Wi-Fi, disaster preparedness, and Amazon’s new HQ in this week’s staff picks

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Happy Friday! Here are the most interesting tech stories our team read this week.

Everyone is trying to outdo each other with cute Wi-Fi names (Read by Camillia S.)

With moving and settling into a new place comes the humdrum of internet and cable installations. For me, the last thing on my mind would be coming up with a clever network name, but apparently I’m in the minority. Remember AOL Instant Messenger? Well “Wi-Fi branding” is the new screen name. Naming your Wi-Fi network something witty and memorable serves as a conversation starter for your guests and brands your household. If you’re looking to rename your network, you’ll be sure to find inspiration in this article!

Digital Disaster Preparedness: 10 apps to download before a disaster strikes (Read by Alexandria H.)

Saying we can’t control Mother Nature is probably the understatement of the year, as many Americans struggle to regain normalcy in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. However, what we can control is how prepared we are in the event of an emergency of any kind. Our mobile phones are a main source of communication and information in our everyday lives, so they should be equipped for emergencies as well. From digital walkie-talkies to automatic safety check texts, this article lists the essential apps to complete your disaster preparedness plan.

Amazon Set To Build A Second HQ And Cities Say ‘Pick Me!’ (Read by Heidi B.)

Similar to how cities bid to host the Olympics, they are also vying to host Amazon’s second headquarters. Why the competition? The new HQ is expected to provide 50,000 high quality jobs, as well as billions of dollars of community investments. From construction to utility providers, many industries will see a rise in jobs, and even the housing market will be affected. So what locations are eligible? Amazon says it’s hunting for a metropolitan area with at least 1 million people, and contenders include Dallas, Chicago, Toronto, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Pittsburgh. It’s so interesting to think about how one corporation can affect every aspect of a community. Let the races begin!

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