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Facebook’s new Reactions emojis are great, but I still prefer comments

February 25, 2016

I have mixed feelings about Facebook’s new Reactions product. On one hand, I applaud the company for offering users a wider range This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News of emotional responses they can easily make to other people’s posts but I worry that it might cause some to make fewer comments the old-fashioned way, by typing their original thoughts. Until Wednesday, [...]

The inside story of Facebook’s Reactions: Beyond ‘Like’

February 24, 2016

By now you may have heard that Facebook’s “like” button has company. In addition to saying that you like someone else’s post, you can now say Love, Haha, Wow, Sad or Angry. The initiative, said Facebook engineering director Tom Alison, came from CEO Mark Zuckerberg who, last year, told staff that he wanted to allow people to give feedback on newsfeed posts other than [...]

Podcast: Group plans rallies to support Apple in its battle with the FBI

February 22, 2016

The group Fight for the Future is organizing rallies at Apple stores around the country to support the company in its battle with the FBI over the court order that could require Apple to create a “back door” so that the government can attempt to extract data from the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters. To learn more about what the group is doing and why, I spoke with [...]

Samsung introduces Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

February 21, 2016

CNET Coverage Samsung is bringing back the flash — expandable memory, that is Galaxy S7 is Samsung’s ‘greatest hits’ phone: Last year’s design with better features (hands-on) Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Bigger, better, just as sexy (hands-on) CNET Video [...]

Fighting back against online harassment and cyberbullying

February 11, 2016

We hear a lot about online harassment and cyberbullying and, indeed, it is a serious problem for both kids and adults. It’s hard to know just how many people have been affected by various forms of online harassment and hate, but there are some statistics worth considering. The Cyberbullying Research Center says that about 25 percent of middle and high school students have reported being [...]

Monica Lewinksy’s new emoji anti-bullying app and Safer Internet Day in Hollywood

February 8, 2016

    Image from Vanity Fair Monica Lewinsky learned a lot about online harassment and cyberbullying after her much-publicized relationship with President Bill Clinton in the nineties. She has bravely spoken out in a TedTalk and, just released an iOS app that provides an iPhone or iPad keyboard that you can use to send out positive emojis to support friends who are being cyberbullied. [...]

Harvard Laws School report says law enforcement worries over encryption may be exaggerated

February 1, 2016

Here is the full report from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School which found that: End-to-end encryption and other technological architectures for obscuring user data are unlikely to be adopted ubiquitously by companies, because the majority of businesses that provide communications services rely on access to user data for revenue streams and product [...]

Data Privacy Day: Passwords are broken, but here’s advice on what you can do to secure your systems

January 28, 2016

Just about everyone I know in the tech security field agrees that passwords are broken. They have the unique distinction of being hard for legitimate users and easy for hackers. As hard as it is for us to remember and use our passwords, it’s relatively easy for bad guys to guess them, steal them or circumvent them. We’ve already seen massive password theft with attacks on Sony, Time [...]
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