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Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00

Facebook: Safe for Kids?

As social media sites become more and more popular with teens, many experts (as well as parents) have begun to question the safety of their use by young people. Facebook, in particular, has come under renewed scrutiny and criticism due to the recent changes in their privacy policies. Until now, kids under 17 were unable to share updates and status postings with the general public, but Facebook has just announced that they will reverse their policy regarding “Followers” while also…
Friday, 15 November 2013 00:00

Scentee App: The Smell of Success?

In the world of smartphone applications, innovation is key, and if there is one thing you can say about the new app called Scentee which is about to be released by a Japanese tech firm - it is most certainly innovative, if not downright bizarre.Picture this - you’re sitting at your office desk and suddenly the scent of beef ribs comes wafting into your nostrils. Does it mean that your colleague has brought in a takeaway lunch box from the…
The use of social networking platforms on smartphones and tablets by teens has increased almost exponentially in the past few years. Social networks such as Twitter and Instagram are now surpassing Facebook in popularity among teens and it seems that our children are spending more and more of their time online. This has raised a number of concerns among parents - many worry that not only are their children are too immersed in the virtual world for their own good,…
Friday, 08 November 2013 00:00

Spy Tech for All

Those of us who are old enough to remember the Cold War were typically quite intrigued by the seemingly glamorous world of international espionage and the technology used by “secret agents”. We were thrilled by the exploits of the suave, martini-swilling James Bond, and his arsenal of high-tech spy tools, and television shows such as Get Smart, which poked fun at the spies and their bizarre gadgetry. Few of us ever believed that we “civilians” would eventually have access to…
Employers Use Facebook It may not seem quite fair, but it’s true that employers routinely view the Facebook profiles of their employees and potential employees. By now, most of us have heard horror stories regarding unfortunate workers who have been disciplined or even terminated for things that they shared on Facebook, not realizing that their employers were monitoring their personal profiles. For example, there have been many reported instances where an employee called in sick and the employer found out…