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John Kelly's Commons: August 23, 2009 - August 29, 2009

BritNews RoundUp: Hot Fruit-on-Fruit Action

Forget the danger of rotten teeth, a father in England thinks candy can cause moral decay. Simon Simpkins of West Yorkshire was outraged when he bought some sweeties for his children. The bags of Haribo Moaom sweet 'n' sour candies...

By John Kelly  |  August 28, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  BritNews RoundUp  
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Wherever I Hang My Hat Is My...Office

I reported, wrote and filed today's column from a Starbucks in Vienna. I would have transmitted the picture that I took too except that I'd tossed the wrong cable in my briefcase. Turns out an iPod cable will not work...

By John Kelly  |  August 27, 2009; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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A Safe Way to Drive and Text? One Man Hopes So

Matt Howard considers himself a member of "the American mobile society." A software entrepreneur who lives in Leesburg and depends on his Blackberry like a second brain, Matt last year almost became a member of the American mobile society who...

By John Kelly  |  August 26, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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The Man Who Hated Cell Phones

David Wood was driving through Kansas when he finally exploded against the cell phone industrial complex. As a modern American--a consumer affairs writer, no less--he'd carried a cell phone everywhere. "It never quit ringing," explained David, who lives in the...

By John Kelly  |  August 25, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Photo Flashback: Brave New World Edition

There was a time when computers were going to be our friends, when they were going to make our lives easier. Take the "paperless office," for example. No longer would workers' desks be crowded with invoices, reports, letters, memos and...

By John Kelly  |  August 24, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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