Smartphone zombies

by Phil Elmore -- A performance by the Blue Man Group of some years ago highlighted the trend – then burgeoning – of Internet cafes, wherein we ignore the people around us more…

Why SWAT-ting prank will get someone killed

by Phil Elmore -- Two years ago, this column warned you of the dangers of "SWAT-ting," a technological exploit in which hackers (or those with the ability to "spoof" telephone numbers or more…

The Internet irks busybodies once again

by Phil Elmore -- The often-wrong international graffiti board that is Wikipedia calls it "a website for people to rent out lodging, including private rooms, entire apartments, castles, boats, manors, tree houses, more…

Is the IRS reading your Facebook page?

by Phil Elmore -- Social media is integrated in day-to-day society to the point that we frequently take it for granted. We update Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and countless other sites by habit, more…

An army of liberal trolls

by Phil Elmore -- There's a reason popular culture matters. It's because it is not what politicians say that changes minds. The opinions of your fellow human beings are formed through their more…

Once on the Web, always on the Web

by Phil Elmore -- The Internet is forever. Anything posted online will stay online long after it is "deleted," whether in Google's search cache or in some other form. There really is more…

Shackles on the people – and technology

by Phil Elmore -- There is no better example of the intersection of modern technology and contemporary politicking than that of the ongoing debate over "climate change." The alleged phenomenon once marketed more…

Just try to ignore Twitter

by Phil Elmore -- For the second time in less than two weeks, Twitter crashed for nearly an hour Tuesday. The company blamed a "software glitch," but the fact that the outage more…

Is your smartphone the rotary phone of the future?

by Phil Elmore -- The YouTube account Fine Brothers Productions offers a feature called "Kids React to Technology." The results are predictable, and predictably cute. But before you are tempted to dismiss more…