Amy Gahran's news and musings on how we communicate in the online age.

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Why unlocked smartphones and no-contract plans are a much better deal

Mon, 23 Dec 2013 19:02:59 +0000

I am so, so sick of the way U.S. wireless carriers totally rip off smartphone users by locking them into expensive 2-year contracts — with the lure of getting a high-end smartphone for only a couple hundred bucks up front. … Continue reading →

5 affordable ways nonprofits can use mobile technology: presentation

Wed, 25 Jul 2012 14:02:18 +0000

One reason mobile technology fascinates me is its ubiquity across all levels of society. That makes it potentially a very powerful tool to engage and empower people who don’t necessarily sit at the top of the U.S. privilege food chain. … Continue reading →

Why Facebook’s mobile apps suck: A developer’s view

Thu, 31 May 2012 18:21:27 +0000

I’ll admit it: Contrary to my own expectations I’ve grown to  use Facebook much more than I thought I would have — mainly because it’s the most common point of connection across my many social and interest circles. And I … Continue reading →

Making digital advertising accountable for impact (or not)

Tue, 22 May 2012 22:03:59 +0000

Recently I was telling a group of publishers that, unfortunately, much of the business that has supported journalism (advertising) has always been smoke and mirrors. Advertisers took it mostly on faith that they were getting what they were paying for … Continue reading →

Five ways to think mobile first (notes for OpenGov Hackathon and BCNI Philly)

Fri, 27 Apr 2012 19:54:53 +0000

On Saturday April 28 I’ll be in Philadelphia to help with the BarCamp News Innovation unconference and Open Government News Hackathon. These events are sponsored by the Center for Public Interest Journalism at Temple University, and are part of Philly … Continue reading →

Boulder better prepared for zombies than Oakland

Thu, 12 Apr 2012 19:19:27 +0000

I’m planning a move from Oakland, CA back to Boulder, CO. Clearly, one factor in this project is: how to prepare for the zombie apocalypse, wherever I am. I checked out Map of the Dead — a great map mashup that … Continue reading →

PR fail: World’s dumbest news embargo

Fri, 24 Feb 2012 22:40:21 +0000

I cover technology for and elsewhere, so I get a lot of pitch e-mails from PR folks. Some of these are very useful and well targeted. Most are rather “meh.” …And a few are utterly stupid. Here’s one such … Continue reading →

I’m not alone in this: reflections on social media and digital connection

Tue, 14 Feb 2012 20:18:29 +0000

Social media, digital communication channels, and cell phones often get accused of alienating people, enabling bullies, and breaking down the human ties which are the foundation of society. Bullshit. Personally, I am far happier on a day-to-day basis thanks to … Continue reading →

Not tall enough to ride this attraction

Thu, 09 Feb 2012 20:54:32 +0000

Making some lemonade here. Had a rather unpleasant interpersonal experience lately, and decided I needed to set some clear entry requirements (emotional maturity and communication skills) for people I let very far into my life. So instead of just chalking … Continue reading →

Associated Press opens North Korea news bureau, they’ll fit right in!

Thu, 19 Jan 2012 17:13:24 +0000

No, really: Associated Press opens news bureau in North Korea | World news | …As if the news business wasn’t already Kafkaesque. Well, AP is an appropriate choice for this.  Having done some critical coverage of several boneheaded AP … Continue reading →