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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Apple releases iOS 7.1.1 Summary: Apple patches a number of bugs in the iOS platform, and takes a second stab at fixing the Touch ID fingerprint recognition "fade" reported by some iPhone 5S users.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
KB 2919355: You can't patch the desktop like a phone Windows 8.1 Update problems -- still unsolved -- drive home an important point: Changing patch rules by fiat is a recipe for disaster on the desktop
Pro tip: Completing the Windows 8.1 Update procedure Greg Shultz walks you through the entire Windows 8.1 to Windows 8.1 Update procedure.
Inside the tech aiming Aereo through TV's legal hoops Aereo wants to give you broadcast TV on the Web. But it needed thousands of mini antennas, high-octane transcoding, and lots of air conditioners to build a system it hopes can pass legal scrutiny.
The Supreme Court Is About to Decide the Future of TV Broadcasters are asking the Court to kill the video site Aereo.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
NASA crashes spacecraft into moon at 3,600 mph NASA leaves some more debris on the lunar surface by intentionally crashing a spacecraft...for science.
Friday, April 18, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014
How to calibrate your monitor Learn how to tweak your desktop or laptop display using free test patterns or the built-in utility in Windows or Mac OS X.
Beyond Heartbleed: Why you need a password manager Password managers can make juggling numerous Web site accounts a lot easier, especially when faced with a major security bug like Heartbleed.
Three's a charm? Windows 8 patches could pave multiple paths to Windows 9 In cutting off Windows 8.1 security patches, Microsoft may be setting up three upgrade avenues for Windows 9
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Erasing a Hard Drive? Not so Fast... Sanitizing Flash and SSD Hard Drives
Fix a stalled Time Machine backup in OS X There are several ways to address Time Machine showing an "In Progress..." status message without progressing to backing up your system.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Microsoft confirms it's dropping Windows 8.1 support Microsoft TechNet blog makes clear that Windows 8.1 will not be patched; users must get Windows 8.1 Update if they want security patches
Heartbleed bug: Check which sites have been patched We compiled a list of the top 100 sites across the Web, and checked to see if the Heartbleed bug was patched.
Researchers find thousands of potential targets for Heartbleed OpenSSL bug Sites affected include alternative Android app stores and social media sites.
Critical crypto bug exposes Yahoo Mail, other passwords Russian roulette-style OpenSSL defect still exposing sensitive data even after patch is released.
Windows 8.1 Update woes pile up: Errors 80070020, 80073712, 800F081F, 80242FFF, 800F0922 WSUS is still down, as general update failures and complaints flow in the two days since the release of Windows 8.1 Update
How my iPad crippled my MacBook Pro A catastrophic failure's surprising cause was my changed use of my personal computer
Friday, April 11, 2014
The Heartbleed OpenSSL flaw is worse than you think On a scale of 1 to 10, this vulnerability is an 11. Here are the steps to take to thoroughly protect yourself from this OpenSSL bug
Essential steps for securing your phone, and what else can be done to foil thieves As smartphone theft grows, handset owners need to do all they can to secure their devices. Read the steps you can take and find just what else the industry is, and is not, doing.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
How to protect yourself from the 'Heartbleed' bug A new security bug means that people all across the Web are vulnerable to having their passwords and other sensitive data stolen. Here's what consumers can do to protect themselves.
How to recover from Heartbleed Summary: For companies, installing patched OpenSSL software is just the first step in fixing the Heartbleed security problem. End users face a long haul, too. A lot of work needs to be done before we're safe from Heartbleed.
Prepare your PC or tablet for Windows 8.1 Update 1 Follow these steps to ensure a smooth transition to the latest version of Windows.
Update your Windows 8.1 Update -- you're missing KB 2934018 The Update bits that shipped on MSDN last week are not the same as the bits currently being shoveled out of Windows Update
Why I won't miss Windows XP Now that Microsoft has pulled the plug on XP support, maybe everyone else can move on, too
What an Autopilot Could Never Do Fun with flying, extreme crosswinds edition.
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Beware of danger lurking in Android phone updates Researchers have determined that the Android update process has a vulnerability that allows permission elevation without user knowledge.
Why You Should Ditch Windows XP Now Come April 8, XP support is dead, and there are a few reasons why you need to upgrade to a modern OS.
Microsoft issues final Windows XP, Office 2003 patches Summary: Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, Word and Publisher are patched, some products for the last time.
Microsoft to Windows XP users: The jig is up Today marks the last day of official support for XP. So what does that mean for the aged operating system and its many steadfast users?
Why the 'retired' Windows XP ain't going nowhere There are simply too many specialized apps and hardware devices that can't run anything but Windows XP
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
The revolution that was Windows XP Microsoft merged Windows 98 and Windows 2000 to create a platform that would outlast all others
How to keep your PC secure when Microsoft ends Windows XP support If you can't cut the Windows XP cord completely, here's how to keep your computer as safe as possible once security patches go buh-bye
RIP Windows XP: The last of the great operating systems (video) With support for the 12-year-old OS coming to a close, Adventures in Tech delivers a video eulogy, and explains why no operating system will ever match the significance of Windows XP.
Windows 8.1 users: It's time to move to Windows 8.1 Update Summary: As of April 8, Microsoft will make available to all Windows 8.1 users an update for the operating system. In order to continue to get patches, 8.1 users need to move to it soon.
NASA captures 'graceful eruption' from the sun (+video) The sun unleashed a mid-level solar flare on April 2, an event that was captured on video by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
Monday, April 07, 2014
Spectacular 'blood moon' lunar eclipse set for April 15 The lunar eclipses of 2014 are the first of four consecutive total lunar eclipses.
Sunday, April 06, 2014
Saturday, April 05, 2014
Friday, April 04, 2014
Ars Technica System Guide: Bargain Box, April 2014 And with today's prices, Bargain Boxes can quickly become storage servers or HTPCs.
Final Windows XP-Office 2003 Patch Tuesday a light one Summary: Windows XP and Office 2003's final Patch Tuesday will have only four updates total and only one critical each for Office and XP. The number of vulnerabilities is still undisclosed.
Windows 8.1 has reached end of life as surely as Windows XP With future patches bound to a servicing stack update and Windows 8.1 Update, Windows 8.1 is effectively a dead end
Thursday, April 03, 2014
Office for iPad proves that Office 365 is the best value Office 365 was already the better value, but Office for iPad is the cherry on top that clearly sets it apart from buying the traditional Microsoft Office desktop suite.
Microsoft to release Windows 8.1 update on April 8 At its annual Build confab, Microsoft wants to make it clear that the update's mission is to welcome frustrated mouse and keyboard users back to Windows 8.1.
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Feds: Backup cameras in all new cars by 2018 New rules phased in over several years, beginning in 2016
In Bjorndalen, Norway, a Small Cabin Enjoys Some of the World's Fastest Internet Svein Nordahl Has No Running Water, but Quick Access to the Web; More Polar Bears Than People
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
5 Ways Tesla Is Transforming the Auto Industry From technology innovations to charging infrastructure, traditional automakers could learn a lot by studying Tesla
First look: Office for iPad is a mixed bag, but a good first step Although the long-desired Office version is no match for iWork, it is perhaps a sign of better things to come
Friday, March 28, 2014
15 sci-fi technologies that are (almost) here Science fiction has a rich history of predicting the future. In some cases, the future is now
Microsoft launches Office for iPad Summary: Microsoft is making the long-rumored Office for iPad available today, for free.
Microsoft Office for iPad sets the gold standard for tablet productivity Summary: It took four years, but Microsoft has finally released full-featured Office apps for the iPad. As expected, the new Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps are free to install but require an Office 365 subscription to unlock the full set of features. Here's what you can expect.
Why Microsoft CEO Nadella intends to talk lots about Apple In his first product announcement as CEO, Satya Nadella will send a signal that big changes are ahead as Microsoft seeks growth in a world that's moved on from the glory days of Windows and PCs.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
What to do if you love Windows XP and hate Windows 8 The impending expiration of support for Windows XP leaves users who still depend on the ancient OS with a handful of viable options.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Windows 8 picks up an unlikely ally in Apple Apple is dropping Windows 7 support in Boot Camp -- and Mac-based Windows users won't like the reasons why
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Google unveils Android Wear, its modified OS for wearables Google is partnering up with HTC, LG, Samsung, and others for the first phase of its Android Wear wearables push: smartwatches.
How Android Wear dodges the 'Glasshole' bullet Google's Android Wear has a lot going for it -- including the fact that smartwatch users won't invite instant ridicule or worse.
Here's what's in the 2014 Google Graveyard so far Google beats spring cleaning rush and nixes apps and services
Saturday, March 22, 2014
This is no way to buy a Windows PC Summary: There's no shortage of Windows PCs and tablets from which to choose, but there's still no good way to make the choice.
Why I'm quitting Microsoft Office forever It's not just about the money. Well, okay, it's mostly about the money, but there are other reasons I'm bidding goodbye to Microsoft's not-so-sweet suite.
Friday, March 21, 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Review: Windows 8.1 Update offers an olive branch for mouse users Windows 8.1 Update brings a tiny handful of mouse-centric improvements and a hodgepodge of interface tweaks
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Java 8 officially arrives at last Oracle's long-anticipated update includes addition of lambda expressions and shift to functional programming language
Double standard: Why Apple can force upgrades but Microsoft can't Ironically, Microsoft's compatibility commitment has boomeranged, making it easy for users to keep what they have
U.S. to Relinquish Control of Internet in 2015 This move is the final step in the privatization of the Internet's domain name system (DNS).
30 best iPad games Trying to figure out which iPad games to buy with your hard-earned dough? Here's a look at our current top 30 favorites.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Refinements, additions, and un-breaking stuff: iOS 7.1 reviewed Apple's first major iOS 7 update makes the operating system feel whole.
$2,400 "Introduction to Linux" course will be free and online this summer The Linux Foundation is putting its training materials up on edX's platform.
Which Browser is Best? Chrome vs. Firefox vs. Internet Explorer They're all free, fast, and compliant, but each of today's Windows Web browser choices has its own particular capabilities and features that may best suit your needs.
The Best Android Tablets No love for the iPad or Windows slates? Take a look at the top Android tablets we've tested.
Microsoft OneNote arrives as Mac, Windows freebie Free versions of Microsoft's note-taking and organizational application are available for immediate download for Mac and desktop Windows.
Beware this big iOS flaw -- and it's not alone Mobile security remains a struggle: CanSecWest calls attention to flaws in Android and BlackBerry 10, while a newly discovered encryption weakness in iOS 7 could put iPad and iPhone owners at risk.
Microsoft updates its free remote desktop apps for iOS, Mac, Android Summary: Microsoft is updating its remote desktop applications for non-Windows platforms, but still has yet to make available a Microsoft-developed version for Windows Phone.
Friday, March 14, 2014
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Red Bull Racing releases video to explain 2014 Formula One rule changes Drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel walks viewers through the new regulations
The Web at 25: Out of the ashes and onto the Friendster In part 3 of his four-part series reflecting on 25 years of a life lived largely on the Web, Crave's Eric Mack recalls fleeing the dot-com bust fallout for Alaska, only to be drawn back to a digital world that was growing up fast.
Tim Berners-Lee: 25 years on, the Web still needs work (Q&A) The World Wide Web is a smashing tech success. But its inventor wants it to break down more cultural barriers, thwart government snooping, and run apps, not just house documents.
Apple iOS 7.1 hits 12 percent adoption Apple's latest mobile OS update, released just on Monday, is rising up the ranks, according to stats from ad network Chitika.
How to disable or limit in-app purchases in iOS You can turn off in-app purchases entirely or put the kibosh on the 15-minute grace period by requiring a password for every purchase.
iOS 7.1 warns you about in-app purchase window After a recent settlement with the FTC, Apple's iOS 7.1 offers up a warning message about its 15-minute window for in-app purchases.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Microsoft patches 23 Windows, IE and Silverlight vulnerabilities Summary: Windows XP's next-to-last Patch Tuesday saw four updates to it. Office 2003 is also going off support, but no updates were released today for it.
The Web at 25: Dot-com bubble bursts and breaks me, too In part 2 of a four-part series tracking a colorful quarter-century of the Web, Crave's Eric Mack drops out of school to join the dot-com madness of the late '90s, only to get drop-kicked back to where he came from.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Apple's iOS 7.1 lands with CarPlay, improved fingerprint scanner The updated operating system also makes some changes to Siri and fixes some bugs and user interface issues.
Apple releases iOS 7.1 for iPhone, iPad with bug fixes, new features Summary: The latest version for iPhones and iPads landed on Monday, with new features, user interface tweaks, and a number of bug fixes that aims to appease those who have yet to upgrade.
A clear-eyed guide to Mac OS X's actual security risks Apple has improved its security in recent years, but is it enough?
RIP, RadioShack -- we don't know how good we had it Supergeeks may scoff at brick-and-mortar stores, but these tech meccas were integral to hands-on interaction and discovery
Monday, March 10, 2014
Perspective: Microsoft risks security reputation ruin by retiring XP Telling users they must upgrade, and to Windows 8.1, doesn't cut it
Sunday, March 09, 2014
Cosmos: The next generation This isn't your parents' science series.
30 richest techies in the world Forbes came out with its list of billionaires, and techies make an impressive showing
Boeing test-flies another maritime surveillance aircraft It's not just the P-8A Poseidon that's keeping Boeing busy. The defense giant also has plans to put some of that technology into a modified Challenger business jet.
Microsoft will issue the penultimate patch for Windows XP in March Patch Tuesday Including two critical bulletins, one of which patches a vulnerability in IE
Saturday, March 08, 2014
Friday, March 07, 2014
Microsoft's new tack for cheap tablets: Windows 8.1 with Bing Summary: Microsoft looks to be ready to trade OEMs a cheaper version of Windows 8.1 in exchange for shipping new devices with Bing preloaded as the default search engine.
Stanford team tries for zippier Wi-Fi in crowded buildings Residents of a dorm can name their own networks and set policies while sharing access points
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
7 hidden dangers of wearable computers Wearable computers like smart watches offer myriad benefits, but they also raise security concerns
Sorry Windows 8, XP Is Still in the Game In news that Microsoft would probably rather not hear, its aging operating system - Windows XP - gained market share in January at the expense of Redmond's newest OS.
PC shipments to keep falling through 2018 -- report Although shipments worldwide were slightly higher than expected last year, IDC's forecast shows things taking a turn for the worse.
Avoid the Trash Heap: Great Uses for an Old PC Ancient laptops and desktops might seem ready for the scrap heap, but there's life in them yet.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
50 tips and tricks for Chrome power users Take your Web surfing experience to the next level with these 50 tips and tricks for Google's Chrome browser
Windows XP won't die without a fight The aging Windows operating system is still hanging tough in the desktop OS arena. What's keeping it alive?
Monday, March 03, 2014
Microsoft misjudges customer loyalty with kill-XP plea Expert questions Microsoft's strategic sense, calls XP upgrades a shakedown worthy of the 'Sopranos'
Snow Leopard updates are probably done-here are your OS X upgrade options As OS X 10.6 fades, you'll need to start considering alternatives.
Saturday, March 01, 2014