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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

How to add a second clock to the Windows taskbar

Microsoft is getting closer to completely modernizing Windows 10's native applications The Creators Update harbors a preliminary version of a modernized File Explorer. Can the rest of Windows' native apps be far behind?

Are Your Messages Visible to Hackers?

New telescope has already found 3 rare mystery signals The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder is poised to make history if it helps solve the origin of fast radio bursts.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Top 5: Ways to stay safe online Chances are, you've heard these tips before. But as recent news stories indicate, reminders about online security are never a bad thing.

11 Hidden Tricks Inside Windows 10 Even if you think you know it all, you don't.

Turns out the Svalbard seed vault is probably fine Deep breaths.

The Week's Best Space Photos

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Free Wireless Internet? Here's How!

Seven things we learned about WannaCry The cyberattack is one of the worst of its kind in history, disrupting businesses, hospitals and government agencies. Here's everything we know so far.

Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts

Why this startup thinks its supercapacitor tech is key to hybrid electric vehicles Skeleton Technologies is investing millions to scale production of its patented curved graphene ultracapacitors.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Geekly Update - 18 May 2017

Windows 10: The best tricks, tips, and tweaks Windows 10 is chock-full of handy, hidden new features worth exploring. Check out the best tips and tricks here.

Top 30 free apps for Windows 10 From backup to productivity tools, here’s the best of the best for Win10. Sometimes good things come in free packages

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Windows tip of the week
By Ed Bott

See all installed updates

Is your installation of Windows up to date? You can probably infer that everything's in order if you check Windows Update (from Settings > Update & Security in Windows 10 or from Control Panel > System & Security in Windows 7) and it reports that there are no updates to install.

But if you insist on more details, you can check the update history, which shows details about each update that has been installed, including the date on which the update was installed. This listing also shows details for updates that failed to install properly.

For Windows 10, you can find this list by going to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update. Then click Update History to see a full list, categorized by type.

For Windows 7, the list is available in Control Panel. The easiest way to find it is to click the System And Security category and then click View Installed Updates under the Windows Update heading.

Regardless of OS, you can find details about any individual update by looking up its Knowledge Base (KB) number at support.microsoft.com/?kbid=xxxxxxx, replacing that last value with the update number.

Are Ultrasonic Beacons Tracking You?

WannaCry Ransomware: What You Need to Know If you've been wondering what WannaCry is and if you're at risk, here's the lowdown.

How to avoid the WannaCrypt virus if you run Windows on a Mac If you're only an occasional user of Windows on a Mac, make sure you don't get hit by current worms.

All Fossil-Fuel Vehicles Will Vanish In 8 Years, Says Stanford Study

Replace Your Landline With MagicJack?

Botnet using NSA's exploits could grow bigger than WannaCry The Adylkuzz malware spreads the same way the WannaCry ransomware does, but it's sneakier.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

More than 150 countries affected by massive cyberattack, Europol says

Microsoft Releases 'Highly Unusual' Windows XP Patch As Ransomware Attack Spreads

NASA: Astronauts won't fly on SLS rocket's first flight

Old Windows PCs can stop WannaCry ransomware with new Microsoft patch In a rare step, Microsoft published a patch for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows 8

Beware of This Clever New Scam

Dinosaur asteroid hit 'worst possible place'

Global 'Wana' Ransomware Outbreak Earned Perpetrators $26,000 So Far

Microsoft Issues WanaCrypt Patch for Windows 8, XP

U.K. Hospitals Hit in Widespread Ransomware Attack

Which Official Ubuntu Flavor Is Best for You?

Don't Tell People To Turn Off Windows Update, Just Don't

How to protect yourself from WannaCry ransomware The ransomware attack is holding computer systems hostage worldwide. Here's what you need to know to keep yourself as safe as possible.

Lightning Storm Moves Across the USA

Apple fixes dozens of security bugs for iPhones, Macs The company released iOS 10.3.2 for iPhones and iPads. It also released macOS 10.12.5.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

As World Reacts To WanaDecrypt0r, Microsoft Issues Patch For Old Windows Systems

Researchers Find New Version Of WanaDecrypt0r Ransomware Without A Kill Switch

Here's A Hint Of The Meltdown If U.S. Banned Laptops On Europe Flights

The Amazing Dinosaur Found (Accidentally) by Miners in Canada Known as a nodosaur, this 110 million-year-old, armored plant-eater is the best preserved fossil of its kind ever found.

Lost Generation: The Relay Computers

Massive cyberattack sparks U.S. security concerns

Top 5: Reasons cash will die Still carrying around a wallet full of cash? Here are five reasons you might not be doing that in the future.

Can You Live Without This New Gadget?

Hands on with Microsoft's Story Remix, the new tool to make your photos pop

Google Found Over 1,000 Bugs In 47 Open Source Projects

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Do smudges on your phone's camera make photos look worse? Fingerprint smudges on your phone's camera are inevitable. But how much do they affect your photos?

Windows tip of the week
By Ed Bott

How to change the default view for a folder

File Explorer (known as Windows Explorer in Windows 7) isn't a one-size-fits-all utility. Instead, it displays the contents of any folder you open using one of five predefined templates: General Items, Documents, Pictures, Music, or Videos. Each template has a set of columns it displays by default for that type of folder. Music folders, for example, show Track Number, Title, and Album fields, whereas folders set using the General Items and Document templates include the Date Modified, Type, and Size columns.

Windows generally guesses right about the contents of a folder, but you can manually change the template for any folder (and optionally, its subfolders). Just right-click the folder name, click Properties, and then choose a different template from the list on the Customize tab.

You can also change the columns shown in any folder. For example, you can open a folder that's defined using the Documents template, switch to Details view, right-click the column headings, and add the Authors column to that view. Want to use that same arrangement of columns in every folder that uses the Documents template? From the folder you just customized, open Folder Options, click the View tab, and then click Apply To Folders.

30 Breathtaking Pics From Cassini's Journey to Saturn Before Cassini goes out like a gangsta, check out these images from its 20-year mission.

Geekly Update - 10 May 2017

Windows 10 now on 500 million devices, up by 200 million in a year Long way off original 1-billion-device target, but anticipated phone growth never materialised.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Biggest Plane Ever Flown Is Back

Cracking Hitler's unbreakable code: How the Colossus computer helped beat the Nazis Hear recollections from Bletchley Park veterans on how efforts to crack the Lorenz cipher led to the creation of one of the world's first computers.

New Android malware found every 10 seconds, report says A report from security company G DATA said that 8,400 new Android malware samples are discovered every day, stemming from the fragmentation issues with the OS.

Is This Your New Internet Security Tool?

How to check for the Intel Active Management exploit that lets hackers take over your PC Some consumer PCs could be vulnerable.

All that safety tech means more cars are getting totaled by insurance companies Expensive technology makes it more expensive to repair vehicles

Microsoft builds emergency patch for severe Windows bug Criminals could start an attack by simply sending an email to users -- without the need for the message to be opened or any attachments to be downloaded.

Emergency Fix for Windows Anti-Malware Flaw Leads May's Patch Tuesday

Apple Becomes First U.S. Company to Top $800 Billion Value

THE LION (WOODWOR)KING This Giant Lion Carved Out Of A Redwood Tree Trunk Took 3 Years To Complete

At this amusement park, drive the heavy machinery you loved as a kid Like your sandbox days, but bigger. Much, much bigger.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Manual Gearboxes Are All but Dead. They’re Worse in Every Way Possible.

Phone Hack Drains German Bank Accounts The multi-stage attack, which leveraged weaknesses in Signaling System Seven (SS7) affected an unspecified number of German individuals.

How to colorize Windows 10 in the Creators Update Learn how to bring out the color in Windows 10 with new features in the Creators Update.

Eerie raw photos from Cassini's 2nd great Saturn dive

What (and WHY) is Windows 10 S?

The Forgotten Story Of The Radium Girls, Whose Deaths Saved Thousands Of Workers' Lives

Monday, May 08, 2017

Stop Wi-Fi Thieves: How to Secure Your Wi-Fi From Neighbors Stealing It

Earth's ring system: This mosaic shows 46+ geostationary satellites in one image

HANGING IT UP It took 34 years, but the majority of American households have finally ditched landlines

FAST AND DANGEROUS The Extreme Damage A Tiny Rock Can Cause In Space

Saturday, May 06, 2017

SSD Drives: How Long Do They Last?

NASA's retiring EO-1 satellite changed how we see Earth with these stunning photos

Is Everything Tracking You?

AI predicts top 4 finishers of 2017 Kentucky Derby An AI platform harnessing swarm intelligence assembled a group of expert handicappers to predict the the top performers in Kentucky Derby 143. Here are the picks of the AI 'super-expert.'

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Gmail, Google Docs Users Hit By Massive Email Phishing Scam

Qualcomm Said to Seek U.S. Import Ban for iPhones

Geekly Update - 03 May 2017

A new crack in one of Antarctica's biggest ice shelves could mean a major break is near

18-Year-Old Mexican Student Designs Bra That Can Detect Breast Cancer

The Shipping and Handling of a Gigantic Space Telescope The James Webb will soon travel from Maryland to Texas, and the move requires a lot more than a "fragile" sticker slapped onto on the side of a box.

3-D Printing Is Changing Way Air Force Fixes Its Aging Planes

Here's Why Bottled Water Is One of The Biggest Scams of The Century You're wasting your money.

Samsung May Replace Intel as World's Largest Chipmaker Intel retained the top spot for 24 years, but Samsung seems likely to steal it this year.

On World Password Day, here are 4 tips to keep your online accounts secure May 4, 2017 is officially World Password Day. Here are some tips and tricks to help you improve your online security.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Windows tip of the week
By Ed Bott

Manage startup programs to troubleshoot problems

How many programs run automatically every time you start your PC or sign in to Windows? Very few installers warn you that they're about to add a helper program or an automatic updater that runs in the background.

Each of those auto-starting programs takes a toll on your available memory. Some background programs can conflict with other software, resulting in mysterious slowdowns or crashes. That's especially true of security software, disk utilities, and other low-level system tools.

One of your first troubleshooting steps when you're trying to figure out the cause of a performance or reliability problem is to eliminate startup programs as possible culprits. To see a partial list of auto-starting programs in Windows 10, open Task Manager in More Details view on the Startup tab. In Windows 7, the equivalent list is on the Startup tab in the System Configuration tool, Msconfig.exe.

Right-click any item and choose Disable to temporarily prevent it from running at the next startup. After your testing is complete, repeat those steps and choose Enable if you want to allow it to run again.

20 big changes coming to Windows 10 in 2017

Microsoft's Windows 10 S attempts to retake the classroom Promising a more stable and safe experience, the new version of its PC software will come with heavy restrictions.

Are Keyless Cars Hackable?

Swarm AI predicted the Kentucky Derby last year, now it's officially part of the race TechRepublic challenged Unanimous A.I. to forecast the top finishers in the 2016 Kentucky Derby, and it nailed it. Churchill Downs got in on the action, and it's raising the stakes for 2017.

How to use the new Show App List In Start Menu feature in Windows 10 Creators Update This new feature makes it easy to get a functional version of the classic Start menu.

A Mesh Network for Your Home: Why It's Important A new way of tying smart devices together,in a mesh network promises bigger wireless bandwidth, faster speeds, and greater reliability.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Have You Tried VLC Media Player?

Windows 7 update block: Is it Microsoft forcing Windows 10 upgrades or just protecting users? Is it right for Microsoft to abandon its longstanding commitment to support Windows versions for 10 years after their release, regardless of the hardware they run on?

Are Your Devices Listening and Recording Everything?

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.

Meet Windows Defender Security Center, your PC's safety belt in the Creators Update The Creators Update puts antivirus, firewall, and other security features all in one place.

Dok Malware Takes Complete Control of Your Mac The malware is currently not detected by security suites and uses a valid Apple developer certificate to infect all versions of Mac OS X.