(On Nov 4th, APCUG is having a Virtual
Conference. Some of the topics should be view by most
members. You have to pre-register and be logged in before
the Conference begins. Check out http://ccs.org/Tips/NewsTips/NTIndex.htm )
(Of note on the News & Tips main page, http://ccs.org/Tips/NewsTips/NTIndex.htm ,
we have two changes. On the top left is APCUG info including
Youtube Virtual Technology Conference Channel to be able to view
past conference videos to see more. The new ones mentioned
above are delayed before you will see them on the channel, so any
that interest you, register and view them live.
The other change is on the top left of
the page to access Bob Gostischa's document of how to uninstall
your current AV package and install AVAST. Also are tips on
what he believes are programs that are of value and good standing
and other advice. I don't agree with all that Bob has on his
pages, but do agree that most of its good information.)
Apple addresses KRACK exploits in iOS
and macOS updates
Why Snapchat Spectacles failed
Apple iPhone X
How to Choose a Filesystem for Your USB
Intel & AMD Processor Hierarchy
The Complete Guide to Improving Your
Online Security and Defending Your Privacy
iPhone 7, Samsung Galaxy S8, Others
Hacked in Pwn2Own
Researchers participating in the Mobile
Pwn2Own 2017 competition developed exploits for the iPhone 7,
Samsung Galaxy S8, and others.
This Is What Happens When You Ask
Google to Get Spooky In a Smart Home
Black Friday deals: Best sales on TVs,
speakers, and streaming video devices
The living-room deals that TV buffs and
cord cutters should actually care about.
The Best Laptops You Can Buy for under
Watching for Interactions
Interactions between software can cause
unexpected side effects. If you're experiencing a problem, it's
one more thing to look into.
Razer Blade Stealth updated
with quad-core eighth-gen processors
Alert! Password stealing hack hitting
Facebook users right now
Amazon Echo (2017) review:
Amazon Echo: New look, new price, same
How Credit Card Skimmers Work, and How
to Spot Them
Feeling blue might lead to faster
Facebook, Twitter Find Russian Activity
to Churn Out Propaganda
Facebook, Google, and Twitter are set
to testify before a congressional subcommittee on Russia's attempt
to use social media to influence last year's election.
How to Force your iPhone to Use JPG &
MP4 Instead of HEIF & HEVC
Dell UP2718Q Ultra HD HDR Professional
Amazon’s All-New Echo: 10 Things You
Need to Know
'Silence' Trojan Mimics Carbanak to
Spy, Steal from Banks
Attackers break into financial
organizations and stay there to record employees' activities,
steal data, and use it to steal, similar to the Carbanak group.
Let’s Face It, Phone Makers Are Just
Amazon Echo (2nd generation) review:
Better than the original, but not as important
Interested in voice-based home control?
Buy an Echo Dot. Interested in multi-room audio? Buy a Sonos One.
Google’s quantum computing plans
threatened by IBM curveball
How Do I Back Up LastPass?
It's important to back
up LastPass, because unexpected things happen. What you do with
that backup, however, is critical.
Intel unveils new family of AI chips to
take on Nvidia’s GPUs
Details are thin, but Intel says its
new chips will boost deep learning training times
Beware! New sneaky phishing scam is
making the rounds
When is Black Friday 2017? It depends
Killer deals will be here before you
know it. Here's when Black Friday starts -- and it's not
necessarily the day after Thanksgiving.
How to Uninstall Windows 10’s Built-in
Apps (and How to Reinstall Them)
Amazon's original Echo gets a
Nvidia's AI Creates Artificial Human
Faces from Celebrity Photos
Nvidia researchers used an AI algorithm
known as a generative adversarial networks to create
YouTube TV Explained and How It
Compares with YouTube Red
Best Gaming Laptops
Forgot Your iPhone Passcode? Here’s
What You Can Do
Reaper: Calm Before the IoT Security
Turn the Windows-key on or off quickly
Feit IntelliBulb Battery Backup review:
The light bulb that can’t go out
With a built-in battery, it’s a perfect
bulb for always-on applications.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Android
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Mobile guards
your identity and personal data on-the-go. So you and your Android
smartphone or tablet are safe from malware and unauthorized
surveillance. Wherever you are. Whenever you go.
How Do I Change My Browser Home Page
Back to What I Want?
Sometimes installers change your
browser home page "for you". Other times, home page content
changes. I'll show you how to set your home page to what you want.
Dropbox offers a new plan that lets you
sync and share work from one spot
How to Move Users Folder to another
Location in Windows 10
iOS 11 hidden features
There's a lot more to iOS 11 than meets
the eye. Here are 22 exciting features you might miss after
updating your iPhone to iOS 11.
How to Use Windows 10’s “Continue on
PC” Feature With an iPhone or Android Phone
Adobe's Scribbler AI automatically
colorizes any portrait
AI Enhances Smartphone Photos to DSLR
The researchers trained an artificial
neural network to study the differences between smartphones and
DSLR-captured photos and automatically enhances them.
Other than as an Actual Phone, What Do
You Normally Use Your Smartphone For?
Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop
Review: A New Value King
Feeling Uninspired? 10 Office Tweaks to
Renew Your Productivity
Fear the Reaper, or Reaper Madness?
How Apps Use Your Photos to Track Your
Awair Glow review: This air monitor
smartens your "dumb" appliances
The Glow activates conventional fans,
air conditioners, and other appliances in response to changes in
your home's air quality.
Excel, Access, external DB driver
errors linked to this month’s patches
If you’re seeing new “Unexpected error
from external database driver” error messages, chances are good
you recently installed KB 4041681 (Win7), KB4041676 (Win10 1703),
or any of this month's Windows security patches.
Apple Fires Engineer Over Daughter’s
Viral iPhone X Video
The redesigned Google Calendar for web
is infinitely prettier
How to Change Windows Defender
Controlled Folder Access Settings in Windows 10
Everything you need to know about
YouTube's subscription service, Red,
has been out for a while now. Here's why you might want to sign
How to Enable Wi-Fi Calling on an
Even the world’s top Apple blogger is
losing it over a new MacBook Pro problem
Store 4TB of Files For $100, No Power
Comments by -- Bob Primak --
A look at Ubuntu
17.10 Artful Aardvark
I long ago
decided to stay on the Ubuntu LTS Track, so I'm sticking with
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS until next spring. BTW, the author was trying to
get this distro to work with a NVidia discreet graphics card --
not a good practice! No wonder he had install and first boot
issues. Sometimes a Linux upgrade also requires setting up
wireless and Bluetooth all over again.
Windows files after Fall Creators Update installation
While this is
supposed to happen automatically after ten to thirty days, I found
4.4 GB of files on my tablet after a month and a half (this was
for the Spring 2017 Creators Update, version 1703). I used Disk
Cleanup's System Files cleanup to get rid of these and a bunch of
Windows Update files. With limited storage on the tablet, this
needed to be done. I don't worry so much about my NUC, as it has a
Technology Going Mainstream, Will You Be Using VR?
anytime soon. I have better ways to waste cash and time. Like
broadcast TV and recordings.
How to delay the
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
I'm not being
offered this feature update yet, but I will be using wushowhide to
hide it for a few months if it shows up in MS Updates.
Group Wants to Keep AI Unregulated
FBI failed to
break into nearly 7000 mobiles due to encryption
Analyst on AT&T:
‘The Wheels Are Falling Off of Satellite TV’
Breaking News -- five or six years ago!
Flash vulnerability allowed hackers to plant malware
And for Internet
Explorer and Edge browsers, it is NOT patched as of Nov. 1, 2017.
batteries power us all?
These are safer
than the LiIon batteries used in today's electric and hybrid cars.
In homes and other larger applications they make less of a
difference, though someday this may be the next step in battery
announces Connect Tag tracker that uses cellular IoT tech to help
you find people and things
I wonder how
long it will be before this and other IoT locator apps gets
hijacked by hackers and sold to stalkers? BTW, I just got onto my
phone my sister's app to open her garage door from outside. Let's
hope this remains secure.
update arrives in time for the Fall Creators Update
I got this
update, but not the Feature Update -- my devices aren't ready for
back at Google’s approach to security patches
This is a
legitimate issue. I noticed Flash Player for Chrome being made
available (updated) sooner in Chrome Beta for Linux than in Chrome
Stable for Windows. In fact, this month I downloaded Beta for my
NUC, and would have done so for my tablet had I been using it away
from home. Other Chrome patches have been about the same, marching
in the cadence which leaves the Stable Channel vulnerable two
weeks longer than the Beta Channel. Dev Channel is too unstable
for most everyday users.
In the battle of
SSD vs. HDD storage, the winner is clear
For most of us,
it's still too soon to be considering SSDs for external storage.
Price per gigabyte is still the biggest drawback, but reliability
is still spotty. They still slow over time.
How to get
Oreo-like features on any Android phone
I don't need the
new features -- I need the old security patches.
My “The Complete
Windows 10 Privacy Guide” book is out
Who needs a book
when you have tools like O&O Shut Up 10 to do the whole thing for
employee after daughter's iPhone X video goes viral
TiVo sent me an
invite to a beta testing program. They have an NDA of their own.
This is not an unusual provision if you want to try out
pre-release hardware or software. BTW, TiVo Lifetime Subscriptions
have doubled in price since their interface change, now
post-release. (The same one I was invited to try out pre-release.)
Google Drive Is
(Almost) Dead. What Can You Do About It?
Google Drive is
not dying. It is changing its name and getting a few feature
adjustments. Nothing to panic about.
How to Make the
Echo Dot Battery Powered (and Put It Anywhere You Want)
Well, if you
like to have Echo Dot always listening and taking up battery power
all the time, I guess that's an option. There's a reason battery
powered Things turn themselves off or enter Standby after a while.
Business Continues to Be Savaged by Cord cutting
What has killed
AT&T is that their customer service is really, really bad. And
then they had a major failure to roll out more bandwidth,
resulting in cutting back on the services they were able to offer
over the wires. Which led to the insane deal to shove wireline
customers over to DirectTV, costing them more customers. (I moved
out of their service area, but I was about to switch even in the
Chicago market.) Streaming DirectTV would have been nice -- if
they had the bandwidth to carry their own streaming services --
which they do not have (due to the failed rollout of higher
bandwidth infrastructure). So that's what really happened to them.
How to Make
Windows Better? Make It Chocolatey!
Look, if you
want Linux, for gosh sakes just install Linux!
Get Windows and
Office patched – but watch out for creepy-crawlies
This may be my
fault for over-zealous use of Windows Disk Cleanup, but both my
newly upgraded Windows 10 1703 devices had issues with Windows
Updates in October. This could be a result of the large size of
the Cumulative Update (almost 1GB all by itself) or some other
issue within the updates mechanisms. I'm still tracking down the
causes and future risks of leaving those systems as they are --
fully patched, but with Windows Update possibly unstable.
i5-8400 Review: Six Cores On A Budget
Not bad! I want
one of those at the heart of my next kit-built PC.
The best phones
If I were
replacing my Moto G4 phone, I'd probably go with the G5 series, or
wait until the G6 with Android 8 (Oreo) comes down in price.
10 Free Linux
Productivity Apps You Haven’t Heard Of
Nothing in this
article fits how I use Ubuntu Linux. I guess I'll just have to
keep using software everybody has heard of.
How to Reinstall
and Re-register All Built-in Windows Apps in Windows 10
particularly nasty Store Updates failure recently, I had to do
this on my tablet. I succeeded, but I used CCleaner to remove the
Store App itself first.
recovery media with AOMEI Windows PE Builder
looking into this product line. It could replace Macrium Reflect
and MiniTool in one rescue environment. With USB Flash Drives
gaining reliability and capacity, the Aomei WinPE environment is
beginning to make more and more sense for these purposes. Aomei
certainly makes it easier to build and modify the WinPE
How to enable
color filters in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
Like many people
with autistic disorders, I have reading issues which are color
related. This feature, plus the Night Light feature in Windows 10,
can make a lot of difference in how fatigued I get when using
screens for long periods. People who are developing cataracts also
get sensitive to some color ranges, which this feature might also
ET Deals: Dell
Latitude 3379 13.3-Inch Two-in-One Laptop for $349
Even at $479.00,
this model offered a lot of value for the money. But be aware that
its warranty has only a few months left on it. After that, there
may be no further driver updates to deal with new MS Windows 10
This entire FYI
posting looks exactly the same as FYI# 1063. Was there an
Well, here's one
feature I will be very quick to disable any way I can. I do
not permit software to update without my intervention. Period. And
having to check off Session Data in the browsers and some other
new check boxes was also a pain in the neck.
will never be the same after version 17.10
It appears that
while users will notice a change or two here and there, the
overall look and feel of the modified GNOME interface will remain
very close to the Unity Interface. But under the hood, it should
be more stable.
Site Newegg Is Being Sued for Allegedly Engaging in Massive Fraud
Newegg used to
be the go-to place on the Web for PC parts. But they have slipped
badly since they were taken over by a Chinese company. I use B&H
Photo now. But remember, they are New York City based, and I'm
just up the road in Boston now. From Chicago they were OK to deal
with, but not the fastest shippers.
From My Own
Would you trust
For a dollar, an
AI will examine your medical scan
Comments by -- Joe Nowak
Don't Break Your iPhone X
Wed Nov 1, 2017 5:16 pm (PDT)
Thinking about buying an iPhone X? Think real hard--and be sure
to read the fine print on repair costs.