Improve Your Home Wi-Fi By Meshing It Up

IMPROVE YOUR HOME WI-FI BY MESHING IT UP

Got any Wi-Fi dead spots in your home? You can improve Wi-Fi coverage in your home more easily than ever before. There's new Wi-Fi...

Microsoft Thinks The Future Belongs To Teams

MICROSOFT THINKS THE FUTURE BELONGS TO TEAMS

Microsoft Teams is an Office 365 service that businesses can use for their employees to chat and collaborate, providing an alternative...

 
 
 
All Things Must Pass: Say Goodbye To Windows 7

ALL THINGS MUST PASS: SAY GOODBYE TO WINDOWS 7

Windows 7 was released almost ten years ago. Those are human years; in technology years that is roughly the length of the Mesozoic...

Rules For Computer And Online Safety 2019

RULES FOR COMPUTER AND ONLINE SAFETY 2019

These are the rules for computer and online safety in 2019. You can download a copy here . Only your vigilance will protect you against...

 
 
 
How To Add A Chrome Shortcut To Your Taskbar

HOW TO ADD A CHROME SHORTCUT TO YOUR TASKBAR

Google has changed the steps required to pin a website to your Windows 10 taskbar. It's still possible but it takes a bit of extra...

Security Tip: The Bad Guys Can Spoof The Sender's Name And Email Address On Malicious Messages

SECURITY TIP: THE BAD GUYS CAN SPOOF THE SENDER'S NAME AND EMAIL ADDRESS ON MALICIOUS MESSAGES

Let's start with two familiar security principles. • The bad guys can make any name appear as the sender of a malicious email message. •...

 
 
 
It's Not Just Your Computer - Everything Is Too Hard To Use

IT'S NOT JUST YOUR COMPUTER - EVERYTHING IS TOO HARD TO USE

I wrote an article a few years ago about how difficult it is for non-tech people to manage the fiddly bits required to run a Windows...

Bloomberg And Chinese Spies: The Strangest Technology Story Of The Year

BLOOMBERG AND CHINESE SPIES: THE STRANGEST TECHNOLOGY STORY OF THE YEAR

The Chinese government has put secret spy chips on US government servers. They're stealing secrets from Apple and Amazon. And the US...

 
 
 
The Bruceb News 2018 Year In Review

THE BRUCEB NEWS 2018 YEAR IN REVIEW

Remember when I wrote an article a year ago predicting that always-connected computers would be heavily promoted in 2018? Yeah, about...

Spotify Wrapped: My Top Ten Is Better Than Your Top Ten

SPOTIFY WRAPPED: MY TOP TEN IS BETTER THAN YOUR TOP TEN

(This will be the last Bruceb News article for 2018. I'll return with more news next year, if anything interesting happens. Remember,...

 
 
 
Algorithms And Paperclips: How Facebook Drives Us Apart

ALGORITHMS AND PAPERCLIPS: HOW FACEBOOK DRIVES US APART

A famous thought experiment shows how an AI could be designed with good intentions and without malice, and still wind up destroying...

Put A Google Home Hub On Your Xmas List

PUT A GOOGLE HOME HUB ON YOUR XMAS LIST

The Google Home Hub is my favorite home assistant. Put it on your Xmas list, or sneak one under the tree for yourself. If your pictures...

 
 
 
Microsoft Has Not Made Any Progress On Sorting Out Its Personal And Work Accounts

MICROSOFT HAS NOT MADE ANY PROGRESS ON SORTING OUT ITS PERSONAL AND WORK ACCOUNTS

Microsoft has two giant identity systems set up by different divisions of the company - one system for personal accounts, a different...

Outlook Tip: Paste Your Way To A New Email Message

OUTLOOK TIP: PASTE YOUR WAY TO A NEW EMAIL MESSAGE

Outlook is full of hidden surprises and shortcuts. Here are a few tips for Outlook junkies that range from obvious to obscure. I know...

 
 
 
Prepare Yourself For Subscription Fatigue

PREPARE YOURSELF FOR SUBSCRIPTION FATIGUE

You're going to be so fed up with subscriptions by the end of next year that you will want to scream. Want to play a game? Before you...

Kasvot Växt And The Best Album You've Never Heard

KASVOT VÄXT AND THE BEST ALBUM YOU'VE NEVER HEARD

It's Thanksgiving week in the US. Do you mind if I tell you a story that has nothing to do with technology? Indulge me. We'll get back...

 
 
 
Windows 10 Tip: View Your Clipboard History

WINDOWS 10 TIP: VIEW YOUR CLIPBOARD HISTORY

Your Windows 10 computer is going to install a major update soon. Microsoft just began rolling out the “Windows 10 October 2018 Update,”...

Am I The Only One Who Didn't Know That Surge Protectors Wear Out?

AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO DIDN'T KNOW THAT SURGE PROTECTORS WEAR OUT?

Surge protectors wear out. A few thunderstorms, or just day to day use for a couple of years, and they are completely useless for power...

 
 
 
Vote 2018

VOTE 2018

To all my US readers: This is what history looks like when it's happening. If you don't get to the polls, or if you turn away because...

Google Knows So Much About You That It's Creepy, But It Might Not Be An Invasion Of Privacy

GOOGLE KNOWS SO MUCH ABOUT YOU THAT IT'S CREEPY, BUT IT MIGHT NOT BE AN INVASION OF PRIVACY

The term “invasion of privacy” is distracting us from understanding important issues. Invasion of privacy is frequently thrown around...

 
 
 



Samsung launches first-ever US retail stores

Samsung launches first-ever US retail stores

As Samsung celebrates the ten year anniversary of its Galaxy line, the Korean hardware giant has announced that it will open its first retail stores in the US. The company... Read more ...

How to Get Carbon Fiber in Far Cry New Dawn

How to Get Carbon Fiber in Far Cry New Dawn

Much like titanium, carbon fiber is an essential crafting material for elite-level weapons and vehicles in Far Cry: New Dawn. While it's harder to find than titanium, it's not... Read more ...

Upcoming Samsung Wearable Lineup Exposed By Leaked APK

Upcoming Samsung Wearable Lineup Exposed By Leaked APK

Samsung 's entire wearable lineup expected to be unveiled next week has been leaked through a premature update for the official Galaxy Wearable application, as detailed in a... Read more ...

9to5Toys Lunch Break: $150 off 10.5-inch iPad Pro, AirPods $140, Logitech TV...

9to5Toys Lunch Break: $150 off 10.5-inch iPad Pro, AirPods $140, Logitech TV Bluetooth Keyboard $58, more

9to5Toys now has a new app! Download it to stay up to date on the best gear and deals on the web. Plus don't forget to check us out on Apple News and sign up for the 9to5Toys... Read more ...

A Pixel Watch from Google may change its fortunes in wearables

A Pixel Watch from Google may change its fortunes in wearables

It was an up and down week for fans of Wear OS with the news that Google may launch the oft-rumored Pixel Watch later this year, followed by the NPD report that Wear OS had... Read more ...

Facebook may face multi-billion dollar fine for Cambridge Analytica scandal

Facebook may face multi-billion dollar fine for Cambridge Analytica scandal

Enlarge Facebook may have to pay a multi-billion dollar fine for violating its users' privacy, or face a lawsuit from the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC has been... Read more ...

Apple Extends iPhone XR and iPhone XS Trade-Up Promotion Until March 25 in China

Apple Extends iPhone XR and iPhone XS Trade-Up Promotion Until March 25 in China

In late November, Apple launched a limited time promotion that offers up to $100 in additional credit when trading in an iPhone 6 through iPhone 8 towards the purchase of a new... Read more ...

Anker's Nebula Mars II portable projector is at its best price in months

Anker's Nebula Mars II portable projector is at its best price in months

Turn any wall into a movie screen and any room into a private theater. The Anker Nebula Mars II 720p portable projector is down to $389.99 on Amazon. It regularly sells for... Read more ...

Underwhelming Sony Xperia L3 renders and specs leaked

Underwhelming Sony Xperia L3 renders and specs leaked

Images of Sony's upcoming Xperia L3 have been leaked online, along with specs and some clues as to the device's features. The renders and information, courtesy of WinFuture... Read more ...

Galaxy S8 and S8+ now receiving fourth Android Pie beta update

Galaxy S8 and S8+ now receiving fourth Android Pie beta update

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are getting a fourth Android Pie beta update, which is rolling out right now. more... Read more ...