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  • Geek Trivia: In The 1980s, Computer Hobbyists Would Double The Capacity Of Floppy Disks With?
    by Jason Fitzpatrick on June 17, 2018 at 5:37 pm

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  • How Secure Are Wi-Fi Security Cameras?
    by Chris Hoffman on June 17, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Everyone’s seen the horror stories. Someone placed an Internet connected camera in their home and left it open to attack, allowing strangers to eavesdrop on their most private moments. Here’s how to pick a camera that guarantees your privacy. […]

  • Geek Trivia: In The 1990s, A Man Sued Pepsi For Their Failure To Award Him Which Of The Following As A Contest Prize?
    by Jason Fitzpatrick on June 16, 2018 at 5:37 pm

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  • You Don’t Need a Smart Thermostat
    by Craig Lloyd on June 16, 2018 at 10:40 am

    There are a lot of really great smarthome devices that are truly useful, but a smart thermostat isn’t one of them. […]

  • Here comes BYOSD (bring your own smart display)
    by Mike Elgan on June 16, 2018 at 10:00 am

    It’s easy to dismiss the smart-display market.A smart display is like an Amazon Echo- or Google Home-style virtual assistant appliance, but with a screen that can show visual results, rather than just spoken ones, and facilitate video calls.Right now, the only smart displays you can buy are Amazon’s creepy Echo Look, an appliance whose main function is to watch you get dressed, and the Echo Spot, which looks like a bedroom alarm clock with a tiny screen.Don’t worry. Help is on the way in the form of smart displays that are less concerned about your outfits and more concerned with offering all-purpose help with whatever you’re doing.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Nest Hello Installation: 3 Things You Should Know
    by Craig Lloyd on June 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    If you’re thinking about getting the Nest Hello to replace your existing doorbell, it’s a great option. However, there are some things to keep in mind about the installation that makes the Hello a bit different than other video doorbells. […]

  • Google moves to end website installation of Chrome extensions
    by Gregg Keizer on June 15, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Google this week began barring Chrome users from installing add-ons offered by third-party websites, the last steps toward making the company's own market the only available source for browser extensions."We continue to receive large volumes of complaints from users about unwanted extensions causing their Chrome experience to change unexpectedly - and the majority of these complaints are attributed to confusing or deceptive uses of inline installation on websites (emphasis in original)," James Wagner, the extensions platform product manager, wrote in a post to a company blog.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Geek Trivia: Modern Pajamas Displaced Nightgowns As Preferred Sleeping Attire Thanks To?
    by Jason Fitzpatrick on June 15, 2018 at 5:37 pm

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  • The Most Durable Micro USB Charging Cables For Any Situation
    by Jennifer Allen on June 15, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Whether you’re charging your Android phone, Bluetooth speaker, or other device, you likely put a lot of miles on your micro USB cables.Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • This Free App Searches Your PC Way Faster Than Windows Explorer Can
    by Justin Pot on June 15, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Why is search in Windows Explorer so slow after all these years? We don’t know, but Everything is a free Windows search app that’s pretty much instant. […]

  • 8Bitdo’s Newest Controller Is Finally Big Enough For Your Hands
    by Eric Ravenscraft on June 15, 2018 at 2:59 pm

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  • How to Change Windows 10’s Wallpaper Based on Time of Day
    by Chris Hoffman on June 15, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Apple’s macOS 10.14 Mojave offers “Dynamic Desktop” wallpapers that change based on the time of day. You can get something similar on Windows, either by using the standard background settings or by digging into the Task Scheduler. […]

  • Six Android Features You Won’t Find on iPhone, Even After iOS 12
    by Cameron Summerson on June 15, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Android and iOS are constantly running in parallel, copying (and expanding on) each other’s features. But they’re not always at parity. Here’s a closer look at a handful of things Android can do that you won’t find on iPhone—even after you upgrade to iOS 12 this Fall. […]

  • Why has Apple put Mac users in the Mojave desert?
    by Jonny Evans on June 15, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    Dark Mode in macOS 10.14 Mojave looks really nice. I think Mac users will like it. But why has Apple chosen to leave the mountains to name the next-generation of its platform after a desert? With so many Mac users concerned about the future of the platform, is someone at the company trying to tell us something?Your Mac life Named after the Mohave tribe who once owned it, the Mojave desert has its own set of creation myths. The world was created there, and the brother of the subsequently murdered Creator led the people to a new way of life.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Win10 (1803) declared 'fully available,' throwing Windows Update for Business under the bus
    by Woody Leonhard on June 15, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    After 45 days in the unpaid beta testing phase, Microsoft surprised most of the patching world yesterday by declaring that Windows 10 April 2018 Update is ready for deployment in the enterprise. By doing so, Microsoft simultaneously raised the ire of almost everyone in the patching industry, demonstrated how out-of-touch its metrics have become, and completely destroyed the underpinnings of “Current Branch for Business.”[ Related: Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide ]Win10 version 1803 entered the unpaid beta testing phase (officially known as the “Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) branch” or, previously, “Current Branch”) on April 30. Yesterday, Microsoft declared that Win10 1803 is ready for business deployment:To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • What is a T-Stop in Photography and Videography?
    by Harry Guinness on June 15, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    If you start to move from photography into videography, you’ll quickly start hearing about something called a t-stop, which are a combination of a lens’ f-stop and light transmittance value. Let’s take a deeper look at what that means. […]

  • Every To-Do List App Sucks, Switch To todo.txt Instead
    by Justin Pot on June 15, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Todo.txt stores your tasks in a simple text document, and I’ve been using it for a year now. I honestly wonder why I ever used anything else. […]

  • Microsoft proclaims Windows 10 1803 enterprise-ready in record time
    by Gregg Keizer on June 15, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Microsoft on Thursday declared that the latest feature upgrade to Windows 10 is fit for businesses, marking the fastest transition yet from consumer-only to enterprise-ready."Based on the update quality and reliability we are seeing through our A.I. approach, we are now expanding the release broadly to make the April 2018 Update (version 1803) fully available for all compatible devices running Windows 10 worldwide," wrote John Cable, director of program management, in a post to a company blog. "Enterprise customers can ... fully deploy Windows 10, version 1803 when ready."To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Failure, redefined
    by Sharky on June 15, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Programmer pilot fish is hired by this organization because he can write a mix of C and scripting languages to pull information from databases and generate web pages -- pretty straightforward stuff.But that's not what he finds when he starts work. "The new job I was hired for used a big vendor's interfaces and coding tools," fish says. "It was a major enterprise-wide conversion, and the vendor consulting staff was essentially learning to do their jobs as we did ours -- and at our expense."Their applications were that new and untested. Nothing worked and the vendor's consultants couldn't seem to give us good answers when things failed."It's soon clear that things are failing a lot -- which means a lot of try/test/fail/retry cycles. And even when things appear to be working correctly, a high percentage of the time they still aren't right.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • This Command Prompt Trick Searches Way Faster Than Windows Explorer
    by Justin Pot on June 14, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    Searching for a file in Windows Explorer takes forever, but there’s a faster way if you’re willing to use the command prompt. […]

  • Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the builds
    by Preston Gralla on June 14, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    Microsoft never sleeps. Even before the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803) started to roll out, the company began work on the next major update to Windows 10, code-named Redstone 5 and due to be released this autumn. As it did with the April 2018 Update, Microsoft has been releasing a series of public preview builds to members of Microsoft's Insider Program.What follows is a list of every preview build of Redstone 5, starting with the most recent. For each build, we've included the date of its release, a summary of what’s in the build and a link to Microsoft's announcement about it. After that you’ll find summaries of all the preview builds that led up to the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (Redstone 4), the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (Redstone 3) and the Windows 10 Creators Update (Redstone 2).To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • First look: Office 2019’s likeliest new features
    by Preston Gralla on June 14, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    It's getting close to time for the next major revision of the non-subscription version of Office. Office 2019 is expected to be launched in the second half of this year. Microsoft calls this the “perpetual” version of Office because you pay a one-time fee for it and own it forever, and it doesn’t get upgrades until the next major version is released.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story) […]

  • SEC official says Ethereum is not a security, freeing it from oversight
    by Lucas Mearian on June 14, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    A top Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) official said Ether is not a security, meaning the world's second most valuable cryptocurrency (behind bitcoin) will not likely fall under the agency's purview.The proclamation by the SEC's director of corporate finance, William Hinman, will bring a sigh of relief to investors and cryptocurrency miners who were concerned regulating Ether would affect its value.Ether’s price soared following Hinman's comments.In May, reports surfaced that Ethereum was under regulatory scrutiny by the SEC, which was considering whether the blockchain-based digital currency should be classified as a commodity or a security.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Apple wins praise for adding 'USB Restricted Mode' to secure iPhones
    by Lucas Mearian on June 14, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    Apple confirmed today it will close a security hole that has allowed law enforcement officials, working with forensic companies, to break into iPhones to retrieve data related to criminal investigations.In the upcoming release of iOS 12, Apple will change default settings on iPhones to shutter access to the USB port when the phone has not been unlocked for one hour. In its beta release of iOS 11.3, Apple introduced the feature – known as USB Restricted Mode – but cut it from iOS 11.3 before that version was released publicly.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • How to Convert Your Favorite Earbuds Into Noise-Isolating Earbuds on the Cheap
    by Craig Lloyd on June 14, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Noise-isolating headphones are great, but if you have a favorite pair of earbuds that you just can’t part with, you can turn them into noise-isolating earbuds of sorts that block out outside noise without spending a bunch of money. […]

  • Office 365: A guide to the updates
    by Preston Gralla on June 14, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Office 365 subscribers always have the latest version of Microsoft Office — currently Office 2016. They also get more frequent software updates than those who have purchased Office 2016 without a subscription, which means subscribers have access to the latest features, security patches and bug fixes. But it can be hard to keep track of the changes in each update and know when they’re available. We’re doing this for you, so you don’t have to.Following are key updates to Office 365 for Windows since Office 2016 was released in September 2015 — all the 2017 updates and the most important ones from 2016 and late 2015, with the latest releases shown first. We’ll add info about new updates as they’re rolled out.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Geek Trivia: McDonald’s Engineered, And Then Scrapped, Broccoli That Tasted Like?
    by Jason Fitzpatrick on June 14, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    Think you know the answer? Click through to see if you're right! […]

  • The 10 Best Gifts for Beer Lovers (Just in Time for Father’s Day)
    by Caroline Stewart on June 14, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Do you know someone who loves beer? Maybe they crack open a cold one occasionally.Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • Which Android phones get regular security updates? Here's a hint
    by JR Raphael on June 14, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    Here in the land o' Android, wrapping your noggin around the subject of software updates isn't always easy to do.We've got regular OS updates, sure — and info on the various phone-makers' performance in that domain is readily available, if you (a) know where to find it and (b) are even aware that you should be looking for such data in the first place. But still, that's only one piece of the puzzle.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Microsoft Won’t Help Windows 7 and 8 Users On Their Forums Anymore
    by Justin Pot on June 14, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Microsoft is done answering your questions about Windows 7, 8, and 8.1—at least, on its official support forums. […]

  • Sony Doesn’t Seem to Care About Your Cross-Play Dreams
    by Eric Ravenscraft on June 14, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    At E3 this week, Nintendo announced that Fort…Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • Quickly Check World Cup Scores With Cortana or Spotlight
    by Justin Pot on June 14, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Stuck at your desk during the 2018 World Cup? That sucks, but you can quickly check the scores anytime by using Cortana on Windows or Spotlight on macOS. […]

  • Is your company part of the GDPR 'mobile loophole'?
    by Jack Gold on June 14, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    Mobile tech, and especially mobile brought into companies through BYOD, has unique challenges for companies that need to comply with General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) — and that’s virtually all companies, not just the ones in Europe. The regulations compel companies to manage personal data and protect privacy, and they provide individuals to have a say in what and how data about them is used.GDPR has several disclosure and control requirements, such as providing notice of any personally identifiable data collection, notifying of any data breaches, obtaining consent of any person for whom data is being collected, recording what and how data is being used, and providing a right for people whose data is being collected to see, modify, and/or delete any information about them from corporate systems.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • What Is storedownloadd and Why Is It Running on My Mac?
    by Justin Pot on June 14, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Something called storedownloadd is taking up a lot of CPU power, which you noticed while using Activity Monitor. Don’t panic: it’s just the Mac App Store downloading some software for you. […]

  • WWDC: Industry experts praise Apple's Health Records API
    by Jonny Evans on June 14, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Apple provided developers with a Health Records API at WWDC. Based on technology acquired with Gliimpse, the company hopes the new API boosts adoption and innovation in the space. To get an educated sense of its significance, I spoke with the developers behind medication reminder app MyTherapy.Introducing MyTherapy Loosely based in Germany, MyTherapy (part of smartpatient) makes apps for iOS and Android devices.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Switching to Android? Here’s Everything You Need to Know
    by Cameron Summerson on June 14, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    If you’re moving to Android from another platform, the switch can be a little daunting. Some things may work in a familiar way, but there are so many other things that are different. Here’s everything you need to know about making the switch. […]

  • Sonoff S31 Smart Plug Review: Power Monitoring, Scenes, Triggers, And More
    by Jason Fitzpatrick on June 14, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    If you’re in the market for a smart plug to smarten up your dumb appliances, track your energy usage, and otherwise monitor and control…Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • How to Shoot RAW Photos on Your iPhone
    by Harry Guinness on June 14, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    RAW is an image format that contains a lot more data than JPG. It’s designed so that you can capture as much data as possible with your camera, giving you more editing flexibility later. Here’s how to capture RAW photos on your iPhone or iPad. […]

  • What’s New in iOS 12, Coming to Your iPhone and iPad This Fall
    by Cameron Summerson on June 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Apple’s iOS 12 will debut in Fall, 2018. The developer beta was released in early June, and a public beta should follow in the coming weeks. Here’s what we know about the new changes so far. […]

  • Throwback Thursday: Well, no, not exactly
    by Sharky on June 14, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Pilot fish is configuring a new router to replace a loaner from the telco. It's for running a secure tunnel to allow a branch office to connect to HQ's VoIP."When we finished the setup on our side, we needed the remote router to be powered down and then back on," says fish. "I phoned a user at the other end and asked her to restart the router."I described it to her and she seemed to know what to do. We exchanged cell numbers in case there were issues."And that turns out to be a good thing. A few minutes later, when fish tests the connection, he gets nothing. No ping to the other side. No activity at all. Dead in the water.Everything seems OK on fish's side, so he calls the user at the branch office again.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • 10 Chrome extensions to juice up Gmail
    by Howard Wen on June 13, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    There are tons of Chrome extensions that add features to Gmail and enhance its interface. This article collects the ones we’ve found to be the most useful.This spring Google launched a redesign of the Gmail web interface that added several new features — potentially making some extensions obsolete or inoperable. After the relaunch, we re-tested all the extensions in this article to be sure they’re still useful and work properly with the updated interface.They do everything from making handy little interface tweaks to adding sophisticated functions to Gmail. Some have been around for several years, while some were released a few months ago — but all can be useful additions to your Gmail experience.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Everything you need to know about Apple's iOS 12 Screen Time beta
    by Jonny Evans on June 13, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    Apple listens. It has heard the complaints that people and their children are spending more time glued to their digital devices than they do to each other. And at WWDC, it introduced its new iOS Screen Time feature aims to help us become aware of our digital habits as a first step to empowering us to control them.What is Screen Time? Set to ship in the fall with iOS 12, Screen Time is Apple’s first attempt at dealing with the emerging problem of digital addiction.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Microsoft previews Office 2019 for Mac
    by Gregg Keizer on June 13, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Six weeks after shipping a preview of Office 2019 to commercial customers running Windows, Microsoft this week followed with a beta for the Mac edition of the application suite."Office 2019 for Mac ... is set to ship alongside Office 2019 for Windows in the second half of 2018.," wrote Jared Spataro, the Microsoft executive in charge of Office's product marketing, in a June 12 post to a company blog. The vague release window of "second half of 2018" is as granular as Microsoft will get at this point.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Alexa for Business: What it does, how to use it
    by Matthew Finnegan on June 13, 2018 at 10:18 am

    Voice interactions with AI assistants are fast becoming commonplace at home. With Alexa for Business, Amazon hopes to make the same true in the office.“Just like Alexa is making smart home experiences easier, the same is possible in the workplace with voice controls,” said Collin Davis, Amazon’s general manager for Alexa for Business.[ Further reading: A.I. and speech advances bring virtual assistants to work ]Launched in November 2017, Alexa for Business is a managed service with three main components: a set of management tools, APIs to integrate with existing IT applications and infrastructure, and the Echo devices themselves. It is delivered by Amazon’s cloud computing division, Amazon Web Services, which sells to large corporate customers.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Not so fast!
    by Sharky on June 13, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Pilot fish who's a computer science professor gets a call from a former student stumped by a database problem -- one that should be pretty easy to solve."This was not one of my most stellar students," fish admits. "It seems they had set up a database for a new state agency and the system was running very slowly."I did a small amount of consulting on the side, so I agreed to take a look."Turns out the database is rather strangely organized. The explanation? Former student tells fish it's set up for ease of data entry.And for retrieval? "No problem," former student says. "We created an index for every field so you can look up anything quickly. We even created Soundex codes for every last name, and created an index for the Soundex codes too."To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Chrome OS: Tips, tools, and other Chromebook intelligence
    by JR Raphael on June 13, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Google's Chrome OS platform sure has come a long way.From the early days, when Chrome OS was little more than an experimental "browser in a box," to today — with the platform powering first-class hardware and supporting a diverse range of productivity applications — Google's once-crazy-seeming project has turned into one of the world's most intriguing and rapidly expanding technological forces.I've been covering Chrome OS closely since the start. I lived with the first Chromebook prototype, the Cr-48, and have used Chromebooks as part of my own personal computing setup in varying capacities ever since. I write about the field not only as someone who's studied it professionally from day 1 but also as someone who has used it personally that entire time, up through today.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Apple bans cryptocurrency mining apps on iOS to protect mobile users
    by Lucas Mearian on June 12, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    Using an iPad or iPhone to mine bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies would be hard to do, as the CPU power available to complete the task would be a drop in the bucket compared to what's needed.But using a portion of the CPU power from thousands of iPads or iPhones to mine cryptocurrency makes more sense – and that's exactly what some malware has been doing.Apple is now moving to stop the practice.[ Further reading: The way blockchain-based cryptocurrencies are governed could soon change ]To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Windows 10: A guide to the updates
    by Preston Gralla on June 12, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    The launch of a big Microsoft Windows 10 update like the April 2018 Update isn’t the end of a process — it’s really just the beginning. As soon as a major update is released, Microsoft quickly gets to work on improving it by fixing bugs, releasing security patches, and occasionally adding new features.Here we’ve summarized what you need to know about every Windows 10 update being released to the public. First come updates to the currently shipping version of Windows 10 — version 1803, known as the April 2018 Update — with the most recent updates on top. (Note that the April 2018 Update is on a phased rollout, so you may not have received it yet.) Below that are updates to version 1709, known as the Fall Creators Update, and below that updates to version 1703, known as the Creators Update. For each build, we’ve included the date of its initial release and a link to Microsoft’s announcement about it.To read this article in full, please […]

  • How to get smarter missed call reminders on Android
    by JR Raphael on June 12, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    It's easy to forget sometimes, but these powerful little computers we carry in our pockets are also phones — you know, devices with numbers that can make and receive those crazy old things called voice calls.Go ahead and take a minute to absord the shock of this revelation. Gasp, guffaw, get a comically exaggerated expression of surprise on that stunning face of yours — whatever does the trick. I'll wait.Back? Okay, good. Listen, I know: Nine times out of 10, when we talk about Android tips, we talk about ways to be more efficient and productive with tapping around on our screens and getting things done. But today, I want to share a handy little enhancement I've encountered for making the phone portion of your smartphone more useful and easier to manage.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • The way blockchain-based cryptocurrencies are governed could soon change
    by Lucas Mearian on June 12, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Blockchain distributed ledgers work by linking together a chain of electronic records, each inextricably tied to the one before it; each new set of entries or "blocks" is completed and time-stamped with a hashtag only after passing through a consensus process.The two most popular mechanisms or protocols for authenticating new entries on a blockchain and governing changes to the networks are Proof of Work (PoW) and Proof of Stake (PoS).[ Further reading: Bitcoin mining leads to an unexpected GPU gold rush ]As the name suggests, PoS consensus models enable those with the most digital coins (the greatest stake) to govern a cryptocurrency or business blockchain ledger. To date, however, the most popular blockchain-based cryptocurrencies – Bitcoin, Ethereum (Ether) and Litecoin – have used PoW as their consensus mechanism.To read this article in full, please click her […]

 

 

 

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