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Sat 1253 5/05/2018

7 clear-cut signs you've been hacked



Why the Facebook Microphone Myth Persists



How to Manage Your Windows 10 Sound Settings



Merging Sprint and T-Mobile Makes Technical Sense

A merger is a bad idea for many reasons, but the carriers' networks do match up well on 5G.



Windows 10 illegally collects data at install, says Brazil prosecutor

Federal prosecutors in Brazil have asked Microsoft to have Windows 10 stop automatically collecting user data within 15 days.



Facebook gets into the online dating business



8 Starter Tips for Managing Your Photos Library on Mac



Win10 1803 bugs roll in: Chrome freezes, Skype burps, Alienware craters and… hey, Cortana?

While it’s still early in the rollout cycle, the new and hastily released Windows 10 April 2018 Update, version 1803, build 17134.1, has delivered more than its fair share of bugs -- many of which are tied to Microsoft software.



Paperly for Windows 10 lets you take notes with ink, text, and more

Windows 10 has a mountain of input methods, why not take advantage of them to take notes with Paperly?



Windows 10 Update: Here's What's New



Google Maps Has a Nasty Scam Link Problem



Unroll.me to close to EU users saying it can’t comply with GDPR



Facebook shrinks fake news links in hopes you'll miss them

It's also using AI to speed up fact checking.



Help Me, Laptop: How Do I Add a 2nd (or 3rd) Display?



What’s New in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS “Bionic Beaver”, Available Now



Enjoy Streaming with the Original Xiaomi Mi Android TV Box for Just $66



Siri's Definition of 'Mother' Is Just a Tad Inappropriate

As some Reddit users recently learned, asking Apple's voice-controlled personal assistant to define the word 'mother' yields an explicit response.



Why everyone, including small businesses, should be concerned about Russian attacks on IoT devices

Attorney Jack Rice spoke with TechRepublic about why Russian state-sponsored cyberattacks are a real threat, and why no organization is too small to be a target.



‘GMA’ Investigates: Inexpensive lightning cables that could harm your phone



10 Things You Can Create With Canva With Zero Effort



Apple’s Upcoming AR/VR Headset Will Be INSANE

The 8K device won’t need to be tethered to a computer.



CalDigit TS3 Plus Thunderbolt 3 dock is about as good as it gets

Workstation in a box.



Firefox Browser To Carry Ads



Twitter Passwords Exposed: Change Yours Right Now



Google’s VR180 cameras get their own app that live streams to YouTube



Your data is valuable, but you’re never getting paid for it

Some think companies like Facebook should pay royalties for the data you share. That will never happen.



Which Laptop CPU is Right for You?



Six Tips to Help Save Yourself from Poor Computer Posture



Huge Gmail Update: The Best New Features Explained



The Best Smart Bathroom Scales of 2018

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



Major DDoS attack lasts 297 hours, as botnets bombard businesses

In 2018, Q1 saw a DDoS attack that lasted 12 days, the longest since 2015, according to Kaspersky Lab.



A new Facebook Messenger malware is going after your password and your money



Shuttleworth on Ubuntu 18.04: Multicloud Is the New Normal



Apple: Tablet Market Share Rises in the First Quarter



Windows 10 build 17643 (and earlier) for PC: Everything you need to know

Check out all the new features and changes Windows 10 is introducing with builds 17643, 17639, 17634, 17627, 17623, 17618, and 17604.



iPhone X2 Leak Reveals Apple's Essential Upgrades



The Quick and Dirty Facts About Facebook and Cambridge Analytica



UK watchdog orders Cambridge Analytica to give up data in US voter test case



Mozilla's approach to sponsored content aims to protect privacy

The company is expanding its experimental program to all users in the United States.



How to Share Your Screen in Windows (With or Without Internet)



Here’s How to Back Up Your Mac Now That Apple’s Done Making Routers



10 Best summer gadgets you need to buy now



How to Check Your Hard Drive's Health

Every hard drive dies eventually. Here's how to prepare for its demise.



Hackers' hotel 'master key' could be big risk for business travelers

Cybersecurity researchers have worked on cracking the code to hotel room keys since 2003.



Addicted to your smartphone? Technology is trying to help



New Ubuntu Rethinks Desktop Ecosystem



10 noteworthy tech deals you can only score on Amazon right now



Save some desk space with this $13 AmazonBasics metal monitor stand

Create space.



Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Leak Exposes 7 New Features



A recent patent shows how Samsung's long-awaited Galaxy X foldable smartphone might work — and there's even a design that folds into thirds



Gang Used Drone Swarm To Thwart FBI Hostage Raid

An official said the drones livestreamed video while they buzzed over the agents.



Cambridge Analytica is closing, but it solves nothing

We still don’t have an idea of how far this really goes.



Dell Latitude 7490 Review



How to Fix Plex Showing the Wrong Movie or TV Show


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Review: Lenovo Mirage Solo headset with Google WorldSense tracking



Nest Hello review: A premium doorbell for the paranoid homeowner

You'll pay dearly for it, though.



The Trump administration is pushing hard for smartphone backdoors



Secure Gmail Accounts Appear to Be Emailing Spam

Google is aware of a spam campaign and confirmed Gmail accounts have not been compromised.



Could Facebook be your company's next internet provider?

A stealthy FCC filing from the social media giant seems to point to plans to deploy internet satellites.



Test your firewall to make sure it’s working



How to Reinstall Windows 10 Without All the Bloatware



A New Wave of Spectre-Class Attacks May Be Coming for Intel CPUs



Essential Tips to Avoid Getting Hacked



Artpip transform your Windows desktop into an Art gallery



Learn About Cybersecurity with These 11 Essential Videos



MoviePass Was a Great Deal, Now It’s Trying Really Hard Not To Be



New Features, Functionality Arriving Across Microsoft 365



Best Inkjet Printers in 2018

What is the best inkjet printer I can buy?



Vine co-founder halts development of its replacement, V2



Intel delays its 10-nanometer 'Cannon Lake' CPUs yet again

It's still having trouble getting yields where it wants them.



Teen Learns She's in Kidney Failure After Apple Watch Told Her to Go to ER



Amazon Selling, Installing Smart Home Security Systems

There are five customizable packages to choose from ranging from $240 to $840, with no monthly fees.



How to opt out of personalized ads on your Android devic

If you're looking to prevent targeted advertising on your Android device, all you need to do is opt out of ads personalization. Jack Wallen shows you how.



5 easy tips for better computer security



How to Uninstall Avira Free



Noctua Unveils High-Performance PC Fans, Built From a Brand New Material



Are Huawei, ZTE Phones Actually Unsafe?



How to view and delete Call and SMS History from Facebook forever

How to view and delete Call and SMS History from Facebook forever


Why Robolinux Is the Best Linux for Windows Users



Messaging Can Be Open or Secure (But Probably Not Both)



Microsoft Details Deprecated and Removed Features in Windows 10 Version 1803



Mozilla's Firefox Reality browser is built just for VR and AR headsets

Mozilla is getting a jump on virtual web browsing with its latest version of Firefox.



Flaw in global energy facility software shows critical infrastructure risks



The best and worst laptop brands 2018

Lenovo defends its claim to the top spot.



Here’s everything we know about the Samsung Galaxy S10



Facebook Adds Time Limits to Messenger Kids With Sleep Mode

Parents can now set boundaries within Messenger Kids, locking children out of the app anytime it enters 'Sleep Mode' periods.



NanoPi K1 Plus: A $35 Raspberry Pi clone with Gigabit Ethernet, 2x RAM, stronger GPU

The latest single-board computer from FriendlyElec features a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor.



5 free programs you may not have heard of until now



Intel 8th Gen CPUs come to HP Pavilion, Pavilion x360 Laptops



New Surface Pro models available: $999 for Core i5, $1,449 with built-in LTE

Microsoft is now selling the Surface Pro with LTE Advanced and a new Surface Pro Core i5 model with 8GB of RAM via its store.



Huge leak reveals Samsung’s launch roadmap for the Galaxy S10 and the foldable Galaxy X



What to expect when you download Facebook Data History



How to Make Any App Work With Voice Commands on Android



How to Avoid Computer Eye Strain and Keep Your Eyes Healthy



Twitter Officially Launches New Windows 10 App



OneDrive for Android picks up support for file restore and Oreo features

Now OneDrive for Android will let you quickly restore batches of files you may have deleted by mistake.



A friendly robotic arm plays tic-tac-toe to help rehabilitate patients



Huawei may have a backup OS in case it has to drop Android

US regulations wouldn't stop it from selling phones.



Apple facing complaints over its iPhone battery-replacement pledge



The Wacky World of VR in the 80s and 90s

These VR pioneers didn't mind looking ridiculous while advancing the state of the art.



New-level VR immersion with Samsung HMD Odyssey Windows Mixed Reality Headset

The new Samsung HMD Odyssey headset is a premium mixed reality headset with built-in headphones tuned for 3D audio and redesigned Microsoft controllers.



Best text messaging apps for Android as of May 2018

There are plenty of great text messaging apps to choose from, and these are some of our favorites.



How to Find Google Drive, Dropbox in iPad Files App



Nokia 6.1 'pure' Android phone comes to Amazon, Best Buy for $269

This hunk of aluminum has a 5.5-inch screen and Android Oreo.



This is probably what the iPhone X Plus looks like, and I need one right now



I bought the iPhone X six months ago, here's what I think about it now

  - Six months ago, CNBC's Todd Haselton bought the iPhone X after he reviewed it for CNBC. Here are his thoughts on it now.

  - He still likes the display, the form factor and the user interface.

  - The battery life could be better, and it gets hot sometimes.



How to Control Your Arduino Using JavaScript



How to Use a USB Flash Drive with Android



Chrome OS Gains Improved Tethering, Android Support, More



Mesh network Wi-Fi kits with Ethernet backhaul support (and why it matters)

Wired speed > wireless speed.



Google’s Advanced Protection program now allows access from Apple’s mobile apps, too


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(ALERT: Are you a Twitter user?  If so, they found a flaw on their servers and recommend all users change their password immediately.)


How to setup and use OpenVPN

Tired of useless VPN clients? Maybe you need this



Volkswagen Cars Vulnerable To Flaws The Company Won't Patch



11 Things You Must Do When Running an SSD in Windows 10



Hey Google, Why Do You Have Four Different Task Apps?



DuckDuckGo vs. Google: The Best Search Engine for You



How to enable Xbox One Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)

Here's how to enable Auto Low Latency Mode on Xbox One, following the console's latest update.



CPU Utilization Is Wrong on PCs, and Getting Worse Every Year



Windows 10 lifecycle details

Learn when the lifecycle of each version of Windows 10 begins and when Microsoft stops supporting it.



Google Maps Has a Nasty Scam Link Problem



Apps that give your smartphone a second number



I Think I’ve Been “Phished”, What Should I Do?

Phishing is epidemic. Legitimate-looking emails asking for sensitive information are often bogus. Phishing is on the rise, and you need to be aware.



Recommended Reading: Does Facebook need to be regulated?

The best long-form writing on technology and more on the web.



How to use Party Chat on Xbox One, Windows 10, Android and iOS



Acer Swift 3 (Ryzen, 2018) Review



Letting Your iPhone Trust Random PCs Is a Bad Idea

Symantec is warning about the dangers of granting a trust permission when connecting an iPhone to a computer over a USB cable.



Intel Discontinues Kaby Lake-X Processors



What You Need to Know About Android One Phones



Here’s How to Back Up Your Mac Now That Apple’s Done Making Routers



How to Copy and Paste on Android With the Clipboard



This Syma X5C quadcopter with an equipped HD camera is down to just $23

Don't let this deal fly away! That joke works every time.



Intel Kills Kaby Lake-X Less Than a Year After Launch




The April 2018 Update removes a bunch of legacy features, and HomeGroup is one of them — Here's the complete list of features removed or planned to be replaced.



Windows 10 Meltdown Patch Has 'Fatal Flaw,' Update Now



With this portable tool, your web browser goes with you



How Do I View the Contents of My Hidden D: Drive?

Partitions may be hidden for good reasons. Here's how to peek inside.



Best Buy may also have had customer data exposed

The same breach that affected Sears and Delta customers could have also hit Best Buy.



SysHarderner lets you harden Windows settings to make it more secure



"Windows 10 Lean" Coming For Low-End Notebooks (Report)



How to Hack Wi-Fi Passwords

Your reason for cracking a Wi-Fi password are no doubt noble (we trust you); here's how.



AMD Greets Windows 10 Update With Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 18.4.1



How Do Ubuntu-Based Distros Differ from Ubuntu



Alternative Ubuntu Versions Are Also Out This Week



5 Unique Apps to Change Up Your To-Do List and Beat Procrastination



5 simple steps you can take to fix your own Windows 10 PC

You don't need to pay big bucks to get your PC fixed by an expert. At least not immediately. Here are a few things you can do yourself.



Water-Based Battery Could Boost Solar and Wind Power



What is Microsoft .NET Framework? Download Links for All Versions Inside



How to See Everything Apple Knows About You



Windows 10: We're going to kill off passwords and here's how, says Microsoft

Microsoft wants to banish ' inconvenient, insecure, and expensive' passwords. So what's going to replace them?



My Computer Has Started to Shut Down Randomly. Could it Be the Fan?

Airflow through your computer is an important part of keeping it cool and running well. Dust and dirt often block fans.



Twitter will show users its rules to discourage abuse

You may be less likely to break the rules if you know what they are.



Computer crashes while playing games on Windows 10



The Best Refurbished Laptop Deals Right Now



Many Popular Android Apps Illegally Tracking Kids, Study Finds

The study revealed 57 percent of the 5,855 most popular free Android children's apps 'are potentially in violation' of COPPA.



Intel Optane SSD 905P Appears Online: M.2, LEDs And A New Controller



5 Useful Chrome Extensions for Automating Repetitive Browsing Tasks



iTunes Is Now in the Microsoft Store



How to Turn Any Linux PC Into a Kodi-Based HTPC With Kodibuntu



Best Liquid CPU Coolers for PCs

Looking to use more than just air to keep your PC cool? Give one of these liquid coolers a try.



System76 just announced a major update to its developer-focused Linux OS



[Fix Windows 10 Bug] If You Change System Time (Zone), Start Menu doesn’t Save Your Changes



What to Do If You're Infected by Ransomware



Google Maps user? Beware attackers using URL-sharing to send you to shady sites

The Google Maps URL-sharing feature allows scammers to send victims to any site they choose.



Verizon is putting Oath bloatware like Go90 on its Galaxy S9 phones

Along with Oath content and ads in Bixby Home



Twitter changes may bring major issues for third-party apps (updated)

Developers warn that auto-refresh and push notifications could go away.



Windows 10 computer goes to Sleep too early



How to Open Microsoft Office Apps in Safe Mode



The Best VPN Services of 2018

A virtual private network is the best way to stay anonymous online and to secure your web traffic. We've tested more than 50 VPNs, and these are the top performers.



Intel's Got Game? Ex-AMDer Chris Hook Joins Company's New Discrete GPU Team



Orange Pi Plus 2E



Almost half of Amazon Prime members we surveyed say they'll drop the service, but the company will be fine


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Wed 1250 5/02/2018

(Facebook: Cambridge Analytica files for bankruptcy and shutting down.)


Man Jailed for Copying Windows Restore Disks



Apple iOS 11.3.1 Is Causing Serious iPhone Problems



Gmail redesign: Everything you need to know about the new features

A comprehensive explanation from Google of everything that's new in the big new overhaul of Gmail.



Sling TV expands cloud DVR service to a bunch of new devices



Web standard brings password-free sign-ins to virtually any site (these have been around for some time, but fingerprints are copiable and can be used against you)

Use your fingerprint reader or camera in a wide variety of browsers.



How to use an Xbox One controller as a mouse to control your Windows 10 PC

Setup should only take a minute or two.



How to Encrypt Your Emails on macOS



These earbuds are built to sound like surround sound and they're more than half off



The firms that piggyback on ransomware attacks for profit




[Windows 10 Bug] Settings Page to Add / Remove Icons in Left-Side Toolbar of Start Menu is Broken



Find and manage your duplicate photos with this free download



How to Disable Nearby Sharing on Windows 10



9 Things We Learned From an Ex-Cambridge Analytica Exec

Former Cambridge Analytica director Brittany Kaiser talks Facebook, data mining, and using social media profiling for political persuasion.



How to download and install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update

Here’s how to get the very latest version of Windows 10



What are Virtual Credit Cards and how and where do you get them?



Hackers' hotel 'master key' could be big risk for business travelers

Cybersecurity researchers have worked on cracking the code to hotel room keys since 2003.



Facebook is using your Instagram photos to train its image recognition AI



Congress just legalized sex censorship: What to know

"Sex work" is not another word for trafficking.



Western Digital goes for sheer speed with new WD Black NVMe SSD

Western Digital is targeting gamers and video editors with its latest high-performance NVMe SSD.



5 of the Best Sites to Learn English for Free



Apple is refusing to replace iPhone batteries, report says



Ethereum cryptocurrency wallets raided after Amazon’s internet domain service hijacked

Approximately US $150,000 worth of Ethereum-based cryptocurrency stolen.



[Fix] Windows 10 Feature Update Not Showing on Your Computer



10 incredibly useful online sites you didn’t know about until now



How to Disable the Timeline on Windows 10



'Log In With Facebook' Feature Lets Web Trackers Scoop Data

Researchers at Princeton University said that several marketing platforms were likely exploiting the Facebook Login feature to help businesses better monetize their users.



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

It's easier than you might think



Top 5 Pinball game apps for Windows 10 PC



Russian hackers intercept Amazon DNS, steal $160K in cryptocurrency

The two-hour event is the third recorded BGP hijack of Russian origin in the last 12 months.



Facebook denied a stay to Schrems II privacy referral



Irrigation robots could help grow wine grapes in California

The lack of water and workers means winemakers could rely on machines.



PC Building Simulator lets you build a custom rig without lifting a finger

You can now see how a PC is built, on a PC you have built, for a PC you will build.



New Malware Targets Internet Explorer Users via Office



Your iPhone battery replacement may play hard to get

Some folks in the UK are encountering requests for pricey repairs before they can get their cheap upgrades, reports the BBC.



Website down! DDoS-for-hire site Webstresser shut by crime agencies



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



Google Takes Aim at Microsoft, Again, with New Gmail



Spotify Free vs. Premium: Is it Worth Upgrading?



Turns Out, (Cyber) Crime Does Pay

Cybercrime is generating at least $1.5 trillion in annual revenue, according to a new study from UK criminology expert Michael McGuire.



How to download and install the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update right now

Get the latest version of Windows 10 right now



Create Bootable Media for Windows 10 RS4 Spring Creators Update NOW



How to disable requests for website push notifications in Firefox Quantum

Are you tired of telling Firefox to disable notifications from new sites? If that's you, Jack Wallen has the fix for that annoying "feature."



Signal could get kicked out of Amazon Web Services



Global cyberattack targets 200,000 network switches (updated)

The attackers displayed a US flag, but it's not clear who's responsible.



How to configure Cloudflare's DNS service on Windows 10 or your router

Cloudflare has a new Domain Name System (DNS) service designed for security and performance, and here are the steps to start using it.



10 Great LXDE Themes



Tech Q&A: AOL changes make old software stop working



Facebook threw us under bus, says data firm Cubeyou



How to Download and Upgrade to Windows 10 April 2018 Update



Microsoft Revamps Mobile Broadband in Windows 10



How Good is VR in 2018? Is It Worth Buying?



Hackers Go After X-Ray, MRI Machines for Corporate Espionage

The hacking group Orangeworm has been secretly delivering the Windows-based malware to about 100 different organizations across the world, Symantec said.



How to install a VPN on your router

We show you how to work some VPN magic with an Asus router



How to setup and use CloudFlare’s new DNS service



How to use Excel’s what-if tools to analyze business scenarios (free PDF)



Drupal remote code execution vulnerability exploited widely (SA-CORE-2018-004) - Lax security makes a dent in enterprise adoption aspirations?



Flat Earthers reveal just how insane they are at conference in England (for laughs)



I watched an entire Flat Earth Convention for my research – here's what I learnt


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5 reasons to switch from Spotify Premium to its new free tier (and 5 reasons not to)

Freemium or Premium? The choice isn't so easy.



How to Uncover Unauthorized Connections Your Windows Computer is Making



Use Windows 10’s New “Free Up Space” Tool to Clean Up Your Hard Drive



A Sprint, T-Mobile Merger Is Still a Bad Idea

Sprint and T-Mobile are back at it again, with a potential merger that would raise prices and reduce choices for Americans.



4 clever ways to prevent spying and 1 way to spy




Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803), codenamed Redstone 4, brings a new set of features and improvements, and these are the most exciting ones.



How to download and reinstall Realtek HD Audio Manager in Windows 10



CPU utilization is wrong

Everyone uses %CPU to measure performance, but everyone is wrong, says Netflix's Brendan Gregg in his UpSCALE Lightning Talk.



SnoopSnitch shows Android users what security patches are missing from their phone

Although Android device manufacturers are claiming their devices are completely up to date, researchers found that, for some OEMs, patches are secretly missing.



Facebook Unveils 'Content Rules'



Vizio adds Dolby Atmos to its latest home theater speakers

Vertical surround sound may be more affordable.



How to set up a HTC Vive: follow these steps to get started with your HTC Vive

Step-by-step guide to easy HTC Vive setup



Microsoft working on new Windows 10 screen clipping experience

Here's an early look at the new screen clipping experience coming to Windows 10.



YouTube TV's incredible shrinking DVR

YouTube TV isn't quite what it used to be—and users aren't happy.



How to Check for 32-bit Apps in Mac



How to See What Data Windows 10 is Sending to Microsoft



Foxconn's Wisconsin Plant Requires 7M Gallons of Water a Day

Lake Michigan will supply the huge amount of water necessary for manufacturing LCD panels.



9 brilliant things to do with that old cellphone you have lying around



Windows 10 April 2018 Update: Getting started with biggest features (videos)

Microsoft releases a series of videos to get everyone started with best features included in the Windows 10 April 2018 Update.



Top 10 Free Calling Apps for Windows 10



An introduction to the GNU Core Utilities

Most everything a Linux sysadmin needs to do can be found in the GNU coreutils or util-linux.



Walmart's automated pickup stations highlight future of digital transformation in retail

By the end of 2018, Walmart is planning to add more than 500 "Pickup Towers" to stores across the US.



Scammed by Informatico Experts? Here's What to Do



Senators introduce bill creating a 'privacy bill of rights'

The 'CONSENT' Act would have the FTC enforce regulation around personal info.



The best camera settings for sunset photography

How to balance exposures and get accurate colors



How to install Windows 10 IoT Core on Raspberry Pi 3

Getting Windows 10 IoT Core to run on the Raspberry Pi is easy. Here's what you need to know.



Cyberlink PowerDVD 18 Ultra review: Still the best, and now a little bit better

There is no higher-quality video player available for Windows. It's a bit pricey, but PowerDVD Ultra is also the only software that can play Ultra HD Blu-ray discs on your computer.



How to Install Adobe Creative Cloud Apps in Linux



Everything New in Windows 10’s April 2018 Update, Available Now



Net Neutrality, Cambridge Analytica Scandal Fuel VPN Use

The findings come from new market data of VPN paid subscriptions made over Google Play and Amazon's app store.



Android: 5 ways to free up space on your Android




These are the 7 features and improvements you probably didn't know will be available with Windows 10 version 1803 (April 2018 Update).



New Ease of Access Settings in Windows 10 v1803



Breach detection with Linux filesystem forensics

The who, what, when, where, why, and how of investigating a Linux disk image.



Opera Announces New PC, Mobile Web Browsers



As AMD and Intel Struggle, a Competitive CPU Market Re-emerges



Spotify may offer free users better features in its mobile app

It could be made available at Spotify's April 24th event.



iOS 11 and iOS 11.3 problems: how to fix them

See what problems iOS 11.3 did and didn't fix



How to disable Xbox One clip and screenshot sharing on Xbox Live

Microsoft is banning people for automatically sharing adult-rated game clips on Xbox Live. If you want to make sure you don't get banned for using Xbox's game DVR, you might want to disable automatic feed sharing. Here's how.



How to connect your Android phone or tablet to your HDTV

View your mobile device media on your big screen.



Gmail Users Hit with Spam that Appeared to Come from Their Own Account



Why the Facebook Microphone Myth Persists



10 Tools to Boost Your Small Business' Social Media Game

It's National Small Business Week. To help celebrate, we share 10 tools that small businesses can use to effectively engage their audience.



My list of 20 incredibly useful websites you wish you knew earlier



With 4 Million Businesses Using G Suite, Google Is Pushing Further into Office 365’s Playground



How to enable Tags for Unsupported files in Windows 10



5 ways you can add Alexa to your car right now

If you use Alexa at home every day, why not bring her along for your daily commute?



Comcast’s wireless service is such a good deal it’s losing the company money



Google May Want to Run Android Apps on Its Mysterious Fuchsia OS



Intel’s Hades Canyon NUC is a tiny gaming powerhouse

It’s uncharted territory for mini-desktops.



HTC Vive and Vive Pro tips and tricks: how to make the most of your new VR headset

By James Peckham 19 days agoHow To 


Tricks to get the best VR experience possible



How to change Xbox One DNS to boost network speed and privacy

Whether you're looking to improve network connectivity or simply use the web with a bit of extra privacy, you can set up a custom DNS server on your Xbox One directly.



Wi-Fi gets quicker with 802.11ax, but buying early might offer few advantages

The latest Wi-Fi standard makes home networks faster, especially for video streaming.



Comments by -- Bob Primak --

Re. More FYI Week of April 22-28, 2018:


Re. FYI #1240 (Sun 4/22/2018):

(Please fix date bug -- the Sunday listings still say 2017.)


Download “Windows Defender Browser Protection” Extension for Google Chrome

It turns out, this extension is entirely independent of Windows Defender. You don't have to use WD as your primary AV for it to work, and it even works under Linux. Personally, I hate extensions which try to "protect" me from sites I want to visit. But these days, you can be misdirected so many ways it never hurts to get warnings if something, somewhere somehow goes horribly wrong.


How to download YouTube videos for free

These downloads may violate copyright laws in some cases. Use these downloaders wisely.


[AUTO] Are Carfax Reports Reliable?

Actually, these reports are fairly reliable. You may be able to avoid buying a car which is known to have been storm damaged or in a major accident by using these reports.


The Best Password Manager for Every OS and Platform

I like the choice for Linux of KeypassX. Now if only I would use it...


Why Do Some Smartphones Use Multiple Cameras?

Fascinating how the images are combined. My Moto G4 doesn't have this feature.


Should Companies Be Allowed to Collect Data on Non-Users?

This is the equivalent of someone opening up an iTunes account without my knowledge and then charging my bank account using stolen credit card info. It is criminal and should not be permitted under any circumstances. These days, personal information is bankable currency, and the law should treat it as such. On the other hand, strict adherence to such a standard would mean the end of top-secret credit scoring like Equifax is doing. Those companies would have to notify us of every detail they collect, store and use, and we would be able to challenge and remove anything we can prove is inaccurate at any time from their records on us.


Confused about mobile platforms? You’re not alone. Here’s clarity.

The author is confused about Gallium OS on Chromebooks. The method is a firmware change which happens via a Root Script inside of ChromeOS. Then the dual-boot is installed via either Crouton (container inside Chrome OS) or chrx (as close to a true dual-boot as a Chromebook can do). The script is not part of Gallium OS; in fact, nearly any Linux distro can eb installed on most Intel-based Chromebooks. Finding the drivers and dealing with other quirks, like the Chromebook keyboard layout, is left to the user in the other Linux distros, but all of that (well, most of it) is already figured out and pre-compiled in Gallium OS.

Fuschia is definitely the "alt OS" Google is referencing in their newer Pixelbooks. Windows is not even on the horizon.

The "Linux" which Microsoft sells now is a connector to Azure Web Services, not a desktop or server full Linux operating system. So no, Microsoft is not selling Linux. They would not be allowed to call it


Linux under the GNU GPL licensing terms.

Interesting that iOS and MacOS are not really going to be merged. But it makes sense -- they have different kernels and different histories of development and app development. It would indeed be very difficult to merge the two.


5 free programs you may not have heard of until now

I've heard of about half of these, and use some.


Until We Ban Data Brokers, Online Privacy Is a Pipe Dream

Data Brokers and their activities are protected under the Commerce Clause and Free Speech in the US Constitution. These practices (maybe) can be limited, user notification and opt-out options can be strengthened, but the underlying practices themselves cannot and should not be banned. Users simply have to become better educated in spotting attempts to improperly influence our opinions and views of reality, just as we have learned to screen out all  sorts of other advertising hype.


Re. FYI #1241 (Mon 4/23/2018):

Facebook users aren’t changing their privacy settings, despite uproar

This doesn't surprise me. Folks who are truly concerned deleted their Facebook accounts. Folks who don't believe in letting their personal lives get laid out all over the Internet never joined Facebook. What is concerning is that Facebook was compiling data and sending profiles of people who do not use Facebook to places like Cambridge Analytica. That is beyond creepy.


How to change Boot order in Windows 10

I always use my BIOS setup on my NUC. It's F7, or F2 for the full BIOS setup screens, and F10 for just the Boot Menu. My Chromebook is set up so that if USB media are present, the Boot Select options always come up before GRUB2. Most devices have function keys, and these address the device firmware. Windows or any other OS has nothing to do with this stage of booting.


Do I Really Need a System Image Backup?

Do you have any custom settings? Do you have any third-party software (not from the Windows Store) installed? Then I think we all know the answer is, yes. Chrome OS, Android and iOS all save user settings in the Cloud, but Mac OS Linux and Windows do not.


Chime in: How often do you actually use your PC's touchscreen?

If I'm in a crowded place, like at a meeting or on a plane or mass transit, I sure do use the touchscreen! With no elbow room, nothing else works well at all.


14 Apps to Install on Your New PC

About 10 of these 14 I agree with. But definitely not Avast, when Avira has caused me fewer issues. And Ninite does not track the software I use, so I use SUMo instead. The mobile media software is nothing I would use on my production devices. I don't use my PCs as toys.


Police across the US are buying an affordable iPhone cracker

One OS update later, the money is wasted. Your tax dollars at work.


Which Tech Companies Do You Trust?

Trust no one, but use all with caution. And assume no one plays by the rules. Especially if you are not paying for the service.


Boost your storage with these great deals on giant portable flash drives

Bear in mind, Flash Drives are nowhere near as reliable as Hard Drives or SSDs. Buy and use accordingly.


Report: AT&T and Verizon have been working together to screw you

eSIMs are coming, whether the Big Guys like it or not.

AT&T CEO says a new $15-per-month, sports-free streaming service is launching in a few weeks

And they still don't get it -- if you don't offer quality programming, no one will buy your services at any price.


Google AI can pick out voices in a crowd

This also has implications for personal assistants like Google Home. If this tech works out, the home user devices will get better at telling one voice apart from another.


Microsoft is working to cut the file size of the basic Windows 10 install

It's not just the installer that's getting pared down. Microsoft intends to scrap legacy features and offer a core OS which will be much smaller than the present Windows 10 OS when fully installed. If you need extra features, you will have to upgrade and add modules.


Re. FYI #1242 (Tues 4/24/2018):

Microsoft is working to cut the file size of the basic Windows 10 install

This is apart from their move to pare down the core OS and make Windows modular in future releaases.


Google and Carriers Plan to Replace SMS With a New Protocol Called ‘Chat’

SMS isn't going away any time soon, and we don't have to rush out to buy new phones.


How to mirror Android screen on Windows PC

These methods work, but the screen image is not what you would want to work with all day long. Also, most desktop Windows PCs don't have touchscreens, so Android app functionality is severely limited.


[DRIVE] Trading Privacy for a Discount?

I've never been a fan of monitoring people's driving with Black Boxes. In the event of a driver error or pattern which the insurance company doesn't like, you can get your premiums raised a lot, or even be denied claim coverage. Also, Black Box data can be used against you in a court of law, if you ever get into an accident.


New Skill Let Amazon Alexa Spy on Users

Pretty creepy, but Amazon says they patched that flaw.



Version 1803 has been delayed indefinitely.


The Morning After: Gmail gets an overdue redesign

I don't like the current, future or any design for gmail. That's why I use a desktop email client.


Shutting Down Doesn’t Fully Shut Down Windows 10 (But Restarting Does)

No, restarting does not fully shut down Windows 10. Not without a Command-Line modification.


Time To Ban Caller-ID Spoofing (Again)?

This would not be as easy to enforce as some people seem to think. It would be about as effective as the current Do Not Call Registry, which is totally ineffective. NoMoRobo has worked for me on Comcast Voice on over 95% of spoofed caller IDs, according to my Call History.


Facebook 'Gave Me the Data,' Cambridge Researcher Says

Probably true, since this episode was just Facebook being Facebook. This was not an anomaly, it was merely an extension of normal Facebook sharing behaviors.



Even though it won't be coming out in April. ;) (Well, it barely did come out in April.)


iPod recycling program revives love of music for the elderly and dementia patients

When my Dad was in a nursing home, we tried something like this for him. Unfortunately, he was too far gone to really benefit from it.


How to configure Windows 10 to protect your privacy

Depending on whom you trust, O&O ShutUp 10 is a much simpler way to accojmplish virtually identical results.


Computers Help YouTube Remove 6.7M Problematic Videos

And who defines what exactly is "problematic"? The good news is, this effort is creating tens of thousands of new jobs (as human screeners who verify AI findings).


Google's plan to fix texting on Android is really about the death of SMS

I get so sick of articles screaming about "THE DEATH OF..." everything!


How to protect yourself from cryptomining

So far, it appears my Chrome extensions are working just fine. No unusual CPU activity or outgoing network activity in Ubuntu Linux, according to my System Monitor indicators.


Report: Amazon Is Building a Domestic Robot

Why am I seeing in my mind images out of the old Jetsons cartoon show?


Unlimited data won’t stay forever

Turns out, nothing is truly unlimited. Unlimited has its limits with every data plan, including "unlimited" ISPs.


Bitdefender Box (2018) Review: Flexible Protection

It's called BitDefender Box 2. And it looks pretty good.


Gmail spam mystery: Before you change your password, read this

This can happen from contacts list infiltration. Those attacks are not under the user's control, as they can originate from accounts of other users in the list.


Upcoming Windows Defender feature will tell you when security fails

It's not clear to me whether third-party antivirus turns off this feature. If not, it may be good. In any event, this is not coming any time soon to non-Enterprise users.


Drinking baking soda could be an inexpensive, safe way to combat autoimmune disease: study

Please don't post these kinds of medical myths from known fraudulent sites as if they were tech news stories.


Re. FYI #1243 (Wed 4/25/2018):

Google hoards way more of your personal data than Facebook

Yes, this hasn't been pointed out enough during the current uproar. However, there is not as much evidence of personal and identifiable information being misused to try to influence public opinion (and election outcomes) on Google's part as has been alleged in the Facebook scandal.


Microsoft releases Windows Defender Browser Protection extension for Chrome

I do not approve of any third party trying to "improve" browser security. Privacy and even new security issues have been found in many of these extensions. And your overall safety is seldom improved.


Windows 10 Settings you should check & change right away

This is a pretty good checklist. Combined with ShutUp 10, this will have most of the really frustrating annoyances tamed at least until the next monthly Cumulative Update.


How Do I Gain Access to My Deceased Relative’s Computer?

There are ways a Linux Live USB drive can help here, but not if the whole disk is encrypted. (Linux does not need to know the Windows password to read and copy contents of unencrypted Windows partitions.)


How to Bypass and Reset the Password on Every Operating System



The Best Free Screenshot Apps for Windows

The Windows 10 Snipping Tool does most of what I would ever need to do.

Bosch Says It's Made a Breakthrough That Can Save Diesel Engines

Instead of saving internal combustion technologies, why don't auto makers improve electric cars? That's the only way CO2 emissions are ever going to be reduced in a meaningful way.


Want Free Wireless Internet? Here's How!

What you can get for free is very limited, and often it comes with a lot of ads and spying. I don't trust any of the services mentioned in the article, and neither does anyone else I know.


Is it Safe to Just Turn Off an External USB Drive Without “Safely Removing” First?

The only safe remedy I have found is to end the session and power down the PC. Then unplug the USB device (wait 10-30 seconds for all the hardware to fully discharge).


How to Stop Ubuntu From Collecting Data About Your PC

AppPort actually helps Ubuntu's developers fix bugs in the OS and some software, so I would leave this reporting intact. It isn't personal in any way, so it's very low-risk and doesn't (usually) take up much bandwidth. The other telemetry is very troubling -- Windows has been criticized for just exactly these sorts of intrusions into user privacy, and now here we go, Ubuntu is doing the exact same things. Unlike Windows, if a Linux program or feature is not being used by enough reporting installations, it will not necessarily go away. Someone is likely to take up development of almost any officially abandoned (but useful) Linux project. Many times the results are better than the officially supported versions.


5 tech security hacks everyone should use

I wish people would stop referring to things as "hacks" which do not involve any modification of computer program or hardware coding.


FDA approves AI-powered software to detect diabetic retinopathy

The software can be used by health care providers who don't typically deal with eye care.

When non-Doctors are empowered to "diagnose" and "treat" medical diseases of the eyes or the whole body, no good can ever result. This needs to be stopped and rolled back. I am in constant arguments with optometrists who want to play Doctor and masquerade as ophthalmologists, and this sort of approval does nothing to improve those transactions. And eyeglasses "exams" keep getting more and more expensive as a result.


5G is overhyped and expectations need reining in

Why 5G doesn’t yet have the use cases to justify the excitement

I think the author is overly pessimistic. 5G may not be exploding onto the scene as the panacea for all our woes, but it is coming, faster than this article suggests. There are plenty of use cases, especially with ATSC3 TV broadcasts coming soon, and self-driving cars coming a bit later on.


Re. FYI #1244 (Thurs 4/26/2018):

How Looming Privacy Regulations May Strengthen Facebook and Google

Unfortunately, Facebook has already backpedaled on expanding the EU regulations to its privacy policies worldwide. I am not expecting much real-world action any time soon.


Amazon Wants to Put Some Junk In Your Trunk

Unfortunately, the "trunk" in many cars, my Prius included, is really the hatch lock, which allows access to the entire interior of the car. I do not trust Amazon and OnStar that much. And with no OnStar type of service, most makes and models of cars won't be able to use remote unlocking. Which is a good thing.


An e-waste recycler is going to jail for ‘pirating’ Windows

It's not a good look for Microsoft.

Actually, Microsoft is not the one who is doing something wrong. This is some repair shop technician deciding he knows what a Windows license is. The licenses do not belong to him -- they belong to Microsoft, and Microsoft sets the rules. This guy knew this perfectly well, and he deliberately violated the terms. This is the same as one of us end users using OEM System Builder disks to install Windows on PCs other than the ones they were originally associated with. Eventually these pirated Windows installations may get deactivated, but the practice is theft.


Are You Ready for Office Buildings With Alexa-Like Personalities?

First, there need to be human-level overrides for building controls, for safety reasons. Otherwise, this is definitely the way buildings with higher rents will operate in the future.


What's the most popular Linux of them all?

Most popular does not mean best or easiest to use. Choose your distro based on your likely uses of the device, not based on popularity polls or usage statistics.


The Best Smart Toothbrushes for Everyone

Seriously, most people do not benefit from these devices. They simply cost money with little improvement in oral hygiene.


Let this $5 outlet tester help you diagnose electrical problems in your house

Don't guess with electricity.

This one looks like it's probably a good buy. It doesn't appear to be the kind of cheap junk which Amazon specializes in these days.


Re FYI#1245 (Fri 4/27/2018):

Windows 10 is getting a big update on April 30. Here’s what you need to know (next week)

Or, if you don't think you're ready for the update yet (I'm certainly not ready):


How to block the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, version 1803, from installing



Alexa will soon gain a memory, converse more naturally, and automatically launch skills

If Amazon home assistants start retaining data in memory, this could introduce a new round of privacy issues.


[Problem] Windows 10 Hangs (Not Responding) For Few Minutes After Restart

There are lots of reasons this happens. Antivirus might be scanning something which is trying to start up. Processes may be intentionally delayed. Drivers are often slow to load. None of this is cause for much concern, though looking at the Startups tab in Task Manager is never a bad idea.


How to Make Sure a Browser Extension Is Safe Before Installing It

As with programs, I look for tech reviews to see what's good to add. Just adding too many extensions can slow down a browser. So you should be selective.



I thought for a moment that Windows 3.0 or Netscape Navigator might be in that collection! Or maybe a floppy disk or a dialup modem.


Apple Watch can now unlock your August Smart Lock

You don't even need to have your phone with you.

And if you lose the smart watch or it gets stolen? More things which can go wrong.


How to Download YouTube Videos

Some videos it's OK to download and even share, but watch out for possible copyright issues. If it's music, every time you share outside of You Tube, you deprive the artist of income.


How to reset all File Associations to default in Windows 10

What I've been trying to do, is prevent Windows 10 from resetting all the file associations to the default apps. I want things to open in the apps I choose.


WD's portable 1TB My Passport drive is down to $50 at Amazon

This is a good deal on a very good hard drive. I own a few of these, and I generally paid much more for them.


6 Reasons to Start Buying Used Computers Instead of New Ones

If you're careful about where you get them from, used PCs often have a lot of life left in them. And sometimes a lot of other people's data!


What Computers Could Have Inside Them In the Next 5 Years

All-purpose PCs and kits won't be going away. But the article does make a good point about IoT devices, which are also computers. And there will definitely be tiny computing sticks, very smart phones, TVs which have PCs inside them, and much more. All with 5G connectivity, which blurs the lines between TV signals, cell data, car controls and home Internet services.


Amazon's Alexa catching cheating spouses

Another case of "What could possibly go wrong?". ("Hi, I'm Cortana. Ask me anything." And she means, anything.)


Facebook Insists You’re Not The Product

So, what is their product? Certainly not World Peace.


Microsoft is reportedly working on a leaner Windows 10 for low-end devices

The S version of Windows is only the first step toward a modular design for future Windows. You will buy a device with just the core OS, then add on subscriptions or licenses for modules with features not everyone is thought to need. It's a version upgrade in all but name.


Microsoft May Plan a Return to Phones With New Windows 10 Lean

Again, with the new modular design, nearly any use case should be possible.


How to unblock and watch Hulu outside the US with a VPN in 2018

If they react anything like Netflix, you could lose your access to your account when (not if) they catch you. Netflix has managed to make this sort of spoofing nearly impossible, and there is no reason Hulu couldn't do the same. The cost of the extra security will be passed on in the form of higher monthly subscription rates.


Google's mysterious 'Fuchsia' operating system could run Android apps – and it's a huge step to prevent a flop

Anyone who talks about Fuchsia as a "flop" has no clue what Fuchsia will be. In fact, no one knows anything about what Fuchsia will be when it's rolled out.


Re. FYI#1246 (Sat 4/28/2018):

The next major Windows 10 update is launching on Monday


The one who bet on Monday, April 30th wins the bet. Anyone who lets the new upgrade download before about June loses.


GSMA puts eSIM work 'on hold' due to US collusion investigation

You might not see card-free phones for a while.

This will take a while to play out, but higher prices for cell data services are nearly a certainty.


Facebook shrinks fake news after warnings backfire

This may not work either. The draw of fake news which agrees with the user's own beliefs is very strong.


48 million people put at risk after firm that scraped info from social networks left it exposed for anyone to download

"48 million people put at risk after firm that scraped info from social networks left it exposed for anyone to download"

Except that at sites like Zillow, no one posted their own data. Zillow takes its data from public and private sources, then posts it online without asking anyone for permission. The private sources are real estate agents trying to promote properties or trying to promote their sales stats. Zillow also often makes estimates of value based on area demographics and census stats. Which can be misleading.


Firms using WebEx at risk of poisoned Flash attacks

Adobe Flash strikes again!


Microsoft Releases New Round Of Spectre Microcode Updates

I strongly recommend running Gibson Research InSpectre after Microsoft applies any security patch. I had to restore Meltdown protections in my NUC after one of these updates turned off the protections without asking me.


T-Mobile is reportedly much closer to a merger deal with Sprint

The merger has been approved last I heard.


New authentication standard may let you ditch passwords across the web

Just don't lose your FIDO fobs!


Now Amazon wants the keys to your car




Apple ends production of AirPort base stations

Requiem for the AirPort base station: A testament to everything Apple was and isn’t anymore



8K TVs are coming, but don't buy the hype

On wall-sized displays at normal viewing distances, the human eye and brain cannot tell the difference between 4k and 8k resolutions. But color dynamics can be improved with the newer HDR standards.


Ready for a 5G Revolution? It'll Be Awhile

2021 is only 3 years away. This stuff is coming fast.


How to move photos on your phone to a microSD card

I have my phone set up so I can do this. But I've never had to, due to my use of Google Drive and local storage from my NUC after I get home.


Upgrade your storage space with the $80 WD Elements 4TB desktop hard drive

It looks like hard drive prices are coming down for a while. The largest drives I have are 2 TB, and they never fill up. But I don't maintain a large media collection.


Bitdefender Box (2018) Review: Flexible Protection

There are other vendors for this sort of appliance, but this one's a good deal on a good device.


Sophos Home is a business grade antivirus software for Windows home users

They score decently well in independent testing.


From My Own Reading:

MoviePass CEO hints that its unlimited monthly movie service is already dead



The Morning After: Nintendo's DIY cardboard kits reviewed


There's also some serious tech news in here.


Amazon will install a full smart home security system for you

You'll only have to pay once, and packages include the installation fee.


You know tech has arrived when you need an installer to set it all up for you. This story indicates just how pervasive IoT devices and connections are becoming.


Nest Hello review: A premium doorbell for the paranoid homeowner

You'll pay dearly for it, though.



MIST paints your walls so you don’t have to



Intel executives say they 'bit off a little too much' amid 10-nanometer chip delays



UK surveillance regime dealt another blow in court


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Amazon Prime prices are going up — here's what you get for $119 a year

  - Over 100 million items were eligible for Prime two-day shipping in the U.S. by the end of last year.

  - Benefits of the program, which started in 2005 and now has 100 million members, fall into 5 basic categories: shipping, shopping, streaming, reading, and various extras.

  - The price goes up from $99 to $119 on May 11.



Even genuine replacement Apple displays can mess with iPhones

Third-party repair companies believe Apple is gunning for them.



Add Bluetooth to nearly any car with this $8 AmazonBasics kit

Go hands-free with this discounted Bluetooth kit.



Microsoft confirms Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803) release date

Get ready! The Windows 10 April 2018 (version 1803) is officially rolling out starting April 30, 2018 



Microsoft’s Windows 10 April 2018 Update is out now – here are the 5 best hidden features



AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Review: Spectre Patches Weigh In



5 things to look for in a student's budget printer



Apple deleted a revealing job listing that hints at plans to cut Qualcomm and Intel chips from future phones 



The 5 Most Promising Companies in AI Development



Twitter also sold data access to Cambridge Analytica-linked researcher



Why Google Is Embracing Blockchain

No, Google isn't shooting its cloud business in the foot by developing blockchain technology. Actually, it's the opposite.



What’s New in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS “Bionic Beaver”, Available Now



CopyQ is an advanced Clipboard Manager for Windows 10



How to stream the Astros live: watch every Houston Astros game online anywhere

Watch the Astros defend their World Series online



Sheryl Sandberg: Facebook has 'thought about' paid subscriptions

Facebook is considering new options to keep its revenue growing.



Best RAM Deals as of April 21, 2018

RAM prices are crazy right now, so we're here to help you make the best purchase decision. These are best RAM deals available.



How to switch between light and dark themes on Xbox One based on time of day

You can now configure your Xbox One to automatically switch between light and dark theme during a specific time of day, and here's how to do it.



The MacBook Pro’s keyboard design is far too unreliable



Windows On Weight Watchers? 'Lean' Version Spotted



5 quick fixes for a finicky computer



Microsoft revamps Windows



F-Secure Hack Can Unlock Millions of Hotel Rooms With Handheld Device



Google teams with NBC to build VR content for its TV shows



Intel Delays its 10nm Chips Again

The 10nm struggle continues, meaning we'll continue to see 14nm Intel chips well into 2019.



Messaging Can Be Open or Secure (But Probably Not Both)



How to watch Netflix at 1080p resolution on Chrome and Firefox browser



How to pair and set up your Apple Watch

Starting from scratch



Snap is working on a new set of Spectacles

An FCC filing hints at new frames, 802.11ac WiFi standard and electronic ID.



Streamlabs OBS might be your new favorite streaming app

If you're a fan of OBS there is an app you should know about.



Download Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803) ISO file

You can download the Windows 10 April 2018 Update ISO directly from the Microsoft servers without the Media Creation Tool, and here's how to do it.



Huawei MateBook X Pro review: A laptop you absolutely have to try



Best Power Supplies



20 things we don’t do anymore because of technology



Yes, TSA Has Its Own App and You Need to Download It ASAP



The GPU Market Might Finally Be Cooling Off



Younger consumers adopt voice technology faster, but use voice assistants less, report claims



7 Software Interfaces That Give Me Nightmares

In my recurring dream, I am stuck in an elevator with these horrifying user interfaces.



Google Launches Dedicated Tasks App for Android and iOS



How to stop Google ads from following you around the Internet



How to reset your Apple Watch

We teach you how to delete everything on your Apple Watch



Reddit names 944 banned Russian propaganda-linked accounts

Only 13 had enough karma points to influence the community.



Windows 10 is about productivity — for businesses and consumers

Contrasting enterprise with consumers when talking about Windows 10 makes no sense.



Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803): All the new features and changes

UPDATE 4/27: Windows 10 version 1803 (April 2018 Update) is due on April 30, 2018, and here are all the new features and improvements Microsoft has been working for the new version.



These have been the best-selling over-ear headphones on Amazon forever, and they’re just $36



Amazon Echo Flaw Allowed For Silent Eavesdropping Of Users' Conversations



LastPass Password Manager Review: A Great Bargain



5 quick fixes for computer problems



Man Gets 15-Month Sentence for Selling Windows Restore Discs



Google Tasks’ refreshing design will motivate you to complete your to-do lists



Robots Have a Big Future...as Our Maids

By 2022, the US and Europe will account for about half of robot sales revenue, and 73.1 percent of those bots will be domestic aides of some sort, Juniper Research says.



How To Restrict Data Input In Excel With Data Validation



How to change Windows Boot Logo using HackBGRT



How to install a VPN on Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

Get the most out of your Fire device with a VPN



Samsung’s Galaxy S9 now comes with up to 256GB of storage

The S9 and S9+ will also come in a mid-tier 128GB model.



Comments by -- Joe Nowak

Robot Workers Around the World

Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:15 pm (PDT

Robots in the work force around the world.


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Cyber crooks are more interested in exploiting people, not software flaws, claims Proofpoint

Ransomware, phishing, cryptocurrency threats and cloud attacks all growing fast, warns security report



Microsoft Rides Cloud Strength and Signals More to Come -- 3rd Update



There's a hidden shortcut for rearranging all of your iPhone apps at once — here's how to do it 



Researchers use machine learning to quickly detect video face swaps

This algorithm outperforms all other techniques that are currently available.



Intel Document Leaks X399, Confirms Cannon Lake Support For Z390



How to set up a VPN

Get troublesome VPNs working in minutes



Apple makes iTunes available in the Microsoft Store

Apple's iTunes is officially available from the Microsoft Store, a year after plans for its arrival were announced.



SunTrust Bank Says Employee May Have Stolen 1.5 Million Customers' Info and Given It to Criminals



Palantir Knows Everything About You

Peter Thiel’s data-mining company is using War on Terror tools to track American citizens. The scary thing? Palantir is desperate for new customers.



How to mirror iPad or iPhone screen to Windows 10



What To Do If Your Mac Gets Stolen



Hotel Rooms Worldwide Can Be Unlocked With This Hack

Security firm F-Secure uncovered a hard-to-find, but serious design flaw in the electronic locking systems used at many well-known hotel chains.



T-Mobile and Sprint have finally announced a merger agreement



Best Ergonomic Mouse in 2018



Serenity Now! App helps you meditate, sleep and relax



Windows 10 vs. MacOS vs. Chrome OS



Smart glasses could stream video without killing your battery

You could have a wearable camera that won't get in your way.



Tesoro Gram XS Mechanical Keyboard: Low-Profile Refined, Almost (Hands On)



How to build the ultimate PC gaming setup

Building a battlestation fit for a king



Microsoft to Windows users: Here are new critical Intel security updates for Spectre v2

Microsoft releases new Windows updates to address the Spectre variant 2 flaw affecting Intel chips.



Hackers Find a Back Dory: Vegas Casino Fish Tank Heist



Microsoft Windows Defender Fights Phishing on Google Chrome Browser

Inspired by Edge's anti-phishing technology, Microsoft releases the new Windows Defender Browser Protection extension for Google Chrome.



How to customize Notifications and Action Center on Windows 10



How fact-checking could thwart phishing attacks

Digital fraudsters know humans are terrible at checking facts. A psychologist and researchers explain how better fact-checking may help foil cybercriminals' attempts at phishing.



Police Shut Down Major DDoS-for-Hire Service

Webstresser.org had over 136,000 registered users and was responsible for 4 million DDoS attacks, Europol said.



How the digital economy shapes American cities



Anyone can pilot the mini Tenergy TDR Sky Beetle drone for just $28

Don't let this deal fly away.



7 clever ways to use that USB drive again



Apple Inc. Wants Price Cuts on Key iPhone Component



AMD releases chip patches to address Spectre variant two

But you'll have to wait for BIOS updates from your hardware provider to get them.



MRTouch Turns Any Physical Surface Into A Mixed Reality Touch Screen



How to build the ultimate mini gaming PC

By Kevin Lee January 31, 2018How To 


A celebration of the best components of 2017



Ubuntu 18.04 LTS: The Linux for AI, clouds, and containers

Ubuntu will still live on as a desktop operating system, but that's not where Canonical sees it as having its greatest potential.



Critical infrastructure needs shoring up after U.S., U.K. blame Russia for attacks



Energy security pros worry about catastrophic failure due to cyberattacks



How to TAG files in Windows 10 & use it to make File Search efficient



Samsung's smart TV that looks like framed artwork when not in use is $400 this week



Why human vulnerabilities are a higher cyber security risk than software flaws



Microsoft attempts to spin its role in counterfeiting case



7 easy ways to save money on PC games

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



3 critical steps to secure online banking



Want to know how to record calls on an iPhone? Check out our guide



Police take down the world's largest DDoS-for-hire service

WebStresser launched denial of service attacks for as little as $15.



5 tips to prepare your PC for Windows 10 April 2018 Update

It's time to get your computer ready for Microsoft's next big update to Windows 10.



4 basic tips from a personal trainer to make the most from your fitness tech

Squeeze every little bit of value out of that device on your wrist



GDPR: securing data is more than just a technology fix, it’s about understanding human behaviour

Neal Lillywhite, VP EMEA Channel at Forcepoint, argues GDPR is about people and processes as well as technology



Don't click the link? Okay. I clicked it, now what?



Nigerian Hackers Attempt to Steal Millions From Shipping Firms



How to remap Xbox One Controller buttons on PC and Xbox One



Apple working on wireless AR, VR headset: Report



New Large Email Security Gap Analysis Shows a Massive 15% Failure Rate



This soft robotic arm is straight out of Big Hero 6 (it’s even from Disney)



Upgrade your Xbox One Seagate Game Drive with improved speed and storage

Boost the speed or capacity of a Seagate Game Drive for Xbox One, without compromising in style.



5 best home gadgets you need in your house



What is OneDrive?



Energy Efficiency Alberta warning residents of phishing scam


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