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September 12, 2014

What the Facebook App Can Do

Filed under: Main — Tags: — admin @ 12:01 am

facebook So many people use Facebook that I feel compelled to write about it. So I do! All my mobile technology books discuss using the Facebook app. Upon further scrutiny, it appears that installing that app may not be in your best interest.
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September 11, 2014

Coming Friday: CME

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:32 am

Thank you, Mr. Sun!

A large solar flare is headed our way, making a potential impact on Friday (tomorrow). This CME, or Coronal Mass Ejection, could disrupt electronic communications around the globe.

While you can’t prevent such a natural occurrence, you can be on the alert. My advice: Backup!

Washington Post

September 10, 2014

Apple Knows What the Fanboys Want

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apple-logo1 Yesterday, September 9, Apple unvieled two products to no one’s surprise: A large-format iPhone 6 and the  Watch.
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September 9, 2014

Big Day for Apple

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:38 am

Apple hasn’t introduced new hardware in over four years. That may not be a trend, but since the passing of Steve Jobs, the tech world — not to mention legions of Apple fans — have eagerly awaited the Next Big Thing. Supposedly that thing will be unveiled today at Apple’s special event.

The two items rumored to be introduced are the iWatch, or wearable mobile technology, and a large-format iPhone, something perhaps similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note or other phablet devices. (Although I don’t believe it will be that large.)

Yahoo News

September 8, 2014

Google Refunds Kids’ App Purchases

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:14 am

You’ve probably read about — or been concerned as a parent — how kids can use a smartphone or tablet and go on a buying spree. Especially when you have online credit or preset credit cards, little peanut can buy hundreds of dollars of apps. It’s an unpleasant surprise.

According to the article (link below), Google recently agreed to a $19 million settlement for parents whose wee li’l snowflakes have purchased way, way too many apps.

I’m kinda torn on the decision. While having more safeguards against accidental app purchases is nice, I believe this is more of a parenting issue than a reason to blame Google. Parental controls are available on many tablets, and I cover using them in my books. One app that definitely needs controlling is the Play Store.

c|net

The Hunt for Headsets

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After your first computer purchase, the next purchase involves less stuff. That’s because you can keep your monitor, keep the keyboard, keep the mouse, keep lots of stuff. The lifespan on those items is far greater than the computer console itself. The exception? Headsets.
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September 6, 2014

Wearable Technology Arrives

Filed under: News — admin @ 7:54 am

This past week, three manufacturer’s delivered wearable mobile technology, adding smart watches to phones and tablets. What makes the smart watch trend different from the established mobile gizmo realm is one word: Fashion.

Will people actually wear and use this stuff?

New York Times

September 5, 2014

Apple’s iCloud Defense

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:25 am

In light of Fapgate, Apple has announced . . . Well, basically, Apple has said, “It’s not our fault!” But that doesn’t detract from the interesting take on Apple’s security, mulled over in the post linked below.

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Disable Image Sync

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Hello female celebrity! This is the blog post you’ve been waiting for, the one that tells you how to disable automatic image synchronization with the cloud. That way, those selfies you shoot in the mirror and all your other nekkid pictures won’t end up on the Internet for the next Fappening.
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September 4, 2014

Computer Pioneer Andy Kay Passes

Filed under: News — admin @ 11:33 am

If you were around in the 1980s, then you probably knew about the KayPro computer. For a while, it was the most popular, “transportable” CP/M system available.

The KayPro was created as a rival to the Osborne computer, which also used the CP/M operating system.

I never did meet Andy Kay, but as the editor of a local computer magazine, I toured the KayPro facilities and saw a sneak-peek of their IBM PC compatible system in the late 1980s. Alas, that computer was too late to market and so KayPro didn’t see the same success with that model as they did their earlier efforts.

One thing I’ll always remember KayPro for was the Leading Edge word processor. It was very popular, and one of the first word processors to feature automatic backup. I found the software box’s photo of Abraham Lincoln odd, but yet I still remember it after all these years.

Mr. Kay also invented a voltage meter, but to me he’ll be remembered as one of the pioneers from the early days of the microcomputer.

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