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Online privacy day reminds us to stay alert year ’round

January 25, 2018

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News by Larry Magid Sunday is “Data Privacy Day,” when a host of companies, nonprofits and government agencies remind people to take steps to protect their privacy. The event is sponsored by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) Alliance executive director Russell Schrader said in a recent interview that “everyday should be Data Privacy [...]

A dongle that makes MacBook or other USB C laptop more useful

January 24, 2018

  USB-C Travel Dock from Other World Computing Sometimes little things can make a big difference.  When I was at CES this year I had a problem. HP had loaned me a very cool (and small) EliteBook 1020 that only has two USB C ports and no “standard” USB A ports. That’s still twice the number of ports as an Apple MacBook but not enough for me at CES when I needed one of those [...]

PCs that do it all in a tidy package

January 17, 2018

Lenovo IdeaCentre AIO 520 all-in-one PC This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News There was a time when nearly every PC was a desktop and only “road warriors” spent the extra money to buy a laptop. Now, laptops outsell desktops, and a lot of people use them at home, at the office and on the road. They’ve become so ubiquitous that I often hear people refer to “laptop” as a [...]

Alexa For Your Car For Under $50

January 14, 2018

As I was driving down Las Vegas Boulevard last night I asked Alexa to play Elvis Presley and seconds later the King was crooning in my car, just as he did thousands of times on that very same strip during his lifetime. I then asked to hear KCBS News from San Francisco and that local news station started playing through my car speakers. Seconds later I changed the channel to MSNBC (audio only) [...]

CES 2018 dominated by voice along with the wacky and quacky

January 11, 2018

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News For more than 50 years, tech professionals and journalists have been coming to what used to be the Consumer Electronics show, now known as just CES. Its sponsor, too, has changed its name from Consumer Electronics Association to Consumer Technology Association as a way of broadening the appeal of the organization and the show. These days, with [...]

Larry Magid’s CBS News podcasts from Showstoppers @ CES 2018

January 10, 2018

Titan Platform’s Frank Trevino shows Larry the company’s cute little Google powered AI speaker that senses your mood, smiles at you and dances around — among other things ALex Santos of Fortress talks about how his company protects consumers’ Internet of Things devices with “commercial grade security.” Whirlpool’s Poncho Eddie talks about his [...]

Larry’s reports from CES 2018

January 8, 2018

Articles Toyota’s e-Pallete Store On Wheels Plus Ride Sharing (from Forbes) What to expect from CES 2018 (preview) Podcasts Radio segment: Click above to hear about voice everywhere at CES (50 seconds including interview with CTA President Gary Shapiro) [...]

What to expect at CES 2018

January 5, 2018

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News CES, which used to stand for “Consumer Electronics Show,” has evolved into the world’s biggest technology showcase. Last year, just over 180,000 people attended the event, but based on next week’s absurdly high hotel prices in Las Vegas, I’m guessing that the turnout will be even bigger when the show opens Tuesday. According to the [...]

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s 2018 challenge: Fix Facebook’s important issues

January 4, 2018

Every year Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg takes on a challenge. One year it was to learn Mandarin. Another it was to visit every U.S. State and one year he ran 365 miles. This year, he’s doing something more important. “The world feels anxious and divided, and Facebook has a lot of work to do,” he wrote in a blog post. And this year he’s focus on thinks liker Protecting our [...]

2017 a naughty and nice year for tech

December 29, 2017

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News 2017 was an impressive year, but not all in a good way. On the plus side, I was impressed by how some new products might lead to significant benefits. On the negative side, I am worried about how the misuse of social media and threats to our privacy and security may cause us to remember 2017 as the year the net turned sour. Let’s start with [...]
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