Here Are “Five reasons Chromebooks are better than Windows laptops”

Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols, at ZDNet makes a good argument with “Five reasons Chromebooks are better than Windows laptops“.

I can honestly attest to being a Windows user all my time being associated with computers, until last year when I purchased my first Chromebook. Yes, Windows can be a powerhouse; but, there are so many negatives with Windows vs. the positives of a Chromebook that I came to the conclusion for home-based users, a Chromebook is all you really need.

Asus C302CA-DHM4 Chromebook Flip 12.5-Inch Touchscreen Convertible Chromebook, Intel Core M3, 4GB RAM, 64GB Flash Storage, All-Metal Body, USB Type C, Corning Gorilla Glass, Chrome OS

I encourage you to read Steven’s article to see the five reasons he listed. In his final closing summary to his article, he said this (for which I totally agree):

“If you want a laptop that does all the bread-and-butter internet and office work, get a Chromebook. If you have a friend or relative who needs a safer machine, give them a Chromebook. If you need a flexible system that can juggle Android, Linux, the web, and a bit of Windows, get a Chromebook. You’ll be glad you did.”

Source: ZDNet – Five reasons Chromebooks are better than Windows laptops


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A New Gmail Feature Will Soon Be Checking Your Grammar

According to an article posted by Taylor Kerns, at Android Police, “Gmail will soon let you know just how bad your grammar sucks” with a new built-in grammar checker (and enhanced spellcheck that will auto-correct spelling errors). The rollout of these features are scheduled in September for G Suite users; with no rollout date set at this time for regular Gmail account users at home (like you and me). For us at home, be patient, it will come; and, when it does this will be a welcome addition.

Source: Android Police – Gmail will soon let you know just how bad your grammar sucks


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Is Amazon Prime’s $129 A Good Deal?

After reading the article by  Brian Fagioli (at betanews) , “I canceled Amazon Prime and you should too” makes me think and question; “Who is taking advantage of who?”. Is the $129 I am spending every year to take advantage of Amazon Prime (i.e. free 2-day shipping, movies, tv show, whole foods, etc..) worth it?

I would love to hear what people think about this… Read the article that Brian posted. It makes a whole lot of sense and you may be throwing $129 out the window that could be used for something else more valuable; PLUS, Brian gets into the flip side of things where Amazon graciously cancelled (reimbursed in full) his annual subscription; but, at the same time Amazon has a reputation of not treating their employees too good. The last part, “not treating their employees too good” may be enough for me to cancel right there.


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Microsoft Patches Two Critical Windows 10 Security Flaws | Digital Trends

If you’re running any version of Windows 10, you should update your computer as soon as possible. Microsoft recently alerted users that it patched two critical remote code execution (RCE) “wormable” vulnerabilities, which could have allowed hackers to spread malware to both your — and others — PCs without your knowledge or any interaction.

Source: Microsoft Patches Two Critical Windows 10 Security Flaws | Digital Trends

Windows Defender Gets Perfect Scores in Antivirus Test | Tom’s Hardware

Windows Defender is the default antivirus software that comes pre-installed on Windows 10 and is the antivirus software that I use here at “What’s On My PC”. The best part is that it is FREE!

Performance issues, privacy concerns, and other problems make it harder than ever to recommend third-party antivirus solutions on Windows. Now it’s about to become even more difficult: TechSpot reported that AV-Test, an independent organization that evaluates security products, gave Windows Defender perfect scores across its three evaluation categories after testing 20 antivirus products made for Windows 10 throughout May and June

Read More @ Tom’s Hardware

8 ways to improve security on smart home devices | Malwarebytes Labs

If you own any smart devices at home, you may want to read this article at Malwarebytes Labs that will teach you how to tighten the security on those devices. Like anything else that is connected to the internet, there is always the risk of being compromised.

Let’s face it: No matter how often we warn about the security concerns with smart home devices, they do make life more convenient—or at the very least, are a lot of fun to play with. It’s pretty clear this technology isn’t going away. So how can those who’ve embraced smart home technology do so while staying as secure as possible?

Here are eight easy ways to tighten up security on smart home devices so that users are as protected as possible while using the new technologies they love.

8 ways to improve security on smart home devices

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Windows 10 Version 1903 Will Be Coming Soon, Microsoft Warns | Redmondmag.com

Here at ‘What’s On My PC’ I am hearing the version 1903 feature update this is starting to show up on Windows 10 computers at home. As with any Windows 10 update, expect the process to be time-consuming (and leave the computer “on” during the update process).

Windows 10 version 1903 will be arriving soon for many of those individuals and organizations not presently using it.

Read More @ Redmondmag.com

Trump’s ‘infested’ tweets violate Twitter’s dehumanizing language rule | Mashable

Rats, rodents, maggots, crime. These words have literal meanings, but when they’re used to describe specific places or groups, they take on something more. It’s something CNN anchor Victor Blackwell pointed out in a moving segment about Trump’s racist use of the word “infested” in tweets — and also something that Twitter explicitly prohibits in its rules against “dehumanizing language.”

Read More @ Mashable

The PC market grows unexpectedly, thanks to tariff fears and the Windows 7 transition | PCWorld

The PC market grew by almost 5 percent in the second quarter, helped by Microsoft’s Windows 7 transition and a greater supply of Intel chips.

Overall, 64.858 million PCs were sold worldwide, IDC said, a 4.7 percent increase. A year ago, HP topped the list of worldwide vendors. For the second quarter, however, a whopping 18.2-percent increase in year-over-year sales propelled China’s Lenovo to the top of the list.

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My Review of the Actiontec ScreenBeam Mini 2

The Actiontec ScreenBeam Mini 2 is a wireless stick that plugs into an HDMI connection (or port) on your television. It is powered via a USB connection, either by your TV or by the included power block. This device, I rate as “excellent” in giving you the ability to wirelessly mirror what you see on your Android phone onto a TV or projector.

Actiontec ScreenBeam Mini 2

The key to using this device is that your Android phone must have mirroring capability (Miracast), which most of the modern day Android phones possess. In other words, when you get this setup (which is very easy – plug and play) you will be able to see what is on your phone on your TV or projector. This allows you to use your phones data connection to view pics, play games, read the news and stream video, such as YouTube, Hulu, Pluto, etc… I do recommend that you make sure you have an unlimited data connection through your cell service before using this device, which most people do these days. The real feature with Screenbeam is that you do not need a wi-fi connection or router for this to work; instead, Screenbeam wirelessly communicates directly with your smartphone.

Why did I purchase Screenbeam? I have an RV, way out in no man’s land, where I have managed to pull in a high-end 3G data signal using a booster. I use Screenbeam connected to the TV in my RV to stream video from my smartphone. It has literally opened up a whole new world in watching TV during the evenings when I am camping. Anything that I can pull down on my smartphone I can watch on the big screen. Screenbeam, so far, for me, has worked flawlessly.

Cost? The Screenbeam Mini 2 will run you around $40. To me, this an inexpensive device that works very well and would serve you for all sorts of purposes; such as using your phone to project a report or video in a conference meeting scenario or for home entertainment (gaming and movies). The selling point to me was that I can do a direct wireless connection where I do not need a wireless router like you do with the Google Chromecast or Amazon’s Fire Stick; pLus, this thing is very portable.

Where can I get the Screenbeam Mini 2?  My recommendation is to purchase it through Amazon (see link below); that way, easy to return if you do not like it, plus you can see the reviews. I can tell you that the Screenbeam Mini 2 is a great device that I am glad (and excited) to have purchased.

CLICK HERE to VIEW and PURCHASE THE SCREENBEAM MINI 2

Google just took a strange step towards replacing Android with something better | BGR

Android might be one of the two most important mobile operating systems right now, and the biggest one by market share, but it certainly won’t be around forever. That’s why Google is already working on a universal OS that would one day replace Android without users having to worry about it. Fuchsia, as it’s called for the time being, will run seamlessly on a variety of devices, regardless of screen size. It’ll deliver faster updates and better privacy features, according to some reports, and it’ll support Android apps as well as native Fuchsia apps.

Source: Google just took a strange step towards replacing Android with something better – BGR

LG Stylo 5 has launched on Cricket Wireless | Phandroid

These are decent phones for the money. I had a couple of these (older model version) and just handed them down to family members. No other phone, at this cost point, has a stylus and does everything most people need. I have not seen these hit Amazon yet, but get this. You can get a case for the LG Stylo 5 at Amazon – click here – to see!

When it comes to smartphones that come with a stylus, you might probably think of the Samsung Galaxy Note series of handsets. If you’d rather not spend so much money on a high-end flagship like the Note 9, then you might be interested in checking out the recently-announced LG Stylo 5.

Source: LG Stylo 5 has launched on Cricket Wireless

Is YouTube down? Google Cloud outage hits popular websites and services like YouTube, Gmail, Snapchat, others | CBS News

A widespread Google Cloud outage hit Sunday, rendering popular sites and apps like YouTube and Gmail unusable for many users for a few hours, CNET reports. Google’s Cloud Computing Engine and Cloud Networking services began experiencing issues as of 4 p.m. ET, according to the status page on company’s website.

Source: Is YouTube down? Google Cloud outage hits popular websites and services like YouTube, Gmail, Snapchat, others – CBS News

Parents just as addicted to their smartphones as their kids | New York Post

More than one-third of teenagers and over one-quarter of parents wake up and check their mobile device for something other than the time at least once a night, according to a new report by Common Sense Media, a San Francisco-based organization that examines the impact of technology and media on families. The organization surveyed 1,000 parents and their children.

Family of four on couch all looking at smartphones.

Source: Parents just as addicted to their smartphones as their kids

Cashless stores are the hot new thing. Now politicians are stepping in | CNET

Cashless stores and events are just starting to crop up in the retail landscape with much hoopla — consider the splashy launches of Amazon Go stores —  but they’re already running into hurdles from legislators in cities and states around the country. These governments are concerned that what some see as technological innovation could actually widen societal gaps between those who have access to financial services and those who don’t.

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What’s new with the Settings app for the Windows 10 May 2019 Update | Windows Central

In addition to the new features and enhancements bundled with the May 2019 Update (version 1903), Windows 10 is also introducing a slew of changes to the Settings app to help users customize and modify system settings.

Starting with version 1903, the Settings experience revamps the homepage with a new header design (controlled feature) similar to the one found in the Microsoft account page online, and you’ll find many new settings and tweaks.

Source: What’s new with the Settings app for the Windows 10 May 2019 Update | Windows Central

How Google’s rift with Huawei could change Android and smartphones forever | PCWorld

A bad month has just gotten a whole lot worse for Huawei. According to a Reuters report and confirmed by the two companies, Google is preparing to cut off the China-based smartphone maker’s Android license, preventing future Huawei phones (such as the upcoming Mate 30) from using the Play Store and Google’s popular apps and services.

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The bombshell comes just days after President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order barring U.S. companies from using telecommunications equipment made by firms that “pose a national security risk.” While the order didn’t single out Huawei, the Commerce Department simultaneously added Huawei to its Entity List, effectively banning the smartphone maker from buying parts and components from U.S. companies without explicit government approval. Together, the two moves make it extremely difficult for any U.S. company to do business with Huawei.

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Google cuts off some business with Huawei, report says – CNET

If you own a Huawei phone, as I do, it appears we will no longer be getting any Android OS and security updates… Needless to say, “I am not a happy camper”…  Also, appears that any new phones distributed by Huawei will be cut off from the Google Play Store, as well.

Huawei is losing Android operating system updates, a source close to the matter told Reuters, and Huawei’s upcoming phones outside of China will no longer get access to apps and services like Gmail and Google Play. Google also will no longer offer technical support to Huawei, the source told Reuters.

Source: Google cuts off some business with Huawei, report says – CNET

Banned From a Social Media Site? The White House Wants to Know | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

Don’t do this… They are collecting your personal information for political purposes and maybe for other purposes… This is on the same lines as a scam!

The Trump administration launched a new site that lets users report when they think a social media platform has censored, suspended, or banned their activities due to their political opinions. But the White House wants a lot of personal information.

Source: Banned From a Social Media Site? The White House Wants to Know | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

Systems with small disks won’t be able to install Windows 10 May 2019 update @ Ars Technica

Both 32- and 64-bit requirements have been increased.

Previously, 32-bit Windows had a minimum storage requirement of 16GB, and 64-bit Windows needed 20GB. Both of these were extremely tight, leaving little breathing room for actual software, but technically this was enough space for everything to work. That minimum has now been bumped up: it’s 32GB for both 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows.

Systems with small disks won’t be able to install Windows 10 May 2019 update

Source: Systems with small disks won’t be able to install Windows 10 May 2019 update | Ars Technica

Kohl’s Announces Expansion of Amazon Returns to All Kohl’s Stores Nationwide

Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) today announced that all Kohl’s stores will be accepting free, convenient, unpackaged returns for Amazon customers starting in July.  Kohl’s and Amazon first worked together in 2017 to pilot the returns program, which is currently operating in 100 stores in the Los Angeles, Chicago and Milwaukee markets. Kohl’s and Amazon will roll out the program to all of Kohl’s more than 1,150 locations across 48 states. Kohl’s will accept eligible Amazon items, without a box or label, and return them for customers for free, providing additional service and convenience to Amazon customers.

Source: Kohl’s Announces Expansion of Amazon Returns to All Kohl’s Stores Nationwide

The NEW “Schedule” Email Option Now Rolling Out To Gmail

Gmail users, the NEW “schedule” email option is now rolling out. Go into your Gmail, click on compose, enter a recipient’s email address and if you go to the bottom left corner where it displays the send button (see below) you will see a small down arrow. Click on the down arrow and then click on “Schedule Send”.  From that point forward it is self-explanatory. You can then select a date and time that you wish for the email to be sent.

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I am thinking of scheduling and sending an email for far out in the future, beyond my demise, to let everyone know, I am spiritually still with them and that there is Gmail in Heaven.

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