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Pop Addict: Grammy snoozefest; Brown cancels

Written by Kayla Stroud, Web Editor Grammy…zzzzzz The entire show was a snoozefest. The most exciting performance of the night came from Paul McCartney who casually strummed along to Rihanna’s “FourFiveSeconds,” like an animatronic robot. Was his mic even turned on? Was his guitar plugged in? It appeared as if he was only brought on stage to look pretty and ...

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Pop Addict: Depressing ads; Bobbi Kristina rushed to hospital

Written by Kayla Stroud, Web Editor  Winners of the Week: Depressing Superbowl Commercials Seahawks fans weren’t the only ones pulling a long face this past Sunday night. In a night of buzzkill commercials, one stood out among the pack. Nationwide Insurance Company spent a reported $6.75 million on a Superbowl spot that left quite the impression with audiences. The commercial featured ...

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Pop Addict: Lil Wayne and Birdman seperate; Blink-182 Breakup

Written by Kayla Stroud, Web Editor Lil Wayne Files for Divorce Apparently being the “best rapper alive” isn’t enough to keep Lil Wayne from being wrapped up in legal disputes. Trouble seems to be brewing in the Cash Money family as Mr. Carter is suing the Bird for $51 million to be released from his Cash Money contract. He has made ...

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Pop Addict: Stars Pay Respects at Rivers’ funeral

Written By: Stella Henderson We all know Joan Rivers is the old lady that makes rude comments about other celebrities, but she was a pioneer for women in comedy. Rivers passed away last week, while in a coma, which she fell into while undergoing a normal throat procedure. Rivers’ funeral was star studded and full of laughter, just as she ...

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E.T. unearthed in New Mexico desert

Written by Joseph Albahari In 1987, an urban legend was born. It was reported that 14 trucks of Atari products were taken from a factory in El Paso, Texas to a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico. The legend revolved around the failure of one particular game: “ET: The Extraterrestrial.” Zak Penn, writer of “The Avengers,” was intrigued by this tale ...

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Internet lives on after heartbleed

Written by: Joseph Albahari Are your passwords safe? That depends on when you last changed them. On April 7, it was made public that the security of the Internet was compromised by the Heartbleed bug. Heartbleed, or CVE-2014-0160 as it is technically named, is an OpenSSL security bug that has affected about 17 percent of the internet’s websites. The bug ...

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Backers demand refund

Written by: Joseph Albahari With the help of generous Kickstarter donations, tech company Oculus VR was set to revolutionize the world of gaming. But in March, much to the dismay of the Internet, Facebook decided to buy Oculus VR for $2 billion. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, commented on the deal after it was made public. “After games, we’re ...

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Pokemon ‘catches `em all’: Website surprises with response to multiplayer gaming experiment

Written by: Joseph Albahari The Infinite Monkey Theorem states, “With one thousand monkeys typing on a typewriter, eventually one will write Shakespeare.” That deduction was considered when an anonymous programmer decided to create a program that allowed multiple people to play the same game simultaneously.  The social experiment named “Twitch Plays Pokémon” began on Feb. 12 and was hosted by ...

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Robot band gives new face to music industry

Written by: Joseph Albahari Daft Punk is not the only musical robot group storming the media in 2014. Z-Machine, an all-robot band created by Yoichiro Kawaguchi, a professor at the University of Tokyo, and designed by Naofumi Yonetsuka, a fellow robotics engineer of the university, has come into the spotlight. Kawaguchi and the other creators worked with Squarepusher, a recording ...

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Gamers big losers in the flap over ‘Flappy Bird’

Written by: Joseph Albahari Sometimes, what is created must also be destroyed. Flappy Bird, one of the most downloaded games of 2014 across IOS, Windows and Android marketplaces has been removed this week at the request of its creator. Created by Dong Nguyen and developed by DotGears Studios, Flappy Bird was first released in May of 2013, but the game ...

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