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What you need to know about Musical.ly

August 13, 2016

Guest post by Sameer Hinduja This article first appeared on Cyberbullying.org. Musical.ly, an increasingly popular app with tweens and teens, allows individuals to create and share short videos that are lip-synced to songs of their choice. Remarkably, there are 80 million registered users, with around 10 million of those active on a daily basis.  These “Musers” – as they are called – [...]

Free WiFi serves as a vital lifeline to refugees at a camp in France

August 10, 2016

CNET tech blog, which is owned by CBS, typically has a “road trip” series during the summer to show-off how tech is being used around the world. But this year, the Road Trip has been transformed into a compelling special series called Life Disrupted: Dispatches from a refugee crisis in the digital age. One installment, from CNET Senior writer Stephen Shankland, focuses on a refugee [...]

Facebook tweaks News Feed to reduce ‘clickbait’

August 4, 2016

It seems as if complaints roll in every time Facebook makes a change to its News Feed. But I have no complaint with the latest change designed to cut back on “clickbait.” In a statement, Facebook defined clickbait as “headlines that intentionally leave out crucial information, or mislead people, forcing people to click to find out the answer.” Examples they cited included “He Put [...]

Instagram adds disappearing ‘Stories’

August 2, 2016

Instagram Stories by Larry Magid For years, Facebook has been looking for a way to compete with Snapchat at its own game and, after two failed attempts, it’s trying again not by trying to acquire Snapchat for $3 billion as it did in 2013 or by launching its Slingshot Snapchat-like app as it did in 2014.  This time, Facebook is doing something smarter by going after the ephemeral photo [...]

An August 2nd ‘Anniversary update’ is coming to WIndows 10

July 31, 2016

If you’re a Windows 10 user, get ready for an update that will add some new features and some bug fixes. The update, says Microsoft, will include new security features and improvements to the Cortona voice assistant including allowing Cortana to work while the machine is locked. There will also be some refinements when using a Pen on a touchscreen PC and better integration with the XBox [...]

When it comes to media, it’s often OK to share

July 28, 2016

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News Parents often tell their kids to “share,” but sharing movies, music and other media isn’t always legal or ethical. The good news is that many services do allow you to share, at least with members of your “family” or “household.” While there are no laws against sharing a peanut butter sandwich, the [...]

Some excellent Android phones that are a lot less expensive than iPhones

July 28, 2016

Inexpensive Honor 5X has a metal body and fingerprint reader Apple has reported a decline in iPhone sales for the second quarter in a row. There are lots of reasons including people waiting for the new iPhone to be announced in September as well as market saturation. Most people who want a smartphone already have one. Another reason is competition from Samsung’s phones including the [...]

How to watch the political conventions online & in VR

July 17, 2016

This year, more than ever, it’s possible to view both this week’s Republican Convention and next week’s Democratric conventions online. You can even immerse yourself in virtual reality. YouTube is the official streaming partner of the GOP which will not only stream parts of this year’s event, but also let you re-live speeches from past GOP conventions. YouTube will also [...]

Pokemon Go shows promise of augmented reality

July 14, 2016

Like millions of people around the globe, I’m excited about Pokémon Go — the app that has people walking around cities, parks and other venues in search of Squirtle and other characters to capture. It’s not the game that excites me, but the fact that Pokémon Go is the first wildly popular augmented reality application. If you’ve observed players first hand, you may have [...]
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