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Let’s stop persecuting ‘Auschwitz selfie girl’ for smiling at a camera

I grew up Jewish so I’m naturally very sensitive to the horrors that took place at Auschwitz during the Holocaust. I’m also very critical of Holocaust deniers and those who would minimize what the Nazis did to Jews, gays and … Continue reading

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iPads have their place, but I can see why sales are down

After the iPad was announced in January 2010, I wrote a blog post titled “iPad is a bit underwhelming,” in which I pointed out that Apple was “trying to create a third category of devices somewhere in between a smartphone … Continue reading

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Privacy and security tips for newly-minted college students

This post first appeared on Forbes.com by Larry Magid Congratulations. After a long and sometimes stressful childhood you (or your teen) are ready for college. It’s a big step that involves a great deal of freedom and independence and an exciting … Continue reading

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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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