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Tech News Digest for October 28, 2016

Consider this a Halloween treat, I’ve got far more news stories this week than normal. Some are purely fun, some are informational and others talk about new products. Click on any of the headlines below to read the full story. Why Does Google’s Pixel Phone Have Glass On The Back? …

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Did Your Devices Hack the Internet?

There was a major attack on the Internet last Friday and it brought many major sites to their knees. The attack came from compromised devices, but it wasn’t computers or mobile phones. Instead it was security cameras and other “Internet of things” devices like refrigerators. Anything that connects to the …

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The 2017 Editions of Quicken Have Arrived

I wish I could tell you when I first started using Quicken to manage my personal finances. If I had to guess it was in the early 90s. While I am a long-time user, I do not purchase upgrades every single year. Typically I buy an upgrade every 2nd or …

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Tech News Digest for October 21, 2016

The news about Samsung’s faulty Note 7 continues and a new contender from Google becomes a potential replacement. Technology to make mobile devices far faster could be in the works. Are gigs good for the economy? Are tablets bad for football? What is the perfect dish to eat while watching …

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25 Foot Long HDMI Cable Can Come in Handy

When I go somewhere to speak to an audience, it is often like a Cracker Jack box. I just never know what “prize” I’m going to get. Or in many cases, a surprise! Yes, I’ll be including links to products on Amazon for which I receive a small commission. No …

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Need to Constantly Evolve a Web Site

As a Web designer, I’m constantly talking with clients and potential clients who haven’t updated their sites in years. Sometimes it extends beyond a decade. Think about your own business and ask yourself if there have been changes in the last decade? What about the last couple of years? Or …

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Tech News Digest for October 14, 2016

The biggest news of the week was the second and final recall of Samsung’s Note 7. As one who flew in the last week, it was even singled out at the airport. Samsung was also in the news for their Supreme Court battle with Apple. Google’s own phone, Pixel, may …

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Roku Streaming Stick Brings Favorite Services to TV

My loyal readers have probably heard more than they want about my love of the Jayhawks. Most of their basketball games are on a cable television channel. Six games a season are on one of the ESPN streaming channels each year unless you live near the college campus. I’ve typically …

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Tap Dancing Instead of Upgrading

When I have the opportunity to get out and talk to users, I get to hear their stories. There are times I shake my head at how far users will go to avoid upgrading. In the first category, I’ll put those in desperate need of a new computer. The one …

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Tech News Digest for October 7, 2016

The biggest announcements this week came from Google as they told us about new phones, Wi-Fi and a competitor to the Amazon Echo. Of course they are also one of the companies thought to be interested in buying Twitter. It sounds as if a sale will happen in the near …

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Introducing Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 and Premiere Elements 15

Adobe has released the latest versions of their Elements products. I have provided links to order the products from Amazon and I do receive a small commission if you purchase through my links. Adobe has provided a press release on the products and I’ve included it below. Introducing Adobe Photoshop …

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New FTC Rules Require Disclosure of Affiliate Relationships

No matter what business you conduct in what location in the world, there are always government rules that can get in the way dictate how you do business. Recently the Federal Trade Commission modified their rules above how those of us who talk about products must disclose relationships. As with …

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How Often Do You Update and Maintain Your Web Site?

Over the last few days, I spent quite a bit of time with Web security experts. Some worked for private Web security firms and others worked for some of the big Web hosting companies. The scope of all the discussions we had dealt specifically with WordPress. Though much of the …

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Don’t Get Scammed by Fake Microsoft Support!

I recently heard from a friend who was afraid they had been scammed. They had, but it seems as if any damage has been reversed. Today I want to describe what they saw so that none of you will fall for a similar scam. The friend was using Microsoft Edge …

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Tech News Digest for September 30, 2016

Some of the stories in this week’s tech news are truly out of this world. Yup, they are about Mars. It is highly likely Twitter will get purchased and Google is interested. How it can easily integrate with YouTube. Slow Internet? We’ve got a link to help. Have you tried …

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9-Port 60 Watts USB 3.0 Hub with 2 Smart Charging Ports

I remember back to when I got my first USB device, it seemed like a couple of USB ports on a computer were plenty. Now I’m not so sure there are ever enough ports. USB has also gone through various versions with each new one providing additional speed. Today I’ve …

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Do You Have a Better Scanner Than Me?

In a recent client meeting, we were discussing a number of old photos that needed to be scanned for a Web site. I understand that clients always want to save money if there are tasks they can complete themselves. In this case, I’d suggested that I should scan the photos …

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Eliminating Banding In Graphics for the Web

While working on a recent project, the only copies of a logo were fairly low-resolution bitmaps. The quality of them was good, just at too low of a resolution for the desired usage on a Web site. By asking a few questions, I was able to determine who had originally …

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Tech News Digest for September 23, 2016

Google wants to help you travel, Stripe wants to help you get paid, Facebook and Twitter are sick of giving you fake news, iPhones aren’t perfect though a dog has eight of them, fitness trackers may not help, new ways to get fast Internet and more are found in the …

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