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Posted November 30, 2016in Tech Talk

Say goodbye to holiday gadget gifts

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… well, except for the whole “finding meaningful gifts thing.” It is a sad truth that some people in our lives who should seemingly be the easiest to buy gifts for are anything but easy. All of the classic gifts of the 1990s

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Posted November 02, 2016in Tech Talk

Rampant intellectual pickpocketing

Stealing is wrong. Right after we teach children to share, we have to teach them that sharing doesn’t mean taking what’s not yours. At that age, theft means taking someone else’s toys, bike or seat in the family van, but as you get older, it takes on all types of

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Posted October 05, 2016in Tech Talk

You aren’t behind the wheel of your future

The auto industry appears to be one of the hardest markets to get people excited about regarding tech enhancements. Notoriously, the electric automobile looked to become a real breakthrough in the mid-1990s with celebrities like Mel Gibson, Tom Hanks and Jay Leno raving about their fossil-fuel-free autos, only to have

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Posted August 31, 2016in Tech Talk

Photography’s fate is blurry

Every two minutes, camera-strapped humans take more photos than existed the previous 150 years. Approximately 1.8 billion of our images are uploaded daily to the Internet, which means more than 650 billion photos are uploaded every year. Considering that when Joseph Niepce invented the camera in the early 1800s it

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Posted August 10, 2016in Tech Talk

Time to take BlackBerry off life support

The BlackBerry is dead. It doesn’t matter that it once dominated the planet. The classic BlackBerry design — with a half screen, half physical keyboard and a mouse-like selector button — is toast. Many companies have been stubborn about their importance and style, but few have gone down with the

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Posted July 27, 2016in Tech Talk

The crowded field of web browsing

It is amazing how open the world seems once you realize you have options. Once you discover life exists beyond high school, you can do whatever you want, and for that matter, be who you truly want to be. Whether it be about an apartment, a car, a washer/dryer, or

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Posted July 20, 2016in Tech Talk

It’s not really about Pokemon

We’re tired of Pokemon Go. Every major Iowa news outlet has beaten the game to death. Kids are playing it, adults are playing it, and I wouldn’t doubt it if presidential candidates have given it a crack in a sad attempt to connect with the voting public. But let’s bypass

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Posted July 13, 2016in Tech Talk

The Malware minefield that is Android

Why is it that we’re surprised when a relatively new piece of technology turns out to be permeable to wicked acts? Yes, you can hack planes, cars, cash registers, televisions, refrigerators and even wristwatches. If you have yet to understand why that is, the foundation of hacking is this: Anything

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Posted July 06, 2016in Tech Talk

All hail the digital map

    If you are about to endeavor on a multi-generational vacation, prepare yourself for an odd occurrence — our elders’ reluctance to give up the paper map. For millennia, the way to guide one’s journey was via drawn — then printed — paper maps. But now, apps and GPS-enabled

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Posted June 29, 2016in Tech Talk

Bluetooth about to become big time

Some technology doesn’t realize its full potential until it has had a chance to iterate through several iterations. A handful of social media rose and fell before Facebook dominated, cellular telephones took nearly 20 years before they were a must-have device, and virtual reality developers seem to believe their tech

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