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Comment by candy on Shellshock! Are You Vulnerable? (September 30, 2014 11:54 PM)
will this bash bug (shellshock) affect iWeb websites? i am OSX 10.6.8... and don't really want to upgrade because i LOVE Snow Leopard.. EDITOR'S NO...
Comment by Jason on Shellshock! Are You Vulnerable? (September 30, 2014 09:26 PM)
Should Linux users expect a bash update? Should we be using a different shell for now? EDITOR'S NOTE: Generally, you need to do the updates yoursel...
Comment by Lynn on Shellshock! Are You Vulnerable? (September 30, 2014 09:22 PM)
Once again great information from Dr. Bob. I just made a $5 contribution. I would suggest you make your Snickers pitch larger and easier to find. Mayb...
Comment by prettydarkskinnedgirl on Shellshock! Are You Vulnerable? (September 30, 2014 08:15 PM)
I have a jailbroken iPad Air that I only jailbroke to stop the incessant ads that disrupted my browsing experience. I'd hate to have to remove my jail...
Comment by vampkitten1990 on Google Fiber: Ultra-Fast Internet (September 30, 2014 07:51 PM)
oh if only it was in Alto TX moved from FL have a server aray for the home but only internet is over priced via SAT wether takes it to almost nothing ...
Comment by Jim Michaels on Shellshock! Are You Vulnerable? (September 30, 2014 06:48 PM)
I've got anywhere from 6 - 15 linux distros in a Vbox(Oracle) on my Win7 host machine. Some, but not all have sent out patches. Is this host machin...
Comment by Nigel on Shellshock! Are You Vulnerable? (September 30, 2014 06:16 PM)
Bob, for Windows users, what do you think is the risk of information being intercepted when we connect to online retailers? I imagine that Amazon and...
Comment by Hank on Shellshock! Are You Vulnerable? (September 30, 2014 05:21 PM)
Bob's article doesn't say, but linux is a distant relative of Unix, so I wonder ,, Is Linux affected by the 'bash bug'? EDITOR'S NOTE: I think it'...
Comment by Peter Wall on Belkin WeMo Home Automation (September 30, 2014 09:36 AM)
'I rush and rush until life's no fun, all I've got to do is live and die but I'm in a rush and don't know why!' Alabama said it best. There is possib...
Comment by MmeMoxie on Belkin WeMo Home Automation (September 30, 2014 05:37 AM)
WOW ... Just what will Belkin and the like, come up with next??? Nope ... Don't want it or any part of it!!! I love my Keurig and I decide when to t...

Shellshock! Are You Vulnerable?

A serious flaw was recently discovered in software that's found on untold millions of web servers. But desktops, laptops, smartphones and other devices may be vulnerable to the “Bash Bug” as well. Read on to cut through the hype and find out whether you need to take action...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 30, 2014 | Category: Security


Belkin WeMo Home Automation

Belkin's WeMo is a family of switches and motion sensors that allow you to connect with and control home appliances via the Internet. In the near future, it promises to give you remote control of your lighting, kitchen appliances and other devices. But at what price? Let's take a look at this emerging technology...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 29, 2014 | Category: Gadgets


Tox: Skype With Privacy

In an age where online security seems broken, and online privacy an illusion, we need new tools to empower communication without fear that someone is listening, recording, or transcribing every word we say. Tox is one such effort, an alternative to Skype, without all the corporate tentacles. Read on to learn how it works...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 26, 2014 | Category: Telephony


Amazon No Longer Kindles Its Fire

Amazon recently reshuffled its mobile device product lines, adding new models and renaming everything to draw a bright line between tablets and ereaders. If you're confused about what is and isn't a Kindle, or what makes a Fire so hot, now is a good time to review the Amazon mobile gadget lineup…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 24, 2014 | Category: Mobile


Geekly Update - 24 September 2014

Can you really charge your new iPhone 6 with a microwave oven? Do oblivious texters deserve their own lanes on the sidewalk? And why are hackers downloading video games to your wireless printer? 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 | Category: Tech-News


HOWTO: Speed Up Your Browser!

When it seems like Web pages are “taking forever” to display, most people assume the problem is a slow computer or flaky Internet connection. But often, it’s a Web browser that is performing sluggishly. A little maintenance can speed things up. Here is how browsers bog down and some practical tips for restoring the pop to your page loads...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 23, 2014 | Category: Browsers


Cheap Windows 8 PCs

Earlier this year, Microsoft began to offer a variant of Windows 8.1 to PC vendors at a special, super-secret price that is rumored to be “practically zero.” This “Windows 8.1 with Bing" license has brought a crop of low-cost PCs to the market. Here's the scoop, and what you need to know about the Bing thing...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 22, 2014 | Category: Windows-8


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




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