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Chief Correspondent and Editor-at-Large — Mashable

Chief Correspondent and Editor-at-Large of Mashable, tech expert, social media commentator, amateur cartoonist and robotics fan.

The Interview won't open, but its posters are already a hit — They range in price from 99 cents to over $1,000. There are nearly 500 of them available on eBay. We're talking posters from the ill-fated The Interview the most talked-about film that may never be officially released. The movie was scheduled to open Christmas Day, but Sony pulled the release after major distributors decided not to show the film.

Can I really take a social media vacation? — Stories about unplugging for the holidays abound at this time of year. Most deal with shutting down email and counsel leaving the computer behind. They also tend to skirt the whole issue of social media. It's attached to your mobile devices, after all, so it's pretty hard to leave it all behind.

The real-world test — Our conversation was halting at first. Maria in the south of Spain would start to speak and I would reflexively respond, even though I didn't understand what she was saying. Our real-time translated conversation continued this way for a few moments, until I learned to pause and let Microsoft Skype Translator Preview do its work.

9 jobs robots could replace in 2015 — Walking through the city, I find myself thinking about all the jobs a robot could do. A robot could probably stand in for my coffee truck guy, though I doubt he'd smile, call me "buddy" and ask if I said "three sugars" or "no sugar."

Are ad networks ruining Christmas? — "Are you aware you might be ruining Christmas?" is how I started, and ended, an interview with one popular ad network recently. I'm not surprised that the companies delivering ads across a majority of websites do not want to talk about this.

YouTube finally adds GIF creation — Without any fanfare, YouTube has introduced a built-in GIF creation tool for selected videos and channels. Andy Baio, a former CTO of Kickstarter, first spotted the update on Thursday. The rollout is limited for the time being. The option appears on videos in the PBS Digital Studios' Ideas channel, as pointed out in the tweet above, under each video's "Share" option.

A new kind of sensor derived from spider legs could give us ‘Spidey sense' — Korean scientists are developing a powerful new sound and motion sensor that could someday give people, buildings and more the equivalent of "Spidey sense." This isn't some fantastical plot twist from a new Spider-Man movie, but rather a practical application of the discovery of how spider legs function in the real world.

Apple and IBM partnership bears first fruit: 10 enterprise apps — Apple and IBM got a jump start on what's sure to be a busy 2015 in business technologies by announcing on Wednesday their first wave of mobile app collaborations. The companies, which partnered up earlier this year, unveiled what they're calling IBM MobileFirst for iOS solutions.

Nervous System’s dress breaks the mold for 3D printed fashion — At a 3D printer fashion show I attended earlier this year, most of the models looked as if they were wearing torture devices. The fashion, such as it was, barely moved and had a habit of shifting awkwardly or, worse, breaking - one poor model had a 3D printed heel give out just as she stepped onto the runway.

What to Expect in 2015 — Apple found its smile again. After a year without breaching a single new product category, a year when product rollout events began to feel like dour requirements instead of tech entertainment, Apple turned it around in 2014. Like the Apple of old, its product and service introductions surprised us and put the competition on notice.
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Dec 21, 2014

Start of Winter. Shortest day of the year. Last day on social media in 2014. What have I done?

Dec 21, 2014

RT @MinovskyArticle: Jack Kirby's Hanukkah Cards (1976), depicting Ben Grimm, one of comics most prominent Jewish heroes.

Dec 21, 2014

Pondering what I should do on my last day on social media before my big break.

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