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Why BlackBerry’s argument for app neutrality is crazy

Last night, BlackBerry CEO John Chen penned a blog post on net neutrality. He was in favor of net neutrality but in the last half of his post introduced a whole new notion of neutrality: “application neutrality…
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To provide eyes or not to provide eyes

Be My Eyes is a clever app created by Hans Jørgen Wiberg, a Danish craftsperson who is also visually impaired. I could explain it but you should really watch this video. The design is quite clever. When…
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The morality of price spikes

New Years Eve has come and gone and with it the annual discussion regarding whether Uber’s ‘surge pricing’ is justifiable (for example, here in Slate and an excellent set of points from Tim B. Lee at Vox…
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Online education divides knowledge into chunks

Like many this past week I have found myself extremely impressed by Vi Hart and Nicky Case’s “Parable of the Polygons.” It is basically an interactive simulation that introduces students to an old game…
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Is Uber really in a fight to the death?

In recent days, since its PR troubles, there has been much discussion as to why Uber seems to be so aggressive. Reasons range from being inept, to the challenges of fighting politics against taxi regulations…
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We want to wear our wallets

I used to carry a wallet. It used to have notes, change, a driver’s license and then cards. The cards proliferated with debit, credit and reward cards. The wallet swelled. And then I added a phone to my…