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Web News for March, 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 ★★ Goodreads: Books of Spring ★★ Foxconn announced slashed revenues & salaries due to weaker demand for iPhones in China. ★★ Mobile World Congress 2019 recap ★★ Are you an Amazon or an Apple family?

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 ★★ Famous last words ★★ Many pioneers in computing were women of color

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 ★★ Cremilda Gil ★★ Abdurehim Heyit ★★ James Ingram ★★ Herb Kelleher ★★ 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

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

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 ★★ Cannabis use in adolescence linked to later depression or suicide, thanks Sharon

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 ★★ ScienceDaily

Articles about matters involving courts, trials, law enforcement, patents, or law makers around the world. Legal Issues: ★★ Legal Issues in the News ★★ Do you need a Visa or Residency to live in Costa Rica?


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? ★★ How to make Gamification work on the web ★★ The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data

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 ★★ Having failed to clinch a deal with N. Korea, Pres Trump turns to China ★★ Will Israelis say bye-bye to Bibi? ★★ Nigeria’s anti-corruption vote ★★ Washington juggles another Pyongyang dilemma ★★ US Seeks UN Security Council Vote on New Venezuela Resolution ★★ 40K Nigerian refugees in Cameroon ordered back to northeast Nigeria ★★ Nicaragua talks on crisis begin, dozens of prisoners freed ★★ 19 rescued alive from a mine in Indonesia, the death toll rose to 7, & about 3 dozen miners remain trapped ★★ Last exit from Brexit? ★★ Scotland may seek independence if Brexit happens ★★ Tagging bear cubs in Canada ★★ Chinese & Iranian Hackers renew their attacks on US companies, thanks Sharon & Bill ★★ Ailing Algerian president says he will stand down after next election ★★ US Palestinian mission in Jerusalem to merge with Israeli embassy ★★ Huawei's Meng Wanzhou sues Canadian government over her arrest ★★ US bumps EU diplomatic status back up after downgrade ★★ Former Yazidi captives of IS reunite with families in Iraq ★★ ISIL fighters 'surrender in large numbers' in final Syria enclave ★★ What's the difference btwn 'ISIL' & 'ISIS'? ★★ Burundi forces UN to shut down its human rights office ★★ Pres Trump extends US sanctions against Zimbabwe by a year ★★ US missile system sale to Saudi Arabia moves forward ★★ US cancels journalist’s award over her criticism of Pres Trump ★★ US bombardments are driving Somalis from their homes ★★ French cardinal convicted of covering up sex abuse allegations ★★ Russia passes legislation banning 'disrespect' of authorities & 'fake news' ★★ Foreign Policy photos for the week ★★ Pres Trump is sending guns south as migrants flee North ★★ India’s dogfight loss could be a win for US weapons-makers ★★ The West needs to take the politics of women in ISIS seriously ★★ North Korea begins rebuilding missile test site after negotiations failed

These are about astronomy, findings, subspace activities, NASA, ESA, and other space agencies. Planetary Issues (and beyond): ★★ Astronomy News ★★ The sky this week ★★ WISE ★★ NASA captures stunning images of ‘nuclear superbubbles’ in an alien galaxy ★★ NASA eyeballs bizarre Mars 'brain terrain' ★★ InSight Lander's drill got stuck on a rock during its 1st dig into Mars ★★ Another look at the InSight Lander problem ★★ 50 billion planets in our Milky Way galaxy are likely to be free floaters, says new study ★★ New study finds asteroids are harder to destroy than previously thought ★★ Watch an ISS astronaut enter the SpaceX crew capsule for the 1st time ★★ Planet Nine could be 5X the size of the Earth & closer than we thought ★★ The solar system's hidden Planet Nine may finally be spotted soon ★★ NASA Mars rover Curiosity back to work after mystery snafu ★★ SpaceX is making history with its 1st-ever human spacecraft launch ★★ Stunning images from NASA's 1st 60 years of space exploration ★★ FarFarOut displaces FarOut as the most distant object in our solar system ★★ The NASA decision Russia didn’t like because the US craft might crash into the ISS if a malfunction occured ★★ Boulder's Southwest Research Institute shows few small objects in the Kuiper Belt ★★ Meet Ripley, SpaceX's dummy astronaut riding on the Crew Dragon test flight ★★ W/ a 2nd repeating Fast Radio Burst (FRB), astronomers close in on an explanation ★★ SpaceX's Falcon 9 survived a 'spicy' landing at sea after launching the 1st private moon mission ★★ NASA scolds Elon Musk’s SpaceX over ‘serious challenges’ facing launch schedules ★★ Tips on how to get started in deep space & astrophotography ★★ The clearest images of Ultima Thule reveal a strange-looking object (?a snowman?) ★★ NASA is repurposing existing Space Shuttle engines ★★ Why is the Andromeda Galaxy moving toward us if the universe is expanding? ★★ Japan’s Hayabusa2 craft touches down on asteroid Ryugu ★★ Scientists may have identified a 'powerful unknown mechanism' that is tilting planets ★★ Merging neutron stars made an unstoppable jet, & it moves at nearly the speed of light ★★ Earth's atmosphere is bigger than we thought: it actually goes past the Moon

Galleries & Art are what we find to amuse ourselves. Galleries & Art: ★★ Browse art galleries around the world ★★ Free aviation art ★★ NASA celebrates Earth’s incredible natural beauty with photo book

Photos of the Month:  ★★ The Atlantic 2019:  01  02 03 ★★ Foreign Policy (FP): 2018, 2019, or use the Slideshow ★★ NASA captures the 1st-ever photos of merging supersonic shock waves

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

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

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

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

Portable computers with a hinged-lid screen that would fit in your lap. Hardware, Laptops: ★★ Best laptops for 2019 ★★ Best laptops under $500.

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

Hardware, Ereaders:A handheld device on which electronic versions of books, magazines, etc. can be read. ★★Best E-Book Readers for 2019 fm c|net ★★ Best eReaders for 2019 fm PCMag

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 ★★ Laptop Mag's pick of the best 2-in-1 laptops for 2019

Hardware, Desktops & Towers:Nonportable computers that usually have a monitor, keyboard, mouse, & Central Processing Unit. ★★ PC Mag's best desktops & towers of 2019 ★★ Techradar's best computer 2019: the best PCs we've tested

General-purpose flat computers with a touchscreen & sometimes a stylus. Hardware, Tablets: ★★ c|net's best tablets for 2019 ★★ T3's best tablet 2019: from slim & stylish slates, to productivity powerhouses
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 ★★ Choosing the best antivirus for your Android phone ★★ Saying “hyphen” 5 times using voice input crashes your iPhone
Mobile digital watch devices with a touchscreen, usually with a connection to a smartphone.
Hardware, Smartwatches: ★★ PC Mag's best smartwatches of 2019 ★★ Best smartwatch guide: Our March 2019 top picks revealed
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: ★★ 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
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
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?
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 ★★ How important is Processor Speed?
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 ★★ When Artificial Intelligence affects lives ★★ Putin says, 'Whoever predicts the future correctly will win the AI arms race.'
Hardware/Software: Games (e.g., Video-game consoles from Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, etc.); as well as software games.
Hardware/Software, Games: ★★  Best video-game consoles for 2019 ★★ Star Trek - Alien Domain: Incursion ★★ Alien Domain: Incursion goes live
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 ★★ Mark Zuckerberg lays out his vision for a new Facebook
Programs that present content from the WWW (e.g., Google Chrome).
Software, Browsers: ★★ Best internet browsers of 2019

Known browsers -- Click on the logos for more information. [Ed. Note: Members can also find this collection under Refs & Tutorials - Software - Browsers.]

An ultra-fast web browser
Avant
Brave is a free & open-source web browser.
Brave
Camino is a Mac OS X-native browser
Camino
Now more simple, secure, & faster than ever - with Google’s smarts built-in.
Chrome
Chromium is not the same as Chrome.
Chromium
Dillo is a multi-platform graphical web browser known for its speed & small footprint.
Dillo
In its 2nd gen, Dooble is a totally-new Web-browsing experience.
Dooble
ELinks is a text-mode browser. The Epic Browser has many privacy features.
Epic
Firefox
Firefox
Firefox
Firefox Android
More like a group meeting tool..
Flock
Browser for iOS devices
iCab Mobile
IE6 was released on August 27, 2001, shortly after the completion of Windows XP.
IE 6
IE7 was released on October of 2006. It was the default browser for Windows Vista.
IE 7
IE8 was released on March 19, 2009. It was the last version to run on Windows XP.
IE 8
IE9 was released to the public on March 14, 2011 as the recommended browser for Windows Vista, replacing IE 6 & 7.
IE 9
IE10 was released in 2012 as is the default browser for Windows 8, expanding on IE9 functionality w/ regard to CSS3 support, hardware acceleration, & HTML5 support..
IE 10
IE11 was the 11th & final version of Internet Explorer. It was officially released in October, 2013. MS Edge was the default browser in Windows after that.
IE 11
K-Meleon is an extremely fast, customizable, lightweight web browser that is free software & is designed specifically for Microsoft Windows (Win32) operating systems.
K-Meleon
Konqueror, a free & open-source web browser & file manager, provides web access & file-viewer functionality for file systems.
Konqueror
Links is an open source text & graphic web browser w/ a pull-down menu system.
Links
Lunascape Orion browser is a free alternative browser for Windows.
Lunascape
Lynx is a text-mode browser. Awarded 'Best Browser' in 3 consecutive years. Fast, secure & ad-free.
Maxthon
MS Edge is now available across all Windows 10, iOS & Android* devices.
MS Edge
Midori Browser is a lightweight, fast, free & open-source web browser.
Midori
Mosaic was the 1st browser to display images inline w/ text instead of displaying images in a separate window.
Mosaic
The Mozilla Application Suite is now SeaMonkey
Netscape Navigator
NetSurf is a multi-platform web browser for RISC OS, Linux & other UNIX-like platforms, Windows, Mac OS X, & more.
Netsurf
OmniWeb is a proprietary Internet web browser, currently developed exclusively for Apple's macOS operating system. It is available as a free download.
OmniWeb
Opera is a web browser for Windows, Android, macOS, & Linux OSs.
Opera
Opera for phones
Opera Mini
Origyn has been discontinued.
Origyn
There are official releases for MS Windows & Linux, an unofficial build for macOS, & contributed builds for various platforms.
Pale Moon
QtWeb is a discontinued free & open-source web browser developed by LogicWare & LSoft Technologies.
QtWeb
As of January 2014, there has been no further development of rekonq, & there is no manpower or sponsorship to restart development
rekonq

Safari
SeaMonkey is an all-in-one internet suite w/ browsing, email & chat capabilities.
Sea Monkey
Shiira (Japanese for the common dolphin-fish) is a discontinued open source web browser for the Mac OS X operating system.
Shiira
Sleipnir is a tabbed web browser developed by Fenrir Inc. Its main features are customization & tab functions. The names Sleipnir & Fenrir are both animals from Norse mythology.
Sleipnir
Slimjet is the astest web browser that blocks all ads & protects your privacy.
Slimjet Browser
The Tor software protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world.
Tor Browser
UC Browser is a free web browser for android devices that enables you to search, download, & share videos.
UC Browser
Uzbl is a discontinued & open-source minimalist web browser designed for simplicity & adherence to the Unix philosophy. The name is 'usable' in lol speak.
Uzbl
Vivaldi is a freeware, cross-platform web browser developed by Vivaldi Technologies. It was officially launched on April 6, 2016
Vivaldi
w3m is a text-based web browser as well as a pager like `more' or `less'.
w3m
Waterfox is an open-source web browser for 64-bit systems, w/ an aim to maintain support for legacy extensions dropped by Firefox. There are official releases for 64-bit Windows (including a portable version), macOS, 64-bit Linux & 64-bit Android.
Waterfox
At the time it was written, WorldWideWeb (no spaces) was the sole web browser in existence, as well as the first WYSIWYG HTML editor.
WorldWide Web (no spaces)
Stories about things going on at Apple Computers.
Software, Apple, General News & Trivia: ★★  Apple Newsroom ★★ What is an eSim?
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
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 ★★ Choosing the best antivirus for your Android phone
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 ★★ A web designer's guide to CSS methodologies

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