Weekly output: WiFi setup, big data and road safey, 2017 tech-policy successes, 2018 tech-policy forecasts, pay-TV rate increases

I’m wrapping up this year with a flurry of stories for Yahoo, without which I’d have had to invoice my client for a disgracefully low amount for December. Thanks for reading throughout 2017, and I’ll see you in 2018.

12/27/2017: WiFi how and why: Setting up a new router securely, USA Today

I really didn’t think I’d have to lead off this how-to column by reminding readers to change the admin password on their new router to something besides “admin” or “password.” But here we are…

12/27/2017: How your next navigation app could reduce your chances of a car crash, Yahoo Finance

I would have filed this post about interesting road-safety applications of auto-insurance firms’ data before Christmas but let myself get swamped my last week in town. CES Advent is just not my favorite time of the year.

12/27/2017: The 4 best developments in tech policy in 2017, Yahoo Finance

As crummy as 2017 has been overall, in the area of tech policy it could have been much more of a garbage fire.

12/28/2017: 2018 tech forecast: Expect more angst about privacy and net neutrality, Yahoo Finance

Mark my words: Some U.S. tech companies will be tripped up by the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation and will accordingly get whacked with a massive fine for violating that new set of privacy rules.

12/31/2017: Your pay-TV rate might be increasing — here’s what to do about it, Yahoo Finance

My last story of the year is a bit of a dog-bites-man story. Want to bet I’ll be able to write the same basic story at the end of 2018?

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