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Patents Signal Invasive Future

Published on March 22, 2012 by in Columns

To anyone who’s been paying attention, it’s been a strange week.  “Hunger Games” mania has taken the country by storm, catapulting many of us into a futuristic, survivalist frenzy.  Last weekend, a quick survey of a popular news website offered stories ranging from “Recipes that satisfy your ‘Hunger Games’ hunger” to “‘Hunger Games’-inspired fashion.”  Another

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Homeless Hotspots

Published on March 22, 2012 by in Columns

Three weeks ago, no one knew Clarence Jones’s name.  He was nearly invisible—a homeless man, living on the streets of Austin.  Originally from New Orleans, Clarence became “houseless,” the term he prefers, when it was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.  After Katrina, his financial troubles snowballed, and he has since been living on the street. Clarence

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Your Digital Inheritance

Published on October 27, 2011 by in Columns

In this space, we have discussed the future of the Internet as it relates to “The Cloud.”  We’ve discussed the future of digital media—and how, one day, your entire collection of music, books, magazines, and movies might be stored on a portable, handheld device.  (Taking that a step further, they may reside on the Internet,

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Apple: A Personal History

Published on October 13, 2011 by in Columns

Last week, when Steve Jobs finally succumbed to cancer, the world lost a man of pioneering vision.  Countless tributes and memorials have been written in the interceding week, and I’m not sure that I can bring any new perspective to Steve Jobs life, but I’m compelled to share with you the things that made him

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