Life Advice from Technology

Life Advice from Technology

We talk to people every day so it isn’t really surprising that smart assistants have changed how we interact with technology. Smart assistants such as Siri, Alexa or Google Assistant allow us to ask for what we need – be it check on the weather, find out which gas station is closest, or even tell us a joke. But how do people decide which ones to use? We decided to help out by putting each top smart assistant to the …

Amazon Alexa Skill

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With Alexa, the entertainment opportunities are endless. Make movie night easier than ever by using Alexa for volume control, turning on and off your TV and opening up your favorite streaming service. The best part? You can do it all without leaving the comfort of your couch.

Celebrating 10 Years of Apps: The Story Behind 13 Top Apps

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? For 84% of smartphone owners, it’s firing up their favorite smartphone app. Whether you stream music, scroll through your Instagram feed or check your morning commute, one thing is clear. Apps play an integral role in our daily lives. Apps are big business. It’s projected that by the year 2020, the mobile app industry’s gross annual revenue will exceed $189 billion. Use our interactive chart to visualize …

Data Storage Timeline

Looking at the different ways we store information, especially online data, highlights the progress that has been made with technology. From punch cards to CDs to cloud storage, the timeline models the different types of storage devices, their capacity and when they were created. The evolution of data storage devices indicates the importance of both technology and mobility in relation to storing data and information.  

Adult Learning Directory

Browse over 200+ tech resources for adults. From I.T. to coding to web and graphic design, this resource will allow you to find a class tailored to your interests. With the Adult Learning Directory you can see the duration, difficulty and cost of each class, giving you all the tools you need to make informed decisions.  

Internet Speed Guide

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Is there anything more frustrating than trying to use the internet when you have a slow connection? Streaming movies, playing video games, or chatting overseas can induce a hair-pulling, frustration-filled experience with a slow connection. But is there anything you can do to help it? Now that the internet is almost 30 years old, most people don’t even know the basics about their connection. Terms like ISP, Mbps, 802.11b, latency, bandwidth may sound familiar—you might even remember seeing them on …

How to Set Up a Printer

Printers are great tech accessories that can create hard copies of your computer-designed documents. If you’re ready to install a printer at home, follow these simple steps for a smooth setup process: 1. Open and prepare The very first step in Printer setup is to remove its packaging and sort the necessary parts. Your printer will likely be in a cardboard box with Styrofoam and tape surrounding it for protection. Take it out of the box and set aside the …

What is Phishing?

Phishing is a cyber threat that attempts to gather personal and private information through fake links or portals online. Phishing scams trick Internet users into providing their sensitive information, such as credit card or Social Security numbers, in order to steal your identity. How does it work? Usually phishing is achieved through fake online links, such as pop-ups, misleading ads or suspicious emails. Phishing portals convince web users into supplying personal information to unsecure sources. Below are examples of information …

What is Java?

Java is more than just coffee. In the computing world, Java is programming language. Just like we use words to create sentences, developers use Java to create applications and build programs. If you’ve heard of Java, you’ve also probably heard of JavaScript – but besides sharing similar names, the two don’t have too much in common. JavaScript (which was developed by NetScape) is not part of the Java platform. Where you’ve probably seen JavasScript is in HTML documents (HTML stands …

How To: Watch TV Online

Ever heard of a second screener? You might be one and not even realize it. A second screener is someone that watches TV and is on another device at the same time. It happens all the time. In fact, 44% of Americans use a second screen half of the time they watch TV. You pull up a show, and then get on your phone to check Instagram or Facebook. Or tweet about the show. Or just shop online with the …