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Web News for December, 2018

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 ★★ New York Times ★★ New York Times: The Daily ★★ npr ★★ The Palestine Chronicle ★★ Pew Research ★★ Reuters ★★ UK Telegraph ★★ USA Today ★★ Wall St Journal ★★ Wikinews ★★ Zero Hedge

Historical News: ★★ The history of English ★★ Was the German Luftwaffe considered a joke during WWII? ★★ Did Hitler actually have some super weapons under development that never made it into the war? ★★ The final resting place of Benedict Arnold, America’s most infamous traitor ★★ Why did the astronauts who went to the moon refuse to swear by the Bible that they had done so?

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 ★★ COMPUTERWORLD ★★ PCWorld ★★ PCMag ★★ techradar ★★ ComputerWeekly ★★ List of computer magazines

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 ★★ How to cook a steak

Things or ideas for your house, your car, your pets, or even your pocketHousehold News: ★★ Household Hacker

The latest medical research, methods, drugs, or treatments Medical News: ★★ Medical News Today ★★ Unlikely drug pair combine to cut off cancer's energy supply ★★ Why is belly fat so hard to lose in adults?

Scientific discoveries, research results, new tech, how our world works; new products & techniques that may be on the way Science News: ★★ Science News ★★ ScienceDaily ★★ 50K year-old lifeforms found in abandoned Mexican mine ★★ Earth loses hundreds of tons of atmosphere to space every day

Issues involving the United States of America. USA Issues: ★★ Fort McHenry: Birthplace of the National Anthem of the USA ★★ Federal Voting Assistance Program, thanks Tio ★★ The US Embassy in CR ★★ USA Today ★★ How much did recent U.S. presidents' vacations cost the taxpayers? ★★ Rex Tillerson exposes Pres Trump's greatest weakness ★★ Michelle Obama confirms what you suspected about the rich and powerful ★★ Pres Trump's climate change tweet lambasted by scientists ★★ Interaction between the Trumps & others in the presidential row at the funeral for Pres H. W. Bush ★★ John Brennan says Pres Trump can't escape 'American justice' & will never run for public office again ★★ The most surreal lines from Pres Trump's 12/13/18 Fox News interview ★★ What happens when you write to a Member of Congress? ★★ Mueller disperses some of the findings of his investigation to federal judges ★★ Would candidate Trump have passed the vetting process if he’d been honest about current business interests involving Putin? ★★ Is Pres Trump doing an okay job at being President? ★★ What Pres Trump doesn't get about impeachment ★★ Does it really matter if the Mueller probe incriminates Pres Trump, because the Senate will never convict? ★★ How Senators Pelosi & Schumer outsmarted Pres Trump ★★ America is paying an awful price for Trump ★★ New 'no escape' Meteor missiles boost fighter jets' firepower ★★ Do you think Pres Trump will win his 2nd term? ★★ One sentence in Michael Flynn's sentencing document that should really scare Pres Trump ★★ Government shutdown 2018

These are about astronomy, findings, subspace activities, NASA, ESA, and other space agencies. Planetary Issues (and beyond): ★★ Astronomy News ★★ The sky this week ★★ A giant iceberg breaks off in Antarctica ★★ NASA releases new images fm the surface of Mars ★★ China launches 1st rover to the far-side of the Moon ★★ Earth's magnetic poles could start to flip. ★★ InSight Lander hears wind sounds on Mars ★★ InSight Lander carries 2 chips bearing the microscopic etched names of 2.4 million fans to Mars. ★★ ISS uses Zulu time (GMT) ★★ Spaceflight seems to have made their 'We launch your satallite into orbit for you' service actually work ★★ Tiny rocks the size of blueberries on mars continue to baffle scientists ★★ Technical glitch sees Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon rocket crash land in sea ★★ The mystery of the “Wow!” signal fm space has finally been solved ★★ Our first up-close look at the Bennu asteroid ★★ The most powerful ion drive ever is about to blast a spacecraft to Mercury ★★ Epic video of Titan (Saturn’s moon) released by NASA ★★ ISS’s artificial intelligence (CIMON) has turned belligerent ★★ More background on CIMON ★★ NASA’s spacecraft OSIRIS-REx has finally reached the asteroid Bennu ★★ Why NASA is offering $2.6 billion to companies who can get the US back to the moon ★★ NASA chief tells Elon Musk to stop drinking & smoking pot ★★ Surprising truths about black holes ★★ Do all satellite circling the earth go in the same direction? ★★ NASA solar spacecraft snaps 1st image from inside sun's atmosphere ★★ NASA finds a solar system with 7 Earth-like planets ★★ NASA approves full production of 1st Dream Chaser spacecraft ★★ The farthest known object in our solar system is pink ★★ The red planet is surprisingly colorful ★★ The James Webb Space Telescope will utterly transform our view of the universe ★★ Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo reaches space for 1st time ★★ HAT-P-26b is about the size of Neptune, but its metallicity is more inline with Jupiter ★★ Voyager 2 is officially in interstellar space. Now what? ★★ Putin plans to put Russians on Mars in 2019 ★★ The sound of wind on Mars

Galleries & Art are what we find to amuse ourselves. Galleries & Art: ★★ Browse art galleries around the world ★★ Free aviation art ★★ Lueb Popoff makes art fm tree stumps

This section is for enjoyment of the many types of time wasters that tickle our fancy but don't fit into other topics. Entertainment: ★★ Science Fiction ★★ Gamespot's 16 best sci-fi movies & shows of 2018 ★★ Vulture Magazine ★★ Is recasting Data for Star Trek: Picard a good idea? ★★ Goodreads staffers' top 3 books of the year

Photos of the Month:  The Atlantic: ★★ 9/2018    Foreign Policy (FP): 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 ★★ How smart devices fail because of their Web dependence ★★ How hard it is to move out of Apple Ecosystem & adopt Android or Windows? ★★ If you could ban one computer company, what would it be?

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 ★★ What Windows laptop do you recommend? ★★ Is it cheaper to replace a burnt motherboard in a laptop or just buy a new laptop?

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

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
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 ★★ Hasselblad recorded webinars
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
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? ★★ What is a Photo Stick?, thanks Steve ★★ What makes a machanical keyboard better than a regular one?
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
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
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 ★★ Why the Marvel Cinematic Universe is overrated ★★ How to delete your Twitter account (& back up your tweets) ★★ How to delete your Instagram account (& back up your photos)
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 ★★ Optician Sans: A font that your eye remembers
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 ★★ Why you should never use someone else’s Apple ID on your iPhone ★★ Apple’s Squid emoji is anatomically incorrect, thanks Bill
Interesting apps that run on Apple computers (under iOS or OS X).
Software, Apple, Apps: ★★  Free Apple apps ★★ New MacOS app (photos2webgallery) gives photographers a speedy way to create web galleries from the Photos library.
Operating Systems that run on Apple devices.
Software, Apple Operating Systems: ★★  OS X news ★★ Does Mac OS X have tech comparable to DirectX 12, & could it play A-list games powered by bleeding-edge Nvidia or AMD graphics cards? ★★ iOS 11 news
News items about things going on at Microsoft.
Software, Microsoft, General News & Trivia: ★★  Microsoft News ★★ Download Microsoft Software
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: ★★ 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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