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CTRL: Revisiting “HQ Trivia” and the Tech Trends of Yesterday

Caio Brighenti, Maroon-News Staff February 20, 2020

The year is 2018. I’m a sophomore, trying to get ahead on readings on a Tuesday night in my Stillman dorm room. It’s 8:45p.m., and the “Stilly 3” GroupMe comes to life with messages proclaiming...

CTRL: Is 2020 the Beginning of Tech Industry Stagnation?

Caio Brighenti, Maroon-News Staff February 6, 2020

Last year, writing this column on Super Bowl Sunday was easy. Just between Google and Amazon, I had more smart home commercials to talk about than I knew what to do with—and that’s not even counting...

CTRL: Are Smart Assistants Finally Smart Enough?

Caio Brighenti, Maroon-News Staff January 30, 2020

Four years ago Google released the “Google Assistant” and began the digital assistant endeavor in earnest. Yes, by that point Siri, Cortana and Alexa had already been around for years, but, let’s...

CTRL: Google Stadia Isn’t the Future of Gaming

Caio Brighenti, Maroon-News Staff December 15, 2019

In mid-November, Google’s new video game streaming service—Google Stadia—finally launched, with mixed results. If you haven’t heard of Stadia—which frankly unless you’re a dedicated reader...

CTRL: Disney Plus Closes the Book on the Golden Age of Streaming

Caio Brighenti, Maroon-News Staff November 22, 2019

I used to be a wide-eyed millennial, equipped with the power of my parent’s Netflix account password and enchanted with the belief that I’d never have to worry about stupid cable packages to binge...

CTRL: It’s Time for Facebook to Take Responsibility

Caio Brighenti, Maroon-News Staff October 31, 2019

Loyal readers of this column should know there’s one recurring event I just can’t resist writing about. Yes, it happened again. Mark Zuckerberg decided it was a good idea to let the cameras roll and...

Ctrl: The Smartphone Revolution Is Not Over

Caio Brighenti, Maroon-News Staff October 17, 2019

A couple of weeks ago in this very column I claimed that Apple—and other major phone manufacturers too—were creatively bankrupt. I boldly proclaimed that phones had peaked, and that we’ve got nothing...

Ctrl: Bill Gates is Wrong about Textbooks

Caio Brighenti, Maroon-News Staff October 4, 2019

Bill Gates thinks textbooks should be replaced by educational software. I don’t.In 2019’s Bill & Melinda Gates “Annual Letter,” the philanthropist couple discussed their biggest surprises of...

Ctrl: The Smart-Phone Revolution is Over

Caio Brighenti, Maroon-News Staff September 17, 2019

For the last seven years, tech enthusiasts have entered the second week of September—the consistent date for Apple’s yearly major iPhone announcements—full of anticipation for what new features Apple...

Ctrl:The Deepfake Problem

Caio Brighenti, Maroon-News Staff September 13, 2019

“I’ll believe it when I see it.” These classic words — universally evoked by skeptics of all varieties — are on a fast track to lose their meaning altogether.It’s easy to see why this concept...

Ctrl: Disney is a Public Menace

Caio Brighenti, Maroon-News Staff September 10, 2019

We have a Disney problem, and we’re running out of time to do something about it.If you’ve seen a movie in theaters recently, odds are it was a Disney project. Over the last decade, the Walt Disney...

Ctrl: The Spoiler Alert

Caio Brighenti, Maroon-News Staff April 25, 2019

As phones have become smarter, they’ve progressively become better at figuring out what we like and giving us more of that. Curated advertisements and news recommendations are hardly a novel concept,...

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