4 Unforgettable Inventions From 2016

4 Unforgettable Inventions From 2016

This year's historic leaps in technology include: Pokémon​ Go​, the Galaxy Note 7, fingerprint-sensor guns and virtual reality headsets!

Though 2016 has been a rocky year, it's ushered in a lot of new technology that is quickly paving the roadway to new inventions. Tech booms from the past have since assimilated into our daily lives, and the developments taken underway in 2016 are expected to do the same as we inch closer to the new year — some being explosively good while others, not so much.

1. Pokémon Go — 3/5

With about a 100 million downloads with the first month of its debut, Pokémon Go quickly became a sensation all around the globe. It fulfilled the childhood dreams of young adults and fueled the long lasting succession of its brand through the younger generations. Although the game has crossed bounds by crossing virtual reality with actual reality, it has a number of limitations that drain the hype as quickly as the game drains the battery life of your phone. Bugs result in wiped progress and system crashes that have frustrated players who are glued to it over a long period of time, but this craze in itself has lead to car crashes, accidents and other safety hazards. And according to Forbes, there are also "mixed feelings about In-App Purchases in games."

Needless to say, overall, Pokémon Go is a major success, and its release has been met with an enthusiasm unparalleled by other games.

2. Samsung Galaxy Note 7 — Flop

Things took an explosive turn in August with the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 which was recalled almost immediately after when several of them caught on fire with a few detonating — all because of the flammable lithium ion batteries (which, fun fact, also caught fire in hover-boards). The U.S. authorities announced a second recall in October, banning all Galaxy Note 7 phones from being taken inside airplanes after another close call with the triggered smartphone that began to emit smoke from within a passenger's laptop bag. Now, it is officially illegal to sell a Galaxy Note 7.

Samsung is hoping to rebuild consumer trust with the Galaxy 8 which may be introduced in 2017.

3. Fingerprint Sensor Guns — Prototype, 4/5

Although this isn't exactly a new concept, it's the first to actually work. A Utah company tried out the idea by manufacturing a fingerprint trigger lock, but this weighed the gun down and other issues soon made the weapon an unpopular pick for most gun owners. Then in comes 19-year old Kai Kloepfer, the first to design a fingerprint reader handgun with the fingerprint sensor built into the grip. After winning a grant from Smart Tech Challenges Foundation in 2014 for his design, Kloepfer has dedicated his time and efforts to perfecting his prototype, Biofire.

“Congratulations,” said Ron Conway, founder of Smart Tech Challenges Foundation, to Kloepfer. “You are going to save America. You are going to save lives. The gun companies won’t tell you, but the tech industry will.”

To support the finalization of the Biofire gun, check out Kai Kloepfer's website to help fund the project!

4. Virtual Reality Headsets — 5/5

March and April of 2016, respectively, marked the release of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive virtual reality (VR) headsets. Both were sold out in a matter of 20 minutes once the first batch was released, and they are still at the top of the holiday gift list this season. There have been very few technical problems found in both VR sets, besides complaints of motion sickness when the sensor is too slow to match human reflexes. Besides that, the headsets have opened the doorway to VR simulator experience in educational training, such as learning how to drive a car or test surgical equipment without endangering others' lives in the process. It also expands the realm of gaming and entertainment to new (almost frightening) bounds, like the option to watch a horror movie with a VR headset, which sounds like a thrilling idea to horror fans but may send others into cardiac arrest. As with every other technology that's come before it, VR headsets raise ethical questions, like:

Could this desensitize people to certain feelings and/or sensations, like violence?

Can it negatively impact health treatments and/or disrupt our perception of reality?

Should anything be done about the people who choose a sedentary life of virtual reality over actual reality?

Despite these reservations, VR headsets, Biofire guns, the Galaxy Note 7, Pokémon Go and an array of other technologies have all made 2016 a year of experimentation.

Who knows what we'll see next year — maybe the whole flying cars concept will finally take off!

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25 Responses To Your Friend Who Doesn't Text Back

Omg thanks for responding so quickly...oh, wait.

We all have that friend. That friend we love to death, but if we are sure of anything in this world, it’s that they will not respond to your text because they suck at texting. That moment when you see “Read 1:04 p.m.” and you’re like “and???? Helloooooooo!”

These are 25 responses for that dear friend.

1. Lol thanks for tagging me in that FB post, now text me tf back.

2. OMG, wait you met Chris Hemsworth and he’s professing his love to you??!! No? Okay, then you can def text me back.

3. Hey I’m coming to help you since you obviously broke your thumbs and can’t respond.

4. Lolol thanks for responding. I’ll just continue the conversation with myself. That’s cool.

5. Good chat.

6. Yeah I wouldn’t know how to respond either, pizza topping selection is a thought-provoking process. Take your time. Meditate on it.

7. The classic: ^^^^^^^^^

8. I hope you’re writing me the 8th Harry Potter novel.

9. That was a yes or no question. This isn’t difficult. You wouldn’t do well with ‘Sophie’s Choice.’

10. Omg, did you pass out from the excitement of getting a text from me? Totally understandable. Text me when you regain consciousness, love.

11. Omg what a witty and clever response. Nothing. So philosophical.

12. The only excuse I’ll accept is if you’re eating guac and don’t want to get it on your phone. Because avocados are life.

13. I love it when you do that adorable thing when you don’t text me back for hours. So cute.

14. Okay I’ll answer for you. Yes, you’re going out tonight. Glad we had this convo.

15. In the time it has taken you to respond, dinosaurs could have retaken the earth.


17. The dramatic but also very valid response: That’s what happens when you don’t respond for 30 minutes. People die.

18. I apologize for asking if you were coming to watch Bachelor, clearly the decision has caused you serious reflection on your priorities. I’m sorry to have caused you this existential crisis.

19. Sorry I annoyed you with my friendship. But like plz respond…

20. Your response time is longer than Ross and Rachel’s entire relationship. 10 seasons. You couldn’t text me back for 10 seasons?!!

21. Wait. You’re responding too fast. I can’t keep up. Hang on. Don’t respond so quickly. Jeez.

22. A subtle but perfectly placed gif. What will you go with? The classic eye roll perhaps or maybe a “you suck.”

23. Did you fall off a cliff? Wait, you don’t exercise. Pause your Netflix and respond b*tch.

24. Omg I WON THE LOTTERY. *responds* Lol now you respond…

25. And my personal favorite and go to, Did you text me and then decide to THROW YOUR PHONE ACROSS THE OCEAN?! Lol swim fast, I need an answer.

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Why Millennials Need to Be Concerned about Net Neutrality

Why is my high speed internet loading like dial-up?


Officially, on June 11, 2018 Net Neutrality regulations were removed. In recent months, the issue of Net Neutrality repeal created traction within media discourse and the potential effects consumers, the FCC, and stakeholders such as telecom companies could face. Before I had to create a public policy and business proposal for my Media and Public Policy class, I had absolutely no idea what the buzzing topic of "Net Neutrality" was or how it was relevant to me. But after conducting hours of research (insert crying emoji) and watching some informative YouTube videos, my understanding the potential issues that the removal of Net Neutrality could posses for lack of better words had me "shook".

I don't endorse Burger King in any fashion but they've really outdone themselves with their interpretation of what could happen with the removal of Net Neutrality. Take a look!

The internet is one of the most powerful innovations since its inception. The ability to connect to others globally, pay bills, conduct research, online shop, stream movies, send and receive messages through social media are some of the many activities that can be completed using the web. The integration of the internet within the scope of communications and other disciplines has, and continues to impact consumers.

"Network neutrality" or "net neutrality" is often used as a broad label in public policy and regulatory discussions concerning these issues" (Internet Society, 2015). The media plays a major and important factor in the public's opinion and other discourse of its influence on politics and policymaking. One theory within mass communications is that the media is supposed to represent itself as the third estate; offering and exposing the truth to media consumers. But, with this removal, the internet we all know and love today may not be accessible to the same degree to everyone.

With the repeal of net neutrality, there are issues of media conglomerates (ISPs) monopolizing on the fact they know how the ability to charge certain premiums for faster broadband service. Basically, large media conglomerates could create tiered systems of internet service as represented in the video with the "Whooper MBPS" levels.

By making the transition to regulated service packages customers would either have to decide whether they want broadband speed to be broken down into tiers and if they want to pay for a certain ISP prioritizing their (subsidiaries included) content over others. This repeal could create a caste system and be discriminatory due to the consumers economic standing.

I don't know about y'all but I refuse to see the internet become more of a cash-crop like everything else involved in capitalism. The internet made the age of information and innovation. Without neutrality regulations, the "freedom" that we all know to be could disappear. What about the small startup companies? The internet has given so many entrepreneurs the ability to sell their products online. Would they have to pay a higher rate for their internet package because of the data speed they need? Unfortunately, there are so many more questions we don't have answers to and we're about to receive a rude awakening.

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