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Web News for February, 2018

Trends: Trends indicate the way things are moving in the Web News lately and, more generally, how things are changing in our world. ★★ What is 5G? Here are the basics, thanks Sandra ★★ More about 5G, thanks Ken ★★ Bitcoin is bonkers right now. Here's why you shouldn't count it out. ★★ How hot we'll get in 2090 ★★ You probably won’t own a self-driving car, but you might ride in them

Security/Privacy Issues: Reports of data breaches, scams, malware, threats to privacy as well as how to avoid them ★★ The security gadgets and apps you need to keep your information safe

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 ★★ 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. ★★ Lassie Lou Ahern ★★ Marty Allen ★★ John Perry Barlow ★★ Joseph Brennan, PC Club member ★★ Bill Burkette ★★ Reg E. Cathey ★★ Celebrity deaths in 2018 ★★ Emma Chambers ★★ "Fast" Eddie Clarke ★★ John Coleman ★★ Vic Damone ★★ Bradford Dillman ★★ Dennis Edwards ★★ Nanette Fabray ★★ Jessica Falkholt ★★ Naomi Parker Fraley ★★ John Gavin ★★ Hubert de Givenchy ★★ Rev. Billy Graham ★★ Dan Gurney ★★ Stephen Hawking ★★ Keith Jackson ★★ Mickey Jones ★★ Denise LaSalle ★★ Dr. William Lukensmeyer, PC Club member ★★ John Mahoney ★★ Dorothy Malone ★★ Winnie Mandela ★★ Jill Messick ★★ Peter Miles ★★ Dolores O'Riordan ★★ Jean Porter ★★ Ronnie Prophet ★★ Donnelly Rhodes ★★ Jim Rodford ★★ Mark Salling ★★ Connie Sawyer ★★ Allison Shearmur ★★ Simon Shelton ★★ Daryle Singletary ★★ Jon Paul Steuer ★★ David Ogden Stiers ★★ Ray Thomas ★★ Doreen Tracey ★★ Jerry Van Dyke ★★ Mort Walker ★★ Peter Wyngarde ★★ John Young


Great Ideas is where new developments & discoveries go, in this case about computers or software. Great Ideas, Computers: ★★ How to Install the Google Play Store on the Amazon Fire Tablet or Fire HD 8, thanks Frans ★★ Mind-blowing new 3-D printing technique is inspired by ‘Terminator 2​’

New products, research, or developments in Electronics Great Ideas, Electronics: ★★ All the cool new gadgets

New recipes, tools, & appliances associated w/ food Great Ideas, Food: ★★ The 3 types of supplements you should never buy ★★ The U.S. government is poised to withdraw longstanding warnings about cholesterol, thanks Tom

Things or ideas for your house, your car, your pets, or even your pocketGreat Ideas, Home: ★★ 3D-printed 'Cool Bricks' can cool an entire room using water

The latest medical research, methods, drugs, or treatments Great Ideas, Medical: ★★ Taking advantage of Cancer to make a huge income.

Ideas or stories about how to stay safe Great Ideas, Safety: ★★ Safety tip of the week

Scientific discoveries, research results, new tech, how our world works; new products & techniques that may be on the way Great Ideas, Science: ★★ The earliest airborne mammals may have glided among the dinosaurs 160 million years ago

Articles about matters involving law enforcement, patents, or law makers around the world. Legal Issues: ★★ Transboundary air pollution


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: ★★ Lefties, you should feel very special

Local Issues are items about Costa Rica. Local Issues: ★★ Oh how hard it is to learn Spanish!

Issues involving the United States of America. USA Issues: ★★ US Holiday Calendar for 2018 ★★ We have no idea how dangerous US football really is

International Issues are items about countries outside CR or the USA.International Issues: ★★ China's working on the next generation of military exoskeleton ★★ It looks like China has installed a railgun on a warship ★★ Southeast Asia is poised to join top digital economies, thanks Chris

This section is a catch-all for topics like aviation, science-fiction, etc. that don't fit into other topics. Geek Humor & Interests: ★★ The Waiter (French humor), thanks Steve, Tom, & Lucien ★★ Smartass sarcasm, thanks Connie

Galleries are usually pictures or videos found on the World Wide Web. Galleries: ★★ Fallon plays Dylan w/ spoof of The Times They Are A-Changin'

Photos of the Week:  The Atlantic: ★★ 2/2   2/9   2/16   2/23
     Foreign Policy (FP): ★★ 2/2   2/9   2/16   2/23

Items described on the WWW that aren't yet available for purchase are previewed here. Potential Products: ★★ Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War moved to April

General articles about hardware that don't fit into any of the specific categories listed below. Hardware, General: ★★  The changes in hardware have taken a back seat to software ★★ How to program your Fire TV Stick

Pilotless vehicles from airborne rotor-wing types to cars, robots, or submersibles Hardware, Drones: ★★ DJI's Mavic Air drone is the best flying machine you can throw in your backpack ★★ DARPA’s robot arm catches a drone in mid-air

Computing devices in everyday objects that receive information from the internet. Hardware, Internet of Things (IoT): ★★ Best WiFi & Bluetooth Smart Door Locks

Portable computers with a hinged-lid screen that would fit in your lap. Hardware, Laptops: ★★ The best laptop 2018: our pick of the 15 best laptops you can buy this year

A small laptop designed primarily for accessing Internet-based applications. Hardware, Netbooks: ★★ Best Netbooks in the UK for 2018

Hardware, Ereaders:A handheld device on which electronic versions of books, magazines, etc. can be read. ★★The Best eReaders of 2018

Hardware, 2-in-1s:A portable computer that shares characteristics of both tablets and laptops. ★★ The Best 2-in-1 Convertible & Hybrid Laptops of 2018

Hardware, Desktops & Towers:Nonportable computers that usually have a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and Central Processing Unit. ★★ Top 10 best business desktop PCs of 2018

General-purpose flat computers with a touchscreen and sometimes a stylus. Hardware, Tablets: ★★ The best tablets you can buy in 2018
Mobile-phone-based computers have a touchscreen, operating system, internet access, and the ability to run applications.
Hardware, Smartphones: ★★  T3 picks the 11 best smartphones for 2018
Mobile digital watch devices with a touchscreen, usually with a connection to a smartphone.
Hardware, Smartwatches: ★★ Best smartwatch: the top choices you can buy in 2018
Digital vision systems that can capture images, extract information, generate event descriptions, and make decisions.
Hardware, Smart Cameras: ★★ The sublime & scary future of cameras With A.I. brains
Internet-connected,storage-aware, digital computer TVs specialized for entertainment.
Hardware, Smart TVs: ★★ Best TV 2018: which TV should you buy?
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: ★★ Definition ★★ 2018 Wearables Expo - Post show report
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: ★★ Intelligent-vehicle tech ★★ The handbook of intelligent vehicles ★★ 2018 IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium
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 2018
Video-game consoles from Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo lead this category.
Hardware, Game Devices: ★★  Best Gaming Desktops 2018
Immersive computer systems that generate 3D images or environments and players use special gloves to manipulate games.
Hardware, Virtual Reality (VR): ★★  VR goes to the movies w/ new 'Planet Of The Apes' Game
These gadgets attach to computers to amplify their usefulness (e.g., monitors, keyboards, & mice to scanners, speakers, and cameras); peripherals provide input or output.
Hardware, Peripherals: ★★ What are peripherals? ★★ Set up a second screen for your computer
Telephone, computer, or general accessories (e.g., paper, cases, tripods or other attachments).
Hardware, Accessories: ★★ Computer accessory reviews for 2018
Things that go inside the computer go here, e.g., disc drives, memory boards, even SD cards.
Hardware, Internals:  ★★  PC Internals
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): ★★  2018 AI Predictions
Programs that run on the internet through a user's browser, e.g., Facebook, Netflix, Gmail, or Google Calendar
Software, In the cloud: ★★ The history of Cloud Computing
Programs & apps that run on many OperatingSystems (e.g., Windows, Android, iOS & OS X).
Software, General Tools: ★★ Gramblr allows you to upload pictures or videos to Instagram, thanks Helen
Programs that present content from the WWW (e.g., Google Chrome).
Software, Browsers: ★★ 20 interesting articles about browsers
Stories about things going on at Apple Computers.
Software, Apple, General News & Trivia: ★★  Surprising Apple facts & trivia
Interesting apps that run on Apple computers (under iOS or OS X).
Software, Apple, Apps: ★★ Newsmeister: Daily News Quiz
Interesting apps that run on Apple computers (under iOS or OS X).
Software, Apple Operating Systems: ★★  macOS High Sierra: latest update, problems, fixes, & features
News items about things going on at Microsoft.
Software, Microsoft, General News & Trivia: ★★  Microsoft News ★★ Download Microsoft Software ★★ 24 hidden Windows settings to help you compute better
Stories about Microsoft apps being released, recalled, or features and capabilities
Software, Microsoft, Apps: ★★  Windows 10 apps ★★
Stories about current or upcoming Microsoft OS features, releases, rumors, capabilities, or recalls.
Software, Microsoft, Operating Systems: ★★ Download Microsoft 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: ★★ Download Microsoft Office ★★
News, releases, recalls, information & speculation about the Android OS.
Software, Google, Operating Systems - Android: ★★  Check for software updates in apps, games, & Phone OS
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
The latest information about Google apps, the Google Play store, Android apps, and G Suite.
Software Google, Apps: ★★ Google's Song Maker is a music sequencer for your browser

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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