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May 2017
Bob’s Tech Talk

Telephone Beware, Password Security, Video-Gamer Grandson

If your bank does not use two-factor, request they adopt it soon. Two-factor authentication is so important that I suggest favoring any business that uses it over one that does not.

April 2017
Bob’s Tech Talk

Fake News, Fake Phone Numbers, and Battery Dangers

I know of a case where a specific error message on Kindle, when searched on Google, would return a fake Amazon page with instructions to call a specific telephone number. Anyone who responded became a victim of fraud. Sadly, fake phone numbers are common online.


Don't Get Locked Out of Your Car

These fobs not only let you secure and unlock your vehicle without using a key, they also let you start the engine remotely, set the driver seat to your desired preferences, pre-cool or pre-heat the interior before your trip, and more.

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Just like the habit of putting on your seatbelt every time you enter your vehicle, get into the habit of checking for your keys every time you exit the vehicle.   

March 2017
Bob’s Tech Talk

Voices Commands, Home Automation, and iPhone Battery Life

Home automation is a loosely defined term that includes a mix of products and services. Many of them show great promise, but they are not fully baked yet. There are incompatible standards, a device from company A is unlikely to work with a device from company B. Some vendors have gone out of business, stranding users. Often a device will solve one problem only to create two new, different problems. Steer clear and wait until the products mature and some clear winners emerge.


Ford 2021: No Steering Wheel? No Brakes? No Thanks!

But in the driverless car, you’re stuck. I suppose you can program stops, such as McDonald’s, rest areas and scenic overlooks into its GPS, but otherwise this car has a mind of its own, but no bladder. So good luck if you really have to go.

February 2017
Phase Three

Finding Humanity in the Modern Age

House calls seemingly are a thing of the past, as are many other factors of our existence as lifestyles and societies change, but hopefully values and concerns remain reasonably constant. If not, then perhaps we are marching to the beat of the wrong drummer.

Bob’s Tech Talk

Health and Fitness in Your Pocket and on Your Wrist

My mother, who is nearly 80, got her first iPhone about six months ago. She did not see the value at first, but today she insists that it is the most important tech device she owns...Smartphones can weave their way into our lives in so many different ways that their convenience is difficult to anticipate, but easy to experience firsthand.

January 2017
Bob’s Tech Talk

Choosing a New Printer, New Programmers, and DIY Computing

The do-it-yourself route has several other rewards for hobbyists, including a thorough understanding of how each component works and the skills needed to make repairs in the future. And perhaps best of all, a PC is more useful than building a ship in a bottle.

December 2016
Bob’s Tech Talk

Music on Phones, Identifying Favorite Songs, and a Podcast Primer

In many ways podcasts are similar to the way traditional radio sounded in its early days. Advertising is minimal, quality varies, and yet good podcasts still deliver a personal, satisfying listening experience. We are in the middle of a golden age of podcasts.


Humans Are Becoming Obsolete

Not only do I miss interacting with those fine chaps, I’m also left with the perplexing issue: Should I tip the pizza delivery drone as much as I gave the pizza delivery guy?

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