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September 6, 2014

Recommended Reading: The legend of the TI-84 Plus

by John_A

Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you’ll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.

The Unstoppable TI-84 Plus: How an Outdated Calculator Still Holds a Monopoly on Classrooms
by Matt McFarland,
The Washington Post

Chances are pretty good that you’ve come in contact with a TI-84 Plus of some kind during the course of your education — if you’re been schooled in the last 10 years. The calculator debuted back in 2004 and it still has a firm grasp on the education market today. This piece takes a look at what that foothold means when compared to other devices’ market share, and how a new Silver Edition looks to keep the advantage with Texas Instruments in the foreseeable future.

Breaking Madden: Jadeveon Clowney’s Quest for 201 Sacks in a Game
by Jon Bois, SB Nation

By now, my love for the “Breaking Madden” series by Jon Bois at SB Nation should be well-known. Since the NFL started this week, the feature is back as well, and things get interesting when manual stat-tracking is required.

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Building a Better Mega Man
by Dan Whitehead
, Eurogamer

Last fall, we covered the crowdfunded Mega Man reboot from the creator of the original. Now, Eurogamer’s Dan Whitehead examines the beta version of Mighty No. 9 to see just what’s changed, what’s stayed the same and what could use some extra work before launch day arrives.

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Meet the Shadowy Tech Brokers that Deliver your Data to the NSA
by Zack Whittaker, ZDNet

Ever wonder who those “trusted third-parties” who you agree to share your phone data with really are? Turns out they serve up info in response to government warrants, and sometimes without your ISP even being alerted to the disclosure.

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Inside the Strange and Seedy World Where Hackers Trade Celebrity Nudes
by Ben Popper
, The Verge

You’ve likely heard about hackers posting nude photos of nearly 100 celebs last weekend. Guess what? The leak is just the beginning, and the online trade for such materials has been going on for years.

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