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Web News for August, 2016

Trends:  ★★ Google’s Project Fi network in 120 countries w/ same SIM, thanks Bill  ★★ Editing tip on replacing 2 blanks w/ 1, thanks Helen  ★★ New fuel may kill big oil  ★★ Cronkite predicted the future  ★★ Acoustic buoy eavesdrops on whales  ★★ Breath test could replace finger-stick for diabetics  ★★ The newest way police can sniff through your data  ★★ Walmart tests Walmart Pay app  ★★ The city of the future is Columbus, Oh  ★★ Marijuana compound helps to stop Alzheimer’s disease  ★★ Locusts used as biobots to find explosives  ★★  Wi-Fi 802.11ac wave 2 cert improves multi-device support  ★★  Nanotech takes on watch counterfeiters  ★★ Cloud records reveal climate change  ★★ Nissan Serena will be 1st Japanese w/ autonomous drive  ★★ Comic-book artist reinvents his craft for blind readers  ★★ Mercedes-Benz harnesses 3D printing for on-demand spare parts  ★★ Blind Apple engineer transforms tech at only 22  ★★ Best apps & devices for 2016, so far  ★★ Scam calls on the rise  ★★ Google adds emoji for gender equality  ★★ Female Ghostbusters movie

Great ideas:  ★★ Smart pill is proven to double IQ  ★★ Print online articles w/o all the ads  ★★ 1st universe model using Einstein’s full theory of general relativity  ★★ Double-capacity solid state storage  ★★ Gesture-based computer interfaces  ★★ Audiogram-administering earphones adapt to user  ★★ Cosmo uses AI to develop a personality  ★★ Astronomers try to unravel creation of 1st supermassive black holes  ★★ New method to 3D-print cartilage  ★★ Delicious vegan recipes  ★★ New technique finds helium reserves  ★★ New flexible pressure sensor  ★★ Squishy motor that can take a beating  ★★ Tiny camera could be deployed via syringe  ★★ Pill-dispensing robot knows who you are  ★★ Laptop antenna fits in a hinge  ★★ Light & acid kill cancer cells from the inside out  ★★ Using sun power to deliver oxygen  ★★  Augmented Reality helps chopper pilots see through clouds  ★★ Life hacks  ★★ Yamaha’s autonomous boat  ★★ Next-gen bionic arm  ★★ Great TED radio talks  ★★ Shrimp's’ eye-rolling behaviour could end up in robots  ★★ Summer life hacks  ★★ Great strawberry recipes

Security/Privacy  issues:  ★★ Hiding your location fm Win 10, thanks Helen  ★★ TalkTalk users scammed  ★★ Ideas for making good passwords  ★★ Zuckerberg puts tape over his webcam  ★★ Tips to spot an email scam  ★★ Pandora is encouraging users to change passwords  ★★ Is your gadget’s microphone spying on you?  ★★ How your smartphone can be hacked  ★★ Finding an ATM skimmer  ★★ Facebook privacy checks  ★★ Google’s My Activity tool exposes tracking  ★★ New ‘fake friend’ scam on Facebook  ★★ Smartphones infected w/ HummingBad malware  ★★ Stay safe on public WiFi  ★★ Buy your way through TSA  ★★ Wearable devices can give away your PINs & passwords  ★★ Wendy’s hacked  ★★ Baton Rouge police hacked  ★★ New scam targets Game of Thrones fans  ★★ Mistakes to avoid while traveling  ★★ Windows Print Spooler vulnerability if you don’t enable automatic updates  ★★ Ransomware targeting smartphones & tablets

Legal issues:  ★★ Woman awarded $10K in lawsuit over forced Windows 10 upgrade  ★★ Ruling could make sharing passwords for subscription services a federal crime  ★★ Snapchat sued for exposing children to smutty articles  ★★ Don’t share your Netflix password

Philosophical issues:  ★★ Robots learn human interaction watching TV  ★★ Factors that attract mosquitoes  ★★ Should you buy a laptop or a tablet?  ★★ How to fall asleep fast  ★★ Helen’s review of The Frugal Editor, 2nd Edition  ★★ People who still use the original iPhone  ★★ Eat an avocado a day  ★★ Robotic ray to be steered by light  ★★ Ways to save money on  ★★ Hints to protect your home fm burglars  ★★ Big myths about creativity outed  ★★ Video & the future of higher education

Local Issues:  ★★ Tico humor: God, Satan & the CAJA  ★★ CR vehicle imports grow  ★★ CR is the “happiest place on Earth”  ★★ ARCR newsletter for Jul/Aug 2016  ★★ Maureen Boza is Mrs. CR for 2016  ★★ 200 buses in San José area to have free Wi-Fi  ★★ Imperial beer is cheaper in the US than in CR  ★★ CR shops for new trains  ★★ CR electricity rates go up in July  ★★ Edelweiss Air to launch CR-Switzerland flights in 5/2017  ★★  New venomous snake discovered in CR, thanks Connie  ★★ Nicaragua lays claim to CR’s Isla Bolaños island  ★★ Ticos asked to report travel to Nicaragua  ★★ OIJ asks for block on cellular signals from prisons  ★★ New milk brand to sell in CR  ★★ CR’s Christiana Figueres nominated for UN secretary-general  ★★ Red Bull San Lucas Escape challenge  ★★ Things you must do in CR  ★★ CR sets record for 1Q earnings fm tourism  ★★ Don’t like how someone parked? Give ‘em a ticket  ★★ Man misses flight at SJO due to contents of his carry-on  ★★ Construction of Circunvalación North to begin soon  ★★ 100K govt employees to have hours staggered to reduce traffic problems  ★★ New Cañas-Liberia road floods w/ heavy rains  ★★ CR is #3 in Latin America Netflix titles

International issues:  ★★ Autonomous buses in Switzerland  ★★ Dos Pinos buys a dairy plant in Nicaragua  ★★ Colombia seizes 1200 Uber vehicles  ★★ Bilateral ceasefire ends 52 years of violence in Colombia  ★★ Colombian peace agreement  ★★ John Oliver on the Brexit vote  ★★ Things to know before visiting Nicaragua  ★★ US travel alert for Nicaragua  ★★ MasterCard fm Florida bank gets OK for Cuban ATMs  ★★ US approves flights to Cuba  ★★ Venezuela seizes Kimberly-Clark plant

Interplanetary issues & beyond:  ★★ Hubble investigates dark spot on Neptune  ★★ New dwarf planet discovered beyond Neptune  ★★ NASA extends Hubble to 2021  ★★ Juno mission approaches Jupiter  ★★ Juno sends back 1st image fm Jupiter  ★★ Google Earth gets a facelift  ★★ Fiery composite of Jupiter  ★★ Successful final test of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) booster for Mars mission  ★★ Rare meteorite may have formed the basis for the planet Mercury  ★★ NASA camera shows Moon crossing face of Earth  ★★ Hubble captures aurora at Jupiter’s north pole  ★★ Dawn craft discovers salts in Ceres crater  ★★  Hubble spots rare “tadpole” galaxy  ★★ Hybrid balloon/glider may explore Saturn’s moon Titan  ★★ NASA works to wake up Curiosity on Mars  ★★ New exoplanet discovered  ★★ Space is ruining astronauts’ eyesight  ★★ NASA says amino acids in Apollo-era lunar samples are from Earth  ★★ SpaceX Dragon nails another ground landing  ★★ Hubble images neutron star at heart of Crab Nebula  ★★ Could the Big Bang have been more of a Big Bounce?  ★★ The biggest spacecraft to fall uncontrolled fm space  ★★ Looking beyond Orion’s clouds forces birth model rethink  ★★ Galaxy thought to be tiny is larger than Milky Way  ★★ Go to Pluto and “land” on its surface w/ NASA  ★★ Largest map ever shows 1.2 million galaxies

Geek humor & interests:  ★★ King Stallion helicopter lifts 27K lbs  ★★ 4-year-old explains how to behave at a wedding  ★★ Home PC outperforms supercomputer  ★★ xkcd - A webcomic, thanks Steve  ★★ Spacecraft designs of Arthur C. Clarke  ★★ Embraer 170 to be 1st non-Boeing ecoDemonstrator  ★★ 50 years of Star Trek crews  ★★ Solar Impulse 2 takes off for Egypt  ★★ SI2 lands in Cairo  ★★ Highlights fm 2016 Farnborough Airshow  ★★ Inside Mr. Robot Season 2: The revolution will be televised

Galleries:  ★★ 2-year-old figure skater  ★★ Dolphins join a tuna hunt  ★★ Little girl sings w/ Springsteen  ★★ Simple sleep hacks  ★★ Amazing yo-yo tricks  ★★ Nano-impressions by Dana Carvey  ★★ Watch free at Documentary Heaven

Potential Products:  ★★ Here One earbuds  ★★ iPhone 7 rumors  ★★  Smart tape measure  ★★ 360-degree replays coming to baseball  ★★ Wireless speakers in tennis balls  ★★ ARmKeypad Air projects virtual keyboard on forearm

Hardware, General:  ★★ How much is your iPod worth?  ★★ Lasers slice costs, replace LCDs in new lg screen TV  ★★ 4K Samsung Serif TV

Hardware, Drones:  ★★ Typhoon H hexacopter  ★★ Airvinci ducted fan helicopter  ★★ Autonomous Cars & Drones using Lidar  ★★ Jaguar tests semi-autonomous car tech  ★★ Hasselblad & DJI team up for 50 megapixel drone  ★★ Mitsubishi Sakura 2 robot won’t spark gas explosions  ★★ DJI Zenmuse Z3 camera

Hardware, Internet of Things (IoT):  ★★ Microsoft Band  ★★ Samsung Gear Fit2  ★★ Amazon’s Alexa ushers in the smarthome  ★★ Autonomous courier delivers packages  ★★ Nest’s new outdoor camera

Hardware: 2-in-1s:  ★★ Huawei MateBook review

Hardware, Phablets:  ★★ Samsung Galaxy Note 7  ★★ Moto G4 & G4+ early impressions  ★★ Moto Z & Moto Z Force early impressions  ★★ Moto Z & Moto Z Force review  ★★ OnePlus 2 & 3 compared  ★★ OnePlus 3 full review

Hardware, Smartphones: ★★ Updates stopping for 7 Nexus models  ★★ Innovative uses for smartphone cameras  ★★ Google is planning its own smartphone

Hardware, Tiny computers:  ★★ Raspberry Pi photo booth

Hardware, Game devices:  ★★ Zero-Latency’s free-roam, warehouse-scale VR  ★★ Secret prototypes fm Valve’s VR lab  ★★ Selfmade Halo concussion rifle  ★★  Roccat Sova console  ★★ Oculus Rift finally shipping w/o delay  ★★ Pokémon Go  ★★ Nintendo Classic Mini NES

Hardware, Accessories:  ★★ Turn a hoodie into a laptop bag  ★★ Cellphone case causes big trouble at airport

Hardware, Internals:  ★★ New Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card

Software, In the Cloud:  ★★ Stop Facebook fm following you around the web  ★★ Facebook privacy hoaxes  ★★ Facebook tries out private messages  ★★ Facebook to add encryption to Messenger app  ★★ Facebook privacy checks  ★★ New ‘fake friend’ scam on Facebook  ★★ Netflix to offer download-and-go feature  ★★ Use TravelPod to blog your travels  ★★ Google’s My Activity tool exposes tracking  ★★ Some really useful websites  ★★ Scary Craigslist scams

Software, General Tools:  ★★ Apps for smartphone & tablet  ★★ Use Google Photos to download photos fm your phone  ★★ Check out LibreOffice  ★★ Fun w/ fonts  ★★ Digital Bingo is free for iOS & Android

Software, Apple, General News & Trivia:  ★★ iOS10 kernel is not encrypted  ★★ Sneak peek at iOS10 features  ★★ iOS10 won’t fix iPhone’s most annoying problem  ★★ iOS10 may make your phone obsolete  ★★ Make your iPhone or iPad easier to use  ★★ Troubleshooting for Mac users  ★★ Blind Apple engineer transforms tech at only 22

Software, Apple, Apps:  ★★ 2016 Apple Design Award winners - part 1  ★★ GrillTime app helps you make delicious food  ★★ Apps for Apple TV

Software, Microsoft, General News & Trivia:  ★★ Why MS is betting its future on AI

Software, Microsoft, Apps:  ★★ AutoHotKey tutorial  ★★ Recover deleted photos, videos, & documents  ★★ App launchers for Windows

Software, Microsoft, Operating Systems:  ★★ How to use hot keys  ★★ Windows security updates  ★★ Fake Windows upgrade looks real  ★★ Windows Print Spooler vulnerability if you don’t enable automatic updates

Windows 10:   ★★ Hiding your location fm Win 10, thanks Helen  ★★ Make your computer run faster  ★★ Cortana helps with travel planning  ★★ Preparing for the Win 10 Anniversary Update, thanks Helen

Software, Google, Operating Systems - Android:  ★★ 90% of Androids vulnerable to malicious Google Play apps  ★★ Android questions forum

Software, Google, Operating Systems - Chrome OS:  ★★ Chrome OS questions forum

Software, Google, Apps:  ★★ Google’s Project Fi network in 120 countries w/ same SIM, thanks Bill  ★★ Google Flights secrets

Software, Open-source, General News & Trivia:  ★★ New site Linux Exchange  ★★ Linux questions forum  ★★ What programs would you like to see ported to Linux?  ★★ Laptop and Netbook Linux  ★★ Linux distributions

Software, Open-source, Apps:  ★★ KKTerminal  ★★ Lifehacker pack for Linux  ★★ Why you should use an app launcher

Software, Open-source, Operating Systems:  ★★ Linux Power User Bundle

Red Hat - Fedora:  ★★ Red Hat portal  ★★ About Red Hat

           Slackware Linux:  ★★ Get slack  ★★ Slackware News

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