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Guide helps educators navigate social media for class and professional use

August 18, 2015

  The Educator’s Guide to Social Media is free from ConnectSafely by Larry Magid You’ve heard the stories — teachers who got themselves into trouble over what they posted in social media or were, perhaps, cyberbullied by students. And then there are tales of students wasting their time using social media in class. These are risks to be sure, but when used properly, social [...]

Intel and Apple release diversity reports: Progress but still a long way to go

August 13, 2015

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News It’s no secret that Silicon Valley tech companies are a bit of a White and Asian boys club. In an open letter, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who founded the Rainbow Push Coalition, pointed out that Blacks and Latinos are grossly unrepresented in the Silicon Valley workforce. He called it “inexcusable, unacceptable and inconsistent with [...]

Bluetooth headphones protect children’s hearing

August 7, 2015

Puro Kids headphones If you have kids, chances are very good that they are listening to music through earbuds or earphones. No problem with that, but if the volume is too high, it can affect your child’s hearing. That’s why it makes sense to equip them with headphones or earbuds that limit the volume to about 85 db or less. At that level, children can listen for about eight hours [...]

Teen social media use helps maintain friendships

August 6, 2015

New report shows how teens make and keep up with friends online It comes as no surprise that teens are heavy users of social media and mobile phones. But, based on a new survey from Pew Research, we now know that a majority (57 percent) of teens have met at least one new friend online while 29 percent say they have met at least five friends that way. The survey also found that most of these [...]

Ditto: Good vibrations to alert you to calls or messages

August 2, 2015

Ditto My wife has a tendency to keep her phone in her backpack and when it rings, she sometimes doesn’t hear it and she can never feel it vibrate because it’s not directly on her person. So, she often misses incoming calls, which annoys me when I’m the one calling. Now when her phone rings or she gets a text message or an email, she’ll know right away if she’s [...]

Critics say Cyber Information Sharing Act could violate privacy and be unproductive

July 30, 2015

A controversial cybersecurity bill working its way through Congress has raised concerns not just of civil liberties groups but also of some leading scientists and security experts who worry that it could be counterproductive. The Cyber Information Sharing Act, or CISA, encourages private companies to share information with the federal government and local law enforcement. The bill, according to [...]

Online reputation matters but a few blemishes don’t spell disaster

July 30, 2015

by Larry Magid A lot of people worry about how their social network posts will affect their future. Will something stop them from getting into college, or perhaps keep them from getting their dream job? Your online reputation does matter, but if there are some blemishes, it’s not the end of the world. Last year, Challenger Gray & Christmas, a Chicago-based outplacement service [...]

A lot to like in Windows 10

July 24, 2015

I was never a fan of Microsoft’s Windows 8, but so far I like what I’m seeing in Windows 10. I’ve been using the new operating system — which becomes available to some customers on Wednesday — on a Microsoft Surface 3 combination tablet and laptop but, even though the computer has a touch-screen, I’m mostly using the keyboard and touchpad to issue commands. I [...]
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