• How to Get Started Listening to Podcasts
    by Justin Pot on March 17, 2018 at 10:40 am

    You keep hearing about podcasts—from friends, online, even on TV. But what are podcasts, and how do you get started listening to them? […]

  • What everyone gets wrong about touchscreen keyboards
    by Mike Elgan on March 17, 2018 at 10:00 am

    I’ve got good news and bad news about the future of laptops.The bad news: We’re all getting laptops that have a touchscreen on the bottom instead of a keyboard. I know. You hate the idea. That’s why it’s the bad news.The good news is that these touchscreen keyboards won’t look, act or work the way you think they will. In fact, I think you’ll love these devices. That’s why it’s the good news.At Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), which it said this week will take place starting June 4 in San Jose, the company could announce an all-screen keyboard for the iPad — a replacement for the iPad Pro Smart Keyboard — and possibly a two-screen laptop.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • China’s moves against cryptocurrencies could affect blockchain growth
    by Lucas Mearian on March 16, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    While the hype around bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has sent their prices  skyrocketing, some governments and companies are restricting activity to head off potential money laundering and protect consumers from a credit meltdown.Cryptocurrencies have begun to exit once-friendly China for more open nations and other regions and businesses are beginning to impose restrictions on how – or even whether – they can be used.Open blockchains, such as bitcoin, are only the first to be affected by increased regulatory oversight. Depending on how they're used, permissioned blockchains, or those that are centrally administered and used for general transactions, could also be affected by the push to reign in the cryptocurrency technology.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Is wireless charging bad for your smartphone?
    by Lucas Mearian on March 16, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    With Apple finally bringing native wireless charging to its iPhone lineup, the technology will become far more widely adopted, both among consumers and within corporations.Apple chose to use the Qi specification, which uses inductive charging technology, for its iPhone 8 and iPhone X lineup of smartphones. Samsung committed to the same specification for its flagship Galaxy smartphones; in all, about 90 smartphone models use Qi today, making it the industry's most popular among three standards.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • How to Make Siri Understand You Better
    by Craig Lloyd on March 16, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Siri isn’t all that great to begin with, but here are some ways to at least improve the Siri experience and get her to understand you better when shouting voice commands. […]

  • Geek Trivia: Historically, Valuable Library Books Were Protected With?
    by Jason Fitzpatrick on March 16, 2018 at 5:37 pm

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

  • Here comes Apple’s spring event -- and it's an education
    by Jonny Evans on March 16, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    New iPads, an Apple Pencil, and something unique for education lead speculation as Apple invites media to its March 27 “field trip” in Chicago, which appears to be its spring event.Let’s take a field trip The invitation reads, “Let’s take a field trip.” It appears as if it has been handwritten, featuring an ink-like drawn Apple logo and the phrase.It’s not unusual for Apple to hold a launch event in March — it most recently did so in 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2016.[ Read also: WWDC 2018: What to expect at Apple's developers conference ]Underneath the calligraphic elements the note continues to read, “Join us to hear creative new ideas for teachers and students."To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • What is cloudd, and Why Is It Running on my Mac?
    by Justin Pot on March 16, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    You might have noticed something named cloudd running on your Mac while using Activity Monitor. Should you be worried? What is this? This process is part of macOS, and is related to iCloud. […]

  • Microsoft lifts update embargo on Windows 10
    by Gregg Keizer on March 16, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Microsoft this week lifted the security update blockade on Windows 10 PCs that do not have approved antivirus software, but kept the no-patches-for-you rule in place for the more popular Windows 7.The update roadblock was assembled in early January, when Microsoft issued mitigations against the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities. Those vulnerabilities stemmed from design flaws in virtually all modern processors made by Intel, AMD and ARM. According to Microsoft, the security updates could brick PCs equipped with antivirus (AV) software that had improperly tapped into kernel memory.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Amazon’s Is Rolling Out “Brief Mode” For Some Echo Users to Make Alexa Less Talkative
    by Eric Ravenscraft on March 16, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Amazon’s Alexa is a useful voice assistant, but sometimes it can talk a little too much.Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • What Is Fuchsia, Google’s New Operating System?
    by Michael Crider on March 16, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Fuchsia a totally new operating system, currently in the very early stages of development at Google. How does it differ from Android and Chrome, and might it replace either one? Let’s break it down. […]

  • How to Set Up and Use “Routines” in Google Assistant
    by Cameron Summerson on March 16, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Google recently announced that Assistant would be getting “Routines” that let people execute multiple actions with a single phrase. Routines are now live, and here’s how to use them. […]

  • How to Make Facebook Less Annoying
    by Harry Guinness on March 16, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Facebook has become a must-use service for a lot of people. Unfortunately, Facebook has some annoying quirks, not the least of which is how it handles your news feed. Here’s how to make it better. […]

  • Best Humidifiers for Your Dry Home or Office
    by Caroline Stewart on March 16, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Dry weather isn’t just rough on your skin, it’s rough on your general health and even on your home.Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • How to Get Refunds for Apps and Games
    by Chris Hoffman on March 16, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Some app and game stores offer refunds for digital purchases, and some don’t. For example, you can get refunds for Android and iPhone apps, or PC games you purchase from Steam or elsewhere. […]

  • Not quite what he thought success would sound like
    by Sharky on March 16, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Flashback to the mid-1990s, when this electronics manufacturer is trying to get a Japanese supplier to cut its component prices -- but it's not going well, says an IT pilot fish on the inside."We had a senior purchasing manager, a no-nonsense, hardcore professional, who decided to fly out to meet directly with the supplier," fish says."He needed a laptop, which at the time weren't common in the company. But we had just purchased 20 new laptops and we had yet to distribute them. I was on vacation, so my intern pulled one out and set it up for him so he could leave the next day."What the intern forgets is that he and fish frequently add startup and alert sound files to personalize new computers for users they know pretty well. Those sounds are already set up for a different user when the intern grabs the machine for the purchasing manager.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • How to create a complete Microsoft experience on Android
    by JR Raphael on March 16, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Microsoft's Windows Phone platform may effectively be dead at this point, but don't despair: You can still get a fantastic Microsoft experience on your mobile device. You just have to look to an unlikely bedfellow.With Windows Phone (a.k.a. Windows 10 Mobile) out of the picture, Microsoft is devoting an ever-increasing amount of energy to creating its own mini-platform within Google's Android ecosystem. And given Android's immense flexibility and customization potential, that opens the door to some pretty compelling possibilities.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • 5 free and low-cost office suites that mean business
    by Paul Heltzel on March 16, 2018 at 8:53 am

    If you’re shopping around for productivity suites, the list of candidates may seem a little... short. It’s going to be Microsoft Office or Google G Suite, right? Well, not so fast. You do have choices — and they won’t break the bank.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story) […]

  • How to Use a Dark Theme in Windows 10
    by Chris Hoffman on March 16, 2018 at 8:04 am

    Windows offers a setting named Dark Mode that applies a dark theme to apps you get from the Windows Store. It doesn’t affect desktop apps, or tools like File Explorer, but we’ve got some other solutions for those. Here’s how to get your whole desktop (or as much as possible) looking dark. […]

  • Mingis on Tech: What do we know about Android P?
    by Ken Mingis on March 15, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    In the alphabet, O comes before P. So it goes with Android versions, too. But even though last year's Android 8.0 ("Oreo") hasnt even arrived for most Android smartphone users, Android P is already on the horizon, promising a slew of under-the-hood improvements and some still-to-be-unveiled must-have features.[ Further reading: The wireless road warrior’s essential guide ]A pre-release version of "P" arrived last week, though Computerworld blogger JR Raphael says it's not really ready for widespread use (except for developers). A more stable public beta will likely arrive in the next month or two.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • How to Select Hard Drives for Your Home NAS
    by Craig Lloyd on March 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    If you’re thinking about jumping into the NAS game and are shopping around for high-capacity hard drives, not just any hard drive will do. Here’s what you need to know. […]

  • Microsoft lays out a Teams vision for intelligent communications
    by Matthew Finnegan on March 15, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. – A year after its launch, Microsoft’s Teams collaboration tool is gaining traction among users and maturing as a communications platform, Microsoft officials said at this week’s Enterprise Connect conference here.The company also elaborated on plans to boost video and call capabilities within Teams, as well as using artificial intelligence (A.I.) to improve meetings.While Teams integrated with Microsoft’s unified communications capabilities at launch, in the following months it became clear that the chat app would take over Office 365 communications, replacing Skype for Business.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Geek Trivia: The Plumbing Traps Found In Sinks, Toilets, And Other Drain-Connected Items Are Intended To?
    by Jason Fitzpatrick on March 15, 2018 at 5:37 pm

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

  • Google unites Chrome OS tools and EMM vendors for single console control
    by Lucas Mearian on March 15, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    Google announced today it is integrating its Chrome OS Enterprise device management suite with four leading mobility management vendors to offer unified end-point management (UEM) capabilities.Last year, Google introduced its Chrome Enterprise suite and offered integration with VMware Workspace ONE's UEM cloud portal, allowing IT shops to manage Chrome OS devices using both native Chrome Enterprise and VMware tools from a single console.Google charges $50 per device annually for the Chrome Enterprise management service.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Hold the pitchforks! 2 overlooked realities about Android upgrades
    by JR Raphael on March 15, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    Gang, we need to talk.Over the past few weeks, as we've been getting into all the ins and outs of Android upgrades, I've heard some pretty troubling reactions.It started with my annual Android Upgrade Report Card, which found the worst overall performance I've ever measured from Android device-makers when it comes to getting OS updates into the hands of their highest-paying customers. That point was driven home by my follow-up piece, which analyzed four full years' worth of upgrade delivery data to illustrate just how consistent and significant of a trend the downward spiral has become.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • 6 Great Gardening Gadgets to Improve Your Gardening Experience
    by Jennifer Allen on March 15, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    With the arrival of Spring comes a ton of gardening chores as plants, well, spring back to life.Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • How to Add The Unofficial App Store to Plex
    by Justin Pot on March 15, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    If you use Plex, you’ve probably noticed that their Channel ecosystem is a little…lacking. A third party app store can help. […]

  • Nest’s Long-Awaited Doorbell and Smart Lock Are Now On Sale
    by Eric Ravenscraft on March 15, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    Last fall, Nest announced a video doorbell that wou…Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • How To Upgrade and Install a New Graphics Card in Your PC
    by Michael Crider on March 15, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Upgrading your desktop PC’s graphics card can give your gaming a pretty big boost. It’s also a fairly easy thing to do. In fact, the hardest part is choosing the right card right card in the first place. […]

  • Microsoft stops pushing buggy Win7 patch KB 4088875, hopefully as a precursor to yanking it
    by Woody Leonhard on March 15, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    Pity the cannon fodder.Folks who had Windows Automatic Update turned on and installed Patch Tuesday’s Monthly Rollup for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2, KB 4088875, have encountered a viper’s pit of problems.Based on reports from all over the globe, it looks like Microsoft is no longer pushing the buggy patch out the Windows Automatic Update chute — but the patch is still there if you go looking for it. Just don't go looking to Microsoft for explanations.[ Further reading: Windows 10 spring 2018 update: Key enterprise features ]Right out of the gate we were warned that KB 4088875 had problems. The KB article lists these:To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • What to Do if an App is Incompatible with Your Chromebook
    by Cameron Summerson on March 15, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Most Chromebooks have Android app support now, but not all your favorite apps are along for the ride. Here’s what to do if an app you want show up as “not compatible” with your Chromebook. […]

  • Philips Hue Dimmer Kit Review: A Great Smart Lighting Entry Point or Addition
    by Jason Fitzpatrick on March 15, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Whether you’re thinking about experimenting with smarthome lighting or you want to expand your existing Hue system, the Philips Hue Dimme…Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • How to Organize Your iPhone Photos with Albums
    by Harry Guinness on March 15, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Over time, your iPhone’s Camera Roll has probably filled up, making it harder to find images. You can solve this problem by organizing your favorite photos into albums. Here’s how to do it. […]

  • Hey, Siri: Give me a product development road map for AI
    by Jonny Evans on March 15, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Infighting, rushed development, and lack of vision have damaged Apple’s Siri development, a new report claims, citing sources involved in Siri's development.True or false? The Information cites a dozen former Apple employees for its report. Most would only speak anonymously, which means we can’t be certain the claims are true. We can be sure those claims will gain currency as they speak to the widespread narrative that Siri lags behind other voice assistants, despite research that disputes those assertions.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • How to Watch March Madness Online without a Cable Subscription
    by Cameron Summerson on March 15, 2018 at 10:40 am

    March is the biggest month of the year for college basketball. If you’re looking to catch all the March Madness action, but don’t have an active cable subscription, here are the best ways to stream all 67 games. That’s a lotta ball. […]

  • How to fix Windows 10 with an in-place upgrade install
    by Ed Tittel on March 15, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Sometimes, a Windows installation simply goes off the rails. Menus don’t open properly, icons start moving around the desktop, File Explorer acts up, and so forth and so on. Enough things can go wrong, or turn strange, that it’s important to understand various basic Windows repair strategies.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story) […]

  • Throwback Thursday: Well, we got Y2K right, anyhow
    by Sharky on March 15, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Pilot fish receives a new alarm clock as a gift, and it's a nice one. "This clock has an iPod dock, nature sounds, two alarms -- all the great new features," fish says.There's even a button on the back to switch from standard to Daylight Saving Time and back. Push the button once and the clock advances an hour; push it again and the clock drops back an hour. Now that's easy.So when March rolls around and it's time to adjust the clocks, fish makes quick work of the new alarm clock. One push of the button and -- presto! -- the clock springs forward, and fish is set for a good night's sleep.In fact, even more than a good night's sleep. He wakes up to the morning light streaming in his bedroom window — and a clock that says it's 7:30.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Chaos to Order: How Program Uninstallation Can Save Your PC [Sponsored]
    by Sponsored on March 15, 2018 at 8:04 am

    A PC is like a work desk. If you use it regularly, it gets piled up with unnecessary programs, files, documents, and folders. But unlike a work desk, it takes more time to put a PC back to order. Indeed, sometimes deleting old files and program shortcuts may be enough, but the programs on your PC require some attention too. In particular, consider uninstalling software you no longer use. […]

  • What's in the latest Firefox update? New tab page customization
    by Gregg Keizer on March 14, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Mozilla on Tuesday released Firefox 59 for Windows, macOS and Linux, continuing the trend of pushing performance improvements begun late last year.Firefox, which can be downloaded from here, updates in the background, so most users need only relaunch the browser to get the latest version. To manually update, pull up the menu under the three horizontal bars at the upper right, then click the help icon (the question mark within a circle). Choose "About Firefox." The resulting page shows that the browser is either up to date or details the updating process.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Microsoft Blocks All Windows 7 Security Updates Unless You Have Antivirus
    by Chris Hoffman on March 14, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    Microsoft is now withholding security updates from Windows 7 users who don’t have an antivirus installed. There’s a way around this limitation, but you have to manually set a registry key. […]

  • How to Use Alexa’s New Follow-Up Commands
    by Craig Lloyd on March 14, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    If you frequently give Alexa several voice commands in a row for various tasks, you may be pleased to know that Amazon has made it a lot easier and quicker to do so. […]

  • Geek Trivia: Which Of These Fruits Was A Symbol Of Hospitality In Colonial America?
    by Jason Fitzpatrick on March 14, 2018 at 5:37 pm

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

  • 5 Ways to Watch Video With Your Long-Distance Friends
    by Eric Ravenscraft on March 14, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    The internet is a wonderful tool that lets you connect with friends all around the world.Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • Top 10 file-sharing options: Dropbox, Google Drive and more
    by James A. Martin on March 14, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    File-sharing optionsIn 2004, if you tried to share a large file, you had basically two options. 1: Use a file-sharing service like YouSendIt, which was brand new at the time. Or 2: Copy the file to a disc and hand it (or mail it) to the recipient, a practice known not so affectionately as ‘sneakernet.’To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Amazon and Twitch Will Now Give Away Free PC Games Every Month
    by Eric Ravenscraft on March 14, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    The best part of having an Amazon Prime Membership is occasionally getting surprise with new, free stuff just for being a member.Click Here to Continue Reading […]

  • WWDC 2018: What to expect at Apple's developers conference
    by Jonny Evans on March 14, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    Apple will hold its 29th Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 4-8 at its new home, the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose. Here’s what to expect.What is Apple saying? Short answer: Not much. Some Apple watchers may get a little pleasure unpacking the company’s statement issued when it announced the event: "Every year, WWDC provides an opportunity for millions of developers to learn more about how to create new experiences across Apple's platforms for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, Mac and HomePod," it said.To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Massive March Patch Tuesday relaxes antivirus restrictions, but there are problems
    by Woody Leonhard on March 14, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    On a scale from 1 to 10, Microsoft in March has ratcheted the patching pace up to 11. The good news is that there are no known exploits for any of the “Critical” rated security holes. (Worth repeating: There are still no known exploits for Meltdown or Spectre.) The bad news? Reports of another forced upgrade to Win10 Fall Creators Update. Still waiting for confirmation on that one.By the numbers As usual, Martin Binkmann on, has the best summary:To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Consulting like it's 1999
    by Sharky on March 14, 2018 at 10:00 am

    It's a year before Y2K, and this company is getting desperate to make sure all its workstations and its aging mainframe will make it to the year 2000, reports a pilot fish there."My department was charged to spend 1999 checking every machine in the building for Y2K compliance, and the programmers were charged with insuring all code was Y2K compliant," fish says."My manager was in full panic mode due to all the Y2K infomercials she had seen, and in April she hired a consultant to come in and give a speech to our department. The consultant gave the usual gloom-and-doom talk about Y2K and then asked were there any questions."Fish raises his hand. You stated that part of the problem could include microwave ovens in our cafeteria, he says. Is that true?To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • Macs now account for 10% of active personal computers
    by Gregg Keizer on March 13, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Macs accounted for approximately one in every 10 personal computers used to reach the web over the last two months, according to recent data from an analytics vendor.By the tally of California-based Net Applications, macOS - the operating system that runs natively only on Macs - powered 10% of the global PC user share in January and an almost-flat 9.9% in February. The latter's number was 3.7 percentage points higher than 12 months prior, when macOS accounted for just 6.2% of all personal computers.[ Further reading: 40 tips to get the most from your Mac (and macOS 'High Sierra') ](Much of the one-year jump in macOS user share was credited to a one-time adjustment by Net Applications in late 2017; the move added 2.8 percentage points, or about three-fourths of the total increase, to the operating system's total when the firm scrubbed its data of bogus traffic promulgated by criminals' "bots.")To read this article in full, please click her […]

  • The collaboration conundrum: Companies look to consolidate around team chat apps
    by Matthew Finnegan on March 13, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    ORLANDO, Fla. – The wide variety of collaboration and communications tools now available to businesses can help connect employees in different locations, but can also result in fragmented and siloed conversations. With that in mind, a new breed of team collaboration chat apps has emerged in recent years that, in many cases, incorporate video and voice call functionality alongside text-based messaging. That means enterprise organizations can begin to  consolidate some of their existing communication tools into a single platform deployed across the business, according to a panel of CIOs at the Enterprise Connect conference here in Orlando.To read this article in full, please click her […]




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