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3 Things to Consider Before Buying Your Kid a Cellphone this Holiday

Here’s how to figure out if you want to go down that road Holiday gift-giving is here. Is your child clamoring for a cell phone? If so, how do you know if she’s ready for one? And even more importantly, how do you know if you are? For most of your younger child’s life, you have been the primary source of his socialization. In other words, he listened to you, trusted your judgment and looked to you for advice. However, once your child hits puberty, another socialization source begins to hold more power: his friends. It can be a shock when your sweet kid starts worrying more about what her friends think than about kissing you goodbye at school drop-off. Don’t fret—this is developmentally normal and adaptive. Kids need to learn from people their own age about how to behave in order to […]

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Stop skimmers from stealing your money

One of the more successful tools of 21st century crooks is the skimmer. Thieves attach them to ATMs, gas pumps and other places people swipe their credit and debit cards. Once in place, this sneaky bit of electronics steals the magnetic strip information from your card. The thieves use this information to clone your card, and once they have a clone, they can drain your bank account, or run up huge bills and trash your credit before you even know it. That’s one reason credit card companies and stores are switching to EMV cards, or “chip” cards, but it will take a while before every retailer supports them, which leaves you vulnerable. How bad is skimming? Using skimmers, thieves have stolen untold millions of dollars. Last year, four men were arrested for allegedly stealing $2.1 million using skimmers at gas stations across the […]

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Consumers add personal devices

During the next five years, consumers will add more devices to their personal portfolio rather than consolidating it, according to Gartner. By 2018, a consumer in a mature market will use and own more than three personal devices. Gartner estimates that in 2016, the installed base of devices will total 7.8-billion units (including wearables, phones, tablets and PCs) and is on pace to reach 8.3-billion units in 2018. “The combination of the high level of adoption of technology, the availability of faster networks, and decision making becoming increasingly dependent on real-time information, will undoubtedly lead to more devices per user,” says Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner. Gartner expects mature market users to use three to four personal devices from a mix of “main” and “niche” devices. Main devices will include smartphones, tablets, convertibles (two-in-one devices) and notebooks, and will contribute to more […]

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A Workplace-Safe Version of Facebook Is Coming Soon

Facebook at Work, Facebook Inc.’s professional version of its social network, is expected to launch in the coming months, after spending a year in tests, a company executive said. The new service, geared towards workplace collaboration, is nearly identical to its ubiquitous social network, with a scrolling news “feed”, “likes” and a chat service. “I would say 95 percent of what we developed for Facebook is also adopted for Facebook at Work,” Julien Codorniou, director of global platform partnerships at Facebook, told Reuters. However, Facebook at Work users will maintain special profiles that are distinct from their existing Facebook profiles. The company is also developing exclusive products for Facebook at Work, including security tools, Codorniou said. Facebook started beta-testing the service in January and has kept it as a free, “invite-only” service for companies so far.

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Millions of teens are using an app to post their secret thoughts, and parents have no idea

Educators and parents are now faced with yet another app stirring up controversy among students. After School, a free app that was originally launched in October 2014, is available on more than 23,000 high school campuses nationwide. The app allows teens to post anonymous messages related directly to an individual school. It was designed to share messages, thoughts and updates but instead, is increasingly become a place for online bullying, sexually graphic content and in some cases, violent threats. After School’s message boards are closed to adults. Users must verify that they attend high school by connecting the app to their Facebook pages. Each high school has its own restricted message board accessible only by its students.

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