computerWe’ve all been there: pulling an all-nighter in an energy-drink-fueled haze of stress and sleep-deprivation trying to pump out that paper due in 5 hours. On those nights, eye-strain is the last thing you need to compound the situation. And because most of us have one or two roommates – and perhaps not the convenience of another place to work – we have to work with the lights off. The thing is, staring at a well-lit screen in a dark room is the exact thing that causes eye-strain. But not only that: a study done by the National Sleep Foundation has found that the use of bright, interactive technologies like the computer may disrupt the sleep-onset process.

The application f.lux is designed to alleviate those problems. read more »


iLIFEDon’t get us wrong–we’re all for slightly cheaper textbooks, but this whole textbook iPhone app thing just sounds like blindness waiting to happen. Or maybe it’s a great idea, since people with iPhones are pretty much incapable of focusing their attention on anything else anyway, so they might as well be productive sometimes. Or not. Meh.

So the deal is this company, CourseSmart, has had digitized textbooks available for a while now, and they just unveiled (or whatever you do to introduce e-things) e-textbooks which students will be able to access online from their iPhones or iPod Touches.  And, as with any new school-related technology, the worries of facilitated cheating are a-flyin’. What else is new? All we know is this idea sounds sort of like communism–in theory, it makes sense, but in practice it probably won’t actually catch on. (That’s totally how that one goes, right?)

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