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Fiction for the digital age

Matthew Derby and Max Winter will have some explaining to do before their reading at the Dirt Palace August 9.
By PHILIP EIL  |  August 03, 2012

Monologue peels the screen back for a look at the core of Apple

The narrator of Mike Daisey's one-man show has long had a worshipful relationship with Apple electronics.
Under the smooth exterior
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 22, 2012

Words with Friends

What the fuck?
By KARL STEVENS  |  February 10, 2012

Review: Infinity Blade II

Nothing is better than playing a game that takes full advantage of its hardware.
Touch the future
By MITCH KRPATA  |  January 06, 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

Teenagers' shrinking world view

Teens' perspectives of the world are getting narrower.
By DAVID KISH  |  May 20, 2011

The Echno Nest in Davis Square Somerville

The Most Important Music Company on Earth(1)

Music is data. A shitload of it packed in every single song. To people, music equals entertainment. To a computer, it's a precise stream of ones and zeros.  
The Echo Nest is ready to fly
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 22, 2011
Arisia 2011: Bigger, better, and building up to Boskone

Arisia 2011: Bigger, better, and building up to Boskone

Art: SHAENON GARRITY This past weekend, Arisia returned for its 22nd annual year. It's a sci-fi and fantasy convention that happens in Boston every year,...
By Maddy Myers  |  January 20, 2011

The year in tech

This year saw some tech wins (public information), some losses (privacy), and many more questions for the future of an increasingly wired world. (Example: Is anything secret anymore?) And there was the appearance of yet another grassroots David, and, as
Private eyes are watching you

The world is watching

You are being watched.
If you don't want the government, big industry, and some 15 year old to know your secrets, you're shit out of luck. And so far no one knows what to do about it.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 24, 2010

Ellis's endgame

A quarter-century after the debut of Less Than Zero , in what amounts to a self-referential epilogue, Ellis's spoiled children have grown into spoiled adults, and the magnets in their moral compasses rest askew.
Less than Less Than Zero
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  July 30, 2010


The new gay bars

If I may channel the late, great Estelle Getty for a moment: picture it, Provincetown, 2009, a dashing young man with no discernible tan and an iffy T-Mobile signal languishes bored upon the sprawling patio of the Boatslip Resort.
 Is that a paradigm shift in your pocket?
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  June 04, 2010

History's Greatest Recalls

"Oh no! No one can see that I have an iPhone!"
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  February 19, 2010
The iPad revealed: Is it #namefail or #netbookiller?

The iPad revealed: Is it #namefail or #netbookiller?

Engadget demos the iPadSteve Jobs finally unveiled his latest brainchild, the much-anticipated iPad, at an Apple event in San Francisco just this morning. The technophile...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  January 27, 2010

PODCAST: America's Test Kitchen's 2010 season preview [MP3]

America's Test Kitchen blooper reel Chris Kimball knows all. Or, at least, he knows way too much about the strange and deviant culinary flailings going...
By Shaula Clark  |  January 09, 2010

Through a glass darkly

Predicting a Super Bowl winner doesn't make you a genius: after all, given a pool of 32 teams, one of them is bound to capture the trophy. But predicting the future for an industry that's been buffeted by new technologies and economic vicissitudes, and
Forecasting the media year to come
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 08, 2010

It Came From CES: iPhone-controlled hoverdrones that can fight imaginary robots

Parrot's AR.Drone in actionThe exhibitors at CES can pack up and go home, because it's clear what this year's gadget is: the remote-controlled AR.Drone helicopter...
By Dave Barker  |  January 07, 2010

Microsoft plans for Xphone

The above image - the "Xune" - is a years-old fantasy of A.J. Kandy's. It's an Xbox 360-inspired version of Microsoft's mp3 player, the Zune,...
By Maddy Myers  |  December 30, 2009

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

Black Friday gadget review: Motorola Droid vs. iPhone

After giving up my iPhone and using a Motorola Droid for a week, I can say that no, it's not about to kill the iPhone....
By webteam  |  November 27, 2009

Nick Cave's R-Rated, $25 iPhone app for Bunny Munro: the future of reading?

Nick Cave reads from The Death of Bunny Munro. iPhone sold separately.As MC Hammer was to Twitter, so will Nick Cave be to iPhone audiobooks....
By Carly Carioli  |  September 08, 2009

Burrito, iPhone, Zombie, Pop Trash, Stark and WTF

  Info Burrito, Fletcher talks about his possible iPhone, Rob Zombie calls in, Pop Trash, Political Correspondent Steve Stark, and WTF Line Pt. 2 are...
By Charlie  |  August 26, 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
By RICHARD ASINOF  |  August 14, 2009
iPhone App finds you weed

iPhone App finds you weed

A new iPhone app from the Activists Justifying the Natural Agriculture of Ganja lets users find the closest available source of medical marijuana.  The app, cunningly...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  July 21, 2009
Sam Yoon in The Sandbox

Sam Yoon in The Sandbox

Boston Mayoral Candidate Sam Yoon stopped by The Sandbox studios this morning for My Song Is Better ...
By Charlie  |  July 09, 2009

Morning news: March 31, 2009

Bomb scare in the Square: Police appear ready to blow up Kenmore dummy; bicycle commuters forced int...
By Ryan Stewart  |  March 31, 2009

Gadgets worth getting

Gadgets worth getting

  1) Apple iPhone 3G ($199 - $699) -- With 15,000 applications and counting, Apple's latest iP...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  February 23, 2009
iPhone hype and WTF

iPhone hype and WTF

We discuss what you'd stand in line for, then check the WTF Line, which is still (781) 595-1017. Todays Not-So-Hidden track is "Unmarked Helicopters" by...
By Charlie  |  July 11, 2008