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June 30, 2014 at 3:31 PM

#techbookbinge: ‘Smarter Than You Think’ leaves tech open to surprises

Now that I’ve finished “Smarter Than You Think,” I’m realizing that the thing I like most about author Clive Thompson’s approach is captured nicely in what follows each chapter title. A cursor style underscore_ Works that crunch technology’s goodness or badness like closure. “The Shallows” by Nicholas Carr was last week’s read in my…

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June 22, 2014 at 9:53 PM

#techbookbinge: ‘The Shallows’ sounds a narrow but compelling red alert about our brains

I just finished “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains” by Nicholas Carr. It’s book 1 in my summerlong #techbookbinge, and it was — appropriately — a brainy start. Well, most of the time. Some chapters infuriated me. If an alien race read this book and knew nothing else about us, they…

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December 14, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Catching up with earlier glimpses of a tech year

Adam Baggett, Adam Wygle, Bryan Zug, Sara McNally and Scott Berkun (crouched) show off We Make Seattle coasters at Pioneer Square letterpress shop Constellation & Co. Thursday, the morning after their project to create a film celebrating Seattle was funded on Kickstarter. (Mónica Guzmán / Seattle Times)

Adam Baggett, Adam Wygle, Bryan Zug, Sara McNally and Scott Berkun (crouched) show off We Make Seattle coasters at Pioneer Square letterpress shop Constellation & Co. Thursday, the morning after their project to create a film celebrating Seattle was funded on Kickstarter. (Mónica Guzmán / Seattle Times)

Tech never stops. As we near the end of 2013, I thought I’d give you an update on some of the stories and habits we talked about this year.

Are you “showrooming”?

“It makes you feel kind of used,” Patti Harriman of Ravenna Third Place Books told me in May about showrooming. That’s the term for a behavior that’s putting local businesses at risk — finding something you want at a store but ordering it from someone else online, usually for less money, and sometimes right there, right from your smartphone.

It presents a conundrum: Do you buy a product at the best price, hurting the store, or do you buy from the store, hurting your wallet?

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