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8 Ways to Unplug Your Holidays

Common Sense Media | December 19, 2014 | Parents
What's topping your kids' holiday wish lists this year? Chances are it has a screen, Internet access and games. With a little planning -- and kids' assistance -- you can balance your family's tech activities with much-needed face time. Here's how.
Navarrow Wright


The Revolution Will Be Tweeted, Instagrammed, YouTubed, Snapchated, Etc.

Navarrow Wright | December 19, 2014 | Black Voices
I believe the revolution has begun and we are ready for change and soon no one will be able to mislead us and we will take advantage fully of the voice we have on a regular basis. Not just in extreme times, so if you want to be a part of this revolution, look on your phone or computer.
Rebecca Abrahams


When There Is No Price to be Paid the Hackers Win

Rebecca Abrahams | December 19, 2014 | Technology
co-authored by Dr. Stephen Bryen, Chairman & CTO Ziklag Systems/FortressFoneTechnologies If there is one salient fact that emerges from the Sony hack it is that the bad guys won. The bad guys won because they paid no price for the damage...
Michael Shaw


Reading the Pictures: The Glass Ceiling and Gwyneth Paltrow's Legs

Michael Shaw | December 19, 2014 | Media
Maybe someone can figure out why the assemblage of "Code Breakers," as they're called, are mostly wearing blue? Otherwise, I'm wondering about all the beaming when it comes to the demographics, and the uniformity.
Melanie Raposo


Top 10 Holiday Gifts for the Tech-Lover

Melanie Raposo | December 18, 2014 | Technology
Baby, it's cold outside, but inside the holiday shopping frenzy is heating up. As you race to get your last-minute gift-buying done, here are 10 great options to consider for the tech-lover on your list:


What Was It Like to Teach the President of the United States How to Code?

Quora | December 18, 2014 | Technology
It was only two weeks ago that I had the incredible fortune to personally ask the President of the United States to kick off the Hour of Code by trying it himself. I still can't believe it actually happened.
Ekaterina Walter


5 Social Advertising Mistakes to Avoid

Ekaterina Walter | December 18, 2014 | Technology
All good things must come to an end. And sadly, we're nearing the end of the golden age of organic reach. But there is saving grace. And that hope rests in social advertising.
Lean In Circles

My Circle Inspired Me to Open a Conversation Beyond Just Tech

Lean In Circles | December 18, 2014 | College
I wasn't given the opportunities I deserved and I was often silenced when I wanted to take things to the next level. People treated me differently because I was a woman.


Computer Science in Vietnam: Counting Down to the Hour of Code

Techonomy | December 18, 2014 | Technology
In early December, tens of millions of people around the globe, including here in Vietnam, will be coming together to learn basic programming skills in the Hour of Code, a global movement spanning over 180 countries.
Sonia Gil


Holiday Gift Guide: Techie Edition

Sonia Gil | December 18, 2014 | Technology
Hurray!! The holiday season is right around the corner! And that means... shopping! That's why I have come up with a foolproof holiday gift guide that will make any traveler very happy.
Lauren Galley


Generation Z: A World Gone Cyber

Lauren Galley | December 18, 2014 | Technology
Say hello to Generation Z - We are a generation of those born beginning in 1995, living in a society where everything is possible and the main communication channel is the internet.
Jonathan Long


5 Things Your SEO Strategy Needs to Focus on Entering 2015

Jonathan Long | December 19, 2014 | Small Business
Yes, it is that time of the year again when everyone starts to predict what SEO will look like in the coming year. Google's algorithm is constantly changing. There are public updates as well as refreshes and tweaks that occur on a regular basis.
John Feffer


The Games of Our Lives

John Feffer | December 18, 2014 | World
Welcome to the latest generation of computer games. They don't so much help you escape reality as insert you back into it at a different angle.
Clay Calvert

Cowardly Sony Pictures Caves: The Slippery Slope of Self-Censorship

Clay Calvert | December 18, 2014 | Entertainment
The bottom line is that this has become a fiscal and free speech fiasco for Sony. It sends a terrible message to this country's enemies and it sends us down a slippery slope of self-censorship and silence. When Hollywood is asked to put up or shut up, it will shut up.
Adam Levin


The Most Important Lessons You Can Learn From the Sony Hack

Adam Levin | December 18, 2014 | Business
Anyone who runs a business -- whether it's a mom-and-pop shop or a multinational behemoth like Sony -- needs to pay close attention to what happened here, and begin to take data security seriously.
Peter Scheer


EU Bureaucrats Want to Dictate What Content Americans Can View on U.S.-Based Websites

Peter Scheer | December 17, 2014 | Technology
Although the Right to be Forgotten ruling, to date, may have affected content that is mostly trivial, the precedent of governmental censorship across borders, once established, can't be easily confined to information that society doesn't much care about.
Giuseppe Crosti


Twitter Was Crucial in Making Ferguson a National Story

Giuseppe Crosti | December 17, 2014 | Technology
Ferguson is a very small town, and given the media's reluctance to properly cover the story, the recent unrest could not have received national attention without people sharing their stories on Twitter.
Kevin Deegan

Can You Use Social Media Too Much? Signs to Watch Out for

Kevin Deegan | December 17, 2014 | Technology
Checking into your social media accounts could be a daily occurrence for you, or perhaps it is something you do morning, noon and night, or even every hour. Everybody uses social media in different ways, but how do you know if you're using it too much?

Why the Sony Hack Could Be a Game Changer for Us All | December 17, 2014 | Business
Your most sensitive emails, text messages, photos and videos could be used to hurt your reputation, humiliate and embarrass you, and even try to force you to pay up in order to kill the threat.
Blake J. Harris

A Christmas Story for the Videogame Generation

Blake J. Harris | December 17, 2014 | Entertainment
Although one could argue that Nintendo's games provided a portal to those same adult-oriented fantasies (by learning how to hunt ducks, or how to master kung-fu), the delivery method of this wish fulfillment was foreign to parents.
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