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Years ago, when blogging first started, blogs were just glorified journals, and the main goal wasn’t to make it a profession or make money. However, blogging has evolved to a completely new level over the years. Whether you chronicle your travels, report on the issues in your industry or share your latest fashion finds with the world, blogging can be a nice way to build your brand, or even just a line to add on your resume that can help you land a job.

But, when is the right time to start? Especially when starting university, it can be an amazing way to earn some extra cash, as well as improve your written communication, analysis and interpretation skills.

What can I do with blogging?
Running a blog gives you an amazing opportunity to help others by teaching them what you know or sharing your thoughts with the world. By helping others with your advice, you will gain a confidence boost, especially if you’ve just started college. You can pick a topic you want to be recognized as an expert in, and start doing your research! With consistency and effort, your knowledge will expand and it becomes an incredibly effective way for you to become credible and establish yourself as an expert. You can also learn a few more valuable things – blogging isn’t just about writing, it also includes content, layout, design, etc. Starting a blog is easy and doesn’t take much technical skill at all. However, if you’re dedicated, there is always room for improvement.

How do I start a blog?
While studying and working may be difficult and time-consuming, a great way to earn some money is with blogging. If you’re studying, that means there must be something you know a lot about. The best kind of blogs are the ones that reach out to people and teach them to explore new ideas. Here is a list of things you need to do if you want to start a blog:

  • Pick a topic
    Whether it be healthcare, travelling, food, or reviews – whatever topic that comes to mind that you can talk about day and night, that’s the subject for your blog. Be careful not to start a blog without a clear idea of what to write about, because you’ll bore yourself to death or run out of ideas quickly.
  • It’s not all about writing
    There’s some designing, too. You can add visual and artistic elements to your blog that will make it look more appealing and interesting to your readers. Photography, photocopied notes, artwork, sketches and mind maps are all good ways of presenting your thoughts without having to write long paragraphs of text.
  • Consistency
    If you want your blog to become successful, you have to be consistent. That means your content and style of writing should remain the same, as well as your publishing time. You can’t just write one post a month and expect people to read it over and over again. The more familiar and consistent your content is, the more likely will people return to your blog.

How do I make my blog popular?
Although there are many ways in which you can invest your time and effort into creating a good blog on a budget, you’ll have to consider investing in it as well, if you take blogging seriously. If this is something you really want to do, you should be prepared to treat it like your business and make financial investments in it.

The key to the success of your blog may also be search engine optimization – get to know this marketing strategy and try to understand how to be closer to your readers. Writing a blog also requires you to keep up with the trends: you can follow and read what SEO experts have to say on the matter, learn how to optimize your blog, how to use social networks in order to promote your content, and even cooperate with other more influential writers.

Last but not least, don’t forget to have fun while doing it. Blogging will never be honest if you’re doing it just because you want to make more money. After all, if you make it look like a “job” or a “chore”, you won’t enjoy it, and neither will your readers. Blogging can be great way to turn your hobby into an extra income to help you finance your degree!

This article was contributed by guest author Cate Palmer.

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Cybercrime is on the increase, and we are all at risk. It is easy to assume that cyber criminals target the wealthy or the elderly, but statistics show that the most common targets are those on lower incomes and individuals who spend more time online. In other words, today’s American students are right at the top of the risk profile.

The effects of cybercrime are not restricted to financial loss, as serious as it is. Even if the fraudulent transactions are relatively minor, the consequences can have repercussions that run on for years, with an impact on your credit score that can affect your ability to get a loan or mortgage when you have completed your studies. Here are five tips relating to cybercrime that every student needs to know:

1) Heed the warnings

If you get a warning that your information has been breached, take it seriously. Research shows that one in five people who receive such warnings become fraud victims, compared to one in 20 of those who do not. This doesn’t mean clicking on links in emails; if you receive something suspicious, call your bank and ask if it’s a real threat.

2) Watch your accounts

The most popular way for fraudsters to get your details is by changing your address or adding another registered user to your account. Keep an eye on your account settings and look out for anything unusual.

3) Lack of money doesn’t mean you’re safe

Lower-income victims are actually hit harder than the wealthy. The average fraud victim is hit for $345. Among those on lower incomes, the average amount is $895. This actually means that students face a higher risk factor than wealthy workers.

4) Fraudsters love Facebook

With more than three quarters of Americans on social media, it should come as no surprise that these platforms provide rich pickings for criminals, too. Think about what information you share on your social media account. Where you grew up? The name of your pet? Your favorite high school teacher? Great, now anyone can answer your security questions for online banking.

5) Guard your bank account

Speaking of online banking, this is the most common type of non-card fraud. Watch your account closely and check the individual transactions. Fraudsters commonly go for multiple small amounts rather than one big hit, gradually bleeding their victims over time.

Vigilance is key

Online fraud is big business, but it is relatively easy to protect yourself by using common sense and vigilance. The greatest mistake is to think it won’t happen to you – it is exactly that attitude that the fraudsters depend on to make you a victim.

This article was contributed by Sally Writes.

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You’re going to need to use the internet a lot when you’re on campus. Your campus probably provides WiFi for everyone, and while that seems generous, the problem with that public WiFi is that everyone has to share it. It’s a lot like a public swimming pool that isn’t actively being maintained. Before you dive into that campus WiFi, make sure you’re doing it safely. Your personal information could be at stake, and all it takes is a single computer sciences student with dubious intentions to mess things up for everyone.

Don’t Postpone Updates

When you’re finished with your school work, you probably want to run straight to your Netflix Queue or check your YouTube subscriptions. This may lead to you clicking the “Remind me later” button on those important antivirus software updates. Don’t do it. Vulnerabilities change every day, and hackers are only getting smarter. If an update has been released, it’s because the added protection is necessary. Let your updates run while you’re taking a shower or eating lunch if you need to – just don’t skip them.

Be Smart With Your Passwords

Having a million different passwords can get confusing, but using the same password for everything is foolish. No matter what you do, it’s even worse when you keep the same password for a really long time. Make sure you’re changing up your passwords every few weeks, and don’t use passwords that are easy to guess. It’s okay to use something easy to remember, such as the name of your favorite movie, but make sure you’re making it difficult for others to figure out. Incorporate uppercase characters, numbers, and symbols.

Use a VPN if You Can

VPNs are the most secure way to browse the internet. You may be connected to campus WiFi, but you’re in your own private tunnel. VPNs encrypt all of your activity, so lurking cyber predators won’t know what you’re doing. This is especially important if you store your bank information in your Amazon account, or if you’re a frequent online shopper. Every VPN is different, so do your research. You might want to find the best VPN for Windows 10, or the best VPN for your phone. They may be completely different.

Check Your Automatic Connection Settings

Both phones and computers come equipped with the option to automatically connect to any available network. You might assume you’re using your campus WiFi when you’re actually connected to something that belongs to a total stranger. Make sure you know which networks you’re connecting to from any internet enabled devices you use. Set all connection settings to manual, because your device may not always choose what’s best for you.

Make Sure You Know What You’re Sharing

Almost anything on your computer can be shared with other people on the same network. This is more than just Bluetooth devices or printers. All of your photos and documents could be accessible to anyone else using the same connection that you’re using. Make sure all sharing options are turned off to keep your information private. You don’t want to work hard on a paper only to find out that your roommate turned in something almost exactly the same. You also don’t want your educators to see photos of you on Spring Break.


You might be used to the way your internet connection worked at home, but on campus, everything is different. Make sure you’re protecting yourself from vulnerabilities at school, as well as at the coffee shops or popular study spots you frequent with your peers.

This article was contributed by guest author Amelia Dermott.

I’ve been an iPhone user for about two years now, and don’t get me wrong, I love my iPhone, but sometimes I miss the features that Android phones of my past provided. I’ve noticed more and more iPhone users switching back over to Android, which had me wondering, what changed? The perfect opportunity to jump back into Android phones arose with the new release of the LG V20. LG claims that this phone has superior true-to-life sound on video playback, a larger camera lens to capture more in photos and a new second screen feature on a phone running the newest Android 7.0 Nougat software. So how does this phone do when faced with the schedule of a busy university student?


The phone comes in a standard white box with the V20 logo on the front. It flips out into a three-compartment holder. In the left most slot is the phone in all its glory, in the middle there is the phone charger, and in the right most area is the battery. The phone charger comes with a two-pronged wall plug-in and a cord, where one end is a USB and the other end plugs into your phone. This makes it easy to use the cord to plug into a computer or sound system.


The design of this phone is very sleek and quite large. It has a huge display screen, at 5.7 inches, and is about 6 inches tall and 3 inches wide. It weighs about 6oz, so it’s quite light and doesn’t bear a huge burden in your pocket. It’s quite a bit bigger than your iPhone 6, which you can see displayed side by side above. I enjoyed the sleek design, which looks high end. The phone has a fingerprint scanner on the rear right underneath the camera, which to be honest, only worked about 50% of the time, and an additional SD card slot and huge removable battery. The location of the fingerprint scanner was awkward and was difficult to unlock with one hand.

The actual display and design of the phone is really great. I love the way the icons look, and the kind of bubbly style was a great departure from what I remembered the Android software looking like. This made the phone a pleasure to use! The phone does not have any home or back buttons, so on the bottom end of the display is a back button, a home button and a button that displays all open tabs when you touch the bottom of the screen. The screen is very clear and high res, and looks great playing 4K videos. It also remains clear while in direct sunlight, unlike a lot of other LG phones.

One of the cool design features is the upper secondary screen that displays notifications, the time, the date and open apps. Whenever you pick up the phone, this part of the screen turns on, instead of turning on the entire screen display. It also responds to touch, so you can swipe through any notifications without unlocking your phone. It’s a pretty cool feature for checking social media activity without having to open the app right away.

Overall, I like the design of this phone. It’s a big phone, but not too big where it can’t fit in your pocket. Though it is a little bit large to hold in your hands, it was nothing too cumbersome, especially if you lean towards larger screens. I did find the secondary screen feature very cool, but as I mentioned before it turned on whenever the phone was held up or even if it was just in your hand. I found it a little bit annoying that it wouldn’t turn off if I was on the bus and trying to sleep because the light would be bright in my face; but other than that I enjoyed the design through and through.


The phone has Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 820 with X12 LTE and 2.15 GHz Quad-Core Custom 64-bit Qualcomm Kryo. To be honest, I’m not too sure what that means, but I do know that this phone has a TON of memory. I use Apple Music, but I don’t have a ton of data, so I usually download my music to my phone. My 16 GB iPhone only lets me download a few hundred songs. This phone had 64GB of internal memory and room to add a 2 TB micro SD card. I downloaded a lot of songs and apps onto that phone with no worry about taking up space. I think the Apple Music app works better on this phone than it does on my iPhone!

I found I could use a ton of apps at the same time – the phone has 4 GB of RAM, so I could operate as many games as I wanted without having to worry about anything being slow. I ran a few action games, like Pocket Morty’s, with no lag, and not a ton of battery being eaten up – which any student would love.

One thing I didn’t like so much about the phone was some of the built-in applications, like the Notes app and the Calendar app. The calendar was simply just not as intuitive as Apple’s Calendar app. It wasn’t as user friendly and the notifications and settings simply were just not up to my standards. The Notes app was strange – it was more akin to ‘Microsoft OneNote’ than ‘Microsoft Word’, which didn’t make it easy to scribble down a note in a hurry. The texting application was okay as well, but nothing special – although I do enjoy the super cute LG emojis!

The phone also came with some cool features that I haven’t seen on many other devices. If you were using the phone one handedly, you could move the keyboard from one side to another to make it easier to type. You can use the Smart Lock feature to keep the phone unlocked when you are connected to your home Wi-Fi, which made life a lot easier. It had a setting which reduced blue light for easier reading and you can view two windows side by side which can be a useful feature – for example, when trying to dial a phone number.

Without considering the LG standard apps, I think the phone performed well and I enjoyed the features it came with. I loved the huge amount of memory and the phone’s ability to process a ton of activity at once without draining the battery.


The camera on this phone is one of the special features that set this phone apart from any others. This phone has TWO cameras on the back and a wide-angle lens camera on the front! There is a 16 MP standard angle lens and an 8 MP wide angle lens on the back of the phone (the iPhone 7 only has a 12 MP), and 5 MP wide angle lens at the front. The amount of content that you can fit into one picture is absolutely AMAZING. I was floored when I started using the camera. The pictures are extremely clear, much better than the ones my iPhone 6 can take. The colours are more saturated, but it makes scenery look so much deeper and richer than other cameras. In dim light, the pictures do lose this colour and end up more pixelated and more grey-toned, even with the flash on. I think on this spectrum the iPhone may be a bit better at taking night photos, but it doesn’t compare to the quality and amount of space you can get into photos with this phone.

The front camera is similar, able to fit a ton of content into one picture. I think Ellen would have loved this camera for the 2015 Oscar’s selfie because it as a group setting that can be used when there are a bunch of people trying to get into a picture. It was really cool how much you could get out of the camera, and it was definitely my favourite part of the phone. If you’re a photographer, I think you’ll love this for any spur of the moment photoshoots. The phone provides a selfie light to make sure that your selfies are well lit, has built in filters to blur out any imperfections and can take quick shots in case you need to snap a pic real quick. I thought this camera was great for selfie taking – I even posted a few on my Instagram account!

As for the video settings, this phone has a cool feature that helps to reduce any shakiness on videos. I wasn’t able to use it on any moving targets, but if you are filming with a shaky hand, it definitely aids in keeping the video steady no matter who is moving. The videos were as clear as the pictures. I think the camera on this phone is incredible and is probably the stand out feature for a product like this. I’ve never seen anything like this on any phone, so it is definitely a cool thing that you can show off to your friends!

LG V20 Vs iPhone 6

Taken with the LG V20

Taken with the iPhone 6

You can clearly see that the V20 shows much more clarity, richer colours and gives off a wider view of the scene.


The audio playback on this device was wonderful. Music that I had downloaded from Apple Music sounded really great through headphones, and the sound capability from video playback was also very crisp and clear. I can for a fact say that the playback from this phone was superior to the iPhone 6 and it was quite nice, as I like to listen to music when I’m walking around on campus. Listening to music didn’t drain the battery life either, which was an added bonus.

The LG website also claims that this device has a very high sound recording capability for video and audio. Video recordings have ‘true-to-life sound’ for clean audio to match your videos. Additionally, when audio recording, you can capture crisp sounds and can record on separate tracks that layer over playback. This would be great for recording memos or even lectures, which is a useful feature to have as a university student.


To put this product to the test, I took it to school for an ENTIRE day. And that means travelling with me from about 8:30am to 10:00pm, because it takes me about an hour and a half to get to school and from there I had class from 11:00am to 9:00pm. On a daily basis, I use my phone to listen to music in between classes and when on the bus, and constantly use my phone to check social media, text and research things. Now, I typically don’t have my data on all the time – at school I’m pretty much always connected to the WiFi. To give you an apt comparison, when I use my iPhone, by the end of the day I’d say my phone is in the 20-35% battery left category for the same length day.

With this phone with me through my day, I was left with 36% battery power – and the phone indicated to me that this meant another 7h and 43 minutes of usage (which was probably only standby time) but still, that’s a lot of battery power left. This was with Wi-Fi on, with the phone on vibrate and the game battery saver on, but not the regular battery saver. Though it performed about the same as my iPhone, I will say that I was pleasantly surprised that the battery lasted so long. It did a great job and a college student would have no issue taking this phone out for the day and not having to worry about it dying. And it charges really fast – it took about 4 hours to charge completely and was ready to use again, which is great for the student on the go.


· Large, clear screen

· Great cameras

· Great audio playback

· Long lasting, quick charging battery

· Expensive – $480 retail!

· Poorly designed fingerprint scanner

· Poor built-in app design

I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by this device. In the past, whenever I have used an Android phone, I was never impressed because I had an iPhone, but this phone changed my outlook completely. I think this phone is great – it comes power-packed with a bunch of features, more than the iPhone has, and is less than half the price (but is still quite expensive when compared with other Android devices). The camera changed the game for me – the resolution of the pictures and the wide-angle camera lens is like nothing the phone world has seen before and definitively changes the game. There are so many great features to this phone that makes it practical for those on the go, the gamers, the social media stars, the photographers, etc. This is a phone that has features that cater to everyone, whether it be music, video, audio, or battery life. Though it’s not perfect (and nothing is), LG did a great job on this phone, and I can definitely say that it is a phone that students will love.

Overall rating: 8/10

Nascent Modular Consumer Electronics from Nascent Objects.

Ever wonder how your water bill got so high? When are you using all this water? Is it your roommate or a family member?

Researchers have found that when people are aware of how much water is being used (ie. if they’re being timed while the water is on), they use up to 30% less. In places like drought-ridden California, 30% is a big number. In comes Droppler.

Droppler listens to your water usage – yes, listens. The company that invented it, Nascent, programmed Droppler to “hear” the sounds of water on different sinks (you can imagine how much time this took), and to block out other miscellaneous house sounds like footsteps, cooking, etc. Droppler starts off with a full bar of light in the morning, and as it hears water being used, the light depletes, and information is synced to an app. It’s supposed to make you aware of how much water is being used throughout the day.

When it’s not monitoring water usage, it can also be separated to act as a speaker or home-monitoring camera. Go figure!

Droppler has raised $62,499 USD on their Indiegogo campaign.

The Details:

  • Shell: Porcelain
  • Wifi & Bluetooth enabled
  • Microphone
  • Light: LED
  • Camera: 720px home-monitoring
  • Speaker: Wifi streaming
  • Price: Unknown

Check out Sol Republic’s video on the Relays Sport Wireless Headphones

I always looked for excuses to skip working out. And one of the reasons I did that was because I didn’t have a way to listen to music while I did it. Headphones were always falling out or I’d yank on the cord accidentally while moving my arms. Sol Republic has entered the wireless headphone game with a great contender – one that may make me go back to working out.

Introducing the Relays Sport Wireless Headphones. So how do they work? There is one small box (for lack of a better term) attached to either side of the headphone cord (which balances it out). One contains the battery, one contains the electronics. There is a flap on one that opens the charging port (although be careful with this, it’s easy to snap off and not so easy to reattach).

The sound quality is surprisingly very good – music is crisp and clear, and there is a “bass boost” mode that can give you those extra cardio beats. They’re also sweat and water resistant, so don’t be afraid to go hard!

The neat thing about these wireless headphones is the cord adjuster. The headphones are connected by one cord that wraps around the back of your neck, but you can tighten it so it sits better. Though they may not have the tightest seal when running (I did have to adjust them a couple of times, but still less so than regular headphones), I enjoyed the use of them.

They’re currently selling at $79.99 USD and come in three colors – lemon-lime, mint, and black. The few downsides are nothing we haven’t seen before, and for the price (especially when compared to competitors), the sound quality is great so I think they’re worth it!

The Details:

  • Wireless
  • USB charging
  • Water and sweat resistant
  • Up to 8 hours of battery life
  • Button can activate Siri, play/pause music and answer/hang-up phone calls
  • Colors: lemon-lime, mint, and black
  • Price: $79.99USD

The gaming world has changed considerably with the introduction of virtual reality. The idea that you can move around and see yourself in another world is nothing short of fantasy. Oculus has stepped up its game by introducing Oculus Touch – handheld devices that can accurately mirror your movements in the virtual space.

The controllers are made to work with the existing Rift, and unfortunately, people are suffering a bit of sticker shock from the rumored US pricing (sigh). It’s an expensive pasttime, but users will be able to interact with Rift in a way they never have before with existing controllers (like the Xbox One it shipped with). Oculus has also claimed they’ll be launching many games and apps post-launch to expand on the experience.

So, is it worth it? The controllers are surprisingly very accurate – they’re covered with LED sensors that can tell where your hands and fingers are positioned. They have a number of buttons and a trigger on each so you can perform different actions, and we can only describe the feeling as “natural” – which is saying a lot for the virtual world. You grab the controller the way you’d grab an object in real life, and your virtual self follows suit. Wicked!

The Details:

  • Price: No official word yet, but looks to be around $200 USD
  • Launch date: Not official, but rumors say November 21
  • Sensors: infrared LED
  • Wireless controllers, mirror images of each other

Image by Blue Coat Photos, Flickr

Image by Blue Coat Photos, Flickr

College life is a period where you become the most autonomous you’ve been in your life so far. However, you might not have any idea about identity or credit protection – that means physical, digital, and everything in between.

You may have heard the terms identity fraud and identity theft, where someone wrongfully acquires and utilizes someone else’s personal information in a misleading way – and most of the time, they do it for financial gain.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, “People between the ages of 20 to 29 made up 20% of all reported identity fraud casualties a year ago”. That is the most exploited age group, closely followed by ages 30 to 39. According to the statistics of the Bureau of Justice, “More than 16 million individuals, or even 7% of the country’s populace age 16 and more, report having their identities stolen each year.”

So obviously, this is bad. Here’s how to make sure you’re not one of the victims:

1. Never Use Public Wi-Fi
College grounds are overflowing with public Wi-Fi. And if you’re cost-cognizant, you’ll do your best to always use free Wi-Fi. However, doing anything remotely over open Wi-Fi makes your information simple pickings for identity thieves. So while you’re encouraged to use public Wi-Fi, never check your bank balance or sign into your credit accounts while on an open Wi-Fi network.

Be careful about public computers. While they are fantastically valuable assets and frequently free for college students, they may create problems. They are a center for individuals signing onto public PCs that many others will use that day alone. Limit your use on public PCs to college managed destinations and schoolwork. Don’t use them for anything to do with billing, and don’t forget to log out!

2. Never Leave a Paper Trail
Do not leave any receipts. When you close your tab, bring your receipt with you. For example, when you get pizza and mozzarella sticks at 3am, do not advise the person behind the counter to toss out your receipt. At the ATM machine, either bring the receipt with you or choose not to have your receipt printed.

You may simply toss out an arbitrary receipt you find on the ground. However, people hoping to exploit others will absorb any data they can find. Taking a receipt from a pizza shop with your name and last four MasterCard digits is just the tip of the iceberg. Do not make it simple for thieves.

3. Lock Your Laptop or Mobile with a Password
No one ought to ever have the capacity to get to your laptop or mobile without a password. There is an undeniable accommodation to opening up your laptop and seeing the home screen momentarily. However, it is worth setting up your password and taking 8 to 12 keystrokes to concede access for yourself. This is an access that nobody else can infiltrate without learning your secret password.

4. Leave Important Documents with Parents
Important documents like birth certificates and social security cards shouldn’t stay with you. If you need to have them close by, store them in a security store box, or if nothing else, a lockable box. It’s a good idea to only carry with you ID that you really need, like your student card, passport or driver’s license.

5. Never Click any Unknown Links
Spam emails have been around since practically the beginning of the internet. But in case you need a reminder, if you get an email saying you have won something, or an email with an ambiguous portrayal alongside an enticing link, never click that link. You can also receive an instant message or text from somebody you do not know with a link appended. Do not click it. A click can help the identity thieves get all your important information.

6. Download Anti-Virus
This is undoubtedly a helpful tip. Everybody has personal data on their laptops. It can be information from your social media accounts, your username, email address or more. It would be a disgrace to get an infection that either does not permit you to get to your own accounts or one that totally wipes out your hard drive. What’s more, the computer virus could be planted by somebody searching for your personal information.

7. Never Bother with Credit Card Offers
Those online shops offering a free shirt or Game CDs if you fill out a MasterCard application are also regular sights on college grounds. Do not give your credit card information to anybody, even to apparently legitimate people. On the off chance that you have to fill out a credit application, do it using a protected connection. They will try different ways to attract you, but there are 100 ways to prevent identity theft – so you can beat them.

8. Never Loan Your Credit Card
Working on a tight budget is common for a college student between managing costs for food, books, and extracurricular activities. With a restricted income, you will sooner or later find yourself short on money. It is not uncommon for one individual amongst a gathering to pay for something, like a round of drinks, and the others pay them back. When it is your turn to pay the bill, make sure you don’t give your credit card to anyone but the waitress.

9. Avoid Doubtful Business Opportunities
College students are a main target for many organizations. While open doors can be great opportunities, some of these are simply tricks. Phishing tricks and fraudulent business models are spreading like wildfire over college grounds.

10. Clean Your Desktop and Inbox Routinely
It is crucial to clear space on your PC. Notwithstanding leaving space for future reports and messages, you are not helping yourself by sitting on messages from years back. If you keep up an organized inbox, there will be fewer data archived for another person to see if they get onto your PC.

11. Shred Sensitive Material
Sensitive documents, for example, bank proclamations, bills, and MasterCard offers ought to be destroyed, not just tossed in the trash. Putting resources into a $20 paper shredder is a much less expensive and easier alternative over the long run.

In conclusion, numerous victims do not even realize their identity has been compromised until it’s too late. In a brief timeframe, you could be a huge number of dollars under water. Identity theft is a genuine risk. Adopting healthy practices at an opportune time is the ideal approach to protecting yourself.

This article was contributed by guest author Irene Fatyanova.

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September Apple announcements have become something students, businesspeople, and the general public look forward to every year. We all want to know what innovative concepts will be in our hands in the coming months, and this year, it was the iPhone 7.

The biggest rumour (well, not a rumour anymore) was that Apple would get rid of the headphone jack. But don’t worry – you still like the feel of your old-school headphones? They’re including a Lightning adapter with each phone, so they’re not obsolete (yet). They’ve announced AirPods, wireless headphones which will quickly connect to your phone (and perhaps get lost just as quickly). But that’s for another day.

The newest iPhone is now water-resistant (thank goodness), so no need to be afraid of splashes any longer. The battery life is longer (supposedly 12 hours), which is always a plus for those classrooms without outlets, and the camera has a larger aperture, plus optical image stabilization to help get clearer pictures. The front-facing camera has also been bumped up from 5MP to 7MP – hello, selfies!

You’ll find the home button on the new iPhone doesn’t feel quite the same, because it’s using Force Touch. It’s no longer a “button”, but it’ll be able to do more things using different pressures – so once you’re used to it, it’ll be great.

Apple has also added stereo speakers to the iPhone – one speaker at the top and one at the bottom, to give you an almost “surround sound” feel. This will be great for adding music to your workouts.

This iPhone is truly next generation, and whether you’re using it on its own or syncing it up with your Apple Watch, it can enhance your regular, mundane activities both at school and at home.

The Details

  • Size: Same as the 6S (4.7 inch screen)
  • Home button: No longer a button, uses Force Touch
  • Water-resistant
  • Camera: rear camera has a larger aperture; front camera now 7MP. Introduced image stabilization
  • Speakers: one at the top, one at the bottom
  • Battery: lasts up to 12 hours
  • Processor: A10 chip is 40% faster than the A9
  • Colours: Jet black (only available in 128, 256GB models), matte black, rose gold, silver, gold
  • Price: Pre-order starting September 16 from $649US

Image by Helloquence,

Image by Helloquence,

Information technology has been changing the world of education for over a decade. It’s constantly evolving and providing more opportunities for individuals from every walk of life to receive schooling. Prior to the evolution of information technology, individuals were enrolled at brick and mortar institutions for 12-16 years depending on the level of education. Now, students all over the world can be involved in higher education through various online learning platforms offered at colleges and universities.

Far-reaching Capabilities
Perhaps the most significant development in information technology as it relates to education is the ability to reach anyone with an internet connection. Individuals no longer need to relocate in order to pursue their dreams of higher education. Students can pursue a degree in an internet cafe in Southeast Asia or in a cushy high-rise apartment in New York City. As an added bonus, the diversity of students has also increased. People in completely different countries can be in the same class and still be able to interact virtually in online discussion boards and group assignments. It provides a different perspective for discussion topics that students might miss out on if they were to attend a community college with the same people they live around.

Due to the technology that schools have continued to build upon, students can even pursue graduate degrees online. It is so much easier to receive an online master’s in library and information science, because the materials you previously would have needed are now available through the Internet. In a study as specific as library science, which entails a lot of research, having entire databases to search through can be exhausting. With the online databases available today, there are keyword searches and specific filters you can apply to your search that will cut down your research time significantly. It also allows students to have more information at their fingertips instead of just what was available at the university’s library.

Information technology has had a significant impact on the society we live in. It has even started to eliminate the need for large, expensive textbooks and an obscene amount of composition notebooks. Research papers, notes and assignments can be stored and turned in on cloud storage services so it is always accessible no matter what device you are using. The convenience and other added benefits have proved to be indispensable in the education field and to students today.

This article was contributed by guest author Lizzie Weakley.