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Web News for March, 2018

News Pages: News fm around the world in Audio, Video, or Printed Form is provided by the links shown. Audio: ★★ Podcasts ★★ NPR Radio ★★ BBC Radio    Kim:  ★★ 3/2   3/9
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. ★★ 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 ★★ Steve Jobs ★★ Mickey Jones ★★ Margot Kidder ★★ Denise LaSalle ★★ Dr. William Lukensmeyer, PC Club member ★★ John Mahoney ★★ Dorothy Malone ★★ Winnie Mandela ★★ John McCain ★★ Jill Messick ★★ Peter Miles ★★ Mac Miller ★★ Dolores O'Riordan ★★ Jean Porter ★★ Ronnie Prophet ★★ Burt Reynolds ★★ 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: ★★ Become a desktop publisher ★★ Closing your apps may not be necessary

New products, research, or developments in Electronics Great Ideas, Electronics: ★★ Electronics gift guide fm Amazon

New recipes, tools, & appliances associated w/ food Great Ideas, Food: ★★ Genius Kitchen best recipes ★★ Coca-Cola plans to launch (in Japan only) its 1st alcoholic drink ★★ How to make caramel at home

Things or ideas for your house, your car, your pets, or even your pocketGreat Ideas, Home: ★★ Inspiring living-room decorating ideas ★★ The art of hiding things in plain site ★★ Where to place your WiFi router ★★ Everything you need to harness rain and greywater at home ★★ Is sleeping in the same bed with your dog a good idea?, thanks Connie

The latest medical research, methods, drugs, or treatments Great Ideas, Medical: ★★ Medicine in the future ★★ Texas doctor says Costa Rica's health care system beats the US, thanks Connie

Ideas or stories about how to stay safe Great Ideas, Safety: ★★ Tips to Stay Safe on Social Media

Scientific discoveries, research results, new tech, how our world works; new products & techniques that may be on the way Great Ideas, Science: ★★ Science Magazine news ★★ Mosquitoes learn not to mess with you when you swat at them


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: ★★ Top 10 philosophical issues of the 21st Century ★★ What Makes A Book Series Unique?, thanks Helen ★★ Should peace & quiet be a human right? ★★ What determines the price of Bitcoin? ★★ Free graphical design eBooks ★★ Music discovery for internet nerds ★★ Algorithms are becoming the near-sentient backdrop of our lives

This section is a catch-all for topics like aviation, sports, science-fiction, etc. that don't fit into other topics. Geek Humor & Interests: ★★ Nerdy-computer-geek jokes ★★ Irish humor ★★ Hilarious errant grammar ★★ Snopes concludes there's something funny about this hilarity. ★★ Funny dogs ★★ The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling ★★ NFL owners unanimously approve new catch rule, thanks Connie

Galleries are usually pictures or videos found on the World Wide Web. Galleries: ★★ Top 10 music videos of all time ★★ The blue marble ★★ The Sony World Photography Awards short list ★★ Combining 3D printing w/ the maths of pinecones & sunflowers

Photos of the Week:  The Atlantic: ★★ 3/2 ★★ 3/9 ★★ 3/16 ★★ 3/23 ★★ 3/30
     Foreign Policy (FP): ★★ 3/2 ★★ 3/9 ★★ 3/16 ★★ 3/23 ★★ 3/30

Items described on the WWW that aren't yet available for purchase are previewed here. Potential Products: ★★ Technology trends that may dominate 2018 ★★ The GM Cruise AV; when it says, "self-driving", it really means it.

General articles about hardware that don't fit into any of the specific categories listed below. Hardware, General: ★★ Types of computer hardware

Computing devices in everyday objects that receive information from the internet. Hardware, Internet of Things (IoT): ★★ How IoT will affect security & privacy ★★ In defense of the IoT: First-hand experience

Portable computers with a hinged-lid screen that would fit in your lap. Hardware, Laptops: ★★ Dell XPS 13 (2018) is still the best Windows laptop

A small laptop designed primarily for accessing Internet-based applications. Hardware, Netbooks: ★★ Top netbooks reviewed, tested, & ranked

Hardware, eReaders:A handheld device on which electronic versions of books, magazines, etc. can be read. ★★PC Mag's best eRreaders for 2018

Hardware, 2-in-1s:A portable computer that shares characteristics of both tablets and laptops. ★★ Tom's Guide: best 2-in-1s for 2018

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

General-purpose flat computers with a touchscreen and sometimes a stylus. Hardware, Tablets: ★★ Tablets fm Best Buy
Mobile-phone-based computers have a touchscreen, operating system, internet access, and the ability to run applications.
Hardware, Smartphones: ★★  Best Smartphones of 2018 ★★ How to return a lost phone to its owner
Mobile digital watch devices with a touchscreen, usually with a connection to a smartphone.
Hardware, Smartwatches: ★★ Best smartwatches: the top choices you can buy in 2018 ★★ The Fitbit Versa
Digital vision systems that can capture images, extract information, generate event descriptions, and make decisions.
Hardware, Smart Cameras: ★★ The Best Home Security Cameras of 2018 ★★ Your smart camera is not immune to intrusion
Internet-connected,storage-aware, digital computer TVs specialized for entertainment.
Hardware, Smart TVs: ★★ Best TVs 2018: Amazing TVs you can buy right now
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 ★★ Best Wearable Tech for 2018
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
From PCs-on-a-stick to playing-card-deck sized computers. The most popular is the Raspberry Pi 3.
Hardware Tiny computers: ★★ Best Windows Micro Desktops of 2018
Video-game consoles from Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo lead this category.
Hardware, Game Devices: ★★  Best Video Game Consoles of 2018
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 2018 ★★ US olympic skiers use VR to prep for the winter games
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? ★★ Nintendo is more interested in new peripherals than in 'Switch 2.0'
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:  ★★  Tom's Hardware 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 ★★ Pitting digital assistants against each other to find the most useful AI ★★ Making Alexa laugh
Programs that run on the internet through a user's browser, e.g., Facebook, Netflix, Gmail, or Google Calendar
Software, In the cloud: ★★ Technology of the Year 2018: The best hardware, software, & cloud services ★★ How to select multiple messages quickly in Gmail ★★ How to download your Google data and what you'll find, thanks Helen ★★ Want to purge your social media timelines?, thanks Helen
Programs & apps that run on many OperatingSystems (e.g., Windows, Android, iOS & OS X).
Software, General Tools: ★★ Project Management Software for 2018 ★★ Train your Facebook News Feed to give you the info you want ★★ LibreOffice can replace paid Office software ★★ Install Kodi on Fire TV
Programs that present content from the WWW (e.g., Google Chrome).
Software, Browsers: ★★ Top web browsers 2018: Microsoft walks the road to browser irrelevance
Stories about things going on at Apple Computers.
Software, Apple, General News & Trivia: ★★  Best iOS trivia games ★★ Apple is buying Texture, a magazine that’s known as the “Netflix of magazine publishing”
Interesting apps that run on Apple computers (under iOS or OS X).
Software, Apple, Apps: ★★ TopBuzz -Live trivia game show
Interesting apps that run on Apple computers (under iOS or OS X).
Software, Apple Operating Systems: ★★  OS X news ★★ iOS 11 news
News items about things going on at Microsoft.
Software, Microsoft, General News & Trivia: ★★  Microsoft News ★★ Download Microsoft Software ★★ Microsoft shares are up 10% so far in 2018, adding to 2017’s gain of 41%.
Stories about Microsoft apps being released, recalled, or features and capabilities
Software, Microsoft, Apps: ★★  Windows 10 apps ★★ How to restore the Windows Store app to Windows 10 ★★ Best Trivia Games for Windows 10
Stories about current or upcoming Microsoft OS features, releases, rumors, capabilities, or recalls.
Software, Microsoft, Operating Systems: ★★ Download Microsoft Windows ★★ The history of Windows (since 1985) ★★ Windows 10 S may be cancelled and replaced as 'S Mode' for future Windows 10 versions
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 ★★ How to use Microsoft Office totally free
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: ★★ Apps for phone & tablet ★★ Google app for Windows 10

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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