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Contrary to popular belief, parents are not clueless about kids’ use of tech

November 17, 2015

By Larry Magid A new study commissioned by the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) found that “the majority of parents are “highly confident” in their ability to manage their child’s technology use, and “most feel they know a lot about what their children do when using technology.”  The survey also found that parents worry about their children’s personal [...]

LucidCam will slash the cost of virtual reality cameras

November 11, 2015

I don’t usually write about crowd-funding campaigns, but I was impressed by a demo I saw of the LucidCam Virtual Reality 3D camera that’s now available to pre-order at Indiegogo for $299. I had a visit from company founder and CEO Han Jin who showed demonstrated how easy it is to take and render a video using a prototype of what will be the LucidCam when it goes into production early [...]

Google Maps now lets you navigate offline

November 10, 2015

The latest version of Google Maps (currently for Android) allows you to download maps and other data before you travel so you can access it even if you don’t have an Internet connection. [...]

Advice to parents of Snapchat users

November 9, 2015

Snapchat, a media-sharing and chat app, is all about spontaneity. The text, photos and videos you send disappear seconds after they’re viewed – you get to decide how long your friends have to view them. What users love about that is they can share a moment that’s digital footprint-free – they don’t have to think about how their photos, videos or comments make them look to some unknown [...]

Cyber criminals often resort to simple trickery

November 5, 2015

As it does every year, security firm Trend Micro has released its annual threat report, titled “Security Predictions for 2016 and Beyond.” And, to me, the most profound statement in the report is “cybercriminals don’t need to use the most advanced technologies or sophisticated [...]

Firebox offers ‘a more private browsing experience’

November 4, 2015

All the major web browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, offer a private browsing mode that doesn’t record the history of where you’ve been or put any cookies on your device. But that doesn’t mean that websites can’t still track you.  They can do this by putting code on the site — sometimes embedded into ads — which can track your presence. The new feature, [...]

Tweens, teens, tech and some good news from Common Sense Media study

November 3, 2015

 Tweens average more than four and a half hours (4:36) of screen media use a day and teens more than six and a half hours (6:40) a day. A majority of teens (57%) spend more than four hours per day with screen media. By Larry Magid Just in time for Media Literacy Week, Common Sense Media has released an impressive study on how teens and tweens use media and connected technology. There is a lot [...]

U.S. celebrates National Media Literacy Week

November 1, 2015

The United States is about to celebrate its first Media Literacy Week (@MediaLiteracyEd) as Canadians have done for the past decade. While the week is not directly related to the U.S. elections, it does coincide with the early stages of both parties' primary campaigns, which strikes me as a great time to think about media literacy. Very few of us will have a chance to meet any of the candidates face-to-face so what we know about their records, their platforms and their promises comes from the debates, the sound bites we see, hear and read and the analysis of pundits, spin doctors, commentators and reporters. [...]
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