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Are We Too Reliant on Electronic Maps?

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Maps_google_mapI recently went on a road trip, where I drove for 19 hours, then 9, and then 13. Before I was back home. It was all done without the help of a paper map. My iPhone led through half of the trip, while vehicle GPS led the other. It was convenient, mostly accurate, and only sometimes infuriating. (Like when maps tells you to do the exact same thing 14 times in a row or when they make you go through construction even when you tell them to avoid it.)

But the whole thing got me thinking: are we too reliant on electronic maps? Do we need them to travel? Or could we do it the old fashioned way, if needed? What if our data were to stop working? Or the roads suddenly closed and Google had yet to update? Could I even read a paper map? Sure I like looking for fun or to see which states have the weirde...

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Tips for Getting your Phone Fixed: A Cautionary Tale

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smartphone-iphone-repairAs I may have written, a few months ago I busted my iPhone 6 screen. (Really, in Internet terms, who can remember that far back?) And getting it fixed was the longest, most stressful experience of my life. So as a warning, if you do what I did – if you break your iPhone 6, or any smartphone for that matter – don’t cheat. Don’t try and cheap out. Pay the smart folks, the ones who know what they’re doing, and let them fix it right.

You’ll only save money in the long run. And stress, in infinite amounts.

Rather than taking care of it that day – which is OBVIOUSLY what I should have done – I ordered online. I found the cheapest screen available, and I ordered it. I thought they were all the same. They are not all the same; it was cheap for a reason.

Since being installed, my sc...

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What’s the Average Computer Age?

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oldcomputerThis June, my MacBook Pro turns four. An age that seems, in electronic ages, like an antique. Four entire years of service, during which it’s used eight-plus hours per weekday and sometimes on weekends. Because of Netflix.

In its many years, however, sketchy things have begun to happen. Sometimes it turns itself off. Before which, lights and colors flash in warning. Other times the screen just goes black. Once I opened it for the day only to have 50+ word documents open themselves up, with no ability to click or close the program. However, once the computer turns back on, it works great. Word loads, Chrome pops up at my disposal, and so on. Except it also clears its own cache. (I love a good and used cache! Who wants to search terms or type in entire URLs when they don’t have to?)

My b...

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Crushing It with Candy: The Game We Can’t Stop Playing

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If you’re like millions of others (us included), you’ve jumped on board the Candy Crush train. And in all likelihood, the Soda Saga as well. You’re matching and playing your way to the top any chance you get. Whether that means bedtime, while watching TV, or any other spare moment you might happen to get, you’re in the trance. After all, there’s a reason this game is one of the highest grossing of all time. Which is even more impressive considering most of its players opt for free versions. (But maybe accidentally hit the new lives button every week or so.)

For the low-down on your favorite game’s stats (and more), check out this comprehensive infographic.

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Degrees in a Modern Setting: Pros and Cons

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images (3)Years ago, obtaining a degree was an absolute necessity. Unless you were working in a position of labor or planning on being a stay-at-home something or other, obtaining an education was imperative. It’s just what people did; very few questioned the process. But in today’s terms, are those same requirements absolutely necessary? Schools have changed, and so do the ways we take on careers and specialties. As well as the types of specialties that are available.

Students are no longer required to attended in-person classes six days a week. (Yep, college used to be on Saturdays, too.) They can take online classes, attend votech colleges, apply for internships or apprenticeships. Some even earn on-the-job credits...

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