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Louis C.K. and Smartphones

Louis C.K. and Smartphones

How can one video clip encompasses the evils of driving while texting, humankind’s collective soul-crushing loneliness and our attempts to assuage it through technology and also trying to parent mini-consumers in such a landscape? By the very fact that it’s Louis C.K. talking, of course. Also Bruce Springsteen is involved.

“He really gets it, man!” you’re probably saying while watching C.K.’s Conan O’Brien appearance on your iPad while texting your friend in the car (please don’t do that).

On kids with smartphones: “Some parents really struggle with ‘You know… all the other kids have the terrible things so my kid has to…” Yes, let your kid go and be a better example to the s**tty kids. Just cause the other stupid kids have phones doesn’t earn that otherwise my kid has to be stupid or she’ll feel weird.”

“I think it’s just toxic — they don’t look at people when they talk to them and they don’t build the empathy.”

On personhood: “You need to build an ability to just be yourself and not be doing something. That’s what the phones are taking away. The ability to just sit there. That’s being a person.”

On using technology to fill the void: “Underneath everything in your life there’s that thing, that… forever empty, you know what I’m talking about? [Editor’s note: Yes.] That knowledge that it’s all for nothing and you’re alone. It’s down there. Sometimes when things clear away, and you’re in your car, and you’re like ‘Ohh, here it comes, that I am alone…’ “

And then how that leads to texting and driving: “People are willing to risk taking lives and ruining their own because they don’t want to be alone for a second.”

Free yourselves! Unless you’re reading this on your phone and in that case, awesome, but just don’t be driving.

Watch the full clip below:

Source: Consumerist

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Using your Smartphone for Work is a Security Threat

Using your Smartphone for Work

If you’re one of the 90% of American employees that uses their personal smartphones for work, you might be putting your employer at risk. According to a recent study done by Cisco on BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) most tech savvy BYODers aren’t security-conscious.

Cisco’s study discovered:

  •  9 in 10 Americans use their smartphones for work
  • 48% don’t know about Bluetooth discoverable modes
  • 40% don’t password protect their smartphones
  • 52% access unsecured wireless networks

By now it should be common knowledge that using an unsecure wireless network is the #1 threat to cyber-security.  Just last year a popular plug-in was discovered to exploit devices connected to unsecured Wi-Fi.  So not only is your online identity at risk but also is the private data of the company you work for.

The amount of smartphone users who don’t utilize password protection is astonishing and the numbers differ between operating systems.  More iOS users about 66% use passwords while just 54% of Android users lock their device with a password.  Although BYOD gives the modern employee great work flexibility – the ability to answer work emails and use work related apps, because precautions aren’t being taken, it’s causing headaches for the IT department.

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