Entries by Alana Joli Abbott

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 body image. Jennifer Lawrence of the “Hunger Games” films and Joan Rivers are duking it […]

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 searching for? According to Google search trends in 2013, deaths of famous people drove up […]

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 travel tips into consideration. If you’re intimidated by that long stretch of highway and the […]

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 official “no comment” line from Apple, according to Mark Brown of the Guardian in “Beatles […]

Drone delivery service: Amazon Prime Air plans to ship packages with unmanned aerial vehicles

On December 1, Charlie Rose of 60 Minutes went behind the scenes at Amazon with Jeff Bezos to show just how all of the packing and shipping – the inside of Amazon’s organization – works. But the big reveal at the end of the segment was this: Amazon is using drone technology to develop “octocopters” […]

Must-haves for the holidays: iPad accessories and the best gadgets for android tablets

Putting together your list of must have items for this holiday season? You may want to start thinking of how to enhance your android tablets – or consider cool iPad accessories to make your device even more useful (and fun). What are the best gadgets for tablets in 2013? Check out this list of suggestions […]

Console gaming at college: Xbox One or Sony Playstation 4?

It’s a sellout, no matter which new video game console you’re talking about. Both the Sony Playstation 4 and the Microsoft Xbox One left gamers waiting as the preorders and sales left shelves empty the week of their release, and game console sales are – for the moment – healthy. On November 17, 2013, Sony […]

DIY projects to brighten up your dorm room

It’s almost winter, and as we’re losing sunlight, Seasonal Affective Disorder may be hitting you or your peers in full force. While people who suffer from S. A. D. need professional help, and you can find some tips about identifying your symptoms in the recent Cengage Brain article by Lorraine Savage, “How to get over […]

Words you need to know: “Selfie” is Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2013

It may not have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary, but the word “selfie” hit Oxford Dictionaries top word of the year spot for 2013. The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is a word or expression that has shown up with growing frequency in the media over the course of a year. The […]

How to take a selfie (without being a jerk)

Your profile picture is woefully out of date. Your roommate is asleep. It’s just you and your smart phone and it’s 2 a.m., and this has to be done right now (because some things become ridiculously important at two in the morning). You need a selfie. But there’s a fine art of taking a selfie […]