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    The Problem with Software Obsolescence

    For quite a while, almost everything that uses electricity has been controlled by a microcontroller, a tiny computer programed with specific behavior. This means that device capabilities and user experiences are determined not just by the device itself, but by the embedded software installed on a device.But what happens when a device's programming becomes obsolete- incompatible, outdated or broken? The idea of upgrading a perfectly good device by replacing it with an identical one with slightly different code seems incredibly wasteful. In most devices, the programing code is baked into the [...]

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    Apple Announces New iPhone 7 With Some Big Changes

    The wait is over and the rumors are true. Apple announced today that the iPhone 7 will have upgraded cameras, a new home button and an improved screen, but it will no longer have an auxiliary port/headphone jack. Rather, you will have to use either Bluetooth headphones or special headphones that connect via the “lightning” port. But not to worry, an adapter will come in the box upon purchase to connect your old 3.5mm headphones if you would like (you'll just need to purchase an additional accessory if you want to charge and listen at the same time).Apple released photos of their [...]

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    How Netflix Made TV Even More Anti-Social

    Remember when there were less than 100 channels on cable? They were all “standard definition” and you only had one TV in your house? Maybe if you were lucky you had two… But regardless, they weighed three times as much as you and took 5 minutes to warm up before you could watch anything anyways. Those were the days. You used to wake up at the crack of dawn. You’d race to the basement to snag the best spot on the couch for Saturday morning cartoons. Then you, your brothers and sisters, the friend who slept over the night before, would watch the show together. All week [...]

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    How Pokémon Go is Changing Our World

    Here in Seattle, you don’t have to walk far to find the nearest PokéStop. Which means, you don’t have to walk far to find someone with their face buried in their phone, playing Pokémon Go. The game is immersive, interactive, and addictive. And at this point, if you haven’t heard of it, you’re probably living under a rock.   No one, not even the game's creators (Niantic), could have predicted the scope of the game’s popularity. Upon release, the game soared to the top of the charts, making it the most downloaded app on any Apple device in less [...]

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    Virtual Reality at the Rio Olympics

    When people used to think of Virtual Reality, they would probably imagine wearing a giant helmet to transport themselves into some sort of digital world. VR has taken massive strides in the gaming world, with consoles like the Oculus Rift revolutionizing at-home gaming, creating fully immersive 360 degree worlds for our imaginations to explore. What most people don’t realize, is how life-like VR experiences can be, and surprisingly, how affordable. This year for the 2016 Rio Olympics, NBC is providing Samsung Gear VR users over 100 hours of 360 degree footage. A first for any Olympics. [...]

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    Advocates for Uber and Lyft Union Clear First Legal Hurdle

    This past Tuesday, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed against the city of Seattle over the ordinance allowing the formation of an Uber and Lyft union. The city has been praised by worker’s rights advocates this past year due to its progressive “pro-worker” policies - especially its $15/hr minimum wage. However, the city of Seattle faced considerable backlash upon the passing of this ordinance back in December, which has been widely criticized as illegal according to federal labor laws. And although it was passed unanimously by Seattle’s city council, the Mayor of[...]

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    New Online Service Josephine Serves Up Home-Cooked Happiness

    When was the last time you had a home-cooked meal? For a lot of us, the answer is probably way too long. What is it about a home-cooked meal that makes it different? Perhaps a unique recipe, a special family trick, better attention to detail? Maybe it’s the authentic cuisine and the healthy portion of love. Whatever it is, everyone knows that nothing beats a delicious home-cooked meal. And now, thanks to Josephine, you don’t even have to turn on the stove, or preheat the oven. The first service of it’s kind, Josephine gives you easy access to delicious meals cooked [...]

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    The Effects of Brexit on Technology

    On June 24th, 2016, the majority of U.K. citizens voted to leave the European Union. The ‘Brexit’ decision was supported by 52% of the population, but the ‘leave’ votes came primarily from England (except for London) and Wales. There have been reports that even more countries are threatening to leave the EU and the pound plummeted to a 31-year low. Prime Minister David Cameron has also announced his resignation. The results of the referendum evoked an enormous wave of negative responses, including shock, regret, disappointment, disbelief and a lot of uncertainty, but [...]

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