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Silicon Valley’s gender and ethnic gap

March 24, 2017

A couple of recent press stories about diversity caught my eye this week. First the good news. Google and Howard University are doing something about getting more African Americans into the tech world. Howard University and Google announced a plan to launch Howard West, a three-month, summer Computer Science residency for rising juniors and seniors in the University’s Computer Science program. [...]

Most Android devices are not up-to-date on security fixes

March 23, 2017

Skycure report shows slow application of security patches on Android A report from Skycure found that “71% of all Android users on the five major US carriers are running security patches that are at least 2 months old.” The report found that “Growth in malware and network incidents was substantial, but the majority of these malicious exploits depends on vulnerabilities in the [...]

Extending Wi-Fi to full house and yard

March 23, 2017

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News There are parts of my home which don’t get good Wi-Fi coverage from the internet router in my home office. Fortunately, there are ways to enhance that signal so, with the right equipment installed, the internet can now reach every nook and cranny of my house and yard. Having good Wi-Fi throughout the home is increasingly important as people [...]

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. [...]
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