What Trump Means for Tech

On the eve of Trump’s election, the markets leapt into disarray. First they were falling — then they were rising, accelerating onwards for months and even recently closing out the Dow Jones at 20,000 for the first time in history. The stock markets were revving forward, but one industry seemed to be missing out: technology. In the wake of Trump’s newborn presidency, tech stocks slumped across the board. Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Alphabet all fell at least 1.9% each within 48 hours of Trump’s election, and questions about how Trump’s…

Hacking Threats From China Persist

More knowledge than you could ever consume in your lifetime, communication with a loved one despite oceans between you, a lightweight place to capture and store hundreds of photographs and personal messages. These are the tempting promises of the smartphone, that palm-sized keeper to your memories and whereabouts. But like most great promises, the smartphone comes with a price tag, and it’s not just your monthly bill. The tradeoff for owning a device that promises instantaneous global connections is the ongoing problem of international espionage via these digital windows into…

A Beginner’s Guide to Buying Drugs and Guns on the Web

It’s time that we all learn a thing or two about the deep web. It can be a scary place; often called the “dark web” or the “hidden” internet, the deeper corners of the internet attract a dangerous minority of web users. Browsing the tamer websites of the deep web, you can find handy guides on cybersecurity, rare editions of hard-to-find novels, and large depositories of music, movies, and other media. But diving into the more insidious websites of the deep web, you’ll discover what makes it dangerous. On the…

America’s Next-Gen Tech Bubble

“No one’s fearful, everyone’s greedy, and eventually it will end.” This quote from venture capitalist Bill Gurley accurately sums up the situation that’s developing in the Silicon Valley. Reminiscent of the dot-com boom and bust of the late 1990s, the tech industry seems to be yet again on the brink, if not already in the midst, of an economic bubble. This may come as a surprise to some, but mainstream news outlets have had some telltale signs as cover stories over the past year. On the ground level, disaster couldn’t be…