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Comment by Rochelle on Geekly Update - 22 October 2014 (October 22, 2014 09:01 PM)
Facebook is going to publicize your location? Another of the hundred reasons not to use it....
Comment by Gyppo on Geekly Update - 22 October 2014 (October 22, 2014 08:40 PM)
Bob asked: Will Cray's new supercomputer be used to determine the outcome of the World Series? I suppose it could make a good guess at the probabili...
Comment by ST channing on Geekly Update - 22 October 2014 (October 22, 2014 08:05 PM)
Emergency contact and notification is one of the many good reasons why I am a fan of Facebook and Twitter. They are always on and free: what's not to ...
Comment by MmeMoxie on Geekly Update - 22 October 2014 (October 22, 2014 07:57 PM)
Matt Ficarra's story was truly, awesome, in my book. It is totally, amazing what today's medical science can do for the paralysed. His wife Jordan is ...
Comment by GuitarRebel on Geekly Update - 22 October 2014 (October 22, 2014 05:35 PM)
I'm shocked about Facebook's latest abhorrent intrusive behavior. Shocked, I tell you! ...
Comment by Chris on What is Apple Pay? (October 22, 2014 05:19 PM)
iPay fail: special terminals are required, only available for a small segment of the population. Softcard / ISIS works nicely, and works with any term...
Comment by Ms. N. on What is Apple Pay? (October 22, 2014 01:11 PM)
Softcard by American Express works well and Paypal works at Office Depot at the cashier. You can also use PayPal Credit at Office Depot (I did) but ...
Comment by GeordieLad on What is Apple Pay? (October 22, 2014 10:09 AM)
Not for me - even if I wanted an iPhone (which I don't - I use only a basic PAYG mobile for emergencies). I find basic plastic more than adequate for...
Comment by Sean on The Final Credit Card or the Last Word In Trolls? (October 21, 2014 11:01 PM)
Wow... that pirate coplay profile picture was too much....
Comment by Sean on What is Apple Pay? (October 21, 2014 10:48 PM)
I do not have an iPhone. I do not really trust Apple with much. I do not think that Apple Pay will catch on like the credit card did....

Geekly Update - 22 October 2014

Will Cray's new supercomputer be used to determine the outcome of the World Series? Why is a really bad password sometimes a really good idea? And wouldn't you like to know if your cellphone's lithium battery is about to explode? Get answers to these burning questions, and the scoop on the latest tech news, in this edition of the Geekly Update. It's guaranteed to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 22, 2014 | Category: Tech-News


What is Apple Pay?

Apple Pay has arrived, and it's the purportedly perfect way to get rid of your money in a jiffy without even thinking twice about it. Just what you’ve always wanted, right? Well, it’s what merchants, banks, and credit card companies want, so Apple wants to make you want it, too. Let’s see what Apple Pay is and what you can (and can't) do with it...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 21, 2014 | Category: Finance


The Final Credit Card or the Last Word In Trolls?

Credit card security is a “trending topic” these days. Large thefts of customers’ card data are making headlines with increasing frequency. Cardholders are anxious, and tired of reacting to each security breach. Is the coming Final Card the answer?

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 20, 2014 | Category: Finance


7 Free Windows Troubleshooting Tools

An operating system is an incredibly complex beast. If things go wrong with Windows, it can be difficult to track down the source of the glitch. But you can put away the chainsaw and sledgehammer, because there are plenty of free troubleshooters you can use to fix most problems. Here's my recommended list of free Windows problem solvers...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 17, 2014 | Category: Windows


Will MBAM Protect Against ALL Malware?

A reader asks: 'Based on advice from you and others, I have installed MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM). It claims to detect and remove viruses, spyware, rootkits and other nasties. So do I still need a separate anti-virus program, or will MBAM provide all the protection I need?' Read on for my advice...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 16, 2014 | Category: Security


Geekly Update - 15 October 2014

Why is computer maker Dell excited about mushrooms and cow excretions? What important lesson did the new Microsoft CEO learn about karma? And how does Google know when you need to see a doctor? Get answers to these burning questions, and the scoop on the latest tech news, in this edition of the Geekly Update. It's guaranteed to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 15, 2014 | Category: Tech-News


Good News: Windows 10 is Coming!

Wait, what happened to Windows 9? No, you didn’t sleep through it, though many users have chosen to sleep through Windows 8. Microsoft chose to skip #9 and call the last major version of their flagship operating system Windows 10. Here's how you can get a sneak peek at what's coming...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 14, 2014 | Category: Windows


How Spammers Get Your Email Address

Spammers seem to have supernatural powers that enable them to guess email addresses accurately and quickly. But in reality, spammers harvest email addresses by pretty mundane means. You may even be contributing to the problem without realizing it. Here's the scoop on how spammers get email addresses, and steps you can take to protect your inbox...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 13, 2014 | Category: Spam


Get Organized With Evernote or OneNote

Often in your online travels, you'll finds bit of information that you want to save for later use or sharing. Cutting and pasting into a word processor file works fine for snippets of text, but not so well when you want to annotate, categorize, search and share. Read on to learn how a “personal information organizer” can help...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 10, 2014 | Category: Software


10 TIPS: Identity Theft Protection

A new study shows that identity fraud is increasing, affecting over 13 million U.S. consumers in the past year. Big spikes were noted in 'new account fraud' and 'account takeover fraud' -- two of the most damaging types of ID theft. In addition, a series of massive data breaches at major corporations leaves consumers vulnerable to phishing and other forms of fraud. Poor password practices are a factor as well. Read on for my tips on avoiding fraud and identity theft...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 09, 2014 | Category: Finance


Geekly Update - 08 October 2014

Are cosmic forces responsible for bending iPhones? Are hackers who stole 76 million account records from Chase Bank content to do nothing with their stolen data? And can you really lose custody of your child by using Wifi in a coffee shop? Get answers to these burning questions, and the scoop on the latest tech news, in this edition of the Geekly Update. It's guaranteed to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 08, 2014 | Category: Tech-News


5 Free Tools to Recover Deleted Files

Have you ever lost important files because of a finger fumble, brain freeze, software error, or computer crash? I know I have. But fortunately, 'deleted' doesn't always mean 'gone forever' -- and there are tools that can help you recover those lost files. Some of the best file recovery tools are free. I strongly recommend adding one or more of these to your toolbox, BEFORE you lose a file...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 07, 2014 | Category: Hard-Drives


HOWTO: Get Your Free Credit Report Online

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, so here are some tips on avoiding scams and identity theft. Readers often ask me about getting free credit reports online, concerned that they'll be scammed or tricked into paying a fee. So is it true that you can get a free credit REPORT once a year? YES! Read on to learn how it's done, how to avoid the potential pitfalls, and how it's different than your credit SCORE...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 06, 2014 | Category: Finance


Is Your Flashlight App Spying On You?

Almost every app you install on a mobile device or a social media network asks for permission to access some of your private user data; many also ask to perform actions on your behalf, such as writing to your Facebook timeline or Twitter feed. Sometimes it’s obvious that an app needs the permission it’s requesting in order to work at all. But how can you tell when an app’s request for permission is unreasonable, suspicious, or malicious?

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 03, 2014 | Category: Privacy


Will Ello Be a Facebook Killer?

Say “hello” to Ello, the new social network that aims to relieve the pain of the greatest indignity that Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, inflict upon their members: commoditization. Will it be the next big thing, or a blip on the radar? Read on to learn about Ello...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 02, 2014 | Category: Social-Networking




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