Archives for August 2011

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The Latest: TMobile and AT&T Merger

by Jacob Parzych August 31st, 2011| Cell Phones
Unless you have been living in the boonies with no media all summer long, you have probably heard of the impending merger between American cell phone network giants, TMobile and AT&T.  Although the merger has been planned for a while, I figured I would throw in my two cents during this lull.

First of all, before I begin, I would like to clarify something for those who did not know. The merger is between TMobile USA and AT&T.  TMobile USA is the division of TMobile responsible for the United States. While TMobile USA is on the smaller size (4th largest
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The Social Network: Entertaining Cyber Tale

by Scott Lindemann August 30th, 2011| Cyber Culture
The other night I had the opportunity to see a movie I've been wanting to see for some time, but never had the chance. The Social Network was released October 1, 2010, and being the geeky type that I am, friends of mine had been dying to know what I thought of it.

The movie, directed by David Fincher of Fight Club fame, tells the tale of how Facebook came to fruition, and the turbulence that defined the people involved in its creation. The movie stars Jesse Eisenberg who plays Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Andrew Garfield as Facebook
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New App for College Students

by Heather Duchan August 25th, 2011| Apps
Buying textbooks for college is a daunting experience. First, you have to locate them, usually in a busy college book store loaded with confused freshmen and confused employees. Then you have to pay outrageous prices for a book that will likely be useless within a semester.

A new App, Kno, will change this for students currently sporting an Apple iPad. The Kno app can be downloaded for free from the Internet. Once activated, users are able to browse over a 100,000 textbooks and purchase any for 30% to 50% off retail prices. With most college text books costing over $100
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Must Have Gadgets for College

by Mackenzie M. August 24th, 2011| Gadgets
After returning to college this week and being surrounded by a plethora of awesome new gadgets, I felt it fitting to construct an updated list of the four must have gadgets for this school year. Not only do these gadgets use breakthrough technology and provide plenty of entertainment, they also play a pivotal role in the busy lives of students across the nation. Here's the new and improved list of all the things you'll need this year to be hip, but to also do your very best.

1. The Livescribe Echo Smartpen does more than just write. The speed at
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Don’t Tread on the Internet, Bro

by Scott Lindemann August 23rd, 2011| Cyber Culture
What's a small delay here or there, anyway? A few days ago on reddit, a storm was a-brewing when a user posted that the government-proposed Turkish Internet filter would be going in effect post-haste. On a website with so many users that are quick to jump to conclusions, I figured this would create a firestorm of conversation about government-imposed censorship, and I'm happy to report that I was wrong. Instead, some of the more informed folks mentioned that the plans for the Internet filter have been delayed by three months due to the public uproar about the
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Kitchen Gadgets

by Louise August 18th, 2011| Gadgets
Just when you thought you had all the basic necessities in your kitchen, Progressive comes along to change the way you prepare meals. All Progressive items seem to be created with both functionality and style. They are ergonomic with a sleek and modern look. Browse through their web site, and you will quickly discover kitchen gadgets that will make your life easier than ever before. To name a few:

  • Baking Mat. Tired of greasing cookie sheets or wasting tin foil and parchment/wax paper? The silicone baking mat is heat resistant to 600 degrees Fahrenheit, and it can be used
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Social Media Attacked by Government Bullies

by Scott Lindemann August 17th, 2011| Cyber Culture
When news broke about the British Prime Minister proposing a ban on social media networks (like Facebook and Twitter) to prevent the kind of "organized rioting" that these services supposedly allowed, I was appalled.

Obviously, most western governments have become increasingly Orwellian in the past few decades, but this was a plain and simple attack on the freedom of speech and information. An excerpt from the referenced CNN article quotes Prime Minister David Cameron:

"Free flow of information can be used for good. But it can also be used for ill. And when people are using socialmedia

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by Bea August 16th, 2011| Gadgets
Have you ever wanted to use your webcam even though you were not at home? When I first heard of the concept of being able to control a webcam from afar, I thought that the concept was useless; however, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that a Rovio could come in handy. Most of the time you have to turn on your computer, and pull up a program, in order to get a webcam up and working. If you are not home, that could be a problem.

While abroad, there were times when my family had
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Cut the Rope

by Michele August 15th, 2011| App of the Month
Released in October 2010, this puzzle video game has earned many fans.  This game's star is an adorable, green monster named Om Nom.  On each level, players need to guide pieces of candy, hanging on ropes, into his mouth.  In addition, players need to collect three stars, avoid spikes and electrical hazards, and keep the candy within the box.  Each level brings its own challenges, which keeps the game entertaining.

Cut the Rope is available for iTouch, iPad, and iPhone.
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Affordable Media Player for Kids

by Heather Duchan August 11th, 2011| Video
Although it's best to limit media for kids overall, most children are going to watch television or listen to music sometimes. Also, there are times when you need to entertain your young ones away from home. Although books and games are a choice, no kid will turn away the chance to watch their favorite movie while sitting in a waiting room or on a long drive in the car. For these occasions, portable media players come to the rescue. 

One player that is suitable for kids is the TFDVD7052, 7-inch Portable Tablet DVD/CD/MP3 Player, made by Coby. With a sleek, light-weight
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Foursquare: A Stalker’s Guide to You

by Mackenzie M. August 10th, 2011| Apps
The latest craze in social networking involves tracing your every step. Everywhere you go, you can check-in using your mobile smart phone, alerting all of your friends to where you are - every waking (and sleeping) moment of your life. This interesting, and slightly creepy, app is Foursquare.

According to their website, Foursquare is a location-based social networking website that is available with GPS-enabled smart phones. Users check-in at their current location, and receive a number of points and awards badges based on many different factors. Developed to create interactions between friends, this app is viewed by some as simply
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HP Envy Line

by Bea August 9th, 2011| Computers
HP's Envy Line is a great mix between performance and aesthetics. While you will get  a lot of power and performance out of these laptops, you will also have something that looks sleek. True, they are thicker than a MacBook, but you give and you get some. Most of the getting in this case is related to the price tag. While an Envy 14 costs under $999.00, a Mac starts a whole lot higher.

I currently have an Envy 13. The 14 inch and the 17 inch were too big for me, and their Beats Edition was not something I was
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