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What to Expect from South by Southwest

South by Southwest begins tomorrow in Austin, TX. This annual festival and conference brings together independent films, interactive media and emerging technology, and music for one of the largest events of the year. SXSW has continued to grow in both scope and size every year. Expectations have risen because artists like Hanson, John Mayer, Imagine Dragons and the Alabama Shakes were discovered at SXSW and brands like Twitter and Foursquare have gained global recognition at SXSW.

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Library’s Half-Baked Attempt To Lure J.K. Rowling To Book Club With Cake Totally Works

Who knew getting J.K. Rowling to come to your book club was a piece of cake? After what may be the sweetest Twitter chat that ever was, the Orkney Library in Scotland successfully enticed the famous author to its facility for a book club meeting. The bait? Cake with lemon drizzle, Irish Examiner reports

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Which Platform Is Best for Building a Budget Gaming PC?

Which Platform Is Best for Building a Budget Gaming PC? originally appeared on Quora – the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights . Answer by Jae Alexis Lee , gamer, on Quora . Where do you start with a budget gaming PC build? It seems like, for many builders, one of the first parts to pick, more than a CPU, is a system board. But picking that means choosing a platform, which then dictates your CPU options, your RAM options, your SSD / HDD options..

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Yik Yak Introduces Screen Names To Curb Anonymous Trolling

Yik Yak on Tuesday began allowing users to choose a screen name, a shift for the social media app known for anonymity that may help reduce trolling and cyberbullying.  Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington, who founded the Atlanta-based company in November 2013, told The Huffington Post in an interview that the new feature is designed to increase engagement and attract new users from outside their core base of college students. It also aims to combat trolling, they said. “We’re doing this to create these tighter-knit communities, but we still do give users that option to toggle [using their screen name] on and off,” Droll said. “It’ll help them personalize their community more as they start to recognize people they like or don’t like.” Screen names have been a social media mainstay since the heyday of AOL chatrooms and forums. Yik Yak, which uses cellphone GPS locators to allow users to anonymously blog to others within a few miles, had been an exception. It became a huge hit on college campuses with an anonymous platform that allows an unfiltered conversation. However, as anyone scrolling through a Yik Yak comment section can attest, anonymity may not breed a sophisticated community

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Companies Like Facebook Should Pay Attention To What’s Happening In Chicago

Many of the companies pushing the world into the future have two big things in common: They’re mostly white and overwhelmingly run by men. Think about that for a second. Tech giants like Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Apple have done more to transform how people communicate with one another than perhaps any company since Bell Telephone — but while they develop innovative ways to connect the entire world , their teams don’t even accurately represent the diversity you see at the grocery store.  Meanwhile, a new mandate at Chicago Public Schools (CPS) could help form a pipeline that gets more people from diverse backgrounds into the tech industry. Beginning with this fall’s freshmen, high schoolers will have to complete a computer science curriculum to graduate. CPS is the first public school system with such a requirement , following a unanimous vote by the board of education  late last month. It’s not a perfect program — major budgetary concerns will limit the system at first — but the woman leading it is confident it can succeed.  ” Kids are riveted, they’re excited — they want to do this,” Brenda Wilkerson, senior manager of computer science and information technology education at CPS, told The Huffington Post in a recent interview

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A Hot Trend: The Internet, Social Media & The Elderly

Many might think that social media is the exclusive domain of the younger generation. However, many of our older adults have enthusiastically adopted it to keep up with the times as well as their old acquaintances and younger family members. Grandparents are becoming proficient in alien things like Skype and Facebook and liking it. It has become a healthy emotional outlet and word of its benefits has spread like wildfire among the elderly. According to the Pew Research Center , Internet use among those 65 and older grew 150 percent between 2009 and 2011, the largest growth in a demographic group.

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This App Will Stop Everyone From Leaving You Annoying Voicemails

Voicemail is the worst. Thankfully, a new app called No More Voicemail  delivers what it promises. Install it on your Android device or iPhone , follow some basic instructions, and anyone who calls you will be redirected to an endless ringtone if you decide not to pick up. So long, college alumni association. Farewell, cable company.

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What If The Eggplant Emoji Was A Gay Horror Movie?

One of the most interesting things about living in the digital age is that way that technology has transformed how we communicate — including the way that we sext. Emojis have changed the game when it comes to talking to friends, family members and loved ones. The eggplant emoji, for example, is often used as a stand-in for the lack of an official penis emoji — especially among gay men when they send sexually explicit texts to each other. In this latest video from Davey Wavey, the gay YouTuber teams up with fellow YouTuber Machaizelli to present ” The Eggplant Emoji YouTube Trailer ,” a spoof on classic horror movie trailers, centered around miscommunication regarding the eggplant emoji and what it really represents.

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