Category Archives: technology

American social media, mobile device use in elections rising: Pew study

Americans are using mobile devices and social media for election purposes more than ever before, according to a new Pew report.  This is a useful observation about how Americans use digital technology, with implications for teaching and learning. You should … Continue reading

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What podcatcher should I use?

I’m looking for a new podcatcher.  Which one should I try? Background: I’m a serious podcast listener, subscribing to dozens (here’s an annotated list).  Podcasts play an important part in my life, both for research and entertainment.  I listen several … Continue reading

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Hotel internet connectivity: how bad is it?

Frequent travelers know what hotel internet connectivity can often be frustrating.  But I hit upon a principle, many years ago, that lets us understand the connection between hotel and WiFi. I called it Alexander’s Iron Law of Hotel Connectivity, and … Continue reading

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The power of convenience

Make magazine cites me in a recent newsletter.  They liked one of my lesser-developed arguments: “We should never underestimate the power of convenience,” Alexander said. “Wearable computing can make things easier for users, and that’s enough to drive adoption.” True … Continue reading

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Adventures of The Exploded Twitter book club

In May I participated in an ad hoc social reading experiment.  I hereby dub it The Exploded Twitter Book Club, and think it was both entertaining and instructive.  The experience offers a snapshot of social media in 2014, while perhaps suggesting … Continue reading

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How technology remixes socioeconomics: deeper into The Second Machine Age

How are new technological innovations changing the economy and society?  We continue reading of Brynjolfsson and McAfee’s recent book, The Second Machine Age (previous posts): From this week’s SMA-related news: I’ve been playing with the Expresso web application.  It’s a simple tool. … Continue reading

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Doppelbotting Snowden

Doppelbotting reached new heights this week as Edward Snowden used that telepresence technology to appear at a conference on the other side of the world. A TED event hosted the fugitive whistleblower, and his robot wheeled around the stage, bearing … Continue reading

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