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Back to school tech guide

August 25, 2016

by Larry Magid With school already in session or about to start, lots of people are shopping for new technology. Whether it’s a young student looking for a phone or a tablet or an older one in need of a laptop, there are plenty of products to think about for the back-to-school crowd. Tablets Just about every student from upper elementary school grades through graduate school needs some type [...]

Survey finds a ‘digital disconnect’ between teens and parents yet teens do care about privacy and security

August 24, 2016

A study by the National Cyber Security Alliance and Microsoft” reveals a ‘digital disconnect’ between parents and teens regarding teens’ online behaviors, experiences and resolving online issues.” One finding that might surprise some is that privacy and security were among the top concerns of teens. Nearly half (47%) said they are “very concerned” about someone [...]

Twitter gives users tools to avoid harassing and annoying Tweets and suspends terror related accounts

August 18, 2016

In a blog post, Twitter announced that its introducing features to give users more control over what you see and who you interact with through notification settings and a “quality filter.” Notifications Settings Starting now, all Twitter users on mobile and at will be able to limit notifications to only people they follow. On the web, you you configure this from the [...]

Honor 8 smartphone comes with budget price, premium quality

August 17, 2016

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News The Honor 8 smartphone, introduced in the U.S. at a glitzy San Francisco press conference Tuesday night, is not likely to be an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy killer but it’s one of a growing number of phones that offer premium quality at a budget price — under $400. Honor is a subsidiary of Huawei, one of China’s largest phone [...]

What you need to know about

August 13, 2016

Guest post by Sameer Hinduja This article first appeared on, an increasingly popular app with tweens and teens, allows individuals to create and share short videos that are lip-synced to songs of their choice. Remarkably, there are 80 million registered users, with around 10 million of those active on a daily basis.  These “Musers” – as they are called – [...]

Free WiFi serves as a vital lifeline to refugees at a camp in France

August 10, 2016

CNET tech blog, which is owned by CBS, typically has a “road trip” series during the summer to show-off how tech is being used around the world. But this year, the Road Trip has been transformed into a compelling special series called Life Disrupted: Dispatches from a refugee crisis in the digital age. One installment, from CNET Senior writer Stephen Shankland, focuses on a refugee [...]

Facebook tweaks News Feed to reduce ‘clickbait’

August 4, 2016

It seems as if complaints roll in every time Facebook makes a change to its News Feed. But I have no complaint with the latest change designed to cut back on “clickbait.” In a statement, Facebook defined clickbait as “headlines that intentionally leave out crucial information, or mislead people, forcing people to click to find out the answer.” Examples they cited included “He Put [...]

Instagram adds disappearing ‘Stories’

August 2, 2016

Instagram Stories by Larry Magid For years, Facebook has been looking for a way to compete with Snapchat at its own game and, after two failed attempts, it’s trying again not by trying to acquire Snapchat for $3 billion as it did in 2013 or by launching its Slingshot Snapchat-like app as it did in 2014.  This time, Facebook is doing something smarter by going after the ephemeral photo [...]

An August 2nd ‘Anniversary update’ is coming to WIndows 10

July 31, 2016

If you’re a Windows 10 user, get ready for an update that will add some new features and some bug fixes. The update, says Microsoft, will include new security features and improvements to the Cortona voice assistant including allowing Cortana to work while the machine is locked. There will also be some refinements when using a Pen on a touchscreen PC and better integration with the XBox [...]

When it comes to media, it’s often OK to share

July 28, 2016

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News Parents often tell their kids to “share,” but sharing movies, music and other media isn’t always legal or ethical. The good news is that many services do allow you to share, at least with members of your “family” or “household.” While there are no laws against sharing a peanut butter sandwich, the [...]
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