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Web News for February, 2019

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 ★★ Goodreads: Best books of 2018 ★★ Goodreads: 2019 Reading Challenge ★★ Trends in ladies' attire ★★ Top automotive trends in 2019 ★★ Trends in ladies' bags for 2019 ★★ Amazon is buying mesh router company Eero ★★ Best & worst moments of the 2019 Oscars

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 ★★ Famous last words ★★ How old Is cancer? ★★ How Nixon’s WWII poker game helped bankroll his 1st run for Congress ★★ Did George Washington’s bodyguard plot to kill him in 1776? ★★ WWII sweethearts ‘sexted’ with bawdy acronyms ★★ The history of toilet paper, thanks Tom

Rest In Peace: Famous people & friends who have died this year. ★★ Julie Adams ★★ Fatima Ali ★★ Jo Andres ★★ Carmen Argenziano ★★ Russell Baker ★★ Kaye Ballard ★★ Kevin Barnett ★★ Verna Bloom ★★ John Tyler Bonner ★★ Joseph Brennan, PC Club member ★★ Cadet ★★ Carol Channing ★★ Rep. John Dingell ★★ Juanjo Domínguez ★★ Daryl Dragon ★★ Dr. Robert Durnin, PC Club member ★★ Bob Einstein ★★ Albert Finney ★★ Peter Fonda ★★ Cremilda Gil ★★ Abdurehim Heyit ★★ James Ingram ★★ Herb Kelleher ★★ Chris Kraft ★★ Mable Lee ★★ Michel Legrand ★★ Shelley Lubben ★★ Dr. William Lukensmeyer, PC Club member ★★ Tony Mendez ★★ Dick Miller ★★ Ron Miller ★★ Louisa Moritz ★★ Walter Munk ★★ Gene Okerlund ★★ Mary Oliver ★★ Wolfgang Rindler ★★ Frank Robinson ★★ Robert Ryman ★★ Kristoff St. John ★★ Joseph Sirola ★★ Doc Thompson ★★ Tomi Ungerer ★★ Andy Vajna ★★ Jan-Michael Vincent ★★ Patricia Nell Warren ★★ Guy Webster ★★ Phil Western ★★ Edward Zigler


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 ★★ The best free iPhone apps of 2019 ★★ What is the 5G Network? ★★ What about the 6G network?

New products, research, or developments in Electronics Electronics News: ★★ Electronics reviews from Consumer Reports ★★ Blu-Ray Players

New recipes, tools, & appliances associated w/ food Food News: ★★ GGC archived restaurant reviews ★★ Grocery-store-based nutrition education improved eating habits

Things or ideas for your house, your car, your pets, or even your pocketHousehold News: ★★ Household Hacker ★★ Hill’s Prescription Diet & Science Diet Dog Food Recall, thanks Helen ★★ Little-known truths about reading aloud, thanks Connie

The latest medical research, methods, drugs, or treatments Medical News: ★★ Medical News Today ★★ How safe are e-cigarettes?

Ideas or stories about how to stay safe Safety News: ★★ Safety & Health Magazine ★★ Keep the flu at bay

Scientific discoveries, research results, new tech, how our world works; new products & techniques that may be on the way Science News: ★★ Science News ★★ ScienceDaily ★★ A new 2-D material uses light to quickly & safely purify water ★★ Giant tortoise believed extinct for 100 years found in Galápagos


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: ★★ What are the current issues in modern philosophy? ★★ Peanuts quotes for everyday use (click cartoon to enlarge) ★★ Pope Francis compares child sex abuse to human sacrifice ★★ Saudi Arabia announces Princess Reema bint Bandar al-Saud as US ambassador ★★ What comes after ISIS? ★★ Why the USA keeps getting South Asia wrong ★★ What it’s like to be rescued by a dog after being buried in snow, thanks Connie ★★ Is the American dream withering away?

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 ★★ US customs announces largest Fentanyl seizure in its history, worth $3.5 million ★★ US Chamber of Commerce Issues ★★ US Supreme Court issues temporary stay on restrictive Louisiana abortion law ★★ I side w/... polls ★★ National Enquirer’s parent says it will ‘thoroughly investigate’ extortion allegations made by Jeff Bezos ★★ Lea Gabrielle to be named head of the State Dept’s Global Engagement Center for coordinating counter-propaganda efforts worldwide ★★ Sen. Rubio blocks Pres. Trump’s Honduras envoy ★★ New migrant caravan reaches US-Mexico border at Eagle Pass, Texas ★★ Top foreign-policy takeaways from Pres Trump’s State-of-the-Union message ★★ Pres Trump prepares to nominate David Malpass, a World Bank critic, to become its next president ★★ Why did the State Department just spend $84,375 on a sculpture by Bob Dylan? ★★ Pres Trump's ex-aide Manafort lied to prosecutors, judge rules ★★ Congress reasserts its war-making powers in House’s Yemen vote ★★ Bipartisan former senior-national-security officials issue statement, “There is no factual basis” for Pres Trump to proclaim a national emergency to build a border wall ★★ The beltway battle over Syria ★★ Does anyone want to be Secretary of Defense? ★★ Feds say Coast Guard lieutenant compiled a hit list of lawmakers ★★ Cohen says Pres Trump wanted him to lie

International Issues are items about countries outside CR or the USA.International Issues: ★★ The Canadian Embassy in CR ★★ The British Embassy in CR ★★ Directory of consulates & embassies in CR ★★ ABC International News ★★ Could Chinese telecom giant Huawei put US cyber-security at risk? ★★ US withdraws fm INF Treaty ★★ US military warns of threat from Chinese-run space station in Argentina ★★ Lebanon forms new government after 9 months of deadlock ★★ US air strike kills 24 militants in Somalia ★★ Mystery illness sees Canada halve its Cuba embassy staff ★★ England's Institute of Directors (IoD) warn that Brexit poses a significant risk to them ★★ 29 Syrian children die during freezing escape from the Islamic State ★★ Cash-strapped Venezuela to sell gold reserves to UAE ★★ As Brexit looms, the Rock of Gibraltar is in a hard place ★★ UK, Norway, & Iceland agree on citizens' rights if no-deal Brexit ★★ How Russia is strong-arming Apple ★★ King of Thailand objects to his sister running for Prime Minister ★★ London pushes to take Saudis off EU dirty money blacklist ★★ US sets April target date for military pullout in Syria ★★ Saudi Crown Prince told aide in 2017 he would kill Khashoggi if he continued his criticism. ★★ Japan pulls out of the International Whaling Commission (IWC). ★★ Germany blocked Facebook from combining user data from Instagram, WhatsApp, & Facebook w/o user consent. ★★ Brigitte Bardot to run in European Parliament election ★★ EU nixes deal to create rail giant able to stand up to China ★★ Venezuela military uses tanker & shipping container to block humanitarian aid shipment ★★ Spain's government loses budget vote, paving way for early election ★★ Philippine journalist critical of Duterte, is arrested ★★ Deadly suicide bombing targets Iran’s Revolutionary Guard ★★ Feds launch investigation into disappearance of Saudi students facing US charges ★★ US & Libyan forces raid al Qaeda site in Libyan city of Ubari ★★ Sudan protests intensify ★★ Bangladesh plane 'hijacker' shot dead by local special forces ★★ US Pres Trump & North Korean Supreme Leader Kim head to Hanoi, Vietnam for talks ★★ Mexican environmental activist murdered ★★ US approves extradition of Colombia’s former agriculture minister ★★ Measles outbreak in Japan ★★ VP Pence announced new Venezuela sanctions to urge Pres Maduro to step aside ★★ Heckler & Koch fined for illegal gun sales to Mexico ★★ UAE signs deals to buy $5.4B of arms amid global outrage over Yemen war ★★ Iran showcases 1st submarine cruise missile as part of Gulf war games ★★ The secret lives of Arab princesses ★★ In Israel, Netanyahu's political rivals unite in one party ★★ Russia charges top US investor Michael Calvey w/ fraud ★★ Pakistan downs 2 Indian warplanes ★★

These are about astronomy, findings, subspace activities, NASA, ESA, and other space agencies. Planetary Issues (and beyond): ★★ Astronomy News ★★ The sky this week ★★ WISE ★★ Scientists finally confirm a big theory about solar system formation ★★ NASA declares 'mission complete' for Opportunity rover ★★ Israeli company sends world's 1st privately funded mission to the moon

Photos of the Month:  ★★ The Atlantic 2019:  01, 02 ★★ Foreign Policy (FP): 2018, 2019, or use the Slideshow

Items described on the WWW that aren't yet available for purchase are previewed here. Potential Products: ★★ Products from the future ★★ Hololens 2 teased by Microsoft for pre-MWC 2019 reveal ★★ Microsoft-Surface-range looks to make its fabric coating smarter

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

Pilotless vehicles from airborne rotor-wing types to cars, robots, or submersibles Hardware, Drones: ★★ The best drones for beginners ★★ Drones fm $50 to $1,500

Computing devices in everyday objects that receive information from the internet. Hardware, Internet of Things (IoT): ★★ What is the IoT? ★★ Costa Rica is the 2nd country best prepared for IoT in Latin America

Portable computers with a hinged-lid screen that would fit in your lap. Hardware, Laptops: ★★ Best laptops for 2019 ★★ Where to buy & repair laptops in CR

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

Hardware, Ereaders:A handheld device on which electronic versions of books, magazines, etc. can be read. ★★Best E-Book Readers for 2019 ★★ All-new Kindle Paperwhite

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 2019 ★★ Consumer Reports on 2-in-1s

Hardware, Desktops & Towers:Nonportable computers that usually have a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and Central Processing Unit. ★★ PC Mag's best desktops & towers of 2019 ★★ Walmart desktops & towers

General-purpose flat computers with a touchscreen & sometimes a stylus. Hardware, Tablets: ★★ c|net's best tablets for 2019 ★★ HUAWEI MediaPad M5
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 2019 ★★ Best unlocked SIM-free phones w/ prices & deals in February, 2019
Mobile digital watch devices with a touchscreen, usually with a connection to a smartphone.
Hardware, Smartwatches: ★★ PC Mag's best smartwatches of 2019 ★★ Best smartwatches for 2019
Digital vision systems that can capture images, extract information, generate event descriptions, and make decisions.
Hardware, Smart Cameras: ★★ Smart home cameras for 2019 ★★ Best smartphone cameras for 2019
Internet-connected,storage-aware, digital computer TVs specialized for entertainment.
Hardware, Smart TVs: ★★ Lifewire's best smart-TVs for 2019 ★★ Tom's Guide to best smart TVs for 2019
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 ★★ Hot new wearable computers
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 ★★ Tiny computers could transform our lives
Video-game consoles from Sony, Microsoft, & Nintendo lead this category.
Hardware, Game Devices: ★★  Best video-game consoles for 2019 ★★ Best 10 top gaming laptops TechRadar reviewed ★★ Apex Legends could get two new modes that many players want ★★ Top trends to expect in gaming ★★ Benefits of cloud gaming
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 ★★ ‘Doctor Who’ VR experience to land on VR headsets soon
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? ★★ Rapid prototyping & 3D printers
Telephone, computer, or general accessories (e.g., paper, cases, tripods or other attachments).
Hardware, Accessories: ★★ A definition of 'hardware accessories' for computers ★★ WalMart is a good place to find them
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 ★★ NewEgg sells computer components
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 ★★ Pres Trump to order federal agencies to look into artificial intelligence (AI) research, training, & promotion ★★ AI could make quantum computers a reality ★★ US Dept of Defense released its roadmap for AI
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 ★★ How to #DeleteFacebook (but keep your data)
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 ★★ Best Code Editor Apps for Your Mac
Programs that present content from the WWW (e.g., Google Chrome).
Software, Browsers: ★★ Best internet browsers of 2019 ★★ Mozilla Firefox ★★ Google Chrome
Stories about things going on at Apple Computers.
Software, Apple, General News & Trivia: ★★  Apple Newsroom
Interesting apps that run on Apple computers (under iOS or OS X).
Software, Apple, Apps: ★★  Free Apple apps ★★ Apple to fix Facetime bug ★★ The best free iPhone apps of 2019 ★★ The best macOS apps for your Apple computer ★★ The best iPhone games to play in 2019
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
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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