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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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YouTube Red Sees Green

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YouTubeIt doesn’t take much searching to find tech- and social media-related stories. The nature of this business sector spurs rapid change and offers fodder for blogs in a way that covering the coal industry might not. I point out that I perceive technology as a business sector rather than a function of everyday life for a reason.

YouTube Red officially hit the U.S. market Wednesday, October 28. If you’ve used the YouTube app on your phone recently, you’ve probably been prompted to subscribe to the ad-free service. For $9.99/month you can remove all ads from your YouTubing experience. This allows users to listen to music or watch videos uninterrupted...

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Social Media is Television in the 1960’s

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Kennedy-Nixon-DebateIn 1960, television changed the course of American history. John Kennedy squared off with Richard Nixon in the country’s first ever televised debate. Kennedy’s sparkling youth cast a long shadow over the uncomfortable Nixon. Because of this new medium (and possibly some voter fraud), Kennedy won the election, becoming the youngest president ever elected to the office.

It’s easy to overlook the significance of television when you see ads for the latest season of Real Housewives or anything on HLN. However, every major advancement in the field of media (printing press, radio, Internet, etc.) has been responsible for wholesale historical change.

Social media finds itself in this impactful position at the moment...

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Cons of Selfie Sticks, and Why It’s Time to Move On

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selfie sticksSelfies. Ugh. They are seriously one of the worst trends that’s ever gone mainstream. People taking boring photos of themselves and posting them multiple times per day. Just because they can. But now (actually a few years ago), that trend has gone a step further with the selfie stick. A device that helps achieve a more efficient selfie and the capability to snap from a further angle.

What’s worse is that the product was invented because of a need. People were taking so many pictures of themselves that they needed a better way of obtaining self portraits. Which is also why it’s been dubbed the “narcisstick,” a play on words describing the product perfectly. It glorifies vein boredom.

Not only are selfie sticks a thing that exists (which I’m still not over, BTW) – where pictures are taken wh...

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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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