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Robot Toys Help Expand STEM Education
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The evolution of learning toys is a long road, littered with toys that introduced children to subjects and ideas that, in the least, provided education and fun and, at best, laid out stepping stones of inspiration toward careers later in life. From the early 20th-Century engineering toys of Erector sets, Tinkertoys, and Lego®, to the late-century rudimentary programming of robotic toys, such as...
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The laptop is the hands-down winner for on-the-go performance, but what if you’re missing the comforts of your home gaming system? How do you get that in your dorm room? And what about LAN parties with friends? Can you do all that without the heavy lifting? Well, take a step out of the box and let’s talk about mini-ITX. Mini-ITX is the smallest common motherboard form factor with gaming potential...
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With the start of the school year fast approaching (or already here for college students), there’s a good chance you know a student asking for an Apple product. Whether it’s a MacBook Pro, an iPad Air, or just a pair of 2nd-Gen AirPods, we’re here to break it all down for you. MacBook Air What is it? Apple updated the MacBook Air to feature True Tone technology for a more natural viewing...
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It’s safe to say that in today’s predominantly digital world, memory cards have overtaken film as the primary recording media for consumer and professional photo and video use. Just as analog cameras were designed to work with a specific film format, such as 35mm or 120 roll film, or large-format sheet film, digital cameras are likewise built to work with one or two specific memory card formats....
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When it comes time to build a computer, populate a RAID or NAS array, replace a corrupted drive, or expand your system’s current storage capacity, the sheer quantity of drive options can be daunting. I’m not talking just about storage capacity, but also form factor, interface, and more. While you could just haphazardly buy something and hope for the best, there are certain drives that are better...
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Gaming in today’s world, you are going to need more system storage to keep up with all the games to which you’ll have access. Upgrading your PlayStation 4 (Pro) or Xbox One S storage is essential. This also includes the Nintendo Switch, as well. There are usually three types of gamers: those who purchase physical copies only, those who have moved on to digital, and those who purchase whichever...
by Eric Butterfield
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If you work with libraries of large image files, or in audio or video production, you need to be selective about your external hard drive. Reading and writing files directly from or to an external drive can incur some hefty performance demands, so it's best to determine your needs before you buy a drive. With...
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For many students, a dorm room is their first true home away from home, a place to thrive, to feel safe and comfortable, to chart out a path all their own. Unfortunately, many dorms don’t reflect all that positivity and potential at the onset, instead resembling something between a camp bunk and a barracks. So, to help take your dorm from jail cell to sanctuary, we’ve put together a list of...
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If you chose to pursue a degree in a creative discipline, it is very likely that graphics and imagery are going to constitute a large part of your workload. And the only way to make sure all the colors you are looking at are right is to invest in a color-accurate display. Not only will many of these serve as color-critical monitors for reviewing your work, many can serve as a dock for when you...
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We keep our cameras and lenses cushioned and protected, so it only makes sense that we take equal, if not more, care of our data. These days, the rugged hard drive market is booming, with new releases and new functionality arriving all the time. Many of these drives are designed to take a beating, making them perfect for travel and some more trying adventures. Here are five solid drives we...
5 Travel-Friendly Laptops
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Whether you like carrying your possessions in a comfy two-strap backpack or a single-strap messenger bag or tote, you’ve probably felt the shoulder and back pain that comes with lugging around a heavy computer. Going lighter used to mean limited productivity, but that’s no longer the case with today’s ultra-slim laptops and convertibles. There’s something out there for every kind of traveler, and...
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This year, Apple released two excellent everyday carry tablets: the iPad mini and the iPad Air. Both tablets boast qualities that make them ideal for everyday use: they’re portable, they’...
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If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard of Apex Legends, then here’s your wake-up call. While it doesn’t have the player base compared to big titles like Fortnite or PUBG, probably because it’s not available on mobile (yet?), “Ape Legs,” as at least two of us in the office like to call it, isn’t fighting this battle sitting down. In less than one week of a February release, Apex has...
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Once a year—mostly during the spring season—we normally perform a set of cleaning tasks that streamlines our daily lives. This may include cleaning the home thoroughly to improve our health, tuning up the car to achieve better pep when stepping on the accelerator, and clearing out the garage or attic of junk to make more space. But what about our computer, this thing that we use most of our lives...
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I hate backing up. I do it, but I hate it. If you’re not running backups, you’re courting heartache. My cautionary tale: A few years ago, my brother and I were editing our first indie feature. Our data got corrupted. Nothing was backed up. We lost three months of post-production—the entire film. Starting from scratch nearly killed us. Don’t let it happen to you. Data loss is more than an...
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