SEE IT LATER

Pressed for time or feeling sleepy? “Pocket” is a free app for saving articles and pictures to look at later. The app is available for Windows, Macs, phones and tablets. That’s everything but billboards. To get started on your computer, go to GetPocket.com and install it. If you use Firefox as your browser, it comes with it. Once installed, you can click the tiny picture of a pocket in the upper right of your screen any time you want to save an item for later viewing. To find the stuff you’ve saved, click on the pocket and “view list.” It might also save whatever you’re looking at right at that moment at the same time, but live with it. So […]

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GAMES PEOPLE PLAY

Our attention was captured recently by a Wall Street Journal article about executives playing video adventure games. One was 34, another 49. Their ages were apparently meant to surprise us, but in fact it’s normal. There has always been an assumption that only kids play video games. It depends on the game. In fact, in the decades we have been writing this column — and it is the oldest and longest running technology column in the known universe (and parts of New Jersey) — the great majority of video game players have ranged from their mid 20s on up. According to the Entertainment Software Association, the average male player is 35, the average woman 44. We’re talking about complex games […]

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LOSING SKYPE

Our 96-year-old friend Ida uses the free Skype service to have video-chats with her friends in Australia. One day, her account was wiped out. Could this happen to you? (Think of that question as having been asked in scary monster movie title type.) You might think this had something to do with her age, and she must have hit the wrong button or spilled something on the keyboard. But no, we found dozens of similar complaints on the web. One guy wrote: “Where has my account gone? I do business all over Europe and today you just trashed my account with the credit I had as well?  You idiots.  If somebody within Microsoft made the decision to do this – […]

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IT’S A MARSHMALLOW WORLD

Less than five percent of Android phone owners have the new “Marshmallow” operating system. A third have the previous version, Lollipop. the rest are so far back the operating systems were written on stone tablets.

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MOVE OVER DOT COM, MAKE ROOM FOR DOT FAMILY

There were 900 unique websites in 1995, 20 million in 2000 and now there are more than 120 million. You may have noticed that they’re not all “dot com.” Common endings include “.org,” “.net,” and “.edu.”  One of the newest endings is “.family.” If your name is Joe Doe, you might like a website called Doe.Family. Your email address could be joe@doe.family. Your wife might be jane@doe.family. Other new extensions include dot LIVE, dot SOCIAL, and dot ROCKS. To get one of these new names, you have to pay for it and register it. GoDaddy.com has some of the cheapest prices. They run around $1 to $40.  

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THE NUMBERS REPORT: OVER 1 TRILLION PHOTOS TAKEN EVERY YEAR

The number of photos captured worldwide every year has increased six times in the last ten years to 1.2 trillion photos. That’s around 3.3 billion (yes, billion) photos a day. Around 79 percent of smartphone users take photos with their phones, 88 percent of those ages 18 to 24.

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CHECKING FACEBOOK IN THE SHOWER

According to a survey of over 2000 people, compulsive Facebook users are prone to update their posts even in the shower, while driving, at funerals and in the ocean. Many others admit to having lied so they could leave a social engagement to check Facebook. There are now 1.49 billion Facebook users. More info on this can be found at StopProcrastinatingApp.com/how-to-block-facebook.

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THE NUMBERS REPORT

Data breaches will cost companies $2.1 trillion globally by 2019, almost four times this year’s rate, according to Juniper Research. It’s because we’re putting almost everything that involves money online. The average cost of each data breach will exceed $150 million by 2020. (Remember: cyber-crime is a growth industry.)

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JOBS REPLACED BY ROBOTS

Forty-seven percent of U.S. jobs are in danger of being taken by smart machines and software in the next two decades, according to a recent study by Oxford University’s Martin School. Oddly enough, knowledge workers at the middle and top of the work force are more at risk than those doing physical labor. Already, for example, some news services are using robots to write financial and sports stories.

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NUMBERS REPORT: STREAMING

Consumer research outfit NPD.com projects that within two years, 40 percent of households will get TV, movies and apps from a streaming stick plugged into their TV. So far there are five: Apple TV, Roku, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV and Walmart’s new Spark. This is a hot area for innovation and we can expect fast and wide development; basically, everything is going to come from the Internet.

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