Chrome 55 Now Available | TechSpot

December 2, 2016

Appears that Google Chrome Version 55 has been released. This release is significant in that  it has been engineered to drastically reduce RAM usage by as much as 50 percent thanks to an updated JavaScript V8 engine that reduces the memory zone and heap size. Another notable change is that Chrome is slowly pushing Flash out the back door in favor of HTML5.  In the end, faster browser and better security.

You can wait for the auto update or you go to the Google Menu, click on “Help”, then “About Google Chrome”. From that point you can determine your current version and/or the option to go for the upgrade, if available. In my case, the upgrade was there.

Source: Chrome 55 now available: loads HTML5 over Flash by default, drastically reduces RAM usage – TechSpot


President Trump Text Messages | BGR

December 1, 2016

If you take a moment to read this article, from BGR (source link below), you will find that the text messaging system they are referring to is the WEA System (Wireless Emergency Alerts), where only three types of alerts are permitted:

  • Alerts by the President
  • Alerts involving imminent threats to safety or life
  • Amber alerts

Source: President Trump Text Messages | BGR


Nice Uninstaller Directory (and Removal Tool) For Common Windows Antivirus Software

December 1, 2016

Found this directory (and a removal tool) on the ESET website that may be a valuable resource to you. ESET is a leading IT security company that specializes in various antivirus and security products. If you are interested on trying ESET, there is some good deals on their products (click here)The directory on their support site is what jumped out at me, which outlines various antivirus and security software brands with links to those sites to access instructions and/or tools to uninstall their antivirus software. 

Why is this important? Prior to switching to other brands of antivirus or security products it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you uninstall the older version to prevent conflicts, system slowdowns; and even system failures. You may think, “OK, no problem, will use the Windows Program Uninstaller applet in the control panel to do this”. You are on the right track, but the problem with that is the Windows Uninstaller may not capture and uninstall everything; and could leave remnants of files behind that can cause problems. This is where the directory on the ESET website will really come in handy to assist you with the removal of antivirus and security products.

ESET

ALSO, on the same note, I noticed ESET also has a removal tool on the same page that my do the heavy lifting for you in removing an old software product. The ESET AV Remover tool will remove almost any antivirus software previously installed on your system. ALSO, you will find a link for a list of available malware removal tools. 

Source: ESET Support – Uninstallers (removal tools) for common Windows antivirus software


How To Check If Your Google Account Has Been Breached by “Gooligan”

November 30, 2016

Gooligan is a new malware campaign that has been engineered to infect Android phones by stealing your Google Account Credentials. Anyone who owns a device running Android 4 and 5 that includes Android Jelly Bean, KitKat, and Lollipop — is most at risk  The infection typically occurs via Gooligan infected apps or links in phishing email messages. Once infected, attackers are able to gain access to your sensitive information from Google apps, like Gmail, Drive, Photos, etc… Once attackers hack into the device, they’re buying apps on the Google Play store and writing reviews posing as the phone’s owners. To get the skinny on Googligan please read this article, “More Than 1 Million Google Accounts Breached by Gooligan” at a site called Checkpoint.

To determine if your account has been compromised, go to Checkpoint’s “Gooligan Checker” and enter your Gmail address…

Googligan


Google Keep: Ultimate guide | Android Central

November 30, 2016

Google Keep is a note-taking app (like an electronic version of sticky notes) that was developed by Google (in 2013) that is available as an Android and iOS app; AND, also available on the web. It is, by far, one of my favorite “go to” apps.  You can Create lists, transcribe recordings, doodle, collaborate on to-do lists, and so much more with Google Keep.

To get you started with Google Keep, Android Central has compiled the following guide to get you started:

 

 

Source: Google Keep: Ultimate guide | Android Central


Check Out Top 100 Tech Products Of 2016: The Full List | ComputerShopper.com

November 29, 2016

SPECIAL REPORT: Check out our directory of all 100 winners at the Computer Shopper (source link below)…

Source: Top 100 Tech Products Of 2016: The Full List – ComputerShopper.com


Amazon Says It Sold A Record Number of Amazon-Branded Devices | ZDNet

November 29, 2016

You may be interested in knowing that Amazon sold a record number of Amazon-branded devices from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. ZDNet has posted an article (see source link below), based on a press release from Amazon, that “The Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Fire Table and Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote were “not only the best-selling Amazon devices, but they were the best-selling products from any manufacturer in any category across all of Amazon”…  To see a sampling of these devices, CLICK HERE

Source: Amazon device sales surged to record high over holiday weekend | ZDNet


Use This “Best Sellers Of Tech” To Research and Buy Tech Products

November 29, 2016

I am constantly keeping my finger on the pulse of what tech deals are out there. I currently use Amazon as my starting point when pricing out and researching tech products. Below you will find a techie list of best sellers that I often use as a launching point. I don’t necessarily buy from Amazon when I find something, but it is a good resource for customer reviews, price comparisons, etc… that may help you in making your decisions.

Computers and Accessories
Software
Electronics
Desktops
Laptops
Tablets
Servers
Routers
Data Storage
Networking Products
Printers
Scanners
Monitors
Computer Components
Laptop Accessories
Tablet Accessories
Computer Accessories
External Components
Cell Phones and Accessories
Contract Cell Phones​
No-Contract Cell Phones
Unlocked Cell Phones
Appstore for Android


nuePanel – A Direct Dial Control Panel Alternative

November 29, 2016

Here is a tech toolbox (portable app) program called NuePanel that gives you direct dial access to more than 150 Windows applets and tools.

Be aware, because this is a new program, and contains many calls to system tools, it’s highly likely it’ll be flagged as malicious by some antivirus tools.

Source: nuePanel is a comprehensive Control Panel alternative for Windows – nuetools


Remove Adware, PUPs, Toolbars, and Crapware With This Tool | The Windows Club

November 26, 2016

Malwarebytes Junkware Removal Tool is a portable tool that removes all traces of Adware, Potentially Unwanted Programs, Toolbars, Crapware from Windows PC.  This tool is a portable app (just download and run).  Read more about how to use this tool (see source link below).

Source: Malwarebytes Junkware Removal Tool removes Adware and PUPs


NEW Promising Battery Technology

November 23, 2016

Read more (see source link below) about a promising new battery technology that would allow you to charge your smartphone in only a few seconds; would last a week between charges; and can be recharged more that 30,000 times without degrading.

Source: New battery technology could charge your smartphone in just a few seconds – Android Authority


Try Google Play Music and YouTube Red FREE for 4 Months | Android Authority

November 23, 2016

New customers of Google Play Music and YouTube Red can snag a deal that will let them fully access and try these services for a period of four months…

Source: Deal: Try Google Play Music and YouTube Red free for four months


Microsoft’s Solitaire Collection for Android and iOS

November 23, 2016

Microsoft introduced the computer version of Solitaire back in 1990, with the intention “to soothe people intimidated by the operating system,” and at a time where many users were still unfamiliar with graphical user interfaces, it proved useful in familiarizing them with the use of a mouse, such as the drag-and-drop technique required for moving cards” [Source: Wikipedia]…

I encourage you to click the link below to learn about Microsoft’s NEW Solitaire (collection) app for the Android and iOS platforms…

Source: Microsoft brings Solitaire Collection to Android and iOS – TechSpot


Harmony | Free Desktop Music Player

November 23, 2016

Harmony is a free desktop music player for Windows to stream music from Spotify, SoundCloud, Play Music, Last.fm, Deezer, and Hyper Machine.

 

Source: Desktop Music Player To Stream Music From SoundCloud, Play Music, etc


20 tips and tricks that make Windows 10 more tolerable | PCWorld

November 23, 2016

I am all in when it comes to making Windows 10 work better.

These tips and tricks will make the parts of Win10 that you actually use work better…

Source: 20 tips and tricks that make Windows 10 more tolerable | PCWorld