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  Day of week Date News & Tips Number    
Sat 10/28/2017 1064
Fri 10/27/2017 1063
Thur 10/26/2017 1062
Wed 10/25/2017 1061
Tue 10/24/2017 1060
Mon 10/23/2017 1059
Sun 10/22/2017 1058

Sat 1064  10/28/2017

(On Nov 4th, APCUG is having a Virtual Conference.  Some of the topics should be view by most members.  You have to pre-register and be logged in before the Conference begins.  Check out http://ccs.org/Tips/NewsTips/NTIndex.htm )

 

(Of note on the News & Tips main page, http://ccs.org/Tips/NewsTips/NTIndex.htm ,  we have two changes.  On the top left is APCUG info including Youtube Virtual Technology Conference Channel to be able to view past conference videos to see more.  The new ones mentioned above are delayed before you will see them on the channel, so any that interest you, register and view them live.

The other change is on the top right of the page to access Bob Gostischa's document of how to uninstall your current AV package and install AVAST.  Also are tips on what he believes are programs that are of value and good standing and other advice.  I don't agree with all that Bob has on his pages, but do agree that most of its good information.)

 

Harman Kardon Invoke review: The first Cortana speaker sounds amazing

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/harman-kardon-invoke-review-first-130000303.html

 

Windows 10: Your phone linking is broken (for some)

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/10/19/windows-10-phone-linking/

 

Your Computer Doesn’t Care If You Lose Everything: Back It Up Right Now

https://www.howtogeek.com/264594/your-computer-doesnt-care-if-you-lose-everything-back-it-up-right-now/

 

6 common problems with Netgear routers and how to fix them

https://www.windowscentral.com/problems-netgear-routers-and-how-fix-them

 

Roku Ultra (2017) review: Stuck in the middle

A few people will be happy for the features offered at this price, but most people don't need to pay for them at all.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3233868/streaming-hardware/roku-ultra-2017-review.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-10-25

 

Apple Denies Lowering Face ID Camera Quality to Boost iPhone X Production

https://www.extremetech.com/mobile/257918-apple-denies-lowering-face-id-quality-boost-iphone-x-production

 

Are cybercriminals spying on you? Here’s how to stop them.

https://blog.avast.com/are-cybercriminals-spying-on-you-heres-how-to-stop-them?et_cid=77926&et_rid=99890972&mailing=con_oo_pc_paac_sec_all_2017_q4_bojj_news10

 

Google Home and Assistant Pick Up Over 50 Activities for Kids

https://www.thurrott.com/smart-home/142275/google-home-assistant-pick-50-activities-kids?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8BsERz6YP_9TEx_zyhZMin45wNbRETwUuHSlfs4rwO0i-Z2Y2j6lvDK9TtSbnPB4hhgLG3ui0DWimwrdEzVIVmf1wkRA&_hsmi=57739994

 

How to mute or turn off Sound in auto-playing Video on any website

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/mute-sound-auto-playing-video

 

BadRabbit runs out of steam – but be prepared for the next ransomware attack

https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/featured/badrabbit-runs-steam-prepared-next-ransomware-attack/#new_tab

 

Computer education to improve with the Raspberry Pi powered Pi-top

The new Raspberry Pi powered Pi-top hopes to improve computer education with a hands on approach

https://www.pcauthority.com.au/news/computer-education-to-improve-with-the-raspberry-pi-powered-pi-top-475461

 

Coda is a next-generation spreadsheet designed to make Excel a thing of the past

From rows and columns to custom apps

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/19/16497444/coda-spreadsheet-krypton-shishir-mehrotra

 

5 Uber Tips & Tricks to Make Your Next Ride More Enjoyable

https://www.maketecheasier.com/uber-tips-tricks/

 

Slack Adds Interactive Screen-Sharing Feature

Slack also today announced plans to wind down the standalone Screenhero app it acquired in 2015.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/357003/slack-adds-interactive-screen-sharing-feature

 

Best Storage Deals

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-ssd-hdd-thumbrive-deals,5240.html

 

Google's AlphaGo AI no longer requires human input to master Go

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/google-apos-alphago-ai-no-122900260.html

 

How to analyze Windows 10 upgrade errors

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/10/19/how-to-analyze-windows-10-upgrade-errors/

 

How to Find a Style You Don’t See on the Home Tab in Microsoft Word

https://www.howtogeek.com/268681/how-to-find-a-style-you-dont-see-on-the-home-tab-in-microsoft-word/

 

Mind Maps Pro for Windows 10 is a must-try app for note takers

https://www.windowscentral.com/mind-maps-pro-windows-10-must-try-app-note-takers

 

Channels DVR review: Ad-skipping helps justify the price for Apple TV owners

This over-the-air DVR has high barriers to entry, but one killer feature.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3229007/streaming-hardware/channels-dvr-review.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-10-25

 

Microsoft Revives the Intellimouse, Launching Soon for $40 (how much for a wire mouse?)

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/257936-microsoft-revives-intellimouse-launching-soon-4

 

8 tips for maximum iPhone 8 security and privacy

https://blog.avast.com/8-tips-for-maximum-iphone-8-security-and-privacy?et_cid=77926&et_rid=99890972&mailing=con_oo_pc_paac_sec_all_2017_q4_bojj_news10

 

Mozilla Embraces Progressive Web Apps

https://www.thurrott.com/mobile/142280/mozilla-embraces-progressive-web-apps?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8BsERz6YP_9TEx_zyhZMin45wNbRETwUuHSlfs4rwO0i-Z2Y2j6lvDK9TtSbnPB4hhgLG3ui0DWimwrdEzVIVmf1wkRA&_hsmi=57739994

 

Your connection was interrupted – ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/your-connection-was-interrupted

 

Rule #1: If you want something to be private, don't broadcast it (even blurred out!) on TV

For a change, it’s not a password that is revealed.

https://www.grahamcluley.com/qr-code-blurred/

 

Panasonic launches new Toughpad FZ-Q2 semi-rugged convertible PC

https://www.pcauthority.com.au/news/panasonic-launches-new-toughpad-fz-q2-semi-rugged-convertible-pc-475050

 

Pixel vs. Pixel 2: the five biggest changes

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/19/16502636/google-pixel-vs-pixel-2-changes-design-camera

 

Why Are Smartphones So Delicate? The Quest for Solid Devices

https://www.maketecheasier.com/why-are-smartphones-so-delicate/

 

Amazon Announces Cloud Cam Home Security Camera

Amazon's intelligent 1080p security camera with Alexa integration, night vision, motion detection, two-way audio, and subscriptions for up to 10 cameras and 30 days of video recordings.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/356994/amazon-announces-cloud-cam-home-security-camera

 

A First Look At Samsung's PM971 Entry-Level NVMe SSD

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/samsung-pm971-m.2-nvme-ssd,35755.html

 

Windows 10 Home vs. Pro vs. 10 S: Which version is right for you?

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/windows-10-home-vs-pro-230721402.html

 

DoNotSpy10 3.0 for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/10/18/donotspy10-3-0-for-the-windows-10-fall-creators-update/

 

How to Tweak and Rearrange Android’s Quick Settings Dropdown

https://www.howtogeek.com/231078/use-android-6.0%E2%80%99s-hidden-system-ui-tuner-to-customize-your-quick-settings-and-status-bar/

 

A closer look at Microsoft's updated Mail and Calendar apps with Fluent Design on Windows 10

https://www.windowscentral.com/closer-look-microsofts-updated-mail-and-calendar-apps-fluent-design

 

Amazon Fire TV (2017) review: This is a step backward, even with 4K HDR

Cheap UltraHD streaming, but with a lot of problems.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3234687/streaming-hardware/amazon-fire-tv-2017-review-a-regression-even-with-4k-hdr.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-10-25

 

Windows 10 Adds Anti-Ransomware Feature in Fall Update

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/257880-windows-10-adds-anti-ransomware-feature-fall-update

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, prepare your CPU—web browser mining is coming

https://blog.avast.com/ladies-and-gentlemen-prepare-your-cpu-web-browser-mining-is-coming?et_cid=77926&et_rid=99890972&mailing=con_oo_pc_paac_sec_all_2017_q4_bojj_news10

 

How to get Android Auto in your car (and why you want to!)

https://www.komando.com/tips/397090/how-to-get-android-auto-in-your-car-and-why-you-want-to

 

Wise Game Booster helps optimize your gameplay

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/optimize-gameplay-wise-game-booster

 

Health Department told to 'get its act together' after NHS hack report exposes basic IT security failings

Critics of the Health Secretary call on him to act and say the National Audit Office report reveals ‘a catalogue of failures’

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/health-department-it-security-wannacry-nhs-hack-report-jeremy-hunt-funding-national-audit-office-nao-a8021881.html

 

Kaspersky Confirms It Downloaded Classified Docs, Blames NSA Contractor’s Dumb Mistake

https://gizmodo.com/kaspersky-confirms-it-downloaded-classified-docs-blame-1819837978

 

August acquired by huge lock conglomerate

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/19/16502790/august-home-acquisition-assa-abloy

 

The Benefits of Mobile WiFi and Who It’s Best For

https://www.maketecheasier.com/benefits-of-mobile-wifi/

 

China's Pollution Crackdown Means More Expensive Gadgets

Factories are being closed down to allow inspections to happen, meaning delayed orders, reduced output, and that's going to impact prices.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/357010/chinas-pollution-crackdown-means-more-expensive-gadgets

 

Intel X299 Motherboard Roundup

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-intel-x299-motherboard-roundup,5217.html

 

The Surface Book 2's secret weapon is ceramic, says Panos Panay

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/surface-book-2-apos-secret-144500204.html

 

O&O ShutUp10 update arrives in time for the Fall Creators Update

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/10/17/oo-shutup10-update-arrives-in-time-for-the-fall-creators-update/

 

I Got Scammed by a Counterfeiter on Amazon. Here’s How You Can Avoid Them

https://www.howtogeek.com/267701/i-got-scammed-by-a-counterfeiter-on-amazon-heres-how-you-can-avoid-them/

 

What's new with Microsoft Edge in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

https://www.windowscentral.com/whats-new-microsoft-edge-windows-10-fall-creators-update

 

Sharp Roku TV review: A good entry-level 4K UHD TV

Though it's a no-frills model, Sharp's 55-inch TV handles the basics well

https://www.techhive.com/article/3229388/smart-tv/sharp-roku-tv-review.html?idg_eid=2914952899143e38c59803c3c475b7ef&email_SHA1_lc=8e9af2cda9ff2ddb107159563ea4d341cd6a5e62&cid=th_nlt_techhive_bestof_html_2017-10-25

 

New Gmail Tools Easily Merge Data with Other Apps

https://www.infopack

ets.com/news/10211/new-gmail-tools-easily-merge-data-other-apps

 

Bermuda cyber hack: Offshore law firm data hack leaves super-rich bracing for financial details to be released

Bermuda-based Appleby, which has offices in British tax havens, said some client data 'compromised' in 2016 cyber incident - leak comes 

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/appleby-offshore-law-firm-hack-data-super-rich-financial-details-bermuda-a8018451.html

 

Pro Tip: Use this Google feature to drastically cut data usage

https://www.komando.com/tips/424129/pro-tip-use-this-google-feature-to-drastically-cut-data-usage

 

How to open Command Prompt from the Task Manager using CTRL key

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/open-command-prompt-from-task-manager

 

Samsung's Sonos Playbar Clone Isn't Worth It

https://gizmodo.com/samsungs-sonos-playbar-clone-isnt-worth-it-1819664185

 

Microsoft hits back at Google’s approach to security patches

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/19/16502624/microsoft-google-security-patches-chrome-bu

 

10 Games You Can Play on Linux with Wine

https://www.maketecheasier.com/games-play-on-linux-with-wine/

 

IDrive

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2362675,00.asp

 

G.Skill Lays Claim To ‘World’s Fastest’ SO-DIMM Memory Kit For Mini-ITX Motherboards

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/gskill-ddr4-3800-so-dimm,35744.html

 

In the battle of SSD vs. HDD storage, the winner is clear

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/battle-between-ssd-vs-hdd-221508697.html

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Fri 1063  10/27/2017

iPhone 8 tips: How to force restart, enter recovery, and DFU mode

If you try to force a restart on your iPhone 8 the old way, you'll get a nasty surprise!

http://www.zdnet.com/article/iphone-8-tips-how-to-force-restart-enter-recovery-and-dfu-mode/

 

Equifax may have been hacked again (update: not a breach)

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/equifax-may-hacked-again-132100739.html

 

Wi-fi security flaw Krack explained

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/wi-fi-security-flaw-krack-125726213.html

 

4 crazy Chromebook myths, debunked

Realize it or not, you've probably heard plenty of hokum about Google's Chrome OS platform. Time to separate fact from fiction.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/2474456/chrome-os/chromebook-myths.html

 

Amazon has unlocked iPhone 7 and 7 Plus refurbs at great prices right now

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/amazon-unlocked-iphone-7-7-plus-refurbs-great-190844981.html

 

Amazon Fire HD 10 review (2017): A $150 tablet that's actually good

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/amazon-fire-hd-10-2017-184100826.html

 

5 Google Drive Hacks That Will Transform the Way You Work

For millions of businesses, G-Drive is an essential collaboration tool. Here's how to make it work even harder for you.

https://www.inc.com/amanda-pressner-kreuser/5-google-drive-hacks-that-will-transform-way-you-work.html

 

Tim Cook's iPhone X won't stay in his pocket (AAPL)

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/tim-cook-apos-iphone-x-150730708.html

 

9 States Will Require Passports for Domestic Flights Within the U.S.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/154a00e9-3c2d-3cef-97db-4613b15d5044/ss_9-states-will-require.html

 

You can now download the Google Pixel 2 launcher on any phone

https://www.androidcentral.com/you-can-now-download-google-pixel-2-launcher-any-phone

 

Citing 'a few' malfunctions, Google nukes touch function from Home Mini

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/citing-apos-few-apos-malfunctions-004821713.html

 

Outlook for desktops will behave a lot like the mobile app

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/outlook-desktops-behave-lot-mobile-200600177.html

 

Why I pre-ordered the Pixelbook

Chromebooks are great for low price devices, but this is why I'm choosing a Pixelbook as my next laptop.

https://www.androidcentral.com/why-i-pre-ordered-pixelbook

 

Target expands partnership with Google on voice shopping, Google Express

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/target-expands-partnership-google-voice-140056063.html

 

SanDisk’s new accessory will save you $150 on an iPhone X, and it’s discounted on Amazon

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/sandisk-accessory-save-150-iphone-x-discounted-amazon-161341418.html

 

Google's $20 USB-C to 3.5mm headphone adapter is now $9

https://www.androidcentral.com/googles-20-usb-c-35mm-headphone-jack-adapter-now-9

 

If You Think the Equifax Data Breach Is Scary, Check Out This Statistic

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/think-equifax-data-breach-scary-112100914.html

 

The first iPhone X units have shipped from China, but things aren’t looking good

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/first-iphone-x-units-shipped-china-things-aren-152342438.html

 

Amazon and Microsoft are teaming up on A.I. -- without Google

  - The new Gluon code will make it easier for developers to use open-source artificial intelligence frameworks, including those that Amazon and Microsoft support.

  - Google, which open-sourced the popular TensorFlow AI framework, is not involved at this point.

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/12/amazon-and-microsoft-are-teaming-up-on-a-i-without-google.html

 

Steve Wozniak announces tech education platform Woz U

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/steve-wozniak-announces-tech-education-150142233.html

 

Uh oh: It looks like the iPhone X’s sky-high price is actually scaring away Apple fans

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/uh-oh-looks-iphone-x-sky-high-price-154832762.html

 

Google Has Made a Mess of Robotics

 Its scattered, ambiguous, frequently abandoned objectives for its string of big acquisitions have hurt the whole field.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-12/google-has-made-a-mess-of-robotics

 

iPhone 8’s swelling battery problem appears in the US for the first time

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/iphone-8-swelling-battery-problem-appears-us-first-140831775.html

 

We Heart It says a data breach affected over 8 million accounts, included emails and passwords

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/heart-says-data-breach-affected-134910665.html

 

Analyst on AT&T: ‘The Wheels Are Falling Off of Satellite TV’

http://www.barrons.com/articles/analyst-on-at-t-the-wheels-are-falling-off-of-satellite-tv-1507828055?mod=yahoobarrons&ru=yahoo&yptr=yahoo

 

Chinese startup's '8K' VR headset is surprisingly advanced

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/chinese-startup-apos-apos-8k-213200425.html

 

It's just gotten a lot easier to reprint keys from photographs

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apos-just-gotten-lot-easier-154244163.html

 

Apple explored buying a medical-clinic start-up as part of a bigger push into health care

  - Apple's health team was until recently deep in talks to buy Crossover Health, the venture-backed start-up that runs its on-site medical clinic.

  - It's not clear if Apple wanted to own and operate a network of health clinics, like its retail stores, or simply partner to sell products with a health-related angle, like the Apple Watch

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/16/apple-considered-acquisition-of-crossover-health-part-of-health-push.html

 

Microsoft's Windows 10 breaches privacy law, says Dutch DPA

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/microsoft-apos-windows-10-breaches-111655188.html

 

Astro's Luna Display will turn your iPad's front camera into a clever button

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/astro-apos-luna-display-turn-152540509.html

 

Google adds some basic antivirus features to Chrome for Windows

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/16/16482802/google-chrome-windows-extensions-default-reset-anti-virus

 

Legal battle escalates between Qualcomm and Apple

https://finance.yahoo.com/video/legal-battle-escalates-between-qualcomm-204600563.html

 

Latest Adobe Flash vulnerability allowed hackers to plant malware

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/latest-adobe-flash-vulnerability-allowed-191600731.html

 

The Pi-Top turns a Raspberry Pi into a laptop to help teach coding

Do you want to build a laptop?

https://www.theverge.com/platform/amp/circuitbreaker/2017/10/16/16481566/pi-top-raspberry-coding-diy-modular-laptop

 

WD is developing 40TB hard drives powered by microwaves

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/wd-developing-40tb-hard-drives-123000721.html

 

It’s official: iPhone X is the first new iPhone I’ve been excited about since 2014

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/official-iphone-x-first-iphone-ve-excited-since-140824165.html

 

Will solid-state batteries power us all?

Electric cars powered by solid-state batteries could be on the road by 2020—but existing batteries are improving all the time

https://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2017/10/economist-explains-6

 

Sprint's Safe and Found combines parental controls with location info

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/sprint-apos-safe-found-combines-194500977.html

 

U.S. buyers favor iPhone 7 over 8 - research

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apple-iphone-7-outselling-iphone-8-analyst-135021960--finance.html

 

Samsung announces Connect Tag tracker that uses cellular IoT tech to help you find people and things

https://venturebeat.com/2017/10/16/samsung-announces-connect-tag-tracker-that-uses-narrowband-iot/

 

pi-top outs a new laptop for budding coders and hardware hackers

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/pi-top-outs-laptop-budding-142400299.html

 

Apple Pay Cash Will Boost Apple Inc. Stock … With Time

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apple-pay-cash-boost-apple-135835767.html

 

iPhone 8 and Galaxy Note 8 Are Both Fragile, But One Is Much Easier to Break

Apple and Samsung have sacrificed durability for innovation, according to a new study.

https://www.thestreet.com/story/14317470/1/iphone-8-galaxy-note-8-breakability.html?puc=yahoo&cm_ven=YAHOO&yptr=yahoo

 

Why the Russia ad scandal could actually be a win for Facebook

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/facebooks-recent-russia-scandal-appeal-marketers-201149086.html

 

Google revamps its Security Checkup feature with personalized suggestions for your account

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/google-revamps-security-checkup-feature-200050648.html

 

HOW TO GET WINDOWS 10 FALL CREATORS UPDATE

https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-get-windows-10-fall-creators-update/amp

 

4 ways you can get hacked through your smartphone

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/4-ways-can-get-hacked-smartphone-191055310.html

 

Android's 'instant' apps are now leaner and faster

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/android-apos-apos-instant-apos-180100066.html

 

How to check if someone has read your email

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/10/15/how-to-check-if-someone-has-read-your-email.html

 

2nd-gen August Smart Lock gets a deep discount now that the new models are here

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/2nd-gen-august-smart-lock-gets-deep-discount-204746460.html

 

How to Use Portrait Mode on an iPhone 7 Plus, 8 Plus, or X

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/portrait-mode-iphone-7-plus-201527522.html

 

Microsoft's anti-malware sniffing service powers Edge to top spot in browser blocking tests

NSS Labs says Windows 10's default browser is better at blocking phishing and socially-engineered malware attacks than Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3233287/web-browsers/microsofts-anti-malware-sniffing-service-powers-edge-to-top-spot-in-browser-blocking-tests.html

 

Huawei Mate 10 hands-on: Faster, more helpful AI

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/huawei-mate-10-hands-faster-130000643.html

 

Mobile phone companies appear to be providing your number and location to anyone who pays

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/mobile-phone-companies-appear-providing-200442024.html

 

Microsoft's New Android Invasion Has Started

https://www.forbes.com/sites/ewanspence/2017/10/15/microsoft-android-launcher-edge-browser-new-app/#282994136e33

 

Warning for millions of Americans using online dating apps

https://www.yahoo.com/gma/warning-millions-americans-using-online-225609421.html

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Thur 1062  10/26/2017

New Ransomware ‘Bad Rabbit’ Spreading Quickly Through Russia and Ukraine

There’s a potentially massive new ransomware spreading in eastern Europe.

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/59yb4q/bad-rabbit-petya-ransomware-russia-ukraine

 

YouTube bans gun modding tutorials after Las Vegas shooting

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/youtube-bans-gun-modding-tutorials-201900931.html

 

Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive: Which One Should You Buy?

https://www.maketecheasier.com/oculus-rift-vs-htc-vive/

 

AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X CPU Review

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-ryzen-threadripper-1900x-cpu,5222.html

 

Senators announce new bill that would regulate online political ads

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/19/16502946/facebook-twitter-russia-honest-ads-act

 

How to rollback & uninstall Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/rollback-uninstall-windows-10-creators-update

 

Windows 10 build 17025 releases with new features (coming attractions for Spring of next year, author dubbing it 1803)

The latest Insider preview for Windows 10 version 1803 (build 17025) brings improved settings, fonts, Fluent Design — Here's what you need to know.

https://pureinfotech.com/windows-10-build-17025-new-features/

 

ArchLabs Makes Up for Parabola's Curve Balls

https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/ArchLabs-Makes-Up-for-Parabolas-Curve-Balls-84823.html

 

How to get OneDrive Files On-Demand in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-get-onedrive-files-demand-windows-10-fall-creators-update

 

Windows 10 Redstone 4 (RS4) Builds Changelog

https://www.askvg.com/windows-10-redstone4-rs4-changelog

 

How to Experience Windows Mixed Reality Without a Headset

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/experience-windows-mixed-reality-without-headset

 

What to Do If Your Social Security Number Is Stolen

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/what-to-do-ssn-stolen,news-18742.html

 

Report: iPhone X Face ID Accuracy Takes a Hit

Face ID components are so complex and fragile Apple needed to reduce accuracy to allow manufacturers to combine them, Bloomberg says. But Apple denies it.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/356993/report-apple-reduced-face-id-accuracy-to-allow-iphone-x-pro

 

How to Set Your Default Location for Windows 10 Apps

https://www.howtogeek.com/264809/how-to-set-your-default-location-for-windows-10-apps/

 

A look at Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/10/22/a-look-at-ubuntu-17-10-artful-aardvark/

 

Walmart launches Mobile Express Returns to refund or exchange online items in physical stores

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/walmart-launches-mobile-express-returns-041154738.html

 

How to Set Up RetroArch, The Open-Source Cross-Platform Retro Game Emulator

https://www.maketecheasier.com/set-up-retroarch/

 

AMD X370 Motherboard Roundup

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-amd-x370-motherboard-roundup,5219.html

 

Google adds ‘try now’ button on Play Store listings to highlight Android Instant Apps

Making it easier to use apps without downloading them

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/19/16502198/google-android-instant-apps-play-store-try-it-now-button

 

Microsoft Surface won’t turn on, start up or wake from Sleep

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/microsoft-surface-wont-turn-start

 

How to delete files older than X days automatically on Windows 10

You can free up space and keep things organize by only deleting files that are older than a certain number of days in any folder — Here's how to do it.

https://pureinfotech.com/delete-files-older-than-days-windows-10/

 

Kinect, One of Microsoft's Most Revolutionary Ideas, Is Dead, But It Will Live on in iPhone X

https://gizmodo.com/kinect-one-of-microsofts-most-revolutionary-ideas-is-1819845998

 

Best UPS Backup Batteries For Your PC

https://www.windowscentral.com/best-ups-your-pc

 

Facebook can’t kill clickbait because listicles and annoying headlines are all its fault

https://qz.com/754751/facebook-is-responsible-for-the-rise-of-clickbait-so-why-does-it-want-to-shut-it-down/

 

Laptop Starting Prices Are a Joke. Don't Be the Punchline

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/laptop-starting-prices-are-deceptive

 

What to Do If Your Roku Remote Is Lost or Broken

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/roku-remote-troubleshooting,review-3578.html

 

Twitter to Disclose Who Paid for Ads on its Platform

Twitter unveiled the new effort after US senators introduced legislation that would require tech companies to add disclaimers to political ads.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/356985/twitter-to-disclose-who-paid-for-ads-on-its-platform

 

How to Use Your Free Windows 10 License After Changing Your PC’s Hardware

https://www.howtogeek.com/226510/how-to-use-your-free-windows-10-license-after-changing-your-pc%E2%80%99s-hardware/

 

Remove old Windows files after Fall Creators Update installation

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/10/21/remove-old-windows-file-after-fall-creators-update-installation/

 

OK, everyone needs to stop panicking about this morning’s big iPhone X rumor

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/ok-everyone-needs-stop-panicking-morning-big-iphone-155832597.html

 

With VR Technology Going Mainstream, Will You Be Using VR?

https://www.maketecheasier.com/vr-technology-going-mainstream/

 

Microsoft Details Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Rollout

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/microsoft-details-windows-fall-creators-update-rollout,35749.html

 

Google matches Apple by reducing Play Store fee for Android app subscriptions

From 30 percent to 15 percent

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/19/16502152/google-play-store-android-apple-app-store-subscription-revenue-cut

 

How to delay the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/delay-the-windows-10-anniversary-update

 

Apple hasn't given up on the Mac Mini

https://www.pcauthority.com.au/news/apple-hasnt-given-up-on-the-mac-mini-475940

 

Powerful Lobby Group Wants to Keep AI Unregulated

https://gizmodo.com/powerful-lobby-group-wants-to-keep-ai-unregulated-1819842165

 

Stop letting cords win the war with this $11 Emarth cable management system

https://www.windowscentral.com/thrifter-deal-emarth-cable-management-system

 

Hackers hit plastic surgery, threaten to release patient list and photographs

https://www.welivesecurity.com/2017/10/24/plastic-surgery-hacking-dark-overlord/#new_tab

 

How to Pin any File to the Taskbar in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/96525-pin-file-taskbar-windows-10-a.html

 

How to better manage your iCloud file storage

https://www.macworld.com/article/3227927/data-center-cloud/how-to-better-manage-your-icloud-file-storage.html

 

'BadRabbit' Ransomware Targets Systems in Russia, Ukraine

The attack appears to be based on Petya, a malicious code that was used for another ransomware outbreak in June.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/356977/badrabbit-ransomware-targets-systems-in-russia-ukraine

 

How to Use Your iPad as a Second Monitor for Your PC or Mac

https://www.howtogeek.com/100886/how-to-use-your-ipad-as-a-second-monitor-for-your-pc-or-mac/

 

Remove the 3D Objects folder from This PC in Windows 10

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/10/20/remove-3d-objects-from-this-pc-in-windows-10/

 

World’s top Apple insider says every iPhone will abandon Touch ID next year

https://www.yahoo.com/news/world-top-apple-insider-says-every-iphone-abandon-125112865.html

 

How to Add Online and Offline Videos to Word Documents

https://www.maketecheasier.com/add-videos-word-documents/

 

South Korean Banks Accuse Newegg, ASI Of Ponzi Scheme (Updated)

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/banks-accuse-newegg-asi-ponzi-scheme,35753.html

 

Microsoft quietly added an anti-cheat game feature to Windows 10

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/19/16503452/microsoft-windows-10-fall-creators-update-trueplay-anti-cheat-gaming

 

What is Firmware? Definition and Types

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/what-is-firmware

 

Gartner predicts 2% growth in PCs, tablets and smartphones

https://www.pcauthority.com.au/news/gartner-predicts-2-growth-in-pcs-tablets-and-smartphones-475656

 

US warns of ongoing attacks on energy firms and critical infrastructure

https://www.welivesecurity.com/2017/10/22/us-warns-ongoing-attacks-energy-firms-critical-infrastructure/#new_tab

 

Madden NFL 18 free to play this weekend on Xbox One

https://www.windowscentral.com/madden-nfl-18-free-play-weekend-xbox-one

 

FBI failed to break into nearly 7000 mobiles due to encryption

https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/fbi-failed-to-break-into-nearly-7000-mobiles-due-to-encryption-19123.html#new_tab

 

How to Restore Default Apps for File Extension Type Associations in Windows 10

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/8703-restore-default-file-type-associations-windows-10-a.html

 

How Optimized iPhone Storage works with iCloud Photo Library

https://www.macworld.com/article/3227889/data-center-cloud/how-optimized-iphone-storage-works-with-ilcoud-photo-library.html

 

Google Assistant Gets 50+ Voice Games, Activities

The kid- and family-friendly games and activities are available today in the US on Google Home and other Google Assistant-equipped smart speakers and smartphones.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/356983/google-assistant-gets-50-voice-games-activities

 

How to Reset Your Entire Network in Windows 10 and Start From Scratch

https://www.howtogeek.com/265870/how-to-reset-your-entire-network-in-windows-10-and-start-from-scratch/

 

How to fix Memory Management Bluescreens on Windows 10

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/10/20/how-to-fix-memory-management-bluescreens-on-windows-10/

 

Be Prepared for a Huge Pullback in Apple Inc. (AAPL) Stock

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/prepared-huge-pullback-apple-inc-173158450.html

 

A Suspected Network Of 13,000 Twitter Bots Pumped Out Pro-Brexit Messages In The Run-Up To The EU Vote

https://www.buzzfeed.com/jamesball/a-suspected-network-of-13000-twitter-bots-pumped-out-pro#.laQa9AVnl

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Re. FYI#1060 (Tues 10/24/2017):

Could Your Internet Price Double Soon? Wall Street Bets On 'Yes'

This refers to stand-alone Internet, favored by cord cutters. And I have to say, I told you so, right here in my comments on previous FYI postings. Bundled services will follow a different trajectory. Mine will go up 40 percent when my contract enters its post-introductory phase. No free lunches here!

Google's annual report shows more web traffic is encrypted

Google themselves have led the way, employing https by default in Chrome 62 or 63, soon to be released (November, 2017).

 

Should You Buy a 4K Laptop in 2017?

Just another way to waste Internet bandwidth. 4K does not make a laptop's display easier to use, and it is not a visible difference over "Retina Displays". Screens where 4K really makes a visible difference are about 60 inches or bigger, and viewed from less than 12 feet away from the screen. Anything smaller or farther, and human vision cannot detect any difference. Now HDR is a different matter...

The movement to regulate Facebook is attracting powerful new allies

The scariest words in the American Language are: "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help". The proposed Act is tantamount to government censorship of Facebook content.

 

How to view the Advanced Threat Protection Reports

This is a feature of Enterprise Editions only.

 

How could you not buy this 55″ 4K Roku TV for just $398?

If I had room on my wall, I might be interested in this one. Wake me up when there's a comparable feature set in the 32-inch range.

 

5 Ways Small Businesses Can Revamp Password Management

6th way -- stop using passwords and use microchips and/or hardware keys, combined with face scans (Windows Hello style, not Apple iPhone style).

 

iOS 11 uptake leaves iOS 10 – and Android 8 – in the dust

Don't blame Alphabet/Google/Android for this! Phone manufacturers don't offer OS upgrades on Android phones. It would cut too much into new phone sales. My Moto G4 is a victim of this mentality. Apple users will need new phones in many cases to get iOS 11. So the article is comparing apples with oreos, so to speak.

 

Help Me, Laptop: My Hard Drive is Broken

I once replaced a laptop hard drive. It was very easy to do. Formatting and transferring the system and data was a bit more involved, but manageable. The resulting laptop worked faster than before the upgrade.

 

How to Stop Pop-Ups on Android

I don't get those on my phone. And I didn't do anything special.

 

Tech Term Confusion: “Memory” Means RAM, Not Storage

I can't tell you how many times advertisers have tried to pull the stunt of confusing these terms when I was looking for a modestly priced tablet! They also do it for phone specs.

 

TEST YOUR NETWORK BANDWITH USING IPERF3

This is a server program designed to be used by system administrators. Don't even think about trying to use it on your home network.

 

Realtek Driver update keeps being offered by Windows Update

This is a case for using show & hide. And for using a Group Policy setting (Pro Edition) to tell MS Update not to offer driver updates. The driver being offered is 90 percent likely to be wrong for the system experiencing this issue.

 

Cheap Apple Watch - If You Exercise

And if you don't exercise -- watch you insurance premiums go up. Just like those Black Box tattletales some car insurers have been offering. Make one mistake and you lose your discounts.

 

How to Use Instant Apps on Android

ADHD much? This concept is so stupid, I don't even have words for it.

 

How to Get Android Oreo Features on Older Devices

I don't want the feature changes -- I want the security upgrades so I can start using Bluetooth and WiFi again!

 

Re. FYI#1061 (Wed 10/25/2017):

Reaper IoT botnet could be more devastating than Mirai

Even though this is a scareware ad, Bitdefender's box is a good investment, as it also includes AV protection for all your devices including phones and PCs for one subscription price.

 

Verizon’s streaming TV service reportedly delayed until spring 2018 at the earliest

With 2019 being the start date for the ATSC-3 conversion process, maybe this delay will work to Verizon's advantage. New standards for OTA broadcasts, and broadcasters using Internet connections, could change the streaming services landscape considerably.

 

New FBI Director: Mobile Encryption Is 'Huge Problem'

Their "problem" is our protection. What will you give up to feel more secure?

 

Samsung to Give Linux Desktop Experience to Smartphone Users

Still not a reason to buy one of these phones, but DeX does have this capability. Phones are becoming powerful enough to serve as CPUs for some desktop computing tasks.

 

What Are hiberfil.sys and pagefile.sys, and How Do I Remove Them?

Short answer -- you do NOT remove these files! Never, on any device. If you do this you can seriously damage Windows 10. BTW, hiberfile.sys is no longer used just for hibernating the device. It is also used in the hybrid shutdown state, which is the default Windows 10 shutdown mode for all devices with battery power in them.

 

List all installed packages on Windows machines

Sadly, this utility in Windows since Windows 8, does not list all installed packages. The Windows Installer is not the only way to install software in recent Windows editions. Portable and Windows Store Apps aside, there are plenty of programs which use other methods to install into Windows 10, and leave very different Registry traces. CCleaner does a better job of listing installed software, but its listing is also incomplete on many systems. I haven't found any Windows utility which lists all installed software. It's much simpler in Linux, where there's a single directory with all the launchers ready for viewing. A list can be made from the contents of that one Directory (for installed packages -- not for stand-alone software).

 

The eight most outrageous things cities did to lure Amazon for HQ2

Massachusetts made multiple applications, one for each city where the HQ might be located. Not much by way of incentives, though. New Hampshire made one proposal covering their whole State. Those are the ones where I know what quirks were in the proposals. Other places probably have their own quirks.

 

How to Install and Use Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

Most important thing to do if you have any other third party anti-anything: Go to the Settings and downgrade from Free Trial to Free version. Your PC will thank you.

 

Kaspersky Fights Spying Claims with Independent Code Review

Now if only Avast and AVG would do the same!

 

From My Own Reading:

Tesla makes quick work of Puerto Rico hospital solar power relief project 

https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/24/tesla-makes-quick-work-of-puerto-rico-hospital-solar-power-relief-project/

 

Amazon Key opens your home for indoor deliveries

https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/25/amazon-key-service-delivery-access-unlock-door/

What could possibly go wrong!

 

Apple 'downgrades accuracy of iPhone X facial recognition'

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/10/25/apple-downgrades-accuracy-iphone-x-facial-recognition/

Meanwhile, Microsoft's Windows Hello continues to get more and more accurate. One of the advantages of using 3D-Sense cameras instead of the very intricate and complicated method used by Apple. Then again, there are no phones I know of with 3D-Sense.

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Reaper IoT botnet could be more devastating than Mirai

https://www.bitdefender.com/box/blog/iot-news/reaper-iot-botnet-devastating-mirai/#new_tab

 

Get $150 off the Apple 10.5-inch iPad Pro right now at Best Buy

You deserve the best that technology has to offer.

https://www.imore.com/thrifter-deal-get-150-apple-105-inch-ipad-pro-right-now-best-buy

 

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak: iPhone X is the first iPhone I won't buy on 'day one'

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apple-co-founder-steve-wozniak-203746498.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_09

 

The Best Cheap Laptops of 2017

You don't have to spend thousands of dollars to get a capable PC for everyday computing. Here's what you need to know to achieve the perfect balance of price and features in a budget laptop.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2371334,00.asp

 

How to Force Windows Indexing Service to Run Faster

https://www.maketecheasier.com/force-windows-indexing-service-run-faster/

 

Best Webcams

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/best-webcams

 

How to prevent lens fog with any VR headset

Clear up your sight with these quick tips to reduce lens fog in virtual reality.

https://www.vrheads.com/how-prevent-lens-fog-any-vr-headset

 

How to Stop Your Webcam From Freezing and Crashing on Windows 10

https://www.howtogeek.com/267946/how-to-stop-your-webcam-from-freezing-and-crashing-on-windows-10/

 

The Pixel 2’s Screen May Have a Serious Burn-in Problem

https://www.extremetech.com/mobile/257814-pixel-2s-screen-may-serious-burn-problem

 

How to Pin website to Taskbar or Start Menu using Edge in Windows 10

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/pin-website-to-taskbar-start-menu-edge

 

[Windows 10 Tip] Remove “My People” Button and Pinned Contacts from Taskbar

https://www.askvg.com/windows-10-tip-remove-my-people-button-and-pinned-contacts-from-taskbar/

 

How to Use Android Oreo's Picture-in-Picture Feature

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/android-oreo-picture-in-picture,review-4608.html

 

What the “KRACK attacks” mean to you

A vulnerability has been discovered in a critical wireless security protocol. I'll discuss whether you should worry and what steps you should take.

https://askleo.com/krack-attacks-mean/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=JOCSTSprK3dfbL

 

Configure Controlled Folder Access in Windows 10

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/10/24/configure-controlled-folder-access-in-windows-10/

 

Verizon’s streaming TV service reportedly delayed until spring 2018 at the earliest

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/19/16504304/verizon-streaming-tv-service-delayed-spring-2018-report

 

Amazon has great prices right now on 200GB and 256GB microSD cards

https://www.yahoo.com/news/amazon-great-prices-now-200gb-256gb-microsd-cards-003024380.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_09

 

New FBI Director: Mobile Encryption Is 'Huge Problem'

The FBI has reportedly failed to unlock up to 7,000 devices in its possession.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/356963/new-fbi-director-mobile-encryption-is-huge-problem

 

How to Install Wine Gallium Nine in Linux for Near-Native Gaming Performance

https://www.maketecheasier.com/install-wine-gallium-nine-linux/

 

How to Crop the Background Out of an Image in Paint 3D

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/remove-background-paint-3d

 

Thrustmaster T.Flight HOTAS X review: You don't need to break the bank for a badass joystick

https://www.windowscentral.com/thrustmaster-tflight-hotas-x-review

 

How to Insert the Current Month and Year in a Word Document That Automatically Updates

https://www.howtogeek.com/267499/how-to-insert-the-current-month-and-year-in-a-word-document-that-automatically-updates/

 

Samsung to Give Linux Desktop Experience to Smartphone Users

https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/Samsung-to-Give-Linux-Desktop-Experience-to-Smartphone-Users-84896.html

 

How to display the Command Line in Windows 10 Task Manager

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/display-command-line-windows-10-task-manager

 

[Software Update] CCleaner 5.36 Now Available for Download

https://www.askvg.com/ccleaner-freeware-system-optimization-and-privacy-tool/

 

What to Do If You're Infected by Ransomware

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/ransomware-what-to-do-next,news-25107.html

 

What Are hiberfil.sys and pagefile.sys, and How Do I Remove Them?

Hiberfil.sys and pagefile.sys are two Windows system files that support two very important features: hibernation and virtual memory.

https://askleo.com/what_are_hiberfilsys_and_pagefilesys_and_how_do_i_remove_them/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=JOCSTSprK3dfbL

 

List all installed packages on Windows machines

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/10/23/list-all-installed-packages-on-windows-machines/

 

The eight most outrageous things cities did to lure Amazon for HQ2

All the applications are in

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/19/16504042/amazon-hq2-second-headquarters-most-funny-crazy-pitches-proposals-stonecrest-new-york

 

New ransomware is causing major issues across Europe and Russia

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/ransomware-causing-major-issues-across-214900809.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_09

 

Amazon Fire TV (2017)

https://www.pcmag.com/review/356904/amazon-fire-tv-2017

 

8 Alternatives to Whatsapp that Actually Respect Your Privacy

https://www.maketecheasier.com/alternatives-to-whatsapp/

 

KRACK Wi-Fi attack - the rules haven't changed

Don’t panic. Patch.

https://www.grahamcluley.com/krack-wi-fi-attack/

 

How to turn Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers on and off

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-turn-and-windows-mixed-reality-motion-controllers

 

How to Stop Your Webcam From Freezing and Crashing on Windows 10

https://www.howtogeek.com/267946/how-to-stop-your-webcam-from-freezing-and-crashing-on-windows-10/

 

The best cheap laptop you can buy

The best cheap laptops will make you wonder why anyone spends more

https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/best-budget-laptops/

 

Automatically delete files in Downloads folder & Recycle Bin after 30 days in Windows 10

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/automatically-delete-files-download-folder-recycle-bin-30-days

 

What to do when ransomware strikes your Mac

https://www.macworld.com/article/3229511/security/what-to-do-when-ransomware-strikes-your-mac.html

 

How to Install and Use Malwarebytes Anti-Malware

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/malwarebytes-how-to,news-18841.html

 

Why Does My Computer Say I Need to Be Administrator, When I Am?

We'll look at why Windows asks you for administrator privileges even though you are the administrator, and what to do when it does.

https://askleo.com/why_does_my_computer_say_i_need_to_be_administrator_when_i_am/?awt_l=GnD8k&awt_m=JOCSTSprK3dfbL

 

Configure Attack Surface Reduction in Windows 10

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/10/23/configure-attack-surface-reduction-in-windows-10/

 

Facebook is testing subscriptions for Instant Articles on Android

The paywall is here

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/19/16504026/facebook-subscriptions-instant-articles-android-fb-paywall

 

Microsoft just purchased all of GE's newest Irish wind farm capacity for the next 15 years

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/microsoft-just-purchased-ge-apos-201441071.html

 

Kaspersky Fights Spying Claims With Independent Code Review

The company's CEO said on Monday it had nothing to hide, amid accusations Russian hackers used Kaspersky Lab products to spy on the US.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/356957/kaspersky-fights-spying-claims-with-independent-code-review

 

How to Install Linux Software on a Mac with MacPorts

https://www.maketecheasier.com/install-linux-software-on-mac/

 

Microsoft bug-tracking database was 'hacked by Wild Neutron gang'

2013 breach was more significant than previously thought.

https://www.grahamcluley.com/microsoft-bug-tracking-hack/

 

How to manage Cortana settings on the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-manage-cortana-settings-windows-10-fall-creators-update

 

Explainer: Why do our computing devices seem to slow down?

https://www.pcauthority.com.au/feature/explainer-why-do-our-computing-devices-seem-to-slow-down-475971

 

Windows 10 security: Here's how to shield your files from ransomware, says Microsoft

Microsoft explains how its next-gen security can protect files from being encrypted by ransomware extortionists.

http://www.zdnet.com/google-amp/article/windows-10-security-heres-how-to-shield-your-files-from-ransomware-says-microsoft/

 

How to link Android phone or iPhone to Windows 10 PC

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/link-android-phone-iphone-to-windows-10

 

How to set up your iPhone for disaster alerts

https://www.macworld.com/article/3234384/iphone-ipad/how-to-set-up-your-iphone-for-disaster-alerts.html

 

13 Essential Online-Banking Security Tips

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/1148-online-banking-security-tips.html

 

Microsoft’s Surface Precision Mouse offers better ergonomics and extra buttons

The Surface Precision Mouse brings better ergonomics, great accuracy and control to keep you productive with flawless scrolling.

https://pureinfotech.com/surface-precision-mouse-ergonomics-extra-buttons/

 

Disable Office DDEAUTO to mitigate attacks

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/10/23/disable-office-ddeauto-to-mitigate-attacks/

 

A brief guide to mobile AI chips

Do I need one? What is it? Seriously, what’s going on?

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/19/16502538/mobile-ai-chips-apple-google-huawei-qualcomm

 

The Galaxy S9 will have an advantage over every other Android phone next year

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/galaxy-s9-advantage-over-every-other-android-phone-231302417.html

 

Hackers hit plastic surgery, threaten to release patient list and photographs

https://www.welivesecurity.com/2017/10/24/plastic-surgery-hacking-dark-overlord/#new_tab

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Latest edition of CyberHeistNews

Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:24 am (PDT

CyberheistNews Vol 7 #42 U.S. warns about phishing attacks on nuclear, energy, aviation, water, and manufacturing industries

http://bit.ly/2z5Et2R

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Tue 1060 10/24/2017

(NOTICE: I have just this afternoon had a system update to the Fall Creators update (1709) via Windows Update)

 

Scam Alert: Your Trusted Friends Can Hack Your Facebook Account

https://thehackernews.com/2017/10/facebook-account-hacking-scam.html

 

Phishing Emails that Invoke Fear, Urgency, Get the Most Clicks

The most commonly clicked phishing emails include urgent calls to action, or exploit victims' desire for popularity.

https://www.darkreading.com/endpoint/phishing-emails-that-invoke-fear-urgency-get-the-most-clicks/d/d-id/1330100

 

Could Your Internet Price Double Soon? Wall Street Bets On 'Yes'

http://www.ibtimes.com/could-your-internet-price-double-soon-wall-street-bets-yes-2599053

 

WiFi mesh networks can detect your breathing

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/wifi-mesh-networks-detect-breathing-132200859.html

 

New Mirai-Like Malware Targets IoT Devices

The new IoT malware, called Reaper or IoTroop, could be used to launch massive DDoS attacks, according to security firm Check Point.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/356926/new-mirai-like-malware-targets-iot-devices

 

How to Enable Key Repeating in macOS

https://www.howtogeek.com/267463/how-to-enable-key-repeating-in-macos/

 

Newegg is selling a 34-inch 3440-by-1440 display for $480 today

The LG 34UB88-P is $480 today at Newegg.

https://www.techconnect.com/article/3234352/computers/newegg-is-selling-a-34-inch-3440-by-1440-display-for-480-today.html

 

Acer Swift 1 (SF1113-31 P5CK) Review

https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/acer-swift-1

 

Will Ting Save You Money on Mobile? Category: Mobile

https://askbobrankin.com/will_ting_save_you_money_on_mobile.html

 

Review: Amazon Echo (Second-Gen)

https://www.thurrott.com/smart-home/142138/review-amazon-echo-second-gen?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9pPP8OflzDjB2Awi0RQ-CDICch3hjetMTHKgBa32ZkkD1gA6-_L0VvruCdyIToT-a_7BTY3AJJtCRIgREuizbND-sqWQ&_hsmi=57704536

 

How To: Spybot 2 Free Step-by-Step Guide

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/448-spybot-tutorial-anti-malware-tips-settings.html

 

The best cheap laptop you can buy

The best cheap laptops will make you wonder why anyone spends more

https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/best-budget-laptops/

 

Google's annual report shows more web traffic is encrypted

The number of websites and devices defaulting to HTTPS is climbing.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/21/googles-annual-report-shows-more-web-traffic-is-encrypted/

 

Microsoft needs to partner with the NFL and other sports to mainstream Windows Mixed Reality

https://www.windowscentral.com/windows-mixed-reality-sports-mainstream

 

Should You Buy a 4K Laptop in 2017?

https://www.maketecheasier.com/buy-4k-laptop/

 

The movement to regulate Facebook is attracting powerful new allies

But will it be enough for the Honest Ads Act to pass?

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/20/16507614/honest-ads-act-facebook-klobuchar-warner-mccain

 

How to view the Advanced Threat Protection Reports

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/advanced-threat-protection-reports

 

How could you not buy this 55″ 4K Roku TV for just $398?

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/could-not-buy-55-4k-roku-tv-just-145050213.html

 

5 Ways Small Businesses Can Revamp Password Management (individuals can learn from this)

Password management is often a mess for IT professionals. We spoke to LastPass during Cybersecurity Awareness Month for tips on how businesses can improve their password practices.

https://www.pcmag.com/feature/356923/5-ways-small-businesses-can-revamp-password-management

 

How to Stop Your Webcam From Freezing and Crashing on Windows 10

https://www.howtogeek.com/267946/how-to-stop-your-webcam-from-freezing-and-crashing-on-windows-10/

 

iOS 11 uptake leaves iOS 10 – and Android 8 – in the dust

One month after its release, Apple's iOS 11 has blown past its predecessor and is now on more than half of all iPhones and iPads. That's in stark contrast to Android Oreo, which is on less than half of 1% of all Android devices even though it's been out longer.

https://www.techconnect.com/article/3234507/mobile-wireless/ios-11-uptake-leaves-ios-10-and-android-8-in-the-dust.html

 

Help Me, Laptop: My Hard Drive is Broken

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/help-laptop-hard-drive-broken

 

Is Your Hard Drive SMART Enough? Category: Hard-Drives

https://askbobrankin.com/is_your_hard_drive_smart_enough.html

 

Microsoft Explains its Rollout Strategy for the Fall Creators Update

https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/142222/microsoft-explains-rollout-strategy-fall-creators-update?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9pPP8OflzDjB2Awi0RQ-CDICch3hjetMTHKgBa32ZkkD1gA6-_L0VvruCdyIToT-a_7BTY3AJJtCRIgREuizbND-sqWQ&_hsmi=57704536

 

How to Stop Pop-Ups on Android

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/stop-popups-on-android,review-4202.html

 

This is the most diabolical Android ransomware we've ever seen

http://mashable.com/2017/10/13/android-doublelocker-ransomware/

 

Senators want to know if Apple fought back on China's VPN ban

Ted Cruz and Patrick Leahy have ten questions for Apple's CEO.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/20/senators-want-to-know-if-apple-fought-back-on-chinas-vpn-ban/

 

Grammarly for Microsoft Edge fixes all your grammar errors

https://www.windowscentral.com/grammarly-takes-microsoft-edge-one-step-closer-being-your-everyday-browser

 

How to Add “Check for Updates” Option to the Context Menu in Windows\\

https://www.maketecheasier.com/add-check-for-updates-option-context-menu/

 

Say what? Playing a puzzle video game could help improve your hearing

Play this game and call me in the morning

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/20/16507764/video-game-science-hearing-senses-perception-brain-training

 

Game Fire makes it possible to optimize your video games

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/game-fire-booster-windows

 

Microsoft's Cortana finds answers inside your Skype chats

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/microsoft-apos-cortana-finds-answers-225400330.html

 

Report: Tesla to Build Factory in China

It will be a wholly-owned factory in China's free trade zone, but Tesla could incur a 25 percent import tarrif.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/356941/report-tesla-to-build-factory-in-china

 

Tech Term Confusion: “Memory” Means RAM, Not Storage

https://www.howtogeek.com/267415/tech-term-confusion-memory-means-ram-not-storage/

 

Windows 10 quick tips: 7 ways to speed up your PC

Want Windows 10 to run faster? Take a few minutes to try out these tips, and your machine will be zippier and less prone to performance and system issues.

https://www.techconnect.com/article/3029168/microsoft-windows/windows-10-quick-tips-7-ways-to-speed-up-your-pc.html

 

Many Macs Can Be Hacked by Firmware Attacks

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/mac-firmware-attack

 

Watch Out For This New Amazon Phishing/Phone Password Scam

https://blog.knowbe4.com/watch-out-for-this-new-new-amazon-phishing/phone-password-scam

 

TEST YOUR NETWORK BANDWITH USING IPERF3

https://www.pcmech.com/article/test-network-bandwith-using-iperf3/

 

You Can Finally Turn Off That Bixby Button: Here's How

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/turn-off-bixby-button-galaxy-s8-note-8,news-25854.html

 

Data Breach Notification Most Clicked Subject in Phishing Tests

https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/data-breach-notification-phishing/

 

[Windows Tip] Remove “Share With” or “Give Access to” Option from Context Menu

https://www.askvg.com/windows-tip-remove-share-with-option-from-context-menu/

 

How to stream Windows Mixed Reality on Twitch and Mixer

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-stream-windows-mixed-reality-twitch-and-mixer

 

10 Ways to Recycle Old Macs, iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Apple Watch

https://www.maketecheasier.com/10-ways-to-recycle-old-macs-iphones-ipads-and-ipods/

 

Essential Phone is $100 off at Best Buy

Now $599.99 unlocked

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/20/16507292/essential-phone-sale

 

Realtek Driver update keeps being offered by Windows Update

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/driver-update-keeps-being-offered-by-windows-update

 

A top Microsoft exec says the idea it will kill its Surface gadget business is 'so far from the truth'

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/microsoft-says-idea-kill-surface-230200296.html

 

Synthetic Spider Silk Is on the Way (Finally)

https://www.geek.com/science/synthetic-spider-silk-is-on-the-way-finally-1720286/

 

How to Change the Windows 10 Lock Screen Timeout

https://www.howtogeek.com/267893/how-to-change-the-windows-10-lock-screen-timeout/

 

5 reasons to buy a Pixel 2 over iPhone 8 (and five reasons not to)

The choice between Google's and Apple's latest handsets isn't as one-sided as you think.

https://www.techconnect.com/article/3233312/android/5-reasons-to-buy-a-pixel-2-over-iphone-8-and-five-reasons-not-to.html

 

Get the HP Envy x360 with 8th-Gen Intel CPU for $695

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/hp-deals

 

Carbon Black Says Ransomware Kit Sales On The Dark Web Shoot UP 2,502%

https://blog.knowbe4.com/carbon-black-says-ransomware-kit-sales-on-the-dark-web-shoot-up-2502

 

Cheap Apple Watch - If You Exercise

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10210/cheap-apple-watch-if-you-exercise

 

How to Use Instant Apps on Android

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/how-to-use-android-instant-apps,review-4620.html

 

Researchers find 450,000 financial scams operating on social media

Each successful attack can cost victims tends of thousands of dollars.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/researchers-find-450000-financial-scams-operating-on-social-media/#ftag=RSSbaffb68

 

[Windows 10 Fix] Apps Icons are Missing in Start Menu after Installing Feature Update

https://www.askvg.com/windows-10-fix-apps-icons-are-missing-in-start-menu-after-installing-feature-update/

 

Best Office Chairs Under $200

https://www.windowscentral.com/best-budget-office-chairs

 

How to Get Android Oreo Features on Older Devices

https://www.maketecheasier.com/get-android-oreo-features-older-devices/

 

Twitter releases its calendar of upcoming measures to combat harassment and abuse

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/19/16505954/twitter-harassment-abuse-calendar-schedule-fixes-updates

 

Check if your PC supports Windows Mixed Reality

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/check-if-your-pc-supports-windows-mixed-reality

 

Galaxy Note 9 Will Boast Feature We Wish iPhone X Had

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/galaxy-note-9-boast-feature-203000163.html

 

Cybercrime Group FIN7 Takes Phishing Attacks to the Next Level

https://securityintelligence.com/news/cybercrime-group-fin7-takes-phishing-attacks-to-the-next-level/

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Mon 1059 10/23/2017

Windows 10 brings options to manage Startup apps to Settings

Windows 10 adds new settings page to make it easier to configure which apps run at startup — Here's how to use the new settings.

https://pureinfotech.com/windows-10-startup-apps-settings/

 

Comcast’s low-cost wireless service might be a success

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/comcast-low-cost-wireless-might-210100454.html

 

Which MacBook Should You Buy? MacBook vs. Air vs. Pro

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/macbook-vs-air-vs-pro

 

How to Increase the Number of Jump List Items in Windows 10

https://www.howtogeek.com/267705/how-to-increase-the-number-of-jump-list-items-in-windows-10/

 

How to Use the ZFS Filesystem on Ubuntu Linux

https://www.maketecheasier.com/use-zfs-filesystem-ubuntu-linux/

 

Best free Sticky Notes for Windows PC

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/best-free-sticky-notes-windows-pc

 

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update problems: how to fix them

By Matt Hanson How To 

 

Is your Windows PC playing up?

http://www.techradar.com/how-to/windows-10-fall-creators-update-problems-how-to-fix-them

 

Download Windows 10 Enterprise and LTSB Free 90-day Trial Versions

https://www.askvg.com/download-windows-10-enterprise-free-90-day-trial-version/

 

What Is 4K (Ultra HD)?

Ultra High-Definition (4K) video is the new standard in big-screen TVs. Here's what you need to know to upgrade.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2412174,00.asp

 

Five-minute allergy test passes the FDA's scrutiny

And it only needs a single drop of your blood.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/21/epfl-abionic-allergy-test-fda/

 

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Leaves Up to 30GB in Installation Files

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/257737-windows-10-fall-creators-update-leaves-30gb-installation-files

 

iPhone Upgrade Program members can get a ‘head start’ when upgrading to an iPhone X

Starting on October 23rd

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/21/16513804/apple-iphone-x-upgrade-program-members-loan-processing

 

How to deal with laptop graphics card problems

https://www.vrheads.com/how-deal-laptop-graphics-card-problems

 

How to Backup Your Android Device

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/481-android-backup-apps-tools-rooted.html

 

The Pixel 2 proves headphone jacks are truly doomed

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/pixel-2-proves-headphone-jacks-230500529.html

 

How to Recover a Deleted or Unsaved File in Microsoft Word

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/recover-deleted-file-microsoft-word

 

Instantly See Every Keyboard Shortcut on Your Chromebook with This Combo

https://www.howtogeek.com/267676/instantly-see-every-keyboard-shortcut-on-your-chromebook-with-this-combo/

 

Share Files of Any Size Securely with Onionshare

https://www.maketecheasier.com/share-files-size-securely-with-onionshare/

 

The computer restarted unexpectedly or encountered an unexpected error

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/computer-restarted-unexpectedly-encountered-unexpected-error

 

How to use Windows 10

http://www.techradar.com/how-to/computing/how-to-use-windows-10-1306689

 

Where does Update Assistant Download and Store Windows 10 Setup Files?

https://www.askvg.com/where-does-update-assistant-download-and-store-windows-10-setup-files/

 

Amazon Echo (2017)

https://www.pcmag.com/review/356920/amazon-echo-2017

 

MICROSOFT ACQUIRES ALTSPACE VR AND ANNOUNCES MIXED REALITY HEADSET RELEASE DATE

https://www.pcmech.com/article/microsoft-acquires-altspace-vr-and-announces-mixed-reality-headset-release-date/

 

In-Browser Cryptocurrency Mining is Exploding Across the Web

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/257786-browser-cryptocurrency-mining-exploding-across-web

 

GOOGLE PIXEL 2 REVIEW: PLAINLY GREAT

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/17/16486108/google-pixel-2-xl-review-android-phone-camera

 

Best Surface Pro Alternatives

https://www.windowscentral.com/best-alternatives-surface-pro

 

11 Simple Tips to Avoid Identity Theft

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/avoid-identity-theft-how-to,news-18552.html

 

Confused by Chrome? This is how to uninstall unused Chrome extensions

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/uninstall-chrome-extensions-just-few-231559103.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_08

 

HP Wows with Ceramic White Spectre 13

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/hp-spectre-13-x360-price-specs-details

 

What’s the Difference Between Sleep and Hibernate in Windows?

https://www.howtogeek.com/102897/whats-the-difference-between-sleep-and-hibernate-in-windows/

 

3 of the Best Tools to Manage System Restore Points in Windows

https://www.maketecheasier.com/manage-system-restore-points-windows/

 

Windows 10 stuck in an endless reboot loop

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/windows-10-stuck-in-endless-reboot-loop

 

Logitech Powerplay review: Wireless-charging mouse pad will make you a believer

No strings attached.

https://www.techconnect.com/article/3228525/hardware/logitech-powerplay-review-wireless-charging-mouse-pad.html

 

[KRACK] Your Encrypted WiFi Just Got Decrypted Category: Security , Wireless

https://askbobrankin.com/krack_your_encrypted_wifi_just_got_decrypted.html

 

How to Switch From an iPhone to an Android Phone

Are you over Apple? Here's how to easily make the change from iOS to Google's Android ecosystem.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2381679,00.asp

 

Twitter explains why it takes time to roll out new safety rules

The platform follows up its security calendar news with an explanation.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/21/twitter-safety-rules-process/

 

FAA Suggests Banning Laptops From Checked Luggage

https://www.extremetech.com/electronics/257775-faa-suggests-banning-laptops-checked-luggage

 

Razer made a webcam with a selfie light for streamers

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/10/20/16508668/razer-kiyo-seiren-x-xsplit-camera-microphone-razerzone

 

Chime in: Is Microsoft's Surface Book 2 too expensive?

https://www.windowscentral.com/chime-microsofts-surface-book-2-too-expensive

 

7 Easy Ways to Get Your Identity Stolen

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/7-easy-ways-identity-theft,news-20396.html

 

Comparing Alexa, Google Assistant, Cortana and Siri smart speakers

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/comparing-alexa-google-assistant-cortana-125127662.html

 

Help Me Laptop! Should I Buy a New or Refurbished Laptop?

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/buy-new-or-refurbished-laptop

 

How to Remotely Troubleshoot a Friend’s Windows PC Without Any Extra Software

https://www.howtogeek.com/268808/how-to-use-windows-10s-quick-assist-to-remotely-troubleshoot-a-friends-pc/

 

How to Change the Screen Resolution in Windows 10

https://www.maketecheasier.com/change-screen-resolution-windows10/

 

Razer Cortex Game Booster for Windows PC

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/razer-cortex-game-booster

 

Logitech G903 review: The best wireless mouse that (lots of) money can buy

You can't put a price on performance, right?

https://www.techconnect.com/article/3228745/hardware/logitech-g903-review.html

 

Security (and other) Improvements in Google Chrome Category: Browsers

https://askbobrankin.com/security_and_other_improvements_in_google_chrome.html

 

Microsoft Windows Defender Security Center

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,1926596,00.asp

 

How to Fix: Make Windows 10 Stop Flashing on Sound

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10209/how-fix-make-windows-10-stop-flashing-sound

 

Honeywell Lyric C2 Wi-Fi Security Camera review: A smarter security camera

The C2's smart sound alerts can tell you when your smoke alarm is going off and when your baby is crying.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3230449/security-cameras/honeywell-lyric-c2-security-camera-review.html

 

This headless robotic cat pillow will wag its way into your heart

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/5/16431118/qoobo-yukai-engineering-cat-tail-wagging-robot

 

Best Laptop Between $750 and $1,000

https://www.windowscentral.com/best-laptop-between-750-and-1000

 

How to Use Multi-Room Music with the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/amazon-echo-multi-room-music-setup,review-4634.html

 

Apple’s iPhone X might’ve just ruined a bunch of upcoming Android flagships

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/apple-iphone-x-might-ve-just-ruined-bunch-140858818.html

 

How to stop apps from restarting automatically at sign-in on Windows 10

Windows 10 can now restore apps from your last session after restart or shutdown, if you don't like this feature, you can disable this behaviour using these steps.

https://pureinfotech.com/stop-apps-restarting-automatically-windows-10/

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Re. FYI#1057  (Sat 10/21/2017):

Even the world’s top Apple blogger is losing it over a new MacBook Pro problem

So, thinner isn't always better? Seriously, I would think they could have a continuous membrane connecting all the key mechanisms, as some add-on keyboards for iPad have. At the heart of the issue is the integrated design thin laptops must use -- you can't take anything apart for maintenance or repairs. The Microsoft Surface suffers from similar complaints about not being repairable.

 

KRACK Wi-Fi attack - the rules haven't changed

Don’t panic. Patch.

It's all well and good to advise people to patch our own routers, our own networks and our own devices. But when you have a phone less than two years old which is no longer being updated, your Android 7 device is never going to get patched. And when you use a public network, you have no control and no way of checking to make sure their network is patched. VPN does nothing against the KRACK attack.

 

[Fix] No Internet Access After Installing Feature Update in Windows 10

As noted in one comment, this is not a fix. It is a workaround, and it is the wrong workaround. Check to see if the DHCP Client Service is running. If not, it should be restarted. Sometimes all that is needed to accomplish this is a restart, possibly more than one restart. Also, the DNS Cache may need to be flushed. Note that Windows 10 does not fully shut down during a restart. This means the system does not fully reset things like DHCP and DNS Cache. There are ways to force a full shutdown. Once this is done, a cold restart might also solve this issue.

 

What is WSAPPX and how to fix its High Disk Usage Issue

Again, this does not fix the issue. The process itself is not the underlying issue here in most cases. What usually has happened is that some Windows Store App has failed to update, or that the manifests have become corrupted. The solution here is to run the Windows Store Troubleshooter (Run>wsreset.exe) or in stubborn cases run the online Microsoft tool for repairing the Windows Store. ( https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4027498/windows-run-the-troubleshooter-for-windows-apps ) I have on occasions on my tablet (after major Feature Updates) had to remove the Windows Store App using CCleaner, clean the Registry, do a general cleanup, then run the Powershell script to reinstall the Windows Store App. This is extreme, and should only be done in severe cases.

 

RAT flies under the radar with exploit-laden file downloaded by decoy Word document

Malicious file requires no user interaction whatsoever…

This exploit was patched in September 2017. Just make sure you have the September patches installed on all Windows PCs and devices. (The October 2017 patches are still questionable, so holding off is best, even if you didn't apply the September 2017 patches -- which everyone should have done some time ago.)

 

What is Andromeda OS & how will it help Microsoft make Windows 10 modular

If there's any hope for Windows on ARM or on mobile devices like phones, this is the way to go. Modular design should have been part of Windows 8, but making it part of Windows 10 if implemented properly, should be a chance for Microsoft to play catch up. I'm guessing the core compnonents of the OS would come preinstalled, and on devices which can run them, additional modules would cost money or become subscription services.

 

Re. FYI#1058 (Sun 10/22/2017):

SECURITY NEWS THIS WEEK: RUSSIAN SPIES RUSH TO EXPLOIT THE LATEST FLASH ZERO DAY

This security roundup covers issues which ahve mostly been patched. Tha current Flash player Version for everyone is 27.0.0.170. If you have this version, you're safe from this exploit. If not, it's time to get busy patching. In Chrome Browser, just type into the Location Bar chrome://components and use the Update button to update the Flash Player component. In IE and Edge in Windows 8 or 10, you will need to apply the Windows Update patch from mid-October. Firefox can be updated from the Adobe Flash Player download page. I updated my Firefox on Linux manually.

Speaking of Firefox, I am still working my way through the new WebExtensions, and it looks like most of my former extensions are making their appearances in the new protocol.

 

Local, LocalLow and Roaming folders in AppData on Windows 10 explained

I've had a few occasions to look into these user-specific appdata folders. But most of the things I've needed to access were in ProgramData.

 

This lock screen trick can help you recover your lost phone faster

I also have a case for my phone, and there's a little pocket where I placed a contact information mini-card. A business card would also suffice. Assuming the phone is lost, not stolen, that is.

 

Time to Call The Geek Squad? Category: Hardware , Software (I really like this article)

My one and only experience with Geek Squad was when I was assembling and testing my NUC PC. They checked the hardware after a RAM stick failed, and got Windows 10 to install correctly. The cost wasn't cheap, but they did a good job and got things going pretty quickly. My main reason for using them was to make sure the hardware had suffered no further damagees when the RAM failed. That's a kind of testing I can't do myself. 

 

How to Convert PDF Files and Images into Google Docs Documents

This is a good use case for Google Docs and Google Drive, both of which I can access from my devices.

 

5 of the Best Photo-Editing Apps You Can Get for Free

I've used about half of these. (I don't do Mac, so at l east one of these I can't test.) Paint.NET is one of my favorites, unless I need to do some heavey-duty editing.

 

Ever Accidentally Lose a Tab in Chrome? Here's the Secret Key to Magically Restore It

There's also the right-click on the last open tab, and the menu has a Reopen Closed Tab option, which steps backward through the browser History, as long as you don't clear the History.

 

From My Own Reading:

Windows 10 quick tips: 7 ways to speed up your PC

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3029168/microsoft-windows/windows-10-quick-tips-7-ways-to-speed-up-your-pc.html

I'm not sure why the author still recommends using a Registry cleaner, but the other advice is worth looking into. Performance issues can also come from driver issues, so checking the Windows Device Maanger for conflicts or non-working devices is also worth a try.

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SECURITY NEWS THIS WEEK: RUSSIAN SPIES RUSH TO EXPLOIT THE LATEST FLASH ZERO DAY

https://www.wired.com/story/russian-spies-rush-to-exploit-the-latest-flash-zero-day/

 

Now I Get It: Watch your Wi-Fi

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/now-get-watch-wi-fi-144621598.html?.tsrc=daily_mail&uh_test=1_07

 

How to Update the Windows Bash Shell to Ubuntu 16.04

https://www.howtogeek.com/278152/how-to-update-the-windows-bash-shell/

 

How to Sync Your Phone With Windows 10

One of Microsoft’s big pushes with the Fall Creators Update is seamless phone and PC integration. Here's how to set up Windows 10's 'Continue on PC' feature.

https://www.pcmag.com/feature/356701/how-to-sync-your-phone-with-windows-10

 

12 Best-Selling Laptop Cooling Pads, Ranked Best to Worst

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/best-laptop-coolers

 

Local, LocalLow and Roaming folders in AppData on Windows 10 explained

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/local-localnow-roaming-folders-windows-10

 

How to Sync Clipboard Between Android and PC

https://www.maketecheasier.com/sync-clipboard-android-pc/

 

WINDOWS MIXED REALITY WEBVR EXPANSION COULD BE A GAMECHANGER FOR VR

https://www.pcmech.com/article/windows-mixed-reality-webvr-expansion-could-be-a-gamechanger-for-vr/

 

KRACK Attack Threatens All Wi-Fi Networks: What to Do

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/wifi-krack-attack-what-to-do,news-25990.html

 

Best mouse pads for gaming

Our top picks will make erratic movements and inconsistent sensor readings a thing of the past.

https://www.techconnect.com/article/3219846/gaming/best-mouse-pads-for-gaming.html

 

New York City ordered to share code for DNA evidence software

It's an all too rare instance of accountability in law enforcement tech.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/21/new-york-city-ordered-to-share-code-for-dna-evidence-software/

 

Don't buy an old Roku now

Last-gen Roku players are on sale, but the latest models are well-worth the extra cash.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3233489/consumer-electronics/dont-buy-an-old-roku-now.html

 

SONOS ONE REVIEW: ALEXA HAS NEVER SOUNDED BETTER

It really needs Spotify, though

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/10/18/16490866/sonos-one-speaker-review-alexa

 

This lock screen trick can help you recover your lost phone faster

https://www.komando.com/tips/417971/this-lock-screen-trick-can-help-you-recover-your-lost-phone-faster

 

Build your own remote controlled car with this SunFounder Raspberry Pi robot kit!

https://www.windowscentral.com/build-your-own-remote-controlled-car-150-sunfounder-raspberry-pi-robot-kit

 

Box CEO Aaron Levie says artificial intelligence will change your life and create huge opportunities (BOX, MSFT, AMZN, GOOG, GOOGL)

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/box-ceo-aaron-levie-says-131500830.html

 

Are GPT Partitions Less Likely to Corrupt Compared to MBR-Based Ones?

https://www.howtogeek.com/269085/are-gpt-partitions-less-likely-to-corrupt-compared-to-mbr-based-ones/

 

The Best Laser Printers of 2017

Laser printers deliver unparalleled speed, text quality, and paper handling. If that's what you need, find the best laser for your home or office with our shopping tips and list of top-rated models.

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2340674,00.asp

 

Take $245 Off the Acer Switch Alpha 12

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/take-245-acer-switch-alpha-12-2-in1

 

What is Firmware? Definition and Types

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/what-is-firmware

 

How to Reset Your CMOS and Why You Might Need To

https://www.maketecheasier.com/how-to-reset-cmos-and-why/

 

Anarchy Linux Dispels Fear of Arch

https://www.technewsworld.com/story/84901.html

 

Your Router's Security Stinks: Here's How to Fix It

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/home-router-security,news-19245.html

 

Samsung Bixby Voice: How to set up and use the Galaxy S8 assistant

Samsung has finally rolled out Bixby Voice on the Galaxy S8. Here's everything you need to know to get started.

https://www.techconnect.com/article/3204569/android/samsung-bixby-voice-set-up-features-tips-tricks.html

 

Study says body cameras don't always change police behavior

It might depend on which department is using them, though.

https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/21/study-says-body-cameras-dont-change-police-behavior/

 

48% off Kidde Carbon Monoxide Alarm with Display and 10 Year Battery - Deal Alert

https://www.techhive.com/article/3233311/home-tech/48-off-kidde-carbon-monoxide-alarm-with-display-and-10-year-battery-deal-alert.html

 

Razer teases smartphone announcement on November 1st

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/10/11/16461400/razer-smartphone-announcement-november-1st-tease

 

5 great uses for your old smartphone

https://www.komando.com/tips/421084/5-uses-for-your-old-smartphone

 

Best PC Motherboards

https://www.windowscentral.com/best-motherboards

 

Huawei may be releasing a foldable smartphone next year

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/huawei-may-releasing-foldable-smartphone-235514848.html

 

How to Enable a Grid in iOS’ Camera for Perfectly Straight Photos

https://www.howtogeek.com/269629/how-to-enable-a-grid-in-ios-camera-for-perfectly-straight-photos/

 

Harman Kardon Invoke

https://www.pcmag.com/review/356868/harman-kardon-invoke

 

How to Recover a Deleted or Unsaved PowerPoint File

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/recover-deleted-unsaved-powerpoint-file

 

How to fix Sound Distortion issues in Windows 10

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/sound-distortion-issue-windows-10

 

What to Do If You Are Affected by the Equifax Hack

https://www.maketecheasier.com/what-to-do-equifax-hack/

 

Google's Strategy to Educate the Public About Self-Driving Cars Is Brilliant

Google's Waymo is partnering with a broad coalition of groups to educate the public on self-driving cars. You probably didn't see this coming.

https://www.fool.com/investing/2017/10/22/googles-strategy-to-educate-the-public-about-self.aspx

 

How to Secure Your (Easily Hackable) Smart Home

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/secure-smart-home-how-to,news-19380.html

 

Harman Kardon Invoke hands-on: Cortana enters the smart speaker market with a boom

Right now, there's only a single Cortana-powered speaker. But as the lone representative, the Invoke does a decent job.

https://www.techconnect.com/article/3234346/consumer-electronics/harman-kardon-invoke-hands-on-cortana-enters-the-smart-speaker-market-with-a-boom.html

 

Time to Call The Geek Squad? Category: Hardware , Software (I really like this article)

https://askbobrankin.com/time_to_call_the_geek_squad.html

 

35% off SanDisk 256GB iXpand Base for iPhone charging and backup - Deal Alert

https://www.techhive.com/article/3233277/mobile/35-off-sandisk-256gb-ixpand-base-for-iphone-charging-and-backup-deal-alert.html

 

Ford invests in Autonomic to make open-source mobility service platform

The automaker’s future transit apps will likely use the platform

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/11/16449264/ford-invests-in-autonomic-to-make-open-source-mobility-service-platform

 

How to prevent your smartphone from keeping you up at night

https://www.komando.com/tips/396157/how-to-prevent-your-smartphone-from-keeping-you-up-at-night

 

Microsoft retiring Office Mix in 2018, baking add-in features into PowerPoint

https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-retiring-office-mix-2018-baking-add-features-powerpoint

 

Verizon will fix your smartphone’s screen for $29

https://finance.yahoo.com/video/verizon-fix-smartphone-screen-29-161228453.html

 

How to Convert PDF Files and Images into Google Docs Documents

https://www.howtogeek.com/269776/how-to-convert-pdf-files-and-images-into-google-docs-documents/

 

New Google Bug Bounty Program Hunts Android App Flaws

Google is partnering with HackerOne to incentivize security research on Android.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/356878/new-google-bug-bounty-program-hunts-android-app-flaws

 

How to Recover a Deleted or Unsaved File in Microsoft Excel

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/recover-deleted-files-microsoft-excel

 

Process Manager for Windows lets you manage processes easily

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/process-manager-for-windows

 

5 of the Best Photo-Editing Apps You Can Get for Free

https://www.maketecheasier.com/best-photo-editing-apps/

 

How Fiction Becomes Fact on Social Media

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/20/health/social-media-fake-news.html?emc=edit_th_20171022&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=49680637

 

Protect Your Computer with This One Simple Trick

https://www.tomsguide.com/us/limited-account-benefits,news-25682.html

 

Your Windows 10 download guide for 1709

Customers – particularly corporate customers – face a jumble of option-rich upgrade methods to get the latest version of Microsoft's OS. Here's how to decide which is best.

https://www.techconnect.com/article/3234356/microsoft-windows/your-windows-10-download-guide-for-1709.html

 

Geekly Update - 19 October 2017 Category: Tech-News

https://askbobrankin.com/geekly_update_19_october_2017.html

 

Roku Streaming Stick and Stick+ review: A new remote makes a big difference

Roku’s stellar mid-range streamers get even better.

https://www.techhive.com/article/3232363/streaming-hardware/roku-streaming-stick-review-roku-streaming-stick-plus-review.html

 

Huawei's budget smartphone now has a tall display and narrow bezels

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/10/11/16460044/huawei-honor-6x-phone-release-china

 

How to Fix: Attach, Rebuild RAID 5 after Failed Disk (Dell PERC S100, S300)

https://www.infopackets.com/news/10208/how-fix-attach-rebuild-raid-5-after-failed-disk-dell-perc-s100-s300

 

How to use Storage sense to automatically free disk space in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-use-storage-sense-free-space-automatically-windows-10-fall-creators-update

 

Apple reportedly isn’t producing enough iPhone X units for first weekend sales

https://finance.yahoo.com/video/apple-reportedly-isn-t-producing-173915832.html

 

Ever Accidentally Lose a Tab in Chrome? Here's the Secret Key to Magically Restore It

Google Chrome users don't have to wallow in despair when they close a tab by mistake.

https://www.inc.com/john-brandon/ever-accidentally-lose-a-tab-in-chrome-heres-secret-key-to-magically-restore-it.html

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