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Web News for August, 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 ★★ Pilot plant demonstrates low-cost conversion of CO2 into fuel ★★ Electric wind takes truck aerodynamics from brick to slick ★★ Railless train debuts in China

Security/Privacy Issues: Reports of data breaches, scams, malware, threats to privacy as well as how to avoid them ★★ Privacy & Cybersecurity Developments in Latin America

News Pages: News fm around the world in Audio, Video, or Printed Form is provided by the links shown. Audio: ★★ Kim's Podcasts ★★ NPR Radio ★★ BBC Radio
Video: ★★ BBC World News      AP reports on fake news in Not-Real News ★★ Eflip - news sites on the web

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

Historical News: ★★ The history of English

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 ★★ Dr. Robert Durnin, PC Club member ★★ 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


News items concerning topics of interest; in this case about computer hardware or software.Computer News: ★★ c|net news

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

New recipes, tools, & appliances associated w/ food Food News: ★★ GGC archived restaurant reviews ★★ Jeffrey Smith Talks About the Monsanto Lawyer Turned FDA “Food Safety Czar”, thanks Tom

Things or ideas for your house, your car, your pets, or even your pocketHousehold News: ★★ Household Hacker ★★ Kodak: 130 years of history ★★ 100 products that will make your home smarter

Ideas or stories about how to stay safe Safety News: ★★ Safety & Health Magazine

Scientific discoveries, research results, new tech, how our world works; new products & techniques that may be on the way Science News: ★★ Science News ★★ Mini antimatter accelerator to open doors to particle physics mysteries ★★ Ancient DNA discovery reveals previously unknown population of native Americans

Articles about matters involving courts, trials, law enforcement, patents, or law makers around the world. Legal Issues: ★★ Legal Issues in the News ★★ Texas enforces left-lane-for-passing-only, thanks Connie ★★ EU court rules gene-edited crops are subject to tough GMO laws


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: ★★ How To Learn A Language In 20 Minutes Per Day

These are about astronomy, findings, subspace activities, NASA, ESA, and other space agencies. Planetary Issues (and beyond): ★★ Astronomy News ★★ Quadrillion tons of diamond discovered deep w/in the Earth ★★ An astronaut's view of Mount St. Helens ★★ End of the journey for Iceberg B-15Z ★★ What are Asperitas clouds?

This section is a catch-all for topics like aviation, sports, science-fiction, etc. that don't fit into other topics. Geek Humor & Interests: ★★ Science Fiction ★★ Free aviation art ★★ Airlander 10, the world's largest aircraft, gets back in the air ★★ Closed wing tiltrotor aircraft downsized for the UAV market

Galleries are usually pictures or videos found on the World Wide Web. Galleries: ★★ Browse galleries around the world ★★ Through-Your-Lens photo contest

Photos of the Week:  The Atlantic: ★★ 1/5
     Foreign Policy (FP): ★★ A week in world photos

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

General articles about hardware that don't fit into any of the specific categories listed below. Hardware, General: ★★ Next-gen spoked-magnet motor

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

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

Portable computers with a hinged-lid screen that would fit in your lap. Hardware, Laptops: ★★ Best laptops for 2018

A small laptop designed primarily for accessing Internet-based applications. Hardware, Netbooks: ★★ What is a Netbook? ★★ Windows on Chromebooks? Stay tuned.

Hardware, Ereaders:A handheld device on which electronic versions of books, magazines, etc. can be read. ★★Best E-Book Readers for 2018

Hardware, 2-in-1s:A portable computer that shares characteristics of both tablets and laptops. ★★ TechRadar's pick of the best-5 2-in-1 laptops for 2018

Hardware, Desktops & Towers:Nonportable computers that usually have a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and Central Processing Unit. ★★ PC Mag's best desktops & towers of 2018

General-purpose flat computers with a touchscreen & sometimes a stylus. Hardware, Tablets: ★★ c|net's best tablets for 2018
Mobile-phone-based computers have a touchscreen, operating system, internet access, and the ability to run applications.
Hardware, Smartphones: ★★ c|net's best smartphones for 2018 ★★ Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 has a huge display & a supercharged stylus
Mobile digital watch devices with a touchscreen, usually with a connection to a smartphone.
Hardware, Smartwatches: ★★ PC Mag's best smartwatches of 2018
Digital vision systems that can capture images, extract information, generate event descriptions, and make decisions.
Hardware, Smart Cameras: ★★ Smart home cameras for 2018 ★★ Best smartphone cameras for 2018 ★★ Nikon creates a superzoom monster ★★ Canon's Cine-Servo 50-1000mm ★★ Canon's monstrous CMOS sensor goes meteor watching
Internet-connected,storage-aware, digital computer TVs specialized for entertainment.
Hardware, Smart TVs: ★★ Best-smart TVs for 2018
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
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: ★★ The mini PC invasion
Video-game consoles from Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo lead this category.
Hardware, Game Devices: ★★  Best video-game consoles for 2018 ★★ Xbox One vs. PS4 vs. Switch: Comparing the current gaming consoles
Immersive computer systems that generate 3D images or environments and players use special gloves to manipulate games.
Hardware, Virtual Reality (VR): ★★  A definition of VR
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? ★★ Samsung goes into mass production of the 1st consumer-level 4-bit, 4 TB SATA SSD
Telephone, computer, or general accessories (e.g., paper, cases, tripods or other attachments).
Hardware, Accessories: ★★ A definition of 'hardware accessories' for computers
Things that go inside the computer go here, e.g., disc drives, memory boards, even SD cards.
Hardware, Internals:  ★★  A definition of 'hardware internals' for computers ★★ SSD crams 32 TB into a 12-inch "ruler", thanks Steve
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): ★★ IBM's Jeopardy-winning AI is now ready to debate you ★★ MS Stream brings AI transcription to Onedrive & Sharepoint
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
Programs & apps that run on many OperatingSystems (e.g., Windows, Android, iOS & OS X).
Software, General Tools: ★★ Top 5 best text editors for Windows 10
Programs that present content from the WWW (e.g., Google Chrome).
Software, Browsers: ★★ Best internet browsers of 2018
Stories about things going on at Apple Computers.
Software, Apple, General News & Trivia: ★★  Apple Newsroom ★★ Apple insists developers ramp up their privacy commitments ★★ What does Apple's cryptic 'ring' invite mean?
Interesting apps that run on Apple computers (under iOS or OS X).
Software, Apple, Apps: ★★  Free Apple apps
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 ★★ Setting times for updates in Windows, thanks Helen
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 ★★ Windows 10 fall 2018 update
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: ★★ The best of Google

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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