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clone is slightly less pricey at $1,100
offered by alternative Android app market redirected to malware
So is this a rogue app store? Or did something else happen?
Why the Galaxy
S8 Active could be nearly invincible
Rumors say the S8 Active
won't crack under pressure thanks to a shatter-resistant screen.
Looking for user input on software selection for Ubuntu
Apple Leak Shows
iPhone 8 Is Massive
How to Save
Files as PDF in Windows 10 without Additional Software
Ryzen Threadripper chips arrive in August starting at $799
Inspires Worm-like Module in Trickbot
The malware is being
primarily distributed via email spam in the form of spoofed
invoices from an international financial services com, says
10 Ways to Boost
Your Wi-Fi Signal
Check out these quick tips to get the
strongest signal from your wireless router, extend and optimize
your Wi-Fi coverage, and speed up your surfing.
How to Create a
Bootable Multiboot USB for Windows and Linux
One of the Best
Antivirus Programs Is Now Free
Analytics Upgrade Readiness for upgrading devices
Aspire GX-281 Series With New Ryzen Models
found spying on your private text messages
Why Do Scanners
Use PDF as the Default File Format?
Sierra preview: It's what you can't see that counts
Security #035: Up the Roomba with mandatory Chinese spyware
Security industry veterans, chatting about computer security and
alternatives to the iPod Shuffle and iPod Nano
iPods are going away. But if you're still in the market for a
dedicated music player, there are still some worthy options out
USB 3.2 promises
twice the performance of USB 3.1
'Confirms' Galaxy Note 8 Is Massive
5 of the Best
Journal Apps for Linux
offering 3-packs of its USB-C cables for as little as $9, 5-packs
Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time to
aid in making the USB-C transition a bit more affordable.
The Lazy Habits
of Phishing Attackers
Most hackers who phish accounts do little
to hide their tracks or even mine all of the data they can from
phished accounts, mostly because they can afford to be lazy.
Amazon Echo vs.
Google Home: Which Voice-Controlled Speaker Is Right for You?
Both the Amazon Echo and Google Home have seen major updates
recently. Here's how they stack up as speakers, digital voice
assistants, smart home hubs, and more.
18 Free Ways to
Download Any Video Off the Internet
Bluetooth Speakers (Under $50), Ranked from Best to Worst
AutoPilot lets you configure, reset, repurpose, recover devices
AMD Launches 7th
Generation A-Series And Athlon Processors To Retail
new Windows 10 features you'll love
How to Set the
Default Font and Font Size for New Workbooks in Excel
phone does such a great job of highlighting the iPhone 8’s biggest
11 arrested in
Chinese Fireball malware investigation
But other attackers are
still out there…
vulnerability could crash your outdated phone via Wi-Fi
phone doesn't have the latest update, leaving your Wi-Fi open
might let hackers take over your device.
4.0 released: repair Windows software
New Nokia 8
Leaks Show Off Stunning Smartphone
How to Properly
Protect Your Laptop and Prevent Laptop Theft
How to determine
if a PC has a clean or upgrade installation of Windows 10
you ever wondered if you're running an upgrade or clean install of
Windows 10? In this guide, we'll show you how to tell.
Announces the Windows Bounty Program
9 Easy Ways to
Make Your Android Phone Less Annoying
can snowball and add real stress to your day. Here are nine quick
and simple things you can do to make your life a bit easier.
Every Apple Fan Must Bookmark
17 Top Features
of Android O
ransomware scanner for WannaCry & NotPetya
AMD Ryzen 3
wireless flaw lets hackers track your cellphone's location
Why Is My
Battery Estimate Never Accurate?
S8 And Other Devices Expected To Receive Android O
security flaws let hackers 'physically attack' people
unpatchable, but common sense security controls help…
A flaw in
wireless networks lets hackers pretend to be you
calls and text messages coming from your phone number that you
never made. Meet the “ghost telephonist.”
stance on unsupported hardware adds uncertainty to Windows 10
Is A Poor Solution To The Wrong Problem
How to Disable
Protected View in Microsoft Word
with an Optical Drive
Windows 10’s New “Continue From Your Phone” Feature
408-Inch 4K Movie Theater Display Looks Stunning
wide, offers 4K resolution complete with HDR, and achieves 10x the
brightness of standard projectors. Will it tempt you back to the
Make Linux Look
Like macOS With These Easy Tweaks
Galaxy S8 Active
Specs Leaked: Here's What You Get
Restore & get
back Edge Favorites after Resetting Windows 10
Announces OCZ TR200 Entry-Level SSD
Best free (and
low-cost) video editors used by the pros
How to Use
Android’s Wi-Fi Assistant to Safely Connect to Public Wi-Fi
Networks (and Save Data)
Here's How To
Find Out Which Apps Are Killing Your Battery Life
Analysts See Hack Origin at Ukrainian Software Firm
Comments by -- Bob Primak --
Re. FYI #986 (Tue 8/1/2017):
Core Linux Question and Answers For
This is a good start for Linux beginners.
But there is a lot more to explore than any one article and its
comments can encompass.
4 Quick Ways to Disable the
Keyboard in Windows 10
In all my years of using Widnows, I have
never, ever wondered, "Now how can I disable the keyboard?".
The Best Cheap Tablets of
These are certainly cheap tablets. too
cheap. They will not last very long and will not perform even
basic tasks a general-purpose tablet should be able to perform.
None of these runs Windows apps.
Fitbit faces ill-timed
lawsuits over haptic feedback
There is no narrow, precise definition of
"haptic feedback". It is not a medical or scientific term. More of
a marketing term, and as such, cannot be defined well enough for
any patents to be applied.
Never create or change Linux
files using Windows Apps and Tools
In general, this is pure nonsense.
I share Windows created files and folders
with my Ubuntu Linux all the time, and have done so for years now.
While Windows can't see the Linux filesystem, and therefore cannot
modify Linux system files, Linux can see and modify Windows system
Often, Linux can change things which
Windows has messed up in the Windows system when Windows tools are
totally useless due to Windows Ownership and Permissions issues.
Linux Permissions have rarely if ever
prevented Windows from opening a file, in my experience. I have
never seen Windows create a file which has Linux Permissions
restricted to Windows or to Root when viewed from Linux. Both
errors if they ever would occur, are fixable. (The exact methods
are too involved to post here.)
There are occasions on which a Windows
feature or format may not translate, but the same can happen with
a Linux Text File, as those created in Linux have no Windows
readable file extensions. All of which is fixable, often very
NTFS can be read by Ubuntu, but Linux
filesystems can't be read natively by Windows. That's the main
stumbling block to sharing data between the two OSes. That and
Windows Fast Startup, which makes all NTFS partitions on a device
locked and unavailable to Linux for writing.
Windows Apps "locking" a Linux file is an
exceedingly rare occurrence in my experience. Note that I do not
usually let Windows write directly to my Linux System Partition.
That's because Windows can't see that Partition, not due to
If set up properly, a Windows and Linux
dual-boot can treat Windows data files from virtually any Windows
application as fully interchangeable with Linux data files with
similar extensions, where Linux has these extensions. And where
Windows has the Linux file extensions.
I won't say I have never messed up Linux
files by modifying them under Windows, but these events are
exceedingly rare. It is much more likely that Linux can modify and
read Windows files not capable of being altered under Windows than
that Windows can create files not readable under Linux.
Mozilla is held to a higher
The Google links (and tracking) inside of
Firefox have been there ever since Firefox made its debut. Nothing
new here. Just a bunch of privacy fanatics getting up in arms
about something which has always been going on.
This $75 CyberPower UPS will
keep your equipment and data safe
The main change in this and similar units
is the price, which has come down since I bought something similar
for my Cable TV setup.
Pale Moon 27.4 is out
For those unfamiliar with Pale Moon, it's
aimed at privacy-conscious people. Among other things, it does not
contain the Google links and trackers found in standard Firefox.
Satellites Reach Orbit
Moore's Law marches on.
Microsoft says it’s time to install Win10 Creators Update
(version 1703 from this past
And Woody says wait just one more month,
then install it, with some caviats. I'll put this upgrade on my
August-September to-do list, before the Fall Creators update comes
MIT solves a major problem holding up
glasses-free 3D TVs
I wonder what the viewing angles are, and
how this tech performs in strong room lighting, like full daylight
Re. FYI #987 (Wed 8/2/2017):
How to Remove Viruses and Malware on Your
Watch what you do with the "outside of
Windows" tools listed in this article! The links are to tools long
since discontinued. In fact, I cannot find ANY up to date third
party bootable AV tool for Windows 10. I'm not even sure Windows
Defender Offline (WDO) is still available, but there is a built-in
version inside of Windows 10 now.
Fixing incorrect clock / time
settings while dual-booting Windows/Linux
The problems I ran into in my dual-boot
arise from two sources. One is Microsoft using Local Time while
Ubuntu uses Universal Time. I changed Ubuntu to use Local Time,
because I found this to be easier than trying to force Windows to
use Universal Time. And therte's no Registry Editing in Linux. The
other issue is that Daylight Savings would adjust once for Linux
and again for Windows. There are various ways to prevent this, but
setting Linux to local time seems to have helped with that.
Download Ubuntu on Windows 10 from Windows
This is NOT the Ubuntu Operating System!
It does not allow you to run Linux programs on Windows, and it
will not give you a Linux desktop inside of Windows. The same goes
for the other Linux Distros whose names are appearing in Windows
How to Replace Your Loyalty
Cards With an App
Instead of lugging around a dozen loyalty
or rewards cards for your favorite merchants, why not carry them
in one single, convenient mobile app?
Not quite as risky as if credit card data
gets into the hands of a thief, but if anyone steals or listens in
on your phone while it sends data, there is a real chance of
having your loyalty points hijacked and the account phone number
changed. But then, I have had my account phone number show up as
changed through someone claiming the number for their own account
at the POS machine. It's way too easy to do at most stores which
have loyalty programs. Loyalty programs are for chumps.
Goodbye, iPhone: My new $180
Android is good enough
My Android Moto G4 phone is getting dated,
but as long as security updates keep coming, Android O isn't
really a great necessity for me. My purchase over a year ago would
be about like the author's suggestion of the Moto G5 today. By
next spring, Motorola will be focused on its Moto G6 line of
phones. So, one year old Moto phones seem to be the ones which are
about $200.00-$250.00 these days. And they are pefrfectly usable.
I'll see how long OS upgrades keep coming, but new security
updates usually remain available for a couple of years after the
final OS upgrade for each Moto series. Due to lack of even
security updates, I would not go any farther back than two model
generations of any popular brand of phone.
The Best Phones of 2017
Nice to see the Moto G series represented
well here, considering its relatively low price. I am not pleased
that they are shrinking the screen size on this model.
You can soon get one of the
best antivirus tools for your computer for free
I wonder how the Kaspersky free version
will cut corners to move people to their paid version? We'll see
in the independent lab testing results soon, I'm sure.
5 Signs That Show You’re a
Well, it comes as no surprise I don't
qualify as a Linux Geek. I don't consider myself a Windows Geek
weither. Just an end user with a bit of a knack for finding things
in Google Searches. When it comes to geekly details, I defer to
folks far more technically inclined than I am.
Cable Lobby Claims US Is Just
Bursting With Broadband Competition
Show it to me. We have exactly two
providers in my town. And FiOS isn't really cable, so, only one
Hacker unlocks a ‘secure’
smart gun with $15 magnets
I don't call anything electrical or
mechanical hacking. Hacking has to do with code, not physically
breaking into stuff or places.
LibreOffice 5.4 Free
Cross-Platform Office Suite is out
Actually, it's been out for awhile. I've
been using this version (Fresh Branch) on my Windows and Linux
platforms for a few weeks now.
How to Fix 'You've been
signed in with a temporary profile' Error in Windows 10
Well, this works *sometimes*. I ahve had
situations on my tabelt where I had to collect what I could from
the user data and recreate the account from scratch, deleting the
old account. Never had to reinstall Widnows because of this, but
did have to destroy the user account. Never had these issues with
the Administrator Accoutn on the tablet. The discussion thread is
a good read, though very lengthy if you follow it all the way
Does it really matter if
Microsoft cuts features from a Windows 10 release?
With Microsoft cutting Timeline from the
Fall Creators Update, I can't help but wonder if cutting features
actually matters to anyone.
That depends on which feature they cut. If
it's something you have been relying on, like File Histroy, it
sure does matter! But if it's a promised added feature which few
people want anyway, who cares?
From My Own Reading:
Messaging app Kik reportedly has a child
It's apparently doing little to stop it.
Snapchat reportedly turned
down a $30B offer from Google — but what if it hadn’t?
Teenage Whiz Kid Invents an
AI System to Diagnose Her Grandfather's Eye Disease
UK researcher who stopped
WannaCry outbreak indicted over Kronos malware
Grab an Amazon Echo for half
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