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Pope Francis Rips 'Very Ugly Thing' He Sees at Mass

Specifically, worshippers with their cellphones

(Newser) - When the priest says "lift up your hearts" during Mass, you'd better put your cellphone down while you do it. That was Pope Francis' message Wednesday during his weekly address in St. Peter's Square, calling it a "very ugly thing" to see worshippers—even other men... More »

Lindsey Graham Has Never Emailed

'You can have every email I've ever sent,' or all zero of them

(Newser) - President Obama had never heard of Hillary Clinton using a non-government-issued email , and Lindsey Graham has apparently never heard of email. As Politico reports, when asked by Chuck Todd this morning as to whether he had a personal email account, the South Carolina Republican with the mystifying Twitter handle and... More »

Luddite: I Wish I Had Embraced Technology

At 33, he feels way behind the world

(Newser) - Aaron Traister cultivated a technology-is-evil image growing up and shunned one advance after another, from video games to beepers to iPods to Facebook. (His was a Betamax family.) Now, at age 33, Traister writes in Salon that he feels woefully behind the rest of the world. He realizes that... More »

Luddites Didn't Hate Technology

They were actually just labor protesters with pizazz

(Newser) - The word “Luddite” is bandied about a lot these days, usually to denote someone steadfastly opposed to the march of technology; it’s “simultaneously a declaration of ineptitude and a badge of honor,” observes Richard Conniff in Smithsonian Magazine . There’s just one problem: the real Luddites... More »

Facebook Refuseniks Still Sorta Use It

They object in principle but end up using it by proxy

(Newser) - The Washington Post today profiles an increasingly rare breed: people in their 20s and 30s who don't use Facebook or other such sites. And though the “refuseniks” interviewed have different rationales—privacy, “morals and beliefs,” being “old-school in the personal touch way,” many share something... More »

Hey, Guys, Keep iPhone Out of the Bedroom

(Newser) - Her boyfriend’s obsession with his iPhone drove Lisa Katayama to lay down some ground rules, she writes for Boing Boing. “Rule #1: It’s not romantic to have an iPhone in the bedroom.” She elaborates: “Brian once said that every time he goes online, he feels... More »

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