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Web News for August, 2017

Trends: Trends indicate the way things are moving in the Web News lately and, more generally, how things are changing in our world. ★★ Web design trends ★★ Sea level is really rising, despite some variation ★★ Earn points & miles on an airline credit card ★★ Things flight attendants notice about you when you board ★★ Electronics brands losing their online advantage

News Pages: News fm around the world. ★★ Insect spy drone (Snopes says it's a maybe), thanks Tom ★★ Radio Australia News
Audio: ★★ Podcasts ★★ Bloomberg Radio ★★ The Telegraph (UK): 8-2-17
Video: ★★ PBS: 8-1-17

Current News Sources: ★★ General Info ★★ 1 World Nations Online ★★ al Jazeera ★★ AP ★★ BBC ★★ Christian Science Monitor ★★ Dallas News ★★ FtW Star-Telegram ★★ Google News ★★ Japan Times ★★ MSNBC ★★ npr ★★ Pew Research ★★ Reuters ★★ UK Telegraph ★★ USA Today ★★ Wall St Journal ★★ Wikinews ★★ Zero Hedge

Rest In Peace: Famous people and friends who have died this year. ★★ Celebrity deaths in 2017 ★★ Lola Albright (Peter Gunn) ★★ Gregg Allman (Allman Bros Band) ★★ Walter Becker (Steely Dan) ★★ Chuck Berry (Maybellene) ★★ Michael Bond CBE (Paddington Bear) ★★ Powers Boothe (Philip Marlowe) ★★ Jimmy Breslin (newspaper columnist) ★★ Chelsea Brown (Laugh-In) ★★ Glen Campbell (Rhinestone Cowboy) ★★ Eugene Cernan (Astronaut) ★★ Mike Connors (Mannix) ★★ Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) ★★ Miguel Ferrer (Robocop) ★★ J. Geils (Blues band) ★★ Dick Gregory (Comedian) ★★ Barbara Hale (Perry Mason) ★★ Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica) ★★ John Heard (Home Alone) ★★ Linda Hopkins (Blues singer) ★★ John Hurt (Elephant Man) ★★ Al Jarreau (Jazz and R&B singer) ★★ Martin Landau (Mission Impossible) ★★ Bruce Langhorne (Tambourine Man) ★★ Jerry Lewis (The Nutty Professor) ★★ Dina Merrill (Operation Petticoat) ★★ Mary Tyler Moore (MTM Show) ★★ Sir Roger Moore (James Bond) ★★ Erin Moran (Happy Days) ★★ Jeanne Moreau (My Friends' Talent) ★★ Charlie Murphy (Chappelle's Show) ★★ Robert Osborn (Turner Classic Movies) ★★ Bill Paxton (Apollo 13) ★★ Tom Petty (& the Heartbreakers) ★★ Don Rickles (Comedian) ★★ David Rockefeller (Chase Manhattan Bank) ★★ Sam Shepard (The Right Stuff) ★★ Roger Smith (Mister Roberts) ★★ Jay Thomas (Murphy Brown) ★★ Butch Trucks (Allman Bros Band) ★★ Adam West (Batman) ★★ Mary White (PC Club)


Great Ideas is where new developments & discoveries go, in this case about computers or software. Great Ideas, Computers: ★★ Best new computers reviewed

New products, research, or developments in Electronics Great Ideas, Electronics: ★★ Bloomfield, NY museum program designed to spark interest in electronics

New recipes, tools, & appliances associated w/ food Great Ideas, Food: ★★ Great Facebook egg hacks ★★ Beverages more hydrating than water ★★ Foods that can put you in a bad mood

Things or ideas for your house, your car, your pets, or even your pocketGreat Ideas, Home: ★★ Ways to keep mosquitoes fm eating you alive ★★ Great wall signs ★★ Make your own wreath using a $1 laundry basket

The latest medical research, methods, drugs, or treatments Great Ideas, Medical: ★★ Sunscreen made fm DNA would last forever

Ideas or stories about how to stay safe Great Ideas, Safety: ★★ Even car washes can be hacked

Scientific discoveries, research results, new tech, how our world works; new products & techniques that may be on the way Great Ideas, Science: ★★ NASA uses 2 WB-57Fs to chase the 8/21/17 eclipse ★★ Astronomers captured gamma-ray burst GRB 160625B on 6/25/2016 from a dying star

Security/Privacy Issues: Reports of data breaches, scams, malware, threats to privacy as well as how to avoid them ★★ Hacking industrial robots ★★ Online security tips ★★ Habits to improve your online security ★★ Dictionary.com app sells your data to advertisers ★★ Kaspersky offers "True Cybersecurity" ★★ Making sure your encrypted USB drive is secure

Articles about matters involving law enforcement, patents, or law makers around the world. Legal Issues: ★★ Woman loses her home of 30 years due to scammers ★★ GOP introduces bill to go to a merit-based immigration system


This is a catch-all category that includes matters such as existance, knowledge, values, reason, mind, wisdom, and language. Many entries are opinions or arguments that reflect our world. Philosophical Issues: ★★ Avoid a do-nothing retirement, thanks Helen ★★ Elon Musk tweets about his own mental health ★★ Terrifying things that will almost certainly happen ★★ Scuttling the Iran deal may lead to another N. Korea ★★ Top 10 signs of creeping authoritarianism ★★ To VP Pence: Prepare to be Gerald Ford

Local Issues are items about Costa Rica. Local Issues: ★★ ¿Que hora es? - comedy for those who speak poco Espanól [Really funny], thanks Connie ★★ A typical minor car accident in CR ★★ Más Tico que el Gallo Pinto!

This section is a catch-all for topics like aviation, science-fiction, etc. that don't fit into other topics. Geek Humor & Interests: ★★ Elon Musk responds to claim of '1st crewless ship' ★★ The article to which Musk was responding ★★ NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center

Galleries are usually pictures or videos found on the World Wide Web. Galleries: ★★ Artimis, a new book by Andy Weir ★★ Great wood pictures

Photos of the Week: Taking a good portrait

Items described on the WWW that aren't yet available for purchase are previewed here. Potential Products: ★★ Trending Product Ideas

General articles about hardware that don't fit into any of the specific categories listed below. Hardware, General: ★★ Diffen: Mac vs. Windows PC [old] ★★ Macworld: Mac vs. Windows PC

Pilotless vehicles from airborne rotor-wing types to cars, robots, or submersibles Hardware, Drones: ★★ Choose the right drone for you ★★ Drone photography tips ★★ Don't fly a drone into a wildfire

Computing devices in everyday objects that receive information from the internet. Hardware, Internet of Things (IoT): ★★ Overview of popular smart home devices

Portable computers with a hinged-lid screen that would fit in your lap. Hardware, Laptops: ★★ Best laptops fm CES2017

A small laptop designed primarily for accessing Internet-based applications. Hardware, Netbooks: ★★ Best new Chromebooks & netbooks

Hardware, Ereaders:A handheld device on which electronic versions of books, magazines, etc. can be read. ★★ Best new Ebook Readers

Hardware, 2-in-1s:A portable computer that shares characteristics of both tablets and laptops. ★★ Komando 2-in-1 for $300

Hardware, Desktops & Towers:Nonportable computers that usually have a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and Central Processing Unit. ★★ HP Desktops & Towers

General-purpose flat computers with a touchscreen and sometimes a stylus. Hardware, Tablets: ★★ Best tablets for 2017
Mobile-phone-based computers have a touchscreen, operating system, internet access, and the ability to run applications.
Hardware, Smartphones: ★★ What elements make up an iPhone?, thanks Rich & Jean ★★  Best smartphones for 2017
Mobile digital watch devices with a touchscreen, usually with a connection to a smartphone.
Hardware, Smartwatches: ★★ 2017 Smartwatch Comparison Guide ★★ Gadgets Now Smartwatches comparisons
Digital vision systems that can capture images, extract information, generate event descriptions, and make decisions.
Hardware, Smart Cameras: ★★ Best home-security cameras of 2017
Internet-connected,storage-aware, digital computer TVs specialized for entertainment.
Hardware, Smart TVs: ★★ Gadgets Now comparison
Some body-borne computers, like Google Glass & EyeTaps, process input to the wearer, while others, like Fitbits & the Intel Curie, monitor the body's output.
Hardware, Wearables: ★★ Zedbra's wearable computers
Autos with advanced electronics and microprocessors used throughout the engine, drive train, and brakes. Some also have GPS, night vision, assisted parking, web & email access, voice control, & distance management. Some even drive themselves.
Hardware, Smart Cars: ★★ Smart Fortwo
From PCs-on-a-stick to playing-card-deck sized computers. The most popular is the Raspberry Pi 3.
Hardware Tiny computers: ★★ Best Mini PCs 2017
Video-game consoles from Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo lead this category.
Hardware, Game Devices: ★★  Best-selling Game consoles
Immersive Virtual_reality computer systems that generate 3D images or environments and players use special gloves to manipulate games.
Hardware, Virtual Reality (VR): ★★  Definition of VR ★★ Playstation VR
These gadgets attach to computers to amplify their usefulness (e.g., monitors, keyboards, & mice to scanners, speakers, and cameras); peripherals provide input & output.
Hardware, Peripherals: ★★ Examples of computer peripheral devices
Telephone, computer, or general accessories (e.g., cases or attachments).
Hardware, Accessories: ★★ Laptop Bags & Sleeves
Things that go inside the computer go here, e.g., disc drives, memory boards, even SD cards.
Hardware, Internals:  ★★  Internal Computer Hardware
Computer systems that are able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence (e.g., visual perception, speech recognition, language translation, etc.)
Hardware/Software: Artificial Intelligence (AI): ★★ A cautionary tale about smart gadgets
Programs that run on the internet through a user's browser, e.g., Facebook, Netflix, Gmail, or Google Calendar
Software, In the cloud: ★★ Concept of cloud computing ★★ A peek at the new Google Calendar
Programs & apps that run on many OperatingSystems (e.g., Windows, Android, iOS & OS X).
Software, General Tools: ★★ How to record any call on iPhone or Android
Programs that present content from the WWW (e.g., Google Chrome).
Software, Browsers: ★★ Best browsers of 2017 ★★ DuckDuckGo
Stories about things going on at Apple Computers.
Software, Apple, General News & Trivia: ★★  Apple defies theaters and considers movie rental plan
Interesting apps that run on Apple computers (under iOS or macOS).
Software, Apple, Apps: ★★ Finder ★★ Other Mac file managers ★★  Free macOS apps
Interesting apps that run on Apple computers (under iOS or macOS).
Software, Apple Operating Systems: ★★  How to upgrade to macOS Sierra
News items about things going on at Microsoft.
Software, Microsoft, General News & Trivia: ★★  About Microsoft ★★  MS News Center
Stories about Microsoft apps being released, recalled, or features and capabilities
Software, Microsoft, Apps: ★★  MS App Store ★★ CCleaner cleans your OS
Stories about current or upcoming Microsoft OS features, releases, rumors, capabilities, or recalls.
Software, Microsoft, Operating Systems: ★★ MS Fall Creators' Update coming in October ★★ Hidden tweaks to speed up Windows 10 ★★ How to open Task Manager
Items about any of the MS Office family members: Access, Character Map, Excel, InfoPath, OneNote, Outlook, Picture Manager, PowerPoint, Publisher, or Word, as well as their online counterparts.
Software, Microsoft, Office: ★★ MS Office World Championship
News, releases, recalls, information & speculation about the Android OS.
Software, Google, Operating Systems - Android: ★★  Meet Google Assistant on your phone
Info fm the web about Google's OS that powers it's Chromebooks. Chrome OS is in it's 57th release.
Software, Google, Operating Systems - Chrome OS: ★★ chrome unboxed offers Chrome OS news
The latest information about Google apps, the Google Play store, Android apps, and G Suite.
Software Google, Apps: ★★ Kaspersky Battery-Life app for smartphones

Information about the world of Open-source software packages. This includes, not only Linux, but Business Intelligence software, MySQL, replacements for Windows XP and more.Software, Open-source, General News & Trivia: ★★ Linux newbie forum ★★ Linux laptop & netbook forum ★★ Linux mobile forum
There are many useful apps available in Open Source. Search for Open Source Software to see many listed.
Software, Open-source, Apps: ★★ Linux games forum ★★ Linux software forum
Linux is a prominent example of free and open source software. It's a Unix-like operating system released under the GNU General Public License.
Software, Open-source, Operating Systems: ★★ Linux distributions forum ★★ Top 10 examples of open-source software

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