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  • Geek Trivia: What Popular 1980s Computer Game Blatantly Ripped Off Super Mario Bros?
    by Jason Fitzpatrick on October 15, 2018 at 6:02 am

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  • HTG Explains: What is Port Scanning?
    by Chris Hoffman on October 14, 2018 at 10:40 am

    A port scan is a bit like jiggling a bunch of doorknobs to see which doors are locked. The scanner learns which ports on a router or firewall are open, and can use this information to find a computer system’s potential weaknesses. […]

  • Geek Trivia: What Is The Oldest Manmade Object In Earth Orbit?
    by Jason Fitzpatrick on October 14, 2018 at 6:02 am

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  • A Malicious Message is Bricking PlayStation 4s, Here’s How to Protect Yours
    by Cameron Summerson on October 14, 2018 at 12:16 am

    A new message exploit is hitting PlayStation 4 consoles that causes the system to lock up, and the only fix is to factory reset it. To protect your system, you’ll need to set your messages to private. […]

  • How to Fix Your PC’s Sound if Windows Update Just Broke It
    by Chris Hoffman on October 13, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Windows Update keeps breaking things. Earlier this week, Microsoft released a buggy Intel audio driver that broke the sound on some PCs. If your PC suddenly can’t play audio, here’s how to fix it. […]

  • Everything You Need To Start Running Or Jogging
    by Jennifer Allen on October 13, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Running is a fairly inexpensive way of getting healthier and fitter, but it’s wise to buy a few bits and pieces to make the (literal) st…Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • Don’t Click “Check for Updates” Unless You Want Unstable Windows 10 Updates
    by Chris Hoffman on October 13, 2018 at 10:40 am

    As Microsoft revealed, only people who clicked “Check for Updates” got bitten by Windows 10’s file deletion bug. When you click the “Check for Updates” button, Microsoft gives you updates early, skipping a normal part of the testing process. […]

  • Geek Trivia: What Unit of Measurement Denotes Half A Byte?
    by Jason Fitzpatrick on October 13, 2018 at 6:02 am

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  • How to Find Out if You Were Affected by the Recent Facebook Hack
    by Lowell Heddings on October 12, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    A few weeks ago, Facebook had to admit that up to 50 million accounts were accessed by hackers, and after an investigation, they’ve created a tool to let you know if you were affected. […]

  • Never Forget to Turn off the Curling Iron Again by Using a Smart Plug
    by Craig Lloyd on October 12, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Ever forget whether you turned off or unplugged your curling iron and had it nag at you? It’s a common occurrence in my household, but it’s a problem you can easily solve with a cheap smart plug. […]

  • IDG Contributor Network: Microsoft’s massive and important pivot to transparency
    by Rob Enderle on October 12, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    (Disclosure: Microsoft is a client of the author.) I’ve been following Microsoft almost since its inception largely because the firm recruited me early on, but I never even went to the interview, and viewed that potential career path as my biggest “road not traveled” alternative life scenario. But up through most of last decade, Microsoft was defined by a uniquely hostile employee environment particularly at executive levels and an antiquated proprietary lock-in strategy like the one that almost took IBM out in the early 1990s. That has changed massively under Satya Nadella who aggressively moved to both eliminate the crippling and nasty culture inside the firm and to make it a poster child for open source and rather than fighting competing platforms and approaches like Linux, embracing them.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • It’s Sexy and It Knows It: Apple Will Release a Clear Case for the iPhone XR
    by Brittany Vincent on October 12, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    Looking to show off your colorful new iPhone XR?Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • PowerA Sells the Wireless Gamecube-Switch Controllers Nintendo Won’t
    by Michael Crider on October 12, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    With a new Smash Bros fast approaching, Nintendo has made sure to ma…Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • How to Change Word’s Capitalization AutoCorrect Settings
    by Hayley Milliman on October 12, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    Microsoft Word’s AutoCorrect feature has built-in capitalization settings aimed at automatically fixing common mistakes like typing two capital letters at the beginning of a word or not capitalizing the names of days. Sometimes, though, these helpful corrections can get in the way. Here’s how to change them. […]

  • IMPORTANT: You Can Now Put 140 Emoji In a Single Tweet
    by Justin Pot on October 12, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Changes to the Unicode standard means emoji now take up just two characters on Twitter. The implications are staggering. […]

  • How to Change Your Default Card in Apple Pay on iPhone
    by Chris Hoffman on October 12, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Apple Pay lets you add multiple credit or debit cards, and you can choose between them after double-clicking the home or side button to pay. Here’s how to change the default. […]

  • Good Deal: Buy Selected Nest Products and Get the Home Hub for Just $99
    by Craig Lloyd on October 12, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    The Google Home Hub is already a pretty sweet dea […]

  • Tech event calendar 2018-19: Upcoming shows, conferences and IT expos
    by Ken Mingis, Sharon Machlis on October 12, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Tech Events Event Description Starts Ends Location Twilio Signal See how builders are reimagining software applications that power customer engagement experiences and transform every day human interaction. 2018-10-17 2018-10-18 San Francisco, CA Splash 2018 ACM SIGPLAN conference on Systems, Programming, Languages and Applications: Software for Humanity embraces all aspects of software construction and delivery. At the intersection of programming, languages, and software engineering. 2018-11-04 2018-11-09 Boston, MA EARL Seattle Enterprise Applications of the R Language conference focuses on real-world commercial uses of R. 2018-11-07 2018-11-07 Seattle, WA EARL Houston Enterprise Applications of the R Language conference 2018-11-09 2018-11-09 Houston, TX EARL Boston Enterprise Applications of the R Language conference 2018-11-13 2018-11-13 Cambridge, MA Blockchain Expo The "World’s largest Blockchain Conference and Exhibition" focuses on the future of enterprise IT, with two […]

  • Google’s Project Stream Is A Promising Start For A High-End Gaming Service
    by Michael Crider on October 12, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Google isn’t the first company to dip its toes into the wate…Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • Samsung’s Updated Chromebook Plus V2 Adds LTE Connectivity to an Already-Great Device
    by Cameron Summerson on October 12, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    The premium Chromebook market has exploded over the last couple of years, and Samsung helped push that charge with the Chromebook Pro and Plu…Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • How To Install the (Unofficial) Dark Mode for Slack
    by Anthony Heddings on October 12, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Slack still doesn’t have a dark mode. They have dark themes, but those only let you customize the sidebar colors, leaving the main window white. With the release of system-wide dark modes on macOS Mojave and Windows 10, Slack feels very out of place. […]

  • How to Watch Twitch on Roku
    by Justin Pot on October 12, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Twitch is the most popular live streaming site on the web, but there’s no official Twitch channel for Roku. Here’s what to use instead. […]

  • Pixelbook vs. Pixel Slate: Which Chrome OS Device is the Better Choice?
    by Cameron Summerson on October 12, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    As expected, Google announced its first house-branded Chrome OS tablet, […]

  • Why Does the Photo on My Camera Flash Black?
    by Harry Guinness on October 12, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    If you’ve taken a photo with a digital camera, you might have seen areas of the photo flash black—like they do in the GIF below—when you review your images. […]

  • 7 reasons iOS 12 adoption matters to you
    by Jonny Evans on October 12, 2018 at 11:51 am

    Apple’s iOS 12 is already installed on over 50 percent of actively-used iOS devices (iPhones and iPads): This is why it matters:You get new apps first, and old ones get better faster There are real advantages to developing for mobile devices. The market is massive and massively diverse. There are viable opportunities to create niche interest solutions.Development takes time, of course: and one thing that sucks so much time and resources from small development teams is the need to test software against multiple hardware and software configurations.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • HTG Explains: How Does a CPU Actually Work?
    by Anthony Heddings on October 12, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Most things in a computer are relatively simple to understand: the RAM, the storage, the peripherals, and the software all work together to make a computer function. But the heart of your system, the CPU, seems like magic even to many tech people. Here, we’ll do our best to break it down. […]

  • Why we love metrics
    by Sharky on October 12, 2018 at 10:00 am

    The company where this pilot fish works has had its share of death march IT projects, so it launches a big effort to improve estimating and project delivery."As part of that effort, project time would be recorded to provide baseline data for future estimates," fish says. "Everyone was also trained in function point analysis so there would be some consistency to project sizing."Not surprisingly, some programmers don't like the idea of their productivity being closely measured. But the hope is that the result will be better project size and time estimates -- and a lot fewer death marches.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Geek Trivia: Names That Fit With The Personality Or Occupation Of The Owner Are Called?
    by Jason Fitzpatrick on October 12, 2018 at 6:02 am

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  • Review: 6 Android apps that track your business expenses
    by Barbara Krasnoff on October 11, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    Traveling these days is a hassle, no matter why you're going, or where — and the necessity to track your expenses along the way just adds to the irritation. A good app, though, can make things a lot easier — not only during the trip, but afterwards as well, when you have to report it all to your (or your company's) accountant.The following six Android apps help users track and report on their expenses. Some are strictly for business purposes; others can be used for both personal and work finance tracking. All of these have been updated within the last six months and have earned a rating of at least 4 out of 5 stars on Google Play by at least 100 users.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • MOBI jumps into UEM with new desktop, IoT management tools
    by Lucas Mearian on October 11, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    MOBI, a vendor of mobility management software, said this week it has added laptops, desktops, wearables and IoT sensors to its platform.While the addition of compute devices other than smartphones and tablets gives the company unified endpoint management (UEM) capabilities, MOBI stressed it does not see itself as full-fledged UEM vendor.Enterprises are being pushed toward UEM, which in many ways represents a return to mobile device management (MDM) capabilities through the use native mobile management APIs included in modern operating systems. Those APIs allow companies to manage desktops, laptops, mobile devices and – in some cases IoT devices – via a single console. And UEM is meant to be operating system-agnostic.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Genius Lyrics Now Show Up in Apple Music (And Vice Versa!)
    by Brittany Vincent on October 11, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    Online crowd-sourced musical encyclopedia Genius has selected Apple Music as its official music player. The move means users no longer have to swap between listening to a song in the Apple Music app and flipping through song annotations. […]

  • BrandPost: Identifying Malicious Encrypted Traffic Using Random Forest Algorithm
    by Brand Post on October 11, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    1.  Development Trend of Encrypted Traffic Deployment of more and more applications on the cloud and use of the Internet demand careful attention to cyber security threats. Attacks against web applications are the most frequent challenge.To ensure communication security and privacy, more and more websites use HTTPS rather than HTTP for transmission. HTTPS network connections protect information from snoopers, middlemen, and hackers who attempt to spoof trusted websites.That is, encryption prevents user information from being intercepted and ensures the integrity of information received and sent.Currently, the proportion of HTTPS traffic on networks is increasing and can even approach 100%, as shown in the following figures.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Microsoft cautiously restarts Windows 10 1809 upgrade distribution
    by Gregg Keizer on October 11, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    After pausing the rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update over the weekend, Microsoft has again begun to deliver the feature upgrade to users.The immediate re-release was limited to Windows Insider participants, Microsoft's opt-in beta testing program, John Cable, director of program management in the Windows servicing and delivery group, wrote in a post to a company blog. "We will carefully study the results, feedback and diagnostic data from our Insiders before taking additional steps towards re-releasing more broadly."To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Have Alexa Tuck You in at Night with These Alexa Routine Actions
    by Craig Lloyd on October 11, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Alexa is great for all sorts of stuff, including smarthome control, but if you’re tired of having to turn off everything at night before you go to bed (or at least making sure it’s turned off), you can actually have Alexa do all that for you with a single command. […]

  • Facebook Adds 250-Person Group Chats, 3D Photos for Your News Feed and VR
    by Andrew Heinzman on October 11, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    Today Facebook announced that it will integrate Groups with Messenger, allowing users to form up to 250-person chatrooms and 50-person video calls. It’s also adding support for 3D photos uploaded from iPhones. […]

  • Everything You Need For Your New Drone
    by Michael Crider on October 11, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    If you have a new drone, you’re probably champing at the bit to take it out on a few excursions.Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • Windows 10 quick tips: 11 ways to speed up your PC
    by Preston Gralla on October 11, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    Want Windows 10 to run faster? We've got help. Take a few minutes to try out these tips, and your machine will be zippier and less prone to performance and system issues.1. Change your power settings If you’re using Windows 10’s Power saver plan, you’re slowing down your PC. That plan reduces your PC’s performance in order to save energy. (Even desktop PCs typically have a Power saver plan.) Changing your power plan from Power saver to High performance or Balanced will give you an instant performance boost.To do it, launch Control Panel, then select Hardware and Sound > Power Options. You’ll typically see two options: Balanced (recommended) and Power saver. (Depending on your make and model, you might see other plans here as well, including some branded by the manufacturer.) To see the High performance setting, click the down arrow by Show additional plans. To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Google's most exciting new gadget is neither phone nor tablet
    by JR Raphael on October 11, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    Boy, oh boy, it's been a busy week for Google.The Big G launched a series of brand spankin' new models for both of its flagship product lines this past Tuesday: the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL on the phone side and then the Pixel Slate on the Chrome OS end of the equation. A new Home Hub command center made its debut, too, and an updated Chromecast even quietly crept into the picture.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • There’s a rash of WDF_VIOLATION blue screens on Win10 HP computers with an as-yet unknown cause
    by Woody Leonhard on October 11, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    It’s been a wild Thursday morning in patch land, with lots of BSODs to go around, cumulative updates, keyboard drivers, and a cast of suspects worthy of an Agatha Christie novel. Start with a comprehensive report on the Microsoft Answers forum, where poster Mikael Sillman says: After installing KB4464330 (build 17763.55) [on] my HP EliteDesk 800 G3 the machine refuses to boot, ending with BSOD WPF_VIOLATION. I was able to get the PC working again using an earlier restore point. It seems that this problem at least HP machines:To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Should You Buy Or Upgrade To A Pixel 3?
    by Cameron Summerson on October 11, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Google just announced t […]

  • IDG Contributor Network: An easy October Patch Tuesday
    by Greg Lambert on October 11, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Well, it was great to have a little break from posting on the Patch Tuesday Debugged blog. Since the kids are now back at school, it’s time to get back to understanding the impact of Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday update cycle on our desktop and server systems.For this October Patch Tuesday, we see a relatively light release from Microsoft with one zero-day vulnerability reported (CVE-2018-8453) and one publicly disclosed vulnerability CVE-2018-8423 included in the Microsoft monthly security update. We have already seen a few minor version updates to this October release, with 51 reported vulnerabilities addressed across Windows, both Microsoft browsers (IE11 and Edge), Office (Exchange Server) and the Chakra Core JavaScript engine. I expect that we will have a few more minor revisions to the Windows patches for documentation reasons this week. This does not imply a required delay, but your patch versions will change (update) over the next few days. You may also have noticed […]

  • Apple seizes power
    by Jonny Evans on October 11, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Apple’s $600 million Dialog Semiconductor part-acquisition sees key patents and personnel join the larger company, potentially including cutting-edge wireless power technologies for use in highly portable wearable devices.AirPower We know Apple has been investing deeply in wireless power technologies. It even announced that it would improve the existing Qi wireless system when it announced the ill-fated AirPower system at WWDC 2017.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Throwback Thursday: Why we love sales people
    by Sharky on October 11, 2018 at 10:00 am

    This developer pilot fish supports several software packages at his company -- among them, an ERP system that includes sales and financial processing."Our accounting supervisor came into my office early one morning," says fish. "She wanted to know if we had any way of telling who might have updated a discount field on an invoice that was received by a customer two days earlier."Turns out the customer had been promised a certain discount by the sales rep. But when the invoice arrived, no discount.Customer complained to the sales rep, who called the accounting supervisor -- and now it's fish's problem.Fish checks the invoice on his system. Sure enough, no discount.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • PowerPoint 2016 cheat sheet
    by Preston Gralla on October 11, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Need to create and share a presentation? If so, you probably turn to the most popular presentation application in the world, Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows. Although Microsoft has just announced the availability of Office 2019 to commercial users, many businesses will stick with Office 2016 (and thus PowerPoint 2016) for some time to come — especially because the company is now saying that Office 2016 users can connect to Microsoft’s online services until 2023.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Mingis on Tech: Data breaches and the rise of 'surveillance capitalism'
    by Ken Mingis on October 11, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Data breaches have become so common, and so frequent, that when companies like Facebook or Google admit to data leaks or outright hacks, users fret, the companies pledge to do better, and government regulators (sometimes) issue stern warnings.Lather. Rinse. Repeat.In recent weeks, Facebook acknowledged a breach affecting 50 million users and Google had to fess up to a breach affecting Google Plus users after initially deciding to keep quiet.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Facebook opens Workplace Chat to multi-company groups
    by Matthew Finnegan on October 10, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    Facebook has unveiled updates to its Workplace social collaboration app, including the ability to communicate with external organizations using its chat client.Workplace launched in 2016 following a lengthy beta trial during which it was called Facebook at Work. Its customer base has since grown to more than 30,000 businesses.[ Related: 10 ways to get the most from Facebook’s Workplace ]At Facebook’s first user conference for Workplace – Flow – the company announced that Workplace Chat, the enterprise equivalent of its consumer-focused Messenger tool, now supports communication between multi-company groups.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Office 365: A guide to the updates
    by Preston Gralla on October 10, 2018 at 8:13 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 […]

  • With the Pixel 3, Google is playing its own game
    by JR Raphael on October 10, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    New phone launches these days are pretty darn consistent. By and large, they're all about the hardware and why this latest model is light years better than the one you saw last year: the snazzier design, the smaller bezels, the sharper display, and so on.At this week's Pixel 3 launchapalooza, Google took a decidedly different approach. Sure, its presenters glossed over some of those standard hardware high points — physical niceties that set the phone apart from its predecessor and give this latest model a reason to exist — but the real focus, and the sell for most people, was something far less tangible. Cementing a strategy the company started with its first Pixel two years ago and then refined with last year's second-gen model, Google basically told us: Hey, hardware is fine and all, but everyone's got the same stuff — and none of it is especially exciting anymore. Where we're gonna shine is in an area where no one else can compete: software.To read this article in […]

  • Still hitting Error 0x8000FFF when installing the Win7 Monthly Rollup? There's a reason.
    by Woody Leonhard on October 10, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    There’s a well-known bug in the Win7 update installer that can throw error 0x8000FFF unless you pre-install an upgrade to the installer. I wrote about this Servicing Stack Update (SSU) requirement about a month ago. Three weeks ago, Microsoft promised to fix the problem. Superficially, the problem shouldn’t exist anymore. But because of sloppy implementation, the bug’s still there, and people are still hitting error 0x8000FFF when they try to install Win7 Monthly Rollups. Fellow columnist Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols hit the same problem yesterday.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Why Apple must be looking into using blockchain
    by Jonny Evans on October 10, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Everyone who can is looking into using Blockchain, and Apple is no exception, though it will be a long time before we see any consumer-facing implementations of this.Apple looks at lots of technologies If it’s on the Gartner Hype Cycle, you can bet a few bucks Apple is looking at it.That’s why I think it will eventually introduce a 3D printer that works in conjunction with ARKit (unverified prediction), and also why it must be thinking about how to use blockchain.To read this article in full, please click her […]

 

 

 

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