Keep It Secret, Keep It Safe: How to Create an Impenetrable Password

26. February 2015 12:32 by Steve Leigh in Technology News  //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)

Invasions of online privacy have become an oft-repeated topic in the news of late. Whether it be last year’s infamous iCloud breach, the similar breach that targeted Sony Pictures, or the attacks on customers of Staples, Target, and Anthem Blue Cross; it seems as if there isn’t a single business able to keep the information of its customers safe.


What You Need to Know about the FAA’s new Drone Rules

19. February 2015 11:12 by Steve Leigh in Arts, Crafts & DIY Projects, Technology News  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)

You’ve probably noticed that “drones” (unmanned miniature aircraft) have been talked about quite often these days. They’re used by the military to fight terrorism, they’re used by film-makers to capture breath-taking aerial footage, they’re even used by hobbyists as a way to show off in front of their neighbors. They’ve been parodied in shows like Parks & Recreation and South Park, and they’ve been proposed as new delivery systems for Amazon and Google.


Radio (Shack) Silence

13. February 2015 11:55 by Steve Leigh in Arts, Crafts & DIY Projects, Business News  //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)

It seems that with every passing year, there's a staple of American business that disappears forever. Whether it be a result of changing times and technologies (which led to the loss of Tower Records and Blockbuster Video), or a once-major chain no longer able to support itself (Mervyn's, Montgomery Ward), some of the most recognizable retails chains in the US have shut their doors forever.

Radio-Shack-store.jpg(via New York Times)

Now another familiar chain is in danger of disappearing: on March 5, electronics retailer Radio Shack announced that they would be filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and closing some 1,700 stores in the US and Mexico. The chain has been struggling for quite some time, having already closed 1,100 stores in 2014. There was hope that a rumored buy-out from Amazon would get the company back on its feet, but those plans now seem uncertain.

Home of the Gadget-geek.

Though Radio Shack's history goes back to its founding in 1921, the company really came into its own during the 1970s and '80s. It became a haven for both average consumers needing the right antenna for their tv, professional electricians searching for reasonably-priced supplies, and budding gadget geeks of all stripes.

Although on-line shopping has increased the ease-of-use in finding the electronics of one's choice, there's something to be said for the interactive nature of shopping for personal electronics in person. The electronics specialists of Radio Shack paved the way for the likes of Geek Squad and the "Genius Bars" at Apple stores - the latter of which is fitting, considering the role Radio Shack equipment played in the first Apple products.

Although the chain has yet to be declared "dead", the recent activity proves that it has suffered damage from which it might never recover. Which is a shame, because it means that there's one less recognizable American business to patronize - and one less budding gadget geek to find the right wires to make their dreams come true.

3D Printing Is More Science than Fiction

5. February 2015 09:26 by Steve Leigh in Technology News  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)

It seems as if there's no limit to the possibilities of 3-D printers. In 2013, an international controversy was ignited over the ethics of printing a gun. That same year, NASA began experimenting with printing a pizza to test the possibilities of creating food in space. In 2014, a printer was sent to the International Space Station where it successfully printed one of its own missing parts. It's the tech of the future.


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