October 16, 2019

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Tech review: Camera-maker Wyze introduces sensors and smart bulbs that won’t break the bank
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
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
LOS ANGELES — On a quiet road south of Ventura Boulevard, two cameras on a pole watch over the road, facing opposite directions.
Tech Q&A: How to end or prevent online hacking harassment 09-16-19
Q: Over the last three years, I’ve been the victim of harassment via the internet and cellphone calls. I’ve reported it to the police and the FBI, but they haven’t been able to stop it. 
Tech review: The Eufy Video Doorbell packs a ton of features, including local storage and a wireless chime, for a very affordable price 09-16-19
We’ve all seen videos of porch pirates stealing packages. Most of those are captured from video doorbells, which have become more and more popular.
Lyft to add more safety features for riders and drivers 09-16-19
SAN JOSE, Calif. — After facing lawsuits and criticisms related to the safety of its riders, Lyft said it will implement new measures designed to improve the security of its customers and its drivers.
Tech review: Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ sits alone at the top of the big pile of Android phones 09-09-19
We’ve come to a time in cellphone evolution where exterior design has become pretty static.
Tech Q&A: Dealing with e-mail issues you can’t fix 09-09-19
Q: I wondered why I was getting more than 30 spam e-mails a day with names such as “Russian Women Online” or “Best Home Warranty.” 
Tech review: Chevrolet adds a Buckle To Drive feature to its Teen Driver safety system 09-02-19
It can be hard on parents to hand over the keys to a new teen driver. With the help of technology, Chevrolet introduced a feature called Teen Driver to help ease some of those anxieties.
Tech Q&A: When a flash drive won’t work with a PC 09-02-19
Q: I’m trying to copy photos and some Excel, Word and PDF files from my Windows 7 PC to my Windows 10 laptop. 
The race for 5G and what you need to know 09-02-19
Since cellular service first popped up for consumers four decades ago, it’s been all about phones — from brick phones to flip phones to smartphones to today’s 4G LTE handsets that stream music and video, deliver pinpoint directions and hail a ride from Uber.
Tech review: Here’s how to keep your printer’s injkets firing 08-26-19
It’s been a few months since I’ve written about my mom, but after a weekend trip to visit my parents, she gave me a good topic for this week — inkjet printer maintenance.
Tech Q&A: That undelivered e-mail notice for mail you didn’t send is spam 08-26-19
Q: I received Gmail notifications from the “mailer-daemon” that an e-mail message I sent couldn’t be delivered.
Tech Q&A: Facebook games harder to play as ‘Flash’ ends 08-18-19
Q: I have trouble playing Facebook games because my Flash Player software settings seem to disappear. What’s wrong?
Podcasts apps cut into fast lane. Thank millennials 08-18-19
Podcasts, once a niche category, continue to surge in popularity thanks to millennials who are listening to audio programs on the go.
Koch’s massive tech bet: ‘Do it or we’ll end up in the dumpster’ 08-18-19
It’s not quite what you’d expect from a Koch. Certainly not before the gray-haired Rotary Club in Wichita, Kansas.
Tech review: Lenovo convertible laptop combines strong features, good price 08-12-19
Sometimes the middle of the road is a good place to be. When you’re looking for a new laptop, you might not want to spend thousands of dollars, and you might want to stay away from the very low end of the price scale as well.
AI company Hypergiant to help consulting firm turn intellectual property into products 08-12-19
A Texas-based artificial intelligence startup will work with technology consultant giant Booz Allen Hamilton to develop artificial intelligence products for the federal government and commercial companies.
Tech Q&A: No, the iPhone 5s is not obsolete 08-05-19
Q: My husband and I both have iPhone 5s models. While the batteries don’t hold a charge very well, the phones still work. But I’ve heard a rumor that iPhone 5s models won’t work after Dec. 31. Is that true?
Tech Q&A: Why Outlook blocks some legitimate e-mail 07-29-19
Q: My Outlook e-mail program has begun blocking newsletters from National Geographic that I suppose some people might consider controversial (the history of the LGBTQ civil rights movement, for example.) 
Mobile technology may serve underbanked with no cryptocurrency 07-29-19
As Facebook touts a new cryptocurrency as a way to serve people who are underbanked, mobile technology companies may provide the same path to financial services using good old-fashioned dollars.
How US video game companies are building tools for China’s surveillance state 07-29-19
Last October, software developers at Riot Games in Santa Monica fielded an unusual request. Like other video game makers, Riot’s success depends on its ability to make games that are compulsively playable, like its global hit “League of Legends.” 
Tech review: OnePlus 7 Pro is a flagship phone priced way below the competition 07-22-19
I’ve written about very expensive flagship phones like the Apple iPhone XS Max and the Samsung Galaxy 10+, and I’ve written about inexpensive phones like the Motorola Moto G7.
Tech Q&A: Why your phone shouldn’t go swimming 07-22-19
On a lake trip over July 4th weekend, my daughter’s iPhone 7 Plus ended up taking a dive. It was found in about 3 feet of water 24 hours later, still working but with some permanent damage. The experience provided a few lessons.
Tech review: Speakers that can live outdoors and more 07-15-19
Every week or two I take a look at the pile of gadgets on my desk at home and try to figure out what to write about over the next few weeks or months.
Zoom Video says ‘no indication’ its users have been hit by Mac webcam security flaw 07-15-19
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Companies that use Zoom Video Communications’ video conferencing app for Apple’s Mac computers are being advised to check their security settings due to a flaw that could allow any website to commandeer those web cameras.
Instagram wants you to really think about what you are about to post 07-15-19
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Instagram wants you to think about what you post the next time you put something up on the social-media site. And you might just get a warning about what you say in that next post.
Tech Q&A: Stop online theft of PC processing power 07-08-19
Q: About once a day, a dialog box pops on my Windows 10 PC. It says: “Zupdate. Error creating process.” 
Facing fury over ‘fake websites,’ Grubhub says restaurants have it wrong 07-08-19
It looked like yet another example of Big Tech’s overreach, a David-and-Goliath story pitting a massive internet platform against powerless individuals.
Tech review: Walmart’s line of inexpensive electronics holds some nice surprises  07-01-19
Did you know Walmart has its own line of consumer gadgets? I have to admit, I did not. I was given the opportunity to review the Onn 8-inch Android Tablet and the Blackweb True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds.





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