Personal Technology Information


Personal Technology Information

Are You Putting Off Productivity?


I recently took a good look at what was keeping me from accomplishing what I needed to do. After all, I had my goals.

Protect Your PC from Viruses, Worms & Trojans


Each of the items in the checklist below is part of a broad and easy to implement security policy. Install all windows critical updates for your operating system from the Microsoft Update site - it's free! All that's required to keep your Microsoft operating system up to date is an Internet connection.

Windows Task Manager in English


You use Ctrl+Alt+Del to see what's running on your PC, to close crashed programs and processes, and to check performance. You probably avoid a few processes whose names mean nothing to you, but they're essential to Windows.

How To Search Your PC With Google Desktop


In this era of Internet, most people are frequent users of computers. Many of us use computers through out the day, accumulating morasses of information in various formats, which include email, digital photo, word document, spreadsheet, presentation file, ebook, article, other downloaded files, music, visited web pages, and many others.

A Peek Into the Near Future of Electronics Technology


How long do you think DVDs have around? 20 years? 10 years? Actually, they have only been around for about seven years, but it seems like they have been around much longer. Many of us can hardly remember life before DVDs.

Toshiba Wins Hollywood Support for the HD DVD format


What led them to this choice, as all four studios stated separately, is better performance for the price and copyright protection.The other standard in competition, the Blu-ray disc, unconditionally backed by Sony Pictures Entertainment, is also counting on support from Metro Goldwyn Mayer and Twentieth Century Fox (the latter has recently joined the Blu-Ray Disc Association Board).

The Many Benefits of Owning a DVR


Has This Ever Happened To You? OK..

Buying a Home Theater Receiver


Buying a receiver is one of the most important decisions you're going to have to make when building your home theater. The receiver has a number of functions including; connecting and switching audio sources; connecting and switching video sources; decoding surround sound formats; amplifying an audio signal and sending it to your speakers; tuning in to radio stations; and acting as the interface between you and your home theater.

Passwords and the Human Factor


Passwords have a strange dual nature. The stronger and safer the password the more likely it will be undermined by human weakness.

Looking For an MP3 Player?


If you don't have an mp3 player, and even if you do, you should check out all the new stuff that's going on. I'm hoping this article will give you some idea of what kind of mp3 player you want and some tips on what to look for in an mp3 player.

Computer Geeks and Garden Gnomes


First and foremost before I begin my ranting it is worth mentioning that there are many very helpful and considerate people out there in the cyber wilderness who devote much of their time to providing open source and free scripts of all variations from PHP, CGI and Java to name but a few. They provide dedicated support, do not insist on payment, and spend much of their free time helping you avoid having to part with your hard earned cash to get free programs and scripts up and running on your websites.

How To Safeguard Your Computer?


The following practice, if done regularly, may help you to safeguard your computer to some extent.1.

Password Nightmares


Good Morning Mr. Sampson.

Are You Well Protected?


Winter?the official start of the cold and flu season. Though, technically speaking, things got started a little early.

Basic Problem in a PC


I have a p3 500MHz PC with 128MB RAM, 10.2 GB HDD Sony CD ROM 48x with window ME edition operating system.

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Facebook denies it let other tech companies misuse personal data  NBC News

The New York Times reported that internal documents revealed that Facebook's sharing of personal data was far broader than was previously known.


Yes, You Can Be an Ethical Tech Consumer. Here’s How.  The New York Times

Products that we enjoy continue to create privacy, misinformation and workplace issues. We can do better at getting the industry to do better.


How to plan your smart home — and weigh privacy risks  The Oakland Press

NEW YORK (AP) — You might have heard of lights that turn off with an app or voice command. Or window shades that magically rise every morning.


Digital health care tool tips for seniors | Personal Tech  The Oakland Press

In today's world, technology allows people to control various facets of life at the tip of their fingertips.


Quirky but Useful Gifts: Rob Enderle's 2018 Personal Tech Product Guide  TechNewsWorld

This is the time of year for a product guide, and this year I thought I'd list my favorite unusual products as gift ideas. I'm a big fan of products most people don't ...


The Most Important Kitchen Tools This Holiday (or Any Season, Really)  The New York Times

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Melissa Clark, a food writer for The Times, discussed the tech she's ...


You Don’t Have to Be a Journalist to Want to Keep Chats Private  The New York Times

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Kate Conger, a technology reporter for The Times in San Francisco, ...


How Congress could force tech companies to stop exposing your personal data  MarketWatch

Various lawmakers have proposed bills to rein in how companies handle user data.


Tackling the toll technology takes on children's health  The Oakland Press

According to the National Library of Medicine, screen time heightens the risk for obesity in children and adolescents.


Looking for a job in 2019 with no tech skills? Don’t rule out Google, Apple or Amazon  MarketWatch

Job seekers are currently in the driver's seat for the best pay and benefits.


Covering a White House Where News Is Always Just a Tap Away  The New York Times

Katie Rogers's beat is full of real-time digital moments. One tip to keep on top of it: If you call insiders from a blocked number, they'll think you're the White House ...


Our Favorite Gadgets: Best Tech Gifts 2018  Wall Street Journal

From a mug that keeps your coffee warm to a tracker that helps you find your lost keys, WSJ Personal Tech columnists Joanna Stern and David Pierce have the ...


High school tech training improves wages, computer literacy  The Oakland Press

LANSING >> High school students who train for the tech industry gain improved computer literacy and higher wages, state officials say.


Survey: 82 Percent of Americans Want More Big Tech Regulation  MeriTalk

According to a new survey conducted by Propeller Insights, on behalf of ExpressVPN, 82 percent of Americans think that Congress should do more in 2019 to ...


Colorado man creates app that lets you find all those electric scooters in one place  9News.com KUSA

A Denver man created the app called 'Scooter Life' and allows you to just look at one app to see where all the rideshare scooters around you are. "Apps that I've ...


Beyond video games: Tech toys that educate and entertain  The Oakland Press

Many parents will buy an Xbox, Nintendo Switch or similar game for their child this Christmas. An hour or two of video gaming a day is probably fine for older.


Gift Guide: Some tech gadgets that actually fill a real need  The Province

Sometimes you can sense that tech products are striving to solve problems that are manufactured by their manufacturers.


Google’s CEO had to remind Congress that Google doesn’t make iPhones  The Verge

During a House Judiciary Committee hearing, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) asked Google CEO Sundar Pichai to explain a notification on his granddaughter's iPhone ...


Make Your Friends and Family Less Irksome This Holiday Season  The New York Times

With the holiday season upon us, our phones will soon explode with messages and calls from friends and family hoping to catch up and make plans.


How the Digital Era Has Changed the Daily Crossword  The New York Times

Puzzle design programs, word databases and web searches to help vet an answer: These are some of the tools that Sam Ezersky, assistant puzzles editor, uses ...


Record and Share Your Family History in 5 Steps  The New York Times

Holiday gatherings offer a great time to create a multimedia digital archive of interviews with your relatives so they can share their memories with the current ...


How to avoid holiday charity scams  9News.com KUSA

Giving back is a hallmark of this time of year, but with so many people willing to give, plenty of scammers out there are willing to take. Tyler Moffitt from Webroot is ...


Telcos enlist Google, Amazon to help protect Europe's data from Big Tech  The Register

Comment Nothing sums up Europe's tech dilemma like the deep and meaningful partnership two of its biggest telcos touted this week. The CEOs of Orange ...


Bonne année, Google, Facebook! France to tax tech giants from 1 Jan  The Register

France will start levying charges on tech giants from 1 January 2019, making it the latest nation to go it alone on a digital sales tax. Finance minister Bruno Le ...


Scientist claiming gene-edited babies reports 2nd pregnancy  The Oakland Press

HONG KONG>> A Chinese researcher who claims to have helped make the world's first genetically edited babies says a second pregnancy may be underway.


New fathers use social media to make sense of their roles  The Oakland Press

A lawyer in Bermuda became internet-famous for dancing ballet alongside his two-year-old daughter, comforting her stage fright by being there and doing the ...


Game Review: Earth Defense Force 5 evokes that B-movie vibe in a good way  Digital News Asia

Old is clearly gold as space aliens try to take over the Earth… again.


I Tried to Make My Dog an Instagram Celebrity. I Failed.  The New York Times

Becoming an influencer is hard, as our columnist found out when he tried creative photography, consultations and even bots to propel his food-obsessed corgi to ...


Limiting screen time for your kid? It's harder than it looks  The Oakland Press

CHICAGO>> It is Saturday morning, and 10-year-old Henry Hailey is up at the crack of dawn. Still in PJs, his microphone-equipped headphones glowing blue in ...


Many people are using balance-transfer cards all wrong and even Bill Gates says U.S. tech companies need more regulation  MarketWatch

Personal Finance. My husband grew up dirt poor and doesn't believe in insurance or banks, yet he racked up $7,000 on my credit card. This Texas woman ...


The Benefits (and Limits) of Using Tech to Plan a Wedding  The New York Times

Our newly engaged tech columnist tried to use tech to plan his wedding. He was immediately overwhelmed by the complexity of the process.


Setting Up Your Tech on the Assumption You’ll Be Hacked  The New York Times

Sheera Frenkel, who writes about cybersecurity for The Times, explains how she safeguards her devices, and why passwords remain a weak link for more ...


When a Tech Reporter Doesn’t Use Much Tech  The New York Times

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? David Streitfeld, a technology reporter in San Francisco, discussed ...


We Were Promised Mind-Blowing Personal Tech. What’s the Hold-Up?  The Wall Street Journal

The next big leap will free us from the computers in our pockets. But according to Joanna Stern, it won't be here anytime soon.


The Essentials for Covering Silicon Valley: Burner Phones and Doorbells  The New York Times

Reporting on secretive technology companies sometimes means finding people who don't want to be found. Jack Nicas, who covers Apple, relies on some ...


Outlaw tech giants facing social reprisals  The Australian

2018 will be remembered as the year when society at large finally believed it was possible to rein in the tech giants.


The Sun Sets. The Wind Dies. But Energy Data Is Relentless.  The New York Times

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Ivan Penn, who covers alternative energy for The Times from Los ...


When You Track Oreos, Exercise and Everything Else  The New York Times

Tim Herrera, editor of The New York Times's Smarter Living section, does not believe the answer to happiness is less technology. Here's why.


Apple Watch Series 4 Review: A Big Step for Wearable Gadgets  The New York Times

The faster speeds and larger screen sound boring on paper. But an electrical heart sensor gives a glimpse of the promise to come, our reviewer writes.


Is Google purposefully breaking Microsoft, Apple browsers on its websites? Some insiders are confident it is  The Register

Analysis In what can only be described as painfully ironic, Microsoft engineers are seemingly convinced that Google is making changes to its websites in order ...


Spotting Disinformation Online Before the Midterm Elections  The New York Times

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Kevin Roose, a technology columnist in New York who has been ...


Ready for Vacation? Here’s the Best Tech for Trip Planning  The New York Times

Smartphone? Check. Spare battery? Check. Power cables? Check. After deciding which gadgets to pack for your summer vacation, you can move on to the ...


Just Embed a Phone Into This Editor’s Mind, Already  The New York Times

Choire Sicha, who runs The New York Times's Styles desk, has such a close relationship with his smartphone, he says, it may be time to “punch the circuitry into ...


New iPhones Are Coming. Here’s How to Save on an Upgrade.  The New York Times

With Apple expected to introduce pricier and bigger-screen iPhones this week, here are a few tips on how to upgrade your device without breaking the bank.


The One Thing A.O. Scott Doesn’t Use to Review Movies (No Spoilers!)  The New York Times

Technology has changed the way that movies are made, but not how our chief film critic likes to review them — and he has a low-tech writing method.


CEO Pulse: Is Personal Tech Helping Or Hurting Your Company?  Chief Executive Group

According to 57.5% of CEOs, personal tech is helping the quality of interpersonal relationships and culture at their company—42.5% say it's an impediment.


Staying Plugged In (for Hundreds of Miles) on the Campaign Trail  The New York Times

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Sydney Ember, a politics reporter for The Times, discussed the tech ...


Are Targeted Ads Stalking You? Here’s How to Make Them Stop  The New York Times

Ever been haunted by an online ad for an item you researched or bought? Targeted ads were designed to follow you around everywhere. Here's how to banish ...


Firefox Is Back. It’s Time to Give It a Try.  New York Times

Mozilla redesigned its browser to take on Google's Chrome. Firefox now has strong privacy features and is as fast as Chrome.


Getting a Flood of G.D.P.R.-Related Privacy Policy Updates? Read Them  The New York Times

You have probably noticed a flood of emails and alerts from companies in the last few weeks informing you about changes to their privacy policies. Don't ignore ...


Social Media’s Re-engineering Effect, From Myanmar to Germany  The New York Times

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Max Fisher, a reporter based in London who co-writes The ...


What Improved Tech Means for Electric, Self-Driving and Flying Cars  The New York Times

Jack Ewing, who covers autos and economics for The Times, says a “Jetsons”-like future is still far off, even as cars become even more computerized.


How the 52 Places Traveler Stays Charged While Chronicling the World  The New York Times

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Jada Yuan, who is crisscrossing the globe as The Times's 52 Places ...


Apple iPhone XR Review: A Cheaper Phone Suited to Most of Us  The New York Times

The XR is slightly less durable than its more expensive cousins. Its glass back is not as tough as the one on the XS. Its casing, or chassis, is composed of ...


It’s Her Job to Get More People to Act Like You Right Now  The New York Times

Millie Tran, the first global growth editor at The Times, discusses how she tries to understand and nurture a worldwide audience. “So many dashboards and data ...


Your Wi-Fi Security Is Probably Weak. Here’s How to Fix That.  The New York Times

Chances are that when you bought a Wi-Fi router, you probably did not prioritize strong network security. After all, when we think about wireless connectivity in ...


So, About That Treadmill Desk in the Newsroom  The New York Times

For Nellie Bowles, who writes about tech culture for The Times, the most crucial tech tool for doing work isn't portable. But it keeps her on her toes.


Autoplay Videos Are Not Going Away. Here’s How to Fight Them.  The New York Times

Videos that start without your consent are prominent across the web. Our tech columnist explains how the industry got here and what we can do.


I Used Apple’s New Controls to Limit a Teenager’s iPhone Time (and It Worked!)  The New York Times

Apple's new parental controls cut a teenager's iPhone use in half. It wasn't as effective on our personal tech columnist.


When Cryptocurrencies Fluctuate, He Uses These Tech Tools to Keep Track  The New York Times

Technology has helped spawn a virtual currency market, which is highly volatile. Here's how Nathaniel Popper, who covers cryptocurrencies, keeps on top of the ...


Unknown Tech Brands Aren’t Like Groceries. Don’t Just Grab Them.  The New York Times

It's time to stop using technology and the internet as though you were shopping at a supermarket.


An Eye for Photography, but a Google Suite for Events  The New York Times

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Whitney Richardson, an events manager for The Times in London, ...


The Internet Trolls Have Won. Sorry, There’s Not Much You Can Do.  The New York Times

When it comes to online comments and discourse and what you can do to limit their toxicity, you only have a certain amount of power. The real leverage lies with ...


Now He Pulls Data Off the Web. In 1979, It Was Clips From the ‘Morgue.’  The New York Times

Steve Lohr, a veteran New York Times reporter, reflects on how tech-free newsrooms used to be and how the progression to the internet has changed ...


An Investigative Arsenal: Power Chargers, Document Analysis Tools and More  The New York Times

What's it like to comb through 18000 pages? Eric Lipton, an investigative reporter for The Times, described the tech he uses to help accomplish that task.


Wireless Charging Is Here. So What Is It Good For?  The New York Times

The technology, also known as magnetic induction, is a relatively new feature for powering iPhones and popular Android phones. Most people don't use it, but ...


I Downloaded the Information That Facebook Has on Me. Yikes.  The New York Times

When I downloaded a copy of my Facebook data last week, I didn't expect to see much. My profile is sparse, I rarely post anything on the site, and I seldom click ...


The iPhone XS and XS Max Review: Big Screens That Are a Delight to Use  The New York Times

Apple's new smartphones start at $999 and $1099, but their superb cameras and screens make them worth the high prices, our reviewer writes.


You Took Lousy iPhone Photos. Here’s How to Make Them Beautiful.  The New York Times

Not every shot on your smartphone will be Instagram worthy, but you can often salvage middling snaps with just a few taps. Here are six easy steps.


Samsung’s Galaxy Note9: Too Much Phone for Most of Us  The New York Times

Apple's iPhone X broke the pricing barrier for smartphones with a $1,000 price tag. Now Samsung's new Galaxy Note device, which will be released this week, ...


Google’s File on Me Was Huge. Here’s Why It Wasn’t as Creepy as My Facebook Data.  The New York Times

Google collects far more information about us than Facebook. But the Google data that our tech columnist downloaded on himself contained fewer surprises and ...


What’s Hot (and What’s Not) This Black Friday  The New York Times

To help shoppers get started, here's a cheat sheet of the products to track, and the ones to ignore.


Help a Fellow Mac User With Remote Tech Support  The New York Times

Just like Windows users, Mac owners have ways to share and control another computer over the internet to give a quick assist online.


For Android Users, Europe’s Google Ruling Leaves Unanswered Questions  The New York Times

You may have heard that the European Union punished Google with a record $5.1 billion fine on Wednesday for abusing its power in the mobile phone market.


Do not adjust your set: Hats off to Apple, you struggle to shift iPhones 'cos you're oddly ethical  The Register

Comment In the late '90s, Eric Schmidt was an accessible tech CEO with a problem. Novell's product was so good and so reliable nobody needed to upgrade it.


We Tried Facebook’s New Portal Device (So You Don’t Have To)  The New York Times

Here's what happened when two Times tech reporters installed Facebook's new Portal video-calling gadgets in their bedrooms.


The Google Pixel 3 Review: Phone’s Smarts Shine Through Its A.I.-Driven Camera  The New York Times

Apple and Samsung typically show off glitzy hardware innovations — dual-lens cameras; bigger screens — to mesmerize millions into buying their new ...


Why You Shouldn’t Use Facebook to Log In to Other Sites  The New York Times

Facebook offered a convenient and secure way to sign up for online services. A major hack shows it failed at its one job.


A ‘Gadget Junkie,’ Wearing His Tech and Covering Deals  The New York Times

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Andrew Ross Sorkin, DealBook columnist for The Times, discussed ...


An Old Scam With a New Twist  The New York Times

If you have gotten a message from someone who claims to have dirt on you — and shows off, as proof, a password you've previously used — here's what ...


How to Pack and Prepare Your Smartphone for Traveling This Summer  The New York Times

Your smartphone is a helpful travel companion. Before taking it abroad, here's a list of things to pack and do to ensure a problem-free trip.


Tech Can Hurt Our Sleep. So I Tried Bose Sleepbuds for Help.  The New York Times

For $250, the well-designed earbuds are a limited solution that mask noise but didn't get our columnist to snooze longer.


In Washington, a Brighter Spotlight on Technology  The New York Times

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Cecilia Kang, a technology reporter based in Washington, ...


By Subway, Bus and Uber in New York, With Twitter and Other Apps in Hand  The New York Times

Technology is helping to solve transit issues, even if progress seems slow. Emma G. Fitzsimmons, who covers New York City transit for The Times, lays out how.


Limiting the Influence of Tech When You Report on It  The New York Times

How Natasha Singer, a tech reporter at The Times, uses tech when she chronicles the industry's effect on education, privacy and our health.


Give Your Old Computer New Life  The New York Times

If you're not ready to buy a whole new system, you might be able to add new parts and upgrade your aging machine for less than a few hundred dollars.


In an Era of ‘Smart’ Things, Sometimes Dumb Stuff Is Better  The New York Times

It still feels magical to light up your living room by saying “Alexa, turn on the lights.” But with all the hype surrounding so-called smart things — everyday devices ...


How to Delete Facebook and Instagram From Your Life Forever  The New York Times

Lost faith in Facebook and Instagram after data leakages, breaches and too much noise? Here's a guide to breaking up with the social network and its ...


New Pixel Phones and Other Gadgets Keep Google in the Hardware Hunt  The New York Times

Though sales of its devices have been slow, the search giant unveiled the Pixel 3, a smart speaker with a built-in screen and a tablet that doubles as a PC.


This Valentine’s Day, Considering Tech That Keeps Couples Together  The New York Times

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? For Valentine's Day, Daniel Jones, who edits the Modern Love ...


Spare Your Friends: Make a Mini-Movie of Your Fabulous Vacation  The New York Times

Showing all of the videos from your travels can be cumbersome. Instead, stitch them together into a short highlight reel.


Give Long-Distance Windows Help From the Comfort of Your Own Home  The New York Times

Built-in utilities and third-party programs let you connect and control another computer so you can provide personal tech support to family and friends over the ...


Who's going to review your college applications – a committee or a computer?  USA TODAY

It's crunch time for college applications, and hopeful high school seniors are working hard to impress admissions committees to land a spot at the school of their ...


How to Stay on Top of Breaking News  The New York Times

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Jonah Bromwich, a breaking news reporter for The Times in New ...


How a News Junkie Stays Plugged In: Newsletters and Her Kids  The New York Times

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Rebecca Blumenstein, a deputy managing editor for The Times, ...


Can a holographic screen help a new phone break out?  The Oakland Press

Most leading phones offer the same basics: Big screens, decent battery life and good cameras. So when a newcomer brings something innovative to the party, ...


The Best Black Friday 2018 Tech Deals  Barron's

We sifted through all the sales circulars to find the best personal- technology products at the lowest prices for Black Friday 2018.


Gaza and Google Translate: Covering the Conflict When You Don’t Speak the Language  The New York Times

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? David M. Halbfinger, bureau chief for The Times in Jerusalem, ...


How Technology Transforms the World of Comic Books  The New York Times

Digital comics. New apps. More interactivity. Here's what technology has done to the comic books industry.


Apple designer Jony Ive zealous over tech giant's most personal device  The Oakland Press

CUPERTINO, Calif. — Jony Ive, Apple's design chief, on Wednesday unveiled a new iPhone, the biggest deal at the biggest gadget launch of the year.


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