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Posted July 13, 2016in Tech Talk

The Malware minefield that is Android

Why is it that we’re surprised when a relatively new piece of technology turns out to be permeable to wicked acts? Yes, you can hack planes, cars, cash registers, televisions, refrigerators and even wristwatches. If you have yet to understand why that is, the foundation of hacking is this: Anything

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Posted July 06, 2016in Tech Talk

All hail the digital map

    If you are about to endeavor on a multi-generational vacation, prepare yourself for an odd occurrence — our elders’ reluctance to give up the paper map. For millennia, the way to guide one’s journey was via drawn — then printed — paper maps. But now, apps and GPS-enabled

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Posted June 29, 2016in Tech Talk

Bluetooth about to become big time

Some technology doesn’t realize its full potential until it has had a chance to iterate through several iterations. A handful of social media rose and fell before Facebook dominated, cellular telephones took nearly 20 years before they were a must-have device, and virtual reality developers seem to believe their tech

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Posted June 22, 2016in Tech Talk

The National Parks download the new century

Summer in America is all about adventure. The old adage is that we’re a country descended from immigrants and explorers, a people who aren’t satisfied to stay put and endure. The true American spirit is found on the frontier, taking in the untouched beauty of nature. Whether you’re a traveler

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Posted June 15, 2016in Tech Talk

Google’s laptop insurgency

There have been two major camps throughout the history of comic books — D.C. and Marvel. Comic book fans were traditionally in one camp or the other. You were either with Spiderman or Superman (or, I guess, Batman if that’s all you care about). There were major fanboy delineations between

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Posted June 08, 2016in Tech Talk

Apple, king of the computing realm

  Very few businesses want to be known as the cheapest in town. For some consumers and products, quality is not as important as price. But when a retailer or service provider is renowned as dirt cheap, there are big questions. What corners did they cut to provide bargain basement

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Posted June 01, 2016in Tech Talk

Alphabet and the plethora of messenger apps

  Almost from the moment Steve Jobs passed away, technology pundits have been hounding Apple over its lack of innovation. It is almost as if Steve Jobs was the puppet master who sparked every idea and controlled his engineer’s every coding move. The truth is, Steve Jobs had a brilliant

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Posted May 25, 2016in Tech Talk

Amazon enters the cat video market

  YouTube should not exist. With more than one billion users, trillions of hours of content, and more than 80 percent of users coming to the site from outside the United States, YouTube is a truly unimaginable thing. Billions of people owning iPhones makes sense; it is a tangible good

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Posted May 18, 2016in Tech Talk

Crazy coupon lady goes digital

There’s something about paying full price that just makes you feel like a sucker. Our impulsive friends push past sticker shock and demand the satisfaction being in on the ground floor of what’s cool. The more prudent among us are willing to wait for a price to drop. But the

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Posted May 11, 2016in Tech Talk

Invasion of the friendly bots

  Cleaning up one’s image can be difficult to do. Being branded a “cheater,” a dangerous place or “not cool” can be a death sentence in the public eye. In the 1970s, New York City was known as a cesspool of moral decrepitude and crime. The New England Patriots have

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