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See what's new in MS Edge Chromium

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/features?form=MD1937&ocid=MD1937FY2001EONB1_ema_rmc_win_50210_2055855_13820_en-us_HER&zuid=10AA548B059CBEFC6364E4296808B9CF78

 

If the Computer Accessory of the Year Isn't a Webcam We Don't Know What Is. Grab This Aukey One for Just $27 (I have one and no complaints about it)

https://kinjadeals.theinventory.com/if-the-computer-accessory-of-the-year-isnt-a-webcam-we-1845884942

 

We're Finally Starting to See Some Great MagSafe Accessories, but They're Not Coming from Apple
https://gizmodo.com/were-finally-starting-to-see-some-great-magsafe-accesso-1845851205

 

6 Privacy-Focused Alternatives to the Apps You Use Every Day

From messaging to maps, many popular apps slurp up your data to sell you ads. There’s a better way.

https://www.wired.com/story/the-best-privacy-app-alternatives/

 

Cybersecurity in a fishbowl: How North Carolina’s Board of Elections handled it

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/government-and-defense/cybersecurity-in-a-fishbowl-how-north-carolinas-board-of-elections-handled-it/

 

How to Create a New Folder in Gmail

https://www.howtogeek.com/699904/how-to-create-a-new-folder-in-gmail/

 

Ring With Ting - Save on Your Mobile Phone Bill

https://askbobrankin.com/ring_with_ting_save_on_your_mobile_phone_bill.html

 

Microsoft’s Password Manager to work with Edge, Chrome and mobile devices

https://news.thewindowsclub.com/microsofts-password-manager-to-work-with-edge-chrome-and-mobile-devices-104530/

 

Cyberthreat Hunter FireEye Hacked by Nation-State Attackers

https://www.technewsworld.com/story/Cyberthreat-Hunter-FireEye-Hacked-by-Nation-State-Attackers-86946.html

 

How to Use Sound Recognition Alerts on iPhone

https://www.maketecheasier.com/use-sound-recognition-alerts-iphone/

 

This VPN will now start blocking the Pirate Bay and more

Users of Sophidea's VPN service will no longer be able to access popular torrenting sites

https://www.techradar.com/news/this-vpn-will-now-start-blocking-the-pirate-bay-and-more

 

Expert: 5G connectivity has sped up since the pandemic began

https://www.techrepublic.com/videos/expert-5g-connectivity-has-sped-up-since-the-pandemic-began/

 

Samsung fixes critical Android bugs in December 2020 updates

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/samsung-fixes-critical-android-bugs-in-december-2020-updates/

 

How to Allow or Deny Apps Access to File System in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/104030-allow-deny-apps-access-file-system-windows-10-a.html

 

iPhone Live Photos Now Fully Supported by Microsoft OneDrive

Microsoft has just announced that its official OneDrive app for iOS devices can now upload Live Photos taken with an iPhone.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/iphone-live-photos-now-fully-supported-by-microsoft-onedrive-531775.shtml

 

How to password protect files with Safe folder on Android

Files by Google app has a feature to protect your sensitive files using a password on your Android device, and in this guide, you'll learn how to use the feature.

https://pureinfotech.com/password-protect-files-safe-folder-android/

 

SSD vs. HDD: How to decide which storage option is the best for your computer

https://news.yahoo.com/ssd-vs-hdd-decide-storage-165126775.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=2_04

 

Microsoft reportedly designing its own ARM-based chips for servers and Surface PCs

A warning shot to Intel

https://www.theverge.com/2020/12/18/22189450/microsoft-arm-processors-chips-servers-surface-report

 

Gmail is broken right now, one day after a massive outage (Update: Fixed?)

https://techcrunch.com/2020/12/15/gmail-is-a-little-broken-right-now-one-day-after-a-massive-outage-errors/

 

Google Adds Knowledge Panels in Search Results for Covid-19 Vaccines to Counter Misinformation

https://gizmodo.com/google-adds-knowledge-panels-in-search-results-for-covi-1845856441

 

Malicious Chrome and Edge extensions infect at least 3 million people — what to do

At least 28 add-ons can steal user data and install malware

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/28-bad-browser-extensions

 

Google will officially support running Chrome OS on old PCs

The move comes after Google bought Neverware this week.

https://www.engadget.com/google-neverware-acqusition-203553138.html

 

Google Drive Update Makes It Less Annoying to Search on Mobile

Google teases an update that improves search functionality across its Drive app, including search suggestions and the ability to 're-run' desktop searches.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/google-drive-update-makes-it-less-annoying-to-search-on-mobile

 

Scammers never stop scamming

https://www.komando.com/episode/scammers-never-stop-scamming/768942/

 

Google outage tied to authentication system outage, not supply chain attacks

https://www.scmagazine.com/application-security/google-outage-tied-to-authentication-system-outage-not-supply-chain-attacks/

 

How to Stop Windows 10 From Changing Your Default Printer

https://www.howtogeek.com/698941/how-to-stop-windows-10-from-changing-your-default-printer/

 

Access Denied? Here's the Fix...

Most people are the sole or principal user of a PC or laptop, and hold the privileges of the Administrator account. An Admin is supposed to be omnipotent, having full control over every file and folder on a computer. It is frustrating to learn this is not always so! Here is why you may at times see “access denied” or “you do not have permission to access” a file or folder, and several clever ways to gain full control of your “personal" computer...

https://askbobrankin.com/access_denied_heres_the_fix.html

 

Gmail could have been hacked causing global outage, warns security expert

https://news.thewindowsclub.com/gmail-could-have-been-hacked-104528/

 

Contact-Tracing Apps Flop in the US

https://www.technewsworld.com/story/Contact-Tracing-Apps-Flop-in-the-US-86944.html

 

Mounting Difficulties with iOS 14 Messages Becoming a Problem

https://www.maketecheasier.com/mounting-difficulties-with-ios-14-messages/

 

POS terminals may have some serious security vulnerabilities

Verifone and Ingenico customers should install the latest patches for their POS terminals now

https://www.techradar.com/news/pos-terminals-may-have-some-serious-security-vulnerabilities

 

New collaboration announces touchscreens with antiviral and antimicrobial protection

For those who panic at the ATM, digital commerce terminals, and even a shared smart fridge, Kastus and Lenovo have partnered to transform light-powered touchscreens.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/new-collaboration-announces-touchscreens-with-antiviral-and-antimicrobial-protection/

 

Facebook unmasks Vietnam’s APT32 hacking group

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/facebook-unmasks-vietnam-s-apt32-hacking-group/

 

How to Enable or Disable DNS over HTTPS (DoH) Secure DNS in Google Chrome

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/145372-how-enable-disable-dns-over-https-doh-google-chrome.html

 

Microsoft Teams Will Soon Feel Like Home on the Mac Touch Bar

Microsoft Teams is one of the products whose adoption skyrocketed in the last 12 months, and it’s not hard to figure out why this happened.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/microsoft-teams-will-soon-feel-like-home-on-the-mac-touch-bar-531759.shtml

 

Windows 10 version 1903 has reached the end of support on December 8, 2020

Originally released on May 21, 2019, Microsoft is ending support for Windows 10 version 1903 (May 2020 Update) on December 8, 2020. If you're still on this version, it's recommended to upgrade.

https://pureinfotech.com/windows-10-1903-reached-end-support/

 

You can’t use Apple’s MagSafe Duo Charger with its 29W power adapter

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apple-magsafe-duo-charger-incompatible-29w-power-adapter-084409096.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=2_04

 

12 predictions for the consumer internet in 2021

Your best predictions about breakout apps, cultural trends, regulation, and more

https://www.theverge.com/22188075/12-predictions-consumer-internet-2021-labor-apps-social-networks

 

Europe lays out its plan to reboot digital rules and tame tech giants

https://techcrunch.com/2020/12/15/europe-lays-out-its-plan-to-reboot-digital-rules-and-tame-tech-giants/

 

Your Credit Score Should Be Based on Your Web History, IMF Says

https://gizmodo.com/your-credit-score-should-be-based-on-your-web-history-1845912592

 

RIP Galaxy Note? Samsung confirms best features are coming to Galaxy S21

Samsung says Galaxy Note features are coming to more phones — and there’s a lot more news

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/samsung-just-confirmed-galaxy-note-features-for-other-phones-and-galaxy-s21-should-be-first

 

Microsoft Office apps now run natively on Macs with the M1 chip

It didn't take long for Microsoft to catch up with Apple's new hardware.

https://www.engadget.com/office-365-apps-mac-m1-support-194615832.html

 

What Is 6G?

You may not even have 5G, and yet people are already talking about 6G. But what is 6G network technology? At this point, it's more about what isn't 6G. Here's what we know so far.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/what-is-6g

 

Don’t fall for Router Shields

https://www.komando.com/episode/dont-fall-for-router-shields/768294/

 

After high profile hacks hit federal agencies, CISA demands drastic SolarWinds mitigation

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/apts-cyberespionage/disconnect-or-power-down-after-high-profile-hacks-cisa-demands-drastic-solarwinds-mitigation/

 

What Is “Meet Now” on Windows 10, and How Do You Use It?

https://www.howtogeek.com/704271/what-is-meet-now-on-windows-10-and-how-do-you-use-it/

 

Is It Time to Reset Your Web Browser?

https://askbobrankin.com/is_it_time_to_reset_your_web_browser.html

 

Ransomware 2.0 targeting Indian companies the most

https://news.thewindowsclub.com/ransomware-2-0-targeting-indian-companies-the-most-104483/

 

Qualcomm's Powerful Preview of 2021's Premium Smartphones

https://www.technewsworld.com/story/Qualcomms-Powerful-Preview-of-2021s-Premium-Smartphones-86941.html

 

How to Use AirPods Automatic Switching Feature to Switch Between Devices

https://www.maketecheasier.com/airpods-automatically-switching-between-devices/

 

Students targeted with university-themed phishing emails

Scam looks to steal Office 365 credentials

https://www.techradar.com/news/criminals-target-students-with-university-themed-phishing-emails

 

How 2020 and the global pandemic affected the way we write

11 particular tones were observed in the writing of 30 million daily users, according to a report from Grammarly.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-2020-and-the-global-pandemic-affected-the-way-we-write/

 

Microsoft: New malware can infect over 30K Windows PCs a day

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/microsoft-new-malware-can-infect-over-30k-windows-pcs-a-day/

 

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

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/59830-add-remove-dropbox-navigation-pane-windows-10-a.html

 

Microsoft Officially Announces Microsoft Office for Apple Silicon

Microsoft has recently announced that Microsoft Office is now fully optimized for Apple Silicon, so customers who purchased devices powered by the M1 chip can now benefit from better performance when running the productivity suite.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/microsoft-officially-announces-microsoft-office-for-apple-silicon-531769.shtml

 

WINDOWS 10 TO GET BATTERY GRAPH, CAMERA SETTINGS, MORE NEW FEATURES

Windows 10 build 21277 reveals several new features coming in 2021, including battery graph, camera settings, timeline improvements, new taskbar settings, and more.

https://pureinfotech.com/windows-10-battery-graph-camera-settings-new-features/

 

Google, Intel, Zoom and others launch a new alliance to get enterprises to use more Chrome

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/google-intel-zoom-others-launch-185336494.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=2_04

 

US plans major expansion of facial recognition authority at airports

‘All aliens may be required to be photographed upon entry’

https://www.theverge.com/2020/12/18/22188526/airport-facial-recognition-us-customs-biometric-exit-expansion

 

Twitter fined ~$550K over a data breach in Ireland’s first major GDPR decision

https://techcrunch.com/2020/12/15/twitter-fined-550k-over-a-data-breach-in-irelands-first-major-gdpr-decision/

 

Apparently Microsoft Wants to Design Its Own ARM Chips

https://gizmodo.com/apparently-microsoft-wants-to-design-its-own-arm-chips-1845915659

 

iPhone Flip: Everything we know about Apple's foldable phone plans

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/iphone-flip-everything-we-know-about-apples-foldable-phone-plans

 

Apple's iOS 12.5 adds COVID-19 exposure notifications for older iPhones

That includes iPhone 6 and older.

https://www.engadget.com/apple-ios-125-adds-covid-19-exposure-notification-older-iphones-213616636.html

 

Microsoft's Emulator to Run x86 64-Bit Windows Apps on ARM Devices Arrives as a Beta

Still, the company warns that the new emulator for 64-bit Windows apps may not work with every program. So expect a hit-or-miss experience.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/microsofts-emulator-to-run-x86-64-bit-windows-apps-on-arm-devices-arrives

 

5 new Windows 10 features to try right now

https://www.komando.com/technology/5-new-windows-10-features/769218/

 

Employees 85% more likely to leak files today vs pre-COVID (also, 51% of family members have looked at company files)

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/data-breach/employees-85-more-likely-to-leak-files-today-vs-pre-covid/

 

How to Stop Windows 10 From Changing Your Default Printer

https://www.howtogeek.com/698941/how-to-stop-windows-10-from-changing-your-default-printer/

 

Get Your Free Credit Score (here's how...)

https://askbobrankin.com/get_your_free_credit_score_heres_how.html

 

Now you can uninstall Chrome PWAs directly from Windows 10 settings

https://news.thewindowsclub.com/uninstall-chrome-pwas-directly-from-windows-10-settings-104480/

 

FTC Demands Social Media Firms' User Data, Harvesting Tactics

https://www.technewsworld.com/story/FTC-Demands-Social-Media-Firms-User-Data-Harvesting-Tactics-86954.html

 

How to Clean Up and Make Space on Your Windows 10 “C” Drive

https://www.maketecheasier.com/recover-free-space-windows-c-drive/

 

YouTube back online, all services restored as Google apologizes for 'system outage'

"Google experienced an authentication system outage"

https://www.techradar.com/news/google-suite-youtube-and-other-services-are-down

 

Microsoft: Turning Excel into a Turing-complete programming language

Excel might be the world's most widely used programming language; Microsoft is on a journey to turn it into a better and more powerful programming language, without losing what makes it Excel.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/microsoft-turning-excel-into-a-turing-complete-programming-language/

 

U.S. warns of increased cyberattacks against K-12 distance learning

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/us-warns-of-increased-cyberattacks-against-k-12-distance-learning/

 

How to Enable or Disable Sleeping Tabs in Microsoft Edge Chromium

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/165231-how-enable-disable-sleeping-tabs-microsoft-edge-chromium.html

 

QuickMemoryTestOK

Find out whether the crashes and system errors you experience lately are due to defective RAM memory or another cause using this app

https://www.softpedia.com/get/System/System-Info/QuickMemoryTestOK.shtml

 

How to manage windows with PowerToys FancyZones on Windows 10

PowerToys FancyZones tool allows you to manage windows on the screen with complex layouts, and in this guide, you'll learn the steps to use and configure the tool on Windows 10.

https://pureinfotech.com/manage-windows-powertoys-fancyzones-windows-10/

 

England to make support payment available through COVID trace app

https://news.yahoo.com/england-support-payment-available-test-135208380.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=2_04

 

Microsoft president sounds alarm on ‘ongoing’ SolarWinds hack, identifies 40 more precise targets

‘This is not ‘espionage as usual,’ even in the digital age.’

https://www.theverge.com/2020/12/17/22188060/microsoft-president-solarwinds-orion-hack-breach-brad-smith

 

FTC orders ByteDance, Facebook, Snap and others to explain what they do with user data

https://techcrunch.com/2020/12/14/ftc-tiktok-amazon-facebook-social-media-study/

 

How to Get Ready to Switch from Google Hangouts to Google Chat

https://gizmodo.com/how-to-get-ready-to-switch-from-google-hangouts-to-goog-1845801333

 

Zoom offering unlimited video calls for holiday season — these are the dates

Unlimited call times are coming, but only for the holidays

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/zoom-offering-unlimited-video-calls-for-holiday-season-these-are-the-days

 

Google makes it easier to try Chrome's experimental features

Chrome Labs puts test features a couple of clicks away.

https://www.engadget.com/google-chrome-labs-experimental-features-223827136.html

 

Analyst: Apple iPhone 12 mini Is Not a Big Hit

So it turns out that not many people want smaller phones.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/analyst-apple-iphone-12-mini-is-not-a-big-hit

 

Adobe Flash Player is going away – Take this important step now

https://www.komando.com/technology/uninstall-adobe-flash-player/769401/

 

Sacramento turns COVID layoffs into a cyber training opportunity

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/government/sacramento-turns-covid-layoffs-into-a-cyber-training-opportunity/

 

Print on a cake!

https://hackspace.raspberrypi.org/articles/print-on-a-cake

 

The (subtle) second coming of Google+

Google may have given up on its official social service, but it never really left the underlying ambitions behind.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3600593/google-plus-second-coming.html

 

iFixit pulls the PS5 completely apart

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/playstation-5-teardown-100122921.html

 

How Do I Report a Bug in Windows 10? Use This Tool

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxIhprhSh0c&feature=youtu.be&t=0s

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Scope of Russian Hack Becomes Clear: Multiple U.S. Agencies Were Hit

The Pentagon, intelligence agencies, nuclear labs and Fortune 500 companies use software that was found to have been compromised by Russian hackers. The sweep of stolen data is still being assessed.

https://tinyurl.com/y746kvaa

   

California says 10% of state has opted in to coronavirus exposure alerts

  - This week, California residents started receiving push notifications telling them to opt-in to CA Notify, a system that can anonymously alert users that they may have been exposed to the Covid-19 coronavirus.

  - CA Notify is based on technology built by Apple and Google.

  - California is the most populous of 19 U.S. states so far to roll out an exposure notification system and is the state where both Google and Apple are headquartered.

  - California’s Department of Public Health estimates that 4 million people have signed up.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/12/ca-notify-coronavirus-app-gets-4-million-activations-in-first-day.html

 

Scams likely to heat up after COVID-19 vaccine rollout

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/scams-likely-heat-covid-19-110041431.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=2_04

 

How to Search Open Tabs on Google Chrome

https://www.howtogeek.com/704212/how-to-search-open-tabs-on-google-chrome/

 

Apple Music comes to Google Home devices like Nest Audio and Nest Hub

You can now stream your favorite Apple Music tunes from your Google smart home devices.

https://www.cnet.com/news/google-home-apple-music-comes-to-devices-like-nest-audio-nest-hub/

 

Subway customers complain they're being served up phishing emails

Fast-food chain is blaming a hacked server for dodgy emails

https://www.techradar.com/news/subway-customers-complain-theyre-being-served-up-phishing-emails

 

Geekly Update - 09 December 2020

https://askbobrankin.com/geekly_update_09_december_2020.html

 

How to protect yourself from gift card scams

With the holiday season in bloom, watch out for scams that promise free gift cards or offer to check your gift card balance, says Bolster.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-protect-yourself-from-gift-card-scams/

 

250,000 stolen MySQL databases for sale on dark web auction site

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/250-000-stolen-mysql-databases-for-sale-on-dark-web-auction-site/

 

Smart Device Life Cycles Can Pull the Plug on Security

https://www.technewsworld.com/story/Smart-Device-Life-Cycles-Can-Pull-the-Plug-on-Security-86928.html

 

Microsoft Teams launches a website to download custom background images

https://news.thewindowsclub.com/microsoft-teams-launches-a-website-to-download-custom-background-images-104465/

 

How to Use Microsoft Authenticator as the Default iPhone Autofill App

Microsoft Authenticator is evolving substantially these days, and one of the priorities for Microsoft has become transforming this app into a fully featured password manager.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/how-to-use-microsoft-authenticator-as-the-default-iphone-autofill-app-531776.shtml

 

Facebook removes pages pushing health misinformation

NBC News' Brandy Zadrozny reports on the newest efforts by Facebook to remove pages spreading misinformation about natural cures and vaccines for Covid-19.

https://www.nbcnews.com/now/video/facebook-removes-pages-pushing-health-misinformation-97503813937

 

MIT professor wants to overhaul ‘The Hype Machine’ that powers social media

'We really have a full-blown social media crisis on our hands'

https://techcrunch.com/2020/12/14/hype-machine-sinan-aral/

 

Emporia energy-monitoring smart plug review: Power management on a budget

This bargain-priced smart plug offers some features its better-known competitors don’t.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3601428/emporia-energy-monitoring-smart-plug-review-power.html

 

How to adjust webcam settings on your Mac

Apple doesn't have built-in camera settings, but you can use third-party software to really improve your camera quality.

https://www.macworld.com/article/2047634/how-to-tweak-settings-on-your-webcam.html

 

Here's Where SpaceX Has Promised to Provide Starlink Internet

https://gizmodo.com/heres-where-spacex-has-promised-to-provide-starlink-int-1845850942

 

Logitech webcams haven’t been this cheap at Amazon since last year

https://bgr.com/2020/12/14/logitech-webcam-amazon-c270-new-lower-price/

 

How to Clear Cache on Android (And When You Should)

What are temporary app files? How do you clear the cache on Android? And when should you do it? Everything you need to know.

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/clear-cache-android/

 

Amazon just started sharing your internet connection with your neighbors

https://www.komando.com/kims-column/amazon-just-started-sharing-your-internet-connection-with-your-neighbors/769203/

 

'Adrozek' Malware Is Infecting Thousands of PCs to Insert Ads, Microsoft Warns

'We recorded hundreds of thousands of encounters of the Adrozek malware across the globe, with heavy concentration in Europe and in South Asia and Southeast Asia,' Microsoft says.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/microsoft-warns-adrozek-malware-is-infecting-thousands-of-pcs-to-insert

 

Cord-Cutters Cause Comcast to Launch Nationwide Data Cap

https://finance.yahoo.com/m/3774bd3a-3bd5-3b0b-9854-db5cbb569c1d/cord-cutters-cause-comcast-to.html

 

How to Create a Checklist in Microsoft Excel

https://www.howtogeek.com/698565/how-to-create-a-checklist-in-microsoft-excel/

 

Why iOS 14's Picture in Picture feature will transform your iPhone experience

The iPhone now has one of Android's beloved features, and we'll show you how to use it.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/apple-ios-14-iphone-operating-system-picture-in-picture-will-transform-experience/

 

Hackers are abusing a disputed vulnerability to launch attacks on Linux machines

Users told to follow recommended security practises to mitigate risks

https://www.techradar.com/news/hackers-are-abusing-a-disputed-vulnerability-to-launch-attacks-on-linux-machines

 

Searching Backwards: Reverse Directory Lookups

https://askbobrankin.com/searching_backwards_reverse_directory_lookups.html

 

How the coronavirus outbreak will affect cybersecurity in 2021

Ensuring security for employees working remotely was cited as the biggest challenge going into the new year, says Check Point.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-the-coronavirus-outbreak-will-affect-cybersecurity-in-2021/

 

Hackers can use WinZip insecure server connection to drop malware

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/hackers-can-use-winzip-insecure-server-connection-to-drop-malware/

 

Student Inventor Wins Prize for Breast Cancer Screening Device

https://www.technewsworld.com/story/Student-Inventor-Wins-Prize-for-Breast-Cancer-Screening-Device-86927.html

 

Now you can edit Microsoft Office attachments directly from Gmail inbox

https://news.thewindowsclub.com/edit-microsoft-office-attachments-directly-from-gmail-inbox-104451/

 

Microsoft Confirms Microsoft Teams for Apple Silicon Is in the Works

Microsoft Teams is one of the products whose adoption skyrocketed in the last months pretty much because the pandemic forced everyone to work remotely and stay in touch with the rest of the colleagues using the power of software.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/microsoft-confirms-microsoft-teams-for-apple-silicon-is-in-the-works-531770.shtml

 

As the pandemic rages, local newspapers try to break through to readers

Media outlets large and small are facing a challenge in connecting with readers despite an outbreak that threatens to spiral out of control in several parts of the country.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/all/pandemic-rages-local-newspapers-try-break-through-readers-n1250437

 

Microsoft’s Outlook also faces intermittent outage, amid crash across multiple Google services

https://techcrunch.com/2020/12/14/microsofts-outlook-also-faces-intermittent-outage-amid-crash-across-multiple-google-services/

 

Zvox SoundBase 440 review: A disappearing breed of TV sound reinforcement

If you’re looking for a one-piece audio solution that will tuck neatly under your TV, this is a good one.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3600988/zvox-soundbase-440-review.html

 

iPhone 12 mini review: A concentration not a reduction

The iPhone gets the iPad mini treatment and the results are practically perfect.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3600589/iphone-12-mini-review-a-concentration-not-a-reduction.html

 

Parler’s Downloads Fell Off a Cliff

https://gizmodo.com/parler-s-downloads-fell-off-a-cliff-1845854736

 

A six-year-old bought $16K worth of in-game content on an iPad

https://bgr.com/2020/12/14/how-to-prevent-in-app-purchases/

 

How to Enable Private Mode in Your Favorite Android Apps

You don't want everything you do online to be logged. Here's how to go incognito in Android's most popular apps.

https://www.makeuseof.com/enable-private-mode-in-android-apps/

 

Credit card-stealing malware is hiding in plain sight – don’t fall for it

https://www.komando.com/news/credit-card-stealing-malware/769057/

 

Mark Zuckerberg Tells Staff COVID-19 Vaccine Won't Be Necessary to Return to Work

Employees have the option to continue working remotely until July 2021.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/mark-zuckerberg-tells-staff-covid-19-vaccine-wont-be-necessary-to-return

 

SSD vs. HDD: How to decide which storage option is the best for your computer

https://www.yahoo.com/news/ssd-vs-hdd-decide-storage-165126775.html

 

How to Create Your Own Personalized Newsletter

https://www.howtogeek.com/696432/how-to-create-your-own-personalized-newsletter/

 

4 ways Alexa can find your lost phone in the house

If you can't remember where you left your phone, your Amazon Echo can help.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/4-ways-alexa-can-find-your-lost-phone-in-the-house/

 

Microsoft Teams is getting an Outlook integration that could be a serious time-saver

Email integration is coming in March

https://www.techradar.com/news/microsoft-teams-is-getting-an-outlook-integration-that-could-be-a-serious-time-saver

 

Want Your Internet Faster and Safer?

https://askbobrankin.com/want_your_internet_faster_and_safer.html

 

Top 5 reasons not to use SMS for multi-factor authentication

Using SMS as an additional means to authenticate your password is better than nothing, but it's not the most reliable approach. Tom Merritt lists five reasons why SMS should not be used for MFA.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/top-5-reasons-not-to-use-sms-for-multi-factor-authentication/

 

Microsoft Edge gets a performance boost with sleeping tabs

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/microsoft-edge-gets-a-performance-boost-with-sleeping-tabs/

 

New Internet Protocol Aims to Give Users Control of Their Digital Identities

https://www.technewsworld.com/story/New-Internet-Protocol-Aims-to-Give-Users-Control-of-Their-Digital-Identities-86924.html

 

Now you can edit Microsoft Office attachments directly from Gmail inbox

https://news.thewindowsclub.com/edit-microsoft-office-attachments-directly-from-gmail-inbox-104451/

 

Microsoft Authenticator Will Let Users Sync Passwords from Edge Browser

Microsoft Authenticator keeps evolving and getting more and more features, and this is actually a good thing for those committed to the Microsoft ecosystem, especially because it’s becoming a more advanced password manager overall.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/microsoft-authenticator-will-let-users-sync-passwords-from-edge-browser-531753.shtml

 

Google spied on employees and fired them for unionizing, U.S. labor board says

The agency states that Google unlawfully surveilled employees “on numerous occasions,” including viewing an employee presentation in support of union efforts, the filing states.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/google-spied-employees-fired-unionizing-us-labor-board-says-rcna187

 

Here comes the Faraday fabric

https://techcrunch.com/2020/12/11/here-comes-the-faraday-fabric/

 

How Much Will Healthcare Cost in Retirement? The Answer May Shock You.

The amount you spend on medical costs as a senior could be beyond your wildest imagination -- and not in a good way.

https://www.fool.com/retirement/2020/12/13/how-much-will-healthcare-cost-in-retirement-the-an/

 

How to adjust webcam settings on your Mac

Apple doesn't have built-in camera settings, but you can use third-party software to really improve your camera quality.

https://www.macworld.com/article/2047634/how-to-tweak-settings-on-your-webcam.html

 

The Next Generation of Vaccines Might Be Inhalable

https://gizmodo.com/the-next-generation-of-vaccines-might-be-inhalable-1845850314

 

A chainsaw started on its own, and now 82,000 are being recalled

https://bgr.com/2020/12/13/chainsaw-recall-black-and-decker-craftsman/

 

How to Upgrade Your iCloud Storage on an iPhone, Mac, or Windows PC

Need more iCloud storage? Here's how to upgrade your iCloud account on any compatible platform.

https://www.makeuseof.com/how-to-upgrade-icloud-storage/

 

Amazon shares your private info unless you do these steps

https://www.komando.com/kims-column/protect-your-amazon-account/747110/

 

Apple Is Developing an iPhone Modem

Apple continues its quest to create as many components as it can internally.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/apple-is-developing-an-iphone-modem

 

Cord-Cutters Cause Comcast to Launch Nationwide Data Cap

https://finance.yahoo.com/m/3774bd3a-3bd5-3b0b-9854-db5cbb569c1d/cord-cutters-cause-comcast-to.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=2_04

 

How to Change Your Display Name on Gmail

https://www.howtogeek.com/698911/how-to-change-your-display-name-on-gmail/

 

Google pinpoints cause of Monday's widespread outage

Not a great start to the week for the big G.

https://www.cnet.com/news/gmail-youtube-down-google-services-back-online-after-widespread-outage/

 

Your personal data could be for sale online for a lot less than you'd think

Information is trading hands for less than a dollar

https://www.techradar.com/news/your-personal-data-could-be-for-sale-online-for-a-lot-less-than-youd-think

 

Geekly Update - 02 December 2020

https://askbobrankin.com/geekly_update_02_december_2020.html

 

How to use shortcuts to sort in Microsoft Excel

If you run sorts in Excel a lot, you might benefit from shortcuts or even a macro. Here are some ways to make your sorting life easier.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-use-shortcuts-to-sort-in-microsoft-excel/

 

Qbot malware switched to stealthy new Windows autostart method

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/qbot-malware-switched-to-stealthy-new-windows-autostart-method/

 

Apple's M1 ARM Pivot: A Step Into the Reality Distortion Field

https://www.technewsworld.com/story/Apples-M1-ARM-Pivot-A-Step-Into-the-Reality-Distortion-Field-86919.html

 

Cloudflare launches Oblivious DoH in 1.1.1.1 for improved DNS privacy

https://news.thewindowsclub.com/cloudflare-launches-oblivious-doh-in-1-1-1-1-for-improved-dns-privacy-104375/

 

Microsoft Officially Retires Windows 10 Version 1903

The December 2020 Patch Tuesday brought not only new cumulative updates for Windows 10 but also the death of another version, as Microsoft has officially retired Windows 10 version 1903.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/microsoft-officially-retires-windows-10-version-1903-531722.shtml

 

Hackers targeting supply chain that keeps coronavirus vaccines cold, experts warn

It's the latest in a series of cybersecurity reports that point to foreign governments hackers trying to break into groups working to rush out a vaccine.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/hackers-targeting-supply-chain-keeps-coronavirus-vaccines-cold-experts-warn-n1249824

 

Cloud-gaming platforms were 2020’s most overhyped trend

The future of the technology is bright, but much less sexy

https://techcrunch.com/2020/12/11/cloud-gaming-platforms-were-2020s-most-overhyped-trend/

 

Apple Finally Started Making Its In-House Modem Earlier This Year

The Mac maker can't wait to ditch Qualcomm.

https://www.fool.com/investing/2020/12/12/apple-finally-started-making-its-in-house-modem-ea/

 

macOS Big Sur supports Time Machine on APFS-formatted drives, but there are a few catches

The updated macOS finally allows you to use a drive formatted with Apple’s not-very-new APFS filesystem as a Time Machine destination.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3600278/macos-big-sur-supports-time-machine-on-apfs-formatted-drives-but-there-are-a-few-catches.html

 

How to Back Up Your Photos and Videos to More Than One Place

https://gizmodo.com/how-to-back-up-your-photos-and-videos-to-more-than-one-1845817373

 

These are the 8 coronavirus essentials the CDC says you need to stock up on

https://bgr.com/2020/12/15/coronavirus-tips-from-cdc-8-pandemic-essentials/

 

Wireless Charging: How It Works and Everything Else You Must Know

Charing your phone without a cable still feels like magic. So, how does wireless charging actually work?

https://www.makeuseof.com/wireless-charging-how-it-works-and-everything-else-you-must-know/

 

Amazon just started sharing your internet connection with your neighbors

https://www.komando.com/kims-column/amazon-just-started-sharing-your-internet-connection-with-your-neighbors/769203/

 

Disney+ Gets a $1 Price Hike Next Year, Introduces $19 Ad-Free Hulu/ESPN+ Bundle

Subscribers will start paying more for Disney+ in March.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/disney-plus-gets-a-1-price-hike-next-year-introduces-19-ad-free-huluespn

 

Amazon Has a Secret Warehouse Section Where You Never Pay Full Price for Items

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/amazon-secret-warehouse-section-where-192700695.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=2_04

 

Hollywood and tech are finally acknowledging people with disabilities

https://www.cnet.com/videos/hollywood-and-tech-are-finally-acknowledging-people-with-disabilities/

 

How to remove startup and login items on your Mac

Is your Mac starting up slowly? A mess of startup and login items might be to blame.

https://www.macworld.com/article/2047747/take-control-of-startup-and-login-items.html

 

Have You Ever Heard of This App by Apple? Well, It’s Dying

https://gizmodo.com/have-you-ever-heard-of-this-app-by-apple-well-it-s-dy-1845863817

 

What Good is an Image if I Can't Restore an Old Backup to a New Computer?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Jsp2G8Vgac&feature=youtu.be&t=0s

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Russian Hackers Broke Into Federal Agencies, U.S. Officials Suspect

In one of the most sophisticated and perhaps largest hacks in more than five years, email systems were breached at the Treasury and Commerce Departments. Other breaches are under investigation.

https://tinyurl.com/y8xhomc5

 

Turn Off Spell Check on Your Kid's Computer

https://offspring.lifehacker.com/turn-off-spell-check-on-your-kids-computer-1845850162

 

Exascend Introduces Industrial Rugged PCIe Gen3 and SATA3 SSD

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/exascend-introduces-industrial-rugged-pcie-150000541.html

 

How to Add a Traffic Report Using Google Maps

https://www.howtogeek.com/696642/how-to-add-a-traffic-report-using-google-maps/

 

Anker Soundcore Motion Plus review: This bulked-up $100 Bluetooth speaker sounds excellent

You'll be hard pressed to find a better-sounding portable speaker for the price.

https://www.cnet.com/reviews/anker-soundcore-motion-plus-review/

 

Microsoft fuels Edge vs Chrome battle with new ‘Search in Sidebar’ feature

https://news.thewindowsclub.com/microsoft-fuels-edge-vs-chrome-battle-with-new-search-in-sidebar-feature-104441/

 

Update Android's 'Carrier Services' If Your Texts Won't Send

https://lifehacker.com/update-androids-carrier-services-if-your-texts-wont-sen-1845860947

 

Malwarebytes: Schools still struggling with connectivity and using last year's antivirus software

About half of IT decision makers in a new survey say they have not added any cybersecurity training for teachers and students since remote learning started.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/malwarebytes-schools-still-struggling-with-connectivity-and-using-last-years-antivirus-software/

 

Image Viewer ImageGlass 8.0 is out with major improvements

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/12/10/image-viewer-imageglass-8-0-is-out-with-major-improvements/

 

Why Is My Hard Drive Not Showing in Windows File Explorer?

Occasionally, attaching a drive to a computer will appear to work, except the drive's nowhere to be found. I'll walk through one common solution.

https://askleo.com/hard-drive-not-showing/

 

Whom Can We Trust to Safeguard Healthcare Data?

https://www.technewsworld.com/story/computing/86887.html

 

How to Download and Install Microsoft PowerToys in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/143528-how-download-install-microsoft-powertoys-windows-10-a.html

 

How to boot in Safe Mode on Windows 10

You can start your PC in Safe Mode to troubleshoot and fix Windows 10 problems — here are four ways you can access this mode.

https://pureinfotech.com/safe-mode-windows-10/


Windows 10X Reaches RTM, Public Launch in the Spring

Windows 10X, the ambitious project that’s supposed to bring Microsoft’s operating system to both single- and dual-screen devices, has reportedly been finalized, with the debut now expected to happen in the spring.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/windows-10x-reaches-rtm-public-launch-in-the-spring-531752.shtml

 

GOOGLE DOCS WILL SOON LET YOU MIX LANDSCAPE AND PORTRAIT PAGES IN THE SAME DOCUMENT

https://chromeunboxed.com/google-docs-mixed-orientation-pages

 

Apple updates macOS Big Sur to version 11.1

Update includes TV app enhancements, AirPods Max support, ProRAW support, and more.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3601000/apple-updates-macos-big-sur-to-version-111.html

 

How to Get Ready to Switch from Google Hangouts to Google Chat

https://gizmodo.com/how-to-get-ready-to-switch-from-google-hangouts-to-goog-1845801333

 

How much is your iPhone 7/ 7 Plus worth right now?

https://9to5mac.com/2020/12/13/iphone-7-trade-in-value/

 

Google's 2020 web developer summit puts security at the top of the agenda

The virtual event will also focus on tools to make more powerful and private apps and extensions.

https://www.engadget.com/google-2020-chrome-dev-summit-173017100.html

 

5 new Windows 10 features to try right now

https://www.komando.com/technology/5-new-windows-10-features/769218/

 

FCC May Be Significantly Overestimating US Gigabit Home Internet Coverage

The FCC claims that the US has nearly nationwide gigabit home internet coverage, but an independent study seems to confirm that this is a massive overestimation.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/fcc-may-be-significantly-overestimating-us-gigabit-home-internet-coverage

 

5 ways to lock a Mac computer to keep your files secure

https://www.yahoo.com/news/5-ways-lock-mac-computer-235555971.html

 

How to Automatically Revoke Permissions for Unused Android Apps

https://www.howtogeek.com/699129/how-to-enable-automatic-permission-removal-for-unused-android-apps/

 

New Mac? Here's the best way to set it up

Take the extra time to set up your new Mac the right way. Trust us, it's worth it.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/new-mac-heres-the-best-way-to-set-it-up/

 

Google need your help to build its mysterious Fuchsia operating system

https://news.thewindowsclub.com/google-fuchsia-operating-system-104429/

 

Download These Holiday Zoom Backgrounds for Your Virtual Visits This Month

https://lifehacker.com/download-these-holiday-zoom-backgrounds-for-your-virtua-1845865977

 

How to migrate from Gmail to Outlook: 6 tips to ease the digital transition

From mergers to personal preference, there are numerous reasons a person may decide to migrate from Gmail to Outlook. Here are some basic tips to lessen the learning curve.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-migrate-from-gmail-to-outlook-6-tips-to-ease-the-digital-transition/

 

wkhtmltopdf is an open source command-line tool that can save web pages as a PDF or an image

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/12/09/wkhtmltopdf-is-an-open-source-command-line-tool-that-can-save-web-pages-as-a-pdf-or-an-image/

 

Why Might Wi-Fi Be Faster than Ethernet?

It does sound strange that a wireless connection could be faster than ethernet. We'll start by looking at the obvious: the cable connection itself.

https://askleo.com/wifi-faster-than-ethernet/

 

How to Protect Data From Natural Disasters

https://www.technewsworld.com/story/data-management/86808.html

 

How to Add or Remove Items in Send To context menu in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/143383-add-remove-items-send-context-menu-windows.html

 

How to rename windows on Microsoft Edge

You can now rename Microsoft Edge windows, and here's how to complete the task.

https://pureinfotech.com/rename-windows-microsoft-edge/

 

New Windows 10 Cumulative Updates Now Available for Download

Microsoft has just shipped a new batch of cumulative updates for Windows 10 as part of the December 2020 Patch Tuesday cycle.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/new-windows-10-cumulative-updates-now-available-for-download-531717.shtml

 

Hands-On Video Compares Unreleased Samsung Galaxy S21+ With iPhone 12 Pro

https://www.macrumors.com/2020/12/13/alleged-samsung-galaxy-s21-vs-iphone-12-pro/

 

Apple releases iOS 14.3 with Apple Fitness+, ProRAW, support for AirPods Max, and more

This update adds ProRAW for iPhone 12 Pro and a handful of other features and fixes.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3596437/ios-14-3-apple-releases-first-beta-to-devleopers.html

 

Google Will Let You Limit the Alcohol and Gambling Ads You See

https://gizmodo.com/google-will-let-you-limit-the-alcohol-and-gambling-ads-1845852822

 

Kuo: iPhone 13 to be produced and launched on regular schedule in 2021

https://9to5mac.com/2020/12/12/kuo-iphone-13-to-be-produced-and-launched-on-regular-schedule-in-2021/#more-684863

 

Google makes it easier to try Chrome's experimental features

Chrome Labs puts test features a couple of clicks away.

https://www.engadget.com/google-chrome-labs-experimental-features-223827136.html

 

Use a PC? This scary new malware can hijack your browser

https://www.komando.com/news/adrozek-malware-hijacks-web-browsers/769259/

 

The Best Cheap Phone Plans for 2021

There are a lot of options beyond the big three phone carriers in the US. If you're looking to save money, these lesser-known low-cost cell phone plans might be the ticket.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/best-cheap-phone-plans

 

COVID-busting robot disinfects Key West airport

https://www.yahoo.com/news/covid-busting-robot-disinfects-key-165525443.html

 

How to Check Which Apps Are Optimized for M1 Macs

https://www.howtogeek.com/703005/how-to-check-which-apps-are-optimized-for-macs-with-apple-silicon/

 

State-backed hackers reportedly breach US Treasury, Commerce departments

Hackers monitored staff email at the departments, Reuters reports.

https://www.cnet.com/news/state-backed-hackers-reportedly-breach-us-treasury-dept/

 

Microsoft discovers new malware that could infect you browser and silently inject ads into Google results

https://news.thewindowsclub.com/microsoft-discovers-new-malware-that-silently-inject-ads-into-google-results-104432/

 

How Do I Get Into My Phone if I Forgot My PIN or Password?

https://lifehacker.com/how-do-i-get-into-my-phone-if-i-forgot-my-pin-or-passwo-1845853103

 

How to remove OneDrive from File Explorer in Windows 10

In Windows 10, OneDrive cannot be removed by normal configuration screens or property settings. It requires two separate edits of the Windows File Registry.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-remove-onedrive-from-file-explorer-in-windows-10/

 

Oblivious DNS standard promises improved privacy

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/12/09/oblivious-dns-standard-promises-improved-privacy/

 

What Is SupportAssist and Should I Let It Run?

While I don't recommend third-party driver update tools, the tools provided by your computer's manufacturer are a different story.

https://askleo.com/what-is-supportassist-and-should-i-let-it-run/

 

Some Smart Home Devices Headed to the 'Brick' Yard

https://www.technewsworld.com/story/internet-of-things/86901.html

 

What is Windows.old folder and how to delete Windows.old folder in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2066-delete-windows-old-folder-windows-10-a.html

 

How to enable Tab Search on Google Chrome

Google Chrome Tab Search helps you to quickly find and switch between open tabs, and in this guide, you'll learn how to enable the feature.

https://pureinfotech.com/enable-tab-search-google-chrome/

 

Microsoft Finally Brings x64 Emulation to Windows 10 ARM

The ARM push is becoming more and more a top priority for tech giants out there, and Microsoft and Apple are currently spearheading the push in this regard.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/microsoft-finally-brings-x64-emulation-to-windows-10-arm-531743.shtml

 

Founder of Cydia, the jailbroken iOS app store, files suit against Apple for anti-competitive behavior

https://www.notebookcheck.net/Founder-of-Cydia-the-jailbroken-iOS-app-store-files-suit-against-Apple-for-anti-competitive-behavior.509091.0.html

 

How Apple sweats the security details—and sometimes gets it wrong

Privacy and security have been selling points for Apple, and the company walks the walk—even if it sometimes misses the mark.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3601051/how-apple-sweats-the-security-details-and-sometimes-gets-it-wrong.html

 

Google Is Now Calling on You to Help Develop Its Enigmatic Fuchsia OS

https://gizmodo.com/google-is-now-calling-on-you-to-help-develop-its-enigma-1845854033

 

Apple @ Work: iMessage is a terrible tool for the workplace and might even cause legal problems

https://9to5mac.com/2020/12/12/imessage-at-work/#more-681901

 

Foreign state hackers reportedly breached the US Treasury (updated)

The internet-focused NTIA was also a target.

https://www.engadget.com/us-treasury-ntia-hacked-194553374.html

 

Better than texting! How to record and send audio messages

https://www.komando.com/smartphones-gadgets/better-than-texting-how-to-record-and-send-audio-messages/768569/

 

T-Mobile Finally Launches Its First 5G Hotspot

The Inseego M2000 works on existing family plans or its own 100GB hotspot plan, making it great for rural home internet access.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/t-mobile-finally-launches-its-first-5g-hotspot

 

Authorities warn of Amazon Prime, Apple fraud during holiday season

https://www.yahoo.com/gma/authorities-warn-amazon-prime-apple-064912135.html

 

How to Turn on Nest Hello Doorbell’s Holiday Sounds

https://www.howtogeek.com/703520/how-to-turn-on-nest-hello-doorbells-holiday-sounds/

 

What is dry ice and why is it suddenly so important?

Dry ice will help end the coronavirus pandemic. Here's how.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/what-is-dry-ice-and-why-is-it-suddenly-so-important/

 

Microsoft Edge to consume less battery, all credit goes to Sleeping Tabs

https://news.thewindowsclub.com/microsoft-edge-to-consume-less-battery-104393/

 

The Best Features to Set Up in macOS Big Sur

https://lifehacker.com/the-best-features-to-set-up-in-macos-big-sur-1845850244

 

How cybercrime will cost the world $1 trillion this year

Including both financial losses and cybersecurity spending, the $1 trillion in costs will represent a 50% increase over 2018, says McAfee.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-cybercrime-will-cost-the-world-1-trillion-this-year/

 

The final Adobe Flash Player update has been released

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/12/09/the-final-adobe-flash-player-update-has-been-released/

 

What is Defragging and Do I Need It In Windows 10? What It Is, Why It Is, and What, if Anything, You Need Do

Defragging rearranges the layout of files on your hard disk for faster access. Chances are you need do nothing at all.

https://askleo.com/what-is-defragging/

 

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

https://www.technewsworld.com/story/internet-of-things/86857.html

 

How to Enable or Disable DNS over HTTPS (DoH) Secure DNS in Google Chrome

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/145372-how-enable-disable-dns-over-https-doh-google-chrome.html

 

What’s Windows Feature Experience Pack on Windows 10

Microsoft introduces the Windows Feature Experience Pack, a new update process to deliver feature improvements independently of Windows 10.

https://pureinfotech.com/whats-windows-feature-experience-pack-updates-windows-10/

 

Windows 10 Users Can Now Access Contacts on Their Android Devices

Microsoft is betting big on Your Phone for the close integration of Android devices in Windows 10, and the company keeps improving the app with new functionality every once in a while.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/windows-10-users-can-now-access-contacts-on-their-android-devices-531700.shtml

 

I went to an Apple store to buy a new iPhone and I may not get over it

What do you do when you want to say goodbye to your iPhone XR? If you're me, you want to try the newest iPhones in person. I wasn't, though, quite prepared for how it would go.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/i-went-to-an-apple-store-to-buy-a-new-iphone-and-i-may-not-get-over-it/

 

Apple MagSafe Duo Charger review: Cheaply made, poorly executed, and way too expensive

When will Apple ship a charger people should buy?

https://www.macworld.com/article/3600913/apple-magsafe-duo-charger-review.html

 

Make the T-Shirt Designs of Your Dreams With the Brother ScanNCut DX

https://gizmodo.com/make-the-t-shirt-designs-of-your-dreams-with-the-brothe-1845844937

 

Comment: iCloud Photos still lacks robust family sharing, and it’s time to fix it

https://9to5mac.com/2020/12/12/icloud-photo-family-sharing/#more-581057

 

Facebook reportedly hesitated to remove Indian extremists over risk to staff

The social network is facing the complexities of banning violent groups.

https://www.engadget.com/facebook-hesitated-to-remove-india-extremists-184615994.html

 

Amazon shares your private info unless you do these steps

https://www.komando.com/kims-column/protect-your-amazon-account/747110/

 

Google Drive Update Makes It Less Annoying to Search on Mobile

Google teases an update that improves search functionality across its Drive app, including search suggestions and the ability to 're-run' desktop searches.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/google-drive-update-makes-it-less-annoying-to-search-on-mobile

 

Google To Now Let Users Edit Microsoft Office Files Right From Their Gmail Inbox

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/google-now-let-users-edit-080820948.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=2_04

 

Adobe lays Flash to rest (strongly recommend you remove Flash from your computers A.S.A.P.  I have published articles of MS patch to remove Flash completely.)

After 24 years, Adobe Flash Player — the once-ubiquitous utility that fueled the Internet's transformation from text-only to a multimedia bonanza — is heading into the sunset.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3601108/adobe-lays-flash-to-rest.html

 

You Have a Right to Your Eyeglasses Prescription, FTC Says

https://vitals.lifehacker.com/you-have-a-right-to-your-eyeglasses-prescription-ftc-s-1845851586

 

What Happens if You Delete System32 in Windows 10? And Why Would You?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpG9yjNZG_0&feature=youtu.be&t=0s

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Jobless Benefits Saved Them, Until States Wanted the Money Back

A pandemic relief program allows no forgiveness of overpayments, even when recipients are not at fault and the funds are already spent.

https://tinyurl.com/yb8yjpbd

 

De-clutter your desktop by creating shortcuts and organize them into folders with Astounding Dock

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/12/07/de-clutter-your-desktop-by-creating-shortcuts-and-organize-them-into-folders-with-astounding-dock/

 

How to Check If Your PC Has the Latest Version of Windows 10

https://www.howtogeek.com/702995/how-to-check-if-your-pc-has-the-latest-version-of-windows-10/

 

How to disable or enable HTTPS-only mode in Firefox browser

https://www.thewindowsclub.com/enable-https-only-mode-in-firefox-browser

 

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

https://www.technewsworld.com/story/mobile-tech/86855.html

 

Convert Any Online Article Into a Podcast With ListenLater.fm

https://lifehacker.com/covert-any-online-article-into-a-podcast-with-listenlat-1845835407

 

How to choose a keyboard based on your click preference

Are you looking to buy a keyboard that allows you to customize the keyswitches, but you're not sure which route to take? Let Jack Wallen make the choice a bit easier for you.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-choose-a-keyboard-based-on-your-click-preference/

 

How Do I Report a Bug in Windows 10?

It's easy to report a bug in Windows 10. The question is, is it worth your time?

https://askleo.com/report-bug-in-windows/

 

Google launches knowledge panels in search results to tackle misinformation about Covid vaccines

  - Google has launched new knowledge panels to show people accurate information about coronavirus vaccines.

  - The feature is only available in the U.K. but will be rolled out to other countries once they’ve begun approving vaccines.

  - Tackling misinformation about the vaccines is going to be mammoth task for tech giants like Google, Facebook and Twitter.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/10/google-search-panels-tackle-misinformation-about-covid-vaccines.html

 

Here comes the Google Chrome change that worries ad blocker creators

Google says it's addressed concerns some Chrome extension developers had with its Manifest v3 technology.

https://www.cnet.com/news/here-comes-the-google-chrome-change-that-worries-ad-blocker-creators/

 

How to Disable Touchpad when Mouse is Connected in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/111633-disable-touchpad-when-mouse-connected-windows-10-a.html

 

Samsung will reportedly unveil its Galaxy S21 lineup on January 14th

That's the last day of CES 2021.

https://www.engadget.com/samsung-galaxy-s21-series-january14-reveal-29-launch-122518058.html

 

AntiX Linux: Not Pretty but Highly Functional

https://linuxinsider.com/story/antix-linux-not-pretty-but-highly-functional-86942.html

 

The Military Can Track Your Gadgets

Your apps are telling on you

https://www.lifewire.com/the-military-can-track-your-gadgets-5089480

 

How to Fix: Virtualbox: Can't Change Settings, Can't Click OK

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10861/how-fix-virtualbox-cant-change-settings-cant-click-ok

 

I Feel Like $156,000 for a 110-Inch TV Is a Lot

https://gizmodo.com/i-feel-like-156-000-for-a-110-inch-tv-is-a-lot-1845851592

 

Google, Intel, Zoom and others launch a new alliance to get enterprises to use more Chrome

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/google-intel-zoom-others-launch-185336494.html

 

How to Check Amazon Seller Feedback and Not Get Scammed

You must do due diligence when shopping online. Thankfully, Amazon makes it easy. Here's how to check seller feedback on Amazon and not get scammed.

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/check-amazon-seller-feedback-avoid-scams/

 

How to Copy Your Windows Installation to an SSD

If you’re looking to upgrade your computer to a solid-state drive but don’t want to start everything back up from scratch, here’s how to transfer your data onto your new hard drive.

https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/how-to-copy-your-windows-installation-to-an-ssd

 

Need tech help fast? The next best thing to having me come over

https://www.komando.com/tech-tips/need-tech-help-fast-the-next-best-thing-to-having-me-come-over/768986/

 

You need to use a Master Password in Thunderbird if you use OpenPGP

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/12/07/you-need-to-use-a-master-password-in-thunderbird-if-you-use-openpgp/

 

How to Run the Intel Version of a Universal Mac App on an M1 Mac

https://www.howtogeek.com/702982/how-to-launch-the-intel-version-of-a-universal-mac-app-on-apple-silicon/

 

How to automate Common Maintenance Tasks in Windows 10

https://www.thewindowsclub.com/automate-common-maintenance-tasks-in-windows-10

 

IBM, Microsoft, and the Future of Healthcare

https://www.technewsworld.com/story/science/86911.html

 

Use Google's 'Look to Speak' App to Talk With Your Eyes

https://lifehacker.com/use-googles-look-to-speak-app-to-talk-with-your-eyes-1845836816

 

Experian predicts 5 key data breach targets for 2021

The pandemic warfare will shift to vaccine supply chains, home networks, and data from telemedicine visits in the new year.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/experian-predicts-5-key-data-breach-targets-for-2021/

 

What Good Is an Image If I Can’t Restore an Old Backup to a New Computer?

Image backups are excellent protection against data loss, but restoring an old backup to new computer isn't why you do them.

https://askleo.com/restore-old-backup-to-new-computer/

 

Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine documents were ‘unlawfully accessed’ in a cyberattack on Europe’s medicines agency

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/10/pfizer-biontech-vaccine-documents-unlawfully-accessed-in-ema-hack.html

 

Facebook chased lie after lie after lie in 2020

The pandemic, US elections and outrage over racial injustice created a perfect storm for social media misinformation.

https://www.cnet.com/news/facebook-chased-lie-after-lie-after-lie-in-2020/

 

How to Find Windows 10 Version Number

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/32961-find-windows-10-version-number.html

 

Samsung built a 110-inch version of its MicroLED 'Wall' TV

The company's high-res MicroLED screens will come in even smaller sizes.

https://www.engadget.com/samsungs-microled-tv-presale-korea-043149097.html

 

What Does the Penguin Say?

https://linuxinsider.com/story/what-does-the-penguin-say-86931.html

 

Why It’s Important to Talk About 6G Now

Get them started early

https://www.lifewire.com/why-it-s-important-to-talk-about-6g-now-5088221

 

Microsoft Updates Update Strategy

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10859/microsoft-updates-update-strategy

 

Everybody Wants a Piece of Facebook

https://gizmodo.com/everybody-wants-a-piece-of-facebook-1845849986

 

Apple and Google have reportedly banned a major data broker from collecting location data from users' phones amid scrutiny over its national security work

https://www.yahoo.com/news/apple-google-reportedly-banned-major-011852969.html

 

Microsoft Edge Is Under Attack From Malicious Extensions

Microsoft Edge's newfound success is a double-edged sword as malware developers flock to the browser.

https://www.makeuseof.com/microsoft-edge-under-attack-malicious-extensions/

 

Easy Fixes for Common TV Problems

If your television suffers from a distorted picture, weird colors, or the dreaded "soap opera effect," these simple fixes can help improve your picture.

https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/easy-fixes-for-common-tv-problems

 

Facebook slapped with massive antitrust lawsuits to break up social media chokehold

https://www.komando.com/news/facebook-antitrust-lawsuits/769053/

 

Sidekick is a Chromium-based browser for work with interesting features

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/12/06/sidekick-is-a-chromium-based-browser-for-work-with-interesting-features/

 

How to Create Random (Fake) Datasets in Microsoft Excel

https://www.howtogeek.com/692658/how-to-create-random-fake-datasets-in-excel/

 

Fix VIDEO MEMORY MANAGEMENT INTERNAL Blue Screen error on Windows 10

https://www.thewindowsclub.com/video-memory-management-internal-blue-screen

 

Many Shoppers Now Want Zero In-Store Human Interaction

https://www.technewsworld.com/story/science/86913.html

 

Apple Will Repair or Refund Your iPhone 11's Unresponsive Screen for Free

https://lifehacker.com/apple-will-repair-or-refund-your-iphone-11s-unresponsiv-1845833566

 

How to troubleshoot common keyboard problems

Jack Wallen offers tips to help you troubleshoot that ailing, troublesome keyboard.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-troubleshoot-common-keyboard-problems/

 

Why Am I Getting Bounces for Email I Didn’t Send?

Spammers want to send email that looks like it’s coming from someone who may be trusted. They want it to look like it’s coming from you -- and you end up getting the bounce notifications.

https://askleo.com/bounces-for-email-i-didnt-send/

 

QuantumScape is building a better electric car battery that it says charges to 80% in 15 minutes

  - Volkswagen-backed QuantumScape is building a solid-state lithium metal battery for electric vehicles that it says will be safer and better than the cells on the market today.

  - In extensive testing, QuantumScape found that its batteries should allow a car to charge to 80% of its full capacity in about 15 minutes.

 - QuantumScape’s board includes ex-Tesla CTO JB Straubel and SolarCity CFO Brad Buss, along side Volkswagen execs, Juergen Leohold and Frank Blome, among others.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/08/quantumscape-building-electric-car-battery-that-charges-to-80percent-in-15-minutes.html

 

Best holiday laptop deals: Dell XPS, LG Gram, Lenovo ThinkPads and Yogas all on sale

There's still time to find some sweet deals on a new laptop for the holidays.

https://www.cnet.com/news/best-holiday-laptop-deals-dell-xps-lg-gram-lenovo-thinkpads-and-yogas-all-on-sale/

 

How to Allow or Deny Apps Access to File System in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/104030-allow-deny-apps-access-file-system-windows-10-a.html

 

Adobe bids farewell to Flash Player in its final update

Don't expect any new features, though.

https://www.engadget.com/adobe-flash-player-final-update-192103665.html

 

Use This Tool to Track Hospital Capacity In Your County

https://vitals.lifehacker.com/use-this-tool-to-track-hospital-capacity-in-your-county-1845852280

 

How the US Defended Elections Against Hacking

Couldn’t save the truth, though

https://www.lifewire.com/how-the-us-defended-elections-against-hacking-5088199

 

Feds Snooped IP Addresses Using Website Logs

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10857/feds-snooped-ip-addresses-using-website-logs

 

Hyundai Motors Reportedly Bought Boston Dynamics For Almost $1 Billion (Updated: It's a Done Deal)

https://gizmodo.com/hyundai-motors-reportedly-bought-boston-dynamics-for-al-1845845546

 

We May Be Exactly Wrong About Technology and Inequality

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/may-exactly-wrong-technology-inequality-171811192.html

 

How to Convert a Complete Website to PDF Easily

Need to create a PDF of a webpage in a pinch? You need an online tool that can read and convert the website for you - a tool like PDFmyURL.

https://www.makeuseof.com/convert-complete-website-to-pdf/

 

The Best Cheap Phone Plans for 2021

There are a lot of options beyond the big three phone carriers in the US. If you're looking to save money, these lesser-known low-cost cell phone plans might be the ticket.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/best-cheap-phone-plans

 

Credit card-stealing malware is hiding in plain sight – don’t fall for it

https://www.komando.com/news/credit-card-stealing-malware/769057/

 

Microsoft Edge gets Chromium's Tab Groups feature

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/12/05/microsoft-edge-gets-chromiums-tab-groups-feature/

 

What Is an “Optional Quality Update” on Windows 10?

https://www.howtogeek.com/703430/what-is-an-optional-quality-update-on-windows-10/

 

Facebook on the verge of losing ownership of WhatsApp and Instagram

https://news.thewindowsclub.com/facebook-on-the-verge-of-losing-ownership-of-whatsapp-and-instagram-104391/

 

Rural America Is the Next E-Commerce Frontier

https://www.technewsworld.com/story/features/86890.html

 

The Out-of-Touch Adults' Guide to Kids Culture: Teen Internet Is Different From Yours

https://lifehacker.com/the-out-of-touch-adults-guide-to-kids-culture-teen-int-1845858743

 

7 predictions for how technology will shape healthcare in 2021

From the COVID-19 vaccine to advances in machine learning, AI, improved W-Fi and 5G, and telemedicine, experts expect a move to "patient-centric" health next year.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/7-predictions-for-how-technology-will-shape-healthcare-in-2021/

 

What Happens If You Delete System32 in Windows 10?

Apparently, there's a prank or scam suggesting that people delete their System32 folder. Don't do it. It's a trap!

https://askleo.com/what-happens-if-you-delete-system32-in-windows-10/

 

Apple exec warns it may remove apps that track users without permission

  - Starting in 2021, Apple will remove apps from its App Store that track users in ways that could be shared with other companies without receiving permission.

  - The move will bolster iPhone user privacy but will likely shake up the advertising industry, which uses tools like tracking IDs to measure how effective their ads are.

  - The disclosure that Apple can remove non-compliant apps raises the stakes for a date expected early next year when app developers will have to explicitly ask permission to perform tracking.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/08/apple-may-remove-apps-that-track-users-without-permission-in-2021.html

 

WhatsApp criticizes Apple privacy labels as anti-competitive

Apple's iMessage service isn't subject to the same requirements, making it difficult for people to compare the apps directly.

https://www.cnet.com/news/whatsapp-reportedly-criticizes-apple-privacy-labels-as-anti-competitive/

 

How to Add or Remove Favorites Bar in Microsoft Edge Chromium

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/145495-how-add-remove-favorites-bar-microsoft-edge-chromium.html

 

Chrome users will get more control over extension access to website data

Developers will also need to detail their privacy practices.

https://www.engadget.com/google-chrome-extensions-2021-183059948.html

 

How Will You Know If Your Neighbors Have Gotten the Vaccine?

https://vitals.lifehacker.com/how-will-you-know-if-your-neighbors-have-gotten-the-vac-1845785883

 

Why Phone-Based Authentication Can Be Insecure

Cyber criminal’s delight?

https://www.lifewire.com/why-phone-based-authentication-can-be-insecure-5087935

 

Acronis True Image 2021 Review

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10858/acronis-true-image-2021-review

 

Facebook Continues To Call The Kettle Black

https://gizmodo.com/facebook-continues-to-call-the-kettle-black-1845842486

 

Facebook tried and failed multiple times to acquire a mystery competitor that wasn't Twitter or Snapchat, according to the FTC's new lawsuit

https://www.yahoo.com/news/facebook-tried-failed-multiple-times-201041031.html

 

What's the Best App for Listening to Podcasts on a Mac?

You might do most of your podcast listening on your phone, but what are the best options for listening on your Mac?

https://www.makeuseof.com/best-podcast-apps-mac/

 

Logitech's Circle View Doorbell Is Exclusively for Apple HomeKit

Head-to-toe HD video, HDR, color night vision, and end-to-end encrypted video recording for $200.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/logitechs-circle-view-doorbell-is-exclusively-for-apple-homekit

 

Try this free, simple method for sharing large files

https://www.komando.com/tech-tips/snapdrop-file-transfer/768287/

 

Vivaldi 3.5 includes media playback and usability improvements

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/12/08/vivaldi-3-5-includes-media-playback-and-usability-improvements/

 

Google adds feature to improve Pixel photos that is already found on the iPhone

https://www.phonearena.com/news/update-helps-you-create-level-photos-using-ypur-pixel_id129033

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