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Comment by Angie on Microsoft Edge: New Browser on the Block (May 27, 2015 05:50 PM)
I like Internet Explorer11 and I'm sure I will love the new Edge browser!! I can't wait to try it once Windows 10 becomes officially available for do...
Comment by Ted Martin on Geekly Update - 27 May 2015 (May 27, 2015 05:42 PM)
The CFPB is the scourge of business. It reports to no one and makes up the rules as it goes along. They are killing small banks and the independent mo...
Comment by David Guillaume on What's Happening in This Picture? (May 27, 2015 11:13 AM)
A very interesting article about a technology that is still very much in its infancy. However in the long term I can foresee that it will be used for ...
Comment by MmeMoxie on What's Happening in This Picture? (May 27, 2015 07:18 AM)
Bob, great article! This is the start of AI (Artificial Intelligence) and it will take years, if not, a century or two, to get it right. Computers s...
Comment by Pault1 on Really, a $9 Computer? (May 27, 2015 04:37 AM)
Sure, it will kind of do what a PC will do if all you need is a low performance browser. And have all those other parts handy. When you add all of th...
Comment by Richard on What's Happening in This Picture? (May 27, 2015 04:30 AM)
Bob, You didn't mention the new Flickr (flickr.com) which includes something called "Magic View". It categorizes all your uploaded photos (you can up...
Comment by Larry on What's Happening in This Picture? (May 27, 2015 04:14 AM)
I had a picture of comet that Rosetta took close up. It guessed bacteria. Does kind of look like bacteria under a microscope....
Comment by IanG on What's Happening in This Picture? (May 27, 2015 01:28 AM)
Well, Bob, it stuffed me right away (in your example). Being a citizen of the UK, I had no idea that a baseball park was diamond-shaped! lol....
Comment by Bill on What's Happening in This Picture? (May 26, 2015 11:58 PM)
AI. Whatever folks may wish it to mean, it is neither; it is not artificial nor intelligence. It is digital and available library information. The t...
Comment by Daniel on What's Happening in This Picture? (May 26, 2015 09:38 PM)
I just tried a few more to check for subtle differences. I uploaded 4 different pictures of copperhead snakes. Two were coiled, one was stretched ou...

Geekly Update - 27 May 2015

Do you need a dictionary to find the meaning of 'eggcorn,' 'clickbait,' or 'emoji?' Why are British buses bullish on bovine body waste? And have computers finally bested the world's best poker players? 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 May 27, 2015 | Category: Tech-News


What's Happening in This Picture?

It’s a question that human minds can answer instantly in most cases. Show me a photo of nine uniformed men standing on a diamond-shaped field and I’ll tell you, “It’s a baseball game.” Computers have a much harder time answering such questions. But this new technology just might be a breakthrough. Read on to learn more and try it for yourself...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 26, 2015 | Category: Search-Engines


Really, a $9 Computer?

If you’re in the market for the cheapest PC you can buy, head on over to Kickstarter and plunk down just $9.00 for one of the first C.H.I.P. computers from the Next Thing Co. How much computer can you get for nine bucks? Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 22, 2015 | Category: Hardware


Hacking Airplanes: Fact or Fiction?

Is it really possible to seize control of a flying airliner from your coach class seat? Did a security researcher stretch the truth when he told the FBI he did so, or did the FBI exaggerate in its search warrant application? This week’s FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) is more tangled than usual. Read on to unravel it, maybe...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 21, 2015 | Category: Networking


Geekly Update - 20 May 2015

Are robots making tossed salad, just to distract you while they open your gym locker? When is three-day shipping better than two-day shipping? And which ingredient in Parmesan Chicken have you been pronouncing wrong? 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 May 20, 2015 | Category: Tech-News


A Secret Radio Inside Your Phone?

Remember the good old days when cell phones included FM radio receivers? Well, most modern mobile phones still do, but you can’t use them. Why is this handy feature, which can provide free music even when you can’t get cellular signal, disabled and hidden? Read on to learn the reason...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 19, 2015 | Category: Mobile


Compare Prescription Prices Online

Retail prices for the same prescription can vary significantly from one pharmacy to another; there may even be big differences between stores of the same brand. It can pay big dividends to shop around, but shopping prescription prices is pretty difficult. Until now...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 18, 2015 | Category: Finance


Does Your Wallet Need a Tinfoil Hat?

Recently, a friend forwarded to me a Houston TV station’s story about “electronic pickpocketing.” In it, reporters say they watched a security expert steal credit card numbers from 39 victims in less than 15 minutes, simply by walking past them. But is this a real problem? Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 15, 2015 | Category: Security


What is Tesla Powerwall?

Elon Musk thinks you’ll get a charge out of his latest product: the Tesla Powerwall, a wall-mounted battery that stores up to 10 kiloWatt-hours of electricity. Musk calls it “the missing piece” in the puzzle of how to wean ourselves off dependency on fossil fuels and power grids. Here's what you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 14, 2015 | Category: Cool-Stuff


Geekly Update - 13 May 2015

Why were Thomas Edison's talking dolls pulled off the market after just two weeks? Is it legal to rob a bank if you ask politely for the money? And why are automated teller machines roaming the streets of Warsaw? 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 May 13, 2015 | Category: Tech-News


Automated Shopping Refunds?

A free online service promises to scour the Web for price drops on items you've already purchased, and automate the process of getting refunds for you. It sounds like easy money, but is there a catch? (Hint: Yes.) Read on to learn about Paribus...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 12, 2015 | Category: Finance


Microsoft Edge: New Browser on the Block

The new browser that will replace Internet Explorer in Windows 10 has been called “Project Spartan” during its earliest development phase. But now it has an official name – “Edge.” At Microsoft’s Build 2015 developer conference, held during the first week of May, the company unveiled Edge completely. Here's what you can expect in the newest web browser...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 11, 2015 | Category: Browsers


What's in The PhAT Report?

The most recent Phishing Activity Trends Report (or as I prefer to call it, “The PhAT Report”) contains some accepted wisdom and some startling surprises. It may influence your choice of security software and the focus of your security awareness. Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 08, 2015 | Category: Security


Prepaid Phone Plans for 2015

The prepaid phone market has changed a lot in the past few years. Prepaid plans used to be all about talk-minutes and text messages; today, data is the central selling point. Emphasis has switched from pay-as-you-go to monthly or even daily plans. But one thing hasn’t changed: carriers still don’t know the meaning of “unlimited.” Read on for details of the various plans available now...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 07, 2015 | Category: Mobile


Geekly Update - 06 May 2015

Which antivirus maker just got caught cheating on a performance test? Is your Internet service provider limiting your 'unlimited' Internet service? And what kind of pizza should you order if you've been kidnapped? 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 May 06, 2015 | Category: Tech-News




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