Category Archives: Technology

Coming to California: no weak passwords allowed

​ By 2020, it might be illegal for you use a weak digital password. The California legislature has passed a law that sets higher security standard for all Internet-connected devices made or sold in the region. Under the new law, each gadget must be given a unique password when it is made.  According to, the Information Privacy…MORE

Sellfies drive plastic surgery boom

Selfies posted on social media are inspiring a rush to the plastic surgeon. Health expert Dr. Daliah says the deal is people change their faces with photo retouching apps to attract more admirers on social media, but face problems when they meet a date in the flesh. “I think that people are putting a filtered,…MORE

Bird fever is giving L.A. officials a headache

In almost no time, the speedy little motorized scooters rented out by companies such as Byrd and Lime have become ubiquitous on Southern California streets. And they’re driving local officials crazy. Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch Englander has seconded Councilman Paul Koretz’ motion to temporarily ban the electric scooters until the City can adopt regulations. Englander says the scooters are a “disruptive technology” that…MORE

IRS website chokes on Tax Day

It’s tax day — and the Internal Revenue Service web site is down – or at least part of it.   The IRS did not have an immediate explanation for the failure. But it said on its website that the Direct Pay service became unavailable shortly before midnight last night. “On my way over here this…MORE

WannaCry Victims Refusing to Pay Ransoms

It looks like victims are saying screw the WannaCry hackers..and refusing to pay the ransoms. The New York Times is reporting that despite a week of disruption, an online tracking system showed that the amount sent in the electronic currency Bitcoin to accounts listed by the attackers had reached about $90,000 as of this afternoon…MORE

Laptop ban — no problem with these gadgets

The ban on large electronics in airplane cabins is affecting thousands of travelers every day. CNNtech’s Samuel Burke shows how with a few gadgets you can stay productive, or entertained up in the air on your smartphone.