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Tom Hanks Sends Typewriter to Family

The typewriter-obsessive spreads the love

(Newser) - Tom Hanks isn’t just a movie star, director, and published author; he's also a typewriter-obsessive. And this holiday season he decided to share that obsession with a family he'd never met. It all started when the de Peyster family of Wellesley, Mass., watched the new documentary California ... More »

Tom Hanks' Debut Book Due in October

It will contain 17 stories about typewriters written by the actor

(Newser) - Tom Hanks is putting his love of vintage typewriters to good use—his collection of short stories will be published in October, the AP reports. The Oscar-winning actor's first book, UNCOMMON TYPE: Some Stories, features 17 stories, each in some way involving a different typewriter. It's due out... More »

Next for Tom Hanks: Book of Typewriter-Inspired Stories

Knopf announces publishing deal with actor

(Newser) - Talk about typecasting: Tom Hanks has a book deal for a collection of stories inspired in part by his personal collection of typewriters. Publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced yesterday that it has an agreement with the Oscar-winning actor. The book is currently untitled and no publication date has been set.... More »

Tom Hanks Made the App Store's No. 1 iPad App

Hanx Writer mimics an old typewriter

(Newser) - Tom Hanks: beloved actor, slam poet , space enthusiast , and ... iPad app developer. And not just any developer, but developer of the most popular iPad app of the moment, Time reports. As of this writing, the Hanx Writer app, launched Thursday, sits in the No. 1 spot among free apps on... More »

Spy-Wary Germany Actually Considering Typewriters

And not the fancy electronic kind, either

(Newser) - The wave of the future for some German government communications could be a decidedly retro one. It's no secret that the country is unhappy with NSA and other spying on the country, and in a TV interview Monday, the politician heading up parliament's probe into NSA doings in... More »

Kremlin's Anti-Leak Strategy: Typewriters?

Security officials order $15K worth of low-tech machines

(Newser) - With leaks and surveillance concerns flooding the international community, Russia's got a not-so-high-tech defense system: The Kremlin is using typewriters. Security officials are set to spend more than $15,000 on the machines, says an insider. Following news of WikiLeaks, Edward Snowden, and "reports about Dmitry Medvedev being... More »

A Fond Farewell to Caps Lock

Google wisely ditches button on its new notebook, writes Christopher Beam

(Newser) - Good riddance to the Caps Locks key, missing on the keyboard of the new Google Cr-48 notebook computer, writes Christopher Beam in Slate . Caps Lock is "an outdated scourge" from the manual typewriter era, he says, now mostly used by "enraged Internet commenters and the computer-illiterate elderly."... More »

McCarthy Typewriter Sells for $254,500

Auction for machine smashes $20K estimate

(Newser) - The typewriter Cormac McCarthy used in creating his novels sold today for $254,500, smashing presale estimates of its value. Christie's auction house had projected a winning bid of about $20,000 for the Olivetti manual machine on which McCarthy wrote The Road and No Country for Old Men, among... More »

Cormac McCarthy Gets New (Old) Typewriter

50-year-old Olivetti may fetch $20K at auction

(Newser) - Cormac McCarthy has typed his last on the ancient Olivetti on which he's pounded out more than 5 million words since 1963, and the battered machine is now up for auction. The author of No Country for Old Men and The Road picked up the typewriter at a pawn shop... More »

RIP, Mix Tapes, Porn Age Limits, Typewriters, and More

(Newser) - Word processors, dot-matrix printers, rotary phones, and other formerly state-of-the-art technologies are just about gone and nearly forgotten. Carrying the torch for the likes of holding up a cigarette lighter at a concert is JR Raphael of PC World, who lists 40 leading lights of abandoned technology:
  • Looking up numbers
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Not Very PC: Why Typewriters Beat Computers

Fed up with tech snafus, some Brits reach for the Wite-Out

(Newser) - Favored by novelists and technophobes and sold out of car trunks, typewriters remain the implement of choice for some Brits, reports BBC. Despite their weight and Internet deficiencies, the tangible writing experience free from computer meltdowns or deletions may save the typewriter from extinction—at least for now. One sales... More »

Chicken Soup? Computers? Google? Pshaw!

Ephron tackles implications of modern inventions, advice

(Newser) - Modernity's full of fine inventions and healthy advice, but don't they really make us dimmer, sicker, and less prone to stumble on sex? So writes Nora Ephron in the New York Times, as she opines on hand-washing, breast-feeding, and rumors that chicken soup cures colds. "You have chicken soup;... More »

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