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Sunday, August 20, 2017
Solar eclipse 2017: By the numbers Let's take a look at some of the key facts relating to the solar eclipse happening August 21, 2017, and put some of that data into a tech-related context.
How to take the best photos of a solar eclipse: Tips from the pros Photographing a solar eclipse can be challenging and dangerous, but with the right equipment and filters you can end up with stunning photographs. Here's what the experts advise
Friday, August 18, 2017
How to experience VR on your iPhone with Google Cardboard Experience immersive apps and games using a cheap viewer shell.
8 steps to install Windows 10 patches like a pro Tired of the bugs in Microsoft’s pushed patches? Here’s how to take control in Windows 10.
14 Tips for Public Wi-Fi Hotspot Security Public Wi-Fi Hotspots can be a hacker's paradise. Following these basic security tips can mean the difference between safe surfing and an identity-theft or data-loss nightmare.
Top 5: Things to know about password managers You've probably heard that password managers are the way to keep track of those long, complex passwords you should be using. Here's a quick explanation of how they work, and how to use them.
Warning: These 8 Google Chrome extensions have been hijacked by a hacker Proofpoint research has found that certain Chrome extensions have been taken over in order to spread malicious ads and steal money from users.
How to prevent phishing attacks in Microsoft Outlook and Office 365: 3 methods Phishing attacks are a major source of worry for businesses. Here are a few tips on keeping malicious messages out of your users' inboxes and minimizing the risk when they make it there.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Windows tip of the week
By Ed Bott
How to change metadata for a file
Every file you store on an NTFS drive has the ability to include a huge assortment of information about that file, called metadata. Learning how to manage that metadata can help you find files faster.
Some metadata is created automatically for every file type and can't be changed. The size of a file, for example, is determined by the file itself, and for good reason. It would make no sense for you to be able to change the file size metadata to make a file look like it's larger or smaller than it is.
Other types of metadata are specific to file types. A photo you take with your smartphone or a digital camera is tagged with the camera name and details about the camera, F-stop, exposure time, and ISO speed, which can't be changed easily. Likewise, the bit rate for an MP3 file is determined by the file itself.
But you can change other types of metadata. The author of a Microsoft Word document. Tags and ratings for digital photos. Album and artist information for MP3 files.
To change metadata for a file, right-click it and choose Properties, then click the Details tab. Any files that are available for editing will reveal an editing box when clicked. To edit data for a group of files, select the files first, then click Properties. You can change the album title for a group of MP3 files in this way, or tag pictures with a location.
Microsoft Office users beware: New malware comes through PowerPoint email attachment Trend Micro research has identified a new malware threat that presents itself in the form of a malicious PPSX file attachment. Here's what professionals should look out for
How to Preserve Vintage Electronics Tips from a collector with 25 years of experience on slowing inevitable decay.
What will this eclipse look like in your state? Less than 6 days away folks! All maps are animated!
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Microsoft's still trying to figure out Windows 10 support The company faces an inherent contradiction it has yet to resolve: It says Windows 10 is the last Windows ever, but has also set time limits on support.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
4 secrets: How to take professional photos with your smartphone Smartphone cameras get better each year and we've put together a series of photography tips on how to use your phone to take professional photos that your business can use for marketing and more.
How to Delete Facebook Sick of the world's leading social network? Say good-bye to all those "friends" by following these instructions. Here's how to delete Facebook.
Antarctica is home to considerably more volcanoes than previously thought A recent study uncovered 91 previously unknown volcanoes hidden under the ice
Monday, August 14, 2017
2D/3D Printable Pinhole Projectors ECLIPSE 2D/3D Printable 'USA and STATE' PINHOLE PROJECTORS
How to put your old phone to new use In this edition of Ask Maggie, CNET's Marguerite Reardon offers some of her favorite ways to breathe new life into an old smartphone.
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Robotic suit now has Amazon Echo integration "Alexa, let's walk to the kitchen"
Coming Soon? A Solar Eclipse Near You Use the interactive map below to find the next solar spectacular in your region
Revealed: The naughty tricks used by web ads to bypass blockers A behind-the-scenes look at the cat and mouse game played by publishers and devs
Friday, August 11, 2017
Ready or Not, You're Getting Microchipped Why anyone would want to be microchipped at work is beyond me, but it's happening.
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Windows tip of the week
By Ed Bott
Remove and reinstall a device driver
When a device isn't working properly, sometimes the simplest solution is to remove its driver and reinstall it. That simple, usually quick task is one of the first things to try when troubleshooting hardware problems.
To begin, open Device Manager, which is available in Windows 10 from the Quick Link menu that appears when you right-click Start. Look through the categories until you find the device you want to refresh, right-click its entry, and then click Uninstall Device. In the resulting dialog box, click Uninstall to remove the currently installed driver. Wait a few seconds, then click Device Manager's Action menu and click Scan For Hardware Changes. That action reinstalls the driver and (fingers crossed) solves your issue.
Two advanced tricks are worth noting here. First, look in the Uninstall Device dialog box for a check box labeled Delete The Driver Software For This Device. Choose that option if you are experiencing problems with the currently installed driver and you need to replace it with a later version. Second, if the device whose driver you want to remove isn't visible in Device Manager (for example, if it's a USB device that crashes when you plug it in), choose View > Hidden Devices from the Device Manager menu.
10 tricks to get (and keep) Windows 10 Creators Update running smoothly If you've installed Windows 10 Creators Update, version 1703, take a few minutes to make sure you're getting the most out what Microsoft offers.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
The Procrastinator's Guide to Watching the Solar Eclipse The first total solar eclipse visible in the American mainland in 39 years is on Aug. 21. It's not too late to get into the path of totality, but you need to start planning now.
Microsoft fixes 'critical' security bugs affecting all versions of Windows Microsoft patched 46 separate vulnerabilities = the majority of which were the highest "critical" rating.
Windows 10 security: Here's tech support scammers' latest ploy, says Microsoft Tech support scammers are borrowing phishing techniques from criminals who seek online credentials.
Monday, August 7, 2017
Hyperloop hits 192 mph in latest test Will flying cars render the whole airless-tunnel concept moot?
The great American eclipse: A last-minute planning guide A total solar eclipse will be viewable from coast to coast for the first time in 99 years. Rooms are basically sold out, but that doesn't mean you have to miss out
New Social Security Scam Making the Rounds Callers pose as Social Security Administration employees
Telemarketers Just Got Harder to Stop New technology allows users to leave voicemail without phone ever ringing
Two NASA jets will chase the solar eclipse for never-before-seen images and massive data collection Data collected from thousands of photographs taken from NASA jets during the solar eclipse are expected to provide a wealth of new information on the sun's outer atmosphere and the planet Mercury.
These radio telescopes see almost to the beginning of time Two Australian radio telescopes have a humble goal: uncovering the universe's secrets.
How the total solar eclipse will steal your heart The Aug. 21 solar eclipse in the US is the most accessible in decades. But take it from Mr. Eclipse, once you've seen one, you'll want to see another.
Firefox fights back Inside Mozilla, CEO Chris Beard and his team are preparing to outmaneuver Google's Chrome browser. The battle begins in November, with their release of Firefox 57.
Friday, August 4, 2017
Excel 2016 cheat sheet Are you getting the most from Microsoft Excel 2016? Get to know the key new features.
IBM breaks tape storage world record with 330 TB of uncompressed data on palm-sized cartridge IBM's new record in storage fits 201 gigabits per square inch on magnetic tape, marking the firm's fifth world record since 2006
Hyperloop One achieves 'historic speeds' in second phase of autonomous transit testing In its recent test, Hyperloop One achieved speeds of 192 mph at its 500-meter DevLoop track in the Nevada desert.
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Windows tip of the week
By Ed Bott
Get one-click access to 18 powerful Windows tools
Every Windows installation includes a wide assortment of diagnostic and troubleshooting tools. So many, in fact, that it can be difficult to remember which is which.
That's when the System Configuration utility comes in handy. Type msconfig in the Run box, press Enter, and then click the Tools tab to see the entire collection. It includes shortcuts to some familiar tools, such as Command Prompt and Registry Editor, as well as shortcuts to some Control Panel apps you'd have to dig to find otherwise. Each entry includes a description alongside the tool name. Just select the tool you want to use and then click Launch.
If that sounds fairly basic, you're right. But this tab also includes a hidden feature that can help you become an expert: Look below the list to see the full command line for the current selection, so that you can create your own shortcuts or add that tool to a script. For the IP Configuration utility and Performance Monitor, select the Advanced Options check box to open the full version of the selected tool.
Researchers Reveal Secrets of SHA-1 Hash Collision You may never have heard of SHA-1 or a hash collision, but it's one of the most impressive accomplishments of any security researcher.
Putin Bans VPNs in Russia It's presented as a package of antiterrorist legislative amendments, but ultimately this new law increases government access to user data by removing anonymity
Privacy 101: Why You Need a VPN The federal government opened the floodgates to allow ISPs to sell your personal data without your permission. Sound sketchy? Here's how to protect yourself.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Robot reveals first images of lava-like nuclear debris at Fukushima The radiation-hardened bot adds to Japan's $72 billion cleanup
How to use the Files app in iOS 11 One of the biggest changes in Apple's new mobile OS involves how documents are handled; for the first time, iOS 11 gets a Finder-like system.
How one small hack turned a secure ATM into a cash-spitting monster At BlackHat 2017, security researchers demonstrated how a small flaw in an ATM allowed them to empty all the cash out.
Windows 10: Five reasons to avoid Microsoft's flagship OS With Microsoft's sometimes capricious and occasionally obnoxious treatment of Windows users, here's why you might want to give Windows 10 a miss.
Windows 10: Five reasons to stick with Microsoft's flagship OS As Microsoft's flagship OS celebrates its two year anniversary, here's what those running Windows 10 have got to look forward to.
Tesla reveals prices, more specs for Model 3 Range will be up to 310 miles, price still $35,000 to start, $59,500 fully loaded
How to Use Your iPhone or iPad to Help You See Better The Magnify and Zoom features on iOS can help you better see real objects and your screen.
Use your phone abroad without breaking the bank In this edition of Ask Maggie, CNET's Marguerite Reardon sorts out value options for accessing the internet while abroad.