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Posted March 11, 2015in Tech Talk

FCC to the Net Neutrality rescue

In case you haven’t heard, the last couple of weeks have been pretty big concerning the future of the Internet. Net Neutrality, a term that means everything and nothing, depending on your web literacy, was for all intents and purposes cemented in the Federal Communications Commission’s book of regulations. The

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Posted March 04, 2015in Tech Talk

Bloatware, or a rose by any other name

Life is full of add-ons. You make a purchase, and if it’s big enough, some retailers toss in extras. Everything from a side of fries to a new set of tires could be considered an add-on. This same principle exists with tech purchases, but those extras are anything but delicious

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Posted February 25, 2015in Tech Talk

The tech shortcuts to musical super-stardom

Chasing the dream of being a musical superstar is dangerous. Comparatively, a 2013 NCAA study of athletes chasing the pro dream found one in 50 Division I college football players will be drafted into the NFL, and one in 75 Division I basketball players will get drafted by the NBA.

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Posted February 18, 2015in Tech Talk

Think twice before logging on to Wi-Fi

Horror films are commonly built around characters that do things that seem destined to fail disastrously. Whether it’s the 1958 horror classic “The Fly” about a scientist whose teleporter crosses his DNA with a fly, or next week’s “The Lazarus Effect” about researchers who concoct a method to reanimate recently

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Posted February 11, 2015in Tech Talk

Goodreads is keeping bookmarks busy

If social media is good for one thing, it’s recommendations. If you were to pull out your phone right now and ask your Facebook friends what to watch on Netflix tonight, you will get a slew of ideas. The problem with this method of soliciting guidance is that it’s a

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Posted February 04, 2015in Tech Talk

Battle for the Social Network Championship

The Super Bowl is hands down the biggest television event in the country. For six years straight, the National Football League’s season-capping game has broken the record for largest television viewing audience. While the Super Bowl is the ratings champion, it seems sitcoms, award shows, live broadcasts and other sporting

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Posted January 28, 2015in Tech Talk

Pay for last minute reservations with Resy

If there is one industry that embraces technology blindly, it is the food world. From kitchen gadgets, appliances and accessories that seem to do practically anything and the Internet seemingly half-filled with food blogs and recipes, tech is everywhere. Even some restaurants are so connected that you can order and

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Posted January 21, 2015in Tech Talk

Hasta la vista translation concerns

Tech generally comes in two flavors: useful and exciting. Microsoft Word? Useful. Microsoft’s XBox One? Exciting. But of course, just like a soft-serve machine mixes chocolate and vanilla to create delicious twist ice cream, some tech mixes the common flavors. Streaming media, social networking and text messaging are easy examples

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Posted January 14, 2015in Tech Talk

Don’t Call it a Virtual Comeback

Recounting the trove of unsuccessful entertainment mediums plays like a bad joke. Spectacular failures start with eight track, move quickly to betamax, skip a decade to laserdisc, followed 15 years later by HD DVD. In all of these cases, an alternative platform  (i.e. audio cassette, VHS, DVD and Blu-ray) took

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Posted January 07, 2015in Tech Talk

Let the Internet worry about what you wear

If there is one thing brick and mortar retail has over online shopping it is the hands-on, trial-run experience of being able to try something out before making a purchase. You can try on an outfit, listen to a whole album and rent a film or videogame before you purchase

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