Microsoft Ending Support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 | CISA

Technical Details

All software products have a lifecycle. “End of support” refers to the date when the software vendor will no longer provide automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance. [2] For more information on end of support for Microsoft products see the Microsoft End of Support FAQ. Systems running Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will continue to work at their current capacity even after support ends on January 14, 2020. However, using unsupported software may increase the likelihood of malware and other security threats. Mission and business functions supported by systems running Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 could experience negative consequences resulting from unpatched vulnerabilities and software bugs. These negative consequences could include the loss of confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data, system resources, and business assets.

Mitigations

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages users and organizations to: Upgrade to a newer operating system. Identify affected devices to determine breadth of the problem and assess risk of not upgrading.  Establish and execute a plan to systematically migrate

Source: Microsoft Ending Support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 | CISA


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Google Maps Just Introduced a Controversial New Feature That Drivers Will Probably Love (But Police Will Utterly Hate) | Inc.com

I often drive the interstate in my area. This benefit being introduced by Google Maps will be of benefit when it comes to hazards and slowdowns. Speed Traps is not of my concern, due I typically set the cruise to stay within the means of the speed limit. I have found, as vehicles become more technologically advanced and safer, driver’s are taking more risks, such as exceeding the speed limit by at much as 15 to 20 mph….


This week, however, Google announced the next best thing: Starting immediately, drivers will be able to report hazards, slowdowns and speed traps right on Google Maps.

Read More @ Inc.com


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Microsoft Cautions Against Installing the Latest Windows 10 Update | Digital Trends

For folks at home… This does not apply and only applies to “Microsoft’s enterprise-based customers”.


Before going on a red alert, this issue pertains to Microsoft’s enterprise-based customers. Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection is a paid service for detecting, investigating, and responding to “advanced threats.” It’s built into Windows 10 but unrelated to the Windows Security platform found in Windows 10 Home and Pro.

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Windows Defender’s Tamper Protection Rolling Out To Windows 10 (v1903)

From what I am reading the “tamper protection” feature was actually launched last December (for business customers) and is now being rolled out to Windows 10 computer user’s at home that are running Windows 10 v1903.

At the time of this posting, I checked my Windows Defender software on my PC and have not seen anything thus far to indicate “tamper protection” has rolled out to my PC.

Tamper Protection, as the name suggests, protects certain security features from tampering. One of the barriers that Tamper Protection puts in place around security features blocks manipulations of setting changes that are made outside of the official Settings application. Attackers may attempt to disable real-time protections or certain security features and Tamper Protection was designed to prevent these changes from being made successfully. — Source: gHacks

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Shhh… Pre-Release NirSoft Tech Tools (password included)

The NirSoft website offers a broad array of tech utilities that has had a following in the tech community for years. Buried in their site is a page that features “pre-release” Nir-Soft Tools that I found to be interesting.

These tools, as a result of being in current development (most likely in alpha stage), do not have their own icons, no screenshots, no help files, and no translations; however, there is a short description of each tool. The introduction to these tools on their ‘pre-release” site specifically states, “If you choose to download and try to use them, do it with extreme caution, and of course it’s at your own risk !!”. That is all I needed to see. Like the curiosity of my cat, “Emma Faith Clementine”, I had to take these utilities for a ride (download and run). Each utility is in the zip file. format and require a password to unzip the file (shhh… the password is: SoftNirPre987@ ).

The tools that I ran worked “for me” with no issues. My favorite on the list, that I decided to keep in my tech toolbox, was BrowserDownloadsView. This tool was forensic in nature in that it displays the list of the latest files downloaded in Chrome and Firefox.

So if you are like most computer techs with that cat curiosity (and nine lives), you may want to explore these utilities (with caution, of course)…

Source: Pre-release NirSoft Tools


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5G experts: Consumers moving away from hardwired internet; 20 billion mobile devices online in the next year (by Complete Colorado)

With 5G Technology on the horizon, the next 10 years we are going to see a truly wireless world where there will be a jump in technology innovations like never seen before… — Rick @ What’s On My PC


While municipalities across Colorado and the nation are lining up to compete against the private sector in internet services, those involved in the race to get 5G launched say fiber optic broadband will be left behind once full roll-out of the latest in wireless technology is complete. “5G is going to be a game-changer,” said Nick Ludlum, Senior Vice President and Chief Communication Officer for CTIA, which is a trade association representing the wireless communications industry in the United States. “From driverless cars to advancements in health care to (augmented reality/virtual reality) and smart cities. The innovations of the future will be built on 5G.”

Continue Reading @ Complete Colorado


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The “TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog” Has A Pulse

One thing I miss in blogging is the support that you would get from other bloggers. I have been blogging since 2008 and the support pattern you would expect to get no longer exists. Many “very good” blogging resources stopped blogging because of that; plus, the fact that Google changed their search engine algorithms over the years where the traffic bloggers were getting noticeably decreased. Posting material that people will read and developing a following is not an easy task. For myself, I look at maintaining my site as a daily mental exercise and hobby (in something I have a passion for). I personally have learned a great deal from blogging and about information technology.

One blog that has stuck in there (and supported my blog) is the “TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog“, even though it had gone silent for awhile. This blog is managed by the “Tennessee College of Applied Technology“.  Their postings you will find are computer technical issues that I am assuming that they come across or discuss in a classroom setting, then post them to the blog for us to digest (so that we can learn, as well). I have always enjoyed their blog and included them in the “Bookmarks4Techs” collection that I recently revamped.

Anyhow, glad to see their blog ramping up. Below is some of their most recent postings:


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STIRR – Another FREE Online Streaming TV Service Similar to Pluto TV and XUMO

Recently I began looking into various online streaming TV services that are legal and FREE. So far, I had found Pluto TV and XUMO; and thought that was the end to this until I came across STIRR.

STIRR appears to have launched in January 2019 and in a nutshell, I found it to be similar to both XUMO and Pluto TV where you have a broad range of channels to watch. STIRR, from what I could gather is ramping up and just recently added more channel and category options. Like Pluto TV and XUMO, STIRR has an app available you can install on your smartphone so you can watch TV on the go.

News, sports, entertainment, and more are there for the taking; but, the content is typically older content or content that you normally would not find with the paid services. With that being said, I give these services credit for selecting sources that are worthy of watching and following.


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Facebook and Politics: Don’t Be A Lemming (believe nothing, verify everything, don’t spread false information)

“Believe Nothing, Verify Everything, Don’t Spread It”… People are like lemmings and will believe and follow anything… The social networks, in conjunction with foreign adversaries (enemies), have used these platforms to incite people by posting “false” sensitive topics in regards to 2nd amendment rights, abortion, social security, religion, race, party affiliation, etc.. that has caused the current divisive thinking in the United States. In other words, Facebook is and was used as a propaganda platform by foreign enemies. If you see these sorts of postings, avoid spreading them because the enemy wants you to spread these things so that there is chaos, hate, and divisiveness.

Much of what you read during the last election cycle on Facebook was posted through Russian infiltration and to this day it is still occurring. Dirty Politicians had done the same, as well, and now Facebook has given the official green light for them (the dirty politicians) to do so again (see source link at the end of this post).

Don’t be a lemming, “Believe Nothing, Verify Everything” via reputable sources. What you see on Facebook or any of the social network platforms should be checked and verified. For God’s Sake, don’t spread it if you can’t verify it. Don’t let it get under your skin; and, one way to do that is by blocking the sources entirely. If you must post your political thoughts, set up a Facebook group or another page for that purpose only.

Why Facebook can’t stop politicians from lying |The Verge

As of this week, though, that policy comes with an asterisk. As Judd Legum reported this week in his newsletter, Popular Information, Facebook is now exempting political figures from this policy. If a political candidate or party wants to run a Facebook ad announcing that their rival is a lizard person, they now have an open lane to do so.

Facebook’s new rules let politicians lie in their ads. It’s bad, but asking Facebook to regulate political speech is worse…

Continue Reading @ The Verge


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Two FREE Online TV Options That You Need To Check Out

When I go camping in my RV I typically use my smartphone’s data plan to stream content (without wifi) to the TV in my RV using a device called  “Screenbeam Mini 2“. You can read my recent review on the Screenbeam Mini 2 HERE. It is an awesome device that can be purchased HERE

For that real TV experience, I use two totally FREE online TV services that I want to share with you. One of the services I am sure you may have heard of, but the second was something that was totally new to me. No, you won’t find all the top channels you typically watch, but the content from both of these services will keep you entertained: both cover a wide range of topics (channels): both are optimized for streaming: and, both are available as mobile apps. I am also seeing where both of the services are actually being bundled and included with some of the newer TV’s.

Ok, now for the grand finale and time to reveal both of these services. I hope you enjoy them…


PlutoTV

Pluto TV is the leading free streaming television service in America, delivering 100+ live and original channels and thousands of on-demand movies in partnership with major TV networks, movie studios, publishers, and digital media companies. Millions of viewers tune in each month to watch premium news, TV shows, movies, sports, lifestyle, and trending digital series. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Pluto TV is a top free app and available on all mobile, web and connected TV streaming devices.


XUMO

XUMO is your destination for free LIVE and on-demand streaming entertainment. With over 160 different channels to choose from, you won’t get bored. Tune in for newly launched music channels, breaking news, epic fails, stand up comedy, sports, news coverage, and more. Select channels as “Favorite” for an experience tailored to you. Share the latest from the guys at Funny or Die, gather ’round for this week’s Movie of the Week from our collection of FREE Movies, catch-up on full length seasons of TV shows like Roseanne, Hell’s Kitchen, Unsolved Mysteries, and more, or witness history being made during LIVE tournaments from the 2019 PGA TOUR Season. Stay up to date, but most of all, stay entertained with XUMO.


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How to use Windows 10’s Cloud Download Recovery Feature? | Windows101Tricks

In 2020, Windows 10 is getting a new feature that will allow users where they can download their operating systems from the cloud and increase the speed of a recovery process. This new cloud recovery or cloud reinstall feature is going to be very useful for Windows 10 users and will make the life of the user with the high-speed internet connection super simple.

Cloud Download

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Find The Best Prices And Places To Buy With The Redesigned Google Shopping

The redesigned Google Shopping experience is now available in the U.S. across mobile and desktop. With information from thousands of stores in one place, you can discover and compare millions of products, and find the best prices and places to buy online or from a store nearby. The new homepage is personalized so you see useful product suggestions, as well as sections that help you reorder common items or continue your shopping research. And when you’re ready to buy, you can choose to purchase online, at a nearby store, or directly from retailers on Google.
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The Best Password Managers for 2019 | PCMag.com

Nearly every page you visit insists you create a user account and think up a password, from dating apps to hyper-secure banking sites. The human memory can’t keep up with dozens and dozens of these. Some folks get the bright idea to use the simplest possible passwords, things that are easy to remember, like “12345678” or “password.” Others memorize one superbly random password and use it for everything. Either path is likely to make you the latest victim of identity theft.

The Best Password Managers

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Frndly TV, a New $5.99/Month Live TV Streaming Service is Now Officially Available for Cord Cutters | Cord Cutters News

Frndly TV, the family friendly, live and on-demand streaming service, officially launched today. Frndly had a soft launch a few weeks ago but today they are officially launching as a new live TV streaming service. Subscriptions to Frndly TV, starting at $5.99, offer live and on-demand content, a linear TV guide, unlimited DVR storage, and more.

Source: Frndly TV, a New $5.99/Month Live TV Streaming Service is Now Officially Available for Cord Cutters – Cord Cutters News

22 Hidden Facebook Features Only Power Users Know | PCMag.com

Facebook is not synonymous with “the internet,” but it boasts one of the world’s most complex and multi-faceted websites. It rivals many standalone software apps with the sheer amount of personalization, tweaks, and tinkering available to visitors. In fact, there are so many things you can do on Facebook.com that you can’t know about all the official, baked-in, easily accessible functions just a few clicks away. Read on to awaken your inner social superstar.

22 Hidden Facebook Features Only Power Users Know

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Windows 10 Version 1903 Now in Broad Deployment, Available to Everyone | Bleeping Computer

Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 version 1903 has now been added to the broad deployment channel and will be available to everyone via Windows Update. While the release of Windows 1903 has not been nearly as bad as version 1809, it has been a rough couple of months for some people since it was released in May. With numerous bugs causing audio problems, high CPU usage, Visual Basic app problems, bluetooth issues, and more, Microsoft has finally determined that Windows 10 version 1903 is ready for broad release to everyone.

Windows 10

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The “Dark Theme” Option Is Coming To Gmail (for Android and iOS) – Here is how to activate it…

Per a GSuite blog update, it may take a while (up to 15 days) before you see it on your device(s).

Below is how to enable dark mode in Android and iOS.

How to enable dark theme in Gmail on Android: 

  • To enable dark theme on Android 10:
    • In your Android Display system setting, set your device to Dark theme—Gmail will automatically respect the system default setting.
    • On Pixel, when Battery Saver is enabled, Gmail will default to Dark theme automatically.
    • Or, in Gmail go to Settings > Theme and select “Dark”.

How to enable Dark theme in Gmail on iOS: 

  • For iOS 11 or 12, enable Dark theme by going to Settings > Dark Theme.
  • To enable dark theme on iOS 13, you can:
    • Set your device to dark theme in iOS Settings, and Gmail, by default, will automatically respect the system default setting.
    • Or, in Gmail go to Settings > Theme and select “Dark”.

Source: G Suite Updates Blog: Dark theme is coming to Gmail for Android and iOS


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Yahoo is Offering to Pay Up to $358.80 if You Had a Yahoo Email Between 2013 & 2016 to Settle a Class Action Lawsuit | Cord Cutters News

Yahoo is Offering to Pay Up to $358.80 if You Had a Yahoo Email Between 2013 & 2016 to Settle a Class Action Lawsuit by Luke Bouma on September 20, 2019 in All News, News Did you have a yahoo email account between 2013 and 2016? You could be eligible for up to $358.80 thanks to a new settlement from a class-action lawsuit targeting Yahoo. The catch is you must make your claim online or by mail by July 20th, 2020 at YahooDatabreachSettlement.com. If you don’t want the money back, you can ask for two years of credit monitoring services. In total Yahoo expects to payout $117,500,000 to those affected by this data breach.

Continue Reading @ Cord Cutters

TECH NEWS: Former hacker warns against password reuse

This is a “must-read” article for everybody at home. If you reuse login credentials and never change your passwords, you are at high risk of being compromised. I have assisted many folks over the years and I saw this all of the time. As a matter of fact, most folks at home will have those login credentials near the computer somewhere, often in plain view…

Thanks for visting…
Rick @ What’s On My PC


The reuse of login credentials in my opinion is the greatest security flaw that we have today.

The advice for users of online services remains the same. First, use a password manager that automatically generates and stores strong passwords for each account you create. Second, where possible, turn on multi-factor authentication (MFA) for the sites you visit. This could involve SMS verification or, more secure still, a mobile app like Google Authenticator.

Continue Reading @ Naked Security


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“The Best Password Managers of 2019” by Clifford Colby @ c|net

LastPass, I highly recommend… With a password manager, you only need to remember one password to open up the password vault; and with LastPass, it will generate strong passwords for you. You can also store other information such as credit card information, driver’s license information, etc… in your LastPass Vault. LastPass was rated in this article by c|net as the “Best Free Password Manager”.  Click on the source link below to learn more about password managers, by Clifford Colby, and how you can get LastPass (or any of the others you may be interested in).

Thanks for visiting — Rick @ What’s On My PC

Simply, a password manager is an encrypted digital vault that stores the login information you use to access websites, apps and other services. Besides keeping your credentials, identity and sensitive data safe, a password manager can generate unique, strong passwords to ensure you aren’t reusing them across your services. With all the recent news of security breaches and identity theft, using unique passwords can go a long way to ensuring if one site gets hacked, your stolen password can’t be used on other sites.

Continue Reading @ c|net


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[Hot Tech News] Walmart and CVS now works with Google Photos to make on-demand prints

Google Photos, far and away the most used photo-sharing app, with over 1 billion users monthly, has partnered with CVS and Walmart to offer on-demand, in-store prints from the app. The 4×6 photo prints directly from Google Photos and will be available for same-day pick up at the stores, which have a combined 11,000 locations. Consumers order the prints from within the app, and the retailer gets the photo directly from Google. You’ll get a notification when they’re ready for pickup in the app itself.

Google Photo prints

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[Hot Tech News] Sandbox program Sandboxie is now freeware (soon open source)

When I test software applications from questionable origin or if I have a need to explore the dark belly of the internet, I go to Sandboxie to perform these functions in a sandbox that protects my computer from potential malware. Sandboxie has been around for years and according to the article at gHacks (see source link below), it is now completely FREE. Appears, Sophos is now the new owner of Sandboxie… Rick @ What’s On My PC


Sandboxie, a sandbox program for Microsoft’s Windows operating system, has been turned into a free application. The latest version, Sandboxie 5.31.4 was released on September 10, 2019; it is the first version of Sandboxie that is available as freeware.

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Hot Tech News – Chrome now lets you send tabs to your other devices

This applies to Stable Chrome version 77 that is now rolling out for Android, Mac, Windows, Linux, and iOS…

While the complete change-log is not yet available on the Google Play store, a few changes have been spotted by us and others (via 9to5Google) who have received the update.

  • Right at the offset, users will notice faster loading of web pages thanks to performance upgrades under the hood.
  • There’s now a “Send to your devices” feature available from the sharing options. It lets you share a page to your other devices with your Google account logged in. Tapping the Send to your devices option in the sharing menu will bring up a list of your logged in devices. Here, you can choose the preferred device to send the page.

Continue Reading @ Android Authority


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Quick Post: Chromebooks vs. Laptops | What’s the Difference?

I am a Windows OS user, as well as a Chrome OS user… I like both operating systems; however there are big differences. These differences are notable when you are shopping for a “Laptop” or “Chromebook”. Which should you choose? Learn more by clicking on the source link below.

Thanks for visiting… Rick @ What’s On My PC

When you hear people talking about Chromebooks as if they were a different species from regular laptops, there is a good reason: Chromebooks are in a class of their own. Yes, they’re similar to ordinary Windows or Mac laptops in many ways, being essentially highly mobile, speedy laptops. But they run a totally different operating system, one that favors those who prefer Google and Android services. Let’s take a look at Chromebooks versus laptops, and if buying a Chromebook is right for you.

Acer Chromebook 13 review

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Hot Tech News: Some Chromebooks mistakenly declared themselves end-of-life last week | Ars Technica

A lot of Chromebook and Chromebox users don’t realize this, but all ChromeOS devices have an expiration date. Google’s original policy was for devices to be supported for five years, but the company has recently extended that time to 6.5 years. When your Chromebook or Chromebox approaches its built-in expiration date, it will warn you that it’s time to go buy a new device entirely. Not long after that, it will refuse to apply any further security or feature updates. In addition to leaving users vulnerable to unpatched security exploits, this means that constantly evolving services such as Gmail will eventually stop working entirely.

Read More @ Ars Technica

Tech News: Facebook Dating – Things you should know before using it

by Osmond Chia @ Slash Gear

Facebook Dating lives within your Facebook app. The extension is made available to users 18 and above, who need to opt-in and activate their Dating profile – kids on Facebook won’t randomly chance upon a new dating app that lets them meet suitors in town. Once activated, it requests for your gender, who you’re interested in, a bunch of T&Cs and several privacy settings. You can tweak your dating location, distance from you, age and height preferences. You can even indicate religious preferences and whether you’re okay with your date having children.

Facebook Dating: Things you should know before using it

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Haystack TV: Create Your Own Video News Feed

I currently have this installed on my smartphone (Android) and just noticed Haystack TV is on the web, as well. Haystack TV basically will autorun through current online videos on topics of your interest. Haystack TV is your personal headline news channel.

Haystack TV is the perfect app for news junkies. Watch breaking, world and local news in a headline news channel personalized for you. Haystack TV will learn about your interests in order to surface the news that matters to you! Watch it on your phone, tablet or TV.

Source: Haystack TV: Watch breaking, global and local news for free


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Today’s Tech News -Windows 10 Apps, 5G, and CPU vs GPU

Best Windows 10 apps this week 

Three-hundred-and-fifty-one in a series. Welcome to this week’s overview of the best apps, games and extensions released for Windows 10 on the Microsoft Store in the past seven days. If you installed KB4512941 for Windows 10 version 1903 and noticed Cortana CPU usage going through the roof, you are not alone. Microsoft acknowledged the issue and plans to ship a patch later this month. As always, if I’ve missed an app or game that has been released this week that you believe is particularly good, let me know in the comments below or notify me via email.

Why you might actually buy a 5G phone in 2020 

The big problem with 5G — or one of the big problems — is that it’s suffering the same issues LTE had when it first landed: It only works in a few markets, and most phones don’t support it. Worse, the few devices that do support it use external modems which aren’t built into the chipset, and like the early LTE phones, that means issues like decreased battery life. Thankfully, new chipsets with 5G support built-in are on the way, with Qualcomm announcing its own earlier this year.

What is the difference between CPU and GPU?

Difference between GPU and CPU

The CPU and GPU are two vital devices of the electronic computer system, but the functioning of both is entirely different from one another. CPU (central processing unit) is a microprocessor which is used to execute the instructions given by a program according to operations such as algorithms, arithmetic, logic, control, input, and output. However, on the other end, GPU (Graphics processing unit) is an internal device used to render an image on the computer screen. The foundation of CPU revolves around the low latency whereas GPU has to provide the high performance throughout.


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Tech News: Google Maps finally gets a Street View layer on Android | Android Central

by BABU MOHAN @ Android Central

The latest stable release of the Google Maps app for Android adds a new Street View layer, making it easier for users to find areas where Street View is available. To access the Street View mode in Google Maps, simply tap the map layers FAB (floating action button) on the top-right corner of the screen. If you have the latest v10.23.4 of Google Maps installed on your phone, you will find the Street View layer option under the new “Explore” section.

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Tech News: Windows 10 will let you reinstall the OS from the cloud

by Jon Fingas @ Engadget

To date, reinstalling Windows has meant using a local copy — either something already stored on your PC (and thus at risk of going bad) or something external. Soon, though, it might just be a matter of grabbing it online. On top of changing tablet mode, the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build on the Fast ring includes a “download Windows” option when you want to reset your PC. Much like the feature Macs have had for years, you can use your broadband connection to grab a fresh install from the cloud. You don’t need a backup partition or a thumb drive to get back in business.

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“Desktop vs. Microsoft Store Apps: Which Should You Download?”

by Ben Stagner @ MakeUseOf

What caught my eye in this article, by Ben Stagner @ MakeUseOf (see source link below) is that “many apps are available as both “traditional desktop apps” and modern apps in the Microsoft Store. I want to research this more to determine how many “traditional desktop apps” are actually promoted and how are they channeled to your computer if you select a “traditional desktop app”. Typically, “traditional desktop apps” are in a format where an “exe” (executable) is launched to install and to launch the software. I have found that the apps in the Microsoft Store are often large in file size compared to the “traditional desktop apps”. I would love to see Microsoft set up a store, similar to Google Play, that would serve as the gatekeeper to software applications for Windows. It would help improve security (I think)… Good article on Ben’s part… Rick @ What’s On My PC

Microsoft Store Platform Availability

Should you get your Windows apps from the Microsoft Store, or use traditional desktop programs? Here are the main differences.

Source: Read More @ MakeUseOf


Tech News: Malware discovered in Google Play app with over 100 million downloads

by TechSpot

Kaspersky researchers reported that the app in question was CamScanner, “a phone-based PDF creator that includes OCR (optical character recognition.” The report notes that CamScanner was a legitimate app with no malicious intentions. Like other applications, the developers displayed ads and offered in-app purchases to make money. “However, at some point, that changed, and recent versions of the app shipped with an advertising library containing a malicious module,” writes the researchers.

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Quick Tip: How to search for text in your Google Photos pictures

by TechRepublic

A new Google Lens feature will allow Google Photos users to search for text in pictures and screenshots, Google Photos confirmed on Twitter Thursday. The feature could make it much easier to find things like business cards, Wi-Fi passwords that were saved in a photo, or receipts for expense reports and tax reporting purposes, our sister site ZDNet noted.

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Source: How to search for text in your Google Photos pictures – TechRepublic


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BEWARE – NEW Taxpayer’s Email Scam

by Homeland Security – CISA

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a warning about a new email scam in which malicious cyber actors send unsolicited emails to taxpayers from fake (i.e., spoofed) IRS email addresses. The emails contain a link to a spoofed IRS.gov website that displays fake details about the targeted recipient’s tax refund, return, or account. The emails instruct the recipient to access their refund information by entering a provided password on the spoofed website. By entering the password, the victim unintentionally downloads malware that could enable the malicious cyber actors to take control of the affected system or obtain sensitive information.

Source: IRS Warns of New Email Scam | CISA

Google Search “The Wizard of Oz” For A Hidden Easter Egg

“There is no place like home”. Google is paying tribute to the 80th anniversary of the Wizard of Oz. Go to Google.com, type in “The Wizard of Oz” (or CLICK HERE) and look for a pair of red slippers. I found the slippers on the right side of the screen. Click on the red slippers and watch the turbulence begin. Once the turbulence is over, click on the tornado to return home.

Google Home Mini vs. Amazon Echo Dot… Which Is Better? | Digital Trends

If you are a die-hard Amazon customer, you’ll want an Echo Dot so it agrees with your existing devices (like Fire TV). However, if you don’t have Amazon or Google products, the decision becomes more difficult. If you do find yourself staring at the Amazon Echo Dot and Google Home Mini, wondering which one to take home, it’s Amazon’s Echo Dot that should win the day.

Source: Google Home Mini vs. Amazon Echo Dot | Which Is Better? | Digital Trends

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