What New iOS and Android Security Features Mean for You

Recently, Apple released their newest update to iOS, the mobile operating system that powers iPhones and iPads. At the same time they made one very important announcement – from now on, all iOS devices would be fully encrypted with a key based on the user’s passcode. This means that it is now technically impossible for Apple to unlock … Continued



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Cybersecurity for College Students: Here’s What Matters

College students have a lot on their minds. Cybersecurity probably isn’t one of them. “Safe surfing” generally gets lower priority than other things that might be on their minds, but a few simple steps taken in advance can significantly increase your security posture. Take a few minutes to make these changes and you’ve suddenly made … Continued


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Google Glass Coming to the iSchool

In February of this year, tech giant Google announced a contest for the right to purchase their newest creation; Google Glass. The tech world was already buzzing about this new device, and the announcement brought that excitement to new heights. Google instructed contestants to submit Tweets or Google+ posts that contained the hashtag #IfIHadGlass, hoping … Continued


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Microsoft to US Customs: Enforce the Importation Ban

The world’s tech giants are in constant battle mode. Whether there are disputes over newly released smartphones or infringements on terms used to describe products, it seems there is a new lawsuit rearing its ugly head each week. Often the bans that result can affect the importation or sale of certain products because of the claims … Continued


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Are Bloggers Journalists? The Question Resurfaces

New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan reignited a controversy recently in the journalism, blogging, and information communities. She asked what has become an iconic question over the past decade. This time, it was posed within the context of revelations about the United States National Security Agency’s “information-gathering” operations, Edward Snowden’s leaks about government surveillance … Continued


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Cookie Clearinghouse: Will It Crumble Online Advertisers?

The war over online cookies and web tracking is just getting started. How long will it last and what does it mean for advertisers? Consumer privacy has turned into quite the hot-button issue lately. After details leaked surrounding the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) conducting controversial surveillance programs on domestic and foreign citizens, people are … Continued


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Games As Educational Tools: Teaching Skills, Transforming Thoughts

Games, and the entertainment value of play, have the ability to teach and transform. We don’t think about that as children playing hide-and-seek in the neighborhood. We don’t acknowledge it during turns at charades or throughout the rounds of a board game. That’s because games are engaging and entertaining. And precisely because they are, research shows, … Continued


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Mining Student Data: Pros, Cons, Protests – Part II

(Editors Note: This is the second in a two-part post on the issue of data mining plans for school children in New York State, and parents’ and educators’ concerns regarding the program’s implementation. Part I ran yesterday on Information Space.) Data mining can be used to better understand information, identify patterns and achieve great things. … Continued


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Student Data Mining: Pros, Cons and Protests

(Editors Note: This is the first of a two-part post regarding mining the data of school children in New York State, and educators’ concerns regarding how that practice is being put into effect. Part II of the post runs tomorrow.) Recently, I attended the One Voice Rally with my father, a chemistry teacher of more … Continued