The unbearable slowness of Samsung's
Samsung controls the fate of updates
for millions of Android users around the world. So why is it still
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.
Trump team considers a government-run
It would serve as a counter to China --
if it happens.
How to Find Infinite Free Kindle Books
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
How To Fix The 'Page Fault In Nonpaged
Area' Error In Windows 10
Apple prepares macOS users for
discontinuation of 32-bit app support
High Sierra will be the last version to
support 32-bit “without compromises.”
Apple iMac Pro
Intel plans to release chips that have
built-in Meltdown and Spectre protections later this year
'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
AT&T’s CEO penned an open letter
calling for net neutrality laws to cover both ISPs and web
But he hasn’t clarified AT&T’s stance
on paid prioritization
HP Reissuing BIOS Updates After Buggy
Intel Meltdown and Spectre Updates
How to Reset the DNS Cache on macOS
Comcast’s surprisingly good mobile
network just got a little easier to access
10 Thinnest Laptops We Could Find in
Love the look of a thin laptop? Check
out our roundup of the best devices with the slimmest bodies.
Microsoft's new Windows 10 Spectre
patch disables Intel's 'fix'
It's meant to stop computers from
How to Hide Files, Folders, and Drives
in Windows 10
Apple issues Meltdown fix for Macs
running Sierra and El Capitan
INTEL AND AMD’S CO-CREATED CHIPS COULD
SAVE INTEL IN 2018
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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.
How to Share Your Personal Files in
You can quickly send a file via email
or upload it to an online storage site, where you can share it
with other people.
WINED3D FOR WINDOWS
Micro Center reduces the price of its
graphics cards for gamers
The retailer wants to help put GPUs in
the hands of gamers
Spire Studio is a recording studio that
fits in your hand
Immediately record a song no matter
where you are
Sites Promoting Free Amazon Gift Cards
Don't Deliver What You Are Expecting
What Are Samsung’s Micro LED TVs, and
How Are They Different from OLED?
Google’s secret OS that may someday
replace Android was just caught on video
Samsung Galaxy S9 will debut on
Last year's Galaxy S8 was one of the
big hitters for folks moving from Windows phones. Expect nothing
less for 2018.
ATM 'jackpotting' hacks reach the US
The attacks force machines to fork over
thousands in cash.
6 Reasons You Should Replace Your ISP’s
Phone-addicted teens aren’t as happy as
those who play sports and hang out IRL, new study suggests
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.
Just released a screen sharing program
12 Pocket Tips to Help You Read it
Pocket lets you save articles, videos,
images, tweets, and more in one place.
The universe of algorithm and data
Here's How to Fully Turn Off Your
Bluetooth and WiFi in iOS 11
Now you can watch Plex in virtual
reality with Google Daydream
And you can bring several friends
Blizzard Fixes DNS Rebinding Flaw that
Put All the Company's Users at Risk
How to Set Up the TP-Link Wi-Fi Smart
Amazon’s best-selling sound bar only
costs $50, and it’s finally back 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?
MIT's ColorFab can 3D print jewelry
that changes colors
You just need to expose them to light.
Pop!_OS Has Arrived: How Does It
Compare to Ubuntu?
Pop!_OS: Should a
Linux Hardware Company Make Its Own Operating System?
Beijing-based Ofo wants to launch its
stationless bike-sharing service in SF, but it’s not allowed to
16 Windows 10 tricks you'll wish you
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.
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.
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
Deleting Every Social-Media App From My
Phone Is the Best Thing I’ve Done in 2018
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
Firefox 58 Released for Linux, Mac, and
How to Make LibreOffice Writer
Apple’s first new iPhone of 2018 will
reportedly launch as soon as May
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.
Protect yourself: Every internet user
should know these basic online privacy tips
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.
Audacity Linux Tutorial - Free Audio
Recording on Linux
Comments by -- Bob Primak --
hackers and scams when you’re installing Meltdown and Spectre
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
Windows without activation is like running a submarine with a
11 hybrid Chromebook supports Android apps
bought one of those, but went with the ASUS flip c302 instead.
Top 5 Firefox
extensions to install now
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).
increase or reduce screen brightness on Windows 10
you're at it, don't forget about screen color, which should be
made less blue before bedtime, using the built-in Nightlight
can now show you all the data it’s sending back to Microsoft
interpreting this stuff is a bit arcane, but at least it's out
there, FWIW. Still no way to turn it all off.
BlackBerry Motion is the future of Android phones
Blackberry=Android? Well, that's a disappointment.
How to Take
Scrolling Screenshots on Any Android Device
This one went
straight to my ToDo list.
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.
Facebook Let Users Define Fake News?
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.
Backing Up Your First Recommendation for Everything?
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.
$189 Windows laptops are going to be a game-changer for PCs
Windows 10S they aren't -- unless you count migration to
Chromebooks (with or without Linux added) a change in the game.
Overclock Your Intel Processor and Speed Up Your PC
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.
‘Internet Bill of Rights’ idea is just a power play against Google
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.
using machine learning to crop photos to the most interesting part
knows what you want to look at
better than you what you want." Where have I heard that before? Oh
Chat Be Intercepted and Recorded?
-- 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.
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.
building a 'modern' version of Windows 10 for PCs with Windows
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
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.
Windows! 12 Big Reasons to Keep Using It
is brought to you sponsored by Microsoft Surface Pro. Read
Dragonmouth's comment below the article. He's got it right.
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
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
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.
Framework Flaw Affects Apps From Skype, Signal, Slack, Twitch,
being on Linux and ChromeOS seems to be paying off.
Sucks Up a Full Day of Our Time Each Week
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.
neutrality app that Apple rejected is now available on the App
This would be
far more useful if it were distributed via the Windows App Store.
governor signs executive order to keep net neutrality rules after
the FCC’s repeal
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
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
Backup Software of 2018
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.
uses your phone to beam holographic navigation onto your car’s
this won't become a distraction!
Fix To Spectre Reboot Issue
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
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
tackles Windows 10 privacy concerns with new data collection
A lot more
transparency is on the way
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?
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.
the epidemic of malicious ads grew so much worse last year
Flash -- die!
10 Automatically Deleting Thumbnails Cache
set too aggressively will do this, too. (So can Bleachbit in
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.
Malware to Steal Gas From Paying Customers
case of "undetectable malware" being detected. Also, this was in
Russia, not in the US. Clickbait, anyone?
Wings Box Doubles as a Quadcopter
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
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
over 90 percent of today's malware would produce none of these
The GAO will
investigate potential fraud in the FCC’s net neutrality comments…
in 5 months
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.
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
issues emergency Windows patch to disable Intel's buggy Spectre
Windows PC seems buggier than usual after the recent round of
Spectre patches, you might want to download this.
But if you
are not experienceing instability, don't change anything you've
Is your PC
vulnerable to Meltdown and Spectre CPU exploits? InSpectre tells
and easy to use
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
This is the
update scheduled for Spring, 2018.
10 privacy controls include a way to erase that embarrassing
upgrades apps to block hidden ad trackers
make sure you're loading the encrypted version of a website.
rids Android devices of pop-ups and redirects
arrives on Android before any other platform.
Can We Make A
Nuclear Reactor That Won't Melt Down?
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
be doing exactly is anyone's guess.
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.)
installed from the Mrchromebox web site:
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)
(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
or for just
HDMI and one USB Type A port, the ASUS mini-dock or any generic
knockoff (like Best Buy's Insignia brand):
should have all the sound and USB-A ports you need, plus more
(with the big dock).
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
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.
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.