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It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost four years since Barack Obama entered the White House. The next U.S. election, to be held this November, will see President Obama going up against his opponent, Mitt Romney, as well as opponents from the Libertarian and Green parties. But in order to vote, it is best to be informed of the issues. Here are 10 political commentators, from both Left & Right, whom you should read on Twitter.
Yaara recently wrote an article detailing six basic tech skills everybody should possess. It’s a great read, both for those just starting out on their journey into geekdom and for those of us who merely know computer noobs. And we all know at least one at some point in our lives, don’t we? Whether it’s an elderly parent eager to Skype or a child cajoled into signing up to Facebook.
Anyone who plays video games today owes a huge debt of gratitude to Atari and the founders and engineers who worked for the company during its formative years. Atari was responsible for many of the earliest arcade games and some of the earliest games consoles, and throughout the 1970s and 1980s helped shape the industry that now competes with Hollywood in terms of budgets and earnings.
Heed this advice – take the time now to get on and play those video games you have sitting on your shelf half-finished. Why? Because it’s almost the holiday season, which means games galore are set to be released in time for mummy and daddy to buy them ready for stuffing in their little one’s stocking. Or, as is more likely these days, grown men will treat themselves to a new title to get stuck into while they have time off.
Twitter is built on a very basic and logical concept. You set up an account, and then send messages (or tweets) up to 140-characters long for all to read. Those following you will see these tweets appear in chronological order along with the tweets of everybody else they follow. And you can follow others to see tweets in the same chronological order. However, that simple underpinning belies a more complex and convoluted set of rules and etiquette.
The Grand Theft Auto franchise is undeniably brilliant. You might not necessarily love it as much as others do, especially if sandbox games aren’t your thing, but the sheer scope and scale of these games, particularly from Grand Theft Auto III onwards is hard to dismiss. We’re currently waiting – very, very patiently – for […]
Digg was such a huge hit that content creators actively tried to get their material linked to on the site in order to experience the huge increase in traffic, known as the Digg effect, that resulted. At this point in the story all was well. By 2010 traffic had started to drop off. Betaworks finally bought Digg for a reported $500,000 earlier this year, and the company has set about trying to relaunch the site as a new, contemporary social media site.
We’re now at the beginning of September, and video games are being released in a slow drip-drip fashion. The games aren’t particularly AAA titles either, though some, such as Sleeping Dogs, have ended up being surprising hits. The reason for this slowdown in weekly releases is the same as it is at this time every year. Video games publishers insist on releasing the biggest titles in their line-up in the build-up to the holiday season.
I’m not an Apple fanboy myself but I do know a few. They don’t deserve the treatment they receive, and have done throughout history. They’re still human, and still people who need love and attention just like everybody else. A Genius may be able to fix their iPhone without even trying, but they won’t provide the hugs these people will inevitably need on occasion. You know, like when they cannot afford the new new iPad on day one.
In recent years Microsoft, as great a company as it may be, has given off a turgid stench suggesting its best years are behind it. But with Windows 8, Windows Phone, the Surface tablets, the next Xbox and Kinect, Outlook, and Office, Microsoft is looking keen, nimble, and ready to reach the dizzying heights of undeniable greatness once more. Or perhaps not. Last week’s We Ask You was your chance to opine on this topic.
The Internet seems to have had a strange effect on people when it comes to the sharing of opinions. It’s as though the chance to air a particular point of view to the world – whether the world in question is a few close friends or thousands of total strangers – is too good an opportunity to pass up. Amirite.com is one such website, offering an outlet for people to share their random thoughts and a way of gauging whether the opinions they hold dear.
Grand Theft Auto V is definitely on its way. This is a fact we know for sure, but everything else about the game is draped in a cloth of mystery. We don’t know when it’s being released, the main protagonist, the setting, the storyline, or anything else of substance. Many people have had educated guesses, but we’re still mostly in the dark. However, I already know I’ll be buying GTA V on its release day. What follows are 8 reasons GTA V will be a day one purchase for me, and possibly for you too.
Microsoft has become known as a pedestrian, traditional, non-innovating tech dinosaur relying on one or two key products to keep itself in business. Whether you believe that to be the case or not, there have been rumblings in recent times of a new Microsoft emerging from this lost decade. A smarter, stealthier, streamlined Microsoft which has learned from its past mistakes. Could a Microsoft resurgence be imminent?
Neil Armstrong passed away on Aug. 25, 2012, after a life filled with magnificent achievements. Sadly, his death prompted many people across the InterWebs, particularly on social media sites, to ask, Who was Neil Armstrong, and why should I know of him? Surely everyone should know who Neil Armstrong was and what he achieved. After all, he will always be the first person to have walked on the moon.
Digital formats are a brilliant innovation let down by one fatal flaw: If anything bad happens – be it theft, failure, or natural disaster – to the physical object housing the data, then a lifetime of work (or more likely your whole music and movie collections) can literally be lost forever.
This is why backing up your digital data is so important. This prompted the question in last week’s We Ask You querying your methods for preventing that possibly cataclysmic loss happening to you.