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Students Who Take Notes With Laptops Learn Less, and the Reason May Surprise You

A few months ago, research published in the journal Psychological Science revealed that students who handwrite their notes learn better than those who use laptops, and the reason is not because the latter are busy checking Facebook.

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How Porn May Be Changing Your Brain

Internet pornography can turn into a destructive spiral of addiction that becomes all consuming. The dopamine released and the fantasy created have the power to rewire our brains forever.

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Will Yahoo ‘Ruin’ Tumblr?

The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that Yahoo’s board has approved a deal to buy social media site Tumblr for a whopping $1.1 billion in cash. But there’s a good reason that not everyone is enthused.

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China Hacks America

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Modern Kids at Play

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Random Acts of Shopping

What happens when you give your computer a $50 monthly budget and access to your Amazon account?

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 READ MORE



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The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

The name Steve Jobs has been sweet on the lips of techno-capitalist fankids pining for a cultural hero since long before the Apple CEO succumbed to cancer late last year. Since his death, an author and an actor have taken some of the first shots at shaping his legacy. With an eye on the man’s cruelty toward his employees at home and abroad, n+1 reviewer Gary Sernovitz tries to fill in the blanks.

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From Quality to Quantity—and Maybe Back Again

Amid last week’s flood of business news, one story stood out as reason to hope for more than just a momentary uptick in your 401(k): Apple, you may have heard, announced record first-quarter profits.

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Blame It on the 2 A.M. Worm

Computer security experts have identified a malicious virus that steals your credit card information and orders Mario Batali kitchenware, usually after 2 in the morning. Either that or you were just drunk. Here’s the full story from the satire masters at The Onion.

Posted on Feb 9, 2010 READ MORE



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Google Working on Gmail’s Social Skills

Google has been pretty successful at just about everything its engineers have attempted, with the glaring exception of social media. Still getting trounced by Facebook and losing buzzshare to upstarts like Twitter and Foursquare, the company plans to get aggressive, starting with new social features in Gmail. (continued)

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Welcome Back, da Vinci Edition

President Obama asked for a better health care plan, so here it is. Native people say “Avatar” is real, so there. But why are they digging up Leonardo da Vinci—and is there anything left? These stories and more on today’s list.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE



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Tabletus Interruptus

Steve Jobs calls his new tablet “a magical device at a breakthrough price,” but chances are you don’t need one and can’t afford it anyway.

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Castro Edition

Going nuclear in the Senate, the anthropology of “Avatar” and why Fidel Castro sent doctors instead of soldiers to Haiti. These stories and more on today’s list.

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Gordon Brown Wants to Give U.K.’s Poor Free Laptops and Internet

The British PM has announced a plan to spend the equivalent of nearly half a billion dollars providing free laptops and broadbrand Internet access to 270,000 low-income families. The program will need parliament’s blessing.

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HP’s Facial Non-Recognition

A black man named Desi, along with a white woman named Wanda, has quite comically figured out that new Hewlett-Packard computers touting “face recognition” software are embarrassingly inadequate in detecting black faces.

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Google Gives Microsoft a New Reason to Lose Sleep

Google’s inexorable drive toward world domination took a major leap forward Tuesday when the company unveiled plans to build its own operating system. Google says it is designing the long-rumored OS, called Google Chrome OS, “to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the Web in a few seconds.” Wouldn’t that be nice?

Posted on Jul 8, 2009 READ MORE


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China to Censor Online Porn, Possibly Basketball

Starting July 1, every computer sold in China will come bundled with software designed to block access to pornographic sites and whatever else parents—and, critics fear, the government—want to keep at bay. As one of the software’s developers explains, “If a father doesn’t want his son to be exposed to content related to basketball or drugs, he can block all Web sites related to those things.”

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iPhones for Everybody?

Apple unveiled a faster, more powerful version of its popular iPhone Monday, but the bigger news is that the company slashed the price of the current model to $99. That makes a robust portable computing experience available to a much bigger crowd, assuming they can handle AT&T’s horrendously overpriced service.

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Nerd Alert: IBM Does ‘Jeopardy’; Scientists Invent Ambulatory Goo

Tired of making machines that beat humans at chess, IBM is prepping a computer competitor for “Jeopardy,” which makes sense since Alex Trebek himself is computer-generated. Japanese researchers, meanwhile, have created walking goo.

Posted on Apr 28, 2009 READ MORE


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Microsoft Wants a Billion New Customers

Microsoft has given itself less than eight years to find another billion PC users. To help meet that goal, the company has pledged to sell $3 bundles of Windows XP and Office software to governments that provide schools with free computers. That’s about 2 percent of the cost of Office alone.

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Jon Stewart Lampoons Sen. Stevens’ Net Nonsense

“The Daily Shows” host tees off on Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ted Stevens’ instantly infamous speech about Net Neutrality—which Stewart likened to “something you’d hear from a crazy old man in an airport bar at 3 a.m.”

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Military Blocking Progressive Websites

A Marine in Iraq fills us in on a few of the sites that CentCom prevents its soldiers from accessing: AirAmericaradio.com, alfrankenshow.com, wonkette.com.
The following come through fine: billoreilly.com, rushlimbaugh.com, etc.
Sense a pattern?

Posted on Mar 7, 2006 READ MORE


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