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Comment by bill on Geekly Update - 30 July 2015 (July 30, 2015 05:27 PM)
No privacy when butt dialing You get the same privacy rights as when you dial a wrong number. How many dumb criminal reports have there been when a dr...
Comment by bill on Geekly Update - 30 July 2015 (July 30, 2015 05:17 PM)
Personalized addresses with Gmail What is different (at the single email level) than what I am doing now? That is, I have a purchased domain and tell...
Comment by jmke on Stagefright: Worst Android Vulnerability Yet (July 30, 2015 05:15 PM)
Doesn't the article tell us to turn off MMS, not SMS? Why does Dennis' comment mention turning off SMS auto-retrieve (correct spelling here). Bob's ar...
Comment by Daniel on Geekly Update - 30 July 2015 (July 30, 2015 04:50 PM)
Re the Google TimeLine: I have one concern, and it is in their announcement. "Your Timeline is private and visible only to you; and you control the ...
Comment by willy on Geekly Update - 30 July 2015 (July 30, 2015 04:44 PM)
Windows 10 upgrade has failed 4 times in 3 days and from what I gather online....I'm not the only one.I've tried all the suggestions from the forums a...
Comment by Jay R on Geekly Update - 30 July 2015 (July 30, 2015 04:39 PM)
I was wondering what I would post on my FB timeline today. Bob pops up and says, "'Snot hard." Thank for more timely stuff, Bob. And I am curious....
Comment by Mr Ed on Stagefright: Worst Android Vulnerability Yet (July 30, 2015 03:03 PM)
I contacted T-Mobile. They are apparently sitting on their hands waiting for a patch from Samsung. They have no idea when a patch will be available, b...
Comment by Dennis on Stagefright: Worst Android Vulnerability Yet (July 30, 2015 11:49 AM)
YES... spelling, punctuation, grammar and proper use of UPPER/lower case are important! Note this*! tsk, tsk. > You need to take the action I r...
Comment by C.J.Brady on Is Windows 10 WiFi Sense Nonsense? (July 30, 2015 11:21 AM)
Whilst I deem wifi to be 100% insecure yet am prepared to take that risk especially sitting in a cafe for a few minutes doing emails; my shock and hor...
Comment by Misterfish on Stagefright: Worst Android Vulnerability Yet (July 30, 2015 11:10 AM)
Hi Bob I'm smiling at these problems with Android and Iphones because my old Sammy Wave uses Bada (remember that?) so now I don't feel so stupid at st...

Geekly Update - 30 July 2015

Is your car vulnerable to hackers? What can you do to speed up your free Windows 10 upgrade? And can technology help you remember where you were last night? 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 July 30, 2015 | Category: Tech-News


Stagefright: Worst Android Vulnerability Yet

Remember back in June when you snickered at your iPhone friends, because a specially crafted text message could shut down their phones? It's payback time. A similar vulnerability in Android phones can do much scarier things. Here's what you need to know, and do…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 29, 2015 | Category: Mobile


Will YOU Pay the Netflix Tax?

This month, the City of Chicago extended its 9% “amusement tax” to include “electronically delivered amusements” such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and even pay-per-view cable TV programs. And these new taxes could be headed to your city next. Here's what you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 28, 2015 | Category: Cloud


Can Cops Poke Into Your Facebook Stuff?

Facebook just lost a court challenge that would have prevented police and other law enforcement officials from rummaging through the information that users post on their social media accounts. Is Facebook now a champion of privacy rights, or is something else going on here…?

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 27, 2015 | Category: Privacy


The Biggest Identity Theft Scam...?

Lifelock, the publicly-traded “identity-theft protection” service, is in trouble with the Federal Trade Commission again. Read on to learn why, how it might affect you, and ten free steps YOU can take to protect your identity...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 23, 2015 | Category: Finance


Is Walmart The Best Online Bank?

Everyone knows that Walmart is a discount department store, and an online retailer as well. But did you know they offer free checking accounts and other banking services? Here's the scoop on the services offered by WalMart's GoBank and other online banks…

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Posted by Bob Rankin | Category: Finance


Geekly Update - 22 Jul 2015

Can you score a six-figure payday by suing annoying telemarketers? Is there something sinister about the cancellation of a product that would have enabled anonymous web browsing? And why would anyone buy headphones that don’t play music? 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 July 22, 2015 | Category: Tech-News


Tech to the Rescue for Insomnia

More than 70 million Americans suffer from insomnia, according to the National Institutes of Health, and over 55 million prescriptions for sleep-aid drugs are written each year. But there's an interesting technology that may do the job even better, without pills. Read on to learn about binaural sleep aids...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 21, 2015 | Category: Gadgets


Is Windows 10 WiFi Sense Nonsense?

A storm of FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) swept the tech media world this month. The rumor is that Windows 10 will include a new feature called WiFi Sense which gives all of your contacts the keys to your WiFi networks. There's a kernel of truth here, but let’s separate facts from fiction…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 20, 2015 | Category: Windows-10


Yes, The Feds Can Read Your Email (and more)

If you need some motivation to catch up on reading your email, consider this: the U.S. federal government can read any unopened email you’ve left on an email provider’s server without obtaining a search warrant. The full story is even more disturbing, but there's something you can do about it. Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 17, 2015 | Category: Privacy


Dump Adobe Flash NOW?

Adobe Flash has a long history of security vulnerabilities; over a dozen have required patching in 2015 so far. Three more zero-days in Flash that were discovered and fixed recently have some in the tech industry crying, “Enough! Time to kill Flash forever!” But is it? Read on for the scoop...

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


A Big Milestone + Geekly Update

Today I'm celebrating an anniversary -- 20 years of online publishing! The Internet Tourbus first rolled out into cyberspace in July 1995, and ten years later, AskBobRankin.com was born. With thanks to awesome readers like you, I'll keep on keeping on. Today's Geekly Update is an expanded version, with twenty items that are guaranteed to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 15, 2015 | Category: Personal


More Online College Courses

Massively Open Online Classes (MOOCs) is the latest buzzword for online college classes. Demand for them (both free and paid) is taking off exponentially. Students, educators, and investors are flocking to MOOCs these days. Market research firm VisionGain estimates MOOC revenues of $1.5 billion worldwide in 2015. Here are some of the latest innovations in online learning...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 14, 2015 | Category: Education


Google’s New Spam-Fighting Tools

Google estimates that nearly 60 percent of all email it processes is spam. But like most Gmail users, I rarely see any spam in my inbox. Google claims that Gmail now blocks 99.9 percent of all spam. Read on to learn how you can get near-perfect spam filtering, even if you don't use Gmail...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 13, 2015 | Category: Spam


SECURITY TIP: Lock Down Your WiFi Router

While we’ve been focusing on the security of our desktop PCs, laptops, and mobile devices, malware-manufacturing miscreants have been exploiting the most overlooked computer in most homes and businesses: the router. Here's what you need to know…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 10, 2015 | Category: Security




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