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Introducing new wine app Drync Direct

Launched at this month's Boston Wine Expo, the locally developed Drync Direct lets oenophiles stock up on new vintages with their iPhones, whenever and wherever they discover them.
By CHERYL FENTON  |  February 21, 2013

iPads innovate education in Massachusetts schools

Classroom engagement? There’s an app for that.
Imagine high school without textbooks.
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  August 03, 2012

Your guide to Netroots Nation 2012

Memes and madness
So many panels, so many receptions, so many opportunities to get filthy drunk. It's hard to know where to begin. Well, you've come to right place.  
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 04, 2012

Serious ROFLcon is serious

The revolution will not be televised — but it will be turned into an animated .gif
Zawinski's law of software envelopment holds that all programs continue to expand until they can read email.
By BOSTON PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 02, 2012

Interview: Simon Reynolds tries to look forward

Quick, try to think of futuristic music that has nothing to do with the music of the past. Can't do it?
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 24, 2012

The biggest problem with music

If you had to pick a single pain in the ass for the Rethink Music conference to solve, here’s the one that would make the greatest impact
If you want to buy a song, chances are you'll end up at a one-stop shop like iTunes or Amazon — storefronts with set prices, clear rules, and instantaneous delivery.
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  April 23, 2012

An app for autism

Tech to speech  
This month marks the second anniversary of Apple's first public iPad release.
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  April 19, 2012

Kevin Kelly brings his happy Darwinism to Providence

Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Wired magazine, now holds the title of "senior maverick" with the publication. And his contrarian tendencies have earned him a huge following among the geekery — and plenty of scorn from critics.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 07, 2012

For Cherie King, paid employment doesn't bring shelter

The working homeless
According to a 2011 survey by the US Department of Mayors, Boston's homelessness rate is in moderate decline. Still, the plight of the working, struggling people on the street remains a real one.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 07, 2012
TJI: Mass Pirate Party Conference

Putting the 'Arrrr' in DRM

Booty Call
Forget Talk Like a Pirate Day. In the 2012 elections, November 6 will be Vote Like a Pirate Day — if you happened to have joined a growing number of hackers and Internet activists and registered as a member of the Massachusetts Pirate Party (MAPP).
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  March 07, 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
Backtalk - Wenders

Interview: Wim Wenders takes 3D one step further

Pina envy
Some are surprised that Wim Wenders, like fellow veteran of the '70s New German Cinema Werner Herzog, has embraced something as newfangled as 3D.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 18, 2012

The cost of open courseware

MITx Files
MIT's announcement last month of a new online certification program made national news.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 20, 2012

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Gadgets for both sides of the Occupy divide

Gearing up
Is Santa a one-percenter? Sometimes it seems that way.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 06, 2011

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FairPoint layoffs were always part of the plan

We Told You So Dept.
While FairPoint executives are saying that the 400 layoffs the company announced last week are related to "workload" and "competition," they're hoping everyone forgot that their business model — especially in northern New England — requires regular downsizing to have a prayer at success.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 14, 2011
new spy kids

Review: Spy Kids: All the Time in the World

S trictly for the kiddies
Director Robert Rodriguez has made no bones about this one being strictly for the kiddies.
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  August 23, 2011

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Live forever 3

Review: How to Live Forever

Wexler mocks the "anti-aging marketplace"
Take the most depressing movie imaginable, add The Golden Girls , multiply by Cocoon , and that's How To Live Forever .
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 16, 2011
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Review: The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

Nicolas Roeg's enigmatic sci-fi film
Star Wars came out the year after Nicolas Roeg's enigmatic sci-fi film (re-released now in an uncut version), and after that no studio was likely to make anything similar again, nor would many audiences have the patience to watch it.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 10, 2011

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Eli Pariser is interviewed by Ethan Zuckerman about his new book

Eli Pariser talks about The Filter Bubble

News feeding
When he was executive director of the progressive advocacy organization Move On, Eli Pariser had the chance to meet lots of fellow liberals. But he had fewer conservative friends, and he worried he was missing out on their perspectives on political and social issues.
By ETHAN ZUCKERMAN  |  May 26, 2011

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The rise and uncertain future of ''pirate'' radio in Boston

Will Boston’s unlicensed radio stations go legit?
After a 10-year campaign by proponents of hyper-local radio, Congress finally passed the Local Community Radio Act in December. So how will that affect Boston's burgeoning "pirate" radio landscape?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 07, 2011

South by Southwest Interactive plots a course to a better world

Peace, love and QR codes
Peace, love and QR codes
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 24, 2011

Love and Robots in Death and the Powers: The Robots' Opera

In Tod Machover's new opera, Death and the Powers , high technology meets high anxiety
A third of the way through the opera Death and the Powers: the Robots' Opera , the leading man becomes a machine.
By CHRIS DAHLEN  |  March 18, 2011

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