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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

Kit Eaton's Biography

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.

A Grab Bag of Software for the Apple Watch Upgrade — The Apple Watch that I wear generates a constant stream of questions from friends and strangers alike. One thing they always ask is whether the device is actually useful. I always answer yes - and that's even more so now that Apple has released the first major upgrade of the watch's operating system.

Is The Laptop Dead? Yup — Intel has been pushing a reference design on Eastern manufacturers for months now, and the pressure is finally paying off. Maker after maker has revealed its own take on what's dubbed the Ultrabook.
Sep 25, 2015

Nah, @harrymccracken. Odds are the iPad Pro will sell by the ton. More importantly it's the next phase of mobile:…

Some tools to use on those new iPhones — Apple's newest iPhones are hitting store shelves this Friday. Many millions of older iPhones and iPads are also getting an upgrade, as the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 9, is now available. What apps should you load on your new mobile device - or your updated iOS device?

Find Out What Apple’s New iPhones and iOS Can Do — Apple's newest iPhones are hitting store shelves this week. Many millions of older iPhones and iPads are also getting an upgrade, as the latest version of Apple 's mobile operating system, iOS 9, is now available. What apps should you load on your new mobile device - or your updated iOS device?
Sep 24, 2015

Getting a new iPhone? Updated your old one to iOS 9? Here are some good apps to try out… (by me @nytimesbits)

Video Feature: Pitch-Perfect Ways to Read Music Better — Like many students this time of year, my 7-year-old son has started learning a new musical instrument. His piano lessons emphasize confidence and noisemaking right now, but soon he will learn phrases like "Elephants get big dirty feet" for the notes on a musical stave and move on to more theory and instrument skills.

Visualizing Facebookers' Comments on Privacy Tweaks: Dislike Not an Option — Oh Facebook, when are you going to learn? When you've got over a third of a billion people using your site to basically fritter the day away, any tweaks are going to stir up your population. What are Facebookers saying about these new ones, then?
Sep 15, 2015

People have wanted a #dislike button on #Facebook for ages!… Now if only the company would see sense on other stuff...

Video Feature: Get the Broader View From a Smartphone Camera — Summer has waned. The children are back in school. Some of you may be looking back at the vistas in your summer holiday photos and already plotting the next getaway.

Does This Patent Reveal Secrets Of Apple Television? — The patent in question, number 8,099,665, was filed in late 2006 and among the short list of inventors listed one name, inevitably, stands out: Steve Jobs. The fact that Jobs is listed here adds a certain extra value to what's included in the filing but it's not actually the most interesting part.
Sep 09, 2015

A 2012 patent seems to have lots of the ideas for the new #AppleTV and its remote… (by me @fastcompany a while ago!)

Video Feature: ‘Universal’ Apps for Windows 10 That Call Many Gadgets Home — One of the big ideas underlying Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system is "universal" apps, meaning the same version can run on a personal computer, tablet and smartphone - no separate version is required for each gadget. That is a great hook to spur a proliferation of apps for Windows 10-based devices.
Sep 04, 2015

Video Feature: ‘Universal’ Apps for Windows 10 That Call Many Gadgets Home

Video Feature: Some Back-to-School Tools to Download — Students enjoying their last days of summer break have the threat of back-to-school time hanging over their heads, like the sword of Damocles. If that Damocles reference has you confused, why not look up the ancient story using the Google app?
Aug 27, 2015

RT @nytimesbusiness: Back-to-school apps that your student may enjoy. Review by @kiteaton:

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Oct 05, 2015

I played Patti Smith during dinner. My 7 y-o:"That was quite powerful!" My 4 y-o: "I can feel my mind changing!" #dinnerwithdad #music #yes

Oct 05, 2015

RT @inside: #Portugal reelected Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho, responsible for unpopular austerity measures. @business…

Oct 01, 2015

@Almar Glad you found the column useful! Thanks for the tweet

Oct 01, 2015

@ow So backwards ;) Most card readers here in Portugal have just been upgraded to include nfc it seems. Chip and pin is old hat here

Oct 01, 2015

Hey #AppleWatch owners--for a few good apps to run on WatchOS2.0 check out my @nytimestech column!…

Sep 30, 2015

Just saw 3 F16s scramble from here, heading southwest out over the Atlantic. In a hurry. Something big seems to be going on.

Sep 29, 2015

RT @NikaHarper: You can always make something. Doesn't matter what, but it's always an option you have. Make something.

Sep 28, 2015

For sake of simple math let's assume each new #iPhone sold for $600. #Apple just earned >$30,000 a second for 3 days…

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