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The transition of Whitehouse.gov & @Potus Twitter account

January 20, 2017

Front page of the new Whitehouse.gov Donald J. Trump is now the 45th President of the United States, which means, in addition to taking over the reigns of government, he now controls WhiteHouse.gov and the @POTUS Twitter handle. As of this writing, the new President had only one Tweet as @POTUS but he was still using @TheRealDonaldTrump, about an hour after his swearing in, to quote from his [...]

Beware of tech support scams

January 19, 2017

I got the following email from a relative of mine this week and it immediately sounded an alarm in my head. This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News “Was on phone for hours with Yahoo tech in Texas. Apparently, my Yahoo account was hacked from outside the state several times and their own security system blocked my send. I consented to Team Viewer and he says he fixed it. They [...]

Tech predictions for 2017

December 29, 2016

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News Every year around this time I bring out my crystal ball to see what’s in store for next year. Mine has always been a little cloudy, but – this year – I’ve upgraded to a cloud-based system, which gives me access to a lot more data and the ability to consult my crystal ball from my smartphone, even when away from my fortune-telling [...]

Tech flops and failures of 2016

December 29, 2016

I’m not going to re-invent the wheel with my own list, so here some articles for you. USA Today:  Top 10 tech flops of 2016: Exploding phones, falling drones PC World:  The year in tech: 2016’s biggest flops, fails, and faux pas Network World: 2016: The year of tech products nobody [...]

Why 2016 was such a momentous year for tech

December 22, 2016

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News I’ve been writing about technology for a long time and, as I look back over the years, I can’t think of any that have been more momentous than 2016 when it comes to tech news. Not all the news was good, but it sure was significant. On the plus side, virtual reality started becoming real this year with the release of VR products like the [...]

ConnectSafely’s tips on how & why to avoid sharing fake news

December 20, 2016

Reposted from ConnectSafely.org Scroll down for links “President Obama bans the Pledge of Allegiance in schools” “Right-wing shooter shouts ‘Make America great again!’ before spraying Capitol Hill with bullets and injuring a police officer” What do these online news stories have in common? They’re fake as three dollar bills. And they’re the scourge of the [...]
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