My Blog Posts

2014 31/Jan

What Technology Issues Made the 2014 State of the Union?

Tuesday night, President Obama delivered the 2014 State of the Union address, a speech anticipated to be a call against inequality in America. Today, that increasingly means giving students and communities across America access to the technological resources they need to keep pace in our fast-advancing society.

Privacy is another emerging issue in the 21st century with news coming out this week that NSA surveillance also includes harvesting sensitive user information from mobile applications such as Angry Birds and Google Maps.

How did President Obama measure up on STEM education, privacy, and other technology policies in his address? Keep Reading

2014 26/Jan

It’s been nearly two weeks since the United States Court of Appeals (USCA) for the D.C. Circuit overturned a key portion of the 2010 “Open Internet Order” imposing “disclosure, anti-blocking, and anti-discrimination requirements on broadband providers.”

This section stopped Internet service providers from blocking or adjusting the quality (speed and reliability) of access to certain websites or for certain customers. Keep Reading

2013 14/Apr
Hinge Application Dating Mcleod9 Google Play

Graduating from Harvard Business School in 2011, Hinge Co-founder and CEO Justin McLeod was invited to attend a “last chance dance” function hosted by the school. Everyone was supposed to write down who they were interested in and the organizers would let students know of any matches. The logistics, however, were too much, even for Harvard, and the plan to connect matches fell through.

This idea of connecting matches would lead to an idea for McLeod and eventually an entrepreneurial endeavor to create an application that would transform the way people look at and interact in online dating – Hinge.

Download Hinge for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad in iTunes App Store

Download Hinge for Android in Google Play Store

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2013 31/Mar
PDF .pdf create

Adobe PDF Symbol

This weekend, my roommate had so many tabs open in his browser his computer nearly came to a halt.

We all seem to have a bunch of different tabs with different stories, videos, social media, and even homework open all at once. There is no need to have a bunch of articles or other webpages to be taking up tabs when you can save them for later as PDFs or for offline viewing in programs like Evernote.

PDFs are great because they can look clean and professional, are easy to read with no distracting ads, and can be read offline.

A super simple option to make a webpage into a PDF is to select “Save as PDF” under printer destinations as shown below.

(To access printing options while on any page for Windows you can use Ctrl + P)

Make Webpage a PDF in print options

We can take this simple method one step further though!

Let’s tidy up the webpage we want to turn into a great looking document. This is an incredibly simple process with plugins and extensions available for all the major web browsers to help us do the job quickly.

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2013 24/Mar

Moving Pictures Don’t Need Magic

Sirius Black GIF Harry Potter Newspaper

I’m Sirius about the future of GIFs.

Everybody knows the pictures in Harry Potter that move within the frame. We’ve thought to ourselves, how cool would that be if those of us muggles could having moving pictures of our friends and family and in our newspapers and magazines.

The Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) was introduced over two decades ago,  in 1987, and allows us to have a little bit of the magic that Harry and his friends experience in their daily lives.

For More History Click Here

On Tueday, Google announced  a new search filter making it easier to search for only animated and/or transparent images. In other words, GIFs are here to stay – and why wouldn’t they be with their hilarious animation?

Classic dancing banana GIF

Classic dancing banana GIF Courtesy:

So how can you make a GIF? Here are a few of the best and easiest ways:

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2013 24/Feb

With the increasing quality of video and photo capabilities in cell phones, more and more people are leaving their video cameras at home and pulling out their phones instead. The portability and convenience of smartphones mean people have their devices anywhere they are — and the ability to capture video while on the go (including Romney fundraisers).
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2013 10/Feb
Heart Keyboard

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, love is sure to be in the air this week – literally. Lovers everywhere will be taking to social media with flirtations, texting (and sexting), sending e-cards, streaming romance films, and flower shopping online.

Wondering how much is too much technology in the modern dating scene?

Luckily I’ve got it all laid out for you: Keep Reading