October is National Bullying Prevention Month -- a time to think about how all of us can combat bullying, harassment and cruelty online and off. One thing we can all do, of course, is to strive to not be part of the problem.
As the saying goes: "trust grows at the speed of a coconut tree and drops at the speed of a coconut." In this case, it sure seems that the coconut has dropped and has hit a few a few people along the way.
Google has spoken. Apparently shaken by my recent article in Politico -- "How Google Can Rig the 2016 Election" -- Google's head of search, Dr. Amit Singhal, has published a critique -- "A Flawed Elections Conspiracy Theory." I encourage you to read it closely.
There needs to be something that is balancing local citizen personal rights with the large internet companies that often are not from those countries providing a "defacto mandate" that seems stacked in their favour to use your persona data.
It's true, technology is advancing rapidly, and smartphones will only continue to get 'smarter.' Yet there are still human elements that will never be able to be achieved through technology.
Noel Lee was a self-made man. A real one. Starting Monster Cable in his San Francisco garage in 1979, puts him right up there with the Hewlett-Packard garage story. Except there was only one Lee.
Mobile payments are continuing to grow in popularity thanks to major players like Apple, Samsung and Google all making recent moves in the space.
In 1920, Czech author Karel Čapek wrote a play about mechanical men replacing human workers in factories. The play, Rossumovi Univerzální Roboti ("Rossum's Universal Robots") gave us the word "robot," and we've been worrying about robots taking our jobs ever since.
The geopolitical implications of these changes are exciting and worrisome. America will reinvent itself just as does every 30-40 years; it is, after all, leading the technology boom.
Increasingly, the virtual world of the Internet is converging with the physical world through the Internet of Things. As more physical devices connect to the Internet, hackers' reach and breadth expands exponentially. Today, Internet-enabled devices include TVs, home security systems, kitchen appliances, thermostats, and more.
I recall my first year as a professor at Lake Forest College (2001), where a single student spoke on her bulky cell phone as she walked across the quad. I would hold my hand to my ear as I passed her as if I were talking, a joke we shared.
Engagement with our devices, however trance-like and 'wired-in' it feels at its most intense, has an underlying quality of 'doing mind' - a state of mind that is active, intellectually engaged, in-flow perhaps, but busy achieving.
It's time for Facebook to finally step up and make a change, or admit that it's not truly interested in building a social network that champions diversity, safety, and creative expression. And if that's the case, it's time for us as users to walk away and build something new.
On today's episode: Comcast's Watchable vs. Verzion's Go90 service, who's the first-round winner?
I guess you can say I've been lucky. In all the years I've owned an iPhone, I've never had a single problem after updating to the latest IOS. I've heard rumblings about bugs and the like, but never experienced any of the issues, firsthand. So much for luck. Let's be perfectly clear: IOS 9 is The Devil.
To track or not to track? I'm convinced that tracking our kids, our elderly and our pets is going to become commonplace. The technologies work relatively well and could be the deal breaker in many an unpleasant situation.