2019 November e-Bytes

What to expect from Windows 10 November 2019 Update: A pleasant surprise
Ditch the Cable Company for Good
What to do with your old Android phone once you've bought a new one
PCMag Picks the Best Podcast Player Apps
Best cheap home security solutions of 2019
When Will My Phone Get the Android 10 Update?
How to Buy the Best Dash Cam
How to Optimize Your Router for the Best Wi-Fi Performance


What to expect from Windows 10 November 2019 Update: A pleasant surprise

The next feature update to Windows 10 is nearly ready for the general public. But this one will only take minutes to install, and it's likely to be the smoothest update ever. Here's why.
https://www.zdnet.com/article/what-to-expect-from-windows-10-november-2019-update-a-pleasant-surprise 


Ditch the Cable Company for Good

Ready to bid farewell to cable TV and its high monthly fees? There are a lot of things to consider before you become a full-time cord cutter. Here are the streaming services and devices you'll need to get started, along with plenty of useful advice on making a seamless transition.
https://www.pcmag.com/article/332854/the-ultimate-cord-cutters-guide 


What to do with your old Android phone once you've bought a new one

Sure, you could sell it or trade it in. But you could also turn it into something useful for your home.
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/what-to-do-with-your-old-android-phone-once-youve-bought-a-new-one 


PCMag Picks the Best Podcast Player Apps

Here are the best podcast listening apps for consuming your favorite audio shows, organizing episodes into playlists, and getting new podcast recommendations.
https://www.pcmag.com/feature/368890/the-10-best-podcast-player-apps-for-2019 


Best cheap home security solutions of 2019

Every one of these wallet-friendly smart devices will cost you less than $30.
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/best-cheap-home-security-solutions-of-2019-amazon-wyze 


When Will My Phone Get the Android 10 Update?

Unless you have a Google Pixel or Essential phone, you could be waiting awhile for Android 10. Here's when to expect Google's latest mobile OS on your phone. 
https://www.pcmag.com/feature/370539/when-will-my-phone-get-the-android-10-update 


How to Buy the Best Dash Cam

Whether for safety, liability protection, or just capturing the occasional on-the-road spectacle, a dashboard camera can be your second set of eyes on the road. Here's what to look for when buying one, along with the top models out there.
https://www.pcmag.com/feature/371427/how-to-buy-the-best-dash-cam 


How to Optimize Your Router for the Best Wi-Fi Performance

Getting a new router up and running isn't a simple matter of taking it out of the box and plugging it in. But setting up a home network doesn't have to be intimidating, even if you're a newbie.
https://www.pcmag.com/article/258865/how-to-set-up-and-optimize-your-wireless-router 

10 Ways to Boost Your Wi-Fi Signal - We live in an amazing time of AI, self-driving cars, and pocket supercomputers, but one tech problem endures: glacial Wi-Fi speeds. Even if you upgrade to the latest and greatest router, most of us get speeds that are far lower than what our ISPs advertise. (You can test your internet speed here. ) But Wi-Fi standards aside, most of us simply have too many devices connected to our networks. There are things you can do to speed things up; Whitson Gordon has everything you need to know.  
https://www.pcmag.com/article/257032/10-ways-to-boost-your-wi-fi-signal 

12 Tips to Troubleshoot Your Internet Connection - With the proliferation of smart home devices, online gaming platforms, and video-streaming services, maintaining a strong internet connection is more important than ever. If you're experiencing lag while playing League of Legends, or it takes forever to download music, there's a good chance the problem is on your end. Here's how to find it and fix it.
https://www.pcmag.com/article/341603/12-tips-to-troubleshoot-your-internet-connection 


Links - News, Tips, & Downloads

The Why Axis: How People Choose a Streaming Service - If you think people pick streaming services for content, think again: The top reason is price, while available channels and networks are sixth on the list, according to a Flixed survey.
https://www.pcmag.com/news/371477/how-people-choose-a-streaming-service 

6 things you haven't tried with your Amazon Echo yet
https://www.cnet.com/how-to/6-things-you-probably-havent-tried-with-your-amazon-echo 

PCMag Picks the Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones - Noise cancellation removes unwanted sounds. The best noise-cancelling headphones let you block out the world around you to enjoy your music...or the sweet sound of silence.
https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/205625/the-best-noise-cancelling-headphones 

Hackers Target Avast's CCleaner Again Using Stolen VPN Logins - This comes two years after hackers stole trade secrets from high-profile tech firms by rigging version 5.33 of Avast's CCleaner with well-hidden malware, but 'we do not know if this was the same actor as before,' Avast's CIO says.
https://www.pcmag.com/news/371444/hackers-target-avasts-ccleaner-again-using-stolen-vpn-login 

Top 5 phones under $500 - There's no reason to spend lots and lots of money on a new phone. These are the best phones you can get if you don't want to empty your wallet.
https://www.cnet.com/videos/top-5-phones-under-500-2019 

How to Back Up and Restore Your iPhone - Did you get a new iOS device or need to fix a glitchy one? You can back up and restore your iPhone on your PC via iTunes or via Apple's iCloud. Here's how.
https://www.pcmag.com/feature/362617/how-to-back-up-and-restore-your-iphone 

PCMag Picks the Best External Hard Drives - Whether you're running out of space on your laptop hard drive, or you want to back up your photos and videos, desktop-bound and portable storage has never been cheaper. Our deep-dive reviews will get you on track to the right drive.
https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/294808/the-best-external-hard-drives 

PCMag Picks the Best Phones for Seniors - While the smartphone industry, by and large, isn't thinking about the specific needs of the senior market, if you pay attention you can find carriers, phones, and services that are tailored to folks who'd prefer a streamlined, easy-to-use, simple phone.
https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/358549/the-best-phones-for-seniors 


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Q. From Tom Kreuzer that I saw on Facebook which is a great idea - When your kids are born, reserve them an e-mail address. Over the years send them photos, notes, stores, photocopies of their achievements, etc. Everything will be perfectly dated and time stamped. On their 18th birthday, give them the password.
   
Q. From a person on NextDoor - A few weeks ago, I noticed that TV channel. 5 (5-1) disappeared in my channel line-up and channels 5-2 through 5-5 no longer work (message I get is the same one when my reception is bad on windy days).  I use a HD indoor antenna.  All of the other local channels still come in fine.  I've tried manually re-adding 5-1, and it just ignores my entry and goes back to the channel I am on. Just wondering if anyone else is experiencing this?
   
A. From Tom Kreuzer, a PCC Board member. About two months ago most of the TV channels 5.2 to 5.7 changed the frequencies they use. This means you need to do a “Rescan” to get the new frequencies. You should be doing a “Rescan” about every 6 months to get other changes that occur during the year. If after the “Rescan” you do not see 5.1 or other channel you want, move your antenna and “Rescan” again. Try moving and aiming your antenna so it has the least walls, doors, furniture, objects, trees, between it and the where the signal is broadcast. Usually try to get it as high as possible. Try multiple positions and rescan after each try. This site helps you aim: https://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29 . Because all channels are not in the same direction or same signal strength you need to find an antenna and a position that works best for the channels you need. There are many different indoor and outdoor antennas that may provide better service. You should buy local from a store where you can get several to try and keep the best and return the others. Example: Target, Menards, etc. The image below is where to aim and the strength of signal from my location, yours will be different.

Antenna Aim

Q. From a person on NextDoor - Stolen Bikes. We accidentally left our garage door open to the alley between 6:30-9:30 last night and 2 of 4 bikes were stolen. Our neighbor was kind enough to come over at 9:30 to let us know the door was open but it was too late. I don't think there is much we can do about it now but thought I would the neighborhood know.
A. From Tom Kreuzer, a PCC Board member. Many new door openers are "Smart" and connect to your WiFi. They have a app that you can use to set to close after X minutes. They also can show notifications on your phone when opened. Some have  features like "geofenceing" where the door will automatically open or close as your phone "GPS" comes home or leaves. Some also have cameras. New prices start at about $200-$500. An add on to an existing opener can run $30-$100.
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