Category: Tech

Choosing Safe Passwords And Remembering Them

Another day, another major data breach—and another article advising you to strengthen your passwords. These secret bits of information act as the keys to all of our important online accounts, from social networks to email inboxes to bank accounts. That’s why choosing strong passwords, and managing them well, is so...

Greening the Digital Life

Back in eighth grade, Nathaniel Mills grabbed some tools and sat down in his bedroom. A computer lay open in front of him, filled with components he had installed himself. It was time to add another part. “Building a computer is essentially LEGO for adults,” he says. This was back...

Tools for Better Meetings

Experts love to say that meetings kill productivity. They certainly can, but they don’t have to. When you schedule only necessary meetings and make choosing a time and date painless, meetings are more productive. When you prepare an agenda in advance and assign someone to take notes, the content of...

Computers Are Changing The Art

Maya Ackerman just wanted to write a song. She tried for years — song after song. In the end, she didn’t like any of the tunes she wrote. “I didn’t have the gift, if you will,” she says. “All the melodies that came into my mind were so boring that...

Ordinary paper turns into flexible human-powered keypad

Smartphones, tablets, fitness trackers, headphones. Most of the electronic devices we use today are made of rigid metal, plastic and glass. But electronics don’t have to be, says Marina Sala de Medeiros. Consider her team’s new electronic keypad. It has no batteries. The user’s touch gives it all the power...

The Safest Ways to Log In to Your Computer

WHETHER YOUR COMPUTER runs Windows, macOS, or Chrome OS, you have options for how you log in. And your choice doesn’t only affect how convenient it is for you to get into your laptop or desktop; it also affects how easily someone else can gain access. These are the different login options that...

Make Virtual Meetings More Productive

With the COVID-19 pandemic changing our very way of life, businesses are rethinking everything. More and more real estate professionals are working from home, which means while you once met with clients and colleagues face to face, you must now meet virtually. The good news is that platforms like Zoom...

The Most Powerful Quantum Computer

With Google achieving a ‘quantum supremacy’ breakthrough, Honeywell building the world’s most powerful ion-trap quantum computer, and venture capitalists pouring millions into QC start-ups, the decade ahead could jump-start commercial quantum computing. Our world relies heavily on intractable encryption to protect everything from digital signatures, private emails and banking information....

Edge Computing

Companies like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google have proven to us that we can trust them with our personal data. Now, they say, it’s time to reward that trust by giving them complete control over our computers, toasters, and cars. Allow me to introduce you to “edge” computing. Edge is a...

Tech tools to make research more open and inclusive

Laboratory heads are deploying apps and software in innovative ways to build broad and diverse research groups. Doris Taylor knows the sting of being set apart as different. As a young, lesbian woman starting her career in regenerative-medicine research in the late 1980s, she was often excluded from faculty functions...

Best Explorer Replacements for Windows 10

Windows Explorer for Windows 10 does a decent job. It’s certainly an improvement over what Windows Explorer used to be 10 years ago. But there are still a lot of features that could make it truly great. Thankfully, there are a few developers who’ve built Windows Explorer alternatives. A few...

How to Increase Wi-Fi Speed

Wi-Fi speed—you probably don’t think much about it until the movie you’re streaming crashes. Or your files won’t upload to the cloud. Or your web browser keeps spinning without loading the page you want. With millions of users connecting their mobile devices to Wi-Fi hotspots around the world, it’s no...

Wi-Fi 6 Why it Matters

Wi-Fi 6 is the next-generation wireless standard that’s faster than 802.11ac. More than speed, it will provide better performance in congested areas, from stadiums to your own device-packed home. It’s coming in 2019. Update: Wi-Fi 6 certification began on September 16, 2019. That’s a big sign that hardware is on the way! For...

5G and Wi-Fi 6

5G and Wi-Fi 6

Student device usage is on the rise: As noted by recent EDUCAUSE research, 95 percent of postsecondary students have smartphones and 91 percent own laptops. The result is growing demand for anytime, anywhere access that supports peer-to-peer collaboration, project coordination and student-to-staff communication. To meet evolving expectations, colleges are embracing...

Boost your Windows 10 productivity

Boost your Windows 10 productivity

Getting old is humbling and enlightening. Case in point: I now actually set aside time to thoroughly learn about the everyday tools I use for work so that I can be more productive when I use them. Younger Doug would scoff at Older Doug for becoming such a square, but Older Doug...

What Does 5G Mean and How Fast Is It?

What Does 5G Mean and How Fast Is It?

5G is the next generation of mobile networking technology following 4G. Much like every generation before it, 5G aims to make mobile communication faster and more reliable as more and more devices go online. Unlike in the past, when mobile networks only needed to support cell phones that were just...

Type Faster Tips and Techniques

Type Faster Tips and Techniques

Typing is a lot of fun, especially if you’re the type of person who loves to write. Whenever an idea comes to your head or you just want to communicate something, the feeling of scribbling things down in a computer is awesome. Do you know that being able to type...