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?
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.
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.
review: Lenovo convertible laptop combines strong features, good
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.
company Hypergiant to help consulting firm turn intellectual
property into products 08-12-19
artificial intelligence startup will work with technology
consultant giant Booz Allen Hamilton to develop artificial
intelligence products for the federal government and commercial
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
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.)
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.
US video game companies are building tools for China’s
surveillance state 07-29-19
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.”
review: OnePlus 7 Pro is a flagship phone priced way below the
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.”
fury over ‘fake websites,’ Grubhub says restaurants have it
It looked like yet
another example of Big Tech’s overreach, a David-and-Goliath
story pitting a massive internet platform against powerless
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.
Q&A: What you can turn off to save PC resources 07-01-19
Q: In a recent column
(see tinyurl.com/y56nzebs), you advised readers to conserve PC
processing power and memory by using the Windows “Task
Manager” to turn off unneeded PC “processes.” How can I
tell what’s unneeded?
buys self-driving startup Drive.ai 07-01-19
Apple has bought
Mountain View startup Drive.ai in a move that renews questions
about the tech giant’s secretive self-driving car project.
review: EGO portable power station will be your best friend when
the power goes out 06-24-19
I don’t know how
other gadget reviewers schedule their reviews, but this week’s
storm and the lack of electricity at our house made my choice
add humidity: How this air-to-water machine can quench your
It’s a devil’s
pact: The gleaming rays of sunshine this time of year come
hand-in-hand with body-drenching humidity.
to improve walking in neuropathy patients hits market 06-24-19
After years of
development, a Minnesota-designed sensory prosthesis intended to
improve walking abilities in patients with little to no feeling
in their legs is hitting the commercial market, starting with
patients who are veterans.
humans and robots work side-by-side in Amazon fulfillment
start their shifts passing through turnstiles and a sign
reminding them what they can’t bring with them as they report
for work alongside robots.
review: Why everyone needs a Ravpower Filehub in their computer
I love multi-tools.
I’ve had tools from Gerber and
Leatherman for years. I don’t carry one on my belt, but I
always have one in my car, at home, on my desk at work and in my
Q&A: Fix iPhone’s wireless printing, audio after
installing Windows 10 06-17-19
Q: We have an HP
Officejet 4500 printer, and are able to print wirelessly to it
from my HP PC and my wife’s Mac.
‘Smart Speaker Firewall’ isolates Alexa devices in a snap
Chuck Carey is an
experienced engineer and self-described technophile, but he’s
also wary of the proliferation of data-hoovering,
Internet-connected devices such as the microphone-and-speaker
combos used with digital assistants such as Amazon Alexa and
review: iOttie makes the perfect dashboard phone mount for
wireless charging 06-10-19
It is rare when I
find a gadget that makes me think, “This is exactly what I
want.” I’m constantly
bombarded with offers to review the newest external battery or
this year’s hot phone.
Q&A: Fixing a slow wireless keyboard 06-10-19
Q: I’m getting
sluggish response time from my PC’s wireless keyboard. I
wonder if that’s because my PC has 204 computing processes
running at once. What should I do?
Q&A: Endless tablet reboots may be a battery problem 06-03-19
Q: I have two Galaxy
Tab S2 tablet computers that continuously turn themselves on and
5G network in Chicago lives up to the hype most of the time.
Beyonce’s ‘Homecoming’ downloaded in seconds. 06-03-19
Verizon’s 5G network is up and running in Chicago, and when it
works, the fifth generation of wireless lives up to the