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Comment by Chuck on Comparing Unlimited Phone Plans (July 4, 2015 05:56 PM)
These phone plans will never be simple or cheap. It's not in the interest of the phone companies to be easy to compare. I think my family plan is to...
Comment by Roger Ward on IMPORTANT: An Extra Layer of Security (July 4, 2015 11:40 AM)
What happens with Google Authenticator when I get a new phone? Or worse still, have my phone stolen?...
Comment by Denis Ferguson on Comparing Unlimited Phone Plans (July 4, 2015 03:34 AM)
Just about worth cancelling your contract and rejoining the next day as a new customer!...
Comment by Just saying on OpenDNS - Faster and Safer Internet (July 3, 2015 10:54 PM)
ATT has completely shut me down using OpenDNS.... Somehow they have hardwired their server into my gear.......they think they know better???...
Comment by penny on Comparing Unlimited Phone Plans (July 3, 2015 10:23 PM)
you id not compare the T-Mobile plan. I was thinking that was good with the unlimited text and data in foreign countries. How does it stack up?...
Comment by Wayne Douglas on Comparing Unlimited Phone Plans (July 3, 2015 09:01 PM)
Just a small point: Your math for T-Mobile is off a little. $80 + $27.08 = $107.08 + $12 = $119.08;)...
Comment by Kenneth Heikkila on Comparing Unlimited Phone Plans (July 3, 2015 06:22 PM)
All surveys and advertizing aside, I have found that I get better service and wider reception on AT&T. Starting decades ago when I kept hearing review...
Comment by Julie on Comparing Unlimited Phone Plans (July 3, 2015 06:07 PM)
I'm on Sprint. I'm not crazy about it. I had USCellular but had to change because they wouldn't support one of my numbers. My bill more than double...
Comment by Doc on Comparing Unlimited Phone Plans (July 3, 2015 06:00 PM)
I live and travel in rural areas (think mostly Eastern Sierra and the Great Basins and Ranges but have the family home on the Western Slopes, about 60...
Comment by Roy on Comparing Unlimited Phone Plans (July 3, 2015 05:42 PM)
Thanks for your emails, Bob. I enjoy reading them and take your advice on most things electronic. :) Regarding Verizon, I have a family plan (3 phon...

Comparing Unlimited Phone Plans

Sprint has launched a new “unlimited” voice/text/data plan called “All-In.” The fourth-largest mobile carrier says that “All-In” means all the charges are in one advertised price, eliminating unpleasant surprises. Let’s see how true that is…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 03, 2015 | Category: Mobile

OpenDNS - Faster and Safer Internet

I know some of you use the free OpenDNS service, and I've recommended it here for faster web page loading. But faster Web surfing is not all OpenDNS has to offer. OpenDNS also has some features to make Internet usage safer, for both adults and curious kids. Read on to learn how it works...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 02, 2015 | Category: Networking

Best AntiVirus Software for 2015

The malware threat landscape changes constantly, and so does the effectiveness of the anti-malware programs designed to keep you safe. Also, the system resources impact and user-friendliness of anti-malware software are constantly refined, resulting in ever-changing rankings on those important criteria as well. So which is best? Let's look at the data, and see if it's time to switch...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 30, 2015 | Category: Anti-Virus

Who Got Caught Disabling Windows Update?

Caught red-handed, one computer vendor has admitted that it covertly disables the automatic-update feature of Windows Update, forcing users of some, perhaps all, of its Windows computers to download and install critical updates manually. Of course, many won’t, and they will leave themselves open to hackers and malware. Here's what you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 29, 2015 | Category: Windows

Who Has Your Back?

The fifth annual “Who Has Your Back?” report has been published by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, highlighting the companies that do the best and worst jobs of resisting government demands for users’ data and keeping users informed of such demands. Here's the scoop...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 26, 2015 | Category: Privacy

Has The NSA Hacked Your Security Software?

According to new documents released by Edward Snowden, the NSA and its British counterpart have, for several years, been hacking away at popular consumer security programs in order to subvert their protections. Read on to find out if your anti-virus protection is actually the WEAKEST link in your security chain...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 25, 2015 | Category: Anti-Virus

Geekly Update - 24 June 2015

Forget about stupid cat videos... are stylish beards taking over the Internet? Is it okay to laugh when a clumsy robot trips on a banana peel? And can you change the TV channel just by thinking about it? 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 June 24, 2015 | Category: Tech-News

FCC Cracks Down On Robocalls

It was a busy week for the Federal Communications Commission. But the thing that most people will cheer is a set of new “declaratory rulings” clarifying the rights of landline and mobile phone users when it comes to automated calls and texts from marketers. Read on to learn about new tools you can use to fight back against telemarketers…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 23, 2015 | Category: Telephony

Is It Time For 4K TV?

Adoption of the bleeding-edge 4K Ultra-HD TV resolution standard is accelerating. According to industry analysts at IHS, Inc. over 3 million 4K TV sets were sold in April, 2015, alone. That’s two-thirds of the number sold in the last six months of 2014. Consumers are getting 4K fever, it seems. Here's what you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 22, 2015 | Category: Television

IMPORTANT: An Extra Layer of Security

Some security tips bear repetition. I've been beating the drum for two-factor authentication for several years. I know, it sounds geeky, but it's actually a simple tool that can protect you even if a hacker steals all your passwords. Here's what you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 19, 2015 | Category: Security

Time To Worry About Facial Recognition?

Facial recognition software has been a simmering privacy concern for over a decade. Cameras may be scanning your face and noting your presence, in public places, stores, and even in church! Is it time to start worrying seriously about this Big Brother surveillance technique? Read on for some startling facts...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 18, 2015 | Category: Privacy

MUST SEE: Fairphone - The Next Generation

When it comes to electronics, some people care about “fair trade” and recycling, but most base their buying decisions on performance and price. But what if you could have the best of both worlds? Read on to learn about the Fairphone…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 16, 2015 | Category: Mobile

Geeky Gifts For Dads and Grads

Father’s Day, which falls on Sunday June 21, roughly coincides with graduation season. Here is a variety of gift ideas for the geeky Dad or gadget-loving grad. Check them out, and post your own ideas…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 15, 2015 | Category: Gadgets

AntiVirus Protection No Longer Needed?

A startup firm says that security software on your computer is unnecessary. Their solution to protect users against viruses and other malware is simple: keep malware out by not letting the Internet in. Here is how Menlo Security plans to do it...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 12, 2015 | Category: Anti-Virus

Poof! Abra Sends Money With Magic

A new “Uber-like” service called Abra is making tech news headlines. According to CNN Money, Abra makes bank accounts obsolete. Who needs a bank or ATMs, Paypal or Western Union, when you have a smartphone? (Hint: you do)...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 11, 2015 | Category: Finance

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