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Comment by SysOp404 on Geekly Update - 21 November 2017 (November 21, 2017 08:21 PM)
After several sessions of teaching Windows Hello to recognize my face under various lighting conditions, NOW I find out all I needed was a sheep for t...
Comment by Audrey on Geekly Update - 21 November 2017 (November 21, 2017 06:52 PM)
When the electricity is out, the landline will no longer work to summon help. I'm guessing no copper landline repair will dispense with landline priv...
Comment by Bob Frazee on Geekly Update - 21 November 2017 (November 21, 2017 06:26 PM)
When I got my first computer in 1981 I signed up for Prodigy for e-mail and CompuServe for medical and legal research. They were the two latest and g...
Comment by BillZ on Geekly Update - 21 November 2017 (November 21, 2017 05:59 PM)
I still have a drawer with some original CompuServe CDs in there. Guess I can toss them out now! ...
Comment by SharonH on Will Philo Replace Your Cable TV Subscription? (November 21, 2017 05:35 PM)
Thanks to those who responded to my MEtv question. It is a sub-channel of a Northern NJ station. But if I go about 60 miles south, it's not available ...
Comment by RichF on Geekly Update - 21 November 2017 (November 21, 2017 05:32 PM)
CompuServe - the first organization I signed up for eons ago on the web. Didn't realize they were still around....
Comment by Bob K on Will Philo Replace Your Cable TV Subscription? (November 21, 2017 05:13 PM)
I don't care for the channel selection, however, the one positive is the absence of Fox News. A must for me is the Smithsonian channel....
Comment by Brian on Will Philo Replace Your Cable TV Subscription? (November 21, 2017 04:46 PM)
Nothing on the Philo lineup I even watch. Same with SlingTV. I want the ability to SELECT my own channels! PERIOD!...
Comment by Wild Bill on Geekly Update - 21 November 2017 (November 21, 2017 04:20 PM)
I'm going to guess that Ajit Pai (FCC commissioner) has a great high-speed broadband connection at his home and lives in an area with great cellular c...
Comment by RandiO on Will Philo Replace Your Cable TV Subscription? (November 21, 2017 03:21 AM)
Time to fess up: We have Spectrum (was TWC) connection in the house. The service includes: *Their top-tier subscription (200+ channels or sumsuch), *S...

Geekly Update - 21 November 2017

Will you find the best Black Friday ads online, or in your local newspaper? Is a California man's homemade rocket destined to prove that the Earth is flat? And what should you do if your caller-ID shows that your own phone number is calling you? 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 November 21, 2017 | Category: Tech-News


Will Philo Replace Your Cable TV Subscription?

Are you bored with broadcast TV networks like CBS, NBC, and ABC? Are you tired of paying the a big chunk of your cable or streaming TV bill for sports channels that you never watch? Then you may be interesting in trying Philo’s new “over-the-top” streaming service that costs a fraction of what YouTube TV, Hulu Live, and others charge.

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 20, 2017 | Category: Television


Should You Buy Gray Market Goods?

In between Walmart’s everyday low prices and the sketchy fellow in Walmart’s parking lot who’s selling brand-new, boxed iPads for $50 lies a vast gray area appropriately called the “gray market.” Here you’ll find prices lower than those of any mainstream merchant but not quite low enough to scream “stolen” or “counterfeit.” How do gray markets work, and are they legal?

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 17, 2017 | Category: Hardware


Forgot Your Windows 10 Password?

You forgot your Windows 10 login password? Or maybe you 'inherited' a Windows 10 computer and you can't log in. There's hope, but resetting a forgotten password for a Windows 10 PC is complicated by several factors. Let's dig in…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 16, 2017 | Category: Windows-10


Geekly Update - 15 November 2017

Is George Jetson applying for a side gig at Uber? Is Apple's Face ID easily fooled by look-alikes? Will microchips finally make watching soccer less boring? And is it possible to haggle over price with online stores? 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 November 15, 2017 | Category: Tech-News


Resetting Forgotten Windows Password

A reader asked recently, “Bob have you ever written an article on how to get into my computer if I forgot my password?” For a couple of reasons, I have steered away from doing so. But I think it's time to remedy that right now...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 14, 2017 | Category: Windows


Have You Been Phished?

Phishing, the art of getting users to click on malicious links in bogus emails, is the favorite tool of scammers, by far. The reason is, phishing works. Scammers are getting better are slipping their phishes through spam filters and past anti-malware software. Ironically, the successful campaign to raise users’ awareness of online security hazards is making phishing more successful. Read on to learn about the latest phishing developments...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 13, 2017 | Category: Security


Will More Memory Speed Up Your Computer?

If your desktop or laptop seems sluggish, the problem may be too little RAM (Random Access Memory). But “add more RAM” is not the solution to every case of poor performance, and buying more RAM than you need or can use is just a waste of money. Read on to learn the ins and outs of RAM and how much RAM is the “sweet spot” is for most computers...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 09, 2017 | Category: Memory


Geekly Update - 08 November 2017

How easy is it to accidentally break the glass on the new iPhone X? Is Facebook listening to your conversations in order to target you with related ads? Are exotic birds being used to hack the Australian broadband infrastructure? And is Microsoft closing the last loophole that allows a free copy of Windows 10? 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 November 07, 2017 | Category: Tech-News


[TIPS] Advanced Searching With Google and Bing

Does it seems like finding what you want with a search engine is getting harder all the time? A casual search for a keyword or phrase can produce millions of hits, and they are not ordered by relevance exclusively. On the other hand, search engines can quickly tell you things that you wouldn’t expect a search engine to know. Here are some easy ways to get more out of search engines, or less if that’s what you need...

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Posted by Bob Rankin | Category: Search-Engines


[ONLINE SHOPPING] Is it Really a Bargain?

Every shopper loves a bargain, but how can you tell when you really have one? The games that sellers play with prices are as old as commerce itself. Bargain-hunting is particularly confusing online, where prices from all over the world are available. Here are some tips for sorting bogus bargains from real deals...

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


Can This Robot Manage Your Passwords?

RoboForm is one of the best and most popular password managers on the market. Version 8 was released recently, and the company invites you to try it for free for one year! Let’s see what’s new and improved in Roboform 8…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 03, 2017 | Category: Security


Malwarebytes: Protection for Android

Malwarebytes has released the latest Android version of its acclaimed security suite. It’s not just a port of MBAM for Windows, but a program carefully designed for mobile devices and the threats their users face, even from apps that they trust. Read on to see how Malwarebytes for Android works…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 02, 2017 | Category: Mobile


Geekly Update - 01 November 2017

Is your smartphone secretly sending your private conversations to the NY Times? Can technology solve the problem of annoying noodle slurpers? And how much would you pay for a 100-inch television with a built-in toaster? 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 November 01, 2017 | Category: Tech-News


Will YouTube TV Turn You Into A Cord-Cutter?

If you've tuned in to the 2017 World Series, you couldn't help but notice Google's multi-front marketing blitz pitching YouTube TV on Fox Sports, digital ads on MLB sites, player promos of YouTube TV across social media sites, and banner ads on the fence behind home plate. So is YouTube TV a cord-cutting option that will save you money? Read on…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 31, 2017 | Category: Television




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