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September 22, 2018

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Fake News’ Next Format: Video

Harmful political and social remarks can be created through deepfakes. (Unsplash, CC0) In the past decade, the shift from hard-copy to online news has made spreading misinformation effortless, and this problem only gets worse as technology continues to advance. Deepfakes, the result of video editing supported by artificial intelligence, is the newest addition to the

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SpaceX’s Flourishing Influence Over Space Exploration

Two of the Falcon Heavy’s side boosters successfully land. (Unsplash, CC0) The Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, more commonly known as SpaceX, has made it publicly known that allowing humans to live in an interplanetary fashion—along with making space travel more efficient—is its main goal. As of late, the company has experienced an unprecedented amount of

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Google Makes the Right Call With Google Assistant

Google Home, which implements Google Assistant, could soon be used to make autonomous phone calls. unsplash.com. From May 8-10, Google hosted its annual Google I/O, a developer festival, in Mountain View, California. Each year, this event features in-depth sessions aimed at building web, mobile, and business applications with Google. This year’s festival introduced a new Android

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Opinion & Editorial

FCC Should Decline Call for a T-Mobile & Sprint Merger 

(Wikimedia Commons)  For the past week, the announcement of a merger between cellular giants T-Mobile and Sprint has upended the telecom world. Touting improved coverage and unprecedented technology, the two corporations are rapidly moving toward realizing this partnership.  But what exactly does this mean for America’s nearly 240 million cellular consumers?  Sprint customers—specifically—could see enhanced

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News-Covering Bots Automate Reporting

Who knows? This report just might be computer-created. (unsplash.com) People receive news from numerous different sources on a daily basis, as newspapers like The New York Times or The Guardian are major providers of information on a variety of news. Since 2014, some of the articles delivered by these media outlets may be computer-generated, as

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A&E

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

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A&E

Fortnite Parachutes into Gaming Industry

A Fortnite avatar drifts down towards the battlefield on his glider. (unsplash.com) Fortnite, a game developed by Epic Games for both PC and console, was first released in late June of last year. After the launch of its Battle Royale mode in September, the game’s active player base blew up, totalling 30 million downloads in

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Steering our Way Towards Self Driving Cars

 Google’s self driving car during testing. (Flickr.com( Companies like Tesla, Ford, General Motors, Google, and Toyota took this year’s Consumer Electronic Show by storm as they brought their plan to facilitate safe and driver-less transportation to light. Out of these companies, Google has done the most on-road testing with its spinoff company Waymo, but none

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The Wise Guys

Seniors Randy Yan and Andy Zhang pose in front of score with juniors Aden Weiser and Kyle Channell. (Jacob Liu’20/Staff) On Monday, October 9, Academy’s In-the-Know team faced Chillicothe at the Fawcett Center on Ohio State’s university’s campus.  Unlike Jeopardy, In-the-Know is a quiz-bowl fashioned match that hosts two of four teams. Questions run the

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iPads versus Laptops

 Device of Choice is personal. (James Cao’20/Tech co-editor) Within the first week of school, both Middle and Upper students receive their iPads, with all of their devices primed for use. Trends, however, are apt to come to light as the school year advances.  As the Upper School students make their way through the school year,

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