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Web News for May, 2016

Trends:  ★★ Star Wars 8 Rogue One official teaser trailer  ★★ United Airlines commences regular bio-fueled flights  ★★ Ford’s glare-free highbeam creates a dark spot around other cars  ★★ Apple’s Liam robot takes an iPhone apart (for salvage) in 11 seconds  ★★ 100 years of BMW  ★★ 1st US-produced Airbus makes maiden flight  ★★ Cuba sees exodus of baseball talent as MLB comes knocking  ★★ Vertical farming may move into the store  ★★ Trends of creative people  ★★ Utah man survives attacks in Brussels, France, & Boston  ★★ The day a computer writes a novel  ★★ What is p-phubbing & why is it ruining your relationship?  ★★ Arkansas makes strides w/ school breakfast program  ★★ Construction of 1st US offshore wind farm due for completion this year  ★★ Ethereum may replace Bitcoins  ★★ Pompeii graffiti and the ancient origins of social media  ★★ The expanded Panama Canal faces a challenging scenario  ★★ The last accordion repairman in NYC  ★★ Brain-like supercomputer to explore new frontiers  ★★ Computer mimics the human brain  ★★ Skyrider One: Flying electric scooter makes 46-minute flight  ★★ How the GIF is taking over the world  ★★ T-Mobile introduces a data-only plan  ★★ Ultrasounds may give mothers w/ Zika a false sense of security  ★★ ICE retired 2,500 payphones last year  ★★ China is no longer a nation of tech copycats  ★★ April Fools pranks of 2016  ★★ Are we on the verge of eliminating jet lag?  ★★ Filing errors that cause tax refund delays  ★★ Dating online and high-tech dating  ★★ Great pictures with Bye Bye Miss American Pie  ★★ How terrorists are taking over the internet & why no one can stop them  ★★ The laptop turns 35  ★★ The 1st British mass-produced computer goes on public display  ★★ A sobering look at distracted driving  ★★ Daimler sends autonomous trucks on a road trip  ★★ Wi-Fi that finds you  ★★ Hyundai roadmap for connected-car development  ★★ How the Panama Papers happened  ★★ Co-founder of tax-shelter company in Panama Papers says they will not change  ★★ iBrush 365 puts new spin on electric toothbrushes  ★★ What are Chat Bots?  ★★ 2 rear-facing cameras for smartphones  ★★ Famous white-hat hackers

Great ideas:  ★★ Waste tomatoes tapped as a source of electricity  ★★ Scientists find nerve cell in mice that tells them to stop eating  ★★ Gene editing could provide a cure for HIV  ★★ Clean your clothes w/ light in the future  ★★ Tunable organic electronics pave the way for better flexible displays  ★★ New quantum gravity detector tool works w/ lasers  ★★ New material better than solar cells  ★★ Internet sites to watch free live TV  ★★ Why the Baked Alaska works  ★★ Scientists develop transparent wood  ★★ World smallest TV antenna  ★★ 3D images reveal super-small motors that drive bacteria  ★★ Spike Aerospace aims to quiet sonic booms  ★★ Gravity-measuring smartphone tech  ★★ Room-temp tire recycling  ★★ Youbionic muscle-activated prosthetic hand  ★★ GREAT advice fm Steve Jobs  ★★ TED talks you should watch to up your mindset  ★★ Fitbit helps doctor save a life, thanks Helen  ★★ Making boiled eggs easy to peel  ★★ Active 3D-printer plastic sponge  ★★ Hybrid system could clean up coal power  ★★ Raisable seats & UV toilets win innovative aircraft cabin awards  ★★ New steel alloy bounces back when hit by a cannon  ★★ Supercomputer in a box  ★★ Smallest diode made fm a single DNA molecule  ★★ Many uses for paper clips, thanks Mac  ★★ Quantum cryptography breakthrough may lead to more secure communications  ★★ MIT 3D-prints robots fm solids & liquids simultaneously  ★★ Flying gripper sphere picks up & drops off  ★★ Experimental battery charges & recharges via bacteria

Security/Privacy  issues:  ★★ FCC publishes new privacy rules: no more supercookies  ★★ Android security bug Stagefright is back  ★★ Ransomware hits a whole city  ★★ New Facebook security tool fights female harassment  ★★ Facebook makes a worldwide security blunder   ★★ Details Facebook asks for that you should not give  ★★ Android rooting application uses flaw in Linux kernel to gain root privileges  ★★ Locky ransomware hits Methodist Hospital in Kentucky  ★★ Apple scrambles to fix iPhone bug that lets hackers see your photos  ★★ FBI breaks Apple’s encryption on iPhone 5c  ★★ FBI gets help to hack iPhones  ★★ Massive Verizon data breach  ★★ Security alert: Check your bank statement for theses charges  ★★ has logged 316 cyberattacks so far  ★★ PowerWare is new ransomware in Word docs  ★★ Hackers using Google Dorking to find victims  ★★ The dangers of old accounts  ★★ Crime ring targets old fashioned credit cards w magnetic strip on back  ★★ Is your phone hacker proof?  ★★ Verizon is going to tell people where you are  ★★ Photographer catches bike thief on camera  ★★ Man killed trying to retrieve stolen iPhone  ★★ Is your smartphone the perfect spying tool?  ★★ Ransomware attack on Kentucky Methodist Hospital forces them to turn patients away  ★★ Phishing email targets taxpayers  ★★ 3K SS numbers stolen in W-2 phishing scam  ★★ Ford recalls 48K cars  ★★ KimcilWare targets Magento e-commerce system  ★★ Two rules to help prevent ransomware strikes  ★★ What is special about the iPhone that other companies should copy  ★★ Protect your Mac against the latest security threats  ★★ BlackBerry releases most of BBM for free  ★★ Homeland Security changes position on ransomware: Do not panic & rush to pay  ★★ Reddit may have received a National Security Letter  ★★ IP Box can crack any iPhone passcode in a matter of hours  ★★ Good habits that improve your online security  ★★ Next-gen ransomware is here: Petya  ★★ Trump Hotel Collection hacked  ★★ What your money can buy on the black market  ★★ Fixes for major Android security flaws  ★★ Adobe issues emergency security patch for Flash Player  ★★ The govt hates end-to-end encryption  ★★ Global ransomware attack  ★★ The latest ransomware to fall  ★★ Steps to protect yourself fm ransomware  ★★ Firefox problems disclosed at Black Hat Asia conference  ★★ Add unlimited free VPN to Google’s Chrome browser, thanks Connie  ★★ The rise of ransomware, thanks Jean

Legal issues:  ★★ IRS identifies top 10 identity theft prosecutions  ★★ IRS refunds delayed for weeks due to ID thefts  ★★ Top medical experts say we should decriminalize all drugs  ★★ While candidates stoke fears of Islam, law enforcement works with the Islamic community  ★★ UK Parliament debates Investigatory Powers bill: Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, & Yahoo oppose it  ★★ 4 of 7 convicted in Jairo Mora murder trial  ★★ Those 4 get maximum sentences (50 years)  ★★ Guancastecos upset over confiscation of bicycles by traficos  ★★ Ann Patton in new battle w/ CR govt over $7M in seized gems  ★★ Who hacked the iPhone of Syed Farook for the FBI?  ★★ New US rules on carrying liquids on a flight  ★★ Panama Papers expose tax havens for the ultra rich  ★★ CR Ministry of Finance to investigate those mentioned in Panama Papers  ★★ Police discover 33 illegal landing strips along Pacific coast of CR, thanks Connie  ★★ Detectives watching you fm space  ★★ White House against Senate bill to force companies to unlock encrypted devices  ★★ Trafico charged w/ demanding a bribe fm a driver

Philosophical issues:  ★★ Common tech myths  ★★ Ham and lamb recipes  ★★ New British Army cannon takes its ammo on the side  ★★ Wall St. finally comes to terms w/ Trump  ★★ Paul Ryan’s speech on the state of American politics  ★★ Things not to say when selling a house  ★★ Tribute to the life of Garry Shandling  ★★ Magnets behave in ways you would never expect  ★★ Why the glass your cocktail comes in truly matters  ★★ Cooking tips to make you a master chef  ★★ Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google  ★★ The revival & hidden treasure of Aretha Franklin  ★★ How one programmer broke the internet  ★★ Grow tomato plants fm store-bought tomatoes  ★★ Use SpeedTest to find your upload & download speeds  ★★ Why aperture matters on your smartphone camera  ★★ Little-known Amazon Prime benefits  ★★ Where chocolate comes from  ★★ What to do if your computer freezes  ★★ Interesting facts about rock bands  ★★ What does the color of your passport mean?  ★★ Wrangle cables w/ Zip ties  ★★ The case against low-fat milk  ★★ Traditional burial is polluting the planet  ★★ Memories of Merle Haggard

Local Issues:  ★★ CR moves forward on distributed electrical generation  ★★ 8 confirmed cases of Zika virus in CR  ★★ Kickstarter campaign to launch 1st Central American satellite, made in Project Irazu  ★★ A guide to taxis in CR  ★★ How to stay safe on the beach in CR: beware of vacation brain   ★★ 2nd attempt to reinstate shrimp trawling in CR fails  ★★ Food companies in CR pledge to reduce salt in products  ★★ Language & translation apps  ★★ Dung, offal make clean gas at CR slaughterhouse  ★★ Secrets to make flying better  ★★ Former CR astronaut to develop hydrogen-powered transport in Guanacaste  ★★ Organized crime takes over Playas del Coco  ★★ World Bank support for CR healthcare improvement  ★★ School of magic opens in CR  ★★ Local words & phrases  ★★ Reventazon, CR giant hydroelectric dam, goes online  ★★ Patacones are simple to make  ★★ More than 100 African migrants caught entering CR illegally  ★★ The mystery of ancient CR spheres  ★★ Rent hikes capped, indexed to inflation  ★★ Protection of Chinese investments in CR  ★★ Telefonica in CR launches Moviestar play  ★★ Who is Juan Santamaria?  ★★ Solar energy net-metering gets a new pricing structure in CR  ★★ In CR, 3 companies do all the road maintenance  ★★ Cockfighters demand exclusion fm Animal Welfare bill  ★★ Panama Papers cracks open window for CR tax reform  ★★ CR to host World Surfing Games in August  ★★ San Jose water rationing  ★★ Homes, businesses that produce renewable energy can now store it on the grid in CR  ★★ Pavas trains crash head-on: 80 injured  ★★ Small plane carrying drugs crashes in Nicoya, killing the 2 aboard  ★★ Another small plane takes off fm Pavas & crashes in Nosara, Guanacaste: no details known  ★★ Yuca: A well-rooted culinary tradition in CR, thanks Jack

International issues:  ★★ President Obama addresses the Cuban nation from Havana: Si se puede  ★★ Can Cuba become the next great Rock destination?  ★★ 2nd day pictures fm President Obama visit to Havana  ★★ Higher security at CR airports  ★★ Why Europe is ground zero for terrorism  ★★ How vulnerable is the US to a Brussels-like attack?  ★★ What Allison learned Tindering her way across Europe  ★★ Politics in Nicaragua  ★★ USA warns China: Stop hacking or else!  ★★ Havana Club prepares for US market  ★★ Fidel Castro writes scathing letter after President Obama left Cuba  ★★ What it is like for Yanquis in Havana  ★★ IMF closes office in Nicaragua  ★★ Climate change dries up Nicaragua  ★★ Largest Caribbean solar array goes online in Dominican Republic  ★★ Japan activates ice wall to seal Fukushima nuclear waste  ★★ Syria retakes Palmyra fm ISIS  ★★ The fight over fixing Puerto Rico  ★★ US & Argentina resume friendship  ★★ Iceland prime minister resigns  ★★ CR - Columba trade agreement approved

Interplanetary issues & beyond:  ★★ 1st observed shockwave to shed light on supernovas  ★★ Cygnus Orbital ATK CRS-6 cargo mission on its way to the ISS  ★★ Cygnus will carry the Saffire-1 box studying how fire behaves in space and many other experiments  ★★ Hi-res gravity map confirms Mars molten core  ★★ Orbit of newly observed exoplanet is the most eccentric yet  ★★ A new model for estimating the age of stars  ★★ Newly-discovered galaxies may be outrageously luminous due to gravitational lensing  ★★ Dawn continues to unravel the secrets of Ceres  ★★ Astronomers are getting a better handle on how big & powerful the universe is  ★★ Solar activity sparks powerful X-ray aurorae on Jupiter  ★★ Ancient ice reveals tilting of Earth moon  ★★ Lasers could propel spacecraft to reletivistic speeds  ★★ Radar tech tested for Space Fence monitoring of space junk  ★★ Mountain lake of frozen nitrogen spotted on surface of Pluto  ★★ Exoplanet 55 Cancri e is scorched by proximity to host star  ★★ Hiding Earth fm unfriendly aliens using lasers  ★★ New research may improve the accuracy of cosmic yardsticks  ★★ Blue Origin New Shepard rocket makes 3rd powered landing  ★★ Researchers model the process for mound making on Mars  ★★ Opportunity encounters Martian dust devil  ★★ Expandable activity module heads to ISS  ★★ Hubble zooms in on the core of our galaxy  ★★ Black hole weighing 17 billion suns found in cosmic backwater  ★★ NEOWISE telescope picks out potentially hazardous asteroids  ★★ Satellites reveal El Nino impact  ★★ New Horizons aids in study of solar winds in outer solar system  ★★ SunCube FemtoSat project

Geek humor & interests:  ★★ Funny, but true, tech support stories  ★★ Water makes antibubbles in space  ★★ Handy glue reference chart  ★★ Handmade Sci-Fi chocolates  ★★ Inside the 5 decade bromance of Mick Jagger & Keith Richards  ★★ Abbreviations used in text messages  ★★ Cold War space missions that never happened  ★★ What if cosmonauts were the 1st to walk on the Moon?  ★★ Making portion bread fm Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Galleries:  ★★ Submarine breaks through Arctic ice  ★★ Amazing bowling tricks  ★★ What are you teaching the world?  ★★ Adele sings tribute for victims of Brussels attack  ★★ Hyperlapse video captures Paris  ★★ Jurassic carpark   ★★ Genius gadgets  ★★ Best fm NY auto show  ★★ Must-see TV  ★★ Strawberry 5: the plane that found the Japanese carriers at the battle of Midway in WWII  ★★ A tribute to the USMC - Like a Rock  ★★ Bruce Springsteen dances w/ his mom  ★★ Bridge demolition  ★★ From butterflies to blackbirds  ★★ Dog wears clothes and walks on hind legs  ★★ Flamethrower in slow motion

Potential Products:  ★★ RippleBuds inEar phones w/ microphone  ★★ Can Boom bring back supersonic flight w/o the high price?  ★★ Directional speaker delivers personal sound  ★★ Smart dog collar returns 3D location  ★★ HTC Vive stealth game Budget Cuts  ★★ OLO 3D printer uses light fm smartphone screen to harden creations  ★★ Breathalyzer car key keeps engine fm starting  ★★ Wireless WeKast is like Chromecast without WiFi  ★★ Smart blinds: FlipFlic detects sunlight & opens blinds  ★★ Waist-worn flashlight reaches out to 701 meters  ★★ Sony UMC S3C is the smallest in full-frame lineup  ★★ New Kindles Soda & Whisky are worth waiting for  ★★ Somm countertop wine dispenser  ★★ Mars Bluetooth speaker levitates

Hardware, General:  ★★ Best gadgets to replace cable TV  ★★ Kim’s tech picks  ★★ How to set up a wireless network  ★★ How to clean your gadget  ★★ Amusing gadget you might like  ★★ Things to think about before you hack your hardware  ★★ Ryobi smart garage-door opener  ★★ How to boost your WiFi signal

Hardware, Drones:  ★★ ProDrone quadcopter review  ★★ A league of their drones: drone racing around the world  ★★ Drone Racing League takes racing to a new level  ★★ Mars drone tech sniffs out methane leaks on Earth  ★★ Drone-mounted chainsaw  ★★ Selfie drone is tethered to your face  ★★ Obstacle avoidance of bees to make for smarter drones  ★★ Autonomous driverless race car  ★★ Autonomous trucks successfully platoon across Europe  ★★ Singapore hails driverless taxis  ★★ Volvo to test autonomous cars in China

Hardware, Internet of Things (IoT):  ★★ BMW Personal Mobility Companion connects iOS devices w/ ConnectedDrive Services

Hardware, Laptops:   ★★ Panasonic recalls laptop battery packs due to fire hazard  ★★ HP Spectre is slimmest laptop at 10.4 mm  ★★ Great laptops for < $500

Hardware, Netbooks:  ★★ Acer Chromebook has MacBook Air-inspired looks and 14-hour battery life

Hardware, Tablets:   ★★ New 9.7” iPad Pro

Hardware, Phablets:  ★★ DIY tricks to repair scratched phone screens  ★★ Samsung S7 survives 2.5 hours in water  ★★ S7 & S7 edge review: Next-level low-light photography  ★★ S7 Tips (part 1)  ★★ Hands on w/ Huawei all-metal P9 & P9+

Hardware, Smartphones: ★★ iPhone SE is fast & affordable, w/ 4” screen but no 3D Touch  ★★ Comedian explains the iPhone SE  ★★ How the iPhone SE compares to the rest of the lineup  ★★ iPhone SE vs. iPhone 6s  ★★ iPhoneSE vs. Samsung Galaxy S7  ★★ Smartphone & laser attachment form cheap rangefinder

Hardware, Smartwatches: ★★ Garmin vivoactive watch helps you play golf  ★★ Quick look at smartwitches

Hardware, Smart Cameras: ★★ Hands on: Olympus PEN-F  ★★ Hands-on: Sony A6300 is even faster than expected  ★★ Sony RX10 III superzoom camera  ★★ Nikon D5 & D500 w/ improved autofocus, fast shooting,  & 4K video at UK Photography Show 2016  ★★ Hands on: Canon  1D X Mark II  ★★ Camera buying advice  ★★ Hasselblad 100 megapixel 4K medium format camera  ★★ Panasonic mirrorless camera squeezes in advanced stabilization & 4K stills

Hardware, Tiny computers:  ★★ BBC rolls out micro:bit computers to UK schools  ★★ VoCore: coin-sized Linux computer

Hardware, Game devices:  ★★ Room-scale HTC Vive (Pre) VR  ★★ HTC Vive review  ★★ Games for HTC Vive  ★★ BMW enlists Vive VR for development  ★★ Oculus Rift by Facebook  ★★ Games for Oculus Rift

Hardware, Peripherals:  ★★ Sleek Z4 Aurora projector gets mixed review  ★★ GoTenna review: Text & share in a group w/ no internet available  ★★ 3D printer creates full-color, multiple material prototypes in a single print run  ★★ New Roku streaming stick packs more power & provides audio privacy  ★★ Review: Vpedal vP-4 MkII makes transcription easier

Hardware, Accessories:  ★★ Super-tough portable box keeps gadgets safe, dry, & charged  ★★ Amusing gadgets

Software, In the Cloud:  ★★ Google  to give preference to mobile-friendly sites  ★★ Plan a trip w/ Google Destinations  ★★ Awesome Google features you may know know  ★★ New Facebook security tool fights female harassment  ★★ Facebook helps victims of terrorist attacks  ★★ Key features of the Facebook safety check  ★★  A shocking number of new Facebook scams  ★★ How to unfriend or unfollow someone on Facebook  ★★ Facebook uses AI to describe photos to the blind  ★★ Hidden tricks to find better deals on Amazon  ★★ Netflix admits throttling video quality  ★★ Tricks to get more out of Netflix  ★★ Tools for the best US streaming experience  ★★ Spring clean your LinkedIn profile  ★★ Evernote Web Clipper explained, thanks Ken

Software, General Tools:  ★★ LibreOffice can replace MS Office, almost  ★★ Dementia-Friendly-Home app on iTunes & Google Play helps Alzheimer’s caregivers  ★★ Free photo editors  ★★ More great photo editors  ★★ Apps to keep your home in shape  ★★ More detail on apps to keep your home in shape  ★★ Things to use Pinterest for  ★★ VLC media player for Windows & Mac  ★★ Lesser-known apps for Android & iOS  ★★ Graphics editors  ★★ Free alternatives to the most popular programs  ★★ Free apps to tune up your smartphone  ★★ Spotlights skimming software detects visually important content  ★★ Snapchat updates chat w/ audio, video  ★★ Best apps to use in your car  ★★ Clothing apps for men on Android & iOS  ★★ Scrivener 2 writing app for PC & Mac  ★★ Tools to clean your computer  ★★ Easy programs to help you plan & enjoy retirement  ★★ Free tools to speed up your PC

Software, Browsers:  ★★ Can Edge browser end the browser wars?  ★★ How to get 4 critical Chrome Browser patches fm Google  ★★ Pick the right browser for you  ★★ Browser search tricks  ★★ Vivaldi - a new browser, thanks Helen  ★★ Tech demo of Mozilla Servo browser engine coming in June  ★★ Firefox problems disclosed at Black Hat Asia conference  ★★ Add unlimited free VPN to Google’s Chrome browser, thanks Connie

Software, Apple, General News & Trivia:   ★★ iPhone trick to get a little memory back, thanks Connie  ★★ All the details on the new iPhone SE, iPad Pro, and iOS 9.3  ★★ Update OS X now against a nasty bug  ★★ Things people already hate about iOS 9.3 Night Shift  ★★ Another iOS 9.3 bug only affects a few people  ★★ Alert! iOS SideStepper attack gives hackers remote access to your device  ★★ 40 moments that have defined Apple over 40 years  ★★ iPhone battery-life myth busted

Software, Apple, Apps:  ★★ Sign up for iOS Beta  ★★ Get rid of duplicate iPhone contacts

Software, Microsoft, General News & Trivia:  ★★ Keeping your folders organized  ★★ MS One Drive storage changes, thanks Jean

Software, Microsoft, Apps:  ★★ Virtual Router Manager  ★★ Free Windows apps

Software, Microsoft, Operating Systems:  ★★ Windows-phone free-fall may force MS to push harder on Win 10 adoption, thanks Chuck

Windows 8:  ★★ MS stops security updates for Windows 8: considers 8.1 to be a service pack

Windows 10:  ★★ Fun apps for Win 10  ★★ Lesser known Win 10 features worth exploring  ★★ Upcoming changes to Win 10  ★★ Win 10 review: MS builds an OS for the future  ★★ Easily find Control Panel (and other programs) in Win 10  ★★ Free Win 10 software  ★★ Personalize web browsing

Software, Microsoft, Office:  ★★ MS Office has a new cyberattack warning system

Software, Google, Operating Systems - Android:  ★★ Android security bug Stagefright is back  ★★ Android rooting application uses flaw in Linux kernel to gain root privileges  ★★ Tips to speed up Android devices  ★★ Sign up for Android Beta  ★★ Google releases fixes for major Android security flaws  ★★ Get rid of duplicate Android contacts

Software, Google, Operating Systems - Chrome OS:  ★★ Neverware CloudReady Chrome OS works on a range of laptops & desktops, including Apple  ★★ Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google

Software, Google, Apps:  ★★ Google offers Nik Collection photo-editing suite free

Software, Open-source, General News & Trivia:  ★★ Ghibli 2D animation software is now open source  ★★ Linus Torvalds still wants Linux to take over the desktop  ★★ Bad Voltage: 1x64: Windows subsystem for podcasts  ★★ SCO vs IBM: 13-year-old Linux dispute returns as SCO files new appeal  ★★ A Newbies Getting Started Guide to Linux  ★★ Manjaro forum added

Software, Open-source, Apps:  ★★ Cloning using Ubuntu Disks  vs Clonezilla

Software, Open-source, Operating Systems:  ★★ Analysis of the top 10 Linux OSs

Red Hat - Fedora:  ★★ The Red Hat Customer Portal  ★★ MS Azure certified cloud provider

Slackware Linux:  ★★ The Slackware Linux Project  ★★ Slackware BitTorrents

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