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4 Free Online Coding Classes

Thumbnail image for 4 Free Online Coding Classes by Barbara J. Feldman May 13, 2014

I’ve written before about sites that introduce school kids to programming, but these four sites offer college-level programming for free. All of these resources are Massive Open Online Courses (called MOOCs) that serve thousands of students at a time, and certainly shaking up our old definitions of higher education! 1) MIT Open Courseware These classes […]

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How to Stop Siri from Revealing Your Contacts

Thumbnail image for How to Stop Siri from Revealing Your Contacts by Barbara J. Feldman May 12, 2014

Oops! With just a few taps, Siri allows access to all your contacts even if your phone is locked with a passcode! The following video shows how someone could gain access to ALL your contacts even if they don’t know your four-digit passcode. To stop this from happening to you, you should disable Siri from […]

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Digital Citizenship Resources from Google

Thumbnail image for Digital Citizenship Resources from Google by Barbara J. Feldman April 28, 2014

Did you know that Google has a school assembly program about digital safety that they are taking on the road? It’s called the Good to Know School Roadshow, but in addition to the assembly program for schools, they have a lot of online safety resources as well. Here’s rundown of what they offer. The Google […]

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How to Borrow a Kindle Book from Your Public Library

Thumbnail image for How to Borrow a Kindle Book from Your Public Library by Barbara J. Feldman April 24, 2014

I love libraries, but over the years, as I transitioned to nearly 99% Kindle reading, I used the library less and less, switching instead to 99% Amazon. And while it’s true that I still get a nice fix of free books from Amazon (see Is Amazon Prime Worth It?, More Free Books for Kindle Readers, […]

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Is Facebook Nearby Friends Safe?

Thumbnail image for Is Facebook Nearby Friends Safe? by Barbara J. Feldman April 21, 2014

Over the next couple of weeks your iOS and Android Facebook apps will probably be getting a new social feature called Facebook Nearby Friends. The purpose of this new feature is to share your whereabouts with Facebook friends. But in contrast to previous apps that have tried to tackle the same problem, instead of broadcasting […]

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Is Amazon Prime Worth It?

Thumbnail image for Is Amazon Prime Worth It? by Barbara J. Feldman April 14, 2014

Did you know that Amazon Prime members can borrow both of my Jokes By Kids Kindle books for free? While that may not be quite enough of an incentive to pay the annual $99 fee, I’ve long been an Amazon Prime member, and still consider it a great value. And, Amazon is now offering a […]

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