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  Day of week Date News & Tips Number    
Sat 2/3/2018 1162
Fri 2/2/2018 1161
Thur 2/1/2018 1160
Wed 1/31/2018 1159
Tue 1/30/2018 1158
Mon 1/29/2018 1157
Sun 1/28/2018 1156

Sat 1162  2/3/2018

 

Microsoft Drops the Hammer on Coercive Registry Cleaners & System Optimizers

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/microsoft-drops-the-hammer-on-coercive-registry-cleaners-and-system-optimizers/

 

Microsoft Surface 4 Pro owners are freezing them to fix flickering screens

http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/microsoft-surface-4-pro-flicker-gate-freezer-3386480

 

Oh, Great. Ford Patents Autonomous Police Car That can Issue Tickets

https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/news/oh-great-ford-patents-autonomous-police-car-that-can-issue-tickets/ar-BBIxcws

 

New Adobe Flash Zero-Day Spotted in the Wild

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/new-adobe-flash-zero-day-spotted-in-the-wild/

 

Why the 2-in-1 PC's next big thing will be dual displays

Forget foldable phones, and start picturing dual-screen Ultrabooks. You should expect this PC category to embrace dual screens in 2019 to keep 2-in-1s fresh.

https://www.windowscentral.com/next-step-two-one-pc-category-should-be-dual-displays

 

How to Customize Android Text Message Notifications Based on their Contents

https://www.howtogeek.com/340607/how-to-customize-android-text-message-notifications-based-on-their-contents/

 

How to Upgrade Your Android Phone Without Buying a New One

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/upgrade-android-phone-without-buying-new/

 

Microsoft starts selling a $799 Surface Laptop

https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/02/microsoft-starts-selling-a-799-surface-laptop/

 

5 of the Best Open-Source Games for Android (And They’re Free Too)

https://www.maketecheasier.com/best-open-source-games-android/

 

Improving Linux battery life, enabling PSR by default, testers wanted  

https://hansdegoede.livejournal.com/18653.html

 

DARPA turns drone ship development over to the Navy

Sea Hunter could become a new class of vessel under the Navy.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/01/darpa-turns-over-sea-hunter-navy/

 

INTEL’S ANNOUNCED SECURITY PLANS LEAVE A LOT TO BE DESIRED

https://www.pcmech.com/article/intels-announced-security-plans-leave-lot-desired/

 

The world needs more cybersecurity pros, but millennials aren't interested in the field

Only 7% of cybersecurity workers are under age 29, and just 11% are women. Here's how your business can better recruit younger, more diverse cybersecurity workers.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/the-world-needs-more-cybersecurity-pros-but-millennials-arent-interested-in-the-field/?ftag=TREe09998f&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

Microsoft Office 2019 will only work on Windows 10

Windows 10 support extended for enterprise and education

https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/1/16960640/microsoft-office-2019-windows-10-support

 

Small business freebies you need to tap into now

https://www.komando.com/small-business/439964/small-business-center

 

Windows 10 vs Windows 7: Has Microsoft's newest OS just reached a turning point?

Windows 10 is now the most widely-used version of Windows worldwide, according to analytics firm StatCounter.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-vs-windows-7-has-microsofts-newest-os-just-reached-a-turning-point/

 

The First Mac Malware of 2018 Is a DNS Hijacker Called MaMi

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/apple/the-first-mac-malware-of-2018-is-a-dns-hijacker-called-mami/

 

How to set up and use Windows 10 Speech Recognition

Windows 10 has a hands-free using Speech Recognition feature, and in this guide, we show you how to set up the experience and perform common tasks

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-set-speech-recognition-windows-10

 

How to Stop iCloud Photo Library From Using Your Cellular Data

https://www.howtogeek.com/341386/how-to-stop-icloud-photo-library-from-using-your-cellular-data/

 

5 Smartphone App Permissions You Need to Check Today

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/important-smartphone-app-permissions/

 

Dell confirms it’s considering combining with VMware and other options in SEC filing

https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/02/dell-confirms-its-considering-combining-with-vmware-and-other-options-in-sec-filing/

 

Software Discovery: 6 Tools to Encrypt Files on Your Devices

https://www.maketecheasier.com/tools-encrypt-files-on-devices/

 

Skype You can install this software on a snap-powered system like Ubuntu

https://snapcraft.io/skype

 

Open Source turns 20: Here’s how it all started

Open Source software is almost inescapable, but that wasn't always the case.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/03/20-years-of-open-source-software/

 

INTEL AND AMD’S CO-CREATED CHIPS COULD SAVE INTEL IN 2018

https://www.pcmech.com/article/intel-amds-co-created-chips-save-intel-2018/

 

Girl Scouts to train next generation of cybersecurity, AI, and robotics professionals

Girl Scouts of the USA and Raytheon are partnering to create a national computer science program for middle and high school girls, in efforts to diversify the STEM workforce.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/girl-scouts-to-train-next-generation-of-cybersecurity-ai-and-robotics-professionals/?ftag=TREe09998f&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

‘Jackpotting’ attacks are now hitting US ATMs, report says

Thieves are using endoscopes to peek into the machines

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/29/16947832/jackpotting-atm-machine-hack-cash-malware

 

Quickly turn business cards into phone contacts

https://www.komando.com/apps/3678/quickly-turn-business-cards-into-phone-contacts

 

Google Chrome: Beware these malicious extensions that record everything you do

Developers of malicious extensions are testing new session-replay technique to record and replay victims' online sessions.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/google-chrome-beware-these-malicious-extensions-that-record-everything-you-do/

 

PSA: Beware of Sites Pretending to be Manual Firefox Updates

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/psa-beware-of-sites-pretending-to-be-manual-firefox-updates/

 

Chime in: Should Microsoft launch a Cortana mic for Xbox?

Microsoft's efforts with Cortana have been pretty lacklustre as of late, but since she's meant to replace Kinect on Xbox, it stings there a little more than it does on other platforms.

https://www.windowscentral.com/chime-do-you-care-if-microsoft-launches-cortana-microphone-xbox

 

How to Create the Ultimate USB Key Ring to Solve Any Computer Problem

https://www.howtogeek.com/340763/how-to-create-the-ultimate-usb-key-ring-to-solve-any-computer-problem/

 

How to Record a Macro in Excel 2016

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/record-macro-in-excel/

 

Storyline lets you build and publish Alexa skills without coding

https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/02/storyline-lets-you-build-and-publish-alexa-skills-without-coding/

 

How to send Android SMS messages with Amazon Echo, and why it's a big deal

Hey Google, tell Alexa to send a text.

https://www.techconnect.com/article/3251801/android/sms-android-messaging-amazon-echo-how-to.html

 

Sprint plans to raise prices and roll out 5G next year

The company is keeping up with the competition.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/02/sprint-raise-prices-roll-out-5g-2019/

 

The Size of iPhone’s Top Apps Has Increased by 1,000% in Four Years

https://sensortower.com/blog/ios-app-size-growth

 

Rise of the 'accidental' cybersecurity professional

To fill cybersecurity job shortages, a number of people, especially women, are entering the field from other careers. Here's why they might be able to help your company.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/rise-of-the-accidental-cybersecurity-professional/?ftag=TREe09998f&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

How you can stream the 2018 Super Bowl

https://www.komando.com/tips/439255/how-you-can-stream-the-2018-super-bowl

 

Intel reportedly considering launching smart glasses this year

https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/1/16961584/intel-smart-glasses-vaunt-superlite-division-sale-rumor

 

Microsoft to add new Windows 10 Home editions to its line-up

Microsoft has a plan to try to grow the consumer side of its Windows 10 PC business. More additions to its Home line-up and Windows 10 'S Mode' play a big role, a new report says.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-to-add-new-windows-10-home-editions-to-its-line-up/

 

Ransomware Hero to Receive FBI Award

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/ransomware-hero-to-receive-fbi-award/

 

How do you know when it's time to upgrade your PC?

Think you need a new PC? How do you know when it's the right time? Read this.

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-do-you-know-when-its-time-upgrade-your-pc

 

How to Stream From VLC to Your Chromecast

https://www.howtogeek.com/269272/how-to-stream-from-vlc-to-your-chromecast/

 

5 Practical Google Cheat Sheets to Use Google Apps Better

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/cheat-sheets-google-apps/

 

Slite looks to build a new smarter notes tool for internal teams

https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/02/slite-looks-to-build-a-new-smarter-notes-tool-for-internal-teams/

 

HomePod’s biggest problem isn’t Siri, it’s that it’s too much like the original iPod

Loyalty is in HomePod's DNA, but will it be enough?

https://www.techconnect.com/article/3252248/home-tech/homepod-lock-in-ipod.html

 

YouTube labels news videos that have received government funding

The rollout will likely be imperfect, the company warns.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/02/youtube-news-videos-government-public-funding-disclaimer/

 

How to Fix: Windows Stuck in a Reboot Loop (Windows 8 and 10)

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10277/how-fix-windows-stuck-reboot-loop-windows-8-and-10

 

LibreOffice 6.0 is coming!

https://medium.com/@fossmec/libreoffice-6-0-is-coming-8d7a66b83973

 

Microsoft’s smaller Xbox Wireless Adapter is finally available to buy

https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/1/16961210/microsoft-xbox-wireless-adapter-available

 

Be completely anonymous online

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

 

Firefox 59 will stop websites snooping on where you've just been

From the next version of Firefox onward, private browsing mode will cut back details websites can share about the last site visited.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/firefox-59-will-stop-websites-snooping-on-where-youve-just-been/

 

Smominru Botnet Infected Over 500,000 Windows Machines

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/smominru-botnet-infected-over-500-000-windows-machines/

 

About Arca Noae ( a blast from the past)

https://www.arcanoae.com/about/

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Comments by -- Bob Primak --

Re. FYI#1156 (Sun 1/28/2017): 

The unbearable slowness of Samsung's updates

Well, at least they're getting updates. My Moto G4 phone rarely gets any updates. And it's stuck on Android 7.0.

 

Trump team considers a government-run 5G network

This from the same guy who rails against government run healthcare, government rules about Net Neutrality, and practically everything the Obama Administration was doing. Including this exact thing.

 

HP Reissuing BIOS Updates After Buggy Intel Meltdown and Spectre Updates

This is why you should wait for the dust to settle before doing the latest panic-peddling fixit tricks.

 

How to Share Your Personal Files in Windows 10

I use Google Drive for this, and make a URL link available for those interested in what I've put up there.

 

Sites Promoting Free Amazon Gift Cards Don't Deliver What You Are Expecting

I get spam email messages like these all the time in my Yahoo email account. They are all scams.

 

Just released a screen sharing program I created

Way too soon to see what this app or service is, or how it does what it does.

 

Pop!_OS Has Arrived: How Does It Compare to Ubuntu?

As with GalliumOs (which I just installed on a Chromebook) there are questions as to how up to date the underlying Ubuntu kernel is. Elementary OS and its apps have been very far behind on security updates, and then POP! Shop is based on an even more limited walled garden of these apps. The look also does not appeal to me. Jsut launching programs looks likt it would be a struggle.

 

Pop!_OS: Should a Linux Hardware Company Make Its Own Operating System?

No. I've addressed this before. There's no independent control over development, no outside security auditing, and no user control over what you are running.

 

Linux 4.15: Good news and bad news about Meltdown and Spectre

The best advice is wait awhile. Don't get caught up ion the Chicken Little "the sky is falling" hype. As with any Beta software, wait until the dust settles before doing any updating of hardware, firmware or software. We should know much more, and have final specs on Intel's new chips by mid-year this year. 

 

The Best Phones for Seniors

Though I'm not a Senior yet, I have similar adaptive needs with my vision and finger control. I can live with the Moto G series and a third-tier reseller as my carrier. It's not the cheapest package out there, but it works for me.

 

5 reasons to consider buying a laptop running Windows 10 S

The real reason is that you can upgrade to Pro. for free for now.

 

Protect yourself: Every internet user should know these basic online privacy tips

Good tips, mostly.

 

Your Phone Might Soon Be Able to Tell You If You're In Love

Well, the Emotional Intelligence of these apps is still quite limited. So I'll stick with the village matchmaker for now, thank you.

 

Re. FYI#1157 (Mon 1/29/2018): 

HOW TO SETUP OPENDNS ON YOUR NETWORK

I have this set up on a per-device basis on Windows and Linux. It does make a difference in some situations. I still haven't set this up on the Chromebook or the Gallium installation in there.

 

Should you buy a new, used or refurbished laptop?

Refurbished is not always a bad word. Some of these are just returns because someone changed their mind, or have minor cosmetic damages which do not affect performance. As lonmg as you are buying from a reputable place, and there is a good returns policy and warranty, you could save a significant amount of money.

 

Re. FYI#1158 (Tues 1/30/2018):

What is Strict Site Isolation in Chrome and How to Enable It

I enabled this under Linux and have had no issues with performance or ability to access web sites. There is supposed to be some security benefit against one of the Spectre variants.

 

Why RAM Prices Are Through the Roof

If only this article had answered the question it seems to be asking...

 

How to install Microsoft Core fonts on Linux

I've put these into my NUC's Ubuntu Linux. These fonts work well in LibreOffice Writer, and can some add compatibility with MS Word documents.

 

Re. FYI#1159 (Wed 1/31/2018): 

Why Does My Machine Take Forever to Shut Down?

There can be worse issues. My Intel NUC (Skylake core-i5) has audio driver issues (drivers won't start during boot and won't shut down with the OS) in both Windows and Linux. It also shuts down, then comes back to life without my intervention. All apparently due to microcode processor flaws or motherboard hardware issues. None of which were revealed until after then warranty period had expired. And no, BIOS updates and OS microcode patches don't make one bit of a difference.

 

Amazon doesn’t care if you accidentally shoplift from its cashier-less store

Also, if you report a package missing, they don't send someone to physically check -- they just send a replacement. Apparently, these forms of loss are cheaper to just let go than to pursue at the moment. BTW, a real shoplifter got caught at the cashier-less store.

 

What Recourse Do I Have If Someone Used My Credit Card Online?

Credit or debit? Your cash liability differs in either case. If it's debit, it's like a cash theft outof your bank account -- you probably will never recover the loss. But credit cards have protections, as long as you report the incident swiftly and the loss is relatively small. Then comes the real pain -- tracking down all the other places you are being impersonated, and shutting them down whack-a-mole style.

 

Chrome 64 will protect you from 'abusive' pop-ups and hidden audio

The newest version of the browser doesn't stop autoplaying content as expected.

Doesn't stop autoplay -- why am I not surprised by this?

 

Are USB Ports Going Away?

USB-A, yes. USB-C is here to stay, and in my Chromebook it's the only port type except the headphone jack. Needless to say, I have bought a mini-dock.

 

The Best Subscription-Free Lightroom Alternatives for Every Budget

Google also has Pixlr.

 

Cya Windows. You Can Now Run PowerShell on Linux & macOS

What you can do with Powershell in Linux is as limited as what you can do with BASH Shell in Windows. It just is not Windows/Linux.

 

How to use Kodi to record live TV

Well, here's more than I ever needed to know. But it is good to know if I ever run the math and find unbundling Cable services makes sense. So far, it doesn't.

 

Is a Free PDF Editor Good Enough? Adobe Acrobat Pro DC vs. PDFescape

MasterPDF(Linux) and NitroPDF(Windows) seem to cover all my needs in this department. MasterPDF (free version) can place ugly watermarks on its output, to be fair.

 

Re. FYI#1160  (Thurs 2/1/2018):

How to extract text from a PDF or image in Google Drive

At least in Linux, this just flat-out did not work for me.

 

Can You Trust Your Favorite Linux Desktop to Stick Around?

Linux is messing around with Wayland and GNOME, replacing X-org and Unity in Ubuntu, which is causing many applications and appindicators to stop working. Some systems won't even boot. Ubuntu 17.10 has already had one respin, and is due for another before Ubuntu 18.04 LTS comes out in April. Wayland has already been left as an option. Unity isn't going away either.

 

How to Stream From VLC to Your Chromecast

This isn't really working yet in Windows, let alone Linux.

 

List of Links: BIOS Updates for the Meltdown and Spectre Patches

Do NOT apply any BIOS updates at this time. This is Intel's warning.

 

EARTH’S MAGNETIC POLES SHOW SIGNS THEY’RE ABOUT TO FLIP—EXPOSING HUMANS TO RADIATION AND PLANET-WIDE BLACKOUTS\

More SCREAMING HEADLINES from Newsweek about things we can never prove, and if they did happen, we couldn't do anything about them! Let me know if this ever gets past the clickbait factory.

 

Streaming services will have to pay more for music, government decides

The Government did not initiate this. It was a long-standing dispute between artists, record companies and these services. Lawsuits date back over a decade.

 

Windows 10 tip: How to play back DVD movies for free

VLC Player is governed by French law, which forbids companies from charging for DVD playback (and other) codecs. So it makes sense that VLC Player would work where Microsoft has to charge money for this privilege.

 

A state-run 5G network is impossible in the US

And it was Obama who started this nonsense.

 

Re. FYI#1161  (Fri 2/2/2018): 

Chrome OS update comes with Spectre fix and new screenshot shortcut

It also adds the latest Chrome browser to your Chromebook.

This update hasn't hit my ASUS flip c302 yet.

 

Spectre and Meltdown flaws being exploited by more than 100 strains of malware

Then in the fine-print below the headline, this proves to be proof-of-concept counting, not actual in the wild attacks. Clickbait!

 

Microsoft offers three unconvincing reasons why its consumer business isn't dead yet

From Monty Python and the Holy Grail: "Not...dead...yet!" ("But can't you do something?")

 

Do Not Install These Windows 10 Apps and Programs

This article lost my interest as soon as they gave trumped-up "reasons" not to use CCleaner. I even use Bleachbit and Stacer to clean up Ubuntu Linux -- and some of the leaders of Natick FOSS are livid at me for doing this. Let these dinosaurs die already (the old guys who lead Natick FOSS, not these programs). (You should see their horrified looks whenever I mention removing old, unused Linux kernels! Or when I do not set up Linux with a separate /Boot partition. As far as I know, Ubuntu doesnot play well with UEFI Fast Boot, and the only other reason for adding extra partitions to Linux is that it's an old UNIX habit -- which serves no useful purpose in modern Linux.)

 

Is there any benefit of making a separate partition for home, root and boot partition?

https://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-hardware-18/is-there-any-benefit-of-making-a-separate-partition-for-home-root-and-boot-partition-4175449299/

 

10 reasons for using multiple partitions

http://www.linux-magazine.com/Online/Blogs/Off-the-Beat-Bruce-Byfield-s-Blog/10-reasons-for-using-multiple-partitions

DiskSpace

Required partitions

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/DiskSpace

I remain unimpressed. All my Linux installs have been for multi-boot systems. Only once a Windows Upgrade Installer messed up the entire disk's partition structure. (Update Assistant does not have this nasty behavior.) If I had known about Clonezilla archive files renaming/editing, or performing GRUB repairs from a Live CD or USB, this would not have been a crisis.

 

San Francisco seeks universal fiber broadband with net neutrality and privacy

Affordable broadband and consumer protections for all—that’s the plan at least.

Yeah, good luck with that. This scheme has failed several times before in S.F. It seems the point in the universe where the Crazy Singularity is located is in the (imaginary) political space between the Trump White House and the San Francisco City Hall. In politics the two extremes always meet in a singularity. Weird, but true.

 

Refreshing old computers with Linux

A middle school's Tech Stewardship program is now an elective class for science and technology students.

I wish them much success. The way young people have been throwing away perfectly good devices, this could be just what's needed.

 

From My Own Reading:

Microsoft offers three unconvincing reasons why its consumer business isn't dead yet

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3251718/gaming/microsoft-offers-three-unconvincing-reasons-why-its-consumer-business-isnt-dead-yet.html

This Company still just does not get it! I am already gone.

 

Don’t believe Microsoft’s latest privacy hype

The company could easily give users the ability to control what information is sent to it, but that’s not what it has in mind.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3252327/microsoft-windows/don-t-believe-microsoft-s-latest-privacy-hype.html

 

Microsoft releases emergency Windows update to hamstring earlier 'Spectre' defense

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3252165/microsoft-windows/microsoft-releases-emergency-windows-update-to-hamstring-earlier-spectre-defense.html

 

Welcome to the third cumulative update for Win10 1709 this month, KB 4058258

https://www.askwoody.com/2018/welcome-to-the-third-cumulative-update-for-win10-1709-this-month-kb-4058258/

"Ready for business, as of January, 2018" -- pffft! (no way)

 

The future of Office: For rent only, on Win10 only

https://www.askwoody.com/2018/the-future-of-office-click-to-run-on-win10-only/

 

Intel reportedly notified Chinese companies of chip security flaw before the U.S. government

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/28/intel-reportedly-notified-chinese-companies-of-chip-security-flaw-before-the-u-s-government/

To be fair, the Chinese probably have a lot more to be worried abuot than anyone else. They are in a region with a lot of hacking. It's not like they could rewrite the microcode themselves anyway.

 

Update: No, Virginia, there are no Meltdown/Spectre exploits in the wild

https://www.askwoody.com/2018/update-no-virginia-there-are-no-meltdown-spectre-exploits-in-the-wild/

 

New Flash zero-day

https://www.askwoody.com/2018/new-flash-zero-day/

 

Five Chromebook hacks that give your laptop surprising new talents

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3252147/computers/five-chromebook-hacks.html

 

802.11: Wi-Fi standards and speeds explained

https://www.networkworld.com/article/3238664/wi-fi/80211-wi-fi-standards-and-speeds-explained.html

 

The Galaxy S9's rumored Intelligent Scan isn't a Face ID clone and that's a good thing

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3251787/android/galaxy-s9-intelligent-scan-face-id.html

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Comments by -- Joe Nowak

Voice Activated Devices

Fri Feb 2, 2018 9:26 pm (PST)

You've gotten a voice activated device as a gift and now you want to know how to make it work.

http://bit.ly/2FFUcVy

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Fri 1161  2/2/2018

Fortune 500 Staff Spill 2.7 Million Log-Ins to Dark Web

https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/fortune-500-staff-spill-27m-logins/

 

Chrome OS update comes with Spectre fix and new screenshot shortcut

It also adds the latest Chrome browser to your Chromebook.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/02/chrome-os-64-screenshot-shortcut-spectre-fix/

 

Samsung says foldable displays and Bixby will help drive growth in 2018

Foldable displays for folding tablets

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/31/16954242/samsung-earnings-foldable-displays-bixby-2018-growth

 

Seagate Quietly Patches Dangerous Bug in NAS Devices

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/seagate-quietly-patches-dangerous-bug-in-nas-devices/

 

Audacity 2.2.0 Features You Need to Know About

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/new-audacity-features/

 

Microsoft's Windows Defender antimalware targets scareware apps

Windows Defender takes an expanded role within Windows 10.

https://www.techconnect.com/article/3252337/windows/microsofts-windows-defender-antimalware-targets-scareware-apps.html

 

INTEL MEMORY LEAK HITS WINDOWS, MAC, AND LINUX USERS

https://www.pcmech.com/article/intel-memory-leak-hits-windows-mac-and-linux-users/

 

Spectre and Meltdown flaws being exploited by more than 100 strains of malware

https://www.techrepublic.com/google-amp/article/spectre-and-meltdown-flaws-being-exploited-by-more-than-100-strains-of-malware/

 

The startup that wants you to wear a VR headset while working out just raised $5.5 million

https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/01/the-startup-that-wants-you-to-wear-a-vr-headset-while-you-work-out-just-raised-5-5-million/

 

Need a better/faster distro than Mint to put on an old Dell Inspiron... Lubuntu?

https://www.reddit.com/r/linux/comments/7umety/need_a_betterfaster_distro_than_mint_to_put_on_an/

 

5 Good Habits that Improve Your Online Security Without Software

https://www.maketecheasier.com/good-habits-improve-online-security/

 

Ohio Man Charged With Creating 'Fruitfly' Mac Malware

According to the US Department of Justice, the scheme — orchestrated by Phillip Durachinsky, 28, of North Royalton, Ohio — went on for 13 years.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/358464/ohio-man-charged-with-creating-fruitfly-mac-malware

 

Stop dilly-dallying. Block all ads on YouTube

CRYPTOMINERS HIJACK GOOGLE’S DOUBLECLICK AD SYSTEM.

https://www.grahamcluley.com/stop-dilly-dallying-block-ads-youtube/

 

How to prevent the uploading of updates to other PCs on Windows 10

You can stop your device from uploading parts of updates to other peers locally and on the internet, and in this guide, we'll show you how.

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-prevent-uploading-updates-other-computers-windows-10

 

Google Assistant gets music-powered alarms and better Netflix controls

The update also adds voice commands for Google Play and YouTube TV.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/01/google-assistant-music-powered-alarms-netflix/

 

You can use Alexa to send SMS messages now, if you’ve also got an Android phone

No word if the feature is coming to iOS

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/30/16952218/amazon-alexa-sms-messaging-android-phone-update

 

Police Hand out Malware-Infected USBs as Prize in Cyber-Security Quiz

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/police-hand-out-malware-infected-usbs-as-prize-in-cyber-security-quiz/

 

4 Sites With LOTS Of Completely Free Ebooks That Don’t Suck

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/4-websites-with-lots-of-completely-free-ebooks-that-dont-suck-nb/

 

Microsoft offers three unconvincing reasons why its consumer business isn't dead yet

According to CEO Satya Nadella, it's apparently Xbox or bust.

https://www.techconnect.com/article/3251718/gaming/microsoft-offers-three-unconvincing-reasons-why-its-consumer-business-isnt-dead-yet.html

 

TILING WINDOW MANAGERS AND WHY YOU SHOULD USE ONE

https://www.pcmech.com/article/tiling-window-managers/

 

Windows 10: Speed Up Everything With These Handy Shortcuts

https://www.forbes.com/sites/ianmorris/2018/01/31/windows-10-speed-up-everything-with-these-handy-shortcuts/#5543270815bb

 

Why is Bitcoin’s price down to two-month lows?

https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/01/why-is-bitcoins-price-down/

 

When someone in my life has a baby, I try to secure the digital "real estate" of an email address as a gift for the kid; herein is the content of the first email in an account I'm giving to a one-year-old (or her parents) this weekend

https://www.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/7umxcg/when_someone_in_my_life_has_a_baby_i_try_to/

 

How to Install and Configure RecalBox on Raspberry Pi

https://www.maketecheasier.com/install-configure-recalbox-raspberry-pi/

 

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

 

A real-life armed robbery of an online Bitcoin exchange

SUSPECTS, ARMED WITH HANDGUNS, ENDED UP LEAVING EMPTY-HANDED.

https://www.grahamcluley.com/robbery-bitcoin-exchange/

 

Best Laptop Docking Stations in 2018

Turn your laptop into a battlestation with one of these docks.

https://www.windowscentral.com/best-laptop-docking-stations

 

Google launches lightweight Assistant app for slower phones

It's a part of Android Go.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/01/google-android-go-assistant-now-available/

 

Facebook sued by family of man whose killing was posted online

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/30/16950804/facebook-robert-godwin-family-wrongful-death-lawsuit

 

Fourth Fappening Hacker Caught by the FBI

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/fourth-fappening-hacker-caught-by-the-fbi/

 

Do Not Install These Windows 10 Apps and Programs

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/bad-windows-10-software/

 

California's Net Neutrality Law Takes Another Step Forward

from the welcome-to-the-backlash dept

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180131/10070239130/californias-net-neutrality-law-takes-another-step-forward.shtml

 

Researchers invent new smart contact lenses that might beat Google’s to market

http://bgr.com/2018/01/25/smart-contact-lens-diabetes-glucose/

 

iMac Pro vs. 5K iMac: The results will surprise you

https://www.technobuffalo.com/2018/02/01/imac-pro-vs-5k-imac-the-results-will-surprise-you/

 

Alphabet is tumbling after a fourth quarter whiff and names John Hennessy as new board chair

https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/01/alphabet-is-tumbling-after-a-fourth-quarter-whiff-and-names-john-hennessy-as-new-board-chair/

 

San Francisco seeks universal fiber broadband with net neutrality and privacy

Affordable broadband and consumer protections for all—that’s the plan at least.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/02/san-fran-seeks-universal-fiber-broadband-with-net-neutrality-and-privacy/

 

5 Funny Prank Sites to Make You Look Like a Tech Genius

https://www.maketecheasier.com/funny-prank-sites/

 

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

 

Privacy of fitness tracking apps in the spotlight after soldiers’ exercise routes shared online

https://www.welivesecurity.com/2018/01/30/privacy-fitness-tracking-apps-spotlight-soldiers-exercise-routes-shared-online/#new_tab

 

How to use NextPVR on Windows 10 to watch and record TV

This free TV and DVR for Windows might look a little dated, but it's very useful. And it's free.

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-set-and-use-nextpvr-windows-10

 

The only thing Equifax's new credit app locks is itself

The company seems to have difficulty with this whole 'software' thing.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/01/equifax-credit-locking-app-is-broken/

 

Facebook bans all ads for Bitcoin, ICOs, and other cryptocurrency

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/30/16951670/facebook-cryptocurrency-bitcoin-ico-deceptive-marketing-ban

 

Intel Broadwell and Haswell CPUs Experiencing Reboots After Firmware Updates

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/hardware/intel-broadwell-and-haswell-cpus-experiencing-reboots-after-firmware-updates/

 

Create Professional-Looking Emails Using These Fantastic Templates

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/professional-email-templates/

 

Apple, Verizon Continue to Lobby Against The Right To Repair Your Own Devices

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180126/07355539089/apple-verizon-continue-to-lobby-against-right-to-repair-your-own-devices.shtml

 

Apple will launch three new Macs this year with a brand-new Apple chip, report claims

http://bgr.com/2018/01/29/macbook-pro-2018-specs-apple-co-processor/

 

Refreshing old computers with Linux

A middle school's Tech Stewardship program is now an elective class for science and technology students.

https://opensource.com/article/18/1/new-linux-computers-classroom

 

Google tweaks search snippets to try to stop serving wrong, stupid and biased answers

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/31/google-tweaks-search-snippets-to-try-to-stop-serving-wrong-stupid-and-biased-answers/

 

BEC scams surge, cybercriminals target nearly all organizations

https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2018/02/01/bec-scams-surge/

 

How to Make Use of Pivot Table in Excel to Improve Your Productivity

https://www.maketecheasier.com/pivot-table-excel-improve-productivity/

 

Washington Cracks Down on Hard-to-Repair Electronics

https://www.geek.com/tech/washington-cracks-down-on-hard-to-repair-electronics-1729368/

 

Bitcoin hijack steals from both ransomware authors AND their victims

https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/bitcoin-hijack-steals-from-both-ransomware-authors-and-their-victims-19525.html#new_tab

 

Xbox One picks up new power management options in latest update

A new Xbox One update is on its way to select Xbox Insiders, delivering new power options to the console.

https://www.windowscentral.com/xbox-one-picks-new-power-management-options-new-update

 

eBay will soon replace PayPal as its main payment option

It'll allow the website to offer a more seamless payment experience.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/31/ebay-replace-paypal-main-payment/

 

Microsoft hints at a modular Windows 10, new mobile device category

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/microsoft-hints-modular-windows-10-184207938.html

 

Oops! Don’t say ‘Google’ in your Alexa voice app, Amazon said

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/31/oops-dont-say-google-in-your-alexa-voice-app-amazon-says/

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If you use Firefox, you need to update it right now

https://mashable.com/2018/01/31/firefox-users-update/?utm_cid=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial

 

Amazon, Berkshire, JPMorgan Link Up to Form New Health-Care Company

  - Amazon, Berkshire, JPMorgan to form new company for U.S. staff

  - Express Scripts, CVS, health insurers drop on the news

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-30/amazon-berkshire-jpmorgan-to-set-up-a-health-company-for-staff

 

How to extract text from a PDF or image in Google Drive

If you're wanting to convert an image into text, Google Docs has a powerful Optical Character Recognition feature built right in. Here's how to make it work.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-extract-text-from-a-pdf-or-image-in-google-drive/

 

Complete list of Amazon Alexa commands you didn’t know you could use

https://www.komando.com/tips/438636/complete-list-of-amazon-alexa-commands-you-didnt-know-you-could-use

 

Report: Feds Examining Apple's iPhone Slowdowns

The feds have asked Apple for information about its iPhone slowdowns, but it's too early to say whether they plan to take action.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/358900/report-feds-examining-apples-iphone-slowdowns

 

Man Admits to Creating Crypting Service Cryptex and reFUD.me Scanner

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/man-admits-to-creating-crypting-service-cryptex-and-refud-me-scanner/

 

Cortana's future is uncertain, but what about Microsoft's bots strategy?

At Build 2016 Microsoft introduced its Conversations as a Canvas strategy where AI and bots were presented as intricately intertwined and important to personal computing's future.

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-microsoft-bots-strategy-fits-progressive-web-apps-and-ai

 

7 Essential Gmail Lab Features to Increase Your Email Efficiency

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/essential-gmail-lab-features-increase-email-efficiency/

 

People are successfully suing Equifax for $10,000 with an app

https://finance.yahoo.com/video/people-successfully-suing-equifax-10-162327027.html

 

Google tweaks search snippets to try to stop serving wrong, stupid and biased answers

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/31/google-tweaks-search-snippets-to-try-to-stop-serving-wrong-stupid-and-biased-answers/

 

Intel Warned Chinese Companies of Chip Flaws Before U.S. Government

Decision to disclose issue to select few customers, including Lenovo and Alibaba, has ripple effects through security and tech industries

https://www.wsj.com/articles/intel-warned-chinese-companies-of-chip-flaws-before-u-s-government-1517157430

 

Samsung Releases SZ985 Z-SSD In 240GB And 800GB Capacities

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/samsung-z-nand-ssd-sz985,36420.html

 

Forget the Galaxy S9, an outrageous new Android flagship might be in the works

http://bgr.com/2018/01/30/galaxy-s9-release-soon-vs-vivo-xplay-7/

 

Ransomware crooks test a new way to spread their malware

A new form of ransomware has emerged, which is being distributed via two separate exploit kits.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/ransomware-crooks-test-a-new-way-to-spread-their-malware/

 

Microsoft's cloud business just keeps growing

But it's taking a big hit for the recent tax bill.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/31/microsoft-q2-earnings/

 

3 insider tips to enjoying podcasts

https://www.komando.com/columns/415860/3-insider-tips-to-enjoying-podcasts

 

What Is 5G?

AT&T, Verizon, and other carriers will start to launch 5G networks this year. But what exactly is 5G, and how fast is it compared with 4G? Here's what we know so far.

https://www.pcmag.com/article/345387/what-is-5g

 

KillDisk Fake Ransomware Hits Financial Firms in Latin America

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/killdisk-fake-ransomware-hits-financial-firms-in-latin-america/

 

Sign up to learn more about Alexa for Windows PCs

If you're stoked for Alexa on Windows 10 PCs, you can now sign up to get a notification when the app is available.

https://www.windowscentral.com/sign-learn-more-about-alexa-windows-pcs

 

Which Smartphone Manufacturers Are Best for Android Updates?

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/smartphone-manufacturers-best-android-updates/

 

Samsung Galaxy X: Rumors and news leaks

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/samsung-galaxy-x-rumors-news-171442024.html?_fsig=jSyQcDsKi03ZWhXgZx2iMQ--

 

Lexip’s joystick-mouse combo is a strange but promising hybrid

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/31/lexips-joystick-mouse-combo-is-a-strange-but-promising-hybrid/

 

Apple and Samsung are both under investigation by the Italian government over planned obsolescence

Italy’s antitrust organization wants to know if the two companies are intentionally slowing down their phones

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/18/16906658/apple-samsung-investigation-italian-antitrust-planned-obsolescence-software-slowdown

 

Acer Windows Mixed Reality HMD Review

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/acer-windows-mixed-reality-hmd-review,5357.html

 

Apple was reportedly planning a new home screen in iOS 12, but it’s fixing iOS 11 bugs instead

http://bgr.com/2018/01/30/iphone-x-ios-12-update-features/

 

Firefox 58.0.1: Mozilla releases fix for critical HTML hijack flaw

Exploit could allow hackers to run code thanks to "insufficient sanitization" of HTML fragments.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/firefox-security-mozilla-issues-fix-for-critical-html-hijack-flaw/

 

eBay will soon replace PayPal as its main payment option

It'll allow the website to offer a more seamless payment experience.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/31/ebay-replace-paypal-main-payment/

 

5 ways to find a cellphone number online

https://www.komando.com/tips/432278/5-ways-to-find-a-cellphone-number-online

 

Why Samsung Is Hell-Bent on Making Bixby Happen

Samsung wants Bixby to be the operating system of the 5G world. Don't laugh.

https://www.pcmag.com/commentary/358915/why-samsung-is-hell-bent-on-making-bixby-happen

 

Canadian Police Charge Man Behind LeakedSource Portal

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/canadian-police-charge-man-behind-leakedsource-portal/

 

Everything you need to know about buying an Intel NUC PC

The Intel Next Unit of Computing (NUC) is an affordable series of miniPCs. Here's what you need to know when looking to buy one.

https://www.windowscentral.com/everything-you-need-know-about-buying-intel-nuc-pc

 

Can You Trust Your Favorite Linux Desktop to Stick Around?

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/trust-linux-desktop-stick-around/

 

How to Stream From VLC to Your Chromecast

https://www.howtogeek.com/269272/how-to-stream-from-vlc-to-your-chromecast/

 

Google Flights will now predict airline delays – before the airlines do

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/31/google-flights-will-now-predict-airline-delays-before-the-airlines-do/

 

Google is patching a bug that slows down Wi-Fi networks connected to both Android and Chromecast devices

The update is out today

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/19/16909352/google-patch-wi-fi-bug-chromecast-devices

 

Microsoft Disables Spectre Variant 2 Patch Via Unscheduled Update

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/microsoft-disables-spectre-v2-patch,36416.html

 

Google’s acquisition of HTC’s design team is all about making the Pixel more like the iPhone

http://bgr.com/2018/01/30/pixel-3-specs-custom-google-processor/

 

Windows security: We'll delete tools that bully you to buy upgrades, says Microsoft

Cleaners and optimizers that try to scare PC users into paying for upgrades will be detected and removed.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-security-well-delete-tools-that-bully-you-to-buy-upgrades-says-microsoft/

 

NVIDIA proves the cloud can replace a high-end gaming rig

But GeForce Now isn't something everyone can enjoy yet.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/31/nvidia-geforce-now-pc/

 

5 hidden Facebook tricks you need to start using

https://www.komando.com/tips/360272/5-hidden-facebook-tricks-you-need-to-start-using

 

The Best Online Survey Tools of 2018

One of the best ways to connect directly with your customers is through online survey marketing. We test and compare 10 survey tools to get you started.

https://www.pcmag.com/g00/article2/0,2817,2494737,00.asp?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1

 

List of Links: BIOS Updates for the Meltdown and Spectre Patches

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/software/list-of-links-bios-updates-for-the-meltdown-and-spectre-patches/

 

Screenbits is an easy way to record your screen in Windows 10

You can easily record your screen, your voice, and highlight specific content with Screenbits for Windows 10.

https://www.windowscentral.com/screenbits-easy-way-record-your-screen-windows-10

 

10 macOS High Sierra Productivity Features You Should Know About

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/macos-high-sierra-productivity-features/

 

What Are “Right to Repair” Laws, and What Do They Mean for You?

https://www.howtogeek.com/339925/what-are-%E2%80%9Cright-to-repair%E2%80%9D-laws-and-what-do-they-mean-for-you/

 

Fujifilm will take over Xerox, cut 10,000 jobs

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/31/fujifilm-will-take-over-xerox-cut-10000-jobs/

 

Amazon adds Alexa to the Alexa app on Android

iOS coming soon

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/19/16910424/amazon-alexa-voice-assistant-app-android-ios-update

 

EARTH’S MAGNETIC POLES SHOW SIGNS THEY’RE ABOUT TO FLIP—EXPOSING HUMANS TO RADIATION AND PLANET-WIDE BLACKOUTS

http://www.newsweek.com/earth-magnetic-poles-signs-flip-exposing-humans-radiation-blackout-795179

 

Streaming services will have to pay more for music, government decides

http://bgr.com/2018/01/29/best-streaming-services-prices-crb-decision/

 

Windows 10 tip: How to play back DVD movies for free

A clean install of Windows 10 doesn't include the software required to play back DVD movies. If your PC includes a DVD drive, you could pay Microsoft $14.99 to add this capability, but why not use a free alternative instead?

http://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-tip-how-to-play-back-dvd-movies-for-free/

 

A state-run 5G network is impossible in the US

The FCC is too weak, and the carriers have too big of a head start.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/30/a-state-run-5g-network-is-impossible-in-the-us/

 

Take online classes at prestigious universities for free

https://www.komando.com/cool-sites/349270/take-online-classes-at-prestigious-universities-for-free

 

Cheap but powerful Raspberry Pi rival: $25 Pine H64 offers 4K HDR video, PCIe and USB 3.0

The specs of single-board computers like the Raspberry Pi keep improving -- with Pine64 announcing a slew of powerful new boards.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/cheap-but-powerful-raspberry-pi-rival-25-pine-h64-offers-4k-hdr-video-pcie-and-usb-3-0/

 

Microsoft Issues Windows Out-of-Band Update That Disables Spectre Mitigations

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/microsoft-issues-windows-out-of-band-update-that-disables-spectre-mitigations/

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What to consider when choosing between a 2-in-1 or traditional laptop

Which form factor should you go for?

https://www.windowscentral.com/should-you-buy-laptop-or-2-1

 

Google Completes Acquisition of Key HTC Employees

https://www.thurrott.com/hardware/151264/google-completes-acquisition-key-htc-employees?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9kem3gDFRV3Pdz5AnflMovd5-wBnU-AYioV_4kI1HxVC6hdj6sMhZCRfBFsvwJThKQZpzlZFD3-75k7zFL8Jmp2JR9fg&_hsmi=60318410

 

The multi-color TV backlight kit everyone goes crazy over is only $9.99 right now

http://bgr.com/2018/01/25/led-backlight-kit-for-tv-amazon-prime-sale/

 

How to Play Wii and GameCube Games on your PC with Dolphin

https://www.howtogeek.com/225115/how-to-play-wii-and-gamecube-games-on-your-pc-with-dolphin/

 

Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo wants to keep you safe around the web

The company’s revamped app and browser extension will block ad tracking networks from companies like Google and Facebook

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/23/16922508/private-search-engine-duckduckgo-browser-extension-app

 

Why Does My Machine Take Forever to Shut Down?

Booting your machine can take time, but sometimes so does shutting it down. Various issues contribute to a slow shutdown.

https://askleo.com/why_does_my_machine_take_forever_to_shut_down/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=JbMhF.f_z3dfbL

 

Top 10 Internet Scams You Should Know and Avoid in 2018

https://www.maketecheasier.com/internet-scams-to-avoid/

 

Speed Up Windows With 10 Tricks and Hacks

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/tricks-speed-up-windows/

 

Samsung topples Intel to become the world’s largest chipmaker

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/30/samsung-intel-worlds-largest-chipmaker/

 

The Best Smart Bathroom Scales of 2018

Effortlessly track your weight, body fat, bone density, water percentage, heart rate, and other health stats with these Bluetooth and Wi-Fi scales.

https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/343154/the-best-smart-bathroom-scales

 

5 incredible ways to use your smartphone camera you never knew until now

https://www.komando.com/tips/437727/5-incredible-ways-to-use-your-smartphone-camera-you-never-knew-until-now

 

Exobot Author Calls It Quits and Sells Off Banking Trojan Source Code

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/exobot-author-calls-it-quits-and-sells-off-banking-trojan-source-code/

 

Why Now Is A Great Time To Buy Custom Shop PCs

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/why-buy-custom-shop-pc,36410.html

 

2017 was 'worst year ever' in data breaches and cyberattacks, thanks to ransomware

Cyberattacks targeting businesses nearly doubled from 2016 to 2017, according to Online Trust Alliance.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/2017-was-worst-year-ever-in-data-breaches-and-cyberattacks-thanks-to-ransomware/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

How to track GPU performance data on Windows 10

Task Manager now displays performance data about your graphics cards, and in this guide, we'll tell you how to view and understand this information.

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-track-gpu-performance-data-windows-10

 

Apple Delays iOS Home Screen Redesign to Focus on Stability

https://www.thurrott.com/mobile/ios/151284/apple-delays-ios-home-screen-redesign-focus-stability?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9kem3gDFRV3Pdz5AnflMovd5-wBnU-AYioV_4kI1HxVC6hdj6sMhZCRfBFsvwJThKQZpzlZFD3-75k7zFL8Jmp2JR9fg&_hsmi=60318410

 

Why can’t iPhone owners just accept the fact that Google can save them?

http://bgr.com/2018/01/30/iphone-x-review-photos-google-photos-fix-storage/

 

Do You Realize How Much You Share Your Location?

https://www.howtogeek.com/341021/do-you-realize-how-much-you-share-your-location/

 

Amazon doesn’t care if you accidentally shoplift from its cashier-less store

Amazon has a high level of trust in its unique instant checkout system

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/22/16920784/amazon-go-cashier-less-grocery-store-seattle-shoplifting-punishment-detection

 

What Recourse Do I Have If Someone Used My Credit Card Online?

Using someone else's credit card online illegally is identity theft. There's not a lot you can do -- except prevent it.

https://askleo.com/recourse-someone-used-credit-card-online/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=JbMhF.f_z3dfbL

 

How to Play Old PC Games on Your Android Device

https://www.maketecheasier.com/play-classic-pc-games-on-android/

 

Monitor Your Home’s Energy Use (and Save!) Using These 7 Gadgets

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/monitor-energy-use-smart-gadgets/

 

Google credits AI for stopping more rogue Android apps in 2017

New techniques helped prevent 99 percent of bad apps from touching phones.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/30/google-credits-ai-for-stopping-more-rogue-android-apps-in-2017/

 

Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: Which Voice-Controlled Speaker Is Right for You?

Alexa and Google Assistant have emerged as the leading voice-control platforms. Here's how the most popular speakers stack up on audio quality, voice assistance, smart home control, and more.

https://www.pcmag.com/g00/article/348496/google-home-vs-amazon-echo-which-one-should-rule-your-smar?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1

 

6 mistakes you make that shorten the life of your gadgets

https://www.komando.com/tips/431444/first-thing-you-need-to-do-with-your-new-gadget

 

Mozilla Restricts All New Firefox Features to HTTPS Only

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/software/mozilla-restricts-all-new-firefox-features-to-https-only/

 

Seagate BarraCuda Pro 10TB HDD Review

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/seagate-barracuda-pro-10tb-hdd,5210.html

 

Chrome 64 will protect you from 'abusive' pop-ups and hidden audio

The newest version of the browser doesn't stop autoplaying content as expected.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/chrome-64-will-protect-you-from-abusive-pop-ups-and-hidden-audio/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

Microsoft announces new Files Restore feature for OneDrive

Files Restore will give OneDrive for Business users even more control over file recovery.

https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-announces-new-files-restore-feature-onedrive

 

Microsoft Steps In to Correct Errant Intel Patch on Windows

https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/151187/microsoft-steps-correct-errant-intel-patch-windows?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_MenbPHjX6RhImPjj17LdXRbJZw_qyOxY9GLKLXE5C0hJXbx-hHJVaXV8hnIepiW7MYMylhToqN8MvXmzK9pXW43bCcw&_hsmi=60289435

 

This $40 box is the best way to get back at your cable company for overcharging you

http://bgr.com/2018/01/30/best-cable-modem-for-comcast-spectrum-charter-amazon/

 

How Difficult Is It to Replace an iPhone Battery?

https://www.howtogeek.com/340270/how-difficult-is-it-to-replace-an-iphone-battery/

 

Apple’s always-listening HomePod mics can be muted

Not that anyone assumed differently

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/22/16918344/homepod-icons-ios-beta

 

Are USB Ports Going Away?

All technology changes, and yes, USB ports will someday disappear. "How quickly?" is the real question. I'm not terribly concerned.

https://askleo.com/usb-ports-going-away/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=JbMhF.f_z3dfbL

 

Report: Fitness Apps May Compromise Military Security

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10274/report-fitness-apps-may-compromise-military-security

 

The Best Subscription-Free Lightroom Alternatives for Every Budget

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/best-lightroom-alternatives/

 

AI May Have Unlocked the Secrets of the Mysterious Voynich Manuscript

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/263065-ai-may-unlocked-secrets-mysterious-voynich-manuscript

 

The Best Video Doorbells of 2018

The only bad thing about a video doorbell: The knock-knock jokes fall flat because you already know who's there. These are our top performers for keeping tabs on your entryways.

https://www.pcmag.com/g00/roundup/358684/the-best-video-doorbells?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1

 

7 unexpected Amazon Alexa abilities

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

 

Cya Windows. You Can Now Run PowerShell on Linux & macOS

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/cya-windows-you-can-now-run-powershell-on-linux-and-macos/

 

Qwerkytoys Qwerkywriter Mechanical Keyboard Review

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/qwerkytoys-qwerkywriter-mechanical-keyboard,5115.html

 

10 new VM escape vulnerabilities discovered in VirtualBox

While virtualization platforms are intended to provide full isolation between guest and host operating systems, VM escape vulnerabilities have seen increased scrutiny.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/10-new-vm-escape-vulnerabilities-discovered-in-virtualbox/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

How to use Kodi to record live TV

Kodi is a terrific piece of media software, so why not make it even more useful by adding a DVR.

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-use-kodi-record-live-tv

 

Microsoft Finds Itself Stuck in the middle of Intel’s on-going PR Disaster

https://www.petri.com/microsoft-finds-stuck-middle-intels-going-pr-disaster?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_MenbPHjX6RhImPjj17LdXRbJZw_qyOxY9GLKLXE5C0hJXbx-hHJVaXV8hnIepiW7MYMylhToqN8MvXmzK9pXW43bCcw&_hsmi=60289435

 

OnePlus has taken iPhone copying to a whole new level

http://bgr.com/2018/01/30/oneplus-5t-vs-iphone-x-face-unlock-gesture-control/

 

How to Automatically Mute New Tabs in Chrome and Firefox

https://www.howtogeek.com/324568/how-to-automatically-mute-new-tabs-in-chrome-and-firefox/

 

Apple’s former iTunes director will head up Disney’s upcoming streaming service

The service is expected to launch in 2019

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/19/16911280/disney-streaming-service-kevin-swint-itunes-apple-samsung

 

Build a Ballistic Parachute Recovery System for Your Drone

https://makezine.com/projects/diy-drone-recovery-parachute/

 

Facebook to Promote Local News

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10275/facebook-promote-local-news

 

Is a Free PDF Editor Good Enough? Adobe Acrobat Pro DC vs. PDFescape

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/free-pdf-editor-adobe-acrobat-pro-dc-pdfescape/

 

Apple Prepping New Coprocessors, Macs, iPad for Later This Year

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/263081-apple-prepping-new-coprocessors-ipad-launches-later-year

 

How to Hide Your IP Address

Your IP address can reveal more about you than you might think. Fortunately, it's easier than ever to keep it secret, if you follow our advice.

https://www.pcmag.com/g00/article/343394/how-to-hide-your-ip-address?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1

 

Everything Google Home will do on one site

https://www.komando.com/cool-sites/437352/everything-google-home-will-do-on-one-site

 

Hospital Pays $55K Ransomware Demand Despite Having Backups

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/hospital-pays-55k-ransomware-demand-despite-having-backups/

 

Best Graphics Cards

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gpus,4380.html

 

Intel, Arm, Microsoft, Amazon and Google face grilling from US lawmakers over Spectre and Meltdown secrecy

CEOs of tech firms that kept quiet about the Meltdown and Spectre flaws for half a year are being asked to justify not revealing details of the vulnerabilities more widely.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/intel-arm-microsoft-amazon-and-google-face-grilling-from-us-lawmakers-over-spectre-and-meltdown/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

Windows Vista: 5 things you might not know about Microsoft's messiest OS release

Windows Vista was Microsoft's messiest OS. Here's 5 reasons why that turned out to be.

https://www.windowscentral.com/windows-vista-5-things-you-might-not-know-about-microsoft-messiest-os-release

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Latest Microsoft Photos Update Takes Story Remix to the Next Level

https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/150995/latest-microsoft-photos-update-takes-story-remix-next-level?_hsenc=p2ANqtz--kRTigcQGzHzdNI651fL-j6JO8C-8KABTgTWqunwjOyg5M-jYs-0Yfu5xhmOKosfkvdntUHN6uGL8E5i3f0tuxNNQ0sw&_hsmi=60250758

 

Top Apple insider claims that we won’t see an iPhone SE 2 any time soon

https://bgr.com/2018/01/29/iphone-se-2-release-date-2018-maybe-not-happening/

 

Cheap Windows Laptops Will Only Waste Your Time and Money

https://www.howtogeek.com/340222/dont-buy-cheap-windows-laptops/

 

Privacy Matters! 5 Apps That Keep Your Data Safe and Private

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/privacy-matters-5-apps-keep-data-safe-private/

 

How to remove unwanted apps from Windows 10 (Android)

https://www.komando.com/tips/438224/how-to-remove-unwanted-apps-from-windows-10

 

KFC’s latest gadget is a chicken wings box that doubles as a drone

Take that, DJI

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/1/23/16923018/kfc-smoky-grilled-wings-drone-box-india

 

Trendnet TWC-L10 review:

Get a top-down view with this camera-equipped LED light bulb

https://www.cnet.com/products/trendnet-twc-l10-indoor-hd-wi-fi-light-bulb-surveillance-camera/review/

 

Windows 10 emergency update KB4078130 releases

As a result of Intel's buggy microcode, Microsoft outs emergency update for Windows 10 and older versions to disable Spectre fix which can result in data loss or corruption.

https://pureinfotech.com/kb4078130-windows-10-update/

 

Jail for man who hacked 1000 student email accounts in search for sexually explicit images

https://www.welivesecurity.com/2018/01/26/jail-hacked-student-email-explicit/#new_tab

 

Cortana is headed to everyone, everywhere — if Microsoft gets its way

Microsoft's goal is to democratize or make its technologies accessible to everyone. Its digital assistant Cortana is no exception.

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-microsoft-bringing-cortana-everywhere-users-are

 

Google completes its $1.1B deal to buy a chunk of HTC’s smartphone division

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/29/google-htc/

 

What is Strict Site Isolation in Chrome and How to Enable It

https://www.maketecheasier.com/enable-chrome-strict-site-isolation/

 

In a Snap, Slack Comes to Linux. Here's How To Install It

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/in-a-snap-slack-comes-to-linux-heres-how-to-install-it/

 

70.8 Percent of US Phones Sold by Samsung, Apple

Their market share is probably even higher when you look at flagship phones. Here's why.

https://www.pcmag.com/g00/news/358840/70-8-percent-of-us-phones-sold-by-samsung-apple?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1

 

These 10 US states will lose the most money to cybercrime in 2018

California will lose as much as the bottom 36 states combined.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/these-10-us-states-will-lose-the-most-money-to-cybercrime-in-2018/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

How to Automatically Mute New Tabs in Chrome and Firefox

https://www.howtogeek.com/324568/how-to-automatically-mute-new-tabs-in-chrome-and-firefox/

 

The Ultimate Mac Security Guide: 20 Ways to Protect Yourself

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/ultimate-mac-security-guide/

 

If you shop online, make sure your purchases are secure

https://www.komando.com/downloads/434793/if-you-shop-online-make-sure-your-purchases-are-secure

 

HACKING NUCLEAR SYSTEMS IS THE ULTIMATE CYBER THREAT. ARE WE PREPARED?

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/23/16920062/hacking-nuclear-systems-cyberattack

 

How to get Apple's $29 iPhone battery replacement

What you need to know, and what you need to do.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-get-apples-29-iphone-battery-replacement/#ftag=CADf328eec

 

How to stop syncing Timeline activities to the cloud on Windows 10

Timeline syncs your PC activities to the cloud, but you can easily stop that by disabling this option on Windows 10.

https://pureinfotech.com/stop-syncing-timeline-activities-cloud-windows-10/

 

Communication is key when responding to a cybersecurity incident (even personal computers)

https://businessinsights.bitdefender.com/communication-responding-cybersecurity-incident#new_tab

 

Dell XPS 13 vs. ASUS ZenBook 13: Which is best for you?

Dell's XPS 13 (9370) and the ASUS ZenBook 13 (UX331UAL) are both thin and powerful, but which one suits you best?

https://www.windowscentral.com/dell-xps-13-vs-asus-zenbook-13-which-best-you

 

Why RAM Prices Are Through the Roof

https://www.extremetech.com/g00/computing/263031-ram-prices-roof-stuck-way?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1

 

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

https://www.maketecheasier.com/fix-start-menu-not-working-windows-10/

 

SamSam Ransomware Hits Hospitals, City Councils, ICS Firms

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/samsam-ransomware-hits-hospitals-city-councils-ics-firms/

 

6 Alexa Skills That Can Help You Find a Job

Amazon's Alexa can aid you in your job search with skills like Interview Prep.

https://www.pcmag.com/g00/feature/358839/6-alexa-skills-that-can-help-you-find-a-job?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1

 

Report: Software failure caused $1.7 trillion in financial losses in 2017

Software testing company Tricentis found that retail and consumer technology were the areas most affected, while software failures in public service and healthcare were down from the previous year.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/report-software-failure-caused-1-7-trillion-in-financial-losses-in-2017/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

How to Add Phonetic Names to Contacts in Android (So Google Assistant Can Understand You)

https://www.howtogeek.com/340108/how-to-add-phonetic-names-to-contacts-in-android/

 

How Every Operating System Keeps You Safe

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-operating-systems-keep-safe/

 

7 steps for crafting the perfect password

https://www.komando.com/columns/425611/7-steps-for-crafting-the-perfect-password

 

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IS GOING TO SUPERCHARGE SURVEILLANCE

What happens when digital eyes get the brains to match?

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/23/16907238/artificial-intelligence-surveillance-cameras-security

 

iPhone X: The five worst features in Apple's best phone

There’s a lot to like, but Apple needs to rethink some things for 2018's iPhones.

https://www.cnet.com/news/iphone-x-worst-features/#ftag=CAD590a51e

 

Windows 10 Redstone 4 (version 1803): All the new features and changes

UPDATE 1/30: Windows 10 Redstone 4 is due sometime in 2018, and here are all the new features and improvements Microsoft has been working for the new version.

https://pureinfotech.com/windows-10-redstone-4-version-1803-new-features/

 

Keylogger found on thousands of WordPress-based sites, stealing every keypress as you type

https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/keylogger-found-on-thousands-of-wordpress-based-sites-stealing-every-keypress-as-you-type-19501.html#new_tab

 

The great Virtual Reality buyer's guide

Pick the experience that best suits your needs.

https://www.windowscentral.com/great-virtual-reality-buyers-guide

 

Dutch Intelligence Tipped off FBI, NSA on Russian Cyber Attacks

https://www.extremetech.com/g00/internet/262950-dutch-intelligence-provided-critical-data-fbi-nsa-russian-cybersecurity-attacks?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1

 

12 Thunderbird Addons You Shouldn’t Be Without

https://www.maketecheasier.com/12-thunderbird-addons-you-shouldnt-be-without/

 

Woman Accused of Using Spyware to Track Boyfriend and Have Him Killed

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/legal/woman-accused-of-using-spyware-to-track-boyfriend-and-have-him-killed/

 

The Best Smart Bathroom Scales of 2018

Effortlessly track your weight, body fat, bone density, water percentage, heart rate, and other health stats with these Bluetooth and Wi-Fi scales.

https://www.pcmag.com/g00/roundup/343154/the-best-smart-bathroom-scales?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1

 

How to turn off reminder ads in your Google account

Not everyone likes personalized ads. Now Google is letting you disable them.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-turn-off-reminder-ads-in-your-google-account/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

What’s Coming in Windows 10’s Redstone 4 Update, Available March 2018

https://www.howtogeek.com/340688/whats-coming-in-windows-10s-redstone-4-update-available-march-2018/

 

How to Reduce Distracting Notifications on Android

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/reduce-distracting-notifications-android/

 

Fun way to express yourself online

https://www.komando.com/cool-sites/436939/fun-way-to-express-yourself-online

 

The latest Photoshop update makes it usable on 8K displays

Plus there’s a new Select Subject tool powered by machine learning

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/23/16922976/adobe-photoshop-cc-update-select-subject-hidpi

 

What's in the latest Firefox update? More speed

Firefox 58 for Windows, macOS and Linux – the newest version of Firefox Quantum – boosts page load speeds by changing how the browser handles JavaScript.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3251749/web-browsers/whats-in-the-latest-firefox-update-more-speed.html

 

Moving to Linux from dated Windows machines

A tale about the decision to adopt Linux when the older Windows machines started falling behind.

https://opensource.com/article/18/1/move-to-linux-old-windows?sc_cid=701f2000000tr6RAAQ

 

LENOVO FIXES HARDCODED PASSWORD FLAW IMPACTING THINKPAD FINGERPRINT SCANNERS

https://threatpost.com/lenovo-fixes-hardcoded-password-flaw-impacting-thinkpad-fingerprint-scanners/129680/

 

Best Samsung Laptop in 2018

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

 

Intel Has 10nm Fixes for Meltdown, Spectre; May Have Lost Share to AMD in 2017

https://www.extremetech.com/g00/computing/262884-intel-fixes-meltdown-spectre-10nm-cpus-may-lost-market-share-amd-2017?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1

 

Need to Leave Your PC? 7 Ways to Quickly Turn Your Windows Screen Off

https://www.maketecheasier.com/turn-off-windows-screen/

 

GhostTeam Android Malware Can Steal Facebook Credentials

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/ghostteam-android-malware-can-steal-facebook-credentials/

 

5G Hysteria: Is the Trump Admin Planning a Nationalized Network?

Amid conflicting statements and reports, we break down the leaked proposal and the significant tech challenges associated with building a nationwide 5G network.

https://www.pcmag.com/g00/article/358843/5g-hysteria-is-the-trump-admin-planning-a-nationalized-netw?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1

 

How to install Microsoft Core fonts on Linux

If you've discovered your Linux desktop is missing some very important fonts, chances are they belong with Microsoft Core fonts family. Jack Wallen shows you how to fix this.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-install-microsoft-core-fonts-on-linux/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

The Best Apps and Tools for Chromebooks

https://www.howtogeek.com/339795/the-best-apps-and-tools-for-chrome-os/

 

Microsoft’s New App Turns Your Basic Sketches Into Code

https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/150989/microsofts-new-app-turns-basic-sketches-code?_hsenc=p2ANqtz--kRTigcQGzHzdNI651fL-j6JO8C-8KABTgTWqunwjOyg5M-jYs-0Yfu5xhmOKosfkvdntUHN6uGL8E5i3f0tuxNNQ0sw&_hsmi=60250758

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HOW TO SETUP OPENDNS ON YOUR NETWORK

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

 

How to Determine If a Website Is Legit and Safe to Use

https://www.maketecheasier.com/determine-legit-website/

 

New macOS patch protects older operating systems against Meltdown

Sierra and El Capitan are now protected

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/23/16924444/meltdown-macos-patch-sierra-el-capitan-chaios

 

6 ways to disinfect your tech and keep colds and flu away

https://www.komando.com/tips/438286/6-ways-to-disinfect-your-tech-and-keep-colds-and-flu-away

 

iPhone X SE Leak Reveals Apple's Expensive Smartphone

https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2018/01/28/iphone-x-se-leak-reveals-apples-expensive-smartphone/?partner=yahootix&yptr=yahoo

 

Scam Of The Week: The Most Sophisticated Netflix Phishing Yet

https://blog.knowbe4.com/scam-of-the-week-the-most-sophisticated-netflix-phishing-yet

 

How to Fix: Disable Windows 10 Email Notifications

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10273/how-fix-disable-windows-10-email-notifications

 

System OEMs Recall Meltdown/Spectre Patches

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/system-oems-recall-meltdown-spectre-patches,36393.html

 

6 easy ways to save money on PC games

There's no need to pay full price for PC games if you take the time to shop around a little.

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-save-money-pc-games

 

Microsoft Created AI That Reads Just as Well as Humans

As the tech giant continues to grow its AI operations, one of its research teams has built an AI that rivals a human's reading comprehension abilities.

https://www.pcmag.com/article/358741/microsoft-created-ai-that-reads-just-as-well-as-humans?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

ATM 'jackpotting' hacks reach the US

The attacks force machines to fork over thousands in cash.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/28/atm-jackpotting-hacks-reach-the-us/

 

Amazon, Hulu, and the resilience of live TV

Curated TV schedules still have staying power, even in the age of the algorithm.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3250672/streaming-services/amazon-hulu-and-the-resilience-of-live-tv.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2018-01-25

 

Dell Advising All Customers To Not Install Spectre BIOS Updates

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/dell-advising-all-customers-to-not-install-spectre-bios-updates/

 

4 Completely Wireless Security Cameras for Your Home

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/wireless-security-cameras-home/

 

Second Monitor Not Detected? We Have the Fixes

https://www.maketecheasier.com/second-monitor-not-detected-fixes/

 

Apple reportedly may release a 6.1-inch iPhone without 3D Touch

Maybe not the biggest loss ever

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/1/23/16924304/apple-iphone-rumors-2018-kuo-6-1-inch-model-3d-touch-face-id-lcd-display-x

 

Grab these free Windows essential apps

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

 

Do Spectre, Meltdown Mean the Death of Moore’s Law?

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/262787-spectre-meltdown-mean-death-moores-law?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=extremetech&utm_medium=title

 

How to Avoid Malware on Android

https://www.howtogeek.com/140900/how-to-avoid-android-malware-and-other-android-security-threats/

 

How to use Optimized Storage on the Mac

What is Optimized Storage and how do I use it?

https://www.imore.com/optimized-storage

 

Intel Announces 'In-Silicon' Fixes For Meltdown And Spectre Coming This Year, 10nm Update

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-in-silicon-fix-meltdown-spectre,36405.html

 

Should you buy a new, used or refurbished laptop?

Looking to buy a new laptop? There are so many options available, and you must choose whether to go new or used or refurbished, but we can help.

https://www.windowscentral.com/new-used-or-refurbished-laptop-which-should-you-buy

 

The Best Video Doorbells of 2018

The only bad thing about a video doorbell: The knock-knock jokes fall flat because you already know who's there. These are our top performers for keeping tabs on your entryways.

https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/358684/the-best-video-doorbells?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

Samsung Galaxy S9 may pack more reliable face recognition

'Intelligent Scan' would work day or night.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/samsung-galaxy-s9-may-pack-203500620.html

 

Hulu will give you a darned TV guide after all

Hulu's live TV service walks back one of its bolder design choices—at least for now

https://www.techhive.com/article/3249606/streaming-services/hulu-will-give-you-a-darned-tv-guide-after-all.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2018-01-25

 

desuCrypt Ransomware in the Wild with DEUSCRYPT and Decryptable Insane Variants

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/desucrypt-ransomware-in-the-wild-with-deuscrypt-and-decryptable-insane-variants/

 

11 Todoist Features You May Have Missed

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/missed-todoist-features/

 

8 Most Secure Email Services for Better Privacy

https://www.maketecheasier.com/secure-email-services/

 

iPhone users can now ask Siri to read daily news podcasts

Apple’s digital assistant will dictate the day’s headlines and story summaries from trusted sources

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/23/16911794/apple-siri-news-briefings-ios-iphone-beta-update

 

Common scams to take your money and how to avoid them

https://www.komando.com/tips/437762/common-scams-to-take-your-money-and-how-to-avoid-them

 

Buying a Pre-Built Gaming PC Is Now Smarter Than Building Your Own

https://www.extremetech.com/gaming/262924-buying-pre-built-gaming-pc-now-smarter-building?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

How to Connect the Nest Secure to a New Wi-Fi Network

https://www.howtogeek.com/339845/how-to-connect-the-nest-secure-to-a-new-wi-fi-network/

 

A Windows PC user's guide to the Mac keyboard

Just switched to Mac from Windows? Here's the low-down on how to use the keyboard!

https://www.imore.com/windows-pc-users-guide-mac-keyboard

 

Why the Dell rumors might have substance

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/29/why-the-dell-rumors-might-have-substance/

 

Outlook.com beta brings back Skype integration

Now you can chat away with Skype friends from your Outlook.com beta inbox.

https://www.windowscentral.com/outlookcom-beta-brings-back-skype-integration

 

Blame Bad UI Design for Hawaii's False Missile Alert

A user pressed the wrong button, but software designers should take responsibility.

https://www.pcmag.com/commentary/358769/blame-bad-ui-design-for-hawaiis-false-missile-alert?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

Google's $249 AI-powered Clips camera is finally on sale

But it could take a month or more to show up.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/27/google-clips-ai-camera/

 

Hive View review: Attractive design, average features

This security camera's singular "grab-and-go" design stands out, but its feature set is too basic for serious DIYers.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3248906/security-cameras/hive-view-review.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2018-01-25

 

Evrial Trojan Switches Bitcoin Addresses Copied to Windows Clipboard

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/evrial-trojan-switches-bitcoin-addresses-copied-to-windows-clipboard/

 

The Pros and Cons of Two-Factor Authentication Types and Methods

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/pros-cons-2fa-types-methods/

 

AMD Radeon Settings – What Do They All Mean?

https://www.maketecheasier.com/amd-radeon-global-graphics-settings/

 

Samsung announces the 860 Evo and 860 Pro as successors to the most popular SSDs ever

Out with the old, in with the new

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/1/23/16923532/samsung-860-evo-pro-ssd-850-models-sold-state-drives-3d-nand

 

3 easy ways to keep your home safe

https://www.komando.com/tips/438145/sponsored-3-easy-ways-to-keep-your-home-safe

 

How To Boost Older GPU Performance, Since You Can’t Buy a New One

https://www.extremetech.com/g00/gaming/262688-boost-older-gpu-performance-since-cant-buy-new-one?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1

 

The Best Apps and Tools for Chromebooks

https://www.howtogeek.com/339795/the-best-apps-and-tools-for-chrome-os/

 

How to use Optimized Storage on the Mac

What is Optimized Storage and how do I use it?

https://www.imore.com/optimized-storage

 

Microsoft’s Slack competitor, Teams, gets its biggest update with new app integrations and app store

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/29/microsofts-slack-competitor-teams-gets-its-biggest-update-with-new-app-integrations-and-app-store/

 

Latest Microsoft reorganization reportedly focuses on Mixed Reality push

Microsoft is reportedly shuffling several of its teams around its push into mixed reality.

https://www.windowscentral.com/latest-microsoft-reorganization-reportedly-focuses-mixed-reality-push

 

The Global Risk Report 2018

https://www.marsh.com/uk/insights/research/the-global-risks-report-2018.html

 

RASPBERRY PI SPY’S ALEXA SKILL

https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/pi-spy-alexa-skill/

 

Russian hackers are targeting U.S. Senate email accounts

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

 

Red Hat Will Revert Spectre Patches After Receiving Reports of Boot Issues

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/red-hat-will-revert-spectre-patches-after-receiving-reports-of-boot-issues/

 

Why Is My Android Phone Slow Even With Good Specs?

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/android-phone-specs/

 

10 Easy Ways to Speed Up Firefox in Under 10 Minutes

https://www.maketecheasier.com/speed-up-firefox/

 

HOW TO GET STARTED WITH GAMING IN LINUX

https://www.pcmech.com/article/get-started-gaming-linux/

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The unbearable slowness of Samsung's updates

Samsung controls the fate of updates for millions of Android users around the world. So why is it still so slow?

https://www.androidcentral.com/unbearable-slowness-samsungs-updates

 

These iOS apps from Microsoft all support iPhone X

Here we list all of the apps from Microsoft that are notch and Face-ID friendly.

https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-apps-iphone-x

 

Trump team considers a government-run 5G network

It would serve as a counter to China -- if it happens.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/28/trump-team-considers-government-run-5g-network/

 

How to Find Infinite Free Kindle Books to Read

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/find-infinite-free-kindle-books-read/

 

The latest iOS update fixes a glitch that would let others crash your phone with a text message

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/23/the-latest-ios-update-fixes-a-glitch-that-would-let-others-crash-your-phone-with-a-text-message/

 

BUILD YOUR OWN WEB CONTENT FILTER USING LINUX AND PRIVOXY

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

 

How To Fix The 'Page Fault In Nonpaged Area' Error In Windows 10

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/how-to-fix-page-fault-error-windows-10,36234.html

 

Apple prepares macOS users for discontinuation of 32-bit app support

High Sierra will be the last version to support 32-bit “without compromises.”

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/01/apple-prepares-macos-users-for-discontinuation-of-32-bit-app-support/

 

Apple iMac Pro

https://www.pcmag.com/g00/review/358585/apple-imac-pro?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1

 

Intel plans to release chips that have built-in Meltdown and Spectre protections later this year

http://www.businessinsider.com/intel-says-new-spectre-and-meltdown-proof-chips-coming-this-year-2018-1?op=1

 

'Drive-by' cryptomining code was discovered in YouTube ads this week

If you visited YouTube recently, your system may have been used to mine cryptocurrency

https://www.techspot.com/news/72973-drive-cryptomining-code-discovered-youtubes-ad-system-week.html

 

AT&T’s CEO penned an open letter calling for net neutrality laws to cover both ISPs and web companies

But he hasn’t clarified AT&T’s stance on paid prioritization

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/24/16927262/att-net-neutrality-isp-tech-companies-facebook-twitter

 

HP Reissuing BIOS Updates After Buggy Intel Meltdown and Spectre Updates

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/hardware/hp-reissuing-bios-updates-after-buggy-intel-meltdown-and-spectre-updates/

 

How to Reset the DNS Cache on macOS

https://www.howtogeek.com/180356/how-to-reset-the-dns-cache-on-mac-os-x/

 

Comcast’s surprisingly good mobile network just got a little easier to access

http://bgr.com/2018/01/18/xfinity-mobile-unlimited-data-vs-verizon/

 

10 Thinnest Laptops We Could Find in 2018

Love the look of a thin laptop? Check out our roundup of the best devices with the slimmest bodies.

https://www.windowscentral.com/thinnest-laptops

 

Microsoft's new Windows 10 Spectre patch disables Intel's 'fix'

It's meant to stop computers from rebooting.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/29/windows-spectre-meltdown-unpatching/

 

How to Hide Files, Folders, and Drives in Windows 10

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/hide-files-folders-drives-windows/

 

Apple issues Meltdown fix for Macs running Sierra and El Capitan

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/23/apple-issues-meltdown-fix-for-macs-running-sierra-and-el-capitan/

 

INTEL AND AMD’S CO-CREATED CHIPS COULD SAVE INTEL IN 2018

https://www.pcmech.com/article/intel-amds-co-created-chips-save-intel-2018/

 

AmazonBasics ABHT1208TC Surge Protector Tear-Down

http://www.tomshardware.com/g00/picturestory/806-amazonbasics-abht1208tc-surge-protector-tear-down.html#s34

 

Want to see all data Windows 10 sends Microsoft? There’s an app for that

The next big update to Windows 10 will be even more transparent about what it collects.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/01/want-to-see-all-data-windows-10-sends-microsoft-theres-an-app-for-that/

 

How to Share Your Personal Files in Windows 10

You can quickly send a file via email or upload it to an online storage site, where you can share it with other people.

https://www.pcmag.com/feature/358681/how-to-share-your-personal-files-in-windows-10

 

WINED3D FOR WINDOWS

https://fdossena.com/?p=wined3d/index.frag

 

Micro Center reduces the price of its graphics cards for gamers

The retailer wants to help put GPUs in the hands of gamers

https://www.techspot.com/news/72976-micro-center-reduces-price-graphics-cards-gamers.html

 

Spire Studio is a recording studio that fits in your hand

Immediately record a song no matter where you are

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/24/16923516/spire-studio-recording-studio-handheld-izotope-ces

 

Sites Promoting Free Amazon Gift Cards Don't Deliver What You Are Expecting

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/sites-promoting-free-amazon-gift-cards-dont-deliver-what-you-are-expecting/

 

What Are Samsung’s Micro LED TVs, and How Are They Different from OLED?

https://www.howtogeek.com/339937/what-are-samsungs-micro-led-tvs-and-how-are-they-different-from-oled/

 

Google’s secret OS that may someday replace Android was just caught on video

http://bgr.com/2018/01/18/fuchsia-vs-android-hands-on-video-google-secret-os/

 

Samsung Galaxy S9 will debut on February 25

Last year's Galaxy S8 was one of the big hitters for folks moving from Windows phones. Expect nothing less for 2018.

https://www.windowscentral.com/samsung-galaxy-s9-will-debut-february-25

 

ATM 'jackpotting' hacks reach the US

The attacks force machines to fork over thousands in cash.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/28/atm-jackpotting-hacks-reach-the-us/

 

6 Reasons You Should Replace Your ISP’s Router

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/reasons-replace-isp-router/

 

Phone-addicted teens aren’t as happy as those who play sports and hang out IRL, new study suggests

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/23/phone-addicted-teens-arent-as-happy-as-those-who-play-sports-and-hang-out-irl-new-study-suggests/

 

DITCH YOUR SMARTPHONE KEYBOARD FOR GBOARD

https://www.wired.com/story/ditch-your-smartphone-keyboard-for-gboard/

 

Nokia's new ReefShark chipset aims to deliver big 5G performance boost

Nokia has developed a new chipset that can halve the size of 5G antennas and boost capacity.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/nokias-new-reefshark-chipset-aims-to-deliver-big-5g-performance-boost/

 

Just released a screen sharing program I created

https://www.reddit.com/r/opensource/comments/7tjfyd/just_released_a_screen_sharing_program_i_created/

 

12 Pocket Tips to Help You Read it Later

Pocket lets you save articles, videos, images, tweets, and more in one place.

https://www.pcmag.com/feature/358482/12-pocket-tips-to-help-you-read-it-later

 

Cosmos

The universe of algorithm and data structures

https://github.com/OpenGenus/cosmos

 

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

https://www.popsugar.com/news/iOS-11-Control-Center-WiFi-Bluetooth-Turn-Off-Fully-44063541

 

Now you can watch Plex in virtual reality with Google Daydream

And you can bring several friends

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/1/24/16927136/plex-vr-google-daydream-now-available-features

 

Blizzard Fixes DNS Rebinding Flaw that Put All the Company's Users at Risk

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/blizzard-fixes-dns-rebinding-flaw-that-put-all-the-companys-users-at-risk/

 

How to Set Up the TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart Plug

https://www.howtogeek.com/339569/how-to-set-up-the-tp-link-wi-fi-smart-plug/

 

Amazon’s best-selling sound bar only costs $50, and it’s finally back in stock

http://bgr.com/2018/01/18/best-sound-bar-under-50-amazon-prime-in-stock/

 

Chime in: Is Samsung's Galaxy S9 the phone you've been waiting for?

Samsung's newest flagship will make its debut in a month. Is it the one you've been holding out for?

https://www.windowscentral.com/chime-samsung-galaxy-s9-one-youve-been-holding-out

 

MIT's ColorFab can 3D print jewelry that changes colors

You just need to expose them to light.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/29/mit-colorfab-color-changing-3d-printed-object/

 

Pop!_OS Has Arrived: How Does It Compare to Ubuntu?

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/pop_os-compare-ubuntu/

     Pop!_OS: Should a Linux Hardware Company Make Its Own Operating System?

     https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/pop_os-linux-operating-system-distro/

 

Beijing-based Ofo wants to launch its stationless bike-sharing service in SF, but it’s not allowed to

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/23/beijing-based-ofo-wants-to-launch-its-stationless-bike-sharing-service-in-sf-but-its-not-allowed-to/

 

16 Windows 10 tricks you'll wish you knew sooner

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2018/01/28/16-windows-10-tricks-youll-wish-knew-sooner.html

 

Linux 4.15: Good news and bad news about Meltdown and Spectre

Linus Torvalds released the next version of the Linux kernel and, while are things are better with the chip security problems Meltdown and Spectre, more work needs to be done.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/linux-4-15-good-news-and-bad-news-about-meltdown-and-spectre/

 

Roav VIVA Review: Kick Siri to the Curb and Make Alexa Your New Copilot

https://www.reviewgeek.com/1620/roav-viva-review-kick-siri-to-the-curb-and-make-alexa-your-new-copilot/

 

The Best Phones for Seniors

No matter your age, if you're looking for a simple voice phone that's easy to use, these are our top performers in testing.

https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/358549/the-best-phones-for-seniors

 

Apple's market value drops $46 billion in a week on fears of plunging iPhone X demand

  - Nikkei reports Apple is cutting iPhone X production due to weaker-than-expected demand for the high-end smartphone.

  - J.P. Morgan analyst Narci Chang also wrote in a research note to clients on Tuesday, predicting iPhone X production will drop 50 percent in the March quarter versus the December quarter.

  - The shares closed down 2.1 percent Monday.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/29/apple-falls-as-iphone-x-order-cut-reports-mount.html

 

Deleting Every Social-Media App From My Phone Is the Best Thing I’ve Done in 2018

http://nymag.com/selectall/2018/01/deleting-every-social-media-app-from-my-phone-has-been-great.html

 

Google is working on bringing AR to Chrome with downloadable 3D objects

A cross-platform approach to mobile, browser-based AR is in the works

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/23/16925574/google-ar-web-chrome-augmented-reality-downloadable-objects

 

Firefox 58 Released for Linux, Mac, and Windows

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/software/firefox-58-released-for-linux-mac-and-windows/

 

How to Make LibreOffice Writer Templates

https://www.howtogeek.com/340277/how-to-make-libreoffice-writer-templates/

 

Apple’s first new iPhone of 2018 will reportedly launch as soon as May

https://bgr.com/2018/01/26/iphone-se-2-release-date-may-or-june-report/

 

5 reasons to consider buying a laptop running Windows 10 S

Unlike Windows RT, Windows 10 S is actually rather good. Here are a number of reasons you should consider it on a laptop.

https://www.windowscentral.com/5-reasons-consider-buying-laptop-running-windows-10-s

 

Protect yourself: Every internet user should know these basic online privacy tips

https://www.yahoo.com/news/protect-yourself-every-internet-user-194436654.html

 

Your Phone Might Soon Be Able to Tell You If You're In Love

A Gartner Research report predicts that, within the next five years, a technology called Emotion AI might be able to detect important emotions, such as anger, fear, happiness, and love.

https://www.pcmag.com/article/358545/your-phone-might-soon-be-able-to-tell-you-if-youre-in-love

 

Audacity Linux Tutorial - Free Audio Recording on Linux

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITVTdH1bKl0&feature=youtu.be

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Re. FYI#1153  (Thurs 1/25/2018):

Beware of hackers and scams when you’re installing Meltdown and Spectre patches

Yeah, this was inevitable.

 

A dinosaur roams in Chrome

And here I thought the dinosaur could only eat my WiFi connections!

 

All the Ways You Can Still Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free

Running Windows without activation is like running a submarine with a screen door.

 

Acer's Spin 11 hybrid Chromebook supports Android apps

I almost bought one of those, but went with the ASUS flip c302 instead.

 

Top 5 Firefox extensions to install now

If you're going to block ads, you should also be cleaning out your cache. Click and Clean (HotCleaner) helps automate that. Or, for Firefox, ECleaner (Forget Button).

 

How to increase or reduce screen brightness on Windows 10

And while you're at it, don't forget about screen color, which should be made less blue before bedtime, using the built-in Nightlight feature.

 

Windows 10 can now show you all the data it’s sending back to Microsoft

Reading and interpreting this stuff is a bit arcane, but at least it's out there, FWIW. Still no way to turn it all off.

 

The BlackBerry Motion is the future of Android phones

So now Blackberry=Android? Well, that's a disappointment.

 

How to Take Scrolling Screenshots on Any Android Device

This one went straight to my ToDo list.

 

Securing the Linux filesystem with Tripwire

Unfortunately, a lot of things change even system files in Linux. Separating normal changes from undesirable changes would be the job of a rootkit hunter or an antivirus program. Knowing about every little change as they happen could drive normal, non-technical people nuts.

 

Should Facebook Let Users Define Fake News?

Crowdsourcing news rankings is always bad policy. People can downvote stories in large numbers based on a political agenda. Which is the antithesis of good journalism. This is not how vetting and fact-checking should be handled. Facebook needs to take responsibility for its own behavior and lack of effective controls.

 

Re. FYI#1154  (Fri 1/26/2018):

Why is Backing Up Your First Recommendation for Everything?

The two riskiest times for a PC or device from a data loss standpoint are during initial setup and when updating, upgrading or modifying the OS or software. I can't tell you how many almost-finished Linux and Windows installations I've lost due to not having them backed up. Data especially is not always recoverable. Settings can be reapplied, but this is time-consuming.

 

Microsoft’s $189 Windows laptops are going to be a game-changer for PCs

Not with Windows 10S they aren't -- unless you count migration to Chromebooks (with or without Linux added) a change in the game.

 

How to Overclock Your Intel Processor and Speed Up Your PC

In addition to the usual caveats about wearing out the processor, overclocking is now a security and privacy risk, since increasing the speed of any processor will increase greatly the attack surface for Meltdown and Spectre attacks.

 

AT&T’s ‘Internet Bill of Rights’ idea is just a power play against Google and Facebook

Well, it's more than that, but this is definitely not AT&T playing nice about Net Neutrality. States are scrambling to create their own rules, and like the privacy rules now taking effect in the EU, the strictest local or regional rules may dictate what national and international service providers will do for all their customers.

 

Twitter is using machine learning to crop photos to the most interesting part

The machine knows what you want to look at

"We know better than you what you want." Where have I heard that before? Oh yeah, Microsoft!

 

Can Video Chat Be Intercepted and Recorded?

Simple answer -- yes. In Linux, every user has this capability, and not just for chat apps. In Windows, it's not the user who has this power -- it's Microsoft and app developers.

 

5 cold weather tech hacks you wish you knew sooner

A lot of people I know do not thaw out their devices when coming indoors. It's very difficult to convince people of moisture and even ice hazards inside of something they normally don't open.

 

How to create a full system backup in Windows 10

This is far less flexible and less powerful (and more difficult) than using third-party utilities to do the job.

 

Re. FYI#1155  (Sat 1/27/2018)

Microsoft is building a 'modern' version of Windows 10 for PCs with Windows Core OS

This may bear looking into. In addition to being more lightweight than current Windows, this idea could help with security issues, by eliminating a lot of Legacy Code. That's where these recent eleven and twelve year old (and older) security holes have been showing up in many operating systems, including Windows, MacOS and Linux. The biggest downside is you'd need special modules to support legacy hardware and peripherals.

 

No Apple Store Nearby? Try an Apple Authorized Service Provider

Yes, this is the next-best option. Just make sure you can trust your chosen authorized reseller. There are good ones and less-good ones.

 

Don’t Quit Windows! 12 Big Reasons to Keep Using It

This article is brought to you sponsored by Microsoft Surface Pro. Read Dragonmouth's comment below the article. He's got it right. 

BTW, maybe you can't expand Chromebook hardware, but this is also increasingly true of WinTel hardware. Ever tried opening up one of those new Surface 2 in 1's? Or just about any recent laptop? Several recent models, some very pricey, are rated by iFixit as unrepairable. 

You can teach a Chromebook to do Linux with GalliumOS and either Crouton or chrx. (Crouton makes a Container which runs virtual Linux; chrx installs a real dual-boot on a Chromebook. I ran chrx and have a nearly fully-functional Gallium-Book. ChromeOS is still  there, in Developer Mode, for lightweight tasks or entertainment like video streams. A future GalliumOS upgrade promises to restore internal sound access. Full Disclosure -- there are security tradeoffs when running GNU/Linux on a Chromebook.)

 

How to Fix: 'This site can't be reached. The connection was reset.' Error

This, plus very slow page transitions, usually means my Comcast Gateway could benefit from being rebooted. It takes a few minutes, but often clears up whatever network issues happened at that moment. Also, restarting the PC would be a good action to take.

 

Software Framework Flaw Affects Apps From Skype, Signal, Slack, Twitch, Others

This time, being on Linux and ChromeOS seems to be paying off.

 

The Internet Sucks Up a Full Day of Our Time Each Week

Or to calculate this, about 24 hours. That would be four hours a day. Sounds about right. I spend much of my "free time" in front of the TV, so my Internet time is not much above this average.

 

The net neutrality app that Apple rejected is now available on the App Store

This would be far more useful if it were distributed via the Windows App Store.

 

New York governor signs executive order to keep net neutrality rules after the FCC’s repeal

Massachusetts is also looking into setting our own rules. Illinois -- eh, not so much. But it doesn't matter -- if even one State where companies like Comcast or AT&T do business makes tighter rules than the Federal standards, and if the State's rules hold up in Court, all carriers operating in that State would have to observe the strictest rules nationwide. They legally would not have to do so, but for practical reasons they would end up doing it. This is the same principle which makes it likely the new EU data protection rules will be applied by international companies worldwide. This means Facebook and other social media companies have had to update their policies.

 

What Is 5G, and How Fast Will It Be?

A lot of networks have been calling themselves 5G, but without a strict definition of just what constitutes 5G it's all marketing hype so far.

 

The Best Backup Software of 2018

You don't have to spend money to get perfectly good backups and restores which actually work, and can work even if you can't boot your PC. Macrium Reflect Free is perfectly good, and the only paid features in that product line offers which home users might want have to do with backing up and restoring virtual machines created with Hyper-V. For most folks, automated data backups only apply to a few folders and/or libraries, and for Linux users, making a dd copy of the User Home Directory would cover just about any data backup need. Clonezilla Live can make backups and restore Linux installations, as long as the partition structure on the target device (point of origin of the backup) doesn't change.

 

$26 device uses your phone to beam holographic navigation onto your car’s dash

Yeah, like this won't become a distraction!

 

Intel Testing Fix To Spectre Reboot Issue

Don't rush out and apply the latest, greatest fixes for these issues. We are a long ways from seeing active exploits in the wild. Just relax and wait for the bugs to be ironed out. But do keep your browsers up to date, as there is an active javascript attack vector.

 

Everything you need to know about buying an Intel NUC PC

I really like my 6th-gen Intel NUC, but I would not be buying from Intel right now. I have become aware of several hardware flaws in my NUC, and would not replace it with an other NUC for a couple of years at least. In any event, why pay an extra 20% or more just to not have to get your hands dirty assembling from a kit? I did it, so anyone can do it. I even accessed the little internal USB connector to add a lid with extra USB ports for my keyboard and mouse. Skip the preinstalled Windows OS and save another $100-200. Just use Linux instead.

 

Microsoft tackles Windows 10 privacy concerns with new data collection viewer

A lot more transparency is on the way

I've seen screenshots of the output from this feature, and the results are about as clear as mud. And no way to turn it all off.

 

Is Now a Good Time to Buy a New NVIDIA or AMD Graphics Card?

The Crypt miners have made sure this most definitely is not the right time to be buying anyone's graphics cards. Wait a few months for that bubble to burst, and prices will fall like a stone.

 

Here’s why the epidemic of malicious ads grew so much worse last year

Die, already, Flash -- die!

 

[Fix] Windows 10 Automatically Deleting Thumbnails Cache

CCleaner if set too aggressively will do this, too. (So can Bleachbit in Linux.)

 

BUILD THE ULTIMATE MEDIA PC WITH KODI AND LINUX

When I was installing GalliumOS on my Chromebook, there was an option to install a Kodi package at the same time. From there the steps would resemble those for Lubuntu, as GalliumOS is really a Chrome-(book or box) device-specific driver package on top of Xubuntu. So it seems that GalliumOS on a Chromebox could do the same job, possibly cheaper. Plus you'd have ChromeOS for some streaming services and apps right out of the box. Just add a Chromecast dongle and you're good to go. Kodi offers more choices, and you can use it with a VPN sevice. I offer no advice on how legal all of that is or isn't.

 

Hacker Uses Malware to Steal Gas From Paying Customers

Yet another case of "undetectable malware" being detected. Also, this was in Russia, not in the US. Clickbait, anyone?

 

KFC Chicken Wings Box Doubles as a Quadcopter

There are good reasons you can't get this in the US. Bu kudos to folks in India for their ingenuity.

 

How to cut the cord without losing live network TV or your DVR

So here's what they aren't telling you. This is a converter box, which downgrades all recorded content from digital to analog 240p-480i) resolutions. This produces very fuzzy playback on big-screen HDTVs. And no, you cannot use a flash drive for storage and playback. Only certain mechanical hard drives work with these products. And they tend to chew through some brands more than others (drive failures are commonplace).

 

How to tell if your PC has been hacked

I guarantee over 90 percent of today's malware would produce none of these signs.

The GAO will investigate potential fraud in the FCC’s net neutrality comments… in 5 months

Well, at least someone is still minding the store in Washington. But probably not for long.

 

The 8 Best Ways to Manage Your Tasks in Chrome

It looks like Make Use Of got comment-spammed.

 

HOW TO RECOVER CORRUPTED FILES IN WINDOWS 10 AND LINUX

This looks in the article and the Linux tool's documentation much easier than it often is in practice. I've tired a lot of data recovery tools, but found over half the time you get a recovery yield of under 25%. Definitely worth the time and effort if you have no backups, but not worth it if all you want to recover is the most recent version of a document, or a photo you have copied elsewhere. Make two backups of important data and don't connect both copies to your PC at the same time. Prevention is a lot better than treatment of this situation. And definitely scan (maybe send to VirusTotal) anything you succeed in recovering. This type of recovery won't work with encrypted files or drives.

 

Less than 10% of Gmail users have enabled two-factor authentication

I don't have it either. My email gets downloaded through a desktop Linux client. I deal with it from there. Never been locked out of any of my Google services account, and never had any of them hijacked. My Yahoo Mail account did get at least its Contacts hijacked twice a few years back. 

 

From My Own Reading:

Microsoft issues emergency Windows patch to disable Intel's buggy Spectre fix

If your Windows PC seems buggier than usual after the recent round of Spectre patches, you might want to download this.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3251825/security/microsofts-issues-another-emergency-windows-patch-to-pull-intels-buggy-spectre-fix.html

But if you are not experienceing instability, don't change anything you've already done.

 

Is your PC vulnerable to Meltdown and Spectre CPU exploits? InSpectre tells you

Free, small, and easy to use

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3248985/security/pc-vulnerable-meltdown-spectre-cpu-exploits-inspectre.html

According to PC World, this utility also allows users to toggle on or off the mitigations and assess performance impacts.

 

6 features to expect in the next Windows 10 update from Insider Build 17083

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3250654/windows/6-features-to-expect-in-the-next-windows-10-update-from-insider-build-17083.html

This is the update scheduled for Spring, 2018.

 

New Windows 10 privacy controls include a way to erase that embarrassing search

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3250837/windows/windows-10-privacy-controls-build-17083.html

 

DuckDuckGo upgrades apps to block hidden ad trackers

They'll also make sure you're loading the encrypted version of a website.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/24/duckduckgo-tracker-blocker/

 

Chrome update rids Android devices of pop-ups and redirects

Chrome 64 arrives on Android before any other platform.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/24/chrome-update-rids-android-devices-of-pop-ups-and-redirects/

Can We Make A Nuclear Reactor That Won't Melt Down?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2018/01/24/can-we-make-a-nuclear-reactor-that-wont-melt-down/amp/

But there are still questions of waste disposal and the potential for some countries to divert fuel for nuclear bomb programs.

 

The UK Prime Minister is creating an anti-fake news squad

What they'll be doing exactly is anyone's guess.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/24/uk-anti-fake-news-squad/

 

NOTE: I have just completed setting up a Chromebook to dual-boot ChromeOS with GalliumOS (lightweight Ubuntu derivative with Chromebook support, except for internal audio and a couple of other issues). I did this using the chrx method (Method #2): (chrx is pronounced "marshmallow" according to its developers.)

https://ashnoxious.github.io/blog/running-linux-on-chromebook

with firmware installed from the Mrchromebox web site:

https://mrchromebox.tech/static/fwscript.html

(The firmware has to be modified to allow Legacy (non-UEFI) Boot and Boot from USB (for Linux backup using bootable USB media and Clonezilla Live, among other purposes). Clonezilla Live on USB is best created from within GalliumOS using TuxBoot:

http://clonezilla.org/liveusb.php (GNU/Linux Method A)

https://tuxboot.org/installation/

(But skip the .tar drama and go for the .DEB version from your Synaptics GUI app -- you do have that installed, don't you?)

It took a couple of tries, and I had to go back into the ChromeOS Shell (crosh) to make sure Legacy Boot and USB Boot were both permanently enabled, but the rest was pretty straightforward.

BTW, it isn't true that the ASUS flip c302 Chromebook has no available audio drivers for Pulse-Audio under Gallium. All that is true is that the internal speakers -- which are pretty poor to begin with -- and the headphone jack aren't supported yet. But USB-C (two of these ports on this model) is an all-purpose output port. It can charge the Chromebook while outputting audio, HDMI video, USB Type A interactions, etc. What you need is a (rather expensive) ASUS Universal Dock:

https://www.asus.com/Laptops-Accessory/Universal-Dock/

or for just HDMI and one USB Type A port, the ASUS mini-dock or any generic knockoff (like Best Buy's Insignia brand):

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/insignia-usb-type-c-to-hdmi-multiport-adapter-with-power-delivery-white/5577934.p?skuId=5577934

Then you should have all the sound and USB-A ports you need, plus more (with the big dock).

An alternative is to use Bluetooth speakers or headphones -- GalliumOs supports up to Bluetooth 4.0 standards. Higher with BlueZ added in. (But the hardware in this Chromebook is only BT 4.0.)

Much to test and much to explore! I haven't totaled up all my costs, but the Chromebook plus the dock would run around $550.00. Less on a good day at Amazon.

My motivations for this project include the deplorable state of Windows 10 patching lately, forced Windows 10 upgrades to unstable Feature Updates, very poor MS response to Meltdown and Spectre issues, and the obsolescence of BayTrail Atom Processors and 32-bit architectures. The Chrome-Gallium laptop is in the 13-inch class, and will do nicely for travel and meetings.

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