2019 December e-Bytes

Microsoft begins the official rollout of Windows 10 1909
Best tech gadgets of 2019
Best Budget Laptops
The best Wi-Fi routers in 2019
Amazon's Echo Flex might be its smartest device in years
PCMag Picks the Best Photo Editing Software
Amazon Fire HD 10 Is the Best Tablet You Can Buy for $150


Microsoft begins the official rollout of Windows 10 1909

Microsoft's Windows 10 19H2 feature update, codenamed 'Vanadium,' is starting to roll out to mainstream users.
https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-begins-the-official-rollout-of-windows-10-1909 


Best tech gadgets of 2019

AirPods Pro. Sonos Move. Galaxy Note 10. See what else made our list for best tech gadgets of the past year.
https://www.zdnet.com/article/best-tech-gadgets 


Best Budget Laptops

Best cheap laptops for $350 or less in 2019 - Pick of the best $350-or-less budget laptops and convertibles.
https://www.zdnet.com/article/best-cheap-laptops 

PCMag Picks the Best Budget Laptops - Today's low-cost laptops can handle everyday computing (and often more) with aplomb, and many of our top picks ring up below $400. Here's how to achieve the perfect balance of price and features in a budget laptop.
https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/256052/the-best-budget-laptops 


The best Wi-Fi routers in 2019

Your router is the unsung hero holding your smart home together. From mesh to gaming to Wi-Fi 6, here are the best we've tested, for every budget.
https://www.cnet.com/news/best-wi-fi-routers-in-2019 


Amazon's Echo Flex might be its smartest device in years

Amazon still has work to do to protect user privacy, but this new Flex boasts some impressive smarts.
https://www.cnet.com/reviews/amazon-echo-flex-review 

The best smart home devices of 2019 - Here are the smart home products that are most worth your time this year.
https://www.cnet.com/news/the-best-smart-home-devices-of-2019-amazon-alexa-google-assistant-apple-homekit-nest-mini-echo-dot 


PCMag Picks the Best Photo Editing Software

Whether you merely shoot with your smartphone or you're a professional photographer working in a studio, you need software to organize and edit your digital photos.
https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/254618/the-best-photo-editing-software 

The New Adobe Photoshop CC Is Still the Best - The world's best image-editing software adds Cloud Documents for syncing to Photoshop on iPad, AI-powered Objects Selection and Content-Aware Fill, along with improved gradients, patterns, and more.
https://www.pcmag.com/review/312468/adobe-photoshop-cc 


Amazon Fire HD 10 Is the Best Tablet You Can Buy for $150

Amazon's Fire HD 10 remains the most reliable 10-inch tablet you can buy for $150, with solid performance, good battery life, and a sharp display.
https://www.pcmag.com/review/371834/amazon-fire-hd-10-2019 


Links - News, Tips, & Downloads

5 hidden Google Maps tricks - The Google Maps app can reduce the strain of driving with some of its advanced features.
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/5-hidden-google-maps-tricks-you-need-to-know 

15 Great Gifts for Cord Cutters - Know someone who is ready to find a cable replacement? These gifts will help them ditch pricey pay TV subscriptions and embrace the cord-cutter life.
https://www.pcmag.com/feature/340483/15-great-gifts-for-cord-cutters 

Officials warn about the dangers of using public USB charging stations - Travelers should use only AC charging ports, use USB no-data cables, or "USB condom" devices.
https://www.zdnet.com/article/officials-warn-about-the-dangers-of-using-public-usb-charging-stations 

Google, Willow and more: Best gifts for mom - Want something unique and useful? We got mom covered.
https://www.cnet.com/news/google-willow-best-gifts-for-mom 

PCMag Picks the Best Indoor Home Security Cameras - If you want to keep an eye on what's happening in your home when you're not there, but you don't want to invest in a full-fledged home security system, a Wi-Fi-connected camera is worth a look. These are the best indoor home security cameras in our testing.
https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/331547/the-best-indoor-home-security-cameras 

Your Favorite Streaming Services for Music, Video, and Live TV - Which streaming services are worth the monthly fees for delivering the best shows, movies, and tunes? Your fellow readers reveal their top picks.
https://www.pcmag.com/article/371492/readers-choice-awards-2019-your-favorite-streaming-service 


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Q. From a PCC Member - Who posted the following Facebook message on blocked posts.
Just doing what everyone else is doing. Fixed my blocked posts. I wondered where everybody had been! This is good to know. It's ridiculous to have 426 friends and only 25 are allowed to see my posts. I ignored this post earlier because I didn’t think it worked. It WORKS!! I have a whole new news feed. I’m seeing posts from people I haven’t seen in years. Here’s how to bypass the system FB now has in place that limits posts on your news feed. Their new algorithm chooses the same few people - about 25 - who will read your posts. Therefore, hold your finger down anywhere in this post and "copy" will pop up. Click "copy". Then go to your page, start a new post, and put your finger anywhere in the blank field. "Paste" will pop up and click "paste". This will bypass the system. If you are reading this message, do me a favor and leave me a quick comment...a "hello," a sticker, whatever you want, so you will appear in my newsfeed??It WORKS!! I don’t know how many friends I have. I just want to see all of your posts that I have been missing.
   
A. From Tom Kreuzer, a PCC Board member. This is a Hoax and does nothing. Before posting anything that might be false I suggest people do a Google search to see what is true. It has no effect and Facebook has not been blocking people. Do not fall for these scams.
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