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NYTIMES: Devices That Will Invade Your Life in 2019

Posted on January 5th, 2019

(and What’s Overhyped) Brian X. Chen, The New York Times, January 4, 2019 A.I. that responds to your voice. Next-generation wireless networks. If this year’s biggest consumer technology trends have a familiar ring, there’s a reason for that. Cr...

NYTIMES: F.B.I.’s Urgent Request: Reboot Your Router to Stop Russia-Linked Malware

Posted on May 28th, 2018

An analysis by Cisco’s threat intelligence division found that hundreds of thousands of routers, from a range of manufacturers, were infected by the malware linked to the hacking group Fancy Bear. Credit Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times By Louis ...

GIZMODO: 8 Good Tech Habits for 2018

Posted on January 10th, 2018

We’re barely two weeks into the New Year. As mine has, your enthusiasm for big resolutions may have already dimmed. Still, there may be ways to hack the onerous New Year's resolution thing. How? Pick up a few good tech habits. Instilled as habit...

QTIP: Too Many Tabs?

Posted on December 18th, 2017

If you sometimes wonder why your computer runs so slowly, count the number of browser tabs you have open. Closing a few may be a simple fix. Try this: Quit your browser. Then relaunch it and keep no more than a few tabs open at any one time. Fr...

QTIP: Should You Trust a VPN?

Posted on December 15th, 2017

Q: Are VPN operators to be trusted? A: My opinion is that VPN operators are at best a little shady. After all, they’re offering anonymity to anyone. What do you really know about the scads of free and paid VPN operators promoting themselves onl...

QTIP: Where is my network printer?

Posted on November 1st, 2017

You’re surfing Facebook at home, but you can’t print. Your laptop can play Apple Music from the cloud, but you can’t stream it to your Sonos speakers, Apple TV, AirPlay nor AirFoil speakers at home. You’re trying to set up your Amazon Echo. Alex...

QTIP: Before your tech consultant arrives

Posted on January 30th, 2017

To save money and give your consultant the best chance of meeting your expectations efficiently, prepare as best as you can the items below before your consultant arrives: Outline items you’d like done, provide product documentation, installation ...

FORBES: What A VPN Is, And Why You Should Use It To Protect Your Privacy

Posted on January 27th, 2017

Lee Mathews , Contributor, FORBES.com Data Privacy Day is once again upon us. We've already taken a look at what private browsing is, and explained that it's not really all that private. At the end of this article, I mentioned two tools that offe...

What Is Mesh Networking and Will It Solve My Wi-Fi Problems?

Posted on December 8th, 2016

Adapted from an article by Thorin Klosowski on LifeHacker.comYou know how when you sit on your couch, the Wi-Fi on your laptop cuts out? Or when you’re in the bathroom your phone refuses to connect? From Google to Netgear, everyone’s rolling out e...

Google Wifi review: Mesh networking made easy

Posted on December 6th, 2016

By Michael Brown, Executive Editor, TechHive Google delivers much more router than you’d expect for $129, but just one Google Wifi won’t be enough for most people. Unless you live in a studio apartment, you’ll want to avail yourself of two or th...

FORBES: Deconstructing Home WiFi With Plume

Posted on December 5th, 2016

Adapted from a Forbes.com  piece by Anthony KarczIt's been a very productive year when it comes to home wireless solutions. Not only have innovative products come along to boost the market, consumers have finally accepted the fact that, if they wa...

WSJ: Why Your Home Wi-Fi Is Lousy

Posted on March 21st, 2016

Startups, and Google, race to solve the ‘home-spectrum crunch’ Eero is among the startups trying to improve wireless networking. Photo: Emily Prapuolenis/The Wall Street Journal Christopher Mims Updated March 21, 2016 12:07 a.m. ...

QTIP: Pre-setup Checklist

Posted on March 9th, 2016

You know this already, but it’s worth saying again; a little planning goes a long way when tackling projects that involve more than a few simple steps to complete. The following tips, when reviewed before starting, will expedite setup of computer ...

WSJ Review: The End of Bad Home Wi-Fi

Posted on February 23rd, 2016

Eero combats frustrating Wi-Fi dead zones with an armada of little wireless routers A new Wi-Fi system called Eero combats dead zones with an armada of little routers. WSJ Personal Tech columnist Geoffrey A. Fowler explains how it works. Photo/Vid...

Forbes: As Ransomware Crisis Explodes, Hollywood Hospital Coughs Up $17,000 In Bitcoin

Posted on February 18th, 2016

Thomas Fox-Brewster is a staff writer at Forbes.com covering crime, privacy and security in digital and physical forms. Across the world, hackers are taking control of networks, locking away files and demanding sizeable ransoms to return data to ...

Forbes: Ransomware Coming To A Business Near You

Posted on January 26th, 2016

Jason Bloomberg is a contributor to Forbes.com Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Cybercriminals that mount ransomware attacks, where malware holds victims’ files or entire computers hostage until they pay a ransom, are inc...

WSJ: The Best Way to Organize a Lifetime of Photos

Posted on April 21st, 2015

Call it a photography renaissance or narcissism run amok. The new rule is: "Pics or it didn’t happen." Digital cameras, especially smartphones, entice us to snap, snap, snap with abandon. Yet all these moments we capture seem to vanish into a dig...

BINSIDER: Almost every detail about Google’s wireless service might have just leaked

Posted on April 15th, 2015

Google said last month that it plans to build a small wireless service that would allow it to function sort of like Verizon, AT&T, or any other carrier. Google's Sundar Pichai said at Mobile World Congress that the company would make its own wire...

QTIP: Don't Rely on the Open Recent menu

Posted on March 19th, 2015

Avoid relying on Word’s Open Recent menu to reopen files. Recently opened files listed may be similarly named temporary files containing unsaved changes rather than the actual file you expect. Recent files listed may also have been saved to a fla...

LIFEHACKER: How to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi Networks

Posted on November 14th, 2014

This article originally appeared on Lifehacker in November 2014 Public Wi-Fi networks—like those in coffee shops or hotels—are not nearly as safe as you think. Even if they have a password, you're sharing a network with tons of other people, whic...

QTIP: Are iCloud Drive and iCloud Different?

Posted on September 30th, 2014

Are iCloud Drive and iCloud Different? Apple’s iCloud Drive and its iCloud service are both part of the online synchronization service collectively named iCloud. But, iCloud does a lot of things so it’s reasonable to ask, "Is there a difference ...

QTIP: More Fun with Panos

Posted on August 21st, 2014

I love panoramas. And this summer's spectacular weather offered up great photo opps to test some neat mobile pano apps. 👏👏👏👏 Photo Sphere Camera from Google. Only last week after my summer wanderings and best photo opps were history did Google re...

QTIP: Why-Fi?

Posted on July 16th, 2014

Clients ask for network plans when considering a remodeling project. Drawings are done. Conversations had. Months later when the wallpaper is hung and paint is dry a call comes in. Client: Hi Q, we’re ready to move back in and set up the compu...

QTIP: What's New in iOS 8 | Why Does WWDC Matter?

Posted on June 3rd, 2014

Many of us wobble out of the Apple Store dazed after a session with a "Genius" only to resume using our iPhone as, well, a telephone. Imagine then 6,000 geniuses attending six straight days of seminars devoted to the arcana of programming i...

QTIP: There's a Whole Lot'a Updating Goin' On

Posted on May 29th, 2014

Windows, Mac OS X, and Java The month of May brought us a bumper crop of updates for both Windows and Mac operating systems that delighted and confounded us while we attempted to complete otherwise gainful work. Microsoft provided security updat...