Mac Slocum

Mac Slocum

Mac Slocum is O'Reilly's Online Managing Editor. He's worked as an online editor/producer/writer at a variety of outlets, and he's taught Web journalism and technology courses at the university level. His fascination with publishing and technology started in college when he put the student newspaper online (fortunately, that early effort has been expunged from the Internet record). Mac holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of Richmond and a master's in journalism from Emerson.

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Strata Newsletter: November 30, 2011

December 01 2011

Highlights from the 11/30/11 edition of the Strata newsletter include: Clojure is a rising star in the data world, a look at the top data news, and a deep dive into data visualization design. read more

Top Stories: November 14-18, 2011

November 18 2011

This week on O'Reilly: Doug Hill used Steve Jobs and Ted Kaczynski to examine America's love/hate relationship with technology, Mike Loukides criticized mobile carriers for messing with Android's UI, and engineer Elecia White shared her enthusiasm for embedded systems. read more

Note to visualization creators: Add subtitles and narration

October 20 2011

An animated visualization from NASA shows how subtitles and simple narration can make complex graphics easier to understand. We need more of this. read more

Top Stories: September 19-23, 2011

September 23 2011

This week on O'Reilly: Alistair Croll explained why true data is more important than big data, we looked at how BuzzData is building community around datasets, and Liza Daly explained the connection between digital content and choreography. read more

Open Question: How important is a mobile device's "feel"?

March 23 2011

Whether you buy into Apple's "post-PC" spin, the rise of mobile computing does seem to shift the perspective from raw tech specs to overall experience. How important is a mobile device's "feel" to you? read more

Livestream from Web 2.0 Summit

November 15 2010

Leaders from across the Internet Economy are assembling in San Francisco this week at Web 2.0 Summit. Stay in the loop with a free livestream. read more

What publishers can and should learn from "The Elements"

August 12 2010

Theodore Gray, author/creator of "The Elements," shares his thoughts on interactivity in ebooks, why programmers should be treated like authors, and why he believes the print form will continue to exist for quite some time. read more

What publishers can and should learn from "The Elements"

August 12 2010

Theodore Gray, author/creator of "The Elements," shares his thoughts on interactivity in ebooks, why programmers should be treated like authors, and why he believes the print form will continue to exist for quite some time. read more

Augmented reality as etiquette coach

July 30 2010

Alasdair Allen, author of Programming iPhone Sensors, says real-time facial identification -- the sort that pairs names and faces on the fly -- is closer than you might think. He expands on that topic and a number of others in this video interview. read more

Three lessons from the Chipotle iPhone app

March 08 2010

The iPhone app from Chipotle, the restaurant chain best known for its burritos, is an interesting mix of simple design, e-commerce functionality and location tools. Digging into the app's development reveals three aspects that could prove useful for businesses and programmers pursuing their own mobile paths. read more

Why does Facebook keep redesigning?

February 10 2010

Facebook is rolling out yet another redesign, which will surely inflame a portion of its committed user base. I checked in with E. A. Vander Veer, author of "Facebook: The Missing Manual," to get her take on Facebook's redesign frequency, its dominant position, and the willingness of users to "retrain"… read more

What Facebook's HipHop means for developers and businesses - O'Reilly PHP author Kevin Tatroe puts Facebook's PHP project in context

February 03 2010

Facebook claims to have reduced CPU usage by 50 percent with its HipHop for PHP project, and now it's releasing the code as open source. O'Reilly author and PHP expert Kevin Tatroe digs into HipHop's applications beyond Facebook. read more

The iPad and publishers: A survey of early reaction

January 27 2010

Publishers have been salivating over Apple's tablet for months. Some have gone as far to label it the industry's salvation. The jury's out on that conclusion, but the iPad's arrival has certainly inspired discussion. We're using this post to capture early analysis and sort out the real publishing opportunities the… read more

Amazon Acquires Lexcycle

April 27 2009

Lexcycle, the company behind Stanza, has just announced it's been acquired by Amazon: We are not planning any changes in the Stanza application or user experience as a result of... read more

Kindle Comes to the iPhone

March 04 2009

Users of the iPhone and iPod Touch can now tap into Amazon's Kindle store with the free Kindle for iPhone application. From The New York Times: The move comes a... read more

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The iPad's first 48 hours: impressions and reactions
April 05, 2010
The iPad has finally gone from mythical dream device to an actual product. Join us for a roundtable video discussion where we'll weigh in on features we like and dislike, look at surprising functions or oversights, and see how the iPad compares to our...

Take the Pain Out of Saving Money
April 01, 2010
In this live event, Mac Slocum, online editor for O'Reilly Media, will conduct a video interview with J.D. Roth, financial expert and author of Your Money: The Missing Manual. Roth will discuss practical tips for saving money and helpful techniques that...