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Sat 1274 5/26/2018

Gmail's Creepy New Smart Compose Will Write Emails for You



FBI: Reboot your router to stop Russia-linked malware



AirTV’s new tuner carries broadcast TV on—and beyond—your home network

Dual tuners let you distribute two channels within your home, and you can stream one channel outside it.



7 Essential Privacy Tips for When You Travel



AMD Plans 7nm Chips for 2019

While Intel continues to struggle with 10nm, AMD is preparing a jump from 12nm to 7nm.



Nanowires could hold the key to safer, less flammable Lithium-ion batteries



Use findstr on Windows to find text in files and command outputs



Why AI is the next frontier of medicine



FBI: Reboot your home and small office routers to counter Russian malware

The FBI, DHS and DoJ advised rebooting your router to clear it from advanced stages of the Russian-linked malware VPNFilter. The malware infecting SOHO routers and NAS devices is linked to the Russian military-backed hackers Sofacy Group, aka Fancy Bear and APT 28.



Google Lens Gets a Huge Upgrade with Real-Time Search



Google Sued $4B for 'Secretly Tracking Users'



Dual Boot vs. Virtual Machine: Which One Is Right for You?



Microsoft is reportedly working on new budget Surface tablet with Windows 10

Microsoft may be working on a new 10-inch Surface tablet, powered by Intel, that'll be priced at $400 and launching in the second half of this year.



How to Bring Back Nautilus ‘Type-Ahead Search’ in Ubuntu 18.04



New Microsoft Edge security features were just bypassed, opening door for exploits

A security mitigation in Microsoft Edge was cracked by researchers at Google Project Zero, specifically targeting out-of-process JIT implementations.



Streaming TV on vacation: What you need to know

Not all streaming bundles work the same way when you're away from home. Here's a rundown of the restrictions and workarounds.




11 Best Cheap Summer Outdoor Gadgets




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.



Samsung Galaxy S10 to be codenamed 'Beyond'



Firefox: Downloads highlighted on New Tab Page



Everything you knew about Chromebooks is wrong

Myth: Chromebooks don’t run apps. Fact: Chromebooks run more apps than any device ever.



Surface Book 2: Six Months Later



Secret Windows Hotkey Instantly Makes Your Start Menu Bigger



Xbox 360 gets a system update — its first in two years

Discontinued, but still supported



How to Check If Your Online Accounts Have Been Hacked



Just how would a folding tablet like the Surface 'Andromeda' even work?

Seeing the Surface Hub 2 reveal offered a glimpse at Windows' dynamic multi-panel future, imagine if you could fold that display and put it in your pocket?



How to (Safely) Overclock Your PC Graphics Card



Lenovo launches full Windows 10 laptops that are cheaper than some Chromebooks

Their new line of IdeaPad laptops range from $250-$850, with features that could make them useful for business professionals.



Best surge protector: Reviews and buying advice

Far better than ordinary power strips, these products will protect your expensive electronics from dangerous power spikes. We'll help you pick the right one for your home or small office.



14 Best Road Trip Gadgets



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.



Some Volkswagen vehicles found susceptible to hack through Wi-Fi system



How to change your Twitter password



Latest Surface Pro Updated to Improve Reliability



What is Windows.old folder and how to delete Windows.old folder in Windows 10



You Can Drag Files to the macOS App Switcher



Google awards teenager $36,000 as part of its bug bounty program



Forget Apple Notes: 5 Unique Note-Taking Apps for Mac



Future of Windows is all about collaboration — for businesses and consumers

Microsoft may have finally found its purpose in this world, and it's about breaking down barriers.



How Do You Feel About Syncing Your Clipboard to the Cloud?



Walmart's next healthcare move: Using data to identify bad doctors

Data analysis is at the heart of Walmart's new approach to healthcare, which will only include doctors who practice evidence-based medicine.



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.



Help Me, Tom's Guide: What's the Best Router for a Big Home?



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

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



Poor password hygiene still rules

New research has revealed that even though people are now more aware of security best practices than in the past, their password management has remained largely unchanged.



Google reveals how well Chrome's autoplay-blocking feature works



Intel Finds New Spectre Derivative



How to Turn On or Off Ignore Touch Input when using Pen in Windows 10



Alexa Can Hear Commands You Can’t, Which Hackers Could Exploit



Exercising with video games improves quality of life in patients with heart failure



How to See and Delete the Data Windows 10 Collects and Sends to Microsoft



5 things Microsoft should do to further integrate Windows 10 and Android

Many of Microsoft's apps are available on both Windows 10 and Android, but there are still limitations when it comes to connecting your devices.



Ridy Smart Camera Will Alert Drivers When They’re Distracted or Drowsy



Why native advertising and branded content works

In an interview with TechRepublic, Adweek's Josh Sternberg talked about the blending of editorial and advertising content as a tactic to capture more consumer attention.



Tripp Lite TLP1008TEL review: Good protection for 10 outlets at a bargain price

This is the right choice for a 10-outlet surge protector with spacing that allows maximum deployment of plugs.



23 Best TV Shows to Stream This Summer



6 Things You Should Do to Secure Your NAS



How to set up Livepatch and the information gathering tool in Ubuntu 18.04

Ubuntu 18.04 includes some very interesting new features, two of which reveal themselves in the first-run wizard. Jack Wallen explains what they are and how to set them up.


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Fri 1273 5/25/2018

Google Autocomplete Could Breach Court Orders



What is Hulu with Live TV, and Can It Replace Your Cable Subscription?



Microsoft publishes Windows Command Line reference



Inside Relay, the Anti-Smartphone for Kids

Republic Wireless's Relay device tries to get kids out of the house and off their screens. But can it fight the siren song of the iPhone?



Why Does My Microsoft Word Document Display Differently on Different Computers?



How to opt out of most internet advertising: Jeff Rossen demonstrates



Hands on with Acer's premium Chromebooks and Helios 500

We also got a brief glimpse at a Swift 5 mock-up.



She sold phony $100 bills to an undercover cop. Then she offered something else phony.



Micron Announces QLC NAND SSDs Up To 7.68TB



MIT Creates Modular Medical Diagnostic Block



Is Microsoft avoiding the Win10 (1803) upgrade on PCs running Avast?

Several Win10 version 1803 upgraders have raised a red flag about Avast antivirus: After running the upgrade, PCs hit blue screens with nonsensical options. Now, there appears to be an official note on the Avast forum that says Microsoft has blocked forced upgrades to 1803 on machines running the software.

(with all the machines I own with Avast, I have not had such problems, but all AV's are notorious for this kind of thing.  Sometimes disabling until after upgrade others must uninstall and then re-install after the upgrade.)



How to Search Google Using Your Handwriting



Ransomware up 350% says 2018 Global Threat Intelligence Report

Ransomware up 350% and spyware ranks first in volume of malware at 26% reflecting attackers' desire for long-term presence for information.



The Best and Worst Phone Carriers of 2018



How to Spot a Fake Facebook Page



Privacy Possum is Privacy Badger on Steroids



Snapchat Tweaks Redesign So You Hate it Less

The update puts your Snaps and Chats in chronological order again, and moves Stories from your friends back to the right side of the app.



Fixing Windows 7 Boot Problems

Your Windows 7 Setup disc can help you repair many types of boot problems.



How to stop Facebook, Google and Amazon from tracking you



Researchers develop self-driving boats that can double as bridges

A vision of future aquatic transportation.



Acer's Chromebook Spin 13 Could Be the Most Well-Rounded Chrome OS Laptop On the Market



Nvidia Releases GTX 1050 3GB To Stave Off Crypto-Miners



Intel Shows Off Xeon Scalable Gold 6138P With an Integrated FPGA



14 easy ways to cut back on data use in Android

Trimming back your Android data use can save you or your employer a bundle on your phone bill — and with little downside. So what are you waiting for?



How to Sync or Share Your Kodi Media Library on Multiple Devices



How to: Hide your IP address

We explain why you might want to hide your IP address and how to do it safely.



Big Walmart Memorial Day Sale: Roku TV, Switch Games and More



Windows 10 is Changing How Alt+Tab Works, Here’s What You Need to Know



A look at FocusWriter distraction free text editor on GNU/Linux



Surface Pro 4 Screen Flickering? You Could Get a Free Replacement

'A small percentage of Surface Pro 4 devices are exhibiting a screen flicker that cannot be addressed with a firmware or driver update,' Microsoft said, so it will replace the 2-in-1s.



How to Tell if Your Email, Computer, or Facebook Has Been Hacked

Unless a password's been changed, it's difficult for a typical user to tell if their computer or account is being hacked.



3 ways to save on gas over Memorial Day weekend



People in New York were lining up around a city block to buy this $530 Android phone



iPhone SE 2 concept will make you want to ditch your iPhone X



BenQ EW3270U 32" Ultra HD Monitor Review: HDR For The Enthusiast



How to Automatically Create System Restore Point on Schedule in Windows 10



4 scariest forms of malware spreading right now



4 Reasons to Set Up a VPN on Your Router (Instead of Your PC)



Microsoft is reportedly working on a new lightweight version of Windows 10

Windows 10 Lean is aimed at low-end devices with only 16GB storage, according to reports.



Apple's Reputation Tested by Latest Revelations



Using Windows 10’s New Clipboard: History and Cloud Sync



Fix Google Chrome's font looking off



A Year Later, WannaCry Ransomware Persists

A huge swath of Windows machines across the world have yet to install patches that can ward off the attack's infection method, says security firm Kryptos Logic.



[Tip] How to Set or Change Security Questions for Your User Account in Windows 10



AT&T and Verizon will carry RED’s crazy ‘holographic’ handset



These $69 wireless OnePlus earbuds are everything I want from cheap Bluetooth headphones



The new Gmail steals some great ideas and invents some fresh ones

Gmail's redesign borrows heavily from other apps. Now it's their turn to push email forward again.



PowerColor Set To Unveil RX Vega 56 Nano Edition At Computex



How to Add or Remove Ultimate Performance Power Plan in Windows 10



5 uses for security cameras you never thought of before now



How to Make a YouTube Intro (And 4 Free Tools to Start Using)



How to: Stop your browser freezing

How to diagnose and fix hangs and crashes in Chrome, Firefox and Edge



Apple Knew iPhone 6 Would Bend Before Its Release (Report)



Alexa Can Hear Commands You Can’t, Which Hackers Could Exploit



Asus Stands By 'Arez' AMD Graphics Card Branding (Updated)



iPhone X Owners Irate Over Cracking Camera Lenses


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Thur 1272 5/24/2018

Malwarebytes acquires Windows Firewall control firm BiniSoft

The startup develops Windows Firewall Control management tools for network endpoints.



This watch uses a built-in projector to turn your arm int...



How to transition from using Google Hangouts to Hangouts Meet

As G Suite conferencing upgrades to Hangouts Meet, participants gain phone call-in and call-out capabilities.

G Suite Enterprise users gain even more benefits. Here's what they are.



5 things Microsoft could do to improve tablet mode on Windows 10

With Windows 10 powered 2-1s on the rise, it's more important than ever that Microsoft perfects tablet mode on Windows 10.



5 reasons to upgrade to Windows 10 pro



Simple, but not cheap, phishing kit found for sale on Dark Web

Cyber-criminals are nothing if not attuned to finding new customers for their wares, as Check Point and CyberInt found when

they came across a next-generation phishing kit for sale on the Dark Web geared toward the neophyte.



The 15 Best Comedies on Netflix You Might Have Overlooked



Future iPhones Could Scan the Veins Beneath Your Face, Apple Patent Suggests



This could be the first major next-gen iPhone X leak



Firefox 60.0 release overview



How parents can use Microsoft Launcher to track their kids location

Microsoft adds the ability for parents to keeps tabs of their children location on its Launcher app for Android, and here's how you can set it up.

How parents can use Microsoft Launcher to track their kids location • Pureinfotech


5G Is on the Horizon. How’s It Shaping Up?



Microsoft and Publicis unveil Marcel, an AI-based productivity platform for the ad giant



With Android P, Google Stops Playing Catch-Up on Security

Google I/O makes it clear that Google is ready to do more with Android and do it securely. That includes controlling an insulin pump with your phone.



Microsoft Adds a Dark Theme to File Explorer in the Latest Windows 10 Update



Not Good: Alexa Records and Shares Woman's Private Conversation (Update)


Amazon's interest in finance draws attention from Fed



How to connect an Android smartphone to Microsoft Windows 10

Connecting your Android smartphone to Windows 10 using the built-in app can improve your productivity. This tutorial shows you how to make the connection.



5 things you need to know about Microsoft's 'Your Phone' for Windows 10

Here are some intriguing things we learned about the "Your Phone" app this week at Microsoft Build.



5 ways to free up space on your Android



How to: Use Windows XP securely

If you insist on using Windows XP, whether for hardware, software or user reasons, then you are living dangerously compared to upgrading, nonetheless,

there are things you can do to reduce the risk explains Aryeh Goretsky.



7 Instagram Alternatives for Smartphone Photographers



A Shady Company Offering Police Cellphone Location Data Was Reportedly Just Hacked



The Apple Watch Series 1 is so much cheaper on Amazon than it is from Apple



Windows 10: control Bitlocker during upgrades



Windows 10 update KB4103714 (build 16299.461) releases

Windows 10's Fall Creators Update is getting patched yet again, and this time, Microsoft is releasing a lot of fixes — Here's all you need to know.



How to Download Your Passwords in Google Chrome



So long, StumbleUpon



Xbox (for PC)



Stream PC Games to Your Phone, Tablet, or TV With Steam Link, Coming Soon



Amazon Map Tracking Lets You Follow Packages in Real Time



Everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 9



How to set your Firefox homepage to your New Tab page

Jack Wallen shows you how to set the New Tab page as the Firefox home page with this quick step.



Apps that can help busy moms stay sane

Mothers Day is this week, and these apps can help busy moms maintain their sanity — and have some fun in the process.



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



Intel says it 'bit off too much' amid 10nm chip delays

Investors raise concerns over Intel's market position despite record revenues.



How to Play Dreamcast Games on Raspberry Pi With RetroPie



Here's What's Next in the Fight to Save Net Neutrality



iOS 12 mockups illustrate what a revamped Apple Music app and Notifications system would look like



Google experiments with new Chrome New Tab Page options



How to extend the period to uninstall a Windows 10 upgrade

Windows 10 removes the ability to uninstall an upgrade after ten days by default, but you can use these steps to retain the previous installation files

longer to delay the uninstall period.



5 Alternative Android Photo Gallery Apps You Should Use



InVision design tool Studio gets an app store, asset store



Which MacBook Should You Buy?

Apple's MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air share a similarly impressive iconic design, but which one delivers the best balance of power and value?

Here's how they rank in our testing.



Choose From Six New Voices for Google Assistant, Available Now



Private Internet Access VPN 2018: Still the One to Beat


Apple inks a deal with Volkswagen for driverless cars



Hackers can bypass Windows Meltdown patch, and early builds may be at risk

Microsoft's Spectre/Meltdown patches for Windows 10 could be completely bypassed, and only users with the April 2018 Update are protected.



Amazon's $25 Xbox One Controller checks all the boxes at half the price of Microsoft's gamepad

Amazon has an Xbox One controller that's about half the price of the official gamepad but is ideal for gaming on a budget.



This download gives you the power to edit audio for free



Is it nearly time to dump Windows for Chrome OS?

Google shows Microsoft how it's done with OS updates, but there's still one thing missing.



How to Add Security Questions to Windows 10 Local User Accounts



A $400 Surface Might Just Do the Trick



HTC's newest phone is see-through and squeezable, and has some of the most futuristic features of any high-end smartphone



Add long-tap keyboard functionality to Windows



Microsoft Leads an IT Landscape of Rising Profit

Microsoft leads a parade of IT companies including Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Dell, and Western Digital that are set to see

rising operating profit this year, boosting Moody's outlook on the whole group to "Positive."



Get $20 Off the Eufy Genie Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa + Lumos Smart Bulb Combo



The 13 Best AR Apps and Games You Need to Download Right Now



This Robot Dog Can Navigate Your Office Flawlessly

Boston Dynamics demonstrated how its upcoming SpotMini can move from one office building to another, without ever stumbling.



How to Stream VR Videos or Movies to Oculus Go from PC or Mac



Samsung Just Revealed a Key Galaxy Note 9 Feature



These 5 Moves Will Shrink Your Social Security Benefits



Windows 10 April 2018 Update battery test: Edge beats Chrome again, brags Microsoft

But the difference between Chrome and Edge has shrunk dramatically over the past two years.



AirPods are what the Apple Watch should’ve been



Wed 1271 5/23/2018

[Tip] How to Reset Forgotten User Account Password in Windows 10



Windows 10 'Lean' is a smaller edition of Windows 10 for devices with 16GB of storage

Windows 10 Lean is Windows 10 on a diet. Featuring a much smaller footprint, Windows 10 Lean is designed for devices with 16GB of storage and ensures t

hose devices can remain up to date.



Windows 10 April 2018 Update reportedly breaking some critical PC features

Both third party and Microsoft-built apps have stopped working on some machines.Irish security developer Safer Networking has released Spybot –

Search & Destroy 2.7, a new version of its Windows free and paid-for anti-malware tool.



A very early look at the Cloud Clipboard experience in Windows 10



How to Use Apple Service Diagnostic to Troubleshoot Your Mac



Amazon Music’s app adds hands-free listening, courtesy of Alexa



How to Manage Startup Programs in Windows 10’s Settings App



Useful Shortcut Keys in Ubuntu



Google is making a dent in the Amazon Echo's dominance, and one research firm even says it's in the lead

  - Canalys said the Google Home beat the Amazon Echo in Q1 2018.

  - Strategy Analytics doesn't see that much of a lead but shows Google is making a dent.

  - China has been a big growth area for smart speakers.



Turn Your Phone Into a Powerful PC (? only the newest ones)

There's no excuse for Microsoft not making an 'Xboy' to rival Nintendo Switch

Microsoft is blowing it by not having a handheld gaming strategy. This is why.




Windows 10 quick tips: 10 ways to speed up your PC

Want Windows 10 to run faster? Take a few minutes to try out these tips, and your machine will be zippier and less prone to performance and system issues.



Apple is giving $50 refunds to anyone who replaced an iPhone battery last year



Google Duplex Is Classist: Here's How to Fix It

With Duplex, the Google Assistant can trick people into thinking it's human. It's cool, but ultimately turns service workers into inconvenient interfaces.

Google can do better.



Google Lens updated with smart text selection and real-time lookup

It's a slow rollout, but the features are bound to land on your phone soon enough.



Google I/O 2018: What's New with Google Assistant, Android P, Maps and More



Google Declares Victory for HTTPS in Chrome 69 [Nice]



There's no excuse for Microsoft not making an 'Xboy' to rival Nintendo Switch

Microsoft is blowing it by not having a handheld gaming strategy. This is why.



Spybot – Search & Destroy 2.7 adds new Start Center screen, improves malware search

Irish security developer Safer Networking has released Spybot – Search & Destroy 2.7, a new version of its Windows free and paid-for anti-malware tool.



Extract email addresses and other data from files on Windows



The 10 Best Free Movie Streaming Sites



Inside Facebook’s anti-sex trafficking hackathon



How to Upgrade to the Latest Version of Ubuntu



What Is a PPA in Ubuntu, and How Do You Use It?



Strategies For Maximizing Your Social Security Benefits



The Strangest Social Security Benefit You Can Get



Fuchsia and the future of Android

Google's mysterious new operating system is assumed to be a replacement for Android and Chrome OS — but what if the situation isn't actually so simple?



Behold: The thinnest iPhone X clear case on the planet



Congress Releases 3,500 Russian-Made Facebook Ads

The ads show how easy it was for trolls to ape activist causes to rile up Americans.



FBI seizes domain behind major Russian botnet

By doing so, authorities can prevent reinfection and put a stop to the botnet.

FBI seizes domain behind major Russian botnet


Android P Features: What's New in Google's Next OS



North Korea May Be Secretly Selling Face Recognition Tech Abroad Through Front Companies



Windows 10 April 2018 Update review: It's about the little things

The next Windows 10 feature update is here, and it's packing lots of new changes and refinements. Here's our full review!



Siri curses like a sailor when asked for an innocent-sounding definition

Wash your speaker out with soapy water.



Notepad gets extended line endings support in Windows 10



The 3 Types of Antivirus Scans and When to Use Each One



Facebook is asking users worldwide to review their privacy settings



The Best New Features in Android P, Available Now in Beta



Ring Doorbell Doesn’t Keep You Safe After Password Change



Internal documents reveal Apple knew the iPhone 6 was more likely to bend than previous models

Turns out #bendgate was real



Apple Store hints you shouldn’t buy a new MacBook Pro until after WWDC



Windows 10 tip: How to turn on System Protection and create System Restore points

One of the oldest Windows recovery tools, System Restore, is disabled by default on most Windows 10 installations.

Here's how to re-enable this still-useful feature.



What is Reddit? A beginner’s guide to using the front page of the internet



First Look: Share the Same AR Space With Google's Cloud Anchors

Imagine multiplayer augmented reality games, redecorating a home, or painting a virtual mural with your friends, even if they're all on different smartphones.



Lenovo continues to struggle as a smartphone maker

PC sales are on the up, though.



Google Assistant Will Soon Make Calls on Your Behalf (Really)



Facebook Partners With D.C. Think Tank to Combat Election Meddling



Xbox can play the long game with its exclusive titles, but not forever

A bit of a meme has been developing around Xbox's first-party lineup, which frankly hasn't been as grand as its competition as of late.



Review: Fitbit Versa

Bored of your fitness band? Welcome to the ideal smartwatch for casual health-tracking...



Microsoft plans to change Alt-Tab behavior on Windows 10



How to Convert a PDF to PowerPoint Presentation



Box expands Zones to manage content in multiple regions



Gmail’s Smart Compose Basically Writes Emails For You And It’s Live Right Now



How to Fix No SIM Card Detected on Android



Okta's Chrome plug-in tells you when hackers have your password

And yes, it does have a system to avoid leaking your password itself.



The best Chromebooks



Windows 10 April 2018 Update problems: Users struggle with mystery 'black screen'

Is third-party antivirus to blame for the latest Windows 10 update issues?



Best jobs for people over 50



Tired of Waiting, Apple Cancels $1B Irish Data Center

Originally announced in February 2015, Apple is giving up on trying to build the new facility.



Apple's new iPhones may have the first 7-nanometer chips

Bloomberg reports that the new chips will power Apple's upcoming trio of iPhones.



Google Maps' New AR Feature Is So Awesome We Want It Now



Nest Devices Went Offline Last Night, Disabling Some Key Features



At Build 2018, Microsoft will continue to form the foundation for ubiquitous computing's future

If you blink, you may just miss how the world of computing is changing right now.



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



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Re. FYI#1261 (Sun 5/13/2017):

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

I can't say they didn't deserve this. Apple completely denied the problem for way too long, and still hasn't done anything to repair or replace affected keyboards.


Intel Postpones Patching 'Spectre NG' CPU Flaws

It's better to do things right than to do things right away.


Print documents and images remotely from wherever you are

I store documents for later printing in my Google Drive. Google also has CloudPrint. This service allows remote printing without opening up a home PC to the Internet and leaving it on all the time. So there's a reduced risk of hacking into the home PC.

Only the printer is exposed, and it can wake up or go to sleep depending on whether or not there's a print job coming in. My Epson wireless all in opne functions as a network printer.

There's also a specific Epson Connect service for remote printing to that printer. Google CloudPrint also works with Android devices and Chrome OS. I forget wehther it will work with Linux,

but as long as there's a Chrome Browser in there (not the open source Chromium Browser) it should work just fine on that platform as well. I don't do Apple, so I don't know if their products can use CloudPrint, but I think they can.

The point is, you don't have to allow full access to your home PC in order to have remote printing.


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

This was not account hijacking. In other words, it was a back end attack on the server side, not a front end attack. So changing your password would do nothing to stop the spam. Something similar happened to me some years ago with Yahoo Web Mail.

They also took a long time to track down the issue and get rid of the problem.


The Best Windows 10 Apps

I am no fan of Windows Store Apps. They are almost all lame and inconvenient to use. I find the same applies to Windows 10 itself, plus the nightmare of automatic updates. So I seldom use Windows for anything anymore. But I do use a couple or three of these apps.


The FCC Plans To Kill Net Neutrality On June 11

The Senate has passed a bill to stop the end of Net Neutrality for the most part. But it still needs to pass the House, which is doubtful. Then our President needs to sign the bill, which is very doubtful.


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

Like it or not, this almost-human bot is the wave of the future. Where similar bots are used, I often find them to be more consistent in their responses than human operators or representatives. As with many places where there is a human or a machine,

I prefer the machines. they are simply more reliable most of the time and faster to use. Cashiers can make mistakes and like to chat, so I use automatic checkouts.

Sometimes tech support can also be delivered better with a bot than a human. Bots ask questions until the precise issue is uncovered, and they are nearly infinitely patient with users who have to try something several times before it works for them. '


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.

This is based on combining a flaw in Ie with a macro flaw in MS Office (Word). Similar attacks have been demonstrated before. This attack to be successful depends ion a phishing attack, so if you don't fall for phishing scams, you won't fall for this attack.

Microsoft Edge Browser is not mentioned much in the article, but Edge seems not to be vulnerable to this attack vector.

This attack depends on a phishing attack, so if you don't fall for the scam you won't be hacked. Still, this proof of concept makes FIDO look more attractive, since conventional 2FA has become vulnerable.

And by FIDO I mean the implementation which uses hardware keys similar to YubiKey FOBs.



Fragmentation is not the issue it once was on mechanical hard drives. But it does increase qwear. Windows 10 defragments automatically as needed. SSDs do slow down over time and as they fill up.

Trim helps a little, but this is still an issue for some people. My Intel NUC's Samsung EVO SSD is still going strong and fast after a couple or three years.


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.

This is not a bug. It is supposed to function this way. It's better for security to leave this feature disabled when not in active use. It should be left off by default.


The Best Linux Software

I use about half of these programs. A good photo manager and editor is Fotoxx. I use MasterPDF to handle PDF documents and PDF Shuffler to rearrange pages in PDF documents,

as well as to merge several scanned documents into one PDF document. gParted helps manage external drives and internal partitions. The Ubuntu screenshot utility helps, and Simple Screen Recorder is useful,

if I want todocument the steps which led to something in Ubuntu working or not working. In Fedora I use Notepad in place of gEdit due to the XFfce desktop environment in the Chromebook. In Ubuntu,

I have a lot of plugins for Claws Mail and gEdit, so gEdit gets used the most for unformatted documents and when working online. I also have the Synaptics Package Manager and GNOME Software for Ubuntu, in place of the Ubuntu Software Centre.

Thunderbird has an advantage if used in both Windows and Linux, as it can export and import mailboxes across these platforms.


Firefox Moves Closer to Password-Free Browsers

The use of FIDO, especially if it is using YubiKey-like dongles, makes sense. Passwords are far too often something people write down on sticky notes and keep near or on their monitors. Definitely not secure!

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

They needed to add some organization to the IoT. The new categories are a start in that direction, but by no means the last word.


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

This is one of the new "features" in Firefox which make me wonder how open source the Mozilla people are anymore. They are selling out to advertising interests, and monetizing every square inch of their products these days. This is not the Mozilla Foundation of old.


Google’s AI advances are equal parts worry and wonder

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

It's not just the Duplex bot which has people creeped out. This is how Google saw the future of AI in 2016, according to an internal video document:




This is why we need regulations. What data is retained, who has access to it, and for how long the data is retained, all need to be spelled out. Facebook, Microsoft and Google cannot be trusted to regulate themselves.


Microsoft's obsession with Windows is ending, and I couldn't be happier

Commentary: It’s all about AI and the web now.

Microsoft is moving toward modular operating systems, modular apps in the Cloud, desktops in the Cloud, and other hosted content. But traditional Windows Pro on the legacy desktop isn't going away any time soon.

It will just get harder and harder to obtain the traditional PC and OS combinations we now still have.


Smart-Home Lightning Hacks

I think they mean "lighting" not "lightning". I would not want too much lightning inside my apartment!


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.

The AI is not capable of insuring that the content is fair and balanced or free from evil. Who is determining what content is real, what content is fake, and what the bias is in the content?

The AI is only as good as the way it is programmed. Can we trust Google to be even-handed? I'm not so sure we can.


Re. FYI#1263 (Mon 5/14/2018):      

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

Business Internet at home if you can get it does have some advantages. but you can't get the Cable TV deals and services you get with residential services. Business VOIP phone servcie is better than the consumer level VOIP.

But if you need the TV services or the streaming services, business class service is probably not the best option.


Ticketmaster Wants to Replace Tickets With Faces

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

This goes under the category of What Can Possibly Go Wrong?


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.

Apple has had security issues with phishing attacks and account ID hijacking for years. They seem to genuinely not care at all about this problem in thier services. So much for being better with personal data than Facebook!


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

At one point, the camera was exposed for months.

This was a problem before Amazon took over Ring. The issue has since been patched.


40 Best Google Chrome Extensions

I use about half of these extensions. Some have been taken over by the browser itself and a few are discontinued.


How to print to PDF in Windows

Microsoft tried for a long time to fight Adobe's PDF format with their own XPS format. But in recent editions of Windows 10, Microsoft has given in and now supports the PDF format. Printing to PDF can be done from MS Office,

LibreOffice and several utilities, including the Xodo App from the Microsoft App Store. In Windows I've been using NitroPDF, and some people have been using SumatraPDF. In Linux I use MasterPDF. Also,

Google Chrome Browser can download as PDf many things from the Web. Scans can be printed to PDF with the utilities from the manufacturers or other utilities. My Epson Scan utilities do a good job of saving scans to PDF files 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.

I use some of these when I use Firefox. But the article, in spite of being update several times over the past few years, still shows an incorrect illustration. That's not a fox -- it's a red panda!



And (9) you just applied a Windows 10 feature update. I hope you backed up your system and your data beforehand!


Secret Windows Hotkey Restarts Your Graphics Card Drivers

I did not know about this before. It might not help me much though, as I have onboard (integrated) graphics.


Free alternatives to the most popular computer programs

I am no fan of Sway. LibreOffice Impress suits my tastes better. Thunderbird is especially useful if you do both Windows and Linux, as it can export and import mailboxes across those platforms.


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

A good soundbar can do wonders for TV sound. And they don't have to be expensive to do the job. In my present apartment I use headphones almost all the time, so it doesn't matter for me.


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

Seriously, I don't see Google's new messaging paradigm replacing SMS messaging (Texting) any time soon. We will not have to go out and buy new phones.



Now is probably not the best time to upgrade a home router. There are new WiFi standards coming, a new TV broadcast standards (ATSC-3) and a new security protocol (WPA-3).

All are about three or four years from becoming widely available. I'd wait if possible until all of this shakes out  before upgrading. That is, unless Comcast insists I upgrade my equipment. Which they have not done so far.


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

Seriously, would you trust Bing to detect and remove fake news any sooner than you would trust google to do the same? I would not.


5 free programs you may not have heard of until now

I have heard of and use ShutUp 10 and The GIMP. The others, I'm really not so impressed.


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?

So tell me, how did the police get informed consent from the dead person? The courts should be rejecting evidence which is improperly gathered.


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.

While this needs to be verified, Amazon says their kid-focused products are protected and data is not collected. But if parents place an Amazon product in or near a kids's room, they'd better know about Parental Controls,

and those controls had better be there in the devices.


Watch out for Gmail’s new Confidential Mode

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

If the email message resides on Google's servers, and is unencrypted there, this is definitely not "confidential". Secure messaging happens when neither the service provider nor any outside party can read the unencrypted message at any point in its journey.

This is clearly not the case with this feature. But if Google made it secure in this way, they couldn't monetize the content of these messages, and there goes the business model.


Web-Based Expandable Irrigation Controller

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

I wonder, how much water would you have to save to equal the cost of buying and setting up this system? Probably a lot.



On Linux I use bleachbit. On Windows I find CCleaner and Glary Utilities much easier to use and to configure. From Linux there's Stacer, which is easier to configure and use than Bleachbit.


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

If at all possible, hold off on applying this update for a while longer. If you have upgraded, the current and upcoming Windows 10 CU patches will be important to apply. They solve some of the early 1803 issues.


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

Whenever it's medical data, and when it's medical devices, security and privacy need to be top priorities. Unfortunately, so far convenience has outweighed these concerns. This has to change for medical IoT to be accepted.


How to Find Contacts in the New Gmail

So what you're saying is, the new interface has moved things around again. Oh boy!


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?

Unfortunately, it takes time to retrain a truck driver to tend machines in an IoT setting. The numbers of entry level jobs being eliminated are well about 15%. And the numbers of new jobs being generated is not anywhere near keeping pace with the job losses.


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.

This is possible only if people fall for phishing schemes. Replacing current 2FA with FIDO based on hardware dongles may help push the problem farther down the road.


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 problem with using weather forecasts for controlling the in-home environmental controls is, the weather forecasts have to be reliable for this to work well. Weather forecasting is still not there yet.



This article is a few years old, and it's showing its age. Defragmenting is no longer a job for third-party utilities. Otherwise, this covers some but not all of the basics.


Bipartisan ‘Secure Data Act’ Aims To Prohibit Encryption Backdoors

This legislation has to get through the House and across the President's desk to become law. There is very little chance of all of that happening. then the law would have to be enforced,

which would require someone with tech knowledge to oversee the tech companies and audit their code. Again, this is very unlikely to happen.


Re. FYI#1263 (Tues 5/15/2018):

Should You Leave Laptops Constantly Plugged In?

Leaving modern laptops plugged in all the time will not overcharge the battery. But it does purt extra strain on the charger and the power supply. And it generates heat. Heat is the enemy of all things electronic.

So I don't leave my battery powered devices plugged in unless I'm upgrading, backing up or restoring, or have an external hard drive or two attached to them.


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

I haven't invested in a travel router yet. But I do carry a lot of tech gear with me whenever I travel. Including a backup and recovery USB stick and a current backup on USB media. You never know when a tech disaster will strike.


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


Woody Leonhard said, "What were they thinking?" I say' "What can possibly go wrong?"

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.

I never have been impressed with chrome's ability to mute autoplay audio on inactive web pages. Hopefully they'll figure this out someday, but I'm not holding my breath expecting anything effective any time soon.


How to Change Your Login Name on Windows 10

If you can't log into an account, this becomes more challenging. Linux media may help, but you have to know which files to delete, rename or edit.


Google Announces Google One, Online Storage With Flexibility

For most of us who use the free version, things will not change much. Maybe some more storage. And of course some sort of crazy interface changes.


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.

Leaving autoplay enabled should not trigger this exploit. It's based on autorun. I thought by default Windows 10 has autorun disabled, but maybe they changed it back. Anyway, most third party antivirus by default disables aurtorun, so this should block the exploit.


How to Turn Off Chrome Notifications

More Chrome annoyances to turn off. Sheesh!


The best Chromebooks

This article is out of date. The current ASUS mid-priced Chromebook is my flip c302. I like this Chromebook, especially with Fedora Linux running on it.


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.

These attacks usually begin as phishing attacks. So being able to resist phishing schemes should offer considerable protections.


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.

Most home networks use either a router or a gateway, which combines a router with a modem. Some mesh network setups have access points. Most routers are used as wireless routers, although dome of my devices are set up with wired connections.


Everything Is a Subscription Now and It’s Too Much

Although it doesn't cover everything, I find that Linux has so far no required subscriptions. So not everything is subscriptions. But so much of our world today has gone over to this model that we'd best get used to subscribing to everything.


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

There have been a lot of complaints that Facebook's AI has been suspending or deleting legitimate accounts and leaving fake accounts up and running.

Then Facebook has made it very difficult to prove you are the real owner of the images and information which has been misused. These efforts by Facebook have a long way to go.


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.'

I just don't see any likely use case for these devices.


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.

It doesn't happen very often, but if someone hacks into the bank's servers, there is nothing you could have done to protect your account from that type of attack. You don't control the back end, only your front end credentials.


How to Check Which Version of Ubuntu You Have Installed

I know what version I have, but I also know I should upgrade it sometime. I jsut have to find the time to do so.


Amazon Prime Members to Get Discounts at Whole Foods

After Amazon bought Whole Foods, this was inevitable.


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

The current Flash Player version is now


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

IrfanView and XnViewMP both do a good job of removing this type of metadata.


Spyce is a Restaurant Staffed by Robot Chefs

I'm not sure I'd be inclined to tip a robot.


Gmail’s Smart Compose Autocompletes Your Emails

Here's another example of autocomplete run amok. I would turn off this feature if I found it enabled.


Offline Support Comes to the New Gmail

I already have a desktop email client for offline email access. I don't need something like this from gmail. Just another feature to turn off.


Re. FYI#1264 (Wed 5/16/2018):

How to Restrict Android App Permissions

I should look these over more often. I do look over the global system-wide permissions and I have restricted those.


How to Share Large Files Over the Internet

I just place the file on my Google Drive and send out the URL to those I want to share it with. That's the simplest way to do this.


Test Windows Defender Antivirus (or other security software)

These tests do not work on most third party antivirus.


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

Comcast is not charging just to plug in the equipment. Technician time is worth money. Each appointment is scheduled for up to 2 hours. Signals and connections are tested and replaced or repaired as needed.

The technician makes sure all devices which are supposed to be connected to the network are working. This includes phone services.

When my Comcast service was set up we were given our passwords (there were several of them) and we were shown how to use the basic features of the Comcast system. There were no extra charges for any of this.

In some cases there are extra charges if the installation requires more work.


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


Most of us on the free plan will not notice much change at all. More storage most likely, and some sorts of crazy interface changes.


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.

I have never had a headphone cable detach at the earpiece end. I have had wires break or develop shorts within the cable run, but that's about it. I've dropped headphones on the floor countless times and they never break.


Confusion over chipmakers' debug exception instructions prompts patching

Well, there's a new flaw and a new security issue, and more patching and firmware updates are coming. This is not the first of these announcements, and it will not be the last. We are going to be dealing with these sorts of issues for a long time to come.


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


Despite Efail, the sky is not falling



This turns out not to be a serious as originally thought. The attack is detectable and can be filtered out. There is nothing wrong with the underlying security of encrypted email.


Send Texts From Your PC With This Upcoming Windows Feature

If this works, it might be useful in a few situations. But generally I find little use for such a utility. I do not want to use my PC as a phone.


Windows 10 version 1803 microcode update KB4100347

Watch out for these Microsoft Updates which mess with microcode. The last one I applied in my NUC removed some of the Meltdown protections from the firmware update I had applied. I had to use inSpectre to restore those protections.


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.

I told you this fix was coming.


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.

Woody Leonhard is still saying it is not yet time to apply these Windows patches. I'm waiting a bit longer.


Senate votes to reverse FCC order and restore net neutrality

Yes, but this still has to get through the House, and then the President has to sign it. Unlikely and very unlikely.


Do it now! Protect your router from the Russian hackers

As previously noted, my Comcast gateway seems not to allow changing DNS at the router. So sometimes my choice of Cloudfare DNS is accepted, sometimes it appears to get overridden. Anyway, remote administration can be turned off,

and unless a technician needs access, it should be off.


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

Unless you have removed all Microsoft Store Apps from your device, even the "baked-in" ones, you will need to update the Apps from time t o time. The easiest way to do this is to keep the MS Store icon on your taskbar.

Mine stays where it is for that reason. Just deleting a tile or icon does not remove any Windows App.


Use This Hidden Keyboard Combo to Fix Your Frozen Computer

I did not know about this before. But I wonder if tbhis works on my devices, with their onboard integrated graphics.


'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.

For device development, security, and app development, it makes sense to have a unified platform to work with. But I don't think Google should be controlling that platform. At worst, they could be creating a self-contained ecosystem within the IoT. That would be bad.


With this portable tool, your web browser goes with you

Unless you're using a borrowed PC, you can just install Chrome. Your settings and history and almost everything else can be stored in the Cloud or even on a USB stick, and then downloaded or imported.

I can think of very few use cases for a portable Chrome browser. On most public PCs you can't run portable apps from a USB stick due to a block set up in the PC's policies.


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

This is the Internet Explorer-Word Macro flaw. Patched now.

How to Disable Pocket’s Sponsored Stories in Firefox

This is another example of Firefox trying to monetize everywhere it can. And another "feature" to be disabled. This is getting worse than Chrome!


(Thurs. 5/17-Sat. 5/19, 2018: No postings, no replies.)


From My Own Reading:



Here's The Original, Undistorted 'Laurel'/'Yanny' Recording

  Digg  May 16 2018, 12:48 PM



(The original distorted version was posted on Instagram.)

So, the whole Internet has "blown up" because a teenage girl knows how to use an audio distortion technique to make hash of an original audio recording of a man's voice saying a simple English word. Do these people even know how to vet a source???

This is how Fake News wins political elections. (I think it sounded more like "Yarry", a sort of Yiddish/German rendition of Seinfeld's first name.)

Test where you think the critical transition point is in this NY Times article:



The OnePlus 6 is an iPhone X clone—notch, glass, and all—for nearly half the price

And it still has a headphone jack.


Carrier unlocked (Not compatible with the Verizon non-GSM network.) Runs Android P clone "Oxygen" (near-stock Android). I might consider this one (the 128GB model) if I were upgrading my own phone.


Microsoft may release a tiny $400 Surface tablet to challenge the iPad


But take this with a grain of salt. And it does run Windows 10S, or else Windows 10 Pro in S Mode. So what's that -- about a $50 upgrade?


Roccat Horde Aimo review: This 'membranical' gaming keyboard explores new territory

Roccat pushes the boundaries with Microsoft's Surface Dial tech and self-adjusting LEDs.



Comments by -- Joe Nowak

Pivot Tables in Excel

Wed May 23, 2018 2:11 pm (PDT

Here's 50 suggestions and mini projects for using pivot tables in Excel.


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Hackers siphon hundreds of millions of pesos out of Mexican banks through shadow transactions



TeleGrab - Grizzly Attacks on Secure Messaging



Not Just Pixel: Here’s All the Phones That Can Get the Android P Beta Right Now



Details on AT&T's newly revamped streaming TV service

Cloud DVR and wireless bundle deals make DirecTV Now a lot more interesting.



Ericsson's CTO on What Really Goes Into Rolling Out 5G

PCMag sat down with Ericsson CTO Erik Ekudden at Techonomy NYC to talk 5G, machine intelligence, and the future of connectivity.



OnePlus 6 vs. iPhone X: Can the Flagship Killer Steal Apple's Crown?



Listen to Music on YouTube? You Need These 5 Sites and Extensions



Fix Common Problems with macOS Time Machine



How to: Rip DVDs Using Nvidia GPU Acceleration and Intel QSV



Did Google’s Duplex AI Demo Just Pass the Turing Test? [Update]



Kaspersky Lab plays Swiss gambit in attempt to assuage Russian spying fears




Best Virtual Reality Headsets



The DOJ and FBI Are Now Reportedly Investigating Cambridge Analytica



Open Tabs in Firefox to the right of the current tab



Microsoft: Here's our 4 step plan for getting rid of passwords forever

Microsoft plans to replace passwords with Windows Hello and other tools, starting with the Windows 10 April 2018 Update.



5 best gadgets to keep criminals from stealing your information



Google Is Overhauling Google News With AI Curation and Built In Subscriptions



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

The new certification program will ensure that wireless mesh network routers, gateways, and access points from different manufacturers will all work together.



Studying Biology? Step Into Google's Virtual Lab

Google partnered with Labster to create a virtual reality biology lab, and Arizona State University will use it to offer the first online biology degree program.



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



How to Record Vinyl to Your Computer With Audacity



5 of the Best Self-Hosted URL-Shortener Scripts



How to change your ringtone on an iPhone



Microsoft’s New Adaptive Controller Is for Gamers With Limited Mobility



Four-million Facebook users’ data wide open for anyone to download for years




Signal Desktop Affected By Two Similar Remote Code Execution Bugs



Just 13 States Have Requested Funds Congress Set Aside to Secure Election Systems



A look at Scribus – Open-Source Desktop Publisher on GNU/Linux



Microsoft Translator becomes serious business travel tool with Cortana, offline access

Business professionals can hold conversations in multiple languages on the app.


Easy way to make money on your old tech gadgets



Send Texts From Your PC With This Upcoming Windows Feature



Netgear is expanding Arlo with security lights

The bright LED lights have their own motion sensors and will supplement an Arlo home security system.



The State of Microsoft's AI

What does artificial intelligence mean to you and me, where is it headed, and how does Microsoft compare with the competition?



52 Best Amazon Alexa Skills


Making Sense of USB-C and Thunderbolt Cables and Ports on Your MacBook



Do You Still Need to Jailbreak Your iPhone in 2018?



Industry collaboration was the "silver lining" of Spectre & Meltdown, says Red Hat



Intel Shares New Details on 10nm Delay, Future 14nm Products



Huawei MateBook X Pro First Impressions



This Is Your Last Chance To Save Net Neutrality (Updated)



Chinese School Piloting Face-Recognition Software to Make Sure Students Pay Attention in Class



How secure or private is Gmail's new confidential mode?



Office Q&A: How to stop Excel's paste task from overwriting destination cell's format

It's not easy to fool Excel, but with a few extra clicks, you can work around this odd pasting behavior.


Free alternative to Adobe Lightroom



Why is My Amazon Echo Blinking Yellow, Red, or Green?



How to change the Google Assistant voice

Don't stick with the default. Mix it up a bit to make Google Assistant your own.



Microsoft Adaptive Cards Let You Interact Inside Email

At Build 2018, Microsoft announced Adaptive Cards, which let developers present actionable info panels inside email, but there's a lot more to it than just that.



Smart TVs: Everything You Need to Know


How to Keep Ethernet, TV, and Power Wires Tidy Using Cable Covers



How to Create a Dropdown List in Microsoft Excel



Audeze Mobius gaming headphones offer VR for your ears with head-tracking and room emulation



How Graphics Cards Work



PC Makers are Embracing Alexa



Comcast is (update: was) leaking the names and passwords of customers’ wireless routers



Oh Good, a Former Lawyer for Facebook and Equifax Is Now in Charge of Investigating Them



Opera 53.0 Stable release information



How to create a website using Google Sites

These steps will show you how to configure your Google Sites, G Suite admin settings, and your domain host records to use a Google Site as your organization's website.



Do it now! Protect your router from the Russian hackers



Use Android P’s New App Switching Gesture: Swipe Right on Home



Rail Europe data breach lasted almost three months



AT&T, Verizon Will Sell the Red Hydrogen One Holographic Phone



Free check to see if your router has been hacked by criminals



F-Secure Router Checker

Router Checker is a free, web-based tool that checks your router's settings and detects if it may have been hijacked by criminals.

If your router is compromised, every single device on your network is at risk of being hacked.



Lawyers for Marcus Hutchins: His 'I made malware' jail phone call isn't proper evidence

Scrap accused Brit's chat transcript, court urged



Comments by -- Joe Nowak

Latest edition of CyberHeistNews

Mon May 21, 2018 10:38 pm (PDT)

CyberheistNews Vol 8 #21 Scam of the Week: GDPR Phishing Attack With Apple Flavor / Royal Wedding



12 Apps to Carry with you at all times

Tue May 22, 2018 12:11 am (PDT)

This article about 12 must have apps comes via the Indian Prairie Computer Club Facebook page.


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(ALERT: if you own an iPhone X, don't drop it as you may have problems getting it repaired!)


The Best High Speed Internet Providers

How We Found The Best High Speed Internet Providers



Here's how Google is using AI to make your Android smartphone battery last longer

DeepMind for Google and Android have joined forces to pioneer AI that can anticipate what app you'll need next.



We Dropped $18,000 Worth of Phones, and These Are the Toughest (and Weakest)



Office 365 defences vulnerable to baseStriker malware

Microsoft's Office 365 has been found vulnerable to attack methodology that enables malicious links to sneak past most of the product's

cyber-security defences by splitting off the dangerous part of the link to it is not spotted.



Mozilla is working on Firefox multi-tab management



Surface Laptop Updated Again



5 must-do spy hacks you need to use now






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.



How to Crack a Password



Chrome, Firefox browsers are targeted by new 'Vega Stealer' malware



How to Speed Up Your Mac Workflow Using Hot Corners



With Gmail Implementing More Smart Features, Will You Still Stick with It?



Nvidia GTX 1180 Expected in July: What You Need to Know



How to Use Google Photos for Easy Photo Fixes, Share Suggestions, and More



iOS 11.4 will block data sent on USB connections if the phone is locked for 7 days

In a change possibly targeted at law enforcement, Apple is changing iOS to disable the USB port after a device is idle for seven days,

and only a user unlock can reverse it.



The Best Photo Book Printing Services 2018



How to: not to get hacked in 2018

A guide to all the latest cyber criminal tricks, and how to beat them.



Configure Gmail offline mail



Google to Launch YouTube Music Next Week


How to erase things from the internet quickly



What is a VPN and how do you find the best VPN services?



How to Do a Reverse Image Search From Your Phone

Google's reverse image search is a breeze on a desktop, but what about when you're on a mobile device? Google, Bing, and others have options.



How to Download & Install Linux (Ubuntu) in Windows

Now that we know what Linux is, it is the time that to learn how we should install it on the computer and choose which Distribution we should use.

Let us start by understanding what a Linux Distribution is.



Chrome is killing its 'Secure' URL label in September

It'll highlight its 'Not Secure' indicator instead.



The 6 Best Wireless Earbuds for All Budgets



Do You Still Need to Root Your Android Phone in 2018?



AMD Ryzen 7 2700 Review: The Non-X Factor



Linux Apps Are Coming to Chromebooks



Mastercard partners with Microsoft to make cities smarter

The two global leaders have formed a smart city pilot to combine data and experience platforms to benefit cities around the world.



OnePlus 6 Review: This Is the Best Phone for the Money



Melania Trump's anti-cyberbully guide is one giant passive-aggressive subtweet for Donald

It's doubtful the president has read his wife's guide for children on social media.



Group your YouTube Subscriptions by Topic



Paul Thurrott’s Short Takes: May 18


Keep Facebook from tracking you on the web



Learn the Best Keyboard Shortcuts for Excel



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.





May 25th is the due date for GDPR compliance, and it’s coming up fast.



NEW GUIDE: PiGlass, a DIY wearable computer #AdafruitLearningSystem



How to Save Space With Windows 10’s New Disk Cleanup Tool



8 of the Best Google Maps Alternatives You Should Try



'Telegrab' Malware Grabs Telegram Encryption Keys, Steam Credentials



Chrome Now Blocks Sound in Classic Web Games



How the GDPR could spark a lean data revolution and help companies control data costs

Karen Schuler, head of data and information governance for BDO USA, talked with TechRepublic about her recent report detailing

how the GDPR will change the way companies approach data.


7 iPhone Features I'd Like to See in iOS 12



Intel won't patch new Spectre-like chip vulnerabilities for another 12 days



Trace blocks multiple tracking techniques in Firefox and Chrome






Smart Fridge

Turn your refrigerator into a smart home IoT device using computer vision and voice.



The solo traveler's guide to keep you and your cards safe

Start by assessing your credit cards. Are they the best ones for where you are going?



Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 (9575)



Are You Ready For These World Changing Technologies In 2018?






How to Play Android or iPhone Games on Your Chromecast



6 of the Best Kodi Add-ons to Stream Your Favorite Sports Immediately



Intel's First 10nm Processor Lands In China



Microsoft Finally Fixes Notepad After 20 Years of Inadequacy



How to set up Livepatch and the information gathering tool in Ubuntu 18.04

Ubuntu 18.04 includes some very interesting new features, two of which reveal themselves in the first-run wizard.

Jack Wallen explains what they are and how to set them up.



VPN Beginner’s Guide

The Beginner’s Guide to Understanding VPNs



Digital Media Bremen


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The Digital Vigilantes Who Hack Back

American companies that fall victim to data breaches want to retaliate against the culprits. But can they do so without breaking the law?



Oath's privacy policy is a privacy nightmare



[Heads-up] New Exploit Hacks LinkedIn 2-factor Auth. See This Kevin Mitnick VIDEO



Like the New Gmail? 5 Other Google Tools You Might Not Know About



Crisis management expert: Here's what Google should do about '60 Minutes'



Listen to These Auditory Illusions When You’re Bored With Laurel and Yanny



Cinnamon Desktop Spices Up RoboLinux Raptor



Mobile AR is evolving faster than you think



Review: HP Spectre 13-AF008TU ultrabook



Cybercriminals taking over email accounts and scamming contacts



Android power tips you'll wish you'd known all along



7 Gmail tips every emailer should know

Want to quietly opt out of an email chain or take back that pathetic note to your ex? Gmail can help.



Fancy that, Fancy Bear: LoJack anti-laptop theft tool caught phoning home to the Kremlin

Stolen PC locator plays double agent, say researchers



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



Stop Throwing Cellphone Batteries in the Trash, You're Firebombing Garbage Trucks



BlockTube: YouTube video blocker for Firefox



86% Of Passwords Are Terrible And Employees Reuse Them All The Time



How to Fix Outlook Search When It Isn’t Working Properly



Apple fans are raging that the new MacBook Pro has an unreliable keyboard — so I wrote this article with one to show you how bad it can be



Facebook Compartmentalization



Chrome, Firefox browsers are targeted by new 'Vega Stealer' malware



Google is reportedly working on a HoloLens-like AR headset



Google Duplex is the first real AI gamechanger






Windows vs Mac vs Chrome



Google Chrome says goodbye to green 'Secure' lock on HTTPS sites

Google says security should be so normal you don't see it. But bad security should be in your face.



Industroyer: An in-depth look at the culprit behind Ukraine's power grid blackout

Malware which speaks the language of industrial machines is a danger to all of our critical services.



5 Lightweight and Fast Android Browsers to Speed Up Your Browsing Experience



North Korea-Linked Hackers Targeting Defectors With Android Malware



Google Drive changes: Google One and price drops



Q1 2018 Top Clicked Phishing Email Subjects [INFOGRAPHIC]



7 Common Mistakes That Slow Your Mac Down



Ethereum Could Be the Next Apple: Steve Wozniak



AT&T's Dash-like smart button doesn't need WiFi

It's also not pre-programmed like Amazon's one-click device.



Siempo’s new app will break your smartphone addiction

A hardware startup shifts to software



More Google Android 9.0 P details reveal at I/O 2018



Irish Netflix subscribers warned of new scam that could steal their bank details

Customers have been warned about a fake phishing page warning about an expiring subscription



Voice apps have issues with discoverability, monetization, and retention: Here is how to solve them



These Glass-Framed OLED TVs Are Basically Works of Art, and They've Never Been Cheaper



Massachusetts School District Pays $10K to Ransomware Attackers



When Your Employees Post Passwords Online



Apple to Disable USB Connection on iPhones Left Locked for a Week or More



Hacker Hijacks California Congressional Debate to Broadcast Gay Porn



Windows 10 version 1803 does not play nice with some Solid State Drives (SSD)



Chinese Cyber Spies Focus On Spear Phishing... YOU!



8 Vital Google Sheets Add-Ons for Better Spreadsheets



OUCH! Newsletter: What is GDPR?



Revamped Xbox feedback program asks you to vote on ideas

It's focused on specific concepts.



How to free up space on your computer’s hard drive

Patrick Marshall discusses the difference between system memory and storage, and tackles some connectivity issues.






Firefox Quantum 60 released



GandCrab Version 3 Released With Autorun Feature and Desktop Background



9 App Hacks to Help Declutter and Save Time in Your Day



Are Bad Guys Swapping TeamViewer For AnyDesk to install Blackheart Ransomware?



Developing threats, mobile phishing



Kindle vs. Kindle Paperwhite vs. Kindle Voyage: Which E-Reader Should You Choose?



Sen. Wyden Calls on FCC Chairman to Recuse Himself From Phone-Tracking Investigation



Folder Move: move programs or games without losing functionality


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