Technology companies and pundits are pushing hard for wearable computers, but will society accept them? Jeff Porten examines how social conventions have changed — and will continue to change — to accommodate the likes of smartwatches and Google Glass.
Jeff Porten continues to ferret out the best and the britest (sic!) at CES, with products ranging from USB 3.0 display drivers and iPhone camera lenses to Bluetooth-enabled forks and brainwave-driven cat ears. Really.
Jeff Porten continues on his journey to CES, stopping off for food and gadgets at the Pepcom Digital Experience, yet another press-focused event before the real thing starts.
CES started with a press preview event, and once again, Jeff Porten was on the ground for TidBITS, nosing out products that are both weird and wonderful.
Do you want newfangled video games to get off your lawn? Join Jeff Porten as he revisits some of the games of yesteryear, now available on the Mac thanks to GOG.com.
Jeff Porten shares an interesting insight from a talk by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson — we can identify abandoned or stagnating technologies when examples of that technology remain cool decades later. How might this inform our view of today’s cutting edge devices?
After listening to a speech by U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to a roomful security professionals, Jeff Porten muses about just how we should react to Napolitano’s statement that cyber attacks are the biggest threat we face.
What happens when you put 1,600 skeptics and Richard Dawkins into the same hotel as Chuck Norris and the United Fighting Arts Federation? What happens is that the skeptics, including our correspondent Jeff Porten, are treated to an extra-long Q&A session with the noted author. Dawkins, not Norris.
Continuing his reports from The Amazing Meeting, our roving correspondent Jeff Porten interviews the people behind a pair of popular podcasts: Skeptoid and the Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe.
Roving correspondent Jeff Porten heads to The Amazing Meeting, an annual conference organized by the James Randi Educational Foundation. In his first report, Jeff interviews JREF president D.J. Grothe about the organization’s mission and how it is using iOS devices to help people think critically.
At the Computers, Freedom, and Privacy 2011 conference, Jeff Porten describes and comments upon the keynote delivered by Senator Pat Leahy.
From the Computers, Freedom, and Privacy 2011 conference, Jeff Porten reports on a panel that discussed the role online media played in the Arab Spring revolutions.
At the Computers, Freedom, and Privacy 2011 conference, Jeff Porten passes on details of two additional talks, one on how teens view online privacy, and the other about data retention policies and their possible effects.
At the Computers, Freedom, and Privacy 2011 conference, Jeff Porten listens in on the debate about the proposed Do Not Track header that would theoretically prevent companies from tracking your online activities.
Playing the press fly on the wall, Jeff Porten listens in on the .nxt conference, where there’s much discussion of the wonderful future where .com, .edu, .org, and the many country top-level domains are joined by hundreds of others. But who still cares?