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Comment by Nigel on Time to Sell or Trade Your Smartphone? (September 18, 2014 08:26 PM)
Bob, any advice on how to wipe a phone clean before trading it in? I know you can reset an iPhone, but does that really obliterate the data? Or can ...
Comment by Phil on Time to Sell or Trade Your Smartphone? (September 18, 2014 05:43 PM)
Bob- You state that "...many iPhone owners have been waiting for a truly significant upgrade that has finally arrived." Other articles I've read sugge...
Comment by Jan Owen on Time to Sell or Trade Your Smartphone? (September 18, 2014 05:40 PM)
Bob, I'm very interested in jumping to a new iPhone 6 Plus (from my iPhone 4). But, the top of the line gig-rich iPhone 6 Plus is darned expensive! ...
Comment by Daniel Wiener on Time to Sell or Trade Your Smartphone? (September 18, 2014 04:47 PM)
Back in mid-July my daughter upgraded her Sprint Galaxy S3 to an S5 (the S3 was working but starting to have turn-on problems). Subsequently she retu...
Comment by rocketride on Push Button WiFi Flaw Just Got Worse (September 18, 2014 03:13 PM)
Well, it's obvious now that nobody should be writing the phrase 'WiFi "Protected" Setup' without the scare quotes....
Comment by Brad S on Push Button WiFi Flaw Just Got Worse (September 17, 2014 08:25 PM)
Not just WPS. You should also disable Remote Management and UPnP while you're at it. These can also make a router vulnerable to exploits....
Comment by Joe on Advanced Search Tips for Google and Bing (September 17, 2014 06:41 PM)
Great article Bob. I no longer use Google as the search results are horrible since they made all the changes. I use Bing and you even get reward point...
Comment by Dan on MagicJack Phone Service (September 17, 2014 05:28 PM)
I've had Magic Jack plus on now for almost a year. I've had to restart it twice and other than that it works perfectly. Maybe they have crappy support...
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WPS, did not know it at all, thanks...
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Time to Sell or Trade Your Smartphone?

Apple’s iPhone 6 won’t start shipping until September 19 (and delays of 2-3 weeks have already been announced) but carriers are already using the much-anticipated phone to compete for new customers and tempt existing customers into renewing their contracts for another two years. It's also created a hot market for used smarpthones. Read on to see how you can benefit...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 18, 2014 | Category: Mobile


Geekly Update - 17 September 2014

Is your iTunes music library infected with the U2 virus? Why do some hard drives quack like a duck? And what desperate move did Amazon make in response to Apple's iPhone 6? 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 September 17, 2014 | Category: Tech-News


Push Button WiFi Flaw Just Got Worse

Back in April 2012, I reported that many WiFi Protected Setup (WPS) routers were vulnerable to brute-force hacking. Incredibly, not much has been done to address this flaw. To make matters worse, a security research team has invented a way to guess a vulnerable router’s password in as little as one second! Here's what you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 16, 2014 | Category: Wireless


Advanced Search Tips for Google and Bing

In some respects, finding what you want in search engines is getting harder all the time. A casual search for a keyword or phrase can produce millions of hits, and they are not ordered by relevance exclusively. On the other hand, search engines can quickly tell you things that you wouldn’t expect a search engine to know. Here are some easy ways to get more out of search engines, or less if that’s what you need...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 15, 2014 | Category: Search-Engines


IFTTT: Your Personal Virtual Robot

Life’s simple pleasures are the best. Simple tools give great satisfaction; the thud of a hammer, the growl of a handsaw, and the elegant execution of an IFTTT recipe. Read on to learn how IFTTT can make your online life immensely easier...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 12, 2014 | Category: Cool-Stuff


Apple's Triple Play: What You Need to Know

On September 9, 2014, Apple unveiled three new products: the iPhone 6, the long-awaited Apple Watch, and Apple Pay, the company’s foray into electronic payment systems. Let’s see how much they matter…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 11, 2014 | Category: Apple-Mac


Geekly Update - 10 September 2014

Are evil hackers messing with your thermostat? Who is behind all those fake cell phone towers that secretly listen to your conversations? And is there any way to stop Facebook videos from playing automatically? 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 September 10, 2014 | Category: Tech-News


3 Ways to Repair Windows 8

If your Windows 8 computer isn't working properly, there are three new tools built into the Windows 8 operating system that you can use to attempt repairs. Read on to learn about Restore, Refresh and Reset...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 09, 2014 | Category: Windows-8


Which Hybrid Laptop Tablet is Best?

The computing industry has finally figured out what Windows 8.1 is good for: selling hybrid laptop-tablet machines. Win 8’s touchscreen interface was made for tablets, not traditional clamshell laptops. Yet Win 8’s strongest market is business, where a keyboard is essential. So manufacturers have settled on a hybrid form factor that just might work. Here are five examples of this breed:

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 08, 2014 | Category: Laptops


Guest Mode to the Rescue!

Have you ever let someone use your Web browser “just for a minute” and returned to find things in total disarray? Perhaps your guest logged you out of Facebook or Gmail. Maybe they changed your settings or installed a toolbar. Yuck. Wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t have to clean up after guests, or worry about them seeing things that are not their business? Guest Mode solves the problem -- read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 05, 2014 | Category: Browsers


Microsoft Fix It Solution Center

Are you having a problem using or understanding certain Windows features? Are you getting error messages you don't understand? Having trouble with audio, video, printing, or getting connected to a network? Maybe you're concerned about privacy, security or performance. If so, the Microsoft Fix It Solution Center might be able to solve the problem with just a few clicks…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 04, 2014 | Category: Windows


Geekly Update - 03 September 2014

Can bad guys hack your laptop just by touching it? How bad is smartphone addiction amongst college students? And are robots REALLY taking over the Internet this time? 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 September 03, 2014 | Category: Tech-News


NEWS FLASH: You Can't Trust Any App

A new vulnerability that hackers can exploit to steal passwords and even take pictures of checks for fraudulent uses has been found in the Android operating system, and it probably exists in other mobile platforms, too. Like the recently discovered USB flash memory vulnerability, this one is deeply embedded in many, many products. And neither flaw is going to be fixed any time soon. What to do? Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 02, 2014 | Category: Mobile


Over 1 Billion Passwords Stolen

Russian cybercrooks have hijacked a mother lode of 1.2 billion unique username and password credentials. The New York Times did some quick math and noted, “that’s more than the population of China!” The thieves have also amassed a list of 500 million email addresses -- so should you be worried? Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 29, 2014 | Category: Security


Geekly Update - 28 August 2014

Which button should you never touch on the dashboard of a 2015 Corvette? Can your computer's keyboard replace your psychiatrist? And can you hack traffic lights for fun and profit? 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 August 28, 2014 | Category: Tech-News




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