Sunday, October 4, 2015

Posted September 30, 2015in Homepage Cover Story, Tech Talk

Facebook finally lets us say ‘No’

If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Children across the country are told this every day when they say something hurtful. The problem is that this expression is also used when people say something negative. Criticism and negativity aren’t inherently evil. They are the

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Posted September 23, 2015in Featured Story, Tech Talk

Apple, a national treasure

Dear President Obama: With the Iowa Caucus nearing and political drama starting to consume the news cycle, I’m sure you’ve heard the rumblings for a federal holiday on Election Day. Considering only half of eligible voters cast a ballot in 2012, think how big the voting pool would grow if

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Posted September 16, 2015in Tech Talk

Closing in on a cure for compression

Virtually every medium of media has its zealots. The most well known group is audiophiles — music or sound lovers pursuing the cleanest audio sound possible. These fanatics will espouse the virtues of five-figure sound systems that deliver frequencies the human ear can’t hear but are nevertheless important because of

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Posted September 09, 2015in Tech Talk

Livestream button-mashing now on YouTube

The National Football League — America’s most popular sport — loves to tout its $10 billion revenue value. Between dominant television ratings and local teams stoking the flames of fandom, the NFL has nearly a perpetual motion of cash creation. Ten billion dollars is impressive, but interestingly enough, it’s puny

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Posted September 02, 2015in Tech Talk

5 steps to become a web billionaire

To the uninspired and greed-fueled, the modern web must be secretly infuriating. Parroting a phrase I heard time and time again in the photography showcase at the Iowa State Fair, the Internet inspires a lot of “I could do that.” From food blogs to silly YouTube video producers, it seems

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Posted August 26, 2015in Tech Talk

We’re all Internet victims sitting in wait

The Internet can be the ugliest place in the world. Anonymous online posting is the No. 1 plague of the 21st century. The list of horrible things people can do on the Internet reads like a rap sheet for aliens to exterminate our species: hacking, child pornography, revenge-porn, hate speech,

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Posted August 19, 2015in Tech Talk

Goodbye, Google; we hardly knew you

There are big companies like Ford or 3M, and then there are massive companies like General Electric or ExxonMobil. Now, Ford generates more revenue than General Electric, but G.E. is a more diverse company that makes it seem like it might own half the planet. In technology, an easy equivalent

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Posted August 12, 2015in Tech Talk

Windows latest upgrade, a downgrade

One of the worst sins in rock and roll is singing your band’s name in a song. Nothing rings more lame or inauthentic, which is bizarre because in hip-hop, rappers are constantly saying their name. In fact, some of the biggest rappers of all-time made a name for themselves by

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Posted August 05, 2015in Tech Talk

Online video killing the TV star

Every generation has something that puzzles the preceding generations, be it gay marriage, Twitter, blogs, computers, hip-hop, video games, punk rock, etc. While this list only spans recent history, I’m willing to bet the trend extends all the way back to the discovery of fire and the creation of the

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Posted July 29, 2015in Tech Talk

When words fail, there’s always an emoji

The Internet is not immune to embarrassing trends. Whether we’re talking America Online chat rooms or keeping a Friendster profile well past 2004, there are dozens of shifts in online communication that, in hindsight, were just silly. Today, we don’t need hindsight to understand that the ridiculous web-enabled discourse of

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