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EXPLAINER: Why ransomware is so dangerous and hard to stop

June 4, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Washington Metropolitan Police Department chief Robert Contee speaks during a news conference in Washington. Political hand-wringing in Washington over Russia’s hacking of federal agencies and meddling in U.S. politics has mostly overshadowed a worsening digital scourge with a far broader wallop: crippling and dispiriting extortionary ransomware attacks by cybercriminal mafias. All the while,…

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Tech Life: Tech gift ideas for your graduate

May 28, 2021

By Stephanie Humphrey This past school year wasn’t pretty, but your favorite student made it — congratulations to them! Through all the online classes and missed milestones, they hung in there and will now be participating in some sort of ceremony where they will finally get to walk – or virtually Zoom – across a…

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Facebook board upholds Trump suspension

May 5, 2021

By MATT O’BRIEN and BARBARA ORTUTAY SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Former President Donald Trump won’t return to Facebook — for now. The social network’s quasi-independent Oversight Board voted to uphold his ban from the platform after his account was suspended four months ago for inciting violence that led to the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot….

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Tech Life: Tech to help protect you from the police

April 30, 2021

By Stephanie Humphrey While I absolutely hate the fact that an article like this is necessary, here we are. It would be naïve of any Black person in America to think they were immune from the rampant brutality we have seen from police departments across the country, and it would be irresponsible of me not…

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EXPLAINER: Starving for more chips in a tech-hungry world

April 23, 2021

By Micheal Liedtke and Tom Krisher ASSOCIATED PRESS  SAN RAMON, Calif. — As the U.S. economy rebounds from its pandemic slump, a vital cog is in short supply: the computer chips that power a wide range of products that connect, transport and entertain us in a world increasingly dependent on technology. The shortage has already…

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Tech Life: Tech tips for tax season

March 26, 2021

By Stephanie Humphrey Tax season is quickly coming to a close, and if you’re like me and haven’t finished your taxes yet, these tech tips won’t stop you from procrastinating, but hopefully will help you get them done safely and more easily. The first tech tip I would highly recommend is to use the resources…

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How to protect your data in a disaster – or anytime

February 25, 2021

By Stephanie Humphrey The events happening in Texas over the past week or so have weighed heavily on my heart. Scrolling through photos on social media of homes completely encased in ice were so devastating they almost didn’t even look real. And as I’ve thought about everything that has been lost – including far too…

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What to do with your old tech

January 29, 2021

By Stephanie Humphrey Over the holiday, I was blessed to be able to redecorate my home office/studio. I did some painting, bought new bookcases and a new desk, and completely tore my room apart and put it back together with all the reorganizing that needed to be done. During that process, I unearthed quite a…

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