Saturday, October 10, 2015

Posted July 29, 2015in Tech Talk

When words fail, there’s always an emoji

The Internet is not immune to embarrassing trends. Whether we’re talking America Online chat rooms or keeping a Friendster profile well past 2004, there are dozens of shifts in online communication that, in hindsight, were just silly. Today, we don’t need hindsight to understand that the ridiculous web-enabled discourse of

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Posted July 22, 2015in Tech Talk

Law, order and tech fighting to change air travel

The airline industry is one of the most treacherous. Dozens of airlines have gone under or declared bankruptcy, and few of them run what can be deemed admirable operations. Case in point, on July 1, the United States Justice Department announced it was investigating the four largest domestic airlines for

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Posted July 15, 2015in Tech Talk

The blessing and curse of HDR

When exactly does good enough become too good? Most of us have the memory of coming home from a night of trick-or-treating on Halloween and gorging ourselves on sugary treasures. At first it’s delicious, but eventually it becomes sickening. Just as hard as it is to stop devouring unlimited chocolate

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Posted July 08, 2015in Tech Talk

The sky is (not) falling from Mobilegeddon

If you happen to be a website administrator, the last few months have probably driven you to drink. You’ve spent years building up recognition as a source of quality content or a website with a specific utility, and then the winds of web change blew, and everything you’ve worked so

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Posted July 01, 2015in Tech Talk

5G does not deserve a headline

When cell phone technology first made its public debut in the early 1980s, the technology was revolutionary. Sure, there had been mobile two-way radios, but nothing like the ability to walk down the street with a cordless phone in your hand and make a cross-planet call. But as with all

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Posted June 24, 2015in Tech Talk

Tinker with tomorrow in Maker culture

No need to adjust your television, it’s true — technology is improving at what seems to be an impossible rate. And, truthfully, that pace will only keep accelerating. Since the worldwide web first became a public tool in the early 1990s, technology has proliferated and become refined in virtually every

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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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