March 21, 2019

How parents are talking to kids about violent content online

When live-streamed video of the New Zealand mosque massacre surfaced on social media sites last week, Joey Fortman, the founder of lifestyle site RealityMoms, sat down with her husband to discuss how to talk about the topic with their two sons, ages 6 and 10. “My kids are both very much so online,” she said. …

March 21, 2019

Why Do We Need So Many Different Messaging Apps?

Slack, Signal, Hangouts, Wire, iMessage, Telegram, Facebook Messenger. Why do we need so many apps to do one thing?

March 20, 2019

New scam targeting payment apps like Venmo, Cash App can drain your bank account

Police departments across the country are warning of the sneaky new Venmo scam that can drain your bank account in seconds.

March 19, 2019

Instagram launches shopping checkout, charging sellers a fee

Instagram is opening a whole new revenue stream. Now the 130 million people who tap Instagram’s product tags on shopping posts will be able to buy those items without leaving the app, thanks to stored payment info. “Checkout with Instagram” launches today in the U.S. with more tha…

March 19, 2019

Many Pilots of the Grounded Boeing 737 Max Were Trained on an iPad

Last week was quite a roller coaster for the airline industry across the globe. Following an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max crash which killed all 157 passengers and crew members onboard, airlines around the world went ahead and grounded the

March 17, 2019

‘Do your children have any of these apps?’ Police warn of potential dangers

Police are warning parents about apps that could pose big risks. With icons that resemble cuddly-looking characters, colorful designs or educational-looking illustrations, it’s hard to know exactly what the apps are designed to do.

March 16, 2019

YouTube says it bans preteens from its site, but young children still see troubling content

After years of promising to control inappropriate content, YouTube is still delivering violent and sexually charged videos to young children, an indication that the platform’s growth far exceeds it…

March 15, 2019

TwitSnap? Twitter launches new camera feature to demote text

Twitter is rolling out the redesign to its camera feature TechCrunch reported on a month ago that’s designed to let you capture photos, videos and live footage and connect them to global conversations. Starting today, when you swipe left from the Twitter timeline, you’ll get the new cam…

March 14, 2019

New Android adware found in 200 apps on Google Play

Security researchers have found a new kind of mobile adware hidden in hundreds of Android apps, and downloaded more than 150 million times from Google Play. The malware masquerading as an ad-serving platform, dubbed SimBad by researchers at security firm Check Point, infected more than 200 apps whi…

March 10, 2019

Your kid probably has ‘text neck’ — here’s what you need to know

“Sit up straight!” It’s the go-to refrain of parents everywhere, and it’s an increasingly common one you may start hearing more and more thanks to phones and tablets. Increased use of digital media (and less time active playtime) is affecting children’s posture, causing neck and back pain, and may permanently impact how their bodies’ grow and develop, according to a pediatric orthopedist.