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NATE SILVER STUNNED THE POLITICAL pundits in 2008 when he used statistics to correctly call the presidential election outcome in 49 of the 50 states – as well as predicting winners in all 35 US Senate races. In short order, he was everywhere as an electoral and political analyst. The established players, with mouths gaping […]

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Nesting, In Home Smart Home
31 Jan 2014

by tmartin on January 31, 2014

MY SMOKE DETECTOR MAKES ME CRY. This detector isn’t a depot-cheapo. The electrician who installed it charged, well, a real bill for it. I like the idea of fire safety. If only! On a regular basis, this creature screams about frying bacon, seared pork chops, and stir fried vegetables with a shrill and ceaseless tone. […]

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IT’S A BIRD. IT’S A PLANE. IT’S THE KICKOFF trend story of 2014! That’s right – we’re talking drones here. Not drones as in mindless, emotionless beings or dull monotonous tones, nay, neither of those. We’re talking about the sexy drones, the ones that are sizzling hot and giving us the first juicy tech story […]

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Broadband … with Meaning
17 December 2013

by tmartin on December 17, 2013

JUST UNDER 30 YEAR AGO my grandmother asked for help. Handing me a bill from “the phone company,” she asked if I had any idea what it meant. There it sat in my hand, invoice spaghetti, the product of the 1984 AT&T break up that left normal people in unglamorous locations with the primary benefit […]

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SELFIE! SAY IT THREE TIMES FAST now: selfie, selfie, selfie. Kinda’ makes you giggle, doesn’t it? Maybe that’s why the general media went over the top reporting Oxford Dictionaries’ announcement this week that this cute ‘lil term took Word of the Year honors. Heck, it gave everyone a great chance to say selfie selfie selfie […]

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SOMETIMES YOU REALLY WANT TO SCREAM when you run a small business. You know what you need, but the only way you can get it by being a bigger business. Then technology happens. Technology changes the way we relate to each other – and that means traditional dynamics get flipped on their heads. No, I’m […]

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IN OUR DIGITAL ALL-CONNECTED WORLD, no place remains a land far away and unknown. And now, with Google’s latest project, even the inner workings of far-flung countries lie at your very finger tips. I’m talking about Constitute (https://www.constituteproject.org), in which the constitutions of every county gather before you, searchable, browsable, comparable. Actually, Google didn’t create […]

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AMERICANS, IN GENERAL, DON’T LIKE MATH. And they haven’t for … well … an awful long time. Some people think this puts the US at risk. If we, as a country, don’t start shoveling science and math into our students, pretty soon the center of the business universe may lie – cue ominous music! – […]

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WHEN YOU TALK transformational technologies, it really comes down to a handful — health, communication, and transportation among them. Health? Well, we’ve seen a century of dramatic change, where things that sounded like wild dreams in 1950  – bionic ears (http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing/pages/coch.aspx), mind-controlled wheel chairs (http://gizmodo.com/193641/mind-controlled-wheelchair), cameras-in-a-pill that record the innards and send the data back wirelessly […]

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THE OTHER DAY, WHILE HOLED UP in the local air conditioned library, I plucked a book off the shelf at random and began to read. This is, by the way, a perfectly lovely way to spend time when it is steamy hot outside! By happenstance, the book talked about a couple of my favorite topics: gardens […]

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