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Precautions for online holiday shopping

November 25, 2015

With the holiday season upon us, a lot of people will be shopping online this year. For the most part, it’s pretty safe but there are some basic precautions worth remembering. [...]

Contrary to popular belief, parents are not clueless about kids’ use of tech

November 17, 2015

By Larry Magid A new study commissioned by the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) found that “the majority of parents are “highly confident” in their ability to manage their child’s technology use, and “most feel they know a lot about what their children do when using technology.”  The survey also found that parents worry about their children’s personal [...]

Why I like Google’s plan to replace apps with mobile web-sites

November 12, 2015

In some ways I feel that today’s mobile app environment is a step backwards. It harkens to the days when you needed separate PC software programs for each thing you wanted to do. Before the days of the World Wide Web, you needed separate software for each online service you wanted to visit and just about every productivity task you could think of came with its own software. Then came the web, [...]

LucidCam will slash the cost of virtual reality cameras

November 11, 2015

I don’t usually write about crowd-funding campaigns, but I was impressed by a demo I saw of the LucidCam Virtual Reality 3D camera that’s now available to pre-order at Indiegogo for $299. I had a visit from company founder and CEO Han Jin who showed demonstrated how easy it is to take and render a video using a prototype of what will be the LucidCam when it goes into production early [...]

Google Maps now lets you navigate offline

November 10, 2015

The latest version of Google Maps (currently for Android) allows you to download maps and other data before you travel so you can access it even if you don’t have an Internet connection. [...]

Advice to parents of Snapchat users

November 9, 2015

Snapchat, a media-sharing and chat app, is all about spontaneity. The text, photos and videos you send disappear seconds after they’re viewed – you get to decide how long your friends have to view them. What users love about that is they can share a moment that’s digital footprint-free – they don’t have to think about how their photos, videos or comments make them look to some unknown [...]

Cyber criminals often resort to simple trickery

November 5, 2015

As it does every year, security firm Trend Micro has released its annual threat report, titled “Security Predictions for 2016 and Beyond.” And, to me, the most profound statement in the report is “cybercriminals don’t need to use the most advanced technologies or sophisticated [...]

Firebox offers ‘a more private browsing experience’

November 4, 2015

All the major web browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, offer a private browsing mode that doesn’t record the history of where you’ve been or put any cookies on your device. But that doesn’t mean that websites can’t still track you.  They can do this by putting code on the site — sometimes embedded into ads — which can track your presence. The new feature, [...]

Tweens, teens, tech and some good news from Common Sense Media study

November 3, 2015

 Tweens average more than four and a half hours (4:36) of screen media use a day and teens more than six and a half hours (6:40) a day. A majority of teens (57%) spend more than four hours per day with screen media. By Larry Magid Just in time for Media Literacy Week, Common Sense Media has released an impressive study on how teens and tweens use media and connected technology. There is a lot [...]
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