Computers and the Internet

Protecting Yourself From Ransomware – The New York Times

Q. What kind of software should I use to protect my computer from ransomware? A. An up-to-date anti-malware program running on your computer is one way to help block ransomware — that malicious software that wants to invade your system and encrypt your files with demands for payment to release …

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India Clings to Cash, Even as Tech Firms Push Digital Money

Still, the country’s cash economy has endured. Only one-third of India’s 1.3 billion residents have access to the internet. Of those who are able to go online, just 14 percent make mobile payments at least once a week, according to Kantar TNS, a research firm based in London. Consumer trust …

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Escaping a Malware Trap – The New York Times

Q. How do you get out of a fake tech-support scam page without having to reboot the whole computer? A. Depending on the malware powering the fraudulent page and your browser settings, you have a few escape routes. Some malicious pages can be particularly persistent in trying to scam you, …

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City of the Future? Humans, Not Technology, Are the Challenge in Toronto

“There’s an enormous amount of interest and also quite a bit of concern,” said Shauna Brail, the director of the University of Toronto’s urban studies program. “It will be a political issue no matter what.” Quayside is the most significant new project for Sidewalk Labs, an urban technologies company that …

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Many Unhappy Returns? Online Holiday Shopping’s Big Hangover

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Online shopping would save us time, we were told. It would free us from the torment of malls, angry clerks and wasted Saturdays. But as the fantasy becomes real — e-commerce will account for $2.3 trillion, or one-tenth of all retail sales, in …

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Net Neutrality’s Holes in Europe May Offer Peek at Future in U.S.

Europe has sought to combat such practices by adopting net neutrality rules aimed at ensuring that I.S.P.s in the bloc’s 28 member states can’t pick the web’s winners and losers. The regulations are binding and enforced by each country’s national telecom regulators. For the European Union’s sprawling market of over …

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The Hidden Player Spurring a Wave of Cheap Consumer Devices: Amazon

Photo Consumer brands owned by Sunvalley include VAVA and RAVPower. Credit Jason Henry for The New York Times But knockoffs get a bad rap because they are of indeterminate quality: Even if it’s selling at a good price, who wants to risk buying a no-name portable smartphone charger if it …

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Stopping Autoplay Videos on Safari

Q. Is it true you can now stop those annoying videos that automatically play on some websites in the Safari browser? A. As part of its macOS High Sierra update for its computers, Apple has added controls to Safari, the company’s web browser, that stop loud videos from unexpectedly blaring. …

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Skype Vanishes From App Stores in China, Including Apple’s

SHANGHAI — One of the last foreign-run tools for online communication in China appears to be in trouble with the authorities there. For almost a month, Skype, the internet phone call and messaging service, has been unavailable on a number of sites where apps are downloaded in China, including Apple’s …

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