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Sat 8/19/2017 1004
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Wed 8/16/2017 1001
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Sat 1004  8/19/2017

Identity Thieves Hijack Cellphone Accounts to Go After Virtual Currency

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/21/business/dealbook/phone-hack-bitcoin-virtual-currency.html?emc=edit_th_20170822&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=49680637

 

Mozilla launches experimental voice search, file-sharing and note-taking tools for Firefox

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/mozilla-launches-experimental-voice-search-100913016.html

 

The Best Smart Home Security Systems of 2017
No matter your budget or installation skill level, these smart alarm and surveillance packages will keep you safe and let you monitor what's happening when you're not home.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2498510,00.asp?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

10 Handy Uses for Your Old iPad or Android Tablet

https://www.howtogeek.com/315258/10-handy-uses-for-your-old-ipad-or-android-tablet/

 

Google's Smart Speaker Is Now Just $99

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/google-home-speaker-deal,news-25675.html

 

How Microsoft may suffer after Consumer Reports criticism
Commentary: After a troubling Consumer Reports survey, Microsoft's Panos Panay defends the Surface's reliability. But rationality only goes so far.

https://www.cnet.com/news/how-microsoft-may-suffer-from-consumer-reports-surface-criticism-panos-panay-surface-tablet/

 

'Pulse Wave' DDoS Attacks Emerge As New Threat
DDoS botnets are launching short but successive bursts of attack traffic to pin down multiple targets, Imperva says.

http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/pulse-wave-ddos-attacks-emerge-as-new-threat-/d/d-id/1329657

 

How to Fix: Constant Spinning Circle (Mouse Pointer) Asus Laptop

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10164/how-fix-constant-spinning-circle-mouse-pointer-asus-laptop

 

At last! Firefox puts another nail in Flash’s coffin

https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/at-last-firefox-puts-another-nail-in-flashs-coffin-18701.html#new_tab

 

Smashing Security #037: Boobs, dragons and data breaches
Three security industry veterans, chatting about computer security and online privacy.

https://www.grahamcluley.com/smashing-security-037-boobs-dragons-data-breaches/

 

Here's Why You Should Mute Your Phone When on Hold

https://lifehacker.com/heres-why-you-should-mute-your-phone-when-on-hold-1797905581

 

How to Boost Your Wi-Fi Speed by Choosing the Right Channel

https://www.extremetech.com/g00/computing/179344-how-to-boost-your-wifi-speed-by-choosing-the-right-channel?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=extremetech&utm_medium=title&i10c.referrer=

 

Scammers targeting job hunters with new phishing attack

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/414051/scammers-targeting-job-hunters-with-new-phishing-scam

 

Terk Trinity Xtend review: This TV antenna tries to pull double-duty as a Wi-Fi range extender
Two taste treats in one? Or less than the sum of its parts?

http://tinyurl.com/ydhlfnrr

 

Google Forms Can Do Anything With These Awesome Add-Ons

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/google-forms-add-ons/

 

Laptop Touchpad Not Working? Here Are 5 Fixes

https://www.maketecheasier.com/laptop-touchpad-not-working-fixes/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=15072017

 

Samsung's latest LTE modem supports faster-than-fiber speeds

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/samsung-apos-latest-lte-modem-130200607.html

 

Nintendo Details SNES Classic Rewind Feature
Because the SNES Classic records up to three minutes of gameplay, players can rewind time or see their own gameplay footage in demo mode.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/355715/nintendo-details-snes-classic-rewind-feature

 

Wi-Fi Security: Should You Use WPA2-AES, WPA2-TKIP, or Both?

https://www.howtogeek.com/204697/wi-fi-security-should-you-use-wpa2-aes-wpa2-tkip-or-both/

 

Meet Nokia 8: A Phone Made For Livestreaming

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/nokia-8-price-specs-release-date,news-25668.html?utm_source=tg-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170819-tg

 

4 new features in Messages on iOS 11
The Messages app on iOS 11 is a heck of a lot better than iOS 10, yet it doesn't look all that different. Here's what you need to know

https://www.cnet.com/g00/how-to/new-features-in-messages-on-ios-11/?i10c.referrer=

 

Kill Switches, Vaccines & Everything in Between
The language can be a bit fuzzy at times, but there are real differences between the various ways of disabling malware.

http://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities---threats/kill-switches-vaccines-and-everything-in-between-/a/d-id/1329624

 

How to Fix: Remove Smart System Care Malware (Scam)

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10166/how-fix-remove-smart-system-care-malware-scam

 

Microsoft starts shipping its own keyboard with built-in Windows Hello sign-in
Microsoft is rolling out its own Windows Hello-compatible keyboard for Windows 10 devices. And it's unsurprisingly consolidating its mobile-keyboard strategy around SwiftKey.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-starts-shipping-its-own-keyboard-with-built-in-windows-hello-sign-in/

 

Hotspot Shield VPN accused of logging user data, selling it to advertisers
Accused VPN provider denies allegations…

https://www.grahamcluley.com/hotspot-shield-vpn-accused-logging-user-data-selling-advertisers/

 

How to Use Nextdoor to Get to Know Your Neighbors

https://lifehacker.com/how-to-use-nextdoor-to-get-to-know-your-neighbors-1797894809

 

How Self-Driving Cars Work, and When They’ll Get Real

https://www.extremetech.com/g00/extreme/252112-what-is-a-self-driving-car?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=extremetech&utm_medium=title&i10c.referrer=

 

How to detect a virus on your Android

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

 

Apple Music FAQ: The ins and outs of Apple's streaming music service
What kind of playlists can I create? Will Apple Music replace iTunes? We have the answers, and more.

http://tinyurl.com/y8gbaqgo

 

Is Your Password Manager Secure? 5 Services Compared

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/secure-password-manager-compared/

 

How to Sync Google Chrome Data Across Multiple Devices

https://www.maketecheasier.com/sync-google-chrome-data-across-devices/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=15072017

 

SteelSeries says it’s nailed 'true 1-to-1' mouse tracking

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/steelseries-says-nailed-apos-true-130300854.html

 

Symantec Norton Core Router

https://www.pcmag.com/review/355417/symantec-norton-core-router?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

18 Things You May Not Have Known Google Photos Can Do

https://www.howtogeek.com/225333/18-things-you-may-not-have-known-google-photos-can-do/

 

How Much Is Your iPhone 7 / 7 Plus Worth Now?

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/how-much-is-your-iphone-7-plus-worth,review-4597.html?utm_source=tg-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170819-tg

 

5 reasons Microsoft Surface shoppers shouldn't panic
A worrying new Consumer Reports survey estimates very high breakage rates for Surface laptops and tablets. But the full story is more nuanced.

http://tinyurl.com/yd3zrjzd

 

Beware of Security by Press Release

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/08/beware-of-security-by-press-release/

 

Raspberry Pi: The smart person's guide
Everything you need to know about the tiny, ultra-cheap computer that has taken the world by storm.

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/raspberry-pi-the-smart-persons-guide/

 

Hands On: Next Generation Skype Preview for Windows 7, 8.1, and Mac Desktops

http://winsupersite.com/windows-7/hands-next-generation-skype-preview-windows-7-81-and-mac-desktops#slide-0-field_images-86791

 

SMS touch a security and privacy nightmare for iOS users
Plaintext data transmissions make $1.99 app a spoofer’s delight…

https://www.grahamcluley.com/sms-touch-a-security-and-privacy-nightmare-for-ios-users/

 

How to Upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/13986-upgrade-windows-10-home-windows-10-pro.html

 

Living with Windows 10 S: Store Apps or Web Apps?

https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/132350/living-windows-10-s-store-apps-web-apps?_hsenc=p2ANqtz--yXzQ__f7dO5gQtpmz9GpKKFPuKlA5j-wPxySEnQp8Cid862vQkTtLfyvCX38rM-q3afmqzeLkPxJIA5Cr0gyyB3Uzog&_hsmi=55061099

 

See the photo editing app everyone is raving about

https://www.komando.com/apps/412658/see-the-photo-editing-app-everyone-is-raving-about

 

Google Home hands-free calling is here, but doesn't yet have caller ID
Caller ID isn't coming until later this year. For now, anyone you call will see “Unknown” or “No Caller ID” on their end.

http://tinyurl.com/y7kulbj3

 

7 Microsoft Office Tricks You Can Learn From Teen Champions

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/microsoft-office-tricks/

 

How to Reduce Fan Noise on Your PC

https://www.maketecheasier.com/reduce-fan-noise-on-pc/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=09082017

 

Ring adds three connected Spotlight Cams to its Floodlight Cam lineup

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/ring-adds-three-connected-spotlight-060059253.html

 

Privacy 101: Why You Need a VPN
The federal government opened the floodgates to allow ISPs to sell your personal data without your permission. Sound sketchy? Here's how to protect yourself.

https://www.pcmag.com/article/352757/privacy-101-why-you-need-a-vpn?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

Windows as a Service is Windows’ Second Life, Because It Had To be

https://www.petri.com/windows-as-a-service-is-windows-second-life-because-it-had-to-be?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_ROsQO9QV1OTUJiP7AzWdDpKFYamV1wXNgu0lC2i7HH96xAtlS_rBUaNLibDdmBI82x_cMDj3JxbkSPKBQvVVhOAFpLQ&_hsmi=55061099

 

Best Portable Chargers and Battery Packs

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/778-best-gadgets-for-portable-power.html?utm_source=tg-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170819-tg

 

Honeywell Lyric C1 review:
Honeywell's security cam has more options than you'd think

https://www.cnet.com/products/honeywell-lyric-c1-wi-fi-security-camera/review/

 

Alleged vDOS Operators Arrested, Charged

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/08/alleged-vdos-operators-arrested-charged/

 

10 Linux tips to help you get the most out of the open source OS
Many enterprises are moving to Linux for its flexibility and security. Here are 10 tips from TechRepublic on how to fully leverage the OS's capabilities.

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/10-linux-tips-to-help-you-get-the-most-out-of-the-open-source-os/

 

Build a Raspberry Pi Scanner that Tracks the Devices Connected to Your Local Network

http://makezine.com/projects/build-raspberry-pi-network-scanner/?utm_source=MakeNewsletter+20170808&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headline&utm_campaign=newsletter

 

N3v$r M1^d password rules. Get a password manager to generate and remember your passwords instead
Tips for generating passwords simply fail to scale.

https://www.grahamcluley.com/n3vr-m1d-password-rules-get-a-password-manager-to-generate-and-remember-your-passwords-instead/

 

How to Add "Open PowerShell window here as administrator" context menu in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/60177-add-open-powershell-window-here-administrator-windows-10-a.html

 

Fall Creators Update Feature Focus: Microsoft Edge

https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/132437/fall-creators-update-feature-focus-microsoft-edge?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9fChiCTIFxroLADByb8RGF0gDHCnTj1dIAM4g_jsy0nROEkCOd9YjU4pgnqT2HVT_7xzIyv6xUdbdkL46j2V3uTKcgCg&_hsmi=55061099

 

Get Microsoft’s new cloud-based email features before everyone else!

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/412961/get-microsofts-new-cloud-based-email-features-before-everyone-else

 

How to use Miracast to mirror your device's screen wirelessly on your TV—even 4K
As of July 2017, there's even 4K support.

http://tinyurl.com/ydxasy3o

 

Is It Profitable to Cloud Mine Bitcoin?

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/profitable-cloud-mine-bitcoin/

 

Create Your Own Windows 10 Custom Themes

https://www.maketecheasier.com/create-windows-10-custom-themes/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=14072017

 

How to convert a DVD to MP4 files in Windows or MacOS

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/convert-dvd-mp4-files-windows-131525718.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=2_08

 

Your iPhone keyboard has a hidden mouse — here's how to use it

http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-use-iphone-keyboard-mouse-2017-7

 

Apple's iPhone 8 May Cost Too Much and Arrive Late, but Consumers Still Want It
UBS notes that interest in iPhones generally -- and the 10th anniversary edition in particular -- is high.

https://www.thestreet.com/story/14251283/1/apple-s-iphone-8-may-cost-too-much-and-arrive-late-but-consumers-still-want-it.html?puc=yahoo&cm_ven=YAHOO&yptr=yahoo

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Comments by -- Bob Primak --

FYI #1002  (Thur 8/17/2017):

About Flash Memory as Backup -- Very much true, that Flash Memory can have disasters which mechanical hard drives do not experience. SD Cards and USB Flash Sticks come to mind as things members of CCS West Side used to complain about all the time. The drives would become unreadable, file systems would become corrupted, and only some of the data could be recovered using common data recovery tools, like Recuva. I take any SD card or Flash Drive data I want to preserve, copy it onto two mechanical hard drives, and treat those copies as backups to be archived alongside of my usual data backup archives. Flash Memory devices are good for temporary storage or transport of files from one device to another. They also make pretty good install media. But for long term storage, other media types are much more reliable.

 

Screen Savers Haven’t Been Useful For Decades. Why Are They Still Here?

So one useless thing which stands between users and quick logins is going away. But it was replaced with the Lock Screen, which is essentially a screen-saver. Why? Because phones always had them. Why? Privacy was the main argument, but this is better served by simply turning off the screen and putting the device into suspend or hibernate modes. So the Lock Screen is the new Screen Saver. Nothing has been gained. If I want to lock a device, it's nice to have a lock screen available. But if there's no need to do so on a personal at home PC, why have the Lock Screen at all? (And yes, I know that the feature can be bypassed.) 

 

How to Add an Extra Layer of Security to Windows 10 with Dynamic Lock

Again, for a mobile device or a shared PC, nice feature. But for an unshared personal at home PC, why bother?

 

What’s the Cheapest Smart TV You Should Buy?

There's a difference between the cheapest you can buy vs. the cheapest you should buy. This article is about the balance between price and quality.

 

Qualcomm Develops Active Depth-Sensing Camera for Android Phones

In addition to AR applications, this type of tech could improve face recognition for security, distinguishing between actual faces vs. photos.

 

Tech takeover – Is technology stealing our ability to think critically?

There has been some discussion as to the role this phenomenon may be playing in American politics (possibly elsewhere as well). It certainly is getting easier to create fake news which many people have a hard time picking out as not real news.

 

Interesting Screen Capture Tools to Discover This Week

While not every tool can capture every kind of window, scrolling window or web page, I've tried several of these tools. Most work for what they work for. I keep a few tools around if I need them for specialized capture tasks. Chrome and other Web Browsers often can capture web pages as well, though not always very well, and not every kind of page. Outpur formats also vary from tool to tool, so you may have to switch tools to get a particular type of output.

 

Go Nuts With Nutyx: A Customizable Linux Operating System

That's a lot of work to go to, just to have exactly the OS and working environment you want. And as one comment says, all Linux distros are to varying extents, customizable. So is Windows, though less and less so.

 

Secret: Hide what you buy on Amazon and have it delivered to a temporary address

These are useful features in Amazon which I was not aware of. Nice reference.

 

I have to go now -- the Solar Eclipse (63% in my area) is starting to become obvious. Time to go outside and see if I can project it through a Pinhole Projector. (We were partly cloudy, so I used the special viewing glasses instead. Less setup time.)

 

Re. FYI #1003  (Fri 8/18/2017):  

Apple pulls VPN apps following China crackdown (update: statement)

Given the high cost of Apple iPhones, China is a tough market for them. As for pulling VPN apps, this shows the weakness of a walled garden ecosystem. Android practically owns the Chinese market partly due to its lower costs, but partly due to the ability to sideload apps from unofficial sources, if you can find out how to access those sources.

 

How to stream media from your PC to your HDTV over Wi-Fi

One thing this article was not clear about is the difference between Miracast and Chromecast. The main difference is that Miracast is direct device to device. (That's one reason why it isn't supported on some Android phones.) Chromecast uses a form of DLNA, which must have a WiFi network to use as a go-between. If that network is public, Chromecast may be blocked, or it may leak data and be subject to snooping. Miracast does not have that issue. If the devices can connect, they will connect anywhere where they are within range of reach other. Which means for example that my Screenbeam Mini2 will work on any monitor or projector with HDMI input. Chromecast on the other hand depends on what the WiFi network will allow. So where I can use it, I prefer Miracast. Which is why I'd really like to get Miracast support to return to Android for my phone.

 

Watch out! 7 MORE Google Chrome extensions hijacked by malware

To be fair, no Chrome Extensions have been hacked. This is a phishing attack, which sends people to a fake Google login page where they enter their Google Account credentials. With those credentials, a hacker does not need to actually hack into anything. They just sign in as the user and download a fake update. Or just use the real extension maliciously. The account has been hijacked, not the extensions. Chrome Extensions obtained from the Chrome Store are not affected.

 

10 Amazing Android Apps by Google That You’ve Never Heard Of

Most of these apps are well-known to most Android users. Especially ones like Wallpapers.

 

One surprising app that can save you from a roadside emergency

I'm not so sure I would want some random Waze user to stop to "help". And just sending out a roadside SOS tells every Waze user around you that your car is disabled. Not a smart thing to advertise sometimes in some places.

 

Ad blockers are digging their own graves

Based on my experience with carefully chosen Chrome and Firefox extensions, this article is complete hogwash from top to bottom. And it appears in a pro-advertising online publication. What do you expect the advertising industry to say about ad blockers?

 

7 Lost Windows Features You Can Bring Back

Last I knew, there still are Libraries in Windows 10 File Explorer. They are just turned off by default. As for putting Group Policies into Windows 10 Home, you can add in the GUI interface, but the settings will do nothing. The Group Policies Snap-In is not present in Home Editions. You cannot add it in. BTW, do NOT add back Gadgets or Media Center to Windows 10. Doing so is unstable and has security issues. Future Feature Updates may not support the current hacks.

 

How to Set Up Windows Backup in Windows 10

I find it easier to use third-party backup and restore programs than the Windows native features. But everyoneshould be making some form of system backups, especially is you have been applying significant personalizations or tweaks.

 

Which Browser Do You Use and Why?

I mostly use Linux and Android, both of which can run Chrome decently. On Windows, I don't even have Firefox installed. Recent changes in Firefox under Linux rendered many of my "legacy" extensions nonfunctional, so until those extensions upgrade or I find replacements, I no longer use Firefox at all.

 

HOW TO RECORD CALLS ON YOUR SMARTPHONE

"One major disclaimer: State laws vary considerably when it comes to recording phone calls. Some require both parties to consent to having the conversation recorded, so check your state's laws to see if you need permission before you hit Record. (The Digital Media Law Project has a good resource.) Then, try these three ways to record your next conversation."

Whenever a tech article starts out with this sort of a disclaimer, I move on. It isn't worth the risk of being sued, just to have a copy of a phone conversation. Some businesses must keep call recordings, but private users generally have no legitimate reason to do so.

 

Windows 10 security: After Kaspersky fight, Microsoft talks up its case for Defender

Windows Defender for Windows 10 has improved considerably lately, and now ranks decently well with independent testing labs. There is a good case to be made that alongside of maybe one or two third party on demand scanners, WD is adequate for most individual users. Windows 7 does not include WD natively, which is why so many of those installations are completely undefended. Microsoft Security Essentials is still available and while not as robust as the Windows 10 version, it's still much improved recently. But you still have to download and install it.

 

From My Own Reading:

Microsoft’s speech recognition system hits a new accuracy milestone

https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/20/microsofts-speech-recognition-system-hits-a-new-accuracy-milestone/

"[I]ts conversational speech recognition system has reached a 5.1% error rate, its lowest so far. This...puts its accuracy on par with professional human transcribers who have advantages like the ability to listen to text several times."

 

Tech Goes From White House to Doghouse in Trump’s Washington

https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2017-08-21/tech-goes-from-white-house-to-doghouse-in-trump-s-washington

 

Replacement screens can be used to hijack your phone

https://www.engadget.com/2017/08/20/study-smartphone-parts-attack/

 

ICE insists it doesn’t use Stingrays to track undocumented immigrants

https://www.engadget.com/2017/08/20/ice-insists-does-not-use-stingrays-track-undocumented-immigrants/

(Let's remember, Federal Wire Tapping rules do not necessarily apply to wireless communications.)

 

26% off Qwerkywriter BlueTooth Mechanical Keyboard with Integrated Tablet Stand - Deal Alert

http://www.techconnect.com/article/3217767/home-tech/26-off-qwerkywriter-bluetooth-mechanical-keyboard-with-integrated-tablet-stand-deal-alert.html?idg_eid=dc4b172b1b9141f85eeb936b1ae4295e&email_SHA1_lc=f9623ef23cc3de6e17737afaf3245d5c442eb287&cid=tcon_nlt_techconnect_daily_2017-08-21

The price is very high, but some people swear by this type of mechanical (or emulating) keyboard.

 

A 500GB Samsung 850 Evo is $150 today

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3217752/computers/a-500gb-samsung-850-evo-is-150-today.html

With a mount bundle (needed for some PCs) it's more like $157, but this is a good deal on a good SSD.

 

Amazon Temporarily Discounts Echo from $179 to $100 - Deal Alert

http://www.techconnect.com/article/3218664/mobile/amazon-temporarily-discounts-echo-from-179-to-100-deal-alert.html?idg_eid=dc4b172b1b9141f85eeb936b1ae4295e&email_SHA1_lc=f9623ef23cc3de6e17737afaf3245d5c442eb287&cid=tcon_nlt_techconnect_daily_2017-08-22

 

How Ford uses 3D printing to innovate (Video)

http://www.idg.tv/video/80596/how-ford-uses-3d-printing-to-innovate

 

I just performed some experiments with my phone and my Screenbeam Mini2 Miracast dongle. The Moto G4 does not support Miracast with the currrent Android firmware. (Rooting allows editing of a file, which can enable Miracast, but this is risky and would ruin my contract with my carrier.) Only Chromecast is supported right now. A Chromecast dongle (the original version, not the new 4k version) is cheap enough, but it does need to use the WiFi network. Fine at home, but not so good if I ever want to cast the phone's screen in front of a group using public WiFi. The Moto G4 has not yet gotten the Android 7.1.1 or 7.1.2 updates. 

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Fri 1003  8/18/2017

Congress Is Trying to Shore Up US Cyber Security

https://www.geek.com/tech/congress-is-trying-to-shore-up-us-cyber-security-1710698/?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

Apple pulls VPN apps following China crackdown (update: statement)

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apple-pulls-vpn-apps-following-202800366.html

 

The 10 Best Windows File Explorer Tricks and Tweaks

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/best-windows-file-explorer-tricks/

 

Cutting the Cord: Streaming services compared

https://www.komando.com/tips/413873/cutting-the-cord-streaming-services-compared

 

NES Classic Edition

http://tinyurl.com/ycrurp3j

 

Apple Finally Reverses Years of Declining iPad Sales

http://tinyurl.com/y79holyw

 

What the Coming USB 3.2 Standard Means for You

https://fieldguide.gizmodo.com/what-the-latest-usb-3-2-standard-means-for-you-1797888440

 

How to Share Web Content Using Microsoft Edge in Windows 10

https://www.maketecheasier.com/share-web-content-microsoft-edge/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=17072017

 

How to stream media from your PC to your HDTV over Wi-Fi
What to do when your PC is in one room, and your HDTV is in another.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2360448/network-storage/how-to-stream-media-from-your-pc-to-your-hdtv-over-wifi.html

 

[Windows 10 Fix] Desktop and Lock Screen Background Slideshow Reset to Picture

http://www.askvg.com/windows-10-fix-desktop-and-lock-screen-background-slideshow-reset-to-picture/

 

Samsung Revamps Battery Testing Ahead of Note 8 Launch

https://www.extremetech.com/g00/mobile/253685-samsung-details-revamped-battery-testing-procedure?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title&i10c.referrer=

 

How to Install a Wired Security Camera System

https://www.howtogeek.com/307625/how-to-install-a-wired-security-camera-system/

 

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.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2456400,00.asp?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

Apple Just Posted a Bunch of Work-From-Home Job Opportunities

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apple-just-posted-bunch-home-144449979.html

 

5 Raspberry Pi Competitors You Need to Know About

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/raspberry-pi-competitors/

 

Watch out! 7 MORE Google Chrome extensions hijacked by malware

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/414520/watch-out-7-more-google-chrome-extensions-hijacked-by-malware

 

8 cheap phones we love
The price is right

http://tinyurl.com/y7gtxf39

 

Microsoft is Adding Visualizations, Equalizer, and More to Groove Music

https://www.thurrott.com/music-videos/groove-music/132228/microsoft-adding-visualizations-equalizer-groove-music?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_lzlK5ALevHsLAuIt-mIL-AQ6fRgziHglXZEisNFuPgpXvo61xtkL0m8ClPnflhTeu5rDjKQg9fgbrmhLlShX3G0VQ1g&_hsmi=55016152

 

We Asked Five Security Experts If Smart Locks Are Ever Safe

https://lifehacker.com/we-asked-five-security-experts-if-smart-locks-are-ever-1797910643

 

Secret Google Now Commands You Didn’t Know About

https://www.maketecheasier.com/secret-google-now-commands/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=17072017

 

iPhone 8 Leak Reveals A Nasty New Surprise

https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2017/08/20/iphone-8-camera-spec-design-price-release-date/?utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=partner&utm_campaign=yahootix&partner=yahootix&yptr=yahoo#7429b98a6fa3

 

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations: New High-End Edition for Power Users

http://www.askvg.com/windows-10-pro-for-workstations-new-high-end-edition-for-power-users/

 

Scientists Design Micromotor to Deliver Antibiotics

http://tinyurl.com/yb9axdu6

 

What Is opendirectoryd, and Why Is It Running On my Mac?

https://www.howtogeek.com/321324/what-is-opendirectoryd-and-why-is-it-running-on-my-mac/

 

The Best Cheap Tablets of 2017
Inexpensive tablets can make great ebook readers, video players, or web browsers, and our top picks are well below the $100 mark. Here's how to find the right balance of price and features.

https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/354620/the-best-cheap-tablets?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

Learn how to install Linux on a Chromebook with our simple guide

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/learn-install-linux-chromebook-simple-131508353.html

 

Powershell Cmdlets That’ll Improve Your Windows Admin Skills

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/powershell-cmdlets-windows-admin/

 

7 Awesome Netflix hacks you need in your life

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/414350/7-awesome-netflix-hacks-you-need-in-your-life

 

How to put your old phone to new use
In this edition of Ask Maggie, CNET’s Marguerite Reardon offers some of her favorite ways to breathe new life into an old smartphone.

https://www.cnet.com/news/how-to-put-your-old-phone-to-new-use-ask-maggie/

 

Two Years Later, Apple Will Undo Its TV Embarrassments

http://tinyurl.com/ya2tagmm

 

August OneNote for Windows 10 App Update Begins Rollout to Users

http://winsupersite.com/cloud-data-center/august-onenote-windows-10-app-update-begins-rollout-users

 

How to Stop Legitimate Emails from Being Flagged as Spam

https://www.maketecheasier.com/stop-email-being-flagged-as-spam/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=17072017

 

How to Update an Android Phone

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

 

14 Social Media-Savvy CISOs to Follow on Twitter
A roundup of some of the more social media-engaged security leaders to follow for updates on industry news, trends, and events.

http://www.darkreading.com/careers-and-people/14-social-media-savvy-cisos-to-follow-on-twitter/d/d-id/1329663

 

Qualcomm Develops Active Depth-Sensing Camera for Android Phones

http://tinyurl.com/yaq7yulg

 

How to Use Safe Mode to Fix Your Windows PC (and When You Should)

https://www.howtogeek.com/164876/how-to-use-safe-mode-to-fix-your-windows-pc-and-when-you-should/

 

Thieves Arrested After Stealing iPhones From Moving Truck
Five men have been arrested in the Netherlands for the theft of $590,000 worth of iPhones from a moving truck. The theft reads like a scene from Mission: Impossible.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/355373/thieves-arrested-after-stealing-iphones-from-moving-truck?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

Is your VPN lying to you?

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/vpn-lying-193000904.html

 

10 Amazing Android Apps by Google That You’ve Never Heard Of

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/amazing-android-apps-by-google/

 

One surprising app that can save you from a roadside emergency

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/414527/one-surprising-app-that-can-save-you-from-a-roadside-emergency

 

Turn your phone into a document scanner for free
Plus: a $25 human-anatomy app for 99 cents and a 65-inch TV for under $500!

http://tinyurl.com/ycfg4ggx

 

Microsoft Bows to Pressure on Windows 10 Security Options

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10162/microsoft-bows-pressure-windows-10-security-options

 

How to Enable AHCI in Windows 8 and Windows 10 after Installation

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/22631-enable-ahci-windows-8-windows-10-after-installation.html

 

How to Turn Off Internet Explorer in Windows 10

https://www.maketecheasier.com/turn-off-internet-explorer-windows10/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=17072017

 

Ad blockers are digging their own graves

https://venturebeat.com/2017/07/29/ad-blockers-are-digging-their-own-graves/

 

Microsoft Report: User Account Attacks Jumped 300% Since 2016
Most of these Microsoft user account compromises can be attributed to weak, guessable passwords and poor password management, researchers found

http://www.darkreading.com/cloud/microsoft-report-user-account-attacks-jumped-300--since-2016/d/d-id/1329666

 

Rumor: Intel’s Coffee Lake Could Shake Up Core i3 Family

http://tinyurl.com/y876hjbb

 

Is Now a Good Time to Buy a New NVIDIA or AMD Graphics Card?

https://www.howtogeek.com/307993/is-now-a-good-time-to-buy-a-new-nvidia-or-amd-graphics-card/

 

24 Hidden Facebook Features Only Power Users Know
Facebook has been around for awhile, but there are probably a few tricks you don't know about.

https://www.pcmag.com/feature/324797/24-hidden-facebook-features-only-power-users-know?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

New leak directly from Apple confirms wireless charging in the iPhone 8

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/leak-directly-apple-confirms-wireless-charging-iphone-8-154826305.html

 

7 Lost Windows Features You Can Bring Back

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/lost-windows-features/

 

Nasty Locky ransomware is back, and now it's worse than ever

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/414359/nasty-locky-ransomware-is-back-and-now-its-worse-than-ever

 

Are your live local channels on a streaming TV service yet?
The five big live TV streamers -- DirecTV Now, Hulu, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV and YouTube TV -- all offer some combination of ABC, CBS, Fox and/or NBC. Find out how they compare in your city.

http://tinyurl.com/y9tpb3s6

 

Apple Urged to Enable Emergency Call Location Tool

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10161/apple-urged-enable-emergency-call-location-tool

 

How to Set Up Windows Backup in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/75517-setup-windows-backup-windows-10-a.html

 

Which Browser Do You Use and Why?

https://www.maketecheasier.com/which-browser-do-you-use/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=14072017

 

HOW TO RECORD CALLS ON YOUR SMARTPHONE

https://www.wired.com/story/record-calls-with-your-phone/

 

Carbon Emissions: Oversharing Bug Puts Security Vendor Back in Spotlight

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/08/carbon-emissions-oversharing-bug-puts-security-vendor-back-in-spotlight/

 

Windows 10 security: After Kaspersky fight, Microsoft talks up its case for Defender
Windows 7 machines mostly unprotected because they're not running any antivirus, says Microsoft.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-security-after-kaspersky-fight-microsoft-talks-up-its-case-for-defender/#ftag=YHFb1d24ec?yptr=yahoo

 

Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: Which One Should You Buy?

https://www.howtogeek.com/282568/amazon-echo-vs.-google-home-which-one-should-you-buy/

 

Your Desk Just Got Smarter
Herman Miller, the company behind the famous Aeron chair, has new sensor-equipped desks, which adjust to your liking with the help of a smartphone.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/355385/your-desk-just-got-smarter?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

Just in time for school, here are the eight best Bluetooth speaker deals

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/music-save-money-bluetooth-speaker-165831520.html

 

Leak from inside Apple reveals iPhone 8 design

https://nypost.com/2017/07/31/leak-from-inside-apple-reveals-iphone-8-design/

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(NOTICE: On Thursday nights meeting of the NW Computer Club, Ed Keeting a retired Electronics Engineer, imparted to the group that Flash memory like we use in cameras, cell phones, and other computing devices is not as reliable as we may think.  If your contents on a Flash drive are valuable, copy them to a hard drive, SSD or eMMC drive as soon as you can.  This will act as a more reliable backup than totally relying on a FLash drive.  Then be sure to backup this drive for safety.  Back-ups mean having more than one copy of things and doing one backup now and then is not a backup, but a copy.)

 

The Number 1 State Where You’re Most Likely to Be Robbed or Burglarized (A MUST READ)

https://www.cheatsheet.com/culture/states-americans-likely-robbed-burglarized.html/

 

3 essential tech safety tips for parents and their kids

https://thenextweb.com/evergreen/2017/07/31/3-essential-tech-safety-tips-for-parents-and-their-kids/

 

Google's native ad blocker for Chrome shows up in Android developer build

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/google-apos-native-ad-blocker-051647477.html

 

Screen Savers Haven’t Been Useful For Decades. Why Are They Still Here?

https://www.howtogeek.com/321684/screen-savers-havent-been-useful-for-decades.-why-are-they-still-here/

 

Lian Li PC-Q39 Brings Another Tempered Glass Mini-ITX Case To Its Roster

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/lian-li-pc-q39-mini-itx,35245.html?utm_source=th-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170817-th

 

How to Add an Extra Layer of Security to Windows 10 with Dynamic Lock

https://www.maketecheasier.com/windows10-dynamic-lock/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=13072017

 

What’s the Cheapest Smart TV You Should Buy?

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/whats-cheapest-smart-tv-buy/

 

Russian-Speaking APT Engaged in G20 Themed Attack
A newly discovered dropper for the KopiLuwak backdoor suggests that the Turla group is back at it again, Proofpoint says.

http://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/russian-speaking-apt-engaged-in-g20-themed-attack/d/d-id/1329673

 

Qualcomm Develops Active Depth-Sensing Camera for Android Phones

https://www.extremetech.com/g00/mobile/254243-qualcomm-develops-active-depth-sensing-camera-android-phones?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=extremetech&utm_medium=title&i10c.referrer=

 

Raspberry Pi Radio

http://www.instructables.com/id/Raspberry-Pi-Radio/

 

Intuit QuickBooks Online (wonder what our V.P. Burt Goode thinks as of a couple years ago he didn't think much of it)

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2484096,00.asp?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=lab-report=utm_medium=title

 

RASPBIAN STRETCH HAS ARRIVED FOR RASPBERRY PI

https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/raspbian-stretch/

 

How to change Alexa's name
If calling your Echo speaker by its default name causes confusion or problems in your household, here's how you can change the wake word.

https://www.cnet.com/g00/videos/how-to-change-alexas-name/?i10c.referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnet.com%2F

 

Tech takeover – Is technology stealing our ability to think critically?

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/414892/tech-takeover-is-technology-stealing-our-ability-to-think-critically

 

Google's smart keyboard app Gboard adds doodling, YouTube and Google Maps

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/google-apos-smart-keyboard-app-070847281.html

 

How to Securely Send Large Files to Anyone With Firefox Send

https://www.howtogeek.com/321002/how-to-securely-send-large-files-to-anyone-with-firefox-send/

 

Best Power Supplies (these are for old style desktops)

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-psus,4229.html?utm_source=th-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170817-th

 

Interesting Screen Capture Tools to Discover This Week

https://www.maketecheasier.com/interesting-screen-capture-tools/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=13072017

 

This Happens When Windows 10 Support Ends

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/windows-10-support-ends/

 

Blowing the Whistle on Bad Attribution

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/08/blowing-the-whistle-on-bad-attribution/

 

AMD Releases Cryptocurrency Mining Driver, May Raise Vega Prices

https://www.extremetech.com/g00/gaming/254334-amd-releases-new-cryptocurrency-driver-tuned-mining-may-raise-vega-prices?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=extremetech&utm_medium=title&i10c.referrer=

 

Facebook shuts down AI system after it invents own language

http://www.in.techspot.com/news/software/facebook-shuts-down-ai-system-after-it-invents-own-language/articleshow/59846739.cms

 

Apple macOS High Sierra

https://www.pcmag.com/review/354719/apple-macos-high-sierra?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=lab-report=utm_medium=title

 

OK GOOGLE, BE AESTHETICALLY PLEASING

https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/aesthetically-pleasing-ok-google/

 

Turn your Mac or PC into a cheap and easy Apple TV
The Reflector 2 app turns your computer into an AirPlay receiver.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/turn-your-mac-or-pc-into-a-cheap-and-easy-apple-tv/

 

5 scams that are fooling even the smartest victims

https://www.komando.com/columns/414727/5-scams-that-are-fooling-even-the-smartest-victims

 

Panasonic AI senses drowsy drivers and cranks up the AC

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/panasonic-ai-senses-drowsy-drivers-161000369.html

 

What Is Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, and How Is It Different?

https://www.howtogeek.com/321736/what-is-windows-10-pro-for-workstations-and-how-is-it-different/

 

Best Monitors (though originally for desktops, they can be used with any computer that has a VGA, DMI, HDMI or display port and a cable)

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-monitors,4533.html?utm_source=th-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170817-th

 

5 Popular Document Scanner Apps for Android

https://www.maketecheasier.com/document-scanner-apps-android/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=13072017

 

Which VPNs Still Work With Netflix?

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/vpns-still-work-netflix/

 

ShieldFS Hits 'Rewind' on Ransomware

http://www.darkreading.com/endpoint/shieldfs-hits-rewind-on-ransomware/v/d-id/1329659

 

Scientists Design Micromotor to Deliver Antibiotics

https://www.extremetech.com/g00/extreme/254260-scientists-design-micromotor-deliver-antibiotics?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=extremetech&utm_medium=title&i10c.referrer=

 

When Will Google and Microsoft Finally Break Out Cloud Sales, as Amazon Does?
Cloud numbers for Microsoft and Google are a little too... cloudy.

https://www.thestreet.com/story/14242229/1/when-will-google-and-microsoft-break-out-cloud-sales-as-amazon-does.html

 

Bitdefender Internet Security

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2460963,00.asp?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=lab-report=utm_medium=title

 

Setup your own Raspberry Pi AirPlay Receiver

https://pimylifeup.com/raspberry-pi-airplay-receiver/

 

Chicago maps its underground maze
The Windy City’s smart city efforts include scanning its vast network of pipes. Mayor Rahm Emanuel sees an opportunity to focus on the future.

https://www.cnet.com/news/chicago-maps-its-underground-maze-rahm-emanuel/

 

Use this website to delete yourself from the internet

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/414353/use-this-website-to-delete-yourself-from-the-internet

 

Upgraded versions of the Moto G5 line are coming to the US this fall

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/upgraded-versions-moto-g5-line-153600965.html

 

Why Are the PCI Express Ports on My Motherboard Different Sizes? x16, x8, x4, and x1 Explained]

https://www.howtogeek.com/322189/why-are-the-pci-express-ports-on-my-motherboard-different-sizes-x16-x8-x4-and-x1-explained/

 

How To Mine Ethereum Now

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/how-to-mine-ethereum-now,5131.html?utm_source=th-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170817-th

 

17 Google Search Tips to Make Your Online Life Easier

https://www.maketecheasier.com/google-search-tips/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=13072017

 

How to Use (and Disable) Game Center on Mac & iOS

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/use-disable-game-center-mac-ios/

 

Critical Security Fixes from Adobe, Microsoft

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/08/critical-security-fixes-from-adobe-microsoft-2/

 

The First True Multi-User Holographic Table Has Been Built

https://www.extremetech.com/g00/extreme/254215-first-true-multi-user-holographic-table-built?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=extremetech&utm_medium=title&i10c.referrer=

 

How to Read Memory Diagnostics Tool Results in Event Viewer in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/91178-read-memory-diagnostics-tool-results-event-viewer-windows-10-a.html

 

The Best Laptops for College Students
After you choose your school, the next most important decision you need to make is which computer you'll have for the next four years. Start your short list with these top-rated, value-focused laptops.

https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/285524/the-best-laptops-for-college-students?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=lab-report=utm_medium=title

 

Toy Star Trek Tricorder Turned Into the “Real Thing”

https://blog.hackster.io/toy-star-trek-tricorder-turned-into-the-real-thing-bf7fc1c0f28f

 

Neo-Nazi site The Daily Stormer down after losing domain
Both Google and GoDaddy say the white supremacist site had violated their terms of service.

https://www.cnet.com/g00/news/neo-nazi-website-daily-stormer-to-lose-domain-name/?i10c.referrer=

 

Consumer Reports reveals top picks for Back to School laptops

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/414518/consumer-reports-reveals-top-picks-for-back-to-school-laptops

 

It’s hard to care about the Galaxy Note 8 now that we’ve seen this stunning Note 9 render

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/hard-care-galaxy-note-8-now-ve-seen-131807718.html

 

How to Add Attachments in Gmail for the iPhone

https://www.howtogeek.com/320600/how-to-add-attachments-in-gmail-for-iphone/

 

Experiment: Build a (Profitable) Ethereum Mining Rig From Spare Parts

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/spare-part-ethereum-mining-rig,5143.html?utm_source=th-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170817-th

 

DIY Complete Philips Hue Home Automation

https://www.hackster.io/motea-marius/diy-complete-philips-hue-home-automation-dacb12

 

Go Nuts With Nutyx: A Customizable Linux Operating System

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/nutyx-customizable-linux-operating-system/

 

[Fix] Windows 8 Showing Desktop Icons in Tiles, List or Details View

http://www.askvg.com/fix-windows-8-showing-desktop-icons-in-tiles-list-or-details-view/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AskVG+%28AskVG%29&utm_content=Yahoo%21+Mail

 

Microsoft Dumps Mobile References, Declares AI Top Priority in 2017

https://www.extremetech.com/g00/computing/253615-microsoft-declares-ai-top-priority-2017-dumps-mobile-references?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title&i10c.referrer=

 

How to Run Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/91174-run-windows-memory-diagnostics-tool-windows-10-a.html

 

How to Share Your Calendars From iPhone and iPad
You can share the calendars on Apple iOS devices with other people, privately and publicly.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/355369/how-to-share-your-calendars-from-iphone-and-ipad?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

Android could soon show how much battery your wireless headphones have left

https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/31/16070248/android-bluetooth-battery-indicators

 

That cellular Apple Watch? Guess who says it's coming now
KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst with a solid track record for Apple rumors, corroborates a previous report.

https://www.cnet.com/g00/news/apple-watch-lte-rumor-ming-chi-kuo-kgi/?i10c.referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnet.com%2Fg00%2Fnews%2F%3Fi10c.referrer%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.cnet.com%252F

 

Secret: Hide what you buy on Amazon and have it delivered to a temporary address

https://www.komando.com/tips/413869/hide-what-you-buy-on-amazon-and-have-it-delivered-to-a-temporary-address

 

Here’s how to easily navigate the redesigned App Store in iOS 11

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/easily-navigate-redesigned-app-store-131554787.html

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Blast! Another Galaxy Note Is Having Battery Issues

These are replacement batteries, and they were counterfeit. A third party was responsible for this SNAFU. So this is not a direct issue with Samsung or its legitimate products and batteries.

 

Win10Clean: Windows 10 System Tweaker

Given that this is a new program, it is terribly incomplete, and it does nothing Windows 10 cannot do by itself, I would stay away from this utility, at least for now. System Tweakers in general have a history of making more of a mess than they clean up.

 

Disney slammed with class-action complaint for unlawfully exfiltrating kids' personal data

For those without advanced college degrees, "exfiltrating" is another term for leaking. Very bad to do this with kids' data, and Disney should have known better.

 

How to Low Level Format (Or Zero-Fill) Your Hard Disk

Be aware, these methods are for mechanical spinning platter hard drives, NOT for SSDs. These methods do not work on SSDs, and will cause excessive wear.

 

Microsoft appeases Kaspersky with upcoming antivirus changes

The original complaints by Kaspersky were blown out of proportion, so any changes are merely trying to head off lawsuits. There never was a change in the behavior of Windows 10 or Windows Defender since Windows 8.0 regarding the alleged issues. Enabling WD when 3rd party products expired has always happened, and 3rd party AV programs were never left intact during Feature Upgrades. These behaviors by MS products have not changed with Windows 10.

 

MICROSOFT WIRELESS DISPLAY ADAPTER REVIEW

I use a more general-purpose WiDi adapter from Actiontec (Screenbeam Mini2 Continuum). With Android 7.0 there were reports that WiDi/Miracast was no longer supported on phones, but this may not be true. I haven't had a chance to test my Actiontec Screenbeam with my phone yet. Actiontec says their ScreenBeam App does work as of August 2017 with Android 7. They don't say with which Update. As for certain Google Android phones, that may be a matter of the phones rather than Android 7 itself lacking the feature. I woudl not Root a phone just to be able to use Miracast with it.

 

How to Play Blu-Ray on Linux

Apart from the Build From Source issues (too much work for me!), consider the following:

This is not an officially sanctioned app, especially not when used to create a UPnP Stream within Kodi. As the article says in its Conclusions:

"This method can also be considered breaking that [Blu-Ray] DRM, which is sort of a legal gray area, depending on where you live, so be mindful of that, too. Certainly, no matter where you are, only use these tools for your own personal viewing. Duplication and/or distribution of Blu-ray content is definitely illegal."

And from the Comments, there is an apparently legitimate way to add codecs to VLC Player which will allow for North American Encoded Blu-Ray disks to play through VLC Player:

"Playing Blu-Ray disks can be enjoyed in Linux without using any proprietary beta software such as MakeMKV. Assuming that you have a Blu-Ray disk drive in your computer, use the following four commands:

sudo apt-get -y install vlc libaacs0 libbluray-bdj libbluray1

mkdir -p ~/.config/aacs/

cd ~/.config/aacs/

wget http://vlc-bluray.whoknowsmy.name/files/KEYDB.cfg

or use my script, BleedingEdge – currently supporting Mint 18.2, located here:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/bleedingedge/

After installation, simply play the disks using VLC."

I would use the VLC Codec Update method, as there is little question of its legitimacy, and this will (probably) avoid DMCA issues. I'm not a lawyer, but I think you'd be safer going the VLC Player route. 

All of this only applies to internal Blu-Ray capable optical drives within your Linux computer. Stand-alone Blu-Ray players should not have these playback issues.

 

Win10 machines with 'Defer feature updates' now getting Creators Update

Within the next few weeks, I expect that Woody Leonhard will recommend upgrading to v.1703 for his web fololowers. So this is kind of a tempest in a teapot at this point.

 

Check for Bad Drivers in Windows with Driver Verifier

Given the dire warnings at the beginning of this article, I would be VERY CAREFUL when trying to use this tool! It really is not meant for routine diagnostics. Only use this if you really think you may have a bad driver, and be prepared to rebuild your system if things really go off the rails.

 

Stanford built a '4D' camera for cars, robots and VR

This is 4D about like LTE is 5G Wireless. NOT! This name is just very deeply misguided branding.

 

You Are Being Brainwashed

If you watch the news, you may think that the world is becoming less safe.  You may be pleasantly surprised when you look at the real facts.

You might also enjoy being able to jsut read the story here:

http://www.npr.org/2016/07/16/486311030/despite-the-headlines-steven-pinker-says-the-world-is-becoming-less-violent

 

From My Own Reading:

Plex changes its Privacy Policy

https://www.plex.tv/about/privacy-policy-update-notice/

Data collection and sharing are no longer optional, at least if you stream from third party channels.

 

Screenbeam Miracast Dongle Configurator App on Google Play Updated

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.actiontec.screenbeamutil&hl=en

It turns out, my ScreenBeam  should work with Android 7.0. Reports that Miracast support had been removed from Android 7.0 seem to have been wrong. There simply is not native support on certain Google Galaxy and Nexus phones. The support is still there at the Root level, and some apps, supposedly including Screenbeam Configurator, have been updated to work on Android 7.0. No need to wait for Android 7.1.1 or 7.1.2, according to the description of the Screenbeam Configurator app in the Google Play Store, dated August 9, 2017. I haven't got this app on my Moto G4 phone yet, so I can't verify that this is all true, nor that actual Miracast screen mirroring will work at all with my phone, but when and if I get some time to test, I'll report back on this topic.

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Wed 1001 8/16/2017

How a hacker could take down the electric grid

http://money.cnn.com/2017/07/28/technology/future/crashoverride-black-hat-blackouts-energy-grid/

 

This is not a drill: Amazon has Apple AirPods listed at MSRP for the first time ever

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/not-drill-amazon-apple-airpods-listed-msrp-first-202908677.html

 

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/08/11/windows-10-pro-for-workstations/

 

Google Pixel 2: Everything we know about the launch date, specs and price

https://www.cnet.com/products/google-pixel-2/preview/

 

We all have a natural human tendency to trust... Be prepared! Download VASCO's "Social Engineering" eBook

https://www.grahamcluley.com/natural-human-tendency-trust-prepared-download-vascos-social-engineering-ebook/

 

PayPal Comes to the New Skype

https://www.thurrott.com/cloud/microsoft-consumer-services/skype/131943/paypal-comes-new-skype?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8M0Dgl--RFibx3wvoS3lqWYB3zMKqU27lvMxjpbWdMefa_qlsm72egrhrWSSvLo72GoEpgCJOpds274SgEVlOjrMRbGw&_hsmi=55045711

 

Why Apple's rumored $1,000 iPhone would be good for Microsoft

https://www.windowscentral.com/why-1k-phones-are-good-microsoft-surface?utm_source=wp&utm_medium=superfeature&utm_campaign=navigation

 

Blast! Another Galaxy Note Is Having Battery Issues

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/galaxy-note-4-battery-recall,news-25665.html?utm_source=tg-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170816-tg

 

Employees Pose Bigger Threat to Cybersecurity Than Hackers (insiders have an advantage)

https://www.readitquik.com/articles/personal-security/employees-pose-bigger-threat-to-cybersecurity-than-hackers/

 

How to Fix: Remove CPX, SVCVMX and CT.EXE Malware (SmartService Rootkit)

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10163/how-fix-remove-cpx-svcvmx-and-ctexe-malware-smartservice-rootkit

 

Black Hat 2017: The Best (and Scariest) Hacks
Black Hat brings together the best minds in security to terrify the pants off each other.

https://www.pcmag.com/feature/355263/black-hat-2017-the-best-and-scariest-hacks?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

iPhone Home Button Broken? This Quick Fix Should Solve Your Problem

https://www.maketecheasier.com/fix-iphone-home-button-broken-problem/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=12072017

 

Every WhatsApp User Must Know These Features

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/must-know-whatsapp-features/

 

Wednesday Apple Rumors: Photos of Possible 60-Inch Apple TV Leak

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/wednesday-apple-rumors-photos-possible-175443325.html

 

Win10Clean: Windows 10 System Tweaker

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/08/11/win10clean/

 

Nokia 6 review:
Beauty on a budget
https://www.cnet.com/products/nokia-6/review/

 

Disney slammed with class-action complaint for unlawfully exfiltrating kids' personal data
Happiest Place on Earth owner accused of “highly offensive” privacy intrusions…

https://www.grahamcluley.com/disney-slammed-class-action-complaint-unlawfully-exfiltrating-kids-personal-data/

 

Command Prompt is Getting a Color Upgrade in the Fall Creators Update

https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/131979/command-prompt-getting-color-upgrade-fall-creators-update?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9YeQo866pskwJKApqdjT9ODiycrz8vPapzlTeOyE7f0l0XAWJ81pujg6uWGm-4ne3fJQWfXYjtM7h3IUrFIFM2r3MxgQ&_hsmi=55045711

 

Allo: Everything you need to know (Update: read comments)
Everything you need to know to get started with Google's messaging service.

https://www.androidcentral.com/allo

 

Get These Sweat-Resistant, Bluetooth Earbuds for Just $17

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/aukey-bluetooth-earbuds-deal,news-25659.html

 

PHISHING TREND REPORT HOW MODERN EMAIL PHISHING ATTACKS HAVE ORGANIZATIONS ON THE HOOK

https://ironscales.com/trendreport2017/

 

Report: Facebook likened to Addictive Drugs, for Sake of Ads

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10160/report-facebook-likened-addictive-drugs-sake-ads

 

Fake Vodafone Bill Spreads Trojan Malware

http://www.informationsecuritybuzz.com/news/fake-vodafone-bill-spreads-trojan-malware

 

Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch (2017, Touch Bar)

https://www.pcmag.com/review/355180/apple-macbook-pro-13-inch-touch-bar?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

How to Low Level Format (Or Zero-Fill) Your Hard Disk

https://www.maketecheasier.com/low-level-format-zero-fill-hard-disk/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=12072017

 

The Ultimate Netflix Guide: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Netflix

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/ultimate-netflix-guide-everything-wanted-know-netflix-afraid-ask/

 

Microsoft’s minimal Modern mouse and keyboard are now available

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/microsoft-minimal-modern-mouse-keyboard-190400098.html

 

Microsoft appeases Kaspersky with upcoming antivirus changes

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/08/11/136510/

 

Lenovo ThinkPad 13 (2017) review:
All the laptop you need -- and nothing more

https://www.cnet.com/g00/products/lenovo-thinkpad-13-2017/review/?i10c.referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnet.com%2F

 

Microsoft Offers One Sign-In Experience to Rule Them All

https://www.thurrott.com/cloud/131983/microsoft-offers-one-sign-experience-rule?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8pe7dzSjkL82ryT6I2J1Ja0cQyDZORQVdYGA7oBclgdJ2XAt_J6as-XK0dAKhl0SuzB4VUA7UKQC1BcrmLZpvzjraewQ&_hsmi=55045711

 

How to Switch to a Microsoft Account from a Local Account in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/5375-switch-microsoft-account-windows-10-a.html

 

MICROSOFT WIRELESS DISPLAY ADAPTER REVIEW
Microsoft's Wireless Display Adapter is an easy way to turn your TV into a plus-sized 

https://www.digitaltrends.com/pc-accessory-reviews/microsoft-wireless-display-adapter-v2-review/

 

Here's the New iPhone 8 Color

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/apple-iphone-8-blush-gold,news-25649.html?utm_source=tg-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170816-tg

 

JS_POWMET malware is 100% fileless, from infection to payload

https://www.scmagazine.com/js_powmet-malware-is-100-fileless-from-infection-to-payload/article/679357/

 

The paranoid Android traveler’s data-protection checklist
When you’re going overseas with your Android hardware, make sure corporate data is secure when crossing the border.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3209648/android/the-paranoid-android-travelers-data-protection-checklist.amp.html

 

22 iOS Apps Worth Paying For
Many of the apps in Apple's App Store are free, but these are the ones worth a few bucks.

https://www.pcmag.com/feature/331159/22-ios-apps-worth-paying-for?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

How to Play Blu-Ray on Linux

https://www.maketecheasier.com/play-blu-ray-on-linux/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=12072017

 

6 Ways You Can Use Microsoft Office Without Paying for It

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/6-ways-can-use-microsoft-office-without-paying/

 

A behind-the-scenes look at how Intel broadcasts live baseball in VR

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/behind-scenes-look-intel-broadcasts-203000687.html

 

Manage Windows 10 Search Indexing

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/08/10/manage-windows-10-search-indexing/

 

Red Hydrogen: What we know about the $1,200 'holographic' phone

https://www.cnet.com/g00/products/red-hydrogen/preview/?i10c.referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnet.com%2F

 

Attack on Ireland’s state-owned power provider blamed on state-sponsored hackers

https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/attack-on-irelands-state-owned-power-provider-blamed-on-state-sponsored-hackers-18675.html#new_tab

 

Edge of 17(09): Microsoft’s Browser Edges Forward

https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/132213/edge-1709-microsofts-browser-edges-forward?_hsenc=p2ANqtz--bLnOf88U5pCb2f45wwTIrAyDnuQKsy8hMbL0isxInO__LIOe7nCKCxjThAL3J2RXOSjF2lRyMpIZoWXJx0hn9nEbEig&_hsmi=55045711

 

How to Join a Homegroup in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/50294-join-homegroup-windows-10-a.html

 

CPU Preview! AMD's Ryzen Threadripper Processors Decloaked, Detailed
Lots more details just went public about Ryzen Threadripper, AMD's new high-end desktop CPU family...including a new, previously undisclosed third chip. Here's the skinny.

http://www.computershopper.com/feature/cpu-preview!-amd-s-ryzen-threadripper-processors-decloaked-detailed?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

N3v$r M1^d password rules. Get a password manager to generate and remember your passwords instead
Tips for generating passwords simply fail to scale.  (I use LastPass for years that does all this)

https://www.grahamcluley.com/n3vr-m1d-password-rules-get-a-password-manager-to-generate-and-remember-your-passwords-instead/

 

Smartwatch Buying Guide: Everything You Need to Know

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/smartwatch-buying-guide,review-3360.html?utm_source=tg-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170816-tg

 

Win10 machines with 'Defer feature updates' now getting Creators Update
There’s a reason why your Win10 1607 PC with 'Defer feature updates' is getting pushed onto 1703 — and you aren’t going to like it. Fortunately, a partial solution exists.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3211375/microsoft-windows/win10-machines-with-defer-feature-updates-now-getting-creators-update.html

 

The Best Mac Antivirus Protection of 2017
Despite what you may have heard, your Apple computer isn't immune to malware. We tested the top programs to find the ones that will keep your Mac the safest.

https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/355173/the-best-mac-antivirus-protection?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

Check for Bad Drivers in Windows with Driver Verifier

https://www.maketecheasier.com/check-bad-drivers-windows-driver-verifier/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=12072017

 

Are These 10 Lightroom Mistakes Ruining Your Photos?

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/lightroom-editing-mistakes/

 

Stanford built a '4D' camera for cars, robots and VR

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/stanford-built-apos-4d-apos-090200768.html

 

Android Candy: My World, in a Lock Screen

https://www.linuxjournal.com/content/android-candy-my-world-lock-screen

 

HP Z2 Mini G3 Review: A Mighty Mini Workstation

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/hp-z2-mini-g3,review-4588.html?utm_source=tg-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170816-tg

 

You Are Being Brainwashed

If you watch the news, you may think that the world is becoming less safe.  You may be pleasantly surprised when you look at the real facts.

http://www.flixxy.com/you-are-being-brainwashed.htm?utm_source=4

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Comments by -- Bob Primak --

Re. FYI #998 (Sun 8/13/2017):

Vivaldi 1.11 improves accessibility features (browser based on Chrome)

Vivaldi is based on open-source Chromium, not closed-source Google Chrome. There are many differences.

 

Tablets so good you don't need a stylus, but they have one anyway

This article is just an ad for overpriced and underperforming 2-in-1s and tablets.

 

How to Disable SMBv1 in Windows

It's also safe now to disable similar features in Linux. Samba no longer needs this protocol.

 

How to save money on ink jet cartridges for your printer

Be careful with refills and third-party ink sites. If you misjudge, you could end up needing to replace your print heads.

 

How to Easily Back Up and Migrate Your Browser Bookmarks

I placed this story into my bookmarks in Chrome under Linux. Now I can export it, then transfer the bookmarks to any of my Windows browsers on my PC or tablet. Very handy!

 

Blu phones back on sale at Amazon after suspension over privacy

I tried a couple of Blu phones and found they had hardware deficiencies as well as the now-publicized security issues.

 

Amazon Hub Safely Stores All Your Home Deliveries

Well, if this ever shows up in my place, I'll post  my impressions.

 

We all have a natural human tendency to trust... Be prepared! Download VASCO's "Social Engineering" eBook

Well, there are just a few of us who lack that "natural human tendency". Lessons learned from early childhood experiences with bullying onward throughout life. But if you were never bullied, I guess you would trust everyone.

 

Chrome Browser to Get Ad-Blocker (many sites will block you from seeing any content when a ad-blocker is on)

Which is why I choose third-party ad-blocking extensions. If the site won't load, it's easy to suspend an extension. Baked-in ad blocking -- eh, not so much.

 

Do You Use Beta Software or Wait for a Stable Release?

I use Chrome Beta, but not on my tablet in Windows. I do not twest pre-release or non-stable channels for most other software. I prefer my OS upgrades to be on a Slow Track, so no betas for me in that area. I value stability over having the latest features.

 

How to Fix: Constant Spinning Cursor (Circle) in Windows

The Infopackets site's DNS Lookup failed with no cached page options. The site seems to be out of business.

 

Chromecast mirroring explained: How to beam your phone or PC screen to the TV

If you have to resort to screen mirroring, Miracast or WiDi works as well as or better than this Chromecast feature.

Re. FYI #999 (Mon 8/14/2017):

A Copyright Claim Was Reportedly Used to Stop Ad Blocking, But It's Complicated

This controversy points up yet another reason not to use blacklists to avoid ads and trackers and other annoyances on web pages. Other methods, like those used by Ghostery, Blur (Abine), No Script and a host of other extensions, do not depend on blacklists. So no advertiser could pull the DMCA out of his hat like a magician's rabbit and harass these other companies into allowing a domain to throw up popup ads at visitors.

More to the point of sites which have copyrighted materials (video streams being among these materials): I have never encountered a site with such content where I could leave my ad and script blockers active. The content simply will not load without the ads. So the complaint in the AdBlock list case is moot. The ads would not be blocked if the content could only be viewed when the ads are allowed. That's what legitimate advertisers and legitimate sites do. No specious copyright act arguments are needed. (BTW, I expect that if AdBlock would have fought this takedown notice into the Courts, the takedown would not have been allowed under DMCA. Rua's interpretation of DMCA is legally too broad.)

 

[Software Update] CCleaner 5.33 Now Available for Download

And there will be a newer version next week. This software is always issuing new versions, none of which include new features. Just new push-advertising in the installers.

 

Keep Your Networking Gear Running While the Power's Out For Just $41

This won't work for my Comcast equipment, even without the DVR. I have an APS unit with much more juice, and a price tag three times this unit.

 

Oh, boy. Just what we need. Another edition of Windows 10, WTFCUPFWP.

I cannot find a translation of WTFCUPFWP. Maybe another form of COVFEFE? Nope, it turns out to be Woody Leonhard's personal shorthand for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Pro for Workstation PCs, which most of us will never encounter anyway. And here I was thinking maybe this was a profanity-laced acronym in the WTF family. I am sincerely disappointed.

  

Microsoft begins testing new log-in experience in public preview

So they are changing the login screen again. Yawn. Better than making our local account passwords expire without telling people.

 

Artificial intelligence is not as smart as you (or Elon Musk) think

I have never thought AI was very intelligent. Maybe someday, but it has a long, long way to go.

 

Why Does Linux Allow Users to Remove the Root Directory?

Actually, Linux when used as intended, does not let you do this by accident. The OP with that question had set himself up to always run as Root, which most distros don't allow users to do. This is one more reason not to mess with this safeguard.

 

How to Enable or Disable Fast Boot in UEFI Firmware Settings for Windows

On modern systems, I see very little need to disable Fast Boot (UEFI Startup). Fast Startup is an entirely different Windows feature, and in dual-boot systems, it is best to disable Fast Startup. But not Fast Boot. BIOS Post is very out of date.

 

Illegal Kodi plugins may compromise your personal security

If you install illegal channels, you can expect bad things to happen. Maybe not to everyone all the time, but the risks are great. I would think everyone would know this by now.

 

How to Watch Live TV Online

As I posted some time ago, currently those wanting to stream live network and local channels are not going to find much joy. But if you prefer some other channels, there's a lot out there. Remmber, stand-alone Internet service capable of handling streaming media is often more costly than a limited cable company bundle.

 

More problems with KB 4034658 August cumulative update for Win10 1607/Server 2016

 

New reports of broken WSUS connections and deleted Restore Points, plus Microsoft confirms bugs in the August cumulative update for Win10 1607/Server 2016.

The article references reports of the August Cumulative Update wiping out Update History, which can make Windows Update take a very long time to run the next time it's invoked.

 

Hotspot Shield VPN accused of violating users' privacy

It's a free product, so the product is YOU. Still true after all these years.

 

How to make Windows 10 more secure by using a standard user account

First, a Standard User Account is not a very strong security measure by itself. Second, you should always have an available Administrator Account (a local login account) in Windows. Not everything can be done without full and continuous Admin. privileges. 

 

FYI # 1000 (Tues 8/15/2017):

 

Join the discussion: iPhone 8 is rumored to have Face ID — want or not want?

If handled well, face recognition is a very good thing. But this implementation is not sensitive enough, and can be fooled by two-dimensional photos. Windows Hello and other good implementations need special 3D cameras which can differentiate between a live face and a photo. The webcams aren't expensive (ca. $70.00 for a decent aftermarket model) but putting a competent 3D cam into a phone has proven challenging.

 

The biggest problems with putting microchips in employees

They missed a couple of issues -- skin reactions and possible infections from the implants.

 

Turn off smart multi-homed name resolution in Windows

This is for those who use VPNs for privacy. Also noteworthy is that it appears Windows 10 Home users do not have any way to make the necessary changes. There is no Registry solution anymore, and the Group Policy Snap-In does not exist in Windows 10 Home (and cannot be added).

 

You can control your PC with your eyes with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update 

While I am not dyslexic, my eyes don't point consistently at near-point. This feature might fail for me because of this condition.

 

Action! Screen Recorder: All-in-One Software for Screencasting, Game Recording, and Live Streaming on Windows

At $30.00 for a lifetime (per device, no doubt) license, this would not be bad to own. The free trial makes testing easy.

 

How Can I Tell If a Website is Safe?

Both Norton and WoT have credibility issues. McAffee seems to no longer offer Site Adviser. I would never trust crowd sourcing of a site's safety. Too much chance someone with an axe to grind might load up the results with their personally or politically motivated hogwash, knocking down the reputations of sites they disagree with. Competing companies have already been doing this to each others' product pages. Norton has a similar issue, as it relies in part on how frequently people visit a site, and how often their AV software flags site content, which may include unrelated third-party ads. Even Google makes mistakes when sites become infected with malvertising and are then cleaned up. The sites remain blacklisted for far too long.

 

How to detect a virus on your Android and How to properly secure your Android to keep snoops out

Two whole articles about dealing with Android malware, and not one mention of Android antivirus or the new Google security settings. Then ads for iDrive. Lame!

 

Why scientists want AI regulated now before it's too late and Killer Robot Drones are Coming to a Military Near You

If even the current Congress is considering regulating AI in the form of self-driving cars, it is probably time to get moving on other applications. Stateshave traditionally been more proactive than the Federal Government in things like road safety, and other areas of AI might be ebst regulated by the States. Things like drones, on the other hand, have fallen under Federal regulations. The military is a separate issue.

 

Dr.Web LiveDisk: free emergency system repair

This is a toolkit which has been known for awhile as one of the good rescue environments. I'm not sure about the effectiveness of its malware removal, but on a system which cannot or should not be booted, this would be one toolkit to consider.

 

Recover Deleted Files in OneDrive

If you're using OneDrive for your regular work, its Recycle Bin provides an extra layer of backup and protection.

This is one more layer of protection against accidental permanent deletion of files, borrowed from the Windows Desktop environment. Other online (cloud) storage systems may or may not allow recovery of items from their Trash before permanent deletion happens.

 

Why the world's biggest search engine has to pay for traffic to its site

So, because this is Yahoo Finance, they make no mention of Yahoo's own TAC, which is substantially more of their revenues than Google. Baidu is more difficult to determine, but they also pay a surprisingly high rate to drive traffic to their search services.

 

How to start protecting your privacy with Ghostery for Microsoft Edge

Nice to see this extension finally making its way into a Microsoft browser.

 

How to Transfer ROMs to RetroPie Via USB

The legality of even creating transferable game ROMs is questionable. Just a word to the wise.

 

Recuva: a Free, Easy Undelete and File Recovery Tool

"Not uncommon"? I have NEVER had to recover accidentally deleted files. (Restore from backups, yes. But never had to resort to file recovery utilities.) Where this sort of thing does happen is when users have SD cards which they do not back up to other media, and the cards become corrupted. Recuva is sometimes successful in recovering some files (photos) from such disasters. Flash Drives are a bit more iffy, but they too can yield recoverable files if they become corrupted but not totally fried electronically.

 

Windows 10 1607 cumulative update KB 4034658 wipes out Update History

Within the next week or two we should be again directed to apply Windows Update patches. Patience, grasshopper.

 

Why everybody should be happy that Flash is finally dying

I can't wait for the TV network streaming sites to convert away from Flash. That would leave the plugin as almost exclusively in the domain of pirate sites. Then would be a good time to remove it entirely from all my browsers.

 

How Autonomous Cars Could Turn NYC's Mean Streets Into Parks

Dream on! Without buybacks and retrofits, it will take at least fifteen years after the widespread use of self-driving cars just to get the manual cars off the roads. Possibly much longer. No, this Utopia will not be achieved in NYC, or even in smaller cities like Boston.

 

Can this really stop malicious apps in the Google Play store?

Finally, Komando catches up with the new security regime at Google Play. But no,. even this will not entirely stop rogue apps from appearing. You still need to remain vigilant.

 

Eclipse Overload: What If the Sun Were Blocked for Years?

Volcanic activity has done this in some places during historic times. The results were not pretty. Northwest Eurpoe had literally a "dark age" during the 500's AD. (https://phys.org/news/2016-04-volcanoes-trigger-crises-late-antiquity.html) 1258, not one of the Black Death plague years, saw another event in the British Isles. (https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2012/aug/05/medieval-volcano-disaster-london-graves) And again, a suffocating cloud from Iceland in 1783-84 caused famine and death. (https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidbressan/2015/06/08/this-1783-volcanic-eruption-changed-the-course-of-history/#4d5bbb4953c8) As we saw in 2010, these things can happen again. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_eruptions_of_Eyjafjallaj%C3%B6kull) Then there's the specter of Nuclear Winter. (http://science.howstuffworks.com/nuclear-winter.htm)

 

It’s time to check your Windows machines and temporarily turn off Automatic Update

These methods are for advanced home users and professionals who don't mind taknig some time and effort to manage our Windows devices. Anyone who would rather turn on the PC and it "just works" had best stick with automatic updates, and fix the issues as they arise.

 

This is how SSDs work and what you can do to make yours last longer

Some interesting stuff in there. Linux in my NUC does not swap much and has no "superfetch". This probably helps preserve my SSD.

 

These are the best ways to print to PDF in Windows

I do a lot of printing to PDF (also useful as a Save To File format) in Windows and in Linux. In both OSes, my favorite tool is the Chrome Browser's Print menu. It makes decent PDF downloads most of the time, and I don't have to mess with extra tools or OS features to get the job done. Print to PDF is also klnown as Save To File.

 

How to enable or disable Firefox’s new Screenshot tool

Screenshot is my other go-to download tool for web pages. I use a third-party utility for this. Since this is Linux where I do most of my web browsing, the tool is a Linux tool, called (not surprisingly) Screenshot. But Windows has its own tools.

 

ASUS E200HA review: The best-looking $200 laptop available

I would take a pass on this one. For $389.00 I could have the current Transformer Book Mini (https://www.amazon.com/Transformer-T102HA-D4-GR-Touchscreen-Quad-Core-keyboard/dp/B01K1JW7RS) which is a more robust 2-in-1 based on the same design as my own tablet, but updated to specs better than the model featured in this article. Sometimes it is possible to go too cheap with tablets.

 

The Elusive Total Linux Convergence Dream

Instead of following in M icrosoft's ill-advised footsteps, Canonical should be taking care of Ubuntu's core features. This means video drivers, support for Miracast or WiDi, and fixing their buggy Bluetooth Stack, among other basic features.

 

How to Turn On or Off Windows Defender Antivirus in Windows 10

Last I knew, if you use most third-party Windows Antivirus programs, Windows Defender is turned off.

 

The case against Windows Automatic Update

Note that this choice, to turn off automatic updating, carries with it the responsibility to manually update every month. And not to hide cumulative updates forever. Updating is still necessary, and this approach puts the burden of remembering to do updates onto the user's shoulders.

 

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 515

Well, it looks like there's a newer Ubuntu kernel (4.10) than my current version (4.09). Not a big deal, but here's something I could consider upgrading next time I feel adventurous. My NUC possibly could benefit if there are new features or improvements on older features. But a lot of settings and some third-party software tend to break with each kernel upgrade, plus my scanner under XSANE has not been detected well. So these things make me pause before trying the kernel upgrade.

From My Own Reading:

Smart locks rendered dumb by automatic update fail

https://www.engadget.com/2017/08/15/smart-lock-update-fail/

 

How to use Miracast to mirror your device's screen wirelessly on your TV—even 4K

As of July 2017, there's even 4K support.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2907520/streaming-media/how-to-use-miracast-to-mirror-your-devices-screen-wirelessly-on-your-tv.html

The Linux WiDi implementation last I knew was not working on most PC hardware. I was disappointed to find that Android has dropped Miracast support in favor of Chromecast. But both of my Windows 10 Pro devices do supportm Miracast. ScreenBeam receivers can be used with Android devcies newer than those with native support for Miracast last I knew. Android Cast should still work, but I can't guarantee this right now. I haven't had the time yet to set up and test my Screenbeam and try it with my devices here.

 

The massive Android upgrade you probably didn't notice

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3216104/android/android-upgrade.html

 

How to back up Android devices: The complete guide

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3215095/android/how-to-backup-android-phones-complete-guide.html

 

T-MOBILE LAUNCHED ITS 600MHZ NETWORK, BUT NO PHONE CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT

https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/t-mobile-600mhz-rollout/

It won't be long before the TV spectrum is widely used for Wireless Communications and Internet services of all kinds.

 

Roku cracks down on private channels

https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/16/roku-cracks-down-on-private-channels/?ncid=rss

 

Newton is the rare email app that works great on both Windows and Mac

Not to mention iOS, Android, Apple Watch, Android Wear...

https://www.engadget.com/2017/08/17/newton-email-app-windows-launch/

 

Ford patents removable wheel and pedals for future autonomous cars

https://www.engadget.com/2017/08/16/ford-patents-removable-wheel-and-pedals-for-future-autonomous-ca/

 

Samsung, Foxconn back 'Kiss' high-speed wireless transfer tech

https://www.engadget.com/2017/08/17/samsung-foxconn-wireless-high-speed-transfer-kiss/

 

Shaping The Future Of Work: A Collaboration Of Humans And AI

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2017/08/17/shaping-the-future-of-work-a-collaboration-of-humans-and-ai/#2deaa7f047b7

 

Self-healing polymers make for tougher soft robots

https://www.engadget.com/2017/08/17/soft-robot-self-healing-polymers/

 

10,000 impounded bikes look like abstract art

https://www.yahoo.com/news/10-000-impounded-bikes-look-100251786.html

Chinese impoundment lot shows how not to do bike sharing.

 

An iOS 11 feature can quickly disable Touch ID

https://www.engadget.com/2017/08/17/ios-11-quickly-disable-touch-id/

 

AI creates fictional scenes out of real-life photos

https://www.engadget.com/2017/08/17/ai-creates-fictional-scenes-out-of-real-life-photos/

 

Lean back and watch the eclipse...from your Volvo

https://www.engadget.com/2017/08/17/watch-eclipse-from-volvo/

Well, at least it's free...

 

Elgato Stream Deck review: A streamer's best friend

Anything a streamer does in software, you can do on the Stream Deck with one button-push.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3212259/hardware/elgato-stream-deck-review.html

 

Verizon is selling a Miracast dongle for $20

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3217012/computers/verizon-is-selling-a-miracast-dongle-for-20.html

I use Miracast to see my tablet's screen larger. That's a handy thign to be able to do sometimes. BTW, I was not entirely correct about Android no longer supporting Miracast. The feature was restored this summer in Android 7.1.1. My phone has yet to receive that update, but it is promised. 

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Join the discussion: iPhone 8 is rumored to have Face ID — want or not want?

https://www.imore.com/join-discussion-iphone-8-rumored-have-face-id-want-or-not-want

 

The biggest problems with putting microchips in employees

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/biggest-problems-putting-microchips-employees-132325693.html

 

Turn off smart multi-homed name resolution in Windows

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/08/14/turn-off-smart-multi-homed-name-resolution-in-windows/

 

You can control your PC with your eyes with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (video)
Microsoft has built eye tracking into the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, giving users the ability to control their PC with just their eyes. Here's a first look the feature in action!

https://www.windowscentral.com/you-can-control-your-pc-your-eyes-windows-10-fall-creators-update-video?utm_source=wp&utm_medium=superfeature&utm_campaign=navigation

 

Action! Screen Recorder: All-in-One Software for Screencasting, Game Recording, and Live Streaming on Windows

https://www.maketecheasier.com/action-screen-recorder/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=11072017

 

AMD Radeon Vega RX 64 8GB Review

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-radeon-rx-vega-64,5173.html?utm_source=th-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170815-th

 

How Can I Tell If a Website is Safe?
We're often enticed or directed to websites we've never been to before. We'll look at a couple of tools to help identify safe websites.

https://askleo.com/can-tell-website-safe/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=J.vpgyC3m3dfbL&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=20170815&utm_medium=email&utm_content=featured

 

Ransomware: A malicious gift that keeps on giving

http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/28/us/ransomware-overview-declassified/index.html

 

Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320

https://www.pcmag.com/review/355109/lenovo-ideapad-miix-320?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

How to detect a virus on your Android

https://www.komando.com/tips/395105/how-to-detect-a-virus-on-your-android?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=android&utm_content=2017-08-16-article-title

 

New Android Malware Secretly Records Audio

https://www.extremetech.com/g00/mobile/254121-new-android-malware-secretly-records-audio?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=extremetech&utm_medium=title&i10c.referrer=

 

Windows as a service in a nutshell, explained
Microsoft just posted a succinct, accurate description of the new 'Semi-Annual Channel' terminology, but there are a few important loose ends.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3215108/microsoft-windows/windows-as-a-service-in-a-nutshell-explained.html

 

Apps that give your phone a second number
Need a disposable number? Or an effective way to juggle work and personal lines? This is easier, and cheaper, than you think.

https://www.cnet.com/g00/how-to/apps-that-give-your-phone-a-second-number/?i10c.referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnet.com%2Fhow-to%2F%3Fi10c.referrer%3D

 

Why scientists want AI regulated now before it's too late

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/scientists-want-ai-regulated-now-late-195127553.html

 

Dr.Web LiveDisk: free emergency system repair

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/08/14/dr-web-livedisk-free-emergency-system-repair/

 

Microsoft HoloLens and Insider chiefs suggest smartglasses will replace smartphones

https://www.windowscentral.com/ar-smartglasses-may-replace-smartphones-hints-insider-chief-dona-sarka-and-hololens-creator-alex?utm_medium=slider&utm_campaign=navigation&utm_source=wp

 

Windows Live Mail Help: 5 Common Problems and Their Solutions

https://www.maketecheasier.com/windows-live-mail-help/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=11072017

 

Windows 10 Pro For Workstations Will Debut Alongside Fall Creators Update

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/windows-pro-workstations-debut-fall,35214.html?utm_source=th-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170815-th

 

Recover Deleted Files in OneDrive
If you're using OneDrive for your regular work, its Recycle Bin provides an extra layer of backup and protection.

https://askleo.com/recover-deleted-files-onedrive/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=J.vpgyC3m3dfbL&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=20170815&utm_medium=email&utm_content=featured

 

Google Is Aiming to Bring VR to the Masses
The company will have 11 devices running its Daydream virtual reality platform by the end of this year -- and it's only going to grow from there.

https://www.fool.com/investing/2017/07/29/google-is-aiming-to-bring-vr-to-the-masses.aspx

 

How to Use Your iPhone or iPad to Help You See Better
The Magnify and Zoom features on iOS can help you better see real objects and your screen.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/354840/how-to-use-your-iphone-or-ipad-to-help-you-see-better?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

How to properly secure your Android to keep snoops out

https://www.komando.com/tips/411469/how-to-properly-secure-your-android-to-keep-snoops-out?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=android&utm_content=2017-08-16-article-title

 

Killer Robot Drones are Coming to a Military Near You

https://www.extremetech.com/g00/extreme/254106-killer-robot-drones-coming-military-near?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=extremetech&utm_medium=title&i10c.referrer=

 

Surface Pro 4 Type Cover suddenly stops working
I’m seeing more and more reports of borked Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 4 Type Cover keyboards, likely linked to last month’s firmware/driver updates.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3215225/microsoft-windows/surface-pro-4-type-cover-suddenly-stops-working.html

 

How to make your iPhone and Android pictures look better
Whether you have an iPhone 7 Plus, a Galaxy S8 or a Google Pixel, here are 3 tips to make your photos look better.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-improve-iphone-and-android-pictures-with-photo-edits/

 

Why the world's biggest search engine has to pay for traffic to its site

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/worlds-biggest-search-engine-pay-traffic-site-205449793.html

 

Twitch Desktop App Final released

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/08/13/twitch-desktop-app-final-released/

 

How to start protecting your privacy with Ghostery for Microsoft Edge

https://www.windowscentral.com/ghostery

 

How to Transfer ROMs to RetroPie Via USB

https://www.maketecheasier.com/transfer-roms-to-retropie/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=11072017

 

Flash Forecast: Shortage Persists Into Mid-2018, Retail Pricing Steady

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/nand-flash-shortage-continue-mid-2018,35206.html?utm_source=th-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170815-th

 

Recuva: a Free, Easy Undelete and File Recovery Tool
Even with the Recycle Bin to protect you, it's not uncommon to need to recover files that have been "permanently" deleted. Recuva gives you a chance.

https://askleo.com/recuva-free-easy-undelete-file-recovery-tool/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=J.vpgyC3m3dfbL&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=20170815&utm_medium=email&utm_content=featured

 

How to Create a Strong Password

https://lifehacker.com/how-to-create-a-strong-password-1797681069

 

Google Project Fi

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2489872,00.asp?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

Cheaper unlimited mobile data plans now available for seniors

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/412510/cheaper-unlimited-mobile-data-plans-now-available-for-seniors?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=android&utm_content=2017-08-16-article-title

 

Details Leak on Intel’s Upcoming Ice Lake CPU, 10nm Schedule

https://www.extremetech.com/g00/computing/254209-details-leak-intels-upcoming-ice-lake-cpu-10nm-schedule?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=extremetech&utm_medium=title&i10c.referrer=

 

Windows 10 1607 cumulative update KB 4034658 wipes out Update History
If you’re updating the Anniversary Update, version 1607, it’d be a good idea to take a screenshot of your Update History before installing this month’s KB 4034658.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3214488/microsoft-windows/windows-10-1607-cumulative-update-kb-4034658-wipes-out-update-history.html

 

7 easy tips to make your iPhone videos look pro
We gathered a bunch of basic tips and tricks to help you get better results when shooting video on your iPhone.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/ways-to-make-your-iphone-videos-look-pro/

 

Why everybody should be happy that Flash is finally dying

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/everybody-happy-flash-finally-dying-204509365.html

 

How to enable legacy extensions in Firefox 57

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/08/12/how-to-enable-legacy-extensions-in-firefox-57/

 

Chime in: How do you use your Windows phone today?

https://www.windowscentral.com/what-are-you-doing-your-windows-phone

 

A Paranoid Buyer’s Guide to Shopping Online

https://www.maketecheasier.com/paranoid-buyers-guide-shopping-online/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=11072017

 

7 Best Solar Eclipse Glasses on Amazon

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/1212-best-solar-eclipse-glasses.html?utm_source=ls-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170815-ls

 

AMD's Vega Graphics Cards Could Kick Off a War

https://gizmodo.com/amds-vega-graphics-cards-could-kick-off-a-war-1797810926

 

How Autonomous Cars Could Turn NYC's Mean Streets Into Parks
Loop NYC reimagines the Big Apple in the age of self-driving cars and repurposes some of the city's most famous thoroughfares into green spaces.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/355265/how-autonomous-cars-could-turn-nycs-mean-streets-into-parks?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

Can this really stop malicious apps in the Google Play store?

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/409985/google-play-rolls-out-protection-against-rogue-apps?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=android&utm_content=2017-08-16-article-title

 

Eclipse Overload: What If the Sun Were Blocked for Years?

https://www.livescience.com/60004-what-if-sun-blocked-years.html?utm_source=sp-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170815-sdc

 

How to Reinstall and Re-register Microsoft Edge in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/28655-reinstall-re-register-microsoft-edge-windows-10-a.html

 

It’s time to check your Windows machines and temporarily turn off Automatic Update
With Patch Tuesday just around the corner, you should seriously consider disabling Automatic Update, and wait until the unpaid beta testers have their say.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3214146/microsoft-windows/it-s-time-to-check-your-windows-machines-and-temporarily-turn-off-automatic-update.html

 

This is how SSDs work and what you can do to make yours last longer
CNET editor Dong Ngo explains how SSDs work and offers a few useful tips on how to make them last a long, long time.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-ssds-solid-state-drives-work-increase-lifespan/

 

These are the best ways to print to PDF in Windows

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/best-ways-print-pdf-windows-191549965.html

 

How to enable or disable Firefox’s new Screenshot tool

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/08/12/how-to-disable-firefoxs-new-screenshot-tool/

 

ASUS E200HA review: The best-looking $200 laptop available

https://www.windowscentral.com/asus-e200ha-review

 

Hiding A Raspberry Pi Zero Inside A Hard Drive!

https://blog.hackster.io/hiding-a-raspberry-pi-zero-inside-a-hard-drive-5d92d8b5dfa2

 

Best Gear for Taking Pictures of the Solar Eclipse

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/1226-best-solar-eclipse-photo-gear.html?utm_source=ls-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170815-ls

 

CONTROL A MOTOR WITH THE AIY PROJECTS VOICE HAT

https://www.raspberrypi.org/magpi/motor-aiy-voice-pi/

 

The Best Laptops for College Students
After you choose your school, the next most important decision you need to make is which computer you'll have for the next four years. Start your short list with these top-rated, value-focused laptops.

https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/285524/the-best-laptops-for-college-students?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

The Elusive Total Linux Convergence Dream

http://www.linuxinsider.com/story/84710.html

 

How to Make a Solar Eclipse Viewer (Photos)

https://www.livescience.com/59721-solar-eclipse-viewer-photo-tutorial.html?utm_source=sp-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170815-sdc

 

How to Turn On or Off Windows Defender Antivirus in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/5918-turn-off-windows-defender-windows-10-a.html

 

The case against Windows Automatic Update
If you’re moderately conversant with your Windows machine, you should consider avoiding Automatic Update. Here’s why.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3213929/microsoft-windows/the-case-against-windows-automatic-update.html

 

13 tips every iPad owner should know
Get up and running with your new iPad with this collection of tips and tricks.

https://www.cnet.com/pictures/ipad-tips-every-owner-should-know/

 

New leak shows iPhone 8 performance that completely crushes every Android

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/leak-shows-iphone-8-performance-completely-crushes-every-134315985.html

 

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 515

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/Issue515

 

JMR SiloStor NVMe SSD Drives

https://www.linuxjournal.com/content/jmr-silostor-nvme-ssd-drives

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FYI #998 (Sun 8/13/2017):

Vivaldi 1.11 improves accessibility features (browser based on Chrome)

Vivaldi is based on open-source Chromium, not closed-source Google Chrome. There are many differences.

Tablets so good you don't need a stylus, but they have one anyway

This article is just an ad for overpriced and underperforming 2-in-1s and tablets.

 

How to Disable SMBv1 in Windows

It's also safe now to disable similar features in Linux. Samba no longer needs this protocol.

 

How to save money on ink jet cartridges for your printer

Be careful with refills and third-party ink sites. If you misjudge, you could end up needing to replace your print heads.

 

How to Easily Back Up and Migrate Your Browser Bookmarks

I placed this story into my bookmarks in Chrome under Linux. Now I can export it, then transfer the bookmarks to any of my Windows browsers on my PC or tablet. Very handy!

 

Blu phones back on sale at Amazon after suspension over privacy

I tried a couple of Blu phones and found they had hardware deficiencies as well as the now-publicized security issues.

 

Amazon Hub Safely Stores All Your Home Deliveries

Well, if this ever shows up in my place, I'll post  my impressions.

 

We all have a natural human tendency to trust... Be prepared! Download VASCO's "Social Engineering" eBook

Well, there are just a few of us who lack that "natural human tendency". Lessons learned from early childhood experiences with bullying onward throughout life. But if you were never bullied, I guess you would trust everyone.

 

Chrome Browser to Get Ad-Blocker (many sites will block you from seeing any content when a ad-blocker is on)

Which is why I choose third-party ad-blocking extensions. If the site won't load, it's easy to suspend an extension. Baked-in ad blocking -- eh, not so much.

 

Do You Use Beta Software or Wait for a Stable Release?

I use Chrome Beta, but not on my tablet in Windows. I do not twest pre-release or non-stable channels for most other software. I prefer my OS upgrades to be on a Slow Track, so no betas for me in that area. I value stability over having the latest features.

 

How to Fix: Constant Spinning Cursor (Circle) in Windows

The Infopackets site's DNS Lookup failed with no cached page options. The site seems to be out of business.

 

Chromecast mirroring explained: How to beam your phone or PC screen to the TV

If you have to resort to screen mirroring, Miracast or WiDi works as well as or better than this Chromecast feature.

 

Re. FYI #999 (Mon 8/14/2017):

A Copyright Claim Was Reportedly Used to Stop Ad Blocking, But It's Complicated

This controversy points up yet another reason not to use blacklists to avoid ads and trackers and other annoyances on web pages. Other methods, like those used by Ghostery, Blur (Abine), No Script and a host of other extensions, do not depend on blacklists. So no advertiser could pull the DMCA out of his hat like a magician's rabbit and harass these other companies into allowing a domain to throw up popup ads at visitors.

More to the point of sites which have copyrighted materials (video streams being among these materials): I have never encountered a site with such content where I could leave my ad and script blockers active. The content simply will not load without the ads. So the complaint in the AdBlock list case is moot. The ads would not be blocked if the content could only be viewed when the ads are allowed. That's what legitimate advertisers and legitimate sites do. No specious copyright act arguments are needed. (BTW, I expect that if AdBlock would have fought this takedown notice into the Courts, the takedown would not have been allowed under DMCA. Rua's interpretation of DMCA is legally too broad.)

 

[Software Update] CCleaner 5.33 Now Available for Download

And there will be a newer version next week. This software is always issuing new versions, none of which include new features. Just new push-advertising in the installers.

 

Keep Your Networking Gear Running While the Power's Out For Just $41

This won't work for my Comcast equipment, even without the DVR. I have an APS unit with much more juice, and a price tag three times this unit.

 

Oh, boy. Just what we need. Another edition of Windows 10, WTFCUPFWP.

I cannot find a translation of WTFCUPFWP. Maybe another form of COVFEFE? Nope, it turns out to be Woody Leonhard's personal shorthand for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Pro for Workstation PCs, which most of us will never encounter anyway. And here I was thinking maybe this was a profanity-laced acronym in the WTF family. I am sincerely disappointed. 

 

Microsoft begins testing new log-in experience in public preview

So they are changing the login screen again. Yawn. Better than making our local account passwords expire without telling people.

 

Artificial intelligence is not as smart as you (or Elon Musk) think

I have never thought AI was very intelligent. Maybe someday, but it has a long, long way to go.

 

Why Does Linux Allow Users to Remove the Root Directory?

Actually, Linux when used as intended, does not let you do this by accident. The OP with that question had set himself up to always run as Root, which most distros don't allow users to do. This is one more reason not to mess with this safeguard.

 

How to Enable or Disable Fast Boot in UEFI Firmware Settings for Windows

On modern systems, I see very little need to disable Fast Boot (UEFI Startup). Fast Startup is an entirely different Windows feature, and in dual-boot systems, it is best to disable Fast Startup. But not Fast Boot. BIOS Post is very out of date.

 

Illegal Kodi plugins may compromise your personal security

If you install illegal channels, you can expect bad things to happen. Maybe not to everyone all the time, but the risks are great. I would think everyone would know this by now.

 

How to Watch Live TV Online

As I posted some time ago, currently those wanting to stream live network and local channels are not going to find much joy. But if you prefer some other channels, there's a lot out there. Remmber, stand-alone Internet service capable of handling streaming media is often more costly than a limited cable company bundle.

 

More problems with KB 4034658 August cumulative update for Win10 1607/Server 2016

 

New reports of broken WSUS connections and deleted Restore Points, plus Microsoft confirms bugs in the August cumulative update for Win10 1607/Server 2016.

The article references reports of the August Cumulative Update wiping out Update History, which can make Windows Update take a very long time to run the next time it's invoked.

 

Hotspot Shield VPN accused of violating users' privacy

It's a free product, so the product is YOU. Still true after all these years.

 

How to make Windows 10 more secure by using a standard user account

First, a Standard User Account is not a very strong security measure by itself. Second, you should always have an available Administrator Account (a local login account) in Windows. Not everything can be done without full and continuous Admin. privileges. 

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Mon 999 8/14/2017

Dealmaster: Lenovo Y700 Core i5 laptop for only $569, restocked AirPods, and other deals
Back-to-school sales galore.

https://arstechnica.com/staff/2017/07/dealmaster-lenovo-y700-core-i5-laptop-for-only-569-restocked-airpods-and-other-deals/

 

Google is still making money despite $2.7 billion EU fine

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/google-still-making-money-despite-202500245.html

 

How to Easily Change the Case of Text in LibreOffice Writer

https://www.howtogeek.com/278064/how-to-easily-change-the-case-of-text-in-libreoffice-writer/

 

HDMI 2.1: Everything You Need to Know

https://www.maketecheasier.com/hdmi-2-1-everything-you-need-to-know/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=01082017

 

A Copyright Claim Was Reportedly Used to Stop Ad Blocking, But It's Complicated

https://gizmodo.com/a-copyright-claim-was-reportedly-used-to-stop-ad-blocki-1797767169

 

18 Essential WhatsApp Tips for Chat Fans
There are over a billion WhatsApp users; here's how to get chatting.

https://www.pcmag.com/feature/341836/18-essential-whatsapp-tips-for-chat-fans?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

How To: Reclaim Old Ring Binders to Corral Crazy Cables

http://makezine.com/2017/08/08/reclaim-old-ring-binders-corral-crazy-cables/?utm_source=MakeNewsletter+20170815&utm_medium=email&utm_content=button&utm_campaign=newsletter

 

5 good reasons to pay for Spotify
Other than removing ads.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/5-good-reasons-to-pay-for-spotify/

 

[Software Update] CCleaner 5.33 Now Available for Download

http://www.askvg.com/ccleaner-freeware-system-optimization-and-privacy-tool/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AskVG+%28AskVG%29&utm_content=Yahoo%21+Mail

 

Where to Watch The Walking Dead Online

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/where-watch-walking-dead-online,news-17723.html?utm_source=tg-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170812-tg

 

The 50+ best features in iOS 11
With new apps like Files, a desktop-like Dock and countless smaller tweaks and advances, Apple's new mobile OS offers plenty of enhancements.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3209146/apple-ios/the-50-best-features-in-apples-ios-11.html

 

9 best Windows apps for Surface Pen users

https://www.windowscentral.com/essential-apps-if-you-own-surface-pen?utm_medium=slider&utm_campaign=navigation&utm_source=wp

 

GNU/Linux apps for communication you didn’t know you needed

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/08/08/gnulinux-apps-for-communication-you-didnt-know-you-needed/

 

USB 3.2 doubles your connection speeds with the same port

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/usb-3-2-doubles-connection-123200974.html

 

How “Trusted Devices” Work on Windows 10 (and Why You No Longer Need to “Trust This PC”)

https://www.howtogeek.com/121875/htg-explains-why-does-windows-8-want-me-to-trust-this-pc/

 

How to Speed Up Chrome with 5 Easy Tricks

https://www.maketecheasier.com/speed-up-chrome/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=01082017

 

Keep Your Networking Gear Running While the Power's Out For Just $41

https://deals.kinja.com/keep-your-networking-gear-running-while-the-powers-out-1797758521

 

Evil, Metal-Destroying Bubbles Are Hackers' New Best Friends
New research shows how attackers could use an unlikely weapon to destroy industrial equipment: bubbles.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/355255/evil-metal-destroying-bubbles-are-hackers-new-best-friends?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

Build an Autonomous R/C Car with Raspberry Pi

http://makezine.com/projects/build-autonomous-rc-car-raspberry-pi/?utm_source=MakeNewsletter+20170815&utm_medium=email&utm_content=button&utm_campaign=newsletter

 

This is how SSDs work and what you can do to make yours last longer
CNET editor Dong Ngo explains how SSDs work and offers a few useful tips on how to make them last a long, long time.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-ssds-solid-state-drives-work-increase-lifespan/

 

[Windows 10 Fix] Desktop and Lock Screen Background Slideshow Reset to Picture

http://www.askvg.com/windows-10-fix-desktop-and-lock-screen-background-slideshow-reset-to-picture/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AskVG+%28AskVG%29&utm_content=Yahoo%21+Mail

 

MetroPCS vs. T-Mobile: Which Is Best for You?

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/metro-pcs-vs-tmobile,review-4537.html?utm_source=tg-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170812-tg

 

Oh, boy. Just what we need. Another edition of Windows 10, WTFCUPFWP.
Microsoft’s just-announced Windows 10 Pro for Workstation PCs continues the product’s rapid descent down the rabbit hole.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3215273/microsoft-windows/oh-boy-just-what-we-need-another-edition-of-windows-10-wtfcupfwp.html

 

Microsoft begins testing new log-in experience in public preview

https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-begins-testing-new-log-experience-public-preview

 

Firefox: your options to run legacy add-ons

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/08/08/firefox-your-options-to-run-legacy-add-ons/

 

Artificial intelligence is not as smart as you (or Elon Musk) think

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/artificial-intelligence-not-smart-elon-030059858.html

 

Why Does Linux Allow Users to Remove the Root Directory?

https://www.howtogeek.com/277896/why-does-linux-allow-users-to-remove-the-root-directory/

 

How to Download Movies from Netflix in Windows 10

https://www.maketecheasier.com/download-movies-from-netflix-windows10/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=10072017

 

Google Expels Spyware From Play Store That Recorded Audio and Took Photos Without Permission

https://gizmodo.com/google-expels-spyware-from-play-store-that-recorded-aud-1797760288

 

How to Listen to Music on Your Amazon Echo
Alexa is a jack of all trades, but Amazon's digital assistant can also help you listen to music on your Echo device. Here's how.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/355153/how-to-listen-to-music-on-your-amazon-echo?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

How to Enable or Disable Fast Boot in UEFI Firmware Settings for Windows

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/21284-enable-disable-fast-boot-uefi-firmware-settings-windows.html

 

The 4 refurbished tech products you should avoid
Some refurb deals are outstanding. Others, not so much. Here are the items I wouldn't buy no matter how good the price.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/the-refurbished-tech-products-you-should-avoid/

 

Illegal Kodi plugins may compromise your personal security
Certain third-party add-ons used to find pirated material may no longer be trustworthy.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/illegal-kodi-plugins-may-compromise-your-personal-security/

 

How to Watch Live TV Online
https://www.tomsguide.com/us/watch-live-tv-online,news-17512.html?utm_source=tg-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170812-tg

 

More problems with KB 4034658 August cumulative update for Win10 1607/Server 2016
New reports of broken WSUS connections and deleted Restore Points, plus Microsoft confirms bugs in the August cumulative update for Win10 1607/Server 2016.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3215150/microsoft-windows/more-problems-with-kb-4034658-august-cumulative-update-for-win10-1607server-2016.html

 

6 sure-fire ways to protect your privacy online

https://www.windowscentral.com/6-sure-fire-ways-protect-your-privacy-online

 

Turn Wi-Fi back on automatically on Windows 10

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/08/08/windows-10-wifi-turn-back-on/

 

Facebook boosts live 360 video to 4K for better VR

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/facebook-boosts-live-360-video-141000816.html

 

Should You Buy a Video Doorbell?

https://www.howtogeek.com/276969/should-you-buy-a-video-doorbell/

 

How to Customize the iOS 11 Control Center on iPhone

https://www.maketecheasier.com/customize-ios-11-control-center-iphone/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=10072017

 

The FBI Says ISIS Used Phony eBay Listings to Funnel Cash to US Operative

https://gizmodo.com/the-fbi-says-isis-used-phony-ebay-listings-to-funnel-ca-1797750099

 

Your Printer Can Steal and Deface Your Documents
Because of weaknesses in decades-old protocols, printers can become a spy and a vandal lurking in your home or office.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/355256/your-printer-can-steal-and-deface-your-documents?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

How to Change Automatic Maintenance Settings in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3090-change-automatic-maintenance-settings-windows-10-a.html

 

7 easy tips to make your iPhone videos look pro
We gathered a bunch of basic tips and tricks to help you get better results when shooting video on your iPhone.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/ways-to-make-your-iphone-videos-look-pro/

 

Creators Of SambaCry Linux Malware Also Have A Windows Backdoor Program

https://www.forbes.com/sites/lconstantin/2017/07/26/creators-of-sambacry-linux-malware-also-have-a-windows-backdoor-program/#1789718b50bd

 

How to Get NFL Sunday Ticket Without DirecTV

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/get-sunday-ticket-without-directv,review-3811.html?utm_source=tg-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170812-tg

 

Microsoft Surface reliability problem: It’s more than hardware and software
Consumer Reports yanked the “Recommended” imprimatur for Surface devices — but Microsoft’s service should be sent to the woodshed, too.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3215089/microsoft-windows/microsoft-surface-reliability-problem-its-more-than-hardware-and-software.html

 

Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows 10 just got three times smaller

https://www.windowscentral.com/xbox-wireless-adapter-windows-10-just-got-three-times-smaller

 

Sys Minion: run Windows system commands

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/08/08/sys-minion-run-windows-system-commands/

 

Orii smart ring turns your fingertip into a Bluetooth earpiece

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/orii-smart-ring-turns-fingertip-180400300.html

 

What Is Power Nap in macOS?

https://www.howtogeek.com/277742/what-is-power-nap-in-macos/

 

5 Portable Apps for Mac that Should Go Everywhere with You

https://www.maketecheasier.com/portable-apps-for-mac/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=10072017

 

The LG Gram Is One Beautifully Light and Simple Laptop

https://gizmodo.com/the-lg-gram-is-one-beautifully-light-and-simple-laptop-1797682563

 

The Best External Hard Drives of 2017
Whether you're running out of space on your laptop hard drive, or you want to back up your photos and videos, portable storage has never been cheaper. Here's how to get the right drive.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2400958,00.asp?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

People are already replacing their desktop computers with smartglasses

http://www.businessinsider.com/meta-ar-startup-employees-replace-computers-with-smartglasses-video-2017-7/#this-is-the-meta-2-headset-you-can-order-a-development-kit-for-949-now-although-it-might-be-a-while-before-its-delivered-the-company-is-aiming-for-the-end-of-the-summer-1

 

Hotspot Shield VPN accused of violating users' privacy
A privacy group has requested an FTC investigation into the VPN company, claiming Hotspot violated its own privacy policy.

https://www.cnet.com/news/hotspot-shield-vpn-privacy-accusation/

 

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Review: An Expandable Business Slate

https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/07/lenovo-thinkpad-x1-review-an-expandable-business-s.html

 

Startup Aims to Make 3D Metal Printing 100 Times Faster

https://www.extremetech.com/g00/extreme/253260-desktop-metal-3d-metal-printer-100x-faster?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title&i10c.referrer=

 

The big secret behind Google Play Protect on Android
There's one detail rarely mentioned about Google's splashy new Android security effort—and it's a critical point for everyone to understand.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3210587/android/google-play-protect-android.html

 

How to make Windows 10 more secure by using a standard user account
You can keep your PC more secure by removing administrator privileges from your account but still be able to perform admin tasks on Windows 10. Here's how.

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-use-windows-10-non-admin-and-why

 

LogFusion: free realtime log monitoring for Windows

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/08/07/logfusion-realtime-log-monitoring/

 

ASUS' take on mesh WiFi is now available

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/asus-apos-mesh-wifi-now-191500436.html

 

Will the Patent Wars Kill the Self-Driving Car?
Google vs. Uber is just the first salvo in what could be a nasty legal tug-of-war over who makes the biggest stack of money on the future of moving people around.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/hybrid-electric/news/a27480/patent-wars-self-driving-car/

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Cybersecurity training required (by law) of Illinois employees.

Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:51 pm (PDT)

In Illinois, Cybersecurity Training for State Employees Now Required by Law

http://bit.ly/2vEt8SW

 

Latest edition of CyberHeistNews

Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:47 pm (PDT) .

CyberheistNews Vol 7 #32 [ALERT] A Big Locky Ransomware Phishing Attack Infects With the New Diablo6 Strain

http://bit.ly/2uJ25EG

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Sun 998 8/13/2017

Nuance the Latest NotPetya Victim to Report Financial Impact
Medical Transcription Software Vendor Still Recovering From Attack

http://www.bankinfosecurity.com/nuance-latest-notpetya-victim-to-report-financial-impact-a-10138

 

Top 10 Twitter Accounts to Track the Latest Phishing Scams

http://www.techinsurance.com/blog/cyber-risk/top-10-twitter-accounts-to-track-the-latest-phishing-scams/

 

Google SOS Alerts can guide you during a crisis

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/google-sos-alerts-guide-during-141400210.html

 

How to Tweak Your Tiles in Windows 10
Here's how to make your Windows 10 tiled screen look and work better for you.

https://www.pcmag.com/article/351216/how-to-tweak-your-tiles-in-windows-10?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=dailynews&utm_medium=title

 

Vivaldi 1.11 improves accessibility features (browser based on Chrome)

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/08/10/vivaldi-1-11-improves-accessibility-features/

 

Best Xbox One Accessories

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

 

Attackers could shut down power grids by abusing solar panel flaws
It all boils down to a quest for balance…

https://www.grahamcluley.com/attackers-shut-power-grids-abusing-solar-panel-flaws/

 

Samsung's 10-Year Plan Starts With 128TB QLC SSD, 960 Successor

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/samsung-flash-memory-summit,35180.html?utm_source=th-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170810-th

 

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

https://www.cnet.com/g00/news/best-tablet-with-stylus/?i10c.referrer=

 

The ISS is Getting the Most Powerful Computer Ever Sent to Space

https://www.extremetech.com/g00/extreme/254089-iss-getting-powerful-computer-ever-sent-space?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=extremetech&utm_medium=title&i10c.referrer=

 

Microsoft Stops Offering 1TB Surface Book

https://www.thurrott.com/hardware/130909/microsoft-stops-offering-1tb-surface-book?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8D1gOzp2eJY9tNrCY2eLO45wVKVQEejuE0paBGEAft-lUoKHS1mqw79pQXJwbrV3VjwHCjl-hHTteIaa2m7mcyQGy3bA&_hsmi=54981654

 

Why You Shouldn’t Buy an Amazon Fire Tablet for Your Kids

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/shouldnt-buy-amazon-fire-tablet-kids/

 

How to Disable SMBv1 in Windows

https://www.maketecheasier.com/disable-smbv1-windows/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=07072017

 

Nanomaterial charges everyday batteries in seconds

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/nanomaterial-charges-everyday-batteries-seconds-071800125.html

 

The Best VR (Virtual Reality) Headsets of 2017
Virtual reality in finally taking off. But should you jump in just yet? We've tested the top VR headsets and platforms to help figure out which, if any, is right for you.

https://www.pcmag.com/article/342537/the-best-virtual-reality-vr-headsets?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=lab-report=utm_medium=title

 

Microsoft launches Outlook Beta

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/08/10/microsoft-launches-outlook-beta/

 

How to Easily Back Up and Migrate Your Browser Bookmarks

https://www.howtogeek.com/136116/how-to-easily-back-up-and-migrate-your-browser-bookmarks/

 

How to save money on ink jet cartridges for your printer

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-save-money-printer-ink

 

Invisible Man malware lifts banking credentials by abusing Android accessibility services
Ugh! Yet another “Flash for Android” disguise.

https://www.grahamcluley.com/invisible-man-malware-lifts-banking-credentials-by-abusing-android-accessibility-services/

 

Unannounced AMD Threadripper 1920 Listed, Other Non-X Models Likely To Follow

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/amd-threadripper-1920-1950-1900,35165.html?utm_source=th-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170811-th

 

Blu phones back on sale at Amazon after suspension over privacy
The e-tailer again makes the devices available, after discussing security concerns with manufacturer Blu Products.

https://www.cnet.com/news/blu-amazon-phones/

 

Intel Kills the Atom SoC Powering Microsoft’s HoloLens

https://www.extremetech.com/g00/computing/254028-intel-kills-atom-soc-powering-microsofts-hololens?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=extremetech&utm_medium=title&i10c.referrer=

 

Microsoft Begins Selling Mixed Reality Headsets Online

https://www.thurrott.com/hardware/130891/microsoft-begins-selling-mixed-reality-headsets-online?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_yII5_-JCepr2Zuipo-ZRViOAlEhB_gfDl6sXeyoKY0CSwLjzR-IV8f87M9quIxtCEg4bgWWoXwHy_cO_wF-8wciA0bw&_hsmi=54981654

 

5 Things You Aren’t Using the Apple Watch For (But Should Be)

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/things-not-using-apple-watch-for/

 

How to Secure Your Linux Desktop with Iptables

https://www.maketecheasier.com/secure-linux-desktop-with-iptables/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=07072017

 

New report claims to reveal why the iPhone 8 is delayed, and it’s good news

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/report-claims-reveal-why-iphone-8-delayed-good-181613045.html

 

Amazon Hub Safely Stores All Your Home Deliveries
Amazon wants to put a delivery hub in your residence so anyone can send you packages, be they friends, family, or other retailers.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/355251/amazon-hub-safely-stores-all-your-home-deliveries?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

Internet Archive 78 rpm records archive is online

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/08/10/internet-archive-78rpm-records-archive-is-online/

 

How to Copy Multiple Things to Your Mac’s Clipboard at Once

https://www.howtogeek.com/282245/how-to-copy-multiple-things-to-your-macs-clipboard-at-once/

 

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: All the changes so far

https://www.windowscentral.com/fall-creators-update?utm_source=wp&utm_medium=superfeature&utm_campaign=navigation

 

We all have a natural human tendency to trust... Be prepared! Download VASCO's "Social Engineering" eBook

https://www.grahamcluley.com/natural-human-tendency-trust-prepared-download-vascos-social-engineering-ebook/

 

Chrome Browser to Get Ad-Blocker (many sites will block you from seeing any content when a ad-blocker is on)

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10154/chrome-browser-get-ad-blocker

 

NASA to 9-year-old applicant for alien-protection job: Maybe
Commentary: Jack Davis, a self-styled Guardian of the Galaxy, applies for a gig as NASA's planetary protection officer. The space agency offers him hope.

https://www.cnet.com/news/nasa-to-9-year-old-applicant-for-alien-protection-job-maybe/

 

How to stop Google Home or Amazon Echo from making unwanted online purchases
Did you hear about the kindergartner who “accidentally” ordered an expensive dollhouse with a voice command? We’ll show you how to lock down your smart speaker so that never happens to you.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3214464/speakers/how-to-prevent-your-google-home-or-amazon-echo-from-making-unwanted-online-purchases.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-08-10&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Best%20of%20TechHive%20%202017-08-10&utm_term=techhive_bestof_html

 

Microsoft Releases Smaller Xbox Adapter for Windows 10, 3 New Controllers

https://www.thurrott.com/xbox/130865/microsoft-releases-smaller-xbox-adapter-windows-10-3-new-controllers?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9FyLNV_Wrbz5TBb9knMKtgJ9VEppPwVS6Q9S7OxlUlvNZUM27ibbOkFsP7YPwhZW5d9dZ3LQHGpkgODOUsos1fAWdZzA&_hsmi=54925018

 

5 Interesting Ways to Read the News Every Day

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/interesting-ways-read-news-every-day/

 

Do You Use Beta Software or Wait for a Stable Release? (I do sometimes, but OS goes on a test system & separate drive so it doesn't interfer with the normal stable OS)

https://www.maketecheasier.com/beta-software-or-stable-review/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=07072017

 

Apple replacing old MacBooks with brand-new models due to spare parts shortage

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/apple-replacing-old-macbooks-brand-models-due-spare-221124089.html

 

Kalashnikov to Demonstrate AI-Controlled Combat Robots
Weapons controlled by a neural network on the battlefield. Let's hope they don't turn on their creators.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/355253/kalashnikov-to-demonstrate-ai-controlled-combat-robots?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

Opera 47 Stable improves usability

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/08/09/opera-47-stable-improves-usability/

 

How to Stop Facebook Videos from Auto-Playing

https://www.howtogeek.com/281408/how-to-stop-facebook-videos-from-auto-playing/

 

What exactly is Windows Insider 'skip ahead?'

https://www.windowscentral.com/what-exactly-windows-insider-skip-ahead?utm_source=wp&utm_medium=superfeature&utm_campaign=navigation

 

$25 Raspberry Pi challenger is faster, runs Android Nougat, supports 4K video
Le Potato is yet another board that appears to outstrip the Pi 3's performance.

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/25-raspberry-pi-challenger-is-faster-runs-android-nougat-and-ubuntu-supports-4k-video/

 

How to Fix: Constant Spinning Cursor (Circle) in Windows

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10156/how-fix-constant-spinning-cursor-circle-windows

 

7 tips for listening to Spotify on Google Home
Two great tastes that sound great together.

https://www.cnet.com/g00/how-to/7-tips-for-listening-to-spotify-on-google-home/?i10c.referrer=

 

Chromecast mirroring explained: How to beam your phone or PC screen to the TV
Chromecast’s screen mirroring feature is a useful fallback for video and music services that don’t have native app support.

https://www.techhive.com/article/2999070/streaming-hardware/chromecast-mirroring-explained-how-to-beam-your-phone-or-pc-screen-to-the-tv.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-08-10&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Best%20of%20TechHive%20%202017-08-10&utm_term=techhive_bestof_html

 

27 Essential iPhone 7 Tips and Tricks

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/876-iphone-7-tips-and-tricks.html?utm_source=tg-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170809-tg

 

Your Complete Guide to Living a 100% Free and Open Source Life

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/guide-living-free-open-source-life/

 

5 of the Best Smartphones for Seniors

https://www.maketecheasier.com/best-smartphones-for-seniors/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=07072017

 

Apple: Latest Mac Malware Won't Hurt You If You Update Your OS

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/newly-discovered-mac-malware-secretly-132800512.html

 

HP Stream 11-y010nr

https://www.pcmag.com/review/355075/hp-stream-11-y010nr?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=lab-report=utm_medium=title

 

How to Add Control Panel to Windows’ Context Menu

https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/add-control-panel-to-the-desktop-right-click-menu/

 

Why iPad Pro has us seriously psyched for Windows 10 on ARM

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-ipad-pro-has-me-excited-windows-10-arm?utm_source=wp&utm_medium=superfeature&utm_campaign=navigation

 

Report: The top 5 cybersecurity threats of 2017
A report from Accenture has examined key threats that have emerged in the first half of 2017. Here's how businesses can stay safe.

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/report-the-top-5-cybersecurity-threats-of-2017/

 

13 Camping hacks to make roughing it a little easier
Make your trip feel a little more like glamping with these tips.

https://www.cnet.com/g00/pictures/camping-hacks-to-make-roughing-it-a-little-easier/?i10c.referrer=

 

[Firefox Tip] Restore Old Classic Options (About:Preferences) Page

http://www.askvg.com/firefox-tip-restore-old-classic-options-aboutpreferences-page/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AskVG+%28AskVG%29&utm_content=Yahoo%21+Mail

 

10 Cheap Cameras (Under $160) Ranked from Best to Worst

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/1242-best-cheap-cameras.html?utm_source=tg-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20170809-tg

 

Unlimited Smartphone Deal Targets Users Aged 55 and Over

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10157/unlimited-smartphone-deal-targets-users-aged-55-and-over

 

These Animated Vintage Textbooks Would Make High School Feel Like an Acid Trip

https://sploid.gizmodo.com/these-animated-vintage-textbooks-would-make-high-school-1797716382

 

Abandoned Firefox add-ons that break can be fixed but not uploaded to AMO

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/08/09/about-abandoned-firefox-add-ons-breaking/

 

PS4 5.0 Firmware Update To Bring PS One Classics Compatibility?

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/ps4-5-0-firmware-bring-110312586.html

 

Paul Thurrott’s Short Takes: August 4

https://www.petri.com/paul-thurrotts-short-takes-august-4?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_SvURcqiLy5CQG-znMLJV2eHDu21IotF4VByIhInkX1Sknee6Sropvba56EeXo8xsHm6NzTfi0wxu-h59XHjxkWPOXzQ&_hsmi=54981654

 

Are My Smarthome Devices Secure?

https://www.howtogeek.com/281635/are-my-smarthome-devices-secure/

 

Apple is at risk of falling out of the top 5 smartphone vendors in China
 - Local brand Xiaomi snagged the fourth-place spot that was held by Apple, according to Canalys.
 - The iPhone 8 is expected by some analysts to revamp Apple's influence in China.
 - It's an area where Apple has struggled in recent years, with sales down 14 percent year over year last quarter.

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/25/apple-iphone-sales-in-china-market-share-falling-canalys-data.html

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FYI #995 (Thurs. 8/10/2017): 

Hands on with the new ASUS Transformer Pro

There's also something at Amazon in the same listing for those with more limited budgets who just want a travel 2-in-1:

https://www.amazon.com/Transformer-T304UA-DS71T-Touchscreen-illuminated-keyboard/dp/B01K1JW7RS/?tag=wpcentralb-20&ascsubtag=UUwpUdUnU49818&th=1

 

Wisconsin Company to Microchip Employees

I saw this on a news report. I sure hope no one becomes "allergic" to these implants. That's always a risk. I don't think I'd be using a device which comingles my snack purchases with an employee record and health records. Any data breach through a badly secured vending machine could have very bad consequences in such a scenario.

 

Download Ubuntu on Windows 10 from Windows Store

 

How to Bring Linux-Style apt-get Installations to Windows with Chocolatey

This is not full Linux, and many if not most native Linux apps will not run under these schemes.

 

4 lightweight email alternatives to Thunderbird

In Linux I use Claws Mail, which derives from Sylpheed. Claws has developed a lot of plugins since the materials in the article were published. I liked the arrangement of mailboxes in Claws better than in Thunderbird. There were for awhile also concerns that  Thunderbird development was being abandoned. Claws can import and export with Thunderbird, making Thunderbird now a good go-between from Linux to Windows.

 

How to add Group Policy Editor to Windows Home Editions

You can add this to Windows Home, but most of the settings will not function. This is only the GUI interface, not the full snap-in. If you want GPE, get Pro.

 

How to install Linux distros properly on Windows 10

The biggest error is falling for this hype. You cannot install fully-functioning Linux inside of Windows. Period.

 

650K private voter records found being sold on eBay

Which is a drop in the bucket compared with the Trump Administration's "investigation" into voter records.

 

Building a Car, Fixing a House? These YouTubers Can Help

(gee, wonder if there are videos relating to computers?)

Yes, not from this same guy, but there are videos on You Tube and elsewhere about almost anything you might want to do with a computer. You can even find out how to repair and upgrade a DVR if you own it.

 

Control Animations in Vivaldi

With the right extensions, other browsers can also stop animations. This saves bandwidth and removes a major annoyance on some web pages.

 

Using OneDrive for Nearly Continuous Backup

Microsoft would like users to use OneDrive in place of a local File History setup. This is fine until you have a system crash and an Internet outage at the same time (or a crash which leaves your system offline). Then how do you restore your files?

 

Do I Really Need Antivirus If I Browse Carefully?

This article reads like an ad for Malwarebytes, which has never been subjected to independent laboratory testing. So we don't know whether or not this product even works at all, let alone its effectiveness. As for the statement at the end of the article: "Linux does not need antivirus" -- this has not been true for at least the past five years, and is now a dangerous misconception about Linux.

 

6 ways to boost productivity by eliminating distractions from Windows 10

If you find the system clock on the taskbar so distracting that it hurts your productivity, you need to be on medication for ADHD.

 

Create a Portable Windows System on a USB Drive with Windows To Go

Not available in consumer (Home or Pro) Editions -- this is an Enterprise-only feature.

 

The 10 Windows group policy settings you need to get right

When Roger Grimes (the article's author) talks about security, we all should pay attention.

 

How to Use Your Computer’s Hosts File to Block Tons of Malware, Porn, and Other Types of Websites

For reasons I won't go into here, this is an outdated idea. Manipulating the Hosts File is easily defeated by today's malware.

 

Re. FYI # 996  (Fri 8/11/2017):

Best way to get free local TV and networks

The suggestions to use various streaming services will not get you a full lineup of local netorks TV stations in any US market. But the advice on outdoor and indoor HDTV antennas is very good.

 

5 Reasons Why You Don’t Actually Need a Plex Pass

If you want a guide, local channels or live TV, or if you might be interested in a DVR applicsation like HomeRun HD, a Plex Pass is necessary. These are the main features people get Plex for, so it's a bit disingenuous to say you don't need these features and then recommend subscribing "to support development".

 

5 free Windows 10 downloads you can't miss!

These downloads are retreads of features Windows 10 dropped some time ago. There's no guarantee they will work in future feature updates, so don't get too attached to them.

 

How to Fix Windows Update When It Gets Stuck

I have had to use these methods more often than I would care to mention. Up until recently, just using wushowhide to hide updates, then unhiding them later, could mess up Windows Update to the point where it had to be reset and re-registered. More recently, this has been less of an issue (since applying the Anniversary Update).

 

‘Google Play Protect’ Android Security Suite Is Now Rolling Out and 

Google adds security features to help block unverified apps

It's about time Google took Android security in-house. Microsoft did that for Windows years ago.

 

How to Find the Best WiFi Channel for 5Ghz Frequency

"With the amount of channels available, leaving your router on “Auto” is likely to place you on one that has the least congestion and interference." That just about says it all, based on my experience in an apartment community with a lot of WiFi signals all over the place. Comcast's gateway auto-selects pretty well.

 

Google Phone app for Android gets emergency location feature

Another thing it was about time Google did with Android.

The Top 5 Free Apps to Split or Merge Video Files

 

This is a retread of a 2010 article. I'm not sure all these apps even still exist, let alone work. Format Factory does still work, Lightworks (comments) is still arouind, but I'm not sure about Avidemux.

 

Re. FYI #997  (Sat 8/12/2017): 

Hackers could install malware on your Amazon Echo to secretly ‘wiretap’ you

This exploit requires local access, but the vulnerability is real.

 

In the market for a cheap phone?

Be aware that when buying reduced-price older models of Android smart phones, you may not get newer versions of Android, like the upcoming Android "O". This is almost certainly true of the Moto E4, and probably the Moto G4. Both phones will continue to receive security updates (for Android "N") for awhile.

 

Smart-gun advocates: Don’t worry about hacked firearms

The day we stop worrying is the day someone gets shot (accidentally). Not something to ignore.

 

Should Microsoft release only one major Windows 10 software update per year instead of two?

It makes no difference. Issues as severe as the ones with Feature Updates have happened with some Cumulative Updates, and these come as often as twice per month. Smart users will still have to block or postpone automatic updates.

 

A CLEVER NEW TOOL SHUTS DOWN RANSOMWARE BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE

Don't depend on it!

 

Can You Trust Cheap Chinese Phones with Your Privacy?

I would not.

 

How to Access a Web Page When It Is Down

I used these tools when Worldstart references were not working from FYI postings. Mostly, it worked to use cached pages. I still don't know what the underlying issue was. The site is still out of business as far as I can tell.

 

From My Own Reading:

Smartphones make people distracted and unproductive

 

A smartphone can sap attention even when it's not in use or turned off and in your pocket. That doesn't bode well for productivity.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3215276/smartphones/smartphones-make-people-distracted-and-unproductive.html

 

Consumer Reports' Surface Laptop flap is based on data from past Surface models

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3215232/tablet-pc/consumer-reports-surface-laptop-flap-is-based-on-data-from-past-surface-models.html

This is in addition to the finding by iFixit that the current models are "unrepairable". So this article may not be addressing one important quality or end user experience factor.

 

24% off Taotronics Universal Smartphone Bike Mount - Deal Alert

http://www.techconnect.com/article/3198133/gadgets/22-off-taotronics-universal-smartphone-bike-mount-deal-alert.html?idg_eid=dc4b172b1b9141f85eeb936b1ae4295e&email_SHA1_lc=f9623ef23cc3de6e17737afaf3245d5c442eb287&cid=tcon_nlt_techconnect_daily_2017-08-14

Being a person who rides my bicycle all over the place, and in a rather confusing town (Boston and vicinity) I keep a watch out for things like this. Even at full price, this looked interesting.

 

Microsoft's still trying to figure out Windows 10 support

The company faces an inherent contradiction it has yet to resolve: It says Windows 10 is the last Windows ever, but has also set time limits on support.

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3216005/microsoft-windows/microsofts-still-trying-to-figure-out-windows-10-support.html

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