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Sat 11/11/2017 1078
Fri 11/10/2017 1077
Thur 11/09/2017 1076
Wed 11/08/2017 1075
Tue 11/07/2017 1074
Mon 11/06/2017 1073
Sun 11/05/2017 1072

Sat 1078  11/11/2017

Google combats the internet’s trust problem with more fact-checkers



Kaspersky says it accidentally obtained secret NSA files from a US computer



Walmart Black Friday Ad 2017: 12 Top Deals



Make Windows 10 Underline and Highlight Menu Shortcut Keys



Sacrificing Privacy for Convenience? What You Can Do to Preserve Your Privacy



Which Laptop CPU is Right for You?



Cyberlink Power Media Player MR puts YouTube 360-degree video on Mixed Reality, for a price



How to Turn Your Windows PC Into a Wi-Fi Hotspot



Protect your PC with Windows 10's antiransomware tool

Enable the new antiransomware protection in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to lower the odds of becoming a victim of the next ransomware attack.



Intel’s new Optane SSDs are superfast and can even work as extra RAM



Google Pixel 2 XL: Day Three Notes



Microsoft Patents Expanding Headphone Port

Rather than ditch the 3.5mm headphone port, Microsoft figured out a way to make it thinner on devices.



How to Use iOS 11's Do Not Disturb While Driving Feature



Adobe’s New Photoshop Tutorial Series on YouTube for Beginners



Target stores can order your items online if they're out of stock

You don't need to pull out your phone if something is out of stock.



It’s time for the internet to block fake emails



Fix Google Chrome black screen problems on Windows 10/8/7



How to Report Offensive or Abusive Behavior on Social Media



How to Get Android Apps, Google Play Store on a Chromebook



GHub for Windows 10 conveniently consolidates all your Google services



How to Make Your 120Hz or 144Hz Monitor Use Its Advertised Refresh Rate



Google doubles down on fact-checking the internet

After being criticized for not catching fake news online, the tech giant partners with a fact-checking network to better comb the internet.



Security researcher exploits bug to access Google’s issue-tracking system

Google patched the bug within an hour of learning about the exploit, though



Chrome is Being Updated to Block More Web Annoyances



Try Not to Drop That iPhone X

According to SquareTrade, which sells smartphone protection plans, iPhone X is Apple's most breakable iPhone to date.



How to Use iOS 11's One-Handed Keyboard



How to Split a Huge CSV Excel Spreadsheet Into Separate Files



Signal's secure messaging is now available in a desktop app

Talk to your friends in privacy without relying on a web browser.



Google Pixelbook review: the Chromebook grows up



Login screen appears twice in Windows 10



What Windows’ “Fast Startup” Does, and How to Disable It



Asus ZenBook UX430UA Review



How to reset password from the Lock screen on the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update



How Do You Create Subfolders in the Windows “Send To” Menu?



Firefox 57 to Kill Many Addons: Tab Groups Alternative



People are getting locked out of innocuous Google Docs for supposedly violating Terms of Service



How to create a bootable USB drive with multiple Linux distributions

Choosing the right Linux distribution for a task is critical, and having numerous distributions on one USB drive makes this easy. Here's how you can achieve this, with Multiboot USB.



How to Fix the iOS 11.1 Glitch That Won't Let You Type the Letter 'i'

Apple offered a workaround until it's able to provide a fix in a future software update.



Apple Pushing Two-Factor Authentication: What to Do



Setting a Strong Alphanumeric Passcode and 16 Other Ways to Secure Your iPhone



Hilton data breaches lead to $700,000 penalty

The company has also agreed to strengthen its information security systems.



Logitech's Circle cameras now obey Google Assistant commands



Pre-Installed apps are missing after Windows 10 Update



Active@ Data Studio – Essential PC Tools All in One Place



In Defense of Windows Bloatware



Microsoft launches dedicated Xbox Insider blog



The Different Types of Light Bulbs You Can Buy, and How to Choose



Can You Fall in Love With a Phone Company?



Apple has a fix to one of the biggest issues with the Apple TV 4K

Content matching is coming to tvOS 11.2... someday



Chrome users beware: A new 'Catch-All' extension could steal everything you type



Target Teases Black Friday TV, Gaming Deals

While some big retailers, like Costco, are giving their employees the night off on Thanksgiving, Target will open its doors at 6 p.m. that evening.



iOS 11 Notes: All the New Features and How to Use Them



How (Not) to Upgrade to the Latest Windows 10 Version



Get this $150 waterproof 4K action camera for $70 today

Capture all your adventures in 4K HD quality video with this action camera and included mounts.



Google expands its fact-checking efforts by partnering with the International Fact-Checking Network



5 Of the Best Game Booster Software for Windows 10



Comments by -- Bob Primak --

Re. FYI#1076  (Thurs 11/09/2017)

Why Do Modern Computer Cases Still Have USB 2.0 Ports?

My NUC, which is modern and compact, came with only USB 3.0 ports. But the internal connector accepted an optional lid which gave me two ports for my keyboard and mouse. These are USB 2.0. They never need to be a higher standard, since these are user interface peripherals. As for interference with WiFi (2.4 GHz) keyboards and mice, remember that generally, these devices are unencrypted. Theoretically, an intruder could act as Man in the Middle and intercept input and send their own arbitrary code, taking over a PC or device which uses an unencrypted WiFi keyboard or mouse. Infrared or Bluetooth 4.0 or higher are better alternatives for wireless inputs. USB 3.0 will not interfere with Bluetooth devices, but IR may experience issues for other reasons.


How to Back Up Your Linux Device to Amazon S3

Since this is not system image backup or restore, it's safe to say there are easier to use cloud storage services. And cheaper for most home users' needs. Most cloud storage services are OS agnostic for data backups.


MantisTek GK2's Keylogger Is A Warning Against Cheap Gadgets (Updated)

When buying things like this mechanical keyboard from familiar web sites or American importers (or EU sources) there is usually some vetting to prevent this sort of spyware from being slipped into the product or its drivers. (IoT devices and toys are a very different matter, as they often are not vetted.)

"However, this additional protection goes out of the window when people decide to purchase directly from Chinese manufacturers via Chinese marketplaces. Not all products are going to have privacy or security issues, but extra caution is warranted."

Alibaba is used by a lot of import businesses, but it isn't always wise to deal with its vendors more directly. This includes tablets which were using Chinese "Ubuntu", not the Canonical official version. Cheap isn't free in some cases.


Anti-WebMiner for Windows will stop Cryptojacking Mining Scripts

This program relies on Hosts Files to block domains. This is not very efficient. I use browser extensions and I see no unusual activity on my network at the Linux PC when glancing through my network activity monitor or appindicators on the taskbar (top panel). This issue at present is best handled on a per-browse basis, until antimalware companies start adding prevention to their arsenals, as some already are doing.


DOJ may sue to block AT&T's purchase of Time Warner

If even our present DoJ doesn't approve of this deal, it cannot be good news if it goes through. This should be interesting to watch for future developments.


How to Store and Backup Photos, for Those Who Care About Their Images

Ever since I got my smart phone, all of a sudden there are lots of photos drifting around. (This seems to be a law of physics!) I'm starting to make a lot of use of Google Drive to share these photos, mostly with my Linux PC. But the presence of photos on Google Drive also means they are backed up in cloud storage, which satisfies the need for off-site backups. I have always had two external hard drives for local data backups. Google Drive can be updated every time a change occurs, while local data backups for me are twice a month if I'm being vigilant. I've never come up to even 10 percent of the Comcast data cap, but I don't do home videos.


How to Save Command Line Output to File on Windows, Mac, and Linux

I've done this occasionally in Ubuntu, and it's a pain to do. If possible, I use copy/paste to a text editor like gEdit. Then I can edit if necessary, then save the file.


How to Add Tabs to Ubuntu’s Terminal

Because I often copy and paste to and from the Terminal, I find using a new window less confusing than using tabs for new instances or processes of Terminal activities. That's a personal preference, not a general recommendation.


How to Enable or Disable Power Throttling in Windows 10

This feature is going to cause some degree of confusion and controversy among casual Windows 10 users. They will think their systems are slowing down due to a virus or some imagined Windows spyware. This feature can be customized and even turned off, but casual users will not know how to do this, nor even suspect that they may need to do anything about it. Windows does not notify users when a process or program is being throttled, and the controls are buried in the Power Plan Advanced settings.


From My Own Reading:

Logitech will brick all Harmony Link devices in March (updated)

This is one of the downsides using of cloud-based tech.


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Fri 1077  11/10/2017

Chrome to Block Sneaky Web Page Popup Ads



Protect your PC with Windows 10's antiransomware tool

Enable the new antiransomware protection in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to lower the odds of becoming a victim of the next ransomware attack.



Researchers Use Aluminum Foil to Boost Wi-Fi Performance



How to Share Dropbox Files on Facebook



Dangers of Smart or Internet-connected Toys you need to be aware of



Turn on macOS’ Do Not Disturb in One Click with This Shortcut



3D Objects on Windows 10: What It Is and How to Remove It



D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD review: The first HomeKit-certified security camera

The Omna plays nice with other HomeKit accessories and Siri commands.



Best Lenovo Laptop



Chrome is Being Updated to Block More Web Annoyances



The Best Time to Buy a Laptop



This Sprint Deal Is Much Smarter Than a T-Mobile Merger

Cable companies could help Sprint fill out its network. Everybody would win.



What Is Tech Fatigue, and What Can You Do About It?



Twitter offered Russian media outlet 15 percent of its election ads

It's a reminder that social networks weren't questioning ad sources.



Samsung is teaming up with WeWork for its own version of Apple’s Genius Bar

Although they can’t fix your broken screen yet



The best Black Friday deals from Target, Walmart, Amazon and more!



The DOJ, AT&T, and the Time Warner Merger: What We Know Thus Far



How To Set Up Google Chromecast



Google Backup and Sync Tool lets you backup files & images to Drive & Photos



Lumen Automatically Turns Up Your Mac’s Brightness While Using Dark Windows, And Vice-Verse



What Is My Phone’s IMEI and What Is It For?



Link-U security camera review: 4G connectivity and battery backup let this camera deliver security anywhere

A strong yet somewhat curious feature set lets this camera fill a number of roles, including smart-home hub.



This $45 Yi Home Camera has 1080p, night vision, and motion detection



Xbox One X First Impressions: The 4K Era Arrives



Best Laptop Deals of Today: Save on Tablets, 2-in-1s, More



Intel, AMD Partner on Chip for Slim, Powerful Gaming Laptops

The new partnership is raising eyebrows, but it'll help Intel and AMD do battle against Nvidia.



5 of The Best Free Music Players for Windows



Facebook pledges to sacrifice profits for better security

The company's continuous growth is marred by security and Russian influence concerns.



Fast Pair is Android's answer to Apple's effortless AirPods pairing

But the convenience depends on accessory makers adopting it



Comcast's internet service was down in several major US cities (updated)



Details Leak on Intel’s Upcoming Radeon-Powered Hades Canyon NUC



Unable to create or add new Microsoft Account in Windows 10



How to Import iPhone Contacts into Gmail



How to Ignore Case When Using Tab Completion in the Linux Terminal



Your Guide To Plex – The Awesome Media Center



Media streamer upgrade guide

How to decide if you should replace your Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, or Roku—or stick with what you have.



What you should know about Powerline networking in your home



Apple prepares for its biggest holiday season ever



The Best Laptop Deals in Best Buy's Black Friday Ad



Microsoft Xbox One X



7 of the Best Photo Editor Apps for Android



Amazon's AR shopping feature previews products in your home

Just so long as you have an iOS device.



Best Buy won’t let you buy the iPhone X or iPhone 8 at full price anymore

Sometimes complaining doesn’t work out the way you expect



Google’s physical authentication keys are effective but limited



Microsoft Posts Checklist for a Highly Secure PC



iOS 11 Camera Guide: All the New Features and How to Use Them



Iconoid helps you better manage your Windows desktop icons



How to Hide or Show App Badges on the Windows 10 Taskbar



Even If You Don’t Use Edge, You Need This Trick






New, sleek Xbox Wireless Adapter is a must-have for on-the-go gaming



Apple releases macOS 10.13.1 High Sierra update



Laptop Buying Guide: 8 Essential Tips



The Best Desktop Computers of 2017

Packing more power and flexibility than laptops, and more stylish designs than in the past, desktops are still an appealing option. Here are some of our recent favorites along with some free shopping advice.



How to See All the Group Policies Applied to Windows



Russian Instagram posts reached 20 million users in the US

This is not good.



Apple won’t let apps turn the iPad’s camera into a button



The 10 best deals you can get right now in Best Buy’s early Black Friday sale



How to uninstall Xbox One games to free up space while retaining ownership

Did you know that you can uninstall Xbox One games and you reinstall them later for free without losing ownership? Here’s how.



What's All the Buzz About CoinHive?


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Thur 1076  11/09/2017

[TWELVE] Windows 10 Features You Didn't Know About



Netflix’s DVD queue app is available on Android



9 Audible Insider Tips to Get the Most Out of It



Russian hackers had hundreds of US targets in addition to the DNC

They also went after top US officials and defense contractors.



How to Stop Facebook From Blasting Auto-Play Videos



Sprint and T-Mobile Call Off Merger Talks

The two will have to go toe-to-toe against AT&T and Verizon by themselves, as the idea of a more competitive mega-carrier is off (again).



Bogus 'WhatsApp' Chat Client Downloaded 1 Million Times



Amazon Launches Low-Cost Fire TV for Non-Alexa Markets



AMD To Develop Semi-Custom Graphics Chip For Intel



Amazon’s app now lets you place items inside your home using AR

Following in Ikea and Target’s footsteps



Why Do Modern Computer Cases Still Have USB 2.0 Ports?



A laptop makes a great gift, but you need to keep these things mind



Iconoid helps you better manage your Windows desktop icons



How to Protect Your Privacy with Firefox Multi-Account Containers



Slack looks to make screen sharing at work more interactive



How to Back Up Your Linux Device to Amazon S3



The future of VR is social: A conversation at Engadget Experience

Los Angeles is in for a high-tech treat on November 14th.



How to Encrypt Facebook Messenger (and Why You Should)



Americans Increasingly Get News From Multiple Social Networks

Around one-in-four of Americans use two or more social media sites to read about what's happening around the world.



Driverless Cab Service to Launch in Arizona



Xbox One X Launches Worldwide



MantisTek GK2's Keylogger Is A Warning Against Cheap Gadgets (Updated)



The biggest headache in machine learning? Cleaning dirty data off the spreadsheets



Should You Use Windows’ Full-Drive Compression to Save Space?



Using an Amazon Echo with Windows 10 is easy!



Anti-WebMiner for Windows will stop Cryptojacking Mining Scripts



How to Block Websites on Chrome



For Microsoft, it's all about the cloud



How to Block Popup Ads on Android



DOJ may sue to block AT&T's purchase of Time Warner

It's unclear what's going to happen with the merger.



How to Dump Trump, Hillary Off of Your Facebook



Have a Pressing Question? Poll Your Facebook Friends

The social network is rolling out a new Polls tool globally on iOS, Android, and the desktop.



How to Store and Backup Photos, for Those Who Care About Their Images



[Software Update] Opera 49 Now Available for Download



The Tom's Hardware 2017 Gift Guide



Dell’s Black Friday deals start now with some early discounts



How to Scan Documents to PDF with Your Android Phone’s Camera



Razer Phone tech specs



The operating system version is incompatible with Startup Repair



Counting Your Steps? 6 Free Android Pedometer Apps You Should Try



Amazon's Alexa push is making customers buy more



How to Save Command Line Output to File on Windows, Mac, and Linux



Virtual reality could be the answer to treating phantom pain

Immersive virtual reality has huge potential in medicine.



How to Make Group Calls on Facebook Messenger

How to Make Group Calls on Facebook Messenger


How to Listen to Podcasts on Your Amazon Echo

You can tap into a variety of podcasts on your Amazon Echo via TuneIn, iTunes, Amazon Music, and more. Here's how.



Stephen Hawking: AI Could Be the Worst Event in the History of Civilization



Here’s how Xbox One X improves existing games

Xbox One X is set to deliver quicker load times, better performance, noticeable texture filtering improvements, and higher pixel counts for existing games.



Samsung Copied Some of iPhone's Features, Court Reaffirms



Sony just announced a new Aibo robot dog



How to Add Tabs to Ubuntu’s Terminal



Microsoft's HoloLens AI chip could make its way to other devices

The dedicated AI chip Microsoft is working on for the next version of HoloLens might also make its way into other devices.



How to Enable or Disable Power Throttling in Windows 10



5 Easy Ways to Reduce Video Size on iOS



Best Buy is having a serious sale on the Apple Watch Series 2 (and other Apple products)



Apple iPhone X Production Ramps as Face Unlock Issues Resolved, Says Rosenblatt



Comments by -- Bob Primak --

Re. FYI#1075 (Wed 11/08/2017):

All the Ways Your Wi-Fi Router Can Spy on You

"...if a hacker is able to gain access to a router and install a WiKey-like software package—or trick a user into connecting to a malicious router—he or she can try to eavesdrop on what’s being typed nearby without the user ever knowing."

Oh, just lovely! I'm not sure how one could block this type of illegal surveillance, but someone has to come up with a way to do so. While not crippling the potentially beneficial applications. Like monitoring people who live alone and automatically calling emergency responders if some unfortunate event happens, such as a fall or not waking up when expected (indicating a health crisis).


The Government Wants You—To Hack U.S. Election Systems

Recruiting top notch hackers to do penetration testing is standard practice in forward-thinking private enterprises. It's about time the States and the Feds got busy with this kind of testing and fixing of flaws found.


Can you see why this WhatsApp message can't be trusted?

I spotted the non-English character in the URL immediately. That's an immediate red flag for the PunyCode Browser Exploit. Fortunately, most if not all up to date web browsers will flag these attempts these days. But for younger (or less experienced) users or people using their phones, they may be wide open for such exploits, especially if their screens are too small or low-res to detect the difference.


Is Sharing Your Netflix Password Illegal? Category: Video

I would follow a Rule of Thumb -- don't let people outside your immediate family share your account. This way, family members can use a shared account, but people with obviously no relationship cannot. This avoids the possibility of being called out (and punished) for abusing your account password. People have been cut off from this service for sharing account passwords with non-family friends. Sharing may not be explicitly illegal, but it is unethical.


Adventures with Image Backups and Secure Boot

I have never had a problem with Macrium Reflect or EaseUS ToDo and Windows Secure Boot. Both use WinPE for their Rescue Media these days, not Linux. Aomei Backer Upper should also work just fine. Maybe some vendors rig their hardware and make recovery environments fail to boot, but that's the vendors doing that, and not many actually have been reported as doing this. Both my NUC and my ASUS tablet are free of such nonsense.


How to Quickly Type Special Characters in Linux

In my Ubuntu Linux, it's ctrl+Shift+ [Unicode character number, in hexadecimals] . Tables can be found here:


It takes some practice, but the common ones can be committed to memory. Tested and valid in gEdit and LibreOffice Writer.


The Best DNA Testing Kits of 2017

I would still take any reports based on these types of test kits with a huge grain of salt. They have been known to produce wildly inaccurate results. 

When considering any medical advice, do not trust any kind of "genetic counseling" which pretends to be able to assess your risks of getting cancer or other diseases. These practices are unethical at best, and dangerously misleading when the recommendations include unnecessary surgeries or drugs for disease "prevention". There is absolutely no scientific basis for "prophylactic removal" of any human body part! 

As for "Ancestry DNA" and its kin, these services do not accurately place people to areas of origins. And again, this is a complete misapplication of the science of genomics. At best, all which can be determined is the (very general) probability of "affinity" with the genetics of the populations of relatively stable and isolated human populations. (Don't get me started on the mythology surrounding "Neanderthal" or "Denisov an" DNA!) Anywhere which has seen recent or ancient migrations or invasions (i.e., most of the World) cannot be pinpointed with any degree of reliability. The science of genetics simply does not allow that degree of certainty. 

And no, you will not discover you are owed a fortune by your putative ancestors' families, nor will you gain special privileges to own plundered Native American grave goods.


The fear and fantasy of broadband price hikes

From the article, I can't determine whether the author is talking about all broadband cable Internet pricing, or just the Internet without TV pricing, which has skyrocketed, and appears poised to rise even faster. I thhink this article is mixing the two categories in order to minimize the effects of cord-cutting on stand-alone Internet services. If so, this would be dishonest reporting. One unknown is how the coming of ATSC-3, which uses a cable or landline of some sort to supplement or enhance OTA broadcast content, will affect whether younger viewers feel a need to maintain landline cable or fiber (or Gigahertz wireless) Internet connections. That episode will play out after 2019, when ATSC-3 will begin to be rolled out in some cities.


Homeland Security wants to scan your face at the border

I see no problem in doing this as long as the database is confined to travelers. It's when people talk about creating a national database of everybody that things start to turn creepy.


Can I Leave a Laptop Running All the Time?

It very much depends on the specific laptop. Some have underpowered cooling fans, some have no fans at all, and some run damned hot even when they are turned off frequently. Heat is the main issue. But you also need to consider that if the battery is not removable, you could also be shortening battery life by leaving the charger plugged in all the time.


Russia’s social media meddling could spell the end of online anonymity

Now there's a consequence of this meddling which I had not foreseen. But it may be necessary to give up some anonymity to prevent meddling of this sort in national elections. I believe Americans can remain private without being totally anonymous to web sites. Other countries have much spottier track records about privacy, including Britain and Germany.


5 Things You Could Do With 1TB of RAM

4GB is generally enough for me, altough I have seen all 16GB of RAM I have installed in my NUC used as a cache of some sort during file transfers, especially under Linux. This does seem to speed up some transfers, especially when several USB external drives are involved. Windows can use RAM to cache transfer data too, but it isn't as efficient. This is different from using the Linux Swap Partition to speed up internal performance. My NUC does not swap at all under Linux.

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Wed 1075 11/08/2017

All the Ways Your Wi-Fi Router Can Spy on You

It can even be trained to read your lips.



Kaspersky says it briefly possessed classified NSA files



What “Malvertising” Is, How It Affects You and How to Stop It



How to Password Protect Notes on the iPhone



The Government Wants You—To Hack U.S. Election Systems



The Xbox One X will support 1440p displays






Can you see why this WhatsApp message can't be trusted?

Homographic attack on WhatsApp users.



When Android’s Battery Optimization Does More Harm Than Good



Fake WhatsApp app tricked over a million users



Here's How To Trace an Email Category: Email



The US government may take away the $7,500 tax credit for EVs

Current tax reform efforts could disincentivize the new technology.



How to Turn Off the iPhone X



What Information Should I Provide When Asking for Help?

When you ask someone for help, stack the deck in your favor by painting a clear picture of the problem you're experiencing.



How to unblock apps to download files stored in the cloud on Windows 10



Microsoft ceases production of the Kinect



How to Install Mycroft AI Assistant On Raspberry Pi



Everything You Need to Know About “Reset This PC” in Windows 8 and 10



The iPhone X Has the Weirdest Battery We've Ever Seen

The iPhone X has a very unusual L-shaped, dual-cell battery. Here's what it might mean for the future of phones.



The iPhone X was originally planned for 2018






87% of banks don't identify fraud in real time. Download the '2017 Faces of Fraud Survey' report now!



10 Sites That Will Teach You How to Draw Well



Google’s bug-tracking system contained its own vulnerabilities, researcher discovers



Is Sharing Your Netflix Password Illegal? Category: Video



Oprah will be Alexa’s first celebrity-voiced shopping assistant

She’ll guide you through her Favorite Things and make it easy to purchase them.



How to Force the iPhone X to Reboot



Adventures with Image Backups and Secure Boot

I loaned my laptop to my cousin for several weeks. Here are the steps I took to give her a clean machine, while restoring the machine to my configuration on her return.



Microsoft Store updated for Insiders with Fluent Design flourishes and more



Tesla makes quick work of Puerto Rico hospital solar power relief project



How to Quickly Type Special Characters in Linux



Is There a Way to Force-Enable Reader View in Mozilla Firefox?



The Best DNA Testing Kits of 2017

Curious about where you come from? Genetic testing kits can help you dig into your ancestry and family heritage. We tested five popular DNA services to show you the ones that provide the information you want most.



Eric Schmidt says America needs to ‘get its act together’ in AI competition with China

‘Trust me, these Chinese people are good’






How to use Windows 10

Everything you need to know



8 Free Excel Add-Ins to Make Visually Pleasing Spreadsheets



Poisoning the Well: Banking Trojan Targets Google Search Results



The fear and fantasy of broadband price hikes

Will higher internet prices negate the benefits of dumping cable TV? Here’s some perspective.



Homeland Security wants to scan your face at the border

The agency will seek solutions at an 'industry' day in Silicon Valley mid-November.



How to Close Apps on the iPhone X



Can I Leave a Laptop Running All the Time?

Leaving a laptop running all the time boils down to two things: your convenience and a decision.

My computer is in use most of the day. Will a laptop handle being on for so many hours every day?



Windows 10 Fall Creators Update's most common user problems and complaints



Gmail's third-party add-ons are ready to make short work of your inbox



7 of the Best Secure Email Services for Better Privacy



How to Find a Style You Don’t See on the Home Tab in Microsoft Word



HP Develops Zero-Gravity Printer for ISS

This printer may look like a standard HP Envy 5600 printer, but NASA demanded a number of zero-gravity-friendly upgrades.



Russia’s social media meddling could spell the end of online anonymity

A stronger real name policy could be a small price to pay for forestalling federal regulation






How to download and install the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update right now

Get the latest version of Windows 10 right now



5 Things You Could Do With 1TB of RAM



TorMoil Vulnerability Leaks Real IP Address from Tor Browser Users



Brinno SHC500 Peephole Camera review: Peep your porch with this hidden camera

This camera replaces your peephole and and keeps a video log of every neighborly and nefarious visitor.



Men's health tech creates shame-free ways to get treatment

A recent spate of startups tackle sensitive medical issues without a trip to the clinic.



How to Reset Your iPhone and What to Expect When You Do



Windows 10 Update: 10 Key New Security Features

Microsoft is tightening its focus on Windows 10 security with several new security tools in its latest major OS update.



Amazon's new Retro Zone sells video games and nostalgia

Nostalgia sells. Retro games sell, too. Amazon just wants to capitalize on that venture.



Microsoft's Sonar lets you check your website for performance and security issues



Comments by -- Bob Primak --

Re. FYI#1068 (Wed 11/01/2017):

Why Snapchat Spectacles failed

It kind of looks like Snapchat is being out-competed by its imitators, especially the one with access to the Instagram platform. But the marketing was badly botched for this gadget. And yes, people are still freaked out by camera glasses -- with good reasons.


How to Choose a Filesystem for Your USB Drive

Unless I'm making rescue media, I leave the drives as FAT-32 if that's how they came. If I wanted to run Linux from a USB flash drive, I would be inclined to use a Nix file system of some sort. For portable hard drives or future SSDs, I use mixed OSes with different file systems, so partitioning becomes my first step, and then formatting to whatever is best for each OS. I rarely if ever leave a drive in exFAT format, due to the instability of that file system. Backup drives especially need far greater reliability than exFAT has allowed me in my experience.


This Is What Happens When You Ask Google to Get Spooky In a Smart Home

"OK Google, scare me. You should just try this one for yourself." Or just ask Google to show you your full Web History which they retain.


Watching for Interactions

Once upon a time, backup software used to be very sensitive to background programs and changes to system files while the backup was running. So much so that the best backup programs ran outside of Windows entirely. (Aomei BackerUpper runs as part of the Aomei WinPE environment, and has an excellent reputation for reliability and speed.) But on most of today's desktop PCs, processors have multiple hyperthreads and a lot of speed, and RAM isn't really an issue. Still, I usually turn off Tray items like OneDrive and any cleaners or updaters before doing any kind of system maintenance. My tablet is terribly underpowered, so I have to disable everything I can in order to get a reliable and speedy backup. So it depends on hardware resources and just how many apps are running in the background, as well as what those apps are doing. I use Macrium Reflect Free from within Windows 10 Pro on both my tablet and my NUC PC. For Linux, Clonezilla runs outside the OS, so its only limitation is how slowly the program reads from the CD. Which is very, very clowly. A USB version might speed things up considerably. My Linux is only on my NUC.


How to Uninstall Windows 10’s Built-in Apps (and How to Reinstall Them)

Sometimes this is the last-ditch fix when Store Apps get really badly messed up during updating. I've had manifests get severely mangled to the point where this was the best solution. If running wsreset.exe, and running the downloaded troubleshooter from the Microsoft Site don't solve the issue, try this: Uninstall, then reinstall all the built-in apps. Cleaning up and Registry cleaning (with CCleaner or Glary Utilities) between these operations can help as well. 


Reaper: Calm Before the IoT Security Storm?

No doubt about it -- the bad guys have gotten ahead of IoT security. it's time to secure our home networks as best we can. Several companies have hardware appliances which separate IoT traffic from normal Internet traffic, then apply rules to protect access to the Things. This isn't expensive or difficult to set up anymore. This is a good first step, but onboard security is a must.


Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Android

Regarding all Mobile Security Apps -- they are unnecessary, in the same sense that third-party and second-opinion security applications are unnecessary in Windows 10. Google already has built-in security, if you don't turn it off. And Windows 10 already has Windows Defender, if you don't turn it off. The main difference is, unless you have rooted the phone, or unless you side load apps from outside the Play Store, Google already has you covered for almost all threats. Android security is better than Windows security for one important reason -- permissions (same with Linux vs. Windows). By default, Android and Linux Deny everything and allow only when there has been affirmative user interaction. Windows tends to Allow Everything until you set it up to Deny something. And then there's the Windows Trusted Installer, which overrides all local security policies. Very bad design! And as Linux and Android prove, not the only way the OS could have been engineered. Soif you have not modified your Android, you don't need third party security apps. They serve only to drain your battery and slow down your phone. See also:


Best Android security app? Why you're asking the wrong question



Other than as an Actual Phone, What Do You Normally Use Your Smartphone For?

Increasingly, my phone serves as a camera. I use Google Drive to upload and store, then later download to my Linux PC, the resulting photos. Also, my phone is my map these days.


Apple Fires Engineer Over Daughter’s Viral iPhone X Video

It was a pre-release model, so why did the engineer think it was a good idea to put it into the hands of a teenager? I was not aware that this incident took place inside Apple's HQ building. That was bound to raise hackles from Apple execs.


Re. FYI#1069  (Thurs 11/02/2017):

How to Restore Default Apps for File Extension Type Associations in Windows 10

I have the opposite problem -- I want custom File Type Associations but in Version 1703, Windows 10 keeps setting them back to Default Apps. This needs to stop!


This city covered lampposts with airbags to stop "smartphone zombies"

Next thing you know, they'll be installing external airbags on cars and trains and buses to prevent texting while walking injuries. I think they should be concentrating on educating people to pay more attention to their surroundings. Anything else is merely covering their own assets.


Re. FYI#1070  (Fri 11/03/2017):

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Re. FYI#1071  (Sat 11/04/2017):

DISKPART - How to Partition GPT disk

This is literally the most difficult method to do this available. As with any conversion, make a full clone of the disk as it is before doing anything of this sort!

Use EaseUS to do this task with less effort and less risk of data loss:


Use MiniTool Partition Wizard to do the task:


Use Macrium Reflect, but the disk will be formatted in the process, so you need to do a system backup and back up any other OSes and data partitions before starting:


Use Aomei Partition Assistant to do the job from WinPeE:


As I say, literally *any* method, other than DiskPart in Windows, is easier and safer. (All of these use free third party tools.)


Windows 10's new privacy feature you need to start using now

This is possibly the Worst. Reason. Ever. to use Windows Defender as your primary active antivirus program. It may not even be very effective vs. ransomware, unless you Defend the whole disk. Which only Enterprise users can do as of the Fall Creators Update.


Re. FYI#1072 (Sun 11/05/2017):

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Re. FYI#1073 (Mon 11/06/2017):   

How to Find an iMovie Alternative for Your Windows PC

This article is 100 percent out of date. More than half of these programs, including the Windows Movie Maker, no longer exist.


Improve Web Security by Using Chrome’s Auto-Generated Passwords

Any password generator which works through a web browser, especially as a built-in feature, is vulnerable to hacking or hijacking. Online password generators can leak, but this is even riskier.


How to Install Windows 95 in a Virtual Machine



Facebook will soon limit news so you only see "paid" posts

Not true.


Can This Robot Manage Your Passwords? Category: Security

RoboForm despite its name, does not qualify as a robot. It's just software.


Kaspersky Secure Connection VPN review

I would be very skeptical of any VPN sold by and operated by this company, given their ties to the Russian Government.


Yes, you can use Linux without knowing the command line

You can, but you shouldn't. There are still many useful Linux utilities which do not have a GUI "front end". And some of the GUIs are worse than the Command Line. If anything goes wrong in system configuration (rather frequently happens in my experience with Ubuntu) you will most likely find advice which goes into the Command Line. Fixing anything which goes wrong will almost certainly involve going into the Command Line. Sometimes just a few lines of code will find and fix an issue without going through a lot of extra hassle.


How to Turn On or Off Windows Defender Application Guard for Microsoft Edge in Windows 10

This is an Enterprise feature, not available in the Pro or Home editions.

WiFi “Krack” Vulnerability in WPA2: What You Need to Know

My phone just got the Sept., 2017 updates for Android, so it's presumably protected now. I guess better late than never ( :rolleyes: ).


Re. FYI#1074 (Tues 11/07/2017):

[Windows 10 Tip] Restrict Windows Update from Using Internet Connection Bandwidth

Since the 1703 update, you can meter not just a WiFi connection, but also a wired (ethernet) connection (at least in the Pro edition and higher). It's best not to rely too heavily on this method, because some "critical" updates may still get applied as soon as they are released. Not always a welcome development.


TripAdvisor apologizes for censoring user reports about sexual assault and rape

Their stock was still dumped heavily. The site may never recover.


What Is “Broadcast DVR Server” and Why Is It Running on My PC?

The only "Broadcast DVR" I would ever have running on any device is something like the Plex Server or other real Broadcast DVR. This Windows 10 service is misnamed. It may also harbor more Windows spyware, and DRM to remove pirated game software and apps.


What to Expect from the Ubuntu 17.10 Release

I'm still waiting for the next LTS release. That's due in Spring 2018 (18.04). 


Malwarebytes: Protection for Android Category: Mobile , Security

As I referenced in a previous post, most business advisers do not approve of third-party Android security. Most of it is snake oil, and some of it can slow down your phone tremendously. I don't hate Malwarebytes, but I use just the free and basic features of Avira for Android on my phone. It never flags anything as long as I stay away from the paid add-ons. Google Play is fully protected by its own scanner these days.


8 Google Drive for Android Features You Should Be Using

I use about five of these features on my phone. I mostly share files or photos with my Linux PC when I get home, although the tablet could also access and use (and edit) the same files and photos.


Beware of Cryptocurrency Miner Scripts that Hijack Your Browser

I use extensions to block this waste of my resources.


Why new users don't need to fear the Linux command line

I suppose some people will never feel comfortable with the Command Line interface, but sometimes this is the fastest and most efficient way to get something done. Even learning to use simple commands can help solve some Linux issues. There are plenty of fancier things which can only be done with the Command Line.


5 open source personal finance tools for Linux

I use LibreOffice Calc a lot, but to get the data it uses, my bank has online tools which work well for that account. It's the only account which I must monitor, for government reporting purposes, so this works out just fine. Some downloaded data show up best in LibreOffice Writer, BTW. Since the data show up in table form, it's still possible to copy cells or columns or rows, much like in Calc, but with many fewer options. Once transferred to Calc, the original data in Writer can be discarded.


Make Your Linux System Awesome With Conky

I don't like Conky's presentation in any theme I've seen so far. I use a bunch of different tools in Linux to monitor different aspects of system performance and activity. Sometimes it's good to specialize.


Mon., Nov. 06, 2017 -- Comcast Outage Hits Parts of US (Northeast especially affected)




I got hit by this, although businesses were screaming the loudest. Hard to work online at home, too. I had to disconnect and reconnect all my networked devices once things began to settle down a bit. But some serious questions arise from all of this. What if this had been a cyber-attack? Whatever happened to failover and resiliancy in the Internet Backbone? And why was RCN, a Comcast competitor, rerouted so much faster than Comcast, the biggest player in the business? BTW, the company where the "oopsie" happened is owned by CenturyLink, a Comcast competitor.


Wed., Nov. 08, 2017 -- My Moto G4 Android phone just received a security update for its Android 7.0 OS. While there are only a very few feature updates included, this brings the security level up to the Sept., 2017 updates. This is important for two main reasons. One is a host of Bluetooth issues, while the other involves the WPA2 WiFi vulnerabilities. So it's a bit safer now to use the phone with Bluetooth and WiFi. I still wouldn't throw caution to the winds, but this does mean that this model is still receiving security updates from Motorola (Lenovo). 


(ongoing) -- In my Linux installation, I am finding that VueScan Free does a good job of replacing XSANE, which won't find my wireless scanner for some reason. I do have to sneak the Previews out as screenshots, but they work well when processed through LibreOffice and exported as PDF files, with no watermarks. This is probably a violation of some stinky EULA term, but it works. And it's free. The watermarks placed on documents by third party scanning and PDF handling programs are one reason why I don't use proprietary software in Linux or Windows when I can avoid it. But in this case, the Open Source program simply does not work with my network. 


(ongoing) -- I recently got the Linux network bandwidth monitor vnstat working again in my NUC's Ubuntu 16.04 installation. I had to delete its databases after removing and reinstalling vnstat. Then I edited its config file to comment out the non-existent ethernet interface for my NUC. Permissions were not an issue, nor was my firewall setup. 


From My Own Reading:

Intel and AMD team up: A future Core chip will have Radeon graphics inside


"Absolutely incredible! Intel will ship a chip powered by AMD's Radeon graphics next year to bring top-tier, triple-A games to the thin-and-light notebook market."


Critics are wrong to slam iPhone X’s new face tech



Comments by -- Joe Nowak

Scam of the Week from CyberHeist News

Tue Nov 7, 2017 11:05 pm (PST

Here's the latest "Scam of the Week" from CyberHeistNews.

"Heads-up! Bad guys are emailing you that your Netflix account has been suspended, and it looks just like the real thing. They are trying to get your login information and your credit card data.

Don't fall for this type of scam. If you want to change the settings of subscription services like this, never click on links in any email and just type the name of the site in your browser or use a bookmark that you set.

Whatever email about Netflix you see in the coming weeks... THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK.

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[Windows 10 Tip] Restrict Windows Update from Using Internet Connection Bandwidth



12 must-have portable tech gadgets you can score for cheap right now



Apple will share face mapping data from the iPhone X with third-party app developers

Developers need explicit user permission according to Apple guidelines



Each of your kids can have their own YouTube Kids accounts

Profile pages will change based on your child's age, too.



Black Friday 2017: Everything You Need to Know

This post will serve as something of a central hub, providing information about Black Friday, and linking out to the latest deals when the time comes.



8 of the Best Launchers for Android



Best External Hard Drives



Black Friday TV price predictions to get the best deals



The best Black Friday 2017 deals in the US: here are all of the early discounts

You can start saving on early Black Friday deals today



Kaspersky Lab Collected, Then Deleted NSA File from a Home Computer

Concerns over handling classified US data one of the reasons why Kaspersky Lab CEO ordered file deletion, company says.



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.



How to Sync Your Kodi Library Across Multiple Devices with MySQL



How To: Spybot 2 Free Step-by-Step Guide



Print Your Google Backup Verification Codes to Prevent Getting Locked Out



Lenovo and Intel take the first step toward eliminating passwords



TripAdvisor apologizes for censoring user reports about sexual assault and rape



Ford made a trucker hat that might save drivers' lives

The SafeCap tracks head movements to warn when they're dozing off at the wheel.



The Best Smart Thermostats of 2017

Whether you want to control your home's heating and cooling with your phone or your voice, these connected thermostats offer flexibility can help save you money on energy.



How to Remove a Virus from Your Android Phone



Small cumulative updates roll out to Windows 10 versions 1511, 1607 and 1703



Apple working to improve battery life on iOS 11



The Best Laptop 2017: Our pick of the 15 best laptops you can buy this year

We've reviewed all the 2017 models from the best brands to help you discover which is the best laptop for your own personal needs



Doubling Up on AV Fails to Protect 40% of Users from Malware Attacks

Traditional signature-based antivirus solutions are falling short on protecting endpoints, even when there are two or more deployed.



62% off Etekcity Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Receiver - Deal Alert



What Is “Broadcast DVR Server” and Why Is It Running on My PC?



How to Use Amazon Alexa’s Drop In Feature



Operating System Not Found? Here’s How to Fix It



Here's How to Fully Turn Off Your Bluetooth and WiFi in iOS 11



Qualcomm sues Apple, accusing it of sharing chip code with Intel

Another lawsuit in the ongoing fight



Google explains how all those Drive files got locked

They were erroneously flagged as possibly hosting malware or viruses.



Razer Phone



What to Expect from the Ubuntu 17.10 Release



Where to buy Microsoft's Kinect (while you still can)



iPhone X: Verizon and T-Mobile announce big discounts for Apple’s flagship



How to install the Cisco VPN client in Windows 10

A simple workaround is in order



Windows by the numbers: Windows 7 won't shrink fast enough

Migration watch: In October, Microsoft's most popular OS continued to be Windows 7; it powered 51.4% of all Windows machines. Meanwhile, Windows 10 ran 32.8% of Windows PCs.



Malwarebytes: Protection for Android Category: Mobile , Security



How to Enable a “Night Mode” in Android to Reduce Eyestrain



Amazon Alexa Setup: Settings to Enable and Disable



8 Google Drive for Android Features You Should Be Using



Roku streaming may soon be available on many more devices



Google’s AI thinks this turtle looks like a gun, which is a problem

New research shows how machine vision systems of all kinds can be tricked into misidentifying 3D objects



RCA's 4K Roku TVs start at $600

You don't have to give up 4K to get built-in Roku support at a low price.



Tech on a Budget: 35 Gift Ideas Under $20

Sometimes it pays to remember that you don't always have to spend big to get a big thank 



How to Get the Most Out of Your Roku: Six Things You Should Do



Beware of Cryptocurrency Miner Scripts that Hijack Your Browser



How to use My People in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update



5 open source personal finance tools for Linux

Looking to get a better handle on your personal finances? These five Linux-friendly open source tools will help you achieve your financial goals.



Windows 10 Fall Creators Update problems: how to fix them

Is your Windows PC playing up?



Why new users don't need to fear the Linux command line



Will YouTube TV Turn You Into A Cord-Cutter? Category: Television



How to Get Alexa to Call Your Phone



Make Your Linux System Awesome With Conky



New ransomware is causing major issues across Europe and Russia



Comments by -- Joe Nowak

Latest edition of CyberHeist News

Mon Nov 6, 2017 9:39 pm (PST

CyberheistNews Vol 7 #43 EU to Declare Cyber-Attacks “Act of War” -USA Likely to Follow


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How to Fix: Combine PST Files - Free (Outlook 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016)



Google's sentiment analysis API is just as biased as humans



6 Things That Might Be Slowing Down Your Home Network



How to Control Your Smarthome Products with Cortana on Windows 10



Equifax suffers ANOTHER security breach



Apple makes more money with services than AirPods, Apple TV, Watch, and iPad sales combined



10 wireless chargers for Apple's new iPhone X

Thinking about wireless charging now that the iPhone X is here? We've compiled a list of Qi-enabled chargers that will pair perfectly with Apple's newest phone, as well as the iPhone 8 or 8+ and various Android devices.



Bad Rabbit Used Pilfered NSA Exploit

Turns out the fast and furious ransomware campaign in Eastern Europe this week employed the so-called 'BadRomance' tool to help it spread.



How to Find an iMovie Alternative for Your Windows PC



[ONLINE SHOPPING] Is it Really a Bargain? 



Microsoft Announces the Windows 10 IoT Fall Creators Update



Chime in: Will Windows Mixed Reality become Xbox's next killer feature?



Start Menu Not Working in Windows 10? Here’s How to Fix it



Note 8 Freezing for Some Users, Samsung Promises Fix

Samsung said an upcoming software update should fix the bug.



Twitter clarifies what behavior will get you banned

Clarification is great, but will the social media platform enforce its own rules?



Here are the best carrier deals for saving money on the iPhone X (AAPL)

  - Three of the top four US carriers are offering discounts on the iPhone X if you trade in your old phone.

  - But there are catches to the promotions you should know about.



Improve Web Security by Using Chrome’s Auto-Generated Passwords



How to Install Windows 95 in a Virtual Machine



Facebook will soon limit news so you only see "paid" posts



Apple is projecting massive holiday sales of its latest iPhones

The company is expecting over $84 billion in revenue



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.



'Reaper' IoT Botnet Likely a DDoS-for-Hire Tool

Latest IoT botnet commandeers 10,000 to 20,000 devices with an additional 2 million hosts identified.



Advanced Excel Keyboard Shortcuts



Can This Robot Manage Your Passwords? Category: Security



Intel Teams with AMD on Latest Core Processors



Oculus Rift Accessory Guide



How to Better Organize Emails in Gmail



Black Friday 2017: Everything You Need to Know

This post will serve as something of a central hub, providing information about Black Friday, and linking out to the latest deals when the time comes.



Equifax committee says executive stock sales weren’t insider trading

It determined the executives didn’t know about the breach before dumping nearly $1.8 million worth of stock.



Hisense's $10,000 'Laser TV' is a true home cinema in box



The 3 Best Free OCR Tools to Convert Your Files Back Into Editable Documents



How to Enable a “Night Mode” in Android to Reduce Eyestrain



Netflix has thousands of hidden categories, here's the list



Google is apparently shipping some Pixel 2 XLs without an operating system




Kaspersky Secure Connection VPN review

Fast! Cheap! But don't expect any features...






Password-Management Software: How to Choose the Best



Why You Should Buy or Upgrade to an Xbox One X



Eufy Lumos Smart Bulb review: Alexa-ready and budget-friendly smart lighting from Anker

Available in tunable- or fixed-white models, these smart bulbs deliver quality lighting at low prices.



Best PC Gaming Controller of 2017



5 of the Best Android Browsers with AdBlock Features



Panasonic Adds Wireless Charging to Flexible Batteries

By integrating wireless charging there is no need for a charging port so the batteries can be even thinner.



Facebook pressured to notify users exposed to Russian propaganda

It'll have a lot of work to do if it decides to comply.



If the iPhone X works, Apple will be printing unprecedent...



How to Recover OneDrive Files Using Version History



How to Get the Most Out of Your Roku: Six Things You Should Do



A hacker's toolkit, shocking what you can buy on Dark Web for a few bucks



HTC will launch a dual-camera phone in 2018, after giving up on them last year



Windows 10 review

Fall Creators Update is the most exciting Windows upgrade yet



Yes, you can use Linux without knowing the command line

For those who've shied away from Linux because it seems complicated, Jack Wallen is here to bust the myth that the Linux desktop cannot be used without knowing how to use the command line.



How to Use Snapchat Like a Pro



How to Turn On or Off Windows Defender Application Guard for Microsoft Edge in Windows 10



Link-U security camera review: 4G connectivity and battery backup let this camera deliver security anywhere

A strong yet somewhat curious feature set lets this camera fill a number of roles, including smart-home hub.



The great Virtual Reality buyer's guide

Pick the experience that best suits your needs.



WiFi “Krack” Vulnerability in WPA2: What You Need to Know



Apple iPhone X



Xbox One X review: A console that keeps up with gaming PCs

But only hardcore gamers will appreciate it.



Amazon Prime members won’t have to pay for ‘premium’ Alexa skills


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A closer look at the capabilities and risks of iPhone X face mapping






Apple reminds iPhone X owners they're using an OLED display



Amazon scales back its Fresh delivery service in smaller cities

It's sticking with big metro areas for now.



The best Kodi add-ons and how to install them

The best Kodi add-ons to enhance your viewing experience



Broadcom may acquire Qualcomm amid existential legal battle with Apple

Potentially for more than $100 billion



How to Protect Your Modem from a Denial-of-Service



Fear Not: You, Too, Are a Cybercrime Victim!



The Best eReaders of 2017

Whether you're considering joining the digital book revolution, or just want a new device to replace an older one, here are the best ebook readers on the market today.



Seagate Plans To HAMR WD's MAMR; 20TB HDDs With Lasers Inbound



Link-U security camera review: 4G connectivity and battery backup let this camera deliver security anywhere

A strong yet somewhat curious feature set lets this camera fill a number of roles, including smart-home hub.



How Government Propaganda Is Undermining Your Online Security



I installed this in my home and my Wi-Fi has never been better



How to Use OneDrive’s Files On-Demand in Windows 10’s Fall Creators Update



Microsoft is making it easier to tell if Xbox One X assets are installed



Need to zip files in Windows 10? It’s easy — and no new software is required



Ryder is adding 125 electric vans to its rental fleet

Chicago, LA and New York (among others) will have them by year's end.



How to download YouTube videos for free

Save videos for offline viewing



Trump's account was deactivated after years of employees warning Twitter

Donald Trump wasn’t the first account to suffer a ‘mic drop’



How to Use launchd to Run Scripts on Schedule in macOS



It’s Time to Change the Cybersecurity Conversation

The IT security industry needs more balance between disclosure of threats and discussion of defense practices - and greater sharing of ideas



The Best Wireless Range Extenders of 2017

Bring your home's Wi-Fi dead zones back to life with a wireless range extender. Here's what you need to know about boosting your network along with our top-rated reviews of desktop and plug-in extenders.



The Xbox One X, Hands On



FAQ: Microsoft adds new Windows 10 data collection setting for enterprise only

The new Enhanced (Limited) setting is designed for customers using the Windows Analytics service to plan for Microsoft's semi-annual feature upgrades, deal with monthly upgrades and check Windows 10.



5 Things to Consider When You Install a SATA Hard Drive



Print pages off the web without all the ads



Why Does ~ Represent the Home Folder on macOS and Linux?



Best External Hard Drive for Xbox One S and Xbox One X



Amazon introduces paid subscriptions for Alexa skills, makes them free for Prime members



AP investigation details how Russia hacked the DNC’s emails

Brute force, not clever tactics.



How to use Apple Pay (yah, and your drivers license and maybe your proof of insurance)

Leave your wallet at home



How to fast charge your iPhone X

Or iPhone 8



6 of the Best Kodi Addons for Movies



Passwords Use Alone Still Trumps Multi-Factor Authentication

Strong authentication use overall remains weak but is starting to gain some ground with enterprises.



13 Must-Have Tech Gifts Under $50

You don't have to spend a fortune on a cool tech gift. We have some real deals for less than $50.



iPhone X Is King of OLED Screens: See for Yourself



How to Enable or Disable Num Lock on Sign-in Screen in Windows 10



13 DIY Fixes for Common Computer and Laptop Problems



Is Facebook eavesdropping on your conversations to send targeted ads?



The Best Ways to Scan a Document Using Your Phone or Tablet



Microsoft discounts Xbox One S bundles ahead of Black Friday 2017 deals

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the biggest shopping days every year, with a wide variety of electronics go on sale.



Bank of America is adding two-factor fingerprint authentication



Major news outlets shared Russian propaganda from Twitter

Russia-backed fake accounts tricked the Washington Post, CBS and others.



Tips to avoid scams on Black Friday

Distinguish the deals from the dross




The world’s most powerful console is here



Do You Trust Face ID Technology for Your Devices?



Equifax. Now what do I do?



Razer Phone



Inside Apple’s Struggle to Get iPhone X to Market on Time



How to View All Automatic Maintenance Tasks in Windows 10



7 Free Windows Tools to Automate Repetitive Tasks



TV Guide for Streaming, Ransomware hits Apple, Investing in Tech Stocks, and More



Your Mac Is Tracking Your Location in High Sierra, Here’s Why (and How to Disable It)



Let's be honest, no one really needs a $1,000 smartphone



Authentication now comes with a wave of your hand



[Firefox Tips] Restore Search Box on Toolbar and Remove Extra Spaces Around Address Bar


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