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Tech Spotlight: Anker PowerLine USB Cables

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Welcome to Tech Spotlight, an ITS series providing regular updates on the most exciting new technology products and services. With the advent of the smartphone, the USB charging cable has become increasingly important and a very heavily used item since smartphone batteries generally only last a day or two between charges. Thankfully there are some affordable

Best Affordable Cell Phone Service (April 2017)

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There are some great new cellular carriers since our original Best Affordable Cell Phone Service tech tip from February 2016, as such an update was warranted. The additional carriers we’ll look at include SpeedTalk Mobile, Tello, TPO Mobile, and Total Wireless. Sadly Ring Plus, our previous favorite, went out of business. If you missed our previous

Tech Spotlight: AMD Ryzen CPUs

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Products that shake-up the technology industry don’t come often. Few great ideas come by chance or from a lack of competition, the double-decker couch and Hot Pocket game controller not withstanding. 😉 In the PC industry of Central Processing Units (CPUs), the AMD and Intel rivalry has been going on for decades and has had its historic moments. The AMD Athlon

Tech Spotlight: Amazon Echo Dot

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Welcome to Tech Spotlight, a new ITS series providing regular updates on the most exciting new technology products and services. To start off, we are going to look at one of the most exciting areas in technology, artificial intelligence (AI), by exploring the Amazon Echo Dot (2nd generation) with the Alexa voice assistant. Computers can’t think for themselves yet

Smarter Car Technology – Part 2: Accessories

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The car you drive is a rolling computer with a plethora of motors and sensors. How can you get more modern functionality in a car stuck in the past? There are affordable accessories and upgrades that can make your car smarter. We are going to look at three, including diagnostic adapters, Bluetooth auxiliary adapters for audio streaming and hands free

Smarter Car Technology – Part 1: Apps

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Technology advances faster than most people can keep up with. The technology in your car is probably out of date before you even drive it off the dealer lot. Unfortunately, most cars cannot get software/firmware updates on their own, like our smartphones and computers. We are stuck with the slow recalls and software updates, if

Microsoft Drops IE 8-10 Support

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On January 12, 2016 Microsoft officially ended both technical and security patch support for older versions of Internet Explorer (IE) and now will only support the latest Internet Explorer 11. The dropped support impacts IE 8, 9, and 10 on Windows 7 and IE 10 on Windows 8. The only exception is IE 9 on

Two-Factor Authentication and You

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One thing that we don’t have a shortage of are passwords. Every time you sign up for some sort of online account, another password is added to the list. It’s no secret that security is essential when it comes to your passwords, but hackers and malicious software keeps getting better and better at finding ways

Best Affordable Cell Phone Service (Feb 2016)

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Smartphones are an amazing achievement of modern technology. You can have a cell phone, portable gaming device, GPS, web browser, smart home controller, and so much more in a device that fits in your hand. The downside, however, is the high cost of the data and voice plans, which start at $40-$50 at the big