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Hey, WhatsApp.

Sofia Rada, Columnist

February 26, 2014

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Blogs, Current Blogs, Technology (Current), The Current

Facebook announced Wednesday that it purchased the mobile messaging app WhatsApp for $19 billion. As I read about it, I realized most people here don't even know what WhatsApp is. The purchase seemed random and absurd to...

iMissYou: The struggles of keeping in touch with friends, family abroad

Sofia Rada, Blogger

February 2, 2014

Filed under Columns & Reviews, Lifestyle, Technology (Current), The Current

The Internet has been the savior of anyone spending time abroad. Imagine having to rely on crazy expensive phone calls and mail that arrives months after it's been sent to communicate with friends and family back home. Luckily,...

Plugged In: Bitcoin controversy

Morgan Kinney, Columnist

November 19, 2013

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, Technology (Current), The Current

After nearly five years of unencumbered commerce, the U.S. Senate is moving to regulate Bitcoin, a digital currency conceived in 2008. In the simplest of terms, Bitcoin exists as a bunch of ones and zeroes with a value determined...

Plugged In: No more anonymous YouTube comments

Morgan Kinney, Columnist

November 14, 2013

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, Technology (Current), The Current

Ignoring the depths of Reddit and 4chan, YouTube comments are perhaps the cesspool of the Internet. Below every Rickroll, Khan Academy tutorial and flashmob wedding proposal lie a string of inane word vomit. Contrived combinations...

Plugged In: New airplane electronic policy isn’t breaking news

Morgan Kinney, Columnist

November 3, 2013

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, Technology (Current), The Current

The day has finally come: You can now use your cell phone and read your Kindle on airplanes during takeoff and landing (though phone calls remain prohibited). The Federal Aviation Administration announced Thursday that airplane...

Plugged In: How to achieve Snapchat stardom

Morgan Kinney, Columnist

October 17, 2013

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, Technology (Current), The Current

Snapchat changed my life. I really mean it. It started as this mildly amusing sideshow, but now it has become the most convenient and entertaining way to keep up with friends from back home. There is a subtle artistry to crafting...

Plugged In: Apple update survival tips

Morgan Kinney, Columnist

October 10, 2013

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, Technology (Current), The Current

I have an iPhone. You probably do, too. As it turns out, almost half of all American smartphone users own an iPhone. And these phones are more than just that — they are our most intimate companions. They hold all of our...

This Week We’re Obsessed With: Campus Life

Blair Dunbar, Columnist

May 8, 2013

Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Columns & Reviews, Technology (Current), The Current

Campus Life is like the sorority expansion pack for The Sims 3, albeit on a much smaller and less-detailed scale. The characters don’t age, and after a while they all look like Barbie dolls with different-colored hair. It h...