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Sunday, April 23, 2017
NASA's Cassini spacecraft is about to plunge between Saturn and its rings — before spiraling into the planet The probe is embarking on a slow spiral into Saturn
How to use your iPhone or iPad as a wireless hotspot The personal hotspot feature on your iOS device can bail you out when a broadband connection isn't available. Here's how to set it up.
Cassini Edges Closer to Titan Ahead of Fiery Demise NASA's Cassini spacecraft will celebrate Earth Day by making its closest fly-by of Saturn's moon Titan before starting its months-long final journey to crash into the faraway planet.
Meet the IBM Watson-powered robot that could make your next smartphone IBM's cloud-connected robot arm shows off the flexibility of the factory robots of tomorrow.
Don't become a Facebook zombie. Get your online affairs in order You probably have more online accounts than you think. Here's how to get your digital affairs in order.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Mastercard Adds Fingerprint Sensor to Biometric Card Now thieves will have to figure out how to steal your fingerprint as well as your card and PIN.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
8 ways to repurpose an old iPhone Before you decide to sell your unwanted iPhone, consider finding other ways to put it to good use.
7 ways to repurpose an old Android phone Just because your phone is old doesn't mean it can't be put to good use. Instead of selling it, consider assigning it one of these useful tasks.
With No Bids, Hacking Group Leaks NSA Surveillance Tools Shadow Brokers tried unsuccessfully to ransom its trove of surveillance tools, so it released them for free.
Website only stocks products that last a lifetime Tired of replacing stuff? Buy Me Once solves that problem.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Windows tip of the week
By Ed Bott
Rename a folder full of files
Renaming a file in File Explorer (Windows Explorer in Windows 7) is a straightforward process. Select a file and then either press F2 or click Rename from the right-click shortcut menu to make its filename available for editing. Enter the new filename, press Enter, and you're finished.
But what if you have a group of files you want to rename as a bulk operation? This situation might come up if you've gathered a collection of digital image files from different sources and saved them in a common folder. They might have a hodgepodge of naming formats, and the prospect of renaming them one by one is not appealing.
File Explorer has that scenario covered. Select all the files you want to rename: Use Ctrl + click to select files individually; click the first file and then Shift + click to select a contiguous group of files; or press Ctrl + A to select all files in the current folder. Then right-click any selected file and click Rename. Enter the name you want to use as the base name for the group of files and press Enter. File Explorer renames the entire group, adding a sequential number in parentheses at the end of each filename.
Microsoft patches Shadow Broker exploits: Make sure you apply these updates Last Friday, Microsoft announced that it had already patched most of the exploits released by Shadow Brokers. Here's what that means for your business
Touch, Weight Added to Virtual Reality Using Muscle Stimulation Lift a heavy box, push a button, turn a knob, and feel the impact of a projectile in VR thanks to a muscle stimulator mounted on your back.
Study: Drivers Use Their Phones During 88 Percent of Trips The study, released today by analytics firm Zendrive, found that 'Americans use their phones nearly every single time they get behind the wheel.'
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
How to get the Windows 10 Creators Update without the wait The official launch date was April 11th, but that doesn't mean you'll get the Windows Creators Update soon. In fact, you could be on the waiting list for several months. Here's a way around it.
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Friday, April 14, 2017
How to shoot professional video on an iPhone: 3 tips Today's smartphones can shoot high-quality, professional videos—if you know the right tools and techniques. Here are three tips (plus a bonus tip) on how to pull it off with an iPhone.
4 powerful productivity features in the Windows 10 Creators Update It's easier than ever to get things done.
Burger King Ad Hijacks Google Home UPDATE: It appears Google has stopped the fun (or aggravation) but for awhile, Google Home responded to a Burger King TV ad with Whopper facts.
Inmates Build Computers From Recycled Parts, Hide in Ceiling Ohio inmates taking part in a computer disposal program used the computers to commit identity theft and tax fraud, as well as change their security levels at the prison.
Whoa! Saturn moon has all the ingredients to support life The icy world of Enceladus hides an ocean beneath its surface, and NASA now says it's found the elements needed for E.T. to swim around in its dark sea.
These hackers want to do your taxes, and take your refund too You might hate doing your taxes, but with $5.8 billion to gain, criminals will gladly file them.
US border searches of phones and laptops have almost doubled A former Homeland Security official said the spike in device searches was a "conscious strategy" to use a loophole that allows agents to search devices at the border without a warrant.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Windows tip of the week
By Ed Bott
Download a fresh copy of Windows
Having a fresh set of Windows installation media can come in handy for many troubleshooting tasks, especially when you're replacing the system drive on a Windows PC and you don't have an image backup to restore.
Microsoft offers free downloads of full installation media for all supported desktop versions of Windows. Just go to https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/ and choose your version.
For Windows 7, you'll need to supply a valid product key to complete the download process. That key must be from a full retail copy. Windows 7 upgrade keys, MSDN and enterprise keys, and OEM keys from a PC manufacturer are not eligible. After your key is verified, choose a 32-bit or 64-bit architecture to finish downloading the edition associated with your key.
For Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, no product key is required to complete the download (although you will need either a key or a digital license to activate the installation). Instead, you can download the Media Creation Tool, which allows you to create either bootable media (USB flash drive or DVD) or an ISO file. Run the tool, select a language and edition, and follow the step-by-step instructions to create your installation media.
'Critical' Microsoft Office hack uses fake Word documents to install malware A new exploit, reported by McAfee, uses trick Microsoft office files to install malware on a user's machine and can bypass existing protection methods.
Tax refunds have hackers working hard for your money You might hate doing your taxes, but with $5.8 billion to gain, criminals will gladly file them.
The Best Wireless Routers That Can Run DD-WRT Rolling your own router using OpenVPN and DD-WRT with one of these compatible wireless routers may not be as simple as buying a closed router platform, but it offers distinct benefits in virtual private networking (VPN), security, and customization.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Windows 10: Ten missed opportunities in the Creators Update There are some noticeable gaps in Microsoft's latest major update to Windows 10. Here's what should have been included.
Windows 10 Creators Update: The smart person's guide Everything you need to know about the latest major upgrade to Microsoft's flagship OS.
Three free apps to handle your photo editing needs Easily edit your photos as you shoot them with these three photo editors.
Friday, April 7, 2017
Windows tip of the week
By Ed Bott
How to compress a file or folder
All versions of Windows, going back many years, offer a built-in tool for compressing files and folders. But before you get too excited, it helps to know when you'll actually save disk space by using this feature.
This option is available on NTFS-formatted disks only. Right-click a file or folder, click Properties, and then click the Advanced button at the bottom of the General tab. In the Advanced Attributes dialog box, click Compress Contents To Save Disk Space and then click OK to save your changes. (If you're compressing a folder, choose the option to compress subfolders and files as well.) The compression is automatic and you don't have to do anything to decompress the files on the fly.
How much disk space will you save? With music and image files that are already compressed, including MP3, JPEG, and PNG, the space savings are negligible--typically less than 1%. The same is true of documents created in Office XML and PDF formats, which are already efficiently compressed.
There are a couple of file formats that can benefit from built-in compression, however. If you've got a collection of Bitmap (BMP) image files, you can typically save more than 85% of disk space. Audio files recorded in WAV format can shrink by 10% to 15%.
Microsoft is fixing those confusing Windows 10 privacy messages The software giant acknowledges the privacy settings on Windows 10 are annoying and don't make sense. So it's simplifying things.
10 essential first steps after installing Windows Whether you've installed Windows on a workstation or server, these ten recommendations can make the operating system a little easier to work with.
Windows 10 snooping: Microsoft reveals what data it collects about you and why Ahead of next week's rollout of the Creators Update, Microsoft is releasing more information about the diagnostic data it collects.
US lawmakers: Get a warrant to search phones at the border Customs and Border Protection can search your personal electronics without suspicion. A Senate bill introduced Tuesday would change that.
Want true privacy? You need to check out this browser Unsettled by Trump's rollback of internet privacy? Startup Brave is working to build Tor's privacy technology directly into its browser.
How to Use Google's Translate App Google Translate can convert foreign languages to that of your own tongue. Here's how to use it.
Amazon Agrees to Refund Kids' In-App Purchases The FTC says more than $70 million in in-app purchases made between November 2011 and May 2016 may be eligible for refunds.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
A one-stop smart home shop for seniors One startup wants to bring about a revolution in eldercare using smart home technology.
10 Common Tax-Filing Mistakes to Avoid Accountants say these errors are easy to make
Get your iPhone or iPad ready for iOS 10.3 Apple's iOS 10.3 update is out, but before you rush out to download it, here's some things you can do to get your hardware ready for the upgrade
Here's why iOS 10.3 updates are taking so long Are you finding that iOS 10.3 takes a long time to install? You're not alone.
Apple releases iOS 10.3.1 for iPhone, iPad Apple says the small update includes bug fixes and improved security.
The laptop is dead Here's my open-and-shut case on why the venerable laptop is on its way out
How to install Windows on an external drive USB 3.1 can make it almost as fast as an internal drive.
Monday, April 3, 2017
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Congress just killed online privacy rules. Now what? (FAQ) Republicans in Congress have repealed the FCC's rules protecting your online data. What's it mean for you?
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Windows 10: Want to avoid any nasty Creators Update surprises? Here's how to delay upgrading Why those who can might want to hold off on the upgrade in light of Windows 10's checkered history on major updates.
Windows 10 tip: Temporarily delay the Creators Update Microsoft is about to release a big upgrade to Windows 10. If you're running Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise, you can wait a few months before you install this version. Here's how
iPhones Have Been Keeping These Secrets For Too Long Love the iPhone? We do, too—but we had no idea that we were missing out on some very, very cool features.
Why iOS 10.3 requires an extra tap to make a phone call Malicious code that audio-dials 911 prompted Apple to make this change.
Light bulb buying guide You've got more lighting options than ever before, but that also means that the lighting aisle is a lot more complicated than it used to be. We're here to help.