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Sat 12/16/2017 1113
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Wed 12/13/2017 1110
Tue 12/12/2017 1109
Mon 12/11/2017 1108
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Sat 1113  12/16/2017

Google just released a tool that helps security researchers hack iPhones

Google has released a tool that allows security researchers to hack into any Apple devices running iOS 11.1.2 in order to find bugs.

https://www.imore.com/google-just-released-tool-helps-security-researchers-hack-iphones

 

Is Alexa Really Eavesdropping on You?

https://www.bloomberg.com//news/articles/2017-12-11/is-alexa-really-eavesdropping-on-you-jb25c6vc

 

This Extremely Common Drug Given to Alcoholics Also Kills Cancer Cells, and We Finally Know Why

https://www.yahoo.com/news/extremely-common-drug-given-alcoholics-151002271.html

 

BrickerBot Author Retires Claiming to Have Bricked over 10 Million IoT Devices

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/brickerbot-author-retires-claiming-to-have-bricked-over-10-million-iot-devices/

 

Keylogger Discovered on HP Laptops

The keylogger is disabled by default but can be enabled in the Windows Registry. Over 460 laptop models are affected.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/357869/keylogger-discovered-on-hp-laptops

 

6 tech hacks you can't live without

https://www.komando.com/tips/433401/6-tech-hacks-you-cant-live-without

 

The Mirai botnet: three men plead guilty after weaponizing the Internet of Things

https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/featured/mirai-botnet-three-men-plead-guilty-weaponizing-internet-things/#new_tab

 

HOW TO SETUP OPENDNS ON YOUR NETWORK

https://www.pcmech.com/article/how-to-setup-opendns-on-your-network/

 

HP Spectre 13 review: This stylish ultrabook conceals real power

HP's Spectre 13 makes some smart tradeoffs, betting that you'll be willing to accept an average display and battery life for excellent performance and light weight.

https://www.techconnect.com/article/3239165/laptop-computers/hp-spectre-13-review.html

 

How to manage custom power plans on Windows 10

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-manage-custom-power-plans-windows-10

 

How to install OpenSSH client on Windows 10

You can now use OpenSSH on Windows 10 to connect to remote servers using SSH without the need to install third-party tools — Here are two ways to do it.

https://pureinfotech.com/install-openssh-client-windows-10/

 

[IFTTT] Here's Your Personal Virtual Robot 

https://askbobrankin.com/ifttt_heres_your_personal_virtual_robot.html

 

What Is Microsoft Windows 10 Signature Edition?

https://www.maketecheasier.com/microsoft-windows-10-signature-edition/

 

Cortana now supports Google Calendar

https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/11/16763536/microsoft-cortana-google-calendar-support

 

Streaming Box Showdown: Apple TV vs. Roku vs. Amazon Fire TV vs. Chromecast vs. Android TV

https://www.howtogeek.com/332685/streaming-box-showdown-apple-tv-vs.-roku-vs.-amazon-fire-tv-vs.-chromecast-vs.-android-tv/

 

Amazon’s All-New Echo: 10 Things You Need to Know

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/amazon-new-echo-things-need-know/

 

Google's high-quality Home Max speaker goes on sale for $399

https://www.yahoo.com/news/google-apos-high-quality-home-135700317.html

 

How to Check Your HP Laptop for the Synaptic Keylogger and Remove It

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/how-to-check-your-hp-laptop-for-the-synaptic-keylogger-and-remove-it/

 

Microsoft Fixes Serious Flaw in Windows Defender

The bug was triggered when the software's malware protection engine scanned a rigged file.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/357850/microsoft-fixes-serious-flaw-in-windows-defender

 

The revolutionary printer you can trust

https://www.komando.com/tips/431697/sponsored-the-revolutionary-printer-you-can-trust

 

Australian airport hack was “a near miss” says government’s cybersecurity expert

https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/australian-airport-hack-was-a-near-miss-says-governments-cybersecurity-expert-19326.html#new_tab

 

WHY YOU SHOULD USE WEB CONTENT FILTERING

https://www.pcmech.com/article/use-web-content-filtering/

 

TouchJet Wave review: This pricey gadget can make your dumb TV smart—and touchable

Android and infrared come together to convert your big-screen TV into a massive tablet.

https://www.techconnect.com/article/3237179/displays/touchjet-wave-review.html

 

Microsoft's Seeing AI app adds new recognition features, now available in 35 markets

https://www.windowscentral.com/microsofts-seeing-ai-app-adds-new-recognition-features-now-available-35-markets

 

Fear the Reaper, or Reaper Madness?

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/10/fear-the-reaper-or-reaper-madness/

 

Most Dangerous Security Threats of 2018? Category: Security

https://askbobrankin.com/most_dangerous_security_threats_of_2018.html

 

Embedded Sim (eSim) Explained and How It Affects You

https://www.maketecheasier.com/embedded-sim-esim-explained/

 

NFL games will start streaming on all mobile carriers in January — not just Verizon

Verizon’s exclusivity on watching with a smartphone is over

https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/11/16761322/nfl-mobile-streaming-verizon-att-tmobile-sprint-january-2018

 

How to Remove Pocket from Firefox Quantum

https://www.howtogeek.com/228863/how-to-remove-firefox-hello-and-pocket-from-firefox/

 

A Beginner’s Guide To Digital Photography

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/guide-to-digital-photography/

 

Google launches three new photography apps for testing experimental technology

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/google-launches-three-photography-apps-205844483.html

 

Tech Support Scammers Invade Spotify Forums to Rank in Search Engines

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/tech-support-scammers-invade-spotify-forums-to-rank-in-search-engines/

 

23 Beautifully Designed Tech Gifts

These gorgeous and useful objects make for unforgettable presents.

https://www.pcmag.com/feature/357817/23-beautifully-designed-tech-gifts

 

Turn your tablet into a second monitor

https://www.komando.com/downloads/340497/turn-your-tablet-into-a-second-monitor

 

It’s time to patch your Microsoft and Adobe software again against vulnerabilities

https://www.welivesecurity.com/2017/12/12/time-patch-microsoft-adobe-software-vulnerabilities/#new_tab

 

How the Major Intel ME Firmware Flaw Lets Attackers Get 'God Mode' on a Machine

Researchers at Black Hat Europe today revealed how a buffer overflow they discovered in the chip's firmware can be abused to take control of a machine - even when it's turned 'off.'

https://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities---threats/how-the-major-intel-me-firmware-flaw-lets-attackers-get-god-mode-on-a-machine/d/d-id/1330565

 

How to stay safe online

Browse safely, it's for your own good

http://www.techradar.com/how-to/computing/how-to-stay-even-safer-online-1314589

 

How to change Command Prompt's color scheme on Windows 10

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-change-command-prompts-color-scheme-windows-10

 

Change Color of Inactive Title Bar in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/32118-change-color-inactive-title-bar-windows-10-a.html

 

How an LTE filter works

An LTE filter will block out local cellular signals and that could help your TV reception.

https://www.techhive.com/video/83876/how-an-lte-filter-works

 

How to Mute and Unmute an Email Thread in Gmail

https://www.maketecheasier.com/mute-unmute-email-gmail/

 

Take a moment to admire this origami Ethernet jack (this is a through-back 15 to 20 years ago)

Before it goes the way of the headphone jack

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/12/8/16750574/pop-out-ethernet-jack

 

Why I Switched From Chrome to Firefox Quantum

https://www.howtogeek.com/333393/why-i-switched-from-chrome-to-firefox-quantum/

 

How to Regain Storage Space on a Full Amazon Fire Tablet

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/regain-storage-space-full-amazon-fire-tablet/

 

Some HP laptops are hiding a deactivated keylogger

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/hp-laptops-hiding-deactivated-keylogger-150354012.html

 

Phishing Attacks on Bitcoin Wallets Intensify as Price Goes Higher and Higher

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/phishing-attacks-on-bitcoin-wallets-intensify-as-price-goes-higher-and-higher/

 

The Best External Hard Drives of 2018

Whether you're running out of space on your laptop hard drive, or you want to back up your photos and videos, portable storage has never been cheaper. Here's how to get the right drive.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2400958,00.asp

 

How to check if someone has read your email

https://www.komando.com/columns/423831/how-to-check-if-someone-has-read-your-email

 

Fox-IT hit by cyber attack

Lessons learned from a Man-in-the-Middle attack

https://www.fox-it.com/en/insights/blogs/blog/fox-hit-cyber-attack/

 

Why Cybersecurity Must Be an International Effort

The former head of cyber for the US State Department calls for agreements across countries to improve government cybersecurity.

https://www.darkreading.com/risk/why-cybersecurity-must-be-an-international-effort/d/d-id/1330571

 

How to speed up a VPN

Eight ways to pump up your VPN performance

http://www.techradar.com/how-to/how-to-speed-up-a-vpn

 

How to enable 'Controlled folder access' on Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Windows 10 has a new security feature designed to protect your files and folders from ransomware, and this guide tells you the steps to enable it.

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-enable-controlled-folder-access-windows-10-fall-creators-update

 

Change Windows Defender Controlled Folder Access Settings - Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/87858-change-windows-defender-controlled-folder-access-settings-windows-10-a.html

 

TouchJet Wave review: This pricey gadget can make your dumb TV smart—and touchable

Android and infrared come together to convert your big-screen TV into a massive tablet.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3237179/displays/touchjet-wave-review.html

 

What’s Your Favorite Tech News Story of 2017?

https://www.maketecheasier.com/favorite-tech-news-2017/

 

Hilton is adding smart home features to its hotel rooms

With voice commands planned for the future

https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/7/16748588/hilton-honors-smart-home-features-hotel-rooms

 

How to Make Calls and Texts From Your Smartphone Without Cell Service

https://www.howtogeek.com/229643/how-to-use-a-cellphone-without-any-service/

 

The Adobe Acrobat Pro DC Mini Guide for Managing PDFs

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/adobe-acrobat-pro-dc-mini-guide/

 

Common iOS 11 problems and how to handle them

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/common-ios-11-problems-handle-131529385.html

 

How to get started using Raspberry Pi

Get the basics for setting up Raspberry Pi.

https://www.imore.com/how-get-started-using-raspberry-pi

 

T-Mobile to launch pay TV service to end your pain

It's acquiring a TV tech startup that will help it get into the television market, with service starting in 2018.

https://www.cnet.com/news/t-mobile-gets-into-paid-tv-market/

 

Major cause of dementia discovered

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-12-major-dementia.html

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Fri 1112  12/15/2017

What’s Behind the Rising Tide of Ransomware?

https://securityintelligence.com/whats-behind-the-rising-tide-of-ransomware/

 

PiTunnel connects your Raspberry Pi to the world

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/pitunnel-connects-raspberry-pi-world-122913180.html

 

Quant Loader Is Now Bundled with Other Crappy Malware

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/quant-loader-is-now-bundled-with-other-crappy-malware/

 

The Best Laptops for Kids

An inexpensive PC can be a powerful educational tool for your child. Here's what you should consider when shopping for a kid-friendly laptop.

https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/357431/the-best-laptops-for-kids

 

Nearly 2/3 of Industrial Companies Lack Security Monitoring

New Honeywell survey shows more than half of industrial sector organizations have suffered cyberattacks.

https://www.darkreading.com/risk/nearly-2-3-of-industrial-companies-lack-security-monitoring/d/d-id/1330570

 

Microsoft's selling gaming laptops, PCs, and peripherals for wildly cheap today

Get into gaming with these surprisingly good deals.

https://www.techconnect.com/article/3242204/gaming/microsoft-12-days-of-deals-gaming-laptops-pcs.html

 

DDoS-for-Hire Service Launches Mobile App

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/11/ddos-for-hire-service-launches-mobile-app/

 

Surface Laptop and Windows 10 S review: Six months later

https://www.windowscentral.com/six-months-surface-laptop-and-windows-10-s

 

Best smart thermostat

Sure, you could buy a Nest Learning Thermostat and call it a day. But there are so many smart thermostats to choose from. We'll help you pick the right one.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3206565/thermostats/best-smart-thermostat.html

 

FCC votes to kill net neutrality in an unsurprising move. What happens now?

The fight is only just beginning.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3242548/internet/fcc-votes-to-kill-net-neutrality-in-an-unsurprising-move-what-happens-now.html

 

Your Amazon Order Never Arrived? Do This

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/amazon-order-scam/

 

Best free ways to make and send Christmas cards

https://www.komando.com/tips/432134/best-free-ways-to-make-and-send-christmas-cards

 

New law reinstates small drone registration in the US

The FAA’s rule had been struck down by a federal judge

https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/12/16768960/new-law-reinstates-small-drone-registration-in-the-us

 

Android Wear's Oreo upgrade is ready

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/android-wear-apos-oreo-upgrade-080200041.html

 

Microsoft December Patch Tuesday Fixes 34 Security Issues

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/microsoft-december-patch-tuesday-fixes-34-security-issues/

 

The Best Antivirus Protection of 2018

Antivirus software is critical for every PC. Without it, you risk losing your personal information, your files, and even the cash from your bank account. We've tested more than 40 utilities to help you pick the right one for your computers.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2372364,00.asp

 

Most Retailers Haven't Fully Tested Their Breach Response Plans

More than 20% lack a breach response plan altogether, a new survey shows.

https://www.darkreading.com/cloud/most-retailers-havent-fully-tested-their-breach-response-plans/d/d-id/1330572

 

Meet Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition: AMD Link mobile app, Radeon Overlay, and more

AMD's Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition update puts more power at your fingertips.

https://www.techconnect.com/article/3241769/components-graphics/radeon-software-adrenalin-edition-amd-link.html

 

Simple Banking Security Tip: Verbal Passwords

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/11/simple-banking-security-tip-verbal-passwords/

 

How to disable Windows 10 fast startup (and why you'd want to)

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-disable-windows-10-fast-startup

 

Verizon's free NFL streaming deal is good for cord cutters—but there's a catch

Watching the games on TV will still cost you.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3242156/streaming-services/verizons-free-nfl-deal-is-good-for-cord-cuttersbut-theres-a-catch.html

 

Microsoft Surface Pro (2017): Everything you need to know

From pricing and specs to hands-on and FAQs, find it all here.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3198024/tablet-pc/microsoft-surface-pro-2017-everything-you-need-to-know.html

 

13 DIY Fixes for Common Computer and Laptop Problems

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/diy-fixes-computer-laptop-problems/

 

How to back up all your digital devices

https://www.komando.com/tips/433304/sponsored-how-to-back-up-all-your-digital-devices

 

AI tools will make it easy to create fake porn of just about anybody

https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/12/16766596/ai-fake-porn-celebrities-machine-learning

 

Latest Google Sheets release helps automate pivot table creation

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/latest-google-sheets-release-helps-170004446.html

 

Extended Validation (EV) Certificates Abused to Create Insanely Believable Phishing Sites

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/extended-validation-ev-certificates-abused-to-create-insanely-believable-phishing-sites/

 

Keeper Password Manager & Digital Vault

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2462559,00.asp

 

Cyberattack: It Can't Happen to Us (Until It Does)

Just because your small or medium-sized business isn't as well known as Equifax or Yahoo doesn't mean you're immune to becoming a cybercrime victim.

https://www.darkreading.com/risk/cyber-attack-it-cant-happen-to-us-(until-it-does)/a/d-id/1330533?

 

How to build the ultimate livestreaming PC – and become a famous livestreamer

We show you the hardware you need, and talk to a livestreaming pro

http://www.techradar.com/how-to/how-to-build-the-ultimate-livestreaming-pc-and-become-a-famous-livestreamer

 

Phishers Are Upping Their Game. So Should You.

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/12/phishers-are-upping-their-game-so-should-you/

 

How to disable Windows 10 fast startup (and why you'd want to)

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-disable-windows-10-fast-startup

 

Despite Equifax Breach Causes, Social Engineering Still Biggest Threat to Data Security

https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=b0356db3-a8a3-453b-8ee7-f5ae287b2b51

 

How to Reset Windows Update in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/24742-reset-windows-update-windows-10-a.html

 

How Government Propaganda Is Undermining Your Online Security

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/government-propaganda-undermining-online-security/

 

The best web browser you haven't tried yet

https://www.komando.com/downloads/417964/the-best-web-browser-you-havent-tried-yet

 

Djay Pro 2 comes with AI that can mix songs together for you

And, it’s pretty good at it

https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/12/16764040/djay-pro-2-software-ai-automix-algoriddim

 

Here's what you can expect now that the FCC has killed net neutrality

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/heres-can-expect-fcc-kills-net-neutrality-153211716.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_08

 

MoneyTaker Hacker Group Steals Millions from US and Russian Banks

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/moneytaker-hacker-group-steals-millions-from-us-and-russian-banks/

 

The Best Printers of 2018

Whether you're looking for an inkjet or a laser for your home or small office, here's all the buying advice you need, along with our top-rated printers.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2373165,00.asp

 

HOW TO SETUP QUAD9 DNS IN WINDOWS 10 AND LINUX

https://www.pcmech.com/article/how-to-setup-quad9-dns-in-windows-10-and-linux/

 

How to improve your Intel CPU when the heat is on

Serious overclocking can call for some extreme solutions

http://www.techradar.com/news/how-to-improve-your-intel-cpu-when-the-heat-is-on

 

[DANGER] Free Wifi Hotspots Can Be Risky

https://askbobrankin.com/danger_free_wifi_hotspots_can_be_risky.html

 

Best Microsoft Edge browser extensions

https://www.windowscentral.com/best-extensions-microsoft-edge

 

#BHEU: Social Engineer Shows How to Get Easy Cash

https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/bheu-social-engineer-easy-cash/

 

Change Performance Settings for Firefox

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/99261-change-performance-settings-firefox.html

 

Switch from Windows to Linux and Get Up and Running in Minutes

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/switch-linux-get-running-minutes/

 

Q&A with Kim: Hacked light bulbs, Secret sexts, Malevolent Facebook quizzes, and more

https://www.komando.com/columns/432710/qa-with-kim-hacked-light-bulbs-secret-sexts-malevolent-facebook-quizzes-and-more

 

Would you buy an Android iPhone X clone for under $300?

Attack of the clones

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/12/12/16766406/leagoo-s9-iphone-x-clone-china-android

 

UPS Loses Family’s $846K Inheritance, Offers to Refund $32 Shipping Fee

https://www.yahoo.com/news/ups-loses-family-apos-846k-215134926.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_08

 

Google Security Expert Releases Proof-Of-Concept Code for iOS Jailbreak

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/apple/google-security-expert-releases-proof-of-concept-code-for-ios-jailbreak/

 

Hands On With the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

We got some hands-on time with a Snapdragon 845 reference phone.

https://www.pcmag.com/feature/357800/hands-on-with-the-qualcomm-snapdragon-845

 

BUILD THE ULTIMATE MEDIA PC WITH KODI AND LINUX

https://www.pcmech.com/article/build-ultimate-media-pc-linux/

 

The buck stops here: 8 security breaches that got someone fired

Some deserved the blame, and some seemed to just be at the wrong place at the wrong time.

https://www.csoonline.com/article/2859485/data-breach/the-buck-stops-here-8-security-breaches-that-got-someone-fired.html

 

The Best Upgrades for Your Old Computer Category: Hardware

https://askbobrankin.com/the_best_upgrades_for_your_old_computer.html

 

How to disable Windows 10 fast startup (and why you'd want to)

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-disable-windows-10-fast-startup

 

Russian hackers hold UK to ransom

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/russian-hackers-hold-uk-to-ransom-r960c00fz

 

How to download and install macOS 10.13.2 on your Mac

How do you install macOS High Sierra? Here's how!

https://www.imore.com/how-to-download-macos-updates

 

14 Classic TV Shows Worth Watching on Amazon Prime Video

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/classic-tv-shows-amazon-prime-video/

 

7 unexpected Amazon Alexa abilities

https://www.komando.com/columns/386538/7-unexpected-amazon-alexa-abilities

 

Are you ready for an internet-connected Clapper?

Here comes the Clapboss

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/12/12/16763796/astrohaus-clapboss-kickstarter-launch-clapper-ifttt

 

Meet the wireless camera that lets your iPhone or Android see where no other phone can

https://www.yahoo.com/news/meet-wireless-camera-lets-iphone-android-see-where-133550799.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_08

 

Car rental companies failing to protect customer data, claims Privacy International

Customers leaving a personal data trail behind in rental vehicles

https://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/news/3022575/rental-companies-failing-to-protect-customer-data-says-report

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Comments by -- Joe Nowak

Electronic Computer Trash

Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:17 pm (PST

Electronics are wonderful until they don't work anymore or become obsolete. Then we get rid of them. Lots of them are simply dumped in one form or another. Who dumps the most? Read the article and see the chart to find out.

http://bit.ly/2zd6unW

 

Net Neutrality

Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:36 pm (PST

The FCC has dropped the net neutrality rules for the Internet. Here's how the general population feels about that.

http://bit.ly/2zdSbzw

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Thur 1111  12/14/2017

Report: AI Trading May Hasten a Stock Market Crash

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10243/report-ai-trading-may-hasten-stock-market-crash

 

How to install OpenSSH client on Windows 10

You can now use OpenSSH on Windows 10 to connect to remote servers using SSH without the need to install third-party tools — Here are two ways to do it.

https://pureinfotech.com/install-openssh-client-windows-10/

 

39 senators tell FCC: 'Abandon this radical and reckless plan'

https://www.yahoo.com/news/39-senators-tell-fcc-abandon-211330654.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_09

 

Microsoft announces new AI-powered search features for Bing

Improved image search, multi-source results, and a more conversational auto-complete

https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/13/16774072/microsoft-bing-ai-search-engine-image-object-recognition

 

Top 5 Privacy Tips of 2017

https://www.komando.com/tips/431296/top-5-privacy-tips-of-2017

 

San Francisco Cracks Down on Delivery Robots

Legislators say they want to prevent overcrowding and keep pedestrians safe, though the crackdown may partly be fueled by concerns about robots replacing human workers.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/357840/san-francisco-cracks-down-on-delivery-robots

 

How to Opt Out of Equifax Revealing Your Salary History

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/11/how-to-opt-out-of-equifax-revealing-your-salary-history/

 

Newegg has dropped the Ryzen 7 1700X to $300

You can save $100 on this eight-core processor until Friday.

https://www.techconnect.com/article/3241892/computers/newegg-has-dropped-the-ryzen-7-1700x-to-300.html

 

Microsoft and Reddit Partner To Make Search Better

https://www.petri.com/microsoft-reddit-partner-make-search-better?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8N0ZeaHpX4Gv0qq0YS3epCIVlcradOEQb48wLb9_nAkJSI1l4EWRgw-8RFpU3aEI0vufxU2QL2ZUOEkpbE87TYuuPlyw&_hsmi=59396869

 

Variation of 19-Year-Old Cryptographic Attack Affects Facebook, PayPal, Others

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/variation-of-19-year-old-cryptographic-attack-affects-facebook-paypal-others/

 

Why Microsoft needs to release a new Surface Dock — now

https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-needs-release-updated-new-surface-dock

 

Microsoft Adding a Built-in OpenSSH Client to Windows 10

https://www.thurrott.com/windows/147426/microsoft-adding-built-openssh-client-windows-10?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8N0ZeaHpX4Gv0qq0YS3epCIVlcradOEQb48wLb9_nAkJSI1l4EWRgw-8RFpU3aEI0vufxU2QL2ZUOEkpbE87TYuuPlyw&_hsmi=59396869

 

How to Block Adblock Detection on Any Website

https://www.maketecheasier.com/block-adblock-detection-website/

 

A Short History of the Blue Screen of Death

https://www.howtogeek.com/331598/a-short-history-of-the-blue-screen-of-death/

 

How to Disable Annoying Outlook Calendar Reminders

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/disable-annoying-outlook-calendar-reminders/

 

There’s one area Apple didn’t improve on the iPhone X, but you can work around it for $25

https://www.yahoo.com/news/one-area-apple-didn-t-improve-iphone-x-153052098.html

 

Microsoft is making subreddits more searchable with Bing

Find Reddit AMAs and AskReddit threads more easily using Microsoft’s search engine

https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/13/16773822/microsoft-bing-reddit-search-engine-partnership-ama-subreddit-content

 

My prediction for this year’s hottest Christmas gifts

https://www.komando.com/tips/421671/my-prediction-for-this-years-hottest-christmas-gifts

 

Talk to Santa Via Amazon Alexa, Google Home

With the help of Amazon Alexa or Google Home, you can ring up the North Pole and talk to the big guy himself.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/357849/talk-to-santa-via-amazon-alexa-google-home

 

Fund Targets Victims Scammed Via Western Union

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/11/fund-targets-victims-scammed-via-western-union/

 

The highest-performing PC components you can buy today

Looking to build the ultimate PC? If price is no object, this is the hardware you want.

https://www.techconnect.com/article/3112726/computers/the-best-pc-hardware-you-can-buy-today.html

 

North Carolina County Refuses to Pay $23,000 Ransom to Hackers

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/06/us/mecklenburg-county-hackers.html

 

Here's How to Enable the Built-In Windows 10 OpenSSH Client

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/heres-how-to-enable-the-built-in-windows-10-openssh-client/

 

Why Microsoft should never have stopped making camera-focused phones

https://www.windowscentral.com/why-microsoft-should-have-kept-making-camera-focused-smartphones

 

Hands-On with Grammarly Keyboard for Mobile

https://www.thurrott.com/mobile/147464/hands-grammarly-keyboard-mobile?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8N0ZeaHpX4Gv0qq0YS3epCIVlcradOEQb48wLb9_nAkJSI1l4EWRgw-8RFpU3aEI0vufxU2QL2ZUOEkpbE87TYuuPlyw&_hsmi=59396869

 

How to Block or Allow a WiFi Network in Windows 10

https://www.maketecheasier.com/block-wifi-network-windows10/

 

The Best Ways to Video Chat from Windows, Mac, iPhone, or Android

https://www.howtogeek.com/186267/the-3-easiest-ways-to-video-chat-online-or-on-the-go/

 

You Never Thought of Using Your Windows Start Menu Like This!

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/windows-start-menu-tweaks/

 

Apple's head designer Jony Ive says he 'hears' your MacBook criticism (AAPL)

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apple-apos-head-designer-jony-140000707.html

 

18 attorneys general ask the FCC to delay net neutrality repeal vote

https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/13/16773682/attorneys-general-net-neutrality-repeal-letter

 

Free tool gets rid of ads, viruses and malware

https://www.komando.com/downloads/431506/free-tool-gets-rid-of-ads-viruses-and-malware

 

Airlines Restrict Smart Luggage Over Safety Concerns

American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, and Delta Air Lines will require travelers to remove the battery if they want to check any smart bags.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/357818/airlines-restrict-smart-luggage-over-safety-concerns

 

Rutkowska: Trust Makes Us Vulnerable

Offensive security researcher Joanna Rutkowska explains why trust in technology can put users at risk.

https://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities---threats/rutkowska-trust-makes-us-vulnerable/d/d-id/1330587

 

5 computer security facts that surprise most people

https://www.csoonline.com/article/3239644/data-breach/5-computer-security-facts-that-surprise-most-people.html

 

How to Prevent ‘Visual Hacking’

In this high-tech age, low-tech hacking techniques like physically looking at open computer screens may be overlooked, potentially leading to disaster.

http://ww2.cfo.com/data-security/2017/12/prevent-visual-hacking/

 

Cryptojackers Found on Starbucks WiFi Network, GitHub, Pirate Streaming Sites

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/cryptojackers-found-on-starbucks-wifi-network-github-pirate-streaming-sites/

 

BUILD YOUR OWN WEB CONTENT FILTER USING LINUX AND PRIVOXY

https://www.pcmech.com/article/build-web-content-filter-using-linux-privoxy/

 

Change HungAppTimeout Value in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/97842-change-hungapptimeout-value-windows-10-a.html

 

How to Activate Dark Mode on Your iPhone

https://www.maketecheasier.com/activate-dark-mode-in-iphone/

 

How to Save Money on Apple Products (Like the iPhone, iPad, and Mac)

https://www.howtogeek.com/333689/how-to-save-money-on-apple-products/

 

5 New Productive Gmail Apps and Extensions You Should Try

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/productive-gmail-apps-extensions/

 

Apple Might Have Big iPhone Surprises in Store

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apple-might-big-iphone-surprises-140031886.html

 

7-Eleven is testing a delivery service

https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/13/16772824/7-eleven-delivery-smartphone-app-ios-android

 

5 clever holiday scams you need to know about

https://www.komando.com/tips/431678/5-clever-holiday-scams-you-need-to-know-about

 

Roblox 101: How To Avoid Free Robux Scams

https://www.geek.com/games/roblox-101-how-to-avoid-free-robux-scams-1725253/

 

Man-in-the-Middle Flaw in Major Banking, VPN Apps Exposes Millions

New research from University of Birmingham emphasizes importance of securing high-risk mobile apps.

https://www.darkreading.com/mobile/man-in-the-middle-flaw-in-major-banking-vpn-apps-exposes-millions/d/d-id/1330586

 

Wouldn't it be great if your users had a way to "roll back time" when they forgot to think before they click on a bad link? 

Now they can!

https://info.knowbe4.com/second-chance-tool-chn

Second Chance Product Manual

     https://support.knowbe4.com/hc/en-us/articles/115011813867-Second-Chance-Installation-and-User-Guide

 

Report: Email attacks increasing, but none as much as impersonation phishing

Email filtration is getting good enough to catch most malware, but it's not anywhere near capable of stopping a well-targeted impersonation attack.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/report-email-attacks-increasing-but-none-as-much-as-impersonation-phishing/

 

WORK Cryptomix Ransomware Variant Released

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/work-cryptomix-ransomware-variant-released/

 

HOW TO MAKE WINDOWS 10 LOOK LIKE WINDOWS 7

https://www.pcmech.com/article/how-to-make-windows-10-look-like-windows-7/

 

Convert Windows 10 from Legacy BIOS to UEFI without Data Loss

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/81502-convert-windows-10-legacy-bios-uefi-without-data-loss.html

 

What Is Dropbox Paper, and How Do You Use It?

https://www.maketecheasier.com/dropbox-paper-and-uses/

 

What Is Net Neutrality?

https://www.howtogeek.com/164896/htg-explains-what-is-net-neutrality/

 

How to Use Excel Custom Views Like a Pro

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/excel-custom-views/

 

Home.me turns your 2D floorplan drawings into 3D renderings

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/home-turns-2d-floorplan-drawings-123002157.html

 

HDMI 2.1 specs and features: Everything you need to know

Higher resolution audio and video, faster refresh rates, and more bandwidth will enable better experiences with movies, games, VR, and more.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3239084/smart-tv/hdmi-21-has-arrived-heres-everything-you-need-to-know.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-12-13

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10 Useful Windows 10 Features You Probably Never Use But Should

https://fieldguide.gizmodo.com/10-useful-windows-10-features-you-probably-never-use-bu-1820980875

 

Microsoft's Edge browser is in serious trouble

https://finance.yahoo.com/m/994f24f6-480d-34d8-bb4d-85ce5b0b9995/microsoft%27s-edge-browser-is.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_07

 

The Best Robo Vacuums of 2018

Want to keep your floors clean without lifting a finger? Robotic vacuums are more capable and affordable than ever. These are our top performers.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2498130,00.asp

 

How to Fix Your Wi-Fi Network

Wi-Fi trouble? The tips and tricks in our troubleshooting guide will help solve your problems.

https://www.techhive.com/article/260524/networking/how-to-fix-your-wi-fi-network-7-tips.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-12-13

 

Android Ransomware Kits on the Rise in the Dark Web

More than 5,000 Android ransomware kit listings have been spotted so far this year, with the median price range hitting $200.

https://www.darkreading.com/mobile/android-ransomware-kits-on-the-rise-in-the-dark-web-/d/d-id/1330591

 

How to Fix a Black Screen on Your PC

https://www.maketecheasier.com/fix-black-screen-on-pc/

 

Three US Airlines Will Start Banning Some Smart Luggage in January

https://lifehacker.com/three-us-airlines-will-start-banning-some-smart-luggage-1821167556

 

The Complete Guide to Giving Better Family Tech Support

https://www.howtogeek.com/285361/the-complete-guide-to-giving-better-family-tech-support/

 

TEH 004: Say ‘Please’ to Alexa, et al.

https://tehpodcast.com/teh-004-say-please/

 

Trekstor WinPhone 5.0 is a well built mid-range smartphone with Windows 10 Mobile

https://www.windowscentral.com/trekstor-winphone-50-review

 

Why Can’t I Talk To a Real Person?

There are good reasons why you're more likely to be directed to online and self help resources than actually talk to a real person.

https://askleo.com/cant-talk-real-person/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=It2q5LpMT3dfbL

 

How to Make Your Own LED Ring Light for YouTube Videos

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/make-your-own-youtube-ring-light/

 

3 clever scams spreading on Facebook right now

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/432396/3-clever-scams-spreading-on-facebook-right-now

 

New study confirms that one type of iPhone X is faster than the other

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/study-confirms-one-type-iphone-x-faster-other-231143186.html

 

2018 OLED iPhones Expected to Use Bigger L-Shaped Batteries

By utilizing an L-shape design, Apple can squeeze more capacity inside the iPhone casing.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/357842/2018-oled-iphones-expected-to-use-bigger-l-shaped-batteries

 

Why Amazon and Google just can't get along

Amazon Prime Video finally arrives on Apple TV, but don't hold your breath for Chromecast support.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3240966/streaming-hardware/why-amazon-and-google-just-cant-get-along.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-12-13

 

Conficker: The Worm That Won't Die

More than nine years after it infected millions of systems worldwide, the malware continues to be highly active, according to a Trend Micro report.

https://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/conficker-the-worm-that-wont-die/d/d-id/1330594

 

How to Search PDF Files from the Terminal with pdfgrep

https://www.maketecheasier.com/search-pdf-files-pdfgrep/

 

Don't Plug a Space Heater Into a Power Strip

https://lifehacker.com/dont-plug-a-space-heater-into-a-power-strip-1821150953

 

How to Watch Local Video Files on Your Roku

https://www.howtogeek.com/333860/how-to-watch-local-video-files-on-your-roku/

 

Build a DIY Thermocam

https://makezine.com/projects/diy-thermocam/

 

New Always Connected PCs are expensive, but here's why it won't matter

https://www.windowscentral.com/are-always-connected-pcs-too-expensive

 

Can I Use Office 2003 with Windows 10?

Installing 14-year-old software on current operating systems is likely to create problems. Office 2003 and Windows 10 is one such match.

https://askleo.com/can-use-office-2003-windows-10/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=It2q5LpMT3dfbL

 

7 Places You Can Buy a Dedicated Linux PC or Laptop Online

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/buy-dedicated-linux-pc-laptop-online/

 

3 ways to score big holiday discounts online

https://www.komando.com/columns/429954/3-ways-to-score-big-holiday-discounts-online

 

Virtual reality gets its groove back

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/virtual-reality-gets-groove-back-185549517.html

 

Nvidia's Titan V Graphics Card Costs $3K

It's 'the most powerful graphics card ever created for the PC,' but is aimed at AI, not gaming (unless you have money to burn).

https://www.pcmag.com/news/357836/nvidias-titan-v-graphics-card-costs-3k

 

WyzeCam review: $20 home security camera is a real steal

This unassuming cube packs the most popular features of cameras 10 times its price.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3240446/security-cameras/wyzecam-review.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-12-13

 

MacOS High Sierra Users: Change Root Password Now

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/11/macos-high-sierra-users-change-root-password-now/

 

5 Handpicked Android Apps You Should Use on Your Device

https://www.maketecheasier.com/weekly-software-roundup-android-apps/

 

4 ways to protect your iPhone X

It's VERY expensive to get Apple's new phone repaired. Here's how to minimize your risk of damage in the first place -- and get cheaper insurance.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/4-ways-to-protect-your-iphone-x/

 

How to Stream Higher Quality Music on Spotify

https://www.howtogeek.com/332324/how-to-stream-high-quality-music-on-spotify/

 

[Software Update] CCleaner 5.38 Now Available for Download

https://www.askvg.com/ccleaner-freeware-system-optimization-and-privacy-tool/

 

How to Shut Down the Computer in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/7418-shut-down-computer-windows-10-a.html

 

The Most Important Skill You Can Improve

If I could have you prioritize one thing to improve your online experience, this would be it.

https://askleo.com/important-skill-can-improve/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=It2q5LpMT3dfbL

 

5 Common Android Myths and Misconceptions You Need to Stop Believing

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/common-android-myths/

 

Late Amazon Prime Delivery? Here's what you can get for free!

https://www.komando.com/tips/431441/late-amazon-prime-delivery-heres-what-you-can-get-for-free

 

The best Linux laptops you can buy

https://www.yahoo.com/news/best-linux-laptops-buy-141502615.html

 

Apple HomeKit Flaw Opens Smart Locks to Hacking

Apple has reportedly rolled out a temporary fix that stops the bug, but disables a 'remote access to shared users' feature.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/357832/apple-homekit-flaw-opens-smart-locks-to-hacking

 

Eaton Halo RL56 review: Upgrade your existing canisters to smart and efficient LED lighting

If you have recessed lighting, this is a superior solution to replacing the bulbs.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3241724/lighting/eaton-halo-rl56-review.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-12-13

 

Name+DOB+SSN=FAFSA Data Gold Mine

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/11/namedobssnfafsa-data-gold-mine/

 

5 Free Alternatives to Microsoft OneNote

https://www.maketecheasier.com/5-free-alternatives-to-microsoft-onenote/

 

2017 Holiday Buyer's Guide

https://www.cnet.com/holiday-gift-guide/

 

How to Find a List of Every App You’ve Installed from Google Play

https://www.howtogeek.com/333601/how-to-find-a-list-of-every-app-youve-installed-from-google-play/

 

Former Exec Slams Facebook for 'Destroying Society'

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10242/former-exec-slams-facebook-destroying-society

 

How to Add 'Restart Explorer' to Desktop Context Menu in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/5976-restart-explorer-context-menu-add-windows-10-a.html

 

Review: Logitech’s Best-Ever Wireless Mice Never Need Plugging In

https://www.extremetech.com/electronics/260185-logitechs-best-ever-wireless-mice-never-need-plugged

 

What’s the benefit of Windows on ARM for the Enterprise?

https://www.petri.com/whats-benefit-windows-arm-enterprise?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_NAwhLhPa0fFVMLIcgfB0iWC8n0A3RgfIfHU3WGzKplo_V6lJoQSdHdcxJ7K9d8cSjN3ATzwWpgSDTHyam4YEVIuiWpw&_hsmi=59300934

 

The Beginner’s Guide to Gmail

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/ultimate-guide-to-gmail/

 

10 practical (and boring) tech gifts people will use time and time again

https://www.komando.com/tips/431028/10-practical-and-boring-tech-gifts-people-will-use-time-and-time-again

 

Google's Allo messaging may link to your email account

https://www.yahoo.com/news/google-apos-allo-messaging-may-220200761.html

 

US Charges Three Men with Creating and Running First-Ever Mirai Botnet

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/us-charges-three-men-with-creating-and-running-first-ever-mirai-botnet/

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Someone is Tracking Your Click History

Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:38 pm (PST)

They know if you've been naughty or nice--at least they know where you've been.

http://bit.ly/2nZp27U

Latest Edition of CyberHeistNews

Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:54 pm (PST)

CyberheistNews Vol 7 #49 Which of Your Employees Are Most Likely to Expose Your Company to a Cyber Attack?

http://bit.ly/2Bgm587

 

Car Rental Companies Security Failure

Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:07 pm (PST)

Be careful when you rent a car. With all the computerized and wi-fi components in cars today, rental companies have been found to be lax in their security practices.

http://bit.ly/2ABqQJO

 

Are You Being Phished by Spoofers

Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:47 pm (PST

Are you or your friends being phished by spoofers? Find out here and what you can do about it.

http://bit.ly/2AR8fGM

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Tue 1109 12/12/2017

iPhone X Review At One Month: How To Master Face ID

https://www.forbes.com/sites/brookecrothers/2017/12/02/iphone-x-tips-tricks-review-update-after-almost-a-month-5-ways-to-master-the-x/#6b64ec797d29

 

How to enable Night Light blue light filter on Chrome OS

Night Light is a feature that lets users avoid eye strain when using a screen late at night, and it is now available for Chrome users.

https://www.androidcentral.com/how-enable-night-light-chrome-os

 

Which gaming console is right for you?

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/gaming-console-140000502.html

 

What’s the Difference Between the Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X?

https://www.howtogeek.com/298754/whats-the-difference-between-the-xbox-one-xbox-one-s-and-project-scorpio/

 

2 big innovations that made Amazon's Kindle a success

To mark the e-reader's 10th anniversary, CNET took a look back at the device's early days and what made it different.

https://www.cnet.com/news/2-big-innovations-that-made-amazon-kindle-ereader-a-success-10th-anniversary/

 

Think Your Bitcoin Is Safe? 3 Ways Your Bitcoin Can Be Stolen

https://www.maketecheasier.com/ways-bitcoin-can-be-stolen/

 

YouTube TV Gets Its Own Dedicated Television App

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/youtube-tv-television-app/

 

Former NSA Employee Pleads Guilty to Taking Classified Data

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/12/former-nsa-employee-pleads-guilty-to-taking-classified-data/

 

Toshiba’s New 14TB Helium Hard Drive Sets Capacity Records

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/260206-toshibas-new-14tb-helium-hard-drive-improves-performance-sets-capacity-records

 

Getting started with Turtl, an open source alternative to Evernote

Turtl is a solid note-taking tool for users looking for an alternative to apps like Evernote and Google Keep.

https://opensource.com/article/17/12/using-turtl-open-source-alternative-evernote?sc_cid=701f2000000tpY9AAI

 

Microsoft issues emergency fix for Malware Protection Engine flaw

https://www.scmagazine.com/microsoft-issues-emergency-fix-for-malware-protection-engine-flaw/article/713051/

 

Windows 10 update KB4054517 (build 16299.125) releases

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update receives the final scheduled patch of the year addressing a number of issues, and previous versions get patched as well.

https://pureinfotech.com/kb4054517-windows-10-build-16299-125/

 

Check your charger NOW 98% of phone chargers put users at risk of electric shock or house fires

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/432843/check-your-charger-now-98-of-phone-chargers-put-users-at-risk-of-electric-shock-or-house-fires

 

Hands On With the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

We got some hands-on time with a Snapdragon 845 reference phone.

https://www.pcmag.com/feature/357800/hands-on-with-the-qualcomm-snapdragon-845

 

3D-printed bacteria ink could be used to treat burns

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/3d-printed-bacteria-ink-could-214100078.html

 

What’s the Difference Between the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Slim, and PlayStation 4 Pro?

https://www.howtogeek.com/300322/whats-the-difference-between-the-playstation-4-playstation-4-slim-and-playstation-4-pr

 

Roku Express (2017) review:

Crazy-cheap streamer is plenty fast enough to satisfy

https://www.cnet.com/products/roku-express-2017/review/

 

6 Ways to Protect Your Eyes When Using a Smartphone

https://www.maketecheasier.com/protect-eyes-when-using-smartphone/

 

5 Times Smart Home Technology Went Terribly Wrong

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/smart-home-technology-went-wrong/

 

Carding Kingpin Sentenced Again. Yahoo Hacker Pleads Guilty

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/12/carding-kingpin-sentenced-again-yahoo-hacker-pleads-guilty/

 

Bitcoin’s Recent Volatility Risks Deflationary Spiral, Could Undermine It as a Currency

https://www.extremetech.com/internet/260093-bitcoins-recent-volatility-risks-deflationary-spiral

 

Using sudo to delegate permissions in Linux

Learn how to assign authority for managing network functions or specific services to trusted users while protecting the security of the root password.

https://opensource.com/article/17/12/using-sudo-delegate?sc_cid=701f2000000tpY9AAI

 

Mozilla patches two vulnerabilities, one rated critical

https://www.scmagazine.com/mozilla-patches-two-vulnerabilities-one-rated-critical/article/712883/

 

Microsoft Launcher on Android: The best customization settings you can use

These are the best customization settings you should be using with Microsoft Launcher on your Android phone.

https://pureinfotech.com/microsoft-launcher-android-best-customization-settings/

 

Android features that iPhone users envy

https://www.komando.com/tips/432607/android-features-that-iphone-users-envy

 

Hackers Rob Bitcoin Mining Site, Possibly Stealing $70M

The NiceHash breach has customers worried they've lost their bitcoin with the site.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/357820/hackers-rob-bitcoin-mining-site-possibly-stealing-70m

 

Apple may release a new 9.7-inch iPad for less than $300

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apple-may-release-9-7-inch-ipad-less-010007914.html

 

Should You Get an “Ultra HD” 4K TV?

https://www.howtogeek.com/206662/should-you-get-an-ultra-hd-4k-tv/

 

Traveling for the holidays? Here's the smart home list to check twice

Leaving your home behind for a long vacation can be stressful, even with a smart home. Here are some tips and tricks so you can feel good about hitting the road this holiday season.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/traveling-for-the-holidays-heres-the-smart-home-list-to-check-twice/

 

How to Get a Google Voice Number for Free Calls on Your PC, Android and iOS

https://www.maketecheasier.com/get-google-voice-number-for-free-calls/

 

Learn All the Tips Really Successful Learners Use

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/learn-tips-successful-learners/

 

Use These Super-Cheap Development Boards to Control Your Gadgets With Google Assistant

https://lifehacker.com/use-these-super-cheap-development-boards-to-control-you-1820973711

 

Elon Musk Says Tesla Is Working on Custom AI chips

https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/260180-elon-musk-says-tesla-working-custom-ai-chips

 

12 predictions for the IoT market in 2018

http://www.itprotoday.com/network-security/12-predictions-iot-market-2018

 

How to Enable or Disable Automatic Updates for Windows Update in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/8013-enable-disable-windows-update-automatic-updates-windows-10-a.html

 

Microsoft Issues Emergency Patch for 'Critical' Flaw in Windows Security

Remote code execution vulnerability in Microsoft Malware Protection Engine was found by UK spy agency's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

https://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities---threats/microsoft-issues-emergency-patch-for-critical-flaw-in-windows-security/d/d-id/1330595

 

10 sneaky hidden cameras that will fool you, which ones could you spot?

https://www.komando.com/tips/432522/10-hidden-cameras-that-will-fool-you

 

Report: New YouTube Music Service Launching in March

Internally, the subscription service is called Remix and Warner Music Group has apparently already signed up.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/357833/report-new-youtube-music-service-launching-in-march

 

Amazon envisions delivery drones that self-destruct in emergencies

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/amazon-envisions-delivery-drones-self-174200062.html

 

How to Change or Customize Firefox’s New Tab Page

https://www.howtogeek.com/333805/how-to-change-or-customize-firefoxs-new-tab-page/

 

Fooling Amazon and Google's voice recognition isn't hard

If your roommates sound like you, they might be able to use your smart speaker to access your info or make purchases. Here's how you can protect yourself.

https://www.cnet.com/news/fooling-amazon-and-googles-voice-recognition-isnt-hard/

 

7 of the Best Kodi Add-ons for All Your Streaming Needs

https://www.maketecheasier.com/best-kodi-add-ons/

 

A Beginner’s Guide To Digital Photography

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/guide-to-digital-photography/

 

The Best Place for Your Echo Dot Is Actually on the Ceiling

https://lifehacker.com/the-best-place-for-your-echo-dot-is-actually-on-the-cei-1820916306

 

Woman Who Stared Directly at the Eclipse Burned it Into Her Retina

https://www.extremetech.com/g00/extreme/260194-woman-stared-directly-eclipse-burned-retina?i10c.encReferrer=

 

OK Google, why is YouTube still such a cesspool for kids?

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/talkingtech/2017/12/02/ok-google-why-youtube-still-such-cesspool-kids/916014001/

 

Enable or Disable Power Throttling in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/99445-enable-disable-power-throttling-windows-10-a.html

 

8 Low or No-Cost Sources of Threat Intelligence

Here's a list of sites that for little or no cost give you plenty of ideas for where to find first-rate threat intelligence.

https://www.darkreading.com/threat-intelligence/8-low-or-no-cost-sources-of-threat-intelligence-------/d/d-id/1330447

 

5 security mistakes you’re probably making

https://www.komando.com/columns/428712/5-security-mistakes-youre-probably-making

 

You Need a VPN, and Here's Why

A virtual private network, or VPN, can help secure your web traffic and protect your anonymity online from snoops, spies, and anyone who wants to steal or monetize your data.

https://www.pcmag.com/article/352757/privacy-101-why-you-need-a-vpn

 

You really shouldn’t own an iPhone X without these 5 accessories

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/really-shouldn-t-own-iphone-x-without-5-170121581.html

 

Mint 18.3: The best Linux desktop takes big steps forward

Linux Mint isn't just the best Linux desktop, it's the best desktop, period.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/mint-18-3-the-best-linux-desktop-takes-big-steps-forward/

 

Build Your Own Mini SNES (Or Just About Anything Else) With This Discounted Raspberry Pi

https://deals.kinja.com/build-your-own-mini-snes-or-just-about-anything-else-1821012623

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Apple iPhone X First Impressions

https://www.thurrott.com/mobile/ios/147031/apple-iphone-x-first-impressions?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9_BtYOyebwgBtLxw3uQK3HqloZvR-fDV8iV2GcQD55_KLxjuFA6jznLk7ekT2CmAuegVzS5lpJDKRDfusmGgVR_gShgQ&_hsmi=59262926

 

Magnesium batteries could be safer and more efficient than lithium

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/magnesium-batteries-could-safer-more-220200783.html

 

Why Do Executives Hide Data Breaches?

https://www.maketecheasier.com/why-do-executives-hide-data-breaches/

 

How to Make the $50 Amazon Fire Tablet More Like Stock Android (Without Rooting)

https://www.howtogeek.com/270382/how-to-make-the-amazon-fire-tablet-more-like-stock-android/

 

Apple Pay Cash

https://www.pcmag.com/review/357763/apple-pay-cash

 

How to Fix: Change Firefox Quantum Black Tabs to Gray

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10240/how-fix-change-firefox-quantum-black-tabs-gray

 

HP's second laptop keylogger in less than a year

PRIVACY SCARE!

https://www.grahamcluley.com/hps-second-laptop-keylogger-less-year/

 

Over 400 Popular Sites Record Your Every Keystroke and Mouse Movement

https://thehackernews.com/2017/11/website-keylogging.html

 

How to Log Into Windows Without a Keyboard

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/log-windows-without-keyboard/

 

Researchers: Microsoft Office flaw exploited by suspected Iranian APT group

https://www.scmagazine.com/researchers-microsoft-office-flaw-exploited-by-suspected-iranian-apt-group/article/713076/

 

Will Microsoft use a Snapdragon processor in a Surface? #AskDanWindows Episode 34

https://www.windowscentral.com/askdanwindows-34

 

Anti-Skimmer Detector for Skimmer Scammers

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/12/anti-skimmer-detector-for-skimmer-scammers/

 

Scary scam hitting PayPal users

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/432861/scary-scam-hitting-paypal-users

 

How to fix the Mac's botched software update

File sharing stop working for you after installing Apple's latest security update? Here's what you need to do.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-fix-the-macs-botched-software-update/

 

Here's Your 2019 Social Security Payments Schedule

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apos-2019-social-security-payments-123200530.html

 

How to Easily Create a Custom Map and Share with Others

https://www.maketecheasier.com/create-custom-map-share/

 

Are Cheap Android Phones Worth It?

https://www.howtogeek.com/250404/are-cheap-android-phones-worth-it/

 

Microsoft Explains How Windows on Snapdragon Works

We also asked Microsoft if the new Qualcomm laptops meant Windows Phones were coming back, and, well, it didn't say no.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/357779/microsoft-explains-how-windows-on-snapdragon-works

 

How to Fix: Can't Delete Restore Points (C Drive Full)

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10241/how-fix-cant-delete-restore-points-c-drive-full

 

Oops! This Android keyboard app accidentally leaked 31 million users’ personal details

https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/oops-this-android-keyboard-app-accidentally-leaked-31-million-users-personal-details-19309.html#new_tab

 

Cyber Security Expert: iPhone X facial recognition is vulnerable

"Is it 100 percent safe? It never is."

https://www.abcactionnews.com/money/consumer/cyber-security-expert-iphone-x-facial-recognition-is-vulnerable

 

How to Transfer Photos From Your Samsung Phone to Your PC

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/transfer-photos-samsung-phone-pc/http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/transfer-photos-samsung-phone-pc/

 

Henry Ford Health System data breach compromised data of nearly 20,000 patients

https://www.scmagazine.com/henry-ford-health-system-data-breach-compromised-data-of-nearly-20000-patients/article/713052/

 

When Microsoft's AI-driven camera and mixed reality missions meet...

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-might-microsofts-ai-and-mixed-reality-missions-mesh

 

Hacked Password Service Leakbase Goes Dark

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/12/hacked-password-service-leakbase-goes-dark/

 

New password manager great for beginners

https://www.komando.com/downloads/432851/new-password-manager-great-for-beginners

 

10 tips for better laptop battery life with Windows 10

Fall Creators Update makes it easier to switch between battery modes. Learn where to find the new battery slider and review traditional favorites to extend battery life.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/10-tips-for-better-laptop-battery-life-with-windows-10/

 

Chrome on Windows will block third-party apps that cause crashes

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/chrome-windows-block-third-party-203900763.html

 

What Is Project Treble? Massive Change to Android Explained

https://www.maketecheasier.com/what-is-project-treble/

 

Which Roku Should I Buy? Express vs. Stick vs. Stick+ vs. Ultra

https://www.howtogeek.com/293645/which-roku-should-i-buy/

 

Thieves Can Test ATMs to Check if it's Worth Fitting a Skimmer

A new $200 handheld "Smart Shield Detector" tests an ATM to see if it is using anti-skimming technology.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/357784/thieves-can-test-atms-to-check-if-its-worth-fitting-a-skimm

 

Banks at Risk From Rising Cyberattack Sophistication, SWIFT Says

http://www.itprotoday.com/security/banks-risk-rising-cyberattack-sophistication-swift-says

 

Hackers Linked to Russians Target Banks From Moscow to Utah

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-11/cyber-heist-linked-to-russians-targets-banks-from-moscow-to-utah

 

Telenor Norway warns of hacking and phishing ahead of Black Friday

https://www.telecompaper.com/news/telenor-norway-warns-of-hacking-and-phishing-ahead-of-black-friday--1221526

 

8 Google Drive Settings You Should Change Right Now

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/google-drive-settings-change/

 

DDoS Attack Attempts Doubled in 6 Months

Organizations face an average of eight attempts a day, up from an average of four per day at the beginning of this year.

https://www.darkreading.com/mobile/ddos-attack-attempts-doubled-in-6-months/d/d-id/1330460?

 

RememBear Is a Good Password Manager for Beginners

https://lifehacker.com/remembear-is-a-good-password-manager-for-beginners-1820888270

 

How to Rebuild the Icon Cache in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/5645-rebuild-icon-cache-windows-10-a.html

 

Watch out for the "grinch bots" charging more for hot Christmas gifts

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/432415/watch-out-for-the-grinch-bots-charging-more-for-hot-christmas-gifts

 

Instagram Stories: Tips for using Instagram's photo story feature

Instagram's Snapchat-like feature lets you create photo sequences that expire after a day.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-use-instagram-stories/

 

DxO's snap-on Android camera is now available to pre-order

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/dxo-apos-snap-android-camera-151900028.html

 

3 Interesting Uses for Multiple Mouse and Keyboards on Your PC

https://www.maketecheasier.com/uses-multiple-mice-keyboards-pc/

 

How to Install the Google Play Store on the Amazon Fire Tablet or Fire HD 8

https://www.howtogeek.com/232726/how-to-install-the-google-play-store-on-your-amazon-fire-tablet/

 

Qualcomm Is Prepared for Life After Apple

The head of Qualcomm's chip division has a sunny perspective on life without Apple.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/357777/qualcomm-is-prepared-for-life-after-apple

 

Ransomware damage costs predicted to hit $11.5B by 2019

Cyber crime rises sharply amidst a decline in the percentage of victims willing to pay ransoms.

https://www.csoonline.com/article/3237674/ransomware/ransomware-damage-costs-predicted-to-hit-115b-by-2019.html

 

Hackers' delight: Mobile bank app security flaw could have smacked millions

Certificate pinning unpicked

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/12/11/mobile_banking_security_research/

 

Google admits tracking users' location even when setting disabled

After Quartz revealed Google was tracking the location of a user through cell tower connections, the search giant said the function improves the speed and performance of message delivery.

http://www.zdnet.com/google-amp/article/google-admits-tracking-users-location-even-when-setting-disabled/

 

The Best Windows XP Software That Still Works

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/apps-still-work-windows-xp/

 

Russian Fancy Bear hackers' UK link revealed

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42056555

 

You Can Now Block Distracting macOS Apps With the Freedom App

https://lifehacker.com/you-can-now-block-distracting-macos-apps-with-the-freed-1820974931

 

Turn On or Off Windows Defender Real-time Protection in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3569-turn-off-windows-defender-real-time-protection-windows-10-a.html

 

Keyboard app caught collecting users’ data after 31M records leaked online

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/432657/keyboard-app-caught-collecting-users-data-after-31m-records-leaked-online

 

Searching for Amazon? Fake Google ad sends users to scam site

For at least part of Thursday, Google users searching for "Amazon" were shown a phony ad that redirected to a scam website.

https://www.cnet.com/news/google-search-amazon-fake-ad-scam-site-black-friday/

 

Comcast is also interested in buying most of Fox's assets

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/comcast-interested-buying-most-fox-223300029.html

 

Beat Your ISP's Modem Rental Fees By Buying Your Own

https://deals.kinja.com/1821089949

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Re. FYI#1106  (Sat 12/09/2017)

How a hack almost sprung a prisoner out of jail

Like many "corporate hacks" or "breakins" this began as more of a phishing attack. It depended heavily on social engineering, and it was basically social reverse-engineering which brought down the scheme before anyone was released. It pays to be vigilant, at work or anywhere!

 

Bitcoin tops $9,000 mark for first time (as of this post, $19,500)

This means it's time to consider bailing out of the cryptocurrencies. Or at least apply the stock market concept of Dollar Cost Averaging. As I understand that concept, most folks should be about 75 percent out of cryptocurrencies by this point in the current upswing. Bitcoin will drop precipitously in value -- it's only a matter of time before it does so. In any event, buying into a trend which is so far advanced at this point is very, very risky.

 

Quad9 DNS promises better privacy and security

This looks like it would complement a good paid VPN service nicely.

 

HDMI 2.1 specs and features: Everything you need to know

The key terms which go together are: 4k, HDR, HDMI 2.1 and ATSC-3. You'll have to wait and see what actual HDTVs and DVRs get these features. (These devices won't appear until after 2019 when the ATSC-3 standard will be introduced in most markets. And there may be delays beyond that time.) Until then, buying equipment with only some of these features is a waste of money. BTW, with the impending end of Net Neutrality, the cost of Internet services, including streaming services, is likely to go up. 

 

How to enable Chrome’s Site Isolation security feature

Since I'm using Chrome Beta in my Ubuntu Linux, I was able to enable this feature. I'll post if anything unusual happens as a result.

 

Bitcoin Site Robbed of More Than 4,000 Bitcoins Worth $70 Million

Another reason not to "invest" in bitcoin -- it's not insured or regulated. You may never see your real money again.

 

Windows 10 is getting eSIM and power management changes

This applies to the locked-down Windows 10S Snapdragon netbooks, which will never get off the ground, as they are slow and underpowered when running "real" Windows. They might make good Linux conversions, however. Except they will be initially way too pricey for that to pay off.

 

Germany's Interior Minister Wants Backdoors In Cars, Digital Devices

And of course, none of the companies would be allowed to announce that they had done this. Why is it that whenever any government gets involved in security, we all become less safe?

 

Google Rolls Out New Chrome Security Feature to Combat Microsoft

Of more interest in this article is the coming revocation of Symantec Security Certificates. Based on recent experiences, I see quite a few websites breaking, in the same fashion as I found with one of my free software utility's home page (this was a different issuing authority, but the results would be the same). I saved the launcher for Chrome which ignores certificate status waiting in the wings just in case. It is truly sad when you can't use a browser security feature because of a feud between two big tech companies.

 

What Is UEFI, and How Is It Different from BIOS?

Where you run into important differences is if you install and uninstall operating systems or repartition your drives a lot. There's a permanent and ever-expanding list in the UEFI firmware of every boot option you have ever installed, changed or enabled or disabled. If this list gets very long, your PC or device will take longer and longer to boot. Solving the issue requires drastic measures unless you want to wipe the firmware and start over (which also requires drastic measures). Other differences mentioned in the article have not affected my setup, backup and restore capabilities on my Intel NUC, for both Windows 10 Pro and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. The thing I did need to change was Windows 10's default Fast Startup, which needs to be turned off to enable Linux access to shared NTFS partitions (data partitions). UEFI boots faster than BIOS, and Fast Startup speeds things up more, but on the NUC with its fast processor and SSD, the differences are trivial. UEFI does not check its hardware with a POST routine during each boot. BIOS POST would slow things down a lot even in the NUC. My Ubuntu does not require Legacy Boot.

 

How to Create an Anonymous Email Account

Don't forget, you will still need to encrypt all your email messages if you want to be truly anonymous.

 

New York Attorney General Releases Fake FCC Comment-Finding Tool

This won't stop the change. The FCC has already lined up as favoring abandoning Net neutrality, regardless of the commenting process. Public opinion means nothing to this Administration.

 

Re. FYI#1107 (Sun 12/10/2017)

How to Tether Your Android Phone and Share Its Internet Connection with Other Devices

I would think in most situations, you'd want to share a WiFi connection with the phone. Cell data is way more expensive and limited than WiFi.

 

When nothing's on TV this site will save you!

There are actually some interesting shows in the TV/streaming category of this site. (I don't stream, so don't ask me which ones are actually worth watching.)

 

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update for Internet of Things Devices

Interesting window (pardon the pun) into Microsoft's plans to deal with IoT developments.

 

When your phone gets snatched: A survival guide

Aside from the good advice in this article, I wonder -- if people break their phones when a new one comes out, is there also an increase in "losing" phones when a new model comes out? Insurance companies might like to know.

 

Why You Have a Delivery Confirmation and No Package From Amazon

The Postal Service's denial lacks authority in my opinion. USPS is a Union Shop, so who's going to rat out a supervisor? So of course these practices never get reported upstream. I am generally pro-Union, but this is an example of some of the downsides to a Union Shop. Amazon should never have contracted with USPS. They should have used other private carriers if they didn't want to deal with the problems of maintaining their own in-house delivery services. 

BTW, Amazon's use of USPS arose because of late, wrong address, or missing deliveries and falsification of delivery confirmations by UPS, another Union Shop. My own experience is that USPS mail from their own system is sometimes returned as undeliverable to my address, because my apartment does not face the street, and substitute route carriers aren't smart enough to figure out to go to the back side of the building. Packages from major carriers (including end to end UPS deliveries) don't seem to have this issue where I live.

 

5 Hidden Android Tweaks to Enhance Your Device

If you aren't yet on Android Oreo (8) you may not have the Gestures option.

 

9 Nifty Snipping Tool Shortcuts for Screenshots in Windows

Well these are things, some of which I never knew were possible with this tool. Using Linux, I have at least a couple of screenshot options, each of which has some options, but not all in one app like this.

 

Switch from Windows to Linux and Get Up and Running in Minutes

The basic replacement of Windows with Linux does indeed get you up and running maybe within an hour, but it isn't much faster than that. Installation and downloading of updates for Ubuntu takes nearly this long. I dual-boot Windows and Linux, which took a much longer setup. But getting up and running post-install is very fast, as most of the more useful Linux apps come preinstalled with the OS. Checking hardware and firmware, and setting up wireless printing and scanning took considerably longer. But these are things which Windows upgrades make me do just about the same way. The main install of Linux may be faster, but resolving issues with hardware, firmware and peripherals can take much more time and effort than for Windows. I have never had an OS install or upgrade which did not require some post-install fixing.

 

How to fall asleep to a voice-activated sunset

Right now this is very expensive and requires some non-trivial setup. But as IoT becomes more commonplace, this type of option looks attractive. Another thing IoT lighting could do is treat Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD) where daylight bright lighting is used to extend daylight during high-latitude winter months. The ability to program color and timing of lighting would work wonders for people with this disorder.

 

A prescription for healing the healthcare industry

Very thought-provoking article. It wasn't until I was halfway down the comments that I realized that this article was from Yahoo.UK. It sometimes takes someone from another country to tell us what we need to do to better manage our own healthcare economy.

 

Firefox Quantum Isn’t Just “Copying” Chrome: It’s Much More Powerful

Meh, this week maybe. And on my NUC, the differences are not even noticeable during most page loads and transitions. What is perceived as browser "speed" can be greatly enhanced by using ad blockers and tools which limit scripts and shut down background processes when not needed.

 

With Windows 10 'Sets,' Microsoft takes aim at Chrome OS

And as usual, Microsoft falls way short. I will not install a Windows version like this. Better to just make the leap to ChromeOS for mobile needs and use Linux for desktop productivity tasks.

 

5 ways to make your Amazon Fire tablet better

I love Number 5 -- pay Amazon to stop plastering your apps with ads. Sheesh! Why not just add a little to the price of the device and not pull this kind of stunt-pricing nonsense? I could have gotten a price cut on my Moto G4 phone if I would have let Amazon festoon it with their ads. 

 

The best laptop brands

While I'm not a fan of crowdsourcing, this report lines up with what I've been hearing from a lot of people. There were really no surprises in here. 

I agree that extended warranties on PCs and devices are generally a waste. It was on a non-extended warranty with no service plan that I got my ASUS Transformer Book reset and upgraded by the Microsoft Store at no cost to me. And I got the main board replaced by ASUS for only one-way shipping costs, when the poere button failed within the warranty period. I eventually went to eBay for a replacement keyboard dock when I wrecked the USB port with a sub-standard flash drive, but by that time many folks were practically giving away the docks. The tablet is still going strong, but 32-bit software is getting less and less support, so there may be a sunset for my tablet not too long from now.

 

Are You More Likely to Utilize Tutorials from Device and Software Companies or Users?

I've used both. Some companies have great tutorials and documentation while some others barely tell you where to download their products. User forums and user groups have been invaluable to me in filling the gaps where the vendors have not provided adequate support. That's why I share my knowledge and experience with those who want help with their issues, and take the time to attend meetings when I can find user groups.

 

What you need to know about net neutrality (before it gets taken away)

We are losing a lot, and no one knows what the future will hold. Internet and entertainment options are changing rapidly, and along with them, pricing structures. Now we will also have to consider who's fastlaned by whom when making our plans. And how much it may cost to maintain our current (and future) favorite services if we stick with our current ISP contracts. Guess wrong and it may cost us a lot.

 

From My Own Reading:

Net Neutrality isn't the only thing the current FCC is screwing up

https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/09/net-neutrality-isnt-the-only-thing-the-current-fcc-is-screwing-up/

The "Lifeline" program which allows Internet and phone access to low-income people and rural communities is under attack.

 

Apple's widened ban on templated apps is wiping small businesses from the App Store

https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/08/apples-widened-ban-on-templated-apps-is-wiping-small-businesses-from-the-app-store/

 

This camera app requires users to wait three days for pictures to ‘develop’

https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/gudak-brings-back-old-school-photography/

 

How to speed up Windows in a few easy steps

https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/how-to-speed-up-windows/

 

With smartphones like these, why do we need laptops?

 

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3241233/smartphones/with-smartphones-like-these-why-do-we-need-laptops.html

Let's be realistic for a moment, shall we? 

To use a smartphone for productivity work, you need a keyboard to type on (not the tiny emulations on the phones) and a monitor big enough to see the details in a document or a spreadsheet or a database. (A mouse or a decent trackpad is also a big plus.) These require docking the phone, and need their own power supplies or batteries.

Streaming or casting requires a HDTV monitor and some way to make the Internet connection with sufficient bandwidth. Cell data just doesn't hack it for prolonged binge-watching. 

Each add-on and each service adds to the costs, and smart phones already cost more than comparably capable tablets or laptops. No smartphone has true workstation processing power. But many phones themselves, before add-ons, have workstation prices. 

So no, smartphones are not "good enough" for serious personal computing or serious entertainment applications. Not now, and not for some time to come. Especially with ATSC-3 and 4k HD content coming in just a few years. Snapdragon class processors are not up to this sort of task. 

(Attention to those considering the new Snapdragon "always connected" Windows 10S netbooks -- this hardware configuration is already obsolete. Suggesting that Snapdragon can run Windows 10 Pro in any usable way is laughable. Full-scale desktop Linux is far less laughable for these configurations.)

 

One year later, enterprises still wrestle with Windows 7's cumulative updates

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3240973/microsoft-windows/one-year-later-enterprises-still-wrestle-with-windows-7s-cumulative-updates.html

Consumers aren't the only ones struggling with how Microsoft updates Windows these days.

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(Articles about data breaches or readiness to protect their data you need to remember it's your information and services they provide you, so you are the ultimate victim. )

 

OSX.Proton spreading through fake Symantec blog

https://blog.malwarebytes.com/threat-analysis/mac-threat-analysis/2017/11/osx-proton-spreading-through-fake-symantec-blog/

 

How to Delete Google Search History Forever

https://vpnstreamer.com.au/delete-google-search-history/

 

How to speed up Windows in a few easy steps

https://www.yahoo.com/news/speed-windows-few-easy-steps-141556812.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_09

 

How Do Search Engines Work?

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-do-search-engines-work-makeuseof-explains/

 

How to Tether Your Android Phone and Share Its Internet Connection with Other Devices

https://www.howtogeek.com/170302/the-htg-guide-to-tethering-your-android-phone/

 

When nothing's on TV this site will save you!

https://www.komando.com/cool-sites/431425/when-nothings-on-tv-this-site-will-save-you

 

Correcting the Record on vDOS Prosecutions

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/11/correcting-the-record-on-vdos-prosecutions/

 

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update for Internet of Things Devices

Just a little more than two weeks ago Microsoft released their latest feature update for Windows 10 and now they are providing more details about the IoT version of the operating system.

http://www.itprotoday.com/internet-things-iot/windows-10-fall-creators-update-internet-things-devices

 

qkG Ransomware Encrypts Only Word Documents, Hides and Spreads via Macros

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/qkg-ransomware-encrypts-only-word-documents-hides-and-spreads-via-macros/

 

When your phone gets snatched: A survival guide

Act quickly and follow these steps to get your life, and peace of mind, back.

https://www.cnet.com/news/when-your-phone-gets-snatched-a-survival-guide/

 

Massive Phishing Attack On Businesses with Evil New Ransomware Strain

https://blog.knowbe4.com/massive-phishing-attack-on-businesses-with-evil-new-ransomware-strain

 

6 Personality Profiles of White-Hat Hackers

From making the Internet safer to promoting their security careers, bug bounty hunters have a broad range of motivators for hacking - most just like the challenge.

https://www.darkreading.com/careers-and-people/6-personality-profiles-of-white-hat-hackers-/d/d-id/1330522

 

Why You Have a Delivery Confirmation and No Package From Amazon

https://lifehacker.com/why-you-have-a-delivery-confirmation-and-no-package-fro-1821090068

 

Asus NovaGo (TP370QL)

https://www.pcmag.com/review/357774/asus-novago-tp370ql

 

5 Hidden Android Tweaks to Enhance Your Device

https://www.maketecheasier.com/hidden-android-tweaks/

 

Samsung's W2018 flip phone has a variable aperture camera

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/samsung-apos-w2018-flip-phone-201300259.html

 

9 Nifty Snipping Tool Shortcuts for Screenshots in Windows

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/snipping-tool-shortcuts-screenshots-windows/

 

Four macOS Server Features That Are Now Built In to High Sierra

https://www.howtogeek.com/331746/four-macos-server-features-that-are-now-built-in-to-high-sierra/

 

Read now: 7 ways to avoid this year’s top holiday hacks and scams

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/432863/read-now-7-ways-to-avoid-this-years-top-holiday-hacks-and-scams

 

Phishers Are Upping Their Game. So Should You.

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/12/phishers-are-upping-their-game-so-should-you/

 

Software is Increasingly Complex. That Can Be Dangerous.

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/259977-software-increasingly-complex-thats-dangerous

 

Drive-By Phishing Scams Race Toward Uber Users

Socially Engineering the Masses: Ready, Set, Go

https://www.bankinfosecurity.com/blogs/drive-by-phishing-scams-race-toward-uber-users-p-2566

 

Thanksgiving sets record for online sales

Turkey Day steals some of Black Friday's thunder with web sales in the US up 18 percent from last year.

https://www.cnet.com/news/thanksgiving-online-sales-record-adobe/

 

Uber Total Loss: 57 Million Records Stolen But Data Breach Was Hidden For A Year

https://blog.knowbe4.com/uber-total-loss-57-million-records-stolen-but-data-breach-was-hidden-for-a-year

 

Ransomware Meets 'Grey's Anatomy'

Fictional Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital is locked out of its electronic medical records, but in the real world, healthcare organizations face even greater risks.

https://www.darkreading.com/risk/ransomware-meets-greys-anatomy/a/d-id/1330559

 

Why You Should Get a VPN for Your Xbox One or PS4

https://lifehacker.com/why-you-should-get-a-vpn-for-your-xbox-one-or-ps4-1821087425

 

Andromeda Botnet Shut Down

Andromeda has been active at least since 2011, and was notorious for infecting computers around the globe to form a botnet.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/357727/andromeda-botnet-shut-down

 

How to Pause Background Processes and Speed Up Your Mac

https://www.maketecheasier.com/pause-resume-applications-osx/

 

Google cracks down on apps with shady lock screen ads

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/google-cracks-down-apps-shady-143600519.html

 

Switch from Windows to Linux and Get Up and Running in Minutes

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/switch-linux-get-running-minutes/

 

How to Speed Up Downloads on Your Mac, iPhone, and iPad with Content Caching

https://www.howtogeek.com/331627/how-to-speed-up-downloads-on-your-mac-iphone-and-ipad-with-content-caching/

 

Why your iPhone may suddenly switch off in cold weather

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/432859/why-your-iphone-may-suddenly-switch-off-in-cold-weather

 

Fake Gunbot Bitcoin tool spreads Orcus RAT via spam

https://www.scmagazine.com/orcus-rat-spread-via-spam-to-steal-bitcoin/article/713107/

 

Best Power Supplies

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-psus,4229.html

 

Only 12% or organizations are likely to detect a sophisticated cyber attack

https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2017/11/22/detect-sophisticated-cyber-attack/

 

How to fall asleep to a voice-activated sunset

Want your lights to lull you into a peaceful slumber? With the right bulbs and a little help from IFTTT, you can ask Alexa or Google to fade them out as you fall asleep.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-program-a-voice-activated-sunset/

 

Best Laptop Gifts

https://www.windowscentral.com/best-laptop-gifts

 

Microsoft Surface Book 2 15-inch Review

We're still trying to figure out how Microsoft made the Surface Book 2 this good

https://www.digitaltrends.com/laptop-reviews/microsoft-surface-book-2-review/

 

How to Move Your iTunes Library

You can move your iTunes library to a different location. Here’s how.

https://www.pcmag.com/feature/357733/how-to-move-your-itunes-library

 

Change Color of Cortana Search Box to White in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/67109-change-color-cortana-search-box-white-windows-10-a.html

 

How to Use a VPN With Kodi

https://www.maketecheasier.com/use-vpn-with-kodi/

 

A prescription for healing the healthcare industry

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/prescription-healing-healthcare-industry-224034548.html

 

How to Use Excel Custom Views Like a Pro

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/excel-custom-views/

 

Firefox Quantum Isn’t Just “Copying” Chrome: It’s Much More Powerful

https://www.howtogeek.com/334111/firefox-quantum-isnt-just-copying-chrome/

 

Protect your personal data while traveling

https://www.komando.com/tips/432572/protect-your-personal-data-while-traveling

 

StrongPity2 spyware takes over for FinFisher

https://www.scmagazine.com/strongpity2-spyware-takes-over-for-finfisher/article/713100/

 

The Top 100 Tech Products of 2017

Here is the good stuff. From clever convertible laptops to the best printers and storage gear, these 100 products are the best of what to buy now—and in 2018.

https://www.computershopper.com/feature/the-top-100-tech-products-of-2017

 

Canadian Business Banking Customers Hit With Targeted Phishing, Account Takeover Attacks

https://securityintelligence.com/canadian-business-banking-customers-hit-with-targeted-phishing-account-takeover-attacks/

 

5 ways to make your Amazon Fire tablet better

So you grabbed one of Amazon's super-cheap tablets. Here's how to make the most of it.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/ways-to-make-your-amazon-fire-tablet-better/

 

With Windows 10 'Sets,' Microsoft takes aim at Chrome OS

https://www.windowscentral.com/windows-10-sets-microsofts-next-step-competing-chrome-os

 

The best laptop brands

Want a reliable PC? Buy a laptop from one of these top brands

https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/best-laptop-brands/

 

Google to Flag Apps That Snoop Without Permission

The new alerts will appear on user devices via Google Play Protect and webpages that lead to the offending apps.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/357724/google-to-flag-apps-that-snoop-without-permission

 

Restore Default Windows Defender Firewall Settings in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/70749-restore-default-windows-defender-firewall-settings-windows-10-a.html

 

Are You More Likely to Utilize Tutorials from Device and Software Companies or Users?

https://www.maketecheasier.com/tutorials-from-software-companies/

 

What you need to know about net neutrality (before it gets taken away)

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/know-net-neutrality-gets-taken-150000540.html

 

Pioneer DJ PLX-500-K Direct Drive DJ Turntable

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01K1WUS9O/ref=as_li_ss_tl?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-3&pf_rd_r=K668BZ9QQFB9NAB49PMG&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=41052553-585a-432f-a58f-ec0b40cda735&pf_rd_i=8099670011&linkCode=ll1&tag=cnet-dealsfd-20&linkId=51d6fdd5dfeadb04c72f2552262fe0d4

 

The Kinja Deals Gift Guide: 100 Genuinely Useful Stocking Stuffers For Under $20

https://gear.lifehacker.com/kinja-deals-gift-guide-100-genuinely-useful-stocking-s-1820847496

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