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Fact Check Labels

One of the new additions to the search aggregator Google News, Bing News, and others is a new fact check label. They are using a select group of news sites and including their articles marked as fact checks.

Fact checking can be very subjective, since often the statements are not purely measurable. To determine true or false, there is interpretation that is required to arrive at something that is measurable. This interpretation of the statement and distilling it down into something that can be verified is an area where these fact checkers fail.

Cutting the cable cord

The price of cable has increased significantly over the years. Many cable bills are north of $200 a month, but that also includes phone and Internet. This means that customers can save around a $100 a month by cutting the cord.

Depending on your viewing habits, dropping cable may or may not be a major sacrifice. If you watch movies and older TV shows you may be able to replace cable with Netflix or Amazon Prime. These services usually cost around $10 a month depending on the options chosen.

Tech Talk: Securing your Internet Connected Devices

Rocco Maglio, Certified Information Systems Security Professional, CISSP, has over 20 years in the field of software engineering.

More and more, we are seeing the results of many devices connected to the Internet with little to no security. We now have security cameras, refrigerators, televisions, and other devices that all connect to the Internet.

Photos tell where you have been

'Map' by Aram Bartholl, part of the show 'From Here On' during Rencontres Arles, France 2011 via Wikipedia

Apple and Google phones now add location metadata by default to every photo taken with them. Social media apps then use this data when you share these photos.

Not only are you telling anyone who sees the photo and knows how to view metadata where you took the photo, but now several companies know where you have been if you give them access to your photos. If you share your photos on Facebook, Facebook can determine where you went on vacation, where you hang out with your friends, and where you take your kids to eat.

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