Journal


Laura Gallacher
  • 2017/02/16
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Slackbot: the only bot you’ll ever need

Remembering to do things is hard.  For some reason, I find that it’s getting harder and harder to remember certain tasks.  Perhaps it’s because of all the different things I need to balance: work, school, family, social life etc.  Maybe it’s a product of the times I live in.  My brain is constantly exposed to […] read more

Laura Gallacher
  • 2016/11/15
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Fake News Stories

Facebook and Google announce major changes This week Facebook faced significant criticism over its role in the US election.  Specifically for allowing and promoting fake stories as real and credible news stories.  But Facebook wasn’t the online “media” outlet facing criticism, CNN was accused of giving one candidate too much exposure and Google’s own CEO […] read more

Laura Gallacher
  • 2016/11/04
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Facebook continues to wage war on Snapchat

Whatsapp: A new feature or a new app? Has Facebook decided  to move in a different direction  with Whatsapp and make the app more social?  A new feature in beta testing raises the question. Facebook testing stories feature in Whatsapp Whatsapp has started to test a feature similar to Instagram’s stories (and Snapchat’s moments) on it’s beta […] read more

Laura Gallacher
  • 2016/09/29
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Music Videos for Milenials: The Bohemian Rhapsody Experience

Are VR music videos the future of the music industry or just a natural progression?  MTV made it’s name and defined an era by playing music videos, yet it has now evolved into a different media monster that refuses to play them. Could VR music videos put this artistic expression into the limelight once again? Will […] read more

Laura Gallacher
  • 2016/09/22
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Technology: Life Imitating Art

This week something amazing happened at work.  Actually something horrible happened but it precipitated a chain of events that made me think of 80’s TV, how far technology has come and how we do in fact live in a world where life imitates art. One of the programmers at ConsultR lost his cellphone this week. […] read more

Laura Gallacher
  • 2016/09/12
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National Video Games Day 2016

ConsultR’s best video games of all time   September 12th is National Video Games Day, a holiday for gamers to celebrate their favorite pastime.  Since Computer Space, the first commercially sold game, video games have become part of our everyday lives, even if we don’t consider ourselves “true” gamers.     Starting at a very […] read more

Laura Gallacher
  • 2016/08/25
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The Ultimate Chess Game: Google vs. Apple

Google and Apple have been locked in an intense chess game for about a decade now. They both have studied each other and built on their strategies year after year hoping to come out on top.  Each company has upped its game on more than one occasion fighting for the ultimate prize: primacy over mobile […] read more

Laura Gallacher
  • 2016/06/14
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Bluetooth 5: What we know so far

The next generation of Bluetooth standard is almost here.  This is what we know so far: 1. Speed The company behind Bluetooth has announced that Bluetooth 5 will be twice as fast than its predecessor Bluetooth 4.3 LE, which could entail a maximum speed of 2Mbps.  Even if you don’t reach that speed you should […] read more