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Posted March 01, 2017in Tech Talk

Only the paranoid are truly alone

A common misconception of the First Amendment is that the constitutional right to freedom of speech applies in all situations. People who have this belief live a backward life and think they can be as crass as they wish, wherever they desire, and there will be no repercussions. In terms

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Posted February 01, 2017in Tech Talk

Hulu invites cable to the stream

It is official: Streaming has won; cable has lost. Yes, cable still exists, but it is dying on the vine. The NFL — television’s most consistent and powerful ratings engine — has been struggling to reach two-thirds of its audience average of the last five years. ESPN — the most

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Posted January 04, 2017in Tech Talk

The apps to form a more perfect Union

Like it or not, America is living through the most politicized times since former President Richard Nixon resigned in 1974. Even with the general election months behind us, emotions are still raw over a terse campaign season, its various outcomes and future implications of victories up and down the ballot.

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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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