Category Archives: Mobile Devices

Mobile devices are the future of computing and worlds that embrace these platforms may have a big lead when we are freed from the cords of our desktops and laptops.

AT&T to Pay Refunds to 2.7 Million Mobile Phone Cramming Victims

Score yet another victory for consumers, thanks to the tireless work of the Federal Trade Commission.  In a recent statement, the FTC announced that it is providing over $88 million in refunds to more than 2.7 million current and former … Continue reading

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Don’t Worry: HuffPo Blogger Gets Facebook’s Messenger App Terms of Service ALL WRONG.

Facebook has recently spun off its popular messaging service into a standalone app. That’s probably a good thing because it was exceedingly clumsy to access messages in the most recent versions of the app (at least on Android).  Facebook has been trying … Continue reading

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FTC Suit Against T-Mobile Says ‘Un-Carrier’ Profited From Cell Phone Cramming

Two years ago, I posted a piece written by a former student of mine about a new type of scam called “phone cramming,” something I had never heard of at the time.  Fast forward to now, and I figured all the major cellular carriers … Continue reading

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Election Day Special: Sharing a Picture of Your Ballot Asking for Trouble

I hope everyone reading this has already voted, but if you’re on your way to the polls later, be sure not to succumb to the temptation to post a picture of your ballot to your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other … Continue reading

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Phone Cramming: Hackers Hijack Technology Designed to Help Earthquake Victims

EDITOR’S NOTE: A recent study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project reports that, of the 88% of Americans with smart phones, 55% of them use those phones to get online. This means that smart phones are rapidly becoming a major … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Arizona Legislature Pulls Back H.B. 2459

Notice to all you comment trolls, Facebook ‘stalkers,’ and general miscreants on the web: the Arizona law that would make it a crime to “annoy” or “offend” someone through the use of “any electronic or digital device” has been recalled … Continue reading

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Freedom of Speech On the Internet Is Under Attack, Again

Two stories I heard on the news in the last 24 hours makes me wonder if I accidentally mistook my Hyundai for a souped up DeLorean and drove it to 88 mph. Why the time machine references? Because two proposed … Continue reading

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Minnesota’s Anti-Bullying Statute: Weakest in the Nation, Slated for Revision

I’ve been saying it for a while now, but a new report by the U.S. Department of Education confirms that Minnesota’s anti-bullying statute is the weakest of the forty-six states it analyzed (four states, however, lacked state-wide polices altogether).  At … Continue reading

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Is Your Bank Tracking Your Movements: Bait and Switch Journalism Wants You To Think So

I received a link to this story from Huffington Post this morning with the apparently outrageous news that Ally Bank was somehow tracking its customers’ movements and using that information to bolster its profit margins.  This seems like a major … Continue reading

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U.S. Government’s Open Source Center Uses Power of Social Media to Track Political Unrest

Have you ever thumbed out a tweet or Facebook post thinking to yourself, ‘this is so narcissistic, no one will ever read this or care about it if they do’?  Maybe not, or maybe you’re so into yourself that you … Continue reading

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