Google Fiber Begins High Speed Rollout in Kansas City

Google Fiber Begins High Speed Rollout in Kansas City

Technology
Google seems to have its hand in all things internet-related already, and its latest venture is no exception. Google Fiber may sound like the search giant’s new product aimed at keeping internet users regular, but actually, it's their latest bid to get on the small list of internet service providers in the U.S. Google is offering insanely fast (1 gigabit per second!) internet and HD television service to those lucky enough to reside in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. Now, if you aren’t a total geek like yours truly, the terms "1 gigabit per second" and "fiber optics" are probably meaningless “tech-speak” that cause your eyes to instantly glaze over. But Google Fiber is an innovation that even the most tech-averse can appreciate. What it amounts to are…
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Literacy and Technology

Literacy and Technology

Technology
In this day and age it is almost assumed that everyone can read and write at a certain level. The truth of the matter is that a substantial portion of the adult population in Detroit is functionally illiterate. With statistics like these it is very likely that you or someone you know has a friend or associate who struggles with reading and writing. Functional illiteracy refers to the inability to perform everyday tasks related to reading or writing such as filling out forms and applications and reading labels. One might think that in today’s world of touch screens and voice commands that someone can more or less get by without learning to read, and this is probably true to an extent. But the fact remains that even on our high…
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Review of Microsoft Windows 8

Review of Microsoft Windows 8

Technology
This past month, Microsoft released a consumer preview of its upcoming operating system, Windows 8. After tinkering with it for a few hours, it’s clear that Microsoft is adopting an entirely new model, which may change how the majority of PC users interact with their machines. Microsoft Windows is still by far the most widely used operating system, due mostly to its perfectly balanced mix of accessibility, compatibility, and openness.  Rather than take an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach, Microsoft has decided to redesign the next version of Windows from the ground up. This release was built with the growing tablet user base in mind. The traditional desktop and start menu have been hidden behind Microsoft’s new “Metro” user interface. The Metro UI consists of large, colorful…
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Do you really need cable TV?

Technology
Television has come a long way in its more than 80 year history.  Originally devised as a way to keep your attention long enough to sell you dish soap and CoCo Puffs, television is beginning to outgrow its original purpose and become more about pure entertainment  and less about how companies can use it for advertising. The idea of mom, dad, and 2.5 children gathering around the “ tele” for an evening of fun is fast becoming obsolete.  Today we have DVR’s, HDTV, 3DTV and a thousand other acronyms that separate us from the simple Cathode ray tubes that used to grace the average living room. Not only have our televisions themselves changed drastically but HOW we enjoy broadcast content.  Watching network broadcasts of shows is quickly becoming a thing…
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Google Captures History with the Google Art Project

Arts & Culture, Technology
If you’ve been following Google news lately, you’ve no doubt heard the announcement of their futuristic augmented reality product, Google Glass, but less touted and equally impressive has been a major expansion of the Google Art Project. Though launched over a year ago, the Google Art Project has gone largely unnoticed until this past month. For the uninitiated, the Google Art Project is a virtual gallery containing detailed scans of some of history’s greatest works of art. Short of traveling across the world or catching some of the pieces on tour, this may be the best way to experience these astonishing works of art. In some ways it may even be better. These are not scans of reproductions, but high-resolution photographs of the actual works of art, showing a stunning…
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Gamification: Six Ways to Make Self-Improvement Fun

Technology
              Have you ever wished that spending an hour exercising or tackling your to-do list was as easy and fun as an hour spent flinging Angry Birds?  If so, there may be way to make your wish come true, it’s called gamification, and an increasing number of people are using it to make sending faxes feel like Farmville and doing crunches as fun as Call of Duty. Gamification is a neologism meaning "the concept of applying game design thinking to non-game applications to make them more fun and engaging." This is usually accomplished by introducing competition, leveling up, or some form of award system to your otherwise mundane everyday activities. Rewards usually come in the form of virtual commendations like badges, medals, or points.…
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