The overuse of technology has overtaken drugs, sex and bullying as the biggest parental worry. Author says, “forget screen time rules — lean In to parenting your wired child. Read more about it at NPR.com.
Digital Trends looks at the weird and cool wearable tech that debuted at CES 2019. A few items include jewelry that changes color, a medical device that signals a person’s bladder is full, and navigational aids that are placed in gloves.
In 2016, almost 40 percent of first-time, full-time freshmen reported that their colleges were less than 50 miles from their homes, a proportion that has held since the 1980s. What happens when there’s no college nearby? Read all about it at The Chronicle of Higher Education.
CNBC shows you how to clear all those old emails out of Gmail so you don’t have to pay for storage.
According to Salvador Rodriguez, once a year he takes about 30 minutes to delete thousands of emails in bulk. He recently used this technique to delete about 18,000 emails from his account, freeing up about half a gigabyte. That’s about 3 percent of the total storage Google offers.
Gizmodo gives good tips on how to edit nearly any file on your phone or tablet …
“The mobile versions of Word (Android/iOS), Excel (Android/iOS), and PowerPoint (Android/iOS) are obvious apps to call on if you get a lot of Office files sent to your phone or tablet. They’ll give you perfect previews of your files, and assuming you’re on a device with a screen less than 10.1 inches in size, they let you make edits too, as long as you have a free Microsoft account.
If you have a large tablet, or don’t want to set up a Microsoft account, all is not lost. You can use Apple’s own Pages, Numbers, or Keynote apps for iOS to import and edit office files, though you might get some formatting quirks along the way. Likewise, Google Docs (Android/iOS), Sheets (Android/iOS), and Slides (Android/iOS) will have a stab at opening and editing Microsoft Office files, though the formatting and layout might not be perfectly preserved.”
BREAKING NEWS: The government shutdown will not affect the NORAD Tracks Santa website.
“For 60 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s flight.
The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement misprinted the telephone number for children to call Santa. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief’s operations “hotline.” The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.
In 1958, the governments of Canada and the United States created a bi-national air defense command for North America called the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, which then took on the tradition of tracking Santa.”
You have two days left to buy Christmas gifts. Popular Mechanics made a list of 25 gift ideas that may help you decide what to get those remaining people on your list. Good luck!
Digital Trends features a pretty cool use of a website that uses AI to remove the background from photos … go straight to remove.bg if you want to try it out now. Remove.bg is a free service that takes five seconds to remove the background from a photo. It currently only works on photos with faces and outputs photos at 500×500 pixels.