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Keith Petersen (w8sdz)

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Computer Consultant, Amateur Radio w8sdz, Retired TV Engineer

Occupation: Computer Consultant. Retired TV Engineer. Former Manager of the SimTel Software Archive. Amateur Radio w8sdz. (Computer Consultant, TV Engineer, Software Archivist, Amateur Radio w8sdz)

Location: Port Orange, FL

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2016-03-23 02:27:55 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Android rooting bug opens Nexus phones to “permanent device compromise”
#android #security #vulnerability

Millions of Android phones, including the entire line of Nexus models, are vulnerable to attacks that can execute malicious code and take control of core functions almost permanently, Google officials have warned. They are in the process of releasing a fix, but at the moment any phone that hasn't received a security patch level of March 18 or later is vulnerable.

Most reshares: 7

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2016-03-31 16:13:26 (3 comments; 7 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Major Toshiba laptop battery recall issued after faulty units overheat and literally melt
#toshiba #laptop #battery

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall for battery packs in Toshiba laptops sold between June 2011 and January 2016. The recall affects nearly 40 different Toshiba models of PCs including Portege, Satellite, and Tecra models. The CPSC estimates the recall will affect about 91,000 units sold in the United States and another 10,000 sold in Canada.

Most plusones: 7

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2016-03-31 16:13:26 (3 comments; 7 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Major Toshiba laptop battery recall issued after faulty units overheat and literally melt
#toshiba #laptop #battery

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall for battery packs in Toshiba laptops sold between June 2011 and January 2016. The recall affects nearly 40 different Toshiba models of PCs including Portege, Satellite, and Tecra models. The CPSC estimates the recall will affect about 91,000 units sold in the United States and another 10,000 sold in Canada.

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2016-05-28 00:56:25 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Microsoft sheds light on Windows 10 update policy
#windows10 #update #policy

Microsoft plans to release single cumulative updates each month, and so-called feature updates twice a year. These cumulative updates are already used by the company. They supersede the previous month's update, and contain only security, reliability or bug fixes according to Microsoft. Feature updates on the other hand, with the next major one called the Anniversary Update out in July 2016, ship with new features and capabilities but are released less frequently.

Microsoft sheds light on Windows 10 update policy
#windows10 #update #policy

Microsoft plans to release single cumulative updates each month, and so-called feature updates twice a year. These cumulative updates are already used by the company. They supersede the previous month's update, and contain only security, reliability or bug fixes according to Microsoft. Feature updates on the other hand, with the next major one called the Anniversary Update out in July 2016, ship with new features and capabilities but are released less frequently.___

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2016-05-27 23:52:13 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Researcher warns of 'pastejacking' hack attacks targeting users' clipboards
#security #clipboard #vulnerability

Some web browsers now allow developers to add content to a user's clipboard under certain circumstances. Attackers can theoretically exploit this ability to trick users into running commands they otherwise wouldn't want entered on their computers, in order to gain remote code execution.

Researcher warns of 'pastejacking' hack attacks targeting users' clipboards
#security #clipboard #vulnerability

Some web browsers now allow developers to add content to a user's clipboard under certain circumstances. Attackers can theoretically exploit this ability to trick users into running commands they otherwise wouldn't want entered on their computers, in order to gain remote code execution.___

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2016-05-25 02:00:16 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Windows hardware specs going up for the first time since 2009
#windows10 #hardware #compatibility

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update (referred to in documentation as version 1607, so it ought to ship in July) with the first meaningful change in the Windows system requirements in almost a decade. The RAM requirement is going up, with 2GB the new floor for 32-bit installations. The new specs also change the acceptable screen sizes for Windows 10.

Windows hardware specs going up for the first time since 2009
#windows10 #hardware #compatibility

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update (referred to in documentation as version 1607, so it ought to ship in July) with the first meaningful change in the Windows system requirements in almost a decade. The RAM requirement is going up, with 2GB the new floor for 32-bit installations. The new specs also change the acceptable screen sizes for Windows 10.___

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2016-05-23 23:29:32 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

4 LastPass Settings You Must Change to Be More Secure
#lastpass #security #settings

LastPass is one of the best password managers around. While the company urges you to make your master password (the one that unlocks your account and gives access to all your other passwords) secure, there are other default settings in LastPass you should change to make your account even safer.

4 LastPass Settings You Must Change to Be More Secure
#lastpass #security #settings

LastPass is one of the best password managers around. While the company urges you to make your master password (the one that unlocks your account and gives access to all your other passwords) secure, there are other default settings in LastPass you should change to make your account even safer.___

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2016-05-23 07:32:16 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Never10 Prevents Windows 7 and 8.1 from Automatically Upgrading to Windows 10
#windows10 #upgrade #disable

Never 10 is an easy to use free utility which gives users control over whether their Windows 7 or 8.1 will upgrade itself to Windows 10. It does not install ANY software of its own. It simply and quickly performs the required system editing for its user. For more, see the "Additional Technical Information" link near the bottom of the page.

Never10 Prevents Windows 7 and 8.1 from Automatically Upgrading to Windows 10
#windows10 #upgrade #disable

Never 10 is an easy to use free utility which gives users control over whether their Windows 7 or 8.1 will upgrade itself to Windows 10. It does not install ANY software of its own. It simply and quickly performs the required system editing for its user. For more, see the "Additional Technical Information" link near the bottom of the page.___

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2016-05-23 07:06:53 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

How Microsoft's tricky new Windows 10 pop-up deceives you into upgrading
#wimdows10 #upgrade #fail

The annoying “Get Windows 10” pop-up began using deceiving malware-like tactics months ago, but it recently received an overhaul that seems purposefully designed to confuse users who have been wearily slogging through the nagging for half a year now. The Get Windows 10 (GWX) pop-up now treats exiting the window as consent for the Windows 10 upgrade.

How Microsoft's tricky new Windows 10 pop-up deceives you into upgrading
#wimdows10 #upgrade #fail

The annoying “Get Windows 10” pop-up began using deceiving malware-like tactics months ago, but it recently received an overhaul that seems purposefully designed to confuse users who have been wearily slogging through the nagging for half a year now. The Get Windows 10 (GWX) pop-up now treats exiting the window as consent for the Windows 10 upgrade.___

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2016-05-21 20:39:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Why Windows 10 Upgrades Go Wrong, and How to Avoid It
#windows10 #upgrade #tips

The New York Times has received emails every week from readers about upgrade headaches. Some say that the software system rendered their machines inoperable, while others say it broke compatibility with apps or devices they rely on. To help overcome upgrade issues, Microsoft and tech experts offered tips on diagnosing and treating Windows 10 problems.

Why Windows 10 Upgrades Go Wrong, and How to Avoid It
#windows10 #upgrade #tips

The New York Times has received emails every week from readers about upgrade headaches. Some say that the software system rendered their machines inoperable, while others say it broke compatibility with apps or devices they rely on. To help overcome upgrade issues, Microsoft and tech experts offered tips on diagnosing and treating Windows 10 problems.___

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2016-05-15 01:07:30 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

How to stop hackers from stealing your information on public Wi-Fi
#wifi #security #privacy

All of us enjoy “free internet” through WiFi hotspots libraries, coffee shops, at bars, and other public places. Hackers can access just about anything you are doing on a public WiFi. To fight them, you need to know how they can steal your data.

How to stop hackers from stealing your information on public Wi-Fi
#wifi #security #privacy

All of us enjoy “free internet” through WiFi hotspots libraries, coffee shops, at bars, and other public places. Hackers can access just about anything you are doing on a public WiFi. To fight them, you need to know how they can steal your data.___

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2016-05-14 04:19:17 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

How To Disable Your WiFi Network When An Ethernet Cable Is Connected [Windows]
#windows #ethernet #wifi #disable

When connecting to a WiFi network, Windows always favors the strongest one available. An Ethernet cable connection is almost always going to be better and Windows will favor it over WiFI connections in most cases. However, if your system refuses to favor the Ethernet connection over your WiFi network you can tell Windows to disable the connection altogether when it detects an Ethernet connection. Here’s how.

How To Disable Your WiFi Network When An Ethernet Cable Is Connected [Windows]
#windows #ethernet #wifi #disable

When connecting to a WiFi network, Windows always favors the strongest one available. An Ethernet cable connection is almost always going to be better and Windows will favor it over WiFI connections in most cases. However, if your system refuses to favor the Ethernet connection over your WiFi network you can tell Windows to disable the connection altogether when it detects an Ethernet connection. Here’s how.___

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2016-05-14 00:20:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

How Chromecast Works
#chromecast #googlecast

Chromecast is an enlarged thumb drive-sized dongle that plugs into a modern television set's HDMI port and allows you to stream (or rather cast) media from your existing computer or mobile device through your home WiFi network and onto your TV screen. Read on to find out what makes this tiny but powerful device tick.

How Chromecast Works
#chromecast #googlecast

Chromecast is an enlarged thumb drive-sized dongle that plugs into a modern television set's HDMI port and allows you to stream (or rather cast) media from your existing computer or mobile device through your home WiFi network and onto your TV screen. Read on to find out what makes this tiny but powerful device tick.___

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2016-05-13 17:35:33 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Tumblr Accounts Must Reset Passwords
#security #tumblr #password

Yahoo has forced a password reset on Tumblr account holders after it discovered that someone had accessed email addresses, and salted and hashed passwords from early 2013.

Tumblr Accounts Must Reset Passwords
#security #tumblr #password

Yahoo has forced a password reset on Tumblr account holders after it discovered that someone had accessed email addresses, and salted and hashed passwords from early 2013.___

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2016-05-13 13:39:51 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Anti-virus products, security devices affected by 7-Zip flaws
#security #7zip #vulnerability

Cisco’s Talos researchers discovered two vulnerabilities in 7-Zip, the popular open-source file archiver known for having a high compression ratio and option to password protect compressed files. Users are urged to update their vulnerable versions of 7-Zip to the latest revision, version 16.00, as soon as possible.

Anti-virus products, security devices affected by 7-Zip flaws
#security #7zip #vulnerability

Cisco’s Talos researchers discovered two vulnerabilities in 7-Zip, the popular open-source file archiver known for having a high compression ratio and option to password protect compressed files. Users are urged to update their vulnerable versions of 7-Zip to the latest revision, version 16.00, as soon as possible.___

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2016-05-12 22:16:12 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Adobe releases Flash update to fix critical security flaws
#adobe #flash #security

Adobe has patched a serious security vulnerability in Flash, which the company said hackers are actively exploiting. The flaw affects Windows, Macs, Linux and Chrome operating systems. A successful exploitation could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. Almost two-dozen other vulnerabilities were patched as part of the update.

Adobe releases Flash update to fix critical security flaws
#adobe #flash #security

Adobe has patched a serious security vulnerability in Flash, which the company said hackers are actively exploiting. The flaw affects Windows, Macs, Linux and Chrome operating systems. A successful exploitation could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. Almost two-dozen other vulnerabilities were patched as part of the update.___

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2016-05-12 11:53:23 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Research before subscribing to a VPN
#vpn #comparison #research

Thinking about subscribing to a VPN service? Get answers to the following questions first before you do so to make sure it is the right one for you. There are big differences between VPN services, from price and availability to privacy and traffic.

Research before subscribing to a VPN
#vpn #comparison #research

Thinking about subscribing to a VPN service? Get answers to the following questions first before you do so to make sure it is the right one for you. There are big differences between VPN services, from price and availability to privacy and traffic.___

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2016-05-09 21:48:17 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Which VPNs Still Work With Netflix?
#netflix #vpn #blacklisting

Netflix is getting serious in its crackdown against location pirates. In simple terms, it is blacklisting the most popular way to circumvent geographical restrictions on what content you can watch. Netflix hasn’t gotten around to blocking every VPN yet. We tested a large bunch of VPNs and found two free services that are still working, as well as two paid services.

Which VPNs Still Work With Netflix?
#netflix #vpn #blacklisting

Netflix is getting serious in its crackdown against location pirates. In simple terms, it is blacklisting the most popular way to circumvent geographical restrictions on what content you can watch. Netflix hasn’t gotten around to blocking every VPN yet. We tested a large bunch of VPNs and found two free services that are still working, as well as two paid services.___

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2016-05-09 15:41:42 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

20 fixes for a Windows 10 update meltdown
#windows10 #update #problems

If you’re having problems with Windows 10’s forced updates, you’re not alone. This isn’t meant to be an exhaustive list of problems and solutions. Instead, it tackles the most common problems, offering the most common solutions.

20 fixes for a Windows 10 update meltdown
#windows10 #update #problems

If you’re having problems with Windows 10’s forced updates, you’re not alone. This isn’t meant to be an exhaustive list of problems and solutions. Instead, it tackles the most common problems, offering the most common solutions.___

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2016-05-09 14:24:18 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

How to stop auto playing videos
#video #autoplay #browser

Many sites throughout the Internet play videos automatically when you visit them. The following guide provides you with information on how to stop the auto playing of videos in desktop and mobile web browsers.

How to stop auto playing videos
#video #autoplay #browser

Many sites throughout the Internet play videos automatically when you visit them. The following guide provides you with information on how to stop the auto playing of videos in desktop and mobile web browsers.___

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2016-05-09 13:31:19 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Google Won’t Build a Desktop Music Player, So These Guys Did
#googleplaymusic #player #desktop  

"Searching through my numerous Crome tabs just to choose a new song seemed over-complicated to me, so a dedicated desktop client made logical sense,” says the creator of Google Play Music Desktop Player. This client for Windows, OS X, and Linux provides a standalone Google Play Music experience that liberates your albums from Chrome and offers far more granular control the experience.

Google Won’t Build a Desktop Music Player, So These Guys Did
#googleplaymusic #player #desktop  

"Searching through my numerous Crome tabs just to choose a new song seemed over-complicated to me, so a dedicated desktop client made logical sense,” says the creator of Google Play Music Desktop Player. This client for Windows, OS X, and Linux provides a standalone Google Play Music experience that liberates your albums from Chrome and offers far more granular control the experience.___

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2016-05-06 17:56:07 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

How to upgrade to Windows 10 for free (while you still can)
#windows10 #upgrade #howto

Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade offer officially expires on July 29, 2016. After July 29, upgrading will cost you $119, £100 or AU$180. So if you're running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 on a laptop, desktop or tablet computer, the time to act is now.

How to upgrade to Windows 10 for free (while you still can)
#windows10 #upgrade #howto

Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade offer officially expires on July 29, 2016. After July 29, upgrading will cost you $119, £100 or AU$180. So if you're running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 on a laptop, desktop or tablet computer, the time to act is now.___

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2016-04-23 04:30:53 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Petya ransomware cracked: Get password to decrypt hard drive for free
#petya #ransomware #encryption

Victims of Petya ransomware have experienced a lock screen warning that their hard drive was encrypted with a military grade encryption algorithm and the only way to unlock it was to cough up the bitcoins to purchase a decryption key. That’s no longer true as the encryption has been defeated and a password generator has been developed so victims can decrypt their hard drives for free.

Petya ransomware cracked: Get password to decrypt hard drive for free
#petya #ransomware #encryption

Victims of Petya ransomware have experienced a lock screen warning that their hard drive was encrypted with a military grade encryption algorithm and the only way to unlock it was to cough up the bitcoins to purchase a decryption key. That’s no longer true as the encryption has been defeated and a password generator has been developed so victims can decrypt their hard drives for free.___

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2016-04-23 04:21:05 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

When Windows 10 breaks, don't just blame Microsoft
#windows10 #microsoft #trouble

It might seem easy to simply blame Microsoft for every flaw and failing in our Windows update experience, but if we want our machines to function properly, it's important to dig deeper. The root cause of the problem may well be some old software from a third party vendor.

When Windows 10 breaks, don't just blame Microsoft
#windows10 #microsoft #trouble

It might seem easy to simply blame Microsoft for every flaw and failing in our Windows update experience, but if we want our machines to function properly, it's important to dig deeper. The root cause of the problem may well be some old software from a third party vendor.___

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2016-04-20 20:49:41 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

700 Million People Just Got Encryption That Congress Can’t Touch
#encryption #viber #messenger

Viber, a messaging app with 711 million+ users, has just introduced end-to-end encryption for all messages and calls on its platform, including group chats, and a way to ‘hide’ chats on your account alongside its existing expanded deleting function. It will not be subject to US laws written by lawmakers desperate to regulate technology they do not understand.

700 Million People Just Got Encryption That Congress Can’t Touch
#encryption #viber #messenger

Viber, a messaging app with 711 million+ users, has just introduced end-to-end encryption for all messages and calls on its platform, including group chats, and a way to ‘hide’ chats on your account alongside its existing expanded deleting function. It will not be subject to US laws written by lawmakers desperate to regulate technology they do not understand.___

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2016-04-19 00:33:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

How to deal with the rising threat of ransomware
#ransomware #vulnerability #security

Behavior-based detection mechanisms are now playing a key role in detecting and preventing ransomware-based attacks., While there may be many ransomware variants in the wild, they all share a common set of traits that can be detected during execution.

How to deal with the rising threat of ransomware
#ransomware #vulnerability #security

Behavior-based detection mechanisms are now playing a key role in detecting and preventing ransomware-based attacks., While there may be many ransomware variants in the wild, they all share a common set of traits that can be detected during execution.___

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2016-04-17 21:37:57 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

A software fix for dangerous USB-C cables is coming
#usb #usbc #cables

The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), which certifies cables as safe, is announcing a new way to ensure that your devices are protected from rogue cables.

The "USB Type-C Authentication specification" is a set of software rules that a device can enforce on anything you plug into it. The new protocol will allow "host systems [to] confirm the authenticity of a USB device or USB charger, including such product aspects as the descriptors/capabilities and certification status."

A software fix for dangerous USB-C cables is coming
#usb #usbc #cables

The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), which certifies cables as safe, is announcing a new way to ensure that your devices are protected from rogue cables.

The "USB Type-C Authentication specification" is a set of software rules that a device can enforce on anything you plug into it. The new protocol will allow "host systems [to] confirm the authenticity of a USB device or USB charger, including such product aspects as the descriptors/capabilities and certification status."___

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2016-04-16 20:22:24 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Senate anti-encryption bill is itself a threat to national security
#encryption #security #privacy

The Burr-Feinstein bill aims to put the needs of law enforcement over the risk of hackers, by punching a hole in Silicon Valley's encryption effort. The bill would force companies to install a backdoor, or use weak encryption, making the data readable and useful to law enforcement who seek access to it.

The unwavering view of the security and cryptography community is that if there's a backdoor for law enforcement, hackers will find it and would take everything they can, leading to incalculable damage.

Senate anti-encryption bill is itself a threat to national security
#encryption #security #privacy

The Burr-Feinstein bill aims to put the needs of law enforcement over the risk of hackers, by punching a hole in Silicon Valley's encryption effort. The bill would force companies to install a backdoor, or use weak encryption, making the data readable and useful to law enforcement who seek access to it.

The unwavering view of the security and cryptography community is that if there's a backdoor for law enforcement, hackers will find it and would take everything they can, leading to incalculable damage.___

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2016-04-15 06:23:55 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Google’s Calendar Now Finds Spare Time and Fills It Up
#google #calendar  

Google is introducing new features to its popular calendar that will enable people to program in their aspirations for times when they don’t have work or meetings scheduled. Google’s algorithms will then seek appropriate gaps in a schedule in which stuff like exercise or discussing life with one’s spouse might be appropriate.

Google’s Calendar Now Finds Spare Time and Fills It Up
#google #calendar  

Google is introducing new features to its popular calendar that will enable people to program in their aspirations for times when they don’t have work or meetings scheduled. Google’s algorithms will then seek appropriate gaps in a schedule in which stuff like exercise or discussing life with one’s spouse might be appropriate.___

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2016-04-15 05:30:37 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Google Fiber planning wireless home Internet where fiber is too pricey
#googlefiber #wireless #internet

Google Fiber wants to provide fixed wireless Internet to homes where it wouldn't make financial sense to build fiber. They are experimenting with a number of different wireless technologies. While wireless networks are often slow, some companies are developing networks that can rival the speeds of faster wireline ones.

Google Fiber planning wireless home Internet where fiber is too pricey
#googlefiber #wireless #internet

Google Fiber wants to provide fixed wireless Internet to homes where it wouldn't make financial sense to build fiber. They are experimenting with a number of different wireless technologies. While wireless networks are often slow, some companies are developing networks that can rival the speeds of faster wireline ones.___

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2016-04-14 18:28:17 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Chrome abandons XP, Vista and older versions of OS X
#chrome #xp #vista #osx

Google yesterday released Chrome 50, dropping support for Windows XP and Vista, along with three older editions of Apple's OS X. 

The upgrade to Chrome 50 will not be recognized or downloaded by personal computers running Windows XP, Windows Vista, OS X Snow Leopard, OS X Lion or OS X Mountain Lion.

Chrome abandons XP, Vista and older versions of OS X
#chrome #xp #vista #osx

Google yesterday released Chrome 50, dropping support for Windows XP and Vista, along with three older editions of Apple's OS X. 

The upgrade to Chrome 50 will not be recognized or downloaded by personal computers running Windows XP, Windows Vista, OS X Snow Leopard, OS X Lion or OS X Mountain Lion.___

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2016-04-14 10:09:39 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

USB-IF battles malware and bad chargers with Type-C Authentication spec
#usb #usbc #authentication

One of the problems that has emerged as USB Type-C has grown in popularity is non-compliant cables and power adapters, accessories that look like they ought to work but might actually end up frying the device they're plugged into. The USB-IF has announced the USB Type-C Authentication specification to combat this problem.

USB-IF battles malware and bad chargers with Type-C Authentication spec
#usb #usbc #authentication

One of the problems that has emerged as USB Type-C has grown in popularity is non-compliant cables and power adapters, accessories that look like they ought to work but might actually end up frying the device they're plugged into. The USB-IF has announced the USB Type-C Authentication specification to combat this problem.___

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2016-04-05 20:28:10 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Adding Links to the Windows 10 Start Menu
#windows10 #startmenu #links

I’m getting more used to Windows 10, but I miss having those links on the Start menu that went right to my Documents and Pictures folders. Can I get those back? In the Windows 10 settings, you can add Start Menu shortcuts to your computer’s Documents, Pictures and other folders.

Adding Links to the Windows 10 Start Menu
#windows10 #startmenu #links

I’m getting more used to Windows 10, but I miss having those links on the Start menu that went right to my Documents and Pictures folders. Can I get those back? In the Windows 10 settings, you can add Start Menu shortcuts to your computer’s Documents, Pictures and other folders.___

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2016-04-01 21:41:56 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Raspberry Pi: Amazon releases recipe for baking a low-cost Alexa voice assistant
#raspberrypi #alexa #assistant

Amazon has released a step-by-step guide on how to turn the $35 Raspberry Pi into a voice-controlled assistant. The instructions demonstrate how to set up the single board computer to use Amazon's Alexa Voice Service to create a low-cost alternative to the Echo, Amazon's $180 smart speaker.

Raspberry Pi: Amazon releases recipe for baking a low-cost Alexa voice assistant
#raspberrypi #alexa #assistant

Amazon has released a step-by-step guide on how to turn the $35 Raspberry Pi into a voice-controlled assistant. The instructions demonstrate how to set up the single board computer to use Amazon's Alexa Voice Service to create a low-cost alternative to the Echo, Amazon's $180 smart speaker.___

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2016-03-31 18:06:42 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

How to clean install Windows the right way
#windows #windows10 #installation

Sometimes, the best way to fix deep-seated Windows issues is to burn everything to the ground and start from scratch. Reinstalling Windows refreshes the operating system, which gets rid of most corruption, errors, and viruses. Performing a clean install the right way takes some pre-wipe prep work in order to preserve your files and other saved data, though.

How to clean install Windows the right way
#windows #windows10 #installation

Sometimes, the best way to fix deep-seated Windows issues is to burn everything to the ground and start from scratch. Reinstalling Windows refreshes the operating system, which gets rid of most corruption, errors, and viruses. Performing a clean install the right way takes some pre-wipe prep work in order to preserve your files and other saved data, though.___

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2016-03-31 16:13:26 (3 comments; 7 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Major Toshiba laptop battery recall issued after faulty units overheat and literally melt
#toshiba #laptop #battery

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall for battery packs in Toshiba laptops sold between June 2011 and January 2016. The recall affects nearly 40 different Toshiba models of PCs including Portege, Satellite, and Tecra models. The CPSC estimates the recall will affect about 91,000 units sold in the United States and another 10,000 sold in Canada.

Major Toshiba laptop battery recall issued after faulty units overheat and literally melt
#toshiba #laptop #battery

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall for battery packs in Toshiba laptops sold between June 2011 and January 2016. The recall affects nearly 40 different Toshiba models of PCs including Portege, Satellite, and Tecra models. The CPSC estimates the recall will affect about 91,000 units sold in the United States and another 10,000 sold in Canada.___

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2016-03-31 14:44:08 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Easily Control Automatic and Unwanted Windows 7 & 8.1 Upgrading to Windows 10
#windows7 #windows10 #upgrade

Never 10 is an easy to use free utility which gives users control over whether their Windows 7 or 8.1 will upgrade itself to Windows 10. This utility does not install ANY software of its own. It simply and quickly performs the required system editing for its user. It may also be used to easily re-enable Windows operating system automatic upgrading.

Easily Control Automatic and Unwanted Windows 7 & 8.1 Upgrading to Windows 10
#windows7 #windows10 #upgrade

Never 10 is an easy to use free utility which gives users control over whether their Windows 7 or 8.1 will upgrade itself to Windows 10. This utility does not install ANY software of its own. It simply and quickly performs the required system editing for its user. It may also be used to easily re-enable Windows operating system automatic upgrading.___

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2016-03-31 14:35:37 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Why should I upgrade from Windows 7 to 10?
#windows #windows10 #upgrade

Why should I upgrade from Windows 7 to 10? What are the benefits? Only you can decide whether you want to jump in now or wait until you buy a new PC, which will have been designed to run Windows 10. This article discusses the pros and cons.

Why should I upgrade from Windows 7 to 10?
#windows #windows10 #upgrade

Why should I upgrade from Windows 7 to 10? What are the benefits? Only you can decide whether you want to jump in now or wait until you buy a new PC, which will have been designed to run Windows 10. This article discusses the pros and cons.___

2016-03-31 13:54:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Microsoft is dramatically cutting the free space available in OneDrive
#microsoft #onedrive #storage

The storage limit for all free OneDrive accounts will become 5 GB. If you currently have a free account with a 15 GB storage limit, that limit will reduce to 5 GB. All new free accounts will have 5 GB storage. The 15 GB camera roll storage bonus will also be discontinued for free accounts.

Microsoft is dramatically cutting the free space available in OneDrive
#microsoft #onedrive #storage

The storage limit for all free OneDrive accounts will become 5 GB. If you currently have a free account with a 15 GB storage limit, that limit will reduce to 5 GB. All new free accounts will have 5 GB storage. The 15 GB camera roll storage bonus will also be discontinued for free accounts.___

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2016-03-29 06:18:35 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Apple re-issues iOS 9.3 after crippling older devices, confusing customers
#ios9 #update #fix

Apple today replaced the iOS 9.3 update with a new version after the original crippled some older devices last week, and confused large numbers of unaffected customers when their iPhones and iPads told them that they weren't connected to the Internet when in truth they were. The initial version of iOS 9.3 threw owners of older hardware -- iPhone 5S and earlier, and iPad Air and earlier -- for a loop when it asked them for their Apple ID and password, normally not a step in the iOS update process.

Apple re-issues iOS 9.3 after crippling older devices, confusing customers
#ios9 #update #fix

Apple today replaced the iOS 9.3 update with a new version after the original crippled some older devices last week, and confused large numbers of unaffected customers when their iPhones and iPads told them that they weren't connected to the Internet when in truth they were. The initial version of iOS 9.3 threw owners of older hardware -- iPhone 5S and earlier, and iPad Air and earlier -- for a loop when it asked them for their Apple ID and password, normally not a step in the iOS update process.___

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2016-03-24 10:40:05 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Don't – don't – install iOS 9.3 on your iPad 2: Upgrade bricks slabs
#ipad2 #ios9 #fail

Apple's latest iOS update, version 9.3, is bricking iPad 2 devices.  Reg readers, along with those on Apple's support and discussion boards, say their iPad 2s are unable to fully update to iOS 9.3 due to error messages that, for the time being at least, render the device unusable. The hardware is left in a mid-install limbo, it appears, preventing people from backing out of or progressing through the botched upgrade.

Don't – don't – install iOS 9.3 on your iPad 2: Upgrade bricks slabs
#ipad2 #ios9 #fail

Apple's latest iOS update, version 9.3, is bricking iPad 2 devices.  Reg readers, along with those on Apple's support and discussion boards, say their iPad 2s are unable to fully update to iOS 9.3 due to error messages that, for the time being at least, render the device unusable. The hardware is left in a mid-install limbo, it appears, preventing people from backing out of or progressing through the botched upgrade.___

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2016-03-23 02:27:55 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Android rooting bug opens Nexus phones to “permanent device compromise”
#android #security #vulnerability

Millions of Android phones, including the entire line of Nexus models, are vulnerable to attacks that can execute malicious code and take control of core functions almost permanently, Google officials have warned. They are in the process of releasing a fix, but at the moment any phone that hasn't received a security patch level of March 18 or later is vulnerable.

Android rooting bug opens Nexus phones to “permanent device compromise”
#android #security #vulnerability

Millions of Android phones, including the entire line of Nexus models, are vulnerable to attacks that can execute malicious code and take control of core functions almost permanently, Google officials have warned. They are in the process of releasing a fix, but at the moment any phone that hasn't received a security patch level of March 18 or later is vulnerable.___

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2016-03-16 09:50:13 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Big-name sites hit by rash of malicious ads spreading crypto ransomware [Updated]
#malware #ads #ransomware

Mainstream websites, including those published by The New York Times, the BBC, MSN, and AOL, are falling victim to a new rash of malicious ads that attempt to surreptitiously install crypto ransomware and other malware on the computers of unsuspecting visitors, security firms warned.

Big-name sites hit by rash of malicious ads spreading crypto ransomware [Updated]
#malware #ads #ransomware

Mainstream websites, including those published by The New York Times, the BBC, MSN, and AOL, are falling victim to a new rash of malicious ads that attempt to surreptitiously install crypto ransomware and other malware on the computers of unsuspecting visitors, security firms warned.___

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2016-03-15 04:01:16 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

The Ultimate Comparison of Nearly Every VPN on the Market
#vpn #security #privacy

Considering the fact that VPNs are useful for so many things today, you should be shopping for a VPN if you don’t have one already. If you need help picking one, this enormous Google spreadsheet is packed with over 100 different VPN services. It compares all of their features, stances, downsides, and prices.

The Ultimate Comparison of Nearly Every VPN on the Market
#vpn #security #privacy

Considering the fact that VPNs are useful for so many things today, you should be shopping for a VPN if you don’t have one already. If you need help picking one, this enormous Google spreadsheet is packed with over 100 different VPN services. It compares all of their features, stances, downsides, and prices.___

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2016-03-15 02:50:25 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Two-factor authentication (2FA) versus two-step verification (2SV)
#security #password #2fa #2sv

As we go about our online lives, many of us have considered enabling two-factor authentication (2FA) or two-step verification (2SV) on our accounts. Both measures introduce another element into a service's login process. For that reason, plenty of reputable sources online have left the impression that there is no difference between the two concepts. But those reports are wrong.

Two-factor authentication (2FA) versus two-step verification (2SV)
#security #password #2fa #2sv

As we go about our online lives, many of us have considered enabling two-factor authentication (2FA) or two-step verification (2SV) on our accounts. Both measures introduce another element into a service's login process. For that reason, plenty of reputable sources online have left the impression that there is no difference between the two concepts. But those reports are wrong.___

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2016-03-12 00:33:18 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Update Flash now – targeted attacks exploiting security holes
#flash #security #vulnerability

Windows, Mac and Linux users are being urged to update their installations of Adobe Flash, after the company pushed out a security patch addressing 23 reported vulnerabilities in the software. Adobe recommends users of the Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime for Windows and Macintosh update to 21.0.0.182 or later.  If you are running Flash Player on Linux, the version you should be running is 11.2.202.577 or later.

Update Flash now – targeted attacks exploiting security holes
#flash #security #vulnerability

Windows, Mac and Linux users are being urged to update their installations of Adobe Flash, after the company pushed out a security patch addressing 23 reported vulnerabilities in the software. Adobe recommends users of the Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime for Windows and Macintosh update to 21.0.0.182 or later.  If you are running Flash Player on Linux, the version you should be running is 11.2.202.577 or later.___

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2016-03-11 01:37:17 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Firefox 45 browser update patches 22 critical vulnerabilities
#firefox #security #privacy

The latest version of the Firefox browser comes with security fixes for a total of 40 vulnerabilities, 22 of which are deemed critical. Tab Groups have now been removed for users of the Firefox browser on Windows, Mac and Linux, although users can still keep this functionality if they wish through add-ons.

Firefox 45 browser update patches 22 critical vulnerabilities
#firefox #security #privacy

The latest version of the Firefox browser comes with security fixes for a total of 40 vulnerabilities, 22 of which are deemed critical. Tab Groups have now been removed for users of the Firefox browser on Windows, Mac and Linux, although users can still keep this functionality if they wish through add-ons.___

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2016-03-06 23:51:53 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Linux: How To Fix Failed to fetch Google Chrome Stable Release
#chrome #update #linux

If you are using Google Chrome on Linux you may get an error saying "Failed to fetch hxxp://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/dists/stable/Release Unable to find expected entry 'main/binary-i386/Packages' in Release file (Wrong sources.list entry or malformed file) Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead." This article explains why.

Linux: How To Fix Failed to fetch Google Chrome Stable Release
#chrome #update #linux

If you are using Google Chrome on Linux you may get an error saying "Failed to fetch hxxp://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/dists/stable/Release Unable to find expected entry 'main/binary-i386/Packages' in Release file (Wrong sources.list entry or malformed file) Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead." This article explains why.___

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2016-03-02 23:35:51 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Windows 10 May Delete Your Programs Without Asking
#windows10 #update #problems

If you’ve applied a major update to Windows 10 recently, you might notice that a couple of your apps have gone missing. It’s not a bug. Windows 10 is removing apps it considers incompatible or outdated.

Windows 10 May Delete Your Programs Without Asking
#windows10 #update #problems

If you’ve applied a major update to Windows 10 recently, you might notice that a couple of your apps have gone missing. It’s not a bug. Windows 10 is removing apps it considers incompatible or outdated.___

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2016-02-29 23:06:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

The Raspberry Pi 3: Faster, Better, with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
#raspberrypi #pi3

The Raspberry Pi 3 may be the ultimate mini-computer. It contains things that should have been included from the start, but weren’t, like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Performance has also seen a significant bump. The Raspberry Pi 3 does this while keeping its bargain-basement price of $35.

The Raspberry Pi 3: Faster, Better, with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
#raspberrypi #pi3

The Raspberry Pi 3 may be the ultimate mini-computer. It contains things that should have been included from the start, but weren’t, like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Performance has also seen a significant bump. The Raspberry Pi 3 does this while keeping its bargain-basement price of $35.___

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2016-02-29 05:34:16 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Bernie Sanders, Other Senators Oppose Charter Merger
#charter #twc #bhn #merger  

Combining the nation’s second, third and sixth largest cable companies would in effect create another Comcast with little interest in customer service or quality, argues the Senators, focused instead solely on growth and anti-competitive behavior. The new, larger company would serve 24 million customers in 41 states.

Bernie Sanders, Other Senators Oppose Charter Merger
#charter #twc #bhn #merger  

Combining the nation’s second, third and sixth largest cable companies would in effect create another Comcast with little interest in customer service or quality, argues the Senators, focused instead solely on growth and anti-competitive behavior. The new, larger company would serve 24 million customers in 41 states.___

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2016-02-28 22:22:17 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

How to make Linux's desktop look good on high-resolution displays
#linux #hidpi #hires

If you're running GNOME 3 in Linux, your first boot will have you looking for your reading glasses. Luckily, you can save your eyes and enjoy that glorious screen you paid for with a few steps. This article will show you how to change the scaling settings for GNOME 3, Mozilla’s Firefox and Thunderbird, and Chromium.

How to make Linux's desktop look good on high-resolution displays
#linux #hidpi #hires

If you're running GNOME 3 in Linux, your first boot will have you looking for your reading glasses. Luckily, you can save your eyes and enjoy that glorious screen you paid for with a few steps. This article will show you how to change the scaling settings for GNOME 3, Mozilla’s Firefox and Thunderbird, and Chromium.___

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2016-02-26 20:52:44 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Microsoft introduces more Windows 10 lock screen ads, but removing them is easy
#windows10 #ads #lockscreen

Microsoft has said it will use various methods to monetize the platform. Now it has made good on this promise, as several users have reported seeing Rise of the Tomb Raider ads appearing on their devices. Luckily, disabling the ads is very simple.

Microsoft introduces more Windows 10 lock screen ads, but removing them is easy
#windows10 #ads #lockscreen

Microsoft has said it will use various methods to monetize the platform. Now it has made good on this promise, as several users have reported seeing Rise of the Tomb Raider ads appearing on their devices. Luckily, disabling the ads is very simple.___

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