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Minecrosoft?

Microsoft is planning to purchase Mojang, the independent developer of Minecraft for $2 billion. This seems a very unusual transaction considering the game's creator, Markus Persson (Notch), has been outspoken with his disdain for publisher's and AAA developers.

Protecting Your Privacy

One way to minimize your risk of exposure to cybercrime is eliminating accounts at sites you no longer use. Have you signed up with a website that you never use or a newspaper site you don’t read anymore? The personal information that you provided is probably still on those computers and vulnerable to the next hacker.

Do You Need to Update Your Passwords?

Passwords should be easy to remember and hard for anyone to guess.  We all know that is easier said than done, and it can be exasperating to think of something unique and memorable. According to an article in PC World, the top five most commonly used (and guessable) passwords of 2013 were: 123456, password, 12345678, qwerty, and abc123. Here are a few tips to keep in mind the next time you set a password.

Robotic Poetry

The digital age is changing our perception of art, and poetry is no exception. As researchers investigate artificial intelligence, some are asking whether computers can actually create poetry. Here are a few interesting studies.

Universal Class

Universal Class is a great resource that the Downers Grove Public Library provides for Downers Grove patrons.  Universal Class consists of “self-directed online classes on over 500 topics.”  Each class that you complete will give you a certificate of course completion and CEUs (Continuing Education Units).  It’s structured just like an online college course, giving you 6 months to complete the course with an instructor grading your assignments and exams.

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