Google Glass review: I was a glasshole for a day

And yes, they made me look like a massive douchebag

It was a few hours into wearing Google Glass that I tried to convince myself they don’t really stick out and might actually be something useful. “They may look ridiculous, but at least they’re not like wearing a dunce cap around campus,” I thought. “They even make some things easier,
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Web tool created by UC Berkeley alumnus takes off

When UC Berkeley alumnus Nikita Bier woke up to an avalanche of emails and missed calls from reporters, it became clear to him that his life was about to change. It was August 2012, right before the presidential election, and Bier had just launched Politify, a Web tool that allows
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Vinyls and mixtapes: a retrospective

The first time I saw a vinyl record, I didn’t know what I was looking at. It was wide and glossy and black, and I ran my fingers along the grooves. The paper label in the middle said it was Eric Clapton’s song “Layla.” The needle came down like a
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Study Abroad Instagram photo contest submissions

Every year, studying abroad becomes an integral and significant part of the college experience for hundreds of UC Berkeley students. For some, the adventure is the first of its kind, a unique chance to explore the world. For others, it is a convenient escape from Berkeley’s sometimes exigent pressure. Whatever
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Photo essay: la pura vida

As my plane landed in Liberia, I was greeted with joyous grins and open hospitality (no wonder Costa Rica has no army). And with each adventurous step I took, I realized the true beauty of Costa Rica, for its lush beauty was evident in every corner. Venturing through the humid
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Turmoil abroad builds strong bonds

On a cold July morning in Santiago, the infamous Plaza Italia is packed with students wearing bandanas and scarves over their faces, huddled around handmade banners. It’s a scene I’ve passed by many times while living in a city where protesting is as normal as breathing — where sometimes the two
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