Tech Tips

Are Some Teens Natural Multitaskers?

Thumbnail image for Are Some Teens Natural Multitaskers? by Barbara J. Feldman October 20, 2014

Previous studies have concluded that multitasking reduces concentration and has a negative effect on outcomes. A new study done by two high-school seniors, however, shows that some teens actually perform better while multitasking. Sarayu Caulfield (17-years old) and Alexandra Ulme (18-years old) analyzed more than 400 teens and concluded that about 15% of the participants […]

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Is Snapchat Private?

Thumbnail image for Is Snapchat Private? by Barbara J. Feldman October 11, 2014

No, Snapchat and all other social networks are inherently not private. And the fact that Snapchat promises to erase your photos lulls many users (especially teens) into a false sense of privacy. In addition to the ability for the recipient to take a screenshot of a Snap, there are also third party apps that can […]

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Is Your Mac Infected with the iWorm Botnet

Thumbnail image for Is Your Mac  Infected with the iWorm Botnet by Barbara J. Feldman October 5, 2014

This week virus hunters discovered a malware botnet targeting Mac OS X computers, and have named it the iWorm Botnet. The experts say that about 18,500 Macs are infected. Here’s how to tell if yours is among them. Open up Finder, and click Go > Go to Folder, and ask to find this folder name, […]

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At What Age Should Kids Get a Cellphone?

Thumbnail image for At What Age Should Kids Get a Cellphone? by Barbara J. Feldman September 29, 2014

The American Express Spending & Savings Tracker released last month showed that nine in ten parents expected to spend about $1151 for back-to-school purchases. Wow! In addition to the back-to-school spending survey, American Express also asked 2,033 adults, “What is the appropriate age for parents to purchase a mobile phone for their children?” On average, […]

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Technology in the Science Classroom

Thumbnail image for Technology in the Science Classroom by Barbara J. Feldman September 22, 2014

I’ve written about many of these science websites in my regular Surfnetkids column, but here’s a roundup I thought was worth sharing. Mashable brings us 7 Tech Upgrades to the Old-School Science Class that includes virtual frog dissection, interactive periodic tables, and clicker quizzes.

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How to Check if Your Gmail Password was Leaked

Thumbnail image for How to Check if Your Gmail Password was Leaked by Barbara J. Feldman September 15, 2014

This week saw the announcement that yet another database has been hacked. This one held a whopping five million Gmail addresses and passwords. Most of the announcements also linked to a third-party site where you could check to see if your Gmail address was one of those hacked. I am always suspicious of these sites, […]

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