Jeff Jarvis on the trend toward being less secretive in public about our personal health: "Rather than reflexively declaring that sharing information about ourselves -- our bodies as well as our thoughts and actions -- is dangerous, we must stand back and ask what benefit could come from such data..."
Awareness is key to making good decisions about privacy. It's a bad thing when a social network promises privacy, then bamboozles us into revealing ourselves. But it's a good thing when we choose to reveal something about ourselves, fully aware of what that means, because it helps other people.
I use and love Waze every day to make driving in Los Angeles manageable for me. I still use it despite periodic bursts of tech news reports that the app leaves me vulnerable to security attacks and surveillance.
Privacy International won a lawsuit forcing the UK government to publish thousands of pages of records on the use of “Bulk Personal Datasets” by the spy agencies GCHQ, MI5 and MI6.
The Wall Street Journal (paywall) reports that the FBI payed more than $1m to get into the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone after Apple refused to create software to bypass its encryption. The Washington Post reports that a one-off $1.3m price tag was admitted, obliquely, by FBI Director James Comey by comparison with his own salary. […]
Almost everyone has their smartphone in a case of one kind or another. Beyond simple protection, finding a case that can charge your phone on its own, but doesn’t feel like it’s also adding a couple pounds to the phone’s weight is the tricky part. Billed as the world’s thinnest battery case, the ThinCharge iPhone […]
You never know when new projects, ideas or opportunities can drop into your lap at a moment’s notice. That may require you to learn a new programming language like Python. Or maybe you need a primer on 3D game development. Or you might realize you could use a serious brush-up on iOS mobile creation.Point is, […]
Isn’t it about time to stretch what your Mac can do? I mean, you’ve got plenty of great programs now…but don’t you think you could use some new tools to get your creative, analytical and organizational juices really flowing? It’s spring, so we cleaned up a whole bunch of super-cool apps lying around and packaged […]