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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. I had them written down. I read my affirmations daily. And still, I was not achieving what I wanted to do.

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.

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. svchost.exe sure likes to appear all the time and multiple times at that. What?s taskmgr.exe? Oh yeah, it?s the window you?re looking at right now. ctfmon? Is he related to Pokemon? navapsvc.exe? Navy? Napa Valley? Navel? NOTA (none of the above).

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. We stuff them in multiple folders in our PC. Before we know it, our hard drives become a storeroom of misplaced items. As a result, finding a needed file of information some times become a daunting task!

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. That can be attributed to how rapidly we can become acclimated to some innovations in electronics technology. I believe there are other electronics technologies, either just getting ready to take off, not widely available yet, or just around the corner, that are going to become adopted just as quickly in the near future.

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 Many Benefits of Owning a DVR


Has This Ever Happened To You? OK.. it's Friday night, the kids are asleep, and a movie you've been waiting for is on Pay-Per-View for the first time. You buy the movie, grab a bag of popcorn, get all comfy on the couch, and ten minutes into the movie "RINGGGG" it's the _______ phone!!! (you fill in the blank).

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.

Password Nightmares


Good Morning Mr. Sampson. Please type in you Personal Identification Number

Are You Well Protected?


Winter?the official start of the cold and flu season. Though, technically speaking, things got started a little early. Close to a million computers, mostly home PC users, have been infected.

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. I have a problem- when I insert my audio cd, it shows the error message: ?window cannot access the specified device path or file. You may not have appropriate permission the access the item.? Please tell me the solution of this error how can we configure the Yahoo! Account in outlook express. What is the pop mail and SMTP address of the Yahoo! Mail?

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A growing number of games are taking on mental health issues like depression, anger and post-traumatic stress disorder.


Facebook Did Not Securely Store Passwords. Here’s What You Need to Know.  The New York Times

Facebook said it had found no evidence of abuse and it was not requiring users to change their passwords, but you should do it anyway.


I Deleted Facebook Last Year. Here’s What Changed (and What Didn’t).  The New York Times

Our personal tech columnist didn't lose touch with his true friends — but strange things did occur, including Instagram thinking he was a woman.


Goodbye console? Google launches game-streaming platform | Personal Tech  The Oakland Press

NEW YORK>> Google on Tuesday unveiled a video-game streaming platform called Stadia, positioning itself to take on the traditional video-game business.


Talking to Taffy Is Low Tech. And Intense.  The New York Times

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Limiting Your Digital Footprints in a Surveillance State  The New York Times

To protect himself and his sources from prying eyes in China, Paul Mozur, a technology reporter in Shanghai, leaves just an “innocent trace” of digital exhaust.


Spending Is as Easy as Pushing a Button. The Hard Part? Keeping Track.  The New York Times

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What Facebook's 'privacy vision' really means | Personal Tech  The Oakland Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Zuckerberg's abrupt Wednesday declaration of a new "privacy vision " for social networking was for many people a sort of Rorschach ...


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How to Take Music Lessons Whenever (and Wherever) Works for You  The New York Times

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50 YouTubers, Bloggers, Podcasters, and Analysts you should follow for Apple's March Showtime Event  iMore

Apple's March 25 event is just around the corner and that means there'll not only be a lot to cover but a lot of people covering it. Here's who you need to follow.


Where a TV Pro Goes for Video When YouTube Just Won’t Do  The New York Times

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This Tech Makes D.I.Y. Key Duplication Easy. Maybe Too Easy.  The New York Times

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Facebook says service hindered by lack of local news  The Oakland Press

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Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Review: A $1,000 Smartphone With Compromises  The New York Times

Despite being an excellent phone with an innovative wide-angle camera, Samsung's new flagship device lags Apple in biometrics.


Imagine if Alexa had no gender — researchers have created a voice that is neither male nor female  CNBC

Q is a deceptively simple solution to the problem of female-first virtual assistants.


From closets to cooktops, tech aims to bring efficiency home  The Oakland Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Closets that freshen clothes, cooktops that won't let pots boil over, faucets told to dispense just enough water to fill the coffee maker.


YouTube suspends comments on videos of kids | Personal Tech  The Oakland Press

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Users should protect internet-connected doorbells, speakers and more  The Oakland Press

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The reason Black in Tech Nashville's leader fights for girls of color is personal  The Tennessean

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Change your screen habits from time-wasting to money-saving  The Oakland Press

Apple's Screen Time feature can tell you more about your iPhone usage than you may care to know.


UK wants tougher rules for Facebook's "Digital gangsters"  The Oakland Press

LONDON >> British lawmakers issued a scathing report that calls for tougher rules to keep Facebook and other tech firms from acting like "digital gangsters" and ...


You Give Apps Sensitive Personal Information. Then They Tell Facebook.  The Wall Street Journal

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Steve Bannon, WH Staff Accused of Using Personal Email to Discuss Sending Sensitive Nuclear Technology to Saudi Arabia  Newsweek

A letter from the House oversight committee's chairman alleges that Trump administration staff used personal email to discuss transferring sensitive nuclear ...


10 Quotes About Tech Privacy That'll Make You Think  Techopedia

Privacy in tech is growing into a pressing issue. People are concerned with how their information is stored and handled by the companies who manage it.


How to Declutter and Organize Your Personal Tech in a Few Simple Steps  The Indian Express

Accessories and data may not take up much physical space, but they contribute to frustration and anxiety. Here are ways to keep e-junk at bay, Marie ...


Tech giants to be fined for personal data breaches Online giants such as Google, Facebook, and  9news.com.au

Online giants such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter will be penalised for serious data breaches if they misuse personal details.


Chinese president visiting Monaco amid European tech worries  Calgary Herald

MONACO — Chinese President Xi Jinping is coming to Monaco and France amid mixed feelings in Europe about China's growing global influence.Xi is paying ...


Time for an internet makeover  The Australian

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Popular Apps Cease Sharing Data With Facebook  The Wall Street Journal

Popular health and fitness apps scrambled to stop sending sensitive personal information to Facebook after The Wall Street Journal reported Friday many were ...


What Is 5G? Here’s What You Need to Know About the New Network  The New York Times

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‘The Effects Cannot Be Overstated’: When Tech Invaded Media  The New York Times

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Devices That Will Invade Your Life in 2019 (and What’s Overhyped)  The New York Times

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He Reported on Facebook. Now He Approaches It With Caution.  The New York Times

Nick Confessore, an investigative reporter who has written about social media and data privacy, has changed his tech habits after what he has learned.


Digital Privacy Is a Big Concern in Europe. For This Reporter, Too.  The New York Times

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In surprise move, Apple launches a new 10.5-inch iPad, updates Mini ahead of its March 25 event  Financial Post

Apple Inc, in a surprise move on Monday, launched a new 10.5-inch iPad Air and updated its iPad Mini ahead of a March 25 event where it is expected to launch ...


The Tech That Was Fixed in 2018 and the Tech That Still Needs Fixing  The New York Times

From Facebook to creepy online ads, the worst tech of the year made the internet feel like an unsafe place to hang out. Yet there were some products that were ...


In a Stumble for Apple, a FaceTime Bug Lets iPhone Users Eavesdrop  The New York Times

A glitch in the video and audio calling app, which the company says it will fix, can turn the device into one perhaps better suited for espionage.


Apple video? Gaming? Credit card? What will the tech giant unveil Monday?  Montreal Gazette

With the hardware markets stagnating, Apple is widely expected to add video and news subscriptions, and could unveil a similar offering for credit cards.


How to Save on Your Next Apple Purchase  The New York Times

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Q&A: Crypto-guru Bruce Schneier on teaching tech to lawmakers, plus privacy failures – and a call to techies to act  The Register

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

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What’s Next for Smartphones? Samsung’s New Galaxy Line Offers a Few Answers  The New York Times

One of the company's newly unveiled models works with 5G wireless networks. Another folds up like a book.


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

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Tangled wires, digital photos: Here's how to declutter your personal tech  Economic Times

Everyone has a drawer full of ancient cellphones, tangled-up wires and earphones that are never touched.


To Cover China, There’s No Substitute for WeChat  The New York Times

Li Yuan conducts much of her work on the WeChat mobile app, including spotting trends — and prodding sources to get back to her.


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

Alternative power sources have upended the electric grid. Ivan Penn, who covers the beat, discusses the changes and how he keeps track of them.


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

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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 ...


An Arsenal of Skype, Voice Recorders and FOIAs  The New York Times

Emily Bazelon, an investigative reporter at The New York Times Magazine, craves easy-to-use tools, whether for interviews, Freedom of Information Act records ...


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

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The Easy (and Free) Way to Make a Budget Spreadsheet  The New York Times

With a little time, typing and easy-to-use software, you can quickly see your financial picture much more thoroughly and better plan for the future.


Germany Is Wary of a Digital World (but Loves Its E-Toothbrushes)  The New York Times

Melissa Eddy, a Berlin reporter, explains how privacy laws have led to blurred Google Street View pictures, and why WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook are ...


Hurricanes. Shootings. Fires. Time for an Editor’s Emergency Kit.  The New York Times

When news of natural disasters or man-made ones break in the U.S., Julie Bloom taps a variety of tools to communicate with reporters, edit stories and get them ...


My home tech setup for 2019  Business Insider

Technology can vastly improve the quality of your home and life. I've listed the computers, gadgets, and accessories I'm using on a personal basis in 2019 ...


New York Requests Documents from Facebook, Apps on Data Sharing  The Wall Street Journal

A New York regulator is ramping up a promised investigation of how Facebook Inc. FB -1.05% gathered sensitive personal information from popular smartphone ...


When the Tools of the Trade Are the Keyboard and Mouse  The New York Times

For Daisuke Wakabayashi, who covers Google, computer accessories are important. Very important.


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 ...


Generation Stressed: What too much screen time does to you  9News.com KUSA

Stop overusing technology - seriously. It's not good for you. Try doing the 'one screen at a time' rule - as well as not constantly having your phone on you.


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

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How an App Creates ‘Disturbingly Agile Millennial Thumbs’  The New York Times

Isabella Kwai, a reporter in Australia, rarely takes notes on paper anymore and instead uses her iPhone. She can still look sources in the eye while typing. Image.


Are Your Children Racking Up Charges From Mobile Games? Here’s How to Fight Back  The New York Times

Parents are often surprised by unauthorized credit card charges. The culprit: Bait apps, which lure children into buying virtual junk online. Preventing these ...


How to clean up your digital graveyard to protect yourself (and disable FaceTime)  9News.com KUSA

A newly discovered bug on the iPhone will make you want to watch what you say - at least for a little while. As these kinds of privacy issues become more and ...


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.


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

Good news, Apple loyalists: You won't have to burn $1,000 on your next iPhone. That's because for about $750, you can have the iPhone XR, which is just as ...


Tech giants face bigger penalties for online data breaches  The Australian

Tech giants such as Google and Facebook will face far stronger penalties if they breach privacy laws, under sweeping changes proposed to help protect ...


How to Rescue, Repair and Revive Old Family Photos  The New York Times

If the march of time is eroding your personal picture archive, give your beloved images new life.


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 ...


How to Make a 3-D Model of Your Home Renovation Vision  The New York Times

Before you get out the hardware, use software like free floor-plan apps and augmented-reality tools to sketch out the ideas for your remodeling projects.


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 ...


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.


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 ...


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.


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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

Getting a big group together this time of year can be a hassle. So spare everyone the endless phone notifications and email threads and try these methods ...


Let's face it. We need to face up to facing off with face-recog tech, say US senators: Bipartisan AI privacy law proposed  The Register

A pair of US Senators from across the aisle on Thursday introduced a bill to limit how facial recognition technology can be used. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Brian ...


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

Our personal tech columnist uses a combination of custom maps, spreadsheets and itinerary management apps to promote maximum enjoyment.


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.


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.


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.


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

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? A. O. Scott, a chief film critic of The Times, discussed the tech he's ...


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.


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.


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 ...


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.


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

She was a photo editor. Now she's an events manager. Whitney Richardson discusses how her career shift at The Times has changed her tech habits. Image.


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

The new $1000 device is aimed at power users who work, play, consume and create on their phone. For others, there are plenty of cheaper options.


How to Sort Through a Cornucopia of Television Shows  The New York Times

Our assistant TV editor has a state-of-the-art setup for watching shows and movies. But here's what happens when there can be too much *content* to choose.


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 ...


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 ...


Blood Pressure, Baby’s Pulse, Sperm Potency: Home Health Devices Are Tracking More Than Ever  The Wall Street Journal

On display at the 2019 CES show will be wristbands that check blood pressure, a forehead sleep sensor that detects if you stop breathing and a band for a ...


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 ...


Samsung slings the skinny on its 12GB GötterDRAMmerung for next-gen smartmobes  The Register

Samsung has unveiled a 12GB cellphone DRAM module it hopes will be part of next-generation smartphones. It was way back in April 2016 that Sammy ...


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.


Windows on How Cities Change Can Be All Too Captivating  The New York Times

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Emily Badger, who writes about cities and urban policy for The ...


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

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Sam Ezersky, the assistant editor of puzzles for The Times, ...


Why ‘Fred’ Is the Best Friend of Economics Writers  The New York Times

Neil Irwin, who covers economics for The Upshot, often turns to “Fred,” a site full of economic data that is maintained by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.





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