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Panicking About Your Kids’ Phones? New Research Says Don’t

A growing number of academics are challenging assumptions about the negative effects of social media and smartphones on children.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/17/technology/kids-smartphones-depression.html

 

Microsoft says it will fix an Internet Explorer security bug under active attack

https://www.yahoo.com/news/microsoft-says-fix-internet-explorer-153552653.html

 

HOW TO INSTALL CHROME EXTENSIONS ON MICROSOFT EDGE

Yes, you can install Chrome Web Store extensions on the Chromium version of Microsoft Edge on Windows 10, and here's how to do it.

https://pureinfotech.com/install-chrome-extension-chromium-edge/

 

Ad industry asks Google to stay its hand over proposal to kill cookies

The advertising trade groups asked Google to not commit to its moratorium until 'meaningful alternatives' are found.

https://www.windowscentral.com/ad-industry-asks-google-stay-its-hands-over-proposal-kill-cookies

 

How to Rename Virtual Desktops in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/138723-rename-virtual-desktops-windows-10-a.html

 

How to Increase Laptop Volume in Windows 10

https://www.maketecheasier.com/increase-laptop-volume-windows/

 

Biometric security, potential threats to it and their solutions

https://www.thewindowsclub.com/biometric-security-potential-threats-to-it-and-their-solutions

 

HP Might Start Making Cheaper Ink Cartridges and More Expensive Printers

https://www.extremetech.com/electronics/304831-hp-might-start-making-cheaper-ink-cartridges-and-more-expensive-printers

 

What is About Blank and Why Do I See it?

https://www.techjunkie.com/what-is-about-blank/

 

GSA Captcha Breaker

Solve captcha without typing it yourself with this self-learning software that "watches" you solve them before starting to do it on its own

https://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/WEB-Design/Web-Design-related/GSA-Captcha-Breaker.shtml

 

Chrome to Block Third-Party Cookies

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10691/chrome-block-third-party-cookies

 

Mojo's augmented reality contacts could replace your smartphone

Forget headsets and glasses. These AR contact lenses bestow superpowers on your sight

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/mojo-ar-contact-lenses

 

Facebook’s problems moderating deepfakes will only get worse in 2020

New tools will make deepfakes more accessible and less obviously harmful

https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/15/21067220/deepfake-moderation-apps-tools-2020-facebook-reddit-social-media

 

Mobile Banking Malware Up 50% in First Half of 2019

A new report from Check Point recaps the cybercrime trends, statistics, and vulnerabilities that defined the security landscape in 2019.

https://www.darkreading.com/cloud/mobile-banking-malware-up-50--in-first-half-of-2019/d/d-id/1336834

 

How to know it’s time to upgrade your router

https://www.komando.com/tech-tips/is-it-time-to-upgrade-your-router/701509/

 

Startup Shows Off Smart Contact Lens Prototype With Tiny Display

The California-based Mojo Vision has been showing journalists prototypes of actual smart contact lenses, which have tiny microLED displays embedded inside.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/startup-shows-off-smart-contact-lens-prototype-with-tiny-display

 

Can you use WhatsApp on a computer?': How to download and use WhatsApp's desktop version

https://www.yahoo.com/news/whatsapp-computer-download-whatsapps-desktop-172400486.html

 

How to clear cache and cookies on Microsoft Edge

Websites aren't loading correctly or you can't sign-in to online services? Try clearing the cache data and cookies on Microsoft Edge.

https://pureinfotech.com/clear-cache-cookies-microsoft-edge/

 

Google plans to banish third-party cookies forever

It wants to remove support for third-party cookies from Chrome within the next two years.

https://www.windowscentral.com/google-plans-banish-third-party-cookies-forever

 

Turn On or Off Messaging Everywhere in Windows 10 PC and Mobile

https://tinyurl.com/qv7spst

 

How to Convert Audio Files Using VLC Player

https://www.maketecheasier.com/convert-audio-files-using-vlc/

 

Pixelitor is a decent enough Graphics Editor for Windows 10

https://www.thewindowsclub.com/pixelitor-graphics-editor-for-windows-10

 

Disabling Intel Turbo Boost Has a Huge Impact on Battery Life

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/304884-disabling-intel-turbo-boost-has-a-huge-impact-on-battery-life

 

The Best Free DNS Servers For a Faster 2020

https://www.techjunkie.com/free-dns-servers/

 

Microsoft Warns Windows Users of Incoming Attacks Due to Browser Zero-Day

Internet Explorer flaw being exploited by hackers

Microsoft has confirmed that a zero-day flaw in Internet Explorer is being exploited by malicious actors.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/microsoft-says-windows-users-under-attack-due-to-browser-zero-day-528903.shtml

 

Xbox One Console Streaming Now Available For Insiders, Here's How To Sign Up

Console streaming is now available everywhere.

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/xbox-one-console-streaming-now-available-for-insid/1100-6472830/

 

First Galaxy S20 benchmarks just leaked — and they don't look good

Results posted to Geekbench don't square with what you'd expect from a new flagship

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/leaked-galaxy-s20-benchmarks-arent-good-but-dont-panic-yet

 

Google Phone app could add support for call recording, code suggests

The default dialer for Pixel and Android One phones

https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/15/21066814/google-phone-app-dialer-call-recording-xiaomi-pixel-android-one

 

FBI Seizes Domain That Sold Info Stolen in Data Breaches

The website, WeLeakData.com, claimed to have more than 12 billion records gathered from over 10,000 breaches.

https://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/fbi-seizes-domain-that-sold-info-stolen-in-data-breaches/d/d-id/1336833

 

Online security basics: Essential steps to stay safe online

https://www.komando.com/video/staff-picks/online-security-basics-essential-steps-to-stay-safe-online/701484/

 

Google's Advanced Protection Expands to Phone-Only Users

Google has made it easier to join the company's Advanced Protection Program, which is designed to stop the most sophisticated hackers from breaking into your Gmail account. Before you needed two security keys to enroll. Now you just need a smartphone.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/googles-advanced-protection-expands-to-phone-only-users

 

iPhone owners, here's 20 tips to make you fall more in love with your smartphone

https://www.yahoo.com/news/iphone-owners-heres-20-tips-120008149.html

 

How to download Microsoft Edge Chromium for Windows 10

The wait is finally over, Microsoft releases the first preview of the new Microsoft Edge based on the Chromium engine.

https://pureinfotech.com/download-chromium-microsoft-edge-windows-10/

 

Now that the new Microsoft Edge is here, have you switched browsers? (Poll)

The new Edge made its public debut this week, but have you made the switch?

https://www.windowscentral.com/now-new-microsoft-edge-here-have-you-switched-browsers

 

How to Send Feedback to Microsoft in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/7054-send-feedback-microsoft-windows-10-a.html

 

How to Format a Hard Drive to NTFS in Linux

https://www.maketecheasier.com/format-hard-drive-ntfs-linux/

 

What is Web Tracking? What are Trackers in browsers?

https://www.thewindowsclub.com/what-is-web-tracking

 

CES 2020: ZOTAC’s Inspire Studio SFF PCs for Creators w/ 8-Core CPU & GeForce RTX

https://www.anandtech.com/show/15406/ces-2020-zotacs-inspire-studio-sff-pcs-for-creators-w-8core-cpu-geforce-rtx

 

How To Fake Your Location in Google Chrome

https://www.techjunkie.com/fake-location-google-chrome/

 

Ultracopier

Move or copy your files and folders and transfer files from one location to another at high speed thanks to this handy application

https://www.softpedia.com/get/System/File-Management/Ultracopier.shtml

 

Report: Google wants to bring the Steam game store to… Chrome OS?

And get ready for more gaming-focused Chromebooks.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2020/01/report-google-wants-to-bring-the-steam-game-store-to-chrome-os/

 

Android ‘fleeceware’ apps caught charging users up to $70 a week after free trials

Two dozen apps exposed — and deleting them doesn't help.

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/dollar6999-a-week-android-fleeceware-caught-charging-users-after-free-trial

 

Google says new AI models allow for ‘nearly instantaneous’ weather forecasts

An increasingly important tool in a world shaped by climate change

https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/14/21065095/google-ai-weather-forecast-predictions-rainfall-research

 

ADP Users Hit with Phishing Scam Ahead of Tax Season

Fraudulent emails tell recipients their W-2 forms are ready and prompt them to click malicious links.

https://www.darkreading.com/threat-intelligence/adp-users-hit-with-phishing-scam-ahead-of-tax-season/d/d-id/1336829

 

How hackers, scammers and companies know when you open an email and use it against you

https://www.komando.com/kims-column/how-hackers-scammers-and-companies-know-when-you-open-an-email-and-use-it-against-you/702029/

 

23 Hidden Tricks Inside Windows 10

Windows is a vast operating system with plenty of features you might never stumble upon. Make the most of Windows 10 with these expert tips.

https://www.

pcmag.com/news/23-hidden-tricks-inside-windows-10

 

'Where do downloads go on Android?': How to find your downloads on an Android device

https://www.yahoo.com/news/where-downloads-android-downloads-android-204300983.html

 

How to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 using clean install process

Windows 7 end of life is in January 14, 2020, and it's time to upgrade to Windows 10. In this guide, you'll learn to steps to make the leap using a clean installation.

https://pureinfotech.com/upgrade-windows-7-windows-10-clean-install/

 

Microsoft partners with T-Mobile to deliver the Internet to underserved areas for education

Microsoft announces partnership and new features to improve education.

https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-partners-t-mobile-deliver-internet-underserved-areas-education

 

How to Create Website Shortcut in Windows

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/131332-create-website-shortcut-windows.html

 

How to Open Zip and RAR Files in Google Drive

https://www.maketecheasier.com/open-zip-rar-files-google-drive/

 

What is Search Indexing and how does it affect searching in Windows 10?

https://www.thewindowsclub.com/what-is-windows-search-indexing

 

Mojo is Making Contacts Smarter with Its Incredibly Tiny Microdisplay

https://www.roadtovr.com/mojo-vision-smart-ar-contacts-lens/

 

How To Install Cinema HD on Windows 10

https://www.techjunkie.com/install-cinema-hd-windows-10/

 

Supercopier

Compact piece of software that helps you copy, transfer or move files, resume or skip the current transfer, as well as view errors, apply filters and verify checksums

https://www.softpedia.com/get/System/File-Management/SuperCopier.shtml

 

Apple's latest iOS update is truly getting on my nerves

Software updates are supposed to make things better. Not always, it seems. Not this one, certainly. And it's affecting something very basic.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/apples-latest-ios-update-is-truly-getting-on-my-nerves/

 

Microsoft CEO shows off Surface Duo, and it's 'darn slick'

The Surface Duo is one of the most anticipated phones of 2020, and it just got teased again

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/microsoft-ceo-shows-off-surface-duo-and-its-darn-slick

 

AirPods Pro owners complain of worse noise cancellation after firmware updates

Some people are convinced Apple’s latest earbuds worked better at launch

https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/17/21069953/apple-airpods-pro-noise-cancellation-problems-firmware-2b588-2c54

 

NY Fed Reveals Implications of Cyberattack on US Financial System

A "pre-mortem analysis" sheds light on the potential destruction of a cyberattack against major US banks.

https://www.darkreading.com/risk/ny-fed-reveals-implications-of-cyberattack-on-us-financial-system/d/d-id/1336820

 

5 hidden spy cams you have to see to believe

https://www.komando.com/privacy/5-hidden-spy-cams/701503/

 

Feds Seize WeLeakInfo.com for Selling Access to Stolen Data

The FBI seizes the internet domain to WeLeakInfo.com, a site that was cataloging billions of records, such as email addresses and passwords, from more than 10,300 data breaches at various companies and service providers.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/feds-seize-weleakinfocom-for-selling-access-to-stolen-data

 

There Is Now a Lay-Down Desk That Lets You Work Horizontally — for...

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/now-lay-down-desk-lets-212725208.html

 

Spec leak shows exactly how the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G outclasses other S20 models

https://www.androidpolice.com/2020/01/17/samsung-galaxy-s20-5g-ultra-compare-spec-leak/

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(Note: the flaw reported previously in Windows also affects Chrome Browser.  This also effects Chromium and the following browsers based on Chromium; Opera, Vivaldi, Brave, Blisk, Colibri, Epic Browser, Iron Browser, Ungoogled Chromium, Vendor-specific implementations, The also-rans (Coc Coc, Falkon, Xvast, Polarity, TheWorld Chrome, Naver Whale, Kinza, Iridium, Tungsten, Ghost Browser, Superbird, Lulumi, Chedot, Orbitum, Cent Browser), The extinct dinosaurs (RockMelt, Maelstrom, Slim Browser, Aviator, Flock, Dartium, Beamrise, Sentria, Titan Browser, Sleipnir, WebFreer, Redcore, and a few other more), and the new Microsoft Edge based on Chromium.)

 

Microsoft releases critical Windows 10 security update – which doesn’t work

Another fail – and this time it’s serious

https://www.techradar.com/news/microsoft-releases-critical-windows-10-security-update-which-doesnt-work

 

Windows 10: Security researcher 'rickrolls' himself to exploit bug patched by Microsoft

Saleem Rashid shows that a patch for a security bug in Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016/2019 could be exploited in the real world to spoof security certificates on machines without the patch.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-a-researcher-exploited-the-windows-10-bug-patched-by-microsoft/

 

Google Chrome Adds Protection for NSA's Windows CryptoAPI Flaw

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/google-chrome-adds-protection-for-nsas-windows-cryptoapi-flaw/

 

I Want to Upgrade Windows 7, but I'm Afraid to Lose My Programs

https://lifehacker.com/i-want-to-upgrade-windows-7-but-im-scared-to-lose-my-p-1841044394

 

What you need to know about the Microsoft Windows 10 patch

https://www.yahoo.com/news/know-microsoft-windows-10-patch-192358722.html

 

Microsoft 'new' Edge review: Microsoft's Chromium-based browser gets the job done

Microsoft's new Edge is heading to your PC with a new look and feel, Chromium underpinnings that allow you access to more extensions, and a couple of cool features.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3513995/microsoft-new-edge-review-chromium-based-web-browser.html

 

Fraudsters Set Up Site Selling Temporary Social Security Numbers

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/fraudsters-set-up-site-selling-temporary-social-security-numbers/

 

Cambridge Analytica email chain with Facebook sheds new light on data misuse scandal

https://techcrunch.com/2020/01/17/cambridge-analytica-whistleblower-reveals-new-documents-showing-how-facebook-handled-the-data-misuse-scandal/

 

Could 2020 be the year laptops change for good?

CES shows us the foldable future

https://www.techradar.com/news/could-2020-be-the-year-laptops-change-for-good

 

New phishing tactics bait victims

Plus, more news bytes of the week, including the resignation of Pete Buttigieg’s CISO, Ukraine asking the FBI for help investigating a cyberattack, and the data breach of an adult webcam network

https://blog.avast.com/security-news-new-phishing-tactics-emerge

 

Need to Speed Up Your Internet Connection?

https://askbobrankin.com/need_to_speed_up_your_internet_connection.html

 

Two iPhones or the privacy of billions: Why Apple vs. the FBI matters

The FBI's efforts to push Apple to unlock phones have caused alarm among technology industry veterans and academics who see a broader effort to reduce privacy and introduce digital back doors.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/two-iphones-or-privacy-billions-why-apple-vs-fbi-matters-n1118001

 

Save iCloud storage costs with Family Sharing

The ability to pool certain account elements includes storage.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3512032/save-icloud-storage-costs-with-family-sharing.html

 

Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Netflix: The big three streaming services compared

Which online entertainment service offers cord-cutters the best combination of original content, user interface, and bottom-line value?

https://www.techhive.com/article/3514595/amazon-prime-hulu-netflix-compared-which-is-best.html

 

Behold: The foldable iPhone of your dreams

https://bgr.com/2020/01/17/iphone-12-release-date-coming-foldable-iphone-video/

 

[Update: Design details, ‘iPhone 9’] Everything we know about the iPhone SE 2

https://9to5mac.com/2020/01/11/iphone-se-2-price-specs-features-roundup/

 

5 hidden spy cams you have to see to believe

https://www.komando.com/privacy/5-hidden-spy-cams/701503/

 

Bad Flaw in Windows 10 Also Affects Chrome Browser

Security researchers are demonstrating how you can use the Windows 10 flaw, CVE-2020-0601, to spoof the trusted digital certificates for official website domains on Google's Chrome browser. These same certificates can warn you about hacking attempts.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/bad-flaw-in-windows-10-also-affects-chrome-browser

 

Steam might be coming to Chromebooks

https://www.yahoo.com/news/2020-01-17-google-chrome-steam-chromebooks.html

 

New Windows 10 Insider build 19546 adds a nifty graphing calculator (coming to Windows 10 2004, just over fifteen years to late for me) 

It's not clear whether this will be released as part of the upcoming Windows 10 "20H1" feature release, or on an independent schedule.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3514593/new-windows-10-insider-build-19546-adds-a-nifty-graphing-calculator.html

 

WeLeakInfo.com Seized For Selling Info from Data Breaches, 2 Arrested

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/weleakinfocom-seized-for-selling-info-from-data-breaches-2-arrested/

 

‘PigeonBot’ brings flying robots closer to real birds

https://techcrunch.com/2020/01/16/pigeonbot-brings-flying-robots-closer-to-real-birds/

 

New leak reveals almost everything about the Samsung Galaxy S20

Spoilers ahead

https://www.techradar.com/news/new-leak-reveals-almost-everything-about-the-samsung-galaxy-s20

 

Answers to 5 key questions about highly publicized NSA-Microsoft story

https://blog.avast.com/five-key-things-to-know-about-nsa-microsoft-issue

 

Don't Fall for the CatPhishing Scam

https://askbobrankin.com/dont_fall_for_the_catphishing_scam.html

 

App developers sue Facebook alleging an 'anticompetitive scheme'

The proposed federal class-action lawsuit is based entirely on previously secret documents that NBC News and international journalistic partners obtained last year.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/app-developers-sue-facebook-over-alleged-anticompetitive-scheme-n1117551

 

What we might expect from Apple's A14 processor

Apple makes the fastest mobile chips in the business, and we expect nothing less from the A14 this fall.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3514528/what-we-might-expect-from-apples-a14-processor.html

 

EZVIZ C6CN pan-and-tilt security camera review: Motion tracking keeps intruder in this camera's sights

This motorized, baseball-sized camera delivers strong video and offers multiple storage options.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3513942/ezviz-c6cn-review.html

 

PS5 leaker might have revealed the price of the Xbox Series X as well

https://bgr.com/2020/01/16/xbox-series-x-price-vs-ps5-xbox-comes-in-two-versions-leak-says/

 

Apple addresses location privacy issue with iPhone 11 chip in second iOS 13.3.1 beta

https://9to5mac.com/2020/01/17/apple-addresses-location-privacy-issue-with-iphone-11-chip-in-ios-beta/

 

How hackers, scammers and companies know when you open an email and use it against you

https://www.komando.com/kims-column/how-hackers-scammers-and-companies-know-when-you-open-an-email-and-use-it-against-you/702029/

 

Google's Advanced Protection Expands to Phone-Only Users

Google has made it easier to join the company's Advanced Protection Program, which is designed to stop the most sophisticated hackers from breaking into your Gmail account. Before you needed two security keys to enroll. Now you just need a smartphone.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/googles-advanced-protection-expands-to-phone-only-users

 

'What do the check marks mean on Facebook Messenger?': Here's what you need to know

https://www.yahoo.com/news/check-marks-mean-facebook-messenger-154100641.html

 

Windows PCs push back against Chromebooks in schools with LTE, Gemini Lake Refresh chips

JP.IK and Positivo may be two PC vendors you've not heard of before, but they're among Microsoft's current favorites in educational PCs.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3514552/windows-pcs-push-back-against-chromebooks-in-schools-with-lte-gemini-lake-refresh-chips.html

 

Windows 10 Insider Build 19546 Adds Graphing Mode to Calculator

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/windows-10-insider-build-19546-adds-graphing-mode-to-calculator/

 

NBCU’s streaming service Peacock launches April 15 for Comcast subscribers, everyone else on July 15

https://techcrunch.com/2020/01/16/nbcuniversal-peacock-launch-details/

 

How to check if your identity has been stolen

Look out for these key signs of identity theft

https://www.techradar.com/news/here-is-how-to-check-if-your-identity-has-been-stolen

 

Avast continues support for Microsoft’s Windows 7

If you are a user of the operating system and are wondering what will happen to your Avast Free or Premium Security, we have good news

https://blog.avast.com/avast-still-supports-windows-7

 

Why baby boomers are looking to IoT and analytics to stay safe

IoT security is becoming a top-of-mind priority in the personal care industry. Essence group believes it has the solution and had it on display at CES 2020.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/why-baby-boomers-are-looking-to-iot-and-analytics-to-stay-safe/

 

Georgia election server showed signs of tampering, expert says

The server was left exposed to the open internet for at least six months, a problem the same expert discovered in August 2016.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/georgia-election-server-showed-signs-tampering-expert-says-n1117441

 

How to use iCloud aliases to send and receive email

You can have up to three aliases that connect to your iCloud account.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3512033/how-to-use-icloud-aliases-to-send-and-receive-email.html

 

iPhone SE 2 or iPhone 9? Everything We Know About Apple's Upcoming Budget Device

https://ios.gadgethacks.com/news/iphone-se-2-iphone-9-everything-we-know-about-apples-upcoming-budget-device-0182051/

 

Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip price might’ve just leaked – and it’s surprisingly good news

https://bgr.com/2020/01/16/galaxy-z-flip-release-date-close-leak-says-price-hovers-around-1000/

 

[Update: Apple responds] Tile goes to Congress to battle Apple before AirTags competitor even gets unveiled

https://9to5mac.com/2020/01/17/tile-apple-antitrust-opening-statement/

 

5 simple ways to protect your home this winter

https://www.komando.com/tech-tips/5-ways-to-keep-your-home-safe-this-winter/435955/

 

17 Android Apps Caught Hiding and Displaying Aggressive Ads

Bitdefender found the apps used a number of different techniques to dodge Google Play's vetting system allowing them to be installed over 550,000 times.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/17-android-apps-caught-hiding-and-displaying-aggressive-ads

 

Augmented reality contact lens puts a tiny screen directly in your eye (the eyes have it)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/augmented-reality-contact-lenses-let-134856189.html

 

Google will wind down Chrome apps starting in June

Windows, Mac, and Linux users will lose the apps first, and Chromebook users, later. Chrome extensions, though, will live on.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3514529/google-will-wind-down-chrome-apps-starting-in-june.html

 

FBI to Warn State Officials of Election Infrastructure Cyber Threats

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/fbi-to-warn-state-officials-of-election-infrastructure-cyber-threats/

 

Chrome gets global media controls

https://techcrunch.com/2020/01/16/chrome-gets-global-media-controls/

 

How to make Windows 10 look (and sound) like Windows 7

Bring back the classic Start Menu and more

https://www.techradar.com/how-to/how-to-make-windows-10-look-and-sound-like-windows-7

 

A man took over an airport monitor to play video games until officials told him 'game over'

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/17/us/video-game-airport-trnd/index.html

 

Why blockchain-based cybersecurity may be the answer for vulnerable IoT networks

CES 2020: A "hacked" robot was on display to demonstrate how SigmaDots serverless architecture is poised to fend off IoT security threats.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/why-blockchain-based-cybersecurity-may-be-the-answer-for-vulnerable-iot-networks/

 

From Burisma to Democratic candidates, phishing emails remain security threat

Email-based cyberattacks remains a tried-and-true way for hackers to try to obtain access to computer systems and files.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/burisma-democratic-candidates-phishing-emails-remain-security-threat-n1116551

 

iOS: What to do if iCloud Photos uploads are paused due to a low battery, but you’re actually near a full charge

The sync service may have its own algorithm that lets it choose when to stop syncing photos and videos.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3511972/ios-what-to-do-if-icloud-photos-uploads-are-paused-due-to-a-low-battery-but-youre-actually-near-a-f.html

 

Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra full specs leak

https://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_s20_s20_and_s20_ultra_full_specs_leak-news-41094.php

 

Control your garage door with your phone for less than the cost of a smart light bulb

https://bgr.com/2020/01/17/myq-smart-garage-door-opener-best-price-amazon/

 

Pro Display XDR top features — amazing build quality and stunning view [Video]

https://9to5mac.com/2020/01/16/pro-display-xdr-top-features-mac-pro-video/

 

Gas pump skimmers steal your money – here’s how to spot them

https://www.komando.com/tech-tips/how-to-protect-yourself-from-gas-pump-skimmers/575889/

 

How Much Do Your Devices Cost You Per Year?

Even thought we're holding onto our smartphones longer, getting caught up in the upgrade cycle can be costly.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/how-much-do-your-devices-cost-you-per-year

 

How to restart and fix Windows Explorer on your computer in 3 simple steps

https://www.yahoo.com/news/restart-fix-windows-explorer-computer-232900071.html

 

Brave Browser Review

The Brave browser is a relatively new entry to the market, and we have to say it's just great. It's secure, fast and even has a novel way of rewarding you for using it. There are some downsides, but nothing major, as you can read in our full Brave review.

https://www.cloudwards.net/brave-review/

 

How Microsoft could improve Windows by being more like Apple

Fewer versions, more focus.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3514171/how-microsoft-could-improve-windows-by-being-more-like-apple.html

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Introducing the new Microsoft Edge

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge?form=MD194C&OCID=MD194C

 

Bad Flaw in Windows 10 Also Affects Chrome Browser (hmm... could this bug affect other browsers using the Chome engine, like Chromium, Edge on Chromium, others)

Security researchers are demonstrating how you can use the Windows 10 flaw, CVE-2020-0601, to spoof the trusted digital certificates for official website domains on Google's Chrome browser. These same certificates can warn you about hacking attempts.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/bad-flaw-in-windows-10-also-affects-chrome-browser

 

Google Maps keeps a detailed record of everywhere you go — here’s how to stop it

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/16/how-to-stop-google-maps-from-tracking-and-saving-your-location.html

 

Google Simplifies Enrollment Process for Advanced Protection Program

https://www.securityweek.com/google-simplifies-enrollment-process-advanced-protection-program

 

Windows 7 end of support: Separating the bull from the horns

There’s a lot of misinformation about Win7 end-of-life bouncing around the blogosphere. While the last free official Win7/Server 2008 R2 patch appeared yesterday, there’s more to the story. No need to go running to the nearest soothsayer with your wallet open, in spite of what you may have read.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3514436/windows-7-end-of-support-separating-the-bull-from-the-horns.html

 

What Information Should I Provide When Asking for Help?

When you ask someone for help, stack the deck in your favor by painting a clear picture of the problem you're experiencing.

https://askleo.com/information-provide-asking-help/

 

What's New in 2020 Laptops

https://www.yahoo.com/news/apos-2020-laptops-220306327.html

 

New warnings of hacking risks for voting systems connected to the internet

https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/new-warnings-of-hacking-risks-for-voting-systems-connected-to-the-internet-76456005785

 

Critical Windows 10 Bug Needs Immediate Fix

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10692/critical-windows-10-bug-needs-immediate-fix

 

New TVs lack a killer feature, and more tech news you need to know

https://www.androidauthority.com/tech-news-15-1074941/

 

How to Properly Dispose of Batteries

Steps to battery disposal and recycling

https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-properly-dispose-of-batteries-4767171

 

Patch Tuesday, January 2020 Edition

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2020/01/patch-tuesday-january-2020-edition/

 

Travelex warns customers of phone scam threat in wake of ransomware attack

https://www.grahamcluley.com/travelex-warns-customers-of-phone-scam-threat-in-wake-of-ransomware-attack/

 

Microsoft's Chromium Edge Browser for Mac Officially Launches

https://www.macrumors.com/2020/01/15/microsoft-edge-browser-for-mac-launches/

 

How to tweak your Wyze cam settings now that people detection is going away

Your Wyze cam is about to lose people detection, but you can cut down on the number of false alarms by following these steps.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3514668/how-to-tweak-your-wyze-cam-settings-now-that-people-detection-is-going-away.html

 

This Portable Peep Hole Is an Airbnb Guest's Dream

https://gizmodo.com/this-portable-peep-hole-is-an-airbnb-guests-dream-1840595998

 

NBC's Peacock Arrives in July as Free, Ad-Based Streaming Service

Peacock will first launch on April 15 for Comcast subscribers, but it'll then go nationwide in the US on July 15 as a free, ad-supported service. To unlock access to more content, you'll need to pay $5 a month. At $10, you can get rid of the ads.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/nbcs-peacock-arrives-in-july-as-free-ad-based-streaming-service

 

Scams and phishing attacks spreading amid Iran cyberwar fears – don’t get fooled

https://www.komando.com/security-privacy/iran-cyberattacks-phishing-scam/700897/

 

NBC’s streaming service Peacock will have free version and two subscription tiers starting at $4.99

  - NBCUniversal unveiled its Peacock streaming service to investors Thursday.

  - Peacock will seek to distinguish itself in an increasingly crowded online video market by offering a completely free, ad-supported service.

  - The inclusion of sports in the paid version, Peacock Premium, is another differentiator from rivals such as Disney+, HBO Max and Netflix, which don’t include live games.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/16/nbc-peacock-price-launch-date-and-shows.html

 

Many High-Risk Users Have Bad Security Habits: Google Survey

https://www.securityweek.com/many-high-risk-users-have-bad-security-habits-google-survey

 

Patch Tuesday aftermath: The NSA Crypt32 threat is real, but not yet imminent

In one of the most-watched Patch Tuesdays ever, Microsoft yesterday unveiled its security patches for all recent versions of Windows. Star of the show: a security hole contributed by the NSA. As of Wednesday morning, there’s at least one Crypt32 attack in the offing, but it’s far from scary.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3514350/patch-tuesday-aftermath-the-nsa-crypt32-threat-is-real-but-not-yet-imminent.html

 

Why Can’t I Talk to a Real Person?

There are many reasons why you're more likely to be directed to online and self-help resources than talk to a real person.

https://askleo.com/cant-talk-real-person/

 

Chrome OS to soon support Android-inspired gesture controls

https://www.yahoo.com/news/chrome-os-soon-support-android-inspired-gesture-controls-155558069.html

 

TikTok fixes security flaws, announces new content rules

The research was made public in the wake of increased scrutiny on the short-form video app TikTok's cybersecurity.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/tiktok-fixes-security-flaws-announces-new-content-rules-n1112336

 

How to use Smart DNS to Access Geo-Restricted Content

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10693/how-use-smart-dns-access-geo-restricted-content

 

How to Check If Your AirPods Pro's Noise Cancellation Is Broken

https://lifehacker.com/how-to-check-if-your-airpods-pros-noise-cancellation-is-1841020978

 

11 Best Online Auction Websites of 2020

Bidding websites like eBay to score awesome deals

https://www.lifewire.com/online-auction-website-3482641

 

Cryptic Rumblings Ahead of First 2020 Patch Tuesday

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2020/01/cryptic-rumblings-ahead-of-first-2020-patch-tuesday/

 

Critical Windows 10 security fix pushed out after NSA warns Microsoft of spying vulnerability

https://www.grahamcluley.com/windows-10-nsa-fix/

 

Microsoft fixes critical bugs in CryptoAPI, RD Gateway and .NET

https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2020/01/15/microsoft-fixes-critical-bugs-in-cryptoapi-rd-gateway-and-net/

 

Best NAS drive for media streaming and backup

Network-attached storage (NAS) is an ideal solution for streaming and archiving your music, photos, and videos. It's also ideal for backing up your PCs and smart devices. These are our top picks in the consumer space.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3143648/best-nas-box-for-media-streaming-and-backup.html

 

The Biggest Problems With Bluetooth Audio Are About to Be Fixed

https://gizmodo.com/the-biggest-problems-with-bluetooth-audio-are-about-to-1840461602

 

What Is 8K? Should You Buy a New TV or Wait?

4K is the resolution standard for televisions now, but we're starting to see 8K TVs trickle out. How much better is 8K, and is it worth waiting for?

https://www.pcmag.com/news/what-is-8k-should-you-buy-a-new-tv-or-wait

 

Last gadget standing: 7 of the coolest innovations at CES

https://www.komando.com/gadgets/2020-ces-last-gadget-standing/700842/

 

Why Google added little logos next to search results this week

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/16/google-search-adds-logos.html

 

Equifax Ordered to Spend $1 Billion on Data Security Under Data Breach Settlement

Court Approves Equifax Data Breach Settlement

https://www.securityweek.com/court-approves-equifax-data-breach-settlement

 

Today's Patch Tuesday brings fireworks and — a magic bullet?

The world is expecting a Thor’s thunder clap of a Windows patch later today. Given Microsoft’s track record with flashy hyper-hyped patches, a bit of skepticism is in order. Here’s a bit of history, and an invitation to a ringside seat.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3513901/todays-patch-tuesday-brings-fireworks-and-a-magic-bullet.html

 

How To Reduce Your Frustration with Technology

Believe it or not, there's one change you can make that can dramatically impact how well your technology works for you.

https://askleo.com/how-to-reduce-your-frustration-with-technology/

 

Samsung's clamshell foldable phone may be called the Galaxy Z Flip

https://www.yahoo.com/news/2020-01-12-samsung-galaxy-z-flip-foldable-phone-leak.html

 

Today is Patch Tuesday, and late yesterday KrebsOnSecurity said that sources told him Microsoft would issue an unusually important patch for a core cryptographic component shared by all versions of Windows. 

https://thecyberwire.com/issues/issues2020/January/CyberWire_2020_01_14.html

 

HP's self-cooling Omen Mindframe headset is just $60--a $90 discount

Stay frosty

https://www.techconnect.com/article/3514542/hps-self-cooling-omen-mindframe-headset-is-just-60-a-90-discount.html

 

Google update turns your iPhone into a physical account security key

https://thenextweb.com/google/2020/01/15/google-update-turns-your-iphone-into-a-physical-account-security-key/

 

Peekaboo Moments app left baby videos, photos, and 800,000 users’ email addresses exposed on the internet

https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/peekaboo-moments-app-left-baby-videos-photos-and-800000-users-email-addresses-exposed-on-the-internet-22067.html

 

Phishing for Apples, Bobbing for Links

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2020/01/phishing-for-apples-bobbing-for-links/

 

Cable Haunt: Hundreds of millions of cable modems may be vulnerable to hijacking attack

https://www.grahamcluley.com/cable-haunt-cable-modem-flaw/

 

Microsoft's newest internet browser is fast and finally does the things that makes Google's Chrome so popular — here's how to get it

https://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-new-edge-browser-google-chrome-chromium-2020-1

 

ATSC 3.0: How cord-cutters should plan for antenna TV's big upgrade

It's still very early days for Next Gen TV.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3514508/atsc-3-0-how-cord-cutters-should-plan-for-antenna-tvs-big-upgrade.html

 

SanDisk Crammed a Colossal 8 Terabytes Into This Tiny SSD Drive

https://gizmodo.com/sandisk-crammed-a-colossal-8-terabytes-into-this-tiny-s-1840798572

 

The US Military Wants Long-Range Facial Recognition (in the Dark)

In complete darkness up to 500 meters away, the military still wants to know who is out there on the battlefield (in bad weather and behind windshield glass).

https://www.pcmag.com/news/the-us-military-wants-long-range-facial-recognition-in-the-dark

 

Shocking amount of spy gadgets at this year’s big tech show

https://www.komando.com/technology/ces-2020-surveillance/700453/

 

NBCU’s Peacock will have no more than five minutes of ads per hour, even on the free version

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/16/nbcus-peacock-will-have-no-more-than-five-minutes-of-ads-per-hour.html

 

Unprotected Medical Systems Expose Data on Millions of Patients

https://www.securityweek.com/unprotected-medical-systems-expose-data-millions-patients

 

Saying goodbye to Windows 7 isn’t easy, but you must

One in five Windows users is still using Windows 7. That’s one too many. It’s time to move on.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3513863/saying-goodbye-to-windows-7-isn-t-easy-but-you-must.html

 

Never Attribute to Malice…

Malicious intent is a common knee-jerk reaction to technological trials and tribulations. Unfortunately, it's usually the wrong assumption to make.

https://askleo.com/never-attribute-to-malice/

 

CEO: Here's why Big Tech is fighting a 'losing battle' on deepfake videos

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/ceo-on-deepfakes-big-tech-fighting-a-losing-battle-211504160.html

 

The US FBI warned again of a heightened likelihood of Iranian cyberattacks, according to CyberScoop. The Bureau points to increased reconnaissance and scanning, but also notes, sensibly, that scanning from an Iranian IP address is not necessarily hostile, nor necessarily an indicator of an attack.

https://thecyberwire.com/issues/issues2020/January/CyberWire_2020_01_13.html

 

Amazon's CyberPower sale slashes prices on all-important PC protection

Today is a good day to protect your PC and other electronics with CyberPower surge protectors and uninterruptible power supplies during Amazon's one-day sale.

https://www.techconnect.com/article/3513950/amazons-cyberpower-sale-slashes-prices-on-all-important-pc-protection.html

 

PlanetDrugsDirect reveals security breach, warns customers their data may have been exposed

https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/featured/planetdrugsdirect-reveals-security-breach-warns-customers-their-data-may-have-been-exposed/

 

Man who hacked National Lottery for just £5 is jailed for nine months

https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/man-who-hacked-national-lottery-for-just-5-is-jailed-for-nine-months-22038.html

 

Alleged Member of Neo-Nazi Swatting Group Charged

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2020/01/alleged-member-of-neo-nazi-swatting-group-charged/

 

Google is finally killing off Chrome apps, which nobody really used anyhow

Extensions will still be supported, though

https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/15/21067907/google-chrome-apps-end-support-lune-windows-macos-linux

 

Report: The FBI recently unlocked an iPhone 11 Pro with GrayKey, raising more doubts about the Pensacola case

https://9to5mac.com/2020/01/15/fbi-pensacola-iphone-11-pro/#more-628702

 

EZVIZ C6CN pan-and-tilt security camera review: Motion tracking keeps intruder in this camera's sights

This motorized, baseball-sized camera delivers strong video and offers multiple storage options.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3513942/ezviz-c6cn-review.html

 

Razer Just Made It Ridiculously Easy to Build Your Own Gaming PC

https://gizmodo.com/razer-just-made-it-ridiculously-easy-to-build-your-own-1840840098

 

Google Ends Support for Chrome Apps in June 2022

Chrome Apps were meant to be an easy way to open apps outside of the browser, but ultimately the browser won out.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/google-ends-support-for-chrome-apps-in-june-2022

 

8 things to do now in case Iran attacks the US

https://www.komando.com/security-privacy/what-would-a-large-scale-iran-cyberattack-mean-for-the-us/700165/

 

Apple’s fight with Trump and the Justice Department is about more than two iPhones

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/16/apple-fbi-backdoor-battle-is-about-more-than-two-iphones.html

 

Fitbit quietly enables blood oxygen tracking on its wearables

It could help track breathing issues -- if you have the right device.

https://www.engadget.com/2020/01/15/fitbit-blood-oxygen-tracking/

 

PoC Exploits Released for Crypto Vulnerability Found by NSA

https://www.securityweek.com/poc-exploits-released-crypto-vulnerability-found-nsa

 

Amazon Is Selling High-Tech Homes in Smart Communities

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/amazon-selling-high-tech-homes-215600417.html

 

Avira review: what sets this malware solution apart?

https://macpaw.com/reviews/avira-review

 

Tim K.

All "more FYI's" are made on a Chromebook

(All "more FYI's" are made on a Chromebook)

 

Introducing the new Microsoft Edge

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge?form=MD194C&OCID=MD194C

 

Bad Flaw in Windows 10 Also Affects Chrome Browser (hmm... could this bug affect other browsers using the Chome engine, like Chromium, Edge on Chromium, others)

Security researchers are demonstrating how you can use the Windows 10 flaw, CVE-2020-0601, to spoof the trusted digital certificates for official website domains on Google's Chrome browser. These same certificates can warn you about hacking attempts.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/bad-flaw-in-windows-10-also-affects-chrome-browser

 

Google Maps keeps a detailed record of everywhere you go — here’s how to stop it

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/16/how-to-stop-google-maps-from-tracking-and-saving-your-location.html

 

Google Simplifies Enrollment Process for Advanced Protection Program

https://www.securityweek.com/google-simplifies-enrollment-process-advanced-protection-program

 

Windows 7 end of support: Separating the bull from the horns

There’s a lot of misinformation about Win7 end-of-life bouncing around the blogosphere. While the last free official Win7/Server 2008 R2 patch appeared yesterday, there’s more to the story. No need to go running to the nearest soothsayer with your wallet open, in spite of what you may have read.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3514436/windows-7-end-of-support-separating-the-bull-from-the-horns.html

 

What Information Should I Provide When Asking for Help?

When you ask someone for help, stack the deck in your favor by painting a clear picture of the problem you're experiencing.

https://askleo.com/information-provide-asking-help/

 

What's New in 2020 Laptops

https://www.yahoo.com/news/apos-2020-laptops-220306327.html

 

New warnings of hacking risks for voting systems connected to the internet

https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/new-warnings-of-hacking-risks-for-voting-systems-connected-to-the-internet-76456005785

 

Critical Windows 10 Bug Needs Immediate Fix

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10692/critical-windows-10-bug-needs-immediate-fix

 

New TVs lack a killer feature, and more tech news you need to know

https://www.androidauthority.com/tech-news-15-1074941/

 

How to Properly Dispose of Batteries

Steps to battery disposal and recycling

https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-properly-dispose-of-batteries-4767171

 

Patch Tuesday, January 2020 Edition

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2020/01/patch-tuesday-january-2020-edition/

 

Travelex warns customers of phone scam threat in wake of ransomware attack

https://www.grahamcluley.com/travelex-warns-customers-of-phone-scam-threat-in-wake-of-ransomware-attack/

 

Microsoft's Chromium Edge Browser for Mac Officially Launches

https://www.macrumors.com/2020/01/15/microsoft-edge-browser-for-mac-launches/

 

How to tweak your Wyze cam settings now that people detection is going away

Your Wyze cam is about to lose people detection, but you can cut down on the number of false alarms by following these steps.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3514668/how-to-tweak-your-wyze-cam-settings-now-that-people-detection-is-going-away.html

 

This Portable Peep Hole Is an Airbnb Guest's Dream

https://gizmodo.com/this-portable-peep-hole-is-an-airbnb-guests-dream-1840595998

 

NBC's Peacock Arrives in July as Free, Ad-Based Streaming Service

Peacock will first launch on April 15 for Comcast subscribers, but it'll then go nationwide in the US on July 15 as a free, ad-supported service. To unlock access to more content, you'll need to pay $5 a month. At $10, you can get rid of the ads.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/nbcs-peacock-arrives-in-july-as-free-ad-based-streaming-service

 

Scams and phishing attacks spreading amid Iran cyberwar fears – don’t get fooled

https://www.komando.com/security-privacy/iran-cyberattacks-phishing-scam/700897/

 

NBC’s streaming service Peacock will have free version and two subscription tiers starting at $4.99

  - NBCUniversal unveiled its Peacock streaming service to investors Thursday.

  - Peacock will seek to distinguish itself in an increasingly crowded online video market by offering a completely free, ad-supported service.

  - The inclusion of sports in the paid version, Peacock Premium, is another differentiator from rivals such as Disney+, HBO Max and Netflix, which don’t include live games.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/16/nbc-peacock-price-launch-date-and-shows.html

 

Many High-Risk Users Have Bad Security Habits: Google Survey

https://www.securityweek.com/many-high-risk-users-have-bad-security-habits-google-survey

 

Patch Tuesday aftermath: The NSA Crypt32 threat is real, but not yet imminent

In one of the most-watched Patch Tuesdays ever, Microsoft yesterday unveiled its security patches for all recent versions of Windows. Star of the show: a security hole contributed by the NSA. As of Wednesday morning, there’s at least one Crypt32 attack in the offing, but it’s far from scary.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3514350/patch-tuesday-aftermath-the-nsa-crypt32-threat-is-real-but-not-yet-imminent.html

 

Why Can’t I Talk to a Real Person?

There are many reasons why you're more likely to be directed to online and self-help resources than talk to a real person.

https://askleo.com/cant-talk-real-person/

 

Chrome OS to soon support Android-inspired gesture controls

https://www.yahoo.com/news/chrome-os-soon-support-android-inspired-gesture-controls-155558069.html

 

TikTok fixes security flaws, announces new content rules

The research was made public in the wake of increased scrutiny on the short-form video app TikTok's cybersecurity.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/tiktok-fixes-security-flaws-announces-new-content-rules-n1112336

 

How to use Smart DNS to Access Geo-Restricted Content

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10693/how-use-smart-dns-access-geo-restricted-content

 

How to Check If Your AirPods Pro's Noise Cancellation Is Broken

https://lifehacker.com/how-to-check-if-your-airpods-pros-noise-cancellation-is-1841020978

 

11 Best Online Auction Websites of 2020

Bidding websites like eBay to score awesome deals

https://www.lifewire.com/online-auction-website-3482641

 

Cryptic Rumblings Ahead of First 2020 Patch Tuesday

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2020/01/cryptic-rumblings-ahead-of-first-2020-patch-tuesday/

 

Critical Windows 10 security fix pushed out after NSA warns Microsoft of spying vulnerability

https://www.grahamcluley.com/windows-10-nsa-fix/

 

Microsoft fixes critical bugs in CryptoAPI, RD Gateway and .NET

https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2020/01/15/microsoft-fixes-critical-bugs-in-cryptoapi-rd-gateway-and-net/

 

Best NAS drive for media streaming and backup

Network-attached storage (NAS) is an ideal solution for streaming and archiving your music, photos, and videos. It's also ideal for backing up your PCs and smart devices. These are our top picks in the consumer space.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3143648/best-nas-box-for-media-streaming-and-backup.html

 

The Biggest Problems With Bluetooth Audio Are About to Be Fixed

https://gizmodo.com/the-biggest-problems-with-bluetooth-audio-are-about-to-1840461602

 

What Is 8K? Should You Buy a New TV or Wait?

4K is the resolution standard for televisions now, but we're starting to see 8K TVs trickle out. How much better is 8K, and is it worth waiting for?

https://www.pcmag.com/news/what-is-8k-should-you-buy-a-new-tv-or-wait

 

Last gadget standing: 7 of the coolest innovations at CES

https://www.komando.com/gadgets/2020-ces-last-gadget-standing/700842/

 

Why Google added little logos next to search results this week

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/16/google-search-adds-logos.html

 

Equifax Ordered to Spend $1 Billion on Data Security Under Data Breach Settlement

Court Approves Equifax Data Breach Settlement

https://www.securityweek.com/court-approves-equifax-data-breach-settlement

 

Today's Patch Tuesday brings fireworks and — a magic bullet?

The world is expecting a Thor’s thunder clap of a Windows patch later today. Given Microsoft’s track record with flashy hyper-hyped patches, a bit of skepticism is in order. Here’s a bit of history, and an invitation to a ringside seat.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3513901/todays-patch-tuesday-brings-fireworks-and-a-magic-bullet.html

 

How To Reduce Your Frustration with Technology

Believe it or not, there's one change you can make that can dramatically impact how well your technology works for you.

https://askleo.com/how-to-reduce-your-frustration-with-technology/

 

Samsung's clamshell foldable phone may be called the Galaxy Z Flip

https://www.yahoo.com/news/2020-01-12-samsung-galaxy-z-flip-foldable-phone-leak.html

 

Today is Patch Tuesday, and late yesterday KrebsOnSecurity said that sources told him Microsoft would issue an unusually important patch for a core cryptographic component shared by all versions of Windows. 

https://thecyberwire.com/issues/issues2020/January/CyberWire_2020_01_14.html

 

HP's self-cooling Omen Mindframe headset is just $60--a $90 discount

Stay frosty

https://www.techconnect.com/article/3514542/hps-self-cooling-omen-mindframe-headset-is-just-60-a-90-discount.html

 

Google update turns your iPhone into a physical account security key

https://thenextweb.com/google/2020/01/15/google-update-turns-your-iphone-into-a-physical-account-security-key/

 

Peekaboo Moments app left baby videos, photos, and 800,000 users’ email addresses exposed on the internet

https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/peekaboo-moments-app-left-baby-videos-photos-and-800000-users-email-addresses-exposed-on-the-internet-22067.html

 

Phishing for Apples, Bobbing for Links

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2020/01/phishing-for-apples-bobbing-for-links/

 

Cable Haunt: Hundreds of millions of cable modems may be vulnerable to hijacking attack

https://www.grahamcluley.com/cable-haunt-cable-modem-flaw/

 

Microsoft's newest internet browser is fast and finally does the things that makes Google's Chrome so popular — here's how to get it

https://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-new-edge-browser-google-chrome-chromium-2020-1

 

ATSC 3.0: How cord-cutters should plan for antenna TV's big upgrade

It's still very early days for Next Gen TV.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3514508/atsc-3-0-how-cord-cutters-should-plan-for-antenna-tvs-big-upgrade.html

 

SanDisk Crammed a Colossal 8 Terabytes Into This Tiny SSD Drive

https://gizmodo.com/sandisk-crammed-a-colossal-8-terabytes-into-this-tiny-s-1840798572

 

The US Military Wants Long-Range Facial Recognition (in the Dark)

In complete darkness up to 500 meters away, the military still wants to know who is out there on the battlefield (in bad weather and behind windshield glass).

https://www.pcmag.com/news/the-us-military-wants-long-range-facial-recognition-in-the-dark

 

Shocking amount of spy gadgets at this year’s big tech show

https://www.komando.com/technology/ces-2020-surveillance/700453/

 

NBCU’s Peacock will have no more than five minutes of ads per hour, even on the free version

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/16/nbcus-peacock-will-have-no-more-than-five-minutes-of-ads-per-hour.html

 

Unprotected Medical Systems Expose Data on Millions of Patients

https://www.securityweek.com/unprotected-medical-systems-expose-data-millions-patients

 

Saying goodbye to Windows 7 isn’t easy, but you must

One in five Windows users is still using Windows 7. That’s one too many. It’s time to move on.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3513863/saying-goodbye-to-windows-7-isn-t-easy-but-you-must.html

 

Never Attribute to Malice…

Malicious intent is a common knee-jerk reaction to technological trials and tribulations. Unfortunately, it's usually the wrong assumption to make.

https://askleo.com/never-attribute-to-malice/

 

CEO: Here's why Big Tech is fighting a 'losing battle' on deepfake videos

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/ceo-on-deepfakes-big-tech-fighting-a-losing-battle-211504160.html

 

The US FBI warned again of a heightened likelihood of Iranian cyberattacks, according to CyberScoop. The Bureau points to increased reconnaissance and scanning, but also notes, sensibly, that scanning from an Iranian IP address is not necessarily hostile, nor necessarily an indicator of an attack.

https://thecyberwire.com/issues/issues2020/January/CyberWire_2020_01_13.html

 

Amazon's CyberPower sale slashes prices on all-important PC protection

Today is a good day to protect your PC and other electronics with CyberPower surge protectors and uninterruptible power supplies during Amazon's one-day sale.

https://www.techconnect.com/article/3513950/amazons-cyberpower-sale-slashes-prices-on-all-important-pc-protection.html

 

PlanetDrugsDirect reveals security breach, warns customers their data may have been exposed

https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/featured/planetdrugsdirect-reveals-security-breach-warns-customers-their-data-may-have-been-exposed/

 

Man who hacked National Lottery for just £5 is jailed for nine months

https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/man-who-hacked-national-lottery-for-just-5-is-jailed-for-nine-months-22038.html

 

Alleged Member of Neo-Nazi Swatting Group Charged

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2020/01/alleged-member-of-neo-nazi-swatting-group-charged/

 

Google is finally killing off Chrome apps, which nobody really used anyhow

Extensions will still be supported, though

https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/15/21067907/google-chrome-apps-end-support-lune-windows-macos-linux

 

Report: The FBI recently unlocked an iPhone 11 Pro with GrayKey, raising more doubts about the Pensacola case

https://9to5mac.com/2020/01/15/fbi-pensacola-iphone-11-pro/#more-628702

 

EZVIZ C6CN pan-and-tilt security camera review: Motion tracking keeps intruder in this camera's sights

This motorized, baseball-sized camera delivers strong video and offers multiple storage options.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3513942/ezviz-c6cn-review.html

 

Razer Just Made It Ridiculously Easy to Build Your Own Gaming PC

https://gizmodo.com/razer-just-made-it-ridiculously-easy-to-build-your-own-1840840098

 

Google Ends Support for Chrome Apps in June 2022

Chrome Apps were meant to be an easy way to open apps outside of the browser, but ultimately the browser won out.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/google-ends-support-for-chrome-apps-in-june-2022

 

8 things to do now in case Iran attacks the US

https://www.komando.com/security-privacy/what-would-a-large-scale-iran-cyberattack-mean-for-the-us/700165/

 

Apple’s fight with Trump and the Justice Department is about more than two iPhones

  - President Donald Trump and the nation’s top lawyer are facing off against Apple, the most valuable American company.

  - The fight is currently over two password-protected phones.

  - It’s the latest episode in the debate over whether law enforcement should have more access to private data.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/16/apple-fbi-backdoor-battle-is-about-more-than-two-iphones.html

 

Fitbit quietly enables blood oxygen tracking on its wearables

It could help track breathing issues -- if you have the right device.

https://www.engadget.com/2020/01/15/fitbit-blood-oxygen-tracking/

 

PoC Exploits Released for Crypto Vulnerability Found by NSA

https://www.securityweek.com/poc-exploits-released-crypto-vulnerability-found-nsa

 

Amazon Is Selling High-Tech Homes in Smart Communities

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/amazon-selling-high-tech-homes-215600417.html

 

Avira review: what sets this malware solution apart?

https://macpaw.com/reviews/avira-review

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Intel patches six security issues

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/vulnerabilities/intel-patches-six-security-issues/

 

Windows 7 Support ends today: here are your options

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/01/14/windows-7-support-ends-today-here-are-your-options/

 

Microsoft patches Windows 10 after the NSA quietly told it about a major vulnerability

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/14/microsoft-to-patch-windows-10-after-nsa-finds-vulnerability.html

 

How to Wrap Text in Cells in Google Sheets

https://www.howtogeek.com/465247/how-to-wrap-text-in-cells-in-google-sheets/

 

How to Prevent Hacks Like the TikTok Breach

https://lifehacker.com/how-to-prevent-hacks-like-the-tiktok-breach-1840875110

 

7 Cat Games for Your iPad or Android Tablet

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/6-apps-turn-ipad-overpricedyetawesome-cat-toy/

 

One Reason Why You Don’t Need a New Computer

Buying a new machine is a common knee-jerk reaction to a bad malware infestation. And it's wrong. Not just a little wrong -- it's very wrong and completely unnecessary.

https://askleo.com/one-reason-why-you-dont-need-a-new-computer/

 

How to Clone HDD to SSD in Windows

Why re-install Windows to a solid-state drive when you can just copy it?

https://www.lifewire.com/clone-hard-drive-to-ssd-windows-4775671

 

Microsoft's new Edge browser, a Chrome cousin, is ready to download

The overhauled browser is more compatible with today's websites. It also gives more power to Google's vision for the web.

https://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-new-edge-browser-a-chrome-cousin-is-ready-to-download/

 

10 Tips to get started with the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/01/15/10-tips-to-get-started-with-the-new-chromium-based-microsoft-edge-browser/

 

New 5ss5c Ransomware Likely Readied to Replace Satan

https://www.securityweek.com/new-5ss5c-ransomware-likely-readied-replace-satan

 

APT40 hacking group linked to 13 alleged front companies in Hainan, China

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/apts-cyberespionage/apt40-hacking-group-linked-to-13-alleged-front-companies-in-hainan-china/

 

How to Clean Your Flat-Screen TV

https://www.yahoo.com/news/clean-flat-screen-tv-164322942.html

 

The TiVo Stream 4K is an unexpectedly exciting media streamer

https://www.techhive.com/article/3512152/the-tivo-stream-4k-is-an-unexpectedly-exciting-media-streamer.html

 

TikTok releases 'transparency report' amid scrutiny over Chinese ownership

The report was released this week amid calls for concern by some U.S. lawmakers about potential security risks from the Chinese-owned company.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/social-media/tiktok-releases-transparency-report-amid-scrutiny-over-chinese-ownership-n1109201

 

23 Hidden Tricks Inside Windows 10

Windows is a vast operating system with plenty of features you might never stumble upon. Make the most of Windows 10 with these expert tips.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/23-hidden-tricks-inside-windows-10

 

Can’t upgrade from Windows 7 to 10? Here’s what to do

https://www.komando.com/news/cant-upgrade-from-windows-7-to-10-heres-what-to-do/701060/

 

NBCUniversal’s Peacock ends phase one of the streaming era

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/15/nbcuniversal-peacock-unveiling-what-to-expect.html

 

Sanity Returns: How USB4’s New Logos Will Simplify Shopping

https://www.howtogeek.com/490573/sanity-returns-how-usb4s-new-logos-will-simplify-shopping/

 

How to Spot Fake News on Social Media

https://lifehacker.com/how-to-spot-fake-news-on-social-media-1840877686

 

How to Create Self-Updating Microsoft Excel Charts in 3 Easy Steps

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-create-self-updating-excel-charts-in-three-easy-steps/

 

Embracing the Most Important Attitude

There is one approach to life -- one setting in your psyche -- that affects your experience with technology much more than any lack of skill or knowledge.

https://askleo.com/embracing_the_most_important_attitude/

 

10 Best Sites to Sell or Trade Used Electronics of 2020

Here are several places to sell used electronics online for free

https://www.lifewire.com/sell-used-electronics-4163717

 

Charge your Apple Watch and more on the go with this $30 power bank

The Jetpak will not only keep your watch charged, it can also top off a phone or other mobile device. Plus: Six months of Tello phone service for just $42.

https://www.cnet.com/news/charge-your-apple-watch-and-more-on-the-go-with-this-30-power-bank/

 

Google wants to make third-party cookies obsolete

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/01/15/google-wants-to-make-third-party-cookies-obsolete/

 

Oracle's January 2020 CPU Delivers 334 New Patches

https://www.securityweek.com/oracles-january-2020-cpu-delivers-334-new-patches

 

Adobe rolls out a light Patch Tuesday offering

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/vulnerabilities/adobe-rolls-out-a-light-patch-tuesday-offering/

 

The biggest downside to America's sweeping new retirement law

https://money.yahoo.com/secure-act-changes-to-retirement-210045813.html

 

Charmin—yes, the toilet paper company—is showing smart home devices at CES

Robots, sensors, and VR—oh my! It’s too bad these bathroom tech demos will never come to market.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3512050/charmin-yes-the-toilet-paper-company-is-showing-smart-home-devices-at-ces.html

 

New social media apps guarantee your data will remain secure — for a price

As users grow wary of Facebook and other social media giants, these startups offer the promise of privacy.

https://www.nbcnews.com/business/consumer/new-social-media-apps-guarantee-your-data-will-remain-secure-n1108736

 

Elon Musk Teases Talking Teslas

External speakers will allow drivers to talk to pedestrians without opening a window, or play pre-recorded clips to passers-by.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/elon-musk-teases-talking-teslas

 

This military scam is targeting Americans with bogus texts

https://www.komando.com/news/military-draft-scam-targets-americans/700665/

 

Trump slams Apple for refusing to unlock iPhones of suspected criminals

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/14/trump-slams-apple-for-refusing-to-unlock-iphones-of-suspected-criminals.html

 

How to Dim the Appearance of Text in PowerPoint

https://www.howtogeek.com/453874/how-to-dim-the-appearance-of-text-in-powerpoint/

 

Preserve Data From Your Apps on a Spreadsheet

https://lifehacker.com/preserve-data-from-your-apps-on-a-spreadsheet-1840876433

 

4 Reasons Why You Should Install Windows on Your Mac

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/reasons-install-windows-mac/

 

How the Internet Is Breaking Journalism (and What It Means to You)

When it comes to journalism and other information you read online, there's a very strong argument that things are seriously broken. We all need to be more vigilant than ever to separate truth from falsehood and recognize what's important over what's popular.

https://askleo.com/how-the-internet-is-breaking-journalism-and-what-it-means-to-you/

 

The Best Trade-In Programs for Your iPhone, iPad, or Laptop of 2020

Plus, one you should avoid

https://www.lifewire.com/best-ipad-trade-in-programs-1994521

 

Google Smart Lock app gets update on iPhone to boost security

A new way to protect your Google accounts.

https://www.cnet.com/news/google-smart-lock-app-gets-update-on-iphone-to-boost-security/

 

Create custom shortcuts, organize them into folders and access it all from the system tray with Jovial Menu

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/01/14/create-custom-shortcuts-and-access-them-from-the-system-tray-with-jovial-menu/

 

Encryption Battle Reignited as US Govt at Loggerheads With Apple

https://www.securityweek.com/encryption-battle-reignited-us-govt-loggerheads-apple

 

NSA reveals to Microsoft critical Windows 10 flaw

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/vulnerabilities/nsa-reveals-to-microsoft-critical-windows-10-flaw/

 

A Complete Guide To Choosing and Using a VPN

https://www.yahoo.com/news/choose-vpn-164608989.html

 

Best surge protector: Reviews and buying advice

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

https://www.techhive.com/article/3172540/best-surge-protector.html

 

Cookies track you across the internet. Google wants to phase them out.

The move is meant to offer users greater control over their digital footprints and enhance user privacy, but critics worry it further entrenches Google's dominance.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/cookies-track-you-across-internet-google-wants-phase-them-out-n1115156

 

5G Home Internet Won't Happen Until Later in 2020, Alas

A new report says Verizon may wait until the second half of the year to offer 5G to more home users, and we found that it seems to only be signing up new customers in Chicago.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/5g-home-internet-wont-happen-until-later-in-2020-alas

 

11 questions you always wanted to ask about social media

https://www.komando.com/kims-column/kim-answers-social-media-questions/700835/

 

Apple refuses government’s request to unlock Pensacola shooting suspect’s iPhones

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/14/apple-refuses-barr-request-to-unlock-pensacola-shooters-iphones.html

 

How to Set Up iCloud Email and Calendar Access on Windows 10

https://www.howtogeek.com/450624/how-to-set-up-icloud-email-and-calendar-access-on-windows-10/

 

When Sending an Important Email, Add the Recipient Last

https://lifehacker.com/when-sending-an-important-email-add-the-recipient-last-1840873886

 

7 “No Internet Secured” Fixes for Windows 10

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/no-internet-secured/

 

What are the Internet’s Rules about Free Speech?

Often, when people find their posts or comments removed or altered from websites they visit, they're quick to claim their right to free speech has been violated. That's rarely the case.

https://askleo.com/what-are-the-internets-rules-about-free-speech/

 

How to Recycle or Donate an Old TV

Use any of these services to sustainably dispose of your electronics.

https://www.lifewire.com/recycle-donate-tv-3276405

 

Major Windows flaw discovered by the NSA, Instagram DM on the web?

https://www.cnet.com/videos/major-windows-flaw-discovered-by-the-nsa-instagram-dm-on-the-web/

 

Clear Disk Info is a handy health info tool for storage devices

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/01/14/clear-disk-info-is-a-handy-health-info-tool-for-storage-devices/

 

Google Researchers Detail Critical iMessage Vulnerability

https://www.securityweek.com/google-researchers-detail-critical-imessage-vulnerability

 

Nemty ransomware makers may be latest to adopt data leak strategy

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/ransomware/nemty-ransomware-makers-may-be-latest-to-adopt-data-leak-strategy/

 

NSA discovers security flaw in Microsoft Windows operating system

https://www.yahoo.com/news/nsa-discovers-security-flaw-microsoft-200759156.html

 

How to calibrate your TV to get the best picture possible

A few simple tweaks can wring out the absolute best quality from your TV. We'll show you how.

https://www.techhive.com/article/2079503/easily-calibrate-your-new-hdtv.html

 

Russian spies hacked Ukrainian energy company at center of Trump's impeachment

A private security firm says Burisma Holdings was the victim of a phishing campaign beginning in November.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry/russian-spies-hacked-ukrainian-energy-company-center-trump-s-impeachment-n1114906

 

Hackers Are Abusing a Bug in Firefox to Take Over Computers

'We are aware of targeted attacks in the wild abusing this flaw,' Mozilla said in the advisory. It's not clear how the hackers were exploiting the bug, but they likely created a malicious website to trigger the flaw.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/hackers-are-abusing-a-bug-in-firefox-to-take-over-computers

 

9 streaming service pro tips to save money

https://www.komando.com/tech-tips/9-money-saving-streaming-tips/699272/

 

Senators propose pumping over $1 billion into 5G alternatives to China’s Huawei

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/14/senators-propose-over-1-billion-for-5g-alternatives-to-chinas-huawei.html

 

How to Use rclone to Back Up to Google Drive on Linux

https://www.howtogeek.com/451262/how-to-use-rclone-to-back-up-to-google-drive-on-linux/

 

Microsoft rethinks the browser with Edge (hands-on)

Microsoft's has built a new, Modern browser for Windows 10.

https://www.cnet.com/reviews/microsoft-edge-preview/

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(Alert: Read the first three articles for a critical flaw in all versions of Windows.  Courteous of the NSA.)

 

(Important:  Those upgrading from Windows 10 1809 or old, you may not in all circumstances be getting the latest 1909 version.  Verify and if its not 1909, you have to check for updates to see if you get another upgrade.)

 

Windows 10 Flaw Lets Malware Disguise Itself as Legit Software

The National Security Agency is urging users, especially enterprises, to install the patch from Microsoft. In the wrong hands, the vulnerability can be used to spoof the digital certificates software companies use to verify that their applications are authentic.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/windows-10-flaw-lets-malware-disguise-itself-as-legit-software

 

Microsoft is patching a major Windows 10 flaw discovered by the NSA (updated)

For a change, the NSA disclosed the vulnerability rather than exploiting it.

https://www.engadget.com/2020/01/14/microsoft-patching-flaw-found-by-nsa/

 

Microsoft to Release Update for “Extraordinarily Scary” Windows Vulnerability

Microsoft is projected to release a security patch for what is being described as an “extraordinarily scary” vulnerability that exists in all Windows versions. The fix will be published later today as part of the January 2020 Patch Tuesday cycle.

 

An exclusive look at Samsung Ballie

https://www.yahoo.com/news/2020-01-10-samsung-ballie-robot-face-on-hands-on-interview.html

 

Misinformation swirls online after Iran's missile attack on U.S. targets in Iraq

False reports of U.S. casualties and claims that Iran had declared war on the United States added to growing inaccuracies on social media.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/misinformation-swirls-online-after-iran-s-missile-attack-u-s-n1112771

 

How to enable or disable Global Media Playback Control in Chrome

https://www.thewindowsclub.com/enable-or-disable-global-media-playback-control-in-chrome

 

How to Run Android Apps on Mac

https://www.maketecheasier.com/run-android-apps-on-mac/

 

Don’t Buy an 8K TV

https://www.extremetech.com/electronics/304456-dont-buy-an-8k-tv

 

Dustman Attack Underscores Iran's Cyber Capabilities

For nearly six months, an attack group linked to Iran reportedly had access to the network of Bahrain's national oil company, Bapco, before it executed a destructive payload.

https://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities---threats/advanced-threats/dustman-attack-underscores-irans-cyber-capabilities/d/d-id/1336797

 

Microsoft Edge (not the final version to check this upgrade out)

Chromium-based evolution of Microsoft's browser, built with a brand new engine and sporting a different yet familiar look, while also offering a bunch of new features along with support for Chrome extensions

https://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/Browsers/Microsoft-Edge.shtml

 

How to Run a Startup Repair in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/27649-run-startup-repair-windows-10-a.html

 

Making smart tech for cars is harder than people think

The CTO of Panasonic Automotive explains why building tech for cars is a lot harder than just putting a cellphone in the dash.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/making-smart-tech-for-cars-is-harder-than-people-think/

 

What is About Blank and Why Do I See it?

https://www.techjunkie.com/what-is-about-blank/

 

Chromecast vs. Google Cast: What's the difference?

https://www.androidcentral.com/chromecast-vs-google-cast

 

The state of wireless power: When will charging happen over the air?

Guru uses highly focused radio waves to charge devices over the air, but it joins a crowded field

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/guru-is-the-latest-company-that-promises-over-the-air-wireless-charging-but-why-should-you-care

 

Google to ‘phase out’ third-party cookies in Chrome, but not for two years

The browser battles are about privacy more than marketshare

https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/14/21064698/google-third-party-cookies-chrome-two-years-privacy-safari-firefox

 

Study finds Grindr, OKCupid and Tinder sharing sensitive data (updated)

Twitter's ad unit has also been blamed for playing a part.

https://www.engadget.com/2020/01/14/study-finds-grindr-okcupid-tinder-spreading-sensitive-data/

 

11 questions you always wanted to ask about social media

https://www.komando.com/kims-column/kim-answers-social-media-questions/700835/

 

After Years of Decline, PC Market Sees Rare Growth in 2019

The PC market posted a full year of growth in shipment numbers last year, which hasn't happened since 2011, according to research firms IDC and Gartner, which attribute the boost in part to the demise of Windows 7. Will it continue in 2020?

https://www.pcmag.com/news/after-years-of-decline-pc-market-sees-rare-growth-in-2019

 

Behold, toilet technology breakthroughs from CES 2020

https://www.yahoo.com/news/behold-toilet-technology-breakthroughs-ces-174120985.html

 

TikTok fixes security flaws, announces new content rules

The research was made public in the wake of increased scrutiny on the short-form video app TikTok's cybersecurity.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/tiktok-fixes-security-flaws-announces-new-content-rules-n1112336

 

What is Web Tracking? What are Trackers in browsers?

https://www.thewindowsclub.com/what-is-web-tracking

 

6 of the Best Smartphones for Seniors in 2020

https://www.maketecheasier.com/best-smartphones-for-seniors/

 

GE Launches New Kitchen Hub, a 27-Inch, Netflix-Equipped, Widescreen…Microwave

https://www.extremetech.com/electronics/304407-ge-launches-new-kitchen-hub-a-27-inch-netflix-equipped-widescreen-microwave

 

Processor Vulnerabilities Put Virtual Workloads at Risk

Meltdown, Spectre exploits will likely lead to customers making tradeoffs between performance and security of applications, especially virtual and cloud-based apps

https://www.darkreading.com/cloud/processor-vulnerabilities-put-virtual-workloads-at-risk/a/d-id/1336735

 

TeamTalk

Internet based voice conferencing application that enables you to keep in touch with your friends and colleagues in an easy manner

https://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/Chat/Instant-Messaging/TeamTalk.shtml

 

How to Backup and Restore Device Drivers in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/68426-backup-restore-device-drivers-windows-10-a.html

 

How to enable Auto Call Screening on the Google Pixel 4

Tired of dealing with spam calls and fake phone numbers? If you have a Google Pixel 4 device, you are a configuration away from never having to bother with them again.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-enable-auto-call-screening-on-the-google-pixel-4/

 

How to Set Up a VPN in Windows 10 [January 2020]

https://www.techjunkie.com/how-to-set-up-vpn-windows-10/

 

The truth is that many games are held together by duct tape

Looking behind the curtain can be eye-opening

https://www.polygon.com/2020/1/13/21064100/vvvvvv-source-code-game-development-terry-cavanagh-release

 

What is the deal with the Galaxy S20's 120Hz display?

Expect a faster refresh rate, but only at certain resolutions

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/what-is-the-deal-with-the-galaxy-s20s-120hz-display

 

Coral is Google’s quiet initiative to enable AI without the cloud

On-device AI promises to make computers faster and more secure

https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/14/21065141/google-coral-ai-edge-computing-products-applications-cloud

 

Gesture navigation is coming to Chrome OS

Swipe to go home, see an overview or go back.

https://www.engadget.com/2020/01/14/chrome-os-80-gesture-navigation/

 

Tech how-to: Convert old CDs, tapes and vinyl to digital

https://www.komando.com/tech-tips/digitize-your-music-collection/695287/

 

Thousands of Unsecured Passport Scans Found Online

A UK-based consulting firm leaves its Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3 bucket unsecured, exposing passport scans, job applications, and tax documents online.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/thousands-of-unsecured-passport-scans-found-online

 

Robocalls continue to rise, and these states get the most: Where does yours rank?

https://www.yahoo.com/news/robocalls-continue-rise-states-most-110902192.html

 

Facebook bans deepfakes in fight against online manipulation

The new rules won't include parody or satire, or clips edited just to change the order of words.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/social-media/facebook-bans-deepfakes-fight-against-online-manipulation-n1111676

 

What is Search Indexing and how does it affect searching in Windows 10?

https://www.thewindowsclub.com/what-is-windows-search-indexing

 

How to Use Google Maps in Incognito Mode

https://www.maketecheasier.com/use-google-maps-in-incognito-mode/

 

Secure Your Home Wi-Fi Network With These Amazing Router Discounts

https://www.extremetech.com/deals/304496-secure-your-home-wi-fi-network-with-these-amazing-router-discounts

 

How to Keep Security on Life Support After Software End-of-Life

It's the end of support this week for Windows 7 and Server 2008. But what if you truly can't migrate off software, even after security updates stop coming?

https://www.darkreading.com/theedge/how-to-keep-security-on-life-support-after-software-end-of-life/b/d-id/1336790

 

Wipe Bad Disk

A simple-to-configure software program that helps you securely erase disks with bad sectors for making sure no one can recover deleted data

https://www.softpedia.com/get/Security/Secure-cleaning/Wipe-Bad-Disk.shtml

 

How to Create Website Shortcut in Windows

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/131332-create-website-shortcut-windows.html

 

Used smartphone shipments will reach 332.9M units by 2023

Smartphone users choose affordability over new features, IDC found.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/used-smartphone-shipments-will-reach-332-9m-units-by-2023/

 

10 Great Showbox Alternatives [January 2020]

https://www.techjunkie.com/showbox-alternatives/

 

macOS beta hints at future ‘Pro Mode’ to boost performance on portable Macs

https://9to5mac.com/2020/01/13/macos-beta-hints-at-future-pro-mode-to-boost-performance-on-portable-macs/

 

Best cheap MacBook deals in January 2020

Save big on Apple's entire laptop line

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-macbook-deals,news-28650.html

 

How to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 for free

Yes, you can still get the free upgrade from Microsoft

https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/14/21065140/how-to-upgrade-microsoft-windows-7-10-free-os

 

Amazon may get law enforcement involved in more counterfeit cases

It will report merchants every time a counterfeit is sold.

https://www.engadget.com/2020/01/13/amazon-counterfeit-fake-reporting/

 

Millions of cable modems are vulnerable to this new hack

https://www.komando.com/news/millions-of-cable-modems-are-vulnerable-to-this-new-hack/701374/

 

Windows 7 Is Dead: Upgrade Now

As of today, if a major bug hits Windows, those on Windows 7 won't get the patch when Microsoft rolls it out. Upgrade now or pay the price.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/windows-7-is-dead-upgrade-now

 

Samsung introduces Galaxy XCover Pro, a durable, enterprise-ready smartphone with a removable battery

https://www.yahoo.com/news/samsung-introduces-galaxy-xcover-pro-202700860.html

 

CES 2020: New tech could make your life easier, but is also raising privacy concerns

https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/ces-2020-new-tech-could-make-your-life-easier-but-is-also-raising-privacy-concerns-76143173983

 

How to schedule System Restore Points in Windows 10

https://www.thewindowsclub.com/how-to-schedule-system-restore-points-in-windows-10

 

How to Schedule and Automate Tasks with Crontab in Ubuntu

https://www.maketecheasier.com/easy-way-to-schedule-and-automate-tasks-in-ubuntu/

 

Leaked Photos Confirm Samsung Galaxy S20 Name and Design

https://www.extremetech.com/mobile/304757-leaked-photos-confirm-samsung-galaxy-s20-name-and-design

 

Will This Be the Year of the Branded Cybercriminal?

Threat actors will continue to grow enterprise-style businesses that evolve just like their legitimate counterparts.

https://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities---threats/will-this-be-the-year-of-the-branded-cybercriminal/a/d-id/1336707

 

Arduino Control Center

Take charge of all aspects of Arduino and manage buttons, sensors and switches more conveniently using this simple and straightforward tool

https://www.softpedia.com/get/Programming/Other-Programming-Files/Arduino-Control-Center.shtml

 

How to Show All Open Windows Side by Side in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/78485-show-windows-side-side-windows-10-a.html

 

How to install Microsoft Teams on Linux

Microsoft Teams is now available as a Linux desktop client. Learn how to install and connect, so you can begin collaborating with your fellow team members.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-install-microsoft-teams-on-linux/

 

The Best Free DNS Servers For a Faster 2020

https://www.techjunkie.com/free-dns-servers/

 

Faster mmWave 5G-Ready iPhone 12 Models Not Delayed – Could Launch Alongside sub-6GHz Models in H2 2020

https://wccftech.com/5g-iphone-12-launch-mmwave-sub-6ghz-models-h2-2020/

 

Massive Galaxy S20 leak reveals new camera features and up to 16GB of RAM

The Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus have got plenty of camera toys for users to play with.

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/massive-galaxy-s20-leaks-reveal-specs-and-camera-features

 

Google says new AI models allow for ‘nearly instantaneous’ weather forecasts

An increasingly important tool in a world shaped by climate change

https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/14/21065095/google-ai-weather-forecast-predictions-rainfall-research

 

NYT: Experts find evidence Russians hacked Ukrainian gas company

A phishing attack against Burisma may have sought dirt to use against Joe Biden.

https://www.engadget.com/2020/01/13/biden-burisma-phishing-attack/

 

Tech how-to: Send texts from your computer

https://www.komando.com/smartphones-gadgets/tech-how-to-send-texts-from-your-computer/686309/

 

Google Search Results Redesign Lands on Desktops

The new look results put website branding 'front & center' while clearly marking ads with a bolded 'Ad' label.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/google-search-results-redesign-lands-on-desktops

 

The future of foldable tablets got clearer at CES 2020

https://www.yahoo.com/news/2020-01-11-feasible-foldable-tablet-pc-ces-2020.html

 

Google Assistant gets digital sticky notes feature, here’s how to use it

Apart from a digital sticky notes feature for Assistant, Google also unveiled a new ‘speed dial’ feature.

https://www.hindustantimes.com/tech/google-assistant-gets-digital-sticky-notes-feature-here-s-how-to-use-it/story-KwCqN3JT4xlOAifjBx87tL.html

 

Why You Should Have a Voice Assistant in the Car

https://www.iottechtrends.com/why-you-should-have-voice-assistant-in-car/

 

Why UEFI?

UEFI is a replacement for the original BIOS that’s been running computers for almost a quarter of a century. UEFI allows manufacturers to take advantage of the security capabilities of the machines they produce.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7NuwQWYWKw&t=17s

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Windows 10 upgrade: Microsoft will make a monumental change tomorrow - is your PC ready? (today 01/14/20)

MICROSOFT is set to make one of its biggest-ever changes tomorrow with millions needing to install the latest version of Windows 10 - Here's how to make sure you are ready for this big upgrade.

https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/1227549/Microsoft-Windows-10-upgrade-Windows-7-end-of-life-support

 

Yes, You Can Still Get Windows 10 For Free

https://askbobrankin.com/yes_you_can_still_get_windows_10_for_free.html

 

8K at CES 2020: The future or a waste of time?

https://news.yahoo.com/2020-01-13-8k-at-ces-2020.html

 

How to disable tracking prevention on Microsoft Edge

Yes, if you don't like the feature, or it's causing issues, you can disable tracking prevention on the Chromium version of Microsoft Edge.

https://pureinfotech.com/disable-tracking-prevention-microsoft-edge/

 

The Level Smart Lock hides within your existing door hardware

By hiding within your existing door hardware, Level Lock brings smart lock functionality without changing the look of your door.

https://techcrunch.com/video/the-level-smart-lock-hides-within-your-existing-door-hardware/

 

Cooler Master's adorable Masterbox MB311L mini-tower is affordable, too

Tempered glass and two 140mm ARGB fans in a $60 case? Yes, please.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3513909/cooler-masters-adorable-masterbox-mb311l-mini-tower-is-affordable-too.html

 

What to do when your old iPhone or iPad doesn't run iOS 13 or iPadOS

Make use of your ageing Apple kit

https://www.techradar.com/how-to/what-to-do-when-your-old-iphone-or-ipad-doesnt-run-ios-13-or-ipados

 

Hack Cambridge’s young geniuses to take a crack at the Avast Secure Browser

Hackers converge on historic university to tear into challenges from top tech companies, including Avast

https://blog.avast.com/avast-team-prepares-for-hack-cambridge

 

Nemty Ransomware to Start Leaking Non-Paying Victim's Data

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/nemty-ransomware-to-start-leaking-non-paying-victims-data/

 

These wacky CES 2020 products let you have a super futuristic bathroom

From smart speakers in your shower head to smart toilets — what a time to be alive.

https://www.windowscentral.com/these-wacky-ces-2020-products-let-you-have-super-futuristic-bathroom

 

'Police Web Browser Scam' Dupes Users into Paying Thousands

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10689/police-web-browser-scam-dupes-users-paying-thousands

 

How to protect your Windows 7 computers and data after Microsoft cuts off support

With no bug fixes or patches available for Windows 7 after Jan. 14, Veritas CIO John Abel offers tips to safeguard the PCs in your organization.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-protect-your-windows-7-computers-and-data-after-microsoft-cuts-off-support/

 

The TaoTronics SoundLiberty 53 true-wireless earbuds look like AirPods Pro but are on sale for $30

They may not block all the noise, but they'll reduce it considerably -- and save you $220.

https://www.cnet.com/news/the-taotronics-soundliberty-53-true-wireless-earbuds-look-like-airpods-pro-but-are-on-sale-for-30/

 

Kuo: This year’s iPhones will support faster mmWave 5G despite earlier report

https://9to5mac.com/2020/01/13/this-years-iphones-5g/

 

FBI arrests alleged member of prolific neo-Nazi swatting ring

The group reportedly targeted journalists, a church, and a Facebook executive

https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/13/21063576/swatting-arrest-kirbey-kelley-neo-nazi-doxbin-deadnet-irc-atomwaffen-virginia

 

Luminar 4 review: AI brings huge creative possibilities to affordable image editor

Affordable image editor powered by artificial intelligence.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3511605/luminar-4-review-ai-brings-huge-creative-possibilities-to-affordable-image-editor.html

 

New warnings of hacking risks for voting systems connected to the internet

https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/new-warnings-of-hacking-risks-for-voting-systems-connected-to-the-internet-76456005785

 

Watch out for this one fast-spreading scam

https://www.komando.com/security-privacy/tax-scams-are-spreading-fast/701346/

 

EU: We May Need a Law to Force iPhones to Adopt USB-C

Over the past decade, the European Commission has been pushing for a single charging method for mobile phone devices. However, it's done so by encouraging tech vendors to voluntarily adopt a single charging standard. Now it's looking at a legislative approach.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/373005/eu-we-may-need-a-law-to-force-iphones-to-adopt-usb-c

 

All the Insane Surveillance Tools the Government (Maybe) Has

https://www.yahoo.com/news/insane-surveillance-tools-government-maybe-194400675/photo-p-youre-ever-assembling-surveillance-194400285.html

 

HOW TO COMPLETELY REMOVE A PRINTER DRIVER ON WINDOWS 10

If you no longer need a printer, this is how you can get rid of the leftover drivers.

https://pureinfotech.com/remove-printer-driver-windows-10/

 

At CES, companies slowly start to realize that privacy matters

https://techcrunch.com/2020/01/11/at-ces-companies-slowly-start-to-realize-that-privacy-matters/

 

Your Excel formulas cheat sheet: 22 tips for calculations and common tasks

https://www.pcworld.com/article/2877236/excel-formulas-cheat-sheet-15-essential-tips-for-calculations-and-common-tasks.html

 

Cyberattack hits donors for Australia bush fire charities

Even charities aren't exempt from cybercriminals' schemes

https://www.techradar.com/news/australia-bushfire-charities-hit-by-credit-card-cyberattack

 

The 12 weirdest cybersecurity stories you haven't heard about

https://blog.avast.com/weirdest-cybersecurity-stories-of-2019

 

Emotet Malware Restarts Spam Attacks After Holiday Break

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/emotet-malware-restarts-spam-attacks-after-holiday-break/

 

Satya Nadella poses for the camera with Surface Duo in hand

Smile for the camera.

https://www.windowscentral.com/satya-nadella-poses-camera-surface-duo-hand

 

Cyber Attack Fears Rise Over Iran Conflict

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10688/cyber-attack-fears-rise-over-iran-conflict

 

December's Most Wanted Malware: Greta Thunberg-themed spam used to spread Emotet

Check Point's December 2019 Index finds Emotet as lead malware for the third month in a row, spreading email spam, some which alleged support of the teen activist.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/decembers-most-wanted-malware-greta-thunberg-themed-spam-used-to-spread-emotet/

 

6 new Google Assistant features, and how to use them: Scheduling, sticky notes and more

Google's digital voice assistant adds six new actions, which the company introduced at CES 2020 that you'll be able to use on your Google Home or phone.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/6-new-google-assistant-features-and-how-to-use-them-scheduling-sticky-notes-and-more/

 

[Update: Design details, ‘iPhone 9’] Everything we know about the iPhone SE 2

https://9to5mac.com/2020/01/11/iphone-se-2-price-specs-features-roundup/

 

Burisma targeted by Russia-linked phishing attack, raising election-meddling fears

It’s unclear if the hackers found any information

https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/13/21064652/russian-hackers-gru-burisma-president-trump-impeachment-biden-ukraine

 

Why the iPad needs to embrace mice and trackpads

Using an external pointing device can help make the iPad a better device.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3512820/why-the-ipad-needs-to-embrace-mice-and-trackpads.html

 

Voting machine makers face questions from House lawmakers — but more remain

The CEOs of the three companies that make more than 80 percent of the country’s voting machines testified before Congress Thursday for the first time.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/voting-machine-makers-face-questions-house-lawmakers-more-remain-n1113181

 

Protect your data – Amazon employees fired after leaking private customer info

https://www.komando.com/news/ring-fires-employees-for-spying-on-customers/700845/

 

18 Reasons You Should Upgrade to Windows 10

We get it, you love Windows 7, but Microsoft's aging OS reaches its end of life this week, and Windows 10 has a lot going for it. Here's why you should upgrade now.

https://www.pcmag.com/article/335952/10-reasons-to-upgrade-to-windows-10

 

Amazon's bestselling laptop with 1,400 reviews is only $339

https://www.yahoo.com/news/amazons-bestselling-laptop-with-1400-reviews-is-only-339-181644602.html

 

HOW TO CREATE SYSTEM IMAGE BACKUP ON WINDOWS 7

A full backup of your device should always be part of your recovery strategy — Here's how use Windows 7's System Image Backup tool.

https://pureinfotech.com/create-system-image-backup-windows-7/

 

Meet MarsCat, a robot cat with lots of love to give and room to grow

https://techcrunch.com/2020/01/09/meet-marscat-a-robot-cat-with-lots-of-love-to-give-and-room-to-grow/

 

How to set up your new computer

Set up antivirus, clear out bloatware, and perform other tasks to keep your PC humming well into the future.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3040361/how-to-set-up-new-computer.html

 

Hulu plans and prices: best deals, subscription packages cost and how to sign up

https://www.techradar.com/deals/hulu-plans-prices-deals-subscription-packages-cost-sign-up

 

Homeland Security warns of Iranian cyberattacks

https://blog.avast.com/dhs-warns-of-potential-iranian-cyberattack

 

Android Trojan Steals Your Money to Fund International SMS Attacks

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/android-trojan-steals-your-money-to-fund-international-sms-attacks/

 

Microsoft aims to assist detection of sexual predators on Xbox Live and other platforms

Multiplayer is about to become safer.

https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-aims-assist-detection-sexual-predators-xbox-live-and-other-platforms

 

New Clop Ransomware Encrypts Windows Processes

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10686/new-clop-ransomware-encrypts-windows-processes

 

Photos: The 13 most-fun tech finds at CES 2020

https://www.techrepublic.com/pictures/photos-the-13-most-fun-tech-finds-at-ces-2020/

 

Apple wants to totally rely on recycled parts for new iPhone models

https://www.phonearena.com/news/apple-wants-to-rely-on-recycled-materials_id121496

 

macOS beta hints at future ‘Pro Mode’ to boost performance on portable Macs

https://9to5mac.com/2020/01/13/macos-beta-hints-at-future-pro-mode-to-boost-performance-on-portable-macs/#more-628188

 

Wi-Fi 6 is finally here

Faster Wi-Fi is in laptops and routers you might actually buy

https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/11/21060167/wifi-6-ces-2020-mesh-routers-laptops-6e-5g

 

16-inch MacBook Pro upgrade on the way: Intel teases 5GHz, 8-core 16-thread Comet Lake mobile processors

At CES, Intel teased its upcoming high-power mobile 10th-generation CPU, suitable for the 16-inch MacBook Pro.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3512149/16-inch-macbook-pro-upgrade-on-the-way-intel-teases-5ghz-8-core-16-thread-comet-lake-mobile-process.html

 

Microsoft launches tool to identify child sexual predators in online chat rooms

The tool, codenamed Project Artemis, is designed to look for patterns of communication used by predators to target children

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/microsoft-launches-tool-identify-child-sexual-predators-online-chat-rooms-n1112881

 

Update your browser now to protect your computer from hackers

https://www.komando.com/security-privacy/update-firefox-to-protect-computer/700840/

 

Magic Mirror on the Wall, Have I Worn This Outfit at All?

The Nessa mirror has a built-in camera that takes a photo of what you're wearing, uploads it to the cloud, and runs an algorithm to determine whether you've worn the outfit before or not.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/372974/magic-mirror-on-the-wall-have-i-worn-this-outfit-at-all

 

The 7 Best Web Browsers for Every Kind of Netizen

https://www.yahoo.com/news/7-best-browsers-every-purpose-205400615/photo-p-lest-forget-internets-humble-205400433.html

 

How to clear cache and cookies on Microsoft Edge

Websites aren't loading correctly or you can't sign-in to online services? Try clearing the cache data and cookies on Microsoft Edge based on Chromium.

https://pureinfotech.com/clear-cache-cookies-edge-chromium/

 

Daily Crunch: Twitter will let you limit replies

https://techcrunch.com/2020/01/09/daily-crunch-twitter-replies/

 

Intel's new 'Thunderbolt 4' spec quickly turns into a confusing mess

Maybe Intel should have left Tiger Lake's new feature out of its presentation entirely.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3512937/intels-new-thunderbolt-4-spec-quickly-turns-into-a-mess.html

 

Windows 7 End of Life: everything you need to know about the death of Windows 7

7 things you need to know about the end of Windows 7

https://www.techradar.com/news/windows-7-end-of-life-everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-death-of-windows-7

 

2020: Rise of the world's elite hackers

https://blog.avast.com/2020s-top-cybersecurity-threats-explained

 

Windows 7 Reminder: Get a Free Windows 10 Upgrade While You Can

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/windows-7-reminder-get-a-free-windows-10-upgrade-while-you-can/

 

The latest Mozilla Firefox update is so important, even the Department of Homeland Security says you should upgrade

"An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to take control of an affected system."

https://www.windowscentral.com/latest-mozilla-firefox-update-so-important-even-department-homeland-security-says-you-should-upgrade

 

Scammed by Easy / Net PC Expert? Here's What to Do

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10687/scammed-easy-net-pc-expert-heres-what-do

 

Why big data may help you sleep better at night

At CES 2020, Sleep Number debuted its latest smart beds, which feature climate-controlled technology that gathers data while you snooze.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/why-big-data-may-help-you-sleep-better-at-night/

 

Every 5G iPhone is on track to launch in Fall 2020; no signs of delay

https://www.phonearena.com/news/apple-iphone-5g-fall-2020-launch-no-delay_id121505

 

AG Barr says Apple has provided no ‘substantive assistance’ in investigation of Pensacola shooting

https://9to5mac.com/2020/01/13/apple-barr-iphone-encryption/#more-628194

 

Asus built a mini GPU specifically for Intel’s tiny gaming box

The new RTX 2070 is just under eight inches long

https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/13/21063423/asus-nvidia-rtx-2070-mini-intel-ghost-canyon-nuc-specs-release-date

 

How to use Apple ID to create passwords for your apps

Apple ID lets you create up to 25 app-specific passwords for third-party apps.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3512017/how-to-use-apple-id-to-create-passwords.html

 

Facebook's final word on political ads: No changes to microtargeting but more control for users

Facebook will expand transparency around political ads and give its users more control over the ads they see.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/facebook-s-final-word-political-ads-no-changes-microtargeting-more-n1112746

 

Change this crucial privacy setting now to keep Siri from spying on you

https://www.komando.com/security-privacy/siri-ios13-2-how-disable-audio-review-transcription/610121/

 

Android Phone for Low-Income Americans Contains Malware

The Unimax (UMX) U686CL is also primed to deliver adware and serve owners aggressive advertising.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/372977/android-phone-for-low-income-americans-contains-malware

 

How quantum computing is going to shape 2020

https://finance.yahoo.com/video/quantum-computing-going-shape-2020-170217615.html

 

Free Microsoft Office in Windows 10

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exbx36-jSFQ&t=0s

 

The best free photo editor 2020: free alternatives to Photoshop

https://www.techradar.com/best/free-photo-editor

 

Next-generation Bluetooth LE Audio improves sound quality and battery life, and adds audio sharing

Bluetooth LE Audio will also offer direct support for hearing aids, as well as allow for personal and “location-based” audio sharing.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3510650/bluetooth-le-audio-promises-better-audio-quality-and-battery-life-audio-sharing.html

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Sun 1854 01/12/2020

Arduino Aims to Secure IoT With New Dev Platform, Hardware

https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/Arduino-Aims-to-Secure-IoT-With-New-Dev-Platform-Hardware-86448.html

 

What about Windows 10 backup?

While Windows 10 backup is included as part of the operating system, I consider it to be barely adequate, and prefer a more full-featured solution.

https://askleo.com/windows-10-backup/

 

How to Set Up iCloud Email and Calendar Access on Windows 10

https://www.howtogeek.com/450624/how-to-set-up-icloud-email-and-calendar-access-on-windows-10/

 

Google Removes Trove of Risky 'Bread' Apps From Play Store

Google has removed roughly 1,700 unique applications from its Google Play app store that were part of a family of potentially unwanted programs. 

https://www.securityweek.com/google-removes-trove-risky-bread-apps-play-store

 

Amazon’s Ring fired four employees for peeping into customer video feeds

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/09/ring-fired-four-employees-for-watching-customer-video-feeds.html

 

How to Use the F Keys on a Mac

Take advantage of your Mac's function keys

https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-use-f-keys-on-mac-4707222

 

[Tip] Disable Sponsored Ads in Opera on Mobile Phones and Tablets

https://www.askvg.com/tip-disable-sponsored-ads-in-opera-on-mobile-phones-and-tablets/

 

Make Outlook automatically download pictures in email messages

https://www.thewindowsclub.com/make-outlook-automatically-download-pictures-in-email-messages

 

Office 365 on Windows 7 gets free patches until 2023

The end of support in January for Windows 7 does not mean the end of support for Office 365 ProPlus. Users of the latter will get security updates, but no new features.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3489501/office-365-on-windows-7-gets-free-patches-until-2023.html

 

The 9 Best Free Movie Apps to Watch Movies Online (Phone)

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/free-movie-apps-watch-movies-online/

 

Lawmakers Prod FCC to Act on SIM Swapping

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2020/01/senators-prod-fcc-to-act-on-sim-swapping/

 

Amazon Ring fired staff for snooping on customers’ security videos

  - Amazon’s Ring has responded to a letter from Democratic senators seeking more information about its security practices.

  - In the letter, Ring acknowledged it fired four employees for abusing their access to customer data.

  - The move follows reports that Ring employees in Ukraine were given unrestricted access to videos from Ring cameras around the world.

https://www.grahamcluley.com/amazon-ring-staff-spied-videos/

 

Upgrade to an ultra-fast 27-inch curved FreeSync monitor for just $190

B&H Photo Video is selling the AOC C27G1 with 1080p resolution and an 1800R curvature for just $190.

https://www.techconnect.com/article/3513479/upgrade-to-an-ultra-fast-27-inch-curved-freesync-monitor-for-just-190.html

 

Google Assistant: Now More Helpful Around the House and More Respectful of Privacy

https://gizmodo.com/google-assistant-now-more-helpful-around-the-house-and-1840846201

 

The smart, “invisible” Level Lock hides inside your existing door lock hardware

It replaces only the interior hardware of your deadbolt, allowing you to keep your keyhole and turnpiece.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3512967/level-lock-invisible-smart-lock-ces-2020.html

 

Profiling the Linken Sphere anti-detection browser

https://thecyberwire.com/podcasts/cw-podcasts-rs-2020-01-11.html

 

First Look: Intel's 'Horseshoe Bend' is an Even Bigger Foldable Tablet

Intel’s Horseshoe Bend prototype can open up to a seamless 17.3-inch OLED display for all of your big-screen computing needs.

https://www.pcmag.com/feature/372972/first-look-intel-s-horseshoe-bend-is-an-even-bigger-foldable

 

CES 2020: The good, the bad and the weirdest tech revealed this year

https://www.komando.com/technology/ces-2020-the-good-the-bad-and-the-weirdest-tech-revealed-this-year/701057/

 

How to Create a Backup Image Using Macrium Reflect Free (I have published tutorials.Always have a Restre media you have tested to work on your computer.  Always click Advanced Options and check auto-verify.)

Once I've convinced you that image backups are important, your next question is most likely to be "OK, How?". Here's a short-and-sweet answer and resources to learn more.

https://askleo.com/create-backup-image-using-macrium-reflect-free/

 

How to Use rclone to Back Up to Google Drive on Linux

https://www.howtogeek.com/451262/how-to-use-rclone-to-back-up-to-google-drive-on-linux/

 

Christmas Ransomware Attack Hit New York Airport Servers

An upstate New York airport and its computer management provider were attacked by ransomware over Christmas, officials said.

https://www.securityweek.com/christmas-ransomware-attack-hit-new-york-airport-servers

 

Facebook says it will let users see fewer political ads — but still refuses to fact-check them

  - Facebook says it will start letting its U.S. users see fewer political ads, starting this summer.

  - It follows a decision by Twitter to ban political ads outright. Google has also limited ad targeting.

  - The company says it won’t fact-check political ads, nor will it limit targeting for such posts.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/09/facebook-will-let-people-see-fewer-political-ads-ahead-of-us-election.html

 

How to Type the Apple Logo on Your Mac, iPhone, and iPad

Easily add that familiar symbol where you want it

https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-type-apple-logo-mac-iphone-ipad-4690463

 

[Tip] Enable “Back Forward Cache” Feature in Google Chrome for Faster Navigation

https://www.askvg.com/tip-enable-back-forward-cache-feature-in-google-chrome-for-faster-navigation/

 

Remove Action Needed prompt while connecting to WiFi network in Windows 10

https://www.thewindowsclub.com/remove-action-needed-prompt-while-connecting-to-wifi-network

 

Microsoft cheat sheets: Dive into Windows and Office apps

These guides will help you find your way around several generations of Microsoft’s Office apps for Windows — and Windows itself.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3199247/microsoft-cheat-sheets-dive-into-windows-and-office-apps.html

 

The 7 Best Sites to Download Cool Ringtones That Don’t Suck

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-sites-download-ringtones-dont-suck/

 

Tricky Phish Angles for Persistence, Not Passwords

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2020/01/tricky-phish-angles-for-persistence-not-passwords/

 

Stop everything. Update Firefox now

https://www.grahamcluley.com/stop-everything-update-firefox-now/

 

Super-size your storage with WD's huge 10TB external drive for $160

The 10TB WD easystore hard drive is nearly $30 cheaper than Amazon right now, and well below the MSRP.

https://www.techconnect.com/article/3513478/super-size-your-storage-with-wds-huge-10tb-external-drive-for-160.html

 

How to Disable Those Cursed Website Notifications in the New Firefox

https://gizmodo.com/how-to-disable-those-cursed-website-notifications-in-th-1840855640

 

Cord-cutting in 2020: The race for a unified streaming guide is on

Navigating a sea of streaming services needs to be a lot easier. It might finally happen this year.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3512968/cord-cutting-in-2020-the-race-for-a-unified-streaming-guide-is-on.html

 

Cyber adjuncts to kinetic strikes in the Middle East.

The US and Iran appear to be seeking de-escalation following the US drone strike against Quds Force commander General Soleimani and Iran's retaliatory rocket barrage against two US bases in Iraq. The New York Times predicts Tehran will now turn its focus to cyber operations

https://thecyberwire.com/issues/issues2020/January/WTW_2020_01_11.html

 

Privacy Groups to Google: Please Kill Android Bloatware

You can often find bloatware on phones from mobile carriers, especially on cheaper handsets. But a coalition of privacy groups is worried the same pre-installed apps have background functions and data collection processes users aren't aware of.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/372987/privacy-groups-to-google-please-kill-android-bloatware

 

Scams and phishing attacks spreading amid Iran cyberwar fears – don’t get fooled

https://www.komando.com/security-privacy/iran-cyberattacks-phishing-scam/700897/

 

Why Testing Your Backups Is Critical (Macrium Reflect and other backup software verify after backup eliminates doing things this way.)

Testing your backups is an easy step to overlook, but an important step to take. Make sure your backups will be there when you need them.

https://askleo.com/testing-backups-critical/

 

How to Wrap Text Around Images in Google Docs

https://www.howtogeek.com/450952/how-to-wrap-text-around-images-in-google-docs/

 

New Bill Would Prohibit Intelligence Sharing With Countries That Use Huawei

A bill introduced this week by Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) would ban the sharing of intelligence with countries that use Huawei technologies in their fifth generation (5G) networks.

https://www.securityweek.com/new-bill-prohibits-intelligence-sharing-countries-use-huawei

 

British banks hit by hacking of foreign exchange firm Travelex

Travelex computer systems have been down for more than a week since a malware attack on New Year’s Eve, leaving Lloyds, Barclays, HSBC and the Royal Bank of Scotland, among others, unable to process transactions.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/09/british-banks-hit-by-hacking-of-foreign-exchange-firm-travelex.html

 

How to Use Siri on a Mac

Speak to Siri on Mac Just as You Would on an iPhone

https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-use-siri-on-mac-4588294

 

[Tip] Enable Tab Freeze or Tab Suspend Feature in Google Chrome

https://www.askvg.com/tip-enable-tab-freeze-or-tab-suspend-feature-in-google-chrome/

 

HardLink Shell Extension: Create Hardlinks, Symbolic Links, Junctions, Volume Mountpoints

https://www.thewindowsclub.com/hardlink-shell-extension-create-symbolic-links

 

Microsoft touts Edge's new tab page connection to Office 365

By using group policy objects, IT admins can turn the browser into a front end for Office 365 with an enterprise-centric new tab page.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3481642/microsoft-touts-edges-new-tab-page-connection-to-office-365.html

 

How to Erase Your Social Media Presence: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/delete-social-media/

 

The Hidden Cost of Ransomware: Wholesale Password Theft

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2020/01/the-hidden-cost-of-ransomware-wholesale-password-theft/

 

NextMind Makes a Leap Toward Controlling Computers With Your Thoughts

https://www.reviewgeek.com/32600/nextmind-makes-a-leap-toward-controlling-computers-with-your-thoughts/

 

You can still get these 9 tech gadgets at year-end pricing

https://www.techconnect.com/article/3510511/you-can-still-get-these-9-tech-gadgets-at-year-end-pricing.html

 

The First Folding PC Is Remarkably Smart

https://gizmodo.com/the-first-folding-pc-is-remarkably-smart-1840814902

 

How hackable is your smart device? The UL IoT Security Rating and UL Verified Mark will tell you

Does your device have an easily guessed default password (bad)? Does it anonymize data (good)? UL will check for these security issues and more.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3512583/how-hackable-is-your-smart-device-the-ul-iot-security-rating-and-ul-verified-mark-will-tell-you.html

 

Both Iran and the US appear to have signaled a desire for de-escalation, the Washington Post says, but the report Dragos issued yesterday about Magnallium (also known as APT33, Elfin, or Refined Kitten) has kept alive concerns about North American power grid security. 

https://thecyberwire.com/issues/issues2020/January/CyberWire_2020_01_10.html

 

5G Home Internet Won't Happen Until Later in 2020, Alas

A new report says Verizon may wait until the second half of the year to offer 5G to more home users, and we found that it seems to only be signing up new customers in Chicago.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/372981/5g-home-internet-wont-happen-until-later-in-2020-alas

 

Can’t upgrade from Windows 7 to 10? Here’s what to do

https://www.komando.com/news/cant-upgrade-from-windows-7-to-10-heres-what-to-do/701060/

 

Can I Use the Free Backup Software that Came with My External Drive?

https://askleo.com/can-i-use-the-free-backup-software-that-came-with-my-external-drive/

 

How to Add Space Between Text and Cell Borders in Excel

https://www.howtogeek.com/449169/how-to-add-space-between-text-and-cell-borders-in-excel/

 

Remote Code Execution Flaw Impacts E2fsprogs Filesystem Utility (Linux and Unix.  Most servers hosting websites use one of these OS's.)

An out-of-bounds write bug in the E2fsprogs filesystem utility could lead to remote code execution, Cisco Talos security researchers reveal.

https://www.securityweek.com/remote-code-execution-flaw-impacts-e2fsprogs-filesystem-utility

 

A security flaw in China’s TikTok app was found. It lets hackers use text messages to control accounts

  - Popular video sharing app TikTok had “multiple” security vulnerabilities, according to a new report from cybersecurity firm Check Point.

  - Hackers could take control of TikTok accounts and manipulate the content, upload and delete videos and reveal personal information such as a private email address. 

  - The vulnerability was disclosed to TikTok and patched. 

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/09/tiktok-security-flaw-found-that-allowed-hackers-to-access-accounts.html

 

How to Find Windows Spotlight Images

Jazz up your Windows 10 desktop background with eye-catching photos

https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-find-windows-spotlight-images-4776282

 

[Firefox Tip] Use Separate Default Search Engine in Private Browsing Mode

https://www.askvg.com/firefox-tip-use-separate-default-search-engine-in-private-browsing-mode/

 

Synchronize Bookmarks in Firefox using these free tools

https://www.thewindowsclub.com/synchronize-your-bookmarks-in-firefox

 

Running Win10 version 1803 or 1809? You have options. Here’s how to control your upgrade.

With support for the venerable Win10 version 1803 officially at an end, and 1809 not too long for this earth, it’s time to think seriously about upgrading. Fortunately, you have lots of options — and a surprising amount of control over your Win10 destiny.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3481617/running-win10-version-1803-or-1809-you-have-options-heres-how-to-control-your-upgrade.html

 

7 Virtual Monitor Apps to Maximize Your Ultrawide Monitor

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/virtual-monitor-apps-maximize-ultrawide-monitor/

 

Alleged Member of Neo-Nazi Swatting Group Charged

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2020/01/alleged-member-of-neo-nazi-swatting-group-charged/

 

Man jailed for using webcam RAT to spy on women in their bedrooms

https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/featured/man-jailed-using-webcam-rat-women-bedrooms/

 

DeWalt's 20V Max Impact driver kit has dropped to $99 on Amazon

Down from a list price of $149, this powerful DeWalt impact driver can fit in tight spaces, features LEDs for better visibility, and is ready to work with the full variety of 1/4-inch hex shank bits.

https://www.techconnect.com/article/3513421/dewalts-20v-max-impact-driver-kit-has-dropped-to-99-on-amazon.html

 

Foldable Phones and PCs Are Just Tablets

https://gizmodo.com/foldable-phones-and-pcs-are-just-tablets-1840843600

 

Ring announces 6 new products, along with measures to quiet criticism of its privacy practices

A revamped Ring Control Center promises to make it easier for users to manage their privacy settings while using Ring’s video doorbells, cameras, and other home security devices.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3511971/ring-announces-6-new-products-along-with-measures-to-quiet-criticism-of-its-privacy-practices.html

 

Citing a report by Saudi Arabia's National Cybersecurity Authority, multiple sources report that "Dustman," a destructive Iranian cyber campaign, has hit Bapco, Bahrain's national oil company. ZDNet outlines the malware as a successor to earlier Iranian wiper campaigns, notably Shamoon. 

https://thecyberwire.com/issues/issues2020/January/CyberWire_2020_01_09.html

 

Hackers Are Abusing a Bug in Firefox to Take Over Computers

'We are aware of targeted attacks in the wild abusing this flaw,' Mozilla said in the advisory. It's not clear how the hackers were exploiting the bug, but they likely created a malicious website to trigger the flaw.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/372978/hackers-are-abusing-a-bug-in-firefox-to-take-over-computers

 

Update your phone now! Bug lets hackers take over

https://www.komando.com/security-privacy/update-android-hackers-take-over/701036/

 

Is an Online Backup Service a Good Idea?

Backing up data using an online backup service can seem to be an effective solution, and it can be an important part of an overall strategy, but there are important limits and considerations.

https://askleo.com/is_an_online_backup_service_a_good_idea/

 

Senator seeks ban on US sharing intelligence with countries using Huawei 5G gear

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/09/us-lawmaker-seeks-intelligence-sharing-ban-with-countries-using-huawei.html

 

Ransomware is a reality.

https://thecyberwire.com/podcasts/cw-podcasts-hh-2020-01-09.html

 

I Have Two Facebook Accounts, How Do I Delete Just One of Them?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-EFEs_Qq7Y&t=2s

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