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Sat 10/07/2017 1043
Fri 10/062017 1042
Thur 10/05/2017 1041
Wed 10/04/2017 1040
Tue 10/03/2017 1039
Mon 10/02/2017 1038
Sun 10/01/2017 1037

Sat 1043  10/07/2017

SECURITY NEWS THIS WEEK: GO UPDATE YOUR MAC ASAP TO FIX SOME SERIOUS VULNERABILITIES

https://www.wired.com/story/update-macos-high-sierra-security-patch/amp

 

MacOS High Sierra 10.13 Update: Flaw That Exposed Passwords Fixed

http://www.ibtimes.com/macos-high-sierra-1013-update-flaw-exposed-passwords-fixed-2598352

 

Apple Watch Series 3 LTE doesn’t work, and Apple just admitted it

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apple-watch-series-3-lte-doesn-t-apple-131831464.html

 

Windows Firewall Control 5 is out

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/10/05/windows-firewall-control-5-is-out/

 

Firefox Quantum beta promises to double your browser speeds

At least that's what some benchmarks are showing,

https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/27/Firefox-Quantum-double-speed-twice-fast-browser-Mozilla/

 

5 Reasons to Build a Hackintosh (and How to Get Started)

https://fieldguide.gizmodo.com/5-reasons-to-build-a-hackintosh-and-how-to-get-started-1819097621

 

Dyson Launching 'Radical and Different' Electric Car in 2020

It will not be cheap, it will not be for the mass market, and James Dyson has wanted to do this since the 80's.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/356456/dyson-launching-radical-and-different-electric-car-in-2020

 

Free Netflix? Is T-Mobile's new deal too good to be true?

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/418196/free-netflix-is-t-mobiles-new-deal-too-good-to-be-true

 

Post-Equifax Breach, It’s Time for a Digital Universal ID

https://www.extremetech.com/internet/256934-post-equifax-hack-time-digital-universal-id

 

New infotainment tech causes big distractions, AAA study finds

Just because it's new doesn't mean it's safer to use while driving.

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/new-infotainment-tech-causes-big-distractions-aaa-study-finds/

 

The Equifax Hack: The Aftermath

https://blog.avast.com/equifax-website-hacked-now-what?et_cid=70562&et_rid=99890972&mailing=con_oo_pc_paac_sec_us_2017_q3_bojj_newsletter09

 

RASPIREADER: BUILD YOUR OWN FINGERPRINT READER

https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/raspireader-fingerprint-scanner/

 

How to Stop Apple Pay from Opening on Your iPhone All the Time

https://www.howtogeek.com/274224/how-to-stop-apple-pay-from-opening-up-on-your-iphone-all-the-time/

 

How to activate & use OneDrive Files On-Demand feature in Windows 10

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/onedrive-files-on-demand-windows-10

 

Discover immersive gaming with Acer's 27-inch curved monitor for $190

https://www.windowscentral.com/thrifter-deal-acer-27-inch-curved-monitor

 

Is Your Computer Fan Too Loud? Here’s How to Fix it

https://www.maketecheasier.com/fix-computer-fan-too-loud/

 

Google's search app now makes suggestions of other things to read

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/google-apos-search-app-now-140128702.html

 

Nuke Anything Enhanced for Firefox 57

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/10/06/nuke-anything-enhanced-for-firefox-57/

 

Driving with AR glasses may be information overload

Does augmented reality really belong in your car?

https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/26/driving-with-ar-glasses/

 

IRS Chief Says Aborting Equifax Contract Could Harm Hurricane Victims

https://gizmodo.com/irs-chief-says-aborting-equifax-contract-could-harm-hur-1819196481

 

Whole Foods Discloses Credit Card Breach

Hackers accessed the payment card information used at Whole Foods taprooms and full table-service restaurants.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/356544/whole-foods-discloses-credit-card-breac

 

Hacking groups targeting U.S. power plants

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/418046/hacking-groups-targeting-u-s-power-plants

 

[Windows Tip] Remove “Sharing”, “Security”, “Customize” and “Previous Versions” Tabs from Properties

https://www.askvg.com/windows-tip-remove-sharing-security-customize-and-previous-versions-tabs-from-properties/

 

10 frightfully wonderful Halloween tips

https://www.cnet.com/pictures/frightfully-wonderful-halloween-tips/

 

Apple's Jony Ive: Some people 'misuse' iPhones

http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/06/technology/culture/jony-ive-iphone-habits/index.html

 

ADAFRUIT’S READ-ONLY RASPBERRY PI

https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/adafruits-read-only/

 

Uninstalling Fonts Probably Won’t Speed Up Your PC or Mac

https://www.howtogeek.com/272241/uninstalling-fonts-probably-wont-speed-up-your-pc-or-mac/

 

Whisply lets you transfer files via Cloud Storage service using Encryption

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/whisply-transfer-files-cloud-encryption

 

OneDrive is getting a cleaner web UI and improved sharing options

https://www.windowscentral.com/onedrive-getting-cleaner-web-ui-and-improved-sharing-options

 

Knowing the Limitation of VPN and How to Keep Yourself Safe

https://www.maketecheasier.com/vpn-limitation-keep-yourself-safe/

 

You may be out of luck if you have an older iPhone or iPad — Here are the devices that can't run iOS 11

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/may-luck-older-iphone-ipad-181829702.html

 

Microsoft plans to release Edge for iOS and Android

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/10/05/microsoft-releases-edge-for-ios-and-android/

 

Microsoft’s new coding language is made for quantum computers

By the time the complex machines are ready, you might grasp the tech.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/26/microsoft-new-coding-language-is-made-for-quantum-computers/

 

Kaspersky Under Scrutiny in New Revelations About NSA Security Breach

https://gizmodo.com/kaspersky-under-scrutiny-in-new-revelations-about-nsa-s-1819192015

 

The Best VPN Services of 2017

A virtual private network is the best way to stay anonymous online and secure your web traffic. We've tested more than 50 VPNs, and these are our top performers.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2403388,00.asp

 

Keep your family safe during natural disasters

https://www.komando.com/apps/345871/best-apps-to-keep-your-family-safe

 

How To Check Your PC's Compatibility With Windows Mixed Reality

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/how-to-check-pc-compatibility-windows-mixed-reality,35606.html

 

How to fix 7 annoyances in iOS 11

As with any iOS update, you may not welcome all of iOS 11's changes.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-fix-7-annoyances-in-ios-11/

 

Passwords, hackable yet accessible, are poised to stay popular

https://www.the-parallax.com/2017/09/14/hackable-accessible-password-popular/?et_cid=70562&et_rid=99890972&mailing=con_oo_pc_paac_sec_us_2017_q3_bojj_newsletter09

 

Apply Windows Image using DISM Instead of Clean Install

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/84331-apply-windows-image-using-dism-instead-clean-install.html

 

Review: HP EliteBook x360 G2 laptop

https://www.pcauthority.com.au/review/review-hp-elitebook-x360-g2-laptop-473280

 

How to Insert, Move or Delete Page Breaks in an Excel Worksheet

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/insert-move-delete-page-breaks-exce

 

Best PC Monitors for Less Than $200

https://www.windowscentral.com/best-pc-monitors-under-200

 

How to Manage Nvidia Optimus Chipsets in Ubuntu with Bumblebee

https://www.maketecheasier.com/manage-nvidia-optimus-chipsets-ubuntu-bumblebee/

 

Target rolls out Bluetooth beacon technology in stores to power new indoor maps in its app

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/target-rolls-bluetooth-beacon-technology-154728862.html

 

Bootice: manipulate the MBR or PBR of hard disks

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/09/28/bootice-manipulate-the-mbr-or-pbr-of-hard-disks/

 

Microsoft Surface Pro with LTE could arrive on December 1st

According to rumors, it will have an i5 Core processor with two possible configurations.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/27/microsoft-surface-pro-lte-december-1st/

 

Researchers: Uber’s iOS App Had Secret Permissions That Allowed It to Copy Your Phone Screen

https://gizmodo.com/researchers-uber-s-ios-app-had-secret-permissions-that-1819177235

 

The Best Smart Home Devices of 2017

Ready to dive into the Internet of Things to automate your home? Start with the top products we've tested for every room in the house.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2410889,00.asp

 

3 ways to add Bluetooth to your older car

https://www.komando.com/cars-trucks-tech/395019/3-ways-to-add-bluetooth-to-your-older-car

 

How to Update an Android Phone

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

 

Here's how to protect your Yahoo account from hackers

Yahoo's 3 billions accounts were hacked. Instead of deleting your account, it's better to mothball it and move to another email service like Gmail.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-delete-your-yahoo-account/

 

Apple Inc.'s Touch ID Might Come Back in the Next iPhone X After All

New evidence may indicate the return of this technology in Apple's 2018 iPhones.

https://www.fool.com/investing/2017/10/06/apple-incs-touch-id-might-come-back-in-the-next-ip.aspx

 

How to Run System Maintenance Troubleshooter in Windows

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/94815-run-system-maintenance-troubleshooter-windows.html

 

The dream of eGPU is still not here… yet

https://www.pcauthority.com.au/feature/the-dream-of-egpu-is-still-not-here-yet-473088

 

How to convert Excel file to PDF online using Google Drive

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/convert-excel-into-pdf-file-google-drive

 

How to use new Edge favorites in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-use-new-edge-favorites-features-windows-10-fall-creators-update

 

The Ultimate Firefox Privacy & Security Guide

https://www.maketecheasier.com/ultimate-firefox-privacy-security-guide/

 

Apple's decision to add wireless charging reveals a huge weakness with all current Apple products

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apples-decision-add-wireless-charging-155936683.html

 

Microsoft Edge comes to Android and iOS

Microsoft Edge is now available on iPhones and Android devices on an effort to bring Windows 10 PCs and phones closer together.

https://pureinfotech.com/microsoft-edge-android-ios/

 

10 tips for mastering Apple's Photos app

Your guide for how to use the Photos app on Mac, iPad and iPhone.

http://www.creativebloq.com/how-to/10-tips-for-mastering-apples-photos-app

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Fri 1042  10/06/2017

Is privacy dead in an online world?

Last month, 145 million Americans discovered they were victims of one of the biggest data breaches in history, after the credit rating agency Equifax was hacked.

https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/technology-41483723

 

Anti-virus program is a must, but Defender might not be the way to go (one of our members relied on Defender and got Trojans)

https://www.seattletimes.com/business/technology/anti-virus-program-is-a-must-but-defender-might-not-be-the-way-to-go/

 

Cortana can command your smart home devices on Windows 10

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/cortana-command-smart-home-devices-172200553.html

 

Apple macOS High Sierra Review

https://www.pcmag.com/review/354719/apple-macos-high-sierra

 

How to Connect Your Phone to a TV

https://www.maketecheasier.com/connect-phone-to-tv/

 

Convert Ps1 To Exe files using free software or online tool

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/convert-ps1-to-exe-windows

 

How to Use Twitter on the Amazon Echo

https://www.howtogeek.com/271862/how-to-use-twitter-on-the-amazon-echo/

 

Watch as Samsung phone explodes in a man's shirt pocket

Samsung says the man wasn't using an approved battery.

https://www.cnet.com/news/watch-as-samsung-phone-explodes-in-a-mans-shirt-pocket/

 

Yahoo Admits: All 3 Billion Email Addresses Hacked

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10196/yahoo-admits-all-3-billion-email-addresses-hacked

 

Cops Arrest Florida Man Over Parody Account That Allegedly Hurt Police Department's 'Brand'

https://gizmodo.com/cops-arrest-florida-man-over-parody-account-that-allege-1819231582

 

Google: Windows 10 patches put Windows 7 users in danger

If Microsoft is going to patch Windows 10, it should patch the same bugs in Windows 7, says Google's Project Zero.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/google-windows-10-patches-put-windows-7-users-in-danger/

 

How a missing smiley foiled a $70,000 email fraud

https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/featured/how-a-missing-smiley-foiled-a-70000-email-fraud/#new_tab

 

Surprise! Microsoft Edge is Coming to Android and iOS

https://www.thurrott.com/mobile/140246/surprise-microsoft-edge-coming-android-ios?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_rHSGDt5dDmCFNSUXDPrdgieBfgxcXia4r0bkxhM_TqpfdNZmcgWUg2v-cN1_dRNOck9o2pb70aUMTI79zMBbkG6G81w&_hsmi=57055483

 

Best Smart Speakers: Amazon Echo, Google Home and More

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-smart-speakers,review-4480.html

 

CCleaner Malware second payload discovered

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/09/21/ccleaner-malware-second-payload-discovered/

 

Amazon launches Echo Spot, an Alexa-powered alarm clock

It's a tinier, more focused alternative to the Echo Show.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/27/amazon-echo-spot/

 

Turn your Android gadget into a motion-activated security camera

https://www.komando.com/apps/291952/turn-your-android-gadget-into-a-motion-activated-security-camera

 

Gmail finally turns addresses and phone numbers into links

https://www.komando.com/apps/291952/turn-your-android-gadget-into-a-motion-activated-security-camera/all

 

7 Ways to Tweak Your Windows 10 Taskbar

Here's how to customize and beef up your Windows 10 taskbar.

https://www.pcmag.com/article/355897/7-ways-to-tweak-your-windows-10-taskbar

 

How to Use the Built-in Microsoft Office Clipboard in Windows

https://www.maketecheasier.com/use-microsoft-office-clipboard-windows/

 

Convert VBS to EXE using Online tool or VBScript converter software

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/convert-vbs-to-exe

 

How to Fix Kodi’s YouTube “Quota Exceeded” Problem

https://www.howtogeek.com/273956/how-to-fix-kodis-youtube-quota-exceeded-problem/

 

T-Mobile, Sprint may seal their merger deal real soon

An announcement could come as early as the end of the month.

https://www.cnet.com/news/t-mobile-sprint-may-seal-their-merger-deal-real-soon/

 

Top web browsers 2017: Microsoft takes another thrashing

IE and Edge lost a big chunk of market share in September, falling under 20% for the first time.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3199425/web-browsers/top-web-browsers-2017-microsoft-returns-to-losing-ways.html

 

Apple Is Investigating Battery Swelling in iPhone 8 Plus

https://gizmodo.com/apple-is-investigating-battery-swelling-in-iphone-8-plu-1819215322

 

This sneaky phishing attack hijacks your chats to spread malware

Organisations around the world have fallen victim to a highly-targeted phishing campaign which intercepts ongoing email threads to customise messages and spread malware.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/this-sneaky-phishing-attack-hijacks-your-chats-to-spread-malware/

 

Pumpkin Season theme for Windows (download)

https://pureinfotech.com/pumpkin-season-theme-windows-download/

 

Near-Final Windows 10 Version 1709 ISOs Are Now Available

https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/140030/near-final-windows-10-version-1709-isos-now-available?_hsenc=p2ANqtz--jYA92NTb_NDlA-ioioehUDb0EEyS2xkiMnuvnVRaua0f0EviS_C2EfjASavvijfXI1yWrE18ejL_SyGShi0WaNGLS1w&_hsmi=57055483

 

Best Phones of 2017

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-smartphones,review-2223.html

 

CCleaner 5.35 released with new digital signature

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/09/20/ccleaner-5-35-released-with-new-digital-signature/

 

Amazon's new Fire TV is a 4K-capable, Chromecast-style dongle

$70 gets you a tiny and capable Fire TV that can also carry out Alexa skills.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/27/amazon-new-fire-tv-4K-dongle/

 

Save your data while traveling with these easy setting changes

https://www.komando.com/tips/409401/save-your-data-while-traveling-with-these-easy-setting-changes

 

Apple is working on a fix for Watch Series 3 LTE issues

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apple-working-fix-watch-series-183116623.html

 

Netflix Offers its Streaming Tech to Airlines

Netflix offers to cut in-flight bandwidth costs by 75 percent while allowing passengers to binge watch House of Cards with zero buffering.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/356420/netflix-offers-its-streaming-tech-to-airlines

 

Top 5 Pomodoro Timers for Mac to Help You Stay Focused

https://www.maketecheasier.com/pomodoro-timers-for-mac/

 

3 free Time synchronization software for Windows 10/8/7

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/free-time-synchronization-software-windows

 

How to Turn Any Web Page Into a Web App on a Chromebook

https://www.howtogeek.com/272592/how-to-turn-any-web-page-into-a-web-app-on-a-chromebook/

 

How to Create and Restore a System Image Backup with Macrium Reflect (version 7 is out)

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/61026-backup-restore-macrium-reflect.html

 

Windows by the numbers: Windows 7 acts like it will live forever

Migration watch: In September, Windows 7 surrendered some user share, but it still refused to plan for retirement.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3199373/windows-pcs/windows-by-the-numbers-windows-7-falls-further-behind-xps-march-to-retirement-pace.html

 

AIM Will Finally Die Its Last Death Later This Year

https://gizmodo.com/aim-will-finally-die-its-last-death-later-this-year-1819214540

 

Raspberry Pi: Hands-on with the Pi-Desktop kit

This kit promises to turn your Pi into a functional desktop computer. I'm going to try it out and see how easy it is to assemble and use.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/raspberry-pi-hands-on-with-the-pi-desktop-kit/

 

Report: Security hole in macOS Keychain puts passwords at risk

https://www.macworld.com/article/3226474/security/report-security-hole-in-macos-keychain-puts-passwords-at-risk.html

 

You can still back the all-in-one Noodle Pi handheld PC

https://www.pcauthority.com.au/news/you-can-still-back-the-all-in-one-noodle-pi-handheld-pc-470888

 

Google's Pixel Buds Are (Nearly) Universal Translator

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/google-pixel-buds-details-price,news-25936.html

 

Chrome 64 will block autoplaying media with sound

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/09/15/chrome-64-will-block-autoplaying-media-with-sound/

 

Echo Button is Amazon's tiny accessory for party games

Buzzing in to answer trivia is the obvious use, but we'll have to wait and see what else the Button is good for.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/27/amazon-echo-button-gaming-accessory/

 

You've been doing your passwords all wrong! Fix them with these new tricks

https://www.komando.com/tips/417563/youve-been-doing-your-passwords-all-wrong-fix-them-with-these-new-tricks

 

Apple bumps up the the over-the-air download limit for apps to 150 MB

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apple-bumps-over-air-download-151229792.html

 

Apple TV 4K

https://www.pcmag.com/review/356159/apple-tv-4k

 

How to Monitor Linux System Health and Performance with Netdata

https://www.maketecheasier.com/monitor-linux-system-netdata/

 

Reg Converter lets you convert .reg file to .bat, .vbs, .au3 files

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/reg-converter-lets-convert-reg-file-bat-vbs-au3-files

 

The Fastest Ways to Rename Files on macOS

https://www.howtogeek.com/270747/the-fastest-ways-to-rename-files-on-macos/

 

How to Change the Default System Font in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/67931-change-default-system-font-windows-10-a.html

 

Elon Musk Wants to Help Puerto Rico Rebuild Its Grid Using Tesla Batteries [Updated]

https://earther.com/elon-musk-wants-to-help-puerto-rico-rebuild-its-grid-us-1819214150

 

Apple Says It Fixed High Sierra’s Password Leaking Problem

https://gizmodo.com/apple-says-it-fixed-high-sierra-s-password-leaking-prob-1819197300

 

WSJ: Kaspersky software likely used in Russian-backed NSA breach

Hackers working for the Kremlin reportedly found sensitive information on the home computer of an NSA contractor who was using Kaspersky antivirus software.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/wsj-kaspersky-software-likely-used-in-russian-backed-nsa-breach/

 

Paying for antivirus software is mostly BS

http://mashable.com/2017/09/18/antivirus-software-free-paid/

 

Microsoft will support Windows 10 on older PCs until 2023

https://www.pcauthority.com.au/news/microsoft-will-support-windows-10-on-older-pcs-until-2023-469230

 

Pixel 2 vs Pixel 2 XL: Here's How They're Different

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/pixel-2-vs-pixel-2-xl,news-25881.html

 

Wave goodbye to CloudFlare Captchas: Cloudflare Privacy Pass lands

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/09/18/wave-goodbye-to-cloudflare-captchas-cloudflare-edge-pass-lands/

 

Amazon Echo Connect gives you a smart speakerphone for your landline

You can even call 911 using only your voice.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/27/amazon-echo-connect/

 

How to check if your personal data was exposed in Equifax breach

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/418420/how-to-check-if-your-personal-data-exposed-in-equifax-breach

 

iOS 11 is a fresh start for the iPad

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/ios-11-fresh-start-ipad-170224734.html

 

How to turn off WiFi or Bluetooth on iPhone and iPad in iOS 11

https://www.imore.com/how-turn-wifi-or-bluetooth-iphone-and-ipad-ios-11

 

Report: Equifax Hacked Months Before Major Breach

The previous hack may have been carried out by the same attackers who eventually stole troves of personal information.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/356300/report-equifax-hacked-months-before-major-breach

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Thur 1041  10/05/2017

(In this issue I am including some information regarding LastPass.  Do not consider them as ads or promotions, but to inform you of features you may have in your choice of password manager and what they are about to make better decisions and use of your choice. I use this on all my devices.)

 

Google Says Government Data Demands Way Up

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10195/google-says-government-data-demands-way

 

Every Single Windows 10 Version You Must Know About

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/windows-10-version-overview/

 

First impressions of the $49 Google Home Mini

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/first-impressions-49-google-home-210926657.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_07

 

ClearStream TV review: This digital TV tuner lets you pause and rewind live TV

And an onboard Wi-Fi adapter lets you stream live TV to any streaming box or mobile device on your home network.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3223873/consumer-electronics/clearstream-tv-review.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-10-04

 

The biggest hack in history is actually three times bigger than we feared

Yahoo-oops x three billion.

https://www.grahamcluley.com/biggest-hack-history-actually-three-times-bigger-feared/

 

How to convert BAT to EXE file on Windows

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/convert-bat-to-exe-file-windows

 

5 Raspberry Pi Alternatives to Build Your Own Small Computer

https://www.maketecheasier.com/raspberry-pi-alternatives/

 

How to Change the Size and Color of the Mouse Pointer in Windows

https://www.howtogeek.com/273878/how-to-change-the-size-and-color-of-the-mouse-pointer-in-windows/

 

Krita for Windows 10 is a potential Paint replacement that helps you get creative

https://www.windowscentral.com/get-creative-krita-solid-windows-10-app-artists

 

How We’re Making It Easier to Generate Passwords 

https://blog.lastpass.com/2017/08/making-easier-generate-passwords.html/?cvosrc=email.silverpop.2017-10-04_LP_CUST_EM_NA_EN_ADH_NL_October+Newsletter+-+Premium+%281%29&spMailingID=55062289&spUserID=MTk4NjEzOTQ2NjM3S0&spJobID=1260534161&spReportId=MTI2MDUzNDE2MQS2

 

HUGE Windows bug leaves gadgets open to malware infections

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/418664/huge-windows-bug-leaves-gadgets-open-to-malware-infections

 

How to Turn Off Autoplay Videos

How to turn off autoplay videos on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2486233,00.asp

 

It’s G-Day: Do You Know Where Your Next Phone Is?

https://www.thurrott.com/mobile/139988/g-day-know-next-phone?_hsenc=p2ANqtz--hhG2QZunxHR-6xochIlSQI6FZdsJ9jYjSYF1qc6S9qc7ZUvctngjCV5qoQak1tzAd6OQCe8q4OO9cVvboADCszdiS7w&_hsmi=57015991

 

Mac always booting into Safe Mode? Here are ways to troubleshoot it

https://www.macworld.com/article/3213212/macs/mac-always-booting-into-safe-mode-here-are-ways-to-troubleshoot-it.html

 

iOS 11's Control Center buttons don't fully turn off Bluetooth or WiFi

This could be confusing for many.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/20/ios-11-control-center-doesnt-fully-turn-off-wifi-or-bluetooth/

 

The best part of the $999 Google Pixelbook is its design

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/best-part-999-google-pixelbook-design-231804932.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_07

 

Best smart thermostat

Sure, you could buy a Nest Learning Thermostat and call it a day. But there are so many smart thermostats to choose from. We'll help you pick the right one.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3206565/thermostats/best-smart-thermostat.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-10-04

 

'Critical' zero-day bug found in three popular WordPress plugins

Evidence of exploitation in the wild, so patch now!

https://www.grahamcluley.com/critical-zero-day-bug-wordpress-plugins/

 

MiniTool ShadowMaker lets you backup and restore data quickly

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/minitool-shadowmaker-windows

 

Should Facebook Have a Temporary Unfollow Feature?

https://www.maketecheasier.com/facebook-have-temporary-unfollow-feature/

 

How to Choose Which Files Windows Search Indexes on Your PC

https://www.howtogeek.com/272158/how-to-choose-which-files-windows-search-indexes-on-your-pc/

 

How to create a Windows 10 account using any email address

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-create-windows-10-account-using-gmail-email-address

 

It’s Two-Factor Tuesday, So Turn It On!

https://blog.lastpass.com/2016/10/its-two-factor-tuesday-so-turn-it-on.html/?cvosrc=email.silverpop.2017-10-04_LP_CUST_EM_NA_EN_ADH_NL_October+Newsletter+-+Premium+%281%29&spMailingID=55062289&spUserID=MTk4NjEzOTQ2NjM3S0&spJobID=1260534161&spReportId=MTI2MDUzNDE2MQS2

 

Forget privacy! New feature lets you record ANYTHING, texts, photos, and videos on your phone

https://www.komando.com/tips/418099/forget-privacy-new-feature-lets-you-record-anything-texts-photos-and-videos-on-your-phone

 

Mini Commodore 64 Including 64 Games Launching in 2018

The NES Classic and SNES Classic have been successful enough to trigger other classic gaming machines to appear in mini form.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/356527/mini-commodore-64-including-64-games-launching-in-2018

 

Microsoft Pushes Forward with Mixed Reality

https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/139275/microsoft-pushes-forward-mixed-reality?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_STkRXUkmehOqvScXfy19oT8Fbvp8fNNcz5D_xczGq5VA8vUmzNLyjyZ_F8Wbxpj1GXYxz8QPBKCjkxnoZr7oN6r0WiA&_hsmi=57015991

 

Tempted to muck about in media library folders for Apple apps like Photos? Don't do it

https://www.macworld.com/article/3209707/photography/tempted-to-muck-about-in-media-library-folders-for-apple-apps-like-photos-dont-do-it.html

 

macOS High Sierra is well worth the upgrade

It's all about behind the scenes changes.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/25/macos-high-sierra-upgrade/

 

9 Gmail hacks you need to know since they will basically change your online life

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/9-gmail-hacks-know-since-205334364.html

 

Roku revamps its entire line of media streamers and slashes the price of its Roku Ultra

Several models support voice recognition, 4K resolution, and HDR.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3229909/streaming-hardware/roku-revamps-its-entire-line-of-media-streamers-for-2017.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-10-04

 

Heads roll, as it's revealed Equifax's IT team knew about web app vulnerability

Music-loving CSO is being unfairly vilified.

https://www.grahamcluley.com/equifax-vulnerability-heads-roll/

 

Purple, Brown, Yellow, Red, Green Screen of Death explained

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/purple-brown-yellow-red-green-screen-of-death

 

Everything You Need to Know About Usenet

https://www.maketecheasier.com/everything-about-usenet/

 

Quick Tip: Place Your iPhone Face Down to Save Battery Life

https://www.howtogeek.com/272403/place-your-iphone-face-down-to-save-battery-life/

 

Creators Update now on just over 72 percent of Windows 10 PCs, AdDuplex says

https://www.windowscentral.com/creators-update-now-just-over-72-percent-windows-10-pcs-adduplex-says

 

Families That Play Together, Stay Safe Online Together

https://blog.lastpass.com/2017/09/families-play-together-stay-safe-online-together.html/?cvosrc=email.silverpop.2017-10-04_LP_CUST_EM_NA_EN_ADH_NL_October+Newsletter+-+Premium+%281%29&spMailingID=55062289&spUserID=MTk4NjEzOTQ2NjM3S0&spJobID=1260534161&spReportId=MTI2MDUzNDE2MQS2

 

One mistake people make when cutting the cord on cable TV

https://www.komando.com/tips/417931/one-mistake-people-make-when-cutting-the-cord-on-cable-tv

 

YubiKey 4C Nano Is the World's Smallest USB-C Authenticator (I use the Type-A keys)

An extremely small USB-C authenticator that could mean the difference between your online accounts being compromised.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/356398/yubikey-4c-nano-is-the-worlds-smallest-usb-c-authenticator

 

iOS 11 Feature Focus: Screenshots

https://www.thurrott.com/mobile/ios/138362/ios-11-feature-focus-screenshots?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_Srnyaz3tUP55T5mZhabf8pUw6C4oIeTGvPtE3z-6AG34KikCnQ0YJVm0i7_bBnK7mo71Uzk8P-bDV3ftrRMP6RNKFBg&_hsmi=57015991

 

How to create a bootable macOS High Sierra installer drive

Put the macOS High Sierra on an external USB thumb drive or hard drive and use it to install the operating system on a Mac.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3204672/macs/how-to-create-a-bootable-macos-high-sierra-installer-drive.html

 

NVIDIA's Shield TV is the latest home for Google Assistant

Voice control is coming to the Android TV platform, starting here.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/28/nvidias-shield-tv-is-the-latest-home-for-google-assistant/

 

Apple Users, Watch Out for This Email Scam That Looks So Real It's Scary

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/news/a46367/apple-email-scam/

 

Nest Thermostat E review: Plastic replaces stainless steel and glass to achieve a lower price tag

Nest's latest thermostat is a whole lot cheaper, but it's not boring.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3229846/thermostats/nest-thermostat-e-review.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-10-04

 

Misleading headlines about Equifax's *earlier* hack

Calm down. They did go public about the earlier security incident.

https://www.grahamcluley.com/misleading-headlines-equifaxs-earlier-hack/

 

How to open Command Prompt from the Task Manager using CTRL key

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/open-command-prompt-from-task-manager

 

6 Essential Laptop Apps for People on the Move

https://www.maketecheasier.com/essential-laptop-apps-for-people-on-the-move/

 

How to Set a Temporary Facebook Profile Picture or Frame

https://www.howtogeek.com/273631/how-to-set-a-temporary-facebook-profile-picture-or-frame/

 

How to create a Windows 10 USB bootable media with UEFI support

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-create-windows-10-usb-bootable-media-uefi-support

 

Security Challenge

How to Audit Passwords with the LastPass Security Challenge & Why You Need To

https://helpdesk.lastpass.com/lastpass-security-challenge/?cvosrc=email.silverpop.2017-10-04_LP_CUST_EM_NA_EN_ADH_NL_October+Newsletter+-+Premium+%281%29&spMailingID=55062289&spUserID=MTk4NjEzOTQ2NjM3S0&spJobID=1260534161&spReportId=MTI2MDUzNDE2MQS2

 

Charge your phone even when the power is out

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/418547/charge-your-phone-even-when-the-power-is-out

 

iFixit iPhone 8 Teardown Finds Qualcomm Gigabit Modem

The teardown reveals Qualcomm's fastest modem, but a missing feature is holding it back.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/356389/ifixit-iphone-8-teardown-finds-qualcomm-gigabit-modem

 

SwiftKey for Android Gets a Redesign, New Themes

https://www.thurrott.com/mobile/android/138380/swiftkey-android-gets-redesign-new-themes?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9k7CvgjjkpUFSLEL06hR5acHFsMR4e3AyVkKAUmRzR7pDVmwTXLWfrl3OSL9esR6lSgJ-ER0wOSdm1hcrNmeepSpsPkQ&_hsmi=57015991

 

How to install macOS High Sierra

Apple’s update to macOS is now available and ready. Here are the instructions for getting it on your Mac.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3228148/macs/how-to-install-macos-high-sierra.html

 

Wandercraft's exoskeleton was made to help paraplegics walk

But marrying robots with humans is no easy task.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/27/wandercraft-exoskeleton-paraplegic-help-walk/

 

iOS 11 will break your old apps and maybe even your iPhone, but that’s a good thing

https://www.yahoo.com/news/ios-11-break-old-apps-maybe-even-iphone-140837646.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_07

 

The Easiest Way to Install Microsoft Excel on Linux

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/install-microsoft-excel-linux/

 

Friday Lock review: A competitor to the August retrofit smart lock arrives at last

The Friday Lock wins on looks, but loses big on features.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3227791/home-tech/friday-lock-review-a-competitor-to-the-august-retrofit-smart-lock-arrives-at-last.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-10-04

 

How to Hacker-Proof Your Email in Four Steps

https://blog.lastpass.com/2016/10/how-to-hacker-proof-your-email-in-four-steps.html/?cvosrc=email.silverpop.2017-10-04_LP_CUST_EM_NA_EN_ADH_NL_October+Newsletter+-+Premium+%281%29&spMailingID=55062289&spUserID=MTk4NjEzOTQ2NjM3S0&spJobID=1260534161&spReportId=MTI2MDUzNDE2MQS2

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Re. FYI#1039 (Tue 10/03/2017):

(NOTICE: All Yahoo! accounts have been breached.  Change your password immediately.)

This is the 2013 breach, being recycled and upgraded. Anyone with a Yahoo Account of any kind who has not changed their password since the 2016 headlines about this breach is probably going to ignore this warning as well. Repeat, this is not a new breach.

 

Dremel Announces 40 Watt Laser Cutter

I looked at the descriptions of several of these laser cutters. They don't cut everything (especially materials which are transparent to light) and they can't be safely used on everything (due to fumes). But where they work, they are neat, if expensive, toys.

 

An Ex-Google Engineer Is Founding a Religion to Worship AI. He’s Decades Too Late.

Reification (making something seem godlike) of robots, computers and AI software definitely has a history already. Fortunately, the realities of tech are far more mundane.

 

The dangers of making your home a smart home

"Previous owners still have access"? Are you kidding me? How can anything connected to the outside ever be sold or transferred without changing the passwords or access codes? Oh yeah, this happens with phones and PCs all the time. In fact, most people when selling or giving away (or even disposing of) a device never bother to erase or encrypt the contents. It's even likely that most lost cell phones are never deactivated by their owners.

 

This security camera offers a sweeping view of your home for $40

For $60.00 (in white) you can have an upgrade of this camera:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FQVOTDG/ref=psdc_14241151_t1_B00R4HEKYY#HLCXComparisonWidget_feature_div

 

How to view the Advanced Threat Protection Reports

This feature is supported only in Enterprise Editions of Windows.

 

Use This USB Drive Trick to Secure Your Laptop in Public (or Anywhere Else)

Last time I tried to install Predator (possibly before Windows 10 came out) the company made me give them personal information, and then the software would not install or work on my laptop at the time. So much depends on OS and hardware that I would not trust any roll your own USB key utility. Remember, you could get locked out of your laptop, and it could be very hard to recover from this if you are using a third party utility.

 

External Hard Drive not showing up or detected in Windows

Drivers may be specific to the drive model, or may be USB interface drivers.

Two other things which make USB drives "invisible" to Windows File Explorer -- lack of an assigned drive letter, and "offline" status, both detectable and fixable in theWindows Disk Manager. 

 

Some phones and laptops are vulnerable to 'BlueBorne' exploit

First, not many phones run actual Linux. Second, the article is wrong about Linux not having been patched for a wide array of this and related Bluetooth vulnerabilities -- at least that's how the patching has been going in my Ubuntu 16.04 desktop environment.

 

Yubico's new authentication key is super tiny and works with USB-C ports

The small size is actually maeant for leaving the key always in the device. Unfortunately, most mobile devices don't have a lot of ports, so losing one is a real problem.

 

FTC lawsuit over D-Link’s lax router security just took a big hit

A judge dismissed half of the FTC’s complaint against D-Link.

So, in all those complaints from consumers, the FTC couldn't include even one instance of financial loss or identity theft? Shamefully underprepared complaint! Our government hard at work keeping us safe!

 

Paint.NET Comes to Windows Store

I wonder how this will differ from the desktop version? Windows 10S, like Windows RT before it, does run .NET applications.

 

Re. FYI#1040 (Wed 10/04/2017):

Google Search Results Wrongly Name Man As Vegas Shooter

Yahoo, Google and Facebook rely way too much on algorithms and have no humans to filter early news reports. This does indeed give momentum to fake postings and mistakes. What would help would be for all these sites and others not to refer to early, "raw" reports as "News". Maybe a new category like "Rumor and Gossip"? (Actually, that category "Gossip" used to cover all of what now passes for Celebrity and Entertainment "News".)

 

3 Billion Yahoo Accounts Hacked: What You Can Do

Given that these are old breaches, folks should have changed our passwords long ago. The rest of the article actually amounts to Q:"My identity is out there in the hands of criminals. What can I do to get it back?" A:"Nothing."

 

Cutting the cord? How to pick your streaming services

The Chart (linked in this article) shwows where the issues are. The choices have gotten a bit harder recently, with major networks and ISP services taking content into their own paid apps. You can quickly end up paying much more than a Cable or FiOS bundle price. And that's without the coming changes in how broadcast TV is distributed (starting in 2019, just two years from now).

 

Why Do Password-strength Meters Give Different Results?

Password-strength meters don't always agree. My take is to avoid them completely.

If you are making up your own passwords, these meters can serve as a rough guide. But if you get your passwords generated for you (with a password manager or online generator sites) you will gain little from a strength meter. Still, I see web sites using their own "strength meters" all the time.

 

3 awesome apps that block unwanted robocalls

I have successfully used Nomorobo with two different Cable TV phone services. I haven't had a spam issue on my phone, so I don't use anything there yet.

 

When Is It Safe to Say “Yes” to User Account Control (UAC) Notifications?

Actually, I usually say Yes. But if anything came up when I hadn't initiated an action, I would let UAC protect me. This has not happened to me in several years. UAC is for me mostly an annoyance, but not a real hindrance like Smart Screen Filter, which I have turned off on both of my Windows devices.

 

Google Drive goes down and takes worldwide productivity with it (updated)

Good thing I wasn't using it during the few hours it was slow or unavailable. It's not like other services don't have periodic outages. The correct perspective is, how often does your provider go down, and for how long, and do you lose data when this happens? For Google, I rate these factors good to very good. Unlike some other services I have used (and a few I still use).

 

How to run old DOS programs in Windows 10

I wonder how many people actually have DOS programs and media (and input devices) to try on Windows 10? 

 

From My Own Reading:

Where’s the antenna support on streaming-TV boxes?

https://www.techhive.com/article/3230149/streaming-hardware/wheres-the-antenna-support-on-streaming-tv-boxes.html

This kind of convergence will probably wait until the ATSC-3 conversion starts after 2019. With big changes coming in how OTA broadcast content is delivered, antennas may be the least of the technical challenges faced by streaming box manufacturers.

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Wed 1040 10/04/2017

Phones, Retinal Scans Could Soon Replace Your Car Keys

https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/256121-retinal-scans-replace-car-keys

 

Google Search Results Wrongly Name Man As Vegas Shooter

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10193/google-search-results-wrongly-name-man-vegas-shooter

 

Before you update to iOS 11 here's how to check which apps won't work

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/ios-11-apos-check-apps-082844024.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_07

 

How to Log In to Windows 10 With a Non-Microsoft Email Address

https://www.howtogeek.com/321056/how-to-log-in-to-windows-10-with-a-non-microsoft-email-address/

 

3 Billion Yahoo Accounts Hacked: What You Can Do

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/yahoo-3-billion-breach,news-25929.html

 

Report: Every iPhone X Earns Samsung $110

Such is Apple's reliance on Samsung for iPhone X components, the Korean company is going to make billions from its customer and main rival.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/356551/report-every-iphone-x-earns-samsung-110

 

Cutting the cord? How to pick your streaming services

https://www.komando.com/columns/418377/cutting-the-cord-how-to-pick-your-streaming-services

 

Why Do Password-strength Meters Give Different Results?

Password-strength meters don't always agree. My take is to avoid them completely.

https://askleo.com/password-strength-meters-give-different-results/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=IfyTNukeW3dfbL

 

Microsoft Ends Groove Music Pass, Offers Transition to Spotify

https://www.thurrott.com/music-videos/groove-music/138388/microsoft-ends-groove-music-pass-offers-transition-spotify?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9QLfWCU6NQHzf4FP-TzUarad5Z6x9142Xd2PV0jJgEBVfNYD7ghRABynX-aLnYAYzXhjvdMKcI9fXrMP5G9RTk9S_Y4A&_hsmi=56948517

 

Turn OneNote Into Your Personal Cliff Notes Collection

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/onenote-cliff-notes/

 

Dell S2417DG monitor review: This bargain G-Sync display is a genuine steal

https://www.windowscentral.com/dell-s2417dg-review

 

How to Create a (Well-Compressed) ZIP File

https://www.maketecheasier.com/create-well-compressed-zip-file/

 

Windows 10 Search not finding files from Google Drive

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/windows-10-search-not-finding-files-google-drive

 

'Rainbow Six Siege' update could make your PS4 crash (updated)

Ubisoft says it's working on a fix.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/21/rainbow-six-siege-ps4-patch-bug/

 

Why continuous backups on your Mac are a good idea

https://www.macworld.com/article/3220965/macs/why-continuous-backups-on-your-mac-are-a-good-idea.html

 

FBI: Car repair shop selling drugs was named, no kidding, 'Get Your Fix'

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/fbi-fix-car-repair-shop-154500571.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_07

 

How to Use Virtual Desktops in Windows 10

https://www.howtogeek.com/197625/how-to-use-virtual-desktops-in-windows-10/

 

Best Identity-Theft Protection 2017

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-identity-theft-protection,review-2083.html

 

How to Build a 4K Gaming PC in BitFenix's Portal Mini-ITX Case

When you have an interesting-looking, compact PC case like BitFenix's Portal, the only responsible thing to do is pack it full of high-end parts. We'll show you how.

https://www.pcmag.com/article/356255/how-to-build-a-4k-gaming-pc-in-bitfenixs-portal-mini-itx-ca

 

3 awesome apps that block unwanted robocalls

https://www.komando.com/apps/417558/3-awesome-apps-that-block-unwanted-robocalls

 

When Is It Safe to Say “Yes” to User Account Control (UAC) Notifications?

User Account Control, or UAC, pops up when programs need special permission to do something. I'll look at when those are, and are not, appropriate.

https://askleo.com/safe-say-yes-user-account-control-uac-notifications/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=IfyTNukeW3dfbL

 

Microsoft Ships Possible RTM Build of Fall Creators Update

https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/139182/microsoft-ships-possible-rtm-build-fall-creators-update?_hsenc=p2ANqtz--mBX7ShclXKw_2QTQr6ua25pqZXTTWajDiPDrb0-Mx25MgO27dgzopcfHmpK0ZlwTqQMmEj8wnjTkX1cqjSxOIFr19Xw&_hsmi=56948517

 

Want to Install Elementary OS? 7 Reasons Why You Should!

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/reasons-install-elementary-os/

 

Mixer is bringing its signature FTL streaming to its mobile apps

https://www.windowscentral.com/mixer-bringing-near-real-time-streaming-its-mobile-apps

 

How to Connect to a VPN Automatically on Linux

https://www.maketecheasier.com/connect-vpn-automatically-linux/

 

Free email signature generators to create professional email signature

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/free-email-signature-generator

 

Facebook's 'M' AI assistant will help you choose a movie

Other new features include a GIF picker and quick replies.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/21/Facebook-M-Messenger-AI-suggestions-GIF-quick-replies-Fandango-Chatbot/

 

How to keep Migration Assistant from overwriting existing files on a new Mac

https://www.macworld.com/article/3217686/software-utilities/how-to-keep-migration-assistant-from-overwriting-existing-files-on-a-new-mac.html

 

Life after the iPhone — what it's like to switch to Android

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/life-iphone-like-switch-android-183650384.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_07

 

How to Download a Backup Archive of All Your Gmail, Calendar, Docs, and Other Google Data

https://www.howtogeek.com/216189/how-to-create-and-download-an-archive-of-all-your-google-data/

 

Protect Your Computer with This One Simple Trick

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/limited-account-benefits,news-25682.html

 

The Best VPNs for Netflix

VPNs protect your web traffic, but they don't always work with must-have services like Netflix. Here are the best VPNs (for now) that play nice with the popular video streaming app.

https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/354393/the-best-vpns-for-netflix

 

Don't fall for this incredibly tricky phone scam

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/418660/dont-fall-for-this-incredibly-tricky-phone-scam

 

'I don't need to understand how encryption works,' admits UK Home Secretary

Amber Rudd is fed up with “sneering” and “patronising” technology experts.

https://www.grahamcluley.com/amber-rudd-how-encryption-works/

 

10 Lightroom editing skills every photographer should know

Discover how to get started with this powerful editing tool

http://www.techradar.com/how-to/10-lightroom-editing-skills-every-photographer-should-know

 

Is Hulu Plus Worth Your Money?

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/hulu-plus-worth-money/

 

OLED laptop display pros and cons

https://www.windowscentral.com/oled-laptop-displays

 

Google Play Protect: Android’s New Security System Explained

https://www.maketecheasier.com/google-play-protect-explained/

 

PNG vs JPG vs GIF vs BMP vs TIF: Image file formats explained

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/png-jpg-gif-bmp-tif-image-file-formats

 

Roku reportedly has a 4K streaming stick on tap for this fall

And a new universal remote, too.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/21/roku-4k-streaming-stick-universal-remote/

 

Troubleshoot and recover a Mac with a failed drive

https://www.macworld.com/article/3214430/storage/troubleshoot-and-recover-a-mac-with-a-failed-drive.html

 

Google Drive on PC/Mac is dead, long live Backup and Sync

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/google-drive-pc-mac-dead-164400490.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_07

 

How to Turn Off Live Photos on Your iPhone or iPad

https://www.howtogeek.com/320545/how-to-turn-off-live-photos-on-your-iphone-or-ipad/

 

Got a Netgear Router? You Should Probably Patch It Now

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/netgear-routers-50-flaws,news-25926.html

 

21 Hidden Roku Tricks for Streaming Success

We help you discover hidden features in your favorite streaming device.

https://www.pcmag.com/feature/331464/21-hidden-roku-tricks-for-streaming-success?ipmat=356268&ipmtype=5%3Futm_source%3Demail

 

Get certified refurbished electronics on the cheap

https://www.komando.com/cool-sites/413029/get-certified-refurbished-electronics-on-the-cheap

 

Android keyboard app misled 200 million users about how it was collecting data

Fortunately, that’s no longer the case…

https://www.grahamcluley.com/go-keyboard-app-data-collection/

 

How to hide files in images using OpenStego

http://www.techradar.com/how-to/how-to-hide-files-in-images-using-openstego

 

How Do I Know VPNs Won’t Intercept Bank Login Details?

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/vpns-cant-intercept-login-details/

 

Never be without light again thanks to this rechargeable extremely bright $10 flashlight

https://www.windowscentral.com/thrifter-deal-never-be-without-light-again-thanks-rechargeable-extremely-bright-10-flashlight

 

How to Delete Old System Restore Points in Windows

https://www.maketecheasier.com/delete-system-restore-points-windows/

 

Your connection was interrupted – ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/your-connection-was-interrupted

 

Synthetic muscle breakthrough could lead to 'lifelike' robots

Researchers claim it's the closest artificial material equivalent to a natural muscle.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/21/synthetic-muscle-soft-robot-breakthrough/

 

How to block all calls on your iPhone except those from your contacts

https://www.macworld.com/article/3214636/ios/how-to-block-all-calls-except-those-from-your-contacts.html

 

Google Drive goes down and takes worldwide productivity with it (updated)

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/google-drive-goes-down-takes-154043307.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_07

 

Microsoft’s Roadmap Shows What’s Ahead for Office 365

https://www.petri.com/microsofts-office-365-roadmap?_hsenc=p2ANqtz--jowAsV7MbyVzl6t5D-HdAvCLyWT3WO-9Du3gE3_2UXtcKykrKTKwXNux74Cy-4RNz47gztqvV3gjJMNQ8RSyFZtKJvg&_hsmi=56948517

 

Essential Tips to Avoid Getting Hacked

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/982-avoid-being-hacked.html

 

How to run old DOS programs in Windows 10

http://www.techradar.com/how-to/how-to-run-old-dos-programs-in-windows-10

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Tue Oct.3, 2017 11:15 pm (PDT

CyberheistNews Vol 7 #39 New Evil Locky Ransomware Strain Evades Machine Learning Security Software

http://bit.ly/2xSnT3b

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(NOTICE: All Yahoo! accounts have been breached.  Change your password immediately.)

 

Windows 10 Photos App Gets a Great Video Editor … with 3D Effects, Too

https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/138257/windows-10-photos-app-gets-great-video-editor?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8mqbpka0UVpg-Oylr5XmJ1RFZhQUdRUwZqd5Hxwr0AYJNz8L7maFWTJ0ETDon7q9n2fmdXARA59cQS5rQ6RUSXSRYddA&_hsmi=56900453

 

Dremel Announces 40 Watt Laser Cutter

https://makezine.com/2017/09/23/dremel-announces-40-watt-laser-cutter/

 

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus hands-on: Familiar, but not too familiar

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/iphone-8-8-plus-hands-201700994.html

 

Apple ditches Bing for Google search results in Siri and Spotlight

Goodbye, Bing

https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/25/16361628/apple-siri-bing-google-search-results-spotlight-mac

 

How to Spot Fake Reviews on Amazon

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/spot-fake-reviews-amazon/#

 

Is a VR Headset Worth Buying in 2017?

https://www.maketecheasier.com/vr-headset-worth-buying-in-2017/

 

An Ex-Google Engineer Is Founding a Religion to Worship AI. He’s Decades Too Late.

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/256646-former-google-engineer-wants-form-religion-people-worship-ai-hes-decades-late

 

Best non-wearable sleep trackers to help you wake up refreshed

https://www.komando.com/tips/403699/best-non-wearable-sleep-trackers-to-help-you-wake-up-refreshed

 

Hackers Locking, Ransoming Macs: How to Protect Yourself

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/icloud-ransom-macbook

 

Facebook will show ads based on the stores you visit in real life

If you allow Facebook to track your location, that is.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/22/facebook-ads-physical-stores/

 

'Phish for the Future' spearphishing campaign set digital civil liberty activists in its sights

Well, you can’t say they weren’t persistent…

https://www.grahamcluley.com/civil-liberty-spearphishing/

 

Best Laptops Under $300

https://www.windowscentral.com/best-cheap-laptops

 

How to open Microsoft Word documents in Apple Pages on a Mac

https://www.macworld.com/article/3223694/software-productivity/how-to-open-microsoft-word-documents-in-apple-pages-on-a-mac.html

 

Apple iPhone X

https://www.pcmag.com/review/356151/apple-iphone-x

 

Optimize your Solid State Drive with Crucial Storage Executive

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/optimize-ssd-crucial-storage-executive

 

This battery-free cellphone runs on light and radio waves

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/battery-free-cellphone-runs-light-170457980.html

 

Talking to my thermostat feels like the future, but the present isn’t ready

Ecobee’s latest smart thermostat has Amazon’s Alexa built right in

https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/25/16349860/ecobee4-thermostat-alexa-smarthome-review

 

17 Shift Key Shortcuts You Should Remember in Windows

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/shift-key-shortcuts-windows/

 

7 Essential Tips for Safer Internet Banking

https://www.maketecheasier.com/essential-tips-for-internet-banking/

 

Apple Is Quietly Designing and Building Its Own Silicon Empire

https://www.extremetech.com/mobile/256730-apple-quietly-designing-building-silicon-empire

 

The dangers of making your home a smart home

https://www.komando.com/downloads/418159/the-dangers-of-making-your-home-a-smart-home

 

Would You Pay $1,750 for a Chromebook? Google Thinks So

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/google-pixelbook-laptop-leaks

 

Kodak’s app and chatbot will scour your photos for forgotten gems

They use algorithms and AI to find ‘Kodak Moments.’

https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/22/kodak-app-chatbot-scour-photos/

 

Taboola ads exploited to serve up tech support scams

As always, users need to be careful about what they click.

https://www.grahamcluley.com/taboola-ads-scam/

 

This security camera offers a sweeping view of your home for $40

https://www.windowscentral.com/thrifter-deal-security-camera-offers-sweeping-view-your-home-40

 

How to open Microsoft PowerPoint presentations in Apple Keynote on a Mac

https://www.macworld.com/article/3223695/software-productivity/how-to-open-microsoft-powerpoint-presentations-in-apple-keynote-on-a-mac.html

 

Quantum Computer Cross a New Threshold

https://www.geek.com/science/quantum-computer-cross-a-new-threshold-1716130/

 

How to view the Advanced Threat Protection Reports

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/advanced-threat-protection-reports

 

This Levi’s jacket with a smart sleeve is finally going on sale for $350

https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/25/16354712/google-project-jacquard-levis-commuter-trucker-jacket-price-release-date

 

Use This USB Drive Trick to Secure Your Laptop in Public (or Anywhere Else)

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/usb-stick-secure-computer-public/

 

The Best Free Alternatives for Microsoft Office

https://www.maketecheasier.com/microsoft-office-alternatives/

 

Apple Confirms Reports of iPhone 8s Splitting Open While Charging

https://www.extremetech.com/mobile/256783-apple-seriously-investigating-reports-iphones-splitting-open-charging

 

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

 

HP's New Chromebook x360 Offers Durability for Kids

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/hp-chromebook-x360-details-price

 

Court rules Stingray use without a warrant violates Fourth Amendment

The ruling could have widespread implications for the technology.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/21/court-stingray-without-warrant-violates-fourth-amendment/

 

How to install a VPN on your router

http://www.techradar.com/how-to/how-to-install-a-vpn-on-your-router

 

Spice up your Windows 10 Start Menu with Pin More

https://www.windowscentral.com/spice-your-windows-10-start-menu-pin-more

 

How to open Microsoft Excel spreadsheets in Apple Numbers on a Mac

https://www.macworld.com/article/3223727/software-productivity/how-to-open-microsoft-excel-spreadsheets-in-apple-numbers-on-a-mac.html

 

New Malicious Ads Mine Cryptocurrency in Your Browser

Why bother infecting a PC when you can profit from mining cryptocurrency while your victim browses the Internet?

https://www.pcmag.com/news/356242/new-malicious-ads-mine-cryptocurrency-in-your-browser

 

External Hard Drive not showing up or detected in Windows

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/external-hard-drive-not-showing-up

 

Some phones and laptops are vulnerable to 'BlueBorne' exploit

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/phones-laptops-vulnerable-apos-blueborne-233600284.html

 

Yubico's new authentication key is super tiny and works with USB-C ports

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/9/25/16352296/yubico-yubikey-nano-4c-authentication

 

Sen. Franken to Apple: How Safe Is Face ID Really?

https://www.geek.com/tech/sen-franken-to-apple-how-safe-is-face-id-really-1716105/

 

The Cheapest and Best 4K HDR Smart TVs You Can Buy

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/cheapest-best-4k-hdr-smart-tv/

 

Useful Excel Tricks that Will Impress Your Boss

https://www.maketecheasier.com/useful-excel-tricks/

 

Is BabyX the Future of Silicon-Based Life Forms?

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/255856-babyx-future-silicon-based-life-forms

 

Turn your Apple gadget into a motion-activated security camera

https://www.komando.com/apps/291953/turn-your-apple-gadget-into-a-motion-activated-security-camera

 

[Windows Tip] Remove “Customize This Folder” Option from Context Menu

https://www.askvg.com/windows-tip-remove-customize-this-folder-option-from-context-menu/

 

FTC lawsuit over D-Link’s lax router security just took a big hit

A judge dismissed half of the FTC’s complaint against D-Link.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/21/ftc-lawsuit-d-link-lax-router-security-took-hit/

 

20 iOS 11 tips and tricks you need to know to master your iPhone or iPad

http://www.techradar.com/how-to/ios-11-tips-and-tricks-you-need-to-know-to-master-your-iphone-or-ipad

 

How to create VideoScribe and whiteboard animations in PowerPoint 2016

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-create-videoscribe-and-whiteboard-animations-powerpoint-2016

 

Can ransomware hijack Mac backups? Yes, but...

https://www.macworld.com/article/3220964/security/can-ransomware-hijack-mac-backups-yes-but.html

 

How to set up ATP Safe Attachments policies in Office 365

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/atp-safe-attachments-policies-in-office-365

 

Windows 10 will give you more control over app permissions

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/windows-10-more-control-over-173800890.html

 

Paint.NET Comes to Windows Store

https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/138282/paint-net-comes-windows-store?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9iNJgfI9ISV8HCITHrECjniE2jHRDgqwa9XSJSpjWXSFp5ZuMcvAP6FjSgZ2rXndON1yUGnj1k6i6UuDEOv6pPiX1NrA&_hsmi=56900453

 

How to Fix: VM Can't Connect to Windows Server (No Trust Relationship)

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10194/how-fix-vm-cant-connect-windows-server-no-trust-relationship

 

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FYI#1038 (Mon 10/02/2017

ISPs May Be Helping Hackers to Infect you with FinFisher Spyware

This article looks like it's closer to the source of these reports:

https://www.welivesecurity.com/2017/09/21/new-finfisher-surveillance-campaigns/

"All ESET products detect and block this threat as Win32/FinSpy.AA and Win32/FinSpy.AB. Using ESET’s Free Online Scanner, you can check your computer for its presence and remove it if detected. ESET customers are protected automatically."

The article reads almost like a scareware campaign to sell ESET security products, whose popularity has fallen in recent years.

FinSpy has been around since at least 2014, when there was a thread in Wilders Security about it and other alleged NSA spy tools. All major antimalware companies are aware of FinSpy and would detect and block it if such infected downloads or web page redirects were taking place. Emsisoft and Comodo are specifically mentioned here:

https://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/best-software-for-detecting-government-spy-malware.378956/

Note that the date of that thread was 2014.

The current ESET report is nothing new. It only adds the (unfounded) rumor that ISPs are complicit in redirecting users to infected download sites. Apparently, ESET is trying to capitalize on the recent reports of CCleaner being infected with malware.

I have the Emsisoft Emergency Kit (EEK) running on-demand on both of my Windows 10 devices, and have not yet encountered any warnings of this malware. My active antivirus is Avira on both devices. No warnings there either. Redirects of the type being alleged this time around should be picked up by any competent web browser, and should trigger warnings or blocked access.

I won't call this report a hoax, but I find it very difficult to believe, given that no one else (other than ESET) seems to be detecting this latest alleged threat. And no one else has accused ISPs of being complicit. ESET is a Russian based company, FWIW.

Just checking the version number of VLC Player et al is not going to prove anything, if the report has any merit at all.

 

Fix ERR_SSL_PROTOCOL_ERROR on Google Chrome

See Also:

http://www.inforaid.com/fix-ssl-connection-error-in-google-chrome/

https://www.a2hosting.com/kb/getting-started-guide/internet-and-networking/clearing-a-web-browsers-ssl-state#Google-Chrome

https://forums.opensuse.org/showthread.php/522550-How-to-clear-SSL-state-in-Chromium

https://serverfault.com/questions/279984/how-do-i-clear-chromes-ssl-cache

https://www.quora.com/How-do-you-fix-the-SSL-Connection-Error-on-Google-Chrome

This is a problem related to the one I encountered with a certificate for the download site for Acrylic WiFi, where the Certificate Authority in question had been declared universally untrusted by Google. The problem cleared up only after the site's owners got new certificates, from a different issuing authority.

 

Why Equifax’s error wasn’t hiring someone with a music degree

Turns out that what you studied is a terrible indicator of infosec skills.

The mistake was a widespread corporate culture of not caring about data security. (Which is deeply ironic, considering the company's reticence in dealing with outside requests for annual credit reports or requests to change erroneous information.) It did not matter what the CEO had studied in school.

 

Get Control Over Your Writing with Nisus Writer Pro

The author's pathetic efforts to cover her own incompetence in writing this so-called article is almost as hilarious as the piece itself. (See Comments below the article.) And deeply ironic, given what the product claims to be doing.

 

[HACKED] A Reminder To Be Vigilant

If trusted software coming from the usual download site gets infected before it leaves the host server, most of the time there is no way to detect the infection until a signature or blacklist notice is developed. So we are too vigilant of what? And how are we to be vigilant? One thing to do is to send the download through VirusTotal, which might have found the infections inside of CCleaner, VLC Player and others recently reported. Another defense is to run antivirus scans on demand for every download which contains executable code. (Running automatic scans whenever new files show up uses a lot of computer resources, so is generally discouraged.)

 

How to do a free background check online

This must be a recycled old article. None of the links produced anything like a free online search service. The one link which did work did not find anyone in my address book. They all have extensive web presence.

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1.9 Billion Data Records Exposed in First Half of 2017

http://www.hackbusters.com/news/stories/1977926-1-9-billion-data-records-exposed-in-first-half-of-2017

 

ISPs May Be Helping Hackers to Infect you with FinFisher Spyware

http://www.hackbusters.com/news/stories/1982207-isps-may-be-helping-hackers-to-infect-you-with-finfisher-spyware

 

The $999, eyebrow-raising iPhone X: David Pogue's hands-on review

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/999-eyebrow-raising-iphone-x-david-pogues-hands-review-010122923.html

 

Fix ERR_SSL_PROTOCOL_ERROR on Google Chrome

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/fix-err_ssl_protocol_error-google-chrome

 

The Best Home Security Cameras of 2017

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

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2475954,00.asp

 

The best Amazon Echo Alexa skills and commands: The best uses for your Echo

http://www.techradar.com/how-to/the-best-amazon-echo-alexa-skills-and-how-to-install-them

 

Google Daydream's web-browsing features surface in Chrome

The first set of features are available now in Chrome 61.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/22/google-daydream-web-browsing-features-chrome/

 

How Spear Phishing (Targeted Scam) Detection Works

https://www.maketecheasier.com/how-spear-phishing-detection-works/

 

How to Use Sparklines to Create Mini Graphs in an Excel Workbook

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/sparklines-mini-graphs-excel

 

iOS 11: How Control Center works

Control Center gets a complete redesign, for the better.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3226732/ios/ios-11-how-control-center-works.html

 

Equifax or Equiphish?

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/09/equifax-or-equiphish/

 

Tame Your Overflowing Inbox 

https://askbobrankin.com/tame_your_overflowing_inbox.html

 

Best Windows 10 apps of September 2017

https://www.windowscentral.com/must-have-windows-10-apps-september

 

Samsung reportedly working on a Windows Mixed Reality headset

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/9/26/16365388/samsung-windows-mixed-reality-headset-leak

 

iPhone X and iOS 11 details leaked by disgruntled Apple employee

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/418910/iphone-x-and-ios-11-details-leaked-by-disgruntled-apple-employee

 

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/

 

The new iPhones vs. the iPhone 7: What's changed?

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/iphones-vs-iphone-7-apos-203800507.html

 

Bluetooth icon missing in Windows 10/8/7

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/bluetooth-icon-missing-windows-1087

 

The Best Projectors of 2017

Whether you want to display an important business presentation or the latest blockbuster, these are the top-rated projectors we've tested.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2374594,00.asp

 

What is augmented reality?

AR is all the rage at the moment, but what is it?

http://www.techradar.com/how-to/what-is-augmented-reality

 

Why Equifax’s error wasn’t hiring someone with a music degree

Turns out that what you studied is a terrible indicator of infosec skills.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/22/dont-blame-equifax-hack-on-a-music-degree/

 

Get Control Over Your Writing with Nisus Writer Pro

https://www.maketecheasier.com/nisus-writer-pro/

 

The Best iPad Writing Apps

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/ipad-writing-apps

 

How to stop spam emails from reaching your inbox

https://www.macworld.com/article/3223689/internet/how-to-stop-spam-emails-from-reaching-your-inbox.html

 

Google Experiment Tests Top 5 Browsers, Finds Safari Riddled With Security Bugs

http://www.hackbusters.com/news/stories/1985561-google-experiment-tests-top-5-browsers-finds-safari-riddled-with-security-bugs

 

[HACKED] A Reminder To Be Vigilant

https://askbobrankin.com/hacked_a_reminder_to_be_vigilant.html

 

How to use a keyboard and mouse with Xbox One

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-use-mouse-and-keyboard-xbox-one

 

LG’s latest TVs will be able to stream Comcast cable next year

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/9/25/16362846/lg-smart-tv-comcast-cable-xfinity-tv-partner-app-live-streaming

 

How to work at home for Amazon.com

https://www.komando.com/tips/376954/how-to-work-at-home-for-amazon-com

 

Why Are the PCI Express Ports on My Motherboard Different Sizes? x16, x8, x4, and x1 Explained (traditional desktops)

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

 

To control AI, we need to understand more about humans

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/control-ai-understand-more-humans-133024358.html

 

Block websites from using your CPU to mine Cryptocurrency

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/block-websites-using-cpu-mine-cryptocurrency

 

The Best To-Do List Apps of 2017

Get organized and complete tasks more quickly and more reliably by using the right to-do app. These are the top performers in our tests.

https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/355449/the-best-to-do-list-apps

 

10 Photoshop editing skills every photographer should know

Get to grips with the best image-editing software available

http://www.techradar.com/how-to/10-photoshop-editing-skills-every-photographer-should-know

 

The West Coast is finally getting an earthquake early warning system

This will save lives

https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/22/the-west-coast-is-finally-getting-an-earthquake-early-warning-sy/

 

Start Menu Not Working in Windows 10? Here’s How to Fix it

https://www.maketecheasier.com/fix-start-menu-not-working-windows-10/

 

Amazon Alexa: The smart person's guide

Amazon Alexa is the leading digital assistant on the market. Find out more about this machine-learning innovation with our Alexa smart person's guide.

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/amazon-alexa-the-smart-persons-guide/

 

How to recover your files when your Mac won’t start up properly

https://www.macworld.com/article/3219648/macs/how-to-recover-your-files-when-your-mac-wont-start-up-properly.html

 

Google continues the ongoing effort to communicate the transport security status of a given page labeling resources delivered via FTP as “Not secure” in Chrome,

http://securityaffairs.co/wordpress/63119/security/chrome-ftp-unsecure.html

 

The Windows Problem Steps Recorder Category: Windows

https://askbobrankin.com/the_windows_problem_steps_recorder.html

 

If Microsoft is the 'platform for everything,' does it really need a phone?

https://www.windowscentral.com/microsofts-platform-computing-strategy-may-see-it-power-multi-device-multi-system-world

 

GPS will be accurate within one foot in some phones next year

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/9/25/16362296/gps-accuracy-improving-one-foot-broadcom

 

Slay vampire electronics to save money

https://www.komando.com/tips/12108/slay-vampire-electronics-to-save-money

 

How to Replay a Snapchat Snap

https://www.howtogeek.com/321048/how-to-replay-a-snapchat-snap/

 

4 reasons to choose the iPhone 8 over the iPhone X

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/4-reasons-choose-iphone-8-over-iphone-x-205631362.html

 

Windows 10 stuck in an endless reboot loop

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/windows-10-stuck-in-endless-reboot-loop

 

Should You Believe the Rumors About Kaspersky Lab?

Is Russian software company Kaspersky Lab colluding with the FSB? Stealing private information? Rumors abound, without any hard evidence to back them up.

https://www.pcmag.com/commentary/356214/should-you-believe-the-rumors-about-kaspersky-lab

 

How to free up disk space on an iPhone

http://www.techradar.com/how-to/how-to-free-up-disk-space-on-an-iphone

 

'Vincent' AI transforms your rough sketch into a Van Gogh

By applying the history of human art, it takes style transfer to a new dimension.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/22/vincent-ai-art-style-transfer-van-gogh/

 

How to Run iOS Apps on an Android Device

https://www.maketecheasier.com/run-ios-apps-on-android-2/

 

Report: SMBs paid $301M to ransomware hackers last year

About 5% of SMBs fell victim to ransomware attacks in the past year, leading to financial strain from downtime and data loss, according to a new survey from Datto.

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/report-smbs-paid-301m-to-ransomware-hackers-last-year/

 

When it Comes to Phishing the Best Defense is Education

https://www.thesslstore.com/blog/comes-phishing-best-defense-education/

 

How to copy a Live Photo from your Mac back to an iOS device

https://www.macworld.com/article/3217667/ios/how-to-copy-a-live-photo-from-your-mac-back-to-an-ios-device.html

 

Getting Apple's iPhone 8 or iPhone X? Here's your upgrade checklist

You do have an upgrade checklist, right? If not, let us help you prepare for the newest iPhone.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/getting-apples-iphone-8-or-iphone-x-heres-your-upgrade-checklist/

 

Thursday Night Football streams free starting tonight with Amazon Prime Video

As though Amazon Prime members needed another benefit to brag about...

https://www.windowscentral.com/thrifter-deal-starting-week-stream-thursday-night-football-games-free-prime

 

There's one good reason to update to macOS High Sierra

https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/25/16352736/macos-high-sierra-review-safari-autoplay-blocking

 

How to do a free background check online

https://www.komando.com/columns/392339/how-to-do-a-free-background-check-online

 

How to Use a Physical Keyboard With Your iPad or iPhone

https://www.howtogeek.com/190998/the-htg-guide-to-using-a-physical-keyboard-with-your-ipad-or-iphone/

 

Apple streamlines iTunes 12.7 by removing the App Store

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apple-streamlines-itunes-12-7-055636021.html

 

WANT A ROBOT TO WALK LIKE YOU? DON'T EXPECT IT TO LOOK HUMAN

https://www.wired.com/story/want-a-robot-to-walk-like-you-dont-expect-it-to-look-human/

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Re. FYI#1035 (Fri  9/29/2017):

Get a better night's sleep

Bonus Tip for a good night's sleep -- stop playing with your phone before bedtime!

 

Microsoft 365 recasts Windows 10 S laptops as inexpensive corporate machines

'Firstline workers' who staff service counters and support lines could get these PCs.

So, failing to displace Chromebooks in the classroom, Windows 10S devices look to the corporate field office for a Hail Mary. Brilliant marketing of this crippled version of Windows!

 

How to Let Someone Else Use Your Computer Without Giving Them Access to All Your Stuff

At least the author admits there is no Guest Account in Windows 10. Now if the author would only admit that the Visitor Account does not have the functions of a Guest Account. In any event, User Accounts can be restricted fairly easily, and this is often a better approach anyway, as specific limitations can be imposed, especially if you have the Pro version, with its Group Policies Editor. While Parental Controls are no longer natively supported for Local Login accounts, the GPE also allow similar restrictions fairly easily.

 

How to Change the Default Font in Windows 10

I'm not sure I'd want to be messing with the Windows Registry just to change the Default Font, unless I were having a lot of difficulty reading the existing Default.

 

Here's Why Your Password is Hackable 

The password tester linked in the article would not load into any browser I tried with ad blocking enabled.

 

What’s the Best Way to Back Up My Computer?

One key thing to remember is that sync is not backup. If you are syncing and anything gets corrupted, the online "backup" of the data may also get corrupted, and there's no restore option to revert to the previous (uncorrupted) version. Backup should be separate from anything which syncs. While useful, Cloud Backup does not cover total system loss. I for one use far too many tweaks and settings changes to reinstall from scratch and rebuild from there. You also lose all your installed and stand alone software. Reset or reinstall only work well if you use a stock OS and run only Store Apps. If you use anything else, run a backup program locally, make an extras copy of the archive, and consider getting one copy off site.

 

Experian makes it easy for someone to undo your credit freeze (updated)

Its procedure for obtaining credit file PINs asks for easily accessible information.

Experian's defense reeks of obfuscation and outrigh lying. If they really have additional measures in place, they should have named what kinds of measures these are, instead of once again repeating the Credit Bureau Mantra, "Trust Us".

 

11 Cheap Monitors (Under $150) Ranked from Best to Worst

What the article shows is that none of these cheap monitors is really much good for anything. Thanks. Didn't need an article to tell me that.

 

Re. FYI#1036  (Sat 9/30/2017):

Equifax breach shows signs of a possible state-sponsored hack

Even if this is true, how does knowing this help me get my identity back?

 

Microsoft 'Windows Core OS' aims to turn Windows 10 into a modular platform for the future

Strip this article of all the gobbledygook and all you have left is Windows 10S, running nothing but Windows Store Apps. This is not a valid blueprint for any future for Microsoft on any device.

 

How to Set Up Two-Factor Authentication in Ubuntu

Having to use a phone generated validation code every time I use a Sudo command makes this totally impractical for the way I use Ubuntu Linux. I'd be reaching for the phone every ten minutes or so. Fro account logins, this may make sense, although during maintenance restarts are frequent enough that the feature would have to be turned off. I hope they allow for this.

 

How to Disable SMBv1 and Protect Your Windows PC From Attack

I did this in Windows and Linux awhile ago. No one needs the old protocol anymore if all your systems are up to date.

 

The best Kodi add-ons and how to install them

The best Kodi add-ons to enhance your viewing experience

SickBeard, Couch Potato and ROM Collection Browser are still questionable from the piracy point of view. Just keep that in mind if you access content through these channels.

 

Ruling gives FAA more power over drones than local governments

A city in Massachusetts will now have to tweak its drone ordinance due to a landmark ruling.

I live just up the road from Newton, MA. I can tell you, with our topography and the contradictory rules regarding commercial flights vs. non-commercial flights, these municipal rules would be totally unworkable. This said, I have yet to see even one drone being operated over Newton or nearby towns. It is also true that town boundaries around here wind around the landscape so as to make having to get separate permits from each town you would overfly would be a nightmare of red tape and expense. MA property owners can get very territorial, and trying to please everyone when it comes to what can fly over your land or home is well nigh impossible around here. But this ordinance definitely needs some serious rewriting to become enforceable. I haven't looked into whether Waltham has any plans to regulate drone operations here. But Newton may be offering itself up as a test case for the entire Commonwealth. Nearby Lincoln, Lexington, Concord and Bedford have a worse issue -- they border on Hanscom Air Force Base, which has its own restrictions. And then there's the patchwork of municipal, State and Federal open lands, which change jurisdiction by the block around here. There needs to be a single, final authority to make regulations as uniform as possible.

 

Your Android lock screen pattern isn’t as safe as a PIN code

Don't most Android phones use a four-digit PIN? How does this compare?

 

Find constellations, planets and more with this unbelievable sky map

Why does this post have two links for the same Android App?

 

Apache Mounts Strong Defense, Equifax Retreats

So, was Equifax spreading malicious gossip that the Apache struts flaw it allowed to go unpatched was not in fact a known vulnerability with a readily available patch? Wow! Just wow.

 

3 Useful Windows Apps to Change Wallpapers Automatically Everyday

Who needs an App? I have a slideshow enabled, and I get plenty of variety.

 

The best air purifier

Your best option is from Coway.

The article was updated at:

http://thesweethome.com/reviews/best-air-purifier/?utm_source=engadget&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=syndication&utm_content=air-purifier-2017

But the conclusions are nearly the same. To be clear, Endgadget does not have a test lab for air purifiers.

 

Bitdefender Ransomware Recognition Tool will help identify Ransomware

Or maybe not so useful:

https://twitter.com/VessOnSecurity/status/912626407771136001

Still the best security against ransomeware is a good, unconnected backup.

 

Re. FYI#1037 (Sun 10/01/2017):

Should You Believe the Rumors About Kaspersky Lab?

No. You should use whatever security products you feel are the best match for your own situation. Do not base your choices on country of origin.

 

How to Restore Closed Tabs in Various Browsers [Quick Tips]

As ling as I haven't cleared the browser history, Chrome does this quite easily.

 

Get Your Free Credit Reports Online

There are those of us who due to special circumstances, cannot get our credit reports online.

 

Nvidia’s CEO Declares Moore’s Law Dead

What the article proves is that Moore's Law, like many other tech metrics, does not operate by itself, and is therefore not the only standard by which to measure progress in hardware design. And yes, Moore's Law, in the strictest sense, broke for pure CPUs in about 2012.

 

Process Manager for Windows lets you manage processes easily

Tools like this one are becoming less and les useful as the Windows 10 Task Manager is expanded and takes in more features.

 

Sprint and T-Mobile could merge in late October

Talks are supposedly close to wrapping up.

I would not count on automatic regulatory approval. Other than that, I have no objection to this.

 

What Is “SmartScreen” and Why Is It Running on My PC?

For folks like me who know Windows and know PCs pretty well, this is yet another "feature" which at best does nothing but take up resources, and at worst makes us jump through hoops to do simple tasks. I have it disabled on all devices because it would not let me download, install and run utilities like the Nir Sofer utilities. These are powerful tools and could be used maliciously, but they are perfectly benign when I am the one launching them for my own use. And yes, nearly all third-party security software totally covers what Smarscreen is designed to do. So it's really only useful if you use nothing but Windows Defender and Edge Browser or Internet Explorer.

 

Don’t sign up for Equifax’s free credit monitoring - Here’s what to do instead

Kim Komando really loves Lifelock, doesn't she? More seriously, freezing your credit is preventive, while any monitoring service is only informative after the fact.

 

Why You Should Replace Windows’ Default Image Viewer With IrfanView

I've been a fan of IrfanView for many years, and more recently, of the Linux utility XnViewMP, which is quite similar.

 

Can You Use Your Gaming Laptop for Video Editing?

Some folks can do this, but it really strains most laptops, resulting in a lot of heat buildup. So, if a lot of transcoding will be taking place, this is probably not a good use case for a gaming laptop.

 

Google Deletes Inactive Android Device Backups After 2 Months

Good to know, but if I understand correctly, I probably don't have anything valuable backed up anyway. My photos are about the only large stash of anything on there, and those go to Google Drive as part of Google Photos and manual uploads anyway, so they're safe from automatic deletions.

 

23 Cool Firefox About:Config Tricks You Need to Learn

Old, recycled article. Many of these settings may not work anymore. And there are (or were, before the elimination of most extensions) extensions to do many of these tasks.

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DHS cyberinsurance research producing insights about security trends

The US Department of Homeland Security says it's starting to see interesting security trends based on a long-term research project into cyberinsurance markets.

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/dhs-cyberinsurance-research-producing-insights-about-security-trends/

 

Apple Watch will soon support a huge variety of workouts

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apple-watch-soon-support-huge-182900149.html

 

Should You Believe the Rumors About Kaspersky Lab?

Is Russian software company Kaspersky Lab colluding with the FSB? Stealing private information? Rumors abound, without any hard evidence to back them up.

https://www.pcmag.com/commentary/356214/should-you-believe-the-rumors-about-kaspersky-lab

 

How to Restore Closed Tabs in Various Browsers [Quick Tips]

https://www.maketecheasier.com/restore-closed-tabs-browsers/

 

macOS High Sierra: How to use Reader mode in Safari 11

Want to visit websites without annoying ads, videos, and other distractions? Safari's Reader mode is the way to go.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3206708/websites/how-to-use-reader-mode-in-safari-11.html

 

Take control of all your email accounts with Postbox 5, now just $30!

Dealing with a single email account these days can be a pain due to the amount of spam and other unwanted correspondence we receive on an hourly basis. What about dealing with multiple accounts?

https://www.windowscentral.com/take-control-all-your-email-accounts-postbox-5-now-just-30

 

How to Middle Click on a Laptop Touchpad

https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/26552/stupid-geek-tricks-use-both-laptop-mouse-buttons-to-simulate-middle-click/

 

Nest Cam IQ Outdoor: First look

Nest's new Nest Cam IQ Outdoor matches some of the image recognition smarts from Nest's indoor sensor and a more sturdy housing.

https://www.techhive.com/video/81856/nest-cam-iq-outdoor-first-look

 

Get Your Free Credit Reports Online

https://askbobrankin.com/get_your_free_credit_reports_online.html

 

MacOS High Sierra Already Hacked: Here's What to Do

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/mac-keychain-hack

 

Nvidia’s CEO Declares Moore’s Law Dead

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/256558-nvidias-ceo-declares-moores-law-dead

 

Woman says hacker spied on her through the baby monitor

Did a “smart” device get hacked?

https://www.grahamcluley.com/baby-monitor-spying/

 

Asus' new ZenBook Pro is the thinnest and fastest ZenBook Pro ever

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/9/26/16365648/asus-zenbook-pro-ux550-intel-processor-thinner-faster-lighter

 

Process Manager for Windows lets you manage processes easily

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/process-manager-for-windows

 

5 of the biggest tech myths busted

https://www.komando.com/tips/417586/5-of-the-biggest-tech-myths-busted

 

Sprint and T-Mobile could merge in late October

Talks are supposedly close to wrapping up.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/23/sprint-and-t-mobile-merger-could-happen-late-october/

 

Redesigned Jaunt VR app hits Windows Mixed Reality next month

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/redesigned-jaunt-vr-app-hits-180200332.html

 

Google Pixel 2: What We Know

New Google Pixels will likely appear on Oct. 4. Here's what we know about them so far.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/356234/google-pixel-2-what-we-know

 

You can mount HFS+ volumes with High Sierra and APFS

https://www.macworld.com/article/3220984/storage/high-sierra-hfs-apfs.html

 

How to annotate EPUB files in Microsoft Edge

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-annotate-epub-files-microsoft-edge

 

Top 4 Retro Add-Ons for Your Apple Devices

https://www.maketecheasier.com/retro-add-ons-for-apple-devices/

 

What Is “SmartScreen” and Why Is It Running on My PC?

https://www.howtogeek.com/320711/what-is-smartscreen-and-why-is-it-running-on-my-pc/

 

Price Busters For Online Shoppers Category: Shopping

https://askbobrankin.com/price_busters_for_online_shoppers.html

 

Liquid Nitrogen Drives 18-Core Core i9-7980XE Above 6GHz (this is too extreme for over 99% of us)

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/256623-liquid-nitrogen-drives-18-core-core-i9-7980xe-6ghz

 

The Best Refurbished Laptop Deals Right Now

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/best-refurbished-laptop-deals

 

Woman says hacker spied on her through the baby monitor

Did a “smart” device get hacked?

https://www.grahamcluley.com/baby-monitor-spying/

 

Microsoft is releasing Office 2019 next year

https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/26/16366150/microsoft-office-2019-features-release-date

 

Windows 10 Cortana Ask Me Anything not working

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/windows-10-cortana-ask-me-anything-not-working

 

Don’t sign up for Equifax’s free credit monitoring - Here’s what to do instead

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/418908/dont-sign-up-for-equifaxs-free-credit-monitoring-heres-what-to-do-instead

 

Nintendo rolls out two-step authentication for online accounts

It works through the Google Authenticator app.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/22/nintendo-rolls-out-two-step-authentication-for-online-accounts/

 

Apple Inc. (AAPL) iPhone 8 and iPhone 7s Details Surface After Leaks

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apple-inc-aapl-iphone-8-153846213.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_07

 

7 Signs You Have Malware and How to Get Rid of It

PC acting strange? These warning signs could mean that your computer's security has been compromised. Here's what to do.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2416788,00.asp

 

How to change an Apple ID email address without access to that email address

https://www.macworld.com/article/3222679/data-center-cloud/how-to-change-an-apple-id-email-address-without-access-to-that-email-address.html

 

Seagate 8TB Game Drive Hub HDD review: Space for so many games! (a bit over-board)

https://www.windowscentral.com/seagate-8tb-game-drive-hub-hdd-xbox-one-review

 

The Best Safari Extensions for Mac Users

https://www.maketecheasier.com/best-safari-extensions/

 

Why You Should Replace Windows’ Default Image Viewer With IrfanView

https://www.howtogeek.com/321997/why-you-should-replace-windows-default-image-viewer-with-irfanview/

 

Plex now streams the news for free, with no media server needed

The media server mainstay branches out with personalized news from the web.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3228133/streaming-services/plex-now-streams-the-news-for-free-with-no-media-server-needed.html

 

New Internet Explorer Security Bug Exposes Search

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10191/new-internet-explorer-security-bug-exposes-search

 

How to test your home internet connection speed

Stop waiting on a slow Internet connection and do something about it! Testing your internet connection only takes a few minutes, and it can help you figure out how to address network issues.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/2048594/network-router/how-to-test-your-home-internet-connection-speed.amp.html

 

Can You Use Your Gaming Laptop for Video Editing?

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/can-use-gaming-laptop-video-editing

 

Your Android lock screen pattern isn’t as safe as a PIN code

https://www.welivesecurity.com/2017/09/28/android-lock-screen-pattern-isnt-safe-pin-code/#new_tab

 

Bill Gates now uses an Android phone

https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/26/16365424/bill-gates-android-phone-switch

 

GSmartControl is an easy way to check the health of your Hard Drive

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/gsmartcontrol-check-health-of-hard-drive

 

How to protect your mobile device from smishing

https://www.komando.com/tips/411477/how-to-protect-your-mobile-device-from-smishing

 

The iPhone 8’s glass back costs way more to repair than the front

It’s subject to ‘other damage’ fees not those for screen repair.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/22/iphone-8-glass-back-costs-more-to-repair/

 

Apple iPhone 7 VS. iPhone 8: Is It Really Worth The Upgrade?

https://www.yahoo.com/style/apple-iphone-7-vs-iphone-070507986.html

 

Google Deletes Inactive Android Device Backups After 2 Months

If you don't use your smartphone for two months, no notification is sent and your backup will be removed from Google Drive Backup.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/356239/google-deletes-inactive-android-device-backups-after-2-month

 

23 Cool Firefox About:Config Tricks You Need to Learn

https://www.maketecheasier.com/28-coolest-firefox-aboutconfig-tricks/

 

iOS 11: The Notes app and how it works

New features for the most versatile app on your iPhone or iPad.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3227064/ios/ios-11-the-notes-app-and-how-it-works.html

 

Everything you need to know before buying an external hard drive

https://www.windowscentral.com/everything-you-need-know-buying-external-hard-drive

 

What Is YouTube TV, and Can It Replace Your Cable Subscription?

https://www.howtogeek.com/322321/what-is-youtube-tv-and-can-it-replace-your-cable-subscription/

 

Microsoft Digs Deeper to Bankroll Open Source Initiative

https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/Microsoft-Digs-Deeper-to-Bankroll-Open-Source-Initiative-84847.html

 

How to Fix: Disable Full Screen Popup Ads in Android

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10192/how-fix-disable-full-screen-popup-ads-android

 

How to tell which iPad model you have

It's easy if you know where to look.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/2049920/tablets/how-to-tell-which-ipad-model-you-have.html

 

How to Add Decimal Points Automatically in Excel

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/add-decimal-points-automatically-excel

 

Internet Explorer bug can reveal the contents of your address bar

https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/internet-explorer-bug-can-reveal-the-contents-of-your-address-bar-19020.html#new_tab

 

Intel investigates chips designed like your brain to turn the AI tide

A rivals close in, the chipmaker takes a punt on ‘neuromorphic’ processors

https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/26/16365390/intel-investigates-chips-designed-like-your-brain-to-turn-the-ai-tide

 

Best free Sticky Notes for Windows PC

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/best-free-sticky-notes-windows-pc

 

4 apps that stop texting and driving

https://www.komando.com/apps/359862/4-apps-that-stop-texting-and-driving

 

Some brave soul volunteered for a completely robotic dental surgery

The robot implanted 3D-printed teeth into a woman without help from dentists.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/22/brave-volunteer-robot-dental-surgery/

 

I don’t want the new iPhone X and I can't be alone

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/don-t-want-iphone-x-133208391.html

 

The definitive guide to privacy settings in Windows 10 Creators Update

Here's everything you need to know about Windows 10’s many and varied privacy settings -- and how to claw some of your privacy back.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3219656/windows-pcs/the-definitive-guide-to-privacy-settings-in-windows-10-creators-update.html

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