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Facebook beefs up suicide-prevention tools

March 2, 2017

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News In 2010, I attended two meetings with Facebook staff over how the service could help prevent suicides. One meeting was at the company’s headquarters and was attended by representatives from several tech companies, including Yahoo and Google. The session explored industry-wide approaches to the issue. The other meeting, at Lucy Stern [...]

Amazon explains the glitch that crippled sites on Wednseday

March 2, 2017

Amazon Web Services has explained what happened that caused numerous web sites and other Internet services to go down on Wednesday. It was basically, as CNET News phrased it “a typo.” In a blog post, Amazon said: At 9:37AM PST, an authorized S3 team member using an established playbook executed a command which was intended to remove a small number of servers for one of the S3 [...]

Disney Research working on over-the-air wireless charging

February 22, 2017

Disney Research is working on technology that may someday allow you to charge your phone or other device simply by walking into a specially equipped room. As Phys.org points out, researchers at Disney built a 16 by 16 room with aluminium panels floor to ceiling and two-inch copper pipe runs vertically that is able to transmit power that can charge compatible receivers. “This new [...]

Get emergency response plus car diagnostics and location with no monthly fee

February 16, 2017

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News In June I wrote about Hum by Verizon but I’m now testing a similar device that, unlike Hum, doesn’t require a monthly service fee. Listen to Larry’s full interview withAutomatic co-founder Ljuba Miljkovic To review, Hum by Verizon is a device and service that works with almost any car built in the last 20 years that helps you [...]

Safer Internet Day is Tues — Live Streaming Starting 9:30 AM Eastern

February 3, 2017

 Click here to view the live stream (9:30 AM Eastern on Tues) The official U.S. event will by hosted by ConnectSafely.org at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. The U.S. event will bring together elementary, middle school and high school students and online safety experts, youth advocates and leading technology companies to discuss youth perspectives and practices in social media. [...]

The transition of Whitehouse.gov & @Potus Twitter account

January 20, 2017

Front page of the new Whitehouse.gov Donald J. Trump is now the 45th President of the United States, which means, in addition to taking over the reigns of government, he now controls WhiteHouse.gov and the @POTUS Twitter handle. As of this writing, the new President had only one Tweet as @POTUS but he was still using @TheRealDonaldTrump, about an hour after his swearing in, to quote from his [...]

Beware of tech support scams

January 19, 2017

I got the following email from a relative of mine this week and it immediately sounded an alarm in my head. This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News “Was on phone for hours with Yahoo tech in Texas. Apparently, my Yahoo account was hacked from outside the state several times and their own security system blocked my send. I consented to Team Viewer and he says he fixed it. They [...]
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