DOS IS BOSS

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SOMEONE IS LISTENING

Google Home plays music, brings you news, puts videos on your TV and answers questions. “Internuts:” (interesting websites) include Lighter.world and a site for writers.

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IT’S ON YOUTUBE

Young children love to hear the same story over and over. Our dental hygienist told us what she does to keep from going nuts. She calls that old story up on YouTube. So we searched on “Goodnight Goon,” a Halloween classic. Our dental hygienist had been reading it to her two little boys every day for a year, until finally she called it up on YouTube. This was definitely the right thing to do. Because whatever the story, there’s someone reading it aloud. Be specific in your searches: We searched on “Cat in the Hat read aloud” and there he was. There were several readers and they all showed the pictures in the book; one had half a million views. […]

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ADVENTURES IN VIRTUAL REALITY

Virtual reality, a cooking app that speaks to you, and a new Google assistant in your text messaging window.

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JUST THE FACTS

Get info about your local hospitals and nursing homes, see what they’re good and bad at. A “411” info app for your iPhone. A new photo editing program and more.

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HERE’S LOOKING AT EVERYBODY

  If you use Facebook, but worry about it sharing your personal information with strangers, we have a fix. It’s Facebook’s “Privacy Checkup.” From your computer, go to Facebook.com and click the tiny picture of a padlock next to the tiny picture of a globe in the upper right. Follow the steps to increase your privacy. — You might not want anyone to see how often you play “Candy Crush,” or any other application, for example. In that case, change the “public” setting to “only me.” — Remove any apps you’re not using. — Change the information on your profile page and remove the year of your birth if it’s listed. (It’s easier to do identity theft if the bad […]

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MEDICAL APPS

A reader asked us to find her a blood pressure app for the iPhone. There are several of these for both iPhone and Android. Unlike the kind you see at the doctor’s office, the apps do not use a compression band that temporarily cuts off your circulation. They measure the slight pulsing from placing your finger on the phone. We tried “Finger Blood Pressure! Free” on our Android phone, and compared it with the reading we got on the $35 Omron 3 Series Blood Pressure monitor with a pressure cuff. The Omron is battery operated, so you’re not tethered to the wall plug. Omron said Joy’s systolic pressure was 118, her diastolic reading was 74 and her pulse was 46. […]

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ONLINE COOKING COURSES

Joy just finished a two-month long, online cooking course from Culinary-Rx.com. Now she feels like a professional chef. There are a number of such courses online. Here are a few.

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THE PLANT-BASED DIETITIAN

PlantbasedDietitian.com showcases the philosophy of Julieanna Hever, the most enthusiastic, cheery and fun person we’ve heard on the topic of eating more fruits and veggies. Mommy was right all along; we knew it.

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90 YEAR-OLD FINDS HER DREAM JOB DESIGNING TECH

Barbara Knickerbocker-Beskind is a 92 year-old woman who re-started her career at the age of 90.

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