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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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Posted May 04, 2016in Tech Talk

Slide your own Kismet with Tinder

    Nearly every industry offers a good that comes with a stigma. Setting aside pornography, if you buy a $100,000 sports car, you’re compensating for something. If you go to the theater alone, you’re a sad, lonely guy. Smoke cigarettes and you’re a selfish, uneducated fool. This list could

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Posted April 27, 2016in Tech Talk

The ethical necessity of ads

  One of the most volatile debates in the world of technology is of ethics. What set of norms do technologists use as a guide to build morality when it comes to software, hardware, content and oversight? The clearest debates over ethical technology rage in the world of science fiction.

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Posted April 20, 2016in Tech Talk

Twitter tackles live-streaming with the NFL

  Tech has a unique way of sharing a glimpse of the future before a device, software or service comes to the market — ideas that somehow miraculously develop into non-fiction innovations. Star Trek alone had the precognition to foresee tablets, on-call limitless entertainment, mobile translators and needleless syringes, a.k.a.

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Posted April 13, 2016in Tech Talk

Wearables are not (yet) a thing

  When a new computing platform emerges, the initial reaction is similar to that of a 4-year-old on Christmas morning. At the age of 4, kids have reached the cognitive capability to anticipate the importance of Christmas morning but not the ability to discern between a stellar gift and an

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Posted April 06, 2016in Tech Talk

Don’t get up; it’s just the iPhone SE

  Usually around early spring and early fall, technophiles start brimming with excitement. If the seasons are about to change, you can safely bet your house that the big manufacturers in technology are about to unveil the next iteration of their flagship smartphones. Firms roll out the red carpet for

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Posted April 01, 2016in Tech Talk

Google Glass out. Google Lens in.

    Visit any major tech website this week, and there’s a good chance its top story has to do with virtual reality. Once a ’90s geek pipe, virtual reality seems to be ready for primetime in all avenues of home entertainment. Gaming, movies, concerts, sports, pornography — every type

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Posted March 23, 2016in Homepage Cover Story, Tech Talk

The cloud keeps the content coming

How many times have you found yourself complaining about the limited amount of space on your phone? Across the planet, billions of smartphone users have encountered this frustrating experience. If you can get past your personal frustrations for a second, consider the firestorm of rage the companies that power the

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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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