Technology

12:50pm

Mon December 31, 2012
The Two-Way

White House Website Draws Petition To End All Petitions

Originally published on Mon December 31, 2012 1:32 pm

The White House

Jeff Jarvis has had enough of the White House's petition site.

The 1-year-old site, We the People, is meant to be a place for Americans to directly entreat the president. Any petition that gathers more than 25,000 signatures in its first month is supposed to generate an official response from the Obama administration.

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3:46am

Mon December 31, 2012
Author Interviews

Death Of The (Predatory) Salesman: These Days, It's A Buyer's Market

iStockphoto.com

The familiar image of the salesman in American culture hasn't always been a flattering one. Just think of Alec Baldwin as the verbally abusive "motivator" of two real estate salesmen in Glengarry Glen Ross.

Daniel H. Pink, author of the new book To Sell is Human, says that this relentless, predator-style approach to selling has become outdated. He believes that the art of sales has changed more in the past 10 years than it did in the previous century.

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6:26am

Sat December 29, 2012
History

Virtually Anyone Can See The Dead Sea Scrolls Now

Originally published on Sat December 29, 2012 3:38 pm

A fragment of the 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls is laid out at a laboratory in Jerusalem. More than 60 years after their discovery, 5,000 images of the ancient scrolls are now online.
Uriel Sinai Getty Images

This week, an ancient and largely inaccessible treasure was opened to everyone. Now, anyone with access to a computer can look at the oldest Bible known to humankind.

Thousands of high-resolution images of the Dead Sea Scrolls were posted online this week in a partnership between Google and the Israel Antiquities Authority. The online archive, dating back to the first century B.C., includes portions of the Ten Commandments and the Book of Genesis.

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4:37am

Fri December 28, 2012
All Tech Considered

TV Broadcasters Amp Up The 'Second Screen' Experience

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 10:12 am

Broadcasters and other companies spent a lot of time and money this year bringing television to a second screen.
Slobodan VasicFotostorm iStockphoto.com

Once upon a time, there was one screen that TV broadcasters needed to fill. These days, it's all about the two-screen experience.

People have been watching television with their laptops, smartphones and tablets in hand for a while now. But this year, big business tried harder than ever to bring television to a second screen.

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2:34am

Thu December 27, 2012
Joe's Big Idea

The Quest For The Perfect Toothbrush

A drawing from Michael Davidson's 2012 patent for "Toothbrush And Method Of Using The Same."
Patent 8,108,962 U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

There are some consumer products where every year brings new innovations. Computers get faster, cellphones get lighter, cars get new bells and whistles.

It's easy to imagine why inventors are drawn to redesigning these products — the technology for making them is changing all the time.

But what about consumer products that have been around for a long time? For the toothbrush, the answer is a resounding yes.

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