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

HQ Trivia Shuts Down

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 “HQ IN 15.” I head to the common room, where half the floor is ready, waiting expectantly for the ...

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 all the other tech-related commercials that aired.Commercials are a window into another world: a perfe...

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 be honest, these assistants were little more than cool party tricks for the first few years. The Goog...

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 of gaming news you probably haven’t—I’ll give a brief overview of how it works. If you want ...

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 my favorite shows. I always understood that some things, such as HBO’s Game of Thrones, would nev...

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 speak to Congress.The last time this happened was in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal in...

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 else new to add.I might have been a little wrong.  Two days after my article came out, Apple...

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 the year, as well as the implications of each of these. Gates’ number eight surprise of the year...

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 might bring to the table. Apple fans hope for the best and Apple haters hope for potential back...

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 has become the barometer of truthfulness. Everything we know and believe is based on our past ex...

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 Company has been slowly gobbling up pop culture cornerstones everywhere. First it was Pixar in 2006. T...

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, but they’ve become eerily accurate in recent years. It’s an experience we’re all too familiar ...

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