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GTACTAA...oh...not *that* kind of bio ;) I'm a tech writer at New York Times and elsewhere. Novel underway. It's Dr Kit, not Mr. Tweets=my own, red hair=not

Red-haired, recovering scientist, writer, photographer, thinker, not a dancer, but am terribly unhappy with filling in biography sections on sites like this. Feeling compelled to make a joke. Can't think of one. Hence will just waffle on a bit about my rather zig-zag career to journalism, mention my novel-in-writing, point out that explaining complex things in accessible ways is a specialty of mine, and close with a brief reminder ...

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What was your first job as a journalist?

Writing for Gizmodo

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Yes. I loved typing on one.

How is social media changing news?

Astonishingly, irrevocably, and from the inside out. Immediacy, access and un-verifiability are the watchwords.

The Smartphone Way to Inner Calm

The Smartphone Way to Inner Calm
nytimes.com — OUR busy modern lifestyles have a million wicked tricks for increasing stress, including the repeated pings and buzzes of our smartphones. But with the right app, a smartphone can actually be a tool to help reduce stress and find calm. One such app is Headspace, which is all about guided meditation.

With Dubsmash, Lip Syncing Like the Stars

With Dubsmash, Lip Syncing Like the Stars
nytimes.com — JENNIFER LOPEZ has done it. So have Rihanna, Khloé Kardashian, Reese Witherspoon, Cara Delevingne, Hugh Jackman and Josh Groban - some of them to hilarious effect. Each of these celebrities has used the app Dubsmash , which lets people make short selfie videos on their smartphones, where they lip sync to a soundtrack taken from a popular movie, television show, song or online meme.

Apps to Build Your Understanding of the Environment

Apps to Build Your Understanding of the Environment
nytimes.com — Earth Day, which takes place on Friday, has become an increasingly well-known event as politicians, billionaires and others take part in building awareness about the environment. You, too, can participate in Earth Day with apps that remind you how to add a touch of green to your life.

Hot Apple Rumor Of The Day: An ARM A5-Powered MacBook

Hot Apple Rumor Of The Day: An ARM A5-Powered MacBook
fastcompany.com — According to Macotakara, a Japanese publication which has had some pretty good successes predicting future Apple moves, Apple has a modified MacBook Air running inside its test labs. The new machine has an Apple-branded, ARM architecture A5 chip buzzing away inside it instead of a sliver of silicon made by long-term CPU partner Intel.

Now You Can Write the Great American Novel on the Subway

Now You Can Write the Great American Novel on the Subway
nytimes.com — IT USED to be that when a moment of inspiration struck writers, they would have to rush over to a stone tablet, or find parchment and ink, to record their thoughts. Later, writers had to find paper and a typewriter, or a laptop or desktop computer, to get busy with their storytelling.

What the Apple Watch Does, One Year Later

What the Apple Watch Does, One Year Later
nytimes.com — A YEAR ago this month, Apple made its Apple Watch available for sale. In the 12 months since, the smartwatch has received mixed reviews, and many people are still uncertain about what the device can do. The Apple Watch's uses, of course, partly depend on the apps available for it.

These apps promise to encrypt your data

These apps promise to encrypt your data
heraldtribune.com — Now that the FBI has found a way to access the data on an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California, killers, people might wonder how they can protect their mobile data, shining the spotlight on the many apps that promise secure emailing, messaging and more.

Sizing Up Apple’s New Downsized Devices

Sizing Up Apple’s New Downsized Devices
nytimes.com — The iPhone SE and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro were the two headline-grabbing devices that Apple unveiled last week. The gadgets stand out because they go against a recent trend of larger screen sizes; both devices have smaller screens than their immediate predecessors.

Spring cleaning, with software

Spring cleaning, with software
heraldtribune.com — Spring is time to clean, sort and tidy up. For those of us who actually hate that kind of thing, you can soften the blow with spring cleaning apps, starting with the simple but reliable Cleaning Checklist app. Unfussy and slightly old-fashioned in its design, Cleaning Checklist auto-populates cleaning checklists for your home.

The best encryption apps for your smartphone

The best encryption apps for your smartphone
smh.com.au — encryption lock digital The topic of smartphone security and secure communication is front and centre these days, thanks to the battle between Apple and the FBI over opening up an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California, mass shooters.
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May 05, 2016

@thatdanstewart Not just retirees... Tax status, visa status... A whole bundle could get complex for us (millions of) overseas dwellers too.

May 03, 2016

Writing and sending emails for work from a crowded metro train... :/ Good job my next #AppSmart column at the NYT is about calming apps! ;)

May 03, 2016

@LanceUlanoff @NASA Stunning isn't it? Candidate for my next phone screen backdrop :)

May 02, 2016

@IanCobain ... Did you see we're writing a book inspired by the list? :) unbound.co.uk/books/still-ba…

May 02, 2016

@StylistMagazine ... Did you see that we're writing a book about the list? Should be fun! unbound.co.uk/books/still-ba…


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