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Security camera uses artificial intellgence to know if someone is an intruder

August 30, 2016

Flare security camera The Flare security camera from BuddyGuard, a German company that’s at the IFA trade show in Berlin, uses sound recognition and face recognition to distinguish between legitimate visitors and residents vs. intruders. In an interview, CEO Wouter Verhoog said that the Flare is able to recognize sounds, such as someone picking a lock or breaking glass to determine [...]

Proposed rule would make it easier for international entrepreneurs to relocate to US

August 26, 2016

Click above for Larry’s 1-minute CBS News commentary on proposed rule The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued a proposed rule that would make it easier for “entrepreneurs of startup entities whose stay in the United States would provide a significant public benefit through the substantial and demonstrated potential for rapid [...]

Back to school tech guide

August 25, 2016

by Larry Magid With school already in session or about to start, lots of people are shopping for new technology. Whether it’s a young student looking for a phone or a tablet or an older one in need of a laptop, there are plenty of products to think about for the back-to-school crowd. Tablets Just about every student from upper elementary school grades through graduate school needs some type [...]

Survey finds a ‘digital disconnect’ between teens and parents yet teens do care about privacy and security

August 24, 2016

A study by the National Cyber Security Alliance and Microsoft” reveals a ‘digital disconnect’ between parents and teens regarding teens’ online behaviors, experiences and resolving online issues.” One finding that might surprise some is that privacy and security were among the top concerns of teens. Nearly half (47%) said they are “very concerned” about someone [...]

Twitter gives users tools to avoid harassing and annoying Tweets and suspends terror related accounts

August 18, 2016

In a blog post, Twitter announced that its introducing features to give users more control over what you see and who you interact with through notification settings and a “quality filter.” Notifications Settings Starting now, all Twitter users on mobile and at Twitter.com will be able to limit notifications to only people they follow. On the web, you you configure this from the [...]

Honor 8 smartphone comes with budget price, premium quality

August 17, 2016

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News The Honor 8 smartphone, introduced in the U.S. at a glitzy San Francisco press conference Tuesday night, is not likely to be an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy killer but it’s one of a growing number of phones that offer premium quality at a budget price — under $400. Honor is a subsidiary of Huawei, one of China’s largest phone [...]

What you need to know about Musical.ly

August 13, 2016

Guest post by Sameer Hinduja This article first appeared on Cyberbullying.org. Musical.ly, an increasingly popular app with tweens and teens, allows individuals to create and share short videos that are lip-synced to songs of their choice. Remarkably, there are 80 million registered users, with around 10 million of those active on a daily basis.  These “Musers” – as they are called – [...]

Free WiFi serves as a vital lifeline to refugees at a camp in France

August 10, 2016

CNET tech blog, which is owned by CBS, typically has a “road trip” series during the summer to show-off how tech is being used around the world. But this year, the Road Trip has been transformed into a compelling special series called Life Disrupted: Dispatches from a refugee crisis in the digital age. One installment, from CNET Senior writer Stephen Shankland, focuses on a refugee [...]

Facebook tweaks News Feed to reduce ‘clickbait’

August 4, 2016

It seems as if complaints roll in every time Facebook makes a change to its News Feed. But I have no complaint with the latest change designed to cut back on “clickbait.” In a statement, Facebook defined clickbait as “headlines that intentionally leave out crucial information, or mislead people, forcing people to click to find out the answer.” Examples they cited included “He Put [...]

Instagram adds disappearing ‘Stories’

August 2, 2016

Instagram Stories by Larry Magid For years, Facebook has been looking for a way to compete with Snapchat at its own game and, after two failed attempts, it’s trying again not by trying to acquire Snapchat for $3 billion as it did in 2013 or by launching its Slingshot Snapchat-like app as it did in 2014.  This time, Facebook is doing something smarter by going after the ephemeral photo [...]
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