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Robot Love

Robots are going to take our jobs! No, scratch that: Robots are going to take over the world! For decades people have been terrified of the coming robot invasion, foretelling human extinction by vilifying robot-kind and all robot advancements. This is ridiculous, fanciful, just plain nonsense. We should LOVE robots: the robot age should be […]

Geek In The New Year

It’s almost 2014. We are finishing our holiday shopping, planning New Year’s events and getting ready to feast on all the good food of the season. I’m no Isaac Asimov–his predictions for 2014 were remarkably accurate and his writing was incredible–but I’ve got a few predictions of my own for 2014 and beyond. Some trends to […]

Digital Erasers: The Next Big Money Maker

If I were making investments, I’d invest heavily in tattoo removal. No one has figured out a perfect removal process, but when someone does it will make millions. And robotexting: when is someone going to invent a robotexting app that will text my wife/mother/brother so I don’t have to? “Sure, Honey! I’d be happy to […]

You Paid For It, Now Use It!

As a web or graphic designer, you know that content is king. While most clients have specific designs in mind and provide the graphics, there are times when you need to supply content.  Looking for more sources of high quality photographs and images? This post is for you!

Geek Ethicist: Skype Therapy

Dear Ethicist— Which FaceTime/Skype apps are the most HIPAA compliant? I am a therapist and have had clients request these type of sessions. However, I’m worried about privacy and heard that FaceTime was recently hacked. I need to know which of these apps would be the best and safest for my therapy sessions. Sign Me— […]

Taming the Trolls

What are trolls? Why do they flame? These are important questions. We’ve discussed the pros and cons of a comments section and now, as promised, we will explore the research surrounding online comments and methods for dealing with flaming trolls. While there really is no concrete demographic for trolls, certain characteristic behaviors are exhibited by […]

Comments Section: Land of Constructive Public Discourse Or Playground of Trolls?

Whether creating a website or starting a blog, one of the important decisions to make is whether or not to include a comments section. The Internet, that glorious land of interaction and anonymity, has been idealized as an idyllic community where people engage in intellectual and creative dialogue to make the world a better place […]

Google Vs. Death: Has Google Finally Met Its Match?

Google announced its plans to vanquish death and, oddly enough, not too many people were surprised. The company who has mastered the search algorithm, addressed Internet security and tackled world-wide connectivity seems unlimited in its potential. Google’s new, lofty goal was not just taken seriously but heralded by Time magazine who both lauded and mocked the […]

The Internet of Things: 5 Reasons It Matters

Hold up–what is the Internet of Things (IoT)? Let’s break it down, for those slightly less tech-savvy: “it’s socialization of everything, from simple everyday devices to industrial devices,” explains Internet of Things Council member, Michael Koster. Wikipedia further defines the Internet of Things as “uniquely identifiable objects and their virtual representations in an Internet-like structure.”  Techopedia puts it […]

Floating Internet? Google’s Project Loon and Internet for All

There are places in the United States—yes, here in the good old US of A—that still do not have consistent, reliable access to the Internet. How is this possible? Remote locations with rough terrain lack the towers necessary to support cell service, much less Internet.  High speed Internet access is just now conquering cities, but […]

Flipboard for the Web…Finally

After downloading the Flipboard app for iPad, the web became lackluster. Flipboard presents a revolutionary user interface: the ability to “flip” through content transformed into an online magazine–a big, colorful, content-rich magazine tailored specifically to users interests. It’s the best of crowd-sourced content curation with stunning visual representation.  News, social media, arts, photography, sports, can […]

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