QR Codes: Is The US At A Tipping Point?

One of my favorite movie lines is from Contact, where Jodie Foster’s character tells the derisive government suit played by James Woods why the aliens who’ve made contact don’t just say “hi!” like normal people, rather than send a message through the first television transmission of any power that went into space – that of Hitler at a Nazi rally. “Math is the only true international language,” Foster says. Snaps back, actually. “Seventy percent of the planet speaks other languages.” 

And so it is with QR codes. QR what? Exactly. That was one of many points made at a really fun presentation by Nam-Ho Park at the recent mobileUXCamp in DC. [Read more…]

More on Spotify from the Wall Street Journal

I wrote my quick and dirty (and late at night after too much candy) impressions of Spotify last week for the Vienna Choral Society. If you’d like to see something more thorough, here’s Katherine Boehret’s tech review in the Wall Street Journal.

Basic Technology 101s You Should Know But Won’t Find Anywhere….

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"What does that key even do?"

If there’s one article you should save room for at the New York Times this month – damn you, paywall! – it’s David Pogue’s excellent State of the Art/Ins And Outs Of Using Technology, with a quick list of some common basics everyone should know. Like how you can skip to the beep on a cell phone message based on carrier, and what the heck that Windows logo key does. As Pogue writes,

It’s time to publish the first installment of what should be the Big Book of Basic Technology Knowledge — the prerequisite for using electronics in today’s society.

I couldn’t agree more! (Says the person who definitely slid six miles down the pop-up menu to fill out the state on an order form for years…..)