Net Neutrality: What You Need to Know

With all of the controversy swirling around the topic of Net Neutrality, it can be hard to know what to trust and what to take with a boulder-sized grain of salt. For an issue that threatens to impact almost every aspect of our increasingly electronic daily lives, Net Neutrality remains relatively obscure, and thus ripe for manipulation and disinformation.… [Read more]

What Is Shaping Our Cell Phone Design?

Consumer usage of social media and other applications has shaped smartphone development in many ways. A recent report by Nielsen shows that Americans spend about 29 percent of their total smartphone usage on social media and about 18 percent of their time playing games. Phone manufacturers have quickly adapted their designs to accommodate the demands of modern consumers.… [Read more]

Ten Ways That Social Media Changes Politics

With Facebook and Twitter boasting hundreds of millions of users, social media reaches a wider audience than could our earlier sources of political information, and has become a dominant force in molding public opinion and winning elections. Here’s a look at some of the things that have happened along the way.

1)    Journalists face extinction.

Readers “of a certain age” will recall that not too long ago, we got our news from such trusted sources as Walter Cronkite, our local news anchors, and the esteemed columnists in daily papers and monthly news magazines.… [Read more]

Top 10 environmental gadgets

Want to help the environment but not sure how? Looking to reduce your energy and other household bills? Or are you simply interested in the newest gadgets aimed to improve your day-to-day life? Then check out these top ten environmental gadgets which can help to enlighten and improve not just your life, but also that of the planet.… [Read more]

Do U BYOD?

When our students and teachers returned to school, they may have been thinking about the changes ahead for the spring term of the school year. One of the big changes on the minds of many in education, and one that is likely to weigh on public school teachers’ is the concept of BYOD, or bring your own device.… [Read more]

About the Environment: Is Business Digitization Helping To Save Trees?

We hear a great deal about a wide range of environmental issues in today’s world. In broad terms, these issues mostly consist of climate change and pollution; more specifically, they comprise issues of material waste, fuel consumption, water pollution, and any number of other problems with significant environmental risk.

But one issue that seems to get surprisingly little coverage in broad economic discussions is that of paper consumption and,  through it, the process of tearing down trees.… [Read more]

Bridging the Digital Divide: Google Fiber Is Closer Than You Think

Will the nation see a bridge over its digital divide? When will cities that aren’t part of a metropolitan statistical area with more than several million people have access to the technology they need? We’re moving in that direction; on August 15, 2013, Google confirmed that Provo, Utah will be the second city after Kansas City to get Google Fiber, with Austin, TX not far behind.… [Read more]

Business Trends That Will Affect Your Business Direction

As is the case in the U.S., there are times when businesses must change direction in order to compete effectively in a global marketplace. One of the U.S.’ political allies is also a significant business ally — and the issues and trends that affect many of our business operations are the same as those affecting domestic businesses, including knowledge of the marketplace and how best to manage operations.… [Read more]

Storm Chasers

We lost three veteran storm chasers — Tim Samaras, his son Paul, and Carl Young — near Reno, Oklahoma last Friday night when an EF3 tornado turned into them. That same storm swept a Weather Channel vehicle 200 yards off the road. Fortunately, none of the occupants was seriously injured.

Chasing tornados is a dangerous business, one I don’t care for.… [Read more]

CISPA Update: Senate v. House

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) passed in the US House of Representatives by a vote of 288 – 127. As a refresher in government 101, the bill would have had to pass the Senate and get President Obama’s signature before it could become a law. To update, in a nutshell the case is closed.… [Read more]

The House voted to invade your privacy.

Congress has been busy…not passing gun control legislation, mind you, but busy all the same. While national attention was focused elsewhere during this week, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) passed in the US House of Representatives by a vote of 288 – 127. The bill must pass the Senate, and overcome President Obama’s threat to veto on the Act on civil liberties grounds, before it becomes law.… [Read more]

Libraries: Budget Cut Casualties

Budgets reflect priorities. As a nation we often state that our priorities begin and end with the health, safety and well-being of citizens, especially our children as they are represent the future of the country. Education is part of ensuring well-being, and a well-educated populace enables the nation to compete globally among developing countries that are rapidly advancing their social agendas that are supported, in large part, by their technological developments.… [Read more]

Kids and Screens – Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, I wrote about allowing my three-and-a-half-year old have access to many different screens and how we monitor it.[Read more]

Somebody IS Watching Me…and You, Too.

I’m just an average man with an average life I work from 9 to 5, hey, hell I pay the price All I want is to be left alone in my average home But why do I always feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone and

I always feel like somebody’s watchin’ me And I have no privacy Oh, oh, oh, I always feel like somebody’s watchin’ me Tell me is it just a dream

I always feel like somebody’s watchin’ me And I have no privacy Oh, oh, oh, I always feel like somebody’s watchin’ me Tell me is it just a dream*

Those lyrics came to mind when the story of the Raytheon Corporation’s latest development was revealed.… [Read more]

Glass Ceilings and Ivy Walls

Before we get started, I’d like you to picture university science professors in your head. Now, what did you see? Maybe they’re messy and disheveled, with unkempt hair and an untucked, wrinkled shirt. Perhaps they are more meticulous in appearance and have on a crisp, starched button-down with a pocket protector. Maybe they’re carrying the tools of their trade: a graphing calculator, a protractor, a clipboard full of data and equations.… [Read more]

Kids and Screens – Part 1

My son is three and a half years old. He has used my husband’s tablet, my Nook, both of our phones, a laptop, and the wii. He has his own Leap Frog and a V-tech tablet. Yet, he spends most of his day having tea parties or playing trains or running around outside.

Some people are horrified at the number of “screens” my son can manipulate and use.… [Read more]

Will Mankind Evolve Away from Monetary Transactions?

Imagine being able to deconstruct the vast subject of economics into three major principles or theories. The first theory is that the global population has a duty to the global economy. This viewpoint holds that the economy lives and dies based on the habits of the peoples of Earth. If we want economic prosperity – if we want the economy as a whole to continue to exist – then it is up to the individual consumer to step up and perform his or her worldly duty of infusing said market with capital.… [Read more]

Leave a Message After the Click: Active Participation in Government

We the people…” Those three words are from the preamble for one of the most powerful governing documents ever written. While those few words don’t assign power, they speak to what citizens can accomplish when we work together and hone our focus. And when we have the right tools, our collective focus may have a significantly greater impact.… [Read more]

The Future of Education

In the future it is possible we will no longer be educated by human beings. As technology progresses, computers will surpass our capabilities of instruction and logical analysis, thereby offering a sentience possibly beyond our control; science estimates within 100 years this will occur.  This means that computers, not humans, could be those in the best position to teach.… [Read more]

Privacy: Not Everyone Is Watching, But Some Are

There’s a lot of fear-mongering going on in the world right now. So, I am going to preface this article by telling you not to worry. Don’t get upset. Don’t panic. Maybe, just maaaaaaybe, be a little concerned. Why? Because, earlier this year, Christian Paetsch robbed a Wells Fargo bank in Aurora, Colorado.

This is not a public service announcement about banking safety.… [Read more]