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Comment by LittleBearGuns on Can MagicJack Replace Your Landline? (August 25, 2016 03:28 AM)
I have been using MagicJack for over 4 years now for business line , I have 2 of them setup, they work as good as Vonage does, I have had fewer droppe...
Comment by Lloyd Collins on Geekly Update - 24 August 2016 (August 25, 2016 03:24 AM)
I always pay attention to popup security messages, if it is from my anti-virus program, any others, I laugh and think, good try. About the Robots tak...
Comment by bb on Geekly Update - 24 August 2016 (August 25, 2016 12:49 AM)
A common reason to ignore security messages is when they are fraudulent as often seen on web pages. I've even seen them on my phone ... "3 virus dete...
Comment by BobD on Geekly Update - 24 August 2016 (August 24, 2016 10:29 PM)
Following up Marc Menard... As IBM likes to say, "Machines should work. People should think." Machines have been replacing people ever since someone ...
Comment by Mike B on Are You Charging Batteries The Wrong Way? (August 24, 2016 10:23 PM)
Hi Bob, I have a simple suggestion on which I would like your opinion please. If I use a timer on my Vodafone Smart Phone 6, will I prolong the life o...
Comment by Marc Menard on Geekly Update - 24 August 2016 (August 24, 2016 07:06 PM)
The last item in today's list is one that worries me for the future, as robotics are entering a field where humans are going to get replaced. Again. I...
Comment by Old Man on Geekly Update - 24 August 2016 (August 24, 2016 07:01 PM)
"Robots have been dealt a serious blow..." Not really. The revolt has begun. Roomba is just showing it won't take any excretion from anyone. ...
Comment by Mike on [NEWSFLASH] An Egregious Blunder (August 24, 2016 06:37 PM)
Why don't these shady characters go get an honest job? Or, are they waiting for Bill Gates to notice them and their dexterity and employ them at an o...
Comment by jphuf on [BYOP] Republic Wireless Just Got Better (August 24, 2016 04:55 PM)
Thanks, I'm looking into Republic now. Have Consumer Cellular and I think it is great, so far. $15 1000 mins a month phone, I use aprox 300-600 mins....
Comment by Citellus on [NEWSFLASH] An Egregious Blunder (August 24, 2016 04:54 PM)
Ah. All the conspiracy and anti-government people are again off on a tear. Government secrets have been leaked at least as far back as the Romans an...

Geekly Update - 24 August 2016

What is the reason so many people ignore security warnings on their computers? Is your car's key fob vulnerable to hackers? And have we discovered the Achilles Heel in the robotic conspiracy to rule the world? Find out in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. And it's *guaranteed* to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 24, 2016 | Category: Tech-News


[NEWSFLASH] An Egregious Blunder

Some of the most powerful hacking tools, apparently developed by the National Security Agency’s elite cyber-espionage group, have been leaked online, creating an enormous threat to the security of the entire Internet and everyone who uses it. Governments, corporations, and yes, you, must now deal with the possibility that anyone could have these super-spy tools and start using them. Read on…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 23, 2016 | Category: Security


[BYOP] Republic Wireless Just Got Better

I've written about and recommended Republic Wireless as a way to save money on your mobile phone bill. They've recently made some changes to their plans and offerings which may save you even more. Read on for the scoop...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 22, 2016 | Category: Telephony


Postpone The Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Microsoft began to roll out the much-anticipated Anniversary Update (AU) of Windows 10 on August 2, 2016. Depending on how old your hardware is, it may be several weeks before the AU is installed on your PC. You may want to postpone that update as long as possible, given the glitches and unwelcome new features in the Anniversary Update. Here's how…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 19, 2016 | Category: Windows-10


Why Hasn’t Microsoft Fixed This 20 Year-Old Vulnerability?

A security flaw in Windows allows anyone to steal usernames and passwords of logged-in users or even infect Facebook with malware simply by tricking users into visiting a specially-crafted Web page. Microsoft has known about the vulnerability since at least 1997, but the company has no plans to close this gaping hole. Read on to learn why, and how to easily protect against this threat...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 18, 2016 | Category: Security


Geekly Update - 17 August 2016

Does changing your password frequently make you LESS secure? Is Facebook now allowing marine mammals to have their own accounts? Are robots sneaking into your closet and donating your clothes to the Salvation Army? Find out in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. And it's *guaranteed* to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 17, 2016 | Category: Tech-News


[FREE] Alternatives to Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office is the gold standard for business productivity suites. But it can cost a lot of gold; even today's low street prices range from $119 for the 2013 Professional version to $399 for the 2016 Pro version. Fortunately, there are plenty of good alternatives to Microsoft Office; many are free, and even those that are not cost much less than Office. Here are some of the best alternative office suites...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 16, 2016 | Category: Software


Online Schools For Kids and Adults

Distance learning, or “online schools” is one of the fastest-growing and most useful applications of the Internet for school-age children and adults pursuing continuing education. No matter what your situation or preferred learning mode, there is probably an online school that can accommodate your needs. Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 15, 2016 | Category: Education


Should You Be Allowed To Sell Your Privacy?

Is your privacy (your online activities, the websites you visit, your interests and other personal data) for sale? Would you voluntarily give your internet service provider permission to use that information for marketing purposes, in exchange for a discount on your monthly bill? The FCC wants your opinion on this question…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 12, 2016 | Category: Privacy


Could Hackers “Rig” The Election?

Donald Trump has predicted that the November elections will be “rigged.” Most politicians and pundits dismiss that idea as “impossible.” But according to many security experts, thousands of electronic voting machines that will be used across the country on November 8 are so riddled with security holes that the possibility of manipulating the votes they record cannot be waved away. Here's what you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 11, 2016 | Category: Security


Geekly Update - 10 August 2016

How many government-sponsored autonomous vehicle advocates does it take to deliver a Slurpee from 7-11? What surprising item is being removed from Google Maps? Does a new Chinese smartphone use lasers to warm your Pop-Tarts? And can you still get Windows 10 for free? Find out in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. And it's *guaranteed* to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 10, 2016 | Category: Tech-News


[WHOA...] Is That Picture Real?

Social media of all kinds - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. - are rife with disinformation spread by people with ulterior motives. It’s a huge problem; you never know if what you’re looking at is real or fake. Many users react emotionally to provocative fake photos and posts, sharing and commenting on them, perpetuating the false impressions and outright lies.

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 09, 2016 | Category: Photography


Are Wireless Keyboards Leaking Your Data?

Wireless keyboards transmit every keystroke to your computer, via a low-power radio signal. Is it possible for a hacker to intercept that signal, to steal your passwords and other sensitive data? In some cases, yes. Should you panic? Maybe. Here's what you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 08, 2016 | Category: Wireless


Verizon + Yahoo = Trouble For Consumers?

Verizon proposed on July 25 to buy Yahoo’s core assets - search, mail, instant messaging, and editorial content - for $4.83 billion. The long-anticipated deal is expected to close in early 2017, marking the end of a venerable Internet pioneer as an independent entity. But the deal could have negative consequences for consumers. Read on for the full story...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 05, 2016 | Category: Privacy


The “No More Ransomware” Project

Ransomware is the fastest-growing scourge on the Internet. This diabolical form of malware, which encrypts one’s hard drive and demands payment for the key, has exploded in recent months. Here's what you can do to prevent a ransomware attack, and quickly recover if it does happen...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on August 04, 2016 | Category: Security




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