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. 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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Are AirPods Worth the Costs?  The New York Times

Apple's wireless earbuds have led to questions about personal tech as environmental scourge and punch line.


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After raising at least $20 million last year from the likes of Amazon, Disney and Bose for a mobile app that offered workouts led by professional, human trainers, ...


Capturing What’s Online in China Before It Vanishes  The New York Times

It's important to preserve snapshots of China's internet before they vanish without a trace, says Raymond Zhong, a Times tech reporter in Beijing.


Tech Is Changing New York, but Not How He Reports on the City  The New York Times

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? J. David Goodman, a metro reporter, discussed the tech he's using.


Why Play a Music CD? ‘No Ads, No Privacy Terrors, No Algorithms’  The New York Times

Streaming services have revolutionized the discovery of songs, but here's why Ben Sisario, who covers the music industry, still likes to listen to compact discs.


Sliding Backward on Tech? There Are Benefits  The New York Times

Pamela Paul, editor of The New York Times Book Review, decided to downgrade her tech two years ago. It has worked out, with paper and DVDs instead of the ...


Will automated customer service replace people? | Personal Tech  The Oakland Press

Man vs. machine: That's the debate going on in almost every industry, particularly in regard to customer *service*.


Tech Company Execs Sweat Personal Liability for Privacy Violations  JD Supra

In the Privacy Law classes I teach in the Brown University Executive Masters of Cybersecurity and at Roger Williams University School of Law, we discuss the ...


If I'm going to wear a computer on my face, it needs to be perfect  Financial Post

Tech reporter James McLeod test drives North's smart glasses Focals.


How to Add Hollywood Special Effects to Your Videos  The New York Times

With your smartphone, inexpensive software and a bit of cloth or paper, you can make your own “green screen” movies.


US seeks new tools to counter unrelenting wave of robocalls  The Oakland Press

U.S. regulators are proposing new tools to counter the unrelenting waves of robocalls received each year in America.


How intelligent is artificial intelligence? | Personal Tech  The Oakland Press

What makes artificial intelligence intelligent? Is it able to learn from errors or recognize, say, the letters of the alphabet in a set of random shapes like a human ...


You Can’t Stop Robocalls. You Shouldn’t Have To.  The New York Times

Today's solutions for fighting spam and scam calls are ineffective. But the onus should be on the phone companies, not you, to solve this problem.


Instagram influencers' and celebrities’ personal details made freely available on the internet  The Independent

The personal details of millions of celebrities and influencers have been made freely available on the internet. A vast array of private data, apparently focused on ...


5 reasons businesses should be using the cloud | Personal Tech  The Oakland Press

Most people are familiar with “the cloud” in terms of everyday use — it's where we store family photos, documents and work files, among other things.


In true Hollywood fashion, Florida Tech women go out on top  Golf Channel

Florida Tech women, in their final tournament before the program was set to fold, won the NCAA Division II title.


iPad Pro, Tile keyring and Juku backpack: Tech tools for busy professionals  The Irish Times

Top 1000: what you should be packing in your personal tech arsenal this year.


It’s Time to Use Your Imagination With Bluetooth Trackers. We Did.  The New York Times

This week, I'm asking readers to engage in an admittedly odd exercise: to use our imaginations with Bluetooth trackers. Sounds weird, right? Bluetooth trackers ...


Google Pixel 3A Review: The $400 Smartphone You’ve Been Waiting For  The New York Times

Dear readers, I hear you: Plenty of you are making it loud and clear that you are frustrated with today's smartphone prices, which are approaching the cost of a ...


Justin Trudeau credits immigration for Canada's growing tech sector  Financial Post

TORONTO — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told hundreds of attendees at a conference in Toronto on Monday that Canada's thriving technology sector is a ...


Facebook bans 'dangerous individuals' cited for hate speech  The Oakland Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After years of pressure to crack down on hate and bigotry, Facebook has banned Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones and other extremists, ...


The Game of Thrones’ Hangover is a Blip on the Radar Compared to The Annual Cost of Digital Distraction  Grit Daily

It's predicted that millions of Americans will call in sick with a hangover from the final Game of Thrones episode, which, if you're reading this later, aired on HBO ...


MPD: Woman Goes Low-Tech to Steal Personal Information  FOX10 News

Sometimes, you don't need to go "high tech" to steal someone's personal information. One woman was able to do it the "low tech" way, says Mobile Police. Now ...


Personal Thermostat- a wearable band for monitoring perfect body temperature  TechGenYZ

Scientists have developed a wearable band that controls and measures your body temperature like a personal thermostat.


Razor startup Harry’s will be acquired by Edgewell Personal Care for $1.37B  TechCrunch

Edgewell Personal Care, which owns brands like Schick (razors), Banana Boat (sunscreen) and Wet Ones (moist wipes), is adding Harry's to that list in a $1.37 ...


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 ...


Samsung Postpones Rollout of Galaxy Fold  The New York Times

The company, the world's largest handset maker, said it would postpone the release of the foldable smartphone after reports that the device was malfunctioning.


The tech products most likely yield profit in the future  The Money Pages

Home technology products such as Amazon's Alexa, Google Home and Smart thermostats are the gadgets most likely to offer the greatest profits in future resale ...


New Apple Card is generous, but only through Apple Pay  The Oakland Press

Apple is rolling out a new credit card that features ample cash-back rewards if used through Apple Pay — but mundane rewards otherwise.


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.


Do Not Track is back in the US Senate. And this time it means business. As in, fining businesses that stalk you online  The Register

Analysis New legislation that would put teeth into the web's Do Not Track option for internet users, by fining companies that ignore it, will be introduced this week ...


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

A.I. that responds to your voice. Next-generation wireless networks. If this year's biggest consumer technology trends have a familiar ring, there's a reason for ...


Lifting Journalism by Knowing What Readers Are Looking For  The New York Times

Claudio E. Cabrera, who specializes in search engine optimization, describes how he keeps track of what's hot in search and how that informs coverage — and ...


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

You can now take key duplication into your own hands using kiosks and apps from start-ups. Our columnist explored whether the benefits of this outweigh the ...


SMI wants to become NASCAR track operator that is Personal  Tech Know Bits

The parent company of Speedway Motorsports Inc. has created an offer to acquire all of its outstanding common stock, the second movement of its kind between ...


‘The Effects Cannot Be Overstated’: When Tech Invaded Media  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.


The Must-Have When Reporting on Disasters: A Satellite Phone  The New York Times

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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 ...


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

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Matt Apuzzo, an investigative correspondent in Brussels, discussed ...


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.


Organizing Your Unwieldy Photo Collection Is Easier Than You Think  The New York Times

Do you ever find yourself scrolling madly through your phone's camera roll, looking for that one fabulous vacation shot you're describing to a friend — and you ...


Instagram to remove number of likes on photos and videos in Canada  Financial Post

Facebook Inc.'s Instagram is considering removing the number of “likes” on posts, a move that mirrors efforts by social media companies like Twitter Inc. to make ...


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

The transition to new fifth-generation networks, known as 5G, will affect how you use smartphones and many other devices. Let's talk about the essentials.


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

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said on Thursday that millions of user account passwords had been stored insecurely, potentially allowing employees to gain ...


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

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Liz Day, a senior story editor for The Times's new television show, ...


Protecting Your Internet Accounts Keeps Getting Easier. Here’s How to Do It.  The New York Times

There are many tools for setting up two-factor authentication, a security mechanism that prevents improper access. These four methods are the most compelling.


From Bubble Memory to Hot Spots and a Fly Rod  The New York Times

David E. Sanger, a national security correspondent, recounts his gear from the computers in use when he joined The Times in 1982 to his overloaded backpack ...


A Favorite Tool While Reporting on Start-Ups: Paper?  The New York Times

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Erin Griffith, a start-ups and venture capital reporter in San Francisco ...


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.


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

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


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.


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

Armed with an Olympus recorder, she's spent time with Gwyneth Paltrow and Bradley Cooper. Here's how Taffy Brodesser-Akner of The New York Times ...


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

Gadgets like Apple's iPhone have become so powerful and durable that you can wait many years before buying a new one. The bad news is that your next ...


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

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Melissa Eddy, a Berlin correspondent for The Times, discussed the ...


WhatsApp Hack Shows Big Tech Losing Fight to Protect Users  Toolbox

WhatsApp, the world's most popular messaging *service*, is in the center of a security storm after disclosing a vulnerability that allows hackers to use its encrypted ...


Big Tech leapt on the blockchain bandwagon but its applications are stuck in cryptocurrency  The Register

Huge expectations for blockchain have been created by large suppliers such as IBM, Microsoft, Amazon and SAP, institutions such as The World Economic ...


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.


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, ...


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.


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 ...


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

Tech has brought innovation, convenience and smarts to the kitchen. Here's what Melissa Clark uses and the tools she finds indispensable.


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 ...


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

You're never too old to learn to play a musical instrument, but finding a tutor and the time for lessons is another matter. If working with a personal teacher isn't an ...


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 ...


Uber vs. Lyft: Which Ride-Hailing App Is Better?  The New York Times

Uber and Lyft recently made clear that they are in the ride-hailing business for the long haul. Shortly after Lyft went public with plenty of fanfare last month, Uber ...


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 ...


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

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Tara Siegel Bernard, a personal finance reporter, discussed the tech ...


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 ...


Managing Manterruptions and Her Dog’s Instagram  The New York Times

Jessica Bennett, gender editor for The Times, talks about diversifying reporting subjects, monitoring how many times she gets interrupted and why you should ...


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 ...


Depressed and Anxious? These Video Games Want to Help  The New York Times

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


First genderless voice, "Q", created for personal tech assistants  FOX 13 News, Tampa Bay

VIRTUE Nordics is the team behind "Q", the first genderless voice assistant. With the launch of "Q", VIRTUE and Copenhagen Pride hope that consumers and ...


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 ...


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 ...


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.


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 ...


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.


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 ...


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.


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

Facebook's new gadgets, Portal and Portal Plus, are meant to bring people closer together. So we — Mike Isaac and Farhad Manjoo, two technology writers for ...


California's politicians rush to gut internet privacy law with pro-tech giant amendments  The Register

Analysis The right for Californians to control the private data that tech companies hold on them may be undermined today at a critical committee hearing in ...


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

After I set up Samsung's new Galaxy S10 Plus phone last week, I showed it to my partner and said with atypical enthusiasm, “Check it out — this phone has the ...


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 ...


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.


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 ...


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.


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

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Nathaniel Popper, who covers cryptocurrencies and financial ...


8 tips to improve your password security | Personal Tech  The Oakland Press

Let's talk about passwords. While necessary for our digital security, they remain without a doubt one of the most annoying parts of our digital lives both at work ...


Using Social Media to Build Your Personal Tech Brand  Dice Insights

Whether you are a CIO, project manager or freelance web developer, you need to be able to articulate your value and establish yourself as an authority in.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


Amazon’s Away Teams laid bare: How AWS's hivemind of engineers develop and maintain their internal tech  The Register

Deep dive Companies inside and out of Silicon Valley have found their own ways to rapidly develop and deploy features and functionality. Within the belly of ...


Big tech firms still don’t care about your privacy  Washington Post

This is what a real Data Privacy Day would look like.


Apple AirPods Review: Perfect Earbuds, but They Don’t Last  The New York Times

Apple's new AirPods, those tiny wireless earbuds that look like Q-Tips dangling from your ears, are some of the coolest audio accessories you can buy today.





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