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Sat 9/30/2017 1036
Fri 9/29/2017 1035
Thur 9/28/2017 1034
Wed 9/27/2017 1033
Tue 9/26/2017 1032
Mon 9/25/2017 1031
Sun 9/24/2017 1030

Sat 1036  9/30/2017

8 cool Android Nougat features you’re probably not using

Android Oreo is coming, but you probably haven't tried everything in Nougat. Now's the time.



Equifax breach shows signs of a possible state-sponsored hack



Intel's 8th-gen desktop CPUs boost gaming and streaming speeds

And you can overclock them more than before.



The referenced account is currently locked out and may not be logged into



The Ataribox will cost around $275 and launch in spring 2018

Preorders begin this fall on Indiegogo



3 unexpected tricks for your smartphone



Forum Post Claims Z390 Chipset, Intel 8-Core CPUs Coming To Market Next Year



Microsoft 'Windows Core OS' aims to turn Windows 10 into a modular platform for the future



Many Macs vulnerable to firmware attacks, despite OS and security updates

According to a Duo Security report, many Macs didn't get the proper security updates to protect against attacks like Thunderstrike 2 that target EFI firmware.



Polaroid Originals Brand Launches With OneStep 2 Camera

The recent marriage of Polaroid and Impossible brands nets a new moniker, camera, and film.



How to Set Up Two-Factor Authentication in Ubuntu



How to Disable SMBv1 and Protect Your Windows PC From Attack



How to safely clean iMovie files from your iPhone or iPad

iMovie projects use up a lot of storage space, especially if you’re using 4K video. It’s easy to move those projects to iCloud or your Mac.



Yes, There *IS* an Echo in Here



How to Remove Duplicate Entries in Excel



The best Kodi add-ons and how to install them

The best Kodi add-ons to enhance your viewing experience



Samsung's Foldable Phone Surprise: New Details Emerge

Samsung has been working on a foldable smartphone for years, but only now, we're hearing its folding mechanism might work in a different way than anticipated.



Ruling gives FAA more power over drones than local governments

A city in Massachusetts will now have to tweak its drone ordinance due to a landmark ruling.



How to fix Sound Distortion issues in Windows 10



How to use Apple’s terrific document scanner in iOS 11

You don’t need a separate app anymore



3 easy ways to modernize your old videotapes



Intel Coffee Lake Vs. Ryzen: A Side-By-Side Comparison



How to delay the Fall Creators Update on Windows 10 S



Your Android lock screen pattern isn’t as safe as a PIN code



Robotic Pet Sitter Feeds, Plays With Your Pooch



5 of the Best Apps for Rooted Android Devices



How to Find You Wi-Fi Connected Roomba When It Gets Lost



Apple’s two-step verification goes away with iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra

To be replaced by two-factor authentication.



Notepad Apps to Boost Your Productivity



Best Mac Writing Apps



Studio lighting: 4 seriously simple lighting techniques to try at home

Studio lighting doesn't need to be daunting



Samsung recruits Panasonic to bring HDR10+ to more TVs and devices



Fitbit's Ionic smartwatch arrives October 1st for $300

Fitbit Flyer, the company’s wireless headphones, will also be available for purchase.



Hide your email address in the new Xbox One Dashboard



Showtime websites secretly mined user CPU for cryptocurrency



Find constellations, planets and more with this unbelievable sky map



Intel Core i9-7960X Review: Skylake-X At 16 Cores



Microsoft details latest Surface Pro 4 firmware updates



Apache Mounts Strong Defense, Equifax Retreats



Who Needs Apple's $1,000 iPhone X? Not Me

Is an edge-to-edge OLED display and Face ID really worth $1,000+? I'm going to say no.



3 Useful Windows Apps to Change Wallpapers Automatically Everyday



How to Build Your Own NES or SNES Classic with a Raspberry Pi and RetroPie



macOS High Sierra: How to turn off website tracking in Safari 11

Safarii 11 uses Intelligent Tracking Prevention to stop websites from doing cross-site tracking of your web activities.



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.



Many Macs Can Be Hacked by Firmware Attacks

Thousands of Macs around the world may be vulnerable to devastating firmware attacks that would be nearly impossible to detect or stop, researchers from Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Duo Security disclosed today (Sept. 29).



How to download and install macOS 10.13 High Sierra right now

The latest version of macOS is finally here



Insta360 One is a 4K 360 camera with smart tricks



The best air purifier

Your best option is from Coway.



Bitdefender Ransomware Recognition Tool will help identify Ransomware



Microsoft updating OneDrive with better web UI and sharing options



One essential step to prevent identity theft



Intel Coffee Lake Vs. Kaby Lake: A Side-By-Side Comparison



Microsoft now lets advertisers add chat bots to Bing search results



Google Delivers an Answer to Apple on Augmented Reality



Essential Phone Now Available in Sprint Stores

Sprint, the exclusive carrier for the handset, began taking pre-orders for it last month, but as of today started selling the Essential phone in its actual stores.



How to Fix a Bootloop on Your Android Device



The Best Tools for Editing Pictures on a Chromebook



macOS High Sierra: How to stop autoplay videos in Safari 11

In macOS High Sierra (and Sierra, too), you can easily disable autoplay video and surf the web in relative peace. Here's how it's done.



Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front

A boom in wireless security cameras is inspiring a movement in DIY home surveillance. Follow our buying guide and read our reviews to find the best option for you.



Internet Explorer Bug Reveals Your Browser Secrets

I don’t know what you search for on the Web in your spare time, but if you’re anything like every other human being on Earth, it’s probably nothing good.



How to switch from Android to iPhone

Moving to iOS? There’s an app for that



Samsung hints that another 360-degree camera is in the works



'Bodega' Shows Silicon Valley Hates Human Communities

A buzzy new startup aims to eliminate corner stores, which is fine if you also want to kill off city life. Let's hope it fails.


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Fri 1035  9/29/2017

[Software Update] Mozilla Firefox 56.0 Now Available for Download



App detects pancreatic cancer from the whites of your eyes



Best Buy has discounted the 10.5-inch iPad Pro (64GB) by $100

Right now, you can get this version of the iPad Pro for a decent price.



Apple confirms iPhone 8 crackling earpiece issue and says a fix is coming

The company acknowledges ‘a small number of cases’



How to Control Your Wi-Fi Connected Roomba With Alexa or Google Home



How to Connect an Xbox One Controller to Your PC



Equifax Takes The Data Breach Cake Category: Privacy



What to Do If Your Amazon Prime Delivery Is Late



Levi’s Google-powered smart jacket goes on sale next week

It’s primarily aimed at bike commuters and costs $350.



How to watch the Major League Baseball playoffs and the World Series without cable

For cord cutters, finding live postseason baseball games online can be tougher than hitting a dancing knuckleball. Our guide will make sure you'll never miss a pitch.



Get a better night's sleep



Heads-up teenage hoodlums! Don’t SWAT Brian Krebs or else…



Best Windows 10 apps of September 2017



How to move game save files from your PS3 to PlayStation Now on PS4

Pfft...who needs backwards compatibility anyways?



Apple TV 4K vs. Roku Ultra vs. Chromecast Ultra: 4K Showdown

We see how Apple's new 4K media streamer measures up against the competition.



Amazon adds multiroom audio control to Echo devices



Microsoft 365 recasts Windows 10 S laptops as inexpensive corporate machines

'Firstline workers' who staff service counters and support lines could get these PCs.



A modder turned a MacBook Pro into a Samsung DeX laptop



How to Let Someone Else Use Your Computer Without Giving Them Access to All Your Stuff



How to Change the Default Font in Windows 10



Here's Why Your Password is Hackable 



20 Essential iPhone 8 Tips and Tricks



Major accounting firm Deloitte reports extensive cybersecurity breach

The company caught the breach in March though it may have begun last October.



Pre-Order the New Echo, Echo Plus, or Fire TV Here - Deal Alert



Sleep sounds and white noise for better sleep, meditation and baby relaxation



Keychain-busting zero-day disclosed hours before release of macOS High Sierra

Second flaw disclosed in the span of a month…



Windows 10 Fall Creators Update video walkthrough



macOS 10.13 High Sierra problems: how to fix them

macOS High Sierra issues solved



What to Do When You've Been Hacked

Whether your personal data gets compromised in an Equifax-style breach or your email password is exposed, getting hacked can be a nightmare. Knowing what to expect and how to fix it can help, but knowing how to head off hackers in the first place is even better.



Houston Is Drowning—In Its Freedom From Regulations



How Windows 10 S is different from the Windows 10 you know

Windows 10 S isn't just for education; Microsoft hopes the new Windows edition will find its way into homes and enterprises, too. But beneath the familiar user interface are some significant differences.



Twitter just doubled the character limit for tweets to 280

Tweets twice as big roll out in a global test



How to Schedule Your Wi-Fi Connected Roomba For Daily Cleaning Jobs



Europol warns ransomware has taken cybercrime ‘to another level’



What “Bandwidth Throttling” Means and Why ISPs Do It



Geekly Update - 27 Sep 2017 



Apple Pushing Two-Factor Authentication: What to Do



CCleaner malware had a specific target: tech titans

It infected tech companies' machines with a second malware.



Gallery: 10 of the most dangerous malware threats on the internet today



How to tell if an app is safe to download



OLED laptop display pros and cons



AppleCare+ Costs $199 for iPhone X

Plus, Apple quietly jacked up the price of AppleCare+ for all iPhone Plus models by $20.



NVIDIA's Shield 2 prototype shows up in a Canadian pawn shop



How to install macOS High Sierra

Apple’s update to macOS is now available and ready. Here are the instructions for getting it on your Mac.



iPhone X confirmed to have 3GB of RAM and 2,716mAh battery

The second biggest battery ever on an iPhone



What’s the Best Way to Back Up My Computer?



Facebook-hijacking Faceliker malware is on the rise

Not a native threat to Facebook, however…



How to Calibrate Your Game Controller in Windows 10



What the Equifax Breach Means to You

One of the largest data breaches in history has left many wondering what to do next.



Google Video Ads to Get Way More Personal



Experian makes it easy for someone to undo your credit freeze (updated)

Its procedure for obtaining credit file PINs asks for easily accessible information.



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



Have you been hacked? This app can tell you



Microsoft working to build 'thoughtfully curated ecosystem' of Edge extensions



iOS 11 problems: how to fix them

Solutions for iOS 11 bugs, glitches and other issues



The iPhone X Can’t Have My Face



YouTube's big desktop redesign is now available to everyone



Comments by -- Bob Primak --

Re. FYI#1034  (Thur 9/28/2017):

The Best Cheap Cell Phone Plans You've Never Heard Of

Mine is US Mobile. It really only comes out cheaper if you don't use a lot of data, and have limited text and voice needs, and don't go into areas where roaming or overseas service is an issue. The service is a reseller of a reseller of access to AT&T's network.


The best web browser you haven't tried yet

I still haven't tried Vivaldi, but it does look interesting.


CBS All Access: Worth it for more than Star Trek?

Aside from streaming exclusives like Star Trek: Discovery, much of the catalog is available elsewhere.

And being CBS, a Viacom Company, maddeningly frequently, their content is not available anywhere until it goes on sale at iTunes.


How to Fix “No Route to Host” Connection Error in Linux

I haven't had that one happen in my Ubuntu yet.


Equifax Must Pay

If Equifax doesn't pay big for losing the personal information of millions of Americans, we just need to get used to our identities being stolen.

What Equifax may do, starting at the end of January 2018, is offer lifetime credit freeze and unfreeze services, for free. But this may be tied to non-free credit monitoring services. The other two main consumer information companies have not yet decided what to do, and may wait for Congress to act before making any free service offers of their own.


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

The media server mainstay branches out with personalized news from the web.

In most markets, this does not include local news streams.


From My Own Reading:

Equifax to offer free program to lock and unlock credit files for life


We'll have to wait until February 2018 to see how this latest effort plays out. No word yet from the other reporting companies on their plans. And no word on what legislative or regulatory changes will become law or when that might happen.


Apple would like to remind the FCC that it can’t activate imaginary FM radios that iPhones don’t have



Samsung 'Confirms' Radical New Galaxy Smartphone


A folding smart phone? I wonder how many people would buy this, even if it didn't have a Samsung price tag on it.


Toshiba chip business set for $18B sale to Bain-led group backed by Apple


I don't know where a previous story posted (copied) by Yahoo Finance came up with Western Digital as the likely suitor, but WD has been engaged in a bitter lawsuit with Toshiba over this sale. WD was never considered to be the buyer, but rather objected to the sale to a consortium led by Apple (and Foxconn, an Apple chip supplier).In both Japan and the US, any sale of this magnitude would face an uncertain regulatory future.


The best free software for your PC


Macrium Reflect Free Version 7.1 Released

New features include Macrium Image Guardian (MIG) which protects Macrium Reflect backup archives from being written to by other programs (or malicious software). Hyper-V virtual machines can be backed up and restored (and maybe moved and copied) using viBoot. 

I haven't yet tried out the new version, but the program interface is not changed much by the new features. When upgrading, it is good practice to create new Rescue Media and Boot Options (if present). 

More details:


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Thur 1034  9/28/2017

Essential Has Allegedly Only Sold 5,000 Phones



iOS 11 update killing your iPhone’s battery? Here’s how to fix



How to Simulate a Middle-Click on a Laptop Touchpad in Windows 10



YouTube Red vs. YouTube TV: What's the Difference?

Are the for-pay versions of the most popular video service on the planet worth your money? We compare the options side by side.



WD My Cloud Home Duo review: Super easy to use, but also super slow and short on features

We love the ease of setup, but absurdly slow write performance and the absence of integrated local backup are issues



The Best Way to Save Money on Tech: Buy Used



macOS High Sierra: How to turn off website tracking in Safari 11

Safarii 11 uses Intelligent Tracking Prevention to stop websites from doing cross-site tracking of your web activities.



How to Fix: Virtualize Dell Windows Server 2003 (PERC RAID)



New evidence raises doubts about executives’ handling of the Equifax breach

A breach happened in March, months earlier than the company previously admitted to



Avast Unknowingly Bundled Malware With CCleaner For Almost A Month



This lock screen trick can help you recover your lost phone faster



The Ataribox Will Be AMD-Powered, Cost at Least $250



iPhone 8 vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Get the Plus (Unless You're Nuts)






Google is using artificial intelligence to cut down Google Play’s malware



Would You Trust Technology to Handle Your Health?



The Best Cheap Cell Phone Plans You've Never Heard Of

There are a lot of options beyond the big four phone carriers in the US. If you're looking to save money, these lesser-known plans might be the ticket.



With the new Amazon Fire TV, voice becomes the killer feature

4K HDR is nice, but what really sets the Fire TV apart is its deepening ties to Alexa.



How to Stream Music to Your Google Home Over Bluetooth



macOS High Sierra: How to stop autoplay videos in Safari 11

In macOS High Sierra (and Sierra, too), you can easily disable autoplay video and surf the web in relative peace. Here's how it's done.



Microsoft Confirms Office 2019



Tiller is a little puck that tracks where your time has gone



Chrome Continues To Be The Most Secure Browser, Confirms New Research



The best web browser you haven't tried yet



Scientists Design New Form of Aluminum That Floats



CCleaner Hacked With Data-Stealing Malware: What to Do Now






MIT's new robot can put on different exoskeletons to gain new powers



10 Hidden Tips and Tricks for Samsung Galaxy S8



What to Do When You've Been Hacked

Whether your personal data gets compromised in an Equifax-style breach or your email password is exposed, getting hacked can be a nightmare. Knowing what to expect and how to fix it can help, but knowing how to head off hackers in the first place is even better.



CBS All Access: Worth it for more than Star Trek?

Aside from streaming exclusives like Star Trek: Discovery, much of the catalog is available elsewhere.



The 3 Best Ways to Make a Window Always-on-Top on Windows



macOS High Sierra review: Incremental update worthy of your time, eventually

High Sierra isn’t a glamorous update to the macOS, but it’s one that sets it up for the future.



Adobe's security team reveals its private PGP key

Quack quack oops.



Adobe’s free visual storytelling tool Spark adds premium features

To help small businesses with branding and marketing



Avast, Cisco Confirm: CCleaner Malware Targeted Large Technology Companies



3 ways to make money off of old gadgets



Why It’s Cheaper to Build a Gaming PC Than Buy the Latest Console



Galaxy S9 Camera Could Put iPhone X to Shame






Apple’s Safari update secretly mines data to protect your privacy



How to Fix “No Route to Host” Connection Error in Linux



Equifax Must Pay

If Equifax doesn't pay big for losing the personal information of millions of Americans, we just need to get used to our identities being stolen.



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

The media server mainstay branches out with personalized news from the web.



How to Turn an Android Tablet Into a Desktop Notification Center



Microsoft plans to own quantum computing like it owns Windows PCs

This time, the company is developing the programming language and the chips themselves.



For eight years, hackers have been able to exploit this password-stealing flaw in Joomla



Google pulls YouTube off the Amazon Echo Show

Goodbye, cooking lessons and music videos



ALERT: Windows Users, Your Computer Could Be Infected With Malware

Over 2 million devices have been affected.



Make your home smoke detector clever with an old smartphone, for free



Top 10 Free Steam Games You Can Play on Linux



iPhone 8 Is World's Fastest Phone (It's Not Even Close)






iOS 11 solves one of the biggest issues with having multiple Apple devices in your family



Android 8.0 Oreo Feature Focus: Picture-in-Picture



Comments by -- Bob Primak --

Re. FYI#1032 (Tues 9/26/2017): Correction:

What’s a Good Free Alternative to Microsoft Office?

This article was written in 2012, so it's totally out of date. Microsoft now offers Office 365, not Office Online. Office Starter is no longer offered with any new device. Kingsoft Office (mentioned in the Comments) is now WPS Office, and it has the closest compatibility with MS Office 2013 and 2016 formats of any free Office alternative. I use both WPS Office and LibreOffice, the successor to OpenOffice. WordPad is almost useless these days, compared with these free programs. I think that's why it's been deprecated in recent versions of Windows 10.


Additional Info: Twitter doubles post size

Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:21 pm (PDT)


Twitter just doubled the character limit for tweets to 280

Twitter is going to raise the number of characters per entry to 280 characters. It is already available for some. Not me yet. The article wasn't specific on when everyone could expect to get to the new magic number of 280 characters.

I heard about this on the NBC Boston News a day or two ago, and they were talking as if this was a beta or a proposed change.


Re. FYI#1033 (Wed 9/27/2017):

Amazon just launched 6 new gadgets and none was over $150

And to prove the competition has gotten pretty contentious:


Google pulls YouTube off the Amazon Echo Show


This article has a link to a very sparse definition of what The Web really means, and that article has a link to what the phrase "free as in beer" (vs. "free as in speech" or "free as in pretzels") means and where it was allegedly first used. All of these definitions of "free" relate to Open Source Software vs. Free Software.The ultimate term is Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) which is both free as in beer and free as in free speech. 


Newegg is selling a 28-inch 4K FreeSync monitor for $260

The actual NewEgg listing says "Windows 8 Compatible" with no mention of Windows 10. And this monitor has no tuners and is not a Smart TV, has no apps, and no HDR features. In other words, this is technology from five years ago or longer. Which AMD graphics cards it synce with is also questionable.


McAfee joins the anti-Kaspersky witch hunt in shitty attempt to sell a few boxes

This is pretty low of you McAfee.

I've seen comments and articles online which make a big deal of certain AV products coming from other Eastern European coutries, and those coming from China. I use Avira, which comes from  Germany. They advertise themselves as "German Engineered Antivirus". Feh! 

I use what tests well in independent testing, and what passes muster with PC Mag's Neil Rubenking. As long as it's free of charge, and there are no reports of excessive spying or adware, I'll use what works. Any decisions based upon country of origin or where the update servers are located will result in users using nothing beyond Microsoft's Windows Defender. Which I contend, is the ultimate End Game of all this inuendo about National Origins. 

And yes, Microsoft could be ordered in secret under the Patriot Act to do some truly deplorable things to us.


Firefox Quantum beta promises to double your browser speeds

So when are they going to fix all those broken extensions? Speed means nothing without functionality. And the new interface is pure Windows 8.0 -- yech!


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

The media server mainstay branches out with personalized news from the web.

A work in progress, no doubt. But it looks like their news aggregator is getting pretty good. Still can't offer local news, though. 


3 Free Color-Picker Tools for the Linux Desktop

Last I tried these tools, none of them work in Ubuntu with the Unity GUI. Unity is locked into its own color themes. I don't know about the effect the upcoming Wayland and GNOME conversions will have, but all tweaking and customizing in Linux tends to be undone whenever anything in the GUI stack changes. Including "non-free" graphics drivers.


Huge Windows 10 flaw lets malware bypass security software!

This is what happens when you start mixing elements of different Operating Systems into a mashup at the kernel level. I could have warned everyone that this would invevitably happen, but I'm thinking no one would have listened. The key issue is letting the Linux BASH scripting language have elevated, privileged access to the Windows 10 kernel without adequate User Account Controls. 

As a Linux user, I anticipated this exact avenue for evading Windows security restrictions and Windows antivirus programs (Defender and most third-party offerings). I'm guessing I was not the only Linux user who anticipated such issues. So why didn't Microsoft provide safeguards? And why didn't antivirus vendors who are familiar with both Windows and Linux not step in to fill the void? (Yes, there are a few of those vendors!)


7 Odd Windows Features That Will Make You Wonder


Parental Controls in Windows 10 Without a Microsoft Account:



Even the venerable NetNanny software does not allow you to set up Parental Controls without using Microsoft Accounts:


But it can be done, as the other two references demonstrate, at least in the Pro edition.


Network Connection Broker

I would be tempted to disable this Windows Service. Then see if any of the Store Apps I actually use break in ways I can't live with. 


Demo Mode is different from Kiosk Mode. Kiosk Mode can eb useful in some situations:



Freezing your credit after the Equifax breach won't prevent the most common type of identity theft — here's what will

Correct information, but it's too bad the author found it necessary to embed an ad for Credit Karma and Credit Sesame. You can do all the monitoring these two paid services do for free, but you have to be vigilant. None of these services can prevent misuse of your current accounts -- you have to wait for something to happen, then act after the fact. 

As for security questions, my bank does not give me a choice. I have to use their publicly-available questions and answers. 

(The same limitations apply to Lifelock and similar services. They may help with straightening things out after an ID theft incident, but they cannot prevent the incident before it happens. And they do not post anything anywhere which is designed to notify potential crooks that you are "protected".)


What Is “Hybrid Sleep” on Windows, and When Is It Useful?

Hybrid Sleep does not dump all the RAM onto the storage of the device. This is why it's preferred for devices with limited internal storage. It creates a much smaller hiberfile on the storage media, and keeps a minimal amount of power going to the device's RAM. In devices with limited RAM, this results in very long times before battery power runs out and the RAM contents are lost, requiring a full restart.

There is a danger in using Standby or hibernate instead of shutting down a device at least once in awhile. Windows needs to shut down to apply updates, and it needs to shutdown to do some of its "housekeeping", which involves more than just cleanup. So mobile devices and laptops need to be shut down once in awhile. 

Keep in mind that devices using Windows Fast Startup always "shut down" to hybrid hibernate, and do not fully shut down at all, not even when applying updates. (This can be changed in the Advanced Power Options, but for most mobile devices and laptops, it's probably best not to change the default power settings.)


No Windows or Mac for Me: 8 Reasons Why I Only Use Linux

If I could get my scanner to work wirelessly with XSane in Linux, maybe I would be like this guy.

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Wed 1033 9/27/2017

Spammed-out emails threaten websites with DDoS attack on September 30th



Amazon just launched 6 new gadgets and none was over $150




What to do after you upgrade



The Best Portable Chargers and Power Banks of 2017

Is your phone or tablet on its last legs before day's end? We've tested scores of power banks to tell you which ones will give you the biggest boost when you're out of juice.



Newegg is selling a 28-inch 4K FreeSync monitor for $260

The AOC U2879VF is available for a pretty good price right now.



What’s the Difference Between a Facebook Profile, Page, and Group?



Start Building with the Raspberry Pi Mastery Bundle



Google wants Android to bring you new layers of reality

With ARCore, Google will race Apple to get augmented reality on more devices. But that means a shift away from Google’s Tango program.



The iPhone 8 Debuts to Weak Demand, Uncertain Interest



Apple iPhone X Faces Another Production Problem

One integral facial recognition module is taking longer to produce than its counterpart.



12 Reasons the Galaxy Note 8 Beats the iPhone X






Put a decorator in your pocket without the expense



Finally Clean Up Your Gmail Inbox and Stop Spam Forever



McAfee joins the anti-Kaspersky witch hunt in shitty attempt to sell a few boxes

This is pretty low of you McAfee.



Firefox Quantum beta promises to double your browser speeds



HP releases its education Chromebook to the public

The HP Chromebook x360



Dell Precision 3520



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

The media server mainstay branches out with personalized news from the web.



How Do You Define a PowerShell Function That Requires Elevation?



3 Free Color-Picker Tools for the Linux Desktop



C by GE Sol review: GE has transplanted Alexa’s brain into a funky lamp

You might love or hate this smart lamp's design, but it's practically a must have if you use C by GE smart bulbs.



CCleaner Infection More Severe Than Thought, Targeted Microsoft, Google, Samsung



How to Fix: VMWare Workstation Network Broken after Oracle VirtualBox Install



10 Reasons iPhone X Beats the Galaxy Note 8






Huge Windows 10 flaw lets malware bypass security software!



7 Odd Windows Features That Will Make You Wonder



SEC reveals hackers might have used stolen data for insider trading

A spotty security record could have enabled the event…



Freezing your credit after the Equifax breach won't prevent the most common type of identity theft — here's what will



Some apps won’t work on iOS 11 — here’s how to check which ones



Apple Logic Pro X (for Mac)



WD My Cloud Home Duo review: Super easy to use, but also super slow and short on features

We love the ease of setup, but absurdly slow write performance and the absence of integrated local backup are issues



How to Stop Netflix From Sending You Emails and Notifications



What Is “Hybrid Sleep” on Windows, and When Is It Useful?



How to Reset OneDrive Sync in Windows 10



Intel Core i9-7980XE Review: Reclaiming the Desktop Performance Crown



[Software Update] Opera 48 Now Available for Download



Best AR Apps for iOS (So Far)






How to use Do Not Disturb mode on your phone



No Windows or Mac for Me: 8 Reasons Why I Only Use Linux



Smashing Security podcast #043: Backups - a necessary evil?

Industry veterans, chatting about computer security and online privacy.



AT&T's rural wireless internet is now available in 18 states



iOS 11’s new Control Center will freak you out, but give it a chance



The Best VPN Services of 2017

A virtual private network is the best way to stay anonymous online and secure your web traffic. We've tested more than 50 VPNs, and these are our top performers.



Report: Security hole in macOS Keychain puts passwords at risk



How to Take a Screenshot on Almost Any Device



How to Stop Browser Autofill Features from Leaking Your Personal Data



How to Sync Any Folder to OneDrive in Windows 10



Amazon Reportedly Working on Alexa-Powered Smart Glasses



Mozilla's Firefox Quantum next-generation browser is ready for you to try out

Mozilla says Firefox Quantum is twice as fast as Firefox.



iPhone 8 Hands-On: Don't Overlook This Big Update






Parents take control! Track your kids' phone usage, block apps and monitor their activities



6 Signs It’s Time to Upgrade or Replace Your Mac



First ever crypto-mining Chrome extension discovered



Can You Hear Them Now? T-Mobile And Sprint Are Planning To Merge



Intel AI accelerator capable of Trillion operations per second per watt



A Flaw Found in Apple's Mac Software Could Expose Your Keychain Passwords



Comments by -- Bob Primak --

FYI#1031 (Mon 9/25/2017):

Should Web Hosting Companies Be Responsible for Website Content?

They are not, and cannot be held responsible for content unless it meets the legal threshold of inciting violence or insurrection, directly threatening bodily harm or property damage (including hacking) or other legally defined criminal activities (like selling illegal drugs or offering illegal services). CraigsList in some cases has crossed the lines, but that's the most recent one I know of, if you exclude DMCA takedown notices for copyright violations. (Only valid for US based websites.) Otherwise, it is far better for web hosting companies to mind their own business and not interfere with the content posted on sites they host. Like it or not, hateful speech (and imagery) is still protected Free Speech. But posting something truly deplorable can cost you your job.


CCleaner, distributed by anti-virus firm Avast, contained malicious backdoor

Digitally-signed version of CCleaner 5.33 secretly stole information from users’ computers.

CCleaner Compromised by Hackers - Update Immediately

Without reinstalling Windows from a clean condition (wiping your disk) the safe way to ahndle  this is to use Revo or Geek Uninstaller, restart, clean the Registry with Glary Utilities, restart, scan with Malwarebytes Free and at least one other antimalware program (they all detect the malware involved here now), complete the removal process if necessary, and restart again. Then download the current installer and install it either offline or online. A lot of steps to go throught, and a lot of restarts, but this is the best way to keep Windows but remove the CCleaner malware. I don't think changing passwords from a remote control app is necessary, as some security experts have recommended. And I still don't think this issue will appear in this software again. BTW, there is no evidence that user login credentials were stolen. 


Zotac Stuffs Desktop Graphics Cards In Its Mini-PCs

That has got to generate a lot of heat in a form factor that small, and fanless.


BlueBorne threatens almost every connected device with Bluetooth-based attacks

Most vendors have already addressed the offending vulnerabilities…

If the vulnerability is already patcched, how can the exploit still be considered a threat on patched devices? This author needs to seriously tone down his rhetoric. That said, some devices, including my Moto G4 smartphone, are not being patched in a timely way, if ever.


The Best Password Managers of 2017

A password like "123456" or "monkey" is easy to remember, but it's also easy to crack. With the help of a password manager, you can have a unique and strong password for every secure website. We've evaluated two dozen to help you choose.

People who have a hard time remembering passwords will not fare much better with a Master Password for a password manager. These tools are only as effective as their least secure feature -- the Master Password. What is needed is a password manager which uses some form of key or biometric to unlock the manager itself. But of course, these same people would lose their keys.


Dangerous Android app lets would-be hackers create ransomware without writing any code

Symantec researchers just revealed the existence of Android apps that allow users to generate ransomware with just a few simple taps. That's bad news for device security.

They've identified the app. So presumably they have a signature for it. They offer Android security scanners. So what's the problem?


Great tactic to block spam calls on your smartphone

Though I haven't had any issues with excessive smartphone spam, this looks like something to look into.


Report: Western Digital Bought Toshiba Memory

Toshiba and Sandisk under Western Digital ownership looks like a solid combination. There is still competition, so this won't restrain others in the sector excessively.


Google Chrome may soon have an option to keep websites muted

This looks like an incremental improvement in a feature which Chrome and its Extensions already offers in a limited way. Still probably not 100 percent effective, as the HTML5 autoplay blocks have shown, but better than the present situation. I do not like late-night noisy surprises!


Re. FYI#1032 (Tues 9/26/2017):

Google accidentally broke the internet throughout Japan

Why is this story being posted to FYI one month after it happened? I was going to post a quip or two at Yahoo, but then I looked again and saw how old all the comments were.


How to Use iMessage and Other Mac Apps on Windows or Linux

Has anyone in the Group tried to use RealVNC to do this lately? I know a previous attempt to do this between an iPhone (iOS, not MacOS) and a Windows 10 PC failed and something else had to be used for the demo.


7 Signs You Have Malware and How to Get Rid of It

The most common, and usually the only sign you have malware on your PC, is (#7 in the article) that there is absolutely nothing you can detect out of the ordinary. Modern malware is designed not to be detected, so why would it leave obvoious signs of its presence? By the time you see ransom demands, it's Game Over. You can no longer install any security programs when your disk is locked. (Though you might succeed in using something booted from USB.)


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

Macrium viBoot is new. I had not known about this tool. I also have no need for it right now, but it's good to know it's free (for now). But this tool actually has almost nothing to do with Macrium Reflect.

The article and the comments totally misrepresented the tool . No, it isn't an add-on module for Free Version 6 users. It's really a tool for creating, deleting, backing up and restoring Virtual Machines created using Hyp[er-V. You have to have a Virtual Machine already assembled to use viBoot,. and it is not part of the Free Edition yet. 

This is not a tool for extracting files from Macrium Reflect backup archives for the purpose of repairing a running or shut down Windows installation. That feature is restricted to the Macrium Reflect Pro (paid) Edition. And it usually will not do any good. Windows rarely fails due to just one or several files becoming corrupted.

Even if this were such a tool, I can't really imagine a situation where I might want to go to the trouble of mounting a valid current system image archive in a Virtual Machine to restore a file or several files if anything gets corrupted and I know the last version of the file(s) worked perfectly (which is rarely the case in Windows failures). 

(The file corruption and resulting instabilities situation happens much more frequently in my Linux than in any Windows devices I have ever used, and even there, this type of solution would be more effort than it would be worth. One reason for this difference is that in Linux, I can deliberately alter system files, which I generally can't do in Windows, due to EULA and technical limitations.) 


Are These the Toughest Linux Operating Systems to Install?

Of the Linux Distros in the article which were not niche or obscure distros, I think all they left off the list is Arch. That one has a nasty reputation for being difficult to install too.


What’s a Good Free Alternative to Microsoft Office?

This article was written in 2012, so it's totally out of date. Microsoft now offers Office 365, not Office Online. Office Starter is no longer offered with any new device. Kingsoft Office (mentioned in the Comments) is now WPS Office, and it has the closest compatibility with MS Office 2013 and 2016 formats of any free Office alternative. I use both WPS Office and LibreOffice, the successor to OpenOffice. Word


Comments by -- Joe Nowak

Security News from Vipre 9/26/17

Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:03 pm (PDT

Due to a design flaw it is possible to hack into any auto with a DoS attack.



Twitter doubles post size

Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:21 pm (PDT)

Twitter is going to raise the number of characters per entry to 280 characters. It is already available for some. Not me yet. The article wasn't specific on when everyone could expect to get to the new magic number of 280 characters.

Twitter just doubled the character limit for tweets to 280


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Tue 1032 9/26/2017

What the CCleaner Hack Means to You

CCleaner, a popular Windows utility, accidentally included malware in its download for a time. Here's my take on what to be concerned about and what to do.



One week with Microsoft Cortana



Equifax left door wide open to hackers!



How to Find Old Versions of Your Favorite Desktop Programs



Malware Hits PC Cleanup Tool CCleaner

CCleaner was patched and the server receiving the malicious code was shut down.



More than three dozen schools call off classes after 'cyber terrorist' threat

The FBI has reached out to the suspect “via electronic means”…



Hands-On with Xbox One X



Apple Watch 3 Has a Pesky Hidden Cost



T-Mobile Raises 'Unlimited Data' Limit



Ezviz Mini Trooper review: Weatherproof and wireless security

This indoor/outdoor camera offers strong security monitoring in an easy-to-install package.



What Can Google Photos Assistant Do for You?



6 of the Best Kodi Add-ons for Happy Streamers



You Can’t Completely Disable Wi-Fi or Bluetooth From iOS 11’s Control Center



Google accidentally broke the internet throughout Japan



How you can sue Equifax and be part of a lawsuit



Anker’s Eufy Genie vs. Amazon Echo Dot: Are the Savings Worth It?



NerdWallet's Tim Chen on Banking, Bots, and Bitcoin

Online banking empowers consumers, but only if they have the financial literacy to make sense of it, according to Chen.



Viacom cloud config goof exposed Paramount Pictures, Comedy Central, MTV, and more

Firm left secrets access keys available for anybody to view.



Microsoft Belatedly Documents Recent Surface Pro 4 Firmware Updates



iPhone X vs iPhone 8 vs iPhone 7: Which One's Right For You?



Microsoft: Windows 10 is now 'Speedier, More Reliable'



Nest beefs up its outdoor security camera lineup with the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor

The smart camera won't come off the wall.



How to Use iMessage and Other Mac Apps on Windows or Linux



How to Fix the Windows 10 Automatic Repair Loop



Equifax Sent Customers to a Phishing Site, Hacked Months Earlier



Roku slashed the price of its newest Streaming Stick and you’re nuts if you don’t get one



Is your smartphone listening in on your conversations?



The Cheapest Ways To Stream College Football (Without Cable)



7 Signs You Have Malware and How to Get Rid of It

PC acting strange? These warning signs could mean that your computer's security has been compromised. Here's what to do.



Heads roll, as it's revealed Equifax's IT team knew about web app vulnerability

Music-loving CSO is being unfairly vilified.



Microsoft Touts Windows 10 Quality and Reliability



iPhone X Hands-on: The iPhone, Nearly Perfected



How to Enable or Disable Pin and Unpin Items on Jump Lists in Windows 10



Comcast quietly acquires Stringify and will use the IFTTT rival to power its Xfinity Home smart-home platform

Could this be the end of Stringify as we know it?



Folks, It’s Time to Delete the Facebook News Feed



Various Ways to Take a Screenshot in Windows 10 without Third-Party Apps



US Navy to Use Xbox 360 Controllers for Submarine Periscopes



Amazon Music Unlimited is now cheaper for students



Turn your smartphone into a body-worn video camera



How to Enable or Disable Notification Dots in Android 8.0 Oreo



Report: Equifax Hacked Months Before Major Breach

The previous hack may have been carried out by the same attackers who eventually stole troves of personal information.



Misleading headlines about Equifax's *earlier* hack

Calm down. They did go public about the earlier security incident.



Understanding Gas Pump Credit Card Skimmers



The Best iPhone X and iPhone 8 Carrier Deals



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



Blossom 7 Smart Watering Controller review: It’s just the basics for this smart irrigation device

The second generation of Blossom strips out features, simplifies watering, and drops the price.



Are These the Toughest Linux Operating Systems to Install?



Your Guide to Popular Video Container Formats and Codecs



Apple’s New A11 Bionic Packs One Hell of a Wallop



Thousands of 'innocent' Android apps watch videos and vie...



What’s a Good Free Alternative to Microsoft Office?

There are many, many alternatives to Microsoft Office. Whether or not they'll work for you depends on your needs.



Red Alert 2.0: New Android banking trojan can block and log incoming calls from banks



Comments by -- Joe Nowak

Latest edition of CyberHeist News

CyberheistNews Vol 7 #38 Scam of the Week: "Fake-tortion" Phishing Attacks


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Mon 1031 9/25/2017


The 10 most popular apps people keep on their home screens



Fears of Cybersecurity Threats Projected to Ignite the Market



Windows 10 Fall Creators Update news — everything you need to know



UWP Games to Get More Powerful with Fall Creators Update



How to Disable the “Is Running in the Background” Notification on Android Oreo



Nest jumps into home security with Nest Secure

Nest Secure offers an entire home security system with no monitoring required



8 Google Slides Tips You Should Know Before Your Next Presentation



How to Save Data When Using Your Favorite Social Media Apps



Equifax data hack: What are your legal options?

Can you sue Equifax? We look at that question, as well as what the government is doing and what you should do if you're one of the 143 million affected.






How to Fix: Remote Desktop: Another Connection is in Progress Error



Will the Equifax breach affect your Social Security benefits?



The Pirate Bay website quietly runs a cryptocurrency miner on visitors' PCs, gobbling up CPU cycles

Users were NOT happy about a lack of notice…



The Best VPN Apps for the iPhone

Your iPhone may be well protected against malware, but it can't protect your data as it travels the internet. Using a VPN keeps your information safe and private, even when you're connected to the web through an insecure Wi-Fi hotspot.



Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Graphics Card Prices



Samsung Chromebook Pro review: One misstep spoils the show



Making Windows 10 Field Guide Better … And Prettier



How to Check Your iPhone’s Battery Health



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

Our favorite smart thermostat gets just a little smarter.



Power Up Your Home Wi-Fi Using a Booster or Extender



Should Web Hosting Companies Be Responsible for Website Content?



Metacert’s Paul Walsh on ICOs, phishing, and the future of fake news






CCleaner Compromised by Hackers - Update Immediately



Hackers can turn Fitbits into spying devices



CCleaner, distributed by anti-virus firm Avast, contained malicious backdoor

Digitally-signed version of CCleaner 5.33 secretly stole information from users’ computers.



Report: You Can Stop a Forced iPhone X Face ID Unlock

Can somebody force you to unlock your iPhone X using Face ID? Not according to Apple's Craig Federighi.



Zotac Stuffs Desktop Graphics Cards In Its Mini-PCs



More than 180,000 iPhone apps won't be compatible with iOS 11



Microsoft Pix for iOS Update with More AI Smarts



How to Screenshot and Share Snapchat Snaps



Nest Hello is the company's first video doorbell

The door bell will be out in early 2018.



How to Customize the Login Screen on Your Mac



How to Use Wayback Machine to Archive Websites



The best enterprise antivirus: Kaspersky leads in latest tests

Ransomware and other threats often get through signature-based antivirus protection, giving it a bad rap. However, anti-virus tools still play an important role in the enterprise security strategy.






How To Always Open Shortcut as Normal window, Minimized, or Maximized in Windows 10



3 unexpected tricks for your smartphone



BlueBorne threatens almost every connected device with Bluetooth-based attacks

Most vendors have already addressed the offending vulnerabilities…



The Best Password Managers of 2017

A password like "123456" or "monkey" is easy to remember, but it's also easy to crack. With the help of a password manager, you can have a unique and strong password for every secure website. We've evaluated two dozen to help you choose.



Best Graphics



High-end tablet takedown: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet vs. Microsoft Surface Pro



Fall Creators Update Feature Focus: My People



Your Amazon Wish List Is Public By Default. Here’s How to Make It Private



Best smart sprinkler controller

Whether you’re motivated by water conservation, saving money, a drive to render every aspect of your home smart, or all the above, a smart irrigation controller will scratch that itch.



10 Mistakes Not to Make as an Arduino Beginner

10 Mistakes Not to Make as an Arduino Beginner


How to View and Revert Changes Made in Google Docs



Dangerous Android app lets would-be hackers create ransomware without writing any code

Symantec researchers just revealed the existence of Android apps that allow users to generate ransomware with just a few simple taps. That's bad news for device security.






How to Find and Save Windows Spotlight Background Images in Windows 10



Great tactic to block spam calls on your smartphone



Microsoft strangles critical vulnerabilities, including in-the-wild zero-day flaw. Patch now!



The Best Mac Antivirus Protection of 2017

Despite what you may have heard, your Apple computer isn't immune to malware. We tested the top programs to find the ones that will keep your Mac the safest.



Report: Western Digital Bought Toshiba Memory



Google Chrome may soon have an option to keep websites muted



Welp, Vevo Just Got Hacked




Comments by -- Bob Primak --

FYI#1029  (Sat 9/23/2017):

Re. CCleaner ongoing revelations:

I still do not believe there is anything systemically insecure about CCleaner. But in light of recent tech articles about the details of the malware injection into CCleaner 5.33 code, I am now recommending that users completely remove CCleaner and all Registry traces with Geek Uninstaller or Revo Uninstaller, use something like Glary Utilities to finish the Registry cleanup, restart and run Malwarebytes Free. 

If MBAM finds any further traces, it should (from an Administrator Account) be able to remove those traces. Then you will have to delete the quarantined traces, restart, rescan, and possibly one more round of remnants could show up. That process should complete and leave you with no further traces of the malware or CCleaner. 

It's up to you whether you download the current version of CCleaner (5.35) and install it and use it -- I have done so and am not worried about further issues. Avast assures us that they have taken closer control over the Piriform codebase and have placed it under security surveillance, something they probably should have been doing the day they bought out Piriform. I wonder whether part of the purpose for the attack was an attempt to embarass Avast? If so, mission accomplished.


Inaudible ultrasound commands can be used to secretly control Siri, Alexa, and Google Now

How hackers could send secret commands to speech recognition systems with ultrasound

Hackers Can Whisper Commands to Alexa, Siri, Google Now

This sounds like a rich mining ground for practical jokes.


3 School Laptops You Shouldn’t Buy for Any Reason

The article makes a good case for the points it makes. But Win 10 S is not appropriate for students. These days, they know how to program as early as the fifth grade. They know about Cloud Backup, localm data backup and maybe even system image backups. For them, the Win 10 S to Pro upgrade (free now, $49.00 later fo cheap laptops and $99.00 for everything else) would make sense. Start with Win 10 S in the lower grades, then upgrade to Pro as they get better with tech. Chromebooks are a strong competitor (with plenty of data and documents backup) for just about anyone who wants to keep things cheap, simple and safe.


How to Scan Your Linux Computer for Viruses and Rootkits

Lately I've been using ClamTK (GUI version of ClamAV) on my Ubuntu PC. But the Linux rootkit checkers leave a lot to be desired. They always come up with posssible rootkits which require a lot of research to find out they are false positives. ClamAV allows checking with VirusTotal. And not many false positives to confirm or deny in any case. 

ChkRootkit ran very fast on my NUC, so it's OK to use. No ambiguous findings, and no infections. 

Rkhunter had a few Warnings. The worst issue was that it did not recognize certain Pulse Audio File Types. This might scare a Linux novice, but I do understand where these File Types come from and why they are not known to rkhunter. They are simply proprietary filetypes and codecs I have added from specific audio players or transcoders. Not a real issue. 

So I now have two more tools to play with in my Linux security arsenal. On my NUC, they (and also ClamTK) run very fast, so it's never an issue to do a run when I feel so inclined, and once a month before making system backups in any case. Kind of boring finding nothing, though. (Same with my Windows devices, until the CCleaner fiasco.)


Qualcomm Is Building a Vehicle-to-Everything Chip for Safer Cars

If drivers become too reliant on this type of tech, I sure hope no one ever succeeds in hacking the chip or any parts of the systems it feeds into or out of, or any device to which it connects. At least there needs to be a manual override and a police override. Otherwise the possibilities for mischief and mayhem are staggering.


23andMe Wants to Turn Your Genetic Data into a Drug-Discovery Goldmine

This is the same company which keeps telling people they have ancestors in wildly inaccurate places all over the world, based on insufficient genetic data. Would you trust this company with your health, let alone your life? Heck, I wouldn't even trust them not to leak my data and cause all sorts of grief that way. In any event, participation must be strictly voluntary, and have no insurance rate consequences.

How to Detect [Expletive]

It took me awhile to find a format which would play in my Linux inside of Chrome. The podcast itself was not very enlightening. 


Windows 10 Sound Not Working? Here Are Some Fixes

My Windows sound issue with my NUC had to do with installing two conflicting drivers, one of which was from MS Updates. Actually, the Windows 10 driver worked better in the long run. (The other, recommended by Intel, was a Realtek driver, and that company's drivers are notorious for not playing well with Windows 8, 8.1 and 10.)


[Windows 10 Fix] Why Too Many Svchost.exe (Service Host) Process Running in Task Manager

Interesting info on the change in how ServiceHost Processes are (un-)grouped in Windows 10. 


Should Windows 10 Power Users Shut Off Windows Update?

There are less draconian ways of controlling which updates you get and when, especially in the Pro edition.But if you know what you are doing, this is one more safeguard you can add. Too bad we need so many layers of protection from untimely or buggy MS Updates.


3 awesome apps that block unwanted robocalls

These are for sell phones. I am not as familiar with these apps as I am with Nomorobo, which is for land lines (and VOIP like Comcast Voice). 


Using Linux With Wayland? Here’s What You Should Know

Wayland is a long way off from mainstream Linux use. I'm not interested in being a beta tester. (We have a town called Wayland here in the Boston, MA area.)


How to Check If a USB Drive Is Bootable or Not in Windows 10

It seems to me, it would take less time and effror to just restart with the Boot from USB option in place. That's what I do with all my backup software Rescue Media when I update them.


Equifax's credit-monitoring site also reportedly hackable

This does not surprise me at all. Why let the fox guard your chicken coop?


Re. FYI#1030 (Sun 9/24/2017):

Google Chrome Will Block Autoplaying Video With Sound Next Year

I would be truly amazed if this will work on all autoplaying content. Current blockers simply do not work in every case. It is not in advertisers' own best interests to allow this to work as advertised. Google is one of the largest advertising companies on the Internet.


3 Linux Smartphone Operating Systems You Can Install Today

None of these is even remotely usable. There is no such thing as a Linux Phone.


How to Use NMap to Check Your Linux Computer for Open Ports

This works, but it's very difficult to install, use and interpret.


Best DVRs for cord cutters you can buy

Channel Master is garbage. Many, many drawbacks.

Tablo would not set up on my old U-Verse network, but might work on my present Comcast XFinity network. But this device practically assumes you're using Apple devcies to connect with it and to set it up.

I own a TiVo Roamio OTA DVR now, and I liked how easy it was to set up on both my old network and my present network. Komando did not include the Guide subscription cost with thhis DVR. It adds about 40 percent to the base price.

BUT... ATSC3 is coming in 2019. All current-generation DVRs will be rendered obsolete as this hybrid broadcast standard rolls out. It isn't clear what the new standards will look like, but owners of DVRs and modems (cable modems and even routers) may be in for some very expensive surprises. 


Comcast Xfinity Is Fastest US ISP, Ookla Says

I don't have the fastest tier of XFinity, but for the price, you do get more speed with Comcast than FiOS or other competitors.


This Study Is Trying to Ruin Your Precious Binge Watching

Diferent people fatigue at different rates. So some people can binge-watch for much longer than others and still retain all the details they will need to keep watching the series. I have a truly gifted long-term memory, but I don't like trying to follow a story line too fast. So I may watch up to five or six episodes in a row, but rarely more. Usually just two to four, depending on the length of each episode. Some comedies get pretty redundant after about four episodes. 


What Is the System Reserved Partition and Can You Delete It?

Well, there's something I've wondered about for a long time, and now I know about it. BTW, in dual-boot environments like my NUC, the Windows System Reserved Partition also must be there, whether Windows controls the boot manager tasks or GRUB (Linux). Also, if you have a Boot Option with Macrium Reflect to boot into the Recovery Environment, this option menu is also stored in the System Reserved Partition's Boot data.


From My Own Reading:

Microsoft stumps for Windows 10 1703 to get enterprises on the right release train


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Sun 1030 9/24/2017

Windows 10: Microsoft, nearly finalizing the Fall Creators Update, teases a mixed-reality future

The Fall Creators Update is in the can, and Microsoft's busy with what's next.



Windows security: Cryptocurrency miner malware is enslaving PCs with EternalBlue

Stealthy and persistent cryptocurrency-mining malware is hitting Windows machines.



Tight on space? Here’s how to transfer photos from your iPhone to a computer



Google's Safe Browsing software protects 3 billion devices

Search giant says the anti-malware software is keeping a billion more devices safer than it did a year ago.



Bluetooth vulnerability lets hackers take over your Apple, Samsung and Google devices in seconds



Should You Believe the Rumors About Kaspersky Lab?

Is Russian software company Kaspersky Lab colluding with the FSB? Stealing private information? Rumors abound, without any hard evidence to back them up.



Bluetooth Security Flaws Impacting 'Billions of Devices' Come With Some Serious Caveat



Ford to Expand HoloLens Use in its Vehicle Design Center



Sony incorporates Google Assistant into its new wireless smart speaker

But the Sony LF-S50G Wireless Speaker looks less like Google Home and more like Apple’s HomePod.



How to protect yourself in the wake of the Equifax data breach

These measures can help safeguard you against identity thieves!



Google Chrome Will Block Autoplaying Video With Sound Next Year



3 Linux Smartphone Operating Systems You Can Install Today



How to Use NMap to Check Your Linux Computer for Open Ports



Coffee Lake Coming With 1151 Socket, But Still Requires 300-Series Chipset



Ring Stick Up Cam review: A companion camera for the Ring Video Doorbell

The weatherproof outdoor camera lets you keep an eye on the rest of your property.



How to Disable the “Is Displaying Over Other Apps” Notification on Android Oreo



Fixed-wing drone lands on vertical surfaces like a bug



These are Amazon's new Fire TVs, report says

Here's a first look at two upcoming Amazon Fire TVs, according to a report.



Best DVRs for cord cutters you can buy



Comcast Xfinity Is Fastest US ISP, Ookla Says

A new home ISP study from Ookla Speedtest gives the nod to Comcast Xfinity, saying it's faster than Verizon's fiber product.



This Study Is Trying to Ruin Your Precious Binge Watching



NVIDIA Announces a More Affordable Android TV Streamer



YouTube TV review: Patience pays off

The best streaming bundle (for those who can get it).



Three Equifax execs sold $1.8 million of stock days after breach discovery

Unclear as to what motivated these sales.



Browser-Based Mining Malware Found on Pirate Bay, Other Sites



10 Lesser-Known Features in Google Maps for Android



Interesting Browser Software to Discover This Week



Google Details Plan To Distrust Symantec Certificates



Sensibo Sky A/C controller review: Control your room air conditioner from anywhere

While the app is still under construction and the price is a bit off-putting, this device should help reduce your electric bill.



What Is the System Reserved Partition and Can You Delete It?



PS Vue vs. Sling TV vs. DirecTV Now vs. YouTube TV vs. Hulu: Which is best?



How we’ll eventually control everything with our minds

Brain-controlled computers are currently helping paralyzed patients, but one day they might be used to control everything around you.



Surf the web without a trace



10 Dangerous Data Breaches That Should Freak You Out

In recent decades, we've seen some of the most secure servers in the world breached by black hats.



Snapmail Allows You to Send Self-Destructing Gmail Messages



Google Assistant Comes to Bose Headphones



How to Create a Custom Shortcut Comment Pop-up Description in Windows



Hacked sex robots could kill you, warn British tabloids

Insert floppy di*k joke here.



Windows 10 Gets Privacy Boost



7 Windows Mysteries You Never Understood Resolved



6 of the Best Screenshot Apps for macOS



Plextor S3C SSD Review



The Apple TV 4K skates to where the puck was

4K HDR iTunes movies are an odd thing to emphasize in an age of subscription streaming.



How Do Windows Defender’s “Automatic Sample Submission” and “Cloud-Based Protection” Work?



Your next smartphone's camera could get a huge improvement



Vizio's brilliant $149 alternative to Bluetooth speakers

Vizio's little sound bar wireless subwoofer system blows away pricier Bluetooth speakers.



How to detect a virus on your Android



Hackers Can Whisper Commands to Alexa, Siri, Google Now

Your digital assistant may be listening to someone else you can't hear.



All the NFL Games You Can Stream Live via Amazon Prime



Paul Thurrott’s Short Takes: September 22



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



Earn up to $200K finding bugs in Samsung smartphones

But as with any bug bounty, following the rules is essential….



Onkyo Compact Hi-Fi Systems With New Amplification And Network Technology Available September



10 Game Servers You Can Run on a Raspberry Pi



How to Stop Websites from Asking to Show Notifications



Equifax Clarifies Arbitration Clause After Massive Hack



HDR TV: Everything you need to know before you shop for a new 4K television

You'll find high dynamic range at every price point now, and that's made the technology's strengths, differences, and pitfalls abundantly clear.



Equifax Got Hacked: How to Stop Identity Thieves from Opening Accounts in Your Name



iOS 11 release date, key features and what iPhones and iPads can I get it on?



Secret videos reveal how iPhone 8 with no home button could work



iPad Pro vs. iPad mini 4 vs. iPad: Which one should you buy?

These days, picking an iPad can be tricky, but here's the lowdown on which model is right for you.



Private Internet Access VPN: Two-Year Subscription (I use this and know others using it as well)



Up to 44 million UK consumers may have had their identity put at risk after Equifax hack



Logitech Circle 2 review: Second time's the charm for this wired home security camera

The Circle 2 improves on its predecessor is every way


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