Can you imagine if an entire subdivision here in Downers Grove could go up in 1 day? With the expansion of 3D printing, it could happen in the near future! A company in China named Winsun said that it was able to build TEN 3D printed houses in just ONE day, at a cost of just $5000 per house!
Microsoft is planning to purchase Mojang, the independent developer of Minecraft for $2 billion. This seems a very unusual transaction considering the game's creator, Markus Persson (Notch), has been outspoken with his disdain for publisher's and AAA developers.
One way to minimize your risk of exposure to cybercrime is eliminating accounts at sites you no longer use. Have you signed up with a website that you never use or a newspaper site you don’t read anymore? The personal information that you provided is probably still on those computers and vulnerable to the next hacker.
When DGPL first got a 3-D printer, there was great excitement in the IT department! In an effort to “stress-test” the printer, many different items were printed. The most practical one was a screwdriver handle into which various tips could be inserted to mimic the function of many different types of screwdrivers.
Passwords should be easy to remember and hard for anyone to guess. We all know that is easier said than done, and it can be exasperating to think of something unique and memorable. According to an article in PC World, the top five most commonly used (and guessable) passwords of 2013 were: 123456, password, 12345678, qwerty, and abc123. Here are a few tips to keep in mind the next time you set a password.
Technology and broadband advances have had a profound impact on our society and culture, and how we consume media is no exception. Many entertainment mediums have gone digital, leaving CDs, DVDs, and videocassettes as relics of a simpler time. Streaming video, for example, has become a ubiquitous source of watching movies.
The digital age is changing our perception of art, and poetry is no exception. As researchers investigate artificial intelligence, some are asking whether computers can actually create poetry. Here are a few interesting studies.
Universal Class is a great resource that the Downers Grove Public Library provides for Downers Grove patrons. Universal Class consists of “self-directed online classes on over 500 topics.” Each class that you complete will give you a certificate of course completion and CEUs (Continuing Education Units). It’s structured just like an online college course, giving you 6 months to complete the course with an instructor grading your assignments and exams.
You’ve all heard of Euros, Pesos, Rubles, Rupees, and of course Dollars. But have you heard of the newly created digital currency called Bitcoin?
Bitcoin is a decentralized (not created by any one government) peer-to-peer, electronic currency that only exists online. There is no central body controlling the Bitcoin network, and it's managed and regulated by its users.
Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed an electronic tattoo that can be “printed” directly on the body and can be worn for an extended period while doing normal daily activities. This device would track patients' symptoms by measuring heart rate and temperature, strain and hydration and then sending the information back to a doctor. E-tattoos like this could be used to track health and monitor healing near the skin’s surface, as in the case of monitoring surgical wounds after a patient leaves the hospital.