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Social network lets members join forces, advocate causes

June 1, 2007

The Web has long been a tool for social and political activists from all parts of the spectrum, and that’s especially true now that a gaggle of candidates are ratcheting up their 2008 presidential campaigns.The ability to play a role in electoral politics is not lost on industry-leading social-networking sites MySpace and Facebook. Both mega-sites are used by candidates to recruit and rally [...]

CBS Podcast: Sprint Phones to Stream Music Deal with Pandora

May 23, 2007

Sprint Nextel along with Pandora Media is launching a streaming music service that will let people listen to their favorite artists on their cell phone. Pandora already offers a similar service on its website, Pandora.com. Pandora Media Founder Tim Westergren explains how it works to CBS News technology consultant Larry Magid Listen [...]

Manage Your Kids Summer Media Diet

May 23, 2007

The calendar has great news for kids and mixed news for parents. Summer is almost here, which means kids will be home from school. For parents this can bring on extra challenges, especially now that kids have so many electronic indoor diversions that can entertain and educate but also bring on certain risks. There are a lot of reasons parents should limit the amount of time their kids spend [...]

Audio interview with MySpace Safety Chief Hemanshu Nigam

May 22, 2007

MySpace has removed online profiles from about 7,000 registered convicted sex offenders. A group of state Attorneys General have demanded that MySpace disclose information about those individuals and, after initially citing federal privacy laws as a reason for not disclosing that data, the company and the Attorneys General have now come to an agreement regarding the information. Hemanshu Nigam, [...]

Jawbone Headset Looks and Sounds Better

May 22, 2007

by Larry Magid If you run into me on the street, you’re not likely to see me wearing one of those Bluetooth headsets. I know – they let you use your phone hands-free, which is both more convenient and arguably safer when you’re driving. July 2008, however, I’ll probably have to spring for some type of headset when a California law kicks in that bans talking on a [...]

Norton 360 — Finally anti virus that doesn’t slow you down

May 15, 2007

by Larry Magid I’ve been using anti-virus, anti-spyware and other security software for almost two decades but far too often, I have wondered whether the cure was worse than the disease. Symantec is a case in point. Older versions of its Norton Anti-Virus and Norton Internet Security programs have slowed down my machine and interrupted my work flow by asking me to decide what to do with [...]

With Mojopac you may not need a laptop

May 14, 2007

I almost always travel with a laptop but now that I have my mojo going, I might just leave it home next time I hit the road. By “mojo,” I mean MojoPac from Santa Clara-based RingCube Technologies. The software, which currently works only with Windows XP (a beta Vista compatible version will be available soon) allows you to turn a removable external hard drive, flash drive or even an [...]

iLoad lets you load/backup iPod without a PC

May 7, 2007

When I first heard about the iLoad, I was a bit skeptical. Admittedly there must be some people in the world who have iPods but not PCs or Macs. For the rest of us it’s hardly necessary to pay $299 for a device that lets you load CDs to your iPod without having to bother with a computer. Then I tried the device and discovered other things it can do or will soon be able to do and came away a [...]

Digg Reverses Course After Online Uproar

May 3, 2007

Digg Reverses Course After Online Uproar May 3, 2007 The Web site Digg — where people get to submit links to articles and blog items that they think others should pay attention to — has been involved in a hailstorm of controversy this week over its initial adherence and eventual rejection of a legal notice from a movie industry anti-piracy group. At issue is a 16-digit hexadecimal code that [...]

You can be tracked through your cell phone

May 1, 2007

by Larry Magid Imagine a world where you can be tracked anywhere you go. A decade ago that would have seemed like a paranoid delusion, but thanks to GPS-enabled cell phones and other technologies, it’s more or less the way things now are. Many of today’s cell phones are equipped with global positioning systems that are capable of pinpointing your exact position. Soon, thanks to [...]
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