Yes, it's time again for Scary Tech Trends. We've been remiss in our last few years of Scary Tech coverage, but we're baaaaaaaaaaaaaack. In previous years, the monsters were such awful ghouls, ghosts and goblins as Unreliable Clouds, IT Consolidation, Virtual Workplaces, The Never-Ending Workday and Cyber Bullies from Hell. This year, I've got a bunch of new ones for you, so let's crack open a fresh bucket of chilled monkey brains and get our B-movie rolling. The Night of the Smartphone and Tablet Zombies You've seen these poor, lifeless beings everywhere. People... if you can still call them that... with pallid, emotionless faces, staring down at small screens while they walk direction-less down the street, completely unaware of their surroundings. Yet these poor souls actually believe they are more "connected" to the outside world and more people than ever. Sometimes they return to real life, and have real interactions with living human beings, but then this … [Read more...] about 2012 Top Scary Trends in Tech
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If it weren’t for the fine print, you’d never know the two were connected. On the entire Dark Rye website, the Whole Foods logo is nowhere to be seen. And yet, Vadan Less, whose team developed Dark Rye, says the online magazine does not mean to hide that it’s published by Whole Foods Market. Launched in March 2012 by Less and his collaborator, Jacob Ellenberg, the online magazine presents stories that are not necessarily about food or products, but use inspirational storytelling to bolster the cultural ideologies of Dark Rye’s parent brand. Is this the future of advertising? Will more companies invest in original narrative content as an alternative to traditional marketing? We sat down with Vadan Less, a proponent of the slow media movement, and self-described serial entrepreneur Jacob Ellenberg – who interestingly holds a degree in organizational behavior, narrative theory, and mysticism (!) – to find out. You’ve described the magazine … [Read more...] about Q&A: Is Whole Foods Market spearheading a new form of advertising?
Judging by my monthly analytics reports, 2012 was the year of Windows 8. My most popular posts this year were, invariably, about Windows 8. In fact, I continue to get emails every day asking questions about Windows 8 that I've covered in posts throughout the year. So I decided to take the 10 questions I'm asked most often about Windows 8 and assemble the answers right here, along with links to articles that go into much greater depth on the topic. Here's the list: Page 1: Is Windows 8 worth the upgrade? What should I know before I begin installing Windows 8? Where is the Start menu? What's the difference between Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro? Are there any deals on upgrades? Page 2: Can I use Windows 8 in a virtual machine? What happened to Media Center? What's the point of Windows RT? Where can I find PCs with Windows 7? How do I downgrade to Windows 7? This post doesn't cover every question, but it covers the big ones. Including the biggest one of all: Is Windows 8 worth the … [Read more...] about Your top 10 Windows 8 questions of 2012, answered [Year in Review]
This is part of CNET's "Dining Redefined" series about how technology is changing the way you eat.Crunch!My teeth pierce the crisp outer shell and sink through a fine layer of honey-infused dough, allowing the creme fraiche with its precious cargo of glossy caviar to spill over my tongue. The little black pearls pop like starbursts between my teeth, each sending a salty hit into the creamy, crispy, fluffy mix.Chef Eduard Xatruch of Disfrutar in Barcelona likes to call this dish "the best sandwich in the world." I choose to fondly remember it as a fried pillow of joy sent from heaven to save my tastebuds from yet another plate of patatas bravas. Cooking this bite-size masterpiece in hot oil while maintaining the freshness of its cool, soft center is no easy feat, but these magic tricks are a big part of what Disfrutar, an experimental Catalonian restaurant filled with natural light, is all about. It's fiddly work that's preceded by months of research in the team's lab in the basement of … [Read more...] about Science passes the taste test at these top restaurants
Microsoft said Tuesday that Chief Financial Officer John Connors is leaving the company to take a job with a venture capital firm. The company said that the 16-year Microsoft veteran would become a partner at Ignition Partners, a Seattle-area venture firm. Connors had served as CFO for the last five years and most recently helped spearhead a plan to return $75 billion to shareholders over four years, including a one-time $32 billion payout that took place last year. Connors also presided over another major shift, in 2003, when the company switched from awarding workers stock options to instead giving actual shares of restricted stock. Connors told CNET News.com last year that paying stock dividends was the right move from a number of perspectives, including reducing Microsoft's legal liability. "The less cash we have, the less likely we are to be a big honey pot for the single largest growth industry in the United States--the trial lawyers," Connors said. "So you can't ever make too … [Read more...] about Microsoft finance chief heads off to new venture