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Tim Cook must face 7 hour deposition in Apple vs Epic Games legal battle, judge says



How to Spot a Phishing Email (and What to Do if You Took the Bait)



New to Craigslist? Here are 5 red flags to avoid



How to enable settings UI on Windows Terminal

Here are the steps to enable the new settings graphical interface in the Windows Terminal app.



Will My Old Computer Run Windows 10?

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



How to Sync iCloud Passwords With Chrome and Edge Chromium



Chromebooks versus Windows laptops: Which should you buy?

In the fight between a Google Chrome OS-powered Chromebook and a Microsoft Windows PC, it boils down to cost versus convenience.



How to Enable Split Screen Mode in Chromebook



New Sunspot malware found while investigating SolarWinds hack



The top 5 reasons data privacy should be practiced every day

Working from home because of the pandemic has led to sensitive corporate information being stored on private devices, and experts say protecting data must become a business imperative.



How to Map Network Drive or Disconnect Network Drive in Windows 10



Google search results can tell you more about a site before you visit it

"About this result" panels feature descriptions from Wikipedia.



Scam-as-a-Service operation made more than $6.5 million in 2020

"Classiscam" operation is made up of around 40 groups operating in the US and across several European countries.



Amazon says government demands for user data spiked by 800% in 2020



Google Finds an Alarming Thousands of Phishing Sites Everyday in 2020



Celebrating Opensource.com's 10-year anniversary

Today officially marks 10 years of Opensource.com as a publication sharing free and open source stories. Here is a look at where we've come from, what principles help us succeed, and where we're going. 



Google adds ‘about this result’ information in search to help vet websites before you click

Using data sourced from Wikipedia



Why does Apple have multiple official Facebook pages if the social network is so awful?



What Is the iPhone App Library and How Do I Use It?

The iPhone App Library sorts all the apps on your device into smart folders. Here's how to use it for best results.



Privacy hack: How to password-protect files on Windows 10



Android Emulator for PCs Found Delivering Malware

Antivirus vendor ESET says NoxPlayer's update mechanism was compromised to deliver the malicious update for spying purposes.



How to be truly anonymous in the digital world



Windows Terminal gets new features with version 1.6

Windows Terminal 1.6 now ships with new settings graphical interface and many features and improvements.



Why I Bought My Wife a Mac (Updated)

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



How to Pack a 'Go Bag' for Emergency Evacuations



Google updates Chrome OS with security, smart display and personalization features

Windows PCs have always offered cool personalization features. Now it's the Chromebook's turn.



How to Print from Your Chromebook



SolarLeaks site claims to sell data stolen in SolarWinds attacks



Microsoft's cutting-edge machine-learning tool moves from the lab to the mainstream

Machine learning that can explore the world can solve different problems. These are the Microsoft services that make it something mainstream developers can use.



How to Add SFC SCANNOW Context Menu in Windows 10



Comcast delays 12-state data cap expansion to July

The company had announced the expansion in November.



Ransomware attacks now to blame for half of healthcare data breaches

Almost half of data breaches at hospitals were because of ransomware attacks – and those attacks could've been prevented with timely patching.



Microsoft’s Azure Quantum platform is now in public preview



The Pesky Password Problem: Policies That Help You Gain the Upper Hand on the Bad Guys



Microsoft pushes 'in cloud' settings collection to simplify PC management

The company is offering corporate customers a new set of configuration settings designed to ease management of PCs for a wide swaths of users, including remote workers and students who need little more than a browser and a few productivity apps.



Chrome is blocking popular extension The Great Suspender, but there’s a way to recover your tabs

Chrome says the extension contains malware



3.2B email and password pairs were just leaked in the mother of all data breaches



How to Archive Emails in Outlook

Clean up your Outlook inbox by archiving all the emails you don't want to delete, but don't need to see right now.



Good news: Internet data cap price hike just got pushed back



AMD Shipped Almost 1 Million Ryzen 5000 CPUs in Q4, Research Firm Estimates

Even so, Intel retook some market share from AMD in Q4, thanks to the company boosting its CPU production, according to Mercury Research.



Comcast won’t charge if you go over your internet data limit — but only if you live in this part of the country



How to change default font face on Windows Terminal

Windows Terminal lets you change the font face globally and individually for each console, and here's how to do it.



How to Speed Up Your Older Computer: Five Options

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



The 10 Best Ways to Use Your Old Silica Gel Packets



Fight Google's data cap with a simple change to Google Photos

Do you want to pay Google to store photos for the rest of your life? No? Then we have a simple, free solution to avoid it.



6 of the Best Raspberry Pi Alternatives



Google discloses hacking campaign targeting Windows, Android users



Ubuntu Core 20 for IoT devices promises better security for edge devices

Now generally available, the containerized version of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS brings secure boot, full drive encryption, and secure recovery to tens of thousands of industry and consumer devices.



How to Create Task to Run App or Script at Logon in Windows 10



IBM quantum computers now finish some tasks in hours, not months

The systems have a little help from conventional computers.



Founder of cryptocurrency hedge funds charged over $90 million theft

Clients were allegedly lied to when they queried where their funds were being invested.



How to Start a Podcast With Your Kids



Helm Audio Bolt DAC/AMP review: An astounding ultra-compact converter and amplifier for your headphones

Outstanding audio performance; broad format compatibility, including MQA; excellent build quality; and a $99 price tag make this headphone accessory a no-brainer.



Democrats call on FCC to expand remote learning connectivity

The FCC took its first step to expand E-Rate this week



Stop what you’re doing and update Chrome right now



What Is a Cash App Scam and How Can You Avoid Losing Money?

Cash App is a financial service tool, but is it safe to use? And how do you make sure you're not scammed out of serious cash?



Update Google Chrome now to avoid hackers’ favorite security flaw



Facing a Return to the Office? Zoom's Newest Features Help Keep You Safe

If even some of your employees are heading back to the office, Zoom Rooms, the company's smart conference room platform, has new features to help keep them healthy.



Discoveries about the SolarWinds breach are just getting started



How to change starting directory on Windows Terminal

Do you want to start a Windows Terminal command in a different directory? Here's how to do it using the settings UI and settings.json.



Are PCs Doomed?

While the ratio of PCs to mobile devices may change over time, I believe PCs will not be going away any time soon. They're just too darned useful.



Try These Alternatives to 'The Great Suspender' Extension



The best graphics cards for PC gaming

We'll help you find the best graphics card to fit your needs.



Laptop Touchpad Not Working? Here Are 10 Fixes



Microsoft fixes Secure Boot bug allowing Windows rootkit installation



Check your Zoom background to remove sensitive personal-identifying items (or go virtual)

Opening up a window into your home workspace may be riskier than you think as hackers target employees to infiltrate corporate networks.



How to Change DPI Scaling Level for Displays in Windows 10



Parler CEO announces he's been 'terminated' by the company's board

While Parler remains offline after being dumped by AWS last month, it's also in need of a new leader.



Android devices ensnared in DDoS botnet

New Matryosh botnet is targeting Android systems that have left their ADB debug interface exposed on the internet.



Don't Friend Your Kid's Teacher on Social Media



5 things I learned while setting up my first media server

Sure, you can spend a fortune setting up a media server for your music and videos, but it turns out you don’t have to.



Pixel phones will be able to read your heart rate with their cameras

The Google Fit app will measure heart and respiratory rate



Anyone who has this dangerous space heater should stop using it immediately



New Amazon CEO Commits to Making Video Games, Unlike Google

Is Amazon Luna going to capitalize and sweep up subscribers from the Stadia fallout?



5 pro tips to get more out of your Mac



If You're Black and Using a Pulse Oximeter, Be Wary of Your Results

Sales of at-home pulse oximeters have exploded during the pandemic, as worried patients keep close tabs on their blood oxygen levels. But while these devices are handy, they're often less effective on those with darker skin.



Overcome Problems With a Car's Infotainment System



Is Passwordless Sign-in Safe?


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Chromebooks continued to sell like hotcakes in Q4 2020

The market quadrupled fourfold in Q4 2020 compared to last year



People who had COVID-19 may develop 10 times as many antibodies after a single vaccine dose - a sign they might need only one shot



Facebook is reportedly preparing an antitrust lawsuit against Apple

The potential litigation could center around ad tracking and default messaging apps on Apple products.



Companies have bid $81 billion for the airwaves to build 5G, and winners will be revealed soon

  - The FCC is auctioning valuable airwave licenses that can be used to build out faster and more powerful 5G networks.

  - Bidders include wireless companies, cable companies, and a few wild cards.

  - The FCC announced earlier this month that bidders spent a total of $80.9 billion on the licenses, up from the $20 to $30 billion range predicted last summer. Winners will be announced soon.



My Computers Keep Dying — Is It Me? 

It's easy to feel cursed if computer after computer you deal with has problems. It's often not you at all.



3 smart devices to improve elder care

These gadgets can assist in the ongoing care of your elderly family members



How to Use Zoom on Chromebook



Sandboxie Plus is an open source fork of Sandboxie with a modern interface



Apple v. Facebook: After years of tension, a legal battle looms

Apple said on Thursday it was speeding up plans to give users the ability to stop apps from tracking their data across the web.



iOS 14.4 update fixes bugs and opens up 'Find My' to third-party accessories

iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4 update also improves handoff for the HomePod mini



Rethinking the Sustainable Electric Automobile



How to Determine System Memory Size, Speed, and Type in Windows 10



Raspberry Pi Pico with MicroPython: a quick-start guide



Twitter Truth Seekers to Label 'Misleading' Posts



iOS users report apps crashing on opening after syncing iPhone or iPad with M1 Macs



U.K. Arrest in ‘SMS Bandits’ Phishing Service



France Tries Three for Attack Plot After Cyber Infiltration



How to Make Your Number Private on Android

Make a call without displaying your digits



What Should I Do With My Old Laptop?

Getting a new laptop? Here's what you can do with your old one if it still runs, from recycling to selling---and beyond.



Robot vacuums have a lot of dirt on you. Is yours sharing data?



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

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



Is your smartphone safe from scammers? Why you could be at risk



Facebook's oversight board's first judgments overturn four moderation decisions

It overturned three decisions related to hate speech and one on nudity.



GameStop mayhem hits close to home for co-founder’s son, who’s active on WallStreetBets

  - GameStop shares are up more than 1,500% this year, as retail investors have piled into the stock and forced short-sellers to unwind their positions.

  - The Reddit forum r/WallStreetBets spawned much of the activity.

  - Ben Kusin, an active follower of WallStreetBets, said this story hits a little too close to home.



Could a Built-in Tracking Device in My Laptop Detect My Tor Browsing History?

Malware can do anything, but malicious hardware can do even more.



How to celebrate Data Protection Day

Plus, how a 1981 treaty granted us the individual privacy rights that we benefit from today



How to Find Out the Remaining Storage Space on Chromebook



Telegram update introduces support for importing WhatsApp chats



Facebook will stop recommending political groups permanently

“This is a continuation of work we’ve been doing for a while to turn down the temperature and discourage divisive conversations,” Zuckerberg said in a call with analysts.



Forget the fuss, HP ENVY 6000 series printers make printing a lot easier

Printing how it should be



NYC Surveillance Cameras Targeted in Amnesty International Crowdsource Project



How to Install PowerShell 7.1 in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10



Pico Addons



Google Says Cookie-Free Advertising Works



Here’s how iOS 14.5’s new ‘Unlock with Apple Watch’ feature works on iPhone



The Taxman Cometh for ID Theft Victims



Fonix Ransomware Operators Close Shop, Release Decryption Keys



The 25 Best Free iPhone Apps of 2021

Get the best of what the App Store has to offer for free



What Is a DDOS Attack and How Can It Crash a Website or Game?

Your favorite video game is forced offline during a DDoS attack, but what does that actually mean?



Your car is watching: Here’s what your vehicle knows about you



Please Don't Share Photos of Your COVID-19 Vaccine Card on Social Media

The Better Business Bureau points out it makes you more vulnerable to identity theft.



Chromebook demand more than doubled in 2020 due to the pandemic



WhatsApp now requires biometric authentication for PC and web access

You'll have to use your phone's face or fingerprint unlock to link your account.



San Francisco businesses teeter on the brink after a year of lockdowns, fires and other hurdles

  - Since lockdowns first hit last March, businesses across the Bay Area — from party supply companies to live music venues — have navigated ever-shifting restrictions to survive a coronavirus-induced plunge in demand.

  - During the first few weeks of the new year, persistently high virus counts and a slow vaccine rollout have further tested the endurance of these companies.

  = With entire sections of the U.S. economy still frozen in amber and lingering uncertainty around additional fiscal relief under the new administration, small business owners in the Bay Area and across the country are increasingly anxious about their future.



The Journey to My New Computer: RAM Upgrade

I decided my new laptop needed more RAM. I'll walk you through the replacement process.



Police take down Emotet and help possible victims with new tactics

Taking the Emotet botnet away from cybercriminals and into the hands of law enforcement



How to Run Chromium OS on Your Laptop with ChromX



Vivaldi 3.6 launches with Two-Level Tab Stacks feature



Twitter troll arrested, accused of election interference related to disinformation campaign

The charges are potentially a tectonic shift in how the federal government tries to enforce laws against election interference.



Twitter might soon start sending out email newsletters

Revue acquisition will bring editorial newsletters to the social network



Google Touts Alternative to Crumbling Third-Party Cookies



How to Disable Integrated Camera or Webcam in Windows



Beyond Pico



Ransomware Gets Doubly Dangerous



3 Helpful Networking Projects for Your Raspberry Pi



Arrest, Seizures Tied to Netwalker Ransomware



The Best Way to Set Up Your Mac Mini



10 Ways to Upcycle Your Old Computer or Laptop

Great uses for your old laptop or desktop



What To Do After Falling for a Phishing Attack

You've fallen for a phishing scam. What should you do now? How can you prevent further damage?



iPhone tip: 3 new iOS 14 messaging features



What Is 4K (Ultra HD)?

TVs are getting bigger and resolution is getting higher. 4K TVs are now the standard. If you haven't upgraded from your 1080p TV yet, here's what you need to know.



Google pulls Element's Android chat app over content it doesn't control (updated)



International authorities disrupt NetWalker ransomware scheme

The coordinated effort has led to a site seizure and up to $500,000 in recovered ransom.



Tesla service now includes collision repairs, fulfilling Elon Musk’s 2018 promise

  - Tesla notified customers on Friday that the company’s service centers will now offer collision repairs, something CEO Elon Musk had been talking about since 2018. 

  - Tesla reported $678 million from a combined Services and Other segment during the fourth quarter of 2020, but the company does not break out services revenue discretely.

  - Service has been a sore point for many Tesla owners and retail investors in recent months, to the point where a retail investor asked executives on their earnings call Wednesday what the company plans to do to improve the service experience.



The Journey to My New Computer: Update, Update, Update

My new machine is backed up, so the first thing after Windows setup is to update, update, and update again.



Why reinforcing security around our smart home devices matters

Secure the gadgets you already own and scope out new products with security in mind



How to Run Chromium OS in Windows 10



Microsoft releases microcode updates for Windows 10 version 1809 and newer



Debate heats up over how countries tax Big Tech companies

U.S. trade officials have called unilateral digital taxes unfair and threatened trade retaliation against French goods, but have held off imposing sanctions.



Intel joins forces with Asus to launch its first Iris Xe desktop graphics cards

The DG1 graphics will be available in pre-built systems



High Time for Cyberlaw Enforcement and a Future of Work Strategy



How to Restore Windows Photo Viewer in Windows 10



Eben Upton on Pico and creating Raspberry Pi Silicon



Hotmail, Outlook Email Limits Force $70/yr Fee



Is NBC’s Peacock Streaming Service Worth It? What You Need to Know

NBC’s Peacock streaming service offers a lot for free. What do you get with Premium? Is NBC Peacock worth it?



International Action Targets Emotet Crimeware



The Complete Guide to Customizing Your Apple Watch



Why Apple’s Privacy Update Scares Big Tech

They should be scared



What Is SSH and What Does It Stand For?

Heard about SSH but never known what it is? Here's what you need to know.



Use this free tool to check if your photos were used in AI surveillance research



Do You Need a Personal Firewall?

Windows has an effective built-in firewall, your home network adds another layer of protection, and your security suite has its own firewall. Is the third-party personal firewall utility dead?



Amazon's Ring has teamed up with over 2,000 police and fire departments



Tech can help us protect seniors (without them feeling old)

Smart tech provides seniors with added safety while preserving their independence



Have you read something written by GPT-3? Probably not, but it's hard to be sure

A powerful language generator released on the internet has renewed concerns about how such tools can be used and the biases they can inherit.



DDoS-Guard To Forfeit Internet Space Occupied by Parler



Is My Data Safe in the Cloud? Two Cloud Data Threats and How to Protect Yourself


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(Included: in this posting, the last article, is an APCUG Virtual Technology Conference Recording)


This big 31.5-inch Acer monitor fits any home office at just $150

Staples is selling the Acer EB321HQ, a 31.5-inch 1080p display, for just $150.



Hacked road sign talks back after driver complains to council

“Do you want to speak to a manager Karen?”



Robinhood hit with class action lawsuit after it restricts GameStop stock

Members of Congress have also questioned the company's actions.



Reddit frenzy pumps up Dogecoin, a cryptocurrency started as a joke

  - Dogecoin, a digital coin originally founded as a joke, soared over 800% after a Reddit board talked about making it the cryptocurrency equivalent of GameStop.

  - Dogecoin was created in 2013 based on the popular “doge” meme at the time which involved a Shiba Inu dog.

  - Doge’s resurgence in the last few days has been due to enthusiasm from a Reddit group called SatoshiStreetBets.

  - Elon Musk tweeted out a picture of a magazine cover of “Dogue” — a play on popular fashion title “Vogue.” The post showed a picture of a dog, which some Reddit users took as the billionaire supporting the rally.



Microsoft Excel is getting a whole load of new updates and upgrades

Excel for the web is set for a host of upgrades



Find the difference between two lists or text documents using Compare Two Lists



Check your Zoom background to remove sensitive personal-identifying items (or go virtual)

Opening up a window into your home workspace may be riskier than you think as hackers target employees to infiltrate corporate networks.



The Journey to My New Computer: The First Thing I Do

How I resolved a classic chicken-and-egg dilemma: I have to turn the machine on to back it up, but I want to back it up prior to turning it on.



How to Use Microsoft Office on Chromebook for Free



How to Show Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell on Win+X menu in Windows 10



Is it time to install Microsoft’s January updates? (Yes.)

Though there were a few rarified hiccups in last month's batch of patches from Microsoft, most users are good to go to install them.



Law Enforcement Aims to Take Down Netwalker Ransomware

The Department of Justice has so far charged one Canadian national and seized nearly $500,000 in relation to Netwalker ransomware.



WhatsApp Is Now Using Its Version of Stories to Convince Users It’s Committed to Their Privacy



How to disable Google Maps' Timeline history so it stops tracking where you've gone



How Video Calls Are Affecting the Environment

Make sure your boss reads this



Go read this story about how bad software helped slow coronavirus vaccine distribution

MIT Technology Review found the CDC paid for a website that doesn’t work



Russian Hack Brings Changes, Uncertainty to US Court System



Tips and Apps to Reduce Eye Strain on All Your Apple Devices

Eye strain and fatigue is often the result of bright colors and blue light. But Apple offers built-in tools to avoid it.



What Is HDR (High Dynamic Range)?

Move over 4K. HDR is another important television feature that can vastly improve what you watch. Here's what you need to know about HDR, HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HLG.



Google, how do I make a bomb?



How do most cloud security breaches happen? Orca’s “State of Public Cloud Security” report reveals all

Orca Security research finds public cloud environments rife with neglected workloads, authentication issues, and lateral movement risk.



GameStop stock market squeeze attracts attention from Congress

The House and the Senate have promised hearings; the SEC may also get involved.



Elon Musk’s tweets are moving markets — and some investors are worried

Bitcoin’s value jumped more than 20% to $38,566 on Friday after Elon Musk changed his personal Twitter bio to #bitcoin.

His tweets have caused other assets to shift recently including shares in GameStop and Etsy.

Some investors are now calling on regulators to get involved.



VPN abuse needs to be stamped out

Any technology can be used in ways its creators did not intend



Microsoft set to reverse Feature Update releases in 2021



Is Oracle Linux a valid replacement for CentOS?

Jack Wallen took on the task of kicking the tires of Oracle Linux to see if it's a worthy replacement for CentOS. The end result might surprise you.



The Journey to My New Computer: Choices

I've reviewed my needs, so now it's time to translate those into specific decisions about what to purchase.



How to Use Virtual Desk in Chrome OS



How to Add SFC SCANNOW Context Menu in Windows 10



How to handle Windows 10 updates

Step 1: Understand that there are updates, and then there are updates.



Breach Data Highlights a Pivot to Orgs Over Individuals

In 2020, breaches were down by 19%, while the impact of those compromises -- measured in people affected -- fell by nearly two-thirds.



Google Suspended Federated Chat App Element for Allegedly Hosting Abusive Content



Cable companies are once again capping data on home internet service — here’s what it costs if you go over



The 9 Best Wi-Fi Extenders of 2021

Increase the Wi-Fi range in your home or office with these extenders



Chromebooks just had their best year ever

Four times as many Chromebooks were sold in 2020 than in 2019



UScellular Breach Allowed Hackers to Port Customer Phone Numbers

Chicago-based wireless carrier UScellular started informing customers last week that their personal information may have been accessed and their phone numbers ported as a result of a cybersecurity breach.



How to Quit Social Media for Good

If you want to quit social media but don't know how, these tips will help you remove it from your life once and for all.



Facebook to iPhone Users: When You Accept Data Tracking, a Small Business Gets Its Wings

As Apple rolls out alerts inside iOS 14 that require people to opt in to app-based data tracking, Facebook preps its own alerts, which extol the benefits of personalized ads.



You should start clearing cookies from your phone – Here’s how



Poor password security at the British branch of Mensa?



This 2004 iPod can stream music from Spotify

Say hello to the sPot.



Facebook is working on tools to keep ads in News Feed away from topics such as crime and politics

  - Facebook is building tools to help advertisers keep their ad placements away from certain topics in its News Feed. 

 - The company said it will begin testing “topic exclusion” controls with a small group of advertisers.



A Telegram bot is flogging the phone numbers of Facebook users

Data from a 2019 Facebook breach found to be for sale



Thunderbird 78.7.0 is a security and bug fix update (for the most part)



Despite gains, Dropbox is laying off 11% of its staff: The change to remote work may be to blame

Dropbox added over a million new customers then cut staff. Companies may be re-evaluating their office management strategy.



The Journey to My New Computer: Just What Do I Do All Day?

The most important information you need when selecting a new computer is understanding exactly what you plan to do with it. I'll review my needs.



How to Enable Linux App Mode on Chromebook (if you want other browsers other than Chrome, this is the way to go)



How to Enable or Disable Windows Defender Exploit Guard Network Protection in Windows 10



Microsoft releases Application Guard for Office to M365 customers

Application Guard for Office, a defensive technology that quarantines untrusted Office documents, had been available in public preview for five months.



Digital Identity Is the New Security Control Plane

Simplifying the management of security systems helps provide consistent protection for the new normal.



This Rare, Working Apple-1 Computer Can Be Yours if You Have $1.5 Million Lying Around



A beginner's guide to graphics cards and how they help power your computer's images



How Your Gadgets Can Affect Medical Devices

Just get along



Ford says ‘millions’ of its vehicles will run on Google’s Android starting in 2023

Google bags its latest automotive partner



Deep Analysis of More than 60,000 Breach Reports Over Three Years



Who Can Track Your Data When Using a VPN?

VPNs protect your privacy, but who can still access your data? And what information can they actually see?



Tablets and Chromebooks Sold Record Amounts in 2020

Total global PC shipments rose 17 percent to 458.2 million units last year thanks to the pandemic.



Find out who’s calling you from an unknown or blocked number



FTC warns of scam website that promises refund for victims of online scams



Tim Cook takes aim at Facebook's practices during privacy conference

Apple's CEO didn't mention the company by name, but he didn't need to.



Apple CEO links Facebook’s business model to real-world violence

  - Apple CEO Tim Cook linked Facebook’s business model, which uses data to serve targeted ads, with real-world consequences like violence or reducing public trust in vaccines.

  - Cook’s speech at a data privacy conference in Brussels did not mention by name Facebook, but the social media company was clearly a target of the Apple CEO’s warning.

  - The speech came as the battle between the Silicon Valley rivals heats up, particularly about a new iPhone feature called App Tracking Transparency.



Microsoft Edge will soon make it easier to switch between profiles

New Microsoft Edge feature is available now through Dev and Canary channels



AHKShortcutLikeMac is an open source tool that adds many useful keyboard shortcuts to Windows



Privacy budgets soared in 2020, doubling to an average of $2.4 million

93% of organizations turned to privacy teams to help navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, a new Cisco report finds.



Do I Need to Update My BIOS Regularly?

Your system BIOS is software, but updating it regularly may not be appropriate. Updating it to fix a bug, of course, would be.



How to Run Ubuntu Container in Chrome OS



How to Enable running Microsoft Edge (Edge HTML) and Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based) side-by-side in Windows 10



What's in the latest Edge update? Password monitor and vertical tabs

Microsoft's Edge 88 delivers major improvements to its password manager and new tab features, including vertical tabs.



Building Your Personal Privacy Risk Tolerance Profile

Even today, on Data Privacy Day, privacy professionals give you permission to admit you actually love targeted ads.



Let's Reminisce About Last Year's Most Memorable Data Breaches



Does ignoring robocalls make them stop? Here's what we learned from getting 1.5 million calls on 66,000 phone lines



The Benefits of Easily Repairable Smartphones



Huawei’s HarmonyOS appears to just be a forked version of Android

Go read Ars Technica’s deep dive into Huawei’s ‘new’ operating system



Huawei’s HarmonyOS: “Fake it till you make it” meets OS development

No discernible difference between Huawei's "all-new" OS and Android.



Attacks on Individuals Fall as Cybercrime Shifts Tactics



Don't Buy an Ereader Yet: 6 Upcoming Color Epaper Technologies

Thinking of buying a color ebook reader? These incoming epaper technologies will revolutionize the E Ink-dominated color ebook market.



WhatsApp Uses Status Stories to Combat Privacy Concerns

The messaging app is using its Stories-like Status feature to appeal to those concerned by an upcoming WhatsApp privacy policy update.



Your car is watching: Here’s what your vehicle knows about you



Update your iPhone now to protect against vulnerabilities that hackers may have actively exploited



4 Clues to Spot a Bot Network

Protect against misinformation and disinformation campaigns by learning how to identify the bot networks spreading falsehoods.



Why Do Pictures in Email Sometimes Show as Attachments, and Sometimes in the Message?



Saving Your Life With Wearable Technology, Ron Brown - APCUG VTC 11-2-19


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Windows 10 UI is getting a significant refresh in 2021 to remove inconsistencies and make the OS more modern.



Emotet botnet takedown – what you need to know



Identity Theif Awareness Week



Comcast’s data caps during a pandemic are unethical — here’s why

Comcast puts the squeeze during a pandemic



Mark Zuckerberg wants to reduce political content in News Feed

'People don’t want politics and fighting to take over their experience,' Zuckerberg said.



Here is what is new and changed in Firefox 85.0



Firefox 85 now available with a major new privacy feature

Becomes the first open source browser to segregate data per-website



Hackers could live-stream your home through your LifeShield security camera



Bad actors launched an unprecedented wave of DDoS attacks in 2020

Cybersecurity firm Akamai said in a report that COVID-19 and a newfound reliance on digital tools prompted a spike.



HTTPS Everywhere for Opera

Ensure you are always protected in your browsing sessions with the help of this Opera addon that turns insecure HTTP connections to HTTPS



How to Install Firefox in Chromebook



Here’s Why You Need to Update Your iPhone and iPad ASAP



How to use CMD script and VBScript to control Windows Update in Windows 10



Apple Patches Three iOS Zero-Day Vulnerabilities

New iOS 14.4 update available for iPhones and iPads.



Decoding Microsoft Defender’s hidden settings

Though many Windows 10 users opt for third-party antivirus protection, those who use Microsoft Defender may not be getting all of the protection they could. Here’s how to check your settings and what to change.



Hezbollah-Linked Cyber Unit Has Been Hacking Into Internet Companies for Years



Go read this profile of the trader whose huge bet on GameStop moved the entire market

The Wall Street Journal sits down with Keith Gill, the trader who’s made millions betting on GameStop



Why Are Phone Makers Removing Chargers?

First they mock, then they copy



Samsung Breathes New Life Into Old Hardware With "Upcycling at Home" Scheme

Got an old Samsung Galaxy device? Upcycle it into something useful!



Hand sanitizer alert: Toxic or dangerous ingredients found in 200+ products



Apple CEO Condemns Social Media Over Disinformation 'Juiced by Algorithms'

'Technology does not need vast troves of personal data, stitched together across dozens of websites and apps, in order to succeed,' Tim Cook says at a digital privacy conference.



iPhone 13 will fix the worst thing about the iPhone 12 — here’s how

Touch ID could be coming back to flagship Apple phones with the iPhone 13



Facebook predicts ‘uncertainty' in 2021, blames upcoming iOS 14 update

The company says iOS 14 and the threat of new regulation could hurt its business.



Which browser has the best Tab Snoozing / Sleeping / Freezing implementation?



Google Chrome is getting a small but important upgrade for the home working era

Chrome will help you keep your private and professional lives separate



BEC Scammers Take Advantage of "Out-of-Office" Microsoft 365 Users (I wonder if or when consumers using MS365 can get this protection)



Governors hear about the dangers of a lackluster cybersecurity response, need for FBI coordination

At a national summit, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said before his state could test a cyberattack plan, five schools were hit with ransomware.



GoPC Backup

A reliable and handy software utility that can help you quickly backup your most important files and folders, according to the schedule you create



What Is a Chromebook, and How Does It Differ from a Laptop?



You're Constantly Being Stalked Online—and You Don't Even Know It



How to Do a Repair Install of Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade



Security's Inevitable Shift to the Edge

As the edge becomes the place for DDoS mitigation, Web app security, and other controls, SASE is the management platform to handle them all.



Is Windows 10X a Chromebook killer?

With Windows 10X, Microsoft could deliver a slimmed-down version of Windows that could help the company fend off growing interest in Chromebooks. Or it could make a mess of things, again.



30% of 'SolarWinds' Hacking Victims Did Not Actually Use SolarWinds Software, Feds Say



Facebook content moderators in Ireland demand work-from-home rights

‘They’ve made it abundantly clear that our health & safety and lives don’t matter to them’



How the FCC Impacts Internet Speeds

Slow going



Will WhatsApp's Privacy Policy Make You Look for a New Messaging Service?

WhatsApp's new terms mean your data is shared with Facebook, and vice versa. How can you keep your privacy?



Use this new tool to see if your data has been exposed online



Robinhood Faces Class-Action Lawsuit for Blocking GameStop Stock Buys

A Massachusetts-based user files a class-action lawsuit calling on the court to demand Robinhood pay damages to affected users and reinstate GameStop on the stock-trading platform.



How to build a gaming PC for beginners: What to do if it all goes wrong

When your PC build doesn’t come together properly, you’ll need to troubleshoot it



EVs with Google Maps will make it easier to plan trips around recharging

The app will figure out the most efficient route if you need to make multiple stops.



Search and Manage tabs from multiple windows with ease using Tab Manager V2 for Firefox and Chrome



Windows 10 zero-day gets quick fix courtesy of third-party devs

The fix makes a great stop-gap until Microsoft issues a patch



North Korean hackers attempt to hack security researchers investigating zero-day vulnerabilities



Can't escape work? Politicians want to give you a right to log off

The European Parliament is calling for an EU-wide law giving workers a right to disengage from work-related tasks outside of office hours.



The FTW Transcriber

Audio transcription application you can use in order to listen to audio files and retype everything you hear into a text document



How to Tighten Up Your Privacy on a Chromebook



What is mesh Wi-Fi? Here's what you need to know about the system that extends your Wi-Fi network



How to Allow or Deny OS and Apps Access to Camera in Windows 10



LogoKit Group Aims for Simple Yet Effective Phishing

A phishing kit that uses embedded JavaScript targeted the users of more than 300 sites in the past week, aiming to grab credentials for SharePoint, Adobe Document Cloud, and OneDrive.



Pandemic rebound? PC shipments post biggest upswing in a decade

The pandemic-induced rush to work at home also helped drive up PC sales at the fastest rate in 10 years. But will that buying surge last?



Senators Introduce Legislation to Help Domestic Violence Survivors Leave Their Abusers' Cell Phone Plans




For many, gaps in communication have only worsened



Experts Say Color E Ink Might Be a Fad

Pretty colors



What Is Signal and How Does It Work?

Here's a guide on how to get started with Signal, the privacy-focused messaging app.



What is Section 230 and why is it important?



Robinhood Clobbers 'Meme Stock' Craze by Blocking Purchases of GameStop Shares

Robinhood, which also put a stop on AMC and BlackBerry buys, suggests the meme stock craze has devolved into gambling. Users on the Reddit forum r/wallstreetbets have threatened to sue.



The new Mac mini M1 has a huge advantage — and it's not just speed

Apple’s M1 chip makes the new Mac mini a powerhouse that doesn’t draw much power



The EU wants an investigation of the Switch's Joy-Con 'drift' issues

The European Consumer Organisation received more than 25,000 complaints over the problem.



First look at Firefox's Multiple Picture-in-Picture video feature



This top VPN is causing blue screen of death crashes on Windows 10

ProtonVPN advises downgrading to an earlier version



Hundreds of thousands of cryptocurrency investors put at risk after BuyUCoin security breach



How to optimize the MTU setting on your router for better performance

Depending on make and model, your home router/modem may be configured for basic web surfing but not for high performance. Optimizing the MTU setting may help.



Microsoft OneNote

Collect your information in one easy-to-find place, gather all sorts of data, organize them your own way, and share them with others with just a click



Chromebooks Will Soon Be Able to Dual-Boot with Windows 10



How to take your temperature on your iPhone by using a Kinsa smart thermometer



How to Clear Clipboard Data in Windows 10



Pay-or-Get-Breached Ransomware Schemes Take Off

In 2020, ransomware attackers moved quickly to adopt so-called "double extortion" schemes, with more than 550 incidents in the fourth quarter alone.



Online privacy: Best browsers, settings, and tips

Everything you do online is tracked when you use your browser. But you can fight back.



A Real 3D-Printed Home Listing Just Popped Up on Zillow for a Cool $300,000



Facebook reportedly plans newsletter tools after explosion in popularity

Aimed at independent writers and journalists



Why Do We Love SD Cards So Much?

One word: convenience



How to Play Android Games on Your PC

Playing Android games on PC can improve your score and let you play games whenever you like. Here's how to play Android games on a PC or Mac!



Watch out: This FTC site promises you money after your data is leaked – it’s fake



Too Little, Too Late? Facebook to Stop Recommending Political Groups to Users

The company also plans on reducing 'the amount of political content' that appears on the Facebook News Feed, amid criticism the social network is a hotbed for misinformation.



WhatsApp desperately wants you to know that it's committed to your privacy

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is pushing its privacy credentials through Status messages



Is a scammer getting unemployment benefits in your name?



How Researchers Used GM Car Crash Data And Frozen To Explain A Grisly 62-Year-Old Mystery



Singer Tony Bennett Battling Alzheimer’s Disease Since 2016

“He's not the old Tony anymore,” his wife, Susan, told the magazine. “But when he sings, he's the old Tony.”



How Two-Factor Authentication Works, and Why You Should Use It to Keep Hackers Out



How Inkjet Printers Work, Tips and Hints - APCUG 2014 Spring Virtual Technology Conference


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BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Spoofed in Email Campaign



Data Privacy Day: Safeguard Your Data



How to recover deleted files using winfr easy mode on Windows 10

Windows File Recovery tool updated to make it easier to recover accidentally deleted files on Windows 10.



How to Listen to Audiobooks on Spotify



Thunderbird will use multiple processes in the future



Security researchers under attack from North Korea

Attackers used fake social media profiles to target security experts, Google warns



How to add an on and off image to a PowerPoint presentation

With two simple Mouse Over action buttons, you can create a fun on-and-off effect in a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation.



Will Ransomware Encrypt Backups?

How you can protect yourself in case they do

A full-image backup is still the best defense against ransomware. But what if your backup gets encrypted? I'll look at the likelihood of that happening and make some recommendations.



How to Secure Your Chromebook



How to Map Network Drive or Disconnect Network Drive in Windows 10




A stylish and fast web browser that provides a complex set of features and tools to help you get the most out of surfing the Internet



North Korean Attackers Target Security Researchers via Social Media: Google

Google TAG warns the infosec community of unsolicited requests from individuals seeking collaboration on vulnerability research.



A second hacking group has targeted SolarWinds systems

Some SolarWinds systems were found compromised with malware named Supernova and CosmicGale, unrelated to the recent supply chain attack.



Memes have broken the brokerages

Several brokers are experiencing outages



FDA Fast Tracks Device to Treat Alzheimer’s

Zapping the brain

 - The FDA recently gave breakthrough status to a new device that zaps the brain in an attempt to treat Alzheimer’s disease. 

 - Cognito Therapeutics' neurostimulation device uses gamma frequency technology to stimulate the brain in a non-invasive way.

  - Experts say the research behind Cognito’s device is promising.



Cable-bill transparency laws haven't killed sneaky fees

Cable TV providers are now required to disclose their fees when customers sign up. Clearly the law didn't go far enough.



iPhone 13: Price, release date, specs and more

iPhone 13 is shaping up to be a major upgrade from Apple



Does YouTube Have A Dark Mode?



All the new features coming to Chrome, Edge and Firefox



Vivaldi Web Browser Adds a Second Tab Bar

Why restrict yourself to one bar of tabs when you can have two?



ASUS ZenBook Duo review (2021): A better dual-screen notebook for less



What’s Microsoft Pluton security processor

Microsoft introduces "Pluton," a new security chip that will be built into AMD, Intel, ARM CPUs to offer state of the art security with direct Windows Update integration.



Do I Need to Replace My Windows 7 Computer Yet?



Favicons may be used to track users



Best Apple Watch charging stands 2021: how to dock and charge your smartwatch

Find the ideal charging stand for your Apple smartwatch



Homebrew: How to install post-exploitation tools on macOS

Learn how to use the Homebrew package manager to install post-exploit security tools on macOS to further assess compromised system vulnerabilities found in your Apple equipment.



Does an Open Wi-Fi Login Page Mean It’s Secure?

Don’t make this mistake yourself

An open Wi-Fi login doesn’t imply security. If you connect to an open Wi-Fi hotspot without a password and your browser can display anything, it’s not a secure connection.



The Best Android Apps for Chromebook



How to Switch Between Profiles in Microsoft Edge Chromium



AOMEI Backupper Standard

Back up partitions, the operating system or the entire hard disk, encrypt the disk images, clone drives and verify the integrity, and more



Emotet 101: How the Ransomware Works -- and Why It's So Darn Effective

In recent weeks, Emotet has emerged as the most common form of ransomware. Managing the risk involves starts with understanding the way it works.



Microsoft and McAfee headline newly-formed 'Ransomware Task Force'

The newly-founded Ransomware Task Force will work to put together a standard framework for dealing with ransomware attacks.



r/WallStreetBets went private — and now it’s back with a message

It went dark for nearly an hour



How Google Maps COVID Updates Help Us All

Navigating the new normal

  - Google Maps soon will release a coronavirus vaccine feature to show details about vaccine locations near you. 

  - Since the pandemic, Google has released 200 coronavirus-related updates. 

  - Experts say the app is doing a great job at keeping people informed in uncertain times.



An essential guide to Apple HomeKit

Apple’s smart home effort got off to a slow start, but it’s rapidly gaining momentum.



How to turn off the new grid tab layout for Chrome on Android

Not happy with the new grid layout? Here's how to turn it off.



How To Uninstall Apps On Windows 10



Privacy warning: Researchers find location trackers in 450 apps



WhatsApp Now Requires Biometric Authentication for Desktop, Web Access

You'll have to scan your face or fingerprint to link an account or turn biometric authentication off completely.



WhatsApp is adding eye, fingerprint, and face scanning - but says it won't have any access to biometric data



How to take webpage screenshot on Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge introduces a screenshot feature to capture webpages, and here's how to use it on Windows 10



You Can Finally Save Articles to 'Read Later' in Chrome



Microsoft Edge 88 Stable is a security update that drops FTP and Flash support



The long-term future of remote work and employee experience

A look at the long-term future of remote work



How to use Android messenger on your Chromebook

If you're all thumbs on your Android device, and would rather be able to use your Chromebook keyboard for SMS messages, Jack Wallen will show you the way.



The Two Types of Cloud Data Threats and How You Protect Yourself

You can use it safely

All cloud data threats boil down to one of two things. I'll review them and lay out what you need to do to keep your data is safe in the cloud.



The Best Password Managers that Work in ChromeOS



How to Automatically Turn Off Wi-Fi Upon Ethernet Connect in Windows



Grammarly for Chrome

Check for spelling errors in your text as you type it in the web browser's window by turning to this lightweight, reliable extension for Google Chrome



Intl. Law Enforcement Operation Disrupts Emotet Botnet

Global law enforcement agencies have seized control of Emotet infrastructure, disrupting one of the world's most pervasive and dangerous cyber threats.



Hacked Networks Will Need to be Burned 'Down to the Ground'



Discord bans the r/WallStreetBets server, but new ones have sprung to life

It was banned following repeated warnings for allowing hate speech



How Your Watch Could Monitor Your Sugar

Glucose monitoring doesn't have to be sticky

  - Apple and Samsung reportedly are adding the ability to monitor blood sugar to upcoming smartwatches. 

  - Experts say that the convenience of having easy glucose monitoring on your wrist could change the lives of millions of people who have diabetes. 

  - Currently, 89 million Americans are pre-diabetic, but only 10% of them know it.



Imilab C20 Home Security Camera review: Pan/tilt support on a budget

Despite some operational hiccups, you can’t beat the value on this PTZ cam.



Chrome for Android adopts this excellent tab feature — How it works

Chrome for Android update brings tab groups to mobile



The Best Free Firewall Software [January 2021]



The hidden iPhone setting that can eat up all your storage in a flash



Algorithms Still Have a Bias Problem, and Big Tech Isn't Doing Enough to Fix It

Racial bias in tech products tracks back to an industry that continues to believe the 'default' internet user is white, male, and cisgender, according to Mozilla's new Internet Health Report.



One of the Very First Apple Computers Is up for Sale on eBay for $1.5 Million



Windows 10 install media tools are causing certificate problems

Microsoft warns users about a critical problem with installation tools that causes the loss of certificates on Windows 10.



Install iOS/iPadOS 14.4 Today to Block Three Big Vulnerabilities



Google improves the password management feature in Chrome 88



Tech giants come together to form Open Web Docs initiative

Open Web Docs will work to ensure the MDN Web Docs portal stays updated and document web platform technologies



Microsoft: Our free tool helps to improve your websites

Microsoft Clarity is a specialist tool that brings user experience analysis to the desktop with just a few clicks.



Why Do Pictures in Email Sometimes Show as Attachments, and Sometimes in the Message?

What you need to know

Pictures in email don't always display. The reasons are varied and confusing, but I'll review the three most common causes of problems and what you need to do.



Chromebook Buying Guide for 2018



How to Backup and Restore Wireless Network Profiles in Windows 10




Terminate all running processes, except from Windows native processes, by turning to this lightweight, portable software solution



Critical Vulnerability Patched in 'sudo' Utility for Unix-Like OSes

Flaw exists in versions of sudo going back nearly 10 years; USCYBERCOM recommends organizations patch immediately.



VMware, Cisco Reveal Impact of SolarWinds Incident



Go read why r/WallStreetBets was founded and how its creator left

It’s a story of the creation turning against the creator



Why Experts Are Worried About Twitter’s Birdwatch

Social engineering truth



Focal has a new entry-level model in its high-end headphone lineup: The closed-back, over-ear Celestee

The Celestee will replace the well-regarded Elegia headphone.



Charge your smartphone from across the room with this bizarre new wireless tech

Now that's true wireless charging



How To Speed Up Windows 10 – The Ultimate Guide



3 simple steps to improve your TV’s picture quality



Apple’s App Tracking and Transparency Update Makes Data Tracking an Opt-In Experience

The App Tracking and Transparency update requires app developers to get permission before collecting tracking data.



GeForce Now game streaming starts to roll out Chrome support



Defending Against State and State-Sponsored Threat Actors

Saryu Nayyar of Gurucul discusses state and state-sponsored threat actors, the apex predators of the cybersecurity world.



Solve Your Password Management Problems, Kenneth Tubaugh, APCUG VTC 8 -5-20


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