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Comment by SharonH on HOWTO: Reverse Directory Searching (February 20, 2018 05:32 PM)
Some good info here. Waaay back when I worked for a collection agency, we had address and phone number lookup directories (no cell phones back then). ...
Comment by Derek on Et tu, Intel? Vaunt Smartglasses Better Than Google Glass? (February 20, 2018 03:21 AM)
I still think they look bulky and have the creepy factor similar as google glass did. If you know "that guy" has smart glasses... it's just creepy, p...
Comment by Ramen Quattrous on 5 Predictions for the Future of Automotive Technology (February 19, 2018 10:12 PM)
Stephen Stein: "... painted ourselves into a deadly technological corner...". That is priceless. I am saving that phrase for future use. Thanks....
Comment by Ramen Quattrous on 5 Predictions for the Future of Automotive Technology (February 19, 2018 10:12 PM)
Stephen Stein: "... painted ourselves into a deadly technological corner...". That is priceless. I am saving that phrase for future use. Thanks....
Comment by Butch on [SCAM?] Time to Update Your Drivers? (February 19, 2018 10:00 PM)
This article should have appeared in December 2013. In January 2014, I made the mistake of clicking on one f those "Microsoft...recommended" ads. Some...
Comment by Gary on Earth to Opera... The Browser War is Over (and you lost) (February 19, 2018 06:06 PM)
I've been using IE, Firefox and Opera for many years with no issues. Tried chrome a few times and didn't like it! ymmv...
Comment by Les on Are You an Accidental Spammer? (February 18, 2018 11:33 PM)
A big problem is people that forward an email using Cc instead of Bcc, and all those addresses are there for the taking. I once got an email from a fr...
Comment by SysOp404 on Et tu, Intel? Vaunt Smartglasses Better Than Google Glass? (February 18, 2018 05:21 PM)
Alright, they asked for it, so here's "Use Case" #47 for Intel... BUT, it's going to require some upgrades, before taking this 4-eyes thingie seriousl...
Comment by Chantelle on Forgot Facebook Password (February 18, 2018 08:55 AM)
Hey I've read the article and tried multiple ways on the help centre and yet when I go to the account recovery tool it doesn't give me an option to se...
Comment by john m on Time to Switch From Yahoo to Gmail? (February 17, 2018 11:09 PM)
There was a Yahoo server issue today that impacts access to Yahoo mail through ANY app other than direct web-app to your Yahoo email account. The Int...

HOWTO: Reverse Directory Searching

Can you find a person or business if all you know about them is a phone number, street address, or email address? What if all you have is a photo? This type of search is called a reverse directory search. Read on to learn about the free and fee-based reverse search tools you can find online, and which ones are likely to give the answers you seek...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 20, 2018 | Category: Reference


Et tu, Intel? Vaunt Smartglasses Better Than Google Glass?

At 4:30am, I don’t normally jerk straight up at my desk and blurt, “Whoa!” at news of yet another tech gizmo that’s “coming later this year.” But that’s what I did when I watched the video demo of Intel’s prototype Vaunt smartglasses. I truly believe you will too! Here's the scoop on this new gadget that has me all googly-eyed…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 16, 2018 | Category: Gadgets


Are You an Accidental Spammer?

A concerned email user asks: 'Several of my friends have complained that I am sending them spam emails. I have looked in my Sent folder and nothing odd shows up there. How can this be happening? Is it possible that someone has hacked into my email account, or is there another explanation?' Read on for the scoop...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 15, 2018 | Category: Spam


Geekly Update - 14 Feb 2018

Is that shiny new Tesla really just a 1995 Kia in disguise? What's the downside of filling your home with smart devices that report on every detail of your life? Why is that praying mantis wearing 3-D glasses? And Equifax, the company that served up your privacy to hackers last year, has released an app. But does it work? 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 February 14, 2018 | Category: Tech-News


Is Your Email Address Visible to Spammers?

Spammers seem to have supernatural powers that enable them to guess your email addresses accurately and quickly. But in reality, spammers harvest email addresses by pretty mundane means. You may even be contributing to the problem without realizing it. Here's the scoop on how spammers get email addresses, and steps you can take to protect your inbox...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 13, 2018 | Category: Spam


Earth to Opera... The Browser War is Over (and you lost)

Yesterday I came across a news item touting a new and improved version of the Opera browser. Apparently, it's even faster than Firefox! But does it really matter? Read on for my take on what's new in Opera, and why I think this announcement hit a sour note...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 12, 2018 | Category: Browsers


FBI Warns of Virtual Kidnapping Scam

The FBI has issued an updated bulletin warning the public about the rising threat of “virtual kidnapping scams,” in which unseen bad guys call a victim and demand ransom for an allegedly kidnapped loved one. Here's what you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 09, 2018 | Category: Security


Geekly Update - 08 Feb 2018

Will radiation from your cell phone help you live longer? Can you sue Equifax in small claims court and get a check for ten grand? How soon can you upload your brain to a computer? And which tech 'futurist' made the worst predictions about the Internet twenty years ago?

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 08, 2018 | Category: Tech-News


[HOWTO] Get a Secret Second Phone Number

To avoid identity theft, you may take special pains to keep your Social Security Number private. But what about your phone number? Increasingly, phone numbers are being used to invade your private space, and con you out of money. Here's how to get a second “secret" phone number for free, or at least on the cheap...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 07, 2018 | Category: Telephony


Avoid These Online Tax Scams

Economist Milton Friedman once wrote: “The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that still carries any reward.” Today, we can add “tax scams” to that list of things to avoid. Just as Americans gear up for the tax season, so do fraudsters all over the world. Here are the biggest tax cons to watch out for...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 06, 2018 | Category: Finance


Spectre and Meltdown - Should You Worry?

You may have heard of Spectre and Meltdown, two security vulnerabilities that exist in virtually every CPU ever made by the chip giants Intel, AMD, and ARM. Either vulnerability can expose your system to “arbitrary code execution,” the geeky way to say, “A hacker could take complete control of your computer” and run any malware he wants on it. Read on to find out more, and if your computer is vulnerable to these attacks...

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


Microsoft Takes on the Scammers

Starting March 1, 2018, programs that attempt to coerce users into paying for dubious protection or PC performance “optimization” will be removed automatically by Microsoft Windows Defender Antivirus and other Microsoft security products. I can think of several rogues that will be hopefully out of business soon. Here's what you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 02, 2018 | Category: Software


5 Predictions for the Future of Automotive Technology

Cars as people know them have reached the end of their life cycle. In the past 100 years or so they’ve come an incredibly long way, but a new trend is just around the corner. It’s no longer going to be an evolution of already existing cars, but rather a complete wave of new and innovative automobiles that resemble the things people call cars. Read on to learn about the future of cars...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 01, 2018 | Category: Auto


Geekly Update - 31 Jan 2018

Can your email address have an undesired effect on your auto insurance rates? How easy is it to turn an ATM into a money-spewing slot machine? Is it legal to be drunk behind the wheel of a self-driving car? And why is Grumpy Cat secretly smiling? 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 January 31, 2018 | Category: Tech-News


Fed Up With Telemarketers? (here's the solution)

It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it so the rest of us can enjoy the benefits of living in a civilized society. I’m talking about actually talking to telemarketers. Why? To sue them, of course! Here's how it works, and some tips on getting relief from annoying robocalls...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 30, 2018 | Category: Telephony




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