Rose Parade — screenshots

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Jan 012018
 
Rose Parade -- screenshots

My Rose Parade 2018 screenshots: Rose Parade 2018 • 42 items • Shared [Wiki] The Rose Parade, also known as the Tournament of Roses Parade, is part of “America’s New Year Celebration” held in Pasadena, California each year on New Year’s Day (or on Monday, January 2 if New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday). The [Continue reading]

New iPhone — things to do first

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Dec 282017
 

New iPhone for the holidays? MacWorld once again has tips for a smooth start with your new device: “Got an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus? Do these 10 things first.” After you inhale that new-iPhone smell, follow this setup guide to be up and running faster than you can say A11 Bionic. Eleven tips, [Continue reading]

New holiday computer?

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Dec 212017
 

If you got a new PC for the holidays, congrats. What’s next? Windows 10 updates, Cortana practice, customization, privacy settings, another browser, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, backup, … fun. As in the past, PC World posted an article yesterday about what to do first with a new PC: “How to set up your new computer.” Best practices: [Continue reading]

Doing email — options

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Nov 282017
 
Doing email -- options

When I ask some of my clients how they get to their email, a typical response is “AOL” or “hotmail” or “Google.” Or they might say “myname@hotmail.com” or “myname@aol.com.” Well, that’s not what I’m trying to understand. Knowing their preferred service company or email address is a start, but I’m more interested in whether they [Continue reading]

Oct 172017
 
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update rollout

We’ll explain why Windows 10’s Fall Creators Update is worth your time in our review. Here’s what’s different this time around: There’s new hardware, too. PC World today shared the news that Microsoft is rolling out the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: “Windows 10 Fall Creators Update review: This could be Microsoft’s biggest Windows yet.” As [Continue reading]

Face ID Q&A — beyond Touch ID

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Sep 282017
 

I’ve talked with at least one iPhone enthusiast who’s going to get Apple’s new iPhone X — and willing to wait until it ships. It’ll be interesting to get his reaction to the new Face ID feature. In the mean time, this CNET article “10 things we learned about Face ID on the iPhone X” [Continue reading]

macOS High Sierra — to upgrade or not

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Sep 252017
 

Starting today, the latest upgrade for macOS — High Sierra — is available. As always, the question is whether to upgrade or not; or, when to upgrade. This CNET article “7 things to know before upgrading to MacOS High Sierra 10.13” discusses this question: “Yes, if you answer any of these affirmatively: You’re paranoid about [Continue reading]

iPhone 8 or 8 Plus — first things to do

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Sep 222017
 

As for previous models of Apple’s iPhone, MacWorld today published an article on things to do first after getting a new one: Got an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus? Do these 10 things first. Well, you did it. You pulled the trigger on a shiny new iPhone 8 or 8 Plus. Nice! Before you head [Continue reading]

iOS 11 Upgrade — new features for iPhone and iPad

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Sep 192017
 

Starting today (September 19, 2017), the iOS 11 upgrade for iPhone and iPad will be available on your Apple devices. There’s lots of coverage of this release. Here’s one (Macworld) article reviewing the changes and new features: “iOS 11 review: Apple’s most ambitious and impressive upgrade in years.” If you’re an iPad user, download iOS [Continue reading]

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update — privacy tweaks

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Sep 132017
 

In this PC World article “Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will add helpful privacy setting tweaks,” senior editor Brad Chacos notes that: Privacy concerns have plagued Windows 10 since its launch. It’s no surprise: The operating system is designed to ensnare you in Microsoft’s services, and you can’t stop it from sending Microsoft basic telemetry [Continue reading]

Anti-phishing test results 2017

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Aug 022017
 

If you’re particularly worried about somehow landing on a malicious website while browsing the Internet, then this PC World (August 1, 2017) article “AV-Comparatives’ anti-phishing results for 2017 put Avast, Bitdefender, Fortinet, and Kaspersky on top” may be useful. In previous posts, I’ve noted PC World’s summaries of test results by the independent computer security [Continue reading]

Adobe Flash phaseout

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Jul 252017
 

Adobe Flash has a checkered history. Although in use for decades, many of my clients do not understand what Flash does. “There’s a message that Adobe Flash is not installed — should I install it? The web page is requesting that I enable Flash — is that okay? There’s a message that Flash is out-of-date [Continue reading]

Essential iPhone tricks

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Jun 092017
 

Lots of my clients use iPhones. I always encourage them to go beyond using such an expensive handheld computer as just a phone or camera. This PC World article “10 basic iOS tricks every iPhone owner should know” provides advice on this topic. … some of iOS’s most useful features are, in fact, the oldest [Continue reading]

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update — notable features

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Jun 092017
 

Have you installed the Windows 10 Creators Update on your PC yet? In my lab, I’ve installed the Creators Update on a variety of Windows 10 PCs, from cheap or midrange to powerful quad core models and from 7 year old to 2016 models. This PC World article “The 11 most intriguing Fall Creators Update features in Windows [Continue reading]

Ransomware protection — tips

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May 302017
 

Ransomware has been much in the news since the WannaCry attack on May 12, 2017. The WannaCry ransomware attack was a worldwide cyberattack by the WannaCry ransomware cryptoworm, which targeted computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system by encrypting data and demanding ransom payments in the Bitcoin cryptocurrency. The attack started on Friday, 12 May [Continue reading]

Beware tech support screen — fake ad

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May 122017
 

Today’s Cnet article “Government cracks down on tech support scam” reminded me that I had a few reports of this scam last month. The Federal Trade Commission, along with federal, state and international law enforcement agencies, said on Friday they caught several scam artists who bilked money out of victims through a tech support scheme. [Continue reading]

Caller ID spoofing — electric company warning

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May 072017
 

I’ve written about this before: whether it’s at your front door or on your phone or on your computer, scammers use the same tricks. In this case, spoofing their identity. Southern California Edison send out this email notice last week. *** Subject: Important message from SCE: Beware of caller ID spoofing That ‘Southern California Edison’ phone [Continue reading]

Windows 10 data collection — privacy matters

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Apr 062017
 

Checking and tuning your Windows 10 settings is highly recommended. I typically do this when helping clients upgrade to Windows 10 or set up a new PC. Windows 10 moved many settings from control panels to the Settings app. There’re lots of privacy settings, as I’ve mentioned previously. I follow news about how companies collect data from PCs and other [Continue reading]

Mar 302017
 
Windows 10 Creators Update

So, congrats if your PC is running Windows 10. Whether you are interested or not in Windows 10 releases, ready or not, here comes the next edition: Windows 10 Creators Update, which will start rolling out (over a period of weeks or months) to the general public on April 11. Most of us will see this release [Continue reading]