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Daily Dispatch: Facebook ups security; Cloud printing from your mobile device

Consumer Reports News: January 26, 2011 12:18 PM

In today's Digital Dispatch:

Facebook Boosts Security with Encryption, 'Social Authentication' (PC Magazine)

Facebook on Wednesday introduced two new security features, including the option to encrypt your Facebook session at all times and an easier account authentication process.

Preschoolers better at navigating iPhone than tying their shoes (ars technica)

...AVG surveyed 2,200 parents with children between the ages of two and five in the US, Canada, UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Nineteen percent said their kids know how to access a smartphone application...

Amazon Launches Its Digital Short Story Collection with Kindle Singles (ReadWriteWeb)

...These pieces run between 5000 and 30,000 words (around 30-50 pages) and range in price between $0.99 and $4.99.

New Initiative Harnesses Smartphones To Help Keep Heart Attack Victims Alive (TechCrunch)

...Here’s the gist of the app: you launch it, and it prompts you to ask if you’ve been trained in CPR and would be willing to help a stranger in the event of an emergency. If you accept this, then the application will take advantage of the iPhone’s location monitoring to get a general sense of where you are...

Cloud printing on the go (Google Mobile Blog)

...Imagine printing an important document from your smartphone on the way to work and finding the printout waiting for you when you walk in the door. Just open a document in Google Docs or an email in Gmail in your mobile browser and choose “Print” from the dropdown menu in the top right corner.

I Feel Like A Kid Again With HeyTell, The Social Walkie-Talkie App With 3 Million Users (TechCrunch)

...HeyTell is an app for the iPhone and Android phones that allows you to instantly send short voice messages to other users. Or, as they put it: “push-to-talk, starting at $0.”

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