Theme 'Free Movie' Offer is a Scam
An iPhone X
miraculously survived being submerged in a river for two weeks
The New Google
News: 6 Striking Changes You Should Know About
Banking Trojan Uses Never-Before-Seen Techniques
announces $26 Mi Band 3 with 20 days of battery life
Retire Groove for Android and iOS
8 ways to shut
down or restart a Windows 10 computer or device
How to Review
and Delete Your Alexa History
Want to review
what you've asked Amazon's Alexa (and maybe delete your more
embarrassing inquiries)? Here's how.
praise for adding 'USB Restricted Mode' to secure iPhones
that two forensic companies have been helping law enforcement and
government agencies break into locked iPhones, Apple rolled out a
new feature in iOS 12 to prevent further intrusions. Privacy
advocates applauded the move.
review: Attractive outside, new Romer-G switch inside
Now you can
choose between Logitech's two mechanical-key switch options.
Windows backup software
programs for keeping your data and Windows safely backed up.
Windows 10 'Video editor' is really just the Photos app in
noticed a new "Video editor" app preinstalled on their Windows 10
devices over night. Did Microsoft finally make a video editor for
Windows 10? Not exactly.
ANTI-LEAKING APPLE MEMO MANAGES TO HUMANIZE ONE OF THE WORLD’S
would give DHS power to seize and destroy drones
expressed its support for the bill during a hearing yesterday.
Best Buy’s huge
Apple sale includes deals on Apple Watch, HomePod, iPhone X, and
Book Sites and Apps as Alternatives to Goodreads
Could Impact Over 100 Million IoT Devices
3D printed the most advanced artificial cornea ever using human
ready for human eyes yet, but one day these artificial corneas
might help people see
Project Fi Now
Supports Three More Phones
How to Restart
. Using the
. Using the
Power User Menu
. Using the
"Shut Down Windows" Dialog Box
. Using Ctrl +
Alt + Del\
. Using the
Command PromptCommunity Q&A
Xbox 360 Gets
First System Update Since March 2016
be focused on the Xbox One, but it clearly hasn't forgot about the
phones get regular security updates? Here's a hint
A rare clue
about the big picture of security update performance across the
Envy x2 is a Surface clone boasting 20 hours of battery life
What we know:
the HP Envy looks great. What we don't: what will performance and
battery life look like, long term?
Tablo Dual Lite
DVR review: The all-around champ is cheaper than ever
This is the
best over-the-air DVR for folks who aren't tech-savvy.
How to create
an unattended installation of Windows 10
You can perform
a clean installation of Windows 10 without any user interaction,
and in this guide we show you how.
UPDATE SHOWS PROGRESS IN FIGHTING SPECTRE
box automatically collects your kitty's poop
It also has cat
ears that flash blue. Because why not.
major Maps redesign is rolling out, but you can’t have it yet
5 Types of
Mobile Apps You Should Stop Installing
in the Firmware of 141 Low-Cost Android Devices
Verizon both want to run massive ad-tracking networks to rival
everything that happens on your phone
How to Take a
Screenshot with Screen Snip in Windows 10
DeepLens is one smart camera
How to Silence
Notifications With Windows 10's Focus Assist
Here's how to
tell Windows 10 to leave you alone when you're busy.
20 Best Games
for Laptops and Low-End PCs in 2018
four unannounced 2nd-gen AMD Ryzen processors
PowerDVD 18 Ultra review: Still the best, and now a little bit
There is no
higher-quality video player available for Windows. It's a bit
pricey, but PowerDVD Ultra is also the only software that can play
Ultra HD Blu-ray discs on your computer.
1080p vs. 1440p
vs. 4K: Which resolution is best for gaming?
Google is killing off inline installation for Chrome extensions
killing off extension installation anywhere outside official
sources: Soon you'll only be able to get them from the Chrome Web
election ads in Washington state
It's to comply
with recent disclosure law amendments.
New iPhone X
Plus schematic suggests we’ll have to wait for the triple-cam
Raspberry Pi Is More Successful Than Odroid and Other SBCs
Extend GDPR Privacy Protections to All Users, Not Just Europeans
shipments declined for the first time in 2017
How Turn On or
Off Use Print Screen Key to Launch Screen Snipping in Windows 10
developing Amazon Go-like shopping system, report says
5 Unique Ways
to Use a Security Camera
There are more
uses for security cameras than just deterring criminals.
Emergency Restart or Shutdown Windows 10/8/7
review: The open-source favorite gets an update
alternative gets even better with productivity improvements.
Pro for Mac review: Everything a modern antivirus app needs and a
little bit more
champion has strong malware-fighting abilities packaged with
the built-for-Windows Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 ARM processor
lighter, better performance, and coming to a mainstream PC near
Google is killing off inline installation for Chrome extensions
killing off extension installation anywhere outside official
sources: Soon you'll only be able to get them from the Chrome Web
Intel wants to
get you excited for PCs with 'Creator' machines
They might even
tempt over a disgruntled Mac owner or two.
next-generation Xbox console will reportedly launch in 2020
It sure looks
like Google is trying to make Pixelbooks run Windows
DNS Helps Solve 4 Big DNS Privacy Risks
How to Remotely
Troubleshoot Your Relative's Computer
If you're the
designated 'tech person' in your family or friend group, here's
how to access a computer from afar, Mac or PC, to see what's going
Comments by -- Bob Primak --
Re. More FYI
Postings Week of June 3-9, 2018:
Color Filters in Windows 10 for Improved Visibility
are for people with specific medical conditions. They are not
comfort filters as seen in apps like RedShift, f.lux and Night
Disable Sponsored Ads in Firefox
uninstall Firefox on Linux! Mozilla Foundation has sold out. I
predicted this as soon as they ended their partnership with
Google. I'm only surprised it took them this long to collapse.
find abundance of legitimate apps used to stalk intimate partners
nothing legitimate about stalking. Apps which enable stalking are
not behaving legitimately.
The end of
Disk Cleanup? Free Up Space Now appears in Windows 10 Settings
my copies of CCleaner and Glary Utilities, and I'm going to
continue to do full-scale Disk Cleanup whether Microsoft likes it
How to open a
port in the firewall on Windows 10
Before you do
this, you should very seriously question why the app needs that
Router Vulnerable to VPNFilter Malware?
So what is
Comcast using? This and whatever competitor there is in your area
are the two most used routers. And no one using them has a clue as
to how to protect these ISP-provided routers.
Disable Windows 10’s Tabs From Showing in Alt+Tab
All of the
"Sets" features should be disabled by default. I won't worry about
this until I encounter it. Which won't be any time soon. I'm still
deferring the 1803 (Spring 2018) upgrade.
Why Even Your
Bullshit Accounts Deserve Strong Passwords
I don't give
a fig about what is expose in my non-critical sites. Most of them
I have to ask to reset the password every time I want to log in.
What is IPv6?
IPv6 is not
something you as an end user can control. It depends on the sites
you visit, whether they support IPv6 or not.
Why Is Your
Location Data No Longer Private?
If you own a
smart phone, your location data has never been private.
Over HTTPS in Firefox
Lots top get
very confused about in there. Hopefully, this feature will become
the default in the near future for all browsers.
Android Devices Found Secretly Installing Adware
just one more reason not to go too cheap when buying any type of
How to Keep
Your Amazon Echo From Sending Your Conversations to Your Contacts
are controls as to who can access what, and I mean very granular
controls, it's best never to sync contacts among any devices. Even
if this means you have to actually pick up your phone to make a
call or send a text message.
Smartphone Camera Lenses Worth Buying?
phones enhance photo and video images by using more than one of
their built-in lenses and combining the images for better
definition, color range, light sensitivity, or event to identify
faces for logins. You are best off not using third party lenses on
these phones. However, some high-end phones like the Moto-Z
series, are designed to take external lenses, so you can add
lenses to these specialty phones.
Nadella: Microsoft will build ethical AI
Nadella know about American ethics? He's the one who keeps
foisting upgrades on devices explicitly set to defer upgrades. How
on earth can we accept the idea that his company even knows what
the term "ethical" means, let alone will implement it in their AI
effects to YouTube Videos in Chrome or Firefox
How to Enable
or Disable Auto Arrange in Folders in Windows 10
auto arrange is helpful. But it can rearrange folders in ways that
make things hard to find. I leave auto arrange enabled and at the
default settings in all my operating systems, because I'm used to
the way it behaves. But if there were an issue of not being able
to consistently find things, I might want to disable the feature,
at least for some directories. And note that the methods in the
article no longer work in Windows 10, since Version 1703, so the
entire idea was not worth referencing here.
How spies can
use your cellphone to find you — and eavesdrop on your calls and
So now that I
know all of this, what do I do?
Giants: Please Don’t Share the Where
that I know all this, what do I do?
Android glitch is revealing your private messages
First of all,
this has not been demonstrated to work on a locked Android device.
Second, even if this does in fact happen, what can Android users
do about it?
hijack SpamCannibal, spam users with false notifications
does point up one long known fact -- using blacklists has its
risks. I do not rely on anything which uses blacklists. That
includes the most popular ad blocking browser extensions. They
slow browser performance without guaranteeing any benefit in
return. Spam filtering of email is already done by your email
service provider, so you don't need to add anything to this.
Protect Your Router From the Latest Malware Attack
actually gets its advice right. So many others provided the
incomplete information that rebooting the router would protect
you. It will not. You have to do a full factory reset. Then
disable remote administration. But then you won't be able to use
your web browser to get into your router to change settings.
Teleport Makes Your Own Secure VPN (Review and Giveaway)
article, I do not understand how this would work, and how to set
LocationSmart Leaked Location Data for Customers of All Major U.S.
Without Consent in Real Time Via Its Web Site
And we as
phone users can do exactly what about this?
5 Ways to
Check Who Is Tracking You Online
sure the EFF site is rigged to fail anyone who hasn't installed
their own browser extension. Nothing in the article shows how to
stop browser fingerprint tracking. Very, very poor article.
A look at
Peek screen recorder for GNU/Linux
with Simple Screen Recorder. It does a lot more than Peek.
Why It’s Not
a Big Deal That Google (and Facebook) Knows A Lot About You
Maybe not a
big deal to you, but it is a big deal when the retained data is
sold or is leaked to nefarious parties. Which has happened way too
often. This article is filed under Bullshit!
Why Are There
No Excellent USB-C Hubs?
these people talking about? I have two USB-C docks (one much
better than the other), and do not need additional USB-C ports. I
have non issues with the ASUS dock, and only the issue with the
Insignia dock that audio through HDMI does not work with it.
10 Ways to
Check the Weather From Your Linux Desktop
None of these
works in the Xfce desktop environment, which is what I have on my
Fedora-X in my Chromebook. that's where a decent weather app might
Chrome users do not click this fake link or your bank account info
will be stolen
"Themes" which suggest they allow access to pirated content.
Anyone who downloads anything like this deserves exactly what
Turn Off Millions of Displays at Once as Part of an Ad Campaign
If they were
only turning off the displays, this would be an ad campaign. What
they really plan on doing is a malicious prank which will likely
lose them sales, not make sales.
about to kill the SuperDrive on Macs?
I guess DVDs
just aren't "cool" anymore.
authentication is hackable, so what, everything is
point totally. The point to telling folks that 2FA is hackable is
to move folks to more secure login methods, such as using hardware
FOBs, similar to YubiKey.
Facial-Recognition Tech Enable Mass Surveillance?
Civil Liberties Union and 35 other advocacy group are demanding
that Amazon stop selling the technology to law enforcement,
fearing it'll be abused.
There will be
no stopping this. Some forms of facial recognition have been in
use by law enforcement since the earliest days of sketches of
suspects. Then technology has improved vastly since then, but just
because Amazon has upped the quality of the recognition a bit,
this does not constitute a new or novel technology. ACLU will lose
any case they try to bring about this.
5 of the Best
Smartphones for Seniors
These are not
the only, nor the most economical choices. The Moto G series is
recommended by one of the folks commenting. I am not very old, but
I do like the Moto G4 I have. The G6 is supposed to be better,
easier to read. And there are launchers which make things bigger
on the screen.
promises to keep GitHub independent and open
“Embrace, Extend, Extinguish”?
we can trust Microsoft. (NOT!) BTW, developers are fleeing from
GitHub like rats from the Titanic. They don't want to get their
projects locked into Microsoft.
How to Set
CPU Process Priority for Applications in Windows 10
reasonably modern PC with enough power to run apps, you should not
have to adjust this feature. If your device won't run your apps
fast enough, or if there are other signs you don't have enough CPU
power, you have the wrong device for those apps. It happens to a
lot of people. Extreme case -- you can't run full-scale Excel
spreadsheets efficiently on an Atom processor.
How to reset
Windows Update on Windows 10 to fix downloads and installs issues
actually about five ways to reset Windows Update. First, try the
two troubleshooters. But if these don't work, there are other
methods to try. One that works very well but is technically
challenging is to delete the Software Distribution folder(s). This
is not easy, as normally, at least two services have to be
stopped, and the folders are hidden. Then there are things like
DISM and sfc/scannow commands.
from any Android app with Universal Copy
This app may
be spying on other apps. Other than that possibility, it looks
like a useful app except for one thing. Once it captures the text,
where can you paste the results to transfer to other devices, like
Formulas Don’t Fool Hackers
If you use a
password manager, it will generate strong passwords for you. I
generate my new passwords online with tools from places like
LastPass. There is never any cause to try to be more clever than
the hackers. You will not win that contest.
Networks Are Great, But They’re a Terrible Place to Get News
Unfortunately, those who need this advice the most are exactly the
people who will never read this.
reportedly acquiring GitHub
Extend, Extinguish” – That's what Microsoft always does.
How to Enable
or Disable NTFS File Encryption in Windows
actually EFS, or Encrypted File System.
Photocopiers Loaded With Secrets
Unfortunately, there is nothing the general public can do about
this. We don't decide who copies our documents.
downloads and unique identifiers
is more likely to be doing this than paid software. But let's face
it -- all software tries to track everything the user does with it
from cradle to grave. Linux is not immune to this
May Soon Need a License Plate
certainly help identify the owners of those drones which stray
into restricted airspace or interfere with commercial aviation.
Why LEDs Burn
Out Too Fast
I have rarely
had LEDs burn out on me. I have had a few defective ones, and I
broke more than one. But burning out is very rare indeed. I don't
use dimmer switches, but even in apartments, there is no need to
redo the wiring. One caveat -- LEDs do not like to be used in
environments where they may be exposed to excessive heat or cold.
Learned that the hard way.
Bothered by Product Recommendations for Your Installed Apps?
haven't seen a lot of this. Not through notifications anyway.
How to Ditch
Google on Linux: 10 Alternative Apps and Services to Use Instead
None of these
"alternatives" even comes close to offering what the Google
services they "replace" offer. You cannot use obscure social media
sites and expect to connect with anyone. And the paid offerings
are nonstarters from the get-go.
Cloned Cards at the ATM, Register
cards were supposed to do away with these sorts of crimes awhile
ago. But gas stations in particular have not converted to chip
readers. As for gift cards, they have always been a ripoff.
How Do You
Feel About Syncing Your Clipboard to the Cloud?
disable this feature as soon as it shows up. I have no interest in
letting Microsoft store my clipboard contents and do with it as
the company pleases.
Defender System Guard in Windows 10 Spring Creators Update
It is not at
all clear what effect this change will have on the use of third
party antivirus or third party software. I can't even find any
articles which pin down exactly which editions of which updates
actually have this feature. Some are even saying it isn't a
software feature at all, but a hardware feature.
How to listen
to what Amazon Echo has ever recorded you saying
If you want
privacy, or might need to prevent something from being recorded
and/or uploaded, the microphone should be switched off. Yes this
disables Alexa, but no it won't record anything you really don't
want it to store. It's a tradeoff, like anything having to do with
retaining audio or video recordings of any person, place or time.
Got Your Credit Freezes Covered? Think Again.
It seems like
a new one of these secret reporting bureaus turns up every other
week. There really need to be laws on who can collect, retain and
exchange data about US Citizens. There need to be laws covering
notifying us when information is collected so we don't have to
keep running down these spies. Credit does need to be verified,
but only if the accuracy of the information can be verified by us
-- or disputed if it is inaccurate.
Chrome Has a
Hidden Password Creation Tool, Here’s How to Use It
much more private and safer ways to perform this function. I would
never link my passwords through a web browser to an online
account. That to a hacker is the trifecta of account hijacking.
Like the Ability to Run Mobile Apps on the Desktop as Well?
times do I have to repeat this? A PC is not a phone. So don't make
me use it as one!
Mailspring If You're Tired of Terrible Desktop Email Apps
This is not a
Free and Open Source product. Try Claws Mail if you want something
which is truly FOSS.
tuner carries broadcast TV on—and beyond—your home network
to be an evolution taking place at this company. AirTV is becoming
linked to Sling TV and the Sling Boxes. There is a recommended
HDMI to Composite Video and Audio converter box, which should
allow a Comcast DVR to connect to a Sling Box M2 or this AirTV
box. Other configurations are offered. The program guide they use
is Rovi-TiVo's product, but they use it for free (no
subscriptions). As nearly as I can tell, the original box is not
the current product. Yes, this is all legal, but only one stream
can be viewed outside of your home network. All content can be
streamed over the Internet, even content normally restricted by
the ISP. So there are different ways this and related products can
be set up and used. No indication you can set any of this up with
DVR capabilities of its own. Recording or "Cloud DVR" services
would be needed for this to be a viable product.
How to Enable
or Disable Timeline in Windows 10
This is one
thing I will definitely disable as soon as it shows up.
reveals Fluent Design changes coming to Windows 10
What’s old is
new again. Remember when these same elements were eliminated from
Windows 8.0, to give the "Metro" or "Modern" look to the user
interface? Well, "Aero Glass Effects" (Windows 7) are back, under
a new name. Yet another admission by Microsoft that the changes in
the user interface introduced in Windows 8 were a huge mistake.
Flickr is no
longer a Yahoo property: acquired by SmugMug
with caveats. SmugMug is not a free site, and I doubt they have
any interest in maintaining a free service. So Flickr is about to
be absorbed into SmugMug, and the free tier will disappear. I
would allow a couple of years for the "integration" of the two
services to be completed.
Restore Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10
was written in 2015. I can't say this hack won't work now, but it
is a Registry Hack, and as such, I would avoid it.
I'm not sure
how this new standard will play out, but it does promise to make
using products from different vendors easier.
How to Set Up
Your Windows Laptop From Scratch
has you do things which reintroduce bloatware and spyware, and set
you up so that your laptop needs to be connected to the Internet
before you can even log in. It also makes no mention of setting up
a Limited User Account. Both the article and the comments are
nearly pure hogwash.
this alert from Facebook it's your chance to protect your privacy
Four pages to
sift through just to know that you have no privacy! Again, tell me
why the Chicago Computer Society chose Facebook as its social
Easily make a
Windows bootable USB from within Linux Mint with WoeUSB
been making Linux install/live USB drives from within Windows for
some time now. Turnabout is only fair play.
on KrebsOnSecurity Cost IoT Device Owners $323K
network protection is easily achieved by adding a Unified Threat
Management device (UTM) between the router and the IoT sub-net.
BitDefender Box 2 is an example of a UTM box which does much more
than IDIot to protect IoT things from outside attacks. It isn't
cheap, but it would have stopped Mirai cold in its tracks.
and Spectre Patches Probably Aren’t Slowing Your Computer Down
and their processors are reasonably up to date, so I haven't
noticed any significant slowdowns.
update introduces Privacy options
company has always collected user data. Now it admits that the
data are collected, and offers an opt-out checkbox or two. The
Internet breaks. Americans are so immature! I will uncheck the box
and continue to use CCleaner as before, although I would like to
be able to clean the font cache again. Maybe Glary Utilities still
Google One is
the value-driven online storage locker I want iCloud to be
or Google One has nothing to do with iCloud. Totally different
services with different goals.
Employees Post Passwords Online
never happen. It's grounds for firing people.
How to Change
Your Default Credit Card on Amazon (And Clean Up the List)
difficult to do. I've changed cards and removed old ones several
PicPick is a
professional screen capture tool for Windows
I was not
aware this still had a free version. This is a good program, and
does more than the native Windows Snipping Tool.
How to Enable
or Disable Secure Boot on Windows 10 PC
I know of
very few reasons to disable Secure boot in Windows 10 these days.
Most Linux distros will install perfectly well with it left on. I
dual-boot Ubuntu Linux with Windows 10 Pro and do not have to turn
off Secure Boot on my Intel NUC.
Word: How to open or import other file formats
handle a surprising number of file formats, though some may look
If the import
looks funny in Word, the process was not successful. Therefore,
the claims made in this article are not entirely accurate.
How to Move
Tabs Between Android and PC
As long as
the sync functions can be isolated to only certain things, I think
this might work pretty well. Presumably, there's a way to erase
the things you've synced from your Google Account when you're
(SPECULATIVE STORE BYPASS) CPU FLAW DISCOVERED, BUT PATCH WILL
SLOW DOWN DEVICES
There are no
firmware updates, no patches and no known exploits of this
vulnerability as of now. Waiting is the best policy.
How to Enable
or Disable Sync Activities from PC to Cloud in Windows 10
feature to be disabled if it isn't disabled by default. I have no
reason whatsoever to use such a feature.
Charter’s launching a wireless service called Spectrum Mobile, and
we have all the details
has their own branded wireless service called Xfinity Mobile. I
don't know where Charter/Spectrum is available, but it could be
available even where Charter is not an ISP.
Share Videos of Your Screen More Easily With Chrome's 'Loom'
Storage is on
a Google Drive. This can be a drawback even if the videos are not
lengthy. Given that VLC Player can also do screen recording, and
the results are stored locally, I see no reason to use a browser
extension which does not do local storage.
Learning, Artificial Intelligence & the Future of Cybersecurity
with using AI to defend the security of an asset or a network is
that those trying to hack into the asset also have access to AI
and machine learning. If the hackers and the defenders are of
about equal skills and are equally up to date in the field, there
might be no benefit in applying AI to security.
Genealogy Site Announces Mega Breach Affecting 92 Million Accounts
While this is
a very large number of accounts compromised, the only damages seem
to be password hashes (not easy to translate into actual
passwords) and email addresses (public information). No DNA or
financial information was accessed.
fanboys and lurkers: understanding online commenting culture shows
us how to improve it
The way user
interfaces are designed can impact the kind of community that
with Facebook and Twitter stem from much deeper problems than the
interface designs. Users are allowed to remain anonymous. Users do
not have to prove the authenticity of information in their
profiles. Users with little history and thin profiles are not
restricted from posting anything they want to post. Spoofed
accounts are rarely taken down. Reports of harassment, stalking
and threatening are almost never taken seriously. Advertisers and
sponsored content actually encourage uncivilized behaviors. In
short, there is a culture of trying to say and do anything it
takes to get the most "eyeballs", regardless of ethics or the tone
of the activities. This is not a user culture -- it is the culture
of those who founded and still run these social media sites. The
only way to change user behavior would be to change who's running
the companies. And that is never going to happen.
too many ways of watching you now
are not required to run the systems, except in the case of home
security. You don't have to allow Amazon to watch, record and
retain everything which goes on inside the place where you live.
Even the "always on" listening can be muted.
Trade-Offs in the New EU Privacy Law
Not being a
lawyer or a security researcher, I can't say what value the soon
to be redacted information has had for detection or prevention of
cybercrime. I guess we'll soon see how much more or less spam and
phishing results from any changes at WhoIs.
10’s New Screenshot Tool: Clips and Annotations
isn't coming very soon, when it does come, it may prove useful.
How to Reduce
CPU Temperature by Undervolting
else I've read says that undervoltage is just as damaging to
electronics as overvoltage. Neither practice will do anything
positive for the life expectancy of the CPU. All overclocking,
overvoltage and undervoltage experiments are not supported by
manufacturer warranties. In fact, brownouts and undervoltage
damages are reasons why people use UPS or battery backup systems
in modes which regulate voltage and other aspects of the incoming
electricity to a PC.
How to Enable
or Disable Clipboard Sync Across Devices in Windows 10
This is one
feature I would not enable, or if it's enabled by default, I would
disable as soon as it shows up.
email compromise tops $676 million in losses
I can't read
this article, as I don't own a business.
the next Spectre vulnerability (Spectre V4 CPU)
There are no
mitigations presently available for this vulnerability. There are
also no known exploits in the wild for it. Nothing to do here
except know there is a vulnerability and someday maybe there will
be patches and possibly a firmware update to deal with it.
Watch out for
Google's new-look sign-in page: It's not a phishing scam
it's about to update its sign-in page because of Material Design.
seen this or any other changes in my gmail web pages yet.
Patch for New
Spectre-Like CPU Bug Could Affect Your Performance
There are as
of yet no patches or firmware updates for this vulnerability.
Why a DNA
data breach is much worse than a credit card leak
change your DNA
happened so far is not that DNA and user information have been
leaked together. Law enforcement has been trolling sites which
collect DNA and, without warrants has been combing the databases
searching for matches for criminals or their family members. This
is shady at best, possibly unconstitutional. The unfortunate part
is, so far few companies have refused police requests.
Glass Failed, and What to Expect Next
been others who have tried to get people interested in AR goggles
and headsets. But the fact that all models so far are big and
bulky has pretty much made impossible any widespread consumer
adoption. Heads-up displays in cars have come farther along, but
there is still controversy over how distracting they can be for
release date and specs: Apple unveils latest iteration and all-new
Mac App Store
It looks like
MacOS is starting to move away from desktop applications and into
the iOS world of store apps. This is a bad move, but one Apple has
committed to doing.
How to Get
macOS Mojave-Style Desktop Stacks on Windows
not a trustworthy company. Also, this like all of its products, is
not free to keep using. Still, it's cheaper than switching to a
How to Change
Network from Public to Private on Windows
difference is that on a private network you enable device
discovery and printer sharing, among other shares. A public
network does not allow these things. Usually a public network will
be one you encounter outside of your home, not one your or your
ISP set up for you at home. Whenever you connect to a new network
in a public place, make sure you are setting it up as a public
A look at
Spice-Up presentation software for GNU/Linux
If I knew I
were going to do a lot of presentations, I would see if I can take
this for a spin in Ubuntu. Saving as PDF is a good feature, but
being able to do actual slides with only a few features to learn
looks like a good setup for someone like myself who doesn't create
a lot of slide shows.
Why Won't My
Desktop Show Up on My Connected TV?
smarter TV will not show a PC desktop, while an HDTV without smart
TV features will show the PC desktop. Another option, though not a
pretty one, is to use a screen mirroring or casting dongle like
Miracast or Chromecast. My two TV's don't have issues displaying
PC desktops in Windows or Linux. (Chrome OS needs to use
How to Add
Safe Mode to Boot Options in Windows 10
If you do
this, there are some cautions to observe. If you have set up
Macrium Reflect Boot Options, any changes done in these ways may
interfere with the Macrium Reflect Boot Option. There are other
Windows programs which add or alter boot options, and the same
caution would apply. Any Windows bootloader boot options will work
in a dual-boot with Linux. GRUB will only allow selecting the
Windows Bootloader, but this will in turn trigger the Boot Options
screen as described.
PC AGAINST MALWARE WITH WINDOWS 10 MEMORY INTEGRITY PROTECTION
One thing is
still not clear to me ab out this -- If you installed a third
party antimalware program which disables Windows Defender, does
this protection also become unavailable? It looks from this
article as though the protections remain available. I haven't had
a chance yet to go over to Windows in my NUC and see what actually
is or is not available with Avira Free installed.
Authors Don’t Learn Anything From Victims and Secure Databases
Unfortunately, most cyber-crooks aren't anywhere near as stupid as
Anti-Abuse System Broken?
system seems never to have worked in the first place, I'm not sure
"broken" is the right word for this revelation.
device turns any TV into a giant touchscreen
I won't pay
$250.00 or more to test this thing. But I have seen write-ups of
similar devices, and they run the gamut from not working at all to
almost working. This device seems to have limitations in using
Android and only a few apps. So this probably will not enable you
to run everything on Google Play on a non-touch big screen TV
How to Find
Official Windows Drivers for Any Device
pretty much sums things up. But I did find one thing which was not
too encouraging about my Intel NUC. When I use the Intel Driver
Utility, it will download and install the correct drivers for the
NUC, overwriting anything Windows 10 has substituted for them. But
then when I try to back up the drivers with DriverMax, that
program can't make any backups of those drivers. I discovered that
backing up the same drivers will work with Slim Drivers backup
utility. I then do a full driver restore from Slim Drivers, and
after restarting, all the Intel drivers are there and up to date,
and now DriverMax can back them up. I wonder what the Intel
utility is doing which makes the drivers impossible to back up
with DriverMax? And how is Slim Drivers getting around this when
is loaded with malware according to most antivirus programs. This
is not really true, but you will have to make exceptions with your
antimalware programs if you want to be able to use the safe
features of Slim Drivers. I am not aware of any actual malware
issues associated with backing up and restoring drivers installed
by other programs when using Slim Drivers. But I would not use any
other parts of the Slim Drivers program. The better solution would
be for Intel to stop protecting its drivers from being backed up
by DriverMax and other safe programs.
Terragraph hopes to replace fiber broadband beginning with 2019
replace DSL and cable, or it could lose it all to 5G.
seems to miss the point of Terragraph. This is 5G technology. It's
exactly the same tech which AT&T, Google (under a new project) and
several others are planning to roll out over the next five years.
All of these projects will use intelligent mesh networks,
millimeter waves at 60GHz and small antennas mounted at frequent
intervals to serve "the last mile" (actually the last 200 feet or
so) in making connections with an ISP. Setting up your in-home and
cell-phone services would only require renting or buying a
compatible gateway or modem, or having a compatible phone or
hotspot. No more technician calls, and no setup or reconnect
appointments. Set up an account, fire up your device, and within
minutes you should be online. Switching ISPs or carriers would
also be very simple, as long as eSIM technology is accepted by the
major carriers, here and overseas.
Dining in a Restaurant with Your Meal Cooked by a Robot
least that settles the question of tipping!
should always read Microsoft's English update notes
I already get
my Windows information in English. And I still rarely understand
what is being talked about.
Amazon Can't Fix Review Spam
I don't even
bother with Amazon Marketplace items anymore. If it isn't sold by
Amazon under their own banner, I won't touch it. Even if the item
is distributed by Amazon, they don't take responsibility for
quality issues unless it's got their sold by Amazon stamp of
How to Mirror
an iPhone or iPad Screen to a Windows PC
I recall some
time ago, two members of the West Side Computer Club tried to get
LonelyScreen to work for a demo for the club. They were not able
to get it up and running. Maybe the app has improved since then?
But there is an indication that the app relies on Apple AirPlay.
This is not encouraging, as Apple seems to be getting rid of
support for AirPlay in favor of their new Homekit Hub.
How to Do Not
Display Last Signed-in User Name on Sign-in Screen in Windows 10
didn't work for me. I did a Google Search, and the URL looks the
same, but it works. Weird. Anyway, this might be useful if there
are several users of a PC and they should not be shown who was the
last one to log in.
Feds Ramp Up
Investigations Into Online Harassment, Cyberstalking & Threats
is, are they stopping cyberstalkers more often, and actually
saving people from harm? This article is very thin on details
Look at Fake Online Reviews
It's sad that
people actually choose treatment facilities based solely on things
they read online. Insurance companies should be able to monitor
for this sort of thing and refuse to pay for, or refuse to
authorize in advance, fraudulent treatments.
Chrome Has a
Built In Malware Scanner, Here’s How to Use It
this is an online scanner powered by ESET. A reputable company,
but I don't know what this scanner is really scanning for. I won't
be putting this scanner into my Windows defense arsenal until I
get some concrete answers, with independent AV lab testing
Total Security 2018 review: A solid choice for your PC
is a simple solution that stays out of your way and has all the
essential features you need.
basically what you would get for all devices which can use it, if
you bought the BitDefender Box 2 UTM for your IoT network. It's a
good deal on a good product.
The Future of
Asus Laptops May Have Been Inspired by Apple’s Touch Bar
understand what the geometry of this thing would be. Is it two
screens? Is it a touchpad? How big is the touchpad? All sorts of
questions until they actually get at least a prototype out the
Google over Android fragmentation yet again
is fragmentation. But iOS is total vendor lock-in, and it's an
expensive ecosystem. I use Android. Also, Google seems to want to
cut down on the fragmentation by reining in vendors and requiring
them to provide security updates in a timely way.
Google are heading in the same direction but on different paths
companies are doing very similar things
In spite of
the article's pro-Apple bias, the author is essentially correct.
Microsoft could be added to the list, if we only consider where
each company has publicly stated they want to go. Trying to make
the desktop more like the phone is a major mistake. It will hurt
productivity and usability, not help these metrics.
were the magic formula, Ubuntu would be the world's most popular
operating system today. Clearly, this is not the case. Canonical
learned a painful lesson by trying to make the desktop more like a
phone. Google will be next to learn this lesson. Followed by
Microsoft. Apple may very well simply disappear rather than learn
any lessons in time to save the company.
yourself! The age of keyboard-less laptops is upon us
This idea has
been floated, and failed miserably, time after time with prototype
after prototype. This has never been a successful design paradigm,
and never will be. It simply is not how humans interface with
machines to maximize productivity.
Leak Confirms Apple's Illuminating Surprise
Well, this is
new, and potentially useful, especially for subjects which could
benefit from highlighting or backlighting. I wonder how exactly
they will accomplish this on a phone?
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.
similar top why if you go to stay in a hotel, you should want to
bring a strong lock of your own. Except that you can't. It isn't
an AI Bot, Xialolce, that Can Converse with You Like a Human
Turing Test is coming closer and closer every day.
researchers create wireless transmitter to thwart hackers
frequency hopping helps protect data.
This is the
idea which actress Hedy Lamar invented for the US Navy to use on
guided torpedoes in World War II. (The Navy rejected her proposal
then, but later used it.)
Hop, Skip and
a Jump: Remembering Hedy Lamar
So the method
is thought to still work? Wow, someone is owed some royalties!
Automate Your Home With Your IFTTT-Supported Router
programming IoT devices then hard way. Google is developing a
platform which is much easier to use.
Making the Same Security Mistakes Web Devs Made in the Early 2000s
This also has
implications for Intelligent Edge Computing, where AI is pushed
out to the edge of a network. The resulting processed data should
not be automatically trusted. Unfortunately, as with much of the
IoT, vendors are always trying to cut cost sorners, and security
features are where costs can be cut with the least end-user
awareness that something isn't right. The end result is that
consumers trust our devices less and less, and trust some apps and
services less and less, and user uptake suffers. This hurts the
development of the entire IoT economy.
‘infinite resolution’ patent could change gaming forever
the rendering from data included inside a program to algorithms
which have to be run on GPUs, this idea would continue the
industry's habit of making users buy more and more hardware to
keep up with the software's capabilities. Whatever you call it,
this may "future-proof" the games, but it will have the opposite
effect on hardware obsolescence. Which is exactly what NVidia and
to spot violent behavior in crowds using AI
The work has
questionable accuracy rates, but it shows how AI is being used to
just what we need. Yet another surveillance scheme with
"questionable accuracy". Get back to me when you or a loved one
gets arrested because of this "questionable accuracy".
How to Enable
Microsoft Edge Application Guard on Windows 10
Unfortunately, if you don't use Edge, this will do you no good
whatsoever. And Edge is a very poor excuse for a web browser now.
to Make Chrome’s Non-Secure Site Warnings More Prominent
going to stop people from visiting sites we probably should stay
away from. And there are still enough false positives to make me
consider looking for an alternative browser.
staring down the barrel of another massive fine and a crackdown
that could rip the company apart
are in no way going to "rip Google apart". Dream on.
are coming soon, and they’ll have Intel inside
become synonymous with "always connected". This is not only a
misnomer, it is also something I do not want in a laptop. This is
exactly why I added Linux to my Chromebook.
dual-screen concept PCs as rumors of ARM versions heat up
failed paradigm in the laptop redesign craze.
P, Google Stops Playing Catch-Up on Security
makes it clear that Google is ready to do more with Android and do
it securely. That includes controlling an insulin pump with your
And to think,
it only took a life and death situation to force Google to finally
do something Apple did many years ago -- take control of vendor
versioning of its mobile operating system.
New Standard that Promises a Cheaper, Easier Way to Expand Wi-Fi
right, this could be a game changer for mesh networking. Even in
homes with adequate WiFi coverage from a single router, this
paradigm could prove useful when applied to IoT networking.
How to Enable
or Disable Shared Experiences in Windows 10
Windows 10 new feature I can easily live without.
bringing iOS apps to the Mac – sort of
The way Apple
is doing this makes more sense to me than Google's way of just
importing Android Apps as-is into Chrome OS. That makes for a very
awkward desktop experience.
PROTECT YOUR PC AGAINST CRYPTOMINING
installed MinerBlock or NoCoin into both Chrome and Firefox. I
can't say whether or not it works, as I don't know of any sites I
use which do cryptomining. But I haven't had any of the symptoms
of cryptomining in Windows or Linux on my NUC or my Chromebook.
Chrome OS already ahs protections built into it which would
disable cryptomining as it is currently practiced.
MK540 Advanced wireless keyboard and mouse review: Snappy
typing, no noise
quiet keyboard paired with a solid mouse
I do not
trust Wireless anything which uses 2.4GHz WiFi without encryption.
A Man in the Middle Attack would be only too easy to set up.
Remember, I live in an apartment, so there are plenty of folks in
close enough proximity to me to pull this off. I use Bluetooth 4.1
or higher, paired. That's much more secure, but more expensive.
How to Change
how Apps and Websites Automatically Open for Sets in Windows 10
This is one
feature "set" I will have to examine in detail, then decide how or
whether I want to use it. I'm leaning toward not using it at all.
Your Files Without Giving Them Up to a Third-Party Service With
article and the comments before deciding if this is right for your
use case. This protocol does not have any always-on server to send
things to, then retrieve them later somewhere else on a different
device. For that plus security and privacy, try SpiderOak cloud
storage. Thier client has to be on both the sending and the
receiving PC or device, but that's about the only drawback, other
the fact that Spider Oak is not free.
From My Own
Microsoft re-releases the KB 4287903
Flash zero-day patch
the KB 4287903 Flash zero-day patch
As of June
13th we should all be on Flash Player 184.108.40.206.
effect could render Hyperloop tubes transparent to riders
all over the world are furious about Microsoft's $7.5 billion deal
for GitHub — and it's the biggest test so far for CEO Satya
Nadella's master plan
in the past done similar things -- first fight a competitor, then
embrace it, then smother it out of existence.
(“Embrace, Extend, Extinguish”) This is what most folks in
the tech industry believe Nadela's Microsoft is doing with GitHub.
Yet another attempt to snuff out open source software. Which
raises serious questions about the recent cozy relationship
between Microsoft and Ubuntu's parent company, Canonical. Time to
find a new favorite Linux distro?
malware is infecting Amazon Fire TVs and Fire Sticks
throttles resources as it mines cryptocurrency.
Bans Cryptocurrency Purchases on Its Credit Cards
Kindle Unlimited abuser has been booted from the bookstore
for patent that would detect drunk passengers
Of course, it
all depends on how the feature is to be used. If service is
denied, app users could sue Uber. Worse, someone refused Uber
service might decide to drive drunk. Again, Uber could be sued if
this results in an accident. Then there's the question of the
validity of the metrics used by the app.
expect now that net neutrality is finally dead: A whole lot of
walks away from Windows 7, Office 2013 support forums
You may still
love your Mac, but Apple doesn’t share your passion.
slipping after a study found signs its 2017 bull run was driven by
lets you share your custom skills made with Alexa Blueprints
AMAZON’S $3.5 MILLION COMPETITION TO MAKE ALEXA CHAT LIKE A HUMAN
MICROSOFT HACKER TEAM THAT KEEPS WINDOWS PCS SAFE
Company’s Chicago project seems awfully cheap for something so big
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