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The Most Important Computer Magazine In The History Of Computer Magazines Is Back

fastcompany.com — Earlier this week, blogging legend Jason Kottke linked to AmericanRadioHistory.com's archive of Popular Electronics issues. The magazine, published by Ziff-Davis, ran from 1954 to 1982, and every issue is available for free downloading in PDF form. But when I heard the news, there was one particular issue I couldn't wait to read: The January 1975 one.

Microsoft Completes Its "Office Everywhere" Vision With Outlook For iOS And Android

fastcompany.com — By now, it's no longer news that Microsoft Office is available for iPhones, iPads, and Android devices, in versions that are slick and surprisingly powerful, with basic features available for free and some advanced tools reserved for paying users of the Microsoft's Office 365 service. One major Office app has been conspicuously absent, though.

Review: Sling TV, An Intriguing--But Incomplete--First Draft Of The Future Of Pay TV

fastcompany.com — For years now, two words have summed up how I feel about my cable TV service: too much. Not only am I paying too much ($88.99 a month), but I'm getting too much-dozens and dozens of channels which nobody in my household will ever watch.

R.I.P. PDI, The Company That Helped Turn Computer Graphics Into Art

fastcompany.com — After a string of box-office disappointments such as Mr. Peabody & Sherman and Penguins of Madagascar, DreamWorks Animation is going through a pretty brutal downsizing. The cartoon studio, which has been releasing three feature films a year, is slashing its production schedule and laying off hundreds of employees.

I Drove Ford's Golf Cart In Atlanta (Note: I Was In Silicon Valley At The Time)

fastcompany.com — Until today, I had never driven a golf cart. Now I have. True, all I did was scoot around a parking lot, zigging and zagging to avoid a few safety cones.

Hands On With Microsoft's HoloLens: Windows In Its Most Daring And Unexpected Form

fastcompany.com — Wrapping up a tech-product keynote by casually announcing " one more thing" is, of course, a move synonymous with the Apple events presided over by Steve Jobs. But I can't remember many One More Things more potent than the one which Microsoft unveiled at the end of the Windows 10 keynote it held on its corporate campus on Wednesday.

Meet Timeline, A Mobile News App With A Long, Long Memory

fastcompany.com — As someone who majored in history but never took a journalism course in my life, I've always maintained that it's impossible to understand the present without knowing the past. If Apple announces a smartwatch, my mind will turn to past Apple product launches, all the way back to the 1970s.

What It's Like To Ride The Streets of Silicon Valley In Nissan's Autonomous Electric Car

fastcompany.com — Ordinarily, the most notable thing about Nissan's Leaf hatchback is that it's the world's most popular all-electric car. But on Thursday afternoon, I went on brief excursions around Sunnyvale, California in a couple of Leafs which were anything but ordinary. Both were test vehicles which had been modified by the Nissan Research Center to do almost all the driving themselves.

If Apple's Software Is Getting Buggier, It's No Wonder

fastcompany.com — On Sunday night, technologist/blogger/podcaster Marco Arment published a post which said that Apple's yearly pace for software updates was resulting in the company shipping buggy products which were hurting its reputation for "it just works" reliability. His item sparked lots of discussion, some of it from folks who pretty much nodded their heads in agreement.

On Not Going To CES, After 23 Years Of Attending Vegas Tech Shows

fastcompany.com — In October 1991, I attended the COMDEX show in Las Vegas. It was my first time at a mammoth tech conference in Vegas. It was also my first trip to Vegas, period, which made for twice the sensory overload. I then went to every COMDEX in Las Vegas until the show died after the 2003 edition.
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