Category Archives: Technology

UberBoat Boston

This could be interesting. Starting this week, Uber began offering boat rides around Boston Harbor for $10/person: “June 4 through June 15, you can use the Uber app to request a water taxi, powered byBoston Harbor Cruises. Make waves as you ride … Continue reading

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Lasers for Space Broadband

Speeds of 622 Mbps from the moon: Wireless broadband service went cosmic in a demo conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory and NASA, in which a laser-based communication uplink between the moon and earth beat the … Continue reading

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Google Just Bought Some Scary Robots

From the NYT: “Google confirmed on Friday that it had completed the acquisition of Boston Dynamics, an engineering company that has designed mobile research robots for the Pentagon. The company, based in Waltham, Mass., has gained an international reputation for … Continue reading

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Learning to Code (Kind of)

Aside from playing around with visual basic over the years (I coded a configurable metronome in 1997 and a number of other simple windows-based apps), and learning just enough HTML and CSS to know which questions to Google to run … Continue reading

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Social Media Explained

This found its way to my inbox today: Source: Unknown

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Disruptive Technologies: Advances That Will Transform Life, Business, and the Global Economy

From Mckinsey via The Big Picture, a very thoughtful look at the economic impact of various game changing technologies. Here’s the high-level summary: The rest of the slides are here, and the full report is here.

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Internet Trends of 2013

Lots of great content in Mary Meeker’s 2013 internet trends presentation: I found this slide on the share of global GDP by country/region to be particularly interesting:

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From Out of Nowhere

Via Barrons via The Big Picture, interesting trends in the computing space: I find it a little bit funny that the graphic says, “from out of nowhere, smartphones have passed global PC sales.” The slope of both smartphone graphs shifted … Continue reading

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Cloud Follow-Up

In response to my post yesterday on cloud backup solutions, Colin suggests another interesting solution: Rather than pay $60 a year for cloud backup, I invested in the personal cloud. Connect this to your router and set your Mac or pc to … Continue reading

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The Cloud’s Got My Back

I’ve had a rough couple of weeks with my computer — at times I’ve felt as though I’m back in the 90’s when computers just crashed on a regular predictable basis for all sorts of nonsensical reasons. The focus of … Continue reading

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