John S. Parker

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The Massive Digital Library of the Future Just Opened Its 'Doors'

After two and a half years of development, the Digital Public Library of America finally flipped the switch on and opened its website at DP.LA. …

How to become internet famous for $68

Santiago Swallow may be one of the most famous people no one has heard of.<p>His eyes fume from his Twitter profile: he is Hollywood-handsome with high cheekbones and dirty blond, collar-length hair. Next to his name is one of social media’s most prized possessions, Twitter’s blue “verified account” …

Social Media

App lets Icelanders know if they're about to bjork a cousin

A new Android app out of Iceland allows people in that small country to check that they're not about to get down and dirty with a relative.<p>At just 320,000, Iceland's population is tiny -- and apparently that can be a real problem, since, as every Icelandic native is descended from the same family …

Iceland

Pegleg Wants To Help You Find All Those Free, Full-Length Movies On YouTube

One of the worst kept secrets about YouTube is that it’s just teeming with full length movies, and I’m not talking about the ones that Google wants you to pay for. They’re not all that hard to come by despite the fact that uploaders presumably don’t want them getting yanked immediately, but those …

Gmail's New Compose Breaks Rapportive, Perhaps Its Most Useful Plugin

The universal deployment of Gmail’s new compose experience seems to have come at the expense of Rapportive, perhaps its most useful plugin. Rapportive connects addresses entered into the “to” field with the intended recipient’s social media profiles, pulling information such as job title, location …

How to find truly free wireless access

Gaps in free wireless Internet access are slowly being filled in by public and private organizations, as well as by ad hoc groups of wireless-network users offering a portion of their bandwidth to the public.<p>You're in the middle of a city park. You're at a rest stop on the side of the road, …

Wi-Fi