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December 29, 2014

My 2014 Prediction Recap

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Every year I go off and make a few predictions for what’s up in the world of tech. And just about every year I get about 20 percent of them correct. How did I do this year? Am I truly clairvoyant?

December 27, 2014

Facebook Year In Review In Review

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If you’re using Facebook, then you’ve probably seen them: Your year in review. It’s a special Facebook app that collects and summarizes your past year in photos. It’s an automatic process and, much to Facebook’s surprise, few people are bothering to use it.

December 26, 2014

A Used What?

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I paid a lot for my first computer. We all did back in the early days. That was a shock.

What was even more shocking was when I tried to sell my computer. After two years, I learned that my beloved, although used, TRS-80 Model III had no value.

December 24, 2014

King of the Media Cards

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It’s been almost a year since I wrote about the various media card formats. Over time, one of the 19 potential formats has come out on top. I knew one would, because that’s how manufacturers and consumers eventually, organically work. The question is, which one?

December 23, 2014

Google’s Self-Driving Car – For Reals

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After years of research, and a non-working prototype, Google has built a fully-functional self-driving car. It’s a lot better looking than the fashionless Google Glass, but — seriously — it’s a really wimpy looking car.

December 22, 2014

Smartphones and Emergencies

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How useful is your cell phone in an emergency? That answer depends on whether or not the emergency situation has disabled the cell towers. If those towers are down — as has happened in several recent disasters — then your smartphone is a brick. The solution proposed by the Feds is to enable your phone to receive FM radio.

An Even Faster Speed?

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The fees weighed heavy on my wallet. I was paying close to $200 for cable. That included my Internet, for which I was paying a speed premium. The bulk of the bill, however, went to TV — stuff that I didn’t watch.

December 19, 2014

The Instagram Rapture

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In a deft move that had delightfully unintended consequences, Instagram decided to purge all the spam, all the fake accounts, all the bots, and all the nonsense from its site. The result is that some so-called “celebrities” have ended up not being as celebrated as they originally thought. Take Justin Bieber — please!

It’s All About That Box

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Sure, you can go to a real life, brick-and-mortar store and find a box of software. The odds are better, however, that the software you obtain for your computer came over the Internet. Even if you get a “box” of software, it’s tiny and probably contains only a download link and code. Times have changed.

December 17, 2014

Adventures in Self-Publishing

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Recently, I published two new Kindle books: Dan Gookin’s Nexus 9 Tablet A to Z and Dan Gookin’s Nexus 7 Tablet A to Z. I used Word to create the documents, but more than just writing, crafting an eBook or anything self-published takes special care. Here’s my advice:

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