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Sat 885  4/8/2017

How to Fix: Malwarebytes 'Unable to connect to service' Error

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10073/how-fix-malwarebytes-unable-connect-service-error

 

Don't rush to install Windows 10 Creators Update
For the first four months of a Win10 version's initial release, users are actually working as unpaid beta testers for Microsoft on the not-yet-stable version

http://www.infoworld.com/article/3187755/microsoft-windows/dont-rush-to-install-windows-10-creators-update.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=ifw_nlt_infoworld_daily_2017-04-06&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=InfoWorld%20Daily:%20Afternoon%20Edition%202017-04-06&utm_term=infoworld_daily

 

Hulu Streaming Guide: Best Movies and TV Shows On Now

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-hulu-movies-shows,news-18895.html?utm_source=tg-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170407-tg

 

This is why you should (or shouldn't) buy an Xbox now instead of waiting for the souped-up 'Project Scorpio' coming later this year

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/why-shouldnt-buy-xbox-now-165118510.html

 

Google's Machine Learning Chip Is Up To 30x Faster, 80x More Efficient Than CPUs And GPUs

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/google-tpu-comparison-haswell-k80,34069.html?utm_source=th-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170406-th

 

HOW TO LIMIT INTERNET ACCESS TO SELECT WEBSITES

https://www.pcmech.com/article/limit-internet-access-select-websites

 

Sony unveils SD cards so fast, they’ve bumped up against interface speed limits

https://www.extremetech.com/electronics/244931-sony-unveils-sd-cards-fast-theyve-bumped-interface-speed-limits?mailing_id=2746403&mailing=ExtremeTech&mailingID=24138818DED133C76D9B5E49804FBAC1

 

Report: iOS 10 Backups Easy to Hack
A Russian company that sells software for guessing iPhone passwords discovered a vulnerability in iTunes backups.

http://www.pcmag.com/news/348209/report-ios-10-backups-easy-to-hack?mailing_id=2214571&mailing=DailyNews&mailingID=B8712AB84E3EF7C1ACE432F95FD63D67

 

How to Fix: Can't delete file / folder: 'The system cannot find the file specified'

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10050/how-fix-cant-delete-file-folder-system-cannot-find-file-specified

 

My Printer Prints Too Small. What Can I Do?
It's not the printer. Software on your computer controls print size, so you need to investigate the settings on your computer or in the application that you use to print.

https://askleo.com/my-printer-prints-too-small-what-can-i-do/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=JnyEPbdUI3dfbL&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=20170328&utm_medium=email&utm_content=featured

 

Tablets so good you don't need a stylus, but they have one anyway
Ditch the Moleskine and swoop one of these high-tech stylus-toting slates.

https://www.cnet.com/news/best-tablet-with-stylus/

 

Additional hardware rumors emerge about Apple’s upcoming iMac refresh

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/additional-hardware-rumors-emerge-apple-215546350.html

 

Microsoft Opens Up About Privacy In Windows 10 Creators Update

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/microsoft-privacy-windows-creators-update,34066.html?utm_source=th-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170406-th

 

HOW TO DISABLE YOUR WEBCAM FOR AN EXTRA LAYER OF PRIVACY

https://www.pcmech.com/article/how-to-disable-your-webcam-for-an-extra-layer-of-privacy/

 

Meet the weaponized propaganda AI that knows you better than you know yourself

https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/245014-meet-sneaky-facebook-powered-propaganda-ai-might-just-know-better-know?mailing_id=2746403&mailing=ExtremeTech&mailingID=24138818DED133C76D9B5E49804FBAC1

 

Plex Adds Cloud Storage As Alternative to Dedicated Server
You can now stream your music and videos from the cloud to any Plex client.

http://www.pcmag.com/news/348198/plex-adds-cloud-storage-as-alternative-to-dedicated-server?mailing_id=2214571&mailing=DailyNews&mailingID=B8712AB84E3EF7C1ACE432F95FD63D67

 

Amazon to Refund up to $70M for In-App Purchases

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10072/amazon-refund-70m-app-purchases

 

Should I Defragment My SSD or USB Flash Drives?
We've all been told that defragmenting a hard disk is a good thing for performance - but the same is most definitely not true for solid state drives.

https://askleo.com/should-i-defragment-my-ssd-or-usb-flash-drives/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=JnyEPbdUI3dfbL&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=20170328&utm_medium=email&utm_content=featured

 

iOS 10.3: Six new features to try right away
Apple just released the last major iOS 10 update before iOS 11. It has some useful upgrades to the Settings menu and Maps app on your iPhone or iPad.

https://www.cnet.com/au/how-to/ios-10-3-best-new-features/

 

Samsung prices out 2017 midtier 4K TVs, bringing HDR hotness to everyone

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/samsung-puts-price-tags-second-153227096.html

 

Apple Updates Mac Pro, Promises Commitment To Mac Desktops

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/apple-finally-updates-mac-pro,34063.html?utm_source=th-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170406-th

 

HOW TO TROUBLESHOOT YOUR PRINTER

https://www.pcmech.com/article/how-to-troubleshoot-your-printer/

 

Protect your online privacy with the 5 best VPNs

https://www.extremetech.com/internet/244993-protect-online-privacy-five-best-vpns?mailing_id=2746403&mailing=ExtremeTech&mailingID=24138818DED133C76D9B5E49804FBAC1

 

PC Trouble? How to Check for Memory Problems in Windows
Is Windows misbehaving? One potential culprit you may not immediately think to check is faulty memory. Here's how to do it.

http://www.pcmag.com/news/352220/pc-trouble-how-to-check-for-memory-problems-in-windows

 

Amazon's High-Tech, Cashier-less Grocery Store Delayed

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10064/amazons-high-tech-cashier-less-grocery-store-delayed

 

How Do I Protect Myself from My ISP?
If you're using an internet connection from a source you don't trust, there are a few alternatives.

https://askleo.com/how-do-i-protect-myself-from-my-isp/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=JnyEPbdUI3dfbL&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=20170328&utm_medium=email&utm_content=featured

 

How Prepaid Internet Might Help U.S. Web Woes

https://www.maketecheasier.com/prepaid-internet-help-us-web-woes/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=05042017

 

Microsoft's new version of Windows is open to the public

https://finance.yahoo.com/video/microsofts-version-windows-open-public-155800724.html

 

AMD Ryzen 7 1700 CPU Review

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-ryzen-7-1700-cpu-review,5009.html?utm_source=th-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170406-th

 

Assign other apps to the Galaxy S8's Bixby button, if you dare
An unofficial workaround makes Samsung's dedicated key more useful.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/04/06/assign-other-apps-to-the-galaxy-s8s-bixby-button-if-you-dare/

 

YouTube TV vs DirecTV Now vs Sling TV vs PlayStation Vue: Face-Off!

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/youtube-tv-vs-cable-tv-replacements,news-24578.html?utm_source=tg-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170301-tg

 

How to Turn On Apple Two-Factor Authentication
Two-factor authentication applies an extra layer of security by requiring a password and a verification code. How do you set it up? Read on.

http://www.pcmag.com/news/352207/how-to-turn-on-apple-two-factor-authentication

 

Microsoft 'Project Sopris' takes aim at securing low-cost IoT devices
A new Microsoft Research team, Project Sopris, is looking to redesign microcontrollers in the name of making low-cost IoT devices more secure.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-project-sopris-takes-aim-at-securing-low-cost-iot-devices/

 

How to Download Movies and TV Shows from Netflix

https://www.maketecheasier.com/download-movies-from-netflix/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=05042017

 

Scratching wasn’t bad enough, so now there’s a new way Jet Black iPhones are getting ruined

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/scratching-wasn-t-bad-enough-now-way-jet-161811088.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_08

 

GOP Said Moving Toward `Unenforceable' Version of Net Neutrality

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-07/gop-said-moving-toward-unenforceable-version-of-net-neutrality

 

The Best Sites to Watch TV on Your Computer Over the Internet

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/the-best-tools-to-watch-tv-on-your-computer/

 

Explained: Do I need a Third Party Firewall?

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10059/explained-do-i-need-third-party-firewall

 

Android devices can be fatally hacked by malicious Wi-Fi networks
Broadcom chips allow rogue Wi-Fi signals to execute code of attacker's choosing.

https://arstechnica.com/security/2017/04/wide-range-of-android-phones-vulnerable-to-device-hijacks-over-wi-fi/

 

It's official: People like Microsoft's tablets better than the iPad

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/06/microsoft-surface-tops-apple-ipad-in-jd-power-survey.html?__source=yahoo%7Cfinance%7Cheadline%7Cheadline%7Cstory&par=yahoo&doc=104389774&yptr=yahoo

 

Amazon Prime Streaming Guide: Best Movies and TV Shows

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-amazon-prime-movies-shows,news-18896.html?utm_source=tg-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170407-tg

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Re. FYI #880  (Mon 4/3/2017):

How to hide an entire drive from prying eyes on Windows 10

For whatever reason, hiding drives and unhiding them on Windows is a tricky business. I use more hard drives than can be permanently assigned drive letters, and I am constantly swapping out drive letters, hiding and unhiding these drives under Windows. This affects my permanent backup archives mostly, but it is a pain and a bother. This article contains helpful tips, but does not fully remedy the Windows drive letter limitations. BTW, Linux which uses a different way of enumerating drives, can keep track of at least 99 drives at once. So there you have it -- Windows does not handle multiple drives as well as Linux does.

 

Re. FYI #881  (Tues 4/4/2017):

Congress to US citizens: Want online privacy? Pay up!

I have yet to see an ISP offer privacy at any price. Even in email, Yahoo Mail's paid offering does little to improve privacy. The VPNs which do help with privacy are not free. That much is true.

 

THREE THIRD-PARTY ALTERNATIVE MEDIA PLAYERS FOR WINDOWS 10

VLC and Plex I know, and they work well.

 

ISPs: We Care About Your Privacy (Pinky Swear!)

Best advice -- trust only what you can personally verify. If they are spying on you, you may not immediately know, but you will find out somewhere down the road. By that time, it's too late to call back the data. 

 

One setting to protect your privacy on your Android smartphone or tablet

While it's under Settings in Chrome, Clear History is not a setting. It's a function. This function should be performed on phones, not just PCs.

 

Pay as You Go With Comcast's Internet Starter Kit

I'm glad I went with the full Comcast install. It's a bit tricky getting everything set up and connected. And the kit costs just about $20.00 less than the technician visit. A technician install doesn't give a month of service, but you generally don't do month by month with Comcast, and their bundles often give a "free month" anyway. The contract offers can include other useful extras. 

 

iFixit Teardown Claims New iPad Isn't Really New

I've looked at the iFixit site before, with regard to my TiVo fan making excessive noise. They do teardowns without the slightest clue as to what the actual specs are. They are just looking inside the hardware and offering their best guess as to what's inside. Here as with the Tivo, half of what they said was not true. A chip is not a chip is not a chip -- specs for similar looking chipsets can change, and often do, over time.

 

Re. FYI #882  (Wed 4/5/2017):

8 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with ADB

ADB works for full phone backups only if you have a rooted phone (one with full Root access enabled). As this is not usually the case, apps like Helium can do most of the backup you will likely need. The phones themselves are mounted in Windows as external storage devices, which limits the ability to back up phone apps and settings, among other things. ADB and the larger ATK (Android Toolkit) are at the heart of many Android backup apps. 

 

WILL LINUX SAVE THE PC?

This article is pure rubbish. The consumer desktop PC isn't going anywhere. It may get much smaller (like my NUC) but the concept and its associated OSes aren't going anywhere any time soon. 

 

HOW TO CREATE SYMBOLIC LINKS IN UBUNTU

I have sometimes had these methods fail to produce valid links. Especially when trying to create a desktop launcher for a Linux app which was badly designed in the first place. Usually, I just uninstall the app and look for alternatives. After all, if they messed up the launcher (or didn't even create it) how many other bugs may be hidden in the app? Life's too short to take chances.

 

App Users Would Sacrifice Privacy for Security, Survey Finds

It's actually a false dilemma. Law enforcement has cracked or paid foreign entities to crak almost every device and every encryption method. They jsut want to make it easier to do, which is a threat to personal and national security, not a help. If you can't trust the watchdog, you won't have any security at all.

 

Elon Musk wants to implant an AI interface in your brain

Do it to yourself first, Elon. And while you're at it, just how will your Mars colony sustain itself? Studies show it's not realistic.

 

How To Contact Facebook

The article did not resolve the issue. See the Comment.

 

Verizon to acquire AOL and Yahoo

I knew about the Yahoo deal, but AOL was not on my radar. Makes sense though, given AOL's very small market share.

 

Re. FYI #883  (Thur 4/6/2017):         

Relax, Android Ascendance Was Inevitable

There is getting to be less and less of a performance and capabilities gap between Android andWindows. With DeX or a good Miracast/ Android Cast dongle, you can dock your phone to an HDTV, add a keyboard and mouse, and have a working desktop computer. 

 

HOW TO PROPERLY WIPE YOUR HARD DRIVE OR SSD

SSDs need special attention to securely erase all their contents. Encrypting and then removing the encryption key is usually the first step with any drive which is to be erased or wiped. 

 

SSD Data Wiping: Sanitize or Secure Erase SSDs?

http://www.kingston.com/us/community/articledetail?ArticleId=10  

Other manufacturers may still have their own proprietary secure eras utilities.

 

How to securely erase hard drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs)

http://www.zdnet.com/article/how-to-securely-erase-hard-drives-hdds-and-solid-state-drives-ssds/

 

Can data stored on an SSD be secured?

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2506511/solid-state-drives/can-data-stored-on-an-ssd-be-secured-.html

 

An introduction to GRUB2 configuration for your Linux machine

While I have used some of the methods described in this article,I have found a utility for Ubuntu, GRUB Customizer, to be more reliable and safer than poking around in config. files manually. Much faster, too. Unless there is something so specific that it isn't covered by GRUB Customizer, I would avoid manual editing methods. 

 

The Best Backup Software of 2017

Free offerings were not covered in this article. So even though it has a paid version, Macrium Reflect did not get reviewed. Neither did EaseUS. And Aomei was also not reviewed. All have at least basic backup and recovery features, and are simple to use. Aomei works outside the Operating System (does not work within Windows). Win PE boot media can be created from many of these programs, in case the PC won't boot on its own. 

 

Re. FYI #884  (Fri 4/7/2017):

Western Digital announces its first portable SSD

At those prices, you'd better have a really good reason to buy one of these.

 

HOW TO USE THE UBUNTU TERMINAL TO UPDATE PACKAGES

I have sometimes had to use the Terminal to get certain package updates. The automatic updater in Ubuntu is not perfect. 

You should also learn the Depackage routines and commands, as this is how you recover from broken downloads and failed installations. It's one of several Command Line ways to do the Linux equivalent of resetting Windows Update and clearing the Updates Cache. (Ubuntu has a separate Apt-autoclean routine for clearing its updates cache.) 

As with Windows, there are Linux cleanup utilities, the best know of which is Bleachbit. And as with Windows, these utilities are not without their controversies. 

There will still be some programs which come from outside the Ubuntu repositories, and these may have to be updated on their own from external sources. 

 

How to Run Windows 10 From a USB Drive

I've never tried this, but activation looks like it may be a stumbling block. You can't have the Digital Entitlement for Windows 10 applied concurrently with the same license to two different devices. Activating one device would deactivate another, which after repeated switching can lead to problems with licensing.

 

Review: Apple’s $329 iPad is for people who have never upgraded their tablet

For that kind of money I can get the updated version of my Windows 10 Transformer Book 2-in-1.

 

From My Own Reading:

How I made my own VPN server in 15 minutes

https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/09/how-i-made-my-own-vpn-server-in-15-minutes/?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000591&yptr=yahoo

"A VPN doesn’t make you anonymous" -- This means, by itself, VPN traffic is not untrack able. Depending on your VPN provider, the provider itself may be selling your traffic patterns and more. 

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Fri 884  4/7/2017

Surprise! Apple Inc. Won't Build Its Own Mac Processors
A new report from a respected journalist says Apple isn't planning to move the Mac to its own processors anytime soon.

https://www.fool.com/investing/2017/04/06/surprise-apple-inc-wont-build-its-own-mac-processo.aspx?yptr=yahoo

 

I switched from Chrome and Safari to Opera, and couldn’t be happier

https://thenextweb.com/opinion/2017/04/05/i-switched-from-chrome-and-safari-to-opera-and-couldnt-be-happier/

 

Our favorite mesh Wi-Fi solution can now turbocharge the router you already own

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/favorite-mesh-wi-fi-solution-now-turbocharge-router-164034922.html

 

Raspberry Pi rival NanoPi NEO's answer to cheap NAS: Build your own for $31
Why buy a network-attached storage device when you can build your own in 10 easy steps?

http://www.zdnet.com/article/raspberry-pi-rival-nanopi-neos-answer-to-cheap-nas-build-your-own-for-31/

 

OVERVIEW OF LINUX DISTRIBUTIONS AND THEIR INTENDED PURPOSES

https://www.pcmech.com/article/overview-of-linux-distributions-and-their-intended-purposes/

 

Google Accidentally 'Confirms' New Pixel 2

https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2017/04/05/google-pixel-2-size-models/?utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=yahootix&partner=yahootix&yptr=yahoo#5bd20270e1ce

 

Find An Ad Blocker For Chrome

http://www.worldstart.com/find-an-ad-blocker-for-chrome/print

 

YouTube TV goes live in five cities, promises more channels to come
Google's streaming channel bundle includes all major broadcast networks and plenty of sports.

http://www.techhive.com/article/3187965/data-center-cloud/youtube-tv-goes-live-in-five-cities-promises-more-channels-to-come.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-04-06&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Best%20of%20TechHive%20%202017-04-06&utm_term=techhive_bestof_html

 

Microsoft reveals its final Xbox Project Scorpio specs
Everything we know about the next Xbox

http://www.theverge.com/2017/4/6/15204264/project-scorpio-specifications-microsoft-xbox?yptr=yahoo

 

How to Verify MD5, SHA-1, and SHA-256 Checksum in Windows 10

https://www.maketecheasier.com/verify-md5-sha-1-sha-256-checksum-windows10/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=05042017

 

How to Run a Security Checkup on Your Google Account
Concerned about the wrong person snagging unauthorized access to your Google account? You can run a security check on your account to make sure it's as safe and secure as possible.

http://uk.pcmag.com/software/88730/news/how-to-run-a-security-checkup-on-your-google-account

 

Scratching wasn’t bad enough, so now there’s a new way Jet Black iPhones are getting ruined

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/scratching-wasn-t-bad-enough-now-way-jet-161811088.html

 

Windows 10 tip: Startup and shutdown secrets
Thanks to a default feature in Windows 10, choosing Shut Down from the power menu doesn't really shut down Windows. That's a great time-saving feature, but it can cause problems with some updates and installers. Here's how to do a full shutdown when necessary.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-tip-startup-and-shutdown-secrets/

 

7 CARFAX ALTERNATIVES THAT WILL SAVE YOU MONEY

https://www.pcmech.com/article/7-carfax-alternatives-that-will-save-you-money/

 

Clips, The Coolest, Most Fun Thing Apple Has Done In A Long While

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidphelan/2017/04/06/clips-the-most-fun-thing-apple-has-done-in-a-long-while-first-review/#683a1372c545

 

Dropped Internet Connection In Sleep Mode

http://www.worldstart.com/dropped-internet-connection-in-sleep-mode/

 

Netflix offline streaming lands on Windows 10 PCs, delighting travelers and commuters
There aren't too many shows to download at the moment, though.

http://www.techhive.com/article/3187211/streaming-services/netflix-offline-streaming-lands-on-windows-10-pcs-delighting-travelers-and-commuters.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-04-06&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Best%20of%20TechHive%20%202017-04-06&utm_term=techhive_bestof_html

 

Western Digital announces its first portable SSD

Somehow this is actually the first one

http://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/4/6/15205886/western-digital-my-passport-ssd-external-hard-drive?yptr=yahoo

 

How to Add a Written Signature to Google Docs

https://www.maketecheasier.com/add-signature-google-docs/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=06042017

 

What Is USB-C? An Explainer
With many new Mac and Windows laptops featuring the interface, it's clear that the USB-C connector is here to stay. Here's why that's a good thing.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2478121,00.asp

 

This iPhone 8 would be so much hotter than the Galaxy S8

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/iphone-8-much-hotter-galaxy-s8-142745794.html

 

Chrome browser's 'secure' isn't the same thing as 'safe'
WordFence has discovered that just because a site shows up as being 'secure' with Google's Chrome web browser doesn't mean the site is actually safe.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/the-chrome-browsers-secure-isnt-the-same-thing-as-safe/

 

HARD DRIVE FAILING? HERE ARE THE WARNINGS AND SOLUTIONS YOU NEED TO KNOW

https://www.pcmech.com/article/hard-drive-failure-warnings-and-solutions/

 

EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT VPNS (BUT DIDN’T WANT TO ASK)

http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/what-is-a-vpn/

 

3 Ways Tech Can Increase Motivation This Spring

http://www.worldstart.com/3-ways-tech-can-increase-motivation-this-spring/

 

Thursday night NFL games now stream on Amazon Prime, and that sucks for cord-cutters
Thursday Night Football games are dumping Twitter for Amazon Prime.

http://www.techhive.com/article/3187598/streaming-services/thursday-night-nfl-games-now-stream-on-amazon-prime-and-that-sucks-for-cord-cutters.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-04-06&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Best%20of%20TechHive%20%202017-04-06&utm_term=techhive_bestof_html

 

Apple may create a MagSafe to USB-C adapter
Hope in Apple patents

http://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/4/5/15190144/apple-magsafe-patent-macbook-adapter?yptr=yahoo

 

Evernote vs. OneNote – Which Is Best for Your Note-Taking Needs?

https://www.maketecheasier.com/evernote-vs-onenote/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=06042017

 

Raspberry Pi Zero W

http://www.pcmag.com/review/352268/raspberry-pi-zero-w

 

Apple has a solution to underpowered MacBook Pro graphics: fix it yourself

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/apple-solution-underpowered-macbook-pro-graphics-fix-yourself-225850614.html

 

Apple's desperate Mac damage control message hints at a divided company
Opinion: Apple's attempts at reassuring customers that it hasn't forgotten about desktop Macs hint at divisions within the company as to what direction the company should be going in.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/apples-desperate-mac-damage-limitation-message-hints-at-a-divided-company/

 

HOW TO USE THE UBUNTU TERMINAL TO UPDATE PACKAGES

https://www.pcmech.com/article/use-ubuntu-terminal-update-packages/

 

APPLE MAY BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO ITS MUCH-MISSED MAGSAFE CONNECTOR

http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/apple-magsafe-connector-idea/

 

6 easy ways to keep your Android phone secure
Protect your device from hackers with these tips.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3187451/android/6-easy-ways-to-keep-your-android-phone-secure.amp.html

 

Report says Samsung's Tizen OS on smart TVs is a virtual playground for hackers
A researcher has uncovered some 40 serious vulnerabilities in Samsung's code that could be remotely exploited by hackers.

http://www.techhive.com/article/3187549/android/report-says-samsungs-tizen-os-on-smart-tvs-is-a-virtual-playground-for-hackers.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-04-06&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Best%20of%20TechHive%20%202017-04-06&utm_term=techhive_bestof_html

 

Apple takes media heat for Mac Pro desktop 'mess'

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/04/05/apple-takes-media-heat-for-mac-pro-desktop-mess.html

 

5 Useful NFC Apps for Android to Make Good Use of NFC (this is not sports, its the modern cashless/cardless payment method)

https://www.maketecheasier.com/nfc-apps-for-android/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=06042017

 

How to Run Windows 10 From a USB Drive
Yes, you can load and run Windows 10 from a USB drive, a handy option when you're using a computer saddled with an older version of Windows.

http://www.pcmag.com/article/352209/how-to-run-windows-10-from-a-usb-drive

 

Project Scorpio Specs Revealed & They Destroy PS4 Pro, PC

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/project-scorpio-specs-revealed-destroy-143756389.html

 

Review: Apple’s $329 iPad is for people who have never upgraded their tablet
Apple doesn't always build midrange gadgets, but when it does, they're good.

https://arstechnica.com/apple/2017/04/review-apples-329-ipad-is-for-people-who-have-never-upgraded-their-tablet/

 

5 ways your company can benefit from using a VPN (understand this is for business, but much applies to consumers too)

Increasing your company's security doesn't have to be timely or expensive.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3184651/networking/5-ways-your-company-can-benefit-from-using-a-vpn.html

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Malwarebytes 3.0 -- How to revert immediately to the free version

 

Several group members have complained that Malwarebytes 3.0 installs as a Premium Trial only. 

 

This is true. But it is not set in stone.

 

You can immediately deactivate the Free Trial and revert to the free version.

 

Go to Settings >> My Account. At the bottom of this pane is a button to deactivate the Free Trial and revert to the free edition. 

 

This is irreversible unless you download the Free Trial again. 

 

Also, look into the Application settings, and you may want to uncheck start with Windows and turn off some of the telemetry settings.  

 

Update checking is a bit obscure in the Dashboard, as the interface is really clunky and ugly. But everything which was always there seems to be there now. The general scan settings do not carry over into a Custom Scan. The other settings appear to be as they were before. I am not getting results from a Custom Scan consistent with the deeper scans MBAM performed in the past. On my NUC, Threat Scans (which I always thought were just Quick Scans) seem to run very fast. The numbers of scanned objects look similar to previous versions of MBAM. 

 

I will keep working with the new version. But this does not look like it will be a problem for those who don't want MBAM to interfere with other security programs. 

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Phony VPNs taking advantage of your desire to protect your privacy

Thu Apr 6, 2017 7:51 pm (PDT

Be careful of phony VPNs when looking for a method to protect your privacy.

Phony VPN Services Are Cashing in on America's War on Privacy

http://bit.ly/2oPeULj

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Relax, Android Ascendance Was Inevitable

https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/108664/relax-android-ascendance-inevitable?_hsenc=p2ANqtz--F0pXobLBLzvgaFngoMZ89YLfl_DY2BraA9_l1R38qSu2K7FJ0geb3nhcBrTHGc-suGRG5wpIVRyZ4yWBSg0TEzFj_tw&_hsmi=50085249

 

Guy leaves bad comment about his smart garage door opener, gets his device disabled

http://mashable.com/2017/04/05/garadget-bad-review-bricked/

 

Galaxy S8's display has been rated the best of any phone. That's good news for Apple

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/05/displaymate-galaxy-s8-display-is-best-on-market.html?__source=yahoo%7Cfinance%7Cheadline%7Cheadline%7Cstory&par=yahoo&doc=104385869&yptr=yahoo

 

Samsung Gets A Huge OLED Screen Order From Apple 

http://www.investopedia.com/news/samsung-gets-huge-oled-screen-order-apple-ssnlf-aapl/?partner=YahooSA&yptr=yahoo

 

Google Pixel XL 2 Codename Surfaces In AOSP

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/google-pixel-xl-2-codename-021646506.html

 

HOW TO PROPERLY WIPE YOUR HARD DRIVE OR SSD

https://www.pcmech.com/article/how-to-properly-wipe-your-hard-drive-or-ssd/

 

How To Get The Windows Start Button On A Mac

http://www.worldstart.com/how-to-get-the-windows-start-button-on-a-mac/

 

How to secure your Raspberry Pi
Find out what sensible steps you can take to protect your Raspberry Pi and other IoT devices.

https://opensource.com/article/17/3/iot-security-raspberry-pi?sc_cid=70160000001290qAAA

 

How The Stars Must Align For Xbox Scorpio To Be A Hit For Microsoft
https://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2017/04/05/how-the-stars-must-align-for-xbox-scorpio-to-be-a-hit-for-microsoft/?utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=yahootix&partner=yahootix&yptr=yahoo#7589e928208c

 

How to put an end to Wi-Fi frustrations
As more and more devices shift from wired to wireless networks, poor Wi-Fi is becoming the number one cause of frustration in homes and offices. Here's how to fix your Wi-Fi woes.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/how-to-put-an-end-to-wi-fi-frustrations/#ftag=YHFb1d24ec?yptr=yahoo

 

9 best photo apps for Android

http://www.komando.com/tips/393563/9-best-photo-apps-for-android/all

 

How to Remap the Caps Lock Key as Esc in macOS Sierra [Quick Tips]

https://www.maketecheasier.com/remap-caps-lock-to-esc-mac/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=04042017

 

The Best Online Backup Services of 2017
To protect your files you need to back them up, and keeping your backup off-site is the best way to ensure its safety. We've rounded up the best online backup services available.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2288745,00.asp?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=lab-report=utm_medium=image

 

Hit the road, Jack, with one of our favorite smartphone chargers for your car

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/hit-road-jack-one-favorite-234556623.htm

 

WHAT IS THUNDERBOLT AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

https://www.pcmech.com/article/what-is-thunderbolt/

 

Meet Yahoo’s New Digital Assistant (I don't know who is using these Assistants, but the proliferation is becoming a headache)

http://www.worldstart.com/meet-yahoos-new-digital-assistant/print

 

An introduction to GRUB2 configuration for your Linux machine
Learn how the GRUB boot loader works to prepare your system and launch your operating system kernel.

https://opensource.com/article/17/3/introduction-grub2-configuration-linux?sc_cid=701600000012BLHAA2

 

Samsung Confirms New Premium Galaxy S8

https://www.forbes.com/sites/ewanspence/2017/04/05/samsung-galaxy-s8-6gb-ram-premium/?utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=yahootix&partner=yahootix&yptr=yahoo#1fd30a2143f2

 

Google shares details about Espresso, its peering edge architecture
In production for over two years, Espresso is the latest pillar of Google's software-defined networking strategy.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/google-shares-details-about-espresso-its-peering-edge-architecture/#ftag=YHFb1d24ec?yptr=yahoo

 

How to detect a virus on your Android

http://www.komando.com/tips/395105/how-to-detect-a-virus-on-your-android/all

 

How to Set Up an Automatic Backup System on Linux with Dropbox

https://www.maketecheasier.com/set-up-backup-system-linux-dropbox/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=04042017

 

The Best SSDs of 2017
External solid-state drives are faster, more affordable, and more versatile than ever. These are our top-rated SSDs, along with advice on how to shop for the right type of storage.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2414631,00.asp?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=lab-report=utm_medium=image

 

Amazon Just Made Alexa Easier to Use

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/amazon-just-made-alexa-easier-232538315.html

 

HOW TO KEEP YOURSELF SAFE ON PUBLIC WI-FI

https://www.pcmech.com/article/how-to-keep-yourself-safe-on-public-wi-fi/

 

Help! I Deleted The Startup Folder

http://www.worldstart.com/help-i-deleted-the-startup-folder/print

 

Twitter, Facebook Users: Review Account Settings

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10057/twitter-facebook-users-review-account-settings

 

Why Apple's Mac Pro promise matters so much to pro and corporate buyers
It was getting increasingly hard to remain loyal to the Mac platform. Now, Apple has given serious Mac users and corporate buyers reason for optimism.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/why-apples-mac-pro-promise-matters-so-very-much-to-pro-users/#ftag=YHFb1d24ec?yptr=yahoo

 

Working hard drive captured in slow motion (video)
Have you ever wondered how your files are pulled up on your computer? They're stored on your hard drive, but what are the mechanisms of this piece of equipment? Most of what happens inside your hard drive is too fast to see easily. But when you slow things down, you'll see what it takes to retrieve the files you need instantly. Press play to see what happens behind the scenes when you store and retrieve files.

http://videos.komando.com/watch/11907/kims-picks-working-hard-drive-captured-in-slow-motion?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=android&utm_content=2017-04-05-video-c

 

What Is the Best Search Engine for Privacy?

https://www.maketecheasier.com/best-search-engine-for-privacy/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=04042017

 

The Beginner's Guide to PC Backup
You know you're supposed to back up your data. If you're not sure how, this guide will help.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2363057,00.asp?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=lab-report=utm_medium=image

 

How To Clear Your Google Search History

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/clear-google-search-history-071004411.html

 

HOW USEFUL ARE CHROMEBOOKS AND ARE THEY RIGHT FOR YOU?

https://www.pcmech.com/article/chromebooks-useful-right/

 

The Best Backup Software of 2017
Nobody likes taking the time to back up their PC's system, document, and media files, but doing so can save you a world of hurt. These apps can take care of it for you.

(I use and recommend Macrium Reflect. there is a free version as well as paid.  If you truly need to restore individual files and folders from backup images, you have to get the paid version.)

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2278661,00.asp?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=lab-report=utm_medium=image

 

How to Fix: Windows 10 Installed Twice (32 bit and 64 bit)

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10048/how-fix-windows-10-installed-twice-32-bit-and-64-bit

 

Security Software For My Mac

http://www.worldstart.com/security-software-for-my-mac/print

 

Here’s what it’s like to use a Windows 98 PC in 2017

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/245136-youtuber-tries-use-windows-98-primary-machine-2017

 

Microsoft 'Project Sopris' takes aim at securing low-cost IoT devices
A new Microsoft Research team, Project Sopris, is looking to redesign microcontrollers in the name of making low-cost IoT devices more secure.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-project-sopris-takes-aim-at-securing-low-cost-iot-devices/#ftag=YHFb1d24ec?yptr=yahoo

 

5 things to expect from the new Android O operating system

http://www.komando.com/tips/395040/5-things-to-expect-from-the-new-android-o-operating-system/all

 

How to Fix Black Background Behind Folder Icons in Windows 10

https://www.maketecheasier.com/fix-black-background-behind-folder-icons-windows10/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=30032017

 

Samsung needs you to hold your breath a bit longer for a foldable smartphone

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/samsung-needs-hold-breath-bit-175851736.html

 

If you owned an older iPhone, Apple may owe you money

https://thenextweb.com/apple/2017/04/05/owned-older-iphone-apple-may-owe-money/

 

Intel Optane Memory is SRT Cache...Again

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-optane-memory-cache,33988.html?utm_source=th-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170330-th

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Learning how to Code

Wed Apr 5, 2017 6:28 pm (PDT)

Have you thought about learning to code? It seems to be very popular.

Young children are receiving training now. If you are interested in learning the training is available.

27 ways to learn how to code on the cheap (or free)

http://bit.ly/2nMj9q0

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Wed 882  4/5/2017

How to detect a virus on your Android

http://www.komando.com/tips/395105/how-to-detect-a-virus-on-your-android?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=android&utm_content=2017-03-29-article-title

 

Microsoft Is Sending A Very Clear Message With The Xbox Scorpio Reveal

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidthier/2017/04/04/microsoft-is-sending-a-very-clear-message-with-the-xbox-scorpio-reveal/?utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=yahootix&partner=yahootix&yptr=yahoo#fb98d3c71947

 

8 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with ADB

https://www.maketecheasier.com/things-you-could-do-with-adb/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=29032017

 

HOW TO CAPTURE TEXT FROM IMAGES WITH OCR SOFTWARE

https://www.pcmech.com/article/capture-text-images-ocr-software/

 

How to Customize the 'Send to' Menu in Windows
The Windows 'Send to' menu is a handy way of sending a file to a specific folder, application, or other item. But you're not stuck with the menu as is.

http://www.pcmag.com/news/352810/how-to-customize-the-send-to-menu-in-windows?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=dailynews=utm_medium=title

 

Our Favorite Android Nougat Features and Tips

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/922-best-android-nougat-features-and-tips.html?utm_source=tg-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170329-tg

 

Tested: Microsoft Edge is the only browser to run Netflix in 4K
But if you absolutely positively refuse to run Edge, yes, there is another option.

http://www.techhive.com/article/3181818/browsers/tested-microsoft-edge-is-the-only-browser-to-run-netflix-in-4k.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-03-30&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Best%20of%20TechHive%20%202017-03-30&utm_term=techhive_bestof_html

 

The Difference Between Dial-Up Internet and Satellite Internet (this is for people in rural areas)

http://www.worldstart.com/the-difference-between-dial-up-internet-and-satellite-internet/print

 

Why and how to handle exceptions in Python Flask

https://opensource.com/article/17/3/python-flask-exceptions?sc_cid=701600000012BLHAA2

 

Docs.com Users Warned to Check Sharing Settings

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10066/docscom-users-warned-check-sharing-settings

 

Pogue's Basics: The secret keystroke that shows the Mac's invisible files
Yahoo's David Pogue shows you how to easily make hidden files visible.

https://finance.yahoo.com/video/pogues-basics-secret-keystroke-shows-221043854.html

 

How to Use OneDrive to Remotely Access Files in Windows 10

https://www.maketecheasier.com/use-onedrive-remote-access-files-windows10/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=29032017

 

WILL LINUX SAVE THE PC?

https://www.pcmech.com/article/will-linux-save-the-pc/

 

Netflix Offline Viewing Arrives on Windows 
You can now download a limited selection of TV shows and movies—mostly Netflix originals—to your Windows PC.

http://www.pcmag.com/news/352821/netflix-offline-viewing-arrives-on-windows-10?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=dailynews=utm_medium=title

 

Bixby Is Nothing Like Siri, and That's Good

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/bixby-galaxy-s8-hands-on,news-24763.html?utm_source=tg-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170329-tg

 

Best surge protector
Far better than ordinary power strips, these products will protect your expensive electronics from dangerous power spikes. We'll help you pick the right one for your home or small office.

http://www.techhive.com/article/3172540/home-tech/best-surge-protector.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Best%20of%20TechHive%20%202017-02-23&utm_term=techhive_bestof_html

 

Best Free Home Security Apps

http://www.worldstart.com/best-free-home-security-apps/print

 

The physical computing capabilities of the Raspberry Pi

https://opensource.com/article/17/3/physical-computing-raspberry-pi?sc_cid=70160000001290lAAA

 

Explained: Top 15 Ways to Keep Your PC Secure in 2017 (and Beyond)

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10068/explained-top-15-ways-keep-your-pc-secure-2017-and-beyond

 

The Mac’s declining relevance to Apple, in one chart

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/mac-declining-relevance-apple-one-201249721.html

 

How to Convert Your Old Laptop into a Chromebook with CloudReady

https://www.maketecheasier.com/convert-old-laptop-to-chromebook-with-cloudready/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=29032017

 

HOW TO INSTALL LINUX MINT FROM WINDOWS 10

https://www.pcmech.com/article/install-linux-mint/

 

Smart TVs Could Succumb to Remote Hacks
A security researcher demonstrated an exploit that uses digital terrestrial TV signals to implant malicious code in the web browsers of smart TVs.

http://www.pcmag.com/news/352829/smart-tvs-could-succumb-to-remote-hacks?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=dailynews=utm_medium=title

 

Upgrading to iOS 10.3? Back Up Your iPhone First

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/ios103-backup-files,news-24649.html

 

Best water leak detectors for smart homes
Fires can be devastating, but water damage is a far more common risk. These smart devices will alert you if your home springs a leak, so you can take action quickly.

http://www.techhive.com/article/3138905/sensors/best-water-leak-detectors-for-smart-homes.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Best%20of%20TechHive%20%202017-03-02&utm_term=techhive_bestof_html

 

Free Office Suites: Download Or Online? 4 Things To Consider

http://www.worldstart.com/free-office-suites-download-or-online-4-things-to-consider/

 

Two open source secure email services
Keep your email private with the help of these two open source services for securing your email.

https://opensource.com/article/17/3/secure-email?sc_cid=70160000001290qAAA

 

Fake News Prompts Media Industry Project

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10069/fake-news-prompts-media-industry-project

 

How To Clear Your Google Search History

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/clear-google-search-history-071004411.html

 

How to Get The Most Out of Google Calendar

https://www.maketecheasier.com/how-to-get-the-most-out-of-google-calendar/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=03042017

 

HOW TO CREATE SYMBOLIC LINKS IN UBUNTU

https://www.pcmech.com/article/create-symbolic-links-ubuntu/

 

App Users Would Sacrifice Privacy for Security, Survey Finds
About 66 percent of respondents said the ability for police to more easily intercept communication between terrorists trumped privacy concerns.

http://www.pcmag.com/news/352835/app-users-would-sacrifice-privacy-for-security-survey-finds?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=dailynews=utm_medium=title

 

Apple Just Fixed the Worst Thing About the iPhone SE

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/iphone-se-32gb-price,news-24704.html

 

Elon Musk wants to implant an AI interface in your brain

https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/246610-elon-musk-wants-implant-ai-interface-brain?mailing_id=2810022&mailing=ExtremeTech&mailingID=114F84C86644A4E345CD1E3F8AFB9D62

 

How To Contact Facebook

http://www.worldstart.com/how-to-contact-facebook/

 

Version control for your Linux /etc/ directory

https://opensource.com/article/17/3/etckeeper-version-control?sc_cid=70160000001290qAAA

 

How to Fix: Device I/O Error (and Recover Data)

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10065/how-fix-device-io-error-and-recover-data

 

Verizon to acquire AOL and Yahoo

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/verizon-acquire-aol-yahoo-100336126.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_08

 

How to Set Up Mission Control in Mac and Make It Work for You

https://www.maketecheasier.com/set-up-mission-control-mac/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=03042017

 

3 ways to send encrypted messages on your Android

http://www.komando.com/tips/392319/3-ways-to-send-encrypted-messages-on-your-android?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=android&utm_content=2017-03-29-article-title

 

'Windows as a service' means big, painful changes for IT pros (this is business oriented, but what happens here sooner or later filters down to the Consumers)
Everything you know about Windows deployment is undergoing wrenching changes. For IT pros who've grown accustomed to "set it and forget it" as a management strategy, three big changes are making life much more challenging.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-as-a-service-means-big-painful-changes-for-it-pros/#ftag=YHFb1d24ec?yptr=yahoo

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Computer Safety While on Vacation

Tue Apr 4, 2017 11:19 pm (PDT

Vacation time will be here very soon. Here are some tips on how to keep your identity and computer safe while you're on vacation.

8 Ways to Stay Safe, Even When You’re Away

http://bit.ly/2nCMzpC

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Walking Away From Your Computer
If your device is not physically secure, neither the machine nor your data is, either.

https://askleo.com/walking-away-from-your-computer/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=IpxE2skus3dfbL&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=20170321&utm_medium=email&utm_content=featured

 

Google Pixel C Tablet Updated To Android 7.1.2

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/google-pixel-c-tablet-updated-102513349.html

 

How to use Windows 10 File History to back up data

http://www.windowscentral.com/how-use-file-history-back-your-files

 

Help! I Can’t Access My External Drive!

http://www.worldstart.com/help-i-cant-access-my-external-drive/print

 

3 ways to send encrypted messages on your Android

http://www.komando.com/tips/392319/3-ways-to-send-encrypted-messages-on-your-android?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=android&utm_content=2017-03-15-article-title

 

Apple Replacing PowerVR With In-House GPU
It means future Apple devices will no longer user PowerVR GPUs, ending a long relationship with Imagination Technologies.

http://www.pcmag.com/news/352814/apple-replacing-powervr-with-in-house-gpu?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=dailynews=utm_medium=title

 

Congress to US citizens: Want online privacy? Pay up!
Worried consumers may resort to buying VPN services and paying higher fees to ISPs to protect their privacy

http://www.csoonline.com/article/3186388/privacy/congress-to-us-citizens-want-online-privacy-pay-up.html

 

Surprising New Galaxy S8 Arrives From Microsoft

https://www.forbes.com/sites/ewanspence/2017/04/03/samsung-galaxy-s8-new-model-microsoft/?utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=yahootix&partner=yahootix&yptr=yahoo#24a4177b7f26

 

How to use the new History feature in Vivaldi browser

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/history-feature-in-vivaldi-browser

 

THREE THIRD-PARTY ALTERNATIVE MEDIA PLAYERS FOR WINDOWS 10

https://www.pcmech.com/article/three-third-party-alternative-media-players-for-windows-10/

 

More than half of Steam gamers now use Windows 10

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/majority-steam-gamers-now-windows-121831906.html

 

Best Keyboards for Microsoft Surface

http://www.windowscentral.com/best-keyboards-microsoft-surface

 

Windows 10 OEM VS. Retail: What’s The Difference?

http://www.worldstart.com/windows-10-oem-vs-retail-whats-the-difference/

 

How to unlock Android's secret menu

http://www.komando.com/tips/391733/how-to-unlock-androids-secret-menu?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=android&utm_content=2017-03-15-article-title

 

ISPs: We Care About Your Privacy (Pinky Swear!)
Recent Congressional action to overturn FCC rules on data sharing won't impact internet users' privacy, ISP executives say.

http://www.pcmag.com/news/352793/isps-we-care-about-your-privacy-pinky-swear?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=dailynews=utm_medium=title

 

Privacy advocates plan to fight Congress' repeal of ISP privacy rules
New legislation to restore the FCC's regulations is on the way, but its passage seems unlikely

http://www.csoonline.com/article/3186211/security/privacy-advocates-plan-to-fight-congress-repeal-of-isp-privacy-rules.html

 

Microsoft's Xbox Scorpio Should Be Worried About The Nintendo Switch

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidthier/2017/04/03/microsofts-xbox-scorpio-should-be-worried-about-the-nintendo-switch/?utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=yahootix&partner=yahootix&yptr=yahoo#4c67e5ab6c0e

 

System Restore failed while restoring the directory from the restore point

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/system-restore-failed-restoring-directory-restore-point

 

HOW TO ADD AND REMOVE A NEW USER ACCOUNT IN WINDOWS 10

https://www.pcmech.com/article/add-new-user-account-windows-10/

 

Samsung's assistant Bixby in tough challenge to rivals

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/samsungs-assistant-bixby-tough-challenge-rivals-195258498.html

 

Xbox One networking tips and tricks to improve download speeds, fix multiplayer lag and reduce data use

http://www.windowscentral.com/xbox-one-networking-guide

 

Windows 10: Why Am I Not An Admin?

http://www.worldstart.com/windows-10-why-am-i-not-an-admin/

 

One setting to protect your privacy on your Android smartphone or tablet

http://www.komando.com/tips/391981/one-setting-to-protect-your-privacy-on-your-android-smartphone-or-tablet?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=android&utm_content=2017-03-15-article-title

 

20 Tricks to Master Google Photos

http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow/story/345998/20-tricks-to-master-google-photos?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=dailynews=utm_medium=title

 

Scammers scare iPhone users into paying to unlock not-really-locked Safari
Apple fixed the bug Monday with iOS 10.3 update

http://www.csoonline.com/article/3185761/ios/scammers-scare-iphone-users-into-paying-to-unlock-not-really-locked-safari.html

 

New Nokia 9 Leak Points To 2017's Startling Smartphone

https://www.forbes.com/sites/ewanspence/2017/04/03/nokia9-leak-rumor-specifications-flagship/?utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=yahootix&partner=yahootix&yptr=yahoo#33e49760719e

 

How to set up two-factor authentication for your Apple ID and iCloud account
It only takes a minute or two to set up.

http://www.macworld.com/article/3184650/ios/how-to-set-up-two-factor-authentication-for-your-apple-id-and-icloud-account.html

 

ALL ABOUT VPNS: WHAT IS A VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORK (PART 1)? (read further down the list)

https://www.pcmech.com/article/all-about-vpns-what-is-a-virtual-private-network-vpn/

 

Facial recognition tech could falsely accuse people of crime

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/facial-recognition-tech-could-falsely-130157397.html

 

Gmail Message Limits: What You Need To Know

http://www.worldstart.com/gmail-message-limits-what-you-need-to-know/print

 

Best Xbox One Accessories

http://www.windowscentral.com/best-xbox-one-s-accessories

 

Android power tips you'll wish you'd known all along

http://www.komando.com/tips/391079/android-power-tips-youll-wish-youd-known-all-along?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=android&utm_content=2017-03-15-article-title

 

Pay as You Go With Comcast's Internet Starter Kit
Don't wait around for a technician. Pick up an Xfinity prepaid starter kit for $80, which includes a wireless gateway and 30 days of service.

http://www.pcmag.com/news/352790/pay-as-you-go-with-comcasts-internet-starter-kit?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=dailynews=utm_medium=title

 

7 sexy high-tech enterprise ‘surveillance engineering’ techniques that criminal hackers use

http://www.csoonline.com/article/3185435/physical-security/7-sexy-high-tech-enterprise-surveillance-engineering-techniques-that-criminal-hackers-use.html

 

iFixit Teardown Claims New iPad Isn't Really New

The new $329 iPad with Wi-Fi and 32GB of storage is the cheapest 9.7-inch iPad yet. But iFixit claims that this tablet isn't that new at all, calling it a "throwback that's "under specced."

Should you believe that?

http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/apple-new-ipad-not-so-new

 

The Week in Apple News and Rumors: iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS updates; and more

http://www.macworld.com/article/3186858/techology-business/the-week-in-apple-news-and-rumors-ios-macos-watchos-and-tvos-updates-and-more.html

 

ALL ABOUT VPNS: HOW TO SETUP OR CONNECT TO A VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORK (PART 2)

https://www.pcmech.com/article/all-about-vpns-how-to-setup-a-virtual-private-network-part-2/

 

Samsung is spending $9 billion on the iPhone

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/samsung-spending-9-billion-iphone-160053786.html

 

Google WiFi will help you get your kids off the internet

http://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/4/3/15164492/google-wifi-pause-device-internet?yptr=yahoo

 

I'm calling it: No spring Apple event this year
Statistically speaking, if you're counting on a big April Apple announcement, you're in for a disappointment. Probably.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/im-calling-it-no-spring-apple-event-this-year/#ftag=YHFb1d24ec?yptr=yahoo

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How to use a VPN to protect your internet privacy

A virtual private network can go a long way to make sure that neither your ISP, nor anyone else, can snoop on what you do on the internet.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/how-to-use-a-vpn-to-protect-your-internet-privacy/#ftag=YHFb1d24ec?yptr=yahoo

 

How to install Windows apps on an SD card or USB drive

Windows 8 won't let you install the apps found in the Windows Store to external storage--but you can force the matter.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2931453/how-to-install-windows-apps-on-an-sd-card-or-usb-drive.html

 

Anatomy Of A Fake Friend Request

http://www.worldstart.com/anatomy-of-a-fake-friend-request/print

 

Year old deleted Dropbox files reappear automatically

http://news.thewindowsclub.com/year-old-deleted-dropbox-files-reappear-88527/

 

HOW TO SPEED UP YOUR MAC WITH ACTIVITY MONITOR

https://www.pcmech.com/article/speed-mac-activity-monitor/

 

How Do I Make the Taskbar Smaller or Larger?

It's easy to make the Windows taskbar smaller or larger - perhaps too easy, since it can happen by accident. I'll show you how to change it and how to lock it.

https://askleo.com/how-do-i-make-the-taskbar-smaller-or-larger/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=IpxE2skus3dfbL&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=20170321&utm_medium=email&utm_content=featured

 

Windows 10 Creators Update: Here's how Microsoft plans the rollout

https://www.yahoo.com/news/windows-10-creators-heres-microsoft-113816390.html

 

[WARNING] Five WiFi Security Mistakes

http://askbobrankin.com/warning_five_wifi_security_mistakes.html

 

Trump extends Obama executive order on cyberattacks

The ability to sanction cybercriminals will last for at least one more year

http://www.csoonline.com/article/3186572/government/trump-extends-obama-executive-order-on-cyberattacks.html

 

Deal: Unlimited calls, text and 10GB of 4G LTE data for $20 per month

Right now, Mint SIM has an amazing deal on high-speed 4G LTE data in the U.S.!

http://www.windowscentral.com/great-deal-cheap-4g-lte-data

 

How to Share Files Straight from Windows 10 File Explorer

http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/share-files-from-windows-file-explorer

 

How Can I Delete AOL Mail?

http://www.worldstart.com/how-can-i-delete-aol-mail/

 

New Google Chrome Malware prompt Users to download Missing Font, Beware!

http://news.thewindowsclub.com/chrome-malware-missing-font-88491/

 

5 THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN USING LINUX

https://www.pcmech.com/article/5-things-to-remember-when-using-linux/

 

Why is My Screensaver Asking for a Password, and How Do I Fix That?
On returning from a screen saver, Windows can ask for a password. That's a security measure that can be turned off - but be sure first.

https://askleo.com/screensaver-asking-password-fix/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=IpxE2skus3dfbL&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=20170321&utm_medium=email&utm_content=featured

 

Xbox Project Scorpio details and specs rumored to be unveiled this week

https://www.yahoo.com/news/xbox-project-scorpio-details-specs-rumored-unveiled-week-151943518.html

 

Geekly Update - 29 March 2017

http://askbobrankin.com/geekly_update_29_march_2017.html

 

Senator: Russia used 'thousands' of internet trolls during US election
Disinformation campaign was designed to raise questions about the US process, experts say

http://www.csoonline.com/article/3186678/security/senator-russia-used-thousands-of-internet-trolls-during-us-election.html

 

How to hide an entire drive from prying eyes on Windows 10
You can hide specific drives on Windows 10 to prevent users fr

om prying into your files or misusing your data, and in this guide, we'll tell you how to do it.

http://www.windowscentral.com/how-hide-entire-drive-prying-eyes-windows-10

 

How to Disable Quick Access from Windows 10 File Explorer

http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/disable-quick-access-file-explorer

 

Removing People From Landscape Photos Without Cloning

http://www.worldstart.com/removing-people-from-landscape-photos-without-cloning/

 

Hacker shows how easy it is to hack people in public

http://news.thewindowsclub.com/hacker-shows-easy-hack-people-public-88517/

 

HOW TO KEEP YOUR HOME COMPUTER SECURE

https://www.pcmech.com/article/secure-home-computer/

 

Comcast launches pay-as-you-go prepaid internet service
In partnership with Boost mobile, Comcast's Xfinity Prepaid Internet Service is now available to all of its users. Here's what it could mean for travelers or remote workers.

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/comcasts-launches-pay-as-you-go-prepaid-internet-service/

 

Netflix offline downloads are finally coming to your PC

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/netflix-offline-downloads-finally-coming-pc-142414569.html

 

[SHOCKER] Internet Security is Getting Worse

http://askbobrankin.com/shocker_internet_security_is_getting_worse.html

 

Privacy activist wants to unveil lawmakers' browser histories
GoFundMe campaign focused on fighting back at Internet privacy changes

http://www.csoonline.com/article/3186870/privacy/privacy-activist-wants-to-unveil-lawmakers-browser-histories.html

 

Microsoft OneDrive tips and tricks to make the cloud work for you

http://www.windowscentral.com/tips-and-tricks-make-you-one-onedrive

 

How to Add the Control Panel to Windows 10 File Explorer

http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/add-control-panel-file-explorer

 

Zoho Mail

Are you looking for an ad-free email option? Well, look no further! Zoho offers a great, free email service with no advertisements plaguing you in your inbox.

http://www.worldstart.com/zoho-mail/print

 

Microsoft to end Windows Vista support this month

http://news.thewindowsclub.com/microsoft-end-windows-vista-support-month-88716/

 

WHAT ARE BATCH FILES AND WHAT DO THEY DO?

https://www.pcmech.com/article/what-are-batch-files-and-what-do-they-do/

 

How to turn on or off hibernate in Windows 10
Step-by-step instructions on how to enable and disable the Hibernate feature and add it to the Shutdown menu in Windows 10.

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-turn-on-or-off-hibernate-in-windows-10/

 

Google tweaks the Pixel C tablet to be a little more like its Pixel phones

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/google-tweaks-pixel-c-tablet-162017304.html

 

How to adjust macOS Sierra 10.12.4’s Night Shift settings
Properly set the new Night Shift settings in macOS Sierra 10.12.4 and get a good night’s sleep.

http://www.macworld.com/article/3183105/macs/how-to-adjust-macos-sierra-10124s-night-shift-settings.html

 

The Spyder 5 color calibrates your PC monitor and makes it look much better

http://www.windowscentral.com/color-calibrating-your-pc-monitor

 

How to Record Your Desktop Using VLC

http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/record-desktop-using-vlc

 

WordPad Vs. Word

I received a question from a reader who wanted to know if WordPad is the same as Word and if they could be used in the same way.

http://www.worldstart.com/wordpad-vs-word/print

 

The TAD ME-1 ups the ante for 'small' high-end audio speakers
The Audiophiliac luxuriates in the sound of the TAD ME-1 speakers.

https://www.cnet.com/news/the-tad-me-1-ups-the-ante-for-small-high-end-audio-speakers/#ftag=YHF65cbda0?yptr=yahoo

 

Intel: Our next chips will be a 'generation ahead' of Samsung
Its 10-nanometer chips have double the transistors of rival tech.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/03/29/intel-our-next-chips-will-be-a-generation-ahead-of-samsung/

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Re. FYI #874 (Tue 3/28/2017):

Why You Shouldn’t Use (Most) Alternative Browsers Based on Google Chrome

There are just three examples listed in the article, and one example in the comments (a special case there) which support this headline. And it isn't Chrome, it's Chromium which is the FOSS version upon which most of the alternatives are based. If you have the system resources, genuine Chrome or Chrome Beta works just fine in Linux. And it updates itself (and Flash Player) automatically so you won't be blocked from GMail or banking sites. I'm using the combo of Chrome Beta and Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS 64-bits now. 

 

Eset Hidden File System Reader removes all traces of Rootkits

And if you aren't careful, important Windows System Files as well. Go with a complete AV solution.

 

Windows 10’s Settings Are a Mess, and Microsoft Doesn’t Seem to Care

On the contrary -- they do care, and this is all on purpose. It's not a bug -- it's a feature!

 

MouseComputers Debuts Their Affordable Windows Hello Camera for Windows 10

So, the security features are built into the camera? Does it function in any other way as a 3D camera? Like inside Windows Apps? Or is this just a biometric device?

 

What’s the Difference Between Notepad and WordPad in Windows?

In a word, formatting. You can format in RTF styles with WordPad, which NotePad can't do. Also, NotePad doesn't by default allow multiple notes to be open at the same time, whereas I think WordPad does allow this. (I use Linux and gEdit so much these days that I have all but forgotten the specs of the Windows quick note apps.)

 

Stop doing this one thing to your gadgets - It's a major privacy risk!

There's one guy in my building who has named every device in his network after the Chicago Cubs. You might think this is generic, but since he's the only one in the building who does this, and he has Cubs themed license plates, he's actually making himself a sitting duck. At least he secures his WiFi. (Yeah, I checked.)

 

Re. FYI# 875 (Wed 3/29/17):

Apple just made a historic and risky change to all iPhones — and you probably didn't even notice

If someone changed the file system on any device I owned and made my local system backups incapable of being restored, I'd be mad as hell. But this is Apple, and who does local backup of Apple devices? Isn't that what iCloud is for? Oh yeah, that got hacked. Well, at least Apple folks are still the cool kids in town.

 

Windows 10 tip: Make sure your hardware drivers are up to date

Do NOT follow this advice! MS Updates is the last place on Earth I would go to for driver updates! Go to the manufacturer of your entire device first, then the manufacturer of any components you can identify. MS Updates is the source of last resort.

 

Clearing Your Cookies All the Time Makes the Web More Annoying

Or safer, depending on your point of view. I clear early and often.

 

Malwarebytes hardens its stand against Potentially Unwanted Programs

I've had to Whitelist several Nir Sofer (Nirsoft) utilities with these guys for years. As long as you know why the program is flagged, and you are certain you installed the program yourself and intentionally, just use the Whitelist. Better safe than sorry. I support Malwarebytes' stance on this matter.

 

Win10 Metered Connection changes

It's basically just a wording change, not a policy or behavior change. Get over it already. See my Comment at AskWoody and my reference to Microsoft's own explanation of what the underlying policy has always been. This policy has not changed one bit. And wushowhide and a Group Policy change are still your friends. 

 

AT&T vs. Verizon vs. T-Mobile vs. Sprint: How to save and get the cheapest phone plan

Actually, if you don't insist on using your phone as a TV screen, you can probably get by on a repackaged plan at a fraction of the cost of these plans. And Unlimited still has its limits, including speed throttling after 22 GB/mo. (under AT&T's plan). 

 

Re. FYI #876  (Thur 3/30/2017):

Unbelievable new USPS service will revolutionize the way you get your mail

Now teens will have to find other ways to hide bad grade reports or SAT results from their parents! More seriously, you could look over the incoming mail and determine if a check or something valuable is in the mailbox, then hurry home or tell a trusted friend or neighbor to hang onto it for you. 

 

Samsung Dex – what Continuum should’ve been

I still like my ScreenBeam Mini2 Continuum and my Wireless HDMI (for Linux which does not support WiDi). I need to upgrade my Wireless HDMI to a smaller model, but other than that, I am happy. Android does work on a ScreenBeam, BTW. (Details in my posted Comment at Woody's site.)

 

How to Save Space on Storage-Starved PCs With Windows 10’s “CompactOS”

So this is what WIMBoot has morphed into. My tablet after upgrading to Win 10 Pro Creators Update, will probably still use WIMBoot and still need an intact Recovery Image int he Recovery Partition, though. Which will make that device still a pain and a bother to update and maintain. 

 

Windows Update Files Taking 3.99 TB Space in Disk Cleanup

So clean the damned things! Chances are, this will do no harm. When you run Windows Update Cleanup, this bug disappears. Been there, done this. 

 

Re. FYI #877  (Fri 3/31/2017):

Windows 10: Change DNS Server Address on Windows 10 PC 

I did this (also in Linux) when AT&T started blocking my access to Microsoft Updates. It was a DNS error. My web surfing is now faster and probably more private with OpenDNS. Change for IPv6 as well as IPv4 values just to be sure.

 

A VPN can protect your online privacy. But there's a catch

Pay for the service! Most paid services do not keep records or logs. "Free VPN" is usually not secure and not private.

 

AT&T, Comcast and Verizon explain that they don't sell your browser history

But each company is already using customer data in ways you may not realize.

"We don't sell Browser History. We do fingerprint your every move. But we never sell your History..."

 

The Laziest, Cheapest Way to Circumvent Your Snooping ISP

With VPN's you get what you pay for. If it's free, you are simply trading off your ISP for the VPN provider or the browser company. Someone is still tracking your every move. Pay for VPN service, and (most of) that goes away.

 

Windows 10: Fix You've been signed in with a temporary profile in Windows 10  

That happened on my tablet with the Standard User Account a couple of times, and it was rather easily fixed.

 

The Beginner's Guide to PC Backup

However you do it, do this! Back up System, Drivers and Data. Do it now, while you're still thinking about it.

 

Why 'In-Store Availability' Is Very Seldom Accurate

Unless it's a hot item everyone wants, I have found the contrary. Checking online does show in-store availability, and where applicable, which nearby store in a chain has a few of those hard to find items. I used this service to find which local Bed Bath and Beyond had a luggage strap I wanted for my last Boston trip.

 

Re. FYI #878 (Sat 4/1/2017):

Google Drive Tips You Can't Afford to Miss 

I have a Google drive, and I just offloaded some pictures of my new Boston apartment to free up space on my Moto phone. Works well for avoiding massive email attachments, too.

 

Samsung’s first foldable smartphone is launching sooner than you think

At 5.5 inches, my Moto is a big phone. I see no need to make it foldable. A clamshell with a real keyboard is a different matter. That needs to fold once only.

 

EFF: Verizon will install spyware on all its Android phones (update)

The privacy body isn't a fan of the carrier's new AppFlash launcher.

So get an unlocked phone and use a repackaged discount carrier like I do. No spyware, ads which can be ignored, and no hassles.

 

Cheap new way to make your computer run faster! (read the details)

So Optane Memory will store parts of the previous session in Flash Memory? This does not bode well for privacy or security. And it would wreck havoc in a dual-boot with Linux.

 

How to use Macrium Reflect to create an image of your PC hard drive

The Macrium Reflect portion of this article looks like it was (badly) screen-scraped from the much better Macrium Reflect Tutorials and Knowledge Base articles available at Macrium Reflect's own web site. The owners of Macrium Reflect really ought to issue a copyright infringement take-down notice against this site.

 

PSA: You probably don't want to use face recognition to unlock your Galaxy S8

A new video shows that the feature is just as insecure as it's always been, allowing a photo to spoof the system.

There are special 3D cameras used in Windows Hello. This prevents the spoofing of an image with 2D photos. Smartphones don't have 3D cameras yet. (Exception -- the Moto 10X, which has modular design and can add a 3D camera. But fully assembled, this is hardly a phone anymore, and it costs a lot.)

 

How to Create Shareable Download Links for Files on Google Drive

I do this all the time instead of sending large email attachments.

 

Gallery: Unboxing and Setting Up the MouseComputers Windows Hello Camera

This is the 3D camera which does not get fooled by 2D photos.

 

The Best VPN Services for 2017

These are the good ones. You get what you pay for.

 

Your State Might Be About to Pass Some Bad Laws

This is not a Tech article. It is purely political, and has a strong left-wing bias. Not appropriate for a tech newsletter.

 

Re. FYI #879 (Sun 4/2/2017):

Does anyone actually want to use a phone as a desktop?

Seriously, who is asking for this?!

Actually, this concept is no more crazy than my Intel NUC, which is a very small "desktop" PC. Face it folks -- tech things are getting smaller and small tech things are getting smarter! Modular designs are coming back into style. Your personal data can live on an incredibly small and portable device, so that the Terror Police might actually let you carry it and use it on an International plane ride. Then you can just plug it (or its dock, from your checked luggage) into the HDTV at your destination, unpack the big keyboard and mouse from your checked luggage, and be back in business. Use a paid VPN and you might actually avoid being spied upon or infected.

 

Stop Videos from playing automatically on websites

These steps don't work all the time, but at least you have a fighting chance. I count seven Chrome extensions I've had to use to reduce these and other annoyances while web surfing in Linux. Advertisers sure are persistent, aren't they!

 

HOW TO LIMIT INTERNET BANDWIDTH ON YOUR PC

Managing QoS settings at the router is a pain and a bother. Did you know, most ISPs (including AT&T and Comcast) already use some form of QoS when prioritizing traffic which uses their servers? That's why some traffic zooms while other traffic languishes, especially during peak usage hours. This is apart from throttling and paid Fast Lanes for services like Netflix.

 

Why Your Next Laptop Should Be a 2-in-1

I basically agree. Full sized laptops are fast becoming dinosaurs.

 

A COMPARISON OF FREE CLOUD-BASED EMAIL SERVICES

Lately I've begun to conclude that paying for email services is often worth the price. My Fastmail account has once been breached in five years. Compare that with Yahoo or Google. The cost of my Fastmail account is less than Yahoo Mail Plus. But it is IMAP, not POP-3. IMAP risks losing messages if you aren't VERY careful during a session.

 

The smartphone is eventually going to die, and then things are going to get really crazy

More likely, smart phones will become small mobile PCs or hubs for portable modular systems. Plug them into a dock and a monitor at the far end of your travels, and you are running a fully functional PC.

 

Blackbird Privacy Tool will tweak Windows 10 Privacy & Telemetry settings

I don't know who these people are, what their software does, or how it does its work. I cannot certify this software as spyware-free. I would vastly prefer to do business with the less shadowy (though still not entirely transparent) folks who offer O&O Software ShutUp 10 which does the same things. And its interface is far less confusing and more granular. 

 

How to Hide the Navigation Pane in Windows 10 File Explorer

Sometimes I hide elements of File Explorer, sometimes I open them all up. It depends on what tasks I'm doing and on which device.

 

Trump trades 'unsecure' Android device for shiny new iPhone

It seems the war between iOS and Android has now reached the White House.

What was "unsecure" was how old the Android version on Trump's phone was, not the OS vendor. 

 

Reinstall Windows 10 (and fix your problems) with these quick steps

Sadly, there are still times when a reinstall is the best solution for a particularly vexing Windows issue.

 

The Best VPN Services and Apps of 2017 (Including Free Options)

Skip the free ones.

 

How to Erase a Recovery Partition in Windows

Before you do this, make VERY SURE there is no Windows Image in that Partition which is needed to boot your device!

 

From My Own Reading:

The Laptop Is Dead

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3186782/computer-hardware/the-laptop-is-dead.html

How smartphones are becoming the core of a mobile and docking ecosystem which may replace the PC as we know it. (But none of these devices run Windows!) 

 

Gemini PDA

https://liliputing.com/2017/02/gemini-pda-like-tiny-androidlinux-laptop-premium-specs-crowdfunding.html

I want one of those!! (Note that these things supposedly can run both full scale Linux and Android.)

They are supposedly acceptable for International flights where laptops and tablets are being banned. Dock it or use Wireless HDMI (needs a dongle for the PDA and a receiver for the HDMI monitor -- not exactly as simple as my ScreenBeam Mini2 Continuum, but the same principles -- Linux does not yet support WiDi but Android does have Cast) and it's only lacking a decent keyboard to become the guts of a desktop system. Not a replacement for my NUC, but this could well be the end game for mobile devices.

I hope something like this goes public sometime soon. And with enough competition to lower retail or "street" prices. Sadly, the War on Terror will provide plenty of incentive to develop similar devices, including ones which can run in a Windows Continuum and/or Windows Cloud environment. 

 

How to install Windows on an external drive

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3185777/windows/how-to-install-windows-on-an-external-drive.html

You do need n additional Windows license to activate this installation, unlike Windows To Go in the Windows Enterprise Editions. Works best with USB 3.1 or USB-C ports.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------

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Mon Apr 3, 2017 10:12 am (PDT)

The AARP Fraud Watch Network contains links to information about all sorts of fraud and defenses against it. It covers phone fraud as well as computer-related fraud. It talks about methods for thwarting the bad guys and what to look out for. You might want to subscribe to the Fraud Watch email newsletter as well.

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[SOLVED] The Out of Memory Error

http://askbobrankin.com/solved_the_out_of_memory_error.html

 

Does anyone actually want to use a phone as a desktop?

Seriously, who is asking for this?!

https://www.engadget.com/2017/03/29/does-anyone-actually-want-to-use-a-phone-as-a-desktop/

 

Hands on: New iPad review

Cheaper and better than an Air 2

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/new-ipad

 

Xbox Project Scorpio Might Be Unveiled Next Week

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/xbox-project-scorpio-might-unveiled-054909866.html

 

Stop Videos from playing automatically on websites

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/stop-videos-from-playing-automatically-on-websites

 

 New 9.7-inch iPad teardown reveals it's basically an original iPad Air with minor tweaks

iFixit finds that the iPad Air is basically back. It just got a new name.

http://www.macworld.com/article/3186652/ipad/new-97-inch-ipad-teardown-reveals-its-basically-an-original-ipad-air-with-minor-tweaks.html

 

How to fix Windows Spotlight Lock screen errors

Is Windows Spotlight broken or stuck on the same image? If so, this guide details the steps to fix the issue.

http://www.windowscentral.com/how-fix-windows-spotlight-stuck-same-image-windows-10

 

Samsung removes the physical home button: The Galaxy S8 is better as a result

The first Galaxy S launched in 2010 and for six years we have seen the physical home button as a defining feature of the Samsung flagship. The home button is now gone, but don't lament its loss.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/samsung-removes-the-physical-home-button-the-galaxy-s8-is-better-as-a-result/#ftag=YHFb1d24ec?yptr=yahoo

 

HOW TO LIMIT INTERNET BANDWIDTH ON YOUR PC

https://www.pcmech.com/article/how-to-limit-internet-bandwidth-on-your-pc/

 

Why Your Next Laptop Should Be a 2-in-1

http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/your-next-laptop-should-be-a-2-in-1

 

10 security risks of wearables

Fitness trackers may not present a huge security risk, but any connected device can be hacked. Here’s what you need to know to minimize those security and privacy threats.

http://www.csoonline.com/article/3186164/security/10-security-risks-of-wearables.html

 

Self-assembling wires could lead to faster processors

Who said Moore's Law was dead?

https://www.engadget.com/2017/03/29/self-assembling-wires-could-lead-to-faster-processors/

 

TV buying guide: The brands we love...and the ones to avoid

http://www.techradar.com/news/tv-buying-guide-the-brands-we-loveand-the-ones-to-avoid

 

The best iOS VPN apps for privacy and security

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/5-best-ios-vpn-apps-201550994.html

 

How to Graph An Equation in OneNote for Windows 10

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/graph-an-equation-onenote-for-windows-10

 

Ignore that call from “Apple” about an iCloud breach

Scammers leverage an alleged iCloud account leak that also is likely not real.

http://www.macworld.com/article/3185485/security/ignore-that-call-from-apple-about-an-icloud-breach.html

 

Alcatel Idol 4S or Elite x3? #AskDanWindows Episode 24

We're back for another new episode of #AskDanWindows. This week I answer questions about the Creators Update, what happens to Xbox One after Scorpio, and my thoughts on Android emulation!

http://www.windowscentral.com/askdanwindows-24

 

How to use a VPN to protect your internet privacy

A virtual private network can go a long way to make sure that neither your ISP, nor anyone else, can snoop on what you do on the internet.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/how-to-use-a-vpn-to-protect-your-internet-privacy/#ftag=YHFb1d24ec?yptr=yahoo

 

A COMPARISON OF FREE CLOUD-BASED EMAIL SERVICES

https://www.pcmech.com/article/a-comparison-of-free-cloud-based-email-services/

 

How to Turn Your Laptop Into a Home Security System

http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/laptop-webcam-home-security-system

 

Russian hacking goes far beyond 2016 pro-Trump effort

As the Senate Intelligence Committee begins the public phase of its investigation, experts warn of the sweeping scope of Russian hacking and disinformation efforts to advance foreign policy objectives. Cites prominent lawmakers Rubio and Ryan as recent targets.

http://www.csoonline.com/article/3186854/security/russian-hacking-goes-far-beyond-2016-pro-trump-effort.html

 

All the places you can buy the Galaxy S8 and S8+

And who has the best special offers.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/03/29/all-the-places-you-can-buy-the-galaxy-s8-and-s8/

 

Smart bedroom gadgets: 8 must-have devices for a more blissful bedroom

From gadgets that’ll help you sleep soundly to ones that’ll brighten your morning

http://www.techradar.com/news/smart-bedroom-gadgets-8-must-have-devices-for-a-more-blissful-bedroom

 

The smartphone is eventually going to die, and then things are going to get really crazy

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/smartphone-eventually-going-die-then-152546987.html

 

Blackbird Privacy Tool will tweak Windows 10 Privacy & Telemetry settings

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/blackbird-windows-privacy-tool

 

Help Me, Tom’s Guide: What TV Antenna Should I Get?

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/what-tv-antenna-should-i-get,review-4296.html

 

OneNote update brings audio notes and more to Fast ring Insiders

A small, but no less useful, update is now available for OneNote users on the Windows Insider Fast ring. Ready for testing in this version of the app is a new audio note feature that lets you easily include a recording in your notes, along with full drag-and-drop for notebook sections, and more.

http://www.windowscentral.com/onenote-update-brings-audio-notes-and-more-fast-ring-insiders

 

HOW TO PREVENT EYESTRAIN FROM THE SCREEN WITH F.LUX

https://www.pcmech.com/article/prevent-eyestrain-screen-f-lux/

 

How to Hide the Navigation Pane in Windows 10 File Explorer

The File Explorer Ribbon is a handy tool, but it’s a bit over-populated. It’s not always easy, at a glance, to find what you’re looking for, or to change things you need. The Navigation pane is typically enabled by default, but if you’d rather hide it -- or learn how to get it back after you hid it on accident -- then we’ve got you covered.

http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/hide-navigation-pane-windows-10-file-explorer

 

Report: Criminals find profit rates of up to 95 percent with DDoS attacks

Criminals with no technical expertise are reaching profit margins of up to 95 percent

http://www.csoonline.com/article/3186682/security/report-criminals-find-profit-rates-of-up-to-95-percent-with-ddos-attacks.html

 

Trump trades 'unsecure' Android device for shiny new iPhone

It seems the war between iOS and Android has now reached the White House.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/03/29/trump-trades-unsecure-android-device-for-shiny-new-iphone/

 

How to get up to 8GB of extra storage on your iPhone

Enough space for 70 apps like Snapchat

http://www.techradar.com/how-to/how-to-get-up-to-8gb-of-extra-storage-on-your-iphone

 

Reinstall Windows 10 (and fix your problems) with these quick steps

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/reinstall-windows-10-fix-problems-204425816.html

 

How to disable or turn off the Microphone in Windows 10

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/disable-microphone-windows-10

 

The Best VPN Services and Apps of 2017 (Including Free Options)

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-vpn,review-4292.html

 

Best Portable Document And Receipt Scanners

http://www.windowscentral.com/best-portable-documentreceipt-scanner

 

PCMECH’S GUIDE TO PC MAINTENANCE

https://www.pcmech.com/article/pcmechs-guide-pc-maintenance/

 

How to Erase a Recovery Partition in Windows

http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/erase-recovery-partition-windows

 

Social engineering fake outs

http://www.csoonline.com/article/3184217/social-engineering/social-engineering-fake-outs.html

 

Microsoft's Windows 10 Creators Update lives up to its name

With Paint 3D and built-in game streaming, it's all about creativity.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/03/29/windows-10-creators-update-review/

 

Your life in AI's hands: The battle to understand deep learning

Why we need more insight into how cutting-edge AI models work before giving them greater control over our lives.

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/your-life-in-ais-hands-the-battle-to-understand-deep-learning/

 

19 Tips Every Xbox One Owner Should Know

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/1093-xbox-one-tips.html

 

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