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Introducing new wine app Drync Direct

Launched at this month's Boston Wine Expo, the locally developed Drync Direct lets oenophiles stock up on new vintages with their iPhones, whenever and wherever they discover them.

By CHERYL FENTON  |  February 22, 2013

iPads innovate education in Massachusetts schools

Imagine high school without textbooks.
Classroom engagement? There’s an app for that.
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  August 03, 2012

Your guide to Netroots Nation 2012

So many panels, so many receptions, so many opportunities to get filthy drunk. It's hard to know where to begin. Well, you've come to right place.  
Memes and madness
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 01, 2012

Serious ROFLcon is serious

Zawinski's law of software envelopment holds that all programs continue to expand until they can read email.
The revolution will not be televised — but it will be turned into an animated .gif
By BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 04, 2012

Interview: Simon Reynolds tries to look forward

Quick, try to think of futuristic music that has nothing to do with the music of the past. Can't do it?
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 20, 2012

The biggest problem with music

If you want to buy a song, chances are you'll end up at a one-stop shop like iTunes or Amazon — storefronts with set prices, clear rules, and instantaneous delivery.
If you had to pick a single pain in the ass for the Rethink Music conference to solve, here’s the one that would make the greatest impact
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  April 20, 2012


An app for autism

This month marks the second anniversary of Apple's first public iPad release.
Tech to speech  
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  April 20, 2012

Kevin Kelly brings his happy Darwinism to Providence

Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Wired magazine, now holds the title of "senior maverick" with the publication. And his contrarian tendencies have earned him a huge following among the geekery — and plenty of scorn from critics.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 09, 2012

For Cherie King, paid employment doesn't bring shelter

According to a 2011 survey by the US Department of Mayors, Boston's homelessness rate is in moderate decline. Still, the plight of the working, struggling people on the street remains a real one.
The working homeless
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 09, 2012
TJI: Mass Pirate Party Conference

Putting the 'Arrrr' in DRM

Forget Talk Like a Pirate Day. In the 2012 elections, November 6 will be Vote Like a Pirate Day — if you happened to have joined a growing number of hackers and Internet activists and registered as a member of the Massachusetts Pirate Party (MAPP).
Booty Call
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  March 09, 2012
Overdub Tampering 3

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

Backtalk - Wenders

Interview: Wim Wenders takes 3D one step further

Some are surprised that Wim Wenders, like fellow veteran of the '70s New German Cinema Werner Herzog, has embraced something as newfangled as 3D.
Pina envy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 20, 2012

The cost of open courseware

MIT's announcement last month of a new online certification program made national news.
MITx Files
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 20, 2012

Langevin Signs on to Anti-Piracy Alternative

Congressman James Langevin has signed on to an alternative to the controversial Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA) legislation in the House of Representatives.Langevin is now...
By David Scharfenberg  |  January 19, 2012

Gadgets for both sides of the Occupy divide

Is Santa a one-percenter? Sometimes it seems that way.
Gearing up
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 09, 2011

Maeda on Steve Jobs

The death of Steve Jobs has inspired reflection nationwide. I spoke, this afternoon, with RISD President John Maeda, who has done plenty of thinking about...
By David Scharfenberg  |  October 06, 2011


FairPoint layoffs were always part of the plan

While FairPoint executives are saying that the 400 layoffs the company announced last week are related to "workload" and "competition," they're hoping everyone forgot that their business model — especially in northern New England — requires regular down
We Told You So Dept.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 16, 2011
new spy kids

Review: Spy Kids: All the Time in the World

Director Robert Rodriguez has made no bones about this one being strictly for the kiddies.
S trictly for the kiddies
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  August 26, 2011

RI Strikes at Google

Well, if you think Google is evil, you have reason to be pleased with your home state today. Rhode Island US Attorney Peter Neronha has announced...
By David Scharfenberg  |  August 24, 2011
Live forever 3

Review: How to Live Forever

Take the most depressing movie imaginable, add The Golden Girls , multiply by Cocoon , and that's How To Live Forever .
Wexler mocks the "anti-aging marketplace"
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 19, 2011
man who fell bowie

Review: The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

Star Wars came out the year after Nicolas Roeg's enigmatic sci-fi film (re-released now in an uncut version), and after that no studio was likely to make anything similar again, nor would many audiences have the patience to watch it.
Nicolas Roeg's enigmatic sci-fi film
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 12, 2011

Google+: Social Minus the Network?

Google's Tuesday launch of its new social network Google+ has had the Internet abuzz (not to be confused with the clunky Google Buzz communication platform...
By Katie Lannan  |  June 29, 2011

It's Official: Netroots Nation Coming to Providence

As first reported in the Phoenix, Netroots Nation - an annual conference of influential liberal bloggers - will be coming to Providence next summer. Senator...
By David Scharfenberg  |  June 20, 2011

Netroots Nation Coming to Providence?

Netroots Nation, the annual confab of progressive bloggers, has become a sort of whistlestop for left-leaning politicians. In 2007, all the major Democratic candidates for...
By David Scharfenberg  |  June 01, 2011
Eli Pariser is interviewed by Ethan Zuckerman about his new book

Eli Pariser talks about The Filter Bubble

When he was executive director of the progressive advocacy organization Move On, Eli Pariser had the chance to meet lots of fellow liberals. But he had fewer conservative friends, and he worried he was missing out on their perspectives on political and s
News feeding
By ETHAN ZUCKERMAN  |  May 27, 2011
This week in the Phoenix: Dark fiber, tween murderers, and spectral surf rock

This week in the Phoenix: Dark fiber, tween murderers, and spectral surf rock

Another week at the Phoenix, another issue crammed with information -- specifically, The Information (but not that The Information).Plus, Carly Carioli explains net neutrality in...
By Alec Ernest  |  April 10, 2011

The rise and uncertain future of ''pirate'' radio in Boston

After a 10-year campaign by proponents of hyper-local radio, Congress finally passed the Local Community Radio Act in December. So how will that affect Boston's burgeoning "pirate" radio landscape?
Will Boston’s unlicensed radio stations go legit?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 08, 2011

South by Southwest Interactive plots a course to a better world

Peace, love and QR codes
Peace, love and QR codes
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 19, 2011

Preview: Love and Robots in Death and the Powers: The Robots' Opera

A third of the way through the opera Death and the Powers: the Robots' Opera , the leading man becomes a machine.
In Tod Machover's new opera, Death and the Powers , high technology meets high anxiety
By CHRIS DAHLEN  |  March 18, 2011

IBM and the Knowledge District

As Providence Mayor Angel Taveras announces the city's designation as one of IBM's "Smarter Cities" and plans to develop a computerized land management system to...
By David Scharfenberg  |  March 16, 2011