Cutting the Cord

Cutting the Cord

Technology
by Daniel B. Simmons [caption id="attachment_2571" align="aligncenter" width="241"] photo by Statistic world[/caption]   Long time readers of Thrive Detroit may remember the 2012 article entitled Do You Really Need Cable TV. In it I explore the pros and cons of “cutting the cord” and embracing an all-digital, online solution for your entertainment needs.  In the few years since, the variety of devices and services offered has expanded; however just as before, some caveats apply. If you are someone who likes to be in control of their media, and are willing to make a couple of sacrifices in the process then now is as great a time as any to make the transition. Many people go into the search for cord-cutting options with the objective of saving money on their monthly…
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Attack of the Consumer Drones

Attack of the Consumer Drones

Commentary, Technology
Daniel Simmons Thrive Detroit Until recently, aerial drones have been solely the province of dedicated DIY-ers or clandestine government agencies. However, due to the miniaturization of the sensing, localization, and control technologies inside them, drones are becoming increasingly common among casual hobbyists. Little more than a decade ago, the hardware in a common consumer drone like the popular DJI Phantom would have filled a small garage and cost a small fortune. Now, thanks to some impressive engineering wizardry, that same technology fits in the palm of your hand, and costs as little as a few lunches from Chipotle. Besides sharing the same moniker, there is scant similarity between the controversial army of drones commanded by the U.S. military and the growing number of quadcopters hovering above American soil. The fixed-wing,…
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Wi-Detroit: Bridging The Digital Divide in the D

Life & Community, Technology
It's no secret that the effects of Michigan's “brain drain” have impacted the city of Detroit. In April of last year, Mobilize.org called upon a cohort of 18-30-year-olds from greater Detroit to attend a weekend-long convention in order to answer a daunting question: how can the state's largest city attract and retain Millenials? The conversations that followed were profound and the solutions were people-based and exciting, yet one glaring disconnect united one group of strangers in an instant. As conversations progressed, the participants seated at table 11 noticed a pattern in the solutions proposed. In today's increasingly digital world, many revitalization efforts, especially those concerning Millennials, depend on reliable Internet access. This poses a big problem in a city where, according to a 2012 Knight Foundation report, less than 40%…
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Heartbleed: A Bloody Catastrophe

Heartbleed: A Bloody Catastrophe

Technology
  The internet as we know it is on the verge of collapse! OK, this may be a bit of hyperbole, but according to many internet security analysts, just barely. Anywhere from 20%-40% of internet servers were compromised by the now-infamous Heartbleed bug, an error in the OpenSSL security implementation that protects many of our everyday online activities. Heartbleed is as about as bad as a security hole gets. By exploiting Heartbleed, malicious attackers can very easily gain access to unencrypted usernames, passwords, and other sensitive information. Like many stories from the tech world, Heartbleed just begs for an apt analogy, so here goes. Heartbleed is tantamount to locking your sensitive documents in a safe, with one caveat: the safe contains a tiny hole that allows thieves to steal bits…
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