Tech News: Beto O’Rourke outed as Cult of Dead Cow member, phreaker and writer of screeds | Ars Technica

I posted this because I can relate to this man’s past…

WATERLOO, IOWA - MARCH 16: Democratic presidential candidate and former Cult of the Dead Cow member Beto O'Rourke greets voters during a canvassing kickoff event with state senate candidate Eric Giddens March 16, 2019, in Waterloo, Iowa.

O’Rourke, like other teens of the time, did find ways to avoid paying for dial-up phone service time to connect to bulletin board systems (BBSs) of the day with his family’s Apple IIe computer and 300 baud modem, which he often used to search of pirated games. He eventually launched his own bulletin board system (BBS) called TacoLand, which Reuters’ Joseph Menn reports was largely about punk music. “This was the counterculture: Maximum Rock & Roll [magazine], buying records by catalog you couldn’t find at record stores,” O’Rourke told Menn.

Source: Beto O’Rourke outed as Cult of Dead Cow member, phreaker and writer of screeds | Ars Technica

Tech News: Microsoft releases Windows Defender extensions for Chrome and Firefox

Microsoft has developed and started testing Windows Defender Application Guard extensions for both Chrome and Firefox to better protect enterprise PCs. The feature, which used to be an Edge exclusive, keeps PCs safe by opening web pages not included in administrators’ trusted sites in a virtual container. That way, it can prevent attackers from gaining entry into the company’s system if the website turns out to be malicious.

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Source: Microsoft releases Windows Defender extensions for Chrome and Firefox

Windows 7 will use pop-ups to warn users of the operating system’s impending death | PCWorld

Windows 7 support ends about nine months from now, on January 14, 2020—and if you’re a Windows 7 user, you’ll see more than this story reminding you of that date. In fact, according to Microsoft, you could see several pop-up reminders warning you to upgrade to Windows 10 before the year is out.

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Source: Windows 7 will use pop-ups to warn users of the operating system’s impending death | PCWorld

Here are “Screenshots of Microsoft’s Chromium-Based Edge Browser Leaked Online”

Looks like Microsoft is doing a rebuild of their Microsoft Edge Browser using Chromium as it guts..

Microsoft announced during early December that they will be giving up on the current code base of their Microsoft Edge browser switching to Google’s open-source Chromium and that the nametag will remain unchanged even though the app will be a whole different beast inside and outside.

Screenshots of Microsoft’s Chromium-Based Edge Browser Leaked Online

Source: Screenshots of Microsoft’s Chromium-Based Edge Browser Leaked Online

AskBobRankin.com Explains “The Free Tax Filing Options for 2019”

The tax deadline is approaching; and, if you have procrastinated and have not filed your taxes yet, you may want to take a look at Bob Rankin’s rundown of the options available online to file your taxes, often for free (with such services as Turbotax, TaxAct, H&R Block, and FreeTaxUSA)

Be sure to read more on this at
AskBobRankin.com

Free tax filing software 2019

Free Tax Filing Options for 2019 – It’s tax time, but the good news is: about 70% of U.S. taxpayers can get free tax preparation and e-filing this year. The bad news is: you have to pick your online tax service very carefully. Here’s what you need to know…

Source: Free Tax Filing Options for 2019

‘OK Google’ will no longer fully unlock your phone | Engadget

Google has come up with a compromise to make its “OK Google” feature more secure. Rather than allow users to unlock their Android devices completely (a security risk), the Voice Match command will soon limit “OK Google” to open the Assistant interface on the lock screen. There, interactions will be limited to “personal results,” things like Google Calendar, email, reminders and shopping lists.

Source: ‘OK Google’ will no longer fully unlock your phone

Thinking of buying a new Chromebook but not sure which one to choose?

I love my Chromebook… As a matter of fact, I drafted this article using my Chromebook. If you are unfamiliar with Chromebooks, let me explain in simple terms. The Chromebook is not a Microsoft Windows OS-based laptop; instead, it is a Google Chrome OS-based laptop (or notebook). DO NOT let that scare you. If you have ever used the Google Chrome web browser, then using a Chrome OS-based laptop is super easy. As a matter of fact, I highly recommend Chromebooks for our Mom’s and Pop’s out there because of their ease of use, portability, low maintenance, built-in security, and affordability. Many of the schools have gone to these for the same reasons. Not only that; Google is on a mission to make Chromebooks a mainstay and work hard to upgrading and improving the operating system (to include Android apps and the ability to run Linux). Interested? Check out some of the Chromebooks at Amazon (CLICK HERE)

If you are considering purchasing a Chromebook and want to learn more, take a look at this recent article about “Chromebook Specs & Performance Comparison Chart (2019)” that provides a specs comparison table and buying guide to quickly see the differences between each model, and find the best Chromebook for your needs.

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Source: Zipso – Chromebook specs & performance comparison chart (2019)

Is Windows Defender sufficient protection for my computer?

I had this very question in mind as I was setting up a new computer, “Is Windows Defender sufficient protection for my computer?”. In the past, Microsoft’s antivirus (Window’s Defender) was low on the totem pole; however, I am now finding it may be a good choice (see source link below). I will probably layer my protection with Malwarebytes, but right now I am going to give Windows Defender a shot since it is already baked into Windows 10.

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Microsoft has invested a great deal of time and effort in improving Defender in recent years, though, and it’s clearly paying off, with Defender climbing the test rankings and now outperforming some big security names.

Source: Windows Defender review : Is this free antivirus good enough on its own? | TechRadar

If you are “Still Using Windows 7? Microsoft’s Next Update Is Critical” | PCMag

There are still many folks out there standing by Windows 7… If you are one of those people, it is important (actually critical) that you get the next Windows 7 update. Also, as a further note, support for Windows 7 is set to end on Jan 14. 2020

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If you want to continue receiving Windows updates, then the next Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 update is critical as it adds support for SHA-2 encryption. Without it, future updates can’t be downloaded.

Source: Still Using Windows 7? Microsoft’s Next Update Is Critical

Google is adding more options to the right-click context menu in Gmail.

 With these new options, you can take even more actions, directly from a message, in your inbox such as:

  • Reply to, or forward, an email in one click from the main page
  • Search for all emails from a sender
  • Search for all emails with the same subject (if conversation view is turned off)
  • Open multiple emails in multiple new windows at the same time
  • Easily add a label or move an email

Source: G Suite Updates Blog: Easily take action in Gmail with new right-click context menu options

Will the 5G networks change things as we know it?

Two Pieces Of Technology That Will Change The World Over The Next Decade

On 5G networks, our phones and networks will be more than 100-times faster than they are today. But it’s not just about speed. We’ll be able to aggregate, analyze and share data at lightning-fast speeds, giving us amazing new opportunities for improving our systems and streamlining our services. Transportation, labor, commerce, entertainment, medicine — no industry will remain untouched.

Read More @ Forbes

Here is what a Social Security scam sounds like…

 

It continues to be a growing scam: People pretend to be from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and try to get your Social Security number or your money. I encourage you to play the sound bite above to hear what this scam may sound like. On top of it all, the caller ID often shows the real SSA phone number (1-800-772-1213) when these scammers call – but they’re faking that number. It’s not the real SSA calling.

If you get calls like this, where threats and fear are in the mix, hang up. Best action to take when it comes to phone scams is simply do not answer the phone. If important enough the caller will leave a message; and even then, if after you review a message and you have doubt or suspicion, consult with someone about it. This is so bad that if you call the SSA to report the matter they have a pre-recorded message and warning and letting you know about these calls. If you get one of these calls, tell the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.

You can learn more at the source link below…

Source: This is what a Social Security scam sounds like | Consumer Information

The next big Windows 10 update is coming in April

It is important to know when major updates are going to transpire. As a former IT Manager, Windows Updates would make me cringe; knowing that a well-intended update could have negative consequences. Now that I don’t have that worry, on a grand scale, I still pay attention to the update schedule, even with my PC’s at home.

Windows 10 April 2019 Update: Everything You Need to Know | Digital Trends

Windows 10 updates are always free. You’ll be able to download the April 2019 via Windows Update at no charge once Microsoft determines it is compatible with your computer. Roll-outs of major Windows 10 updates are gradual to ensure the best quality experience, so you might not see it on your PC right away.

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Source: Windows 10 April 2019 Update: Everything You Need to Know | Digital Trends

Web Based Version of “Google Tasks” Is Eventually Going Away

I actually use the web-based version of Google Tasks via a browser extension; but apparently, I am one of the few… This news does not mean “Google Tasks” is going completely away. It will still be available via the Google Calendar, Gmail and Mobile version interfaces. The current web-based version is sort of dated and here is to hoping that Google comes up with a more modern standalone version.

Google is shutting down the classic Google Tasks web interface – gHacks Tech News

Google informs users who open Google Tasks using a web browser that the classic version is going away.

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Source: Google is shutting down the classic Google Tasks web interface – gHacks Tech News

As of January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer be providing support or security updates for Windows 7

Microsoft reveals pricing for Windows 7 Extended Security Updates

As of January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer be providing support or security updates for Windows 7 — apart from for those who are willing to pay for it. The company is offering up to three years of Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU), and pricing has just been revealed.

Source: Microsoft reveals pricing for Windows 7 Extended Security Updates

A Hearing Friday May Decide the Future of Net Neutrality | WIRED

Most people do not know what Net Neutrality is… Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers should treat all data equally and not discriminate or charge differently based on user, content, website, platform, application, type of equipment, or method of communication.

NET NEUTRALITY ADVOCATES are heading to court Friday for what may be their best chance to restore federal regulations banning broadband providers from blocking, throttling, or otherwise discriminating against lawful content.

Source: A Hearing Friday May Decide the Future of Net Neutrality | WIRED

What Is 5G? | PCMag.com

You are probably hearing about all of the hoopla about 5G. Many of you know that it mean’s something faster; but, how fast. This article by PCMag sums it up.

AT&T, Verizon, and other carriers will start to launch 5G networks this year. But what exactly is 5G, and how fast is it compared with 4G? Here are the facts we know so far.

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Source: What Is 5G? | PCMag.com

US gov issues emergency directive after wave of domain hijacking attacks | Naked Security

Hmmm… Is the Government Shutdown affecting National Security? This directive may indicate that (see source link below to learn more about this).

What is domain hijacking?

Domain hijacking has been a persistent issue in the commercial world for years, a prime example of which would be the attack that disrupted parts of Craigslist in November 2014. In that incident, as in every successful every domain hijacking attack, the attackers took over the account used to manage the domains at the registrar, in this case, Network Solutions. The objective is to change the records so that instead of pointing to the IP address of the correct website it sends visitors to one controlled by the attackers. This change could have been made using impersonation to persuade the registrar to change the domain settings or by stealing the admin credentials used to manage these remotely. It’s a potent attack – web users think they’re visiting the correct website because they’ve typed the correct domain in their address bar and have no reason to doubt where they end up. For attackers, it’s the perfect crime that avoids the much harder job of having to take over the real website.

Source: US gov issues emergency directive after wave of domain hijacking attacks – Naked Security

Great News, “Google Voice VoIP calls will be live for everyone by next week”

This is great news where Google Voice will “truly” allow you to make VoIP calls…

There’s an important distinction to keep in mind here. Google Voice hasn’t had VoIP calls before; although it had many VoIP-like capabilities, Voice has always worked over a traditional phone line connection. When you get the update, you’ll be able to place calls on your Voice number via a mobile data or WiFi connection.

Source: Google Voice VoIP calls will be live for everyone by next week

BE AWARE that “Unlimited video storage at Google Photos has a catch” – Android Authority

If you are posting videos on Google Photos that have a file format that is not listed below; then, the file size will count against your online storage total. Video file sizes can add up quickly.

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If you use Google Photos to store video files, you likely are happy you have unlimited space (with some compression). However, there’s a new limitation to this unlimited storage.

The new policy took effect on December 6, 2018.

The supported video file formats are: .mpg, .mod, .mmv, .tod, .wmv, .asf, .avi, .divx, .mov, .m4v, .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .m2t, .m2ts, .mts, and .mkv.

Source: Unlimited video storage at Google Photos has a catch – Android Authority

Did you know that “Many teens are using a secret text language that parents know nothing about…”

If you have teens I encourage you to follow the source link below to learn more about the “current” coding used by our kids when texting, video chatting and using social media. What does it all mean? You may be shocked! I listed some samples below…

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SAMPLES

WTTP: Want to trade photos
MOS: Mom over the shoulder
GNOC: Get naked on camera.

Source: Many teens are using a secret text language that parents know nothing about

IMPORTANT: Posting your kid’s photo to Facebook? Maybe think twice.

Technology and Facebook can be wonderful things; however, as technology continues to advance (such as facial recognition), we cannot foresee how this technology can be used in a way that can ultimately compromise our being for financial gain, or ill intent. In all my years as a tech guru, I have seen the good that technology has benefited us; but, there will always be that element of evil that will take technology advancement and use it against us. I encourage you to read this article about posting our kids on Facebook or any social network for that matter and how this ultimately profiles them in a way (as they develop) and how this could be used in the future.

In other words, it’s possible that your precious child’s face is already being studied and analyzed by Facebook in its efforts to build better facial recognition algorithms. What those algorithms could be used for in the future is anyone’s guess, as even Facebook won’t confirm they will just stick to suggested photo tags.

Source: Posting your kid’s photo to Facebook? Maybe think twice.

Here are “15 Best Free Alarm Clock App For Android In 2018”

One of the (many) uses for your smartphone is turning it into an alarm clock. The alarm clock apps in this article (see source link below) are all very good…

Best Free Alarm Clock App For Android 2018

Of course, there are many apps with these functions, as you just have to search for them. But we have searched for you and here we leave you our recommendations regarding this topic. Hence, today in this article we will present our selection of the best Android alarm clocks.

Source: 15 Best Free Alarm Clock App For Android In 2018

How to check if you have a Google+ account — and delete it | by INSIDER

Google is shutting down Google+. If you have a Google+ account, I highly recommend you delete it. Steps to delete the account can be found by clicking on the source link below…

After a Wall Street Journal report revealed that Google accidentally exposed personal information of hundreds of thousands of Google+ users, you might be thinking about deleting your account before the social network formally shuts down. We’ve got you covered.

Source: How to check if you have a Google+ account — and delete it – INSIDER

Google+ to shut down after security bug – CNN

In a blog post, the company admitted Google+ had failed to achieve “broad consumer or developer adoption” since it launched as a would-be Facebook rival in 2011. However, the announcement came moments after The Wall Street Journal reported Google had opted not to disclose a bug affecting hundreds of thousands of Google+ users at least in part to avoid additional regulatory scrutiny.

Source: Google reportedly hid Google+ security bug – CNN

Get ’em while they are FREE: 39 temporarily free and 86 on-sale apps and games to start the week

Sample below… My favorite is the Voice Recorder Pro… Get ’em while they are FREE… Visit the source link below to see more at the Android Police.


  1. Night Light Pro: Blue Light Filter, Night Mode $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 9 hours
  2. Secure Note $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 9 hours
  3. Harley OEM Parts Stream App $5.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
  4. Step By Step Shoe Lacing Guide Pro $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 1 day
  5. Ekveer Dictionary $13.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
  6. Running Calculator: Pace, Predictions, Race Splits $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
  7. B-MAN: Sound Recorder $1.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
  8. Home Workouts Gym Pro (No ad) $2.59 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
  9. Timestamp – GPS Camera PRO $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 4 days
  10. Private Browser Pro incognito anonymous browsing $2.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
  11. NoteLynX Pro Outliner Mindmap Wiki $2.99 -> $1.99; Sale ends in 5 days
  12. Voice Recorder Pro $3.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
  13. voice recorder pro $3.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
  14. Formula Solver $1.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
  15. QR/Barcode Scanner Pro $1.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days


Source: 39 temporarily free and 86 on-sale apps and games to start the week

Scam Alert: Don’t Fall For This Facebook ‘Friend Request From You’ Message | by Putnam Daily Voice

Been receiving messages from my Facebook friends that they received another friend request from me and noticed others have been receiving this as well.  Did some research on this and found that this is all BOGUS. Just stop doing it and disregard those messages…  You can read more on this by clicking on the source link below or Google it (numerous sources out there on this matter).

You can stop forwarding that latest warning from your Facebook friends about your account being cloned. You weren’t. It’s bogus. And you’re just making it worse. It starts out:

“Hi….I actually got another friend request from you yesterday…which I ignored so you may want to check your account…” Then it tells you to “hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears…then hit forward….” Your account isn’t sending duplicate friend requests. And you didn’t receive a request from the person you’re forwarding it to.

Source: Scam Alert: Don’t Fall For This Facebook ‘Friend Request From You’ Message | Putnam Daily Voice

Windows 10 October update delete your files? This tool might recover them | by ZDNet

I don’t like the idea of these updates (major updates) causing issues. Here is an option, as suggested by ZDNet, to recover files in the event you encounter this issue.

For some unknown reason, moving up to Windows 10 version 1809 may delete all the files in user folders. The folders remain, but the files within them are gone, leaving users in potentially a worse pickle than ransomware victims experience. However, there is a chance that early Windows 10 upgraders who encountered this problem might be able to recover lost files by using the free version of Avast-owned Recuva recovery software.

Source: Windows 10 October update delete your files? This tool might recover them | ZDNet

What is up with the huge Calculator in Windows 10, Microsoft? | gHacks Tech News

Those who use the Calculator regularly may have been shocked by the giant size of the Calculator in the new version of Windows 10. The calculator takes up most of the screen when launched initially. The screenshot below shows it right after launch on a 1920×1080 monitor on a PC running Windows 10 version 1809.

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Source: What is up with the huge Calculator in Windows 10, Microsoft? – gHacks Tech News

Black Friday 2018 and Cyber Monday 2018: When and where to get the best deals | by ZDNet

WHEN IS BLACK FRIDAY?

Nov. 23, 2018: As always, Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving, but that hasn’t stopped retailers from using turkey day to get a head start on the festivities (though not without a backlash from some stores and shoppers).

WHEN IS CYBER MONDAY?

Nov. 26, 2018: While Cyber Monday was created as a way for e-tailers to grab a share of the action physical stores got on Black Friday, it’s lost some luster as those same companies not only started offering Black Friday deals on their websites, but also extended their cyber sales over several days, if not weeks.

Source: Black Friday 2018 and Cyber Monday 2018: When and where to get the best deals | ZDNet

The Best Android Apps for Chromebook – Make Tech Easier

I love my Chromebook and always on the hunt for good Android apps that will run on it. Here is a good “recent” listing that I can vouch for being good apps that will run perfectly on your Chromebook (that supports the Android platform.

Chrome OS now comes with support for Android apps, but which Android apps for Chromebook should you use? Here are some of the best apps you should use.

Source: The Best Android Apps for Chromebook – Make Tech Easier

Didn’t Know This, But Google Released A Few Enhancements to Google Sites (back in Aug 2018)

What is Google Sites? Google Sites is a FREE and EASY way to create a personalized website; whether for private purposes or to post for everyone in the world to see. If you have a Google Account (or Gmail Account), you are good to go. Simply visit Google Sites to start working on your own website.

To read more about the enhancements, click on the source link below.

Screenshot of new Google Site, with section layouts and button option shown on right, and an embedded Google Form on the Google Site page (to the left).

Google released a few enhancements to Google Sites in August 2018

Source: How to take advantage of Google Sites updates to page layout, navigation, and forms – TechRepublic

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