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Sat 2/10/2018 1169
Fri 2/9/2018 1168
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Tue 2/6/2018 1165
Mon 2/5/2018 1164
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Sat 1169  2/10/2018

New credit card skimmer worked in plain sight at Aldi stores

https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/08/new-credit-card-skimmer-worked-in-plain-sight-at-aldi-stores/

 

Equifax breach may have exposed more data than first thought

Tax and driver's license info may have been involved.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/10/equifax-breach-may-have-exposed-more-data/

 

Tips and Tricks for Using GIMP (competitor with Photoshop)

https://www.tomsguide.com/g00/us/pictures-story/506-photo-manipulation-GIMP-Editing-Tips-freeware.html?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1

 

Police in China Start Wearing Facial-Recognition Glasses

These glasses unlock anyone's vital information, internet activity, and criminal behavior at the push of a button.

https://www.pcmag.com/g00/news/359096/police-in-china-start-wearing-facial-recognition-glasses?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1

 

Does a hard drive have to be solely dedicated for Time Machine use?

https://www.macworld.com/article/3250205/macs/does-a-hard-drive-have-to-be-solely-dedciated-for-time-machine-use.html

 

The 7 Best Windows Start Menu Alternatives and Replacements

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

 

Google's cell network Project Fi charged me for using Wi-Fi – lawsuit

Ad giant billed subscribers for Wi-Fi data, punters claim

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/02/07/google_project_fi_wifi_data_lawsuit/

 

WiFi Routers Riddled With Holes: Report (warning of possible attack vector, if you get a new router, make sure is complies with WPA-3 protocol)

https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/WiFi-Routers-Riddled-With-Holes-Report-85115.html

 

How to quickly create a macOS bootable USB on Windows

Here are the steps to create a macOS Sierra bootable USB media with GPT partition support on Windows 10 to rescue your Mac computer.

https://pureinfotech.com/create-macos-bootable-usb-windows/

 

How to Set Up Continue on PC in Windows 10

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/set-continue-pc-windows-10

 

How to build a gaming PC: a step-by-step guide to building the best PC

It's easier than you might think

http://www.techradar.com/how-to/gaming/how-to-build-a-gaming-pc-a-step-by-step-guide-to-building-the-best-pc-1297251

 

Pogue reviews Apple Homepod

https://finance.yahoo.com/video/pogue-reviews-apple-homepod-135157795.htm

 

Why is everyone talking about 5G and what do you need to know about it?

https://www.komando.com/tips/439399/why-is-everyone-talking-about-5g-and-what-do-you-need-to-know-about-it

 

Chime in: Is Alexa on PC bad news for Cortana?

Is Alexa's imminent arrival on Windows 10 PCs a bad thing for Cortana's future?

https://www.windowscentral.com/chime-alexa-pc-bad-news-cortana

 

ERR_NETWORK_ACCESS_DENIED or ERR_INTERNET_DISCONNECTED error in Google Chrome

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/err_network_access_denied-err_internet_disconnected

 

Best Antivirus Software and Apps 2018 (if you don't mind spending money, I'll stick with Avast Free and harden it)

https://www.tomsguide.com/g00/us/best-antivirus,review-2588.html?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1

 

Most Marketers Still Struggle With Basic Email Personalization

A lack of technology and a way to decipher data is to blame, according to a survey by Yes Lifecycle Marketing.

https://www.pcmag.com/g00/article/358935/most-marketers-still-struggle-with-basic-email-personalizati?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1

 

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.macworld.com/article/3252248/home-tech/homepod-lock-in-ipod.html

 

The Best Free Microsoft Office Calendar Templates for the New Year

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/best-free-calendar-templates-microsoft-office/

 

Goldman in talks with Apple to finance iPhone sales: WSJ

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-apple-goldman-sachs/goldman-in-talks-with-apple-to-finance-iphone-sales-wsj-idUSKBN1FR1KB?feedType=RSS&feedName=businessNews

 

Skype Comes to Linux in a Snap

https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/Skype-Comes-to-Linux-in-a-Snap-85108.html

 

FCC Report Claims the Broken Broadband Market Has Been Magically Fixed By Killing Net Neutrality

"To call these numbers a testament to our national success is insulting and not credible."

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/437dmj/fcc-broadband-deployment-report-ajit-pai-net-neutrality

 

Help Me Laptop: Should I Get a Better CPU or More RAM?

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/better-cpu-or-more-ram

 

7 exercises that will make you a better photographer

Practice makes perfect

http://www.techradar.com/how-to/photography-video-capture/cameras/7-daily-exercises-that-will-make-you-a-better-photographer-1320784

 

Apple's 'defining moment' is here — and it may mean moving past the iPhone (AAPL)

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apple-apos-apos-defining-moment-181904832.html

 

Everything you need to know about the computer chip security mess

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

 

Best USB 3.0 Hubs of 2018

Can't get enough USB 3.0 ports? You need to get yourself a great USB hub.

https://www.windowscentral.com/best-usb-30-hubs

 

The system image restore failed – Parameter incorrect (0x80070057) or because of BIOS/EFI

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/system-image-restore-failed-parameter-incorrect-0x80070057-bios-efi

 

Amazon Key Busted Open by New Hack

https://www.tomsguide.com/g00/us/amazon-key-dropbox-attack,news-26567.html?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1

 

Google's Chrome to Flag All HTTP Pages as 'Not Secure'

The new alerts will start appearing in the Chrome 68 release slated to arrive this July.

https://www.pcmag.com/g00/news/359116/googles-chrome-to-flag-all-http-pages-as-not-secure?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1

 

Is it the end of the line for the ‘i’ at Apple? Analyzing Apple’s naming scheme

Though it may feel dated, many of Apple's ‘i’ products carrying significant branding value that could mean the i-Name will stick around for a while.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3252238/ios/have-we-seen-the-last-idevice-analyzing-apples-naming-scheme.html

 

How Websites Secretly Record Your Activity With Session Replay Scripts

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/websites-record-activity-session-replay/

 

These self-destructing electronics can turn your data to dust on command

A radio signal tells the components to vaporize.

https://www.popsci.com/vaporize-electronics-radio-signal

 

Raspberry Pi overheating? Here's how to stop it says Microsoft

Ofer Dekel, principal researcher at Microsoft, says the latest version of the Pi, the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, "tends to overheat when pushed to its limits".

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/raspberry-pi-overheating-heres-how-to-stop-it-says-microsoft/?ftag=TREe09998f&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

This is what Apple’s battery health ‘fix’ looks like

http://bgr.com/2018/02/06/iphone-battery-health-percentage-toggle-ios-11-3/

 

11 Laptops That Still Come With DVD and CD Drives

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/laptops-with-disc-drives

 

[P2P] Send and Receive Money Online

https://askbobrankin.com/p2p_send_and_receive_money_online.html

 

SnapPower SwitchLight review: Better than any nightlight

Don’t stumble around in the dark looking for the light switch.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3253636/lighting/snappower-switchlight-review.html

 

Free flight simulator program for thrills and incredible scenery

https://www.komando.com/downloads/422880/free-flight-simulator-program-for-thrills-and-incredible-scenery

 

Intel expects hard drives to disappear, replaced by SSDs with Optane and cloud storage

Intel's master plan involves replacing local storage with Optane, and putting "bulk storage" SSDs into the cloud.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3251838/storage/intel-expects-hard-drives-to-disappear-replaced-by-ssds-with-optane-and-cloud-storage.html

 

How to Multitask in Windows 10 like a Pro

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/multitask-in-windows-10

 

The Best Photo Book Printing Services 2018

https://www.tomsguide.com/g00/us/best-photo-books,review-2651.html?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1

 

How to Reset Your Phone or Tablet

Here's how to erase your personal data from an iOS or Android device before selling it.

https://www.pcmag.com/g00/feature/359104/how-to-reset-your-phone-or-tablet?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1

 

5 Fun iPhone Printers (And Why You’d Want One)

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/iphone-printers/

 

4 U.S. States (Representing 1/5th of the Country’s Population) Have Passed Measures Protecting Net Neutrality

What good is a law if 1/5th of the US population defies it?  Now, another Executive Order — this time from the governor of New Jersey — is directly challenging the authority of the FCC and its net neutrality rollback.

https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2018/02/06/fifth-usa-population-protecting-net-neutrality/

 

Raspberry Pi laptop? Here's a super-simple kit you can build yourself

The 'laptop' is made using the Kano Computer Kit Complete, which lets users slot the computer together from only a handful of parts, just like putting together blocks of Lego.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/raspberry-pi-laptop-heres-a-super-simple-kit-you-can-build-yourself/?ftag=TREe09998f&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

Swisscom data breach exposes 800,000 customers

https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/featured/swisscom-data-breach-exposes-customers/#new_tab

 

Where to Place Your Router for the Best Wi-Fi Signal

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/place-router-best-wi-fi-signal

 

Are Online Colleges Fully Accredited?

https://askbobrankin.com/are_online_colleges_fully_accredited.html

 

How to watch the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang without cable

You don't need cable TV to watch NBC's 1,800 hours of Oympic coverage.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3248965/streaming-services/how-to-watch-the-olympics-without-cable.html

 

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

https://www.komando.com/columns/439929/5-incredible-ways-to-use-your-smartphones-camera-you-never-knew-until-now

 

The best SSDs of 2018

The best SSDs can supercharge your PC. Here are our picks for the best SSDs, what to look for in an SSD, whether you even need an SSD, and more.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3234838/storage/best-ssds.html

 

What’s SATA ’bout? The problem with older laptops and hard drive upgrades

A long-time mystery solved by discovering an older Mac couldn’t handle a newer drive type, even though it should.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3252169/macbook/sata-3-old-macbook-compatibility.html

 

Windows 10 computer taking forever to restart

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/windows-10-computer-taking-forever-restart

 

50 Best Amazon Alexa Skills

https://tinyurl.com/y9yyzpcl

 

Apple’s iOS source code leak – what you need to know

https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/apples-ios-source-code-leak-what-you-need-to-know-19573.html#new_tab

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Good hands? Allstate insurance is searching your social media

https://thenextweb.com/socialmedia/2018/02/06/good-hands-allstate-insurance-searching-social-media/

 

Our society is being hijacked by technology.

What began as a race to monetize our attention is now eroding the pillars of our society: mental health, democracy, social relationships, and our children.

http://humanetech.com/problem/

 

How to Close Apps on the iPhone X

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/how-to-close-apps-iphone-x,review-4821.html?evg_experience_id=QNdwl&evg_campaign_id=28fQe&evg_block_id=npXT1&evg_persisted_user_id=bhraIY9Y4UnjYaElFzxmsMdEzM-6iYHWtoXnpk0LocEYgvCjqveomPP27wxrrKdl

 

Mozilla: Switching From Chrome to Firefox Takes 30 Seconds

Mozilla demonstrates how quickly you can move away from Chrome in a bid to get more people using its web browser.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/359038/mozilla-switching-from-chrome-to-firefox-takes-30-seconds

 

How to build the ultimate PC gaming setup

Building a battlestation fit for a king

http://www.techradar.com/how-to/how-to-build-the-ultimate-pc-gaming-setup

 

Facebook is planning a more direct assault on YouTube, sources say

  - Facebook has talked to media buyers about expanding Watch to more individual creators and creating an advertising system where everyone would get a split of revenue, similar to YouTube.

  - The company has also indicated that it will allow brands to select which shows they want to advertise on and potentially create a tiered advertising system to allow companies to advertise on top Watch videos.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/05/facebook-wants-to-open-up-its-videos-platform-to-more-online-influencers-and-advertisers-.html

 

Four Creative Ways You Can Mount Your Echo Dot

https://www.howtogeek.com/341094/four-creative-ways-you-can-mount-your-echo-dot/

 

Consumer Reports: Your smart TV is tracking you and so are hackers

Roku insists vulnerability is a 'feature,' not a 'risk'

https://www.techspot.com/news/73167-consumer-reports-smart-tv-tracking-you-hackers.html

 

Vizio SmartCast Sound Bar (model SB3651-E6) review: The high-tech feature set comes with a few sonic tradeoffs

This 36-inch soundbar delivers true 5.1-channel surround sound, but you'll need to hear it to decide if Vizio made the right compromises in its effort to hit this price point.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3251728/speakers/vizio-smartcast-sound-bar-sb3651-e6-review.html

 

Windows 10: Get ready for more PCs that only run Microsoft Store apps by default

Microsoft is planning to update all versions of Windows 10 to incorporate S Mode, which will limit the machine to only installing apps from the Microsoft Store, according to a leaked roadmap.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/windows-10-get-ready-for-more-pcs-that-only-run-microsoft-store-apps-by-default/

 

Raven Ridge Unboxed: AMD Ryzen 5 2400G, Ryzen 3 2200G First Look

http://www.tomshardware.com/picturestory/820-raven-ridge-amd-ryzen-apu-unboxing.html

 

Top 10 ways to boost your home Wi-Fi and fix it once and for all

https://www.komando.com/tips/439356/10-ways-to-boost-your-home-wi-fi

 

8 Android Settings You Should Change Right Now

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/android-settings-should-change/

 

Birds, Bees, and Butterflies theme for Windows 10 (download)

https://pureinfotech.com/birds-bees-butterflies-theme-windows-10-download/

 

Best Indoor HDTV Antennas of 2018

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-tv-antennas,review-2354.html?evg_experience_id=QNdwl&evg_campaign_id=28fQe&evg_block_id=npXT1&evg_persisted_user_id=cbNnmCtRCy4UN2gh91Za5ykVSIAvXXRcVawHfbgBtQmqLWKDqsmNd99Ev_KzYFC8

 

How to Rid a New PC of Crapware

A new Windows PC typically comes with software you don't want. Here's how to deal with it.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2477704,00.asp

 

The 50 best Mac tips, tricks and timesavers

All the awesome things you forgot your Mac could do

http://www.techradar.com/how-to/software/operating-systems/50-best-mac-tips-tricks-and-timesavers-1310283

 

How VW Paid $25 Billion for 'Dieselgate' — and Got Off Easy

http://fortune.com/2018/02/06/volkswagen-vw-emissions-scandal-penalties/

 

How to Prevent Videos from Autoplaying in Firefox\

https://www.howtogeek.com/341690/how-to-prevent-videos-from-autoplaying-in-firefox/

 

Nest is done as a standalone Alphabet company, merges with Google

Google plans to “combine hardware, software, and services” between the two companies.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/02/nest-is-done-as-a-standalone-alphabet-company-merges-with-google/

 

August Doorbell Cam Pro 2 review: This is a good-looking video doorbell

August's latest smart doorbell is impressive, but it's not perfect.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3250256/security-cameras/august-doorbell-cam-pro-2-review.html

 

Raspberry Pi cranked up to 11? New Odroid-N1 has Android 7.1, six-core chip, 4GB memory, 4K support

The Odroid-N1 packs similar specs to the $449 Samsung Chromebook Plus into what is promised to be a $110 board.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/raspberry-pi-cranked-up-to-11-new-odroid-n1-has-android-7-1-six-core-chip-4gb-memory-4k-support/

 

Intel Releases Fixed Spectre Patch For Skylake CPUs

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-fixed-spectre-patch-skylake,36477.html

 

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

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

 

4K Video Downloader Downloads YouTube Playlists, Channels, and More\

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/4k-video-downloader-review/

 

How to check the version number of an app on Windows 10

Here's one easy way to identify exactly the version number of the Microsoft Store app you're running on Windows 10.

https://pureinfotech.com/check-version-app-windows-10/

 

Hulu Live vs. YouTube TV vs. Sling vs. Vue vs. DirecTV Now: Face-Off!

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/youtube-tv-vs-cable-tv-replacements,news-24578.html?evg_experience_id=QNdwl&evg_campaign_id=28fQe&evg_block_id=npXT1&evg_persisted_user_id=GJN52D_1mz7TFjh-89YCbbmolENJSut1VugnM1_GOS1S4yzXSVYqX0qIdoYV78xm

 

The Best VPNs for BitTorrent

A VPN protects your web traffic from prying eyes, but some won't let you indulge in your BitTorrent habit. Here are the best VPNs that allow you to use the popular file-sharing service.

https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/354396/the-best-vpns-for-bittorrent

 

VLC 3.0 adds Chromecast support and more as the best free media player gets even better

The always popular VLC media player is getting even better with support for Chromecast, 360-degree video, 3D Audio, and a tweaked UI.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3254193/software/vlc-3-0-release-chromecast-360-degree-video.html

 

The House That Spied on Me

https://gizmodo.com/the-house-that-spied-on-me-1822429852

 

How to Opt Out of Targeted Ads Around the Web

https://www.howtogeek.com/341487/how-to-opt-out-of-targeted-ads-around-the-web/

 

More UK Teens Involved in Hacking Than Gangs

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/more-uk-teens-involved-in-hacking-than-gangs/

 

HDMI vs. DisplayPort: Which display interface reigns supreme?

Both are capable of sending high-def video and audio from a source device to a display. So what's the difference?

https://www.techhive.com/article/2030669/laptop-accessories/hdmi-vs-displayport-which-display-interface-reigns-supreme.html

 

How Do I Disable Windows Updates in Windows 10 Home?

Windows 10 Home edition gives you little control of Windows Update. I do have a fairly large hammer you can use.

https://askleo.com/disable-windows-updates-windows-10-home/?awt_m=Idg1MT2U93dfbL&awt_l=GnD8k

 

Do The Meltdown and Spectre Patches Affect PC Gaming Performance? 10 CPUs Tested

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-performance-meltdown-spectre-intel-amd,5457.html

 

3 essential privacy settings for your Amazon Echo

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

 

Why You Should Try Switching Linux Operating Systems

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/try-switching-linux-operating-systems/

 

Progressive Web Apps support is coming to Windows 10

Microsoft plans to bring Progressive Web Apps support to Windows 10 starting with Redstone 4, and it'll be making them available through the Microsoft Store.

https://pureinfotech.com/progressive-web-apps-windows-10/

 

iPhone Source Code Leak No Big Deal. Here's Why

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/ios9-code-leak,news-26588.html

 

The Best Security Suites of 2018

Antivirus? Antispam? Malware protection? What do you really need to keep your PC safe? We tested, reviewed, and rated nearly four dozen security suites, and these 10 get top marks and our highest recommendation.

https://www.pcmag.com/g00/article2/0,2817,2369749,00.asp?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1

 

How to create custom Input & Error Messages In Excel

Keep your spreadsheet clean by creating rules for data entry.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3193332/software/how-to-create-custom-input-error-messages-in-excel.html

 

How a Tiny Startup Became the Most Important Hacking Shop You’ve Never Heard Of

Inside the secretive industry that helps government hackers get around encryption.

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/8xdayg/iphone-zero-days-inside-azimuth-security

 

Are Location-Tagged Photos Really a Privacy Concern?

https://www.howtogeek.com/340566/are-location-tagged-photos-really-a-privacy-concern/

 

Why Paper Jams Persist

A trivial problem reveals the limits of technology.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/02/12/why-paper-jams-persist

 

The Amazon Fire TV 4K is 21% off right now

You can grab Amazon's 4K-capable streaming stick for just $55.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3251719/consumer-electronics/amazon-fire-tv-4k-is-21-off-right-now.html

 

AVG Anti-Virus Gets A New Look

https://askbobrankin.com/avg_antivirus_gets_a_new_look.html

 

The 860 EVO Review: Samsung Back On Top

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/samsung-860-evo-ssd-review,5446.html

 

Amazon Prime: Everything you get with a membership that you didn’t know until now

https://www.komando.com/tips/439477/amazon-prime-everything-you-get-with-a-membership-that-you-didnt-know-until-now

 

8 Things You Should NOT Be Doing on Instagram

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/things-avoid-instagram/

 

How to quickly fix microphone problems on Windows 10

Windows 10 includes an easy-to-use tool to fix common problems with your microphone, and here's how to use it.

https://pureinfotech.com/fix-microphone-problems-windows-10/

 

How to Encrypt Files on Windows

https://www.tomsguide.com/g00/us/encrypt-files-windows,news-18314.html?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1

 

Drones to cloud computing: AP exposes Russian wish list

https://apnews.com/5ad05b0c90dc414db1eb3c1726830884/Russian-hackers-hunt-hi-tech-secrets,-exploiting-US-weakness

 

A new DNA test will look for 190 diseases in your newborn’s genetic code

But not all parents may want to know the results.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/610197/a-new-dna-test-will-look-for-190-diseases-in-your-newborns-genetic-code/

 

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Report: Feds Dragging Heels on Equifax Probe

The new head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Mick Mulvaney, has reportedly scaled back on the agency's investigation into the breach.

https://www.pcmag.com/g00/news/359021/report-feds-dragging-heels-on-equifax-probe?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1

 

HOW TO DECREASE THE AMOUNT OF RAM YOUR BROWSER USES

https://www.pcmech.com/article/how-to-decrease-the-amount-of-ram-your-browser-uses/

 

Flaw in popular VPN service reveals user location and Wi-Fi name

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/440654/flaw-in-popular-vpn-service-reveals-user-location-and-wi-fi-name

 

What I Learned from Watching My iPad’s Slow Death

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/06/magazine/what-i-learned-from-watching-my-ipads-slow-death.html

 

Why ISPs Like Verizon Are Likely Ripping Off Your Older Parents

https://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Why-ISPs-Like-Verizon-Are-Likely-Ripping-Off-Your-Older-Parents-141094

 

Intel unveils smart glasses that you might want to wear

A low-powered laser beams images into your eye.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/05/intel-vaunt-smart-glasses/

 

How to setup and use OpenVPN

Tired of useless VPN clients? Maybe you need this

http://www.techradar.com/how-to/how-to-setup-and-use-openvpn

 

How to update your Xbox One controller

Once you know where to look, updating your Xbox One controller with the latest firmware is pretty simple.

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-to-update-xbox-one-controller

 

How to run Windows apps on the Raspberry Pi

This article and the video above provide a step-by-step guide on how to use ExaGear Desktop to install and run the Windows apps on your Pi.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-get-windows-apps-running-on-the-raspberry-pi/?ftag=TREe09998f&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

South Korea identifies Flash 0-day in the wild

Excel spreadsheet, Active X, Adobe Flash -- this exploit is a blast from the past with one of everything.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/south-korea-identifies-flash-0-day-in-the-wild/

 

[ALERT] Fake Tech Support Scammers Are Calling

https://askbobrankin.com/alert_fake_tech_support_scammers_are_calling.html

 

How to Use, Customize, or Disable AutoComplete in LibreOffice Writer

https://www.howtogeek.com/341769/how-to-use-customize-or-disable-autocomplete-in-libreoffice-writer/

 

Customize Chrome With 10 Unique Browser Extensions

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/customize-chrome-extensions/

 

Hobbyist Demonstrates Amazon Key Vulnerability

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/hobbyist-demonstrates-amazon-key-vulnerability,36462.html

 

Watch Ehang's Self-Flying Drone Carry Human Passengers

The Chinese company released new footage of the drone in several test flights.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/359033/watch-ehangs-self-flying-drone-carry-human-passengers

 

HOW TO RECOVER CORRUPTED FILES IN WINDOWS 10 AND LINUX

https://www.pcmech.com/article/how-to-recover-corrupted-files-in-windows-10-and-linux/

 

Tech support scam could seriously cost you big time

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/440718/tech-support-scam-could-seriously-cost-you-big-time

 

Why a Big Utility Is Embracing Wind and Solar

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/06/opinion/utility-embracing-wind-solar.html?referer=

 

Comcast Wireless Efforts to Lose $1.2 Billion in First 18 Months

https://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Comcast-Wireless-Efforts-to-Lose-12-Billion-in-First-18-Months-141193

 

Microsoft to drop Windows 10 S as a stand-alone product

Say hello to Windows 10 in S Mode.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/03/microsoft-dropping-windows-10-s-as-stand-alone-product/

 

Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-inch) review

The best 2-in-1 laptop yet is just a bigger Surface Book – but that’s no bad thing

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/microsoft-surface-book-2

 

Get your game on with Xbox One wireless controllers back down to $40

Welcome back to a reasonable price, old friend.

https://www.windowscentral.com/thrifter-deal-xbox-one-wireless-bluetooth-controllers

 

Yes, Windows apps will run on the Raspberry Pi: But why would you bother?

Using ExaGear Desktop to run Windows apps on the Pi drives home how little need there is to do so.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/yes-windows-apps-will-run-on-the-raspberry-pi-but-why-would-you-bother/?ftag=TREe09998f&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

A flaw in Hotspot Shield can expose VPN users, locations

The virtual private network says it provides a way to browse the web "anonymously and privately," but a security researcher has released code that could identify users' names and locations.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/privacy-flaw-in-hotspot-shield-can-identify-users-locations/

 

Should You Buy a Used Computer?

https://askbobrankin.com/should_you_buy_a_used_computer.html

 

How to Buy and Listen to Google Play’s New Audiobooks

https://www.howtogeek.com/341797/how-to-buy-and-listen-to-audiobooks-from-google-play/

 

Beware This Kodi Feature That Could Be Spying on You

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/kodi-remote-access-spying/

 

ASRock X399 Taichi Motherboard Review

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/asrock-x399-taichi-amd-motherboard,5391.html

 

INTEL MEMORY LEAK HITS WINDOWS, MAC, AND LINUX USERS

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

 

Another Facebook hoax is making the rounds...don't fall for it

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/440596/another-facebook-hoax-is-making-the-rounds-dont-fall-for-it

 

An ‘Iceberg’ of Unseen Crimes: Many Cyber Offenses Go Unreported

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/05/nyregion/cyber-crimes-unreported.html

 

Japan lays groundwork for boom in robot carers

Japanese government wants to increase acceptance of technology that could help fill the gap in the nursing workforce

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/06/japan-robots-will-care-for-80-of-elderly-by-2020

 

France bans smartphone use in cars even when you pull over

The nation is trying to battle a big uptick in road deaths.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/06/france-bans-smartphone-use-in-cars-even-when-you-pull-over/

 

Microsoft Begins Working on new Features for To-Do

https://www.thurrott.com/cloud/microsoft-consumer-services/151419/microsoft-begins-working-new-features?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9xgb-Afw9TlxqLLsFQ_icoxqePR3zcMIUcny1WVThnLuB28gI-SB8WbRuWBgEs1P1gnPPcbLnOGcRoieDZzeJ2CxvkfA&_hsmi=60388837

 

Why Microsoft may gain an upper hand with carriers thanks to 'Always Connected' PCs

If Microsoft's telephony-enabled pocket PC category makes it to market, it could benefit from a shift of carrier support in Microsoft's favor.

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-cellular-and-telephony-enabled-pcs-will-give-microsoft-power-carriers

 

Best gaming PC deals: Desktops that offer better value than DIY

You can still replace parts down the road to give your PC a more personal feel.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3253304/computers/best-gaming-pc-deals.html

 

FCC Says Net Neutrality Repeal Has Already Fixed the Internet

https://www.extremetech.com/internet/263421-fcc-says-net-neutrality-repeal-already-fixed-internet

 

How Do I Shut Down a Machine with No Display?

It's not difficult to shut down a machine if you can't see its screen -- as long as you plan ahead.

https://askleo.com/shut-machine-no-display/?awt_m=Idg1MT2U93dfbL&awt_l=GnD8k

 

How to Stop Your Facebook Page’s Notifications Blowing Up Your Personal Profile

https://www.howtogeek.com/341651/how-to-stop-your-facebook-page%E2%80%99s-notifications-blowing-up-your-personal-profile/

 

20 Awesome Uses for a Raspberry Pi

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

 

How To Open Firewall Ports In Windows 10

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/how-to-open-firewall-ports-in-windows-10,36451.html

 

The Best Scanners of 2018

Whether you need to scan stacks of family photos, scores of documents for tax time, or even just the occasional business card, there's a scanner designed for the task.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2373832,00.asp

 

TILING WINDOW MANAGERS AND WHY YOU SHOULD USE ONE

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

 

Windows users must do this one thing right now to deal with the dangerous Spectre chip flaw

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/439316/windows-users-must-do-this-one-thing-right-now-to-deal-with-the-dangerous-spectre-chip-flaw

 

DDoS Attacks Evolve To Conscript Devices Onto The IoT

https://www.forbes.com/sites/centurylink/2018/02/04/ddos-attacks-evolve-to-conscript-devices-onto-the-iot/#b9b8b756aaa6

 

Unicef recruits gamers to mine Ethereum in aid of Syrian children

Cryptocurrency scheme is part of wider UN effort to revolutionise aid with blockchain technology, increasing financial transparency 

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/feb/06/unicef-recruits-gamers-mine-ethereum-aid-syrian-children

 

REVIEW: COLGATE SMART ELECTRONIC TOOTHBRUSH E1

This bathroom gadget aims not just to get you brushing more, but to get you brushing better.

https://www.wired.com/review/colgate-electric-toothbrush-e1/

 

Microsoft Edge Making Its Way to the iPad Next Month

https://www.thurrott.com/mobile/ios/151393/microsoft-edge-making-its-way-to-the-ipad-next-month?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9xgb-Afw9TlxqLLsFQ_icoxqePR3zcMIUcny1WVThnLuB28gI-SB8WbRuWBgEs1P1gnPPcbLnOGcRoieDZzeJ2CxvkfA&_hsmi=60388837

 

A beginner's guide to Virtual Reality

With so many virtual reality devices available it can be difficult to even know where to start. Our beginner's guide breaks down some of the big questions you need to ask before getting your first VR device.

https://www.windowscentral.com/beginners-guide-virtual-reality

 

If You Have a Google Home, You Might Have an Email For a Free Audiobook

https://www.reviewgeek.com/1819/if-you-have-a-google-home-you-might-have-an-email-for-a-free-audiobook/

 

Intel Inside: Apple’s Next iPhone May Ditch Qualcomm Altogether

https://www.extremetech.com/mobile/263375-intel-inside-apples-next-iphone-may-ditch-qualcomm-altogether

 

What is POP? Or POP3? And what about IMAP and SMTP?

POP, POP3, and SMTP are all acronyms used in configuring email. We'll look at what they mean and how they relate.

https://askleo.com/what_is_pop_or_pop3_or_a_pop_account_and_what_about_smtp/?awt_m=Idg1MT2U93dfbL&awt_l=GnD8k

 

What to Do When Your Hard Drive Fails

https://www.howtogeek.com/341268/what-to-do-when-your-hard-drive-fails/

 

Revealed: How Spectre Updates Will Affect Your PC

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/revealed-spectre-updates-affect-pc/

 

Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4-4600 Review

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/corsair-vengeance-lpx-16gb-ddr4-4600-memory,5344.html

 

Report: Microsoft Replacing Windows 10 S with 'S Mode'

Instead of offering a dedicated version of Windows 10 that only allows users to run apps from the Windows Store, Microsoft is going to make this an option in Windows 10 Home, Pro, and Enterprise editions.

https://www.pcmag.com/g00/news/358997/report-microsoft-replacing-windows-10-s-with-s-mode?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1

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Former Execs to Battle 'Social Media Addiction'

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10278/former-execs-battle-social-media-addiction

 

Report: Microsoft Replacing Windows 10 S with 'S Mode'

Instead of offering a dedicated version of Windows 10 that only allows users to run apps from the Windows Store, Microsoft is going to make this an option in Windows 10 Home, Pro, and Enterprise editions.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/358997/report-microsoft-replacing-windows-10-s-with-s-mode

 

Google+ for Android gets rebuilt for the few that still use it

It looks the same, but will allow the Google+ team to build new features 'on a modern tech stack.'

https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/06/google-plus-new-rebuilt-android-app/

 

Best Laptops for Seniors in 2018 (do you know any seniors?)

Choosing the right laptop for an older PC user can be a challenge, but here's how to get it right.

https://www.windowscentral.com/best-laptops-seniors

 

Raspberry Pi Zero W: The smart person's guide

This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about the $10 Raspberry Pi Zero W, the latest tiny computer from the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/raspberry-pi-zero-wireless-the-smart-persons-guide/?ftag=TREe09998f&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

Malwarebytes Update Released to Fix High CPU & Memory Usage in Mbamservice.exe

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/malwarebytes-update-released-to-fix-high-cpu-and-memory-usage-in-mbamservice-exe/

 

How to choose the right power supply for your PC

Don't know which power supply to buy? In this guide, we'll go through everything you need to know to pick the best unit for your PC.

https://pureinfotech.com/choose-power-supply-pc/

 

12 Amazing Deep Learning Breakthroughs of 2017

https://www.forbes.com/sites/mariyayao/2018/02/05/12-amazing-deep-learning-breakthroughs-of-2017/#19e4ce2465db

 

Microsoft is secretly building Polaris, a slimmer, more modern version of Windows

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/microsoft-secretly-building-slimmer-more-200711958.html

 

The Ultimate Guide to Changing Your DNS Server

https://www.howtogeek.com/167533/the-ultimate-guide-to-changing-your-dns-server/

 

Avoid being tracked on your laptop, phone and fitness tracker

https://www.komando.com/tips/439522/avoid-bring-tracked-on-your-laptop-phone-and-fitness-tracker

 

The next phase of Google's Chrome OS takeover

As the lines continue to blur between Chrome OS and Android, some once-crazy-sounding concepts are about to shake up mobile computing as we know it.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3253624/chrome-os/chrome-os-takeover.amp.html

 

Microsoft tees up Windows 10 support of Progressive Web Apps

Microsoft will be ready to support PWAs in the Microsoft Store as of Windows 10 Redstone 4. Here's its game plan.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-tees-up-windows-10-support-of-progressive-web-apps/

 

Facebook, Google Vets Form Coalition to Fight Tech Addiction

The Center for Humane Technology will focus its efforts on young users, first with a public school ad campaign on the harmful effects of tech and social media.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/359009/facebook-google-vets-form-coalition-to-fight-tech-addiction

 

Microsoft to drop Windows 10 S as a stand-alone product

Say hello to Windows 10 in S Mode.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/03/microsoft-dropping-windows-10-s-as-stand-alone-product/

 

Buglife wants to put the power to report mobile software bugs in users’ hands

https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/05/buglife-wants-to-put-the-power-to-report-mobile-software-bugs-in-users-hands/

 

Microsoft outs pair of cumulative updates for older Windows 10 releases

The pair of updates is now available for Creators Update and Anniversary Update PCs.

https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-outs-pair-cumulative-updates-older-windows-10-releases

 

This $20 Raspberry Pi rival runs Android and offers 4K video

The specs of the recently launched Orange Pi One Plus outstrip those of the $35 Raspberry Pi 3 in a number of areas.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/this-20-raspberry-pi-rival-runs-android-and-offers-4k-video/?ftag=TREe09998f&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

The Velso Ransomware Being Manually Installed by Attackers

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/the-velso-ransomware-being-manually-installed-by-attackers/

 

Cryptocurrency Mining Malware Infected Over Half-Million PCs Using NSA Exploit

https://thehackernews.com/2018/01/cryptocurrency-mining-malware.html

 

The Promise And Peril Of Transformational Technology

https://www.forbes.com/sites/oracle/2018/02/05/the-promise-and-peril-of-transformational-technology/#1c3d19716a6a

 

Apple iPhone X glitch leaves owners unable to take calls

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apple-iphone-x-glitch-leaves-105515731.html

 

Are Location-Tagged Photos Really a Privacy Concern?

https://www.howtogeek.com/340566/are-location-tagged-photos-really-a-privacy-concern/

 

5 hidden Facebook tricks you need to start using

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

 

Windows 10 update (and retirement) calendar: Mark these dates

Microsoft is releasing new versions of Windows 10 on a set schedule – and just as regularly retiring older versions from support. Here are all the dates you need to know about through Windows 7's retirement in 2020.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3234766/microsoft-windows/windows-10-update-and-retirement-calendar-mark-these-dates.html?idg_eid=e571904c7a8ba54fc7acab64ae9d2a87&email_SHA1_lc=&cid=cw_nlt_All_IDGE_Newsletter_2018-02-07

 

Windows Chrome users: Tech-support scams try new trick to freeze your browser

Get an ad-blocker if you want to dodge tech-support scammers' latest rapid-download ruse.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-chrome-users-tech-support-scams-try-new-trick-to-freeze-your-browser/

 

Apple Investigating iPhone X 'Incoming Call' Bug

Apple is looking into a glitch that reportedly makes it extremely difficult for iPhone X owners to answer their phones.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/359005/apple-investigating-iphone-x-incoming-call-bug

 

Steadicam Volt's cinematic smartphone stabilizer is a little fiddly

The setup takes time to learn, but the results are more natural than other options.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/03/steadicam-volt-cinematic-smartphone-stabilizer-gimbal-tiffen-hands-on/

 

Former Intel president launches new chip company with backing from Carlyle Group

https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/05/former-intel-president-launches-new-chip-company-with-backing-from-carlyle-group/

 

Beginner's guide to Microsoft OneDrive on Windows 10

If you're new to OneDrive, we'll walk you through the steps to get started with the cloud storage service on your Windows 10 PC.

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-get-started-onedrive-windows-10

 

$35 Raspberry Pi rival offers 4K video, USB 3.0, DDR4 memory and runs Android

The latest single-board computer to outdo the Pi specwise is Libre Computer's Renegade, which packs DDR4 memory, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, and 4K video out onto a $35 board.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/35-raspberry-pi-rival-offers-4k-video-usb-3-0-ddr4-memory-and-runs-android/?ftag=TREe09998f&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

How to build the ultimate mini gaming PC

A celebration of the best components of 2017

http://www.techradar.com/how-to/how-to-build-the-ultimate-mini-itx-gaming-pc

 

Best Buy to Pull CDs, Target Threatens to Pay Labels for CDs Only When Customers Buy Them

https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8097929/best-buy-to-pull-cds-target-threatens-to-pay-labels-for-cds-only-when

 

MacBook Pro 2018: This Big Upgrade Is A Sure Thing

https://www.forbes.com/sites/brookecrothers/2018/02/03/macbook-pro-2018-this-big-upgrade-is-a-sure-thing/#6bb5d58b1908

 

Hard Drive Making a Clicking Sound?

https://askbobrankin.com/hard_drive_making_a_clicking_sound.html

 

How to Opt Out of Targeted Ads Around the Web

https://www.howtogeek.com/341487/how-to-opt-out-of-targeted-ads-around-the-web/

 

Get the best phone battery life with some quick adjustments

https://www.komando.com/columns/439081/get-the-best-phone-battery-life-with-some-quick-adjustments

 

Why Linux is better than Windows or macOS for security

Decisions made years ago about which operating system to roll out can affect corporate security today. Of the big three in widespread use, one can credibly be called the most secure.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3252823/linux/why-linux-is-better-than-windows-or-macos-for-security.html

 

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/

 

The Best Cheap Cell Phone Plans You've Never Heard Of

There are a lot of options beyond the big four phone carriers in the US. If you're looking to save money, these lesser-known plans might be the ticket.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2375644,00.asp

 

Louisville wants a fleet of drones to survey areas after shootings

Kentucky's biggest city pitched this idea to a UAV-funding federal program.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/02/louisville-wants-a-fleet-of-drones-to-survey-areas-after-shootin/

 

Mozilla announces an open gateway for the internet of things

https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/06/mozilla-announces-an-open-framework-for-the-internet-of-things/

 

How to add a DVR to Xbox One using HDHomeRun

Let HDHomeRun help you out where Microsoft can't (or won't).

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-add-dvr-xbox-one-hdhomerun

 

Hacker easily bypasses Windows 10 anti-ransomware protection with this trick

Ransomware protection in Windows Defender can be circumvented with the help of Office OLE objects.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/hacker-easily-bypasses-windows-10-anti-ransomware-protection-with-this-trick/

 

The 10 rules of photo composition (and why they work)

How to shoot the perfect picture

http://www.techradar.com/how-to/photography-video-capture/cameras/10-rules-of-photo-composition-and-why-they-work-1320770

 

Screen flickering in ubuntu 16.04 LTS (you'll have to keep watching for added posts)

https://www.reddit.com/r/linux/comments/7w1omc/screen_flickering_in_ubuntu_1604_lts/

 

Apple 'Confirms' iPhones Have A Serious Problem

https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2018/02/06/apple-iphone-x-problem-iphone-7-calls-problem/#bd067fd1b778

 

[SCAM?] Time to Update Your Drivers? (I have seen problems disappear after driver updates, just not everything)

https://askbobrankin.com/scam_time_to_update_your_drivers.html

 

How to Run Windows Software on a Chromebook

https://www.howtogeek.com/173353/how-to-run-windows-software-on-a-chromebook/

 

7 best budget apps to help save for your dream vacation

https://www.komando.com/tips/438219/7-best-budget-apps-to-help-save-for-your-dream-vacation

 

The next phase of Google's Chrome OS takeover

As the lines continue to blur between Chrome OS and Android, some once-crazy-sounding concepts are about to shake up mobile computing as we know it.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3253624/chrome-os/chrome-os-takeover.html?idg_eid=e571904c7a8ba54fc7acab64ae9d2a87&email_SHA1_lc=&cid=cw_nlt_All_IDGE_Newsletter_2018-02-07

 

Firefox Quantum vs Chrome: Are the tides shifting?

There is not much you can do in Chrome that you can't do in Mozilla's Firefox Quantum.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/firefox-quantum-vs-chrome-are-tides-shifting/

 

How Amazon Keeps Your TV From Accidentally Triggering Your Echo

Amazon's use of acoustic fingerprinting helps to tell your Echo that it should ignore whatever's being said in the background—like "Alexa."

https://www.pcmag.com/news/359004/how-amazon-keeps-your-tv-from-accidentally-triggering-your-e

 

Top Apple insider claims all 2018 iPhones will use LTE modems from Intel

https://bgr.com/2018/02/04/iphone-2018-intel-lte-modems-qualcomm-gone/

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Re. FYI#1162  (Sat 2/3/2018):

New Adobe Flash Zero-Day Spotted in the Wild

I just updated in Linux for this, and it's time to do my Chromebook's GalliumOS and my two Windows 10 Pro devices. Also time to get up to speed with MS Updates on those two Windows devices.

 

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

What would I use this for?

 

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

You'd actually have to be pretty stupid to install any extension into any browser without looking over professional reviews these days. Unfortunately, there's a lot of stupid going around now.

 

PSA: Beware of Sites Pretending to be Manual Firefox Updates

As I said, there's a lot of stupid running around now.

 

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

Wow! In Linux, we just need gParted and a Linux Live on a USB drive. Maybe Clonezilla Live, too. And they skipped two things for all OSes -- a backup image archive (yes, I have a copy on my keyring) and a bootable USB drive for the software which made the archive.

 

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

I'd like to see a similar study of Android apps. I'm thinking they would show a similar pattern, but spread out over more different apps.

 

Rise of the 'accidental' cybersecurity professional

Equifax hired or transferred a music major. Look what happened.

 

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

If you follow the discussion threads at AskWoody, there are really no new SKUs. They are all going to start with Windows 10S and require purchasing additional subscriptions to upgrade from there. Pro will start as "Pro S", etc.

https://www.askwoody.com/2018/the-future-of-windows-is-spelled-with-an-sssssssssss/

 

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

I know, when my needs change or when the OS or major software will no longer run on the hardware and upgrading would cost more than the PC originally cost. That is happening to my ASUS Transformer Book tablet. (32-bits and Atom processors are so not happening anymore!)

 

How to Stream From VLC to Your Chromecast

I've been having trouble getting this to work, either in Linux or in Windows. ChromeOS does not seem to want to support VLC Player -- gee I wonder why not.

 

LibreOffice 6.0 is coming!

I got this upgrade for Linux -- now for the Windows upgrades. 

 

Re. FYI#1163  (Sun 2/4/2018):

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

Yet another lead duck goes flying out from Microsoft. I can hear it spalling into Puget Sound now. When it comes to the tech consumer market, these guys just don't get it.

 

The Internet Sucks Up a Full Day of Our Time Each Week

Well, I guess my five half-days (= 2 1/2 days) is a bit excessive. I'll have to cut back. (end sarcasm) It's not how much of the Internet you use that matters -- it's how you use the time you spend online.

 

The Best Backup Software of 2018

This article is terribly incomplete. It should be titled The Most Bloated Paid Backup Suites of 2018 So Far. Any review story which totally ignores free offerings and single-purpose products is misleading at best.

 

$26 device uses your phone to beam holographic navigation onto your car’s dash

Yeah right, no distractions here. (end sarcasm)

 

Apple wants to gather all your medical records in the Health app

After all their iCloud leaks, I don't think I'd trust Apple with my health information.

 

How to tell if you’re PC has been hacked

On the other hand, the most common sign is there is no sign. Most modern malware can operate undetected by the user forever. You need to do scans and behavior based analysis (heuristics) (Much as I hate all the false-positives, heuristics is becoming a necessity in malware detection.)

 

Hacker Uses Malware to Steal Gas from Paying Customers

In Russia. Not here.

KFC Chicken Wings Box Doubles as a Quadcopter

In India, not here.

 

How to cut the cord without losing live network TV or your DVR

I don't know how a converter box can claim to be able to record in HD. These units were designed to down-convert DTV signals to SD-TV analog signals. Recording that output would be limited to 240p or 480i resolutions, and in analog. (Think of the fuzzy recordings with indistinct audio from your old VCRs back in the 1980s.) Maybe they can use a pass-through of some sort? Anyway, the one Channel Master put out a couple of years ago flopped because its output was crap. This one at this price point cannot be much better, no matter what the ad copy at Amazon Marketplace claims.

 

BUILD THE ULTIMATE MEDIA PC WITH KODI AND LINUX

Now this has greater potential for saving a few bucks on recordable HD OTA and streaming content. Use with something like the HD HomeRun device.

 

What Is 5G, and How Fast Will It Be?

It uses millimeter waves, which can penetrate structures and are not weather dependent. Even the last mile of Cable and Internet are being considered for adopting this type of tech for "fixed wireless". 

 

Verizon buying 37 million miles of fiber to boost its wireless network

Verizon buys fiber from Corning, with a focus on wireless Internet—not FiOS.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/04/verizon-spends-1b-on-fiber-but-its-for-5g-wireless-not-more-fios/

 

MailChimp plugs a hole that could have leaked your email address

PRIVACY HOLE COULDN’T BE EASILY EXPLOITED TO HOOVER UP MILLIONS OF EMAIL ADDRESSES.

I think they mean "Could Be".

 

Microsoft tackles Windows 10 privacy concerns with new data collection viewer

A lot more transparency is on the way

Great, so now we can see the fellows who are ****ing us, and we can watch how they do it. But we still lack the controls to stop them before they do it.

 

The GAO will investigate potential fraud in the FCC’s net neutrality comments… in 5 months

As long as it all comes out in time for the Mid-Term Elections, this is not all in vain.

 

Everything you need to know about buying an Intel NUC PC

The core-i5 and core-i7 prices are not for the kits (those are still available) so probably include the cost of assembly and testing with a Windows 10 Home license. The kits are still available, and cost much less, even after adding your own RAM and SSD (and a GoRite lid for extra USB ports). 

 

Re. FYI#1164 (Mon 2/5/2018):

Office 2019 Releasing Later this Year Only for Windows 10 Users

Contrary to early reports, you can still buy a license for this as a desktop (Win32) suite.

 

Hundreds Of Meltdown, Spectre Malware Samples Found In The Wild

Those are Proofs of Concept, not active exploits.

 

We May Soon See Malware Leveraging the Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities

But probably we will not see active and widespread remote exploits for some time to come. These are not easy to craft.

 

Re. FYI#1165 (Tues 2/6/2018):

Uber, Lyft Want to Ban Personal Use of Self-Driving Cars in Urban Areas

How to kill the entire market in ten easy steps. Seriously, this would violate the Sherman Antitrust Law.

 

How to Fix Windows 10: A Beginner’s FAQ

Do NOT try Number 4. You can seriously mess up the entire Windows Update stack and end up reinstalling Windows 10 from scratch.

 

How to Run Windows Software on a Chromebook

I prefer to set up my Chromebook to run a full Linux distro. You need an Intel based Chromebook to do this (yes, they're more expensive) but it's worth the effort.

 

5 Electron Apps for Linux You Should Try Today

Did they ever patch that massive security hole in Electron Apps Framework? i know they did it for Windows, but did they ever do it for Linux?

 

Facebook usage falls in the US as it begins to tinker with the News Feed

Zuckerberg predicted this decline, and he's perfectly OK with it.

 

EFF slams AT&T, says company’s Internet Bill of Rights is ‘hypocritical arrogance’

I have other terms for it, all unprintable.

 

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

In case they missed them, two more things:

(1) These issues are only proof of concept, except for one javascript browser-based attack vector, patched if you update your browser.

(2) The performance hits are minimal for most home users, and mostly affect cloud based storage companies (AWS, Azure, etc).

 

Windows 10 Is Finally More Popular Than Windows 7

Or is this just a result of forced upgrades people got tricked into? "Popular" is a tricky term. 

 

From My Own Reading:

Open source turns 20: How Linux, Raspberry Pi, Chromium and more are influencing PCs

It's been 20 years since the term open source was coined by the Open Source Initiative, and computers haven't been the same since.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3251863/computers/open-source-turns-20-linux-raspberry-pi-chromium.html

 

Why Linux is better than Windows or macOS for security

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3252823/linux/why-linux-is-better-than-windows-or-macos-for-security.html

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Software Security

Tue Feb 6, 2018 10:13 pm (PST)

Software Security is at risk. Check out the numbers.

http://bit.ly/2nJKaMA

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Tue 1165 2/6/2018

Windows 10 Home in S Mode is a thing, according to a Feedback Hub Quest

https://www.neowin.net/news/windows-10-home-in-s-mode-is-a-thing-according-to-a-feedback-hub-quest

 

YouTube TV now available on Roku and Apple TV

YouTube's $35-per-month alternative to cable TV comes to a pair of popular streaming platforms.

https://www.cnet.com/news/youtube-tv-now-available-on-roku-and-apple-tv/

 

Short on Space? Try These Compact Home Office Desks!

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/short-on-space-try-these-compact-home-office-desks/

 

Mozilla Fixes Severe Flaw in Firefox UI That Leads to Remote Code Execution

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/mozilla-fixes-severe-flaw-in-firefox-ui-that-leads-to-remote-code-execution/

 

How to Recover From a Bad GPU Driver Update

https://www.howtogeek.com/341071/how-to-recover-from-a-bad-gpu-driver-update/

 

The New New Journalism

Virtual reality is enabling an innovative way of real-life storytelling.

https://www.pcmag.com/commentary/358822/the-new-new-journalism

 

Foxconn to plug at least $340M into AI R&D over five years

https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/03/foxconn-to-plug-at-least-340m-into-ai-rd-over-five-years/

 

Uber, Lyft Want to Ban Personal Use of Self-Driving Cars in Urban Areas

https://www.extremetech.com/g00/extreme/263294-uber-lyft-want-ban-personal-use-self-driving-cars-urban-areas?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1

 

You can get a gaming PC for the price of its graphics card alone

Graphics card prices are so insane that a whole pre-built PC costs the same as a single card.

https://www.techconnect.com/article/3251793/computers/you-can-get-a-gaming-pc-for-the-price-of-its-graphics-card-alone.html

 

Geekly Update - 31 Jan 2018 Category: Tech-News

https://askbobrankin.com/geekly_update_31_jan_2018.html

 

HOW TO GET STARTED WITH GAMING IN LINUX

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

 

This 1 Feature Looks Completely Different on Your iPhone With iOS 11 — and It's Far More Useful, Too

https://www.popsugar.com/news/How-Use-Control-Center-iOS-11-44051663

 

Why eBay's decision to drop PayPal is a good thing

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/paypal-coo-ebays-decision-drop-us-good-thing-170833338.html

 

How to block spam texts and messages on your phone

https://www.komando.com/columns/394001/how-to-block-spam-texts-and-messages-on-your-phone

 

Best Cheap Scanners in 2018

https://www.windowscentral.com/best-cheap-scanners

 

How to Fix Windows 10: A Beginner’s FAQ

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/fix-windows-10-beginners-faq/

 

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/

 

How to Get Rid of “Suggested Apps” (like Candy Crush) in Windows 10

https://www.howtogeek.com/259946/how-to-get-rid-of-suggested-apps-in-windows-10/

 

How to Tell Microsoft What You Really Think About Windows 10

You can shape the future of Windows 10 by sharing your thoughts, concerns, and complaints about the OS with its creator.

https://www.pcmag.com/feature/358971/how-to-tell-microsoft-what-you-really-think-about-windows-10?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

Tesla looks to take solar mainstream with Home Depot partnership

https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/02/tesla-looks-to-take-solar-mainstream-with-home-depot-partnership/

 

Spine-like Battery Could Power Flexible Electronics

https://www.extremetech.com/g00/electronics/263263-spine-like-battery-power-flexible-electronics?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1

 

Ryzen CPUs explained: Everything you need to know about AMD's disruptive multicore chips

AMD's powerful Ryzen processors democratize CPU cores and challenge Intel's high-end chips.

https://www.techconnect.com/article/3176907/components-processors/ryzen-cpus-explained-everything-you-need-to-know-about-amds-disruptive-multicore-chips.html

 

Microsoft Takes on the Scammers

https://askbobrankin.com/microsoft_takes_on_the_scammers.html

 

HOW TO DECREASE THE AMOUNT OF RAM YOUR BROWSER USES

https://www.pcmech.com/article/how-to-decrease-the-amount-of-ram-your-browser-uses/

 

6 iPhone 8 Features That Might Make It a Better Deal Than the iPhone X

https://www.popsugar.com/news/iPhone-8-8-Plus-Details-Wireless-Charging-AR-Lighting-44004972

 

How to use Windows Timeline

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/windows-timeline-141501477.html

 

Free software to help you write a best-selling novel

https://www.komando.com/downloads/433503/free-software-to-help-you-write-a-best-selling-novel

 

Keep track of your blood pressure at home with the $55 Omron Series 10 Bluetooth monitor

We haven't seen a deal on this monitor in months!

https://www.windowscentral.com/thrifter-deal-omron-series-10-bluetooth-blood-pressure-monitor

 

TECHNOLOGY EXPLAINED

A Short Guide to X299 Motherboards and Intel Core i9s

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/guide-x299-motherboard-intel-core-i9/

 

Teen Sentenced 8 Years in Prison for Buying Bomb on the Dark Web to Kill Parents

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/teen-sentenced-8-years-in-prison-for-buying-bomb-on-the-dark-web-to-kill-parents/

 

How to Run Windows Software on a Chromebook

https://www.howtogeek.com/173353/how-to-run-windows-software-on-a-chromebook/

 

Is Cryptocurrency Mining an Antidote to Ransomware?

Security experts see a dip in ransomware amidst a rise of cryptocurrency mining attacks.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/358981/is-cryptocurrency-mining-an-antidote-to-ransomware?utm_source=email&utm_campaign=whatsnewnow&utm_medium=title

 

FCC gets ready to kick off $2 billion rural broadband fund

https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/02/fcc-gets-ready-to-kick-off-2-billion-rural-broadband-fund/

 

Best Virtual Reality Headsets

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-virtual-reality-headsets,4722.html

 

5 Predictions for the Future of Automotive Technology 

https://askbobrankin.com/5_predictions_for_the_future_of_automotive_technology.html

 

Want to set up a network of Raspberry Pi computers? Here's how to do it

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has released PiServer, a tool which allows users to easily set up a network of Raspberry Pi computers.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/03/apples-ios-11-3-may-use-icloud-as-a-single-sign-on-for-websites/

 

How to set up a VPN

Get troublesome VPNs working in minutes

http://www.techradar.com/how-to/how-to-set-up-a-vpn

 

How Facebook stole the news business

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/facebook-stole-news-business-171020275.html

 

ATM "jackpotting" scam hits the U.S.

https://www.komando.com/happening-now/439569/atm-jackpotting-scam-hits-the-u-s

 

This $76 Blue Yeti USB mic includes Ghost Recon: Wildlands

https://www.windowscentral.com/thrifter-deal-blue-yeti-usb-mic

 

5 Electron Apps for Linux You Should Try Today

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/electron-apps-linux/

 

GandCrab Ransomware Distributed by Exploit Kits, Appends GDCB Extension

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/gandcrab-ransomware-distributed-by-exploit-kits-appends-gdcb-extension/

 

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

 

Facebook usage falls in the US as it begins to tinker with the News Feed

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/31/16956818/facebook-q4-2017-earnings-50-million-hours-reduced-usage

 

EFF slams AT&T, says company’s Internet Bill of Rights is ‘hypocritical arrogance’

https://bgr.com/2018/02/03/net-neutrality-att-argument-explanation/

 

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

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

 

Fed Up With Telemarketers? (here's the solution)

https://askbobrankin.com/fed_up_with_telemarketers_heres_the_solution.html

 

Size of a Raspberry Pi, power of a MacBook: The Window 10-powered LattePanda Alpha

The LattePanda Alpha has more in common with a laptop than a low-cost board like the Pi.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/size-of-a-raspberry-pi-power-of-a-macbook-the-window-10-powered-lattepanda-alpha/?ftag=TREe09998f&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

Banks ban credit purchase of cryptocurrency due to risks

Bank of America, Citigroup and JP Morgan Chase are anxious.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/03/banks-ban-credit-crypto-purchases/

 

Microsoft Surface Laptop review

Microsoft’s most direct shot at the MacBook yet

http://www.techradar.com/reviews/microsoft-surface-laptop-review

 

Windows 10 Is Finally More Popular Than Windows 7

https://www.forbes.com/sites/ianmorris/2018/02/02/windows-10-is-finally-more-popular-than-windows-7/#2f893ffe6f2d

 

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

 

Microsoft working to bring Cortana integration, list sharing, and more to To-Do

Microsoft has confirmed it is working on a number of new features for its fledgling To-Do app.

https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-working-bring-cortana-integration-list-sharing-do

 

How to Do Basic Data Analysis in Excel

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/data-analysis-excel/

 

How to avoid paying Apple for extra iCloud storage

Apple offers just 5GB of free storage to iCloud users, far less than many need. Here's a rundown on what you can do to put your iCloud storage needs on a diet and what other options are available.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/2476176/mac-os-x/mac-os-x-how-to-avoid-paying-apple-for-extra-icloud-storage.html

 

RASPBERRY PI POWER SWITCH REVIEW

https://www.raspberrypi.org/magpi/raspberry-pi-power-switch/

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Latest Edition of CyberHeistNews

Mon Feb 5, 2018 9:39 pm (PST)

CyberheistNews Vol 8 #5 Scam of the Week: Wave of Payroll Direct Deposit Phishing Attacks

http://bit.ly/2nF0G0w

 

Preventing Phishing and Identity Theft

Mon Feb 5, 2018 9:53 pm (PST)

8 Ways to Prevent Phishing and Identity Theft.

http://bit.ly/2nFIUtQ

Back to Top

Mon 1164 2/5/2018

Google to Predict Flight Delays before Airlines

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10276/google-predict-flight-delays-airlines

 

Office 2019 Releasing Later this Year Only for Windows 10 Users

https://www.askvg.com/office-2019-releasing-later-this-year-only-for-windows-10-users/

 

How to Recover From a Bad GPU Driver Update

https://www.howtogeek.com/341071/how-to-recover-from-a-bad-gpu-driver-update/

 

Six tech hacks you need in your life

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

 

How to Turn Your Amazon Fire TV Stick Into a Fire TV Box

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/diy-amazon-fire-tv-box/

 

Apple is selling refurbished iPhone 7 and 7 Plus phones now

Save some cash

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/2/1/16960568/apple-selling-refurbished-iphone-7-plus-store

 

Hands On: How Mazda’s Gasoline-Powered Diesel May Lift MPG 20-30 Percent

https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/263029-hands-mazdas-gasoline-powered-diesel-may-lift-mpg-20-30

 

Google May Soon Let You Use Assistant Without the Annoying “OK Google” Hotword

https://www.thurrott.com/google/151317/google-may-soon-let-you-use-assistant-without-the-annoying-ok-google-hotword?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_RRVTceD7Dfp-2CnoX5niwmFQPAQ_VhRg1cprt2JiBY-_UaW3lnvrCbGNtYIBr6QaXGnV3fKeB3CxTM-_kH_QR7dcosg&_hsmi=60351825

 

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.techconnect.com/article/3252327/microsoft-windows/don-t-believe-microsoft-s-latest-privacy-hype.html

 

Hundreds Of Meltdown, Spectre Malware Samples Found In The Wild

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/meltdown-spectre-malware-found-fortinet,36439.html

 

CPU SECURITY FLAWS HIGHLIGHT WHY SECURING YOUR HOME NETWORK IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER BEFORE

https://www.pcmech.com/article/cpu-security-flaws-highlight-securing-home-network-important-ever/

 

We May Soon See Malware Leveraging the Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/we-may-soon-see-malware-leveraging-the-meltdown-and-spectre-vulnerabilities/

 

Is Cryptocurrency Mining an Antidote to Ransomware?

https://www.pcmag.com/g00/news/358981/is-cryptocurrency-mining-an-antidote-to-ransomware?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1

 

Alexa can now control your HP printer

HP supports Alexa, Cortana and Google Assistant skills.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/02/alexa-control-hp-printer/

 

Cortana is far from dead as Microsoft plans to make an 'Intelligent OS' with Windows 10

Despite the concern, Microsoft is not abandoning Cortana. In fact, the emerging AI front-end will only go deeper into Windows 10 starting with Windows Core OS.

https://www.windowscentral.com/cortana-plans-intelligent-os-windows10

 

How to Prevent Videos from Autoplaying in Chrome

https://www.howtogeek.com/340967/how-to-prevent-videos-from-autoplaying-in-chrome/

 

5 best sites for finding travel deals

https://www.komando.com/columns/402801/5-best-sites-for-finding-travel-deals

 

9 Privacy-Friendly Android Apps You Should Be Using

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/privacy-friendly-android-apps/

 

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

 

How to Build a PC in 2018: Choosing the Right Components

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/263184-how-to-build-a-pc

 

Microsoft Tests New Windows Camera Update to Enable Future Innovation

https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/151314/microsoft-tests-new-windows-camera-update-enable-future-innovation?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_RRVTceD7Dfp-2CnoX5niwmFQPAQ_VhRg1cprt2JiBY-_UaW3lnvrCbGNtYIBr6QaXGnV3fKeB3CxTM-_kH_QR7dcosg&_hsmi=60351825

 

802.11: Wi-Fi standards and speeds explained

Ever-improving Wi-Fi standards make for denser, faster wi-fi networks.

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

 

Windows Defender To Remove Coercive 'Cleaner' Programs

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/windows-defender-removes-cleaner-programs,36432.html

 

HOW TO RECOVER CORRUPTED FILES IN WINDOWS 10 AND LINUX

https://www.pcmech.com/article/how-to-recover-corrupted-files-in-windows-10-and-linux/

 

MindLost Ransomware Is a Piece of Junk That Wants to Collect Credit Card Details

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/mindlost-ransomware-is-a-piece-of-junk-that-wants-to-collect-credit-card-details/

 

The Best Parental Control Apps for Your Phone

If you want to keep your kids safe online, parental control software on your desktop is a step in the right direction, but you really need a capable app for phones and tablets too. These are the top performers in our testing.

https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/342731/the-best-parental-control-apps-for-your-phone

 

Apple's HomePod speaker needs an iOS device to work

It has Bluetooth 5.0 but you can't just stream audio over it.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/02/apple-homepod-bluetooth-ios-devices/

 

How to use a gaming controller with Star Trek: Bridge Crew on your PC

This is the best way to play, outside of VR.

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-use-gaming-controller-star-trek-bridge-crew

 

How to Reduce Your iPhone’s Brightness Lower Than iOS Allows

https://www.howtogeek.com/248005/how-to-reduce-your-iphones-brightness-lower-than-ios-allows/

 

7 tech toys to keep kids occupied during school breaks

https://www.komando.com/tips/436687/7-tech-toys-to-keep-kids-occupied-during-school-breaks

 

How to Fix Kodi Buffering Issues: 3 Simple Tips

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/fix-kodi-buffering-issues/

 

YouTube TV is now available on select Roku devices

For $35 a month (extra)

https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/1/16958858/roku-youtube-tv-available

 

NASA Makes Contact With Satellite Thought Lost 13 Years Ago

https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/263160-nasa-makes-contact-satellite-thought-lost-13-years-ago

 

If you want Microsoft Office 2019, you're going to need Windows 10

The upcoming productivity app update drops Window 7 and Windows 8.1 support.

https://www.cnet.com/news/if-you-want-microsoft-office-2019-youre-going-to-need-windows-10/#ftag=CAD590a51e

 

New Raspberry Pi Zero WH promises to make hardware hacking easy

The WH is a Raspberry Pi Zero W with a pre-soldered header containing the pins needed to hook the Zero W up to other boards and start making your own hardware.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/new-raspberry-pi-zero-wh-promises-to-make-hardware-hacking-easy/?ftag=TREe09998f&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

Intel NUCs With Gemini Lake CPUs Detailed In Technical Docs

http://www.tomshardhttps://www.engadget.com/2018/02/02/unicef-game-chaingers-mining-for-charity/ware.com/news/intel-gemini-lake-nuc-technical-docs,36433.html

 

Whole Foods employees are 'crying' over stressful new workplace rules, report says

http://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/2018/02/02/whole-foods-employees-are-crying-over-stressful-new-workplace-rules-report-says.html

 

Google Chrome to Feature Built-In Image Lazy Loading

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/google/google-chrome-to-feature-built-in-image-lazy-loading/

 

The Best Smart Locks of 2018

Keys are so 20th century. A connected lock offers both security and flexibility, letting you control access to your home with your phone. And installation is easier than you think. Here's what you need to know.

https://www.pcmag.com/article/344336/the-best-smart-locks

 

UNICEF recruits gamers to mine cryptocurrency for Syrian kids

It hopes to appeal to young people's desire to do social good.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/02/unicef-game-chaingers-mining-for-charity/

 

Intel launches two new RealSense depth cameras

https://www.windowscentral.com/intel-launches-two-new-realsense-depth-cameras

 

How to Spot a “Deep Fake” Face-Swapped Video

https://www.howtogeek.com/341469/how-to-spot-a-deep-fake-face-swapped-video/

 

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

https://www.komando.com/columns/439929/5-incredible-ways-to-use-your-smartphones-camera-you-never-knew-until-now

 

Why Firefox Quantum Should Be Your Default Linux Browser

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/firefox-quantum-linux-browser/

 

A single YouTube channel is flooding Bing’s video search with fake news

How Top Stories Today gamed the system

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/31/16956726/bing-video-fake-news-hoax-top-stories-today

 

Five Chromebook hacks that give your laptop surprising new talents

A few tweaks and additions can turn these laptops into indispensable tools.

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

 

Samsung Galaxy S9: Everything we know about the launch date, specs and price

Is Samsung's answer to the iPhone X's face scanner real?

https://www.cnet.com/news/samsung-galaxy-s9-everything-we-know-about-the-launch-date-specs-and-price/#ftag=CAD590a51

 

Raspberry Pi rival: Android friendly, 4K-capable Asus Tinker Board gets upgrade

The new Asus Tinker Board S is broadly similar in spec to the original board, but adds 16GB of eMMC storage, which Asus promises will boost performance.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/raspberry-pi-rival-android-friendly-4k-capable-asus-tinker-board-gets-upgrade/?ftag=TREe09998f&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

Best Motherboards

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-motherboards,3984.html

 

Get the best phone battery life with some quick adjustments

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2018/02/03/get-best-phone-battery-life-with-some-quick-adjustments.html

 

Image Previewer: First Firefox Addon that Injects an In-Browser Miner?

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/image-previewer-first-firefox-addon-that-injects-an-in-browser-miner/

 

How to Stay Anonymous Online

We live in a world of mass surveillance. Here's how to stay anonymous online without ditching the internet entirely.

https://www.pcmag.com/g00/article2/0,2817,2363302,00.asp?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1

 

YouTube will address ‘egregious’ acts by creators in new policies

YouTube’s CEO says creators will face consequences.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/02/youtube-egregious-acts-creators-policies/

 

Turn your Surface Pro into a flexible desktop PC with the Octa Spider Monkey

The Octa Spider Monkey is a cool accessory if you use the Surface Pro a lot.

https://www.windowscentral.com/octa-spider-monkey-surface-review

 

How to Get Rid of “Suggested Apps” (like Candy Crush) in Windows 10

https://www.howtogeek.com/259946/how-to-get-rid-of-suggested-apps-in-windows-10/

 

How to install a new font family on Windows 10

Windows 10 includes a new experience to manage fonts, and here's how you can now add and remove font families on your PC.

https://pureinfotech.com/install-font-windows-10/

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Smartphone Market Saturation

Mon Feb 5, 2018 2:16 pm (PST)

Has the smartphone market been saturated? What now?

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Acer is tight-lipped about its Chrome OS tablet pictured at Bett 2018 Show

https://www.yahoo.com/news/acer-tight-lipped-chrome-os-182800433.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_08

 

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

Microsoft is building a new version of Windows 10 for traditional PC form factors, built on Windows Core OS, that leaves behind legacy components in favor of a more modern OS.

https://www.windowscentral.com/windows-core-polaris

 

Intel SSD 760p Review: The New NVMe Value Leader

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/intel-760p-ssd-review,5435.html

 

Software Framework Flaw Affects Apps From Skype, Signal, Slack, Twitch, Others

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/software-framework-flaw-affects-apps-from-skype-signal-slack-twitch-others/

 

The Internet Sucks Up a Full Day of Our Time Each Week

That's a big contrast from 17 years ago when Americans on average spent only 9.4 hours online each week, according to the USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future.

https://www.pcmag.com/g00/news/358713/the-internet-sucks-up-a-full-day-of-our-time-each-week?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1

 

The net neutrality app that Apple rejected is now available on the App Store

http://bgr.com/2018/01/19/net-neutrality-app-apple-app-store-available-now/

 

Office 2016 for Mac is Now Aligned with Windows, Android, and iOS

https://www.thurrott.com/office/150577/office-2016-mac-now-aligned-windows-android-ios?_hsenc=p2ANqtz--Y3GbRgx-zNovkNvdhVqpvRVRieyKQdzqbMOmwjTk_5_0cIFuGWqn1hA-Y4e7QgZU2UNx78nChC_nsJG6YHuGpO6yYJw&_hsmi=60100159

 

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

 

No Apple Store Nearby? Try an Apple Authorized Service Provider

https://www.howtogeek.com/338710/no-apple-store-nearby-try-an-apple-authorized-service-provider/

 

How to Fix: 'This site can't be reached. The connection was reset.' Error

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10268/how-fix-site-cant-be-reached-connection-was-reset-error

 

Google X is launching a cybersecurity company called Chronicle

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/24/16929320/google-x-cybersecurity-chronicle-spin-off-alphabet

 

Leave a comment One incredibly useful task to do with your smartphone right now

https://www.komando.com/tips/437128/one-incredibly-useful-task-to-do-with-your-smartphone-right-now

 

Don’t Quit Windows! 12 Big Reasons to Keep Using It

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/do-not-quit-windows/

 

Mophie’s Powerstation AC is the only backup battery you’ll ever need

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/24/mophies-powerstation-ac-is-the-only-backup-battery-youll-ever-need/

 

Understanding Windows Core OS and Microsoft's 'Polaris' for modern PCs

Windows Core OS is setting the path for Windows for the next decade. How it all works is a bit mysterious, but this is why "Polaris" will be significant for consumers, the education market, and enterprises.

https://www.windowscentral.com/understanding-windows-core-os-and-polaris

 

Intel Testing Fix To Spectre Reboot Issue

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-spectre-reboot-update-tested,36378.html

 

Apple Backports Meltdown Patch to Older macOS Versions

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/apple/apple-backports-meltdown-patch-to-older-macos-versions/

 

The Best Backup Software of 2018

Nobody likes taking the time to back up a PC's document, media, and system files, but doing so can save you a world of hurt. These programs can help you protect your data.

https://www.pcmag.com/g00/article2/0,2817,2278661,00.asp?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1

 

$26 device uses your phone to beam holographic navigation onto your car’s dash

http://bgr.com/2018/01/19/head-up-display-for-any-car-amazon-techstick-hud/

 

Microsoft Expands its Education Push with New Windows 10 PCs, Mixed Reality, and Office Updates

https://www.thurrott.com/hardware/150687/microsoft-expands-its-education-lineup-with-new-windows-10-devices-mixed-reality-and-office-updates?_hsenc=p2ANqtz--YhDki2Ew4rlBH8vIKeR2MMc36oT-vwJseXbV3Ni7mRSa3Tn4DIrX8Y2W6_NonQ4h6qzeJcsUndbqXJHmcLWO56yQ8qw&_hsmi=60135192

 

[Fix] Windows 10 Automatically Deleting Thumbnails Cache

https://www.askvg.com/fix-windows-10-automatically-deleting-thumbnails-cache/

 

What Is Apple’s “Secure Enclave”, And How Does It Protect My iPhone or Mac?

https://www.howtogeek.com/339705/what-is-apples-secure-enclave-and-how-does-it-protect-my-iphone-or-mac/

 

How to Fix: 'Access Denied' Folder on Mounted VMWare Virtual Disk

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10269/how-fix-access-denied-folder-mounted-vmware-virtual-disk

 

New York governor signs executive order to keep net neutrality rules after the FCC’s repeal

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/24/16928494/new-york-governor-net-neutrality-cuomo-executive-order

 

Why turning off your startup items will make you so much happier

https://www.komando.com/tips/432930/turning-off-startup-items

 

8 Best TV Ambilight Kits to Add a Pleasing Background Light

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/ambilight-kit-tv/

 

Apple wants to gather all your medical records in the Health app

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/24/apple-wants-to-gather-all-your-medical-records-in-the-health-app/

 

How to tell if your PC has been hacked

Would you even know if your PC had been compromised?

https://www.windowscentral.com/signs-pc-hacked

 

Samsung 860 Pro SSD Review

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/samsung-860-pro-ssd-review,5434.html

 

Hacker Uses Malware to Steal Gas From Paying Customers

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/hacker-uses-malware-to-steal-gas-from-paying-customers/

 

KFC Chicken Wings Box Doubles as a Quadcopter

Buying Smoky Grilled Wings from KFC in India also gets you a build-it-yourself drone.

https://www.pcmag.com/g00/news/358723/kfc-chicken-wings-box-doubles-as-a-quadcopter?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1

 

How to cut the cord without losing live network TV or your DVR

http://bgr.com/2018/01/19/dvr-for-ota-tv-on-amazon/

 

BUILD THE ULTIMATE MEDIA PC WITH KODI AND LINUX

https://www.pcmech.com/article/build-ultimate-media-pc-linux/

 

Here’s why the epidemic of malicious ads grew so much worse last year

Forced redirects from Zirconium group push phony malware and fake Flash updates.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/01/malvertising-factory-with-28-fake-agencies-delivered-1-billion-ads-in-2017/

 

What Is 5G, and How Fast Will It Be?

https://www.howtogeek.com/340002/what-is-5g-and-how-fast-will-it-be/

 

MailChimp plugs a hole that could have leaked your email address

PRIVACY HOLE COULDN’T BE EASILY EXPLOITED TO HOOVER UP MILLIONS OF EMAIL ADDRESSES.

https://www.grahamcluley.com/mailchimp-plugs-privacy-hole/

 

Microsoft tackles Windows 10 privacy concerns with new data collection viewer

A lot more transparency is on the way

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/24/16927056/microsoft-windows-10-data-collection-viewer-privacy

 

3 router tweaks to speed up your Wi-Fi

https://www.komando.com/columns/389778/3-router-tweaks-to-speed-up-your-wi-fi

 

Vudu: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/vudu-everything-need-know-get-started/

 

The GAO will investigate potential fraud in the FCC’s net neutrality comments… in 5 months

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/23/the-gao-will-investigate-potential-fraud-in-the-fccs-net-neutrality-comments-in-5-months/

 

Microsoft 'Andromeda:' Everything we know about the rumored foldable device

Microsoft's rumored "Andromeda" device has got everyone talking. This is everything we know so far about the as yet unannounced foldable handset.

https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-andromeda-everything-we-know-so-far

 

Gigabyte Reveals Motherboards With Embedded Gemini Lake CPUs

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/gigabyte-motherboards-embedded-gemini-lake-cpu,36373.html

 

Rapid Ransomware Continues Encrypting New Files as they Are Created

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/rapid-ransomware-continues-encrypting-new-files-as-they-are-created/

 

Remove yourself from people search sites

https://www.komando.com/cool-sites/7766/remove-yourself-from-people-search-sites

 

The Best Cloud Storage and File-Sharing Services of 2018

Why waste valuable storage space on your PC or phone when you can store your documents and media in the cloud and share it across devices? These top-rated services let you do just that.

https://www.pcmag.com/g00/roundup/306323/the-best-cloud-storage-providers-and-file-syncing-services?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1

 

You’re not imagining things: Facebook Messenger on iPhone has a weird bug right now

http://bgr.com/2018/01/18/facebook-messenger-bug-iphone-app-freezes/

 

HOW TO RECOVER CORRUPTED FILES IN WINDOWS 10 AND LINUX

https://www.pcmech.com/article/how-to-recover-corrupted-files-in-windows-10-and-linux/

 

Less than 10% of Gmail users have enabled two-factor authentication

https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/featured/few-gmail-users-have-enabled-two-factor-authentication/#new_tab

 

Is Now a Good Time to Buy a New NVIDIA or AMD Graphics Card?

https://www.howtogeek.com/307993/is-now-a-good-time-to-buy-a-new-nvidia-or-amd-graphics-card/

 

Jail for man who launched DDoS attacks against Skype, Google, and Pokemon Go

https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/jail-for-man-who-launched-ddos-attacks-against-skype-google-and-pokemon-go-19483.html#new_tab

 

MIT researchers say new chip design takes us closer to computers that work like our brains

New designs for ‘neuromorphic’ processors could mean faster, cheaper AI

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/24/16927040/ai-neuromorphic-engineering-computing-mit-brain-chip

 

The 8 Best Ways to Manage Your Tasks in Chrome

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/manage-tasks-chrome/

 

Google expands controls to let you mute those annoying ads that follow you on every site

https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/25/google-expands-controls-to-let-you-mute-those-annoying-ads-that-follow-you-on-every-site/

 

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

 

CNC Piranha FX

https://www.woodcraft.com/products/cnc-piranha-fx

 

Fake cryptocurrency wallet carries ransomware, leads to spyware

https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2018/01/23/fake-cryptocurrency-wallet-carries-ransomware/

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TiVo flips 'SkipMode' around for Super Bowl ad fans

GameSkip edits out everything football haters don't want to see.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/03/tivo-game-skip-super-bowl-ads-only/

Alexa will stay calm during Amazon's Super Bowl ad

Amazon is using clever tech tricks to prevent any rude surprises.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/02/amazon-super-bowl-ad-wont-trigger-echo/

Command Filtering is still a bit of a mystery, but it indicates that inaudible (to humans) signals can be interpreted by these devices. 

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/

Alexa can now control your HP printer

HP supports Alexa, Cortana and Google Assistant skills.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/02/alexa-control-hp-printer/

Microsoft to drop Windows 10 S as a stand-alone product

Say hello to Windows 10 in S Mode.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/03/microsoft-dropping-windows-10-s-as-stand-alone-product/

Listen, over in Redmond's direction. Is that the sound of yet another lead duck splashing into Puget Sound I hear?

INSIDE CHINA'S VAST NEW EXPERIMENT IN SOCIAL RANKING

https://www.wired.com/story/age-of-social-credit/

Just a reminder -- China is a Communist country. So "moral ranking" does go hand in glove (or iron fist in black leather glove) with Party surveillance (The Green Dam Firewall, etc.) and punishment for speaking up for yourself. Welcome to the world's Number Two economic power, and Number One malicious hacking factory. (They outrank Russia by a bit.)

What's chilling about this is, but for the grace of our Courts, the US could be just like this. The technology exists, and we have Companies standing in line to do exactly the same things right here in America. So, does National Security, does absolute certainty of credit "worthiness", trump individual liberties? A valid question for our times. 

I'm gathering copies of documents to send to prove my identity and my whereabouts -- again -- to one of our American Credit Information Companies even as I type this (Free Annual Credit Report).

Then there's still the Spectre of that Equifax data breach... maybe time to go back to bed.

Medical Information Bureau

https://www.mib.com/request_your_record.html

(This is only activated if you have applied for or have now "...individually underwritten life, health, disability income, long-term care or critical illness insurance with a member insurer within the last 7 years or earlier depending on applicable law." Medicare and Medicare Advantage have a separate pool of data, and separate ways of finding out just what is on file about you.)

The rise of chaos engineering

https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/04/the-rise-of-chaos-engineering/

This is a beautiful demonstration of something the human mind does instinctively, yet AI cannot yet be programmed to do anywhere near as well as a live human. Fascinating area of research! This research might have far-reaching implications, even for the current Meltdown and Spectre issues. Engineering chips and operating systems to use chaos theory could mitigate these issues in several ways. It would be much harder to hack into a chaos system than one with predictable speculative processing.

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/

How Facebook stole the news business

https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/03/facebooks-siren-call/

FCC gets ready to kick off $2 billion rural broadband fund

https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/02/fcc-gets-ready-to-kick-off-2-billion-rural-broadband-fund/

Maps are included in this article.

Tesla will showcase its solar tech with expansion into Home Depot stores

https://www.digitaltrends.com/home/tesla-solar-tech-home-depot/

Elon Musk proposes name changes to his flamethrower in order to appease customs

https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/elon-musk-flamethrower-selling-fast/

 

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