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ScreenDrive: Volvo’s take on the touchscreen actually makes sense – The Verge

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Cars have become expensive rolling gadgets, full of screens, speakers, and sensors — but are they actually good gadgets? In our new series, ScreenDrive, we’ll review cars just like any other device, starting with the basics of what they’re like to use. If you know anything about Volvo, you know this: it makes safe cars. The company has spent decades working on that goal and making sure you know about…

"iGen" author on how digital devices are slowing the development of today’s kids – CBS News

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

A new book details the dramatic effects digital devices can have on today’s tech-savvy kids. It’s called, “iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy – and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood – and What That Means for the Rest of Us.” How much screen time is right for your kids? Author and psychologist Jean Twenge coined the term “iGen” for kids born between 1995…

Steve Jurvetson on why the digital divide needs to be addressed now – TechCrunch

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Steve Jurvetson took possession of the fifth Model 3 to roll off the assembly line at the end of July. That kind of pull isn’t surprising. The powerful co-founder of DFJ was among the first investors in Tesla Motors. And SpaceX. And more billion-dollar bets than nearly any other venture capitalist working today. In fact, most in Silicon Valley would agree that Jurvetson, who graduated from Stanford at the top…

Bitcoin peaks at $4500 in latest milestone for volatile digital currency – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Digital currency bitcoin soared to a new high of $4,500 (£3,492) on Thursday as the currency continues to grow following a split between its backers. The cryptocurrency has grown steadily for the past two weeks since it experienced a “hard fork”, where two competing strands of bitcoin emerged after some of its leading developers disagreed on the best way to take it forward. Analysts had expected bitcoin to take a hit after the fork, which saw…

Bronx men charged with cell phone larceny in Stamford – The Advocate

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

STAMFORD-Two Bronx men were charged with trying to purchase two expensive cell phones by charging them to an account they had no right using, police said. Sgt. Simon Blanc said police were called to the Sprint Store in the Bulls Head Shopping Center at about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday on the report of someone impersonating an account holder while trying to purchase two cell phones. Police arrived at the store and…

ScreenDrive: Volvo’s take on the touchscreen actually makes sense – The Verge

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Cars have become expensive rolling gadgets, full of screens, speakers, and sensors — but are they actually good gadgets? In our new series, ScreenDrive, we’ll review cars just like any other device, starting with the basics of what they’re like to use. If you know anything about Volvo, you know this: it makes safe cars. The company has spent decades working on that goal and making sure you know about…

Would-be laptop thieves crash car into pole at Google, police say – The Mercury News

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Two East Bay men were arrested Tuesday after a botched robbery attempt at Google when they tried to unsuccessfully take a laptop from a man without paying for it, according to the Mountain View Police Department. Around 1:30 p.m., officers responded to reports of a robbery on the 1600 block of Amphitheater Parkway. While en route, they learned that a car thought to be connected to the robbery had crashed…

Digital Ocean and Cloudflare ditch neo-Nazi client, The Daily Stormer – TechCrunch

Posted: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Following the violent far right demonstrations in Charlottesville at the weekend, another two web services companies have terminated their business relationships with the Nazi propaganda website, The Daily Stormer. The Daily Stormer, which spews racist, gender-based and homophobic hate speech on a daily basis, was used as a platform to help organize a violent white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville — and, afterwards, to celebrate the killing of anti-fascist protestor Heather Heyer,…

Tech companies urge Supreme Court to protect cell phone privacy – CNET

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tech companies argue that greater protections for individuals’ cell phone privacy are necessary. Neo Chee Wei/Getty More than a dozen prominent tech companies are urging the US Supreme Court to make it harder for law enforcement officials to obtain individuals’ sensitive cell phone data. The companies filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Supreme Court on Monday, arguing that law enforcement officials should be required to obtain a warrant before accessing…

Android Wear now belongs to fashion brands, not gadget nerds – The Verge

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

It may seem like Android Wear is dead. Google’s smartwatch platform has lost a lot of its supporting partners, been plagued with bugs and update issues, and isn’t nearly as popular as Apple or Samsung’s smartwatches. Except, Android Wear’s not quite dead. It’s just not alive where you expect it to be: with the Motorolas, Asuses, or LGs of the world. It’s alive in the display cases of department stores…

Inside the battery-free cell phone of the future – Android Central

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The battery-free phone runs on ambient light and RF signals, though it’s not enough to power your favorite game. Batteries: You can’t live with them, you can’t live without them, and I recite that cliche because I know you’re nodding along with me right now. Smartphone battery packs have become bigger so that they last longer, and a majority have been infused with fast charging technology. But a dead battery…

Brands Look to Take Back Some Digital Control From Ad Agencies – Wall Street Journal (subscription)

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

For more than a decade, marketers have outsourced tasks related to the planning and buying of their digital ad campaigns to media agencies, which have grown into powerful profit centers within advertising holding companies. But there are signs some marketers are increasingly bringing aspects of their digital media activity in-house as they look to wrest back control from their agencies. Marketers have been stepping up changes to their digital media…

Asus’ first laptop with Windows 10 S is now available – The Verge

Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Three months after the launch of Windows 10 S, Asus is launching its first laptop running the limited new version of Microsoft’s OS. The computer is called the VivoBook W202, and it’s a relatively cheap laptop meant to be used in schools. It sells for $279 and will be available today. The specs are pretty basic here, but it’s really just designed to have what it needs to get by…

Asus’ first laptop with Windows 10 S is now available – The Verge

Posted: Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Three months after the launch of Windows 10 S, Asus is launching its first laptop running the limited new version of Microsoft’s OS. The computer is called the VivoBook W202, and it’s a relatively cheap laptop meant to be used in schools. It sells for $279 and will be available today. The specs are pretty basic here, but it’s really just designed to have what it needs to get by…

Nielsen Will Give Digital-Ratings Credit for Video Views on Facebook, Hulu, YouTube – Variety

Posted: Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Nielsen is set to expand its digital-measurement capabilities, and will start crediting video content distributed on Facebook, Hulu and YouTube in with its digital content ratings. “These are three of the biggest and most meaningful platforms” for media companies and advertisers,” said Jessica Hogue, senior vice president of product leadership at Nielsen, in an interview. “We believe what we are providing here are audience insight and intelligence that advertisers can…

Six Ways To Ensure Success For Your Digital Marketing Agency – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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GoDaddy launches SmartLine to give businesses a second mobile phone number – TechCrunch

Posted: Tuesday, August 15, 2017

GoDaddy may be best known for its web domain registry (a business that’s been in the headlines recently), but it’s also moving into the voice and telephone business, starting with last year’s acquisition of FreedomVoice. Today the company is launching a new app called SmartLine, aimed at addressing a basic need of small businesses — more and more of them (86 percent, according to a GoDaddy survey) are using their…

When Should You Buy Your Kid a Cell Phone? – HuffPost

Posted: Tuesday, August 15, 2017

However, in the interest of providing a succinct answer, be advised: Many parents first introduce a cell phone to kids around age 13. While some households lean a little younger, you’ll find it a fairly reasonable starting point if you’re looking for an opening guideline. That said, as we point out in new book The Modern Parent’s Guide to Facebook and Social Networks, it may help to remember as follows…

Hands-On With iOS 11 Beta: The iPad Can Finally Be A Proper Laptop Replacement – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ben Sin The new iPad Pro with iOS 11 makes it more like a laptop than before. Last year I wrote a piece poking fun at Apple’s marketing campaign claiming its iPad Pro can replace a laptop. I was hardly the only tech writer who felt that way at the time — after all, the iPad’s OS is basically a blown up version of a mobile phone OS, lacking the…

Laptop Gets To Age When It Can Be Lightly Tossed Sometimes – The Onion (satire)

Posted: Monday, August 14, 2017

TROY, AL—Explaining that the degree of care with which it must be handled has been steadily decreasing over time, local man Peter Shepard confirmed Monday that his laptop had reached the age where it can be lightly tossed sometimes. “It’s six years old now, so it’s okay to gently throw it every now and then, but only if it’s onto a soft surface like a couch or something,” said Shepard,…

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