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Friday, February 05, 2016

Look out: Microsoft shifts Windows 10 to 'Recommended' update, automatic download

FTDI abuses Windows Update, pushing driver that breaks counterfeit chips For the second time, FTDI released a driver published to Windows Update which has resulted in counterfeit chips used in finished products being left inoperable. Here's what you need to know.

Windows 95 is reborn - in a browser The 20-year-old Microsoft OS can be run directly from the browser - thanks to a student project to recreate memories of computing from their childhood.

7 classic versions of Windows and Mac OS you can run in a browser It's the easiest way to revisit the operating systems of yore.

Challenger, Columbia, and the lies we tell ourselves

What happens when the Windows 10 free upgrade timer runs out?

10 Tips for Troubleshooting Your Internet Connection Before you call your ISP, try these easy router tips to get back online ASAP.

If You've Eaten at Wendy's, Start Worrying About Your Bank Account

[ALERT] Can You Trust These Tech Firms? Comodo And Other Untrustworthy Companies

So, my Gmail inbox started getting these weird emails... When a pattern of bizarre messages began piling up in my inbox, I turned to the source for answers: Google.

19 of Apple's biggest tech blunders

100 Greatest Guitarists

Apple walloped with $625.6M in damages from FaceTime lawsuit The tech giant was the target of a patent troll, a company that makes money by suing other companies.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Techiest Super Bowl ever: Silicon Valley's stadium girds for the big game Levi's Stadium is one of the most high-powered venues in sports. On Super Bowl Sunday, we'll see if its network can handle the data-storm caused by throngs of smartphone-wielding fanatics.

Fight Spam With a Disposable Email Address

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

ASCII Art - An Enduring Internet Treasure

Everything you need to know about mechanical keyboards before you buy

Shootout redux: Smartphone camera vs tricked-out DSLR, one year later More lenses, more lights, more settings-but which one takes better pictures?

Monday, February 01, 2016

Your impulse buys are costing Amazon a fortune The online retailer missed Wall Street projections during its all-important holiday quarter, and shipping and fulfillment costs didn't help the situation.

A New Weapon Against Ransomware

Reset your Windows 10 system with the Keep My Files option If your Windows 10 system goes awry, it's good to know that you have tools to help revive it--without losing any data.

Gigabit internet over the air is coming Starry is using millimeter wave technology to wirelessly deliver internet connectivity to homes. If successful, it could disrupt cable companies, telcos, and the broadband market.

The Best Online Tax Preparation Software for 2016 If you're doing your own taxes, picking the right tax prep program is essential. Here's how the top services stack up.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Mobile Threat Monday: Fake Shopping App Is So Real It's Scary This copycat Chinese shopping app behaves like the real deal, just with some extra malware thrown in.

Scam Alert Why Taxpayers Should Worry About the Next 4 Weeks

Scams, Hoaxes, Myths and Their Busters

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

10 Free Online Photo Editors

Oracle Pushes Java Fix: Patch It or Pitch It

TV resolution confusion: 1080p, 2K, UHD, 4K, 8K, and what they all mean Is 4K twice is good as 2K? Is it different from Ultra HD? Is 1080p 1K? What do all these random numbers mean?

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

JaguarBoard Intel Atom Powered Single-Board Mini PC To Take On Raspberry Pi At $45

DOJ and 4 states want $24 billion in fines from Dish Network for telemarketing Aggressive telemarketing campaign put satellite TV provider in hot water

20 years ago today, NYTimes.com debuted "on-line" on the web

How to enter Windows 10 Safe Mode

How to make a Windows 10 recovery drive

Brave browser promises faster Web by banishing intrusive ads The new browser, a brainchild of ex-Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, is also designed to improve online privacy.

Wireless Home Automation Gadgets

Best manual camera apps for iPhone

Patriots' coach: Microsoft Surface breakdowns are common Technically Incorrect: In the AFC championship game, the New England Patriots couldn't get their tablets to work. Coach Bill Belichick reportedly says this has happened many times before.

See which apps are using Apple's location services in OS X Do you know when an app is accessing your Mac's location? Add an arrow indicator to the menu bar to stay informed.

The Home Battery You Can Install Yourself Is Coming

Web link causes Safari crashes, device reboots on iOS and Mac [u]

Fixing Broken Windows 10 Apps

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Hot Potato Exploit Gives Attackers the Upper Hand in Multiple Windows Versions Exploit chain of doom sends Windows PCs into the abyss

The First Cross-Country Road Trip Took 2 Men and a Pitbull 63 Days

A tech mystery Why do people keep coming to this couple's home looking for lost phones?

I Tried to Send a Telegram in 2016 It didn't work.

How to set up a new iPhone

How the smartphone changed everything, or, the rise of BYOD in the workplace Since the Blackberry, IT has struggled to keep up with demands for ubiquitous mobility.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Virtual Doctor Visits

Microsoft jettisons support for legacy software Microsoft has ended support for older versions of Internet Explorer, sending a clear message: It's time for enterprises to adopt the latest version of all its products.

Panasonic, Toshiba, and Sharp in race to develop farm equipment The way we produce food is broken. Are robots part of the solution?

These Astronomical Glass Plates Made History Eight foundational images from the archives of the Carnegie Observatories.

Apple readies 'iPhone 5se', not '6c', for March/April with curved edges & Live Photos

Friday, January 22, 2016

Scientists Find Hints Of A Giant, Hidden Planet In Our Solar System

If Donald Trump had his way, your iPhone would be insanely pricey The Republican presidential frontrunner's vow to get Apple to "build their damn computers and things in this country" would lead to unrealistically high costs for you.

The Best Free GPS Apps for Your iPhone If you have an iPhone, you also have a handheld GPS. Here are some of the best free navigation apps we've tested, many of which have equally capable Android versions.

Will virtual reality make you buy more? Retailers are betting on it Virtual reality springs up at the retail industry's marquee show, offering a glimpse of how we might shop in the future.

Don't let your iPhone turn against you Installing Apple's latest patch will help you keep attackers out of your phone and your life.

Yahoo Mail flaw gets fixed, and a researcher nets $10K If the bug hadn't been squashed, users of Yahoo's email service might have been victimized merely by reading a compromised message.

Mcity: America's true nexus of self-driving research

Stashing Your Stuff Online?

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

AT&T's new unlimited data plan: Everything you need to know (FAQ) The telecom giant has revived its unlimited wireless-data plan to help sell its DirecTV service. How does the offer work? Is it actually a good deal? CNET has answers.

SpaceX just tested the engines on the Falcon 9 rocket it landed in December

ISO Means Equal Things You Can Do With ISO Files

Be prepared: Create a Windows 10 Recovery Drive Windows 10 offers two ways to create a Recovery Drive: on a USB flash drive and on an optical disc. This walk-through demonstrates both methods.

What's the best phone to have when dumping your carrier? Carriers have eliminated contracts and device subsidies, and we're all now paying full price for expensive phones. Does that mean we're free to move among operators?

Seven Common Computing Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

Before I Can Fix This Tractor, We Have to Fix Copyright Law

Corning Moves To Kill Car Guages And You'll Like The Result

These are the worst passwords of 2015

Photos: A list of the world's self-driving cars racing toward 2020 and beyond

New zero-day flaw hits millions of Linux servers, also affects most Android devices The flaw is said to affect "tens of millions" of Linux PCs and servers, and most modern devices running the latest Android KitKat 4.4 software and later.

Gaia intersects A Perseid Meteoroid

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Forbes forces readers to turn off ad blockers, promptly serves malware

New Windows 10 stats show Microsoft is closely watching you - but is it an issue?

Adobe, Microsoft Push Reader, Windows Fixes

Are You Trading Privacy for a Discount? Gadgets That Monitor Your Driving

Federal government invests $3.9 billion into 10-year plan for autonomous driving At the Detroit Auto Show, Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx unveiled a 10-year plan to fund research for autonomous vehicles.

PUP ALERT: Potentially Unwanted Programs

Microsoft updates support policy: New CPUs will require Windows 10 In a change to its longstanding support policy, Microsoft says PCs based on new CPU architectures, including Intel's Skylake chips, will require Windows 10. A list of preferred systems will support older Windows versions on new hardware, but only for 18 months.

Your Android phone is too damn nosy If given the choice, people say they would deny nearly one-third of all permissions currently required to download apps to their Android phones.

A rare January hurricane forms, could become month's strongest on record Hurricane Alex likely intensified due to very cold upper atmosphere temperatures.

Inside the vault: A rare glimpse of NASA's otherworldly treasures

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The 40,000-Mile Volcano

Milky Way age map shows growth rings The first-ever complete age map of the Milky Way shows that our galaxy grew from the inside out.

Ready For Driverless Cars?

Microsoft patches six critical security flaws affecting Windows, Office The software giant also retires older versions of its Internet Explorer browser.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Best of CES 2016 Of the thousands of products at the Consumer Electronics Show this year, these 18 truly stand out, and will help set the tone in technology for the next 12 months.

You say advertising, I say block that malware Forbes asked readers to turn off ad blockers then immediately served them pop-under malware.

Tesla Model S' new 'Summon' feature lets drivers park and retrieve their cars with no one inside

Antivirus products riddled with security flaws, researcher says Antivirus products increase a computer's attack surface and may even lower operating system protections, a security researcher claims

Cash In On Your Gift Cards

Banishing 'Get Windows 10' nagware isn't as easy as you think

Microsoft Updates "Get Windows 10" Prompts, No Longer Offers Reject Option Upgrade now or start the download and upgrade later

Detroit auto show 2016

Why Are Texas Instruments Graphing Calculators So Damn Expensive?

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Tame Your Inbox With Filters

Hands On With the Oculus Rift and Oculus Touch Controllers I spent some time with the upcoming consumer-ready Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, along with its intriguing optional motion controllers.

No mirrors, no problem for McLaren 675LT JVCKenwood CES concept

The Volvo S90 will (just about) handle the driving on highway trips

CES 2016's coolest and craziest VR and AR

Is the Internet Getting Faster?

LastPass 4.0

Why Amazon's Data Centers Are Hidden in Spy Country The company powers much of the Internet, but its cloud facilities are difficult to find.

Geologists Found a Rock That's 'Older Than Earth' in the Australian Outback

Thursday, January 07, 2016

How your PC can be infected with just one email you didn't actually read

Volvo XC90 gets AI, John Connor takes notice

Web developers rejoice; Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 die on Tuesday

National Geographic 2015 Photo Contest winners

Artificial intelligence: Can Watson save IBM?

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

How Secure Are Shopping Apps?

The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Adhesive Tape

802.11ah Wi-Fi standard approved, will underpin Internet of Things

Longer tweets are coming soon to Twitter.

Automakers choose Microsoft as connected car partner

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Elon Musk says SpaceX's first reusable Falcon 9 rocket is 'ready to fire again' Last month, SpaceX sent satellites to space with a Falcon 9 rocket, landing it safely on Earth 10 minutes later for the first time ever. Now it's ready to go again.

4 New Elements Are Added To The Periodic Table

This Antivirus Plugin Makes You LESS Secure

The Ferrari Spin-Off Is Exposing Fiat Chrysler's Weaknesses

Why is Microsoft monitoring how long you use Windows 10?

Sunday, January 03, 2016

The Best Space Photos Of The Month

Engineer Tears Down An Ink Jet Printer And Explains Why It's So Brilliant

Scientists have used groundbreaking technology to figure out how the Earth looked a billion years ago

Every Rocket Launch In 2015, In One Video

Friday, January 01, 2016

AskBob's Best of 2015 - Part Two

10 Quick Tips to Fix Your Bad Photos You don't have to be a professional to take top-notch photos. Follow these simple pointers to improve the quality of your snapshots.

The easiest ways to donate your old tech Charities want your old devices -- even if they're broken.

Does this "humanlike" robot receptionist make you feel welcome or creeped out?

E6B Computer: Celebrating 75 Years Of Flight The E6B flight computer was introduced to the US Army in 1940. Few devices have been around this long, have had cameo appearances in Star Trek, and remain in use today. We think that's worth celebrating.

Ars' favorite science images of 2015 It's been an amazing year for science, and here are some images that capture it.

Good news! US broadband speeds are up. Bad news - they're still rubbish Inventor of the internet lagging behind developed world

Wham! Apollo 16 Saturn V Booster Impact Site Found on the Moon

AT&T is doing away with the two-year contract once and for all

The Physics of Supersonic Free Fall and the Race to Build a Quieter Concorde Here's how aircraft manufacturers test jets by dropping them from 18 miles in the air.