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June 2018
DeLaurentis
Bob’s Tech Talk

Playing Around Online and Apple AirPods.

But if you get hooked, even a few dollars a week can add up quickly. I know individuals who have spent thousands of dollars a year on certain addictive "free-to-play" games. Granted they are the exception, but caution is vital.

Wunderli

Now What?

OK, so my first date with Alexa was going pretty well. We were talking, and I was feeling better. The more the merrier, right? So I brought Siri and Google into the conversation.

May 2018
Chamberlin

Munchy Words and Possibilities

But now the computer’s mad, fed up with my gripes. It races across the page, erasing letter after letter, eating my words. Line after line. Chomp, chomp. I wave my hands and yell, “STOP!” There’s no key for “Stop.” “Undo” won’t undo.

DeLaurentis
Bob’s Tech Talk

Facebook, Google, and Instagram: Your Privacy Doesn’t Exist

To view most of what Facebook knows about you, download a backup of your history to a computer. Go to facebook.com/settings and find the bottom of the general account section. Click "Download a copy" and follow the instructions. A few minutes later, the resulting download will reveal some of what Facebook knows about you. Be prepared to be reminded of things you thought were long forgotten.

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There is no way to participate online without leaving a trail of personal data behind. That data can be used to persuade you, manipulate your opinion, or reveal your most private thoughts. All of us need to recognize this reality, and the sooner, the better.

Wunderli

A Self-driving Car, Really?

America is so vast that it can’t possibly be explored by foot, or via train, or self-driving car. The automobile is the testosterone of American spirit. And at 15, it felt like I was about to be
emasculated.

April 2018
DeLaurentis
Bob’s Tech Talk

Smart Speakers, Home Automation, and Privacy

My advice is simple: Experiment with the voice control features already on your smartphone. Give home automation products more time to mature. Apple's HomePod has a good security story, but smart speakers are not as innocent as they seem in those gorgeous TV commercials.

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A basic awareness of what can happen to the data you leave in your wake is a thought-provoking exercise. The more you automate, the more you reveal and record about your daily life.

 

March 2018
DeLaurentis
Bob’s Tech Talk

Kindle Advice, Robot Toys, How to Leave Facebook

When I first joined Facebook, it was fun. Now, it is a distraction I do not need in my life. Can I delete my account?

February 2018
DeLaurentis
Bob’s Tech Talk

iPhone Battery Woes, Battery Apps, Retire a Smartphone

So phones use different methods to make a guess as to how much power remains. The older the phone, the less accurate the guess. These "lies" are not evil-minded, they are the natural result of battery chemistry.

Donahue

Technology: The Good, the Bad, the Modern Conundrum

We have all seen the individuals so addicted to today’s technology and apps that they are always looking at their phones rather than paying attention to their surroundings, or always snapping selfies rather than interacting, or always videoing an event rather than participating and enjoying the moment. Where is conversation? Where is interaction? Where is an honest interest in others?

Wolfsie

Is That My Echo?

The person selling these kinds of products always claims something like "It's so easy to use. Just plug it in." This is never true, although I got my new desk lamp working in under an hour.

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