Tech – for Everyone

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Mobile Privacy

Today I would like to share with you a bit of follow up to yesterday’s article about Collusion and how we are being tracked, monitored, and recorded while surfing the web. (If you missed that, click here.)

Your online privacy should be a concern whether you are using your PC at home, or if you are using your smart phone. Fortunately, I am not the only one who think so. Today I have a very good read for smartphone owners.

* Ashkan Soltani introduces MobileScope, an innovative approach to online privacy

There’s a lot of debate taking place on how to guarantee online privacy — but few user-ready solutions. Michael Kassner talks to Ashkan Soltani about a new tool called MobileScope that may change…Read more..

(Kassner’s article contains some great links as well.)

And, let me repeat some recommended reading ..

Related reading:

* TED 2012: New Browser Add-On Visualizes Who Is Tracking You Online

* Say Everything

As younger people reveal their private lives on the Internet, the older generation looks on with alarm and misapprehension not seen since the early days of rock and roll. The future belongs to the uninhibited.

Unrelated: FREE Phone Service Using Google Voice and a MagicJack Device

Recently I have been experimenting with a one time $20 dollar software investment called GVJack (by PhoneSoft), that gives you the ability to use a MagicJack Device connected to your computer (and a phone), to make and receive phone calls across the internet (VOIP), using a Google Voice account. With this being said, in essence […]” Read more..

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Update: For those who are interested, the machine in Berlin is now sending this blog 25 spam comments an hour..
If the bot were mine, I would be using it for some click fraud too. Might as well make some real money.

Today’s quote:The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

May 8, 2012 Posted by | advice, computers, Internet, mobile, privacy | , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Free Phone Calls by Google Voice: What’s Next?

Today I opened my Gmail account and was informed that I could make free phone calls to the US and Canada.


Now.. I sometimes joke that today the two Superpowers are no longer the US and the USSR, but Google and China; but is Google really going to put an end to Ma Bell by making my phone calls free???

Naturally, I clicked on “Learn more”!


Okay. So this is Google Chat. And it says I can “call anywhere”. Free in 2010. So that must mean I can call landlines — which I pay for with Skype. (And since they say “2010”, I assume there will be a fee starting in 2011..)

“How does this work?
You can now place calls to landline and mobile phones from within Gmail. Just dial any phone number and you’ll be connected. Learn more.”

Yup. Install Google Voice, and you can call landlines, free (US & CA) for the remainder of 2010. And – like Skype – it has video too.

* Call phones from Gmail – Official Gmail Blog
* Google Voice is added to Gmail; Boosts exposure but still falls short in other areas

… I wonder why I am getting a little uncomfortable with Google..?

In other news: The September/October issue of Foreign Affairs is now available online and within its virtual pages is one of the most important cyberwar articles in modern history.

Our nation faces risks far greater than a rogue flash drive: Failure to properly safeguard our consumer and industry systems; unwillingness to invest in ongoing security; and ordinary computer users playing with digital weapons of mass destruction.”

For more, see: Inside look at Pentagon’s cyberdefense strategy: The battlefield beyond bad flash drives

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August 26, 2010 Posted by | computers, free software, Google, IM, News, tech, VoIP | , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Google’s New "Gmail Tips" & “Voice”

Become a Gmail Ninja

Learn tips and tricks to save time, increase your productivity, and manage your email efficiently. Start with the tips that are right for you, based on how much email you get each day.

Folks, Google’s Gmail is simply the best webmail going, and it is free and open to all. Gmail has lots of storage, has the best spam filtering; and, you can “forward” your existing e-mail account(s) to it, and access them there (gaining additional spam filtering).

Don’t have a Gmail address yet? Click here and sign up. Already a Gmail user? Click one of the “belts” and test your savvy.. and pick up a few pointers too.

Today’s free link: People are talking about the new Google Voice for use with mobile phones. What is it? Google Voice: 5 Reasons to Use It, 5 Reasons to Think Twice

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June 26, 2009 Posted by | computers, e-mail, Google, Internet, tech | , , , , , , | 2 Comments