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Uber executives share their stories and look to the future

Uber executives share their stories and look to the future

Stephanie Murray, Writer
April 12, 2016
Filed under Campus, Current Affairs, Technology

Three Uber executives, all UMass alumni, gathered for a panel on Monday night to share their experiences with the successful app.

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Life without Facebook

Life without Facebook

Stefan Geller, Contributor
April 11, 2016
Filed under Lifestyle, Student Life, Technology, Voices

I don't know when exactly it dawned on me, but I suddenly realized that, outside of a select few, I did not care in the slightest what these 'friends' of mine were up to (and those that I did, I texted regularly).

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Slydde works its way to Amherst

Slydde works its way to Amherst

Katie Bowler, Campus Editor
April 6, 2016
Filed under Campus, Features, Student Life, Technology

In the spring of 2015, University of Massachusetts Amherst alum Peter Levin sought to change the local bar scene. After he graduated the previous December, Levin developed Slydde, a mobile application that allows users to order, pay and tip for drinks, in hopes of eliminating time spent waiting in line at bars.

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Twenty years of catchin’ ’em all

Twenty years of catchin’ ’em all

Andrew Kratochwil, Entertainment Editor
February 26, 2016
Filed under Entertainment, Showcase, Technology

Seventeen years later, and I am still hooked. I may have a job, my undergraduate classes and a girlfriend, but I also still have Pokémon.

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Top Five news apps for millennials

Top Five news apps for millennials

Ruthann Barry, Writer
March 25, 2015
Filed under Entertainment, Technology, Top Five

"In a world where everyone is glued to smartphones and iPads, news consumption should be at an expected all-time-high, right? Wrong."

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Net Neutrality is the new Freedom of Information Act

Net Neutrality is the new Freedom of Information Act

March 5, 2015
Filed under Opinion, Technology

By Taylor Gilmore Imagine your life without Internet access. It is a difficult thing to picture. We live in a world where technology gives us access to unlimited information and instant communication. But what if corporations started to monitor and restrict the information we could access, or...

3D printing: a totally doable trial and error process

3D printing: a totally doable trial and error process

Hae Young Yoo, Editor in Chief
October 27, 2014
Filed under Entertainment, Technology

“There’s an entrepreneurial proverb that says, ‘If you jump off a cliff, build a plane on the way down,’ and that’s kind of what we did."

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CEO Lisa Stone talks entrepreneurship with a journalism student

CEO Lisa Stone talks entrepreneurship with a journalism student

October 14, 2014
Filed under Campus, Technology

By Nia Decaille The digital revolution offers students  lots of opportunities to develop their own brand and publish their own work, even before they finish college.  BlogHer founder and entrepreneur Lisa Stone serves as a good role model for digital entrepreneurship, and students of al majors can...

Yik Yak the newest tool for cyberbullying

Yik Yak the newest tool for cyberbullying

September 29, 2014
Filed under Campus, Technology

By Mitchell Scuzzarella My first interaction with Yik Yak came after a stranger on a dating app messaged me about my name appearing on its feed. “Are you the Mitch they’re talking about on Yik Yak?” he asked. Curious, I downloaded the app. While I never found where my name was mention...

Network through handshakes

Network through handshakes

Molly Boushell, Writer
May 5, 2014
Filed under Entertainment, Technology

"Leaf, a Pebble SmartWatch outfitted with their own software, aims to change the way people network by replacing a dead-stop in conversation to swap contact information with... nothing."

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Auto-pilot online: Automating your professional social media presence

Auto-pilot online: Automating your professional social media presence

Molly Boushell, Writer
May 5, 2014
Filed under Entertainment, Technology

"People get squeamish about “personal branding,” but a strategic social media presence is the online equivalent of choosing to shower, brush your teeth, and get dressed in the morning."

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