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A blog and column with news on new technology, innovations and gaming, brought to you by Steven Setser.

VSU unveils new homepage

New VSU Homepage

Written by Tatyana Phelps, Managing Editor Students who visit the VSU homepage may have noticed that things look a bit different than they did when the Spring 2015 semester ended. “This is an exciting improvement to our university’s first impression,” Keith Warburg, assistant director of creative services, announced in an email to VSU students when the new webpage was going ...

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E.T. unearthed in New Mexico desert

Written by: Joseph Albahari In 1987, an urban legend was born.   It was reported that 14 trucks of Atari products were taken from a factory in El Paso, Texas to a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico.  The legend revolved around the failure of one particular game: “ET: The Extraterrestrial.”  Zak Penn, writer of “The Avengers,” was intrigued by this tale ...

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Internet lives on after heartbleed

Written by: Joseph Albahari Are your passwords safe? That depends on when you last changed them. On April 7, it was made public that the security of the Internet was compromised by the Heartbleed bug. Heartbleed, or CVE-2014-0160 as it is technically named, is an OpenSSL security bug that has affected about 17 percent of the internet’s websites. The bug ...

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Backers demand refund

Written by: Joseph Albahari With the help of generous Kickstarter donations, tech company Oculus VR was set to revolutionize the world of gaming. But in March, much to the dismay of the Internet, Facebook decided to buy Oculus VR for $2 billion. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, commented on the deal after it was made public. “After games, we’re ...

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America’s biggest loser

The Consumerist

Written by: Joseph Albahari While most people are focusing on the Final Four of college basketball, there’s another kind of “March Madness” going on in the world of finance. Electronic Arts, the company behind the Battlefield games, the Madden games and The Sims, has been dethroned as The Consumerist’s “Worst Company in America.” The Consumerist, a consumer’s finance blog, holds ...

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Pokemon ‘catches `em all': Website surprises with response to multiplayer gaming experiment

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Written by: Joseph Albahari The Infinite Monkey Theorem states, “With one thousand monkeys typing on a typewriter, eventually one will write Shakespeare.” That deduction was considered when an anonymous programmer decided to create a program that allowed multiple people to play the same game simultaneously.  The social experiment named “Twitch Plays Pokémon” began on Feb. 12 and was hosted by ...

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Robot band gives new face to music industry

Written by: Joseph Albahari Daft Punk is not the only musical robot group storming the media in 2014. Z-Machine, an all-robot band created by Yoichiro Kawaguchi, a professor at the University of Tokyo, and designed by Naofumi Yonetsuka, a fellow robotics engineer of the university, has come into the spotlight. Kawaguchi and the other creators worked with Squarepusher, a recording ...

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Gamers big losers in the flap over ‘Flappy Bird’

Written by: Joseph Albahari Sometimes, what is created must also be destroyed. Flappy Bird, one of the most downloaded games of 2014 across IOS, Windows and Android marketplaces has been removed this week at the request of its creator. Created by Dong Nguyen and developed by DotGears Studios, Flappy Bird was first released in May of 2013, but the game ...

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PlayStation 4 has big release

Written by: Steven Setser Hello, and welcome to the final issue of SpecTech for this semester. I would like to announce my retirement from the Spectator. I will no longer be writing SpecTech, and I would like to thank all of my readers for their support during the last few years. This week has been a busy one for Sony, ...

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Hedgehog returns with kicking vengeance

Written by: Steven Setser After 2006, many thought that Sonic was finished, but then the impossible happened: a Sonic boom. After hits like Sonic Unleashed, Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations, many wondered what Sonic would do on next generation systems. Sonic Lost World was announced exclusive to Nintendo and seems to have been heavily influenced by the company itself. Is ...

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