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Sat 906  5/6/2017

5 Great Chrome Extensions for Gmail to Make You More Productive

https://www.maketecheasier.com/chrome-extensions-for-gmail/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=01052017

 

How to Set Up Family Accounts in Windows 10

On a single Windows 10 device, you can set up accounts for all the adults and children in your home, and the adults can limit what the kids can do.

http://www.pcmag.com/news/353023/how-to-set-up-family-accounts-in-windows-10?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=lab-report=utm_medium=title

 

Can I Make Facebook Mobile Easier To Read?

http://www.worldstart.com/can-i-make-facebook-mobile-easier-to-read/print

 

NSA Used Windows Bugs as Spy Tools

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10080/nsa-used-windows-bugs-spy-tools

 

Shoney’s Hit By Apparent Credit Card Breach

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/04/shoneys-hit-by-apparent-credit-card-breach/

 

One-Third of Federal Agencies Reported Data Breaches in 2016

Nearly all federal respondents surveyed consider themselves vulnerable and cite problems with security staffing and spending, a new report shows.

http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/one-third-of-federal-agencies-reported-data-breaches-in-2016/d/d-id/1328772?

 

25 Cheap Tech Products That Make Life Easier

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/919-life-improving-products.html?utm_source=tg-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170429-tg

 

How Does RAM Speed and Timing Affect My PC’s Performance?

https://www.howtogeek.com/303455/how-does-ram-speed-and-timing-affect-my-pcs-performance/

 

Amazon just announced the Echo Look, a weird camera that keeps track of your outfits (With all the Cyber-crime happening, I wouldn't have one of these in my home for any reason)

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/amazon-just-announced-echo-look-151513027.html

 

A Surface Pro for $350? Not Exactly

https://www.thurrott.com/hardware/110322/surface-pro-350-not-exactly?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_DFr4Z-196bj2tkrYt0KVrbP4rwvueNLPzHeubixw1ynlOGxAqVU0BIe4pzYYSeqsrQM7bV4KOj0K3OplG4RhL6WF5NQ&_hsmi=51369975

 

Symptoms of a Faulty Graphics Card and How to Fix Them

https://www.maketecheasier.com/faulty-graphics-card-and-the-fix/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=01052017

 

The Best Fitness Trackers of 2017

Fitness trackers can help you move more, sleep better, and improve your overall health. Here's what you need to know to find the right one, along with the top-rated bands, clips, and watches we've tested.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2404445,00.asp?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=lab-report=utm_medium=title

 

WiFi Woes: Adapters

http://www.worldstart.com/wifi-woes-adapters/print

 

How to Fix: Windows Mail: 'Your Outlook account settings are out of date' Error

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10083/how-fix-windows-mail-your-outlook-account-settings-are-out-date-error

 

InterContinental Hotel Chain Breach Expands

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/04/intercontinental-hotel-chain-breach-expands/

 

OSX.Dok: New & Sophisticated Mac Malware Strikes

Phishing-deployed malware can capture account credentials for any website users log into.

http://www.darkreading.com/partner-perspectives/malwarebytes/osxdok-new-and-sophisticated-mac-malware-strikes/a/d-id/1328767?

 

Where to Find Great Movies & TV Shows Taken Off Netflix

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/find-shows-movies-taken-off-netflix,review-2648.html?utm_source=tg-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170429-tg

 

How to Prevent Android from Geotagging Photos with Your Location

https://www.howtogeek.com/303410/how-to-prevent-android-from-geotagging-photos-with-your-location/

 

Follow this guide to learn how to delete, and recover, notes on your iPhone

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/guide-learn-delete-recover-notes-151543065.html

 

Here are the Most Over-Hyped Changes in the Windows 10 Creators Update

https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/109607/hyped-changes-windows-10-creators-update?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9r_P63K3k_1pIALfgQiQ5EldMn9o1XLgPk3b0RQIBqUOharM923phvFGItneN47dnQBzyYShFsccAy7WbyInqlKzh_2w&_hsmi=50876086

 

How to Set Your Power Button to Turn Off the Display in Windows 10

https://www.maketecheasier.com/set-power-button-turn-off-display-windows10/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=01052017

 

Two-Factor Authentication: Who Has It and How to Set It Up

Everyone is concerned about online safety. Whether you use Google and Twitter or TeamViewer and Dreamhost, keep your services secure with two-factor authentication.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2456400,00.asp?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=lab-report=utm_medium=title

 

Save Files From Damaged CDs

http://www.worldstart.com/save-files-from-damaged-cds/

 

Microsoft: Don't Jump The Gun On Windows 10 Update (have it on a few, loaded via Administrator account, Standard user Start menu has a few missing links and one unit has some corruption that so far defies my correction attempts)

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10087/microsoft-dont-jump-gun-windows-10-update

 

Online world sparks new life for old tradition of obituaries

These days, it's easy to know who's passed on, even in your faraway hometown. Plus some of the wittier epitaphs will have you dying of laughter.

https://www.cnet.com/news/obituaries-online-legacy-newspapers-mourning-grief-death/

 

Cybersecurity Training Nonexistent at One-Third of SMBs

But nearly half of US SMBs in a new survey would be willing to participate in security awareness training at their workplace - even if it was optional.

http://www.darkreading.com/endpoint/cybersecurity-training-nonexistent-at-one-third-of-smbs-/d/d-id/1328766?

 

More Shadow Brokers fallout: DoublePulsar zero-day infects scores of Windows PCs

If you haven't installed the March Windows patch MS17-010, you need to hop to it

http://www.infoworld.com/article/3191897/microsoft-windows/more-shadow-brokers-fallout-doublepulsar-zero-day-infects-scores-of-windows-pcs.html

 

How to Remotely Access Your Computer from Your Phone

https://www.howtogeek.com/174301/how-to-access-a-windows-desktop-from-your-tablet-or-phone/

 

Here's How Project Scorpio Games Look in 4K vs 1080p

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/apos-project-scorpio-games-look-135400885.html

 

[Review] Hidden Secret “File Explorer” App in Windows 10

http://www.askvg.com/review-hidden-secret-file-explorer-app-in-windows-10/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AskVG+%28AskVG%29

 

How to Easily Set Up Third Party DNS on Linux

https://www.maketecheasier.com/set-up-third-party-dns-linux/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=28042017

 

The Best Home Security Cameras of 2017

If you want to keep an eye on what's happening at home when you're not there, but you don't want to invest in a full-fledged home security system, a Wi-Fi-connected camera is worth a look. These are the best we've tested.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2475954,00.asp?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=lab-report=utm_medium=title

 

The One Trick That Hacker-Proofs Your Computer

http://www.worldstart.com/the-one-trick-that-hacker-proofs-your-computer/

 

The World's First Desktop 3D Printer for Metal Is Market Ready

The Mini Metal Maker is no longer just a prototype. In this interview, inventor David Hartkop shows off the production version and shares his plans to bring the 3D printer to market.

https://www.fool.com/investing/general/2015/03/14/the-worlds-first-desktop-3d-printer-for-metal-is-m.aspx

 

Google, Facebook Swindled in $100M Payment Scam

Lithuanian man impersonated an Asian-based manufacturer to trick Facebook and Google into paying him $100 million.

http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/google-facebook-swindled-in-$100m-payment-scam/d/d-id/1328764?

 

The 10 best features in Android O (so far)

http://www.infoworld.com/article/3190005/android/the-10-best-features-in-android-o-so-far.html

 

What Is Your Camera’s ISO Setting?

https://www.howtogeek.com/302755/what-is-your-cameras-iso-setting/

 

Apple won't explain why some of its new MacBook Pros are making a weird popping noise

http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-not-commenting-2016-15-inch-macbook-pro-popping-clicking-noise-2017-4

 

[Fix] “Local Area Connection, Ethernet or Wi-Fi doesn’t have a Valid IP Configuration” Error Message in Windows

http://www.askvg.com/fix-local-area-connection-ethernet-or-wi-fi-doesnt-have-a-valid-ip-configuration-error-message-in-windows/

 

Is a VPN Really Necessary to Protect Your Privacy?

https://www.maketecheasier.com/is-vpn-necessary/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=28042017

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FYI #905 (Fri 5/5/2017):

How Dish Network could shake up your wireless service

AT&T is trying to bundle wireless phone services with satellite dish TV services and landline Internet services. It is a disaster, both from a technical point of view (satellite reception issues can be worse than DTV off the air) and from a pricing point of view. Also, when Net Neutrality was a thing, the unlimited cell data streaming (really, only 22 GB per month before they would throttle or restrict your viewing) was proving problematic from a regulatory point of view. 

 

From Open Forum at West Side, May 4, 2017:

Massive Phishing Attack Targets Gmail Users

http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/massive-phishing-attack-targets-millions-gmail-users-n754501

I haven't seen the alleged GMail Phishing scam in my own Google Account yet, and I don't expect to see it if the exploit was indeed shut down by Google. I don't know anyone who says they have seen it either, but maybe I wasn't paying close enough attention at West Side last evening. 

 

Re. Al Cheeks Presentation -- Comment about placement of Windows taskbar:

Why is the Windows taskbar default at the bottom?

https://ux.stackexchange.com/questions/51214/why-is-the-windows-taskbar-default-at-the-bottom

 

What is your preferred panel/dock/taskbar placement?

https://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-desktop-74/what-is-your-preferred-panel-dock-taskbar-placement-4175469112/

 

What are the benefits of having the panel (taskbar) on the left/right side of the screen?

It is on the left side in Ubuntu, but some Windows users move it to the left/right sides of the screen. Does it really have some benefits, or is it just a matter of taste?

https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-benefits-of-having-the-panel-taskbar-on-the-left-right-side-of-the-screen#!n=12

 

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS will let you move Unity 7's launcher to the bottom of your screen

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3047157/linux/ubuntu-1604-lts-will-let-you-move-unity-7s-launcher-to-the-bottom-of-your-screen.html

So  there you have it. Even when there is a choice, most people prefer a bottom taskbar or equivalent, with some preferring a top panel, and a smaller minority having some features in a top panel, some in a bottom panel. MacOS has experimented with both top and bottom taskbars. Convergence in Ubuntu is dead and so is the Unity Desktop, so the Launcher arguments are going away. We shall see what effect this may have on Launcher placement in future Ubuntu GNOME desktop GUI designs. 

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Fri 905  5/5/2017

What Are Denial of Service and DDoS Attacks? (this is what a lot of hackers do with your PC or IoT (smart devices))

https://www.howtogeek.com/281707/what-are-denial-of-service-and-ddos-attacks/

 

Mac Malware: OSX/Dok Bypasses Apple Security, Steals Internet Activity

http://www.ibtimes.com/mac-malware-osxdok-bypasses-apple-security-steals-internet-activity-2532041

 

You can actually get a 4K TV for half the price of an iPhone

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/actually-4k-tv-half-price-iphone-143055869.html

 

Unroll.me Is Selling Your Information, Here’s an Alternative

https://www.howtogeek.com/304373/unrollme-is-selling-your-information-heres-an-alternative/

 

How to Enable or Disable Including Driver Updates in Windows Update in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/48277-enable-disable-driver-updates-windows-update-windows-10-a.html

 

Fake News at Work in Spam Kingpin’s Arrest?

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/04/fake-news-at-work-in-spam-kingpins-arrest/

 

How to Use a Proxy Server in Windows 10 to Protect Your Connection

https://www.maketecheasier.com/use-proxy-server-windows10/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=27042017

 

Microsoft's critical Windows and Office patches present a panoply of problems

For April, Patch Tuesday's 644 patches are crawling with bugs, but there are some solutions

http://www.infoworld.com/article/3189776/microsoft-windows/microsofts-critical-windows-and-office-patches-present-a-panoply-of-problems.html

 

Tracking Changes In Open Office Documents

http://www.worldstart.com/tracking-changes-in-open-office-documents/

 

How Dish Network could shake up your wireless service

The way your service looks in coming years could rest in the hands of a satellite TV provider. Seriously.

https://www.cnet.com/news/how-dish-network-could-shake-up-your-wireless-service/

 

This Is Why Your Lithium Battery Doesn’t Age Well

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/why-lithium-battery-doesn-t-170000405.html

 

How to Make Windows Troubleshoot Your PC’s Problems for You

https://www.howtogeek.com/260248/how-to-make-windows-troubleshoot-your-pc-problems-for-you/

 

How to Move Users Folder to another Location in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1964-move-users-folder-location-windows-10-a.html

 

Alleged Spam King Pyotr Levashov Arrested

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/04/alleged-spam-king-pyotr-levashov-arrested/

 

What WebExtensions Means for Firefox Users

https://www.maketecheasier.com/what-webextensions-means-for-firefox-users/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=27042017

 

Microsoft plan to force PCs with newer processors to Windows 10 backfires

A faulty detection mechanism also snagged some 6th gen AMD Carrizo PCs and locked them out of future Windows Updates

http://www.infoworld.com/article/3189586/microsoft-windows/microsoft-plan-to-force-pcs-with-newer-processors-to-windows-10-backfires.html

 

What’s The Point Of OneDrive?

http://www.worldstart.com/whats-the-point-of-onedrive/

 

Ads for voice assistants are here and they're already terrible

Can commercials ruin the Amazon Echo and Google Home?

https://www.cnet.com/news/ads-voice-assistants-amazon-alexa-google-home-burger-king/

 

Want to erase everything on your Mac? Here’s how to nuke it

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/want-erase-everything-mac-nuke-131533476.html

 

How to Turn Off Public Wi-Fi Notifications In Android

https://www.howtogeek.com/303259/how-to-turn-off-public-wi-fi-notifications-in-android/

 

5 Reasons You May Want to Save Your Old Apple Devices

http://www.cheatsheet.com/technology/reasons-you-want-to-save-old-apple-devices.html/?ref=YF&yptr=yahoo

 

Gamestop.com Investigating Possible Breach

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/04/gamestop-com-investigating-possible-breach/

 

Night Mode: Why It Is Necessary And How to Set Up In Various Platforms

https://www.maketecheasier.com/night-mode-why-it-is-necessary-and-how-to-set-up-in-various-platforms/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=27042017

 

13 Overlooked Chrome Extensions That Reduce Clicks and Save Time

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/time-saving-chrome-extensions/

 

Free Software And Apps From NASA

http://www.worldstart.com/free-software-and-apps-from-nasa/

 

Samsung to patch Galaxy S8's red display issue, report says

Days after consumers in South Korea began reporting S8 phones with red-tinted screens, Samsung said it'll release a software update to fix the issue.

https://www.cnet.com/news/samsung-patching-galaxy-s8s-red-display-issue/

 

How to choose privacy settings for your PC before Windows 10 Creators Update

https://www.yahoo.com/news/choose-privacy-settings-pc-windows-103826614.html

 

How to Automatically Free Up Disk Space with Windows 10’s Storage Sense

https://www.howtogeek.com/303688/how-to-automatically-free-up-disk-space-with-windows-10s-storage-sense/

 

How to Update an Android Phone

http://www.cheatsheet.com/technology/how-to-update-an-android-phone.html/?ref=YF&yptr=yahoo

 

Self-Proclaimed ‘Nuclear Bot’ Author Weighs U.S. Job Offer

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/04/self-proclaimed-nuclear-bot-author-weighs-u-s-job-offer/

 

How to Get Apple TV Screen Savers on Your Mac or Windows 10 PC

https://www.maketecheasier.com/get-apple-tv-screen-savers-mac-windows10/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=25042017

 

[Fix] “Secure Connection Failed” Problem in Mozilla Firefox Web Browser

http://www.askvg.com/fix-secure-connection-failed-problem-in-mozilla-firefox-web-browser/

 

Samsung's Bixby will help you shop, unless you have Verizon

A new camera feature on the Galaxy S8 that recognizes products and enables shopping through Amazon was delayed on Verizon phones.

https://www.cnet.com/news/samsung-galaxy-s8-bixby-will-help-you-shop-except-if-youre-with-verizon/

 

Get To The Desktop Fast In Windows

http://www.worldstart.com/get-to-the-desktop-fast-in-windows/print

 

Acer Windows Mixed Reality head-mounted display: Our first take

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/acer-windows-mixed-reality-head-161538123.html

 

How to set up the best features in Cortana

https://venturebeat.com/2017/04/28/how-to-set-up-the-best-features-in-cortana/

 

Tempow turns your dumb Bluetooth speakers into a connected sound system

https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/30/tempow-turns-your-dumb-bluetooth-speakers-into-a-connected-sound-system/

 

Amazon is shutting down Underground, its free Android app program

The storefront will close at the end of this summer

https://www.theverge.com/2017/4/29/15484654/amazon-shut-down-underground-free-android-app-program?yptr=yahoo

 

How to Secure Your Amazon Account

https://www.howtogeek.com/281013/how-to-secure-your-amazon-account/

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FYI #904  9(Thurs 5/4/2017)

Dual-Use Software Criminal Case Not So Novel

I don't see how the government is going to win this case. Nir Sofer has had on his site for years a lot of tools which in the wrong hands, have been used to steal PCs and hijack Windows and other licenses. No legal actions whatsoever, although a couple of NirSoft tools have been modified to prevent misuse.

Think of it this way -- if I manufacture a knife and someone uses it to kill someone else, am I legally liable for the murder? Of course not!

As far as I have read, the author of the software did not market his tools for criminal purposes -- others did that, and possibly with modified or "cracked" versions. The burden is not on the author, but on those who hacked his tools and made them dangerous.

Again, if I leave a gun locked with a trigger lock in a safe and someone breaks into the safe, steals the gun, picks the lock and kills someone, am I responsible for the murder? Of course not!

 

Chrome Blocks Crafty URL Phishing Method

I am still not able to prove that raw Chrome is actually identifying punycode addresses, even in Beta versions. I would continue to use an extension for Chrome and the configuration modification in Firefox. IE and Edge are not vulnerable to this exploit.

 

Why I Always Tug on the ATM

Not really a foolproof test, but better than not doing this.

 

Switching to Linux? 4 Operating Systems That Feel Like Home

I never heard of Cub Linux -- and with good reason -- this OS is discontinued. Gallium OS is more aimed at replacing Chrome OS on a Chromebook. Why Amiga was even mentioned in this article is a mystery to me. I also don't know about Solus (Comments). Ubuntu is going to get a new desktop environment with the 17.04 or 17.10 release. Unity is dying, and so is Mir. Now if only they would kill off Snaps and SystemD!

 

Yes, Windows patches are a mess, but you should still install them

This comes from Woody Leonhard. If even he says to apply these patches, you should have had them in place about two weeks ago.

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Thur 904  5/4/2017

Microsoft switches to twice-yearly Windows 10 update plan

The newly announced synchronized twice-a-year pace puts a big crimp in historic Win10 development cycles

http://www.infoworld.com/article/3191237/microsoft-windows/microsoft-switches-to-twice-yearly-windows-10-update-plan.html

 

[Tip] Use “Win+Alt+PrtScn” Hotkey to Take Program Screenshots in Windows 10

http://www.askvg.com/tip-use-winaltprtscn-hotkey-to-take-program-screenshots-in-windows-10/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AskVG+%28AskVG%29

 

Ignoring My Own Advice About Backup Batteries

http://www.worldstart.com/ignoring-my-own-advice-about-backup-batteries/

 

Chrome May Include An Ad Blocker: How This Changes The Game

https://www.maketecheasier.com/chrome-may-include-ad-blocker/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=27042017

 

Learn the Geeky Details of Any Apple Product, Old and New

https://www.howtogeek.com/277108/learn-the-geeky-details-of-any-apple-product-old-and-new/

 

Get a 12-inch LCD writing tablet for $12.99

Normally this size sells for at least twice the price, but you'll have to wait a few weeks for delivery. Plus: Yet another awesome free game!

https://www.cnet.com/news/get-a-12-inch-lcd-writing-tablet-for-12-99/

 

A step-by-step guide on how to delete and recover photos on your Android smartphone

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/step-step-guide-delete-recover-202022841.html

 

Dual-Use Software Criminal Case Not So Novel

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/04/dual-use-software-criminal-case-not-so-novel/

 

Chrome Blocks Crafty URL Phishing Method

By using non-Latin Unicode characters, it's theoretically possible to register a domain name for a phishing website that looks nearly identical to the one it's trying to spoof.

http://www.pcmag.com/news/353205/chrome-blocks-crafty-url-phishing-method?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=dailynews&utm_medium=title

 

10 Must-Have Chromecast Apps for Watching TV

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/google-chromecast-apps-watching-tv/

 

Send Lots of Vacation Photos With Dropbox (Without Attaching Photos to Your Email)

http://www.worldstart.com/send-lots-of-vacation-photos-with-dropbox-without-attaching-photos-to-your-email/

 

6 Ways You Can Easily Improve Your VPN Speed

https://www.maketecheasier.com/improve-vpn-speed/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=27042017

 

Get Out of Auto: How to Use Your Camera’s Shooting Modes for Better Photos

https://www.howtogeek.com/277375/get-out-of-auto-how-to-use-your-cameras-shooting-modes-for-better-photos/

 

With deepest sympathy: How to write a condolence note

A condolence note may be one of the hardest messages you'll ever have to write. Here's some advice on how to express sympathy, whether online or off.

https://www.cnet.com/news/how-to-write-a-condolence-sympathy-note-card/

 

Load your iPad with the best apps in every category

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/147-very-best-ipad-apps-190725073.html

 

Why I Always Tug on the ATM

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/03/why-i-always-tug-on-the-atm/

 

Apple Aims to Use Only Recycled Materials

The company in its 2017 Environmental Responsibility Report said it aims to have a 'closed-loop' supply chain, 'where products are built using only renewable resources or recycled material.'

http://www.pcmag.com/news/353196/apple-aims-to-use-only-recycled-materials?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=dailynews&utm_medium=title

 

Switching to Linux? 4 Operating Systems That Feel Like Home

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/switching-linux-operating-systems-feel-like-home/

 

How New Tech Is Helping Doctors Take Better Care Of You

http://www.worldstart.com/how-new-tech-is-helping-doctors-take-better-care-of-you/

 

How to Reset the Edge Browser in Windows 10

https://www.maketecheasier.com/reset-edge-browser-in-windows10/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=26042017

 

All the Features That Require a Microsoft Account in Windows 10

https://www.howtogeek.com/121975/htg-explains-microsoft-accounts-vs.-local-accounts-in-windows-8/

 

How to Change Text Size for Menus in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/70839-change-menus-text-size-windows-10-a.html

 

What's the Deal: iPhone tips and tricks

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/whats-deal-iphone-tips-tricks-220521001.html

 

Post-FCC Privacy Rules, Should You VPN?

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/03/post-fcc-privacy-rules-should-you-vpn/

 

How to Recycle Your Technology

Do your part by donating your old tech or getting rid of it in an environmentally safe way.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2383568,00.asp?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=dailynews&utm_medium=title

 

12 Amazing Google Photos Features You Didn’t Know About

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/amazing-google-photos-features/

 

Deaf Or Hard Of Hearing? Use Android’s Accessibility Optons

http://www.worldstart.com/deaf-or-hard-of-hearing-use-androids-accessibility-optons/

 

How to Share Purchased Apps, Music or Games with Your Family on Android

https://www.maketecheasier.com/share-purchased-apps-with-family-android/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=26042017

 

Don’t Be Fooled: The Mac App Store Is Full of Scams

https://www.howtogeek.com/281849/dont-be-fooled-the-mac-app-store-is-full-of-scams/

 

How to Reset and Re-register Windows Spotlight in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/82156-reset-re-register-windows-spotlight-windows-10-a.html

 

Make the most out of Google with this list of ‘OK, Google’ voice commands

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/most-google-list-ok-google-141535150.html

 

How to Use Google Keep to Organize Your Travel Plans (I use something like Keep for shopping lists, notes for Doctor appts including drugs that need renewal, and other misc notes that might be temporary)

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/use-google-keep-organize-travel-plans/

 

Don't Expect Windows 10 ARM PCs Before October

If you're holding out for a Windows 10 computer running an ARM chip, there's several more months of waiting ahead.

http://www.pcmag.com/news/353210/dont-expect-windows-10-arm-pcs-before-october?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=dailynews&utm_medium=title

 

Phishing 101 at the School of Hard Knocks

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/03/phishing-101-at-the-school-of-hard-knocks/

 

Best Inexpensive PC Options For A Writer

http://www.worldstart.com/best-inexpensive-pc-options-for-a-writer/print

 

Why Smartphone Speed Tests Don’t Tell You What You Think They Do

https://www.extremetech.com/g00/mobile/248239-smartphone-speed-tests-dont-tell-think?i10c.referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.extremetech.com%2Fg00%2F%3Fi10c.referrer%3D

 

Low Power Wireless: 6LoWPAN, IEEE802.15.4 and the Raspberry Pi

https://www.linuxjournal.com/content/low-power-wireless-6lowpan-ieee802154-and-raspberry-pi

 

Yes, Windows patches are a mess, but you should still install them

March and April patches had their share of bugs, but with a Word zero-day threatening now's the time to update your Windows PCs. Here's how to navigate the minefields

http://www.infoworld.com/article/3192194/microsoft-windows/yes-windows-patches-are-a-mess-but-you-should-still-install-them.html

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FYI #903  (Wed 5/3/2017

How to Customize and Enhance Your Windows 10 Display

I use customized Themes for Windows 10, but not much else by way of tweaking the display characteristics. To me, the desktop is more about getting work done than having a pretty interface to look at.

 

Protect your PC from the cyber-flu with these awesome free antivirus options

So...no mention of Avira? This free program is better rated than most of the ones they did list, and Malwarebytes is not even submitted for evaluation to independent testing labs.

 

Never Lose a Photo Again: The Complete Guide to Bulletproof Photo Backups

Both in Windows and in Linux, Photos is one of the Folders (Libraries in Windows) I back up regularly in my data backups.

 

What VPN Should I Use?

This article gets it right about avoiding free VPN services.

 

How Do I Find My Router Password?

Step 5 is right in my case. I always write things down when people are throwing a lot of info at me very quickly, as I do not trust my short-term memory for alphanumeric data. Then I forget where I put the notes. Then I find them again and all is well. It's not easy to be me.

 

How to Get Windows Experience Index (WEI) Score in Windows 10

WEI is kind of a joke. So many things determine what is the best Windows experience for any one person that one single Index can never take into account all that should be considered. But when upgrading or considering a hardware upgrade, WEI can help focus on the things which would yield the greatest performance boost. 

 

WANT TO MOVE YOUR WINDOWS 10 INSTALL TO A NEW HARD DRIVE? HERE’S HOW

Cloning to new hardware is one of the features which Macrium Reflect reserves for it’s a paid product. But the paid version can do this as well as anything in the article. 

Aomei has the advantage of operating in its own WinPE environment, which for this product is one of the most flexible and extensible WinPE environments I've seen described. With the RAM available in my NUC, this environment can do great things.

 

This 'experimental' web browser doesn’t look like any other you've used — here's what it can do

More interesting is what Neon can't do. This does not look to me like a Web Browser, but more like the Web Portal used by AOL as its front end years ago. Only promoted sites are visible unless you go through a lot of hoops. No tabs? Are you serious??

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[Tip] Use “Win+Shift+S” Hotkey to Take Selected Area Screenshot in Windows 10

http://www.askvg.com/tip-use-winshifts-hotkey-to-take-selected-area-screenshot-in-windows-10/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AskVG+%28AskVG%29

 

Apple’s Amazon Echo killer may be in its final design stage

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/apple-said-finalizing-design-amazon-052049368.html

 

How to Disable Windows 10’s Taskbar Pop-up Notifications

https://www.howtogeek.com/279632/how-to-stop-microsoft-edges-pop-up-notifications/

 

How to Back Up and Restore Some or All of Your Windows Registry

https://www.maketecheasier.com/backup-restore-windows-registry/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=25042017

 

Galaxy S8 is expensive...to build

Samsung's new flagship phone -- on sale today -- costs more to build than top phones from Apple and Google, according to an IHS Markit estimate.

https://www.cnet.com/news/samsung-galaxy-s8-expensive-to-build/

 

How to find the Windows 10 Creators Update's hidden desktop themes

The Windows Store has nearly 175 desktop themes for you to peruse, but don't start by opening the Store to find them.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3192839/windows/how-to-find-the-windows-10-creators-updates-hidden-desktop-themes.html

 

LIKE YOUR CHROMEBOOK, BUT NEED OFFICE? TRY INSTALLING WINDOWS ON IT (originally published in HOW-TO-GEEK Nov 8, 2016 relisted later in the post)

http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/how-to-install-windows-chromebook/

 

How Do I Protect Myself from Other Computers on My Local Network?

Many households have computers used for sensitive things sharing a network with less trustworthy users. Here's one method for in-home protection.

https://askleo.com/protect-computers-local-network/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=JXlWfz3ks3dfbL&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=20170425&utm_medium=email&utm_content=featured

 

WiFi Woes: Adapters Part 2

http://www.worldstart.com/wifi-woes-adapters-part-2/print

 

How to Take a Free Apple Product Workshop

Need a quick tutorial on your Apple gadget or program? You can learn how to use your favorite products for free at a nearby store.

http://www.pcmag.com/news/353337/how-to-take-a-free-apple-product-workshop?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

Samsung releases update for Galaxy S8 to resolve red tint screen problem

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/samsung-releases-galaxy-s8-resolve-092330463.html

 

Lesson 1: How to Use Android Effectively

https://www.howtogeek.com/school/basic-android-guide/lesson1/

 

How to Thoroughly Clean Your Mac with Movavi Mac Cleaner 2 (take care on Mac's, purest beleave most of the utility tools are pure junk and one should not use them)

https://www.maketecheasier.com/clean-your-mac-movavi-mac-cleaner-2/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=25042017

 

FCC chairman pitches net neutrality reform to Silicon Valley

Ajit Pai, chairman of the FCC, looks for common ground between Silicon Valley and broadband providers to "fix" controversial net neutrality rules.

https://www.cnet.com/news/fcc-chairman-pitched-net-neutrality-reform-to-silicon-valley/

 

Google's Chrome will soon start warning you more about HTTP pages

Chrome's Incognito mode will label all HTTP pages as 'not secure' starting in October

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3193143/security/googles-chrome-will-soon-start-warning-you-more-about-http-pages.html

 

HOW TO CONVERT DVDS TO MP4 FILES IN WINDOWS OR MACOS

http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/how-to-convert-dvds-to-mp4-files-in-windows-or-mac-os-x/

 

Sometimes the Threat Is in the Hardware

We spend a lot of time on software-related issues, but malicious activities and privacy violations can happen via hardware as well.

https://askleo.com/sometimes-threat-hardware/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=JXlWfz3ks3dfbL&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=20170425&utm_medium=email&utm_content=featured

 

New Tech Terms You Need To Know

http://www.worldstart.com/new-tech-terms-you-need-to-know/

 

How to Customize and Enhance Your Windows 10 Display

Tweak your display in Windows 10 to make it look better according to your preferences.

http://www.pcmag.com/news/353347/how-to-customize-and-enhance-your-windows-10-display?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

Protect your PC from the cyber-flu with these awesome free antivirus options

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/protect-pc-cyber-flu-awesome-190511292.html

 

Never Lose a Photo Again: The Complete Guide to Bulletproof Photo Backups

https://www.howtogeek.com/279059/never-lose-a-photo-again-the-complete-guide-to-bulletproof-photo-backups/

 

How to Limit WhatsApp Data Usage And Save Your Mobile Data

https://www.maketecheasier.com/limit-whatsapp-data-usage/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=25042017

 

How to Generate System Diagnostics Report in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/81928-generate-system-diagnostics-report-windows-10-a.htmlhttps://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/81928-generate-system-diagnostics-report-windows-10-a.html

 

PSA: Again, another reason not to open attachments from strangers

http://amp.imore.com/psa-again-another-reason-not-open-attachments-strangers

 

HOW TO MASTER THE START MENU IN WINDOWS 10

http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/how-to-make-the-windows-10-start-menu-do-what-you-want/

 

What VPN Should I Use?

Do you need a VPN? And if so, which one should you get?

https://askleo.com/what-vpn-should-i-use/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=JXlWfz3ks3dfbL&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=20170425&utm_medium=email&utm_content=featured

 

How Do I Find My Router Password?

http://www.worldstart.com/how-do-i-find-my-router-password/print

 

Apple Patents Long-Range Wireless Charging

Apple is exploring the idea of using a variety of different frequencies—including millimeter waves—to send power to consumer electronics.

http://www.pcmag.com/news/353392/apple-patents-long-range-wireless-charging?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

Apple leaker teases Beats-powered 'Siri smart speaker' to rival Google Home and Amazon Echo

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/apple-leaker-teases-beats-powered-145309626.html

 

How to Install Windows on a Chromebook

https://www.howtogeek.com/278953/how-to-install-windows-on-a-chromebook/

 

10 Alternatives to Your Favorite Windows Apps on Chrome OS

https://www.maketecheasier.com/chrome-os-alternatives-windows-apps/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=25042017

 

How to Get Windows Experience Index (WEI) Score in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/82029-get-windows-experience-index-wei-score-windows-10-a.html

 

Apple patent hints at one day charging your phone over Wi-Fi

The perfect charging solution (if it ever exists)

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/4/27/15457898/apple-patent-wireless-charging-wifi-millimeter-wave?yptr=yahoo

 

WANT TO MOVE YOUR WINDOWS 10 INSTALL TO A NEW HARD DRIVE? HERE’S HOW

http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/how-to-migrate-a-windows-installation-to-a-different-hard-drive/

 

I just tried Microsoft's new VR system, and it's like stepping into Windows

 Mixed reality is coming this year.

 Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system will allow us to step into digital environments

 You can work, watch movies and more, all in a virtual world with access to real Windows apps

 It's lonely, but it might help increase some worker morale

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/28/microsoft-mixed-reality-first-look.html?__source=yahoo%7Cfinance%7Cheadline%7Cheadline%7Cstory&par=yahoo&doc=104432642&yptr=yahoo

 

Ransom Scam Targets iPhone Users

http://www.worldstart.com/ransom-scam-targets-iphone-users/

 

Intel Will Rebrand Xeons, Preps Gold, Platinum Workstation Processors

https://www.extremetech.com/g00/computing/248456-intel-will-rebrand-xeons-preps-gold-platinum-workstation-processors?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title&i10c.referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fzdbb.net%2Fr%2F%3Fhttps%253a%252f%252fwww.extremetech.com%252fcomputing%252f248456-intel-will-rebrand-xeons-preps-gold-platinum-workstation-processors%253futm_source%253demail%2526utm_campaign%253dwhatsnewnow%2526utm_medium%253dtitle%26mailing_id%3D2883371%26list%3Dwhatsnewnow%26member_id%3D72574%26engine_id%3D1

 

Watch a 3D-Printing Robot Construct a Building

https://finance.yahoo.com/video/watch-3d-printing-robot-construct-181407135.html

 

This 'experimental' web browser doesn’t look like any other you've used — here's what it can do

http://www.businessinsider.com/opera-neon-web-browser-review-walkthrough-features-photos-2017-4

 

How to Add and Configure an External Display to your Mac Laptop

https://www.howtogeek.com/281233/how-to-add-and-configure-an-external-display-to-your-mac-laptop/

 

Digital Offers: Keep all of your devices juiced up for $60

http://www.androidcentral.com/digital-offers-keep-all-your-devices-juiced-60

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FYI #     902 (Tue 5/2/2017)

Local channels in streaming bundles: Why they're hard to get, and how that's changing

See Also: 

TV May Actually Die Soon – Stay Tuned

by   Shelly Palmer | April 9, 2017

http://www.shellypalmer.com/2017/04/tv-may-actually-die-soon-stay-tuned/

 

Lenovo Flex 11 Combines a Chromebook and a Tablet

One good, cheap option with a minimalist OS and not much local storage. But a good option for some folks. The processor is comparable to Atom in power, but the larger screen of this Chromebook is easier on the eyes.

See Also:

The Asus Transformer Mini has dropped to $250

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3193606/computers/the-asus-transformer-mini-has-dropped-to-250.html

If I were going to replace my current ASUS Transformer Book tablet, this is the one I would choose -- but a newer model is either available or soon will be, with even better specs. But still likely to stick with those underpowered Atom Processors. That's how they keep these things cheap. 

 

Microsoft Gets Rid of Passwords With Phone Sign-In

My opinion remains that this is a lot less secure than two-factor logins. Anyone who steals your phone is more than three-quarters of the way into your accounts.

 

Everything you need to know about using a MicroSD card on Android

My Moto G4 has my 32 GB SD Card inside it, and Photos is using this for its data already. Little or no setup was needed in my phone. YMMV. 

 

The Best Antivirus Software of 2017

I have never heard of Reviewed.com, the alleged source of this article. It looks like it was not written by anyone with any tech experience whatsoever. But it was nice to see Avira and Avast both make the list. Even if this is only worth vanity points in a publication like USA Today.

 

What Is the Significance of Windows Folder Names With Hex Numbers in Them?

I find a lot of these CLSIDs associated with Java Runtimes, program installers, and compressed archives. Also, Windows Updates. While some can be cleaned safely, I wouldn't mess with them.

 

Mastercard Adds Fingerprint Sensor to Biometric Card

Now thieves will have to figure out how to steal your fingerprint as well as your card and PIN.

Fingerprint lifting is child's play. Not a real improvement in card security.

 

From My Own Reading:

I’d pay you $500,000 a year but you can’t do the work

CNBC

Shelly Palmer, ShellyPalmer.com

CNBCMay 1, 2017

I thought this article was intelligent and insightful. Then I looked into other examples of the same author's works: 

 

Just How Dangerous Is Alexa?

by   Shelly Palmer | January 1, 2017

First, who is Shelly Palmer? She is a Tech Company Advisor:

http://www.shellypalmer.com/strategic-advisory/

So she's a tech expert and seems to be involved in tech products and services marketing. In other words, sales and advertising.

There is a stunning contradiction inside this one brief article:

"Alexa is NOT dangerous. The data it collects is NOT dangerous. Nothing about an Amazon Echo is dangerous. It’s awesome."

Then throughout the article, the author demonstrates just how dangerous Alexa and Google Home Profiles have become and will become. Which is it?

Definitely something to think about and discuss.

But remember, this is the same person who posted this little gem of an incompetent article:

TV May Actually Die Soon – Stay Tuned

by   Shelly Palmer | April 9, 2017

http://www.shellypalmer.com/2017/04/tv-may-actually-die-soon-stay-tuned/

So she's a click-bait addict. Definitely not worth following, even on Facebook or Twitter.

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Tue 902 5/2/2017

MakerBot made a bold bet that 3D printers would become as common as microwaves. Just one problem: no one else shared that dream.

https://backchannel.com/the-3d-printing-revolution-that-wasnt-60b000c3a3ed#.gu5gzpbno?utm_source=howtogeek&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter

 

Amazon wants to put a smart, Alexa-powered camera in your bedroom with Echo Look

The $200 device contains a hands-free, LED-lit camera that will take photos on command and analyze the stylishness of your outfit.

(I can't wait to see what shows up on Russian sites)

http://www.techhive.com/article/3192547/home-tech/amazon-wants-to-put-a-smart-alexa-powered-camera-in-your-bedroom-with-echo-look.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-04-27&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Best%20of%20TechHive%20%202017-04-27&utm_term=techhive_bestof_html

 

Apple is finally refreshing the Mac Pro – here’s everything we know so far

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/apple-finally-refreshing-mac-pro-162210351.html

 

The Best VPN Apps for Android of 2017

Using the internet on your Android phone isn't as secure or private as you'd hope. Fortunately, you can protect your mobile communications with a secure virtual private network (or VPN) app.

http://www.pcmag.com/roundup/348411/the-best-android-vpn-apps?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

How to Block Driver Updates for Specific Devices in Windows 10

https://www.maketecheasier.com/block-driver-updates-specific-devices-windows10/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=24042017

 

How to Turn Web Apps Into First-Class Desktop Citizens

https://www.howtogeek.com/141431/how-to-turn-web-apps-into-first-class-desktop-citizens/

 

Microsoft Store Launches a Graduation Sale

https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/109952/microsoft-store-launches-graduation-sale?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8CzaW4SZiteqRKYtW1MWb4WsqpADWtr0g5214aOUo1cqsw3LSB3gqNghUNnG8adHA1_Jz4303FRhIwKSrcg1jiFKXakA&_hsmi=51320703

 

Chuwi Hi13 Tablet Review

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/chuwi-hi13-review/

 

Get To Know Google’s Free Word Processor

http://www.worldstart.com/get-to-know-googles-free-word-processor/

 

Local channels in streaming bundles: Why they're hard to get, and how that's changing

TV networks are making progress in bringing local feeds to services like DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV

http://www.techhive.com/article/3192657/streaming-services/local-channels-in-streaming-bundles-why-theyre-hard-to-get-and-how-thats-changing.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-04-27&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Best%20of%20TechHive%20%202017-04-27&utm_term=techhive_bestof_html

 

Lenovo Flex 11 Combines a Chromebook and a Tablet

Four modes make this $279 2-in-1 a very flexible laptop/tablet hybrid.

http://www.pcmag.com/news/353142/lenovo-flex-11-combines-a-chromebook-and-a-tablet?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=dailynews&utm_medium=title

 

Behold: This Galaxy Note 8 blows the Galaxy S8 out of the water

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/behold-galaxy-note-8-blows-galaxy-s8-water-125139323.html

 

Master the iOS Photos App with These Hidden Gems

https://www.maketecheasier.com/ios-photo-app-hidden-gem/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=24042017

 

Best new apps for iPhone and iPad

What are the hottest new apps on the App Store right now? These!

http://www.imore.com/best-new-apps-iphone-ipad

 

Six Things You Need to Do Immediately After Plugging In Your New Router

https://www.howtogeek.com/180987/5-things-you-need-to-do-immediately-after-plugging-in-your-new-router/

 

Revisiting the Google Pixel XL at 6 Months

https://www.thurrott.com/mobile/android/110210/revisiting-google-pixel-xl-6-months?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9cCA7UrR7jaF64K8YvoGBW0WbjkmxpzNAMeLPqD8eANSXKBZZrwL31xxKjewG5VKGHT9LDkk52-uHo1b5nso7XiHEeOw&_hsmi=51320703

 

7 Daily Tasks You Didn’t Know You Could Automate in a Few Minutes

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/daily-tasks-automate/

 

How Do I Find The Right PC?

http://www.worldstart.com/how-do-i-find-the-right-pc/print

 

New Chrome feature lets you watch Chromecast holdouts like Amazon Video on your TV

Services like Amazon Video that don't support the Chromecast are now watchable thanks to this experimental Chrome browser feature.

http://www.techhive.com/article/3192624/software/new-chrome-feature-lets-you-watch-chromecast-holdouts-like-amazon-video-on-your-tv.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-04-27&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Best%20of%20TechHive%20%202017-04-27&utm_term=techhive_bestof_html

 

Microsoft Gets Rid of Passwords With Phone Sign-In

Sign into your Microsoft accounts with just your phone; no password necessary.

http://www.pcmag.com/news/353155/microsoft-gets-rid-of-passwords-with-phone-sign-in?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=dailynews&utm_medium=title

 

Everything you need to know about using a MicroSD card on Android

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/complete-guide-using-microsd-card-151535757.html

 

Weekend Streaming: 'Bill Nye Saves the World' ready for binge watching

Everyone's favorite science guy is back with a new talk show on Netflix.

https://www.cnet.com/news/weekend-streaming-bill-nye-saves-the-world-ready-for-binge-watching/

 

The Best Antivirus Software of 2017

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/reviewedcom/2017/04/27/the-best-antivirus-software-of-2017/100973048/#

 

What Is the Significance of Windows Folder Names With Hex Numbers in Them?

https://www.howtogeek.com/282673/what-is-the-significance-of-windows-folder-names-with-hex-numbers-in-them/

 

How to Generate System Performance Report in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/82009-generate-system-performance-report-windows-10-a.html

 

5 Reasons Why You Should Ditch WhatsApp for Viber

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/reasons-ditch-whatsapp-viber/

 

Google Trips Makes Travel Planning Easier

http://www.worldstart.com/google-trips-makes-travel-planning-easier/

 

Grillbot grill-cleaning robot review: The best thing to happen to barbecues since fire

Technology relieves mankind of yet another unpleasant task.

http://www.techhive.com/article/3191360/smart-appliance/grillbot-grill-cleaning-robot-review-the-best-thing-to-happen-to-barbecues-since-fire.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-04-27&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Best%20of%20TechHive%20%202017-04-27&utm_term=techhive_bestof_html

 

Mastercard Adds Fingerprint Sensor to Biometric Card

Now thieves will have to figure out how to steal your fingerprint as well as your card and PIN.

http://www.pcmag.com/news/353175/mastercard-adds-fingerprint-sensor-to-biometric-card?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=dailynews&utm_medium=title

 

Crazy deal gets you an unlocked iPhone 7 Plus for less than an iPhone 7

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/crazy-deal-gets-unlocked-iphone-7-plus-less-161115228.html

 

Will a rear Touch ID sensor stop you from upgrading to the iPhone 8? (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy Podcast, Ep. 81)

Apple hires Google Satellite execs to work on new hardware, pointing to satellite internet, and more leaked schematics point to a rear Touch iD iPhone.

https://www.cnet.com/news/apple-byte-extra-crunchy-ep-81/

 

13% off Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 - Deal Alert

http://www.csoonline.com/article/3192841/storage/13-off-seagate-backup-plus-slim-2tb-portable-external-hard-drive-usb-3-0-deal-alert.html

 

How to Work Around a 404 Error in Homebrew for macOS

https://www.howtogeek.com/282147/how-to-work-around-a-404-error-in-homebrew-for-macos/

 

How to Hide or Show All Icons on Your Desktop in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/6994-hide-show-desktop-icons-windows-10-a.html

 

How to Fix: Can't Access Mapped Network Drive via Administrative Command Prompt

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10088/how-fix-cant-access-mapped-network-drive-administrative-command-prompt

 

Create New Folders In Outlook.com

http://www.worldstart.com/create-new-folders-in-outlook-com/

 

Apple's first original series, Carpool Karaoke, delayed to later this year

Apple is venturing into TV shows, but its first effort has been postponed.

(Something for all Apple lovers to look forward too.  Perhaps to eclipse all other product announcements)

http://www.techhive.com/article/3192313/streaming-services/apples-first-original-series-carpool-karaoke-delayed-to-later-this-year.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-04-27&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Best%20of%20TechHive%20%202017-04-27&utm_term=techhive_bestof_html

 

5 Useful Web-Clipping Apps for You to Save Content and Stay Organized

https://www.maketecheasier.com/useful-web-clipping-apps/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=24042017

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A vigilante is putting a huge amount of work into infecting IoT devices

Just one problem -- he doesn't secure legal permission to do this. And so he gets sued in 3...2...1... 

Actually, there are many problems which could occur, including blocking access for firmware upgrades to correct security issues, and users not being able to access their own IoT devices and controllers remotely. And the list goes on. Vigilantes never accomplish what they intend, and their actions always have dangerous unintended consequences.

 

A mysterious botnet has hijacked 300,000 devices, but nobody knows why

This is the Hajime Malware which claims to be providing a service to the IoT. The article's author should really do some research. 

 

You Can Probably Get Free Lynda.com Access From Your Local Library

True story. And one of the most useful resources you can bookmark.

 

The Best Ransomware Protection of 2017

This list is identical to their list of best antivirus and backup programs, mashed up into a click-bait article. I have never been bothered by ransomware no matter what I have done online (and some of where I go is a bit risky). Yes, the nasty stuff exists, but no, it isn't literally everywhere, and with proper data backups, it isn't the end of the world (although it could be the end of your hard drive or SSD, even with the best protections). An antivirus rescue disk (new to the category) may be your best remedy if this ever happens to you.

 

Why Don’t I Get Sound from My Computer? (A Checklist)

I have more than one sound resource in both Windows and Linux. This means my second most likely candidate (behind the mute button) is selecting the wrong source or (third most likely) having an app or an update (doesn't have to be a new driver) reselect my source when I wasn't looking. 

BTW, regarding one of the Comments, the Windows Audio Service got installed as part of my video driver on my NUC and my tablet (Win 10 Pro). Weird!

As to Bluetooth speakers losing their connections, that is normal behavior in Bluetooth 4.1. It has "power saving" built in, and this is a source of endless frustration for me in both Linux and Windows. Devices disconnect when idle, but the devices never seem to reconnect due to security codes. I don't know where the setting is to turn off this feature, but I would think it exists somewhere. I don't like it when hard drives do this "power saving", and losing my sound is even more frustrating. 

 

Which OLED TV should you buy right now?

None. Not right now anyway. This tech is still evolving.

 

Judge Rules Against Apple’s Policy On Refurbished iPad Replacements

By this logic, I should have been sent a brand new ASUS tablet when the power button on mine went bad during the warranty period. I don't think this ruling will stand very long.

 

Windows 10 Updates: What You Need To Know

Fine advice for novice users. For more advanced users, there are options not to receive unwanted updates for a very long time. by then most of the bad ones either get revised, or are withdrawn. Feature updates (non-security) will be controllable to some extent with the Creators Update, even for Home users.

 

How to Delete Files Windows Claims Are “Too Long”

OK, so now how do we copy and open these files? Even Rename complains. This is in fact a case for using 7-Zip. 

 

Mastercard Adds Fingerprint Sensor to Biometric Card

Now thieves will have to figure out how to steal your fingerprint as well as your card and PIN.

Lifting a good enough copy of a fingerprint to fool this technology is child's play. False security once again from the card issuers. Thanks to the four-digit limitation and there being only numbers, any decent computer can crack a PIN in no time.

 

Why Am I Getting Ads In Yahoo Mail?

Because you failed to pay. (Yahoo is the only major email service which is free but does not support IMAP or POP-3 for its free accounts.) And because you don't use the right ad blockers, tracker blockers and script and Flash blockers. 

 

Linux on Android smartphones: Project Halium wants your handset to run Ubuntu, Sailfish

Developers hope to create a common Android base to fix Linux mobile fragmentation.

This is in no way going to solve the underlying problem. Linux did not make the transition to a mobile platform. There is now very little developer support within the Linux OS community for this failed project. You will be entirely on your own. And you WILL encounter problems.

 

How to stop websites from asking for your location in Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, Safari

Browsers can supply your location when you permit it. If you have no plans of ever permitting it here's how to turn that feature off.

If you get online using DSL or AT&T broadband services, it's often amusing how far off these location services can get. (For landline based services they use ip address, not telephone exchanges, but there's really very little difference when using the telephone network as your gateway to the Net.) It's only on mobile devices that they can get scary close (using GPS or cell tower triangulation) -- or they can be very helpful if you really want or need to be located.

From My Own Reading:

How to use Kodi to watch live TV

http://www.androidcentral.com/how-use-kodi-watch-live-tv

 

Elon Musk just unveiled the first photo of Tesla’s upcoming semi-truck

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/elon-musk-just-unveiled-first-photo-tesla-upcoming-203358768.html

 

Meet Windows Defender Security Center, your PC's safety belt in the Creators Update

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3188298/windows/meet-windows-defender-security-center-your-pcs-safety-belt-in-the-creators-update.html

 

How to install Linux on a Chromebook

The Crouton project makes it simple to install a full Linux desktop operating system on a Chromebook.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3187441/computers/how-to-install-linux-on-a-chromebook.html

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EXCLUSIVE: JOHN MCAFEE REVEALS 'WORLD'S FIRST TRULY PRIVATE' SMARTPHONE

http://www.newsweek.com/john-mcafee-privacy-phone-smartphone-590373

 

A vigilante is putting a huge amount of work into infecting IoT devices

When it comes to features and robustness, Hajime surpasses its blackhat rivals.

https://arstechnica.com/security/2017/04/a-vigilante-is-putting-huge-amount-of-work-into-infecting-iot-devices/

 

The Best VPN Apps for Android of 2017

Using the Internet on your Android phone isn't as secure or private as you might think. Protect your mobile communications with one of these secure virtual private network (or VPN) apps.

http://au.pcmag.com/encryption-products/43976/guide/the-best-vpn-apps-for-android-of-2017

 

Windows 10 Creators Update may have bugs - do not install it manually, warns Microsoft

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/windows-10-creators-may-bugs-100350915.html

 

Tabbed Browsing In Chrome

http://www.worldstart.com/tabbed-browsing-in-chrome/print

 

Why I’m Breaking Up with Verizon for T-Mobile After 16 Years

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/leaving-verizon-for-t-mobile,news-24967.html?utm_source=tg-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170426-tg

 

You Can Probably Get Free Lynda.com Access From Your Local Library

https://www.howtogeek.com/282718/you-can-probably-get-free-lynda.com-access-from-your-local-library/

 

How to Select and Set Up an HD TV Antenna

https://www.maketecheasier.com/select-setup-hd-tv-antenna/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=22042017

 

Why Don’t I Get Sound from My Computer? (A Checklist)

A lack of sound can happen for a variety of reasons. I'll review the common things to look for if your computer isn't making sound.

https://askleo.com/why-dont-i-get-sound-from-my-computer/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=IiCz0Yu933dfbL

 

The Best Ransomware Protection of 2017

When ransomware turns your most important files into encrypted gibberish, and paying big bucks to get those files back is your only choice, you're in big trouble. One of these top-performing utilities is your best bet to stay safe.

http://www.pcmag.com/roundup/353231/the-best-ransomware-protection?mailing_id=2876412&mailing=SecurityWatch&mailingID=529F7F4011846C156137F5BBDCA7FADD

 

Which OLED TV should you buy right now?

I compared the cheapest 2016 and 2017 OLED TVs directly. Both are awesome, but only one is overpriced.

https://www.cnet.com/news/which-oled-tv-should-you-buy-2016-lg-b6-vs-2017-lg-c7/#ftag=YHF65cbda0?yptr=yahoo

 

Judge Rules Against Apple’s Policy On Refurbished iPad Replacements

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/judge-rules-against-apple-policy-160055620.html

 

Windows 10 Updates: What You Need To Know

http://www.worldstart.com/windows-10-updates-what-you-need-to-know/

 

iPhone 8 Rumors: What to Expect from the 10th Anniversary iPhone

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/iphone-8-rumors,news-23641.html?utm_source=tg-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170426-tg

 

How to Delete Files Windows Claims Are “Too Long”

https://www.howtogeek.com/283877/how-to-delete-files-windows-claims-are-too-long/

 

6 Important Steps to Take After a Data Breach

https://www.maketecheasier.com/important-steps-after-data-breach/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=22042017

 

What Happens When I Mark Something as Spam?

Marking spam as spam is an important tool in the war against it, but exactly what happens when you do so is clouded in mystery.

https://askleo.com/what_happens_when_i_mark_something_as_spam/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=IiCz0Yu933dfbL

 

Report: Unroll.me Sells Your Anonymized Email Data to Uber

Uber was also reportedly almost kicked out of Apple's App Store in 2015 for violating the iPhone maker's privacy guidelines, the New York Times reports.

http://www.pcmag.com/news/353247/report-unroll-me-sells-your-anonymized-email-data-to-uber?mailing_id=2876412&mailing=SecurityWatch&mailingID=529F7F4011846C156137F5BBDCA7FADD

 

How to plug in your iPhone without it chiming or buzzing

Charge like a ninja.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-plug-in-your-iphone-without-it-chiming-or-buzzing/

 

'Severe supply shortages': The iPhone 8 sounds like it will be hard to find

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/severe-supply-shortages-iphone-8-131652279.html

 

Help! How Do I Connect My Android Tablet To The Internet?

http://www.worldstart.com/help-how-do-i-connect-my-android-tablet-to-the-internet/

 

iPhone 8 Obliterates Galaxy S8 in First Alleged Benchmarks

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/iphone-8-benchmarks,news-24969.html?utm_source=tg-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170426-tg

 

How to Check if Secure Boot Is Enabled on Your PC

https://www.howtogeek.com/283803/how-to-check-if-secure-boot-is-enabled-on-your-pc/

 

[Tip] Hide or Remove All Apps List in Windows 10 Start Menu

http://www.askvg.com/tip-hide-or-remove-all-apps-list-in-windows-10-start-menu/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AskVG+%28AskVG%29

 

A mysterious botnet has hijacked 300,000 devices, but nobody knows why

Researchers know what the botnet is capable of — but they don't seem to know what it'll actually do.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/a-mysterious-botnet-has-hijacked-thousands-of-devices/

 

Why, or How, do Files Become Corrupt?

File corruption happens most commonly when there's a hardware issue or bad sector on your hard drive. I'll look at implications and preventative steps.

https://askleo.com/why_or_how_do_files_become_corrupt/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=IiCz0Yu933dfbL

 

Mastercard Adds Fingerprint Sensor to Biometric Card

Now thieves will have to figure out how to steal your fingerprint as well as your card and PIN.

http://www.pcmag.com/news/353175/mastercard-adds-fingerprint-sensor-to-biometric-card?mailing_id=2876412&mailing=SecurityWatch&mailingID=529F7F4011846C156137F5BBDCA7FADD

 

Hackers exploited Word flaw for months while Microsoft investigated

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/hackers-exploited-word-flaw-months-110000649.html

 

Why Am I Getting Ads In Yahoo Mail?

http://www.worldstart.com/why-am-i-getting-ads-in-yahoo-mail/print

 

HOW TO CLEAR YOUR BROWSING HISTORY ON YOUR IPHONE OR ANDROID DEVICE

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how-to-delete-cookies-and-browsing-history-on-an-iphone-or-android-device/

 

How to Automatically Launch Android Auto with NFC

https://www.howtogeek.com/280574/how-to-automatically-launch-android-auto-with-nfc/

 

Here's the master list of Chromebooks that will get Android apps, straight from Google itself

Android app support for certain Chromebooks has been in the works for some time, but Google finally revealed which devices will get the feature.

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/heres-the-master-list-of-chromebooks-that-will-get-android-apps-straight-from-google-itself/

 

Linux on Android smartphones: Project Halium wants your handset to run Ubuntu, Sailfish

Developers hope to create a common Android base to fix Linux mobile fragmentation.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/linux-on-android-smartphones-project-halium-wants-your-handset-to-run-ubuntu-sailfish/

 

Why can’t I boot from an SD card?

You probably can boot from an SD card, but it's also likely to be more cumbersome than just using a USB device or optical disc.

https://askleo.com/cant-boot-sd-card/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=IiCz0Yu933dfbL

 

Report: Young Adults Drawn to Life of Cyber Crime

By hacking into computer systems, they're hoping to achieve recognition from their online peers.

http://www.pcmag.com/news/353238/report-young-adults-drawn-to-life-of-cyber-crime

 

How to stop websites from asking for your location in Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, Safari

Browsers can supply your location when you permit it. If you have no plans of ever permitting it here's how to turn that feature off.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3192344/windows/how-to-stop-websites-from-asking-for-your-location-in-chrome-edge-firefox-opera-safari.amp.html

 

Microsoft knew about a Word bug that put millions of computers at risk but waited 6 months to fix it

http://www.businessinsider.com/hackers-microsoft-word-flaw-reuters-2017-4

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FYI #900 (Sun 4/30/2017)

How to clear the cache, cookies, and browsing history in Firefox

Firefox is easier than Chrome. Because you  have to go deeper into the Chrome settings, I use Click and Clean extension to automate the cleanup job. I am not fond of being tracked.

 

3 ways to give Android your personality

I simply gave my phone a Boston background and let it go at that. But then, I don't live my whole life on my phone. (I live some of my life on my NUC and the rest on my TV and connected DVR devices.)

 

Ubuntu Touch Phone/Tablet Support Ends June

That venture was a costly mistake, and it slowed Ubuntu Desktop adoption as Canonical kept striving for Convergence at the expense of never embracing Miracast and never getting Bluetooth fixed. Not to mention kernel driver issues with the major graphics card vendors. 

 

How Important Are Surge Protectors for PCs?

Not any more or any less important than UPS. Unless your PC has a battery inside of it, a brown-out or drop-out can be as damaging to the electronics as a surge. And when the power comes back on, there is often a series of short, intense pulses and dropouts, which is very damaging.

 

New Strain of Linux Malware Could Get Serious

Since the main threat cited is to routers, modems and DSL gateways, how do I protect my Comcast or AT&T Gateway, which is not maintained by me? This is one more example of a security company trying to spread panic when they offer no consumer solutions for the problems they are screaming about. The ISPs and the IotT device makers would have to solve this problem. It is not a Desktop Linux issue, as these systems are usually kept up to date and generally do not have default passwords. 

This is perhaps one case for a hardware and software security solution for home networks which host IoT Things. Like the one from BitDefender which I previously posted about. And to play it safe, where possible, scan Linux systems with Linux specific antivirus. For Desktop Ubuntu, the choices are few, but ClamTK or ClamAV should help keep your systems safe. For embedded Linux, like routers and gateways, you have to wait and hope a firmware update will arrive in time.

 

Samsung's answer to incoming calls, texts, tweets at the wheel? An app that knows you're driving, replies for you

And Millennials figure out a workaround in 3..2...1...

 

You Won’t Believe What Caused Yahoo’s Data Breach

I do NOT believe this explanation. Yahoo simply left the barn door wide open by not updating the security of their Linux servers. And by not salting and hashing sensitive user data. And they're no better about these things now than they were then. 

 

Microsoft adds another option to its complex Windows 10 patching story

This news does not apply to consumer versions (Home or Pro) of Windows 10 Creators Update. We will still get the MS Update CUs. Kitchen sink and all.

 

AT&T's '5G Evolution' Speed Boost Is Not Really 5

"5G" is a myth in the US. Probably won't arrive on a phone near you until around 2025.

 

4 of the Best Alternate DNS Services You Should Use

Good reference. I use OpenDNS for most of my devices.

 

Running Linux on your Chromebook with GalliumOS

This seems like a lot of effort to go to, just to "de-Googlize" your life. But there is an argument to be made that if you have a Chromebook with 32GB of local storage or better, you can use Linux without being so Cloud-dependent. Be aware, only a dual-boot will preserve the ability to run Google Play Apps on a Linux retread of a Chromebook. 

 

Wikipedia Guru Launches News Site, 'Wikitribune'

They nearly had me until the following paragraph:

"Part of the logic behind the move is to bridge the gap between traditional media and social media sites. The idea is to combine the editorial and writing skills of professional reporters with the 'wisdom of crowds' by which the public can bring additional facts, perspectives or context to a story."

Mixing hard news with reader contributions will muddy the distinction between journalism and blogging. Anyone can post anything, even if it's not fully vetted, in a blog. A journalist on the other hand, will always vet their sources and use only reliable information, checking facts before posting anything. The two approaches are fundamentally incompatible. 

Mixing up these two approaches is what Facebook and other Social Sites have been doing. The first casualty in this mashup has often been the truth. We have a Fake President to show for it. Do we need any more proof? 

This is a bad idea. I hope for the sake of our Country that they fail before they launch. But this is the Wikipedia Team. They have deep pockets and know very well how to prosper by spending other people's money. 

 

Don't install the Windows 10 Creators Update on your own, Microsoft advises

We all remember how long it took for the Fall Update (1511) and the Anniversary Update (1607) to settle down. As Woody Leonhard advises, just sit back and wait for the screaming of the pioneers to subside a bit. Don't be a Microsoft Guinea Pig. 

 

Re. Joe Nowak Postings:

Clearing your browser history

I would think everyone knows how to do this by now. There are even extensions and settings to do it for you. Related -- you should not save log-in cookies in your browser. This is unsafe. 

 

Update on my Linux use:

Antivirus -- I found ClamAV with a GTK GUI interface. It's still being supported, it stays up to date and it can be run for Linux specific scans. It's fast because, well, it's Linux. 

You can add "PUA" protections, but then you will be using Virus Total (Linux version) a lot. ClamAV/ ClamTK will allow checking with VirusTotal, but it has to be done on an item by item basis. 

One good Baseline Scan should tell you whether there's something to look into. Thereafter you just look for anything new and suspicious. 

Without the "PUA" feature, the scans are easy to interpret and act upon if necessary (which in Linux is seldom the case).

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Don't install the Windows 10 Creators Update on your own, Microsoft advises

Wait for Windows Update to ensure your hardware works properly, Microsoft says.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3192588/windows/dont-install-the-windows-10-creators-update-on-your-own-microsoft-advises.html

 

How to take a screenshot on an iPad

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/screenshot-ipad-111532032.html

 

Essential Security Tips for Taking Your Work on the Road

https://www.maketecheasier.com/security-tips-for-work-on-the-road/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20042017

 

HOW TO KILL ANDROID APPS AND TASKS RUNNING IN THE BACKGROUND

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/android-apps-background-kill/

 

HOW TO SET UP A VIRTUAL LAN (VLAN)

https://www.pcmech.com/article/how-to-set-up-a-vlan/

 

How to clear the cache, cookies, and browsing history in Firefox

Help protect your privacy with these simple tips!

https://www.grahamcluley.com/clear-cache-cookies-browsing-history-firefox/

 

4 Task Management Apps for Your Busy Lifestyle

http://www.worldstart.com/4-task-management-apps-for-your-busy-lifestyle/

 

FalseGuide malware dupes 600,000 Android users into joining botnet

Malware hidden within guides for popular games, including Pokémon GO and FIFA, repeatedly slipped through Google Play security defences.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/falseguide-malware-dupes-600000-android-users-into-joining-botnet/

 

3 ways to give Android your personality

http://www.komando.com/tips/397762/3-ways-to-give-android-your-personality?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=android&utm_content=2017-04-26-article-title

 

Ubuntu Touch Phone/Tablet Support Ends June

The app store will also shutdown in December, but devices should continue to function.

http://www.pcmag.com/news/353282/ubuntu-touch-phone-tablet-support-ends-june

 

The smartphone is eventually going to die — this is Mark Zuckerberg's crazy vision for what comes next

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/smartphone-eventually-going-die-mark-120000005.html

 

How Important Are Surge Protectors for PCs?

https://www.maketecheasier.com/how-important-are-surge-protectors-for-pcs/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20042017

 

DATA DISASTER AVERTED! HOW TO BACK UP YOUR ANDROID SMARTPHONE

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how-to-back-up-your-android-smartphone-to-pc/

 

HOW TO AUTOMATICALLY LOCK WINDOWS 10 WHEN YOU WALK AWAY

https://www.pcmech.com/article/automatically-lock-windows-10-walk-away/

 

New Strain of Linux Malware Could Get Serious

http://www.linuxinsider.com/story/84481.html

 

Meet Your New Best Friend: USB-C

http://www.worldstart.com/meet-your-new-best-friend-usb-c/print

 

Samsung's answer to incoming calls, texts, tweets at the wheel? An app that knows you're driving, replies for you

Samsung's new app will detect when you're driving and send auto-replies to incoming calls and social-media messages.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/samsungs-answer-to-incoming-calls-texts-tweets-at-the-wheel-an-app-that-knows-youre-driving-replies/

 

Most important click in your Facebook Privacy Settings

http://www.komando.com/tips/396631/most-important-click-in-your-facebook-privacy-settings?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=column&utm_content=2017-04-23-article-title

 

OLED vs. QLED: What's the Difference?

Samsung is promoting QLED panels for its high-end TVs, while LG is pushing organic light-emitting diode (OLED) for its flagship models. Which technology do you want in your next television? We explain.

http://www.pcmag.com/article/352908/oled-vs-qled-whats-the-difference?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

Xbox Scorpio Price: 5 Ways A $500 Cost Could Ruin The Console

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/xbox-scorpio-price-5-ways-194002291.html

 

How to Set Up, Use, and Troubleshoot Apple’s Universal Clipboard

https://www.maketecheasier.com/setup-use-troubleshoot-universal-clipboard/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20042017

 

Windows 10: Turn On or Off Ask to Close All Tabs in Microsoft Edge in Windows 10  

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/12757-turn-off-ask-close-all-tabs-microsoft-edge-windows-10-a.html

 

HOW TO USE WINDOWS 10’S NARRATOR FEATURE

https://www.pcmech.com/article/how-to-use-windows-10s-narrator-feature/

 

This Might Be the Worst News Yet for Apple Inc.'s iPhone 8

Apple's bold plan to integrate Touch ID into the display might fail this year.

https://www.fool.com/investing/2017/04/19/this-might-be-the-worst-news-yet-for-apple-incs-ip.aspx

 

You Won’t Believe What Caused Yahoo’s Data Breach

http://www.worldstart.com/you-wont-believe-what-caused-yahoos-data-breach/print

 

Microsoft adds another option to its complex Windows 10 patching story

IT pros, take notice: Microsoft is adding yet another set of Windows 10 Cumulative Updates -- ones that don't include security fixes -- to its patching mix.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-adds-another-option-to-its-complex-windows-10-patching-story/

 

5 projects for Raspberry Pi at home

https://opensource.com/article/17/4/5-projects-raspberry-pi-home?sc_cid=701600000012BzcAAE

 

AT&T's '5G Evolution' Speed Boost Is Not Really 5G

The speed boost, which is not true 5G, is made possible by optimizations to AT&T's existing data network, and will roll out to additional cities this year.

http://www.pcmag.com/news/353307/at-ts-5g-like-speeds-arrive-in-austin?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

Samsung Galaxy S8 starter guide: 8 tips for your new phone

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/m/8e3b39d9-e65b-39b3-8b80-37c1435f65b3/samsung-galaxy-s8-starter.html

 

4 of the Best Alternate DNS Services You Should Use

https://www.maketecheasier.com/best-alternate-dns-services/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20042017

 

Windows 10: Boot from USB Drive on Windows 10 PC  

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/21756-boot-usb-drive-windows-10-pc.html

 

WHAT DOES CONGRESS’ BROADBAND PRIVACY RULE REPEAL MEAN FOR YOU?

https://www.pcmech.com/article/what-does-congress-broadband-privacy-rule-repeal-mean-for-you/

 

[Windows 10 Tip] Restoring Classic Control Panel Shortcut in Win+X Menu

http://www.askvg.com/windows-10-tip-restoring-classic-control-panel-shortcut-in-win-x-menu/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AskVG+%28AskVG%29

 

Add Art To Your Browser

http://www.worldstart.com/add-art-to-your-browser/

 

How to remove Unroll.me from your Gmail account

If you didn't like how this inbox management service sold customer data, here's how to delete your account.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-remove-unroll-me-from-your-gmail-account/

 

Running Linux on your Chromebook with GalliumOS

A look at how to use GalliumOS to "penguinize" a Chromebook.

https://opensource.com/article/17/4/linux-chromebook-gallium-os?sc_cid=701600000012BzcAAE

 

The Eerie World of Abandoned Computers

Urban explorers document forgotten digital tools of another time.

http://www.pcmag.com/feature/261665/the-eerie-world-of-abandoned-computers?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

Apple Offers Replacements To iPhone SE With Broken Screen

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/apple-offers-replacements-iphone-se-162607452.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_06

 

Wikipedia Guru Launches News Site, 'Wikitribune'

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10086/wikipedia-guru-launches-news-site-wikitribune

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Re. FYI#899  (Sat 4/22/2017)

How I hacked my smart TV from my bed via a command injection

How Do You Safely Add Insecure Devices to a Home Network?

Router Configuration for IoT Device Isolation

https://www.howtogeek.com/279978/how-do-you-safely-add-insecure-devices-to-a-home-network/

And there could be adjustments to security permissions for IoT devices, as if they were on Parental Controls.

 

More info on the router and VLAN solutions

https://superuser.com/questions/1141976/safely-adding-insecure-devices-to-my-home-network

Or, you could opt for a hardware solution with better security software (all paid, of course). This is what businesses do -- they use a combination of a hardware appliance and business grade security software to protect vulnerable Things on their networks. 

 

BitDefender Box

https://thehackernews.com/2016/12/protect-home-iot-network.html

 

BitDefender Box Street Price (Frys)

http://www.frys.com/product/8858182?source=google&gclid=CPecg4yjwtMCFV21wAodr4oGqA

Plus $99.00 per year for the BitDefender Av subscription (unlimited devices). 

 

Change Your Font Size & Change Your Attitude

I occasionally increase my Font Size when working with PDF editing, or when creating a short document for others to read. In presentations, I create documents with giant headline fonts, instead of doing actual slides with MS PowerPoint or the newer Sway App. It isn't as fancy, but it gets the job done for simple "slides". 

 

You don't have to be a 'Genius' to like Albert Einstein drama

An IQ of 165 is just barely within the definition of genius clinically. (I have been placed in the high 140's, and I am definitely not a genius. My Performance Scores are suppressed by my autistic traits, and other sensory and motor limitations.) Albert Einstein had many math and physics related abilities, but he was not a genius in general intelligence terms. He was a hard worker and never let go of an idea until he had the problem solved.

Unfortunately, this inability to let go of ideas was also Einstein's greatest limitation. As Quantum Theory began to show that the Universe is ruled by very random and chaotic processes, Eistein stubbornly refused to believe that this randomness could not be predicted precisely. His famous quote "God does not play dice" summarized perhaps the main reason Einstein never realized the Grand Unification Theory in physics. But then again, neither has anyone else since Einstein.

It is also not true that Einstein was a poor romantic and not interested in socializing. He often attended social events. He was always surrounded by female admirers (what we might refer to as Groupies), and in fact it was his fondness for women which may have wrecked his first marriage.

Einstein was a very good public speaker, and a fearless and vocal supporter of Zionism and the State of Israel. Far from being shy, he was soft-spoken, but very articulate and fond of people in general.

Where the idea that Einstein never spoke until the age of five years old came from, I do not know. But this is also a myth. The man was not autistic.

In science, hard work and dogged persistence are often mistaken for genius. While both persistence and genius can make a scientist memorable, they are not at all the same thing.

 

How to Permanently Disable Windows Defender in Windows 10

When installing any active third party antivirus, Windows Defender will be automatically and permanently disabled (until the third party AV is removed). There is no rational case for disabling Windows Defender manually. The result would be opening up Windows 10 to the Internet with no active AV protections at all. Not smart!! 

I use third party antivirus (Avira) and second-opinion scanners (Emsisoft, Malwarebytes and Microsoft stand-alone offerings). (I also add AppArmor and the Firewall in Linux, which many Linux users don't add.) Frankly, scanning has never shown anything suspicious in all the time I've been running Windows 8, 8.1 and 10. Active Protections (AV/AM/ browser extensions and built-in browser protections) have flagged countless attempts to infect both Windows and Linux, but very little of this protection comes from any antivirus product, active or stand-alone. 

Maybe that's just my habits, but I am definitely not careful when it comes to selecting my streaming video online sources! 

 

What You Need To Connect Your Tablet To The Internet

Since when does the term "tablet" exclude Windows devices? They aren't very different in how they connect, but the article gives Android and iPhone/iPad information, but no Windows Mobile or Windows 10 tablet info. BTW, my Android phone has its cell data turned off most of the time. So it connects by WiFi almost everywhere.

 

Block Tracking Websites with Disconnect for Chrome

Too many ad blockers and tracker blockers can slow down a browser as all these extensions have to contact their databases in the Cloud to work. I have found Ghostery plus any of several DoNotTrackMe extensions do as good a job of blocking trackers as a bevvy of ad blockers with block lists and Disconnect. (Even Abine Blur is getting to be a slowdown nuisance lately.) I also have taken to using a Flash Blocker due to autoplay annoyances. HTML5 autoplay can't be totally blocked as of yet, but I do have an extension for that as well.

 

Apple is catastrophically late to the self-driving car game

"Catastrophically Late"? Did they have a "Bad Accident"? (Have you ever had a good accident?)

 

The Eve V, a crowdsourced Windows 10 tablet, is finally entering production

But with similar pricing, features, hardware and no Microsoft device support, why would I buy one of these vs. a Surface Pro?

 

Help! I Can’t Watch My Videos In Windows 10

I have had a different issue, which will not be resolved. The Comcast Stream App for playing video from the Comcast DVR over a network, does not work with Chrome under Linux. So I have to use Windows for XFinity video watching. Their WiFi Hotspots have a similar limitation. Well,it's nice to know that there will still be a niche for Windows in my life. (sarcasm)

 

Windows 10: Create Reset Recovery Image in Windows 10  

This is useful if you cleaned out the OEM crapware from your device. But I have an Intel NUC which is self-assembled, so it has no such bloatware. The Install Media USB stick will work just fine. And it can be used to upgrade to Pro any new all-in-one or tablet which may come with Windows 10 Home instead of Pro. The license upgrade will add to the device cost, but it will be worth it. I have my eye on one of the recent upgrades of the ASUS Transformer Book, which I now use for travel. Same price range, but 64-bit, more system RAM, more storage and a better processor (still Intel Atom, unfortunately).

 

It’s time for everyone to stop using traditional batteries and buy rechargeable ones instead

Rechargeables are not the best choice for situations where the batteries will remain in a device for a long period of time without being discharged. Like smoke detectors and CO alarms, just to name one example. They also don't hold up well under extreme cold, heart or humidity conditions.

 

How to Install Windows on a Chromebook

The Comments show a far safer and easier way to get many Windows apps running on Chromebooks. Crossover works well and does not require a "hackintosh" approach with high risks of ruining the Chromebook's hardware or bricking the firmware. If you want Windows, why not get a Windows 2-in-1 or laptop?

 

I've lost my Gmail password: Now what?

This article led me to disable syncing, which for some reason had been turned on for my Google Accounts and all my Chrome Browsers. I lost all my extensions (in my Linux Chrome browser) and had to start over. But the end result is a cleaner and faster browser. So it was worth it. I just hope this does not wreck my Android phone's access to Chrome using its PIN login -- or anything else in my Google Accounts. Just checked, and everything on the phone is intact. So I have a clean Linux Chrome browser -- good!

 

What Are the FOUND.000 Folder and FILE0000.CHK File in Windows?

Linux has similar "Lost and Found" folders. I have never successfully recovered any files or data from either Windows or Linux from these files or folders. They just take up space. I think by default, CCleaner and Bleachbit delete these locations.

 

From My Own Reading:

12 free utilities that can give you more control over your PC

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3189055/software/12-free-utilities-that-can-give-you-more-control-over-your-pc.html

 

And a note on the Chrome Browser:

I just killed Chrome Sync (in my Linux -- at least until my smartphone reenables it) and all my extensions got removed. So I just reassembled a suite of end a new theme, and Chrome in here is better than before. House cleaning in browsers is an essential part of keeping your browsing experience fast and smooth. I may add back some of my other extensions as I feel need for them, but "t'aint likely, McGee -- t'aint likely!"

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Latest edition of CyberHeist News

Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:22 pm (PDT

CyberheistNews Vol 7 #17

And Just When You Thought Locky Ransomware Had Disappeared.

http://bit.ly/2pZe7I7

 

Unroll Me, Uber, Lyft and Data Mining

Tue Apr 25, 2017 11:25 am (PDT)

It's a little convoluted but the basics are this: If you're not paying for it, YOU are the product.

Unroll.me, the Email Unsubscription Service, Has Been Collecting and Selling Your Data

http://bit.ly/2q3yDKu

 

Clearing your browser history

Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:06 pm (PDT)

As you may or may not know, your browser keeps track of every site you visit. You can delete this information if you want to. Here is how to do so in several different browsers.

How to Clear Your History in Any Browser

http://bit.ly/2ot144r

 

Office 365 Newsletter with tips on PowerPoint and Excel

Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:43 pm (PDT)

Office 365 4/25/17

This issue has 2 articles on PowerPoint and 1 on Excel. If you have another version of Office, these ideas may still be possible with minor changes or modifications.

Office 365 Newsletter 4/25/17

http://bit.ly/2p2LOdt

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