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February 2019

‘Neighbor Spoofing,’ Better Audio Phone Calls, and Touchscreen Gloves

Every Frame a Painting: Tony and Taylor discuss the visual language of moving pictures, using scenes from a vast array of films as the basis for exploring new ways to see. This YouTube channel will forever change how you perceive movies.


Learning a Foreign Language at 75

About a year ago I read in a senior publication how learning a foreign language can help maintain mental acuity as one aged, and for my 75th birthday I decided to give myself a present: one last shot at learning to speak Spanish, this time by using an online program.


Now Read This!

Needless to say, the discovery of this simple feature has changed my life. No longer do I send messages that say things like: “I gat your email anf hipe to see yiu im the veri near futurg.”
“Wait, don’t you have spellcheck?” you might ask.

January 2019
Bob’s Tech Talk

Making the Most of Apple iPhone

Health data is protected with safeguards similar to those used with passwords. Unless special care is taken to protect health info when moving to a new device, the data will remain locked inside the old phone.

June 2018
Bob’s Tech Talk

Playing Around Online and Apple AirPods.

But if you get hooked, even a few dollars a week can add up quickly. I know individuals who have spent thousands of dollars a year on certain addictive "free-to-play" games. Granted they are the exception, but caution is vital.


Now What?

OK, so my first date with Alexa was going pretty well. We were talking, and I was feeling better. The more the merrier, right? So I brought Siri and Google into the conversation.

May 2018

Munchy Words and Possibilities

But now the computer’s mad, fed up with my gripes. It races across the page, erasing letter after letter, eating my words. Line after line. Chomp, chomp. I wave my hands and yell, “STOP!” There’s no key for “Stop.” “Undo” won’t undo.

Bob’s Tech Talk

Facebook, Google, and Instagram: Your Privacy Doesn’t Exist

To view most of what Facebook knows about you, download a backup of your history to a computer. Go to and find the bottom of the general account section. Click "Download a copy" and follow the instructions. A few minutes later, the resulting download will reveal some of what Facebook knows about you. Be prepared to be reminded of things you thought were long forgotten.

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There is no way to participate online without leaving a trail of personal data behind. That data can be used to persuade you, manipulate your opinion, or reveal your most private thoughts. All of us need to recognize this reality, and the sooner, the better.


A Self-driving Car, Really?

America is so vast that it can’t possibly be explored by foot, or via train, or self-driving car. The automobile is the testosterone of American spirit. And at 15, it felt like I was about to be

April 2018
Bob’s Tech Talk

Smart Speakers, Home Automation, and Privacy

My advice is simple: Experiment with the voice control features already on your smartphone. Give home automation products more time to mature. Apple's HomePod has a good security story, but smart speakers are not as innocent as they seem in those gorgeous TV commercials.

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A basic awareness of what can happen to the data you leave in your wake is a thought-provoking exercise. The more you automate, the more you reveal and record about your daily life.


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