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Web News for October, 2017

Security/Privacy Issues: Reports of data breaches, scams, malware, threats to privacy as well as how to avoid them ★★ BlueBorne exposes almost every connected device via Bluetooth, thanks Steve ★★ Caution! Politifact’s website is now a trap for your PC, thanks Connie ★★ Virtual kidnapping scams on the rise ★★ How to make backups ★★ It's time to refresh your Yahoo account passwords, thanks Helen ★★ Restrict what guests can do on your smartphone ★★ The iPhone X's face unlock and the 5th amendment don't mix ★★ Yahoo now says 3 billion accounts hacked! ★★ How to see if your apps are spying on you ★★ How to find out what Facebook knows about you ★★ How to stop Facebook fm using 'interest-based advertising' on you ★★ How to set up a credit freeze ★★ What to do if you think an online account has been hacked ★★ Craft great passwords ★★ Companies want to know why the US govt doesn't share more of what it's finding out fm constant attacks ★★ How to stop your TV from spying on you ★★ The Trickbot banking trojan ★★ Block your cellphone number from caller ID ★★ If you have secrets on your computer the Russians might want, don't use Kaspersky software, thanks Steve ★★ Stop ads from following you online ★★ Has your email address has been hacked or stolen? ★★ Check if you have an account that has been compromised in a data breach ★★ See if your apps are spying on you ★★ KRACK: Your Wi-Fi is no longer secure, thanks Ken ★★ Top 5 largest data leaks of 2017 — so far ★★ Review of GlassWire network security tool ★★ Are dating apps safe? ★★ Bad Rabbit: A new ransomware epidemic is on the rise

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: ★★ Apple's new Face ID tech ★★ Organize your messy photo library

New products, research, or developments in Electronics Great Ideas, Electronics: ★★ News fm Electronics Weekly

New recipes, tools, & appliances associated w/ food Great Ideas, Food: ★★ Lemon butter chicken w/ tomatoes & basil ★★ Egg in a baked potato hole ★★ Praline Crunch ★★ Ways to cook eggs to perfection ★★ Actually remove pesticides from your fruit

Things or ideas for your house, your car, your pets, or even your pocketGreat Ideas, Home: ★★ Tools Every New Homeowner Should Own ★★ The dangers of making your home a smart home

The latest medical research, methods, drugs, or treatments Great Ideas, Medical: ★★ What actually happens when you pull a muscle? ★★ Meet the nocebo effect, the placebo effect's evil twin

Ideas or stories about how to stay safe Great Ideas, Safety: ★★ Safety tips fm Canada

Scientific discoveries, research results, new tech, how our world works; new products & techniques that may be on the way Great Ideas, Science: ★★ 60 years ago, Sputnik shocked the world and started the space race ★★ Huge rat species found on island ★★ In loving memory of Jeremy, the one-in-a-million mutant snail

Articles about matters involving law enforcement, patents, or law makers around the world. Legal Issues: ★★ 4 decades of evidence finds no link between immigration and increased crime


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: ★★ What came before the Big Bang? ★★ 5 experts on how time shapes our world ★★ The essential connection between Epistemology and the Theory of Reference ★★ How to photograph the night sky ★★ What realists don’t understand about law ★★ There's no such thing as clean coal ★★ Why is our universe three dimensional? ★★ Gun research could save lives, but America won't fund it

Issues involving the United States of America. USA Issues: ★★ Satire fm the Borowitz Report ★★ The most significant shift in the technology of politics since the television ★★ US looking to replace Social Security numbers ★★ Is the USAF changing our weather? thanks Tom ★★ Republicans won’t rule out tax hikes for middle class ★★ The Supreme Court is back in session ★★ Congress is dropping the ball on Pres. Trump’s obstruction of justice ★★ Inside The FBI's half-secret relationship w/ Hollywood ★★ How do fans in the USA feel about The NFL protests? ★★ Pres. Trump vs. Sen. Corker on Twitter ★★ PR church offers comfort after hurricane Maria ★★ Before and after photos: Fires tear through California’s wine country ★★ The Donald Trump-Kaiser Wilhelm parallels are getting scary ★★ Which US cities are well positioned to land Amazon’s HQ2? ★★ The oldest restaurant in every state ★★ The oldest hotel in every state ★★ Pres. Trump signs order to scrap critical health care subsidies ★★ Pres. Trump appoints Kirstjen Nielsen to lead Homeland Security ★★ Boy Scouts to welcome female members ★★ Pres. Trump hints at a limit on federal aid to Puerto Rico after hurricane strike ★★ Social Security benefits to get 2% boost in 2018 ★★ A turf war is tearing apart the intel community’s watchdog office ★★ Pres. Trump is tarnishing the military brass ★★ Staten Islanders lost their neighborhood to Hurricane Sandy

International Issues are items about countries outside CR or the USA.International Issues: ★★ Colombia President Signs Ceasefire With ELN Rebels ★★ Europe outsources border control to Libyan militias. ★★ The fatal flaw in Pres. Trump’s U.N. speech could be disastrous for American power ★★ North Korean ship seized off Egypt with a huge cache of weapons ★★ A new look inside the cities of North Korea ★★ 8 independent states whose names came from Columbus ★★ George Soros: an octogenarian businessman who became the boogeyman of Europe ★★ Cholera outbreak is about to break a record ★★ Pres. Trump is inching toward war w/ Iran’s Revolutionary Guards ★★ The 1st Millennial to run a western country ★★ Leading lawmakers wonder why Pres. Trump is dragging feet on Russia sanctions ★★ US is offering cash bounties for Hezbollah leaders ★★ US donates helicopter flights in CR to aid Nate's victims ★★ New US policy would give priority to refugees who seem like they might “assimilate” ★★ North Korea's 'princess' is now one of its top policy makers ★★ The travel brochure vs reality: biggest let-downs around the world ★★ Columbia threatens to deport or expel participants in upcoming “sex island experience” holiday ★★ Pres. Trump sets new conditions for US to stay in Iran nuclear deal, ★★ US & Israel withdraw fm UNESCO ★★ Family of 5 released by Pakistani Taliban ★★ Iraqi-Kurdish clash in Kirkuk opens door to more Iranian influence ★★ Russians don’t understand why anyone is upset w/ ‘Girl Crazy’ Weinstein ★★ Is India starting to flex its military muscles? ★★ President Xi Jinping opens 19th Chinese Communist Party's Congress ★★ Iraq’s Shiite militias set their sights on Baghdad ★★ The most dangerous countries in the world ★★ China refuses to admit it has a rape problem ★★ Ukraine expects Pres. Trump to approve arms deliveries ★★ U.S. Troops on the ground in Africa, but diplomacy Is MIA ★★ U.S. Sec. State Rex Tillerson presided over meeting between Iraqi and Saudi leaders, two longtime adversaries ★★ China eyeballs a major strategic investment in Saudi Arabia’s oil

These are about astronomy, findings, subspace activities, NASA, ESA, and other space agencies. Planetary Issues (and beyond): ★★ Without help, Hubble will fall to Earth in about 15 years ★★ Cassini is gone: a hard act to follow ★★ Meet the people trying to get to Mars ★★ SpaceX wants to build the Swiss Army knife of rockets ★★ UAE building Martian city on Earth ★★ New Horizons will soon solve a mystery about an object a billion miles past Pluto ★★ 1604 supernova presented a challenge to astronomers ★★ Half the universe’s missing matter has just been finally found ★★ NASA might modify the DNA of astronauts going to Mars ★★ Scott Kelly's unflinchingly blunt take on his year in space ★★ Astronomers find a ring around a dwarf planet in our solar system ★★ Future of deep space travel in jeopardy as NASA is running out of plutonium-238 ★★ China's 500-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope has made its 1st discovery ★★ The USA will head to space again, w/o a Russian taxi ★★ Gravitational waves just showed us something even cooler than black holes ★★ LIGO, with the Virgo interferometer, finally can observe merging neutron stars ★★ Latest Gravitational Wave Discoveries [58min video] ★★ LIGO-Virgo Collaboration update on Gravitational Waves [1hr 10min video] ★★ Strange sensor Russia sent to the ISS baffles US military experts ★★ A gallery of constellation pictures ★★ Runaway Chinese space station hurtles toward Earth ★★ Elon Musk says the Raptor rocket will “meet or exceed passenger-airline levels of safety” ★★ Spacewalking astronaut copes with frayed tether, bad jetpack ★★ Hubble's take on the Messier catalog is stunning to behold ★★ NASA tests rocket engine designed to get humans to Mars ★★ Space junk is becoming a serious problem ★★ The grossest thing about living in space ★★ These inventions wouldn’t exist if we had never traveled to space ★★ Researchers observe the first known interstellar comet ★★ Elon Musk talks about his BFR ★★ NASA discovers that Mars has an invisible, magnetic tail

Photos of the Week: The Atlantic: ★★ 10/6 ★★ 10/13 ★★ 10/20 ★★ 10/27
     Foreign Policy (FP): ★★ 10/6 ★★ 10/13 ★★ 10/20 ★★ 10/27

Items described on the WWW that aren't yet available for purchase are previewed here. Potential Products: ★★ Shiny Apple stuff you can order now ★★ Google announces a slew of new gadgets ★★ XikiHub: The Social Command Line ★★ Internet Protocol Television (IPV), thanks Helen

General articles about hardware that don't fit into any of the specific categories listed below. Hardware, General: ★★ What is computer 'hardware'? ★★ How to hack your own (but lost) Wi-Fi password ★★ The best entertainment tech of the year ★★ Ingenious gadgets of 2017

Pilotless vehicles from airborne rotor-wing types to cars, robots, or submersibles Hardware, Drones: ★★ High-end drones ★★ Cheaper drones

Computing devices in everyday objects that receive information from the internet. Hardware, Internet of Things (IoT): ★★ What is it?

Portable computers with a hinged-lid screen that would fit in your lap. Hardware, Laptops: ★★ Laptop Magazine ★★ Signs your laptop is in trouble

A small laptop designed primarily for accessing Internet-based applications. Hardware, Netbooks: ★★ Netbook Reviews

Hardware, Ereaders:A handheld device on which electronic versions of books, magazines, etc. can be read. ★★Ebook-reader reviews ★★ The best Sci-Fi book series available for Amazon Kindle ★★ Remove the DRM From Amazon Kindle Books

Hardware, 2-in-1s:A portable computer that shares characteristics of both tablets and laptops. ★★ 10 best 2-in-1 laptops of 2017

Hardware, Desktops & Towers:Nonportable computers that usually have a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and Central Processing Unit. ★★ The Best Desktops & Towers of 2017

General-purpose flat computers with a touchscreen and sometimes a stylus. Hardware, Tablets: ★★ Best tablets for 2017
Mobile digital watch devices with a touchscreen, usually with a connection to a smartphone.
Hardware, Smartwatches: ★★ Top smartwatches for 2017 ★★ How the Apple Watch tracks swimming
Digital vision systems that can capture images, extract information, generate event descriptions, and make decisions.
Hardware, Smart Cameras: ★★ Popular digital cameras at PC World
Internet-connected,storage-aware, digital computer TVs specialized for entertainment.
Hardware, Smart TVs: ★★ Best Smart TV platforms in the world for 2017 ★★ Apple TV 4K streaming device review
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: ★★ Best Wearable Tech of 2017
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: ★★ Automated driving systems
From PCs-on-a-stick to playing-card-deck sized computers. The most popular is the Raspberry Pi 3.
Hardware Tiny computers: ★★ This sub-$100 desktop PC fits in the palm of your hand, thanks Sandra ★★ PiBot: Build your own Raspberry Pi powered robot
Video-game consoles from Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo lead this category.
Hardware, Game Devices: ★★  Game consoles compared
Immersive computer systems that generate 3D images or environments and players use special gloves to manipulate games.
Hardware, Virtual Reality (VR): ★★  Best VR Headsets of 2017
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: ★★ How to pick the best printer for your money [Warning: Ink can dry in the tubes of EcoTank printers and render them useless. - Dick] ★★ Buy the perfect sound bar
Telephone, computer, or general accessories (e.g., cases or attachments).
Hardware, Accessories: ★★ Computer accessories
Things that go inside the computer go here, e.g., disc drives, memory boards, even SD cards.
Hardware, Internals:  ★★  What is 'internal'?
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): ★★ Alexa, tell me about the gadget news I missed ★★ A Simple Design Flaw Makes It Astoundingly Easy To Hack Siri And Alexa ★★ Which is smarter, Siri or Google Home?
Programs that run on the internet through a user's browser, e.g., Facebook, Netflix, Gmail, or Google Calendar
Software, In the cloud: ★★ A review of Cryptomator, thanks Steve
Programs that present content from the WWW (e.g., Google Chrome).
Software, Browsers: ★★ Best web browsers of 2017 ★★ Anti-Phishing & Authenticity Checker for Google Chrome browser.
Stories about things going on at Apple Computers.
Software, Apple, General News & Trivia: ★★ Essential Mac keyboard shortcuts ★★ Apple replaces JPEG w/ HEIF for pictures
Interesting apps that run on Apple computers (under iOS or OS X).
Software, Apple, Apps: ★★  App store redesigned
Interesting apps that run on Apple computers (under iOS or OS X).
Software, Apple Operating Systems: ★★ New iOS 11 features to try
News items about things going on at Microsoft.
Software, Microsoft, General News & Trivia: ★★  MS news page ★★ Introducing MS Edge for iOS/Android and Microsoft Launcher for Android
Stories about Microsoft apps being released, recalled, or features and capabilities
Software, Microsoft, Apps: ★★  Instagram ★★ Free Windows apps
Stories about current or upcoming Microsoft OS features, releases, rumors, capabilities, or recalls.
Software, Microsoft, Operating Systems: ★★ The history of Windows
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: ★★ History of Office 2010
News, releases, recalls, information & speculation about the Android OS.
Software, Google, Operating Systems - Android: ★★  2 billion monthly active devices
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: ★★ Ver 61 adds a new Lock Screen, App launcher, & better window management for tablets.
The latest information about Google apps, the Google Play store, Android apps, and G Suite.
Software Google, Apps: ★★ Google Drive is changing—here's how to prepare ★★ How to unsend an email in Gmail

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 ★★ Quora: Linux questions & answers ★★ Linux Training Academy ★★ Happy 26th birthday, Linux! - in pictures ★★ Why and how you should switch to Linux
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 ★★ Websites to find & download open-source software ★★ Task Manager equivalent in Linux with GNOME desktop
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: ★★ Canonical shuts door on Unity, Ubuntu Phone, & Convergence ★★ An overview of Ubuntu 17.10 features ★★ Linux distributions forum ★★ Top 10 examples of open-source software

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