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Internet Explorer had a long and important life, but it’s time to move on

by Larry Magid: After 20 years, it’s time to say goodbye to Internet Explorer. It’s been said that time is measured in dog years on the Internet, so based on that notion, Microsoft’s Web browser lived to a ripe old age. The world has changed since Microsoft introduced Internet Explorer in 1995. Back then, the […]

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Android apps to get age rating and manual review

by Larry Magid: Android developers today received an email from Google informing them that the company is “introducing a new age-based rating system for apps and games consistent with industry best practices.” Developers will be required to complete a content rating questionnaire based on official ratings from the International Age Rating Coalition (IARC). The questionnaire provides them an immediate […]

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Facebook clarifies policies on nudity, hate speech and other community standards

by Larry Magid: Facebook has always had “community standards” that govern what can and can’t be posted and how it will deal with users that fail to follow its terms of service. Periodically the company updates these standards but, this week, Facebook decided to simply make them easier to understand. In a blog post, Facebook’s […]

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Apple’s new MacBook is enticing, but lack of ports gives pause

by Larry Magid: I have to admit I was a bit lustful when Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the sleek new MacBook at the company’s big launch event. For me, it stole the show — I’m not at all interested in spending $350 or more for an Apple Watch, but I am tempted to spend […]

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Arkansas law could force workers to friend their boss

By Larry Magid: The Arkansas House of Representatives passed a bill on February 23rd that could allow employers to require people who work for schools, religious organizations, summer camps and other youth-serving organizations and businesses to “friend” their employer so that the employer has access to social media posts meant for personal friends. The stated […]

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Net neutrality vote doesn’t end the debate

By Larry Magid: The Federal Communications Commission has ruled on net neutrality, but the debate lingers on. My Facebook feed is full of comments from friends with varying opinions about the FCC’s 3-to-2 vote in favor of network neutrality. Some feel that the vote is the beginning of a huge government power grab to control […]

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Online safety is not just ‘about life’

One of the sessions at the Family Online Safety Institute conference that was held in Washington last November focused on re-defining online safety. During the session, a couple of smart people suggested that we should drop the word “online” from online safety and drop “digital” when we talk about digital citizenship. It’s not about the online world, […]

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LTE Broadcast technology could change mobile video experience

Millions of people already watch video on their smartphones, either on a cellular network or via Wi-Fi, but an emerging technology called LTE Broadcast could make that experience faster, richer and — potentially — less expensive. The difference between LTE Broadcast and today’s data networks is similar to listening to the radio versus speaking on […]

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YouTube Kids can be a parent’s best friend

My wife and I were having dinner with some friends recently when I decided to show their four year-old twins a video from YouTube. I loaded up the app on my phone, searched for a video and played it but — all the while — I had a nagging fear that maybe I had accidentally […]

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Teachers: Create your own online courses with Versal

  There are lots of online courses ranging from some that are incredibly compelling to others that, well, that are just plain boring. One of the problems with online learning is that it takes more than just aiming a video camera at a lecturer to create a compelling class. Sure, YouTube is full of videos […]

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