Category Technology

Self-Driving Cars Offer a Fantastic Future

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self-driving-jetpackOur most captivating childhood renderings of the future always involved technology: self-driving cars, robot chefs, and space travel. As we get older, maybe we imagine prospective social progress or economic motility, but shiny chrome and talking computers will always hold a special place in our imaginations.

Personally, my favorite piece of future tech was the jetpack/hovercraft. How can you top a personal flying device? All the best characters — heroes and villains alike (IMAGINE SHOOTING A ROCKET LAUNCHER WHILE FLYING)— could soar through the air at will. I fantasized about wielding such a technology.

Eventually, I saw the world created by 60s cartoons as unrealistic. While The Jetsons may have actually used some plausible technology, they lived in the sky...

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Relentless Pinging: Notifications are Losing Their Umph

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facebook notificationsLast week I logged into Netflix and saw a pile of notifications. A growing number of little red flags, letting me know about new shows that were being released – shows that I had never even seen or heard of. That’s what Netflix thought was worth sharing with me personally.

Other sites are no better. This weekend I didn’t check Facebook for hours and tallied up 15 notifications, a number that doesn’t seem too crazy anymore, considering all they ping about. Except not one of them had anything to do with me. It was all mutual pages that had been posted on and random views … nothing that needed immediate attention. Yet I scrolled through each and every one of them...

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The Best Book-Based Apps

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Screen Shot 2016-01-11 at 11.27.43 AMReading can be rough … as can tech. With both subjects, there is simply too much to navigate. Too many books that have been written, too many aps to explore – so many choices that it’s overwhelming to even know where to begin. Which is why we rely on the advice and reviews of others who have tried them out first. Expert advice from fellow book nerds, and opinions from others who were there already … hence, the best and most useful book apps around.

Out of all our reading days and tested tech experience, here are our favorite models.

Goodreads

Not only is this app great for looking up reviews and determining whether or not you’ll like a book, it’s ideal for keeping track of what you’ve already read. If you’re into that type of thing...

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Coffee Shop Behavior: Do You Trust Others With Your Belongings?

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As a lover of free wifi, I’m often on the lookout for the next greatest work spot. (I love my home office and all, but sometimes you just need some people watching; it’s a proven fact.) That means working at favorite coffee shops, libraries – I hold memberships to four right now, with addresses that may or may not be current – restaurants, friends’ houses, and sometimes, elementary schools. So long as the server’s accessible, I can work from pretty much anywhere. It’s also a welcome change.

However, mobile working also brings along some interesting challenges. For one, I can’t give the “I’m not at my desk” excuse. Sure I don’t carry my computer 24/7; that thing gets heavy. But it’s also quite easy for my “office” to move with me...

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Social Media Pairs Perfectly with Entertainment

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Royals-Social-Media-ConnectWhen I was eleven I bought the pre-sale of Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. As part of that purchase I received a 200-page strategy guide. A perusal of the book’s contents revealed loads of screenshots, a comprehensive walkthrough, and a list of where to find all the heart pieces. It even came with a pull out sea chart (you sailed island-to-island to complete quests) which had markings to indicate which plots had what treasure. It added extra dimension to a game which, at age eleven, I probably could not have beaten in its entirety.

Social media have become the ultimate companion. Not in a Her way, but in a strategy guide way.

Most of us imbibe in sports, pop culture, or both. We, as a society, love TV, and sports make for some of the best programming...

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