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Comment by Hira on Where Has Google Voice Gone? (August 1, 2014 12:17 AM)
@janet Google Voice number allows you to make free phone calls to the USA from anywhere. As long as the device you use has Google talk installed it wi...
Comment by Matt on 7 Cool Things You Can Do With Dropbox (July 31, 2014 09:04 PM)
In response to Susan G's second question ... The syncing only happens on files that are saved or physically located in your Dropbox folder. If you co...
Comment by Frank Klett on Where Has Google Voice Gone? (July 31, 2014 08:56 PM)
I have used Google Voice since it first came out and you needed an invitation to use it. I have never used it for voice but it has been a terrific way...
Comment by Stephen Earle on Where Has Google Voice Gone? (July 31, 2014 08:47 PM)
As one commenter pointed out above, Voice is great for texting with your keyboard. I have no need of a smart phone, and I've never been good at textin...
Comment by Lin D on Where Has Google Voice Gone? (July 31, 2014 07:43 PM)
I hope Google Voice doesn't go away! I ended up with two cellphones, both of which get regular calls. Rather than pay for duplicate service, or "famil...
Comment by Mike Vanover on Where Has Google Voice Gone? (July 31, 2014 07:24 PM)
I have been using Google Voice for at least 5 years. Love the program. I just switched to the Google Hangouts, and will test to see how I like it. ...
Comment by RandiO on Where Has Google Voice Gone? (July 31, 2014 07:03 PM)
To make an outgoing (outbound) call using your own GoogleVoice (gV) phone number from the WinOS desktop, you need to install the "Hangouts Plugin" to ...
Comment by Susan G on 7 Cool Things You Can Do With Dropbox (July 31, 2014 07:01 PM)
I've recently started using Dropbox and had a couple of questions: (1) Will a virus or malware be transmitted between my computers via Dropbox? I'm ...
Comment by Daniel Wiener on Where Has Google Voice Gone? (July 31, 2014 06:47 PM)
A year and a half ago I posted a long comment on your web site describing how I'd converted my telephone land line to a cell phone and thence to Googl...
Comment by Annie on Where Has Google Voice Gone? (July 31, 2014 06:45 PM)
I use Google Voice to 'hang onto' a cell phone number that I don't want to lose no matter what carrier I switch to (I ported it to Google Voice for a ...

Where Has Google Voice Gone?

Google Voice isn’t going away, as some headlines suggest. Instead, it’s going everywhere. If you're not up to speed on this nifty service that lets you make free phone calls, read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 31, 2014 | Category: Telephony


Geekly Update - 30 July 2014

Should first-graders be 'armed' with 3-D printers? Can you get sued for looking like Barbie? And which button on your computer can trigger a global conspiracy theory? 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 July 30, 2014 | Category: Tech-News


7 Cool Things You Can Do With Dropbox

You can do more than just drag-and-drop files to Dropbox, and you don’t have to jump through a lot of hoops to do so. Here are seven of the coolest things you can do with Dropbox…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 29, 2014 | Category: Cloud


Internet Explorer: The LEAST Secure Browser?

One website is reporting that a record number of security vulnerabilities were discovered in Internet Explorer during the first half of 2014, far more than in Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Should alarms be sounded across the land? Should you tell Mom to switch browsers? Let's find out...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 28, 2014 | Category: Browsers


Amazon's Kindle Unlimited: Netflix for Books?

Apparently, someone in Amazon’s product development department subscribes to my newsletter. Just two weeks after my review of Scribd, Amazon came out with Kindle Unlimited, their Scribd-killing 'all-you-can-eat' ebook offering. Here's the scoop...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 25, 2014 | Category: Reference


Have You Been Hacked?

Anti-malware programs are awesomely sophisticated these days, featuring heuristics, real-time monitoring, and reputation systems; and still they fail to keep bad things out of your computer! You are the last line of defense against hackers and malware, so you should be familiar with these symptoms that your computer or online account has been compromised...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 24, 2014 | Category: Security


Geekly Update - 23 July 2014

Is Comcast hiring mafia goons as 'customer retention' specialists? Does an awesome new beverage cooler come with a free puppy and a set of steak knives? And when is it a BAD thing to be ranked highly in a Google search? 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 July 23, 2014 | Category: Tech-News


Is Someone Stealing Your WiFi?

Is your wireless Internet connection sometimes mysteriously slow? It's possible that you're sharing it with a stranger. But how can you know for sure if a neighbor or a malicious hacker has tapped into your wifi? Read on to learn how you can detect bandwidth bandits, and give them the boot...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 22, 2014 | Category: Wireless


HOWTO: Measure Your Internet Speed

'How fast is my internet speed?' is a common question. There are quite a few definitions of internet speed and several free ways to test it. Here's the scoop on Internet speed tests, and why you definitely should check your speed every once in a while...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 21, 2014 | Category: Networking


7 Free Online Photo Editors

A reader asks: 'What do you recommend for quick photo editing when you're away from your own computer and you don't have PhotoShop or something similar available?' It turns out there are quite a few online image and photo editors, and the features they offer are quite impressive. Check these out...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 18, 2014 | Category: Photography


Seven Free PC Maintenance Tools

A reader asks: 'I know I need to clean up my hard drive every once in a while. Are there any other regular PC maintenance tasks you recommend doing on a regular basis?' Yes! Here are seven free programs you can use to clean up and tune up your Windows computer...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 17, 2014 | Category: Software


Geekly Update - 16 July 2014

How many innocent dinosaurs did Steven Spielberg slaughter to make the Jurassic Park movie? Are Klingons invading upscale homes in suburban Long Island? And is massive-scale airborne surveillance coming to a city near you? 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 July 16, 2014 | Category: Tech-News


What Is Google Plus Good For?

Google Plus (Google+) celebrated its third birthday on July 5, 2014. You may have heard of Google+; you may even recall creating your own Google+ account. But when was the last time you used Google+, or were invited to use it by an acquaintance? What (and who) exactly, is Google+ good for, and what are people doing with it?

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 15, 2014 | Category: Social-Networking


The Truth About Community Standards on Facebook

Two waves of outrage have rippled across Facebook in recent days. They serve to highlight the true intentions that Mark Zuckerberg and company have for their hapless members. If you understand what they’re up to, you will be able to meet it with equanimity and immunity. Read on..

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 14, 2014 | Category: Facebook


Old Androids Never Die, They Just Become Bots

Is there a horrible, terrible security vulnerability lurking in your Android-powered mobile gadget? Are evil Russian hackers controlling Richard Engel's smartphone at this very moment? Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 11, 2014 | Category: Mobile




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