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When it comes to media, it’s often OK to share

July 28, 2016

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News Parents often tell their kids to “share,” but sharing movies, music and other media isn’t always legal or ethical. The good news is that many services do allow you to share, at least with members of your “family” or “household.” While there are no laws against sharing a peanut butter sandwich, the [...]

Some excellent Android phones that are a lot less expensive than iPhones

July 28, 2016

Inexpensive Honor 5X has a metal body and fingerprint reader Apple has reported a decline in iPhone sales for the second quarter in a row. There are lots of reasons including people waiting for the new iPhone to be announced in September as well as market saturation. Most people who want a smartphone already have one. Another reason is competition from Samsung’s phones including the [...]

How to watch the political conventions online & in VR

July 17, 2016

This year, more than ever, it’s possible to view both this week’s Republican Convention and next week’s Democratric conventions online. You can even immerse yourself in virtual reality. YouTube is the official streaming partner of the GOP which will not only stream parts of this year’s event, but also let you re-live speeches from past GOP conventions. YouTube will also [...]

Pokemon Go shows promise of augmented reality

July 14, 2016

Like millions of people around the globe, I’m excited about Pokémon Go — the app that has people walking around cities, parks and other venues in search of Squirtle and other characters to capture. It’s not the game that excites me, but the fact that Pokémon Go is the first wildly popular augmented reality application. If you’ve observed players first hand, you may have [...]

BitTorrent to launch TV news service at Republican Convention

July 13, 2016

Just in time for the Republican Convention, BitTorrent, on July 18th, will launch a TV news network that you can watch on iOS and Android devices, on the web and — soon — Apple TV. BitTorrent News, according to a statement, will use “superior data and tools and the Silicon Valley ethos of lean startup to build a nimble news organization that will learn quickly from user [...]

LGBTQ youth face higher online risks

July 3, 2016

By Tyler Snell The Internet has proven to be a revolutionary tool that has changed the world – and like many such innovations before it, it’s mostly a blessing, but a little bit of a curse. While the instant communication that the Internet provides has spread access to information globally and helped disenfranchised groups to build and engage their communities, it also provides the means and [...]

Diagnose your car and track your teen driver

June 23, 2016

You’ve no doubt heard of OnStar, the feature in many General Motors cars that can offer emergency assistance, human assisted navigation, vehicle diagnostics and other features. The service, depending on the features you enable, costs between $20 and $35 a month with a 20 percent discount if you pay by the year. OnStar only works on GM vehicles. The company experimented for a while with an [...]
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