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On Computers: Never give banking information or cede computer control

posted: 03/17/2018 2:04 a.m. Discuss

One of our frequent correspondents had a near miss.

Dropbox to go public with conservative valuation

posted: 03/13/2018 1:52 a.m. Discuss

Silicon Valley darling Dropbox is aiming to go public at a valuation well below the $10 billion it clocked in its last private funding round, despite posting healthy revenue growth and turning cash-flow positive in the intervening four years.

ON COMPUTERS: Video games still a big business, both to make and to play

posted: 03/10/2018 1:55 a.m. Discuss

An old friend in the computer gaming business called to pitch a new product. The product was interesting, though not yet ready for prime time. But his call opened a window we hadn’t looked through in many years.

ON COMPUTERS: Beware the Brother website's bogus printer support scheme

posted: 03/03/2018 2:04 a.m. Discuss

A reader innocently called a tech support phone number he saw on the Brother printers website. It turned out to be a scam. Unlike "click bait," which leads users to fake news stories or other websites, this one goes after your wallet.

Justices to hear data-abroad case

posted: 02/27/2018 1:51 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- The tech industry takes on President Donald Trump's administration at the U.S. Supreme Court today in a high-stakes clash over digital privacy and government access to information stored on overseas servers.

Amazon looks at movement tracking tech

posted: 02/25/2018 2:07 a.m. Discuss

As Amazon continues its quest to shrink delivery times and add warehouses in Illinois, the e-commerce behemoth is looking into technology that could track the movements of its workers' hands as they fulfill orders.

Cryptocash believers quest for stable coin

posted: 02/25/2018 2:05 a.m. Discuss

It's the Holy Grail of cryptocurrencies -- an asset with all the benefits of decentralization but none of the volatility.

On Computers: Email services let senders know if messages opened

posted: 02/24/2018 1:58 a.m. Discuss

A reader writes that she doesn't hear from her son. She can send messages, but she doesn't know if he's getting any email. She may be able to find out what's up with that by using an email-tracking program.

Software helps retailers perfect internet data

posted: 02/18/2018 1:56 a.m. Discuss

The name of WhyteSpyder's new software tool came to co-founder Alex Ahmad in a dream.

Amazon exceeding 3 top retailers in apparel sales

posted: 02/18/2018 1:51 a.m. Discuss

U.S. shoppers may be ordering more clothing than socks and underwear on Amazon after all.

EBay rolls out new features to engage shoppers, sellers

posted: 02/18/2018 1:50 a.m. Discuss

EBay Inc. will roll out new augmented reality features this year to make buying and selling goods on the website more engaging, and is exploring a credit program for sellers to encourage them to keep their money on the platform.

Amazon inching into health-care sector

posted: 02/18/2018 1:49 a.m. Discuss Inc. may have big ambitions to shake up health care, but it is starting small.

Recovery disk can help salvage computer that won't start

posted: 02/17/2018 2:19 a.m. Discuss

The HP desktop computer we bought on Amazon less than two months ago wouldn't start. For a few hours, we panicked. The solution? Unplug the machine. Hold the power button until the little light on the back of the computer goes off. (That's if it's a desktop computer, the type sometimes called a tower.) This frees the computer from hibernation mode. Viola, as we say in fractured French! It's fixed!

Driverless cars to bypass old ways

posted: 02/11/2018 2:02 a.m. Discuss

The link between property and transportation has been perhaps the most durable in human history.

ON COMPUTERS: Wi-Fi cheapest way to make calls without phone service

posted: 02/10/2018 2:02 a.m. Discuss

A reader latched onto his wife's old Samsung Galaxy phone, now that she has a new one. At first he thought he needed a cheap phone service to go with it. We suggested a Tracfone plan for $7 a month -- $21 every 90 days for 60 minutes of talk time. But he decided to go even cheaper: use free Wi-Fi to make calls.






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