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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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Posted April 08, 2015in Tech Talk

Tidal looks to crash the streaming world

Premium technology is the specter all developers long for, but few have achieved. Luxury is easily attainable. Six-figure cars and stereo systems pack in pricey, high-end technology but require stringent upkeep. Premium means a steep price tag but not the excessive maintenance necessary for ownership. Apple builds premium consumer devices,

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Posted March 31, 2015in Tech Talk

Apple hits the open road

Is there a more terrifying company in the world than Apple? Sure, the company offers bulletproof devices, intuitive software that seems to know what you want before you do. And yes, it is continually two steps ahead of the technology market. The thing is, those same qualities are a nightmare

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Posted March 25, 2015in Tech Talk

HBO Later seems a better fit

Among the all-time colossal missteps in business, the biggest might be Coca Cola passing on the opportunity to buy Pepsi in the early 20th century. Sometimes the fate of one organization can be written in its failure to identify the true potential of the competition. An example would be Blockbuster

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Posted March 18, 2015in Tech Talk

Split the check the high-tech way

More than anything else, the tech industry desperately wants into your wallet. Sure Amazon, and other online retailers are major online stops for purchasing gifts and other goods, but that’s only the first piece of the pie. Amazon is the unquestioned e-commerce king, and whoever takes them down is

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