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
NO, YOU DON'T NEED TO PROVIDE BODY SENSOR INFO TO SEND AN EMAIL
iPhone owners can now cheat on Apple with an Android smartwatch
An Android watch paired to an iPhone? The perfect marriage, for
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
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
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
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
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
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,
AWS launched Chime, calling and video messaging software available
as a web application, and on Apple iOS and Google Android mobile
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
How to Choose the Best VPN Service for
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)
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
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
Dell: Crazy exploding laptop wasn't our
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
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
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.
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.