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Web News for March, 2017


Trends: ★★ 3 challenges for the web, according to it's inventor, thanks Gillian ★★ Why consumers are making their own clouds, thanks Ken  ★★ Worldwide gaming session spawns 7K games in 48 hrs  ★★ What is Netflix cheating?  ★★ 3D scanning is restoring Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding cake  ★★ Welcome to the era of transhumanism  ★★ Honda’s self-balancing motorcycle  ★★ VR gaming is about to get much better  ★★ Oscar winners for 2017  ★★ Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 launches in Barcelona  ★★ New turntable designs  ★★ Is “Zealandia” Earth’s newest continent?  ★★ World’s largest solar farm fm space  ★★ Electric cars coming to CR and recharge almost free  ★★ Call centers declining in Panama  ★★ Science meets architecture in robotically woven, solar-active structure  ★★ Strangers help generous chef after his restaurant burns down


Great Ideas, Computers:  ★★ How Lima works, thanks Ken  ★★ AT&T tests flying cell tower  ★★ How to become a pro Ethical Hacker


Great Ideas, Electronics:  ★★ Inkjet-printable stretchy circuits could lead to huge e-wallpaper screens  ★★ Holster sensor activates police body cam when weapon is drawn


Great Ideas, Food:  ★★ Surf & Turf  ★★ Easy dinners made in 30 minutes or less  ★★ Healthy crock-pot recipes   ★★ Low-carb recipes that won’t have you missing bread


Great Ideas, Home:  ★★ How to hide TV wires in the wall


Great Ideas, Medical:  ★★ Brazilian berry stops a superbug  ★★ Some may be genetically predisposed to drug addiction more than others  ★★ New malaria vaccine aces clinical trials  ★★ “Microspouters” can be implanted to replace daily injections  ★★ Faux fasting diet regenerates pancreas to reverse diabetes  ★★ Vitamin-dispensing nanomesh to take on carpal tunnel syndrome  ★★ WHO releases 1st-ever hit-list for antibiotic-resistant bacteria


Great Ideas, Safety:  ★★ Proactive windshield wipers detect rain w/ forward-facing camera


Great Ideas, Science:  ★★ “Rebar graphene” foam supports 3K times own weight  ★★ “thubber”: thermally-conductive rubber  ★★ Nanofiber matrix cultures human stem cells into cells of eyes, lungs, or hair follicles  ★★ Pregnant fossil reveals that some reptiles didn’t come from eggs  ★★ Common catalyst sucks out sulfur for cleaner gas & diesel  ★★  New supermaterial bends & focuses sound  ★★ Nanoparticles of rhodium & light converts carbon dioxide into fuel  ★★ Tiny bubbles could lead to big advances in holography


Security/Privacy  issues:  ★★ HP expands battery recall  ★★ Reduce your online presence  ★★ Adobe security bugs  ★★ How to disable your webcam  ★★ Fake @gmail emails  ★★ Charging phones in public ports, thanks Sandra  ★★ Macs being targeted more for malware  ★★ iPhone apps w/ hacks & ID theft  ★★ Hackers locking out iPhone & iPad users  ★★ Protect your privacy on iPhone or iPad  ★★ Privacy threats fm smart TVs  ★★ More Yahoo accounts hacked  ★★ Travel scams  ★★ Fake Facebook customer service number   ★★ Hide my IP VPN app, thanks Sandra  ★★ iPhone7 Plus explodes  ★★ Security flaw reveals personal info at 3,400 sites  ★★ 51K bottles of SodaStream recalled  ★★ How to opt out of the most popular people search sites  ★★ Amazon Web Services (AWS) experienced issues, but is okay now  ★★ 1st major “smart toys” data leak affects 2M children  ★★ Google reveals another high-severity Microsoft bug  ★★ Using a Guest Network in your router


Legal issues:  ★★ 19 changes to the traffic laws in CR, thanks Connie   ★★ Video cameras are back in 2018 to catch speeders in CR   ★★ Traffic law reforms: $550 fine for refusing breathalyzer, more power to seize plates  ★★ If you owe IRS money, they can revoke your passport  ★★ US border guards force citizen to unlock phone


Philosophical issues:  ★★ Survival guide tips  ★★ The history of Valentine's Day  ★★ Tech things that are a waste of money   ★★ Churchill was a science pundit  ★★ What the Nokia 3310 had that smartphones don’t  ★★ Ingress protection ratings & water resistance: what they mean  ★★ The map of mathematics  ★★ Why breaking the rules is so enticing  ★★ Mark Zuckerberg releases his plan to save the world  ★★ FCC wants to put FM radio on smartphones  ★★ Tech myths  ★★ Why Latin America is the deadliest place for environmentalists  ★★ Pro skier uses a jetpack to get home in time for lunch  ★★ What causes static?


Local Issues:  ★★ Retiring in Costa Rica: Come w/ an open mind, thanks Connie  ★★ Kardashian & Jenner photos fm CR vacation  ★★ CR birds learn new duets w/ new mates  ★★ Turrialba volcano is at it again  ★★ CR unemployment remains at 9.5%  ★★ Quake helped discover new geological fault in CR  ★★ Cheap flights round-trip fm US to CR  ★★ Little Theater group of CR   ★★ Microsoft expanding in Costa Rica, thanks Helen  ★★ CR is 2nd most prosperous in Latin America  ★★ Spat between AyA and ICE ruined the La Sabana lake  ★★ Drop in gasoline prices approved  ★★ Nature Air announces helicopter tours in CR  ★★ CR exempted millions of dollars in fuel tax to airlines in the last 5 years  ★★ Woman jailed 6 months for haul of 652 shark fins bound for Taiwan   ★★ CR in top 10 of the youngest woman to visit all 196 countries of the world  ★★ Tourism in CR grows and diversifies  ★★ Cargill plans more investment in CR  ★★ Spike in illegal tours to summit of Arenal volcano  ★★ Coast Guard rescues US kayaker


International issues:   ★★ Bids to be sought for US border wall  ★★ Republican senator says Pres. Trump’s 1st budget is DOA in Congress  ★★ Pres. Trump’s 1st address to Congress  ★★ High-ranking Russian official praises president’s address  ★★ Adm. Harward rejects Pres. Trump’s offer to be National Security Advisor ★★ Stephen Miller, top advisor to Pres. Trump, resigns  ★★ Rex Tillerson (CEO of ExxonMobil) is new US Sec of State  ★★ Former Soviet fighters training jihadis in Syria  ★★ Pres. Trump’s plan to tackle Latin American “bad hombres” is w/o substance  ★★ CNN kicked off the air in Venezuela  ★★ Family takes refuge to avoid US deportation  ★★ Chinese cities curb poultry sales to avoid bird flu  ★★ 64-year-old gives birth to healthy twins in Spain  ★★ UN watchdog says Iran is abiding by nuclear deal  ★★ The Macedonian teen who mastered fake news  ★★ How the Kremlin became the Middle East’s  power broker  ★★ Big powers clip UN Sec-Gen’s wings  ★★ Pres. Trump calls on Venezuela to release opposition leader  ★★ Bolivia raises coca cultivation limits  ★★ US closes borders, trapping 1000s of Haitians in Mexico  ★★ Playing Tejo: the Columbian sport of throwing rocks at gunpowder  ★★ FARC begins disarming in Colombia  ★★ Landslides pollute rivers in Chile  ★★ ISIL threatens China  ★★ Mass murderer loses appeal in Norway  ★★ Russia & China veto UN sanctions on Syria  ★★ Israeli police remove people from 9 settlement homes set for demolition on West Bank  ★★ UN report details North Korea’s front companies in China  ★★ The fine print in AT&T cheap US data plans


Planetary issues & beyond:  ★★ NASA discovers 3 habitable planets around a single star, TRAPPIST-1, thanks Connie  ★★ A closer look at the TRAPPIST-1 planets  ★★ Hydrogen volcanoes may increase habitability of exoplanets  ★★ India launches 104 satellites in 1 launch: breaks record   ★★ Enormous exoplanet dataset released  ★★ Wacky claims to Moon ownership  ★★ Thin batteries to free up space on CubeSats  ★★ Why weakening of Earth’s magnetic field isn’t cause for alarm  ★★ Researchers release exoplanet search database w/ 61K images  ★★ SpaceX to fly people around the moon  ★★ Great Britain’s space program  ★★ NASA’s next Orion flight could be manned  ★★ Rocky Tatooine-like exoplanets could exist after all  ★★ Black holes regularly rip distant stars to shreds


Geek humor & interests:  ★★ Jeff Dunham on blue-collar TV  ★★ Man jumps fm 16K ft (25K meters) w/o parachute  ★★ PAL-V’s Liberty 3-wheel gyrocopter  ★★ 9% model of Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) aircraft to start wind tunnel tests  ★★ 1st commercial flying car hits the market


Galleries:  ★★ The Black Hole  ★★ Foreign Policy photos  ★★ George H.W. Bush reads an old love letter to his wife  ★★ New Netflix-original shows for 2017  ★★ Hyperlapse of cities around the world  ★★ Airbags create rainbow display  ★★ Trick shots on pool tables

Potential Products:  ★★ DIY 147” projection screen


Hardware, General:  ★★ Gadgets in the Kim Komando shop  ★★ Tweak your computer’s appearance and maintain it’s performance


Hardware, Drones:  ★★ 1st anti-drone gun to fight terrorism in the Middle East  ★★ Autonomous boat heads for New Zealand after California to Hawaii trip  ★★ Kenya clears commercial drones for take-off  ★★ US Navy to deploy underwater robot w/ bomb-defusing arms  ★★ Dubai prepares for test of Ehang’s taxi drone  ★★ Guangzhou show features 1K drones in flight  ★★ Handle, a wheeled jumping robot  ★★ DJI Matrice 200 series  ★★ Agricultural robot scrutinizes plants  ★★ New drone design features an autorotating body


Hardware, Internet of Things (IoT):  ★★ IoT definition  ★★ IoT examples


Hardware, Laptops:   ★★ Lenovo 720, 520 laptops launched at MWC2017


Hardware, Netbooks:  ★★ Netbook guide


Hardware, Ereaders:  ★★ Ereader news today


Hardware: 2-in-1s:  ★★ Hands on: Lenovo Miix 320  ★★ Lenovo 320 $199  ★★ Lenovo unveils new 2-in-1s at MWC


Hardware: Desktops & Towers:  ★★ Google Allo messaging  & Virtual Assistant coming to desktops


Hardware, Tablets:   ★★ Samsung Galaxy S3   ★★ Samsung Tab S3 & Galaxy Book hands on


Hardware, Smartphones:  ★★ Samsung leaks Galaxy S8 info  ★★ Leaked Galaxy S8 videos  ★★ iPhone tricks for photos  ★★ Bye bye Home button in iPhone 8  ★★  iPhone 8 rumored to cost > $1K  ★★ IPhone 8 boasts wireless charging  ★★   ★★ Easy way to backup Android & iPhones  ★★ iPhone power tips   ★★ Turn OFF group chat on Android  & iPhones  ★★ Tricks to cut down on data usage  ★★ LG6 hands on  ★★ LG G6 vs. iPhone 7 Plus  ★★ LG G6 vs. Google Pixel XL  ★★ Moto G5 & G5+ hands on  ★★ Moto G5 & G5+ upgraded  ★★ Sony Xperia XZ Premium sports 4k rez & HDR support plus super slow-mo video mode


Hardware, Smartwatches:  ★★ LG Watch Sport: the Hummer of smartwatches  ★★ LG Watch Sport vs. Moto 360 2nd gen  ★★ LG Watch Sport vs. Huawei Watch  ★★ LG Watch Style vs. Samsung Gear S2  ★★ Huawei Watch 2 hands-on  ★★ Huawei Watch 2 vs. Huawei Watch


Hardware, Smart Cameras:  ★★ Canon’s EOS M6 has flagship skills, but lacks a built-in EVF  ★★ Canon focuses on the mid-range w/ 2 new DSLRs  ★★ Getting out of Auto: Understanding the exposure triangle


Hardware, Smart TVs:  ★★ Controlling motion-enhancing features  ★★ Privacy threats fm smart TVs


Hardware, Wearables:  ★★ Amazon wearables  ★★ Wareable news


Hardware, Smart Cars:  ★★ Smart cars & IoT in cities


Hardware, Tiny computers:  ★★ The PC goes ultraportable  ★★ Raspberry Pi Zero gets Wi-fi & Bluetooth


Hardware, Game devices:  ★★ Stanford prototypes for VR   ★★ VR gaming is about to get much better  ★★ HTC Vive’s Tracker & Audio Strap  ★★ Mass Effect, VR Star Trek, & Zelda spearhead March’s new games  ★★ Samsung’s Gear VR controller will be both remote & touchpad  ★★ Microsoft Xbox Games Pass subscription service to launch w/ 100+ games


Hardware, Peripherals:  ★★ Ways to safeguard your Apple AirPods  ★★ Keezel encrypts mobile WiFi  ★★ Aiptek MobileCinema i70 projector review  ★★ How to calibrate your monitor


Hardware, Accessories:  ★★ Amazon computer accessories


Hardware, Internals:  ★★ New chip brings voice command to almost anything  ★★ Bluetooth 5 is 5x fast, w/ 4x range, & 8x capacity   ★★ Tricks to save your battery


Software, Artificial Intelligence (AI):  ★★ How AI will change the US   ★★ Facebook testing AI for suicide prevention tools


Software, In the Cloud:  ★★ Keyboard shortcuts for Google Docs  ★★ Remove All Politics From Facebook  ★★ Changes to videos you see on Facebook’s Newsfeed  ★★ New save feature on Google Maps ★★ Educational websites for lifelong learners  ★★ Khan Academy free lessons for math, science, computers, etc.  ★★ YouTube tricks  ★★ Review of best sites to help you with your taxes  ★★ Tips to get a handle on Twitter  ★★ YouTube TV takes on cable TV companies in the US  ★★ The catch about YouTube’s new streaming service   ★★ Netflix for March  ★★ How to opt out of the most popular people search sites  ★★ Best weather services for smartphones


Software, General Tools:   ★★ Switching fm Mac to Windows, thanks Bill  ★★ Tech hacks you could use   ★★ Easy way to backup Android & iPhones  ★★ Homebank for Windows, Linux, & Mac OS X   ★★ IFTTT for Apple & Android integrates your apps  ★★ Amazon Chime for online meetings  ★★ Adobe Photoshop lineup & alternatives  ★★ Marco Polo video walkie talkie for Android & iOS  ★★ Cutting down on spam email  ★★  Microsoft Translator for Windows, Android, & iOS  ★★ How to delete your Gmail account  ★★ Use Scanbot to scan w/ your phone, save to the cloud for Android & iOS  ★★ Magisto Video Editor & Movie Maker for Android & iOS  ★★ Slideshop offers templates for PowerPoint, Keynote, & Google Slides  ★★ Download older versions of programs for Windows, Linux, & Mac  ★★ Apps to keep your family safe


Software, Browsers:  ★★ Handy Google Chrome extensions  ★★ Addon Social Fixer tweaks Facebook  ★★ Dolphin web browser for Android & iOS  ★★ Browser setting to change for cheaper flights


Software, Apple, General News & Trivia:   ★★ iPhone tricks for photos  ★★ iPhone power tips


Software, Apple, Apps:  ★★ Ways to save text-message conversations  ★★ Apple Store app  ★★ MX Video Player  ★★ Voot - TV shows, movies, & cartoons  ★★ Wallpapers & Themes - backgrounds & images  ★★ Total browser w/ file mgr & cloud support  ★★ MP3 downloader & offline player  ★★ Apple TV Remote


Software, Apple, Operating Systems:  ★★ Peek at iOS 10.3


Software, Microsoft, General News & Trivia:  ★★ Microsoft (MS) is focused on driving LinkedIn revenue


Software, Microsoft, Apps:  ★★ Restore Point Creator  ★★ MasterSeeker finds files  ★★ Sketchable: Draw & paint w/ layers  ★★ Planner 5D - Home & interior design tool  ★★  Drawboard PDF app  ★★ Keeper password manager  ★★ Eclipse project manager & time tracker  ★★ Instagram  ★★ Adobe Photoshop Express  ★★ Fitbit  ★★ Movie Maker video editor  ★★ PicsArt photo studio


Software, Microsoft, Operating Systems:  ★★ Windows Reliability Monitor


Windows 10:  ★★ Fixing Win 10 annoyances  ★★ Win 10 to optionally block other than Windows Store apps


Software, Microsoft, Office:  ★★ MS Office news


Software, Google, Operating Systems - Android:  ★★ Android authority


Software, Google, Operating Systems - Chrome OS:  ★★ Why merging Chrome OS & Android isn’t what we need


Software, Google, Apps:  ★★ Google Play  ★★ G Suite  ★★ Mahjong  ★★ Instagram  ★★ Spotify Music  ★★ 8 Ball Pool  ★★ myTuner Radio  ★★ Weather Radar & Forecast  ★★ CNN Breaking World News  ★★ NPR news  ★★ Classical FM radio  ★★ Oxford dictionary of English  ★★ Audio Books  ★★  Ebook Reader


Software, Open-source, General News & Trivia:  ★★ Google end-to-end encrypted email code goes open-source  ★★ InfoWorld open-source news


Software, Open-source, Apps:  ★★ List of free & open-source Android apps


Software, Open-source, Operating Systems:  ★★ Popular free open-source OSs

Red Hat - Fedora:  ★★ What is the relationship between Fedora & Red Hat?  

Slackware Linux:  ★★ Slackware general information

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