Data Article Summaries

The iOS application, Accuweather, shared a user's location with a third party company without the user's permission, even though they chose to not allow the application to track their location. Although the app is "free to use any time," your data is being traded for those "free" services. The screenshot that was shown in the article did not include any information about them sending a user's information to a third party company, but was instead about the app's speed and alerts being more efficient. Technically, even if you did not allow them to access your location, they will still have the complete ability to share your location for profit. Now, they are working to "fix" the problem.

    Studies at the University of Washington have found that it is possible to purchase someone's information for $1,000 to discover the types of apps that they are using and the places that they visit. By signing up with an internet advertising compa…

Microchip Use In Humans

The worthy uses of microchips are by having everything in the palm of your hand (literally!) By having one injected under a layer of skin, it can be used from unlocking smart phones to opening doors. Microchips can be used as identification tags for each individual who has one, since their identity is locked into the chip and they can have access to multiple things without taking out any keys or cards, and rather just placing their hand over the authorization tool. Information is stored on the chip and they can also be used for making purchases in stores or tracking your health. A good trait about the microchip is that it doesn't include a GPS, so no one who has access is able to ever track you. Data is only transferred when requested on the chip.

    A few downsides to microchip use are that they could potentially be hacked. Since your identity is stored on the chip, it would be compromised by the hacker, and they could have access to personal details. Another concern is that…

Technology Spotlight - 3D Printing

3D printing is a process by turning a digital file into a three-dimensional physical object. 3D printers work by using an additive process, by constructing layers upon layers of material until the solid object has been formed. On the exterior, most 3D printers are a large box with a sheet of glass over the 4 sides so you can view the object as its being printed. The process first begins by having 3D modeling software to base your desired object off of. After you design your 3D model on your computer (using software such as Blender or CAD), you’ll need another type of software to “slice” your model, which is part of the additive process of the printing and produces a G-code file that helps to instruct the printer on what to do. Once your sliced file is loaded into the printer, it will begin the process by printing your object into thousands of tiny layers over time, starting from the bottom and working its way to the top of the object.
Instead of using ink like a typical printer, a 3D pr…

Everyday Algorithm - Making a Cup of Tea

1     boil some water
2     grab a mug
3     place the tea bag in the mug
4     add honey
5     if the water is hot
6          pour the water into the mug
7     else if it is cold
8          let it boil longer