Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Posted June 17, 2015in Tech Talk

Google goes unlimited* with Photos

Thus far, 2015 has been a photographer’s dream. Quality equipment is cheap and abundant, picture taking — once restricted to the number of exposures on a reel of film — is practically limitless thanks to electronic media. And, thanks to online social networks, photos can be shared around the world

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Posted June 10, 2015in Tech Talk

Nintendo powers up for the mobile arena

Some companies are synonymous with the industry they are in. If you’re in the South, Coke represents all sodas. Before the tech boom of the 2000s, Microsoft was pretty much the only name in the software or computing world. Since Microsoft’s falling from the top of the mountain, the lasting

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Posted June 03, 2015in Tech Talk

Verizon diversifies with a dinosaur

In the business world, enough is truly never enough. Comcast isn’t satisfied being the biggest cable provider in the country, so it acquired NBC and is moving into the broadcasting business. PepsiCo doesn’t just produce soda, it also owns the entire line of Frito Lay potato chips, Quaker Oats, Gatorade

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Posted May 27, 2015in Tech Talk

Wal-Mart can’t beat ’em, so they’ll become ’em

The last two decades have been rough for traditional brick-and-mortar businesses. Prior to the rise of e-commerce, finding commercial success meant juggling quality products, store location, correct pricing, supply, demand and much more than could possibly be squeezed into this column. Now with the Internet firmly in place as the

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Posted May 20, 2015in Tech Talk

Yelp is cashing in on your reviews

Imagine you wake up tomorrow in Des Moines, and it’s 1985. Never mind searching for plutonium to power your flux capacitor, how would you figure out a good place to eat? There’s no Facebook to bounce ideas off your friends (who coincidentally are probably infants in the mid-’80s), just two

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Posted May 13, 2015in Tech Talk

Share every moment as it happens with Periscope

There is a weird phenomenon in technology where all too often an innovation doesn’t fully get its due until the second, third or fourth iteration. Whether it’s file sharing, e-commerce or online video, many revolutions are delayed. Currently the latest old technology-turned-new is live video streaming with the mobile application

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Posted May 06, 2015in Tech Talk

Cut the cellular cord with Wi-Fi calling

Why is it that films set in dark dystopian futures are always beset with fascist governments, evil multinational corporations or tech firms that foolishly program indestructible robots? Shouldn’t the heroes of these films be battling the real oppressors of modern life like student loan officers, the I.R.S. (please don’t audit

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Posted April 29, 2015in Tech Talk

Big tech buys vs. leasing

One of the scariest things about being an adult is making large purchases. With every high-ticket item — be it houses, cars, refrigerators, washers or dryers — every buy reminds you that as an adult you need to be a responsible decision maker. Still, for those who can’t commit to mortgages

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Posted April 22, 2015in Tech Talk

Amazon, boldly searching where others have before

If science fiction has taught us anything, education will likely be pointless in the future, as computers will know everything. Whether it’s as far off as “Star Trek” or as immediate as “2001: A Space Odyssey,” computers will handle all the tough issues while we’re simply along for the ride.

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Posted April 15, 2015in Tech Talk

Can you escape your online ecosystems?

Depending on your shopping disposition, iKEA is either the worst or best storefront in the history of time. Best because it has more options for home decor than any store on the planet; worst because all those options make it the size of three Wal-Marts put together, and it’s built

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