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Tips on using a digital camera

December 20, 2007

by Larry Magid Reposted from San Jose Mercury News Lots of us are getting digital cameras for the holidays. My gift to myself was a Canon S5 IS. Unlike the other cameras I’ve owned, this one has a 12x optical zoom and a body that looks almost like one of those professional SLR (single lens reflex) models, only smaller. At $330 on Amazon.com, it’s a lot of camera for the price. But you [...]

Your personal info is an endangered species

December 14, 2007

Facebook’s now self-admitted privacy blunder should serve as a wake-up call to all Net users. When you’re online, it’s up to you to keep an eye out for your personal information. The storm at Facebook began in November when the company introduced its Beacon service, which automatically informed all your Facebook buddies about purchases you made at participating merchants. There [...]

GPS getting better

December 12, 2007

I’ve been a big fan of GPS navigation systems for years. In fact, the technology may be responsible for saving my marriage. OK, that’s an exaggeration, but the navigation system in our car has prevented many an argument between my wife and me. Instead of having to argue whether to turn left or right, we let the GPS make that decision for us. Most of the time GPS’s advice is [...]

Backing up isn’t all that hard to do

December 4, 2007

If you’re looking for a very useful holiday present for a friend, loved one or yourself, you should definitely consider an external hard drive. I realize that a storage product isn’t nearly as exciting or instantly gratifying as a digital music player, a digital camera or a large screen TV, but it can be incredibly useful. To begin with, you can use it to backup your hard drive [...]

Amazon Kindle book reader — much to like but plenty of room for improvement

November 26, 2007

by Larry Magid reposted from San Jose Mercury News Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos wants it both ways: He wants to change the way we read without making us feel that we have to change the way we read. The manifestation of this lofty goal is the Kindle – the company’s first electronic book reader. After testing the device, I found much to like but plenty of room for improvement. At [...]

Massive UK Data breach

November 21, 2007

A major data breach in the United Kingdom could expose the personal data of more than 25 million people – nearly half the country’s population. The data relates to details about families with children, including names, dates of birth, addresses, bank account information and insurance records.The information was contained on two computer discs which were lost when they were sent to an [...]

Help available for buying electronics

November 19, 2007

Of all life’s challenges, I’m beginning to think that shopping for electronic gadgets is right up there with brain surgery and rocket science. I’m tempted to suggest that high schools and colleges offer it as one of their life skills classes. But I’m not sure it would do any good because by the time the kid graduated, everything would have changed. Buying a new flat panel [...]

Windows or Mac? An alternative to both their houses

November 6, 2007

Macintosh users are often characterized as both cool and independent. A few years ago Apple ran commercials with the tag line “think different.” More recently, the company’s humorous “I’m a Mac / I’m a PC” commercials have juxtaposed a relaxed, lovable Mac character with a frumpy corporate PC guy in an ill-fitting suit. The commercials, and indeed [...]

$99 SD card adds WiFi to any digital camera

October 30, 2007

Click here to hear Larry Magid’s podcast interview of Eye-Fi CEO Jef Holove. ————————————————————————————– Several months ago I wrote about a Nikon camera with built-in WiFi adapter that enables you to automatically [...]

Websites let you make small investments in worthy projects

October 29, 2007

by Larry Magid reposted from San Jose Mercury News October 24, 2007 An investment adviser suggested I diversify my portfolio with international holdings. But instead of buying an international mutual fund, I went to microplace.com to make a small investment in a group of Ghanaian businesses and thanks to kiva.org I now have an interest in a Bolivian pig farm. These investments won’t make me [...]
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