It's a strange serendipity that this morning I was talking, from my sofa, to a class at the University of Missouri Journalism School.
Highly engaged and polite, they were too. (How will they ever make it as journalists?)
During a conversation about philosophy, technology, and dancing, they brought up an alumna, Marina Shifrin. Some seemed undecided exactly how proud of her they should be.
Shifrin, you cannot have forgotten, is the writer who quit a Taiwanese animation company by posting a YouTube video that has now been viewed by millions.
Reuters has canceled a planned bells-and-whistles Web site project that it has been working on for more than two years.
The news wire service announced Wednesday that it decided to cancel "Reuters Next" to focus on adding more video and photography to its existing Web sites and creating more local-language sites.
"I believe the existing suite of Reuters.com sites is a better starting point for where we need to go," Reuters CEO Andrew Rashbass wrote in a memo to his staff. "I know this will feel somewhat 'Back to the Future,' but the existing … Read more
Welcome to the first episode of a new video series called The Next Big Thing. Inspired by the supersession of the same name CNET has been presenting at the Consumer Electronics Show for the better part of a decade, this show will attempt to sort out what's really coming in consumer electronics, digital media, and online services -- and what's just a distraction. It's CNET from 10,000 feet, a view we've never really offered our entire Web audience before.
Awaiting you in this episode:
- Times have changed when it comes to smartphones and tablets. … Read more
Boingo has gone live with a hot spot that aims to take the hassle out of connecting to wireless networks.
The Wi-Fi provider announced Thursday the launch of its next-generation hot spot at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Dubbed Boingo Passpoint, the new hot spot promises a variety of benefits to mobile users.
Courtesy of roaming agreements between different carriers, you'll be able to seamlessly switch between a cellular and a Wi-Fi network. Your mobile device also will pick up the closest secure Wi-Fi network and automatically connect you without requiring a username or password.
Boingo Passpoint is … Read more
I love consumer technology, but that doesn't mean I love it for its own sake. Like you, I only spend my own time and money on tech that really works, without me having to contort my life around it. And, like you, I've seen more than a few "next big things" that weren't.
So for this Next Big Thing, we'll try to tease the two apart: real, meaningful trends from gadgetry and half-baked jump balls. We'll sample CNET videos that show you the tech behind big changes coming to our lives, then get … Read more
Microsoft was already forced to roll back its November launch markets from 21 countries to 12. Now, the company has quietly restricted Kinect's highly promoted voice control feature to only five of those markets.
"Xbox voice commands will not be available in all markets on the product release date. Voice commands will be available at launch in US, UK, CA, FR, and DE," reads the final line, buried at the very bottom of the page, of Microsoft's new Xbox One promotional page.
That means that Austria, Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, and Spain will … Read more
After having to concede that the Xbox One would not be able to meet its original 21-market goal at launch, Microsoft is reiterating the point it announced in June: its next-gen console's games will not be region-locked.
That means fans stuck in the eight European countries that won't be seeing the Xbox One until sometime in 2014 have a workaround available if they want to get their hands on the console come November.
Reiterating that the delay Microsoft announced on Wednesday was due to voice support for various languages into the console's dashboard, Microsoft's director of … Read more