Tech Diary: Blog To Book–Is the Formula Still Working?

Blogger starts a blog. Blogger solicits photos or texts or emails. Blogger gets a book deal. That formula has been wildly successful for the last few years, but is showing signs of market saturation.


Can Apple Maintain Status as Religion of the "Creative Class"?

Apple’s core following has traditionally been the creative class. They are graphic designers and artists, and they constitute a “church” of sorts. “When you find other Mac users, they’re so happy to find other people, it’s like the underdog,” says Peter Isgrigg, Product Manager at Apple specialist Tekserve in Manhattan, and self-proclaimed Mac fanatic, and subject of my new video on Apple’s cult-like status.


The Rise of Caller ID Spoofing

Applications that let users change or “spoof” their Caller ID are gaining in popularity in mobile phone app stores, even as Congress considers stalled legislation to outlaw particular uses of the technology, and criminals use it to engage in nefarious activity.


CES: Taser’s Turn at Cellphone Safety

For parents who want to keep their kids from sexting–or just texting at the dinner table–new cellphone software called Protector keeps them in the loop. Protector, which debuts Thursday at CES, is made by Taser International, a company that’s best known for its series of electronic stun guns.


A GPS Experiment Busts Street Thieves

What would happen if a furniture company left 24 designer chairs, many equipped with GPS tracking technology, on the streets of New York? Would people take them? Where would they end up? Blu Dot, a furniture maker based in Minneapolis, found out with its “Real Good Experiment,” which it developed with branding firm Mono.


What Current TV's Moves Signal for Citizen Journalism

Current TV began with a promise to be the great democratizer of media. Some four years into the experiment, it has a new chief executive who is shifting it away from short videos to more traditional cable programming. In that transition, Current has cut shows and staff, with the most recent layoffs happening last week.


Trying New Ways of Typing

The way we type is subject to the changing winds of technology, as well as safety concerns over issues like texting while driving. One of the big debates is about keyboard layouts, which includes the traditional Qwerty design and the user-friendly but obscure Dvorak.


Happy Birthday, Sony Walkman

Break out that mixtape. You know, the one with “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Thriller.” It’s the Sony Walkman’s 30th birthday. And it got a present. Kind of. The modern Sony Walkman digital music player beat out Apple’s iPod share of the portable music player market in Japan in the last week of August, according to a study by BCN, a Japanese electronics research firm.


RT@gooseGrade: Twitterers Good At Spelling, Bad At Grammar. #whatwouldmomsay?

Twitter may encourage a culture of shorthand and 140-character thoughts, but it may also make Twitterers better spellers in the real world. That’s according to a new study that indicates that Twitter users are worse at grammar. Or is. Or Are. WhteVr.


I Know What You Just Tweeted

Thousands of Twitterers have participated in what’s being called the first ever mass scientific experiment conducted via the microblogging service. Richard Wiseman, a psychology professor at the University of Hertfordshire, teamed up with New Scientist to test “remote viewing,” also known as extra-sensory perception or ESP.

Andy Jordan Goes to a LAN Party

Andy Jordan Hangs Out With Techie Truckers!

Andy Jordan on 3D Printing

Andy Jordan and Digitized Taxis!

Andy Jordan and Musical Slime

Andy Jordan Gets Thinified!

Andy Jordan on the Geek Squad!

Andy Jordan's Wi-Fi Weirdness

Victorian Gadgets and the Modern Reporter

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