Author Archives: Alana Joli Abbott

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 … Continue reading

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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). … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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Your profile picture is woefully out of date.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 … Continue reading

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How to keep your computer safe from hackers, the crypto virus, and ransomware

Imagine this. You’re off campus, doing research on Questia on your laptop in a local café. You get an email notification and see you have a message from UPS. The email is related to a customer support issue and has … Continue reading

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Stolen maple syrup, Pappy Van Winkle, and Ben & Jerry’s: What you need to know about stolen food

Was someone sleeping on the job? Police haven’t yet cracked the case of the missing Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, but based on the 200 bottles that have gone missing, the county sheriff is considering it an inside job. Bourbon isn’t … Continue reading

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What you need to know about modern Shakespeare film adaptations (like Romeo and Juliet 2013)

All the world’s a stage, so it’s no surprise that the same scripts keep getting used over and over again, especially when they’re as classic as Shakespeare. Making a Shakespeare film adaptation is one of those challenges that many film … Continue reading

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What you need to know: Government shutdown, Amber Alert, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

It’s not the first time there’s been a federal government shutdown, nor is it likely to be the last. Disagreement in Congress about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, frequently referred to as Obamacare, has led the federal government … Continue reading

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