• Opinions

    Apple under Cook has forgotten roots

    Steve Jobs’ death in October of 2011 was a crushing blow to computing, music, media, marketing, communication, and most saliently to style and aesthetic. Apple Computer has forever been associated with the roots of the counterculture forced into the rigidity of the tech world. The name itself conveys the “insanely great” (Steve Jobs’ favorite accolade to describe Apple) company which leads the industry today. Apple, suggesting the organic, the dirty; and computer, with sleek, jazzy, and quick, connotations which are embodied in the brand today, unite to summate the ethos of a company which is now declining. Apple maintains the reputation of a brazen technology company with an inventive spirit,…

  • Archived,  News

    The integral role of technology in the future job market

    By Mia Colloredo-Mansfeld and Kayla Merriweather In the past ten years, major technological advancements and innovations like 3D printing, smartphones and smarter wind and solar technology have made an extensive impact on society, making various industries faster and more efficient than ever. With books, newspapers, magazines, movies and music available digitally, things like bookstores, movie rentals and CDs have virtually become a thing of the past. In addition to these services and products becoming extinct, various jobs will cease to exist as well. The Washington Post released an article on Jan. 5, 2015 predicting that in ten years, artificial intelligence will replace jobs currently occupied by humans. Occupations that do…

  • Archived,  Features

    New micro-windmills blow scientists away

    By Emma Brodey With regrettably anthropogenic climate change on the rise and its effects noticeable in the extreme weather of the last year, the search is hotter than ever for clean and efficient energy sources. This quest has led to new and exciting technologies, including wind-powered cell phones. The University of Texas at Arlington has developed a new kind of micro-turbine with interesting potential. These turbines are small enough that ten can fit on one grain of rice, and effective enough that researchers think that they have the potential blow away competition in the field wind-power technology. In a few years, a quick wand-like swish through the air will be…

  • Archived,  Opinions

    New technology: the good and bad of commercialized progress

    In early September, Apple released yet another permutation of its iPhone series. This year’s innovative new product, the iPhone 5s, was accompanied by the iPhone 5c, which replaces the previous iPhone 5. The iPhone 5s presents impressive new features such as a fingerprint scanner, an upgrade to the iOS 7 software and slow-motion video. Apple markets these additions to be worth the $399 price that comes with a two year-contract. Meanwhile, the iPhone 5c comes equipped with exotic new colors like banana yellow, cyan, and kelly green, while keeping essentially the same technology as the vanilla iPhone 5. Still, is it really worth spending that much money to buy yet…

  • Features

    Internet filtering “liberal” at CHCCS, still prompts student work-arounds

    It has happened to every East student. You are in the media center Googling your research topic. You spot a promising link. You click on it, only to find your way blocked by a plain white and disappointingly familiar page. You have run into Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools’ web filtering software, and a simple refresh is not going to get you any further onto that page. This practice is not simply the East computers being difficult. Under the Children’s Internet Protection Act, all schools that accept federal funding for internet must use filters to block content deemed inappropriate. CHCCS uses iPrism, a hardware device from EdgeWave. With iPrism, a group…