Chipping in: How all those new credit cards will get issued


For years, credit card companies have been talking about “worldwide” cards that have a chip to allow use in certain countries overseas where a swipe isn’t deemed secure enough. Here in the U.S., that has been considered too inconvenient to switch to a chip and PIN system, that is, until the Target credit card debacle led to some thoughts over whether the protests were a bit too forceful. Continue reading

Jam and Candy reunites the original Boxerjam team


One of my post popular posts on the blog so far is about the demise of Boxerjam, an early leading gaming platform site that created interactive online “game shows” that people could play with friends and other online users, gameplay which remains somewhat unique and elusive more than a decade later. A notable fact was it was founded by Julann Griffin, who, while wife to Merv Griffin, was credited with co-creating Jeopardy! She’s long been credited with asking Merv why he didn’t flip the standard Q&A and give the answers, and have people provide the questions? Continue reading

A font change that set the Internet abuzz


Twitter made waves recently when it decided to roll out a more modern font as its primary typeface. Many sites do it, but the ubiquity of Twitter made the decision more prominent, enough so that they even announced it on their support handle. Continue reading

YouTube has more everything: Video quality report


Netflix has for years provided reports about the quality of networks and how that’ll affect your ability to stream video, and now Google is getting in the game with their Video Quality Report, which lets you know how a provider’s doing and what level quality of video you can count on when watching video. Continue reading

From big budgets to guerilla games


The enormous budgets of A-list video game titles, and the risks they bring, along with huge successes by indie publishers like the successful Threes! game written about here earlier, have encouraged game companies to think smaller when it comes to a portion of their release schedule. Continue reading

More thoughts about the ‘death of the homepage’


About 10 days ago I featured a post about how the New York Times homepage is becoming increasingly irrelevant in the age of social media and people reading content that’s shared with them or recommended to them. Poynter has followed this up with some additional graphs and insight, which adds additional interesting points. Continue reading

YouTube has everything: Haynes Furniture commercials


Before moving to Connecticut in 1993, I was born and raised for the first 11 years of my life in Tidewater, Virginia. Here in Connecticut, we grew up knowing Bob of Bob’s Discount Furniture and his crazy mix of catchphrases, talking and dancing furniture and low-budget advertisements, but it of course was incredibly effective, given how much the company’s grown over the years. Virginia’s equivalent is Haynes. Continue reading

Paving a new path with solar roadways


An IndieGogo campaign is pushing forth an effort to seek funding for an idea that’s actually quite far along, but sounds very futuristic in concept: Solar panel roadways that can generate energy and help handle storm runoff at the same time, not to mention be lit up with LED technology and even keep snow and ice from melting on the roads.  Continue reading