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About Sarah Lai Stirland

Sarah Lai Stirland

Sarah Lai Stirland is from the gadget and status-crazed island of Hong Kong, where even sampan drivers enjoy showing off their latest gizmos. Sarah's work has appeared in Congress Daily, National Journal, POLITICO, Portfolio.com, Red Herring, The Village Voice, and Wired.com, among other places. She now lives with her husband, cat and her young gadget-obsessed, button-pushing daughter in San Francisco. Follow Sarah on Twitter at @LaiStirland

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U.S. Lawmaker Wishes World Governments Would Run Like Apple

U.S. Lawmaker Wishes World Governments Would Run Like Apple

Is it fair to compare the progress of international deal-making among government policymakers to the innovation cycle of a technology company headed by a man known as the company despot?

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How Apple Got Its Logo [Memory Lane]

How Apple Got Its Logo [Memory Lane]

There’s long been a number of urban legends about how Apple came up with its iconic logo.

There’s the idea that the bite symbolizes knowledge, or that the overall image is a tribute to mathematician Alan Turing, who committed suicide by taking a bite of an apple laced with cyanide.

But here’s the real story.

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Analyst: Microsoft-Nokia Alliance Could Bring Armistice In Apple-Nokia Patent War

Analyst: Microsoft-Nokia Alliance Could Bring Armistice In Apple-Nokia Patent War

Microsoft’s recently-announced partnership with Nokia will significantly increase the chances of both Apple and Nokia settling their bitter patent infringement lawsuits against each other, says a long-time intellectual property activist who keeps a close eye on the patent strategies of the tech world’s largest firms.

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British MPs Experimenting With The iPad

British MPs Experimenting With The iPad

Photo courtesy of Yagan Kiely

The use of gadgets has traditionally been discouraged during debates in the British House of Commons, but that could change with a new experiment underway with iPads in the U.K. parliament, according to a Sunday report in The Guardian.

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Egyptian Revolution Unfolds On The iPad, Courtesy of CNN

Egyptian Revolution Unfolds On The iPad, Courtesy of CNN

Going around town today, I didn’t have time to plop myself in front of a television, and so I constantly checked my iPad when at WiFi hotspots to update myself on the exciting developments in Egypt.

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iPad Spurs Cottage Industry of Digital Book Scanning Japan

iPad Spurs Cottage Industry of Digital Book Scanning Japan

The inhabitants of Tokyo’s cramped apartments have found the iPad to be invaluable in helping them to create more space.

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Learning: Do We Really Need An App For That?

Learning: Do We Really Need An App For That?

Are Mobile Devices Key To Our Kids' Futures? Photo by: Oxtopus/Flickr

When President Obama gave his annual State of the Union speech Tuesday night, he dedicated a significant portion of it to the dismal state of America’s education system.

Some educational experts responded by noting that that mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad could potentially improve the American education system’s “productivity.”

I wonder whether this is a valid point, or yet another manifestation of Americans’ infatuation with technology.

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The ZAGGmate Keyboard for the iPad: Sleek, Light, And Ready To Go [Review]

The ZAGGmate Keyboard for the iPad: Sleek, Light, And Ready To Go [Review]The advent of the iPad and the ZAGGmate keyboard are a godsend for people like myself ¬†— people who are compulsive note takers, and who are constantly on the move.

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Would “My Nookie” Make It As An iPhone App?

Would “My Nookie” Make It As An iPhone App?

Back in September, there was a general uproar online when a PowerPoint¬†“Fuck List” created by a 2010 Duke graduate went viral. The list provided a detailed evaluation of each of the woman’s encounters

Now, it appears, two bored Pacific Heights, San Francisco stay-at-home moms have one-upped that low-tech mechanism and created an iPhone version of the idea.

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Is Your “Junk” Being Touched? Report It Through MyTSA

Is Your “Junk” Being Touched? Report It Through MyTSA

Is someone touching your junk? Report it via this iPhone/iPad app

There’s been a great hullabaloo very recently here in the United States over the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s implementation of its so-called “Advanced Imaging Technology,” aka naked full body scans, and its equally unnerving intimate pat-down procedure.

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