Category Archives: Internet/Social Media

SmartTechCheck Podcast: Neil Young vs. Spotify, 5G vs. FAA

Another entertaining podcast with me, and John Quain, and host Mark Vena, in which we discuss the recent removal of Neil Young’s music from Spotify, the Keystone Kops rollout of 5G and Apple’s iCloud sync tribulations. Watch this podcast here … Continue reading

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SmartTechCheck Podcast: Disney+ Beatles, Microsoft ‘discouraging’ Chrome downloads, Qualcomm

My December 8, 2021, appearance on the SmartTechCheck podcast with host Mark Vena and fellow tech reporter Rob Pegoraro. This week we discuss the Beatles “Get Back” documentary on Disney+, the ongoing Microsoft-Google browser battle, and Qualcomm. Watch the video … Continue reading

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SmartTechCheck Podcast: Broadband role in Infrastructure law, Facebook woes, hacking arrests

My November 10, 2021, appearance on the SmartTechCheck podcast with host Mark Vena and fellow tech reporters John Quain and Rob Pegoraro. This week we discussed how legislation can’t keep up with technology, Facebook’s ongoing woes, and recent hacking arrests. … Continue reading

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SmartTechCheck Podcast Facebook’s rebranding as Meta, old school OTT and compiler security

My November 3, 2021, appearance on the SmartTechCheck podcast with host Mark Vena and fellow tech reporter John Quain. Watch the video of the podcast here, or listen to the audio here.

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Can/Should the Internet Be Regulated?

Trolling. Phishing. Online scams. Dark web. Identity theft. Click bait. Ransomware. Spyware. Adware. Malware. Cyber attacks. Zero day attacks. Trojan horses. User data tracking, collection and selling. Algorithm amplification and manipulation. Election hacking. Deep fakes. Anonymity. The growing misuse and … Continue reading

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SmartTechCheck Podcast: Apple vs. Epic, the new Connectivity Standards Alliance, foldable phones, ransomware

My May 11, 2021, appearance on the SmartTechCheck podcast with host Mark Vena and fellow tech reporters John Quain and Rob Pegoraro. This week we opine on the Apple vs. Epic court battle, the new Connectivity Standards Alliance – Matter … Continue reading

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Bridging the Digital Divide with National Broadband Policy

Nothing has shone a bright a light on the U.S. digital divide like the Coronavirus. The lack of broadband infrastructure and access for certain swaths of the population—particularly for rural and low-income communities—has risen to the fore once again. Solutions … Continue reading

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Should There be a Broadband New Deal?

On a make-shift stage before 50,000 people in rural Barnesville, Georgia, the President of the United States stressed the importance of universal connectivity. He insisted that the lack of access to connectivity created “an economic unbalance in the nation as … Continue reading

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Best Internet Providers in…

Here are a series of examinations of the available ISPs in a number of disparate cities across the U.S. from U.S. News & World Report: Best Internet Providers in Ann Arbor, Michigan Best Internet Providers in Atlanta, Georgia Best Internet … Continue reading

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10 Things You Can Do Now to Improve Your Online Security

In order to attack your computer, hackers often rely on your carelessness. While antivirus software protection is a must, it should be considered only as a complement to smart online behavior. Here are the top 10 things you can do … Continue reading

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