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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’: Review

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’: Review

Jake Wartel, Opinion Editor

December 23, 2015

The Simpsons predicted the future in their 21st season that aired in 2009. A shot of a movie studio featuring two films on the side of the entrance correctly imagined the two movies that would open against one another. On the right side of the entrance, is a poster for an Alvin and the Chipmunks movie, ...

Self-Driving Cars

Self-Driving Cars

Jake Alcott, Columnist

December 14, 2015

Since the invention of the car, there have been bad drivers, and the dream of taking them off the road. Inside the United States, nearly 30,000 people die from car accidents every year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. And if you've taken a health class anytime in ...

Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday

Jake Alcott, Columnist

November 30, 2015

Last week we told you the products, this week the deals. Today is Cyber Monday, the biggest online shopping day of the year, and many of the products we detailed last week are available for a fraction of the price. Here's five deals on those products: Jaybird X2 - $180 $129.99 Replacing Jaybird’s Blue Bud X headphones from a few years back, the new X2 release improves upon the old model boosting bluetooth range, improving battery life, and smoothing o...

Twenty Tech Gifts for the Holidays

Twenty Tech Gifts for the Holidays

Jake Alcott, Columnist

November 24, 2015

It's that magical time of year again; when shoppers around the nation line up to shove, kick, trample and stampede with all of their might in the spirit of a Black Friday deal. Rather than risk your life this holiday season, join millions shopping from the comfort of their homes as Cyber Monday lies...

LBT finds happy medium with fall production of ‘Scrooged’

LBT finds happy medium with fall production of ‘Scrooged’

Jake Gold, Staff Writer

November 19, 2015

Last season, Lake Braddock Theatre (LBT) proved its aptitude for performing dramas and comedies. 1984 was hard-hitting and emotional. Rumors was the exact opposite—you’d be hard-pressed to find a serious moment. In its fall production of Scrooged, LBT found a happy (but no less impressive) medium. Scrooged ...

Project ARA

Project ARA

November 16, 2015

It's happened to all of us; a simple slip on the curb and suddenly our phone goes tumbling to the ground with a sad thud. Heavy hearted, we turn it over for the moment of truth, only to find spider web cracks covering the screen. Right now, we only have a few options: Send in your phone for a week of...

Project Soli

Project Soli

November 9, 2015

The future is cool, guys.  Like, really cool. Project Soli, headed by Google's Advanced Technologies and Projects division, is going to change a lot of things. From smartphones, to wearables, laptops and even furniture, the applications of a simple gesture device are nearly limitless. Soli is dif...

A Note on Ecosystems

A Note on Ecosystems

Jake Alcott, Staff Writer

October 26, 2015

    I'm a lot of things; a friend, a classmate, a son; but most importantly of all, I am a green bubble. It's a small detail, and honestly, it shouldn't mean anything. But it does. And unfortunately, I have to agree with Kermit the Frog on this one: It's not easy being green. You don't realize i...

Virtual Reality

Jake Alcott, Staff Writer

October 19, 2015

Two years ago, when Oculus revealed the first modern VR headset I laughed at my screen. Images of bulky visors strapped to archaic machines instantly rushed to my head. VR, Virtual Reality, had tried to surface once before in the dimly lit underbelly of now-extinct '90s arcades, and it flopped. Hard...

Chorus brings Disney to life

Chorus brings Disney to life

Megan Cantwell, Online Editor in Chief

October 18, 2015

The annual children’s Disney chorus concert was Saturday, October 17. Featuring songs from classic movies such as Cinderella and The Lion King, and from newer hits like Frozen and Tangled. Chorus members were dressed as various iconic characters, and many young members of the audience were also in costume. “I e...

LB musical talent displayed in first Unplugged of the year

LB musical talent displayed in first Unplugged of the year

Peter Bashaw, Arts Editor

October 15, 2015

Thursday Oct. 8 saw the return of LBT Unplugged, the program’s musical showcase performed without tapes or amplifiers. The program was created in 1994, and since then has demonstrated the vast musical talent at Lake Braddock. Thursday marked the 41st Unplugged, with three more scheduled for the re...

The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things

Jake Alcott, Staff Writer

October 5, 2015

Imagine you wake up one morning, and things are just slightly different. The heart-rate sensor on your smartwatch realizes you have risen and sends a few signals bouncing around your house. Suddenly the world is in motion around you. Starting in your bedroom, the blinds roll lazily upwards into thems...