85th level Orc Rogue wins election

A World of Warcraft gamer has been elected to the Maine state Senate despite being criticized for her gaming. The U.S.’ 2012 election saw many firsts. It saw the first Buddhist elected to the Senate, the first Hindu elected to Congress, and the first Orc Rogue elected to the Maine state Senate. No, that’s not… Read more →

How outraged should you be about ads in Windows 8 apps? Not at all

In case you didn’t get the memo, we’re all supposed to be outraged that a handful of the built-in Windows 8 apps are ad-supported. The sponsors of this movement are bipartisan. From the Mac Party, John Gruber examines the very idea of this “built-in advertising” and calls it “gross.” (Hilariously, his link for the supporting story sent Daring Fireball readers to a site that uses obnoxious… Read more →

Top 11 apps for the Nexus 7: Fall 2012 edition

Summary: The iPad mini may have grabbed most of the 7-inch tablet headlines recently but Google’s Nexus 7 is still going strong. These apps will help owners get the most out of the Nexus 7. By James Kendrick for Mobile News | November 11, 2012 — 21:17 GMT (13:17 PST) Follow @jkendrick Previous | Next Image 1… Read more →

2012 in Review: Tech Turkeys of the Year

Previous | Next Image 1 of 16 Tech Turkeys of 2012 Thanksgiving of 2012 is just around the corner, and you know what that means… holiday gift lists and end of year news re-cap articles! But before we get there, I think it would be best to talk about Turkeys. Not Thanksgiving Turkeys, the juicy,… Read more →

Hurricane Sandy Reveals a Life Unplugged

If they wanted to talk to a friend, they had to do it in person. If their first post-storm instincts were to check a weather app, they resigned themselves to battery-run radios. As the full scope of the storm’s damage became obvious, it was clear these inconveniences were hardly grave. And because most children, and adults, eventually found some kind… Read more →

A Race Against the Clock, Again, in Package Delivery

Kozmo would perish, but some online merchants and their delivery partners are inching back toward that shining vision. Though they aren’t promising free delivery within an hour, they are trying out same-day service for a fee. And in doing so, they are addressing the asymmetry that has bedeviled online purchases of physical goods since Kozmo’s demise: it takes mere seconds… Read more →

Disruptions: Casting a Ballot by Smartphone

Timothy A. Clary/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images People waiting to vote in Boston. Last Tuesday, millions of Americans stood in long lines to cast their votes. While they waited, sometimes for several hours, many used their smartphones to pass the time. Some read articles about the election. Others updated their Twitter or Instagram feeds with pictures of the lines at… Read more →

Livescribe proves that the pen isn’t dead yet

I’ll admit, I was skeptical when Livescribe asked me to review it’s new smartpen. Although I’d given high marks to their Echo smartpen in previous reviews (“Livescribe: Fixing note taking once and for all” and “Livescribe use models in special education“), that was back in 2010. Just a few months earlier, Apple had released its… Read more →

Livescribe proves that the pen isn’t dead yet

I’ll admit, I was skeptical when Livescribe asked me to review it’s new smartpen. Although I’d given high marks to their Echo smartpen in previous reviews (“Livescribe: Fixing note taking once and for all” and “Livescribe use models in special education“), that was back in 2010. Just a few months earlier, Apple had released its… Read more →