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Posted March 16, 2016in Tech Talk

The dream ends for Meerkat

Not everyone gets to work his or her dream job. Generations of children went through years of school dreaming of becoming an author. They read every book they could get their hands on and earned degrees in English from their favorite liberal arts colleges — only to work in financial

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Posted March 09, 2016in Tech Talk

The FBI can take our smartphones from our cold, dead hands

How far are you willing to go for security? Pay for the largest military in the history of the world? Suspend your right to legal protection and the Fourth Amendment?  Hand over your personal data to the government? Vote for Donald Trump? Well, if you’re American, the first half of

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Posted March 02, 2016in Tech Talk

Customer experience is about to become a cable priority

Some things in life are painfully inescapable. If you’re a parent, at some point you inevitably become your child’s nemesis. No matter how friendly you are with your boss, on occasion you will see him or her as a brainless stooge. Finally, if you are a cable subscriber, without fail,

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Posted February 24, 2016in Tech Talk

Will Yahoo! firesale Tumblr?

Going-out-of-business sales are a bargain shopper’s dream. If you’ve done your homework and strike at just the right time, a penny-pincher can walk away with deals that are absolute steals. While cheapskates and moneygrubbers live for these big scores, so do businesses. Whether it’s mega-banks swooping in during the financial

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Posted February 17, 2016in Tech Talk

The divine Musk of failure

Failure is a part of life. At some point, we all have to deal with it. Depending on when you encounter it for the first time, losing can either be devastating or formative. The most recent example came from Super Bowl 50. Heading into the game, the Carolina Panthers’ offense

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Posted February 10, 2016in Tech Talk

Mining outside innovators for gold

It may seem counterintuitive, but sometimes the best way to improve a product is to let others tinker with it. “Two heads are better than one” may be an annoying idiom, but there is actually some sound logic there, especially when it comes to collaboration and product development. Nearly every

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Posted February 03, 2016in Tech Talk

Twitter enters its mid-life crisis

When a product fails to reach the revenue necessary to sustain itself, it’s a disappointment. It happens all the time with newspapers, bars, musical groups, films and web services. During the last year, the Internet has seen a rash of popular sites shuttered due to low earnings such as film

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Posted January 27, 2016in Tech Talk

GoPro is no longer the hero of Wall Street

During the last 18 months, American eardrums have been beset by the unending sound of Taylor Swift’s massively successful album “1989.” The record has spawned six culture-shaking singles, each with YouTube videos views well into the hundreds of millions. There is little question that Swift is the biggest pop star

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Posted January 20, 2016in Tech Talk

We gather here to remember Motorola

Driving along Interstate 80 near Altoona, it is impossible to miss the three giant Facebook data centers being erected. Most people’s initial reaction to these warehouses is something along the lines of,  “Wow, those are huge,” or “That’s a lot of kitten and baby photos.” After the awe fades away,

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Posted January 13, 2016in Tech Talk

Underwhelm comfortably at CES

Paradigm-altering technology is almost always unveiled at a major event. “Go big or go home” may be an atrocious cliché, but successful marketing is rarely built around sneaking onto store shelves. Companies generally pull out all the stops to make sure their new software, gadget, computer, game or software garners

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