Communication Control: Ansa Debuts New Ephemeral Messaging Service

Alison K. Lanier Tech Crunch recently featured in their video series “Road to Disrupt” a startup company called Ansa. The company created a messaging app for text, voice, photo, and video that is “built for more utility than that other ephemeral messaging service.” Snapchat, All Grown Up Ansa, with a modest 7,437 likes on Facebook, [&hellip

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Venmo Me: A Closer Look at the Social-Payment App

Alison K. Lanier The question, “do you have any cash on you?” has now become, “do you have your phone?” Apps like newcomer Venmo—which is rapidly stepping up in popularity with its streamlined, social-media oriented approach—have taken long strides toward easing digital payments between friends. Services like Venmo have been repeatedly compared to the benchmark [&hellip

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Includification: Video Games for All

Bobby Miller About 15 percent of the world’s population has some sort of physical or mental disability, according to a report issued by the World Health Organization and World Bank. In a number of ways, we try to accommodate for the special needs of these 785 million people. Buildings have elevators or ramps to help [&hellip

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The Race to Virtual Reality: Google Cardboard and Sony’s Project Morpheus

Chris Price In the realm of “virtual reality,” whatever that is, several companies are making strides in procuring for themselves the front spot as the face of the fairly new industry. By saying “fairly new,” although the idea of somehow perfecting human-digital interaction has existed since before the 1960s science fiction tales of Star Trek, [&hellip

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Revisiting the Myths of Losing Belly Fat

Iris Hunter Are you trying to lose weight, but having trouble losing those extra pounds? If you are unsuccessful in trying to get into better shape your biggest mistake could be practicing various weight loss and dieting myths. Fitness expert Vicky Garcia often consults individuals who are having a hard time losing weight. Consultations include [&hellip

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Saying ‘I Do?’ Ways to Stick to a Budget on Your Wedding Day

Carolyn Hoy He got down on his knee and presented her with a ring that blinds if it hits the light just right. She can’t help but wonder how much he spent or if she is wearing his new car on her left ring finger. As she plunges ahead with wedding planning, however, she soon [&hellip

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Out of the Gallery, Into the Street: Art Everywhere US Wraps Up its First Summer

Alison K. Lanier Art Everywhere, a British endeavor to bring famous artworks out of the museum and into public spaces—at least in replication—made its American debut this summer. Wrapping up its first summer, the project “flooded U.S. billboards” in the words of the AP, with works by American artists. According to the movement’s website, Art [&hellip

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Smoke, But No Fire: Investigating Amazon Fire’s Failure

Alison K. Lanier Amazon seems to have forayed just a little too far outside its well-established gadget comfort zone. While the goliath online seller of everything firmly established itself as a tech giant in the field of tablets and e-readers, its attempt to break into the fierce and fast-paced smartphone market fell resolutely flat. Although [&hellip

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Advice to Remember—Keep Your Memory Sharp

Bobby Miller If you want to add memory to a computer, you can just hook it up to an external hard drive. Improving your own memory isn’t so simple, though. Everyone could benefit from a better memory, whether you’re a student aiming for a high GPA or a senior citizen avoiding Alzheimer’s disease. So thankfully, [&hellip

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The Battery Battle: Mobile Charging Solutions on the Rise

Alison K. Lanier With commuters tethered to their phones on trains and buses, companies are acting, through clever advertising schemes or new gadgets, to make public urban spaces more conducive to the infamously limited battery life of phones. Being on the move makes keeping devices charged a daily struggle, particularly with the sudden battery death [&hellip

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