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‘Mad Mike’ Hughes, 64, homemade-rocket daredevil, killed in mishap

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BARSTOW, Calif. — A self-styled daredevil died Saturday after a rocket in which he launched himself crashed into the ground, a colleague and a witness said.

“Mad Mike” Hughes died after the homemade rocket crashed on private property near Barstow about 1:52 p.m. near Highway 247, the Daily Press of Victorville reported.

Waldo Stakes, a colleague who was at the rocket launch, said Hughes, 64, was killed.

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“It was unsuccessful, and he passed away,” Stakes told The Associated Press. He declined further comment.

Justin Chapman, a freelance journalist, told the AP that he and his wife witnessed the crash.

The rocket appeared to rub against the launch apparatus, which might have torn the parachutes attached to it, Chapman said.

The rocket came straight down into the ground, Chapman said.

According to a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department statement, deputies were called to the event.

“A man was pronounced deceased after the rocket crashed in the open desert during a rocket launch event,” the statement said. The sheriff’s department did not identify the person who died.

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In March 2018, Hughes, who believed the Earth is flat, propelled himself about 1,875 feet into the air before a hard landing in the Mojave Desert.

“My story really is incredible,” Hughes told the AP at the time. “It’s got a bunch of story lines — the garage-built thing. I’m an older guy. It’s out in the middle of nowhere, plus the Flat Earth. The problem is it brings out all the nuts also, people questioning everything. It’s the downside of all this.”

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Sue robocallers, photograph Amazon deliveries, VR after death and more: Tech Q&A

Each week, I receive tons of questions from my listeners about tech concerns, new products and all things digital.

Sometimes, choosing the most interesting questions to highlight is the best part of my job. This week, I received questions about robocall counterpunches, virtual reality for survivors, communicating with your Amazon delivery driver and more.

Do you have a question you’d like to ask me? I’d like to help you.

Tap or click here to email me directly.

Amazon delivery woes

Q: Is it possible to get pictures of where the Amazon driver leaves my boxes? Sometimes the boxes are by the front door and other times I have to hunt to find them.

A: Yes, Amazon is a fast and all-encompassing service, but drivers don’t always know exactly where to leave your parcel. This means customers sometimes have to root around their front yards to find them.

You are on the right track, though: Amazon drivers do take pictures of your package delivery. You will almost always have access to these photos. So, if you’re not exactly sure where the package is located, the image should assist you in tracking it down.

This is just one of the many perks of Amazon delivery, especially if you are a Prime member. Meanwhile, keep an eye out for drone delivery which is likely to become a reality in the near future. Tap or click here for the top 20 Amazon perks.

VR séance

Q: I saw the story about a mother who used virtual reality to talk to her deceased daughter. Can you tell me more about this technology? I cried watching this part of your show.

A: This may be one of the most remarkable uses of virtual reality so far — something that is not merely entertaining or impressive, but truly meaningful to a mother who lost her beloved child. The South Korean company in charge of this groundbreaking technology enables users to interact with, and even physically touch, their late loved ones.

Such VR experiments are still being developed, and they will remain controversial for a good long while as regular people start to wonder whether they can commune with the deceased. In the end, this reality remains virtual. It can never replace a flesh-and-blood human.

Tap or click here to see a mother interact with a virtual version of her deceased daughter.

Sue spammers

Q: I am so tired of robocallers. Can I sue them? They are using the phone line that I pay for to harass me!

A: If you really want to get someone’s attention, file a lawsuit. For years, robocallers have hidden behind the first amendment but recipients are starting to fight back, as are carriers, government agencies and third-party companies.

Far more powerful than a “do not call” registry, Robo Revenge is an app that is specifically designed to threaten callers with legal action. The app uses a fake credit card number to mislead robocallers and then identify them, allowing plaintiffs to sue for up to $3,000 per call.

This may seem too good to be true, but a federal law enables you to sue relentless callers. Tap or click here to learn more about this app that lets you sue robocallers.

Windows 10 advice

Q: I just upgraded to Windows 10. Do you have a list of downloads you recommend?

A: Each new version of Windows brings a new set of tools. The vast majority of functions will be familiar to regular users and, for the most part, a new update is easy to learn.

New features help you stay on task, organize your desktop, connect to your phone and remove those heaps of extraneous cookies and background tasks. One of my favorite little touches is Pixlr, a free photo-editing program that enables you to both edit images and draw over them.

Tap or click here for 10 Windows essentials you need to download.

Stream my show

Q: Your TV show is great. You present tech topics that are entertaining and informative. Can I watch it online instead of on my cable channels?

A: I am so glad to hear that. The best part of producing this show, aside from having so much fun, is connecting with my audience. There are many ways to watch or listen to my show, including my weekly podcast.

Go to GetKim.com and use promo code “Kim” to get a free seven-day trial; however, many fans are unaware they can also find multimedia content on my YouTube channel. There, you can play a variety of video segments, including features and explainers. They are often funny and always engaging.

While I love radio and have made a whole career in the sound booth, seeing a certain type of technology in use is often more helpful than listening to a description of it.

Tap or click here to access my show segments and DIY videos on my YouTube channel.

What digital lifestyle questions do you have? Call Kim’s national radio show and tap or click here to find it on your local radio station. You can listen to or watch The Kim Komando Show on your phone, tablet, television or computer. Or tap or click here for Kim’s free podcasts.

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Learn about all the latest technology on the Kim Komando Show, the nation’s largest weekend radio talk show. Kim takes calls and dispenses advice on today’s digital lifestyle, from smartphones and tablets to online privacy and data hacks. For her daily tips, free newsletters and more, visit her website at Komando.com.

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10 sites to watch movies for free

What should I watch? This question plagues us, no matter how we watch TV. Once we’ve binged our favorite series, seen all the recommended shows and movies, and browsed every genre we could find, we still hit a wall. What’s left? we think, as we impatiently await the third season of “Westworld.”

You may even be tempted to cancel a service that seems barren. Tap or click here for five things to know before canceling.

While some streaming services aren’t as popular as Netflix or Hulu, their archives are vast – and better yet, they’re free. These platforms are often robust and full of surprises, sort of like rummaging through a secondhand store.

Because they’re streaming, they’re about as easy to access as anything on the internet, although some may require a little extra gear, like a Roku or Amazon Fire TV stick. If you have a Fire TV Stick or Cube, tap or click for 10 features you might not know about using your Amazon streaming gadgets.

Here are 10 of the best sites for watching movies free. Make sure to bookmark your favorites so nights at home can be just as amazing as going out to the movies. Just remember, like all streaming services, content changes periodically.

1. Kanopy

If you love art house or classic movies, Kanopy is the best site for free streaming. With entries from the Criterion Collection as well as contemporary indies, Kanopy shows high-quality and critically acclaimed cinema, all at no cost to its users.

To use Kanopy, your local library, university or college needs to be connected to it. With a library card or your college email login, you can access Kanopy’s catalog at any time. Tap or click here to check if your library is connected.

Movies playing now: “Ladybird,” “Moonlight,” Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis.”

2. Popcornflix

For those who prefer more mainstream movies, Popcornflix perfectly fits its name. The ad-supported service accesses tons of movies and TV shows. You can stream through the web, but you can also download the app on Roku, Apple TV, Google Play, Amazon and Xbox if you’d like to watch on a TV screen.

We’ve recommended Popcornflix before, and we stand by that recommendation now. Tap or click here to test it out on your smartphone.

Movies playing now: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “The Firm,” “Roman Holiday.”

3. Vimeo

Vimeo is a video platform like YouTube, allowing users to upload their own movies and clips to share in HD quality. You have to pay to watch some movies on the site, but many are free — particularly short films.

Bonus: It’s a great alternative if you’re not into the idea of Google knowing what you’re watching. Tap or click here for other Google alternatives for just about everything you do on the web.

Vimeo exists as a website and as an iOS and Android app. You can watch movies by streaming directly or downloading them for when you’re not on Wi-Fi.

Movies playing now: “Staff Pick Premieres,” a channel of “the best short films on the internet.”

4. Internet Archive

Do you love classic movies? Many golden age films are now live at Internet Archive, a site that captures all public domain media. Most copyright-free titles date back to the 1920s and 1930s. For classic movie buffs, it’s a treasure trove.

I interviewed Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle about digital time travel. Tap or click here to listen to our fascinating conversation.

Movies playing now: “Plan 9 from Outer Space,” “The Three Stooges,” the Charlie Chaplin collection.

5. Sony Crackle

Sony Crackle, formerly known as Crackle, is another great site that supports itself with ads. If you really like action and thriller movies, and some older TV shows that are hard to find on other platforms, Sony Crackle is worth the occasional interruptions.

Movies playing now: “Black Mass,” “Concussion,” the “Friday the 13th” series.

6. Vudu

Though primarily a platform for buying movies and TV episodes, Vudu also has free content – once again, thanks to ads. Vudu has a diverse catalog and reports how long movies will remain free.

You can get Vudu on your computer, game consoles, streaming devices, smart TVs, Blu-ray players, phones and tablets. You just have to sign up for a free Vudu account to use the apps and site.

Movies playing now: “La La Land,” Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist,” “Batman Forever.”

7. IMDb

Working through IMDb.com or Amazon Fire products, IMDb TV is a way to watch critically acclaimed films free from the comfort of your home. Like most of these streaming sites, this one is ad-supported, but if you have Amazon Prime, you can watch movies free through Prime on IMDb TV without ads.

Fun fact: Amazon owns IMDb. Tap or click for a full list of companies you didn’t know the tech giant owns.

To watch movies, you need an IMDb or an Amazon account, and you can watch to your heart’s content. IMDb TV isn’t the easiest to navigate or search through, but their “Top Rated” category allows you to find movies other users love.

Movies playing now: “A Few Good Men,” “Memento,” “My So-Called Life.”

8. hoopla

Libraries offer tons of amazing services; just tap or click here to see a list of the freebies offered by your local library. Your library card can get you access to hoopla as well. hoopla is the digital service of Midwest Tape, a company that provides media products and services like DVDs, CDs and audio books to libraries.

Just sign up for hoopla with your email and library card, and you’ll have access to tons of movies and TV show seasons, plus the ability to use the hoopla app on your phone, tablet, Amazon Fire device, Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV and Android TV devices.

hoopla doesn’t work with every library system, so make sure to ask the next time you’re at the library.

Movies playing now: Varies by local library systems.

9. The Roku Channel

If you have a Roku, you have access to The Roku Channel, which gets you free movie and TV content. You can stream live shows on the Roku channel, as well as watch an ever-changing catalog of movies and TV shows, all at no cost.

If you use a Roku at home, it’s time to go beyond the instruction manual. Tap or click here for 8 pro tricks.

You can add your premium subscriptions to the Roku Channel, so you can watch things like HBO and Showtime all on your Roku — but free content is available even without them, though you may find similar options on Popcornflix, FilmRise, Vidmark, American Classics and YuYu.

Movies playing now: “The Joy Luck Club,” “Tombstone,” “Indecent Proposal.”

10. Good Old YouTube

YouTube has its share of feature-length films uploaded illegally, and those tend to disappear quickly thanks to YouTube’s algorithms. But the service also has a good number of licensed films you can watch for free.

To see what’s available, just go to the Movies & Shows channel, available from the YouTube homepage, and click “View All” next to the “Free to watch” category. Quality varies, but there are a few gems, plus tons of kid-friendly content.

What digital lifestyle questions do you have? Call Kim’s national radio show and tap or click here to find it on your local radio station. You can listen to or watch The Kim Komando Show on your phone, tablet, television or computer. Or tap or click here for Kim’s free podcasts.

Copyright 2020, WestStar Multimedia Entertainment. All rights reserved.

Learn about all the latest technology on the Kim Komando Show, the nation’s largest weekend radio talk show. Kim takes calls and dispenses advice on today’s digital lifestyle, from smartphones and tablets to online privacy and data hacks. For her daily tips, free newsletters and more, visit her website at Komando.com.

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What does Apple have up its sleeve in 2020?

Apple is expected to have at least two big product launches in 2020 with the first round coming possibly as early as March. The focus of the second, in the fall, will likely be a 5G iPhone.

Apple typically rolls out new products in the early spring but the launch this year is a bit different than usual because of guidance from the company on Feb. 17 that the “worldwide iPhone supply will be temporarily constrained” due to the public health response in China to coronavirus, or COVID-19.

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Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple Inc., speaks about iPhone Pro during an event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. (Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Here’s what to expect based on reports.

–iPhone SE 2 or iPhone 9: While final product names are never a sure thing until Apple actually announces, the “iPhone SE 2,” aka “iPhone 9,” is expected to be Apple’s second stab at a low-cost iPhone following the original iPhone SE that was released in March 2016. The new phone could be priced around $400 – cheap for an iPhone – and be based on the iPhone 8 but with upgraded internal components. Bloomberg recently reported that the low-cost iPhone is still on track for March though plans are “fluid” because of the slowdown in China.

–Updated iPad Pro: iPads often get some kind of update in the early spring. This year Apple is expected to focus on a new camera system with a triple-lens rear camera and 3D sensing that supports immersive augmented reality, according to various reports, including Apple rumor site MacRumors.

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–MacBook Pro, MacBook Air: Following the October launch of the 16-inch MacBook Pro, which features a design overhaul of the previous 15.4-inch MacBook Pro, Apple is expected to update its more popular, and cheaper, 13-inch MacBook Pro. The updated 13-inch laptop is rumored to include upgraded Intel processors and a so-called “scissor-switch” keyboard that is expected to be an improvement over the much-maligned “Butterfly” keyboard on the current MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, according to MacRumors. The MacBook Air could also see an upgrade to internal components. The launch date could be March or this summer.

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iPhone 12 with 5G: A bevy of rumors are suggesting that there will be four iPhones coming out in the fall with screen sizes of 5.4, 6.1, 6.7 inches. All will come with organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays, according to reports. The 5.4-inch model would be a new size and the 6.7-inch model would be Apple’s largest iPhone to date. At least one of the models is expected to get a design makeover. Rumors also suggest a chassis like the iPhone 4. The current physical iPhone design, with a notch at the top of the display that houses the selfie camera, has changed little since 2017 when the iPhone X was launched. Other expected features include a new processor, called the A14, and an upgraded camera. But the marquee feature will be 5G. Samsung, Apple’s chief rival, has already announced 5G Galaxy phones but 5G coverage in the U.S. is still spotty. Apple appears to be timing its 5G rollout to wider availability of 5G.

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What happens to your social media accounts when you die?

None of us are getting out of this alive. With the advent of consumer tech and the internet, you can now make your wishes known in a myriad of ways. For starters, if you’re wondering where’s the best place to make sure your loved ones follow your will directives and have access to your passwords, you can do this online.

Specialty sites can store all your important documents from wills, trusts and passwords to your funeral preferences. While most sites are subscription-based, there is a free option that is HIPPA-compliant with secured bank-level encryption. Tap or click here for pay and free sites to help you organize your end-of-life planning.

Speaking of death, virtual reality recently let a grief-stricken mother talk and play with her deceased daughter in a park they used to go to together. The story is fascinating on so many levels that you have to see. Tap or click here for the heartbreaking story and videos that will show you what happened.

You can control what happens to your social media accounts when the inevitable happens. Here’s how to do it.

Facebook’s Legacy feature

Before you dive in, do a solid check of your Facebook privacy settings. Tap or click here my list of privacy essentials for any Facebook account.

On Facebook, you can designate a legacy contact to manage your account after you’re gone. They can do things like writing a pinned post for your profile as a farewell message or letting your friends know the details of a memorial service.

Your designated person can also respond to friend requests, update your profile and cover photos, decide who can see your feed and who can post tributes, among other things.

There are limits to protect your privacy. He or she won’t be able to read your messages, log into your account or delete friends.

Here’s how to set up your Legacy Contact:

  • Go to your general account Settings and choose Memorialization Settings.
  • Click Edit and you can choose a legacy contact.
  • Use the “Choose a friend” box to add your legacy contact.

That person will receive an email explaining how the process works. Just be sure you give your chosen friend or family member a heads up first and make sure they’re willing to handle the responsibility.

Once you have your legacy contact set, look through the Memorialization Settings. On this page, you can decide whether your legacy contact can download a copy of what you’ve shared on your feed, including posts, photos, videos, and profile information.

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Once a year, you will receive a reminder about your legacy contact. If you’re certain your person won’t change, or that you’ll remember to change them if need be, you can click “stop annual reminders” in the Annual Reminder section.

If you’d rather have your account deleted after you pass away, go to the Memorialization Settings page and scroll down. Right above the Close button, there is an option you can click that says, “Request that your account be deleted after you pass away.”

You’ll still need to enlist the help of a trusted loved one. After he or she lets Facebook know you’ve died, your account will be completely deleted.

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What about Instagram?

Instagram, owned by Facebook, has similar features and procedures when it comes to memorializing accounts. Like Facebook, your family can request the deletion of your account or have it memorialized.

Instagram doesn’t allow you to choose a legacy contact. You’ll have to leave detailed instructions to your loved ones to have your account deleted or memorialized.

To do so, he or she needs to submit proof of your passing and proof of authority under local law that the person who is attempting to delete your account is a lawful representative of you or your estate.

If you need to delete an Instagram account for someone who is deceased, tap or click here to fill out the report. If you choose to memorialize an account, it can’t be changed or altered in any way. This includes any previous likes, followers, tags, posts and comments.

Twitter is a bit more limited

Twitter recently announced it would be deleting inactive accounts. However, the backlash was so great, the company was forced to redact their statement and find a happy medium for its users. Tap or click here for the full backstory.

In the end, Twitter decided not to delete inactive accounts until there’s an appropriate method of memorializing those belonging to people who have died.

Twitter has not yet created memorialized or legacy accounts, but they will remove a deceased user’s account if requested by a verified immediate family member who can provide the appropriate details. Tap or click here to learn more about Twitter’s deletion policies.

BONUS TIP FOR EXTRA KNOW-HOW: PC vs. Mac: 10 of the biggest differences explained

Mac versus Windows: The debate that’s raged since the 1980s. Whole commercial campaigns were put together around this very concept, claiming one was better than the other.

But what are the true, bias-free differences between Mac computers and Windows ones? What sets each one apart? Let’s start with their price tags.

Tap or click here to see Apple and Microsoft battle it out.

What digital lifestyle questions do you have? Call Kim’s national radio show and tap or click here to find it on your local radio station. You can listen to or watch the Kim Komando Show on your phone, tablet, television or computer. Or tap or click here for Kim’s free podcasts.

Copyright 2020, WestStar Multimedia Entertainment. All rights reserved.

Learn about all the latest technology on The Kim Komando Show, the nation’s largest weekend radio talk show. Kim takes calls and dispenses advice on today’s digital lifestyle, from smartphones and tablets to online privacy and data hacks. For her daily tips, free newsletters and more, visit her website at Komando.com.

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Google marks Susan B. Anthony birthday, women’s suffrage with doodle

Susan B. Anthony’s long fight for women’s right to vote and the suffrage movement are getting their moment in the spotlight on Google’s homepage.

The search engine’s newest doodle honors Anthony on what would be her  200th birthday and the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States.

Anthony, born in western Massachusetts in 1820, had a passion for social reform at an early age, inspired by meeting prominent abolitionists such as Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison.

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For more than 50 years, Anthony worked alongside reformer Elizabeth Cady Stanton to fight and advocate for women’s rights.

On Nov. 5, 1872, Anthony reportedly walked into a voting station in Rochester, N.Y., and cast a vote for a presidential election – defying the law at the time, which denied women the right to vote.

She was fined $100 – which is about $2,100 today. She proudly proclaimed: “I shall never pay a dollar for your unjust penalty.”

In 1920, nearly 50 years after Anthony’s protest, women in America were finally granted the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment. However, it wouldn’t be until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that women of color were included.

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The Treasury Department honored Anthony in 1979 by placing her image on the dollar coin, marking the first time a woman was depicted on U.S. currency. A plan for famed abolitionist Harriet Tubman to adorn the $20 bill was tabled by the Trump administration.

Former tennis player and an advocate for women’s rights, Billie Jean King, also honored Anthony on her birthday, tweeting a quote from the famed activist.

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Best internet deals to save money and maximize speed

Since you signed up for your internet service, you probably haven’t given it much thought. It works, so why bother? But a new plan might better suit your needs and save money, too.

Speed is also important, of course, and there’s a chance your plan isn’t to blame. Tap or click here for a quick insider trick that involves changing one setting for significantly faster internet speeds.

When your internet slows down, it could be your line, your device, your router, your browser or even your neighbors. I’ve got you covered with the steps to take to figure it out. Tap or click here for 10 ways to fix your home Wi-Fi problems.

If it is your plan, how do you navigate the many internet options? Here’s a quick crash course.

Choosing the right plan

The first step to selecting the right plan is understanding your needs. Here’s a good place to start:

  • For those who connect with fewer than three devices and simply browse the internet, you can get by with a basic package that offers download speeds up to 10Mbps.
  • If you don’t stream much but want to check email and download music and photos, a plan that offers speeds up to 25Mbps should work.
  • Gamers, videophiles, streamers and households with multiple people using multiple devices will need a plan that offers speeds up to 100Mbps.

Remember, there are data caps. Most companies put a limit on the amount of data you can use each month and if you go over that amount, you’ll be charged extra fees. Tap or click here to learn how to avoid hitting your internet data cap while you’re streaming.

Now that you know what to look for in a plan, let’s see what your options are.

Comparing options

For home internet service you’re going to choose between DSL, cable, fiber or satellite. Here’s what that means:

  • DSL –Digital Subscriber Line users get a high-speed bandwidth connection from a phone wall jack or an existing telephone network. It works within the frequencies your telephone doesn’t, so you can use the internet while making phone calls.
  • Cable – Cable internet service comes from the same coaxial cable network that is used with cable television. Cable TV uses a small portion of the cable’s bandwidth, which allows your internet service to work with it. You don’t have to subscribe to cable TV to have cable internet service.
  • Fiber – Fiber internet uses fiber-optic cables instead of copper wires. It’s faster than DSL and cable internet, but it’s not available everywhere.
  • Satellite – Internet access is provided through communications satellites, used mostly in rural areas. It’s usually the most expensive, last resort option.

Since DSL and cable internet services are the most common, we’ll focus on those. Two of the major providers in the U.S. are Xfinity from Comcast and Cox Communications.

For DSL, I’ll also show you options from CenturyLink. Service providers and specific offerings vary depending on where you live, so the packages you see here may be slightly different than those offered at posting.

Take a look at the plans offered and compare these to your own. Be sure to read the tip at the end about testing your speed to make sure you’re getting what you’re paying for.

Xfinity from Comcast

Xfinity offers a few different plans:

  • If you can get by with the bare minimum, the Performance Starter+ plan offers download speeds up to 25Mbps for $29.99/month for the first year. After that, you’ll pay $50 per month.
  • For those who need more bandwidth, Xfinity’s Performance Select plan includes speeds up to 100Mbps for $39.99/month for the first year. After that, you’ll pay $65 per month.
  • Need even faster speeds? Xfinity’s Performance Pro+ offers speeds up to 200Mbps for $49.99/month for the first year. After that, you’ll pay $70 per month.

Cox Communications

Cox Communications offers a wide range of plans with speeds from 10Mbps all the way up to 940Mbps. Here are the most common offerings:

  • Cox Internet Essential 30 gets you up to 30Mbps for $39.99/month for 12 months with a 1-year service agreement. After that, the cost goes up to $66.99 per month.
  • Cox Internet Preferred 150 gives you up to 150Mbps of speed for $59.99/month for 12 months with a 1-year service agreement. After that, you’ll pay $87.99 per month.
  • For higher speeds, choose Cox Internet Ultimate to get up to 300Mbps for $79.99/month for 12 months with a 1-year service agreement. After that, it’ll cost $104.99 per month.

CenturyLink

CenturyLink, a DSL internet service provider, is pushing its “Price for Life” offer. That means if you sign up for internet service, you can guarantee the same monthly rate year after year as long as you don’t cancel.

At the moment, you can get up to 100Mbps for $49/month. Unfortunately, this special promotion isn’t available in every area of the U.S. The top speeds available depend on your location.

BONUS TIP: Check your internet connection speed for free

Once you choose a provider and a plan, make sure you’re getting what you pay for. If you’re paying for download speeds of 100Mbps, but only getting around 50Mbps, you need to notify your provider.

You can find out with a simple speed test right through Google. Just use the search phrase “Speed Test.” If you’d rather use a site designed to test speeds, tap or click here for 4 sites to check your internet speed for free.

Remember, competition is fierce. If you live in an area with more than one internet service provider, see which one can give you the best deal. Call each provider’s customer service line and ask for their best and lowest price. And pay close attention to contract lengths, setup fees and such to make sure you aren’t paying more than you think.

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Google and God: How churches are using tech to reach people seeking religious advice

If you have a nagging question, the first thing to do usually is Google it.

That means religious leaders and institutions, long sources for the faithful, must face the reality that a majority of Americans don’t seek their advice anymore when making important decisions, according to a 2019 survey by The AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

But it’s not because of a lack of faith.

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“It’s nearly impossible now to get a relationship with a clergyman or woman,” Timothy Buchanan, a 41-year-old father in North Carolina, said of his nondenominational Christian megachurch.

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Churchome Global added a “Pastor Chat” feature as a way for anyone to talk with a trained pastor. (Churchome Global)

In addition to its huge size, he said some of his reticence to reach out to a pastor could be a reflection of technology-focused times.

“People don’t know how to have personal communications with other folks when you need to ask questions or need to get help,” he said. “For instance, we’ve got some issues with our health insurance plan, so I spent an hour today Googling … instead of just picking up the phone and calling somebody.”

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It’s a challenge that many industries face, but churches, which thrive on community, are seeking solutions that blur the lines between virtual and in-person contact.

Today, Christians can access the Bible (in any version or language), sermons from pastors of all denominations on almost any subject and more, on their phone.

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Judah Smith, lead pastor of Churchome in Seattle and Los Angeles, which counts celebrities like Justin Bieber and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson as part of its flock, saw this and decided to launch the Churchome Global App last year.

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Churchome Global is described as “a new app and community-based platform that brings the totality of the church experience to people around the world via their mobile devices.” (Churchome Global)

“We recognize that all of us — no matter who or where we are — are having a hard time connecting with each other,” Smith told Fox News. “The power of real community is simply hard to experience and grasp when we need it most.”

On Thursday, Churchome added the “Pastor Chat” feature, which the 41-year-old Smith said is an opportunity “for us to provide people around the world with 1-on-1 interactions with our team.”

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“We don’t presume to have all the answers but this is our way of making ourselves available to people in ways that make it easier than walking into a building on Sundays.”

Meanwhile, other churches are relying heavily on their website and reviews online to attract people googling answers or places to worship.

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Whereas most houses of worship used to rely on signs outside their buildings to relay information, they now use social media to share information about service times and other details.

And when new members or believers join a church, more and more now, they are being encouraged not to fill out a paper form but to text a number or scan a QR code.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Russian satellites tailing advanced US spy satellite, report says

A top U.S. Space Force commander said two Russian satellites are tailing an advanced U.S. spy satellite above the Earth and at times come within 100 miles of the billion-dollar spacecraft.

Gen. John “Jay Raymond told Time magazine that the Russian satellite was launched in November and called its movements “unusual and disturbing.”

“It has the potential to create a dangerous situation in space,” he said, while other experts expressed concerns about what Moscow may be able to learn from close-up photos of the spacecraft.

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FILE: Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, the commander of Air Force Space Command and the Joint Force Space Component Command. (Clayton Wear/Air Force)

The Trump administration recently requested a defense budget that would keep non-emergency spending at $705 billion, Military.com reported. Space.com reported that SpaceForce would receive $15.4 billion from that funding and begin with 6,400 members that will be transferring from the Air Force.

The Space Force’s mandate is to improve protection of U.S. satellites and other space assets, rather than to put troops in orbit to conduct combat in outer space.

Trump originally wanted a Space Force that was “separate but equal” to the Army, Navy and Air Force, but instead, Congress made it part of the Department of the Air Force.

The Time magazine report illustrates an almost sci-fi case of alleged space espionage. Russia reportedly launched a satellite into orbit last November and– while in orbit–  it split into two separate satellites. One expert compared it to a “Russian nesting doll.”

The Kremlin has insisted that the satellites are simply conducting experiments. An amateur satellite tracker used public data to theorize that the Russian satellites are “cleverly designed” to monitor the U.S. satellite during otherwise challenging visual moments in orbit: like sunrises.

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“It’s clear that Russia is developing on-orbit capabilities that seek to exploit our reliance on space-based systems that fuel our American way of life,” Raymond told Time.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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US Army to use gamers’ brain waves to train military robot swarms

A group of experts wants to study the brain waves and eye movements of people playing a video game in order to build an advanced AI that could coordinate the actions of military robots.

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, known as DARPA, awarded a team from the University of Buffalo’s Artificial Intelligence Institute a $316,000 grant for the study.

Although swarm robotics is inspired by many things, including ant colonies, researchers believe that humans have a lot of potential to improve AI learning systems. The study of 25 video game players will include real-time strategy games such as StarCraft, Stellaris and Company of Heroes.

“The idea is to eventually scale up to 250 aerial and ground robots, working in highly complex situations. For example, there may be a sudden loss of visibility due to smoke during an emergency. The robots need to be able to effectively communicate and adapt to challenges like that,” the grant’s principal investigator, Souma Chowdhury, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, told UBNow.

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Kilobot is a thousand robot swarm developed at Harvard University. (Creative Commons/Asuscreative)

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As students are playing the game, researchers will record the decisions they make, track their eye movements with high-speed cameras and watch their brain activity through electroencephalograms.

That data will then be used to build artificial intelligence algorithms that guide the behavior of autonomous air and ground robots.

“We don’t want the AI system just to mimic human behavior; we want it to form a deeper understanding of what motivates human actions. That’s what will lead to more advanced AI,” Chowdhury told UBNow.

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