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Posted January 21, 2015in Tech Talk

Hasta la vista translation concerns

Tech generally comes in two flavors: useful and exciting. Microsoft Word? Useful. Microsoft’s XBox One? Exciting. But of course, just like a soft-serve machine mixes chocolate and vanilla to create delicious twist ice cream, some tech mixes the common flavors. Streaming media, social networking and text messaging are easy examples

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Posted January 14, 2015in Tech Talk

Don’t Call it a Virtual Comeback

Recounting the trove of unsuccessful entertainment mediums plays like a bad joke. Spectacular failures start with eight track, move quickly to betamax, skip a decade to laserdisc, followed 15 years later by HD DVD. In all of these cases, an alternative platform  (i.e. audio cassette, VHS, DVD and Blu-ray) took

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Posted January 07, 2015in Tech Talk

Let the Internet worry about what you wear

If there is one thing brick and mortar retail has over online shopping it is the hands-on, trial-run experience of being able to try something out before making a purchase. You can try on an outfit, listen to a whole album and rent a film or videogame before you purchase

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Posted December 31, 2014in Tech Talk

Couch crashing goes legit with Airbnb

One of the most mouth-watering concepts in technology is that of disruption — when an entrenched way of conducting business is uprooted by an unforeseen new method. It happened repeatedly with memory disks (floppy disk, hard disk, CD-Rom, jump drives and now the cloud) and audio/video storage (a list so

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Posted December 24, 2014in Tech Talk

Don’t give ho-ho-horrible tech gifts

There is truly no better time of year to give or get a gift than right now. No matter if you’re Christian, Jewish, celebrate Kwanzaa or simply indulge in the spirit of the season, it seems most people embrace the giving spirit that comes with December. Chances are you already

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Posted December 17, 2014in Tech Talk

Have the Trolls inherited the Internet?

What makes America so great? Without hesitation, you should have answered, “the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.” The Declaration states that each and every American is afforded the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The Constitution institutes the right to bear arms, protection from illegal search

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Posted December 10, 2014in Tech Talk

Technology feeds out discount price addiction

In 1963, when Andy Williams recorded “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” he must have immediately recognized it was an instant holiday classic. What he couldn’t have known is, starting the day after Thanksgiving, his voice would come to fill every elevator, mall and superstore until the end

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Posted December 03, 2014in Tech Talk

Microsoft fights through its tablet failures

One of the best qualities of being human is the ability to change one’s mind. Well, after two months of experiences that are simply irrefutable, I must admit that the newest iteration of Microsoft’s Surface tablet is an exceptional mobile device. One year ago I spent two weeks test-driving the

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Posted November 26, 2014in Tech Talk

Today’s tech lies become fact tomorrow

For anyone with the slightest inkling of technological know-how, one word sends a shiver down the spine: “enhance.” In the fictitious worlds of television shows and movies, no image or security footage is so far gone that it can’t be enhanced to near crystal-clear clarity. Sure, there are image restoration

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Posted November 19, 2014in Tech Talk

The importance of being socially cool

There are two things that launch upstart social networks from nothing to necessities: a feature that isn’t offered anywhere else, and being cool. While coming up with an original social network feature seems nearly impossible, being cool and maintaining can be much harder. Friendster, MySpace, and even America Online —

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