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HBO Go could eventually be offered as a bundle with your ISP, but why fuss with gatekeepers?

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HBO has long been known for dishing out cult TV shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm and Sex in the City — along with recent hits like Game of Thrones and Girls. The network, at the moment, is closely tied to television, and understandably so; cable TV has led it to...
HBO Go could eventually be offered as a bundle with your ISP, but why fuss with gatekeepers?

No, an internet tax won't save journalism -- or newspapers

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As the traditional media business continues to flounder, a number of people seem to think that Guardian investigative editor David Leigh has come up with a smart new idea for saving journalism and newspapers in particular — namely, a tax on internet service providers that would be used to finance...
No, an internet tax won't save journalism -- or newspapers

Why I won't buy an iPad (and think you shouldn't, either)

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I've spent ten years now on Boing Boing, finding cool things that people have done and made and writing about them. Most of the really exciting stuff hasn't come from big corporations with enormous budgets, it's come from experimentalist amateurs. These people were able to make stuff and put...
Why I won't buy an iPad (and think you shouldn't, either)

Jan Chipchase, Nokia's Usability Guru, Leaves for Frog Design

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Chipchase is perhaps the world's most admired expert in "human-centered design": Knowing how people use their gadgets, and how to design for them. Frog Design--already one of most influential design firms in the world--has just caught a very big fish: Jan Chipchase, formerly Nokia's chief usability researcher, is leaving the...
Jan Chipchase, Nokia's Usability Guru, Leaves for Frog Design

Tweeting headteachers plan to reform education

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A group of heads who 'met' on Twitter have formed a pressure group to get their grassroots ideas heard by policymakersTeachers and headteachers could be forgiven for thinking that they get the worst of all worlds: obliged to implement the latest ministerial whims, without having any real influence themselves on...
Tweeting headteachers plan to reform education

The future according to Google's Larry Page

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Google CEO Larry Page envisions a future in which computers plan your vacations, drive your cars, and anticipate your whims. Audacious? Maybe. But Page's dreams have a way of coming true. FORTUNE -- When Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP Group, the giant advertising agency, visited Google this past fall,...
The future according to Google's Larry Page

Apple's Cash Pile Gets Its Own Moment In The Limelight

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After some saber-rattling by investors, Apple says it's still considering sharing out its billions in cash. This week, prominent Apple investor David Einhorn, founder of Greenlight Capital, accused Apple of hoarding its $137 billion cash pile instead of mobilizing it to return value to investors...like Einhorn, for example. He...
Apple's Cash Pile Gets Its Own Moment In The Limelight
If Instagram Was More About Words Than Things, You'd Have Whims for iOS

Boot up: Mad Men Google, touching Windows 8, China's Android army and more

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Plus iPhone 5S (or 6?) rumours, how the Gmail crash killed Chrome browser, Kawasaki goes Android and moreA quick burst of 9 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology teamTouchscreens and the myth of Windows 8 'Gorilla Arm' >> TIME.comBen Bajarin: With everything I am mentioning...
Boot up: Mad Men Google, touching Windows 8, China's Android army and more

Baldaur Regis' Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

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What has 500 thumbs and sounds like a murder of crows? A Twitmob, of course, and this weeks' chatter of angry, angry birds featured a group of writers closing down a website...for helping promote their works. Oops. Don't be too hard on them - mobs of any sort are tricksy...
Baldaur Regis' Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

Graphed: The rise and fall of people caring about Kony and the LRA

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We are going to file this post in the ‘you knew it, but now you really know it’ category. Here’s the rub: remember that Kony 2012 video that exploded out of thin air, took over the Internet for several whole minutes, and caused a great host of teens to act...
Graphed: The rise and fall of people caring about Kony and the LRA

Whims of the Cosmos: Bangalore Photography Workshops - No dearth of choices!

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Whims of the Cosmos: Bangalore Photography Workshops - No dearth of choices!

Zenimax Files For Trademark On A Skyrim Internet Meme

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We are all aware of the aggressive nature of Bethesda parent company Zenimax when it comes to trademarks. We now learn that it is not only aggressive in defense of its trademarks but is also an aggressive filer of trademarks for things surrounding its properties. Fusible is reporting that Zenimax...
Zenimax Files For Trademark On A Skyrim Internet Meme

How technology is changing the way we have sex

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Engineers have three years left to deliver the hoverboard promised to us by Back To The Future II. It’s not looking good though the self-lacing Nike dunks are on track. In the area of sex tech though, we’re already on track to surpass the orgasmatron – the machine for giving...
How technology is changing the way we have sex
All hail the archive: A secret weapon that publishers don't even realize they have

What's the secret behind Oscar winning screenplays? The Black List

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Before Argo won the Oscar for Best Picture, before the script was even made into a movie, the story circulated on The Black List. The Black List is network that connects scripts with the people who turn them into films. Three out of the past five Best Picture winners and...
What's the secret behind Oscar winning screenplays? The Black List

Motorola Droid RAZR HD's backside possibly leaked: we hope you like Kevlar

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We may have seen it from the front, but Motorola's rumored upcoming Droid RAZR HD now looks to have had its back subjected to the whims of Mr. Blurrycam. The overriding theme? Kevlar. Lots of Kevlar. So much so that it runs right up to the edge, making even...
Motorola Droid RAZR HD's backside possibly leaked: we hope you like Kevlar
Google yanks AdBlock Plus from Google Play, surprising nobody

PandoHouse Rock: A history of 3D printing, from prototypes to pistols

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This embed is invalid 3D printing has garnered a lot of press lately, thanks in large part to the Liberator, Cody Smith’s (almost) fully 3-D printed gun. But as Chris Dixon noted at last night’s PandoMonthly, popular discourse tends to gravitate toward the most outrageous and divisive uses of a...
PandoHouse Rock: A history of 3D printing, from prototypes to pistols

Editor's Letter: Welcome back, gentlemen

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In each issue of Distro, editor-in-chief Tim Stevens publishes a wrap-up of the week in news. It's been a very, very good week for Engadget. On Wednesday, Aol announced it had purchased gdgt and, while we generally don't pay much heed to the acquisitional whims of our parent company,...
Editor's Letter: Welcome back, gentlemen
Six Things That Could Cause Bitcoin Prices To Crash
In memoriam: the beloved products we lost in 2012

Do book publishers deserve special treatment? Anti-trust experts say no

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The publishing industry, roiled by e-books and Amazon’s behemoth behavior, has been the target of government price-fixing charges. The situation raises the question of  whether books are a special cultural product that the law should treat differently than buttons or rubber boots. According to anti-trust experts speaking at a New York...
Do book publishers deserve special treatment? Anti-trust experts say no

Babies With Laser Eyes: Nadir Or Gutter Of Web Culture? [Rant]

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A new and totally inexplicable meme is sweeping the internet. Mutant infants with laser vision. Are these tots the harbingers of a new dark age, or a sign that culture is now 100% intellectually bankrupt? Let us contemplate. It's easy to understand the appeal of a baby with laser eyes...
Babies With Laser Eyes: Nadir Or Gutter Of Web Culture? [Rant]

Physicists steer light on superconducting chips, forge our quantum computing future

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We're still years away from quantum computing becoming an everyday reality, but the physics geniuses over at the University of California Santa Barbara have made a discovery that might speed that process along. A team under professor John Martinis' tutelage has developed a way to manipulate light on a...
Physicists steer light on superconducting chips, forge our quantum computing future

Amazon launches social gaming studio, kicks Zynga when it's down

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Signaling its intention to strike while the market’s key competitor is down, Amazon on Monday announced the launch of Amazon Game Studios. It also unveiled the unit’s first game, the literary-themed Living Classics, which debuted on Facebook Monday.  “Amazon Game Studios is exactly what it sounds like: a new team at...
Amazon launches social gaming studio, kicks Zynga when it's down

Ex-CIA director: The smart grid needs to wake up to security

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© 2012 Pinar Ozger. pinar@pinarozger.com According to former CIA director James Woolsey, the utility companies don’t want to think about issues like data security, so it’s up to the people working on smart grid technologies to do that. Right now, he said, they’re more concerned with adding fun new features,...
Ex-CIA director: The smart grid needs to wake up to security

Oh Sure, Now The Patent Office Realizes Apple's 'Rubberbanding' Patent Is Both Obvious And Not New

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We've expressed concerns in the past about the crappy job that the USPTO does in approving patents, when it's clear that, the majority of times that the USPTO is asked to go back and double check its work, it is forced to admit it was wrong. This happens quite frequently...
Oh Sure, Now The Patent Office Realizes Apple's 'Rubberbanding' Patent Is Both Obvious And Not New
Garrett Camp steps down from CEO role at StumbleUpon

Canon 7D v2 firmware tested: increases burst capacity, gives manual audio control

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You don't get to unbox anything or have that new-camera smell, so how much does the Canon 7D v2 firmware really transform the now three year-old model? The answer depends a bit on what you do with it, but for most users the Japanese maker deserves kudos from bringing...
Canon 7D v2 firmware tested: increases burst capacity, gives manual audio control
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