If there's one thing that American film fans can't seem to get enough of, it's hackers. They turn up over and over again in Hollywood blockbusters and indie movies of all genres. They're even the titular characters in some pretty well-known mainstream fare.
These days, it's difficult to find anyone that isn't into cosplay, in one way or another. That's just because it's good, inventive, escapist fun and literally anyone can do it (if they're willing to be the center of attention now and again). Most people who become interested in the cosplay scene get involved at a local con or event, and then get hooked and ready to look for more. The problem is, there aren't all that many big local events that can quench the thirst of your average cosplay newbie, and you might need to do a little bit of traveling to scratch your brand new itch. If you're in that situation, here are five major anime and cosplay conventions where you can get your costumed fill.
If you've been around long enough, and you're a geek, you can probably recall a time when cooperative gaming meant gathering with friends and a handful of game cartridges (or floppy disks, if you're willing to admit being old enough to remember them) for a night of Jolt Cola and electronic diversion. Up through the end of the 1990s, there was no better way to assert your geeky superiority than to demolish your friends at a game of GoldenEye or Mario Party. Then, the internet changed everything.
These days, the average person is walking around with a smartphone in their pocket that makes a room-sized mainframe of 30 years ago seem like little more than a calculator. That speaks to the insanely quick evolution of technology in the modern world and how much we've all come to depend on the latest and greatest in tech gadgetry in our daily lives.
Disrupting this, disrupting that—tech bloggers, industry pundits, market forecasters, and anyone with dollar signs scrolling across their corneas absolutely loved to apply the word “disrupting” to any title or SEO meta description.
All around the world, private industry and government agencies are racing to expand the availability of high-speed internet access to as many communities as possible. They're doing it because they've recognized that in the digital age, broadband internet access is as valuable to an economy as steam power and electricity were to the economies of the industrial revolution. As we head further into a future that's certain to be filled with Internet of Things (IoT) devices and autonomous vehicles and the like, the need for a robust and reliable internet infrastructure will only become more acute.