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Comment by Colin on [GADGETS] Best of CES 2018 (January 19, 2018 02:56 AM)
I like the reading glasses. Now if they can do long distance as well, I'm in. I have never gotten used to needing progressive lenses etc. Nothing has ...
Comment by Lucy on Are Online Colleges Fully Accredited? (January 18, 2018 05:28 PM)
I may have missed something in the article but it strikes me that maybe the simplest way to check out accreditation is to call an Ivy League school or...
Comment by Marc Eisen on Are Online Colleges Fully Accredited? (January 18, 2018 05:08 PM)
Be aware that there are different accrediting agencies for online and "brick and mortar" institutions. While an online school may be legitimate, and a...
Comment by Phil on Geekly Update - 17 January 2018 (January 18, 2018 04:37 AM)
In the light of your admirable request for correct English, would you not think that “Firms that track consumers online activities ...” needs an a...
Comment by RandiO on Geekly Update - 17 January 2018 (January 18, 2018 02:22 AM)
Mr. Rankin, it is totally PC to use the real word instead of "p*rn". However, if you wish to not include that actual dictionary word in your newlette...
Comment by Peter on Geekly Update - 17 January 2018 (January 18, 2018 12:51 AM)
"An Ohio man has been indicted on 16 federal charges of spying on thousands of U. S. citizens, schools, and companies via their computer cameras and.....
Comment by NB on Geekly Update - 17 January 2018 (January 17, 2018 10:11 PM)
Newville TK: I agree with your comment about distributing proceeds of fines to the victims and not to the government. I disagree about the consume...
Comment by Dave Fox on Geekly Update - 17 January 2018 (January 17, 2018 07:11 PM)
The fine is not enough - they should also be liable for all expenses that incur because of there sloppy security!...
Comment by GuitarRebel on Geekly Update - 17 January 2018 (January 17, 2018 05:34 PM)
"Should careless guardians of our personal information be finded billions if the data is lost?" That one got by you, Bob. :) Thanks for the great info...
Comment by Jay R on Geekly Update - 17 January 2018 (January 17, 2018 05:15 PM)
The Fine Fleet of Flatus Followers is now available. LOL!!!...

Are Online Colleges Fully Accredited?

A reader asked: 'Are online colleges and universities accredited in the the same manner as campus-based schools? I'm planning get my Master's degree, so I'm looking into various online college courses. Should I be concerned about the reputation of online schools, even if they're associated with a well-known university? I'd hate to do all that work, only to find out my diploma is worthless. How can I find out if an online college is accredited?

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 18, 2018 | Category: Education


Geekly Update - 17 January 2018

Does 'droning while intoxicated' refer to the operation of tiny aircraft, or the blood-alcohol level of bloviating politicians? Should careless guardians of our personal information be fined billions if the data is lost? And do you know what happened in the first ever viral video? 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 17, 2018 | Category: Tech-News


[GADGETS] Best of CES 2018

The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is where tech giants and startups converge to hype what they’re planning to release within the next year (or so). While few of these products or services are actually available right now, they do serve to illustrate where the tech world is going, and in some cases, where it has gone astray. Let's take a look at the highlights of CES 2018...

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


[HOWTO] Change Your Email Address (or not)

A reader asks: “I have had the same email address for years, and now I'm thinking about changing Internet providers. But I'm afraid that changing my email address might cause some unintended problems. What do you recommend?”

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 15, 2018 | Category: Email


Fun With Google Chrome: Tips and Tricks

Google’s Chrome browser is the most widely used browser, worldwide. Perhaps you've been using it for years, but there's always a new trick to discover. Read on to learn about some awesome, advanced, and secret features of Chrome that can make it even more useful...

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


Facebook Messenger for Kids?

Facebook’s long-standing policy is “no one under age 13.” But that leaves a lot of potential consumers (or, at least, powerful influencers of consumers) beyond the reach of their data collection machine. So the company is launching “Messenger Kids,” a version of its video chat app designed for minors as young as six and the parents who worry about them. This is...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 11, 2018 | Category: Facebook


Facebook Messenger for Kids?

Facebook’s long-standing policy is “no one under age 13.” But that leaves a lot of potential consumers (or, at least, powerful influencers of consumers) beyond the reach of their data collection machine. So the company is launching “Messenger Kids,” a version of its video chat app designed for minors as young as six and the parents who worry about them. This is...

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Posted by Bob Rankin | Category: Facebook


Geekly Update - 10 January 2018

Questions, questions... should you pay someone to flush your toilet, or get a $6000 voice-activated commode? Will you thank your car's built-in GPS when it demands that you stop for pizza? And is cryptocurrency really just a big joke? 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 10, 2018 | Category: Tech-News


[SCAM ALERT] Is TotalAV a Total SCAM?

Several readers have brought to my attention a suspicious security suite named TotalAV. One of them was fairly certain that it’s a scam, and shared evidence to back his opinion. My own research also leads me to believe TotalAV should be avoided, along with a few of its sister products, AND a bogus antivirus review site that I discovered. Read on to understand why…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 09, 2018 | Category: Anti-Virus


[README] Before You Buy A Hard Drive

Which make and model of hard drive should you buy, and how long can you expect a hard drive to last? These questions come up on a regular basis. Read on to get the latest scoop on hard drive reliability, from a company that has kept stats on tens of thousands of consumer hard drives...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 08, 2018 | Category: Hard-Drives


[UPDATE] Is Windows Defender Enough Security?

Windows Defender Security Center (“Defender” for short) is the latest name for the built-in suite of anti-malware and security features in Windows 10. Historically, Defender and its antecedents have been mediocre offerings. So mediocre, in fact, that multiple test labs rated it dead last in effectiveness. But recently, Microsoft has focused on making Defender a comprehensive, safe, and free choice for all your security needs. Let’s see how close it has come...

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


Tech Winners and Losers 2017


There’s an old saying: “If you don’t mess up at least once a day, you’re not trying hard enough.” The tech industry messes up much more frequently, so I guess it’s giving us all it’s got. Some of the efforts are wins, and many are the opposite of winning. Here are my picks of the best and worst of 2017 tech…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 04, 2018 | Category: Tech-News


Geekly Update - 03 January 2018

What should you do if your Internet-connected speakers are rick-rolling you at 2 o'clock in the morning? Why are so many businesses refusing to accept good old-fashioned paper money as a form of payment? Is “video game disorder” a real mental illness, or just really annoying? And have the Nigerian Princes moved their fraud operations to the US of A? 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 03, 2018 | Category: Tech-News


[UNCLAIMED] Is This Your Money?

Did you know... if you have a bank account that has had no activity for as few as two years, it may be declared abandoned, and turned over to the government? Fortunately, there are ways to get that money back. Government experts estimate that $32 billion worth of lost, forgotten, or unclaimed money is waiting for consumers to find it. But it doesn’t wait forever. Here are more than a DOZEN places to look online to see if there's money waiting for you to claim...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 02, 2018 | Category: Finance


AskBob's Best of 2017 - Part Two

Yesterday I published Part One of my Best of 2017. Today, I've got another batch of ten very popular articles, which have been selected using input from drones, robots, trained monkeys, eye-tracking and the latest fake artificial intelligence technology. I hope you'll read each one, leave your own comments, and share them with your Email, Facebook and Twitter friends.

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 29, 2017 | Category: Reference




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