Latest Articles for Author: Kathleen Monin

Amazon and hachette battle for the book industry

Amazon and Hachette Battle for the Book Industry

Online superstore Amazon is squabbling with Hachette book group, one of the world’s top five publishers, in a dispute that may define the future of the publishing industry. Customers are raising complaints that books published by Hachette are available at full price instead of the normal discount, are taking many long weeks to ship, or…

Facebook accidentally releases snapchat-esque app

Facebook Accidentally Releases Snapchat-esque App

Somehow, Facebook, the social media giant, managed to accidentally release a new, not yet fully developed app. Monday afternoon, their new sharing app, Slingshot, appeared in the Google Play store as if available for purchase. Once the company realized their mistake the app was removed, within a few short hours. The company has yet to…

Kim dotcom offers five million in bounty

Kim Dotcom Offers Five Million in Bounty

Ever wanted to be a cyber bounty hunter? Looking to break into the world of online justice? Here’s your chance. Right now, online entrepreneur Kim Dotcom is offering five million dollars to anyone to be a “whistleblower” in regards to his current legal situation. His site, Megaupload, a file-sharing platform, was shut down in 2012…

A look into the future of ‘game of thrones’

A Look into the Future of ‘Game of Thrones’

Anyone who discovers their love for a series of novels, movies, or a television show is a very fortunate nerd indeed. There is, however, something very exciting about the maddening anticipation about waiting for new content from franchises such as Game of Thrones. It’s hard enough to wait for the episodes to come out every…

Facebook users protest “eavesdropping” feature

Facebook Users Protest “Eavesdropping” Feature

Facebook announced the development of a new feature that has its users up in arms. The powerhouse social media company is suggesting a new tool that will access the microphones on users’ devices, and pickup sound waves nearby. It will then automatically add an update onto the end of a status, such as a song…

Stephen king’s new novel isn’t horror…so what will it be?

Stephen King’s New Novel Isn’t Horror…So What Will It Be?

Apparently, the next great Stephen King masterpiece is not going to be a horrific novel. Meaning, of course, that it falls into the crime/thriller genre, instead of under the horror/fantasy label under which most of his works are found. This new novel, Mr. Mercedes, pursues the story of a serial killer that targets the unemployed….

Star Wars Casts Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie

There are now two more reasons to be excited about Star Wars Episode VII, and they are both two gorgeous ladies that we know and love. The franchise just announced that the cast will include Oscar winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, who is best known for her role as Patsey in the recent film, 12 Years…

New draft of hitchhiker’s guide novel to be released

New Draft of Hitchhiker’s Guide Novel to be Released

Nothing is more exciting a diehard fan than more material coming out. In the case of a deceased author like Douglas Adams, such an event seems almost impossible, but it’s happening. Recently, an early draft of Life, the Universe, and Everything, a book in the inaccurately named Hitchhiker’s Trilogy was discovered by Adams’ biographer. The…

Millenials rally to bring back reading rainbow

Millenials Rally to Bring Back Reading Rainbow

With over 30 days still left on his Kickstarter campaign, LeVar Burton has raised almost double his one million dollar goal. What does this mean? It means that Reading Rainbow is coming back. Burton said that he had a very specific mission, “to bring Reading Rainbow back for every child, everywhere.”After just a few short…

Danger in the exciting world of crowdfunding

Danger in the Exciting World of Crowdfunding

Crowd funding is but one example of a modern miracle that is shaping our society. Now, a single man can create an idea, that idea can become a plan, that plan can become an action, and that action can become a fully funded business venture, all from the use of a single personal computer. With…

Solar roadways: a solution to the world’s problems?

Solar Roadways: A Solution To The World’s Problems?

The creators of this video seem to think that they have the answer to almost all the world’s problems. Imagine roadways that generated cost. Imagine lanes that didn’t need to be painted, and could change whenever new traffic patterns developed. Imagine if roads were pressure sensitive, and could alert drivers when animals or debris were…

Osmo: combining tech play with physical play

Osmo: Combining Tech Play with Physical Play

A new app called Osmo is solving a childcare problem with a simple compromise. Anyone that’s ever taken care of kids knows that all they want to do is watch TV or play games on consoles or tablets. While Osmo games use technology to keep kids interested, its game play is grounded in real world…

Aero-x: preorder your very own hoverbike

Aero-X: Preorder Your Very Own Hoverbike

We are now a year shy of the predictions in Back to the Future II, next year is 2015 and we don’t have hover boards. However, there is still hope. What we are on the verge of producing is a fully functional, actually existing, almost available for purchase hover bike. It’s called Aero-X, and should…

The best video games to play irl

The Best Video Games to Play IRL

The absurdity of GUIs, is fairly easy to overlook during the challenge of the game. For example, have you ever actually built a slingshot to launch birds at pigs, or bounced an ugly bird between pipes? GUIs often feature activities we don’t engage in during our normal routine. It’s kind of like Inception, when we’re…

Aol: a champion of the internet

AOL: A Champion of the Internet

In the midst of Net Neutrality madness, it appears that one fearless hero, the one who will stop at nothing to save the Open Internet, is… AOL? Other internet providers, such as Verizon and Comcast, have made more lobbying moves. Internet giant Google has the biggest tech lobby in Washington, aside from the large internet…