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EFF launches free Privacy Badger for Firefox and Chrome to block hidden trackers

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Google to stop labeling apps with in-app purchases as ‘free’

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Tech companies race for advantage in ‘smart’ home market

This article first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News Samsung, according to TechCrunch, is in talks to buy home automation company SmartThings for $200 million. As of my deadline, the deal hadn’t been confirmed, but if it goes through, … Continue reading

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Apple’s iPhone 6 Already Has Tough Competition from LG’s G3

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‘Net neutrality’ comment deadline extended till Friday June 18th

In May, the Federal Communications Commission issued a proposed new rule on network neutrality that critics say would open the door to fast and slow lanes on the Internet. The reason I’m writing about it now is because Friday is the … Continue reading

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Tips for reducing risk when using mobile devices

This article first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News I recently helped write a free online booklet called “A Parents’ Guide to Mobile Phones,” available at connectsafely.org/mobile, but much of the advice applies to all cellphone users. Were it not for some … Continue reading

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LG’s new tracking watch for young children

There are lots of apps that can allow a parent to track their child’s phone. Assuming the phone and kid are together and the phone is turned on and in range, you can also use those apps to track your kid. … Continue reading

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Microsoft to end ‘mainstream support’ for Windows 7 in 6 months

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Avoid delays and possible phone loss at airport security by keeping your batteries charged

A few days ago, the US Department of Homeland Security announced “enhanced security measures at certain overseas airports with direct flights to the United States” that includes the possibility that security officers may “ask that owners’ power up some devices, including cell … Continue reading

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Google and Apple integrating smartphones into cars

I’m one of many people that use my smartphone while driving. I don’t text while driving and I never pick up the phone, but I do have a Bluetooth connection between my smartphone and my car’s audio system so that … Continue reading

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