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  Date News & Tips Number
Sat 2/4/2017 829
Fri 2/3/2017 828
Thur 2/2/2017 827
Wed 2/1/2017 826
Tue 1/31/2017 825
Mon 1/30/2017 824
Sun 1/29/2017 823

Sat 829  2/4/2017


Netgear acknowledges router vulnerability, urges firmware updates



Oculus Ordered to Pay $500M in ZeniMax Suit (Mark Zuckerburg won't like this)



The 2017 Arduino Starter Kit and Course Bundle


Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 news and rumors



The Malwarebytes Report: The 2016 Malware Threat Landscape


Apple Augmented Reality Glasses Suddenly Look Closer



How to Change the Number of Actions You Can Undo in LibreOffice



Microsoft unveils final browser improvements to Windows 10 Creators Update


Microsoft: Windows 10 will stop a ransomware epidemic when antivirus fails

Microsoft's latest argument for moving to Windows 10 is its built-in security features that can stop a ransomware infection from becoming an epidemic.



Report: Apple Designing New Mac Chips In-House

Apple-made processors would complement the main Intel CPUs on future Macs, Bloomberg reported.



How to Permanently Delete Data From a Flash Drive



Apple’s MacBook Pro is too thin, and HP can prove it



What To Do When You've Been Phished



Not Again! These 31 Netgear Routers Need Fixes ASAP



How to Disable the HomeGroup Feature in Windows (and Remove It from File Explorer)



Computer Memory Types And How They Affect Your Computer



Ransomware is about to get a lot worse, by holding your operating system hostage

Researchers warn how ransomware could do more than just encrypt your files.


AT&T to Offer 5G in Austin, Indianapolis This Year

Speed boosts will also roll out to rural and condo customers in advance of full 5G deployment in 2020.



11+ New Features Coming to Windows 10 in 2017



The iPhone 8 OLED display won’t come cheap for Apple



CPU Failures Hurt Intel's Bottom Line



How to Take Good Street Photos



Microsoft's mysterious 'Windows Cloud' could be the second coming of Windows RT

A nugget of data in Microsoft's Insider builds provides one of the only clues.


How Is The Internet Doing? Mozilla's Ambitious Check-Up Effort

Why criminals are using this old technique to take cyberattacks back to the future

Why employ advanced techniques to target victims when spam emails are once again so successful?


How to Clear Your Cache on Any Browser

It's not always a straightforward process, but it's always a good thing to do on occasion.



The Top 5 Free Tools to Split or Merge Music Files



Delete your antivirus, says ex-Firefox developer — who claims it’s worthless



Chrome 57 Will Permanently Enable DRM



How to Clean Up Your Messy Windows Context Menu



Law students barred from using MacBook’s Touch Bar at bar exams



Workplace AI makes it all too easy to track you on the job

It helps with security and productivity, but it could also pose a serious privacy risk.



Don't judge Apple purely on iPhone sales

Later today Apple will unveil its Q1 2017 financial report, and while most eyes will be on iPhone sales, there are far more important metrics you should be keeping an eye on.



Facebook Algorithm Tweak to Favor 'Authentic' Content

The social network this week also announced a new account recovery tool for websites.



Computer AI Masters Poker



8 Things That Keep You Coming Back to Ubuntu



The Best Products That Work With Amazon Alexa



How Do You Copy Deleted Text in Microsoft Word?



Dropbox SmartSync lets you collaborate across Mac and Windows PCs

Paper, the company's Google Docs and Office competitor, is also available today.


Hands-On: KaOS Linux and openSUSE Leap 42 on my new notebook

Installing KaOS Linux and openSUSE Leap 42, and looking back at my experience so far with this notebook.



Trump’s unsecure Android phone highlights common security dilemma

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Fri 828  2/3/2017

Why Can’t I Get Free E-mail Without Ads?



Is your system booting slowly? Here’s how to flush out clogged startup apps



Seven years later, we’re still asking the wrong questions about the iPad

Asking if it’s a laptop replacement means we’re overlooking the real future of computing


How to Manually Check for System Updates on an Android Phone



SSD Failure: Warnings, troubleshooting and solutions



The Ask Leo! Glossary - spoof


Face-Recognition Porn Is Now a Thing

A not-creepy-at-all feature lets you upload a photo of someone you find attractive and get matched with a lookalike.



Easiest way to share photos from an event



Amazon's Echo is bringing the eighties back, and not always in a good way



Android Nougat’s Quick Shortcuts Save You Time



How to Disable LibreOffice’s Startup Splash Screen on Windows and Linux


How Do I Disable Cortana?

Hard drive failing? Here are the warnings and solutions you need to know



Uber fined $20 million for lying about driver earnings, predatory financing


How to boost cell signals INSIDE your home



The ‘Flappy Bird’ creator is back with an addictive new game



8 Microsoft Office Default Settings You Should Customize



How to Copy a Folder’s File List with a Right-Click


How to Fix: Windows 10 Display Shifted when Playing Games



Hard drive failing? Here are the warnings and solutions you need to know



How Do I Recover a Wi-Fi Password When I’m Not Connected?


Computer Memory Types And How They Affect Your Computer



New copper catalyst could close the carbon cycle, making ethanol from atmospheric CO2


Best Android hidden tips and tricks



BlackBerry BBC-100-1 news and rumors



5 Reasons to Avoid Smart Assistants If You Value Your Privacy



How to Create and Use Symbolic Links (aka Symlinks) on Linux



You Can’t Un-Ring a Bell (for anyone doing social media)


The Difference between HDMI and Optical Audio



Speed up typing with this smartphone keyboard secret



6 tricky Huawei Mate 9 problems, and what to do about them



How Does Google Maps Work?



Seven years later, we’re still asking the wrong questions about the iPad

Asking if it’s a laptop replacement means we’re overlooking the real future of computing


iPad Mail: Where’s The Trash?



How to solve most of your network problems with a single button



In a historic moment for AI, computers gain ability to generalize learning between activities


Apple iOS 10.2.1 Is Causing New Problems


Google Docs just got a whole lot more powerful on iOS and Android



What’s Wrong With Webpages?



Comments by -- Bob Primak --

RE. FYI #827 (Thur 2/2/2017)

Best home video editing software

Shotcut in Linux, with a few added Dependencies, is a stand-alone video editor. I got it to at least open on my NUC in Ubuntu Linux right away. When I get some time, I plan to play with this program. I previously tried Lightworks, but its installation is tricky, and I didn't have the power and resources of my NUC then. Might be worth a retry someday. The others are also worth a try, but these are among the best. Close third is DaVinci Editor. 


Satechi USB-C Power Meter helps protect against blowing up your devices

Probably the best $30.00 you will ever spend, if you use USB-C ports. 


How to Repair Windows Bootloader Problems (If Your Computer Won’t Start)

And another safeguard is to have a Macrium Reflect bootable USB stick and a Full Disk Image Backup handy. MR can do some Boot Repairs in Windows 10, even on GPT-GUID disks. 


Ex top Mozilla dev to Windows users: Ditch all antivirus except Microsoft's Defender

This guy has been making a lot of click-bait headlines lately. His reasoning is fatally flawed. DO NOT rely solely on Windows Defender!!


Best Mini PCs

As with any "best of" article, there are cheaper and perfectly good variations on most of these models. Good to see the NUC getting some good press again.


From My Own Reading:

Free Secure messaging: Sendinc.


    This service sends an ordinary email message that there's a message at Sendinc, waiting to be seen. The recipient will need the key to open the encrypted message. Limits: 20 messages outgoing per day, and 10 MB per message. 

    The problem is, how do you send the key? Text Messaging (SMS) seems to be the easiest way, and it's reasonably secure. 

    Text Messaging also works for ZIP encrypted (AES-256 option) messages, sent through ordinary email services. But the recipient will need to download 7-Zip or Win RAR to read these messages, as Windows does not support this encryption standard for encrypted ZIP Files. 

    WhatsApp is direct encrypted texting. Almost all smartphone users under 40 years old know how to use this app. While you need a phone with SMS to work WhatsApp, the app itself also works as a Windows Store App inside of desktop Windows 10. So you can send files which are too big for your phone.

(from a paid article posted in Windows Secrets Newsletter, (Jan. 31, 2017) which is not a free newsletter.)

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Thur 827  2/2/2017

Google doubles down on Chromebooks in education with two new devices



NexDock's next project packs a dedicated slot for Intel's tiny Compute Cards



How to Control What Other People Can See About Your Google Profile


Want Outlook Express on Windows 10? Everything You Need to Know



The Ask Leo! Glossary - PUP (what is it)



The $800 laundry-folding robot for those who don’t have a housekeeper



TP-Link LB130 Multicolor Wi-Fi LED review:



Google opens up Daydream app development

If developers want their apps discoverable via Google Play VR or Daydream home, the apps need to meet certain criteria.



Look at one of the most stunning iPhone 8 concept designs we’ve ever seen



Best home video editing software



How to Convert Images to Black and White on Your Smartphone



The Top 3 File Compression & Extraction Softwares



Gallery: 10 essential IFTTT Internet of Things recipes



Satechi USB-C Power Meter helps protect against blowing up your devices

Here's a handy way to test for rogue, counterfeit, or badly designed USB-C devices.



Find out when all the biggest video games are coming out this year



Microsoft is bringing an e-book store to Windows 10 with the Creators Update



How to Repair Windows Bootloader Problems (If Your Computer Won’t Start)



Opera Neon Reveals the Future of Web Browsers



The security of President Trump's Android smartphone

If true, this isn’t good.



Mozilla Firefox 51 warns you when visiting insecure data-grabbing websites

The latest update encourages developers to use HTTPS by letting users know when data is collected, but not protected.



Apple’s Support app for iPhone users is now available in a hefty 22 regions



Microsoft acquires Simplygon to bolster its '3D for everyone' vision



How to Temporarily Disable Your Keyboard with a Keyboard Shortcut in Windows



The Best Apps and Tips for Taking RAW Photos on Your iPhone



Kingston announces world’s largest capacity 2TB flash drive


Will you ever have control of your personal info online?



Ex top Mozilla dev to Windows users: Ditch all antivirus except Microsoft's Defender

Don't bother with antivirus, it does more harm than good, warns former Mozillian.


Google Docs just got a whole lot more powerful on iOS and Android



Best Mini PCs



Google Boots Android Ransomware From The Play Store


Bad News for Apple: Plenty of People Think the iPhone 6s Is Good Enough



Comments by -- Bob Primak --

Re. FYI #825 (Tues 1/31/2017)

Is it safe to use a free VPN? Shocking number of Android apps found to contain malware

and Security researchers warn against using shady VPN Android apps

If you aren't paying for it, don't expect a real VPN. Not by corporate definitions anyway. "Free VPN" usually only means an "anonymizing service" designed to allow entry to region-limited content, or to make an end-run around network blocking rules (and to access pirated content). As with anything "free", you are the product, so the very "Privacy" which is part of the name VPN, cannot be expected. This is one place where you generally get what you pay for.


Spyware on a Chromebook

It's from Google. It's Cloud-based. What did you expect?


Your Browser's Autofill Data Can Be Phished, Here's How to Stay Safe

One more reason not to store anything, including passwords, in a browser or browser extension.


The ASUS Transformer Mini is a great alternative to the Surface 3

This is the latest update to my own ASUS Transformer Book Tablet. It's a good tablet at a good price, and it can be used with its keyboard-dock. I agree with the drawbacks noted in this review, and with the overall assessment that this is a good value for the price. While this is not a PC replacement, it's a good travel companion. 


How to Get Rid of Avira’s Notifications, Sounds, and Bundled Software

As the comments suggest, there's a free Suite, then there's the plain Avira Antivirus Free Edition. I use the free antivirus without all the other stuff. But it still contains Avira Connect, and is slow as heck on its first full system scan.


What is Swapfile.sys and do I need it on my Windows 10 PC?

The main issue in maintaining swap and paging files on modern PCs is wear on a SSD. If you have a SSD and a lot of RAM, disabling these features may help reduce wear on the SSD. Otherwise, modern PCs are fast enough to deal with swapping and paging almost transparently.


Re FYI #826  (Wed 2/1/2017)

What Happens When You Defragment a Drive?

The article is dead wrong about SSDs. Windows does NOT defragment SSDs. Trim is a separate command which has to do with garbage collection. This is more of a SSD cleanup than anything relating to defragmenting a mechanical hard drive. And it doesn't rearrange any files, so Trim does little to wear out a SSD.


Five Steps to Help You Cut Your Cable Bill

It doesn't sound to me that the people who commented on this article got anywhere with Comcast. And the only ones who saved money by cutting the cord were the pirates and those who wanted only basic network programming over the air, and had no phone service through their ISP.



Be forewarned! This is not Linux. It is a proprietary OS with proprietary software. This is a closed source system, and vastly overpriced for Linux.


Self-protection is key to Linux kernel security

 Not unrestricted content. This article might be interesting if I could read it.


You Won’t Find These Exclusive Linux Apps on Windows

   I find nothing to get excited about in this listing. BTW, I use entirely different apps for these functions in my Ubuntu 16.04 on my Intel NUC. 

   I use XSANE for scanning because Simple Scan doesn't even recognize my wireless all in one scanner. I use MasterPDF for handling PDF documents. I use Pinta and XnViewMP for images and photos. GParted is in fact the only Linux partition editor I would trust, and it has a Live CD version. I do use Shutter for screen captures. My mail client is Claws Mail, with Thunderbird acting as a bridge in case any mail ever needs to be downloaded into a Windows client. (Thunderbird can export to the UNIX .MBOX format, which Claws Mail directly imports.)


From My Own R  eading:

This Comcast app turns your Roku into a cable box


Not quite. Read the article. You still need a Comcast box and a traditional Comcast contract.

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Wed 826  2/1/2017

Watch these top 4 cybersecurity trends in 2017



These are the first Windows Holographic VR headsets from HP, Dell, and more!

Acer, HP, Dell, and more dip their toes in the VR waters.



How to Tweak ClearType in Windows for Better Screen Readability



What Happens When You Defragment a Drive?



Apple Watch patent reveals wristband with a major change






Our 5 favorite surprises at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show



How to Hook Up a Game Controller to Your iPad or iPhone



Can Mozilla save Firefox?

The latest episode of Ctrl-Walt-Delete



Five Steps to Help You Cut Your Cable Bill



LG's updated Gram laptops are absurdly light

The first iteration of the LG Gram laptop series was rightly panned for its poor battery life. But now? They've fixed that and made it even lighter.



How to Back Up and Transfer Settings for Your Windows Programs to a New PC with CloneApp



How to Block Ads that Windows 10 Pushes on You



Google Pixel 2: Detailed report reveals potential specs, budget model






These are our 5 favorite family cars at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show



Spotify vs. Apple Music vs. Amazon Music Unlimited: Which Is Best?



Google’s second Allo messaging bot is an AI-driven GIF generator

Named Lucky, after a certain Google Search feature



Wire a Raspberry Pi Zero Directly Into a Power Supply for a Low-Profile Computer



Dell's Canvas display lets you get a Surface Studio without buying a whole new computer

Dell doesn't think you need to make a whole computer to change the user experience



How to Sync Cortana Reminders From a Windows 10 PC to Your iPhone or Android Phone



Is HTTPS Always Necessary?



Gmail is about to get its best new security feature in a long time



Google wants to add A.I. to Raspberry Pi gadgets

Google plans to bring open source machine-learning tools to board makers later this year



More Linux on my new notebook: Fedora, Linux Mint and Ubuntu

Hands on with four more Linux distributions on my ASUS X540S - including both Linux Mint 18.1 and Linux Mint Debian Edition.



Apple Fixes the MacBook Pro Battery Life Bug



How to share your Android phone's connection with Wi-Fi hotspot

You don't have to be a networking wizard to turn your handset into a personal hotspot.



The Raspberry Pi Zero Makes a Great Motion Sensing Security Camera Too



How to customize your favorites list in Edge for Windows 10



How to Customize Your Chromecast’s Backdrop to Show Personalized Pictures, News, and More



The Complete Guide to Installing Windows 10 on Mac



The Mother Lode of Galaxy S8 Leaks Just Landed



Self-protection is key to Linux kernel security

Finding and fixing Linux security vulnerabilities amounts to the usual whack-a-mole. The real solution is to harden the Linux kernel and let it protect itself



Data-stealing Android ransomware removed from Google Play store

'Charger' ransomware threatened to sell victims' data if they didn't pay up in Bitcoin.



You Won’t Find These Exclusive Linux Apps on Windows



How to Share More (or Less) Personal Data With Cortana

Cortana on Windows 10 is handy; the trick is to provide enough data without infringing on your privacy.



12 Surface Pro 4 Tips for New Owners



The Kangaroo Notebook is a tiny stick PC and a laptop host dock


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Tue 825 1/31/2017

Is it safe to use a free VPN? Shocking number of Android apps found to contain malware

Study finds more than a third of VPN apps on Google Play had loaded spyware and no actual encryption.






Spyware on a Chromebook



Here's what the Windows Defender Security Center will look like in Windows 10's Creators Update



Windows 10 Security Simplified



The coolest discoveries from CES 2017



How to Add & Remove Entries from the Windows Right-Click Menu



Is Photoshop Worth the Money?



4 ways to keep your passwords safe



Can Microsoft Reinvent the PC?



Make a Backup Of Your Start Menu Layout By Copying This Folder



How to print from Edge for Windows 10



Upgraded to macOS Sierra? Stay Away From These 2 Features



How to Stop Websites From Asking to Show Notifications



Personal Privacy Assistant uses AI to learn users’ app preferences



Dell's Rugged Chromebooks for Schools Arrive Feb. 7

The Chromebook 11, Chromebook 11 Convertible, and Chromebook 13 are built to survive even the clumsiest child.



Top 10 Raspberry Pi Projects for Beginners



What we expect to see from Windows 10 in 2017



6 Online Music Streaming Services With NO Restrictions



How to Automatically Reboot Your Router On a Schedule, the Easy Way



Future iPhones could make bendable displays a reality



218,000 private unencrypted AlphaBay dark web messages exposed

That’s a bad day for a lot of computer criminals…



Facebook and Messenger Server Update Drains Users Batteries More Than Usual



How to print content in black and white colors on Microsoft Edge

Use this simple tip to print in black and white using Microsoft Edge on content you'll only be reading.



Make YouTube Even Better With These 15 Amazing Tools



How to Reboot Your Roku Without Unplugging It



Security researchers warn against using shady VPN Android apps



Turn off Windows 10's pushy Edge notifications

Tired of Microsoft trying to cajole you into switching browsers? Here's how to make it stop.



Your Browser's Autofill Data Can Be Phished, Here's How to Stay Safe



The ASUS Transformer Mini is a great alternative to the Surface 3



Google Lets You Print to Any Printer No Matter Where You Are



How to Get Rid of Avira’s Notifications, Sounds, and Bundled Software



Everything new in iOS 10.3



How to back up MySQL databases from the command line in Linux

Whether you're running a LAMP stack on Ubuntu or CentOS, you need to back up your MySQL databases. Learn how to do this with the help of the mysqldump command.



IINA Is Mac-Focused Video Player with Modern Design



What is Swapfile.sys and do I need it on my Windows 10 PC?



Apple updates its website with San Francisco – its new in-house font



Comments by -- Bob Primak --

Re. FYI #823 (Sun 1/29/2017)

RansomFree Proactively Protects Your Computer Against Ransomware Attacks

So, how do you know it's not a false-positive, and what's going on is not supposed to be happening?  I have never trusted AV heuristics.


How to Convert Delimited Text Files to Excel Spreadsheets

I am having trouble with so-called .csv files which don't use commas, using semicolons for some weird reason. These do not convert with WPS Office or Libre Office. I end up having to use Replace in WordPad before resaving the file and deleting the WordPad .txt appendage extension. This is a real time waster!


How to set custom icon for a removable drive on Windows 10

Autorun.ini is blocked by most antivirus for a good reason -- it is a well trodden path to malware infections from USB devices! Don't do this -- it's risky!


Apricorn Aegis Secure Key 3z hardware-encrypted flash drive

This is not cheap, no matter what the article says.


If we show you how to back up your PC for free, will you finally do it?

I prefer Macrium Reflect Free. But I am still amazed at how many people won't use backup software, even if it can be set up to run automatically on a schedule. File History makes file backups even easier, and continuous. 


Re. FYI #824 (Mon 1/30/2017)

Windows on Linux moves forward with new Wine 2.0 release

Unfortunately, the Incompatible List still exceeds the Compatible List for Widnows programs you may want to run under WINE. Improvements are great, but Windows is still very different from Linux.


Adobe, Microsoft Push Critical Security Fixes

I hope all Windows and Linux users have already done these updates. They went out almost two weeks ago.


Keep one of these three USB-C converters in your pocket at all times for just $6 right now

The price is $9.00 if you follow the link today.


Would You Want the "Right to Disconnect" from Work?

France, where this is the law, has a very different workplace culture from the US. Here such laws would have little effect, unless other rules were also in place (such as never allowing employers to put employees on "on-call" status with no additional pay). 


Ask an Expert: All About Saving Money on Your Energy Bill

We just got Smart Electric Meters in my building. It's amazing the amount of data these meters bring to your online account! I learned very little I didn't already suspect, but if hourly pricing ever goes into effect, I can be forewarned and forearmed. 


Turn an old laptop into a Chromebook-Linux hybrid

I would not mess with a no longer supported Linux-Chromium hybrid OS. Too much chance that it is already insecure or unstable on some hardware. And it will get worse as time goes by.


Samsung Galaxy S8 Could Morph Into Full PC

Yep, the phone-PC lines are blurring.


Intel Security: 76% of kids can take internet devices to bed, but only 23% of parents monitor usage

The biggest problem with this is the impact of losing sleep due to having a screen active just before trying to get to sleep. Not a good combo!!

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Mon 824 1/30/2017

Mossberg: What’s up with Firefox, the browser that time forgot?

Mozilla is finally refocused on revitalizing the once-beloved product



Windows on Linux moves forward with new Wine 2.0 release

Want to run that one Windows app you can't get rid of on a Linux desktop or a Mac? The latest release of Wine 2.0 may be just what you need.

(Wine has a ruff go but has usually improved over time.  I hope version 2.0 will be a big step up.  It could help those wanting to move from windows may be able to run the windows programs they need verses Linux alternatives.)



How to Make Your PC Shut Down at Night (But Only When You’re Not Using It)



Verizon Limits Unlimited Data Plans to 200G



Adobe, Microsoft Push Critical Security Fixes



Apple sues Qualcomm over unfair licensing terms

The iPhone maker also says Qualcomm punished it for helping a South Korean probe into the chipmaker's licensing practices by withholding a $1 billion rebate.



Add a Windows-Style Start Menu to Your Mac's Dock



WeChat Suddenly Looks Like a Threat to the iPhone



iPhone 8: The 5 most exciting changes we expect



Keep one of these three USB-C converters in your pocket at all times for just $6 right now



What Is the Adobe Acrobat Extension Chrome Wants Me to Install?



Microsoft Eases Your Windows 10 Privacy Concerns



DNI: Putin Led Cyber, Propaganda Effort to Elect Trump, Denigrate Clinton



Trump's reported FCC chairman signals end to net neutrality

President Donald Trump could name Ajit Pai to lead the Federal Communications Commission as early as Friday, which means the open internet rules' days are likely numbered.



New US Executive Branch websites to force HTTPS



Would You Want the "Right to Disconnect" from Work?



Quick Tip: How To Turn Off Various Tips and Suggestions in Windows 10



BlackBerry Mercury: Our first take



Microsoft snaps up deep learning research company Maluuba



How to Move a Steam Game to Another Drive, The Easy Way



How to Sort Amazon Search Results by Number of Reviews



Krebs’s Immutable Truths About Data Breaches



Google, Amazon, Apple, Samsung lead sales in smart home devices

Smart home hardware and services' revenue is forecasted to hit $195 billion by 2021, according to new report.



Google is bringing AI to your Raspberry Pi

Face-recognition, speech-to-text translation, and sentiment analysis are among tools that could be coming to the Pi.



Ask an Expert: All About Saving Money on Your Energy Bill



With Android coming to Chrome, Google plays the long game



Trying to buy a new laptop is a good reminder of what makes Apple so special



The updated ThinkPad X1 Carbon packs Kaby Lake chips and zero bloatware

How does the newest Intel processor, a Windows Hello IR camera, and absolutely no bloatware sound?



How to Optimize Your iPhone’s Music Storage to Automatically Free Up Space



How to Randomize Your Text Tone for Each New Incoming Message



Extortionists Wipe Thousands of Databases, Victims Who Pay Up Get Stiffed



Turn an old laptop into a Chromebook-Linux hybrid

With a few minutes and a few free tools, you can resurrect nearly any aging PC with a fresh, fast, Chrome-like interface.



What is IMAX VR and where can I check it out? (VR on steroids)



Remains of the Day: Latest Windows 10 Preview Has F.lux-Like Features (this is good news, I have used f.lux for years and it would be nice if built in)



Did Microsoft just out-cool Apple?



Samsung Galaxy S8 Could Morph Into Full PC



How to force your Surface Book to use the powerful discrete NVIDIA GPU for games

While testing Halo Wars Definitive Edition on my Surface Book, I noticed that it wasn't using the powerful discrete NVIDIA GPU, defaulting instead to the integrated graphics.



How to Add Gestures to Your Android Phone’s Fingerprint Scanner



Intel Security: 76% of kids can take internet devices to bed, but only 23% of parents monitor usage



Uber deceived drivers with promise of lofty pay, FTC says


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Sun 823 1/29/2017

You can now wake Amazon's Alexa with 'Computer'



Google Maps will soon show parking availability at public locations



RansomFree Proactively Protects Your Computer Against Ransomware Attacks



3 Lessons From The Yahoo Breach

Your organization must address these blind spots to detect sophisticated attacks.



How to Convert Delimited Text Files to Excel Spreadsheets



Samsung Confirms Galaxy S8 Release Date Delay



Best Cheap Windows 10 Tablets



Who is Anna-Senpai, the Mirai Worm Author?



How to change the wake word on your Amazon Echo to "Computer"

Tired of talking to a computer without being able to live out your Star Trek fantasies? Amazon has heard you, and it has answered.



Samsung earnings soar in Q4 despite unprecedented Note 7 recall



Top 10 Free Alternatives to Expensive Software



JPMorgan Hack: One More Pleads Guilty For Operating Bitcoin Exchange

Ricardo Hill allegedly operated Coin.mx which exchanged millions of dollars into bitcoin to support the hack scheme.



How to Directly Connect to a Raspberry Pi Without Internet



Microsoft Surface Pro 5: What To Expect



Now we know what Microsoft’s upcoming ‘Game Mode’ for Windows 10 will do



How to set custom icon for a removable drive on Windows 10

Have some fun adding a custom icon and label to removable drives on Windows 10 -- Here's how to do it.



Before You Pay that Ransomware Demand…



Android users beware: New AI can crack your Pattern Lock from afar

New research from a group of universities found that specific video and computer vision algorithm software can unlock an Android Pattern Lock in five attempts.



Galaxy S8 announcement set for late March



Build Your Own Smartphone-Connected Door Lock With a Raspberry Pi



Old-School Mac OS Malware Spotted Targeting Biomedical Industry

Apple patches Mac OS for retro and stealthy 'Fruitfly' malware.



9 PowerPoint Mistakes to Avoid for Perfect Presentations



Apple's next iPhone rumored to have facial recognition powered by a new 'laser sensor'



How to print content in black and white colors on Microsoft Edge

Use this simple tip to print in black and white using Microsoft Edge on content you'll only be reading.



The FTC’s Internet of Things (IoT) Challenge



Apricorn Aegis Secure Key 3z hardware-encrypted flash drive

256-bit AES XTS hardware encryption security at entry-level pricing



Why Apple should totally steal this awesome new Android feature



OneDrive's Latest Beta Frees Up Storage Space On Your Phone With Photo Backups



Number Of Data Breach Disclosures Jumped 40% in 2016



6 Ways to Use iPhone as an External Hard Drive



Are hackers watching you and your children? Yet another flaw in Samsung's security SmartCam could let criminals spy on your home



If we show you how to back up your PC for free, will you finally do it?

What's it gonna take? These free backup tools are a good start.



How to customize privacy settings in Edge for Windows 10



Stolen Passwords Fuel Cardless ATM Fraud



Why PC companies are making big bets on gamers



This new ransomware 'bluff' trick is costing victims big, even though their files are never really in danger

Firms are paying five-figure ransoms after being tricked into thinking they have been hit by ransomware.



Hemingway, the Writing App That Helps You Edit, Adds Distraction-Free Mode, PDF Export, and More



Apple sues Qualcomm for withholding $1 billion ‘as retaliation’

Following FTC anti-competition suit against Qualcomm



Comments by -- Bob Primak --

FYI #822 (Sat 1/28/2017)

Protesters Called To Join Inauguration Day DDoS Attack

This in my opinion would be childish and would send exactly the wrong message. It would confirm all the Conspiracy Theories Trump's supporters have been promoting throughout the campaign. It's over, he won, and the future is what it is. 

Technically, of course this could be done. But don't expect Anonymous or WikiLeaks to do it -- we learned where they cast their votes during the hacking revelations. 


How to back up photos and videos from an SD card on your Chromebook

While I don't have a Chromebook, I do use Google Drive to post pictures for family members rather frequently. It's convenient for sharing, and copying and pasting the sharing URL into an email message is pretty easy.


Android apps will make Chromebooks worth buying this year

I'm thinking not so much this year as next year or shortly after. Give them time to shake out the bugs.


My Yahoo Account Was Hacked! Now What?

Actually, due to Yahoo waiting over three years to tell us about the hacking, there is little we can do to defend ourselves at this late date. Except, dump everything Yahoo from your online activities and don't look back. If it weren't for CCS using Yahoo Groups, I might have done this already, in spite of my AT&T email account being powered by Yahoo.


Anonymous Threatens Trump Ahead Of Inauguration

Wait! What? I thought we were told Anonymous acted on Trump's behalf in the Election hacking scandals, with Russia's help. Julian Assange as much as said so. So now they're going to turn tail and attack their President? 


Signs point to Microsoft's imminent release of Windows 7 'Service Pack 3'

Bunk! There will never be any more feature upgrades for Windows 7. Microsoft is even raising the specter of Windows 7 being "insecure" to try to spook users into upgrading to Windows 10.


How to set up two-factor authentication on your Microsoft account

Even without a smartphone, I have this feature. I can use a landline phone and/or my alternate email address. 


3 easy steps anyone can take now to back up a PC

While this article slights local image system backujps, I have one more reason not to like the content. I have tried EaseUS Todo and Macrium Reflect backup programs. EaseUS ToDo created Win PE bootable media which could not be used on my tablet due to the screen size not matching the program's screen size. All Restore options disappeared off the bottom of the screen and could not be accessed. Macrium Reflect's WinPE Main Window screen can be resized, so all options can be accessed, even on a tablet screen. My point is, a backup program is only as good as your ability to use it under all failure conditions.


Comments by -- Joe Nowak

Possible Solution to Stuck Printer Problem

Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:49 pm


This is a useful article for Windows users. In my Linux, things can get stuck in the printer queue also. (Yes, that is how the word is spelled.) I have on occasion simply removed the printer and set it up again (no restart required to do this in Linux) just to avoid a lengthy job of tracking down where the job was stuck and how to fix the problem. But in Windows, this article outlines most of the solutions which do not require a full system restart. 

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