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Computer buying tips for the average non-techie

December 6, 2011

Computers can be great gifts to give and receive, but knowing how to choose the right one can feel daunting. Depending on what one needs in a computer, here are a few things to keep in mind: Casual-Use Accessing...

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Congress fights online piracy, theft

November 29, 2011

To combat Internet theft of copyrighted materials, Congress is taking action with its new Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Many people do not think that pirating movies and music from the Internet creates...

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Video Game Tournament: This Week in Photos

November 15, 2011

WT Tech Club hosted its annual Video Game Tournament. Check out our photos about it here! [imagebrowser id=116]

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IT answers to common problems on WT’s system

November 8, 2011

Many programs, devices and systems keep WTAMU running. However, most students only notice them when they stop working. The IT department decided to shed light on some of the most common issues students...

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Korrie Talley, the winner of last year’s Call of Duty Tournament, practices to keep his title. Photo by Kati Watson.

Tech Club hosts annual video game tournament

November 1, 2011

The WTAMU Technology Club will be throwing its annual fall video-game tournament on Nov. 12 at noon. The event, sponsored by Best Buy, Pizza Hut and the WT Business Department, will be held at the...

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Some internships for WT Tech and Science Majors

October 25, 2011

The Texas Panhandle is not a place known for being a huge technology hub, but that does not mean that there are not job and internship opportunities open to WTAMU technology students. “It (technology)...

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Job market looks for technology savvy employees

October 18, 2011

Jobs can be hard to find, but in today’s job market, having technology knowledge can make or break a résumé. To gain an awesome advantage against the competition, you should check out: Relevant Certifications...

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Cyber Crime threatens privacy of Internet users

October 11, 2011

The Internet has revolutionized society, yet it has brought about the danger of cyber crime. “We take precautions, but all data on the Internet is vulnerable,” Lane Greene, security analyst for...

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Apple Founder and Former CEO Steve Jobs Dies at 56

October 7, 2011

Apple Founder and Former CEO Steve Jobs dies at 56 It was on October 5, 2011 when the people in Canyon, around the U.S. and all over the world were shocked to hear of the death of founder and former...

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Local Professionals analyze Google + efficiency

October 4, 2011

After months of testing, Google has opened Google + to the public and continues to capture the attention of the digital masses. The company has had its foot in the social media door for a while with...

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iPads and Tablets become the future of textbooks

September 20, 2011

For years, U.S. consumers have been told that ‘print is dead,’ and yet traditional textbooks are still sold. This may not be the case much longer. With the advent of e-readers such as the Kindle...

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Five Web sites that serve successful solutions

September 6, 2011

When college hits, many students like to run to the internet for sanctuary from stress. However, rather than just helping you escape from the pressures of heavy class loads, some websites can actually...

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Recipents have fun at the banquet. Photo courtesy of Diego Gavilanes.

WT’s Annual Banquet honors hard-working students

May 3, 2011

As finals and the end of another year approaches, some hard-working students of the university were honored on campus for their efforts by WTAMU and the Panhandle community at large on April 29.Academics,...

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President Obama receives scrutiny

April 26, 2011

Since the first moments he took office, President Barack Obama, has received criticism for his executive decisions. Lately, some of his biggest critics have been members of his own party. Looking at President...

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Shack-A-Thon. Courtesy of wtwesley.com.

Buy a goat to provide better life for families

April 13, 2011

With ‘Give-a-Goat’ coming into full swing on the WT campus, some students are expressing their excitement as the time nears for this annual fundraiser’s main event: ‘Shack-A-Thon’, which begins...

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Spectrum WT Logo. Courtesy of Spectrum WT.

Actions speak louder than words

April 12, 2011

Spectrum, a WTAMU special-interest organization, intends to bring people together on April 13-14 for ‘The Days of Pink and Silence’ to make a strong statement against bullying, simply by saying very...

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Spanish class challenges students

March 29, 2011

For this semester, Hector Garza, assistant professor of spanish, decided to turn his senior-level class, “Selected Studies in Spanish”, into “Introduction to Spanish Translation.” In this class,...

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Rango movie poster. Courtesy of rangotrailer.com.

Johnny Depp heads to the wild west

March 22, 2011

Rango, a lizard voiced by Johnny Depp, finds himself taking on the duties of the sheriff of Dirt, a western frontier town in the Mojave Desert. From there, the movie begins its decisive struggle. Rango...

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Microsoft Xoom. Photo courtesy of Microsoft.com.

Motorola’s Xoom vs. Apple’s iPad

March 8, 2011

For almost a year Apple’s iPad has reigned, claiming the pinnacle position of tablet-device technology. Now Motorola is coming out with the Xoom, a competitor that some critics say could challenge the...

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One Sentence Movie Reviews

February 28, 2011

Megamind A superhero/villain story that makes you ask a hard question: “Why was Brad Pitt in this movie?” Paranormal Activity 2 The Devil has possessed the house! Quick grab the camera! Unstoppable...

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Guitar Hero game and controller will soon cease to be produced. Photo by Frankie Sanchez.

Guitar Hero cancelled, Activision ends franchise

February 22, 2011

The famous video game that inspired several competitors in the music genre has been cancelled until further notice by its publisher, Activision-Blizzard. In addition, the company announced the lay-off...

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Alumni Jennifer Archer. Courtesy of jenniferarcher.net.

WTAMU alumna writes novel for adolescents

February 22, 2011

WTAMU graduate, Jennifer Archer has more than one interesting story to tell. First, those narratives in her ongoing list of published novels seem to continue to attract her fans’ attention. But, as she...

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Bulletstorm Cover Art. Courtesy of Epic Games and People Can Fly.

Video game violence under attack

February 15, 2011

Fox News has once again decided to run an anti-gaming article, attacking a shooting game called Bulletstorm as hazardous to children. “Parents had better beware: There’s a Bulletstorm on the horizon.”...

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The Earth and The Sun. Courtesy photo NASA.

NASA faces budget cuts

February 15, 2011

  In the middle of starting a new vehicle that will someday take astronauts to Mars and beyond, NASA finds itself in financial limbo as Congress debates the federal budget. “It is important to realize...

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Video game legislation could change rules

February 8, 2011

 California lawmakers are currently fighting for a bill in the Supreme Court that would make the sale of video games with mature content illegal to minors. The proposed law’s definition of such a game...

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One sentence movie satire

January 25, 2011

Machete Yeah you should probably send the kids out of the room. The Social Network Next up the tragic story of the rise and fall of Myspace in ‘That Other Social Network: you know the one with that...

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Comcast owns 51 percent of NBC

January 25, 2011

After over a year of deliberations the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) and Department of Justice have decided to allow America’s leading cable operator, Comcast, to merge with NBC Universal. “This...

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Ed Mussler. Courtesy Photo.

Pearl Harbor’s 69th Anniversary: Texans Remember Attack

November 30, 2010

On Dec. 7, 1941, the radio, the communication tool of the time, blasted away to the enjoyment of a group of girls driving down the main street of their Panhandle hometown. Juanita Brown, a high...

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