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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Unconventional Workplace Solutions

When it comes to work culture, we've covered the gamut of apps and other productivity solutions we feel will make a huge impact at work. We wanted to shift the focus a little bit to some bigger picture workplace problems: one related to sleep, the other to using office space after hours, and final idea to being both lazy and productive at the same time. The ideas might be a little bit unconventional, but they could help make a difference in improving workplace happiness. Who doesn't want that?

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Some DIY Love for Valentine's Day

Cupid's arrow is almost ready to strike again! Valentine's Day is a couple of weeks away and now is the perfect time to get crafty and creative without resorting to the usual store-bought goods. There's nothing like good chocolate or a beautiful flower bouquet, but if you want something memorable for that sweetheart in your life, it's time to go DIY. Some ideas might take a little bit of extra time, but the end results will impress whoever is special in your life.

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The Latest and Greatest 3D Printing

ust a few weeks ago, International CES wrapped up in Las Vegas. This conference is one of the largest technology-focused conferences in the world and often sets the tone for consumer products. However, it sometimes doesn't capture other trends like 3D printing, especially in medicine or other fields. We wanted to highlight two accomplishments: one involving a 3D printed model of a brain tumor, and the other involving a 3D printed drone. These examples are sure to get you excited about the printing world!

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Highlights from CES 2015

Every January, the tech world comes to gravitate around International CES, a global technology conference held yearly in Las Vegas to showcase devices and ideas that will set the stage for the year and well into the future. Sometimes there are products that consumers will have access to immediately whereas other products are merely in the testing stages. Whatever the case, these products are an exciting look into the industry's future. Here are some of our favorites so far.

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2015: Perfect For a Fresh Start At Work

You may have enjoyed the last two weeks off from work, whether it was traveling to see family in another city or heading somewhere tropical to get away from winter. Whatever the case might be, you know next Monday is when we all face the reality that things are finally back to normal at work. How do you feel about your productivity in 2014? Did you constantly complain you were busy? Did you, in turn, feel like you didn't get anything done? Here are some suggestions to ease office stress into the new year.

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New Year's Resolutions for 2015

It's that time of year where we start to reflect on all that we've accomplished in 2014 and all that we wish we had gotten done. Out of these reflections come our 2015 resolutions. While it's often true we don't follow through on these resolutions too far into the new year, it doesn't mean they're hopeless. We have a few tech-focused ideas that can be implemented easily and another general suggestion for staying on track with major creative goals. What are you waiting for?

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