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Thursday, December 08, 2016
Windows tip of the week
By Ed Bott
Use Tab AutoComplete in a Command Prompt window
Sometimes you can't avoid the Windows Command Prompt. For jobs like setting granular permissions and taking ownership of files, for example, the Icacls and Takeown commands are unmatched. Even a prosaic task like changing the extension on a group of files is easy with the help of wildcards.
But here's a secret that even many command-line ninjas don't know: Tab AutoComplete.
This feature allows you to press Tab to enter the complete list of files and folders in the current location, one at a time, in alphabetical order. You can narrow the list of items by typing the first few letters of the file or folder name first. Thus, if you know the current directory contains a file called Battery-report.html, you can type start bat and then press Tab to automatically complete the partial word bat with the first matching filename. Press Tab again to go to the next matching file or folder and keep going until you find the right one. When you do, just press Enter to open it immediately.
You can also use Tab AutoComplete with a program name to open a file using a different program from the default. Type Notepad, for example, followed by a space, and then use Tab AutoComplete to find a file with the .html extension and view its source instead of opening it in a browser window.
Google Wifi review: The best way to blanket your entire home with Wi-Fi
Don't let free Wi-Fi wreck the holidays Malls should just name their public Wi-Fi networks "Danger" and be done with it.
Ways to Stay Safe While Shopping Online Don't let cyber criminals scam you during the holidays
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Windows 10 Anniversary Update: Now ready for business after four months of tweaks The Windows 10 Anniversary Update that was released to Home users in the summer is now available under the Current Branch for Business servicing option.
Windows 10 Creators Update: What's on tap for Spring 2017 for business users Microsoft plans to add more security and manageability features to Windows 10 Creators Update before its debut in Spring 2017. Here's what's coming.
Air exposure responsible for iPhone 6S battery problems, more fixes coming A battery replacement program for some models was announced last month.
Thursday, December 01, 2016
Windows tip of the week
By Ed Bott
Unblock downloaded files
Windows knows when you download a file from the internet and save it to your NTFS-formatted hard disk. You can tell by opening the file's Properties dialog box, where you'll see a Security notice at the bottom of the General tab that reads "This file came from another computer and might be blocked to help protect the computer."
Your file hasn't been modified. Instead, Windows keeps this information in the file system itself, as an alternate data stream.
If you know a file is safe, you can tell Windows to stop blocking it by clicking the Unblock button in that dialog box.
But what do you do if you have multiple files that are blocked? For that task, you can use the Streams utility, a free command-line tool included with Microsoft's Sysinternals Suite at https://sysinternals.com. The -d switch removes that alternate data stream for any and all files you specify.
Or if you don't want to mess with command lines and downloading, try this quick workaround. Select the files you want to mark as safe, right-click, and choose Send To > Compressed (Zipped) Folder. Now copy the contents of that Zip file to any location you want (including the current folder), where they'll no longer be blocked.
Netflix finally lets you download to binge offline An update to its mobile apps will let you watch without a connection, but not every film and show in its catalog is included.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
The state of malware: 4 big takeaways from AV-TEST's 2016 report The new report details increased risks to Android and Apple products and the top 10 Windows malware programs of 2016. Here's what your business needs to know to stay safe.
AT&T to launch DirecTV Now with $35 promo on Nov. 30 That $35 monthly price for more than 100 streaming channels is a temporary deal to lock you in, but anyone can add HBO for just $5.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Microsoft tells devs: Whatever you're doing in Linux, Windows 10 will soon do it too The tech giant lays out its plans for the future of Ubuntu and Bash on Windows 10.
Saturday, November 26, 2016
How to shop online and stay secure Don't be lazy when it comes to your privacy. Stay safe this holiday season with these helpful tips.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
White House honors two of tech's female pioneers Grace Hopper and Margaret Hamilton were instrumental in the early days of computers. Now they'll receive the highest civilian honor.
Apple offers free iPhone 6S battery replacement A limited number of iPhone 6S devices, made between September and October 2015, may unexpectedly shut down.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Just how partisan is Facebook's fake news? We tested it Far more spin and fake news is pushed at Trump supporters.
Tablets at 35,000 feet From takeoff to landing, commercial airline pilots are using tablets to plan every phase of your flight.
The biggest tech turkeys of 2016 This year's most notable flops came from tech's heaviest hitters, proving that anyone -- from Samsung to Facebook to Apple -- can have a bad moment. Or two.
Worried about Windows 10 snooping? Here's how you can stop it Attempts to stem the quantity of data that Windows 10 gathers on users continue to this day. Here are the options available if you're uncomfortable with how much data the OS hoovers up
First-world problem solved: Volvo wants to deliver fuel to owners' cars Swedish automaker partners with Filld to bring gasoline to your XC90 or S90
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Microsoft Replaces Command Prompt with PowerShell in Latest Windows 10 Build This could be the first step towards the demise of cmd
USB Type-C: What You Need to Know This year Apple MacBooks, Google Pixel phones, and other electronics are shifting to USB Type-C connectors
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Windows tip of the week
By Ed Bott
Remove private information from files and photos
When you share a file or photo, are you inadvertently sharing more than you thought? Metadata in business-related documents can leak names of authors and editors. Metadata in photos can include location information, including the exact location of your home or office, that you probably don't want to post on social media for all to see.
Fortunately, Windows offers a handy way to strip out all that sensitive metadata with just a few clicks.
Start in File Explorer (Windows Explorer in Windows 7). Select the file or files you want to sanitize and then click Properties. Click the Details tab and then click the Remove Properties And Personal Information link at the bottom of the tab.
That action opens the Remove Properties dialog box, with two available options. The default option creates a copy of the selected file with all possible properties removed. The second option lets you select exactly which properties you want to remove, without creating a new copy. Click Select All and then click OK to remove all metadata from the current file.
'The Martian' test: Is VR for more than just gamers? At $20, the virtual-reality piece based on Matt Damon's movie is an experiment on whether people will pay for VR content that isn't a game
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
How to use Windows 10's Storage tool to find out the size of the hibernation file--and much more You might be surprised at the features hidden in the Storage tool. See how you can use it to find out the size of the hibernation file, view hard drive usage, remove temp files, and uninstall apps.
What you need to know about 4K TVs Curious about Ultra HD, also known as "4K"? Here's a cheat sheet.
Monday, November 14, 2016
Best iPhone 6/6s camera lenses: Add-on lenses to help you take the ideal photo The price range, quality, and diversity of add-on lenses for iPhones is enormous. But you may have to buy into one ecosystem.
Open-source pioneer Munich debates report that suggests abandoning Linux for Windows 10 Exclusive: An external report into IT at the city authority suggests the trailblazing council could move away from using open-source software.
Friday, November 11, 2016
Windows tip of the week
Search for files and folders by date
By Ed Bott
The more files you have, the more frustrating it can be to find the exact one you're looking for. That's especially true when you're using search terms that are common to dozens or even hundreds of saved documents.
One great way to narrow the list is to enter a date-related search operator along with matching parameters, using the search box in the upper-right portion of File Explorer (Windows Explorer in Windows 7). For example, datemodified:2013 tax allows you to filter search results to show only files that contain the word tax and were last saved in 2013. The search parameter you enter after the colon can be any date, even a partial one. So datemodified: June 2016 works even with the space included. To find only files before or after a given date, use the > and < operators, as in datemodified: >1/1/2016
If you prefer a point-and-click interface, just type datemodified: by itself and use the calendar or predefined options below it.
In Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, you'll find date-related shortcuts on the Search tab, which appears on the File Explorer ribbon when you click in the search box.
Microsoft fixes Windows flaw that Google divulged Bug in Windows Vista, 7, 8.1 and 10 is just one of many patched Tuesday
Wednesday, November 09, 2016
Changing IoT Passwords Won't Stop Attacks. Here's What Will. The solution will take an industry-wide effort, it won't happen overnight, and the problem is not the users' fault!
How to buy a new PC for your parents Older computer users have different needs. The big question: Do they actually need a PC at all?
Microsoft fixes Windows security flaw under attack by hackers The software giant said Russian hackers were behind a low-volume spearphishing campaign, which exploits a previously undisclosed security flaw in the operating system.
Tuesday, November 08, 2016
Microsoft Cortana: The smart person's guide Cortana is Microsoft's universal digital agent and you should get to know her before she gets to know you.
How to Control Your Battery Usage in Windows 10 Do you often run low on power on your Windows 10 laptop? A host of settings through can extend your PC's battery life.
Don't Touch That Dial... Beware the Chrome Bug Scam
Saturday, November 05, 2016
Microsoft to patch Windows bug that Google revealed Fix goes out Nov. 8 for vulnerability used by Russian hackers who penetrated the Democratic National Committee
Samsung recalls 2.8M washing machines due to injury risk Excessive vibration may cause part of the machines to detach which could cause injury.
500 Intel drones dance in the night sky Intel's new Shooting Star Drone is the latest UAV announcement from a company that is better known for its processors. The VP and GM of Intel's UAV Segment explains why drones fit perfectly into the company's global strategy.
Discover the Corning plant where Gorilla Glass was developed The birthplace of Gorilla Glass resides in a small town in Kentucky's Bluegrass region. Find out how the glass was originally developed, and how it ended up on 4.5 billion devices worldwide.
Friday, November 04, 2016
Apple iPhone tech helps reinvent the hearing aid Special hearing aids that meet Apple's specifications can tap directly into iPhones and iPads to stream audio.
Apple iOS 10 review: iOS 10: What we like, and what needs to get bette
Find out how much longer your SSD will last Spoiler alert: It'll probably be a long time.
Mirai botnet attackers are trying to knock an entire country offline The nation state has a single point of failure fiber, recently installed in 2011, and it could spell disaster for dozens of other countries.
10 Skills Our Kids Will Never Learn Already, vast areas of Boomer knowledge are becoming obsolete
Thursday, November 03, 2016
How to watch the presidential election results from your laptop, phone, or streamer No cable? No problem. Here's how you can get the results of the presidential election with only your computer or phone.
Nearly 9 out of 10 smartphones shipped run on Android Google's mobile software ran on 88 percent of all phones shipped between July 1 and the end of September, Strategy Analytics says.
Computer virus attack forces hospitals to cancel operations, shut down systems Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust hit by virus attack.
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
How sports execs use tech to improve fan engagement Winning is great, but sports teams are making major investments in technology off the field to attract fans and keep them engaged.
Dive into this bumper crop of car-themed jack-o'-lanterns EVERYTHING FROM MOPUMPKIN OR NO PUMPKIN TO HONDA LOGOS
Tuesday, November 01, 2016
How Google, Apple and Microsoft just saved the PC In a single week, three of the industry's biggest companies dragged users kicking and screaming into a better future
What Is USB-C? An Explainer With Apple's popular MacBook Pro line as the latest convert, it's clear that the USB-C connector is here to stay. Here's why that's a good thing.
Where do laptops go when they die? Ars takes a look at the current state of e-reincarnation at Dell.