We use machines and systems to solve problems and assist us by performing specific tasks. Here we discuss how low- and high-level technology affects our ability to control, communicate within, and adapt to our environment.

Is Technology Ruining Our Relationships?

Banksy, a notorious and admired urban graffiti artist, created a mural in Bristol, U.K. that shows two people, presumably a couple, hugging and looking at their respective cellphones over each other’s shoulders.

The mural has the world talking. The mysterious artist isn’t known for vandalism but rather social commentary—art that becomes political discussion. And this unsolicited public artwork asks: “Is social media making us antisocial?”… [Read more]

Tips for Protecting Yourself from Credit Fraud

Credit card fraud occurs every day, as hackers are always on the lookout for ways to steal your personal information. In fact, it is estimated that nine million Americans are victims of identity fraud every year, and many of these individuals have their credit card information stolen as well. Even if you only use your credit cards to shop at major retailers, you can still become a victim.… [Read more]

Smartphones and Journalism: The Future Is Mobile

When you think of what a smartphone can do for a journalist, you probably think of a voice recorder that will record thoughts and audio interviews, a built-in video cam that can record live events and a high-resolution camera that can take photos on the run. However, there are many more smartphone tools that journalists use today that are indispensable.… [Read more]

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]

How ISO 14644 Works: A Look at the Standard Guiding the Sterilization of Medical Equipment

Codified rules are important in the medical industry because of the harm that mistakes can bring about. Scientists have known since the late 1800s that bacteria can cause complications and even death in patients. For sterilization methods, the standard is ISO 14644. This standard lays out the guidelines for clean rooms, the methodology for proper sterilization and the techniques for measuring contamination.… [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]

Seven Reasons Why You Should Use Solar Energy for Your Office

There’s no doubt about it – traditional energy sources like oil and coal are facing a number of challenges. And alternative sources such as solar power, once viewed as a thing of the future, today pose as the only ethical, long-term option for many. Through eliminating the need to rely on large amounts of costly fossil fuels – and contributing to the deterioration of our planet as a result of using them – alternative sources of energy is a responsible way to generate power.… [Read more]

Top 5 environmentally friendly cars in 2014

In recent years, car manufacturers have increased their production of hybrid vehicles; revitalising the motoring industry with a range of powerfully dynamic yet environmentally efficient vehicles. Here are five of these cars, which provide an environmentally friendly motoring option without depriving drivers of power or stylistic elegance.

1- Chevrolet Volt

The Chevrolet Volt has rapidly become the best-selling plug-in hybrid in the US, and for good reason.… [Read more]

Top 5 reasons why you should consider an electric car

Today’s society is becoming more and more focused on personal improvement. Whether it is your house, your computer or your career, our technological society is ever developing and ever improving. Naturally then this mantra has extended to the world of cars. As we become more informed of the environmental damage of fossil fuels and their decreasing availability, car manufacturers have begun to produce more energy efficient vehicles.… [Read more]

A Big Step Forward in Cloud Security and Internet Privacy

A landmark decision in New York is setting a precedent for intellectual property on the internet. Judge Robert Sweet in Manhattan, overseeing the ongoing case of Debra Schatzki v. Weiser Capital Management, found that stealing data stored in the cloud from a business competitor constitutes a crime.

Weiser Capital was found liable for downloading confidential information about over 12,000 of Schatzki’s clients during proceedings in early December.… [Read more]