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Comment by Nezzar on Will Amazon Control Your Microwave and Your Car? (September 26, 2018 04:19 AM)
You have got to be kidding me. Have Americans lost all of their self-reliance?? I don't even use cruise control; I like driving, and I am not turning ...
Comment by R.S. Elam on Will Amazon Control Your Microwave and Your Car? (September 26, 2018 02:49 AM)
After reading the above comments, I'm a little more optimistic about the future. BLESS YOU ALL!...
Comment by John on Will Amazon Control Your Microwave and Your Car? (September 26, 2018 12:17 AM)
Jeff Bezos has too much money already. And Amazon is already too pervasive. I'm surprised small retailers anywhere in the U.S. can compete. I'll conti...
Comment by Jeannie on Will Amazon Control Your Microwave and Your Car? (September 25, 2018 10:45 PM)
I'll walk and eat cold, raw food before I let Amazon control my car or my microwave. I trust Amazon as far as I can spit upwind in a gale. Amazon has ...
Comment by Chuck on Will Amazon Control Your Microwave and Your Car? (September 25, 2018 07:37 PM)
This could be the greatest thing to ever happen to the human race! Or the worst! The electronics are the only thing the current generation has known. ...
Comment by snert on Will Amazon Control Your Microwave and Your Car? (September 25, 2018 07:03 PM)
i do most of my shopping on walmart and others, i don't trust amazon, facebook, google, microsoft or anything else connected to big brother...he's wat...
Comment by Jay R on Will Amazon Control Your Microwave and Your Car? (September 25, 2018 06:31 PM)
Meet George Jetson His boy, Elroy Daughter Judy Jane, his wife Rosie didn't make it into the lyrics, but I see that she has been reincarnated. Echo ...
Comment by SharonH on Will Amazon Control Your Microwave and Your Car? (September 25, 2018 06:03 PM)
Amazon also will not take over my life. Too much is going on already. We need to step back from the technology of control, not mindlessly absorb it....
Comment by James on Will Amazon Control Your Microwave and Your Car? (September 25, 2018 05:48 PM)
Good article, Bob. No, Amazon will not be controlling anything in my house or car. First I would not trust Amazon invading my space and, most of all,...
Comment by R.S. Elam on [ALERT] Freeze Your Credit Files For Free (September 25, 2018 01:16 AM)
NCTUE sounds like a step in the direction of the Social Credits of China. SCARY!...

Will Amazon Control Your Microwave and Your Car?

Amazon announced more than a dozen new hardware products on September 20, 2018. Along with a slew of software updates, the e-commerce giant pushed is digital assistant, “’Alexa,” much deeper into every corner of consumers’ homes and even their cars.

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 25, 2018 | Category: Gadgets


[ALERT] Freeze Your Credit Files For Free

A new U. S. federal law went into effect recently, allowing citizens to freeze and unfreeze access to their credit report files for free. Previously, credit reporting agencies such as Transunion, Experian and Equifax were allowed to charge for that service. Today you'll learn how credit freezes work, how they are different than 'credit locks' and why you should freeze ALL FIVE of your credit report files now. All five? Yes, read on!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 24, 2018 | Category: Privacy


Why City Folks Must Fight For Rural Broadband

The major ISPs and the federal government have utterly failed in their duty to provide broadband service to rural Americans. If you live in a city or suburban area with excellent Internet service, should you care? The answer is YES. Read on to find out why extending high-speed Internet to wide-open spaces could put more money in your pocket...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 21, 2018 | Category: Telephony


Use Google Apps Without a Gmail Address?

Many people think they must use a Gmail (Google Mail) email address if they also want to use Google services such as Docs, Drive, Calendar, Photos, etc. I thought so myself, but that’s not true. The fact is, you can use Google services with your existing home email address, your work email address, or with just about any email address. Read on to learn how...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 20, 2018 | Category: Email


Geekly Update - 19 September 2018

Is Microsoft planning to stop Windows 10 users from installing Google Chrome or Firefox? Will nine-foot hexapod robots be coming to your neighborhood soon? Can you go to jail for posting fake reviews online? And can physics improve your brain power? This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 19, 2018 | Category: Tech-News


Trouble Seeing Your Screen? Here's Help

Aging eyesight afflicts everyone eventually, diminishing the pleasure and productivity of computing. Various adaptive technologies are available to compensate for loss of visual acuity. Some are built into Windows. But these options all have limitations, and using them in certain combinations can actually make it more difficult to make sense of what’s before your eyes. Read on for a look at Windows’ display settings and how to use them to best advantage...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 18, 2018 | Category: Reference


[ALERT] SIM Swapping Scams

Even as the four major mobile service providers assert that we can trust them with our online identities, one of them stands in court accused of betraying a customer’s identity to thieves not just once, but twice in six months, ultimately costing him $24 million. Read on to learn about the Sim Swap Scam, and how you can protect yourself...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 17, 2018 | Category: Mobile


Let My Phone Company Be My Online Identity – Are You Kidding?

The four largest mobile phone carriers recently announced a plan to eliminate passwords, login IDs, captchas, text-messaged codes and other secondary authentication factors. Instead, visitors to a web site would be authenticated by an encrypted string of data drawn from the visitor’s phone, carrier account, and other sources known to his phone company. Read on to understand what this “Project Verify” is all about, and what I think it means to all of us. There’s a hint in this article’s headline...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 14, 2018 | Category: Privacy


Announcing iPhone XS and Apple Watch 4

According to Statista, about 88% of all smartphones worldwide run the Android operating system. Math majors may immediately conclude that Apple's devices account for about 12% of the market. But the Reality Distortion Field created by genius marketers at Apple make it look like almost everyone has an iPhone. That impression was made even stronger yesterday, with the fanfare surrounding the announcement of the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and the latest Apple Watch. Here's the scoop...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 13, 2018 | Category: Mobile


Geekly Update - 12 September 2018

How XS-essive is Apple's new iPhone XS Max? What unexpected thing happens when you try to record every known fact? What's that mysterious blue stuff behind the Jimmy John's? And can posting a bad review online get you killed? This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 12, 2018 | Category: Tech-News


[HOWTO] Gain Full Control of Your Computer

Many of us are the sole or principal user of a PC or laptop, and hold the privileges of the Administrator account. An Admin is supposed to be omnipotent, having full control over every file and folder on a machine. It is frustrating to learn this is not always so! Here is why you may at times “not have permission to access” a file or folder, and several clever ways to gain full control of your “personal" computer…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 11, 2018 | Category: Windows


Is Your Favorite App Listening In?

Recently I raised cautions about giving permissions to games, surveys, quizzes, and other apps that importune you on Facebook. They often abuse those privileges to spy upon you and your contacts. You may be avoiding them now, and you may have revoked the privileges that you gave to earlier ones. But Facebook is not the only source of sneaky, spying apps. Hundreds of popular apps for both Android and iOS have the ability to listen to what's happening around you. Here's how to identying those apps and turn off the spy components...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 10, 2018 | Category: Mobile


Geekly Update - 07 September 2018

When is a stupid robot better than a smart one? Should government officials have a "back door" to your encrypted data? And why can't artificial intelligence solve the Scunthorpe Problem? This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 07, 2018 | Category: Tech-News


Malware Pre-installed On Your Android Phone?

Mobile operating systems are complex beasts, so it’s no surprise that each new version of Android comes with one or two theoretical security flaws that could, if discovered by hackers before they are patched, spell disaster for unhappy users. Did your smartphone come with malware pre-installed? Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 06, 2018 | Category: Mobile


PC Matic - An Overdue Review

Having vowed never to pay another licensing fee to iObit Corp., as I have done since 2011 for its Advanced System Care Pro optimizer/antimalware program, I went in search of a replacement. I didn’t have to look farther than the comments sections on my own articles. Here is my assessment and review of PC Matic…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 05, 2018 | Category: Security




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