Q&A: Just being careful won’t keep you safe on Windows 7 12-30-19
Q: We’ve all been
told that Windows 7 won’t get security updates after
mid-January, and that if your computer can’t handle an upgrade
to Windows 10 you need to buy a new Windows 10 PC.
app would love to deal with your traffic tickets. But lawyers
want it gone. 12-23-19
Who wouldn’t like
the easy convenience of a smartphone app to deal with a traffic
ticket? Traffic ticket
lawyers, that’s who.
review: 2019 tech gift ideas for the holiday shopper: MacBook,
Chromebook and other computers and accessories 12-23-19
are where a lot of us started with technology. My
first home computer was an Apple Mac Plus with no hard drive,
one floppy drive and one megabyte of RAM.
Q&A: How to choose between a hard drive and SSD for PC
Q: Some of us who are
upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 will need to buy a new
PC. What are the advantages of buying a PC with a hard drive vs.
one with an SSD (solid-state drive)?
is first airport to resist federal push for facial recognition
and other biometric technologies 12-16-19
SEATTLE — At least
for now, controversial facial-recognition technology won’t be
installed at boarding gates at Seattle-Tacoma International
Airport, making the airport the first in the country to resist
the rollout of a federal biometric identification program.
Q&A: TOR browser is secretive, slow and can be risky 12-16-19
Q: I read your column
on private Web browsing (see tinyurl.com/vd6fwz3). What do you
think about using the TOR browser for privacy?
Q&A: Assessing the risks of upgrading to Windows 10 12-09-19
Q: Dell’s website
says that my six-year-old Windows 7 laptop (an Inspiron 5521)
was tested and found compatible with the earliest versions of
Windows 10 (called build 1507 and build 1511.)
Fitness enters race against Peloton for virtual exercise classes
CHICAGO — A new
entrant has joined the interactive stationary bike race with
Peloton. Life Fitness, the
Rosemont, Ill.-based health club equipment manufacturer,
announced this week it is rolling out on-demand exercise classes
on the touch screens of its bikes, treadmills, ellipticals and
other cardio fitness products.
bananas and squishy avocados no more? Food tech could keep your
produce from going bad 12-09-19
Imagine bananas that
never go bad. To Aidan Mouat, CEO of Chicago-based Hazel
Technologies, it’s not so far-fetched.
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?
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.
batteries in your favorite devices can ignite and burn down your
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.
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.
review: Apple’s newest iPad adds pro features for the same low
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.
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.
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.
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 tinyurl.com/y29u24sa).
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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