The Waze APP is awesome

The Waze APP is awesome ..   I used this a few years ago and I spent the last week playing with the new version.   This App has been greatly approved and appreciated the heads up the app gives me as I am traveling around the state.    Even if you turn it on and sit it next to you, the voice prompts warn you of cars on the shoulder / accidents / construction and police activity.   If you wish, you can let other users know of traffic and other events as it is designed to give users the ability to help users.   When Google Maps lets you know their is a issue on your route, it is almost a Waze user helping out the community.  If you have not given this app a shot — give it a try and let me know how you like it.   Craig

Facebook knocks down massive spammer network

From CNET …..

Facebook knocks down massive spammer network

The social network says it had been “combating” the operation for six months.

Facebook famously boasts it has 1.86 billion users who visit the social network every month. It looks like that number shrank on Friday.

The company, which previously announced it’s cracking down on fake accounts, said it’s disrupted a major spam operation being run out of Bangladesh, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and other countries.

“The apparent intent of the campaign was to deceptively gain new friend connections by liking and interacting primarily with popular publisher Pages on our platform, after which point they would send spam,” Shabnam Shaik, a Facebook technical program manager wrote in a blog post.

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Hackers Set Off 156 Emergency Sirens in Dallas


When I was a kid, firefighters would be signaled by a blaring siren that echoed throughout the small town of Boonton, New Jersey, much to the chagrin of parents who had just gotten babies to sleep. Over the weekend, residents of Dallas, Texas, had a similar experience—x156—thanks to hackers who compromised the city’s siren network.

As the Dallas Morning News reports, all 156 of the city’s sirens—which are used to notify people of emergency situations, like extreme weather—went off around midnight on Friday. They were finally silenced around 1:17 a.m. after the system was shut down; service was restored by late Saturday night.

 “We can state at this time that the city’s siren system was hacked Friday night,” the Dallas Office of Emergency Management said in a Saturday afternoon statement. Citing “security reasons,” the agency declined to discuss how the hack was carried out, “but we do believe that the hack came from the Dallas area.”  (Read the rest of the Story)

Android surpasses Windows as the most-used operating system worldwide

From ExtremeTech

It was just a few weeks ago when web analytics firm StatCounter predicted Android would overtake Windows as the most popular operating system online. Well, it didn’t take long. The latest numbers from StatCounter show Android with a narrow lead over Windows. After less than nine years, Google’s open source operating system is bigger than Windows.

The numbers from last month placed Windows at 38.6% of web traffic, while Android was just behind it at 37.4%. The two might go up or down a little each month, but the overall trend was up for Android and down for Windows. That’s what happened in the last few weeks, apparently. Android is now on top with a 37.93% share of web traffic, and Windows has fallen to 37.91%. It’s a tiny lead for Android right now, but it’s likely to continue growing.    READ MORE AT EXTREME TECH

Apple’s newest iPad arrived

Apple’s newest iPad arrived without any of the fanfare that usually accompanies updates to the company’s lineup, but that doesn’t make it entirely unexpected. With iPad sales dropping, Apple’s new tablet—which will go by the simple moniker iPad—displaces the 9.7-inch iPad Air 2 and positions itself as an affordable alternative to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

Starting at $329, the 32GB iPad is Apple’s most affordable tablet. It’s priced lower than the 7.9-inch iPad mini 4 ($399), previously the lowest priced iPad you could buy. It’s also $270 less than the starting configuration of the iPad Pro ($599), making it a better option if you’re on a budget. But before you buy, there are some compromises Apple made to hit that lower price point. Read on to see how to two slates compare.  See Full Article

How to protect your computer from snoopers – Mktsmart RGA Liked

Muting your mic

Q: I have tape over my webcam to keep snoops at bay. Should I be concerned about someone listening in on my gadget’s microphone?

A: Putting tape over your webcam is a good policy. Word has spread about the possibility of getting filmed in your office or bedroom, and this helpful habit no longer sounds as paranoid as it used to. But you’re absolutely right… Your microphone might still be compromised. It’s hard to switch off your audio input through regular settings. Luckily, there’s a clever hardware hack that can keep those snoops at bay. It’s so simple. Click here to learn how to mute your gadget’s built-in mic.

Q: I am shopping for summer vacation airfares. How can I make sure I am getting the lowest prices?

A: Entire books have been written about how to globetrot on the cheap, and one of the priciest parts of travel is your flight. But how do budget travelers do it? You probably know how much airfares can fluctuate, and it’s frustrating to book a $750 flight, only to discover a $380 ticket down the line. If you don’t have a lot of experience with booking your flights online and you also don’t collect frequent flyer miles, there are still some simple ways to scour the internet for the best deal. Click here to learn how “incognito mode” can improve your deal-finding odds.

Netflix’s secret codes

Q: My roommate told me he finds great things to watch on Netflix by using secret codes. Can you explain what this is and how it works?

A: It sounds so cloak-and-dagger, doesn’t it? Netflix has secret codes! If you enter the right numbers, you’ll find a clandestine cache of movies. Who knows about it? Only savvy insiders! As it turns out, these “secret codes” are pretty simple to use, as long as you have a regular computer and a Netflix account. Click here to learn about Netflix’s secret codes.

Improving TV picture quality

Q: My TV’s picture looks weird. No matter what I watch, it looks like a soap opera. Help!

A: To start off, you’re right. Your TV’s picture does look weird. You’re not delusional, and there’s nothing wrong with your eyesight. Certain high-end TVs have a sophisticated technology that keeps motion-heavy images from blurring. It’s exciting and new, and most people have never heard of it. But it does tend to give your TV a “soap opera effect,” which is both tacky-looking and distracting. Luckily, it’s not too hard to fix, but you need to follow some specific steps. Click here to restore your picture quality to the way it was meant to look.

Decrypting your kids’ text messages

Q: My teenage daughter texts all the time. I looked at her messages, but with all the lingo, I don’t know what she’s saying.

A: You’re not alone. Many parents take a gander at their kids’ phones and have no idea what they’re seeing. Is it a code? A foreign language? What does “53X” mean? Basically, “text-speak” is both a code and a foreign language. Kids acquire all these acronyms and slang terms very quickly, and they can communicate complex ideas with only a few letters. This can be challenging for concerned parents, especially if your teen is interested in “sexting.” And it can be downright dangerous when kids interact with someone they don’t really know. Click here to learn about texting’s secret lingo.

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