Test Your Drone Knowledge

One day really soon we’re all going to need to have drone driver licenses or we can wait a few more years until we’re riding shotgun in our autonomously controlled drone vehicles. To kick off life in the drone lane the USS Intrepid:…

Hack Your Business Before Someone Else Does

What do Sony, Yahoo, Target, San Francisco’s Muni, presidential elections in two different countries, Orange is the New Black, and Bangladesh Bank have in common? Hacked. Typically, by finding a weak human link on the corporate chain who…

So, You Thought It Was Just You and Friends on Facebook Messenger?

Facebook Messenger has had more incarnations than the Buddha. You may think of it as a place to have private conversation between you and your buddies, but Facebook has other ideas. It wants to be the center of your commerce life. Read…

Acer is Banking on a World or Mixed Reality Powered by Lots of Hardware

PC manufacturers take the unveiling for their product lines every bit as seriously as fashion designers do like Marc Jacobs or Zac Posen. This year it’s not about hems being short; it’s about slightly curved screens, powerful, silent…

7 Kitchen Internet of Things Products You Never Thought You Would Need – What a Hoot!

Yahoo columnist David Pogue always cracks me up when he riffs on the inanity of the Internet of Things. “It’s grammatically twisted,” he says. “It sounds like some sort of Yoda speak. People just don’t talk like that,” says Pogue.…

Lights, Camera, Application: Snapchat-like Videos Get Kids into College

Ephemeral, short, dynamic and visual … that’s the way the young like to communicate. Permanent, long form and written, that’s the way the colleges like it. But, according to new data gathered by LendEDU, 58% of millennials open a Snapchat…

AARP: Not Your Grandfather’s Incubator

AARP was founded by Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, a retired high school principal nearly 60 years ago, in order to give a voice to retired Americans. Now, this 38 million-member organization is getting its startup mojo working. Over the last few…

Shoptalk Captured the Tumult in the Retail Market

When Amazon first set up shop, I could still enjoy a stroll through my Manhattan neighborhood without it looking like the main drag was “For Lease.” I could still see my doorman. He wasn’t yet buried beneath a chin high stack of Prime…

Adobe Summit: 12,000 Marketers Trying to Read Your Mind

What happens when 12,000 marketers get together for a fest? At Adobe’s Summitit meant bringing in a bevy of superstars including Ryan Gosling, Penn & Teller,Peyton Manning and Kate McKinnon to celebrate the creative storytelling skills…

Can Someone Make Mom Happy? 5 Years of Safety Wearables

Sigh. It’s hard to argue against a mother’s logic. Even when she’s in her mid-eighties. And so, my search for a simple tracker to keep mom safe in case of an emergency has been going on for five years. Nothing has passed Mom’s litmus…

Time to Rethink Kids Engagement on the Web

Way back in the 90’s, websites designed for kids were just beginning to emerge. Most of them were somewhat innocuous collections of silly games, jokes, chat rooms and virtual pets. But some, from less reputable sources, were laden with…

For Kids, Fake News is the New Norm

Years ago, when the Internet was young and so were my kids, I remember being pretty creeped out as I watched them research their school papers. A paper on The Scarlet Letter had one visiting witches’ covens as academic research. A paper…

From Start-Ups to End-Ups

Maybe I’m showing my age but I’ve got a serious case of start-up fatigue. One more hackathon, incubator, accelerator, pitch contest, one more meetup group and I turn into an Edvard Munch scream. The start-up economy has changed the nature…

The Most Boring Technology Story Ever, but You Need a New Router

The Internet has gotten really fast. It’s pretty common today for people to have upwards of 100 megabytes of bandwidth from their service provider. But I’m guessing that the large majority of that speed is hobbled by the 5+ year old routers…

Baby Tech Gets a Bump at CES 2017

When I first started attending CES, about 25 years ago, motherhood was something you denied (or at least ignored). At CES this year, all things “baby” were celebrated. Fertility monitors, wearable breast pumps, and wearable clothing…

Biometrics are Us

Dear banks, online stores, airports, employers and anyone else who wants to unmask my true identity: Read More

Creating a Platform, Not a Product

Farhad Manjoo predicted the demise of gadgets in his NY Times column last week. To paraphrase Mark Twain, the demise was greatly exaggerated. Hardware is expensive to create, difficult to support, hard to get into distribution, and item…

Big Kids Play with Toys and Games

Film directors get their names in the credits. Songwriters get their names in the credits. Toy and Game inventors? Not so much. That’s what Andy Roo Forest, a celebrated toy maker and accomplished singer/songwriter, sang about as he kicked…

A Labor of Love: Converting Your Old Photos to a Digital World

If you’re scratching your head about what to get for the spouse, the parent, the uncle, or anyone that grew up on film, don’t give it another thought. It’s a labor of love, but you can convert the old albums (or shoe boxes) of photos…

Time for a High-Tech Peace Corps?

To say the election results have been troubling could be the most historic understatement ever. The deep rifts in the country, shown in red and blue, depict a tale of a changing economy, one where retooling factories, digging deeper for…

Banks Fight Back: We Can Play the Digital Game Too

Last year, when I attended Money 2020, the large tradeshow that covers fintech (where finance meets technology), I walked away sure that banks were on their last gasping breaths. Young start-up fintech companies doing everything from lending…

Fashion Leaders Seek Place in the Digital World

Like every marriage, the marriage of technology and fashion is always evolving. Technologists descend from a tribe that says “if it works, it’s amazing.” The fashion world needs to combine beauty and functionality with the technology…

Your Body, Your Password

Passwords are totally out of control. You probably have thousands of them and remember none of them. Some insist on a mixture of crazy characters, uppercase letters and numbers, making sure you’ll never remember your password. Read…
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IBM Watson Plays Know-It-All at US Tennis Open

IBM’s​ ​Watson​ ​​eats​ ​data​ ​for​ ​breakfast,​ ​lunch​ ​and​ ​dinner.​   READ MORE
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Kids Privacy Online: It’s Not So Cut and Dry

For adults, it’s an implicit arrangement between you and the online world. You get some free access on the Internet and in exchange someone out there on the Internet is amassing some information about you. For kids, it’s a much murkier issue.…
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Kids May Learn More from “Reverse” Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality is pretty great. You layer information from the digital world on top of your real world to provide extra information and experiences. Examples? Point your phone at a historic place. Your phone recognizes the image or location…
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The Old Bank Branch Just Ain’t What She Used to Be

Banking as usual is taking some heat. The battle cry “innovate or die” is being chanted by fintech startups, big tech companies, retailers, and even the conservative banking industry, all looking for a way to disrupt the traditional landscape.…
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How Worried Should You Be About Your Kid’s Screen Time?

The numbers would make you believe that we (and our kids) do nothing but sit and stare at our screens all day. According to Nielsen, the average American adult spends nearly 12 hours a day on electronic media, mostly screen-based. Kids as young…