How to hide a Wi-Fi file sharing box in an innocent-looking paper notebook

By Chris Meadows
September 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

Want to be able to tuck a hidden Wi-Fi router away in your pocket or purse for covertly sharing secret files? Node has a how-to guide that will show you how to hollow out a small paper notebook and put the guts of a portable Wi-Fi router and USB micro-SD adapter inside, creating an [...]

Amid proliferating ad-blocking, concerns of free content vanishing

By Chris Meadows
August 12, 2015 // 6 Comments

Is web content about to experience an “adblockolypse” now? Those are the concerns expressed in this piece on the Columbia Journalism Review, which offers an overview of the phenomenon and some fairly alarming estimates regarding the number of people who are doing it. (One source suggests that [...]

Might subscriptions be the best option for tech news?

By Chris Meadows
May 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

Not long after I posted my essay about how hard it is to make any money blogging, Bloomberg View has an article showing that even the major tech industry blogs face the same problem. Noting that Kara Swisher and Walter Mossberg’s Re/Code just sold itself to The Verge operator Vox Media after only [...]

GigaOm to return, possibly as content farm

By Chris Meadows
May 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

Back in March, tech news site GigaOm shut down due to bankruptcy. However, it appears to be lurching zombie-like back from the grave. And just as with zombies, it sounds as though the resurrection may be a significant step down from the original incarnation. The only real public information [...]

More on the ‘Content’ Question

By Joanna Cabot
January 8, 2015 // 1 Comment

‘Content’ seems to be the buzzword of 2015 so far—first, there was the content ‘glut’ story I posted on January 3 and then yesterday, the issue of international users who avail themselves of VPNs to watch the American version of Netflix. Also yesterday, our friends at [...]

Twitter journalist damages award reaffirms independent content creators' rights

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

A US federal jury has just found media companies Agence France-Presse and Getty Images guilty of wilful violation of the Copyright Act by lifting photos of the 2010 Haiti earthquake from the Twitter account of Haitian photojournalist Daniel Morel, and awarded him $1.2 million in damages. The case [...]

Licensing vs. Owning Content

By Joanna Cabot
October 23, 2013 // 5 Comments

It is a debate so common that I don’t even need to pull up citations for this one. Do you own your ebooks? Or is what you are paying for merely a license to use the content in ways which the content seller pre-approves for you? On the ‘it’s only a license’ side are the terms [...]

Is the 'Download' Model For Technology Going to Become Obsolete?

By Joanna Cabot
October 19, 2013 // 3 Comments

The Beloved and I have had many an amusing conversation about how we would explain the technology of our youths to the children in our lives. I think they will find the computer mouse hilariously quaint, and the notion that if you wanted to phone somebody and they were not home, that was it will I [...]

The Bundling (and Debundling) of Digital and Print Content

By Joanna Cabot
September 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

Hot on the heels of Amazon’s new Matchbook program, which aims to facillitate your access to ebooks of print titles you own already come this story about Time Warner’s attempts to ‘unbundle’ the print from the digital. As the article explains, subscribers to print [...]

Google Chromecast: One more thing to annoy the content providers

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
July 26, 2013 // 1 Comment

All Things D has a great article today on the Google Chromecast and the probable reaction from content providers. Our own Paul St John Mackintosh has already written about Chromecast, so if you need to catch up, check out his excellent article. But if you’re just joining us, know that for [...]

Cord Cutters, Digital Mooches and the Content Conundrum of the Future

By Joanna Cabot
March 29, 2013 // 1 Comment

Dan linked to a great article in today’s Morning Links roundup about ‘digital mooches,’ aka the 20-somethings who may be leaving Mom and Dad’s house in the coming years, yet seem to have no plans to leave their parents’ cell phone contracts or Netflix subscriptions. I [...]

For unique content curation, try Swayy (free to 300 readers)

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
March 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

Last week I discovered a new content curation service, Swayy. It’s in beta right now, but at the end of this post, I’m going to give you a code to allow you to try it. So … what exactly is Swayy, and why should you care? As you can see from the screenshot, you give Swayy access to [...]

Why We Pirate, and Why We Don't

By Joanna Cabot
March 15, 2013 // 3 Comments

One of the anti-DRM arguments people often make is that if you make it easy enough for people to buy content legitimately, they won’t need to pirate anymore. Here is a case study in favor of that argument: Thorin Kiosowski over at Lifehacker has a great essay up about why he stopped pirating [...]

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