The Impact of Social Media: Is it Irreplaceable?

In little more than a decade, the impact of social media has gone from being an entertaining extra to a fully integrated part of nearly every aspect of daily life for many. Recently in the realm of commerce, Facebook faced skepticism in its testimony to the Senate Banking Committee on Libra, its proposed cryptocurrency and alternative financial system. … Read more

THE COMING SOFTWARE APOCALYPSE

There were six hours during the night of April 10, 2014, when the entire population of Washington State had no 911 service. People who called for help got a busy signal. One Seattle woman dialed 911 at least 37 times while a stranger was trying to break into her house. When he finally crawled into her … Read more

The Question We’ve Stopped Asking About Teen-Agers and Social Media

The trouble started in mid-September, when the Wall Street Journal published an exposé titled “Facebook Knows Instagram Is Toxic for Teen Girls, Company Documents Show.” The article revealed that Facebook had identified disturbing information about the impact of its Instagram service on young users. It cited an internal company presentation, leaked to the paper by an anonymous whistle-blower, that … Read more

The Evolution of Social Media: How Did It Begin, and Where Could It Go Next?

The evolution of social media has been fueled by the human impulse to communicate and by advances in digital technology. It is a story about establishing and nurturing personal connections at scale. According to Merriam-Webster, social media is defined as “forms of electronic communication (such as websites for social networking and microblogging) through which users create … Read more

How to Rename the Uncategorized Category in WordPress

If you have wanted to rename the Uncategorized category in WordPress, then you’re not the first one. Often WordPress beginners ask us if it’s possible to remove or rename the uncategorized category in WordPress. In this article, we will show you how to rename the uncategorized category, and how to change the default category in … Read more

Should You Buy a Laptop or Desktop Computer? How Chip Shortages Have Changed the Game

Should I buy a desktop PC or a laptop instead? This is something that stumps both first-time buyers and those seeking to replace their existing computers. While the internet is chock full of buyer’s guides that help you choose the right configuration for your computing needs, they aren’t much help for those torn between laptops … Read more

How to get started with the Windows Subsystem for Android in Windows 11

When Microsoft unveiled Windows 11, it promised a new set of tools developed in conjunction with Intel and Amazon that would allow Android applications to run on Windows devices. The Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) would use the same virtualization technologies as Windows’ Linux tooling, allowing Android apps to run on the Windows desktop, while translating … Read more

Apple releases iOS 13.5.1, patching out the Unc0ver jailbreak

Apple has released iOS 13.5.1 today, which the company says “provides important security updates and is recommended for all users,” albeit without much detail in the change log. But as noted by Twitter account Apple Software Updates, the update is meant to patch out the kernel vulnerability used by the recent Unc0ver jailbreak. Apple’s support … Read more

Apple adds macOS feature designed to prolong the lifespan of MacBook batteries

Apple is adding a new Battery Health Management feature to the latest version of macOS Catalina. The arrival of 10.15.5 will bring the new feature, which is designed to increase the overall lifespan of MacBook batteries by reducing the maximum charge in certain instances. Rather than focusing on things like specific app usage, the feature … Read more