Tech – for Everyone

Tech Tips and Tricks & Advice – written in plain English.

iPhone owner be aware (alert)

iPhone owners need to look at this.

* Apple releases “important security update” for iPhone after spyware discovery

They would have been able to turn on his iPhone’s camera and microphone to record Mansoor and anything nearby, without him being wise about it. They would have been able to log his emails and calls — even those that are encrypted end-to-end. And, of course, they would have been able to track his precise whereaboutsRead more..

I hope Apple owners no longer think they’re immune from this “viruses” stuff… ‘cuz they ain’t. If it has an operating system, it can be ‘hacked’.

Today’s quote:Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” ~ Ashley Smith

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August 25, 2016 Posted by | Apple, cellular, consumer electronics, cyber crime, Cyberwarfare, hackers, hardware, iPhone, mobile, News, security | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How To Solve Mac Printing Problems

Folks, rather than reinvent the wheel, I’ll simply tell you the first thing to do is clear the Printer’s “queue” —

1) Open Apple menu and go to “System Preferences” and choose Printers. (You can also use Finder.)
2) Select the active printer and choose “Open Print Queue” button.
3) Select and cancel the print job(s) as desired, canceling them and removing them from the printing queue.

And point you to this article for the more advanced steps:

* How to resolve Mac printing issues

Printing on a Mac is typically reliable. Occasionally trouble arises, however. Here are a few recommended resolutions for returning printing to proper operation.Read more..

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Today’s quote:Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” ~ Dalai Lama

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

April 28, 2016 Posted by | advice, Apple, computers, consumer electronics, hardware, how to, printers, troubleshooting | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to prep your smartphone for emergency situations

Folks, the author of this article is a bit wordy, (like, you can skip the first 4 paragraphs..) but there is some good info here… And we all know, we should be somewhat prepared ahead of time, as a Rule.

* Zombie apocalypse? Prep your smartphone for emergency situations

Learn how to equip your phone to help steer you through disaster scenarios, whether a zombie apocalypse or a Donald Trump rally.Read more..

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* Side business: August, check your Junk folder.

Today’s quote:Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” ~ Zig Ziglar

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

March 31, 2016 Posted by | advice, Android, Apple, cellular, consumer electronics, how to, iPhone, mobile, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

While I was away…

Let’s take a look at some of the recent headlines in Tech. (In no particular order..)

* FCC privacy rules can’t stop ‘gold rush’ in personal data

The flourishing ‘surveillance capitalism’ that profits from selling consumers’ personal data will be little affected by the new rules.Read More..

* Malvertising Campaign Hits Top Websites to Spread Ransomware

Hackers are always in search for an elite method to create loopholes in the cyberspace to implement the dark rules in the form of vulnerability exploitation. Top Trustworthy sites such as The New York Times, BBC, MSN, AOL and many more are on the verge of losing their face value as a …” Read more..

* Warning — Hackers can Silently Install Malware to Non-Jailbroken iOS Devices

Hard time for mobile phone users! Just recently, two severe vulnerabilities in Qualcomm Snapdragon chip and Stagefright were spotted on the Android platform, affecting more than a Billion and Millions of devices respectively. And now: Hackers have discovered a new way to install malicious apps ..” Read more..

* Apple users, beware: First live ransomware targeting Macs …

Security researchers have discovered what they believe to be the first-ever ransomware attack targeted at Apple users that actually made it out …” Read more..

* Android Trojan infiltrates mobile firmware, Trend Micro apps

An Android Trojan which displays unwanted ads and installs nuisance software on mobile devices has been discovered in the firmware of smartphones and in popular Android applications, according to researchers.Read more..

[ “firmware” is chip-level coding, which comes into play when you first power up, but before the operating system (and therefore, any ‘anti-virus’) launches. ]

* The 18 scariest computer viruses of all time (slideshow)

And, there’s also Apple vs the F.B.I., and other delightful stories… But.. none of them are happy.

Today’s quote:Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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March 22, 2016 Posted by | advice, Android, Apple, cellular, cloud computing, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, Cyberwarfare, hackers, Internet, iPhone, News, Phishing, phraud, privacy, ransomware, security, software, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

50 Best Free iPhone Apps + More

For those of you iGadget types..

* 50 Best Free iPhone Apps

Plenty of iPhone apps are worth paying for, but there are plenty of great free ones, too. Here are 50 of the best.” Read more..

[ Note: most of those are available for Android devices as well. ]

Others may be more interested in..

* Analysts’ Favorites: 10 Best Bluetooth Speakers

Laptops and phones are smaller and thinner than ever, and so are their speakers. We tested dozens of wireless speakers and can recommend these 10 as the absolute best.Read more..

And of course there’s scary ‘news’..

* Windows 10 Upgrade Become More Creepy, No Option to Opt-Out

If you are running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 and have no plans to switch to Windows 10, then Microsoft could force you to install Windows 10*, making it harder for you to cancel or opt-out of upgrading…” Read more..

* emphasis mine. It’s time to turn off Automatic Update, and switch to “Notify me”, and manually reading each Update to make sure this *crud* isn’t allowed to happen. Sad. Just sad. Shame on you Microsoft! (Other option, image your C: drive daily..) Because unless you’re a kid needing improved XBox streaming, I see no real advantage to Win X.

And, it’s the weekend, so..

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“Little lion” by Giordano Vasconcelos, courtesy of Flickr Commons

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Today’s quote:Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness, and its power of endurance – the cheerful man will do more in the same time, will do it; better, will preserve it longer, than the sad or sullen.” ~ Thomas Carlyle

Let’s all have a safe and marvelous weekend, okay?

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

October 17, 2015 Posted by | advice, Android, Apple, consumer electronics, gadgets, hardware, iPhone, Microsoft, News, software, Windows 10 | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Friday Good Stuff

Here are a few items for your Friday.

* Why TV is doomed: HBO Now and the new cord-cutting economics

The entire old-school television distribution system has been rocked by a quake of epic magnitude. Now I can watch whatever I want — and save hundreds of dollars a year.” Read more..

Related: Add Pluto TV To Your Internet TV Lineup

If you are looking for a FREE internet based TV like environment you may enjoy exploring Pluto TV where the amount of content is amazing.” Read more..

That number should be much much higher, IMHO. But.

That number should be much much higher, IMHO. But.

* I don’t care about the Apple Watch. Would never own/wear an Apple Watch. And as a family-friendly blogger, cannot print what I think about the Apple Watch. If you’re looking for info on the Apple Watch, well, every single tech website out there has oodles & oodles of drooling propaganda advertising hype articles on the latest Apple gizmo, so feel free togo to one of those. (To do so, click here.)

* Firefox helps you cover your assets with latest Tracking Protection feature

Did you know that not all websites honor Do Not Track? If privacy while browsing is at the top of your priority list, Jack Wallen offers up a Firefox tip that just might allow you to sigh a breath of private air.Read more..

[My best guess is that no website {0} honors ‘Do Not Track’, actually.. Why should they? Tracking you pays $$$.]

Today’s Important Message: As you know, tax season is a “prime cybercrime season”, and we are warned to be on the alert for bogus IRS emails/phone calls. Truth is.. it’s always “Prime Cybercrime Season”, and we must realize it. Operating with an ever-vigilant healthy paranoia has to be our day-to-day.

Today’s Poll:

Today’s Fun Video:

Today’s quote:For it is in giving that we receive.” ~ Francis of Assisi

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

April 10, 2015 Posted by | Apple, browsers, cloud computing, consumer electronics, Firefox, how to, Internet, News, privacy, tech | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

More Tuesday Tidbits

Folks, here are a few items worthy of your consideration:

* VPN Unlimited: Lifetime Subscription 70% off

“Safety First–Protect Your Online Activity & Browse without Restriction for Life.” Learn more..

[Please note: I have no knowledge of, or experience with, this particular product.]

*A glimpse into the future of money: Spain’s banking revolution shows what’s next for your cash

In Spain, where smartphone use is the norm and peer-to-peer lending is taking off, banks’ shift from payment processors to financial services advisors is particularly noticeable.Read more..

* Florida law enforcement docs show widespread stingray use, secrecy

"Tower dump" of consumer mobile data a popular police snooping tacticFlorida law enforcement documents obtained by the ACLU show widespread stingray use and troubling secrecy.Read more..

[That’s warrant-less wiretapping, right here in the good ole US of A, folks..]

* Who Will Buy the $10,000 Apple Watch?

The $10,000 gold Apple Watch is a move to make Apple a global luxury brand.” Read more..

[my fave part: “..in China, it will be given as gifts from officials to their mistresses, and from businessmen to officials.”]

* CTB-Locker virus: How to protect your systems, and what to do if infected

Jesus Vigo examines the CTB-Locker virus, its effects on your data, and how to best protect your computer from this ransomware infection.Read more..

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Today’s quote:I’d far rather be happy than right any day.” ~ Douglas Adams

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

March 10, 2015 Posted by | advice, Apple, consumer electronics, hackers, News, ransomware, tech | , | Leave a comment