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‘The X-Files’ Is Back But The Truth Is One Fan Isn’t Thrilled

The announcement of a series reboot of “The X-Files” with the original stars, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, fill me with a mix of excitement and dread. I was a late-comer to “The X-Files” in the 1990s, but once I was introduced to the series, I plunged into it like a scalpel in an alien … Continue reading ‘The X-Files’ Is Back But The Truth Is One Fan Isn’t Thrilled

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PTJ 135 News: Reach for the Stars

March marches on! Facebook’s F8 Developer Conference kicks off this week and early word has it that the Social Network could become a host for the content written by major media outlets.  The company in talks with big news organizations as it tests new formats for the project, in which advertising revenue (as always) could be the big lure … Continue reading PTJ 135 News: Reach for the Stars

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(Hopefully) Helpful Hint: This Space for Rent

If you use one of the popular webmail services, odds are you have a few gigabytes of online storage included for storing your messages, photos and documents. But the longer you have the account, the more you’re likely to fill it up. Then you either have to delete stuff — or whip put the plastic … Continue reading (Hopefully) Helpful Hint: This Space for Rent

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PTJ 134 News: Clicks and Clacks

There’s a ton of news coming out of the SXSW conference down in Austin, Texas, this week, including a new smartphone app called Meerkat that lets its users broadcast live video from their smartphones to their Twitter followers. Part of Meerket’s ease of use was that it can tap into a user’s Twitter contacts and get the party … Continue reading PTJ 134 News: Clicks and Clacks

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Hollywood, Disrupted

Thanks to inexpensive tools, new distribution systems and crowdfunding sites like Indiegogo and Kickstarter, filmmaking and technology are grooving together better than ever these days. Journalist Laura M. Holson drops by PTJ HQ this week with some insights on how the traditional methods of making and watching movies are changing — while giving more young filmmakers a … Continue reading Hollywood, Disrupted

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PTJ 133 News: Legacies

It’s been a rough few weeks for geek fandom and its iconic actors. Harrison Ford continues to recover from this private plane crash last Thursday, which came less than a week after the death of Leonard Nimoy on February 27th. We here at Pop Tech Jam wish Mr. Ford a hyperdrive-quick recovery and send our condolences … Continue reading PTJ 133 News: Legacies

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Watching Apple

That noise you heard Monday was not an F5 tornado — it was just the sound of Apple inhaling all the press as it held a Major Media Event to officially announce the price and availability of the Apple Watch. If you’re interested in the Watch, check out the full specs but in a nutshell, the app-driven, sensor-laden wrist computer/fitness tracker … Continue reading Watching Apple

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Browser History

It seems like Web browsers have been around forever. Along with email, a browser is probably the other piece of software that the average computer user fires up every single day. It’s part of the routine. But browsers have come a long way since 1993, when Mosaic and Arena were the popular point-and-click windows to the World Wide … Continue reading Browser History

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PTJ 132 News: Raise Your Glasses

Amid all the noise from both sides of the issue, the Federal Communications Commission voted last week to adopt the new rules that reclassify broadband Internet service as a public utility. The lawsuits are looming, but for now, the rules have passed. But something new to consider from it all: Mobile broadband service also falls under … Continue reading PTJ 132 News: Raise Your Glasses

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PTJ 132: Say It Ain’t So Samsung And Gadgets To Go

Samsung unveils their flagship Galaxy phone line at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain to oohs and aahs but the lovefest didn’t last long. A small but vocal minority of their users, El Kaiser among them, have taken to the Intertubes to decry the South Korean electronics giant’s decision to eliminate the MicroSD card slot … Continue reading PTJ 132: Say It Ain’t So Samsung And Gadgets To Go

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