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Text bombs and “Black Dots of Death” plague WhatsApp and iMessage users



How to Restrict Android App Permissions



How to Share Large Files Over the Internet



External Hard Drive Not Showing Up on Mac? Here’s How to Fix It



Test Windows Defender Antivirus (or other security software)



Comcast is charging $90 to plug in your modem and I’m not even angry any more



Google Is Replacing Drive Storage With More Generous ‘Google One’ Plans




Google introduces new name for its paid cloud storage service, and with it cheaper plans and other features.



6 Ways You're Using Your Headphones Wrong

Do your headphones or earphones keep breaking? Follow these tips to end the painful cycle of buying a cheap replacement pair every year.



5 ways to insert a checkmark into Office documents

Adding symbols to a Word or Excel document can lend strong visual cues that text simply can't replicate. Use these five easy methods to add important symbols to your work.



8 cool new things your Google Home can do that will make Alexa jealous



Confusion over chipmakers' debug exception instructions prompts patching



How to Speed Up Your PC's Slowest Component: You



Critical vulnerabilities in PGP/GPG and S/MIME email encryption, warn researchers




5 of the Best Free Online Translators to Translate Foreign Language



Send Texts From Your PC With This Upcoming Windows Feature



How to Use the Windows 10 Startup Folder: Everything You Need to Know



Windows 10 version 1803 microcode update KB4100347



Behold: The iPhone X Plus of your dreams



Intel’s First 10nm CPUs Have Been Spotted in the Wild



Microsoft to fix Intel and Toshiba SSD problems with Windows 10’s April 2018 Update

It seems like the Windows 10 April 2018 Update wasn't ready for the masses after all, as more issues continue to appear.



Linksys WRT32XB Router Prioritizes Xbox Traffic

It's the first router in the 'Designed for Xbox' program and one for serious online gamers.



How to find what's taking up space on your Mac using DaisyDisk

This guide shows you how to find and delete what's using the most space on your MacBook or iMac drive with the help of an application called DaisyDisk.



Best security system for people who are not tech savvy



How to: Make your very own Snapchat filter



Gigabyte Enters The SSD Market With UD PRO, Aorus Branding



Despite Efail, the sky is not falling




Flesh Wounds Could Be Healed with a 3D Skin Printer Now in Development



How to Disable Touch ID or Face ID On Your iPhone



Opera Touch for Android Makes One-Handed Browsing on Larger Screens Easier



Microsoft releases KB4134661 and KB4134660 for Windows 10

Microsoft released the two updates KB4134661 and KB4134660 for Windows 10 version 1703 and Windows 10 version 1709 yesterday.



OnePlus copied the iPhone X, but it also improved Apple’s design in one important way



Senate votes to reverse FCC order and restore net neutrality



Microsoft is reportedly taking on Apple's iPad with a line of low-cost tablets

  - The new $400 tablets will feature 10-inch screens and rounded edges — closely mimicking the iPad — and could hit shelves as early as the second half of 2018, according to a Bloomberg report.

  - Microsoft attempted to launch an affordable Surface-branded laptop in 2012 with the release of the Surface RT.



How to Listen to Audiobooks Through Amazon Echo

Alexa can read you books from Amazon's Kindle service and audiobooks from Audible.



Intel's First 10nm Cannon Lake CPU Confirmed



Do it now! Protect your router from the Russian hackers



Apple given permission to use drones to improve Apple Maps



Intel Sneaks Out Z390 Chipset Documents: Native USB 3.1 Gen2, Wireless-AC, Bluetooth 5



Data Breach Disclosure Is Still Taking Too Long, Report Reveals as GDPR Looms



Encryption Made Easy: Stuff You Can Do with Gpg4win



How to Remove the Microsoft Store Icon from the Taskbar in Windows 10



Use This Hidden Keyboard Combo to Fix Your Frozen Computer



Enable Chrome's new Picture-in-Picture mode



Malicious Apps Get Back on the Play Store Just by Changing Their Name



The new AI-powered Google News app is now available for iOS



Intel’s Intriguing Future For Memory Chips



'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.



Apple Suddenly Makes iPhones $200 Cheaper



With this portable tool, your web browser goes with you



Windows-based CLI susceptible to process injection attack



HP EX900 SSD Review: HMB Makes DRAMless Better



Zero-day flaw exploited in targeted attacks is fixed by Microsoft



3 Ways to Insert the Degree Symbol in MS Word



7 Chrome Extensions Spreading Through Facebook Caught Stealing Passwords



How to Disable Pocket’s Sponsored Stories in Firefox



Here’s absolutely everything we know about the HTC U12 Plus




Comments by -- Bob Primak --


Re. Recent FYI Postings: Week of 5/06-5/12/2018


Re. FYI #1254 (Sun 5/06/2017):

(Note: Date still needs fixing.)


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.

I get very few of these. What am I doing differently? At home, I use NomoRobo, But for my cell phone I don't use anything. Unless someone sends me a spam text, the incoming calls (which rarely leave a voicemail message) aren't costing me anything.


Twitter Talks Up Its Move to PWA

Now if only they could keep their user accounts secure...


How to Disable Nearby Sharing on Windows 10

This feature should be disabled by default. If left on in a public place, this could be very risky.


'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.

I'll bet the last thing a gamer will ask when buying a game box is, "Can the firmware in this box be updated?". The sales people would probably faint dead on the spot.


In defense of the Goldilocks phone

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

This article focuses on expensive phones which only look cheap because they are subsidized under locked-down contracts. For real affordability, phones like the Moto G6 are the ones which are best described by this article, not the X or Z series. That is, if you prefer unlocked and really want to be able to choose an affordable plan.


The Internet Is Facing a Health Scare, Suggests Mozilla Report

But will people get scared enough to actually learn something this time? The current gun control debate suggests the answer is, No.


The Real Reason Why Everything at Aldi Is So Cheap

They also do not have on-site Union employees. Everyone else except some local chains is a Union Shop, in all departments including their cashiers. That costs a lot of money. I am actually pro-Union -- we should not be allowing companies like Amazon to pay such low wages and have so few benefits that many of their full-time employees are eligible for food stamp (SNAP) assistance. Aldi is equally bad in this area, and so are the warehouse club stores, as well as WalMart and Target. If you shop at any of these places, you are supporting worker exploitation, both in the stores and at the supplier level. That includes using illegal migrant labor to harvest fruits and vegetables, or outsourcing to countries with exploitative anti-Union laws. But if you can live with all of that, enjoy your (temporary) savings. BTW, I have tried Aldi and WalMart produce, and it is usually very poor quality for the price. Their yogurt and cheese are also very much second-rate or poorer quality.


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

The article itself says this is useless for Windows 10 users. This is another one of Microsoft's pathetic lip-service efforts to gain some credibility with open source advocates. Like the other recent Microsoft olive branches, this one is viewed in the Linux community with more than a little skepticism.


Newton email app makes the 'sent' folder unnecessary

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

This is the exact opposite of what a mail manager should be doing. It makes it even harder to sort out what has been received from what has been sent. It sacrifices true organization for the aesthetics of a "conversation view". Which I and any other serious email client user would detest. The whole world is not Texting, Messaging or Chat Apps.


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

And the evidence of their misdeeds with user data flies to the winds.


The Best Video Doorbells of 2018

"Knock-knock-knock." "Hi, Sheldon." "Well, that was very unsatisfying."


How to See What Data Windows 10 is Sending to Microsoft

Now that we can see it, how do we stop it?

My opinion of these Ashampoo apps -- meh --. They aren't worth paying for.


Facebook: AI will protect you

We'll believe it when we see it.

I've already posted about how well AI "protected" some of the users of Facebook's dating app. A lot of fake accounts got a pass while many real accounts got taken down.


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

I don't see this feature as putting CCleaner out of business, but it is a step in the right direction.


10 Ways to Speed Up Firefox Quantum in Under 10 Minutes

Again, the comments are from 2016. This article is a retread, with the word "Quamtum" added into the headline. Some of these settings aren't even available anymore.


How to ‘Drop In’ on an Echo, Echo Show, or Echo Dot

Another Echo feature to disable before it gets someone into a lot of trouble. Will these guys never get it about the need for privacy in one's own home? Guess not.


Apple's Siri Is An Embarrassment

At first I thought this article was about Siri's penchant for telling complete strangers every intimate detail she knows about you. But the utter inability to answer even simple questions is also a reason to be embarrassed. Though I doubt Siri is intelligent enough to experience embarrassment. Neither are any of her competitors, FWIW.


FTC warned Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft about illegal warranties

Hyundai, HTC and ASUS received warnings as well.

And what about those tags on pillows which Do Not Remove Under Penalty of Law? One thing which is not clear is whether just opening up a device really can void your warranty. On Chromebooks, modifying the firmware is supposed to void the hardware warranty. I'd like to see this challenged in court, as I use Linux alongside Chrome OS on my ASUS flip c302. This is like Intel saying it's NUC warranty is void because I run Ubuntu Linux alongside Windows 10 Pro on it. Yes, support is not applicable. But the hardware warranty? Come on!


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.

I'm calling out PC Mag on this one. They totally ignore anything which runs on a Mac, and all open source alternatives like The GIMP. That is the worst case of selling out to commercial and pro-Microsoft interets I've seen at PC Mag in a long time.


Hulu to Finally Allow Offline Viewing

I haven't heard the details, but I'd be surprised if the downloads are permanent. The probably become unplayable after a little while. And of course the DRM will prevent external displays and screen mirroring (Chromecast, Miracast) from working with them. They may have an arrangement with Roku or somebody for their devices to play offline content.


[Nightly Update] Firefox 61.0 Shows Downloads in Highlights Section on New Tab Page

So now you have to wade through a mountain of ads to get to your downloads?


Re. FYI#1255 (Mon 5/08/2018):

AT&T accidentally blocked Cloudflare’s privacy DNS service

Comcast may be resetting the DNS services, not blocking any of them. So, if you get your gateway (router) from an ISP, you may not be able to make switching your DNS stick. Regulators should be looking into these claims.


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

So, even the folks running Facebook (and their lawyers) didn't read the whole agreement. TL;DR strikes again! This is not making Facebook look good.


What “WebAuthn” Is and How It Might Replace Passwords

This is the system which uses FIDO keys. When these are set up like the YubiKey dongles, this is more secure than passwords, and less likely to be forgotten. If you lose the YubiKey-style dongle or it fails for some reason, you'll still need a password and one other factor (like a text-message one-time recovery code) to regain access.


Survey Reveals Users Have No Clue About Router Security

The fact of the matter is, I don't know much about this either. The manufacturers don't seem eager to help users change default settings. And if the ISP provides the router, forget about getting support for making the router more secure.


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

Some users are reporting the glitch locks up their PCs.

One more reason to hold off for a while before upgrading. This means folks who care about this sort of thing should have the Pro version.


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

I wonder how far beyond PCs this action will extend?


Facebook Fires 'Stalker' Engineer

I wouldn't be surprised to find out that similar insider stalking happens at other companies which hold a lot of personal data. But this is yet one more thing which makes Facebook look bad.


AMD Ships Vulnerability Patches To Ecosystem Partners

It's hard to say just what is being patched, but this does show that it's not just Intel chips which are having security issues deep inside their hardware. We'll be hearing more like this for a long time to come.


Bluestar Gives Arch Linux a Celestial Glow

No matter how pretty you skin it, Arch Linux is one of the most difficult Linux distros to use. It is dependent on Command Line, which disqualifies it as a beginner's distro. There are other quirks which take some getting used to.


Would a Phone With a Keyboard Be Feasible Anymore

Probably not practical for on the go use. And not really necessary. I don't type out novels (or FYI Replies) when using my phone on the road.


Microsoft's 4 most disappointing products and services

Wow! What's listed in this article pretty much sums up everything in Windows 10 which makes it different from Windows 7. I don't disagree -- just wanted to point this out.


Microsoft Offers New Tool to Grow Linux in Windows

Windows Subsystem fro Linux (WSL) is not intended for end users. It is a Developer platform, and relates primarily to enterprise app development and Cloud applications, using Microsoft Azure as the main platform. Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been doing things like this ever since Amazon first introduced its Cloud platform. So no, this is not Microsoft allowing Linux to run inside of Windows. It is an effort not to lose further market share to AWS from Azure.


Chrome learns to mute sites based on your web history

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

This is an interesting theory. But if you clear your browser history and don't let Google keep your Web History, I don't think this feature is going to work properly. My own Chrome Browser in Linux does not always mute things I don't want activated, even on inactive tabs.


Re. FYI#1256 (Tues 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.

These sorts of Day One bugs are becoming the norm for Windows 10 Feature Update releases. All the more reason to defer for a while, if your Windows version allows you to do so.


Chromebooks will soon be able to run your favorite Linux apps

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

Not exactly. This is not native apps running on native Linux. So there are limitations and differences. What seems to be happening is more like porting some Linux apps to the Google Play Store in Chrome OS versions. And you won't necessarily have full file format compatibility with every full Linux distro.


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

The article is taking a too-simplistic approach to the underlying issue.

There are varying degrees of risk if someone other than yourself shares your data without your expressed prior consent. Obviously, the risk of having your DNA involuntarily shared is much higher than the risk of having a few embarrassing photos shared without your prior consent. We all know how up in arms people get about the very common occurrence of sharing embarrassing photos of each other in social media circles. For medical records, prior consent is provided by us in consent and release forms.

But for the DNA database which was tapped in the Golden State Killer investigation, users were only "informed" and only "consented" via an online Privacy Policy which was TL;DR. (Most folks don't read lengthy, lawyer-language Privacy Policies, or even ones posted in Plain English.)

Sharing non-user data is how CA got everyone up in arms. And that wasn't even our DNA. By far most of the folks who later found out they were targeted by these two examples of involuntary sharing of their data had no idea when they signed up, what the consequences of their public postings of personal information might be. The all-purpose Privacy Policies were TL;DR for most folks when they signed up at these sites. Which should be viewed legally as a lack of specific, prior, informed consent.

My point is, while medical information like DNA needs the utmost privacy protection, I am not so sure that web browsing histories or anonymous telemetry data rise to such high levels of risk as to require such strict protections. There are degrees of risk, and there should be degrees of protections to match. Law enforcement has plenty of ways to gain legally permitted consent for their use of personal information. So public safety cannot be argued as a justification for secrecy and evasion of informed consent requirements.

Although I do wonder how many people would use any DNA matching registry if we all knew in advance just how broad the applications of this information can be.


Best Portable Hard Drives of 2018


I notice in this article a distinct lack of mention of anything made by Western Digital. Did that company fail to pay enough to be included in this article?   (continues)

I still stand by my preference for WD Elements drives, for their lack of included software (bloatware) and for their reliability, durability and longevity. I also do like some Seagate portable drives, but not the ones with extra features.

My preference for no extra features stems in part from my use of Linux and its file systems. Most extra features in portable drives disappear or even cause errors when the drives are formatted to any of the Linux ext file systems.


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

Actually, it is completely possible that a problem with one camera lens in a smartphone could arise in connection with flaws in other cameras, or in the hardware which allows camera images to be combined to make a single, enhanced image.



Why Do Some Smartphones Use Multiple Cameras?


(referenced recently in More FYI postings)

As for the support site runaround, this does not speak well of Apple's support services.


Vulnerabilities Abound in Popular Android Apps: Report

So we're picking on open source code vulnerabilities because it's easier to scan open source code than to scan "Enterprise" (proprietary) code. And probably legally less risky, too. This article makes way too big a deal about the open source components in Android apps. What are vulnerable, are any and all out of date components, open source or proprietary. Scan everything before making accusations against the open source community!


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

This is China we're talking about. Just another Day in the Life. (BTW, this has nothing to do with the charges by US intelligence agencies about Huawei and other smart phones.)


MoviePass Veers Again, Brings Back Unlimited Plan

What we are seeing coming out of this and a few other attempts to draw people into actual movie theaters, is a shift away from feature films and toward other forms of entertainment. In other words, the Cinema experience is dying out.

One example is Netflix buying theaters:


Netflix Apparently Wants to Buy Its Own Theaters, and That's Honestly a Good Idea


Also, non-movie ideas have been tried:


Imax brings virtual reality to movie theaters


Uses for movie theaters have been diversifying even further:


From Popcorn To Pews: How Movie Theaters Are Finding Other Sources Of Revenue



Best Affordable Monitor for PC in 2018

Not a bad choice, but you won't be able to plug in USB powered dongles to this monitor. (Use a desktop charger for power if this affects you.) Otherwise, who uses USB ports on a monitor anymore?


How to run a free background check on yourself

The free ones of these services are notoriously inaccurate, and the accurate ones, you do have to pay to see any meaningful results. My own data on these sites is usually out of date, including listing me and my father as still living at a house which no longer exists, with a phone number which no longer belongs to me. And Dad passed in 2015.


What is RCS, the Successor to SMS?

It will be awhile before we'll have to get new phones for this.


You're Not Using a VPN? Bad Idea

Given how difficult it can be to set up and use a VPN (especially for us Linux users) and how slow and unreliable many of them are, plus the fact that many sites where we log in make us turn them off, I don't think this article is providing very useful advice. Most ISPs, including Comcast, interfere with VPNs, and this can cause leakage which defeats the whole (legitimate) purpose of a VPN. (In all fairness, not all VPNs in all tests have these issues.)


Twitter has an unlaunched ‘Secret’ encrypted messages feature

If it ever launches, this could get interesting. I say if, not when.


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

Ideally, no State sponsored standard should be used at all. Open source standards are at least subject to scrutiny, which would prove or disprove pretty quickly whether or where there might be backdoors in the code, intended or unintended.


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.

This is clearly a Microsoft press release disguised thinly as an article. But they do have a few good points in there. Very few. I see nothing compelling in these "new" features.


Why Microsoft Has Switched Its Focus to Linux

This is simply not (entirely) true. Microsoft is focused on Cloud Computing. Cloud computing uses servers which have to be able to "talk" to each other. This is much easier when all the servers share a common operating system, or at least the most necessary components of a common OS. Linux was already more widely used than any other OS on Internet servers, including those of Microsoft Azure's biggest competitor, Amazon Web Services (AWS). Google also uses a lot of Linux in its Cloud services. Microsoft is doing what they are doing (which I still would call mere lip-service) because they have no other choice, not because they have had a sudden change of sentiment.


How to lock down the Settings app in Windows 10

Although this is written with server setup in mind, most of what it shows (if the images show in your browser -- they don't show in mine) can also be applied to PCs shared in our homes. But you need to have Windows 10 Pro to use Group Policies.


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

This is one of the Chinese companies whose phones are being denounced by our Intelligence agencies. But the routers are not sold in the US, to my knowledge.


Google’s Android Things IoT platform comes out of beta

This should help a lot of developers to bring out new IoT devices. More importantly, it is designed to allow IoT designs to be tested for things like how well they work with other Things, how to secure them adequately, etc. A more unified, standards-based development system is sorely needed at this time.


Thousands of compromised websites spreading malware via fake updates

I find "updates" to be annoying, so I try to limit them or turn them off if they are not needed. This is going to be one more reason to leave them minimized. The same goes for app notifications and operating system notifications. The fewer I allow, the more likely I will notice if one of them is not behaving the way it usually has behaved. Also, a reminder -- read the update or notification before clicking on anything.


The world’s most popular YouTube video has been hacked

The flaw was in YouTube itself, it appears. Not in the owner of the videos, a company called Vevo. However, I would expect Vevo to aggressively pursue the offenders, because the company's revenues may have taken a hit, and some of the repair costs will fall on Vevo, most likely. The potential for worse offenses does call into question You Tube's own security. That is likely to improve as a result of figuring out how this hack was done. And they will find out, I am confident.



Apple and Android: Windows vs Mac vs Chrome

Mix Linux in there, too! As Kim Komando points out, which OS is "best" depends a lot on how you want to use the apps and the OS itself. On which devices, mobile or at-home, high-end or low-cost, casual use or productivity, etc. Lots of factors enter into the choices, and no one choice is really best for everything. Don't limit yourself -- learn to use everything you can get your hands on. You never know where your tech future will take you.


How to disable AutoPlay and AutoRun in Windows 10

There are really several different things to consider here. Auto-Play is useful for automatically opening SD Cards, Flash Drives, and playing DVD movies or CD music disks. Autorun is the one which is a security risk and should be disabled. You don't want programs from removable media to be able to start running without user interaction. Even with UAC enabled, this is risky and for most purposes, unnecessary. I allow automatic opening of media unless I know in advance the media hasn't been screened for viruses. But I disable autorun on Windows, and in Windows 10, I thought it was disabled or severely hobbled by default. Most third party active antivirus also locks down autorun. Still, it never hurts to lock it down even further. 


How Common Cryptography Techniques Work Online

This is a good overview. I bookmarked this article for further study later.


Office 365 ProPlus Users Basically Already Have Office 2019

One of the few advantages of Cloud apps is that they can get updates faster than installed applications. This is one example. But some folks don't want to wake up in the morning to find their apps all different from yesterday's versions.


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

My sister used to have a credit card with Prime as a perk. But she dropped it in favor of a different card with better rates and payment structure.


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

This article and the linked article about the keyboard shortcuts should prove useful when and if I need to use the Windows 10 Command Console again. I don't use Command Line much in Windows, but that's all the more reason to keep these sorts of cheat-sheets handy.


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

I do follow Woody Leonhard's advice generally. So I don't intend to upgrade to Windows 10 Version 1803 for a few months. But if you did get upgraded, you really need the stability update which is part of the May Windows Updates.


5 reasons a Chromebook should be in our arsenal of gadgets

I'm happy with my Chromebook purchase. Even happier with Fedora Linux running alongside Chrome OS in there. As for financial activities, while this isn't the reason why I started doing Linux, it is one type of activity I do in Linux, both on my Intel NUC (using Ubuntu) and on my Chromebook (using Fedora). While not quite as secure as a locked-down Chromebook, Linux is plenty secure for financial activities, especially with security and privacy extensions in the Chrome Browser. Both Chrome OS and Linux offer good protections against Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in Intel chipsets.


Re. FYI#1257 (Wed 5/09/2018):

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

Although this and a few other issues have been patched now, there are plenty of reasons to defer the update for awhile longer. And very few reasons most of us should be in a rush to get the update.


25 Worst Gadget Flops of All Time

Some of these gadgets, if presented in just slightly different ways, or at a slightly different time, would have been successful. This is an amazing collection of what might have been.


Reset a lost root password in under 5 minutes

My latest Linux login disaster was in Ubuntu, but this info is useful and I have bookmarked it for future reference.


Why Can’t You Give a Straight Answer?

I often have to explain this to computer users when they ask for help but they don't have the affected PC with them. Without seeing how the actual PC is misbehaving I can't give an answer which will always apply to all possible configurations. These same users still can't understand why not.


Linux App Support is Coming to Chrome OS

As with Windows support of "Linux", this is a case of, Well, sort of...


To use Timeline, all your logins have to use your Microsoft Account. That is an instant fail for me. I'll be turning this off and clearing anything it may have slipped in before I get it turned off. I use local logins and limited user accounts exclusively (except for maintenance and updating) in Windows.


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

I sure hope not! If you deprive the human immune system of exposure to germs, or if you vaccinate people instead of letting them develop their own immunities, the immune system becomes weak. Severe food allergies are also linked to not letting the immune system develop its own immunities. If you wanted to write a sci-fi scenario in which aliens wipe out the entire human population, exposing us to a new disease or a new strain of a disease to which no one is immune would be near the top of the list of plausible possibilities. The flu virus can mutate so easily that if few or no people are allowed to develop a general resistance to flu virus "families" (something vaccines cannot confer) a new strain could kill millions or tens of millions of people before it could be contained. This has happened before with flu pandemics and it will happen again. Nothing in the current research can prevent this.


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

It's a good idea to review which apps have how much access to which data, but you might not always want to deny all apps all access. There may be a few apps which really need access to be useful. But choose wisely.


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

This isn't going to happen for quite a while.


Why Did Deleting a Desktop Icon Delete the Program?

There are also two kinds of Windows programs. The installed programs will produce shortcuts on the desktop. Removing these shortcuts will not uninstall the program. But there are also stand-alone or portable apps. Removing the desktop icon for one of these may remove the program completely. I usually keep copies of the latest versions of programs like Geek Uninstaller in my Downloads Folder, just in case.



Be advised -- cheaper flash drives are more prone to failures. If you go too cheap you are risking losing the data you are storing on the flash drive. For things like a rescue media USB drive or an installer media drive, I would go with something name-brand and not too cheap.


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

We will be seeing a lot of these new Spectre vulnerabilities for a long time to come. Maybe occasional BIOS or firmware updates, and certainly a lot of OS patches. It's just like following any other news about pending updates -- read about the issue, read about the solutions and then choose how to respond. There's nothing to do about this round of issues right now.


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

Do they really get it? I see no evidence of any sudden epiphanies at Microsoft lately.


Re. FYI#1258 (Thurs 5/10/2018):

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

So what happens if you pull the plug on your Internet connection? I bet the illusion goes away pretty fast. Which is why I still keep Fedora Linux on my Chromebook.


Usability vs. Security. How Various Operating Systems Manage Security

Really good comparison, but with a bias against anything open source. Still,

I agree with the assessment of Linux. You have to talk about each Linux distro or family of distros in its own workspace, so to speak. Some are lousy at security, while others are great with keeping up. Fedora and Ubuntu are both very good about security, but are perhaps not the most user-friendly distros out there. So, usability is so-so, but security is very good for these two distros with which I am familiar. My Ubuntu 16.04 is showing signs (not security issues, but updating issues) of needing the upgrade to Ubuntu 18.04. I might be wise to do this as a clean install, as this Ubuntu has been messed with a LOT.


Google Duplex Offers a Scary Glimpse of the Future

One comment pretty much sums up the future this represents:

"I wonder if anybody is working on developing an AI to detect other AI." Maybe an anti-anti-missile-missile-missile? ( http://rockyandbullwinkle.wikia.com/wiki/Anti-anti-missile-missile-missile )


How fast shipping can flag you as a fraudster

This is only one of several factors considered by online merchants. Personally, I don't do the things they flag the most. But this does seem a bit like using a credit score to determine whether you will be accepted for health insurance. Very little real-world relevance.


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

This was based on early experimental testing. The face recognition software is much more accurate now, though far from foolproof.


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

Last I read, Intel and Microsoft were working on a fix for this. It should not be insurmountable.


How to Use Nearby Sharing in Windows 10

I can see use cases for this, just like the feature some phones used to have which was essentially the same principle. But like those phones, this needs an easily accessed off switch. And it should be turned off by default.


6 Awesome Websites You Can Use to Burst Your Filter Bubble

While not a cure-all, these sorts of sites can help ID bias in our news sources, which is important in maintaining a fair and open perspective. Unless that's just not your thing, that is.


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

On a Chromebook, this is useful. On Windows, even the MS Store Apps are pretty much useless. Generally, I do not want my PC operating or looking like a phone.


Too many IoT smartphone apps making life easy for online criminals

The apps, not just the devices, need to be secure. And many, too many apps are not secure.


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

One of these days someone will do the reverse to Google Chrome. Just wait for it.


Has The Internet Been Good For Society? Fewer Saying Yes

I think the Internet has not been the problem. By and large, having the Internet has helped more than it has hurt. But with great access and great power comes great responsibility. Companies are responsible for how people are allowed to use their products and services. This is true online and offline.


Best soundbars to improve your TV's audio

I have a soundbar, not very expensive. It makes a big difference on those few occasions when I am not using headphones. (I live in an apartment.)



My Comcast network tests pretty well on this measurement.


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

There will be more as time goes by. Both the firmware (BIOS) and the operating system(s) will need additional or modified patches as these exploits are revealed.


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.

Or, they could move us away from password logins altogether. Several ways have been proposed to do this.


Re. FYI#1259 (Fri 5/11/2018):

25 Best Voice Recorder App for Your Phone

Just make sure anyone else whose voice you record has been given notice. Illinois is strict about this.

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

When actual devices star showing up, I'll consider what to do next. In the meantime, I'll continue to use the Comcast provided gateway which was installed when my network was set up.


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

Oh great! Now it can rack up phone charges automatically.


6 Signs Microsoft Is Really a Fan of Linux

No they're not. They simply recognize that in Cloud based computing, Linux is already there, and they have to adapt to that reality.


Deep learning with synthetic data will democratize the tech industry

Dream on. It won't play out this well.


Microsoft's future is all about AI and the cloud

This is true, and so is everybody else.


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

The 1803 update is still not ready for users who need a stable device. I am still waiting before applying it to my PC.


Facebook Is Researching Paid Subscriptions Without Ads

This is truly delusional. No ads does not mean no data collections.


IBM Employees Banned From Using All Removable Storage

Well, there's an overreaction.


Facebook only checks for impostors within your circle of friends

This has been a cause of some complaints about the Facebook dating app. Legitimate accounts have been suspended or terminated while impostor accounts continue to use legitimate photos and personal profiles to commit scams.


Cryptojacking spreads across the web

Is someone else making money on your computer?

Doubtful. I use browser extensions and I run Linux. But I am not arrogant, and if anything indicates unusual network activity, I would be swift to try to track down the issue and put a stop to it.


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

This is not the time to be backing up your data. The time to back up your data is before the PC wont boot. In other words, as an ongoing part of your routine (and mine). Only the very most recent changes would need to be salvaged in a well protected system (one where the user has been backing up data regularly).


Apple Doesn’t Collect Much Data About You

Much compared to what? Anyway, it isn't how much they collect, it's how well they have secured the data they do collect which is the issue. Apple has not performed well in this regard. There have been numerous leaks and breaches, including entire iCloud accounts being downloaded by unauthorized parties.


6 Great New Features to Love in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

One of these days I will have to upgrade. Just not tonight.


Re. FYI#1260 (Sat 5/12/2018):

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

This is another issue Microsoft thinks they can fix fairly quickly. Probably by the time the May MS Updates come out there will be a patch. Part of the CU, most likely. Chrome is definitely getting updated in connection with this and a few other issues.


Google updates privacy policy so you can actually understand it

Remember, Facebook is not updating their policies to comply with the EU laws. Not outside of the EU zone, anyway.


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.

This is yet another proof of concept. I'll get concerned when and if this becomes an active exploit.


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

As long as this feature can be switched off, or is opt-in, I'm OK with it being available. I just don't see myself using it.


10 Chrome Flags You Should Enable for a Better Browsing Experience

This is a retread of an old article. Half of this stuff either is no longer present, or is no longer optional in Chrome.


'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

Basically, Google wants to secure IoT apps, since their developers often don't do things right. Standards-based security makes a lot of sense for the IoT.


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

Google is focusing its future on remaining a consumer products and services company. Microsoft seems intent on abandoning consumers in favor of Big Data and the Enterprise. Think about this when you plan your future purchases and subscriptions.


This USB-C Hub Does Everything: QacQoc GN30H Review

For a low-priced USB-C hub this looks pretty nice. But how well does it handle sound output while charging? Many cheaper hubs have real issues with this. For my Cromebook I paid about twice this price and got the official ASUS USB-C hub. This hub does handle real HDMI and audio outputs, as well as being able to charge while playing video and audio outputs. Another device I got for the Chromebook is a moderately priced DAC (digital analog converter) which sits in-line between the USB-C out and a pair of inexpensive headphones (or expensive headphones if I really want nice sound). USB-C output, including sound and video, is digital, so analog headphones will need a converter somewhere in the output line.


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

I don't need another mom.

I have an insurance company and a doctor for that role. Also agreed I do not need yet another nanny.


How to Turn Vim into a Word Processor

Instead of sticking to the Command Line Interface (CLI) I pimped out gEdit for use as my everyday word processor in Ubuntu. In Fedora, I use several Notepad-like apps, mostly Notepad. I get pretty good results for note taking and simple documents. My FYI Replies postings originate with gEdit or Notepad, then pass through LibreOffice for formatting. If I'm working with downloaded content with images and headlines or fonts, I go directly into LibreOffice Writer. Or I work in Master PDF using Google Chrome's Save As PDF feature.


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

I wouldn't depend on this app. Malicious activity can be conducted in very subtle ways these days.


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

Not many of these routers have shown up in the US.


7 ways to finally end robocalls

Nomorobo has been working pretty well for me. Some callers have begun using the Local Exchange trick, but even those calls are fewer than four per day for me. Only one persistent spammer on my phone.


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

Well, it's a step in the right direction, even if only a small step. At least this time Microsoft seems to be listening.


Google may require manufacturers to issue timely security updates

Now hopefully all Android users will be up to date.

I'll believe this when my phone starts getting timely updates. Or my next phone, to be fair.


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

Both Nautilus and Thunar offer GUI ways to search for files or folders. I stay away from CLI methods whenever possible. But I ahve used grep in these and other situations.


26 Firefox Quantum About:Config Tricks You Need to Learn

Again, a retread of an old article. Over half these things are no longer controlled by about:config.


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

How do we know how "balanced" Google news is? Who decides?


The Best Windows Software

Even though this is essentially a retread of an old article, the software choices in this article are very close to my own preferences when I am forced to use Windows.


Gmail, Google Photos Getting Big AI Improvements

Uh-oh! Here we go again with more crazy feature changes. I'll have to learn gmail all over again.


From My Own Reading:

UK police force's facial recognition tech keeps misidentifying people as potential criminals

At one point it had a 92 percent false positive rate



Our ‘modern’ Congress doesn’t understand 21st century technology



California to require solar panels on most new homes

It's the first state where the renewable energy is mandatory


They'd better be paying a hefty subsidy for this! I'm all for people voluntarily doing something about greenhouse gas production, but requiring it seems heavy-handed to say the least.


Tesla patent application explains how its solar roof tiles work

The solar cells are under specially cut louvered glass.


They do look pretty. But will they perform well?


What use is Apple’s Mac mini, anyway?

Not updated for years, underpowered and expensive when compared to any iOS device, what use is Apple’s Mac mini?



The Linksys router that prioritizes Xbox One gaming is now available


I guess this is for people too dumb to figure out how to read the many online tutorials which show you how to set up traffic prioritizing any way you want with almost any router or ISP provided gateway.


Best Android antivirus? The top 11 tools



How Waymo's AI-trained self-driving cars could feel scary even if they're safe


The example of a car blowing through a red light shows how counterintuitive really safe driving is for many people. It really is safer to slow down and avoid the crash than to come to a full stop even though your light is green. Drivers behind you who don't see the red light runner can easily fail to slow or stop, hitting you from behind. This has happened many times in the real world. It has also happened when there was an incident at a railroad grade-level crossing. Drivers who stopped to avoid a hazard have gotten hit from behind by drivers too far back to see the danger.

Around Boston, we are lucky to go through a week during which someone doesn't manage to drive into a building or a house because they fail to adapt their speed around our crazy intersections, sharp curves, obstructed views and steep hills. This, even without bad weather.


Google's Digital Wellbeing is schooling Apple on how to combat smartphone addiction


(And PC World seems intent on "schooling" its readers about what a modern family looks like -- see illustration near the bottom of the article.)


What's new in Windows 10 Insider Build 17666: 'Cloud Clipboard,' Sets improvements and more


Two things of note (one very trivial). Notice that the Build Number ends in "666"? Anyway and more seriously, this is the upcoming Fall 2018 update, as yet not officially named (Redmond 5). In other words, this is what's next in Windows 10, not what's in there now, as of the 1803 upgrade. Confused enough?


Patch Lady – if you do have 1803



If you do have 1803 on your computer systems, you’ll honestly want to install [stability patch]




It’s a mess: Microsoft patched Windows or Office on 11 different days in April



You can actually afford Nvidia GeForce graphics cards now



Hacker Kevin Mitnick shows how to bypass 2FA


Researchers show Siri and Alexa can be exploited with ‘silent’ commands hidden in songs



Android P’s notification shade is so good Apple should just copy the whole damn thing in iOS 12


If only they could, under US copyright and patent laws!


What still isn't clear about the future of Windows after Build 2018



CShell is a new universal Windows Shell for Windows 10 that scales across PC, Mobile, and Xbox

Microsoft is about to take the next step with its "One Windows" vision by introducing an improved, adaptable Windows Shell that'll work across PC, Mobile and Xbox.


It all seems pretty clear to me. What did I miss?


Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot learns to run and jump, while robot dog gets smarter



Facebook is reportedly considering its own cryptocurrency

This follows news that the social network created a blockchain division.


What could possibly go wrong? Aren't these guys in enough trouble already, without a major financial services security fail?


Huawei puts giant ravens around the UK because that's not creepy at all



Researchers create a real cloaking device



MoviePass Backs Off Plan Meant to Boost the Business


Ignoring the old adage: "When you've dug yourself into a hole, stop digging".


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



Ring’s doorbell cam allowed video access after its password was changed


(Supposedly fixed now.)


How to print to PDF in Windows



US and Chinese presidents work to get ZTE 'back into business'

Just how ZTE will recover isn't yet clear.


Our President and his policies hard at work -- MAGA!


Subscriptions for the 1%


It turns out that paywalls and subscription software models do not pay off for corporations.


Lawmakers want to know how Amazon protects Echo Dot Kids users

They asked Amazon if it collects kids' data and if third parties can access the info.



Some Amazon customers are frustrated that their packages are arriving late — and it reveals a giant misconception people have about Prime



iPhone catches fire on counter inside store in Las Vegas [video]



Tesla’s Giant Australian Battery Is a More Massive Success


Wind Turbine Maker Vestas Plans Solar, Storage Businesses


And guess whose batteries they are using? Tesla!




And yes, there is a video showing them doing it.


This malware is harvesting saved credentials in Chrome, Firefox browsers


Since this attack relies on .NET Framework, it makes sense to avoid the issue by using Linux when doing financial business until Microsoft patches .NET to address the underlying issue(s). Linux does not have .NET. Neither does Chrome OS. Android neither, though for other reasons I would not do financial business using an Android device or app. Mac and iOS shoudl be safe as well. This is yet another reason you should not place all your eggs in one OS basket.


Tesla to restructure management as more executives depart


This time in Utah, a Tesla car failed to slow for a red light, hitting a truck at 60 mph.


California teen phished his teachers to change grades



Google employees reportedly quit over military drone AI project

4,000 employees have petitioned an end to Project Maven involvement.



Ring doorbell flaw lets others watch after password changes (updated)

At one point, the camera was exposed for months.



Nintendo’s NES Classic will return to U.S. retail stores on June 29



Microsoft may launch an accessibility-focused Xbox One controller

It could bring more people into gaming.



Google's smart jacket can now call an Uber (or Lyft)



Senate vote to restore net neutrality will take place on May 16th


It still needs to pass the House and get the President’s signature.


Facebook found 200 more apps that may have misused your data

There could be more.



I asked Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant if they're spying on me — here's what they said



What it costs to keep up with Windows 10's upgrade tempo



Microsoft's Surface Hub 2 is a Teams-powered giant tablet that creates its own video wall

The Surface Hub 2 may not be your next PC, but it's one of the key devices in Microsoft's "intelligent edge" strategy.



NuScale's Small Modular Nuclear Reactor Passes Biggest Hurdle Yet



Kaspersky to move to Switzerland following latest government ban



Google Compute Engine now offers VMs with up to 3844GB of memory



Deadly Convenience: Keyless Cars and Their Carbon Monoxide Toll

Weaned from using a key, drivers have left cars running in garages, spewing exhaust into homes. Despite years of deaths, regulatory action has lagged.



Wi-Fi Alliance’s Wi-Fi EasyMesh certification aims to standardize mesh networks



Target Tests Retail ‘Flow Center’ for Faster, Nimbler Distribution

Retailer’s supply strategy aims to reduce inventory in store back rooms, create more space for online fulfillment



U.S. Senate Votes to Restore Net Neutrality, Now Expected to Face Major Hurdle in House





Or more generally, the process by which a company or a technology gets integrated into an existing technological structure or infrastructure, with particular emphasis on the merging of corporate cultures.


Offboarding In The Online World


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Russian hackers posed as IS to threaten military wives



Coolest Projects: Empowering girls to be tech creators



Should You Leave Laptops Constantly Plugged In?



MSI Debuts New AMD Polaris-Based Graphics Card Series



Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 Insider Preview release all about fighting malware






28 Hidden Facebook Features Only Power Users Know

Think you're a Facebook expert? There are probably a few tricks you don't know.



Windows 10 April 2018 Update: A cheat sheet

Everything you need to know about the latest major feature update to Windows 10, including the features for home users and businesses, how to get it now and how to delay it.



How Do I Choose a Good Password?

Password security has never been more important. With occasional security breaches at service providers and rampant email account theft, make sure you're choosing and using secure passwords.



How to Survive on the Road with all the Tech Comforts of Home



Bad guys have something new to play with! Microsoft Excel adds support for JavaScript




Google Chrome team rolls back the update that muted many web games

Automating muting for Web Audio has been delayed until Chrome 70 in October.



How to Change Your Login Name on Windows 10



6 tricks to keep your packages from being stolen by porch thieves



Google Announces Google One, Online Storage With Flexibility



A line of code can crash Windows systems, even when locked

Security researchers have found a flaw in Windows that could allow hackers to crash a system when they insert a USB stick with specially crafted code. The problem happens even when Windows is locked.



How to Easily Color Code Gmail for Clear Visual Organization



How to Turn Off Chrome Notifications



The best Chromebooks






You Can Play Rock, Paper, Scissors With This Google IoT Bot

At Google I/O, the company showed several concept designs for IoT gadgets that were built using its new development platform, Android Things.



Top 5: Things to know about fileless attacks

Fileless attacks are particularly tricky because they don't require anything to be installed before causing harm. Here are the basics you should know about this type of threat.



What’s the Difference Between a Router, a Wireless Router, and a Wireless Access Point?

Terminology around routers and access points can be quite confusing. I'll describe each, how they relate, and why the differences matter.



Everything Is a Subscription Now and It’s Too Much



Paris Hilton’s hacker sentenced to 57 months in prison




Logitech's G305 is an affordable, no-lag wireless gaming mouse (forget gaming in the description, think high speed and accurate)

You don't have to splurge to see what the fuss is about.



How to Use Alexa as Your Default Android Voice Assistant



Protecting your bank account in the wake of data breaches



Report: Low-Cost Surface Tablet Coming in 2018



Smartphones could harm parent-child bonds, study suggests

University of Virginia study suggests that smartphones are stopping parents from connecting with their kids



How to Force Quit an Application in OS X



Facebook Deletes 500 Million Fake Accounts In Effort To Clean Up Network



Google Photos now using A.I. to simplify editing and sharing images






The Coolest Things to Ever Be 3D Printed



Microsoft hinged, bendable display patents could create book-like business laptops

The designs were submitted to the US Patent Office in 2016, and could be part of a Microsoft project codenamed 'Andromeda.'



How Could My Bank Account Have Been Hacked if I Have Good Security?

Even with seemingly appropriate security in place, things can happen. I'll review what things, and the additional steps you can take to protect yourself.



How to Check Which Version of Ubuntu You Have Installed



Raspberry Pi SD card muzzle



Amazon’s big SanDisk sale slashes prices on microSD cards, portable SSDs, and more



How to Get a Colored Navigation Bar on Android Without Root



Scam alert: New way crooks are stealing credit card info



Amazon Prime Members to Get Discounts at Whole Foods



Adobe Patch Tuesday update fixes confusion flaw in Flash

A patch released Tuesday by Adobe fixes a critical confusion vulnerability, CVE-2018-4944, found in all Flash Player versions up to



Software Roundup: 5 of The Best Apps to Remove EXIF Data from Images



Corsair's Enormous Obsidian 1000D Case Hits The Market (Updated)



Apple is building a new campus for 20,000 employees — and we just got big hints where it could end up 






Spyce is a Restaurant Staffed by Robot Chefs



How to combine SSH key authentication and two-factor authentication on Linux

Jack Wallen shows you how to set up both two-factor authentication and SSH key authentication for a rock-solid remote login of your Linux servers.



Facebook Reveals Content Removal Stats



How To Use Safari’s Privacy and Security Features on iPhone



Explore the projects pushing the limit of what's possible on the budget board.



Who needs an Apple Watch when this $77 smartwatch lasts 45 days per charge?



Gmail’s Smart Compose Autocompletes Your Emails



Best time to buy Apple or Samsung phones



Offline Support Comes to the New Gmail



US retreat from Iran agreement could spur uptick in cyber-attacks

While pundits debate the diplomatic and nuclear proliferation implications of US President Trump's decision to pull the US out of the Iran agreement, the change in tactics will likely impact cyber-security.



Windows 10 April 2018 Update: New Features and How to Use Them






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Why You Should Consider Business Internet at Home (No Throttling or Data Caps)



Ticketmaster Wants to Replace Tickets With Faces

Gaining entry to a live event could soon require face recognition.



New Apple ID phishing operation protects web assets with AES encryption

A recently discovered email phishing campaign was found targeting Apple ID credentials, while using AES encryption to thwart active countermeasures against their malicious website.



Fast and easy way to sell your unwanted cellphones and tech gadgets!



Galaxy Note 9 Leak Shows Disappointing Unchanging Chassis



Ring doorbell flaw lets others watch after password changes (updated)

At one point, the camera was exposed for months.



Net neutrality is weeks away from dying, and the first signs of change are already showing up at Netflix and other internet companies



40 Best Google Chrome Extensions



Download Microsoft’s PDF with all Command Prompt reference for Windows 10

This Microsoft's PDF files includes all the command references you'll ever need when using Command Prompt.



How to print to PDF in Windows



4 Firefox extensions to install now

The right extensions can greatly enhance your browser's capabilities, but it's important to choose carefully.






Cougar Panzer G Mid-Tower Chassis Review: Good Looks, Great Performance



10 Essential Vivaldi Browser Tips & Tricks for Speed and Productivity



Secret Windows Hotkey Restarts Your Graphics Card Drivers



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.



Is Google planning a range of Pixel Watches?

These would be the first Google-made Android Wear devices.



Free alternatives to the most popular computer programs



New iPhone Leak Reveals Apple's Radical Design



Android malware returned to Google Play with just a name change

Google's app screening wasn't completely effective.



Some Amazon customers are frustrated that their packages are arriving late — and it reveals a giant misconception people have about Prime



Best Tech Deals of 2018: TVs, Laptops and More



Creative’s X-Fi Sonic Carrier review: the best soundbar from 5 years in the future



THE ANDROID MESSAGING EVOLUTION: How Google is responding to messaging app dominance



Get more done at the Linux command line with GNU Parallel

Turn your computer into a multi-tasking powerhouse.






EK-FB MSI X399 RGB Monoblock Review: Full Coverage For Threadripper



What Are VPN Leaks? How to Test For and Prevent Them



Seven of the Best Hidden Features in Android



iPhone 7, 7 Plus Have a Microphone Problem

Apple acknowledges there is a problem related to iOS 11.3 and a repair may be necessary.



Fake news is Bing's golden opportunity to take on Google



5 free programs you may not have heard of until now



Biometrics and the law: Police try to unlock phone with dead man's fingerprint

Biometric authentication may be more convenient than passwords, and harder for hackers to duplicate, but how much protection does it offer from the law?



Lawmakers want to know how Amazon protects Echo Dot Kids users

They asked Amazon if it collects kids' data and if third parties can access the info.



Watch out for Gmail’s new Confidential Mode

It’s easy and useful, but Google’s new ‘secure email’ is neither secure nor email.



Galaxy S9 Obliterates iPhone X in LTE Speed Tests


My Watering Pi



Web-Based Expandable Irrigation Controller

Low-cost, 8-station irrigation controller expandable to 64 stations.



17 books for Linux and open source fans

See what we're reading right now.






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



The Internet of (Medical) Things: Dangers, Risks, and Security Problems



How to Find Contacts in the New Gmail



AI Is (Still) Coming for Our Jobs

According to Techonomy, 15 percent of work may be automated by AI by 2030. But for every craft that technology has killed, new jobs typically emerge. The question is, are we ready?



Two-factor authentication hackable - easy to spoof

Two-factor authentication may not be the panacea of securing access to online accounts that many believe it is as KnowBe4's Kevin Mitnick shows how easily this defensive measure can be spoofed.



Google Drone Military Involvement Sparks Resignations



How to control spacing and alignment in a numbered list in Microsoft Word

Modifying results in Word's numbered list feature isn't as intuitive as many users would like. Here are some tips for using settings to control spacing and alignment in a numbered list.



Valve switches on Steam Controller's mobile connection in beta

The company is gearing up for the Steam Link phone apps' arrival.



Graphics Card Prices Are Finally Improving, but Is It Time to Buy?



Best Wi-Fi Routers 2018




Offline Object Detection and Tracking on a Raspberry Pi



Weather Interlock for Home Heating - IoT RasPi Zero & ESP12

Energy Efficiency control utilizing Domoticz home automation server, node-red, Raspberry Pi Zero W and Esp12 via Arduino IDE.



The Apple iPad 9.7" Is Everything We've Been Waiting For






Bipartisan ‘Secure Data Act’ Aims To Prohibit Encryption Backdoors



5 Powerful Alternatives to Apple’s AirPort Wi-Fi Router



The Best Ways to Make Free Conference Calls


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



BlackBerry’s ‘Key2’ smartphone will be revealed on June 7th

No details yet, but presumably it will keep its predecessor's keyboard.



Intel Postpones Patching 'Spectre NG' CPU Flaws



Symantec's Problems Run Deeper Than Just an Audit Committee Probe

The security firm's weak guidance points to share loss in a very competitive enterprise landscape.



How to Secure Your Twitter Account (Even if Your Password is Stolen)



Print documents and images remotely from wherever you are



You weren't hacked, Google tells Gmail users who received spam from themselves

The method behind the spam glitch was spotted last year but ignored by Google



Vulnerability in Electron could pose danger to Skype and Wordpress web apps

A security vulnerability has been discovered in a software framework used web apps that could enable hackers to execute remote code. The problem could affect many web apps that use the framework.



Google Announces 8x Faster TPU 3.0 For AI, Machine Learning



Hands-On with Redstone 5: Sets


Roku Makes More From You On Ads Than Hardware Sales






The Best Password Managers of 2018

Still using your kid's birthday as your universal password? You're heading toward trouble. With the help of a password manager, you can have a unique and strong password for every secure website. We've evaluated two dozen to help you choose.



The Best Windows 10 Apps



What Does It Mean When Data is “Roaming?”



Cyberattack shuts down Tennessee election website

No data was manipulated, a security firm insisted.



The FCC Plans To Kill Net Neutrality On June 11



People are already forming some very strong opinions about Google's wild new technology that sounds like a real human on the phone



How to Deter Burglars from Breaking Into Your Home



Tech-savvy ways to save on your household budget



Windows shops be warned: New Internet Explorer bug lets hackers hijack your system

A Chinese cybersecurity firm has discovered a "double kill" bug in Internet Explorer that it said is already being used by possible nation-state hacking groups.



Lenovo teases true all-screen phone

Lenovo claims its Z5 handset will have a notchless display with ultra-thin bezels



This Tool Can Hack Your Accounts Even with Two-Factor Authentication



Report: Qualcomm Will Try to Save Wear OS This Year



Android’s New Gesture Controls Are Exactly the Change the Pixel Phones Need






iOS 11.4 Disables Lightning Port 7 Days After Last Unlock

If you don't unlock your iPhone for a week, data transfer using the Lightning port is disabled.


The Best Linux Software



6 of the Best Travel Apps and Tools to Aid Your Adventures



Google is rumored to be working on a Pixel smartwatch

It would likely pack Qualcomm's new dedicated smartwatch chip.



Signal Users' 'Disappearing Messages' Are Saved Indefinitely On macOS



Microsoft blinks, will replace flickering Surface Pro 4s

Giving in to flickergate, Microsoft finally admits that there are cases where a firmware or driver update can't fix the problem.



How to Prevent Your Child From Texting and Driving



Firefox Moves Closer to Password-Free Browsers



Microsoft: Tech support scams rose by 24% in 2017, costing some victims thousands of dollars

Social engineering scams make even the best security solutions useless, Microsoft said. It wants industry-wide collaboration to solve the problem.



Facebook suspends hundreds of apps for misusing user data



Nvidia Profits Skyrocket to Record Highs



Hands-On with Redstone 5: The Early Days



Google Assistant Will Soon Support a Lot More of Your Household Gadgets






'Rowhammer' Attack Can Hijack Smartphones Via Browser

Security researchers are demonstrating that the Rowhammer effect in DRAM chips can be used to tamper with Android smartphones.



How to Disable Sponsored Ads on Firefox’s New Tab Page



3 Ways to Fix the Service Battery Warning on Mac



Google’s AI advances are equal parts worry and wonder

We cannot put off finding an answer to AI ethics any longer.



Nvidia Stock Falls Amidst Fears Of A Cryptocurrency Mining Bust



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How to Watch YouTube Videos In Sync with Your Friends



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Why having more women in tech management is good for business

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Malware hiding Android apps apps return to Google Play after a simple name change



Boston Dynamics Robots Can Now Run Outside, Navigate Autonomously



Smart-Home Lightning Hacks



The Best Streaming Content to Showcase Your New 4K HDR TV






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3 Ways to Check the Status of DNS Propagation for Your Site



Google's News app is a tool for gaining perspective, not an arbiter of facts

AI, not human curation, may help us better understand the world.



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