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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.

Filters That Add a Dash of Dazzle to Smartphone Photos

nytimes.com — When I learned about photography years ago, one of my favorite tricks with the camera was to use a filter - perhaps a color gel or a diffuser - to add a special effect to the final photograph. Now I can do the same thing on my smartphone, thanks to photo filter apps.

The iPhone 7 might have a camera with two lenses-here’s why that’s a great idea

qz.com — The biggest rumor so far about this year's iPhone 7, expected in the fall, is that it will have two camera lenses on its back. Among various design changes, the new iPhone will reportedly lose its rear camera "bump" and it'll get two cameras on its rear instead of one, according to MacRumors.
Feb 05, 2016

RT @Journerdism: The iPhone 7 might have a camera with two lenses—here’s why that’s a great idea bit.ly/1PoeYXD

An Expanding Universe of Space Apps

nytimes.com — From the reusable rockets by SpaceX to the stunning photos of dim and distant Pluto, space is all over the news. While becoming an astronaut is out of reach for most of us, there are plenty of apps that can take your mind on a journey to the final frontier.

Swiping your way to a Valentine’s match

bostonglobe.com — All the cute red hearts, chocolates, flowers, and poetry can get irritating this time of year if you're searching for someone special. It doesn't have to be that way. Technology continues to make it easier to find a romantic match, and many of the best tools are mobile apps.
Jan 31, 2016

RT @BostonGlobe: Using Tinder sounds easy, and it is, although the selection process can feel strangely impersonal bos.gl/FU8kiI5

Wearing a bike helmet may make you more likely to take risks and get into accidents

qz.com — New research from the UK casts a controversial new light on the matter of cycle helmet safety, because it says when you strap a helmet on, you feel more like taking risks. And taking risks on a bike could mean getting into accidents. Wearing a cycle helmet sounds like a straightforward, common sense, all-around great...

Apple’s supposed small, new iPhone is a smart idea-mostly because of its price

qz.com — Apple is reportedly preparing to release an entirely new iPhone. It's not the iPhone 7, though. It's said to be a smaller, cheaper device with a 4-inch screen-a phone size that Apple hasn't done for a new model since the iPhone 5S in 2013.
Jan 31, 2016

RT @qz: Apple’s supposed small, new iPhone is a smart idea—mostly because of its price qz.com/604500

Video Feature: Finding a Valentine, With a Tap or a Swipe

nytimes.com — All the cute red hearts, chocolates, flowers and poetry can get irritating this time of year if you're searching for someone special. It doesn't have to be that way. Technology continues to make it easier to find a romantic match, and many of the best tools are mobile apps.
Jan 30, 2016

RT @nytvideo: Interested in online dating, but don't want to use Tinder? Try one of these alternative apps nyti.ms/1UtvJUM

Spotify is adding video to try to stop you from running it in the background

qz.com — Spotify is finally primed to launch its video service "by the end of next week" in the US, UK, Sweden, and Germany, according to the Wall Street Journal (paywall). If you're an Android Spotify app user, you'll get videos later this week, and if you're an iOS owner you'll have to wait until next week....
Jan 25, 2016

RT @qz: Spotify is adding video to try to stop you from running it in the background qz.com/602160

Europe wants to build a village on the moon

qz.com — The International Space Station, as amazing as it is, isn't going to be around forever-or even for very long. Sometime in the 2020s, the program will come to an end. Europe has been thinking about where it will carry out space research after this date, and it's aiming high.

Video Feature: ‘Quantified Self’ Apps to Help Track Habits and Identify Patterns

nytimes.com — THIS year, I'm trying to keep better track of my life. That includes tallying how much I exercise, how often I use my phone and how well I sleep. To do all of that, I've turned to a trend called "quantified self," which is essentially using technology to monitor many daily activities.
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Feb 12, 2016

RT @anildash: Probably the best example of Apple's radically more open comms these days is @gruber interviewing @cue & Federeghi: https://t…

Feb 12, 2016

I think @CanonUSAimaging may be having a narcissism issue. Or possibly a bot problem ;) pic.twitter.com/jKOmRuac0a

Feb 12, 2016

Want to see the #Ghostbusters’ new wheels from the upcoming film? Meet #Ecto2! It’s the first official image :) pic.twitter.com/4qhhDo6PXv

Feb 12, 2016

@ashleyfeinberg Ah I love troll emails :/ Were there trolls on the ark too I wonder?

Feb 12, 2016

RT @voxdotcom: These gorgeous new NASA posters will make you want to take a space vacation vox.com/2016/2/12/1097… pic.twitter.com/XRMrrIZQ8h

Feb 12, 2016

Because of poor or anti-science education practices in some states? twitter.com/facttank/statu…

Feb 12, 2016

If you think writing a minimalist game app is easy then read this... So much amazing effort and thought behind Prune twitter.com/gamasutra/stat…

Feb 12, 2016

@Harkaway @ProfBrianCox It took decades for meaningful "results," as you expect, from relativity. So: Time travel in 200yrs? ;)


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