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Facial recognition software and other badass privacy intrusions

Action Speaks, the panel discussion series at Providence art space AS220, continues its fall season — "Private Rights and Public Fights" — on October 31 with a look at our surveillance society. The event, free and open to the public, begins at 5:30 pm.
Action Speaks
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 26, 2012
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Review: Tyler Perry's Good Deeds

Tyler Perry is no Douglas Sirk. In his latest melodrama, his uptight exec, San Francisco software company CEO Wesley Deeds, is no Madea, either. Hell, Deeds doesn't even know who he is himself.
Perry's latest melodrama
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 02, 2012
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The Overdub Tampering Committee

Armed with an idea, a hastily written manifesto, a press release, and some software to disguise my computer's IP address, I was able to raise the question, "How do you know that what you're illegally downloading is the actual music it claims to be?" This
How a group of Boston musicians exacted their weird price from the world of online music sharing — without actually doing a thing
By RYAN WALSH  |  February 17, 2012
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Graduate programs in visual design teach more than just software skills

For me it was important to go back to school because while I had a BA in communication arts, I did not have the design history and foundation necessary to create designs that communicate effectively.
Designing a future
By BRITTANY KEARNAN  |  August 05, 2011
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Home sweet studio

Drums in the living room, control room in the foyer, and guitar amps isolated in separate corners of the dining room — this is the shape of the modern low-budget studio.
The latest on DIY recording
By JACK MILLS  |  May 28, 2010
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Apple loses its cool

Sheez, they’re getting awfully touchy out in Cupertino.
Once the underdog cult darling battling the evil empire, Apple is fighting an image problem — and critics, who say it’s betrayed the digital revolution
By WEN STEPHENSON  |  May 14, 2010


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Is genius immortal?

No disrespect to the man who let there be electric light, but Ray Kurzweil is Thomas Alva Edison on steroids.
Tech god Ray Kurzweil is a modern-day Edison. Now he's battling to stay alive — forever
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 30, 2010
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Birth of a museum

Nobody starts an art museum. Most of the art museums in America were founded in the later 19th century, when esthetics became part of the larger cultural language — the Portland Museum was started in 1882.
A push in Portsmouth
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  March 05, 2010
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Review: Brooklyn’s Finest

Somebody must have drawn up a computer program on Crash -like multi-narrative screenplays, because it's infected the system and won't go away.
Tango and Crash
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2010
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Holy Scrollers!

It hadn't been a pleasant millennium so far for books. But then, lo this past month, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled his company's new iPad, and there was much rejoicing.
The future of e-publishing can be found in one of the world's oldest books.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 19, 2010
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Tilting at Windows

Stallman — a legend in the programmer community for more than a quarter century — considers it his life's work to proselytize the free-software gospel, educating the lay people who'd otherwise assume that Microsoft or Apple are exclusively synonymous wit
Software 'Saint' Richard Stallman fights for computing freedom — and against corporate control
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 18, 2009


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Hacking pact

On an unheralded fall weekend right before Thanksgiving, a roomful of amateur hackers and Web rock stars gathered in East Cambridge for a historic convention that could dramatically reshape the way we get our music.
With big record companies willingly bucking technology, musicians and software types gathered in Cambridge to revolutionize the industry.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 04, 2009
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Inside the term-paper machine

It’s never been easier for college students to hire someone else to write their term papers for them.
The black market of term papers exposed
By COLMAN HERMAN  |  November 06, 2009

Knowledge in a flash

Jake Rolan sat at Starbucks on Thayer Street one day last month, busy on both his laptop and iPhone, seemingly no different from the other students who had carved out an itinerant workspace there, cursing out the wireless network that seemed to fade in
Ingenuity
By RICHARD ASINOF  |  August 14, 2009
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Cyberchondriacs

Last year, a co-worker (who shall remain nameless to save her from additional embarrassment) discovered a bug bite on her leg. It was slightly different than a typical mosquito bite; it was more bruise-like, and a bit painful to the touch. Not having a
Online health info can make you crazy
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 24, 2009
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Shudder to think

With the tools available to electronic musicians — software and limitless collaborators available through the Internet — the only limiting agents are ambition and work ethic. Well, talent, too, but that can be as easily wasted as ever if you don’t know h
Chill out this summer with Goose Bumps, Vol. 3
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 10, 2009


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Drawn together

Boston needs more superheroes. Not because our metropolis is gripped by an unprecedented crime spree, but, says Dave Kender, because our comics are perhaps not muscular enough for their own good.
Comic Koffeeklatsch
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 05, 2009
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With the accent on computer

" Pardon ?"
Say What?
By JULIA THROOP  |  May 22, 2009
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God is dead

One of the biggest mysteries of the video-game marketplace is why the PC seems to lag so far behind consoles as a gaming platform. After all, Windows computers have the kind of market penetration that Sony and Nintendo can only dream of.
Demigod can't resurrect PC gaming
By MITCH KRPATA  |  May 08, 2009
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Bytes of knowledge

Once upon a time, we thought it was novel to be able to buy books in our bathrobes.
Getting the most from an online education
By CLEA SIMON  |  May 01, 2009
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Keepin' it real . . . sort of

The 2009 Boston Cyberarts Festival (April 24–May 10) includes a handful of shows that focus on computer-simulated environments, both real and imaginary.
Virtual reality at the Boston Cyberarts Festival
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  April 17, 2009


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Can the geeks save Rhode Island?

The tech sector offers promise for the economic future, but a small labor pool and other hurdles must be overcome
The tech sector offers promise for the economic future, but a small labor pool and other hurdles must be overcome
By MARION DAVIS  |  February 04, 2009
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Smooth operators


The year in Auto-Tune
By RICHARD BECK  |  December 23, 2008
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Year in Games: Where it's at

This was a strange year for video games.
Succeeding on the strenghts of their settings
By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 22, 2008
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A moral dilemma

We need serious action and strong leadership — and a public trust that is unlikely to be given.
State and local politics is paralyzed by fear
By EDITORIAL  |  November 25, 2008
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The Big Hurt: The week in digital mishaps

Say what you will about Kid Rock, but I will not allow you to deny that the man is a fucking artiste .  
Internets threaten Kid Rock, Steven Tyler, and sexy bits
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 15, 2008


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Will FairPoint run out of money?

Wall Street’s melt down could burn consumers throughout Northern New England — especially those in Maine.
Land-line woes
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 17, 2008
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Out of this world

The worlds Rosenbaum creates feel less like a separate or “alternate” reality and more like a colorful, if complicated, extension of the one we know.
Benjamin Rosenbaum’s The Ant King
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  August 26, 2008
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Schmaltz Coney Island Lagers

The latest offerings from New York’s Schmaltz Brewing Co. celebrate — as Elvis Costello once put it — the “other side of summer.”
Freaking delicious
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 13, 2008
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We told you so

FairPoint’s transition has been slow, and is already four months behind schedule.
FairPoint’s phone-line takeover is as bad as regulators feared.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  July 02, 2008