Author Archives: Alana Joli Abbott

Kansas legislation to ban municipal broadband like Google Fiber, including college campuses

On campus, there’s probably easy-access Internet in every building. Maybe even high speed wi-fi. But while university-provided Internet for students is a modern day requirement for college life, it’s been slower to catch on with municipalities. As job searching becomes … Continue reading

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How college students can avoid spring break travel scams

There may still be snow where you are, but it’s not too early to start planning your spring break travel. Unfortunately, some of those great deals you find online or through a little-known travel company may result in travel scams … Continue reading

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Ready for Valentine’s Day? Check out these DIY valentines ideas for college students

Valentine’s Day. It’s a hotly contested holiday: Is it a commercial way to exploit traditional romantic relationships? A way for florists and chocolatiers to bump up their annual sales? Or is it actually a positive celebration of romance that can … Continue reading

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Google acquisitions include Nest Labs smart home company and military robotics

Back in December, the Google acquisitions of several robotics companies, including military robotics producer Boston Dynamics, which created “Big Dog” and other YouTube favorite robots, created for the military, made the news to such an extent that even Stephen Colbert … Continue reading

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Why college students should keep a journal while studying abroad

Ready for your semester away, and prepared for traveling abroad? In Ginny Gaylor’s January 10, 2014 post on Cengage Brain, she offered “Tips for traveling abroad—how to blend in,” so you know some of the dos and don’ts of foreign … Continue reading

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Tech lawsuits: Blackberry vs. Ryan Seacrest, and Facebook’s “private message”

Facebook and Typo Products, a Los Angeles start-up backed by American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, would probably have preferred not to begin 2014 facing lawsuits. No such luck. Once again, Facebook is being sued for invasion of privacy – this … Continue reading

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Jennifer Lawrence vs. Joan Rivers, a plus-size Barbie, and female body image

After all of that holiday eating, many people will ring in 2014 with a New Year’s resolution to lose some weight and get fit. But as consumers are looking at their waist lines, there’s a battle going on over female … Continue reading

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Top Google search trends in 2013: What did people search?

As 2013 draws to a close, the Internet’s search engines – Google, Yahoo and Bing – have released their search trends in 2013. Each company has released its top search engine results as a 2013 in review. What were people … Continue reading

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Hit the road or make your flight this winter break with these winter travel tips

You’re already making travel plans for winter break, but the seasonal weather can provide extra hurdles for your trip. Whether you’re going to hit the road or just have to worry about whether you’ll make your flight, take these winter … Continue reading

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European Union copyright law leads the Beatles bootleg recordings to be released on iTunes

Have you heard about the new album from the Beatles? Sure, they broke up in 1970, but this month, Apple is set to release 59 previously unreleased tracks of bootleg recordings from the Fab Four on iTunes. Why? There’s an … Continue reading

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