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  Day of week Date News & Tips Number    
Sat 1/13/2018 1141
Fri 1/12/2018 1140
Thur 1/11/2018 1139
Wed 1/10/2018 1138
Tue 1/9/2018 1137
Mon 1/8/2018 1136
Sun 1/7/2018 1135

Sat 1141  1/13/2018

Buckeye Pi: The Most Powerful Student-Built Supercomputer Made From Raspberry Pis

https://www.rdmag.com/news/2018/01/buckeye-pi-most-powerful-student-built-supercomputer-made-raspberry-pis

 

HANDHELD RASPBERRY PI INFRA RED CAMERA

http://garysshed.co.uk/wp/?p=813

 

Beware of this tricky Costco scam

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/437258/beware-of-this-tricky-costco-scam

 

Cherry’s new low-profile switches may help bring mechanical keyboards to more laptops

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/12/cherrys-new-low-profile-switches-may-help-bring-mechanical-keyboards-to-more-laptops/

 

What happens when an iPhone X is dropped

https://www.yahoo.com/gma/happens-iphone-x-dropped-131305069--abc-news-topstories.html

 

The TVs that mattered at CES

Smarter, sharper and bigger than ever.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/13/the-tvs-that-mattered-at-ces/

 

Microsoft's Cortana loses song ID ability in Windows as Groove ends too

https://www.windowscentral.com/cortana-loses-song-id-ability-windows10

 

P2P WiFi Plan Challenges ISP Dominance

https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/P2P-WiFi-Plan-Challenges-ISP-Dominance-85014.html

 

20 Awesome Uses for a Raspberry Pi

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/different-uses-raspberry-pi/

 

Samsung to Announce Galaxy S9 at Mobile World Congress in February

https://www.extremetech.com/mobile/261811-samsung-announce-galaxy-s9-mobile-world-congress-february

 

Automatic autofill of your username and password? Not a good idea

TRACKERS FOUND SILENTLY GRABBING YOUR INFORMATION AS YOU SURF THE WEB.

https://www.grahamcluley.com/browser-autofill-username/

 

NoBot will detect BOTs, RATs, Keyloggers, Miners and other Malware

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/nobot-will-detect-bots-rats-keyloggers-miners-malware

 

SimpliSafe Revamps Home Security System, Adds Alexa Support

The newly redesigned system is available now, while Alexa support and additional hardware including a video doorbell, smart lock, and outdoor camera are on tap for later this year.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/358373/simplisafe-revamps-home-security-system-adds-alexa-support

 

HP Unveils Always-Connected Envy x2 to Fight Surface Pro

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/hp-envy-x2-intel-specs-price

 

Site lets you check if your water has cancer causing contamination

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/437428/site-lets-you-check-if-your-water-has-cancer-causing-contamination

 

Irish startup SoapBox Labs is building speech recognition tech for kids

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/13/soapbox-labs/

 

The Samsung Galaxy S9 retail box may have just leaked — and it seems to reveal the phone's key features

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/samsung-galaxy-s9-retail-box-162220135.html

 

Tech wants to solve our tech-related sleep problems

Expect to see more of it in 2018.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/12/sleep-tech-ces-2018/

 

Apple wants to unify iPad, iPhone, and Mac apps – but will it work?

https://www.windowscentral.com/apple-unifying-app-system-will-it-work

 

New Open Source Tools Test for VPN Leaks

https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/New-Open-Source-Tools-Test-for-VPN-Leaks-85005.html

 

The Power User Guide to Gmail

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/beyond-the-inbox-the-power-user-guide-to-gmail/

 

Samsung’s most exciting phone in years is ‘almost finished’ but nowhere near ready to launch

https://bgr.com/2018/01/12/galaxy-x-release-date-far-ces-demo/

 

The worst passwords of the year revealed

https://www.welivesecurity.com/2017/12/27/worst-passwords-year-revealed/#new_tab

 

Best Chrome Flags tweaks for better user experience

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/best-chrome-flags-tweaks

 

Dell Eyes a Future That's More Than Just New PC Hardware

Dell's wide-ranging CES press conference focused less on systems than you might expect, demonstrating the scope of the company's strategy.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/358444/dell-eyes-a-future-thats-more-than-just-new-pc-hardware

 

AMD Launches Ryzen Pro Mobile, Ryzen 3 APUs: What You Need to Know

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/amd-ryzen-3-ryzen-pro-mobile-faq

 

Windows chip flaw patch is crashing some PCs, making them unbootable

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/437268/windows-chip-flaw-patch-is-crashing-some-pcs-making-them-unbootable

 

Russian hackers are targeting U.S. Senate email accounts

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/12/russian-hackers-senate-pawn-storm-fancy-bear/

 

Chicago Police Officers Might Get 'Textalyzers'

https://www.yahoo.com/news/chicago-police-officers-might-textalyzers-170501188.html

 

The PC market recently grew for the first time in six years

It showed year-over-year growth during 2017's holiday season.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/12/pc-market-grew-in-q4-2017/

 

How to set up automatic Outlook out-of-office replies

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-set-automatic-out-office-replies-outlook

 

Paul Thurrott’s Short Takes: January 12

https://www.petri.com/paul-thurrotts-short-takes-january-12?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_T1BK-3bheCbhPULsTs7hUUVtcSWJnNIa1ha7T9Zc7Ph3PS9GR_-XNzS1qtceb-mQNXymwtGWcoBxm0Kmebi1Op6BgHA&_hsmi=59949872

 

10 Popular Storage-Hogging Android Apps and Their Alternatives

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/popular-storage-android-apps-alternatives/

 

Apple Loop: Three New iPhones Revealed, Serious Problems In iOS Update, More iPhone Battery Problems

https://www.forbes.com/sites/ewanspence/2018/01/12/apple-news-iphonex-battery-applestore-problems-leak-rumor/?partner=yahootix&yptr=yahoo#4d527d9b4191

 

9 Products To Help Make Your Dumb Car Smart

https://www.reviewgeek.com/1277/9-products-to-help-make-your-dumb-car-smart/

 

Fix Microsoft Edge graphics glitch on Windows 10

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/fix-microsoft-edge-graphics-glitch-on-windows-10

 

10 Ways to Boost Your Wi-Fi Signal

Check out these quick tips to get the strongest signal from your wireless router, extend and optimize your Wi-Fi coverage, and speed up your surfing.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2372811,00.asp

 

Intel 8th Gen Core with Radeon: What to Know About 'Kaby Lake G'

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/intel-8th-gen-core-radeon-faq

 

Dangerous Netflix phishing scam strikes again. Can you spot the problem with this fake email?

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/437342/dangerous-netflix-phishing-scam-strikes-again-can-you-spot-the-problem-with-this-fake-email

 

Intel is having reboot issues with its Spectre-Meltdown patches

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/12/intel-is-having-reboot-issues-with-its-spectre-meltdown-patches/

 

The 1 Alexa Feature That Could Save Your Life

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/1-alexa-feature-could-save-045504667.html

 

Google Duo allows you to call people who don’t have the app

But only fellow Android users, and not even all of them.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/12/google-duo-call-android-users-without-app/

 

Our predictions for Microsoft in 2018

https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-2018-predictions

 

Latest Windows 10 Redstone 4 Update Packs Essential Edge Updates, Upgraded Quiet Hours

https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/150067/latest-windows-10-redstone-4-update-packs-essential-edge-updates-upgraded-quick-hours?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_T1BK-3bheCbhPULsTs7hUUVtcSWJnNIa1ha7T9Zc7Ph3PS9GR_-XNzS1qtceb-mQNXymwtGWcoBxm0Kmebi1Op6BgHA&_hsmi=59949872

 

The 10 Best New Windows 10 Features

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/best-new-windows-10-features/

 

How to find a lost phone, whether it’s Android, iPhone, or any other kind

https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how-to-find-a-lost-cell-phone/

 

Your Smart Suitcase Just Became a Dumb Purchase

https://www.reviewgeek.com/1031/your-smart-suitcase-just-became-a-dumb-purchase/

 

Best 8 Compute Stick PCs that you can buy

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/best-compute-stick-pcs

 

Project Linda Uses the Razer Phone to Power a Laptop

We got hands-on time with new computer speakers, a refreshed Mamba mouse, and a prototype accessory for the Razer Phone.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/358411/project-linda-uses-the-razer-phone-to-power-a-laptop

 

Acer Swift 7: Hands-On with the World's Thinnest Laptop

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/acer-swift-7-hands-on

 

10 craziest things unveiled at CES 2018

https://www.komando.com/tips/436987/10-craziest-things-unveiled-at-ces-2018

 

CyberGhost Review: An Easy To Use VPN That’s Worth Your Time

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/cyberghost-vpn-review/

 

ZERO WH: PRE-SOLDERED HEADERS AND WHAT TO DO WITH THEM

https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/zero-wh/

 

Try before you buy: New App Store section highlights apps that offer free trials

Apple's promoting apps that let you try before you buy

https://www.techspot.com/news/72741-try-before-you-buy-new-app-store-section.html

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Comments by -- Bob Primak --

Re. FYI#1138 (Wed 1/10/2018):

Starry Internet and Marvell want to bust open the ISP industry

Starry isn't new to the alt-ISP business. But if they actually follow through and expand into enough cities, they may succeed where Google and AT&T have failed. Fixed gigahertz wireless Internet has not proven to be the pot of gold many early adopters thought it might be. 

 

How to Install Android Apps on Your Chromebook

When I get the cash together, I'll go one better and run Linux, ChromeOS and Android apps on one Chromebook. I already know which model I have eyes on -- ASUS Flip C302 with the Intel Core-m3 processor and 128 GB onboard storage.

 

Free software & Online tools to convert PDF to PPT (PowerPoint)

I did not know that Nitro had a free tool to do this.

 

Western Digital’s My Cloud Storage Devices Have Hard-Coded Backdoor

This is not the first time WD My Cloud has been accused of being insecure. Reports of security issues date back nearly to the product's debut.

 

Is Your Antivirus Blocking Microsoft's Chip Patch?

Within a month or so, all AV products should be setting the Registry correctly. Whether this means they are actually not going to cause Blue Screens remains to be seen. You can't get any Windows 10 updates if the CU contains any security elements which your AV is not ready to allow.

 

With Linux, You Don't Get One Kernel of Truth... You Get Many

It is possible to update the kernel version in Ubuntu. I am running Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with the 4.13 kernel, updated for Meltdown mitigation, and I have no issues with my Intel Skylake firmware, also updated for both the IME issue and the Meltdown issue.

 

Re. FYI#1139  (Thurs 1/11/2018):

Chime in: What's the best Windows tablet for a non-techie?

The ASUS Transformer Book series was the best I ever found. Reliable and easy to use and update. The successors to these little 2-in-1's have also been good, and none is over $450.00 when they are first released. The current models are powerful enough that they could run Linux as well as Windows, if there were full driver support in Linux for them.

 

Re. FYI#1140  (Fri 1/12/2018):

What Is a Chromebook, and How Is It Different than a Laptop?

Especially with Xubuntu (XFCE GUI desktop, which saves on resources and disk space) Intel based Chromebooks can be great for travel and light computing needs. Because they fire up so fast, they're ideal for when you want to just whip out the PC and do something quick and not too demanding. For everything else, I have my NUC, which operates as well as any full-sized desktop PC with Intel architecture. (There are some problems with hardware flaws, driver issues and the newly discovered security bugs.) Chromebooks and smartphones all can use Chromecast to display content on bigger monitors and HDTVs, without needing separate dongles for each OS. (Android, Linux and ChromeOS all can do Chromecast or Casting through the Chrome Browser. Apple iOS also can use Chromecast, but it's a bit more complicated.) Contrary to popular belief, Chromebooks can use external storage (NTFS formatting preferred) and can expand internal capacity with SD Cards fairly easily (exFAT preferred).

 

Lenovo Miix 630 is a Fetching Snapdragon 2-in-1

Yeah, fetching a big price for what it can do.

 

HP Is Recalling Some Laptop Models Due to Slight Battery Melting

"Slight" battery melting, as in "slight" performance hit from Meltdown/Spectre patching. The definition of "slight" may vary depending on what you do with the device. (It only caught fire a little bit! The fire department put it out quickly. Really!)

 

An easier way to transfer photos from your phone to PC

I use Google Drive as an intermediary. Works well and doesn't require fiddling or tweaking.

 

New Open Source Mobile OS Puts Privacy Front and Center

The question is, how much of Google Play, Android Apps and Apple Store apps can this OS run? I thought so, not much. This is why other Open Source mobile OSes have failed -- lack of interoperability with existing devices and apps. These are some of the considerations which will keep me with an Android phone, ChromeOS and Xubuntu Linux for mobile uses, and Ubuntu (GNOME or MATE) desktop with Windows 10 Pro hanging on in the backgound for everyday at-home needs. I wish I didn't need Windows for anything anymore, but this may not be completely so.

 

Until your anti-virus adds this Registry key, you aren't getting any more Windows security updates

Most brands already do the patch and set the Registry key. Some Enterprise endpoint solutions leave the Registry key for sysadmins to set manually.

 

How to disable Driver Signature enforcement on Windows 10

I would be very reluctant to do this. Only a few legacy drivers still need this setting.

 

Chime in: What's your biggest Windows 10 pet peeve?

My breaking point was the November 2017 forced feature upgrades, which ignored both system settings and wushowhide.

 

Free way to track GPS, phone calls, text messages and web activity on a phone

I'm not a fan of spyware, even on kids' devices. If there's already so little trust that the kids are trying to work around parental controls, these apps will do no good whatsoever. If the trust is there, parents don't need to resort to sneaky tactics.

 

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update now available for all devices

No, now is not the right time to get the Fall Creators Update. Wait until it's safe for business. That will be in another three months or so. Bugs are still causing Blue Screens and bricking devices with this update installed.

 

SoftMaker for Linux Is a Solid Microsoft Office Alternative

I am not a fan of running proprietary software on Open Source devices. If you are running Linux, it is against the Linux philosophy to used closed-source products with a Linux device. However, for those who need better MS Office compatibility than even WPS Office (also closed-source) can offer, this might be cheaper and more Linux-friendly than trying to use MS Office, Office 365 or Offic apps with Crossover Office or WINE.

 

Apple fixes the Meltdown and Spectre flaws in Macs, iPhones, and iPads

WHITHER ANDROID? YOU MAY WELL ASK…

Once again, Adnroid devices fall victim to fragmentation. Some models will get updates which may cover Meltdown and Spectre, some will not. I am still waiting to hear the fate of my Moto G4.

 

How to Repair Corrupted Files in Windows

This is one more reason you should be making frequent backups and using file versioning.

 

Best Tablets Under $200

More than 2/3 of these tablets are Amazon Fire models. The rest don't have very good reputations. Going cheap has its limitations.

 

How to check the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is installed on your PC

If you don't already know, you are trusting Automatic Updates way too much!

 

Floomby lets you capture screen and uploads to share directly

Why do I need this? What can it do which the Snipping Tool doesn't already do? So maybe there's one extra step in uploading. Why do we need a new app to do this?

 

12 days of tech tips: Use Windows 10's Night light to reduce eye strain and improve sleep

I use this feature on all my Windows devices. Linux, especially Ubuntu 17.10 and upward, will be using a similar feature. I added such a feature to Ubuntu 16.04 with RedShift. 

 

[Nightly Update] Firefox 59.0 Comes with New “Tab Warming” Feature

I am not a fan or predictive preloading of anything. This is where the Meltdown and Spectre security flaws came from. I'd rather have a slower PC or web browser than one which squanders resources preloading things I ultimately don't access. And introduces security holes you can drive a truck through.

 

Are Linux GUI Software Centers Any Good? Let’s Find Out!

GNOME, Synaptic and MATE are good ones. And yes you can install software directly from any and all of these through their GUIs. I've done it with GNOME. Of course, you do have to download a package before you can install it, but that's really not the point here. 

 

From My Own Reading:

Intel details performance hit for Meltdown fix on affected processors

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/11/intel-details-performance-hit-for-meltdown-fix-on-affected-processors/

 

Meltdown, Spectre: AMD admits its chips exposed to both variants of CPU security flaw

http://www.hindustantimes.com/tech/meltdown-spectre-amd-admits-its-chips-exposed-to-both-variants-of-cpu-security-flaw/story-6IhHKtlsKrPTUxe5LgegdI.html

 

Samsung phones will have functioning FM chips from now on

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/11/samsung-activate-fm-chips-smartphones-nextradio/

 

Everyone is making the same big mistake about electric cars

http://www.businessinsider.com/electric-vehicle-cost-mistake-2018-1?r=UK&IR=T

 

Apple iOS 11.2.2 Release Has A Nasty Surprise

https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2018/01/10/apple-ios-11-2-2-battery-life-iphone-performance-slowdown-throttle/#ad29e993c84e

No clear answers on why some iPhone 7's are impacted while others aren't so much.

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Fri 1140  1/12/2018

What Is a Chromebook, and How Is It Different than a Laptop?

https://www.maketecheasier.com/what-is-chromebook/

 

Lenovo Miix 630 is a Fetching Snapdragon 2-in-1

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/lenovo-miix-630-price-specs-release-date

 

The Best of CES 2018

Of the thousands of new products on display at CES, these lucky 21 are the standouts that will help define the next year in technology.

https://www.pcmag.com/article/358452/the-best-of-ces-2018

 

An easier way to transfer photos from your phone to PC

https://www.komando.com/tips/431411/an-easier-way-to-transfer-photos-from-your-phone-to-pc

 

HP Is Recalling Some Laptop Models Due to Slight Battery Melting

https://www.reviewgeek.com/1452/hp-is-recalling-some-laptop-models-due-to-slight-battery-melting/

 

Windows 10 build 17074 releases with new features

A new test version of Windows 10 (Redstone 4) releases unveiling new features, tweaks, and improvements coming later year.

https://pureinfotech.com/windows-10-build-17074/

 

New Open Source Mobile OS Puts Privacy Front and Center

https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/New-Open-Source-Mobile-OS-Puts-Privacy-Front-and-Center-85045.html

 

CES 2018 in Photos: What We Remember Most

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/261938-ces-2018-photos

 

Until your anti-virus adds this Registry key, you aren't getting any more Windows security updates

https://www.grahamcluley.com/anti-virus-registry-key-windows-security-updates/

 

Is Vivaldi the Best Browser for Your Raspberry Pi?

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/vivaldi-best-browser-raspberry-pi/

 

How to disable Driver Signature enforcement on Windows 10

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/disable-driver-signature-enforcement-windows

 

Chime in: What's your biggest Windows 10 pet peeve?

https://www.windowscentral.com/chime-what-pet-peeves-do-you-have-windows-10

 

Microsoft Finally Brings Encrypted Conversations to Skype

https://www.thurrott.com/cloud/microsoft-consumer-services/skype/150024/microsoft-finally-brings-encrypted-conversations-skype?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8dZHoX3mIi_AH0oXbBjabA92IvggNiiqqRH44oytyrxKhoCsL3WY4nCMDJQwuPkftrwTYrNaFvBJ05YC6OiZKFCgNNLA&_hsmi=59927532

 

Apple Promises More Parental Controls to Dampen Investors’ Concerns

https://www.maketecheasier.com/apple-promises-parental-controls/

 

Meltdown and Spectre: How to Protect Your PC, Mac and Phone

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/meltdown-spectre-fixes

 

Google's Smart Displays Compared: Which Is Best?

We take a look at three of the four Google Smart Displays announced at CES and make an early call.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/358473/googles-smart-displays-compared-which-is-best

 

Free way to track GPS, phone calls, text messages and web activity on a phone

https://www.komando.com/tips/294714/free-way-to-track-gps-phone-calls-text-messages-and-web-activity-on-a-phone

 

Kohler’s Smart Mirror Lets You Ask Alexa to Flush Your Toilet, If You Want That

https://www.reviewgeek.com/1449/kohlers-smart-mirror-lets-you-ask-alexa-to-flush-your-toilet-if-you-want-that/

 

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update now available for all devices

Microsoft makes Windows 10 Fall Creators Update broadly available, which means it's now the right time to get it.

https://pureinfotech.com/windows-10-fall-creators-update-available-all-devices/

 

SoftMaker for Linux Is a Solid Microsoft Office Alternative

https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/SoftMaker-for-Linux-Is-a-Solid-Microsoft-Office-Alternative-85018.html

 

AMD Releases Updated Risk Guidance on Meltdown, Spectre

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/261920-amd-releases-updated-risk-guidance-meltdown-spectre-clarifies-vulnerability

 

Apple fixes the Meltdown and Spectre flaws in Macs, iPhones, and iPads

WHITHER ANDROID? YOU MAY WELL ASK…

https://www.grahamcluley.com/apple-fixes-meltdown-spectre-flaws-macs-iphones-ipads/

 

How to Back Up Your (Outlook) Email With Windows 10 File History

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/backup-outlook-email-windows-10-file-history/

 

Deleted Printer keeps reappearing in Windows 10/8/7

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/deleted-printer-keeps-reappearing-windows

 

15 tips to increase performance on Windows 10

https://www.windowscentral.com/15-tips-increase-performance-windows-10

 

Windows 10’s Paint 3D App is About to Get a Whole Lot More Useful

https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/150012/windows-10s-paint-3d-app-get-whole-lot-useful?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8dZHoX3mIi_AH0oXbBjabA92IvggNiiqqRH44oytyrxKhoCsL3WY4nCMDJQwuPkftrwTYrNaFvBJ05YC6OiZKFCgNNLA&_hsmi=59927532

 

How to Repair Corrupted Files in Windows

https://www.maketecheasier.com/repair-corrupted-files-windows/

 

Best Tablets Under $200

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/best-cheap-tablets

 

At CES, Netflix Shows Off...Lab-Grown Bodies?

The Psychasec booth on the CES show floor is an elaborate marketing stunt for Netflix's new show, Altered Carbon, and some people are falling for it.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/358465/at-ces-netflix-shows-off-lab-grown-bodies

 

Best Android hidden tips and tricks

https://www.komando.com/tips/372995/the-best-android-shortcuts-you-should-be-using

 

Most Americans Are Still Afraid of Self-Driving Cars

https://www.reviewgeek.com/1438/most-americans-are-still-afraid-of-self-driving-cars/

 

How to check the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is installed on your PC

Windows 10's Fall Creators Update the next major release, but is it already installed on your PC? Here's how to tell.

https://pureinfotech.com/check-windows-10-fall-creators-update-installed/

 

Intel and IBM Demo Quantum Computer at CES 2018

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10264/intel-and-ibm-demo-quantum-computer-ces-2018

 

New macOS Security Bug Unlocks App Store With Any Password

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/261843-new-macos-security-bug-unlocks-app-store-password

 

Netgear's Orbi Outdoor Satellite extends your Orbi home network to the yard

The Orbi Outdoor Satellite extends the range of your home (or business) network by another 2,500 square feet for better Netflix streaming by the trampoline.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3246026/ces/netgear-orbi-outdoor-satellite.html

 

What Not to Do to Get Hacked on Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-not-to-get-hacked-social-media/

 

Floomby lets you capture screen and uploads to share directly

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/floomby-screen-capture-windows

 

12 days of tech tips: Use Windows 10's Night light to reduce eye strain and improve sleep

If you're running Windows 10, you should be using Night light to lower the blue light on the screen to improve sleep quality and reduce eye strain. Here's why (and how).

https://www.windowscentral.com/12-days-tech-tips-use-windows-10s-night-light-improve-sleep-quality-and-reduce-eye-strain

 

Samsung Set to Unveil Galaxy S9 Next Month, Foldable Phone in 2019

https://www.thurrott.com/hardware/149987/samsung-set-unveil-galaxy-s9-next-month-foldable-phone-2019?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8dZHoX3mIi_AH0oXbBjabA92IvggNiiqqRH44oytyrxKhoCsL3WY4nCMDJQwuPkftrwTYrNaFvBJ05YC6OiZKFCgNNLA&_hsmi=59927532

 

Don’t Throw It Away. 7 Ways To Make Good Use of Your Old Game Console

https://www.maketecheasier.com/good-uses-for-old-game-console/

 

Alexa Coming to PCs, Starting with Acer, Asus Laptops

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/alexa-acer-asus-laptops

 

Kodak Says 'Hold My Beer' With Odd Cryptocurrency Bid

Eastman Kodak announces at CES that it's getting into cryptocurrency, but isn't Kodak always weird at CES?

https://www.pcmag.com/news/358457/kodak-says-hold-my-beer-with-odd-cryptocurrency-bid

 

Secret Google tricks you never knew

https://videos.komando.com/watch/34819544/secret-google-tricks-you-never-knew

 

Apple Will Replace Your Old Battery, Whether It’s Failing Or Not

https://www.reviewgeek.com/1378/apple-will-replace-your-old-battery-whether-its-failing-or-not/

 

[Nightly Update] Firefox 59.0 Comes with New “Tab Warming” Feature

https://www.askvg.com/mozilla-firefox-nightly-updates/

 

Google is shutting down Chrome’s parental control features, replacement to launch later this year

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/11/google-is-shutting-down-chromes-parental-control-features-replacement-to-launch-later-this-year/

 

SanDisk Shows Off 1TB Flash Drive Prototype

https://www.extremetech.com/electronics/261785-sandisk-shows-off-1tb-flash-drive-prototype

 

Staples is selling a 28-inch 4K monitor for $270

The Dell S2817Q comes loaded with a 2ms response time, 60Hz refresh rate, and a whole mess of ports.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3246190/computers/staples-is-selling-a-28-inch-4k-monitor-for-270.html

 

3 Reasons Your Wireless Dongle Performance Sucks

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/reasons-wireless-dongle-performance-sucks/

 

RememBear Password Manager Review: Simple, Easy and Efficient!

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/remembear-password-manager-review

 

Meltdown and Spectre exploits impact Intel, ARM, and AMD processors

https://www.windowscentral.com/all-modern-processors-impacted-new-meltdown-and-spectre-exploits

 

Facebook’s ‘Portal’ Smart Display Reportedly Launching This May for $499

https://www.thurrott.com/hardware/149926/facebooks-portal-smart-display-reportedly-launching-may-499?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8dZHoX3mIi_AH0oXbBjabA92IvggNiiqqRH44oytyrxKhoCsL3WY4nCMDJQwuPkftrwTYrNaFvBJ05YC6OiZKFCgNNLA&_hsmi=59927532

 

Are Linux GUI Software Centers Any Good? Let’s Find Out!

https://www.maketecheasier.com/are-linux-gui-software-centers-any-good/

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Re. FYI#1138 (Wed 1/10/2018):

Starry Internet and Marvell want to bust open the ISP industry

Starry isn't new to the alt-ISP business. But if they actually follow through and expand into enough cities, they may succeed where Google and AT&T have failed. Fixed gigahertz wireless Internet has not proven to be the pot of gold many early adopters thought it might be.

 

How to Install Android Apps on Your Chromebook

When I get the cash together, I'll go one better and run Linux, ChromeOS and Android aps on one Chromebook. I already know which model I have eyes on -- ASUS Flip C302 with the Intel Core-m3 processor and 128 GB onboard storage.

 

Free software & Online tools to convert PDF to PPT (PowerPoint)

I did not know that Nitro had a free tool to do this.

 

Western Digital’s My Cloud Storage Devices Have Hard-Coded Backdoor

This is not the firs time WD My Cloud has been accused of being insecure. Reports of security issues date back nearly to the product's debut.

 

Is Your Antivirus Blocking Microsoft's Chip Patch?

Within a month or so, all AV products should be setting the Registry correctly. Whether this means they are actually not going to cause Blue Screens remains to be seen. You can't get any Windows 10 updates if the CU contains any security elements which your AV is not ready to allow.

 

With Linux, You Don't Get One Kernel of Truth... You Get Many

It is posible to update the kernel version in Ubuntu. I am running Ubuntu 16.04LTS with the 4.13 kernel, updated for Meltdown mitigation, and I have no issues with my Intel Skylake firmware, also updated for both the IME issue and the Meltdown issue.

 

Re. FYI#1139  (Thurs 1/11/2018):

Chime in: What's the best Windows tablet for a non-techie?

The ASUS Transformer Book series was the best I ever found. Reliable and easy to use and update. The successors to these little 2-in-1's have also been good, and none is over $450.00 when they are first released. The current models are powerful enough that they could run Linux as well as Windows, if there were full driver support in Linux for them.

 

From My Own Reading:

Intel details performance hit for Meltdown fix on affected processors

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/11/intel-details-performance-hit-for-meltdown-fix-on-affected-processors/

 

Meltdown, Spectre: AMD admits its chips exposed to both variants of CPU security flaw

http://www.hindustantimes.com/tech/meltdown-spectre-amd-admits-its-chips-exposed-to-both-variants-of-cpu-security-flaw/story-6IhHKtlsKrPTUxe5LgegdI.html

 

Samsung phones will have functioning FM chips from now on

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/11/samsung-activate-fm-chips-smartphones-nextradio/

 

Everyone is making the same big mistake about electric cars

http://www.businessinsider.com/electric-vehicle-cost-mistake-2018-1?r=UK&IR=T

 

Apple iOS 11.2.2 Release Has A Nasty Surprise

https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2018/01/10/apple-ios-11-2-2-battery-life-iphone-performance-slowdown-throttle/#ad29e993c84e

No clear answers on why some iPhone 7's are impacted while others aren't so much.

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Smartphone Tracking

Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:27 pm (PST)

Don't look now but someone is watching you...it's your smartphone.

All the Ways Your Smartphone and Its Apps Can Track You

http://bit.ly/2Daw2Fm

 

Hidden iPhone Settings

Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:39 pm (PST

24 hidden iPhone settings you should know about

http://bit.ly/2D69XYp

 

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The 5 Motives of Ransomware

http://www.infosecisland.com/blogview/25021-The-5-Motives-of-Ransomware.html

 

Apple iOS 11.2.2 Release Has A Nasty Surprise (Apples fix for Spectre and Meltdown)

https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2018/01/10/apple-ios-11-2-2-battery-life-iphone-performance-slowdown-throttle/#3dc4e8a73c84

 

Chime in: What's the best Windows tablet for a non-techie?

https://www.windowscentral.com/chime-whats-best-windows-tablet-non-techie

 

Best 2-in-1s 2018 (Laptop/Tablet Hybrids)

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/best-2-in-1-laptops

 

Does Your Computer Have a Virus? 10 Signs It Might!

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/computer-virus-signs/

 

10 craziest things unveiled at CES 2018

https://www.komando.com/tips/436987/10-craziest-things-unveiled-at-ces-2018

 

Ouch! Microsoft's Meltdown and Spectre security update bricks some AMD-powered PCs

REDMOND PAUSES ROLL-OUT OF SECURITY FIXES FOR PCS WITH AMD CHIPS.

https://www.grahamcluley.com/ouch-microsofts-spectre-security-update-bricks-amd-powered-pcs/

 

Acer introduces the Swift 7 — Then thinnest laptop in the world

The Swift 7 laptop from Acer is once again the thinnest laptop in the world and it's not cheap.

https://pureinfotech.com/acer-swift-7-2018-thinnest-laptop/

 

Microsoft Word subDoc Feature Abused to Steal Windows Credentials

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/microsoft-word-subdoc-feature-abused-to-steal-windows-credentials/

 

Amazon's Alexa Coming to Windows PCs

Amazon's voice assistant is coming to PCs during Q1, starting with machines from Acer.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/358386/amazons-alexa-coming-to-windows-pcs

 

How the Spectre and Meltdown CPU flaws affect phones and tablets

Don't panic. Patch!

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3245790/mobile/spectre-cpu-faq-phones-tablets-ios-android.html

 

How to Check If Your Windows System Is Protected from Meltdown and Spectre

https://www.maketecheasier.com/check-windows-protected-from-meltdown-spectre/

 

60 Cybersecurity Predictions For 2018

https://www.forbes.com/sites/gilpress/2017/11/26/60-cybersecurity-predictions-for-2018/#6abb379c73ff

 

Google unleashes 'smart displays' loaded with Google Assistant (take that, Echo Show)

Just announced at CES: Google Assistant smart displays from Lenovo, JBL, LG, and Sony, plus more Assistant-driven smart speakers, and Android Auto support.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3246241/ces/google-assistant-smart-displays.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2018-01-11

 

File Explorer will not open in Windows 10

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/file-explorer-will-not-open-windows-10

 

Best Laptop Bags of 2018

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

 

Dell Mobile Connect Bridges the Gap Between Laptops and Smartphones

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/dell-mobile-connect

 

How to Troubleshoot COM Surrogate Issues in Windows 10

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/com-surrogate-windows-10/

 

SimpliSafe protects your whole house in under an hour

https://www.komando.com/tips/436729/sponsor-simplisafe-protects-your-whole-house-in-under-an-hour

 

Locked out? Don't worry, here's the hardcoded password for your WD My Cloud NAS device

https://www.grahamcluley.com/locked-dont-worry-heres-hardcoded-password-wd-cloud-nas-device/

 

Dell unveils new XPS 15 2-in-1 and XPS 13 laptop

Dell updates its XPS 13 line with new colors and introduces an XPS 15 with a 2-in-1 form factors using the new Intel and AMD processor.

https://pureinfotech.com/dell-xps-15-2in1-xps-13-laptop/

 

Scam Of The Week: Fake Meltdown And Spectre Patch Phishing Emails

https://blog.knowbe4.com/scam-of-the-week-fake-meltdown-and-spectre-patch-phishing-emails

 

Intel Promises Meltdown, Spectre Fix by End of January

Intel has thus far seen no evidence that any data has been compromised as a result of the vulnerabilities, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said during a CES keynote.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/358410/intel-promises-meltdown-spectre-fix-by-end-of-january

 

Intel responds to the CPU kernel bug, claiming its patches will make PCs 'immune'

Intel said the patches for the CPU vulnerability, due next week, would bring a negligible performance hit to the average user. Claiming that the patches can make PCs "immune" from the vulnerabilities is a first, though.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3245508/components-processors/intel-responds-to-the-cpu-kernel-bug.html

 

What WiFi Calling Is and How to Enable It on an Android Phone

https://www.maketecheasier.com/what-is-wi-fi-calling/

 

Make 2018 your year of taking password security more seriously

The popularity of passwords as a means of authentication is still not waning, so advice on how to opt for passwords that are hard to guess and crack is always timely.

https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2018/01/02/2018-password-security/

 

WPA3 is coming to Wi-Fi routers in 2018, with better encryption and login management

The Wi-Fi Alliance also announces improvements to WPA2, as a stopgap while the new routers roll out. (in other words, be ready to buy a new router)

https://www.techhive.com/article/3246988/wi-fi/wpa3-is-coming-to-wi-fi-routers-in-2018-with-better-encryption-and-login-management.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2018-01-11

 

Stop Windows 10 from reopening applications after restart

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/stop-windows-10-reopening-applications-restart

 

Dell announces all-new redesigned XPS 13 (9370) with 4K display, even thinner bezels

https://www.windowscentral.com/dell-announces-xps-13-9370

 

Razer Project Linda Seeks to Reinvent the Lapdock

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/razer-project-linda

 

This Google Keep Trick Will Make You a Better Reader

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/google-keep-trick-better-reader/

 

Be completely anonymous online

https://www.komando.com/downloads/2092/be-completely-anonymous-online

 

GeckoLinux: A Polished Distro Just Got Smoother

https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/GeckoLinux-A-Polished-Distro-Just-Got-Smoother-85054.html

 

Motherboard Vendors Release BIOS Updates For Spectre

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/motherboard-vendors-release-bios-updates-spectre,36316.html

 

There’s a new sex robot in town: Say hello to Solana

Abyss Creations debuts its second robotic RealDoll at CES 2018

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/10/there-s-a-new-sex-robot-in-town-say-hello-to-solana/

 

GoPro Gives Up on Drones

After another rough round of financial reports, the company gives up on the Karma drone.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/358374/gopro-gives-up-on-drones

 

WhatsApp flaw could allow anyone to sneak into your private group chat

https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/featured/whatsapp-flaw-could-allow-anyone-to-sneak-into-your-private-group-chat/#new_tab

 

How to Find a File in Linux with the Find Command

https://www.maketecheasier.com/find-a-file-in-linux/

 

MICROSOFT AS THE LARGEST SECURITY COMPANY IN THE WORLD AND ITS ENTRY INTO RANSOMWARE PREVENTION

http://techgenix.com/microsofts-ransomware-prevention/

 

Ring rolls out new Stick Up Cam models, a home alarm system, and a 24/7 monitoring service

Ringing in the new year with an expanded lineup

https://www.techhive.com/article/3245068/home-tech/ring-stick-up-cam-alarm-beams-monitoring.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2018-01-11

 

Best websites for Stress Management and Relief

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/best-websites-stress-management-relief

 

Using Xbox One online: Networking tips, fix lag, improve download speeds, and more

https://www.windowscentral.com/xbox-one-networking-guide

 

Best Surface Pro Alternatives

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/best-surface-pro-alternatives

 

How to Resize and Merge Layers in Photoshop

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/resize-merge-layers-photoshop/

 

10 Cybersecurity Trends: What to Expect in 2018

Bet on More Breaches, Bitcoin Heists and Ransomware, Plus GDPR Enforcement

https://www.cuinfosecurity.com/10-cybersecurity-trends-what-to-expect-in-2018-a-10549

 

With Linux, You Don't Get One Kernel of Truth... You Get Many

https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/With-Linux-You-Dont-Get-One-Kernel-of-Truth-You-Get-Many-85050.html

 

Nvidia Patches Drivers Against Meltdown And Spectre

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/nvidia-patches-drivers-cpu-flaws,36305.html

 

The T2 chip makes the iMac Pro the start of a Mac revolution

Sure, it's the fastest Mac ever made, but the T2 chip is what really makes it different.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3245764/macs/the-t2-chip-makes-the-imac-pro-the-start-of-a-mac-revolution.html

 

Security Researcher Finds 15-Year-Old MacOS Bug

The flaw affects all macOS versions. Fortunately, it can't be remotely exploited.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/358239/security-researcher-finds-15-year-old-macos-bug

 

School District to Spend $314K on Rebuilding Servers after Malware Attack

https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/latest-security-news/school-district-spend-314k-rebuilding-servers-malware-attack/

 

Don't get too excited about 8K TV just yet

8K screens can reproduce stunning images, but there's almost no content.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3246226/displays/dont-get-too-excited-about-8k-tv-just-yet.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2018-01-11

 

Can Employees Tell the Difference Between a Phishing Email and a Normal Email?

Did you know that the average large company loses $3.7 million every single year to phishing attacks? When an email attack reaches an employee’s…

https://www.law.com/insidecounsel/sites/insidecounsel/2018/01/04/can-employees-tell-the-difference-between-a-phishing-email-and-a-normal-email/?slreturn=20180011212344

 

How to choose and show select Folders on Start Menu in Windows 10

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/choose-which-folders-appear-on-start-menu

 

Best Online Backup Service of 2018

https://www.windowscentral.com/best-online-backup-service

 

Kohler has smart kitchen and bath products to show at CES

Kohler is getting into the smart home game in a big way in 2018 with a new Alexa-integrated mirror as well as kitchen, shower, and toilet products that recognize voice commands and gestures.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3245624/connected-home/kohler-has-smart-kitchen-and-bath-products-to-show-at-ces.html

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Starry Internet and Marvell want to bust open the ISP industry

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/08/starry-internet-and-marvell-want-to-bust-open-the-isp-industry/

 

How to Install Android Apps on Your Chromebook

https://www.maketecheasier.com/install-android-apps-chromebook/

 

Top 3 GIF maker and editor tools to create animated graphics

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/gif-maker-editor-tools

 

ASUS' Tinker Board S is a powerful platform for DIY types

It's a Raspberry Pi rival with more than enough horsepower for even your most demanding projects.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/08/tinker-board-s-is-a-powerful-platform-for-diy-types/

 

Musician's White Noise YouTube Video Gets 5 Copyright Claims

All five copyright claimants decided to monetize the video allowing them to profit from original work they didn't create.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/358313/musicians-white-noise-youtube-video-gets-5-copyright-claims

 

5 ways a thief can use your Social Security number

https://www.komando.com/tips/431335/5-ways-a-thief-can-use-your-social-security-number

 

7 things Amazon Echo can do that Google Home can't

Google Home -- equipped with Google Assistant -- may have crashed the smart-speaker party, but it still has some tricks to learn from Amazon's Alexa.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/amazon-echo-things-alexa-can-do-that-google-home-cant/#ftag=CADf328eec

 

Investors Demand Apple Tackle Phone Addiction

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10262/investors-demand-apple-tackle-phone-addiction

 

First Look: Lenovo’s Wireless Daydream Headset

https://www.thurrott.com/hardware/149967/first-look-lenovos-wireless-daydream-headset?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_RVh3RKW44Hs1_M0f_Qv7CTFpfKfKaGWaSfGyu_HdhwfvI5tsC4sqERHgnp3ktctEJvgf7aVB60G6PHsFukosShCQ6mA&_hsmi=59895582

 

FBI chief calls unbreakable encryption 'urgent public safety issue'

https://www.yahoo.com/news/fbi-director-calls-unbreakable-encryption-urgent-public-safety-151252010.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_08

 

Asus ZenBook Flip 14: Premium 2-in-1 at a Reasonable Price

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/asus-zenbook-flip-14-ux461-specs-price

 

7 Christmas Gifts for Your Security-Conscious Family and Friends

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/christmas-gifts-security-conscious/

 

Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws affect all iOS and Mac devices, but don't panic

Even non-Intel CPUs are affected by Meltdown and Spectre, but most already have mitigations in place. And more are on the way.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3245778/apple-phone/apple-meltdown-spectre-cpu-flaws-statement.html

 

12 days of tech tips: Your whole family will appreciate a home media server

Make all the family happy with a home media server that provides all their holiday entertainment.

https://www.windowscentral.com/12-days-tech-tips-home-media-server-something-whole-family-can-enjoy

 

802.11ax WiFi: The Next Big Thing in WiFi Standards

https://www.maketecheasier.com/80211ax-wifi-standard/

 

Google Password Manager lets you securely access your passwords from anywhere

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/google-password-manager

 

MyLiFi lamp delivers secure internet via LEDs

Goodbye, radiowaves.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/08/lifi-lamp-mylifi-led-internet-broadband/

 

Android Malware Spoofs Uber's Interface to Steal Your Login

Symantec spotted the tactic in an Android Trojan circulating on third-party app stores.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/358307/android-malware-spoofs-ubers-interface-to-steal-your-login

 

Safeguard your music collection in the Cloud

https://www.komando.com/tips/436727/sponsored-safeguard-your-music-collection-in-the-cloud

 

Lenovo mixes smartphone features into its all-day Miix 630

This 2-in-1 is part of a new breed of PCs at CES 2018 with Snapdragon processors and always-on LTE.

https://www.cnet.com/products/lenovo-miix-630/preview/

 

Samsung Unveils 'The Wall' - a Massive 146" MLED TV

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10263/samsung-unveils-wall-massive-146-mled-tv

 

Google Assistant Now Supports Over 1 Million Actions

https://www.thurrott.com/smart-home/149900/google-assistant-now-supports-1-million-actions?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_RVh3RKW44Hs1_M0f_Qv7CTFpfKfKaGWaSfGyu_HdhwfvI5tsC4sqERHgnp3ktctEJvgf7aVB60G6PHsFukosShCQ6mA&_hsmi=59895582

 

AirSelfie debuts second-gen selfie drone with loads more memory and flight time

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/airselfie-debuts-second-gen-selfie-081656825.html

 

Best Laptop Deals of 2018

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/best-deals

 

How to Filter Fake Amazon Reviews When Shopping Online

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/filter-amazon-fake-reviews/

 

Apple releases iOS 11.2.2 and macOS 10.13.2 updates with Spectre fix for Safari and WebKit

This small supplemental update helps mitigate the Spectre vulnerability through Javascript.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3246269/ios/apple-releases-ios-11-2-2-with-spectre-fix-for-safari-and-webkit.html

 

Let's talk about Microsoft vs. Apple and a unified app platform

Do consumers want to run apps from their iPhone or iPad on their $3,000 MacBook Pro?

https://www.windowscentral.com/lets-talk-about-microsoft-vs-apple-unified-apps

 

Bopower 4K Action Camera – Review and Giveaway

https://www.maketecheasier.com/bopower-4k-action-camera/

 

Free software & Online tools to convert PDF to PPT (PowerPoint)

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/convert-pdf-to-ppt

 

Microsoft says security fixes will noticeably slow older PCs

Meltdown and Spectre patches will bog down PCs from 2015 or earlier.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/09/microsoft-meltdown-spectre-performance-hit/

 

Why CES Is Now the Greatest Car Tech Show on Earth

The Vegas gadget extravaganza is the place to see the future of car tech and transportation.

https://www.pcmag.com/commentary/358325/why-ces-is-now-the-greatest-car-tech-show-on-earth

 

Legally download thousands of free songs

https://www.komando.com/downloads/564/legally-download-thousands-of-free-songs

 

Intel Announces 10nm Cannon Lake Is Shipping

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-ces-10nm-processor,36289.html

 

Western Digital’s My Cloud Storage Devices Have Hard-Coded Backdoor

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/261670-western-digitals-cloud-storage-devices-hard-coded-backdoor

 

Lenovo and Google Launch the World’s First Standalone Daydream VR Headset

https://www.thurrott.com/hardware/149607/lenovo-and-google-launch-the-worlds-first-standalone-daydream-vr-headset?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_RVh3RKW44Hs1_M0f_Qv7CTFpfKfKaGWaSfGyu_HdhwfvI5tsC4sqERHgnp3ktctEJvgf7aVB60G6PHsFukosShCQ6mA&_hsmi=59895582

 

Lakeside Vistas theme for Windows (download)

https://pureinfotech.com/lakeside-vistas-theme-windows-download/

 

Asus's ZenBook 13 Packs Plenty of Power in 2.1-Pound Chassis

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/asuss-zenbook-13-packs-plenty-power-2-1-pound-chassis

 

How to Freeze and Unfreeze Columns and Rows in Excel

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/freeze-unfreeze-columns-rows-excel/

 

Yet another macOS High Sierra bug: Unlock App Store system preferences with any password

Oops! Another major bug that Apple should have caught.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3246634/macs/macos-high-sierra-bug-unlock-app-store-system-preferences.html

 

How to watch Blu-rays and DVDs on Xbox One

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-get-started-blu-ray-xbox-one

 

Android Malware Can Steal Your Login Data by Imitating Uber App

https://www.maketecheasier.com/android-malware-imitate-uber-app/

 

How to uninstall App addons of Windows Store Apps in Windows 10

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/uninstall-app-addons-windows-store-apps-windows-10

 

Apple releases new security update to protect Safari against the Spectre attack

The second mass update dealing with last week’s chip-breaking bug

https://www.theverge.com/platform/amp/2018/1/8/16863884/meltdown-spectre-apple-security-update-safari-webkit

 

Is Your Antivirus Blocking Microsoft's Chip Patch?

Microsoft's patch for the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities isn't arriving to PCs running incompatible third-party antivirus products because the fix can trigger a bad error.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/358331/is-your-antivirus-blocking-microsofts-chip-patch

 

Six tech hacks you need in your life

https://www.komando.com/columns/389100/six-tech-hacks-you-need-in-your-life

 

A New Player in Motherboards: Our NZXT N7-Z37XT Review

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nzxt-n7-z37xt-1151-coffee-lake-motherboard-review,5415.html

 

Lasers Used to Create Negative Mass Particles

https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/261661-lasers-used-create-negative-mass-particles

 

Dell Finally Makes a 2-in-1 XPS 15, Comes With Intel’s New Radeon Chipset

https://www.thurrott.com/hardware/149611/dell-finally-makes-a-2-in-1-xps-15-comes-with-intels-new-radeon-chipset?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_RVh3RKW44Hs1_M0f_Qv7CTFpfKfKaGWaSfGyu_HdhwfvI5tsC4sqERHgnp3ktctEJvgf7aVB60G6PHsFukosShCQ6mA&_hsmi=59895582

 

Microsoft explains Meltdown and Spectre updates slowdown impact on PCs

Microsoft reveals the performance impact you'll notice on your PC after applying the require updates to mitigate the Meltdown and Spectre processors flaws.

https://pureinfotech.com/meltdown-spectre-updates-slowdown-impact-pc/

 

This 4K OLED Monitor is Completely Portable and Absolutely Stunning

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/asus-proart-pq22uc-4k-portable-monitor-features

 

Goodbye 1Password? 5 Alternative Free Password Managers to Check Out

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/alternative-free-password-managers/

 

An 8TB external hard drive is $160 right now

Best Buy has discounted Western Digital's 8TB desktop external hard drive once again.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3246451/computers/an-8tb-external-hard-drive-is-160-right-now.html

 

12 days of tech tips: How to optimize Windows 10 for PC gaming performance

Windows 10 is the best OS for PC gaming. Here's how to optimize your experience.

https://www.windowscentral.com/12-days-tech-tips-how-optimize-windows-10-pc-gaming

 

5 Must-Have Android Selfie Apps for Picture Lovers

https://www.maketecheasier.com/must-have-android-selfie-apps/

 

We might finally know when Samsung’s foldable Galaxy X phone will be released

https://bgr.com/2018/01/09/galaxy-x-release-date-december-early-2019/

 

With Linux, You Don't Get One Kernel of Truth... You Get Many

https://www.technewsworld.com/story/85050.html?rss=1

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Re. FYI#1137 (Tues 1/9/2018):    

The FCC Thinks American Broadband Standards Are Way Too Fast

Look, you can call anything "5G" or "High Speed" or "Broadband". But calling it that does not make it so.

How to Generate Hard-to-Crack, Strong Passwords Online

These ar all good at generating the password. Trouble is, if you have spyware on your device, then you copy and paste your new password directly from the web page to anywhere else, the spyware may pick it up. All your efforts would be for nothing. Don't copy-paste these passwords. Write them down the old fashioned way, then type them in to a password manager, and then shred the paper with the password written on it. Better yet, let the password manager generate then passwords for you.

Intel Unveils ‘Breakthrough’ Quantum Computer

And it immediately needed a firmware update which gave it a 40 percent performance hit. (Kidding!)

 

 

Re. FYI#1136 (Mon 1/8/2018):

Enable or Disable Strict Site Isolation Mode in Google Chrome

I have enabled this feature for Chrome on Linux. No issues so far that I can detect.

 

From My Own Reading:

After breach exposing millions of parents and kids, toymaker VTech handed a $650K fine by FTC

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/08/after-breach-exposing-millions-of-parents-and-kids-toymaker-vtech-handed-a-650k-fine-by-ftc/

 

President Trump signs order to promote broadband in rural areas

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/09/president-trump-signs-order-to-promote-broadband-in-rural-areas/

The fine print: there's no funding in this order.

 

Microsoft's 'Meltdown' updates are reportedly bricking AMD PCs

And of course, Microsoft blames AMD for "poor documentation".

 

WPA3 is coming to Wi-Fi routers in 2018, with better encryption and login management

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3246988/wi-fi/wpa3-is-coming-to-wi-fi-routers-in-2018-with-better-encryption-and-login-management.html

Not to worry -- this will not have the effect of making your wireless networking passwords go away in favor of some sort of face ID, but security will be improved, especially for IoT devices.

 

Microsoft sets novel antivirus prerequisite before offering Windows emergency updates

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3246063/microsoft-windows/microsoft-sets-novel-antivirus-prerequisite-before-offering-windows-emergency-updates.html

Or set the Registry Key yourself, and let the Blue Screens begin. Improper use of memory spaces by AV products has been a long-standing Windows issue.

 

List of AV products and their update status:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/184wcDt9I9TUNFFbsAVLpzAtckQxYiuirADzf3cL42FQ/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true

There are good reasons for business security products not to set the Registry Key. I won't go into specifics, but this does not mean the product is not properly patched.

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( I received the following a friend got in an email and include the content here.

 "Inter-Quest" We make Tech Simple com

 

Fixing the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities
Recently a pair of vulnerabilities affecting all common microprocessors, including processors from Intel, AMD 
and ARM, have been made public.  These vulnerabilities take advantage of a basic process used by all modern CPUs to help speed up requests. They take advantage of the timing of various instructions so they can see the information – whether that’s proprietary corporate data or sensitive personal information.
Our engineering team began to research and address the vulnerabilities immediately.
If you are an Over-Watch Managed Services client with us, most of your devices have already been updated, and the few that remain will have patches rolled out during your normal update window.
For everyone else, we recommend you install the latest patches and updates from your vendor. That includes Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android and Apple smartphones/tablets. Microsoft has already released an emergency patch for Windows 10, with patches for older operating systems having come on patch Tuesday (Jan 9th).
If you need assistance with installing the updates and ensuring your devices are protected, please contact our office by emailing support@interquestcorp.com
 
 
What to Expect When Installing the Patch
Due to the nature of the vulnerability, the patches may bring with them a hit to performance. Average PCs and VMs will likely not notice a change. Cloud-based systems may see some increase in response time. Compute-intensive workloads (heavy gaming and data analytics) will see the most significant impact. ) 

 

Three Lawsuits Launched Against Intel Over ‘Defective Chips’

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/meltdown-lawsuits-intel-defective-chips,36233.html

 

Microsoft: Patches for Intel Vulnerabilities Will Hit PCs Hard, Especially Older PCs

https://www.thurrott.com/cloud/149915/microsoft-intel-vulnerabilities-will-hit-pcs-hard-especially-older-pcs?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_TePrraFp09Y1aJhNeAA6jwvntkBYwAt1KZ-lMloHpz8P5rLcaG6iOw10wDRCKY-M4UxHd-wjKJmX74Zq7pspvRjlbkA&_hsmi=59873384

 

The FCC Thinks American Broadband Standards Are Way Too Fast

https://www.extremetech.com/internet/261502-fcc-thinks-american-broadband-standards-way-fast

 

Dell’s new Mobile Connect software puts your phone on your PC

It's like Apple's Handoff but works across Windows, iOS and Android.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/09/dell-new-mobile-connect-software/

 

Intel Promises Meltdown, Spectre Fix by End of January

Intel has thus far seen no evidence that any data has been compromised as a result of the vulnerabilities, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said during a CES keynote.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/358410/intel-promises-meltdown-spectre-fix-by-end-of-january

 

20 amazing things you didn't know Google photos could do

https://www.komando.com/tips/433962/20-amazing-things-you-didnt-know-google-photos-could-do

 

[Tip] Disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Mozilla Firefox Quantum

https://www.askvg.com/tip-disable-telemetry-and-data-collection-in-mozilla-firefox-quantum/

 

Google brings its different payment platforms together under the Google Pay brand

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/google-brings-different-payment-platforms-163656094.html

 

20 Common macOS How-To Questions Answered

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/common-macos-how-to-questions/

 

How to Build Your Own Computer, Part Two: Putting It Together

https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/uncategorized/building-a-new-computer-part-2-putting-it-together/

 

Google launches a new directory to help you discover Assistant actions

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/08/google-launches-a-new-directory-to-help-you-find-assistant-action/

 

Best Soundbars for Xbox One Gaming of 2018

These soundbars deliver a well-balanced and rich soundscape without having to run wires everywhere.

https://www.windowscentral.com/best-soundbars-xbox-one-gaming

 

How to Generate Hard-to-Crack, Strong Passwords Online

https://www.maketecheasier.com/generate-hard-to-crack-strong-passwords-online/

 

Understanding The Meltdown And Spectre Exploits: Intel, AMD, ARM, And Nvidia

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/meltdown-spectre-exploits-intel-amd-arm-nvidia,36219.html

 

First Look: Amazon Alexa on Windows 10

https://www.thurrott.com/hardware/149884/first-look-amazon-alexa-windows-10?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_TePrraFp09Y1aJhNeAA6jwvntkBYwAt1KZ-lMloHpz8P5rLcaG6iOw10wDRCKY-M4UxHd-wjKJmX74Zq7pspvRjlbkA&_hsmi=59873384

 

Intel Unveils ‘Breakthrough’ Quantum Computer

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/261734-intel-unveils-new-quantum-computer-declares-quantum-breakthrough

 

Volocopter hopes to have air taxis in the sky in five years

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/09/volocopter-hopes-to-have-air-taxis-in-the-sky-in-five-years/

 

Why Amazon's Alexa Is 'Life Changing' for the Blind

For the blind, Amazon's Echo and Alexa is more than just neat technology; it's a lifeline.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/358338/why-amazons-alexa-is-life-changing-for-the-blind

 

How to choose the best headphones

https://www.komando.com/tips/436680/how-to-choose-the-best-headphones

 

[Guide] Everything You Need to Know About Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities

https://www.askvg.com/guide-everything-you-need-to-know-about-meltdown-and-spectre-vulnerabilities/

 

Google shuts down its CES booth because it's not waterproof

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/google-shuts-down-ces-booth-170531180.html

 

Use iOS 11’s iPad Dock for Better Multitasking and App Switching

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/use-ipad-dock/

 

How to Build Your Own Computer, Part Three: Getting the BIOS Ready

https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/the-geek-blog/building-a-new-computer-part-3-setting-it-up/

 

Nvidia reveals new AI platforms for smart assistants and AR in the car

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/07/nvidia-reveals-new-ai-platforms-for-smart-assistants-and-ar-in-the-car/

 

Thoughts on using the Photos app on Windows 10 as a video editor

The Photos app on Windows 10 is great for checking out pictures but we've put it through the paces to see how it performs as a video editor.

https://www.windowscentral.com/using-photos-app-windows-10-video-editor

 

How to Create Daily System Restore Points in Windows

https://www.maketecheasier.com/create-daily-system-restore-points-windows/

 

AMD Lowers Prices On Ryzen 7, 5, 3, And Threadripper CPUs

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/amd-lowers-prices-ryzen-threadripper,36268.html

 

Google Reveals its Assistant Hardware Partners for 2018

https://www.thurrott.com/smart-home/149896/google-reveals-assistant-hardware-partners-2018?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_TePrraFp09Y1aJhNeAA6jwvntkBYwAt1KZ-lMloHpz8P5rLcaG6iOw10wDRCKY-M4UxHd-wjKJmX74Zq7pspvRjlbkA&_hsmi=59873384

 

LG Shows Off 65-Inch OLED TV That Rolls Up

https://www.extremetech.com/electronics/261634-lg-shows-off-rollable-8k-oled-tv

 

Snapchat's app was a mess and this leak confirms it

People just weren't using many of the non-chat features.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/09/snapchat-leak-explains-redesign/

 

Nvidia Teams With Uber, Volkswagen on Self-Driving Tech

Nvidia now has over 320 partners, including companies and organizations, developing autonomous vehicles with its technology.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/358343/nvidia-teams-with-uber-volkswagen-on-self-driving-tech

 

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

 

Top Windows 10 questions: How to install, secure, upgrade, get it for free

In 2017, Ed Bott answered hundreds of questions about Windows 10. Here are the topics that readers found most interesting.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/top-windows-10-questions-how-to-install-secure-upgrade-get-it-for-free/

 

Here are 5 common Xbox One X problems and how to fix them

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/5-common-xbox-one-x-180738856.html

 

7 Things You Need to Consider Before Buying a Hard Drive

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-things-need-consider-buying-hard-drive/

 

How to Build Your Own Computer, Part Four: Installing Windows and Loading Drivers

https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/the-geek-blog/building-a-new-computer-part-4-installing-windows-and-loading-drivers/

 

Kittyhawk adds automated multi-waypoint flights to its drone-control software

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/08/kittyhawk-adds-automated-multi-waypoint-flights-to-its-drone-control-software/

 

Kodi 18 'Leia:' Everything there is to know about the next version of Kodi

https://www.windowscentral.com/kodi-18-leia

 

Is a 4K TV Worth Buying in 2018?

https://www.maketecheasier.com/4k-tv-worth-buying/

 

Intel's Radeon Vega-Powered 8th-Gen Processors, Detailed

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-amd-radeon-vega-gpu,36250.html

 

Microsoft Outlines Performance Impacts of Meltdown and Spectre Patching

https://www.petri.com/microsoft-outlines-performance-impacts-meltdown-specture-patching?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_TePrraFp09Y1aJhNeAA6jwvntkBYwAt1KZ-lMloHpz8P5rLcaG6iOw10wDRCKY-M4UxHd-wjKJmX74Zq7pspvRjlbkA&_hsmi=59873384

 

What is Speculative Execution?

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/261792-what-is-speculative-execution

 

Meet the selfie drone that lives in your phone case

Selfly is a cute picture-taking robot from AEE.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/09/selfly-selfie-drone-phone-case-ios-android/

 

AMD Expands Lineup of Mobile Ryzen, Vega Chips

AMD's new Ryzen 3 mobile chips are poised to show up in cheap laptops, while its Ryzen Pro series are destined for corporate ultraportables and workstations. There's even a discrete Vega GPU coming this year.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/358346/amd-expands-lineup-of-mobile-ryzen-vega-chips

 

Print pages off the web without all the ads

https://www.komando.com/downloads/422889/print-pages-off-the-web-without-all-the-ads

 

Top Windows 10 questions: How to install, secure, upgrade, get it for free

In 2017, Ed Bott answered hundreds of questions about Windows 10. Here are the topics that readers found most interesting.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/top-windows-10-questions-how-to-install-secure-upgrade-get-it-for-free/

 

Is your smartphone frozen? Here’s how to reset your iPhone

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/iphone-frozen-force-restart-fix-131529469.html

 

The 15 Best Ways to Use Evernote

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/best-use-evernote/

 

How to Build Your Own Computer, Part Five: Tweaking Your New Computer

https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/the-geek-blog/building-a-new-computer-part-5-tweaking-your-new-computer/

 

Samsung will add Bixby to its 2018 smart TVs

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/08/samsung-will-add-bixby-to-its-2018-smart-tvs/

 

HEY CORTANA, GO AWAY!

How to turn Cortana for Xbox One off and on

If Cortana isn't for you, the digital assistant can be disabled on Xbox One. (Same can be done in Windows 10 on a PC)

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-turn-cortana-xbox-one

 

Meltdown and Spectre CPU Vulnerabilities: Here’s What You Need to Know

https://www.maketecheasier.com/meltdown-spectre-cpu-vulnerabilities/

 

Apple 5W Adapter Knock-offs: The Colorful A1265 Tear-Down

http://www.tomshardware.com/picturestory/803-apple-5w-adapter-knock-offs-colorful-a1265-tear-down.html

 

5 ransomware detection programs that prevent data loss

Planning a proactive defense against ransomware is easier than attempting to recover after it strikes. Learn about security utilities for detecting and preventing a ransomware attack.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/5-ransomware-detection-programs-that-prevent-data-loss/

 

Alexa support comes to 2018 TVs from Sony, Hisense and LG

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/alexa-support-comes-2018-tvs-010005877.html

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Latest edition of Cyberheist News (article about fake Meltdown and S

Tue Jan 9, 2018 6:59 pm (PST

It's not bad enough that Meltdown and Spectre are problems that need fixing, but there are now fake patches floating around out there which are scams.

CyberheistNews Vol 8 #2 Scam of the Week: Fake Meltdown and Spectre Patch Phishing Emails

http://bit.ly/2mcRDlH

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Mon 1136 1/8/2018

Apple is about to have a great year — here's what to expect it to launch in 2018

https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/1834c6c4-c4db-3e12-abe9-3c4d6c3bc6a6/apple-is-about-to-have-a.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_07

 

Microsoft halts security updates AMD PCs and offers workaround

Microsoft halts update rollout to fix Meltdown and Spectre due to problem with AMD systems, and offers workarounds for impacted users.

https://pureinfotech.com/microsoft-halts-security-updates-amd-pc-workaround/

 

Your Password Manager’s Autofill Feature is Hurting You

https://www.maketecheasier.com/browser-based-password-manager-autofill-security-issue/

 

Google Unifies Its Payment Platforms, Introduces Google Pay

https://www.thurrott.com/google/149818/google-unifies-its-payment-platforms-introduces-google-pay?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9UVP7-woSv5Fv4fpUcILsAV6hvP11e4MfyTdivXMOrjtWBCiNuai1mdf-lrVMgAsP4QNVTpJVji6Y5LmUFJP4Fk1BKqg&_hsmi=59853202

 

Why Your Android Phone Isn’t Getting Operating System Updates and What You Can Do About It

https://www.howtogeek.com/129273/why-your-android-phone-isnt-getting-operating-system-updates-and-what-you-can-do-about-it/

 

Yi Home Camera is a great security device for your home with a frustrating Windows app

https://www.windowscentral.com/yi-home-camera-review

 

Until your anti-virus adds this Registry key, you aren't getting any more Windows security updates

https://www.grahamcluley.com/anti-virus-registry-key-windows-security-updates/

 

Can My Computer Be Hacked If It’s Turned Off?

Hacking a turned-off computer requires a few mistakes on your part. It's unlikely, but possible.

https://askleo.com/can-computer-hacked-turned-off/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=J4BIoof353dfbL

 

How to Upgrade to a Larger SSD

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/261505-upgrade-larger-ssd

 

Spectre and Meltdown Exploits - What You Need to Know

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10260/spectre-and-meltdown-exploits-what-you-need-know

 

Microsoft's 'Meltdown' Patch Has Little Impact On Storage Application Performance

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/microsoft-meltdown-patch-storage-performance,36236.html

 

10 Practical Things Your iPhone Does That Android Won’t

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/practical-iphone-not-android/

 

You've been charging your smartphone wrong

https://www.komando.com/tips/436448/youve-been-charging-your-smartphone-wrong

 

Alexa Will Soon Control Connected Microwaves

Whirlpool has created an Alexa skill that will let customers easily configure, start, and operate their connected microwaves with just their voice. Expect other manufacturers to follow.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/358297/alexa-will-soon-control-connected-microwaves

 

No Third Party Apps Required. Native Android Settings that Can Automate Your Daily Tasks

https://www.maketecheasier.com/android-settings-automate-tasks/

 

You Can Now Control Spotify Using Your Voice With Cortana in Windows 10

https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/149745/can-now-control-spotify-using-voice-cortana-windows-10?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9UVP7-woSv5Fv4fpUcILsAV6hvP11e4MfyTdivXMOrjtWBCiNuai1mdf-lrVMgAsP4QNVTpJVji6Y5LmUFJP4Fk1BKqg&_hsmi=59853202

 

How to Get Detailed Information About Your PC

https://www.howtogeek.com/80108/how-to-get-detailed-information-about-your-pc-2/

 

Your browser's password manager is helping ad companies track you on the web

https://www.windowscentral.com/browsers-password-manager-ad-companies-track-you

 

Ouch! Microsoft's Meltdown and Spectre security update bricks some AMD-powered PCs

REDMOND PAUSES ROLL-OUT OF SECURITY FIXES FOR PCS WITH AMD CHIPS.

https://www.grahamcluley.com/ouch-microsofts-spectre-security-update-bricks-amd-powered-pcs/

 

Why is My System Slow If the CPU Is Mostly Idle?

The purpose of the System Idle Process is to get out of the way to let other processes run. So what does it mean if the SIP is using 100% CPU on your slow system?

https://askleo.com/system-slow-cpu-mostly-idle/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=J4BIoof353dfbL

 

The FCC Thinks American Broadband Standards Are Way Too Fast

https://www.extremetech.com/internet/261502-fcc-thinks-american-broadband-standards-way-fast

 

Can Malware (Spectre, Meltdown) Spy After Reboot?

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10261/can-malware-spectre-meltdown-spy-after-reboot

 

CPU Security Flaw: All You Need To Know About Spectre And Meltdown

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/cpu-security-flaw-everything-spectre-meltdown,36237.html

 

How to Use Styles in Microsoft Word and Save Time

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/microsoft-word-styles/

 

6 tech hacks you can't live without

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

 

The Real Reason Voice Assistants Are Female (and Why it Matters)

Our interactions with AI teach and train it, but we are also shaped by these experiences.

https://www.pcmag.com/commentary/358057/the-real-reason-voice-assistants-are-female-and-why-it-matt

 

What Gadgets Are You Most Looking Forward to in 2018?

https://www.maketecheasier.com/what-gadgets-in-2018/

 

HP Launches an Intel-powered Always Connected PC, Refreshed Spectre x360 15, More at CES

https://www.thurrott.com/hardware/149810/hp-launches-intel-powered-always-connected-pc-refreshed-spectre-x360-15-ces?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9UVP7-woSv5Fv4fpUcILsAV6hvP11e4MfyTdivXMOrjtWBCiNuai1mdf-lrVMgAsP4QNVTpJVji6Y5LmUFJP4Fk1BKqg&_hsmi=59853202

 

What Is a Corrupted File, and Is There a Way to Get It Back?

https://www.howtogeek.com/336099/what-is-a-corrupted-file-and-is-there-a-way-to-get-it-back/

 

The $3 ebook Hit Refresh takes you inside Microsoft's attempt at transformation

https://www.windowscentral.com/thrifter-deal-ebook-hit-refresh-microsoft-satya-nadella

 

Apple fixes the Meltdown and Spectre flaws in Macs, iPhones, and iPads

WHITHER ANDROID? YOU MAY WELL ASK…

https://www.grahamcluley.com/apple-fixes-meltdown-spectre-flaws-macs-iphones-ipads/

 

What Do I Need to Do About Spectre and Meltdown?

Spectre and Meltdown sound scary. Here's what you need to do, which is hopefully what you're doing anyway, along with an attempt at an analogy.

https://askleo.com/need-spectre-meltdown/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=J4BIoof353dfbL

 

AMD Announces 12nm 2nd Generation Zen, 7nm Vega, 2018 Roadmaps

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/261594-ces-2018-amd-announces-12nm-2nd-generation-zen-7nm-vega-2018-roadmaps

 

How to Uninstall Desktop Apps and Windows Apps in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4689-uninstall-apps-windows-10-a.html

 

Tech Titans Downplay Meltdown And Spectre Patches' Performance Hits

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/microsoft-apple-amazon-downplay-meltdown-spectre-performance-hits,36232.html

 

10 Ways Your Router Isn’t as Secure as You Think

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/ways-router-insecure/

 

6 ways to speed up slow Wi-Fi

https://www.komando.com/columns/417509/6-ways-to-speed-up-slow-wi-fi

 

Start 3D Printing With XYZPrinting's Tiny da Vinci Nano

XYZPrinting unveils three new 3D printing products, including a bargain-priced 3D printer for beginners, and a child-safe 3D pen.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/358300/start-3d-printing-with-xyzprintings-tiny-da-vinci-nano

 

CleverPDF: Your One-Stop-Shop for PDF File Tools and Conversions

https://www.maketecheasier.com/cleverpdf-pdf-tools-conversions/

 

First Ring Daily Live: The Calm Before the CEStorm

https://www.thurrott.com/podcasts/149622/first-ring-daily-live-calm-cestorm?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9UVP7-woSv5Fv4fpUcILsAV6hvP11e4MfyTdivXMOrjtWBCiNuai1mdf-lrVMgAsP4QNVTpJVji6Y5LmUFJP4Fk1BKqg&_hsmi=59853202

 

How to Turn Your Computer Into a DLNA Media Server

https://www.howtogeek.com/215400/how-to-turn-your-computer-into-a-dlna-media-server/

 

Best Magnetic Car Mounts for Smartphones in 2018

https://www.windowscentral.com/best-magnetic-car-mounts

 

Starbucks Wi-Fi Hijacked People's Laptops to Mine Cryptocurrency

The ultimate secret menu item?

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/gyd5xq/starbucks-wi-fi-hijacked-peoples-laptops-to-mine-cryptocurrency-coinhive

 

Samsung's newest Windows 2-in-1 pairs the Note's S Pen with a 13-inch display

https://finance.yahoo.com/m/0e14609f-64ee-3116-b1c3-eaa74356e209/samsung%E2%80%99s-newest-windows.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_07

 

Intel Hit With Class Action Lawsuits Over ‘Meltdown’ Security Flaw

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/261574-class-action-lawsuits-intel-ceo-meltdown-flaw

 

Enable or Disable Strict Site Isolation Mode in Google Chrome

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/99949-enable-disable-strict-site-isolation-mode-google-chrome.html

 

Intel Issues Meltdown, Spectre Patches For Newer CPUs

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-meltdown-spectre-cpu-patches,36225.html

 

7+ Brilliant Gift Ideas for Music Lovers

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/gift-ideas-music-lovers/

 

5 drool-worthy tech gadgets for your daily drive

https://www.komando.com/cars-trucks-tech/436363/5-drool-worthy-tech-gadgets-for-your-daily-drive

 

Kohler Konnect Means Alexa Is Everywhere, Even the Bathroom

Turn on the lights, start your morning shower, and heat up your toilet's foot warmer with the sound of your voice.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/358320/kohler-konnect-means-alexa-is-everywhere-even-the-bathroom

 

Automate Your Daily Tasks in Windows and Improve Productivity With Ellp

https://www.maketecheasier.com/automate-windows-with-ellp/

 

TRIPLE MELTDOWN: HOW SO MANY RESEARCHERS FOUND A 20-YEAR-OLD CHIP FLAW AT THE SAME TIME

https://www.wired.com/story/meltdown-spectre-bug-collision-intel-chip-flaw-discovery/

 

How to terminate apps not responding on Windows 10

When an app becomes unresponsive you can use the Settings app to terminate it, in addition to the Task Manager.

https://pureinfotech.com/terminate-apps-not-responding-windows-10/

 

The Best Smart Kitchen Appliances of 2018

Cook like a top chef with smart gadgets that add high-tech convenience to your kitchen.

https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/352512/the-best-smart-kitchen-appliances?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

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Re. FYI#1135 (Sun 1/7/2017)

WHY RASPBERRY PI ISN’T VULNERABLE TO SPECTRE OR MELTDOWN

Interesting how at the most basic level, these attacks operate. And where Intel made the mistake of choosing a vulnerable chip development path over a less vulnerable one (as AMD has chosen).

Intel Issues Meltdown, Spectre Patches For Newer CPUs

This I did install, but it's only the hardware side of the solution.

Note re. Meltdown and Specter in Linux: I just updated my Ubuntu 16.04 LTS to the release candidate for Linux kernel 4.15 (due to be incorporated into Ubuntu 18.04 LTS in spring, 2018). Tests on booting and running with this kernel show the following results:

Exercise in futility. Ubuntu  Kernel 4.15 is still not patched and it's noon Eastern Time on Jan. 9, 2018. Canonical has missed their deadline of today. Why am I not surprised? Well, at least the new kernel is up to date and seems stable, although I haven't tested every function which kernel updates have been known to mess up in my NUC. 

Also remember to patch your OS kernel. Windows Update will do this for you this month. Linux users may want to do this manually, and at the same time check for newer kernel versions.

Jan. 10, 2018 -- Note: Meltdown and Specter are getting Linux patches and new Linux kernel versions. Those using Linux should update accordingly. Raspberry Pi is not affected, but nearly all other Linux computing devices are affected. I have sent out a separate posting about specifics relating to my Ubuntu 16.04 LTS installation.

Design flaw found in Intel processors, fix could bring substantial performance hit (Updated)

Still waiting to see these alleged slowdowns in Ubuntu Linux on my Intel NUC.

 

Chip Design Flaw Not Limited to Intel, Researchers Say

So what? It still needs a long-term fix with less performance impact. Enough with the denials -- get back to work, folks!

 

TLPD is a long file path finder to detect files with long paths on Windows

Downloads and screenshots are where I run into this issue the most. Shortening file names when downloading from my bank or utility payment sites is a nearly daily occurrence for me.

 

RISC-V Foundation Trumpets Open-Source ISAs In Wake Of Meltdown, Spectre

I wouldn't get too cocky if I were them. Open Source projects and Linux have a long history of missing security holes you can drive a mack truck through, and leaving them unpatched for years. There will come a day when RISC-V will be found to be vulnerable in some fundamental way. Trust me, or wait for the screaming headlines and the performance hits.

 

A look at the evolution of the Windows 8 Start screen

Windows 10 is Windows 8. The Metro Start Screen is the interface in Windows 10S and you can't use the Legacy Desktop or its applications. Bringing back the Start Button, the modified Start Menu and bringing back the Legacy Desktop were and are now, only stopgap measures before Microsoft kills off the Legacy Desktop sometime in 2018-2020, just in tjime for the death of Windows 7, the last usable Microsoft operating system. Windows 10S will be the only Windows version available without volume licensing and WSUS subscriptions by 2020. Microsoft has not budged one inch on any of this in all this time. This phone on the desktop or "mobile-first" mentality is what forced me into Linux several years ago, and I have seen nothing since which would draw me back toward Windows. As for a mobile OS interface, give me ChromeOS (Chromebook) over Windows 10S or Apple iOS any day!

 

How to Fix Windows Explorer Showing Drives Twice in the Sidebar

I haven't seen this in the illustrated way lately. But there are two listings for external drives. This is because of the division between Places and Volumes in the left-sidebar view in Explorer.

 

Defrost your windshield in seconds with this weatherman's genius trick

BTW, the same alcohol-water mixture can unfreeze frozen car locks. Especially if you use an extension lighter to light the mixture on fire after applying it to the lock. Don't worry -- alcohol does not burn at its surface, so your car's finish will not be burned.

Well, on windshields, windshield washer fluid does the same trick and is easier to use, as it doesn't evaporate as fast. And neither of these methods works on interior fogging of windshields and rear windscreens. That's a much worse problem for me here (parking outdoors in a New England winter) than exterior frosting of the windshield. I have a rear defroster grid for the outside of the rear windscreen.

From My Own Reading:

After breach exposing millions of parents and kids, toymaker VTech handed a $650K fine by FTC

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/08/after-breach-exposing-millions-of-parents-and-kids-toymaker-vtech-handed-a-650k-fine-by-ftc/

 

President Trump signs order to promote broadband in rural areas

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/09/president-trump-signs-order-to-promote-broadband-in-rural-areas/

The fine print: there's no funding in this order. (You want broadband? Go out and buy it.)

 

Microsoft's 'Meltdown' updates are reportedly bricking AMD PCs

And of course, Microsoft blames AMD for "poor documentation".

 

Security Flaw in Microprocessors

Updates for Linux (Ubuntu Linux) and Intel processors:

 

Intel claims its new security updates make PCs ‘immune’ to Meltdown and Spectre CPU bugs

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/4/16850776/intel-meltdown-spectre-security-patch-immune-response

 

Intel Issues Updates to Protect Systems from Security Exploits

https://newsroom.intel.com/news-releases/intel-issues-updates-protect-systems-security-exploits/

and  https://www.reddit.com/r/intelnuc/comments/7oadge/nuc_firmware_update_for_meltdown_and_spectre/

A BIOS Update is available for my NUC from Jan. 3, 2017. (I won't provide specific links due to the very specific nature of BIOS update files and methods.) This is the one for the Specter and Meltdown exploits recently exposed. Testing to see if Linux has an issue with this update, and I'll try to find any microcode updates for my kernel. (I use kernel version 4.9 and would like to update to kernel 4.13 or 4.14 soon.) This time, the in-BIOS F7 update failed repeatedly. But the from-boot F7 worked. I recall opposite results last time I was updating the BIOS in here. 

My ASUS Transformer Book t100tam tablet does not have any new BIOS or firmware updates, as expected.

 

Spectre And Meltdown [Ubuntu kernel update schedule]

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SecurityTeam/KnowledgeBase/SpectreAndMeltdown

The target date for the kernel patches for Linux is Jan. 9, 2018 (Tuesday). Automatic Updates shouid arrive shortly thereafter for kernel versions which will be patched. Not all versions will be patched.

I have upgraded to the newer 4.13 HWE Ubuntu kernel, as this is definitely scheduled to get updated. Version 4.09 which I had been using, is not on the list to be patched. The official 16.04 LTS kernel to be patched is version 4.4 or 4.4 HWE. (HWE are rolling update style kernels. There are advantages and disadvantages to a rolling updates strategy. Generally, if you value stability above all else, HWE may not be for you. But if you want the latest features and security updates in a timely manner, HWE is the way to go. There is always a tradeoff like this.) 

 

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Alexa and Amazon Purchases

Sun Jan 7, 2018 11:37 am (PST

Many members have Alexa. While it does a lot of things for you, it might be interesting to discover it also has an influence on your buying. At least that's what the chart suggests.

http://bit.ly/2m4fbcx

 

Protection from Spectre and Meltdown

Tue Jan 9, 2018 7:28 am (PST)

The Spectre and Meltdown design flaws in Intel chips has been in the news a lot lately. Here's what needs to happen to protect your systems from having these flaws exploited.

http://bit.ly/2CT2WKm

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Sun 1135 1/7/2018

Confessions of a former hacker: 5 techniques to make you more secure online

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/confessions-former-hacker-5-techniques-make-secure-online-144026427.html

 

MSI Z370I Gaming Pro Carbon AC Motherboard Review

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/msi-z370i-gaming-pro-carbon-ac-motherboard,5341.html

 

Jason Ward's extreme 2018 tech predictions: PWA, mobile PCs, and more

2017 is behind us, and 2018 is stretched before us. What might history scribes remember from the coming year in tech?

https://www.windowscentral.com/jason-wards-extreme-2018-predictions

 

How to Use Your Mac’s Disk Utility to Partition, Wipe, Repair, Restore, and Copy Drives

https://www.howtogeek.com/212836/how-to-use-your-macs-disk-utility-to-partition-wipe-repair-restore-and-copy-drives/

 

The Best Smart Thermostats of 2018

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

https://www.pcmag.com/article/356755/the-best-smart-thermostats

 

Why cybersecurity in 2018 will be an AI vs. AI slugfest

Cybercriminals will soon rely on machine learning and other AI-based attacks to hammer corporate systems and imitate human behavior, says IBM Security's Caleb Barlow.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/why-cybersecurity-in-2018-will-be-an-ai-vs-ai-slugfest/

 

[Windows 10 Tip] Pin Websites to Start Menu or Taskbar Using Microsoft Edge

https://www.askvg.com/windows-10-tip-pin-websites-to-start-menu-or-taskbar-using-microsoft-edge/

 

CES 2018: New tech you can use this year

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2018/01/05/ces-2018-new-tech-can-use-this-year.html

 

FREE Download: Grab these free Windows essential apps

https://www.komando.com/downloads/317384/grab-these-free-windows-essential-apps

 

WHY RASPBERRY PI ISN’T VULNERABLE TO SPECTRE OR MELTDOWN

https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/why-raspberry-pi-isnt-vulnerable-to-spectre-or-meltdown/

 

Net neutrality suit gains support from tech’s biggest companies

The internet is suing the FCC.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/05/net-neutrality-suit-support-biggest-tech-companies/

 

Microsoft Starts Testing New, Modern Look for Outlook Calendar on the Web

https://www.thurrott.com/cloud/microsoft-consumer-services/149626/microsoft-starts-testing-new-modern-look-outlook-calendar-web?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9ov0vy8uP-4hvApx5o99nAYxUhxqov6D7ZgVCgaHwa8qevsg8Wf77UG29tkvDcfc9gJHFaox9L2ZcV0vb3YLFWP20Jhg&_hsmi=59808598

 

How to Check Amazon Seller Feedback and Not Get Scammed

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/check-amazon-seller-feedback-avoid-scams/

 

Screen Auto-Rotation not working or grayed out in Windows 10 Table Mode

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/screen-auto-rotation-not-working-grayed-windows-10-table-mode

 

Tech Titans Downplay Meltdown And Spectre Patches' Performance Hits

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/microsoft-apple-amazon-downplay-meltdown-spectre-performance-hits,36232.html

 

A look at the evolution of the Windows 8 Start screen

https://www.windowscentral.com/windows-8-start-screen

 

How to Fix Windows Explorer Showing Drives Twice in the Sidebar

https://www.howtogeek.com/335622/how-to-fix-windows-explorer-showing-drives-twice-in-the-sidebar/

 

The Best Home Security Cameras of 2018

If you want to keep an eye on what's happening at home when you're not there, but you don't want to invest in a full-fledged home security system, a Wi-Fi-connected camera is worth a look. These are the top performers in our testing.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2475954,00.asp

 

50 time-saving tips to speed your work in Microsoft Office (free PDF)

https://www.techrepublic.com/resource-library/whitepapers/50-time-saving-tips-to-speed-your-work-in-microsoft-office-free-pdf/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

[Software Update] Opera 50 Now Available for Download

https://www.askvg.com/download-opera-latest-version/

 

8 Chrome extensions that supercharge Google Drive

Google Drive, Docs, Sheets and Slides can be powerful business tools. These extensions for the Chrome browser help you work smarter with Google Drive and its companion apps so you can get more done.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3244125/web-browsers/chrome-extensions-supercharge-google-drive.html

 

Everything you need to know about the computer chip security mess

https://www.komando.com/tips/436756/computer-chip-chaos-everything-you-need-to-know

 

THE RASPBERRY PI PISERVER TOOL

https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/piserver/

 

Amazon brings Alexa to headphones and smartwatches

A new kit makes it easier to connect over Bluetooth to the Alexa service.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/05/amazon-brings-alexa-to-headphones-and-smartwatches/

 

Microsoft (Kind Of) Kills Cortana’s Music Recognition Feature

https://www.thurrott.com/microsoft/149596/microsoft-kind-kills-cortanas-music-recognition-feature?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9ov0vy8uP-4hvApx5o99nAYxUhxqov6D7ZgVCgaHwa8qevsg8Wf77UG29tkvDcfc9gJHFaox9L2ZcV0vb3YLFWP20Jhg&_hsmi=59808598

 

What Is Microsoft XPS Document Writer and How Do I Remove It?

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/microsoft-xps-document-writer-remove/

 

Data Detox from Mozilla lets you live a Balanced Digital Lifestyle

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/data-detox-mozilla

 

Intel Issues Meltdown, Spectre Patches For Newer CPUs

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-meltdown-spectre-cpu-patches,36225.html

 

Design flaw found in Intel processors, fix could bring substantial performance hit (Updated)

https://www.windowscentral.com/design-flaw-found-intel-processors-fix-could-bring-substantial-performance-hit

 

How to See What Your Mac Is Loading at Boot with KnockKnock

https://www.howtogeek.com/336576/see-what-your-mac-is-loading-at-boot/

 

Chip Design Flaw Not Limited to Intel, Researchers Say

UPDATE: In a statement, Intel said the problem isn't unique to Intel products and denied that it would drag down performance for the average computer user.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/358249/intel-chips-have-a-major-design-flaw-and-the-fix-means-slowe

 

Ransomware will have a big impact in 2018

https://www.techrepublic.com/videos/ransomware-will-have-a-big-impact-in-2018/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

Is This the Answer to Screen Addiction?

https://askbobrankin.com/is_this_the_answer_to_screen_addiction.html

 

Build Yourself a Cardboard-Framed Raspberry Pi Tablet for Under $60

https://blog.hackster.io/build-yourself-a-cardboard-framed-raspberry-pi-tablet-for-under-60-492b55fafa3a

 

10 useful Windows 10 features you probably never use but should

https://www.komando.com/tips/432995/10-useful-windows-10-features-you-probably-never-use-but-should

 

Task List using Raspberry Pi 3 and 7.5" E-paper Display

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OW4GYmzWOb8

 

Surface line gets UEFI update to mitigate Meltdown and Spectre security bugs

Microsoft releases firmware update to address security bugs with Intel's processors in its Surface devices — Here's how to get the update now.

https://pureinfotech.com/surface-uefi-update-meltdown-spectre/

 

How to Enable or Disable Adobe Flash Player in Microsoft Edge in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/8376-enable-disable-adobe-flash-player-microsoft-edge-windows-10-a.html

 

7 Weekend Projects for a Better Windows Experience

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/weekend-projects-windows/

 

TLPD is a long file path finder to detect files with long paths on Windows

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/tlpd-long-file-path-finder-windows

 

RISC-V Foundation Trumpets Open-Source ISAs In Wake Of Meltdown, Spectre

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/risc-v-not-vulnerable-meltdown-spectre-cpu-bugs,36231.html

 

Chime in: Should Microsoft make another wearable?

https://www.windowscentral.com/chime-will-microsoft-ever-make-another-wearable

 

How to Enable and Use Windows 10’s New Built-in SSH Commands

https://www.howtogeek.com/336775/how-to-enable-and-use-windows-10s-built-in-ssh-commands/

 

How to Protect Your Devices Against Meltdown, Spectre Bugs

It's not just Intel machines. Here's everything you need to know about how to protect your PC, Mac, and mobile device against the chip-level security flaws that were disclosed this week.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/358286/how-to-protect-your-devices-against-meltdown-spectre-bugs

 

Run, don’t walk, to replace your iPhone battery for $29

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/the-switch/wp/2018/01/04/run-dont-walk-to-replace-your-iphone-battery-for-29/

 

The Best Upgrades for Your Old Computer

https://askbobrankin.com/the_best_upgrades_for_your_old_computer.html

 

Less Than One Month to Data Privacy Day –

Be a Part of Something Big

http://mailchi.mp/staysafeonline/data-privacy-day-2018-help-us-reach-200-champions-by-nov-2989957?e=b0092bf73c

 

What is sinkholing and how can it protect you?

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/436120/what-is-sinkholing-and-how-can-it-protect-you

 

Netgear Brings Mesh Wi-Fi to Your Yard With Outdoor Orbi

https://www.extremetech.com/electronics/261403-netgear-brings-mesh-wifi-yard-outdoor-orbi

 

How to keep your PC protected against Meltdown and Spectre security bugs

Here are details and what you need to do to protect your PC against the latest processors vulnerabilities.

https://pureinfotech.com/protect-pc-meltdown-spectre-security-bugs/

 

How to Move Users Folder to another Location in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/1964-move-users-folder-location-windows-10-a.html

 

Reduce Finder Clutter and Mac Junk With Aliases, Tags, and More

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/reduce-finder-clutter-mac-junk-aliases-tags/

 

What is Ethereum cryptocurrency and how does it work?

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/what-is-ethereum-cryptocurrency

 

Free Phishing Kits Come With A Cost For Beginner Cybercriminals

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/phishing-kits-cost-beginner-cybercriminals,36223.html

 

Defrost your windshield in seconds with this weatherman's genius trick

https://www.today.com/home/defrost-windshield-solution-t106477

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Re. FYI#1133  (Fri 1/5/2018):

Where does Update Assistant Download and Store Windows 10 Setup Files?

I had a "forced upgrade" experience on my NUC in November's MS Updates patching cycle. So I had to locate and remove these files. The MS Updates channel is a bit different from the Update Assistant channel, but the same bits go to the same locations if the update is rejected, stopped or rolled back. And the same cleanup methods need to be employed. I recovered more than 2 GB of drive space by cleaning up after the unwanted upgrade attempt. I also gave Macrium Reflect Free a workout restoring me to my pre-upgrade conditions. This experience is why I am dumping Windows 10 completely over the next several months. 

 

Spectre, Meltdown: Critical CPU Security Flaws Explained

For my Intel NUC, I already applied the hardware patch. Still waiting on the Linux patch. Upgraded to kernel 4.13 or 4.13 HWE (rolling release) to allow kernel patching. (4.09 which I had been using, will not be patched. 4.4 or 4.04 will be patched, especially if you upgrade to 4.4 HWE. In Ubuntu 16.04 LTS this should happen automatically.) 

 

Help Me Tom’s Guide: How Do I Stream Wirelessly from PC to TV?

I've had good luck with wireless HDMI, Miracast (where applicable) and soon I'm going to test Chromecast or Google Cast for my phone. Through the Chrome Browser, Cast is also available to Linux and Windows. You can mirror the browser window or the whole desktop in most cases, but protected (DRM) content may not cast.

 

Intel Disputes CPU Bug Claims

If they want to survive as an Enterprise chip maker, Intel had better sooner than later, stop denying and minimizing, and get busy redesigning their chip designs. AMD is already redesigning their chips. (This may be a multi-year process, and processor performance may suffer in the meantime.)

 

Chip Design Flaw Not Limited to Intel, Researchers Say

No, it isn't unique to Intel processors. But yes, performance will take a hit for everyone. Most of us do not run Enterprise strength programs in virtual machine environments, but there will be some performance hits. These hits will be with us for years to come.

 

What to Do When Windows Explorer Crashes in Windows 10

Before Windows 10 Pro went to version 1703 I had the Shell Extensions bug, and Windows Explorer liked to crash a lot, especially when a lot of USB drives were attached. It's gotten better, but recently the issue showed up again on my tablet, possibly on my NUC. The bug may be back. The best fix is to use Task Manager and restart the Explorer process.

 

Fall Creators Update now installed on more than half of all Windows 10 PCs, AdDuplex says

I wonder how many of those installs were "forced upgrades" or "mistakes"?

 

How to Watch Live TV Online

So-called "rebroadcasting" from your own DTV antenna and DVR box is probably the best way to go. Plex on HD HomeRun has a good reputation, though using PlexPass this way can be a bit costly. As long as you aren't sharing or using a cloud server, this is all perfectly legal. Even away from your Home Network. Second best if you subscribe already is the Comcast app through the Chrome Browser. I've used this a lot during my move from Chicago to Boston. When I had AT&T UVerse, their DVR worked with a Slingbox variant, both on the Home network and away from home. Don't even bother with Direct TV Now. Don't bother with paid network apps either -- they don't have all the local news, and they cost way more than they are worth. 

 

Re. FYI#1134  (Sat 1/6/2018): 

Google says it sold a Google Home device every second since October 19

I guess we'll have to update P.T. Barnum's saying about suckers.

 

[UPDATE] PC on a Stick? 

If the Intel Compute Stick CS325 costs in the neighborhood of $340, I can't add a keyboard, mosuse and monitor for less than my new Chromebook with similar specs will cost. Adn I bet the Compute Stick will run a lot hotter and does not do multi-booting with ChromeOS, Android Apps and full desktop Ubuntu Linux. And attaching external storage would be a real bear.

To me, anything smaller and less capable than the Intel NUC and its cousins, would be too small and too few ports to be of much use. A mini-PC is to me in the NUC size class. For on the go computing, a small to medium sized Chromebook with Linux will be sufficient.

 

Intel: Updates Will Make Chips “Immune” From New Security Vulnerabilities

Wrong again. Specter will still be out there and is not fully patched by the firmware update.

 

Best Free Apps to Trim, Cut, or Split a Video Without Installing Anything

Good resource. I installed a new Linux app (VidCutter) from its link. I'll see about playing with it whenever I get a chance.

 

Amazon Wants to Virtually Dress You in a Blended Reality Mirror

Yeah, with kids and teens using this, what could possibly go wrong?

 

How to Use Vineyard to Run Windows Apps on Linux

I must say, I have been using Linux since at least as far back as 2014, and I have never, ever felt the temptation to run Windows applications on Linux. More often, I have wanted to run Linux apps while inside Windows, which may now or soon be possible, sort of.

 

Enable or Disable Windows Update Automatic Updates in Windows 10

You should be careful what you do about this, and how you do it. Older methods like wushowhide are no longer working. No method stops forced upgrades or driver updates in some cases. Sometimes, if you turn off automatic updates and then turn them back on later, Windows Update gets very confused and has to be repaired. Exactly what causes these anomalies is not clear at all to me.

 

Windows Meltdown-Spectre fix: How to check if your AV is blocking Microsoft patch

This and reports of blue screens after installing the patch, all argue for waiting a month or more before applying this patch to Windows production PCs.

 

CPU and OS makers go on red alert over Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities

Please remember, for most of us these exploits are strictly theoretical at this point. No need to panic and rush out to find and install untested fixes. The one exception is the BIOS update or firmware update from your device manufacturer or from the chip maker. These can and should be applied ASAP.

 

From My Own Reading:

 

Intel claims its new security updates make PCs ‘immune’ to Meltdown and Spectre CPU bugs

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/4/16850776/intel-meltdown-spectre-security-patch-immune-response

 

Intel Issues Updates to Protect Systems from Security Exploits

https://newsroom.intel.com/news-releases/intel-issues-updates-protect-systems-security-exploits/

and  https://www.reddit.com/r/intelnuc/comments/7oadge/nuc_firmware_update_for_meltdown_and_spectre/

A BIOS Update is available for my NUC from Jan. 3, 2017. (I won't provide specific links due to the very specific nature of BIOS update files and methods.) This is the one for the Specter and Meltdown exploits recently exposed. Testing to see if Linux has an issue with this update, and I'll try to find any microcode updates for my kernel. (I use kernel version 4.9 and would like to update to kernel 4.13 or 4.14 soon.) This time, the in-BIOS F7 update failed repeatedly. But the from-boot F7 worked. I recall opposite results last time I was updating the BIOS in here. 

My ASUS Transformer Book t100tam tablet does not have any new BIOS or firmware updates, as expected.

 

Spectre And Meltdown [Ubuntu kernel update schedule]

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SecurityTeam/KnowledgeBase/SpectreAndMeltdown

The target date for the kernel patches for Linux is Jan. 9, 2018 (Tuesday). Automatic Updates shouid arrive shortly thereafter for kernel versions which will be patched. Not all versions will be patched.

I have upgraded to the newer 4.13 HWE Ubuntu kernel, as this is definitely scheduled to get updated. Version 4.09 which I had been using, is not on the list to be patched. The official 16.04 LTS kernel to be patched is version 4.4 or 4.4 HWE. (HWE are rolling update style kernels. There are advantages and disadvantages to a rolling updates strategy. Generally, if you value stability above all else, HWE may not be for you. But if you want the latest features and security updates in a timely manner, HWE is the way to go. There is always a tradeoff like this.) 

 

HP recalls laptop batteries due to overheating issues

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/04/hp-recall-laptop-batteries-overheating/

Google says it sold a Google Home device every second since October 19

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/05/google-says-it-sold-a-google-home-device-every-second-since-october-19/

 

Fears minimum wage rises will put more jobs at risk of automation

https://amp.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/04/fears-minimum-wage-rise-more-jobs-risk-automation

It's not just in this country anymore.

 

Scientists think they have found the reason some people are left-handed — and it has nothing to do with the brain

http://www.businessinsider.com/why-some-people-are-left-handed-2018-1

 

GE Appliances is launching its own version of Quirky for businesses called Giddy

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/05/g-e-appliances-is-launching-its-own-version-of-quirky-for-businesses-called-giddy/

 

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Alexa and Amazon Purchases

Sun Jan 7, 2018 11:37 am (PST)

Many members have Alexa. While it does a lot of things for you, it might be interesting to discover it also has an influence on your buying. At least that's what the chart suggests.

http://bit.ly/2m4fbcx

 

Next Big Things in Technology

Mon Jan 8, 2018 1:24 pm (PST)

What are the next big technology trends going to be during the coming year?

http://bit.ly/2mbg9UD

 

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