st1712: Is Disney Spying on your Children? [Podcast]

Keeping your children safe on line

The Walt Disney company has been slapped with a lawsuit alleging violation of COPPA. This law says that companies can not collect personal information on children without permission from their parents. In 42 identified apps, Disney may be violating that law. What does this mean, how do you protect your child’s privacy? We explore this and more in this episode.

Here is the full list of the apps in the lawsuit:

“AvengersNet”

“Beauty and the Beast”

“Perfect Match”

“Cars Lightening League”

“Club Penguin Island”

“Color by Disney”

“Disney Color and Play”

“Disney Crossy Road”

“Disney Dream Treats”

“Disney Emoji Blitz”

“Disney Gif”

“Disney Jigsaw Puzzle!”

“Disney LOL”

“Disney Princess: Story Theater”

“Disney Store Become”

“Disney Story Central”

“Disney’s Magic Timer by Oral-B”

“Disney Princess: Charmed Adventures”

“Dodo Pop”

“Disney Build It Frozen”

“DuckTales: Remastered”

“Frozen Free Fall”

“Frozen Free Fall: Icy Shot”

“Good Dinosaur Storybook Deluxe”

“Inside Out Thought Bubbles”

“Maleficent Free Fall”

“Miles from Tomorrowland: Missions”

“Moana Island Life”

“Olaf’s Adventures”

“Palace Pets in Whisker Haven”

“Sofia the First Color and Play”

“Sofia the First Secret Library”

“Star Wars: Puzzle DroidsTM”

“Star WarsTM: Commander”

“Temple Run: Oz”

“Temple Run: Brave”

“The Lion Guard”

“Toy Story: Story Theater”

“Where’s My Water?”

“Where’s My Mickey?”

“Where’s My Water? 2”

“Where’s My Water? Lite/Where’s My Water? Free”

“Zootopia Crime Files: Hidden Object”

st1709: I Just WannaCry! [Podcast]

The WannaCry virus wreaks havoc on world businesses

Have you ever just needed a good cry?  Well the people experiencing the “Wannacry” virus are probably feeling that way right now.

Wannacry is ransomware.  It encrypts an infected computer’s hard drive and attempts to sell an encryption key to its victims for a cost of $300 to start and then the cost escalates quickly the longer the victim waits to pay.  In this episode we talk about the insidiousness of such ransomware and how you can protect yourself.

Wanakiwi – possible WannaCry fix

WannaCry cousin uses your computer to mine Bitcoins

1Password – Password Manager

st1701: 2016 – A SmartTech Year in Review [Podcast]

It is amazing how, when a year comes to an end, we tend to forget all of the things that have happened.  2016 has been a crazy year in a lot of ways, but it has been a diverse technology related year.  So in this episode I review some of the technological events of note through the eyes of the SmartTech podcast.  Be sure to share your favorite technology related events or gadgets in our comment section or on our Facebook page.

Illustration provided by Pond5

 

st1616: iOS 10’s Coolest New Features Explained [Podcast]

It’s that time of year again.  Apple is on the verge of releasing it’s newest version of their iOS software for iPhones and iPads.

We should have a fully functional release sometime during September 2016.  Apple has already released the software as a beta and so we know most of the new features.  Some of them are truly innovative and some of them try and catch up with Android.  Is it worth the hype?  You be the judge as we cover the 10 coolest new features in iOS 10.

st1518: “Hey Siri” Unpacking Apple’s Latest Announcements – new iPhones, iPad Pro, Watch os2 and Apple TV [Podcast]

In today’s episode I get to talk about my favorite thing, new goodies.  Specifically new goodies from Apple.  On September 9, Apple shared some new updates.  But instead of repeating the entire keynote, I want to give you some highlights, the things I thought were innovative.

It is amazing to me, when apple announces something, the negative comments that come out.  I mean, if some of these things happened 20 years ago, the world would be in awe.  Instead we go, “Really, thats it.  Can’t you show me something really exciting.”  Well lets see if we can pull out the exciting from the mundane.  Let’s talk about the new iPhones, the iPad Pro, updates in Watch os and the Apple TV.

Complete September 9 Keynote Address