Entries by Alana Joli Abbott

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Your profile picture is woefully out of date.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 […]

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 what looks like a PDF attached. You open it. Suddenly, you see a pop-up demanding […]

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 the only thing that has tempted thieves to steal food and beverages. Stolen maple syrup, […]

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 directors and actors have as a career goal, and given the continued appearance of those […]

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 to metaphorically close its doors. Non-essential personnel are on unpaid leave, there are national park […]

New shows and Emmy winners: What you need to know about the fall TV schedule

You’re busy studying for midterms and staying on top of your research projects – but surely you’ve got a little time to keep up with what’s going on in the fall TV schedule. Even the most diligent student needs a break now and then, and tuning in to a little TV not only lets you […]

What you need to know: Green initiative (like Ikea solar panels!) vs. campus carbon footprint

The Internet is abuzz with the latest about what’s for sale at world-leading furniture retailer Ikea: solar panels. Yes, the haven for affordable, off-campus furniture shopping is moving into a new realm. Its UK stores are encouraging shoppers to help the environment, making owning solar panels an “affordable reality” for all, according to a spokesperson […]

Blackberry and Apple iOS 7 probs, Mozilla Firefox goes mobile, and a comeback for You Don’t Know Jack

You’re in the middle of your midterm studying, prepping that research paper, but that’s no excuse for losing track of the tech world. Why is everyone at Blackberry so bummed out? How is Mozilla Firefox becoming more mobile? And how is “You Don’t Know Jack” making a big comeback? Keep reading and check out what’s […]

Need to know: Dick Tracy would dig the Samsung smartwatch + other science fiction predictions

Back in the 1930s, cartoonist Chester Gould introduced the world to Dick Tracy, a private eye in a signature yellow duster and hat, who communicated with his top-secret contacts via wrist-watch. While yellow dusters are unlikely to become a hip new trend, the science fiction based “radio watch” may have just met its modern, real-world […]

Bronx Zoo welcomes California sea lion pups — What zoo jobs are there for students?

They show up in our Facebook feeds, on Pinterest, and occasionally on Twitter: zoo babies, those adorable small creatures that our friends just can’t help but pass along, hoping to get a smile out of the people who read their feeds. When you see one of those cute-overload critters, do you retweet? If you’re the […]