James Cao's Post Archives


Beware of Tracking

It is possible to block potential ways of tracking simply by looking through a browser’s settings(Screenshot/James Cao’20/Technical editor)   Ads are a part of most people’s lives: they line up on the sidelines of websites, load in the middle of videos, and pop up when you least expect them to. Some people don’t mind them


360 Degree Videos for this Year’s Project Discover

Andrew Barren’22 created 360 degree films for Project Discover. Jacob Liu’20/Staff) Every year around March, Columbus Academy 8th graders begin participating in Project Discover. As the name suggests, the project gives students the opportunity to explore new interests such as music, art, dancing, or in Andrew Barren’s case, 360 degree videos. Barren initially became fascinated


The Bitcoin Crash

The universal symbol for bitcoins. (Unsplash, CC0) In 2008, a person with the pseudonym of Satoshi Nakamoto published a paper about a payment system that was independent of any central authority and was semi-anonymous. This payment system and its currency was and still is referred to as Bitcoin. Traditional online payment methods and the Bitcoin


Beware: Spectre and Meltdown

Pexels, CC0) Caption: These two vulnerabilities can leak information from almost any type of device. Increasing worries about two aptly named vulnerabilities in hardware called Spectre and Meltdown are problematic because hackers can exploit them to gain private data from almost any type of device. Spectre is a vulnerability in hardware that allows attackers to


The Fight for Net Neutrality

(Unsplash, CC0) Caption: Protests at Telecom Prom After December 14th, the repeal for net neutrality started, but its effects aren’t really showing. As it turns out, Google, Netflix, Facebook, and other large tech industries are against the repeal as these companies could face heavy charges from ISP’s to not be throttled. ISP’s are also stating


Gathering of Technological Innovation

The crowd at CES. (Flickr, CC0) From January 9-12, 2018, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) annual convention took place in Las Vegas. CES,  a technology-oriented event, features products and trade ideas from the biggest tech companies from around the world, except Apple, which has its own mini-CES: WWDC.)  CES showcases the latest creations in entertainment,

Opinion & Editorial

The End of Net Neutrality?

Caption: Chairman Ajit Pai speaks for the FCC. (flickr) On Tuesday, November 21, FCC’s chairman, Ajit Pai, released a controversial proposal to dismantle regulations, coined as net neutrality, that protect equal access to the internet. If this plan passes, ISP’s (Internet Service Providers like Time Warner Cable, Verizon, etc.) can charge consumers more for a


Pixel 2 Art

Apple’s newest rivals: Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. (Unsplash, CC0) Google announced its newest phone to rival Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone X: the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL on October 4. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL boast 2700 mAH and 3520 mAH batteries respectively, and a 7-hour battery life


Repetitive Strain Injury

Avoid overusing your hand by spreading work out across multiple days. (Unsplash, CC0)   According to National Health Services (NHS), repetitive strain injury (RSI) is muscle pain due to constant overuse. This includes repetitively doing a task or doing a high-intensity task for a long time without rest. For example, writing or typing an essay


Android’s Oreo

Android 8 is already available to Pixel users and some Nexus users. (Unsplash, CC0   Before the hubbub of the iOS 11 update, the new candy-themed update, Android 8.0 Oreo, had already come out.    One major new feature from the update is the picture-in-picture mode. Similar to iOS’s picture-in-picture mode, Android’s picture-in-picture allows a video