Apple iPhone X First Impressions
Magnesium batteries could be safer and
more efficient than lithium
Why Do Executives Hide Data Breaches?
How to Make the $50 Amazon Fire Tablet
More Like Stock Android (Without Rooting)
Apple Pay Cash
How to Fix: Change Firefox Quantum
Black Tabs to Gray
HP's second laptop keylogger in less
than a year
Over 400 Popular Sites Record Your
Every Keystroke and Mouse Movement
How to Log Into Windows Without a
Researchers: Microsoft Office flaw
exploited by suspected Iranian APT group
Will Microsoft use a Snapdragon
processor in a Surface? #AskDanWindows Episode 34
Anti-Skimmer Detector for Skimmer
Scary scam hitting PayPal users
How to fix the Mac's botched software
File sharing stop working for you after
installing Apple's latest security update? Here's what you need to
Here's Your 2019 Social Security
How to Easily Create a Custom Map and
Share with Others
Are Cheap Android Phones Worth It?
Microsoft Explains How Windows on
We also asked Microsoft if the new
Qualcomm laptops meant Windows Phones were coming back, and, well,
it didn't say no.
How to Fix: Can't Delete Restore Points
(C Drive Full)
Oops! This Android keyboard app
accidentally leaked 31 million users’ personal details
Cyber Security Expert: iPhone X facial
recognition is vulnerable
"Is it 100 percent safe? It never is."
How to Transfer Photos From Your
Samsung Phone to Your PC
Henry Ford Health System data breach
compromised data of nearly 20,000 patients
When Microsoft's AI-driven camera and
mixed reality missions meet...
Hacked Password Service Leakbase Goes
New password manager great for
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.
Chrome on Windows will block
third-party apps that cause crashes
What Is Project Treble? Massive Change
to Android Explained
Which Roku Should I Buy? Express vs.
Stick vs. Stick+ vs. Ultra
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
Banks at Risk From Rising Cyberattack
Sophistication, SWIFT Says
Hackers Linked to Russians Target Banks
From Moscow to Utah
Telenor Norway warns of hacking and
phishing ahead of Black Friday
8 Google Drive Settings You Should
Change Right Now
DDoS Attack Attempts Doubled in 6
Organizations face an average of eight
attempts a day, up from an average of four per day at the
beginning of this year.
RememBear Is a Good Password Manager
How to Rebuild the Icon Cache in
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.
DxO's snap-on Android camera is now
available to pre-order
3 Interesting Uses for Multiple Mouse
and Keyboards on Your PC
How to Install the Google Play Store on
the Amazon Fire Tablet or Fire HD 8
Qualcomm Is Prepared for Life After
The head of Qualcomm's chip division
has a sunny perspective on life without 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.
Hackers' delight: Mobile bank app
security flaw could have smacked millions
Certificate pinning unpicked
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.
The Best Windows XP Software That Still
Russian Fancy Bear hackers' UK link
You Can Now Block Distracting macOS
Apps With the Freedom App
Turn On or Off Windows Defender
Real-time Protection in Windows 10
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.
Comcast is also interested in buying
most of Fox's assets
Beat Your ISP's Modem Rental Fees By
Buying Your Own
Comments by -- Bob Primak --
How a hack
almost sprung a prisoner out of jail
"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
$9,000 mark for first time (as of this post, $19,500)
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.
promises better privacy and security
like it would complement a good paid VPN service nicely.
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
using Chrome Beta in my Ubuntu Linux, I was able to enable this
feature. I'll post if anything unusual happens as a result.
Robbed of More Than 4,000 Bitcoins Worth $70 Million
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
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
Interior Minister Wants Backdoors In Cars, Digital Devices
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?
Out New Chrome Security Feature to Combat Microsoft
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
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
you will still need to encrypt all your email messages if you want
to be truly anonymous.
Attorney General Releases Fake FCC Comment-Finding Tool
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.
How to Tether
Your Android Phone and Share Its Internet Connection with Other
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.
nothing's on TV this site will save you!
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.)
10 Fall Creators Update for Internet of Things Devices
window (pardon the pun) into Microsoft's plans to deal with IoT
phone gets snatched: A survival guide
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
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.
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.
Android Tweaks to Enhance Your Device
If you aren't
yet on Android Oreo (8) you may not have the Gestures option.
Snipping Tool Shortcuts for Screenshots in Windows
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.
Windows to Linux and Get Up and Running in Minutes
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
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.
prescription for healing the healthcare industry
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.
Quantum Isn’t Just “Copying” Chrome: It’s Much More Powerful
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
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
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
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
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
From My Own
Neutrality isn't the only thing the current FCC is screwing up
"Lifeline" program which allows Internet and phone access to
low-income people and rural communities is under attack.
widened ban on templated apps is wiping small businesses from the
app requires users to wait three days for pictures to ‘develop’
How to speed
up Windows in a few easy steps
smartphones like these, why do we need laptops?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
later, enterprises still wrestle with Windows 7's cumulative
aren't the only ones struggling with how Microsoft updates Windows