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Mind Yeti audio sessions promote mindfulness in school kids and adults too

May 30, 2016

If you’re a parent, or wherever a student,  you know that school can be stressful and that stress can lead to all sorts of issues, including lack of attention, irritability and behavior problems, including bullying. A proven way to focus attention, reduce stress and make people feel more connected to themselves, their classmates and world around them is through mindfulness.  A study at [...]

How to back out of an unwanted Windows 10 upgrade

May 27, 2016

Personally I like Windows 10 and recommend that most people upgrade. But it’s your choice and if you don’t want to, you shouldn’t be tricked into doing so. If you did accidentally upgrade or have simply changed your mind, you have a month to go back to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Here are the instructions, according to Microsoft Click on Start menu Go to Settings Update & [...]

Google’s building a modular smartphone

May 20, 2016

Back in the days before most people used notebooks PC, tablets and smartphones, PCs had slots so you could expand and customize them. And now Google is borrowing that idea and building a modular smartphone called Ara. Unlike traditional phones that are expandable only with apps or perhaps a MicroSD card slot, Ara will have six modular slots so that you can customize it with cameras, speakers and [...]

Thoughts on Facebook’s commitment to not supress what matters most to people

May 19, 2016

Social media’s role in the news business is now a big story thanks to Gizmodo’s accusation that Facebook contractors had introduced a liberal bias into picking which stories appear in the site’s trending section on everyone’s Facebook page. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the company, so-far, hasn’t found evidence to support that accusation but promised a thorough investigation and, on [...]

Refugees using technology for their ‘digital passage’

May 17, 2016

Chances are you’re carrying around a smartphone and using it for all sorts of things including texting, checking email, listening to music and navigation. For you it’s probably feels like a lifeline, but for refugees making the dangerous journey from Syria and other war torn countries to safer havens in Europe, it literally is a lifeline. [...]

Researcher explores the problem of sextortion — analysis and interview

May 11, 2016

By Larry Magid Source: Brookings Institution Sextortion usually involves a perpetrator (typically male) getting hold of a picture of someone (typically female) and threatening to widely share those images unless the victim gives them something they want. And that something is often more images that are increasingly humiliating to the victim, but sometimes money. Study author Benjamin Wittes [...]

Shop carefully before cord cutting

May 9, 2016

I felt a bit like a dinosaur as installers from Comcast spent a morning wiring my house for cable TV. Many people are “cutting the cord,” just as I’m having new ones strung. But after seeing all those commercials for Comcast’s Xfinity X1 TV system, I wanted to try it out for myself. I had earlier tried out Dish Network service. Dish offers the ability to automatically [...]

Turn off Facebook’s auto-tagging based on face recognition

May 6, 2016

Facebook collects biometric data about people’s faces that it uses to help tag people in photographs. It’s not completely automatic, but it does help users tag friends who appear in photos on their pages. You can, if you wish, turn off the ability for others to see tag suggestions based on your image. Click on Settings (down arrow near the top right of the page) and then select [...]
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