The Orion

Smile, you’re on camera

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Evan Roberts and Dongyoung Won

October 22, 2016

Even if someone personally doesn't interact much with technology, they are still in its presence. Studies show that the average person is caught on a security camera about 75 times a day, this is done by over 245 million surveillance cameras around the world. While cameras have been cheap enough for most to afford fo...

Artificial intelligence might be on its way

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Evan Roberts and David Molina

September 10, 2016

Siri was first introduced in 2011 on the iPhone 4S. When it was first introduced it was fun to play with and receive cute responses from, but it was not too useful. Since then, Siri and its competitors have become increasingly more useful. These phone voice assistants are just a small glimpse of what...

Technology: deteriorating the family

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Evan Roberts

September 9, 2016

On a weary Wednesday afternoon, a family rests together in their home. A high-school senior sits cross-legged, focused intently on the latest match of Overwatch he’s been playing on the living room TV. His younger sister lies on her stomach next to him with bright white earbuds plugged into her ears,...

Butte county implements text-to-911

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Lucas Moran

August 29, 2016

Every American knows who to call when an emergency strikes. Dispatchers are prepared to assist with every 911 crisis call. From a hit-and-runs to a mass shooting in progress. Of the over 6,000 dispatch centers in the U.S. fewer than 15 percent are currently equipped to receive text messages as well...

Pokémon GO tracking the tracker

Chico State student plays Pokemon Go. Photo credit: Carly Plemons

Thomas Staaden

August 21, 2016

A vast crowd comes over the distant plane to an empty parking lot. They gather around a formerly poorly lit parking lot, now bright with the light of hundreds of phones in the search for a rare Pokémon. It may seem like a slight stretch to assume that so many would gather for one Pokémon (d...

Don’t let technology ruin the future

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Sean Daly

March 3, 2016

Do you remember your first cell phone? I was one of the last people in my grade to receive my first cell phone in eighth grade. The privilege taught me to not only appreciate it, but to remember that I could get by without technology, and that I should control it rather than it controlling me.Modern generatio...

Relationships: less social media, more sincerity

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Julie Ramos

February 9, 2016

They say that the No. 1 killer of relationships is cheating. Wrong. I say that the No. 1 killer of relationships is technology. Back in the day, relationships were more simple. Before technology and Tinder came around, relationships were more sincere. You would meet someone in person, maybe at the movies or scho...

A case against autokorect

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Sam Rios

February 5, 2016

Languages have progressed along with changing cultures, adapting to new generations. With our generation, the millennials, we see a halt of adaptation. Instead, our language is being drowned out because of the simple style of communication through the smartphone.Whether you like it or not, you most l...

Millennial understanding of technology should be celebrated, not slammed

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Elizabeth Ernster

October 4, 2015

It seems that everything this generation does is inept in the eyes of older generations. They have a preconceived notion that all we are is a poorly-mannered generation glued to our phones with no awareness of anyone but ourselves. It is a hard idea to grasp that our generation has experienced a changin...

Millenials founded nation of gratification

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Katelyn Martin

September 28, 2015

As the generation of millennials grows older and sets out to find careers, there is a pattern forming. Many young, hip millennials are looking for a fairly different gratification in all areas of their lives.To one degree, this generation, my generation, is looking for fulfillment from technology. We are used ...

Loving through long-distance relationships

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Brittany Mcclintock

August 25, 2015

When people find out that I’m in a long-distance relationship, most ask why I would ever do that. They ask if it’s hard, or if I miss him, but the most annoying question is if I trust him. Of course I answer yes to all of these. Yes, it’s hard being away from the guy who makes me happiest. Ye...

Is your phone controlling your life?

Jamie Fenisey, junior psychology major, and Austin Shankle, junior marketing major, compare the pros and cons of a smart phone versus a traditional phone. Photo credit: Nick Bragg

Nick Bragg

April 17, 2015

Eighty-five percent of adults ages 18-24 own smartphones. From iPhones to Androids to Blackberries, the trend seems likely to continue until every American has a minicomputer on them at all times. The dominance of the smartphone leaves students with the choice to join the evolution or create a realit...

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