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Sat 962  7/8/2017

Online Politics Riddled with 'Bots' Perpetuating Fake News



Using Safe Mode on Windows 10



Open Broadcaster Software



Grab free rubberized grips with an Xbox Design Lab custom controller



How to Disable Fast User Switching in Windows 10



The Best Windows 10 Apps



Nvidia Considers Multi-Chip GPUs for Future Designs



Microsoft Delivers Another Blockbuster Windows 10 Insider Preview Build



Mozilla patches 32 vulnerabilities in Firefox 54
The latest version of the browser is no long vulnerable to a bug which triggered exploitable crashes.



How to Add “Open with Notepad” to the Windows Context Menu for All Files






Better At Listening, Voice Recognition Will Reshape Your Relationship With Technology



Privacy 101: Why You Need a VPN
The federal government opened the floodgates to allow ISPs to sell your personal data without your permission. Sound sketchy? Here's how to protect yourself.



CRYSIS Ransomware Is Back And Uses RDP Brute Force To Attack U.S. Healthcare Orgs



Best Bluetooth speakers
We'll help you find the best wireless speakers for pairing with your smartphone or tablet—whatever your budget, and whatever music floats your boat.



AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper gets its first benchmark results — and it’s fast



14 Windows Programs You Should Be Using



Check out Chuwi's budget Surface clone in action



How to Use Android Guest Mode to Share Your Device Without Compromising Privacy



How to Clean Your Laptop Screen, Cover, Keyboard, and Fans



Qualcomm’s New Snapdragon 450 Will Give Budget Phones a Boost



Tip: Upgrade Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro



'Fileless malware' attacks, used on banks, have been around for years
Recent malware attacks seen at 140 banks, telecoms and governments



Quickly See All The Keyboard Shortcuts For Any Mac App with CheatSheet






Get An Amazon Echo For Half Off Before Prime Day



'Year Million' Predicts a Future Where Humans Are Digital Gods
We talked with Dave O'Connor, executive producer of the NatGeo series Year Million, about what you find when you follow technological evolution 10, 100, and even a million years out.



[Heads-Up] First-Ever Russian Malicious Mac Macro Discovered



VeraPlus Advanced Home Controller review: This expensive hub fails to deliver
We can’t recommend this smart home hub to users with any level of experience.



Twitter launches its biggest redesign in years



5 Reasons Why Instructions Don’t Look Like Your Device



Grab some Alcantara Ray-Ban Wayfarers to match your Surface Laptop because, why not?



5 of the Best Panorama Apps for Android that Take Stunning Photos



Supercharge Google Assistant With These 7 Amazing IFTTT Applets



Windows 10 S FAQ: Everything you need to know about Microsoft's streamlined operating system
Windows 10 S is Microsoft's answer to Chromebooks in schools, but you'll be able to buy it too. Here's everything you need to know.



Microsoft Brings Dictation to Office



'How foul-mouthed hackers messed up my life'



How to Choose Which Files Windows Search Indexes on Your PC






Google wants to kill your phone
Every smartphone is both a phone and a computer. Google is working to get rid of the phone part.



Apple May Build a Car, But No One Will Buy It
Based on Tim Cook's comments and the company's core competencies, autonomous ride-sharing tech could bring Apple success via robo-taxis.






How to calibrate your TV to get the best picture possible
A few simple adjustments can help your TV produce a more accurate picture. We'll show you how.



The key to better wireless charging lies in quantum mechanics



Are My Old Zip 10 Drives Compatible With Windows 10?



Microsoft must launch a Surface phone — and get it right the first time



This Apple Chip Project Is Worth Your Attention



The Best Windows Software



How to set up a wireless router
These tips will make your wireless router installation even easier.



Programmer Develops Phone Bot To Target Windows Support Scammers 



proofpoint: Q1 Threat Report

Our latest threat report reveals top threats and trends for Q1 2017



How to Back Up Your Text Messages to Dropbox or Google Drive on Android



Microsoft Will Remove SMB1 Networking Protocol from Upcoming Windows 10 Release



The best laptops of 2017: Ultrabooks, budget PCs, 2-in-1s, and more
Our top picks feature the best tech advances in portable PCs, from new CPUs and GPUs to new materials.



The Best Pet Trackers and GPS Dog Collars
With location and activity tracking, these capable pet wearables can help make sure your dog or cat is both safe and healthy.



How vulnerable is your network against ransomware infections? 



Best white LED smart bulbs
Color smart bulbs are fun, but white bulbs are a lot more practical. We’ll help you find the right one.



Microsoft Pix Camera imitates Prisma with its AI-powered filters



Say Goodbye to the Roboform Toolbar in Firefox. Here's why



How, When, & Why to reset the PRAM & SMC on your Mac


Comments by -- Joe Nowak
One More Scam
Sat Jul 8, 2017 8:01 pm (PDT)
Another scam, only this time using text messaging on your cell or smart phone.
"Bad guys are increasingly targeting you through your smartphone. They send texts that trick you into doing something against your own best interest. At the moment, there is a mystery shopping scam going on, starting out with a text invitation, asking you to send an email for more info which then gets you roped into the scam.
Always, when you get a text, remember to "Think Before You Tap", because more and more, texts are used for identity theft, bank account take-overs and to pressure you into giving out personal or company confidential information. Here is a short video made by USA Today that shows how this works: What is a 'smishing' scam?

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Fri 961  7/7/2017

Attention: (if you have children, grand children or great grand children, check their phones, tablets and other computers for an app call Blue Whale, made by a Russian.  This starts off as a game of 50 tasks to do with some high risks.  If you make it to the end, it encourages you to commit suicide, which is what the developer intended.)


(With this months Windows 10 update patches is a informative message that the newer Creators Edition 1703 of Windows 10 will be coming to your system via Windows updates.  Don't know if this will be the end of this month's updates or next month's regular update.  Recommend have a good solid VERIFIED Image Backup before this happens.  If you have e-mail that comes in via Outlook or Thunderbird, you may have to do daily backups of your system until the upgrade to 1703 and your are satisfied it works correctly.  Also, be sure you have the recovery media in case you cannot boot you computer up so you can restore your last backup.  I did an upgrade within last two weeks that went fine.  This has been delayed since its release on April 11th do to some problems on some systems due to hardware variations with everyone's computers.)


Virus scanner or malware? Beware app store fakes



SoftWear Automation raises $4.5 million to build robots that sew



ThermoReal lets you feel heat, cold and even pain in VR and AR
For once, you can get pinched in the virtual world.



4 Quick Ways to Disable the Keyboard in Windows 10



Top 8 Tech Gadgets Every Traveler Should Have



This Trick Makes a USB Drive Work Perfectly With Windows, Mac, Linux, and Anything Else



Meet the next Windows 10: The Fall Creators Update connects across devices
It will all look better, too, with the new Fluent Design.



Biostar Reveals Mining-Focused Radeon RX 470D Graphics Card



Best Phones of 2017



It might be time to stop using antivirus
Update your software and OS regularly instead, practice skeptical computing.



How to Set Up a Mesh Network for Your Home or Small Office



Everything you need to know about the Xbox Design Lab 2017 custom wireless controller



How to Optimize Your Android Phone’s Battery Life with Greenify



Facebook Using AI to Wipe Out Terrorist Accounts
The social network is leveraging AI, in partnership with human expertise, to keep content from groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda off the platform.



Dropbox updates its admin panel for Business users



Researchers create temperature sensor that runs on almost no power
It could reduce the power requirements of thing like wearables.



How to Fix Memory Leaks in Windows 10



PlutoTV – Plenty Of Programming For Cord Cutters



Xfce Explained: A Look at One of Linux’s Speediest Desktops



HP Spectre x2 review: It beats the Surface Pro on value, if not performance
HP swings for the fences with its Kaby Lake chip, 2K display and Iris Plus graphics.



Acer Predator 21 X ($9,000) Gaming Laptop Review (how many are you going buy before next years model)



How to Spot a Good Amazon Prime Day Deal



The security mirage



MIT Develops 3D Chip That Integrates CPU, Memory



How to pick the right PC upgrades for you



How to Change the Size and Style of the Icons in LibreOffice



Porn Company CamSoda Will Pay You to Live Stream Your Life
LifeStream lets people broadcast their candid daily lives online, 24/7, in exchange for cash and some other perks. No sex or nudity required.



This might be our first look at an official Galaxy Note 8 image



A few Google Home owners already have Bluetooth enabled
It's probably not ready on your device yet.



7 of the Best Ransomware Decryption Tools for Windows



What To Ask A Search Engine



15 Weird Smart Home Gadgets No One Should Ever Want



How to quickly give users sudo privileges in Linux
If you have users that need certain admin privileges on your Linux machines, here's a walk-through of the process for granting full or specific rights.



How to create a bootable macOS Sierra installer drive
Instructions for making an external drive that you can use to install macOS Sierra.



EK Water Blocks Made A Passive M.2 NVMe SSD Cooler



What Is Sling TV? Everything You Need to Know



Report: US leads world in data breaches



The IBM Model F Keyboard Returns After a 30-Year Hiatus



Everything you need to know about Dolby Atmos for PC, Xbox One, and media



How to Move Windows’ Temporary Folders to Another Drive



It's Possible (and Fairly Easy) to Hack a PC With a Vape Pen
Researchers are warning that e-cigarettes can be modified, without a ton of effort, to infect a victim's PC with malware.



iPad Pro 10.5-Inch And 12.9-Inch Tablets Have 4GB RAM, Benchmarks Reveal



Lawsuit claims Sprint caused RadioShack’s latest bankruptcy
RadioShack’s creditors say Sprint destroyed 6,000 jobs and breached contract.



How to Upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit Version of Windows 10



Spring Cleaning For Contacts



30 More Internet Slang Words and Acronyms You Need to Know



Fileless malware: An undetectable threat
Fileless malware is a dangerous and devious threat--and it's gaining traction. Find out how it might affect your organization, network, and the devices connected to it.



How to master Google Chrome
Essential tips and tricks you need if you want to master Google Chrome.



HP Is Making Ink Cartridges From Trashed Pop Bottles



See Which Mac Antivirus Protects Best (and Worst)



It really is impossible to keep up with all these great new TV shows



New Details Define Promise and Limits of Xbox One X 4K Performance



How to record games at 60 FPS with high quality audio using Game DVR on Windows 10
You can configure Game DVR on Windows 10 to capture videos at 60 frames per second (FPS) with 192kbps audio quality, and in this guide, we'll show you how.



How to Make Alexa Understand You Better



How to Jazz Up Your Boring Windows 10 Desktop Theme
Time to spruce up Windows 10 with a cool desktop image and a lively color? Here's how to splash Windows 10 with a fresh look via the Creators Update.



The iPad is running circles around Android tablets — but Google might have a way forward



Tech Q&A: What to do when internet signal keeps cutting out



Ransomware makes California nursing school feel ill
Instructor brought malware in from home through USB drive.


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Thur 960  7/6/2017




The Xbox One X: Initial Impressions



How to Change the Size and Color of the Mouse Pointer in Windows



How to play DVDs in Windows 10 for free
Windows 10 won't play DVDs natively, and Windows Media Center is gone.



Giving Online Learning a Try With a Crash Course in Robot Ethics
I recently took a Philosophy of Technology and Design class through FutureLearn, but did it make me a massive open online course (MOOC) convert?



Facebook Helps Parents Protect Kids



EU lawmakers call for a right to repair electronic equipment
The European Parliament wants to take a carrot-and-stick approach to avoiding obsolescence



Western Digital Unveils 96-layer NAND, 4-bit QLC breakthrough



Krebs’s Immutable Truths About Data Breaches



Now Cortana Can Configure Itself as the Default Assistant on Android



Healthcare breaches cost $6.2B annually



Amazon Prime Day 2017 Starts July 11: What You Need to Know



Optimize Your Chrome Browsing Experience With These 13 Extensions



Android Apps to Get Your TV Fix for Free



What is ambient computing and why does it matter to you?



Alexa is learning more new skills every day
Amazon's virtual assistant can now help you out with 15,000 skills.



This $30 Apple Pencil stand highlights everything that's wrong with Apple accessories



How to Disable Windows 10’s Game DVR (and Game Bar)



How to Connect Your iPhone to Your HDTV
Try these options when you want to view iPhone or iPad content on a bigger screen.



Google Drive App to Become 'Backup and Sync'
Google is relaunching the Mac and PC apps that let you upload files to your Google Drive, making it easier to schedule backups.



Chrome Mobile Browser: Advanced Privacy Settings



iPhone camera apps: 4 apps that take full advantage of iOS 10 and a photographers’ eye



AMD Unveils Ryzen Pro CPUs, Details on Ryzen 3 Chips



Best PC Builds



Understanding What Productivity Looks Like on an iPad Pro



Ransomware took in $1 billion in 2016--improved defenses may not be enough to stem the tide
According to a security expert who requested anonymity, ransomware cybercriminals took in about $1 billion last year



Kodak Lives! Ektra Is Surprisingly a Good Camera Phone for the Price



5 Apps That’ll Remember Anything for You



How to Send and Receive SMS on Linux with KDE Connect



Scuf Impact review: A pro PS4 controller that's great for (most) PC gaming



Microsoft's "Zo" chatbot picked up some offensive habits
Zo went cray-cray like Tay.



Surface Laptop Review: The Good, Bad and Filthy



Windows 10 Without the Cruft: Windows 10 LTSB (Long Term Servicing Branch), Explained



Amazon Prime Day returns with longer sales and even more deals
Like previous years, a Prime membership is required to take advantage of the discounts.



Need Groceries? Tell Amazon's Alexa 'Dash Wand'
Talk to it like any other Alexa-enabled device or scan barcodes using the built-in scanner.



Free Up Space On You iPhone FAST!



Terk Amplified Multi-Directional HDTV Antenna review: Excellent reception thanks to an adjustable amp
With looks echoing the Echo, Terk’s OMNITWR pulls in TV signals without being a blight on your interior design.



Amazon bans reviews based on free or discounted products
Only books and reviews from the Amazon Vine program are exempt from new rules.



iFixIt Gives Surface Laptop Lowest-Possible Score



Busting up cybergangs



Judge Says Facebook Cookie 'Tracking' was Legal



iOS 11 Hands-on: Here’s How It Changes Your iPhone



4 Archaic Functions Windows 10 Still Supports



How to Organise Your Contacts on Any Android Device



Microsoft's 'Surface phone' should include AR glasses, a pen and exclusive apps



Windows 10's 'Timeline' feature won't arrive this fall
Timeline gives users seamless access to their work from multiple devices.



Logitech's human-spotting Nest cam rival works outdoors



How to Manage Files and Use the File System on Android



Best wireless router
Few elements of your home’s infrastructure have a bigger impact on your tech life. We’ll help you find just the right router to anchor your home network.



iPad Pro Is the Fastest Tablet Ever
The A10X Fusion is the most powerful processor we've ever tested; it's significantly faster than Qualcomm's latest chipset.



Why Are Search Engine Results Different?



Geeni Smart Bulb reviews: We put the budget-priced Lux 800 and Prisma 450 to the test
Can $25 Wi-Fi light bulbs compete with better-known but more-expensive offerings?



Microsoft Surface Laptop First Impressions



Consumer Guide to the Internet of Things 


Internet of Things Scanner



Windows 10 Gets Anti-Ransomware Feature



The iPhone Won Because Apple Knows We're Morons



How to Trace a Mobile Phone Location from an Android Device



How to Scan APK Files and Check If They Have a Virus



Is the Surface Pro Signature Type Cover with Alcantara worth an extra $30?



Windows 10 will remind you to install the latest major update
Microsoft doesn't want an avoidable malware crisis on its doorstep.



PlayStation and Xbox owners use their consoles for things other than gaming half the time



Sony can kill the Xbox One X tonight [Update: but it didn’t]
The war is going to be over price



Comments by -- Bob Primak --

Re. FYI #959 (Wed 7/5/17):

The Best Cheap Laptops of 2017

The ASUS Transformer Book still has a model which holds up pretty well in this roundup. If I had to replace my own earlier model, this would probably be my choice -- or wait for next year's model if possible. The Intel Atom processor is still pokey, but for light duty travel use, this product line is still a good choice.


Flash Industry Trends Could Lead Users Back to Spinning Disks

The arguments are far from convincing for ordinary (or even power) PC users. Flash for most of us is still faster than spinning disks. At least for the tasks most of our devices do every day.


How Do I Hack Someone’s Account?

   You would keep info about your safe deposit box and key legal documents somewhere where a family member could access them if you could no longer tell them how to get in. Why not do the same with key passwords and other info needed to access your online legacy? I don't know if people are doing this officially, but Digital Assets should be a rider to any Last Wishes document. At least one local (Illinois) attorney advises clients about how to go about doing this. 

   As for the other excuses to hack an account -- there sure are a lot of people who seem to feel that their emotional state justifies breaking the law! I worry about the future of a society where this attitude of self-entitlement is so widespread. 

   If it's about recovery options for free accounts -- yes, you get what you pay for. Where possible, use Password Managers and set up as many account recovery options as possible -- including recovery keys/drives for all your devices. 


Microsoft admits it disables anti-virus software in response to Kaspersky's EU complaint

Actually, this isn't anything new. During upgrades, which include many of the "feature updates" for Windows 10, it has always been strongly recommended to disable or remove third-party antivirus programs, as they try to prevent updating critical system files. 


The future of tickets might be ultrasonic audio from your phone

A new playground for thieves -- just what we needed. It's not just tickets which could be stolen if this tech is ever breached. And since it is ultrasound, it would be trivial to spoof.


Intel Hyperthreading Bug Unearthed In Kaby Lake And Skylake Processors (Updated)

I patched this on my NUC, but in Windows 10 Pro, there may have been a side effect. One driver (Realtek HD Audio) is not retaining its settings during restart or shutdown. I think the changed Intel UEFI firmware is at the root of this issue. Realtek and Intel need to update this driver if this is indeed the case.


How Safe is Kaspersky Internet Security?

People have raised this sort of Red Herring about anything developed in China as well. But if you don't trust Russia, Eastern Europe or China, maybe you should change your choices of third-party software in a lot of areas.


How Do I Temporarily Disable Avast?

If you need to update kernel level system files, Avast like most AV products, has a right-click menu item to disable its active components. Dig into the Interface, and there are controls for the other shields as well. Anything deeper and you should uninstall the product, do what needs to be done (preferably offline) and then reinstall and reactivate and update the product afterwards. As the article says, I wouldn't do any of this unless I absolutely trusted the software which needed Avast (or anything else) to be disabled in order to install or update the product. Usually, only the OS (Windows) needs such radical treatment of security products to complete updates or upgrades.  


What Is Sling TV? Everything You Need to Know

This is a service, totally separate from Slingbox and its Slingbox App. I don't like what Sling TV offers, so I don't use this service.


Microsoft Details GPU Monitoring in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

In Linux on my old Toshiba laptop, due to hybrid graphics driver issues, I used to do this sort of graphics performance monitoring all the time. I used to track when or whether the advanced NVidia properties were active, and when the driver dropped things back into Intel Graphics mode. But now with my NUC and my tablet, all the graphics are handled by integrated Intel graphics, so there's really nothing important to monitor except GPU loads. And even that is really more about CPU and core loads than anything specific to graphics performance. But it is nice to know that Microsoft is enhancing the ability to do this sort of monitoring. They've "deprecated" so much else about system monitoring lately.

Being able to set Application Priority would be a nice addition, too, but this seems to be off further into the future.


Windows 10: Microsoft will now prompt you to install the Creators Update

I have the Anniversary Update, and I am getting offers but no prompts. My version is still good for awhile longer.


Turn Any Helmet Into a Smart Helmet With Ahead

This Kickstarter offer is now closed. If it ever reaches general production, I'd be interested in updated availability and pricing.


Lost Your Android Phone? Here’s How to Find It Using ‘Find My Device’

I activated this (or something very much like this) through my gmail account. 


Nearly 25 Percent of Windows Users Will Switch to Mac Within 6 Months: Survey

A lot of people in surveys say they'll do something, then never actually do it. I'd like to see the actual sales figures in six months. Then in a year.

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Wed 959 7/5/2017

4 Ways Your Location Is Being Tracked Everywhere You Go



World’s most accurate Apple insider has some bad news about the iPhone 8



Europe wants iFixit-style product repairability ratings
The aim is to reduce waste and boost the EU economy with more repairs.



The Best Cheap Laptops of 2017
You don't have to spend more than $500 to get a basic laptop for everyday computing. Our buying advice will show you how to get your next affordable notebook without emptying your wallet. Many of our top picks fall below the $350 mark.



How to turn your phone into a body cam



Flash Industry Trends Could Lead Users Back to Spinning Disks



5 Apps that Help You Block Spam Calls on Android



How Do I Hack Someone’s Account?
Hacking into someone's account is often seen as an answer to some problem. In reality, all it does is open a can of worms and put you at risk.



12-inch MacBook review: 2017 Kaby Lake update



India pushes for Windows 10 discount following recent ransomware attacks (What about the rest of the world's users?)



6 Linux clipboard managers to boost your productivity
These handy Linux utilities will keep a history of everything you save to the clipboard.



Microsoft admits it disables anti-virus software in response to Kaspersky's EU complaint
Microsoft disables old anti-virus software 'temporarily'



39% off Exploring Raspberry Pi: Interfacing to the Real World with Embedded Linux, Paperback - Deal Alert



See Which Mac Antivirus Protects Best (and Worst)



Self-Driving Cars, AI Are Driving New Chip Designs



The 27 most interesting new features in iOS 11



The future of tickets might be ultrasonic audio from your phone
Paper tickets could be a thing of the past with Ticketmaster's new audio-based digital system.



The Best Computer Speakers of 2017
A good set of speakers can help turn your PC into the ultimate home entertainment rig. Here's what to look for, along with the best ones we've tested.



Everyday essential shortcuts for your Android



Intel Hyperthreading Bug Unearthed In Kaby Lake And Skylake Processors (Updated)



How to Add Custom Gestures on Android



How Safe is Kaspersky Internet Security?
Any software company with ties outside the U.S. comes under scrutiny. Should you be worried?



How Do I Temporarily Disable Avast?



How to customize Microsoft Excel's Quick Access Toolbar
Microsoft Excel 2016 gives you the tools to make meaningful reports, but how you use the app's Quick Access Toolbar is up to you.



How to turn a Raspberry Pi into an eBook server
The Calibre eBook management software makes it easy to set up an eBook server on a Raspberry Pi 3, even in low-connectivity areas.



Apple Music adds a $99 annual subscription option
Save $20 a year



EarStudio Bluetooth receiver review: Bring high-res wireless streaming to any wired headphones
This tiny box will add high-res music streaming, hands-free calling, and remote control capabilities to any headphones.



What Is Sling TV? Everything You Need to Know



Microsoft Details GPU Monitoring in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update



Google hires designer behind Apple's mobile chips



Alexa is learning more new skills every day
Amazon's virtual assistant can now help you out with 15,000 skills.



Drone Regulations: What You Need to Know
If you own a drone, or are planning to buy one, you need to be aware of FAA rules for flying outdoors.



3 time-saving tricks to use your smartphone like a boss



Windows 10: Microsoft will now prompt you to install the Creators Update
The first version of Windows 10 is at end-of-service; users will get a prompt to update now.



The Complete Guide to Unrooting an Android Phone or Tablet



Why Does Email with a Lot of BCC’ed Recipients Bounce?
BCC is good for many things. Sending to many people at once isn't really one of them.



Android Phone Out Of Room? Clear Space Fast



Hackers behind Petya attack demand ransom of more than $250,000



[Windows Tip] Remove “Restore Previous Versions” Option from Context Menu



Windows 10: Everything you need to know
The next Windows 10 update is always around the corner. Get all the latest info here.



How to Do a Repair Install of Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade



Best Small Phones: Top Picks 5 Inches or Less



Brain-Computer Interfaces Could Eliminate Lower Back Pain



Logitech's Circle 2 is a modular home surveillance tool with Alexa and HomeKit support



Surprise: Samsung is building a Bixby-powered AI speaker
Will the speaker stand out in an already-crowded market?



Russia's US Election Hacks: Worse Than We Thought
Russian hackers compromised voting software in 39 states during the 2016 presidential election, far more than originally thought, according to Bloomberg.



Turn Any Helmet Into a Smart Helmet With Ahead



Mac Pro panic: Why Apple is running scared in the workstation market
First, Apple admitted it goofed on the aging Mac Pro, and it promised a new, flexible version next year. Then, it pre-announced the iMac Pro -- due in December -- at WWDC 2017. Apple is running scared in the pro market. Why?



Lost Your Android Phone? Here’s How to Find It Using ‘Find My Device’



How To Create A Greeting Card In Canva



Early Xbox One X benchmarks provide a peek at its potential



[Nightly Update] Firefox 56.0 Comes with New “Density” Feature



Geeni Energi energy-tracking Wi-Fi smart plug review: An affordable smart plug with a bonus feature
This smart plug will track and report on your energy consumption, and it’s compatible with the Amazon Echo and Google Home, too.



How to Backup and Restore Pinned Apps on Taskbar in Windows 10



Galaxy S8 User Reviews: What Owners Love and Hate



Nearly 25 Percent of Windows Users Will Switch to Mac Within 6 Months: Survey



75 iOS 11 features and changes Apple didn’t have time to cover



Network Storage Solutions Explained: Cloud vs. NAS vs. SAN vs. DAS



Comments by -- Bob Primak --

Re. FYI #957 (Mon 7/3/2017):


Brilliant gadget lets you control any garage door opener you already have from your phone

I would think hackers could have a field day with this.


Windows 10 will remind you to install the latest major update

The Creators Update isn't free of major bugs yet. But everyone should be on the Anniversary Update by now.


Google Will Stop Reading Your Email to Target Ads

They still have a dozen or more other ways to track you and collect your personal info.


How to Upgrade Your PC’s BIOS (And Why You Might Want To)

My NUC had to get a "BIOS" upgrade to deal with the Intel Hyperthreading flaw. It was really a firmware update, as are most of today's "BIOS" upgrades. This is usually a fairly safe and easy thing to do, but if anything goes wrong, it is essential to have printed instructions for restoring the "BIOS" to its former state. Which also can be done with UEFI firmware, unlike the true BIOSes of years gone by, which once they were messed up, could not be restored without extraordinary effort.


The $18 'key' that will protect your Facebook and Google account, log you into your PC or Mac, and more

YubiKey is nice to have, until you lose it or it breaks. Then it's not so nice anymore. If the key fails, you can still log into your device, but it isn't easy.


How to Delete Your Yahoo Mail Account

Remember, these emails and replies to them were at one time tied to having a Yahoo Account. CCS still uses Yahoo for communication with group members. So do most of the CCS affiliate user groups. 


The latest tech-related parental concern? 'Snap Map'

World's dumbest idea for an app -- or at least in the Top Ten. 


Re. FYI #958 (Tues 7/4/2017):

Blocking .Net Framework 4.7 installations

If you have .ET, you need to keep it patched. Either remove it or update it. I use Paint.NET, so I have to update.


1 Million Endpoints Exposed on Public Internet via Microsoft File-Sharing Services

Most folks can just remove SMB-1. And it isn't hard to do.


Intel Hyperthreading Bug Unearthed In Kaby Lake And Skylake Processors (Updated)

As I posted before, I patched this for my NUC, and I included references and observations about the process.

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Tue 958 7/4/2017

Apple will let you upgrade important parts in its new 21.5-inch iMac, and that's a huge deal



Microsoft Officially Unveils New 'Xbox One X:' 'The Most Powerful Console Ever Made'



Malware downloader infects your PC without a mouse click



How to Contact Customer Support and Actually Get a Human



Report: Siri Hobbled by Apple’s Obsession with User Privacy



Amazon won’t let you check prices using your phone



Android Security Apps for BYOD Users



Moving from Android to iOS: Lessons learned helping with a transition
After a blatant theft of my wife's HTC 10 a couple of weeks ago, we decided to shift her to an iPhone since the other four family members use iOS and there are benefits to all of us using iPhones. At least, that is what I thought at first.



How to Increase Windows 10 Performance and Make It Feel Faster



Malware Threatens Power Grids



Scam Of The Week: Mystery Shopper Email



[Firefox Tip] Enable Hidden Secret Activity Stream on New Tab Page



Hackers who took control of PC microphones siphon >600 GB from 70 targets
Critical infrastructure, media, and scientists targeted by suspected nation-state.



Amazon Dash Wand Review Roundup: What Critics Love and Hate



Spear-Phishing Attacks: What You Need to Know
Don't get tricked by spear-phishing attacks. Read this primer to better understand how to stay safe.



What Is HDMI and What Is It Useful For



How Can I Scan Documents I Can Edit?



Tim Cook says Apple’s AI is already watching you



Can You Losslessly Increase the Volume of MP3 Files?



Can You Build a $500 Gaming PC to Match the Xbox One X?



Use this tool on your smartphone to prevent distracted driving



FIN10 Threat Actors Hack and Extort Canadian Mining, Casino Industries
Previously unknown threat actor has extracted hundreds of thousands of dollars from Canadian companies in a vicious cyberattack campaign that dates back to 2013, FireEye says.



Intel SSD 545s Review



The Best Android Tablet Yet? Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Review and Giveaway






Verizon: "Most Breaches Trace to Phishing, Social Engineering"



[Review] The New Photon User Interface (UI) of Mozilla Firefox



Blocking .Net Framework 4.7 installations



Best Video Doorbells of 2017



Hovering Mouse Over Hyperlink Causes Malware Infection
Cybercriminals infect PCs if the user so much as hovers over a hyperlink in a PowerPoint slide.



All You Need to Know About Display Standards: HDMI, DisplayPort, and More



Keep An Eye On Your Family With Google Family Library



American military backs an entirely new kind of processor



How to Overclock Your Raspberry Pi (Without Voiding Your Warranty)



E-Cigarettes Can Be Used to Hack Computers, Could Encourage Them to Start Smoking



One secret only tech pros know to recover data from your smartphone



1 Million Endpoints Exposed on Public Internet via Microsoft File-Sharing Services
Research on global Internet security posture found endpoints leaving Microsoft SMB file-sharing systems wide open online, a finding that explains the rapid spread of WannaCry, Rapid7 says.



Intel Hyperthreading Bug Unearthed In Kaby Lake And Skylake Processors (Updated)



Some Cool Keyboard Tricks Few People Know About



How to Reset Windows Update in Windows 10



SecureWorks Exposes Phishing Russian Hacker Gang APT28



[Firefox Tip] Enable Hidden Secret Compact New Tab Page



How to remove extra iTunes components on Windows



Snapchat Tracks You Constantly: Here's How to Stop It



Would You Fly on an AI-Backed Plane Without a Pilot?
Autopilots already fly commercial jetliners by themselves, but pilots still have to make decisions about how to program them. Boeing wants to change that.



How to Recover Android Settings and Data with Google Backup



How To Auto Shutdown & Bootup your Mac



iPad Pro 10.5 vs. iPad Pro 9.7: Which Apple tablet has the edge?



How to Migrate Your Windows Installation to a Solid-State Drive



iFixit Labels the Surface Laptop a ‘Glue-Filled Monstrosity’

iFixit Labels the Surface Laptop a 'Glue-Filled Monstrosity' - ExtremeTechhttps://www.extremetech.com/computing/251046-ifixit-labels-surface-laptop-glue-filled-monstrosity?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=extremetech&utm_medium=title


Everyday essential shortcuts for your Android



Apple Watch Is on Its Way to Becoming a $6 Billion Business, but Is That Really Enough?



AMD Unveils Vega Radeon Instinct Details, Shipping Soon



Knowing These Google Tricks Will Make Your Genealogy Research Easy



How to 'Pin to Start' and 'Unpin from Start" items in Windows 10



OUCH! Passphrases



iPhone Robbers Try to iPhish Victims



Firefox: disable “This Connection is not Secure” warnings



Petya Ransomware: What It Is, Who's Behind It, How to Stop It



12 Cool New Features in MacOS High Sierra
High Sierra isn't a huge update to Apple's operating system, but there are still plenty of changes, big and small, for Mac users to sink their teeth into.



How to Easily Customise Android’s Share Menu



How Do I Set Up An Outlook.com Account?



Apple's first foray into VR was 'quite lackluster'



Microsoft Quietly Unveils Modern Keyboard and Mouse



Comments by -- Joe Nowak

Mental Illness in Teens related to Extreme Internet Use

Tue Jul 4, 2017 2:39 pm (PDT)

The Internet has dangers that are not immediately visible. Common sense is needed when dealing with this issue.

Extreme Internet use linked to mental illness in teens



Muting Tweets that Contain Certain Words

Tue Jul 4, 2017 3:57 pm (PDT)

Do you have a Twitter friend who tweets great information but sometimes gets into a subject you can't stand? You like all the other stuff they tweet but you just can't stomach their tweets about bull fighting. You don't want to unfollow them but you don't want the these poor-topic tweets either. You can eliminate the bull fighting tweets but leave the rest alone. Here's how it's done.

How to Mute Tweets with Specific Words on Twitter


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Mon 957 7/3/2017

Why I'm not buying the most powerful MacBook Pro anymore



Brilliant gadget lets you control any garage door opener you already have from your phone



App Stuck On Old News? Here’s How To Fix It



EATX, ATX, Micro ATX, and Mini ITX: What’s the Difference?



With WatchOS 4, Apple Watch Is All About Fitness
This fall, Apple Watch owners will get improved fitness-tracking features and new Siri watch faces.



Microsoft Edge Now Has 35 Extensions in the Windows Store



iPhone 8 Design 'Confirmed' In New Leaks



10 Ways the Internet of Things Is Changing the World
The Internet of Things is still in its early stages, but it's already having a big impact.



Ulster University Also Suffered Ransomware Outage This Week (this is a shrinking world, it could hit here)



Open Windows Control Panel applets directly



A laser printer without ink or toner



CIA reportedly hacked Wi-Fi routers for years
Newly leaked documents indicate the intelligence agency developed implants for devices from 10 different manufacturers.



Cyberattacks Disrupt Chernobyl’s Automatic Monitoring System



Compromised websites redirecting tech support scam hosted on numeric domains
Wait, there’s a malvertising vector, as well?!



Internet and cellphone outages reported nationwide



How to Clear the Recent Documents List When You Exit Windows



Windows 10 will remind you to install the latest major update



Hide Facebook Chat Sidebar



How Important Are Surge Protectors for PCs?



Apple HomePod vs. Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: Smart Speaker Showdown
With HomePod, Apple puts Siri in a speaker to face off against the Amazon Echo and Google Home. Let's see how they stack up against each other.



Sync Your Windows 10 PC with Your iPhone, iPad, or Android Device



Engineer Sentenced to Prison for Hacking Utility, Disabling Water Meter-Readers
A Pennsylvania man is sentenced to more than a year in prison after hacking into a remote water meter reading system run by his former employer.



Is Medicare Tax-Deductible?
Wondering if you can deduct your Medicare costs on your taxes? The short answer is yes, but only if you meet certain criteria.



Texas is the Top Target for Ransomware



Firefox 54.0: find out what is new



Can government really fix the IoT mess?
The vulnerabilities, and dangers, of the Internet of Things are well documented. And a growing number of experts are now saying that the market will not fix them – it will take government regulation



Turn an old monitor into a wall display with a Raspberry Pi
Have an old monitor and Raspberry Pi lying around? Put them both to great use with this DIY wall-mounted display.



New PillCam Uses Wireless Radio, CCD Cameras to Diagnose Heartburn



ICO less likely to fine charities for data breaches if they show staff training



CIA accused of hacking Wi-Fi routers for at least a decade



Why You Shouldn’t Download DLL Files from the Internet



Analyst Says Fingerprint Sensors Won't Be In Your Smartphone Screen Soon



2 Easy Ways To Fact Check



What You Need to Know Before Buying a Used Laptop



Why We Should Be Worried About Tiny Robot Spies
DARPA has been trying to develop tiny spy drones for years. Once perfected, they will be a powerful new weapon against groups like ISIS, but they'll also mark the end of ever being able to go offline.



COMPUTEX: Microsoft and OEM Partners Show Off Mixed Reality Headsets



Hacker Bypasses Microsoft ATA for Admin Access
Microsoft's Advanced Threat Analytics defense platform can be cheated, a researcher will show at Black Hat USA next month.



How to Change the Size of Desktop Icons in Windows 10



Microsoft Reacts To Kaspersky's Antitrust Complaints



Chrome gets super-handy rotate to fullscreen video mode



LA college district pays $28K ransom after hacker takes LAVC student data hostage



Youtube: Humans + AI to Combat Terror, Hate Videos



Google Will Stop Reading Your Email to Target Ads



The Who Behind The Why Of Relentless Phishing And Ransomware Attacks



Watch out for fake ads promising $10 billion settlement payout



How to Create a Guest Account in Windows 10



New Legislation Could End Free Speech on College Campuses



Why Pay For Malware Protection?



How to Upgrade Your PC’s BIOS (And Why You Might Want To)



Amazon Has a Few Things to Say About Apple's HomePod
David Limp, SVP of Devices at Amazon, responds to Apple's HomePod announcement and talks Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant, and the AI landscape.



What To Watch For With Ransomware: 2017 Edition
Ransomware will continue to evolve in 2017, bringing new and diverse threats to businesses. What changes are in store?



How to Enable or Disable Cortana in Windows 10



The Xbox One X Is (Not) 'Liquid Cooled'



Saving battery on AMOLED devices



Top university under 'ransomware' cyber-attack



How to Fix: Uninstall, Reinstall ScreenConnect Server (Mono Out of Memory Error)



The $18 'key' that will protect your Facebook and Google account, log you into your PC or Mac, and more
YubiKey offers a quick, cost-effective and simple way to protect your data, both online and offline, whether for personal use, business, enterprise, or even developers. (I use these)



US Warns Nuclear, Energy Firms of Hacking Campaign
The Watts Bar Nuclear Plant cooling towers Unit 1, left, and Unit 2 rise near Spring City, Tenn., April 29, 2015. Construction of Unit 2 was started, abandoned, then restarted, becoming a cautionary tale for the power industry.



Did WannaCry Ransomware Escape North Korean Containment?



Skype accounts getting hacked - Are your gadgets safe?



How to Delete Your Yahoo Mail Account



Best Buy, Walmart, HP Offer Independence Day Deals



The latest tech-related parental concern? 'Snap Map'



Comments by -- Bob Primak --

Re. FYI #956 Sun, July 2, 2017

How to Upgrade to a Larger Hard Drive Without Reinstalling Windows

   Cloning is one of the things EaseUS ToDo does better and easier than Macrium Reflect Free. But both programs will work. 

   There are also docks like one I own, which can duplicate a smaller drive's contents to a larger drive, or even a laptop drive (2-1/2 in) to a desktop drive (3-1/2 in) without additional software (and with some models, without tying up a PC). 

   The advantages of a dock include speed and no need to format the new drive before cloning. Disadvantages include the cost of the dock if you're only doing occasional clones and a higher failure rate when the cloned drive (the newer, bigger drive) is put into the PC. 

   Adjusting partition sizes when using a dock happens after the cloning has occurred, which makes this part of the process more difficult.

   Cloning can also be done with just the partitions needed to boot and run Windows (or any other OS in a multi-boot disk). So you can choose to only include those OSes and partitions you need on the new disk. 

   To accomplish this, you have to use the software route, not the dock alternative. In this case, you would be adjusting partition sizes on the new drive before cloning rather than afterwards. Just remember, you can't run any modern OS from just the System Partition. You also need the EFI Boot Partition and as many as three other partitions, depending on the specific OS you are cloning.

   The Windows Activation issues noted in one of the Comments resulted from trying to clone a disk which started life as OEM Windows. OEM Windows (prior to Windows 10) is tied to the disk on which it was originally installed. Phone Activation (which never appears as an explicit option during installation or setup) does usually work, provided you state clearly what you are doing, and that you are only using one copy of Windows, with the same motherboard as the original OEM installation. 

   Windows 10 does not have this issue, as it uses an online Digital Entitlement, not a Product Key Code. Windows 10 will catch duplications at login, and ask you to sign into your online Microsoft Account and choose on which "device" (which system hardware configuration) you want to use your Entitlement, or else prompt you to buy a new Entitlement from the Microsoft Store. 


Bots and trolls are swaying opinions on Facebook, Twitter

Perhaps another factor in the way the mainstream media botched their predictions of the 2016 Presidential Election outcome?


Yes, You Should Give Google Your Mobile Number

I have not done this. Some accounts, including Microsoft, allow a landline (or VOIP from an ISP) to be used for authentication instead. Much less likelihood of someone stealing your landline phone!


Major Hyper-Threading Flaw Destabilizes Intel Kaby Lake, Skylake CPUs

   Maybe I'm just lucky, but I have not had stability issues in my NUC with a Skylake CPU. There have been firmware updates and at least one other type of patch for the CPU microcode, but both Windows 10 Pro and Ubuntu Linux 16.04 are stable with regards to basic processor functions in my NUC. YMMV. Note: I do update my UEFI firmware from time to time. 

   Here's where Intel has the BIOS Update (which includes OS-independent UEFI Firmware) for my NUC was found:


   BIOS updating is very tricky, more so than bootable recovery environments. (In other words, print out the instructions and the BIOS Recovery instructions before beginning, and have these instructions beside you as you work. A System Backup Image will not save you from a munged BIOS Update!) But mine went well, as far as I can tell. 

   Ubuntu had been throwing a Startup Error in Upstart. Now it doesn't. But there is a bit of preboot garbage showing up which wasn't there before, relating to caches and maybe one or two other details. Nothing which causes crash notices or error reporting. I also got a new Startup Sound, the Intel jingle. (Branding is everywhere these days!) I still haven't tested this new BIOS and firmware with Windows 10 Pro in my NUC.

   The BIOS Version for my NUC Kit (NUC6i5SYK or NUC6i5SYH) is BIOS Update [SYSKLi35.86A] Version: 0061 (Latest) Date: 5/24/2017 and covers the following issues: 

   What’s new in this release?

   BIOS version 0061 fixes the Hyper-Threading issue. See the release notes for installation instructions, supported hardware, what is new, bug fixes, and known issues. 

   Other systems will have other BIOS Update versions, and this is only one of about five ways to perform the update. I used the System Startup Button method, as I believe this to be the safest method (fewest moving parts).

   So there was an update for the UEFI firmware and BIOS for my NUC to fix this issue. 


Intel is preparing to spoil everyone else’s fun

This case should be a real test of the current Administration's Justice Department regarding anti-trust issues. 


Microsoft’s On-Demand Files Are Perfect for Ultrabook Owners, Storage Misers

Cool feature, but if I wanted a Cloud dependent mobile device, I'd opt for a Chromebook.


Are Your Devices Safe While Traveling? Study Finds People Forgo Best Practices Away From Home

Security and also backup are often ignored by travelers. I carry a small kit with tiny flash drives and a hub so I can restore my tablet from a Macrium Reflect Backup Archive if anything goes really wrong. I haven't yet set up the tablet with a VPN service, but that should also be done.


Monday mishmash: Great new deals, plus some updates and reruns

For example: the cheapest 1TB portable hard drive I've ever seen, and an unbeatable price on a lifetime of guided meditation.

One of the problems with posting an article from June 19th when we are nearly at the 4th of July is that those prices are no longer valid. This drive is now back up to $99.00 -- still not a bad deal.

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Ransomworm: the next level of cybersecurity nastiness
2017 could see further evil innovations of ransomware.



What it takes to build artificial intelligence skills
An AI repertoire is a unique blending of programming, data science and business knowledge.



Xbox exec reveals Scorpio has 9GB of RAM available for games



Meet The Latest Version Of Windows – Windows 10 S



Your Facebook Messenger AI Therapist Will See You Now
If you're feeling blue, Woebot inside Facebook Messenger looks to provide some comfort.



[Software Update] Opera 46 Now Available for Download



MTE Explains: What Is a Processor’s Process Size and Why Does It Matter?



How to Change the Priority of Wireless Networks in Windows 8 or 10



Microsoft & Security: Older Windows OS's Once Again Receive Security Patches for Critical Threat
Is Microsoft setting a new precedence by patching out of date systems?



Smart TVs aren't immune to ransomware as one user recently found out



How to Take Great Photos of Your Kids



Popular app shutting down and your photos will be permanently deleted



Russia Hacking America Started With Phishing Attacks



Create a Windows 10 Recovery Drive
A Windows 10 Recovery Drive can be used to restore Windows backups to your machine, and more. I'll show you how to create one.



Firefox's ad-blocking Focus browser heads to Android
Following last year’s release on iOS, Focus is now launching on Google Play with a few added features.



CIA Tools to Spy on Offline Computers with USB Drives Leaked



Software to disable Nvidia Telemetry



Cybersecurity Fact vs. Fiction
Based on popular media, it's easy to be concerned about the security of smart cars, homes, medical devices, and public utilities. But how truly likely are such attacks?



Cortana can be your frugal online shopping assistant



Help! I Accidentally Got Rid Of A Facebook Friend!



15 Cool Smartphone Camera Tricks You Should Know
Some are helpful, some are neat, and some are just plain insane.



[Firefox Tip] Restore Fox Face Icon (Getting Started Tour) on New Tab Page



What Happens When You Defragment a Drive?



How to Upgrade to a Larger Hard Drive Without Reinstalling Windows



Quick Tip: How To Turn Your Windows 10 Creators Update Device into a Wi-Fi Hotspot



Tech execs' boldest predictions for 2017 and beyond
Self-healing software? Ubiquitous wearables? We asked senior-level IT pros to predict what’s in store for information technology. Here's that they had to say.



Xbox One X Hands-on: Meet the New 4K Gaming King



One costly mistake to avoid if you're hit by ransomware



Disk-Killer Malware Adds Ransomware Feature And Charges $200,000+



How Do I Know If My Computer Has Been Compromised?
You can't rely on yourself as a malware detector. Learn how to be a malware avoider.



Bots and trolls are swaying opinions on Facebook, Twitter
A new study shows bots and trolls are using the biggest social media sites to manipulate your views.



Microsoft Windows 10 S Isn’t as Secure as the Company Claims



Firefox’s Search Box future unclear



Accused Yahoo Hacker May Comply with US Extradition
A Canadian hacker accused of collaborating with Russian cybercriminals in the 2014 Yahoo breach, may waive his right to fight US extradition.



Intel issues veiled threat to Qualcomm’s plans to run Windows



How New Sonar Tech Helps The Blind



Augmented, Virtual Reality Headed to Macs, iPhones
Apple is giving Google's Tango AR platform a run for its money, and also plans to bring support for VR headsets to future Macs.



[Firefox Tip] Disable New Compact Menu (Photon UI) and Restore Classic Main Menu



What You Need to Know About 360 Degree Photography



Twitter Has Keyboard Shortcuts, and You Should Be Using Them



How to Change Permission Level of Shared OneDrive Files and Folders



Expect Malicious Machine Learning In 2017, making social engineering more effective



What to Do If Your Facebook Account Is Hacked



iOS 11 And watchOS 4: New Apple Watch And iPhone Health Features Will Help With Your Workouts



Update this popular app right now! Security bug leaves you vulnerable to hacks



Yes, You Should Give Google Your Mobile Number
Google will use your mobile phone number for verification if you lose access to your account. Some people don't want to provide that information to Google.



Get notified of Amazon price drops
Deal-finding browser extension Honey just added a super-simple price tracker.



Major Hyper-Threading Flaw Destabilizes Intel Kaby Lake, Skylake CPUs



CoolTweak: resize, share images from Windows context menu



Major Websites Vulnerable to their Own Back-End Servers
DoD, other websites found with back-end server flaws and misconfigurations that could give attackers an entryway to internal networks, researcher will demonstrate at Black Hat USA next month.



Intel is preparing to spoil everyone else’s fun



Make A Search Engine Work For You



Apple HomePod Smart Speaker Arrives in December
Amazon Echo comparisons are likely, but Apple is positioning HomePod as a music speaker.



Microsoft’s On-Demand Files Are Perfect for Ultrabook Owners, Storage Misers



How to Properly Diagnose Computer Noises



How to Stop Skype from Running in the Background on Windows 10



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



IT Security Professionals See Petya Ransomware as Multifaceted Threat



The Best iOS Apps You're Not Using (But Should Be)



Another massive ransomware attack hitting businesses from banks to utilities and it's spreading worldwide!



Are Your Devices Safe While Traveling? Study Finds People Forgo Best Practices Away From Home



How to Keep Yourself Safe from Cybercrime



Cryptocurrency Craze Sends GPU Prices Skyrocketing — Again



Monday mishmash: Great new deals, plus some updates and reruns
For example: the cheapest 1TB portable hard drive I've ever seen, and an unbeatable price on a lifetime of guided meditation.



Fix broken plugin content on the Web with NoPlugin



Invisible Invaders: Why Detecting Bot Attacks Is Becoming More Difficult
Traditional methods can't block the latest attackers, but a behavioral approach can tell the difference between bots and humans.



The Xbox One just got a killer price drop



10 basic iOS tricks every iPhone owner should know
Brush up on the iOS basics, from snapping screenshots to typing letters with accent marks.



Comments by -- Bob Primak --

Re. FYI #955 (Sat, July 01, 2017)

Close annoying website overlays in Chrome and Firefox

   Checking through the Chrome Web Store, I find a lot of similar Extensions. I am currently testing a more recent and more automatic extension called Auto Overlay Remover. The one disadvantage of the automatic remover is that if you want a site to operate normally, you have to either disable the extension and reload the page, or else add the site to the White List or the Delayed Start overlays list. 

   I just saw this extension in action as I opened Yahoo Groups to post this page. It is indeed automatic. I saw only a flash of the overlay for the Yahoo App or Extension or whatever that annoyance is. Very cool! 


Streaming TV industry says "meh" to 4K, but it loves HDR

This just about sums it up for me, too. 4K won't be noticed on screens smaller than about 60 inches at normal viewing distances. Most streaming is not done to HDTVs at home, but to mobile devices which have very small screens. 

Now HDR is a different animal. On smaller screens in brightly lit rooms, better dynamic range allows "dark" scenes to be seen with better contrast, making them viewable in rooms which are not darkened. Also, HDR makes watching these scenes on mobile devices in daylight a bit less difficult. But not many non-4K monitors smaller than 6-0 inches include HDR in their specs. Sony is one of the few manufacturers beginning to include HDR in smaller screens.


The one thing all grocery stores don't want you to know

The one thing Komando does not want you to know -- this story is a paid ad for an expensive prepared meal subscription service. I wasted a whole five minutes before discovering this.


RE: FYI #954 (Fri, June 30, 2017)

Supreme Court to Lexmark: You Can’t Lock Ink Cartridges to Stop Refills

Wasn't this issue settled in the Epson Ink lawsuit several years ago? I got free photo paper and other goodies in that settlement. 


Irfanview Desktop Graphics Utility Now Available in Windows Store via Project Centennial

Interesting to see a popular utility program ported to Project Centennial. Let's see if others follow. But let's hope this does not encourage developers to focus on Windows 10S instead of Pro and Home.


'Stack Clash' Smashed Security Fix in Linux

The most troubling issue with these Linux revelations is the tendency of many Linux users (Desktop and especially Server versions) to ignore updating as part of their security practices. Time and again this is how corporate servers have been compromised. In Ubuntu, updating is basically a one-click operation, and should by default be automatic every week or so. 

The other thing a lot of Linux users don't do often enough is back up the Linux System. The assumption is that it's easy and free to reinstall and rebuild a Linux system, Which is only true if you haven't customized or added software to your system. I use Clonezilla Live every month on my Ubuntu 16.04 installation. And I have had to roll back more times than I care to mention -- seldom because of updates, but because I have messed with something and everything went all wonky.


ZTE Max XL Review: A $99 Phone We Really Like (running $10 lower)

In side by side comparisons of several brands of smartphones at Best Buy awhile ago, I found ZTE to consistently have less bright and less readable screens than some of the other mid-priced to low-priced brands. This was one of the main reasons I went with my Moto G4 (hardware by Lenovo). 


This app can detect heart problems before your doctor

The trouble is, you would almost have to believe you have A-Fib to invest so much money in a smart watch in the first place. But if you already own a smart watch, this could become one more reason you might be glad you bought it.


Elon Musk: Automation Will Force Universal Basic Income

My Universal Basic Income (SSDI) can't even pay my rent here in Eastern MA. 


What to Do if Your Laptop Is Plugged In But Not Charging

My tablet does this sort of thing a lot. Sometimes unplugging it, running it a little and then letting it and the charger physically cool down before reconnecting does the trick.


This is the Best Simple App for Converting Images

My PDF conversions involve a lot of financial and confidential information. I would not use a web or cloud service to perform these conversions. So I work with image conversions offline using free desktop applications. OpenOffice and MasterPDF, along with PDF Shuffler (all under Ubuntu Linux) can serve my needs once the initial scans or downloads have placed image files on my Desktop. Under Windows, MS Office or Open Office, PDFSAM (free version) and any of several free or low-cost PDF Editors can do the same tricks offline. Nearly all office suites (including the WPS Office -- formerly Kingsoft Office -- mobile suite) can Export As PDF these days. Just remember, for posting to Web Pages, PDF is not the preferred format.


How to Create and Restore a System Image Backup with Macrium Reflect

Here we are entering July, and no Macrium Reflect v.7 free version. This is not looking good, folks!

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