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Online sellers use tech to reduce returns

Online sellers use tech to reduce returns

One of the things that cost online retailers the most money are returns. Sellers like Amazon and others need easy return policies to entice customers to shop online. The problem is that some shoppers chronically return items and that is a big problem for the online industry.

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Should I be ashamed of wearing Google Glass?

Should I be ashamed of wearing Google Glass?

I love new technology, and I love wearables, and I love Google Glass, but I can't wear it out in public. Google's head-mounted computer is gradually proliferating, as the company opens up its pyramid-scheme of invitations, but the numbers are still small, and though I appreciate the functionality Glass brings, I'm struggling to sport it out in the wild without extreme self-consciousness. As a geek among geeks in San Francisco, there should be nothing holding me back; as a vocal advocate of wearables, I ought to be flying the flag with my fifteen-hundred-dollar early-adopter beacon. So what's taking the gloss off Glass?

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What are developers doing to bring us all back together in meatspace?

What are developers doing to bring us all back together in meatspace?

This past Monday, Apple released a commercial depicting what initially appears to be a disaffected teenager ignoring his whole family on a holiday get-together as he stares and thumb-pecks at his iPhone the whole time. In the end, it turned out he was actually shooting footage of his family as a Christmas gift. He edits the footage into a home movie, screencasts it to the living room TV via AirPlay, and the whole family has a Tiny Tim moment as they watch themselves interacting onscreen. Even Grandma is crying tears of joy.

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Beyoncé surprises the world with digital-first self-titled album

Beyoncé surprises the world with digital-first self-titled album

There might be yet another entertainment industry paradigm shift afoot, and Beyoncé is going to be there. Just as Kickstarter paved the way for games and even films to be made sans traditional publishers, Beyoncé has just made something almost impossible, or at least unforeseeable, happen. She has just released a complete album, in digital format first, without the usual pre-release marketing stunts, and, more surprisingly, without anyone even hearing about it until it launched.

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Narrative Clip life-logger finally shipping

Narrative Clip life-logger finally shipping

Narrative, the life-logging crowdfunder formerly known as Memoto, has finally begun shipping its Clip clip-on camera. Delayed by hardware glitches and manufacturing issues after raising, at $550,000, more than eleven times the amount it initially targeted on Kickstarter, Narrative's Clip is now shipping out to the first backers, though the company warns that it may still involve a further delay for some.

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