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Facial recognition software and other badass privacy intrusions

Action Speaks
Action Speaks, the panel discussion series at Providence art space AS220, continues its fall season — "Private Rights and Public Fights" — on October 31 with a look at our surveillance society. The event, free and open to the public, begins at 5:30 pm.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 24, 2012
shorttakes TylerPerry

Review: Tyler Perry's Good Deeds

Perry's latest melodrama
Tyler Perry is no Douglas Sirk. In his latest melodrama, his uptight exec, San Francisco software company CEO Wesley Deeds, is no Madea, either. Hell, Deeds doesn't even know who he is himself.
By BRETT MICHEL  |  February 28, 2012
Overdub Tampering 3

The Overdub Tampering Committee

How a group of Boston musicians exacted their weird price from the world of online music sharing — without actually doing a thing
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 is a story about how my pop-music infatuation led me to fabricating a web of lies I called the Overdub Tampering Committee.
By RYAN WALSH  |  February 15, 2012
designing education

Graduate programs in visual design teach more than just software skills

Designing a future
For me it was important to go back to school because while I had a BA in communication arts, I did not have the design history and foundation necessary to create designs that communicate effectively.
By BRITTANY KEARNAN  |  August 05, 2011

Home sweet studio

The latest on DIY recording
Drums in the living room, control room in the foyer, and guitar amps isolated in separate corners of the dining room — this is the shape of the modern low-budget studio.
By JACK MILLS  |  May 27, 2010

Apple loses its cool

Once the underdog cult darling battling the evil empire, Apple is fighting an image problem — and critics, who say it’s betrayed the digital revolution
Sheez, they’re getting awfully touchy out in Cupertino.
By WEN STEPHENSON  |  May 14, 2010

Is genius immortal?

Tech god Ray Kurzweil is a modern-day Edison. Now he's battling to stay alive — forever
No disrespect to the man who let there be electric light, but Ray Kurzweil is Thomas Alva Edison on steroids.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 03, 2010

Birth of a museum

A push in Portsmouth
Nobody starts an art museum. Most of the art museums in America were founded in the later 19th century, when esthetics became part of the larger cultural language — the Portland Museum was started in 1882.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  March 03, 2010

Review: Brooklyn’s Finest

Tango and Crash
Somebody must have drawn up a computer program on Crash -like multi-narrative screenplays, because it's infected the system and won't go away.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 02, 2010

Holy Scrollers!

The future of e-publishing can be found in one of the world's oldest books.
It hadn't been a pleasant millennium so far for books. But then, lo this past month, Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled his company's new iPad, and there was much rejoicing.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  February 22, 2010

Tilting at Windows

Software 'Saint' Richard Stallman fights for computing freedom — and against corporate control
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 with computing.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 18, 2009

Hacking pact

With big record companies willingly bucking technology, musicians and software types gathered in Cambridge to revolutionize the industry.
On an unheralded fall weekend right before Thanksgiving, a roomful of amateur hackers and Web rock stars gathered in East Cambridge for a historic convention that could dramatically reshape the way we get our music.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 02, 2009

Inside the term-paper machine

The black market of term papers exposed
It’s never been easier for college students to hire someone else to write their term papers for them.
By COLMAN HERMAN  |  November 04, 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 and out.
By RICHARD ASINOF  |  August 12, 2009


Online health info can make you crazy
Last year, a co-worker (who shall remain nameless to save her from additional embarrassment) discovered a bug bite on her leg. It was slightly different than a typical mosquito bite; it was more bruise-like, and a bit painful to the touch. Not having any insect-bite specialists on hand, my colleague turned to the Internet for help identifying the source of her ailment.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 22, 2009
goose list

Shudder to think

Chill out this summer with Goose Bumps, Vol. 3
With the tools available to electronic musicians — software and limitless collaborators available through the Internet — the only limiting agents are ambition and work ethic. Well, talent, too, but that can be as easily wasted as ever if you don’t know how to use the platforms available to you for putting it on display.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 08, 2009

Drawn together

Comic Koffeeklatsch
Boston needs more superheroes. Not because our metropolis is gripped by an unprecedented crime spree, but, says Dave Kender, because our comics are perhaps not muscular enough for their own good.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 03, 2009

With the accent on computer

Say What?
" Pardon ?"
By JULIA THROOP  |  May 20, 2009

God is dead

Demigod can't resurrect PC gaming
One of the biggest mysteries of the video-game marketplace is why the PC seems to lag so far behind consoles as a gaming platform. After all, Windows computers have the kind of market penetration that Sony and Nintendo can only dream of.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  May 05, 2009

Bytes of knowledge

Getting the most from an online education
Once upon a time, we thought it was novel to be able to buy books in our bathrobes.
By CLEA SIMON  |  April 29, 2009

Keepin' it real . . . sort of

Virtual reality at the Boston Cyberarts Festival
The 2009 Boston Cyberarts Festival (April 24–May 10) includes a handful of shows that focus on computer-simulated environments, both real and imaginary.
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  April 15, 2009

Can the geeks save Rhode Island?

The tech sector offers promise for the economic future, but a small labor pool and other hurdles must be overcome
The tech sector offers promise for the economic future, but a small labor pool and other hurdles must be overcome
By MARION DAVIS  |  February 04, 2009

Smooth operators

The year in Auto-Tune
The year in Auto-Tune
By RICHARD BECK  |  December 24, 2008

Year in Games: Where it's at

Succeeding on the strengths of their settings
This was a strange year for video games.
By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 31, 2008

A moral dilemma

State and local politics is paralyzed by fear
We need serious action and strong leadership — and a public trust that is unlikely to be given.
By EDITORIAL  |  November 26, 2008

The Big Hurt: The week in digital mishaps

Internets threaten Kid Rock, Steven Tyler, and sexy bits
Say what you will about Kid Rock, but I will not allow you to deny that the man is a fucking artiste .  
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 15, 2008

Will FairPoint run out of money?

Land-line woes
Wall Street’s melt down could burn consumers throughout Northern New England — especially those in Maine.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 17, 2008

Out of this world

Benjamin Rosenbaum’s The Ant King
The worlds Rosenbaum creates feel less like a separate or “alternate” reality and more like a colorful, if complicated, extension of the one we know.
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  August 26, 2008

Schmaltz Coney Island Lagers

Freaking delicious
The latest offerings from New York’s Schmaltz Brewing Co. celebrate — as Elvis Costello once put it — the “other side of summer.”
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 13, 2008

We told you so

FairPoint’s phone-line takeover is as bad as regulators feared.
FairPoint’s transition has been slow, and is already four months behind schedule.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  July 02, 2008

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