Recent Comments


Comment by Denis on Is Smartphone Addiction Real? (May 27, 2018 11:28 PM)
People can get totally oblivious to what is happening around them when looking at stuff on their smart phones. About 50 metres from my house a girl go...
Comment by Hardie Johnson on Ready for a Digital Driver's License? (May 27, 2018 03:49 AM)
So this will do away with all the variations in State requirements? All States will be the same? What could go wrong with that??...
Comment by RandiO on Everyone Knows Where You Are (May 27, 2018 01:43 AM)
I love the oft-used canned statement by people who say "I don't do anything illegal, so I don't care about my privacy!" Many of these people are the ...
Comment by Kacmor on Is Smartphone Addiction Real? (May 27, 2018 12:37 AM)
Hi Bob and all the readers, Although your article is truly great, with all the resources and sources, it is hardly new. What IS new, is that when year...
Comment by Richard C on Ready for a Digital Driver's License? (May 26, 2018 11:42 PM)
It seems as though the government has figured out a method to make me pay for my physical license, AND how to make me pay monthly (for a smartphone & ...
Comment by Nezzar on Is Smartphone Addiction Real? (May 26, 2018 05:15 PM)
Dear Bob, Thanks very much for an exceptionally useful article. However, I have one question: Whatever happened to self-control? I have a Sams...
Comment by Unitary on Everyone Knows Where You Are (May 26, 2018 10:08 AM)
Correction: "...caught by leaking the real-time locations of nearly every cellphone user in the world. Anyone on the Internet could track any phone s...
Comment by Dave Fox on Is Smartphone Addiction Real? (May 26, 2018 08:30 AM)
Bob, great article! I have to agree with some of your comments, children's minds are being hijacked by this technology, all for the sake of the big co...
Comment by Gloria Huffman on Is Smartphone Addiction Real? (May 26, 2018 08:28 AM)
Today I was standing on a corner and told a woman who was staring at her smartphone while in the crosswalk, "Don't look at that while you're crossing ...
Comment by Dick on [SCAM ALERT] Is TotalAV a Total SCAM? (May 26, 2018 07:39 AM)
HELLO! Boy oh boy. Started off with this TOTAL AV as a "free" yahdahah and ended up I'm out of change! DO NOT GO HERE FOR VIRUS PROTECTION! I was...

Is Smartphone Addiction Real?

Once brushed aside as “Luddite hysteria,” the addictive power of technology (and smartphones in particular) is now taken quite seriously by scientists, policymakers, and even Apple shareholders. Research has shown decisively that too much “screen time” is harmful, especially to children. Here's an analysis of the problem, and some tips on breaking free...

Continue reading: "Is Smartphone Addiction Real?"

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


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...

Continue reading: "Ready for a Digital Driver's License?"

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...

Continue reading: "Everyone Knows Where You Are"

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...

Continue reading: "Is Low Memory Slowing Down Your Computer?"

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...

Continue reading: "Don’t Be Afraid To Edit Your Registry"

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...

Continue reading: "Are Premium Malware Suites Worth Their Price?"

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!

Continue reading: "Geekly Update - 17 May 2018"

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...

Continue reading: "Should Robots Have To Identify Themselves?"

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...

Continue reading: "Does Cord-Cutting Really Cut Costs?"

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...

Continue reading: "Do You Really Need an ISP?"

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...

Continue reading: "[HOWTO] Genealogy Research Online"

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!

Continue reading: "Geekly Update - 10 May 2018"

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...

Continue reading: "Is Blazing Fast 5G in Your Future?"

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...

Continue reading: "What Can You Do With OneDrive?"

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...

Continue reading: "Can You Control Ads On Facebook?"

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




.
.
Copyright © - by - All Rights Reserved
Privacy Policy