The Public Access Weekly: Cheap thrills

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Krishna Permi examines the ways in which internet and smartphone apps have impacted our relationships, interactions and social culture by looking at the changes in education, information and communication created by social media and an online lifestyle.

Electric vehicles have come a long way, and still have a ways to go in the minds of many consumers. One of the things that may turn the tide is the advancements being made to develop wireless charging options for EV owners. James Cummings gets into the science behind the technology in his first Public Access post.

Apple Watch owners will want to read through Ryan Kh’s article on how to use IoT hardware — such as the Withings HD camera and the Amazon Echo — with your Apple Watch to create a smart home that you can control right on your wrist.

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Our article this week on Apple’s explanation on the lack of an SD card slot on the new MacBook Pro provoked nearly 300 comments, so we know some of you are having strong feelings about the decision. What are your thoughts about the missing SD card slot? Good, bad, awful, worse than that? Weigh in with your opinions!

Those using ad blockers were disturbed this week to see special ads directed at them by Netflix’s Black Mirror, creating a conversation around the effectiveness of ad blocking software, the back-and-forth with companies who can side-step such software and clever vs intrusive advertising. If you use an ad blocker, tell us why — and discuss the cycle of intrusive advertising leading to better ad blockers leading to more intrusive advertising. How does that cycle get broken?

This week popular password manager LastPass switched to a freemium model meaning users can now sync across devices without needing a subscription. With password breaches occurring with disturbing regularity, we thought it was time to ask you: How do you manage your passwords? If you use a password manager, which one and why do you like it? If you have an alternate method, tell us about it (in as much detail as is safe for you, obviously!).

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