Technology

Smartphones, Tablets and EBay Send SkyMall To Chapter 11

Slashdot - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 8:23am
alphadogg writes SkyMall, the quirky airline catalog, looks as though it may be grounded before long. Parent company Xhibit has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and seeks to sell its assets. In an SEC filing, Xhibit explains that it has fallen victim to an "intensely competitive" direct marketing retail industry that now includes the likes of eBay and Amazon.com. Smartphones and tablets are largely to blame for SkyMall's downfall, according to the SEC filing. "Historically, the SkyMall catalog was the sole in-flight option for potential purchasers of products to review while traveling. With the increased use of electronic devices on planes, fewer people browsed the SkyMall in-flight catalog."

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The Strangely Competitive World of Sci-Fi Writing Workshops

Wired - Top Stories - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 7:00am

In the latest episode of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy, Jeanne Cavelos, Jilly Dreadful, and John Joseph Adams discuss the value of sci-fi writing workshops.

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While You Were Offline: American Sniper’s Fake Baby and a Drug-Buying Bot

Wired - Top Stories - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 7:00am

While Tumblr foments unrest in its many fandom communities, the rest of the Internet continues doing absolutely outlandish things. And here they are.

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UK's House of Lords plans to debate revised "snooper's charter" surveillance bill Monday (Patrick Wintour/Guardian)

TechMeme - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 6:40am

Patrick Wintour / Guardian:
UK's House of Lords plans to debate revised “snooper's charter” surveillance bill Monday  —  'Snooper's charter': four Lords in bid to pass changed version before election  —  Cross-party group's last-minute amendments spark concern over scope of access to data intelligence agencies would get

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By the Numbers: The Highest-Paying States For Tech Professionals

Slashdot - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 6:18am
Nerval's Lobster writes The average technology professional made $89,450 in 2014, according to Dice's latest salary survey. When it comes to salaries, however, not all states and cities are created equal. Those tech pros living and working in Silicon Valley are the highest-paid in the country, with an average annual salary of $112,610—but that salary grew only 4 percent year-over-year, lagging behind cities such as Portland and Seattle. Dice has built an interactive map that shows where people are making the most (and least). As you click around, note how salary growth is particularly strong in parts of the West, the Northeast, and the South, while remaining stagnant (and even regressing) in some middle states. If anything, the map reinforces what many tech pros have known for years: that more cities and regions are becoming hubs of innovation.

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