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Focusing on the perfect camera

July 30, 2009

I don’t consider myself a camera expert, but I’ve had a chance to test out numerous digital cameras over the years. In addition to writing camera reviews, my goal has also been to find the “perfect” camera for my own use. Although I have found some terrific cameras, I’ve yet to find a single “one-size-fits-all” unit that satisfies all my photographic [...]

We need critical thinking in a world without Uncle Walter

July 21, 2009

I both envy and worry about young people who are growing up in the age of the Internet.  I envy them for their life-long access to a media that’s diversified enough to bring them news, information and opinion from an enormous number of sources. There’s something to be said for having access to thousands of media outlets. Unlike those of us who grew up in the 50s, 60s and 70s, young [...]

Bloggers & Online Journalists can learn from Cronkite

July 21, 2009

When I was first hired as CBS News technology analyst in 1999, I remember thinking what an honor it is to be working for the news organization that Walter Cronkite helped build. CBS, and indeed, the entire media landscape, have gone through big changes since Cronkite retired in 1981, but the basic principals he brought to news coverage remain intact. Journalists–and I include bloggers as [...]

For better & worse most books will be read digitally

July 20, 2009

A day will come when only institutions and rich people buy new books. The rest of us will read them on some type of electronic device, like an Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader Digital Book or — more likely — a smart-phone. I’m not sure when this day will come but when it does, it will be driven largely by economic and environmental concerns. But there is debate about why eBooks are better [...]

More diversity in operating systems could reduce cyber attacks

July 10, 2009

by Larry Magid I was busy all day Wednesday following two seemingly unrelated news stories: the cyberattacks against U.S. and South Korean government Web sites and the announcement that Google is developing its own operating system. That got me wondering whether those stories were related. The assaults on government Web sites were a so-called distributed denial of service attack whereby thousands [...]

Survey shows teens more safety savvy than thought

June 24, 2009

An Internet safety study (PDF)  just released by Cox Communications shows that teens may be a bit more safety conscious than previously thought. The survey, which was done by Harris Interactive, asked 655 13 to 18 year olds about their online and cell phone behavior, specifically addressing issues of cyberbullying and sexting.  The study was in partnership with the National Center for Missing [...]

Cheating is cheating, but tech offers chance to teach critical thinking

June 22, 2009

The results of a survey showing that 35 percent of middle school and high school students with cell phones have used them to cheat at school is indeed alarming. And perhaps more alarming is the finding that nearly a quarter of the students don’t even think it’s cheating. Cheating is cheating regardless of whether you use technology or old-fashioned paper notes. I’m appalled [...]

Taking the iPhone 3G S out for a spin

June 19, 2009

By Larry Magid I picked up my iPhone 3G S at the Palo Alto store early on launch day, Friday morning, and after several hours of testing, I’m impressed so far.  Not only did I find it a lot faster than the 3G for loading applications, I also quickly came to appreciate its new video capabilities and its voice control. The new phone looks virtually identical to its predecessor. And, since Apple [...]

Teen online safety mostly about behavior

June 16, 2009

The Internet and the way young people use technology are constantly evolving, but the safety messages change very slowly, if at all. Like technology itself, Internet safety has to evolve. Back in 1994, when I wrote the first widely disseminated Internet safety publication, I advised parents not to let kids put personal information or photos online and — because of what turned out to be an [...]
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