My First Nine Questions About Microsoft’s Nokia Acquisition

In theory, all the interesting questions about the notion of Microsoft buying Nokia’s phone and services business should have been asked a long time ago. Still, the news that the long-standing rumor is going to become a $7.14 billion reality makes its potential impact far more tangible, which gives the questions a tangible urgency they never had before. This is happening, folks. […]

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Nintendo’s 2DS Gaming ‘Gablet’ Isn’t an iPad Killer, Thank Goodness

A little over three years ago I was seated in L.A.’s Nokia Theater at Nintendo’s E3 2010 presser when dozens — or was it hundreds? — of women in identical dark leggings, white tees and black blazers emerged from either side of the stage. They proceeded to walk down the stairs like cabaret dancers (though they didn’t dance) holding Nintendo […]

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E-Readers Are Supposed to Be Dying, but Kobo Keeps Making Fancier Ones

The conventional wisdom about e-readers is that they are slowly getting pushed to the bargain bin, doomed to a life of obscurity at the hands of thinner, lighter and cheaper tablets. Just don’t tell that to Kobo, which continues to push the boundaries on the lowly e-reader. The company has just announced the Kobo Aura, a $150 e-reader with some fancy […]

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Hey, Technology Eras Were Meant to Have Beginnings and Endings

If it accomplishes nothing else, Steve Ballmer’s announcement that he will retire as Microsoft’s CEO has provided tech journalists and bloggers with an endlessly fascinating subject to discuss. Depending on which stories you read, Ballmer’s planned exit was either abrupt or had been in the works for years. You can read countless articles pointing out how his Microsoft has been different from Apple and at least one […]

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8 Free World-Class College Courses on YouTube

Part of the magic of the Internet is accessibility. A wealth of information is at your fingertips if you just know where to look; this includes college courses from some of the country’s most esteemed universities. A number of major universities, including prestigious Ivy League institutions, now provide lecture videos for free over YouTube. No, you won’t get college credit […]

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Ex-Lover Begone!

Forget drunk dialing. These days, you need to be wary of drunk texting, drunk tweeting or (worst of all) drunk snapchatting your ex. Breaking up has always sucked, but it’s definitely worse when you and your ex are connected through a dozen different social media platforms. Exes pop up in your GChat list, on your news feed, tagged in other people’s Instagrams. […]

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