Washington Post: Retailers are marketing directly to kids shopping on their smartphones

Washington Post: Retailers are marketing directly to kids shopping on their smartphones. “Children and preteens are more connected to the Internet than ever, which means retailers are looking for new ways to market — and sell — directly to young shoppers on their phones, tablets and laptops. Gone are the days of blanket television ads, marketing experts say. Instead, companies are flocking to Snapchat, YouTube Kids and other mobile apps to reach children with personalized messages.”

Digital Trends: How to take travel photos with just your smartphone

Digital Trends: How to take travel photos with just your smartphone. “Big cameras mean big features — and trekking to a travel destination with gear heavy enough to put a kink in the neck and extra baggage fees in the airline ticket. Smartphone cameras, on the other hand, are perfect for travel photography. They are easy cameras to pack, because it’s always in your pocket, and the newest models have great specs for capturing great images (and videos) of entire vacations, from start to finish (you can also quickly share to social media to induce instant jealousy from your followers). But, are they ideal for travel photography — do you risk missing out on something by not bringing more advanced cameras?” A deeper dive than the usual “Don’t use optical zoom.”

San Francisco Chronicle: New California app tells patients when doctors are disciplined

San Francisco Chronicle: New California app tells patients when doctors are disciplined. “The Medical Board of California has created an app to alert patients about changes in their doctors’ licenses. Users can select up to 16 doctors, and the app will notify them about address changes, status expiration dates and disciplinary documentation. It will say when a doctor has been put on probation or his or her license has been suspended or revoked.”

Gizmodo: A Guide To Using Android Without Selling Your Soul To Google

Gizmodo: A Guide To Using Android Without Selling Your Soul To Google. “As soon as you start up a new Android phone, you get prompted to sign in with your Google account — but what if you don’t want to do that? Maybe you want to take advantage of Android but limit what Google knows about you, or maybe you just prefer the alternative apps; whatever the case, here’s how to live a Google-free Android life.”

Motherboard: How to Protect Yourself From SIM Swapping Hacks

Motherboard: How to Protect Yourself From SIM Swapping Hacks. “Criminal hackers have been targeting Instagram users with short or unique usernames, as well as people who own Bitcoin. To steal the victim’s accounts or cryptocurrencies, the hackers first seize the cell phone numbers of targets, which gives them the ability to reset passwords on any account linked to a given number. This kind of hack is what’s called a port out scam—an expression derived from the concept of porting a number from one carrier to another—and is also known as SIM swapping or hijacking.”

Lifehacker: How to Maximize Battery Life and Minimize Data Usage When Traveling

Lifehacker: How to Maximize Battery Life and Minimize Data Usage When Traveling. “It’s summertime and wanderlust is coming for us all. It’s important that you get out there and see the world, but it’s equally important that your phone is as ready for your travels as you are. After you’ve thrown a dart on the map and purchased your plane ticket, try these tips to make sure you’re not burning through your smartphone’s battery—or data plan—while away.”

Bellingcat: After Strava, Polar is Revealing the Homes of Soldiers and Spies

Bellingcat: After Strava, Polar is Revealing the Homes of Soldiers and Spies. “Polar, a fitness app, is revealing the homes and lives of people exercising in secretive locations, such as intelligence agencies, military bases and airfields, nuclear weapons storage sites, and embassies around the world, a joint investigation of Bellingcat and Dutch journalism platform De Correspondent reveals.”