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Hear and Now

It’s often said we have two ears and one mouth for a reason. Our ears while more numerous, tend to fail us much more readily, with around 48 million Americans suffering from some degree of hearing loss. On the flip side of this, only one in five...

 

Don't Cross The Streams

Perhaps I’m old, but I have never understood the appeal of watching someone else play a video game. Even though I can hold my own at MarioKart, the idea of using my computer to log on and stream someone else racking up points is wildly foreign. It...

 

Art Through A Digital Lens

The number of things which we routinely interact with as hobbies, through work, or just in day-to-day life are rapidly becoming more and more digitally augmented. Connected homes, smart variations of devices we’ve used for years and the ever lower...

 

Breaches Be Loco

The amount of personal data we have floating around out there on the internet is staggering. Online banking, shopping, social media; all filled to the brim with email addresses, passwords, financial information and more. We take for granted simply...

 

Legit? Check

The internet in all its vastness, with its more than five billion users, can sometimes be a place filled with noise. An overwhelming amount of information from a near-infinite number of sources. Happily, there are systems in place which give us...

 

Beam Me Up, Scotty

Open the pod bay doors, HAL. Soylent Green is people. I’ll be back! While we’re not quite at the point of taking our flying cars to work while our robot maids dutifully dust and vacuum our homes, we’re inarguably living in a time where the...

 

Too Much Trust? Apply Antitrust

We know, accept and often welcome the fact that big technology companies exist. The likes of Microsoft, Apple, Meta (the company behind Facebook) and of course Amazon, all while sprawling in their reach, offer us the convenience of being one-stop...

 

Shop' Till You Drop

The internet, in all its vastness and scope, does a wonderful job of delivering us things. Information, entertainment but also a seemingly unending stream of things to buy. Now, while I’m as guilty as the next person for my Amazon addiction, one...

 

Words, But Also Picture

Language is a weird thing. It’s constantly evolving, changing and growing. Words fall in and out of common usage, are adopted from other dialects and just get plain old made-up then forced upon us colloquially. Something rather interesting has...

 

Bet. Check. Fold?

Some of us, the lucky ones arguably, are old enough to remember when ending a phone call on our mobile device was facilitated with a satisfying snap. It’s just not the same, thumbing the red “end call” button on the delicate pieces of glass we...

 

But Is It Art?

But Is It Art? Artificial intelligence, as I’ve written in the past, is an exciting and powerful means of computers completing tasks which would previously have been impossible or too time consuming to be justifiable. Another more recently popular...

 

Footprints in The (Digital) Sand

With a lot of the summer behind us and school returning, we’ve some inside time on the horizon. With this, brings the tendency to spend more time online, on social media and interacting with others by use of our smartphones. Is there a risk though...

 

iRobot, YouRobot, WeRobot.

Vacuuming sucks. Ba-dum tss. Now that I’ve cleared that obligatory dad joke hurdle, let’s talk about robot vacuums and the recent shift in power when it comes to their production. Vacuuming and more recently mowing are two industries which have...

 

New Car, Caviar, Four Star, Daydream

Money, it’s a gas. In a similar fashion to gas, it can also get quite expensive quite quickly. The iPhone for example has risen in average cost more than 60 percent since its launch in 2007. Inflation by contrast since then is only around 43...

 

Got Salsa?

Chips! Delicious, of course. But the less tasty ones make up the brains behind all but the very simplest of electronic devices. Smart phones, chargers, microwaves and cars alike all use integrated circuits (ICs for short) to perform whatever task...

 

Spins A Web, Any Size

We have a lot to thank the internet for. It enables us to be entertained by cat videos, stream endless music and inflict photos of ourselves holding a fish on everyone else using that dating app. The web as it looks today though is a far cry from...

 

Doomscrolling: Feed Me Bad News

The ability to capture and hold people’s attention is a valuable asset. Captivating a room, enthralling an audience, or convincing you that one more episode is worth the tradeoff for a ruined sleep schedule. Every silver lining has a cloud of...

 

On Strike: Lightning and Your Tech

I love a good thunderstorm. Maybe it’s the crack of the thunder, maybe it’s the sound of driving rain, maybe it’s the bright flash of lightning as it streaks across the sky. Disengaging caveman brain for a moment however and remembering that I...

 

So Cool. So Retro

They don’t make ‘em like they used to. Back in my day. Those were simpler times. We’re all, to some degree or another, a little guilty of harking back to a slightly rose-tinted version of something from our past. Before smartphones, before...

 

Do Not Pass Go

Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Google. Almost all of us have some kind of relationship with at least one of these companies, perhaps even all four. We rely on them for staying in touch with loved ones, providing entertainment, answering our...

 

One Careful Owner

Technology is great, but it can be expensive to keep up with. It’s also fair that a lot of us as consumers simply don’t need the latest and greatest model of any given electronics; a 2021 laptop is still going to be refreshingly zippy compared...

 

Passwords? Past Words.

For all of the things we secure behind a password, I’ve yet to run into anyone who truly enjoys them. Financial details, our social media accounts, email, streaming services. They’re the keys to our digital lives. What if the end was on the...

 

Let's See Some ID.

The digital world in which we live, while sometimes daunting in its reach, does bear the fruit of convenience. It also offers secure storage for things we’d rather keep safe from prying eyes and criminals. It’s this security beyond that of a...

 

Traveling with Technology

After a long, long winter we’re finally able to emerge and enjoy the outdoors! Our eyelashes won’t freeze to our face, the simple act of breathing won’t be painful; truly have we suffered. But before too long we’ll be planning getaways and...

 

Clash of Angry Birds With Friends

It wasn’t so long ago that mobile gaming meant loading up on AA batteries and taking your Game Boy with you on a road trip. Tetris, Super Mario Land and the now multibillion dollar franchise of Pokémon all saw significant time gracing that tiny,...

 

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