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Thur 2058 10/01/2020

MFA-Minded Attackers Continue to Figure Out Workarounds

While MFA can improve overall security posture, it's not a "silver bullet" -- and hacks continue.



How to manage notifications for Windows Security features on Windows 10

You can enable, customize, and disable notifications for Microsoft Defender features and account protection, and in this guide, we'll show you how to complete the task.



How to Organize Shortcuts in Folders on iPhone and iPad



Should I Disconnect My Backup Drive When I’m Not Backing Up?

Some people disconnect their backup drive when not backing up because they fear ransomware. I explain why that's a Really Bad Idea.



Windows 10 October 2020 update: Everything you need to know

Windows 10 version 20H2 will be widely released next month, and should take only minutes to install. Here are all of the new features it includes, and how to download it.



Windows 10 doesn’t recognize Android phone



How to Monitor, Clean, and Optimize Linux with Stacer



Emotet malware takes part in the 2020 U.S. elections



Satellite boom expands network capabilities, but brings new security considerations



How to Change Windows Defender Exploit Protection Settings in Windows 10



How to Fix a Slow External Hard Drive in Windows 10

Is your external hard disk drive slower than it used to be? Here are the potential causes and how to fix the issue.



How to change your Apple ID password or reset it



How To Hide Apps On Android [October 2020]



What’s New in Mozilla Firefox 81.0.1

Firefox continues to be one super-popular browser these days, especially on the desktop, but with growing consumer appeal on mobile as well.



Where to buy webcams now: These retailers have stock

Retailers where to buy webcams right now



Apple Watch SE review: pay a lot less to give up only a little

The new default Apple Watch is here



How to keep screen from turning off on Windows 10

If the screen keeps turning off automatically on Windows 10, use these steps to set the timeout setting to never to keep it on all the time.



Android Users Need to Manually Remove These 16 Infected Apps

Google recently disabled 16 Android apps infected with Joker malware, but only users can uninstall them.



4 simple ways to fix common printer problems



LiquidText brings its unique approach to documents to Surface Pro X and ARM64

An innovative way to mark up documents is now available on the Surface Pro X and other Snapdragon-based PCs.



Hundreds of Smartphone Apps Are Spying on Your TV Watching. Here’s How to Disable Them



How Long Should a Password Be?

For years, the standard practice has been to assume that eight-character passwords made up of sufficiently random characters was enough. Not any more. Not even close.



Amazon Sidewalk will create entire smart neighborhoods. Here's what you should know

Coming soon to Echo speakers and all sorts of other devices, Amazon's low-bandwidth IoT network wants your smart home to stretch beyond your Wi-Fi network.



What is the best Page File size for 64-bit versions of Windows 10?



Hexadecimal IP Addresses Creatively Used in Spam At



Researchers use ‘fingerprints’ to track Windows exploit developers



Paying ransomware groups might violate US sanctions



How to Enable or Disable Volume Control and Hardware Media Key Handling in Mozilla Firefox



Save Time by Dictating Everything: Grab a Dictanote Pro Deal

Take notes by voice instead of typing with this great deal on Dictanote Pro.



How to change your Microsoft Windows 10, 8 or 7 password or reset it

Changing your Microsoft password directly from your computer is easy



How To Set Waze As The Default Navigation App On IPhone



Microsoft Announces More Improvements for the Windows 10 Your Phone App

Microsoft has just announced that the Your Phone app, which allows users to connect their Android devices to Windows 10 PCs, is getting a new experience to manage linked devices.



MacBooks have a big new problem with Netflix

Only some machines will be able to stream Netflix 4K HDR content in macOS Big Sur



Amazon is trying to crack down on fraudulent reviews. They’re thriving in Facebook groups.

Third-party sellers are evading detection by hopping between tech platforms



How to check drive health on Windows 10

Windows 10 drive health feature can let you know if a hard drive is at risk of failure to protect your data, and here's how to use it.



Social Media Stands in the Way of a Free and Fair Election

The refusal of social media companies to remove or fact-check false information is a danger to democracy.



Calling all data nerds! Here’s what happens in 1 minute on the internet



Windows 10 May 2020 Update gets fresh fixes in optional cumulative update

The fixes are in.



Decoding CPU Reviews: A Beginner’s Guide to Processor Terms



Computer Slow? You Might Not Have Enough RAM for Windows

Windows loves RAM. Not having enough can, over time, cause your computer to slow down.



Try a custom home screen using iOS 14



How to open Office files in the Chrome or Edge browser



How to Change the Screen Resolution in Ubuntu



XDSpy cyber-espionage group operated discretely for nine years



Phishing pages leverage CAPTCHAs to fool users, evade detection



How to Add or Remove "Maximum processor state" from Power Options in Windows



Facebook Is Putting New Restrictions on Groups

Facebook rolled out a laundry list of new group policies, including one that requires an administrator in every group.



How to change your Yahoo mail account password or reset it

Follow our simple guide and keep your Yahoo Mail account secure



How To Use A VPN With Android




Use this open source tool to transfer files using URL syntax benefiting from the support for a large number of protocols and certificates



Nvidia pushes out urgent security patches — but there's a catch

Not everyone will get the fixes right away



Gmail mistakenly removed the button that lets you triage loads of emails at once, but it’s coming back

Update: Google says it was “removed unintentionally”



How to format hard drive using Settings on Windows 10

You can now format hard drive (external or internal) on Windows 10 from the Settings app using the Manage Disks and Volumes settings – here's how to complete the task.



14 Hidden Firefox Functions for Browsing Like a Boss

Firefox is fast, secure, and customizable. Plus, it's chock-full of features you probably don't know anything about. Here's how to get the most out of Mozilla's browser.



FBI warning: Don’t believe everything you hear about this year’s election



Surface Laptop 3 vs. Surface Laptop 2: Which should you buy?



All the Useless Windows 10 Features Microsoft Should Remove



Do I Need a Firewall for My Home Network?

A firewall is a critical component of keeping your machine safe on the internet. There are two basic types, but which is right for you?



Facebook content oversight board to launch before election: What you need to know

The social network's so-called supreme court for content-moderation decisions will launch just ahead of the hotly contested US presidential election.



How to find out if someone was snooping around on your computer



How to Manage Your Startup Applications in Ubuntu



Microsoft explains the cause of the recent Office 365 outage



Microsoft: Ransomware attacks grow more dynamic, human-oriented



How to Reset Settings App in Windows 10



The 12 Best "How to" Websites

Here are some lesser known how-to websites that give you a lot of tips to try in your life.



How to change your Mac password or reset it

Locked out of your Mac? Our handy guide will show you how to get back in



The Five Best VPNs For Android [October 2020]



iorad for Firefox

Create simple tutorials with this online service, making use of the provided browser extension to make it even more accessible and easy-to-use



Huge Windows 10 update could save your data — here's how

Windows 10 will soon tell you if your SSD is dying



Chromecast Ultra is dead, long live Chromecast Ultra (and this new Ethernet dongle)

The missing pieces of the Stadia puzzle



How to check drive temperature on Windows 10

Windows 10 can now show temperature information for internal hard drives, and here's how to check the information.



Samsung Announces Galaxy Tab Active3 Ruggedized Tablet

It's MIL-STD-810H certified, IP68 rated, and can withstand drops of up to 1.5 meters.



Warning: 3 scams sitting in your inbox or following you online



Blue Yeti X mic and Compass review: The ultimate podcast/streamer setup

Upgrades for International Podcast Day.



How to Connect Your Android or iPhone to Your TV



Tim K.

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


As tech reaches end of life, hackers are watching



How To Scan & Fix Hard Drives With CHKDSK In Windows 10



How to change your Android password or reset it

Follow these instructions to change or reset your Android passwords



Safeguarding Schools Against RDP-Based Ransomware

How getting online learning right today will protect schools, and the communities they serve, for years to come.



How Do I Force Windows to Reinstall a Driver?



Resist Those Dancing Bunnies - How Phishing Attacks Bypass Security Warnings With Social Engineering



What are Your Security Software Recommendations?


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Wed 2057 09/30/2020

Survey: Many feel their current internet is too slow and overpriced, yet few have upgraded

Three-quarters of respondents didn't know what internet speeds would be adequate for their household and the overwhelming majority have yet to upgrade their service.



German Experts See Russian Link in Deadly Hospital Hacking



How To Enable Your Keyboard Backlight In Windows 10



NVIDIA fixes high severity flaws in Windows display driver



How to Reduce Background Noise and Echo in iPhone Voice Memos



Forgot your Mac's password? Here's how to get back into your locked-down computer

It's easy to panic if you get locked out of your Mac, but you can reset it and get back in fairly easy thanks to Apple's built-in tool.



How to change your Microsoft Office password or reset it

Forgotten your Microsoft Office password or need to change it? We'll show you how



Tested: AV1 performance in 11th-gen Tiger Lake vs. 10th-gen Ice Lake and Comet Lake, Ryzen 4000

Tiger Lake has support for the up-and-coming AV1 video format built right in.



12 Alternative Search Engines That Find What Google Can't

Google Search still can't do everything. These alternative search engines can take care of a few niche queries for you.



Spectrm helps brands boost customer engagement with bots



How to add password to local account on Windows 10

If you need to add a new password to a local account, you can use Settings, PowerShell, Command Prompt, Computer Management, Control Panel to complete the task on Windows 10, and here's how.



How to pick the right Roku player from an increasingly confusing lineup

We're here to help you find the Roku device that suits your needs best.



Microsoft Brings Another Modern Feature to the Windows 10 Taskbar

We live at a time when working from home has become the only way to go for so many of us, and as a result, applications that allow us to stay in touch with colleagues and family are more and more popular.



Adobe Lightroom is getting cinema-style color grading

Lightroom is borrowing features from Premiere Pro



Apple's iPhone 12 announcement could come this month, introducing big changes like a new design, 5G, and 3D cameras. Here's everything we know about it.



6 Things to Know About the Microsoft 'Zerologon' Flaw

Until all domain controllers are updated, the entire infrastructure remains vulnerable, the DHS' CISA warns.



Android Users Need to Manually Remove These 16 Infected Apps

Google recently disabled 16 Android apps infected with Joker malware, but only users can uninstall them.



Warning: 3 scams sitting in your inbox or following you online



How To Speed Up Windows 10 – The Ultimate Guide



New service checks if your email was used in Emotet attacks



How iOS 14 Can Help You Take Better Photos on Your iPhone



Roku Streambar builds in 4K HDR streaming, 'wide' sound for $130

It's Roku's simplest, most affordable way to upgrade the sound and streaming capabilities of an existing TV.



How to change your iPhone password or reset it

It’s easy to change your iPhone passcode



Five perplexing Google Pixel 5 facts you might have missed

The specs are not as they seem



5 Reasons to Start Deleting Your Facebook Friends

A high number of Facebook friends is meaningless. You're better off deleting most of your Facebook friends. Here's why!



Be ready for your next video call with Aukey's 1080p webcam on sale for $36



How to fix printer spooler problems on Windows 10

When your printer resists to print, it could be a problem that is preventing the print spooler from running correctly — Here's how to fix the problem.



How to pick the right Roku player from an increasingly confusing lineup

We're here to help you find the Roku device that suits your needs best.



Microsoft Edge Stable Receives New Update on Windows and Mac - What’s New

Microsoft has released a new stable update for Microsoft Edge, the Chromium-based version of the browser that is now available not only on Windows but also on macOS.



Windows on ARM is about to get lots of apps thanks to new x64 emulation

Microsoft is giving Windows on ARM a much-needed boost



Laptop running too hot? Forget a password? 5 answers to common tech questions revealed



WannaCry Has IoT in Its Crosshairs

The wide variety of devices attached to the Internet of Things offers a rich target for purveyors of ransomware.



Microsoft to Bring 64-Bit x86 Windows Apps to ARM-Powered PCs With New Emulator

Currently, Windows 10 on ARM devices can only run x86 32-bit Windows applications through an emulator. Now Microsoft is expanding the support to x86 64-bit apps.



FBI warning: Don’t believe everything you hear about this year’s election



How To Mirror An Android Phone With The Amazon Fire Stick



US govt warns of sanction risks for facilitating ransomware payments



How to Perform Actions by Tapping the Back of Your Android Phone



Roku Ultra gets Dolby Vision HDR and Wi-Fi upgrades, stays at $100

Roku's best streamer now matches the HDR format support of Amazon Fire TV 4K and Apple TV 4K.



How to back up your Android phone

A simple (albeit tasteless) recipe for data redundancy



Nvidia delays GeForce RTX 3070 launch to October 29, the day after AMD's Radeon reveal

RTX 3070 vs. Radeon RX 6000



5 Reasons Why Your Phone Is Charging Slowly

Wondering why your phone is taking so long to charge? Here are a few possible causes that could explain why.



Halo 3: ODST on PC review: Above and beyond expectations

The PC release of Halo 3: ODST is 343 Industries' best port yet.



Windows 10 20H2, October 2020 Update, release date

As Windows 10 20H2 (October 2020 Update) is finalize, Microsoft is now plans to release the update in October — Here's are all the details.



Roku unveils a Dolby Vision-enabled Roku Ultra and the tiny 2.0-channel Streambar

The refreshed Ultra is the first Roku player to support Dolby Vision, while the diminutive Streambar promises room-filing sound. Meanwhile, 4K Roku devices are getting AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support.



New Microsoft Office Version with Perpetual License Officially Confirmed

Office 365 has become quite a cash cow for Microsoft, especially during these difficult times when more people are working from home and collaboration tools are a must-have to remain productive.



Your Next Office Could Be in Virtual Reality

Virtual meetings would still be meetings, though



U.K. Found ‘Critical’ Weakness in Huawei Equipment



Malware Attacks Declined But Became More Evasive in Q2

Most of the malware used in attacks last quarter were designed to evade signature-based detection tools, WatchGuard says.



SanDisk Extreme and Extreme Pro Portable SSDs Get Even Faster

To enable the 2000 MB/s read and write speeds on the Extreme Pro Portable drive, the product has been fitted with a USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 port.



Tech how-to: 5 easy ways to convert audio files to text



How To Check Your Graphics Card In Windows 10



Twitter is down with users seeing "Something went wrong" errors



How to Add Photos to Your iPhone Home Screen



Turn an old phone into a security camera in 3 steps. Here's how to do it

Give your old Android phone or iPhone new life, for free.



How to install a Wi-Fi range extender

Boost your home Wi-Fi



Is your SSD failing? Microsoft is testing a Windows 10 feature that will tell you

These beta Windows 10 features may never make it to final product, but it would be cool if they did.



How to Change Taskbar Icons for Programs in Windows 10

Here's how to change the taskbar icon for any Windows 10 desktop program.



Windows 10 October 2020 Update review: Subtle, but necessary

UI enhancements, a new browser, and more. Here's our review.



How to change scale and layout settings on WIndows 10

Windows 10 makes it easy to change the scale, resolution, and orientation of your display, and in this guide, you'll learn how.



Five Alarming Approaches to Extortion



Microsoft Surface “Sparti” to Be Available from $699

Microsoft is reportedly planning to host a new Surface event on September 30 or October 1, and one of the devices that could see daylight is a more affordable laptop.



Facebook's AR Glasses Have Privacy Fight Ahead

Google Glass left a bad aftertaste



Yahoo Finance Video

Lenovo unveils world's first foldable PC



Bluetooth Security Weaknesses Pile Up, While Patching Remains Problematic

Turns out, creating wireless ecosystems for a vast number of different architectures, configurations, and use cases is hard.



Duracell Is Making Coin Batteries Taste Horrible on Purpose

By making the batteries taste bad, Duracell hopes to discourage young children from swallowing them.



Amazon has a new way to pay with just a wave of your hand



What Is The Difference Between Firefox And DuckDuckGo?



Dark Overlord hacker pleads guilty



Chromecast overhaul adds a remote, Google TV software for $50

Google's revamped streaming dongle transforms the gadget into what could be a legit competitor to Roku and Amazon Fire TV.



Microsoft Announces Major Microsoft Outlook Update for Windows

Microsoft has already announced a massive update for Outlook on Mac, and now it’s the turn of the Windows client to receive lots of improvements.



First Look: Google’s new Chromecast checks lots of the right boxes


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Apple’s App Store war doesn’t end with Epic



Judge says Epic was 'not honest' when it bypassed Apple's payment system in Fortnite



Major hospital system hit with cyberattack, potentially largest in U.S. history

Computer systems for Universal Health Services, which has more than 400 locations, primarily in the U.S., began to fail over the weekend.



Windows 10 update is screwing with drivers — what to do

A new Windows Update problem rolls drivers back decades



How to Send Directions to Waze on Your Phone From Your Computer



Enable File History in Windows 10

File History is advertised as Windows 10's backup solution. In reality, it can be a useful component of a larger strategy. I'll show you how to set it up.



Will Discount Inkjet Cartridges Void Your Printer Warranty?



Houses 3D-printed in just 24 hours now shipping in California

Using a unique UV-curable synthetic stone material, Mighty Buildings has created a process for 3D-printing an entire 350-square-foot housing unit in just 24 hours.



Making Calls with a Smart Speaker Raises Privacy Concerns

Privacy issues addressed by Amazon’s use of encryption



Firefox 82: new automatic downloads protection



Cybersecurity Conundrum: Who's Responsible for Securing IoT Networks?



Fitness Trackers Could Boost Urban Planning



The Roku Channel is now available as a standalone Android and iOS app

Those without Roku devices have easier access to free content.



Crowdstrike: "More Cyberattacks in the First Half of 2020 Than in All of 2019"




A non-intrusive firewall software solution that was designed to provide some extra security and process monitoring capabilities, especially for home users



What is a Chromebook and should you buy one?

Our advice on whether to leave Windows 10 and macOS to buy a Chromebook



Fortnite unlikely to return to iPhone soon, as judge points out Epic’s lies



Mauvio review: One-tap audio clean up on iPhone videos

Make a bigger splash with your videos.



Critical Instagram Flaw Could Let Attackers Spy on Victims

A now-patched remote code execution vulnerability could be exploited with a specially sized image file, researchers report.



This Google Maps alternative might be your new favorite travel app



Is Your Security Software Even Working? Here's How to Check

You've installed antivirus, a VPN, and other security software on your PC, phones, and tablets, but how do you know if it's doing its thing to keep you safe? We've got a dozen tips to help you perform your own security checkup.



AMD Big Navi leak reveals big boost speeds to fight Nvidia RTX 3080 (ya! and the first power supply for a RTX 30 series card weighs in at 1650 watts)

AMD Big Navi leak reveals big boost speeds to fight Nvidia RTX 3080



How to Control Smart Home Devices in the Control Center on iPhone or iPad



How do I Copy Photos from My Phone to My PC?

Copying photos from your phone to your PC is simple with a few readily available tools.



[Windows 10 Tip] - The Windows Store



Acer Chromebook 715 review: A great, big Chromebook for at-home school and work

The 715's bigger display, large keyboard and touchpad and all-day battery life makes working anywhere in your home easier.



The Surprising Reasons You Might Want an Apple Watch

The Apple Watch is no more ‘just a watch’ than your iPhone is ‘just a phone’



Microsoft announces Flash end of support schedule: you can soon remove Flash from Windows entirely



Hucksters Rake In $500K With Android, iOS Adware Scam Apps



Google Maps Now Shows COVID Hotspots



Apple Watch Series 3 owners deal with random reboots in watchOS 7

Disconnections and complication woes are also problems.



Wave of Smishing Texts Informing You of Parcel Arrival Hoping to Get Your Creds




An application that enables you to take notes and set up reminders directly on your desktop screen, thanks to the integrated calendar



Watch out! Windows 10 update bug rolls out outdated drivers — What to do

Wait! Don't install that Windows 10 update



Apple’s most important display upgrade in years is coming soon



iOS 14: How to add, remove, and customize widgets

The totally new home screen of iOS 14 lets you place widgets anywhere.



Solving the Problem With Security Standards

More explicit threat models can make security better and open the door to real and needed innovation.



Privacy tip: Use this app to see when your phone’s mic and camera are in use



Save Time With Microsoft Word's Built-In Transcription Feature

Thanks to a powerful new productivity enhancement, Microsoft 365 subscribers can now transcribe audio files with multiple speakers, at no extra cost. Our tips and tricks show you how to save time and money with Transcribe.



Apple Watch 3 has a serious new problem — what you need to know

The watchOS 7 update appears to have lots of bugs for Apple Watch 3 owners



How to Alternate Row or Column Shading in Google Sheets



What’s the Difference Between “Image” and “Clone”?

The difference between image and clone is both simple and confusing, because the terms are used interchangeably to mean different things.



HELP, Evil Spammers Hijacked my Email!



Apple Watch SE isn't as cheap as the Series 3. So how do you decide which to buy?

We compare Apple's latest Watch SE with 2017's Watch Series 3.



The Perils of Smart Locks

It's risky, but throwing away those house keys feels pretty good



Apps & Features (Settings) is no replacement for Programs & Features (Control Panel) in Windows 10



Nvidia + Arm Will Dramatically Change the Technology Landscape



Office 2019 Won't Be Last Of Its Kind



Windows XP source code leak sheds light on Microsoft's OS history

It even used a Mac-like theme as a placeholder.



Chinese intelligence is building detailed profiles on tens of thousands of citizens worldwide, leaked database suggests

Names include 52,000 Americans, 35,000 Australians, 10,000 Indians, 9,700 British, 5,000 Canadians, 1,400 Malaysians and 793 New Zealanders



Dr.Web LiveDisk

Clean your computer of malicious components, copy important information to removable data media or other computers and cure infected objects with this tool



New HP Pro c645 Chromebook Enterprise brings AMD Ryzen to Chrome OS

The Pro c645 is expected to arrive in early December



Leaked images of Google’s new Chromecast reveal a true Apple TV rival

  - Google plans to announce a new Chromecast streaming device on September 30th.

  - Leaks of the device (codenamed “Sabrina”) have been popping up for months, but the latest leaked renders appear to give us a look at Google’s final design.

  - The remote for Google’s new Chromecast has dedicated buttons for YouTube and Netflix.



iOS 14: How to use the App Library

Apple’s big home screen redesign in iOS 14 centers around a new screen that contains all your apps.



Gaming Industry Hit With 10B+ Attacks In Past Two Years

Criminals scored big with credential stuffing and web app attacks, yet many gamers seem unfazed.



Is someone listening to everything you say? Look for this clue



Social Media Stands in the Way of a Free and Fair Election

The refusal of social media companies to remove or fact-check false information is a danger to democracy.



Amazon Prime Day's first deal is a free $10 credit — here's how to get it\

You have until October 12 to score this $10 credit



Just Updated Your iPhone to iOS 14? Try These Features Now



Why is My Backup Program Saying There’s Not Enough Space on System Reserved Partitions?

Your computer's system reserved partitions should have nothing to do with backing up (other than needing to be backed up themselves). I'll review what they are, and how a back-up program might be mislead.



Geekly Update - 30 September 2020



6 of Amazon's best new features for your Echo and how to use them

Alexa will soon have additional security features, group calling and more.



Should You Change the Default Email App in iOS 14?

You can do it, but Apple sure doesn’t want you to.



How to back up Printer drivers and queues on Windows



Microsoft Ignite and Dominating the Future of Tech the Right Way



Hospital Hacker Must Pay $1.5M, Jailed 5 Years



Microsoft outlines recent Edge browser improvements

The Edge team rolled out updates to make Edge faster and more efficient.



The Federal Government: Ransomware’s Most Desirable Target



Autorun Angel

Protect your computer from spyware by checking for undesirable components that are launched automatically, with this small and reliable application



HP's new Pavilion laptops could make you rethink what 'budget' means

The Pavilion 13, 14 and 15 run on Intel 11th Gen and AMD Ryzen CPUs



Microsoft to launch a new ARM-based Surface this fall

  - Microsoft will reportedly launch a new Surface Pro X ARM tablet/laptop this fall alongside a cheaper Surface Laptop.

  - The new ARM device will rival Apple’s rumored ARM MacBook that is also expected to launch this fall.

  - The Surface Pro X 2 will be based on Qualcomm’s upgraded Snapdragon 8cx platform for Windows 10 and support 64-bit app emulation.



You'll soon be able to stream Xbox games to your iPhone

This isn't xCloud—you stream from your own Xbox instead of the cloud—but it's something!



Shopify's Employee Data Theft Underscores Risk of Rogue Insiders

The e-commerce platform has alerted more than 100 merchants of a data breach, highlighting the danger of malicious insiders.



Best face mask brackets for easier breathing from Amazon



Unlimited Google Meet Calls for Free Users Extended Until March 31

Google announced in April that unlimited-length conferences in Google Meet would be free until Sept. 30, but it just extended that deadline to March 31, 2021.



Roku Streambar release date, price, design and audio specs

The Roku Streambar combines a soundbar and Roku device in one



Google Meet's 60-minute limit on free calls won't kick in until 2021

Free users won't have to deal with a 60-minute limit anytime soon.



Chinese Apps TikTok, WeChat Won't Be Banned



Likely Links Emerge Between Lazarus Group and Russian-Speaking Cybercriminals

Researchers examine security incidents over the past several years that seemingly connect North Korea's Lazarus Group with Russian-speaking attackers.



Cleveland-area hospital goes offline after apparent cyberattack

Hospitals have become particularly sensitive to ransomware attacks, which can cause interruptions or delays to potentially lifesaving care.


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Mon 2055 09/28/2020

Cyberattack hits major U.S. hospital system



Roku's New Brick-Sized Soundbar Is a Nifty 2-in-1 Streaming Box



How to open Office files in the Chrome or Edge browser



Keyboard Shortcuts for Using Virtual Desktops on Windows 10



Why Are My Upload Speeds at Home So Terrible?



Cool weekend top deals: $80 laser tag, $36 fancy power bank, $30 smart doorbell and more

You can also get a 65-inch Sceptre smart TV with Android for $398.



What’s New in Mozilla Firefox 81

Mozilla has officially released Firefox 81 for all supported desktop platforms, namely Windows, Linux, and macOS.



Microsoft Teams: All the new features that you need to know about

Microsoft used its annual conference for developers and IT pros to showcase a heap of new additions to Microsoft Teams.



PowerToys: toggle microphone and video camera on or off with global shortcuts



Microsoft Patch Alert: September 2020

The September patches kicked up a bit of dust, but things look pretty stable now. I’m still skeptical of Windows 10 version 2004, but it’s getting closer to stable. Give it another month.



Twitter Says Bug Leading to API Key Leak Patched



How to Enable or Disable Global Media Controls on Toolbar in Microsoft Edge Chromium



8 Reasons Your Windows Key Isn't Working

If the Windows key doesn't work then it breaks a lot of handy shortcuts. Troubleshoot a broken Windows key with these tips and get it working again.



Ransomware attack foiled, but details of 540,000 sports referees still stolen by hackers



Twitter Algorithm’s Racial Bias Points to Larger Tech Problem

Tech has a diversity problem? Big shock



The best refurbished laptop deals in September 2020

Save big with a refurb



New Roku Ultra 2020 release date, price, specs and features

The best Roku just got even faster: meet the new Roku Ultra 2020



PSA: Google Meet to limit meetings to 60 minutes on free plans September 30th

The company temporarily gave all users free meetings with no time limit earlier this year



Here's everything Amazon announced at its big hardware event

As usual, there are new Echos, new Ring devices and so much more.



5 ways you’re wasting money on tech



AMD to Power More Chromebooks With Ryzen, Athlon '3000 C-Series' Chips

According to AMD, PC vendors including HP, Asus, and Lenovo will be releasing new Chromebooks with its new silicon in the fourth quarter. But expect Intel to counter with new 11th-generation Core processors.



How to find out if someone was snooping around on your computer



Custom App Icons Slow Down Your iPhone



How to Enable Zoom’s Virtual Backgrounds on Android



Feeling anxious? Why online therapy might work better than an office visit

For CNET's Now What series, telemedicine expert Dr. Peter Yellowlees explains why telemedicine for mental health is better for patients and doctors, pandemic or not.



Microsoft Pulls Update KB4559309, Releases KB4576754

KB4559309 has become an infamous Windows update because it pushed the new Chromium-powered Microsoft Edge browser to devices running Windows 10.



Raspberry Pi: Five handy home office projects to try

Take your remote working game to the next level with these Raspberry Pi home office projects.



How to deal with Google's and YouTube's aggressive popups (before you continue, sign in)



How to protect your privacy in Windows 10

Worried about privacy issues in Windows 10? Here's what you can do.



Chrome Vulnerabilities Expose Users to Attacks Via Malicious Extensions



How to Enable or Disable Volume Control and Hardware Media Key Handling in Mozilla Firefox



How to Fix a Slow External Hard Drive in Windows 10

Is your external hard disk drive slower than it used to be? Here are the potential causes and how to fix the issue



Instagram photo flaw could have helped malicious hackers spy via users’ cameras and microphones



Why is Facebook Going Back to College?

Campus is here to let students chat digitally and influence the ads they see



Pixelbook Go with Core i7 CPU now $179 off in rare Chromebook deal

Snag the Pixelbook Go for less



Here's why your Nvidia RTX 3080 may be crashing

Nvidia RTX 3080 crashes caused by capacitors, says EVGA



Algorithms used in medicine are trained on data from only a few states

34 states aren’t represented in any medical AI training sets



Ring made a security drone that flies around inside your home

The Ring Always Home Cam can fly around your house when you're out.



Fed up with Google? 4 search alternatives you’ve never heard of



Seagate Confirms World's Largest Hard Disk Drive on Track for December

Seagate's first HAMR drives will feature a whopping 20TB capacity when they debut later this year.



How to manage and delete Facebook Likes and Reactions



How to Replicate the iOS 14 App Library on Android



Scan Websites for Annoying Data Trackers With 'Blacklight'



Arlo rounds out its budget security camera tier with two new Essential models

Meet the Arlo Essential XL Spotlight Camera and the Arlo Essential Camera.



Brave Browser

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



Amazon Alexa: How developers use AI to help Alexa understand what you mean and not what you say

The developers and engineers on the Alexa Smart Home team use a variety of mechanisms, including AI and ML, to help Alexa better understand your voice requests.



AnyTXT Searcher is a freeware tool that can search for text inside documents instantly



Microsoft: Attackers Exploiting ‘ZeroLogon’ Windows Flaw



Apple Patches Four Vulnerabilities in macOS



How to Enable or Disable chrome.exe Volume Control and Hardware Media Key Handling in Google Chrome



How to Set Up Your Xbox One Controller With Windows 10

Microsoft has made it easy to use an Xbox controller on Windows 10. Learn how to connect it wirelessly or through USB.



APC targets console and PC gamers with its Back-UPS Pro Gaming uninterruptible power supply

The UPS protects sensitive electronics from power surges and produces a pure sine wave while operating on battery power in the event of a blackout.



Facebook Communities Voice Concern Over Lack of Moderation

It’s been a long time coming



AirPods Studio leak reveals design of Apple's Bose killers

Apple AirPods Studio make a rough first impression



Google Maps just got a huge new update that could save your life

A new Google Maps layer lets you track COVID-19 infection rates at a national and local level



iOS 14 basics: how to add widgets to your iPhone’s home screen

You can also add them to your iPad



Roku’s new $129 soundbar offers Dolby Audio and 4K streaming

The Streambar is also more compact that you'd expect.



5 best smartwatches for seniors



23 Google Search Tips You'll Want to Learn

Most of us use Google every day, but many have likely only scratched the surface of the search engine's power. Here's how to get better results from a Google search.



What is JavaScript Programming Language and how does it work on a website?



How to Find Files You Downloaded on Android



Hacked Windows 10 Themes Can Swipe Your Microsoft Login



Telemedicine is the future and the future is now



Here’s a Minimalist Windows 10 Desktop That You Can Enable Too

Microsoft is further polishing the look of Windows 10 with every new feature update, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that the operating system has reached the customization level that users expect it to reach.



Web browser developers are failing their most important task

Web browsers haven't been just web browsers for awhile. Jack Wallen suggests web browser developers return to a simpler, more reliable time.



Access Dots displays camera and microphone activity indicators on Android



Two Russians Charged in $17M Cryptocurrency Phishing Spree



Officials: Washington Being Targeted by Phishing Campaign



How to Change Windows Defender Exploit Protection Settings in Windows 10



How to Change Your Login Name on Windows 10

Windows doesn't let you set a username or alias while retaining your real name on your Microsoft Account. Here's a workaround.



Snag a Laptop, Desktop, or Printer on the Cheap in the HP Days Sale



How Crossposting From Instagram to Facebook Could Impact Your Privacy

Facebook feature or Insta-oops?



HP's ProBook 635 Aero packs AMD Ryzen 4000 in a 2.2-pound chassis

It's the lightest AMD-based business laptop ever



AirPods Studio could get this killer feature for iPhone owners

Apple U1 chip could give AirPods Studio handy new features




It’s really great, but the limitations are becoming grating



Roku's new Ultra player finally supports Dolby Vision

It's a no-compromise $100 streamer at last!



Major healthcare network hit by ransomware attack



How to Train Amazon's Alexa to Recognize Your Voice

Does your home have several Echo users? Does Alexa get confused when you talk to her? Here's how to set up an Alexa voice profile so she can better understand you.



How to comment on Google Docs



7 Fixes for the "Windows Was Unable to Complete the Format" Error

Seeing a "Windows was unable to complete the format" error on your USB flash drive or SD card? Here's how to fix this problem.



How to Use Your Phone as a GoPro


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Apple Watch Series 6 review

Apple continues building the foundation for the Watch's future with new hardware and software features



How to Add Photos to Your iPhone Home Screen



Restore Gmail contacts you've deleted by mistake with this simple trick

You can rewind the clock up to a month on your Gmail address book to undo any changes you end up regretting.



Security at a glance page in Windows Security is blank in Windows 10



How to Enable or Disable Windows Defender Exploit Guard Controlled Folder Access in Windows 10



How to enable DNS over HTTPS (DoH) on Windows 10

Windows 10 now includes support for DNS over HTTPS to improve your online privacy, and here's how to enable the feature.



Microsoft is testing a Skype Meet Now button in the Windows 10 taskbar

Because this is a Dev Channel Insider build, there's no hard guarantee that this will ever become an official feature of Windows.



Software makers have gotten worse at documentation and here's why that's a problem

Documentation is an aspect of development that is often overlooked. Find out why Jack Wallen believes this needs to change.



Alleged Windows XP source code leaked, spread on 4chan

The alleged leak follows a leak of the original Xbox source code earlier this year.



Useful Apple Maps Features You May Not Know



Twitter says its test to get people to read articles before tweeting worked

The company will be making the feature available to everyone.



Twitter bug may have exposed API keys, access tokens



Avira Browser Safety

Browse the Internet safely, by installing this add-on that can indicate whether a website is safe or you expose yourself to risks



Get Ready for the Most Interesting CPU Market We’ve Seen in 30 Years



Are Samsung's QLED TVs worth it?

Samsung QLED TVs are some of the most popular on the market, but are they a smart buy for your next TV?



Windows XP source code leaks online

Windows Server 2003 source also included



How to Do More With Windows 10 Using PowerToys

PowerToys are a bunch of free utilities for Windows that can turn you into a power user. Let's see how to use the tools it offers.



Facebook Is 'Making Us Sick,' Alleges Ex-Company Director

'These algorithms have brought out the worst in us. They’ve literally rewired our brains so that we’re detached from reality and immersed in tribalism,' a former Facebook director for monetization tells US lawmakers.



Is someone listening to everything you say? Look for this clue



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How to Show or Hide Notification Badges in the App Library on iPhone



Why I don't trust US VPNs

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How to turn off Are you still watching message in Netflix



How to Add "Open command window here as administrator" context menu in Windows 10



How to change scale and layout settings on WIndows 10

Windows 10 makes it easy to change the scale, resolution, and orientation of your display, and in this guide, you'll learn how.



Microsoft is enhancing the new Edge's PDF powers, and bringing it to Linux

In the bad old days, users often needed a third-party tool for PDF management. Most new browsers, like Microsoft Edge, allow you to work within the browser instead.



SpyCloud and CyberDefenses join forces on election security effort

A cybersecurity company providing services to one in five election jurisdictions across the United States has teamed up with another company to beef up digital protections.



Best Upgradeable Laptop 2020



How to Measure Your PC’s Power Consumption



Amazon's Echo Show 10 rotates to follow you

At long last, you can watch Netflix on an Amazon smart display.



Instagram flaw shows importance of managing third-party apps, images



PaperScan Scanner Software Free Edition

A simple yet powerful scanning software that enables you to operate a wide variety of image adjustments so you can enhance the appearance of your photos



Nuvia Raises $240M for CPU Development, Releases New Details



TikTok users hit with scam apps downloaded over 2.4 million times [updated]

Bogus apps show hidden ads, charge you for free stuff



Turn your Xbox One controller into a throttle-and-stick setup with these 3D-printed parts

A 3D-printed upgrade perfect for playing Microsoft Flight Simulator



9 Common Zoom Call Issues and How to Fix Them

Did your Zoom call get disrupted? These general troubleshooting steps can help you solve any Zoom issues you might have.



Ring's Bizarre Security Cam Includes a Drone That Flies Around Your House

The Always Home Cam is a nondescript silver and black box, but the top lifts off to reveal a drone that can fly around your home for a remote look at every corner.



Tech security tip: How to delete private data for good



Twitter warns developers that their private keys and account tokens may have been exposed



What Is the Xbox Cloud Gaming (Project xCloud)?



6 of Amazon's best new features for your Echo and how to use them

Alexa will soon have additional security features, group calling and more.



Your computer may be sending automated queries



Macrium Reflect - Create a Rescue Partition



How to enable Sleeping Tabs to save resources on Microsoft Edge

You can now enable Sleeping Tabs in Microsoft Edge to save memory, processor, and other resources to improve performance and battery life on Windows 10. Here's how.



10 surprisingly practical Raspberry Pi projects anybody can do

Streaming. Gaming. Networking. Even printing! The Raspberry Pi is far more than a toy.



Amazon's new Eero 6 Mesh routers: What you need to know

Designed to cover a wide area in a home or office, the new Eero 6 and Eero Pro 6 Mesh routers support Wi-Fi and include ZigBee radios to connect to Internet of Things and smart home devices.



Woot's Fall Electronics Sale discounts 4K TVs, Apple Watch, Echo Dot, and more ahead of Prime Day



The 14 Best Games to Play on Your Chromebook in 2020



Ring will introduce end-to-end encryption to address security concerns

Users will also be able to decide how long stored videos remain in the cloud.



How Video Conferencing Apps Compete for Your Screen

Google Meet adds 49-person grid view to compete with Zoom and Microsoft Teams




This application installs a virtual printer that can be used to create PDF documents without effort, even directly from the context menu



Samsung’s New 980 Pro Is the Fastest Consumer SSD Ever Built



iOS 14 green and orange dots explained: Here's what they mean

Apple has added new indicators to iOS 14: green and orange dots that help you understand privacy



Amazon’s Luna game streaming service is powered by Windows and Nvidia GPUs

It’s easy for game developers to bring titles to Luna



How to Fix 7 Common Zoom Problems and Error Codes

Zoom can falter and make you miss an important meeting. Troubleshoot Zoom errors with these tips for smoother video calls.



T-Mobile: New 5G Bands Will Need New Phones

T-Mobile's president of technology squashes hopes that today's phones will work with the upcoming ‘C-Band’ 5G networks.



Delete your personal information from this scary site now!



Google Meet and other Google services go down (Updated)



How to Send Directions to Waze on Your Phone From Your Computer



Alexa is more vital than ever during coronavirus, and Amazon knows it

Amazon introduces a series of new gadgets and services to help with videoconferencing, home security and video streaming.



How to backup and restore Profiles, Extensions, Settings, Favorites in Microsoft Edge



How to Change Zoom Level in Microsoft Edge Chromium



How to enable random MAC address for Wi-Fi on Windows 10

You can enable an option to send random physical addresses when using Wi-Fi, and here's how and why you should do it on Windows 10.



Graphics card zombies: 7 GPUs you absolutely shouldn't buy now

Don't be a sucker. Shop smart!



Report: Unskilled hackers can breach about 3 out of 4 companies

Positive Technologies found in a recent study that criminals with few skills can hack a company in less than 30 minutes.



Best Prime Day Deals on PC Parts 2020



Can Hubitat Really Offer a More Private Smart Home?



Ring announces a security camera and alarm for your car

You'll be able to link your car to your Ring app via the ODB-II port.



Facebook's Image Rights Tool is More for Them Than You

Pretending to care is easy!



Avast Free Antivirus

Powerful anti-malware solution delivered in a user-friendly and free package, featuring multiple scanning modes and extra tools to ensure all-round PC safety



Microsoft Pulls Update Slowing Windows 10 PCs, Fall Update Coming Soon



How to use Zoom app on iPhone, Android, Windows and Mac

A simple guide on how to use Zoom



Amazon’s AZ1 Neural Edge processor will make Alexa voice commands even faster

It made the silicon module with MediaTek



How to Find Stop Codes and Fix Windows 10 Errors

Stop codes give you a great starting point for fixing any Windows 10 errors. Here's what you need to know about using stop codes for troubleshooting.



A New Version of Microsoft Office Without a Subscription Launches in 2021

Microsoft confirms a replacement for Office 2019 with a perpetual license arrives in the second half of 2021.



5 answers to common tech questions revealed



You can now return Apple’s Solo Loop for a new size, without sending back the Watch



How to Set Up Your Own Cloud PC


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