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This supercomputing center has chosen Nvidia for its AI

192 Nvidia A100 GPUs will be installed at the Stuttgart supercomputing center in Germany

https://www.techradar.com/news/this-supercomputing-center-has-chosen-nvidia-for-its-ai

 

Google's Android Things platform will shut down in a little over a year

It's shutting down Android Things on January 5th, 2022.

https://www.engadget.com/google-reveals-timeline-android-things-shutdown-120504721.html

 

How to find out if WebRender is enabled in Firefox, and how to enable it if it is not

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/12/14/how-to-find-out-if-webrender-is-enabled-in-firefox-and-how-to-enable-it-if-it-is-not/

 

Migrating to standalone networks won’t secure 5G

https://www.scmagazine.com/endpoint-security/migrating-to-stand-alone-networks-alone-wont-secure-5g/

 

Geekly Update - 17 December 2020

https://askbobrankin.com/geekly_update_17_december_2020.html

 

How to Install Microsoft Teams on Linux

https://www.maketecheasier.com/install-microsoft-teams-on-linux/

 

Report of 2024 Apple Car Sparks Mixed Reactions

https://www.technewsworld.com/story/Report-of-2024-Apple-Car-Sparks-Mixed-Reactions-86960.html

 

Android security: The last piece of advice you'll need for 2020

Jack Wallen takes one more opportunity to remind Android device owners to use those phones with a great deal of caution; otherwise, they could become victims of malware.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/android-security-the-last-piece-of-advice-youll-need-for-2020/

 

SolarWinds victims revealed after cracking the Sunburst malware DGA

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/solarwinds-victims-revealed-after-cracking-the-sunburst-malware-dga/

 

How to Clean Up Component Store (WinSxS folder) in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/82643-clean-up-component-store-winsxs-folder-windows-10-a.html

 

FBI Warns of DoppelPaymer Attacks on Critical Infrastructure

The operators behind DoppelPaymer have begun calling victims to pressure them into paying ransom, officials say.

https://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/fbi-warns-of-doppelpaymer-attacks-on-critical-infrastructure/d/d-id/1339770

 

Internet Providers Can't Charge for Unwanted Router

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10867/internet-providers-cant-charge-unwanted-router

 

How to Use the Built-In Stocks Feature in Microsoft Excel

https://www.howtogeek.com/703580/how-to-use-the-built-in-stocks-feature-in-microsoft-excel/

 

Scientists Invent New Glue That’s Activated by Magnetic Field – Saves on Energy, Time and Space

https://scitechdaily.com/scientists-invent-new-glue-thats-activated-by-magnetic-field-saves-on-energy-time-and-space/

 

Exclusive: Apple targets car production by 2024 and eyes 'next level' battery technology - sources

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/exclusive-apple-targets-car-production-203932884.html

 

Why Police Are Training in Virtual Reality

Empathy is an increasingly important skill

https://www.lifewire.com/why-police-are-training-in-virtual-reality-5093229

 

PSA: If you’re on Verizon, you might want to turn off 5G to get faster speeds

https://9to5mac.com/2020/12/23/turn-off-5g-on-verizon/#more-687251

 

Find Your Friends via GPS With These 7 Free Android Apps

Looking for an app to track friends or family? Check out these location finder apps to keep tabs on your loved ones.

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/finding-your-friends-via-gps-9-free-mobile-apps/

 

Hidden map on your phone shows everywhere you’ve been and the photos you took

https://www.komando.com/security-privacy/google-photos-location-data/770224/

 

Presidential Twitter Accounts Will Reset to Zero Followers on Jan. 20

Donald Trump's followers won't automatically transition to the Biden administration.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/presidential-twitter-accounts-will-reset-to-zero-followers-on-jan-20

 

10 tips for choosing the right password manager for your team

The importance of password managers and how to choose the right one for your organisation

https://www.techradar.com/news/10-tips-for-choosing-the-right-password-manager-for-your-team

 

Microsoft confirms it found compromised SolarWinds code in its systems

Microsoft says it has not found evidence hackers breached customer data or used its systems to attack others.

https://www.engadget.com/microsoft-solarwinds-075020280.html

 

Windows 10 Debloat Tool GUI improves the Windows 10 tweaker's usability

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/12/14/windows-10-debloat-tool-gui-improves-the-windows-10-tweakers-usability/

 

Breach alerts dismissed as junk? New guide for sending vital emails may help

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/email-security/breach-alerts-dismissed-as-junk-new-guide-for-sending-vital-emails-may-help/

 

Is Your DNA For Sale?

https://askbobrankin.com/is_your_dna_for_sale.html

 

How to Stop Android Apps Running in the Background

https://www.maketecheasier.com/stop-android-apps-running-background/

 

Standout Tech Products of 2020

https://www.technewsworld.com/story/Standout-Tech-Products-of-2020-86957.html

 

The gaming PC market is set to grow 25% by 2024

Despite the looming threat of cloud gaming, gaming PC purchases surged during COVID-19 and are forecasted to continue.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/the-gaming-pc-market-is-set-to-grow-25-by-2024/

 

US govt, FireEye breached after SolarWinds supply-chain attack

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/us-govt-fireeye-breached-after-solarwinds-supply-chain-attack/

 

How to Enable or Disable Preload New Tab Page in Microsoft Edge Chromium

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/160149-enable-disable-preload-new-tab-page-microsoft-edge-chromium.html

 

Microsoft Confirms Its Network Was Breached With Tainted SolarWinds Updates

Attack on thousands of other companies as "moment of reckoning" for governments and industry, company president says.

https://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/microsoft-confirms-its-network-was-breached-with-tainted-solarwinds-updates/d/d-id/1339769

 

Digiarty Software Bonanza: Up to 62% Off!

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10868/digiarty-software-bonanza-62

 

How to Uninstall or Disable Safari Extensions on Mac

https://www.howtogeek.com/702758/how-to-uninstall-or-disable-safari-extensions-on-mac/

 

Masks Aren’t Enough to Stop COVID-19 Spread Without Distancing, Physics Proves

It took physicists to test how well mask materials block droplets. The common ones block almost all – but in close proximity to a sick person, you can still catch it

https://www.haaretz.com/science-and-health/.premium-masks-aren-t-enough-to-stop-covid-19-spread-without-distancing-physics-proves-1.9392400

 

Microsoft's Reported Plans to Design Its Own CPUs: 5 Thoughts

https://finance.yahoo.com/m/469be698-5eaf-3203-911e-843e3911c9dd/microsoft-s-reported-plans-to.html

 

Microsoft Wants You to Go Passwordless, but Should You?

Fingerprints are the key

https://www.lifewire.com/microsoft-wants-you-to-go-passwordless-but-should-you-5093408

 

Even Facebook employees call criticism of Apple’s privacy rules ‘hypocrisy’

https://9to5mac.com/2020/12/22/even-facebook-employees-call-criticism-of-apples-privacy-rules-as-hypocrisy/#more-687203

 

How to Move Apps to an SD Card on Your Android Device

Here's how to offload Android apps to an SD card to free up storage space on your phone!

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/move-android-apps-sd-card/

 

How to lock down your Wi-Fi and protect your home

https://www.komando.com/kims-column/lock-down-your-wi-fi/770028/

 

Internet, Cell Phone Services More Important Than Ever, but Americans Worry About Paying for Them

A Pew study shows that although many find these services essential during the pandemic, affordability is an issue, particularly for Hispanics.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/internet-cell-phone-services-more-important-than-ever-but-americans-worry

 

Firefox 84 dramatically boosts performance on Apple Silicon Macs

Final Firefox release of the year brings a number of fixes and improvements

https://www.techradar.com/news/firefox-84-dramatically-boosts-performance-on-apple-silicon-macs

 

State-sponsored hackers have breached the US' nuclear weapons agency

At least three states may have been hit in the same attack.

https://www.engadget.com/nnsa-doe-cyberattack-232628623.html

 

Categorize your documents and access them quickly with Documan

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/12/20/categorize-your-documents-and-access-them-quickly-with-documan/

 

Security experts warn of long-term risk tied to Energy Department breach

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/government/security-experts-warn-of-long-term-risk-tied-to-energy-department-breach/

 

Ring With Ting - Save on Your Mobile Phone Bill

https://askbobrankin.com/ring_with_ting_save_on_your_mobile_phone_bill.html

 

How to Use a Custom Background with Zoom

https://www.maketecheasier.com/use-custom-background-with-zoom/

 

Robot Lawyer Faces Legal Troubles of Its Own

https://www.technewsworld.com/story/Robot-Lawyer-Faces-Legal-Troubles-of-Its-Own-86956.html

 

How to set up a VirtualBox remote GUI for easy VM management

Jack Wallen shows you how easy it is to set up VirtualBox on a headless machine for remote management.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-set-up-a-virtualbox-remote-gui-for-easy-vm-management/

 

Twitter fined by EU data protection watchdog for GDPR breach

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/technology/twitter-fined-by-eu-data-protection-watchdog-for-gdpr-breach/

 

How to Setup and Use Hyper-V in Windows 10 for OS Virtualization

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2087-hyper-v-virtualization-setup-use-windows-10-a.html

 

5 Key Takeaways From the SolarWinds Breach

New details continue to emerge each day, and there may be many more lessons to learn from what could be among the largest cyberattacks ever.

https://www.darkreading.com/5-key-takeaways-from-the-solarwinds-breach/d/d-id/1339764

 

How to Fix: Chrome Dialogue in Virtual Machine Unreadable

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10866/how-fix-chrome-dialogue-virtual-machine-unreadable

 

How to Buy a TV: What You Need to Know

https://www.howtogeek.com/687171/how-to-buy-a-tv-what-you-need-to-know/

 

The Apple iPhone 14 should be the first smartphone packed with powerful 3nm chips

https://www.phonearena.com/news/apple-orders-3nm-chips-from-tsmc-for-2022_id129214

 

Families in Need of Internet Access & COVID-19

https://news.yahoo.com/families-internet-access-covid-19-210634955.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=2_04

 

Apple’s Here to Teach You How to Protect Your Privacy

Apple really does care about your privacy—and it’s driving Facebook crazy

https://www.lifewire.com/apples-here-to-teach-you-how-to-protect-your-privacy-5093279

 

How to run Windows for ARM on M1 Macs using Parallels 16 Technical Preview [Video]

https://9to5mac.com/2020/12/22/run-windows-10-arm-m1-mac-apple-silicon-x64-x86-no-boot-camp-video/#more-686126

 

How to Set Up and Use the Best Android Firewall: AFWall+

Take control of which apps can access the internet on your rooted Android phone with the powerful AFWall+ firewall.

https://www.makeuseof.com/how-to-set-up-and-use-the-best-android-firewall-afwall/

 

How to build a smart home at any budget

https://www.komando.com/amazon/smart-home-at-any-budget/769900/

 

Here's Why Verizon iPhone Users Must Turn Off 5G Right Now

Verizon's DSS 5G can be slower than 4G. We explain why, and how to turn off or disable 5G on your iPhone.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/heres-why-verizon-iphone-users-must-turn-off-5g-right-now

 

Microsoft Edge borrows one of Netflix's best features to make your life easier

Access your open tabs across Windows and Android

https://www.techradar.com/news/microsoft-edge-borrows-one-of-netflixs-best-features-to-make-your-life-easier

 

A successful experiment gets us one step closer to a quantum internet

The tech could revolutionize computing fields like cryptography and search.

https://www.engadget.com/fermilab-quantum-teleportation-report-221002594.html

 

Print non-contiguous page ranges support added to Firefox 85

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/12/19/print-non-contiguous-page-ranges-support-added-to-firefox-85/

 

Does SolarWinds change the rules? The timing may matter

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/solarwinds-hack/does-solarwinds-change-the-rules-the-timing-may-matter/

 

Access Denied? Here's the Fix..

https://askbobrankin.com/access_denied_heres_the_fix.html

 

How to Stop Apps from Using Mobile Data on Android

https://www.maketecheasier.com/stop-apps-using-mobile-data-android/

 

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

 

3 tips for preserving the life of your keyboard

Jack Wallen offers up a few simple tips to saving your favorite keyboard from an untimely death.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/3-tips-for-preserving-the-life-of-your-keyboard/

 

Gmail hit by a second outage within a single day

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/google/gmail-hit-by-a-second-outage-within-a-single-day/

 

How to Turn On or Off Two-step Verification for your Microsoft Account

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/5299-turn-off-microsoft-account-two-step-verification.html

 

2021 Cybersecurity Predictions: The Intergalactic Battle Begins

There's much in store for the future of cybersecurity, and the most interesting things aren't happening on Earth.

https://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities---threats/2021-cybersecurity-predictions-the-intergalactic-battle-begins-/a/d-id/1339656

 

Turning Old Laptops Into Chromebook May Get Easier

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10865/turning-old-laptops-chromebook-may-get-easier

 

How to Create a New Folder in Gmail

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

 

Let’s Encrypt comes up with workaround for abandonware Android devices

When you haven't been updated since 2016, expiring certificates are a problem.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2020/12/lets-encrypt-comes-up-with-workaround-for-abandonware-android-devices/

 

Cable TV and Internet Price Hikes and Data Caps

https://www.yahoo.com/news/cable-tv-internet-price-hikes-203117933.html

 

Virtual Reality Could Present Court Evidence in a New Light

A better way to litigate?

https://www.lifewire.com/virtual-reality-could-present-court-evidence-in-a-new-light-5093281

 

9to5Mac Gift Guide: Last-minute gifts for tech fans under $100

https://9to5mac.com/2020/12/18/last-minute-tech-gifts-under-100/

 

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.

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/windows-10-powertoys/

 

One mistake you make when you deposit checks using your phone

https://www.komando.com/money-tips/safely-deposit-checks-using-your-phone/769841/

 

8 Tips for Better Video Conference Calls

If you're stuck at home because of COVID-19, you can still get work done by collaborating over video. Here's how to maximize your video chat time.

https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/8-tips-for-better-video-conference-calls

 

Microsoft Excel is making it way easier to annotate your spreadsheets online

Two new Microsoft Excel updates are coming to this month

https://www.techradar.com/news/microsoft-excel-is-making-it-way-easier-to-annotate-your-spreadsheets-online

 

Judge orders Apple’s iOS and macOS chief to testify in Epic case

CEO Tim Cook will also be deposed as the case heads to trial.

https://www.engadget.com/tim-cook-craig-federighi-testify-apple-epic-games-case-195128510.html

 

Malicious Browser Extensions for Social Media Infect Millions of Systems

At least 28 third-party add-ons for top social media sites, including Facebook and Vimeo, redirect users to phishing sites and steal data.

https://www.darkreading.com/threat-intelligence/malicious-browser-extensions-for-social-media-infect-millions-of-systems/d/d-id/1339763

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Microsoft releases native Office apps for M1 Macs

Collectively tagged as "Microsoft 365 for Mac Apps," the company's core Office productivity applications have been updated for Apple's new ARM-based laptops.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3601533/microsoft-releases-native-office-apps-for-m1-macs.html

 

Can I Move My Old Computer’s Hard Drive to My New Computer to Transfer Data? My Recommended Approach

You can take the internal hard disk of an old computer and install it as an additional drive in a new one; or, consider a more flexible alternative.

https://askleo.com/can_i_move_my_old_computers_hard_drive_to_my_new_computer/

 

Google details what happened during Monday's cloud outage

Work the company had done to its authentication systems is partly to blame.

https://www.engadget.com/google-details-workspace-outage-235412819.html

 

Google is releasing a video meeting analytics tools for all the data fiends out there

Administrators can now assess Google Meet data quality in more detail

https://www.techradar.com/news/google-is-releasing-a-video-meeting-analytics-tools-for-all-the-data-fiends-out-there

 

fre:ac is an open source audio converter for Windows, Linux and Mac

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/12/13/freac-is-an-open-source-audio-converter-for-windows-linux-and-mac/

 

‘Very, very large’ telecom organization and Fortune 500 company breached in SolarWinds hack

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/very-very-large-telecom-organization-and-fortune-500-company-breached-in-solarwinds-hack/

 

How understanding cognitive science can strengthen cybersecurity's weak links

Learn how applying cognitive science is one way to thwart cybercriminals' abilities to get unsuspecting users to do their bidding.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-understanding-cognitive-science-can-strengthen-cybersecuritys-weak-links/

 

Facebook reportedly offered to help start a new rival social network to prevent the government’s antitrust lawsuits

  - Facebook’s lawyers told state and federal investigators it could help a new social network get off the ground by licensing its own code to another firm, The Washington Post reported.

  - Investigators ultimately declined to take Facebook up on the suggestion, the Post reported.

  - The offer illustrates what Facebook was willing to give up to get out of the lawsuits and what it was not.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/22/facebook-offered-to-license-code-before-antitrust-charges.html

 

How to Disable the SmartScreen Filter in Windows 10

https://www.maketecheasier.com/disable-smartscreen-filter-windows10/

 

Microsoft to quarantine compromised SolarWinds binaries tomorrow

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/microsoft-to-quarantine-compromised-solarwinds-binaries-tomorrow/

 

How to Turn On or Off Automatically Installing Suggested Apps in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/68217-turn-off-automatic-installation-suggested-apps-windows-10-a.html

 

Facebook Employees Criticize Campaign Against Apple in Leaked Comments

https://www.macrumors.com/2020/12/23/facebook-employees-criticize-apple-campaign/

 

How To Use Gmail Without A Phone Number

https://www.techjunkie.com/use-gmail-without-phone-number/

 

Is your favorite mobile app being used to spread propaganda?

https://blog.avast.com/mobile-disinformation-campaigns-avast

 

Up to 18,000 SolarWinds customers installed poisoned update that could allow state-sponsored attack

US Government departments amongst the victims, as finger of suspicion points at Kremlin-backed hackers.

https://grahamcluley.com/up-to-18000-solarwinds-customers-installed-poisoned-update-that-could-allow-state-sponsored-attack/

 

Waze announces RFID updates for better navigation

https://news.yahoo.com/waze-announces-rfid-updates-better-000000696.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=2_04

 

Apple’s Here to Teach You How to Protect Your Privacy

Apple really does care about your privacy—and it’s driving Facebook crazy

https://www.lifewire.com/apples-here-to-teach-you-how-to-protect-your-privacy-5093279

 

Get No-Fuss File-Level Crypto With Fscrypt

https://linuxinsider.com/story/get-no-fuss-file-level-crypto-with-fscrypt-86953.html

 

How to Use Shelter to Sandbox Apps on Android

Shelter is a handy Android security app that lets you puts apps into a sandbox. Here's how it works and some of its uses.

https://www.makeuseof.com/shelter-sandbox-android-apps/

 

Slow PC? The best way to fix a lagging computer and annoying Windows issues

https://www.komando.com/tech-tips/fix-a-slow-windows-pc/770092/

 

Ransomware Task Force Created by 19 Companies Including Microsoft, McAfee

Expect a standardized framework for responding to ransomware attacks next year.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/ransomware-task-force-created-by-19-companies-including-microsoft-mcafee

 

Why a Chromebook? (And Why I Purchased Two for the Important People in My Life)

Chromebooks can be a viable alternative for those who do most of their computing online and are looking for a simpler, perhaps more stable, yet powerful device.

https://askleo.com/why-a-chromebook-and-why-i-purchased-two-for-the-important-people-in-my-life/

 

Microsoft is reportedly developing its own ARM-based chips for Surface PCs

They may also make their way into the company's cloud infrastructure.

https://www.engadget.com/microsoft-arm-chips-report-205834114.html

 

Sony cameras face ‘severe shortage of key parts’, the manufacturer admits

There could be temporary shortages of certain models

https://www.techradar.com/news/sony-acknowledges-severe-shortage-of-key-parts-for-its-compacts-and-video-cameras

 

Brave 1.18 Stable launches with Brave Today, Global Privacy Control support, and more

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/12/13/brave-1-18-stable-launches-with-brave-today-global-privacy-control-support-and-more/

 

Does SolarWinds change the rules? The timing may matter

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/solarwinds-hack/does-solarwinds-change-the-rules-the-timing-may-matter/

 

Despite working on the front line, deskless workers lack the tech they need during the pandemic

There are developer opportunities to create software for the "forgotten workforce," deskless workers in industries such as healthcare, agriculture, construction, and more.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/despite-working-on-the-front-line-deskless-workers-lack-the-tech-they-need-during-the-pandemic/

 

Google and Facebook reportedly agreed to help each other against potential antitrust action

  - The Wall Street Journal reported that Google and Facebook pledged to help one another if they ever faced an investigation into their pact to work together in online advertising.

  - The tech giants reportedly cut a deal in 2018 in which Facebook agreed not to compete with Google’s online advertising tools.

  - They were reportedly aware the deal could result in an antitrust probe and agreed to team up if they ever faced an antitrust investigation.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/22/google-facebook-agreed-to-team-up-in-antitrust-investigation.html

 

How to Unlock “Back Tap” Actions on Your iPhone

https://www.maketecheasier.com/unlock-back-tap-actions-iphone/

 

New Windows malware may soon target Linux, macOS devices

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/new-windows-malware-may-soon-target-linux-macos-devices/

 

How to Custom Install Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/120352-custom-install-windows-10-a.html

 

HOW TO FIX BROKEN OR MALFUNCTIONING GOOGLE PLAY APPS ON YOUR CHROMEBOOK

https://chromeunboxed.com/how-to-fix-broken-chromebook-apps

 

How To Call Directly To Someone’s Voicemail

https://www.techjunkie.com/call-directly-voicemail/

 

FTC orders Big Tech to explain their data collection

Plus, a 6-year-old spends over $16,000 on in-app purchases and the GDPR fines Twitter €450,000

https://blog.avast.com/ftc-questions-big-tech-about-user-data-avast

 

House purchases in Hackney fall through following cyber attack against council

https://grahamcluley.com/house-purchases-in-hackney-fall-through-following-cyber-attack-against-council/

 

Apple explains how AirPods Max low-power modes work

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apple-airpods-max-low-power-mode-explained-161023380.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=2_04

 

How Social Media Sees Audio as the Next Big Thing

Are you listening?

https://www.lifewire.com/social-media-s-eyeing-audio-as-the-next-big-thing-5093299

 

A Mini Browser War in Linux

https://linuxinsider.com/story/a-mini-browser-war-in-linux-86950.html

 

5 Essential Security Checks to Keep Your Android Phone Safe

Do these quick checks on your Android phone to make sure your privacy and security are never compromised.

https://www.makeuseof.com/5-essential-security-checks-to-keep-your-android-phone-safe/

 

5 new Windows 10 features to try right now

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

 

Study Finds Bad Web Design is Killing Us All With Stress

A design company created test sites full of super-annoying issues, such as slow load times, auto-play music, and pop-ups, then measured how much each increased people's blood pressure.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/study-finds-bad-web-design-is-killing-us-all-with-stress

 

How Do I Remove a BIOS or UEFI Password?

A BIOS password provides a surprising amount of security on a computer -- so much that if the password is lost, chances for recovery are slim.

https://askleo.com/how_do_i_remove_a_bios_password/

 

Skype's latest update uses AI to make group calls less awkward

Together Mode from Microsoft Teams comes to the video calling app.

https://www.engadget.com/microsoft-together-mode-skype-192645916.html

 

Chrome's hidden PDF reader just got a big update – here's how to try it

Perfect for work presentations

https://www.techradar.com/news/chromes-latest-update-finally-turns-it-into-a-decent-pdf-reader

 

Google tests Chrome Labs feature in Chrome to promote experimental browser features

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/12/12/google-tests-chrome-labs-feature-in-chrome-to-promote-experimental-browser-features/

 

Security experts warn of long-term risk tied to Energy Department breach

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/government/security-experts-warn-of-long-term-risk-tied-to-energy-department-breach/

 

The future of work: By 2025, 36 million Americans will be remote workers

The number of people in the US working remotely will nearly double in the next five years according to a new Upwork report.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/the-future-of-work-by-2025-36-million-americans-will-be-remote-workers/

 

Lidar stocks soar after report that Apple is working on a car for 2024

  - Reuters reported on Monday that Apple is aiming to start production of an Apple-branded car for consumers as soon as 2024.

  - That boosted the stocks of two companies that make lidar sensors, a core component for self-driving cars that allows their computers to take a 3D image of the world around them.

  - Velodyne stock rose nearly 23% on Monday. Luminar rose over 27%.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/21/lidar-stocks-soar-after-report-that-apple-is-working-on-a-car-for-2024.html

 

How to See a Password in Your Browser Instead of Dots

https://www.maketecheasier.com/see-password-in-browser/

Google outage caused by critical system running out of storage

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/google/google-outage-caused-by-critical-system-running-out-of-storage/

 

How to Read Event Viewer Log for Chkdsk (Check Disk) in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/40822-read-chkdsk-log-event-viewer-windows-10-a.html

 

Google Assistant Support Coming To Chrome App

https://www.androidheadlines.com/2020/12/google-assistant-chrome-android-coming.html

 

How To Auto-Reply To Texts On The IPhone

https://www.techjunkie.com/auto-reply-text-iphone/

 

The dangers of Adrozek adware

https://blog.avast.com/adrozek-adware-dangers-avast

 

After police raid on COVID-19 whistleblower, it’s revealed password was publicly posted on Florida Department of Health’s website

Same username and password was shared with all employees… and the entire internet.

https://grahamcluley.com/covid-19-florida-password/

 

Cable TV and Internet Price Hikes and Data Caps

https://news.yahoo.com/cable-tv-internet-price-hikes-203117933.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=2_04

 

How to Transfer Photos from Android to Computer

Getting photos from your phone to your PC is quick and easy

https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-transfer-photos-from-android-to-computer-5089038

 

AdGuard Home: Another Brick in the Ad-Blocking Wall

https://linuxinsider.com/story/adguard-home-another-brick-in-the-ad-blocking-wall-86902.html

 

10 Useful Tips to Reduce Mobile Data Usage and Save Money

Want to get the most out of your mobile data plan? These apps and tricks can help you squeeze out every last megabyte.

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/save-money-mobile-internet-data-bill-apps-tricks/

 

Time to delete Adobe Flash Player from your computer! Here’s how

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

 

Microsoft Flight Simulator Can Now Be Played in Virtual Reality

Windows Mixed Reality, Oculus, Valve, and HTC virtual reality headsets are all supported.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/microsoft-flight-simulator-can-now-be-played-in-virtual-reality

 

Why Don’t I Get Sound from My Computer? (A Checklist)

"No sound" can happen for a variety of reasons. Here's how to troubleshoot if your computer is inexplicably silent.

https://askleo.com/why-dont-i-get-sound-from-my-computer/

 

DOJ antitrust case against Google may not go to trial until 2023

A judge set a tentative start date of September 12th of that year.

https://www.engadget.com/doj-google-antitrust-trial-date-set-2023-184633530.html

 

Millions of medical images leaked online to be viewed by anyone

Images were stored on unprotected servers

https://www.techradar.com/news/millions-of-medical-images-were-leaked-online-to-be-viewed-by-anyone

Subscribe to YouTube Video Channels in Vivaldi without extensions

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/12/12/subscribe-to-youtube-video-channels-in-vivaldi-without-extensions/

 

Institute for Security and Technology launches multisector ransomware task force

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/institute-for-security-and-technology-launches-multisector-ransomware-task-force/

 

Smartphone owners often underestimate the cost of repairs and choose upgrading instead of fixing

Survey also finds that 63% of people avoid repairs because of the cost and 30% have cut their fingers on broken screens.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/smartphone-owners-often-underestimate-the-cost-of-repairs-and-choose-upgrading-instead-of-fixing/

 

Apple targets car production by 2024 and eyes ‘next level’ battery technology

Apple is moving forward with self-driving car technology and is targeting 2024 to produce a passenger vehicle that could include its own breakthrough battery technology, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The iPhone maker’s automotive efforts, known as Project Titan, have proceeded unevenly since 2014 when it first started to design its own vehicle from scratch.

At one point, Apple drew back the effort to focus on software and reassessed its goals.

Since then, Apple has progressed enough that it now aims to build a vehicle for consumers, two people familiar with the effort said

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/21/apple-targets-car-production-by-2024.html

 

Stop Your PC from Making Random USB Noises

https://www.maketecheasier.com/stop-random-usb-connect-noises-windows/

 

Ransomware attack causing billing delays for Missouri city

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/ransomware-attack-causing-billing-delays-for-missouri-city/

 

How to Change Windows Defender Antivirus Maximum CPU Usage for a Scan in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/142728-set-windows-defender-antivirus-max-cpu-usage-scan-windows-10-a.html

 

3 tried and true Alexa hacks to use on Amazon Echo this week

Plus, five questions to ask Alexa this holiday season.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/3-tried-and-true-alexa-hacks-to-use-on-amazon-echo-this-week/

 

How Cell Phones Are Cloned And How To Stop It From Happening To You

https://www.techjunkie.com/how-to-clone-cell-phone/

 

7 steps for identifying an e-card scam

https://blog.avast.com/identifying-e-card-scams-avast

 

'Scalper' Bots Hoarding Hottest Products from Consumers

https://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/86945.html

 

How to blur your background in Google Meet calls to hide your surroundings and keep the focus on you

https://www.yahoo.com/news/blur-background-google-meet-calls-163841364.html

 

How to Boot in Safe Mode on Windows 10

Start in Windows 10 Safe Mode when things are acting up

https://www.lifewire.com/boot-in-safe-mode-on-windows-10-5088196

 

Newest RoboLinux 11 Update Goes Far Beyond Typical Linux

https://linuxinsider.com/story/newest-robolinux-11-update-goes-far-beyond-typical-linux-86877.html

 

Why You No Longer Need a Custom ROM for Android Devices

Android phone have gotten a lot better in recent years -- so do you even need a custom ROM anymore?

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/no-longer-need-custom-rom/

 

How to create a complex password you’ll actually remember

https://www.komando.com/video/diy-how-to/how-to-create-a-complex-password-youll-actually-remember/769224/

 

New York Times Crossword Gets AR Treatment

Find the answers in this Shattered Crossword puzzle.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/new-york-times-crossword-gets-ar-treatment

 

Why Doesn’t My Internet Speed Match What I’m Paying For?

In general, faster is better, but make sure you're testing properly so that you get an accurate report.

https://askleo.com/why-doesnt-my-internet-speed-match-what-im-paying-for/

 

8GB vs 16GB RAM for M1 MacBook, How Much do You Need?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUQA_72w6ZA&t=0s

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Cloning vs. Backing Up a Computer

https://www.askwoody.com/forums/topic/cloning-vs-backing-up-a-computer/

 

5 Ways to Save Money on Streaming Services Like Netflix and Spotify

Spending too much money on streaming services every month? Here are some tips to help you save some dough.

https://whatnerd.com/ways-save-money-streaming-services/

 

Dozens of journalists' iPhones hacked with NSO 'zero-click' spyware, says Citizen Lab

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/dozens-journalists-iphones-hacked-nso-200043239.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=2_04

 

Google hit with third antitrust lawsuit from 38 states and territories

It's the second antitrust action against the search giant this week.

https://www.engadget.com/google-third-antitrust-lawsuit-175948359.html

 

Firefox 84 dramatically boosts performance on Apple Silicon Macs

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/software/firefox-84-dramatically-boosts-performance-on-apple-silicon-macs/

 

Does SolarWinds change the rules? The timing may matter

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/solarwinds-hack/does-solarwinds-change-the-rules-the-timing-may-matter/

 

Brave Today is a news reader integrated on Brave's New Tab Page

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/12/11/brave-today-is-a-news-reader-integrated-on-braves-new-tab-page/

 

Microsoft vs Google: Forms apps for surveys, polls, and quizzes

Collecting and organising data has never been easier. But which forms-creation tool should you use?

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/microsoft-vs-google-forms-apps-for-surveys-polls-and-quizzes/

 

Big Tech’s stealth push to influence the Biden administration

  - Silicon Valley is working behind the scenes to secure senior roles for tech allies in lesser-known but still vital parts of president-elect Joe Biden’s administration.

  - Biden’s transition team has already stacked its agency review teams with more tech executives than tech critics. It has also added to its staff several officials from Big Tech companies, which emerged as top donors to the campaign.

  - Now, executives and employees at tech companies such as Google, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft are pushing to place candidates in senior roles at government agencies, according to four sources with knowledge of the matter.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/21/big-techs-stealth-push-to-influence-the-biden-administration.html

 

How to Easily Create Cron jobs in Linux with Zeit

https://www.maketecheasier.com/create-cron-jobs-linux-with-zeit/

 

Customer service is suffering, and chatbots aren't really helping

Pandemic has dented the customer experience

https://www.techradar.com/news/customer-service-is-suffering-and-chatbots-arent-really-helping

 

How to Enable or Disable DNS over HTTPS (DoH) in Microsoft Edge Chromium

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/151318-how-enable-disable-dns-over-https-doh-microsoft-edge.html

 

'SocGholish' Attack Framework Powers Surge in Drive-By Attacks

Menlo Labs research team says framework's social engineering toolkit helps criminals impersonate software updates.

https://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/socgholish-attack-framework-powers-surge-in-drive-by-attacks/d/d-id/1339762

 

Windows 10's new optional updates explained

Recent versions of Windows 10 have introduced optional updates to Windows Update. What are they and how should you handle them?

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3601870/windows-10-new-optional-updates-explained.html

 

VMware Flaw a Vector in SolarWinds Breach?

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2020/12/vmware-flaw-a-vector-in-solarwinds-breach/

 

Ransomware attackers are making threatening phone calls to their victims, warns FBI

https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/ransomware-attackers-are-making-threatening-phone-calls-to-their-victims-warns-fbi-24927.html

 

The Adrozek Virus: What It Is and How to Protect Yourself From It

Stay safe from this browser hijacker

https://www.lifewire.com/what-is-the-adrozek-virus-5092096

 

VPN Service Used by Cybercriminals Disrupted in Global Law Enforcement Operation

https://www.securityweek.com/vpn-service-used-cybercriminals-disrupted-global-law-enforcement-operation

 

How to Turn Any Website Into an Android App in Seconds

With this app, it's super easy and quick to make Lite versions of apps, saving you battery life and improving your phone's performance.

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-turn-any-website-android-app-seconds/

 

Essential video doorbell settings

https://www.komando.com/video/diy-how-to/essential-video-doorbell-settings/709014/

 

How to Use iCloud Online

Do you want to access your iPhone’s photos or other files on your PC? Have you lost your phone? You can check out iCloud.com for files that have been backed up from your Apple devices.

https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/how-to-use-icloud-online

 

Law bars ISPs from charging rental fees for a modem you own

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/tvpa-bans-isp-rental-fees-for-owned-modems-213955005.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=2_04

 

SEC fines Robinhood $65 million for misleading users

Robinhood users fared worse than people who used the service's rivals.

https://www.engadget.com/robinhood-fraud-investigation-65-million-dollar-fine-172019441.html

 

Twitter fined by EU data protection watchdog for GDPR breach

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/technology/twitter-fined-by-eu-data-protection-watchdog-for-gdpr-breach/

 

‘Very, very large’ telecom organization and Fortune 500 company breached in SolarWinds hack

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/very-very-large-telecom-organization-and-fortune-500-company-breached-in-solarwinds-hack/

 

Vivaldi adds two-level tab stack to the web browser

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/12/10/vivaldi-adds-two-level-tab-stack-to-the-web-browser/

 

Kaspersky: Gamers face high and ongoing risk of identity theft and bullying

A survey of gamers worldwide found that gamers deal with bullying and theft of in-game valuables in addition to identity theft.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/kaspersky-gamers-face-high-and-ongoing-risk-of-identity-theft-and-bullying/

 

Zoom confident it can meet Covid-fueled Christmas Day demand

  - Zoom is preparing for what could end up being its busiest day ever.

  - Around the world, lockdowns will make traveling to see friends and family on Christmas Day complicated, and for millions, illegal.

  - Over 18 million people in the U.K. found out on Saturday that they can no longer see their loved ones on Christmas Day as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced strict new rules.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/21/christmas-day-could-be-zooms-busiest-ever-thanks-to-covid.html

 

How to Set Alarms and Timers in Windows 10

https://www.maketecheasier.com/set-alarms-timers-windows10/

 

Microsoft Authenticator is getting its own password manager

Password manager feature currently in beta testing

https://www.techradar.com/news/microsoft-authenticator-is-getting-its-own-password-manager

 

How to Change New Tab Page Layout and Background in Microsoft Edge Chromium

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/144435-change-new-tab-page-layout-background-microsoft-edge-chromium.html

 

CISA: SolarWinds Not the Only Initial Attack Vector in Massive Breach

Agency says it has "evidence of additional initial access vectors" besides SolarWinds' Orion software.

https://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/cisa-solarwinds-not-the-only-initial-attack-vector-in-massive-breach/d/d-id/1339755

 

Microsoft cheat sheets: Dive into Windows and Office apps

These guides will help you find your way around several generations of Microsoft’s Office apps for Windows — and Windows itself.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3199247/microsoft-cheat-sheets-dive-into-windows-and-office-apps.html

 

Malicious Domain in SolarWinds Hack Turned into ‘Killswitch’

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2020/12/malicious-domain-in-solarwinds-hack-turned-into-killswitch/

 

Hacker publishes stolen email and mailing addresses of 270,000 Ledger cryptocurrency wallet users

https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/hacker-publishes-stolen-email-and-mailing-addresses-of-270000-ledger-cryptocurrency-wallet-users-24940.html

 

How to Boot in Safe Mode on Windows 10

Start in Windows 10 Safe Mode when things are acting up

https://www.lifewire.com/boot-in-safe-mode-on-windows-10-5088196

 

Cyberattack Hit Key US Treasury Systems: Senator

https://www.securityweek.com/cyberattack-hit-key-us-treasury-systems-senator

 

How to Use ADB and Fastboot on Android (And Why You Should)

Learning to master ADB and Fastboot can make your Android experience a whole lot better.

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/use-adb-fastboot-android/

 

3D printers 101: Guide to getting started, best printers, tips

https://www.komando.com/amazon/3d-printer-guide/768573/

 

How MacOS Big Sur Improves Your Favorite Built-In Apple Apps

The latest update to macOS beefs up several popular applications. Here is everything Big Sur adds to improve Safari, Messages, Maps, Reminders, and Voice Memos.

https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/how-macos-big-sur-improves-your-favorite-built-in-apple-apps

 

Google hit with 2 new antitrust lawsuits from 4 private publishers

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/google-hit-2-antitrust-lawsuits-182012572.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=2_04

 

Walmart will turn TikTok into its own home shopping network for one night

If you can't invest in TikTok, use it for a fashion show.

https://www.engadget.com/walmart-tiktok-live-shopping-event-153921246.html

 

Mozilla shares fix for Netflix, Hulu errors on Apple Silicon Macs

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/technology/mozilla-shares-fix-for-netflix-hulu-errors-on-apple-silicon-macs/

 

Senators push for an investigation into education ransomware conundrum

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/senators-push-for-an-investigation-into-education-ransomware-conundrum/

 

Oblivious DNS standard promises improved privacy

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

 

US government agencies compromised by foreign nation-state

Stretching back for months, the breaches were pulled off by exploiting a vulnerability in network monitoring software from SolarWinds, according to security firm FireEye.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/us-government-agencies-compromised-by-foreign-nation-state/

 

Fake delivery notices imitating Amazon, UPS, FedEx surge during biggest online shopping season ever

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/19/holiday-shopping-delivery-scams-on-the-rise.html

 

How to Root Your Android Phone with SuperSU

https://www.maketecheasier.com/root-android-phone-supersu/

 

Here’s another CentOS clone - and this one is backed by a million dollars a year

Second high-profile fork in less than a week

https://www.techradar.com/news/heres-another-centos-clone-and-this-one-is-backed-by-a-million-dollars-a-year

 

How to Enable Automatic Backup of System Registry to RegBack folder when Computer Restarts in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/137565-enable-automatic-backup-system-registry-when-restart-windows-10-a.html

 

FireEye Identifies Killswitch for SolarWinds Malware as Victims Scramble to Respond

White House National Security Council establishes unified group to coordinate response across federal agencies to the threat.

https://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/fireeye-identifies-killswitch-for-solarwinds-malware-as-victims-scramble-to-respond/d/d-id/1339746

 

2020: A look back at patching and the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic changed so many things in the tech world, not the least of which was Microsoft's patching processes. Here's a look at a few highlights to keep in mind as we head toward 2021.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3600906/2020-a-look-back-at-patching-and-the-pandemic.html

 

SolarWinds Hack Could Affect 18K Customers

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2020/12/solarwinds-hack-could-affect-18k-customers/

 

Foxconn hit with record-breaking $34 million ransom demand after cyber attack

  - Electronics manufacturer Foxconn was infected with the DoppelPaymer ransomware last month

  - Hacking group has begun to publish files stolen from company’s servers during the attack

https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/foxconn-hit-with-record-breaking-34-million-ransom-demand-after-cyber-attack-24797.html

 

Native Americans Want Their Place Names on Digital Maps

Adding to the record

https://www.lifewire.com/native-americans-want-their-place-names-on-digital-maps-5093270

 

Servers of Carding Site "Joker's Stash" Seized by Law Enforcement

https://www.securityweek.com/servers-carding-site-jokers-stash-seized-law-enforcement

 

What is LokiBot Malware and How Can You Protect Yourself?

This malware targets Windows and Android to steal private data and even hold you to ransom. Here's what you need to know.

https://www.makeuseof.com/how-to-protect-against-lokibot/

 

US government cyberattack: It’s bad and it’s getting worse

https://www.komando.com/security-privacy/us-government-cyberattack/770206/

 

How to Stop Mac Apps From Launching at Startup

Does your Mac slow to a crawl thanks to apps that spring to life upon startup? Here's how to disable and manage startup items so you can stop them in their tracks.

https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/how-to-stop-mac-apps-from-launching-at-startup

 

Annoyingly slow computer? Try this expert hack

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/slow-computer-system-mechanic-191100329.html

 

Facebook runs more newspaper ads attacking iOS 14 privacy changes

It says the changes will make the internet more expensive.

https://www.engadget.com/facebook-ios-14-privacy-changes-new-add-090000011.html

 

Microsoft removes update block for Windows 10 NVMe SSD devices

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/microsoft-removes-update-block-for-windows-10-nvme-ssd-devices/

 

Senators push for an investigation into education ransomware conundrum

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/senators-push-for-an-investigation-into-education-ransomware-conundrum/

 

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 find lost AirPods and fix pairing issues

Do you know what to do when your AirPods are lost or just won't connect to your device and you need to jump online for a meeting? Learn how to find lost AirPods and re-pair misbehaving AirPods.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-troubleshoot-misbehaving-airpods-and-find-lost-ones/

 

Suspected Russian hack is much worse than first feared: Here’s what you need to know

  - The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said the threat “poses a grave risk to the federal government.”

  - CISA has not said who it thinks is the “advanced persistent threat actor” behind the “significant and ongoing” campaign, but many experts are pointing to Russia.

  - It’s not clear exactly what the hackers have done beyond accessing top-secret U.S. government networks and monitoring data.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/18/suspected-russian-hack-on-us-is-much-worse-than-first-feared.html

 

Many Malicious Chrome and Edge Extensions Downloaded

https://www.maketecheasier.com/malicious-chrome-and-edge-extensions-downloaded/

 

iOS 14.3 release date, features, widgets and compatible iPhones

Apple's iOS 14.3 update is out to download now

https://www.techradar.com/news/ios-143

 

How to Set Up Windows Backup in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/75517-setup-windows-backup-windows-10-a.html

 

Attackers Leverage IMAP to Infiltrate Email Accounts

Researchers believe cybercriminals are using a tool dubbed Email Appender to directly connect with compromised email accounts via IMAP.

https://www.darkreading.com/attackers-leverage-imap-to-infiltrate-email-accounts/d/d-id/1339747

 

Windows hackers target COVID-19 vaccine efforts

Hackers appear to be targeting vaccine researchers, manufacturers and the COVID-19 “cold chain” that will be used to keep the vaccine cold enough for distribution.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3600156/windows-hackers-target-covid-19-vaccine-efforts.html

 

U.S. Treasury, Commerce Depts. Hacked Through SolarWinds Compromise

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2020/12/u-s-treasury-commerce-depts-hacked-through-solarwinds-compromise/

 

Goodbye to Flash – if you’re still running it, uninstall Flash Player now

https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/featured/goodbye-uninstall-flash-player-now/

 

How Apple's ProRAW Gives You More Control

A new take on an old format

https://www.lifewire.com/how-apples-proraw-gives-you-more-control-5092605

 

Threat Actors Increasingly Using VBA Purging in Attacks

https://www.securityweek.com/threat-actors-increasingly-using-vba-purging-attacks

 

Samsung Ditches Power Adapters After Mocking Apple for Doing the Same

Despite mocking Apple for ditching power adapters as standard, it looks as though Samsung is now following suit.

https://www.makeuseof.com/samsung-ditches-power-adapters-after-mocking-apple/

 

Honda recalls 1.4 million vehicles – check to see if yours is on the list

https://www.komando.com/safety-security-reviews/honda-auto-recall/770009/

 

8 Tips for Better Video Conference Calls

If you're stuck at home because of COVID-19, you can still get work done by collaborating over video. Here's how to maximize your video chat time.

https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/8-tips-for-better-video-conference-calls

 

Oracle moving from California to Texas, joins Tesla, Hewlett Packard

https://www.yahoo.com/news/oracle-moving-california-texas-joins-120527544.html

 

Microsoft : Widespread malware campaign affects multiple browsers

https://www.askwoody.com/forums/topic/microsoft-widespread-malware-campaign-affects-multiple-browsers/

 

What Backup Program Should I Use? A Recommended Approach

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOu0LYt4uiI&feature=youtu.be&t=0s

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HP Print and Scan Doctor (formerly HP Scan Diagnostic Utility) iconHP Print and Scan Doctor (formerly HP Scan Diagnostic Utility)

Troubleshoot and correct printing and scanning problems with the help of this approachable application aimed at users owning HP devices

https://www.softpedia.com/get/System/System-Miscellaneous/HP-Scan-Diagnostic-Utility.shtml

 

How to use iPhone apps on your new M1 MacBook Air, Pro, Mini

Apple's new Macs can run the same apps that you use on your iPhone. Here's what you need to know.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-use-iphone-apps-on-your-new-m1-macbook-air-pro-mini/

 

Zoom will continue its unlimited free calls for upcoming holidays

On several key holidays running through New Year's. free Zoom calls can go as long as you want.

https://www.engadget.com/zoom-holidays-015545763.html

 

How to use any search engine from Google Chrome's and other Chromium browser's address bar

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/12/18/how-to-use-any-search-engine-from-google-chromes-and-other-chromium-browsers-address-bar/

 

This mini soundbar packs in Dolby Atmos and Hi-Res Audio without taking over your living room

Good things come in small packages

https://www.techradar.com/news/this-mini-soundbar-packs-in-dolby-atmos-and-hi-res-audio-without-taking-over-your-living-room

 

Former NSA security chief details what’s happening inside DoD to respond to SolarWinds hack

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/solarwinds-hack/former-nsa-security-chief-details-whats-happening-inside-dod-to-respond-to-solarwinds-hack/

 

How to avoid a disappearing page number in Microsoft Word

If you turn off page numbering for the first page of a Word document and then add a new section to page 2, the page number on page 2 disappears! Here's how to get it back.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-avoid-a-disappearing-page-number-in-microsoft-word/

 

US govt, FireEye breached after SolarWinds supply-chain attack

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/us-govt-fireeye-breached-after-solarwinds-supply-chain-attack/

 

How to Use a Custom Background with Zoom

https://www.maketecheasier.com/use-custom-background-with-zoom/

 

Microsoft reportedly creating its own ARM chips for servers and Surface PC

Could Microsoft be making its own processor to rival Apple's M1? Bloomberg says yes.

https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-reportedly-creating-its-own-arm-chips-servers-and-surface-pc

 

How to Enable or Disable Controlled Folder Access in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/113380-how-enable-disable-controlled-folder-access-windows-10-a.html

 

New IRS Form Fraud Campaign Targets G Suite Users

At least 50,000 executives have been affected so far.

https://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/new-irs-form-fraud-campaign-targets-g-suite-users/d/d-id/1339743

 

Ransomware gangs are now cold-calling victims if they restore from backups without paying

Tactic used since August by ransomware gangs like Sekhmet, Maze, Conti, and Ryuk.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/ransomware-gangs-are-now-cold-calling-victims-if-they-restore-from-backups-without-paying/

 

11 Expert Tips For Young Tech Execs Recovering From A Devastating Hack

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2020/12/01/11-expert-tips-for-young-tech-execs-recovering-from-a-devastating-hack/

 

How to 'defrag' your computer and improve its speed when it's operating slower than usual

https://news.yahoo.com/defrag-computer-improve-speed-operating-215405648.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=2_04

 

The 10 Best IPhone Spy Apps [October 2020]

https://www.techjunkie.com/best-iphone-spy-apps/

 

Surprise! Smartphones May Make You More Impulsive

https://www.lifewire.com/surprise-smartphones-may-make-you-more-impulsive-5089278

 

IN 2021, WE NEED TO FIX AMERICA’S INTERNET

We pay twice as much as Europe for high speeds, assuming we can even get them

https://www.theverge.com/22177154/us-internet-speed-maps-competition-availability-fcc

 

7 Fascinating Internet of Things Devices You Should Try Right Now

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/internet-things-devices-2018/

 

Have an Echo? 5 security settings to check now

https://www.komando.com/kims-column/echo-security-settings/761902/

 

Give Your Eyes a Break: How to Choose the Right Blue Light Glasses

Staring at your monitor for hours at a time giving you a headache? Computer glasses might help. Here's how to pick a pair that works best for you along with some of our favorites.

https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/give-your-eyes-a-break-how-to-choose-the-right-blue-light-glasses

 

Autorun Organizer

Easily manage the programs that automatically run every time you turn on your computer with the help of this intuitive piece of software

https://www.softpedia.com/get/System/OS-Enhancements/Autorun-Organizer.shtml

 

5 ways to lock down your Microsoft 365 account and keep hackers out

The US government suffered a data breach after hackers targeted Microsoft Office software. Here's how to protect your Microsoft apps and accounts.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/5-ways-to-lock-down-your-microsoft-365-account-and-keep-hackers-out/

 

Texas announces a multi-state antitrust suit against Google

The state's AG said the company used 'monopolistic power to control' ad pricing.

https://www.engadget.com/google-antitrust-lawsuit-texas-attorney-general-204043354.html

 

Reduce the size of email headers in Thunderbird with Compact Headers

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/12/18/reduce-the-size-of-email-headers-in-thunderbird-with-compact-headers/

 

Windows 10 could see big changes as Microsoft officially launches Project Reunion

Preview release for Windows 10 follows Project Reunion reveal back in May

https://www.techradar.com/news/windows-10-could-see-big-changes-as-microsoft-officially-launches-project-reunion

As Microsoft confirms breach from SolarWinds hack, President Brad Smith argues for federal policy changes

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/solarwinds-hack/as-microsoft-confirms-breach-president-brad-smith-argues-for-federal-policy-changes/

 

Google down: Gmail, Meet, YouTube and Nest suffer major authentication system outage

A major outage took down multiple Google websites and services including Gmail, Youtube and Nest on Monday December 14, 2020.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/google-down-major-outage-affecting-gmail-youtube-nest-and-other-sites/

 

Microsoft partially fixes Windows 10 Conexant audio driver issues

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/microsoft-partially-fixes-windows-10-conexant-audio-driver-issues/

 

How to Back Up Files to Google Drive on Linux

https://www.maketecheasier.com/backup-files-to-google-drive-linux/

 

How to fix inaccessible grayed out settings on Windows 10

Do you have settings on Windows 10 that appear grayed out? If so, there could be one more policy configuration blocking your access – here's a way to remedy the problem.

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-fix-inaccessible-grayed-out-settings-windows-10

 

Adjust Processor Resources for Best Performance of Programs or Background Services in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/89429-adjust-processor-resources-best-performance-windows-10-a.html

 

US-CERT Reports 17,447 Vulnerabilities Recorded in 2020

This marks the fourth year in a row that a record number of vulnerabilities has been discovered, following 17,306 in 2019.

https://www.darkreading.com/threat-intelligence/us-cert-reports-17447-vulnerabilities-recorded-in-2020/d/d-id/1339741

 

Average ransom payout jumped 178% in a year

https://atlasvpn.com/blog/average-ransom-payout-jumped-178-in-a-year/

 

A Broken Piece of Internet Backbone Might Finally Get Fixed

Efforts to secure the Border Gateway Protocol have picked up critical momentum, including a big assist from Google.

https://www.wired.com/story/bgp-routing-manrs-google-fix/

 

Hackers are sending customers fake shipping messages appearing to come from Amazon and UPS as a 'shipageddon' is expected during a hectic shopping season

https://news.yahoo.com/hackers-sending-customers-fake-shipping-160535731.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=2_04

 

How To Clear Cache And Data On Waze

One of the reasons why so many users love Waze is that it’s fast and very responsive. And that’s precisely what you’d expect and want from a traffic navigation app.

https://www.techjunkie.com/waze-clear-cache-data/

 

Quantum Computing, Your Privacy, & You

Can't keep it to yourself

https://www.lifewire.com/quantum-computing-your-privacy-and-you-5092800

 

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra will have six cameras

Samsung is once again leaning into hardware

https://www.theverge.com/2020/12/18/22189305/samsung-s21-ultra-spec-leak-cameras

 

How to Use LessPass to Manage Your Passwords

LessPass is a secure password manager because it doesn't save your password. Here's what you need to know.

https://www.makeuseof.com/use-lesspass-manage-passwords/

 

Russian hackers hacked our hacking methods

https://www.komando.com/episode/russian-hackers-hacked-our-hacking-methods/769620/

 

Netflix Party

Organize Netflix remote parties and synchronize video playback on multiple computers with the help of this useful Chrome extension

https://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/Other-Internet-Related/Netflix-Party.shtml

 

Windows 10 users: Try these 3 new features now

The latest major Windows update brought some new tricks for your browser, Start menu and more. Here's how to use them.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/windows-10-users-try-these-3-new-features-now/

 

New York Times and other US media join The Coalition for App Fairness

Digital Content Next's members reach an audience of over 223 million unique visitors.

https://www.engadget.com/digital-content-next-joins-coalition-for-app-fairness-201502097.html

 

How to play Flash content in your browser in 2021

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/12/17/how-to-play-flash-content-in-your-browser-in-2021/

 

Windows 10 taskbar change could be a problem for those who haven’t activated the OS

Microsoft is currently testing out moving some taskbar options to the Settings app

https://www.techradar.com/news/windows-10-taskbar-change-could-be-a-problem-for-those-who-havent-activated-the-os

 

3 million users hit with infected Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge extensions

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/malware/3-million-users-hit-with-infected-google-chrome-and-microsoft-edge-extensions/

 

How to enable system-wide dictation on your Chromebook

If your preferred, or required, typing method is voice dictation, you're not out of luck with a Chromebook. Jack Wallen shows you how to enable system-wide dictation in Chrome OS.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-enable-system-wide-dictation-on-your-chromebook/

 

Hacking group’s new malware abuses Google and Facebook services

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/hacking-group-s-new-malware-abuses-google-and-facebook-services/

 

How to Disable Automatic Workspaces in GNOME

https://www.maketecheasier.com/disable-automatic-workspaces-in-gnome-3/

 

Microsoft says 80% of identified SolarWinds attack victims are in the US

Government agencies, security firms, technology firms, and more are targets of the SolarWinds supply chain attack.

https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-solarwinds-attack

 

How to Backup and Restore Microsoft Edge Favorites in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/7256-backup-restore-microsoft-edge-favorites-windows-10-a.html

 

Why the Weakest Links Matter

The recent FireEye and SolarWinds compromises reinforce the fact that risks should be understood, controls should be in place, and care should be taken at every opportunity.

https://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/why-the-weakest-links-matter/a/d-id/1339733

 

Tech Corner with Roger A Grimes

https://www.cyberhubpodcast.com/tech-corner-roger-grimes

 

Quarter of Firms Suffered 7+ Serious Cyber-Attacks in 2020

https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/quarter-firms-suffered-7-serious/

 

Google showed us the danger of letting corporations lead AI research

https://finance.yahoo.com/m/0745f6b4-c3c6-30c2-adec-3f6a33ea4674/google-showed-us-the-danger.html

 

How To Check Your IPhone For Spyware

https://www.techjunkie.com/check-iphone-spyware/

 

First Coronavirus, Now Ransomware's Closing Schools

Give those thieves an F

https://www.lifewire.com/first-coronavirus-now-ransomware-close-schools-5092361

 

Cable companies can no longer ‘rent’ you the router you already own

Frontier was charging $10 a month for absolutely nothing

https://www.theverge.com/2020/12/19/22191096/internet-modem-router-rental-fee-fix-television-viewer-protection-act-tvpa

 

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/

 

Stop, thief!

https://www.komando.com/episode/stop-thief/769400/

 

19 Hidden Tricks Inside Apple's Safari Browser

Safari for Phone, iPad, and Mac offers a variety of features and settings to help you search the web like no other browser. There are even more new tools and tricks to know with the release of iOS/iPadOS 14 and macOS Big Sur.

https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/how-to-use-and-customize-safari-on-your-iphone-or-ipad

 

Malwarebytes Browser Guard for Chrome

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

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

 

Google has 3 snazzy new Home features you can start using now

Fire off custom commands from inside the app or on your home screen, or set them to trigger automatically along with sunset or sunrise.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/google-has-3-snazzy-new-home-features-you-can-start-using-now/

 

Google adds new word and puzzle games to smart displays

"Hey Google, let's play a game."

https://www.engadget.com/google-assistant-smart-display-games-174429880.html

 

You may soon save Chrome passwords to your Google Account, even if Sync is disabled

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/12/16/you-may-soon-save-chrome-passwords-to-your-google-account-even-if-sync-is-disabled/

 

US government, thousands of businesses now thought to have been affected by SolarWinds security attack

Orion software updates were used to deploy the Sunburst malware, leading to massive supply chain attack

https://www.techradar.com/news/solarwinds-suffers-massive-supply-chain-attack

 

It’s time to prepare for fully homomorphic encryption, says IBM

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/its-time-to-prepare-for-fully-homomorphic-encryption-says-ibm/

 

Work invading your private life? EU politicians want to give employees a right to disconnect

New legislation seeks to give digital workers the right to disconnect from work without worrying about negative consequences.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/work-invading-your-private-life-eu-politicians-want-to-give-employees-a-right-to-disconnect/

 

Google Chrome's high-resource ad blocking spotted in the wild

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/google/google-chromes-high-resource-ad-blocking-spotted-in-the-wild/

 

How to Stop Apps from Using Mobile Data on Android

https://www.maketecheasier.com/stop-apps-using-mobile-data-android/

 

Best Tablets for Xbox Game Pass Cloud Gaming (xCloud) and Console Streaming 2020

https://www.windowscentral.com/best-tablets-project-xcloud-and-xbox-game-streaming

 

How to Export Favorites to HTML file from Microsoft Edge Chromium

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/143983-how-export-favorites-html-file-microsoft-edge-chromium.html

 

Patching Still Poses Problems for Industrial Controllers, Networking Devices

More than 90% of devices that run popular embedded operating systems remain vulnerable to critical flaws disclosed more than a year ago.

https://www.darkreading.com/iot/patching-still-poses-problems-for-industrial-controllers-networking-devices/d/d-id/1339729

 

A coordinated, global network of hackers tried to break into the COVID-19 'cold chain,' which transports vaccines at -94 degrees Fahrenheit

https://www.businessinsider.com/hackers-covid-vaccine-delivery-cold-chain-ibm-2020-12

 

More Than Fifty Networks in North American Suspiciously Resurrected at Once

https://cybersguards.com/more-than-fifty-networks-in-north-american-suspiciously-resurrected-at-once/

 

Apple CEO Tim Cook says he had to take a 'meat axe' to his notifications to reduce his screen time

https://www.yahoo.com/news/apple-ceo-tim-cook-says-121000763.html

 

How To Modify Your Route In Waze

https://www.techjunkie.com/how-to-modify-your-route-in-waze/

 

The Potential Future of the Mac

An amazing time for Mac fans?

https://www.lifewire.com/the-potential-future-of-the-mac-5093010

 

The ambient year

We were all bored at home, so why not listen to boring music?

https://www.theverge.com/22175193/ambient-music-2020-pandemic-quarantine-at-home

 

How to Access Hotmail and Outlook Accounts on Android

You can easily access both Outlook and Hotmail email accounts on Android. Here's what you need to know.

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-access-hotmail-and-outlook-com-on-your-android-device/

 

5 ways to lock down all your internet-connected devices

https://www.komando.com/how-tos/internet-connected-device-security/769621/

 

PSA: The Cyberpunk 2077 'Mobile' Version Is Actually Ransomware

The 'mobile versions' of CD Projekt RED's Cyberpunk 2077 are actually malware, Kaspersky says.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/psa-the-cyberpunk-2077-mobile-version-is-actually-ransomware

 

Malwarebytes Browser Guard for Firefox

A security browser add-on that promises to prevent malware from reaching your computer and block unwanted content and advertisements

https://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/Internet-Applications-Addons/Mozilla-Extensions/Malwarebytes-Browser-Guard-for-Firefox.shtml

 

Sales of CEO email accounts may give cyber criminals access to the "crown jewels" of a company

Multiple security professionals said stolen credentials on Exploit.in were part of a tidal wave of business email compromise attacks.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/sales-of-ceo-email-accounts-may-give-cyber-criminals-access-to-the-crown-jewels-of-a-company/

 

Phishing targets US brokerage firms using FINRA lookalike domain

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/phishing-targets-us-brokerage-firms-using-finra-lookalike-domain/

 

Why Am I Getting Bounces for Email I Didn’t Send? Hint: It's Not Your Fault

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXpfnf4REBQ&feature=youtu.be&t=0s 

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Tested: How Apple's M1 chip performs against Intel 11th-gen and AMD Ryzen 4000

We put the PC's best laptops against MacBook Pro M1 to see if Apple's new ARM chip really is all that.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3600897/tested-how-apples-m1-chip-performs-against-intel-11th-gen-and-amd-ryzen-4000.html

 

Anyone over age 60 needs to know about these hacking scams targeting senior citizens

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/senior-citizens-identity-theft-online-fraud-protection-171050280.html

 

More Hacking Attacks Found as Officials Warn of 'Grave Risk' to U.S. Government

https://news.yahoo.com/more-hacking-attacks-found-officials-132602161.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=2_04

 

How to set up Microsoft Authenticator password manager on Android

Microsoft Authenticator now lets you securely manage and autofill passwords for apps and websites on Android, and here's how to set up the feature.

https://pureinfotech.com/setup-microsoft-authenticator-password-manager-android/

 

How to Turn Off 5G on an iPhone 12

https://lifehacker.com/how-to-turn-off-5g-on-an-iphone-12-1845906820

 

Nokia's new phone might steal the title of 'best cheap phone' from Xiaomi

The Nokia 5.4 is here

https://www.techradar.com/news/nokias-new-phone-might-steal-the-title-of-best-cheap-phone-from-xiaomi

 

Microsoft shares 20 ways it helped education in 2020

2020 was a unique year for education, and Microsoft grew to meet the challenge.

https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-shares-20-ways-it-helped-education-2020

 

Cybersecurity experts hail new IoT law

The bill would increase protection for the billions of connected devices "owned or controlled by the government" in homes and businesses.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/cybersecurity-experts-hail-new-iot-law/

 

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

Microsoft is finalizing its work on a new password manager utility called Passwords, which would work on Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, and mobile devices. It’s said that the utility would securely sync users’ username-password credentials between Android, iOS, PC, and Mac devices.

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

 

How to Fix ‘No SIM Card Detected’ Error on Android

https://www.maketecheasier.com/fix-no-sim-card-detected-android/

 

ProRaw: I tested Apple's new iOS 14.3 trick and my iPhone 12 photos look amazing

With the addition of ProRaw in iOS 14.3, the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max truly earn their "pro" designation.

https://www.cnet.com/news/proraw-review-i-tested-apple-new-ios-14-3-trick-and-my-iphone-12-photos-look-amazing/

 

Categorize your documents and access them quickly with Documan

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/12/20/categorize-your-documents-and-access-them-quickly-with-documan/

 

How to Change or Restore Default Location of Camera Roll Folder in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/163997-change-restore-default-location-camera-roll-folder-windows-10-a.html

 

The Morning After: We reviewed the new M1-powered MacBook Pro

Engadget editors list their winners and losers in tech for 2020.

https://www.engadget.com/apple-macbook-pro-2020-tma-123514984.html

 

How Private is YOUR Internet Usage?

Every time you visit websites on the Internet, you leave traces of your activity in many places. Some of that is the way the Internet was designed, and some is a little more tricky. If you're interested in hiding your online tracks with web privacy tools, read on…

https://askbobrankin.com/how_private_is_your_internet_usage.html

 

Intel's Habana Labs hacked by Pay2Key ransomware, data stolen

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/intels-habana-labs-hacked-by-pay2key-ransomware-data-stolen/

 

45 million medical imaging files exposed online

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/45-million-medical-imaging-files-exposed-online/

 

Microsoft Safety Scanner

A standalone on-demand computer scanner that performs quick, full, or custom analysis on your computer to detect potential threats

https://www.softpedia.com/get/Antivirus/Microsoft-Safety-Scanner.shtml

 

How 8GB RAM Overperforms in M1 Macs

Yes, it's enough

https://www.lifewire.com/how-8gb-ram-overperforms-in-m1-macs-5091929

 

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

 

5 Free Windows Alternatives to Mac's Alfred App

Are you searching for a good Windows application launcher that's as good as Alfred on macOS? Here are a few free choices for you.

https://www.makeuseof.com/free-windows-alternatives-to-macs-alfred-app/

 

Use this interactive map to see if hospitals in your area are full

https://www.komando.com/coronavirus/covid-hospitalizations-map/769447/

 

Report: Microsoft Developing In-House ARM Chips for Surface Devices, Data Centers

If true, the development is bad news for Intel. Apple has already begun dropping Intel processors in favor for ARM-based chips to power new Macs.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/report-microsoft-developing-in-house-arm-chips-for-surface-devices-data

 

Hackers last year conducted a 'dry run' of SolarWinds breach

https://news.yahoo.com/hackers-last-year-conducted-a-dry-run-of-solar-winds-breach-215232815.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=2_04

 

How to normalize sound volume on Windows 10

Annoyed by loud commercials while watching TV shows online or listen to music at different sound volume levels? Then use this guide to normalize the sound volume on Windows 10.

https://pureinfotech.com/normalize-sound-volume-windows-10/

 

Turn Microsoft's Authenticator Into a Password Manager

https://lifehacker.com/turn-microsofts-authenticator-into-a-password-manager-1845898387

 

iOS 14.3 update is out now, and it'll change the way you work out and take photos

ProRAW format, Apple Fitness Plus and AirPods Max support, Apple TV app upgrades, and more

https://www.techradar.com/news/ios-143-update-is-about-to-change-the-way-you-work-out-and-take-photos

How to ditch Microsoft Edge as your default PDF reader on Windows 10

Yes, you can ditch Microsoft Edge and set another app as your default PDF reader, and in this guide, we'll show you how on Windows 10.

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-ditch-microsoft-edge-your-default-pdf-reader-windows-10

 

How cybercriminals are now exploiting COVID-19 vaccines

Vaccine-related phishing emails and domains are popping up, while criminals are selling phony vaccines via the Dark Web, says Check Point.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-cybercriminals-are-now-exploiting-covid-19-vaccines/

 

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

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

 

How to Install and Use Microsoft Defender in Linux

https://www.maketecheasier.com/install-use-microsoft-defender-linux/

 

iPhone 12 Pro Max's camera can take amazing photos. But you have to know the tricks

From composition through to editing, we tell you how to take amazing images with your phone.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/iphone-12-pro-max-can-take-amazing-photos-but-you-have-to-know-the-tricks/

 

Don't like Tab-to-Search in Firefox? You can disable in Firefox 85

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/12/20/dont-like-tab-to-search-in-firefox-you-can-disable-in-firefox-85/

 

How to Turn On or Off Core Isolation Virtualization-based Security for Memory Integrity in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/104025-turn-off-core-isolation-memory-integrity-windows-10-a.html

 

Microsoft Authenticator can now store and autofill mobile device passwords

You can use it on Edge or even Chrome via a new Chrome extension.

https://www.engadget.com/microsoft-authenticator-can-now-store-and-autofill-mobile-device-passwords-091539570.html

 

Is There a Big Red Bow in Your Future?

https://askbobrankin.com/is_there_a_big_red_bow_in_your_future.html

 

Windows 10X is arriving next year: What we know so far

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/windows-10x-is-arriving-next-year-what-we-know-so-far/

 

In wake of SolarWinds hack, here are the critical responses required of all businesses

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/here-are-the-critical-responses-required-of-all-businesses-after-solarwinds-supply-chain-hack/

 

Windows 10 Debloat

Customize your Windows copy by tweaking settings related to privacy, telemetry, the working environment, the system, the start and the context menus, and so on

https://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/System-Tweak/Windows-10-Debloat.shtml

 

Will Remote Employees Ever Return to the Office?

Time to buy a proper desk

https://www.lifewire.com/will-remote-employees-ever-return-to-the-office-5092988

 

Where to buy webcams now: These retailers have stock

Retailers where to buy webcams right now

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/where-to-buy-webcams-now-these-retailers-have-stock

 

How to Export Your Photos and Videos from Google Photos

Is your Google Photos storage full? Here's how to export your photos and videos from Google Photos.

https://www.makeuseof.com/export-photos-from-google-photos/

 

The best phone cases for every person, from clumsy to minimalist

https://www.komando.com/amazon/phone-cases-for-everyone/769580/

 

Microsoft Hit by SolarWinds Breach, Says It 'Isolated and Removed' the Malware

Microsoft President Brad Smith describes the hack as an 'attack on the United States and its government and other critical institutions' and urges action.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/microsoft-hit-by-solarwinds-breach-says-it-isolated-and-removed-the-malware

 

AT&T Skips Annual Dividend Raise for the First Time Since 2005

https://finance.yahoo.com/m/019e8c7b-843a-3703-b399-a0abf8b92413/at-t-skips-annual-dividend.html

 

How to uninstall Snipping Tool app on Windows 10

Windows 10 now allows you to uninstall the legacy Snipping Tool app, and here are the steps to complete the task.

https://pureinfotech.com/uninstall-snipping-tool-windows-10/

 

Firefox 84's Best New Features on Desktop and Android

https://lifehacker.com/firefox-84s-best-new-features-on-desktop-and-android-1845898028

 

This is probably the fastest PC under $200 right now

You won't find a cheaper computer with 256GB storage and 8GB RAM

https://www.techradar.com/news/this-is-probably-the-fastest-pc-under-dollar200-right-now

 

Cut out background noise on calls with Microsoft Teams AI noise suppression

Teams can cut out background noise using AI that's powered by machine learning.

https://www.windowscentral.com/cut-out-background-noise-calls-microsoft-teams-ai-noise-suppression

 

IoT standards: The US government must create them, and businesses will follow

The Internet of Things is still in its Wild West phase of development. Standardization is necessary to ensure safety and easier integration.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/iot-standards-the-us-government-must-create-them-and-businesses-will-follow/

 

Unbelievable! This is why Google services did not work for 45 minutes on December 14

https://news.thewindowsclub.com/why-google-service-did-not-work-for-45-minutes-104501/

 

How to Stop Android Apps Running in the Background

https://www.maketecheasier.com/stop-android-apps-running-background/

 

Best iPhone VPNs of 2021

These are the best virtual private networks for protecting your privacy on Apple iPhones.

https://www.cnet.com/news/best-iphone-vpn/

 

Print non-contiguous page ranges support added to Firefox 85

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/12/19/print-non-contiguous-page-ranges-support-added-to-firefox-85/

 

How to Enable or Disable Thumbnail Previews in File Explorer in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/18834-enable-disable-thumbnail-previews-file-explorer-windows-10-a.html

 

Firefox 84 arrives with native support for Apple Silicon

New Macs with Apple's M1 chip inside should see even better performance with Firefox now.

https://www.engadget.com/apple-m1-macbook-firefox-072126340.html

 

Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony Issue Safe Gaming Manifesto

https://www.technewsworld.com/story/Microsoft-Nintendo-Sony-Issue-Safe-Gaming-Manifesto-86951.html

 

Subway marketing system hacked to send TrickBot malware emails

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/subway-marketing-system-hacked-to-send-trickbot-malware-emails/

 

Kaspersky researchers found 360,000 malicious files per day in 2020

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/malware/kaspersky-researchers-found-360000-malicious-files-per-day-in-2020/

 

Brave Browser

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

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

 

Why a New Health Passport App Raises Privacy Concerns

Tap, hack, fly?

https://www.lifewire.com/why-new-health-passport-raises-privacy-concerns-5092994

 

Philo TV channels, cost, plans and more

Philo TV is a low-cost live TV streaming service

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/philo-tv-channels-cost-plans-and-more

 

Android Has a New Powerful Ally... and It's Microsoft

Some of Microsoft's biggest advancements in 2020 owe themselves to Google's code.

https://www.makeuseof.com/microsoft-android-new-powerful-ally/

 

7 ways to delete yourself from the internet

https://www.komando.com/tech-tips/delete-yourself-from-the-internet-2/598709/

 

US: Hack on Government Agencies Goes Beyond SolarWinds Users

The alert from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) also warns that removing the hackers from compromised systems won't be easy.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/us-hack-on-government-agencies-goes-beyond-solarwinds-users

 

This One Common Item in Your House Could Be Spreading COVID, Study Finds

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/one-common-item-house-could-135544577.html

 

How to set up Microsoft Autofill password manager on Google Chrome

Microsoft brings its password manager to Google Chrome with the Microsoft Autofill extension, and here's how to set up and use it.

https://pureinfotech.com/setup-microsoft-autofill-password-manager-google-chrome/

 

The Best New Features and Fixes of iOS 14.3

https://lifehacker.com/the-best-new-features-and-fixes-of-ios-14-3-1845888062

 

Which macOS and iOS apps are collecting data on you? Apple finally tells all

macOS and iOS apps will have to disclose what data they’re collecting

https://www.techradar.com/news/which-macos-and-ios-apps-are-collecting-data-on-you-apple-finally-tells-all

 

How to manage URL pasting behavior on Microsoft Edge

If you don't like the new hyperlink pasting format on Microsoft Edge, in this guide, we'll show you the steps to use the feature and restore the old pasting behavior.

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-manage-url-pasting-behavior-microsoft-edge

 

Silicon Valley exodus? The majority of professionals said they'd follow tech leaders to emerging tech hubs

Nearly 70% of professionals believe that technology power is leaving Silicon Valley, according to a new survey.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/silicon-valley-exodus-the-majority-of-professionals-said-theyd-follow-tech-leaders-to-emerging-tech-hubs/

 

Now you can uninstall Chrome PWAs directly from Windows 10 settings

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

 

How to Change Default Apps in iOS 14

https://www.maketecheasier.com/how-to-change-default-apps-ios/

 

Microsoft head calls SolarWinds hack 'act of recklessness': What you need to know

Blamed on Russia, the hack infiltrated federal agencies, including homeland security and nuclear programs. Microsoft and other companies are victims too.

https://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-head-calls-solarwinds-hack-act-of-recklessness-what-you-need-to-know/

 

Running ChkDsk on Windows 10 20H2 may damage the file system and cause Blue Screens

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/12/19/running-chkdsk-on-windows-10-20h2-may-damage-the-file-system-and-cause-blue-screens/

 

How to Change Default Behavior for Copy and Paste of Address Bar URLs in Microsoft Edge Chromium

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/164477-change-default-behavior-copy-paste-urls-microsoft-edge.html

 

Now you can watch Netflix on your Echo Show

Amazon's smart displays can stream Netflix, along with Hulu and Amazon Prime Video.

https://www.engadget.com/echo-show-netflix-023602178.html

 

A Mini Browser War in Linux

https://www.technewsworld.com/story/A-Mini-Browser-War-in-Linux-86950.html

 

Adobe releases final Flash Player update, warns of 2021 kill switch

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/software/adobe-releases-final-flash-player-update-warns-of-2021-kill-switch/

 

Spotify notifies customers of breach, files under CCPA

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/data-breach/spotify-notifies-customers-of-breach-files-under-ccpa/

 

Raspberry Pi Imager

Seamlessly install Raspberry PI or create live disks that you can run in a virtual machine or use for recovery using this simple app

https://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery/Raspberry-Pi-Imager.shtml

 

Your Smartphone Can Now Check Your Health

No needles needed

https://www.lifewire.com/your-smartphone-can-now-check-your-health-5092565

 

Google is finally fixing the worst thing about Android phones

From next year, Android phones with Qualcomm chipsets will get four years of updates

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/google-is-finally-fixing-the-worst-thing-about-android-phones

 

How to Run Command Prompt Commands With a Desktop Shortcut

Here's how to create a desktop shortcut that opens the command prompt and automatically executes any command of your choosing.

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/run-command-prompt-commands-desktop-shortcut/

 

Giving or getting a smart speaker for Christmas? Change these settings

https://www.komando.com/gadgets/smart-speaker-security-settings/769415/

 

Facebook Criticizes Apple Again in Second Newspaper Ad, Apple Responds

Apparently we're all going to have to start paying for more subscriptions because of Apple.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/facebook-criticizes-apple-again-in-second-newspaper-ad-apple-responds

 

How to get VLC on a Roku device by mirroring the media player in 2 different ways

https://www.yahoo.com/news/vlc-roku-device-mirroring-media-025500942.html

 

The best SSDs of 2020

The best solid-state drives can supercharge your PC. Here are our picks for the best SSDs, and what you should know before a purchase.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3234838/best-ssds.html

 

Tip of the Day: Leave Your Laptop Running When Plugged In - Never Sleep in Windows 10

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxCNhk9xWaw&feature=youtu.be&t=0s

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