Archive for ‘Technology’

April 23, 2014

Smart Gun Technology

handgunThere have been many recent news articles that aim to talk about whether personalized guns, dubbed “smart guns”, can make an impact on future incidents of gun violence. As is the case with this invention, there are people that believe that smart guns can really reduce gun violence overall, even citing that past incidents, such as the Sandy Hook (December 2012) and the Santa Monica (June 2013) incidents, could have been prevented if the person wielding the firearm was instead holding a smart gun.

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December 17, 2013

Cell Phones Should Be Allowed on Airplanes

ID-100159480Traveling to other parts of the world is always exciting, but sitting on an airplane for hours is not fun at all. The best way to overcome the boredom of flying is to play games or watch movies. In October, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) allowed airlines to expand the use of personal electronics. Passengers are now able to read e-books, play games, and watch videos during takeoffs and landings. Turning off electronics is no longer mandatory, but connecting to the Internet remains prohibited at altitudes below 10,000 feet. Since most commercial airplanes can tolerate radio interference from portable electronic devices, should the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allow airlines to let their passengers use cell phones on airplanes?

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December 17, 2013

Taking Entertainment To A Whole New Reality

Oculus 2If 3D gaming wasn’t satisfying the realistic standards then, this technological improvement will change the Meta of entertainment. The device is called “Oculus Rift” immerses the user to be in control of the game. Oculus Rift allows the user to move by slightly tilting the head and, 360 degrees of visual prowess creating the virtual reality. The device was showcased in E3 conference resulting in many curious crowds’ attention; all with the possibility of seeing the Rift stocked in electronic retail stores. The Oculus Rift wasn’t released during the E3 conference though, because the question of whether the device might cause motion sickness.

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December 17, 2013

Online Protection: Are they doing it right?

ScamIn today’s society buying online is a common occurrence and a majority of the population partakes in online purchases one-way or another. With all the hidden hoops and obstacles that buyers and sellers are required to go through, to sell or purchase an item, you would think these transactions would be safe. In some instances, that is not the case. Both buyers and sellers need to beware of scammers that con people out of money for items that may be claimed as: damaged, lost, stolen, mis-labeled or mis-leading. When a buyer or a seller falls victim of fraud, how do sites such as eBay and Paypal keep customers?

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December 14, 2013

How investing in tablets would save UH Mānoa and its students money

AmplifyIn today’s society, the ability to use technology is a necessity.  Where ever you look, you’ll see technology weaved into every aspect of the world we live in.  For a student at the University of Hawaii (UH) at Mānoa, this fact is never truer.  UH students need technology to do their homework, write quality essays, and create top-notch resumes for a career.  Everything a student does almost revolves around the utilization of technology.  Textbooks are already considered a dinosaur of the past.  A question we must ask ourselves is, “Why haven’t we gotten rid of all the paperback textbooks, and fully enveloped ourselves in the use of tablets and electronic textbooks (e-textbooks)?”

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December 3, 2013

Why a Gamer should buy a PlayStation 4


When you compare current game consoles on the internet using online chat rooms, you create an online chat war.  The biggest conversation going on in the gaming community these days is the PlayStation 4 (PS4) and Xbox One battle over which console is better.  Everybody has their own reason to believe that one system is better than the other; some people argue over the exclusive games that each one offers while others argue just because they’ve been long time fans of a game system.   So which is the better game console?

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November 15, 2013

Parents Concern Over Snapchat To Be A Safe Sexting App

snapchat 2Snapchat is a new trending app in texting option ranked 13 by App Annie Index. What’s the difference between Snapchat and regular text messaging? The difference is the availability to take a photo or record a video, and send to applicants that are linked directly to the user’s cellphone contact list. These photos or videos are allowed up to a max of 10 seconds before “self-destructing”; this only applies to others receiving the photo or video. Evan Spiegel, creator of the app Snapchat constructed this app for the simple task of just capturing the moment and having fun.

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August 14, 2013

Reforming the Drone Program

dronePrior to the September 11th attacks, unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly referred to as drones, had been used almost exclusively by the Central Intelligence Agency and the United States Military for surveillance purposes. However, as a result of the challenges faced in Afghanistan, drones were eventually armed with missiles in order to more meaningfully participate in armed conflicts. Indeed, one of the hallmarks of the War on Terror has been the proliferation of the use of drones to launch attack from a position that does not jeopardize American lives. Since then, drones have been used to strike at targets not only in Afghanistan, but in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia, areas in which the United States is not actively engaged in conflict. As a result of this, as well as the numerous diplomatic problems that have presented themselves through the extensive use of drone strikes in the last decade, it is clear that their use needs to be restricted.

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August 10, 2012

Time to Reduce Media Violence

by Megan Kauffman

“By the time the average child is eighteen years old, they will have witnessed 200,000 acts of violence and 16,000 murders,” according to the Media Education Foundation (1). With most children having seen this much violence before they are in their 20’s it is safe to say that violence is a normal daily, or at least weekly, occurrence for most Americans. The striking correlation comes when we realize that this violence is not simply virtual. The amount of massive killing sprees is on the rise, the most recent being the tragic theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado and the Wisconsin shooting at a Sikh temple.

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August 9, 2012

Anonymous Discourse on YouTube and the Internet

By Allen Dang

In recent years YouTube has cemented its place as the premier video sharing site online.  Given the wide variety of material posted, the site attracts a very large and diverse audience.  Viewers are also encouraged to post feedback in a designated “comment” section below the videos.  However, YouTube is infamous for the masses of immature, racist, sexist, or hateful comments that get posted, often by anonymous users or “trolls”.  Google, the owner of YouTube, is aiming to clean up the comment section by pushing users to log-in via their Google+ accounts and use their real names on YouTube, for both commenting and uploading videos. 

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June 30, 2011

California law on video games struck down

The First Amendment prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.  On June 27th 2011, the Supreme Court struck down a California law that currently bans the sale of violent video games to minors.  The winning argument in this case was on the basis that the game impedes on the First amendment rights of minors.  In my opinion the court made the right decision because it is not the responsibility of the government to impose a law restricting the sale of the video games to minors.  I believe that the video industry is doing their part by rating their games, but parents need to take an active role also.  It is also important to realize that the two sides of the argument are arguing about two different things, and I want to focus on whether the courts made the right decision based on the argument of First Amendment rights.

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June 29, 2011

Freedom of Social Media

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by Sheri Sakamoto

The layout of social media creates a common ground for people to post and communicate what they want. Once they post a comment, message, or picture it becomes public domain and others have access to them. This means that others can also use it against them, but do they have that right? When does posting become an infringement on freedom of speech? Even though the things they post can be illicit, mean, or downright crude is it not their right under the First Amendment to be able to freely express themselves? Should we crucify these people like we have crucified Anthony Weiner and others like him, who made the mistake of committing an online faux pas?

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May 24, 2011

The start of a news commentary site

Welcome to “808Opinions”–a news and issues commentary site from the middle of the Pacific.  From Hawaii, to be more precise.

The site is momentarily bare. Within a few weeks, it will begin to have articles, written by concerned citizens who follow the news, think about their communities, and weigh in carefully on what they find to be pressing social issues, both nationally and locally.  808 strives for a diversity of opinions, careful critical analysis, and civil discourse–as opposed to the kind of polemical, ideology-laden back-and-forth argumentation that, unfortunately, characterizes much of the political sphere these days in the US.

When the articles appear, this introductory note will disappear.  (It exists in near duplicate as an “About” note elsewhere on the site.)  When you stop by, you’ll see, in order of their most recent, the new posts by our collective of authors.  Feel free to contribute to the conversation by commenting on posts, contacting contributors directly, sharing items with others in your own social networking circles, on your Twitter feed, and so on.

We hope you will return frequently once the articles appear.  Read, talk back to us, join the discussion. If you wish to become a contributor, please contact us to let us know; there is always room for another voice at 808Opinions.

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