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Newspaper Publisher Predicted Robot Editors In 1968

Otto A. Silha, was a pretty forward-thinking guy — especially in an industry that we think of today as tremendously resistant to change. Silha was the publisher of the Minneapolis Star and Tribune newspapers, and he was known for embracing new technologies in the publishing business. He was enthusiastic about computers, networking, and the tools that he thought would make his business most efficient: robot editors.


The Retro-Future Is Littered With Print-Outs

I print nearly everything: boarding passes, itineraries and all the online papers that I use for research to write this blog. I know this makes me a weirdo — these things don’t “need” to be converted to paper form. But believe it or not I’m living much closer to the paper-filled future that was imagined for most of the 20th century. Paperless office my arse.


LED Holders Upgrade Newspapers With The Latest Headlines

If you’ve ever read the newspaper in a library or a cafe, you’ve probably used those long wooden holders that help make them slightly easier to wrangle without tearing the pages and impossible to pilfer. But an ad agency in Switzerland found a way to make them even more useful with invisible LED news tickers that enhance the day-old papers with the latest headlines.


What Magazines Do You Still Subscribe To?

The internet has all but replaced traditional print media as most people’s primary news source, with newspapers and magazines across the country either scrambling to adapt or slowly being crushed by the wheels of technological advancement.


The NYTimes.com Is Relaunching By Putting Your Face On The Front Page

The New York Times already gave us a preview of its brighter, cleaner and all around more beautiful website earlier this year. But starting tomorrow the redesign will be here to stay. And, to celebrate, the New York Times is showing off just how customisable (and GIF-able) it’s new homepage will be.


How To Send A Photo Around The World In 1926

Today, we take for granted the ability to send photos halfway around the world in an instant. (Which is probably why that popular smartphone photograph service is called Instant-Gram™.) But a century ago, getting a photograph across an ocean was a much more involved process than simply snapping a mirror selfie and publishing it to 3000 of your closest friends.


How Newspapers Wrote About The Internet In 1988

“Once upon a time computers were for thinking… That’s no longer true. Computers are for communicating now, and networks allowed that to happen.”


New Newspaper Owner Jeff Bezos On The Bleak Future Of Newspapers Last Year

Well this is just fun. Jeff Bezos talked with German newspaper Berliner-Zeitung in 2012 about the dark future of newspapers and how they can be relevant to Amazon. And well, since Bezos is now a newspaper baron, it’s probably a good idea to revisit his rather bleak thoughts on print.


The First Emoticons Were Used In 1881

=) -_- T_T =P ;) Oh, the emoticon. Depending on who you’re talking to (or I guess texting to? messaging to?) at the moment, emoticons can be as common as some words. When did they first start showing up? Did people write letters with smileys and frowny faces? Were typewriters used to express emotion through symbols? Maybe. Apparently, the first emoticons were used in 1881.


South Korean Newspaper May Have Just Printed The Worst Photoshop Ever

President Obama met with South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye at the White House this past Tuesday, and as major world leaders are wont to do in each other’s presence, handshakes abounded. This three-handed, two-roomed, Photoshop monstrosity, however, was not one of them.