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Students: The one group missing from student data privacy laws and bills

May 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

The one group missing in the conversation about student privacy rights is the very group existing and proposed laws are designed to protect. If you read the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) or the proposed bills including the Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015 proposed by Representatives Luke Messer (R-IN) and Jared Polis (D-CO), they are all about [...]

Podcasts and streaming music reach mainstream moment

May 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News It appears that both music streaming and podcasts are finally becoming a part of mainstream life, but that has taken more than 20 years of work. And some new changes to the most popular music streaming services could nudge them farther along. It was 1994 when Rob Glaser, an entrepreneur from Seattle, came to my house to show me the new [...]

Spotify adds video, podcasts and a running feature

May 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Spotify, which offers a $10 a month music subscription service plus a free advertiser-supported music streaming service is adding new features including video clips, podcasts and a feature that uses your phone’s gyroscope and accelerometer to measure the pace of your running and pick out music whose beat matches the beat of your feet and keeps you motivated (see video for an example).  The [...]

On CNET News: ‘Asus chairman: Unlocked phones will unlock the US market for us’

May 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

“Asus is the world’s fifth-largest PC manufacturer, but wants to expand its presence in the faster-growing mobile business, where it has a minimal presence in the US. It hopes to change that by pitching attractively priced smartphones directly to customers, tapping into the market of consumers who eschew traditional wireless service contracts.” Read the full post at CNET News [...]

Most teens don’t use anonymous apps but here’s advice for those who do

May 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

A study published in April by Pew Research found that only 11% of cell phone owning teens use anonymous question and anser apps like Yik-Yak, Whisper and Girls (13%) are more likely than boys (8%) to use such apps as are Hispanics (16%) compared to whites/non-Hispanic (9%) and Black, non-Hispanic (7%). And while the study didn’t touch on safe use, there is no question that some [...]

Flickr Now Compelling With Free Terabyte Of Photo Storage And Redesign

May 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

  It’s been years since I paid much attention to Yahoo’s Flickr but, with the new Flickr 4.0, it’s a compelling service that I’m pretty excited about. In fact, I’m so excited that I’m now about 12,000 files into uploading my entire collection of nearly the nearly 50,000 photos on my hard drive. As I write, Flickr’s uploader is scanning folders on my Mac and uploading files. It [...]

Moral panic amidst French media reports of kids disappearing for three days in ‘Game of 72′

May 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

The French English-language news site, The Local, is reporting about a supposed game where “teenagers have come up with a new Facebook challenge that dares them disappear without a trace for up to three days without contacting their family.” The site reports that a 13-year old girl named Emma from northern France went missing for three days but turned up safe. The site says that the [...]

Former Apple retail exec Ron Johnson launches Enjoy, a Genius Bar on wheels

May 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News Ron Johnson, who helped create Apple’s wildly successful retail stores, is now trying to reinvent e-tailing with a Genius Bar that makes house calls. When you order a tech product from Johnson’s new company, Enjoy, an expert delivers the product and spends up to an hour setting it up and teaching you how to use it for free. [...]

Lowe’s installs 3D scanning and printing in Silicon Valley hardware store

April 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

3D printer (not actual model used at OSH) The Orchard Supply Hardware store in Mountain View, which is owned by Lowe’s, is taking a baby step toward a future where instead of just selling products, they’ll be able to help customers build their own. Imagine going into a store with a broken knob from an antique cabinet and walking out with a brand-new identical item, even though the [...]

Samsung and Sprint ‘Try Harder’ With Galaxy S6 and improved network

April 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

For five decades, Avis used the advertising slogan “We Try Harder” to promote how the car rental company went out of its way to compete with the industry leader. The slogan was retired in 2012 but maybe Avis should consider turning it over to Samsung and Sprint. Great strides In the United States smartphone market, Samsung is #2 behind Apple and, when it comes to carriers, AT&T and [...]
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