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Comment by Kjay on REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy S6 Smartphone (March 6, 2015 04:17 AM)
You could say they all borrow/steal from each other. IPhone stole the bigger screen? Both borrowed the 'access camera from a locked phone' from Sony a...
Comment by PeteGilles on REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy S6 Smartphone (March 6, 2015 01:54 AM)
I bought my Note II 2 1/2 years ago because with its screen size and SD support, I didn't need a tablet, Also my original battery is showing signs of...
Comment by Nigel on REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy S6 Smartphone (March 6, 2015 12:20 AM)
I would certainly miss replaceable batteries. My trusty Galaxy S2 is still working fine after 3 1/2 years, although the battery did need replacing 9...
Comment by MmeMoxie on REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy S6 Smartphone (March 5, 2015 08:01 PM)
BOB, I am like you ... I prefer, to purchase a good, solid Smartphone, even though it may not be the latest and supposed, greatest. I just got my gra...
Comment by Greg Paul on Geekly Update - 04 March 2015 (March 5, 2015 02:31 PM)
I have Windows XP on one PC and Windows 7. I actually prefer XP over Windows 7. Microsoft made a great product when they wrote XP. I hope they deci...
Comment by Jackie Countryman on Geekly Update - 04 March 2015 (March 5, 2015 02:20 PM)
I am new here and look forward to learning about computer things. I have a 2008 Lenovo IdeaPad Y510 that has XP and I am so glad to know I can keep i...
Comment by David Guillaume on Geekly Update - 04 March 2015 (March 5, 2015 01:50 PM)
Just because Microsoft wanted everyone to dump their faithful old XP home and XP Pro systems whilst trying so hard to convince XP users en-mass that t...
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Try Conference Calls, a good online source for audio, video and web conferencing services. http://www.conferencecalls.com/...
Comment by RandiO on Geekly Update - 04 March 2015 (March 5, 2015 09:33 AM)
The top article about the comparo results of OS security vulnerabilities was a total shocker to me! Thank you for the post and the link!...
Comment by Sleddogger on Geekly Update - 04 March 2015 (March 5, 2015 05:21 AM)
The Magic app instantly reminded me of the old Robert Heinlein story "We Also Walk Dogs." Yes, there is a limitless appetite for convenience......

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy S6 Smartphone

Samsung just unveiled the latest iterations of its high-end Galaxy smartphone, the S6 and the slightly more expensive S6 Edge. Let's take a look at the S6, how it differs from the Galaxy S5, and how it stacks up against the iPhone...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 05, 2015 | Category: Mobile


Geekly Update - 04 March 2015

Is Windows really more secure than Mac and Linux? Can you text a full-grown Bengal tiger into your living room? And why does Facebook want you to call 911? 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 March 04, 2015 | Category: Tech-News


Is This The End For Crapware?

In the wake of Lenovo's Superfish disaster, the company has vowed to “become the leader in providing cleaner, safer PCs,” by significantly reducing the number of “preloaded applications” -- what everyone else calls crapware or bloatware. Are they serious, and will the trend catch on with other vendors?

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 03, 2015 | Category: Software


The Best Antivirus for 2015?

All year long, white-coated geeks at the AV-Comparatives laboratory work in obscurity, torture-testing antivirus software. But once a year they make headlines with their annual report on nearly two dozen antivirus and Internet security suites. Here's their take on the top antivirus programs for this year...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 02, 2015 | Category: Anti-Virus


Computer Backup Power - What You Need to Know

What do you recommend as a backup power supply for computers? During the last storm, we lost power for several hours. If I had a battery backup, I could have gotten online to check email and weather updates. Is an 'uninterruptible power supply' what I need?

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 27, 2015 | Category: Hardware


The Most Reliable Hard Drive?

Which hard drive brands are the most reliable? And what is the likelihood that your hard drive is going to crash and burn in the near future? Read on to learn more about hard drive reliability and diagnostic tools...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 26, 2015 | Category: Hard-Drives


Geekly Update - 25 February 2015

Will speaking in Pig Latin prevent the NSA from intercepting your phone calls? Are Google's robo-dogs peeing on your lawn in the middle of the night? And why might you want to use a drill press to format your hard drive? 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 February 25, 2015 | Category: Tech-News


Five Common Computing Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

I hate to sound unsympathetic, but most computer problems are caused by careless users. There are a few basic steps you can take to avoid malware infections, data loss, and performance issues. Too often, people try to save time or money by cutting corners, and they end up paying the price. Check out my list of common computing mistakes, and how to fix (or even better, avoid) them. Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 24, 2015 | Category: Reference


Does your Computer Have VD?

If you bought a Lenovo laptop any time since September, 2014, it may have come with a piece of adware called Superfish that puts all of your Web browsing sessions at risk of hacking. The same flawed technology has been found in three different parental control programs, and may be incorporated in any number of other legitimate programs. Here's what you need to know, and do...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 23, 2015 | Category: Security


Are Autoruns Slowing Your PC?

When you start your computer, there are a bunch of programs that automatically run, before the familiar desktop appears. Most of them are essential; some are dispensable; and others may be malicious. Learn how to tweak your autoruns to improve performance and security...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 20, 2015 | Category: Windows


5 DIY Home Security Systems

A do-it-yourself (DIY) home security system can reduce your homeowner’s insurance premium and boost your home’s resale value; provide peace of mind while you’re away or asleep; make an intruder change his mind; and even summon police or firefighters when necessary.

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 19, 2015 | Category: Security


Geekly Update - 18 February 2015

Is your Smart TV listening to everything you say in the living room? Is Apple secretly working on a driverless car to challenge Google? And what the heck is that robot doing on the beach? 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 February 18, 2015 | Category: Tech-News


Best All-In-One Computers for 2015

All-in-one (AIO) computers have emerged as a good choice for both PC and Mac home users. The minimalist form factor, with most components hidden inside a vertical monitor, is attractive and saves space on your desk. Here's what you need to know, and some all-in-one models to consider…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 17, 2015 | Category: Hardware


Take the Free Google Security Checkup

As part of “Safer Internet Day 2015” Google is offering a free boost of 2 GB in your Google Drive storage allotment. Even if you don't care about the extra storage, I do strongly recommend that you take the two-minute Security Checkup. And when you're done with the Google checkup, I have an extra credit assignment for you...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 16, 2015 | Category: Security


Get Your Phone Unlocked For Free

A reader asks: “I want to switch to another mobile provider, but I love my current phone and don't want to buy a new one. Can I unlock my phone so it will work on any cellular network?” It's a tricky question, and the best short answer is MAYBE. Here's the long answer, and what you need to know about unlocked mobile phones...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 13, 2015 | Category: Mobile




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