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Will Cable Soon Be a Think of the Past?

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Sponge Bob Squarepants watching TVFor the past six years I’ve lived without cable. Through Netflix and Hulu accounts (or those who shared their passwords) and a Chromecast, I’ve successfully gone without signing up for an actual cable account. There are, of course, exceptions as to what can be watched – live sports must be viewed on cable, any type of award show or live event also requires an account. (If it’s that important, I DVR it at my parents’ house, which may or may not be cheating.) But the point is, I haven’t cable … and for the most part, I don’t really miss it.

Bonus perks: there’s no longer that crushing feeling that you’re missing something good on TV, or the even more crushing feeling: paying hundreds of dollars a month for the ability to be a couch potato...

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How Often do you Unplug?

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Screen Shot 2016-07-25 at 7.35.38 AMWe are a generation of now. Of being entertained at all times, and of having immediate access to any number of programs, games, and of course, communication. We can reach out to others in multiple mediums at any given time. In fact, it’s expected. With computers and mobile phones essentially acting as pocket computers, this has become part of the status quo. If someone isn’t responding to you, it’s almost deliberate; that’s how easy it is to get ahold of people in the year 2016.

But what about those times you just need to unplug? Or even to focus on one form of communication at a time? If you’re anything like this blogger, you can get overwhelmed by the constant amount of notifications. There are texts, IMs, emails, and for some reason, calls...

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Side Effects of Wearable Technology

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The rage of wearable tech has made a serious go at becoming one of the most-used forms of tech. These watches, pedometers, and more tell us how much activity we’ve had throughout the day, notify us of calls, texts, emails, etc. They let us check the weather without even having to reach into our pockets … really, they’ve made a life of notifications about as easy as it can get.

But what about the downsides? Even the best things in life come with some type of consequence, and wearable tech is no different. Aside from all the great things associated with daily tracking and notifications, what are some of the downsides?

First of all, they provide constant communication. You’re never not plugged in...

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5 Ways Manage Your Inbox

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email-overload1We’ve all had that inbox. The one that hosts thousands of unread messages. It likely has a full box of spam – it might even be full itself. (Yes, you actually can max out storage space, which then sends new messages in the opposite direction.) Rather than taking the time to delete what was unnecessary each day, you let it all pile up, and now it’s basically too overwhelming to start. I want to panic just thinking about it.

But there’s an easy fix to this email mess. Rather than putting off everything, you can help combat your maxed out mail, and allow you for timely correspondence.

  1. Clean Out the Unreads

First things first: it’s high-time to get that number of unread messages as low as possible, which is zero. If messages are months old, just delete them and start fresh...

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Cyber-banging: Communicating Online for Illegal Activity

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bandanasIn any cop show we’ve ever seen, it’s been a terrible idea to brag online. Any teenager who emails their bud about spray-painting a school has gotten busted. Almost immediately. In real life, it’s no different, just with a longer time until the law follows through. Folks get cuffed from their own social media posts. Telling about what they had “gotten away” with, leaving the act – and a full confession – for the cops to see. More often than not, it’s an act that leads toward arrest and a guilty sentence.

But that’s not stopping illegal activity from taking place online. Or rather, it being talked about online. In fact, the interweb is becoming a go-to source for gang communication. And it’s known as cyber-banging.

The act of cyber-banging can vary across the channels of social media...

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