Category Archives: technology

Trends to watch in 2016: technologies

What can we expect from the digital world in 2016? Predicting tech trends is a fun but fairly doomed enterprise.  The field is vast, riddled with secrecy, and lavishly blanketed in hype.  Humans find their own uses for technology, too, … Continue reading

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Does social media control our lives? An upcoming discussion on Malta

Does social media control our lives?  This is the question Alex Grech and I will be discussing Thursday night in Valetta, Malta. The public lecture is organised by the Office of the European Parliament and the Strickland Foundation in collaboration … Continue reading

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Trying a different podcatcher: Stitcher

I’m trying an experiment this month.  It’s part of my quest to improve how I find and listen to podcasts.  (Previous posts) Now I’m going to try Stitcher, a podcatcher client for mobile devices. This meant downloading the app to … Continue reading

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Die, American cable tv news, die

Did you know CNN publishes a Fear and Greed Index?  That this is a regular thing? Hang on.  Let me start again. The first step towards media and information literacy in 2015 is to stop watching American tv news.  Seriously. … Continue reading

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First impressions of the New York Times VR project

This weekend the New York Times launched a virtual reality effort.  The “newspaper” published a 3d video documentary for mobile devices, and also distributed Google Cardboard sets to some home subscribers. Here are some notes based on my first impressions. … Continue reading

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Americans using technology: smartphones and city kids versus old folks in the country

How do Americans use technology?  Pew gives us another excellent and useful report. Here are some highlights from my reading, as I snuck glimpses during and returning from the EDUCAUSE 2015 conference: The device mix: some are rising, while others … Continue reading

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Emerging technologies: a more detailed Gartner analysis

This month Gartner Research offered a top-level forecast of where technologies are going over the next five years.  At the same time they explored technologies in greater detail with this report, which I’ll summarize here. It’s a pretty solid list, … Continue reading

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