commentary In my more than 15 years in the Internet safety field, I've seen a lot of programs designed to teach children how to use the Internet safely, but many have missed the mark because they too often focus on children as victims or at least passive consumers rather than as participants in our digital culture. But in this Web 2.0 world, kids aren't just consuming media, they're creating it and they have collectively embraced social media as a part of their lives. They don't go online; they are online--whether on a PC, a mobile … Read more
With major questions still unresolved about sudden acceleration incidents in Toyotas and other vehicles, Washington is turning to NASA engineers and the broader scientific community to examine everything from mechanical defects and human error to electronic controls and electromagnetic interference.
On Tuesday, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the start of two major investigations designed to look deeper into potential causes of unintended vehicle acceleration, which have been tied to a number of accidents, including some fatal ones. The issue has blown up into a major problem for the auto industry and for Toyota especially, leading to a massive … Read more
It's 2010 for goodness sake! Where the hell are the self-driving cars?
With all of the advances in vehicle automation and safety technology, that elusive autopilot button may actually be closer than you might think. To illustrate this point, we've rounded up and explained a collection of current and future car technologies that we think will be the building blocks of the self-driving car of the future.
Writing for TheStreet.com, Anton Wahlman observed that the iPad's "user log-in flaw" could pose a problem for families and others who are sharing the device. The iPad, according to Walhman, won't allow owners to set up multiple user accounts as is the case with PCs and Macs.
If true (no one has yet reviewed the iPad), it could pose a problem for parents wishing to keep their kids away from certain material and data.
Apple didn't immediately return requests by phone and e-mail for a comment.
Windows, Macs, and most other PCs have the … Read more
Computer security company Trend Micro has an offer for any teen or adult who cares about Internet safety and security and wants to become an award winning filmmaker. The company has launched a contest called "What's Your Story?" where the person who submits the best short video (no more than 2 minutes) can win $10,000. There are also four $500 prizes.
The deadline is April 30th and only residents of the U.S. and Canada who are 13 or older are eligible to win.
Entries must be about one of these four topics:
Keeping a good … Read more
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski laid out the "broadband plan for children and families" Friday at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.
Referring to children as "our most precious national resource," Genachowski said "we must do everything we can to educate and prepare them to thrive in the 21st century and keep them safe." New technologies, he said, "can expose our children to new dangers, and can potentially outpace the ability of parents to guide their children."
Genachowski had a mostly positive view of technology for kids, … Read more
I have no idea whether cell phone use turns your brain into a doughnut.
But I imagine if someone were clever enough to create an iPhone app that told you how much radiation your phone was emitting, and therefore how big a hole your brain might soon enjoy, you might just be interested.
Unfortunately, it seems that though there might be such an app, you won't be able to partake of its skills on your iPhone.According to TechCrunch, an Israeli developer called Tawkon created an app that, with the help of a finely tuned algorithm, measures your Specific Absorption Rate. … Read more
There are any number of ways to childproof your PC, to rope off the objectionable areas of the Internet. But what about the kids' iPhones and iPod Touches? Safari offers no parental controls to speak of, no filtering or monitoring or search guards.
Enter Mobicip Safe Browser ($4.99), which offers a familiar Web interface, but with a raft of protections designed to keep kids safe.
The app looks and functions almost exactly like Safari, so there's almost no learning curve for kids already accustomed to the built-in browser (which, FYI, you can lock out by venturing into Settings &… Read more
Honda Japan has announced a fully remodeled driving simulator to promote safer driving, featuring high-resolution LCDs with computer graphics, a moving seat for a more realistic experience, and feedback about users' driving skills.
The latest simulator features high-definition 42-inch LCDs, image and text explanations of and advice about road hazards, as well as two- and six-axis motion options. A touch-panel display allows for easy operation.
Users can select driving simulations at nighttime, in fog, and on the highway as well as regular urban environments. While there are other vehicles on the simulated roads, it seems there are no pedestrians.
Honda … Read more
I figured since I'm acting like your grumpy old driver's ed instructor this week regarding how to pioneer your vehicle safely in rough winter weather, today I will present the second installment of the Michelin Tires' series on this subject. Whereas yesterday's video concerned braking techniques when driving in winter weather, today's clip is all about accelerating safely and efficiently on snowy and icy roadways.
Yes, I know a lot of what's covered here may seem like common knowledge to most viewers, the main reason I wanted to post this video is because of its … Read more