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August 22, 2019


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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.
Tech 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?
Apple 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.
Tech 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 very easy.
Just add humidity: How this air-to-water machine can quench your thirst 06-24-19
It’s a devil’s pact: The gleaming rays  of sunshine this time of year come hand-in-hand with body-drenching humidity.
Device 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.
How humans and robots work side-by-side in Amazon fulfillment centers  06-24-19
Amazon employees 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.
Tech review: Why everyone needs a Ravpower Filehub in their computer bag 06-17-19
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 computer bag.
Tech 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.
Engineer’s ‘Smart Speaker Firewall’ isolates Alexa devices in a snap 06-17-19
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 Google Assistant.
Tech 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.
Tech 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?
Tech 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 off.
Verizon’s 5G network in Chicago lives up to the hype most of the time. Beyonce’s ‘Homecoming’ downloaded in seconds. 06-03-19
CHICAGO — Verizon’s 5G network is up and running in Chicago, and when it works, the fifth generation of wireless lives up to the hype. 

 

 























 

 

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