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Comment by RandiO on Security (and other) Improvements in Google Chrome (October 19, 2017 06:50 PM)
Oh, Noooooooooooo! Not that argument again: "EDITOR'S NOTE: Proof? Examples?" I keep seeing posts from some that refuse to be entangled with Google-an...
Comment by SparkyVA on Geekly Update - 19 October 2017 (October 19, 2017 06:36 PM)
So Microsoft is smarter than a dog, but dumber than a cat. I will stick with my cat.She is more polite. So now a drone can fly over my house and spout...
Comment by John Anderson on Bonzai - It's a New Puppy! (October 19, 2017 05:43 PM)
I'm so glad you included the reference to this article in your latest update on managing PUPS. You're right; life is a lot more than keeping a PC runn...
Comment by Stephe on Security (and other) Improvements in Google Chrome (October 19, 2017 10:45 AM)
I'm with above — there is a shameless irony in Chrome implementing something to prevent your being hijacked by pre-selected tick boxes — I am for...
Comment by wyrmrider on Security (and other) Improvements in Google Chrome (October 19, 2017 03:56 AM)
tried to sign up for the newsletter however "refused to connect" tracking? redirection? spyware???...
Comment by wyrmrider on Security (and other) Improvements in Google Chrome (October 19, 2017 03:53 AM)
update did not work for me twice however going to the download page did...
Comment by Lady Fitzgerald on Security (and other) Improvements in Google Chrome (October 19, 2017 02:48 AM)
@Mac'n'Cheese Google is the one committing the skullduggery. Google pays software developers to include in their software installation files the PUP t...
Comment by Richard Dengrove on Security (and other) Improvements in Google Chrome (October 19, 2017 01:04 AM)
I did have someone hijack my browser. It was someone trying to get a bounty from Yahoo. I figured out how to reset Chrome and the Yahoo was gone both ...
Comment by Mikey on Security (and other) Improvements in Google Chrome (October 18, 2017 10:51 PM)
Chrome removed my download manager because it hadn't come from the Google store. When I got it again, this time from the Google store, they removed it...
Comment by Therrito on Security (and other) Improvements in Google Chrome (October 18, 2017 10:25 PM)
@Lady Fitzgerald LMBO! :-D @Bob I'll stick with my Firefox. :-)...

Geekly Update - 19 October 2017

What should you do if your artificially intelligent virtual assistant scores as "moron" on an IQ test? Has Microsoft hired a group of monkeys to write code for their next operating system? And how much TV would you have to watch in one month to rack up a bill of $185,000? 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 October 19, 2017 | Category: Tech-News


Security (and other) Improvements in Google Chrome

The latest version of Google’s Chrome browser was released from beta testing on October 17. It contains some nifty new features that will make using the Web safer, faster, and more fun; but mostly, safer. Read on to see what’s new in Chrome 62…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 18, 2017 | Category: Browsers


[KRACK] Your Encrypted WiFi Just Got Decrypted

The encryption protocol used by virtually every WiFi-enabled device on Earth has been cracked by a Belgian security researcher. It’s a huge problem for every maker of routers, PCs, smartphones, IoT devices, and more. But should you panic? Read on for the scoop...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 17, 2017 | Category: Security


Will Ting Save You Money on Mobile?

Mobile phone plans (and those confusing monthly bills) can be maddening. You pay a certain amount for a bucket of minutes, text messages, and mobile data. But at the end of each month, you may see that you didn't use all you paid for. Or worse, you have to pay EXTRA for going over your allotments. Ting feels your pain, and has a solution that can save you money on your mobile phone bill...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 16, 2017 | Category: Mobile


Is Your Hard Drive SMART Enough?

Readers sometimes ask me, 'How long will my hard drive last?' The answer is indeterminate, as I’ve explained in the recent past. But lacking a crystal ball, some factors can be monitored to provide you with early warnings that it’s time to get serious about making frequent backups and shopping for a new drive. Learn more about S.M.A.R.T. and other tools to monitor the health of your hard drive...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 13, 2017 | Category: Hard-Drives


Time to Switch From Yahoo to Gmail?

Yahoo’s new owner, Verizon, recently revealed that all 3 billion Yahoo accounts have been compromised, greatly upping the admission of damage that Yahoo made before its sale to the telecom giant. So if you have a Yahoo account, it’s time to find another email service provider that will better protect your email privacy and security. Here's my advice on how to switch to Gmail…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 12, 2017 | Category: Email


Geekly Update - 11 October 2017

How can a data breach involving a BILLION accounts get worse? Is Internet Explorer sending everything you type into the address bar to who-knows-where? And would you pay $100 for a headless, robotic kitty cat? 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 October 11, 2017 | Category: Tech-News


Google’s Artificial Intelligence Strategy (and new products)

Google launched a slew of new hardware products at its “Made By Google” conference last week. But the secret sauce in most of them is the software. Artificial intelligence (AI) is what powers these new devices. Actually, it’s no secret. Here's what you need to know about the new Google phones, laptops, and Google Home virtual assistants…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 10, 2017 | Category: Gadgets


Cash In On Unwanted Gift Cards

Remember that gift card you got from Aunt Tilly for your birthday last year? The one for that steakhouse that's 2 hours away? You know you'll never use it. But rather than throw it away, here’s how to convert it and other unwanted gift cards to cash. Read on for details, and some bonus tips on how to buy gift cards at a discount!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 06, 2017 | Category: Shopping


Uber or Lyft: Which is Best?

Like it or not, ride-hailing services powered by smartphone apps are here to stay. It’s mainly taxi drivers who don’t like Uber, Lyft, and the many also-rans in competition with traditional taxi services. Passengers, by and large, are thrilled to get rides in minutes for far less than taxis charge. Let's compare the Big Two in the ride sharing revolution...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 05, 2017 | Category: Auto


Geekly Update - 04 October 2017

Can you build your own telephone network with cow fencing? What is Bill Gates biggest regret about the Windows operating system? And what should you do if the Internet decides to appropriate your face for its own purposes? 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 October 04, 2017 | Category: Tech-News


New Roku Models for Cord Cutters

Roku, fresh off its NASDAQ debut, is re-invigorating its product line with faster hardware, nifty software upgrades, and lower prices. Let’s see if one of these new streaming media players can turn you into a cord cutter...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 03, 2017 | Category: Gadgets


Firefox Quantum: Comeback or Flameout?

Firefox is poised to make a comeback, at least among fans who switched to Chrome only reluctantly. The public beta version of Firefox 57, also known as Firefox Quantum, is now available to download and test drive. It really is pretty impressive. Let's take a closer look...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 02, 2017 | Category: Browsers


Yes, There *IS* an Echo in Here

Amazon is bombarding the upcoming holiday shopping season with a slew of new and improved Echo products for the home. All of them work through Alexa, the voice-activated personal digital assistant. It may seem like overkill to release this many products at once, but it’s part of Amazon’s aggressive strategy to dominate the home automation market and the Internet of Things. Here's what you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 29, 2017 | Category: Gadgets


Notepad Apps to Boost Your Productivity

The lack of a native notepad app is one of Android’s little surprises. Sure, I could write draft emails to myself, but there’s more to a good notepad app than stashing words away where no one ever remembers to look for them. Fortunately, there's an app (several, actually) for that. Read on for some of the best options, on Android, iPhone, and desktop devices...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 28, 2017 | Category: Software




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