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How to control who can see your location on Snapchat

June 23, 2017

Snapchat has just released its new Snap Map feature that can share your location with Snapchat friends via a map. The feature is off by default so, if you want to share you location, you have to opt-in. Also, it only shares your location with people you’ve friended on Snapchat. Your location isn’t public (though anyone who knows your location could share it with others). More… [...]

Using virtual reality to combat pain

June 15, 2017

  Click for Larry’s podcast with Drs. Bullock and Won This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News When I think of virtual reality, I think of playing games or being immersed in a 360 degree video experience where the action takes place all around me. But when Kim Bullock and Andrea Stevenson Won talk about VR, they have something else in mind — helping patients cope with [...]

New iOS 10.3 features worth checking out

June 11, 2017

Even though iOS 10.3 isn’t the major upgrade we’re expecting in iOS 11 this far, there are some handy features you may not have tried including Apple ID profile, iCould storage breakdown, find your parked car, weather in maps and find my AirPods. For more, check out CNET’s iOS 10.3: 7 new features to try right away. Other links: Download iOS 10.3.2 (from Apple) Preview of iOS [...]

A baby girl and the camera phone were born 20 years ago

June 8, 2017

Like nearly all expectant fathers, Philippe Kahn planned to take a picture of the new baby but, instead of waiting till he got home to distribute the photo to friends online, he wanted to do it directly from the hospital. But that was in 1997 when there were no camera phones. So he invented one [...]

Google’s new ‘Be Internet Awesome’ is a fun way for kids to learn to make smart online decisions

June 6, 2017

Lecturing kids about internet safety has never been a good strategy. Conversations help, but engaging children in ways that are fun can have a much bigger impact. That’s why ConnectSafely is proud to partner with Google on its new Be Internet Awesome program, a fun way to help kids learn about internet safety, privacy and security. Other Be Internet Awesome partners are the Family Online [...]

Google plan to link online behavior to offline shopping is creepy, even with privacy protections

May 24, 2017

Scroll down for FTC tracking guidelines This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News On Tuesday, KCBS co-anchors Jeff Bell and Patti Reising and I talked about Google’s new plan to track brick-and-mortar transactions with online behavior during my daily live radio segment. But before I started explaining the plan, Patti began by saying, “Larry this sounds creepy to me.” And even [...]

Huawei Watch 2 gets positive reviews

May 21, 2017

I’m one of several reviewers giving high marks to Huawei new Watch 2 Android Wear watch. My review is on radio but here are some written reviews; Huawei Watch 2: A powerful fitness-focused Android Wear smartwatch (ZDNet) Huawei’s Watch 2 can last for weeks without its smarts (Engadget) The original Huawei Watch is getting Android Wear 2.0 (The Verge)     [...]

Lessons learned from the WannaCry ransomware attack — How to protect yourself

May 18, 2017

Thousands of PC users saw this instead of their files Podcast: Larry Magid speaks with National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) Executive Director Michael Kaiser about Wanna Cry and other security threats and precautions The WanaCry ransomware was aptly named because anyone impacted would “wanna cry.” The attack, which locked hundreds of thousands of users out of their computers by [...]
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