... Items of Special Interest! ...
For Today's Technology News, click here!
For an archive of older Items, click here!
Please be aware that some older links have expired and are no longer available!
Friday, June 23, 2017
Windows tip of the week
By Ed Bott
Create a shortcut to a shared network folder
On a small network, it's convenient to share folders so that family members and co-workers can access files when they need them. The tedious way to get to those shared folders is to start in File Explorer, open the Network folder, click the shared PC, and finally find the shared folder. Fortunately, there's a faster way to get to shared resources you use regularly: Add that location as a shortcut in File Explorer.
Start by making a note of the full UNC path of the shared folder, in the format \\computer\\share. Then open File Explorer and click This PC in the navigation pane. (In Windows 7, open Windows Explorer and click Computer.)
Right-click any empty space in the contents pane on the right and click Add A Network Location. Follow the wizard's prompts to add a custom network location, entering the UNC address in the box labeled Internet Or Network Address.
Click Finish to save your shortcut, which now appears alongside local drives in File Explorer.
How to remove malware from your Windows PC Clean out and restore your PC to a pristine state.
Windows 10 does disable rival antivirus, admits Microsoft, but only temporarily Statement follows Kaspersky filing an antitrust complaint against Microsoft with the European Commission earlier this month.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Did you know? Mac Office 2011 support conks out on Oct. 10 End of support is sneaking up on enterprise employees running Office on a Mac
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
How Apple is squeezing more photos into your iPhone FAQ: Apple's newest iPhone software attempts to move the world out of the JPEG era. CNET decodes the technology.
Cook kills off the Apple Car speculation, and that's a good thing Despite endless mockups and fanboy fantasies, Apple says it's not working on a car.
CIA reportedly hacked Wi-Fi routers for years Newly leaked documents indicate the intelligence agency developed implants for devices from 10 different manufacturers.
Fileless malware: An undetectable threat Fileless malware is a dangerous and devious threat--and it's gaining traction. Find out how it might affect your organization, network, and the devices connected to it.
Friday, June 16, 2017
Report: Secret Apple team is working to make your iPhone a medical record hub Your lab results, prescriptions, and doctor's visits could soon be accessible from your iPhone.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Windows tip of the week
By Ed Bott
Save a crash dump file after a Blue Screen of Death
Debugging a STOP error (that's the official name of what's more popularly known as the Blue Screen of Death) is a straightforward process for anyone with the right software tools. Developers can download the Debugging Tools for Windows as part of the Windows Software Development Kit, but you can also find third-party tools and services capable of decoding a crash dump file.
To find the most recent crash dump file, look in the %SystemRoot% folder, typically C:Windows, for a file called Memory.dmp. These files can be large, but they compress dramatically, so be sure to zip them up before uploading or emailing one.
To fine-tune the settings Windows uses for saving crash dump files, click Start and then type systempropertiesadvanced (with no spaces) in the search box. Click the one search result to open the System Properties dialog box with the Advanced tab selected and then click Settings under the Startup And Recovery heading.
The options you're looking for are under the System Failure heading. You can, for example, change the type of dump file to include more or less information, change the location where dump files are saved, and specify whether you want to automatically restart after a BSOD.
Windows 10's new features: A fancier Start menu, pinned websites and easier Linux access Microsoft yesterday unveiled a crop of changes headed to its flagship OS as part of the Fall Creators Update.
How to Work On a Flight With No Laptop Banning laptops on flights in 2017 is an insane idea, but here's how to deal if it happens.
Microsoft: Latest security fixes thwart NSA hacking tools The company previously said it would not fix three outstanding exploits, but reversed course following the ransomware attack in May.
Microsoft warns of 'destructive cyberattacks,' issues new Windows XP patches Last month's devastating WannaCry ransomware outbreak was just a warning shot. In an unprecedented move, Microsoft today released critical security updates to block another wave of similar attacks, making those patches available on unsupported versions like Windows XP and Server 2003.
How to Use Safe Mode to Diagnose a PC Problem Is Windows misbehaving? One diagnostic technique you can try is Safe Mode to see if you can narrow down the cause of the trouble.
The Best Malware Removal and Protection Software of 2017 Malware comes in many forms, but one thing's for sure-you don't want it attacking your computer. We've tested nearly 100 apps to help you find the right tools to protect your devices and your privacy.
The Best VPN Apps for the iPhone Your iPhone may be well protected against malware, but it can't protect your data as it travels the internet. Using a VPN keeps your information safe and private, even when you're connected through an insecure Wi-Fi hotspot.
Sunday, June 11, 2017
This Raspberry Pi-inspired Z-Berry board will take you back to the dawn of home computing The Z-Berry is a single-board computer that is the same size as the Raspberry Pi and is built around the Zilog Z80 processor used in the ZX Spectrum, a best-selling British computer launched in 1982.
5 things to do before giving an old iPhone or iPad to your kid Don't hand over an aging iOS device to your eager youngster before doing a little kid-proofing first
ProtectWise's Scott Chasin Reveals His No. 1 Email Security Rule In this episode of Fast Forward, ProtectWise co-founder and CEO Scott Chasin explains why email may be the biggest security threat of all.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Teardown of New iMac Reveals Replaceable CPU, RAM Planning to keep your new iMac for a long time? You'll be able to upgrade its CPU and memory with a bit of elbow grease.
12 Cool New Features in MacOS High Sierra High Sierra isn't a huge update to Apple's operating system, but there are still plenty of changes, big and small, for Mac users to sink their teeth into.
The Coolest Features in iOS 11 With hundreds of new features, not everything can be a standout, but there were several things that caught our eye.
7 genius traveling tips from a globetrotter When you can't pay your way to a better flight by going in a premium class, follow these tips for a more comfortable and less stressful way to fly the friendly skies.
Friday, June 09, 2017
Want in-flight Wi-Fi that doesn't suck? Satellite internet on this Honeywell plane may be as fast as your home Wi-Fi so you can Netflix or FaceTime from 35,000 feet.
How to download a Windows 10 ISO file Put a copy of Windows 10 on an optical disc, and you'll be ready if your PC needs to start over.
Thursday, June 08, 2017
Take control of Windows 10 updates Updates don't need to also be interruptions.
Wednesday, June 07, 2017
Windows tip of the week
By Ed Bott
How to rename a computer
When you set up Windows 10 on a new PC as a clean install, Windows automatically creates a random computer name for you using the word DESKTOP, followed by a hyphen and seven random letters and numbers.
If you never use a local network, you can safely ignore that name. But if you share files with other computers, it helps to use descriptive names that make it clear which device you're connecting to.
To change the computer name in Windows 10, go to Settings > System > About. The current computer name is near the top of that page, with a large Rename This PC button below it. Click that button and enter a descriptive product name using any combination of letters, numbers, and hyphens. (Sorry, no special characters or spaces allowed.) The maximum length is 15 characters.
Click Next to finish the renaming process and then restart your PC.
In Windows 7, the process is similar, but it uses the Computer Name tab on the System Properties dialog box instead. For a shortcut, click Start and then type systempropertiescomputername (with no spaces) in the search box. Click the search result, click Change to enter a new name, and then restart.
WWDC 2017 keynote: Taking it all in Apple kicked off its annual developers conference with a software and hardware showcase that we'll be thinking about for a long time to come.
WWDC 2017: All the news about iOS 11 Apple's annual Worldwide Developer's Conference has officially kicked off, and with it comes news of iOS 11. Here's what you can expect to come with the next version of Apple's mobile OS.
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
WWDC 2017: Apple announces new iMac range, powers up the MacBook The iPad and iPhone maker has revealed hefty improvements to the iMac, a product line not updated since 2015.
WWDC 2017: Apple reveals macOS refresh, High Sierra Apple's anticipated yearly update to macOS has landed, codenamed High Sierra.
HomePod, iOS 11, iMac Pro: All the news from Apple WWDC 2017 Plus, updates to MacOS -- newly dubbed High Sierra -- a new iPad Pro and WatchOS improvements.
WWDC 2017: iOS 11 revealed with more Siri smarts, AR support "This is going to be the best and biggest WWDC ever," said Apple CEO Tim Cook, as he kicked off the keynote in San Jose, Calif.
The 9 best iOS 11 features Apple didn't talk about onstage Type to Siri, QR code support, and more
Monday, June 05, 2017
15 Cool Smartphone Camera Tricks You Should Know Some are helpful, some are neat, and some are just plain insane.
Saturday, June 03, 2017
Friday, June 02, 2017
Windows 10: A guide to the updates What you need to know about each update to Microsoft Windows 10.
Earth blasted by shock waves from ancient cosmic crash The collision of two black holes 3 billion years ago was "felt" on Earth in the form of gravitational waves detected for just the third time in history.
Thursday, June 01, 2017
Windows tip of the week
By Ed Bott
How to pin Control Panel to the Windows 10 Start menu
Microsoft really, really wants you to use the new Settings app in Windows 10 instead of the traditional Control Panel. In fact, you have to dig pretty deep to find it in the alphabetical list of Programs on Windows 10's Start screen, under the Windows System heading. And then, if you right-click that shortcut and choose Pin To Start, Windows 10 unhelpfully adds a shortcut to Computer Management instead.
To add a real, honest-to-goodness Control Panel shortcut to Start, follow these steps:
1. Type control in the search box on the taskbar.
2. From the list of search results, right-click Control Panel, which is identified as a "desktop app."
3. Click Pin To Start from the shortcut menu.
Now click the Start button and look for the newly added shortcut. You can drag it to any location on the right (tiles) side of Start that's convenient, where it will never be more than two clicks away.
Don't be the weak link that brings us all down: Keep your OS patched and up to date The worldwide proliferation of WannaCry ransomware exposed a lack of urgency regarding OS security updates. That can't be allowed to happen.
Apple WWDC 2017: What to expect Apple's big developers show is set to begin next week. Here's what we believe is coming at this year's WWDC.
Apple will live stream the WWDC 2017 keynote Watch along as the company announces iOS 11, among other things, including some new hardware possibly.
15 things to look for at next week's WWDC In less than a week, the Apple's army of dutiful developers will descend on WWDC. After a long, quiet spring, what will Apple announce? What innovations have they been working on?