Social Media Could Make New Strides for Civil Rights

Updated 11/18/14 The third in a series celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. If the organizers of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom had used Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media to draw people to Washington, what would have been different about that great gathering on the National Mall? That question kicked off a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday forum discussion this year. The conversation has grown from what could have happened …

Soothing the Savage Newborn, and Other Grandmother Tricks

As I reimmerse myself in the world of newborns (seven weeks and counting) after three decades off, I’m constantly amazed by the cool new inventions that make baby care so much easier the second time around. How did we boomer parents survive without resealable diaper tabs? Velcro swaddler blankets? Strollers with cup holders? >> 23 Fabulous and Famous Grandmas But the resource I prize above all others, the thing that has truly made a difference in the quality of my …

Goodbye, Desktop. Hello, Apps

If you’re not reading this on your smartphone or tablet, you will be soon. We’re in the midst of a revolution in digital media, and a new report offers two striking findings: Most of us are using desktop computers less and mobile platforms more. And those who spend most of their “digital media time” using apps outnumber those who don’t. The report, by the Internet analytics company comScore, breaks down the use of mobile media and apps by age. No …

‘Takei’s Take’ Takes Boston

One if by land and two if by sea? Maybe Paul Revere was a digital pioneer, since he “got” binary communication centuries before the digital cataclysm started to shake today’s world. From the home of the first American revolution, tech adventurer George Takei begins a series of four episodes of his award-winning YouTube series Takei’s Take in the Boston metro area, with three questions: How did Boston drive the tech revolution in America? Why did the scene shift to Silicon …

What I Wore to VidCon

Late last month I packed my bags and headed to Anaheim, Calif., to attend VidCon, the fifth annual gathering for YouTubers (or “creators,” as they prefer) and their adoring fans. As you can tell from the shot below, however, I’m not sure “adoring” quite covers it. Why, many people asked, would I put myself in the path (literally) of thousands (nearly 18,000, to be exact) of mostly teenage girls who frequently screamed as they ran after the newest, hottest, cutest, …

Google Glass: 5 Funniest Test Drives

Benny and Rafi Fine, known on YouTube and across the Internet as the Fine Brothers, have made a name for themselves by capturing how people (mostly kids and teenagers) react to such things as old computers, rotary telephones, Psy (the “Gangnam Style” sensation), viral videos, Honey Boo Boo – well, you get the idea. So maybe it was only a matter of time until the Fines set their sights on Google Glass, the newfangled – make that futuristic – technology …