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App Of The Week: Acorns Investing App

Financial investing is the last thing on most college students’ minds considering the cost of living and student loans. Acorns, a comprehensive, straightforward investing app, is working to fix that. Monthly investments start as low as $5, while extra change is added from your debit and or credit card purchases as a sort of everyday investment […]

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App of the Week | WebVR Tools

Following up on my StorySpheres post, I’d like to get into the more expansive universe of WebVR. WebVR is a JavaScript API for creating immersive 3D, Virtual Reality experiences in your browser. Unlike standalone VR applications that require high powered computers and expensive headsets to run, WebVR can run on just about any device with […]

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App of the Week | Custom Google Maps

In our never-ending quest to find cool new ways to display information, we present to you Google’s own custom map maker. While a timeline can be a great way to establish a chronology or linear narrative of information, a map can display content spatially in both linear and non-linear fashion. Let’s say you’re doing a project […]

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Story Spheres – Virtual Reality & The Humanities

Over the past few years, Virtual Reality has been slowly seeping into the mainstream and finding its footing as a versitile medium. The applications have been far reaching, from medical research to journalism. But a large problem still remains: accessibility––not just in the adoption (at an $800 price tag for high end equipment) but in the […]

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DHI’s 2016 “Favorite Things” List

Today is December 7th. Before you know it, snow will have caked the sidewalks of our city and red-ribboned boxes will have appeared beneath our trees. So in the spirit of giving, we thought we might share with you our go-to guide for the holiday season––that is, our favorite digital tools, apps, and gadgets for […]

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Message Encryption – A Facebook First

Privacy Win! Facebook has finished rolling out Secret Conversations for their Messenger apps on iOS and Android, creating the largest end-to-end encrypted messaging network in history. What does this mean for you? Encryption means that your conversations can’t be hacked into, whether it’s by criminals or the authorities. Secret Conversations are only accessible by you and the recipient, and […]

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Skype Alert!

Experiencing trouble with your Skype? Looking at the bulletin boards (which we did this morning because we were trying to connect with someone in Shanghai and Google+ doesn’t work there) a lot of people are having one or all of these problems: It looks like your friends are online when they are actually offline; You […]

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Twitter Steps Up Its Game: Can We Do the Same?

Last week, Twitter announced that users can now use alternative text with images, a device to help the visually impaired make full use of social media. Now, tweets can associate images with text for screen readers, which read aloud text on web pages. Prior to this announcement, images on Twitter were irrelevant for people who are visually impaired. (If you’re interested in […]

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App of the Week | Trello

If you’ve been following our App of the Week recommendations, you are probably heralded around the office as a master of online communication. You’ve conquered late emails with Boomerang, you’ve got your blackbelt in messaging with Slack, and you can fearlessly lead 25 people in a video conference with Zoom. Now it’s time to brush up on your […]

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Does Grammarly Live Up to the Hype?

The DHI recently received an email from a Press Relations Representative for the proofreading app Grammarly, the self-proclaimed “world’s most accurate grammar checker.” You might have seen ads for this service and wondered what it’s all about, and truthfully, we were wondering too. It claims to check your writing for over 250 rules of grammar […]

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