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Comment by Bill on Satellite Internet - A Good Choice? (October 31, 2014 02:40 AM)
We had Hughes net then upgraded to Hughes Gen4. After the upgrade Optimize 3 would no longer work. Upgraded to PC Matic, it would not work, ping time ...
Comment by Elizabeth Landry on New Mobile Malware Threat (October 31, 2014 02:34 AM)
Dear Bob, Thank you for everything you do to help people. I am going to save this article for future reference. You are truly our Super Cyber Her...
Comment by The 146% on New Mobile Malware Threat (October 30, 2014 11:22 PM)
I found a different way to initiate safe mode on android version 2.3.x for Motorola phones and Kindle Fire HD, first generation version 7.5.x: Power ...
Comment by Aidan on New Mobile Malware Threat (October 30, 2014 07:49 PM)
Great tip! Thanks Bob. "How to start in Safe Mode" really ought to be added to the manual of every Android phone! ...
Comment by james on New Mobile Malware Threat (October 30, 2014 07:10 PM)
Cary, read Bob's post it tells you how to remove KOLER....
Comment by DPCRN on New Mobile Malware Threat (October 30, 2014 06:53 PM)
Just FYI, the first method to restart in Safe Mode did not work on my Note 3. However, the second method did. Just hold that down button. Don't hav...
Comment by Phil on New Mobile Malware Threat (October 30, 2014 05:35 PM)
How about non-phone Android devices, e.g. Kindle Fire?...
Comment by John on New Mobile Malware Threat (October 30, 2014 05:28 PM)
I use 12 Androids for a special 3rd party install Have always checked the allow to download... Never thought of unchecking after install.... thanks, ...
Comment by Cary A on New Mobile Malware Threat (October 30, 2014 04:59 PM)
After I restart my Android device in Safe Mode, how do I get rid of Koler?...
Comment by DPCRN on Geekly Update - 29 October 2014 (October 30, 2014 04:11 PM)
I love your one liners and puns. Have you considered inserting some rimshot gifs :-) I'm surprised Klingon wasn't included. I would have suspected ...

New Mobile Malware Threat

A well-known predator named “Koler” has ramped up its game from “drive-by download” to “self-replicating virus,” accelerating the spread of this ransomware from one smartphone to all its owner’s contacts. Read on to learn about a secret feature that will zap this and other mobile malware apps...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 30, 2014 | Category: Mobile


Geekly Update - 29 October 2014

Can you generate electricity by wearing stretch jeans? What should you do if your iPhone is haunted? And what stunning discovery about the Internet was made by researchers at the University of Southern California? 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 October 29, 2014 | Category: Tech-News


New iPads: Worth a Look?

The iPad seems to be running out of gas. Apple reports that sales of its tablets are down 13% from last year. Even more significantly, this year’s new iPads have nothing compellingly “new” about them for the average user, or even the power user. Let's take a closer look at the new models...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 28, 2014 | Category: Apple-Mac


Will This App Replace Gmail?

The demise of email has been predicted for over a decade, yet the volume of email continues to grow even if you don’t count spam. Ironically, the alternative messaging services that were supposed to kill email have instead fueled its exponential growth. Will Google Inbox solve the problem of email overload, and replace the popular Gmail service? Read on to find out...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 27, 2014 | Category: Email


Your Computer's Two Worst Enemies

Heat is the deadly enemy of the sensitive electronics inside of your computer. Dust and other debris that gets inside of your computer is the biggest cause of overheating and other malfunctions. Read on to learn the three most important places that need regular cleaning, to keep your desktop or laptop running in top form...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 24, 2014 | Category: Reference


Hive: Free Unlimited Cloud Storage?

I get suspicious when a website offers me “free unlimited” anything. So when I saw Hive's offer for free and unlimited cloud storage, I was both hopeful and skeptical. Read on to learn what I discovered about Hive...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 23, 2014 | Category: Cloud


Geekly Update - 22 October 2014

Will Cray's new supercomputer be used to determine the outcome of the World Series? Why is a really bad password sometimes a really good idea? And wouldn't you like to know if your cellphone's lithium battery is about to explode? 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 October 22, 2014 | Category: Tech-News


What is Apple Pay?

Apple Pay has arrived, and it's the purportedly perfect way to get rid of your money in a jiffy without even thinking twice about it. Just what you’ve always wanted, right? Well, it’s what merchants, banks, and credit card companies want, so Apple wants to make you want it, too. Let’s see what Apple Pay is and what you can (and can't) do with it...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 21, 2014 | Category: Finance


The Final Credit Card or the Last Word In Trolls?

Credit card security is a “trending topic” these days. Large thefts of customers’ card data are making headlines with increasing frequency. Cardholders are anxious, and tired of reacting to each security breach. Is the coming Final Card the answer?

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 20, 2014 | Category: Finance


7 Free Windows Troubleshooting Tools

An operating system is an incredibly complex beast. If things go wrong with Windows, it can be difficult to track down the source of the glitch. But you can put away the chainsaw and sledgehammer, because there are plenty of free troubleshooters you can use to fix most problems. Here's my recommended list of free Windows problem solvers...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 17, 2014 | Category: Windows


Will MBAM Protect Against ALL Malware?

A reader asks: 'Based on advice from you and others, I have installed MalwareBytes Anti-Malware (MBAM). It claims to detect and remove viruses, spyware, rootkits and other nasties. So do I still need a separate anti-virus program, or will MBAM provide all the protection I need?' Read on for my advice...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 16, 2014 | Category: Security


Geekly Update - 15 October 2014

Why is computer maker Dell excited about mushrooms and cow excretions? What important lesson did the new Microsoft CEO learn about karma? And how does Google know when you need to see a doctor? 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 October 15, 2014 | Category: Tech-News


Good News: Windows 10 is Coming!

Wait, what happened to Windows 9? No, you didn’t sleep through it, though many users have chosen to sleep through Windows 8. Microsoft chose to skip #9 and call the last major version of their flagship operating system Windows 10. Here's how you can get a sneak peek at what's coming...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 14, 2014 | Category: Windows


How Spammers Get Your Email Address

Spammers seem to have supernatural powers that enable them to guess email addresses accurately and quickly. But in reality, spammers harvest email addresses by pretty mundane means. You may even be contributing to the problem without realizing it. Here's the scoop on how spammers get email addresses, and steps you can take to protect your inbox...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 13, 2014 | Category: Spam


Get Organized With Evernote or OneNote

Often in your online travels, you'll finds bit of information that you want to save for later use or sharing. Cutting and pasting into a word processor file works fine for snippets of text, but not so well when you want to annotate, categorize, search and share. Read on to learn how a “personal information organizer” can help...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 10, 2014 | Category: Software




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