Apple and Google are heading in the same direction
but on different paths
Both companies are doing very similar things
Brace yourself! The age of keyboard-less laptops is
14 big announcements from Apple’s annual developer
conference WWDC 2018
New iPhone Leak Confirms Apple's Illuminating
Speed tests show that iOS 12 is significantly
faster than iOS 11
THE BEAM IS SONOS’ AMBITIOUS ATTEMPT TO WIN THE
A $399 Alexa-enabled soundbar for the streaming era
Eye on Cybersecurity
From Mega Breaches to Ransomware, We're
A Year Later, WannaCry Ransomware
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.
The best CPUs for gaming
Game on with these picks for every
Microsoft Has an AI Bot, Xialolce, that
Can Converse with You Like a Human
Deleted Facebook Cybercrime Groups Had
How to Uninstall AMD Drivers
MIT researchers create wireless
transmitter to thwart hackers
Rapid frequency hopping helps protect
How to Automate Your Home With Your
Mobile Devs Making the Same Security
Mistakes Web Devs Made in the Early 2000s
Nvidia’s ‘infinite resolution’ patent
could change gaming forever
The biggest announcements from WWDC and
why they matter
The Little Black Book of Billionaire
This New Phone Looks Pricey But Is A
iOS 12 is Apple’s most boring update in
years, and I’m totally OK with that
Drones taught to spot violent behavior
in crowds using AI
The work has questionable accuracy
rates, but it shows how AI is being used to automate surveillance
19,000 Medical Oncology Hematology
Consultants, PA records exposed in ransomware attack
How Google's .App Domain Makes Your
Site More Secure
Google this week formally launched the
.app domain name, which it says will make for memorable and—more
importantly—very secure web addresses.
The best SSDs of 2018
The best SSDs can supercharge your PC.
Here are our picks for the best SSDs, what to look for in an SSD,
whether you even need an SSD, and more.
How to Enable Microsoft Edge
Application Guard on Windows 10
When Identity Thieves Hack Your
Google Plans to Make Chrome’s
Non-Secure Site Warnings More Prominent
MSI’s 25-inch gaming display is
The Oculux NXG251 packs a 240Hz refresh
rate and 0.5 millisecond response time.
How to Set Up Your MacBook From Scratch
The VPNFilter Botnet Is Attempting a
Google is staring down the barrel of
another massive fine and a crackdown that could rip the company
Apple to bring iOS apps to macOS
New MacBook Pro Leak Reveals Apple's
5G laptops are coming soon, and they’ll
have Intel inside
Intel teases dual-screen concept PCs as
rumors of ARM versions heat up
APPLE’S IPHONE X CAMERA ISSUES
SHOWCASES A SURPRISING ANTI-CONSUMER SIDE TO THE COMPANY
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.
What to expect with Microsoft's Windows
10 'Redstone 5' release this fall
As Microsoft continues to roll out its
Insider builds of Redstone 5, there's still more to come.
EasyMesh: A New Standard that Promises
a Cheaper, Easier Way to Expand Wi-Fi
Apple might cut new-model iPhone
production by 20 percent this year
The company has reportedly asked parts
suppliers to make fewer components.
How to Enable or Disable Shared
Experiences in Windows 10
Arlo cameras are getting person
detection and e911 services
Of course, these new fancy features
Make Sure You Take Work Breaks with the
Mac App 'Time Out'
Apple Releases Security Updates for
macOS, iOS, Safari, More
Apple could make MagSafe a reality on
USB-C MacBooks if it really wanted
It turns out TechCrunch writers have
really strong opinions about Apple’s new Walkie-Talkie feature
Galaxy Note 9 Leak Reveals Samsung's
Apple is bringing iOS apps to the Mac –
This tiny ruggedized 4G smartphone has
a fingerprint scanner and works underwater
HOW TO PROTECT YOUR PC AGAINST
Equifax Admits Passport Numbers Were
Stolen in Breach
An Equifax spokeswoman told PCMag that
the company 'manually reviewed' the images stolen from its dispute
portal and found 3,200 photos of passports or passport cards.
Logitech MK540 Advanced wireless
keyboard and mouse review: Snappy typing, no noise
A tactile, quiet keyboard paired with a
How to Make Your Excel Workbook Read
Why Mac users don't really matter to
Sorry Mac users, but you're not a high
priority for Apple these days. The iPhone changed all that.
How to Change how Apps and Websites
Automatically Open for Sets in Windows 10
PCs are actually exciting again
Computex proved that computer makers
aren't completely out of ideas just yet.
Synchronize Your Files Without Giving
Them Up to a Third-Party Service With Syncthing
OMB Releases Damning Report on U.S.
Govt's Inability to Counter Cyber Threats
The best MacBook Pro you can buy is on
sale for $1,000 at Best Buy
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Comments by -- Bob Primak --
Postings Week of May 28-June 2, 2018:
Tools to Help You Spot Fake News
Great find! I
"enjoyed" playing the games, and the browser extensions may prove
useful moving forward. I prefer a database approach over an AI
approach or a crowd-sourced approach, so I chose the
MediaBiasFactCheck Chrome Extension. We'll see how I like this
Extension as the mid-term Election Cycle progresses.
Valve, which run two of the world's biggest stores for buying
video games, are feuding with each other — and iPhone users could
end up losing out
So what else
Image Viewer 6.5 supports video import
article does not say is that you can't do anything but view images
and videos in this free Viewer. To edit or transcode to other
formats, you would have to pay for an upgrade. Which is
unnecessary with the other free tools referenced in the review.
ABSOLUTELY NOT PREDICTABLE.
This form of
malware was in fact very predictable. Woody Leonhard has been
decrying this feature for this reason and others since it was
announced. And he was not alone.
13 Kodi Repos
You Need to Uninstall and Why
itself is not illegal, BUT... If you have been stupid enough to
add illegal channels and apps to Kodi, this is your little reward.
Be thankful you haven't been infected already -- or have you??
Korea's AV tool: SiliVaccine
not like they ever exported an English-language version. So
where's the beef? Everyone knows that North Korea does not respect
intellectual property. For that matter, neither does China.
Digest: Windows 10 updates, Variant 4, tech tips
In case you
missed it, Microsoft fixes problem with Intel and Toshiba SSDs for
Windows 10 version 1803, Variant 4 CPU flaw disclosed, Redstone 5
preview rolls out to testers, and more tech tips to get the most
out of your PC.
separately about the 1803 upgrade issue with Avast Antivirus, as
this deserves a more in-depth treatment. This article is about the
fixable issues. Third party use of undocumented APIs is not
fixable by Microsoft.
it means when an item is marked 'Amazon's Choice'
I never knew
what this was about, but I suspected much of this. The Alexa
tie-in is interesting. I wonder how many fake reviews go into the
Simplifies Internet Storage With New Plans, Perks
Most of us
casual home users won't notice much of a difference -- except
maybe more storage and definitely some sort of crazy interface
Generation vulnerabilities affect Intel processors
out in the wild about any of these vulnerabilities. But something
to keep an eye on. There will be many, many more like these.
Loses 10 Months of Work to Ransomware. Gets Infected a Second
So, backup to
an off-site location was never an option in all that time?
Someone's tax dollars at work!
3 Reasons Why
You Should Be Using a VPN With Kodi
All of this
is predicated on the assumption that you are circumventing
copyright or regional block rules in your use of Kodi. If you
aren't doing anything illegal, your chances of encountering Kodi
malware or being targeted by your ISP or law enforcement drops
precipitously. I'm just saying...
Neutrality comes to an end on 11 June
is still pending which could reverse or modify this. But it needs
the House and our President to approve it, which is unlikely and
Reportedly Has Exciting Feature Turned Off
And there are
The OnePlus 6
could have been nearly perfect if only...
prefer the Moto gG6 if I were upgrading:
revealed: Dual cameras, 18:9 screen, no notch for $250
probably would not go for the Play model reviewed there. Plain
vanilla is good enough for me.
Encryption With PGP May Have a Serious Flaw
has been blown out of all proportion. Derivatives of PGP are
already being patched. The developers of PGP itself are waiting
for a standards upgrade. That I believe is a crock, but they are
entitled to do or not do as they please. Most people will never
encounter a situation where we need to stop using encrypted email
due to this flaw. EFF is being overly alarmist.
How to Fix
the No Sound Issue in Ubuntu
I've had this
happen from time to time, and also in Fedora on my Chromebook.
Usually the issue has to do with a (pulse audio or alsa) "dummy
output" instead of a real sink device profile. Online, a Google
Search usually solves that issue with an updated output sink
device profile, and I'm back in business. In the Chromebook the
issue is more serious -- there isn't support for internal audio
for Skylake Intel hardware in Linux. (There I use USB-C with an
inline DAC, or else a dock with support for audio while charging
or HDMI audio output to a TV or projector system.)
10.0 updates removes ads from installer
Well, I guess
someone forgot to inform Microsoft of the change so they could
delist the program from their definitions for Windows Defender and
Smart Screen Filter. This also happens with SUMo Lite, which is
also ad free.
How to Share
Large Files Over the Internet
I use Cloud
Storage on Google Drive. Easy, free and doesn't force anyone to
download to a client an enormous attachment.
What Is The
Reason Why The Ransomware Threat Is Not Going Away Any Time Soon?
social engineering is more frequently successful does not mean we
can throw away our traditional antivirus. I just want to be much
more clear than this article was on this point.
Difference Between USB 3.1 Gen 1 And USB 3.1 Gen 2?
ratings especially of peripherals are what to look at. One slow
peripheral will slow an entire hub or dock. And all the ports
attached to the same bus.
How to Create
and Restore a System Image Backup with Macrium Reflect
Reflect's own support tutorials are all you really need. I don't
like articles which essentially screen-scrape from there.
Stealer shines brightly in targeted campaign
If you don't
store passwords and other credentials in your browser, this will
never bother you. Hopefully, browser makers and security companies
will soon root out this threat.
separately -- Microsoft and Avast Finally Track Down The Avast
Antivirus Windows Version 1803, Spring Update, Black Screen Issue.
The results are not encouraging for folks using third party
antivirus on Windows 10 Home Edition.)
(Building) (Mon 5/28/2018):
this issue went out to me before it got posted to the CCS web
Stock Plunges After Firm Announces Internal Probe
here is financial reporting. The company's products are still
safe, and the company is not going bankrupt.
iOS users are
18x more likely to be phished than to download malware
similar stats for Windows users. But don't abandon your antivirus
update: performance improvements and security patch
So, still no
resolution of the ASLR issue or the SSL issue? Still has OpenCandy
in the installer, depending on how you download it.
passes first law to crack down on data brokers
What is not
clear is whether the law covers residents of Vermont, or companies
registered to do business in Vermont. Anyway, I'm not moving up
there just to be covered by this. Medical facilities are sparse up
there, as are specialist doctors and nursing facilities.
How to Remove
Viruses and Malware on Your Windows PC
disguised ad for Malwarebytes paid edition, to run alongside
Windows Defender. While some folks swear by this combo, there is
zero independent testing verifying the effectiveness of this vs.
any other single or combo solution. Avast is having issues with
Windows 10 now, but next upgrade it could be anyone else.
Microsoft for Win10 1803 upgrade blue screens, nonsensical options
Avast says it
has fixed the problem that triggered Win10 April 2018 Update
installation blue screens and dysfunctional 'boot to another
operating system' options.
So have they
stopped using undocumented APIs? If not, this issue will return
someday. Mark my words.
be secretly working on an ARM-based, touchscreen computer
Interesting... And it will use their own chips -- self branded and
maybe self designed.
Hide Troll Tweets
will use 'new behavioral signals' to identify the internet
trolling and prevent it from intruding on your Twitter experience.
And just who
decides what behaviors constitute Trolling? No system is
foolproof, and if history is any guide, AI systems are the worst
fools out there.
Install Kali Linux on Windows 10
This link did
not work for me, but a Google Search produced what looked like the
same link, and it worked (Chrome 67 beta under Ubuntu Linux on a
Comcast network). Anyway, this is another Windows Store App. It is
not a Virtual Machine running the full Kali Linux, and thus may
have many limitations. This is significant for a Linux distro
which is focused on security penetration testing (ethical
How To Enable
Offline Support in the New Gmail
I already get
my Gmail offline. It's called a desktop email client.
Game: New Predator, Nitro PCs Inbound
I got a 404
error from clicking on the link. But in Google Search the same
address comes up from their link and it works.
reportedly get the power to unlock doors using NFC
Information says Apple will announce its NFC's new features at
WWDC in June.
Just what I
need -- yet another way someone could break into my apartment.
How to Share
Large Blocks of Text With Someone Over the Internet
been around for awhile, and it has a good reputation. But the
contents of whatever is stored there may not be secure in any way.
So be careful what you put on their servers.
59.0.3 fixes Windows 10 April 2018 compatibility issue
Firefox 60 is
the current version. It also contains this fix.
5 reasons why
your next light bulb should be a smart bulb
are still an expensive novelty. I see little benefit in them.
Things You Can Do to Be More Secure Online
easy tips to protect the security of your devices, your data, your
internet traffic, and your identity.
The link is a
garbage link from a Referrer. A direct link was obtained from a
Google Search. There's also an extra dot (in the original link)
something not free about this program. And I would not trust the
opinion of any third party program of this type, as it is looking
for behaviors based on algorithms which may not be keeping pace
with Microsoft Updates to Windows 10.
Can You Get
Sued for Leaving a Bad Review?
America -- anybody can sue anyone over anything. The question is
whether the person suing can demand your real name and address,
and whether they can actually collect damages. In a few
particularly egregious recent cases, yes the business did win and
got a judgment. So don't leave fake reviews just to get back at a
How to Get
Windows Experience Index (WEI) Score in Windows 10
The WEI is
not very meaningful. I can't remember when the last time was that
a tech expert included this information in a product review.
12 things you
should be organizing with Command Hooks
This is not a
story about a computer term. These are actually little hooks with
adhesive backings, nothing more technical.
Security and Privacy Apps You Should Uninstall and Replace
There is no
sane and rational reason to uninstall CCleaner. Bleachbit is great
for Linux, but not easy to use for Windows. And not as good as
CCleaner. The CCleaner Uninstall can remove even the built-in
Windows Store apps. Bleachbit can't do that. Neither can Glary
Router Setting Everyone Should Change (But No One Does)
say no one does this, but the router manufacturers and ISPs sure
don't encourage users to go inside the Administrator pages and
change things. Not even the default passwords.
Apple Car Has
a Flat and Samsung Must Pay Up
A well placed
comma would have saved me a few minutes here. These two
half-sentences have nothing to do with each other. Call the
Attack Can Hijack Computers Remotely Over the Network
This does not
(yet) affect home networks. We lack the network cards which allow
this attack, and our networks aren't fast enough. (Home networks
peak at about 1GB/s while the attack requires at least 10GB/s.
That's known in the math business as an order of magnitude
Badger is now superseded by Privacy Possum:
is not an extension sanctioned or maintained by EFF.
Blur do much the same tricks as uBlock Origin, and do not bog down
while trying to contact a server to load the latest blacklists.
soon make HTTPS Everywhere its default mode. And NoScript simply
blocks too much and is difficult to manage.
by -- Joe Nowak
Mon May 28,
2018 10:25 pm (PDT)
be coming out with a Clear History Tool in the next couple of
time they did this!
Facebook Data Collection
Tue May 29,
2018 1:48 pm (PDT)
Lots of folks
have been getting upset about the data collection of Google and
Facebook. It's not a real big thing to be concerned with as this
article explains. Every time you take one of these "What character
would you be...." or "only 1 out of every 500 Mensa members get
these answers..." you're providing information to data collection
services. Read what Google and Facebook do to protect the data and
why they need to collect it. Then keep calm and surf the net.
It may not be
a big deal to you, but the way Facebook and Google collect data
even when you are not explicitly using their services has raised
serious privacy concerns. It is no big deal to you until you are
denied a job, get called into HR, get fired or suspended, or lose
a TV show (ala Roseanne) due to collected and shared data you
never authorized anyone to collect in the first place. There have
been folks who thought they were using a DNA database to reconnect
with long-lost relatives, only to be fingered by unscrupulous
police departments as murder suspects. No big deal indeed!!
The US needs
to adopt an opt-in by default law, much like those in the EU. Even
that may not be enough in the wake of several scathing revelations
about Equifax (e.g., a CBS 60 Minutes expose a couple of years
before the massive security breach) refusing to remove or change
proven false information, even after losing and paying out lawsuit
There need to
be criminal consequences for ruining people's lives -- even for
corporations. If a corporation is a person (according to recent
Supreme Court rulings), then he/she/they can be sued (a civil
matter) for reckless distribution of unverified and damaging false
information about people. This is in addition to possible criminal
charges. We also need legislation to reverse the recent Supreme
Court ruling about mandatory arbitration and removal of class
action remedies. As for who the real persons are who will pay the
criminal penalties for the fictitious corporation-person's
misconduct, that's going to be a very thorny issue. High ranking
execs who make a living by ruining people's lives would not
hesitate to throw their low ranking underlings under the bus to
CTA (cover their ****s).
This phone is
placed in an awkward market niche. It isn't half or less of an
iPhone price, like my Moto G4 was (and the G6 is now). But it
doesn't quite measure up to the real iPhone or the real Samsung
The AI Robot Owl
robotic owl familiar. Archimedes judges your emotions, via Google
going to go to all that trouble to build this, why not go all the
way and make a softer external appearance layer? Make him look and
feel more like a real owl.
More than I
ever wanted to know. But an interesting read, if only for the fun
vs. Waze: Which One Is Really Better?
The two apps
actually serve different purposes. Maps is for planning out a
route before hitting the road. Waze works best if you engage it
only after you're on the road, and maybe hit unexpected traffic.
Then Waze finds alternative routes and drives the local residents
of the side streets it chooses for you crazy with the sudden
increases in traffic in their sleepy neighborhoods. This provides
revenue for Twitter, where the residents go to vent their
frustrations. That's how the New Economy works! ;)
pushing Win10 version 1803 to PCs specifically set to avoid it
hasn't happened to me (yet) this is totally in line with how
Microsoft was pushing people to the 1709 feature update.
Apparently this type of practice will continue to escalate with
the 1809 update, as the option to defer updates in Windows 10 Pro
version 1803 is no longer available from within the updates
settings page. Now you have to use Group Policies and/or a
Registry hack, and even this is not guaranteed to work. Who knows
what will happen in 2019? I do not need this kind of hassle, so I
went over to Linux over a year ago. I do look back, but never
Pro is a dead end for the enterprise, Gartner says
changes by Microsoft to the Windows 10 support schedule underline
why Windows 10 Pro is an ill fit for most companies.
Members Will Get 10% Off Sale Items at Whole Foods Starting This
As I posted
before, this was inevitable when Amazon bought the grocery chain.
way to make a LiveUSB from within GNU/Linux
here, these instructions will not produce a bootable USB flash
drive. You need to use (in Ubuntu, Fedora or many other distros)
your distro's Media Creator tool (or whatever your distro calls
it), usually available within the operating system. Use this tool
to create bootable USB Live/Installer media. Just dd-copying an
ISO does not put boot information onto the USB drive.
Galaxy Note 9
Could Boast Whopping 512GB of Storage
That's a LOT
of photos or videos!
Your Phone While Watching TV? You're Not Alone
people doing with their phones while in front of the TV? Looking
up details about actors or chatting with friends, according to
Many TV shows
encourage Live Tweeting and Live Chatting while watching the show.
ATSC-3 TV shows will have even more interactive options. Of
course, what this does, is it makes some viewers who got caught up
in the chats time-shift and rewatch the show without the
distractions. Then again, most viewers don't really pay close
attention to a TV show -- they are doing lots of offline things,
from eating to doing dishes to (allegedly) doing homework while
the show plays on. And they miss a lot, but don't seem to really
"miss out" on anything they care about. Welcome to the world of
ther Lowest Common Denominator.
What is the
New EasyMesh Wi-Fi Standard? (and Why It Doesn’t Matter Yet)
True, this is
a standard for the future of intelligent networks and IoT
networking. It does make sense to get out ahead of the curve and
read up on this before it hits us full-on in a few years. Don't
buy anything based on this yet, but do make sure you know what
it's all about.
Laptop Docking Stations for Every Laptop
Many times a
manufacturer makes a dock which is tailored ot a range of models
from that same manufacturer. This is how I got my ASUS dock for my
flip c302 Chromebook:
out of stock and BH Photo has back-ordered this dock.)
I have had
very good results with this dock. However,it is not a travel dock.
For travel I use jsut a mini-dock from Best Buy:
But this one
will not push out analog sound to headphones (at least not while
charging). For that I have an adapter cable and a DAC:
USB-C to Micro-USB cable, and these are readily available.)
Don't get an
adapter cable with its own internal DAC. These cables tend to
break easily. If I break the cable leading into my DAC, the DAC
can be reused with a new cable. Much cheaper and more reliable.
This DAC has decent sound, but it is definitely not high-end.
Android and iOS users at risk of Roaming Mantis malware
This one is
different from the VPN Filter router infection. Not clear is how
to prevent or remove it from a router. My Android phone just got a
security update. This may be unrelated, but then again...
Home 11.0 is out
I use Linux,
so my Claws Mail mailboxes and configuration folders, as well as
its mail cache (for IMAP accounts) all live inside my Home
Directory. I copy those folders and others to my data partition,
then to external storage, and I have everything backed up. If I do
anything which disrupts these folders, I dd copy or just copy them
back from the backups.
What the GDPR
means for Facebook, the EU and you
One thing to
know is that Facebook, unlike a lot of other companies, is not
extending the EU privasacy rules worldwide. Users inside the US
will not receive the EU protections. We will have to wait on our
Congress to pass protections, if that ever happens.
7 ways to
finally end robocalls
On both my
old AT&T UVerse and my new Comcast phone services (home phone)
Nomorobo didn't cost me anything. For Android or iOS (iPhone) the
price is low, but not free.
How to Create
a System Image in Windows 10
I have no
objection to people using the built-in Windows 7 backup tools. But
for a more flexible and reliable method, as well as being able to
boot into WinPE if the main Windows partition won't boot, I prefer
Macrium Reflecrt Free. What's important is that (1) your chosen
method will successfully restore your system -- test this before a
disaster strikes; and (2) that the method is automatic or so easy
to use that you actually make monthly backups before Microsoft
Greenhouse with Ubuntu
There's a lot
Linux and Raspberry Pi can do. This is actually one of the many
IoT applications which can be made.
[Tip] How to
Set or Change Security Questions for Your User Account in Windows
can't choose only questions whose answers are not spread all over
the Internet where anyone can find the answers.
Checkout-Free Store Is Coming to Chicago and San Francisco
want to check this out when it arrives and let all of us know how
the shopping experience is.
Service wants you to smell its new stamps
make me want to run out and mail some letters right away! ;)
How to Use
Google Drive Access Checker for Smarter File Sharing
To use this
feature you have to be using GSuite, the business (paid) Google
Drive option. I use the free option, which does not have this
How to Create
Elevated App Shortcut without UAC Prompt in Windows 10
only a few applications which should need such high-level security
clearance. Use this setup sparingly!
LTS Is Now In The Microsoft Store
This does not
allow you to run Ubuntu Linux inside of Microsoft Windows. It only
updates the BASH Shell commands.
[Tip] How to
Reset Forgotten User Account Password in Windows 10
security questions require the login to be through a Microsoft
Cloud Account. The answers to these questions can be found with a
simple Google search in most cases. I would not fill in the
correct and real responses if I were you. And I use local logins,
so this might be of limited use to me. If you do lie about a
security question, try to keep track of your fake answers
somewhere. Otherwise you may be doing yourself more harm than
6 things you
should know about FreedomPop's Unreal Mobile service
I do not
trust this company, period. They have a long history of offering
deals only to yank the rug out from under their customers.
Attempts to resolve billing or service issues go unanswered.
"Free" is not free with this company. And on and on...
Shouldn’t Bother Repairing Damaged Charging Cables
cable is a dangerous cable. Replacements aren't all that
expensive. I have yet to break a charging cable for any device.
How AI is
being leveraged for social engineering attacks
becoming more and more of an issue. AI bots are very difficult to
detect, so getting any enforceable laws about this sort of
activity will be very difficult also.
How to Listen
to and Delete Everything Your Alexa Has Recorded
On the other
hand, if it has ever been recorded and uploaded, it's still out
there, and has been copied and used by third parties. This is how
Alexa makes Amazon money.
Hot-Swappable and Cold-Swappable Devices?
situations when supposedly hot-swappable devices become "busy" and
cannot be safely removed without shutting down the whole system.
Be aware of this. And of course, always use "safely remove" in any
OS before yanking out SD cards or USB flash drives. Failure to do
so has wrecked file systems and whole devices in more cases which
have been brought to me than I care to detail. It's always sad to
have to tell someone that their photos will not be recoverable
because the SD card or the flash drive is either unreadable or
27 Things You
Didn't Know Your Chromecast Could Do
Bring out new
and hidden features with these tips for Google's streaming dongle.
A lot of
these features also work with a Chromebook running Chrome OS and
Android Apps. My Chromebook does support Android Apps. It's better
for some things like seeing which content you want to cast, but it
will never replace your TV's remote the way a phone might. Or use
the TV remote and not need the phone.
Be First with a 5G Phone
BTW, my Moto G4 is finally up to the April 1, 2018 security level.
Gmail Redesign? How to Switch Back to Classic Gmail
been switched to the new format yet. So I'll reserve judgment
about switching back. Yahoo used to offer Classic View also, but
this may no longer be available.
Windows 7 Boot Problems
7 Setup disc can help you repair many types of boot problems.
If a Linux
dual-boot with GRUB was involved, you might want to try gParted or
a FixGRUB utility disk first.
Amazon and eBay to stop selling fake pay TV boxes
are giving Kodi, Amazon and eBay a bad name. This has got to stop.
Kodi must not be thrown out with the bathwater! BTW, it isn't too
difficult these days to build your own Kodi Box and add whatever
apps and channels you feel comfortable with. Hacking a Firestick
should be flagged by Amazon as it hurts Amazon's reputation both
for their marketplace and for their Fire line of streaming
Maps with GNOME Maps on GNU/Linux
tried this yet, but it makes more sense to use Google Maps as
there are apps both on the desktop, in a Chromebook and on an
Android phone. GNOME Maps isn't on anything except GNU/Linux. I
might try GNOME Maps when I upgrade to Ubuntu 18.04, which ises a
GNOME desktop environment.
danger of in-app mobile transactions
Or, how I
fell into the trap I once ridiculed.
street drug, online gaming operates on the basis of the old
paradigm -- the first taste is free. Then you get hooked. Then
everything starts costing money. This is why I avoid anything
which says up-front there are in-app purchases.
How GDPR Will
Impact the AI Industry
break two ways. Trust could be restored if we know beforehand what
will be collected and how it will be used. (Get out your
magnifiers, folks, and be prepared for some long reads!) Then
again, once people start getting into those TL;DR agreements,
trust may be so thoroughly destroyed that people will sharply
curtail our use of social media (including DNA based ancestry
research sites), hoping to avoid having so much of our lives
documented and shouted from the mountain tops.
I do believe
that if everyone knew everything about everyone else no one would
need to be afraid. (That's called Mutually Assured Destruction =
MAD, from the Cold War era). But if anyone is left with less
access to other people's data than other people have, this becomes
a source of Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt = FUD. Then AI
technologies might be held back or even banned.
Why I'm using
multiple web browsers
Unless a site
isn't working in Chrome, I only use one browser across all devices
and all platforms. I find this gives me a consistent user
experience no matter where I go or what I am doing online.
deleted photos, videos and documents
are not 100 percent effective. Keep this in mind, and make backups
frequently, on a different drive and/or a different device. And/or
in the Cloud. Devices fail, or we don't wait long enough to safely
remove them. Be prepared for this.
Oval is a
tiny all-in-one smart sensor that monitors your home, alerting you
as conditions change
informant that sticks around.
like this one can tie in with IoT thermostats, dehumidifiers, etc.
the effectiveness of remote controls greatly improves. You would
have a much better chance of having a comfortable house to return
to, and having your outdoors plants and lawn watered only when
conditions require it. Also useful for security and distance
caregiving (of young and old people, or someone who's disabled).
for Helping Hackers Beat Antivirus Products
The cat and
mouse game never ends.
5 Ways to
Generate a List of All Installed Programs in Windows
Uninstaller gives a very complete listing. CCleaner is next-best,
and between those two, they don't miss much. Both list MS Store
Apps and driver related software which the Windows Control Panel
may not list completely. Windows itself can list added Windows
features, which can also be helpful if you have to rebuild the OS
from scratch. None of these methods will list stand-alone
(non-installed) or portable apps. Make sure to include these in
your inventory. KC Software's SUMo Lite will list everything, but
it also has multiple listings for some of the same programs. SUMo
listings can also be exported.
How to Update
Your BIOS to Protect Against Vulnerabilities
with the Patch of the Week coming out so frequently for Meltdown
and Spectre vulnerabilities, and with some documented botched BIOS
updates from Intel, I would be very reluctant to advise people to
do BIOS updates for any reason other than that something on your
PC is not working. Just like drivers -- if it ain't broke, don't
fix it. Remember, there are no exploits -- zero -- of Meltdown or
Spectre out in the wild at this time.
It’s Really Easy to Buy Fake Facebook Accounts
news for the Oversharing Generation.
window here as administrator - Add in Windows 10
In Linux it
makes sense to have something like this. In Windows -- eh, not so
dual-boot Linux and Windows
Set up your
computer to boot into Windows 10 or Ubuntu 18.04 as needed.
I have had my
best success when I created all the partitions first, either with
gParted or with Minitool Partition Magic.
reason to install Windows first, then Ubuntu (or any Linux). If
you install Linux first, Windows Installer tries to make Windows
the boot manager. This demotes GRUB2 to subordinate status as just
another bootloader. This often does not work well, making Linux
unavailable. If Windows is installed first, GRUB2 sets itself up
as the boot manager, which Windows is just fine with. Then GRUB
finds the Windows bootloader, and all is well.
installer can even resize the Windows partition on the fly, which
the Windows installer is not equipped to do. Most Linux Install
and Live Media have gParted right there on the media, which is
handy. If GRUB needs repairs, there's a bootable media image for
that, too. (I think it's called Boot-Repair.)
So that's how
my experience has taught me to proceed. A Chromebook is a bit
different, but that's beyond the scope of this article.
making bootable USB drives):
laptop will work more like your phone, and you’re going to love it
yourself! I will not touch any laptop which has to be connected to
the Internet to be useful. If it won't run Linux, it can rot in
the store. Also, I do not run phone apps on my laptop or my PC.
you knew about Chromebooks is wrong
won't have full functionality of apps if you are not connected to
the Internet. This is why I have Linux on my Chromebook.
How to Enable
or Disable Built-in Elevated Administrator Account in Windows 10
The main use
case for the built-in Administrator Account is to accomplish
multi-step elevated privilege operations. UAC interrupts you
before the additional steps can execute, making these operations
sometimes fail. So without the restrictions of a normal
Administrator Account (including but not limited to UACs) you can
execute the chain of commands which you need to accomplish the
intended task. After doing what was needed, the Hidden Admin
Account should be disabled. Also, unlike msot of the commenters,
you should set up a limited (standard) user account and use this
when you are not performing system maintenance. Most system
maintenance does not require the Hidden Admin Account.
As for login
methods, you should always have at least one ordinary
Administrator account which uses a local password login. This at
least allows you some access if other methods fail. NEVER set up a
PC to use a Cloud login (Microsoft Account) as Administrator as
your everyday user account! The Microsoft Store Techs always set
up PCs this way, and so do most manufacturers. It is absolutely
INSANE to set up users for problems from the outset like this!
recovery method is to have a system image archive which has been
tested with USB boot media and definitely is restorable. Test
before failure is the rule! Any restore media with a WinPE setup
will do -- I use Macrium Reflect Free, but Aomei Backer Upper and
EaseUS ToDo Backup have this option as well.
This is a
very risky business. Don't invest money you cannot afford to lose.
release reveals if microcode updates are available
Well this is
useful. Sadly, we need all the guidance we can get these days.
that if Microsoft turns off your protections with an update,
InSpectre will show this. InSpectre has a tool which can then
restore the disabled protections, if they were originally
installed at the hardware (BIOS Update) level.
Alerts Man to Serious Heart Condition
anecdotes keep coming out. But smart watches also have issues with
a lot of false positives, sending people to doctors' offices and
emergency rooms, only to find there was nothing medically wrong
with them. This results in insurance companies refusing to honor
claims, and this results in huge expenses for people who trusted
these smart watches instead of seeking competent medical advice.
An alert from a smart device is only a warning. Very seldom is
this warning a cause for alarm, let alone a call to 911. Alerts
should be discussed with a doctor before deciding to do something
Restarting Your Phone Makes it Perform Better and Fixes Common
Just today my
Android phone froze up and had to be restarted. It wasn't easy to
shut it off either, as something was thrown into an endless loop
in there. This doesn't happen very often, but it can happen. In
all fairness, sometimes either Linux or Chrome OS in my Chromebook
will do something similar.
Lights Get a Futuristic Overhaul Ahead of the Olympics
full rollout of Edge Intelligence and 5G communications, this will
quickly overwhelm 4G LTE centralized systems. They are jumping the
gun if 5G isn't fully deployed in LA yet (and it isn't). But by
the time the Olympics is held in LA, most if not all of these
technologies should be well advanced.
you reboot your router like the FBI says?
What does it
cost you to do this? Granted, a firmware update is a bit more
effort, and may not complete the cleanup. And what could it cost
you not to do this? Seems like a brain-dead decision to me.
Lens features are now live on Android phones
I don't know
if this will work on my current phone, but this is an interesting
peek at the future world of "ambient computing", also known as
iOS 12 Could
Cure Your iPhone Addiction: Here's How
Facebook, now Apple -- they created tech addiction and now they
want to cure it. How kind of them (end sarcasm). Interesting that
Microsoft is not trying to offer habit breaking features. Maybe
this is because no one has gotten addicted to Windows apps?
(Insert additional smart-aleck comment here.)
Recalled SUV Destroyed $45 Million In Cars, Burned A Massive Ship,
And Sparked A Legal
Battle Between Ford And BMW
Massachusetts, we have mandatory annual vehicle inspections. You
can't get your plates and title renewed without passing
inspection. This does not prevent lots of drivers from driving
around Boston with one headlight or tail light burned out for
months on end, but eventually, within a year's time, repairs must
be made. Notifying the certified repair shops which have contracts
under these rules would at least make recalls known to drivers,
and with their license plates being held hostage, they might get
the repairs done. It is up to dealers to decide how to handle the
question of loaners during recall repairs. Most are very generous
about this as they don't want to mess with future sales. Mass.
also has very strict consumer protection laws, so no one is going
to get away with scamming people about alleged mandatory recall
repairs or costs. Can you imagine the effects of unrepaired
defects in self-driving cars?
alert: Watch out for password-stealing malware says FBI
attack appears to be mostly a threat to corporate networks, home
networks can be protected with a Unified Threat Management (UTM)
box like BitDefender Box 2, and there are security routers which
may be helpful. The added cost of $250.00 plus an annual
subscription to the antimalware components is not too much to
expect from all but then poorest households. Which are not the
targets of this attack.
7 genius new
gadgets to make your home smarter
are going to be everywhere in the future, aren't they?
contractually require OEMs to perform regular patching
This is for
Android. There are many exceptions and asterisks to this policy.
backup Windows program settings
I want to use a full system backup to roll back unwanted program
changes? It only takes ten minutes with Macrium Reflect Free. OK,
twenty minutes if I verify the image archive before rolling back.
Even Windows System Restore takes almost as long from start to
finish, and it often does not restore the system completely to a
stable operating condition. The trick is to block whichever update
caused the mayhem, from Microsoft or another company, from
reinstalling once you are stable again.
physical bookstores are coming to 3 more US cities
area already has a few of these.
They offer more than just books, and any Amazon purchase
can be shipped to one of these stores.
Feature-Rich iPhone Voice Recorder Apps
Make sure you
notify people if you are going to record phone conversations.
Gone: Not Even Andy Rubin Can Build an Android Company
is wrong. Motorola (Lenovo) and several others are still going
strong. Android is still an open market. The issue with Essential
One was that it offered nothing unique in hardware or features.
1000D Chassis Holds 2 PCs in 1 Enclosure
I can see why
if you are capturing streaming video and transferring it to a
second motherboard, you would not want to use external
connections. But that is a rare use case. For most of us, two
different PCs would be just fine. And much cheaper. I'll leave the
copyright and piracy issues of copying from video streams or live
gaming sessions for another post.
Chrome 67 is
out: Password-free logins get closer, plus bug fixes, better AR-VR
I don't use
any of the advanced features, but I had this version on my Ubuntu
Linux PC in Beta. (It’s Chrome 68 Beta now.) My logins still use
Silicon Valley, Japan is still light years ahead
It is not
accurate to say anyone in Japan puts individual people first in
anything. Their culture does not recognize the individual the way
Western cultures do. All that "personalization" is really stylized
and superficial. While not a centrally controlled State Mentality
like China, Japan's culture is very conformist compared with
anything in the West.
Search for GNU/Linux
This tool is
suited well for XFCE Linux environments. Another tool, better
suited to GNOME desktops (like the one now in Ubuntu 18.04 and
always the standard in Fedora) is Beagle Search, which also uses
Searching in GNOME
and Beagle have evolved over the years, and both are supported and
email backup tools
backup: (Claws Mail, Ubuntu Linux) Download most recent email.
Open the Home Directory. Show Hidden Files. Copy and paste the
email folders I want to back up, plus the hidden .claws and .cache
folders, to wherever. Rinse and repeat for failsafe copy. Backup
complete. Just one more advantage of Linux over Windows. BTW,
Thunderbird backups follow almost the same simple protocol. It's
just Microsoft which is so weird with Outlook.
Router, But Don't Stop There
updating firmware will do enough. But if you really want to be
safe, go ahead and reset and rebuild.
How to reset
Windows Update on Windows 10 to fix downloads and installs issues
a third, manual technique involving deleting the Software
Distribution Folder. It isn't easy to do, and is seldom necessary.
But I have had to go to such lengths once or twice in Windows 10
Databases Are Now Crawling With Law Enforcement and We Better Get
Used to It
This is the
last thing people usually think of when they are searching for
long-lost relatives. But it is something anyone could have
anticipated. Privacy is not respected when the people asking for
access start to flash their badges.
Freezes Are About to Become Free
closing the barn doors after the horses have run off.
Use a USB
drive to lock and unlock your PC
If you go
this route, you'd better make very sure you never lose that USB
Key. There usually is a password fallback, but it may or may not
deletes data if you don't enter the right code in time
backed up your data today? Do it now -- I'll wait.
4.0: new privacy settings and PUP offer
I prefer O&O
ShutUp 10. It does not include PUP offers.
and Improved All-In-One Laser Printer Is Cheaper Than Ever
laser printers are so yesterday. But if you are running a small
office, I suppose you might still need one.
This Tool Can
Hack Your Accounts Even with Two-Factor Authentication
hashes and all passwords can be cracked with tools like this one.
A good strong password properly hashed and salted will still offer
good protections. Not as good as a USB Key, but good enough for
Facebook to deliver high-speed internet for 'a fraction' of the
cost of fiber
plan to deliver lower-cost connectivity with Facebook's Terragraph
tech and Qualcomm's 60GHz technology.
This is not
available yet. Remember when Google said it was going to become a
high-speed Internet service provider? Well, Google went broke on
the project. The same fate probably awaits Facebook. Even wireless
ISP rollouts are much harder than tech CEOs seem to think.
You Need a Band 71 Phone to Boost T-Mobile Coverage
New York where dense masses of tall buildings have caused
reception issues, very few of us in major cities will ever need to
use this technology.
of Owning Connected Smart Home Devices
points. Additionally, I received a report that an IoT hub which
went down in a power outage around here, came back up in a funky
state which would require a hands-on device reset to get it back
up and running. So the owner who was on vacation, could not access
his IoT network until he returned home. Devices need to be able to
switch over to a preprogramed mode independent of the Internet if
the power goes down for an extended period.
built to combine zero-day Windows and Adobe Reader bugs
I never use either one of these two vulnerable pieces of software.
Maintenance Tasks That Most People Overlook
Even in an
apartment, many of these things may still need to be done. The
landlord's maintenance team will do some of these things
occasionally, but you really should do your own interim preventive
maintenance. This also includes keeping excessive amounts of hair
and food residues out of the plumbing.
Fake Its Duplex AI Demo?
No, they did
not. (Company and personal names probably were edited out.)
It really is that good. Get over it.
I would never
use a browser branded by Avast. No way is it private and secure!
How to Easily
Convert Your iPhone's HEIC Images in Windows
sure has created a problem for themselves, haven't they? Kinda
reminds me of when Microsoft introduced XPS to compete with
Adobe's PDF format. They never held even one percent of the
market, and recently had to relent and support PDF in MS Office.
monitoring app has thousands of passwords stolen, highlighting
need for secure servers
designed for parents to keep an eye on their teenagers' smartphone
use was storing plain text passwords on an unsecured AWS server.
And I suppose none of the parents ever read even one review of the
app before installing it. These facts must have been known to the
tech community long before the giveaway of data occurred. I won't
even call it a security breach, as there was zero security in this
whole app. The affected teens probably want to sue their parents
Windows 10 in S Mode?
do not want. Period. Upgrade before the free Pro offer expires!
Operates Another Credit Bureau, and You Can't Freeze Your Report
You can call
them. And it will not cost money once the new laws go into effect,
depending on the State where you live. But how many others like
this are there out there, about which the public as yet knows
10 Feature Update Not Showing on Your Computer
is about the 1511 upgrade, not about the current upgrade. Things
have changed a lot since then. As for the 1803 upgrade, if you're
not getting it offered, consider yourself lucky!
Cheap Cell Phone Plans (Under $40 per Month)
I use US
Mobile with far less data. It costs me (after a slight upgrade)
about $13.00 per month.
FreeOffice 2018 promises full Office 2016 compatibility, debuts
optional ribbon interface
They have a
little way to go to be fully competitive with Office. But they are
The Pros and
Cons of Building Your Own Linux PC
didn't build it from parts, my NUC has given me good use and is
still going strong. I may have saved some money building it
myself, and the biggest cost which I didn't have to spend was on a
Windows 10 Pro license. Dual-booting with such a powerful PC would
not have been affordable if I hadn't done some of the assembly
8 Windows 10
Registry Hacks to Optimize Your Windows 10 Experience
I see no
reason to run the many risks of messing with the Windows Registry
just to deal with these alleged annoyances. Deleting the Pagefile
at shutdown is just stupid and invites instabilities. There is no
benefit to this user-defined behavior.
to Ban Facebook for a Month
has decided to replace Facebook with a government controlled site.
These are not governments which are noted for their love of free
and open discourse.
Man pays $930
for Apple 'iPhones,' but gets a surprise when he opens the boxes
apps to make purchases, expecting to pay ridiculously low prices,
and getting totally ripped off (he's lucky he didn't get mugged or
shot) is a totally logical progression. Don't expect something for
(almost) nothing. At the least, it's stolen merchandise. At
launches Android Sandbox Droidy
this service is a sandbox? It does nothing but scan and report.
Well, at least it's (apparently) free.
4 Easy Ways
to Get Out of a Ubuntu Crash
I tried doing
an in-place upgrade from Ubuntu 16.04 to Ubuntu 18.04 on my Intel
NUC. The login could not get into the GUI. I don't know it was
trying to run X-org, since Wayland is now the default graphical
session manager. Nothing I tried, including most of these things,
could get me past the login screen. I gave up, rolled back with
Clonezilla Live and haven't tried to upgrade since. When I do try
to upgrade, I'll be using the Live USB installer, and if
necessary, blow the whole thing away and start over with a clean
install of Ubuntu 18.04. In most cases of a failed Ubuntu LTS
upgrade, this is a far less time-consuming approach than trying to
debug the in-place upgrade. Too many things may be broken to
bother fixing anything. This is especially true in LTS to LTS
With S Mode Enabled, Everything You Need to Know
thing you need to know is that this is extreme vendor lock-in --
you can't run anything except MS Store Apps and you will need to
always use the device connected to the Internet and logged with an
MS Cloud Account sign-in. Upgrade to Pro immediately, before the
free offer expires.
How It's Done and How to Stay Safe
second factors are going the way of the password. Good and bad.
Hardware USB keys are next, but these can get lost or corrupted.
The fallback is the same insecure 2FA now being used, with
possibly a modification to the "push" method to get around the
weaknesses of SMS messaging. Once USB is corrupted or infected,
all bets are off on how to secure accounts, devices and networks.
Half a Dozen
Uses for OneDrive
For most of
this, substitute Google Drive or something truly private and
secure, and I'd agree mostly.
play nice with others to make Siri smarter?
is the least likely of the personal assistants to appear on anyone
else's products, services or apps. The (Apple) company just does
not play nicely with others.
hoverboard case shows how hard it is to beat Amazon in court
comes from the Amazon Marketplace, even if it ships from Amazon,
the only company liable for anything is the manufacturer. Amazon
is only acting as a reseller. It's like buying cheap junk from a
dollar store. Imagine if you could sue Best Buy for an issue with
a Lenovo or Samsung battery? The manufacturers have been held
accountable -- never the resellers. Amazon Marketplace merchandise
is sold as-is with no liability protections. Now you know -- act
accordingly. This said, I still buy consumables like cables and
such from the Marketplace. Or maybe a hat or other relatively
Container for Firefox to isolate Google
What a change
there! Firefox used to depend on Google for its revenue.
What Are DNS
Leaks and How to Fix Them
The DNS Leak
Test determines the IP Address only of your router, not of your
device. This is a bit disingenuous. The VPN is not inside your
router -- it is associated with the device.
Battery Could Boost Solar and Wind Power
is actually a sodium-ion battery. It is only practical if you can
afford a huge size and need a lot of storage capacity. Read this
to mean these batteries are by most measures, terribly
inefficient, but very cheap to make and maintain. PBS Nova
included this tech in their program a few years back about making
a "super battery".
Terrarium TV? (and Is it Legal?)
Why do you
keep posting links to illegal services like this one? By posting
you are spreading the knowledge that these offenders exist, and
this aids and abets piracy. BTW, if these apps are sideloaded,
they void device warranties and can harm devices with malware. I
know several of the domains the app links to, and they are loaded
with malicious links. If you ever get caught with illegal content
on any of your devices, good luck defending yourself in court.
With luck, soon the FBI will either seize the servers of this
company, or else block the URLs for North America. And ISPs and
cell carriers will start cutting off service to users.
Commands to Launch Specific Settings Page Directly in Windows 10
This is not
crazy to use -- one command can often replace many clicks of the
mouse, and the GUI screens don't have to load one at a time. I use
the God Mode Control Panel for a similar shortcut table listed
alphabetically. This extended control panel uses a GUI and is
Free Open Source Industrial Strength Encryption
This is the
de facto successor to TrueCrypt for Windows and Linux. It beats
Bitlocker for most consumer versions of Windows, as you don't need
to use your Microsoft Account to use VeraCrypt, and the keys stay
on your own PC. Just don't forget to back up your encryption keys!
kills off trending topics in battle to stop 'fake news'
News" or "trending topics" -- labels don't matter. Any time
priorities are set by an algorithm, someone can take advantage and
start spreading Fake News.
How to Handle
Email Spam From Yourself
doesn't really solve the problem. The issue is seen most often in
GMail and Yahoo accounts (can't speak for other providers, haven't
used them). Someone gets hold of a genuine email address and
spoofs a boatload of spam to use your email address as the From
line. Your account then gets accused of sending spam to people not
even in your address book. Only google would be able to stop
spoofing, and they have done little or nothing to stop it. Same
for Yahoo. For your own accounts, filtering is easy. But for
people who think it's you when it isn't, there are few remedies if
How to detect
Zero-Width Characters fingerprinting
extension which shows an alert so you don't have to request it
from the icon. Much more effective at notifying when there are
zero-width characters in highlighted text:
Also, I have
a lot of add-ons in my gEdit in Ubuntu Linux. If I copy and paste
most of the zero-width character containing examples into gEdit,
the characters show up as funny ASCII characters. Nothing is
hidden. So I guess my favorite copy-paste method is safe. I also
copy and paste into LibreOffice Writer, where the grey spaces and
slashes show up in place of the zero-width characters.
every Linux user should know
It's hard to
choose just 10 CLI commands, but these are pretty basic.
share intel on RAT and worm linked to North Korea
something which affects home users or our networks, and even if it
did, we have no tools available to fight this attack. This in no
way affects political negotiations about nuclear disarmament in
the Korean Peninsula. It's jsut North Korea being North Korea as
Can You Plug
Surge Protectors and Extension Cords Into Each Other?
cord into a surge protector -- OK. Surge Protector into extension
cord -- Not OK. Surge protector into UPS (Battery Backup) -- not
OK. No one in their right mind would plug a UPS into an extension
cord, but this is also not OK.
to diagnose Windows 10 upgrade issues
This tool may
work fine for technicians. But for most of us mere mortals, the
output of this diagnostic is as cryptic as the original error
How to: Spot
and stop false positives in your PC's security
tool has its own ways of identifying and defining exceptions, but
this is what you are looking for. In Avira it's Allow and Ignore
in future scans from the Quarantine. Malwarebytes just uses
Restore and Ignore. There are other variants. I don't know how to
tame Windows Defender.
Well, if they
were detachable, the touchscreens of Chromebooks would be tablets
in all but name. There are other 2 in 1 devices like that. So no,
tablets are not dying, and no, Google has not stopped making them.
useful ways to use a USB drive you didn't know
is dead. You'd need an incredibly low-latency flash drive and port
to use that feature today. One thing not mentioned is that USB
Flash Drives support bootable rescue media for various repair and
reset features. And they make good install media for Windows,
Linux or anything else.
Everywhere: ruleset updating without extension updates
and Chrome (and presumably Edge) moving over to alerting users if
sites aren't using HTTPS, this extension looks like it's going to
be sunsetted. Privacy Possum is an extension which is displacing
Privacy Badger and HTTPS Everywhere in one extension.
From My Own
Airlines Just Gave First Class Passengers Something Truly
Outlandish (Economy Passengers Won't Be Happy)
made a convenient change to iMessage — but there's a key reason
you may not want to switch it on
This is a
clever email scam, described by Susan Bradley at AskWoody.com:
Too bad she
didn't provide an image of the original email message.
Stuxnet, Even Simple IoT Hacking Can Disrupt
Always Connected PC is, and what to expect if you buy one
life is amazing. And then there's everything else.
plans to bring native 64-bit apps to Qualcomm-powered PCs, but
it'll take time
Enterprises should demand 2 full years of Windows 10 support
said corporate users should push Microsoft to turn a temporary
24-month Windows 10 support lifecycle into a permanent fixture.
the hype: We’re a long way from 5G
host of reasons why we won’t see 5G roll out in production anytime
If you ask
me, 2023 is not that far off. Five years is an eternity in
high-tech, but one blink of an eye in a 60 year old's life. ATSC-3
TV conversions will take place over a similar timeline. That gives
my TiVo a lot of use before it becomes obsolete. And my Moto G4
introduces iOS 12
iOS 12 will
help you fight your phone addiction
considerate notifications and screen time management are on the
Intelligence Can Help Pick Voices Out of a Crowd
This tech was
originally developed to improve then performance of Home
Assistants like Siri, Cortana, Alexa and whatever Google calls
their assistant. The idea is to be able to tell one family
member's voice from another, and to respond only to authorized
account holders, not guests or the television.
Health Record API released to third-party developers; is it safe?
This is not
available yet for Android. One reason for not putting this type of
app onto an Android phone is the lack of the kind of device
encryption Apple puts into every iPhone. Even putting health data
onto servers which third parties might access seems pretty risky
Project Precog is a pioneering dual-display laptop, due in 2019
If you still
need further proof of how ridiculous this concept is, look at the
article and the included video.