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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

This is the future if net neutrality is repealed; the creeping, costly death of media freedom

Most Dangerous Security Threats of 2018?

Astronomers to Check Mysterious Interstellar Object for Signs of Technology

Season's Cheatings 7 scams to watch out for this holiday season

How Email Open Tracking Quietly Took Over the Web

Phishers Are Upping Their Game. So Should You.

Hundreds of HP Laptops, Tablets Found with Pre-Installed Keylogger

Seven end-of-year maintenance tips for Windows client systems The end of the year is a good time to review management procedures for Windows systems and to update any policies, applications, and processes that affect ongoing performance and uptime.

A Eulogy for Eudora The early graphical client Eudora was how people checked their email in the '90s. But in the end, only the power users stuck around. Here's what you missed.

American Astronauts Are Going Back to the Moon

A DRY SUBJECT An Amazing Visualization Of What Would Happen If You Drained The Ocean Through A 10-Meter Hole

Sunday, December 10, 2017

ISS Gets New Impact Sensor to Gather Data on Space Debris

Airlines Restrict Smart Luggage Over Safety Concerns American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, and Delta Air Lines will require travelers to remove the battery if they want to check any smart bags.

San Francisco Cracks Down on Delivery Robots Legislators say they want to prevent overcrowding and keep pedestrians safe, though the crackdown may partly be fueled by concerns about robots replacing human workers.

A Gem of a Meteor Shower! How to See the Geminids Next Week

Scientists are slowly unlocking the secrets of the Earth's mysterious hum

SpaceX to resume launches from rebuilt pad

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Phishers Are Upping Their Game. So Should You.

How NASA's Search for Aliens Helped Detect Breast Cancer

[FIN] Is This the End of Siri and Alexa?

Thursday, December 07, 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.

Best USB car chargers for your phone Keep your smartphone powered on the go.

Text Messaging Is Now 25 Years Old

YouTube Dropped From Amazon's Fire TV, Echo Show (Again) Amazon's refusal to sell certain Google devices prompted Google to pull the YouTube support.

Fake News and Fake Photos

MacOS High Sierra 'Root' Bug Can Reactivate Apple assumed everyone would upgrade, patch, and reboot in the right order, but that's not the case.

How To Spot Fake News

Scientists just found the oldest known black hole, and it's a monster

The most accurate climate change models predict the most alarming consequences, study finds

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

HDMI 2.1 has arrived: Here's everything you need to know Higher resolution audio and video, faster refresh rates, and more bandwidth will enable better experiences with movies, games, VR, and more.

In 'Bombshell,' The Double Identity Of Hollywood Star Hedy Lamarr

Apple SNAFU means updating to macOS 10.13.1 could reactivate root access bug

Geekly Update - 05 December 2017

Monday, December 04, 2017

[MONEY] Are You a Smart Philanthropist?

Voyager 1 Just Fired Up its Backup Thrusters for the 1st Time in 37 Years

Supermoon 2017: When and How to See December's 'Full Cold Moon' This Weekend

Friday, December 01, 2017

Over 75% of Android apps are secretly tracking users Yale Privacy Lab has discovered hidden trackers in hundreds of popular Android apps that send app manufacturers your location, activity, and other personal info.

Flying American Next Month? Might Want to Check Your Flight Status Thousands of flights scheduled from Dec. 17 to Dec. 31 do not have a pilot, first officer, or both due to a computer glitch that allowed too many staffers to take off for the holidays.

Geekly Update - 30 November 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Windows tip of the week
By Ed Bott

Use Resource Monitor to find an overactive process

One of the most powerful troubleshooting tools in Windows is Resource Monitor, a multi-tabbed utility program that lets you find out in real time which processes are using up CPU, memory, disk, and network resources.

In Windows 10, the best way to get to Resource Monitor is from Task Manager, where you'll find an Open Resource Monitor shortcut at the bottom of the Performance tab. Alternatively, you can use the command line: perfmon.exe /res

Each of the five Resource Monitor tabs offers a different view of performance. The top of each tab shows processes that are currently active, while the bottom of the tab shows details about that activity. Click the checkbox to the left of one or more processes in the top pane to filter the results in the bottom pane to just those associated with your selection.

So if you're puzzled why your hard disk is working overtime, go to the Disk tab and select the processes that show the most activity. Then, in the bottom pane, you can see exactly which files that process is reading and writing. (You might need to resize columns to see the full path.)

From Linux to Windows 10: Why did Munich switch and why does it matter? The news that Munich will migrate more than 20,000 PCs from a Linux-based desktop to Windows 10 from 2020, while a setback for the open-source software movement, isn't the gut punch it might seem.

[ALERT] Is Your Microsoft Word Vulnerable to Hackers?

Huge macOS High Sierra Security Flaw Allows Admin Logins With No Password

Apple Releases Fix for MacOS High Sierra 'Root' Bug The bug let people modify a Mac and look up passwords on the keychain access; 'regrettably we stumbled with this release of macOS,' Apple said in a statement.

750 Raspberry Pis Turned Into Supercomputer for Los Alamos National Laboratory

Windows 10's future look could be Sets, a tabbed app interface Microsoft will start testing Sets combines the apps and files you need to complete a task in a tabbed window-even ones you worked on weeks ago.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Windows tip of the week
By Ed Bott

PowerShell or Command Prompt?

Every version of Windows includes a full-strength command-line interpreter you can use to perform a wide range of tasks. It supports a full set of built-in commands and also allows you to run third-party programs by typing the name of an executable file, with or without switches.

In Windows 7, the native command-line interface is the Windows Command Processor, which you get to by typing Cmd in the Run dialog box. In Windows 10, beginning with version 1703, the native command-line interface is Windows PowerShell. You can run PowerShell, with or without administrative credentials, by right-clicking Start (or pressing Windows key + X) and then choosing the appropriate option from the Quick Links menu.

For system administrators, it's worth spending the time to learn PowerShell's complexities, but for everyday tasks, the older Cmd.exe environment is still available. From a PowerShell window, just type cmd and press Enter. That runs a Command Prompt session directly inside PowerShell.

If you want to replace PowerShell in Windows 10 with the older Windows Command Processor, go to Settings > Personalization > Taskbar and slide the Replace Command Prompt With Windows Powershell switch to Off.

Should You Buy Gray Market Goods?

Will Philo Replace Your Cable TV Subscription?

Geekly Update - 21 November 2017

It's Going Viral! - Internet Classics

[LEGAL?] Record Streaming Video and Music

Hurricane Season Animated

New Microsoft tech support scam can turn a user into a victim with one click Just in time for the holidays, malicious websites are scamming users with a new technique: They automatically launch dialing apps to make calling fake support lines a one-button mistake.

[CARS] Online Car Buying Tips and Tools

How quantum computing could create unbreakable encryption and save the future of cybersecurity Photon-based quantum encryption could help companies better defend against cyberthreats, and it's one step closer to reality thanks to research from Duke University.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Windows tip of the week
By Ed Bott

Jump to a distant folder with one click

Windows is filled with shortcuts and pointers that make it easier to work with files and folders without having to navigate through folder hierarchies or type long paths. But those shortcuts can be a source of frustration. In Windows 10, for example, you might see the name of a file you worked with recently listed in the Quick Access pane. But what if you really want to work with a companion file that's stored in the same folder?

To make that leap in one click, use the little-known Open File Location menu option, which is available when you right-click a file or folder shortcut.

Clicking Open File Location displays the entire contents of the folder that contains the file you right-clicked. Hold down Shift as you click Open File Location to display that folder's contents in a separate File Explorer window.

China overtakes US in TOP500 list of world's fastest supercomputers According to the TOP500 list, China is beating the US in total number of ranked systems and in aggregate performance

Resetting Forgotten Windows Password

Geekly Update - 15 November 2017

WATCH: The Hurricane Season, As Shown By Salt, Smoke And Dust

15+ iPhone X Tips and Tricks [Video]

Adobe, Microsoft Patch Critical Cracks

Forgot Your Windows 10 Password?

Holy Crap, Boston Dynamics' New Robot Can Do Backflips

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Here's how 3D food printers are changing what we eat 3D-printed food offers new possibilities such as intricate designs, automated cooking, mass manufacturing, and personalised meals. But will it ever replace the traditional methods we know today?

Project Loon-Powered Internet Reaches 100K in Puerto Rico AT&T and T-Mobile customers with LTE-enabled phones in Puerto Rico have been receiving access via the balloon-powered Project Loon.

NASA's cargo and space trash hauler is about to become an astronaut workroom on the International Space Station

Have You Been Phished?

Friday, November 10, 2017

Dinosaurs would have survived if asteroid hit Earth elsewhere, scientists claim

Windows 10's version of AirDrop lets you quickly share files between PCs

Protect your PC with Windows 10's antiransomware tool

Will More Memory Speed Up Your Computer?

Google's Chrome Browser to Stamp Out Sneakier Pop-Up Ads The upcoming Chrome changes are designed to stop invasive ads from coming over the browser through website redirects.

The Finalists For The 2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Are Hysterical

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Windows tip of the week
By Ed Bott

Customize the Send To menu

The Send To menu is a particularly useful feature in File Explorer. You can right-click any file or folder, choose Send To, and copy or move those objects to a folder of your choosing. You can also open compatible files by sending them to an application shortcut.

Unfortunately, the default list of Send To destinations is sketchy to say the least. But if you create a shortcut, you can customize that list to your heart's content. The secret is to open the Run box (Windows key + R), type the command shell:sendto, and then press Enter. That opens the folder filled with everything you see on the Send To list.

I typically delete the Fax Recipient entry and add shortcuts to Notepad, WordPad, and some of my most-used document folders. You're limited only by your imagination.

[TIPS] Advanced Searching With Google and Bing

Your Driver's License May Not Fly

Geekly Update - 08 November 2017

Microsoft Says Windows 10 Devices Can Be Made Secure: Here's How

5 crazy facts about Lamborghini's outrageous electric supercar

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Koenigsegg Came to Nevada to Beat Records Making history in the desert

Juno Phones Home: Jupiter Probe Reconnects with Earth After 8th Flyby

iPhone X: Learn all the new touch gestures and commands Now that there's no Home button, how do I…?

Teen inventors devise cool solution to avoid baby heatstroke in cars

iPhone X Teardown Reveals L-Shaped Dual Battery, Miniaturized Motherboard

10 things you should never do in Word Some Office app habits seem harmless... until changes generate an unexpected mess. You can prevent frustrating problems by avoiding these 10 Word pitfalls from the get-go.

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: Be proactive and turn on ransomware protection Windows 10 Fall Creators Update added ransomware protection, but it is turned off by default. In this step-by-step tutorial, Mark Kaelin explains how to turn the feature on.

ONLINE SHOPPING] Is it Really a Bargain?

Notes 4.5 High Sierra: How to create a table, add and rearrange rows and columns You don't need to resort to Numbers or Excel if you want to create a document and want to use rows and columns to keep your data orderly.

Microsoft Releases Standards for Highly Secure Windows 10 Devices

DisplayMate: iPhone X Has the 'Most Innovative and High Performance' Smartphone Display Ever Tested

Sunday, November 05, 2017

3D printing doubles the strength of stainless steel

Google Docs Is Randomly Flagging Files for Violating Its Terms of Service Let this serve as a reminder that you have less control over your stuff online than it often appears.

RIP, Laika: Pioneering Space Dog Launched 60 Years Ago Today

The Week's Coolest Space Images

Watching Steel Cables Being Turned Into Sharp Blades Is Incredibly Satisfying

Seeing Earth from Outer Space

The Best Photography Of The Week

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Can This Robot Manage Your Passwords?

Apple iPhone X

How big data won the 2017 World Series Learn what the Houston Astros did to win the analytics arms race in Major League Baseball.

New iOS 11.1 Wi-Fi hack drops malware on your iPhone to steal sensitive data Researchers participating in the Pwn2Own 2017 contest successfully hacked an iPhone 7 running iOS 11.1, just one day after Apple released a patch for a separate Wi-Fi vulnerability.

Gallery: 10 Android apps that make use of your device's built-in sensors

Microsoft to close Windows 10 free upgrade loophole The last remaining way for Windows 7 and 8.1 users to claim the upgrade is using what the "assistive technologies" exception, which is now coming to an end.

Friday, November 03, 2017

Microsoft Will End Final Free Windows 10 Upgrade Program On December 31

Scientists Say They've Found Hidden Space In Great Pyramid Of Giza

iOS 11 and iOS 11.1 Features and Updates

The International Space Station is getting its first printer upgrade in 17 years

Asteroid impact plunged dinosaurs into catastrophic 'winter'

Can Japan burn flammable ice for energy?

Why Face ID makes security on the iPhone X invisible

Malwarebytes: Protection for Android

Another Million Subscribers Cut the Pay TV Cord Last Quarter

A Crimson Fracture in the Sky

The Perils and Pleasures of Bartending in Antarctica At the South Pole, the freezer is just a hole in the wall to the ice outside.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Windows tip of the week
By Ed Bott

Find any desktop program's version details

One of the most important details you need to know for any installed Windows program is its version information, usually expressed as a number with one or more decimal points. When you know the version number, you can decide whether an upgrade is really an upgrade or whether you're better off sticking with what's installed.

For most Windows programs, you can find version information from the Help > About menu. But you can also locate these details without opening the program at all, using information stored directly in the program file itself. (Note that these instructions work only for Windows desktop programs and not for apps from the Windows Store.)

Locate the executable (*.exe) file for the program. Right-click that file and choose Properties, then click the Details tab and look for the Product Name and Product Version fields.

Want to see product details for every program on a Windows PC? For any program that was registered with a Windows installer, you'll find an entry in Control Panel > Programs > Programs & Features. Switch to Details view if necessary, then select each program in the list and look in the details pane at the bottom of the window. For an even faster view, right-click the row of headings and click the Version field.

Eight ways Word's built-in styles can save you a ton of time Word's built-in styles are integrated into many useful features, like footnotes, numbered lists, and header and footer text. Here's a quick look at how to use these styles to save time.

The top 10 worst ransomware attacks of 2017, so far Ransomware variants NotPetya, WannaCry, and Locky are among those that wreaked havoc for businesses worldwide this year.

Microsoft Employee Installs Chrome Mid-Demo After Edge Keeps Crashing

Geekly Update - 01 November 2017

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Jupiter's X-ray auroras pulse independently

The biggest EV question: Where are you going to plug in? The logistics of charging EVs is as complicated as the batteries

Hubble Discovers Planet with Metallic Snow

Will YouTube TV Turn You Into A Cord-Cutter?

First iPhone X fondlers struggle to admit that Face ID sort of sucks We're holding it wrong! Of course!

Apple releases macOS 10.13.1 High Sierra update

Download iOS 11.1 now for new emojis and UI changes

Best Buy adds $100 to the price of the $999 iPhone X

Best Buy Selling iPhone X on Installment Plan Only After Criticism Over $100 Premium