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Sat 10/21/2017 1057
Fri 10/10/2017 1056
Thur 10/19/2017 1055
Wed 10/18/2017 1054
Tue 10/17/2017 1053
Mon 10/16/2017 1052
Sun 10/15/2017 1051

Sat 1057  10/21/2017

Why Samsung Is Rooting for Apple's iPhone X to Be a Big Hit, Too

Samsung could make $4 billion more in revenue from the iPhone X than from sales of the Galaxy 8, according to one report.

https://www.thestreet.com/story/14327319/1/samsung-rooting-for-iphone-x.html?puc=yahoo&cm_ven=YAHOO&yptr=yahoo

 

Analyst and execs say Microsoft might kill off the Surface line by 2019 (doubtful)

Could the Surface line disappear in a couple of years?

https://www.techspot.com/news/71273-analyst-execs-microsoft-might-kill-off-surface-line.html

 

Even the world’s top Apple blogger is losing it over a new MacBook Pro problem

https://www.yahoo.com/news/even-world-top-apple-blogger-losing-over-macbook-142222407.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_09

 

Lenovo Yoga 920 Review

https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/lenovo-yoga-920

 

How to Reset Your HomeKit Devices and Configuration

https://www.howtogeek.com/230906/how-to-reset-your-homekit-devices-and-configuration/

 

Microsoft’s new Android launcher lets you connect your phone and PC

It’s like Apple’s Handoff for your PC

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/5/16428686/microsoft-launcher-android-launcher-features

 

How to Flush the DNS Cache on Windows 10

https://www.maketecheasier.com/flush-dns-cache-windows10/

 

KRACK Wi-Fi attack - the rules haven't changed

Don’t panic. Patch.

https://www.grahamcluley.com/krack-wi-fi-attack/

 

This Nintendo Switch is actually a Raspberry Pi emulator

http://www.htxt.co.za/2017/10/13/this-nintendo-switch-is-actually-a-raspberry-pi-emulator/

 

Movies Anywhere will merge your iTunes, Google, Vudu, and Amazon libraries: Here's how

Your new favorite movies app has arrived.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3232093/android/movies-anywhere-itunes-google-vudu-amazon.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-10-18

 

How to Use Telegram Instant Messaging on Raspberry Pi

https://diyhacking.com/telegram-on-raspberry-pi/

 

[Fix] No Internet Access After Installing Feature Update in Windows 10

https://www.askvg.com/fix-no-internet-access-after-installing-feature-update-in-windows-10/

 

Two Giant Robots Enter a Steel Mill for a 3-Round Slugfest. Which One Leaves?

https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/257676-giant-robots-enter-steel-mill-fight-slugfest

 

What is WSAPPX and how to fix its High Disk Usage Issue

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/wsappx-fix-high-disk-usage-issue

 

How to Import iPhone Contacts into Gmail

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/import-iphone-contacts-into-gmail,news-21221.html

 

Report: Windows 10 on ARM Promises Multi-Day Battery Life

Apparently the Windows battery meter empties so slowly when running on Snapdragon testers reported it as faulty.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/356861/report-windows-10-on-arm-promises-multi-day-battery-life

 

Microsoft Launcher offers 'Continue on PC' option for Android phones

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/microsoft-launcher-offers-apos-continue-140100367.html

 

Stem Camp: How to Build a PC Video Series

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/stem-camp-build-pc-video-series

 

Where Are My Outlook PST Data Files, and How Can I Move Them Somewhere Else?

https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/21384/where-is-my-pst-file-and-how-can-i-move-it-somewhere-else/

 

Microsoft’s Edge browser arrives on iOS and Android in beta

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/5/16428658/microsoft-edge-ios-android-preview

 

How to Easily Make a Mobile Hotspot in Windows 10 Anniversary Edition

https://www.maketecheasier.com/mobile-hotspot-windows-10-anniversary-edition/

 

RAT flies under the radar with exploit-laden file downloaded by decoy Word document

Malicious file requires no user interaction whatsoever…

https://www.grahamcluley.com/rat-exploit-word-doc/

 

Raspberry Pi - FreePBX - Home VoIP network, for my children 

https://aikidokajeff.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/raspberry-pi-freepbx-home-voip-network.html

 

Roku Streaming Stick and Stick+ review: A new remote makes a big difference

Roku’s stellar mid-range streamers get even better.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3232363/streaming-hardware/roku-streaming-stick-review-roku-streaming-stick-plus-review.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-10-18

 

How to run Raspberry Pi Desktop on Windows or macOS

https://thepi.io/how-to-run-raspberry-pi-desktop-on-windows-or-macos/

 

[Tip] Remove “3D Objects” from Windows 10 Explorer “This PC”

https://www.askvg.com/tip-remove-3d-objects-from-windows-10-explorer-this-pc/

 

Is USB-C Chasing an Unachievable Goal?

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/257684-usb-c-chasing-unachievable-goal

 

What is Andromeda OS & how will it help Microsoft make Windows 10 modular

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/what-is-andromeda-os-windows-10-modular

 

Equifax Breach: Follow These Steps to Protect Yourself

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/equifax-breach-check-how-to,news-25804.html

 

The Best Laptops of 2017

Whether you want a simple budget laptop, a productivity workhorse, or a screaming machine for gaming, there's something here for you, along with all the shopping advice you need.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2369981,00.asp

 

Netflix price hikes are coming, FedEx, UPS fall on Amazon delivery news, SeaWorld surges on takeover talk

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/netflix-price-hikes-coming-fedex-ups-fall-amazon-delivery-news-seaworld-surges-takeover-talk-144021988.html

 

Fire HD 10 Tested: Amazon's Best Screen Ever

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/amazon-fire-hd-10-specs-price-benchmarks

 

How to Easily Change the Case of Text in LibreOffice Writer

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

 

Google's replacement Pixel 2 USB-C headphone dongles cost $20

Try not to lose the one that comes with the phone

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/10/4/16425738/google-pixel-2-usb-c-headphone-dongles-20-replacement

 

Why Budget Phones Are Good, Even for People Who Don’t Buy Them

https://www.maketecheasier.com/budget-phones-good-for-people-who-dont-buy/

 

MANUFACTURING ASTRO PI CASE REPLICAS

https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/astro-pi-case-guest-post/

 

How to manage Bluetooth devices on Windows 10

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-manage-bluetooth-devices-windows-10

 

Best media streaming device

Which streaming box is best for cord cutters? And what's the skinny on streaming sticks? Our buying guide will help you pick the right accessories for your TV.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3187462/streaming-hardware/best-media-streaming-device.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-10-18

 

Toronto Bayfront to Become 'Smart City' using Google Tech

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10207/toronto-bayfront-become-smart-city-using-google-tech

 

Best PC Builds

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-pc-builds,4390.html

 

Gartner Predicts PC Industry Will Grow, but Only One Part of It

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/257655-gartner-predicts-pc-industry-will-grow

 

How to delay the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/delay-the-windows-10-anniversary-update

 

Your Router's Security Stinks: Here's How to Fix It

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/home-router-security,news-19245.html

 

Google Offers New Security Features for High-Risk Users

Anyone with a personal Google account can sign up, but the program requires owning two physical security keys.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/356858/google-offers-new-security-features-for-high-risk-users

 

The Pixel 2/Home Mini bundle is a big deal for Google Assistant

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/pixel-2-home-mini-bundle-222556689.html

 

Does Anybody Really Need a Laptop Cooling Pad?

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/do-you-need-a-laptop-cooling-pad

 

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

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

 

GOOGLE HARDWARE IS NO LONGER A HOBBY

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/4/16405184/rick-osterloh-interview-new-google-hardware-vision-htc-deal

 

How Does MoviePass Work, and Is It Worth It?

https://www.maketecheasier.com/is-moviepass-worth-it/

 

N O D E’S HANDHELD LINUX TERMINAL

https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/n-o-d-es-handheld-linux-terminal/

 

How to share, sync and secure notebooks in OneNote 2016

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-share-sync-and-secure-notebooks-onenote-2016

 

Amazon Echo Show review: This is the best Echo (but it’s also the most expensive)

Adding a display makes Amazon’s smart speaker even better, but it also balloons its price tag.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3233130/hubs-controllers/amazon-echo-show-review.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-10-18

 

How to make your Google account more secure than ever before

https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/featured/how-to-make-your-google-account-more-secure-than-ever-before/#new_tab

 

Intel Invests $4.6M Into Eye-Tracking Company AdHawk, Competition Heats Up

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-invests-4.6m-adhawk-eye-tracking,35737.html

 

Rumor: iPhone 8 Production Slashed in Half On Weak Demand

https://www.extremetech.com/mobile/257715-rumor-iphone-8-production-slashed-50-apple-stock-drops-3

 

Games loading slow on Windows PC? Worry not, there are ways to fix them

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/games-loading-slow-p

 

What to Do After a Data Breach

Here are the steps you should take if you know your personal information has been compromised in a data breach.

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/data-breach-to-dos,news-18007.html

 

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: How to Use 'My People'

Admit it, most of your social interaction is with the same three or four people. The latest Windows 10 update makes it easier.

https://www.pcmag.com/feature/356757/windows-10-fall-creators-update-how-to-use-my-people

 

Pixelbook hands-on: stunning hardware for Chrome OS aficionados

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/pixelbook-hands-stunning-hardware-chrome-190000264.html

 

Paul Thurrott’s Short Takes: October 20

https://www.petri.com/paul-thurrotts-short-takes-october-20?_hsenc=p2ANqtz--jo9_mNT6hVzAeToMTVqqEIWEqsPXvzwlY-NY28uV2YhKmuZRoGYfn-6dHjWCEDWFp5i7wrDVoBbF5vZ6ZgliHzJVi3g&_hsmi=57593710

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Re. FYI#1056  (Fri 10/20/2017)

How to Install Ubuntu Linux on Your Chromebook with Crouton

All the warnings and caveats, as well as having to disable boot time security measures, should put off nearly all Chromebook owners from doing this. Novices not intimately familiar with Command Line Linux should not attempt this.

 

AT&T’s strategy to beat cord cutting has backfired

I'll say it again -- you will not beat the pricing of Cable bundles by doing Internet streaming. And you will not get all the local channels. Streaming is about to cost a lot more when Tiered Pricing becomes widespread. Then OTA broadcast TV is going to change to a hybrid service called ATSC3. And 4K HDTV will chew up even more bandwidth, causing more people to be bumped into much more expensive tiers.

 

What Is a WebP Image and How Can You Save It?

Irfanview can convert the WebP image format to more common formats. Choosing PNG or JPEG should work well. For Linux or Mac, XnViewMP contains the XnConvert module which also can handle the WebP format.

https://www.geckoandfly.com/24930/batch-mass-convert-webp-format-png-jpg/

 

Best online backup? PC World did the research

Actually, this "article" and this "research" are nothing more than ads for iDrive, not real world lab style testing.

 

How to Find Your Missing USB Drive in Windows 7, 8, and 10

I have occasionally had to do several of the things suggested in this article.

 

Equifax Disaster Could Lead to Government Legislation to Protect Consumer Data

Then again, who's watching the Government?

 

Want to Dump Your Yahoo Email? Here's How

First, it is curious to see this article posted at Yahoo Finance. Seriously, you do not want to terminate a Yahoo account. If you do so, that user name will be put back into circulation. This can have unforeseen consequences down the road. The best advice is to keep your Yahoo account active, but don't use it for anything sensitive.

 

LINUX COMMAND LINE CHEAT SHEET

I don't know what the link was supposed to be, but this is not a web link. Picking apart the posted gibberish, I found this:

https://www.linuxtrainingacademy.com/

where there are several links to downloadable cheat sheets. You do have to supply an email address to get any of these, but it appears they are free. (Free as in future free spam). 

The direct link (no email address needed) posted should read:

https://linuxtrainingacademy.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/LinuxCommandLineCheatSheet.pdf

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Fri 1056  10/20/2017

Microsoft Expands Surface Family with 15in Surface Book 2

https://www.petri.com/microsoft-expands-surface-family-15in-surface-book-2?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9LMsVFFmJbRNY3II-BvLcVMvMEQhpJVORtsahpZ4wZsloDT8l5yUDzzrtl8if_m3US1O7Ki79QIRV2NBI64ezTn15NkQ&_hsmi=57496047

 

Windows XP users: Your last supported refuge in Firefox ends in 2018, says Mozilla

Mozilla announces end of life for the extended support version of Firefox for Windows XP and Vista.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-xp-users-your-last-supported-refuge-in-firefox-ends-in-2018-says-mozilla/

 

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update bets big on mixed reality

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/windows-10-fall-creators-bets-130000930.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_08

 

Top 5 online auction websites to find the deals (You'll love No. 3)

https://www.komando.com/tips/416418/top-5-online-auction-websites-to-find-the-deals-youll-love-no-3/all

 

Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-Inch)

https://www.pcmag.com/review/356784/microsoft-surface-book-2-15-inch

 

How to Install and Set Up the Kuna Home Security Camera

https://www.howtogeek.com/274942/how-to-install-and-set-up-the-kuna-home-security-camera/

 

What Is Zello and How Do You Use It? (internet walkie-talkie)

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/zello-app-guide,news-25805.html

 

This Raspberry Pi Laptop Lets You Peek Inside to See the Components

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/257471-raspberry-pi-laptop-lets-peek-inside-see-components

 

Microsoft Teases IntelliMouse Comeback

https://www.thurrott.com/hardware/141834/microsoft-teases-intellimouse-comeback?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9LMsVFFmJbRNY3II-BvLcVMvMEQhpJVORtsahpZ4wZsloDT8l5yUDzzrtl8if_m3US1O7Ki79QIRV2NBI64ezTn15NkQ&_hsmi=57496047

 

How to Create a 3D Shape in Paint 3D

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/create-3d-shape-paint-3d

 

Surface Book 2: Tech specs, price, details

Mirosoft unveils the second generation of Surface Book, it'll come in two sizes, and they'll compete directly with the MacBook Pro.

https://pureinfotech.com/surface-book-2-tech-specs-price-details/

 

Xbox Controller detected as Mouse and Keyboard on Windows PC

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/xbox-controller-detected-as-mouse-and-keyboard

 

The real reason for Edge on iOS and Android is to extend the reach of Windows 10

https://www.windowscentral.com/real-reason-edge-ios-android-windows-10

 

How to Print from Your Android Phone

https://www.maketecheasier.com/print-from-android-phone/

 

Mattel cancels AI babysitter after privacy complaints

The Aristotle was an AI assistant that would sing lullabies to babies and teach them their ABCs

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/5/16430822/mattel-aristotle-ai-child-monitor-canceled

 

Yahoo, Equifax Serve as Cautionary Tales in Discerning Data Breach Scope

Both companies this week revealed that their previously disclosed breaches impacted a lot more people than previously thought.

https://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/yahoo-equifax-serve-as-cautionary-tales-in-discerning-data-breach-scope-/d/d-id/1330051

 

10 must-have portable tech gadgets you can score for cheap right now

https://www.yahoo.com/news/hot-deals-8-portable-tech-204519131.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_10

 

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

 

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: Top 10 New Features

The latest update to Microsoft's OS adds new app capabilities, sharing features, and helpful tweaks.

https://www.pcmag.com/feature/356812/windows-10-fall-creators-update-top-10-new-features

 

How to Install Ubuntu Linux on Your Chromebook with Crouton

https://www.howtogeek.com/162120/how-to-install-ubuntu-linux-on-your-chromebook-with-crouton/

 

17 Tips and Tricks for Instagram Power Users

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/365-instagram-tips-tricks.html

 

Microsoft Introduces Surface Book 2 With GTX 1050, 1060 Options

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/257586-microsoft-introduces-new-surface-book-2-gtx-1050-1060-options

 

Tip: Get the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update on Your Own Schedule

https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/141750/tip-get-windows-10-fall-creators-update-schedule?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9LMsVFFmJbRNY3II-BvLcVMvMEQhpJVORtsahpZ4wZsloDT8l5yUDzzrtl8if_m3US1O7Ki79QIRV2NBI64ezTn15NkQ&_hsmi=57496047

 

The Netflix for Mac Apps Doubles its Library, Offering 100 Apps

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/netflix-mac-apps-grows-100-apps

 

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update ready for download using ‘Update Assistant’

https://pureinfotech.com/windows-10-fall-creators-update-download-update-assistant/

 

How to reduce ChkDsk countdown time in Windows 10

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/reduce-chkdsk-countdown-time-windows

 

Microsoft outlines fixes for BSOD issues after recent Patch Tuesday update

https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-outlines-fixes-bsod-issues-after-recent-patch-tuesday-update

 

Do Macs Need Antivirus Software?

https://www.maketecheasier.com/do-macs-need-antivirus-software/

 

Russian hackers used Kaspersky software to find vulnerable NSA docs, says report

A Wall Street Journal article casts doubt on the cybersecurity firm

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/5/16431564/kaspersky-russian-hackers-nsa-document-breach

 

DNS a 'Victim of its Own Success'

Why securing the Domain Name System remains an afterthought at many organizations.

https://www.darkreading.com/perimeter/dns-a-victim-of-its-own-success--/d/d-id/1330048

 

AT&T’s strategy to beat cordcutting has backfired

https://www.yahoo.com/news/t-strategy-beat-cordcutting-backfired-224630459.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_10

 

How to detect a virus on your Android

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

 

How to Edit, Remix Video in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Built-in video editing capabilities finally make a return to Windows—with a twist. It's fun and effective, once you know how.

https://www.pcmag.com/feature/356750/how-to-edit-remix-video-in-windows-10-fall-creators-update

 

How to Make Windows 10 Look and Act More Like Windows 7

https://www.howtogeek.com/277448/how-to-make-windows-10-look-and-act-more-like-windows-7/

 

How to Use Google Chromecast with iPad, iPhone and Android

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/use-chromecast-ios-android,news-18290.html

 

Alphabet's AI Rocks, but Google Assistant Needs a Personality

Apple hired director Martin Scorsese to introduce us to Siri five years ago. Alphabet can make up some ground by giving Google Assistant an actual name.

https://www.thestreet.com/story/14334285/1/alphabet-s-ai-rocks-but-google-assistant-needs-a-personality.html?puc=yahoo&cm_ven=YAHOO&yptr=yahoo

 

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

 

Take $370 Off the Yoga 910 Star Wars Edition 2-in-1

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/take-370-yoga-910-star-wars-edition-2-1

 

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: The 12 best hidden features

https://pureinfotech.com/windows-10-fall-creators-update-hidden-features/

 

Malwarebytes blocks Program or Website – Add Exclusions

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/malwarebytes-blocks-program-website-add-exclusion

 

Ring Video Doorbell 2 review: Simple, effective smart home done right

https://www.windowscentral.com/ring-video-doorbell-2-review

 

What Is a WebP Image and How Can You Save It?

https://www.maketecheasier.com/what-is-webp-image/

 

Essential says it has improved its terrible camera with new software updates

Two updates are rolling out today, and more are coming

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/10/5/16431562/essential-phone-better-camera-quality-updates

 

Yahoo: All 3 Billion Accounts Affected in 2013 Breach

Every single Yahoo account was affected in a 2013 data breach, bringing the total from 1 billion to 3 billion.

https://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/yahoo-all-3-billion-accounts-affected-in-2013-breach/d/d-id/1330039

 

Google's Pixel 2 phones don't need SIM cards

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/google-apos-pixel-2-phones-190700561.html

 

Best online backup? PC World did the research

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/423630/best-online-backup-pc-world-did-the-research

 

Microsoft Windows Defender Security Center

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,1926596,00.asp

 

How to Find Your Missing USB Drive in Windows 7, 8, and 10

https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/22251/find-your-missing-usb-drive-in-windows-7-vista/

 

How To Set Up Google Chromecast

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/chromecast-how-to,review-1811.html

 

Equifax Disaster Could Lead to Government Legislation to Protect Consumer Data

https://www.thestreet.com/story/14328892/1/equifax-disaster-may-lead-to-data-legislation.html?puc=yahoo&cm_ven=YAHOO&yptr=yahoo

 

Will new HEVC and HEIF formats work in older versions of macOS and iOS?

https://www.macworld.com/article/3207558/operating-systems/will-new-hevc-and-heif-formats-work-in-older-versions-of-macos-and-ios.html

 

Acer Swift 3 Review

https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/acer-swift-3

 

MacBook Pro and iPad Pro receive huge markdowns for a limited time

https://www.technobuffalo.com/2017/10/20/macbook-pro-and-ipad-pro-receive-huge-markdowns-for-a-limited-time/

 

Free software to boost gaming performance on Windows PC

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/software-to-boost-gaming-performance-windows

 

How to diagnose common problems with custom-built PCs

https://www.windowscentral.com/diagnosing-common-self-built-pc-problems

 

How to Use the Virtual Touchpad in Windows 10

https://www.maketecheasier.com/use-virtual-touchpad-windows10/

 

This headless robotic cat pillow will wag its way into your heart

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/5/16431118/qoobo-yukai-engineering-cat-tail-wagging-robot

 

Google Updates Cloud Access Management Policies

Custom roles for Cloud Identity and Access Management will give users full control of 1,287 public permissions in the Google Cloud.

https://www.darkreading.com/cloud/google-updates-cloud-access-management-policies/d/d-id/1330035

 

Want to Dump Your Yahoo Email? Here's How

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/want-dump-yahoo-email-heres-175621176.html

 

LINUX COMMAND LINE CHEAT SHEET

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Pixelbook Chromebook is Google's new convertible laptop (hands-on)

Starting at $999, the premium laptop convertible features a new stylus that's sold separately.

https://www.cnet.com/news/google-pixelbook/

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Re. FYI#1055  (Thurs 10/19/2017)

Install Linux to Save Space! These Tiny Linux Distros Are Super Small

I would be very careful about using most of these tiny Linux distros. They include old and discontinued distros, which are not patched for any security flaws. Using these distros is like using Windows 98 or XP today. Do not get the idea modern software will work, and under no circumstances should most of these distros ever connect to the Internet or import downloaded files.

 

Some Story Remix content will be locked behind an Office 365 subscription

This is a trend in Windows 10 which needs to be watched. The OS is being dumbed down, and upgrading it to include formerly included features will now cost a subscription. This is not even an upgrade, with a one-time payment -- it is a subscription. Soon the whole OS may become Premium Content available only through subscriptions -- multiple subscriptions. The only Windows which will be free will be Windows 10S -- and even there the apps will all have "in app purchases" required to make them functional. What a rip-off!!

 

Process Manager lets you measure computer reboot, logon times and more

There's a misprint in the title of this article. This is Process Monitor from Sysinternals. It's a useful diagnostic tool if you want to track what processes might be causing slow startups or which processes may be hanging on shutdown. There seem to be recent improvements in this tool, but it's still the same Sysinternals utility.

 

Installing Linux on a PC with UEFI firmware: A refresher

Not all UEFI boot PCs will behave the same way. My NUC had no issue with installing Ubuntu alongside Windows 10 Pro. But Ubuntu is one of the few Linux distros which will install with Secure Boot enabled. And the Intel NUC may behave very differently from an Acer PC, or one which has Secure Boot rigged to reject any OS other than Windows.

In my case, Windows 10 was installed first. Then Ubuntu installed GRUB, and then it installed the Ubuntu OS. All worked perfectly well the first time. And perfectly well every time thereafter. I did have a memory stick go bad shortly after I installed it, but that was the only issue I had with setting up Windows and Ubuntu Linux on the NUC. 

GRUB now handles the boot management tasks, allowing me to select Windows or Ubuntu. Windows also has a boot option installed from Macrium Reflect Free to boot into a rescue environment if need be. I haven't done this except for testing since I installed Windows 10. That was two upgrades ago, but no upgrades yet for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. 

 

Twitter to Maybe, Finally Do Something About Abuse

The new rules are designed to stop non-consensual nudity, unwanted sexual advances, and calls for violence from circulating on the platform.

So, how will they make sure all nudity is concensual and comes from authorized users (the owners of the images)? Rules alone don't stop people from posting unauthorized and non-concensual content. The article is pretty thin on explanations. And Twitter itself seems thin on explanations about how it will handle false reports of abuse, such as the false reports which took down actress Rose McGowan's account for a time after her controversial postings. "Bystander reporting" by users can itself be abused.

 

Ditching Windows for Linux led to 'major difficulties' says open-source champion Munich

Definitely not true! It was not the switch to Linux which caused the difficulties. It was the fact that some computers and even parts of the network, were not converted to Linux which made the issues into "difficulties". The City did not complete their transition, and now they want to roll back the change. I'm betting a switch to Windows 10 will cause many, many more "difficulties" than Linux ever caused Munich. They will live to regret their hasty blaming on Linux of technical issues which had nothing to do with Linux or Open Source software. Which will lead them to waste even more money "fixing" Windows 10.

 

How to Remove Paint 3D from Windows 10

If you haven't been scared off from using CCleaner, its Uninstall Tab will allow you to do this without entering into Windows PowerShell. You should run the Registry Cleaner after using CCleaner to remove Store Apps. This helps prevent confusing the Windows Store next time it updates. Otherwise, CCleaner does clean removals of Store Apps, even the "built-in" ones. PowerShell  is needed to restore built-in Store Apps. 

 

From My Own Reading:

Adobe's 'Cloak' experiment is a content-aware eraser for video

https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/19/adobe-max-cloak-smart-erase-sneak/

 

The best phones under $250

https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/19/best-phone-under-250/

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Google's new Gmail security: If you're a high-value target, you'll use physical keys

Google will launch a new service to protect politicians and senior executives from sophisticated phishing attacks.

http://www.zdnet.com/google-amp/article/googles-new-gmail-security-if-youre-a-high-value-target-youll-use-physical-keys/

 

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update bets big on mixed reality

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/windows-10-fall-creators-bets-130000930.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_10

 

Why does Roku’s brand-new Streaming Stick+ use an ancient Mini USB port?

No one expects Mini USB in 2017

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/6/16438266/roku-streaming-stick-mini-usb-why

 

How Businesses Should Respond to the Ransomware Surge

Modern endpoint security tools and incident response plans will be key in the fight against ransomware.

https://www.darkreading.com/endpoint/how-businesses-should-respond-to-the-ransomware-surge/d/d-id/1330060

 

Get Better Battery Life on Android Without Root Using This App

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/better-battery-life-android-without-root/

 

Do Memory Optimizers Work?

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/do-memory-optimizers-work

 

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

 

[Software Update] Google Chrome 62 Stable Release Now Available for Download

https://www.askvg.com/download-google-chrome-latest-version/

 

Use Puck.js to Automate Your Gardening Tasks

https://makezine.com/projects/use-puck-js-automate-your-gardening-tasks/

 

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Launches With Mixed Reality Support

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/257597-windows-10-fall-creators-update-now-available-adds-edge-onedrive-features-mixed-reality-support

 

Samsung's Next Gen NVMe SSDs Appear Online (Update: Dell Listing)

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/samsung-pm981-980-nvme-ssd,35689.html

 

Microsoft rolls out new firmware updates for Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book

https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-rolls-out-new-firmware-updates-surface-pro-4-and-surface-book

 

Facebook’s secret setting they don’t want you to know but I’ll tell you

https://www.komando.com/tips/421848/the-secret-online-advertisers-dont-want-you-to-know-but-ill-tell-you

 

Alexa-Equipped Garmin Speak Is Like an Echo Dot for Your Car

Because it has Alexa inside, the device can do a lot more than just play your music and direct you from point A to point B.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/356840/alexa-equipped-garmin-speak-is-like-an-echo-dot-for-your-car

 

The 11 Best New Features of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/11-best-new-features-windows-10-fall-creators-update

 

Apple Pushing Two-Factor Authentication: What to Do

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/apple-two-factor-authentication-explained,news-25885.html

 

Microsoft will soon shutter its music store and streaming service, move users to Spotify

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/microsoft-soon-shutter-music-store-190052546.html

 

Microsoft starts letting Windows 10 users control smart home devices from their PC

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/10/6/16435390/microsoft-cortana-smart-home-hub-update

 

10 Steps for Writing a Secure Mobile App

Best practices to avoid the dangers of developing vulnerability-ridden apps.

https://www.darkreading.com/endpoint/10-steps-for-writing-a-secure-mobile-app-/d/d-id/1330040

 

Install Linux to Save Space! These Tiny Linux Distros Are Super Small

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/linux-distro-space/

 

New features in Windows Console in Windows 10

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/windows-console-changes-features

 

iOS 11: HEVC, HEIF, and what you need to know about these new video and photo formats

iOS 11 uses new video and photo formats that will help save storage space.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3226490/ios/ios-11-hevc-heif-and-what-you-need-to-know-about-these-new-video-and-photo-formats.html

 

How to Download and Upgrade to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

https://www.askvg.com/windows-10-feature-update-available-for-download-and-upgrade/

 

Learn Essential Maker Skills with Our New Interactive Workshops

https://makezine.com/2017/10/11/learn-essential-maker-skills-with-interactive-workshops/

 

Intel Announces ‘Nervana’ Neural Network Processor

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/257609-intel-announces-nervana-neural-network-processor

 

Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 7 ‘Coffee Lake’ Motherboard Review

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gigabyte-z370-aorus-gaming-7-coffee-lake-motherboard,5262.html

 

Some Story Remix content will be locked behind an Office 365 subscription

https://www.windowscentral.com/some-story-remix-content-will-be-locked-behind-office-365-subscription

 

5 apps I put on my mother's phone and tablet

https://www.komando.com/apps/363038/5-apps-i-put-on-my-mothers-phone-and-tablet

 

Smart Home? Toronto Moves to Create a Smart Neighborhood

Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Google parent Alphabet, has committed $50 million for a smart neighborhood on the Eastern waterfront in Toronto.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/356855/smart-home-toronto-moves-to-create-a-smart-neighborhood

 

KRACK Attack Hacks All Wi-Fi Networks: What to Do

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/wifi-krack-attack-what-to-do

 

15 Essential iPhone 8 Tips for Getting Started

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/iphone-8-guide,review-4695.html

 

Google Photos eases video sharing on slow connections

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/google-photos-eases-video-sharing-070200496.html

 

Google’s Clips camera is powered by a tailor-made AI chip

The gadget uses a ‘visual processing unit’ built by Movidius to keep data on-device and reduce power demands

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/10/6/16434834/google-clips-camera-ai-movidius-myriad-vpu

 

URL Obfuscation: Still a Phisher's Phriend

There are three primary techniques to trick users into thinking a website link is real: URL shorteners, URL doppelgangers, and URL redirects.

https://www.darkreading.com/partner-perspectives/f5/url-obfuscation-still-a-phishers-phriend/a/d-id/1330027

 

10 Ways to Improve Gaming Performance on Your Laptop

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-ways-improve-laptop-gaming-performance/

 

Process Manager lets you measure computer reboot, logon times and more

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/process-manager-lets-measure-computer-reboot-logon-times

 

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

 

How to Prevent or Skip Feature Update Installation in Windows 10

https://www.askvg.com/how-to-prevent-or-skip-feature-update-installation-in-windows-10/

 

Installing Linux on a PC with UEFI firmware: A refresher

Practically all new systems have come with UEFI firmware for some time now. Here is a brief overview of the current situation with installing and using Linux on such systems.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/installing-linux-on-a-pc-with-uefi-firmware-a-refresher/

 

First Batch of iPhone Xs Is Reportedly Just 46,500 Units

https://www.extremetech.com/mobile/257531-first-batch-iphone-xs-reportedly-just-46500-units

 

MacBook Air review

Grabbing a MacBook Air now fetches you faster storage

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/laptops-portable-pcs/laptops-and-netbooks/macbook-air-1300233/review

 

Original Xbox Backward Compatibility is still coming to Xbox One in 2017 says Phil Spencer

https://www.windowscentral.com/original-xbox-backward-compatibility-still-coming-xbox-one-2017-says-phil-spencer

 

7 Netflix hacks that will change how you stream forever

https://www.komando.com/tips/398610/7-netflix-hacks-that-will-change-how-you-stream-forever

 

Twitter to Maybe, Finally Do Something About Abuse

The new rules are designed to stop non-consensual nudity, unwanted sexual advances, and calls for violence from circulating on the platform.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/356859/twitter-to-crack-down-on-hate-symbols-abuse-with-new-rules

 

Here Are the Coolest Fluent Design Features in Windows 10

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/windows-10-fluent-design-features

 

iOS 11 Arrives: Here's How to Install It on Your iPhone

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/how-to-install-ios-11,news-25858.html

 

Augmented reality teddy bear teaches kids about being a doctor

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/augmented-reality-teddy-bear-teaches-170000991.html

 

Amazon wants its own delivery service to rival FedEx and UPS

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/5/16433110/amazon-delivery-service-test-seller-flex-ups-fedex-competition

 

Nation-State Attackers Steal, Copy Each Other's Tools

When advanced actors steal and re-use tools and infrastructure from other attack groups, it makes it harder to attribute cybercrime.

https://www.darkreading.com/threat-intelligence/nation-state-attackers-steal-copy-each-others-tools/d/d-id/1330052

 

3 Risks and Downsides to Two-Factor Authentication

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/risks-two-factor-authentication/

 

How to adjust Screen Brightness on Windows laptop

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/adjust-screen-brightness-windows-laptop

 

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

 

Ditching Windows for Linux led to 'major difficulties' says open-source champion Munich

Once seen as a stalwart supporter of open source, the city council last week said that running a Linux-based operating system on its PCs would not be cost efficient in the long run.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/ditching-windows-for-linux-led-to-major-difficulties-says-open-source-champion-munich/

 

New Wi-Fi Crack can Intercept Your Data: What You Need to Know

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10205/new-wi-fi-crack-can-intercept-your-data-what-you-need-know

 

KRACK Attacks Defeat Wi-Fi Security on Most Devices

https://www.extremetech.com/internet/257518-krack-attacks-defeat-wifi-security-devices

 

Dell XPS 13 review

Leading the pack all over again

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/laptops-portable-pcs/laptops-and-netbooks/dell-xps-13-1328971/review

 

Microsoft Launcher for Android sheds beta tag, launches in full

https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-launcher-sheds-beta-tag-it-launches-full

 

How to calibrate your PC monitor to get the best picture possible

https://www.komando.com/tips/389526/how-to-calibrate-your-pc-monitor-to-get-the-best-picture-possible

 

HP ZBook x2

https://www.pcmag.com/review/356785/hp-zbook-x2

 

How to Remove Paint 3D from Windows 10

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/remove-paint-3d-windows-10

 

27 Essential iPhone 7 Tips and Tricks

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/876-iphone-7-tips-and-tricks.html

 

Roku made a 4K streaming stick

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/roku-made-4k-streaming-stick-130000647.html

 

Why the iPhone X Is All About Profit Margins

Apple’s stock has fallen 5.4% since the company officially announced its high-end phone, but one analyst is optimistic that the phone could launch a new wave of accessories sales.

http://www.barrons.com/articles/why-the-iphone-x-is-all-about-profit-margins-1506962349

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Re. FYI#1053 (Tues 10/17/2017):

If you have this security software, remove it RIGHT NOW

Komando is nuts! Microsoft security products are more dangerous than Kaspersky, and spy just as much. Avast and AVG spy as much if not more than Kaspersky. And Microsoft security products still rank lower than third party security products on their core features which protect PCs from malicious attacks. Windows Defender by itself is not good enough! Unless you work for the US Government, the alleged Kaspersky spying will not affect you.

 

Re. FYI#1054 (Wed 10/18/2017):

What Does CCleaner Do, and Should You Use It?

The article misseed one thing CCleaner's uninstaller can do which Windows 10's native uninstaller does not allow -- remove "infused" or baked-in Windows Store Apps. Also, CCleaner can wipe areas of a hard drive (but can't do this on a SSD for technical reasons). It's also nice to have all the cleaning functions in one app, with a much better interface than the native Windows Disk Cleanup. BTW, Chrome and Microsoft Edge both run background processes which do not close when the browser window is closed. Both browsers have settings to stop these background processes when the browser window is closed. This like clearing the browser cache, will slow down browsing, but it does allow CCleaner (or Glary Utilities) to complete the cleaning job.

 

From My Own Reading:

Windows 10 IQ test (Part 2)

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3232366/microsoft-windows/windows-10-iq-test-part-2.html

There may be an error in one slide. Woody says you can no longer add items to the Windows 10 Start Menu All Apps List. I uncovered an article by Ed Bott which says otherwise:

 

Windows 10 tip: Add custom shortcuts to the Start menu

http://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-tip-add-custom-shortcuts-to-the-start-menu/

That article does not cover the upcoming Fall 2017 Creators Update. But it does apply to the Spring 2017 Creators Update. I recently used this technique on both of my Windows devices.

 

For enterprises, the big changes to Windows 10 1709 aren't obvious

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3233281/microsoft-windows/for-enterprises-the-big-changes-to-windows-10-1709-arent-obvious.html

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Get Your Free Credit Reports Online Category: Finance

https://askbobrankin.com/get_your_free_credit_reports_online.html

 

How IoT thermostats help companies and governments save money (consumer can also benefit from these new thermostats to reduce energy bills)

Harry Sim, CEO of Cypress Envirosystems, explains how installing wireless pneumatic thermostats can transform building power systems from analogue to digital in under 15 minutes.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-iot-thermostats-help-companies-and-governments-save-money/

 

Intel introduces IoT provisioning solution to help install devices automatically

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/intel-introduces-iot-provisioning-solution-124606708.html

 

MacBook review

Apple's rosier MacBook brings nippier performance

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/laptops-portable-pcs/laptops-and-netbooks/macbook-1287806/review

 

Russian Hackers Pilfered Data from NSA Contractor's Home Computer: Report

Classified information and hacking tools from the US National Security Agency landed in the hands of Russian cyberspies, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

https://www.darkreading.com/cloud/russian-hackers-pilfered-data-from-nsa-contractors-home-computer-report/d/d-id/1330056

 

3 things we just don't like about the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

https://www.windowscentral.com/heres-3-things-we-dont-about-windows-10-fall-creators-update

 

Take $100 Off MacBook and MacBook Pro Laptops

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/take-100-macbook-macbook-pro-laptops

 

How to Change Default Apps in Android

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/change-default-apps-in-android,review-3309.html

 

Qualcomm Boosts Chips for T-Mobile's 600MHz Rural Network

New 'RF Front End' chips from Qualcomm will help T-Mobile sell a range of 600MHz-compatible phones this spring.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/356821/qualcomm-boosts-chips-for-t-mobiles-600mhz-rural-network?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

Microsoft Monday: Satya Nadella's 'Hit Refresh,' Office 2019, Microsoft Windows Store Gets Rebranded

https://www.forbes.com/sites/amitchowdhry/2017/10/02/microsoft-monday-satya-nadellas-hit-refresh-office-2019-microsoft-windows-store-gets-rebranded/#140282512726

 

10 Handy iPhone Apps You May Not Be Aware Of

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/handy-iphone-apps-unaware/

 

How to Clear the Google Chrome DNS Cache

https://www.maketecheasier.com/clear-chrome-dns-cache/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=25092017

 

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: All new features in a nutshell

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/windows-10-fall-creators-update-new-features

 

16 Finder Shortcuts Every Mac User Should Know

https://www.howtogeek.com/325983/16-finder-shortcuts-every-mac-user-should-know/

 

Free way to track GPS, phone calls, text messages and web activity on a phone

https://www.komando.com/tips/294714/free-way-to-track-gps-phone-calls-text-messages-and-web-activity-on-a-phone

 

Seagate releases massive 12TB hard disk drive for storing huge files like 4K video

Definitely overkill for storing PDFs

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/10/9/16446344/seagate-barracuda-12tb-hdd-specs-release-date-price

 

How to remove old sent messages from Mail in macOS

https://www.macworld.com/article/3225871/software-productivity/how-to-remove-old-sent-messages-from-mail-in-macos.html

 

Roku unveils faster media players, universal remote and a new OS

https://finance.yahoo.com/video/roku-unveils-faster-media-players-160551726.html

 

Microsoft Surface Studio review

Love at first sight

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/surface-studio

 

John Kelly's Personal Phone Compromised

Officials fear foreign entities may have accessed White House chief of staff Kelly's phone while he was secretary of Homeland Security.

https://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities---threats/john-kellys-personal-phone-compromised/d/d-id/1330068

 

How to share, sync and secure notebooks in OneNote 2016

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-share-sync-and-secure-notebooks-onenote-2016

 

The Best Refurbished Laptop Deals Right Now

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

 

Android Guide: Tips, Tricks and How-Tos for Nougat and Marshmallow

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/android-tutorials,review-3395.html

 

Forget Politics: Why 'Fake News' Should Infuriate You

An outside force like Russia hijacking the democratic process should infuriate people. Yet many embrace 'fake' stories that back up preconceived notions.

https://www.pcmag.com/commentary/356799/forget-politics-why-fake-news-should-infuriate-you?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

Apple iOS 11.0.1 Starts Causing Problems

https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2017/10/01/apple-ios-11-0-1-ios-11-release-battery-life-crashes-problems-bluetooth-performance/?partner=yahootix&yptr=yahoo#41666d215d95

 

The 5 Major VPN Protocols Explained

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/major-vpn-protocols-explained/

 

How to Install and Use Kliqqi on Ubuntu to Create Your Own Social Community

https://www.maketecheasier.com/install-kliqqi-ubuntu/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=25092017

 

The Boot Configuration Data file is missing some required information

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/boot-configuration-data-file-is-missing-required-information

 

What Does CCleaner Do, and Should You Use It?

https://www.howtogeek.com/172820/beginner-geek-what-does-ccleaner-do-and-should-you-use-it/

 

AOL is shutting down this service after 20 years

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/423960/aol-is-shutting-down-this-service-after-20-years

 

Amazon’s new iPhone dongle is now cheaper than Belkin’s

Charge your phone and listen to music at the same time for $30, instead of $35

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/10/7/16441122/amazon-basics-apple-iphone-dongle-headphone-jack-charging

 

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

 

Facebook brings data plan-saving Messenger Lite to U.S. Androids

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/facebook-brings-data-plan-saving-170002878.html

 

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 review

You can't unsee it!

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/xiaomi-mi-mix-2

 

Russian Hackers Targeted NSA Employee's Home Computer

New reports today say it was a National Security Agency employee, not a a contractor, whose home machine running Kaspersky Lab antivirus was hacked for classified files.

https://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/russian-hackers-targeted-nsa-employees-home-computer-/d/d-id/1330071

 

Best Laptop Bags

https://www.windowscentral.com/best-laptop-bags

 

Surface Book 2 vs MacBook Pro: Face-off!

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/surface-book-2-vs-macbook-pro

 

How to Reset Your iPhone and What to Expect When You Do

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/iphone-reset-guide,news-21433.html

 

Google Photos Will Now Recognize Your Pets

You no longer need to search for pictures of your pets, Google Photos will now group them together automatically.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/356829/google-photos-will-now-recognize-your-pets?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

A GUIDE TO VIDEO GAMING

https://libre.computer.com/personal-software/a-guide-to-video-gaming

 

How to Increase Productivity According to Science

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/increase-productivity-according-science/

 

7 of the Best Android Screen Recording Apps

https://www.maketecheasier.com/android-screen-recording-apps/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=25092017

 

Lenovo Yoga 920 is an ultra-thin and ultra-light convertible laptop

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/lenovo-yoga-920-laptop

 

How to Boost Your Mouse Pointing Accuracy in Windows

https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/boost-your-mouse-pointing-accuracy-in-windows/

 

Yikes! The Google tracking feature you didn't know you switched on

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/423641/yikes-the-google-tracking-feature-you-didnt-know-you-switched-on

 

3 best and worst features of the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Weighing the benefits against the cost and drawbacks of Google’s new Pixel phones

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/7/16439510/google-pixel-2-xl-features-specs-best-worst

 

Apple’s two-step verification goes away with iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra

https://www.macworld.com/article/3225872/security/apples-two-step-authentication-goes-away-with-ios-11-and-macos-high-sierra.html

 

HP Enterprise let Russia review the Pentagon's security software

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/hp-enterprise-let-russia-review-150800245.html

 

Chuwi SurBook review

A compelling 2-in-1 laptop which could worry Microsoft

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/chuwi-surbook

 

More Businesses Accidentally Exposing Cloud Services

53% of businesses using cloud storage services unintentionally expose them to the public.

https://www.darkreading.com/cloud/more-businesses-accidentally-exposing-cloud-services-/d/d-id/1330072

 

Microsoft rolls out new firmware updates for Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book

https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-rolls-out-new-firmware-updates-surface-pro-4-and-surface-book

 

Surface Book 2 Hands-on: Microsoft's MacBook Pro Killer Is Here

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/surface-book-2-features-price

 

20 Essential iPhone 8 Tips and Tricks

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/1301-iphone-8-tips-and-tricks.html

 

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Imminent

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10206/windows-10-fall-creators-update-imminent

 

BENEFITS OF VIDEO CONFERENCING

https://libre.computer.com/personal-software/benefits-of-video-conferencing

 

5 Windows 10 Features You Should Stop Using Soon

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/windows-10-features-stop-using/

 

7 Free Music Download Apps for Android

https://www.maketecheasier.com/free-music-download-apps-android/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=25092017

 

NET::ERR_CERT_WEAK_SIGNATURE_ALGORITHM error in Google Chrome

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/net-err_cert_weak_signature_algorithm

 

How to Make Sure a File Is Safe Before Downloading It]

https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/30508/make-sure-downloads-are-safe-before-downloading-them/

 

Spy apps, internet speeds, secret scanners, and more

https://www.komando.com/columns/423725/spy-apps-internet-speeds-secret-scanners-and-more

 

The Pixel 2 can automatically switch into do not disturb mode when you're driving

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/10/6/16438580/pixel-do-not-disturb-driving-mode-ambient-services

 

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

 

Search and social media was filled with clickbait and propaganda in the wake of Vegas shooting

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/search-social-media-filled-clickbait-180609814.html

 

Notepad Apps to Boost Your Productivity Category: Software

https://askbobrankin.com/notepad_apps_to_boost_your_productivity.html

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Tue 1053 10/17/2017

HOW TO RECOVER PASSWORD USING SOFTWARE

https://libre.computer.com/security-software/how-to-recover-password-using-software

 

How Google’s smartphones have evolved since 2007

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/google-smartphones-evolved-since-2007-140000456.html

 

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: Top 10 New Features

The latest update to Microsoft's OS adds new app capabilities, sharing features, and helpful tweaks.

https://www.pcmag.com/feature/356812/windows-10-fall-creators-update-top-10-new-features

 

Equifax Exec Departures Raise Questions About Responsibility for Breach

Disclosed details suggest a failure by the technology team but senior executives and the board are not above responsibility as well, experts say.

https://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/equifax-exec-departures-raise-questions-about-responsibility-for-breach/d/d-id/1329914

 

Steam Not Opening? Here Are Some Fixes

https://www.maketecheasier.com/steam-not-opening-fixes/

 

Amazon slashes Echo Show price by $30 after sales drop due to YouTube removal

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/10/9/16448280/amazon-echo-show-price-cut-discount-deal-30-youtube-removal

 

Amazon’s All-New Kindle Oasis: Bigger, Waterproof, Less Expensive

https://www.extremetech.com/electronics/257394-amazon-kindle-oasis-bigger-waterproof

 

Firefox Quantum: Comeback or Flameout? 

https://askbobrankin.com/firefox_quantum_comeback_or_flameout.html

 

How to unlock an iOS device when you've forgotten your password or changed your account

https://www.macworld.com/article/3227888/data-center-cloud/how-to-unlock-an-ios-device-when-youve-forgotten-your-password-or-changed-your-account.html

 

What You Should Know About the ‘KRACK’ WiFi Security Weakness

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/10/what-you-should-know-about-the-krack-wifi-security-weakness/

 

Samsung Galaxy S8 User Guide: Tips, Tricks and How-Tos

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/samsung-galaxy-s8-guide,review-4330.html

 

How to Enable Microsoft’s Precision Touchpad Drivers on Your Laptop

https://www.howtogeek.com/325347/how-to-enable-microsofts-precision-touchpad-drivers-on-your-laptop/

 

Take control of Amazon Alexa

https://www.komando.com/apps/388114/take-control-of-amazon-alexa

 

Windows Hello isn’t available on this device; Fix Windows Hello problems

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/windows-hello-isnt-available-on-this-device

 

The Best VPN Services for 2017

https://www.windowscentral.com/best-vpns

 

iOS 11 problems: how to fix them

New ways to troubleshoot iOS 11 bugs and glitches

http://www.techradar.com/how-to/ios-11-problems-how-to-fix-them

 

Will Google Home finally break out of Amazon Echo’s shadow?

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/google-home-finally-break-amazon-165947597.html

 

KRACK Wi-Fi Bug: What Apple, Google, More Are Doing to Fix It (Microsoft has issued a patch and others are to follow)

Vendors including Apple, Google, Intel and Microsoft have already issued patches or are preparing to roll them out to the public.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/356809/krack-wi-fi-bug-what-apple-google-more-are-doing-to-fix-i

 

Public, Hybrid Cloud Security Fears Abound

Most CISOs say encryption is the most effective security tool for data in the public cloud, but only one in six encrypt all data stored there.

https://www.darkreading.com/cloud/public-hybrid-cloud-security-fears-abound/d/d-id/1329898

 

How to Add and Update Table of Contents in Google Docs

https://www.maketecheasier.com/add-update-table-of-contents-google-docs/

 

Face ID could come to the iPad Pro next year

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/10/9/16448490/ipad-pro-face-id-2018-models-prediction-kgi-securities

 

Apple May Drop Touch ID in the Next iPhone

https://www.extremetech.com/mobile/257419-apple-may-discontinue-touch-id-next-iphone

 

Yes, There *IS* an Echo in Here

https://askbobrankin.com/yes_there_is_an_echo_in_here.html

 

How to stop your Mac from auto-connecting to a Wi-Fi network

https://www.macworld.com/article/3222678/wi-fi/how-to-stop-your-mac-from-auto-connecting-to-a-wi-fi-network.html

 

Everything you need to know about FM radio on your phone

CNET’s Maggie Reardon helps readers with the ins and outs of accessing free radio from a mobile phone -- a potentially key ability in emergency situations.

https://www.cnet.com/news/everything-you-need-to-know-about-fm-radio-on-your-phone/

 

How to Install Kodi

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/how-to-install-kodi,review-4418.html

 

How to Automatically Enable Do Not Disturb on Your iPhone While Driving

https://www.howtogeek.com/327048/how-to-automatically-enable-do-not-disturb-on-your-iphone-while-driving/

 

Set up your home Wi-Fi network with step-by-step instructions

https://www.komando.com/apps/387809/set-up-your-home-wi-fi-network-with-step-by-step-instructions

 

How to disable Chrome’s built-in PDF viewer

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/disable-chrome-pdf-viewer

 

5 great portable SSDs with USB-C

https://www.windowscentral.com/portable-ssds-usb-c

 

HP Spectre x2 review

A more dignified Surface Pro competitor

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/laptops-portable-pcs/laptops-and-netbooks/hp-spectre-x2-1306171/review

 

Who are you? Google Cloud releases custom identity roles Beta

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/google-cloud-releases-custom-identities-160020045.html

 

Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-Inch)

https://www.pcmag.com/review/356784/microsoft-surface-book-2-15-inch

 

OurMine Claims Vevo Hack, Releases 3.12TB of Data

Group known for claiming responsibility for hacking Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter account and the WikiLeaks' DNS attack says it's behind the Vevo breach.

https://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities---threats/ourmine-claims-vevo-hack-releases-312tb-of-data/d/d-id/1329902

 

5 of the Best Home Improvement and DIY Apps for Android

https://www.maketecheasier.com/diy-apps-for-android/

 

Google's new browser experiment lets you learn about basic AI

https://www.theverge.com/tldr/2017/10/9/16447006/google-teachable-machine-learning-ai-experiment

 

“Is It Possible” is the Wrong Question

https://askleo.com/possible-wrong-question/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=JZMn8AQp83dfbL

 

Former policewoman who stalked married man is jailed for 11 months

“It has been an absolute nightmare…”

https://www.grahamcluley.com/policewoman-online-stalking/

 

Apple File System FAQ: How APFS works with older Macs, encryption, external drives, and other questions

https://www.macworld.com/article/3230498/storage/apple-file-system-apfs-faq.html

 

No, Apple doesn't slow down old iPhones to force you to buy a new one

Benchmarking firm Futuremark recently tested whether or not older iPhones got slower as new models were released. The answer they found was a resounding 'no.'

http://www.techrepublic.com/article/no-apple-doesnt-slow-down-old-iphones-to-force-you-to-buy-a-new-one/

 

How to Run Android Apps on a PC Using Bluestacks

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/how-to-run-bluestacks,review-1912.html

 

How To Adjust Mouse Settings in Windows

https://www.howtogeek.com/326327/how-to-adjust-mouse-settings-in-windows/

 

Update! Microsoft silently fixes Windows’ major problems

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/423962/update-microsoft-silently-fixes-windows-major-problems

 

How to access and use Microsoft Edge about:flags page on Windows 10

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/microsoft-edge-about-flags

 

Is Microsoft close to quitting Surface hardware? Hardly.

https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-unlikely-quit-surface

 

Lightworks review

This powerful editing suite will help you create stunning videos, and it's free for home users

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/lightworks

 

Roku unveils new line of streaming devices following IPO

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/roku-unveils-new-line-streaming-devices-following-ipo-130803417.html

 

12 Signal App Tips for Secure Chats

The end-to-end encryption app might be more vital with every day.

https://www.pcmag.com/feature/350969/12-signal-app-tips-for-secure-chats

 

New 4G, 5G Network Flaw 'Worrisome'

Weaknesses in the voice and data convergence technology can be exploited to allow cybercriminals to launch DoS attacks and hijack mobile data.

https://www.darkreading.com/perimeter/new-4g-5g-network-flaw-worrisome-/d/d-id/1330062

 

How to Protect Yourself When a Popular Software Is Hacked

https://www.maketecheasier.com/protect-yourself-when-popular-software-hacked/

 

Google has reportedly found Russia-linked ads on YouTube, Gmail, and search

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/9/16446970/google-russia-ads-youtube-gmail

 

Enable Two-Factor Authentication in LastPass

Your LastPass password vault is full of exceptionally important data. Add additional security with two-factor authentication.

https://askleo.com/enable-two-factor-authentication-lastpass/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=JZMn8AQp83dfbL

 

Can you trust that “Sign in to iTunes Store” dialog on your iPhone?

https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/can-you-trust-that-sign-in-to-itunes-store-dialog-on-your-iphone-19060.html#new_tab

 

macOS High Sierra: Startup SSD volume must be APFS; other drives can wait

https://www.macworld.com/article/3230150/storage/macos-high-sierra-startup-ssd-volume-must-be-apfs-other-drives-can-wait.html

 

How to Fix: Touchpad Scroll Not Working in Windows 7, 8 and 10

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10204/how-fix-touchpad-scroll-not-working-windows-7-8-and-10

 

5 Ways to Speed Up Your Android Phone in Under 5 Minutes

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/speed-up-android,news-21209.html

 

How to Use Android’s Built-In Tethering When Your Carrier Blocks It

https://www.howtogeek.com/263785/how-to-use-androids-built-in-tethering-when-your-carrier-blocks-it/

 

If you have this security software, remove it RIGHT NOW

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/423957/if-you-have-this-security-software-remove-it-right-now

 

Use shared USB over network remotely with USB Redirector Client

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/usb-over-network-redirector-client

 

Microsoft's Panos Panay calls predictions of ending Surface hardware 'tabloid rumor'

https://www.windowscentral.com/microsofts-panos-panay-calls-predictions-ending-surface-hardware-tabloid-rumor

 

Windows 10 review

Fall Creators Update is the most exciting Windows upgrade yet

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/software/operating-systems/windows-10-1267364/review

 

Google Chrome is about to warn you even more about insecure sites

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/google-chrome-warn-even-insecure-sites-154836523.html

 

EMAIL ENCRYPTION, FILTERS, AND WEB FILTERS

https://libre.computer.com/security-software/email-encryption-filters-and-web-filters

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Comments by -- Bob Primak --

Re. FYI#1052 (Mon 10/16/2017):

What’s the Difference Between the “Program Files (x86)” and “Program Files” Folders in Windows?

I have to look in both directories if I am not sure which version of say an antivirus program saved its logging data from the most recent update runs. Both Avira and Malwarebytes have lately been removing update events from their user visible Reports in the programs' interfaces. So I have to play hide and seek to find and copy the update and events logs to a safe location before system cleaning with CCleaner wipes them out. Then there's the whole Program Data directory, which also has to be searched. 

By the way, using emulation to run 32-bit programs on 64-bit Windows dates back to a security feature of Vista, called Patch Guard. This restricted direct Windows kernel access to only 64-bit Microsoft certified applications. A special security certificate was needed to gain direct kernel access, and any drivers inserted into the Windows kernel needed to be Microsoft signed. Otherwise, an emulation layer was used and kernel level resources were copied into this emulation layer. 

I don't know whether this practice is still used in Windows 8 or 10, but this is why the WinSxS and SysWoW areas kept expanding on Vista-64 PC's. Every time a program which used the emulation layer was updated or removed, WinSxS would expand. Windows does a better job of cleaning up old WinSxS data now, but the issue still happens on some systems.

 

Encrypted Wi-Fi Networks Vulnerable to KRACK Attacks

The vulnerability means all encrypted data is visible to an attacker and they can inject malware on to any connected devices.

The October Windows patches are a mess, so many should defer installing them. But that's when Windows was patched for the WPA2 security flaw. iOS and MacOS either were already patched, or were not vulnerable except in very limited circumstances. Ubuntu Linux was patched this weekend. Android 6.0 is particularly vulnerable, but Android 7 and 8 should get patched in November. Phones are a special risk, as they use public networks frequently. Attackers need physical proximity to compromise a network, so most home networks will probably not get compromised. IoT devices are the most problematic, as they may or may not get patched. Routers should be getting firmware updates over time. For devices which use web browsers, the HTTPS Everywhere extension is a good way to mitigate your risk. (SSL security will protect your data transmissions separately from WPA2.) I use HTTPS Everywhere on Firefox and Chrome. I don't use Internet Explorer or Edge for sensitive sites or transactions.

 

How to Harden Windows Defender to Increase Protection Levels in Windows 10

These settings don't actually improve security. They mostly prevent users from doing anything remotely risky. Which also means that advanced users (like most who will be reading this) will not be able to do things we know are safe, but Microsoft or some Cloud reputation service, deem unsafe. This is why I disable the Windows Smart Screen Filter on every install I do for myself. And why I am not impressed with "enhanced" or "hardened" browsers or antivirus or firewall products.

 

Whisply lets you transfer files via Cloud Storage service using Encryption

This service is closely partnered with Boxcryptor, which is a decent secure Cloud storage service, also employing end to end encryption.

 

From My Own Reading:

From AskWoody.com -- re. October 2017 Patch Tuesday and Blue Screen Issues -- 

"Microsoft fed the wrong updates to Windows Update servers (WSUS and SCCM) for four hours on Tuesday. Those bad updates – actually, combination of updates – caused many machines to throw blue screens. All of the affected machines were on Update servers. And by now all of those Update servers have been cleaned up. I hope."

https://askwoody.com/2017/ms-defcon-2-october-windows-updates-and-krack/

Woody Leonhard still recommends not installing the October Windows Updates yet.

"KRACK is a real, significant threat, but it isn’t something you have to fix right away."

(Referring to the WPA2 security vulnerability.)

 

Severe WiFi security flaw puts millions of devices at risk

https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/16/wifi-vulnerability-krack-attack/

I just checked my Ubuntu Linux for updates. Yep, it had this one today.

Microsoft already has a fix for that severe WiFi security exploit

Google has an Android patch coming within weeks.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/16/microsoft-already-has-krack-attack-wifi-fix/

And my Moto G4 never even got the June 2017 security update for Android 7.0.

 

Drone hits a commercial plane for the first time in Canada

It was flying illegally around a Québec City airport.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/16/drone-hits-airplane-in-canada/

 

First-ever 'negative emissions' power plant goes online

https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/14/negative-emissions-power-plant-online/

 

Google Fiber launches its first wireless gigabit project

https://www.engadget.com/2017/02/23/google-fiber-launches-its-first-wireless-gigabit-project/

and

https://fiber.googleblog.com/2017/01/more-places-to-grab-gigabit-with-webpass.html

 

'Hovering' antennas promise speedy 5G phone networks

https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/15/hovering-antennas-promise-fast-5g-phone-networks/

 

Firefox Web Extensions Listings:

Firefox now has a separate web page which contains over 5,000 listings of Web Extensions. Many but certainly not all of the Legacy Extensions have been ported to Web Extensions. As of November, or when Firefox 57 shows up on your device, you will no longer be able to use Legacy Extensions. I would suggest starting with the filter for the Most Users. Note that some Web Extensions do not work yet, or no longer work. I have spotted at least a few which are actually Legacy Extensions when installed.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/search/?sort=users&tag=firefox57&page=1

(or skip through to any page -- there are over a hundred pages all told)

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Comments by -- Joe Nowak

Latest edition of Cyberheist News

Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:26 pm (PDT

Watch out for This New Hybrid Amazon Phishing/Phone Password Scam

http://bit.ly/2yoU0KF

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Mon 1052 10/16/2017

How to stop your devices from listening to (and saving) everything you say

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/10/01/how-to-stop-your-devices-from-listening-to-and-saving-everything-say.amp.html

 

How to zoom on the iPhone 8 Plus camera

https://www.imore.com/how-to-use-zoom-iphone-8-plus

 

Apple may develop its own line of ARM chips for use in MacBooks

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apple-planning-own-arm-based-141500782.html

 

How to better manage your iCloud file storage

https://www.macworld.com/article/3227927/data-center-cloud/how-to-better-manage-your-icloud-file-storage.html

 

What’s the Difference Between the “Program Files (x86)” and “Program Files” Folders in Windows?

https://www.howtogeek.com/129178/why-does-64-bit-windows-need-a-separate-program-files-x86-folder/

 

Deal: Grab 2GB of 4G LTE data for just $10 per month!

https://www.windowscentral.com/deal-grab-2gb-4g-lte-data-just-10-month

 

Fast and private web browser that rivals Google Chrome and Firefox

https://www.komando.com/apps/391123/fast-and-private-web-browser-that-rivals-google-chrome-and-firefox

 

GUIDE TO TWO FACTOR AUTHENTICATION

https://libre.computer.com/security-software/guide-to-two-factor-authentication

 

SECURITY NEWS THIS WEEK: THE DELOITTE BREACH WAS WORSE THAN WE THOUGHT

https://www.wired.com/story/security-news-of-the-week-deloitte-sonic-whole-foods-breach/amp

 

How to shoot 4K video on your iPhone

http://www.techradar.com/how-to/how-to-shoot-4k-video-on-your-iphone

 

Encrypted Wi-Fi Networks Vulnerable to KRACK Attacks

The vulnerability means all encrypted data is visible to an attacker and they can inject malware on to any connected devices.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/356795/encrypted-wi-fi-networks-vulnerable-to-krack-attacks

 

Will the Equifax Hack Change the Way You Protect Your Identity?

https://www.maketecheasier.com/equifax-hack-and-security/

 

New Roku Models for Cord Cutters Category: Gadgets

https://askbobrankin.com/new_roku_models_for_cord_cutters.html

 

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

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

 

Microsoft is now rolling out Cortana inside of Skype

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/10/16452326/cortana-skype-integration-launches

 

Alexa: How to Use Multi-Room Music with the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/amazon-echo-multi-room-music-setup,review-4634.html

 

New Spam Campaign Literally Doubles Down on Ransomware

An upgraded spam campaign alternates Locky and FakeGlobe ransomware, forcing victims to pay twice or lose all their data.

https://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/new-spam-campaign-literally-doubles-down-on-ransomware/d/d-id/1329922

 

Amazon's new Fire TV supports picture-in-picture and recording

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/amazon-apos-fire-tv-supports-013300022.html

 

How Optimized iPhone Storage works with iCloud Photo Library

https://www.macworld.com/article/3227889/data-center-cloud/how-optimized-iphone-storage-works-with-ilcoud-photo-library.html

 

Don’t Believe What You Read: Social Media Screenshots Are Easy to Fake

https://www.howtogeek.com/326262/dont-believe-what-you-read-social-media-screenshots-are-easy-to-fake/

 

Here are 7 simple ways to speed up a slow PC

https://www.windowscentral.com/ways-to-speed-your-slow-pc

 

Turn your phone into a virtual tape measure

https://www.komando.com/apps/407076/turn-your-phone-into-a-virtual-tape-measure

 

RANSOMWARE SECURITY

https://libre.computer.com/security-software/ransomware-security

 

Video: Dell sees a bright future in mixed reality

http://www.techrepublic.com/videos/video-dell-sees-a-bright-future-in-mixed-reality/

 

How to change your iPhone video resolution settings

Stop videos from filling up your phone

http://www.techradar.com/how-to/phone-and-communications/how-to-change-your-iphone-video-resolution-settings-1306774

 

Pizza Hut Got Hacked, Waited 2 Weeks to Tell Customers

Customers who saw their credit card details used fraudulently in the last couple of weeks are understandably angry.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/356793/pizza-hut-got-hacked-then-waited-2-weeks-to-tell-customers

 

How Does Ryzen Stack Up in Gaming Performance?

https://www.maketecheasier.com/ryzen-gaming-performance/

 

Cash In On Unwanted Gift Cards Category: Shopping

https://askbobrankin.com/cash_in_on_unwanted_gift_cards.html

 

Simple USB Logger: Monitor every USB drive connected to Windows PC

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/simple-usb-logger-windows

 

Nvidia says its new supercomputer will enable the highest level of automated driving

No steering wheels, no pedals, no mirrors

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/10/16449416/nvidia-pegasus-self-driving-car-ai-robotaxi

 

How to Move Android Apps to an SD Card

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/move-android-apps-to-sd-card,news-21279.html

 

Avast-Owned Piriform Releases CCleaner Security Update

The Avast subsidiary has released two new versions of CCleaner following the discovery of a supply-chain attack.

https://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/avast-owned-piriform-releases-ccleaner-security-update/d/d-id/1329923

 

Google secretly axed its NFC Smart Unlock — and Android users are fuming

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/google-secretly-axed-nfc-smart-133045190.html

 

How to make sure you remove photos from iCloud Photo Library

https://www.macworld.com/article/3227926/photography/how-to-make-sure-you-remove-photos-from-icloud-photo-library.html

 

How to Measure Distances in Google Maps for Running, Biking, and Hiking

https://www.howtogeek.com/313496/how-to-measure-distances-in-google-maps-for-running-biking-and-hiking/

 

Microsoft Launcher delivers a beautiful Android experience

https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-launcher-turns-your-android-phone-sexy-beast-it-could-be-even-better

 

This FREE app can replace your AAA membership

https://www.komando.com/apps/404527/this-free-app-can-replace-your-aaa-membership

 

F-35 fighter jet secrets stolen from Australian defence contractor in 'extensive' hack

True identity of hacker codenamed “Alf” currently unclear…

https://www.grahamcluley.com/f35-fighter-hack/

 

Comcast’s unappealing pitch to cord cutters

Xfinity Instant TV includes arcane restrictions and potentially high prices.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3232444/streaming-services/comcasts-unappealing-pitch-to-cord-cutters.html

 

How to move game save files from your PS3 to PlayStation Now on PS4

Pfft...who needs backwards compatibility anyways?

http://www.techradar.com/how-to/how-to-move-game-save-files-from-your-ps3-to-playstation-now-on-ps4

 

McAfee LiveSafe

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2470466,00.asp

 

How to Harden Windows Defender to Increase Protection Levels in Windows 10

https://www.maketecheasier.com/harden-windows-defender/

 

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (2017) OLED Review: Portable Perfection

https://www.thurrott.com/hardware/141564/lenovo-thinkpad-x1-yoga-2017-oled-review-portable-perfection?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_O3mblHKy662OmakyGunizt_qMpTftagjYTG40xFAY2cynSgyK-suTkmoEqSXwWYC4-MCVS6O01oM--uvX85nHnzH3GA&_hsmi=57384331

 

Whisply lets you transfer files via Cloud Storage service using Encryption

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

 

Dubai Airport is going to use face-scanning virtual aquariums as security checkpoints

The first facial recognition tunnel will be installed by the end of summer 2018

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/10/16451842/dubai-airport-face-recognition-virtual-aquarium

 

How to Connect USB Storage Devices to Your Android Phone

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/connect-usb-drive-to-android,news-21213.html

 

Software Assurance: Thinking Back, Looking Forward

Ten personal observations that aim to bolster state-of-the-art and state-of-practice in application security.

https://www.darkreading.com/application-security/software-assurance-thinking-back-looking-forward-/a/d-id/1329926

 

If Google thinks this is the smartphone to take down the iPhone, it needs some help

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/google-thinks-smartphone-down-iphone-needs-help-033443310.html

 

Hate iTunes 12.7 and want to be able to install and manage iOS apps in iTunes? Install iTunes 12.6.3

https://www.macworld.com/article/3230135/software-entertainment/how-to-install-itunes-1263-and-replace-itunes-127.html

 

How to Set Up a Facebook Page

https://www.howtogeek.com/325483/how-to-set-up-a-facebook-page/

 

How to access 'Mixed reality' settings on Windows 10

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-to-unlock-mixed-reality-settings-windows-10

 

Measure anything with your smartphone or tablet camera

https://www.komando.com/apps/284456/measure-anything-with-your-smartphone-or-tablet-camera/all

 

Former policewoman who stalked married man is jailed for 11 months

“It has been an absolute nightmare…”

https://www.grahamcluley.com/policewoman-online-stalking/

 

Why Bill Gates Chose Android And Rejected Windows 10 Mobile

https://www.forbes.com/sites/ewanspence/2017/10/01/microsoft-windows10-mobile-bill-gates-android/#12a22a20283a

 

HTML5: what is it?

Full lowdown on HTML5 and why it's important for the web

http://www.techradar.com/news/internet/web/html5-what-is-it-1047393

 

The Best Malware Removal and Protection Software of 2017

Malware comes in many forms, but one thing's for sure—you don't want it attacking your computer. We've tested nearly 100 apps to help you find the right tools to protect your devices and your privacy.

https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/354226/the-best-malware-removal-and-protection-tools

 

7 Android Apps that Can Save Your Life in an Emergency

https://www.maketecheasier.com/android-apps-for-emergency/

 

Microsoft Ships a Redstone 4 Build with New Features

https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/141484/microsoft-ships-redstone-4-build-couple-new-features?_hsenc=p2ANqtz--qtO2nAW65nbk0MPaVc1sfpQ1ZNx1u_gF9mgCNeb0xWj6E7QSvYO75IeVWg1jviLz2dEr5iXSKatyWny4njqeXxzWm7w&_hsmi=57384331

 

Windows 10 Media Creation Tool Error running this tool or starting setup

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/windows-10-media-creation-tool-error

 

A phony ad-blocking Chrome extension infiltrated Google's official Web Store

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/9/16449236/google-chrome-extensions-malicious-security-controls

 

How to Close Background Apps in Android

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/close-android-apps,news-21281.html

 

Artificial Intelligence: Getting the Results You Want

Finding a vendor that doesn't claim to do AI is hard these days. But getting the benefits you need and expect is even harder.

https://www.darkreading.com/partner-perspectives/juniper/artificial-intelligence-getting-the-results-you-want/a/d-id/1329935

 

Report reveals vulnerabilities in Mac firmware affecting thousands of computers

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/security-firm-reports-vulnerabilities-within-200956819.html

 

Huawei Mediapad M3 vs. Mediapad M3 Lite: Which should you buy?

A battle between two fantastic Android tablets at different price points.

https://www.androidcentral.com/huawei-mediapad-m3-vs-mediapad-m3-lite

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FYI#1050  (Sat 10/14/2017):

Pirate Bay Now Mines Cryptocurrency in Your Browser Without Consent

So, this only happens when you visit Pirate's Bay? And why are you visiting a pirate content site? I say, you are getting exactly what you deserve -- no, less than you deserve. You deserve to have your computer locked up with a ransom note saying to call the FBI to get unlocked.

 

Cord Cutting Only Sucks If You’re Trying to Replicate Cable

In almost every market I have read about, at least one broadcast OTA TV station has severe reception issues. In Chicago, it was the CBS affiliate. In Boston, it's the NBC affiliate. Chicago also had an issue with their CW affiliate. So no, OTA antenna TV is not an option. And even if you pay for the streaming services, network based services don't have local news and they don't retain episodes of even popular shows for very long, let alone less popular shows. Cord cutters also must rely on cell phone services for their home phone, which in an emergency can be downright dangerous.

 

Why Do Some Websites Have Pop-Up Warnings About Cookies?

This article does not apply to US Internet users. These banners are limited to the EU. They are utterly meaningless, and have no impact on how web sites track users and visitors.

 

Re. FYI#1051 (Sun 10/15/2017):

VPN logs helped expose man's cyberstalking campaign against former roommate, claims FBI

PureVPN reportedly assisted law enforcement in identifying suspect.

Some paid VPN services do not keep these logs. You should review what logs a VPN service keeps before signing up.

 

Time to Switch From Yahoo to Gmail?

As long as the West Side user group uses a Yahoo Group for communications, there will be a need for members to maintain Yahoo email addresses. Google does not offer the same type of Groups setup as Yahoo, so I don't know what the possibilities are for changing providers.

 

Do you trust your browser to save your credit card data and shipping info?

Technology could mean the end of sharing your payment details with vendors.

Web browsers have a terrible history of being easily hacked, and are already the most commonly attacked part of the software ecosystem. This is a terrible idea for that reason alone. Users have no control over the proposed technology, and that is a terrible idea. 

The vendor's servers are actually usually the safest place to store transaction details.

So, is the personal data stored in the browser going to be accessible for cleaning? And for how long must the data be retained? Do we still have the right to clean our own browsers? If not cleaned, can the data be used to track users or create an alternate browser history stream? Can this tracking be blocked? Much more needs to be spelled out before this technology is rolled out. 

At present, when I do anything online, I download and separately save in a different folder location, anything which concerns the transaction. Then I clean every trace of the transaction out of my browser and temp files and downloads.

 

Amazon is reportedly developing a doorbell that could give delivery drivers one-time access to your home

If they get past the lock on the door, what prevents drivers from going anywhere they want to go inside a home, especially an apartment? They could do anything they wanted to do while inside, provided they didn't spend too much time inside. What works better is an outside lock box which does not allow access inside. If an item is too big for the lock box, a note is left so that alternate pickup arrangements can be made (for example, with FedEx Office locations).

 

The Best Universal Windows 10 Apps

I have and occasionally use, about half of these Store Apps. These apps aren't the ones which frequently mess up the Windows store updating system. The "built in" apps do most of that damage. (Fresh Paint is a "built in" app, and it is going to be displaced by 3D Paint, and the old Windows Paint as a new UWP App.)

 

From My Own Reading:

How to block Windows 10 Fall Creators Update from installing

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3232632/microsoft-windows/how-to-block-windows-10-fall-creators-update-from-installing.html

I am deferring this update for a few months, using methods suggested in this article.

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Ransomware is the top threat facing computer users as Europol reveals massive 2017 cybercrime 'epidemic'

  - Ransomware was the top cyber threat in 2017, Europol revealed in a new report

  - Experts cited high-profile attacks such as 'WannaCry,' which reached millions

  - Also named data breaches, the darknet, extortion of youth for child pornography

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4925466/Europol-Ransomware-threat-2017-cybercrime-epidemic.html

 

Mass-Scale Ransomware Attacks Providing Hackers the Ability to Earn Quick Money

http://www.itsecurityguru.org/2017/09/22/mass-scale-ransomware-attacks-providing-hackers-ability-earn-quick-money/

 

Apps for helping with homework

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apps-helping-homework-035236546.html

 

12 Useful Command Prompt Tricks You Should Know

https://www.maketecheasier.com/useful-command-prompt-tricks/

 

Where Do Security Vulnerabilities Come From?

There are three major causes: code quality, complexity, and trusted data inputs.

https://www.darkreading.com/partner-perspectives/f5/where-do-security-vulnerabilities-come-from/a/d-id/1329951

 

Is Your Hard Drive SMART Enough? 

https://askbobrankin.com/is_your_hard_drive_smart_enough.html

 

Best HP Laptop and Desktop PC Deals for October 2017

https://www.windowscentral.com/best-hp-laptop-deals

 

3 Google Maps features you never knew existed

https://www.komando.com/apps/415616/3-google-maps-features-you-never-knew-existed

 

Windows 10 build 17017 releases with new features (first major release for next Spring)

There is a new update for Windows 10 Redstone 4 due in 2018 that includes Cortana Collections, new Settings options, and Action Center improvements.

https://pureinfotech.com/windows-10-build-17017-new-features/

 

VPN logs helped expose man's cyberstalking campaign against former roommate, claims FBI

PureVPN reportedly assisted law enforcement in identifying suspect.

https://www.grahamcluley.com/vpn-logs/

 

WHAT KIND OF LAPTOP IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

https://libre.computer.com/computers--accessories/what-kind-of-laptop-is-right-for-you

 

macOS 10.13 High Sierra problems: how to fix them

macOS High Sierra issues solved

http://www.techradar.com/how-to/macos-1013-high-sierra-problems-how-to-fix-them

 

How to Take Screenshots on an Android Phone or Tablet

https://www.howtogeek.com/121133/how-to-take-screenshots-on-android-devices-since-4.0/

 

Report: Russian Agents Bought Google Ads During US Election

The Web giant has discovered that Russian agents bought 'tens of thousands of dollars' worth of ads to 'spread disinformation' on its platforms.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/356679/report-russian-agents-bought-google-ads-during-us-election

 

Google’s Home Mini needed a software patch to stop some of them from recording everything

Not great

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/10/16456050/google-home-mini-always-recording-bug

 

Smart tattoos turn your skin into a health tracker

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/smart-tattoos-turn-skin-health-014000686.html

 

How to Get Desktop Notifications from the Linux Command Line

https://www.maketecheasier.com/desktop-notifications-for-linux-command/

 

Mobile Ransomware Hits Browsers with Old-School Techniques

Several types of malware sold on the dark Web advertise the ability to spy on Android smartphones, encrypt files, and demand payment.

https://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/mobile-ransomware-hits-browsers-with-old-school-techniques/d/d-id/1329934

 

Time to Switch From Yahoo to Gmail?

https://askbobrankin.com/time_to_switch_from_yahoo_to_gmail.html

 

Bing can now show you what's trending on Netflix and other streaming services

Bing will now help you hunt down popular movies and shows on Netflix and other streaming services.

https://www.windowscentral.com/bing-can-now-show-you-whats-trending-netflix-and-other-streaming-services

 

How to see if your apps are spying on you

https://www.komando.com/tips/405641/how-to-see-if-your-apps-are-spying-on-you

 

How to Fix: Windows Cannot be Installed: the Selected Disk is GPT / MBR

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10202/how-fix-windows-cannot-be-installed-selected-disk-gpt-mbr

 

Do you trust your browser to save your credit card data and shipping info?

Technology could mean the end of sharing your payment details with vendors.

https://www.grahamcluley.com/browser-credit-cards/

 

TIPS ON HOW TO MINIMIZE CLOUD SECURITY THREATS

https://libre.computer.com/cloud-computing/tips-on-how-to-minimize-cloud-security-threats

 

The best Kodi add-ons and how to install them

The best Kodi add-ons to enhance your viewing experience

http://www.techradar.com/how-to/computing/the-best-add-ons-for-the-kodi-media-player-and-how-to-install-them-1329170

 

How to Overhaul macOS’ Spotlight Search Using Alfred

https://www.howtogeek.com/326002/how-to-overhaul-macos-spotlight-search-using-alfred/

 

Yahoo: Did We Say 1B? We Meant 3B Accounts Hit by Breach

Translation: every Yahoo user is likely hit by the breach that first occurred in 2013.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/356603/yahoo-did-we-say-1b-we-meant-3b-accounts-hit-by-breach

 

Amazon is reportedly developing a doorbell that could give delivery drivers one-time access to your home

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/10/16454034/amazon-pharme-doorbell-delivery

 

Samsung is the latest tech titan to open an AI lab in Canada

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/samsung-latest-tech-titan-open-030200431.html

 

How to Set Up and Use AbanteCart on Ubuntu

https://www.maketecheasier.com/setup-abantecart-ubuntu/

 

Iranian Cyberspy Group Targets Aerospace, Energy Firms

APT33 focused on gathering information to bolster Iran's aviation industry and military decision-making capability, FireEye says.

https://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/iranian-cyberspy-group-targets-aerospace-energy-firms/d/d-id/1329940

 

Geekly Update - 11 October 2017 Category: Tech-News

https://askbobrankin.com/geekly_update_11_october_2017.html

 

Microsoft offers another look at upcoming OneDrive design refresh

https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-offers-another-look-upcoming-onedrive-design-refresh

 

Knock piggy-backers off your home Wi-Fi network

https://www.komando.com/apps/243626/knock-piggy-backers-off-your-home-wi-fi-network

 

‘Catch Me if You Can’ Scam Artist Has a Warning for Today’s Consumers

Frank Abagnale Jr., whose exploits inspired the Leonardo DiCaprio movie, says things have only gotten easier for swindlers

https://www.wsj.com/articles/catch-me-if-you-can-scam-artist-has-a-warning-for-todays-consumers-1506002560

 

Equifax: Umm, actually hackers stole records of 15.2 million Brits, not 400,000

Nearly 700,000 of them can expect a letter in the mail soon…

https://www.grahamcluley.com/equifax-data-breach-uk/

 

How did the Ukraine become a Hotbed of Criminal Hacking?

https://blog.knowbe4.com/how-did-the-ukraine-become-a-hotbed-of-criminal-hacking

 

Microsoft Surface Pro review

The most massively improved Surface yet

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/microsoft-surface-pro-uae

 

The Best Bluetooth Mechanical Keyboards

https://www.howtogeek.com/326726/the-best-bluetooth-mechanical-keyboards/

 

The Best Universal Windows 10 Apps

Windows 10 lets you easily install apps that run on all manner of devices, from tablets and phones to PCs and Xboxes. These are our favorites, and most of them are free.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2477782,00.asp

 

Netgear’s Arlo Pro 2 security camera can record in 1080p

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/10/10/16452508/arlo-pro-2-netgear-security-camera-announced-1080p

 

Thinking about the social cost of technology

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/thinking-social-cost-technology-170425424.html

 

How to Fix Cellular Data Not Working on iPhone and iPad

https://www.maketecheasier.com/fix-cellular-data-iphone-ipad/

 

SEC Says Intruders May Have Accessed Insider Data for Illegal Trading

2016 breach of the Securities and Exchange Commission's EDGAR database dents its reputation as a federal cybersecurity enforcer.

https://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/sec-says-intruders-may-have-accessed-insider-data-for-illegal-trading/d/d-id/1329950

 

Google’s Artificial Intelligence Strategy (and new products) 

https://askbobrankin.com/googles_artificial_intelligence_strategy_and_new_products.html

 

Keep the police on standby

https://www.komando.com/apps/295825/keep-the-police-on-standby

 

Best Photo Printers of 2017

https://www.windowscentral.com/best-photo-printers

 

Brazilian banking trojan uses legit VMware binary to bypass security

https://www.scmagazine.com/brazilian-trojan-uses-an-authentic-vmware-binary-to-deceive-security-tools/article/698097/

 

Can you trust that “Sign in to iTunes Store” dialog on your iPhone?

https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/can-you-trust-that-sign-in-to-itunes-store-dialog-on-your-iphone-19060.html#new_tab

 

The Notorious Dark Overlord Mafia Escalates their Ransomware Threat And Terrorizes Whole Valley

https://blog.knowbe4.com/the-notorious-dark-overlord-mafia-escalates-their-ransomware-threat-and-terrorizes-whole-valley

 

Hands on: HP Spectre 13 review

An improvement in nearly every way

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/hp-spectre-13

 

How to Use Multiple Apps at Once on an iPad

https://www.howtogeek.com/228955/how-to-use-multiple-apps-at-once-on-an-ipad/

 

The Best Computer Monitors of 2017

The right display will help you make the most of your movies, your games, or your work. Our buying guide outlines everything you need to know when shopping, and includes our top-rated monitors in a variety of sizes and price levels.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2402101,00.asp

 

Windows Phone was a glorious failure

Looking back on the bumpy road taken by Microsoft’s most ambitious mobile OS

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/10/16452162/windows-phone-history-glorious-failure

 

Artificial intelligence is about the people, not the machines

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/artificial-intelligence-people-not-machines-024908086.html

 

Multi-stage spear phishing – bait, hook and catch

Multiple step spear phishing is the latest iteration in social engineering from sophisticated cyber criminals.

https://www.csoonline.com/article/3230548/cyber-attacks-espionage/multi-stage-spear-phishing-bait-hook-and-catch.html

 

Hackers steal $60 million from Taiwanese bank using bespoke malware

https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/security-data-protection/hackers-steal-60-million-from-taiwanese-bank-using-bespoke-malware/#new_tab

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