Intel CEO Brian Krzanich on wearables, drones and Internet of things

CBS News Technology Analyst Larry Magid speaks with Brian Krzanich, the CEO of Intel who had earlier given a CES Keynote on Intel’s current and future tech plans. During the chat, Krzanich touches on wearable technology, drones, fitness bands and some of the challenges associated with these technologies including safety, privacy and security. He also spoke about the importance creating a more diverse workforce at Intel and throughout Silicon Valley.

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CES chief Gary Shapiro on CES 2015 and past CES triumphs and duds


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Sony Releases ‘The Interview’ Online: How to Watch It Now

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Sony’s Hacked Email Has A Lesson For All Of Us

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Sony’s hacked emails present a teachable moment

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The Sony hack, which the FBI is now blaming on North Korea, wound up exposing emails between Sony executives and others in the entertainment industry, including some embarrassing bombshells about Sony executive, movie stars and other industry insiders.

There’s a lot others can learn from Sony’s misfortune, including being extra careful about what you say in email. If Sony can be hacked, so can any company or, for that matter, any person. But you don’t have to be a hacking victim to be embarrassed by what’s in your email. There are plenty of accidental ways that email can get into the wrong hands.

I know from experience.

A number of years ago I got an upsetting email from one of my editors that I wanted to share with my wife. So I forwarded it to her with a comment about that editor. But, instead of clicking the forward button, I accidentally hit reply and the editor got my missive instead. Fortunately, he didn’t cancel my column.

My wife herself fell into another email trap a couple of years ago when she forwarded a message to our daughter Katherine and later realized that the thread (older emails shared between some of the people she was writing to) contained information about a surprise party she was throwing for Katherine. Spoiling a surprise is far from tragic, but it was a reminder of how easy it is to spill the beans by accident.

Dozens of colleagues of mine are on a list serve where we exchange emails regularly about a subject of mutual interest. One day a colleague posted a not-so-positive note about a certain member of that list that was meant for a specific person but wound up in everyone’s inbox. She had meant to simply respond to that person, but what she didn’t realize was that replying to an email from a particular person posting to the list goes to everyone — not just that person.
Several years ago, a person I know asked to use my computer to log onto his Gmail account but he forgot to log off. When I came home that night and tried to access my own Gmail, I wound up in his account. Not realizing it, I clicked on a message which turned out to be evidence that he was cheating on his wife — not something he wanted to share with me. Ever since then, I’ve been very careful to remember to log off of any mail or social media account I access from computers other than my own (even though I don’t cheat on my wife).

And, of course, anything you say can be forwarded by another person – either deliberately or accidentally – so, to paraphrase something my mother taught me, “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it,.” — at least not in email.

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Podcast apps for iOS and Android

CNET’s (June 2014) list of Android podcast apps worth a listen and a look includes:

DoggCatcher ($4.99)

Pocket Casts ($3.99)

BeyondPod (free)

Podcast Addict (free)

Stitcher Radio (free)

TuneIn Radio (free)

iOs (iPhone and iPad) apps include:

itunes (free from Apple)

CNET’s (2012) article, Three podcast apps that are better than Apple’s lists




Stitcher Radio

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Smartphones are popular holiday gifts for kids but come with responsibility

A Parents Guide to Mible Phones from ConnectSafely covers the basics of phone safety, privacy and security

A Parents Guide to Mobile Phones from ConnectSafely covers the basics of phone safety, privacy and security

There will be lots of smartphones under Christmas trees and Hanukkah bushes this year, but if you plan to get one for a teen or pre-teen, consider first having “that talk” with your child. By “talk,” I don’t mean the birds and bees, I mean a conversation about smartphone safety, privacy and security.

A while back I wrote “10 Rules for Safe Family Cell Phone Use, which starts with a conversation and includes talking with your kids about the proper use of apps, especially those that are location aware. It’s also important to make sure kids understand when it’s not OK to use their phone (including meals and bedtime) and how to use it politely. And because phones can be used for social media, web surfing and email, the same rules that apply to computer use, apply to phones too.

Kids also need to be aware that phones cost money to buy and use and especially replace if they’re lost stolen or broken and it’s especially important to have a conversation about smartphone security, including use of personal .ID numbers or passwords to protect their phones.

Consider signing a contract with your child to set the ground rules for cell phone use.

Click below for Larry’s CBS News Holiday Tech Talk segment on kids and mobile phones


A Parents Guide to Mobile Phones

Tips for smart cell phone use

Family Contract for Smartphone Use

10 Rules for Safe Family Cell Phone Use

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Holiday Gift Guide: Wearables and fitness bands

CNET’s Wearable Tech section

$50 Jawbone Up Review by Scott Stein (CNET)

CNET’s Pebble Steel review (also consider the less expensive plastic Pebble)

LifeTrak Fitness Watch Is Inexpensive, Always-On and Never Needs Charging

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How to keep your gadgets running during a power outage

Power failures can happen at any time, whether its a major rainstorm in California, a hurricane in Florida, tornado in Kansas or just a random occurrence. And when they do happen, many of our tech gadgets stop working. So here’s some advice on what to do in case of a power failure.

Keep your phones working

Your cell phone is one of the most important things to have working in a power failure, even if you have a landline, because the same issues that take out power could also take out local phone service. If you suspect a power failure could be on the horizon, be sure to charge your phone ahead of time. It’s also a good idea to have an external battery charger for your phone. Continue reading

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Tech Check List To Prepare For a Power Failure Or Major Storm

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