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Web News for December, 2019

Trends: Trends indicate the way things are moving in the Web News lately and, more generally, how things are changing in our world. ★★ Samsung will release a smartphone next year with the camera built under the display. ★★ The amazing new Motorola Razr ★★ Goodreads: 2019 Reading Challenge ★★ Google Trends ★★ Goodreads: Best books of 2018 ★★ Goodreads: Best books of 2019

Security/Privacy Issues: Reports of data breaches, scams, malware, threats to privacy as well as how to avoid them ★★ Why you should never allow your web browser to save your passwords ★★ Security Week ★★ Your mobile data can be stolen when using airport USB charging ports, thanks Connie ★★ The International Association for Cryptologic Research

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 ★★ The Tico Times: Latest News & Historical

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: ★★ 50-year-old climate models correctly predicted global warming ★★ The birth of the Pan-American Highway, thanks Connie ★★ The history of English ★★ Famous last words

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 ★★ Bart Starr ★★ 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 ★★ Great achievements in electronics

New recipes, tools, & appliances associated w/ food Food News: ★★ GGC archived restaurant reviews ★★ was originally marketed as a temperance drink & intended as a patent medicine

Things or ideas for your house, your car, your pets, or even your pocketHousehold News: ★★ Are solar panels actually worth the cost? ★★ Household Hacker ★★ Futuristic Phone Gadgets

The latest medical research, methods, drugs, or treatments Medical News: ★★ Medical News Today ★★ How many hours of sleep do we actually need?

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: ★★ Hitting the right notes in illustration ★★ Einstein on free will ★★ What are the current issues in modern philosophy? ★★ Philosophizing is part of Theorizing

Local Issues are items about Costa Rica. Local Issues: ★★ President Alvarado & frugality, thanks GG ★★ Communicating in Another Language by Helen Dunn Frame, thanks Helen ★★ Costa-Rican Spanish ★★ Retiring in Costa Rica ★★ Association of Residents of Costa Rica

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 ★★ NBC News ★★ US Chamber of Commerce Issues ★★ 'I side w/...' polls

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

These are about astronomy, findings, subspace activities, NASA, ESA, and other space agencies. Planetary Issues (and beyond): ★★ Wouldn't it be easier (compared to the 1970's) to send astronauts to the moon now? ★★ Astronomy News ★★ When, Where, & How to See the Planets in the 2019 Night Sky ★★ The sky this week ★★ WISE

This section is for enjoyment of the many types of time wasters that tickle our fancy but don't fit into other topics. Entertainment: ★★ Christmas Music ★★ Best books of 2019 ★★ Science Fiction ★★ Vulture Magazine ★★ Accuradio ★★ BookBub: free ebooks ★★ BookBub: free Kindle books

Photos of the Month:  ★★ The Atlantic 2019:  1 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 ★★ 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 ★★ Kotler's 5 product levels ★★ Nebia shower

General articles about hardware that don't fit into any of the specific categories listed below. Hardware, General: ★★ Next-gen spoked-magnet motor ★★ Best Wi-Fi extenders of 2019 ★★ Chemistry Nobel honors world-changing batteries

Pilotless vehicles from airborne rotor-wing types to cars, robots, or submersibles Hardware, Drones: ★★ The best drones for beginners ★★ Drone Laws in CR ★★ Drone Laws in the USA ★★ The rules of owning, flying & shooting down drones in the UK ★★ Super Drones CR

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

Portable computers with a hinged-lid screen that would fit in your lap. Hardware, Laptops: ★★ Fix for 13-inch MacBook Pro bug that causes random shutdowns ★★ Best laptops for 2019 ★★ HP Spectre x360 review ★★ Chromebooks vs. Windows 10 laptops: What should you buy?

A small laptop designed primarily for accessing Internet-based applications. Hardware, Netbooks: ★★ What is a Netbook? ★★ 10 best netbooks

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

Hardware, Desktops & Towers:Nonportable computers that usually have a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and Central Processing Unit. ★★ PC Mag's best desktops & towers of 2019 ★★ TechnoBezz picks Apple iMac 21.5 inch for best desktop & Lenovo IdeaCentre 510A for best tower

General-purpose flat computers with a touchscreen & sometimes a stylus. Hardware, Tablets: ★★ c|net's best tablets for 2019 ★★ Amazon Fire Tablet family ★★ Apple iPad Pro 12.9" review: the world's greatest tablet gets truly 'pro' power
Mobile-phone-based computers have a touchscreen, operating system, internet access, and the ability to run applications.
Hardware, Smartphones: ★★ Motorola One Zoom ★★ c|net's best smartphones for 2019 ★★ Samsung will release a smartphone next year with the camera built under the display.
Mobile digital watch devices with a touchscreen, usually with a connection to a smartphone.
Hardware, Smartwatches: ★★ PC Mag's best smartwatches of 2019 ★★ TechRadar's best smartwatches of 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 ★★ Samsung will release a smartphone next year with the camera built under the display.
Internet-connected,storage-aware, digital computer TVs specialized for entertainment.
Hardware, Smart TVs: ★★ Best-smart TVs for 2019 ★★ What Hi-Fi rates the best Smart TVs
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 ★★ Google & Levi's built a new gesture-sensing smart jacket
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 ★★ Lenovo ThinkCentre M73 Tiny Form Factor Business Desktop
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 ★★ Samsung Gear VR headset $20 w/ wide FOV
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? ★★ 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive
Telephone, computer, or general accessories (e.g., paper, cases, tripods or other attachments).
Hardware, Accessories: ★★ A definition of 'hardware accessories' for computers ★★ What is a gadget?
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 ★★ The crazy internals for the Motorola Razr
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): ★★ Automatic ★★ IBM's Jeopardy-winning AI is now ready to debate you ★★ Artificial Intelligence: A modern approach
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
Programs that run on the internet through a user's browser, e.g., Facebook, Netflix, Gmail, or Google Calendar
Software, In the cloud: ★★ What Is Cloud Computing? ★★ 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: ★★ The Reality Editor ★★ Top 5 best text editors for Windows 10 ★★ TextMate for macOS ★★ 8 Best Notepad++ Alternative for Mac Users ★★ Dashlane password management software
Programs that present content from the WWW (e.g., Google Chrome).
Software, Browsers: ★★ Best internet browsers of 2019 ★★ Opera’s mobile browsers are fast, & feature-packed for Android & iOS. ★★ How browser plugins can leak secrets
Stories about things going on at Apple Computers.
Software, Apple, General News & Trivia: ★★  Apple Newsroom ★★ Apple expands in Austin ★★ How to set up your Apple Watch: 5 things to do 1st ★★ How to manage your apps in iOS 13 & iPadOS 13
Interesting apps that run on Apple computers (under iOS or OS X).
Software, Apple, Apps: ★★  Free Apple apps ★★ How to manage your apps in iOS 13 & iPadOS 13
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 ★★ Microsoft accessibility overview
Stories about Microsoft apps being released, recalled, or features and capabilities
Software, Microsoft, Apps: ★★  Windows 10 apps ★★ NetFlix
Stories about current or upcoming Microsoft OS features, releases, rumors, capabilities, or recalls.
Software, Microsoft, Operating Systems: ★★ Download Microsoft Windows ★★ Microsoft News App
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 ★★ Introducing Office
News, releases, recalls, information & speculation about the Android OS.
Software, Google, Operating Systems - Android: ★★  Check for software updates in apps, games, & Phone OS ★★ Say hello to Android 10
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 ★★ Meet Chrome OS
The latest information about Google apps, the Google Play store, Android apps, and G Suite.
Software Google, Apps: ★★ The best of Google ★★ Google Play apps

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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