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What Google announced at Google I/O developers conference

May 17, 2017

Google’s opening keynote address at its 2017 Google I/O developer’s conference was, as usual, the time for the company to announce some new products and developments. These include : Virtual and augmented reality announcements such as working with HTC, Lenovo and other developers for standalone virtual reality headsets that will sense your movement and, unlike Google’s current [...]

Guide combats fake news through media literacy

May 11, 2017

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News Long before the term “fake news” entered our vocabulary, I had been complaining about people spreading false information online. Now I’m doing something about it with a new free online booklet aimed at parents and educators. The new publication goes after the root cause of fake news -– media literacy. The Parent and Educator Guide to [...]

ConnectSafely releases free Parent & Educator Guide to Media Literacy & Fake News

May 9, 2017

Read online or download the PDF You’ve heard about fake news — stories that appear online and in media that are wholly or mostly fake. Sadly, it’s not likely to stop but as parents and educators, we can help stop the spread of fake news but helping our kids recognize it, not believe it and not spread it. Written by ConnectSafely K-12 Education Director Kerry Gallagher and [...]

Comcast offers simplified Wi-Fi management and parental controls

May 7, 2017

Xfinity control center   Comcast is giving parents more control over their WiFi networks, including how their kids are using devices in the home. The company is calling Xfinity xFi, “a new way to personalize, manage and control the home Wi-Fi experience.” The service, which will be immediately available to 10 million Comcast customers, allows users to: Set up their home Wi-Fi [...]

Facebook beefs up safety staff

May 3, 2017

After some horrific events on Facebook Live, including suicides and reports of a murder, Facebook is adding another 3,000 people to its worldwide support staff. The company already had 4,500 people responding to user reports. In a Facebook post,  CEO Mark Zuckerberg said “If we’re going to build a safe community, we need to respond quickly. We’re working to make these videos [...]

Most teens can step away from social media

April 27, 2017

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News A pair of recent reports sheds light on how teens are using social media, including the revelation that not all teens are glued to social media 24/7. Many do take breaks. You can find links to both reports from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research at apnorc.org. The survey of 13 to17 year-olds from throughout the U.S. [...]

Repost: Rain Machine is a watering controller that knows the weather

April 17, 2017

Rain Machine controller by Larry Magid On a rare San Francisco Bay Area rainy day, I drove by a house whose automatic sprinkler system was watering the lawn, even though water was falling from the sky. It’s a colossal waste at a time when California is suffering from a four-year drought. Thanks to the Rain Machine, that can no longer happen at my house. To begin with, we no longer have a lawn. [...]

Showoff — a magnetic mount that turns your phone into the ultimate selfie machine and a poor man’s GoPro

April 13, 2017

Forget those geeky selfie pictures where you hold your arms as far away from your torso as they’ll stretch or those  much maligned “selfie-sticks.” Instead, consider investing $29.99 in the ShowOff, a magnetic phone mount and Bluetooth remote control that lets you use your phone to shoot pictures from across the room. Actually it’s for more than just selfies. The company [...]

Windows 10 Creators Update. How you can and why you shouldn’t upgrade right now

April 11, 2017

Microsoft is out with the new Windows 10 Creators Update and, from what I can tell, it’s an improvement. But that doesn’t mean you should be the first on your block to upgrade. First, if you go through the normal process, chances are you won’t be offered an upgrade right away. Microsoft is rolling it out gradually and not everyone will get an invitation to update within the next [...]
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