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Safe holiday online shopping tips

November 26, 2017

One of the biggest obstacles to online shopping is the fear of fraud or a security scam and that can be an issue regardless of whether you’re shopping from a web browser or a mobile app. While security is an issue, it’s important not to overblow the fear. If you shop in physical stores you run the risk of getting into an accident on the way, having your car dinged in the parking lot or [...]

Hands and ears on Apple vs. Google’s high-end phones and wireless earbuds

November 19, 2017

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News Unless you count those early Blackberry-like devices, the modern smartphone era started in 2007 when Apple introduced the iPhone. The following year saw the HTC Dream, the first Android phone and since then, Apple and a slate of Android developers have been competing to win the hearts and minds of smartphone buyers around the world. Globally, [...]

Beware of TV boxes that offer free content

November 15, 2017

Hemu Nigam of SSP Blue Security expert Hemu Nigam, CEO of security consulting firm SSP Blue warns consumers to be aware of so-called “Kodi boxes” that offer free content. While there are legal uses for these types of set-top boxes, they can also be used to provide access to illegal pirated content. And, aside from ethical and legal issues, there are also security risks associated with [...]

Dealing with ‘burn-in’ problems on iPhone X and Google Pixel 2 XL

November 5, 2017

Some users 0f both Apple’s new iPhone X and Google’s new Pixel 2 XL are experiencing images on their screen that shouldn’t be there. It’s only a small number of reports so far, but both companies are taking the issue seriously and making recommendations on how to mitigate the problem while they update their software to reduce it even further. It’s a known issue with [...]

Smartphone enabled coffee table book brings ‘the good fight’ to life

November 2, 2017

The Good Fight: America’s Ongoing Struggle for Justice ($35 but less on Amazon) is a coffee table book with a twist.  If you install The Good Fight Viewer (iOS and Android) app on your smartphone, you can point to many of the photos in the book and have them come to life with video, audio and other rich media. The 258 page book by Rick Smolan and Jennifer Erwitt uses photos and stories [...]

Putting a lid on fake news, bogus ads and foreign election meddling

November 2, 2017

While in retrospect it’s obvious that foreign actors would use social media to influence U.S. public opinion, it would have been hard to predict the extent — such as those 29 million Facebook posts from Russian operatives that may have reached as many as 146 million Americans. [...]

You can delete messages in Whatsapp but you better hurry

October 27, 2017

Whatsapp is rolling out a new feature that lets you take your foot out of your mouth. But you better hurry. Messages must be deleted within 7 minutes and there is no guarantee that the person might not have seen the message by the time you delete it. To delete a message: Open WhatsApp and go to the chat containing the message you wish to delete. Tap and hold the message > choose Delete from [...]

Libraries are as relevant as ever

October 25, 2017

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News   My two days attending the Internet Librarian conference in Monterey last week reminded me of something that a lot of people already know. Despite predictions that they would be rendered obsolete by technology, libraries remain a vital part of our communities. If anything, they’re more important than ever as I reminded attendees when I [...]
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