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Posted May 14, 2014in Tech Talk

Learn a foreign language with Duolingo

Learning a foreign language can be tough — really tough. Just ask the thousands of graduating high-schoolers who only took two years of Spanish or French to meet the requirement of Iowa’s three public universities. For years technology has been trying to soften the education gap in the foreign language

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Posted May 07, 2014in Tech Talk

How BASIC gave laymen power

On the list of ground-zero major benchmarks in computer history is Alan Turning, the man first conceived of algorithms who helped develop computer science with The Atanasoff-Berry Computer (famously created at Iowa State University) and the invention of readable programming code. Computer programmers celebrated one of these innovation’s 50-year birthday

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Posted April 30, 2014in Tech Talk

Web wars come down to court rulings

The last few months have been extremely tumultuous pertaining to the future of the Internet. Prior to a federal Appeals Court ruling in January, all Web content was legally required to be treated the same: Streaming video needed to be loaded on users’ computers at the same speed as someone

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Posted April 23, 2014in Tech Talk

Innovations have high interest with low revenues

Innovation and disruption are the lifeblood of the tech industry. Innovation is the inventive process that has forced evolution onto countless industries. For instance, VHS replaced by DVDs, then Blu-rays, and now online streaming, with each step along the way disrupting the peaceful tech status quo preceding it. As exciting

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Posted April 16, 2014in Tech Talk

Eye spy stealthy filming devices

Somewhere in the last decade, technology surpassed nuclear weapons for the greatest threat to modern living. To name a few concerns, the government spies on all our communication, robots and automation devour millions of jobs, Smartphone radiation is likely causing cancer in its users, and hackers steal people’s identities. While

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Posted April 09, 2014in Tech Talk

The fall of a giant, Microsoft

Listing off tech industry power players is no easy task. Sure you start with hardware and software giants such as Apple, Google and maybe Samsung, but what about the Internet properties? That means Facebook, eBay, Twitter, Amazon and possibly Yahoo. But then there are high tech manufacturers and information service

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Posted April 02, 2014in Tech Talk

Revel in the crowd funding era

There has never been a better period in all history than present day to be an idea guy. No matter if you have zero coding, engineering or sales skills, the information age is ripe for creative people to brainstorm game-changing ideas and find the right people and funding to make

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Posted March 26, 2014in Tech Talk

Google in your pants

Maybe the most exciting new field of technology is that of wearable tech. Smart glasses, watches, bracelets and rings are but a few of the gadgets you could be wearing in coming years. Still, with all the exciting innovation that has emerged from the prospect of wearable technology, it’s not

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Posted March 19, 2014in Tech Talk

Tune in to network TV, but for a fee

The rise of high-speed Internet and online streaming video over the last decade has definitely shaken the broadcast and pay TV business. While burgeoning Web technology has contributed to lower ratings and dipping revenues, it appears what the TV industry is most afraid of is a tool older than the

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Posted March 12, 2014in Tech Talk

Dollars and cents of Bitcoin currency

What is a dollar worth? If we’re being literal, the value of a dollar is tied to the gross domestic exports of the country. But if the recent recession taught us anything it’s that if the stock market takes a plunge, the dollar in your pocket could quickly be worth

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