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Sat 843  2/18/2017


Comments by -- Bob Primak --

Microsoft pushes out critical Flash Player patches with one week delay

A critical Windows update released Tuesday fixes vulnerabilities in Flash Player


There will still be no Patch Tuesday for February. 


WordPress Site Operator Suggestions

Susan Bradley posted this article in Windows Secrets about protecting a Wordpress site and protecting ourselves as users. Note: this is paid content. But the important points for site operators are not hidden from general public viewing. 



New Chrome hack prompts users to download ‘missing font’ to sneak in malware


The initial attack is based in JavaScript. The download uses other, well-worn techniques. Blocking scripts might stop this one from working, but it isn't presented as needing other vectors for the initial attack to succeed. Ad blocking or Flash and HTML5 autoplay blocking won't protect users, and neither will most security products. 


Comments by -- Joe Nowak

Protecting your smart home network

Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:13 pm (PST

3 Ways to Keep Hackers Out of Your Smart Home Network



Latest CyberHeist News

Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:59 am (PST

CyberheistNews Vol 7 #8 Google: "Office Inbox Receives 6.2X More Phishing Than Your Inbox at Home".



Protecting yourself from Hackers

Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:36 am (PST

5 Simple Ways to Protect Yourself From Hackers


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Fri 842  2/17/2017


Comments by -- Bob Primak --

Re. FYI #840  (Wed 2/15/2017):

What Makes eMMC Flash Memory Viable in Mobile Devices, but Not PCs?

The main issue is how long the memory has to last. Most devices which use eMMC memory are designed to last for four years or less, and phones are designed to be traded up after two OS upgrades, usually about two years or less. These parameters are way short of the mean time between failures for eMMC flash memory arrays. 

Re. FYI #841  (Thur 2/16/2017):

Cerber ransomware takes special care not to encrypt security product files

Why would they want to avoid encrypting security product files? This does not make any sense to me. 


Yahoo issues another warning in fallout from hacking attacks

I haven't gotten this warning yet, but the week is still young.


How to Use Google Drive on Linux

This is one Google App which is not going away. I use Google Drive for pihotos and large files and documents all the time in Ubuntu 16.04 Linux. I use a free account and never seem to run low on storage. 


UPDATE: Chromebooks beyond the cloud: Everything Chromebooks can do offline

I would imagine local storage capacity and lack of universal file types would limit the usefulness of working with ChromeOs and Android apps offline. 

I was not aware that Chrome Browser was ending support for apps on non-Chrome OSes. That further isolates ChromeOS into its own proprietary walled garden and makes it even less attractive for those who are already used to running Linux. This news makes me absolutely opposed to ever owning any Chromebook. 

For a phone, Android makes sense, as there are no full OSes which run well on phones. But for real computers, and even tablets, a walled garden is a poor choice. That might also apply to Windows Cloud if that becomes the default Windows OS version. 


Should I Run CHKDSK on My SSD?

This article really seeks to make clear that CHCKDSK is mostly read-only, whereas defragmenting would be writing a lot. Windows won't even attempt to defragment an SSD, but it will perform Trim (garbage collection, which can free up some space). By default, Trim is performed once a month on a built-in SSD. Linux does Trim too, but not on a schedule. 

Google’s future plans for Android might be truly exciting

I thought Google's new OS was going to be Fuchsia. Andromeda doesn't look like it's the same thing. So what's really going on here? Still, ChromeOS + Android does not = a complete desktop or laptop OS. And it's still Cloud dependent. 


New Android Phone: Five Things To Buy

Screen Protector (Comment) and case are usually one item. Backup Battery means a recharging battery. You can't swap actual batteries in the vast majority of phones.


This peer-to-peer mesh network allows smartphones to talk without Wi-Fi or cell coverage

And it gets spoofed or hacked in three...two...one...


Stop refreshing Windows Update! Microsoft's February 2017 Patch Tuesday is cancelled

This also means that Flash Player in IE 11 and Edge browsers is insecure until further notice. You've been warned. 


How Can I Securely Delete Everything Except the Operating System?

I wouldn't bother. Just wipe everything and reformat and reinstall Windows. It's quicker and easier than trying to hunt and peck for personal data. Especially on an SSD.


Comments by -- Joe Nowak

Dan Bricklin: Personal Computer Software Pioneer

Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:44 pm (PST

Dan Bricklin developed the first truly practical software application for the personal computer in the late 1970s. Without his program the personal computer could have been a short term fad for game playing.

He made it into something that business could use.


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Thur 841  2/16/2017

Cerber ransomware takes special care not to encrypt security product files

Sometimes, computer criminals are extra-extra careful, too.



Yahoo issues another warning in fallout from hacking attacks



How to Use Google Drive on Linux



Gmail Kills Support For Older Versions Of Windows



How to fight the horrendous battery drain bug currently plaguing iPhone users



South Africa may be the epicenter of a geomagnetic pole reversal in progress



8 Unique Ways to Use the Fingerprint Scanner on Your Android Device



The seven most dangerous attack techniques: A SANS Institute rundown

From ransomware to weak random number generators, the RSA Conference explores the worst threats and how to stop them.



UPDATE: Chromebooks beyond the cloud: Everything Chromebooks can do offline



If you have an iPhone 7, you got the wrong iPhone



What Are Mesh Wi-Fi Systems, and How Do They Work?



How To Create A Gmail Signature



Should I Run CHKDSK on My SSD?



Performance, pricing details for AMD’s upcoming Ryzen CPU leak online



How Does Emulation Work and Why Is It So Slow?



Researchers discover over 170 million exposed IoT devices in major US cities

Webcams, medical devices, routers and databases are only some of the devices on show.



PC prices will continue to go up due to SSD, DRAM, LCD shortages, Lenovo says

Higher chip prices and a shortage of memory and SSDs are among the culprits driving up PC prices.



Google’s future plans for Android might be truly exciting



How to Set Up Your New Chromecast



New Android Phone: Five Things To Buy (Really and phone)



My ISP Went Under; How Do I Recover My Email and Email Address?



Is the Pixel better than the iPhone?

We discuss the inside story of the Google Pixel, debate the merits of Verizon buying Yahoo and ask if anyone uses eBay anymore.



This peer-to-peer mesh network allows smartphones to talk without Wi-Fi or cell coverage

An IBM and Weather Company Android app is designed to save lives by spreading warnings of impending disasters.



The best cybersecurity advice from experts at RSA

Users and businesses can protect themselves with these tips.



Stop refreshing Windows Update! Microsoft's February 2017 Patch Tuesday is cancelled



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



5 Tips for Protecting Yourself From a Password Security Breach



How Can I Securely Delete Everything Except the Operating System?

Before giving away a machine or returning a loaner, it's important to remove personal information from it. That's both harder and easier than you think.



Use voice commands to tighten up Google privacy, security settings

You can now view and adjust your Google account settings with a simple voice command.



Sick of People Asking You to Google for Them? Use This Site



[Windows 10 Tip] Registry Tweaks to Customize UI of Alt+Tab, Task View and Snap Assistant Screens



New Google Chromebooks cross laptops and tablets



Reinstall Windows 10 (and fix your problems) with these quick steps



What Is a “Chipset”, and Why Should I Care?



I don't need Dropbox anymore, and it's all Google's fault



Israeli soldiers hit by Android malware from cyberespionage group

More than 100 soldiers from the Israel Defense Forces had their Android phones infected with malware by a cyberespionage group



Comments by -- Joe Nowak

Kickstarter and Crowdfunding workshop

Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:14 

This is a little far for some of you but might be worth the trip if you're looking for a creative method for raising funds for a project.

Have a great project idea? The problem is funding. How can you get some financial support? Have you ever thought about Kickstarter? The Indian Prairie Library in Darien is having a special program on this topic on February 23, 2017.


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Wed 840  2/15/2017

Apple Takes a Page from Amazon’s Playbook

Apple has finalized plans for two original TV shows that will become part of the company’s Apple Music subscription. It worked for Amazon Prime.



How to Fix Ugly Fonts and Text in LibreOffice on Windows 10



How to mute Facebook's new auto-playing video feature

Facebook videos in your News Feed will now play with the sound on. Here's how to stop it.



How to Install Ubuntu with Separate Root and Home Hard Drives



Geekly Update - 15 February 2017



IBM's Watson to Tackle Computer Security, Threats



Why Is Creating a Bootable USB Drive More Complex Than Creating Bootable CDs?






iPhone owners can now cheat on Apple with an Android smartwatch

An Android watch paired to an iPhone? The perfect marriage, for some.



Samsung probably shouldn’t be boasting about how well it tests its phones just yet



Pattern Locks Are NOT Secure on Android Devices



Windows 10 new Email Insights: Microsoft's app bids to fix email search in Outlook, Gmail

​Microsoft thinks its new Email Insights app will spell the end of fruitless searches in the Outlook desktop app and Gmail.



Do You Really Need a Gigabit Connection? 5 Ways to Find Out



The FTC’s Internet of Things (IoT) Challenge



Hands-On with Outlook.com Premium



How to See How Much You’ve Spent on Amazon



Ransomware is a sneaky, dangerous cyber threat

Make sure you know what to look out for to thwart these attacks.



How to buy a laptop in 2017

Windows laptops. Chromebooks. MacBooks. 2-in-1 hybrid tablets. Buying a laptop is more confusing than ever. But we're here to help.



These ‘smart’ headphones let you listen to music and charge your iPhone 7 at the same time



How to Survive Using an Old Android Phone with No Internal Memory



Hands-On: Raspberry Pi 7-inch Touch Display and case

The official Raspberry Pi display and case make for a nice, compact package. Today I find out what it's like to assemble, connect, and use.



Windows 10 Cloud – Everything You Need to Know



Microsoft quietly prolongs life of original Windows 10

Adds 40+ days to support lifespan of version 1507, the mid-2015 debut edition



Ehang Taxi Drone to Transport Passengers in Dubai

Just don't expect to go very far, or bring a ton of luggage along for the ride.



What Makes eMMC Flash Memory Viable in Mobile Devices, but Not PCs?



This Mac malware wants to steal passwords and iPhone backups

Malware which robs you of passwords and iPhone backup data is thought to be linked to the same cyberespionage group accused of interfering with the US elections last year.



Who makes the most reliable hard drives?



Samsung Just Leaked the Galaxy S8 Plus



3 Essential Gadgets to Monitor Your Home Whenever You’re Away



This Android Trojan pretends to be Flash security update but downloads additional malware

Malware tricks users into opening Android Accessibility menu, enabling the attacker to mimic users' clicks and select anything displayed on their screen.



Is Windows Defender Good Enough?



Chromebook Diaries: How I learned to live with Chrome OS



REVIEW: Windows 10 Yoga Book: The good, the bad, the useful



How to Disable Norton’s Notifications and Bundled Software



Think Apple computers are still malware immune? This new attack proves otherwise

A newly detected malware targeting macOS devices can steal passwords and capture iPhone backups. And it's coming from  



Tim Sweeney is positively steam-ed about Microsoft’s Windows Cloud operating system



iPhone 8 Won't Have a Big Screen After All (Report)



3 Free Templates to Keep Meetings on Track and Useful



Amazon Web Services takes on Microsoft, Google with new voice, videoconferencing tool

AWS launched Chime, calling and video messaging software available as a web application, and on Apple iOS and Google Android mobile devices.



Comments by -- Bob Primak --

Re. FYI #837 (Sun 2/12/2017):

Microsoft Cortana's new feature makes you keep your promises

So now Cortana is doing what GMail has been doing, and scanning email for content. So much for the promise by Microsoft that Outlook and Outlook.com do not scan for content.


How to Choose the Best VPN Service for Your Needs

Just be aware -- free VPN services like TunnelBear are not really private or secure. They are ad supported, and as such, your communications are scanned to present advertisers with information about you and your habits. 


Ever own a computer with a DVD drive? You may be owed $10

I wonder how many people kept their receipts from so long ago. I don't even own any longer the two laptops with built-in DVD drives which might have qualified. The only people who get paid in these Class Actions are the lawyers.


Re. FYI #838 (Mon 2/13/2017):

5 Free Tools to Edit PDF Files

This is one area where I got so frustrated with all my favorite Widnows Apps going commercial (pay for it now, where it used to be free) that I have been doing all my work in Linux. MasterPDF for Linux is free and does pretty much everything OpenOffice or LibreOffice doesn't do. Including form filling and text editing. When printing from the free edition there may be watermarks, which is the only possible drawback. For changing page orders or combining documents into a single PDF (or splitting PDFs) I use PDF Shuffler in Linux. PDF SAM in Windows requires at least one unsafe plugin (I think it's Java Runtime). And they push their paid version relentlessly.


Windows 10 Creators Update is Feature Complete According to Microsoft

You mean, the OS is now fully completed? After three years since public release? Break out the (sarcastic) champagne.


Report: Microsoft prepping a locked-down version of Windows, with RT-like restrictions

   Mary Jo Foley did not report that Windows Cloud is designed to be locked-down, nor that it will run only on ARM.




   What does appear to be true is that Win32 apps would have to be converted to UWP apps using Microsoft's Centennial platform, if they will work with Windows Cloud. This also probably means no traditional Windows Desktop.

    This will not be the only nor the default version for Windows any time soon.


How to Switch Between the Full and Basic Versions of Yahoo Mail

During Yahoo outages or slowdowns, I have never been automatically switched to Yahoo Basic Web Mail. I have seen the optional offer to switch pop up, however.


What Are RFID-Blocking Wallets & Which Should You Buy?

None. They are ineffective. A strong enough detector can overcome any wallet-sized Faraday Cage.


Re. FYI #839 (Tue 2/14/2017):

Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Essential Linux Apps

This article is from 2013, and was updated only slightly in July 2016. I would take with a grain of salt these recommendations. And totally ignore the comments, as they are out of date.


The best add-ons for the Kodi media player and how to install them

Well at least his time, these guys left out references to the Kodi channels and plugins which can access pirated content the most easily. BTW, if you're going to mess with Plex, just use their own App and pay for a Plex Pass. It's easier and not that expensive.


How to Run Android on Your Computer

Not exactly. this Android does not have full access to the Google Play Store. And the experience of Android on a desktop display is excruciating. Without a touch screen, forget it. And there is no suopport for many drivers found in desktop hardware. Stick with real Linux and wait for the Chrome Browser to start supporting Android Apps. And even then, expect a far worse user experience than on a real Android device.


Linux poll results: And the winners are...

This was a poll which could be affected by vote-stuffing, and this community is a samall segment of a small user community. All of Linux is only about 3 percent of device users, overall.


Dell: Crazy exploding laptop wasn't our fault

This one had me scratching my head. Turns out, the battery was not a Dell original part.


DaVinci Resolve 12.5

    This editing software is meant to be professional grade. And it is meant to be used with studion equipment, which does not come cheaply. The free version is not meant to be fully functional, and will disappoint any serious film editing professional. For people with less lofty ambitions, there are free programs which are much easier to learn and to use, and do not have anywhere near the hardware overhead of this and similar Pro packages. 

    One example of more appropriate software for non-professionals is Lightworks, and Shotcut is fine for casual video editing needs. Both have free versions and both have versions which work on 64-bit Ubuntu Linux, given capable hardware to run on. These programs are all very disk intensive, GPU intensive, processor intensive, and run best with unbelievable amounts of RAM.


From My Own Reading:

Really, Google? Chrome 57 kills the ability to control and disable plugins


and, https://betanews.com/2017/01/30/chrome-57-plugins/

and, http://techdows.com/2017/01/chrome-plugins-page-removed.html

    This does affect a lot of plugins, but Flash Player and the built-in PDF Viewer have Settings (deeply buried) which still allow controls over their behaviors. Extension behaviors and controls are not affected. Note also that there are "flags" which can control the behaviors of some plugins, including Flash vs. HTML5 priority. 

    The Comments after the gHacks version of this article state that the plugins controls page ahs disappeared because external plugins (not extensions) have been eliminated by Chrome. I don't know whether this is true, but if so, you don't need controls for things which no longer exist. Flash and PDF (both are Adobe products) seem to be the only two exceptions. Everything else seems to be handled as extensions. The Beta News Version seems to be copied from the gHacks version, but has different (and equally interesting) Comments.

    "It is not like Google went and made a conscious decision, out of the blue to kill plugin access. This was done by the Chromium dev team. Any decision made by Google amounts only to 'keeping it they way the Chromium dev team choose to do it'." (comment on Beta News version)

    Bottom Line -- This is not a blocking of user controls. It's a change in the way Chrome handles plugins. What used to be called plugins are now mostly extensions, and have greater, not lesser user controls, for the most part. And Google did not initiate this -- the Chromium Developers set the new standard.

See  https://bugs.chromium.org/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=615738  for more details about the Chromium development process.



I was under the impression that ChromeOS was an ARM Operating System, with little or no support for Intel CPUs. Tim K. has informed me that this is not so. ChromeOS does work on Intel CPUs and architecture.

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Tue 839 2/14/2017

Elon Musk thinks humans need to become cyborgs or risk irrelevance

Another cheery lecture from Uncle Elon



AT&T, IBM, Palo Alto Networks, Symantec, Team Up In IoT Security

IoT Cybersecurity Alliance is made up of AT&T, IBM, Nokia, Palo Alto Networks, Symantec, and Trustonic.



Intel will release 8th-gen Coffee Lake chips this year—still at 14nm

Has Process, Architecture, Optimization died as quickly as it replaced Tick-Tock?



Supercharge Your Windows 10 Calendar With This Guide



ATM ‘Shimmers’ Target Chip-Based Cards



Stop to smell the virtual roses: why scent could be the next frontier for VR


Best Password Managers 2017



How to Verify That Your Mac’s Time Machine Backups Are Working Properly



Lifehacker Pack for Linux: Our List of the Essential Linux Apps



Intel's 'Threat Landscape Dashboard' tells you today's worst digital threats

The new online platform keeps a real-time record of today's most significant cybersecurity threats.



Apple's W1 Bluetooth chip, explained

There's more than "magic" that makes W1 headphones pair so well with your iPhone.



Ditch Your Desktop! Turn Your Smartphone Into a Desktop Replacement



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



Apple may integrate new custom ARM cores into future Macs, but x86 swap still unlikely



7 Easy Ways to Get Your Identity Stolen



How to Create ZIP Files on Your iPhone or iPad with Bundler



The Beginner's Guide to Creating Virtual Machines with VirtualBox



Life in the Fast Ring: A survival guide for the Windows 10 Insider Program

Want to participate in the Windows 10 development process? Join the Windows Insider Program and add your feedback. But before you sign up, know exactly what you're getting into and follow these six rules.



Acer Chromebook R13 review:

A Chromebook 2-in-1 with killer battery life



You Can Finally Delete That QR Code Scanner Off Your Phone



Krebs’s Immutable Truths About Data Breaches



AMD posts strong Q4 2016 results, confirms Ryzen, Vega launch dates



The best add-ons for the Kodi media player and how to install them

Check out these add-ons to enhance your viewing experience



How to Run Android on Your Computer



The last Galaxy S8 mysteries were just solved



Linux poll results: And the winners are...

The members of LinuxQuestions have spoken about their favorite Linux and open-source programs. Their favorite Linux? Would you believe it's Slackware?



Dell: Crazy exploding laptop wasn't our fault

Commentary: After a laptop explodes again and again and again, Dell examines it.



You Need to Update These Google Apps Right Now



Stolen Passwords Fuel Cardless ATM Fraud



Microsoft’s guidance for Windows PCs in 2017 won’t reverse sales decline



How to download and install the Kodi Krypton 17 update



How to Control Plex Media Center with the Amazon Echo



One of the iPhone 8’s hottest new features might not even work out of the box



DaVinci Resolve 12.5

Professional non-linear editing with

Hollywood's most powerful color corrector!



Lenovo Miix 510 review:

This Surface Pro 4 clone (almost) beats the real thing



DJI Phantom 4 Review & Giveaway



Organizations In 40 Countries Under ‘Invisible’ Cyberattacks

Unknown threat actors are stealing sensitive financial data using memory resident malware crafted from legitimate tools, Kaspersky Lab warns.



ICZI Surface Dock: Expand Your Surface Ports For Less

Addressing the Surface Port Shortage


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Mon 838 2/13/2017

Samsung can’t wait for the iPhone 8



Fast Food Chain Arby’s Acknowledges Breach



How to Open Multiple Images in One Document in Photoshop



5 Free Tools to Edit PDF Files



Windows 10 Creators Update is Feature Complete According to Microsoft



Google Maps now lets you create, share, and follow lists of places



How to stop Windows 10 from automatically rebooting after updates



Google and LG debut Android Wear 2.0 with new watches



Here's why tech has taken over our relationships

Dating hasn't just been turned upside down by technology, it's been dominated by it.



Harvest Season: Why Cyberthieves Want Your Compute Power

Attackers are hijacking compute power in order to pull off their other crimes.



‘Top 10 Spammer’ Indicted for Wire Fraud



How to Monitor (and Reduce) Your Data Usage on Android



How to Simplify Your Phone and Get Back to the Basics



Apple Hires Amazon’s Fire TV Head to Run Apple TV Business



Man jailed 16 months, and counting, for refusing to decrypt hard drives

He’s not charged with a crime. Judge demands he help prosecutors build their case.



Report: Microsoft prepping a locked-down version of Windows, with RT-like restrictions



3 router tweaks to speed up your Wi-Fi



Microsoft AI's next leap forward: Helping you play video games

The software giant wants app makers to use its artificial intelligence. The hope is the more they build it into apps we all use, the smarter it'll become.



When Hackers Hack Hackers

Notable cases of internecine cyber squabbles.



House Passes Long-Sought Email Privacy Bill



How to Switch Between the Full and Basic Versions of Yahoo Mail



What Are RFID-Blocking Wallets & Which Should You Buy?



Get ready for Apple's iWear! Apple could launch augmented reality glasses for the iPhone this year

The device would show images and may use augmented reality 

Snapchat launched its own video-camera sunglasses last year



As wireless devices flourish, network security pros break into cold sweats



Microsoft wants to bring HoloLens to the consumer market once the technology matures



Intel now supports Vulkan on Windows 10 PCs

Intel has added new Apollo Lake and Kaby Lake to the list of chips supporting Vulkan



Five tips to speed up your Mac

Boost your Mac's performance and reclaim hard-drive space with this handful of tips.



4 Signs You, Your Users, Tech Peers & C-Suite All Have 'Security Fatigue'

If security fatigue is the disease we've all got, the question is how do we get over it?



InterContinental Confirms Breach at 12 Hotels



The Best Screenshot Apps for macOS



5 Sites and Apps to Beat Ransomware and Protect Yourself



Is YOUR phone safe? Security expert says hackers can attack your device via dozens of popular iOS apps

Will Strafach, a security expert, has posted a list of apps at risk on his blog

Apps are vulnerable to attack when data is sent from the phone to the cloud

Hackers might be able to intercept financial or medical details

Apps under threat include Uconnect Access, Music Tube, and Gift Saga



Is Firefox snooping just as much as the other browsers?



New Apple MacBook Pro banned from bar exams in multiple states thanks to Touch Bar



Google crams machine learning into smartwatches in A.I. push

Google researchers are lowering the bar on hardware needed to perform artificial 



How to access Netflix's secret genre categories

Netflix has a hidden world of subgenres that can help you zero in more quickly on what to watch next.



Alleged Russian Hacker With Ties To ‘Notorious Cybercriminals’ Arrested In LA

Alexander Tverdokhlebov is being held on charges of conspiring with another hacker to steal money from online bank accounts.



A Shakeup in Russia’s Top Cybercrime Unit



Galaxy S8 Finally Gets a Launch Window


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Sun 837 2/12/2017

Born: Office activation site controlled by a non-Microsoft company



How To Turn Off Touchpad When Mouse Is Connected In Windows 10/7/8.1



Samsung Bixby: Trademark application uncovers new logo



Microsoft Cortana's new feature makes you keep your promises

Windows 10's digital assistant can scan your emails -- if you let it -- and suggest reminders so you don't forget any commitments you've made.



In 2017, Laptops Are Cool Again



Microsoft is taking on Chromebooks with Windows 10 'Cloud'






How to Choose the Best VPN Service for Your Needs



iPhone 8 Leak Explains Apple's Expensive New Smartphone



Google is Studying How Robots Will Collaborate



How Microsoft Is Pushing the 3D Revolution With Windows 10



Google says 'Android Wear is not a hobby'

It's committed to its software for wearables, releasing a long-time-coming update Wednesday. Execs also answer our questions about a Google-branded watch.



Windows Goodbye: Dynamic Lock Function Closes PC When You're Away



How to transfer your data from an old PC to a new PC






How Do Night Vision Cameras Work?



Infected Vending Machines And Light Bulbs DDoS A University



Google Play Store to remove millions of apps that don't reveal where user data goes



The Most Used Linux Terminal Commands and What They Do



Google wants to use Chrome to suck you into virtual reality

Chrome now supports WebVR, which brings virtual worlds to web browsers. Allies include Mozilla, Microsoft and Facebook, but we can expect some rough patches.



How to Make Chrome Open Your Favorite Pages at Launch



How to disable image compression for desktop wallpapers on Windows 10

Windows 10 by default compresses JPEG images you set as desktop wallpapers, but you can use this guide to show images in their full, glorious quality.



Apple’s future depends on a $1,000 iPhone 8+ smartphone



How to Block Someone on Facebook



9 Ways You’re Accidentally Damaging Your Smartphone



Didn’t mean to delete that? Here’s how to recover deleted text messages on your iPhone



A Brief Guide to Windows 10 Accessibility Tools



Facebook removes VR demo stations from hundreds of Best Buy stores

Some shops may have gone days without giving a single demo of the Oculus Rift headset.



How to Get Help in Windows 10



How to transfer your data from an old PC to a new PC



10 super-user tricks to boost Windows 10 productivity



How to Remove the Fandango Movie and TV Stores From the Roku Home Screen





Google Assistant might be coming to your non-Pixel device sooner rather than later



7 Simple Windows Scripts to Save You Time and Effort



Ever own a computer with a DVD drive? You may be owed $10

Optical drive makers settle a class-action lawsuit that accused them of conspiracy to inflate prices



Forget Gorilla Glass: 2 Corning Products That Could Change the World

Gorilla Glass may get all the hype, but these two other cutting-edge products from Corning could quietly become integral parts of our lives.



Samsung Chromebook Plus goes on sale

Samsung's new sub-$500 Chromebook Plus comes with support for Android apps from the Google Play Store right out of the box.



Get to the bottom of Windows crashes with Reliability Monitor

Windows 10 tip: Largely unchanged since Windows 7, the Reliability Monitor excels at jogging your memory



Comments by -- Bob Primak --

Re. FYI #835  (Fri 2/10/2017):

Can’t Uninstall a Windows 10 Modern App? Here’s a Nifty Workaround

I've been telling folks about this CCleaner capability since I read about it over a year ago.


Fire Breaks Out at Samsung Factory in China

So now they're lighting their own house on fire? 


Chrome OS Coming to Tablets and 2-in-1s Soon

It looks like these will still be limited to ARM architecture. So Intel-based devices will still not be able to install and run ChromeOS. (Not the real ChromeOS, anyway.) 


ChaletOS 16 Review: The Easiest Way to Switch From Windows to Linux

As long as it's receiving kernel updates and security updates in a timely way (unlike Mint, which does not) this might be the Linux distro to recommend for Windows users who want to try something new. But it will definitely not behave like Windows 7. Windows users will still have a learning curve, because Linux simply does not behave the way Windows does. Not even for some of the most basic tasks. And backup and recovery are not included in this Linux distro.


How to install Linux

Bad Link (404). Better Link:


Even on my NUC I actually used a USB DVD drive with a DVD made from an ISO. Setup of the media is easier this way. Note that some Linux distros will require that the BIOS be set up to turn off Secure Boot. Ubuntu does not have this requirement,but other distros may need this.


Google Fiber 2.0 targets the city where it will stage its comeback, as AT&T Fiber prepares to go nuclear

   Competition sure seems to be driving AT&T to speed up its deployment of gigabit Internet services where this service is scheduled to be offered. But both Google and AT&T have run into issues with costs. Subscribers are paying over $100.00 a month for these speeds. And there is no TV option and no home phone with 911 emergency location service for these Gigabit installations. Most of the bandwidth (speed) gains will be used up as customers try to stream all the content they previously got over the wire. AT&T still does not offer jhigh-speed Internet without installing a Direct TV dish. This still makes them a poor option at any speed.

   The article cited "U-Verse installers". U-Verse is dead, according to AT&T. So what were the authors really seeing in Louisville?

   Only the Cable TV providers still offer reliable emergency 911 location and home phone, TV options, local channels, and reasonable monthly pricing. The whole upgrade to higher speeds is ignoring (deliberately) the added costs to customers, and the need to find alternatives for services no longer being offered directly by ISPs. BTW, Comcast can offer Gigabit speeds here and now, for a price. And without sacrificing services we now get bundled. In my experience, OTA recording without on-demand services in case something goes wrong is simply not a viable alternative. Your mileage may vary.


Re. FYI #836  (Sat 2/11/2017):

Why Comcast's new Roku app fee will infuriate you

Commentary: Comcast will let customers get TV service on additional sets without a set-top box -- but it'll probably charge them for it.

I don't know why folks expect to be given free Comcast services on second and upward primary receivers. This has never been their practice with their own cable boxes or their Cable Cards. Why should customer-owned virtual cable boxes be treated any differently? 


How to Auto-Generate a List of Installed Programs (The Easy Way)

CCleaner has a lot of features most people don't know about. This is just one more. But, this method may not list al the Windows modules separately. Windows PowerShell may list more of these.


How to Use Chrome to Display All Types of Media In-Browser

I'd like to know how to stop Chrome from using its own internal displays for most media displays and PDF files. Chrome's own viewers are inferior to many third-party tools. 


How to Watch Your Local News Channels Online

I looked at their channel list as of latest summer (August, 2016):


At most, they have one Network Affiliate in each city, and there is nowhere near full coverage of the US. I would not bother with this app or channel.

It's going to be awhile before most local stations get fully working apps for streaming live content. Right now they don't seem to be in any hurry to undermine their over the air (OTA) ratings. 


From My Own Reading:

4 apps to share iOS, Android and Windows files



Comments by -- Joe Nowak

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