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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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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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Is the Facebook Messenger App Evil?

Thumbnail image for Is the Facebook Messenger App Evil? by Barbara J. Feldman August 11, 2014

Last week Facebook made a change to its messaging service, requiring mobile users to download (and use) a separate Facebook Messenger app, instead of being able to message through your existing mobile Facebook app. The public outcry was swift and noisy! Many didn’t like being forced to download a new app, but most of the […]

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5 Ways to Increase Privacy on Your Cell Phone

Thumbnail image for 5 Ways to Increase Privacy on Your Cell Phone by Barbara J. Feldman July 7, 2014

With privacy concerns all over the news, several mobile handset makers are releasing new models with extra privacy features built-in. But there’s no need to throw your current handset out, as there is plenty you can do with your current Android or iPhone to make it harder for anyone to spy on your activities. 1) […]

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Bestselling Free and Paid Apps

Thumbnail image for Bestselling Free and Paid Apps by Barbara J. Feldman February 4, 2014

Everyone loves learning about new apps, and bloggers frequently share lists of their personal favorites. But which apps are actually the most popular? For this, you can go directly to the app stores themselves, and peruse their lists. The Apple iTunes store publishes two charts: one for free apps, and the other for paid apps. […]

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How to Brick a Stolen Phone

Thumbnail image for How to Brick a Stolen Phone by Barbara J. Feldman October 29, 2013

brick — verb 1. to block or enclose with a wall of bricks 2. to render an electronic device useless For most smartphones, there are two possible ways to brick your phone. The first is with an app, which requires a bit of planning as the app has to installed and configured before you need […]

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