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The Wild West Of Internet Privacy

Last month, Congress voted to nullify the Federal Communication Commission’s broadband privacy rules. Most of the news coverage of this historic move, focused on the fact that it essentially made it legal for Internet service providers (ISPs) like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to gather and sell your individual browsing history to third parties. This includes financial information, health information, what their customers are shopping and searching for, and geographically where they are doing it. Despite the minimal media attention the law received before it was signed, its passage has been met with a very loud, visceral response. Surprisingly, however, the emphatic…

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What Can The Cloud Do For You?

The term “cloud” has been floating around (pun intended) for decades, but has become a part of our regular vernacular just in the last ten years. The concept dates back to the 1960s when clouds were used on flowcharts to symbolize the internet. It was not until 2006, however when the then CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, is credited with the first public use of the phrase at a search engine conference. Since then, it has become a household term in many ways, but do you really know what it is and what it can do for you? You might…

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Hurry Up and Wait

Studies estimate that the average American spends TWO YEARS of their life waiting in line. Two years doing something boring but productive would be bad enough, but two years waiting in line just seems wrong. If only we could all coordinate our schedules to avoid these pointless wastes of time. Well, as it turns out, we are getting closer to making this a reality! There are some great apps and websites emerging that crowd-source data to predict crowds, wait times and traffic so that you can adjust your own schedule accordingly. Check them out: Avoid Extra Time at the Airport…

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Online Tools For The Online Job Hunt

As most of us have experienced, job hunting (and hiring) have become a whole lot easier and also a whole lot harder since the prevalence on the online application has taken over. On the one hand, you no longer get the opportunity to make that positive first impression when handing in your resume. On the other hand, job hunters can now spend their day in pajamas instead of business clothes browsing and applying for virtually limitless positions. Hunting online offers a much more thorough and broad range of options, and yet at the same time, increases the competition for each…

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“Open the pod bay doors, HAL”: A Look at Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

The phrase Artificial Intelligence sometimes gets a bad rap – think murderous robots, coldly logical machines outpacing and out-thinking their creators – but the reality is AI is already all around us and improving our daily lives. If you’ve had Google autocomplete a search query for you, or Netflix suggest your next binge-worthy show, had Siri predict the app you will use when you wake up, or had Spotify make you a perfect playlist, then you’ve already been beneficiary of AI’s helping hand. But recent huge strides in data processing and AI programming mean the world is on the cusp…

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The Big Deal About Big Data

Shortly after Pokémon Go took the United States by storm, a news story broke saying that anyone who had logged in to the game using their Google account had given the creators of the app full access to their Google account. According to Google, this literally means “the application can see and modify nearly all information in your Google Account.” This breaking news did not have nearly the adverse effect to game players one might imagine. On the contrary, it hardly seemed to matter to the throngs of players walking around their neighborhoods trying to “catch ‘em all”. The Pokémon…

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7 Things You Never Knew You Could Buy Online

Every year I see lists of gift ideas for the “person that has everything” and usually they are a little disappointing, so I am setting out to break the mold. Whether you are pondering what to bring to the company gift exchange, really trying to trying to impress someone, or just out of ideas, I’ve got you covered –  and they are all available for purchase online! A Plot of Land On the Moon, Venus, or Mars – One acre on any of the celestial bodies starts at just $20 and includes a map of your property, details of your…

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2016 in Meme

With elections news plastering every news outlet and social media feed across America, for well over a year, last month we had a refreshing reprieve in the form of the affable, relatable Ken Bone. In case you missed it, Ken Bone was the guy in the red sweater sitting in the front row of the second presidential debate. While many argue about which candidate won the debate, everyone knows that the real winner in the heart of America was Mr. Bone. Within days #KenBoneFacts was trending on Twitter, he made an appearance on CNN and the Jimmy Kimmel Show, and…

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Comeback Technology

They’re BACK! It’s hard to hack a typewriter and nobody dreams of empty bookshelves. Even as we barrel ahead to new heights every day technologically speaking, there has recently been a huge movement of re-embracing old favorites for some very sound reasons! Here are a few shining examples: Flip Phones Imagine a cell phone that phone that doesn’t crack when it is dropped, never pocket-dials people, has a battery-life for days, and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg… re-introducing flip phones. They are back, and not just with hipsters and “antique” collectors. Reports are surfacing that several large cellphone manufacturers are toying with the idea of…

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Virtual Reality: Now a Reality

Flying cars, hover-boards, and virtual reality have long been the fodder of movies and legends, always proclaimed to be “about 20 years in the future”. The difference is: virtual reality is finally here, and I believe it has the potential to change everything! There has been much speculation about what virtual reality – “VR” for short – would actually mean or look like. At its core, it is essentially computer technology that imitates an environment allowing the user to interact and experience it. This can be achieved through various devices such as computers, goggles, gloves, headphones, or even a fully…

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