Stylish Desktop PCs Are Just Myths, Right?

HP Pavilion Wave

The gently curved triangular cylinder in the above picture looks like a particularly attractive speaker. Wrapped in thick-threaded fabric, a lid that looks like it’s made for distributing sound evenly – obviously it must be a subwoofer or all-in-one speaker. And in a sense you’re right, because that’s a high-quality Bang & Olufsen speaker blasting out through that lid. […] continued

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Don’t Answer The Phone! And Other Advice About Robocalls

Robocalls are on the increase - don't answer the phone

It’s not your imagination: robocalls are on the increase. The volume of robocalls has risen sharply in 2016. Complaints are up. The government and big companies are taking new steps to try to rein in the scammers and perhaps tame the “legitimate” telemarketers. It may be a losing battle, because the scammers and nuisance telemarketers are leveraging new technology and taking advantage of decreasing costs of doing business. […] continued

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Microsoft Starts To Untangle Microsoft Accounts And Office 365 Business Accounts

Microsoft's tangled knot of personal & business accounts

Background: Understanding Microsoft Work And Personal Accounts

Tip: How To Change The Login For Your Microsoft Account (And Why You Should)

Last week Microsoft candidly acknowledged that it has created a confusing and frustrating tangle with its two identity systems – personal Microsoft accounts and business Office 365 accounts. According to Microsoft, four million people use the same email address to log into their personal Microsoft account and their business Office 365 mailbox. […] continued

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Amplifi! Orbi! Luma! Eero! And Other Words About Wi-Fi

WiFi - home mesh network

“Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!”

– First words spoken by Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series

Before we begin our article about Wi-Fi mesh networks, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Amplifi! […] continued

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Google Chrome Steps Up With Improved Battery Life, Material Design

Chrome logo - from 3D to flat

As we move quickly into a post-Microsoft world, Google Chrome is the program where we spend most of our time on our computers. Last week Chrome was updated in a couple of small but significant ways, with a cleaner look based on Google’s “material design” aesthetic, speed improvements, and improved battery life and reduced power consumption, especially important on laptops. […] continued

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You Can’t Escape From A Ninja

You can't escape from a ninja

If you have any illusion that privacy means anything, forget it. If you are targeted for surveillance, there is nothing you can do to prevent it. Every keystroke on your computer will be logged. Everything you do on a phone – every message, every call, everything – will be intercepted. There are no tricks that will be sufficient to let you hide. […] continued

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Security Warning: The Bad Guy’s Get Smarter (And Learn Spellling And Grammar)

The bad guy's get smarter (and learn spellling and grammar)

Virus emails from the bad guys have been steadily getting more sophisticated and harder to spot, but careful proofreaders have almost always been able to find errors in spelling and grammar that give them away. “Your mailbox has exceeded the storage limit may can not to receive email until you Upgrade. […] continued

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Microsoft May Not Recover From Losing Our Trust

Windows 10 and the failure of trust

Our relationship with technology is built on trust.

Self-inflicted errors are causing Microsoft to lose our trust.

A series of bugs has emerged in updates to Windows 10. Chances are none of them have affected you directly. But the indirect effect is longer lasting and arguably more damaging: each one chips away at your belief that Microsoft should be trusted as your technology provider. […] continued

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Updates From Microsoft Spiral Out Of Control

Windows 10 updates - bluescreen

Microsoft has had a bad month. In this article I’ll tell you about some of the problems with recent updates from Microsoft. In the next article, I’ll take a broader look at the long-term corrosive effects of a breakdown in Microsoft’s internal controls for approving updates.

Let me start, though, with a word of caution. […] continued

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Prisma Turns Your Photos Into Works Of Art

Prisma - Vernal Falls

Prisma is a free app for iOS and Android that turns your photos into works of art in seconds. In a way it’s similar to the filters that have been around for Instagram and Snapchat for years, but these are the best filters you’ve ever seen.

Look at a few samples, then I’ll tell you some of the details down below. […] continued

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Google Duo And Communication Overload

Google Duo - simple video chat

Google introduced a new app for video chats last week. Google Duo makes one-on-one video chats as easy as possible, with nothing required except a phone number and someone on the other end who’s running the app or willing to install it. Google Duo doesn’t even require a Google account. Setup takes only a moment, and once it’s set up it literally requires only a single tap to start a call. […] continued

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Security Tip: Hover Over Links Before You Click

Security tip: hover over links before you click

When you hover over a link in Outlook or a web browser, a small window pops up to show you where the link really goes. If the real link doesn’t match the sender or doesn’t match what you expect, assume it is poisoned and don’t click it.

This is a basic security requirement for using a PC. […] continued

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Improvements to Windows Defender In Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Windows Defender - improvements in Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Windows Defender is the built in antivirus program included free with Windows 10. It provides all the security that you need, quietly and efficiently. The combination of Windows Defender and all the security improvements in Windows over the last ten years means that you don’t need an antivirus program from Norton, Avast or the rest; they’re noisy and cause problems and don’t provide any important additional protection. […] continued

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Upgrade Your Computer With A Solid State Drive

Upgrade your computer with a solid state drive

You might have an upgrade option that wasn’t practical a year ago.

It’s a combination of two things:

•   Prices have been dropping on solid state drives.

•   Windows 10 installs quickly and does not require lengthy updates.

There are a lot of parts to this and this might not work for you, but I know a lot of businesses in this position that might benefit. […] continued

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Logging In With A PIN Is Easier Than A Password–And Safer, Too!

Windows 10 - logging in with a PIN

Windows 10 allows you to log in with a PIN instead of a password.  In fact, you’re required to set up a PIN before you can set up Windows Hello to log in with a fingerprint or facial recognition.

A PIN is four or more numbers, exactly like the PIN for your debit card. […] continued

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