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Comment by Jeanine on Ready for a Digital Driver's License? (May 25, 2018 04:32 AM)
Don't have a "smart" phone. Don't want a "smart" phone....
Comment by Sam on Are Premium Malware Suites Worth Their Price? (May 25, 2018 03:31 AM)
I've used Avast free for around 10 years and never had a problem. But it has become lately a bit of a nag and tried its various paid for bits like tun...
Comment by miger on Ready for a Digital Driver's License? (May 25, 2018 02:34 AM)
A smart phone is an easy hack especially in a crowded environment like a restaurant...
Comment by Tom Willhoite on Everyone Knows Where You Are (May 24, 2018 11:35 PM)
I have long suspected this. Bob, I suggest you take this on as a campaign. Get in front of representatives and act as our spokesperson. You would sure...
Comment by Surrelam on Ready for a Digital Driver's License? (May 24, 2018 11:25 PM)
I'm with Lee above. I do not like/need a "smart" phone. In fact, I always remember my dl#-that's all I need if I'm pulled over when leaving it @ home....
Comment by Jay R on Ready for a Digital Driver's License? (May 24, 2018 10:26 PM)
I hope that I'm first in line so I can choose 666 as my number. I wonder if we can get specialty DDL if we pay extra. This idea is almost as great pow...
Comment by Doc on Ready for a Digital Driver's License? (May 24, 2018 09:07 PM)
It's nice if you have cell service. Or a phone. The two places I live don't have cell service - one is in deep radio shadow, the other is NW and N-Ce...
Comment by Chris on Ready for a Digital Driver's License? (May 24, 2018 08:26 PM)
No Way will I take the 'mark of the beast'; I'll be the first to die; or the second if some bastard tries to force it on me. ...
Comment by Michael K Bonner on Ready for a Digital Driver's License? (May 24, 2018 08:20 PM)
All this is about $$$.If you can't pay,you can't play.Ordinary Citizens are the losers, with Hardly any security for us,but BIG Corp. are the winners,...
Comment by Steven Bulger on Ready for a Digital Driver's License? (May 24, 2018 08:20 PM)
Then what happens if your smartphone has a dead battery and no way to charge it? Good luck with proving your identity! The physical product is always ...

Ready for a Digital Driver's License?

The driver’s license is arguably the most important document in your wallet. It conveys not only permission to operate a motor vehicle, it actually gives you permission to exist officially and engage in commerce. Will a digital driver's license on your smartphone soon replace that card in your wallet? Here's what you need to know...

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


Everyone Knows Where You Are

It seems like just another data breach story of corporate carelessness and individual incompetence until you read what kind of data was leaked. Then comes the surprise, followed by shock and outrage: Anyone on the Internet could track the location of any phone. Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 23, 2018 | Category: Privacy


Is Low Memory Slowing Down Your Computer?

Yesterday I forgot where I left my keys. Perhaps if my brain had more free memory available, I would have remembered that I set them down on the tool bench in the basement. Like your brain, a computer works better when there's plenty of memory available to execute tasks and process information. So let’s see how we can address a low-memory situation before it becomes a real problem...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 22, 2018 | Category: Memory


Don’t Be Afraid To Edit Your Registry

In many tech troubleshooting articles you’ll find a way to fix a problem that involves “editing the Windows registry.” There’s always a dire warning attached, along the lines of, “Do not attempt to edit the registry unless you know what you’re doing! One wrong registry edit can render your machine unusable!” That's true, but with a bit of caution, you can safely edit the registry. Here's what you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 21, 2018 | Category: Windows


Are Premium Malware Suites Worth Their Price?

I have always been a fan of free software; all but a handful of the hundreds of programs I have recommended over the years have had a free version as well as a paid one. Every top-tier anti-malware suite offers full-spectrum protection in its free version. So why pay for any of it? Here's my take on the paid version of one popular Internet security product...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 18, 2018 | Category: Security


Geekly Update - 17 May 2018

Is there an app that can make sense out of a baby's babbling? Will robot dogs be fetching your newspaper soon? And why do the laws of physics prevent us from knowing the exact location of IBM's new quantum computing lab? Get answers in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. 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 May 17, 2018 | Category: Tech-News


Should Robots Have To Identify Themselves?

If you call a fine restaurant, talk to a maitre d’, reserve a table, and later find out “he” was a souped-up version of Siri, does it really matter? You got your reservation, and probably got it more efficiently than if you had talked to a human being. Well, to some people this scenario is the stuff of nightmares. Should humans get full disclosure when they're talking to a software robot with the ability to carry on intelligent conversation? Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 16, 2018 | Category: Cool-Stuff


Does Cord-Cutting Really Cut Costs?

It’s been more than a decade since “cord-cutting” entered our lexicon. The term refers to consumers who have canceled their cable TV services and rely on Internet video services such as Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Video, and Hulu, over-the-air broadcast TV, or some combination of the above. The promise of cord-cutting was “big savings.” But have those savings materialized? Let's do the math -- read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 15, 2018 | Category: Television


Do You Really Need an ISP?

Did you know that you can get fast Internet access without paying a faceless corporate internet service provider? There's a grassroots movement that's connecting people via community mesh networks, and it's exciting to see it grow. Here's the scoop on mesh networking...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 14, 2018 | Category: Networking


[HOWTO] Genealogy Research Online

Are you interested in researching your relatives and ancestors, or creating a family tree? Are you looking for good software or websites where you can do genealogy research?' You've come to the right place! Read on for some of the best online genealogy tools...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 11, 2018 | Category: Genealogy


Geekly Update - 10 May 2018

Is it really possible for hackers to steal your face? Why is a new document released by Microsoft causing geeks to injure their fingers? And can you replace a visit to the eye doctor with a visit to a website? Get answers in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. 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 May 10, 2018 | Category: Tech-News


Is Blazing Fast 5G in Your Future?

The fifth generation of cellular networking technology is imminent. This new 5G tech will explode several logjams in the river of cellular data traffic, enabling more than just faster mobile download speeds. Let’s take a look at 5G’s capabilities and their implications for all of us...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 09, 2018 | Category: Mobile


What Can You Do With OneDrive?

Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage service now comes installed by default with Windows 10. That OneDrive folder is on your File Explorer tree and there is no getting rid of it, even if you deactivate the OneDrive app. Microsoft wants OneDrive to be always part of your Windows experience. So let’s see what OneDrive can do, and why MS is pushing it so hard...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 08, 2018 | Category: Cloud


Can You Control Ads On Facebook?

Facebook has long faced withering criticism for bombarding users with ads in their news feeds, groups, sidebars, and anyplace there might be as scrap of white space. The ads are supposedly targeted to one’s interests, but the volume, invasiveness, and what many believe is dirty, underhanded trickery makes the average person lose interest in all ads pretty quickly. Read on to learn what you can (and cannot) control when it comes to Facebook ads and privacy...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 07, 2018 | Category: Facebook


[SOLD!] Tips for Ebay Sellers

A reader asks: 'I am trying to sell some of my stuff on eBay to make a little extra money, but my previous attempts to sell on eBay haven't worked out very well. Can you give me some power tips for eBay sellers to help me succeed?' Well, yes! Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 04, 2018 | Category: Shopping




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