Recently the phenomenon of ‘FAKE NEWS‘ has generated an upset among social media users and the press. However, we can admit that ‘fake news’ has been around for many years. Tabloids represent the first iteration of ‘fake news’. Stories about celebrities, with their faces prominently placed on the front page of the papers available at the supermarket cashier line have been noticed and read by many of us lined up to pay for our groceries. These ‘news’ stories are notorious among celebrities who have been known to sue these Tabloids for their ‘fake’ stories.
♦ Supermarket tabloids are particularly notorious for the over-the-top sensationalizing of stories, the facts of which can often be called into question. Source: Tabloid journalism – Wikipedia
I searched the www for information on how to identify ‘fake news’. Use the sources below for guidance. And, for more perspective, some of you may want to look at the information on so-called “Satirical News” as well.
- A man named Paul Horner created several such sites. He owns several real-sounding URLs including nbc.com.co, and abcnews.com.co
- Note the extraneous “.co” at the end of those sites. None of these are associated in any way with the news organizations they’re named after, but if you don’t look too closely at the link you click on, they appear legitimate. Source: How to Spot and Debunk Fake News
♦ This is a list of fake news sites. These sites intentionally publish hoaxes and disinformation for purposes other than news satire. Some of these sites use a URL that ends in a .co or otherwise resembling genuine news sites. Source: List of fake news websites – Wikipedia
♦ Click-bait and “truthiness” are just as bad. By Melissa Zimdars November 18, 2016. Melissa Zimdars is an assistant professor of communication and media at Merrimack College. Source: My ‘fake news list’ went viral. But made-up stories are only part of the problem. – The Washington Post
♦ You don’t have to spend a fortune on a cool tech gift. We have some real deals for less than $50.
Source: 13 Must-Have Tech Gifts Under $50 – Slideshow from PCMag.com
♦ Shopping for a gadget-obsessed friend or family member? Tech gifts are some of the most popular and sought-after gifts out there, yet many electronic gifts come along with a big price tag. But if you’ve written off any and all devices this year because of the fear of sticker shock, you might think twice after seeing our editors’ creative picks.
Source: Cool Gifts for Tech-Lovers | Real Simple
♦ With holiday approaching, everyone is getting into the holiday spirit. While you are busy getting everything ready for the holiday, here are 8 free Christmas apps for kids. Most apps are good for all ages to enjoy, hope they bring joys to your home in this busy holiday season. Source: 8 Christmas Apps for Kids That Cost Nothing | iGameMom
Happy Holidays !
Developing technology skills can be challenging for many of us. However, these everyday skills are necessary tools to assist us.
Texting has been around since the 1990s, nevertheless, it may still be difficult for some of us to comprehend how to use it.
GCF Learn is a free computer training website, which I urge you to visit for help. Click the links below for guides on how to text.
You’ve probably heard people talk about text messaging, or texting. Text messages are short messages (usually 160 characters or fewer) sent from one mobile phone to another. It’s similar to instant messaging, except that you won’t need to log in—you’ll just send messages directly from your phone.Typically, texting is not free, although your mobile carrier probably offers service packages that include a certain number of texts per month (or even unlimited texts).
- If you don’t have a texting plan, you’ll generally be charged whenever you send or receive a text message. Source: Text Messages Tutorial at GCFLearnFree
If you are, or have ever been, one of the millions of email users or credit systems users, and your password was compromised, then you already know this is a worthwhile cause for concern. That is to say, we can not have too many suggestions for protecting our passwords and personal information when using technology to apply and store them.
As always I am looking for articles on the www or other places, which I think are important enough to focus on at tech4boomers. Here we are again with yet another consideration regarding Passwords. Such is the case with some of these apps (below), which claim to be our newest answers for helping us with the on-going dilemma of password infiltration.
How can you create strong passwords: strong, and “remember-able” the same time? An article by Kit Eaton discusses extensively the following apps:
- Dashlane – Free for iOS and Android. This app can automatically update passwords, and is compatible with many websites. It also checks if the passwords you create are hacker-resistant. It comes with a built-in browser to protect your banking online. There is an upgrade available for $40/year.
- Keeper – Free for iOS and Android. This app has an automatic generator. You can file your passwords and other information in folders. You can also use your Apple Watch and Android Wear, which lets you login uses these devices.
- Some favorites in this category are: 1PASSWORD, LASTPASS and KEEPASSDROID.
You can read the details at Source: After You Strengthen Your Passwords, Here’s How to Store Them – The New York Times
I admit that it sounds like an oxymoron to some of you that the use of technology may help you to de-stress.
However, recently I read an article with some great suggestions about how to de-stress when you’re commuting to your daily job, or to other activities. For example, listen to podcasts, audiobooks, meditations. Check out these really super suggestions and use them to create less stress during your day.
♦ Click the picture below to read the article at LifeHacker.com by Alan Henry.
It’s that time again when we are overwhelmed with questions about what to buy for the new school year, or maybe you need some new technology devices for yourself. I have learned over the years when purchasing equipment for my family, or myself to check with another knowledge base other than my own :). I am a fan of searching the www for ideas on what’s new according to some of the experts: students and New York Times Personal Tech, Brian X. Chen. This is a summary of what I learned: MacBook Pro is preferred for use with a traditional keyboard and Google Docs/Google Presentations. These apps are available through the web.
- For students who have digitized textbooks a tablet may be preferred. Tablets are easier to use for reading. In addition, Microsoft Excel and Word is used with these Tablets.
- The type of devices to buy may also depend on the student’s field of study. Science students may best be served with a laptop, which can handle multitasking more efficiently.
- Design and liberal arts students may find tablets a better ‘fit’ for their field of study.
Here are some suggestions for equipment: $899 Mac Book Air. Tablets: $599 iPad Pro, $499 Microsoft Surface 3. As for SmartPhones, checkout Apple iPhone 6s, or Samsung Galaxy S7. Take note Apple could release a new iPhone soon. And, do not forget to buy a battery pack. Suggestion: $20 Anker’s PowerCore Slim 5000.
There are many more suggestions in this article you may want to check, such as Audio Accessories, and Coffee/Food gadgets for your college students. Source: Off to College? Maybe These Devices Should Go Along – The New York Times
What is your understanding of how to make your cell phone battery last longer? Should you do one or more of the following:
- Turn your phone off when you are not using it?
- Fully deplete the battery then fully charge it?
- Use 4G when possible instead of 3G?
- Turn off Bluetooth?
Check out the WikiHow suggestions by clicking the link below. While many of us now use mobile phones instead of land-line phones in our homes, these mobile phones come with Lithium Batteries which require some maintenance as long as they are used.Source: 3 Ways to Make Your Cell Phone Battery Last Longer