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Sat 1/20/2018 1148
Fri 1/19/2018 1147
Thur 11/18/2018 1146
Wed 1/17/2018 1145
Tue 1/16/2018 1144
Mon 1/15/2018 1143
Sun 1/14/2018 1142

Sat 1148  1/20/2018

iPhone X may be discontinued this year

https://bgr.com/2018/01/19/iphone-x-apple-discontinue-2018-for-larger-form-factor/

 

Microsoft details 7 changes coming to Windows 10’s Camera app

https://venturebeat.com/2018/01/18/microsoft-details-7-changes-to-windows-10s-camera-app/

 

How to add a Brightness Slider to Windows 10

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/add-brightness-slider-windows-10

 

SimpliSafe's security kit gets a much-needed makeover at CES

It's one of our favorite DIY security systems with live monitoring, but the dated design left a lot to be desired. Now, at CES 2018, SimpliSafe is fixing that.

https://www.cnet.com/news/simplisafes-security-kit-gets-a-much-needed-makeover-ces/

 

Everything draining your smartphone's battery and how to stop it

https://www.komando.com/tips/432997/everything-draining-your-smartphones-battery-and-how-to-stop-it

 

US regulators charge three bitcoin operators with fraud

This follows a huge tumble in bitcoin value over the past month.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/19/cftc-charges-three-cryptocurrency-operators/

 

Ethical hackers can earn 16 times a software engineers' salary in some countries, report

https://www.scmagazine.com/on-average-however-the-top-earning-researchers-make-27-times-the-median-salary-of-a-software-engineer-in-their-home-country/article/737649/

 

Save Your Favorite Blog by Whitelisting It in Your Ad Blocker

https://lifehacker.com/whitelist-your-favorite-blog-to-save-it-from-your-ad-bl-1822208770

 

easyterm

https://github.com/ThyCowLord/easyterm

 

The Best To-Do List Apps of 2018

Get organized and complete tasks more quickly and more reliably by using the right to-do app. These are the top performers in our tests.

https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/355449/the-best-to-do-list-apps

 

Apple To Release Software Update To Resolve iPhone Slowdown

http://www.newsone1.com/2018/01/apple-to-release-software-update-to.html

 

How to protect Windows 10 PCs from ransomware

Ransomware is running rampant these days, but there are several ways Windows 10 users and admins can protect their PCs. Here’s what to do.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3245585/microsoft-windows/how-to-protect-windows-10-from-ransomware.html

 

Microsoft’s new drawing bot is an AI artist

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/18/microsofts-new-drawing-bot-is-an-a-i-artist/

 

Apple Inc. Might Be Planning to Kill the iPhone X Later in 2018

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apple-inc-might-planning-kill-214000840.html

 

Is Apple Even Paying Attention To macOS Security Anymore?

https://www.howtogeek.com/339063/is-apple-even-paying-attention-to-macos-security-anymore/

 

Windows 10 PC will not boot up or start

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/windows-10-pc-will-not-boot-up

 

Facebook testing local news and events section in its app

The new section called "Today In" is being tested right now in six US cities.

https://www.cnet.com/news/facebook-testing-local-news-and-events-section-in-its-app/

 

Google products may be crashing your Wi-Fi

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/437978/google-products-may-be-crashing-your-wi-fi

 

Apple brings its redesigned App Store to the web

The cleaner design boasts screenshots from the iPhone X for optimized apps.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/19/apple-app-store-web-redesign/

 

Kaspersky filed an injunction challenging DHS ban

https://www.scmagazine.com/kaspersky-challenges-us-ban-of-its-products/article/737946/

 

The 'Lottery Winner' Promising $5,000 for Every Retweet Is a Hoax

https://gizmodo.com/the-lottery-winner-promising-5-000-for-every-retweet-i-1822116633

 

Meltdown and Spectre Linux Kernel Status - Update

http://kroah.com/log/blog/2018/01/19/meltdown-status-2/

 

The Best Laser Printers of 2018

Laser printers deliver unparalleled speed, text quality, and paper handling. If that's what you need, find the best laser for your home or office with our shopping tips and list of top-rated models.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2340674,00.asp

 

Apple iOS 11.3 Release: It's The Big One

https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2018/01/18/apple-ios-11-3-release-upgrade-iphone-shutdown-iphone-battery-problem/#259e64714423

 

iPhone addiction? You ain't seen nothing yet ...

iPhones and other smartphones truly are addictive, and we’re spending more time staring at them than ever before.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3249273/apple-mac/iphone-addiction-you-aint-seen-nothing-yet.html

 

Amazon brings voice control to its Alexa app for Android, with iOS coming soon

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/19/amazon-brings-voice-control-to-its-alexa-app-for-android-with-ios-coming-soon/

 

You'd be stupid to turn off Apple's iPhone performance limiter

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/youd-stupid-turn-off-apples-iphone-performance-limiter-204404913.html

 

Mount a Windows Share in macOS and Have it Reconnect at Login

https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/21600/mount-a-windows-share-in-os-x-and-have-it-reconnect-at-login/

 

USB-C not working or recognized on Windows 10

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/usb-c-not-working-recognized-windows-10

 

YouTube's AI is the puppet master over most of what you watch

At CES, YouTube's product chief says for 70 percent of the time you watch, you're riding a chain of recommendations driven by artificial intelligence.

https://www.cnet.com/news/youtube-ces-2018-neal-mohan/

 

Bitcoin value is on a roller coaster ride

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/437997/bitcoin-value-is-on-a-roller-coaster-ride

 

Microsoft adds real-time collaboration to Office 2016 for Mac

Are you ready for the battle of the edits?

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/19/microsoft-real-time-collaboration-office-2016-for-mac/

 

Calibrate Display for HDR Video in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/102152-calibrate-display-hdr-video-windows-10-a.html

 

grep your way to freedom

https://anniecherkaev.com/grep-your-way-to-freedom

 

The Best Cheap Laptops of 2018

You don't have to spend thousands of dollars to get a capable PC for everyday computing. Here's what you need to know to achieve the perfect balance of price and features in a budget laptop.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2371334,00.asp

 

Stop Those Annoying Browser Prompts Asking for Your Location or to Send Notifications

NSA.gov wants to know your location: Allow / Block?

https://www.techspot.com/guides/1559-prevent-browser-prompts-location-notifications/

 

1 in 9 Online Accounts Created in 2017 Was Fraudulent

Account takeovers hot, stolen credit cards not.

https://www.darkreading.com/threat-intelligence/1-in-9-online-accounts-created-in-2017-was-fraudulent-/d/d-id/1330831

 

A sneaky extension for Chrome, Firefox prevents its removal, hijacks browser

https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/chrome-firefox-extension-hijacks-blocks-removal/

 

Yahoo Finance launches social savings app Tanda, an alternative to credit cards

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/19/yahoo-finance-launches-social-savings-app-tanda-an-alternative-to-credit-cards/

 

You'd be stupid to turn off Apple's iPhone performance limiter

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/youd-stupid-turn-off-apples-iphone-performance-limiter-204404913.html

 

How to See Which Groups Your Linux User Account Belongs To

https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/ubuntu/see-which-groups-your-linux-user-belongs-to/

 

Keyboard or Mouse not working in Windows 10

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/keyboard-mouse-not-working-windows

 

I spent $13 to add wireless charging to my Android phone

It's amazingly easy and affordable to add this capability to your existing phone. Here's how.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/i-spent-13-to-add-wireless-charging-to-my-android-phone/

 

New ransomware strain attacks your cloud email

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/437889/new-ransomware-strain-attacks-your-cloud-email

 

Intel admits Spectre patch problems also affect newer Core chips

The chipmaker said it's working on a fix for its buggy Spectre/Meltdown patches.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/18/intel-spectre-reboot-problem-affects-newer-cpu/

 

Turn On or Off Timeline Suggestions in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/102071-turn-off-timeline-suggestions-windows-10-a.html

 

Linux Security central

https://www.reddit.com/r/linux/comments/7rdwtz/linux_security_central/

 

The Best Data Recovery Software of 2018

Don't panic. Data recovery software is your best (and sometimes only) hope of getting lost files back. We test and pick the best utilities for both Macs and PCs.

https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/353756/the-best-data-recovery-software

 

Apple didn’t say it was hiring 20,000 new workers, nor bringing back all of its overseas cash

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/apple-didnt-say-it-was-hiring-20000-new-workers-nor-bringing-back-its-overseas-cash-2018-01-17?siteid=yhoof2&yptr=yahoo

 

Tips and Tricks for Ubuntu after Installation [Ubuntu 16.04.1]

https://www.techsupportalert.com/content/tips-and-tricks-ubuntu-after-installation-ubuntu-16041.htm

 

A sneaky extension for Chrome, Firefox prevents its removal, hijacks browser

https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/chrome-firefox-extension-hijacks-blocks-removal/

 

Education quiz app Kahoot says it’s now used by 50% of all US K-12 students, 70M users overall

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/18/education-quiz-app-kahoot-says-its-now-used-in-50-of-all-us-classrooms-70m-users-overall/

 

Tim Cook says Apple told users it was slowing their iPhones, but adds, 'I don't think a lot of people were paying attention' (AAPL)

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/tim-cook-says-apple-told-023727312.html

 

How to Use Multiple Dropbox Accounts on One PC

https://www.howtogeek.com/337667/how-to-use-multiple-dropbox-accounts-on-one-pc/

 

How to Pin more than 3 Contacts in My People on Windows 10

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/pin-more-than-3-contacts-windows-10

 

Apple Will Make iPhone Throttling Optional. Lawsuit Plaintiffs Say “Too Late”

Apple now faces 45 lawsuits surrounding “Batterygate,” a day after CEO Tim Cook vowed to let iPhone users disable battery throttling.

https://www.fastcompany.com/40518707/apple-to-allow-iphone-users-to-disable-throttling-class-action-lawsuit-plaintiffs-too-little-too-late?partner=feedburner

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Fri 1147  1/19/2018

Will this 32-bit software run on my 64-bit operating system?

or

Will this 64-bit software run on my computer?

(by the way, if you have 64-bit hardware but a 32-bit OS, you can upgrade it to a 64-bit OS, but you have to backup completely first and then install the new OS loosing everything else.  Then reinstall the programs and put a copy of your data files back.)

https://www.techsupportalert.com/content/32-bit-and-64-bit-explained.htm

 

Crazy see-through thermostat doubles as a Cortana speaker

The Glas thermostat by Johnson Controls is also a fully functioning Cortana speaker.

https://www.cnet.com/videos/crazy-see-through-thermostat-doubles-as-a-cortana-speaker/

 

How to Stop the Meltdown and Spectre Patches from Slowing Down Your PC

https://www.howtogeek.com/339559/how-to-stop-the-meltdown-and-spectre-patches-from-slowing-down-your-pc/

 

If you receive this link, DON'T open it: Scary "text bomb" will cause your device to crash

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/438119/new-bug-can-crash-your-gadget-with-just-one-click

 

Apple gets rare downgrade because analyst believes iPhone cycle is just 'good, not great'

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apple-gets-rare-downgrade-because-121440549.htm

 

Wyze Camera Review: The Cheapest Home Security System You’ll Ever Find\

https://www.reviewgeek.com/1500/wyze-camera-review-the-cheapest-home-security-system-youll-ever-find/

 

Google Chrome extensions with 500,000 downloads found to be malicious

Google removes four extensions that used infected computers in click fraud scheme.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/01/500000-chrome-users-fall-prey-to-malicious-extensions-in-google-web-store/

 

Guide to Fix All Kind of Network and Internet Connections Problems in Windows

https://www.askvg.com/guide-to-fix-all-kind-of-network-and-internet-connections-problems-in-windows/

 

Application Control security feature in Windows Defender on Windows 10

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/windows-defender-application-control-security-feature

 

Pelosi pushes for House vote on preserving net neutrality

http://thehill.com/policy/technology/369744-pelosi-pushes-for-house-vote-on-preserving-net-neutrality

 

How to Stop Instagram From Telling Everyone You’re Online

https://lifehacker.com/how-to-stop-instagram-from-telling-everyone-you-re-onli-1822191850

 

5 tools to supplement (or supplant) PowerPoint

Looking for a PowerPoint alternative? When it comes to business presentations, it has become a lot easier to wander from the Microsoft Office suite.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3244010/office-software/5-tools-to-supplement-or-supplant-powerpoint.html

 

Hasselblad's crazy 400-megapixel camera does have a purpose

For pro macro photographers or digital archivists, $48,000 is reasonable.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/18/hasselblad-h6d-400c-medium-format-400-megapixels/

 

How to Make Your Own LED Ring Light for YouTube Videos

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

 

Alexa in a light switch? iDevices made it happen at CES

The iDevices Instinct is a Wi-Fi light switch with its own speaker and microphone -- and yep, that's Alexa in there.

https://www.cnet.com/videos/alexa-in-a-light-switch-idevices-made-it-happen-at-ces/

 

How to Use Microsoft Word’s Compare Feature

https://www.howtogeek.com/339166/how-to-use-microsoft-words-compare-feature/

 

These 4 malicious Chrome extensions are infecting more than half a million users

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/438093/these-4-malicious-chrome-extensions-are-infecting-more-than-half-a-million-users

 

Apple 'text bomb' can crash iPhones with a single message

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apple-apos-text-bomb-apos-112111474.html

 

Forget 4K TV, Head to the Cinema Instead

https://www.reviewgeek.com/1401/forget-4k-tv-head-to-the-cinema-instead/

 

New botnet infects cryptocurrency mining computers, replaces wallet address

Attacker has generated about $2,000 in digital coin so far in a scam that remains active.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/01/in-the-wild-malware-preys-on-computers-dedicated-to-mining-cryptocurrency/

 

How to Download and Upgrade to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

https://www.askvg.com/windows-10-feature-update-available-for-download-and-upgrade/

 

How Windows Defender System Guard works on Windows 10

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/windows-defender-system-guard

 

Tim Cook: 'I don't want my nephew on a social network'

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jan/19/tim-cook-i-dont-want-my-nephew-on-a-social-network

 

Turn Leftover Oxycontin Into Safe-to-Dispose Garbage With This Free Powder (this sound interesting, but likely applies to any disgarded drugs)

https://vitals.lifehacker.com/turn-leftover-oxycontin-into-safe-to-dispose-garbage-wi-182216379

 

Microsoft's mystifying Meltdown/Spectre patches for AMD processors

Take a look inside the new January Security-only patches specifically for Win7 and 8.1 AMD machines that were blue-screend by the original January Security-only patches. Win10 brickees still in limbo.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3247676/microsoft-windows/microsofts-mystifying-meltdownspectre-patches-for-amd-processors.html

 

Samsung starts producing GDDR6 RAM for next-gen graphics cards

Built with 10-nanometer tech, the 16-gigabit chips are faster and use less power.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/18/samsung-starts-producing-gddr6-ram-for-next-gen-graphics-cards/

 

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

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

 

Your headlights are about to get much smarter

At CES 2018, Texas Instruments showed how its DLP chip lets headlights dynamically change and project information on the road.

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/your-headlights-are-about-to-get-much-smarter/

 

How to Overclock Your Graphics Card for Better Gaming Performance

https://www.howtogeek.com/338116/how-to-overclock-your-graphics-card-for-better-gaming-performance/

 

This new feature on iOS 11 could save your life

https://www.komando.com/tips/427918/apple-tip-this-1-new-feature-on-ios-11-could-save-your-life

 

Apple Leak Reveals Significant iPhone Design Changes

https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2018/01/16/apple-iphone-x-new-iphone-iphone-upgrade-iphone-x2/#2e5854486f45

 

Turn your wired speakers into wireless ones with this tiny device

http://mashable.com/2018/01/19/bluetooth-receiver-on-sale/

 

Google moves to Debian for in-house Linux desktop

Google is officially moving from Ubuntu to Debian for its in-house Linux desktop.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/google-moves-to-debian-for-in-house-linux-desktop/

 

Threats from Russia, North Korea Loom as Geopolitics Spills into Cyber Realm

Threat actors from both nations ramped up their activities sharply in 2017, Flashpoint says in a new threat intelligence report.

https://www.darkreading.com/threat-intelligence/threats-from-russia-north-korea-loom-as-geopolitics-spills-into-cyber-realm/d/d-id/1330841

 

Blue Screen after Windows Updates in Windows 10

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/blue-screen-windows-updates-windows-10

 

Stop Those Annoying Browser Prompts Asking for Your Location or to Send Notifications

NSA.gov wants to know your location: Allow / Block?

https://www.techspot.com/guides/1559-prevent-browser-prompts-location-notifications/

 

The cost of Amazon Prime is about to go up for some users

http://zeroviral.com/the-cost-of-amazon-prime-is-about-to-go-up-for-some-users/

 

Turn On or Off Embedded Handwriting Panel in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/102192-turn-off-embedded-handwriting-panel-windows-10-a.html

 

Facebook Messenger bug caused the app to freeze on some iPhones (updated)

The company says it fixed the issue.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/18/facebook-messenger-iphone-bug/

 

Start Hosting These Popular Web Apps Yourself to Save Money

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/self-host-popular-web-apps/

 

Tim Cook failed to sell me on iPhone, says Warren Buffett

Commentary: One of Apple's biggest shareholders says he's sticking with his Samsung flip phone.

https://www.cnet.com/news/iphone-tim-cook-warren-buffet/

 

What to Do If You Forget Your Mac’s Password

https://www.howtogeek.com/237194/what-to-do-if-you-forget-your-macs-password/

 

Closest online free version of Photoshop

https://www.komando.com/downloads/437736/closest-online-free-version-of-photoshop

 

Disappointing MacBook Pro Update Dooms Radical Touch Bar

https://www.forbes.com/sites/ewanspence/2018/01/16/apple-macbookpro-cancelled-2018-touchbar-macos/?partner=yahootix&yptr=yahoo#2c54bd28731e

 

ARM’s CEO Simon Segars on Spectre/Meltdown, IoT security and more

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/18/arms-ceo-simon-segars-on-spectre-meltdown-iot-security-and-more/

 

Hackers are using recent Microsoft Office vulnerabilities to distribute malware

Malware can steal passwords, bitcoin wallets, software keys, as well as carry out DDoS attacks and more -- and a campaign distributing it is targeting telecommunications, insurance, and financial services.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/hackers-are-using-recent-microsoft-office-vulnerabilities-to-distribute-malware/

 

Kaspersky Lab Warns of Extremely Sophisticated Android Spyware Tool

Skygofree appears to have been developed for lawful intercept, offensive surveillance purposes.

https://www.darkreading.com/mobile/kaspersky-lab-warns-of-extremely-sophisticated-android-spyware-tool/d/d-id/1330832

 

How to add a Brightness Slider to Windows 10

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/add-brightness-slider-windows-10

 

Google awards record $112,500 bug bounty for Android exploit chain

https://www.cyberscoop.com/google-awards-record-112500-bug-bounty-for-android-exploit-chain/

 

Facebook will now ask users to rank news organizations they trust

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/01/19/facebook-will-now-ask-its-users-to-rank-news-organizations-they-trust/

 

Open command window here as administrator - Add in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/59686-open-command-window-here-administrator-add-windows-10-a.html

 

Intel's new cameras add human-like 3D vision to any machine

They're ready-to-use devices meant for makers and educators.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/18/intel-realsense-ready-to-use-depth-cameras/

 

The Best Free Windows Partition Manager for Your Needs

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/best-free-windows-partition-manager/

 

11 Chrome features you'll wish you'd known all along

Improve your Chrome skills with these tips and tricks.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/11-chrome-features-youll-wish-youd-known-all-along/#ftag=CADf328eec

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Re. FYI#1145 (Wed 1/17/2018):

FCC chair proposes $500 million push for rural broadband

But what speeds exactly qualify for the label "broadband" under this proposal? Pai has been backpedaling more and more on this promise. At least this time, there is funding attached to the proposal (unlike the recent Presidential Order which had no funding attached to it). That is, if Congress approves the funding.

 

The iPhone 8’s All-Glass Design Makes It (Shockingly) Hard to Drop

This is shocking only if you never learned in physics class about surface adhesion.

 

Can I Just Unplug My Computer to Shut It Down?

Except in a perceived emergency, do real people actually still do this?

 

How to sign up for Google's Project Fi

I checked this out, and for me it's really not that good a deal. I don't use enough mobile data to make this worth my money.

 

Lawsuit filed by 22 state attorneys general seeks to block net neutrality repeal

Yeah, good luck with that. Reinstatement won't pass judicial muster. And the Congress will not vote to put Net Neutrality back in force in any meaningful way, since the Republicans still do and will control the House.

 

Dolby Vision vs. HDR10: What’s the Difference Between HDR TV Formats?

Any HDR standard will be far better than none at all. And I generally favor Open Source standards over proprietary standards. And I prefer free licenses over paid licenses. But this may go down as yet another case like Beta vs. VHS -- the technically superior standard lost out to the cheaper (but adequate) standard.

 

This free tool shows you what someone has searched for using Google, Yahoo, Facebook and more

Yeah, this tool will work pretty well if they haven't done a Disk Cleanup and used CCleaner and/or Bleachbit to cover their tracks. Families may be able to track younger kids this way, but any other use is either likely to fail, or will lead to serious trust issues.

 

Progressive Web Apps (PWA) may be the great equalizer for Microsoft, Google and Apple

I still prefer my applications to be on my desktop, installed into my local PC, and run mostly offline.

 

Intel's Chip Patch Triggers Reboots for Haswell, Broadwell Systems

I can tell you that my Intel NUC with a Skylake core-i5 processor does not have this issue under the workloads I put it through.

 

3 ways to search the web without Google tracking you

Be aware, some people think they have caught DuckDuckGo and others tracking people's searches. But not to the extent Google openly admits they track and retain search histories.

 

Cortana is reportedly moving to Action Center on Windows 10

and  Microsoft is moving Cortana out of Windows 10 search and into the Action Center

Yet another reason I will not be staying with Windows much longer.

 

Did You Know About These Gmail Limitations?

I use Google Drive for most attachments over a few hundred kilobytes in size. Best to err on the side of caution and not aggravate recipients.

 

Best Windows 10 apps to view and edit PDFs

I notice that Nitro PDF is not listed, nor is PDF SAM. Xodo works well, but is Cloud dependent.

 

How to tell if your Linux machine is patched against Meltdown and Spectre

This is only a test for the presence of KAISER-PTI patching in the kernel. It does not tell you the truth -- Linux kernels without LFENCE, retpoline and IBRS features are still vulnerable to Spectre variants. (Retpoline is the Google trick to protect against some of the Spectre vulnerabilities while not impacting performance as much.) Check out your vulnerabilities in detail by running (sudo, as Root) the script you can get from instructions posted here:

https://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/check-linux-server-for-spectre-meltdown-vulnerability/

I have applied the Intel Microcode Patch (updated) and upgraded my Ubuntu 16.04 LTS kernel, and this script still finds vulnerabilities unpatched for Spectre. See also:

https://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/patch-spectre-vulnerability-cve-2017-5753-cve-2017-5715-linux/

 

Managing Brick Risk

There are other reasons not to apply the current batch of MS Updates patches just yet. Mostly, there are few exploits in the wild for anything patched in January, with the exception of the Excel Equation Editor. So you could be risking bricking your PC for no real security benefit, and at the same time risking a performance hit. Not a win-win if you ask me.

 

Re. FYI#1146  (Thurs 1/18/2018):

Windows 10 free upgrade: Today's your last chance to get it

This had expired by the time the reference was posted.

 

Attack Surface Reduction feature in Windows Defender

This is part of Windows Defender Exploit Guard. The main disadvantage of using anything in this suite of protections is that you are forced to use Windows Defender as your only active antivirus program. The poor performance of WD in AV testing results still argues against this strategy, even with these extra prootections active. You'd be better off with a better third-party AV program and not using these extra protections.

 

From My Own Reading:

Intel admits Spectre patch problems also affect newer Core chips

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/18/intel-spectre-reboot-problem-affects-newer-cpu/

I have a Skylake processor in my intel NUC, and have applied all possible firmware and OS patchesfor Linux. No reboot issues at all here. Then again, I seldom stress my processor.

 

How to make sure Windows gets the right patches coming to it

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3248724/microsoft-windows/how-to-make-sure-windows-gets-the-right-patches-coming-to-it.html

Adding a Registry Key manually is a last resort. (I believe Trend Micro is doing a tremendous disservice by supplying an automatic Registry Key generator.) If your antivirus product failed to do this, I strongly recommend trying a different AV product, or sticking with Windows Defender. If you have no other AV protections, Windows Defender should be active. If you deliberately disabled WD and have not put anything in its place, heaven help you. Enterprise endpoint solutions users (or their IT people) should be tech savvy enough to figure all this out on your own. 

 

Google is rolling out a fix for those Home-related Wi-Fi issues

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/17/google-is-rolling-out-a-fix-for-those-home-related-wifi-issues/

 

Tim Cook says you’ll soon be able to turn off the system that slows iPhones as the battery gets older

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/17/tim-cook-says-youll-soon-be-able-to-turn-off-the-system-that-slows-iphones-as-the-battery-gets-older/

But your run time on older batteries will probably take a huge hit. Battery wear is real, and the firmware/OS slowdown is meant to prevent batteries with excessive wear from showing their condition through shorter time between recharges.

 

[Apple CEO Tim] Cook says 'people weren't paying attention' but vows to let users turn off iPhone throttling

https://www.macworld.com/article/3249094/apple-phone/cook-iphone-battery-throttling-fix.html

Up until now, battery health (wear) could not be easily assessed on iphones. Windows devices, even their now-defunct phones, have long had this feature. But throttling is relatively new in Windows 10, whereas it's been around (and automatically implemented at some uncertain threshold) in iOS for a long time. 

Cook: "[We] maybe should have been clearer." (Ya think??)

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Fruitfly malware spied on Mac users for 13 years – man charged

https://www.welivesecurity.com/2018/01/13/fruitfly-malware-spied-mac-users-13-years-man-charged/#new_tab

 

The USB Controller is in a failed state or is not currently installed

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/usb-controller-failed-state-not-currently-installed

 

8 Google Drive Settings You Should Change Right Now

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

 

20 handy things you didn’t know Google Photos can do

https://www.komando.com/columns/437469/20-handy-things-you-didnt-know-google-photos-can-do

 

Windows 10 free upgrade: Today's your last chance to get it

After several extensions to the deadline, 16th January is the last day for owners of Windows 7 and 8.1 to get a free upgrade under the "assistive technologies" offer.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-free-upgrade-todays-your-last-chance-to-get-it/

 

Microsoft made Android Windows-friendly — but the work is far from done

I'm a big fan of Microsoft's services and support on Android, but there are still too many Microsoft ecosystem apps and services that are either half-baked, or simply not available. Here's what I'd like to see Redmond do next.

https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-made-android-windows-friendly-work-far-done

 

Your Chromecast or Google Home Might Be Screwing Up Your Wi-Fi [Updated]

https://gizmodo.com/your-chromecast-or-google-home-might-be-screwing-up-you-1822112926

 

Apple Will Let Users Deactivate Performance Throttling on iPhones

https://www.extremetech.com/mobile/262343-apple-will-let-users-deactivate-performance-throttling-iphones

 

Should You Repair Your Own Phone or Laptop?

https://www.howtogeek.com/339252/should-you-repair-your-own-phone-or-laptop/

 

More Windows patches, primarily previews, point to escalating problems this month

Five Windows patches and nine for .NET released yesterday, Patch Wednesday “C,” leave many of us wondering what we did to deserve such abuse. Yes, there are bugs.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3249275/microsoft-windows/more-windows-patches-primarily-previews-point-to-escalating-problems-this-month.html

 

Inside The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1: Cooling Intel Kaby Lake G

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/dell-xps-15-cooling-intel-kaby-lake-g-vega-amd,36334.html

 

How to Identify a Bad VPN

https://www.maketecheasier.com/identify-bad-vpn/

 

[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/

 

Google is rolling out a fix for those Home-related Wi-Fi issues

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/17/google-is-rolling-out-a-fix-for-those-home-related-wifi-issues/

 

Check if your Chromebook is protected against the Meltdown vulnerability

Worried your Chromebook is vulnerable to the Meltdown bug recently discovered? Read this.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/check-if-your-chromebook-is-protected-against-the-meltdown-vulnerability/

 

What is USB Selective Suspend feature? How to enable or disable it?

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/usb-selective-suspend-enable-disable

 

7 Free Windows Tools to Automate Repetitive Tasks

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/automate-repetitive-tasks/

 

Print pages off the web without all the ads

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

 

FAQ: How to manage Windows 10 updates

If you've spent years mastering the ins and outs of Windows Update, prepare to do some unlearning. Windows 10, with its emphasis on "Windows as a service," rewrites almost all the rules of updates and upgrades. Here's what you need to know.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/faq-how-to-manage-windows-10-updates/

 

Dell XPS 13: Differences between 9370 vs. 9360

What are the main differences between the older Dell XPS 13 9360 and the updated Dell XPS 13 9370?

https://www.windowscentral.com/dell-xps-13-differences-between-9370-vs-9360

 

Facebook Wants to Overhaul Its News Feed—I Made Mine Empty Instead

https://gizmodo.com/facebook-wants-to-overhaul-its-news-feed-i-made-mine-em-1822014878

 

There’s a reason why you just got a driver update for your HP notebook

https://www.askwoody.com/2017/theres-a-reason-why-you-just-got-a-driver-update-for-your-hp-notebook/

 

Ditch Your PC’s Calculator App and Use a Real One Instead

https://www.howtogeek.com/337932/ditch-your-pcs-calculator-app-and-use-a-real-one-instead/

 

InSpectre: See whether your PC's protected from Meltdown and Spectre

Security guru Steve Gibson cooks up a new, easy, no-bull utility that scans your machine and tells you, point blank, whether you’re vulnerable to Meltdown or Spectre.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3248730/microsoft-windows/inspectre-see-whether-your-pcs-protected-from-meltdown-and-spectre.html

 

Intel Core i3-8100 CPU Review

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/intel-core-i3-8100-cpu-review,5385.html

 

The Difference Between a WiFi Booster, Repeater, and Extender, Explained

https://www.maketecheasier.com/difference-between-wi-fi-booster-repeater-extender/

 

[Guide] Things to Do After Installing Feature Update in Windows 10

https://www.askvg.com/guide-things-to-do-after-installing-feature-update-in-windows-10/

 

Nomad’s new wireless charging hub is a traveler’s best friend

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/17/nomads-new-wireless-charging-hub-is-a-travelers-best-friend/

 

One of VR's most annoying problems could be solved soon

Trying to navigate a room while wearing a VR headset? A company named Occipital has a self-contained solution to that problem.

https://www.cnet.com/news/occipital-hopes-to-fix-vr-room-tracking-problems-ces-2018/

 

LeakedSource Founder Arrested for Selling 3 Billion Stolen Credentials

https://thehackernews.com/2018/01/leakedsource-operator-charged.html

 

Best Wired and Wireless Gaming Headsets

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/best-wired-wireless-gaming-headsets

 

How to Bookmark a Page in a PDF Document in Adobe Reader

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/bookmark-page-pdf-document-open-adobe-reader/

 

Online banking glitch is double billing customer accounts

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/438268/online-banking-glitch-is-double-billing-customer-accounts

 

Turn your iPhone/Android into a satellite phone

Being out of cellphone reception is no problem if you own a satellite phone. Here's how to never miss a call again no matter where you are in the world, and yet still keep your iPhone or Android device.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/turn-your-android-smartphone-or-iphone-into-a-satellite-phone/

 

Teligram? Fake Telegram app contains malvertising

https://www.scmagazine.com/fake-telegram-app-contains-malware-and-ads/article/736626/

 

You Can Now Send iMessages on Android, as Long as You Have a Mac

https://lifehacker.com/you-can-now-send-imessages-on-android-as-long-as-you-h-1822160827

 

13 Must-Have Accessories for a New Laptop or Tablet

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/must-have-accessories-laptop-or-tablet

 

How to Enable Fast User Switching in macOS

https://www.howtogeek.com/339517/how-to-enable-fast-user-switching-in-macos/

 

Save Big on a Printer You Actually Won't Hate

https://deals.kinja.com/save-big-on-a-printer-you-actually-wont-hate-1822067723

 

Show Drive Letters Before or After Name in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/64249-show-drive-letters-before-after-name-windows-10-a.html

 

How to Install MATE Alongside Cinnamon in Linux Mint

https://www.maketecheasier.com/install-mate-linux-mint/

 

Feds Team with Foreign Policy Experts to Assess US Election Security

Expert panel lays out potential risks for the 2018 election cycle and beyond

https://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities---threats/feds-team-with-foreign-policy-experts-to-assess-us-election-security--/d/d-id/1330848

 

Worried About Breaking Your New iPhone? Get AppleCare, Not Carrier-Provided Insurance

https://www.reviewgeek.com/503/worried-about-breaking-your-new-iphone-get-applecare-not-carrier-provided-insurance/

 

Siri will keep you posted with 'give me the news' feature

Now you can reportedly play a news podcast with a voice command.

https://www.cnet.com/news/siri-will-keep-you-posted-with-give-me-the-news-feature/

 

Allow Windows Updates to be downloaded automatically over Metered Connections

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/allow-windows-updates-downloaded-automatically-metered-connections

 

The 20 Best Free Roku Channels You Shouldn’t Miss

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/best-free-roku-channels/

 

7 tech myths you believe that you shouldn't

https://www.komando.com/tips/322383/7-tech-myths-you-believe-that-you-shouldnt

 

4 Years After Target, the Little Guy is the Target

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/12/4-years-after-target-the-little-guy-is-the-target/

 

SSM Health call center agent with access to records allegedly violated patient privacy

https://www.scmagazine.com/ssm-health-call-center-agent-with-access-to-records-allegedly-violated-patient-privacy/article/733822/

 

What to Put in Your Password Manager

https://lifehacker.com/what-to-put-in-your-password-manager-1822118327

 

Hawaii's ballistic missile false alarm and a user interface failure

“SOMEBODY CLICKED THE WRONG THING ON A COMPUTER.”

https://www.grahamcluley.com/hawaiis-ballistic-missile-false-alarm-user-interface-failure/

 

How to See Your Most Used Apps on Android

https://www.howtogeek.com/339207/how-to-see-your-most-used-apps-on-android/

 

This Is A $77 Backup Camera And Dash Cam In One

https://deals.kinja.com/this-is-a-77-backup-camera-and-dash-cam-in-one-1822053076

 

Change Magnifier View in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/102256-change-magnifier-view-windows-10-a.html

 

Wells Fargo Customers Should Check Their Bank Accounts

https://twocents.lifehacker.com/wells-fargo-customers-should-check-their-bank-accounts-1822193514

 

California Predicted to Lose $329M to Cybercrime in 2018

The Golden State will be hit hardest but New York will lose the most money per incident.

https://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities---threats/california-predicted-to-lose-$329m-to-cybercrime-in-2018/d/d-id/1330849

 

Add Instant Backseat Entertainment to Your Car with a Tablet Mount

https://www.reviewgeek.com/1519/add-instant-backseat-entertainment-to-your-car-with-a-tablet-mount/

 

Nanoleaf lights up CES with new touch-sensitive wall panels

The follow-up to last year's popular Aurora panels work with Siri, Alexa and Google and add in touch controls, motion detection and mass scalability.

https://www.cnet.com/videos/nanoleaf-lights-up-vegas-with-new-touch-sensitive-wall-panels/

 

Attack Surface Reduction feature in Windows Defender

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/attack-surface-reduction-windows-defender

 

Cybersecurity quiz winners rewarded with malware-infected USB sticks

https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/cybersecurity-quiz-winners-rewarded-with-malware-infected-usb-sticks-19448.html#new_tab

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Facebook Doesn’t Like What It Sees When It Looks in the Mirror

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/16/opinion/facebook-zuckerberg-public-content.html?emc=edit_th_180117&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=49680637

 

This Spotify Playlist Is Your Soundtrack for 2017

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/spotify-playlist-soundtrack-2017/

 

Intel SSD 760p Performance Details Emerge

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-ssd-760p-performance,36344.html

 

Amazon delivery late? Use this to request compensation

https://www.komando.com/tips/433391/amazon-delivery-late-use-this-to-request-compensation

 

FCC chair proposes $500 million push for rural broadband

The order would also institute new regulations to the Connect America Fund.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/16/fcc-ajit-pai-proposes-500-million-for-rural-broadband/

 

Microsoft needs to prove it's serious about Cortana — before it's too late

Cortana, previously the buzzword of every Microsoft press conference, has been slipping increasingly into obscurity.

https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-get-serious-about-cortana-or-give

 

Dell Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme Tablet Review

https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/dell-latitude-7212-rugged-extreme-tablet

 

Nvidia becomes latest company embroiled in the Meltdown and Spectre GPU mess

https://www.pcauthority.com.au/news/nvidia-becomes-latest-company-embroiled-in-the-meltdown-and-spectre-gpu-mess-480893

 

Managing the Password Dilemma

It's no secret that passwords are a lousy approach to security, but for most organizations, that's all they've got.

https://www.pcmag.com/article/358428/managing-the-password-dilemma

 

The iPhone 8’s All-Glass Design Makes It (Shockingly) Hard to Drop

https://www.reviewgeek.com/150/the-iphone8s-all-glass-design-makes-it-shockingly-hard-to-drop/

 

Cryptojacking the new browser mining threat you need to know about

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/cryptojacking-browser-mining-threat

 

Can I Just Unplug My Computer to Shut It Down?

Using your computer's Power button improperly, or pulling the plug, can lead to serious data loss. I'll look at the right way to turn your computer off.

https://askleo.com/can-just-unplug-computer-shut/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=I_1zMjl8H3dfbL

 

How to sign up for Google's Project Fi

Google's wireless carrier ambitions are finally open to all; here's how to sign up.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-sign-up-for-googles-project-fi/

 

Lawsuit filed by 22 state attorneys general seeks to block net neutrality repeal

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/16/lawsuit-filed-by-22-state-attorneys-general-seeks-to-block-net-neutrality-repeal/

 

Dolby Vision vs. HDR10: What’s the Difference Between HDR TV Formats?

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/dolby-vision-vs-hdr-10/

 

HP Shows Off NVMe, Thunderbolt 3, Magnetic USB SSDs

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/hp-ex920-ex900-p800_p600-ssd,36342.html

 

This free tool shows you what someone has searched for using Google, Yahoo, Facebook and more

https://www.komando.com/downloads/432937/this-free-tool-shows-you-what-someone-has-searched-for-using-google-yahoo-facebook-and-more

 

Motorola's 2018 lineup may include an iPhone X lookalike

5G and AI might also play important roles.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/16/motorola-2018-device-rumor/

 

Progressive Web Apps (PWA) may be the great equalizer for Microsoft, Google and Apple

What if there was one app standard Microsoft, Google and Apple all adopted? Progressive Web Apps (PWA) may be that great equalizer.

https://www.windowscentral.com/great-equalizer-microsoft-google-and-apple-embrace-progressive-web-apps

 

Out of the Box Tips: Set Up Your New Laptop Like a Pro

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/out-of-the-box-laptop-tips

 

Apple Exaggerates MacBook Standby Battery Life, Owners Report

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/261988-apple-macbook-standby-battery-life

 

Intel's Chip Patch Triggers Reboots for Haswell, Broadwell Systems

The firmware updates are causing 'higher system reboots' for machines running Intel chips that were released between 2013 and 2016.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/358470/intels-chip-patch-triggers-reboots-for-haswell-broadwell-s

 

Save Big on iPhone 8 Cases by Buying an iPhone 7 Case Instead

https://www.reviewgeek.com/543/save-big-on-iphone-8-cases-by-buying-an-iphone-7-case-instead/

 

Fix Microsoft Excel opening a Blank document

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/excel-opening-blank-window

 

How Should I Set Up My Home Network?

A home network allows you to share a single internet connection, as well as data and devices, between multiple devices. I'll review the basics components of a home network and some steps to take as your network grows.

https://askleo.com/how_should_i_set_up_my_home_network/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=I_1zMjl8H3dfbL

 

Samsung Bixby: 7 things to know about the personal assistant

Samsung's new personal assistant made its debut on the Galaxy S8, but now it's expanding to more devices and in functionality.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/samsung-bixby-things-to-know-about-the-personal-assistant/

 

Volumetric photogrammetry — big words, bigger impact on VR

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/17/volumetric-photogrammetry-big-words-bigger-impact-on-vr/

 

Is Your HP PC or Laptop Spying on You?

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/hp-pc-laptop-spying/

 

Adata Joins M.3 Party With New IM3P33E1 SSD

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/adata-im3p33e1-m.3-ssd-nvme,36332.html

 

3 ways to search the web without Google tracking you

https://www.komando.com/columns/395687/3-ways-to-search-the-web-without-google-tracking-you

 

Cortana is reportedly moving to Action Center on Windows 10

Microsoft is reportedly planning to move Cortana from Windows Search to Action Center, and it'll implement a new chat-based interface for the new experience.

https://pureinfotech.com/cortana-action-center-windows-10/

 

Microsoft is moving Cortana out of Windows 10 search and into the Action Center

Microsoft is moving Cortana's entry point out of Windows search and into the Action Center on Windows 10, giving "her" a new home on the taskbar.

https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-moving-cortana-out-search-and-action-center-windows-10

 

How to Use Windows 10's Timeline Feature

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/use-timeline-windows-10

 

How to make sure Windows gets the right patches coming to it

Windows users can take these steps to insure their PCs continue to receive security updates in the wake of the Spectre and Meltdown flaws.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3248724/microsoft-windows/how-to-make-sure-windows-gets-the-right-patches-coming-to-it.html

 

The Best Cheap Laptops of 2018

You don't have to spend thousands of dollars to get a capable PC for everyday computing. Here's what you need to know to achieve the perfect balance of price and features in a budget laptop.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2371334,00.asp

 

Turn On or Off Face Detection and Recognition in Windows 10 Photos app

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/102313-turn-off-face-detection-recognition-windows-10-photos-app.html

 

What is OpenSSH? How to enable & use OpenSSH on Windows 10

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/openssh-on-windows-10

 

What Is “Privilege Escalation” on a CPU?

Privilege is a fundamental concept in modern operating system design. We'll explore what privilege means as used by the CPU when software runs.

https://askleo.com/privilege-escalation-cpu/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=I_1zMjl8H3dfbL

 

13 Roku tricks you should try right now

Your Roku streamer can do a lot more than you might think. These are some of the coolest tips we've tried.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/roku-tricks-you-should-try-right-now/

 

Comcast partners with AWS as it struggles to fight cord-cutting disruption

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/16/comcast-partners-with-aws-as-it-struggles-to-fight-cord-cutting-disruption/

 

Did You Know About These Gmail Limitations?

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/gmail-gsuite-limitations/

 

Best Puzzle Games

http://www.tomshardware.com/picturestory/805-best-puzzle-video-games.html

 

How to use Windows 10's Disk Quota to manage user storage

https://www.komando.com/tips/437362/how-to-use-windows-10s-disk-quota-to-manage-user-storage

 

How to fix display scaling issues without signing out of Windows 10

Windows 10 adds a new settings in a new effort to fix scaling problems that cause blurry apps in certain scenarios, and here's how you can use these settings.

https://pureinfotech.com/fix-display-scaling-issues-windows-10/

 

Best Windows 10 apps to view and edit PDFs

PDFs are one of the most common ways to view and save documents. Here are the best ways to view and edit PDFs on Windows 10.

https://www.windowscentral.com/best-windows-10-apps-view-and-edit-pdfs

 

How to Send Web Pages From Your Android Phone to Windows 10

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/send-web-pages-from-phone-to-windows-10

 

How to tell if your Linux machine is patched against Meltdown and Spectre

Jack Wallen walks you through the process of testing to see if your Linux machines have been patched for the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-tell-if-your-linux-machine-is-patched-against-meltdown-and-spectre/

 

Cherry Unveils its First Low-Profile Keyboard Switches

These switches, 35 percent slimmer than the MX Red ones on which they're based, are the first low-profile design from the venerable German manufacturer.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/358519/cherry-unveils-its-first-low-profile-keyboard-switches

 

Change Menus Text Size in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/70839-change-menus-text-size-windows-10-a.html

 

Fix USB Selective Suspend feature is disabled in Windows

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/fix-usb-selective-suspend-feature-disabled-windows

 

Managing Brick Risk

A small number of users will have problems with recent Windows Updates. My take on how to deal with that goes contrary to popular opinion.

https://askleo.com/managing-brick-risk/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=I_1zMjl8H3dfbL

 

Google Home or Chromecast might be crashing your Wi-Fi

If your Wi-Fi isn't working like it should, Google Home or Chromecast may be affecting it. Here's what you can do right now.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-keep-google-home-chromecast-from-killing-your-wi-fi/

 

Tim Cook says you’ll soon be able to turn off the system that slows iPhones as the battery gets older

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/17/tim-cook-says-youll-soon-be-able-to-turn-off-the-system-that-slows-iphones-as-the-battery-gets-older/

 

The Best Podcasts of 2017 You Really Need to Hear

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/best-podcasts-2017/

 

NoBot is a portable malware scanner for Windows

https://www.ghacks.net/2018/01/05/nobot-is-a-portable-malware-scanner-for-windows/

 

The Windows 10 control panel modernization continues: Fonts get some love

A few more decades-old bits of Windows are getting removed.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/01/the-fonts-control-panel-is-the-next-to-get-modernized-in-windows-10/

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Re. FYI#1144 (Tues 1/16/2018)

Report: Google Home, Chromecast Break WiFi

With the additional details, I now see why my Chromecast has not caused any problems. Like all my devices, when it's not in use, the Chromecast is completely powered down. No sleep or standby. 

Only my TiVo sleeps, and this when awakened does not flood anything with excess keep-alive signals. Also, I connect both Chromecast and TiVo to my Gateway the same way the DVR connects -- by a wired connection (Ethernet in the case of Chromecast and TiVo, and my SlingBox when I was running that). Even my tablet is powered down, not suspended, when not in use for extended periods. The NUC on my desktop, the same thing -- powered all the way off when not in use. Even my Comcast DVR I put into powered-off standby when it's not being used for awhile. Apparently, these choices make good wifi neighbors. 

There's some loss of convenience, and an always-listening device can't be powered off completely, but I have always believed, the fewer things which are in standby or sleep modes at any given time, the better. I guess I was right all along.

BTW, excessive keep-alive inputs should not knock out a well-designed router. These vulnerable routers are probably also prone to DDoS style exploits. Best to choose brands or models which can filter excessive signals and just shut out the offending connections. Or invest in a security appliance, which can do the same filtering and protections. (BitDefender makes one, and there are others.) I'd rather have to reset a Chromecast, or even my TiVo, than to recover from a successful DDoS attack.

 

Best USB Type-C Accessories and Cables

One thing most of today's thin laptops and tablets need is a dock. They have USB-C ports, but often no other kind of ports. My new Chromebook will not have HDMI Out or a proper SD Card slot, let alone USB 3.x Type A ports. So I'm buying the ASUS full-sized dock. It's $112.00 extra, but worth every penny. You need a full-featured USB-C port with power to run a dock, and video through USB-C has to be supported. Not all tablet models have these features.

 

How to share a Screenshot online with these tools

I have Awesome Screenshot in my Chrome Browser, but I still prefer to either upload from my own PC, or else use my Google Drive as a parking space and share the URL. Some folks don't like large image attachments in their email messages.

 

PowerShell vs. PowerShell Core, what you need to know

I'm curious as to how or if this would be applied to a Chromebook (Intel based) running Ubuntu Linux? Maybe soon I'll get a chance to try it out.

 

Firefox Tab Warming explained

Not a fan. Waste of resources. Possible privacy issues as well.

 

7 Ways to Make Windows 10 Run Faster

I use most of these methods regularly. And my Windows PCs have run reasonably well. Some of these same considerations also apply to a Linux PC, though the tools differ a bit.

 

Enable or Disable Hibernate in Windows 10

I like true Hibernate because you can unplug the PC or tablet once it enters that state. It then comes back out faster than a full startup. I feel the same way with Linux -- I enable Hibernate on all my installs.

 

Help Me, Laptop: I Need More Ports

Good docks with the right compatibility can cost a lot. But my new Chromebook will not be much good without at least the USB Type A and HDMI Out ports, which the Chromebook itself lacks.

 

What is Chrome 'Site Isolation' and how does it keep me safe?

I enabled this flag for Chrom on Linux. It isn't interfering with anything that I can detect, so it stays set for security.

 

An update on ongoing Meltdown and Spectre work

Retpoline is planned for Ubuntu 18.04, kernel 4.15, but it isn't yet available in any Linux kernel except a few in developer testing, which no normal user would want to risk using due to instability.

 

What Is Plexamp and Why Do You Need It?

This article gives a big buildup for a small feature in the Plex multiverse. This is just not impressive stuff compared with other Plex Labs features.

 

Linux and Windows Servers Targeted with RubyMiner Malware

While an interesting read, this is server stuff, not the stuff home desktop or mobile users need to be concerned about.

 

From My Own Reading:

Google Chromecast devices are messing with WiFi connections

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/16/google-chromecast-messing-wifi-connections/

I have a Comcast Gateway, and it doesn't misbehave when my Chromecast becomes active. But other routers may well have issues. I don't keep the Chromecast in Sleep or Standby mode.

 

Serial SWATter arrested, charged with involuntary manslaughter

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/16/serial-swatter-arrested-charged-with-involuntary-manslaughter/

I'd sure like to see the mugshot of this clown!

 

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Meltdown and Spectre: Problems with Patches?

Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:56 pm (PST

We just talked about this at our last meeting. It should be of interest to those concerned about this potential problem.

http://bit.ly/2DloHTr

 

Password Podcast

Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:16 am (PST

More on passwords selection and managing.

http://bit.ly/2DpD211

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Tue 1144 1/16/2018

Why is Everyone Scared of Microsoft Becoming the Next IBM?

https://www.petri.com/everyone-scared-microsoft-becoming-next-ibm?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8qojC7j4OWKvvFTpPFt9EG2H-TDX2JY4xWIO2qzQmUoJuwP_GXFbrtWS9oPnX0kqjUVUPqJlaT6pzgOQJjlX_3yQsdWw&_hsmi=59979183

 

Report: Google Home, Chromecast Break WiFi

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10265/report-google-home-chromecast-break-wifi

 

Try Google Voice Typing for These 5 Practical Reasons Today

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/google-voice-typing-practical/

 

Everything You Should Know About Your IMEI Number

https://www.maketecheasier.com/imei-number/

 

Best USB Type-C Accessories and Cables

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/best-usb-type-c-accessories-cables

 

HTC Vive Pro Is Sharp, Advanced, and Impressive

HTC's new Vive Pro virtual reality headset features one of the sharpest displays we've seen in VR, and the Vive wireless adapter lets SteamVR users finally cut the cord.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/358472/htc-vive-pro-is-sharp-advanced-and-impressive

 

Apple iOS 11.2.2 Release Has A Great Secret Feature

Apple has released the essential but highly controversial iOS 11.2.2 upgrade. And something very curious is emerging: its worst feature for some is becoming its best for others… 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2018/01/14/apple-ios-11-2-2-iphone-battery-life-iphone-performance-problem/?partner=yahootix&yptr=yahoo#3acc0a5b2761

 

First Ring Daily Live: CES Hangover

https://www.thurrott.com/podcasts/150082/first-ring-daily-live-ces-hangover?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8qojC7j4OWKvvFTpPFt9EG2H-TDX2JY4xWIO2qzQmUoJuwP_GXFbrtWS9oPnX0kqjUVUPqJlaT6pzgOQJjlX_3yQsdWw&_hsmi=59979183

 

How to share a Screenshot online with these tools

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/share-screenshot-online

 

Intel has hit a “major breakthrough” in quantum computing

https://www.pcauthority.com.au/news/intel-has-hit-a-major-breakthrough-in-quantum-computing-480958

 

PSA: AppleCare Replaces Your Broken Charger and Headphones for Free

https://www.reviewgeek.com/562/psa-applecare-replaces-your-broken-charger-and-headphones-for-free/

 

10 incredibly useful low-tech hacks for high-tech gadgets you didn’t know existed

https://www.komando.com/tips/437178/10-incredibly-useful-low-tech-hacks-for-high-tech-gadgets-you-didnt-know-existed

 

Razer's 'Project Linda' Razer Phone dock is the Continuum Microsoft dreams of

https://www.windowscentral.com/razers-project-linda-ces

 

PowerShell vs. PowerShell Core, what you need to know

https://www.ghacks.net/2018/01/12/powershell-vs-powershell-core-what-you-need-to-know/

 

How to Outline Text in Photoshop

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/outline-text-photoshop/

 

How to Use Google Sheets: Key Tips to Get You Started

https://www.maketecheasier.com/how-to-use-google-sheets/

 

Should I Buy a Chromebook? Buying Guide and Advice

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/chromebook-buying-advice

 

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

 

Lawmakers want answers from Apple over throttling old iPhones

https://nypost.com/2018/01/15/lawmakers-want-answers-from-apple-over-throttling-old-iphones/

 

Twitter Lite Now Adapts to Larger Screens

https://www.thurrott.com/cloud/social/150171/twitter-lite-now-adapts-larger-screens?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8qojC7j4OWKvvFTpPFt9EG2H-TDX2JY4xWIO2qzQmUoJuwP_GXFbrtWS9oPnX0kqjUVUPqJlaT6pzgOQJjlX_3yQsdWw&_hsmi=59979183

 

How to resize Touch and On-screen Keyboard on Windows 10

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/resize-touch-screen-keyboard-windows

 

Samsung Galaxy S9: Everything we know so far

https://www.pcauthority.com.au/news/samsung-galaxy-s9-everything-we-know-so-far-480910

 

Thank God You Can’t Blowup Your iPhone By Double Charging It

https://www.reviewgeek.com/578/thank-god-you-cant-blowup-your-iphone-by-double-charging-it/

 

Which is better, Amazon Echo or Google Home?

https://www.komando.com/tips/431298/which-is-better-echo-or-google-home

 

Dell's new XPS 15 (9575) is the 'most powerful 2-in-1 ever'

https://www.windowscentral.com/dell-xps-15-2-1-announce

 

Firefox Tab Warming explained

https://www.ghacks.net/2018/01/12/firefox-tab-warming-explained/

 

Google’s New Android App Can Help You Save Data

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/google-app-android-save-data/

 

7 Ways to Make Windows 10 Run Faster

https://www.maketecheasier.com/make-windows10-run-faster/

 

Laptops in 2018: Here’s What to Expect

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/laptops-2018-what-to-expect

 

CES 2018: Top Tech Trends

It's easy to get lost in the slew of product announcements at CES on a micro level, but if you step back and look at the big picture, you can see some trends emerge.

https://www.pcmag.com/feature/358468/ces-2018-top-tech-trends

 

AMD Processors: Google Project Zero, Spectre and Meltdown

An Update on AMD Processor Security 

https://www.amd.com/en/corporate/speculative-execution

 

Enable or Disable Hibernate in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2859-enable-disable-hibernate-windows-10-a.html

 

Use Boot Camp to setup Keyboard & Trackpad after installing Windows 10 on MacBook

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/boot-camp-keyboard-trackpad-windows-10-macbook

 

How to set up a Raspberry Pi for retro gaming

Are you nostalgic for the glory days of retro gaming? Learn how to run retro games on the Raspberry Pi.

https://opensource.com/article/18/1/retro-gaming?sc_cid=701f2000000tr6CAAQ

 

Stock up on these discounted Sylvania HomeKit-enabled Smart Bulbs

For those in the Apple ecosystem.

https://www.imore.com/stock-these-discounted-sylvania-homekit-enabled-smart-bulbs

 

10 handy things you probably don’t know Netflix can do

https://www.komando.com/columns/433927/10-handy-things-you-probably-dont-know-netflix-can-do

 

Microsoft announces first mobile carriers to support Always Connected PCs

https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-announces-first-mobile-carriers-support-always-connected-pcs

 

Waterfox 56.0.2 security update released

https://www.ghacks.net/2018/01/07/waterfox-56-0-2-security-update-released/

 

How to Add and Delete Contacts in Gmail

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/add-delete-contacts-gmail/

 

4 of the Best Kodi Add-ons to Stream Your Favorite Sports Immediately

https://www.maketecheasier.com/kodi-add-ons-stream-sports/

 

Help Me, Laptop: I Need More Ports

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/laptop-dock-hdmi-displayport

 

The Hottest Smart Home Products of CES 2018

From the bathroom to the bedroom, CES was all about making your home smarter this year. These are the products that stood out.

https://www.pcmag.com/feature/358505/the-hottest-smart-home-products-of-ces-2018

 

An update on ongoing Meltdown and Spectre work

https://fedoramagazine.org/update-ongoing-meltdown-spectre-work/

 

Change Default Audio Playback Device in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/102323-change-default-audio-playback-device-windows-10-a.html

 

Block a sender or contact from sending emails in Gmail or Outlook.com

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/block-sender-contact-gmail-outlook

 

What is Chrome 'Site Isolation' and how does it keep me safe?

Chrome's Site Isolation feature is a brand new way to keep your web session more secure, but you'll need to enable it.

https://www.androidcentral.com/chrome-site-isolation

 

[Windows 10 Bug Fix] Desktop Icons Jump Back to Original Location While Moving

https://www.askvg.com/windows-10-bug-fix-desktop-icons-jump-back-to-original-location-while-moving/

 

Bug in Facebook may have exposed your phone number to marketers

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/437260/bug-in-facebook-may-have-exposed-your-phone-number-to-marketers

 

2 reasons why Google's Pixel 2 is the best Android for Windows phone converts

https://www.windowscentral.com/why-pixel-2-better-bet-windows-converts

 

Firefox 59: UI options to block notifications, microphone, camera and location

https://www.ghacks.net/2018/01/07/firefox-59-ui-options-to-block-notifications-microphone-camera-and-location/

 

What Is Plexamp and Why Do You Need It?

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/what-is-plexamp/

 

Make your garage door smart for $55

The Chamberlain MyQ is compatible with most modern garage-door openers and originally sold for $130. Plus: a modern take on the Game Boy Pocket for just $17!

https://www.cnet.com/news/make-your-garage-door-smart-for-55/

 

Linux and Windows Servers Targeted with RubyMiner Malware

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/linux-and-windows-servers-targeted-with-rubyminer-malware/

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Re. FYI#1142 (Sun 1/14/2017): 

Intel AMT Allows BitLocker Bypass In Under A Minute

This feature is not found on consumer class products, so most of us will never encounter this issue.

 

7 reasons why you still might want a real camera

My phone camera simply does not capture night shots where I'm trying for a skyline or a post-sunset or a shot of a moonrise or moonset. So I have to keep a real digital camera handy. There are other things my phone camera does not do well, including image stabilization for when I don't have a tripod handy.

 

WPA3 Is Here: What You Need to Know

This new standard won't affect most of us until a couple of years from now, if even then. Security is not much better in WPA3 than in WPA2. I expect reports of WPA3 hacks soon.

 

Check Linux for Spectre or Meltdown vulnerability

The Bash Script shows that even in the latest "patched" versions of the Linux kernel, at least two mitigations for Spectre vulnerabilities are still not included. I don't know why not, but that's my current state of the art. (This is what I spent a half-day testing.)

 

Major Linux redesign in the works to deal with Intel security flaw

It's been patched to the extent now possible, in kernel 4.13 as well (including 4.13 HWE). Kernel 4.4 (Ubuntu 16.04 default) may or may not have been patched yet. Other kernel variants will not be patched, but will be retired. Mint and other Ubuntu derivatives may see patches considerably later.

 

How to enable Strict Site Isolation in Chrome browser

I have this enabled. So far, no ill effects that I can see. YMMV.

 

Find out if your browser is vulnerable to Spectre attacks

In Chrome you get a translated page and it shows not vulnerable (Chrome 64 beta, Linux). In Firefox 57, Linux, the page won't translate and nothing on the page can be clicked. So the page does not function in Firefox57 under Linux. This shows me that this page is another hoax, and will give Chrome users a false sense of security. The page is based in Mainland China, BTW.

 

Find out if your Windows is affected by Meltdown and Spectre CPU Vulnerabilities

This is ridiculous! ALL Windows, Linux, Apple and many Android devices are vulnerable. OS patches change nothing about this fact. Many Chromebooks are also vulnerable, and ChromeOS does not protect either.

 

Linux Mint security notice on Meltdown and Spectre

Mint is behind Ubuntu in mitigating the vulnerabilities, but no one has all the bases covered as of this week.

 

Re. FYI#1143 (Mon 1/15/2018):

OSArmor constantly monitors & blocks suspicious processes on Windows PC

I have posted repeatedly about my skepticism when it comes to third-party Windows heuristics programs. They produce more false-positives and block more necessary system processes than they are worth. This program is most likely a continuation of this abysmal track record.

 

Still using Windows 8.1? You’re on your own now (at 4 yrs, this sounds like a year early)

Maybe early, but they did it. What are you going to do?

 

Your DNS Server might be unavailable in Windows 10/8/7

So far, I haven't run into this issue, and I use alternative DNS servers all the time. In Linux, too.

 

Check or Uncheck All Items in Disk Cleanup by Default in Windows 10

I like the more granular control of doing the checkmarks manually. That way I can choose when and whether to clean up Microsoft Updates or old system upgrade files instead of taking an all or nothing approach. 

 

Malwarebytes for Firefox extension

Look at the comments below this article. No one seems to find any added value in this extension. And I use Chrome anyway under Linux, so how good could the extension be for me? There are reports of extensive telemetry in this extension. 

 

Turn On or Off Tabs in apps (Sets) in Windows 10

Fortunately, this monstrosity has never reared its ugly head on any of my devices -- yet!

 

Samsung's Next Tablets Could Have Rollable Displays

Curious design. If they ever do this, it might be worth a look. But I doubt that this type of design will gain much traction in the tablet market.

 

Fixes MIA for Many Linux Kernel Flaws

I just spent half a day finding out about some of these MIA patches. This included cleaning up the things I added or changed trying to see whether they improved my security. Nothing really did much at all, except one Linux kernel update.

 

Bitcoin miners have extracted 80 percent of all the bitcoins there will ever be

I'm only surprised this figure isn't nearer to 800 percent!

 

From My Own Reading:

Avira Antivirus Pro review: Great performance, but the free version is probably sufficient

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3229565/security/avira-antivirus-pro-review.html

 

AMD processors will get a firmware update for the Spectre CPU exploit, but it's optional

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3247749/components-processors/amd-cpu-firmware-update-spectre.html

 

 Microsoft is shutting down its free upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 January 16

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3247661/windows/microsoft-is-shutting-down-its-free-upgrade-from-windows-81-to-windows-10-in-24-hours.html

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Comments by -- Joe Nowak

Latest editon of CyberHeistNews

Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:51 pm (PST

CyberheistNews Vol 8 #3 [Heads-up] Unusual Ransomware Strain Encrypts Cloud Email Real-Time VIDEO

http://bit.ly/2DhDiPL

 

Air and Water Show at CES in Las Vegas

Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:05 pm (PST

Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is held every January in Las Vegas. This year an air and water show was created using the dancing waters of the Belagio plus an air assist from a fleet of drones.

http://bit.ly/2DhR30K

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Mon 1143 1/`5/2018

F-Secure highlights another critical Intel security issue (what other surprises are around the corner?)

http://www.computerweekly.com/news/450433078/F-secure-highlights-another-critical-Intel-security-issue

 

Samsung Will Reportedly Unlock FM Chip in Future Smartphones

The news comes after FCC Chairman Ajit Pai last February pushed for FM radio in US smartphones but argued that companies should not be forced to turn it on.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/358493/samsung-will-reportedly-unlock-fm-chip-in-future-smartphones

 

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

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

 

OSArmor constantly monitors & blocks suspicious processes on Windows PC

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/osarmor-blocks-suspicious-processes-windows-pc

 

Windows 10 adds 'Do Not Disturb' feature

The latest build release also improves the reading experience across devices.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/13/windows-10-do-not-disturb-quiet-hours/

 

Best Travel Surge Protectors for Gadgets Big and Small

https://www.reviewgeek.com/758/best-travel-surge-protectors-for-gadgets-big-and-small/

 

Control Netflix’s stream quality and block spoilers with Super Netflix

https://www.ghacks.net/2018/01/14/control-netflix-quality-and-block-spoilers-with-super-netflix/

 

What does Google know about me?

https://www.komando.com/tips/430434/what-does-google-know-about-me

 

How to change app permissions on Windows 10

Windows 10's Settings now allows you control permissions within the app's settings page — Here's how you can change app permissions on your PC.

https://pureinfotech.com/change-app-permissions-windows-10/

 

Researchers Found Another Major Security Flaw in Intel CPUs

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/262031-researchers-found-another-major-security-flaw-intel-cpus

 

Still using Windows 8.1? You’re on your own now (at 4 yrs, this sounds like a year early)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/still-using-windows-8-1-141732769.html

 

Beware of Facebook Asking Personal Questions

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/beware-facebook-asking-personal-questions/

 

Lenovo's New ThinkPads Have 8th Gen Core, Webcam Cover

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/new-thinkpads-for-2018

 

CES 2018: Top Tech Trends

It's easy to get lost in the slew of product announcements at CES on a micro level, but if you step back and look at the big picture, you can see some trends emerge.

https://www.pcmag.com/feature/358468/ces-2018-top-tech-trends

 

Microsoft details efforts to protect Edge and IE from Meltdown and Spectre

https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-talks-steps-taken-mitigate-meltdown-spectre-vulnerabilities-edge-and-internet-explorer

 

The Billion Dollar Computer Malware Industry

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/billion-dollar-computer-malware-industry

 

BlackBerry's 'Jarvis' finds security flaws in connected cars

The company claims it can also reduce scanning time from days to minutes.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/15/blackberry-qnx-jarvis-auto-cybersecurity/

 

Whatever TV You Buy Next, Make It a 4K One

https://www.reviewgeek.com/863/whatever-tv-you-buy-next-make-it-a-4k-one/

 

Save Windows Desktop layouts with ReIcon

https://www.ghacks.net/2018/01/14/save-windows-desktop-layouts-with-reicon/

 

How to bank and shop using free Wi-Fi without getting scammed

https://www.komando.com/tips/429618/how-to-bank-and-shop-using-free-wi-fi-without-getting-scammed

 

Microsoft adds end-to-end encryption to Skype for secure conversations

Available to Skype Insiders, the Private Conversations feature is built on the Signal Protocol by Open Whisper Systems.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/microsoft-adds-end-to-end-encryption-to-skype-for-secure-conversations/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

PC Market Grows for the First Time Since 2011

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/262011-pc-market-grows-first-time-since-2011

 

The largest flash drives

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/largest-flash-drives-201531405.html

 

The 7 Best Windows Start Menu Alternatives and Replacements

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/windows-start-menu-alternatives/

 

Dell XPS 13 9370 (2018) Review

https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/dell-xps-13

 

HTC Vive Pro Is Sharp, Advanced, and Impressive

HTC's new Vive Pro virtual reality headset features one of the sharpest displays we've seen in VR, and the Vive wireless adapter lets SteamVR users finally cut the cord.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/358472/htc-vive-pro-is-sharp-advanced-and-impressive

 

Amazon Alexa coming to Windows 10 PCs from ASUS, HP and more

https://www.windowscentral.com/amazon-alexa-coming-windows-10-pcs-asus-hp-and-more

 

Your DNS Server might be unavailable in Windows 10/8/7

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/dns-server-might-unavailable

 

Home runs: The 11 best smart home gadgets of CES 2018

https://www.pcauthority.com.au/news/home-runs-the-11-best-smart-home-gadgets-of-ces-2018-480964

 

Apple stores are overrun with customers wanting cheap battery replacements

https://bgr.com/2018/01/15/iphone-battery-replacement-cost-authorized-technicians/

 

At CES, AA-Sized ‘Forever Batteries’ That Suck Power Out of the Air

https://www.extremetech.com/electronics/261944-ces-aa-forever-batteries-suck-power-air

 

Convert web page data to Excel spreadsheets with Listly

https://www.ghacks.net/2018/01/13/convert-web-page-data-to-excel-spreadsheets-with-listly/

 

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

 

Make a video of your possessions next time you travel

https://www.komando.com/tips/435671/make-a-video-of-your-possessions-next-time-you-travel

 

Check or Uncheck All Items in Disk Cleanup by Default in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/102375-check-uncheck-all-items-disk-cleanup-default-windows-10-a.html

 

How to Configure a RAID HDD Array in Linux

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/configure-raid-hdd-array-linux/

 

The Best Refurbished Laptop Deals Right Now

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/best-refurbished-laptop-deal

 

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

 

How to get started with PC gaming in 2018

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-get-started-pc-gaming

 

Add Dropbox, Google Drive and Box as Microsoft Office online Save locations

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/dropbox-google-drive-box-office-save-locations

 

HTC Vive Pro hands-on review

https://www.pcauthority.com.au/news/htc-vive-pro-hands-on-review-480963

 

Don’t buy iPhone Smart Battery Cases from Apple when they’re cheaper on Amazon

https://bgr.com/2018/01/15/iphone-7-battery-case-apple-brand-amazon/

 

Apple Exaggerates MacBook Standby Battery Life, Owners Report

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/261988-apple-macbook-standby-battery-life

 

Malwarebytes for Firefox extension

https://www.ghacks.net/2018/01/13/malwarebytes-for-firefox-extension/

 

The best Alexa commands to try with your new Echo

https://www.komando.com/columns/435296/the-best-alexa-commands-to-try-with-your-new-echo

 

No tracking, no revenue: Apple's privacy feature costs ad companies millions

Ad-tech firm Criteo likely to cut its 2018 revenue by more than a fifth after Apple blocked ‘pervasive’ tracking on web browser Safari

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jan/09/apple-tracking-block-costs-advertising-companies-millions-dollars-criteo-web-browser-safari

 

Turn On or Off Tabs in apps (Sets) in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/102362-turn-off-tabs-apps-sets-windows-10-a.html

 

How to Batch Tasks With Google Calendar to Increase Focus and Productivity

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/batch-tasks-google-calendar/

 

Samsung's Next Tablets Could Have Rollable Displays

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/samsung-tablets-rollable-display

 

One in Six Americans Now Own a Smart Speaker

According to new survey from NPR and Edison Research, about 39 million Americans now own a smart speaker, up 128 percent from January 2017.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/358535/one-in-six-americans-now-own-a-smart-speaker

 

How to turn your old laptop into jewelry

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/437262/how-to-turn-your-old-laptop-into-jewelry

 

Fixes MIA for Many Linux Kernel Flaws

https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/Fixes-MIA-for-Many-Linux-Kernel-Flaws-84949.html

 

Bitcoin miners have extracted 80 percent of all the bitcoins there will ever be

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2018/01/15/bitcoin-miners-have-extracted-80-percent-all-bitcoins-there-will-ever-be.html

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Creating an automatic data entry form in Excel

Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:35 pm (PST

Here's how to create a data entry form in Microsoft Excel.

http://bit.ly/2mwnI8i

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How to protect your PC from the major Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws

Stay safe(r) with this guide.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3245810/security/how-to-protect-your-pc-meltdown-spectre-cpu-flaws.html

 

Facebook to Reduce News Feed Noise, Pages Could See Big Hit

This change will likely cause people to spend less time on Facebook, but make the time they do spend there 'more valuable,' according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/358504/facebook-to-reduce-news-feed-noise-pages-could-see-big-hit

 

Got a Windows 10 Wi-Fi Problem? Here’s How to Fix It

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/fix-windows-10-wi-fi-problems/

 

What are PC Compute Sticks – How they work, Features & Capabilities

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/what-are-pc-compute-sticks

 

CES showed us smart displays will be the new normal

They'll soon be everywhere.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/12/smart-display-android-things-google-assistant-ces/

 

Intel AMT Allows BitLocker Bypass In Under A Minute

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-amt-bitlocker-bios-bypass,36321.html

 

Irish startup SoapBox Labs is building speech recognition tech for kids

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

 

7 reasons why you still might want a real camera

https://www.komando.com/tips/431363/7-reasons-why-you-still-might-want-a-real-camera

 

WPA3 Is Here: What You Need to Know

https://www.maketecheasier.com/wpa3-is-here/

 

Researchers: Security of messaging apps breaks down during group chats

https://www.pcauthority.com.au/news/researchers-security-of-messaging-apps-breaks-down-during-group-chats-481113

 

Apple stores are slammed because of the $29 battery replacement offer — but not everyone needs a new battery (AAPL)

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apple-stores-slammed-because-29-130000169.html

 

Check Linux for Spectre or Meltdown vulnerability

https://www.ghacks.net/2018/01/11/check-linux-for-spectre-or-meltdown-vulnerability/

 

2018 Dell XPS 13 vs 2017 Edition: Which Laptop is Right for You?

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/2018-dell-xps-13-vs-2017-xps-13

 

Major Linux redesign in the works to deal with Intel security flaw

A serious security memory problem in all Intel chips has led to Linux's developers resetting how to deal with memory. The result will be a more secure, but -- as Linux creator Linus Torvalds says -- slower operating system.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/major-linux-redesign-in-the-works-to-deal-with-intel-chip-security-problem/

 

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

 

The 13 Best New OneNote Features You Haven’t Tried Yet

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

 

How to enable Strict Site Isolation in Chrome browser

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/enable-strict-site-isolation-chrome

 

Google details how it protected services like Gmail from Spectre

The company called 'Meltdown' and 'Spectre' the most complex flaws in the past decade.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/12/google-spectre-meltdown-protection-details/

 

Intel Pledges To Put Security First After Meltdown, Spectre

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-pledges-security-meltdown-spectre,36318.html

 

Cortana had a crappy CES

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/12/cortana-had-a-crappy-ces/

 

Choosing speakers, should you go portable or not?

https://www.komando.com/tips/436683/choosing-speakers-should-you-go-portable-or-not

 

A Guide to Retro Game Emulation with RetroPie

https://www.maketecheasier.com/retro-game-emulation-retropie/

 

Nuclear weapons vulnerable to cyber-attack due to outdated legacy systems

https://www.pcauthority.com.au/news/nuclear-weapons-vulnerable-to-cyber-attack-due-to-outdated-legacy-systems-481111

 

'Very high level of confidence' Russia used Kaspersky software for devastating NSA leaks

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/experts-link-nsa-leaks-shadow-brokers-russia-kaspersky-144840962.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_08

 

Find out if your browser is vulnerable to Spectre attacks

https://www.ghacks.net/2018/01/11/find-out-if-your-browser-is-vulnerable-to-spectre-attacks/

 

Help Me, Laptop: Can I Replace My Hard Drive or Add One?

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/replace-or-add-a-hard-drive

 

Spectre and Meltdown: Insecurity at the heart of modern CPU design

Newly-discovered flaws in many processors threaten performance hits and continued security headaches. Here's how they work, how they got there, and what they mean for the future.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/spectre-and-meltdown-insecurity-at-the-heart-of-modern-cpu-design/

 

Microsoft Tests End-to-End Encryption in Skype Conversations

With the help of Signal, Microsoft is rolling out a new Private Conversations feature in Skype featuring end-to-end encryption.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/358489/microsoft-tests-end-to-end-encryption-in-skype-conversations

 

How to Automatically Save and Upload Screenshots to Dropbox on Mac

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/automatically-save-screenshots-dropbox-mac/

 

Find out if your Windows is affected by Meltdown and Spectre CPU Vulnerabilities

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/windows-affected-meltdown-spectre-cpu-vulnerabilities

 

Tobii proves that eye tracking is VR's next killer feature

Expect to see it in every future VR headset.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/13/tobii-vr-eye-tracking/

 

Tom's Hardware CES 2018 Best In Show

http://www.tomshardware.com/picturestory/812-ces-2018-best-in-show.html

 

Protect Your Kids (and Your Beautiful New TV) with Inexpensive Safety Straps

https://www.reviewgeek.com/1006/protect-your-kids-and-your-beautiful-new-tv-with-inexpensive-safety-straps/

 

3 essential privacy settings for your Amazon Echo

https://www.komando.com/columns/431722/3-essential-privacy-settings-for-your-amazon-echo

 

It happened Again: Another Apple Password Screen Lets You in with Any Password

https://www.maketecheasier.com/another-apple-password-screen-bug/

 

If You're Ready for Arch, ArchMerge Eases the Way

https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/If-Youre-Ready-for-Arch-ArchMerge-Eases-the-Way-84986.html

 

Open New InPrivate Browsing Window in Microsoft Edge

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/6207-open-new-inprivate-browsing-window-microsoft-edge.html

 

Linux Mint security notice on Meltdown and Spectre

https://www.ghacks.net/2018/01/10/linux-mint-security-notice-on-meltdown-and-spectre/

 

Email While You Sleep: How to Use Windows 10's Modern Standby

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/how-to-use-modern-standby

 

MELTDOWN, SPECTRE, AND THE STATE OF TECHNOLOGY

https://stratechery.com/2018/meltdown-spectre-and-the-state-of-technology/

 

11 Jaw-Dropping Prototypes at CES 2018

Innovation is alive and well at CES. These are the concepts that caught our eye.

https://www.pcmag.com/feature/358480/11-jaw-dropping-prototypes-at-ces-2018

 

How to Make a Graph or Chart in Excel

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/make-graph-chart-excel/

 

Enable, configure & use Precision Touchpad settings in Windows 10

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/precision-touchpad-settings-windows-10

 

Windows 10 adds 'Do Not Disturb' feature

The latest build release also improves the reading experience across devices.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/13/windows-10-do-not-disturb-quiet-hours/

 

The Mainstream Laptops At CES 2018

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/mainstream-laptops-at-ces-2018,36251.html

 

Facebook Isn’t Spying On Everything You Say

https://www.reviewgeek.com/919/facebook-isnt-spying-on-everything-you-say/

 

Android's notification dots are coming to Chrome OS

A new commit suggests that Chrome OS will soon get Android Oreo's notification dots.

https://www.androidcentral.com/androids-notification-dots-are-coming-chrome-os

 

6 YouTube Alternatives for Something a Little Different

https://www.maketecheasier.com/best-youtube-alternatives/

 

Take Linux and Run With It

https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/Take-Linux-and-Run-With-It-84951.html

 

How to Choose a Power Plan Scheme in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/21434-choose-power-plan-windows-10-a.html

 

Microsoft halts security updates for select AMD devices

https://www.ghacks.net/2018/01/09/microsoft-halts-security-updates-for-select-amd-devices/

 

HP Recalls Potentially Unsafe Laptop Batteries

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/hp-laptop-battery-recall

 

At CES, VR and AR is evolving right under your nose

Don't expect wild new worlds: this year, at the beginning of 2018, it's small changes that matter.

https://www.cnet.com/news/at-ces-vr-and-ar-is-evolving-right-under-your-nose/

 

You Need a VPN, and Here's Why

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

https://www.pcmag.com/article/352757/you-need-a-vpn-and-heres-why

 

Google won the voice assistant popularity contest at CES

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/12/google-won-the-voice-assistant-popularity-contest-at-ces/

 

8 KDE Plasma Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Productivity

https://www.maketecheasier.com/kde-plasma-tips-tricks-improve-productivity/

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P2P WiFi Plan Challenges ISP Dominance

Of course, you do realize that this scheme does not change the ISP as carrier? Whoever has their name on the shared account is responsible for all overages and all illegal content which travels through their account's bandwidth. I would think you would only want to share your account access with someone you really, really trust. Not some random neighboring apartment dweller. Individuals would not have their own network keys or passwords, meaning all of those sharing the connection could see everything done by everyone else who uses that account. Ride sharing services which use shared connections can monitor everything you do while connected, including tracking your location.

 

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

We've been warned about these dangers for years.

 

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

Yeah right, sure it will. BTW, by the time anything scanning on your device could detect bots, RATs or keyloggers, you'd already be pwned. 

 

Site lets you check if your water has cancer causing contamination

Radium is not directly linked to cancers. The type of radiation Radium puts out is very tricky to monitor, and its long-term effects at EPA maximum levels are not scientifically proven. Also, measuring Radium content in water is tricky, as methods are very imperfect. I would not trust some random site which relies on water quality reports from municipalities. These reports are notorious for containing errors or outright fabrications (tests reported but never performed). It's not as tricky as lead measurements, where many factors affect the reliability of test samples, but it's close to that level of uncertainty. If a measurement is not made at your tap first thing in the morning, I would not trust the reported results. And bottled water has been found to be just as capable of containing carcinogens as tap water.

 

Tech wants to solve our tech-related sleep problems

I know RedShift, NightLight and other color shifting utilities do make a difference. More of these little tricks are probably in our future.

 

Best Chrome Flags tweaks for better user experience

A lot of these flags are now enabled by default. The trick is if you don't want say, autofill. You have to flip a flag or two to turn the unwanted features off now.

 

Chicago Police Officers Might Get 'Textalyzers'

If you really weren't driving while distracted, you should have no problem with this.

 

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

CyberGhost used to offer a free version, and that version was not ecure or private. This gave the brand a bad reputation. I have read reviews of the paid product which are much more encouraging. There is still a free trial, but that's only for seven days.

 

From My Own Reading:

Bathrooms are getting smarter, for better or worse

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/13/smart-bathrooms-at-ces-2018/

This is where I'd draw the line on things getting so automatic.

 

A Security Issue in Intel’s Active Management Technology (AMT)

https://business.f-secure.com/intel-amt-security-issue

This is separate from the Meltdown and Spectre flaws, and usually only affects corporate laptops.

 

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/

These are older Broadwell and Haswell chipsets. My Skylake core-i5 has no such issues.

 

Google temporarily bans addiction center ads globally following exposure of seedy referral deals

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/12/google-temporarily-bans-addiction-center-ads-globally-following-exposure-of-seedy-referral-deals/

 

GM plans to release cars with no steering wheel in 2019

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/12/gm-fully-autonomous-car-no-wheel-2018/

Now for the inevitable Jetsons moment: "Jane! Jane! Stop this crazy thing! Jane! Jane!"

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