Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies for the Tech Challenged

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Everyone’s talking about Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency market lately. Get in on the conversation with this brief intro. Cryptocurrencies, crypto-assets, crypto-trading, the cryptocurrency market… It’s practically a whole other language, and questions abound. How does it work? What is it backed by? Is it a government trap in disguise? Does it make it easier for someone to steal my money? Is paper money dying? Every time I’ve gone to a party or gathering recently, these questions have hovered over the conversation like a heavy cloud. So in an attempt to help you sound like the smartest person in the room, I’m gonna try to break it down for you in humanspeak. Steal at will. What the hell is cryptocurrency? You might’ve heard that cryptocurrency is the “currency of the internet” or “email for money.” Some even call it electronic cash or digital gold, which is fine. It’s also regarded as        …read more

Vero: The Good, the Bad and the Hypocritical


Everything you need to know about the newly popular social media platform Vero. In recent weeks, a little-known app founded in 2013 and launched in 2015 surged the ranks of the iOS app store and gained the number-one spot in Google Play. In the process, the servers supporting the product crashed. What product was this? Vero, a new competitor to social media behemoths Instagram (owned by Facebook) and Snapchat, as well as the mac daddy OGs themselves — Facebook and Twitter. Founded by Lebanese billionaire Ayman Hariri, Vero seeks to be an authentic network designed to enhance our relationships with others, rather than detract from life’s experiences. At the time of this writing, there are nearly three million registered users, and the platform itself appears to be So if you’re looking to get in on the action while the going is hot, here’s what you should know. The Good        …read more

3D Printing for Everyone: Stunning Designs and How to Get Started

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3D printing is making the unfathomable real, and it’s available to everyone. With 3D printing, the revolution in manufacturing is here. And it’s not just engineers, material scientists, inventors, artists and entrepreneurs using the technology. It’s anyone who wants to create a miniature, replicate something, make a new game piece, solve a problem or just experiment and have fun. 3D printing is making the impossible possible, and it’s making it accessible to everyone. 3D printing pioneer Joshua Harker wanted to make in real space what he could only draw in two dimensions. This drove his experimentation with the additive process. In combining art and engineering, he “wanted to bridge the traditional medium [of sculpture] with new technology” and be able to create objects “that never could be made before.” His Tangle series uses organic forms so complex with tapering forms, knots and bends that they couldn’t be made any other way.        …read more

Therapy on the Go: 7 Mental Health Apps to Ease Your Mind

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Relieve stress, anxiety, depression and OCD with these mental health apps. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, approximately 18% of people in the U.S. suffer from some form of anxiety-related disorder. More than 16 million adults in the United States — approximately 7% of the population — are affected by depression. As more individuals continue to struggle, software developers have begun scrambling to create mental health apps that assist people with these conditions. Currently more than 50 apps exist for stress management, depression and behavioral modification. While mental health apps are not designed to replace medication or face-to-face therapy sessions, many make mental health care services more accessible to those who need them, delivering a wide range of useful information as well as support for those with anxiety, depression, OCD and other related disorders. Here are seven mental health apps to consider. 1. Talk Space Launched in        …read more

What ‘Mr. Robot’ Gets Right about Cybersecurity and Hacking Attacks

With Rami Malek, Christian Slater and the cast back for season three of ‘Mr. Robot,’ we spoke to cybersecurity specialists about what makes this show so impressively realistic in its portrayal of hacking culture. It’s sadly too easy to rattle off the many ways Hollywood has watered down cybersecurity and hacking scenes in films and shows over the past two decades: Swordfish, Live Free and Die Hard, CSI: Cyber, The Net… I could go on and on. But it’s been difficult to name films or shows that accurately depicted cybersecurity threats, the defense against those attacks and the programming languages used by the pros…until Mr. Robot came along in 2015. The series follows Elliot (Rami Malek), a hacker and programmer whose gang of fellow counterculture misfits aim to attack the online defenses of E Corp, a massive conglomerate resembling Google or Microsoft. Rami and his hacking crew, fsociety, aim to        …read more

5 Tech Standards Apple Murdered and 5 More on the Chopping Block

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From the floppy disk to the smartphone, Apple is a serial killer of tech standards. Apple has long been seen as a forward-thinking tech company that values minimalism over superfluous functionality, unafraid of taking risks to clear a path for technology to speed ahead. Historically, they’ve often opted to do away with existing tech standards to allow that momentum to build. Sometimes these standards were showing their ripe old age and were obvious candidates for tech assassination. Other times, their demise felt more like premature deaths: casualties of Apple’s penchant for slaughtering dated technology. In either case, it’s hard to deny that this murderous trait is part of what defines the monstrous tech company and sets the stage for their meteoric rise as the most valuable company on the planet. Last week as they introduced the hotly anticipated iPhone X, they erased the phone’s home button, an iconic feature that        …read more

Give Them a Tech Edge with 10 Fantastic Coding Apps for Kids

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Get your children into tech with these excellent coding apps for kids. (Even better: Many of these are free!) With our increasing dependence on technology, coding has moved from a niche pursuit to a much-needed skill. Since computer programming is essentially learning (a) foreign language(s), it requires a vast amount of learning and practice. While a great many universities offer computer science degree tracks, too often the students who enroll in these programs are experiencing coding for the first time — at the collegiate level. This means that, in all likelihood, students who would’ve otherwise excelled in the field may be too wary to take the plunge during the ever-important college years. Or they may flounder from a lack of a foundation. The sad truth is only approximately 25% of middle schools and high schools offer computer science courses. While that percentage will surely continue to grow, as of now a        …read more

Creating Consciousness: Artists, AI and Playing with Fire


For centuries, artists have warned about the dangers of creating consciousness. From Greek mythology to ‘Frankenstein’ to ‘Westworld,’ here are some of their cautionary tales. There was once a lonely and isolated sculptor by the name of Pygmalion. He knew no women and had no wife. His entire life had been dedicated to his art, and the only beauty he knew was what he created through stone: lifelike figures of beautiful women. One day he formed perfection: a sculpture of a female of unparalleled beauty. The artist was overwhelmed and soon fell madly in love with his creation, giving her the name Galatea. Every day and night he admired her and prayed to the goddess Aphrodite to give Galatea life so that they might be married. Hearing his desperate prayers, the goddess descended from Mount Olympus, determined to judge this great beauty herself. Of course, when Aphrodite finally saw Galatea, she too was        …read more

Has Snapchat Taken Things Too Far with the Snap Map?

With internet-facilitated crimes on the rise, the Snap Map increases the vulnerability of social media users, especially young people. At times it’s hard to remember life without the constant beckoning of the internet, whether by computer or cellphone. Today we’re more “connected” than ever, cultivating personal relationships with the help of Facebook, professional networks with LinkedIn and our social networks with Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook (again) and more. This couldn’t be truer for today’s youth, who are growing up in an increasingly tech-saturated world. It’s more normalized to share Instagram stories or Snapchat “snaps” than to pass handwritten notes in class. The world is literally at their fingertips, both the good and bad parts, and with unlimited access, it’s scary to think what they can access, or who is trying to access them. The technological landscape is advancing, and internet-facilitated crimes, like sextortion, are on the rise. Sextortion is a        …read more

A Space for More Than Shhh! The Community Library of the Future

Is your community library adapting to a modern learning model? Here are 4 libraries leading the evolution. Back in 1600, when book lending libraries were starting to be established, there was no vision of the 2017 community library. There was no hint that technology might put the lives of physical, bound books at risk. No one in the 1600s could know people would one day sit in front of glowing screens in order to read poetry, get table-building instructions and learn new languages. But that is exactly what happened and because of it, many modern public libraries have chosen adaptation over obsolescence. Their adaptation comes in the form of makerspaces. To clarify, a makerspace is an informal space where members of a community can gather to create with machines and materials that may be difficult for the average individual to obtain. At your modern community library, there may be classes and equipment        …read more