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Comment by John doe on Can MagicJack Replace Your Landline? (April 28, 2015 06:27 PM)
Yes. The regular land line at my house is a Magic Jack, and you will never know unless somebody tells you. ...
Comment by Janet on Tech That Stops Distracted Driving (April 28, 2015 06:20 PM)
How do you rate Bluetooth phone technology, not including texting which I am strongly against. To talking to a passenger in the car. Personally I can ...
Comment by John Silberman on Tech That Stops Distracted Driving (April 28, 2015 06:14 PM)
Until hands free in enforced by the law, people will always text and drive. Florida is struggling to make it a law against texting and driving. Flor...
Comment by Tom Van Dam on Tech That Stops Distracted Driving (April 28, 2015 05:58 PM)
Up front the idea sounds good to disable the phone but then I think, how am I going to use the gps on the phone. It has verbal commands so I don't ha...
Comment by Frank WA8WHP on Tech That Stops Distracted Driving (April 28, 2015 05:50 PM)
I have been a ham for 48 years and ran mobile for 46 of those including mobile CW. I have never had an accident due to that and have worked all contin...
Comment by James on Tech That Stops Distracted Driving (April 28, 2015 05:29 PM)
How much more hazardous is it to drive talking on a hands free device versus talking to a passenger in the vehicle? ...
Comment by Calvin on Tech That Stops Distracted Driving (April 28, 2015 05:17 PM)
I'm no fan of a nanny state, but this is one area where I agree that the government should step in and mandate software that turns off phone call and ...
Comment by Joe M on Tech That Stops Distracted Driving (April 28, 2015 04:57 PM)
Still don't understand the argument that hands-free calling is more dangerous than talking to a passenger in the car. Besides, based on my daily comm...
Comment by Gene on Tech That Stops Distracted Driving (April 28, 2015 04:38 PM)
The big bugaboo with all the hardware and software solutions is the inability to differentiate between actively driving and being a passenger. Unless ...
Comment by RandiO on Project Fi - This is BIG! (April 28, 2015 04:16 PM)
The link below from ArsTechnica site also has a very good pricing comparison of most other competing plans and provides further discussions on the det...

Tech That Stops Distracted Driving

As of 2014, “distracted driving” causes more accidents than drunk driving, according to U. S. government statistics. Some may point fingers at mobile makeup artists, rambunctious children, cheeseburgers, and other distractions. But we all know that mobile phones are the real problem. Read on for some solutions…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 28, 2015 | Category: Auto


Project Fi - This is BIG!

A reader asks: “I've heard that Google just started their own mobile phone service, with rates that are surprisingly low. Is that true, and is it a better deal than Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile?” My answer is “Yes, sort of, and yes, maybe." Here's the scoop on Project Fi. Read on to find out if switching will save you money…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 27, 2015 | Category: Mobile


The Phish Are Still Biting

Despite a decade of terrifying headlines, education programs, employment and school policies, and other efforts to enlighten the masses, the odds are one in four that a phish will get a bite, according a recent report. Why is phishing still such a big problem? Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 24, 2015 | Category: Security


7 Reasons to Use Google Calendar

Are you using Google Calendar to keep track of appointments, meetings and birthdays? I started using it a few years ago, on both my desktop computer and my smartphone. It's made a big difference in my ability to stay on track and remember important tasks. Read on for more tips on Google Calendar...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 23, 2015 | Category: Software


Geekly Update - 21 April 2015

Is it legal to kill your computer, if it doesn't cooperate? Will Google help you find your lost phone? And is 3-D printing technology getting just a bit too fluffy? 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 April 22, 2015 | Category: Tech-News


Where is Your Antivirus Made?

Recently, I ran across a new free antivirus program that scored well on Virus Bulletin’s detection tests. I was about to download it for a thorough review when I discovered it’s made in China. That got me thinking: does it really matter where antivirus software is made? Are the good guys who defend us against bad guys all completely good? Can we trust them implicitly just because they make antivirus software and get it tested by independent labs? Well, it seems we do. But should we? Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 21, 2015 | Category: Anti-Virus


The Shocking Truth About ESD

I have warned readers to beware of static electricity – electrostatic discharge or ESD, in geek speak. Today, I’m going to explain in some detail what ESD is, what it can do to electronic devices, and how protect against this common hazard. Read on…!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 20, 2015 | Category: Hardware


Free Photography Classes Online

A reader asks: 'I want to learn more about photography, but I don't have the time or money to take classes at the local community college. Are there any free photography courses online that I can explore at my own pace?' Well, yes! Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 17, 2015 | Category: Photography


Geekly Update - 14 April 2015

Is Facebook adding a "Divorce" button to their user interface? Was Jennifer Lopez the real reason Google created the Image Search feature? And forget about earthquakes... why are blackouts now more likely in Los Angeles? 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 April 14, 2015 | Category: Tech-News


Best Daily Deal Websites

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...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 13, 2015 | Category: Finance


Running Android Apps on Your Desktop

There are many cool Android apps that are not available for desktop Windows or Mac computers. But with a little work you can try Android apps without an Android-powered smartphone or tablet. Here are several ways to get Android and its apps running on your Windows PC or Mac OS desktop...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 10, 2015 | Category: Windows


Are Bluetooth Beacons Tracking You?

The world is about to be flooded with hidden Bluetooth “beacons” that communicate wirelessly with phones and tablets carried by passersby. The beacons will provide you with helpful information and tempting offers. They will also provide their owner with valuable demographic data about you and your travels. Here's what you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 09, 2015 | Category: Privacy


Geekly Update - 08 April 2015

Why is Microsoft giving away free iPhones, and where do you get yours? Does cancelling your Facebook account stop them from tracking your online activity? And how can we stop monkeys from destroying the Internet, before it's too late? 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 April 08, 2015 | Category: Tech-News


Who is Number One in Global Internet Speed?

The United States may have invented the Internet, but we are not even in the top 10 when it comes to data speeds. Can you guess which countries (and states in the USA) have the fastest Internet access speeds? Should you move? Read on to how how they stack up…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 07, 2015 | Category: Reference


Internet Explorer is Dead

Love it or hate it, Internet Explorer has been the king of browsers since it was introduced in 1995. So why is Microsoft planning to replace Internet Explorer? And what new features will its replacement offer? Read on to learn about the browser that Microsoft has code-named Spartan...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 03, 2015 | Category: Browsers




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