Tech Tuesday Jan. 29

By: Kitty Capelle
By: Kitty Capelle

Here is more information about some of the stories discussed in Tech Tuesday on Jan. 29 on the Valley's Fox 10 o'clock news.

How to Protect Your Child against Identity Theft

One survey shows 10 percent of children ages 5 and under have been the victim of identity theft. The Federal Trade Commission offers two resources for parents to protect their children. One is about protecting a child's identity at school. To protect a child's information at school, a few tips from the website include:

  • Find out who has access to your child's information
  • Pay attention to materials sent home
  • Read the annual notice schools must send out explaining your rights under FERPA
  • Ask about the school's directory policy
  • Ask for a copy of the school's policy on surveys
  • Consider programs taking place at the school, but aren't sponsored by the school
  • Take action if your school experiences a data breach

The other resource is about protecting a child's sensitive information at home and online. The website lists a couple warning signs of identity theft, as well was how you can repair the damage of such theft.

 

iPad Memory Upgrade

Apple announced on Tuesday it was going to double the memory of an iPad. The 128-gigabyte device would not only double in memory, but it would increase in price too. The Wi-Fi model will cost about $800 and the LTE version will set a consumer back by a little more than $900. 

This news isn't just a peek into the newest model of the iPad, but it could also hint at a new development strategy from Apple. Speculators say this could mean Apple will treat the iPad more like its Mac line by implementing incremental updates to existing models more often. This would be instead of how they roll out new iPhone and iPod models once a year. Apple has not explicitly announced this strategy shift, so it's still just a theory.

The new iPad will be available a week from now.

 

IllumiRoom

IllumiRoom is a proof-of-concept system from Microsoft. Basically, it is a way to blur the lines between physical and virtual worlds and some say, it could change the way of gaming entirely.

The system works by using a Kinect for Windows camera and a projector. The software on the Kinect camera works with the existing geometry of the room to create the immersive experience.

 

Record Setting Asteroid Flyby

NASA expects one of the closest asteroid flybys in more than 20 years on February 15th. The asteroid will be considered a "close shave" to Earth, missing the planet's surface by more than 17,000 miles.

Scientists with NASA said it's impossible for the asteroid to be on a collision course with our planet. Even if the asteroid did hit the surface, it would really only be dangerous for anyone unlucky enough to be standing underneath it.

Still, the space measuring about half the size of a football field still has NASA scientists attention. That because, they said, it's the closest an asteroid will have been to Earth since the 1990s. 

You can read the full release here: Record Setting Asteroid Flyby

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