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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Windows 10 collects too much user data, lacks security says watchdog Microsoft has been told to reduce the data Windows 10 collects about users and tighten up the OS security or risk facing sanction for breaching data protection rules.

[WATCH] Free Training Videos for Windows 10

Apple macOS Sierra Beta

10 Things You Need to Know About MacOS Sierra Here's what you need to know about Apple's new desktop OS, available today as a public beta.

How a Guy From a Montana Trailer Park Overturned 150 Years of Biology Biology textbooks tell us that lichens are alliances between two organisms—a fungus and an alga. They are wrong.

Facebook Successfully Tests Aquila Solar-Powered Internet Drone


Friday, July 22, 2016

Capturing the extreme: How to go on an epic photography adventure Zip up your coat, lace your boots and grab your camera -- we tell you how to get the best photos in the face of Mother Nature's extreme moods.

Last known VCR maker stops production, 40 years after VHS format launch Declining sales, parts shortage blamed; 750,000 units were sold last year.

Windows 10 gets one last, desperate nagware update


Thursday, July 21, 2016

History made: In an astonishing Bronze Age discovery a 3000-year-old community has been unearthed

Stand At The Edge Of Geologic Time Take a virtual reality tour and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Rocky Mountain National Park.

The Eagle has landed: 11 amazing facts about Apollo 11 On this day: 1969, July 20, humans for the first time walked on the moon. Here are 11 fascinating facts about the Apollo 11 mission.

How to use a Microsoft account in Windows 10 A Microsoft account lets you sync settings and other content across multiple Windows 10 devices. A local account is restricted to just a single PC

Windows 10 then and now: The changing look of Microsoft's latest OS

Windows 10 Anniversary Update: A look at the major changes heading your way

Windows 10: A tale of 10 upgrades If you're still unsure about upgrading to Windows 10, you have two weeks to do so for free. David Gewirtz leads a tour of how the upgrade went for 10 very different machines. The TL;DR version: mostly good, with one really rough upgrade.

How to Access Your Wi-Fi Router's Settings Here's how to change a home Wi-Fi network's name, password, or other elements.

What made the right eye of the 'Man in the Moon'?


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

How the internet was invented In 40 years, the internet has morphed from a military communication network into a vast global cyberspace. And it all started in a California beer garden

15 things to look forward to in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update Once the Windows 10 Anniversary Update hits, Microsoft Edge may actually be able to play in the same sandbox as other modern web browsers...

[SPEED] Improving Google Chrome Performance

How to create a custom folder to access the Windows 10 GodMode tools you need Don't settle for GodMode overload in Windows 10 when a few shortcuts will do. Follow these steps to build your own custom toolset.

36 Tips Every Evernote User Must Know

If Microsoft can't install Windows 10 on your PC, it'll give you a new one Terms and conditions apply, but if the company's stores can't perform a same-day upgrade on your Windows 10-compatible PC, it'll give you a new Dell notebook.

[HOWTO] Install Windows 10 and Keep the Windows You Have Now

macOS Sierra release date, news and features

Wave of business websites hijacked to deliver crypto-ransomware Sites exploited by SoakSoak bots give the gift of CryptXXX malware.

First half of 2016 hit record-setting global warmth We're pretty much guaranteed to surpass 2015 for the warmest year on record.

Apple kills eavesdrop bug in FaceTime Flaws also squashed in Safari, iTunes and iOS


Saturday, July 16, 2016

After one year, 10 lessons learned for Windows 10 It's been a busy year in Redmond, with Windows 10 delivering three major releases to 350 million active users. Here's a look back at some major milestones and stumbles along the way, and new predictions about when Windows 10 will hit its ambitious goal of a billion devices.

Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 New Monthly Charge

10 compelling reasons to upgrade to Windows 10

10 reasons to reject Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade

New Threats in Ransomware

Sorry, macOS: Messages' best new features are iOS only

Upgrade to an SSD: The best way to make your computer feel like new CNET editor Dong Ngo shows how you can replace your computer's hard drive with a solid-state drive and be significantly happier with your life

Scientists create 3-D map of universe - and validate Einstein's theories To better understand the forces of dark matter and energy - and the fate of our expanding universe - scientists have created a 3-D map that spans 1.2 million galaxies.


Friday, July 15, 2016

If You Don't Upgrade to Windows 10, This Will Happen

NASA's Jupiter Probe Sends First Pics Of Planet From Orbit

Top Story: Pokémon Go is a 'huge security risk'

Adobe, Microsoft Patch Critical Security Bugs

[LIES!] The Truth About Warranties

Firefox will get overhaul in bid to get you interested again The newest version of the browser includes technology designed to speed it up and lock it down.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update: A look at the major changes heading your way

How This Massive Structure in the Oregon Desert Keeps Facebook Running In the Oregon desert, Facebook has 2,000 iOS and Android phones running tests 24 hours a day.

Simple security: How Gmail, Mailvelope, and Virtru make encrypted email easier Encrypting your email is a great step towards more secure communication. Gmail, Mailvelope, and Virtru can help streamline your encrypted email efforts.

Today's the day Microsoft reduces your free OneDrive cloud storage

Windows Malware Poses As Ransomware, Just Deletes Victims' Files When Paying Out Doesn't Pay Off

It's official: the Olympics result in the worst budget overruns of any megaproject


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Every version of Windows hit by "critical" security flaw An attacker can install malware on all affected systems.

What the heck's a hyperloop? From CNET Magazine: If Elon Musk has his way, we could soon travel at nearly the speed of sound.

Pokémon Go may have full access to your Google account The app doesn't always gain explicit permission when iPhone and iPad users sign up to the game with their Google account.

Linux Mint 18: The best desktop -- period You could keep worrying about being forced to upgrade to Windows 10, or you could try the best of all Linux desktops: Mint 18.

Data Brokers: What Do They Know About You?

New dwarf planet discovered out past Neptune Astronomers have found a new dwarf planet in the Kuiper Belt, with one of the largest orbits of any dwarf planet.


Monday, July 11, 2016

The Best Free Password Managers for 2016 Yes, a password like '123456' is easy to remember, but it's equally easy to guess. Or hack. Here are seven top-rated free apps so you can forever abandon those weak passwords.

Google Wants To Track You More, But It's Optional

How these tiny $17 lenses can turn your smartphone into a microscope At just 1.5mm thick, the Blips lenses from Italian startup Smart Micro Optics are designed to transform virtually all mobile-device cameras into pocket microscopes.

How today's farmers got a head-start on tomorrow's tech Self-driving vehicles and cloud data? That's old hat for the modern farmer.

The All-American iPhone

Surprising planet with three suns discovered

GoPro found in water with intact footage of a crab selfie Watch video of underwater life captured on a lost GoPro found by a fisherman.

12 Things to Know About Amazon Prime

Amazon teases Prime Day deal bash with free Prime trials

Should You Buy a Connected Car?


Saturday, July 09, 2016

Five reasons not to upgrade to Windows 10 From privacy to compatibility and control, these are the reasons why you might want to give the upgrade to Windows 10 a miss.

Five reasons to upgrade to Windows 10 With time running out for Windows 7 and 8 users to upgrade to Windows 10 for free, here are five arguments for making the jump.


Friday, July 08, 2016

How to upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro using the Update & Security tool If you're using Windows 10 Home but missing some of the features found in the Pro edition, it might be time to upgrade. Here are the steps to make it happen.

China makes a statement with world's biggest telescope China's radio telescope, with a mile-long circumference, will aid the scientific community's search for alien life.

Welcome to Jupiter: NASA spacecraft reaches giant planet

Free for all and fun for some, a Linux distribution and open-source suite can cut your software expenses to zero (and the suite runs on Windows, too). Our home office columnist takes a look.

HummingBad malware infects 10 million Android devices, millions more at risk A new malware called HummingBad, associated with Chinese cyber criminals Yingmob, has infected millions of devices and brings in millions of dollars of fake ad revenue.

By Jove! Juno enters Jupiter's orbit, and you get to take the pictures Earth is about to see Jupiter in full color after the solar-powered Juno spacecraft enters the gas giant's orbit. And for the first time, NASA is handing the camera over to members of the public.

The Noose Around Privacy is Tightening...

Huge home-built computer used for Tetris

How to tell if your Android phone has the HummingBad malware HummingBad is bad news. Luckily you can find out if you're affected and do something about it.

[Grrr...] Is Tech Support Designed to Enrage You?

Microsoft pushes near-final build of Windows 10 Anniversary Update Members of the Windows Insider Program can now install build 14383. With final public release only weeks away, the most interesting feature is one you can't see at all.


Sunday, July 03, 2016

The sounds of Juno approaching Jupiter are totally spooky The Juno spacecraft has crossed into the magnetic field of Jupiter. NASA's soundtrack of the moment is out of this world.

Juno Spacecraft's July 4 Jupiter Arrival: What to Expect


Saturday, July 02, 2016

Hubble Captures Vivid Auroras in Jupiter's Atmosphere

A Malware Funnel Pre-Installed on Your PC?

The Case for Buying an Unlocked Phone

Why antivirus programs have become the problem, not the solution Staggeringly poor programming and security practices have made antivirus programs a gaping security hole in millions of computers.

Windows 10 U-turn: Microsoft admits upgrade push was 'confusing' Following widespread criticism of earlier changes, Microsoft once again revamps its program to get Windows 7 and 8 users to upgrade to Windows 10.

Microsoft prepares one final, full-screen Get Windows 10 nag It's last call for the year-long free Windows 10 upgrade offer. As the clock counts down, Microsoft is pulling out all the stops with a full-screen notification. Here's what you'll see.


Friday, July 01, 2016

Windows 10 U-turn: Microsoft admits upgrade push was 'confusing' Following widespread criticism of earlier changes, Microsoft once again revamps its program to get Windows 7 and 8 users to upgrade to Windows 10.

Brother, Can You Spare a Digital Dollar?

Why you'll never buy a 3D printer

Which browser is best for battery life: We test Edge vs. Chrome vs. Opera vs. Firefox

You have a deadline: Windows 10's free upgrade ends July 29

The Best Mobile Hotspots of 2016 Why rely on public hotspots for Wi-Fi when you can bring your own with you, wherever you go? Here's what you need to know to choose the right hotspot, along with the top-rated models available now.

The Best Security Suites of 2016

Free Drawing and Graphic Design Programs

The 12-volt car battery is about to be a thing of the past

Woman wins $10,000 judgment against Microsoft for forced Windows 10 upgrade

Check out Google Earth's amazing new satellite imagery from Landsat 8

Why gravitational wave detection may have also revealed dark matter

Building a World Class Airport for the Next Jet Age LAX has been getting a major tech overhaul in recent years; PCMag got a sneak peek.

1.2 million infected: Android malware 'Hummer' could be biggest trojan ever Security researchers recently issued warnings against a trojan family known as Hummer, which affects more than a million phones by installing malware and unwanted apps.

Nonstop Flight: How The Frigatebird Can Soar For Weeks Without Stopping

The rocks on Mars suggest it used to look like Earth. What happened?


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