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Twitter is about to become Diet Facebook

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey recently suggested that Twitter is considering removing the 140 character limit, which will take away the only thing that makes twitter unique in the Social Media world.

Hashtags? Instagram and Facebook both have them. Celebrity follows, interaction with people you don’t know? Instagram, Tumblr, and Facebook, and Snapchat, and Reddit, to name a few. Twitter is really good for breaking news, true, but they aren’t a news app. They are the fun, short message social media platform that used hashtags first (and, undeniably, the most effectively).

But now, if Twitter is truly removing the only thing to make it unique, it’s going to become diet Facebook. It’s already a lighter shade of blue for that “low calorie” social media flavor.

January 11th is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Here’s how you can help.

January 11th is Human Trafficking Awareness day, and that’s important because there are approximately 60,000 slaves in the United States alone.

Take a moment to think about that.

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Our 4 favorite The Force Awakens Theories

With the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens just around the corner, we’ve compiled our favorite fan theories about the film. Though all we have to base our guesses on are the trailers (and generous knowledge of the now defunct expanded universe) we think we might be on to something here. Continue reading “Our 4 favorite The Force Awakens Theories”

If College were free, would textbooks cost more?

Free college. The idea is whispered like an incantation in student government meetings and dorm rooms across the country. An education without crippling debt. Surely a pipe dream, but a beautiful one none the less, right?

Several states in the US have begun to offer free or heavily discounted Community College, though 4 year universities still charge tens of thousands of dollars per semester. If, oh glorious thought, a 4 year degree were to be offered free of charge, what would it do to textbook costs?

Is Free College a Pipe Dream?

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As you may have heard, the Oxford English Dictionary made this emoji the word of the year.

emoji of the year Continue reading “The Oxford English Dictionary’s “Word of the Year” isn’t going to replace language”

Bookbyte’s five favorite productivity focused sites.

Bookbyte’s five favorite productivity focused sites.

Life on the internet for a student who should be studying is hard. Staring at a blank word document trying to convince yourself you want to write a paper is even harder when online shopping and social media are simply an alt+tab away. Luckily, there are a whole slew of programs, apps and websites designed to make paper writing and studying bearable. Here are the Bookbyte team’s five favorite websites to make you more productive. Continue reading “Bookbyte’s five favorite productivity focused sites.”

5 Best Back-to-Class Apps to Boost Your GPA

5 Best Apps to Boost Your GPAIt’s that time of year again — time to hang up your swimsuits and hiking boots and pack away the suitcases and video games and head back to class. But whether it’s your first year of college or you’re returning as big man/woman on campus, everyone can use a little academic help to start them (and their GPAs) off on the right foot. Besides a Dictionary app and Google Drive, here are five must-have apps you can download to prepare yourself for A+s all semester long.

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Why 3D Printing is More Than a Cool Fad

3D printingYou may already know how awesome 3D printing is, so forgive me if this post is a kind of “No duh” for you. My inner old lady comes out when I hear the word “3D” — the Nintendo 3DS gives me a headache as do 3D movies. Not a fan. Of course, as you may already know, 3D printing is not really like those things at all. 3D printing makes your dreams come to LIFE!

Okay, maybe that’s a slight overstatement, but not really. You want to make a spider guitar? You can. How about a pizza? Yes. Did you have a dream last night of Abraham Lincoln riding off into the sunset on a unicorn? You can probably make that, but I couldn’t find an image of it on the internet. Need a liver or kidney? Pretty soon, doctors will be able to print one up for you.

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Why Ugly Christmas Sweaters Aren’t Funny Anymore

grandpa christmas sweater

Alright, I’m calling it: ugly Christmas sweaters just aren’t funny anymore. Some have rung the death toll for this Christmas trend long before me, but now it’s time to put the final nail in the coffin.

What started out as a small-scale holiday event where kitsch-lovers could comb through the racks of thrift stores and estate sales for the most horrendously ironic of Christmas cardigans (think: bright pink sweaters with puffy-paint kittens and Christmas trees) has been ruined the way most fun things are: by stores trying to monetize a trend.

From Urban Outfitters moody models trying to look sexy in oversized sweaters with gold sleighs to the NBA – yes, the NBA – making their own ugly Christmas sweatshirts printed in team colors, here are the worst offenders we could find.

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Is Google Search Making Us Dumber?

Is Google Search Making Us Dumber?

Google’s search engine algorithms are getting smarter. Great, right? What if the trade-off is that we’re getting dumber? Ian Leslie has an article up on Salon.com that asks this question and whether or not Google search is harmless. Is it beneficial to find immediate answers by Google search on our smartphone/tablet/computer? Not if we’re getting too lazy to ask the right questions.

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