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Digital tracking: Why you should care

Digital tracking: Why you should care

Some companies, empowered by the click-through habits of consumers, exploit the information by selling it to data brokers. BY TIM JOHNSON TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON – It’s an experience every computer or smart phone user has had. After downloading new software or an app, a window pops up with a legal agreement. At the bottom […]

The dark web is a criminal cesspool

The dark web is a criminal cesspool

Secretive corner of internet a hub for child videos, weapons, drugs, stolen identities BY TIM JOHNSON TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE LAS VEGAS — An internet realm known as the dark web was once promoted as a safe haven for political dissidents and libertarians worldwide, and financed partly by the State Department. But it has turned into […]

Nearly a third of US teens use electronics to cheat

Nearly a third of US teens use electronics to cheat

BY SHARON NOGUCHI MERCURY NEWS/TNS U.S. teenagers think they are savvy about cybersecurity — so much that nearly one-third skirt school safeguards to access banned content and 29 percent admit to using tech devices to cheat in school — but more than twice that many say they know of classmates who have cheated with devices, […]

Instagram copies another Snapchat feature: Face filters

Instagram copies another Snapchat feature: Face filters

BY TRACEY LIEN LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS SAN FRANCISCO – Instagram continued to play copycat to Snapchat, launching on Tuesday its own version of face filters — a feature popularized on Snap Inc.’s app. The new Instagram tool superimposes adornments such as animal ears, hats, makeup and masks over a person’s face on the app. The […]

Teens win computers for their ‘Big Idea’

Teens win computers for their ‘Big Idea’

Computer Mentors Group of Tampa held its annual Teen Business Challenge Feb. 18 and 19 at the Ybor City campus of Hillsborough Community College. The challenge is an annual event where teens challenge themselves over a weekend of creation, competition and community. Teens submit applications for entry and are then nominated by their mentors, guided […]

Tech-addicted parents to kids: Don’t do as I do

Tech-addicted parents to kids: Don’t do as I do

BY SHARON NOGUCHI MERCURY NEWS/TNS SAN JOSE, Calif. – They limit their kids’ screen time, set filters on their browsers and banish digital devices from the dinner table. Then those same parents pick up their own iPhones to check email, scan Twitter and update their Facebook statuses. Even as they fret that their kids may […]

Sophisticated apps designed to make life a little easier

Sophisticated apps designed to make life a little easier

FAMILY FEATURES Just a generation ago, it was difficult to imagine a single palm-sized device that could serve as a phone, camera and day planner all in one. Today, smartphone users are discovering that new technology and sophisticated apps make it unbelievably easy to manage virtually every aspect of life. There are dozens of apps […]

Goodnight, smartphone

Goodnight, smartphone

Powering down before bed for a good night’s rest From Family Features Checking email or flipping through channels instead of sleeping? Playing video games or browsing social media in bed? If you want to catch some quality ZZZs, you should put down that smartphone. The National Sleep Foundation reports nearly 90 percent of adults sleep […]

Use of emojis: Is it another way to miscommunicate?

Use of emojis: Is it another way to miscommunicate?

BY ROCHELLE OLSON STAR TRIBUNE TRIBUNE NEW SERVICE Smiling eyes might by lying eyes. University of Minnesota researchers have found that anthropomorphic emojis, like language, can get lost in translation, causing significant misunderstandings. This happens two ways. There’s the technical translation glitch. What’s sent as a smiling face from a Google Nexus would appear as […]

How to manage to-do lists and be more productive

How to manage to-do lists and be more productive

FAMILY FEATURES When your to-do list is miles long and deadlines are looming, it can be hard to tap into a creative, problem-solving mindset. Creating a more intentional approach to productivity will let you shift gears to not only cross items of your list, but to deliver higher quality, more effective work. Keep a notebook […]

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