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Comment by anthony on [ZAP!] Don't Buy the Wrong USB-C Cable (February 9, 2016 09:26 PM)
hello, I have been trying to find out for almost 2 weeks now.why does mt camera, when I plug it in to my comp---- say usb--- on the viewing screen. w...
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Comment by Evan on Can Online Voting Ever Work? (February 9, 2016 08:16 PM)
I've been told that it's currently impossible for online voting to be both secure and anonymous (secret ballot.) It's easy to make it secure but open ...
Comment by Konrad Poith on [ZAP!] Don't Buy the Wrong USB-C Cable (February 9, 2016 06:19 PM)
The zig-zag seam in the "faulty" plug on the left is the same on every USB plug I have received on all my Android devices from Samsung. They still wo...
Comment by Dennis on [ZAP!] Don't Buy the Wrong USB-C Cable (February 9, 2016 06:14 PM)
Does your description of the "zigzag seam" being a sign of a cheaper USB cable apply to non-USB-C cables? Your very informative article made me look a...
Comment by Bob on [ZAP!] Don't Buy the Wrong USB-C Cable (February 9, 2016 05:03 PM)
Thanks for the info, i know HDMI cables don't really matter so one would think USB the same..Not so....
Comment by AZFan on [ZAP!] Don't Buy the Wrong USB-C Cable (February 9, 2016 04:47 PM)
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I didn't realize it, yes I have done a Deep Web Search! I have used the Library of Congress, lots of times and had to search further, for the informat...
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Comment by intelligencia on [ALERT] Can You Trust These Tech Firms? (February 8, 2016 11:10 PM)
Hello Mr. Rankin and fellow Rankinites! I tell ya! This is a Wonderful article BUT reading it gave me heartburn and a headache! What with these dece...

[ZAP!] Don't Buy the Wrong USB-C Cable

The new USB-C plug and port standard may be the biggest little thing to hit the tech world this century. Finally, there is a truly universal cable that can connect all of our devices - desktop computers, laptops, tablets, phones, monitors, and things haven't been invented yet. But if you buy the wrong USB-C cable, it may destroy your expensive gadgets! Read on to learn what kind of USB-C cables to avoid and how to recognize them...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 09, 2016 | Category: Hardware


[HOWTO] Searching The Deep Web

There are over 60 trillion individual Web pages as of this writing. But that's only the very tip of the iceberg. Beyond what popular search engines offer up, there is a universe of information that's online and discoverable -- if you have the right skills and tools. Here's how to gain access to the rest of the Web...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 08, 2016 | Category: Search-Engines


Can Online Voting Ever Work?

Three ballot initiatives have been proposed in California that would require the State to offer online voting in government elections. It seems like a natural application for Internet technology; it might even increase voter participation by making voting more convenient. If we can shop, bank, and trade stocks online, why can’t we vote online? Read on...

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


[ALERT] Can You Trust These Tech Firms?

The Comodo Group is a well-known Internet security company founded in 1998. Its slogan is, “Creating Trust Online.” Comodo actually sells trust - the firm is the world’s largest vendor of digital security certificates, with one-third of the market. But now, Comodo has betrayed every one of its customers. And it’s not the only tech firm that has done so recently. Read on for the surprising details...

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


Geekly Update - 03 February 2016

Can you help a blind person cross the street, without leaving your Barcalounger? Would you give your credit card to a homeless guy who lives under a bridge? And is there a dog, somewhere on the Internet, that looks exactly like you? (Hint: YES!) 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 03, 2016 | Category: Tech-News


Fight Spam With a Disposable Email Address

Have you ever visited a website that demanded your email address to make a purchase, create an account or gain access to information? I'm sure you have, and in some cases you've probably done so hesitantly, thinking that you might be opening your inbox to a flood of spam. A free, disposable email address provides a handy solution to this problem. Read on to learn more...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 02, 2016 | Category: Email


ASCII Art - An Enduring Internet Treasure

Long before the graphical Web, people were creating computer images that required no special hardware or software to view. ASCII art is composed only of plain text characters, and can be sent by e-mail without attachments. Take a stroll into Internet history, enjoy some ASCII art, and learn how to make your own...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 01, 2016 | Category: Cool-Stuff


A New Weapon Against Ransomware

Malwarebytes, maker of the venerable MBAM security software, has released a beta version of a new tool that guards against all known variants of ransomware, the company announced on January 25. Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware uses behavioral analysis to detect and block malware that attempts to encrypt a user’s data and extort a ransom payment.

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 29, 2016 | Category: Security


Scams, Hoaxes, Myths and Their Busters

Guess what? Mark Zuckerberg is giving millions of dollars to Facebook users who repost an announcement of the giveaway. Bill Gates is giving $5,000 to every Facebook user who shares a link. And Mr. Rogers always wore a long-sleeved sweater to hide the tattoos he got as a Marine Corps sniper. Read on to find out how (and why) nonsense like this spreads like wildfire online...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 28, 2016 | Category: Reference


Geekly Update - 27 January 2016

Is your paranoia about government spies listening to your phone calls finally paying off? Can computers generate inane TV sitcom scripts without human assistance? And is your lost phone hiding out in the suburbs of Atlanta? 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 January 27, 2016 | Category: Tech-News


10 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 out these web-based image editing tools that are just a click away...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 26, 2016 | Category: Photography


Wireless Home Automation Gadgets

Strolling through Best Buy or Home Depot, I’ve noticed a growing range of gadgets “designed to work with your smartphone” in one way or another. Door locks, garage door openers, security cameras, and landscape irrigation systems are just some of the product categories that can be made smarter with an app and wireless connectivity. Let's take a closer look at home automation gadgets…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 25, 2016 | Category: Wireless


Virtual Doctor Visits

Americans are pretty satisfied with their doctors overall, according to a new Harris Poll released on January 20, 2016. Some 88% of respondents were satisfied with their doctor visits. But when it comes to online interactions, there’s a big gap between what patients want and what doctors offer.

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 22, 2016 | Category: Health


Stashing Your Stuff Online?

The cloud storage market has come a long way since 1983, when CompuServe offered its members 128 kilobytes of disk space to store any files they wished. Now it's common for cloud providers to offer multiple GIGAbytes for free. Let's take a look at the best places to store your files online...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 21, 2016 | Category: Cloud


Geekly Update - 20 January 2016

Could using antivirus software actually make your computer LESS secure? What's that mysterious blue light emanating from the room down the hall? And will auto-pilot for planes and cars create a world where nobody remembers how to fly or 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 January 20, 2016 | Category: Tech-News




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