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Wacky Tech

And here’s a quick look at some of the noted ones from the world of tech.

The power of AI

The recent fears of this novel coronavirus spreading out of Wuhan, China is putting everyone in the world in attention. All of a sudden, every single one of us are worried about exposure. And, with that, every single one of us are making the extra effort of getting as much information as we can about the virus. But even before we all knew what was happening, BlueDot, a Canadian startup informed its clients about it as early as December 31 of last year.

According to BlueDot, it’s "harnessing the power of big data, artificial intelligence, and digital technologies to spread knowledge faster than infectious diseases.”

Upgrade your home wi-fi

Brand new year and you got that brand new megabit fiber connection in your home now too. And if you’re still going to opt to use your telco-provided modem/wi-fi router, it would be best that you invest in a better wi-fi router. Sure, it may come out a bit more expensive now but you’ll be thankful in the end for a better wi-fi experience. Take it from me, that telco provided modem/wi-fi router is not built to properly provide service to all your devices at home. More so, if you’re into streaming.

With that in mind, here’s a buyer’s guide from Techradar to help you make that decision which wi-fi router to get.

Move away from Internet Explorer

You read that right. And that is IF you’re still stuck with using that browser. Chances are you’re already using Google Chrome which is as ubiquitous as Facebook these days. Or if you’re one of the many fans, like I am, you’re probably using Mozilla’s Firefox. There’s a few more browsers that I’d recommend over Internet Explorer - Opera, Brave and Tor. In the end, IE is just old technology and Microsoft’s even actively replacing it with its new browser - Edge - that’s based on the Chromium code.

So why, move away from IE now? For one, consider this news bit from Lifehacker. Secondly, IE has been consistently ranked low when it comes to security. Besides, you don’t lose anything if you do switch over to another browser.


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