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Web News for December, 2017



Trends: Trends indicate the way things are moving in the Web News lately and, more generally, how things are changing in our world. ★★ Smartwatches w/ internet access are getting smarter. ★★ 3D holographic projection ★★ A millennial job interview, thanks Tom ★★ The text message turns 25 years old ★★ Tesla builds the world’s biggest battery

Security/Privacy Issues: Reports of data breaches, scams, malware, threats to privacy as well as how to avoid them ★★ What is a secure OS? ★★ The vulnerable Internet of Things ★★ Kaspersky's transatlantic-cable podcast, episode 13

News Pages: News fm around the world. Audio: ★★ Podcasts ★★ NPR Radio ★★ BBC Radio
Video: ★★ BBC World News

Printed News Sources: ★★ General Info ★★ 1 World Nations Online ★★ al Jazeera ★★ AP ★★ BBC ★★ Christian Science Monitor ★★ The CostaRican Times ★★ The Daily Mail (UK) ★★ Dallas News ★★ Escazu News ★★ FtW Star-Telegram ★★ Google News ★★ Japan Times ★★ The Jerusalem Post ★★ MSNBC ★★ npr ★★ The Palestine Chronicle ★★ 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)


New recipes, tools, & appliances associated w/ food Great Ideas, Food: ★★ Bring scientific precision to your cooking

Things or ideas for your house, your car, your pets, or even your pocketGreat Ideas, Home: ★★ Toys for dogs ★★ Puzzles ★★ Walk-in bathtub ★★ Tech gifts for fitness enthusiasts

The latest medical research, methods, drugs, or treatments Great Ideas, Medical: ★★ What are the health risks of cell phones?, thanks Gillian

Articles about matters involving law enforcement, patents, or law makers around the world. Legal Issues: ★★ Tow-truck driver vs. illegal parking, thanks Lucien & Tom


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: ★★ You are probably descended from royalty

Local Issues are items about Costa Rica. Local Issues: ★★ The Dance Of The Little Mare

Issues involving the United States of America. USA Issues: ★★ Where to live in the USA in 2100 A.D. ★★ FCC kills Net Neutrality rules

These are about astronomy, findings, subspace activities, NASA, ESA, and other space agencies. Planetary Issues (and beyond): ★★ Voyager 1 fires up thrusters for the 1st time in 37 years ★★ Scientists catalog bacteria colonizing the ISS ★★ China has big plans for space

This section is a catch-all for topics like aviation, science-fiction, etc. that don't fit into other topics. Geek Humor & Interests: ★★ Amazing new sci-fi books

Computing devices in everyday objects that receive information from the internet. Hardware, Internet of Things (IoT): ★★ The vulnerable Internet of Things ★★ FIXD diagnostic monitor for your car

Mobile-phone-based computers have a touchscreen, operating system, internet access, and the ability to run applications.
Hardware, Smartphones: ★★ What are the health risks of cell phones?, thanks Gillian
Mobile digital watch devices with a touchscreen, usually with a connection to a smartphone.
Hardware, Smartwatches: ★★ Apple Watch accessories
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): ★★  1 step closer to a perfect portable Alexa speaker ★★ Videos used to train AI what different actions look like

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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