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Launch of the ‘The Beaver LSE’ iPhone App !

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By Taryana Odayar, Executive Editor. We are thrilled to officially announce the launch of the LSE Beaver mobile app for iPhone! No newspaper works in just one medium any more, and this year we have made a concerted effort to take the Beaver from being a primarily print based newspaper, towards one that has a dynamic online and social media presence as well. With the launch of the Beaver mobile phone app, we…

Back to LSE: Technology Guide

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A new year at the LSE brings the need for new technology to keep up with our demanding academic lives, as well as activities to take our minds off work. Here is our guide to the best technology for your student life in London. Laptops: A laptop is vital for most students, for independent study in the Library, taking notes in lectures and doing readings. MacBook Pro with Retina Display…

iPhone 6, 6 Plus and the Revolution of Apple Pay

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Walking into a lecture at the LSE will invite a glance at a sea of glowing Apple logos from students busily typing notes, or alternatively browsing their Facebook News Feed. The announcement of the new iPhones on 9 September 2014 was a cause for celebration for Apple fans worldwide. Tim Cook’s keynote speech in California brought forth two new iPhones: the iPhone 6 (with a screen size of 4.7 inches)…

HACKTIVISM101

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BY GILLIAN CAFIERO Cybersecurity firms have been raising fiery alarms about incumbent ‘Hacktivist’ threats for over a decade. After the Manning and Snowden cases, the press jumped on the bandwagon and connoted ‘hacktivism’ with espionage, war, terrorism and crime. However, the term has not always been used to denote sinister behavior and many still define it as a means to achieving positive social change. So just how big and bad…

Projected Play

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BY GILLIAN CAFIERO MotoHelmet with Built-In SatNav: Safety Augmented The Russian startup Livemap is developing a motorcycle helmet with built in GPS system that will allow drivers to navigate foreign streets safely. The helmet, inspired by fighter pilots’ head-ware, will use the Android operating system and be controlled with Nuance-based voice control. This 1.4kg harness will enable motorcycle enthusiasts to roam streets without ever letting go of the handlebars or…

Programming 2 with Michael Gallo

Programming 2 with Michael Gallo

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BY MICHAEL GALLO Now the fun can begin. Before break, this column introduced the basics of computer programming — what programming is, how to set your computer up for it, and what a basic program looks like. It was good background. But it didn’t let the computer flex its muscles. This week that changes with the if-then structure. Computer circuits are packed with electronic “logic gates”. It might make sense…

Tech Beau Monde

Tech Beau Monde

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By GILLIAN CAFIERO Few would consider Harrods, the renowned up-market department store, to be a techie’s paradise. Surprisingly, hidden in the midst of Prada bags, charming food courts and personalised dog biscuits is an area dedicated entirely to shiny luxury tech products. Inaugurated in 2012, Harrods Technology showcases anything from 007-style spyware to ultimate design massage chairs. Amongst the many treasures on display is the Hasselblad H4D-40 Ferrari Limited Edition…

Novice Programming with PartB’s Michael Gallo

Novice Programming with PartB’s Michael Gallo

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By Michael Gallo It’s learn to program week in the Technology Section. For all of you stuck on a beach with nothing but a laptop and a New Year’s Resolution, this guide is for you. As you’ll see, it takes about a minute to write, compile and run simple a computer program (especially if you have a Mac). Once you’ve done that, the world is your oyster. First, some background….

Alumni Interview: Joe Cross

Alumni Interview: Joe Cross

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By MICHAEL GALLO TransferWise is a London-based start-up that allows consumers to exchange currencies at effective rates very close to the spot price, even for small transactions. Two Estonians, including one who was the first employee at Skype, founded it in 2011. TransferWise has since been named one of London’s hottest start-ups and has received funding from significant investors, including early Facebook investor Peter Thiel. According to the company, they…

Claudio Guarnieri, hacker – letter

Claudio Guarnieri, hacker – letter

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‘We’ve been building technology that should have had a positive impact on our lives, and now we got to know that it has been silently and actively subverted to exercise control over everyone’ Claudio Guarnieri is a core member of The Shadowserver Foundation and the Honeynet Project, two of the longest-living non-profit organisations dedicated to making the Internet a safer place. In this exclusive letter to PartB, he shares his…