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Nuking Facebook: 30 days later, the fallout

A month ago I did the unthinkable. I quit Facebook. There’s a lot you might learn from my experience, even if you never follow me. I didn’t bail in a pique over privacy or ethically questionable emotion experiments. I was fed up with the time-wasting inconsistency of a news feed that Facebook algorithmically displays in… Read More

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Crowdsourced curation: Frye Art Museum wants you to remix its collection with a ‘like’

The people have spoken, and the people love the ducks. “It’s a pleasing painting, but it’s just a group of ducks,” the Frye Art Museum’s Chelsea Werner-Jatzke said about the 1900 work by Alexander Max Koester that’s winning an unusual popularity contest on social media. “Moulting Ducks” is one of the 232 century-old paintings in… Read More

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Digitally clueless: Why I finally canceled the Seattle Times

Dear Seattle Times executives, I’m writing you in the traditional letter-to-the-editor format because it’s one with which I’m certain you’re familiar. After all, you recently used it in your “Dear Seattle Times subscribers” summer e-newsletter. I’m also uncertain, based on the experiences I’m about to describe, if you’d understand anything more than an electronic replica… Read More

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The problem with the police’s plea to ‘Tweet Smart’

Considering this week’s events in Ferguson, Missouri, isn’t it smartest for the public to tweet more real-time police activity in some emergencies, not less? A coalition of local law enforcement agencies, including the Seattle Police Department, recently put out a public plea that seemed tough to argue with. “Seattle-area law enforcement agencies are asking you to ‘Tweet Smart’… Read More

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Ask Andru: Which Macs can run OS X Yosemite?

OS X 10.10, better known as Yosemite, represents the next-generation in Apple’s desktop operating system. Yosemite brings a new look to the desktop experience, and also ties OS X and iOS together through a feature called Continuity that I bet will make work a lot easier for Apple users. Currently available as a preview, Yosemite… Read More

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More than a great view: How Seattle’s iconic Space Needle is going digital

Take the elevator to the top and enjoy the view. That’s been the main attraction at Seattle’s iconic Space Needle for pretty much all of its 52-year history. The Needle hopes to change that starting this summer with a series of impressive digital enhancements. “We want to be the and,” says Karen Olson, the Needle’s vice president of marketing. “An amazing view,… Read More

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Facebook, you are dead to me … for now

Friends, and you are my “friends:” I’m giving up on Facebook. No more status updates, no more vacation photos, no more links to interesting columns (even those I haven’t written). While I’ll leave what I’ve posted over the past eight years up for now, I will no longer participate in what has become a time-wasting farce. Why?… Read More

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3 ways Glenn Greenwald changed how I look at privacy

Glenn Greenwald doesn’t mince words. The government is “truly devoted to the elimination of privacy in the digital age,” the lawyer and journalist told a sold-out crowd of 850 at Town Hall Seattle Tuesday night. “That’s not hyperbole.” It’s a call to arms. And part of it got to me. Seattle was Greenwald’s first stop… Read More

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I see dead words: Terminology that technology has left behind

There are words that are dead. They just don’t know it yet. The advance of technology has left, in its wake, zombie terminology. It’s the verbal equivalent of junk DNA, inserted as anchorless references in complex strings of day-to-day communication. Sometimes, it might cause us to briefly hesitate. While the words flow from our mouth or keypad,… Read More

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The Amazon model: 4 reasons your company should move to the heart of the city

The Weyerhauser Corporate Headquarters in Federal Way has earned awards for its architecture, interior design and energy conservation. It’s a “gorgeous, gorgeous” building, Scott Wyatt tells me. There’s just one problem. “There’s nothing happening there.” Wyatt, chairman of Seattle-based architecture firm NBBJ, far prefers the scene around Amazon’s offices in South Lake Union, where hotspots… Read More

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Lies my Fitbit tells me

It started at that stage in a relationship where the exhilaration and newness wears off. After eight months, I could no longer ignore worrisome behaviors. They’d become patterns. I finally had to confront my Fitbit about its deceptions. When I was first given my petite Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker last September, I didn’t just like it…. Read More