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Thanks to Dylan...

Posted By: Manuel Portillo · 7/22/2014 3:02:00 PM

I think back on my life and I recall the memories I hold dear to my heart the hot summer days at the playground, me running around with dirt-covered knees and boogers on my face. Then, I think about that one boy – I’ll call him Dylan for all intents and purposes. Dylan was in the third grade and I was in the second grade. In one fluid motion I found myself face down with dirt in my eyes and my knees scraped like an iPhone without a screen protector. For the next year and a half, Dylan would be my playground bully and the only person I would physically avoid. Time passed and we went our separate ways, and now I’m here thinking about day I went crying like a baby to my mom because Dylan pushed me down the slide. It hurt a lot then and it would ...

Is TV moving online?

Posted By: Sachin Swami · 7/22/2014 2:49:00 PM

Many are choosing to cancel their cable subscriptions and move to online sources of television. Just recently, Buzzfeed published an article titled “Netflix Plans to Take Over the World” detailing its expansion into France, Germany, and other markets. A statistic from Nielsen Holdings found that 38% of Americans have a Netflix, which is up from 31% last year. Netflix, along with other Internet TV services, is becoming an increasingly viable option with the average cable subscription costing $64.41 a month and Netflix only costing $7.99. Cable subscriptions also fell by 250,000 in 2013, demonstrating the shift many people are making to online television.

People love Netflix for some basic reasons: it’s very affordable, easy to access, and offers variety. Netflix also offers full on seasons, allowing its users to binge watch episodes of “Scandal” on end. It’s not uncommon for people to relax by curling up in bed in ...

What do you know about teen pregnancy?

Posted By: Tyler Sutton · 7/18/2014 2:33:00 PM

Do you remember taking that health class in middle school? Do you remember teen pregnancy talks? Has anybody ever told you that United States has the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the world? In 2013, there were 274,641 teen pregnancies in the United States, according to the National Campaign. Thirty eight percent of teens before 18 have a chance of getting a high school diploma. The National Campaign also says that Throughout the years, teen pregnancy has been at its highest with skyrocketing percentages. But in the last two years, Georgia alone has a major 15 percent decline. 

Shows like “Teen Mom,” "16 and Pregnant,” “Reba,” “The Secret life of the American Teenager” and the movie “The Pregnancy Pact” can help this decline and start to prevent pregnancy from happening. According to the National Campaign, 77 percent of teens say that shows like these help teens better understand the ...

App called Line allows free communication

Posted By: Lucy Rodriguez · 7/18/2014 2:13:00 PM

I get new apps on my iPod every other week. There’s always a new app. Some more popular than others. So what makes them different from each other? I mean, there’re so many apps that do the same things. So, out of all the apps there is which should you get? Which is better, faster and more used by other people. Well, an app called “Line” has applied for an initial public offering, or IPO, on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The IPO could be valued 10 billion dollars. Why so much?

Samuel Burke, a CNN business correspondent, said “the reason people love these messaging apps is because instead of having to pay a text message specially internationally going from one country to another, you just use this messaging apps. Line is incredibly popular in Japan. This app was created because of the Fukushima disaster in which all the phone lines ...

Don't worry, Inmates, Orange is the New Black has NOT been cancelled

Posted By: Kaleb Anderson · 7/15/2014 2:31:00 PM

On Monday, while we were busy taking Buzzfeed quizzes and posting “To Be Honest” comments on Instagram, you won’t believe what knockoff The Onion fake news website did!

Empire News, a self-described “satirical and entertainment website” decided to post a story reporting that the Netflix hit “Orange is the New Black” was being cancelled. The nerve they have!

In the post, a writer for Empire News using the byline Raoul Stockton falsely quoted Netflix CEO Reed Hastings as saying “We regret to inform Netflix members that ‘Orange is the New Black’ has been permanently cancelled. Also, starting September 1st, 2014, past episodes will no longer be available for streaming on Netflix.”

Believing the fake news report, Netflix fanatics took out their frustration on social media sites, especially Twitter. In hours, media outlets like Time and Huffington Post were posting about the rumor as well.

Netflix tweeted twice Monday on its ...

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