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Recent articles by Mike:

Virtual reality for military veterans: T-Mobile teams with Honor Flight Network, VR to bring memorials to war vets

For Military Appreciation Month, T-Mobile and Honor Flight Network are bringing VR versions of national war memorials to veterans who cannot travel. → Read More

Here's how you can apply to the FCC for the $50 discount on your broadband bill

The Federal Communications Commission will begin taking applications for the COVID-19 relief program to help pay for Americans' broadband bills. → Read More

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, wife Melinda Gates, announce divorce after 27-year marriage

Bill Gates, who co-founded Microsoft, and his wife Melinda, are divorcing after 27 years of marriage. → Read More

Apple continues COVID-19 momentum with strong sales of iPads, Macs ... and, of course, iPhones

Apple continued to set new high revenue marks during the coronavirus pandemic for sales of iPhones and other devices and services such as Apple Music. → Read More

Apple's privacy changes to iOS have arrived. What do you do with your Facebook app?

With this software update to Apple iPhone and iPads, apps must ask permission of device owners to track their activity across other apps and sites. → Read More

Researchers say changing simple iPhone setting fixes long-standing privacy bug

Apple's AirPlay file-sharing feature has "a severe privacy leak" that makes iPhone and MacBook users vulnerable to scammers, researchers say. → Read More

An Oscar for a video game? Short WWII documentary in 'Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond' could win an Academy Award

'Colette,' a short film about a French resistance fighter visiting the German concentration camp where her brother died, is an Oscar nominee. → Read More

Talking Tech: Apple and Facebook dominate the week, but holograms are the future

Apple showed off new iMac, iPad Pro and purple iPhone, while Facebook got criticism after a verdict in the George Floyd case. And holograms were made. → Read More

What will entertainment look like after COVID? Hybrid events for live and streaming crowds, plus more Zoom

We've all been on Zoom and livestreaming concerts and other events from home for more than a year. What happens when music and comedy clubs reopen? → Read More

Talking Tech: More NFTs on the way. Apple, Facebook and CVS want to help you get your COVID-19 vaccination

This week's tech topics included an update on musicians using NFTs, a new Google Map feature, and scams about vaccinations and tech support. → Read More

A day after Volkswagen said it was changing its name to 'Voltswagen,' company now calls it a joke, reports say

Volkswagen officials told The Wall Street Journal that a plan to change the U.S. division's name to "Voltswagen" was a joke ahead of April Fool's Day. → Read More

Verizon brings unlimited storage to cloud data battle with Apple, Amazon and Google

Verizon now has its own cloud data storage service for wireless and internet customers. Its selling point? Unlimited storage for photos and videos. → Read More

Nintendo's colorful 'Pikmin' video game will be inspiration for 'Pokémon Go' maker's next augmented reality release

Niantic Labs, the makers of 'Poké​​​​​​​mon Go,' have a new Nintendo-based augmented reality game in the works based on the 'Pikmin' video game. → Read More

Beer after a workout? Brewers take a cue from Gatorade and add electrolytes into lower alcohol brews

After a sweaty workout, what do you grab to quench your thirst and replenish your body? How about a beer with electrolytes versus water or Gatorade? → Read More

Talking Tech: Musings about mixtapes after the death of Lou Ottens, creator of the audio cassette

This week we remember the creator of the cassette tape. Also: Netflix began a test to thwart password sharing and Xbox Game Pass got 20 new games. → Read More

Amid cassette tape creator's death, we remember his legacy – the mixtape

The inventor of the cassette tape, Lou Ottens, has passed away, but he left a lasting musical legacy for listeners. → Read More

Disney to close at least 60 Disney Stores in US and Canada, as shopping shifts to online

Emphasizing e-commerce, Disney will close 60 North American Disney stores. Its shopDisney online site will be integrated with social media and apps. → Read More

Samsung's new TV line-up adds 76-inch Micro LED screen

Samsung unveiled new 4K and 8K TVs Tuesday in a virtual showcase. Bigger TVs are popular home purchases during the COVID-19 pandemic, Samsung says. → Read More

Apple reopens all of its 270 stores across the US with coronavirus protocols still in effect

Almost one year ago, Apple closed its stores at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Now all U.S. stores have reopened with COVID-19 protocols. → Read More

Bid on this unique Star Wars toy: A floating Baby Yoda from Disney+ series 'The Mandalorian'

Bidding for a collector's Baby Yoda toy has already topped $2,100. The toy shows The Child from "The Mandalorian" floating in his carriage or pram. → Read More