iPad screen time can be good for kids if parents get involved too, experts say

One of the more anxiety inducing thoughts for a parent is how and when to introduce technology to a child. Depending on the sources you read, handing an iPad to a small child is akin to throwing them a packet of cigarettes. Even the language is similar; reports describe children becoming addicted to screens, and having withdrawals when the device is taken away. (read more)

HP Spectre review: thin laptop looks like James Bond’s gold-hinger

The 13-inch HP Spectre addresses most of my concerns with Apple’s wafer-thin MacBook, except looks. HP’s latest laptop is the thinnest in the world, while still packing impressive specs. This is a powerful laptop, sporting a full i5 or i7 intel processor, in contrast to the lower powered Core M found in the latest MacBook. It’s hard not to draw comparisons to the Apple model – the corporation’s thinnest – a computer I love in theory, but not in practice. (read more)

Phone antivirus software is, at best, false security

One of the surprisingly common questions I’m asked in my day job is “do I need to buy antivirus software for my phone or tablet?” The short answer is no – anti-virus software for sale in the Google Play store or the App Store are at best pointless, at worst, outright scams. But that’s not to say you shouldn’t take steps to protect the very personal information on your phone. (read more)