What Should Parents Know About the Parler App

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So, you’ve been hearing some mixed messages about a new social media platform called Parler and you’re wondering if there’s some connection to an old poem about a certain talkative spider and an innocent fly. In short, the answer is no. (Although, the app’s creators have compared it to a parlor room where an open […]

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Cyber Criminals Using Family Movies To Target New Victims

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Over the past few months, we’ve seen a significant increase in media consumption across the globe. In an effort to comply with various governments’ stay-at-home orders, people are spending more time online than ever before, virtually connecting with others and keeping up to date on the news. But one of the biggest spikes we’ve seen […]

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Pictures Don’t Lie? They Do If They’re Deepfakes.

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Have you ever watched a video where a face swap was involved? On YouTube, you can find plenty of satirical videos featuring celebrity swaps like those of Jimmy Fallon and Paul Rudd, or Bill Hader and Tom Cruise. One moment you think you’re looking at someone, only to see their face change mid-video. It’s called […]

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Culture Clips: A Different Sort of Blackout

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Yesterday, the world’s social media feed was inundated with black squares instead of pictures. And no, it wasn’t because your Internet connection was taking its sweet time downloading the pictures. It was part of a movement called #BlackoutTuesday. According to Rolling Stone, the original idea was called #TheShowMustBePaused, and organizers asked the music industry to […]

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Unreal Engine 5 Changes the Game (in Ways You Might Not Expect)

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If you look up the term “game engine,” you see it defined as the “basic software of a video game.” But in reality, it’s more. A game engine is much more like a place; a software-development space or environment where gamemakers build their games. I start with that definition, because Epic games just revealed their […]

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Thirty-Four Years on Screens?!

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If you’ve ever worried whether or not you spend too much time looking at screens, consider this: A new study commissioned by Vision Direct reports that “the typical person will spend a staggering 34 years looking at phones, computers or televisions.” Staggering actually seems like the correct word to use here, especially when I consider […]

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Entertainment That Might Cure Your Boredom (and Benefit Others)

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“We may be apart right now, but coming together has never been more important,” says the Global Citizen, an organization dedicated to ending extreme poverty. And it has a point. It seems crazy that just a few months ago, we were all commuting to and from work, attending school in actual classrooms, and giving our […]

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Culture Clips: Pomp, Circumstance and the Coronavirus

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Well, here we are in week…wait, is it week six or seven of quarantine? Honestly, I’ve lost count. Regardless, though the days have started blending together, for many folks, this week of quarantine stands out as preschools, kindergartens, high schools and colleges do their best to celebrate graduation. A couple of weeks ago, thousands of […]

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Culture Clips: Is Universal Trolling Theater Chains?

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A couple of weeks ago—or, in quarantine time, several eons ago—we reported on the initial success of Trolls World Tour as it rolled out on video (instead of the theatrical blitz Universal Pictures originally intended). Turns out, the early returns were no mirage. Universal reported yesterday that in the space of three weeks, World Tour […]

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Some Good News About ‘Some Good News’

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Perhaps one of the most exhausting things about the coronavirus epidemic is the nonstop negative coverage about the coronavirus epidemic. And the news can be pretty bleak. Lives have been lost, businesses have been shut down, and many families are struggling to make ends meet. (If you or someone you know is struggling through this […]

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