Add latest safety technology to your car

By: Dee-Ann Durbin

Old cars can learn new tricks.For a few hundred dollars, drivers can add new safety technology — like forward collision warning systems or backup cameras — to older cars.Cars are lasting longer than ever, thanks to improving quality. The average U.S. vehicle is now 11.6 years old, according to the consulting firm IHS Markit. But that means millions of car owners are missing out... READ MORE

Free class teaches coding for beginners

By: Sandrzej

Every computer has “genies” that will obey your commands. But you have to know how to give your command to the genie so it will do exactly what you instructed. Giving these instructions so that the computer will understand you is called codingA free mini-course in coding will be given at the Rockville Senior Center on Fridays, June 9, 16 and 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. each day.... READ MORE

Take new car technology out for a spin

By: Dee-Ann Durbin

Car shopping isn’t just about kicking the tires anymore. It’s also about testing the technology.The rapidly evolving in-car infotainment and navigation systems can be bewildering for all but the most tech-savvy car buyers. The average vehicle on U.S. roads is 11 years old; that means many people last went car shopping before iPhones were invented.Car buyers should make sure they ... READ MORE

Simple rules for proper email etiquette

By: Miriam Cross

Q. What are appropriate ways to begin and end work-related emails?A. Save “Hi” for colleagues and work acquaintances. New clients should be greeted with “Hello” or “Dear,” followed by “Mr.” or “Ms.” (or a professional title) and the person’s surname.“The addressee won’t notice the word hello as much as the respect ... READ MORE

Your phone can safely become a wallet

By: Lauren Schwahn

Smartphones have replaced lots of other accessories — cameras, flashlights, calculators. But many people are still reluctant to swap the wallets in their pockets for their digital counterparts.A key reason consumers are hesitant to use mobile payment services like Apple Pay and Android Pay, surveys say, is fear over security: High-profile retailer data breaches have made buyers wary... READ MORE

Are your appliances eavesdropping?

By: Bree Fowler and Mae Anderson

Alexa, are you spying on me?It’s a fair question in light of attempts by authorities investigating the slaying of an Arkansas man to obtain voice recordings collected by an Amazon Echo speaker and its Alexa digital assistant.Echo is a “smart speaker,” a nine-inch cylinder that connects to the voice-controlled  personal assistant service Alexa, which responds to the... READ MORE