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Sat 5/12/2018 1260
Fri 5/11/2018 1259
Thur 5/10/2018 1258
Wed 5/09/2018 1257
Tue 5/08/2018 1256
Mon 5/07/2018 1255
Sun 5/06/2018 1254

Sat 1260 5/12/2018

ATTENTION: Chili's Restaurant reports as of 05/11/18 that they had a data breach of Debit/Credit card info during March/April time frame.  Check your credit statements.)

 

Google Leak Suddenly 'Confirms' Expensive Pixel 3

https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2018/05/10/google-pixel-3-pixel-3xl-new-pixel-smartphone-specs-release-price-upgrade/?partner=yahootix&yptr=yahoo

 

Things to Look Out for When Buying Headphones

https://www.maketecheasier.com/buying-headphones-guide/

 

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN FIX AN OVERHEATING COMPUTER OR LAPTOP

https://www.pcmech.com/article/fix-overheating-pc-or-laptop/

 

You're Not Using a VPN? Bad Idea

A PCMag survey demonstrates that most people are aware of the privacy risks on the internet, but most aren't doing anything about them.

https://www.pcmag.com/g00/news/360805/youre-not-using-a-vpn-bad-idea?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1&i10c.dv=14

 

Pro tips to capture the best pictures of your pets

https://www.komando.com/tips/459455/get-the-best-picture-of-your-pets

 

Researchers reveal how hotel key cards can be hacked – what you need to know

https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/featured/researchers-hotel-key-cards-can-be-hacked-what-you-need-to-know/#new_tab

 

It’s Not Just You: Chrome is Crashing on Windows 10’s April 2018 Update

https://www.howtogeek.com/fyi/its-not-just-you-chrome-is-crashing-on-windows-10s-april-2018-update/

 

Hacker who almost sprung a prisoner out of jail is himself imprisoned for seven years

HE TRIED TO JAILBREAK SOMEONE, AND NOW HE'S BECOME THE PRISONER HIMSELF.

https://www.grahamcluley.com/hacker-who-almost-sprung-a-prisoner-out-of-jail-is-himself-imprisoned-for-seven-years/

 

HELLO WORLD ISSUE 5: ENGINEERING

https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/hello-world-issue-5/

 

Apple hit with lawsuit over the “completely reinvented” Macbook keyboard it rolled out back in 2015

https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/12/apple-hit-with-lawsuit-over-the-completely-reinvented-macbook-keyboard-it-rolled-out-back-in-2015/

 

Paul Thurrott’s Short Takes: May 11

https://www.petri.com/paul-thurrotts-short-takes-may-11?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_hihLiEGrSvo2gmo5S-3PMv4-whRt13AWHihAMuus_crZWZ52qDIik2oxSz4t8Frum91Fp6SA2gc0foAxFDHzuw2r4tw&_hsmi=62854983

 

Fitbit Versa Review: Fitbit’s Best Wearable Yet?

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/fitbit-versa-review/

 

Google updates privacy policy so you can actually understand it

It's to comply with Europe's GDPR privacy law, not to be nice.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/11/google-privacy-policy-update/

 

A malicious USB stick could crash your Windows PC, even if it's locked

A recently published proof-of-concept bug in Windows Autoplay should alarm Microsoft, but the company said it isn't a serious security flaw.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/a-malicious-usb-stick-could-crash-your-windows-pc-even-if-its-locked/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

No Thanks, Google. I'll Speak for Myself.

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/google-duplex-stealing-voices,37031.html

 

10 Chrome Flags You Should Enable for a Better Browsing Experience

https://www.maketecheasier.com/chrome-flags-better-browsing-experience/

 

GOT GRAPHICS CARD PROBLEMS? HERE ARE 6+ SIGNS IT MIGHT BE DYING

https://www.pcmech.com/article/six-signs-graphics-card-might-dying/

 

'Android Things' Emerges From Beta as Google Dives Into IoT

Android Things attempts to solve the problem of bugs within Internet of Things devices by off-boarding the security work to Google.

https://www.pcmag.com/g00/news/360953/android-things-emerges-from-beta-as-google-dives-into-iot?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1&i10c.dv=14

 

Best way to preserve what's priceless

https://www.komando.com/tips/458726/sponsored-best-way-to-preserve-whats-priceless

 

Reports of tech support scams rocket, earning handsome returns for fraudsters

https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/reports-of-tech-support-scams-rocket-earning-handsome-returns-for-fraudsters-19816.html#new_tab

 

Phishers Are Taking Advantage of Twitter’s Broken Verification System

https://www.howtogeek.com/fyi/phishers-are-taking-advantage-of-twitters-broken-verification-system/

 

Online poker site bombarded by DDoS attacks, pauses tournaments

https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/online-poker-site-bombarded-by-ddos-attacks-pauses-tournaments-19829.html#new_tab

 

THIS IS A REALLY LOVELY RASPBERRY PI TRICORDER

https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/raspberry-pi-tricorder-prop/

 

Google's flashy A.I. demo overshadowed Microsoft's focus on work

  - Microsoft's AI demonstrations were more business-centric than Google's.

  - The chief scientist of Salesforce said he was impressed with how Google squeezed many AI technologies into the demonstration of the Duplex robot calling technology.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/12/google-beats-microsoft-in-ai-demo-war-with-duplex.html

 

Surface Laptop Also Updated for Windows 10 Version 1803

https://www.thurrott.com/mobile/microsoft-surface/159170/surface-laptop-also-updated-windows-10-version-1803?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_hihLiEGrSvo2gmo5S-3PMv4-whRt13AWHihAMuus_crZWZ52qDIik2oxSz4t8Frum91Fp6SA2gc0foAxFDHzuw2r4tw&_hsmi=62854983

 

This USB-C Hub Does Everything: QacQoc GN30H Review

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/qaccoc-gn30h-review/

 

I hope Google won’t nag me about my digital wellbeing

I don't need another mom.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/11/google-digital-wellbeing/

 

How to organize your to-do list with Google Tasks

This guide shows you how to install and use the task manager Google Tasks, and explains why it might be the best task-master on the market.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-organize-your-to-do-list-with-google-tasks/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

Microsoft Shows Off Windows Sets, New Outlook Features

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/windows-10-sets-outlook,37023.html

 

How to Turn Vim into a Word Processor

https://www.maketecheasier.com/turn-vim-word-processor/

 

MEMORY FAILURE: WARNINGS, TROUBLESHOOTING AND SOLUTIONS

https://www.pcmech.com/article/symptoms-ram-bad/

 

TorGuard VPN

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2479420,00.asp

 

Know when malware or spies turn your webcam or mic on with this free download

Cybersecurity is a hot topic. Several very high-profile attacks have been in the news, as they infect individuals and private industries around the country. Here's how to stop them from spying on you with your webcam and mic.

https://videos.komando.com/watch/34816851/know-when-malware-or-spies-turn-your-webcam-or-mic-on-with-this-free-download

 

Flawed routers with hardcoded passwords were manufactured by firm that posed “national security risk” to UK

https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/flawed-routers-with-hardcoded-passwords-were-manufactured-by-firm-that-posed-national-security-risk-to-uk-19821.html#new_tab

 

How to Snooze Emails in Gmail Without Any Browser Extensions

https://www.howtogeek.com/351147/how-to-snooze-emails-in-gmail-without-any-browser-extensions/

 

Phishing alert: GDPR-themed scam wants you to hand over passwords, credit card details

Attackers know that companies are sending a lot of emails to customers about GDPR - and that makes them prime opportunity for phishing attacks.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/phishing-alert-gdpr-themed-scam-wants-you-to-hand-over-passwords-credit-card-details/

 

MAYANK SINHA’S HOME SECURITY PROJECT

https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/home-security/

 

7 ways to finally end robocalls

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2018/05/13/7-ways-to-finally-end-robocalls.html

 

Hands-On: Windows 10 Mail’s New “Density” Feature is Superficial

https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/159110/hands-windows-10-mails-new-density-feature-superficial?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_hihLiEGrSvo2gmo5S-3PMv4-whRt13AWHihAMuus_crZWZ52qDIik2oxSz4t8Frum91Fp6SA2gc0foAxFDHzuw2r4tw&_hsmi=62854983

 

Protect Your Mac With 8 Free Security Tools by Objective-See

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/free-mac-security-objective-see/

 

Google may require manufacturers to issue timely security updates

Now hopefully all Android users will be up to date.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/11/google-manufacturers-timely-security-updates/

 

How to find files in Linux with grep: 10 examples (free PDF)

https://www.techrepublic.com/resource-library/whitepapers/how-to-find-files-in-linux-with-grep-10-examples2/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

These Are All Of Android P's New Security Enhancements

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/android-p-all-security-enhancements,37027.html

 

26 Firefox Quantum About:Config Tricks You Need to Learn

https://www.maketecheasier.com/28-coolest-firefox-aboutconfig-tricks/

 

SSD FAILURE: WARNINGS, TROUBLESHOOTING AND SOLUTIONS

https://www.pcmech.com/article/ssd-failure-warnings-troubleshooting-and-solutions/

 

12 Simple Things You Can Do to Be More Secure Online

Follow these easy tips to protect the security of your devices, your data, your internet traffic, and your identity.

https://www.pcmag.com/g00/article/360806/12-simple-things-you-can-do-to-be-more-secure-online?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1&i10c.dv=14https://www.pcmag.com/g00/article/360806/12-simple-things-you-can-do-to-be-more-secure-online?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1&i10c.dv=14

 

The Google News App fuels your interests, provides a balanced perspective

https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/app-attack-google-news/

 

If I had to buy an Android phone right now, this would be it

https://www.technobuffalo.com/2018/05/13/essential-phone-best-value-android-phone/

 

How To Message Lots of People at Once in WhatsApp (Without Using a Group Chat)

https://www.howtogeek.com/351055/how-to-message-lots-of-people-at-once-in-whatsapp-without-using-a-group-chat/

 

Australia’s biggest bank lost records for 20 million accounts

The Commonwealth Bank lost records for 12 million customers -- almost half the Australian population -- after two magnetic tapes were misplaced.

https://www.cnet.com/g00/news/commonwealth-bank-of-australia-financial-data-breach-20-million-accounts/?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1&i10c.dv=14

 

Setting up Raspberry Pi OctoPrint

https://pimylifeup.com/raspberry-pi-octoprint/

 

Why now is the worst time to buy any MacBook laptop from Apple

https://www.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/Now-is-the-worst-time-to-buy-any-MacBook-laptop-12909489.php

 

This is What Google Said About PWAs at I/O 2018

https://www.thurrott.com/dev/159129/google-said-pwas-o-2018?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_hihLiEGrSvo2gmo5S-3PMv4-whRt13AWHihAMuus_crZWZ52qDIik2oxSz4t8Frum91Fp6SA2gc0foAxFDHzuw2r4tw&_hsmi=62854983

 

The Best Windows Software

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/best-windows-software/

 

Japan Display built a 1,001-ppi screen for VR headsets

It's all about pixel density and better latency.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/11/japan-display-1001-ppi-vr-headsets/

 

Protect sensitive data with these five free encryption apps

Protecting customers' personal data is vitally important to the future success of every organization. Encrypting that data with one of these apps is a good place to start.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/protect-personal-and-sensitive-data-with-these-five-free-encryption-apps/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

Gmail, Google Photos Getting Big AI Improvements

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/gmail-google-photos-ai-features,37021.html

 

5 of the Best Alternatives to Google URL Shortener

https://www.maketecheasier.com/google-url-shortener-alternatives/

 

Android Circuit: New Samsung Galaxy Leaks, Nokia X Confirmed, Google's Android P Surprise

https://www.forbes.com/sites/ewanspence/2018/05/11/android-google-news-headlines-nokiax-samsung-galaxy-note9-s10/?partner=yahootix&yptr=yahoo

 

 

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25 Best Voice Recorder App for Your Phone

https://www.musicinstrumentscenter.com/best-voice-recorder-app/?msID=23dce270-3401-4dce-a5c1-ca50b4d3ccf6

 

How Does Election Hacking Work? Everything Explained in Simple Terms

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-election-hacking-works/

 

Facebook crime forums existed unchallenged for up to nine years

SOPHISTICATED TECHNIQUE KNOWN AS 'SEARCHING' ALLOWED SECURITY RESEARCHER TO FIND THEM.

https://www.grahamcluley.com/facebook-crime-forums-existed-unchallenged-for-up-to-nine-years/

 

Gig City: How Chattanooga Became a Tech Hub

The Tennessee city's burgeoning tech sector is built on a vibrant startup ecosystem and cheap, fast internet from its citywide gigabit fiber network.

https://www.pcmag.com/g00/feature/360564/gig-city-how-chattanooga-became-a-tech-hub?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1&i10c.dv=14

 

What is WPA3? (everyone needs to move to this new security standard as soon as possible)

https://www.komando.com/tips/451298/what-is-wpa3

 

GOT COMPUTER MONITOR TROUBLE? HERE’S HOW TO FIND THE PROBLEM

https://www.pcmech.com/article/computer-monitos-failure-troubleshooting/

 

Microsoft may be working on a Cortana smart speaker to rival Echo, Google Home

https://www.digitaltrends.com/home/microsoft-cortana-smart-speaker/

 

Google Assistant now has a feature that Amazon's Alexa doesn't

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/google-assistant-now-features-amazons-alexa-doesnt-195435004.html

 

Bad bots detected on 100% of web login pages, here's how to protect your business

Every website with a login page faces Account Takeover attempts, which increase 300% after a data breach, according to Distil Networks.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/bad-bots-detected-on-100-of-web-login-pages-heres-how-to-protect-your-business/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

Hands-On with the Android P Beta: Gesture Navigation

https://tinyurl.com/yaeclrjs

 

Facebook's friend suggestions helped connect extremists

The online fight against terrorism involves more than just deleting posts.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/06/facebook-friend-suggestions-helped-connect-extremists/

 

The Game Booster Is a Lie! How to Really Improve PC Gaming Performance

https://www.maketecheasier.com/best-game-booster-software-windows10/

 

Secret Windows Hotkey Restarts Your Graphics Card Drivers

https://www.howtogeek.com/351164/secret-windows-hotkey-restarts-your-graphics-card-drivers/

 

YouTube Deletes Videos Promoting Cheating

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10333/youtube-deletes-videos-promoting-cheating

 

Google’s Duplex AI Demo Just Passed the Turing Test]

https://www.extremetech.com/g00/computing/269030-did-google-duplexs-ai-demonstration-just-pass-the-turing-test?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1&i10c.dv=14

 

Why Does macOS High Sierra Track Your Location? (And Should You Be Worried?)

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

 

Facebook pushes ahead with controversial facial recognition feature in Europe

CREEPY.

https://www.grahamcluley.com/facebook-pushes-ahead-with-controversial-facial-recognition-feature-in-europe/

 

4 Conditions the Feds Should Impose on Sprint/T-Mobile

Sprint and T-Mobile want to merge, and it'll probably happen. The trick will be to get these conditions placed on all the carriers, and not just Sprint and T-Mobile.

https://tinyurl.com/y8hktzat

 

How to use a password manager

https://www.komando.com/tips/458722/sponsored-how-to-use-a-password-manager

 

HOW TO TROUBLESHOOT PROBLEMS WITH YOUR ROUTER

https://www.pcmech.com/article/troubleshoot-router-network-problems/

 

Save $100 on a tiny computer that's the size of your smartphone

https://mashable.com/2018/05/10/ockel-sirius-b-pocket-computer-sale/?utm_cid=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial

 

Hands on: Here's what it's like to use Google's magical new AI

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/hands-heres-like-use-googles-magical-new-ai-162731389.html

 

Samsung, Hynix, Micron sued for DRAM price fixing that could have raised PC prices

Record high prices for DRAM may have a cascading effect on computers, which have multiple parts that use DRAM.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/samsung-hynix-micron-sued-for-dram-price-fixing-that-could-have-raised-pc-prices/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

.NET Core 3 Will Support Windows Desktop Applications

https://tinyurl.com/y942cazc

 

Ticketmaster hopes to speed up event access by scanning your face

By partnering with a face recognition maker, it could eventually allow you to enter venues without a ticket.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/06/ticketmaster-hopes-to-speed-up-event-access-by-scanning-your-fac/

 

9 Alternatives to Whatsapp that Actually Respect Your Privacy

https://www.maketecheasier.com/alternatives-to-whatsapp/

 

How to Monitor GPU Usage in the Windows Task Manager

https://www.howtogeek.com/351073/how-to-monitor-gpu-usage-in-the-windows-task-manager/

 

How to: Use a Firewall to Block Full Screen Ads on Android

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10334/how-use-firewall-block-full-screen-ads-android

 

Even the Xbox One X Can’t Stop Microsoft’s Console Sales Slide

https://tinyurl.com/y8lkhfyh

 

6 Signs Microsoft Is Really a Fan of Linux

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/signs-microsoft-fan-linux/

 

Kemi Badenoch MP, self-confessed website hacker

TEN YEARS AGO SHE HACKED THE BLOG OF HARRIET HARMAN MP.

https://www.grahamcluley.com/kemi-badenoch-mp-self-confessed-website-hacker/

 

Acer Aspire E 15 (E5-576G-5762)

https://www.pcmag.com/review/360727/acer-aspire-e-15-e5-576g-5762

 

With this operating system you can have privacy and anonymity

https://www.komando.com/downloads/445178/with-this-operating-system-you-can-have-privacy-and-anonymity

 

HOW TO TROUBLESHOOT YOUR COMPUTER’S POWER SUPPLY

https://www.pcmech.com/article/how-to-diagnose-power-supply-failure/

 

Deep learning with synthetic data will democratize the tech industry

https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/11/deep-learning-with-synthetic-data-will-democratize-the-tech-industry/

 

Microsoft's future is all about AI and the cloud

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/microsofts-future-ai-cloud-211051781.html

 

PDF files can be modified to steal your Windows password

The basic structure of PDFs allows an attacker to inject code that steals NTLM hashes, and Adobe doesn't plan to fix it.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/pdf-files-can-be-modified-to-steal-your-windows-password/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

Surface Pro (2017) owners hitting Win10 1803 update blue screens. Now we know why.

Microsoft and Intel now agree: If your machine has an Intel SSD 600p or SSD Pro 6000p, don’t force it to install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, version 1803. Surface Pro 2017 owners with a compromised SSD have an extra hurdle: bad advice. Surely someone tests these things, don't they?

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3272289/microsoft-windows/surface-pro-2017-owners-hitting-win10-1803-update-blue-screens-now-we-know-why.html

 

After Math: Robot revolutionaries

This is why you don't kick your Roomba.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/06/after-math-robot-revolutionaries/

 

5 Exciting New Features Announced at Google I/O 2018

https://www.maketecheasier.com/features-announced-google-io-2018/

 

Facebook Is Researching Paid Subscriptions Without Ads

https://www.howtogeek.com/fyi/facebook-is-researching-paid-subscriptions-without-ads/

 

IBM Employees Banned From Using All Removable Storage

https://tinyurl.com/y9lfhtzm

 

Behold: This might be the first truly bezel-less phone, and it’s stunning

http://bgr.com/2018/05/11/iphone-x-vs-samsung-s9-nope-lenovo-z5-all-screen/

 

The 5 Best Powerline Adapters for Your Home Network

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/best-powerline-adapters/

 

Facebook’s secret plan to access hospital patient records

PRIVACY IS THE FIRST CASUALTY.

https://www.grahamcluley.com/facebooks-secret-plan-to-access-hospital-patient-records/

 

Moodo

https://www.pcmag.com/review/360482/moodo

 

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

 

HOW TO DIAGNOSE AND FIX PROBLEMS WITH YOUR PROCESSOR

https://www.pcmech.com/article/processor-cpu-troubleshooting/

 

Apple Won’t Replace Your Battery Unless It Fixes Everything Wrong With Your Phone

https://www.reviewgeek.com/3517/apple-wont-replace-your-battery-unless-it-fixes-everything-wrong-with-your-phone/

 

Google’s new AI is magic — but raises a lot of questions

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/googles-new-ai-magic-raises-lot-questions-135847169.html

 

Facebook launches Clear History feature that should have been there all along

Clear History will take a few months to build and input from various parties, but Facebook will allow users to clear their data trail--just like you can with your browsers.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/facebook-launches-clear-history-feature-that-should-have-been-there-all-along/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

Cryptojacking spreads across the web

Is someone else making money on your computer?

https://www.salon.com/2018/05/11/cryptojacking-spreads-across-the-web_partner/

 

Facebook only checks for impostors within your circle of friends

Its anti-impostor tech reportedly compares your profile pic against a limited number of users.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/05/facebook-impostor-profile-picture-check-report/

 

How to Back Up Your Data When Your Windows PC Won’t Boot

https://www.maketecheasier.com/backup-data-when-windows-wont-boot/

 

Apple Doesn’t Collect Much Data About You

https://www.howtogeek.com/fyi/apple-doesnt-collect-much-data-about-you/

 

Oculus Go Hands On: One Week With Facebook’s Standalone VR Headset

https://tinyurl.com/y89sc7s7

 

This is the iPhone SE 2 we’re hoping for but definitely won’t get

http://bgr.com/2018/05/11/iphone-se-2-features-display-edgeless-renders-cool-not-happening/

 

6 Great New Features to Love in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/new-features-ubuntu-18-04/

 

How to Overclock Your AMD GPU with AMDGPU on Linux

https://www.maketecheasier.com/overclock-amd-gpu-linux/

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Chromebooks will start to feel more like Windows, but in a good way

https://www.yahoo.com/news/chromebooks-start-feel-more-windows-193658262.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_08

 

Usability vs. Security. How Various Operating Systems Manage Security

https://www.maketecheasier.com/operating-systems-usability-vs-security/

 

JBL’s Link Bar might be the Google Assistant/Android TV soundbar of my dreams

This could be the smartest speaker of all.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3269806/streaming-hardware/jbl-google-link-bar.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2018-05-10

 

HOW TO TELL IF A COOLING FAN IS DYING AND NEEDS REPLACING

https://www.pcmech.com/article/how-to-tell-if-your-pc-fans-need-replacing/

 

Google Duplex Offers a Scary Glimpse of the Future

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/google-duplex-scary-future/

 

Windows 10 Redstone 5 Gets Cloud Clipboard, Dark File Explorer, and More

https://tinyurl.com/yabvsgnc

 

Sophisticated Android malware tracks all your phone activities

It targets Middle East victims for cyber espionage purposes.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/07/zoopark-android-malware-exfiltration/

 

How fast shipping can flag you as a fraudster

https://www.komando.com/tips/455194/why-paying-for-fast-shipping-could-get-you-flagged-as-a-fraudster

 

Welsh police facial recognition software has 92% fail rate, showing dangers of early AI

Data released by the UK police force confirmed claims from watchdog groups that the software is inaccurate.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/welsh-police-facial-recognition-has-92-fail-rate-showing-dangers-of-early-ai/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

A Better Understanding of What and Where Microsoft 365 is Headed

https://www.petri.com/better-understanding-microsoft-365-headed?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_5U8uquw3yhlTz3w8zsWfz4yGnb4Vs14A9oY2YqyTlIcoo7Mt_FQLjAEc7gDF4o0hkuIncoGSp8LrJNij6SHpQT2ZCxQ&_hsmi=62759831

 

[Guide] How to Use “Confidential Mode” Feature in Gmail

https://www.askvg.com/guide-how-to-use-confidential-mode-feature-in-gmail/

 

Facebook knew for years scammers were harvesting users’ details with phone number searches. Did nothing

ZUCK: "AT SOME POINT DURING THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS, SOMEONE HAS PROBABLY ACCESSED YOUR PUBLIC INFORMATION."

https://www.grahamcluley.com/facebook-phone-search-lookup-privacy/

 

Windows 10's April Update Crashes Systems With Intel SSDs (Updated)

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/windows-10-update-intel-ssd,37020.html

 

Social Media Use Isn’t Correlated With Loneliness, But Passive Scrolling Is

https://www.howtogeek.com/fyi/social-media-use-isnt-correlated-with-loneliness-but-passive-scrolling-is/

 

How to Use Nearby Sharing in Windows 10

Nearby Sharing in the Windows 10 April 2018 update sends files with minimum hassle. No emailing, message attachments, or plugging and unplugging USB drives.

https://tinyurl.com/yas67tc7

 

6 Awesome Websites You Can Use to Burst Your Filter Bubble

https://www.maketecheasier.com/websites-to-burst-filter-bubble/

 

Wyze Cam v2 review: More features, same $20 price tag

The powerful budget camera adds motion tagging and smart home integration.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3269070/security-cameras/wyze-cam-v2-review.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2018-05-10

 

HOW TO REDUCE NOISE FROM YOUR COMPUTER

https://www.pcmech.com/article/how-to-reduce-noise-from-your-computer/

 

Google Assistant Learns New Conversational Skills

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/google-assistant-conversational-skills/

 

Hands-On with the Android P Beta

https://www.thurrott.com/mobile/android/158957/hands-android-p-beta?_hsenc=p2ANqtz--Yk8PGCqlGRMkuVyCoK02vX4HSOn_BvgmAZe_LGaXiSqUAUox7qsSza4mpvZGoALWmmMiQ_Turk5Py8iGKfJXgEydu0Q&_hsmi=62797933

 

Google will reportedly revamp News with video and speed tweaks

The company may be adding Play Newsstand and YouTube features.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/04/google-news-revamp-youtube-amp/

 

This download gives you the power to edit audio for free

https://www.komando.com/downloads/447714/this-download-gives-you-the-power-to-edit-audio-for-free

 

Chromebooks: A cheat sheet

This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about Google's Chromebooks and Chrome OS.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/chromebooks-the-smart-persons-guide/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

Find out who is leaking your secrets with help from invisible zero-width characters

https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/featured/secrets-invisible-zero-width-characters/#new_tab

 

[Software Update] Opera 53 Now Available for Download

https://www.askvg.com/download-opera-latest-version/

 

Firefox users can now ‘isolate their Facebook identity’ from the rest of the web

ADD-ON MAKES IT HARDER FOR FACEBOOK TO TRACK YOUR WEB ACTIVITY VIA THIRD-PARTY COOKIES.

https://www.grahamcluley.com/firefox-users-can-now-isolate-their-facebook-identity-from-the-rest-of-the-web/

 

Microsoft Targets Your Handset With Phone-Syncing app

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/microsoft-your-phone-app,37011.html

 

Don’t Worry About Your Smartphone’s Battery, Just Use It

https://www.howtogeek.com/351074/dont-worry-about-your-battery-just-use-it/

 

Sorry, Vine Isn't Coming Back

Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann blames funding and legal fees for hamstringing his follow-up to the video sharing platform, dubbed V2.

https://tinyurl.com/ycpb8rrl

 

Would You Like the Ability to Run Mobile Apps on the Desktop as Well?

https://www.maketecheasier.com/run-mobile-apps-on-desktop/

 

PillDrill review: A high-tech medication-tracking system

This is a great tool for medication compliance, and it can help you care for your elderly parents, too.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3270733/health-fitness/pilldrill-review.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2018-05-10

 

MELTDOWN AND SPECTRE: WHAT DO THEY MEAN FOR YOU?

https://www.pcmech.com/article/meltdown-spectre-mean/

 

18 Advanced Tips for Pages, Numbers, and Keynote

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/advanced-tips-pages-numbers-keynote/

 

Google Cracks Down On Election Ad Abuse

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10331/google-cracks-down-election-ad-abuse

 

Chinese spies linked to decade-long hacking campaign

They were once thought to be isolated attacks.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/06/china-linked-to-winnti-umbrella-hacks/

 

New Windows Build Adds Revamped Snipping Tool and Expands Access to Sets

https://tinyurl.com/yckmdrpc

FCC approves Samsung 5G portfolio, which could be good news for telecommuters and SMBs

The certification means that 5G availability is closer than before and Samsung can deploy into more areas.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/fcc-approves-samsung-5g-portfolio-which-could-be-good-news-for-telecommuters-and-smbs/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

Google employee warned in 2013 about five psychological vulnerabilities that could be used to hook users

  - A former design ethicist at Google warned, five years ago, of five different human psychological vulnerabilities to technology.

  - He called on big tech firms to minimize distractions inside their software

  - Here are the five vulnerabilities discussed by Tristan Harris.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/10/google-employee-tristan-harris-internal-2013-presentation-warnings.html?__source=yahoo%7Cfinance%7Cheadline%7Cstory%7C&par=yahoo&yptr=yahoo

 

Too many IoT smartphone apps making life easy for online criminals

https://www.bitdefender.com/box/blog/iot-news/many-iot-smartphone-apps-making-life-easy-online-criminals/#new_tab

 

Windows 10 security: Google Project Zero shreds Microsoft's unique Edge defense

Google Project Zero says Microsoft's Arbitrary Code Guard in Edge fails where Chrome's site isolation succeeds.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-security-google-project-zero-shreds-microsofts-unique-edge-defense/

 

Samsung 970 EVO SSD Review: The 64-Layer Refresh

https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/samsung-970-evo-ssd-review,5573.html

 

Which Releases of macOS Are Supported With Security Updates?

https://www.howtogeek.com/350901/which-releases-of-macos-are-supported-with-security-updates/

 

Has The Internet Been Good For Society? Fewer Saying Yes

Seventy percent of US adults recently polled said the internet has been good for society, down 'a modest but still significant 6 percentage points' since 2014.

https://tinyurl.com/y94y8rvj

 Create Your Own Linux Virtual Private Network With OpenVPN

https://www.maketecheasier.com/create-own-linux-vpn/

 

Best soundbars to improve your TV's audio

TV speakers suck, but not everyone has the room—or the budget—for an A/V receiver and six or more loudspeakers. A soundbar can fit under or in front of your TV, and a good one will knock your socks off.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3197573/speakers/best-soundbars.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2018-05-10

 

BUFFERBLOAT: FIX YOUR SLOW NETWORK

https://www.pcmech.com/article/bufferbloat-fix-slow-network/

 

How to Fix the “Critical Process Died” Stop Code in Windows 10

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/critical-process-died/

 

Robocalls on the Rise; FCC rethinks Restrictions

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10332/robocalls-rise-fcc-rethinks-restrictions

 

Police face recognition misidentified 2,300 as potential criminals

There haven't been mistaken arrests, but it's still concerning.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/06/police-face-recognition-misidentified-2300-as-criminals/

 

Verizon stealthily launched a startup offering $40-per-month unlimited data, messaging and minutes

https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/10/verizon-stealthily-launched-a-startup-offering-40-per-month-unlimited-data-messaging-and-minutes/

 

Security pros: Get ready to patch for 8 new Spectre-related vulnerabilities soon

A German IT magazine reported that the vulnerabilities will be disclosed in the immediate future, but patches are coming in May and August.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/security-pros-get-ready-to-patch-for-8-new-spectre-related-vulnerabilities-soon/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

AI Weekly: 5 takeaways from Microsoft Build and Google I/O

https://venturebeat.com/2018/05/11/ai-weekly-5-takeaways-from-microsoft-build-and-google-i-o/

 

Police arrest members of cybercrime gang

ATM jackpot gang is thought to have infiltrated over 100 financial firms in 40 countries costing banks more than one billion dollars.

https://www.welivesecurity.com/2018/03/27/police-arrest-members-cybercrime-gang/#new_tab

 

What is Microsoft 365? Microsoft's most important subscription bundle, explained

Microsoft 365 is becoming a centerpiece of Redmond's cloud strategy. Here's everything you need to know about what it is and how it's evolving.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/what-is-microsoft-365-microsofts-most-important-subscription-bundle-explained/

 

What Is 10-Bit (And 12-Bit) Color?

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/what-is-10-bit-color,36912.html

 

5 Google Sheets Features You Should Know

https://www.howtogeek.com/350261/5-google-sheets-features-you-should-know/

 

Amazon's Echo Lineup: What's the Difference?

The Echo lineup doubled in size this year. Here’s a rundown of what each one offers.

https://tinyurl.com/y8eb4l45

How to Download Subtitles Automatically in VLC

https://www.maketecheasier.com/get-vlc-to-download-subtitles/

 

Microsoft is finally making Windows better for smartphone users with a new app

http://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-is-making-windows-better-for-smartphone-users-with-a-new-app-2018-5

 

Security researchers want to force people to use different passwords for every website

Two University of North Carolina professors say popular websites like Google and Facebook must share password data from their users to eliminate password reuse.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/security-researchers-want-to-force-people-to-use-different-passwords-for-every-website/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

Online Privacy Guide: 9 Steps to Security in the Digital Age

https://www.wizcase.com/blog/online-privacy-guide-steps-to-security-in-the-digital-age/

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Patch for April 2018 Update sends Windows 10 into infinite boot loop

https://www.yahoo.com/news/patch-april-2018-sends-windows-201158821.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_08

 

25 Worst Gadget Flops of All Time

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/785-worst-gadget-flops.html

 

Yes, you should change your Twitter password - but don’t panic

THE SKY IS NOT FALLING. BUT DO CHANGE YOUR TWITTER PASSWORD.

https://www.grahamcluley.com/yes-you-should-change-your-twitter-password-but-dont-panic/

 

How to Manually Update the PlayStation 4 or Pro

https://www.howtogeek.com/351099/how-to-manually-update-the-playstation-4-or-pro/

 

Twitter to Everyone: Uh, Maybe Change Your Passwords

Due to a software bug, the company was accidentally storing passwords in clear text over an internal log. So it would like you to 'consider' changing your login info.

https://www.pcmag.com/g00/news/360863/twitter-to-everyone-uh-maybe-change-your-passwords?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1&i10c.dv=14

 

Reset a lost root password in under 5 minutes

Here's how to quickly and easily reset a root password on Fedora, CentOS, and similar Linux distros.

https://opensource.com/article/18/4/reset-lost-root-password?sc_cid=701f2000000RR9iAAG

 

Why Can’t You Give a Straight Answer?

I can't always give a straight answer, mostly because every computer is unique. My most common answer? "It depends."

https://askleo.com/cant-give-straight-answer/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=Jt5ZTjvAI3dfbL

 

Linux App Support is Coming to Chrome OS

https://www.thurrott.com/mobile/chrome-os/158467/linux-app-support-coming-chrome-os?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9qkWP07LVKew4Weogad7enXHsqTiy0fBdMyVKPMKE4m99sD631CZ8BjvEZt-5rXjUuNz5ofwZNCU8u8JahWnOU17SFPA&_hsmi=62687457

 

NEVER FORGET YOUR FILES AGAIN WITH WINDOWS TIMELINE

https://www.pcmech.com/article/never-forget-your-files-again-with-windows-timeline/

 

Could We Be the Last Generation to Know What the Flu Feels Like?

https://www.extremetech.com/g00/extreme/268916-project-recode?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1&i10c.dv=14

 

How to Disallow Third-Party Apps from Accessing Your Google Data

https://www.maketecheasier.com/disallow-third-party-apps-access-google-data/

 

'Record Player' app searches Spotify when you snap a pic of an album

It compares your photo to the Google Vision API.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/04/record-player-app-image-based-spotify-search/

 

3 simple tricks for smoother video streaming

https://www.komando.com/tips/313312/3-simple-tricks-for-smoother-video-streaming

 

How to Buy the Right SSD

https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-buying-guide,5602.html

 

Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive: The Rift Is Best All Around

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/oculus-rift-vs-htc-vive,review-3433.html

 

Goodbye Cambridge Analytica, hello Emerdata?

HOPE YOU'RE NOT PLANNING TO COME BACK UNDER A DIFFERENT GUISE...

https://www.grahamcluley.com/goodbye-cambridge-analytica/

 

How Secure Are Face ID and Touch ID?

https://www.howtogeek.com/350676/how-secure-are-face-id-and-touch-id/

 

12 Simple Things You Can Do to Be More Secure Online

Follow these easy tips to protect the security of your devices, your data, your internet traffic, and your identity.

https://www.pcmag.com/g00/article/360806/12-simple-things-you-can-do-to-be-more-secure-online?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1&i10c.dv=14

 

How to use FIND in Linux

With the right arguments, the FIND command is a powerful and flexible way to locate data on your system.

https://opensource.com/article/18/4/how-use-find-linux?sc_cid=701f2000000RR9iAAG

 

Download Your Facebook and Google Data

It's a worthwhile exercise to download the data made available by Google and Facebook, if only to realize exactly what information is being kept.

https://askleo.com/download-facebook-google-data/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=Jt5ZTjvAI3dfbL

 

Google Assistant is Now Compatible with Over 5,000 Devices (Updated)

https://www.thurrott.com/smart-home/158208/google-assistant-now-compatible-5000-devices?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9qkWP07LVKew4Weogad7enXHsqTiy0fBdMyVKPMKE4m99sD631CZ8BjvEZt-5rXjUuNz5ofwZNCU8u8JahWnOU17SFPA&_hsmi=62687457

 

WINDOWS 10 SPRING CREATORS UPDATE SHOWS GREAT POTENTIAL

https://www.pcmech.com/article/windows-10-spring-creators-update-shows-great-potential/

 

Samsung’s 970 EVO, Pro SSDs Go On Sale At Much Lower Prices Than Expected

https://www.extremetech.com/g00/computing/268926-samsungs-970-evo-pro-ssds-go-on-sale-at-much-lower-prices-than-expected?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1&i10c.dv=14

 

Android May Be Replaced with Fuchsia, a New OS by Google

https://www.maketecheasier.com/android-replaced-fuchsia-new-os-google/

 

Google will reportedly revamp News with video and speed tweaks

The company may be adding Play Newsstand and YouTube features.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/04/google-news-revamp-youtube-amp/

 

Top 3 things burglars are looking for and how to protect your home

https://www.komando.com/tips/402451/top-3-things-burglars-are-looking-for-and-how-to-protect-your-home-2

 

Raijintek Orcus 360 CPU Cooler Review: Big Liquid, Maximum RGB

https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/raijintek-orcus-360-cpu-cooler,5554.html

 

11 Cheap VR Headsets Ranked from Best to Worst

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/1044-best-cheap-vr-headsets.html

 

Hacker who almost sprung a prisoner out of jail is himself imprisoned for seven years

HE TRIED TO JAILBREAK SOMEONE, AND NOW HE'S BECOME THE PRISONER HIMSELF.

https://www.grahamcluley.com/hacker-who-almost-sprung-a-prisoner-out-of-jail-is-himself-imprisoned-for-seven-years/

 

Phishers Are Taking Advantage of Twitter’s Broken Verification System

https://www.howtogeek.com/fyi/phishers-are-taking-advantage-of-twitters-broken-verification-system/

 

Apple Responds to Personal Data Request with 9MB File

The personal data archives from Facebook and Google were 881MB and 243MB respectively.

https://www.pcmag.com/g00/news/360868/apple-responds-to-personal-data-request-with-9mb-file?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1&i10c.dv=14

 

Microsoft launches Project Brainwave, its deep learning acceleration platform

https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/07/microsoft-launches-project-brainwave-its-deep-learning-acceleration-platform/

 

Why Did Deleting a Desktop Icon Delete the Program?

The Windows desktop was intended to hold shortcuts to files located elsewhere, but it's not limited to that.

https://askleo.com/deleting-desktop-icon-delete-program/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=Jt5ZTjvAI3dfbL

 

New Raspberry Pi Packs More Power

https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/New-Raspberry-Pi-Packs-More-Power-85200.html

 

BEST FLASH DRIVES FOR UNDER $20

https://www.pcmech.com/article/best-flash-drives-for-under-20/

 

Nvidia Announces New Volta AI Performance Milestones

https://www.extremetech.com/g00/extreme/268952-nvidia-announces-new-volta-ai-performance-milestones?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1&i10c.dv=14

 

Software Roundup: 10 Interesting Apps to Learn About This Week

https://www.maketecheasier.com/interesting-apps-of-the-week/

 

US elevates the role of Cyber Command

Cyberwarfare is now as important as conventional war... in theory.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/05/us-elevates-role-of-cyber-command/

 

Keep Facebook from tracking you on the web

https://www.komando.com/downloads/448173/keep-facebook-from-tracking-you-on-the-web

 

Report Claims Eight New Spectre-Class Vulnerabilities Impact Intel And ARM Processors

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/spectre-ng-vulnerabilities-intel-arm-amd,37002.html

 

5 Reasons to Buy Oculus Go (and 3 Reasons to Skip It)

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/1477-oculus-go-reasons-to-buy-and-skip.html

 

The firms that piggyback on ransomware attacks for profit

DON'T WANT TO PAY THE RANSOM? PAY US, AND WE'LL PAY IT FOR YOU!

https://www.grahamcluley.com/firms-piggyback-ransomware-attacks-profit/

 

Bixby Will Prioritize Yahoo and AOL Content Because Samsung Is Getting Paid

https://www.howtogeek.com/fyi/bixby-will-prioritize-yahoo-and-aol-content-because-samsung-is-getting-paid/

 

Buying a Solid-State Drive: 20 Terms You Need to Know

SSDs may all look alike, but there's loads to know about them as you read reviews and shop. You'll be able to carry on a conversation about them—and buy wisely—with our help.

https://tinyurl.com/y84n5wxr

 

Microsoft wants developers to embrace Microsoft 365 and the Microsoft Graph

https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/07/microsoft-wants-developers-to-embrace-microsoft-365-and-the-microsoft-graph/

 

[Software Update] Mozilla Firefox 60.0 “Quantum” Now Available for Download

https://www.askvg.com/download-mozilla-firefox-latest-version/

 

There’s a whole world outside Windows, and Microsoft finally gets it

https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/microsoft-365-windows-build-2018/

 

PROTECT YOUR BROWSING WITH DNS OVER TLS

https://www.pcmech.com/article/dns-over-tls/

 

Microsoft Build 2018: biggest announcements

Here are the most exciting announcements that Microsoft made during its Build 2018 conference.

https://pureinfotech.com/microsoft-build-2018-announcements/

 

5 Creative Google Keep Uses Apart from Taking Notes

https://www.maketecheasier.com/creative-google-keep-uses/

 

F8 proved there’s no escape from Facebook

The company has its claws in almost everything people do on the internet.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/04/facebook-is-inescapable-f8/

 

3 easy ways to modernize your old videotapes

https://www.komando.com/columns/370873/3-easy-ways-to-modernize-your-old-videotapes

 

Tech Giants Support 'Red Alert For Net Neutrality' Movement

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/red-alert-net-neutrality-movement,37000.html

 

Apple Won’t Replace Your Battery Unless It Fixes Everything Wrong With Your Phone

https://www.reviewgeek.com/3517/apple-wont-replace-your-battery-unless-it-fixes-everything-wrong-with-your-phone/

 

HOW TO USE A METERED CONNECTION IN WINDOWS 10

https://www.pcmech.com/article/how-to-used-metered-connections-in-windows-10/

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Latest Edition of CyberHeistNews

Tue May 8, 2018 9:09 pm (PDT

CyberheistNews Vol 8 #19 [Heads-up] Scary New Exploit Hacks LinkedIn 2-Factor Auth. See This Kevin Mitnick VIDEO

http://bit.ly/2K1BbyY

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Tue 1256 5/08/2018

Microsoft to fix freeze and compatibility issues with Windows 10’s April 2018 Update

Users are finding out problems with the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, but Microsoft is promising fixes soon.

https://pureinfotech.com/fix-freeze-compatibility-issues-windows-10-april-2018-update/

 

BenQ EW3270U

https://www.pcmag.com/review/360436/benq-ew3270u

 

Chromebooks will soon be able to run your favorite Linux apps

Surprise, surprise: The Pixelbook will get the feature first.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/08/chrome-os-linux-support-official/

 

Twitter Passwords Exposed: Change Yours Right Now

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/twitter-password-woes,news-27135.html

 

Toward transitive data privacy and securing the data you don’t share

https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/07/toward-transitive-data-privacy-and-securing-the-data-you-dont-share/

 

Kitty malware gets its claws into Drupal websites to mine Monero

https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/featured/kitty-malware-gets-its-claws-into-drupal-websites-to-mine-monero/#new_tab

 

Best Portable Hard Drives of 2018

We rounded up a handful of excellent portable hard drives that are perfect for taking along for the ride.

https://www.windowscentral.com/best-portable-hard-drives-2018

 

Apple confirms there’s a serious problem with the iPhone X

https://nypost.com/2018/05/07/apple-confirms-theres-a-serious-problem-with-the-iphone-x/

 

Amazon Prime: 10 ways to get it for less

https://www.komando.com/tips/457759/amazon-prime-10-ways-to-get-it-for-less

 

Vulnerabilities Abound in Popular Android Apps: Report

https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/Vulnerabilities-Abound-in-Popular-Android-Apps-Report-85286.html

 

7 of the Best Lightweight Apps to Save Data and Battery

https://www.maketecheasier.com/best-lightweight-apps/

 

How to Check Which Version of macOS You’re Using

https://www.howtogeek.com/350906/how-to-check-which-version-of-macos-youre-using/

 

Intel Positions Xeon as Machine Learning Competitor in Inference Workloads

https://www.extremetech.com/g00/computing/268890-intel-positions-xeon-as-machine-learning-competitor-in-inference-workloads?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1&i10c.dv=14

 

China forces spyware onto Muslim’s Android phones, complete with security holes

https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/china-forces-spyware-onto-muslims-android-phones-complete-with-security-holes-19760.html#new_tab

 

MoviePass Veers Again, Brings Back Unlimited Plan

The wild ride continues for MoviePass subscribers as the company keeps changing policies and bleeding money.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/360832/moviepass-veers-again-brings-back-unlimited-plan

 

Apple will shut down Texture's terrible Windows app

It comes a month after Apple acquired the service, but the app was poorly reviewed.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/04/apple-shut-down-texture-terrible-windows-app/

 

Here's the One Gmail Setting You Should Activate Now

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/google-2fa-activate-now,news-26479.html

 

Tech watchdogs call on Facebook and Google for transparency around censored content

https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/07/santa-clara-principles-eff-cdt-aclu-facebook-google-twitter/

 

Researchers reveal how hotel key cards can be hacked – what you need to know

https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/featured/researchers-hotel-key-cards-can-be-hacked-what-you-need-to-know/#new_tab

 

Best Affordable Monitor for PC in 2018

The Q2577PWQ is AOC's affordable 1440p IPS panel, offering a response time of just five milliseconds and an aspect ratio of 16:9.

https://www.windowscentral.com/best-affordable-monitors

 

How to make Alexa, Cortana your Android phone's assistant

Not a fan of Google Assistant on your Android device? Here's how to (mostly) replace it!

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-ditch-google-assistant-for-cortana-or-alexa-on-android/

 

How to run a free background check on yourself

https://www.komando.com/tips/442169/how-to-run-a-free-background-check-on-yourself

 

New Firefox Extension Builds a Wall Around Facebook

https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/New-Firefox-Extension-Builds-a-Wall-Around-Facebook-85233.html

 

How to Get Alexa to Print to an HP Printer

https://www.maketecheasier.com/get-alexa-print-to-hp-printer/

 

What is RCS, the Successor to SMS?

https://www.howtogeek.com/349968/what-is-rcs-the-successor-to-sms/

 

MacBook Users Demand Apple Recall Over Broken Keyboards

https://www.extremetech.com/g00/mobile/268853-macbook-users-demand-apple-recall-over-broken-keyboards?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1&i10c.dv=14

 

Online poker site bombarded by DDoS attacks, pauses tournaments

https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/online-poker-site-bombarded-by-ddos-attacks-pauses-tournaments-19829.html#new_tab

 

You're Not Using a VPN? Bad Idea

A PCMag survey demonstrates that most people are aware of the privacy risks on the internet, but most aren't doing anything about them.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/360805/youre-not-using-a-vpn-bad-idea

 

Pandora nears 6 million paid subscribers as it chases profit

Subscribers may be up, but total users are down.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/04/pandora-q1-2018-earnings/

 

Essential Tips to Avoid Getting Hacked

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/982-avoid-being-hacked.html

 

Twitter has an unlaunched ‘Secret’ encrypted messages feature

https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/07/encrypted-dms/

 

The NSA wants its algorithms to be a global IoT standard. But they’re simply not trusted

https://www.bitdefender.com/box/blog/iot-news/nsa-wants-algorithms-global-iot-standard-theyre-simply-not-trusted/#new_tab

 

8 great consumer-focused features in Windows 10

There are plenty of Windows 10 features that consumers can enjoy, with more on the way. Here's a list of the best of them.

https://www.windowscentral.com/heres-list-features-windows-10-consumers-can-enjoy

 

Why Microsoft Has Switched Its Focus to Linux

https://marketrealist.com/2018/05/why-microsoft-has-switched-its-focus-to-linux

 

5 tech gems that will change the way you do things

https://www.komando.com/columns/447608/5-tech-gems-that-will-change-the-way-you-do-things

 

How to lock down the Settings app in Windows 10

Microsoft's streamlined Settings application lets users modify vital Windows 10 components. Here's how to prevent unauthorized changes to how the OS operates.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-lock-down-the-settings-app-in-windows-10/

 

4 of the Best Android Apps for Recording Podcasts on the Go

https://www.maketecheasier.com/record-podcast-android-apps/

 

The Best Ways to Make Free Conference Calls

https://www.howtogeek.com/350210/the-best-ways-to-make-free-conference-calls/

 

New Windows Build Adds Revamped Snipping Tool and Expands Access to Sets

https://www.extremetech.com/g00/extreme/268843-new-windows-build-adds-revamped-snipping-tool-and-expands-access-to-sets?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1&i10c.dv=14

 

Flawed routers with hardcoded passwords were manufactured by firm that posed “national security risk” to UK

https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/flawed-routers-with-hardcoded-passwords-were-manufactured-by-firm-that-posed-national-security-risk-to-uk-19821.html#new_tab

 

RIP: Cambridge Analytica Shuts Down, Citing Bad Press

The UK political consultancy blamed its demise on the negative media coverage of its role in the unauthorized collection of Facebook data from millions of users.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/360836/rip-cambridge-analytica-shuts-down-citing-bad-press

 

Samsung Pay offers cash back on purchases from select retailers

For use on another Samsung Pay transaction, of course.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/03/samsung-pay-offers-cash-back-select-retailers/

 

Ezviz ez360 Pano Review: A Solid 360 Security Cam

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/ezviz-ez360-pano,review-5387.html

 

Google’s Android Things IoT platform comes out of beta

https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/07/googles-android-things-iot-platform-comes-out-of-beta/

 

Thousands of compromised websites spreading malware via fake updates

https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/security-data-protection/cyber-security/thousands-compromised-websites-spreading-malware-via-fake-updates/#new_tab

 

How to replace Xbox One controller thumbsticks

Need to put some fresh thumbsticks on your controller? It's easier than you might think.

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-replace-xbox-one-controller-thumbsticks

 

The world’s most popular YouTube video has been hacked

Hackers have managed to deface an array of popular YouTube music videos, changing titles and thumbnail images.

https://www.welivesecurity.com/2018/04/10/worlds-popular-youtube-video-hacked/#new_tab

 

Apple and Android: Windows vs Mac vs Chrome

https://www.komando.com/tips/457328/windows-vs-mac-vs-chrome

 

How to disable AutoPlay and AutoRun in Windows 10

Vulnerabilities in Windows AutoPlay could compromise your PC's security. Here's how to disable it locally and at the Group Policy level.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-disable-autoplay-and-autorun-in-windows-10/

 

How Common Cryptography Techniques Work Online

https://www.maketecheasier.com/how-cryptography-techniques-work/

 

Office 365 ProPlus Users Basically Already Have Office 2019

https://www.howtogeek.com/fyi/office-365-proplus-users-basically-already-have-office-2019/

 

FTC Promises Legal Action if Warranty-Voiding Stickers Aren’t Fixed Soon

https://www.extremetech.com/g00/electronics/268629-ftc-promises-legal-action-if-warranty-voiding-stickers-arent-fixed-soon?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1&i10c.dv=14

 

Reports of tech support scams rocket, earning handsome returns for fraudsters

https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/reports-of-tech-support-scams-rocket-earning-handsome-returns-for-fraudsters-19816.html#new_tab

 

5 Ways to Avoid Paying $119 for Amazon Prime Free Shipping

If you're looking for ways to pay less than $119 for Amazon Prime, there are options.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2455005,00.asp

 

[Windows Tip] Master List of All Commands to Use Command Prompt Like a Pro

https://www.askvg.com/windows-tip-master-list-of-all-commands-to-use-command-prompt-like-a-pro/

 

Next 'Minecraft' update will be the last for older consoles

Work will end on the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U and PS Vita versions of the game.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/04/minecraft-ps3-xbox-one-vita-wii-u-last-update/

 

Time to turn off Windows auto update – unless you’re using Win10 version 1803

With Patch Tuesday coming tomorrow, here’s your regular monthly warning. Given all the problems we’ve seen with patches this year, you’d be well advised to block automatic updating and wait for the screams to subside. This month, there’s an unusual exception.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3269731/microsoft-windows/time-to-turn-off-windows-auto-update-unless-youre-using-win10-version-1803.html

 

5 reasons a Chromebook should be in our arsenal of gadgets

https://videos.komando.com/watch/34821515/5-reasons-a-chromebook-should-be-in-our-arsenal-of-gadgets

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Office Tips and Tricks

Tue May 8, 2018 12:15 am (PDT) . Posted by:

"Joe Nowak" janowak2000

Here are some articles and sites that could provide you with some interesting tips and tricks for dealing with Office.

 

Microsoft's Best Excel Spreadsheet Templates

http://bit.ly/2vC7vpZ

 

Microsoft Excel 2007 2010 pt 2.(Pie/Column Chart and Chart Tools)

http://bit.ly/2wmC4jH

 

Autofill Formulas in an Excel Table

http://bit.ly/2wmHWtd

 

Top Excel Formulas & Function Examples To Get Better At Microsoft Excel

http://bit.ly/2I4FpWf

 

Microsoft Excel 2007 2010 pt 4 (Conditional Format, If Function, Copy/Paste)

http://bit.ly/2I5k7Yu


Microsoft Excel Tutorial for Beginners #4 - Functions (Formulas)

http://bit.ly/2I2iElK


Create an Excel UserForm

http://bit.ly/2wlgUm9


Work Faster in Microsoft Excel: 10 Secret Tricks

http://bit.ly/2I4GVrp

 

How to Use Pivot Tables in Microsoft Excel

http://bit.ly/2wjS7iw

 

Exam Prep Microsoft Excel 2007/2010 pt 2

http://bit.ly/2wlC8Aq

 

How to Create a Checklist in Excel

http://bit.ly/2wmnwRh

 

Microsoft Excel 2007 2010 pt 6 (Concatenate, CountIf, Vlookup, Macros...)

http://bit.ly/2wlDdIu

 

Cyber Security Program

Tue May 8, 2018 8:56 am (PDT

The Helen Plum Library in Lombard, IL will be hosting a program on Cybe Security on May 15.

http://bit.ly/2I4Fau8

Back to Top

Mon 1255 5/07/2018

Robocalls flooding your cellphone? Here’s how to fight them

Steps you can take against the flood of unwanted, auto-dialed calls.

https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/robocalls-flooding-your-cellphone-heres-how-to-fight-them/

 

How to block the annoying robocalls that you keep getting

  - Robocalls can originate from anywhere and are hard to fight.

  - There are apps you can download to help prevent them, and steps you should take when you receive them.

  - Here's how to stop those annoying robocalls.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/04/how-to-block-robocalls.html?__source=yahoo%7Cfinance%7Cheadline%7Cstory%7C&par=yahoo&yptr=yahoo

 

Ransomware warning: This phishing campaign delivers new malware variants

Tens of thousands of messages are being sent each day in an effort to trick people into installing this particular form of ransomware, say researchers.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/ransomware-warning-this-phishing-campaign-delivers-new-malware-variants/

 

BMW, Ford and GM want to bring blockchain to your car

The alliance hopes to use the technology for payments and car-to-car data.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/02/bmw-ford-and-gm-form-blockchain-group/

 

The Fitbit Versa is the best fitness tracker and wearable you can buy right now

Though it's more fitness than smarts, the new Fitbit Versa is the best all-around wearable right now.

https://www.windowscentral.com/fitbit-versa-review

 

6 Cool Things in the Windows 10 April 2018 Update

Continuing its 'Windows as a service' program, Microsoft adds time-saving features, dictation, sharing, and more.

https://www.pcmag.com/feature/360758/6-cool-things-in-the-windows-10-april-2018-update

 

Most dangerous attack techniques, and what’s coming next

https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2018/04/23/dangerous-attack-techniques/

 

AT&T accidentally blocked Cloudflare’s privacy DNS service

http://bgr.com/2018/05/06/cloudflare-dns-service-problems-att-blocking/

 

Windows 10’s New Redstone 5 Build Brings a New Screenshotting Tool

https://tinyurl.com/y7epeogv

PDF Files Can Be Abused to Steal Windows Credentials

https://blog.knowbe4.com/pdf-files-can-be-abused-to-steal-windows-credentials

 

NSA triples metadata collection numbers, sucking up over 500 million call records in 2017

https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/04/nsa-triples-metadata-collection-numbers-sucking-up-over-500-million-call-records-in-2017/

 

How to Uninstall Avira Free

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/uninstall-avira-free

 

3 reasons why you should give Debian a try

Though you may have never heard of this less-popular distribution of Linux, these three reasons prove why you should give it a chance.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/3-reasons-why-you-should-give-debian-a-try/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

Facebook admits it didn’t read terms of app that caused data breach

https://www.foxbusiness.com/features/facebook-admits-it-didnt-read-terms-of-app-that-caused-data-breach

 

Seven of the Best Hidden Features in Android

https://www.howtogeek.com/348851/seven-of-the-best-hidden-features-in-android/

 

What “WebAuthn” Is and How It Might Replace Passwords

https://www.maketecheasier.com/what-is-webauthn/

 

YouTube music app gets a streamlined now playing screen

It looks more like a traditional music player and may hint at future updates.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/04/youtube-music-app-streamlined-now-playing-screen/

 

Darkest Dungeon is a satisfyingly difficult $25 gothic RPG for Xbox and PC

My attention has been held captive for weeks by Darkest Dungeon. It's well worth a look for fans of punishing, tactical games.

https://www.windowscentral.com/darkest-dungeon-gothic-xbox-rpg-satisfyingly-difficult-gameplay

 

The Best Android-Only Apps for Google Fans

For awhile, iOS got first dibs on all the best apps, but Android has exclusives, too.

https://www.pcmag.com/feature/360697/the-best-android-only-apps-for-google-fans

 

Survey Reveals Users Have No Clue About Router Security

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/survey-reveals-users-have-no-clue-about-router-security/

 

Report claims iPhone with triple-lens camera ‘likely’ to launch next year

http://bgr.com/2018/05/07/iphone-2019-triple-lens-camera-report/

 

Microsoft to Fix Windows 10 Version 1803 Freezing Issue

https://tinyurl.com/yd2vlsjh

Mysterious “double kill” Word/IE zero-day allegedly in the wild as phishing attack

https://blog.knowbe4.com/mysterious-double-kill-word/ie-zero-day-allegedly-in-the-wild-as-phishing-attack

 

We love augmented reality, but let’s fix things that could become big problems

https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/06/we-love-augmented-reality-but-lets-fix-things-that-could-become-big-problems/

 

Dear Samsung, It's Time to Stop Making Laptops

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/samsung-laptop-fail

 

How to automate Apple's FileVault 2 deployment and configuration

The way you deploy Apple's full-disk encryption scheme will impact how end users use their hardware and how IT manages these devices. Here are three tips on automating the deployment of FileVault 2.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-automate-apples-filevault-2-deployment-and-configuration/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

Advanced Hackers Infect X-Ray Machines In Healthcare Espionage

https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2018/04/23/x-ray-machines-taken-over-by-healthcare-hackers/#2d09e77644c8

 

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

https://www.howtogeek.com/348635/use-windows-10s-new-free-up-space-tool-to-clean-up-your-hard-drive/

 

Enhance Your Music-Listening Experience with These 7 Firefox Add-ons

https://www.maketecheasier.com/best-music-firefox-addons/

 

Microsoft is fixing a Windows 10 bug that causes Chrome to freeze

Some users are reporting the glitch locks up their PCs.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/03/microsoft-windows-10-chrome-cortana-freeze-fix/

 

Connect multiple devices via Bluetooth to this $24 Logitech Z207 Stereo Speaker set

This pair of speakers can connect via Bluetooth or 3.5mm audio cable to play your favorite tunes.

https://www.windowscentral.com/thrifter-deal-logitech-z207-stereo-speaker-set

 

FTC Promises Legal Action if Warranty-Voiding Stickers Aren’t Fixed Soon

https://www.extremetech.com/g00/electronics/268629-ftc-promises-legal-action-if-warranty-voiding-stickers-arent-fixed-soon?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1&i10c.dv=14

 

Analyzing Operation GhostSecret: Attack Seeks to Steal Data Worldwide

https://securingtomorrow.mcafee.com/mcafee-labs/analyzing-operation-ghostsecret-attack-seeks-to-steal-data-worldwide/

 

Debating between Apple and Samsung phones? Open your eyes a little wider

https://www.yahoo.com/news/debating-between-apple-samsung-phones-201523345.html

 

Facebook Fires 'Stalker' Engineer

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10329/facebook-fires-stalker-engineer

 

Scam Of The Week: World's Largest Phishing Botnet Grows Evasive

https://blog.knowbe4.com/scam-of-the-week-worlds-largest-phishing-botnet-grows-evasive

 

Microsoft Excel gets custom JavaScript Functions and Power BI visualizations

https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/07/microsoft-excel-gets-custom-javascript-functions-and-power-bi-visualizations/

 

AMD Ships Vulnerability Patches To Ecosystem Partners

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/amd-vulnerability-patches-ecosystem-partners,36993.html

 

Bluestar Gives Arch Linux a Celestial Glow

https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/Bluestar-Gives-Arch-Linux-a-Celestial-Glow-85250.html

 

5 signs you've been hit with an advanced persistent threat (APT)

Do you have valuable data on your network? Noticing odd network behavior? You could be the victim of an APT attack

https://www.csoonline.com/article/2615666/security/security-5-signs-you-ve-been-hit-with-an-advanced-persistent-threat.html

 

The US Public Domain Hasn’t Expanded Since 1998. That Changes Next Year.

https://www.howtogeek.com/fyi/the-us-public-domain-hasnt-expanded-since-1998.-that-changes-next-year./

 

Would a Phone With a Keyboard Be Feasible Anymore?

https://www.maketecheasier.com/phone-with-keyboard-still-feasible/

 

Apple will fix bug affecting iPhone 7 and 7 Plus microphones

Some models running iOS 11.3 are experiencing the issue.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/04/apple-fix-bug-affecting-iphone-7-7-plus-microphones/

 

Microsoft's 4 most disappointing products and services

Microsoft makes a lot of great products ... but it also makes a few bad ones.

https://www.windowscentral.com/four-most-disappointing-microsoft-services-and-products

 

How AI Is Bringing the Vatican Secret Archives Into the Light of Day

https://www.extremetech.com/g00/extreme/268551-how-ai-is-bringing-the-vatican-secret-archives-into-the-light-of-day?i10c.encReferrer=&i10c.ua=1&i10c.dv=14

 

Orangeworm cyber attack group targets health sector

A cyber crime group is targeting the health sector and related industries in the US, Europe and Asia in a suspected corporate espionage campaign, researchers warn

https://www.computerweekly.com/news/252439782/Orangeworm-cyber-attack-group-targeting-health-sector

 

How to shoot better photos with your smartphone

https://finance.yahoo.com/video/shoot-better-photos-smartphone-125900473.html

 

How to Fix: Win10 April Update: RDP, Mapped Drives Broken

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10330/how-fix-win10-april-update-rdp-mapped-drives-broken

 

Here is an Email Thread of an Actual CEO Fraud Attack

https://www.trustwave.com/Resources/Trustwave-Blog/Here-is-an-Email-Thread-of-an-Actual-CEO-Fraud-Attack/

 

Microsoft introduces a pair of new enterprise apps for HoloLens

https://techcrunch.com/2018/05/07/microsoft-introduces-some-new-enterprise-applications-for-hololens/

 

Noctua Releases All-New NF-A12x25 120mm Fan

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/noctua-releases-nf-a12x25-120mm-fan,36994.html

 

Microsoft Offers New Tool to Grow Linux in Windows

https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/Microsoft-Offers-New-Tool-to-Grow-Linux-in-Windows-85242.html

 

How to Battle Credential Stuffing Attacks

Attackers Use Stolen Credentials for Fraud, Warns Shape Security's Dan Woods

https://www.bankinfosecurity.com/dan-woods-broadcast-alley-a-10871

 

Microsoft Just Removed HomeGroups From Windows 10

https://www.howtogeek.com/fyi/microsoft-just-removed-homegroups-from-windows-10/

 

Treat Your Dog When You’re Gone with Furbo Dog Camera at 30% Off

https://www.maketecheasier.com/furbo-dog-camera-deals/

 

Chrome learns to mute sites based on your web history

It's no longer an all-or-nothing affair.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/03/google-chrome-learns-to-mute-sites/

 

Ring Spotlight Cam vs. Ring Floodlight Cam: What's the difference?

Here's how to choose the right one for you

https://www.techhive.com/article/3269536/security-cameras/ring-spotlight-cam-vs-ring-floodlight-cam.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2018-05-03

 

How to Edit Videos Like a Pro With VideoPad Video Editor

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/videopad-tutorial-review/

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Re. Recent FYI Postings: Week of Apr 29-May 5 2018

 

Re. FYI#1247 (Sun 4/29/2017):

(Note: That should read 2018.)

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

They have a point. If it's getting harder and harder to crack into the computer code, then the people using the computers and networks are becoming by default, the weakest links in the security of the system. This should serve as a warning to people like us, who take more than a casual interest in technology, including the security of our own networks and devices. We are becoming the targets, not just our operating systems, web browsers and physical networks. The recent Facebook scandal and the recent misuse of public DNA databases by law enforcement should serve as notices of where and how we make ourselves easy targets.

 

Researchers use machine learning to quickly detect video face swaps

This has applications in detecting fake news videos. Some of the recent advances in photo shopping, audio editing and lip-syncing technologies are making very convincing fake videos a real possibility.

 

Radiolab: Breaking News: The Future of Fake News (with videos)

https://futureoffakenews.com/videos.html#

There's a tab at the top of the page which links to the actual fake Obama video which was created. Very unsettling stuff!

 

Apple makes iTunes available in the Microsoft Store

First, it was only a matter of time before this would happen. Microsoft's flagship products, like the Office modules, have been showing up in the Apple app store for awhile now. Second, I wonder whether the Microsoft version includes the entire iTunes catalog, and the highest quality versions of the Store offerings?

 

Palantir Knows Everything About You

This company does not look for "pre-crime" suspects in nice neighborhoods. Most of those who will read FYI or this reply need not worry. I won't even begin to dissect all the laws this company has already broken, let alone the laws and legal precedents which their alleged operations in Chicago may be violating. Suffice it to say, this company has never made a profit, got fired by their biggest corporate customer to date, and is on track to become the next Equifax (minus the deep pockets to extricate themselves from blame) when (not if) someone inside the company causes a data breach.

 

How to mirror iPad or iPhone screen to Windows 10

A couple members of the West Suburban Computer Club tried to use LonelyScreen for a presentation about a year ago. They met with only limited success, and it took a lot of effort and troubleshooting to get even partial success.

 

Hotel Rooms Worldwide Can Be Unlocked With This Hack

There's a patch out now, but who knows how long it may take for the patch to be deployed to every hotel worldwide?

 

Serenity Now! App helps you meditate, sleep and relax

If you missed it, Seinfeld Season 9, episode 3 showed exactly what happens if you use the "serenity now" technique. Spoiler alert -- it does not end well. ( https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0697773/  -- available for $1.99 on Amazon Prime)

 

Windows 10 vs. MacOS vs. Chrome OS

Comparing Chrome OS with the two desktop operating systems is just stupid. They are not designed for the same purpose, and should not be compared. As with any computer purchase, decide what you want to do with the device, then decide on which device and which OS suits your purposes best.

 

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

First, these patches are not available through Windows Update. They only come from the Windows Update Catalog and must be installed through standalone installers. Second, and this is very important, I noticed after running these patches and then running Gibson Research's InSpectre testing script that these patches on my Skylake core-i5 based Intel NUC actually removed an important Meltdown protection. Running InSpectre as Administrator, I restored the disabled protection feature. But this shows that these patches should not be blindly installed on every allegedly affected Intel-based system. The Linux kernel-level patches have not caused me this sort of issue.

 

Microsoft Windows Defender Fights Phishing on Google Chrome Browser

I would not use Microsoft add-ons to secure a Google product. I also would not use any third-party antivirus product or security suite to secure a web browser not made by that security company. The trouble is, we do not know how one company's code will interact with the code in another company's product. Since these are not open source products, neither do the companies writing the security code. The results have all too often been that the add-ons actually expose additional security flaws in the browser code, making the overall result less secure than doing nothing at all. And need I mention that all browser security add-ons have "telemetry" and/or "cloud-based protections" which transmit data (including browsing history) to (in this case) Microsoft's servers?

 

MRTouch Turns Any Physical Surface Into A Mixed Reality Touch Screen

This is not a product at this point. And like Hololens, it may never be put into mass-production.

 

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.

Ubuntu is not going to give up on desktop Linux. This article has the facts wrong, at least in part. But the fact that Canonical, in partnership with Microsoft, is moving toward servers and Cloud-based computing is not surprising, given recent headlines about both companies. It may be time for Linux and open-source purists to find another distro.

 

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

Outside forces are not to blame for the lack of investment in infrastructure in the US, both by government and by the private sector. To improve the appearance of saving money for taxpayers and investors, both sectors have failed to invest in improvements and maintenance. This is the same logic which has wrecked public and private pension systems, and threatens to wreck Social Security and Medicare. Tax cuts feel great when the money comes into our pockets. Wall Street loves cost-cutting. But when the long-term damages have to be paid for, people start screaming, burning torches and blaming immigrants and poor people.

 

Microsoft attempts to spin its role in counterfeiting case

Microsoft was within its rights to prosecute the illegal distribution of Windows recovery disks. These are protected by the same laws and EULAs as retail install disks. And the PC repair outfit which got caught doing this knew that all along. Not that this is anything different from all those OEM installation media disks being illegally resold on eBay and Amazon.

 

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

Before you start to do this, be aware that Illinois is a State which requires both parties to consent before recording begins.

 

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.

No. Sunday was the last day to prepare your Version 1709 PCs to defer this update. At least for a couple of months. And it will get harder to defer the next feature upgrade -- the ability to do so in the Pro editions has been removed from the settings for Windows Update. You need to go through Group Policies to get to the deferral options and get onto the Current Branch for Business, aka the Semi-annual Branch, as of Version 1803.

 

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

I'm surprised it's as low as 15%. But in GMail I almost never see spam in my inbox, and only a few pieces per week in my much more active Yahoo Mail (free) inbox. My Yahoo Mail spam folder gets dozens of catches every day.

 

Re. FYI#1248 (Mon 4/30/2018):

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

There are increased shipping costs, and other factors have been pushing up Amazon's costs. This was easily predictable -- it was only a question of when and how much. And this isn't a huge increase.

 

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

This news would have been more timely if this posting had not been dated on the day of the rollout. Many folks believed the date would be April 30th at least a week before the rollout. This extra time would have allowed more folks to take defensive action to avoid an unwanted upgrade.

 

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

There are open source advocates who will strongly disagree with this assessment:

 

In encrypted-messaging market, open source not only key to success

https://www.the-parallax.com/2017/04/21/encrypted-messaging-open-source-success/

 

7 Software Interfaces That Give Me Nightmares

Most of these are mercifully gone now. My worst nightmares included the old Avast Radio Interface, also similar to one or more of the media players not made by Microsoft. But more nightmares have risen up recently. Malwarebytes and Avira have hidden all their useful advanced features from the visible screens. And lots of desktop applications have interfaces which would be more at home on a phone. No, I do not want to use my PC as I would use a phone!

 

Windows 10 is about productivity — for businesses and consumers

The Windows 10 interface is not about productivity for anyone. It is about forcing desktop users to treat their PCs like phones. That is definitely not about productivity.

 

How to change Windows Boot Logo using HackBGRT

I cannot imagine any use case which would justify doing something as reckless as hacking the Windows bootloader just to change a logo. Not to mention that removing or altering the Microsoft logo from a Windows product probably violates the EULA. Totally bypassing the splash screena nd the lock screen is useful, but not altering or replacing the logo.

 

Re. FYI#1249 (Tues 5/1/2018):

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

This is something which on my Intel NUC I had to do, but I had to download the Intel version from the Intel site. The stock Microsoft  Windows 10 audio driver simply could not load on the NUC, and did not survive a restart.

 

CPU utilization is wrong

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

I would not trust Netflix on any technical issue, much less CPU utilization. This is a classic case of denial by a company with buggy software. Google has been telling the same kinds of lies about Chrome RAM utilization for years.

 

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

So now that I know a patch is missing, what do I do? It's not like you can force a patch into a phone when that patch is not offered by your manufacturer.

 

Vizio adds Dolby Atmos to its latest home theater speakers

Vertical surround sound may be more affordable.

What is vertical sound? As opposed to horizontal sound? Human hearing exists almost entirely in one horizontal plane. So what are we not hearing that these speakers will add?

 

Microsoft working on new Windows 10 screen clipping experience

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

Though the description is sparse, this doesn't appear to function very differently from the current Windows Snipping tool. Just a different way to access it.

 

How to Install Adobe Creative Cloud Apps in Linux

Well, sort of. IT turns out not all the Adobe apps will run on Linux even with Play On Linux, and not all features can be run on Linux. Nice try, though.

 

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.

What CA is alleged to have done cannot be stopped by using a VPN. They took data off Facebook's servers. The only way to prevent this would be to never post the info in the first place. And again, this incident was not an anomaly -- it was Facebook doing what Facebook is set up to do.

 

How to connect your Android phone or tablet to your HDTV

View your mobile device media on your big screen.

I use Chromecast. Miracast is not available for Android 6 and above.

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

So they will raise prices once they establish a toehold in the market. Just like every company before them. No surprise here. They still have not equaled my deal with US Mobile. But I don't use my cell phone much.

 

Re. FYI#1250 (Wed 5/2/2018):

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.

FIDO keys are not limited to fingerprint readers. That is only one of several types of FIDO keys. The ones being sold most aggressively are similar to the keys used by YubiKey, except that they are not proprietary technology the way the actual YubiKeys are. Other articles are much more clear about this.

 

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

Nothing you can place in or around your ears will ever have more than two-dimensional stereo. This is a physical reality. The surround sound effects rely on the echoes which real rooms produce, and these effects are not physically possible in the space between a pair of drivers and your eardrums.

 

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

If you don't already have an account with the company issuing the virtual credit card, watch out for fees and other ways these arrangements can cost you money.

 

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

There is some question as to whether this type of tracking will be allowed. So far, the US has not banned it, but the EU looks poised to implement a ban.

 

Congress just legalized sex censorship: What to know

"Sex work" is not another word for trafficking.

Then again, most "sex work" is still illegal, and so is advertising for it ("soliciting").

 

5 of the Best Sites to Learn English for Free

I think I already know how to speak English. So do the people who will read this.

 

Apple is refusing to replace iPhone batteries, report says

If the phone is damaged, it is damaged. People keep trying to weasel their way out of just about anything these days.

 

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

Best fix -- count yourself lucky and wait a few weeks or months. The Windows Update Assistant can often identify reasons why the upgrade isn't showing up for your system.

 

Signal could get kicked out of Amazon Web Services

There have to be other ways to get around blocks in repressive countries. Spoofing a famous domain is only going to lead to trouble for the app and for the company whose domain is spoofed.

 

How to configure Cloudflare's 1.1.1.1 DNS service on Windows 10 or your router

It appears in testing that the DNS is overridden by Comcast at the network level, so changing DNS services does not work with Comcast unless you use your own third party router.

 

Re. FYI#1251 (Thurs 5/3/2018):

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

Again, this is Netflix talking. So I would take anything they say with a gigantic grain of salt.

 

Recommended Reading: Does Facebook need to be regulated?

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

There are some regulations surrounding how Facebook does business which are likely to find their way into laws. But in general, the posting of personal information at a site like Facebook is the responsibility of the users, not the folks running the site.

 

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

Buying a purpose-built dedicated Linux PC is spending a lot of money to get something you can create for yourself for a lot less money. The OS is free, and so is the software. I would not use the pre-built PCs as a shortcut for learning how Linux works and how to install, upgrade and maintain it for yourself.

 

Re. FYI#1252 (Fri 5/4/2018):

Secure Gmail Accounts Appear to Be Emailing Spam

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

Forged headers, eh? It seems to me that Yahoo Web Mail has also been hit by something like this, more than once, over the years I've had an account with them. Eventually the issue seems to clear up, but no one on the inside ever tells users just what went wrong with the spam detection techniques. This is not a case of contacts or accounts being hijacked, so it isn't something that changing a password or using 2FA (two-factor authentication) could help with.

 

Could Facebook be your company's next internet provider?

If this is going to be business to business, the world is still a safe place.

 

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

Stuff like this is going to keep happening for a very long time. By the time this settles down, most of us will have upgraded to new hardware, which will have new threats and weaknesses baked into it. Right now, other than keeping all your operating systems up to date, there's little we as end users can do to become better protected. Maybe the BIOS and firmware updates for some systems, but that's just about it.

 

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

Some of their competitors are also jumping on the Unlimited Movies bandwagon. And strings are starting to get attached, as pure Unlimited Plans are losing money fast. Who would have thought that offering something for nothing with no revenue stream and no paid upgrades would prove unprofitable? ;)

 

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

A device like Apple Watch should never advise people to go to an ER or to call 911. The advice should always be limited to' "You might want to talk to your doctor about this". This anecdote and a few others do not change the fact that these on-body devices are not really all that reliable when dispensing health information and advice.

How to opt out of personalized ads on your Android device

This is something simple, but many people still don't know how to do it.

 

How to Uninstall Avira Free

Do the authors of this article realize that RevoUninstaller won't run in Windows Safe Mode? Anyway, I use (in Windows normal mode) Geek Uninstaller for these sorts of programs, but RevoUninstaller will also do the trick. Just don't restart in between removing the Avira Launcher and Avira Antivirus programs. There may be a message from the super-uninstaller that to complete the removal of files and Registry entries, a restart will be needed. But dio so only after removing everything you want gone. Follow up after restarting with CCleaner or Glary Utilities and restart again. All should be gone by then.

If the removal is simply so as to do something like update the Windows Defender Engine (which we recently were advised to do for security reasons, even if we are running third-party antivirus instead of WD) all that has to be done is to do a single run of Revo or Geek Uninstaller on the antivirus portion of Avira, restart, then update Windows Defender, and restart and then reinstall the antivirus from any recently downloaded Avira installer.

BTW, the old Avira user interface, complete with all the now-missing Reports options, is still available from within the Avira program. But you have to locate the .exe in your Programs folder and make a Shortcut to the Desktop for the old GUI. I pinned my shortcut to my Windows 10 Admin's taskbar. I see no reason to abandon Avira Free, if you can put up with slow scan times for full system scans.

 

Are Huawei, ZTE Phones Actually Unsafe?

It's not a question of whether the devices are now being used to undermine US security or the personal privacy of US users. The question is about whether the devices contain hardware and software ways to gather and exploit information, and whether these devices can be used to sabotage networks, including cell phone networks. In a military or Intelligence setting, these concerns are serious, but not so much for most private citizens.

As for Android's alleged insecurities, these do not arise from Android having open source code, and US government folks know this very well. Android suffers from fragmentation, which is the fault of device manufacturers installing non-free versions of Android, then abandoning security support for their devices after two years. People often keep phones for longer than two years, or hand them off to other people who continue to use out of support phones. This leads to users having unsecured Android versions on their devices. That's the problem, not the open source origins of Android code.

 

Why Robolinux Is the Best Linux for Windows Users

How old is this article? Windows XP is not available from Microsoft in any form, and hasn't been available for years. All the other Windows versions require licenses or Digital Entitlements to run anything. So where and how does Robolinux get these licenses, and how do users pay for them?

 

Microsoft Details Deprecated and Removed Features in Windows 10 Version 1803

One thing not mentioned is the deprecation of the ability to defer feature upgrades. It's been taken entirely out of the Advanced Options under Windows Update, and Pro users are now forced to go into Group Policies and set up the arcane Policies to move to the Semi-Annual Branch (Current Branch for Business) and Defer Feature Upgrades for up to 365 days. As for Homegroup, again it's a lot more work to use the other methods of setting up Network Shares, so this is also going to get long-time Windows 7 users even more irate than they generally are now.

 

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

US regulations wouldn't stop it from selling phones.

The only proposals I've read about are to ban the sale of the phones themselves in the US. And even that probably won't happen. There is no talk of Google banning Android from Chinese made phones. No one outside of China would consider buying a phone with a buggy Chinese operating system on it. Well, almost no one anyway.

Apple facing complaints over its iPhone battery-replacement pledge

If your iPhone has significant other damage, replacing the battery will not repair it. How folks are not getting this, I don't know.

 

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.

More on specs and availability:

https://wccftech.com/nokia-6-1-released-specs-features-price-availability/

What's attractive about this phone is the Stock Android. Even if the manufacturer stops updating this version of Android, there's a chance stock Android ROMs will work with it. For an unlocked phone, it isn't too difficult to perform such updates.

 

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

It's interesting that Google would offer its protection to apps which are native to Apple's ecosystem. Just remember, if you use Google's Advanced Protection Program, you now have not only Apple spying on you, but Google as well. That's how these companies keep their products profitable. After all, you aren't paying for all this added security, and neither is Apple.

 

Chrome OS Gains Improved Tethering, Android Support, More

Chrome OS version 66 just arrived on my Chromebook this week. The Meltdown mitigations do require the latest firmware upgrade, which I did awhile ago, unless there's something new for my Chromebook, which I doubt.

 

Re. FYI#1253 (Sat 5/5/2018):

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.

Although this article pretty much sums up the advantages and the concerns, I am not sure there is really much competition as things stand among the major carriers. All have colluded to prevent eSIMs from being approved by regulators. And other evidence points toward other collusion issues.

 

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.

This is a claim of violation of Brazil's laws. So no matter what the outcome there, this does not affect North American (including US) Windows users. Nothing will be changed for us. If you don't already know about Windows privacy settings, you should review recent articles on the subject.

Consider an automated solution like O&O Software's ShutUp 10. Given each new update's tendency to reset user privacy settings, automated solutions offer the best and quickest way to set things back to the way we want them. Run the utility after each monthly Cumulative or Security Update to make sure the settings go back to your preferences. In ShutUp 10, you can save a Config. file which can be used for this purpose. Reload the Config. Settings, run ShutUp 10, and you're back to where you wanted to be.

 

Facebook gets into the online dating business

There have already been complaints about this feature. Scammers have been setting up imposter accounts with the photos and some personal information taken from legitimate users' accounts. They then prey on women or men and ask for money. Facebook AI has then responded to complaints by shutting down the legitimate owners' accounts, not the fake accounts. Reputations and even employment have been ruined in some cases, according to news reports with interviews of people whose account information and photos have been misused. So now we see the results of the "reforms" at Facebook.

 

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

As I have posted before, deferring this update if possible on your system is a good idea. At least for a couple of months.

 

Google Maps Has a Nasty Scam Link Problem

The link in the article returns an "error 400 -- not found" page in Chrome 67 Beta on my Ubuntu 16.04 Linux.

 

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

From the article, I don't understand what benefits the Unroll.me app was supposed to offer to users.

 

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

Last weekend (this weekend as of the date of this post) I tried to find the Ubuntu 18.04 upgrade for my Intel NUC. It was not offered.

First, I have Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, installed explicitly as LTS.

Second, I am being offered Ubuntu 17.10. I accidentally triggered this upgrade, and was left with a system which would not log into a GUI session from the Greeter Screen, but did not go to black or loop through the desktop and back to the Greeter. (I do have backups before messing with upgrades, so I quickly got back to my Ubuntu 16.04 LTS installation and reran recent updates.)

I do not want such issues when I do try to upgrade to Ubuntu 18.04. I have a question submitted to the Natick MA FOSS user group about this issue. Some online threads say the LTS users don't get offered a version upgrade until the new version reaches the "dot-one" stage, which won't happen until July or August this year.

Worst case scenario, I may have to do a clean install and rebuild my settings and software from there. Given the issues I've had with wireless scanning in Ubuntu 16.04, I am not looking forward to that project.

 

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

We should all do our best to secure our home and small business networks.IoT manufacturers have not been very helpful for the most part, so we need to take the initiative. Setting up a second network or subnet with restricted access is beyond the skills of the average user, but buying and subscribing to a hardware security appliance can make the job less intimidating. BitDefender and several other companies offer home-small business solutions at reasonable prices.

 

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

USB-C cables have had the same issues. I think the ones you can get at Best Buy should generally be safe. But the ones you can get really cheaply at the Amazon Marketplace, I would stay away from. iPhones are expensive -- treat them with some respect.

 

10 Things You Can Create With Canva With Zero Effort

...But not zero cost. The app is free, but to use its features or images, there are in-app purchases. Licenses are per-use, which can get very expensive over time.

 

Firefox Browser To Carry Ads

So if you have a habit of clearing your history when exiting Firefox, where does Firefox get your history from? What ads will it choose if the user's history contains only the Firefox Start Page? Will users soon be unable to truly erase our local History?

 

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.

Your payment is the continued free use of services and apps which take time and money to develop and maintain. You are also paying for the security and privacy policing which Facebook is being forced to add. So quit complaining about not being paid to use a service for free -- there is no free lunch.

 

Which Laptop CPU is Right for You?

This should be a useful general guide for folks considering buying a new laptop soon. Be aware that the dates on the comments are 12016-2017, indicating that this article is a retread and may contain some outdated information. It does not address hardware Meltdown and Spectre mitigations, which Intel promises in new chips. Performance and power consumption ratings may change as a result.

The Best Smart Bathroom Scales of 2018

Just what I need -- more health data which never seem to improve.

 

Shuttleworth on Ubuntu 18.04: Multicloud Is the New Normal

I didn't understand all the technical jargon in this article. But from what I think I did understand, there does seem to be a shift in Ubuntu away from traditional desktop software, to more cloud-centric apps. Also, Canonical seems to be getting more and more cozy with Microsoft, integrating Ubuntu into Azure and Windows environments. This may mean that Ubuntu's days as a free and open source operating system could be numbered. Meaning, those of us who want a more "pure" open source Linux distro may have to look elsewhere. This does not mean Fedora, which is owned and developed by Red Hat, another non-free company.

 

Mozilla's approach to sponsored content aims to protect privacy

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

The problem I see with what Mozilla is doing is that it begins the slide toward becoming dependent for revenue and development on non-free companies. This erodes trust between users and the Foundation. Like canonical, it may not be long before this once open source company and its products gets swallowed up by a for-profit and closed source company or companies. These developments bear watching for open source purists.

I probably should not be lecturing Mozilla, as I use Chrome as my browser under Ubuntu Linux or Chrome OS or Fedora Linux or Windows 10. Definitely not a "pure" open source ecosystem here!

 

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

The required software, Screen Task, runs on Java or .NET. I looked at the GitHub developer's page, and the newest version was developed over 4 years ago and does not even mention Windows 10. This could mean it is using an outdated and insecure Java version, or even an outdated and insecure .NET version. I don't see any links to more information about the developers, and I think they are based in India. This is a red flag for me. Join Me is also a pretty sketchy operation. TeamViewer and other local screen sharing applications have a much better documented history, and have reported and fixed their security issues. I would stick with someone I know.

 

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.

Although there is an update to deal with this flaw, it is very unclear when if ever every hotel in every country will be doing the upgrade. Since customers don't get notified when such security upgrade take place, we are left to our own judgment about which hotels and which chains to trust in which places.

 

New Ubuntu Rethinks Desktop Ecosystem

When I think of Snaps, I think of the Windows Store Apps or the Apple iOS Store Apps. The user can't easily modify these apps, and can't troubleshoot when something goes wrong with them. They are not open-sourced.

But apparently the Linux Snaps are different in some way. I wonder how many of them won't work without an Internet Connection. But if this is really about having self-contained programs without the need to constantly resolve Dependencies, I can see a strong case for such modular design, at least in principle. As long as the source code remains available and can be modified by anyone, having distro-independent apps makes a lot of sense.

I don't think my Ubuntu 16.04 has any Snaps installed. So with the 18.04 upgrade or starting over, I may want to give Snaps a try and see if they are any better or any worse than traditional Linux applications. Then see if this is the path I really want to go down for my core productivity applications. I have several problem applications in Ubuntu 16.04 to test with the new Snaps, if they are available for things like wireless scanning.

 

Cambridge Analytica is closing, but it solves nothing

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

I fear they may be using bankruptcy to disappear before they ahve to hand over their data. This could close off forever any meaningful investigation into just how far the data was distributed.

 

From My Own Reading:

Windows 10's busted HDR display support got a whole lot better in the April 2018 Update

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3269591/computers/windows-10-april-2018-update-hdr-settings.html

 

Windows 10's April Update is making Chrome and Cortana freeze PCs

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3269789/windows/windows-10-april-2018-update-chrome-freeze.html

 

Google Assistant works with over 5,000 smart devices, but Alexa is far in the lead with 12,000

https://www.techhive.com/article/3269825/home-tech/google-assistant-5000-smart-devices.html

 

Kiss Apple networking goodbye

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3269647/computer-hardware/kiss-apple-networking-goodbye.html

 

Self-driving cars hit the Las Vegas Strip thanks to Lyft and Aptiv

https://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/aptiv-lyft-las-vegas/

 

JEFF BEZOS IS THE RICHEST MAN IN THE WORLD, BUT HUNDREDS OF AMAZON EMPLOYEES ARE ON FOOD STAMPS

http://www.newsweek.com/jeff-bezos-amazon-employees-food-stamps-782714

 

Ticketmaster hopes to speed up event access by scanning your face

https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/06/ticketmaster-hopes-to-speed-up-event-access-by-scanning-your-fac/

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Yes, those robocalls you’re ignoring are increasing

In an age when cellphones have become extensions of our bodies, robocallers now follow people wherever they go, disrupting business meetings, church services and bedtime stories with their children.

https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/yes-those-robocalls-youre-ignoring-are-increasing/

 

Twitter Talks Up Its Move to PWA

https://www.thurrott.com/cloud/social/158085/twitter-talks-move-pwa?_hsenc=p2ANqtz--xvcfVunw3xwbbi4-G27wqpMV9b6Qv5UTocoSWfXhKpG9hiit6pBTEhHvU6H44Fdp-mBm67sG7WfU7Y9Pbuv5-z18cqA&_hsmi=62624335

 

Intel boosts class-leading speed with Optane SSD 905P drives

Starting at $599, the new drive family promises improved performance and offers greater capacity for workstation users and desktop enthusiasts.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/intel-boosts-class-leading-speed-with-optane-ssd-905p-drives/

 

6 Cool Things in the Windows 10 April 2018 Update

Continuing its 'Windows as a service' program, Microsoft adds time-saving features, dictation, sharing, and more.

https://www.pcmag.com/feature/360758/6-cool-things-in-the-windows-10-april-2018-update

 

How to Disable Nearby Sharing on Windows 10

https://www.howtogeek.com/347961/how-to-disable-nearby-sharing-on-windows-10/

 

How to change your Xbox One Gamertag

Change your Gamertag and get a fresh start on Xbox Live with these simple steps.

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-change-your-xbox-one-gamertag

 

Android Device Overheating? – Here’s How to Cool It Down

https://www.maketecheasier.com/android-device-overheating/

 

'Unpatchable' Nintendo Switch exploit is perfect example of the importance of firmware security

The exploit, which affects all Nvidia Tegra X1 systems, allows arbitrary code execution at the bootROM level.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/unpatchable-nintendo-switch-exploit-is-perfect-example-of-the-importance-of-firmware-security/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

In defense of the Goldilocks phone

Boring phone specs? Don't be so quick to sneer.

https://www.cnet.com/news/in-defense-of-the-goldilocks-phone/#ftag=CAD590a51e

 

The Internet Is Facing a Health Scare, Suggests Mozilla Report

https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/The-Internet-Is-Facing-a-Health-Scare-Suggests-Mozilla-Report-85277.html

 

The best live TV streaming service: PlayStation Vue, Hulu, Sling TV, and more

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/cage-fight-sling-tv-vs-180637667.html

 

12 easy fixes for everyday tech problems

https://www.komando.com/tips/450887/12-easy-fixes-for-everyday-tech-problems

 

Gibson files for bankruptcy to ditch electronics, focus on guitars

Rapidly maturing debt owed to private equity firms put the company in a bind.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/02/gibson-guitars-bankruptcy/

 

Intel's New Optane 905P Is The Fastest SSD Ever

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-announces-optane-ssd-905p,36990.html

 

Help Me, Laptop: I'm a Gamer and Video Editor

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/gaming-video-editing-laptop

 

Dell Inspiron Gaming Desktop (5680)

https://www.pcmag.com/review/360573/dell-inspiron-gaming-desktop-5680

 

How to Disable the Timeline on Windows 10

https://www.howtogeek.com/348138/how-to-disable-the-timeline-on-windows-10/

 

How to add new grips to your Xbox One controller

Add a little extra grip to your standard Xbox One controller for little over $10.

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-add-new-grips-your-xbox-one-controller

 

13 Awesome Games You Can Play on Your Chromebook

https://www.maketecheasier.com/awesome-games-chromebook/

 

The Logitech Craft keyboard is styled for creatives: Is it right for you?

It's not a Logitech mouse or Harmony remote ... it's a Logitech keyboard. But it's not your typical wireless keyboard. Here's a rundown of the Craft's features and functionality.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/the-logitech-craft-keyboard-is-stylized-for-creatives/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

The Real Reason Why Everything at Aldi Is So Cheap

https://www.cheatsheet.com/culture/the-real-reason-why-everything-at-aldi-is-so-cheap.html/?ref=YF&yptr=yahoo

 

Open-Sourced Windows File Manager Gets New Life on Windows 10

https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/Open-Sourced-Windows-File-Manager-Gets-New-Life-on-Windows-10-85262.html

 

Common iOS 11 problems and advice on how to handle them

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/common-ios-11-problems-handle-131529385.html

 

7 clear-cut signs you’ve been hacked

https://www.komando.com/columns/456930/7-clear-cut-signs-youve-been-hacked

 

Newton email app makes the 'sent' folder unnecessary

Like a messaging app, sent emails show up in the inbox alongside other conversations.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/02/newton-email-app-kills-sent-email-folder/

 

Cambridge Analytica Files For Bankruptcy As Its Execs Form ‘Emerdata’

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/cambridge-analytica-bankruptcy-execs-emerdata,36998.html

 

How to Open Microsoft Office Apps in Safe Mode

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/open-microsoft-office-apps-safe-mode

 

The Best Video Doorbells of 2018

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

https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/358684/the-best-video-doorbells

 

How to See What Data Windows 10 is Sending to Microsoft

https://www.howtogeek.com/348699/how-to-see-what-data-windows-10-is-sending-to-microsoft/

 

Best Xbox One Controller Batteries, Power, and Charging Accessories

Xbox One controllers are powered by AA batteries, but if swapping out alkaline cells isn't your thing, some awesome rechargeable battery options exist.

https://www.windowscentral.com/great-charging-solutions-your-xbox-one

 

5 of the Best Android Crossword Apps for Word Enthusiasts

https://www.maketecheasier.com/best-android-crossword-apps-for-word-enthusiasts/

 

How to install Android's Via Browser and why you should use it

Ever heard of the Android browser Via? Probably not. This simple and speedy browser makes navigating the mobile web easy while on the go.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-install-androids-via-browser-and-why-you-should-use-it/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

1 out of 5 iPhone users prefers large text — here's how to make the iPhone font bigger 

http://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/apple-iphone-ios-increase-text-size-2018-5-1023486927

 

Radical Galaxy Smartphones Exposed By Samsung Leak

https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2018/05/06/samsung-galaxy-note9-release-date-galaxy-s10-galaxy-x/?partner=yahootix&yptr=yahoo#12cc4da75e7b

 

Apple’s iOS 13 could feature a revamped Files app and better multitasking

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apple-ios-13-could-feature-151427856.html

 

This app collection is a tune-up upgrade for your computer, and you name your price

https://thenextweb.com/offers/2018/05/04/this-app-collection-is-a-tune-up-upgrade-for-your-computer-and-you-name-your-price/

 

Facebook: AI will protect you

We'll believe it when we see it.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/02/facebook-artificial-intelligence-f8/

 

Best Gaming CPUs

https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-cpus,3986.html

 

Are eGPUs Worth It for Low-End Graphics Cards?

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/egpu-low-end-graphics-performance

 

The Best Graphics Cards for VR

Building or upgrading a PC that you want to use with the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, or other virtual reality headset, but not sure which video card to buy? We're here to help.

https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/360538/the-best-graphics-cards-for-vr

 

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

https://www.howtogeek.com/348635/use-windows-10s-new-free-up-space-tool-to-clean-up-your-hard-drive/

 

My four favorite fitness gadgets for the summer

Getting fit has never been so fun with the latest tech. Here is what I use every day to keep away the fat.

https://www.windowscentral.com/four-best-fitness-technologies-dan

 

10 Ways to Speed Up Firefox Quantum in Under 10 Minutes

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

 

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+: An insider’s guide (free PDF)

https://www.techrepublic.com/resource-library/whitepapers/raspberry-pi-3-model-b-an-insider-s-guide/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=27943930686696579732101214183026

 

15 apps for your iPhone that are better than the ones Apple made

http://www.businessinsider.com/iphone-apps-better-than-apple-2017-1

 

Apple's Siri Is An Embarrassment

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinmurnane/2018/05/06/siri-is-an-embarrassment/#1e840f1e24ce

 

How to ‘Drop In’ on an Echo, Echo Show, or Echo Dot

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/drop-echo-echo-show-echo-201550804.html

 

Windows 10 now has a powerful screenshot tool

https://thenextweb.com/apps/2018/05/04/windows-10-now-has-a-powerful-screenshot-tool/

 

FTC warned Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft about illegal warranties

Hyundai, HTC and ASUS received warnings as well.

https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/01/ftc-sticker-warning-xbox-playstation-nintendo/

 

EK Fluid Gaming A120 Kit Review: Nifty CPU Cooler For Liquid Novices

https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ek-fluid-gaming-a120-kit-cpu-cooler,5544.html

 

How to Reinstall Windows 10 Without All the Bloatware

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/how-to-reinstall-windows-10-without-bloatware

 

The Best Graphic Design Software of 2018

Whether you are a professional graphic designer or just want to dive into high-end design, these are the tools you need to master.

https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/360106/the-best-graphic-design-software

 

Hulu to Finally Allow Offline Viewing

https://www.thurrott.com/music-videos/158088/hulu-finally-allow-offline-viewing?_hsenc=p2ANqtz--xvcfVunw3xwbbi4-G27wqpMV9b6Qv5UTocoSWfXhKpG9hiit6pBTEhHvU6H44Fdp-mBm67sG7WfU7Y9Pbuv5-z18cqA&_hsmi=62624335

 

[Nightly Update] Firefox 61.0 Shows Downloads in Highlights Section on New Tab Page

https://www.askvg.com/mozilla-firefox-nightly-updates/

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