Your digital footprint

5 Places to Look for Your Digital Footprint

Recently, many iPhone and iPad users were incensed to learn that Siri — the personal digital assistant for iOS devices — has an eerily long memory. Unbeknownst to Apple customers, Siri sends all your queries directly to Apple’s company’s servers,…

Gmail now allows you to designate trustee after you die

Act Now Or, When You Die, Your Secret Love Letters Will Belong To Google

Gmail’s recent policy changes that let you designate someone to control your account after you’re gone is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the confusing issues around who can access your online life once you pass away.

After you die, the…

How you get hacked at Starbucks

How You Get Hacked at Starbucks
Samantha Murphy,

For those who frequently use the free public Wi-Fi in coffee shops such as Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts, you’re likely already aware of how easy it is for hackers to steal your personal and financial information over the shared networkBut what you…

Vermont leverages Fed funds to build gigabyte network costing only $35 a month

Vermont gets a gigabit network. And it only costs residents $35 a month
Stacey Higginbotham,

The tele­phone com­pa­ny that pro­vid­ed the cop­per ser­vice that in 1923 allowed Calvin Coolidge to be sworn in as Unit­ed States Pres­i­dent, at Ply­mouth Notch in Ver­mont, is trad­ing its sto­ried cop­per for fiber. VTel, a tele­phone com­pa­…

Vermont gets a gigabit network. And it only costs residents $35 a month

The Employment Law You Are Probably Breaking

Suzanne Lucas,


How you pay your employees is governed by federal law. Violating it is easy, so be careful.

Dear Evil HR Lady,

If an exempt employ­ee had to go to the doc­tor and missed an hour to three hours of work, can an…

The Employment Law You Are Probably Breaking

The Employment Law You Are Probably Breaking

A bracelet that sends kidnapping alerts for human rights workers

Bracelet For Human Rights Workers Sends Kidnapping Alerts to Facebook, Twitter
By Francie Diep,

When activated, the device sends “Help!” messages social media accounts and nearby aid workers.

Activists and aid work­ers who doc­u­ment gov­ern­ment abus­es or mon­i­tor elec­tions often risk abduc­tion by those who oppose their work. Now one…

RT @PopSci: Bracelet for human rights workers sends “Help!” messages to Facebook and Twitter in case of kidnapping

Docracy: sequencing the genome of legal documents

Sequencing The Genome Of Legal Documents To Make Them Readable

Unless you’re a lawyer, you probably don’t understand a lot of the agreements and contracts you sign. But Docracy hopes to even the playing field by letting you easily see which parts of a document are standard and where you might be getting…

Saving your work email

How Can I Save All My Work Emails for a Personal Backup?
Melanie Pinola,

Dear Lifehacker,
I’m leaving my job and want to take my work emails with me. I’ve been burned at jobs before, and it became very useful to have an email paper trail behind me. How can I save all the emails so I can access them in the future, ju…

How Can I Save All My Work Emails for a Personal Backup?

What to do if you are hacked

What to Do After You’ve Been Hacked
Mat Honan,

Whether you were hacked, phished, had malware installed or just don’t know what the heck happened but there’s somebody all up in your e-mail, here are a few good first steps to take following an incident. This is by no …

Mat Honan

What to Do After You’ve Been Hacked

Industries that lose the most data

The Companies and Countries Losing Their Data
Our Editors,

With China hacking the US, the US hacking China, and LinkedIn and Facebook and credit card companies and Google and who knows who else all vomiting our data all over the web, I was intrigued when a new report on data loss ran across my desk from…

RT @HarvardBiz: The Companies and Countries Losing Their Data @skgreen

Cultural causes of school shootings

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Linguistic data science analysis of state if the union address

The State of The Guardian’s SOTU Infographic Is…Dumber
By Emily Elert,

This chart tells you that “the linguistic standard of the presidential address has declined” over time. The problem is, it’s wrong.

Yes­ter­day, as a run-up to Obama’s State of the Union address, The Guardian pub­lished an inter­ac­tive…

RT @PopSci: Cool infographic about the linguistics of the State of the Union! Except it’s wrong.