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New California Law May Hamper Uber and Lyft Drivers.

The dizzying rise of the technology that has created and fostered such ride-hailing behemoths as Uber and Lyft has left in its wake a continuing frustration and controversy about those who do the heavy lifting in the new ‘gig’ economy — the drivers and other workers who are employed as independent contractors instead of as …

The Updated Dell XPS 13 Debuts Next Week.

The XPS Thirteen from Dell is considered probably the best Windows laptop in the past five years, if not longer. And now that 2020 CES is firing up out in Las Vegas next week it looks like Dell is going to impress consumers and techies once again by updating its star attraction with an amazingly …

How to Stop Smart Home Devices from Snooping on You.

The rise of smart home devices has been nothing but fantastic this year. Home and condo sales, apartment and trailer home rentals — all of them are now offering a basic smart home package as part of the move-in price. The media have had a field day warning consumers that they can’t escape the ever-present, …

Self-Checkout Technology has France in Uproar.

In France Sunday is still considered a day of rest, especially for the laboring class. In fact, it’s a law — after one p.m. on Sunday in France it is illegal for workers to work, whether in a factory or in a store. This puts a bit of a crimp in retail sails, unless, of …

Using Auto Delete on Google.

Over time your tastes and travel routes, and even your opinions, all change — maybe not a lot, but even an incremental change means that the data Google has stored on you is no longer current or timely — and that’s one reason you keep getting those dorky pop ups and cookies for things and …

FAA to Start Tracking More Drones.

The Federal Aviation Administration proposed yesterday that all drones used within United States air space should be registered and have a mandatory tracking device installed so they can be tracked by the federal government. Government news releases this past week have emphasized the surging technological advances made in drone manufacturing, making it possible to send …

Retro Technology is Making a Comeback.

In a wave that surprised retailers this year, holiday shoppers went for retro technology in a BIG way. While the final figures will not be in until next year, the figures so far have been astonishing startups and veteran merchandisers alike. For example, according to early Amazon sales statistics, one of the hottest music technology …

ToTok Under Scrutiny as Middle East Spyware.

Recent reports from the news media out of New York City, site of the United Nations, indicate that both Google and Apple are removing a foreign messaging app out of their online stores because it has been exposed as a spying tool that funnels information directly to security forces of the UAE (United Arab Emirates.) …

Yet Another Data Breach at Facebook.

If you’re using Facebook nowadays (and who doesn’t?) you may be wondering just how safe your personal data is right now. Sorry to give you the Grinch Report, but the latest news from Facebook is that their latest privacy debacle involves around 267 customers. Security researchers recently discovered a niche in the FB platform where …

Tech Predictions for 2020.

As we race into 2020, the experts are making a host of technology predictions for the new year. Here are a few of the most newsworthy: Facebook will reverse itself on its disinformation and fake news policy. Politicians and hate mongers love how much they can lie on FB and get away with it. Not …