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Weekend of March 29, 2024

Tech News and Commentary

Dave and Chris discuss Ai-powered shopping assistants, laws to protect data and children, smart homes and aging in place, EV startup Fisker’s fate, Neuralink’s implants, new chips from Intel and AMD, and more.

Jim in Newark, Delaware asked: “I’m in the process of buying a new 4K TV. I’ve got one of those lousy Roku cheap models. I’d like to know if an OLED or ULED would be better. And which one would be better for your eyes. I’ve heard different things about both of them.”

Jim, there wont be any difference for your eyes, but theyre different technologies with different pros and cons in terms of image quality.

Overall ULED sets will be cheaper, sometimes by a lot. They also have better brightness but that doesnt always work in their favor, since theyre susceptible to a problem called light blooming where light can leak into dimmer areas of the screen, and they consume more power than OLED sets, though the difference may not be big enough to care in the end.

OLED sets are expensive but tried and true. They have far better contrast, since each pixel is individually backlit. OLEDs also win in two other categories: they have wider viewing angles, and they can display higher resolutions up to at least 8k in some sets.

OLEDs have a shorter expected lifespan of 40,000 hours vs 100,000 hours for ULED.

Which one is best for you will depend on how much you really expect out of a TV, but if youre moving from a cheaper model, even a small improvement may be a big gain over what you currently have.

Joe in Hazleton, Pennsylvania asked: “I have a problem with Outlook 2016. I have Windows 10 and I use Jaws 2020 – that’s a screen reader – I’m blind. Darn Microsoft 2016 keeps asking for the password for my e-mail every time I open the e-mail program. And the box to remember the password isn’t checked, so I check it. But a few minutes later, it still asks for the password. What the heck is wrong with that? I could use the new Outlook for Windows but I don’t like that because it doesn’t have a spell checker. Newer isn’t always better. I’m really frustrated with it.”

Joe, the last Windows 10 version will reach end of life in 2025 but Outlook 2016 reached it in 2020.

That means that Microsoft hasnt done any work on Outlook 2016 for years now and its likely that some Windows update changed the way something works in a way that wouldve required Outlook to be updated as well to continue to work as it used to.

Theres no real fix to that on closed source software like Outlook other than to upgrade.

The good news here is that the current version of Outlook should allow you to turn on spell check.

Youll find it under File, then Options, and under Mail youll find Spelling and Autocorrect settings.

Webmail typically also includes spellcheckers, so it may be another option to consider.

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Written by Dave Graveline

Dave Graveline is the founder, Host & Executive Producer of "Into Tomorrow" in addition to being President of the Advanced Media Network".

Dave is also a trusted and familiar voice on many national commercials & narrations in addition to being an authority in consumer tech since 1994. He is also a former Police Officer and an FBI Certified Instructor.

Dave thrives on audience participation!

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