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Geekly Update - 18 January 2017

Are we winning the war against ransomware and robocallers? Why is free Wi-Fi on JetBlue flights not necessarily a good idea? Do you know the easiest way to fix “Page Not Found” errors? And what is the hardest job on the Internet? Find out... in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 292% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 18, 2017 | Category: Tech-News


Why Backup? 9 Good Reasons (and YOUR backup questions answered)

It's a good question... why should you bother to make backups? It's especially understandable if you've never experienced any sort of data loss. But I've got a list of NINE reasons, some of which may surprise you. Read on for that list, and ANSWERS to some of the best questions submitted by those who took my survey on backups...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 17, 2017 | Category: Backup


Should You Switch to Project Fi?

It’s been nearly three years since Google introduced Project Fi, a hybrid WiFi/LTE mobile service. While there have not been any game-changing innovations, Project Fi has kept the features that consumers love, improved upon them, and added some others. Will switching your mobile carrier to Fi save you money? Here's the scoop...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 16, 2017 | Category: Mobile


Geekly Update - 05 January 2017

Why is the Internet surprising random people with doll houses and cookies? Can a drone help you catch more fish? Have you tried extreme car-pooling? And which Monopoly game piece is about to be killed off? Find out... in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. And it's *guaranteed* to make you 146% smarter. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 12, 2017 | Category: Tech-News


The Future of Tech (and Gadgets)

The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is where the immediate future is unveiled. Tech companies large and small show off the innovations and fads they hope to sell to us during the coming year. While there are thousands of new products to be seen at CES, some are more newsworthy than others. Here are some of my favorites…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 11, 2017 | Category: Reference


Hey, Is This Your Money?

Did you know that if you have a bank account that has had no activity for as few as two years, it may be declared abandoned, and turned over to the government? Fortunately, there are ways to get that money back. Government experts estimate that $32 billion worth of lost, forgotten, or unclaimed money is waiting for consumers to find it. But it doesn’t wait forever. Here's where to look online to see if there's money waiting for you to claim...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 10, 2017 | Category: Finance


Should You Encrypt Your Email?

Interest in email encryption has skyrocketed since Ed Snowden revealed the NSA’s widespread surveillance of electronic communications. And more recently, there's been lots of noise about Wikileaks and email hacking. Here is the low-down on email encryption, and some free tools to help you send and receive secure emails...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 09, 2017 | Category: Email


When White Hats Collide

Has your security software suddenly disappeared? There's a nasty battle brewing among some popular anti-virus software vendors, and it's escalated to the point where they are classifying each others' products as malware, and deleting them on sight! Here's what you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 06, 2017 | Category: Security


Geekly Update - 05 January 2017

If you pretend to be disabled, can you get Windows 10 for free? Will this new Android malware shut down your smart refrigerator? And how easy is it to hack the global airline reservation system? Find out... in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. And it's *guaranteed* to make you 146% smarter. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 05, 2017 | Category: Tech-News


Yes, You Need 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 disposable email address provides a handy solution to this problem. Read on to learn more...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 04, 2017 | Category: Spam


2016 Biggest Tech Flops

The year 2016 was full of failure. In politics, pollsters wildly misread voters in the UK and the USA. And in the tech world, there were many unpredictable (or at least unfortunate) events as well. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most impressive technology failures of 2016...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 03, 2017 | Category: Reference


AskBob's Best of 2016 - Part Two

Yesterday I published Part One of my Best of 2016. Today, I've got another batch of ten very popular articles, which have been selected using input from drones, robots, trained monkeys, eye-tracking and the latest fake artificial intelligence technology. I hope you'll read each one, leave your own comments, and share them with your Email, Facebook and Twitter friends.

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 30, 2016 | Category: Reference


Geekly Update - 29 December 2016

What's the worst thing that can happen if you neglect to make backups of your data? Do you know the most annoying word in the English language? And can you make big money by extracting precious metals from discarded cell phones? Find out... in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. And it's *guaranteed* to make you 146% smarter. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 29, 2016 | Category: Tech-News


AskBob's Best of 2016 - Part One

I want to send a big THANKS to the 40,000+ readers who made the AskBob website a busy place in 2016! I celebrated the 11th anniversary of this newsletter, and there are almost 2000 articles here now. Many of you contribute your own comments, which I love. Since I'm a numbers guy, I asked my robot to scan the server logs to find the most popular articles. Here are ten of the top articles for you to review. I hope you'll read each one, leave your own comments, and forward this to a friend...

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


[ALERT] Rogue Certificates

Security experts advise us not to enter passwords, credit card details, or other sensitive information on any website that does not provide an encrypted connection, and to use a bookmark to access sites that deal with banking or other private matters. But there's a new threat being used by clever hackers to thwart both of those measures. Read on for details…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 27, 2016 | Category: Security




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