Slow iPhone? Apple Admits to Sucking
Speed from iPhone 6s and iPhone 7
How to Disable Power Throttling in
Twitter starts enforcing tougher
It could push many hate purveyors into
darker corners of the internet.
Exclusive: Pixel 2, Galaxy Note 8 Beat
iPhone on LTE
In an apples-to-Apples comparison of
modem performance, the top Android phones easily beat the latest
Extended Validation (EV) Certificates
Abused to Create Insanely Believable Phishing Sites
How and where to replace your old,
depreciated iPhone battery
Amazon’s New Cloud Cam Is Like the Nest
Cam, But a Whole Lot Cheaper
Why 4K isn't enough: The case for
A 4K TV gives you more than 8 million
pixels. You might think that's plenty. But other tech needs even
6 mistakes you make that shorten the
life of your gadgets
DuckDuckGo: The privacy-conscious
search engine taking the fight to Google by NOT tracking you
Nokia is about to launch a true iPhone
killer, and the FCC has all the details
The Microsoft Store has changed into a
home for powerful apps
Bypass paywalls with Anti-Paywall for
Firefox and Chrome
Warning over new Android virus which
can physically melt phones
6 of the Best Kodi Alternatives You
Should Check Out
Amazon faces record fine from French
The $10 million penalty would be a
"strong, unprecedented action."
Security in 2018: Buckle Up, This Isn't
Getting Any Easier
Security experts discuss the trends to
watch next year, from cryptocurrency hacks and ransomware to
potential vulnerabilities in IoT devices and connected cars.
MoneyTaker Hacker Group Steals Millions
from US and Russian Banks
Windows 10’s face authentication
defeated with a picture
Attack isn’t as easy as it sounds
How to reset Chrome browser to its
default settings on Windows 10
If Chrome is getting slow, or it keeps
freezing or crashing, use the reset option to fix any issues —
How to set up your new TV
Got a new TV? Setting it up correctly
isn't hard, but it helps to know where to start. We've got you
5 ways to free up space on Windows
Fujitsu equals quality and performance
Apple confirms that iPhones with older
batteries will have worse performance
Why Microsoft could very well revive
the Courier in 2018
Monitor web pages for changes
Microsoft pulls Store app that lets you
safely install Google’s Chrome browser
Protect Yourself from Surveillance with
Hackers shut down plant by targeting
its safety system
It's the first known attack of its
The Tech Stories That Shocked, Vexed,
and Amazed Us in 2017
These are the stories that truly
captured our imagination and set Twitter ablaze.
Face ID on the iPhone X: Everything you
need to know about Apple’s facial recognition
Apple introduced Face ID with the
iPhone X, a new way to secure the phone. You have questions and
we'll have the answers in this FAQ.
Netflix updated to support HDR on
How to Restore Classic Paint App in
Amazon Echo Spot review:
Alexa's touchscreen misses the sweet
3 ways to find the real deals on Amazon
HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN PC
One Senator makes a good case for
breaking up Comcast-NBC
How to reduce the size of Windows 10's
footprint on your PC
Changes to Opera’s VPN service
The best browsers for surfing the web
How To Create a Custom Google Docs
Template Without GSuite
Windows 10 included password manager
with huge security hole
Or, why bundling third-party apps can
August Doorbell Cam Pro
14 essential tips and tricks to master
the iPhone X
With no home button and a status bar
split on either side of The Notch, using the iPhone X is a little
different than you're used to.
Facebook allows employers to target job
ads based on age, and that might be illegal
How to Restore Windows Photo Viewer in
Asus Chromebook Flip C101 review:
A cute and compact Chromebook for less
Be a hotshot pilot with this free
HOW TO MAKE WINDOWS 10 LOOK LIKE
New Galaxy S9 leak shows a design
that’s so much better than the Galaxy S8
Everything you need to know to find the
right CPU for a custom PC
HP releases Synaptics driver update
that removes disabled keylogger
iPhone X Skeptics May Be
Comments by -- Bob Primak --
10 'Sets,' Microsoft takes aim at Chrome OS
If I wanted a
Chromebook, I would have bought a Chromebook. Microsoft still does
not get it. Windows is a desktop operating system, and if Apple
kills off MacOS, it will be only one of two remaining in this
category. (Linux is the other.) Why can't Microsoft learn to make
money off its strengths? By the way, I am going to buy a real
Chromebook pretty soon. And I hope to use Crouton to put Ubuntu
Linux onto the same Chromebook. This one's Intel core-i3 based,
and has 64GB storage, so it should be up to the task. See it:
I wouldn't be
spending money on such extravagant specs for a Chromebook if I
were not totally fed up with Windows 10. My current ASUS
TransformerBook is destined for the scrap heap (recycling). It had
a good run, but it's ATOM, WIMBoot and 32-bits, so it won't be
supported for much longer.
batteries could be safer and more efficient than lithium
mention that magnesium unlike lithium, is available from the US
and our allies.
Android Phones Worth It?
on how cheap you want to go. My Moto G4 was not really cheap, but
ti's still running and did get security updates as recently as
ISP's Modem Rental Fees By Buying Your Own
I wouldn't do
this right now. With ATSC-3 and DOCSYS 3.1 on the way in less than
two years, you will never see a return on your investment.
The best Linux desktop takes big steps forward
fanboys. Especially when they're dead wrong. GNOME Classic or MATE
with any debian family distro is the best desktop. Period.
How to Shut
Down the Computer in Windows 10
How very sad
that we need a full-page tutorial, just to shut down our PCs. And
we thought in the 1990's that it was strange that to turn off a
PC, we had to click on "Start"!
Important Skill You Can Improve
have been told I have a real knack for this skill set. Actually, I
have over fifty years of experience searching, starting long
before the Internet even was a thing. Those years in libraries and
digging around in encyclopedias and other reference works taught
me things which now everyone is in awe of. Would that I had known!
Linux laptops you can buy
I like the
(120 GB) design is also $249.00 now. Sweet!
Their ad copy
plays way too heavily on Play on Linux, which assumes the same
thing in reverse that the Ubuntu BASH Shell assumes about Linux
under Windows 10. Disappointments will abound for folks who are
expecting full compatibility on either side. AlphaOS (not
ElementaryOS -- which is insecure -- as Yahoo printed) and
OnlyOffice are relative unknowns in the Linux or Windows worlds. I
would wipe and replace with Ubuntu and its suite of apps
immediately. (A Clonezilla Live backup should prevent any
disasters in doing this.) But there is absolutely no cost to
do so. This is an Intel system, so there's no ARM problem here. I
don't like the wireless and Bluetooth connectivity, which is
Realtek. That company has notoriously buggy drivers.
benefit of Windows on ARM for the Enterprise?
just love articles which ask a question in the headline, then fail
to answer the same question in the entire article? Complete waste
How to Block
Adblock Detection on Any Website
are controversial. But so is deliberately or passively hosting
malicious code. When ad co-ops clean up their act, maybe I might
let my guard down sometimes.
Family’s $846K Inheritance, Offers to Refund $32 Shipping Fee
sorted out after the CBC TV network intervened. But the bank
employee should never have suggested an unsecured, no trace
required, no signature required method of sending that much money
in the first place. And the company which owns the bank says it
never trained the employee to give such advice.
disable Windows 10 fast startup (and why you'd want to)
Dual Boot. Linux cannot alter files on dormant NTFS partitions
which have been detected by Windows during shutdown if fast
startup is enabled.
launch pay TV service to end your pain
being available in only a very few markets, Layer3 TV engages in
the same deceptive sales tactics as the big Cable and Teleco
bundle TV service providers. There is not declaration of pricing,
no upfront listing of fees, and no place to look at terms of
service before signing up. No guarantee that the prices offered
upfront are long-term lock-ins. No thank you! BTW, if they do not
own any cable or teleco infrastructure, where does Layer3 get its
transmission lines? Cell data is not a valid answer.
How to Make
Calls and Texts From Your Smartphone Without Cell Service
A WiFi only
phone? Doesn't this defeat the whole purpose of having a mobile
How an LTE
OK, I'm game.
Ordered one from Amazon. See if it helps with Channel 60.5
(NBC-10) OTA signals in Waltham, MA. I'll report back when I
receive this item.
How the Major
Intel ME Firmware Flaw Lets Attackers Get 'God Mode' on a Machine
I already got
the new firmware image a few weeks ago.
[FIN] Is This
the End of Siri and Alexa?
down to its name. No surprise there.
Neutrality isn't the only thing the current FCC is screwing up
It would be a
shame to end the Lifeline program. This is not going to help with
the problems which got American politics messed up so badly in
2016 in the least.
Record Streaming Video and Music
Leo is wrong
if he thinks the scenario presented by PlayOn is legal. It is not.
Lands on the Microsoft Store As a Download Link
Not for long,
Amazon Fire TV Stick and Kodi Could Cause Legal Issues
Kodi is not
illegal, and no device has a monopoly on Kodi installs. Some
channels which Kodi can install are illegal however, and they do
not always give fair warning. That's what can get you into
How to manage
Power Throttling on Windows 10
thing about Windows 10 which tries to suit everybody and ends up
only frustrating serious Windows users.
Expand Your Mind? Here are Some Android Apps That Will Make You
No, apps do
not make you smarter. They do not slow ageing. This has been
debunked in several recent studies. What you do is practice
specific skills without improving overall mental functioning. In
the end, this does not stave off Alzheimer's or any other form of
dementia. You might just as well be taking those jellyfish pills.
The Four Best
Free Email Services
is way out of date. Either these services are no longer free, or
as in the case of Yahoo, the article was wrong about POP3 and IMAP
access for free users from the day it was first published.
Master's Stream+ is an Android TV box with a built-in TV tuner,
but no Netflix
Just add an
antenna to get subscription-free over-the-air DVR.
This box is
very slim on broadcast origin content. No local news stations in
most markets at all. And the DVR functions are not enabled
How to create
a Linux virtual machine on Windows 10 using Hyper-V
things are going, I would recommend a virtual machine housing
(containing) Windows inside a good, secure, leak-proof Linux
environment. It only makes sense. Better yet, dump Windows
altogether. Apple too.
Apple Set to
Combine iOS and Mac Apps As It Looks to Build a Unified Platform
The big tech
companies are sure making it easier and easier for me to justify
going all-Linux all the time on the desktop! I'm even hedging my
bets on my next portable, which will have both Chrome OS and
Ubuntu Linux on it.
Linux OS Ships With a Default Desktop Environment
perhaps prefer a Linux distro which ships with no desktop
Stunning 49-inch Gaming Monitor First to be DisplayHDR-Certified
some talk of getting HDR into even smaller displays. HDR, unlike
UHD, will make a difference in the viewing experience on screens
which don't take up a whole wall of your living room.
Connected PCs are expensive, but here's why it won't matter
world in which this does not matter is a world in which Windows
10S does not matter. No enterprise or small business will adopt a
walled-garden, tabbed-browser inthe place of a real desktop
operating system. And running desktop applications on ARM is a
disaster from a performance point of view. Even Linux does not run
well on severely underpowered ARM architecture.
must have 64-bit support by August 2019
also require that apps target Oreo in 2018.
everyone is abandoning 32-bit hardware. That's Reason Number Two
why I'm changing my tablet out for something else. Reason Number
One is the forced Windows 10 feature upgrade last month which
evaded wushowhide detection on both of my Windows devices. I've
wasted enough time and energy on that nonsense!
These are the
Chromebooks that can run Android apps from Google Play
This is not
much of a concern for me, but any decent (and recent) Chromebook
above the $300.00 price point should be able to run Android apps.
Best Mini PC:
HP, Intel, and More with Windows, Android or Chrome OS
list is my favorite mini-PC, the Intel NUC. Mine is now a bit
older, but it's still speedy, capable and compact. I could take it
on the road to anywhere I can plug it in. With Widi/Miracast or
Wireless HDMI, anything from a monitor to a projector is a screen,
and keyboards are cheap and portable. The other types of mini-PCs
are also fascinating. If you are considering anything as small as
a compute stick, don't bother. Those things are underpowered,
overpriced and run very hot.
developing personal shopping services and cashier-free stores
possibly I would not shop at such stores. Also, I will not
patronize businesses which do not take cash.
Windows Insider Build Introduces Timeline, Sets
And I am out
to make your computer good as new!
is still a good utility.
almost every other cryptocurrency crashed hard today
I had a
feeling this was due or overdue. Expect more bad news for the
Cryptos in 2018.
Time to Try
case of trying to turn the operating system and the major software
titles into a never-ending subscription gravy train.It isn't a
winning strategy for Microsoft, and it will fare even more poorly
for Apple. The world does not need yet another streaming media
iPhones do slow down, but it’s not what you think
didn't do something to throttle background apps, battery life
would drop off dramatically at about the two-year point.
commenters appear to come out against net neutrality
Chicago Democrats! (Or, Naperville Republicans!)
Could Affect Other Tech Companies
Uber has been
allowed to slide between the cracks for way too long. A taxicab by
any other name is still a ride for hire. Regulations should follow
this principle. Same applies to AirBnB -- it's a hotel by another
name. Zoning and regulations should apply accordingly. Kind of the
way food carts are subject to the same regulations as restaurants.
Surge Protectors for Gadgets Big and Small
I try to use
surge protectors whenever I plug in any device, at home or when
traveling. So far, nothing has gotten fried since I've been doing
neutrality bill would ban blocking and throttling
pretty much the only difference between it and the FCC's order.
So tell me
how "paid prioritization" differs from "blocking and throttling"??
This is not the bill which defenders of Net Neutrality want
passed. And in fact, passage of this bill would possibly prevent
passage of a real Net Neutrality bill.
Opera 50 with
Crypto Mining Protection
Firefox already have extensions for this.
wants to give you tokens for sharing your internet connection
customers by default are already sharing our Internet connections,
and in a much safer way. We don't get a break on our bills for
this, but it is already the ISP's practice.
allow apps built from templates
and small businesses can now position themselves in the App Store.
This is a
welcome reversal of a previous rule in the Apple Store.
support for 32-bit operating system drivers
Another "I am
out of here!" moment. Given this vendor's attitude lately, I would
not touch their products with a ten-foot pole. Them or Realtek.
How to stop
ads from following you online
I have about
four browser extensions to help with this issue.
How to Clear
Virtual Memory Pagefile at Shutdown in Windows 10
I'm not so
sure you should do this. It will hurt startup time and system
performance for very little benefit.
most recent update getting stuck? Here's how to fix it
How to fix
anything in Windows 10 version 1709 -- uninstall Windows and
reinstall version 1703 from a backup copy. (you did make a backup,
didn't you?). Then set Feature Updates to deferred for 365 days
and wait four more months. The Fall Creators Update should be
about half-baked by then. In Pro, you can also Pause (most)
Updates for up to a month. Just about the right timing for the
Tries to Intimidate Security Firm with Cease and Desist Letters
they picked the wrong bear to poke. That company may hide out in
Israel, but if they sue in an American court, they can probably be
counter-sued for SLAPP practices. (Strategic Legal Action to
A single $25
device lets you stream to your TV from any iPhone or Android
OK, so I
ordered this. It's Fulfilled By Amazon and reasonably cheap, even
without free shipping. But Android 7.0 says explicitly that it
does *not* support Miracast. We shall see if this device gets
returned as incompatible with my Moto G4 Android phone. If so,
there's always Chromecast, which definitely does work.
description on Amazon Marketplace says it goes through the router.
Miracast does *not* go through a router. So this is *not*
Miracast, but uses Android Cast like a cheap knockoff of a
Chromecast dongle. That makes more sense. I'll still try it.
monitors and blocks suspicious processes on Windows
AppArmor copycat! But Windows needs this kind of process control
much more than Linux does. I use AppArmor in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. I
also have activated the UFW (Linux Firewall).
How to Turn
On or Off Pause Updates in Windows 10
forget to be on CBB and defer Feature Updates for 365 days if
those Advanced Updates Settings are available in your Windows 10
edition. Wushowhide is no longer useful in blocking feature
updates (formerly known as version upgrades).
That time I
got locked out of my Google account for a month
So, I use a
desktop email client, download important gmail messages daily, I
have gmail on my Android Phone so it's linked to that phone
number, and I have my password. A password manager is definitely
the best way to go. Same applies to Yahoo for their services. And
keep multiple copies of your password manager's encrypted database
in multiple locations, including at least one Cloud Storage place.
Also, test these copies periodically, as Dropbox in particular has
been accused of munging encrypted files which are uploaded to its
support for Windows
This is the
first new image format I've seen in years. Good to know someone's
supporting it for Windows.
company is going to be so angry when you get this $40 box
going to be sooo angry when your cable company does
what Comcast is doing with its new XFi replacement gateways --
introducing DOCSIS 3.1. These modems are two year away from being
19-Year-Old Cryptographic Attack Affects Facebook, PayPal, Others
companies should have known long ago that RSA is insecure.
Was it really
necessary for Apple to slow down old iPhones?
the iPhone speed so the battery wouldn't wreck itself
"wreck" can mean a lot of things. Here it means more dire
consequences than shortened battery life. Worn-out LiIon batteries
can overheat when charging or discharging, and can leak or even
catch fire and explode. Not good!
Windows 10 Apps
I have only
used two of these apps. Xodo handles PDF documents pretty well.
VLC in its UWP incarnation is a hollow shell of itself. Web sites
are not apps -- I use them exclusively in the browser, usually
Wants to Make Sure No One Is Using Your Pic to Catfish
notify you if someone uploads your photo but does not tag you, or
if someone posts your image as their profile photo.
From My Own
Edge browser is in serious trouble
firm Net Applications revised its methodology to cull bots from
its browser share numbers and found that as much as half of the
traffic to Edge on Windows 10 was artificially inflated.
hundreds of laptops to remove hidden keylogger
can listen to your keyboard.
MSI Trident 3
Arctic review: Looks like a console, runs like a high-end desktop
speech crowdfunding outfit Hatreon crept back online
of the shell game for redirecting online funding is what interests
me here, not so much this specific example.
slams former exec Palihapitiya, saying it 'was a very different
company back then, and we've grown'
told CNBC earlier that "the tools that we have created today are
starting to erode the social fabric of how society works."
Why Windows 7
updates are getting bigger
What is Next Gen TV and when will it launch?
person detection to its cameras to help avoid false positives
difference between good and bad Facebooking
helicopter completes Marine resupply simulation
decentralized internet is planned for Dubai, courtesy of startup
line-mounted internet service is back for more tests
Could be too
little, too late, as AT&T has slashed their video and Direct TV
Now content beyond the point where most customers have fled to
'Grinch bots' stole Christmas
A New Kind of
Soft Battery, Inspired by the Electric Eel
Science! But true, apparently.
THAT KILL CAREERS
also applies to those attending tech group meetings where some
users are more advanced than others. "I know that" implies that
there's a level of knowledge which everyone in the group must have
to participate. New members especially find this language very
I wish I
could cc. copies of this article to all those telemarketers and
spammers who think everyone is a good target for their sales
pitches. Junk mailers actually pay good money to send out
mailings, so they tend to do a triage of sorts based on their
market metrics and demographics. Targeted (Internet) ads are also
based on something like marketing triage, though the results of
relying on computer algorithms instead of human judgment can be
hilariously off-target. Soon, broadcast television (ATSC-3) may
have the ability to do targeted advertising too. (It's one of the
perks of having an Internet Connection associated with the
broadcast. This is what "interactive television" is really about.)
IoT devices (Google and Amazon personal assistants) can also use
their interactions to target online ads. That's where things can
get a bit creepy.
selling the Acer Chromebook 14 for its lowest price yet
(The price is
now back up to $299, but that's still OK for a Celeron-N based 14
inch laptop which can be set up to run full Ubuntu Linux or left
with Chrome OS as a perfectly good Chromebook.)
install Linux on a Chromebook
yet done this, so don't ask me any troubleshooting questions
unless I post a successful try of my own.)
'always-connected PC' is coming, but its full cost remains unknown
choice for an operating environment, but for some people this
might be worth considering -- once the full costs are known.)
update guide: How 'security-only' and 'monthly rollups' differ
Watch Series 3 LTE users: If you want to stop and start service
it'll cost you
comment on my opinion of such fees.)
smart searching to home security cameras
Stitch Fix is
crashing after its first-ever earnings report
a personalized apparel company that ships a box of recommended
items that users can buy or send back..."
Time-Life Books, or those magazine of the month clubs? This is not
a new concept, and it has failed repeatedly over the years in
every category from CD recordings to food clubs. What made these
folks think they were not subject to the same issues? (Unwanted
deliveries, billing issues, returns not acknowledged, etc.,
etc....) For that matter, what makes Amazon and Staples think they
will drum up new business with their automatic repeat ordering
schemes? (Well, maybe Staples will succeed, as offices do tend to
reorder the same stock at regular intervals.)
Hinge rolls out a new feature to reduce ‘ghosting’
If you need a
push-notification to remind you to call back a date, how well
could it have gone? Just asking...
Amazon Fire TV debuts with ‘full web’ browsing and YouTube support
Well, if you
call viewing You Tube Videos in a Firefox Browser window "You Tube
anonymizing LTE hotspot arrives January 15th
I'll be sure
to use this with my Mobile Tor Browser, my paid VPN service and my
fully encrypted Linux Phone. (Kidding, sort of.)
reportedly unify iOS and Mac apps in 2018
Another dumbing-down and vendor locking-in of a proprietary
operating system. Well, I have my Linux for now at least.
Get 3 Years
of NordVPN Service for Just $2.75 Per Month - Holiday Deal Alert
responds to accusations of performance throttling with older
understand this, it's a power saving mode which kicks in when the
phones detect battery wear to the point that battery life is
seriously shortened. Since these batteries are not replaceable,
this is the time to buy a new phone. Old, worn LiIon batteries not
only don't hold much charge and have short runtimes, they pose
significant fire or explosion hazards.
securely erase an iPhone in just 3 steps
securely erase your Android device in 4 steps
answers the question ‘Have you been tested for STDs?’
This app and
its "telemed consultations" is rife with abuses which may rise to
the level of outright insurance fraud. We are all paying for such
abuses through higher insurance premiums. People who "need"
frequent STD tests should not be covered by insurance for this.
here in MA, and in my previous experience in IL, we also have a
serious problem with optometrists dispensing prescriptions and
"playing doctor", which infuriates the real ophthalmologists when
patients use optometrists to "manage" such chronic and treatable
eye diseases as glaucoma. The results can be preventable
blindness, not just insurance practices which should be considered
outright fraud by the optometric practices which are doing these
gearing up to end 32-bit OS support
mostly yet another issue between NVidia and the Linux community.
These two entities have never gotten along, and this change could
end Linux support for NVidia graphics hardware.
clamshell devices will kill the tablet
When a phone
is also a laptop, who needs a tablet?
This is not a
new concept. And it is still impossible to achieve. The keyboard
is useless in tablet mode, having no tactile feedback. And the
screen size even of a twofold phone is still only half or less the
size of a useful tablet screen. There's no way the prices will be
reasonable either. And repairs will be nearly impossible.