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  Day of week Date News & Tips Number    
Sat 12/2/2017 1099
Fri 12/1/2017 1098
Thur 11/30/2017 1097
Wed 11/29/2017 1096
Tue 11/28/2017 1095
Mon 11/27/2017 1094
Sun 11/26/2017 1093

Sat 1099  12/2/2017

Apple Looking to Release a Smaller iPhone Next Year

The iPhone SE 2 is expected to cost $450.

https://www.thestreet.com/story/14399980/1/apple-is-looking-to-release-smaller-iphone-next-year.html?puc=yahoo&cm_ven=YAHOO&yptr=yahoo

 

Intel Is Finally Working on Proper Graphics Cards

https://gizmodo.com/intel-is-finally-working-on-proper-graphics-cards-1820289457

 

Apple releases iOS 11.2 with ‘I.T’ autocorrect fix, faster wireless charging and Apple Pay Cash

https://www.yahoo.com/news/apple-releases-ios-11-2-114608299.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_09

 

When Should You Charge Your Smartphone?

https://www.maketecheasier.com/when-should-you-charge-smartphone/

 

Microsoft sets a cutoff date for free Office app viewers

Excel Viewer, PowerPoint Viewer, PowerPoint 2007 Viewer and the Office Compatibility Pack are now slated for retirement in April.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3238605/enterprise-applications/microsoft-sets-a-cutoff-date-for-free-office-app-viewers.html

 

HP Accused of Quietly Installing Spyware on Windows PCs

The "service" is called HP Touchpoint Analytics Client and it is harvesting telemetry information without user consent and sending it to HP every day.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/357590/hp-accused-of-quietly-installing-spyware-on-windows-pcs

 

The way your children watch YouTube is not that surprising – but it is a concern. Here are some tips

https://www.pcauthority.com.au/feature/the-way-your-children-watch-youtube-is-not-that-surprising-but-it-is-a-concern-here-are-some-tips-478939

 

In Win10 1709, Windows Defender continues to pull down definition updates even if Windows Update is stopped

https://www.askwoody.com/2017/in-win10-1709-windows-defender-continues-to-pull-down-definition-updates-even-if-windows-update-is-stopped/

 

Does Next-Gen TV spell doom for over-the-air DVR?

The new ATSC 3.0 broadcast TV standard includes digital rights management (DRM), theoretically crippling DVR products like Tablo and TiVo.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3238079/tv-antenna/does-next-gen-tv-spell-doom-for-over-the-air-dvr.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-11-29

 

A look at Skype for Linux

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/12/03/a-look-at-skype-for-linux/

 

Guide to Fix All Kind of Network and Internet Connections Problems in Windows

https://www.askvg.com/guide-to-fix-all-kind-of-network-and-internet-connections-problems-in-windows/

 

Windows Media Player Disappeared? Get It Back!

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/windows-media-player-disappeared-get-back/

 

HDR is the most used term in consumer tech but you don’t always need it

https://www.komando.com/tips/426532/hdr-is-the-most-used-term-in-consumer-tech-but-you-dont-always-need-it

 

Why Does Restarting Seem to Fix Most Computer Problems?

Why powering something off and then on again tends to fix most problems

https://www.lifewire.com/why-does-restarting-seem-to-fix-most-computer-problems-2624569

 

It's still weird to make mobile payments in the US. Here's why

The future of America's payment system still feels half-broken. But a trip over to the UK showed how much better things could be.

https://www.cnet.com/news/its-still-weird-to-make-mobile-payments-in-the-us-heres-why/

 

How to find the best 4K TV for your space

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/best-4k-tv-space-170000917.html

 

How to Limit Bandwidth for Windows Update in Windows 10

https://www.maketecheasier.com/limit-bandwidth-windows-update/

 

Microsoft Patch Alert: November’s forced upgrades, broken printers and more

This month’s security patches brought forced upgrades, broken Epson printers, a vanishing patch, yanked .NET patches that underscore confusion inside Microsoft itself, blocked cumulative updates, and a self-induced memory violation error.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3216425/microsoft-windows/microsoft-patch-alert-novembers-forced-upgrades-broken-printers-and-more.html

 

Facebook's AI-Driven Suicide Prevention Program Goes Global

The technology is helping Facebook to identify Facebook posts and videos from users expressing suicidal thoughts.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/357569/facebooks-ai-driven-suicide-prevention-program-goes-global

 

Criminals look to machine-learning to mount cyber attacks

https://www.pcauthority.com.au/news/criminals-look-to-machine-learning-to-mount-cyber-attacks-478924

 

Win10 Fall Creators Update “Controlled folder access” anti-ransomware feature is live (note the links in the brief article to more information)

https://www.askwoody.com/2017/win10-fall-creators-update-controlled-folder-access-anti-ransomware-feature-is-live/

 

Best DVR for cord cutters

Tivo vs. Tablo vs. Channel Master vs. HDHomeRun with Plex: None are ideal, but one might work for you.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3173175/streaming-hardware/best-dvr-for-cord-cutters.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-11-29

 

Microsoft releases KB4051963, KB4052342, KB4055237 and KB4054022 for Windows 10 version 1709

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/12/02/microsoft-releases-kb4051963-kb4052342-kb4055237-and-kb4054022-for-windows-10-version-1709/

 

[Windows Tip] Remove “Details” Tab from File Properties

https://www.askvg.com/windows-tip-remove-details-tab-from-file-properties/

 

3 Ways to Remove Write Protection on SD Cards

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/remove-write-protection-sd-card/

 

5 hacks the pros use time and time again

https://www.komando.com/columns/406839/5-hacks-the-pros-use-time-and-time-again

 

How to Fix a Slow iPad

https://www.lifewire.com/fix-a-slow-ipad-4103783

 

Razer Blade Stealth

https://www.cnet.com/pictures/laptops-desktops-hybrids-for-holiday/

 

Facebook Messenger will now send your photos in 4K

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/facebook-messenger-now-send-photos-170000664.html

 

5 Browser Extensions to Improve Your Browsing Experience

https://www.maketecheasier.com/browser-extensions-improve-browsing-experience/

 

Facebook's Workplace takes off with 7,000 users at Virgin Atlantic

Facebook’s enterprise social network app quickly gains users, helping the airline overcome some of the adoption challenges it saw with Microsoft’s Yammer.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3237092/collaboration/facebooks-workplace-takes-off-with-7-000-users-at-virgin-atlantic.html

 

This 'Substitute Phone' Is Designed to Ease Smartphone Addiction

The plastic device is shaped like a typical smartphone but features stone beads on the front that let you mimic the action of scrolling, swiping, or zooming.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/357558/this-substitute-phone-is-designed-to-ease-smartphone-addic

 

Apple's hasty High Sierra password patch breaks file sharing

https://www.pcauthority.com.au/news/apples-hasty-high-sierra-password-patch-breaks-file-sharing-478920

 

The Headphone Jack Is Dead… and I’m Delighted

https://www.reviewgeek.com/925/the-headphone-jack-is-dead-and-im-delighted/

 

Best e-readers

With so many models to choose from, it’s hard to believe there are only two major players in this space. Don’t worry, we’ll help you find just the right model.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3144037/e-readers/best-e-readers.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-11-29

 

Nvidia Driver 388.43 WHQL restores NV Tray

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/12/01/nvidia-driver-388-43-whql-restores-nv-tray/

 

How to Automatically Create System Restore Point at Startup in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/64791-automatically-create-system-restore-point-startup-windows-10-a.html

 

Google Chrome Wants to Stop Sites From Redirecting You

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/google-chrome-stop-redirecting/

 

Check your phone for malware and bad downloads lurking in your apps

https://www.komando.com/tips/429757/check-your-phone-for-downloads-lurking-in-your-apps

 

Fix SPOD - How to Fix a Spinning Pinwheel of Death

Cleaning Out the dyld Cache Can Clear a SPOD or Beachball

https://www.lifewire.com/fix-spod-spinning-pinwheel-of-death-2260811

 

The reason you always plug in USBs the wrong way, revealed

Trying to plug in a USB cord is kind of a nightmare. One of USB's creators has explained why.

https://www.cnet.com/news/the-reason-why-you-always-plug-in-a-usb-wrong/

 

UK government issues advice on what makes 'Kodi boxes’ illegal

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/uk-government-issues-advice-makes-115000144.html

 

What Is SED and How Do You Use It?

https://www.maketecheasier.com/what-is-sed/

 

Firefox Quantum: A leap forward, or a fatal trip?

Firefox Quantum is faster, but users will lose all their rich extensions.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3238075/web-browsers/firefox-quantum-a-leap-forward-or-a-fatal-trip.html

 

Senators Demand Answers About Uber Data Breach

US senators are asking Uber whether it deliberately concealed the Oct. 2016 data breach.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/357587/senators-demand-answers-about-uber-data-breach

 

Cobalt malware leverages recently patched 17-year-old Microsoft flaw

https://www.pcauthority.com.au/news/cobalt-malware-leverages-recently-patched-17-year-old-microsoft-flaw-478837

 

Best Travel Surge Protectors for Gadgets Big and Small

https://www.reviewgeek.com/758/best-travel-surge-protectors-for-gadgets-big-and-small/

 

New Microsoft tech support scam can turn a user into a victim with one click

Just in time for the holidays, malicious websites are scamming users with a new technique: They automatically launch dialing apps to make calling fake support lines a one-button mistake.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/new-microsoft-tech-support-scam-can-turn-a-user-into-a-victim-with-one-click/

 

Google to block third-party code injections in Chrome

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/12/01/google-to-block-third-party-code-injections-in-chrome/

 

How to Specify Minimum PIN Length for BitLocker Startup in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/96842-specify-minimum-pin-length-bitlocker-startup-windows-10-a.html

 

8 Tips to Make WhatsApp More Secure and Private

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/whatsapp-secure-tips/

 

The smarter way to heat and cool your home

https://videos.komando.com/watch/13101/the-smarter-way-to-heat-and-cool-your-home

 

How to Reseat Internal Data and Power Cables

https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-reseat-internal-data-and-power-cables-2624536

 

Sony WH-1000XM2 review:

Sony's top noise-cancelling headphone matches Bose for best

https://www.cnet.com/products/sony-wh-1000xm2/review/

 

Uber data breach "raises huge concerns", says UK watchdog

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/uber-data-breach-raises-huge-122438604.html

 

TripAdvisor Has Added Warnings For Hotels With Reports of Sexual Assault and Other Issues

https://gizmodo.com/tripadvisor-has-added-warnings-for-hotels-with-reports-1820291240

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Fri 1098  12/1/2017

Asus Chromebook Flip C101 review:

A cute and compact Chromebook for less

https://www.cnet.com/products/asus-chromebook-flip-c101/review/

 

How To Find Your Raspbian Version

http://www.averagemanvsraspberrypi.com/2017/11/raspbian-version.html

 

China's Baidu just announced the strangest smart speakers

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/china-apos-baidu-just-announced-092100518.html

 

iKlips miReader 4K (Apple lover, look at this)

https://deals.makeuseof.com/sales/iklips-mireader-4k-black

 

Honeywell Bluetooth Smart Air Purifier HPA250B review: This connected purifier adapts to allergen levels

The HPA250B optimizes its air cleaning based on the amount of irritants in your environment.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3237730/smart-appliance/honeywell-bluetooth-smart-air-purifier-hpa250b.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-11-29

 

How to Disable Android Notifications for Various Social Networks

https://www.maketecheasier.com/disable-android-notifications-social-networks/

 

How to connect Android phone or iPhone to a PC on Windows 10

You can now connect your phone to Windows 10 to continue tasks you started on Android or iPhone on your PC — Here's how.

https://pureinfotech.com/connect-android-iphone-pc-windows-10/

 

How to Use Lighting Effects with the iPhone X Camera

https://www.tomsguide.com/g00/us/how-to-use-portrait-lighting-on-iphone-x,review-4936.html?i10c.encReferrer=

 

How to Add Startup Items to Your Mac

Automatically Launch Applications or Items When You Boot Your Mac

https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-add-startup-items-to-mac-2260903

 

STRETCH FOR PCS AND MACS, AND A RASPBIAN UPDATE

https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/stretch-pcs-macs-raspbian-update/

 

Skype Gets the Fluent Design Treatment in Windows 10

https://www.thurrott.com/cloud/146036/skype-gets-fluent-design-treatment-windows-10?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_k6EaACVh1gWrcdtMMq5shCUhbPKykbnskHyCwG-jDI1oF9uZxztFWLPn2gyneIJ_KJhoC0iZ6x63V8BTNU4aXBkRAbA&_hsmi=58958743

 

Top 10 best tech stocking stuffers under $20

https://www.komando.com/tips/431014/best-tech-stocking-stuffers-under-20

 

The Best Fitness Trackers of 2017

More singularly focused than smartwatches, dedicated activity trackers can help you move more, sleep better, and improve your overall health. Here's what you need to know to find the right device, along with the top-rated bands, clips, and watches we've tested.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2404445,00.asp

 

The Pentagon is set to make a big push toward open source software next year

The Pentagon is a software-intensive workplace

https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/14/16649042/pentagon-department-of-defense-open-source-software

 

FDA Approves EKG Heart Monitor for Apple Watch

https://www.extremetech.com/mobile/259761-fda-approves-ekg-first-medical-grade-accessory-apple-watch

 

Amazon Echo and Google Home were vulnerable to Bluetooth exploit

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/amazon-echo-google-home-were-204700343.html

 

Pay What You Want: Ashampoo Best Selling Software Bundle

Revamp Your PC with 8 Top-Rated Apps from Renowned Developer, Ashampoo

https://deals.makeuseof.com/sales/ashampoo-software-pc-bundle?jl_uid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&jl_cmpn=20171202_Tech_Sale_CyberWeek5

 

The FCC gives 4K, next-gen TV the green light

Broadcasts in the new format are expected to start in 2018, but there are worries some homes could lose programming

https://www.techhive.com/article/3237744/consumer-electronics/the-fcc-gives-4k-next-gen-tv-the-green-light.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-11-29

 

The Best Open-Source Games You Can Play on Linux

https://www.maketecheasier.com/open-source-linux-games/

 

Microsoft Edge officially available on Android and iOS

The Microsoft Edge app for Android and iOS is no longer in beta, anyone can download it now.

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

 

How to Create an Alexa Smart Home Routine

https://www.tomsguide.com/g00/us/how-to-create-an-alexa-routine,review-4931.html?i10c.encReferrer=

 

What to Do When 'Network Path Was Not Found' Occurs in Windows

How to troubleshoot Error 0x80070035

https://www.lifewire.com/network-path-was-not-found-3971341

 

RASPBERRY PI CLUSTERS COME OF AGE

https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/raspberry-pi-clusters-come-of-age/

 

Paul Thurrott’s Short Takes: December 1

https://www.petri.com/paul-thurrotts-short-takes-december-1?_hsenc=p2ANqtz--FI5HFt3--74suyjnDqSE3-pGjkWx4bz2H7bj9TXi6CndC45QHGCRChY4_M-_qGqxs9RtmOHOQU1xm6Ya3qgUcPA5mZw&_hsmi=59005085

 

Never buy expensive ink cartridges again with new revolutionary printer

https://www.komando.com/tips/425089/sponsor-stop-paying-for-overpriced-ink-cartridges

 

The Best Online Fax Services of 2017

Look to these top-rated services the next time your paperless lifestyle is foiled by the need for a fax machine.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2385681,00.asp

 

Toshiba sells its electronics department to Hisense

https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/14/16649374/toshiba-china-hisense-sharp-tv-deal-signed

 

American Airlines Computer Glitch Could Wreck Your Christmas Travel Plans

https://www.extremetech.com/internet/259693-american-airlines-computer-glitch-wreck-christmas-travel-plans

 

REVIEW: Amazon's newest Echo is better than the original in every way, but you don't need it if you already have one (AMZN, GOOG, GOOGL)

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/review-amazon-apos-newest-echo-220719541.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_08

 

The 5 Biggest Problems With Microsoft Edge

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/problems-microsoft-edge/

 

Ecobee4 smart thermostat review: Retains the great functions of the Ecobee3, and adds Alexa

Our favorite smart thermostat gets just a little smarter.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3226376/home-tech/ecobee4-smart-thermostat-review.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-11-29

 

How Location Tracking Works Over the Internet

https://www.maketecheasier.com/how-internet-location-tracking-works/

 

Windows 10 update KB4051963 (build 16299.98) releases

Windows 10 gets a new quality update brings more fixes and small improvement to the Fall Creators Update.

https://pureinfotech.com/kb4051963-windows-10-build-16299-98/

 

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

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/best-cheap-monitors?_ga=2.253079689.1450915647.1512244312-2034424057.1505677864

 

What is Screen Mirroring?

Cast media from a smart device to a TV for better viewing

https://www.lifewire.com/what-is-screen-mirroring-4154335

 

Live Picture Frame With Raspberry PI

http://www.instructables.com/id/Live-Picture-Frame-With-Raspberry-PI/

 

How to Change BitLocker Password in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/96957-change-bitlocker-password-windows-10-a.html

 

See every open and hidden device that’s connected to your network in seconds

https://www.komando.com/downloads/425892/see-every-open-and-hidden-device-thats-connected-to-your-network-in-seconds

 

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

 

The fastest version of Firefox yet is now live

https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/14/16648886/firefox-quantum-live-now-out-of-beta-how-to-download

 

Samsung Begins Mass Production of 2nd Generation 10nm LPP Process Node

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/259703-samsung-announces-mass-production-2nd-generation-10nm-lpp-process-node

 

Google voice recognition could transcribe doctor visits

https://www.yahoo.com/news/google-voice-recognition-could-transcribe-070200095.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_08

 

How to Enhance Blurry and Low-Res Photos

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/enhance-blurry-low-res-photos/

 

Best smart home system

Your home is only as smart as the hub that orchestrates everything behind the scenes. Whether you want a generalist automation kit or a security-savvy alarm system, these DIY tools are the best of the bunch.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3206310/connected-home/best-smart-home-system.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-11-29

 

How to Block the Install of Extensions in the Edge Browser

https://www.maketecheasier.com/block-extensions-edge-browser/

 

New Firefox Runs Like a Rabbit

https://www.technewsworld.com/story/84958.html?rss=1

 

Does the 15-inch Surface Book 2 really have battery-drain issues? That depends ...

https://www.windowscentral.com/does-surface-book-2-15-battery-drain

 

Why You Should Try to Fix Your Computer Problem Yourself

Fixing your own computer is almost always the better idea

https://www.lifewire.com/why-you-should-always-try-to-fix-your-computer-problem-yourself-first-2619037

 

Make a Rain Alert System with Raspberry Pi

http://raspi.tv/2017/make-a-rain-alert-system-with-raspberry-pi

 

How to Change BitLocker Startup PIN in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/96861-change-bitlocker-startup-pin-windows-10-a.html

 

How to stop ads from following you online

https://www.komando.com/columns/422171/how-to-stop-ads-from-following-you-online

 

The Best NAS (Network Attached Storage) Devices of 2017

A network-attached storage (NAS) device is ideal for giving multiple users remote access to large amounts of data. We've tested the top products to tell you which one will work best for your needs.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2401086,00.asp

 

Motorola is making tablets again for some reason

Likely a rebranded Lenovo

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/11/14/16648876/motorola-moto-tab-tablet-att-directv

 

HDMI 2.1 Spec Released With Better Color, Faster Refresh Rates, 10K Video

https://www.extremetech.com/electronics/259654-hdmi-2-1-spec-released-supports-10k-video-better-color-faster-refresh-rates

 

Android phones may have been tracking your location even with location services disabled

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/android-phones-may-tracking-location-152839098.html

 

How the Raspberry Pi Changed Computing

http://electronics360.globalspec.com/article/10444/how-the-raspberry-pi-changed-computing

 

New Google Tool Makes Snoopers Vomit Rainbows

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10234/new-google-tool-makes-snoopers-vomit-rainbows

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Thur 1097  11/30/2017

(I have included in this issue some Deal postings.  Physical items can take some time to show up, have to be patient.  Software is usually an email with key and download link.)

 

How to reset your PC keeping personal files on Windows 10

Windows 10 includes a feature to quickly reset your PC to factory default settings without losing your files when things are not working correctly.

https://pureinfotech.com/reset-pc-keeping-files-windows-10/

 

Microsoft shows off Windows 'Sets,' a tabbed app interface that puts a web browser everywhere

https://www.yahoo.com/news/microsoft-shows-off-windows-apos-170220924.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_08

 

MekaMon is an AR robot that you control using your smartphone

It can do backflips

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/11/15/16642774/mekamon-ar-robot

 

What Is a Server in Computer Neworking?

The internet wouldn't exist without servers

https://www.lifewire.com/servers-in-computer-networking-817380

 

Apple fixes root password bug: 'Install this update as soon as possible'

Well, that was fun while it lasted…

https://www.grahamcluley.com/apple-fixes-root-password-bug-install-update-soon-possible/

 

HP Spectre x360 Review

https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/hp-spectre-x360

 

10 Google Sheets Add-ons You Should Consider Using

https://www.maketecheasier.com/google-sheets-add-ons/

 

Microsoft Working on Photos Companion App for Android and iOS

https://www.thurrott.com/cloud/145920/microsoft-working-photos-companion-app-android-ios?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9iygF0fNnmToERCb7l6y1MDwIMn7ExNCEIzunDlpb1V5sbNoNPF3Wwr63LMPopjFcJb18dhCUoc7uWwkQm8krh2e7jDQ&_hsmi=58900500

 

5 ways to free up space on Windows

https://www.komando.com/tips/431156/5-ways-to-free-up-space-on-windows-10

 

Windows 10 'Sets' let users group apps and sites in one window with tabs

https://www.windowscentral.com/windows-10-sets-announcement

 

6 Safety Tips to Protect Your Kids From Catfishing and Other Online Threats

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/safety-tips-protect-kids-online-threat/

 

We couldn’t connect to the update service in Windows 10

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/we-couldnt-connect-update-service

 

15 Hottest Gadget Gifts of 2017

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/934-hottest-tech-gifts.html

 

SSD vs. HDD: What's the Difference?

Do you like your storage cheap and plentiful, or fast and safe? Here's how to choose between a traditional hard drive and a solid-state drive in your next PC.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2404258,00.asp

 

Pick Up the World's Leading Digital Art Software At the World's Leading Price

https://deals.maketecheasier.com/sales/the-corel-painter-2018-upgrade-bundle

 

HDMI 2.1 is here with 10K and Dynamic HDR support

https://www.yahoo.com/news/hdmi-2-1-10k-dynamic-184100383.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_08

 

Additional hoverboards are being recalled after causing two more house fires

Another reminder that hoverboards explode

https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/14/16651712/hoverboards-recalled-second-house-fire

 

How to Wipe a Hard Drive

Wipe a Computer Hard Drive Clean With These Steps

https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-wipe-a-hard-drive-2624527

 

Huge MacOS bug lets anyone login as root without a password: what you need to know

God-like powers are just a click away.

https://www.grahamcluley.com/huge-macos-bug-lets-anyone-login-root-without-password-need-know/

 

The Best Time to Buy a Laptop

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/when-to-buy-a-laptop

 

Shipping giant refuses to pay hackers ransom after data stolen

https://www.welivesecurity.com/2017/11/30/shipping-giant-hackers-ransom-data/

 

5 Extremely Useful Android Apps You Didn’t Know You Needed

https://www.maketecheasier.com/useful-android-apps-you-didnt-know-you-needed/

 

Protect your data from ransomware

https://www.komando.com/tips/430980/sponsored-protect-your-data-from-ransomware

 

'Spectacular' Apple Flaw Left Macs Wide Open for Attack

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10235/spectacular-apple-flaw-left-macs-wide-open-attack

 

How to Use Apple Music With Your Personal iTunes Music Collection

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/use-apple-music-personal-itunes-music-collection/

 

How to clear Live Tile notifications during Log On in Windows 10

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/clear-live-tile-notifications-during-log-on

 

How to Switch from iOS to Android: The Basics

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/how-to-switch-from-ios-to-android,news-26206.html

 

How to Stop Blue Light From Disturbing Your Sleep

Blue light emitted by your iOS, Android, or Windows 10 device can trick your brain into thinking it's daytime even when it's not. Here's how to filter out the blue light.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/354971/how-to-stop-gadget-blue-light-from-disturbing-your-sleep

 

Ultimate All-Level Excel Bootcamp

https://deals.maketecheasier.com/sales/ultimate-excel-bundle?jl_uid=e571904c7a8ba54fc7acab64ae9d2a87&jl_cmpn=20171202_Tech_DailyDeals_9070

 

15 Black Friday Laptop Deals Actually Worth Your Time And Money

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/15-black-friday-laptop-deals-230542853.html

 

YouTube creators are frustrated that a bot keeps demonetizing their videos

https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/14/16648348/youtube-demonetizing-iphone-x-videos

 

How to Organize Apps on Your iPad

Organize Your Apps With Folders, Docking Apps or Alphabetically

https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-organize-apps-on-your-ipad-4071192

 

Facebook flaw allowed unauthorised users to delete any photo

They moved fast, they broke things.

https://www.grahamcluley.com/facebook-flaw-delete-any-photo/

 

Asus ZenBook UX430UA Review

https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/asus-zenbook-ux430

 

How to Install Software Via the Command Line in Various Linux Distros

https://www.maketecheasier.com/install-software-in-various-linux-distros/

 

And It Just Roots: New MacOS Security Flaw Emerges

https://www.thurrott.com/hardware/145838/just-roots-new-macos-security-flaw-emerges?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9iygF0fNnmToERCb7l6y1MDwIMn7ExNCEIzunDlpb1V5sbNoNPF3Wwr63LMPopjFcJb18dhCUoc7uWwkQm8krh2e7jDQ&_hsmi=58900500

 

Get over 300 free learning eBooks from Microsoft

https://www.komando.com/downloads/425895/get-over-300-free-learning-ebooks-from-microsoft

 

Just how fast is Firefox Quantum?

Can Mozilla's new Firefox Quantum browser unseat Google Chrome as the fastest browser?

http://www.zdnet.com/article/just-how-fast-is-firefox-quantum/

 

How Android Differs Depending on the Hardware Manufacturer

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/android-differs-hardware-manufacturer/

 

How to Fix 'You've been signed in with a temporary profile' Error in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/48012-fix-youve-been-signed-temporary-profile-windows-10-a.html

 

Best iPhone X Screen Protectors

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/1360-best-iphone-x-screen-protectors.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

 

ARMOR-X Magnetic Charging Cables

https://deals.maketecheasier.com/sales/magnetic-lightning-charging-cable-silver?jl_uid=e571904c7a8ba54fc7acab64ae9d2a87&jl_cmpn=20171202_Tech_DailyDeals_9070

 

The 1 iOS App You Should Delete to Save Your Battery

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/1-ios-app-delete-save-224402375.html

 

This 10-year-old was able to unlock his mom’s iPhone using Face ID

On the first try

https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/14/16650394/10-year-old-unlock-mom-iphone-face-id

 

Tips for Mobile Photography

Snap amazing pictures on the go

https://www.lifewire.com/tips-for-mobile-photography-2378404

 

'Fraudsters stole £11,878 through my Facebook account - and then the transactions mysteriously vanished'

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/personal-banking/current-accounts/fraudsters-stole-11878-facebook-account-transactions-mysteriously/

 

Laptop Buying Guide: 8 Essential Tips

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/laptop-buying-guide

 

Why Remotely Accessing Your Computer Is a Bad Idea (RDP Hacks In Windows)

https://www.maketecheasier.com/remote-desktop-protocol-hacks-windows/

 

Android spyware found secretly recording WhatsApp, Viber, and Skype chats

https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/android-spyware-found-secretly-recording-whatsapp-viber-and-skype-chats-19285.html

 

3 ways to search the web without Google tracking you

https://www.komando.com/columns/395687/3-ways-to-search-the-web-without-google-tracking-you

 

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update broken your Start menu? Microsoft's just fixed it

Microsoft has resolved the issue of disappearing apps in the Start menu, alongside a host of other issues in its Patch Tuesday update.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/windows-10-fall-creators-update-broken-your-start-menu-microsofts-just-fixed-it/

 

20 Ways a Human Virtual Assistant Can Save You Time

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/human-virtual-assistant/

 

PowerShell Scripting - Update Windows 10 USB install media

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/96845-powershell-scripting-update-windows-10-usb-install-media.html

 

How to Use the iPhone X: A Guide to All the New Features

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/iphone-x-guide,review-4841.html

 

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

 

UO Smart Beam Laser HD Projector with Accessory Set

https://deals.maketecheasier.com/sales/uo-smart-beam-laser-accessory-set?jl_uid=e571904c7a8ba54fc7acab64ae9d2a87&jl_cmpn=20171202_Tech_DailyDeals_9070

 

AMD Is Picking Up Pennies in Front of the Intel Steamroller

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/amd-picking-pennies-front-intel-124000956.html

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Re. FYI#1094 (Mon 11/27/2017):

Malwarebytes: Protection for Android

Like all Android security programs, this app, even if you pay, can offer only a little more than the Google Play Store and your Android Settings App already offer. Apps are already scanned by the Google Play mechanism, and Permissions can be displayed for any or all apps. Personally, I do have Avira Free installed on my phone, but it has yet to warn me of any threats.

 

The Best Subscription-Free Lightroom Alternatives for Every Budget

I use Google Photos to organize photos on my phone before uploading them to my Google Drive. From there I download photos into my Linux, and edit with Pinta, The GIMP, or transform formats with XnView Multi-Platform (works almost like Irfanview). I keep photo archives on hard drives, and current photos on my NUC in a non-system partition. 

 

Chime in: When should you replace a PC instead of upgrading it?

1) When the processor can't be replaced but is out of date. (2) If hardware failure beyond the hard drive or RAM is present or imminent. (3) When the PC or device uses an SoC design, so that the entire processing platform is essentially one chipset. (4) if there's a battery, when the battery can't be removed and its life is intolerably short (excessive battery wear). (An old, worn battery is a heat and explosion hazard. Charging cords and adapters can be replaced safely.)

 

Fixes MIA for Many Linux Kernel Flaws

I commented on this before, and found the article was not being accurate about there being some systemic flaw in Linux kernel security updating. FWIW, the versions of the Linux kernel the researchers were talking about are all obsolete. Users have the option of accepting kernel updates almost weekly. My latest Ubuntu kernel update came in just this week. I currently run kernel version 4.9.0-040900-generic, which is way advanced from what was tested. (My NUC's Skylake processor has features which require a recent kernel version to be fully implemented.) The problem as always, is that most Linux users, like Android users, never update their kernel version.

 

Amazon Key’s camera can be disabled by a third party, allowing couriers to reenter your house

I was asking what could possibly go wrong. Now we know one answer.

 

Help Me, Laptop: Are There Any Good Laptop Cooling Pads?

My one experience with a cooling pad was a DSL Modem which could run very hot. A cooling pad helped keep the thing from overheating and shutting down my Internet connection. So these things do have uses. Currently, my tablet runs cool unless I overstrain it by attaching an external hard drive for making backups. My NUC runs warm, but rarely hot, and gets plenty of air circulation around it.

Best way to stop package thieves

Linked:

 

Watch out! Clever Amazon delivery scam spreading all over the country

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/423532/watch-out-clever-amazon-delivery-scam-spreading-all-over-the-country

This is yet another problem with Amazon Marketplace third-party sellers. They are delivering fake packages or real packages to addresses in your zip code, but which are not your address. Amazon only checks zip codes for deliveries received. Amazon has been denying claims of non-delivery based on these fake package drops. The solution is to order direct from Amazon or Fulfilled By Amazon sellers. Never order through the Amazon Marketplace. I have also pointed out previously the ongoing problem with counterfeit goods being sold in the Amazon Marketplace.

 

Re. FYI#1095 (Tues 11/28/2017):

(Thanks for all the Linux info links. This should fill my Linux library for some time.)

 

Why biometric tech like Face ID needs a secret partner

The point here is that biometric factors are by their nature, public information. thus, you need something private to use as a second factor -- like a phone code or a password.

 

What does refurbished mean? What to buy refurbished, how to buy, and where

I have bought some refurbished tech stuff. Most of it has been high quality and worked just as well as new stuff. Often there are cosmetic flaws, but otherwise there may be very little difference, especially if the refurb was a return.

 

The Best Refurbished Laptop Deals Right Now

The Kindle Paper white deal looks good. It does put ads on its lock screen, but the warranty is a full one-year warranty from Amazon. That works. Both Dell and most NewEgg refurbs also come with good warranties.

 

MX 17 Linux: The Best of 2 Linux Worlds

I wonder is this would work on a tablet where the drivers for Linux aren't available if Linux is installed directly onto the device? If it would work, this might be an interesting project for sometime when I have the time. (The tablet is 32-bits, so a VM install is probably not an option.)

 

How to use Robocopy to transfer files super-fast over the network on Windows 10

I think TerraCopy is still available for Windows 10, and it uses USB to make the transfers. Speeds are very fast, and it's all GUI, which is a lot simpler than Windows Command Line. On my NUC, file transfers without these tools are all so fast I don't feel a need for anything faster. Linux is faster than Windows, but it only works with most file types, not all file types.

 

How Every Operating System Keeps You Safe

For a better overview of Linux security (the article dealt with Windows security), check out this page and its embedded links:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Features

 

Facebook Adds a Trust Indicator to News Articles

OK, so who decides what constitutes the "general integrity" of a news source?

 

WPA2 risks—your top 5 questions answered

This was an ad for Avast Secure Line VPN, but the general principle is valid. A VPN offers additional protections, once you have patched both the access point or router's firmware and the OS kernels or Networking Stacks of each device which is connected to the AP or router. In the case of IoT Things, this means they need individual firmware updated, per device.

 

Is it OK to Use this Random Wireless Network I Just Found?

Probably not. Don't risk it.

New Timeline and Sets Features are coming to the Windows 10 Insider Preview

I have a comment from My Own Reading below about this proposed change. Spoiler Alert -- I don't like it, and it also has privacy implications.

 

Intel Acknowledges ME Flaws, Announces Fixes

I've already detailed in my comments how I did the BIOS Update for my NUC.

 

Google Chrome Not Responding? Here Are Some Fixes

I have had to kill Chrome on occasions. In Linux, sometimes the easiest thing to do is simply to log out or restart the entire session.

 

Pop! OS Has Arrived: How Does It Compare to Ubuntu?

Not a fan. Also not a fan of "Linux specific" hardware builds. They're often overpriced and don't offer any better compatibility than more generic PCs which can run Windows and Linux with equal ease. System76 has always been a place to go if you don't want to do the work of researching and learning about Linux on your own. I can respect that for starting out, but in the end, you will have to learn about Linux to use Linux, no matter how you start out.

 

Bitdefender Box 2

This still looks like an interesting product if you have a lot of devices, or IoT Things.

A Windows 10 alternative: Microsoft should embrace, extend Linux on the desktop

This is not an "alternative" Microsoft or Google is interested in. Android belongs to Google (Alphabet). End of discussion. Linux is not going to replace Windows anytime soon, especially not as a platform for running apps which are now written for Windows or Android.

 

7 best ways to free up hard drive space on Windows 10

These are all good ideas. But with hard drive capacity going down in price, there should really not be a need to conserve space. Just expand your storage capacity.

 

How to Recover from a Windows Explorer Crash in Windows 10

Yep, I've done each of these. What you have to do is find the cause of the crash so it won’t happen again. I did some sleuthing on my Windows 10 before the 1703 update, and found that Shell Extensions provided by third-party free utilities were mostly to blame. After disabling most of these, the crashes went away, except for a known USB external drive bug which is also fixed now in Version 1703.

 

Use Amazon Wish and Idea Lists to Get Gifts You Actually Want

Can I use these to get the new PC I wish for? Seriously, this works only if your friends and family are involved.

 

Facebook Automated System Scans for Suicidal Posts, Offers Help

This is getting a little into the realm of where maybe they should be minding their own business. Unless there is an imminent threat, it's often best to leave people alone about their posts on social media.

 

From My Own Reading:

5 ways users circumvent security measures and how to prevent it

https://www.csoonline.com/article/3238031/security/5-ways-users-circumvent-security-measures-and-how-to-prevent-it.html

 

Windows 10's future look could be Sets, a tabbed app interface Microsoft will start testing

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3238524/windows/windows-10-sets-timeline.html

This won't be mandatory, and it won't happen all at once. The entire concept is heavily dependent on a Microsoft Account, users who never clear any Histories, and Cortana, among other things which speak volumes about the real purpose to this new, radical User Interface disruption. If this were mandatory, Windows would lose nearly all of its current market share. Look at what the radical User Interface disruptions of Windows 8.0 did to user adoption.

 

HDMI 2.1 released: 10K resolution, dynamic HDR, and FreeSync-like game smoothing

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3239026/components-graphics/hdmi-21-spec-10k-resolution-dynamic-hdr.html

This standard won't be widely deployed for about another year or so, but it's worth tracking.

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The Scams Just Keep on Coming

Fri Dec 1, 2017 3:32 pm (PST)

Don't Fall For Refund Scam: Plainfield Police

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Do More With Technology

Are you getting the most out of your technology? It's such a huge part of our lives! Don't miss out on all the exciting ways to use it, from social networking, to gaming, to the best websites and memes.

 

Amazon Key flaw could let a courier disable your Cloud Cam

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/amazon-key-flaw-could-let-154800199.html

 

How to Upload Paint 3D Creations to the Remix 3D Community

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/upload-paint-3d-to-remix-3d-community

 

MSI X399 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Motherboard Review

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/msi-x399-gaming-pro-carbon-ac-threadripper-motherboard,5307.html

 

Facebook Tool Will Show the Russian Propaganda You Fell For

The tool will let users see all the Internet Research Agency-created Facebook pages and Instagram accounts they liked or followed between January 2015 and August 2017.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/357532/facebook-tool-will-show-the-russian-propaganda-you-fell-for

 

5 fun things to do with your digital photos

https://www.komando.com/tips/429347/sponsored-5-fun-things-to-do-with-your-digital-photos

 

How to Delete All Your Tweets

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-delete-all-your-tweets/

 

How to Get the Trello Desktop Client on Linux

https://www.maketecheasier.com/get-trello-desktop-client-linux/

 

What is Hashgraph? How is it different from Blockchain?

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/what-is-hashgraph

 

40 Chromebook tips for maximum productivity

Supercharge your Chrome OS experience with these time-saving tricks and techniques.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3237230/chromebooks/chromebook-tips-for-maximum-productivity.html

 

This iPhone case doubles as a lint roller

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/11/15/16656690/iphone-case-lint-roller-stitched-products

 

OLV Photography — Architecture theme for Windows (download)

https://pureinfotech.com/olv-photography-architecture-theme-windows-download/

 

Huge macOS High Sierra Security Flaw Allows Admin Logins With No Password

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/259613-huge-macos-high-sierra-security-flaw-allows-admin-logins-no-password

 

The Best Android Tips You Should Be Using Right Now

Twenty ways to make your Android device better

https://www.lifewire.com/android-tips-you-should-be-using-4026852

 

Amazon reportedly nixed plans for its own live TV service

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/amazon-reportedly-nixed-plans-own-183900577.html

 

Help Me, Laptop: I'm Picky and Have Only $700!

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/help-laptop-im-picky-700

 

SuperComputing 2017 Slideshow

http://www.tomshardware.com/picturestory/795-supercomputing-2017-in-pictures.html

 

What Is HDR (High Dynamic Range) for TVs?

Move over 4K. HDR is the latest television feature that could vastly improve what you watch. Here's what you need to know.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2490643,00.asp

 

Pack these must-have items for your holiday road trip

https://www.komando.com/cars-trucks-tech/388989/pack-these-must-have-items-for-your-holiday-road-trip

 

Can’t Raise iPhone Ringer Volume? Here’s Why

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/cant-raise-iphone-ringer-volume/

 

How to Migrate Games and Settings to Xbox One X

https://www.maketecheasier.com/migrate-games-xbox-one-x/

 

Computer sound volume too low on Windows 10/8/7

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/computer-volume-low-windows

 

Microsoft forces Win10 1703 customers onto 1709, and other Patch Tuesday shenanigans

Patch Tuesday toll: more than 1,100 separate patches, but nothing critical for Windows. We’re seeing many bugs. None have elicited more vituperation than the forced upgrade to Fall Creators Update, ignoring the “CBB” setting in 1703. Perhaps it’s not a bug but a feature?

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3237172/microsoft-windows/microsoft-forces-win10-1703-customers-onto-1709-and-other-patch-tuesday-shenanigans.html

 

Amazon and Whole Foods unveil new price cuts for Prime members

Including discounts on turkeys in time for Thanksgiving

https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/15/16657010/amazon-prime-whole-foods-price-cuts-member-discounts

 

How to set Google as your default search engine on Microsoft Edge

If Bing is not your favorite search engine and you use Microsoft Edge, use these steps to set Google as your default search engine, start page, and home button.

https://pureinfotech.com/set-google-default-search-engine-microsoft-edge/

 

750 Raspberry Pis Turned Into Supercomputer for Los Alamos National Laboratory

https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/259553-750-raspberry-pi-mini-computers-turned-supercomputer-los-alamos-national-laboratory

 

What is Native 64-bit Software?

What is native 64-bit software? How is it different from other software?

https://www.lifewire.com/native-64-bit-software-2625943

 

FCC paves way for 4K over-the-air TV broadcasting

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/fcc-paves-way-4k-over-223900492.html

 

Asus ZenBook UX330UA Review

https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/asus-zenbook-ux330ua-early-2017

 

FCC Plans To Dismantle Net Neutrality Rules

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/fcc-dismantling-net-neutrality-rules,35976.html

 

The Best Products of 2017

These 100 gems represent the top 4 percent of the thousands of tech products and services we've tested in the PC Labs this year. If you want to know what to buy this holiday season, here's your list.

https://www.pcmag.com/article/357203/the-best-products-of-2017

 

Powerful free video editor you’ll use time and time again

https://www.komando.com/downloads/425877/powerful-free-video-editor-youll-use-time-and-time-again

 

You Can Now Try Google’s New Files Go App

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/try-google-files-go-app/

 

How to Create a Bootable USB Recovery Drive in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4200-create-recovery-drive-windows-10-a.html

 

Best Microsoft Edge tips and tricks for Android and iOS

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/edge-tips-tricks-android-ios

 

Google's back: It's Firefox's default search engine again, after Mozilla ends Yahoo deal

Mozilla terminates its five-year search deal with Yahoo a few months early.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/googles-back-its-firefoxs-default-search-engine-again-after-mozilla-ends-yahoo-deal/

 

Motorola’s latest Moto Mod slaps a $200 Polaroid printer to your phone

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/11/15/16655812/moto-z-mods-polaroid-insta-share-printer

 

How to quickly fix sound problems on Windows 10

If sound is not working on your device, you can use these instructions to quickly get audio working again on Windows 10.

https://pureinfotech.com/fix-sound-problems-windows-10/

 

HP Caught Installing Spyware on Windows 10 PCs Without Permission

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/259605-hp-caught-installing-spyware-windows-10-systems-without-permission-notification

 

How to Find Your Location History in Google Maps or iPhone

Google and Apple keep track of your location. See your history and opt in or out

https://www.lifewire.com/location-history-google-maps-iphone-1683392

 

Hands-on with Microsoft's high-end Surface Book 2

https://www.yahoo.com/news/hands-microsoft-apos-high-end-140041587.html

 

HP Envy 13t Review

https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/hp-envy-13t

 

Intel Acknowledges ME Flaws, Announces Fixes

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-me-security-vulnerabilities-patches,35971.html

 

Which CPU Should You Buy? Intel Core i5 vs. i7

We outline each Intel processor line and explain what it all means for your next desktop or laptop purchase.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2404674,00.asp

 

How to block spam texts and messages on your phone

https://www.komando.com/columns/394001/how-to-block-spam-texts-and-messages-on-your-phone

 

Monitor Your Home’s Energy Use (and Save!) Using These 7 Gadgets

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/monitor-energy-use-smart-gadgets/

 

Allow or Deny Write Access to Removable Drives not Protected by BitLocker in Windows

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/96998-deny-write-access-removable-drives-not-protected-bitlocker.html

 

What is Deep Learning and Neural Network

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/deep-learning-and-neural-network

 

Teenager dies after being electrocuted by her iPhone charger while she slept

The dangers of knockoff phone chargers

https://www.techspot.com/news/71913-teenager-dies-after-electrocuted-iphone-charger-while-slept.html

 

Walmart is raising prices online to increase in-store traffic

https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/15/16655840/walmart-raising-online-prices-sales-store-traffic-amazon-competition

 

Windows 10 is getting ‘Sets’ to organize apps into tabs

Sets is a new feature coming in the Windows 10 Redstone 4 update, and it'll let users group apps and sites in tabs, just the the browser.

https://pureinfotech.com/windows-10-sets-organize-apps-tabs/

 

eGPU Tests Show Big Gains For MacBook Pros, Courtesy of AMD’s RX Vega

https://www.extremetech.com/gaming/259595-egpu-tests-show-big-gains-macbook-pros-courtesy-amds-rx-vega

 

How to Delete a YouTube Account

Follow these steps to permanently leave your YouTube account behind

https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-delete-a-youtube-account-4154252

 

Apple reluctantly agrees to help India solve its phone spam problem

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apple-reluctantly-agrees-help-india-140100071.html

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Net Neutrality

Tue Nov 28, 2017 3:31 pm (PST

Where do you stand on Net Neutrality?

http://bit.ly/2jtYwOs

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( Here is the text of an email I get regularly with live links for anyone interested in the Linux environment and want to improve upon what they know.

 

These best-selling Linux books are free in Kindle format only right now at Amazon.com until Friday:

·         Linux for Beginners

·         Linux Administration

·         Command Line Kung Fu

·         Shell Scripting

·         Python Programming for Beginners

NOTE: The links above are people who live in the US.

If you're in the UK, then 
use this link.

If you're elsewhere, there is a chance that it might be available for free in your country's Amazon store.  If it's not, I sincerely apologize — I don't have any control over Amazon. Amazon works in mysterious ways. ;-)

To get your book(s) for free:

First, make sure the Kindle price is listed as $0.00.  (If it's not $0.00, then it's NOT free where you are.)

Next, click "Buy now with 1-click".  (Do NOT click on "Read for Free" as that is for the Kindle Unlimited program.)

Instead of asking for a payment, it will just send you to a thank you page because the price is $0.00.

I want to be super clear that you do NOT have to sign up to Kindle Unlimited to get the book free forever.  When it's priced at $0.00 and you click on "Buy now with 1-click," you are sent to a thank you page (no payment required).

Enjoy and share this email with anyone you think would be interested in learning more about Linux.)

 

Why biometric tech like Face ID needs a secret partner

https://www.the-parallax.com/2017/11/03/biometric-iphone-x-face-id/?et_cid=86261&et_rid=99890972&mailing=con_oo_pc_paac_sec_all_2017_q4_bojj_news11

 

What does refurbished mean? What to buy refurbished, how to buy, and where

https://www.yahoo.com/news/does-refurbished-mean-buy-refurbished-141552803.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=2_07

 

How to secretly shop on Amazon and not ruin any surprises

https://www.komando.com/tips/429823/how-to-secretly-shop-on-amazon-and-not-ruin-any-surprises

 

The Best Drones of 2017

While they might seem like toys, a high-quality drone is a serious investment. We've flown plenty, and these are the top performers in our tests.

https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/337251/the-best-drones

 

The Best Refurbished Laptop Deals Right Now

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

 

Impostor apps: How to spot a fake app before it's too late

https://blog.avast.com/impostor-apps-how-to-spot-a-fake-app-before-its-too-late?et_cid=86261&et_rid=99890972&mailing=con_oo_pc_paac_sec_all_2017_q4_bojj_news11

 

Where Do Cookies Come From?

Cookies are a fact of life when browsing the web. But if you look at the cookies stored on your machine, you might be surprised how many there are.

https://askleo.com/where-do-cookies-come-from/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=K5wSjUlWr3dfbL

 

This simple AirPods hack can dramatically improve the sound quality

And they still fit in the charging case

https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/16/16664958/airpods-bass-hack-diy-foam-covers-how-to

 

MX 17 Linux: The Best of 2 Linux Worlds

https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/84956.html?rss=1

 

Fall Creators Update Hits Over 20 Percent of All Windows 10 PCs

https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/145770/http-reports-adduplex-com-reports-2017-11?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9ewKH2aflOss8tosZMx0_PCIDovSM22fIDif9bXuNs4bkuvtFSimMUXfa8CcZQwv1HLxEPDf9B2-AjEiwst2tODZfGqQ&_hsmi=58868883

 

How to use Robocopy to transfer files super-fast over the network on Windows 10

Windows 10 has a hidden tool called Robocopy to copy files very fast between computers over the network — Here's how to use it.

https://pureinfotech.com/robocopy-transfer-files-fast-network-windows-10/

 

How to Change the Network Profile Name in Windows

https://www.maketecheasier.com/change-network-profile-name-windows/

 

How Every Operating System Keeps You Safe

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-operating-systems-keep-safe

 

Outlook cannot log on, verify you are connected to the network

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/outlook-cannot-log-verify-connected-network

 

Apple’s new ad shows how iPads are going to replace laptops

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apple-ad-shows-ipads-going-220412821.html

 

Teens Home Alone? How you can make sure they stay safe

https://www.komando.com/tips/429351/sponsored-teens-home-alone-how-you-can-make-sure-they-stay-safe

 

Facebook Adds a Trust Indicator to News Articles

The social network is attempting to combat fake news by allowing you to easily determine how trustworthy a publisher is.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/357412/facebook-adds-a-trust-indicator-to-news-articles

 

Best Video Editing Laptops of 2017

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/best-laptops-for-video-editing

 

WPA2 risks—your top 5 questions answered

https://blog.avast.com/wpa2-risks-your-top-5-questions-answered?et_cid=86261&et_rid=99890972&mailing=con_oo_pc_paac_sec_all_2017_q4_bojj_news11

 

Is it OK to Use this Random Wireless Network I Just Found?

When scanning for wireless connections, you may find several that are unknown, yet appear open and available. Using them is risky. Very risky.

https://askleo.com/ok-use-random-wireless-network-just-found/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=K5wSjUlWr3dfbL

 

Teenage Engineering shows smart speakers don't have to all look boring

Baidu’s Raven H speaker, co-designed with Teenage Engineering, brings some levity and flair

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/11/16/16664846/teenage-engineering-h-smart-speaker-r-robot-arm

 

GeckoLinux Beta Does openSuse Better

https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/GeckoLinux-Beta-Does-openSuse-Better-84937.html

 

New Timeline and Sets Features are Coming to the Windows 10 Insider Preview

https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/145779/new-timeline-sets-features-coming-windows-10-insider-preview?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9ewKH2aflOss8tosZMx0_PCIDovSM22fIDif9bXuNs4bkuvtFSimMUXfa8CcZQwv1HLxEPDf9B2-AjEiwst2tODZfGqQ&_hsmi=58868883

 

Intel Acknowledges ME Flaws, Announces Fixes

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-me-security-vulnerabilities-patches,35971.html

 

Google Chrome Not Responding? Here Are Some Fixes

https://www.maketecheasier.com/google-chrome-not-responding-fixes/

 

Pop!_OS Has Arrived: How Does It Compare to Ubuntu?

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/pop_os-compare-ubuntu/

 

Reported error (0x80042108): Outlook is unable to connect to your incoming (POP3) email server

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/reported-error-0x80042108-outlook-unable-connect

 

Apple releases iOS 11.1.2 to fix iPhone X cold weather issue

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apple-releases-ios-11-1-213328719.html

 

Are meditation and mindfulness apps solid advice or a silly waste of time?

https://www.komando.com/downloads/426381/meditation-and-sleep-apps-the-most-relaxing-podcast-ever

 

FCC: Yeah, We're Gonna Go Ahead and Scrap Net Neutrality Rules

FCC Chairman Pai said his order would reverse the Obama administration's 'failed approach' to internet regulation, but detractors beg to differ.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/357506/fcc-yeah-were-gonna-go-ahead-and-scrap-net-neutrality

 

Best Laptop Docking Stations

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/best-docking-stations

 

A day in the life of an Avast threat tracker

https://blog.avast.com/a-day-in-the-life-of-an-avast-threat-tracker?et_cid=86261&et_rid=99890972&mailing=con_oo_pc_paac_sec_all_2017_q4_bojj_news11

 

Use OneNote for Basic OCR

If you have OneNote, you already have basic OCR capability on your computer.

https://askleo.com/use-onenote-basic-ocr/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=K5wSjUlWr3dfbL

 

Facebook adds trust indicators to news articles in an effort to identify real journalism

More context for shared links

https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/16/16658538/facebook-trust-indicators-fake-news-trust-project

 

How to pin more than 3 contacts to the taskbar on Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-pin-more-3-contacts-taskbar-windows-10-fall-creators-update

 

How to Add or Remove Change BitLocker PIN Context Menu in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/97077-add-remove-change-bitlocker-pin-context-menu-windows-10-a.html

 

SuperComputing 2017 Slideshow

http://www.tomshardware.com/picturestory/795-supercomputing-2017-in-pictures.html

 

8 Free Music Download Apps for Android

https://www.maketecheasier.com/free-music-download-apps-android/

 

How to Hide Files, Folders, and Drives in Windows 10

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/hide-files-folders-drives-windows/

 

10 Instagram Tips and Tricks you need to know

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/10-instagram-tips-tricks-need-know

 

A disappointing debut for Google's Pixel Buds

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/disappointing-debut-google-pixel-buds-221459725.html

 

Six tech hacks you need in your life

https://www.komando.com/columns/389100/six-tech-hacks-you-need-in-your-life

 

Bitdefender Box 2

https://www.pcmag.com/review/357433/bitdefender-box-2

 

How to Turn a 2D Shape into 3D in Paint 3D

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/turn-2d-shape-to-3d-paint-3d

 

A Windows 10 alternative: Microsoft should embrace, extend Linux on the desktop

I get it. The PC is too expensive to replace and you don't want Windows 10. Let me suggest another solution.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/how-microsoft-could-embrace-and-extend-linux-on-the-desktop/

 

TEH 001: I For One Welcome Our New A.I. Overlords (you should check these two new podcasts out)

https://tehpodcast.com/teh-001-our-new-ai-overlords/

 

Developers are already using the iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera for face capture apps

https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/15/16658074/iphone-x-face-id-app-developers-3d-the-future

 

7 best ways to free up hard drive space on Windows 10

https://www.windowscentral.com/best-7-ways-free-hard-drive-space-windows-10

 

How to Add or Remove Change BitLocker Password Context Menu in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/97066-add-remove-change-bitlocker-password-context-menu-windows-10-a.html

 

Best Gaming CPUs

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-cpus,3986.html

 

How to Recover from a Windows Explorer Crash in Windows 10

https://www.maketecheasier.com/recover-from-windows-explorer-crash/

 

Use Amazon Wish and Idea Lists to Get Gifts You Actually Want

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/use-amazon-wish-idea-lists-gifts/

 

Outlook cannot connect to Gmail, keeps asking for password

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/outlook-cannot-connect-gmail

 

U.S. Government issues alerts about malware and IP addresses linked to North Korean cyber attacks

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/u-government-issues-alerts-malware-051046958.html

 

Facebook Automated System Scans for Suicidal Posts, Offers Help

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10233/facebook-automated-system-scans-suicidal-posts-offers-help

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Keystroke Capture by major companies on websites

This represents a serious problem in security on the Internet.

Over 400 Popular Sites Record Your Every Keystroke and Mouse Movement

http://bit.ly/2ielXhS

 

Trackers in Android Apps

Tue Nov 28, 2017 3:18 pm (PST

Staggering Variety of Clandestine Trackers Found in Popular Android Apps

http://bit.ly/2BleEZG

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Firefox Quantum is a Really Great Browser

https://www.extremetech.com/internet/259505-firefox-quantum-really-great-browser

 

Malwarebytes: Protection for Android

https://askbobrankin.com/malwarebytes_protection_for_android.html

 

FCC adopts new rules aimed at stopping robocalls

https://www.yahoo.com/news/fcc-adopts-rules-aimed-stopping-180300322.html

 

The Hottest Tech Toys for Kids

Tech toys get better every year; here are some of the best we've found.

https://www.pcmag.com/feature/340303/the-hottest-tech-toys-for-kids

 

Removable vs. Non-Removable Battery in Phone: The Pros and Cons

https://www.maketecheasier.com/removable-vs-non-removable-battery/

 

How to change Command Prompt's color scheme on Windows 10

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-change-command-prompts-color-scheme-windows-10

 

Best Google Sheets add-ons to improve productivity

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/best-google-sheets-add-ons-improve-productivity

 

Microsoft is Killing Facebook Login Support for Skype

https://www.thurrott.com/cloud/microsoft-consumer-services/skype/145512/microsoft-killing-facebook-login-support-skype?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8JkhbDZKFg25cD0Nx2H8IIRGekECK-oinYn3xCvFORCaMqHBu_1EwrdxHBEah-CDOIiXqcMZ8kpwnybAmKMZv-bwJ_9g&_hsmi=58818524

 

Most Epic MacBook Pro Dock Finally on Sale

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/landing-zone-docking-station-price

 

Steam Autumn Sale: Here Are the Best Deals

https://www.tomsguide.com/g00/us/best-steam-deals,news-26172.html?evg_experience_id=VpoTj&evg_campaign_id=8aZJP&evg_block_id=r2cB1&evg_persisted_user_id=m-s9MTGZiIyBv3pwv01eOpzYbQPFprNuWKqlMuoC_glSvH0zm-GiQQS2Jqk6OF6o&i10c.encReferrer=

 

Amazon Echo, Echo Plus or Echo Spot: Which Alexa smart speaker is right for you?

The answer was easy when there were just two models. Now Alexa is all over the place.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3229105/hubs-controllers/amazon-echo-which-alexa-smart-speaker-is-right-for-you.html

 

GameStop’s Black Friday deals include PS4 Pro discounts and price cuts on newer PlayStation and Xbox games

$50 off Sony’s PS4 Pro, plus a $50 gift card is a great deal actually

https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/16/16666424/gamestop-2017-black-friday-deals-ps4-pro-switch-xbox-one-games

 

How to spot hidden cameras planted by creepy relatives

https://www.komando.com/tips/430319/how-to-spot-hidden-cameras-planted-by-creepy-relatives

 

The Best Subscription-Free Lightroom Alternatives for Every Budget

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/best-lightroom-alternatives/

 

FCC reportedly planning vote that could kill net neutrality next month

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/fcc-reportedly-planning-vote-could-215512720.html

 

Adobe Lightroom Classic CC

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2365138,00.asp

 

How to Set Up Speech Recognition in Windows 10

https://www.maketecheasier.com/setup-speech-recognition-windows10/

 

Chime in: When should you replace a PC instead of upgrading it?

https://www.windowscentral.com/chime-when-should-you-replace-or-upgrade-your-pc

 

Enable/Disable/Uninstall Mixed Reality setting & connect Desktop Microphone in Windows 10

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/mixed-reality-setting-connect-desktop-microphone

 

Petri Dish: Remote Connections and Sharing Passwords? There is a better way.

https://www.petri.com/petri-dish-remote-connections-sharing-passwords-better-way?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8JkhbDZKFg25cD0Nx2H8IIRGekECK-oinYn3xCvFORCaMqHBu_1EwrdxHBEah-CDOIiXqcMZ8kpwnybAmKMZv-bwJ_9g&_hsmi=58818524

 

Lenovo IdeaPad 120S (11.1-inch) Review

https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/lenovo-ideapad-120s-11-inch

 

Fixes MIA for Many Linux Kernel Flaws

https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/Fixes-MIA-for-Many-Linux-Kernel-Flaws-84949.html

 

BTV brings local TV to your phone and desktop for free

A new streaming service bundles antenna channels for free and plans to expand nationwide

https://www.techhive.com/article/3235179/streaming-services/btv-brings-local-tv-to-your-phone-and-desktop-for-free.html

 

Amazon Key’s camera can be disabled by a third party, allowing couriers to reenter your house

Amazon is rolling out an update later this week

https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/16/16665064/amazon-key-camera-disable

 

3 great digital photo frames perfect for any home

https://www.komando.com/tips/425847/3-great-digital-photo-frames-perfect-for-any-home

 

Smart Home on a Budget: 10 Cheap Alternatives to Popular Devices

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/smart-home-budget-cheap-alternatives-popular-devices/

 

Biolite's SolarHome 620 provides power for everyday essentials

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/biolite-apos-solarhome-620-provides-174200832.html

 

The Best Photo Printers of 2017

Your photos deserve more than a mere digital existence. Here's what you need to know to pick the right photo printer based on your output needs.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,1872566,00.asp

 

Useful GNOME Shell Keyboard Shortcuts You Might Not Know About

https://www.maketecheasier.com/gnome-shell-keyboard-shortcuts/

 

Net neutrality, consolidation, monopolies, and you

Net neutrality is still worth fighting for.

https://www.windowscentral.com/net-neutrality

 

Resource Monitor not working on Windows 10/8/7

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/resource-monitor-not-working-windows

 

Imgur hackers stole 1.7 million email addresses and passwords

https://www.welivesecurity.com/2017/11/27/imgur-hackers-stole-email-addresses-passwords/

 

Help Me, Laptop: Are There Any Good Laptop Cooling Pads?

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/help-me-laptop-best-cooling-pads

 

How to Lock BitLocker Encrypted Drive in Windows

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/97087-lock-bitlocker-encrypted-drive-windows.html

 

How to Add Automatic Lights to Your Closets

https://www.howtogeek.com/266042/how-to-add-automatic-lights-to-your-closets/

 

Amazon works with Allrecipes to let you order ingredients for delivery

https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/16/16665284/allrecipes-amazonfresh-integration-announced-ingredients-delivery

 

Q&A with Kim: What Alexa Hears, Offline Netflix, Fun Facebook Features, Converting to HEIF, and More

https://www.komando.com/columns/430797/qa-with-kim-what-alexa-hears-offline-netflix-fun-facebook-features-converting-to-heif-and-more

 

How to Design a Business Card in Adobe Illustrator

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/design-business-card-adobe-illustrator/

 

Amazon reportedly blames the U.S. Postal Service for Amazon Fresh issues

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/amazon-reportedly-blames-u-postal-170747054.html

 

The Best Free Antivirus Protection of 2017

Even if you're running Windows 10, you shouldn't rely on Microsoft's security tools. Many free third-party apps are more effective at keeping you safe. We've tested 17 no-cost AV services to help you find the right one for protecting your PC.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2388652,00.asp

 

6 Utilities Tools to Make Your Life Easier

https://www.maketecheasier.com/utilities-tools-make-life-easier/

 

Add a Ring Video Doorbell to your front door for just $100

https://www.windowscentral.com/add-ring-video-doorbell-your-front-door-just-100

 

How to delete duplicate rows in Excel and Google Sheets

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/delete-duplicate-rows-excel-google-sheets

 

Facebook flaw allowed unauthorised users to delete any photo

They moved fast, they broke things.

https://www.grahamcluley.com/facebook-flaw-delete-any-photo/

 

Firefox Quantum vs. Chrome: Which Is Faster?

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/firefox-quantum-vs-chrom

 

How to Add or Remove Resume BitLocker Protection Context Menu in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/97079-add-remove-resume-bitlocker-protection-context-menu-windows-10-a.htmlhttps://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/97079-add-remove-resume-bitlocker-protection-context-menu-windows-10-a.html

 

How to Enable Private Browsing on Any Web Browser

https://www.howtogeek.com/269265/how-to-enable-private-browsing-on-any-web-browser/

 

MICROSOFT SURFACE BOOK 2 REVIEW: BEAUTY AND BRAWN, BUT WITH LIMITS

https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/16/16658466/microsoft-surface-book-2-review

 

Best way to stop package thieves

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/430228/the-only-way-to-stop-package-thieves

 

Looking to Do Some Shopping? Here Are Some Great Deals for You

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/looking-shopping-great-deals/

 

Surface Book 2 review: Microsoft gets closer to the 'ultimate laptop'

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/surface-book-2-review-microsoft-140000573.html

 

How to Fix: FileZilla Server 'Failed to Retrieve Directory Listing' Error

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10232/how-fix-filezilla-server-failed-retrieve-directory-listing-error

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Re. FYI#1091 (Fri 11/24/2017):   

How to change drive letter using PowerShell on Windows 10

Isn't using the GUI Duisk Manager simpler? Of course, occasionally, USB drives don't even show up there.

 

3 easy ways to stop your gadgets from spying on you

I didn't see anything in the article about how to fix these items so they won't spy on us.

 

Should You Buy Gray Market Goods? 

Of course this is a bad idea! The trouble is, on Amazon especially, it is often difficult to determine whether Marketplace Sellers are legitimate or grey-market. There are no mandatory visible signs. Rumor has it that counterfeit goods abound there.

 

Twitter says it will judge verified users’ offline behavior

As a private company, Twitter does have the legal right to verify or not verify anyone they want. With the badge moving toward Twitter endorsement of accounts, this becomes a more critical issue for them. The company's reputation is now tied to the badge, which means they must make sure they are reserving the badge for accounts which are worthy of Twitter's endorsement.

 

Bluetooth-Enabled Smart Toys Pose Hacking Risk, Group Warns

That depends on how Bluetooth is implemented. It can be unencrypted (and vulnerable) or encrypted (and much less vulnerable). But since pairing with encryption involves an extra step (entering the code from the device) most IoT manufacturers go with unencrypted Bluetooth. Hence the risks.

 

I only needed a minute to ruin my iPhone X, and you probably ruined yours too

If they're that fragile, they should come encased in something which protects them from all types of drops, given the price of these phones. The case should be removable, but at the user's own risk. And the warranty should so state, as should the packaging.

 

5 of the Best Online PDF Editors to Edit Your PDF For Free

With Nitro PDF for Windows and Master PDF for Linux free and available offline, the only use I can see for these online editors is if you need a quick edit while on the go, such as using a tablet.

 

Dear Google: Integrate Android and Chrome OS, or stop making $1,000 Chromebooks

Patience, my dears! This long-rumored convergence is coming.

 

Asus ZenBook Flip (UX360CA-DBM2T) review: A sleek, affordable 2-in-1 for everyday tasks

I like this one, but they're going fast at Amazon!

 

How employees with disabilities can fill tech skills gaps and drive innovation

Oh mygosh, would you folks PLEASE lay off this insistence that everyone with Asperger's disorder is a tech prodigy?? PLEASE!!

 

What’s the Difference Between Sleep and Hibernate in Windows?

The most important thing to remember is that in Sleep mode, if the battery dies and you are unplugged, your session is not saved. In Hibernate, the session is saved. I prefer hibernate. Also, hibernate doesn't use any power. But it does take a few seconds to restore the session, and the device can fail to wake up.

 

Record and Share Terminal Session with Showterm

I don't like the Ruby dependencies, but otherwise, a pretty good terminal recorder.

 

iOS or Android – Which Camp Are You in and Why?

I simply WILL NOT pay Apple's prices for what they sell. Heck, I won't even pay Google or Samsung's prices!

 

Microsoft Bringing Fonts and Language Packs for Windows 10 to the Store

As long as they are free, this is not a bad way to bring these add-ons to those Windows 10 users who want them.

 

Re. FYI#1092  (Sat 11/25/2017):  

New vulnerability uses antivirus software to infect systems with malware

Well, this is another reason to update your antivirus programs regularly, even the ones you use on-demand. I have nothing in my AV Quarantines anyway, but it's good to know about this issue.

 

Everything You Need to Know About Intel’s CPUs Getting Hacked

I was found to be vulnerable. It took two different approaches, but I updated my NUC's BIOS (and firmware) and I am now OK, according to the Intel testing tool. BIOS flashing is a bit tricky, so if you aren't comfortable doing this yourself, you should get a tech-savvy friend to help you or do it for you. (Sorry, I'm in the Boston area now, so I can't help -- but I will be able to help folks around here.)

 

Adobe Scan now uses AI to surface docs, business cards, and receipts in your camera roll

The "free" app has mandatory registration and in-app purchases. So depending on how you use it, your use may not be free after all. But it is a good app.

 

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

This does not include local news.

 

Switching to LED lighting to save energy has created a new problem for the environment

LEDs do produce more light per watt, and a bluer part of the spectrum. This has consequences not only for people, but also for animals and plants in urban areas.

 

Print pages off the web without all the ads

I have TextMode, an extension for Chrome which reduces web pages to mostly just text. This works as well as CleanPrint.

 

How to Easily Remember Linux Commands

These tools may be really helpful for me someday, so they're bookmarked now.

 

7 Risks of Dual Booting Windows and Linux Operating Systems

I have commented before several times about Ubuntu finding NTFS partitions locked and how to deal with that by disabling Windows 10 Fast Startup. And I do experience a hardware issue due to a bad Windows audio driver. The Linux audio driver isn't much better. There's also a bug where instead of shutting down, my Ubuntu restarts once, then shuts down the second try. And Windows sometimes will not shut down at all during a restart. This once (recently) caused a Windows Update to get into the Update History as needing a restart to finish, when it was in fact fully installed by all indications. But overall, I am happy with dual-booting Windows 10 and Ubuntu Linux 16.04 on my NUC.

 

Intel Patches Major Flaws in the Intel Management Engine

That was my BIOS Update, aka firmware update.

 

Windows Bugs Could Be Much More Serious

But this one is much less serious for most users than some tech publications have implied.

 

How to easily share USB devices using USB Network Gate

I've never encountered this issue. But the app is not free, so I am ignoring it.

 

Hack-proof your life: 5 key steps to boost your safety online

Deleting an abandoned Yahoo Account may not be the best policy. If you delete your account, the username is recycled and available for anyone to claim. This can mean someone can impersonate you.

 

The FCC gives 4K, next-gen TV the green light

We shall see when the rollout gets underway what the converter equipment is like, and whether it needs special Internet connected equipment. (And how much it will cost.) In most marekts, there's still plenty of time.

 

6 of the Best Sandbox Applications for Windows 10

If I were truly paranoid and used Windows all the time, I might try some of these.

 

VIDEO: How to solve IPv6 network problems

I don't have IPv6 issues with my Comcast network. I also don't use their default DNS service.

 

Some iPhone X units suffer from crackling speakers at high volume

Then again, cranking things to high volume is not a good practice anyway. If the phone speakers aren't loud enough, consider connecting to a HiFi system with a real amp and pre-amp. Bluetooth should be available to help with this.

 

Re. FYI#1093 (Sun 11/26/2017):

Take Linux and Run With It

VM and Live Disk or USB are good ways to try out Linux and see if you and your device's hardware are compatible with it.

 

Google Maps got a redesign

I used the new Google Maps on Thanksgiving Day, and it was helpful. I like the redesign, for the most part.

 

Is a Free PDF Editor Good Enough? Adobe Acrobat Pro DC vs. PDFescape

Try Nitro PDf or Master PDF, and get back to me. I find Master PDF does everything I need. I once had someone complain of a watermark, but that may have been when trying to print a PDF produced or modified with Master PDF Free.

 

Will More Memory Speed Up Your Computer? Category: Memory

Beyond 4GB, no, more memory by itself will not improve Windows performance. Linux may benefit from up to 8GB, but mostly when transferring files between USB external drives, where the RAM can be used as a cache or a buffer.

 

3 ways to cut your heating bill this winter

This is an ad for SimplySafe. But that aside, the best results I have gotten have come from finding and covering or sealing gaps and leaks around windows and doors, including patio doors. This is cheap and low-tech, but it has saved me a lot and made my two apartments so far much more livable. 

 

How to Take a Screenshot on Linux

Depending on which app or area of the screen I want to save, I have several tools in my Ubuntu Linux for this. The most useful ones are Simple Screen Recorder and the built-in Screenshot tool.

 

Virtoo lets you control your Android phone from Windows PC

I'm not sure why anyone would want to do this.

 

Does Next-Gen TV spell doom for over-the-air DVR?

No one else I have read about has read the new rules in the way this author reads them. ATSC-3.0 content is NOT encrypted. Period. But it will require conversion adaptors. Value-added content will most likely not be recordable, as much streaming and on-demand content today is not recordable. No changes there, really. And ATSC-1.0 (our current standard) does have a Broadcast Flag, which can be set so that live sports events for example, cannot be recorded with ordinary DVRs. No changes there either. My guess is that prime-time network programming will be recordable and can still be time-shifted (but playback could be limited to the same device connected to the same network). No broadcaster would want to do away with that option.

 

UPS Delivers Parcels in Pittsburgh With Three-wheeled e-Bikes

So, e-bikes means electric bikes, not virtual bikes which travel over the Internet?

 

Over 1.3 million anti-net neutrality FCC comments are likely fakes

And those are just the ones we know about now. Thanks, Mr. Putin!

 

Linux distribution comparison chart

This is paid content, behind a paywall.

 

From My Own Reading:

WATCH A 10-YEAR-OLD'S FACE UNLOCK HIS MOM'S IPHONE X

https://www.wired.com/story/10-year-old-face-id-unlocks-mothers-iphone-x/

UK government issues advice on what makes 'Kodi boxes’ illegal

 

https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/21/uk-government-kodi-boxes-illegal/

While this applies to England, the guidelines about what makes a Kodi channel illegal apply to the US as well.

 

EFF tool tells your members of Congress to fight for net neutrality

https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/24/eff-tool-tells-congress-to-fight-for-net-neutrality/

and

https://act.eff.org/action/congress-don-t-sell-the-internet-out

 

Why we can’t trust smartphones anymore

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3237952/mobile-wireless/why-we-can-t-trust-smartphones-anymore.html

Smartphone manufacturers have been caught deliberately shipping phones with security vulnerabilities which are not documented for users. It took the tech press to force the revelations we have. We don't know how many other vulnerabilities of this class are still out there. Apparently, it's not just Microsoft who is disrespecting customers these days.

 

Time for a makeover: ‘Notifications 2.0’

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3238191/smartphones/time-for-a-makeover-notifications-2-0.html

We are being notified to death. Time for a sensible dialback.

 

TiVo Bolt Vox DVR review: New look, same old app problem

https://www.techhive.com/article/3237729/streaming-hardware/tivo-bolt-vox-dvr-review.html

There's currently a fire sale on TiVo devices, especially the Bolt and the Roamio, both of which do Off The Air recordings. As I have pointed out before, these DVRs should be considered right now to be a two to four year investment, as OTA broadcasts will be changing with the introduction of ATSC-3 after 2020. The rollout will be piecemeal, but by 2022, nearly all network affiliates in major markets will have been converted, and everyone will need new tuners and possibly new equipment which connects to the Internet in some yet unpublicized way(s). There may be subscriptions for some features and some value-added content. But not for most prime-time or news shows.

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Weekly Digest: Floating Cortana UI, Windows 10, Firefox, tech tips

In case you missed: Cortana is getting a new UI, new Windows 10 Redstone 4 preview outs with new features, and more tips to get the most out your PC.

https://pureinfotech.com/floating-cortana-windows-10-firefox-tech-tips/

 

Take Linux and Run With It

https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/Take-Linux-and-Run-With-It-84951.html

 

Google Maps got a redesign

https://www.yahoo.com/news/google-maps-got-redesign-231914013.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_09

 

Media streamer upgrade guide

How to decide if you should replace your Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, or Roku—or stick with what you have.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3236050/consumer-electronics/media-streamer-upgrade-guide.html

 

Cyber Monday secrets the stores don’t want you to know

https://www.komando.com/tips/429333/cyber-monday-secrets-the-stores-dont-want-you-to-know

 

Is a Free PDF Editor Good Enough? Adobe Acrobat Pro DC vs. PDFescape

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/free-pdf-editor-adobe-acrobat-pro-dc-pdfescape/

 

How to Add Dropbox (or Other Cloud Services) to the Send To Menu in Windows

https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/22236/add-dropbox-to-the-send-to-menu-in-windows-7-xp-and-vista/

 

4 of the Best Photo-Editing Apps for iOS

https://www.maketecheasier.com/best-photo-editing-apps-ios/

 

Here Are the Best Walmart Cyber Monday 2017 Deals

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-walmart-cyber-monday-2017,news-26173.html?evg_experience_id=VpoTj&evg_campaign_id=8aZJP&evg_block_id=r2cB1&evg_persisted_user_id=G7U7y5qneWH5ezwNi6qG7Dcnm1VL0sP0Wsk-YcANPZyphrz0S5xG6f_pnBb5jLLo

 

Will More Memory Speed Up Your Computer? Category: Memory

https://askbobrankin.com/will_more_memory_speed_up_your_computer.html

 

The Best Wireless Routers of 2017

Keep all of your gadgets cruising along with a top-notch Wi-Fi router. Here's what you need to know to optimize your wireless network, along with our highest-rated recently reviewed routers for all budgets.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2398080,00.asp

 

Google will stop letting sites use AMP format to bait and switch readers

Google is cracking down on link baiting

https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/16/16666950/google-amp-teaser-page-ban

 

How to Mute a Tab in Microsoft Edge on Windows 10

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/mute-tab-microsoft-edge-windows-10

 

Microsoft Office isn’t cheap. Here are 6 ways to get it for free

https://www.yahoo.com/news/microsoft-office-isn-t-cheap-201557736.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_09

 

Microsoft Surface Pro from $629

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/best-microsoft-surface-deals

 

Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight review: $50 is cheap if it saves your house from burning down

It plugs into an AC outlet, alerts you to smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and contacts you via an app with a recording of the sound. A few false alarms aside, this security device is a smart buy for any home.

https://www.techhive.com/article/2835678/smart-appliance/leeo-smart-alert-nightlight-review.html

 

3 ways to cut your heating bill this winter

https://www.komando.com/tips/429349/sponsored-3-ways-to-cut-your-heating-bill-this-winter

 

Dell Visor Mixed Reality Headset Review [Updated]

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/dell-visor-review/

 

How to Take a Screenshot on Linux

https://www.howtogeek.com/268036/how-to-take-a-screenshot-on-linux/

 

How to Set Up Two-Factor Authentication on Various Social Networks

https://www.maketecheasier.com/set-up-two-factor-authentication-social-networks/

 

Best Cyber Monday Smart Home Deals 2017: Echo Dot for $29

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/smart-home-black-friday-deals,news-26167.html?evg_experience_id=VpoTj&evg_campaign_id=8aZJP&evg_block_id=r2cB1&evg_persisted_user_id=j6N-Rf7wFoBqyrXot2qAH5o5Wr2dK-vJOBAlD9o7vQjHHJvwaqyCTJ97WZjjsjIf

 

[TIPS] Advanced Searching With Google and Bing Category: Search-Engines

https://askbobrankin.com/tips_advanced_searching_with_google_and_bing.html

 

Pentagon Accidentally Exposes Web-Monitoring Operation

Anyone with a free AWS account could have accessed the data, which was stored on three cloud-based storage servers.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/357465/pentagon-accidentally-exposes-web-monitoring-operation

 

This 360-degree lens attaches to your iPhone camera

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/11/16/16666472/360-degree-lens-iphone-camera-photos-videos

 

Virtoo lets you control your Android phone from Windows PC

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/virtoo-control-android-phone-from-windows-pc

 

This amazing iPhone X hack shows off Apple’s incredible attention to detail

https://www.yahoo.com/news/amazing-iphone-x-hack-shows-off-apple-incredible-030230241.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_09

 

Best Cyber Monday 2017 Coupon Codes

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/best-black-friday-coupon-codes

 

Does Next-Gen TV spell doom for over-the-air DVR?

The new ATSC 3.0 broadcast TV standard includes digital rights management (DRM), theoretically crippling DVR products like Tablo and TiVo.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3238079/tv-antenna/does-next-gen-tv-spell-doom-for-over-the-air-dvr.html

 

4 Things that are better to buy on Cyber Monday

https://www.komando.com/tips/429966/4-things-that-are-better-to-buy-on-cyber-monday

 

15 Best Microsoft Word Cover Page Templates

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/microsoft-word-cover-page-templates/

 

How Do You Emulate Drag and Drop Without Holding the Mouse Button Down?

https://www.howtogeek.com/269070/how-do-you-emulate-drag-and-drop-without-holding-the-mouse-button-down/

 

iPhone X: Everything you need to know about Apple’s top-of-the-line smartphone

Tomorrow's smartphone is here, and it's called the iPhone X.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3222743/apple-phone/iphone-x-specs-features-release-date.html

 

250+ Tech Gift Ideas

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/lists/gift-ideas?evg_experience_id=VnDME&evg_campaign_id=nUCVa&evg_block_id=Bjj21&evg_persisted_user_id=ZtCRVLnYvsk8JLmd-C8oVV6R_unPLqvKxTD-blBrs-Rv4WQnmtERlS14_2mJEnQb

 

How to Add or Remove Unlock Drive Context Menu in Windows

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/97160-add-remove-unlock-drive-context-menu-windows.html

 

UPS Delivers Parcels in Pittsburgh With Three-wheeled e-Bikes

https://www.geek.com/tech/ups-delivers-parcels-in-pittsburgh-with-three-wheeled-e-bikes-1722871/

 

FCC votes to roll back rules meant to stop big companies from dominating local media markets

https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/16/16666660/fcc-media-consolidation-vote

 

Share your files wirelessly to nearby PCs with the new Near Share feature

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/share-files-wirelessly-nearby-pcs-new-near-share-feature

 

The best smartphones and tablets to give as gifts

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/best-smartphones-tablets-gifts-172100385.html

 

How to Play Cuphead and Other PC Games on a Mac

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/pc-games-on-mac

 

Roku upgrade guide: Should you buy a new box?

Roku has produced dozens of streaming boxes over the last eight years. Here's why you should—or shouldn't—upgrade to a newer device.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3167253/streaming-hardware/roku-upgrade-guide-should-you-buy-a-new-box.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-11-22

 

How to control your apps' permissions

https://www.komando.com/tips/425843/how-to-control-your-apps-permissions

 

The Ultimate Mac Security Guide: 20 Ways to Protect Yourself

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/ultimate-mac-security-guide/

 

How to Turn a Windows PC Into a Wireless Repeater

https://www.howtogeek.com/268649/how-to-turn-your-windows-pc-into-a-wireless-repeater/

 

iPhone 2018 rumors: iPhone SE2 coming in first half of 2018

The iPhone X just hit stores, but there's already speculation about 2018's iPhone. We've collected all the rumors right here.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3236255/iphone-ipad/iphone-2018-rumors.html

 

Best Kitchen and Appliance Deals of Cyber Monday 2017

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/black-friday-kitchen-deals,news-26169.html?evg_experience_id=VpoTj&evg_campaign_id=8aZJP&evg_block_id=r2cB1&evg_persisted_user_id=CKGr-8IdAz9BaSUhhM8P0POmi0nPr-yICBcQNSru6cXwliv6xnvuLHcs8_XZrQm1

 

How to Enable or Disable Cortana in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/25118-enable-disable-cortana-windows-10-a.html

 

12 Reasons Microsoft's Edge Browser Rocks (No, Really)

Windows 10's new browser can do more than you might realize. It tests fastest in browser benchmarks and offers several unique, useful browsing tools.

https://www.pcmag.com/feature/357262/12-reasons-microsoft-s-edge-browser-rocks-no-really

 

YouTube TV is now available on recent Samsung smart TVs

2016 and 2017 models only

https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/16/16666616/youtube-tv-samsung-smart-tv-2016-2017-models-app

 

Samsung Chromebook Detachable 2-in-1 Could Be on Way

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/new-samsung-chromebook-2-1-detachable

 

Windows Defender Network Protection feature in Windows 10

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/windows-defender-network-protection

 

Over 1.3 million anti-net neutrality FCC comments are likely fakes

https://www.yahoo.com/news/over-1-3-million-anti-000600299.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1

 

How to reset any Xbox One to factory defaults settings

The Xbox One reset feature can help you go back to the factory settings when you have problems installing or updating games, sign-in issues on Xbox Live, or any other error. Use this guide to learn how to reset your game console.

https://pureinfotech.com/reset-xbox-one-factory-defaults/

 

Linux distribution comparison chart

http://www.techproresearch.com/downloads/linux-distribution-comparison-chart/

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