TikTok: Understanding a social media platform’s success (Part I of a Series)

Analysis by Teresa Siqueira A Chinese tech company is challenging American companies for dominance of the social media world – and is giving the U.S. government cause for concern. The company is called ByteDance. Based in Beijing, it has launched TikTok, a short video creation and sharing platform with more than 500 million users, with […]

FBI warns about privacy concerns regarding smart TVs

By Roberta Pardo People might need to be careful around their smart TVs. The FBI warned in a pre-holiday message that smart TVs — televisions equipped with internet streaming and even facial recognition capabilities — can be vulnerable to intrusion. The bureau said malicious cyber-actors could take control of unsecured smart TVs and wreak havoc […]

Technology trends to watch this year – and beyond

The world is evolving. And technology is changing with it. As part of the technological evolution, here are some trends to watch during the rest of this year – and beyond: *Artificial intelligence (AI): This year, artificial intelligence has become more prevalent than ever. AI assistants such as Alexa and Siri, for example, are commonplace. […]

Consumer Electronics Show reveals new technologies

By Chara As the world is evolving, technology is evolving with it. This year’s Consumer Electronics Show, which took place during the winter in Las Vegas, Nevada, showed some of the possible ways technology will change people’s lives. Some of the technological advances that were presented during the event included the following: *OLED TV system: […]

Understanding the internet: Social media and mental health

Commentary by Tere Siqueira Because teens use technology so much, it is difficult sometimes for parents to know when it is safe for their teens to use technology. This series is designed to help parents and other adults who work with teens learn more about how young people use technology and whether they are spending […]

Check out the best dating apps

Commentary by Chara The technology revolution has drawn criticism for harming relationships because people spend more time staring at their phones and computer screens and less time talking to each other. However, there are many ways that technology works as a tool for building relationships. For example, some mobile apps can allow you to meet […]

How to keep social media from ruining your romantic relationships

A desire to be in the loop on social media keeps billions of people attached to their communication devices. A recent poll, for example, found that American adults would rather live without a car, coffee or sex than live without a smartphone. This attachment to social media has, in turn, affected people’s romantic relationships. It […]

WhatsApp to include ads in Status feature

By Tere Siqueira An app that has operated as an ad-free platform since its inception will soon begin displaying commercials. In 2019, commercials will begin appearing in the Status feature of WhatsApp, as multiple news agencies have reported. Launched in 2017 and inspired by the Snapchat app, WhatsApp Status allows users to share photos or […]

Technology providing new ways to be unfaithful

By Angie Baldelomar Technology has, undoubtedly, revolutionized how people live, including how they start and maintain romantic relationships. It also has created new ways to cheat when they’re in relationships. According to an article by the Washington Post, “digital cheating” or “remote infidelity” – that is, emotional cheating via social media or smartphone – is […]

How to protect your privacy online

Commentary by Chara Cyber-stalking and online identity theft happen more often than you might think. According to statistics from the Symantec Corp., a cyber-security company, more than 500 million digital identities were stolen in 2015 and digital scams increased by 200 percent. To protect your identity and privacy online, try the following tips: *Don’t reveal […]