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Samsung Galaxy S9+ is a worthy phone but that doesn’t mean you should upgrade

March 14, 2018

For the past week I’ve been using the Samsung Galaxy S9+, which goes on sale Friday. AT&T loaned me a unit to review. Physically, it looks a lot like its predecessor with its 6.2-inch Gorilla glass screen. But oh what a screen. The 2960 x 1440 pixel Super AMOLED display is gorgeous. Colors pop in ways that I haven’t seen before. Text is crisper and easier to read. Like some previous [...]

Podcast: Business and tech links between U.S. and Ireland

March 14, 2018

Paraic Hayes of IDA Ireland The time around St. Patrick’s Day is a great time to think about the deep ties between the United States and Ireland. And, as Paraic Hayes, head of West Coast operations for IDA Ireland said in this this podcast interview with Larry Magid, the ties extend to business and [...]

AKC Link smart collar is like a Fitbit for dogs

March 8, 2018

My dog, Yuri, an approximately 10-year-old rat terrier, has never expressed any interest in my writing career, though he’s often with me as I write, lying in his little bed near my desk. This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News But today was an exception. He and I are reviewing the Link AKC smart collar. He couldn’t care less about electronics that track his location and [...]

Teens and social media — It’s a mixed bag

March 1, 2018

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News The recent school shooting in Florida and the example of the remarkable teens who are responding through activism have caused me to revisit an Atlantic article from September 2017 by San Diego state psychology professor Jean Twenge, whose title asks “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” The article went on to pretty much say [...]

Make your PC sizzle with a solid-state drive

February 24, 2018

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News I recently reviewed a couple of all-in-one computers, and though I had good things to say about them, they both had a problem that plagues almost all PCs with hard drives. They were slow to start and restart. And by slow, I mean it could take as much as five minutes before the machines were ready. One of those machines was a 24-inch Hewlett [...]

The connection between online safety and those amazing kids from Parkland, Florida

February 23, 2018

Like many, I have been deeply moved by the actions of student survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shootings on Valentine’s Day.  These teens – some who lost friends and teachers – have been courageous, articulate and passionate in turning their grief into action – demanding that our leaders do everything possible to prevent more tragedies like the one they experienced. As [...]

Locked vs. Unlocked phones — It can matter

February 19, 2018

CNET’s Maggie Reardon points out that Verizon is, once again, selling locked phones just like its competitors. And that means that a phone you buy from one carrier might not work on another carrier’s network. But, as she points out, you can still purchase unlocked phones that can usually be easily switched between carriers or used overseas by purchasing a local SIM card.  Still, [...]

DOJ alleges Russians used VPNs to appear as if they were in US

February 16, 2018

The 37-page indictment (read or download PDF) from the Justice Department alleges that defendants and co-conspirators purchased space on U.S. computer servers and, says CBS News technology analyst Larry Magid, hid their Russian identity and location by accessing those servers using virtual private networks that made them appear as if they were in the US. The allegation is is section 39 of the [...]
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