December 11, 2019

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Tech Q&A: Browser privacy mode won’t make you invisible 12-02-19
Q: My internet browsers have privacy modes with names like “incognito,” “secret” and “private,” but I suspect they provide less privacy than the names suggest. What do they do?
Could drone deliveries help the environment? Let’s unpack that 12-02-19
In the era of e-commerce, it takes a single click to order anything you’d like. But it takes a lot of energy to bring it to your door.
Rechargeable batteries in your favorite devices can ignite and burn down your house 11-25-19
We’re all playing Russian roulette with devices powered by lithium ion batteries. Chances are you have dozens of lithium ion-powered devices inside your home right now.
Tech Q&A: Some slow PCs can’t be made much faster 11-18-19
Q: About three months ago, I purchased an HP Pavilion laptop, model 17-ar050wm, that is clearly the slowest PC I’ve ever owned or used. 
Tech review: Apple’s newest iPad adds pro features for the same low price 11-18-19
I review a lot of high-end gadgets, especially from Apple. It’s not unusual to find Apple products that cost more than $1,000, but today I’m reviewing Apple’s cheapest full-size iPad, which starts at just $329.
Google explores entry into consumer checking account market 11-18-19
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Is the Bank of Google close to becoming a reality? The internet giant, which has cemented its position in the markets for operating systems with Android, mobile phones with its Pixel smartphone, and is looking to become a force in healthcare and wearables following it’s $2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit, now wants to get into the financial services industry by offering consumers checking accounts.
Tech review: Google’s Pixel 4 XL loses its notch, gains motion sense and is a pure Android experience 11-11-19
Ah, a clean Android environment is a good thing. Google is the developer of the Android operating system and it is used by virtually all device manufacturers that are not named Apple.
Tech Q&A: Here’s how to upgrade a Mac to Windows 10 11-11-19
Q: I read in your column that PC users with Windows 7 need to upgrade to Windows 10 by January (see 
UPS makes first drone deliveries of CVS prescriptions to consumers’ homes 11-11-19
ATLANTA — UPS has completed its first commercial drone deliveries of CVS prescriptions to consumers’ homes, as part of a partnership between the shipping giant and the drugstore chain to develop plans for drone delivery service.
Transportation and data service providers battle for bandwidth 11-11-19
WASHINGTON — Two big industries are fighting over radio frequencies that each could use to provide game-changing services.
Tech review: Help at the push of a button 11-04-19
As we get older, some of us may find it a struggle to live independently. My wife and I each have a parent who has fallen and could not get back up without help.
Tech Q&A: Here’s the problem with keeping your work computer 11-04-19
Q: When I retired six months ago, I was allowed to keep my company laptop that runs Windows 10 Enterprise, a corporate version of the operating system.
How to be a pro gamer: A glimpse down the esports talent pipeline 11-04-19
High school team. College program. Development league. Pro draft. It’s a system familiar to sports fans.
Tech review: Second time’s the charm for the Samsung Galaxy Fold 10-28-19
Every so often I hold a device in my hands and think, “This is the future.” I felt that way about my original Blackberry pager, which allowed for instant live messaging between people or groups.
Tech Q&A: How to deal with a Facebook lockout 10-28-19
Q: I was suddenly logged out of my Facebook account on my desktop computer. When I tried to log in again, I received a message that said, “We’ve detected suspicious activity on your Facebook account and have temporarily locked it as a security precaution.” 
More Americans are using Apple Pay than any other mobile-payment app 10-28-19
Apple, which has focused on its services business as a major source of its future revenue growth, can now claim a new title for its Apple Pay digital payment service.
Tech review: Finder of lost things: Tile locators come in handy when you misplace your stuff 10-21-19
There are only a few gadgets I can say I’ve used faithfully since I first found out about them, and the Tile Bluetooth locator is one of them.
Tech Q&A: The rush is on to upgrade Windows 7 by January 10-21-19
There is nothing like a deadline to get millions of PC owners moving. Windows 7 users face a Jan. 14 deadline for the end of Microsoft security updates and need to move to Windows 10 or risk being hacked.
Breathalyzer for weed could be a ‘game changer’ for legalization efforts 10-21-19
PHILADELPHIA — When New Jersey lawmakers debated earlier this year whether to legalize recreational use of marijuana, the Garden State’s police organizations were adamantly against it.
Tech review: ‘Alexa, let’s take a road trip:’ Devices like Echo Auto let Amazon’s digital assistant ride with you 10-14-19
I’m all in with Alexa at my house. I have Echo Dots in my living room and office and an Echo Spot on my bedside table.
Tech Q&A: How to upgrade an e-mail program without losing mail 10-14-19
Q: I’ve been using a POP (Post Office Protocol) account to access my Comcast e-mail; it deletes old mail from the server once I download it to my PC’s Outlook mail program. 
A new gaming company wants to disrupt the industry 10-14-19
SEATTLE — The man responsible for the insanely popular Halo franchise, which garnered $3 billion in the span of its first three releases, is ready to talk about his new project.
Why Netflix isn’t worried about the streaming wars 10-14-19
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — At a downtown coffee shop in 1997, Marc Randolph and Reed Hastings wondered: Could you mail a DVD and have it arrive unbroken?
Tech review: The price is right for the Raspberry Pi 4, a big computer in a very small package 10-07-19
Raspberry Pi.
It sounds delicious, but if you know your computer brands, you know Raspberry as a company that makes the Pi, a computer that fits in the palm of your hand.
Tech Q&A: Laptop won’t stop opening Edge browser 10-07-19
Q: I have a new laptop that runs Windows 10. But I’m frustrated that every time I turn on the PC, it automatically opens the Microsoft Edge browser.
What’s coming with 5G? Qualcomm’s chief tech exec says snappier smartphones and the Internet of Things 10-07-19
When James Thompson joined Qualcomm 28 years ago, he worked as a staff engineer on 2G/3G mobile technologies where the killer app was voice.
Tech review: Camera-maker Wyze introduces sensors and smart bulbs that won’t break the bank 09-23-19
If I haven’t mentioned it before, I’m a fan of Wyze, a technology company founded by a small group of people who worked together at Amazon.
Facebook launches Portal TV in new streaming television push 09-23-19
Facebook on Wednesday took another step in its efforts to gain a piece of the home video-communications market by taking the wraps off of Portal TV, a new set-top box for streaming TV programs and video chats.
Neighbors are using these smart cameras to track strangers’ cars — and yours 09-23-19
LOS ANGELES — On a quiet road south of Ventura Boulevard, two cameras on a pole watch over the road, facing opposite directions.





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