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Holiday Gift Guide -- Technology Edition

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 12.18.2014 | Technology
Rabbi Jason Miller

As a techie with an addiction to the latest, greatest tech gadgets, I have put together a short list of the best tech gifts for holiday shoppers this season. These gifts range in price so there's something for everyone.

Togetherness Interruptus: Civil Society in the Age of the Smartphone

Amy Larkin | Posted 12.10.2014 | Technology
Amy Larkin

Smartphone abuse is not only rude, it's dangerous. This is decidedly addictive behavior. And like all addictions, the addict is not the only victim. Smartphones create a terribly discourteous, antisocial, particularly uncivil environment in public spaces. Look around. Someone might need your help and you might want to offer it.

In Pursuit of Light

James M. Chesbro | Posted 12.19.2014 | Healthy Living
James M. Chesbro

I do not think anyone should feel ashamed for not feeling the way all the screens tell us we should feel. If you are sad while we are farthest away from the sun, while everyone else seems to be having a holly jolly Christmas, you are not flawed.

Now Here's A Pretty Convincing Argument On How The Internet Is Ruining Our Lives

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living

The Internet has its perks, but it certainly has its pitfalls, too. The latest video from The School Of Life, a London-based organization that foc...

'World Press Trends 2014' Debunks Newspapers' Death

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 12.06.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

"Each day, more than half the world's adult population read a daily newspaper: 2.5 billion in print and more than 800 million in digital form," according to the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).

Connecting With Nature? There's an App for That

Ben Klasky | Posted 12.04.2014 | Green
Ben Klasky

How would you feel if you were asked to turn in your mobile phone while entering a national park? Would it help you connect more deeply with nature?

Electronic Etiquette in the Digital Age

Dr. David Greenfield | Posted 12.04.2014 | Technology
Dr. David Greenfield

My prediction is that many pubic places will begin to develop digital use policies--just as some restaurants are offering meal discounts if you agree to leave your phone in the car! In fact, that might not be a bad idea... to be in the social world without the intrusive digital distraction.

This Keychain Lets You Charge Your Phone With A 9-Volt Battery

The Huffington Post | Kerry Flynn | Posted 12.02.2014 | Technology

Flintu, an Australian creative duo, says it has an easier fix to your smartphone charging struggles: a keyring-sized device that charges your phone with a 9-volt battery.

Is Hollywood Going Back to Flip Phones?

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 12.02.2014 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

Flip phones are certainly not "safer" than smartphones.

Doesn't Cortana Know That Disparaging Siri Reflects Negatively on Her Parents?

Ira Kalb | Posted 11.30.2014 | Business
Ira Kalb

Good marketers know that when a company "badmouths" a competitor, it is (more often than not) a big mistake -- especially when the company being disparaged has Apple's track record of success.

Personal Tech Products Designed Specifically for Seniors

Jim T. Miller | Posted 11.26.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any tablets, smartphones or computers that are specifically designed for seniors? I would like to buy a device ...

Museum Selfie-ishness

Jeanne Martinet | Posted 11.24.2014 | Style
Jeanne Martinet

It's difficult to say which is worse: The fact that we seem to need to document every moment of our existence or the need to put ourselves at the center of everything.

Three Killer Photo Apps

Shayla R. Price | Posted 11.21.2014 | Technology
Shayla R. Price

As smartphone cameras continue to get better, mobile photography will amaze us even more. Social media has made us addicted to telling stories, and photos bring those stories to life.

Be a Mobile Superhero (Hint: All You Have to Do Is Find Your Hidden Superpower)

Tomer Cohen | Posted 11.12.2014 | Technology
Tomer Cohen

Mobile-savvy companies embrace the complexities of mobile and transform those into competitive advantages. The best ones go beyond mobile-first.

Navigating Relationships In A Digital World

Ellie Burrows | Posted 11.10.2014 | Women
Ellie Burrows

We are masters at digesting thoughts in 140-character sentences, stalking an ex lover, keeping up with the Ebola outbreak, scoring a Soul Cycle bike, finding a city's best ramen.

Steve Jobs, iPhones and Gay Propaganda in Russia

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 11.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Eliot Borenstein

I send this warning to Russia's hard-liners: don't mess with Apple. You can't win this fight -- just ask Dr. Dre. Don't let Russia become the next Beats Electronic. When it comes to swallowing up its competitors, the Russian Federation has nothing on Apple.

Why Smartphone Breaks at Work Aren't Such a Bad Idea

OZY | Posted 11.06.2014 | Healthy Living
OZY

An hour-long game, sure, will hurt performance. But someone taking aim at a few Angry Birds here and there might have a winning habit. The human mind isn't built for focusing so intently on work for hours on end, non-stop. We need mental as well as physical breaks.

I'm Really Upset About the Midterm Elections God I Love My New iPhone

James Napoli | Posted 11.06.2014 | Comedy
James Napoli

It sure was discouraging to see those election returns coming in and realizing that the Republicans have gained such major ground. I mean, the first thing I thought was that government regulations would start to go out the window, paving the way for a disastrous oh my God I am having so much fun with this new iPhone 6.

Next Time, I'll Leave My Phone

Mikah Meyer | Posted 11.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Mikah Meyer

On two separate occasions this past weekend, I purposely left my smartphone at home. While I admit the initial motivation came because I didn't want a large bump in my tight-fitting suit, the benefits turned out to be far greater than the contour of my torso.

140 Characters, and Into The Future

Kiley Eriksen | Posted 11.04.2014 | College
Kiley Eriksen

Times are rapidly morphing into a new age. Sure, it may seem like humans are slowly sacrificing their humanity to the iPhone at first. But, the change is inevitable! We can't expect ourselves to flow into "the new" so smoothly and immediately.

I Hear Ringing, But...

Marcia Liss | Posted 10.30.2014 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Global Digital Media Factbook 2014-15 Helps Firms Strategize

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 10.28.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

How can media firms strategize, plan budgets, and decide where to allocate their resources effectively?

6 Reasons Travelers Are Upgrading to iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Lea Lane | Posted 10.27.2014 | Technology
Lea Lane

If you're a frequent traveler, consider these six factors, emphasized by Apple developers as the main improvements in this newest, long-awaited upgrade.

Why Journalists Should Fear Social Media

Brian Hanley | Posted 10.24.2014 | Technology
Brian Hanley

Digital media as we know it is proving incompatible with our linear worldview. Our online experience no longer resembles the finite story that drives our lives.

When All Smartphones Became The Same

Gil Laroya | Posted 10.22.2014 | Technology
Gil Laroya

A Chevy with a Cadillac emblem is still just a Chevy inside. The change in smartphone design and function will come when companies decide how to change the paradigm of smartphone use.