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Web News for May, 2015

Trends:  ★★ Surface Pro & RT have become Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3,  ★★ Amazon testing delivery drones in Canada  ★★ Google unveils sub-$100 PC on a stick, thanks Juan  ★★ First look at MS Spartan web browser  ★★ Airbnb expands to Cuba  ★★ Police use VR to learn when not to shoot  ★★ Comcast to give Atlanta 2GB/sec internet  ★★ Rumors about new iPhone  ★★ Self-driving car completes cross-country trip  ★★ GoDaddy’s IPO  ★★ Play Pac-Man on Google Maps  ★★ Verizon may offer free streaming video  ★★ Apple launches trade-in program to boost iPhone sales  ★★ Microsoft is 40  ★★ Mayo Clinic wants to use drones to deliver blood to patients  ★★ iPad turns 5  ★★ Actor dies in car crash: replaced by CGI  ★★ Plans to buy a new Air Force One  ★★ 16-year-olds are interested in smartphones, not cars  ★★ Coaching public speakers using Google Glass  ★★ Amazon Prime dash buttons  ★★ Celebrate world backup day  ★★ The world’s smallest computer  ★★ Wacky coincidence on Google Street View  ★★ 1st FAA approved 3D-printed engine part  ★★ NASA self-driving car

Great ideas:  ★★ MRI-based cancer detection could replace biopsies  ★★ Predicting earthquakes with satellite imaging  ★★ For electric cars, put the motor in the road  ★★ New helmet sees through fighter-jet floors  ★★ Boeing receives force-field patent  ★★ Seniors get lifetime US National Park pass for $10  ★★ Smartphone camera could tell you what things are made of  ★★ Quantum dots emit a specific color when light goes through them  ★★ Flexible aluminum batteries   ★★ The new iGun  ★★ Bounce batteries to test for life  ★★ Kim’s message to her dad in space  ★★ Electric aircraft motor  ★★ Combined batteries & supercapacitors

Security/Privacy  issues:  ★★ Another new email scam  ★★ Verizon finally allows you to opt out of supercookies  ★★ PoSeidon malware steals POS info  ★★ PC Mag compares antivirus programs  ★★ Facebook tracks you even after you delete your account ★★ Secure your smartphone or tablet  ★★ Telepathwords guesses passwords  ★★ Getting creative w/ your security question  ★★ New virus email is spreading: beware  ★★ Get your IRS.gov account before thieves do  ★★ DOD wants ‘NSA-proof’ phones  ★★ Remove your past fm search results  ★★ iWatch could let managers snoop on employees  ★★ Facebook claims a bug made it track nonusers  ★★ Government tip lines not encrypted

Legal issues:  ★★ Revenge-porn website operator gets 18 years  ★★ Google splits stock to keep founders in control  ★★ Virginia using license-plate readers to spot tax dodgers  ★★ FBI wants Congress to ban encryption


Philosophical issues:  ★★ Social media glossary  ★★ Use tech to sleep better  ★★ Wal-Mart exec criticizes chip-based credit cards  ★★ Greenbank, WV bans electronic signals  ★★ Nancy Sinatra reveals her dad’s stage secrets  ★★ Helen’s potpourri of promotional strategies, thanks Helen


Local Issues:  ★★ Kölbi, Movistar promise to improve data speed, coverage this year, thanks Ken  ★★ Find vacant hotel rooms during busy times


International issues:  ★★ Trans-Eurasian Belt could link Russia w/ Alaska by road  ★★ US to freeze assets of anyone involved in cyberattacks against USA


Interplanetary issues & beyond:  ★★ ESA testing grabbing derelict satellites using a net  ★★ Progress in understanding dark matter  ★★ 25 years of Great Hubble images  ★★ Hubble celebrates 25 years in orbit  ★★ How many stars are there?  ★★ Rocks reveal secret of Moon’s formation  ★★New launcher returns to Earth by helicopter  ★★ Lasers could zap orbital debris


Geek humor & interests:  ★★ 7 x 13 = 28


Galleries:  ★★  NFL experiments w/ live-streaming a game  ★★ Weird boat flips in 30 minutes  ★★ Smithsonian photo contest winners, thanks Tom  ★★ Microwave tricks  ★★ Great Metallica cover

Potential Products:  ★★ 1st graphene lightbulb coming soon  ★★ Tiko “unibody” 3D-Printer  ★★ AC outlet cover w/ built-in USB charger  ★★ New Google products coming out soon
 

Hardware, General:  ★★ Gmail for Android has a combined inbox

Hardware, Laptops:   ★★ Prerelease video of new MacBook pulled  ★★ MS Surface 3 vs. 2015 MacBook Air  ★★ 12” MacBook vs. Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro


Hardware, Netbooks:  ★★ Google cuts price on Chromebooks to $149


Hardware: 2-in-1s:  ★★ Surface Pro & RT have become Surface Pro 3 and Surface 3  ★★ Surface 3 now sports real Windows  ★★ MS Surface 3 vs. Surface Pro 3


Hardware, Tablets:   ★★ iPad turns 5


Hardware, Phablets:  ★★ Samsung Galaxy S6 (& 6 edge) vs. LG G3


Hardware, Smartphones: ★★ HTC One M9 review  ★★ HTC One M8  ★★ Galaxy S6: Early impressions  ★★ Consumer Cellular no contract phone plans for USA★★ Samsung Galaxy S6 (& 6 edge) vs. 2014 Moto X  ★★ Smartphone hub  ★★ iPhone 6S & 6C may prevent Bendgate


Hardware, Smartwatches: ★★ Soundbrenner Pulse: the musician’s smartwatch


Hardware, Tiny computers:  ★★ Chromebit is a plug-in Chromebook for less than $100


Hardware, Game devices:  ★★ Lumo projects game space on walls & floors  ★★ Samsung Gear VR is a game-changer


Hardware, Peripherals:  ★★ Magnetic connections for any audio jack  ★★ USB 3 connector on iKlips dual flash drive


Hardware, Accessories:  ★★ Retouch3D cleans up 3D-printed items  ★★ $200 in-ear headphones  ★★ USB-C splitter


Hardware, Internals:  ★★ 10 TB SSD’s & 3.5TB sticks


Software, In the Cloud:  ★★ Amazon Prime gives you movies & TV shows  ★★ Lend & borrow ebooks for free  ★★ Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems


Software, General Tools:  ★★ Old Radio World for Windows & Mac  ★★ Zimbra e-mail client for Windows & Mac  ★★ Pacifica fights stress, anxiety, & depression for iOS & Android  ★★ DuckDuckGo anonymous searches for iOS & Android  ★★ RescueTime tracks daily activities for Mac, PC, Android, & Linux  ★★ Financial bundle for Android, Apple  ★★ Download offline maps for Android & iOS


Software, Browsers:  ★★ Shortcuts to switch tabs in Chrome  ★★ First look at MS Spartan web browser  ★★ Check out Firefox  ★★ Arc Welder to allow Chrome browser to run Android apps  ★★ Introducing the Spartan browser, thanks Juan


Software, Apple, General News & Trivia:   ★★ iPhone 6S & 6C may prevent Bendgate


Software, Apple, Apps:  ★★ Office 2016 Mac Preview, thanks Juan  ★★ 4 apps for you


Software, Microsoft, General News & Trivia:  ★★ Microsoft is 40  ★★ Which Windows account should you use: Administrator or Standard?  ★★ MS anti-traffic-jam tech  ★★ ‘Metro’ becomes ‘Windows’


Software, Microsoft, Apps:  ★★ Last Activity View  ★★ Startup Delayer controls when programs start  ★★ 7-Zip, a free file zipper  ★★ fre:ac audio converter


Software, Microsoft, Operating Systems:

Windows 10:  ★★ Win 10 may support Android apps


Software, Microsoft, Office:  ★★ Office 2016 Preview, thanks Juan


Software, Google, Operating Systems - Android:  ★★ Android-questions forum


Software, Google, Operating Systems - Chrome OS:  ★★ Google unveils sub-$100 PC on a stick, thanks Juan  ★★ Chrome-OS-questions forum


Software, Google, Apps:  ★★ Gmail for Android now has a combined inbox


Software, Open-source, General News & Trivia:  ★★ How to use the DD command  ★★ How to watch Major-League Baseball in Linux


Software, Open-source, Apps:  ★★ Two-factor authentication  ★★ Calendar


Software, Open-source, Operating Systems:  ★★ Screen-shots of the latest distros  ★★ Linux Virtualization & Cloud forum  ★★ Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide

Red Hat - Fedora:  ★★ Hardware monitoring tools

Slackware Linux:  ★★ My Slackware desktop

 

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