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CallerIDs, summer reading, USB flash drives

Q. When callerID displays a strange number on my phone, I ignore it unless the number is local. Yet lately when I do answer, often local numbers turn out to be a big company with something to sell. Has someone opened a call center in my...

 

Smartphone banking and dictation have advanced

Q. My bank regularly sends email messages encouraging me to download their app. How safe is banking on my phone? A. Banking on your mobile phone is no more vulnerable than any other sort of bank transaction, and in some ways it is more secure....

 

Are you backing up? You should be

Q. A manuscript I’ve been working on is gone. It simply disappeared from my computer. How can that happen? A. There are two kinds of people who experience data loss: those who have, and those who will. The risk of data loss is always present....

 
 By Bob DeLaurentis    Columns    May 1, 2016

Some tech tips to ease your travels

Q. I have not flown in quite some time. When I flew last month, missing was the usual preflight announcement asking everyone to turn off all electronic devices. Now that we can use smartphones and tablets on airplanes from gate to gate, why do they...

 

Annoying card readers and spam callers

Q. All of a sudden many stores near me have installed new credit card readers. The replacements are more confusing and seem slower. What’s happening? A. It is not your imagination – the new card readers are less friendly. They tend to operate...

 

Armchair aviators, Facebook and #hashtags

Q. I want to fly radio-controlled airplanes but do not have the space. Might drones be a good option? A. I loved flying model planes when I was a kid. Unable to afford radio-controlled models, I made do with the small gas-powered models that flew on...

 

Our new tech columnist says hitting 'restart' is often the best move

Q. One of the apps on my smartphone does not work. I tap on it, and after a brief animation nothing else happens. What is going on and how can I fix it? A. Every device eventually does something unexpected. One of the enduring trouble spots in tech...

 

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