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Google Maps lets you share your location, route and ETA

March 22, 2017

Even without trying out the new Google Maps location feature, I know it’s a great idea because I’ve done it before, using the Glympse app. Whether you’re talking Glympse or Google’s new feature, the basics are the same. The app lets you tell someone where you are, where you’re going and what time you’ll get there. In a blog post, Google Maps engineering [...]

Google protecting advertisers from offensive content

March 21, 2017

In a blog post, Google’s chief business officer Phillip Schindler  said “We know advertisers don’t want their ads next to content that doesn’t align with their values. So starting today, we’re taking a tougher stance on hateful, offensive and derogatory content.” He said that it would include removing ads more effectively from content that is “attacking or [...]

Ireland and U.S. tech industry

March 16, 2017

Just ahead of St. Patricks Day, I had a visit from Paraic Hayes, the VSP of IDA Ireland to talk about how Irish eyes are smiling on the U.S. tech industry.   Here’s the full interview:   And here’s the 1-minute CBS News Tech Talk [...]

Google now letting parents set up accounts for kids under 13

March 15, 2017

Parents start by downloading the Google Family Link app from the Google Play store, which they use to create a “family manager” account to create and manage accounts for their kids. The app recommends that the child and parent’s phones be side-by-side during the set-up process and, I would recommend that the child and parent also be sitting together so that they can also have a conversation about the responsible use of this new account. [...]

Google and Facebook continue to dominate digital ad sales

March 14, 2017

  ou can read the full report from eMarketer, but here’s a summary of the numbers: US digital ad spending will reach $83.00 billion in 2017  an increase of 15.9%, according to eMarketer’s latest forecast Google accounts for 40.7% of US digital ad revenues in 2017 more than double Facebook’s share. Facebook’s share will be about 20%, according to Reuters Google dominates [...]

Bill would strip privacy protections from California students and teachers

March 10, 2017

The legislation, Assembly Bill 165, would “end the application of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act to a local educational agency, as defined, or an individual acting for or on behalf of a local educational agency.” The bill defines educational agencies as county offices of education, school districts and charter schools. [...]

How to recognize and fix the “soap opera effect” on your TV

March 7, 2017

It’s hard to describe but you know it when you see it. If movies and fiction TV shows on your new HDTV look more like soap operas, then you might be experiencing the “soap opera effect.” Here’s Consumer Reports explanation This soap opera effect is a common problem that comes up when a feature called smooth motion is activated, causing movies to lose much of their filmic [...]

Facebook beefs up suicide-prevention tools

March 2, 2017

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News In 2010, I attended two meetings with Facebook staff over how the service could help prevent suicides. One meeting was at the company’s headquarters and was attended by representatives from several tech companies, including Yahoo and Google. The session explored industry-wide approaches to the issue. The other meeting, at Lucy Stern [...]
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