Posts by Rob Walker, Yahoo News

  • 14 last-minute gift ideas for the tech-loving weirdo in your life

    Yahoo News4 mths ago

    Enjoy this holiday preview from the writers of Yahoo Tech, which opens for real in January! See all of our holiday articles here, and like us on Facebook for more.

    Our holiday gift guide has you covered if you're looking for the useful, the practical, and the helpful from the best giveable tech of 2013.

    But what if you're looking for something weird, joyous and irresistibly absurd?

    Well: This list ought to do the trick. In fact, it might even inspire you to blow of Christmas altogether and just get all this awesome stuff for yourself!

    Meanwhile, if you enjoy these gift-worthy collisions of tech culture with art, design and everything else, stop by the Procrastinaut Tumblr, why don’t you? The Xmas cheer over there is unstoppable.

    On to the list.

    1. Custom Video Game Covers

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  • In-flight cellphone calls about as good an idea as in-flight karaoke

    Yahoo News4 mths ago

    You know the burning, burning rage you feel when you get stuck sitting on a train or bus next to someone blabbing away on a cellphone?

    Well, you could soon experience that rage at 30,000 feet!

    The FCC is thinking of allowing fliers to yap on cellphones at high altitudes. The details of whether to allow such behavior would be up to airlines — which are going to end up annoying a lot of people no matter what they decide. Let’s hope, for the love of the airplane lavatory, that Delta and Southwest and the others unite in opposition.

    That, I think, would be a monopoly we could all get behind.

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  • JFK, in 140 characters

    Yahoo News4 mths ago

    The biggest news story of the week seems to be the anniversary of a news story: An absolute blizzard of content and commentary and interactive timelines and documentary recaps have reminded us that John F. Kennedy was assassinated 50 years ago today.

    In general, anniversary “coverage” is a dubious category — a variation on the pseudo-event idea that Daniel Boorstin complained about even while Kennedy was alive. But I admit, I’ve gotten caught up in revisiting-JFK mania. This is not a nostalgia thing (JFK died before I was born) or even the result of history-buff interest in Kennedy’s brief, albeit dramatic, presidency.

    It’s the way the event was covered in real time that I’ve been fascinated to revisit — from the vantage point of today’s infinitely more real-time, technology-driven news cycle.

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  • I spent a day reading nothing but native advertising

    Yahoo News5 mths ago

    The hottest topic in online media and marketing these days is the idea of “sponsored content,” or “native advertising”: basically, a paid advertisement that resembles an article that would run on that news website, with headline, photo and everything.

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