5 Things - Week Ending 3/8/13

This is the 40th post in a series called 5 Things. Each week I will share a combination of technology articles and apps that I have discovered and liked in the past week. Anything highlighted in blue is a link to an article, an app, or another section of my website.

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Sometimes multiple updates for Flash or Reader can occur in the same month. Adobe notifies Flash and Reader users of new available updates by displaying a notice regarding the availability of the new software. But when you see this type of notice from Adobe, how can you tell if the Flash update is valid or an attempt to install malware on your Mac?

When I teach Staying Safe In A Digital World I often get asked how a person can tell if an update is legitimate or not. I explain that you are safe when updating from the following:

  • Windows Update on a PC
  • Software Update or App Store on a Mac

In this article it recommends that you double check Adobe's website before installing an update for Adobe Flash or Adobe Reader to make sure it is actually an update from Adobe and not some malicous software. If you want to learn more on this topic, I would encourage you to read the entire article by clickin on the link above.


Netflix Series Spending Revealed

Andrew Wallenstein:

Micelli returned again and again to the notion that the broadcast networks were doing themselves a disservice by diverting tens of millions of dollars into promotion that would otherwise go into the programming. He believes Netflix’s focus on Big Data to guide viewers to content is a big advantage.

I love that Netflix is creating orignal programming. I am glad to see that Netflix is pouring the money that traditional television stations spend on advertising new shows on the actual show itself.

Britta and I watched House of Cards when it was released in February and loved it. We are also looking forward to Arrested Development when it comes out in May.

Netflix is a big reason that we have been able to "cut the cable" and still have plenty of stuff to watch.


Study: ‘Likes’ likely to expose you

Raphael Satter:

Clicking those friendly blue “like” buttons strewn across the Web may be doing more than marking you as a fan of Coca-Cola or Lady Gaga.

It could out you as gay.

It might reveal how you vote.

It might even suggest that you’re an unmarried introvert with a high IQ and a weakness for nicotine.

I deleted my Facebook account in October primarily because I was concerned about how much time I was wasting each day on their website. I was also concerned about privacy and this study supports my viewpoint that using Facebook may cause more harm than good. I have still found a way to stay in touch with friends and family without using Facebook.

What have you exposed about yourself by clicking on Like buttons?


Apple Maps directions beat Google Maps, Waze in pundit's head-to-head test

AppleInsider Staff:

All involved were in separate cars with different navigation systems: LaPorte with Waze, Dvorak with Google Maps, and Rubenstein with Apple Maps.

The three vehicles made several different stops in California, including Apple’s corporate headquarters in Cupertino. The fact that Apple outperformed Google and Waze in providing directions with traffic a real-world scenario made Dvorak admit he now has to “wonder what the fuss was about” regarding dissatisfaction with Apple Maps.

There was quite a bit of backlash in the media when Apple removed Google Map data from the Maps app and replaced it with its own data.

I have been using the Maps app since iOS 6 debuted in fall 2012 and I have nothing negative to say about it. On occasion it has trouble finding a location, but for the most part it has been very reliable. It appears that Apple has been working hard in the past few months fixing any issues that they find and this article shows that Apple Maps outperformed Google Maps and Waze in a real world test.


Walt Mossberg: How Apple Gets All the Good Apps

Walt Mossberg:

Apple tightly controls its software and hardware, and is fiercely competitive in battling its rivals, especially in the mobile market. And yet, while the company never creates apps for anyone else’s mobile system or device, each of its major mobile-platform foes — Google, Amazon and Microsoft — make many of their apps available for Apple devices. That makes those devices the sort of Switzerlands of the mobile world.

This is yet another benefit of buying an iPhone or iPad. You get the benefit of all of Apple's apps and services (Siri, FaceTime, iCloud, iTunes, iBooks) and yet you can also use apps from Google, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Microsoft, etc.

If you buy a competing device you won't be able to use any of Apple's unique apps or services. With Apple products you get the best of both worlds.


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