Hey, did you know that your Kindle is spying on you? And here’s how to stop it

kindle amazonE-book readers are great, right? But are you aware that they also gather data on all of your reading habits? And in the US this information can be used to prosecute individuals. Of course, e-book manufacturers don’t tell you this. And while shops like Amazon talk about protecting privacy, what they do with data from its Kindle e-reader for instance, is buried in thousands of words of legal jargon. It’s certainly not upfront and straightforward. They don’t say ‘we spy on your reading habits, but that is what they do. But you can stop it, if you want to.

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INFOGRAPHIC: 10 keyboard shortcuts for PCs

computer_shortcutsYou’re galloping along on the keyboard; you’ve got a rhythm going and an energy that’s pushing everything along. Admittedly it’s rare, and staccato, stop start movement is more common. But when you are in that keyboard groove the last thing you want to do is to put the brakes on and switch to the mouse to insert a hyperlink, cut and paste, or pick through the document to check a specific word or phrase. That’s where keyboard short cuts come in really handy.

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The best things in life are free…

free_softwareSunshine, laughter, the chuckle of a child, water, swimming, twinkling nature, mountains, rivers, a lover’s kiss and yes, even software. Comparing software to the free warmth of the sun and a cool refreshing breeze may jolt and jar but given that so many of us spend lots of time on computers it’s nice to know that there is the digital equivalent of mother natures’ bounty. Check this list of free software and you may not only be pleasantly surprised but you could also save money.

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5 apps that may be dangerous for teens

mobile apps and teensAs a parent all you want to do is make sure the kids are safe online. It sounds easy enough but without stepping all over the children’s privacy it’s certainly not simple. Communication is central and ladles of diplomacy are often required too. Today’s teens are the true digital generation and they’re well versed in all the important apps used by their peer groups. But are they aware of the dangers and are you? To bring you up to speed, below is a run-down of the most popular apps/sites used by today’s teens.

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Wearable Technology and Wearable Computer Devices

wearable devicesThe craze for wearable tech is just building up ahead of steam. But when interconnected wearables become common, today’s smart watches will seem like yesterday’s clunky grey box PCs. The enticing thing about wearable devices connecting with each other is the amazing potential but with great opportunity comes great risk and unless security is nailed down from the beginning we could see wearables becoming just as hackable as today’s computers.

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How to tell if your cell phone is tracked, tapped or monitored by spy software

smartphone spywareThere’s some very powerful spy software available for snooping on mobile phones. But nobody would spy on you would they? Well, bugging happens at all sorts of levels from political worthies to anonymous everyday people. If you find your mobile phone chewing through battery life or your data usage rockets skywards, these could be signs of snooping. And if not read on to become acquainted with snooping clues, in this age of mass surveillance they could be very useful.

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