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Comment by Sharon on [HACKED] Is Someone Listening to Your Calls? (April 25, 2019 02:37 PM)
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Comment by BaliRob on Oops! I Dropped My Phone AGAIN (April 25, 2019 08:59 AM)
Hello Bob again - there you go - good number of very interesting comments - funny as well - watching one's phone slip out of one's top pocket into the...
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Comment by Greg C on Is Resetting Your PC a Good Idea? (April 25, 2019 02:46 AM)
Windows 7 : for MARTY above. My Win7 machine is old, but can access 7 0r 8 HDD on multiple controllers, which there are no drivers for since Vista. (V...
Comment by Delton C Baker on Oops! I Dropped My Phone AGAIN (April 25, 2019 12:36 AM)
I used the rice method, but ultimately the recovery was a failure. The phone (Samsung S6), was able to boot again and was able to make phone calls, bu...
Comment by Delton C Baker on Oops! I Dropped My Phone AGAIN (April 25, 2019 12:36 AM)
I used the rice method, but ultimately the recovery was a failure. The phone (Samsung S6), was able to boot again and was able to make phone calls, bu...
Comment by Noe on Oops! I Dropped My Phone AGAIN (April 24, 2019 11:17 PM)
I remember way back when the Palm Pilot first appeared there were stories about incidents of people who carried their Pilots in their shirt pockets an...
Comment by Baz on Oops! I Dropped My Phone AGAIN (April 24, 2019 10:45 PM)
Hello I did the dropping phone in the looe I finished drying of my phone by putting on the aircon vent in the car as cold air is very dry It worked fo...
Comment by Kenneth Heikkila on Oops! I Dropped My Phone AGAIN (April 24, 2019 07:30 PM)
Or just get any iPhone after 7 and don't worry so much! What, too expensive? It's been many years since 64 GB was enough memory for my iPhone, I'll so...
Comment by Charley on Oops! I Dropped My Phone AGAIN (April 24, 2019 06:06 PM)
LOL mike. Have you ever tried finding a pay phone these days? Also, they have removed the emergency call boxes from the freeways in the SF bay area. T...

Oops! I Dropped My Phone AGAIN

For a variety of reasons, millions of phones are “drowned” each year. When your phone stops working after falling into the sink, toilet, bathtub, swimming pool, muddy puddle, lake or the ocean, can it be saved? In many cases the answer is “yes,” if you do the right things and don’t do the wrong things. Hold the rice... here's what you need to know if your device is dunked, and the tale of my unsuccessful attempt to teach my phone to swim...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 24, 2019 | Category: Gadgets


Is Resetting Your PC a Good Idea?

A despairing reader writes, “I’ve managed to mess up my Windows PC to the point of no return. I give up, and now I just want to reset it to its factory-fresh condition and start all over. How do I do that?” Read on and I'll tell you how, and why you might NOT want to do this...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 22, 2019 | Category: Windows


Get Out of Voice Mail Jail, Free!

Are you one of those people who hates Interactive Voice Response (IVR) systems - otherwise known as voice mail jail? Automated voice menu mazes can be annoying, frustrating, and time-wasting. It is especially irritating when a voice-recognition system didn't understand your request and makes you repeat yourself in an ever louder voice. Here are some tips to help you break free of the voice menus and reach a customer service agent who can help...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 19, 2019 | Category: Telephony


Geekly Update - 18 April 2019

What's the secret to getting a discount on your next smartphone activation? Are Killer USB gadgets coming to destroy your computer? Has T-Mobile solved the robocall problem? And will sketchy dudes in white vans really pay you twenty bucks for a DNA sample? 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 April 18, 2019 | Category: Tech-News


The Truth About Discount Inkjet Cartridges

I am often asked: 'Are discount inkjet cartridges really a good deal? I've heard they can ruin your printer, void your warranty, and that the quality is lacking. Others have told me they're great and can save you lots of money. What's the scoop on those cheap ink cartridges?' Read on for my advice about discounted, refilled or remanufactured inkjet cartridges...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 17, 2019 | Category: Printing


Should You Backup Your Google Account?

If, like many people, you use Google’s suite of online services heavily, you may wonder if data stored on Google’s servers needs to be backed up elsewhere, just as data stored on your local drives should be. Nobody expects to lose their data, but stuff happens. Let's take a look at some of the best Google backup solutions out there...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 16, 2019 | Category: Backup


Five-Point Tuneup For Hacker Defenses

The online world gets more dangerous every day. The AV-TEST Institute reports over 350,000 new malware samples are discovered DAILY. Thousands of social media accounts are hacked per day; and untold millions of consumer records that were compromised in data breaches are used by hackers in increasingly clever attacks. Your defense systems must be kept in tip-top shape. Here are five ways to harden your system against hackers...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 15, 2019 | Category: Security


Will MagicJack Replace Your Landline?

Here’s a common question: “I've seen those commercials for Magic Jack, a gadget you can plug into your computer to eliminate your phone bill. It sounds too good to be true... is MagicJack a scam, or does it actually work? Can it really replace my landline?” Read on for answers...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 12, 2019 | Category: Telephony


SSD Drives: How Long Will They Last?

Solid-State Drive (SSD) technology has been taking over the hard drive market rapidly, as economy of scale results in lower prices. But there's always been uncertainty about the useful lifespan of a solid-state drive, as compared to a traditional magnetic drive. Will your SSD conk out suddenly, or will it last for years? Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 11, 2019 | Category: Hard-Drives


Geekly Update - 10 April 2019

Are reports of new photos of a black hole real, or just an April Fools prank? Why are robotic space bees buzzing around the International Space Station? Will deactivating your Facebook account stop them from collecting your data as you move about the Internet? And in the wake of massive data breaches, should you trust a credit reporting agency with access to your online bank account? 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 April 10, 2019 | Category: Tech-News


Boost Your Web Browser Speed

Sometimes it seems like Web pages are “taking forever” to display, so you might assume the problem is a slow computer or flaky Internet connection. But perhaps it’s your Web browser that is performing sluggishly. A little maintenance can speed things up. Read on to learn how browsers bog and some practical pointers for putting more pop in your page loads...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 09, 2019 | Category: Browsers


Jet and Other Alternatives to Amazon Shopping

It’s obvious that Amazon is the 800-pound gorilla of e-commerce. Recent ecommerce stats show that Amazon captures about HALF of all online sales. But it’s not the only digital department store. Let’s look at some of the others to see how they compare to Amazon...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 08, 2019 | Category: Shopping


Dead Zone? Try a WiFi Extender

Many homes have WiFi “dead zones” where radio signals are weak or non-existent. WiFi extenders (also called wifi repeaters, range extenders, or wireless signal boosters) can fill such gaps, enabling your teenagers to keep their video gaming in the basement instead of taking over the living room couch. An extender can also let you live the dream of Web surfing in a hammock out in the back yard. Here is some recommended gear to make it happen...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 05, 2019 | Category: Wireless


[SCAM ALERT] Gadget Insurance and Extended Warranties

I've never been a fan of insurance, protection plans, or extended warranties for electronic devices or even appliances. In fact, I make no bones about my disdain for these “protection rackets,” which are all heavily rigged in the seller’s favor. Why else would they try so hard to sell these plans at the point of purchase? Here's what you need to know about mobile device insurance, extended warranties, and my thoughts on what’s wrong with them...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 04, 2019 | Category: Gadgets


Geekly Update - 03 April 2019

What was the funniest online April Fools Day prank this year? Is the Microsoft tech support scam finally over? Will NASA pay you nineteen thousand dollars to do absolutely nothing? And why does Facebook want to know your email password? 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 April 03, 2019 | Category: Tech-News




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