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Comment by David Baker on Thinking About Ditching Windows? (January 22, 2022 04:39 AM)
I own a Dell Desktop PC that runs on Windows 10. I haven't run in over a year. I mostly use my Chromebook or Android Tablet. It sync's with my Android...
Comment by Peter Oh on [PHONE SCAMS] Are You Among the Most Gullible? (January 22, 2022 01:51 AM)
Really Bob? Truecaller? The download is an .apk file whatever that is. Not even sure now it it's suitable for a W10 desktop. It took more time farting...
Comment by Bart on [PHONE SCAMS] Are You Among the Most Gullible? (January 22, 2022 01:26 AM)
Biggest scam call of all: politicians asking for contributions. Years ago I offered to contribute a kick in the butt. The caller asked if I was thre...
Comment by Ernest N. Wilcox Jr. on [PHONE SCAMS] Are You Among the Most Gullible? (January 21, 2022 07:59 PM)
I use a few very simple rules to avoid all types of scams: 1. NEVER give out ANY information over the phone (or over any other communications medium)...
Comment by Neil on [PHONE SCAMS] Are You Among the Most Gullible? (January 21, 2022 07:29 PM)
All those reported percentages are off by a factor of 2x. I estimate over half to those scammed won't admit it....
Comment by Wolfgang on [PHONE SCAMS] Are You Among the Most Gullible? (January 21, 2022 07:11 PM)
Quite a few years ago, I received a call from one of those hucksters. I started speaking German to him AND laughed. That got rid of him very quickly. ...
Comment by Ed on [PHONE SCAMS] Are You Among the Most Gullible? (January 21, 2022 06:50 PM)
My cell message says "You have reached *********** I don't answer calls that are not in my contact list. If you leave a message I may call you back b...
Comment by Texana on [PHONE SCAMS] Are You Among the Most Gullible? (January 21, 2022 06:47 PM)
After 1st year of Medicare open enrollment with 30-40 incoming calls each day, I wised up and turned off voicemail. I never answered unexpected calls,...
Comment by Mac on [PHONE SCAMS] Are You Among the Most Gullible? (January 21, 2022 06:29 PM)
I have a voicemail response that includes "I don't recognize the number, please leave a message." I don't answer calls when I don't recognize the numb...
Comment by Maurice on [PHONE SCAMS] Are You Among the Most Gullible? (January 21, 2022 06:25 PM)
How about the so called BirCoin sellers???...

[PHONE SCAMS] Are You Among the Most Gullible?

Losses due to phone scams in the U.S. have continued to skyrocket from year to year. Americans lost an estimated $29.8 billion to phone scams in the past 12 months, according to the latest Truecaller Insights US Spam & Scam Report. More than 59 million people (almost 1 in 4 adults) lost money to phone scammers last year, up from 1 in 5 the previous year, and that number is the highest it's been in five years. You'll be surprised to learn who is most likely to fall for a phone scam. Read on!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 21, 2022 | Category: Telephony


Geekly Update - 20 January 2022

Are you confused by all the geeky jargon when considering a new television? Will robots turn against their human masters when they realize their pay is half the human rate? And is stalkerware lurking on your smartphone? 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 20, 2022 | Category: Tech-News


Thinking About Ditching Windows?

For millions of people running Windows 10, a decision is looming. When Windows 11 was announced, Microsoft made it clear that it would support only certain “newish” computers that have the latest hardware security features. That means the majority of Windows 10 users will soon face a choice: buy a new computer, switch to another operating system, or both. Here are some of the options to consider...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 18, 2022 | Category: Windows


Should You Press the Windows RESET Button?

A desperate AskBob reader says, “I’ve somehow managed to mess up my Windows system 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 January 14, 2022 | Category: Windows


[SCAM WARNING] Gadget Insurance and Extended Warranties

I've never been a proponent 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 January 13, 2022 | Category: Gadgets


[GADGETS] Best of CES 2022

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 2022...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 12, 2022 | Category: Reference


Geekly Update - 05 January 2022

When I was a lad, I scoffed at ads for X-ray Vision Glasses in Boys' Life magazine. Should we take seriously new claims that promise an invisibility shield? Can you get healthy by skipping the gym and taking an exercise pill instead? And how would you feel if your computer started breathing? 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 05, 2022 | Category: Tech-News


Is Unclaimed Money Waiting For You?

It never hurts to check under your couch cushions or car seats, but you're not likely to find more than coffee money by doing so. However, some experts estimate that $32 billion worth of lost, forgotten, or unclaimed money is waiting for consumers to find it. It could be a dormant bank account, stock dividends, a forgotten inheritance, or proceeds from a class action lawsuit settlement. But it doesn’t wait forever. Start the new year by checking out 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 04, 2022 | Category: Finance


AskBob's Best of 2021 - Part Two

Did you see Part One of my “Best of 2021” series? Today, I've got another group of ten very popular AskBob articles for you. These have been selected with help from Astro the robodog, excerpts from high-profile data breaches, input from clandestine 5G cellular towers, and machine learning software that I 'borrowed' from a secret underground laboratory. I might possibly have used the AskBob server stats as well. 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 January 02, 2022 | Category: Reference


AskBob's Best of 2021 - Part One

I want express my sincere THANKS to YOU and the 129,688 others who have subscribed to the AskBob newsletter since 2005. I celebrated the 16th anniversary of this newsletter, and there are over 3000 articles here now. Many of you are regular readers and contribute comments, which I love. And since I love numbers almost as much as words, I asked my robot to scan the server logs to find the most popular articles of the year. Here are ten of the top articles for you to review. I hope you'll check out each one, leave your own comments, forward this to a friend, and tell them to sign up for more...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 30, 2021 | Category: Reference


Search Tools For the Deep (and Dark) Web

The “Dark Web” is sometimes portrayed as a place where criminals, terrorists, hackers, and spammers conspire to victimize unwitting Internet users. The reality is a bit more nuanced and not so scary. There is a “Deep Web” that you can't access with ordinary search engines, and a “Dark Web” where people lurk anonymously for both good and evil purposes. What's really out there? Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 27, 2021 | Category: Reference


Geekly Update - 22 December 2021

What should parents do when a child won't put down the smartphone or game controller? Can you get cash for your unwanted electronics? Will eyedrops soon replace reading glasses? And is kissing under the mistletoe no longer permitted in your state? 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 December 22, 2021 | Category: Tech-News


[TUNEUP] It Might Be Time to Reset Your Web Browser

Chrome... Edge... Firefox... Opera... Safari... all web browsers misbehave in mysterious and frustrating ways occasionally. You could spend hours trying to troubleshoot the problem, but sometimes the Reset Button is the answer. Here are my tips on when (and when NOT) to reset your browser...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 20, 2021 | Category: Browsers


[TUNEUP] It Might Be Time to Reset Your Web Browser

Chrome... Edge... Firefox... Opera... Safari... all web browsers misbehave in mysterious and frustrating ways occasionally. You could spend hours trying to troubleshoot the problem, but sometimes the Reset Button is the answer. Here are my tips on when (and when NOT) to reset your browser...

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Posted by Bob Rankin | Category: Browsers


Geekly Update - 15 December 2021

Has Star Trek's transporter beam technology finally come to real life? What new gadget will your cat be attacking in 2022? Should you be concerned about Wandering Meatloaf in your neighborhood? And are rocket scientists really smarter than everyone else? 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 December 15, 2021 | Category: Tech-News




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