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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Now we know what Microsoft's upcoming 'Game Mode' for Windows 10 will do

Should You Backup Everything?

Microsoft to make Windows 10 upgrades free for more Windows 10 subscription plan users Microsoft is enabling Windows users who buy Windows 10 Enterprise as a subscription service from its cloud partners to upgrade from Windows 7 or 8.1 for free.

How Apple can bring the Touch Bar and Touch ID to desktop Macs

How Space Could Trigger a Future Economic Crisis

Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science?

PC Matic Receives Top Score From PC Magazine

[HELP] Windows Troubleshooters

Airbus hopes to test self-flying taxi by end of 2017 The self-flying car may become more than just a figment of our imaginations, with aerospace giant Airbus looking to test its prototype in the air by the end of 2017.

One of the largest icebergs ever seen is even closer to breaking off Antarctica

Thursday, January 19, 2017

If Windows 7's security is so outdated, why doesn't Microsoft make it as good as Windows 10's? Why can't Microsoft update the 'long-outdated security architectures' it says Windows 7 is based upon?

The Windows 10 Creators Update's best new features: Dynamic Lock, Game Mode, privacy tweaks, and more

Geekly Update - 18 January 2017

Video: Top auto tech from the 2017 North American International Auto Show

iOS 10 problems: Here's how to fix the most common issues

Who is Anna-Senpai, the Mirai Worm Author?

Microsoft Hardens Latest Windows Version Against Hackers

80% of IoT apps not tested for vulnerabilities, report says A new report from the Ponemon Institute, IBM, and Arxan claims that just 20% of IoT apps and 29% of mobile apps are actually tested for vulnerabilities, raising security concerns.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Giant gravity wave spotted on Venus The wave in Venus' atmosphere could be the biggest seen in the solar system.

Massive alligator casually strolls into internet stardom A honking huge gator in Florida takes nature fans by surprise and racks up the views on Facebook.

Why Backup? 9 Good Reasons (and YOUR backup questions answered)

Shambling corpse of 3D TV finally falls down dead The bespectacled zombie lies face down in the dirt, thanks to LG and Sony dropping support from their 2017 TVs. Will it ever rise again?

Reality check: How Windows 10's new privacy controls stack up A hands-on look at whether Microsoft’s Win10 Creators Update will win back your trust

5 ways self-driving cars will change the world

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

SpaceX Returns to Flight with 10-Satellite Launch, Rocket Landing

How to Take a Screenshot on Your iPhone or iPad

The Best Tax Preparation Software of 2017 If you're doing your own taxes, picking the right tax prep program is critical. Here's how the top services stack up.

Consumer Reports updates its MacBook Pro review with a recommendation After retesting with a bug fix, the new MacBook Pro is now “well within the recommended range in Consumer Reports ratings.”

Should You Switch to Project Fi?

Friday, January 13, 2017

Adobe, Microsoft Push Critical Security Fixes

The 22 best changes in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15002 A boatload of new Windows 10 features is a great way to kick off 2017.

Windows 10 snooping: Microsoft will harvest less data but still awaits nod from watchdog Microsoft dials back data collection in its flagship OS but one privacy watchdog is still assessing whether the changes go far enough.

Get ready for the rise of spymail, the hottest trend in email hacking A dramatic spike in malicious email code that monitors user behavior used in phishing attacks has cost business over $3 billion in recent years. Learn how to discover who's snooping on your email.

Evidence falls into place for once and future supercontinents From Nuna to Amasia, researchers are finding new clues to supercontinent comings and goings

Researchers finally figure out how to make artificial spider web

Tesla to power Gigafactory with world’s largest solar rooftop installation

Consumer Reports Reverses Course, Recommends MacBook Pro Following New Testing After Apple Bug Fix

New Fingerprinting Techniques Identify Users Across Different Browsers on the Same PC

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Future of Tech (and Gadgets

Top Scams of 2016

10 years of crazy iPhone accessories Stuff you won't see in an Apple Store

Scientists: Moon Over the Hill at 4.51 Billion Years Old

SpaceX details its plans for landing three Falcon Heavy boosters at once

Latest Adobe Acrobat Reader Update Silently Installs Chrome Extension

Survey: Comcast Remains America's Most-Hated Company

JetBlue giving all passengers free in-flight 'Fly-Fi' high-speed Wi-Fi

Windows 10 will soon lock your PC when you step away from it

New research suggests the appendix has a purpose after all

How To Backup Your Old PC So You Can Finally Throw It Out

The Amish Horse-Drawn Buggy Is More Tech-Forward Than You Think The tech inside this 19th-century conveyance isn't stuck in the 19th century.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Best of CES 2017

CES 2017: The wildest, wackiest and weirdest tech

Apple's iPhone turns 10. Where does it go from here? In the future, what surrounds the iPhone will be more important than the phone itself.

Should You Encrypt Your Email?

Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death dead in latest Windows 10 preview Turn your PC into a green-eyed monster

Microsoft’s dropped a huge Windows 10 Preview Build 15002 ahead of the Creators Update Let's put it this way: It's too big for a single article.

Hey, Is This Your Money?

Sunday, January 08, 2017

All the cool new gadgets at CES 2016 (pictures)

Stars may collide in a stunning "red nova" in 2022 In a first, scientists say they can predict stars colliding. And we all can watch.

10 ways the iPhone changed everything The world is a different place a decade after Apple introduced its popular smartphone -- in both good and bad ways.

Stolen Passwords Fuel Cardless ATM Fraud

From Tape Drives to Memory Orbs, the Data Formats of Star Wars Suck (Spoilers)

6 apps to install on a new MacBook This six-pack of apps belongs on your Mac.

10 things to tweak when setting up a new MacBook Just bought your first MacBook? Start out by checking or changing these settings.

India's call-center talents put to a criminal use: Swindling Americans

TV News Broadcast Accidentally Activates Alexa, Initiates Orders

Saturday, January 07, 2017

A 1,000-foot-thick ice block about the size of Delaware is snapping off of Antarctica

How to use iOS 10

Exclusive: This is Project NEON, the upcoming incremental upgrade for Windows 10's design

When White Hats Collide

Security Experts Say That Hacking Cars Is Easy

Data: More vulnerabilities found in Google Android than any other program in 2016

Friday, January 06, 2017

What to Do with Your Old Laptop

Geekly Update - 05 January 2017

Here's how you can still get a free Windows 10 upgrade Microsoft's much-hyped free upgrade offer for Windows 10 ended months ago, right? Maybe not. The GWX tool may be gone, but all the other upgrade tools still work, and the end result is an apparently valid digital license. Here's how to get yours.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Windows tip of the week
By Ed Bott

How to turn hibernation on and off

When your PC goes to sleep, it enters a low-power state, ready to spring back into action when Windows detects a tap on the keyboard or determines that it's time to run a scheduled task. If you're planning to be away from the PC for a while, you might prefer to save the current state so that you can restore it quickly, without the chance that the computer will wake up on its own.

There's an option that lets you save the contents of memory to a hibernation file and then shuts down the PC, so it uses no power at all. When you restart, Windows restores the system state from the hibernation file.

To enable or disable hibernation, open a Command Prompt window and enter the powercfg command with the -h switch. Type powercfg -h on to enable hibernation; substitute the word off to disable it.

Normally, the Hibernate option is hidden from the Shutdown menu. To make it visible, open Power Options in Control Panel and then click Choose What The Power Buttons Do. Under the Shutdown Settings heading, select the Hibernate checkbox to display it in the Power menu.

2016 Biggest Tech Flops

Sunsets, Clouds Spin Past in Astronaut's Stunning Video of Earth from Space

Yes, You Need a Disposable Email Address!

One Of The Most Stunning Drone Videos We've Ever Seen

10 iPhone tricks you didn't know you could do

Monday, January 02, 2017

Autoweek's most important stories of 2016 From recalls to racing, we look back

2016 was a surprisingly great (and important) year for car culture A look at some of the encouraging trends that might have slipped between the headlines

Autoweek’s top 10 racing storylines of 2016 Plenty of feel-good stories to go around in banner year for motorsports

These 5,000 pages were the most accessed on the English Wikipedia during 2016

Tesla Autopilot Reacts Insanely Quick To A Crash

Grab Your Ear Muffs, the New Year’s Arriving With a Frigid Bang

6 New York Schemes That Went Awry

Sunday, January 01, 2017

26 Satellites Photos That Turn Earth into the Most Incredible Art You’ve Ever Seen

Microsoft's 2016: Windows 10 foibles and futures are the big stories Here's a quick look back on what the audience for ZDNet's 'All About Microsoft' was clicking -- and what it means for Microsoft in 2016 and the year ahead.

What's The Best Smartphone Of 2016? These Critics Have Spoken

2016 in pictures: The best science images of the year Includes storms from space, southern stars and a striking cell.

Can New York Be Saved in the Era of Global Warming? The future of America's greatest city is at risk

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Geekly Update - 29 December 2016

101 Jaw-Dropping Historical Photos

End-of-the-year cleanup checklist for Windows Get Windows ready for 2017 with this easy-to-follow list of important steps to keep your PC running smoothly into the new year.

Leap second 2016: Why this New Year's Eve will have an extra second

AskBob's Best of 2016 - Part Two

15 technologies that died in 2016

Hubble closes out 2016 with a glorious megamaser It's a galaxy like a laser, emitting microwaves instead of light.

Facebook Knows A Whole Lot About Your Offline Life

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Six more fast radio bursts have been discovered coming from the same mystery cosmic source Repeating FRBs came from same location far beyond the Milky Way where 10 had previously been detected.

Best LED light bulbs of 2016 From fancy floodlights to bargain-priced gems, here are our current favorites.

Oh No! I Dropped My Phone in The...

[ALERT] Rogue Certificates

Your new PC needs these 15 free, excellent programs

The first things you should do with your new Android phone We're here to help you get started off right and have a great experience with minimal hassle.

The best laptops of 2016: Budget PCs, 2-in-1s, Ultrabooks and more Our top picks show off the best tech advances in portable PCs, from new CPUs and GPUs to new materials.

AskBob's Best of 2016 - Part One

Saturday, December 24, 2016

AT&T now offers spam call blocking for free Call Protect blocks robocalls and identifies other suspicious calls for certain AT&T users on iOS and Android.

Your Computer's Worst Enemy?

The Year in Pictures 2016

Windows 10: The 10 biggest controversies and surprises in 2016 From unwanted upgrades to snooping on users, the biggest storms that whipped up around Microsoft's flagship OS this year.

You Want Faster and Safer Internet?

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Windows tip of the week
By Ed Bott

Wipe a disk clean

If you're planning to dispose of a PC by giving it away, selling it, or discarding it, your top priority should be making sure that no personal information is left on the device. The same is true if you're recycling a hard disk drive or USB flash drive.

The first step with a PC is to reinstall Windows, using the option to delete the existing partitions on the device and then do a clean install. For a secondary disk, you can use the Format command to erase any existing content. But that still leaves the possibility that some data will still be available in the erased space, where a determined spy could recover it using a disk utility.

The solution? Encrypt the disk before formatting it. Without a recovery key, any recovered data will be unreadable. The easiest way to accomplish this on the system drive is to open an elevated command prompt and run the following command:

cipher /w:c:

If you're working with a secondary disk, substitute the drive letter for that drive.

The /w switch stands for wipe, and the result is the effective obliteration of every bit of data in unused disk space, leaving existing files untouched.

Windows 10: The 10 biggest controversies and surprises in 2016 From unwanted upgrades to snooping on users, the biggest storms that whipped up around Microsoft's flagship OS this year.

Windows 10: Microsoft's Edge browser the latest to disable Flash by default Next year will see Microsoft reduce Flash to being click-to-play in Edge, as part of a bid to improve the browser's security, stability and battery drain.

Why Google Fiber failed: 5 reasons The future is still uncertain for Google Fiber, but it's pretty clear that the first iteration of the search giant's internet service has fallen short. Here's why it struggled to gain traction.

Geekly Update - 21 December 2016

It Looks Like A Road To Nowhere, But It's Actually A Tunnel Between Countries!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

How lasers map the world for self-driving cars For a car to drive itself, it needs to sense its surroundings. Laser arrays build a precise 3D model of every object in a car's vicinity within seconds.

Danger Zone: Free Wifi Hotspots

Free Remote Access and Screen Sharing

VR is here, but it hasn't really arrived -- yet Virtual-reality headsets from Facebook, Sony, Google and more have hit the market in the past year. But will the technology really stick?

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

VIDEO: Time-Lapse Google Maps Show How The World Is Changing

The 10 best wireless routers of 2016 Browse, game and stream better with the best wireless routers

How to add your Gmail account to Windows 10's Mail app The Windows 10 Mail app can do more than just send and receive email from your Microsoft account--it can handle your Gmail as well.

148 floors in the sky: The view from the Burj Khalifa

Scams to Watch For in 2017

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Tech That Spies On You

Drug Costs for Older Adults Still Soaring 4th straight year of double-digit increases

14 eyebrow-raising things Google knows about you Some are fascinating, others are frightening -- but here's how to find out what Google has on you.

Businesses May No Longer Sue Customers Over Negative Reviews

New Hampshire Might Have Volcanoes One Day

My Yahoo Account Was Hacked! Now What?

Yahoo: One Billion More Accounts Hacked

New Critical Fixes for Flash, MS Windows

Windows 10 Creators Update gains a secret new System Reset option

Friday, December 16, 2016

More vehicles talking means fewer vehicles crashing U.S. proposes V2V mandate to avert crashes

Tesla, Ferrari and McLaren hit with Takata airbag recall New exotics and electrics pop up on NHTSA's recall list

Geekly Update - 15 December 2016

Yahoo sets hack record at 1 billion accounts A new breach revealed by the troubled internet pioneer compromises twice as many user accounts as the record hack it disclosed in September.

How to delete or protect your Yahoo account It's time to seriously consider deleting your Yahoo account. Can't? OK, here's what you can do to protect it.

ONLY 50 POUNDS! The Ad For The First 'Portable' Computer Will Make You Appreciate Your Busted Old Laptop The IBM 5100 was portable in the sense that, yes you could pick up your current desktop computer and carry it around if you really, really wanted to.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Windows tip of the week
By Ed Bott

Add extra columns to File Explorer windows

The built-in Windows file management tool--Windows Explorer in Windows 7 and earlier and File Explorer in more recent versions--lets you see only a fraction of the information it knows about a group of files. Even in Details view, you're limited to just a few columns, with the selection based on the folder type.

But you don't have to stick with those default column arrangements. Instead, add extra columns you can use to sort, filter, and group the contents of a folder or a search.

For example, in folders that are set using the Pictures type, you can add the Date Taken field to sort and group pictures by date. Using filters, you can easily find all the pictures you took during a specific date range, making it easy to sort your vacation photos.

Or in Music folders, add the Bit Rate field to help sort out high-quality MP3 files from older, low-fidelity tracks.

To add a column heading, switch to Details view and right-click any existing heading. The resulting list contains some popular additions, but you can see the full list by clicking More. Click any item on the list to add it to the current view, where it appears with a checkmark to its left. To remove a column heading, click the column name again to remove the checkmark.

Top 10 Security Vulnerabilities of 2016

The most anticipated tech of 2017

9 travel hacks you'll wish you knew all along Already taking a trip or just planning your next one? These tips will help you save time, money and sanity.

The best phones you can get right now

New NASA imagery shows how fast glaciers are melting

Windows 10 update broke DHCP, knocked users off the Internet Microsoft issued another patch on Tuesday that fixes the problem.

Earth Is Probably Unprepared for a Comet Strike The U.S. should invest in an interceptor spacecraft before we detect a dangerous object, say government scientists.

Finding North America's lost medieval city Cahokia was bigger than Paris-then it was completely abandoned. I went there to find out why.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Here's how Microsoft will integrate LinkedIn into its products Microsoft's massive $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn finally closed, and CEO Satya Nadella explained how the companies will begin working together.

Ice loss spreads up Antarctic glaciers

Apple Releases iOS 10.2 With New TV App, New Emoji, and More

NASA Launching 8 Small Satellites Monday to Improve Hurricane Forecasts

Rare Event: Huge 'Apocalyptic' Meteor Explodes In Siberian Skyline, Turns Night Into Day

Botched Microsoft update knocks Windows 8, 10 PCs offline - regardless of ISP Virgin Media, Proximus also raise alarm on broken DHCP

OLED, explained: Incredible tech, but what about cost and content? We put OLED's true blacks and minimal blur to the test. Is OLED ready for your home?

Microsoft loses security Edge

Do You Need A Secret Phone Number?

New Choice for Cord Cutters: DirecTV Now

Found: A Map of the Entire Internet, As of 1973 It fit on one sheet of paper.

Feds unveil rule requiring cars to 'talk' to each other

MERRY CHRISTMAS... EVENTUALLY Watch The World's Longest Rube Goldberg Machine Light Up A Christmas Tree

IT'S A HIT Chinese Blacksmiths Use Huge Five-Story Hammer To Forge A Flange On The Street

What It's Like to See the World for Almost No Money by Traveling on Container Ships

The Endgame at Saturn Begins

Monday, December 12, 2016

'Star in a Jar' Fusion Reactor Works and Promises Infinite Energy

Robotic Exoskeleton Lends A Hand

How We Became More Than 7 Billion

Japan launching 'space junk' collector (Update)

"We're going out in a blaze of glory' - why NASA is crashing a 20-year-old spacecraft into Saturn Before it crashes, Cassini may solve one of the greatest mysteries of Saturn's rings.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Apple names its picks for best apps of the year

Electronics-sniffing dogs: How K9s became a secret weapon for solving high-tech crimes

Law enforcement has trained special dogs to find hidden thumb drives and cell phones that human investigators routinely miss, and it's foiling predators, terrorists, and other criminals.

[HOWTO] Stopping Fake News

Samsung software update will brick the few Note 7s left in the wild With 93 percent of all recalled Galaxy Note 7 devices returned in the US, Samsung is taking an even more dramatic step to bring in the rest.

Microsoft's real problem with mobile isn't (just) devices The future of secure, modern Windows apps needs to go beyond Surface.

16 of the greatest 404 error pages ever

Netgear users advised to stop using affected routers after severe flaw found Anyone can exploit the flaw after the exploit code was published.

Friday, December 09, 2016

Video: The top 5 reasons you should care about privacy Here are five things that might convince you to care about your personal data, even if you think you don't.

Watch Humans Destroy the Earth in 30 Years With Google Earth Time Lapse

Geekly Update - 08 December 2016

Baby Dinosaur's 99 Million-Year-Old Tail, Encased In Amber, Surfaces In Myanmar

The Real Story Behind the Myth of Area 51 There are no aliens at America's most famous top-secret military base, but what is there is just as interesting.

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

Windows 10: The top 10 features headed your way in 2017

Don't let free Wi-Fi wreck the holidays Malls should just name their public Wi-Fi networks "Danger" and be done with it.

Can You Delete Yourself From The Internet?

Ways to Stay Safe While Shopping Online Don't let cyber criminals scam you during the holidays

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

12 Tips for Online Holiday Shoppers

Gooligan Malware Spreading Like Wildfire

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.

New Amazon Phishing Scam: 'Confirm Your Information' to Process Order

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.

BOTNET ATTACKS: Are You Vulnerable?

Air exposure responsible for iPhone 6S battery problems, more fixes coming A battery replacement program for some models was announced last month.

Scientists develop robotic hand for people with quadriplegia

Microsoft's Home Hub aims to turn the PC into an Amazon Echo

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.

Cassini Spacecraft Begins Dramatic, 'Ring-Grazing' Orbits Today

Free TV Channels Online?

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.

10 iPhone tricks you didn’t know you could do