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Facebook users are accustomed to seeing ads off to the right hand side of their news feeds. Now they can expect to see more target advertising in their News Feeds. Continue reading

Remember the notepad? The one you use to keep next to the phone, on the refrigerator door and in the car? In today’s world of computers, tablets and cell phones, what’s the digital version of the notepad? Google Keep, a simple digital note website which stores all of your notes in the free Google Drive. Continue reading

Ebay has teamed up with Goodwill with a program called Sell It Forward. It allows people to make a donation to Goodwill and also earn a little money for themselves in the process. Continue reading

Irene from Jacksonville FL writes: I am a premium member of WorldStart, I love this helpful newsletter! Esp the tips! I’m having a problem viewing any videos sent to me, I can’t see YouTube videos, I have Adobe Flash and even deleted it and downloaded it again! but it says please download Adobe Flash player?? And it’s already on my laptop!! PLEASE HELP! Continue reading

502 Bad Gateway Error?

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Harvey from Pensacola writes: How do you repair the “502 Bad Gateway” error? Answer: There is some good news and bad news when it comes to 502 Gateway errors. The good news is it’s probably not your computer’s fault. The bad news is there isn’t much you can do to fix it if it isn’t… Continue reading

Pulse bills itself as “Your news. Anywhere.” That’s a pretty good description of this nifty free app (and website, for those without a tablet or smartphone) that lets you set up a customized news feed of the information that interests you. Continue reading

Help! Google Is Broken

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Question: I somehow managed to break Google. There’s no place to type anything into at all in Firefox. Google works okay when I use Internet Explorer, but I like Firefox best. I did let my little niece play some games on my laptop, could she have done something to mess things up? Answer: Children and laptops do not always mix. I think I know what the problem might be. Continue reading

Always struggle to remember details of your multiple Gmail accounts? Now you can stream all your Gmail accounts into one. Continue reading

Question: What’s the difference between a browser and a home page on your computer? My computer always opens up to Road Runner and that’s how I look around and find web pages and go to Facebook to play games. I was trying to explain a problem to my granddaughter and when she asked what my browser was, I said Road Runner. That’s where I get my e-mail. She says that’s my home page. I’m not sure I understand the difference. Continue reading

If you’re a Sci-Fi fan looking for something to watch online, there’s some good news from Hulu. The video streaming site is offering every episode of Star Trek for free until March 31. Continue reading

Flash Won’t Work In Firefox

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

George from Illinois writes: You answered a question today regarding a problem with Flash Player on your browser. Unfortunately, your reply only dealt with IE. I have had this problem with Firefox for over a year. I’ve Googled the problem and found that I am not alone. Please reintroduce this problem, only this time with the solution using Firefox. Continue reading

Update Your Plug-Ins In Firefox

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

We’ve seen a lot of questions lately about plug-ins like Flash and Java not working in Firefox. That means many videos won’t play and some games won’t work. Some browsers, including Firefox, disable plug-ins when there are security concerns. Both Java and Firefox had serious security problems earlier in the year. Here’s a quick tip on making sure all of your plug-ins are up-to-date with the latest bug fixes and security patches. Continue reading

Tech giant Google has settled a lawsuit accusing the company of violating privacy rights during its Street View Mapping Project. The cars used in the project were outfitted with equipment and software that collected information from unsecured wireless networks. Continue reading

Microsoft Patch Tuesday

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

If you’re a Windows user, there’s a special day every month you should know about. The second Tuesday of every month is known as “Patch Tuesday,” the day that Microsoft releases the critical security updates for the month. Continue reading

Is Outlook Affecting My Flash Player?

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Questions: I had Hotmail and they Switched me to Outlook and I have had nothing but trouble since. I have tried to download Flash Player I don’t know how many times and when I am through downloading it will tell me it is installed, but most every video I play will come up and say I need Flash Player. I am about ready to take Outlook out and throw it away. I take surveys and they say I can’t take the surveys because I don’t have Flash Player. What Can I do? Thanks. Continue reading

How To Get Rid Of About:Blank

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

John from Kilmucklin, Ireland writes: Hi guys, when I try to open a new tab on windows 7 all I get is “about:blank. When I try to change the settings on internet options, it works the way i want it to but my problem is when i power off my PC and turn it back on again I’m greeted with this “about:blank” again. I have tried scanning my PC but this nightmare continues, any assistance would be greatly welcome. Continue reading

Google has issued a transparency report explaining when they’ll allow the government to take a look at your private information such as e-mails, photos and documents. You might say, “Google doesn’t have any of my private information,” but they just might. Continue reading

The IRS and the Better Business Bureau are warning taxpayers about an e-mail scam involving a fake message from the IRS. The message will say that it’s from the IRS and will have a subject line along the lines of “Notification bout tax refund.” The message says it’s about your projected income tax refund and will mention a dollar amount along with a link for you to click on to learn the details. Continue reading

A five-year-old British boy managed to rack up $2500 in charges in just 15 minutes charges playing Zombies vs. Ninjas on his parents’ iPad. He did it with “in app” purchases of add-ons to the “free” game. Here’s how to make sure that doesn’t happen to you… Continue reading

Beware copyright infringers and file sharers! A new copyright alert system is being implemented by a wide range of national and local Internet service providers. The effects of being flagged in this system can be as minor as a pop-up or as extreme as termination of your service, so read on to find out what it is, why it’s being implemented and what you can do if you’re falsely accused… Continue reading

Why Can’t I Use Java In Firefox?

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Question: Why can I not play certain games in Firefox? It tells me to download Java, which I have done. I keep getting this message. – Bob Answer – Firefox has disabled the Java plug-in for the browser due to security issues with Java. But if you still wish to use Java to play games, here’s how to do it. Continue reading

Google+ Sign-In – How It Works

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Google has introduced Google+ Sign-In, which the company promises is “simple and secure, minus the social spam.” If you sign in to Gmail, YouTube or any other Google service, you can use your credentials to sign in to outside apps. This works like Facebook sign-in, but Google says their version is better. Continue reading

Another Emergency Flash Update

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Another day, another “emergency” Flash update from Adobe. This is the second time the company has updated to fix a security flaw in the month of February and the fourth for this year. Here’s what you need to do… Continue reading

Managing AutoComplete In Internet Explorer

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Artell Watson from Michigan writes: Question: When you fill out information such as name and address, some websites will have a drop-down list. In this list is previously used information. How do I delete items in this list that I don’t need or want? Continue reading

How Do I Copy Items From A Newsletter?

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Question: I have a Windows 7 laptop. I know how to copy/paste, but when I try to just copy an item you sell to my friends, (they might want me to order for them) I end up with the whole newsletter. Also, I don’t know how to store the information about the item on my PC. Continue reading

Privacy Warning For Medical Websites

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Think twice about the information you share on medical websites. It could make you a target for advertisers or even criminals. Continue reading

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