This is the 48th 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.
Above you see a screenshot of Google.com taken on my 11-inch MacBook Air. I did the math and it appears only 16% of the screen is showing actual search results. The rest of the screen is either blank space, the Google search bar (18%), ads (51%), or a map of nearby mechanics (15%).
One of the reasons people fell in love with Google was that it offered high quality search results in a nice and clean format. When you now do a search on Google.com, over 50% of the screen may be covered in ads.
I have been using DuckDuckGo as my search engine more and more due to various frustrations with Google and this is one of them.
This is a great article that highlights the dangers of using free Wi-Fi. Someone quoted in the article says that the chance of you being hacked while on public Wi-Fi is much greater than your home being burgarized.
The advice that I give during my Staying Safe In A Digital World community ed class is to never make financial transactions on public Wi-Fi. This articles goes even further suggesting that you not check sites like Facebook or login to your email accounts online.
I would strongly suggest that you take a few minutes to read this article!
The internet of things describes a future where everyday objects will be connected to the internet and capable of communicating to other devicds. The Egg Minder is a product that would fit that description. I have received multiple phone calls from my wife in the 2.5 years that we have been married asking me to check to see if we need eggs. With the Egg Minder she could check an app on her iPhone to find out out how many eggs are left and how long each remaining egg has been in the fridge.
I have a feeling that by the year 2020, we will see all sorts of these types of devices in our homes.
Sounds like AT&T and Verizon are going to start taking advantage of of their market positions by introducing new surcharges or rate hikes. They have so many people locked into contracts and family plans that they know you won't jump ship over an extra dollar or two per month.
I like to use prepaid carriers that don't require contracts so I can jump ship if I don't like the service or policies of the company.
This is one of the major selling points of Apple products. Macs are much less likely than PCs to get infected with viruses or malware. iOS devices (iPhones & iPads) are signifcantly less likely to get infected with viruses or malware than an Android based device.
This article points out that a large majority of the issues would be resolved if Android users kept their software up to date, but a majority do not. It is very important that you keep your software up to date on all your devices to provide the most protection against digital threats.
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