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How iOS 14 will change your iPhone forever: Tech Support

Welcome to Tech Support, a segment where I, Dan Howley, serve as your intrepid guide through the sometimes confusing, often frustrating, world of personal technology.

Here, I answer all of your most pressing questions about the various gizmos, gadgets, and services you use in your everyday life.

Have a question of your own? Reach me on Twitter at @danielhowley or email me at [email protected]

Now, on to your questions. This week’s dilemma:

“How much will iOS 14 change my iPhone?”

Apple unveiled iOS 14 on Monday, and it’s set to bring some of the biggest changes to your iPhone in years. Now I know, change is scary. It’s the reason I’ve been using the same toothbrush for three years. Well, part of the reason. I’m also just very lazy.

But the updates to iOS 14 will dramatically improve your iPhone’s functionality. Curious as to what those improvements are? I’ve got

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What streaming service should I get?: Tech Support

Welcome to Tech Support, a segment where I, Dan Howley, serve as your intrepid guide through the sometimes confusing, often frustrating, world of personal technology.

Here, I answer all of your most pressing questions about the various gizmos, gadgets, and services you use in your everyday life.

Have a question of your own? Reach me on Twitter at @danielhowley or email me at [email protected]

Now, on to your questions. This week’s dilemma:

“What streaming service should I get?”

Just when you thought there were enough streaming video services, another pops up. HBO Max, which launched May 29, is the latest entrant in the streaming wars, and is quite the formidable opponent for the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+.

And don’t look now, but the launch of NBC’s Peacock is just around the corner, set for July 15. Then there are Hulu and Apple TV+, which though not

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I don’t support Trump’s use of military for law and order in the streets

A prominent name in law enforcement is not in favor of President Trump’s extreme law and order measures during a period of heightened social unrest, namely the use of the U.S. military to quiet protesters.

“I don’t support that at all, and I don’t think anyone else does. It’s not needed,” former NYPD chief Bill Bratton said on Yahoo Finance’s The First Trade, referring to the potential use of the military by Trump on America’s streets. That’s saying a lot seeing as Bratton gained a reputation as being tough on crime — employing a controversial law enforcement style known as broken windows theory — and gaining results in the process.

Bratton was the New York City police commissioner from 1994 to 1996 and then returned from 2014 to 2016. He had a stint as commissioner of the Boston police department from 1993 to 1994 and as the LAPD chief from

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5 Father’s Day tech gifts: Tech Support

Welcome to Tech Support, a segment where I, Dan Howley, serve as your intrepid guide through the sometimes confusing, often frustrating, world of personal technology.

Here, I answer all of your most pressing questions about the various gizmos, gadgets, and services you use in your everyday life.

Have a question of your own? Reach me on Twitter at @danielhowley or email me at [email protected]

Now, on to your questions. This week’s dilemma:

“What should I get my dad for Father’s Day?”

Father’s Day is right around the corner. Luckily, if you’re shopping for your techie dad, there are plenty of gift options to choose from. Whether it’s headphones, video games, or smart watches, I’ve got you covered with the ideas your father is sure to love.

Lavatools Javelin Pro Duo — $53.99

The Javeline Pro Duo is a lightning fast meat thermometer. (Image: Lavatools)

Nothing says Father’s Day quite

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What is a VPN and should I use one?: Tech Support

Online privacy is as important as ever. But trying to keep your internet activity safe from the likes of hackers, advertisers, and government tracking isn’t as simple as avoiding suspect websites or phishing emails.

If you want to ensure you’re not being tracked by anyone — ranging from your internet service provider, which can sell anonymized browsing data about you, to malicious actors looking to steal your personal data or track your whereabouts — a virtual private network, or VPN, is one of your best options to stay secure.

What is a VPN?

When you visit a website, your data leaves your device, travels over the public internet, and connects to the server for the site you want to visit. Along the way, your data can be seen by advertisers, hackers, and government entities.

A VPN, however, is a service that masks your connection. Instead of your data traveling over

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