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May 20, 2013

Lord High Editor, Part II

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The timing was perfect. Computers were experiencing their first explosion, with more and more people recognizing how valuable the devices could be. The Internet existed, but the Web was still years away. The magazine I edited provided vital water to a thirsty readership.

May 17, 2013

Google Talk is now Google Hangouts

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Hangouts.icon I knew this was coming: If you were a fan of Google Talk (and I was), then it’s been replaced and upgraded. The new replacement upgrade is called Google Hangouts, which was once a Google+ Feature. The Hangouts app now replaces the old Talk app on your phone or tablet.

Lord High Editor, Part I

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Once upon a time, I was the editor of a computer magazine. I should write computor magazine, because it was called ComputorEdge, a weekly publication available in San Diego from 1983 through 2007.

May 15, 2013

Buying a New Computer in 2013

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Computer buying reached a frenzy between 1998 and 2002. At the time, PCs were stupidly cheap, most of them going for a few hundred dollars. The low price was offset by an obligation for a couple years subscription to an Internet service. All those computers should be dead by now, which means a great chunk of computer users in the world have to consider the New Computer Buying ordeal.

May 13, 2013

Farewell, Flash

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I’ve received several emails from frustrated phone and tablet users over the past few weeks. Their favorite websites don’t come up on the mobile browser. The common denominator for all of those sites is Flash.

May 10, 2013

A Little Android Troubleshooting

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Now that phones and tablets are becoming more and more central to your digital life, it’s important to know a few tricks regarding troubleshooting. Believe me, as phones and tablets are electronic gizmos, you will have trouble worthy of shooting. It’s good to know a few simple tricks.

May 8, 2013

Gizmos From The Past

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I suppose I’ve always been a gadget freak. Now that smartphone and tablets are here, the need to carry several distinct gizmos no longer exists. The old gizmos I once carried, however, are still lingering in the boneyard. Come have a peek!

May 7, 2013

Banned In Vegas

Filed under: News — admin @ 8:22 am

The list of places that are banning Google Glass is growing! The latest addition are Las Vegas casinos, which seems obvious to me. The potential for cheating with the devices is astronomical!

I received an inquiry as to whether I’d be interested in writing a book on Google Glass. For moral reasons, I objected. The devices will not be cheap, which means I don’t think a For Dummies title would sell very well (although I’ve been wrong on that before). Google Glass is just creepy.

In all my years of watching the technology field, I’ve never seen anything so controversial — the gizmo hasn’t even been released to the general public yet.


May 6, 2013

Where are the New Phones, Verizon?

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Here it is at the dawn of May and Verizon hasn’t introduced a new phone since 2012. Wazzup?

May 3, 2013

Kid-Safe Android with Kids Place

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Google ChromeScreenSnapz001 Unlike a Windows PC, your Android tablet doesn’t come with a slew of kid-safe, family-friendly options. While you can create multiple accounts on a Jelly Bean mobile device, you still can’t restrict junior’s access to web sites, certain apps, or prevent him from buying thousands of dollars worth of apps. That is, unless you get a kid-safe mobile app.

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