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Googling Google’s right-wing connections

- December 9, 2013 2 MIN READ

There are a few voices that are speaking out in opposition to some of the media giant’s connections, saying Google is associating itself further and further with right wing political groups, despite maintaining an image as a liberal, earth friendly corporation.

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New survey makes stupid conclusions about women and social media

- December 5, 2013 2 MIN READ

Yet another survey has been created with the seemingly sole intention of making women feel insecure about the roles they have chosen in their lives. The newest white paper from She Knows, details the differences in social media use between women who work outside of the home, and stay at home mums.

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Patience is key: Teaching your parents the basics of technology

- December 4, 2013 2 MIN READ

Whenever I read about baby boomers being virulent tech adopters, I tend to shake my head, because my almost thirty self desperately wants to be the centre of the tech world, even though boomers have more money than I do to buy these gadgets, so it only makes sense that they lead the way in the purchase of things such as Apple products.

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Best Brands Forever

- December 3, 2013 2 MIN READ

What friendships last longer? The ones you develop naturally over time, and through trust and shared experiences like getting busted for drinking in public or almost being trampled at an Iggy Pop concert? Or the ones where you pay someone fifty bucks to pretend they like you to make your frenemies jealous? Hint: It’s not the second one.

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The philosophy of NEIL

- November 26, 2013 2 MIN READ

It’s been a long day here at my computer so both of these were pretty good contenders, but then I read about how researchers at Carnegie Mellon Institute are trying to teach computers common sense. They are doing this by letting a huge computer system, called Never Ending Image Learning, or, NEIL, for short, browse through millions of pictures and decide for itself what they all mean.

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I, Google Bot

- November 26, 2013 2 MIN READ

I’m going to assume you’ve already seen the app that predicts what you would say based on the past statuses you have posted. I assume because if your friends are anything like my friends, they have been using almost exclusively to make facebook posts for the past few weeks, having fully embraced their technological robot overlord versions of themselves.

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Privacy: Does Twitter finally get it?

- November 25, 2013 2 MIN READ

Encryption isn’t always about doing something illegal. We live in a time when bored kids can hack entire servers with a smart phone, and understanding that a need for more complex and increased security is not always the sign of illegal activity seems to be a nuance not every government agency has caught on to.

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How Facebook is saving the Philippines

- November 20, 2013 2 MIN READ

There is no question social media has made the world smaller, for better or for worse, and has completely changed how we get information. I speak personally as someone whose livelihood thrives on the rise of the blogger and the fall of conventional media, but I am confident, regardless of how plugged in you may be, nobody expected Facebook usage to help save the Philippines.

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Social planning startup donates a dinner for every dinner planned

- November 20, 2013 2 MIN READ

We’ve all done it. With the best intentions, you log onto whatever social media site all your friends use or start an email thread for a get together. You make your pitch, something a long the lines of “Hi guys, I was thinking we could all go out to eat this week. Any suggestions as to where? What time can everyone come?” And then it starts…

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Plug me in: Technology isn’t the problem

- November 19, 2013 3 MIN READ

It’s no secret I love technology. My phone that connects me to the internet and my email and my website, that lets me open browser windows on my tablet or computer as I walk through the house researching, ranting, or obsessing, is practically glued to my hand.

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The Go Tribe harnesses the power of collaborative giving

- November 19, 2013 3 MIN READ

On the surface, The Go Tribe could be described as a charity, but in reality, it’s much, much more. It’s about taking a collaborative approach to change, and uniting individuals who want to create a positive impact using a simple premise: We get excited when we give together.