There’s an App for That – But be Careful Using it!

WSJ: Do Your Apps Respect Your Privacy? Probably Not, New Report Says – “Amid widespread consumer anxiety about risks to privacy, here’s some disheartening news: A new report from a prominent intergovernmental group found that mobile apps are failing to provide users with basic privacy protections. The report, based on a review of 1,211 different apps over the course of a week in May, was conducted by the Global Privacy Enforcement Network, a coalition of privacy officials from 19 countries, including the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. This is the second time government officials have reviewed app privacy on an international …read more

The Hacker Congress is in Session

Dave Cole, Democratic candidate for Congress in New Jersey, recently received some love from a self-labeled conservative.

“Just wanted to say that this is an awesome idea, and you deserve major kudos for doing it. I would go through and make some changes to the issues, but seeing as I am very conservative, I doubt that you would like many of them.”

How is he bridging this political divide? And who promised a random guy that he could “make some changes” to Dave’s campaign, anyway?

Every publicly-consumed moment of a modern political campaign is carefully vetted, honed, and packaged with …read more

Where Have All the Keywords Gone? – Online Marketing Tips

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You may have noticed that the online marketing strategist in your life has been sweating a little more than usual these days. It’s not because the heat inside your building is set to unnaturally high temperatures to combat the cold. Thanks to recent changes in search engine security, online marketing has just gotten a bit more challenging.

Major search engines – including Google, Yahoo, and little brother Bing – are looking to find that sweet spot between customer privacy and satisfaction. As Christopher Soghoian, technology researcher and Principal Technologist with the American Civil Liberties Union, stated during his …read more

Tip of the Hat: LibraryThing Does Data Security

We’re all made up of equal parts creativity and fallibility. In our new series “Tip of the Hat, Wag of the Finger,” All Things E will highlight the best and the worst our technological world has to offer.

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First up: a tip of the literary cap for great customer service by a social media outlet. LibraryThing is a social networking site that allows users to showcase their books, participate in discussion groups, and participate in crowd sourced cataloging sessions for archival collections. In addition to their social network site, they offer catalog enhancements for libraries. The …read more

All Things E Weekly Roundup

Here’s what you may have missed…

TechPresident: World Bank’s New Website Lets Countries Compare Data on Education – The World Bank launched last week an open data portal called the Systems Approach for Better Education Results or SABER, which has so far collected data from 100 countries on education policies and institutions. Officials can use the tool to gather and analyze information on their own education systems and compare them with those of other countries.

Nextgov.com: Have Presidential Speeches Gotten More ‘Tweetable’? – The White House regularly tweets sentences from key speeches on its various feeds. Which made Yahoo’s News …read more

Tinkers: How Technology Brings Out the Scientist in Everyone

This summer, I took a friend on a drive through beautiful Cape Elizabeth, Maine. After devouring a lobster roll, we hopped on some large rocks and sat down, staring into the beautiful, crackling waves. I have always harbored a healthy love and fear of the deep ocean. I want to learn its secrets.

I shared this thought with my friend. “I wish I had a science-brain,” I sighed. “But I don’t.”

My friend, who is both a mathematician and science enthusiast, laughed. “I think everyone already has science-brain. We all want to discover things. Scientists are just the people who …read more

It’s A Smart World After All

 

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The “Internet of Things” is exploding. It’s made up of billions of “smart” devices — from minuscule chips to mammoth machines — that use wireless technology to talk to each other. Our IoT world is growing at a breathtaking pace–from 2 billion objects in 2006 to a projected 200 billion by 202. SOURCES: IDC, Intel, United nations:

VIDEO: The Smart Work in 2020

In his post When Things Matter More than People, author and marketer, Geoff Livingston shared that:

The Internet of Things is beginning to drive the tech industry and soon the marketing …read more

Can YOU Live Without Your Cell Phone?

Dropping your brand new, highly sought after, three-week old cell phone in a body of water is a horrible, horrible thing. I know firsthand because that is exactly what I did one week ago today. The standard advice from the tech blogs, friends and co-works was to dry it off, cover the phone in rice, and wait patiently for 36 – 48 hours. But does that actually work? After accidentally dropping my iPhone into a fully submerged body of water… OK… a toilet to be exact… I had the unfortunate opportunity to test out the iPhone-in-a-rice-bag hypothesis, and I am …read more

Best Back-to-School Apps

It’s that time of year again. Students are back in school and whether they are in the middle school, high school or at the college level, we have some apps that will them get organized and help parents keep track of their star pupil.

1. MyHomework – Getting organized is now a touch screen away. With the MyHomework app, students can organize and keep track of classes and assignments. The app also color-codes items according to their due date and syncs to a desktop to keep all of a student’s information centralized. We can’t guarantee they’ll go to class, but …read more

What Makes Your Pin Perfect?

What makes a GREAT Pinterest image?

I asked a group this question as part of a social media training I gave this week.

Before they could answer, I showed them what data says: Wired Magazine and others recently published the results of year-long “Perfect Pin” data gathering from Philadelphia start-up, Curalate, who correlated information about how often pins are shared, liked, or commented upon with characteristics of a pin and came up with a half dozen answers about what is GREAT.

Here they are:

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