We all go food shopping, and most of the time, that means a visit to our local large chain grocery store. But while we may just want to whisk in and out for the items on our shopping list, we almost always come out with more – and, sometimes, a lot more.
That’s no accident, ... Continue Reading →
Facebook is in the news again these days, with its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, testifying in Congress. We always knew that Facebook was in the business of collecting (and then selling) our data, but we had no idea how mind-bogglingly intrusive their focus was, as they can access and record just about every ... Continue Reading →
Every time you use your smartphone to Google something, every time you tag your location on social media, and definitely every time you buy something online, companies are collecting your data. In fact, most major retail brands, companies, and online sites that sell products or services are carefully “mining” your sensitive personal and financial data, reselling it to third-party data collection companies ... Continue Reading →
In part 1 of this blog, we relayed the story of how a young writer named Henry David Thoreau moved to a remote path of woods by Walden Pond in 1845, where he built a humble cabin and lived a Spartan existence. When Thoreau emerged more than two years later, he had produced the manuscript to Walden, a memoir that trumpeted the virtues of simplicity, as well as the perils of conformity to modern industrial society. And while that was ... Continue Reading →
Evolution in new technology – in our homes, our offices, in our cars, and even worn or carried on our persons – are supposed to bring abundant and inexpensive smart tech solutions to our every day lives, right? The cool new computing and media devices and options may be omnipotent, but surprisingly, the price tag on all of this “cheap” tech has gone up, not down.
A study released last year by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants found some ... Continue Reading →
A new technological feature is coming to a credit card near you. If you haven’t heard, credit cards and bankcards are getting a makeover, adorned with new small metallic silver or gold computer chips on the front of the card. Called EMV microchips, the new hardware is about as big as the business-side of your phone’s SIM card and holds all your payment data that is now contained on your card’s magnetic stripe.
Although the new cards that banks and credit ... Continue Reading →
If a recent patent is any indicator, then that you very well could be denied for a loan on a credit card, a car, or even a mortgage because of who you’re friends with on Facebook.
This summer, the U.S. Patent office granted an updated patent on technology that combs social media for evidence of a person’s closest network of friends and then relays that information to potential creditors, who can make lending decisions based on the friends’ perceived financial stability.
While ... Continue Reading →