Comment by Mac and Cheese on What is Google TV? (December 6, 2013 09:40 PM)
Bob, many times readers pose a question to you in their comments, as I'm doing in this one. How do you choose which of those questions to reply to (w...
Comment by Cliff on What is Google TV? (December 6, 2013 08:10 PM)
Bob, Is the WD Tv box, that interfaces at the HDMI input, the same thing as Google Tv? EDITOR'S NOTE: It's possible that WD has a streaming video ...
Comment by JS on What is Google TV? (December 6, 2013 07:29 PM)
Does the same go for Roku devices as what you said for Chromecast? How is Google TV different or better? Thanks. EDITOR'S NOTE: Roku is similar ...
Comment by john on What is Google TV? (December 6, 2013 07:21 PM)
Okay so I'm the big elephant in the room. I have to say as much as this sounds terrific, it is to me, assinine. When after 30 or so years of internet ...
Comment by Mac and Cheese on What is Google TV? (December 6, 2013 07:15 PM)
So, Bob, will Google TV replace my current DirecTV subscription? And if so, who will I pay? I presume I'll pay *somebody* each month, cause ain't nutt...
Comment by TheRube on What is Google TV? (December 6, 2013 06:23 PM)
Mr. Rankin. Hmmm. I haven't owned a TV set in many years (my last one had that cathode thing that stayed in the back of the set)! . . . SAD, I know....
Comment by Frank on What is Google TV? (December 6, 2013 05:55 PM)
Does this have anything to do with Chromecast or is that a whole different product/technology? EDITOR'S NOTE: No, it's different. Chromecast is a ...
Comment by Montauk Mark on Best Daily Deal Web Sites (December 6, 2013 02:15 PM)
Deal Chicken sucks. Their "local" deals can be completely geographically unacceptable, which would not be a big deal except they make you click throug...
Comment by Dee Lion on Recovery Disc for Windows Vista or Windows 7 (December 6, 2013 05:17 AM)
You mention a way to create recovery disks free. But when I follow your link, NeoSmart wants $19.75 for each OS that you want to download....
Comment by RandiO on How Long Do Hard Drives Last? (December 6, 2013 01:07 AM)
I know this topic is about HDDs but if any of your readers are using Solid State Drives; there is a FREEware program called TweakSSD (by totalidea.com...
What is Google TV?
Wouldn't it be cool if you could just talk into your TV remote, tell it what you want to watch, and see it pop up on your big-screen TV? Wouldn't you like a single search box to find TV shows or movies, whether they're on cable, satellite, broadcast TV, Netflix or other online streaming video sources? Your wish is granted...
Posted by Bob Rankin on December 06, 2013 | Category: Television
Best Daily Deal Web Sites
Everyone loves to get deal on a purchase, especially if they think others aren’t getting it. That’s the principle behind 'daily deal' websites, where membership has its privileges, and sometimes, hidden costs. Here's what you should know about the most popular deal of the day sites...
Posted by Bob Rankin on December 05, 2013 | Category: Finance
What To Do if Your Phone is Stolen
A reader asks: 'Yesterday I lost my smartphone in a taxi cab, and have not been able to recover it. Before I get a new one, are there any tricks I can try to locate a stolen phone? And for the future, what options do I have BEFORE a phone is lost, that will help me get it back?'
Posted by Bob Rankin on December 04, 2013 | Category: Gadgets
How Long Do Hard Drives Last?
It's a good question. But it might be the wrong question. Read on for some stats on the life expectancy of a hard drive, and find out the more important question you should be asking yourself...
Posted by Bob Rankin on December 03, 2013 | Category: Hard-Drives
No Frills Cell Phone Services
Choosing a cell phone and a mobile service provider can be frustrating and confusing. So many plans to compare, so many phones with so many features. Isn't there an easy way to find a no-frills phone and a simple, inexpensive plan? Actually, YES! Read on for details...
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 29, 2013 | Category: Mobile
Geekly Update - 27 November 2013
Which online retailers are on the Naughty List, and how did they get there? If you connect enough veggies with copper wire, will it power your holiday light display? And who is behind the mysterious puzzle that's baffling the world's crypto experts? 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!
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 27, 2013 | Category: Tech-News
Back Up Your Social Media and Webmail
Stop and think about your social media and webmail accounts. How important to you are all the conversations you have had, all the photos you have saved, all the contacts, friends and followers you have made? If the answer is 'pretty important' or better, you need to back up that data just as much as the data on your local hard drive. Here's how...
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 26, 2013 | Category: Backup
Should You BUY Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware Software?
A reader asks: 'Should I run AVG, SpyBot, and other freeware, or should I pay for a supposedly better program? I read so much negative about every security program and I am quite confused about them. Some I hear are actually fakes. If they really are worth the money, I am willing to try them. Can you give me your opinion on the best anti-virus, anti-spyware and other Internet security tools?'
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 25, 2013 | Category: Security
Best All-in-One Computers for 2014
After several years of consumer skepticism, all-in-one (AIO) computers are catching on. The minimalist form factor, with most components hidden inside a vertical monitor, is attractive and saves space on your desk. Here are some of the best AIO computers you can buy now, and heading into 2014...
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 22, 2013 | Category: Hardware
HOWTO: Extend Laptop Battery Life
It's easy to take electrical outlets for granted; they're everywhere, right? But sometimes you forget your laptop's charger at home, or get stuck far from a power outlet -- quite common if you use your laptop in a coffee shop, or in an airport, plane, train or car. Follow these tips to maximize the run time of your PC or Mac laptop's battery...
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 21, 2013 | Category: Laptops
Geekly Update - 20 November 2013
Is Apple planning to take 13,000 employees on a journey into outer space? Why does the government want all phones to have a 'kill switch'? And can you guess the Oxford Dictionary 2013 Word of the Year? 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!
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 20, 2013 | Category: Tech-News
Has the Paypal Killer Finally Arrived?
Since Paypal’s debut in 1998, it has become a dominant player in online payments, second only to credit cards. However, many people take exception to Paypal’s tagline, 'the world’s most loved way to pay and get paid.' Actually, some of us spew coffee all over everything when we read that. That's why I'm glad that some serious competition is arising. Here's what you need to know about Square Cash...
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 19, 2013 | Category: Finance
Avoid These Five WiFi Security Mistakes
WiFi networking is convenient and liberating, and essential if you have a laptop or tablet. But if you aren’t careful, using wireless Internet can leave you open to hackers and unauthorized moochers of your Internet service. Here are five of the biggest mistakes that people make with WiFi, and how to avoid them. Read on!
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 18, 2013 | Category: Wireless
SECURITY TIP: Preview Shortened URLs
URL-shortening services like TinyURL and Bitly are handy for a variety of reasons, but shortened URLs also represent a ubiquitous and very dangerous security vulnerability. You must use your head and technology to avoid becoming a victim of malware, phishers, and hackers when clicking on shortened URLs. Here's what you need to know...
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 15, 2013 | Category: Security
Can VoIP Service Replace Your Landline?
A reader asks: 'I have a landline and a cell phone, so I'm thinking of dropping the landline phone in favor of VoIP phone service, to save some money. What is your opinion of VoIP, and what are the pros and cons of using it to replace a traditional landline?'
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 14, 2013 | Category: Telephony