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  • Book Review: Digital Outcasts
    By on November 26, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    benrothke writes “Many of us have experimented with what it means to be disabled, by sitting in a wheelchair for a few minutes or putting a blindfold over our eyes. In Digital Outcasts: Moving Technology Forward without Leaving People Behind, author Kel Smith details the innumerable obstacles disabled people have to deal with in their attempts to use computers and the Internet. The book observes that while 1 in 7 people in the world have some sort (more…)

  • Student Project Could Kill Digital Ad Targeting
    By on July 5, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader sends this quote from Ad Age: “[Rachel Law's] creation, called ‘Vortex,’ is a browser extension that’s part game, part ad-targeting disrupter that helps people turn their user profiles and the browsing information into alternate fake identities that have nothing to do with reality. People who use the browser tool, which works with Firefox and Chrome, effectively confuse the technologies that categorize web audiences into likely (more…)

  • Europeans Bury “Digital DNA” Inside a Mountain
    By on May 19, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    adeelarshad82 writes “In a secret bunker deep in the Swiss Alps, European researchers deposited a ‘digital genome’ that will provide the blueprint for future generations to read data stored using defunct technology. The sealed box containing the key to unpick defunct digital formats will be locked away for the next quarter of a century behind a 3-1/2 ton door strong enough to resist nuclear attack at the data storage facility, known as the Swiss Fort (more…)

  • PlayStation Digital Comics Now Available For PSP
    By on December 18, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Coming good on its promise, Sony’s PlayStation Network Digital Comics service has launched, with PSP owners in the US, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa able to download Marvel classics for as little as 99 cents.


  • Game Retailers Facing Digital Distribution Transition
    By on October 26, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    This editorial at Eurogamer examines how the games industry is dealing with the growth of digital distribution — a transition they’re handling better than other entertainment industries, but not without a few stumbling blocks of their own. “The examples from other industries undergoing this transition are not promising, since they tend largely to focus on metaphors involving creeks and a distinct lack of paddles. Bricks-and-mortar retailers (more…)

  • Can “flexible broadband pricing” fix the digital divide?
    By on September 3, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Two economists say that if consumers with the biggest taste for bandwidth don’t pay “a little more” for their appetite, it will take too long to bridge the digital divide.