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Friday, July 03, 2015

Microsoft delivers the third Windows 10 preview build released this week Microsoft is in the home stretch with Windows 10. Yet another new test build for PCs, Build 10162, is available to Fast Ring testers.

Microsoft Windows 10 Build 10158: Almost ready for prime time

The Definitive List of Google Search Easter Eggs

OpenDNS - Faster and Safer Internet

Thursday, July 02, 2015

25 Things to Know About Apple Music Apple Music arrives today. Here's how to get it and what you get once you sign up.

46 Magnificent Photos From Astronaut Scott Kelly's Year in Space

How to Make Two-Factor Authentication Work for You

Pluto's Dark Patch and Charon's Dark Pole Grow in New Horizons View

Giant sinkholes spotted on Rosetta's comet

iPhone 6S to double LTE speeds, run more efficiently with new Qualcomm chip

Leap Second Causes Sporadic Outages Across the Internet

Windows 7 Reaches 60 Percent Market Share for the First Time in History

Eruption of Wolf Volcano, Galapagos Islands

UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends Tell a pal your password ... and their FB mates will get it too

Windows key: Windows 10

Two Builds in Two Days as Microsoft releases Windows 10 Build 10159

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Credit card fraud solution coming to America...finally

Best AntiVirus Software for 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

SpaceX rocket explodes after launch/a>

How breaking a glacier makes the Earth quake Calving icebergs squish glaciers and pull on the Earth.

iPhone first went on sale 8 years ago today

What does AT&T's $100 million fine mean to me? CNET's Marguerite Reardon explains to an AT&T unlimited-data customer what the FCC's historic fine against the company for misleading customers really means.

Who Got Caught Disabling Windows Update?

Windows 10 on an old PC: When it comes to specs, how low can you go?

15 Incredible Facts About the SR-71 Blackbird (With Even MORE Incredible Photos!)

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Ultimate Cord Cutter's Guide Ready to ditch cable TV? Keep that broadband connection-you'll need it to become a full-time cord cutter.

25 Hidden Chrome Features That Will Make Your Life Easier

Who Has Your Back?

An American muddles through UK technology (pictures)

How the Apple Watch is preparing us for an iPhone without a home button If Apple wants to make the iPhone fresh, it should take a lesson from its new companion gadget and use the Force.

A detailed photo tour of NASA's space shuttle cockpit trainer Before it was decommissioned, we got to sit in the pilot's seat and ask questions.

The world's first commercial jetpack will cost $150,000 next year

Elon Musk's SpaceX is on a roll, but here's why the pressure is really on

How That Lexus Hoverboard Actually Works

Don't Throw Away Your Apple Watch Packaging - Turn It Into A Drone

Friday, June 26, 2015

Wozniak talks: Self-driving cars, Apple Watch, and how AI will benefit humanity

Best techniques for the safe disposal of drives

Photos: How Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft data centers are using clean energy

Has The NSA Hacked Your Security Software?a>

Thursday, June 25, 2015

FCC Cracks Down On Robocalls

10 Tips to Help You Get the Most Out of Windows 10 Windows 10 builds on the best of Windows 7. Here's how to bend Microsoft's next OS to your will.

10 Breathtaking Shots of the Northern Lights

Wildly Expensive F-35 Jet Makes Its First Ski-Jump Launch

Emergency Patch for Adobe Flash Zero-Day

Lexus hoverboard: Does it really levitate?

Samsung Deliberately Disables Windows Update on Laptops

"EPIC" fail-how OPM hackers tapped the mother lode of espionage data Two separate "penetrations" exposed 14 million people's personal info.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

10 stunning award-winning photos of the night sky

The Best Antivirus for 2015

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Microsoft brings Windows 10 Edge browser in line with the competition

This stretchable battery could power future wearable devices, smart clothes Using a twist on the art of origami paper folding, a research team at Arizona State University has created batteries that would be ideal for watch bands and connected clothing.

The Best Tune-Up Utilities of 2015 Revitalize a slow, junked-up computer's OS with these eight excellent PC tune-up utilities.

IMPORTANT: An Extra Layer of Security

Is It Time For 4K TV?

Faster computers, coming soon, as graphics chip answers the call to action New tech used by Apple and Microsoft promises to uncork bottlenecks. That's great for computer users who want new features, but brings new complications for those who build our software.

Exploit code released for unpatched Internet Explorer flaw Microsoft refused to issue a patch, according to HP researchers who found the flaw.

Your smartphone could have serious security flaws Mobile apps come under the security microscope as research groups report major vulnerabilities.

The Intricate Choreography Of The Pitstop

The 18-Rotor Volocopter Is Like a Flying Car, But Better

The First Graphene Light Bulb Is Also the 'World's Thinnest' Light Bulb

Friday, June 19, 2015

OS X El Capitan Preview - Ahoy there, captain!

Apple CORED: Boffins reveal password-killer 0-days for iOS and OS X Keychains raided, sandboxes busted, passwords p0wned, but Apple silent for six months

Massive Security Flaw Puts 600 Million Samsung Smartphones at Risk

AT&T's unlimited data throttling to be punished with $100 million fine AT&T misled customers about slow speeds of unlimited data plans, FCC says.

What Thunderbolt 3 Means for PC Connectivity: An Explainer

Time To Worry About Facial Recognition?

iPhone Photography at its Best

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Why Apple Doesn't Want to Speed Up Your Mac El Capitan promises performance improvements, but Apple has to balance customer loyalty against selling more PCs.

Plane spotting at Le Bourget Airshow 2015

Why Flamingos Succeed at Escaping the Zoo While All Other Animals Fail

Photos: How Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft data centers are using clean energy

These are the first full-color HD videos of earth from the International Space Station

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Apple reveals OS X 10.11 El Capitan, promising better speed and other upgrades From pinning web pages to showing multiple desktops, This OS X upgrade includes welcome improvements to Safari, Mail and more.

iOS 9 makes Siri more intelligent, adds transit maps and a new News app

iOS 9's major iPad upgrades include multitasking and picture-in-picture Side-by-side apps, video overlays, and much more are coming to iPads when Apple's mobile OS releases this fall.

Latest hack on federal employees targets security clearances After finding that federal employees' Social Security numbers were stolen, the US government discovers another breach, which exposed data on intelligence agents and others.

Catching Up on the OPM Breach

Multitasking in iOS 9 makes the iPad a true post-PC device iOS 9 will make the iPad's future twice as nice.

Speed through Apple's WWDC 2015 keynote in less than 3 minutes

Polar Bears Are Now Eating Dolphins

The World in 2100, According to NASA's New Big Dataset

LastPass Security Notice

Password site ?LastPass warns of data breach LastPass was successfully attacked last Friday. The company claims that your passwords should be safe. Nevertheless, they are requesting you to update your master passwords.

10 Raspberry Pi Disk Images You Can Install This Weekend

How much will Windows 10 really cost?

Apple OS X El Capitan Developer Preview

Monday, June 15, 2015

Robots and lasers in space: Photos of tech headed to the cosmos

Bloodhound land speed record bid put back to 2016

Visiting the places that make Moore's Law happen (pictures)

Entertaining prospect: Amazon Fire TV Stick HDMI telly streaming dongle with X-Ray vision

Philae comet lander wakes up

I am one of the millions of federal employees who just got hacked

Stunning images of abandoned Soviet space shuttles Not one but two orbiters rotting away inside a blast-proof building at Baikonur.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Different Faces of Pluto Emerging in New Images from New Horizons

Engineer Creates 5 Cent Origami Battery

AntiVirus Protection No Longer Needed?

3 robots build a chair: Turning machines into more human collaborators Since the dawn of factories, employers have tried to increase the efficiency of human workers by making them more machine-like. It's ironic, then, that a new algorithm enables robots to tackle problems in a messier and ultimately more human way.

1980s computer controls GRPS heat and AC

Friday, June 12, 2015

Windows 10: Here's what Microsoft should have done instead

Union: Hackers have personnel data on every federal employee

Thursday, June 11, 2015

GoPro Space Footage That Will Blow You Away

June's Patch Tuesday is remarkably light For the past several months, Microsoft's Patch Tuesday releases have been punishingly large. This month, Windows and Office users get a break.

11 Intriguing Features in Apple's iOS 9

Behind the Scenes at the DARPA Robotics Challenge

Monstrous galaxy spotted near the edge of the universe

ISS moved by malfunctioning spacecraft Space station position shifted, but crew is in no danger, Roscosmos says

Adobe, Microsoft Issue Critical Security Fixes

Cracking Open the Apple Watch (2015)

A blow for mobile advertising: The next version of Safari will let users block ads on iPhones and iPads

Apple is finally fixing the reason your Mac and iPhone's Wi-Fi sucks

Why Apple Abandoned the World's Most Beloved Typeface

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

List open ports and listening services

IMPORTANT: Google Security and Privacy Dashboard

How to turn your Windows 10 upgrade files into an ISO disk image One question I've been asked more than any other in recent weeks is whether Microsoft will release Windows 10 in ISO format. No one outside Redmond knows yet, but in the meantime there's an option: Make your own ISO files. Here's how.

Apple unveils iOS 9 for iPhones, iPads at WWDC 2015 The ninth iteration of Apple's mobile software has a major focus on productivity.

The Other Search Engines

Apple Music, iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan: Everything Apple announced at its WWDC 2015 developers conference A new music-streaming service, multitasking for the iPad, straight talking with Siri and a host of other software developments debuted at Apple's annual developer funfest.

Friday, June 05, 2015

APCUG has a newly designed website

A Giant Pinball Machine Is All We've Ever Wanted In Life

Odd Orbits Deepen Pluto's Mystery

The Ultimate Guide To Analog Control Panels In Sci-fi Movies

What Happened at Google I/O 2015?

10 LEDs you can get for $10 or less (pictures)

The 10 Best HDTVs of 2015

How to Build Your Own PC If you want the strongest, most adaptable, and most upgradeable personal PC, you should build it yourself.

Why is it called Windows 10 and not Windows 9?

What Is USB-C? An Explainer USB-C is set to replace the USB interfaces we've used since the mid-1990s. Here's why that's a good thing.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Infographic: Trillion-Fold Rise in Computing Puts a 1985 Supercomputer on Our Wrists

12 Things You Didn't Know About Twitter (Illustrated With Cat GIFs)

Two-Factor Is Too Hard? It Needn't Be Two-factor authentication is vastly more secure than just relying on passwords, but if it's a pain in the neck to use, people will reject it. If it's going to succeed, it has to be easy.

How Google's gesture control technology could revolutionize the way we use devices

Yes, Apple TV will be a HomeKit hub It's official: the Apple TV can be the bridge to your connected home for remote access and information. Best of all, you won't need to buy new hardware.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

6 Features Disappearing in Windows 10 (and How to Replace Them) Many of your old Windows favorites will NOT be joining you in Windows 10. Here's what you can do about it.

Windows 10 is Here, Almost...

?Cardboard for kids: Google's bet on the future of VR is children Inexpensive, easy to use, and kid-friendly? I let my kid use Google Cardboard and he showed me why it'll be a hit.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Microsoft's Windows 10 finally has a release date: July 29 The next iteration of the software maker's operating system is slated to arrive in two months.

Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1 Upgrade for free offer may catch out unwary users by wiping apps

The Perils of Flying a Solar-Powered Plane Across Oceans

The Inside Story of Google's Bizarre Plunge Into VR

Watching 11,000 Marbles Go Down A Marble Run At The Same Time Is Immensely Satisfying

Virginia opens roads to self-driving cars

Pulsating Aurora over Iceland

Screenshots: Microsoft Edge preview

Is a Chromebox Coming Your Way?

iPhone 6S will reportedly include new Force Touch feature

Hands On: A Google Cardboard Expedition to Mars Move over, Mrs. Frizzle. Google Cardboard Expeditions is taking the wheel with high-tech fieldtrips for students

Spacecraft built from graphene could run on nothing but sunlight

Watch 'Suit Up,' NASA's Short Film Commemorating 50 Years Of Spacewalks

The Official 11-Year Timelapse Of One World Trade Center