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2022 is shaping up to be a banner year for TV tech: practically everyone will have new choices at his/her disposal — even the lucky few who can afford Samsung’s latest and largest MicroLED televisions like the one pictured here. (Image: Samsung)

So this year’s CES — the greatest tech show on the planet even in these pandemic times — is all wrapped up and, despite many major players not showing up due to COVID concerns, it was an interesting one: some new computer processors, a number of experimental products, weird laptops…

A QR code menu with a table number card and a face mask
“Going to the restaurant in Mallorca in times of Covid-19: face mask and contactless menu with QR code” by verchmarco is licensed under CC BY 2.0

There, on the table, stood a tiny, laminated card with a QR code. On one side, it said “Menu” — on the other, “Drinks.” When we got the bill, at the bottom it said “No need to tip! We’ve included a service charge, just scan the code and pay.” …

Code for Conway’s “Game of Life”, from the 1979 book “BASIC Computer Games”

I first dove headfirst into computer programming during the summer of 1981, when my father’s friend lent me his VIC-20.

He’d bought the machine figuring that, hey, computers are the wave of the future! Except as he discovered, a VIC-20 in 1981 didn’t ship with any software at all. On…

The fireworks at Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebration were the best I’ve seen in years. Image: Getty

Disney World has a new app that you use in the parks, and I really want to love it. It’s cute. It’s clever. It’s fun to swipe through and it’s pretty robust. Graphically, it invokes Robin Williams’ Genie from the cult classic Aladdin and in so doing, it telegraphs that…

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