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Web News for June, 2018

Trends: Trends indicate the way things are moving in the Web News lately and, more generally, how things are changing in our world. ★★ Google Trends ★★ SUV owners take note, thanks Connie ★★ What will voice-assistant ads “look” like? ★★ World’s 1st 3D-printed carbon bike ★★ Gmail is getting its biggest refresh in years ★★ The number of teens who report having sex is down ★★ Chinese President Xi has a vision that could upend the internet as we know it

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 ★★ Margot Kidder ★★ 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


News items concerning topics of interest; in this case about computer hardware or software.Computer News: ★★ Net-neutrality supporters are cringing at the AT&T-Time-Warner merger

New products, research, or developments in Electronics Electronics News: ★★ Electronics reviews from Consumer Reports

New recipes, tools, & appliances associated w/ food Food News: ★★ Finding good meat in Costa Rica–A continuing endeavor, thanks Helen ★★ A great Heineken commercial, thanks Tom (Use Back Arrow to get back.)

Things or ideas for your house, your car, your pets, or even your pocketHousehold News: ★★ Tips for not losing your dog

Ideas or stories about how to stay safe Safety News: ★★ Some examples of banter w/ Air Traffic Control

Scientific discoveries, research results, new tech, how our world works; new products & techniques that may be on the way Science News: ★★ Underwater fiber-optic cables could moonlight as earthquake sensors ★★ Super-Kamiokande (or 'Super-K') is a neutrino detector


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: ★★ Bill Gates shares his top picks for summer reading ★★ What were the most chilling quotes ever said? ★★ Why did Ethiopian Airlines 961 get torn to pieces landing in water but US Airways Flight 1549 ditched w/ little damage? ★★ It’s likely intelligent life doesn’t exist outside of Earth

These are about astronomy, findings, subspace activities, NASA, ESA, and other space agencies. Planetary Issues (and beyond): ★★ Astronomy News ★★ Why can't we send a probe to the end of the known universe? ★★ 3 space-station-bound astronauts appeared profoundly tranquil as they sped through Earth's atmosphere on June 6 in Soyuz spacecraft

This section is a catch-all for topics like aviation, sports, science-fiction, etc. that don't fit into other topics. Geek Humor & Interests: ★★ Can an airline pilot open the window fm inside the cockpit? ★★ We found a new funny guy, thanks Connie

Galleries are usually pictures or videos found on the World Wide Web. Galleries: ★★ Browse galleries around the world ★★ Why men need toolboxes ★★ Sid turns 93!, thanks Tom

Photos of the Week:  The Atlantic: ★★ 6/1 ★★ 6/8 ★★ 6/15 ★★ 6/22
     Foreign Policy (FP): ★★ World photos

Items described on the WWW that aren't yet available for purchase are previewed here. Potential Products: ★★ Genius new products

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

Pilotless vehicles from airborne rotor-wing types to cars, robots, or submersibles Hardware, Drones: ★★ The most amazing drones

Computing devices in everyday objects that receive information from the internet. Hardware, Internet of Things (IoT): ★★ Top Internet of Things (IoT) companies

Portable computers with a hinged-lid screen that would fit in your lap. Hardware, Laptops: ★★ Should you leave your laptop plugged in all the time? ★★ Is it bad for my hard drive to leave my laptop ON for 3 months? ★★ How to clean your filthy, disgusting laptop, thanks Rich & Jean ★★ What to do if you spill on your laptop, thanks Rich & Jean

A small laptop designed primarily for accessing Internet-based applications. Hardware, Netbooks: ★★ The best Chromebooks 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 laptops for 2018

Hardware, Desktops & Towers:Nonportable computers that usually have a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and Central Processing Unit. ★★ Great buys on desktops & towers

General-purpose flat computers with a touchscreen and sometimes a stylus. Hardware, Tablets: ★★ Best tablet deals
Mobile-phone-based computers have a touchscreen, operating system, internet access, and the ability to run applications.
Hardware, Smartphones: ★★  Best smartphones of 2018
Mobile digital watch devices with a touchscreen, usually with a connection to a smartphone.
Hardware, Smartwatches: ★★ The best smartwatches of 2018
Digital vision systems that can capture images, extract information, generate event descriptions, and make decisions.
Hardware, Smart Cameras: ★★ Best smartphone cameras for 2018
Internet-connected,storage-aware, digital computer TVs specialized for entertainment.
Hardware, Smart TVs: ★★ TCL 6-Series, thanks Connie
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 ★★ The fitbit versa
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: ★★ Kardia EKG monitor, fm AliveCor, thanks Ken
Video-game consoles from Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo lead this category.
Hardware, Game Devices: ★★  Best video-game consoles for 2018
Immersive computer systems that generate 3D images or environments and players use special gloves to manipulate games.
Hardware, Virtual Reality (VR): ★★  YouTube’s official VR channel that features the newest & best VR-ready videos
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? ★★ Mac keyboard shortcuts ★★ Windows keyboard shortcuts
Telephone, computer, or general accessories (e.g., paper, cases, tripods or other attachments).
Hardware, Accessories: ★★ Boost your Nintendo Switch experience with these accessories
Things that go inside the computer go here, e.g., disc drives, memory boards, even SD cards.
Hardware, Internals:  ★★  What do you need a 32-core CPU for?
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): ★★ What will voice-assistant ads “look” like? ★★  AI news
Programs that run on the internet through a user's browser, e.g., Facebook, Netflix, Gmail, or Google Calendar
Software, In the cloud: ★★ How to select multiple messages quickly in Gmail ★★ Google's huge update to Gmail, thanks Ken
Programs & apps that run on many OperatingSystems (e.g., Windows, Android, iOS & OS X).
Software, General Tools: ★★ Phone numbers added to PCC Member List [login required]
Programs that present content from the WWW (e.g., Google Chrome).
Software, Browsers: ★★ Best internet browsers of 2018 ★★ Browser News
Stories about things going on at Apple Computers.
Software, Apple, General News & Trivia: ★★  Apple Newsroom ★★ Apple announces multi-year partnership with Oprah Winfrey
Interesting apps that run on Apple computers (under iOS or OS X).
Software, Apple, Apps: ★★  Free Apple apps ★★ WhatsApp Messenger
Operating Systems that run on Apple devices.
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 ★★ InMobi forms strategic partnership with Microsoft
Stories about Microsoft apps being released, recalled, or features and capabilities
Software, Microsoft, Apps: ★★  Windows 10 apps ★★ Wunderlist: To-Do List & Tasks
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: ★★ Gmail is getting its biggest refresh in years

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 ★★ How to schedule tasks in Linux Systems ★★ What are the advantages of using Linux over MS Windows?

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