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The Plan Behind the Packaging: Leading Designers Moree Wu and Sijia Zhang Give a Pre-Holiday Crash Course on the...

Left Brain, Right Brain, Tech, The Arts

December 6, 2018

The holidays are a time of year when commercial design is prominent. From the boxes that hold our most coveted wishlist gifts to the timeless posters of classic Holiday movies, the holiday season seems like one big competition to gain

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Microsoft and Apple are Neck and Neck in the Race for Technology

Business, Left Brain, Tech

December 5, 2018

Several years ago, Microsoft wasn’t seen as a forerunner in the race for faster, better technology. It fell behind in the profitable future of mobile, search, advertising, and cloud advancements. Today, it is just as lucrative as Apple, and both

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Case Closed: DNA Technology Help Cops Crack Cold Cases

Left Brain, Tech

December 3, 2018

DNA technology has made incredible advancements over the years. With DNA phenotyping, police can solve cases that have gone cold for years. DNA phenotyping can predict what a victim’s or suspect’s face could look like from a single drop of

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YouTube: Fueling California Fire Conspiracies

Left Brain, Tech

November 28, 2018

YouTube has come under fire for fueling conspiracy theory videos related to the California wildfires. Videos suggesting that the California wildfires were ignited by government laser beams have been viewed millions of times. When searching for clips regarding the fires,

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Won’t Back Down

Business, Left Brain, Tech

November 26, 2018

In the face of those calling him to resign, Facebook CEO and chairman Mark Zuckerberg has made it clear that he will not back down. He claims that Facebook is still a beacon for the greater good, despite mounting criticisms

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The Cyber-Security Minister of Japan Admits He’s “Never Used a Computer”

Left Brain, Tech

November 22, 2018

According to a recent report published by BBC News, Japan’s latest cyber-security minister Yoshitaka Sakurada shocked his nation when he admitted that he’s never used a computer. “Since I was 25 years old and independent I have instructed my staff

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Child-Friendly ‘MiSafes’ Watches: Not as Safe as You Think

Left Brain, Tech

November 19, 2018

The child-tracking smartwatch MiSafes is surprisingly easy to hack. One security researcher discovered that the smartwatches have failed to encrypt or secure the user’s data. This allows hackers to easily access the child’s personal information, including their photos, their location,

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Car Brakes and Roads Emit Harmful Microplastics

Business, Left Brain, Tech

November 14, 2018

A scientific study in Germany has found that car tires, brake systems, as well as the actual roads, give off microplastics that become airborne, eventually contaminating nearby freshwater sources, and ultimately pollute oceans.

The study marks a significant turning point

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One Big Three-Legged Race: App Designer Yunning Liu on the Undying Relationship Between Technology and Design

Left Brain, Tech

November 13, 2018

The Idea Trader’s continuing efforts to chronicle advances in tech, medicine, and scientific research have brought our attention to some truly inspiring stories. Just in the past few months we have seen incredible efforts in all of these fields. Most

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Apple Now Allows Siri to Open Owners’ VWs

Left Brain, Tech

November 12, 2018

Owners of late-model Volkswagen vehicles can now use Siri to open their cars. The update requires a subscription to an integrated app. The feature also requires the most recent Apple software update, iOS 12.

The move stands as part of

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