• Geek Trivia: The First All Digital Film Featuring Performance Captured Actors Was?
    by Jason Fitzpatrick on December 17, 2017 at 6:37 pm

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

  • How Do “Surround” Sound Bars Work?
    by Michael Crider on December 17, 2017 at 11:40 am

    The idea behind a conventional surround sound setup is simple: the speakers surround you, and thus, so does the sound. But a new generation of sound bars, the all-in-one devices that sit below your TV and house multiple drivers in a horizontal layout, also claim to have surround sound capabilities. How can that be possible if the only speaker is directly in front of you? […]

  • Geek Trivia: Teleprompters Are A Practical Use Of An Old Illusionist’s Trick Known As?
    by Jason Fitzpatrick on December 16, 2017 at 6:37 pm

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

  • Why Your Kodi Box Isn’t Working, and What to Use Instead
    by Justin Pot on December 16, 2017 at 11:40 am

    If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. And Kodi boxes sound way too good to be true, offering unlimited free TV and movies for life after purchasing a single piece of hardware. […]

  • Will augmented reality make lying obsolete?
    by Mike Elgan on December 16, 2017 at 10:00 am

    I’m putting the liars on notice.The most underappreciated application for the combination of augmented reality (A.R.) and artificial intelligence (A.I.) is persistent lie detection.Smartphones and smart glasses will soon support apps that show you in real time whether the person you’re talking to is telling the truth or lying.Imagine how that will affect business meetings, sales presentations, job interviews and department status updates.(Not to mention political speech. Some 35 years ago, late-night talk show host Johnny Carson imagined what it would be like if politicians were hooked up to lie detectors.)To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Call on line 2! Eight ways to add a second line to your smartphone
    by Rick Broida on December 15, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Can you imagine someone crazy enough to carry around two smartphones? That’s two phones to keep charged, two phones to keep track of, two phones to stow in your pocket, purse or carry-on. Madness!To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story) […]

  • Better charts. Smarter lookups. Your Excel spreadsheets made better.
    by Jim Desmond on December 15, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Become a spreadsheet masterImage by MicrosoftAre you the nerd at the holiday party sequestered at the kitchen table, surrounded by empties, trading tips with the other spreadsheet junkie in town? You grouse over VLOOKUP, high five each other’s complex formula strings, and bemoan chart failures that made you scream. But this is the most fun you’ve had since you got your Ham Radio License.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • How to See Your Uber or Lyft Passenger Rating
    by Craig Lloyd on December 15, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    After every Uber and Lyft ride, you can rate your driver out of five stars based on how good or bad the ride was. However, you may not know that drivers also rate you as a passenger. Here’s how to view your passenger rating for both Uber and Lyft. […]

  • Geek Trivia: The First U.S. President To Publish A Work Of Fiction Was?
    by Jason Fitzpatrick on December 15, 2017 at 6:37 pm

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

  • Blockchain jobs continue to explode, offer salary premiums
    by Lucas Mearian on December 15, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    An uptick in job openings for technologists with blockchain development skills  continued through the last quarter of 2017.Blockchain developers rank second among the top 20 fastest-growing job skills, and job postings for workers with those skills have more than doubled this year.Next in the list of fastest-growing job skills is another blockchain-related topic: Bitcoin cryptocurrency developers.Taking second fiddle only to robotics specialists, blockchain technologists are advertising their services for as much as $150 per hour, according to Upwork, an employment site that specializes in freelance workers.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • A Versatile Video Tool on 4K Video Upscaling and Downscaling [Sponsored Giveaway]
    by Sponsored on December 15, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Upscale to 4K Resolution […]

  • 12 Slack alternatives worth a look
    by Paul Rubens, Matthew Finnegan on December 15, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Once upon a time if you wanted employees to collaborate you'd probably encourage them to use Internet Relay Chat (IRC). But about four years ago Slack appeared on the scene, and since then it's been eating IRC's lunch. That's because it's much easier to install, get up and running, and use than IRC, making it massively popular with nontechies. And thanks to a well-documented API it's easy to integrate with other programs and services. That means it's customizable and infinitely extensible, which makes it popular with developers.But, ultimately, Slack is just a group communication tools, albeit a very nice one. And there are plenty of alternatives. In fact, many of the biggest players in the industry, from Microsoft to Google to Facebook are pushing their own tools and the number of available options is quickly growing.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • How to Build Your Own Computer, Part Five: Tweaking Your New Computer
    by Michael Crider on December 15, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Congratulations, you’ve successfully selected parts, assembled your own PC, and installed Windows! Now you can get to…whatever it is that you want to get to, I guess. Do gamers still “pown noobs?” Is that still a thing? […]

  • Apple and Cisco just improved security in the iOS enterprise
    by Jonny Evans on December 15, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Apple and Cisco have struck yet another blow for enterprise IT. They know that iOS is the most secure mobile solution, but that’s not everything because mobile threats are incredibly complex these days.The enigma code Here’s a scenario: You work in an enterprise with perhaps 1,000 other employees. One morning, perhaps 50 of you woke to find an authentic-seeming email in your in-box that requests you click on a link to update some system related to the work you do. While many employees remembered not to click on that link, a small number did click. No one thought too much of the email — spam is frequent and most just thought the mail was aimed at them.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • How to Speed Up Animations to Make Android Feel Faster
    by Cameron Summerson on December 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Android devices display animations when they transition between apps, windows, and various menus. Animations oftentimes looks slick, but they do take up time—and sometimes can even cause the phone to lag if it’s low on resources. […]

  • 10 Awesome Subscription Boxes for Geeks of Every Stripe
    by Eric Ravenscraft on December 15, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Looking for a super cool gift for a special geek on your holiday shopping list (or maybe you just really want to treat yourself in 2018)?Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • Mozilla’s claims of Firefox Quantum success aren’t confirmed by user stats
    by Gregg Keizer on December 15, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Mozilla on Thursday touted Firefox Quantum, the browser upgrade launched one month ago, as its biggest release ever and said early adoption metrics have been "super encouraging."But preliminary browser measurements taken by the U.S. government show only a small increase in Firefox's domestic usage since Quantum debuted on Nov. 14.That did not deter Mozilla, however.[ Further reading: The 12 must-have Firefox add-ons of 2017 ]"In less than a month, Firefox Quantum has already been installed by over 170 [million] people around the world," Nick Nguyen, the company's top Firefox executive, wrote in a post to the firm's primary blog. "We're just getting started and early returns are super encouraging."To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • The Best Things Google Assistant Can Do on Your Android Phone
    by Cameron Summerson on December 15, 2017 at 11:40 am

    So you got Google Assistant on your phone. Cool! …but, now what? Well, to make the most of your new Assistant, you need to actually use it. And the more you use it, the more you’ll learn about it. Here are some ideas to get you started. […]

  • Just our way of saying hello
    by Sharky on December 15, 2017 at 11:00 am

    It's several Decembers ago, and this IT contractor pilot fish is set to start a new job at a big company as a SQL reporting specialist."I got word that I would be hired around the 16th, but we had to wait for the purchase order to go through before I could start," says fish."It finally came through on the morning of the Thursday before Christmas, and I had to drive to the facility some 50 miles away that afternoon to get my ID badge created, because the badge office wasn't going to be open on Friday or the week between Christmas and New Year's Day."Which is when fish's first day at the new job falls, naturally.Fish's family has plans for a get-together with relatives in New York state that week, but the new gig means a change in plans: Fish's wife and younger son head for New York, while fish and his older son stay in town.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • How to Follow Hashtags on Instagram
    by Craig Lloyd on December 14, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Thanks to a new feature in Instagram, you can now follow specific hashtags and get the top posts for that hashtag to appear in their main feed. Here’s how to make it happen. […]

  • What Is Net Neutrality?
    by Chris Hoffman on December 14, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Net neutrality is one of the biggest policy debates around the internet, and the government has voted to officially repeal the net neutrality regulations. Here’s what net neutrality is, and how it affects you. […]

  • Geek Trivia: The Practice Of “Forest Bathing”, Walking In Woodland Areas For Health Purposes, Originated In?
    by Jason Fitzpatrick on December 14, 2017 at 6:37 pm

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

  • 20 Android tips and tricks you shouldn't miss from 2017
    by JR Raphael on December 14, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    'Tis the season for kicking back, crankin' up the fireplace, and finding some time-saving new tricks for that pretty slab o' glass in your pocket.Enhanced efficiency is one heck of a holiday treat, after all — and one that keeps paying off for months to come. Hey, productivity matters, and there's never a shortage of fresh Android shortcuts and enhancements just waiting to be embraced.In case you missed any of 'em the first go-round or maybe just didn't have time to try everything out, here are some of my favorite Android tips and tricks from 2017. Pour yourself some cocoa, polish up the ol' Festivus pole, and give yourself the gift of finely tuned technology.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • How to Build Your Own Computer, Part Four: Installing Windows and Loading Drivers
    by Michael Crider on December 14, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Much like configuring the BIOS, installing a new copy of Windows used to be a bit of a chore, but these days it’s been streamlined amazingly well. For most of it, you’ll simply follow the on-screen instructions, but feel free to keep this page open if you get stuck. […]

  • How iPhone X changes things
    by Jonny Evans on December 14, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    It should be clear by now that Apple’s big bet on the iPhone X is working out just fine. Millions of people appear to be picking them up, but what does the new device tell us about the next decade of smartphones?Face, the obvious Biometric ID has come of age.From Touch ID fingerprint sensors to face recognition systems and whatever comes beyond. It’s not impossible to speculate that one day our solutions will even be able to recognise us through a combination of biometric signals: fingerprint, face, pulse, even by blood type as mobile sensor development accelerates.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Save 50% on the TP-LINK Wi-Fi Smart Plug, Works with Amazon Alexa - Deal Alert
    by DealPost Team on December 14, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    The TP-LINK HS100 smart plug is quite simply a power outlet that you can control from anywhere. Using your smartphone, you can turn devices on & off, set programs to turn them on & off at set times while you're away, or engage a "countdown timer" which powers the switch off after a set amount of time. Installation is simple -- just plug a device into your smart plug and connect to your wifi network. The HS100 is also compatible with Amazon Alexa, for voice control. Buy multiple plugs and get creative.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • How to See What’s Taking Up Space on Your Android Device
    by Cameron Summerson on December 14, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    When you picked up your shiny new Android device, you probably thought “yeah, this has plenty of storage. I’ll never fill it up!” But here you are, some number of months later with a full phone and no clue why. No worries: here’s how you can figure out where the space hogs are. […]

  • Why Windows 7 updates are getting bigger
    by Gregg Keizer on December 14, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Windows 7's security rollups, the most comprehensive of the fixes it pushes out each Patch Tuesday, have almost doubled in size since Microsoft revamped the veteran operating system's update regimen last year.According to Microsoft's own data, what it calls the "Security Quality Monthly Rollup" (rollup from here on) grew by more than 70% within the first dozen issued updates. From its October 2016 inception, the x86 version of the update increased from 72MB to 124.4MB, a 73% jump. Meanwhile, the always-larger 64-bit version went from an initial 119.4MB to 203.2MB 12 updates later, representing a 70% increase.The swelling security updates were not, in themselves, a surprise. Last year, when Microsoft announced huge changes to how it serviced Windows 7, it admitted that rollups would put on pounds as the months pass. "The Rollups will start out small, but we expect that these will grow over time,' Nathan Mercer, a Microsoft product marketing manager, said at the time. Mercer's […]

  • LEGO Stocking Stuffers for the Brick Lover in Your Life
    by Jason Fitzpatrick on December 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Full size LEGO sets, as any collector or parent knows, are anything but cheap.Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • How Secure Are Mesh Wi-Fi Networks?
    by Justin Pot on December 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    You’re considering a mesh Wi-Fi network, because you’re sick of that one spot in your house not getting any reception. But does the convenience of these systems come with the same security as other routers? […]

  • What Is a Corrupted File, and Is There a Way to Get It Back?
    by Walter Glenn on December 14, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Corrupted files don’t happen too often on modern computers with good security measures in place. But when they do, it can be a nightmare. Let’s take a look at the common causes of corrupted files, how you can help prevent them, and what you can do when it happens. […]

  • Throwback Thursday: Never mind...
    by Sharky on December 14, 2017 at 11:00 am

    This IT project is highly visible, and management is taking no chances. "To ensure that it is managed properly, execs contract with a highly advertised consulting firm to provide a thundering herd of expert project managers," says a pilot fish on the project."Never mind the fact that our corporate PMs usually do quite well."As is always the case, there's lots of time every day that the regular employees spend on nonproject tasks they're required to do. Fish doesn't report that as project time, and he instructs the rest of his team to do the same.And it's not long before, one by one, the thundering herd arrives at fish's desk. "You're short on hours! Why aren't you reporting your time?" each one asks.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Powermat to upgrade to 15W wireless charging, support Apple's new iPhones
    by Lucas Mearian on December 13, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Powermat plans to release an a new wireless charging product in January that will be capable of 15-watt power transfers through a 1.5-in. thick solid surface and provide support for new Apple iPhones and other Qi-enabled devices.Charging Spot 4.0 is a new charging hardware product that requires no drilling and that can be installed under a table surface. Powermat's new SmartInductive technology, which includes firmware, integrated circuits and charging coils, will allow the new Charging Spot to offer higher power transfers over longer distances than previously availble.The new charger will allow users to simply place enabled mobile devices atop a desk, for example, to begin receiving power.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • How to Automatically Lock the Schlage Connect When You Leave the House
    by Craig Lloyd on December 13, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    If your forgetfulness applies to locking your front door, you can have the Schlage Connect smart lock automatically lock behind you. So if you forget to lock it, you won’t have to worry about it in the first place. […]

  • Geek Trivia: The Deadliest Natural Disaster In U.S. History Was A?
    by Jason Fitzpatrick on December 13, 2017 at 6:37 pm

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

  • What is blockchain? The most disruptive tech in decades
    by Lucas Mearian on December 13, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Blockchain is poised to change IT in much the same way open-source software did a quarter of a century ago. And in the same way that Linux took more than a decade to become a cornerstone in modern application development, Blockchain will take years to become a lower cost, more efficient way to share information between open and private networks.But the hype around this seemingly new, secure electronic ledger is real. In essence, blockchain represents a new paradigm for the way information is shared and tech vendors and companies are rushing to figure out how they can use the distributed ledger technology to save time and admin costs. Numerous companies this year have been rolling out pilot programs and real-world projects across a variety of industries - everything from financial services to healthcare to mobile payments.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Mingis on Tech: Blockchain explained
    by Ken Mingis on December 13, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    It's the most disruptive technology since the arrival of the Internet.Or maybe it's the next Linux, an open-source technology that offers great promise, but somehow never seems to make it to the mainstream world."It," in this case, is blockchain – the buzz-worthy distributed ledger technology that first came into widespread use with Bitcoin represents a new paradigm for the way information is shared. FinTech firms are embracing it and a variety of companies are already rushing to figure out how they can use it to save time and admin costs, according to Computerworld Senior Reporter Lucas Mearian.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • How to Build Your Own Computer, Part Three: Getting the BIOS Ready
    by Michael Crider on December 13, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    So you’ve carefully picked out some parts and built a computer, but it doesn’t really do anything…yet. Before we hop into installing your operating system, we need to take a quick look at the BIOS and prepare it for our operating system. […]

  • IDG Contributor Network: Do all SaaS applications deserve the same governance?
    by Eric Christopher on December 13, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Managing the explosive growth in SaaS and Cloud applications is largely uncharted territory. While some principles of traditional software asset management can be applied to managing cloud and SaaS applications, the way software is purchased has fundamentally changed and the management and governance of software is evolving.Some SaaS applications are purchased and implemented as strategic, and often expensive, systems across the enterprise and involve IT and Finance in the process. Other SaaS applications are purchased as a niche solution or for a specific tactical use and the line of businesses run the evaluation and purchasing process, implement it in their area and ensure their team is using it without involvement from IT and Finance. The strategic impact of an application, how many employees use it and how much it costs validate that all SaaS applications are not created equal in the enterprise and they should not be governed the same way, either.To read this article in full, […]

  • New Amazon Echo Discounted $20 Right Now - Deal Alert
    by DealPost Team on December 13, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Amazon has a discount of $20 active right now on their all new Echo smart speaker, which features a new speaker, new design, and is available in a range of styles including fabrics and wood veneers. Echo connects to Alexa to play music, make calls, set alarms and timers, ask questions, control smart home devices, and more -- instantly. Echo averages 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 2,200 reviewers, and with the current discount you can grab it for yourself (or someone else) now for just $79.99. See the discounted Echo deal now on Amazon.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • How Apple’s Safari browser can save your Christmas
    by Jonny Evans on December 13, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    While I see online ads as a necessary evil if you want to keep websites in business, I’m so annoyed at the way the latest ads services seem so focused on ruining everybody’s Christmas surprise.The ads Grinch stole Christmas This is what happens: Ads sites track where you go online; retailers track you too and all this information is shared. Look at an item online, see an ad for it on the next page you go to. Not only is this behavioural retargeting vastly creepy, but when it comes to Christmas these things make it impossible to keep secrets, particularly on a shared Mac. Been looking at [insert name of hot new obsessive teenage-focused product here] with a view to buying one to gift your child? Don’t be too upset if said child gets onto your computer to check their Bitcoin investment only to find themselves staring at ads for the object of their desire. Kids aren’t stupid – they know how ads work online (even if we don’t). What’s happened? […]

  • Of Course the Nintendo Switch Sold 10 Million Units Already
    by Eric Ravenscraft on December 13, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    According to the first official numbers from Nintendo, the Switch has sold […]

  • 5 more Windows admin tasks made easy with PowerShell
    by Jonathan Hassell on December 13, 2017 at 11:00 am

    I’ve written a lot about Microsoft PowerShell on this site, but my favorite thing to do is show how to apply the scripting language to various tasks you already have to do as part of your regular role and responsibilities. In a previous article, I demonstrated how to accomplish five common administrative tasks using PowerShell.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story) […]

  • OK, now THAT'S the end!
    by Sharky on December 13, 2017 at 11:00 am

    This pilot fish is developing a series of training videos for a non-profit mental health organization, and he's pretty happy with the results."I created lessons for entering the system, setting up clients and entering client information, including family info, medicines, insurance and schools, as well as how to set up appointments and enter notes for treatment," says fish."During all that, I acquired a good working knowledge of how the clinicians conducted their therapy with clients."When the content is done, fish adds all the necessary e-learning bells and whistles, including a menu to let users select the particular lessons they want or jump to any specific lesson, along with a quick-start guide and a "tips and tricks" section.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Windows 10: A guide to the updates
    by Preston Gralla on December 12, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    The launch of a big Microsoft Windows 10 update like the Fall Creators 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 1709, known as the Fall Creators Update — with the most recent updates on top. (Note that the Fall Creators Update is on a phased rollout, so you may not have received it yet.) Below that are 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 click her […]

  • Office 365: A guide to the updates
    by Preston Gralla on December 12, 2017 at 9:32 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 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 […]

  • Microsoft's December Patch Tuesday a real yawner, so far
    by Woody Leonhard on December 12, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Microsoft released its Patch Tuesday passel a couple of hours ago, and it looks like we can all go home and enjoy some eggnog. There were two fixed vulnerabilities for Win7, and two for Win 8.1, and the (five) supported Win10 versions had three fixes apiece, all of them bundled into cumulative updates.There were no “critical” patches for Windows this month, although Internet Explorer with 13 patched vulnerabilities (9 critical) and Edge with 13 vulnerabilities (12 critical) should certainly turn your head. Assuming you still use either or both. Not many folks do.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Apple makes Macs great again with iMac Pro
    by Jonny Evans on December 12, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    In what may turn out to be this year’s most significant news for Mac users, Apple managed to squeeze one more product release into the year this side of Christmas, confirming that its iMac Pro will be “available to order” starting Dec. 14.An iMac — with superpowers On first glance, the new iMac Pro looks like any other iMac, apart from its distinctive grey (Apple calls this "Space Grey") chassis.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Microsoft's Edge browser is in serious trouble
    by Gregg Keizer on December 12, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Microsoft's Edge browser is less popular with Windows 10 users than earlier thought, if revised data from a U.S. analytics vendor can be believed.According to Net Applications of Aliso Viejo, Calif., Edge has been designated the primary browser by fewer than one in six Windows 10 users for more than a year and a half. That's a significant downgrading of Edge's user share statistics from the browser's portrayal before this month.During the 19-month span between May 2016 and November 2017 - data for that stretch was what Net Applications offered publicly - Edge was run by between 15.6% (in April 2017) and 12.2% (September 2017) of all Windows 10 users. It never reached 16.7% - or one in six - and trended downward overall, starting the period at 14.8% (May 2016) and ending it at 13.2% (November 2017), an 11% decline.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Dear Amazon and Google: Enough.
    by JR Raphael on December 12, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Gang, we need to talk. Here in the land o' tech (no relation to the Land o' Lakes, aside from a shared love of butter), things are starting to get silly.Google and Amazon, if you haven't heard, are in the midst of a very public schoolyard spat. And their little game of corporate one-upmanship shows no sign of slowing anytime soon.Here's the 30-second version, in case you haven't been following along: For years, Amazon has refused to offer Google products like Chromecast and Google Home in its online store. It also neglected to offer a readily available Prime Video app for Android up until just a few months ago (previously, you had to go out of your way to sideload the entire notification-spam-spewing Amazon storefront app just to play a lousy movie). Oh, and it still doesn't provide a way to cast videos from Prime to Google-Cast-compatible devices, which is a real thorn in the side for its many Cast-using subscribers.To read this article in full, please click her […]




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