Thursday, June 28, 2012

Data Snatchers! The Booming Market for Your Online Identity | PCWorld

Make no mistake, your personal data isn’t your own. When you update your Facebook page, “Like” something on a website, apply for a credit card, click on an ad, listen to an MP3, or comment on a YouTube video, you are feeding a huge and growing beast with an insatiable appetite for your personal data, a beast that always craves more. Virtually every piece of personal information that you provide online (and much that you provide offline) will end up being bought and sold, segmented, packaged, analyzed, repackaged, and sold again. Read more

Thursday, June 21, 2012

How To Get Kids To Use Facebook Responsibly

Over the last few weeks, news hit the Internet that Facebook is looking at ways to allow kids under 13 to use Facebook under parental supervision. For quite some time now, Facebook has required all registered users to be over 13 years old. Because of this limitation, there are now many children on Facebook that have lied about their age during the signup process – with their parents blessing.

Since there are already so many users on Facebook that are under 13, Facebook’s new offering may link to the parent’s account, and provide the parent with better tools and resources to keep their children safe while they use the largest social network in the world.Read more

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Cloud Storage Showdown – Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive & More

The cloud storage scene has heated up recently, with a long-awaited entry by Google and a revamped SkyDrive from Microsoft. Dropbox has gone unchallenged by the major players for a long time, but that’s changed – both Google and Microsoft are now challenging Dropbox on its own turf, and all three services have their own compelling features. One thing’s for sure – Dropbox is no longer the one-size-fits-all solution.

These three aren’t the only cloud storage services – the cloud storage arena is full of services with different features and priorities, including privacy-protecting encryption and the ability to synchronize any folder on your system. Read more

The Top 6 Jobs Being Driven Into Extinction By The Internet

The Internet was the last revolutionary technology of the 20th century. It rapidly changed the way people across the world do business, and while many jobs were not impacted, some were brushed aside as the Internet muscled its way in.

Some of these jobs were ones already having trouble. Others were doing fine. Now? Not so much. Change is hard when you’re on the wrong side of the revolution. Let’s see what professions are getting taken to the cleaners (which, of course, now offer free Wi-Fi). Read more

Monday, June 4, 2012

How to Create Advanced Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets | PCWorld Business Center

How to Create Advanced Microsoft Excel Spreadsheets | PCWorld Business Center

How to Use Microsoft Word as a Desktop Publishing Tool | PCWorld Business Center

How to Use Microsoft Word as a Desktop Publishing Tool | PCWorld Business Center

Amazon Adds Electronic Items to Trade-In Store

As part of its Trade-in Store, the online retailer Amazon.com is now accepting used electronic items and in return customers receive an Amazon gift card credited to their Amazon account. Acceptable items include smartphones, laptops, tablets, cameras, e-book readers, GPS devices, calculators, and the like. Read more