Friday, July 31, 2015

Favorite Finds

Favorite Finds
July ended on a few positive notes this week – from Americans rallying behind wild animals to progressions in the college admittance system. Here are some stories that I found most interesting:
  • Slowly Ditching the SAT – The trend for colleges to become “test-optional” picked up steam on Monday, as George Washington University decided to follow suit – making it the biggest school yet to join. Reasoning behind the transition lies in that most high scores on the SAT nowadays are a direct result of affluent means of preparation, and the decision is being made to close the gap for underprivileged students. Good job, America!
  • All About That Big Cat – Lions may be kings of the jungle, but this week they were the king of trending topics. From public outcry over an American dentist killing one of the most beloved lions in Hwange National Park, to the appearance of a mysterious lion in typically lion-free Milwaukee, it seems that America knows to respect the big cat. News doesn’t seem to be slowing down, especially as the Zimbabwe Minister of Wildlife seeks extradition for that crazy dentist. Even still – who knew lions could tweet?
  • #plagiarized – Twitter has always been a breeding ground for outright plagiarism, specifically with jokes! But the folks at Twitter have had enough and are deleting stolen tweets. So if your draft folder is filled to the brim with comedy gold, you may want to run a check first.
  • Google+ Was Still a Thing? – Apparently, Google+ has still been around the past few years, because the team at Google sheepishly pulled it as a rival to Facebook this week. As of now, all new Google users won’t be required to set up a profile on the platform. A wise man once said, “you’ve got to know when to fold ‘em.”
  • Windows 10 – This week, Microsoft unveiled another version of its operating system in an attempt to battle Apple. And although many are happy with the changes (over 14 million people have already installed it on their PCs), the system is facing criticism for its privacy settings. Be careful what you tell your computer!

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