• Is Alexa Spying on You?

    Shelly Palmer  Some people believe that Alexa is listening all the time. This is true. Some people believe that Alexa records every word for posterity. This is false. Some people believe that having an Amazon Echo increases their risk of being hacked. This is also false. But, there’s more...
  • iOS 12 and More: Everything You Need to Know from Apple’s WWDC 2018

    Shelly Palmer  Monday marked the beginning of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2018). As per tradition, Apple kicked off the week with a two-plus hour press conference that highlighted a new version of iOS, a new version of macOS and more. Here’s what you need to know. iOS 12...
  • 5 Smart Ways to Protect Your Data On Social Media

    News & Experts The Facebook data breach opened a Pandora’s box of concerns for social media consumers. The company estimated that data firm Cambridge Analytica may have had information on about 87 million Facebook users without their knowledge. In testimony before the U.S. Senate, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised...
  • 5 Ways GDPR Will Change Your World

    Shelly Palmer On May 25, a new law called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is going into effect in the European Union. The law was created to protect EU citizens from potential abuses, like the recent Cambridge Analytica scandal. Though the timing may seem coincidental, this law has been...
  • How Do You See the Future?

    Shelly Palmer  Tomorrow will be nothing like today. It may look and feel a lot like today – you’ll get up, have breakfast, exercise, go off to work, etc. But tomorrow will be nothing like today. Tomorrow there will be 600,000 new smartphone activations, 540,000 new computers sold, hundreds...
  • 5 Things 5G Should Make You Think About

    Shelly Palmer Known simply as 5G, the next-generation wireless network has been touted as “world-changing” and a quantum leap in the evolution of communication. There’s a good reason: it will be. If you’re wondering how and why, here are 5 things 5G should make you think about. 1. Fixed...
  • Intimacy with Robots is Almost Here

    Shelly Palmer  Season 1 of HBO’s Westworld reboot completely captured my imagination, so in honor of the premiere of Season 2, I thought it would be fun to revisit just one of the mind-bending techno-ethics questions sparked by the series. BTW: This article was originally published on December 11, 2016....
  • One Titanic Insight

    Shelly Palmer  Edward “Ted” Smith was the captain of the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic, which struck an iceberg and sank on 15 April 1912. The story is legendary, so I won’t recount it here. But I’ve often thought that if a rookie captain were at the helm that fateful...
  • All Your Data Are Belong to Us

    Shelly Palmer Apple CEO Tim Cook and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg have been all over the news this week. Mr. Cook has admonished Mr. Zuckerberg for Facebook’s current predicament and has been exceptionally self-serving proclaiming Apple’s data privacy policies as moral high ground. Before your eyes glaze over and...