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Do You Know Your Computer's Worst Enemy?

https://askbobrankin.com/do_you_know_your_computers_worst_enemy.html

 

'Why is my Android slow?': 3 ways to troubleshoot your Android device if it's not running efficiently

https://www.yahoo.com/news/why-android-slow-3-ways-190900753.html

 

Cybersecurity Vendor Landscape Transforming as Symantec, McAfee Enter New Eras

Two years ago, Symantec and McAfee were both primed for a comeback. Today, both face big questions about their future.

https://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/cybersecurity-vendor-landscape-transforming-as-symantec-mcafee-enter-new-eras/a/d-id/1336961

 

California’s new privacy law is off to a rocky start

Privacy startups are trying to help. One got it wrong.

https://techcrunch.com/2020/02/08/ccpa-privacy-law-rocky-start/

 

BEC Scammers’ Interest in the Real Estate Sector Rises

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/bec-scammers-interest-in-the-real-estate-sector-rises/

 

7 free GIMP scripts and plug-ins for filters, brushes, textures and more

Collect 'em all!

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3451376/7-free-gimp-scripts-and-plug-ins-for-filters-brushes-textures-and-more.html

 

Hackers imitating CDC, WHO with coronavirus phishing emails

Cybercriminals are now using fears over the outbreak to steal email credentials, security officials say.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/hackers-imitating-cdc-who-with-coronavirus-phishing-emails/

 

How to pair Microsoft Modern Keyboard with Fingerprint ID on Windows 10

https://www.thewindowsclub.com/pair-microsoft-modern-keyboard-with-fingerprint-id

 

The new Microsoft Edge is now available for Windows 10 on ARM devices

Microsoft Edge version 80 is now available in the stable channel, bringing with it support for Windows 10 on ARM.

https://www.windowscentral.com/new-microsoft-edge-now-available-windows-10-arm-devices

 

Download Microsoft Office 2019, Office 2016, Office 2013, Office 2010 and Office 365 for free with direct links

We do the hard work so that you don't have to

https://www.techradar.com/how-to/download-microsoft-office-2016-office-2013-office-2010-and-office-365-for-free-with-direct-links

 

The AMD 3990X Pre-Review and Overclocking World Record Attempt

https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/305905-the-amd-3990x-pre-review-and-overclocking-world-record-attempt

 

Windows 10 Taskbar Isn’t Going Away in Full Screen – What to Do

https://www.techjunkie.com/taskbar-isnt-going-away-full-screen/

 

Vizio SB2021n-G6 review: This budget 20-inch soundbar is the perfect match for a second TV

While it lacks HDMI inputs and Wi-Fi connectivity, this DTS Virtual:X-equipped soundbar boasts impressive and immersive sound for just $130.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3516161/vizio-sb2021n-g6-review.html

 

Microsoft Edge 80 Now Available for Download on Windows and Mac (new version, if you have the prior one, you can manually update it without this)

Microsoft has released a new update for the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser, bringing it to version 80 on both Windows and Mac.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/microsoft-edge-80-now-available-for-download-on-windows-and-mac-529134.shtml

 

The Razr fails hinge test 4.5 times faster than Galaxy Fold (Update: Motorola responds)

High intensity stress test might spell bad news for Motorola’s foldable

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/the-motorola-razr-fails-hinge-test-45-times-faster-than-galaxy-fold

 

Airo Antivirus review: A promising start for a Mac-focused antivirus

Airo Antivirus is less than year old, and it's already a solid choice for Mac users. It's not as full-featured as more established choices, however.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3518828/airo-antivirus-review.html

 

ViacomCBS wants to compete with itself in the streaming wars

Its new streaming platform will build on the existing CBS All Access

https://www.theverge.com/2020/2/6/21127158/viacom-cbs-streaming-paramount-mtv-bet-nickelodeon-comedy-central-netflix-disney

 

Delete these nasty Android apps that can log in to your Google and Facebook accounts right now

https://bgr.com/2020/02/07/android-apps-removed-from-google-play-store-470000-downloads/

 

How to enable sync for browsing data on Microsoft Edge

If you use Microsoft Edge on multiple devices, you can make your life a little easier by syncing history, favorites, passwords, and open tabs across all of them – Here's how.

https://pureinfotech.com/enable-sync-microsoft-edge/

 

Tech how-to: Create (and remember) passwords that actually stop hackers

https://www.komando.com/privacy/password-creator-roboform-protection/702882/

 

Next-Gen HAMR Platters Promise 80TB Hard Drives

We're about to get 20 terabyte hard drives, but the path looks clear to scale up to 80TB.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/next-gen-hamr-platters-promise-80tb-hard-drives

 

All it takes to fool facial recognition at airports and border crossings is a printed mask, researchers found

https://www.yahoo.com/news/takes-fool-facial-recognition-airports-155755992.html

 

Facebook Tops Imitated Brands as Attackers Target Tech

Brand impersonators favor Facebook, Yahoo, Network, and PayPal in phishing attempts to steal credentials from victims.

https://www.darkreading.com/threat-intelligence/facebook-tops-imitated-brands-as-attackers-target-tech/d/d-id/1336990

 

Attempt to fold Motorola’s Razr 100,000 times doesn’t go great

https://techcrunch.com/2020/02/07/attempt-to-fold-motorolas-razr-100000-times-doesnt-go-great/

 

Bug in Philips Smart Light Allows Hopping to Devices on the Network

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/bug-in-philips-smart-light-allows-hopping-to-devices-on-the-network/

 

How to use a Chromebook: 10 must-know tips, tricks, and tools for beginners

Chromebooks are dead-simple to use, but just like any PC a little tweaking makes your experience that much better.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3168062/how-to-use-a-chromebook-10-must-know-tips-tricks-and-tools-for-beginners.html

 

How to protect your privacy on an iOS device

Learn how to keep your iOS devices--and your data--secure with these iOS 13 privacy settings and Apple resources.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-protect-your-privacy-on-an-ios-device/

 

Ashampoo Burning Studio 2020: Free software to burn CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays

https://www.thewindowsclub.com/ashampoo-burning-studio-free-software

 

Microsoft wants to use machine learning to improve poor game textures

Lots of experimentation.

https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-wants-use-machine-learning-improve-poor-game-textures

 

How to screenshot on a Chromebook

We show you how to take screenshots on a Chromebook

https://www.techradar.com/how-to/how-to-screenshot-on-a-chromebook

 

Previously Unknown Intel CC150 8-Core CPU Pops Up Online

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/305895-previously-unknown-intel-cc150-8-core-cpu-pops-up-online

 

Windows 10 Taskbar Not Hiding Properly – What to Do

https://www.techjunkie.com/taskbar-not-hiding-properly/

 

How to protect your Ring account with the new Control Center privacy dashboard

Ring has updated its app with new and improved privacy tools. Here’s how to make the most of them.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3518899/how-to-protect-your-ring-account-with-the-new-control-center-privacy-dashboard.html

 

Brave Browser

Make your Internet surfing sessions more enjoyable by avoiding annoying ads and intrusive trackers using this appealing and intuitive browser

https://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/Browsers/Brave.shtml

 

MacBooks may soon get AMD processors, striking a blow to Intel

New leak reveals big CPU change

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/macbooks-may-soon-get-amd-processors-striking-a-blow-to-intel

 

Folder sharing brings iCloud Drive closer to Dropbox, but there’s work left to do

iCloud Drive is better, but there’s still a lot of improvements that need to be made.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3520791/folder-sharing-brings-icloud-drive-closer-to-dropbox-but-theres-work-left-to-do.html

 

Apple’s contract for indie repair shops is so invasive that some refuse to sign it

Vice got its hands on the contract

https://www.theverge.com/2020/2/6/21126970/apple-iphone-independent-repair-contract-search-audit

 

This is what Apple’s upcoming iPhone 9 is going to look like

https://bgr.com/2020/02/03/iphone-9-release-date-2020-specs-price-leak-video/

 

Two quick ways to free up space on Windows 10 after a feature update

After installing the Windows 10 November 2019 Update use this guide to free up space by deleting the previous version from your device.

https://pureinfotech.com/free-up-space-windows-10-after-update/

 

Hackers prey on coronavirus fears to infect your computer

https://www.komando.com/security-privacy/hackers-take-advantage-of-coronavirus-fears/706031/

 

Chrome to Block Insecure Downloads

Any downloads served from a non-HTTPS link will initially show a warning, but eventually Chrome will just block the download outright.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/chrome-is-going-to-block-insecure-downloads

 

A tech side effect: Many residents of China say wearing face masks to avoid the coronavirus has made it impossible to unlock their phones with Face ID

https://www.yahoo.com/news/tech-side-effect-many-residents-161801399.html

 

How Can We Make Election Technology Secure?

In Iowa this week, a smartphone app for reporting presidential caucus results debuted. It did not go well.

https://www.darkreading.com/risk/how-can-we-make-election-technology-secure/a/d-id/1336975

 

Why your next TV needs ‘filmmaker mode’

https://techcrunch.com/2020/02/08/why-your-next-tv-needs-filmmaker-mode/

 

Emotet Hacks Nearby Wi-Fi Networks to Spread to New Victims

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/emotet-hacks-nearby-wi-fi-networks-to-spread-to-new-victims/

 

8 tips to help you get started with Paint.net

Another great freebie for digital designers

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3441977/8-tips-to-help-you-get-started-with-paint-net.html

 

51 Excel tips every user should master

Whether you are a Microsoft Excel beginner or an advanced user, you'll benefit from these step-by-step tutorials.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/excel-tips-every-user-should-master/

 

HandyPad is an auto-saving Notepad alternative for Windows PC

https://www.thewindowsclub.com/handypad-notepad-alternative-for-windows-10

 

BenQ announces a monitor that's easy on the eyes, literally

BenQ's latest monitor has eye-care technology to ease the strain on your eyes during prolonged use.

https://www.windowscentral.com/benq-announces-monitor-thats-easy-eyes-literally

 

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

 

Huawei Subsidiary Distributes 0-Day Backdoor in DVRs, NVRs, IoT Cameras

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/305830-huawei-subsidiary-hisilicon-distributes-0-day-backdoor-in-dvrs-nvrs-iot-cameras

 

Which Startup Programs Are OK to Stop?

https://www.techjunkie.com/startup-programs-ok-stop/

 

[Tip] Set a Clean and Minimal New Tab Page in Microsoft Edge

https://www.askvg.com/tip-set-a-clean-and-minimal-new-tab-page-in-microsoft-edge/

 

Emergency Boot Kit

Fix unbootable computers, save files, edit registry entries, recover data and reset passwords so you can gain access to your PC via this tool

https://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery/Emergency-Boot-CD.shtml

 

Holy crap! This Lenovo Chromebook is only $99 right now

Don't miss this crazy Chromebook deal

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/holy-crap-this-lenovo-chromebook-is-only-dollar99-right-now

 

How to fix the “cannot be autosaved” bug when saving documents in macOS apps

An oddball problem with an oddball fix and some workarounds.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3518898/how-to-fix-the-cannot-be-autosaved-bug-when-saving-documents-in-macos-apps.html

 

The FCC’s broadband survey is missing 20 million people, a new study suggests

BroadbandNow says close to 42 million people don’t have high-speed internet access

https://www.theverge.com/2020/2/6/21126744/fcc-broadband-survey-high-speed-internet-access-wireless

 

This year’s new phones will have faster memory than your laptop

https://bgr.com/2020/02/06/xiaomi-mi-10-specs-vs-galaxy-s20-fast-ddr5-ram-to-power-5g-phones/

 

Google releases three apps for its Digital Wellbeing Experiments

In a continuous effort to help users from over using their phones, Google releases new apps to remind you to enjoy the real world a little more.

https://pureinfotech.com/google-apps-digital-wellbeing-experiments/

 

Emails from Facebook, Yahoo or Netflix in your inbox? They might be phishing scams

https://www.komando.com/security-privacy/phishing-scams-facebook-netflix-yahoo-spoofs/706026/

 

Attorney General: US Needs to Get Into the 5G Business to Counter Huawei

William Barr on Thursday suggested the US should buy a controlling stake in Nokia or Ericsson, two European vendors that compete with Huawei in the 5G networking market. 'We and our closest allies certainly need to be actively considering this approach,' he said.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/us-attorney-general-lets-get-into-the-5g-business-to-counter-huawei

 

The Best Tablets for the Kitchen

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/best-tablets-kitchen-181110965.html

 

Vixie: The Unintended Consequences of Internet Privacy Efforts

Paul Vixie says emerging encryption protocols for endpoints could "break" security in enterprise - and even home - networks.

https://www.darkreading.com/risk/vixie-the-unintended-consequences-of-internet-privacy-efforts-/d/d-id/1336985

 

Our.News fights misinformation with a ‘nutrition label’ for news stories

https://techcrunch.com/2020/02/07/our-news/

 

Windows 7 Users Suddenly Can't Shut Down Their PCs, How to Fix

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/windows-7-users-suddenly-cant-shut-down-their-pcs-how-to-fix/

 

EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 KO review: Ray tracing gets affordable

The EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 KO makes some smart compromises to hit a truly compelling $300 price point.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3518407/evga-geforce-rtx-2060-ko-review.html

 

How to use 7zip to encrypt files

If you need strong command line encryption on Linux, look no further than 7zip.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-use-7zip-to-encrypt-files/

 

USB audio drivers won’t install on Windows 10

https://www.thewindowsclub.com/usb-audio-drivers-wont-install-on-windows-10

 

Panos Panay will lead the Windows Experience in addition to Microsoft's hardware efforts

Microsoft will combine two of its large teams under the leadership of Panos Panay.

https://www.windowscentral.com/panos-panay-will-lead-windows-experience-addition-microsofts-hardware-efforts

 

How to delete apps from an iPhone

Ditch what you don't use

https://www.techradar.com/how-to/how-to-delete-apps-from-an-iphone

 

Nervana Nevermore: Intel Shifts Focus to Habana Labs, Cancels NNP-T, NNP-I

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/305655-nervana-nevermore-intel-shifts-focus-to-habana-labs-cancels-nnp-t-nnp-i

 

Windows 10 Synaptics Touchpad Settings Missing [Solved]

https://www.techjunkie.com/windows-10-synaptics-touchpad-settings-missing/

 

[Tip] Disable Website Icons Display in Address bar Suggestions Drop-Down List in Chrome on Android

https://www.askvg.com/tip-disable-website-icons-display-in-address-bar-suggestions-drop-down-list-in-chrome-on-android/

 

Malwarebytes Browser Extension for Chrome

Enjoy fast and safe Internet browsing with the help of this neat Chrome extension that adds protection without affecting performance

https://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/Internet-Applications-Addons/Chrome-Extensions/Malwarebytes-Browser-Extension-for-Chrome.shtml

 

These 9 Android apps can take over your phone: What to do

Apps hiding nasty loads found in Google Play

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/these-9-android-apps-can-take-over-your-phone-what-to-do

 

Safari alternatives: Five Mac web browsers worth trying

Safari’s a great browser, but it’s not the only option for your Mac and may not be the best browser for your needs.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3519412/safari-alternatives-mac-web-browsers-worth-trying.html

 

How to mute notifications and block ‘heavy’ ads in the latest version of Chrome

Version 80 of Google’s browser has a few tricks up its sleeve

https://www.theverge.com/2020/2/6/21126858/google-chrome-80-browser-notifications-ads-block-how-to

 

Samsung’s Galaxy S20 looks to be a huge upgrade according to new leak

https://bgr.com/2020/02/07/galaxy-s20-specs-camera-storage-smart-zoom-samsung/

 

Microsoft Edge Chromium walkthrough video review

VIDEO: Check out this walkthrough video with everything you need to know about the new Chromium version of Microsoft Edge for Windows 10.

https://pureinfotech.com/microsoft-edge-chromium-video-review/

 

This simple hack can give cybercriminals access to all the files on your computer

https://www.komando.com/news/whatsapp-hack-alert/705869/

 

Malware Steals Data By Adjusting Screen Brightness

Malware on an air-gapped computer can transmit data like Morse code by changing screen brightness in a way that's invisible to the naked eye but easily recorded with a camera.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/malware-steals-data-by-adjusting-screen-brightness

 

Security Review of Shadow’s Iowa Caucus App Found Hackable ‘Vulnerabilities’

https://www.yahoo.com/news/security-review-shadow-iowa-caucus-134149937.html

 

New leak might confirm the iPhone 9 release date

https://bgr.com/2020/02/07/iphone-9-release-date-leak-reveal-event-march-2020/

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iOS 13.4 could turn your iPhone and Apple Watch into car keys

The software's first beta contains details on a 'CarKey' API.

https://www.engadget.com/2020-02-06-ios-13-4-carkey.html

 

All Google phones will now screen robocalls, here’s how to turn it on

  - Google on Thursday said it’s rolling out Call Screen, which blocks robocalls, to all of its Pixel phones this week.

  - It was previously only available on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 4, and was updated in the fall with new features.

  - Here’s how to set it up, and why you might want to consider buying a Pixel if robocalls are driving you nuts.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/06/google-pixel-phones-how-to-block-robocallers.html

 

Apple may release a new Apple TV for the first time in more than 2 years, and a leak suggests it will be noticeably faster

https://www.yahoo.com/news/apple-may-release-apple-tv-145335319.html

 

How to enable enhanced tracking protection in Firefox

Mozilla Firefox has a new content blocking feature to protect your privacy online, and in this guide, you'll learn the steps to enable and configure the level of protection that's right for you.

https://pureinfotech.com/enable-enhanced-tracking-protection-firefox/

 

Facebook’s Twitter account is hijacked by notorious OurMine hacking group

https://www.grahamcluley.com/facebooks-twitter-account-is-hijacked-by-notorious-ourmine-hacking-group/

 

Win10 Search blackout due to 'fiber provider' glitch? Pull the other one, Microsoft.

Microsoft blamed the widespread Win10 Search blackout we experienced yesterday on a 'third-party networking fiber provider that experienced a network interruption.' Hogwash. Somebody at Microsoft is beta-testing buggy software on our production machines.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3519872/win10-search-blackout-due-to-fiber-provider-glitch-pull-the-other-one-microsoft.html

 

What Security Software Do You Recommend?

I have recommendations for specific security software and techniques in various places on the site. Here's a short summary.

https://askleo.com/what_security_software_do_you_recommend/?awt_a=7qbL&awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=JF2ew_QH3pdfbL

 

5 Ways to Generate a List of All Installed Programs in Windows

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/list-installed-programs-windows/

 

Update Android to Fix a Major Bluetooth Bug

https://lifehacker.com/update-android-to-fix-a-major-bluetooth-bug-1841523530

 

Juice jacking: Why you should avoid public phone charging stations

Hackers can load malware into charging stations at place like airports and malls, allowing them to steal the data of unsuspecting users, experts warn.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/juice-jacking-why-you-should-avoid-public-phone-charging-stations-n1132046

 

When Your Used Car is a Little Too ‘Mobile’

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2020/02/when-your-used-car-is-a-little-too-mobile/

 

Seems Like the Motorola Razr Might Already Be a Mess

https://gizmodo.com/seems-like-the-motorola-razr-might-already-be-a-mess-1841504380

 

Chrome Will Block Insecure Downloads on HTTPS Pages'

https://www.securityweek.com/chrome-will-block-insecure-downloads-https-pages

 

Facebook Messenger Kids Beefs Up Parental Controls

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10703/facebook-messenger-kids-beefs-parental-controls

 

The Chameleon attacks Online Social Networks.

https://thecyberwire.com/podcasts/cw-podcasts-rs-2020-02-08.html

 

Critical Bluetooth flaw exposes your phone to malware – here’s how to patch it

https://www.komando.com/technology/update-android-bluetooth-flaw/706030/

 

New Bug Hacks Android Devices Via Bluetooth

Hackers physically close enough could exploit the activated Bluetooth connection on a phone to run malicious computer code, according to security firm ERNW. Google has patched the flaw, but it may take time for the fix to reach consumer phones.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/new-android-bug-exploits-bluetooth-to-hack-the-device

 

France just fined Apple $27 million for intentionally slowing down iPhones — the amount of profit the company makes in under 3 hours

https://www.yahoo.com/news/france-just-fined-apple-27-183725957.html

 

How to fix search problems with Microsoft Indexer Diagnostics on Windows 10

If search isn't working correctly on Windows 10, you can now use the Indexer Diagnostics app which includes tools troubleshoot and fix most common problems.

https://pureinfotech.com/fix-search-indexer-diagnostics-windows-10/

 

Dutch university paid $220,000 ransom to hackers after Christmas attack

https://www.grahamcluley.com/dutch-university-ransomware/

 

Microsoft advisory shows whether Edge keeps up with Chrome's patching

The advisory will be updated when Microsoft releases a new version of Edge that includes publicly disclosed security updates from the Chromium project.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3519614/microsoft-advisory-shows-whether-edge-keeps-up-with-chromes-patching.html

 

Are Updates Free?

It's important to develop a sense of what to expect so you recognize legitimate update messages.

https://askleo.com/are-updates-free/?awt_a=7qbL&awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=JF2ew_QH3pdfbL

 

Fix the “Wi-Fi Doesn’t Have a Valid IP Configuration” Error Now

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/wifi-doesnt-have-valid-ip-configuration/

 

Mirror an Android device on your TV in three easy steps

Whether it's streaming a movie, showing off vacation photos or playing a game on your TV, mirroring your Android phone's display to your TV is simple.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/mirror-an-android-device-on-your-tv-in-three-easy-steps/

 

'Clog the lines': Internet trolls deliberately disrupted the Iowa caucuses hotline for reporting results

Several officials at caucuses attended by NBC News reporters struggled with lengthy hold times that made it impossible for them to report results over the phone.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/clog-lines-iowa-caucus-hotline-posted-online-encouragement-disrupt-results-n1131521

 

Booter Boss Busted By Bacon Pizza Buy

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2020/02/booter-boss-busted-by-bacon-pizza-buy/

 

Google Maps Is Getting a New Look and Other Upgrades For Its 15th Birthday

https://gizmodo.com/google-maps-is-getting-a-new-look-and-other-upgrades-fo-1841480219

 

IoT Devices at Major Manufacturers Infected With Malware via Supply Chain Attack

https://www.securityweek.com/iot-devices-major-manufacturers-infected-malware-supply-chain-attack

 

Report: Malware Attacks Fall Year-on-Year

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10704/report-malware-attacks-fall-year-year

 

Malaysia CERT (MyCERT) has issued an advisory warning that a cyber espionage campaign has been conducted against government officials in that country. 

https://thecyberwire.com/issues/issues2020/February/CyberWire_2020_02_07.html

 

This simple hack can give cybercriminals access to all the files on your computer

https://www.komando.com/news/whatsapp-hack-alert/705869/

 

Next-Gen HAMR Platters Promise 80TB Hard Drives

We're about to get 20 terabyte hard drives, but the path looks clear to scale up to 80TB.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/next-gen-hamr-platters-promise-80tb-hard-drives

 

Wonder Why Your Comcast Xfinity Internet Is Slow? Your Rented Router Is a Wi-Fi Hotspot.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/wonder-why-comcast-xfinity-internet-152500593.html

 

How to enable IE Mode for external websites on Microsoft Edge

Need to load old external sites with Microsoft Edge? Here are the steps on how to do this with Group Policy.

https://pureinfotech.com/enable-ie-mode-external-websites-edge/

 

Apple fined €25 million for deliberately slowing down old iPhones

https://www.grahamcluley.com/apple-iphone-slowdown-fine/

 

Has your Win10 Search box gone black? Does Search even work?

The Windows 10 Search debacle continues, with many people reporting this morning that their Search box has turned black and that Search itself doesn’t work. The cause seems to be related to Microsoft moving Search from old-fashioned Win32 code to a new-fangled WinRT/UWP/JavaScript mess. Can you search this morning?

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3519708/has-your-win10-search-box-gone-black-does-search-even-work.html

 

Why Can’t I Connect with a 169.254 IP Address?

When your computer can't get an IP address any other way, it assigns itself a 169.254 IP address. It's a sure sign of a problem.

https://askleo.com/why_cant_i_connect_with_a_169254xx_ip_address/?awt_a=7qbL&awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=JF2ew_QH3pdfbL

 

8 Steps to Speeding Up a Slow Mobile Data Connection

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/speed-up-slow-mobile-data/

 

Chrome OS may soon copy the ‘Hot Corners’ feature from macOS

https://9to5google.com/2020/02/07/chrome-os-copy-hot-corners-from-macos/

 

Iowa caucus app was rushed and flawed from the beginning, experts say

"Someone was not paying attention or on a deadline," said one analyst who was able to examine the app.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/iowa-caucus-app-was-rushed-flawed-beginning-experts-say-n1131216

 

Tech Companies Detect a Surge in Online Videos of Child Sexual Abuse

In a first, videos outnumbered photos in reports to the authorities last year. Facebook found the most imagery, the bulk of it on its Messenger app.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/07/us/online-child-sexual-abuse.html

 

Search on Windows 10 Was Borked, but Microsoft Says It Has a Fix

https://gizmodo.com/search-on-windows-10-was-borked-but-microsoft-says-it-1841471161

 

Critical Bluetooth Vulnerability Exposes Android Devices to Attacks

https://www.securityweek.com/critical-bluetooth-vulnerability-exposes-android-devices-attacks

 

Critical Android Bluetooth Flaw Exploitable without User Interaction

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/critical-android-bluetooth-flaw-exploitable-without-user-interaction/

 

The attack Australian logistics company Toll Group sustained Sunday is ransomware, IT News reports, specifically the Mailto strain. 

https://thecyberwire.com/issues/issues2020/February/CyberWire_2020_02_06.html

 

Did you get scammed by one of these ultra-convincing fake DMV websites?

https://www.komando.com/security-privacy/fake-government-website-scam-dmv/705887/

 

Chrome to Block Insecure Downloads

Any downloads served from a non-HTTPS link will initially show a warning, but eventually Chrome will just block the download outright.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/chrome-is-going-to-block-insecure-downloads

 

American Express tells consumers their identity was stolen to open up bank accounts

https://www.yahoo.com/news/american-express-tells-consumers-identity-143007786.html

 

How to check for updates manually on Microsoft Edge

Are you running the latest version of Microsoft Edge? Here's how you check for updates.

https://pureinfotech.com/check-updates-microsoft-edge/

 

Android users at risk from Bluetooth hijack attack, and are warned of “short distance worm” threat

https://www.grahamcluley.com/android-bluetooth-worm-vulnerability/

 

It’s not too late to get an Extended Security Update license for Windows 7

Every business — even a business of one — qualifies to put Extended Security Update patches on a “genuine” Win7 Pro or Ultimate machine. It costs less than $70 and, thanks to a benevolent official Microsoft CSP, it’s not incredibly difficult to install.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3519609/it-s-not-too-late-to-get-an-extended-security-update-license-for-windows-7.html

 

Why Is the Same File in Two or More Places on My Machine?

What appears to be multiple copies of the same file may be something else: one file simply appearing in more than one place.

https://askleo.com/why-is-the-same-file-in-two-or-more-places-on-my-machine/?awt_a=7qbL&awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=JF2ew_QH3pdfbL

 

The Best Walkie Talkie App: Turn Your Phone Into a Two-Way Radio

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/best-walkie-talkie-app/

 

How your network could be hacked through a Philips Hue smart bulb

https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/how-your-network-could-be-hacked-through-a-philips-hue-smart-bulb-22250.html

 

Few silver linings and no quick fix: Iowa sets worrisome example for election technology

The Iowa app's problems provided a high-profile example of a warning experts have been making for years: Technology can make the election process harder and less secure.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/few-silver-linings-no-quick-fix-iowa-sets-worrisome-example-n1130196

 

ESP32-CAM Review

https://hackspace.raspberrypi.org/articles/esp32-cam-review

 

You Can Now Build Your Own Login Security Key With Google's Free Software

https://gizmodo.com/you-can-now-build-your-own-login-security-key-with-goog-1841454574

 

Malicious Optimizers Hosted on Google Play Amassed 470,000 Downloads

https://www.securityweek.com/malicious-optimizers-hosted-google-play-amassed-470000-downloads

 

Windows 7 Users Suddenly Can't Shut Down Their PCs, How to Fix

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/windows-7-users-suddenly-cant-shut-down-their-pcs-how-to-fix/

 

I wouldn't want my computer to be disappointed.

https://thecyberwire.com/podcasts/cw-podcasts-hh-2020-02-06.html

 

Kim’s take: How NOT to run an election

https://www.komando.com/news/iowa-caucus-flop/705711/

 

Democrats and Republicans Agree: Social Media Cannot Be Trusted

Democrats and Republicans disagree about a lot of things—but one thing they both know is that social media is a bad place to get political news.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/democrats-and-republicans-agree-social-media-cannot-be-trusted

 

Google Maps for iOS and Android is getting a makeover

https://www.yahoo.com/news/2020-02-06-google-maps-15th-birthday-update.html

 

Cyborgs, Trolls and Bots: A Guide to Online Misinformation

Cyborgs, trolls and bots can fill the internet with lies and half-truths. Understanding them is key to learning how misinformation spreads online.

https://www.snopes.com/ap/2020/02/07/cyborgs-trolls-and-bots-a-guide-to-online-misinformation/

 

How to install website as app on Microsoft Edge

It's possible to install websites as apps on your device using the new version of Microsoft Edge, and here's how you can do this.

https://pureinfotech.com/install-website-app-edge-chromium/

 

Wacom drawing tablets are spying on every app you open, and sending the data back to Wacom

https://www.grahamcluley.com/wacom-drawing-tablet-spying/

 

'Wake-up call': Iowa caucus disinformation serves as warning about 2020 election

On Monday night, it didn't take foreign interference to highlight the persistent vulnerabilities that Russia exploited in 2016.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/social-media/wake-call-iowa-caucus-disinformation-serves-warning-about-2020-election-n1130111

 

MakuluLinux LinDoz Offers Windows Comfort Zone, but It's All Linux Under the Hood

https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/MakuluLinux-LinDoz-Offers-Windows-Comfort-Zone-but-Its-All-Linux-Under-the-Hood-86498.html

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Block websites with a master password using the Block Site extension for Firefox and Chrome

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/02/03/block-websites-with-a-master-password-using-the-block-site-extension-for-firefox-and-chrome/

 

8 of the 10 Most Exploited Bugs Last Year Involved Microsoft Products

Six of them were the same as from the previous year, according to new Recorded Future analysis.

https://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities---threats/8-of-the-10-most-exploited-bugs-last-year-involved-microsoft-products/d/d-id/1336968

 

How to Add Apps to a Smart TV

Here's how different brands handle the process

https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-add-apps-to-a-smart-tv-4172379

 

Report ties Ekans/Snake ransomware to Megacortex, emphasizes ICS threat

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/ransomware/report-ties-ekans-snake-ransomware-to-megacortex-emphasizes-ics-threat/

 

Update WhatsApp's Desktop Client to Block a Remote-Access Vulnerability

https://lifehacker.com/update-whatsapps-desktop-client-to-block-a-remote-acces-1841494848

 

How to download Microsoft Edge Chromium for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

Users with older versions of Windows can now download and install the final version of Microsoft Edge based on Chromium.

https://pureinfotech.com/microsoft-edge-chromium-download-on-windows-7-8-81/

 

A free tier for Stadia cloud gaming coming in the 'next few months'

See what all the hubbub is about without spending any cash.

https://www.cnet.com/news/a-free-tier-for-stadia-cloud-gaming-coming-in-the-next-few-months/

 

What is Wi-Fi Direct and how to tell if your computer supports it

https://www.thewindowsclub.com/what-is-wi-fi-direct-and-how-to-tell-if-your-computer-supports-it

 

How to Quiet Your Laptop’s Noisy Fan

https://www.maketecheasier.com/quiet-laptop-noisy-fan/

 

How to Add or Remove Duplicate Drives in Navigation Pane of File Explorer in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4675-add-remove-duplicate-drives-navigation-pane-windows-10-a.html

 

IMDb Is Adding A Bunch of Disney-Owned Shows Like ‘Lost’ to Its Free Streaming Service

https://www.reviewgeek.com/34716/imdb-is-adding-a-bunch-of-disney-owned-shows-like-lost-to-its-free-streaming-service/

 

SpaceX plans to spin off its Starlink satellite internet business

It could also take Starlink public.

https://www.engadget.com/2020/02/06/spacex-starlink-spinoff/

 

5 Best Free Cloud Storage Providers

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/best-free-cloud-storage/

 

BlueStacks App Player

Run Android on Windows using this intuitive app, in order to play games and launch apps just like you would on your smartphone or tablet

https://www.softpedia.com/get/Mobile-Phone-Tools/Others/BlueStacks.shtml

 

I Tried to Get Comcast Xfinity’s New Wi-Fi 6 Router (And Totally Failed)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/tried-comcast-xfinity-wi-fi-184900141.html

 

Apple might be releasing a new Apple TV soon

The newest tvOS beta mentions an unreleased model

https://www.theverge.com/2020/2/6/21126414/apple-tv-new-tvos-13-4-beta-4k-rumor

 

Google teases big Android news at Galaxy S20 event

New tweet teases a big Feb. 11 announcement

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/google-teases-big-android-news-at-galaxy-s20-event

 

How Your iPhone May Soon Replace Your Car Keys

https://www.howtogeek.com/641631/how-your-iphone-may-soon-replace-your-car-keys/

 

How to Fix a Noisy Computer Fan

Computer fans can get pretty noisy, but there are a few things you can do to reduce the din. Here's how to quiet disruptive PC equipment.

https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/how-to-fix-a-noisy-computer-fan

 

Tech how-to: Search printed text with your phone’s camera

https://www.komando.com/smartphones-gadgets/search-printed-text-with-phone/702421/

 

You can now block potentially unwanted apps in Microsoft Edge

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/02/03/you-can-now-block-potentially-unwanted-apps-in-microsoft-edge/

 

SharePoint Bug Proves Popular Weapon for Nation-State Attacks

Thousands of servers could be exposed to SharePoint vulnerability CVE-2019-0604, recently used in cyberattacks against Middle East government targets.

https://www.darkreading.com/cloud/sharepoint-bug-proves-popular-weapon-for-nation-state-attacks/d/d-id/1336967

 

The 9 Best Mini PCs of 2020

The best compact options for business, gaming, streaming, and more

https://www.lifewire.com/best-mini-pcs-4047271

 

Maze ransomware publicly shaming victims into paying

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/ransomware/maze-ransomware-publicly-shaming-victims-into-paying/

 

Yes, You Can Use AirPods on Android Devices (But You'll Lose Some Features)

https://lifehacker.com/yes-you-can-use-airpods-on-android-devices-but-youll-1841493140

 

How to enable IE Mode on Microsoft Edge Chromium

Microsoft is now testing the new Internet Explorer mode for old websites in the new version of Edge based on Chromium, and here's how to enable and use the feature.

https://pureinfotech.com/enable-ie-mode-microsoft-edge-chromium/

 

Tracy Chou's app for blocking online harassment is in beta

The engineer and tech diversity advocate is working on an app called Block Party.

https://www.cnet.com/news/tracy-chous-app-for-blocking-online-harassment-is-in-beta/

 

What is Wi-Fi Direct and how to tell if your computer supports it

https://www.thewindowsclub.com/what-is-wi-fi-direct-and-how-to-tell-if-your-computer-supports-it

 

How to Get iMessage On an Android Device

https://www.maketecheasier.com/get-imessage-on-android/

 

How to Hide or Show 'Choose apps that can use your cellular data' link in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/149643-hide-show-choose-apps-can-use-your-cellular-data-windows-10-a.html

 

Boost Your Laptop’s Gaming Prowess with an eGPU

https://www.reviewgeek.com/34084/how-to-boost-your-gaming-laptop-with-an-egpu/

 

ViacomCBS is working on yet another streaming service

https://www.engadget.com/2020/02/06/viacomcbs-streaming/

 

50 Kodi Keyboard Shortcuts You Need to Know

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/kodi-keyboard-shortcuts/

 

CCEnhancer

Enhance your CCleaner copy with this lightweight and portable application, by adding support for a wide array of programs to clean

https://www.softpedia.com/get/System/System-Miscellaneous/CCEnhancer.shtml

 

US Taps On Microsoft, Dell, Others To Create Huawei 5G Alternative For US

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/us-taps-microsoft-dell-others-080954819.html

 

Boeing finds another software problem on the 737 Max

It’s at least the third flaw found since the plane was grounded last year

https://www.theverge.com/2020/2/6/21126364/boeing-737-max-software-glitch-flaw-problem

 

Netflix finally lets you turn off autoplay previews: Here's how

Stop autoplay previews and episodes on Netflix before they happen

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/how-to-turn-off-autoplay-on-netflix

 

How to See (and Disable) the Telemetry Data Firefox Collects About You

https://www.howtogeek.com/557929/how-to-see-and-disable-the-telemetry-data-firefox-collects-about-you/

 

How to Do a Reverse Image Search From Your Phone

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

https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/how-to-do-a-reverse-image-search-from-your-phone

 

How-to: Lock down private files on your phone or computer

https://www.komando.com/smartphones-gadgets/how-to-lock-down-private-files-on-your-phone-or-computer/686296/

 

Paint.net 4.2.9 reduces memory usage by up to 33% (Updated)

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/02/02/paint-net-4-2-9-reduces-memory-usage-by-up-to-33/

 

Microsoft DART Finds Web Shell Threat on the Rise

Various APT groups are successfully using Web shell attacks on a more frequent basis.

https://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/microsoft-dart-finds-web-shell-threat-on-the-rise/d/d-id/1336966

 

A List of iPad Models and Generations

Which iPad do you have?

https://www.lifewire.com/list-of-ipad-models-and-generations-1994232

 

Ransomware knocks city of Racine offline

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/ransomware/ransomware-knocks-racine-city-offline/

 

Keep Your ZigBee Smart Home Devices Updated to Protect Against This Hack

https://lifehacker.com/keep-your-zigbee-smart-home-devices-updated-to-protect-1841476278

 

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/

 

Clearview AI says the First Amendment lets it scrape the internet. Lawyers disagree

Earlier court cases have permitted data scraping. But never for facial recognition.

https://www.cnet.com/news/clearview-says-first-amendment-lets-it-scrape-the-internet-lawyers-disagree/

 

Processor frequencies do not match in Windows 10

https://www.thewindowsclub.com/processor-frequencies-do-not-match-in-windows-10

 

How to Play PC Games On a Smart TV

https://www.maketecheasier.com/play-pc-games-on-a-smart-tv/

 

How to Open New InPrivate Browsing Window in Microsoft Edge Chromium

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/144927-how-open-new-inprivate-browsing-window-microsoft-edge-chromium.html

 

PSA: Check Your Philips Hue Firmware to Patch a Vulnerability

https://www.reviewgeek.com/34609/psa-check-your-philips-hue-firmware-to-patch-a-vulnerability/

 

Attorney general thinks US should buy controlling stake in Nokia, Ericsson

This is how the US can keep pace with Huawei, says Bill Barr.

https://www.engadget.com/2020/02/06/attorney-general-thinks-us-should-buy-nokia-ericsson/

 

12 Reasons Why You Should Choose Debian Linux

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/reasons-choose-debian-linux/

 

Disable Bing in Windows 10 to Avoid Outages Breaking Down the Search Feature

An outage experienced by Bing earlier today caused the Windows 10 Search tool to become unavailable, with users no longer able to search not only for online content, but also for files stored locally.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/disable-bing-in-windows-10-to-avoid-outages-breaking-down-the-search-feature-529113.shtml

 

Nvidia GeForce Now Game Streaming Is Now Available

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/nvidia-geforce-now-game-streaming-231102919.html

 

Wacom tablets are sharing your app usage with Google Analytics

Users can opt out in settings

https://www.theverge.com/2020/2/6/21126245/wacom-tablet-app-tracking-google-analytics

 

Worried about Election Day hacking? Here's what you need to know

Back-end election systems may be full of security holes

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/voting-security-shmoocon2020

 

How to Enable and Use Clipboard Sharing in Google Chrome

https://www.howtogeek.com/519864/how-to-enable-and-use-clipboard-sharing-in-google-chrome/

 

How to Copy Large Files From Your Phone to a Computer

There are plenty of ways to transfer large files between Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android devices, including AirDrop, Google Photos, Bluetooth transfer, and third-party programs.

https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/how-to-copy-large-files-from-your-phone-to-a-computer

 

Tech how-to: Manage all your email addresses in one spot

https://www.komando.com/tech-tips/tech-how-to-manage-all-your-email-addresses-in-one-spot/699196/

 

Windows 10 Privacy: Debotnet 0.5 update brings massive improvements

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/02/01/windows-10-privacy-debotnet-0-5-update-brings-massive-improvements/

 

Ransomware Attacks: Why It Should Be Illegal to Pay the Ransom

For cities, states and towns, paying up is short-sighted and only makes the problem worse.

https://www.darkreading.com/risk/ransomware-attacks-why-it-should-be-illegal-to-pay-the-ransom/a/d-id/1336905

 

How to Fix a Computer That Won't Turn On

What to do when your desktop, laptop, or tablet won't start

https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-fix-a-computer-that-wont-turn-on-2624450

 

Ringing in a new National Privacy Law?

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/features/ringing-in-a-new-national-privacy-law/

 

Get Android Updates Faster With Google's Pixel Repair Tool

https://lifehacker.com/get-android-updates-faster-with-googles-pixel-repair-to-1841474956

 

How to uninstall Notepad app on Windows 10

Notepad is now an optional feature on Windows 10, so you can now easily add or remove it – here's how.
https://pureinfotech.com/uninstall-notepad-windows-10/

 

Best mesh Wi-Fi systems of 2020

Sick and tired of dead zones in your home's Wi-Fi connection? A mesh router can help deliver fast internet at long range. Here are the best we've tested.

https://www.cnet.com/news/best-mesh-wi-fi-system-2020-eero-google-nest-netgear/

 

How to use Google Maps Street View feature

https://www.thewindowsclub.com/how-to-use-google-maps-street-view

 

Windows 10 Your Phone Will Possibly Add File Transfer Feature

https://www.maketecheasier.com/windows10-your-phone-possibly-add-file-transfer/

 

How to Turn On or Off Fast Startup in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4189-turn-off-fast-startup-windows-10-a.html

 

Huawei Subsidiary Distributes 0-Day Backdoor in DVRs, NVRs, IoT Cameras

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/305830-huawei-subsidiary-hisilicon-distributes-0-day-backdoor-in-dvrs-nvrs-iot-cameras

 

Twitter admits 'bad actors' exploited phone number matching feature

It says the fake accounts it suspended 'may have ties to state-sponsored actors.'

https://www.engadget.com/2020/02/03/twitter-phone-number-matching-exploit/

 

How to Mirror an iPhone or iPad Screen to a Windows PC

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/mirror-iphone-windows-pc/

 

Windows Search Broken Down Due to a Feature Nobody Likes Anyway

The search feature bundled with Windows went down a few hours ago due to an issue with Bing search, making it impossible for users to search for local files or online information.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/windows-search-broken-down-due-to-a-feature-nobody-likes-anyway-529105.shtml

 

A new device uses AI to identify fake pairs of Nike and Adidas sneakers in seconds. Here's how the authentication technology works.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/device-uses-ai-identify-fake-130000884.html

 

Everything we think we know about the Samsung Galaxy S20

A Galaxy S11 by any other name

https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/28/21078540/samsung-galaxy-s20-s11-plus-ultra-rumors-specs-unpacked-leaks-event-date-time-2020

 

Bad news? Some Razr phones are making noises

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/this-razrs-hinge-makes-a-really-weird-sound

 

It’s 2020. Is Using Public Wi-Fi Still Dangerous?

https://www.howtogeek.com/558115/its-2020.-is-using-public-wi-fi-still-dangerous/

 

How to Listen to Podcasts on Your Amazon Echo

You can tap into a variety of podcasts on your Amazon Echo via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. Here's how.

https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/how-to-listen-to-podcasts-on-your-amazon-echo

 

5 things you didn’t know Google Assistant could do – and 5 new features we’re excited for

https://www.komando.com/tech-tips/new-google-assistant-features/700226/

 

FilelistCreator is a directory printer for Windows, macOS and Linux

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/01/28/filelistcreator-is-a-directory-printer-for-windows-macos-and-linux/

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PCMark finds that the new Microsoft Edge performs 10 percent better than the old Edge

The new Microsoft Edge isn't just more compatible with extensions, according to PCMark, it performs better than the old Edge for everyday browsing.

(not much of an improvement in speed, but other changes can make this much better than the original Edge, like extensions)

https://www.windowscentral.com/pcmark-finds-new-microsoft-edge-performs-10-percent-better-old-edge

 

Microsoft Issues Excel Security Alert As TA505 Campaign Emerges

https://www.forbes.com/sites/daveywinder/2020/01/31/microsoft-issues-excel-threat-alert-as-100-million-evil-corp-campaign-evolves/#22eceb206044

 

Beware of malware disguised as Oscar-nominated movies including Joker and Parasite

Joker was the hottest film among cybercriminals with 304 malicious files named after Batman's arch-nemesis, says security firm Kaspersky.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/beware-of-malware-disguised-as-oscar-nominated-movies-including-joker-and-parasite/

 

How to view saved passwords in Firefox

If you can't seem to remember a website password, It's probably saved on Firefox – Here's how to find it.

https://pureinfotech.com/view-saved-passwords-firefox/

 

Does Installing Many Programs Destabilize My Computer?

Install the software you need to fully use your computer. Just be sure to back up along the way.

https://askleo.com/installing-many-programs/?awt_a=7qbL&awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=IiQj20d7ZpdfbL

 

Addicted to Social Media?

https://askbobrankin.com/addicted_to_social_media.html

 

Google celebrates Maps' 15th 'birthday' with new features and design

Happy birthday! Have some new tabs!

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3520773/google-celebrates-maps-15th-birthday-with-more-tabs-new-icon.html

 

Realtek Fixes DLL Hijacking Flaw in HD Audio Driver for Windows

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/realtek-fixes-dll-hijacking-flaw-in-hd-audio-driver-for-windows/

 

Google and Facebook turn their backs on undersea cable to China

Tech giants’ high-speed internet link to Hong Kong has become politically toxic

https://techcrunch.com/2020/02/06/google-and-facebook-turn-their-backs-on-undersea-cable-to-china/

 

How to Recover Your PC Using an Android Device

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/recover-pc-using-android/

 

These eco-friendly true wireless earbuds come with ANC to rival AirPods Pro

True wireless earbuds with a conscience

https://www.techradar.com/news/these-eco-friendly-true-wireless-earbuds-come-with-anc-to-rival-airpods-pro

 

How to Adjust Mouse Sensitivity in Windows 10

https://www.techjunkie.com/how-to-adjust-mouse-sensitivity-in-windows-10/

 

Minut Smart Home Alarm review: This impressive, low-cost home security system emphasizes privacy

It’s non-invasive because it operates by senses body heat instead of relying on cameras, and it’s inexpensive because it doesn’t depend on your deploying sensors all over the house.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3519850/minut-smart-home-alarm-review.html

 

Phishing Telcos for SIM-Swapping

https://blog.knowbe4.com/phishing-telcos-for-sim-swapping

 

Apple TV app now available on select 2019 LG TVs

Soon, even more TV owners will be able to play Apple content without Apple TV hardware.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3512380/apple-tv-app-is-coming-to-lgs-sony-vizio-tv.html

 

A vulnerability lets hackers gain entry to people's computers using Philips Hue smart bulbs. Here's how to protect against it.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/vulnerability-lets-hackers-gain-entry-180557149.html

 

Is it Prime Day 2020 already? All of Amazon’s most popular devices are discounted right now

https://bgr.com/2020/02/05/prime-day-2020-us-amazon-device-sale-seemingly-starts-early/

 

Conspiracy theories swirl over canceled Iowa poll, pushed by Sanders and Yang supporters

Recent discussions around the race for the Democratic nomination highlight how social media remains easily manipulated by passionate Americans.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/social-media/conspiracy-theories-swirl-over-canceled-iowa-poll-pushed-sanders-yang-n1128621

 

YouTube's Old Desktop Interface Will Be Disabled in March

Until now desktop users had the option to opt-out of the 2017 interface redesign, but next month you'll be forced to use it (and may also need to upgrade to a new browser).

https://www.pcmag.com/news/youtubes-old-desktop-interface-will-be-disabled-in-march

 

If you miss Windows Movie Maker, try this free alternative

https://www.komando.com/downloads/if-you-miss-windows-movie-maker-try-this-free-alternative/697467/

 

IoT is a gold mine for hackers using fileless malware for cyberattacks

Data exposure is one of the biggest threats from attacks on IoT devices. A new report recommends a shift to perimeter-less security strategies.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/iot-is-a-gold-mine-for-hackers-using-fileless-malware-for-cyberattacks/

 

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/

 

OK, Boomer: Why Computer Literacy Matters to You

Computer literacy is no longer a choice, no matter how old you are. Embracing it is an important part of participating in society today.

https://askleo.com/ok-boomer-why-computer-literacy-matters-to-you/?awt_a=7qbL&awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=IiQj20d7ZpdfbL

 

Geekly Update - 05 February 2020

https://askbobrankin.com/geekly_update_05_february_2020.html

 

Excel percentage formulas: Percentage of total, percent increase or decrease, sales tax and more

These formulas can get you through everyday tasks from determining sales tax (and tips) to calculating increases and decreases.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3175232/excel-percentage-formulas.html

 

Chrome 80 Released With 56 Security Fixes, Cookie Changes, More

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/google/chrome-80-released-with-56-security-fixes-cookie-changes-more/

 

7-Eleven is the next retailer to test cashierless stores

https://techcrunch.com/2020/02/06/7-eleven-is-the-next-retailer-to-test-cashierless-stores/

 

Is Your Android Battery Healthy? How to Check for Free

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/monitor-android-battery-health/

 

Entire mobile industry could be disrupted by coronavirus

Chip giant beats expectations in Q1

https://www.techradar.com/news/coronavirus-could-disrupt-entire-mobile-industry

 

How To Flush your DNS in Windows 10

https://www.techjunkie.com/windows-10-flush-dns/

 

Zigbee vulnerability lets hackers use Hue bulbs to hijack your network

Your Hue bridge has most likely been patched.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3519435/a-new-philips-hue-security-patch-keeps-hackers-from-taking-control-of-your-network.html

 

[Heads-up] It's OK To Just Say No To Phone Scams

https://blog.knowbe4.com/heads-up-its-ok-to-just-say-no-to-phone-scams

 

GeForce Now is probably as good as Mac gaming is going to get

Mac gaming has only gotten worse as of late. Good thing Nvidia has delivered a game streaming model that actually looks attractive.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3519213/geforce-now-first-impressions.html

 

How to change your homepage on a Google Chrome browser for Mac or PC

https://www.yahoo.com/news/change-homepage-google-chrome-browser-200300777.html

 

Samsung just used the iPhone to leak one of the Galaxy S20’s last remaining secrets

https://bgr.com/2020/02/05/galaxy-s20-release-date-close-galaxy-buds-plus-earphones-confirmed/

 

Big Tech faces high-stakes test with Iowa caucuses

Facebook, Google and Twitter said they are coordinating closely with the Democratic National Convention, which is dispatching cybersecurity staff to the caucuses for the first time.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/big-tech-faces-high-stakes-test-iowa-caucuses-n1128571

 

Nvidia's Cloud Gaming Service, GeForce Now, Open to All for Free

The free service offers you access to an Nvidia cloud server, from which you can log into your Steam account to play high-end PC games. But for priority access to a server, you'll need to pay $4.99 a month, or you may end up waiting around.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/nvidias-cloud-gaming-service-geforce-now-open-to-all-for-free

 

Check your phone! 17 apps you must delete

https://www.komando.com/security-privacy/17-android-apps-to-delete/701793/

 

Tips on keeping a Google Photos-type video bug from impacting cloud-based files

The private videos of some Google Photos users were accidentally shared with other people. Here's how to secure online files to protect them from exposure.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/tips-on-keeping-a-google-photos-type-video-bug-from-impacting-cloud-based-files/

 

How to clear cache and cookies on Firefox

If Firefox isn't loading websites correctly or you're having trouble signing in to a service, use this guide to clear the browsing data.

https://pureinfotech.com/clear-cache-cookies-firefox/

 

What Is It About Attachments?

Email attachments are useful, ubiquitous, and convenient. They're also abused, dangerous, and responsible for infections and data breaches.

https://askleo.com/what-is-it-about-attachments/

 

The Worst Data Breaches (what you need to know and do)

https://askbobrankin.com/the_worst_data_breaches_what_you_need_to_know_and_do.html

 

Microsoft combines Windows and Surface, potentially making it tougher on PC makers

Microsoft's latest reorg isn't yet official, but it's likely to be announced soon.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3519552/report-microsoft-combines-windows-and-surface-businesses.html

 

Emotet Gets Ready for Tax Season With Malicious W-9 Forms

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/emotet-gets-ready-for-tax-season-with-malicious-w-9-forms/

 

SpaceX ‘likely to spin out’ and pursue an IPO for Starlink satellite internet business

https://techcrunch.com/2020/02/06/spacex-likely-to-spin-out-and-pursue-an-ipo-for-starlink-satellite-internet-business/

 

You Can Now Clear Your Off-Facebook Activity

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/clear-off-facebook-activity/

 

Windows 10 search is now fixed, after being completely broken for many

Another search fail from Microsoft won’t come as a surprise…

https://www.techradar.com/news/windows-10-search-is-now-fixed-after-being-completely-broken-for-many

 

How to Scan & Fix Hard Drives with CHKDSK in Windows 10

https://www.techjunkie.com/fix-hard-drives-chkdsk-windows-10/

 

Dozens of companies have data dumped online by ransomware ring seeking leverage

Maze operators "gift" Pensacola by removing data dump, but others not so lucky.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/01/dozens-of-companies-have-data-dumped-online-by-ransomware-ring-seeking-leverage/

 

[Heads-up] Scam Of The Week: Coronavirus Phishing Attacks In The Wild

https://blog.knowbe4.com/heads-up-scam-of-the-week-coronavirus-phishing-attacks-in-the-wild

 

These 'smart reusable' Rocketbook notebooks are only $30 today

Don't waste paper! These Rocketbook notebooks use erasable ink, and let you transfer your handwritten notes to a wide range of productivity apps.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3519750/these-smart-reusable-rocketbook-notebooks-are-only-30-today.html

 

How to add a Microsoft Edge browser to your Windows PC if it isn't already installed

https://www.yahoo.com/news/add-microsoft-edge-browser-windows-192000287.html

 

Stop what you’re doing and delete these Android apps right now

https://bgr.com/2020/02/05/android-apps-removed-from-google-play-store-382-million-downloads/

 

What are MusNotifyIcon.exe, MusNotificationUx.exe and MusNotification.exe Processes in Windows 10?

https://www.askvg.com/what-are-musnotifyicon-exe-musnotificationux-exe-and-musnotification-exe-processes-in-windows-10/

 

Pablo Escobar's Brother May Be Scamming Users With Foldable Phones

On Monday, Pablo Escobar's brother started to take orders for a second foldable phone at the low price of $399. However, users who bought the first foldable phone from the company say their orders have yet to arrive. Instead, what they got was a book and a pamphlet.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/pablo-escobars-brother-may-be-scamming-users-with-foldable-phones

 

Security tip: How to erase everything you ever searched for on Google

https://www.komando.com/tech-tips/how-to-erase-google-searches/397561/

 

Report: Smart bulbs have a major security problem

Many Philips Hue smart light bulbs have a firmware flaw that leads hackers into an entire network, Check Point Research found.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/report-smart-bulbs-have-a-major-security-problem/

 

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/

 

“From” Spoofing: How Spammers Send Email that Looks Like It Came from You

"From" spoofing is how spammers send email that looks like it comes from you that you had nothing at all to do with. I'll look at how it's done.

https://askleo.com/from_spoofing_how_spammers_send_email_that_looks_like_it_came_from_you/

 

How Private Is Your Email?

https://askbobrankin.com/how_private_is_your_email.html

 

Rexing V360 dash cam review: 360-degree coverage at last!

This dash cam combo captures more of the action inside and outside your vehicle than any we've tested.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3441519/rexing-v360-dash-cam-review.html

 

FBI Warns of DDoS Attack on State Voter Registration Site

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/fbi-warns-of-ddos-attack-on-state-voter-registration-site/

 

What to expect from Samsung’s S20 event

Camera bumps, 5G and a surprise foldable

https://techcrunch.com/2020/02/06/what-to-expect-from-samsungs-s20-event/

 

The Best Walkie Talkie App: Turn Your Phone Into a Two-Way Radio

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/best-walkie-talkie-app/

 

Banks being targeted with major malware campaign

Emotet returns to target financial institutions in the US and UK

https://www.techradar.com/news/banks-being-targeted-with-major-malware-campaign

 

How to Speed Up Startup in Windows 10

https://www.techjunkie.com/how-to-speed-up-windows-10-startup/

 

The Jeff Bezos Hack Shows Vulnerability Beyond Tech

Exchanging numbers with a wealthy prince is just the tip of the iceberg.

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-01-24/jeff-bezos-phone-hack-shows-vulnerability-beyond-tech

 

Leaked report shows United Nations suffered hack

https://apnews.com/0d958e15d7f5081dd612f07482f48b73

 

Surprise! Cheaper Apple products are hits

Apple's changing focus on services and accessories may mean more low-end buying options

https://www.macworld.com/article/3519428/surprise-cheaper-apple-products-are-hits.html

 

The US is making its own 5G technology with American and European companies, and without Huawei

https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-making-own-5g-technology-205917856.html

 

Samsung just accidentally listed the Galaxy S20 on its website

https://bgr.com/2020/02/04/galaxy-s20-name-samsung-just-confirmed-theres-no-galaxy-s11/

 

[Windows 10 Fix] Notifications Not Showing While Playing Games or Full Screen Videos

https://www.askvg.com/windows-10-fix-notifications-not-showing-while-playing-games-or-full-screen-videos/

 

Report: Nvidia's Mobile Super GPUs Launch March 31

Expect Nvidia's mobile GPUs ro be refreshed and in gaming laptops from April.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/report-nvidias-mobile-super-gpus-launch-march-31

 

Download any free films? Malware spreading now

https://www.komando.com/gadgets/download-any-free-films-malware-spreading-now/420245/

 

Robots are changing the face of retail in 2020

Dozens of companies showed off the latest generation that can handle everything from restocking shelves to cleaning floors.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/robots-are-coming-to-a-store-near-you-in-2020/

 

The NSA Just Released 136 Historical Propaganda Posters

In the 1950s and 1960s, the NSA was very worried about employees spilling secrets. Here’s some of the best internal propaganda posters that taught them to keep their mouths shut.

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/43548d/nsa-historical-propaganda-posters-foia

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Android Users: 17 Rogue Apps to Delete

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10702/android-users-17-rogue-apps-delete

 

Change These Facebook Settings to Protect Your Photos From Facial Recognition Software

https://lifehacker.com/change-these-facebook-settings-to-protect-your-photos-f-1841131425

 

New ‘CarKey’ feature in iOS 13.4 beta brings built-in support for unlocking, driving, and sharing NFC car keys

https://9to5mac.com/2020/02/05/new-carkey-feature-in-ios-13-4-beta-brings-built-in-support-for-unlocking-driving-and-sharing-nfc-car-keys/

 

How to disable hardware acceleration on Microsoft Edge

If Edge Chromium is having issues displaying visual elements on the screen, disabling hardware acceleration may fix the problem – Here's how.

https://pureinfotech.com/disable-hardware-acceleration-microsoft-edge/

 

Google is about to crack down on ‘disruptive’ video ads

  - Google’s Chrome browser will stop showing ads on sites that have “disruptive” video ads based on a new set of standards released by the Coalition for Better Ads, of which Google is a board member.

  - On Wednesday, the Coalition announced its standards for ads on videos that are eight minutes or shorter.

  - The announcement comes as Google is the subject of antitrust scrutiny in its advertising business and other areas.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/05/google-is-about-to-crack-down-on-disruptive-video-ads.html

 

How Do I Know What Updates to Install?

Unless you have a specific reason not to, the best approach to taking updates is to take them all. I'll review why, and how to protect yourself in case something goes wrong.

https://askleo.com/how-do-i-know-what-updates-to-install/?awt_a=7qbL&awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=IoKKzI6MtpdfbL

 

Frustration grows in China as face masks compromise facial recognition

https://finance.yahoo.com/m/d7f82bf5-df11-3d2c-9ac2-45537ec3134b/frustration-grows-in-china-as.html

 

How to Recover Your PC Using an Android Device

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/recover-pc-using-android/

 

Welcome to the Era of Supercharged Lithium-Silicon Batteries

Batteries with silicon anodes promise to make devices last more than 20 percent longer on a single charge.

https://www.wired.com/story/welcome-to-the-era-of-supercharged-lithium-silicon-batteries/

 

Microsoft Edge Chromium features and changes walkthrough

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVRSrAUXwuc&t=0s

 

Iowa caucus app was rushed and flawed from the beginning, experts say

“Someone was not paying attention or on a deadline," said one analyst who was able to examine the app.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/iowa-caucus-app-was-rushed-flawed-beginning-experts-say-n1131216

 

10 tips and tricks to get the most out of Google Maps

https://bgr.com/2020/02/05/google-maps-tips-and-tricks-iphone-android-web/

 

A message from Avast CEO Ondrej Vlcek

https://blog.avast.com/a-message-from-ceo-ondrej-vlcek

 

Chrome 80 arrives with mixed content autoupgraded to HTTPS, cookie changes, and Contact Picker API

https://venturebeat.com/2020/02/04/google-chrome-80/

 

Hackers Can Steal Data From Air-Gapped Computers Via Screen Brightness

https://www.securityweek.com/hackers-can-steal-data-air-gapped-computers-screen-brightness

 

Hackers Pose as Wall Street Journal Reporter to Phish Victims

Watch out for suspicious interview requests. 'The main focus of this phishing campaign was stealing email account information of the victims, and finding information about their contacts/networks,' the cybersecurity experts at Certfa Lab warned on Wednesday.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/hackers-pose-as-wall-street-journal-reporter-to-phish-victims

 

Your home network can be hacked through a smart lightbulb – unless you do this

https://www.komando.com/security-privacy/your-home-network-can-be-hacked-through-a-smart-lightbulb-unless-you-do-this/705660/

 

Twitter releases bug fix for missing polls on iOS, tweaks redesigned iPad app

https://9to5mac.com/2020/02/05/twitter-for-ipad-ios-update-columns/#more-631494

 

How to view saved passwords on Chrome

Can't remember a website sign in password? It's probably saved on Chrome, and here's how to see it.

https://pureinfotech.com/view-saved-passwords-chrome/

 

Microsoft Surface chief Panos Panay is taking over a big part of Windows

  - Panos Panay isn’t taking charge of all of Windows; part of it remains under another executive. 

  - The Surface device line has gradually expanded in recent years under Panay.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/05/microsofts-surface-chief-panos-panay-will-also-run-windows-client.html

 

Why Are There No Objective Review Sites?

Looking for objective reviews isn't a spectator sport. I'll look at why this is a complex question.

https://askleo.com/why-are-there-no-objective-review-sites/?awt_a=7qbL&awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=IoKKzI6MtpdfbL

 

What is 5G?

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/5g-145850754.html

 

How to Mirror an iPhone or iPad Screen to a Windows PC

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/mirror-iphone-windows-pc/

 

Philips patched a longstanding Hue bulb security flaw

Hackers could have accessed home or business networks through compromised bulbs.

https://www.engadget.com/2020/02/05/philips-hue-signify-vulnerability/

 

Microsoft Office vs LibreOffice | How to Make the Change

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0jeYe8iNWo&t=0s

 

Few silver linings and no quick fix: Iowa sets worrisome example for election technology

The Iowa app's problems provided a high-profile example of a warning experts have been making for years: Technology can make the election process harder and less secure.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/few-silver-linings-no-quick-fix-iowa-sets-worrisome-example-n1130196

 

Search on Windows 10 Was Borked, but Microsoft Says It Has a Fix

https://gizmodo.com/search-on-windows-10-was-borked-but-microsoft-says-it-1841471161

 

Iran’s revenge is already well under way

https://blog.avast.com/will-iran-launch-cyberattack-on-us

 

Microsoft to combine its Windows client and hardware teams under Chief Product Officer Panos Panay

It's reorg day in Microsoft's Experiences and Devices unit. Here's what's happening, including what's happening with Windows client and Surface.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-to-combine-its-windows-client-and-hardware-teams-under-chief-product-officer-panos-panay/

 

Vulnerability in WhatsApp Desktop Exposed User Files

https://www.securityweek.com/vulnerability-whatsapp-desktop-app-exposed-user-files

 

The Phone From Pablo Escobar's Brother Is Just a Galaxy Fold Covered in Gold Foil

The new foldable phone from Pablo Escobar's brother is a Samsung Galaxy Fold with no changes to the software, according to a YouTuber and a journalist who obtained the products amid consumer worries the business is a scam.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/the-phone-from-pablo-escobars-brother-is-just-a-galaxy-fold-covered-in

 

5 ways to extend the battery life of your Android

https://www.komando.com/smartphones-gadgets/5-ways-to-extend-the-battery-life-of-your-android/702305/

 

Health data sharing rule changes supported by Apple face pushback from hospitals

https://9to5mac.com/2020/02/05/apple-health-data-sharing-rule-changes/

 

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/

 

Iowa caucus debacle is one of the most stunning tech failures ever

  - The Iowa caucus debacle represents one of the most stunning failures of information security ever.

  - It was delivered by the very officials who have said for four years they were “ramping up” technology capabilities, convening numerous security task forces and collaborating with federal agencies to make sure everyone was in the loop on voting security.

  - Voters will be paying close attention to how party leaders ensure that votes going forward have clear contingency plans in place, not just to protect against hackers, but from all types of technology failures.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/04/iowa-caucus-app-debacle-is-one-of-the-most-stunning-it-failures-ever.html

 

How Do I Restore a Backup Image to a Smaller Drive?

Restoring to a smaller drive is often difficult. I'll list the steps necessary to get the job done.

https://askleo.com/restore-to-a-smaller-drive/?awt_a=7qbL&awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=IoKKzI6MtpdfbL

 

Want to take back your online privacy? 7 easy steps to stop Facebook and others from spying on you

https://www.yahoo.com/news/want-back-online-privacy-7-094807566.html

 

Fix the “Wi-Fi Doesn’t Have a Valid IP Configuration” Error Now

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/wifi-doesnt-have-valid-ip-configuration/

 

Apple patent envisions a foldable iPhone

Maybe it'd be called the iFold?

https://www.cnet.com/news/apple-envisions-a-foldable-iphone-with-patent/

 

How to make a Windows 10 USB recovery drive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpwOXHxi94I&t=0s

 

'Wake-up call': Iowa caucus disinformation serves as warning about 2020 election

On Monday night, it didn't take foreign interference to highlight the persistent vulnerabilities that Russia exploited in 2016.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/social-media/wake-call-iowa-caucus-disinformation-serves-warning-about-2020-election-n1130111

 

A researcher designed 'anti-solar' panels that generate electricity in the dark of night

https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/05/us/solar-panels-work-at-night-scn-trnd/index.html

 

Leviton’s Alexa-powered Decora Smart Voice Dimmer is finally available for purchase

https://www.techhive.com/article/3519690/leviton-alexa-powered-dimmer-available-for-purchase.html

 

WE INSTALLED THE NVIDIA GEFORCE NOW ANDROID APP ON A CHROMEBOOK SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO

https://chromeunboxed.com/nvidia-geforce-now-android-app-chromebooks-issues-side-load-developer/

 

Smart Lightbulbs Used to Compromise Home and Business Networks

https://www.securityweek.com/smart-lightbulbs-used-compromise-home-and-business-networks

 

Notepad, Paint, WordPad Are Optional in Windows 10 Preview

When was the last time you opened these Windows apps?

https://www.pcmag.com/news/notepad-paint-wordpad-are-optional-in-windows-10-preview

 

Scary tactic hackers don’t want you to know about – and how to stop them

https://www.komando.com/privacy/how-to-spot-and-remove-spyware/703873/

 

Apple Watch: How to see your workout history and trends

https://9to5mac.com/2020/02/05/apple-watch-how-to-see-workout-history/

 

How to enable open tabs sync on Microsoft Edge

You can now sync open tabs across devices using Microsoft edge (Chromium), and in this guide, you'll learn the steps on how to enable the feature.

https://pureinfotech.com/enable-open-tabs-sync-edge-chromium/

 

UK urged to regulate how tech giants like Facebook and Google target you with content

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/03/uk-ai-advisor-regulate-social-media-firms-over-online-targeting.html

 

Is a Microsoft Office Subscription Worth It?

Before you dismiss it because it's a subscription product, take a look and do the math. Microsoft Office 365 might be surprisingly affordable.

https://askleo.com/microsoft-office-subscription-worth/?awt_a=7qbL&awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=IiQj20d7ZpdfbL

 

The government is finally cracking down on robocall enablers

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/the-government-is-finally-cracking-down-on-robocall-enablers-195851464.html

 

12 Reasons Why You Should Choose Debian Linux

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/reasons-choose-debian-linux/

 

Google Chrome will crack down on crappy video ads this August, which isn’t as altruistic as it sounds

Sounds like it’s banning ads that don’t meet YouTube’s standard

https://www.theverge.com/2020/2/5/21125105/google-chrome-youtube-ban-video-ad-length-unskippable-preroll-midroll

 

How to Play New Windows Games On A Mac With GeForce NOW

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmsvPA0Y57E&t=6s

 

Can privacy be big business? A wave of startups thinks so.

Privacy-focused technology companies are offering a variety of services, from personal data scrubbing to business-focused software meant to help companies comply with the law.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/can-privacy-be-big-business-wave-startups-thinks-so-n1128626

 

Malicious warez hosted on Bitbucket get more than 500,000 downloads

Ongoing campaign installs credential stealers, RATs, ransomware, and cryptominers.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/02/attackers-are-abusing-bitbucket-to-deliver-a-potent-cocktail-of-malware/

 

Zigbee vulnerability lets hackers use Hue bulbs to hijack your network

Your Hue bridge has most likely been patched.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3519435/a-new-philips-hue-security-patch-keeps-hackers-from-taking-control-of-your-network.html

 

Man Uses 99 Phones in Wagon to Create Fake Traffic Jam on Google Maps

https://toofab.com/2020/02/04/man-uses-99-phones-in-wagon-to-create-fake-traffic-jam-on-google-maps/

 

Iowa Fiasco Highlights Security Risks in US Vote, Officials Say

https://www.securityweek.com/iowa-fiasco-highlights-security-risks-us-vote-officials-say

 

Unihertz Announces Atom XL Rugged Smartphone

The tiny, rugged Atom smartphone is being followed up with the Atom XL, which increases the display size to 4-inches and adds a 48MP camera.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/unihertz-announces-atom-xl-rugged-smartphone

 

iPhone update could be a lifesaver if you still use an older model

https://www.komando.com/news/ios-14-leaks/704365/

 

Apple pushed fix for Mail app encryption bug with latest macOS Catalina release

https://9to5mac.com/2020/02/05/apple-pushed-fix-for-mail-app-encryption-bug-with-latest-macos-catalina-release/

 

HackSpace’s 25 ways to use a Raspberry Pi

https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/hackspaces-25-ways-to-use-a-raspberry-pi/

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Mon 1876 02/03/2020

Here Is the Technical Report Suggesting Saudi Arabia’s Prince Hacked Jeff Bezos’ Phone

Motherboard has obtained the report made by FTI Consulting into how Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman allegedly hacked Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos's phone.

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/v74v34/saudi-arabia-hacked-jeff-bezos-phone-technical-report

 

7 Reasons to Switch From Google Chrome to Mozilla Firefox

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/switch-chrome-firefox/

 

Do You Need Anti-Ransomware Software for Your PC?

https://www.howtogeek.com/511744/do-you-need-anti-ransomware-software-for-your-pc/

 

10 Linux command tutorials for beginners and experts

Learn how to make Linux do what you need it to do in Opensource.com's top 10 articles about Linux commands from 2019.

https://opensource.com/article/19/12/linux-commands?sc_cid=7013a000002DJ0OAAW

 

Google to play the long game, will start playing nice with Microsoft Office

Its upcoming enterprise messaging app will likely also work with the Office suite.

https://www.windowscentral.com/google-play-long-game-will-start-playing-nice-microsoft-office

 

Will My Old Computer Run Windows 10? (I have been successful doing so on some systems 10 yrs old or older,but some require some hardware upgrades to work well, like SSDs)

There are several options to extend the life of an older machine, depending on its capabilities

https://askleo.com/will-my-old-computer-run-windows-10/?awt_a=7qbL&awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=K1mTaZVRhpdfbL

 

Nvidia's play-anywhere GeForce Now service is finally here, and it demolishes Google Stadia

Game Ready, anywhere

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3518993/nvidias-play-anywhere-geforce-now-service-is-finally-here-and-it-demolishes-google-stadia.html

 

Will a Registry Cleaner I Pay for Fix More Problems Than a Free One?

Does a Registry Cleaner That Costs Money Offer Benefits Over Free Tools?

https://www.lifewire.com/paid-registry-cleaners-2625135

 

Scam Of The Week: "Kobe Bryant Dead, Dies in Helicopter Crash"

https://blog.knowbe4.com/bid/394026/scam-of-the-week-kobe-bryant-dead-dies-in-helicopter-crash

 

How to view saved passwords on Microsoft Edge

Can't remember a website sign in password? It's probably saved on Microsoft Edge, and here's how to see it.

https://pureinfotech.com/view-saved-passwords-microsoft-edge/

 

The next Apple Watch is expected to finally get one major feature it's been missing that Fitbit has offered for years. Here's everything we know so far.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/next-apple-watch-expected-finally-173000728.html

 

[Windows Fix] Yellow Triangle with Exclamation Mark (!) on Network Connections Icon in Taskbar Notification Area

https://www.askvg.com/windows-fix-yellow-triangle-with-exclamation-mark-on-network-connections-icon-in-taskbar-notification-area/

 

Beware of this sneaky phishing technique now being used in more attacks

Security company researchers warn of a large increase in conversation-hijacking attacks. Here's what they are and how to spot them.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/beware-of-this-sneaky-phishing-technique-now-being-used-in-more-attacks/

 

Google’s Pixel Repair Tool might be a faster way to get your Android updates

The process is not without risk so make sure you know what you’re doing

https://www.theverge.com/2020/2/4/21123372/pixel-chrome-updates-phone-edge-google

 

How To Send and Receive Text Messages on a PC Without a Phone

https://www.techjunkie.com/receive-text-messages-pc-without-phone/

 

How to Declutter Responsibly

Decluttering is all the rage, but what do you do with the things you purge? Productivity expert Jill Duffy explains how to reuse, recycle, and resell your electronics and other household items.

https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/how-to-declutter-responsibly

 

Thousands of free online user manuals

https://www.komando.com/lifestyle-reviews/thousands-of-free-online-user-manuals/6037/

 

The Best Free Music Production Software for Beginners

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/free-music-production-software/

 

What Is Filmmaker Mode on a TV, and Why Will You Want It?

https://www.howtogeek.com/509211/what-is-filmmaker-mode-and-why-will-you-want-it/

 

10 articles to learn Linux your way

It's been a good year for Linux, so take a look back at the top 10 Linux articles on Opensource.com from 2019.

https://opensource.com/article/19/12/learn-linux?sc_cid=7013a000002DJ0OAAW

 

Microsoft Teams is still down for some people, fix seems to be rolling out

Microsoft Teams went down for many organizations earlier today.

https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-teams-still-down-some-people-fix-seems-be-rolling-out

 

How to Speed Up Your Older Computer: Five Options

Here are five common options to speed up and extend the life of an older computer.

https://askleo.com/how-to-speed-up-your-older-computer-five-options/?awt_a=7qbL&awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=K1mTaZVRhpdfbL

 

Best cheap laptops: We rate the best-sellers on Amazon and Best Buy

We found good deals for $500 or less.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3097473/best-budget-laptops-on-amazon-and-best-buy.html

 

Can I Back Up All My Devices Using One Backup Plan?

Is It Possible to Back Up Multiple Devices with a Single Online Backup Plan?

https://www.lifewire.com/can-i-back-up-all-my-devices-using-one-backup-plan-2617934

 

New Phishing Attack Emerges Targeting ADP Users Wanting Their W2

https://blog.knowbe4.com/new-phishing-attack-emerges-targeting-adp-users-wanting-their-w2

 

How to use File History to backup files on Windows 10

File History in Windows 10 is the one feature you want to use to backup your personal files, and in this guide you get all the instructions on how to use it.

https://pureinfotech.com/file-history-windows-10-backup-files/

 

Everything You Need to Know About Apple's Secret Satellite Project

https://www.yahoo.com/news/everything-know-apples-secret-satellite-170900671.html

 

[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/

 

Rules on deepfakes take hold in the US

https://blog.malwarebytes.com/artificial-intelligence/2020/01/deepfake-rules-take-hold-in-the-us/

 

Google Fiber is dropping its TV package to focus solely on high-speed internet service

And partnering with internet TV provider Fubo

https://www.theverge.com/2020/2/4/21123050/google-fiber-tv-package-removed-internet-service-high-speed

 

The 5 Best Lightweight Antivirus for Your PC or Laptop [February 2020]

https://www.techjunkie.com/best-lightweight-antivirus/

 

Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, or Safari: Which Browser Is Best?

You probably take your web browser for granted, but you have real options: Performance, feature sets, and privacy tools vary wildly among internet-surfing apps.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/chrome-edge-firefox-opera-or-safari-which-browser-is-best

 

This data breach happened 5 years ago, now victims are being targeted

https://www.komando.com/security-privacy/ashley-madison-breach-ransom/704416/

 

Google Calendar + Tasks Is the Only To-Do List You’ll Ever Need

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/google-calendar-google-tasks-to-do-apps/

 

What Is Smishing, and How Do You Protect Yourself?

https://www.howtogeek.com/526115/what-is-smishing-and-how-do-you-protect-yourself/

 

My Raspberry Pi retrospective: 6 projects and more

See what I've done with the fun, educational, and useful Raspberry Pi.

https://opensource.com/article/20/1/raspberry-pi-best?sc_cid=7013a000002DKJ7AAO

 

NVIDIA GeForce Now exits beta, brings real-time ray tracing for $5 a month

NVIDIA's cloud game streaming service is finally available to everyone. Here's why you should sign up.

https://www.windowscentral.com/nvidia-geforce-now-finally-exits-beta-costs-499-month

 

Can’t I Just Copy Everything Instead of Using a Backup Program?

It's tempting to just use file-copy tools to back up what you think you need. But you can easily miss something very important.

https://askleo.com/cant_i_just_copy_everything_instead_of_using_a_backup_program/?awt_a=7qbL&awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=K1mTaZVRhpdfbL

 

This speedy 1TB 2.5-inch Seagate BarraCuda SSD is just $100 today

An all-time-low for one of our fav drives.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3519132/this-speedy-1tb-25-inch-seagate-barracuda-ssd-is-just-100-today.html

 

19 Best Free Movie Websites

Stream full-length movies online from these websites for free!

https://www.lifewire.com/watch-free-movies-online-1356647

 

Android Users Beware: These Top Camera Apps May Secretly Be Spying On You

https://www.forbes.com/sites/zakdoffman/2020/01/19/android-users-beware-these-top-camera-apps-may-secretly-be-spying-on-you/

 

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/

 

New Working Method to Remove “What’s New” Gift Icon from Firefox Toolbar

https://www.askvg.com/new-working-method-to-remove-whats-new-gift-icon-from-firefox-toolbar/

 

Malware Botnet Mysteriously Hijacked

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10701/malware-botnet-mysteriously-hijacked

 

Infiltrating Networks: Easier Than Ever Due to Evil Markets

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/infiltrating-networks-easier-than-ever-due-to-evil-markets/

 

You might be able to get up to $100 from the settlement for Yahoo’s data breaches

You’ll need to file your claim by July 20th

https://www.theverge.com/2020/2/4/21122493/yahoo-class-action-settlement-data-breaches

 

How To Create a Windows 10 Recovery Disk

https://www.techjunkie.com/create-windows-10-recovery-disk/

 

Here's What You Can Stream on Tubi in February (for Free)

Tubi offers over 20,000 shows and movies in its library for free, provided you can handle a few commercials. Here's what's being added this month.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/heres-what-you-can-stream-on-tubi-in-february-for-free

 

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

https://www.komando.com/lifestyle-reviews/test-your-router/312613/

 

3 Ways to Recover Deleted Photos on Any Android Device

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/recover-deleted-photos-android/

 

Wi-Fi 6E: What Is It, and How Is It Different From Wi-Fi 6?

https://www.howtogeek.com/519823/wi-fi-6e-what-is-it-and-how-is-it-different-from-wi-fi-6/

 

My favorite Bash hacks

Improve your productivity with aliases and other shortcuts for the things you forget too often.

https://opensource.com/article/20/1/bash-scripts-aliases?sc_cid=7013a000002DM1FAAW

 

How to use the Photos app video editor on Windows 10

The Photos app makes it very simple to create videos that you can share with family, friends, and the world, and in this guide, we'll show you how to do it.

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-start-using-photos-video-editor-windows-10

 

Why I Bought My Wife a Mac (Updated)

My wife's computer was struggling and it was time to replace it. After evaluating her usage, her willingness to make a change or two, and my own experience, I made a decision that might surprise some.

https://askleo.com/why-i-bought-my-wife-a-mac-updated/?awt_a=7qbL&awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=K1mTaZVRhpdfbL

 

Zhaoxin ships the KaiXian KX-U6780A, an X86 PC processor line worth watching

Give Zhaoxin a few years, and AMD and Intel might have some competition in the PC space.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3518848/zhaoxin-ships-the-kaixian-kx-u6780a-an-x86-pc-processor-line-worth-watching.html

 

YouTube's Free Streaming Movies and TV Shows

Stream Free Movies and Shows on YouTube

https://www.lifewire.com/youtube-s-free-streaming-movies-and-tv-shows-1357439

 

Are We Secure Yet? How to Build a 'Post-Breach' Culture

There are many ways to improve your organization's cybersecurity practices, but the most important principle is to start from the top.

https://www.darkreading.com/risk/are-we-secure-yet-how-to-build-a-post-breach-culture/a/d-id/1336813

 

HOW TO CREATE SYSTEM IMAGE BACKUP ON WINDOWS 7 (always check for and if needed, manually set the auto-verify feature on or you have to do a manual verify to know if you have a good backup)

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/

 

[Windows Fix] We can’t Sign in to Your Account, You’ve been Signed in with a Temporary Profile

https://www.askvg.com/windows-fix-we-cant-sign-in-to-your-account-youve-been-signed-in-with-a-temporary-profile/

 

Android Users: 17 Rogue Apps to Delete

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10702/android-users-17-rogue-apps-delete

 

Targeted Phishing Campaign Leverages Death of Iranian General Qasem Suleimani

https://www.securityweek.com/targeted-phishing-campaign-leverages-death-iranian-general-qasem-suleimani

 

How 5G and edge computing fit into the future of Intel’s traditionally chip-focused lineup

The Vergecast interview with Intel chief engineering officer Dr. Venkata (Murthy) Renduchintala

https://www.theverge.com/2020/2/4/21121162/podcast-intel-future-technology-dr-renduchintala-interview-vergecast

 

How to Scan & Fix Hard Drives with CHKDSK in Windows 10

https://www.techjunkie.com/fix-hard-drives-chkdsk-windows-10/

 

As Phishing and Similar CyberCrimes Increase, Are Victims Better at Threat Assessment?

A new survey from Security.org, plus the latest FBI Internet Crime Report, indicates that almost all forms of cybercrime are on the rise. Constant coverage is making victims more aware... but that's not enough.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/as-phishing-and-similar-cybercrimes-increase-are-victims-better-at-threat

 

5 router settings to keep hackers off your cameras, smart speakers and network

https://www.komando.com/kims-column/5-router-security-settings/704066/

 

How to Unlock the FM Radio Hidden on Your Smartphone

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-unlock-fm-radio-hidden-smartphone/

 

Chromebooks Explained 2020 Edition! Chromebooks Explained in Simple Language - Is it for you?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MDYczViU_0&t=0s

 

Turn An Old Computer Into A Chrome Book Chrome Box All On A USB DRIVE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0x27KfOTZ-s&t=0s

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Sun 1875 02/02/2020

5 Ways to Catch Up on the Best Video Games of the Last Decade for Cheap

Got a backlog bigger than your actual game collection? You can still get those games.

https://whatnerd.com/catch-up-video-games-for-cheap/

 

AMD's awesome 3rd-gen Ryzen processors are up to $60 off

If you've been thinking about gearing up with a 3rd-gen Ryzen desktop CPU, it's a great time to buy.

https://www.techconnect.com/article/3518815/amds-awesome-3rd-gen-ryzen-processors-are-up-to-60-off.html

 

How to Identify the Graphics Card in Your Windows 10 PC

https://www.maketecheasier.com/identify-graphics-card-windows10-pc/

 

Is your child hooked on digital devices? These researchers hope to help

The work could create a standard set of questions that pediatricians across the country can ask parents to gauge whether children are showing signs of compulsive screen use.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/your-child-hooked-digital-devices-these-researchers-hope-help-n1126901

 

Why Is There so Much Spam?

Even though most of us might never fall for it, the reason there's so much spam is simple: spam works.

https://askleo.com/why_is_there_so_much_spam/

 

These start-ups are racing to help doctors detect cancer early with a simple blood test

  - A group of companies are hoping to bring to market blood tests that can screen for cancer at the earliest stages. 

  - They are taking markedly different approaches. Freenome is focusing on one cancer type, while Grail and Thrive are looking across multiple cancers. 

  - This could be the decade that they succeed. 

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/01/detecting-cancer-through-liquid-biopsies-freenome-grail-thrive.html

 

Tablet sales fall again, but Apple leads the way

Android tablets have even less takers

https://www.techradar.com/news/tablet-sales-fall-again-but-apple-leads-the-way

 

DuckDuckGo vs. Google: The Best Search Engine for You

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/duckduckgo-vs-google-search-engine/

 

'Hack' Creates Fake Google Maps Traffic Jams With 99 Cell Phones

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/software/hack-creates-fake-google-maps-traffic-jams-with-99-cell-phones/

 

Hulu restructures under Disney, CEO Randy Freer departs

https://techcrunch.com/2020/02/03/hulu-restructures-under-disney-ceo-randy-freer-departs/

 

How Private Is Your Email?

https://askbobrankin.com/how_private_is_your_email.html

 

Create an Excel data table to compare multiple results

Suppose you want to view multiple possibilities within an Excel calculation. The answer is to create a data table.

https://www.techrepublic.com/blog/windows-and-office/create-an-excel-data-table-to-compare-multiple-results/

 

[Heads-up] The Evil Ryuk Ransomware Strain Now Uses Wake-on-Lan To Encrypt Your *Offline* Devices

https://blog.knowbe4.com/heads-up-the-evil-ryuk-ransomware-strain-now-uses-wake-on-lan-to-encrypt-your-offline-devices

 

The Apple Watch Series 5 plummets to its lowest price ever at Amazon

It’s even pink, if you’re looking for a cool Valentine’s Day gift!

https://www.macworld.com/article/3518996/the-apple-watch-series-5-plummets-to-its-lowest-price-ever-at-amazon.html

 

WhatsApp no longer supported on millions of phones

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/whatsapp-no-longer-supported-millions-173323445.html

 

The Wi-Fi extender that flew off Amazon’s shelves at $15 on Black Friday is under $11 today

https://bgr.com/2020/01/31/wifi-range-extender-amazon-new-low-price/

 

How to enable and disable keyboard backlighting on your Mac

https://macpaw.com/how-to/enable-disable-mac-keyboard-light

 

FCC Proposes $12.9M Fine for Man Who Made Over 6,000 Robocalls

The intention of the calls was to 'cause harm' while achieving media notoriety and increasing publicity for 'his website and personal brand.'

https://www.pcmag.com/news/fcc-proposes-129m-fine-for-man-who-made-over-6000-robocalls

 

Ring is giving you more privacy controls – change these settings now

Updated 02/03/2020 to include new information about data sharing and Control Center limitations.

https://www.komando.com/security-privacy/ring-addresses-privacy-concerns/700206/

 

Save 20% Now on the TP-Link Smart Light Switch

https://www.maketecheasier.com/tp-link-smart-light-switch-deal/

 

Iowa caucus reporting app security: What we do and don’t know

The Iowa Democratic Party says paper backups and other measures will safeguard the process, but election technologists say key missing details means the claims are hard to evaluate.

https://

.nbcnews.com/now/video/iowa-caucus-reporting-app-security-what-we-do-and-don-t-know-77843525937

 

How to Get Email with Attachments Delivered

Emailing attachments -- particularly large files -- is getting more and more difficult as ISPs limit size and scan for malware.

https://askleo.com/how-to-get-email-with-attachments-delivered/

 

Hulu CEO Randy Freer out as Disney moves to absorb the streaming service

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/31/hulu-ceo-randy-freer-out-as-disney-moves-to-absorb-the-streaming-service.html

 

Staying one step ahead of the hackers

What does the role of security researcher entail?

https://www.techradar.com/news/staying-one-step-ahead-of-the-hackers-a-qanda-with-safebreach-labs

 

How to Find Legal Torrents Online: The Best Sources

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/legal-torrents-find/

 

Notepad and Paint Become Optional Features in Windows 10

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/notepad-and-paint-become-optional-features-in-windows-10/

 

Carriers ‘violated federal law’ by selling your location data, FCC tells Congress

https://techcrunch.com/2020/01/31/carriers-violated-federal-law-by-selling-your-location-data-fcc-tells-congress/

 

Free Software: Why Does it Exist?

https://askbobrankin.com/free_software_why_does_it_exist.html

 

How to combine Excel's VLOOKUP() function with a combo box for enhanced searching

A combo box's autocomplete feature linked to a lookup function creates a flexible search tool.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-combine-excels-vlookup-function-with-a-combo-box-for-enhanced-searching/

 

Beware of this sneaky phishing technique now being used in more attacks

Security company researchers warn of a large increase in conversation-hijacking attacks. Here's what they are and how to spot them.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/beware-of-this-sneaky-phishing-technique-now-being-used-in-more-attacks/

 

Apple is now doing house calls for some iPhone repairs

Get your iPhone fixed without leaving your living room.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3519033/apple-is-now-doing-house-calls-for-some-iphone-repairs.html

 

Time to Buy Your Next Laptop Computer? Here Is What You Should Know.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/time-buy-next-laptop-computer-120000787.html

 

All four major US wireless carriers are suffering outages right now

https://bgr.com/2020/01/31/verizon-down-outages-at-att-sprint-t-mobile/

 

Mac crash: why it happens and how to fix it

https://macpaw.com/how-to/mac-keeps-crashing

 

Ford Creates 3D-Printed Locking Wheel Nuts Using Driver's Voice

A soundwave is saved from a voice recording, converted into a circular pattern, and then used for the indentations on 3D-printed wheel nuts and keys.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/ford-creates-3d-printed-locking-wheel-nuts-using-drivers-voice

 

5 router settings to keep hackers off your cameras, smart speakers and network

https://www.komando.com/kims-column/5-router-security-settings/704066/

 

How to Run Chromium OS on Your Laptop with ChromX

https://www.maketecheasier.com/run-chromium-os-on-laptop-with-chromx/

 

What Is Blockchain? A Simple Explanation in Easy Terms

In simple terms, a blockchain is a decentralized record of information. Here's how they work in layman's terms.

https://blocksdecoded.com/what-is-blockchain/

 

Why Does Legitimate Email from PayPal Instruct Me to Click a Link?

The rule is, never click on links unless you are 100% certain that they are from who you think they are. The question is, how can you be certain?

https://askleo.com/why-does-legitimate-email-from-paypal-instruct-me-to-click-a-link/

 

AT&T will likely be broken up and will move on from WarnerMedia, analyst Craig Moffett predicts

  - Analyst Craig Moffett said AT&T will probably be broken up at some point in the future. 

  - “I think if you take your crystal ball and look out a little bit, it’s hard to see that portfolio staying together forever,” Moffett said.

  - AT&T bought Time Warner in 2018.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/30/att-will-likely-be-broken-up-and-will-move-on-from-warnermedia-analyst-craig-moffett-predicts.html

 

How to set up your Fitbit

Get set then go

https://www.techradar.com/how-to/how-to-set-up-fitbit

 

Find the Fastest DNS to Optimize Your Internet Speed

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/find-the-fastest-dns-to-optimize-your-internet-speed-with-namebench/

 

Tech Support Scam Hitting Microsoft Edge Start Page Takes a Break

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/tech-support-scam-hitting-microsoft-edge-start-page-takes-a-break/

 

Tech companies, we see through your flimsy privacy promises

https://techcrunch.com/2020/01/31/tech-companies-we-see-through-your-flimsy-privacy-promises/

 

Malware Botnet Mysteriously Hijacked

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10701/malware-botnet-mysteriously-hijacked

 

3 quick and easy ways to summarize Excel data

Summarizing data in Microsoft Excel doesn't have to be difficult. Put these few techniques to work for almost magical results.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/3-quick-and-easy-ways-to-summarize-excel-data/

 

Cyber Risk and the U.S. Financial System:

A Pre-Mortem Analysis

https://www.newyorkfed.org/medialibrary/media/research/staff_reports/sr909.pdf?mod=article_inline

 

Thunderbolt 3 adapter guide: How to connect an iPhone, display, hard drive, and more to a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air

Make room in your laptop bag.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3136583/macbook-pro-thunderbolt-3-adapter-guide-how-to-connect-an-iphone-display-hard-drive-and-more.html

 

Don't discount Dollar Tree, Family Dollar for bargains on technology and gadgets

https://www.yahoo.com/news/dont-discount-dollar-tree-family-110004091.html

 

New Samsung Galaxy Z Flip specs leak ahead of upcoming release

https://bgr.com/2020/02/03/galaxy-z-flip-specs-processor-price-release-february/

 

How to add a link to your Instagram Story or post

https://macpaw.com/how-to/add-link-to-instagram-story

 

Facebook's 'Clear History' Tool Is Finally Here for Everyone

The social network finally made its 'Off Facebook Activity' tool available worldwide. It can let you see the websites and apps from which Facebook has been collecting your user activity. But it won't let you completely stop the practice.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/facebooks-clear-history-tool-is-finally-here-for-everyone

 

Privacy checkup: 5 simple ways to protect yourself in just a few minutes

https://www.komando.com/news/privacy-checkup-5-simple-ways-to-protect-yourself-in-just-a-few-minutes/703154/

 

How to Install Steam on Chromebook

https://www.maketecheasier.com/install-steam-on-chromebook/

 

Windows 7 ‘Crazy High’ Security Risk As Crypto Exploit Found In Audio Files

https://www.forbes.com/sites/daveywinder/2020/01/14/windows-7-crazy-high-security-risk-as-crypto-exploit-found-in-audio-files/

 

What Is It About Attachments?

Email attachments are useful, ubiquitous, and convenient. They're also abused, dangerous, and responsible for infections and data breaches.

https://askleo.com/what-is-it-about-attachments/

 

Apple’s new and improved maps that cost ‘billions’ are now out across the US

  - Apple announced on Thursday that it had completed deployment of its new and improved maps software in the United States.

  - Users of the Maps app on iPhones now see more detailed roads, buildings, parks and other landmarks when looking at maps in the United States.

  - Apple said it invested “billions of dollars in Apple Maps” and said last year that its mapping cars had driven over 4 million miles.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/30/apple-launches-improved-maps-app.html

 

How to set up a turntable

Dust off your old LPs and get that record player spinning

https://www.techradar.com/how-to/how-to-set-up-a-turntable

 

How to Build a Linux Web Server With an Old Computer

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/build-linux-web-server-computer-part-1/

 

Pirated Software is All Fun and Games Until Your Data’s Stolen

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/pirated-software-is-all-fun-and-games-until-your-data-s-stolen/

 

MIT’s RFocus technology could turn your walls into antennas

https://techcrunch.com/2020/02/03/mits-rfocus-technology-could-turn-your-walls-into-antennas/

 

Solus Shines With Plasma Desktop Options

https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/Solus-Shines-With-Plasma-Desktop-Options-86487.html

 

MIT researchers create smart surface to improve wireless signal strength

Scientists at MIT are working on a software-controlled "smart surface" embedded with thousands of antennas to maximize the strength of a wireless signal.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/mit-researchers-create-smart-surface-to-improve-wireless-signal-strength/

 

Now that the Apple Maps redesign is complete, here are 6 more things it needs

A road map, if you will.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3518810/now-that-the-apple-maps-redesign-is-complete-here-are-6-more-things-it-needs.html

 

Hackers are ramping up attacks on retirement accounts — how to keep yourself safe

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-to-keep-your-retirement-accounts-safe-2020-01-28?siteid=yhoof2&yptr=yahoo

 

Comcast’s latest move will only remind you how despicable the cable industry is

https://bgr.com/2020/02/03/cable-vs-streaming-comcast-price-increase-coming/

 

15 Instagram tips, tricks, and hacks you’ll want to try right away

https://macpaw.com/how-to/instagram-tips-tricks

 

How Fast Is Wi-Fi 6?

It's an 802.11ax versus 802.11ac speed showdown! We pit three Wi-Fi 6 routers against our top-performing Wi-Fi 5 router to see what you can gain by upgrading.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/how-fast-is-wi-fi-6

 

Scary tactic hackers don’t want you to know about – and how to stop them

https://www.komando.com/privacy/how-to-spot-and-remove-spyware/703873/

 

How to Enable Linux App Mode on Chromebook

https://www.maketecheasier.com/enable-linux-app-mode-chromebook/

 

Five Major US Wireless Carriers Are Vulnerable to SIM Swapping

https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/five-major-us-wireless-carriers-are-vulnerable-to-sim-swapping-22085.html

 

How to Speed Up Your Windows 10 Performance (Best Optimized Settings)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKHivb5OY-4&t=126s

 

How to Make Windows 10 Faster Up To Update 1903 [200% Faster]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XVCbQR6jCE&t=246s

 

Save money on your electric bill & support clean energy with Arcadia

https://www.techconnect.com/article/3514740/save-money-on-your-electric-bill-and-support-clean-energy-with-arcadia.html

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