now touting its research in the area with a demonstration of location-based services for the unlicensed spectrum. Traditionally, proponents of white space usage have positioned this unused portion of the airwaves as a viable, low-cost...
Nokia experiments with location-based white space services in Cambridge, UK (video)

Google Offers expands to Google+, lets users discover, save and share promotions from their stream

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Google is expanding its Offers service, which notifies users via a mobile app or email whenever there’s a limited-time deal at a nearby business, so that users can now see, save and share promotions from within their Google+ stream. Only a select number of brands and companies will be able to...
Google Offers expands to Google+, lets users discover, save and share promotions from their stream
"Cheap" is just another soon-to-be irrelevant feature

How Piracy Created The Massive Movie Industry Success Of Nollywood

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We've written in the past about how the three largest movie producing countries in the world are Nigeria, India and China -- despite the fact that all three have extremely high rates of infringement. It seemed to offer the perfect counterpoint to the insistence from the MPAA that high piracy...
How Piracy Created The Massive Movie Industry Success Of Nollywood

Pinterest Is Not “Playing Dumb” About Making Money

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It seems like everyone’s discovered Pinterest this week! Alongside the countless posts dissecting its userbase over, sideways, and under have been a series of stories about how it’s “secretly” “monetizing” — a fact unearthed when LLSocial revealed that the startup was using a service called SkimLinks in order to drive...
Pinterest Is Not “Playing Dumb” About Making Money
App.net, the pay-to-access social network, adds a free membership tier

How Tommy Edison, the 'Blind Film Critic,' Became a YouTube Sensation

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Tommy Edison, who has been blind since birth, had been a radio host for years when he decided to start making videos for YouTube. Working with Ben Churchill, a documentary filmmaker, he launched a series of movie reviews under the name the Blind Film Critic. His sense of humor and...
How Tommy Edison, the 'Blind Film Critic,' Became a YouTube Sensation

Dear Apple, Address Book-Gate Is Sort Of Your Fault

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What a week! In the past seven days I’ve watched the fact that an iOS app was uploading your Address Book tear our industry a new one. Path’s “Find your Friends” feature has now ripped apart friendships, driven apart investors and founders and made Robin Wauters leave TechCrunch (okay, just...
Dear Apple, Address Book-Gate Is Sort Of Your Fault
Amazon Shows Off Its First TV Shows, And Wants You To Know What You Think

Google's lame duck explanation of why the Nexus 4 doesn't have LTE

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Google’s newly introduced Nexus 4 device does not have LTE. Let that sink in for a moment. A flagship device that is meant to represent the best that Android can offer does not have LTE. If you recall, just a few months ago, the Android spin machine was full-tilt on...
Google's lame duck explanation of why the Nexus 4 doesn't have LTE

Sony introduces PlayStation 4, doesn't actually show the product, pricing or exact availability

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In the day and age of well-scripted press events in which new hardware is unveiled in a controlled manner, the public has become accustomed to some level of detail, and certainly key facts for the device in question. Sony, in a fit of inanity, failed to do precisely that at its PlayStation 4 announcement event today....
Sony introduces PlayStation 4, doesn't actually show the product, pricing or exact availability

Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

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There's a very clear theme to this week's top comments: they all come from stories about companies, governments and organizations fighting and punishing the people they are supposed to serve. For example, we've got the Florida homeowner's association that is wielding lawsuits to shut down criticism in blog comments...
Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

What lies behind the battle over the New York Public Library | Jason Farago

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The NYPL wants to 'replace books with people', but do we have to turn our beaux-arts research library into a giant internet cafe?Libraries across America are facing swingeing budget cuts and uncertain futures. But here in New York, home to the second-largest library in the country, the future is now.The...
What lies behind the battle over the New York Public Library | Jason Farago

GRID 2 announced at last

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Codemasters finally confirms the sequel to hit sim Race Driver: GRID, and promises state-of-the-art street racing thrillsIt's hardly the biggest gaming surprise of the year, but Codemasters has officially announced GRID 2, the sequel to its successful urban driving title, Race Driver: GRID. Set for release in 2013, the game...
GRID 2 announced at last

Tyler Cowen: 'Everywhere Will Be Like the Music Industry'

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The music industry, as we all know, has been turned upside down by the new behaviors enabled by the Internet. If you look at recorded music sales alone, the industry has nosedived since the late 90s. But if you take a broader view, we see that people continue to listen...
Tyler Cowen: 'Everywhere Will Be Like the Music Industry'

A Blog Post Written On The Mobile Web

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That was a great discussion yesterday. It was everything that makes this blog and community so helpful to me. Brandon's comment which got up voted something like 100 times and is now permanently anchored at the top of the thread makes the excellent counterpoint that mobile is just a channel...
A Blog Post Written On The Mobile Web

Gartner: 665 Million Tablets In Use By 2016, With Over 45% Of Those iPad Devices

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The age of the tablet is definitely upon us: figures out today from Gartner forecast that by the end of 2016 there will 665 million media tablets in use worldwide — a counterpoint to the sluggish sales we have seen in PCs in the last couple of years. This year,...
Gartner: 665 Million Tablets In Use By 2016, With Over 45% Of Those iPad Devices

The Counterpoint launches with a lofty goal: Bringing sanity back to political arguments

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President Obama has won a second term, but Congress is split: Democrats have the Senate; Republicans have the House. That means we can expect another two years, at least, of pronounced partisanship and political fighting. Of course, it’s not always the case that one side is wrong and one...
The Counterpoint launches with a lofty goal: Bringing sanity back to political arguments

Why Activism Is Necessary, But Isn't Enough To Save Net Liberty

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Politicians had been condescending for years over net liberties. They received instructions on just how evil the net and everything around it was from their civil servants, who in turn were fed the state of the world by lobbyists who were walking the state department halls like children in the...
Why Activism Is Necessary, But Isn't Enough To Save Net Liberty
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