#532 Apple Secures Your Sensitive Data, Teaching a Young Boy About Science, Hackers Getting Hacked, Serenity Caldwell from iMore on Home Automation

Live show will be on Saturday at 3pm Pacific Time on 25 July as I’ll be on vacation on Sunday. There will be no live show on Sunday 2 July. I was on the SMR Podcast on Episode #262 entitled Little Community and the Daily Tech News Show Episode 2538 entitled Amazon is Past Its Prime Day this week. Learn how I lost all my Apple Watch activity data but that it was because Apple really does protect our private data. I’ve started teaching a young boy a bit about electricity and magnetism and it’s making a difference to him and his mom. Bart joins us but JUST to talk security. He tells about the hackers getting hacked this week, gives us some Security Lite and Important Security News. Then for Chit Chat Across the Pond we’re be joined by Serenity Caldwell from imore.com.


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I Wonder What Would Happen If…

Rocio's son holding up his battery magnetMy housekeeper Rocio has been working for us for years. This summer her soon-to-be 13 year old son has nothing to do so she’s dragging him along to work so that he doesn’t sit home playing video games all day or get into some kind of mischief. I think Rocio is brilliant to do this because she’s drilling into his head that if he doesn’t want to do a job like this for the rest of his life he’d better do well in school. You can imagine that as a 13 year old he’s riveted to her every word and thinks she’s as brilliant as I do, right?

I started thinking, what if I could give this kid some stuff to do that stimulated his mind while she was working, maybe I could get him interested in my favorite subjects, science and math. He may not be interested in these subjects and I may have no effect on him, but what if he took a liking to it and had a real aptitude? I figured there was no harm in trying so I asked his mom and she readily agreed.

You heard me talk last week about littleBits, the hardware modules that a kid can stick together with magnets to do wonderful, magical things. I sat down with him last Thursday and started to walk him through how to play with them. He’s a REALLY quiet, shy kid and didn’t say much but I started to see a flicker of interest in his eyes. I have no idea whether this kid is the next Richard Feynman or has sub-par intelligence but I figured why not assume he was brilliant? In my opinion, with children if you set the bar low for them they’ll gladly meet your low expectations. If you set the expectations high, they often meet that as well.
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