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Texans Could Be Paying Off Their Obscene Energy Bills for Decades

https://earther.gizmodo.com/texans-could-be-paying-off-their-obscene-energy-bills-f-1846339235

 

What I Hear on Clubhouse: For Black People, Will Silicon Valley’s Hot New Thing Be More Terrordome Than Mecca?

https://www.theroot.com/what-i-hear-on-clubhouse-for-black-people-will-silico-1846307167

 

A quick guide to WordPress, the free-to-use website builder that powers some of the web's most popular sites

https://www.yahoo.com/news/quick-guide-wordpress-free-website-225126827.html

 

Why Are My Microsoft Edge Tabs Faded? How to Turn off Sleeping Tabs

https://www.howtogeek.com/713905/why-are-my-microsoft-edge-tabs-faded-how-to-turn-off-sleeping-tabs/

 

Mozilla Firefox introduces Total Cookie Protection

https://news.thewindowsclub.com/mozilla-firefox-introduces-total-cookie-protection-105197/

 

10 Internet Safety Do's and Don'ts to Keep You Secure Online

How do you stay safe online? Here are 10 basic security tips to live by.

https://www.makeuseof.com/internet-safety-dos-and-donts/?utm_source=MUO-NL-RP&utm_medium=newsletter

 

A New Twist to Virtual Desktop Cloud Computing

https://linuxinsider.com/story/a-new-twist-to-virtual-desktop-cloud-computing-87021.html

 

IRS issues urgent notice on scams aimed at tax professionals

Scammers are impersonating the IRS with emails carrying the subject line "Verifying your EFIN before e-filing."

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/irs-issues-urgent-notice-on-scams-aimed-at-tax-professionals/

 

Sharing files on Google Drive just got easier with new security update

Businesses using Google Drive will like this new update

https://www.laptopmag.com/news/sharing-files-on-google-drive-just-got-easier-with-new-security-update

 

For February, a 'bumpy' Patch Tuesday ride

A few issues have already cropped up with this month's collection of patches from Microsoft. So, for now, pause updates if you can.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3607749/for-february-a-bumpy-patch-tuesday-ride.html

 

Wearable Device Aims to Diminish Distractions, Sharpen Focus

https://www.technewsworld.com/story/Wearable-Device-Aims-to-Diminish-Distractions-Sharpen-Focus-87016.html

 

cURL

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

https://www.softpedia.com/get/Programming/File-Editors/cURL.shtml

 

Belkin planning AirPlay 2 and HomeKit audio adapter for retrofitting smart features

https://9to5mac.com/2021/02/24/belkin-planning-airplay-2-and-homekit-audio-adapter-for-retrofitting-smart-features/#more-699488

 

Maryland wants to tax Facebook and Google. Internet groups are fighting back.

Supporters of a new law say it seeks to modernize the state’s tax system and make thriving Big Tech companies pay their fair share.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/maryland-wants-tax-facebook-google-internet-groups-are-fighting-back-rcna298

 

How $100M in Jobless Claims Went to Inmates

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2021/02/how-100m-in-jobless-claims-went-to-inmates/

 

Clubhouse Promises to Get Its Security Under Control (Again)

https://gizmodo.com/clubhouse-promises-to-get-its-security-under-control-a-1846325022

 

New laptop from Oculus founder is truly future proof — here’s how

The Framework is a 13.5-inch laptop that lets you upgrade almost everything

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/new-laptop-from-oculus-founder-is-truly-future-proof-heres-how

 

How to Free up Space on Android

What to do when you're running out of Android storage space

https://www.lifewire.com/free-up-space-on-android-5101088

 

Stop what you’re doing and check here to see if your email credentials have been stolen

https://bgr.com/2021/02/11/data-breach-check-if-email-credentials-login-compromised-in-hack/

 

Meet the Vaccine Appointment Bots, and Their Foes

https://www.securityweek.com/meet-vaccine-appointment-bots-and-their-foes

 

Microsoft hopes its cloud expertise can modernize nonprofits

It's also bringing its Industry Cloud package to Manufacturing and Financial Services.

https://www.engadget.com/microsoft-cloud-for-nonprofit-manufacturing-financial-services-healthcare-retail-140041266.html

 

Face masks: New standards for choosing an effective mask

https://www.komando.com/coronavirus/new-face-mask-standards/780190/

 

Spotify Introduces Genre and Mood Filters for Your Music

Users can filter 'Liked Songs' using up to 15 personalized mood and genre categories.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/spotify-introduces-genre-and-mood-filters-for-your-music

 

Quick tech fix: Stop annoying notifications for good

https://www.yahoo.com/news/quick-tech-fix-stop-annoying-130025102.html

 

How to Safely Remove USB Flash Drives From a Chromebook

https://www.howtogeek.com/713317/how-to-safely-remove-usb-flash-drives-from-a-chromebook/

 

Microsoft Garage rolls out Journal Inking app powered by Artificial Intelligence

https://news.thewindowsclub.com/microsoft-garage-rolls-out-journal-inking-app-105172/

 

What Is Two-Factor Authentication? Here's Why You Should Be Using It

Two-factor authentication is an essential security tool for online accounts. Here's how it works and how to start using it.

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/what-is-two-factor-authentication-and-why-you-should-use-it/?utm_source=MUO-NL-RP&utm_medium=newsletter

 

GeckoLinux Does OpenSuse Better

https://linuxinsider.com/story/geckolinux-does-opensuse-better-86993.html

 

How to deal with the proliferation of newsletters in your email inbox: 6 tips

Getting too many newsletters in Gmail? These tips will help you manage your email newsletter subscriptions.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-deal-with-the-proliferation-of-newsletters-in-your-email-inbox-6-tips/

 

Chromebooks get built-in screen recorder: See it in action

Chromebook users will all benefit from this massive education-focused update

https://www.laptopmag.com/news/chromebooks-get-built-in-screen-recorder-see-it-in-action

 

What's not to love with this month’s Patch Tuesday?

Despite a lower-than-average number of updates and patches in February, four vulnerabilities have been publicly disclosed and we're seeing increasing reports of exploits in the wild.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3607454/whats-not-to-love-with-this-months-patch-tuesday.html

 

Silver Sparrow Malware Hatched on 30,000 Macs

https://www.technewsworld.com/story/Silver-Sparrow-Malware-Hatched-on-30000-Macs-87030.html

 

Windows 10 LTSC to Receive Support for Only Five Years

Microsoft announced Office 2021 earlier today, and the company used this opportunity to also introduce a new update policy not only for the productivity suite but also for its Windows 10 operating system.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/windows-10-ltsc-to-receive-support-for-only-five-years-532226.shtml

 

Apple debuts new ‘Ethics and Compliance’ webpage with details on conduct policies and more

https://9to5mac.com/2021/02/24/apple-debuts-new-ethics-and-compliance-webpage-with-details-on-conduct-policies-and-more/#more-699467

 

Scammers want your tax return. Here are two easy ways to stop them.

Assume that criminals have everything they need to file a false tax return in your name, security experts say.

https://www.nbcnews.com/business/consumer/scammers-want-your-tax-return-here-are-two-easy-ways-n1257674

 

Mexican Politician Removed Over Alleged Ties to Romanian ATM Skimmer Gang

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2021/02/mexican-politician-removed-over-alleged-ties-to-romanian-atm-skimmer-gang/

 

Leaked Videos Hint Samsung Smart Glasses Might Also Be in the Works

https://gizmodo.com/leaked-videos-hint-samsung-smart-glasses-might-also-be-1846323686

 

Zoom getting automatic closed captions for all users — how to get early access

Zoom’s free tier is getting a big boost with automatic closed captions

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/zoom-is-getting-a-killer-update-to-make-life-easier

 

M1 Mac SSDs Could Be Working Overtime

But don’t worry, it’s probably nothing

https://www.lifewire.com/m1-mac-ssds-could-be-working-overtime-5114372

 

Security researcher breached Apple, Microsoft, Netflix, PayPal, and more

https://bgr.com/2021/02/10/data-breach-dependency-confusion-attack-apple-microsoft-netflix/

 

Chinese Threat Actor Uses Browser Extension to Hack Gmail Accounts

https://www.securityweek.com/chinese-threat-actor-uses-browser-extension-hack-gmail-accounts

 

Federal judge rules that California can enforce its net neutrality law

The judge refused to impose an injunction against the law at the request of trade groups.

https://www.komando.com/tech-tips/easy-way-to-scan-documents-and-photos/779927/

 

TikTok Will Pay $92M to Settle Lawsuit Over Personal Data 'Theft'

A class-action lawsuit alleges the social network collected biometric and personal data to share with third parties.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/tiktok-will-pay-92m-to-settle-lawsuit-over-personal-data-theft

 

5 things you should know when buying a used PC laptop or desktop

https://www.yahoo.com/news/5-things-know-buying-used-002229640.html

 

How to Put Borders Around Images in Microsoft Word

https://www.howtogeek.com/708082/how-to-put-borders-around-images-in-microsoft-word/

 

Windows 10 Client LTSC will change to a 5-year lifecycle

https://news.thewindowsclub.com/windows-10-client-ltsc-will-change-to-a-5-year-lifecycle-105183/

 

The 9 Best Mini PCs for Your Home

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/whats-best-mini-pc/?utm_source=MUO-NL-RP&utm_medium=newsletter

 

Ubuntu Core 20 Brings Better Industrial IoT Control

https://linuxinsider.com/story/ubuntu-core-20-brings-better-industrial-iot-control-87004.html

 

Linux 101: How to use cron

Continuing with his Linux 101 series, Jack Wallen introduces you to the basics of task scheduling with cron.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/linux-101-how-to-use-cron/

 

This new Android feature could change the way you send messages

Android apps spring update brings a host of new features

https://www.laptopmag.com/news/this-new-android-feature-could-change-the-way-you-send-messages

 

Microsoft issues green light for Windows 10 2004. (But what's the point?)

The company has signaled to commercial customers that Windows 10 2004, the the May 2020 feature upgrade, is reliable enough to widely deploy.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3606837/microsoft-issues-green-light-for-windows-10-2004-but-whats-the-point.html

 

It's Time to Consider 3D Printed Homes

https://www.technewsworld.com/story/Its-Time-to-Consider-3D-Printed-Homes-87027.html

 

AMD Starts Investigating 500 Series USB Issues

AMD has confirmed it’s investigating a problem affecting the 500 Series, explaining in a post on reddit that it needs more information from customers in an attempt to figure out what’s happening.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/amd-starts-investigating-500-series-usb-issues-532243.shtml

 

These are the best iPhone apps for converting images and screenshots to text

https://9to5mac.com/2021/02/24/how-to-convert-iphone-images-to-text/#more-699414

 

California's net neutrality law can go forward, judge rules

The ruling clears the way for the state to ban internet providers from slowing down or blocking access to websites and applications that don’t pay for premium service.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/internet/californias-net-neutrality-law-can-go-forward-judge-rules-rcna307

 

Checkout Skimmers Powered by Chip Cards

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2021/02/checkout-skimmers-powered-by-chip-cards/

 

How to Turn Your Laptop Into a Desktop

https://gizmodo.com/how-to-turn-your-laptop-into-a-desktop-1846320017

 

Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 leak tips 6-core AMD Ryzen CPU

Surface Laptop 4 looking to take full advantage of Ryzen

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/microsoft-surface-laptop-4-leak-tips-6-core-amd-ryzen-cpu

 

What Is an Intrusion Prevention System?

Plus how it differs from an intrusion detection system

https://www.lifewire.com/what-is-an-intrusion-prevention-system-4842321

 

Google is bringing one of its best security features to the iPhone

https://bgr.com/2021/02/10/google-is-bringing-one-of-its-best-security-features-to-the-iphone-5905163/

 

Suspected Russian Hack Fuels New US Action on Cybersecurity

https://www.securityweek.com/suspected-russian-hack-fuels-new-us-action-cybersecurity

 

Twitter bans 100 accounts linked to Russian troll farms

The networks got caught up in a larger sweep involving 373 accounts.

https://www.engadget.com/twitter-bans-internet-research-agency-accounts-202823540.html

 

Privacy how-to: 3 things to look for when choosing a VPN

https://www.komando.com/security-privacy/privacy-how-to-3-things-to-look-for-when-choosing-a-vpn/778877/

 

A Fully Modular Laptop You Can Easily Upgrade Will Debut This Summer

The Framework laptop comes from a San Francisco-based startup that's focused on creating a long-lasting and eco-friendly PC.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/a-fully-modular-laptop-you-can-easily-upgrade-will-debut-this-summer

 

These 5 Hacks Can Finally Fix Your Slow Internet Connection

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/5-hacks-finally-fix-slow-223851857.html

 

How to Delete Almost All Junk Emails the Easy Way

https://www.howtogeek.com/713181/how-to-delete-almost-all-junk-emails-the-easy-way/

 

Microsoft rolls out Office LTSC & plans for standalone Office 2021

https://news.thewindowsclub.com/microsoft-rolls-out-office-ltsc-plans-for-standalone-office-2021-105176/

 

Everything You Need to Know About Dark Mode on Your Mac

The Dark Mode built into macOS can significantly reduce eye strain. Here's all you need to know about using it.

https://www.makeuseof.com/how-to-use-dark-mode-mac/

 

3 Helpful Networking Projects for Your Raspberry Pi

https://linuxinsider.com/story/3-helpful-networking-projects-for-your-raspberry-pi-86985.html

 

How to automatically reload your Vivaldi tabs with this new feature

Vivaldi has a new feature that might have you switching your default browser. Jack Wallen shows you how to work with periodic tab reloads so your tabs are always up to date.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-automatically-reload-your-vivaldi-tabs-with-this-new-feature/

 

HP Chromebook x360 14 drops to $339 in cheap 2-in-1 laptop deal

Nab the HP Chromebook x360 14 for less

https://www.laptopmag.com/news/hp-chromebook-x360-14-drops-to-dollar339-in-cheap-2-in-1-laptop-deal

 

Microsoft to replace legacy Edge in April with Chromium-based version

The company's April cumulative update for Windows 10 will remove the old, outdated Edge browser and replace it with the newer Chromium-based version that debuted in 2020.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3606788/microsoft-to-replace-legacy-edge-in-april-with-chromium-based-version.html

 

Researchers Repurpose Drugs to Fight COVID in Elderly

https://www.technewsworld.com/story/Researchers-Repurpose-Drugs-to-Fight-COVID-in-Elderly-87025.html

 

WhatsApp Explains What Happens If You Don’t Accept the New Privacy Policy

WhatsApp plans to enforce its new privacy policy on May 15, following a 3-month delay coming after the public backlash that caused an en-masse migration to rival platforms, and as the date approaches, the company published more information on what exactly happens if users don’t accept the new terms.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/whatsapp-explains-what-happens-if-you-don-t-accept-the-new-privacy-policy-532241.shtml

 

‘DarkModeBuddy’ is a new Mac app for automating Dark Mode switching based on ambient light

https://9to5mac.com/2021/02/24/dark-mode-mac-ambient-light/#more-699431

 

Armed and dangerous? Online art project takes aim at militarization of robotics

A group specializing in internet-friendly viral stunts is offering people the chance to take control of a futuristic weapon... sort of.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/armed-dangerous-online-art-project-takes-aim-militarization-robotics-rcna308

 

Mexican Politician Removed Over Alleged Ties to Romanian ATM Skimmer Gang

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2021/02/mexican-politician-removed-over-alleged-ties-to-romanian-atm-skimmer-gang/

 

A Phishing Scam Targeting Postmates Drivers Pretends to Represent the Company to Empty Out Victims’ Accounts

https://gizmodo.com/a-phishing-scam-targeting-postmates-drivers-pretends-to-1846322220

 

This VPN service is reportedly being exploited to launch DDoS attacks [updated]

Port flaw might let baddies hugely amplify attacks

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/vpn-flaw-ddos-exploit

 

The Wireless Connection

Wireless technology has changed the way the world connects

https://www.lifewire.com/the-wireless-connection-4684795

 

Your email and password were probably posted online in the mother of all data leaks

https://bgr.com/2021/02/09/data-breach-tool-check-if-your-email-credentials-compromised-cybernews/

 

After IT Outage, Carmakers Kia and Hyundai Say No Evidence of Ransomware Attack

https://www.securityweek.com/carmakers-kia-and-hyundai-say-no-evidence-ransomware-attack

 

Firefox's Total Cookie Protection aims to stop tracking between multiple sites

The browser's latest release also includes a multi-view video option.

https://www.engadget.com/firefox-total-cookie-protection-stop-tracking-websites-140044979.html

 

PSA: Flash is dead. Don’t fall for this phony alert

https://www.komando.com/security-privacy/flash-malicious-alert/780321/

 

Verizon, AT&T Spend Billions on C-Band Spectrum: What That Means for You

If you live in a dense area and want better Verizon or AT&T performance, look for a C-band phone now.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/verizon-att-spend-billions-on-c-band-spectrum-what-that-means-for-you

 

The 20 Most Common Passwords Found On The Dark Web

https://www.yahoo.com/huffpost/most-common-passwords-dark-web-205858891.html

 

Thunderbird 78 is being ported to Ubuntu 20.04

https://www.linux-magazine.com/Online/News/Thunderbird-78-is-being-ported-to-Ubuntu-20.04

 

Microsoft: SolarWinds Hackers Attempted to Access Our Systems Until January 2021

https://www.securityweek.com/microsoft-solarwinds-hackers-attempted-access-our-systems-until-january-2021

 

2021 "M1X" Mac Leaks! - MacBook Pro w/ HDMI & Multi-colored iMacs??!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lf0of3Kavi4

 

Can I Get a Virus From Looking at an Email? It used to be scary easy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEvDpK2RyHI&feature=youtu.be

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Microsoft to cut perpetual Office support by 50%, raise price by 10%

The move is more evidence, as if it's needed, that Microsoft remains eager to push, pull, and prod commercial customers into service-like subscriptions.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3609668/microsoft-to-cut-perpetual-office-support-by-50-raise-price-by-10.html?utm_campaign=subscribers-NaN&utm_medium=subscribers_push_notification&utm_source=subscribers

 

How to check if an unexpected prompt for your Apple ID password is legitimate

If you get a random popup on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad, you’re right to initially mistrust it.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3605631/how-to-check-if-an-unexpected-prompt-for-your-apple-id-password-is-legitimate.html

 

As Texas deep freeze subsides, some households now face electricity bills as high as $10,000

https://www.yahoo.com/news/deep-freeze-subsides-texans-now-205224279.html

 

How to Create a Custom List in Microsoft Excel

https://www.howtogeek.com/707962/how-to-create-a-custom-list-in-microsoft-excel/

 

Microsoft won't raise prices for Office 2021, which may ship with Teams

Microsoft's Office 2021 will arrive later this year, along with a version for enterprises known as Office LTSC.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3608414/microsoft-wont-raise-prices-for-office-2021-which-may-ship-with-teams.html

 

Why I Bought My Wife a Mac, then a Chromebook, then a Mac

Lessons were learned.

I recently updated my wife's computer again. This was unexpected, but the process reinforced a couple of important lessons.

https://askleo.com/why-i-bought-my-wife-a-mac-then-a-chromebook-then-a-mac/

 

Chip shortage may threaten PlayStation 5 supplies at Christmas

Sony’s gaming chief refuses to guarantee there will be enough consoles to meet demand.

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2021/02/chip-shortage-may-threaten-playstation-5-supplies-at-christmas/

 

How to use the whiteboard in a Zoom meeting

Zoom offers a whiteboard that you can use to share and highlight important information in a meeting. Here's how it works.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-use-the-whiteboard-in-a-zoom-meeting/

 

It just got easier to raise your hand in Microsoft Teams

You don't need a keyboard and mouse to raise your hand in Teams meetings anymore.

https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-just-made-it-easier-raise-your-hand-teams

 

4 of the Best Search Engines For Privacy

https://www.maketecheasier.com/best-search-engine-for-privacy/

 

Video Calls Skyrocket; Trend Expected to Continue

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10897/video-calls-skyrocket-trend-expected-continue

 

The free speech triangle

Navigating the power of new tech, new trends and new laws that shape our society

https://blog.avast.com/the-free-speech-triangle

 

Microsoft hopes its cloud expertise can modernize nonprofits

It's also bringing its Industry Cloud package to Manufacturing and Financial Services.

https://www.engadget.com/microsoft-cloud-for-nonprofit-manufacturing-financial-services-healthcare-retail-140041266.html

 

CSO's ultimate guide to security and privacy laws, regulations, and compliance (you might like to know)

This handy directory provides summaries and links to the full text of each security or privacy law and regulation.

https://www-csoonline-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.csoonline.com/article/3604334/csos-ultimate-guide-to-security-and-privacy-laws-regulations-and-compliance.amp.html

 

Microsoft Announces a New Feature for the Windows 10 Clipboard History

Microsoft has recently shipped Windows 10 build 21318 to insiders in the Dev channel, and one of the highlights is an improvement for the clipboard history.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/microsoft-announces-a-new-feature-for-the-windows-10-clipboard-history-532234.shtml

 

WhatsApp: Users Who Don’t Accept Our New Privacy Policy Won’t Be Able to Read or Send Messages

https://gizmodo.com/whatsapp-users-who-don-t-accept-our-new-privacy-policy-1846321224

 

Amazon’s double discount gets you a 2K camera drone as small as a smartphone for $59.99

https://bgr.com/2021/02/18/amazons-double-discount-gets-you-a-2k-camera-drone-as-small-as-a-smartphone-for-59-99/

 

How to stop your emails from being tracked

Pixel trackers can hide in your email images

https://www.theverge.com/22288190/email-pixel-trackers-how-to-stop-images-automatic-download

 

[Update] Some M1 MacBooks are infected with a new malware strain — and this one is dangerous

Silver Sparrow is swooping in and wreaking havoc on M1 Macbooks

https://www.laptopmag.com/news/some-m1-macbooks-are-infected-with-a-new-malware-strain-and-this-one-is-dangerous

 

Cybercrime Groups More Prolific, Focus on Healthcare in 2020

Almost four of every five attacks attributed in 2020 were conducted by cybercriminal groups, a significant jump from 2019, with attacks on healthcare or using the pandemic rising fast.

https://www.darkreading.com/threat-intelligence/cybercrime-groups-more-prolific-focus-on-healthcare-in-2020/d/d-id/1340228

 

Think twice before you click ‘OK’ on this iPhone pop-up

https://www.komando.com/security-privacy/apps-connected-to-local-network/780070/

 

Coming Soon to Target: Mini Apple Stores

In 17 existing locations, Target employees trained by Apple will be available to help you.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/coming-soon-to-target-mini-apple-stores

 

A bunch of Microsoft devices are on sale at Best Buy

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/microsoft-surface-pro-7-surface-laptop-3-surface-book-3-sale-best-buy-110046311.html

 

How to Fix and Use Custom Search Keywords in Google Chrome

https://www.howtogeek.com/714040/how-to-fix-and-use-custom-searches-keywords-in-google-chrome/

 

Should I still buy Intel CPUs? | Ask an expert

Pick the processor that fits your situation best.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3605355/should-i-still-buy-intel-cpus-ask-an-expert.html

 

How Often Should I Reboot My Computer?

Sometimes, it’s required; sometimes, it’s just a good idea.

https://askleo.com/how-often-should-i-reboot-my-computer/

 

New malware found on 30,000 Macs has security pros stumped

With no payload, analysts are struggling to learn what this mature malware does.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2021/02/new-malware-found-on-30000-macs-has-security-pros-stumped/

 

Surgeons use mixed reality to add a virtual twist to 21st-century operations

These mixed reality headsets allow medical professionals from around the globe to virtually attend operations and provide insights during procedures.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/surgeons-use-mixed-reality-to-add-a-virtual-twist-to-21st-century-operations/

 

Microsoft video shows how its Journal app isn't just a OneNote clone

The Journal app is on Windows 10, is built for inking, and is made by Microsoft, but it's not just a copy of OneNote.

https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-video-shows-how-its-journal-app-isnt-just-onenote-clone

 

Phone AI Can Suggest Pics to Delete

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10896/phone-ai-can-suggest-pics-delete

 

What You Need to Know Before Buying a Used Laptop

https://www.maketecheasier.com/buying-a-used-laptop/

 

The FDA appoints its first medical device cybersecurity director

The FDA prioritizes medical device security with a plan for revamped cybersecurity guidance

https://blog.avast.com/fda-cybersecurity-director-interview-avast

 

Federal judge rules that California can enforce its net neutrality law

The judge refused to impose an injunction against the law at the request of trade groups.

https://www.engadget.com/federal-judge-california-net-neutrality-law-103556216.html

 

Fraud epidemic 'is now national security threat'

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-55769991

 

This Could Be the Portless iPhone Killing Off Cables Once and for All

Apple is projected to launch new iPhones in the fall, and one of the changes more and more people are talking about concerns the Lightning connector.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/this-could-be-the-portless-iphone-killing-off-cables-once-and-for-all-532233.shtml

 

Ransomware Gang Says It's Selling Data from Cyberattack That California DMV Warned About

https://gizmodo.com/ransomware-gang-says-its-selling-data-from-cyberattack-1846307574

 

What will happen to your WhatsApp account if you don’t agree to the new privacy changes

https://bgr.com/2021/02/22/whatsapp-privacy-policy-what-if-you-disagree/

 

Join us for a live event about tech regulation

A conversation about Section 230 and the future of the internet

https://www.theverge.com/22287443/section-230-amy-klobuchar-internet-regulation-panel-event-sign-up

 

MacBook Pro 2021 could bring back these dearly missed ports

A bit more variety in I/O ports

https://www.laptopmag.com/news/macbook-pro-2021-could-bring-back-these-dearly-missed-ports

 

Accellion Data Breach Resulted in Extortion Attempts Against Multiple Victims

FireEye Mandiant says it discovered data stolen via flaw in Accellion FTA had landed on a Dark Web site associated with a known Russia-based threat group.

https://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/accellion-data-breach-resulted-in-extortion-attempts-against-multiple-victims/d/d-id/1340226

 

Security warning: Private browser feature exposes search history

https://www.komando.com/security-privacy/browser-exposes-search-history/780075/

 

Exclusive: Here's Where Americans Are Using Starlink's Satellite Internet Service

Exclusive data from Ookla Speedtest shows how the SpaceX Starlink beta test is going, county by county.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/exclusive-heres-where-americans-are-using-starlinks-satellite-internet

 

Hackers are tricking kids into installing malicious apps—here's how to keep your family safe

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/malicious-apps-norton-security-online-155108354.html

 

How to Make Edge Always Open with Your Previously Open Tabs

https://www.howtogeek.com/708293/how-to-make-edge-always-open-with-your-previously-open-tabs/

 

Ryzen 5000 failure rates: We reality-check the claims

Problems with bad Ryzen chips may be overblown.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3608349/ryzen-5000-failure-rates-we-reality-check-the-claims.html

 

Deal with Computer Clutter to Speed Things Up

Files accumulating on your machine can result in increased computer clutter, decreased performance, and even less stability.

https://askleo.com/deal-with-computer-clutter-to-speed-things-up/

 

Deep in the heart of Texas’ collapsing power grid

Everything in Texas went wrong at once.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/02/even-power-disasters-are-bigger-in-texas-heres-why/

 

Tablet and Chromebook sales take off as remote-learning projects roll out

With the pandemic forcing kids to learn from home, massive rollouts of laptops and tablets across the education sector are driving sales to record highs.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/tablet-and-chromebook-sales-take-off-as-remote-learning-projects-roll-out/

 

Cyber Monday PC parts deals: Crazy sales you don't want to miss on motherboards, SSDs & more

https://www.windowscentral.com/cyber-monday-computer-part-deals-build-new-pc-less

 

How to Set Up and Use SSH in Linux

https://www.maketecheasier.com/setup-enable-ssh-ubuntu/

 

Serious Windows Flaw: Hackers Can Remotely Crash PCs

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10894/serious-windows-flaw-hackers-can-remotely-crash-pcs

 

Avast Hacker Archives Episode 3: Chris Roberts

In our third episode, Avast CISO Jaya Baloo asks seasoned hacker Chris Roberts about his earliest “Aha!” moments

https://blog.avast.com/avast-hacker-archives-episode-3-chris-roberts-avast

 

Twitter bans 100 accounts linked to Russian troll farms

The networks got caught up in a larger sweep involving 373 accounts.

https://www.engadget.com/twitter-bans-internet-research-agency-accounts-202823540.html

 

Most Tools Failed to Detect the SolarWinds Malware. Those That Did Failed Too

https://www.cfr.org/blog/most-tools-failed-detect-solarwinds-malware-those-did-failed-too

 

Windows 10 LTSC to Receive Support for Only Five Years

Microsoft announced Office 2021 earlier today, and the company used this opportunity to also introduce a new update policy not only for the productivity suite but also for its Windows 10 operating system.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/windows-10-ltsc-to-receive-support-for-only-five-years-532226.shtml

 

Bramble Is the Video-Conferencing Platform I Wish Existed at the Start of the Pandemic

https://gizmodo.com/bramble-is-the-video-conferencing-platform-i-wish-exist-1846284402

 

Apple’s next MagSafe accessory might be the most exciting one yet

https://bgr.com/2021/02/19/iphone-12-magsafe-accessories-apple-battery-pack-rumor/

 

Clubhouse promises fix after audio insecurely streamed from third-party website

Company says the user has been permanently banned

https://www.theverge.com/2021/2/22/22294938/clubhouse-audio-data-siphon-vulnerability-ios-app

 

Clubhouse confirms data spill — privacy breach on invite-only app raises concerns

The iPhone app isn't so private anymore

https://www.laptopmag.com/news/clubhouse-confirms-data-spill-privacy-breach-on-invite-only-app-raises-concerns

 

Researcher Reports Vulnerability in Apple iCloud Domain

A stored cross-site scripting vulnerability in the iCloud website reportedly earned a security researcher $5,000.

https://www.darkreading.com/threat-intelligence/researcher-reports-vulnerability-in-apple-icloud-domain/d/d-id/1340225

 

Fed up with Quickbooks? Try this out instead.

https://www.komando.com/small-business/say-goodbye-to-spreadsheets/774191/

 

Smart TVs Running Google TV Will Have a 'Basic' Option

You can turn all the smart features off, leaving you with a standard live television experience.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/smart-tvs-running-google-tv-will-have-a-basic-option

 

How to change your privacy settings on WhatsApp and protect yourself

https://www.yahoo.com/news/change-privacy-settings-whatsapp-protect-165834197.html

 

The USB Paradox: Why Do USB Connections Need Three Tries?

https://www.howtogeek.com/713525/the-usb-paradox-why-do-usb-connections-need-three-tries/

 

Chromebooks continued to outsell Macs in 2020

The surge in Chromebook sales is due to the pandemic, but it might be the wave of the future, too.

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3608269/chromebooks-continued-to-outsell-macs-in-2020.html

 

My Computer Does Nothing When Turned On; How Do I Fix It? Something to Look at, and Something to Listen To

A computer that does nothing when you turn it on can be very difficult to diagnose. Spinning disks and blinking lights don't mean as much as you might think.

https://askleo.com/computer-does-nothing/

 

What’s new in the first Android 12 Developer Preview

Lots of hidden features, and hints that the leak from the other day is true.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/02/whats-new-in-the-first-android-12-developer-preview/

 

How to combat the latest security threats in 2021

Understanding the nature of the latest threats can help you identify shifts in tactics and techniques, prioritize security resources and test the most likely scenarios, says IBM X-Force.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-combat-the-latest-security-threats-in-2021/

 

How to change sign-in account name on Windows 10

Do you have to change your account name on Windows 10? In this guide, we'll show you four ways to complete this task.

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-change-account-name-windows-10-sign-screen

 

Chrome OS Tops macOS as 2nd Most Popular OS

https://www.maketecheasier.com/chrome-os-tops-macos-2nd-most-popular-os/

 

Why Indonesia Leads the World in VPN Users

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10895/why-indonesia-leads-world-vpn-users

 

Clubhouse: Security and privacy in the new social media app

Taking an in-depth look at the the trendy, invite-only audio chat platform

https://blog.avast.com/clubhouse-security-and-privacy-avast

 

Firefox's Total Cookie Protection aims to stop tracking between multiple sites

The browser's latest release also includes a multi-view video option.

https://www.engadget.com/firefox-total-cookie-protection-stop-tracking-websites-140044979.html

 

Phishing email attacks targeting remote workers on the rise

https://securitybrief.eu/story/phishing-email-attacks-targeting-remote-workers-on-the-rise

 

Microsoft Garage Launches Journal, an App Making Ink Feel More Natural

Working with a pen has become something a lot more common these days, especially now that we connect with each other remotely and turning to alternative input methods is much easier.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/microsoft-garage-launches-journal-an-app-making-ink-feel-more-natural-532208.shtml

 

These 'Invisible Headphones' Promise to Beam Audio Into Your Ears

https://gizmodo.com/these-invisible-headphones-promise-to-beam-audio-into-y-1846262392

 

CISA LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO REDUCE THE RISK OF RANSOMWARE

https://www.cisa.gov/news/2021/01/21/cisa-launches-campaign-reduce-risk-ransomware

 

Google might have quietly teased the OS that will replace Android

https://bgr.com/2021/02/19/google-fuchsia-os-teaser-chrome-os-welcome-screen/

 

WhatsApp explains what happens if you don’t accept its new privacy policy

Your app will start losing functionality on May 15th

https://www.theverge.com/2021/2/22/22294919/whatsapp-privacy-policy-may-15th-messaging-calls-limited-functionality

 

PS5 DualSense expert predicts how long the controller will last — and it's bad news

Don't expect your shiny new PS5 controller to last very long

https://www.laptopmag.com/news/ps5-dualsense-controller-experts-claim-joysticks-only-have-417-hours-of-operating-life-drift-unpreventable

 

8 Ways Ransomware Operators Target Your Network

Security researchers explore how criminals are expanding their arsenals with new, more subtle, and more effective ransomware attack techniques.

https://www.darkreading.com/8-ways-ransomware-operators-target-your-network/d/d-id/1340221

 

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

https://www.komando.com/safety-security-reviews/see-if-your-router-has-been-hacked/312613/

 

Biden Makes First Push to Potentially Boost US Chip Manufacturing

The president is expected to sign an executive order on Wednesday that will study vulnerabilities in the US supply chain, including in semiconductor manufacturing.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/biden-makes-first-push-to-potentially-boost-us-chip-manufacturing

 

Blue Origin and Telesat Team Up Against SpaceX Starlink

https://finance.yahoo.com/m/814a9932-f0bb-3c3f-b85d-833a5edc3aff/blue-origin-and-telesat-team.html

 

Got a Roomba? Clean these filthy components right now

If your Roomba is having trouble docking or has slowed to a crawl, a good scrub might make things right.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3606392/how-to-clean-a-roomba-charging-contacts-and-cliff-sensors.html

 

Podcast: M1X chip: The next generation of Apple Silicon

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3608649/podcast-m1x-chip-the-next-generation-of-apple-silicon.html

 

Parallel shells with xargs: Utilize all your cpu cores on UNIX and Windows

https://www.linuxjournal.com/content/parallel-shells-xargs-utilize-all-your-cpu-cores-unix-and-windows

 

How You Recover When Good Apps Go Bad. Software change annoyances

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nU25lmWINI&feature=youtu.be

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NurseryCam has serious security issues, claims researcher

https://www.bitdefender.com/box/blog/ip-cameras-vulnerabilities/nurserycam-serious-security-issues-claims-researcher/

 

New Legislation Would Protect Drivers Who Hit Protestors

Tumultuous demonstrations by left-leaning and right-leaning groups have stirred new debate about what tactics are acceptable free speech and which go too far.

https://www.snopes.com/ap/2021/02/20/new-legislation-would-protect-drivers-who-hit-protestors/

 

Check Out These Free Online Photo Editors

https://askbobrankin.com/check_out_these_free_online_photo_editors.html

 

Apple adds 'BlastDoor' security feature to fight iMessage hacks

https://www.yahoo.com/news/apple-adds-blastdoor-security-feature-205602772.html

 

How to Delete Your WhatsApp Account

https://www.howtogeek.com/710614/how-to-delete-your-whatsapp-account/

 

Before You Pay for Spotify's "HiFi," Test Your Hearing

https://lifehacker.com/before-you-pay-for-spotifys-hifi-test-your-hearing-1846345345

 

Google Alerts used to launch fake Adobe Flash Player updater

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/google-alerts-used-to-launch-fake-adobe-flash-player-updater/

 

Another new M1 Mac malware has infected thousands of devices

Researchers can’t deduce the true intentions of the malware

https://www.techradar.com/news/another-new-m1-mac-malware-has-infected-thousands-of-devices

 

How to fix five Windows 10 headaches

Microsoft has made numerous improvements to Windows 10 over the years, but it still has some annoying quirks. We help you solve them.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3182846/how-to-fix-five-windows-10-headaches.html

 

What Is SupportAssist and Should I Let It Run?

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

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

 

What Does Ctrl+Z Do? More Than You Think

https://www.maketecheasier.com/what-does-ctrl-z-do/

 

View a mail's contents quickly without clicking on it with the MessagePreview extension for Thunderbird

https://www.ghacks.net/2021/02/22/view-a-mails-contents-quickly-without-clicking-on-it-with-the-messagepreview-extension-for-thunderbird/

 

Microsoft rolls out Office LTSC & plans for standalone Office 2021

https://news.thewindowsclub.com/microsoft-rolls-out-office-ltsc-plans-for-standalone-office-2021-105176/

 

Cybersecurity Responsibility in a Post-Pandemic World

https://www.darkreading.com/omdia/cybersecurity-responsibility-in-a-post-pandemic-world/v/d-id/1340220

 

How to Paste as Plain Text from Clipboard History in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/174739-how-paste-plain-text-clipboard-history-windows-10-a.html

 

Microsoft addresses issue breaking Windows 10 'Reset this PC'

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/microsoft-addresses-issue-breaking-windows-10-reset-this-pc/

 

SolarWinds hearing announced by House committees

On Feb. 26, execs from Microsoft, SolarWinds and FireEye will testify on the role of private companies in preventing and investigating cyberattacks.

https://www.cnet.com/news/solarwinds-hearing-announced-by-house-committees/

 

Malware infects 30,000 Macs, including M1 MacBooks — what to do now

Silver Sparrow malware aiming at all Macs

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/malware-infects-30000-macs-including-m1-macbooks-what-to-do-now

 

Windows 10 LTSC to Receive Support for Only Five Years

Microsoft announced Office 2021 earlier today, and the company used this opportunity to also introduce a new update policy not only for the productivity suite but also for its Windows 10 operating system.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/windows-10-ltsc-to-receive-support-for-only-five-years-532226.shtml

 

iOS 14.5 upgrades a privacy feature to hide your IP address from Google

https://bgr.com/2021/02/15/ios-14-5-features-fraudulent-website-warning-google/

 

The Best Gmail Apps For Windows 10 [February 2021]

https://www.techjunkie.com/gmail-apps-windows-10/

 

Genius way to get fast Wi-Fi anywhere on your property

https://www.komando.com/kims-column/genius-way-to-get-fast-wi-fi-anywhere-on-your-property/779177/

 

Chipmakers Asked to Reduce Usage as Taiwan Prepares for Serious Water Shortages

TSMC is having water transported in by truck to help some of its factories on the island.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/chipmakers-asked-to-reduce-usage-as-taiwan-prepares-for-serious-water-shortages

 

6 crucial ways to protect yourself from identity theft

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/online-security-tools-covid-220814474.html

 

How to Log in With a Password on Windows 10 (After Setting up a PIN)

https://www.howtogeek.com/709055/how-to-log-in-with-a-password-on-windows-10-after-setting-up-a-pin/

 

Find and Remove the New 'Silver Sparrow' macOS Malware

https://lifehacker.com/find-and-remove-the-new-silver-sparrow-macos-malware-1846324908

 

‘If you wait for government, you’re going to be waiting a long time’: A look at Biden’s cyber funding

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/privacy-compliance/if-you-wait-for-government-youre-going-to-be-waiting-a-long-time-a-look-at-bidens-cyber-funding/

 

This fake Google Alert wants to trick you into thinking Flash is still a thing

Novel approach tricks Google Alerts into promoting unwanted apps

https://www.techradar.com/news/this-fake-google-alert-wants-to-trick-you-into-thinking-flash-is-still-a-thing

 

Apple is investing in 6G, but it doesn’t matter (yet)

We shouldn't get too excited that Apple is investing in next-generation 6G technology development.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3608551/apple-is-investing-in-6g-but-it-doesnt-matter-yet.html

 

What to Do With an Old Computer You’ve Been Given – What I Did With Mine

When I'm given an old computer, there are a few things I do for the safety of the original owners, myself, and the planet.

https://askleo.com/what-to-do-with-old-computers/

 

The Difference Between Window Managers and Desktop Environments

https://www.maketecheasier.com/difference-between-windows-managers-desktop-environments/

 

A first look at Kids Mode in Microsoft Edge

https://www.ghacks.net/2021/02/22/a-first-look-at-kids-mode-in-microsoft-edge/

 

Microsoft Edge rolling out Adaptive Notification requests: What it means

https://news.thewindowsclub.com/microsoft-edge-rolling-out-adaptive-notification-requests-105156/

 

What Can Your Connected Car Reveal About You?

App developers must take responsibility for the security of users' data.

https://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities---threats/what-can-your-connected-car-reveal-about-you/a/d-id/1340145

 

How to Turn On or Off Vertical Tabs in Microsoft Edge Chromium

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/164365-how-turn-off-vertical-tabs-microsoft-edge-chromium.html

 

It's finally over! Time to uninstall Adobe Flash Player

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/software/its-finally-over-time-to-uninstall-adobe-flash-player/

 

Microsoft adding text predictions to Word next month

The feature will work like Google Docs' Smart Compose.

https://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-adding-text-predictions-to-word-next-month/

 

Windows 10 21H1 spring 2021 update: Release date, features and more

Everything to know about the Windows 10 21H1 spring 2021 update

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/windows-10-21h1-spring-2021-update-release-date-features-and-more

 

Who Gets Windows 10 Version 21H1 and How

Microsoft will ship Windows 10 version 21H1 later this year, with the company confirming today this new release will be a smaller pack of improvements similar to version 20H2.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/who-gets-windows-10-version-21h1-and-how-532216.shtml

 

Apple might launch iPhone 13 mini and iPhone SE Plus this year

https://bgr.com/2021/02/15/iphone-13-mini-release-date-sales-iphone-se-plus/

 

How To Automatically Delete Chrome History After Closing

https://www.techjunkie.com/automatically-delete-chrome-history-exit/

 

Make sure your firewall is working

https://www.komando.com/tech-tips/test-your-firewall-to-make-sure-its-working/410026/

 

Firefox 'Total Cookie Protection' Tries to Block Even More Online Tracking

With Firefox 86, Mozilla prevents websites from sharing cookie files and profiling your internet browsing history.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/firefox-total-cookie-protection-tries-to-block-even-more-online-tracking

 

Kids can have fun and learn to code with this cool robot

https://www.yahoo.com/news/kids-fun-learn-code-cool-213416146.html

 

Windows 10’s Photos App Is Too Slow. Here’s the Fix

https://www.howtogeek.com/714259/windows-10s-photos-app-is-too-slow.-heres-the-fix/

 

How to Record Your Screen on a Chromebook

https://lifehacker.com/how-to-record-your-screen-on-a-chromebook-1846326292

 

Phishing campaign alters prefix in hyperlinks to bypass email defenses

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/phishing/phishing-campaign-alters-prefix-in-hyperlinks-to-bypass-email-defenses/

 

Clubhouse ups security protection following hack worries

More privacy concerns for the iOS app of the moment

https://www.techradar.com/news/clubhouse-ups-security-protection-following-hack-worries

 

Microsoft bucks history, pegs Windows 10 21H1 as 'minor' upgrade

The coming spring update for Windows 10 won't offer any major new features, making it more likely the fall upgrade will have more to offer users.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3607978/microsoft-bucks-history-pegs-windows-10-21h1-as-minor-upgrade.html

 

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/

 

How to Schedule Dark Mode to Run Automatically at Sunset in macOS

https://www.maketecheasier.com/schedule-activate-dark-mode-macos-automatically-at-sunset/

 

If you don't agree to WhatsApp's new terms, your account will eventually be deleted

https://www.ghacks.net/2021/02/21/if-you-dont-agree-to-whatsapps-new-terms-your-account-will-eventually-be-deleted/

 

Windows 10 version 21H1 is finally official, and it’s coming this spring

https://news.thewindowsclub.com/windows-10-version-21h1-is-finally-official-and-its-coming-this-spring-105153/

 

Attackers Already Targeting Apple's M1 Chip with Custom Malware

A proof-of-concept program infects systems with ARM64-compiled binaries and then reaches out to download additional functionality.

https://www.darkreading.com/endpoint/attackers-already-targeting-apples-m1-chip-with-custom-malware/d/d-id/1340209

 

How to Prevent Windows Update from Updating Specific Device Driver in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/146562-prevent-windows-update-updating-specific-device-driver.html

 

Facebook sues makers of malicious Chrome extensions for scraping data

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/facebook-sues-makers-of-malicious-chrome-extensions-for-scraping-data/

 

The best online therapy for 2021

Teletherapy companies allow you to get mental health care from home.

https://www.cnet.com/health/best-online-therapy/

 

Are free VPNs as secure as paid VPNs?

Get to know the differences between free and paid VPNs

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/are-free-vpns-as-secure-as-paid-vpns

 

These Are the New Features Coming in Windows 10 Version 21H1

Microsoft has officially confirmed that the next Windows 10 feature update is the highly-anticipated version 21H1.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/microsoft-officially-announces-windows-10-21h1-update-532214.shtml

 

So many people need this brilliant new iPhone app, even if they refuse to admit it

https://bgr.com/2021/02/14/iphone-photo-app-new-canon-photo-culling-deletes-duplicate-pics/

 

How To Completely Delete All Your Google Activity

https://www.techjunkie.com/delete-all-google-activity/

 

Storage full? 3 hacks to free up space on your smartphone

https://www.komando.com/video/diy-how-to/storage-full-3-hacks-to-free-up-space-on-your-smartphone/682815/

 

Building the Bionic Eye...With Car Tech?

Dr. Michael Beyeler and his team at UC Santa Barbara are prepping a smart prosthesis that provides cues to the visually impaired, much like a computer vision system talks to a self-driving car.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/building-the-bionic-eyewith-car-tech

 

SolarWinds hackers accessed Microsoft source code for 3 products

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/solarwinds-hackers-microsoft-source-code-3-products-063418253.html

 

How to Search for YouTube Videos by Hashtag

https://www.howtogeek.com/710501/how-to-search-for-youtube-videos-by-hashtag/

 

How to Enable Microsoft Edge's New 'Kids Mode'

https://lifehacker.com/how-to-enable-microsoft-edges-new-kids-mode-1846307455

 

Why we can expect another SolarWinds attack

https://www.scmagazine.com/perspectives/why-we-can-expect-another-solarwinds-attack/

 

Windows 10 update will solve the single most annoying copy-and-paste problem

An upcoming Windows 10 update will wave goodbye to eccentric copy-and-paste formatting

https://www.techradar.com/news/windows-10-update-will-solve-the-single-most-annoying-copy-and-paste-problem

 

Apple publishes in-depth M1, Mac, and iOS security guide

Apple Platform Security Guide 2021 reveals all the latest security changes introduced in A14 chips and new M1 Macs.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3608330/apple-publishes-in-depth-m1-mac-and-ios-security-guide.html

 

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/

 

Latest Brave browser update fixes Tor .onion DNS Leak

https://www.ghacks.net/2021/02/25/latest-brave-browser-update-fixes-tor-onion-dns-leak/

 

Yes, Gmail collects your photos, videos, purchase history & so much more!

https://news.thewindowsclub.com/gmail-collects-your-photos-videos-purchase-history-105200/

 

Microsoft Concludes Internal Investigation into Solorigate Breach

The software giant found no evidence that attackers gained extensive access to services or customer data.

https://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/microsoft-concludes-internal-investigation-into-solorigate-breach/d/d-id/1340202

 

How to See Full Details about a Windows 10 ISO file or USB

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/29588-see-full-details-about-windows-10-iso-file-usb.html

 

Scotland environmental regulator hit by ‘ongoing’ ransomware attack

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/scotland-environmental-regulator-hit-by-ongoing-ransomware-attack/

 

Best 27-inch monitor deals: 7 QHD displays for under $300

It's the monitor sweet spot. These 27-inch QHD displays deliver a roomy workspace and huge value.

https://www.cnet.com/news/best-27-inch-monitor-deals-seven-qhd-monitors-for-under-300/

 

M1 MacBook SSDs are facing a big problem — and it could kill your laptop

There's something funny going on with the storage drives in Apple's newest MacBooks and Mac Mini.

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/m1-macbook-ssds-are-facing-a-big-problem-and-it-could-kill-your-laptop

 

Microsoft Edge to Let Users Open Office Files Right in the Browser

Microsoft is currently working around the clock on improving Microsoft Edge, and the latest Canary build comes with one improvement for select users (before it’s obviously enabled for everybody else).

https://news.softpedia.com/news/microsoft-edge-to-let-users-open-office-files-right-in-the-browser-532203.shtml

 

Delete this Android app right now

https://bgr.com/2021/02/16/android-app-shareit-security-flaws-1-billion-downloads/

 

The Best Touchscreen Chromebooks [February 2021]

https://www.techjunkie.com/best-touchscreen-chromebooks/

 

5 Zoom tricks you need to know

https://www.komando.com/video/diy-how-to/5-zoom-tricks-you-need-to-know/738012/

 

AMD Investigating USB Disconnection Issues on B550, X570 Motherboards

The USB disconnection issues can randomly disable a keyboard, mouse, or external drive connected to a B550 or X570 motherboard, according to affected users.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/amd-investigating-usb-disconnection-issues-on-b550-x570-motherboards

 

Where to Find the Best Deals on External SSDs

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/where-best-deals-external-ssds-204600850.html

 

Geekly Update - 18 February 2021

https://askbobrankin.com/geekly_update_18_february_2021.html

 

Double Your Security

Protect your system from unwanted visitors with two-factor authentication.

https://www.linuxpromagazine.com/Issues/2021/244/2FA

 

Should I Avoid Windows Update? It Burned Me. Avoid it only if you like living even more dangerously.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKJAlFvk89g&feature=youtu.be

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Tue 2180 02/23/2021

Apple tramples on security in the name of convenience

Apple's upcoming iOS 14.5 and WatchOS 7.4 OSes will allow masked enterprise employees to access their iPhone if they happen to be wearing an Apple Watch that is unlocked. If companies don't stop workers from using this convenience, it will materially scale back security.

https://tinyurl.com/y9kdrc54

   

Weather Experts: Lack of Planning Caused Cold Catastrophe

Government and private meteorologists saw it coming, some nearly three weeks in advance.

https://www.snopes.com/ap/2021/02/20/weather-experts-lack-of-planning-caused-cold-catastrophe/

 

Death, Through a Nurse’s Eyes

A short film offering a firsthand perspective of the brutality of the pandemic inside a Covid-19 I.C.U.

https://tinyurl.com/4bmf7hdk

 

SolarWinds hackers studied Microsoft source code for authentication and email

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/solarwinds-hackers-studied-microsoft-source-192513088.html

 

How to Resize Columns and Rows in Google Sheets

https://www.howtogeek.com/708758/how-to-resize-column-and-rows-in-google-sheets/

 

Microsoft Garage rolls out Journal Inking app powered by Artificial Intelligence

https://news.thewindowsclub.com/microsoft-garage-rolls-out-journal-inking-app-105172/

 

Here's How to Send a Mass Email (and how NOT to...)

https://askbobrankin.com/heres_how_to_send_a_mass_email_and_how_not_to.html

 

The best parts of iOS 11 on iPhone

https://www.cnet.com/videos/the-best-parts-of-ios-11-on-iphone/

 

How to Speed Up Your Mac

https://www.maketecheasier.com/speed-up-mac-for-free/

 

Brave browser found to leak users' Tor dark web activity

Browser pins the blame on a misconfigured ad-blocking component

https://www.techradar.com/news/brave-browser-found-to-leak-users-tor-dark-web-activity

 

DuckStation is an excellent PlayStation 1 emulator for Windows, Linux, macOS and Android

https://www.ghacks.net/2021/02/21/duckstation-is-an-excellent-playstation-1-emulator-for-windows-linux-macos-and-android/

 

Microsoft Edge to Let Users Open Office Files Right in the Browser

Microsoft is currently working around the clock on improving Microsoft Edge, and the latest Canary build comes with one improvement for select users (before it’s obviously enabled for everybody else).

https://news.softpedia.com/news/microsoft-edge-to-let-users-open-office-files-right-in-the-browser-532203.shtml

 

How to Link Android Phone to Windows 10 PC

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/119645-link-android-phone-windows-10-pc.html

 

Hackers leaked altered Pfizer data to sabotage trust in vaccines

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/hackers-leaked-altered-pfizer-data-to-sabotage-trust-in-vaccines/

 

Samsung extends regular phone security updates to four years

The improved strategy covers hardware launched since 2019.

https://www.engadget.com/samsung-four-years-security-updates-152303907.html

 

What is a Chromebook and why you should or shouldn't buy one

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

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/chromebook-buying-advice

 

[HEADS UP] New Phishing Kit Spotted on Over 700 Domains

https://blog.knowbe4.com/heads-up-new-phishing-kit-spotted-on-over-700-domains

 

How to choose a secure VPN

How to find a VPN provider with a dedication to security

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/how-to-choose-a-secure-vpn

 

The Problem With Zoom Adding Free Captions After Getting Called Out

https://gizmodo.com/the-problem-with-zoom-adding-free-captions-after-gettin-1846353898

 

See red squares on your Mac’s display? There might be a problem with the GPU

https://www.macworld.com/article/3605089/see-red-squares-on-your-macs-display-there-might-be-a-problem-with-the-gpu.html

 

Sophisticated hackers snuck sleeper malware into nearly 30,000 Macs

Cybersecurity pros are wondering what’s next

https://www.theverge.com/2021/2/21/22294377/silver-sparrow-malware-macs-m1-intel-red-canary-wardle

 

You’re going to love this new Google Maps feature so much

https://bgr.com/2021/02/17/google-maps-features-pay-parking-public-transit/

 

Apple Offers Closer Look at Its Platform Security Technologies, Features

In a nearly 200-page document, company offers a detailed overview of Secure Enclave and multiple other security controls in Apple silicon-based Macs and other platforms.

https://www.darkreading.com/endpoint/apple-offers-closer-look-at-its-platform-security-technologies-features/d/d-id/1340198

 

How The Kim Komando Show helped a food bank better serve the hungry using tech

https://www.komando.com/technology/how-to-set-up-auto-attendant/779329/

 

YouTube Launches Supervised Accounts for Tweens and Teens

A third choice for parents who think YouTube Kids is too little and YouTube is too much for their children.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/youtube-launches-supervised-accounts-for-tweens-and-teens

 

Here’s how to swap any incompatible phone for a (free) new one with Yahoo Mobile

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/swap-incompatible-phone-free-one-170916714.html

 

How to Save Memory With “Sleeping Tabs” in Microsoft Edge

https://www.howtogeek.com/712570/how-to-save-memory-with-sleeping-tabs-in-microsoft-edge/

 

Windows 10 Client LTSC will change to a 5-year lifecycle

https://news.thewindowsclub.com/windows-10-client-ltsc-will-change-to-a-5-year-lifecycle-105183/

 

Are Carfax and Other Vehicle Reports Trustworthy?

https://askbobrankin.com/are_carfax_and_other_vehicle_reports_trustworthy.html

 

iOS 14.4's best features: 17 things you should be using on your iPhone every day

There's a lot to learn about Apple's latest iOS and iPadOS update. But that's why we're here.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/apple-ios-14-4-best-iphone-features-latest-operating-system-update-17/

 

How to Activate Dark Mode on Your iPhone and iPad

https://www.maketecheasier.com/activate-dark-mode-in-iphone/

 

AMD addresses connection issues plaguing users of 500-series motherboards

Community assistance requested

https://www.techradar.com/news/amd-addresses-connection-issues-plaguing-users-of-500-series-motherboards

 

Create your own SDelete shortcut for secure file deletion

https://www.ghacks.net/2021/02/20/create-your-own-sdelete-shortcut-for-secure-file-deletion/

 

Apple Officially Releases Unexpected watchOS 7.3.1 Update

Apple has officially released a new watchOS update today, but this time, only a couple of devices are getting it.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/apple-officially-releases-unexpected-watchos-7-3-1-update-532183.shtml

 

How to Open Phone Screen in Your Phone app on Windows 10 PC

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/164638-how-open-phone-screen-your-phone-app-windows-10-pc.html

 

Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo grew by 62% in 2020

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/technology/privacy-focused-search-engine-duckduckgo-grew-by-62-percent-in-2020/

 

Clubhouse vows to fix its platform after tool enabled audio chat leaks

A Chinese user was able to record and stream live audio to their own website.

https://www.engadget.com/clubhouse-conversations-leaked-security-lapse-122025597.html

 

Windows 10 update improves copy-and-paste in a big way

Paste as plain text with this simple keyboard shortcut

https://www.laptopmag.com/news/windows-10-update-improves-copy-and-paste-in-a-big-way

 

Beware the Long Con Phish

https://blog.knowbe4.com/beware-the-long-con-phish

 

DIY smart home: Why I’m using smart switches instead of smart lights

The key differences between smart lights vs. smart switches

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/diy-smart-home-why-im-using-smart-switches-instead-of-smart-lights

 

Here's Your Windows 10 Set-Up Checklist

https://gizmodo.com/heres-your-windows-10-set-up-checklist-1846262477

 

How to remove an Apple device from your iCloud account without the device

If you lose or sell the device or it’s stolen, you can remove it from your iCloud set remotely.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3603933/how-to-remove-an-apple-device-from-your-icloud-account-without-the-device.html

 

Older Pixel phones are having serious camera issues, according to owners

Recent one-star Play Store reviews mention camera failures in older Pixel phones

https://www.theverge.com/2021/2/18/22289713/google-pixel-camera-not-working-issue

 

More proof Apple is working on the exciting new iPhone feature everyone’s been asking for

https://bgr.com/2021/02/17/iphone-13-specs-rumors-120hz-refresh-rate-display-patent/

 

Microsoft Azure Front Door Gets a Security Upgrade

New SKUs in Standard and Premium preview beef up the security of the content delivery network platform.

https://www.darkreading.com/cloud/microsoft-azure-front-door-gets-a-security-upgrade/d/d-id/1340197

 

Don’t fall for this COVID-19 vaccine misinformation

https://www.komando.com/security-privacy/covid-vaccine-misinformation/779626/

 

Fry's Electronics Goes Out of Business

The brick-and-mortar shop was struggling even before COVID-19.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/frys-electronics-goes-out-of-business

 

5 things you should know when buying a refurbished or used iPhone

https://www.yahoo.com/news/5-things-know-buying-refurbished-223430498.html

 

13 Ways to Open the Control Panel on Windows 10

https://www.howtogeek.com/709843/13-ways-to-open-the-control-panel-on-windows-10/

 

Microsoft Edge gets Kids Mode to compete against Google Chrome

https://news.thewindowsclub.com/microsoft-edge-gets-kids-mode-to-compete-against-google-chrome-105150/

 

How to Control Facebook Ads (sort of)

https://askbobrankin.com/how_to_control_facebook_ads_sort_of.html

 

How much internet speed do you really need?

Trying to pick out the right internet plan for your home? Here's how to get the speed you need without overpaying.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-much-internet-speed-do-you-really-need/

 

7 of the Best Linux System Cleaning Tools

https://www.maketecheasier.com/best-linux-system-cleaning-tools/

 

Apple Mac mini M1 has an odd bug causing pink squares to appear on monitor screen

Apple's suggested workaround is a tad clunky

https://www.techradar.com/news/apple-mac-mini-m1-has-an-odd-bug-causing-pink-squares-to-appear-on-monitor-screen

 

Kodi 19 "Matrix" Final has been released

https://www.ghacks.net/2021/02/20/kodi-19-matrix-final-has-been-released/

 

Free WiFi Hotspot

A straightforward program that helps you share your wireless connection with your friends or other users, while offering support for passwords

https://www.softpedia.com/get/Network-Tools/Misc-Networking-Tools/Free-WiFi-Hotspot.shtml

 

How to Project Android Phone to Screen on Windows 10 PC

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/124509-project-android-phone-screen-windows-10-pc.html

 

Russian government warns of US retaliatory cyberattacks

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/russian-government-warns-of-us-retaliatory-cyberattacks/

 

Samsung's leaked concept videos may show its vision for AR glasses

Whether or not these become reality is another story.

https://www.engadget.com/samsung-ar-glasses-lite-concept-video-leak-223356682.html

 

Lenovo Chromebook Duet hits $230 record low price

The Chromebook Duet has never been cheaper

https://www.laptopmag.com/news/lenovo-chromebook-duet-hits-dollar230-record-low-price

 

Thousands of Stolen Credentials Accessible via Google Search as Cybercriminals Accidentally Make Them Public

https://tinyurl.com/7prhyzpz

 

   

This is the one gadget that got me through the winter storm — and you should get one, too

A UPS, or uninterrupted power supply, is a must-buy

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/this-is-the-one-gadget-that-got-me-through-the-texas-winter-storm-and-you-should-get-one-too

 

Chromecast With Google TV Really Is Perfect Now, Huh?

https://gizmodo.com/chromecast-with-google-tv-really-is-perfect-now-huh-1846299585

 

How to split up an Apple ID among family members and forward their email

It’s easy to wind up with a single Apple ID account for your entire family, and then want to migrate to individual ones.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3607488/how-to-split-up-an-apple-id-among-family-members-and-forward-their-email.html

 

Tech groups are suing to halt Maryland’s new digital services tax

An early standoff for state-level taxes on digital ads

https://www.theverge.com/2021/2/18/22289825/maryland-digital-services-tax-lawsuit-internet-association

 

If your Apple Watch has this problem, Apple might fix it for free

https://bgr.com/2021/02/16/apple-watch-se-power-reserve-battery-repair-program/

 

Hiding in Plain Sight: What the SolarWinds Attack Revealed About Efficacy

Multilayered infiltration involved custom malicious tooling, backdoors, and cloaked code, far beyond the skills of script kiddies.

https://tinyurl.com/4668durc

   

Security Alert: Make sure unauthorized devices are not on your network

https://www.komando.com/news/unauthorized-wifi-connections/779351/

 

New Social Media Features Support Users With Eating Disorders

Instagram, TikTok, and Pinterest are making it easier to access recovery information.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/new-social-media-features-support-users-with-eating-disorders

 

The frightening scam everyone working from home needs to know about

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/mcafee-multi-access-software-185019495.html

 

How to Remove the Background From a Picture in Excel

https://www.howtogeek.com/707651/how-to-remove-the-background-from-a-picture-in-excel/

 

Microsoft Excel users can now write any computation in formula language

https://news.thewindowsclub.com/microsoft-excel-turing-complete-105148/

 

Try These 10 Tips To Prevent Identity Theft

https://askbobrankin.com/try_these_10_tips_to_prevent_identity_theft.html

 

How to use Google Chrome's tab-grouping feature to keep your browser organized

The Chrome browser has a new trick to help wrangle your 37 open tabs.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-use-google-chromes-tab-grouping-feature-to-keep-your-browser-organized/

 

7 Useful Web Radio Stations for Music Listening

https://www.maketecheasier.com/6-useful-web-radios-for-music-listening/

 

This new Microsoft Word feature is bound to be a hit, especially with slow typists

Microsoft Word will soon know what you want to type, even before you do.

https://www.techradar.com/news/this-new-microsoft-word-feature-is-bound-to-be-a-hit-especially-with-slow-typists

 

How to migrate from LastPass to Bitwarden Password Manager

https://www.ghacks.net/2021/02/17/how-to-migrate-from-lastpass-to-bitwarden-password-manager/

 

Kodi (XBMC)

Powerful media center with a slick, customizable design, multiple local, or network sources for your media files, add-on for more flexibility, and clean playback options

https://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Video/Video-Players/XBMC-Media-Center.shtml

 

How to Add Safe Mode to Boot Options in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/17159-add-safe-mode-boot-options-windows-10-a.html

 

North Korean hackers are targeting security researchers with malware, 0-days

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/north-korean-hackers-are-targeting-security-researchers-with-malware-0-days/

 

AMD will announce its next Radeon RX 6000 GPU on March 3rd

The "Big Navi" family is about to grow bigger.

https://www.engadget.com/amd-radeon-rx-6000-event-march-3-205159948.html

 

How much personal data are your Android and iOS apps collecting? New study reveals the scary truth

Time to change your privacy settings

https://www.laptopmag.com/news/how-much-personal-data-are-your-android-and-ios-apps-collecting-new-study-reveals-the-scary-truth

 

Fake Office 365 Used for Phishing Attacks on C-Suite Targets

We have been following an evolving phishing campaign that targets high-ranking company executives since 2019, reusing compromised credentials and URLs to target more.

https://www.trendmicro.com/en_us/research/21/a/fake-office-365-used-for-phishing-attacks-on-c-suite-targets.html

 

Best Zoom alternatives for video calling

These are the best Zoom alternatives when you don't want to use Zoom

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/best-zoom-alternatives

 

YouTube, Reddit User 'Roaring Kitty' Gets Sued for Securities Fraud Over GameStop Short Squeeze

https://gizmodo.com/youtube-reddit-user-roaring-kitty-gets-sued-for-securi-1846292759

 

30K Macs are infected with ‘Silver Sparrow’ virus and no one knows why

Someone planted malware that has no point.

https://www.macworld.com/article/3608621/30k-macs-are-infected-with-silver-sparrow-virus-and-no-one-knows-why.html

 

How to get more space in your Google storage

Clear out the clutter without dropping a dime

https://www.theverge.com/22286339/google-drive-storage-more-space-how-to-photos-files

 

Some of the biggest changes in Android 12 have already leaked

https://bgr.com/2021/02/16/android-12-release-date-developer-preview-features-leaked/

 

Data Security Accountability in an Age of Regular Breaches

As the number of vendors impacted by supply chain breaches grows, one constant question remains: Where exactly does accountability for data security lie, and what part do end users play in their own data breach protection?

https://www.darkreading.com/omdia/data-security-accountability-in-an-age-of-regular-breaches/a/d-id/1340195

 

Disaster scammers already hard at work – How to avoid their tricks

https://www.komando.com/security-privacy/disaster-scammers-at-work/779622/

 

Apple Takes Action Against Silver Sparrow Malware Discovered on 30K Infected Macs

Infections have been confirmed in 153 countries and this new malware can also target M1 Macs.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/silver-sparrow-malware-discovered-on-30k-infected-macs

 

Google launches the first developer preview of Android 12

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/google-launches-first-developer-preview-180047400.html

 

What Are Raspberry Pis Really for?

https://www.reviewgeek.com/71240/what-are-raspberry-pis-really-for/

 

Outlining in LibreOffice: A Survival Guide (though this is a Linux article, LibreOffice works on most other OS so this applies to them as well)

https://www.linuxpromagazine.com/Online/Features/Scattershot

 

No, Biden Didn’t Give China Control Over the US Power Grid

Biden signed an executive order. Wild conspiracy theories ensued.

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/power-grid-executive-order/

 

How to Get File Explorer to Display Details by Default

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pr9MPmnAl9U&feature=youtu.be

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Mon 2179 02/22/2021

Microsoft slashes Windows 10 long-term support by half

Windows 10 LTSC, the version once pitched to enterprises as the OS that didn't need constant updating, will only get five years of support now.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3608930/microsoft-slashes-windows-10-long-term-support-by-half.html?utm_campaign=subscribers-NaN&utm_medium=subscribers_push_notification&utm_source=subscribers

 

What is Plex? Here's what you need to know about the streaming platform that can store your digital content

https://www.yahoo.com/news/plex-heres-know-streaming-platform-211849373.html

 

How to Make Your Signal Chats as Secure as Possible

https://www.howtogeek.com/709074/how-to-make-your-signal-chats-as-secure-as-possible/

 

Pfizer vaccine doesn’t need ultra-cold storage after all, company says

The pharma giant and partner BioNTech have asked FDA to revise the vaccine's label.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/02/pfizer-vaccine-rollout-might-get-a-lot-easier-ultra-cold-storage-not-required/

 

10 Ways to Banish Bad Smells From Your Home and Your Body

https://lifehacker.com/top-10-ways-to-banish-bad-smells-from-your-home-and-you-1642168353

 

Microsoft wraps SolarWinds probe, nudges companies toward zero trust

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/microsoft-wraps-solarwinds-probe-nudges-companies-toward-zero-trust/

 

How to create a collection of web pages in Microsoft Edge

In Edge, you can save a group of web pages and other content in a single collection to organize and use them together.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-create-a-collection-of-web-pages-in-microsoft-edge/

 

Windows 10X: A closer look at Microsoft's new operating system

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/windows-10x-a-closer-look-at-microsofts-new-operating-system/

 

Apple Pay Not Working? Here’s How to Fix it

https://www.maketecheasier.com/fix-apple-pay-not-working/

 

The First Eight Things to Do with Your New Computer

https://askleo.com/the_first_eight_things_to_do_with_your_new_computer/

 

Mac Accessibility Shortcuts: Navigate Your Mac Without a Mouse

If you have enabled the accessibility features of your Mac, here are all the shortcuts you need to know.

https://www.makeuseof.com/mac-accessibility-shortcuts-cheat-sheet/

 

Wine 6.0 is out with better Direct3D support and other improvements

https://www.ghacks.net/2021/01/15/wine-6-0-is-out-with-better-direct3d-support-and-other-improvements/

 

How to Link Android Phone to Windows 10 PC

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/119645-link-android-phone-windows-10-pc.html

 

Engadget Podcast: Why did the power grid fail in Texas?

A native Texan explains.

https://www.engadget.com/engadget-podcast-texas-storm-power-grid-133029237.html

 

U.S. Indicts North Korean Hackers in Theft of $200 Million

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2021/02/u-s-indicts-north-korean-hackers-in-theft-of-200-million/

 

LibreOffice

Complex productivity suite which enables you to create text document, spreadsheets and presentations, manage databases and draw, and offers compatibility with other major office suites

https://www.softpedia.com/get/Office-tools/Office-suites/LibreOffice.shtml

 

Cause of PS5 Controller's Joystick Drift Revealed by iFixit

https://gizmodo.com/cause-of-ps5-controllers-joystick-drift-revealed-by-ifi-1846290256

 

Chromebooks getting big upgrade to catch up to MacBooks and PCs

Screen recording is finally coming to Chromebooks

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/chromebooks-getting-big-upgrade-to-catch-up-to-macbooks-and-pcs

 

How to Fix a Wi-Fi Router

Troubleshooting the most common Wi-Fi router problems

https://www.lifewire.com/fix-a-wifi-router-5082923

 

Apple Platform Security Guide Gets Biggest Update to Date

https://www.securityweek.com/apple-platform-security-guide-gets-biggest-update-date

 

How To Password Protect A Zip File In MacOS

https://www.techjunkie.com/password-protect-zip-macos/

 

Can’t get rid of Flash? Microsoft is force installing a patch to remove it

https://www.komando.com/technology/microsoft-removing-flash/779702/

 

Top Zoom Tips for Better Video Calls

Almost a year into the pandemic and Zoom use is still zooming. These tips can help you make the most of the popular video conferencing app, whether it’s for work or a virtual lunch with friends.

https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/top-zoom-tips-for-better-videoconferencing-in-a-locked-down-world

 

iPhone Hack: The Apple Logo on the Back Is a Button

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/iphone-hack-apparently-apple-logo-143836580.html

 

Why You Shouldn’t Use Your Web Browser’s Password Manager

https://www.howtogeek.com/447345/why-you-shouldnt-use-your-web-browsers-password-manager/

 

New browser-tracking hack works even when you flush caches or go incognito

At least 4 top browsers affected by "powerful tracking vector," researchers say.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2021/02/new-browser-tracking-hack-works-even-when-you-flush-caches-or-go-incognito/

 

How to Enable Microsoft Edge's New 'Kids Mode'

https://lifehacker.com/how-to-enable-microsoft-edges-new-kids-mode-1846307455

 

Second malware strain targeting Apple’s new M1 chip identified

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/malware/second-malware-strain-primed-to-attack-apples-new-m1-chip-identified/

 

How to use Microsoft Edge's latest security and privacy features

Edge users can now tap into a password generator, password monitor, and more. Here are the steps.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-use-microsoft-edges-latest-security-and-privacy-features/

 

Microsoft Defender to enable full auto-remediation by default

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/microsoft-defender-to-enable-full-auto-remediation-by-default/

 

7 of the Best Linux System Cleaning Tools

https://www.maketecheasier.com/best-linux-system-cleaning-tools/

 

Picking Up and Setting Up My New Desktop

My new machine was ready! I'll show you where it came from, and the laundry list of things I did first.

https://askleo.com/picking-up-and-setting-up-my-new-desktop/

 

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

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

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

 

Microsoft announces Windows 10 version 21H1 officially

https://www.ghacks.net/2021/02/18/microsoft-announces-windows-10-version-21h1-officially/

 

How to Auto-Mount VHD or VHDX File at Startup in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/138629-auto-mount-vhd-vhdx-file-startup-windows-10-a.html

 

Facebook, Google and Twitter CEOs agree to testify about misinformation

Congress will grill the CEOs on their handling of vaccine misinformation and the election.

https://www.engadget.com/facebook-google-twitter-ceos-testify-congress-misinformation-230221111.html

 

Bluetooth Overlay Skimmer That Blocks Chip

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2021/02/bluetooth-overlay-skimmer-that-blocks-chip/

 

Ghostery for Firefox

Reveal the invisible web trackers, bugs, pixels and beacons that study your Internet behavior and block them to protect your privacy

https://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/Internet-Applications-Addons/Mozilla-Extensions/Ghostery.shtml

 

M1 Malware Has Arrived

https://gizmodo.com/m1-malware-has-arrived-1846286255

 

Forget MacBook Pro M1 — the world's first ‘3D molded carbon fiber’ laptop is here

VAIO unveils a rugged laptop with some serious power under the hood

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/forget-macbook-pro-m1-the-worlds-first-3d-molded-carbon-fiber-laptop-is-here

 

How Long Do Routers Last?

How to tell when it's time for a new wireless router

https://www.lifewire.com/how-long-do-routers-last-5074393

 

Mac Malware Targeting Apple's M1 Chip Emerges

https://www.securityweek.com/mac-malware-targeting-apples-m1-chip-emerges

 

How To Automatically Delete Chrome History After Closing

https://www.techjunkie.com/automatically-delete-chrome-history-exit/

 

7 simple ways to speed up your smartphone

https://www.komando.com/smartphones-gadgets/speed-up-a-smartphone/778456/

 

How to Protect Your Smart Home From Hackers

Smart homes offer convenience and security risks. Here's what you can do to stop hackers from taking control of your smart speaker, thermostat, doorbell and other connected devices.

https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/how-to-protect-your-smart-home-from-hackers

 

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

 

How to Send SMS Text Messages From an iPad

https://www.howtogeek.com/710767/how-to-send-sms-text-messages-from-an-ipad/

 

Microsoft says SolarWinds hackers stole source code for 3 products

The company said it found no indication the breach allowed customers to be hacked.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2021/02/microsoft-says-solarwinds-hackers-stole-source-code-for-3-products/

 

How Do I Fix a Glitched Photo Library in macOS?

https://lifehacker.com/how-do-i-fix-a-glitched-photo-library-in-macos-1846299743

 

Apple touts M1 features in updated security guide, days after malicious code discovery

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/apple-touts-m1-features-in-updated-security-guide-days-after-malicious-code-discovery/

 

4 invoicing apps for small businesses or the self-employed

Small businesses and self-employed entrepreneurs need affordable yet robust tools to start a business and stay in business. These four invoicing tools can help.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/4-invoicing-apps-for-small-businesses-or-the-self-employed/

 

IObit forums hacked to spread ransomware to its members

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/iobit-forums-hacked-to-spread-ransomware-to-its-members/

 

How to Send Windows 10 Programs to the System Tray

https://www.maketecheasier.com/send-windows-programs-to-system-tray/

 

A Recent Update Prevents Me from Booting. How Do I Fix It?

Recovery from an unbootable machine isn't as daunting as it sounds... with a little preparation.

https://askleo.com/update-prevents-booting/

 

How Does the Dark Web Affect Your Security?

The dark web is full of dangerous stuff, but how does it affect your security directly?

https://www.makeuseof.com/how-does-dark-web-affect-security/

 

Microsoft is pushing out Flash-killer update KB4577586 via Windows Update

https://www.ghacks.net/2021/02/18/microsoft-is-pushing-out-flash-killer-update-kb4577586-via-windows-update/

 

How to Use SyncToy for Data Backups

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/151459-how-use-synctoy-data-backups.html?__cf_chl_jschl_tk__=3b8b3b695ee5f6429a00d9c3e945b0c99500d8f2-1614188308-0-AQ6ZB0mnwWxdT-jSfGLAIkbKY4sSxRSWfmje_hgeYgc7EV952vHLDFeZvg7Nh8tQ5jmlxnnEiCD4r_0o6czggzGScbs7cwAiAzMfwpXPu0EWLfMG0Le-CPbrOLvDa_oiymqyZM9Iw2IIYRewc47kmPiqG8Abd3dmfiNQJw3E1H5-_fbWuHzECeb_OJkgLXAdCjYZIMSFaXGm5wBxOUdkAWWhxCoXFsmY1du6X5VrwWdd9Pm7FEnjg1fTnowZkHLgOObG8d8xsYNhtGzzsylQMtQlSNNLgh7GOdML_um3iT7QFE-fBNQlY2r5HuS945ko9a2jUk1Dy5D20H0A5p8OB6A8_n80pnKcQWWzp4v0JLqez82KERsg4LQuNr51zGfWGq6R4Oh0nmVg1LNaqITqcqI-IAgTYYMR6yB14uyU038o0ryQ0W5E_a9ekdZIccTggA

 

WhatsApp will re-introduce controversial new privacy policy

WhatsApp paused the initial rollout after a backlash that resulted in people flocking to competing apps.

https://www.engadget.com/whatsapp-reintroduce-new-privacy-policy-210045123.html

 

What’s most interesting about the Florida water system hack? That we heard about it at all.

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2021/02/whats-most-interesting-about-the-florida-water-system-hack-that-we-heard-about-it-at-all/

 

Microsoft Silently Improves Windows Update on Windows 10

Microsoft has tried various approaches to refine the experience with Windows updates in the last few years, and now the company is embracing a new idea that could make the installation of servicing stack updates and new patches much more straightforward.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/microsoft-silently-improves-windows-update-on-windows-10-532149.shtml

 

Google Maps Adds Tools to Pay for Parking and Transit in App

https://gizmodo.com/google-maps-adds-tools-to-pay-for-parking-and-transit-i-1846287281

 

Google Meet is fixing the worst thing about video calls

Google Meet is getting a suite of new features, including the ablity to handle low bandwidth connections

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/forget-zoom-google-meet-just-got-a-big-upgrade-for-dealing-with-bad-connections

 

Router Security: The 8 Best Tips for Protecting Your Home Network

Router settings you should update right away

https://www.lifewire.com/8-best-tips-for-protecting-your-home-network-4842378

 

US Still Unraveling ‘Sophisticated’ Hack of 9 Gov’t Agencies

https://www.securityweek.com/us-still-unraveling-%E2%80%98sophisticated%E2%80%99-hack-9-gov%E2%80%99t-agencies

 

How To Fix ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED Errors In Windows 10

https://www.techjunkie.com/err_connection_refused/

 

The shocking cost of all those fake Amazon reviews

https://www.komando.com/money/fake-amazon-review-costs/779640/

 

How To Avoid Tax-Season Scams

Tax season is an excellent time for scammers to steal both your money and your personal information. Here's how to stay safe filing your taxes online.

https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/how-to-avoid-tax-season-scams

 

What's new in iOS 14.5?

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/whats-ios-14-5-140003171.html

 

Is My Smart Speaker Always Listening to Me?

https://www.howtogeek.com/711565/is-my-smart-speaker-always-listening-to-me/

 

Tech groups sue Maryland to block new digital-ad tax from going into effect

The countdown to lawsuit o'clock basically started the second legislators voted.

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/02/tech-groups-sue-maryland-to-block-new-digital-ad-tax-from-going-into-effect/

 

How to Swap an Xbox Controller From a Console to Your PC or Phone

https://lifehacker.com/how-to-swap-an-xbox-controller-from-a-console-to-your-p-1846290146

 

NIST hints at upgrades to its system for scoring a phish’s deceptiveness

https://www.scmagazine.com/home/security-news/phishing/nist-hints-at-upgrades-to-its-system-for-scoring-a-phishs-deceptiveness/

 

LastPass password management app: A cheat sheet

This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about password management app LastPass, including recent restrictions on free accounts.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/lastpass-the-smart-persons-guide/

 

DNSpooq bugs let attackers hijack DNS on millions of devices

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/dnspooq-bugs-let-attackers-hijack-dns-on-millions-of-devices/

 

List of Common Default Router IP Addresses

https://www.maketecheasier.com/cheatsheet/router-ip-addresses/

 

Designing My New Desktop

Looking carefully at how I use my computer, and with help from my chosen manufacturer, I've configured my new desktop machine.

https://askleo.com/designing-my-new-desktop/

 

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/

 

Turn any web article into a podcast with Sent as Podcast for Chrome

https://www.ghacks.net/2021/02/15/turn-any-web-article-into-a-podcast-with-sent-as-podcast-for-chrome/

 

How to Create a RAM Disk with ImDisk in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/174094-how-create-ram-disk-imdisk-windows-10-a.html

 

Google moves in near the Mayo Clinic to ease collaboration

The company wants to work more closely with the famous hospital and research center.

https://www.engadget.com/google-mayo-clinic-new-office-180041825.html

 

Microsoft Patch Tuesday, February 2021 Edition

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2021/02/microsoft-patch-tuesday-february-2021-edition/

 

Windows 10 Is Finally Getting the Battery Info Menu It Deserves

Windows 10 is an operating system for everybody, so in addition to desktop PCs, it can also run on tablets and laptops, with massive optimizations made for power efficiency on all these devices.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/windows-10-is-finally-getting-the-battery-info-menu-it-deserves-532232.shtml

 

A Hugely Popular File-Sharing Android App Also Has Giant, Terrible Security Flaws

https://gizmodo.com/a-hugely-popular-file-sharing-android-app-also-has-gian-1846276723

 

How to uninstall Cortana

Here's how to disable Cortana

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/how-to-uninstall-cortana

 

What Is a Router and How Does It Work?

Everything to know about setting up your residential gateway

https://www.lifewire.com/what-is-a-router-2618162

 

U.S. Charges North Korean Hackers Over $1.3 Billion Bank Heists

https://www.securityweek.com/us-charges-north-korean-hackers-over-13-billion-bank-heists

 

How To Change Or Switch Your OneDrive Account In Windows 10

https://www.techjunkie.com/change-switch-your-onedrive-account-windows-10/

 

Laptops, desktops, monitors and more up to $300 off (Hurry!)

https://www.komando.com/gadgets/dell-presidents-day-sale/779398/

 

How to Password Protect a PDF

Don't let your sensitive data fall into the wrong hands. These tools encrypt important PDFs without the need to spend hundreds on the full Adobe Acrobat program.

https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/how-to-password-protect-a-pdf

 

Microsoft announces the next perpetual release of Office

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/microsoft-announces-next-perpetual-release-200045002.html

 

Health Check

Perform basic system checks with checksecurity

Linux offers users a wide range of options for system configuration. With the help of the checksecurity tool collection, you can automatically monitor basic system settings.

https://www.linux-magazine.com/Issues/2021/244/checksecurity

 

Save time and money without sacrificing coverage with Clearcover car insurance

https://www.techconnect.com/article/3607788/save-time-and-money-without-sacrificing-coverage-with-clearcover-car-insurance.html

 

WebAuthn Web Authentication with YubiKey 5

https://www.linuxjournal.com/content/webauthn-web-authentication-yubikey-5

 

What’s Up with WhatsApp Terms of Service?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYgrCH4Ztqk&feature=youtu.be

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Sun 2178 02/21/2021

(There are several interesting articles in this posting about MS Windows  and Office one should read post 2176 last Thursday)

  

How Biometric Authentication Methods Will Revamp the Commerce Experience

https://www.technewsworld.com/story/How-Biometric-Authentication-Methods-Will-Revamp-the-Commerce-Experience-87023.html

 

Roku's Ready to Take The Roku Channel to the Next Level

https://finance.yahoo.com/m/6b175384-0185-35b4-ba00-e65f7927a643/roku-s-ready-to-take-the-roku.html

 

How to File Your 2020 Taxes Online for Free in 2021

https://www.howtogeek.com/712347/how-to-file-your-2020-taxes-online-for-free-in-2021/

 

Should I Avoid Windows Update? It Burned Me

Only if you like living even more dangerously.

Windows Update has a reputation for occasionally causing problems. The reputation is only partly deserved, and avoiding Windows Update completely is a bad idea. The best way to recover depends on the failure, but restoring to a previous backup is by far the easiest. Continuing to take updates automatically and having a regular automated backup is the best way to protect your machine from failures, be they update, malware, or hardware-related.

https://askleo.com/avoid-windows-update/

 

Microsoft switches to adaptive notification requests system in Edge browser

https://www.ghacks.net/2021/02/17/microsoft-switches-to-adaptive-notification-requests-system-in-edge-browser/

 

100% Disk Usage in Windows 10 Fixed With 15 Tricks

Got 100% disk usage in Windows 10? Here are several potential fixes! One is bound to help you fix this vexing Windows issue.

https://www.makeuseof.com/tips-fix-100-disk-usage-improve-windows-performance/

 

How to Connect a PS4 Controller to Windows 10

https://www.maketecheasier.com/connect-ps4-controller-to-windows/

 

Amazon Alexa records you every time you ask it something — here’s how to delete those recordings

  - Your Amazon Echo saves a copy of everything you ask Alexa.

  - If you use Amazon Alexa a lot, you may want to know how to delete these recordings or how to stop sharing them with Amazon in the first place.

 -Here’s how to manage your Alexa privacy settings to review and delete recordings.

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/02/18/how-to-delete-amazon-alexa-recordings-for-privacy.html

 

The essential 10 programming languages developers need to know this year

Looking for a new job in DevOps? Here are the skills that employers are seeking in employees.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/the-essential-10-programming-languages-developers-need-to-know-this-year/

 

14 Great Ways to Teach Yourself to Code

https://lifehacker.com/top-10-ways-to-teach-yourself-to-code-1684250889

 

How to Project Android Phone to Screen on Windows 10 PC

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/124509-project-android-phone-screen-windows-10-pc.html

 

Windows 10 21H1 system requirements

Are you planning to install Windows 10 21H1? These are the new minimum hardware and processor requirements.

https://pureinfotech.com/windows-10-21h1-system-requirements/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Pureinfotech+%28Pureinfotech+Newsletter%29

 

Microsoft Office 2021 is on its way

Dark mode is the new hotness.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/02/microsoft-office-2021-is-on-its-way/

 

3 things Android 12 can do that Android 11 can't

Android 12 vs. Android 11: Here are the major differences between Google's new OS and the prior version, including security updates and new notifications.

https://www.cnet.com/news/android-12-vs-android-11-3-things-android-12-can-do-that-android-11-cant/

 

Microsoft: Office 2021 Won’t Be the Last Release with a One-Time Purchase Option

Microsoft confirmed Office 2021 would launch later this year for Windows and Mac with a one-time purchase option, and this version is specifically aimed at those who don’t want to get a subscription for Microsoft 365.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/microsoft-office-2021-won-t-be-the-last-release-with-a-one-time-purchase-option-532227.shtml

 

What Is a Default Gateway in Networking?

You can't get to the internet without one

https://www.lifewire.com/what-is-a-default-gateway-817771

 

Interpol: Trading scammers lure love-struck victims via dating apps

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/interpol-trading-scammers-lure-love-struck-victims-via-dating-apps/

 

Sony Sued For Not Honoring Warranty Agreements on Defective PS5 Controllers

https://gizmodo.com/sony-sued-for-not-honoring-warranty-agreements-on-defec-1846284638

 

With everyone on Zoom, this dangerous scam is out of control

https://www.komando.com/security-privacy/dangerous-zoom-sextortion-scam/779269/

 

Nvidia's Cryptocurrency Mining Restriction Won't Be Coming to Other RTX Cards for Now

Nvidia is also pushing back against doubts that the RTX 3060’s upcoming anti-cryptocurrency mining restrictions can be easily reversed. 

https://www.pcmag.com/news/nvidias-cryptocurrency-mining-restriction-wont-be-coming-to-other-rtx-cards

 

Nvidia Redesigns Graphics Cards to Limit Their Use in Ethereum Mining

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/nvidia-redesigns-graphics-cards-limit-153008702.html

 

How to Change the Google Assistant’s Voice

https://www.howtogeek.com/712125/how-to-change-the-google-assistants-voice/

 

How to Get File Explorer to Display Details by Default

Plus the one setting you MUST change for security

  - In Windows File Explorer, in the View menu/ribbon, in Layout, click on Details.

 - On the far right of the ribbon, click on Options, then Change folder and search options.

 - In the resulting dialog click on the View tab.

     - Check Always show menus.

     - Check Show hidden files, folders and drives.

     - Uncheck Hide empty drives in the Computer folder.

     - Uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended).

     - Uncheck Hide extensions for known file types.

  - Click Apply.

  - Click Apply to all Folders.

https://askleo.com/file-explorer-display-details/

 

Fox Tunes is a customizable and open source music player, converter

https://www.ghacks.net/2021/02/16/fox-tunes-is-a-customizable-and-open-source-music-player-converter/

 

7 Ways to Earn Money From Coding and Programming

Feel you could make money from coding? Here are all the ways to earn money programming as a freelancer.

https://www.makeuseof.com/make-money-from-coding/

 

6 Best Document Scanner Apps for iOS

https://www.maketecheasier.com/best-document-scanner-apps-ios/

 

Facebook will debunk myths about climate change, stepping further into ‘arbiter of truth’ role

  - Facebook announced that it will now debunk common myths about climate change, further leaning into the arbiter of truth role that the company once renounced.

  - The company said it plans to rely on experts from George Mason University, the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the University of Cambridge to identify and debunk climate change myths.

  - Facebook has introduced these information hubs and relied on them as a key part of its tactic to combat the widespread problem of misinformation on its services despite CEO Mark Zuckerberg in May saying he did not think “Facebook or internet platforms in general should be arbiters of truth.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/02/18/facebook-will-debunk-myths-about-climate-change.html

 

Microsoft's Unified Office app for iOS finally comes to the iPad

It took a year, but the all-in-one Excel, Word, and PowerPoint app available for iOS and Android now has support for iPad, ending the need for three separate apps.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/microsofts-unified-office-app-for-ios-finally-comes-to-the-ipad/

 

How to Use a Cover Letter Template Without Making It Obvious

https://lifehacker.com/how-to-use-a-cover-letter-template-without-making-it-ob-1846220876

 

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

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

 

Windows 10 21H1 is a minor update arriving in spring

Windows 10 21H1 has been confirmed as a minor update releasing in spring 2021 – here's what you need to know.

https://pureinfotech.com/windows-10-21h1-minor-update-spring-release/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Pureinfotech+%28Pureinfotech+Newsletter%29

 

Apple is already working on developing 6G wireless technology

6G is still many years away, but Apple doesn't want to depend on Qualcomm again.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/02/apple-starts-hiring-engineers-to-work-on-6g-modems/

 

How remotely operated vehicles are mapping the future of our oceans

https://www.cnet.com/videos/why-millions-of-americans-still-lack-broadband-at-a-time-when-its-no-longer-optional/

 

Apple Already Planning an iPhone with 6G Support

Apple launched the iPhone 12 with 5G support the last fall, and needless to say, the company has made quite a big deal out of it, explaining how its new smartphones are among the fastest on the market.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/apple-already-planning-an-iphone-with-6g-support-532222.shtml

 

What Are Ethernet and Network Hubs?

Hubs are used to expand a wired network

https://www.lifewire.com/ethernet-and-network-hubs-816358

 

Google search bug freezes tabs when using a custom date range

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/google/google-search-bug-freezes-tabs-when-using-a-custom-date-range/

 

Robotic Pool Stick Makes All the Aiming and Power Adjustments So You Sink Every Shot

https://gizmodo.com/robotic-pool-stick-makes-all-the-aiming-and-power-adjus-1846278506

 

The big mistake that’s getting you more spam emails and texts

https://www.komando.com/tech-tips/mistake-leads-to-spam/777819/

 

Microsoft Office 2021 Launches Later This Year for Windows and Mac

A brand new, subscription-free version of Office will be offered in 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/microsoft-office-2021-launches-later-this-year-for-windows-and-mac

 

How to use the Siri 'I'm Getting Pulled Over' shortcut to record police encounters during traffic stops with your iPhone

https://www.yahoo.com/news/siri-im-getting-pulled-over-214149771.html

 

How to Save Memory With “Sleeping Tabs” in Microsoft Edge

https://www.howtogeek.com/712570/how-to-save-memory-with-sleeping-tabs-in-microsoft-edge/

 

Can I Get a Virus By Looking at an Email?

It used to be scary easy.

It used to be that email programs would automatically run programs embedded in email messages when displayed, and occasionally those could be malicious. This is no longer the case, and you will not get a virus from looking at an email. It remains important to be skeptical with links and attachments, and to keep all software as up to date as possible.

https://askleo.com/virus-by-looking-at-email/

 

Turn any web article into a podcast with Sent as Podcast for Chrome

https://www.ghacks.net/2021/02/15/turn-any-web-article-into-a-podcast-with-sent-as-podcast-for-chrome/

 

6 Ways to Find All Accounts Linked to Your Email Address or Phone Number

Find all accounts linked to the email address or your phone with these methods and ensure your data does not get misused online.

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/find-all-accounts-linked-to-email-address/

 

Facebook knew ad metrics were inflated, but ignored the problem to make more money, lawsuit claims

  - Documents made public in court Wednesday allege that Facebook executives brushed off an employee who proposed changing a Facebook ad metric to make it more accurate.

  - The documents come as part of an ongoing class action lawsuit, which was originally filed in 2018, that claims Facebook inflated metrics to boost ad revenue.

  - “As the product manager for Potential Reach put it: ‘it’s revenue we should have never made given the fact it’s based on wrong data,’” one filing reads.

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/02/18/facebook-knew-ad-metrics-were-inflated-but-ignored-the-problem-lawsuit-claims.html

 

Tablet and Chromebook sales take off as remote-learning projects roll out

With the pandemic forcing kids to learn from home, massive rollouts of laptops and tablets across the education sector are driving sales to record highs.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/tablet-and-chromebook-sales-take-off-as-remote-learning-projects-roll-out/

 

The Best Settings to Try on Your Chromecast With Google TV

https://lifehacker.com/the-best-settings-to-try-on-your-chromecast-with-google-1845534700

 

How to Create a Bootable USB Recovery Drive in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4200-create-recovery-drive-windows-10-a.html

 

Microsoft Office 2021 coming soon for Windows 10 and macOS

Office 2021 and LTSC in coming this year with new features and improvements for those not ready for Microsoft 365.

https://pureinfotech.com/office-2021-windows-10-macos-release-date/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Pureinfotech+%28Pureinfotech+Newsletter%29

 

House Republicans propose nationwide ban on municipal broadband networks

GOP claims ban would "promote competition by limiting government-run networks."

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/02/gop-plan-for-broadband-competition-would-ban-city-run-networks-across-us/

 

New version of Microsoft Office won't require you to pay for a subscription

Don't want to subscribe to Microsoft 365? Don't worry: Consumers and small businesses will be able to buy a one-time purchase Office 2021 package later this year.

https://www.cnet.com/news/new-version-of-microsoft-office-wont-require-you-to-pay-for-a-subscription/

 

Microsoft Teams Now Supports Popping Out Tabs and Apps

Microsoft Teams has become a must-have app for many of us, especially because the pandemic has turned our homes into the right place for everything, including remote working.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/microsoft-teams-now-supports-popping-out-tabs-and-apps-532221.shtml

 

Wireless Local Area Networking Explained

Wireless LAN definition and examples

https://www.lifewire.com/wlan-816565

 

VLC Media Player 3.0.12 fixes multiple remote code execution flaws

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/software/vlc-media-player-3012-fixes-multiple-remote-code-execution-flaws/

 

The iPad Finally Has Its Own Unified Microsoft Office App

https://gizmodo.com/the-ipad-finally-has-its-own-unified-microsoft-office-a-1846278222

 

Robocalls are skyrocketing again – 5 ways to stop them

https://www.komando.com/security-privacy/stop-robocalls-for-good/778564/

 

Africa and the Americas Pay the Most for the Worst Internet Service

Do you think you pay a lot for your home internet? You may be paying the most for the worst quality in the world.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/africa-and-the-americas-pay-the-most-for-the-worst-internet-service

 

How to send texts from a web browser using Google Voice or an email service

https://www.yahoo.com/news/send-texts-browser-using-google-173126766.html

 

How to Listen to Apple Music on a Windows PC

https://www.howtogeek.com/706476/how-to-listen-to-apple-music-on-a-windows-pc/

 

How You Recover When Good Apps Go Bad

Taking my own advice.

When faced with an undesired change in software you rely on, start by doing your best to identify the specific problem and see if you can work around it with the tools at hand. Failing that, reach out to the software vendor to see if they know of or have solutions for the issue, and give them a reasonable amount of time to respond. Finally, if all else fails, consider changing to software that more closely meets your needs.

https://askleo.com/when-good-apps-go-bad/

 

A first look at the backup software Macrium Reflect 8

https://www.ghacks.net/2021/02/12/a-first-look-at-the-backup-software-macrium-reflect-8/

 

How to Sync Your Mac Desktop and Documents Folder to iCloud

Want to make sure you can always access your important files? Here's how to sync two key macOS directories to iCloud.

https://www.makeuseof.com/sync-mac-desktop-documents-icloud/

 

Microsoft Confirms 21H1 Windows 10 Update

https://www.maketecheasier.com/microsoft-confirms-21h1-windows-10-update/

 

Bill Gates says bioterrorism and climate change are the next biggest threats after pandemic

  - Years before the coronavirus battered the globe, Bill Gates warned that governments weren’t prepared for a pandemic.

  - Now, he’s calling out the threats of bioterrorism and climate change.

  - “The number of deaths with the right system should be a 10th of what we see here,” Gates said.

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/02/11/bill-gates-says-bioterrorism-climate-change-are-the-next-big-threats.html

 

How to create a collection of web pages in Microsoft Edge

In Edge, you can save a group of web pages and other content in a single collection to organize and use them together.

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-create-a-collection-of-web-pages-in-microsoft-edge/

 

How to Swap an Xbox Controller From a Console to Your PC or Phone

https://lifehacker.com/how-to-swap-an-xbox-controller-from-a-console-to-your-p-1846290146

 

How to See Full Details about a Windows 10 ISO file or USB

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/29588-see-full-details-about-windows-10-iso-file-usb.html

 

How to check if Windows 10 21H1 is installed on your PC

Version 21H1 is the next major refresh of Windows 10, but is it already installed on your computer? Here are two ways to find out.

https://pureinfotech.com/check-windows-10-21h1-installed/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Pureinfotech+%28Pureinfotech+Newsletter%29

 

The world’s second-most popular desktop operating system isn’t macOS anymore

Chrome OS's rise in market share has been swift and decisive.

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/02/the-worlds-second-most-popular-desktop-operating-system-isnt-macos-anymore/

 

Windows 10: If you haven't tried these 3 new features, you're missing out

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-if-you-havent-tried-these-3-new-features-youre-missing-out/

 

Microsoft Preparing a Kids Mode for Microsoft Edge Browser

Microsoft has announced a new feature for Microsoft Edge, this time aimed at children who browse the web using the company’s app.

https://news.softpedia.com/news/microsoft-preparing-a-kids-mode-for-microsoft-edge-browser-532206.shtml

 

What Is WPA3 Wi-Fi?

Learn about this wireless security type

https://www.lifewire.com/what-is-wpa3-wi-fi-4845626

 

Microsoft shares how SolarWinds hackers evaded detection

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/microsoft-shares-how-solarwinds-hackers-evaded-detection/

 

Leaks Suggest New 'Galaxy Book Pro' Windows Laptops with S-Pens Are on the Way

https://gizmodo.com/leaks-suggest-new-galaxy-book-pro-windows-laptops-with-1846278258

 

Apple Watch not charging? How to get it fixed for free

https://www.komando.com/gadgets/apple-watch-charging-problems/779104/

 

WhatsApp Will Try Again to Convince You to Agree to Its New Privacy Policy

This time, WhatsApp will add a banner inside its app to explain that its new privacy policy will have no impact on private chats with friends and family.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/whatsapp-will-try-again-to-convince-you-to-agree-to-its-new-privacy-policy

 

How to set up and use Google Hangouts, Google's free phone call and video chat service, on desktop or mobile

https://www.yahoo.com/news/set-google-hangouts-googles-free-174507860.html

 

A New Twist to Virtual Desktop Cloud Computing

https://www.technewsworld.com/story/A-New-Twist-to-Virtual-Desktop-Cloud-Computing-87021.html

 

Shrinking Linux Attack Surfaces

https://www.linuxjournal.com/content/shrinking-linux-attack-surfaces

 

M1X chip: The next generation of Apple Silicon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?utm_campaign=subscribers-NaN&utm_medium=subscribers_push_notification&utm_source=subscribers&v=I8hbZ3VHmMA&feature=youtu.be

 

How to Get File Explorer to Display Details by Default

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pr9MPmnAl9U&feature=youtu.be

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