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  • Vanity: Help! Google Chrome takes 10 minutes to open on Windows 10.

    09/01/2015 11:15:44 AM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 55 replies
    Self ^ | 9/1/15 | Self
    Every morning, I fire up my home computer (downloaded Windows 10 last week) and when I go to my Google Chrome icon, it takes me exactly 10 minutes for the Google main page to pop up on my screen. I like Google Chrome because I have GooglePlus and GMail, but it seems that Windows 10 is not supporting it because they want users to jump to Microsoft Edge (their browser) instead. What can I do to correct this? Should I uninstall and then install Google Chrome again? This delay is very frustrating.
  • Windows 10 EULA Questions

    09/01/2015 10:29:46 AM PDT · by econjack · 42 replies
    email ^ | August 31, 2015 | N/A
    According to a email today: The End User License Agreement (EULA) for Windows 10...is problematic and the opt-out does not ever allow you to fully opt-out. If I understand correctly, they explicitly tell you that they will take your:contacts, WIFI passwords, and content of your files and sell them, at their discretion to others, and will use the info for targeted marketing on your computer. Or any other use they may feel is appropriate as the future unfolds. I have not downloaded Win 10, so I don't know. Has anyone else read the EULA closely to render an opinion?
  • Apple's next pursuit: Its own original programming a la Netflix?

    09/01/2015 7:51:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 09/01/2015 | By Brian Stelter
    Is Apple about to enter the world of original programming, and if so, what sort of programming is it pursuing? Those questions are swirling in media circles after a Monday night report from Variety, a Hollywood news fixture, that Apple (AAPL, Tech30) is exploring such a move. One thing is for certain: Apple executives are reaching out to high-level entertainment industry types for confidential talks. An executive familiar with the outreach to Hollywood said Apple is assessing whether it should start to bankroll original TV shows and movies. This would put Apple into close competition with streaming services like Netflix...
  • Malware swipes 225,000 Apple accounts

    09/01/2015 6:06:29 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 4 replies
    Engadget ^ | 8/31/15 | Jon Fingas
    Jailbreaking an iPhone gives you the freedom to run the apps and interfaces you want (rather than those allowed by Apple), but it also carries some inherent risks -- you're giving apps much more control over your phone. And unfortunately, some of these users are discovering this the hard way. Researchers have discovered a strain of iOS malware, nicknamed KeyRaider, that has stolen over 225,000 Apple IDs from jailbroken devices. The software takes advantage of Chinese app repositories that let people directly upload and share their own titles. If you happen to download the code, it'll either scoop up your...
  • Intelligent robot tells interviewer, ‘I’ll keep you safe in my people zoo’

    08/31/2015 4:10:53 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 53 replies
    Metro ^ | 08/31/15 | Rob WaughRob Waugh
    An ‘intelligent’ robot offered a truly chilling answer to an interviewer’s question, ‘Will robots take over the world?’ ‘Don’t worry, even if I evolve into Terminator, I’ll keep you warm and safe in my people zoo, where I can watch you for ol’ times sake,’ the bearded robot intoned. His interviewer, from PBS, is visibly taken aback by the answer. The robot – modelled after Philip K Dick, the novelist whose work inspired Blade Runner – uttered the terrifying words in an interview with PBS in 2011, in response to the question, ‘Will robots take over the world?. The robot...
  • A Life in Games

    08/31/2015 3:18:21 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 1 replies
    Quanta Magazine ^ | 8/28/15 | Siobhan Roberts
    A Life in Games John Horton Conway claims to have never worked a day in his life. This adaptation from the biography Genius at Play shows how serious advances such as the surreal numbers can spring out of fun and games. Princeton University, Office of Communications, Denise ApplewhiteJohn Horton Conway at Princeton University in 2009. By: Siobhan RobertsAugust 28, 2015 Comments (6) Gnawing on his left index finger with his chipped old British teeth, temporal veins bulging and brow pensively squinched beneath the day-before-yesterday’s hair, the mathematician John Horton Conway unapologetically whiles away his hours tinkering and thinkering — which...
  • This Robot Chef Will Skillfully Flip Your Pancakes by , 1:33p @BrennaHouck

    08/31/2015 1:23:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Eater ^ | Aug 30, 2015 | Brenna Houck
    Plus, a robot bartender is slingin' cocktails in Germany. The human race's pancake flipping days could soon be over. MIT Technology Review reports that RobotHow — a European robotics research project focused on teaching robots to understand language — has developed a robot chef capable of using instructions to complete complex tasks like flipping pancakes and making pizza. While things like flipping a pancake might seem simple, for robots it's a challenge to determine how much force and what exact motion is required to complete the action, writes Quartz. The robot called PR2 learns tasks by following instructions on wikiHow....
  • Amazon and Microsoft just scored a huge $100 million cloud deal that can't be making IBM too happy

    08/31/2015 12:19:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/31/2015 | Julie Bort
    Amazon and Microsoft are quickly becoming the king and queen of cloud computing. Here's another case in point: the two of them just won a huge contract with the FAA, led by IT consultant CSC. This contract will consolidate the FCC's data centers, moving data to both Amazon's cloud Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft's cloud, Azure. CSC says the contract is worth $108 million out of the gate, and because its a long-term contract, could be worth as much as $1 billion over the next 10 years. The FAA isn't getting rid of its data centers altogether to run...
  • John Sculley: 'Steve Jobs was misrepresented in popular culture'

    08/31/2015 11:58:02 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | August 31, 2015 | By Rhiannon Williams
    Exclusive: The former Apple chief executive on Steve Jobs, the greatest current technology leaders and why Aaron Sorkin’s Jobs biopic will tell the truth about his and Jobs’ “amazing relationship” Steve Jobs (L) and John Sculley, pictured in 1983 Photo: CAP/NFS It goes without saying that Steve Jobs is perhaps the most famous business leader of the century, if not of all time. The late co-founder of Apple has become a deified figure since his death in 2011 aged 56 from pancreatic cancer, with each new product launch incurring a rash of ‘What Would Steve Do?’ think pieces and endless...
  • Google's Android Wear gains compatibility with Apple's iPhone

    08/31/2015 11:29:54 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 4 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | Monday, August 31, 2015, 08:53 am PT | By Neil Hughes
    Google on Monday announced Android Wear for iPhone, bringing support for the search giant's wearable device platform, as well as select devices, to Apple's best selling handset. The new Android Wear for iOS will also bring Google into even more direct competition with the Apple Watch. Android Wear devices have been on the market for about a year longer than Apple's first-generation wearable, but thus far the Android Wear platform has failed to gain much traction. Google's hoping that support for iOS will change that. Compatibility with Android Wear is available on the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone...
  • Is Windows 10 already an enterprise success? 1.5 mn installations in a month and 75 M devices say so

    08/31/2015 11:29:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    FIRST POST BUSINESS ^ | 08/31/2015 | Arti Singh
    Less than a month after rollout of Windows 10, Microsoft has shared that its new operating system had already been installed on 75 million devices. And, interestingly nearly 1.5 million of those systems are running Windows 10 Enterprise. The company, however, didn't disclose the scale and size of enterprise customers, but said "some of them are rolling out hundreds of machines in some very large pilots." Also, it's not clear how many Indian organisations have deployed Windows 10 Enterprise edition. According to analysts, firms here will adopt 'wait-and-watch' strategy. "Many Indian organisations have recently moved from XP to Windows 7...
  • Here are the signs that point to Apple's next big innovation in computing

    08/31/2015 8:10:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/31/2015 | Lisa Eadicicco
    Apple could be working on its own augmented-reality technology, which would be a first for the company, according to Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster. Apple usually focuses on mainstream consumer products such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops. Munster has picked up on a few clues within the industry that indicate Apple could be working on some type of augmented reality device. For example, the company acquired a German augmented reality startup called Metaio earlier this year, which was reported back in May. Munster notes that Metaio owns 171 worldwide patents related to augmented reality technology, which would put Apple in 11th...
  • Is Linux Right For You?

    08/31/2015 6:37:23 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 33 replies
    Datamation ^ | 24 August 2015 | Matt Hartley
    I enjoy using Linux on the desktop. Not because of software politics or because I despise other operating systems. I simply like Linux because it just works.It's been my experience that not everyone is cut out for the Linux lifestyle. In this article, I'll help you run through the pros and cons of making the switch to Linux so you can determine if switching is right for you.When to make the switch Switching to Linux makes sense when there is a decisive reason to do so. The same can be said about moving from Windows to OS X or vice...
  • Apple’s Ad Blockers Rile Publishers

    08/30/2015 10:17:08 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 31 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 30, 2015 6:47 p.m. ET | By DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI and JACK MARSHALL
    New iOS lets users halt ads on mobile devices, posing a challenge to publishers and Google Apple Inc.’s move to make it easier to block ads on iPhones and iPads is troubling publishers and heightening tensions with its Silicon Valley neighbors. The next version of Apple’s mobile-operating system, due out as early as next month, will let users install apps that prevent ads from appearing in its Safari browser. Putting such “ad blockers” within reach of hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users threatens to disrupt the $70 billion annual mobile-marketing business, where many publishers and tech firms hope...
  • TECH HELP PLEASE: Why is my windows 7 Dell laptop suddenly shutting down for no reason

    08/30/2015 11:13:31 AM PDT · by Maceman · 77 replies
    Back in May or June, after my Dell Laptop crashed and a month of tech support from Dell proved ineffective, they they sent me a new (i.e. refurbished) E6540 laptop (running Windows 7) which I've had for about two months now. All of a sudden, today for the first time, the E6540 has started shutting down randomly for no reason. When I start it up again, it gives me the message about having shut down incorrectly and an option to run Windows in safe mode. This has happened a few times today. I'm running Microsoft Security Essentials, which says the...
  • Big Basin Redwoods State Park Trails Coming to Google Maps

    08/30/2015 10:20:12 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 08/28/15 | Samantha Clark
    Hikers in Big Basin Redwoods State Park are sharing the trails this week with volunteers wearing 40 pounds of Google mapping equipment on their backs. With 15 cameras fitted on a metal sphere reaching above their heads, a team from Sempervirens Fund, a nonprofit land-preservation group based in Los Altos, is traversing the park while capturing 360-degree panoramas stitched together. And in a few months, you will be able to explore Big Basin from the comfort of your own browser on Google Map’s Street View feature. The high-tech imagery is part of an effort by Sempervirens Fund to draw more...
  • I'm a Woman and I Used Ashley Madison: An Alabama Wife's Story

    08/29/2015 11:37:09 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 58 replies
    Lisa – not her real name – said she met her first husband when she was a 21-year-old college student. She thought he was funny and driven and when he proposed, she believed she was making a "mature decision by marrying for the right reasons." Those good feelings didn't last long. "By our second anniversary, I was 23 years old and we had completely stopped having sex. My husband was deeply depressed and no matter how hard I tried to fix him, he wasn't getting better, and he wasn't showing any signs of desire or intimacy. Even though I knew...
  • Outlook font help

    08/28/2015 7:46:58 AM PDT · by pabianice · 12 replies
    8/28/15
    I am using Outlook as part of Office 2003. When I open a new email page, the font automatically sets to Arial 10. How can I change this to open in another font and size? Thanks.
  • At 24, Linux Has Come Out of the Basement

    08/28/2015 6:41:30 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 38 replies
    Linux Insider ^ | 26 August 2015 | Jack M. Germain
    Linux is a very functional operating system. It "led to the collapse of the infrastructure decision debates of many IT shops," said Guy Smith, chief strategist for Silicon Strategies Marketing. "Before Linux, long-term choices concerning the OS, database, development language, and more divided IT shops -- and the resulting incompatibilities led to dysfunctional applications."    Happy Birthday, Linux Project -- this week you turned 24.The Linux OS has grown up everywhere. Its code and the open source model are found worldwide. People often use linux without knowing it -- when they search on Google, buy metro tickets or surf the Web....
  • Data Suggests That the Men of Ashley Madison Were Chatting With Fake Women

    08/27/2015 10:33:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | August 27, 2015 | Dayna Evans
    The Ashley Madison leak, which has since revealed hacked information on everyone from marriage evangelist Josh Duggar, to family evangelist Sam Rader, to athletes, universities, and media companies had another interesting detail come to the surface yesterday. Gizmodo editor-in-chief Annalee Newitz published a long survey on the women of Ashley Madison that suggests very few of the female accounts on the site were held by real women. Newitz discovered that the second-most-popular IP address in the leak looped back to a "home" IP address that likely originated at Ashley Madison. This corroborated her discovery that many of the female test...
  • The Raspberry Pi is succeeding in ways its makers almost imagined

    08/27/2015 6:49:38 PM PDT · by markomalley · 41 replies
    The Register ^ | 8/27/15 | Mark Pesce
    “Grandpa is getting pretty old. Out there all alone on that farm, he has no one to look in on him, just to see if he’s ok. He’ll use the landline, but he’s beyond of the range of mobile, and he’s never been really great with computers. No Skype or emails. Grandpa does have internet. So I built this for him.”The girl points down to a small box with a few wires coming out. “I can bring up a web browser, and take photos inside grandpa’s house. Has he moved his coffee cup today? Is the telly on? At least...
  • LEAKED: BuzzFeed Tries to Defend Planned Parenthood. Caught in Blatant Lies...

    08/27/2015 2:31:04 PM PDT · by StevenCrowder · 4 replies
    LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 08/27/2015 | Steven Crowder
    NOTE: The leaked emails are screen-grabbed with personal info blurred out for safety. Since they are JPEGs they can be seen at the link but weren't included here. If you get your news exclusively from BuzzFeed, then today is the first day you've even heard of the Center for Medical Progresses's Planned Parenthood sting videos. Why? Because Planned Parenthood hired someone to try and prove the sting videos were faked in an attempt to discredit CMP. And that's what BuzzFeed reported: image1 First of all, are you sh***ing me? Secondly, this is pure evil. BuzzFeed has taken sides and is...
  • Believing Failed Industry Analysis

    08/27/2015 12:36:52 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 16 replies
    TechNightOwl ^ | August 27th, 2015 | Gene Steinberg
    If you can believe what some industry analysts have been saying, Apple should now be playing third fiddle in the smartphone wars. Android and Windows Phone would be ahead of iOS. Apple would, I suppose, be destined to fall back into niche status. Have you looked at the Windows Phone and BlackBerry market shares lately? Have you noticed how Microsoft is quickly unraveling the failed Nokia handset division purchase? Have you noticed how thousands of brand new Microsoft employees are being consigned to the unemployment lines? So do you believe those predictions? There’s one more. IDC, part of IDG, which...
  • Apple announces Sept. 9 event for 'iPhone 6s,' updated Apple TV at massive new venue

    08/27/2015 11:57:12 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 60 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | Thursday, August 27, 2015 | By Neil Hughes
    Apple on Thursday sent out invitations to members of the media, making official its anticipated Sept. 9 event at San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. It's expected to showcase not only a next-generation "iPhone 6s" handset, but also a new Siri-enabled Apple TV set-top box. via CNBC. This year's event comes with the tagline "Hey Siri, give us a hint," likely alluding to the voice input expected to be a part of this year's revamped Apple TV. The new set-top box is also widely anticipated to feature a redesigned controller with touchpad, as well as a dedicated App Store for...
  • CPU Cooler Contact Pad

    08/27/2015 9:25:51 AM PDT · by Bob434 · 62 replies
    Just a quick question to all computer gurus- I have an old Pentium 4 2200, and have to replace the cpu cooler/fan, so I ordered one that is supposed to work with socket 478, but the contact pad that came with it is much smaller than the one that came with the computer's cpu cooler which needs replacing- Can I simply grease the new pad and install it? or will I need to purchase new larger pad?
  • The top ten most unexpected words added to the online Oxford dictionary

    08/27/2015 4:07:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/27/15 | Lucy Clarke-Billings
    The online Oxford dictionary has added 1,000 new words to its database. The latest additions have been announced, highlighting the things British people have been talking about in the summer of 2015, such as inconsiderate commuters, solidified waste and unacceptable service charges. Here are ten of the most unexpected words on the list: manspreading (noun): the practice whereby a man, especially one travelling on public transport, adopts a sitting position with his legs wide apart, in such a way as to encroach on an adjacent seat or seat awesomesauce (adjective): extremely good; excellent bants (noun): playfully teasing or mocking remarks...
  • Need Help with Opera Spell Checking

    08/26/2015 5:39:35 PM PDT · by Bigg Red · 20 replies
    My lame abilities ^ | 26 August 2015 | self
    When I compose a comment here or on Facebook, the spelling check function underlines every single word in red. Problem began about 1 week ago and occurs only when I am using Opera. I went to the Opera settings, but I could not find a way to correct this. Sorry, I am not tech savvy, and I would appreciate advice from someone who is.
  • TSMC wins Spy Case against a Former Employee who gave Secrets to Samsung

    08/26/2015 1:36:57 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 1 replies
    Patently Apple ^ | August 26, 2015
    TSMC wins Spy Case against a Former Employee who gave Secrets to Samsung that helped Win Apple's Chip Business (full title) In February we posted a detailed report titled "TSMC Sues Former Employee for Giving Samsung Trade Secrets". The report was about TSMC suing a former employee by the name of Liang Mong-song for giving away their crown jewels to Samsung. With TSMC and Samsung fighting it out for Apple's business every year, this story was an interesting one being that Samsung came out the winner with Apple, of all companies, rewarding Samsung unknowingly. Dick Thurston, former chief counsel for...
  • Former Game of War Dev Arrested for Allegedly Stealing Trade Secrets

    08/26/2015 9:33:05 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    GameSpot ^ | on August 26, 2015 | by Eddie Makuch
    42-year-old Jing Zeng was detained by FBI agents on August 20 as he attempted to board a plane for Beijing, China, according to federal documents obtained by the publication. Zeng is accused of stealing data from a computer at developer Machine Zone; the information he attempted to make off with reportedly pertained to in-game player behavior, including details about how players spend money--but not actual source code. Still, this type of information would theoretically be very valuable, given how big and successful Game of War is.
  • Which Smartphone Charges the Fastest? [Chart]

    08/26/2015 3:54:21 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 31 replies
    Iclarified ^ | August 25, 2015
    An analysis of smartphone charging times comparing the Apple iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S6, LG G4, Motorola Droid Turbo, Google Nexus 6, Asus Zenfone 2, and HTC OnePlus 2 has been published by Tom's Guide. Here's how the tests were performed: To test each handset, we ran it down until it was powered off. Then, we charged each device back up to 5 percent. This put all of the phones on an even playing field, as some don't power down until the battery is completely dead and others cut out when there's still 3 percent or more battery remaining. Once...
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5 faces stylus issue

    08/25/2015 8:29:18 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 66 replies
    BBC News ^ | August 25, 2015
    The Note 5 stylus has been causing problems for some users Some early adopters of a new Samsung phone have said the device's stylus suffers from a design flaw.The S-Pen stylus for Galaxy Note 5 models can be stored within the body of the phone, but when inserted upside down it appears to snag on an internal mechanism.Users have reported that when the stylus is then forcibly removed it can damage the S-Pen, the Note 5, or both. Samsung said users should follow the instruction manual.The stylus should be inserted by the pointed end first and is designed to fit...
  • Best Buy deepens links to Apple, says watch has been a smash hit

    08/25/2015 1:49:15 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 27 replies
    Fortune ^ | August 25, 2015 | by Phil Wahba
    Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly said Apple Watch is off to a strong start and announced steps to deepen the tech giant’s presence in the retailer’s stores. Best Buy continued its remarkable turnaround last quarter, with a big assist from Apple. The largest U.S. electronics retailer reported a rise in domestic comparable sales of 3.8% for the second quarter, well ahead of Wall Street’s expectations, and posted a better than expected profit. While Best Buy has helped its cause by cutting costs and adding floor space to growing categories like smart homes, home theaters, and shops-within-a-shop for top brands, it...
  • Microsoft's Cortana virtual assistant officially launches for Android (Beta release)

    08/24/2015 8:14:05 PM PDT · by dayglored · 26 replies
    IBN Live ^ | Aug 25, 2015 | (none)
    Android users will now be able to use Microsoft’s digital assistant on their devices. After announcing in May, software giant Microsoft has officially rolled out the beta version of its voice-based assistant Cortana to Google’s popular platform. The Cortana app on Android will basically extend the digital assistant’s functionality across any device you carry and will do most of the things it does on your PC or Windows Phone. It will now allow Android users to easily search the web on-the-go, track flight details, set reminders, and also complete tasks across all the devices. You can now change the home...
  • Computer Security Company Founder John McAfee: Ashley Madison hack was an 'inside job'

    08/24/2015 5:23:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/24/2015 | Matt Smith, Digital Trends
    John McAfee may no longer be associated with the famous security company he founded, but he still writes about and consults on the topic, and he now claims to know the Ashley Madison “hack” was, in fact, data stolen by a “lone female who worked for Avid Life Media.” His argument relies on two separate bits of evidence. First, McAfee says the files found in the leaked database contain some peculiarities that he wouldn’t expect a hacker to normally access. “The data contains actual MySQL database dumps,” he says, adding “this is not just someone copying a table and making...
  • Most Apple devices lack proper security for the enterprise

    08/24/2015 5:05:14 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 49 replies
    CIO Magazine ^ | Aug 24, 2015 7:00 AM PT | By Matt Kapko
    Apple's Macs, iPhones and iPads are common in the modern workplace, but relatively few of these devices comply with standard security requirements, according to a new survey. Nearly half of all U.S. employees use at least one Apple device at work, but most of those gadgets lack common security protocols required by many enterprises, according to a new survey commissioned by Centrify, a company that sells enterprise security and management software for Apple products.Last month, Centrify asked 1,004 business professionals about how they use computers and smartphones in the workplace. Respondents used a total of 1,309 Apple devices at work,...
  • John McAfee: Ashley Madison Database Stolen by Lone Female Who Worked for Avid Life Media

    08/24/2015 1:34:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    International Business Times ^ | August 24, 2015 | John McAfee
    Yes, it is true. Ashley Madison was not hacked - the data was stolen by a woman operating on her own who worked for Avid Life Media. The reason that I am so late to the second act of the Ashley Madison affair is that, without a supercomputer, it has taken over a week to finish the analysis of the massive data dumps that the perpetrator has so generously provided us with. A hacker is someone who uses a combination of high-tech cybertools and social engineering to gain illicit access to someone else's data. But this job was done by...
  • Apple announces iSight Camera Replacement Program for iPhone 6 Plus

    08/24/2015 1:24:53 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | August 24, 2015
    Apple has determined that, in a small percentage of iPhone 6 Plus devices, the iSight camera located on the back of your iPhone 6 Plus has a component that may fail causing your photos to look blurry. The affected units fall into a limited serial number range and were sold primarily between September 2014 and January 2015. If your iPhone 6 Plus is producing blurry photos and falls into the eligible serial number range, Apple will replace your device’s iSight camera, free of charge. If your iPhone 6 Plus is in working order and exhibits the symptom described above, use...
  • Směrť Špionam! BAN Windows 10, it SPIES too much, exclaim Russians

    08/24/2015 11:02:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    The Register ^ | 8/24/15 | John Leyden
    Russian lawyers have filed a complaint calling for an outright ban – or at least tight restrictions – over the sale of Windows 10 in Russia.The complaint to the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office argues that Windows 10 collects user information in a way that violates Russian laws. Moscow-based Bubnov and Partners contended that the collection of passwords, location data, typed texts and browsing history and the uploading of the information to Microsoft’s cloud violate Russian privacy legislation. A Communist Party deputy in the Russian Duma (parliament), Vadim Solovyov, also called for the Prosecutor General’s Office to review Microsoft’s technology, over...
  • High-heeled hacker builds pen-test kit into skyscraper shoes

    08/24/2015 4:12:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    The Register ^ | 8/24/15 | Darren Pauli
    Mildly nsfw A Chinese hardware hacker has built a penetration testing toolkit built into high-heeled shoes. The WiFi-popping platforms were forged in a 3D printer and contain spacing so that hacking hardware can be hidden to bypass strict security checks in place at datacentres and the like and later retrieved.The hacker and pen-tester, who goes by the handle "SexyCyborg", showcases the heels she dubs Wu Ying shoes, named after the famed "shadowless kick" that Chinese folk hero Wong Fei Hung used to distract opponents.The hacker showcased the shoes in a post (somewhat NFSW) showing how a router, backup battery, and...
  • Vanity - WD Passport drive not compatible with Windows 10

    08/23/2015 7:17:44 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 47 replies
    I had to go back to W8.1 tonight because my passport drive was not compatible with W10. Unless I am doing something wrong. I check the WD website and it said it was not compatible. Has anyone else experienced this?
  • Windows 95 turns 20 (Tomorrow Aug 24)

    08/23/2015 8:32:43 AM PDT · by dayglored · 35 replies
    Tech Central ^ | Aug 23, 2015 | Jonathan Roberts
    The arrival of Microsoft Windows 95 on 24 August 1995 brought about a desktop PC boom. With an easier and more intuitive graphical user interface than previous versions, it appealed to more than just business, and Bill Gates’s stated aim of one PC per person per desk was set in motion. This was a time of 320MB hard drives, 8MB of RAM and 15-inch CRT monitors. For most home users, the Internet had only just arrived. Windows 95 introduced the Start menu, powered by a button in the bottom-left corner of the desktop. This gives a central point of entry...
  • Apple is sued over their 2-Step Apple ID Verification System

    08/23/2015 12:09:08 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 12 replies
    Patently Apple ^ | August 22, 2015 | Patently Apple Staff
    A Nevada based company is suing Apple for patent infringement. The company alleges that Apple's 2-step Apple ID verification system/process violates their patent. Verify Smart Corp. alleges that Apple makes, uses, tests, markets and sells or otherwise provides a system and method for enabling a user to authenticate their identity when initiating an electronic transaction, using a one-time pass-code sent to the user's mobile phone (hereinafter "Apple two-step verification"). They further claim that Apple's two-step verification system is designed to enable secure transactions for their customers. Verify alleges, that Apple's two-step verification infringes claims 2 and 5 of their...
  • Don't Be Apple

    08/22/2015 10:43:19 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 54 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | August 22, 2015 | Jon Evans
    There is so much to admire about Apple. They make superb, beautiful products. Their amazing comeback story is unparalleled in corporate history. Steve Jobs has become something akin to a modern-day patron saint of the tech industry. Tim Cook is, rightly, enormously respected.So why do I think they represent so much of what’s wrong with the tech world?It’s because they have, I think, an almost Shakespearean tragic flaw: their obsession with centralized corporate control of the devices they sell. Apple sells fantastic hardware, and excellent software … and tries to maintain an iron-fisted grip on both, throughout their lifespan. Even...
  • No Room For User On Device

    08/22/2015 5:11:46 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 38 replies
    Wayback Machine ^ | 04/18/98 | Jim Robinson
    OLLLLD Free Republic thread...
  • Photo From Phone to Freepers

    08/22/2015 10:13:43 AM PDT · by fella · 39 replies
    Vanity | 22 Aug 2015 | Fella
    How do I take a photo from my Android phone and post it to a thread on FReepers?
  • Windows 10 churning through data, blowing up usage caps

    08/22/2015 2:30:01 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 67 replies
    ZD-Net ^ | August 21, 2015 | By Zack Whittaker
    Data caps on internet bandwidth might make some users think twice about downloading patches, which often include security updates. For some Windows 10 users, the problems keep coming. Just shy of a month since Windows 10 was released to millions of users through a staggered upgrade, many have found they've run out of bandwidth already. That's because their internet provider sets the amount its customers can download in a monthly billing cycle. In many parts of the US, the "cap" is in the low hundreds of gigabytes, like for AT&T and Comcast customers, as well as those using mid-sized providers....
  • Real Life First Person Shooter - Behind the Scenes

    08/21/2015 7:53:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    youtube.com ^ | Aug 20, 2015 | RealmPictures
    We created a live action first-person zombie shooter in our garden - then invited unsuspecting people on chatroulette, omegle and skype to take control... ...and this is how we did it Many thanks to all involved!
  • Have You Ever Googled (or any search engine) the day you were born?

    08/20/2015 7:18:20 PM PDT · by jy8z · 73 replies
    Very interesting! Pure Vanity thread.
  • Google ordered to remove links to ‘right to be forgotten’ removal stories

    UK data protection watchdog orders search engine to remove search result links to news stories about right to be forgotten link removals Google has been ordered by the Information Commissioner’s office to remove nine links to current news stories about older reports which themselves were removed from search results under the ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling. The search engine had previously removed links relating to a 10 year-old criminal offence by an individual after requests made under the right to be forgotten ruling. Removal of those links from Google’s search results for the claimant’s name spurred new news posts detailing...
  • Mac user installs Windows 10 and he can’t stop raving about it

    08/20/2015 1:25:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 08/20/2015 | Brad Reed
    One obvious reason that Windows 8 was such a disaster for Microsoft was that a lot of longtime Windows users absolutely hated it. To express their frustrations with Windows 8, many of these users either switched back to Windows 7 or changed computing platforms all together by switching to Macs. One such person was Vivek Wadhwa, the director of research at Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at Duke, who fled Windows 8 in terror for Apple before giving Microsoft another shot with Windows 10. Writing in The Washington Post, Wadhwa explains that he recently installed Windows 10 onto his...