protonic.com CAN USE YOUR HELP. Since 1996 protonic.com has been providing "Fast, Friendly, Free Computer Technical Support". To date we have answered almost 200,000 questions. However, it seems that we may have become the "victim of our own success". To attract high quality volunteer Technicians, we need something for them to do... We need questions (tickets).
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Microsoft touts two next-gen Office editions for Windows Microsoft this week set a loose release date for its next iteration of Office on the desktop and announced that the long-awaited touch-enabled Windows apps will launch around the same time.
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Project Spartan is Microsoft's new way to browse At Microsoft's event today in Redmond, the company unveiled a new concept Web browser it calls Project Spartan. Joe Belfiore, VP of the operating systems group, gave a brief tour of some of the new features and how it would work on all Windows devices.
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Windows 10 vs Windows 7: What You Need to Know Earlier this week, Microsoft showed everyone what they could expect from Windows 10. Forget all the new features and changes for a second though because its price was the biggest thing to come out of the keynote.
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Five antivirus scanners for Mac Think you don't need an antivirus scanner for your Mac? Get your head out of the sand and get protected! While malware is much rarer on OS X than it is on Windows, the increased popularity of the platform means that hackers have turned their attention to this new ecosystem.
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Chrome browser for Android gets major change with update Chrome version 40.0.2214.89 will be available in Google Play over the next few days and with it comes more than just a couple of bug fixes, bringing an updated page info and content settings UI, along with a host of performance improvements.
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New Zero-Day Flaws Found in Adobe Flash IT security experts are warning Adobe Flash users to be aware of a couple of new zero-day vulnerabilities identified in the program. While Adobe has released updates to fix one of the vulnerabilities, it doesn't expect to have a patch ready for the other until next week.
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Windows 10: release date, price, news and features Microsoft's big reveal on January 21 is through. Check out a digested version of all the announcements below, and some updates on post-event confirmations from Microsoft execs, like more details on Skype and how Spartan is not a replacement for Internet Explorer.
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Windows 10 preview download is available now A new build of Windows 10 preview is available for download, Microsoft announced Friday morning.
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Microsoft's Spartan browser: What's under the hood During yesterday's event, Microsoft officials showed off a glimpse of Spartan in action, promising that it would be available to testers in its Technical Preview program in the coming months.
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Plug-in blocked notifications in Google Chrome Google pushed out an update today for its Chrome web browser that brings the version to the version of the web browser to 40 on the stable channel.
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After being dumped by Firefox, Google wants users back After Google's share of the U.S. search market slipped in December, the Mountain View, Calif. company has been trying to entice Firefox users back to the fold.
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Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet Alpha 2 released The next version of the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system is due in April. Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet is currently under development, but you can take a recent nightly build for a spin if you want to test it out before the official launch.
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ADOBE PATCHES ONE ZERO DAY IN FLASH, STILL INVESTIGATING SEPARATE VULNERABILITY Adobe has released an emergency update for Flash to address a zero-day vulnerability that is being actively exploited.
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Convert a ton of file types online with Cloud Convert Cloud Convert is a free online service that you can use to convert more than 200 different file types. It may sometimes be necessary to convert one file type into another. Maybe you need to convert files so that you can load them on your mobile phone, or make sure they are compatible with a program that you have access to on your local system.
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Amazon ditches Wallet mobile payment service Amazon has pulled the plug on its Wallet app, a service the company launched in beta six months ago to dip its toes into the burgeoning area of mobile payments.
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Critical Java updates fix 19 vulnerabilities, disable SSL 3.0 Oracle released new security updates for Java to fix 19 vulnerabilities and disable default support for SSL 3.0, an outdated version of the secure communications protocol that is vulnerable to attacks.
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Attackers are exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in Flash Player Attackers are using compromised websites to exploit a new and currently unpatched vulnerability in Flash Player, a malware researcher has reported.
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Windows 10's new features: Cortana, a 'Spartan' browser, Xbox streaming, and more Itâ€™s official, folks: Windows 10 is coming to the people. After kicking off Windows 10 with a bevy of business-friendly features, Microsoft drew back the curtain on the operating systemâ€™s new consumer-focused features at an event on Wednesday, while simultaneously driving home a vision of an operating system designed to deliver a singular, cohesive experience across a myriad of device types.
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Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 users Itâ€™s official, folks: Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for existing Windows usersâ€”as long as you claim it quickly.
Kicking off the consumer-focused Windows 10 event in Redmond on Tuesday, Microsoft operating system chief Terry Myerson announced that current users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free for one year after the operating system launches. Once youâ€™ve claimed the upgrade, Microsoft will keep you updated for the supported life.
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Windows, SSDs and Defragmentation: the definitive answer Solid State Drives are great. If you switch from a platter-based drive to a SSD you will think you are in speed-heaven for the first time. Windows boots faster, programs start faster and everything seems to be improved speed-wise.
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Ubuntu Patches Several Security Flaws Ubuntu has released a number of patches for security vulnerabilities in several versions of the OS, including some remote code execution flaws in Thunderbird, which is included with Ubuntu.
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How to disable Google Chrome's profile switcher button If you've joined the beta channel for Google Chrome you'll have seen the browser's profile switcher some time ago. For anyone who has decided to stick with the stable channel it may just have appeared. But what's the point?
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Whatâ€™s new in SUSE LINUX 12? SUSE 12 is a broad set of Linux distributions ranging from desktop through enterprise level. We tested several instances and found them quite ready for enterprise use. All in all, SUSE 12 is a worthy competitor to Red Hat and Ubuntu in the enterprise Linux market.
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The Best Free Google Chrome Extensions It's been an up and down year for Google's Chrome Web browser. It's gaining market share; Chrome had 22.65 percent of the market in December 2014 compared to 16.22 percent a year earlier, according to Net Applications.
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Windows 10: Can Microsoft get it right this time? Later this week Microsoft will provide more details of Windows 10, most likely focusing on how the new operating system will look and feel on smartphones and tablets.
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The majority of free antivirus solutions ship with potentially unwanted offers Developers and companies that offer free version of products have different options at their disposal to monetize their work. From pro and business editions over donations to third-party offers. Third-party offers in this context means integration of other programs or services in the installer to earn revenue whenever users install those offers.
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The MintBox Mini is a silent, quad-core Linux Mint PC that fits in your pocket Linux users will no longer be left out of the miniature PC party with the MintBox Mini, a pocket-sized Linix Mint rig, due out next quarter.
While devices like the Raspberry Pi have already enabled Linux in diminutive packages, the MintBox Mini should be a clear step up in performance.
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The 4 Best New Linux Distributions to Watch in 2015 Let's take a look at what I believe will be the distributions to watch in 2015.
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Google Chrome vs. Mozilla Firefox... Firefox Reasserting its Lead in the Competition The biggest shake up in the browser industry took place when Microsoft had to delink Internet Explorer and Windows, as Google Chrome had burst onto the browser scene during 2008.
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Chromebooks spank Windows Over the holidays, Microsoft and friends tried to beat back the rise of Chromebooks. They failed. Badly.
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Microsoft delivers January firmware updates to its Surface Pro tablet family Microsoft has made available firmware updates for its Intel-based Surface family, including one meant to address ongoing connectivity issues with the Surface Pro 3.
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Why 2015 is the year of Linux on the everything-but-desktop Linus Torvalds may still want Linux on the desktop, but all the open-source action is happening elsewhere. Wandering around at CES 2015 last week, it struck me: Linux was everywhere.
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How Verizon Wireless defeats your privacy and what you can do about it Verizon Wireless is a large wireless telecommunications provider owned by Verizon Communications. It came to light last year that Verizon Wireless injects unique identifiers into web requests that company customers make on their devices.
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Why you might still want an optical drive in your Laptop Optical drives, that can read and write CDs, DVDs, and sometimes Blu-ray discs, have been an important part of the PC universe for a long time. But thereâ€™s less and less need for them. I havenâ€™t received software on discs in yearsâ€”and in my job, I have to look a lot of software. I download it all from the Internet. Most users download and stream music and movies these days rather than buy them on a shiny five-inch disc.
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Privacy for anyone anywhere - Tails 1.2.3 Tails is a live system that aims to preserve your privacy and anonymity. It helps you to use the Internet anonymously and circumvent censorship almost anywhere you go and on any computer but leaving no trace unless you ask it to explicitly.
It is a complete operating system designed to be used from a DVD, USB stick, or SD card independently of the computer's original operating system. It is Free Software and based on Debian GNU/Linux.
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Adobe patches remote code execution and keylogging flaws in Flash Player Adobe Systems fixed nine vulnerabilities in Flash Player that could allow attackers to record users' keystrokes or take complete control of their computers.
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CryptoWall ransomware is back after two month absence Attackers have started distributing a new and improved version of the CryptoWall file-encrypting ransomware program over the past few days, security researchers warn.
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Firefox 35 - Find out what's new The official release date of Firefox 35 is January 13, 2015. Firefox releases are always pushed to the official Mozilla ftp server before the official release data and distributed to mirror sites around the globe to ensure that the update runs flawlessly for all users of the browser.
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Corel software vulnerabilities let attackers execute malicious code on your PC Several photo, video and other media editing programs from software maker Corel contain DLL hijacking vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to execute malicious code on users' computers.
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Microsoft focuses solely on Windows on Patch Tuesday The January 2015 edition of Microsoft Patch Tuesday might be more notable for what the monthly release of security bulletins does not containâ€”there are no fixes for the Microsoft Explorer browser this month.
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The Windows 10 vs. Chrome OS battle means it's a great year to buy a PC Laptops with Microsoftâ€™s Windows 10 will be in a heavyweight bout with Chromebooks for market dominance later this year, but no matter who wins, PC shipments will benefit from the clash.
Worldwide PC shipments are expected to decline by a lower-than-expected rate of 3.3 percent this year, and fall by just 1.8 percent in 2016, as Windows 10 and Chromebooks help stop years of bleeding in the PC market, IDC said on Monday. Shipments declined by 4.7 percent last year when compared to 2013.
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8 easy digital resolutions for a happy, high-tech 2015 Welcome to 2015: A brand new year and a great time for a fresh start. Instead of shooting for nebulous, unrealistic goals in the New Year, start off 2015 with vows to improve your digital life. (You werenâ€™t really going to go to the gym every day or be nicer to your siblings anyway.)
Most of the suggestions below arenâ€™t hard to achieve and some are even the set-it-and-forget-it kinds of resolutions.
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Protecting yourself on social networks We all love to spend time (some would say waste time) fooling around on Facebook, Twitter, and other services. We also use these sites for serious, professional reasons. But like almost everything else on the Internet, they're inherently dangerous. Hackers can use social media to discover your private information and to deliver spam or malware. You can be stalked and bullied through social media. It can ruin your reputation, your career, and your life.
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More on "Windows 7 exits mainstream support: What you need to know." Yet another end is nigh for Windows 7. After months of buildupâ€”Microsoft killed standalone software sales of the operating system in October 2013, and Windows 7 consumer PCs stopped being manufactured in October 2014â€”the venerable OS is finally exiting â€śmainstream supportâ€ť on January 13, 2015. And for months now, the Web has been flooded with a wave of confused or downright fearmongering headlines and articles implying that Windows 7 is following Windows XP into the graveyard.
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Windows 7 support: What happens on January 13, 2015? January 13 is the date when Microsoft's mainstream support for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 ends. Here's what this means, and doesn't.
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Macs vulnerable to virtually undetectable virus that "can't be removed" A security researcher has discovered a way to infect Macs with malware virtually undetectable, that 'can't be removed,' and which can be installed using a modified Apple gigabit Ethernet Thunderbolt adapter.
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List all recently run programs on a Windows PC Do you know which programs ran in the past on your Windows PC? It is likely that you know at least some of them, the programs that you have started manually for example.
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Artificial intelligence experts sign open letter to protect mankind from machines The Future of Life Institute wants humanity to tread lightly while developing really smart machines.
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Linux Mint 17.1 â€śRebeccaâ€ť Xfce released! The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 17.1 â€śRebeccaâ€ť Xfce. Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca Xfce Edition Linux Mint 17.1 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2019. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable
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upgrade path from Linux Mint 17 to Linux Mint 17.1 The upgrade path from Linux Mint 17 to Linux Mint 17.1 is now open for all editions (Cinnamon, MATE, KDE and Xfce). Instructions on how to perform this upgrade are available at
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Free antivirus scanners for Windows PCs Here are six top-quality scanners that will help you clean up systems and keep them safe in the future. There are tools here for systems ranging from Windows XP to Windows 8.1.
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Microsoft wonâ€™t release Advanced Security Notifications for free anymore From this month forward, Microsoft will no longer release free Advanced Security Notifications before patches are made available on Patch Tuesday, the second Tuesday of the month.
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Six tips for organizing your Mac's menu bar Is your Mac's menu bar too crowded to be useful? If so, then it's time to clean it up. We offer a six-pack of tips to help you organize and declutter your menu bar.
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Windows 10 will breathe life back into Microsoft's operating system, Lenovo says As the Windows 10 release gets closer, excitement around the OS is growing among those waiting to close the curtain on Windows 8.
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Exploit allows Asus routers to be hacked from local network A vulnerability in Asuswrt, the firmware running on many wireless router models from Asustek Computer, allows attackers to completely compromise the affected devices. Malicious hackers, however, need to launch their attacks from within the local networks served by the vulnerable routers.
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Game Downloader 4.0 released Game Downloader is a free program for the Windows operating system that you can use to discover, browse and download more than 350 different PC games in various categories.
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Glitch in OS X search can expose private details of Apple Mail users A glitch in the search software in Apple's OS X Yosemite can expose private details of Apple Mail users, revealing their IP address as well as other system details to spammers, phishers and online tracking companies.
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Apple has a serious problem with software quality It looks like Apple has a serious problem when it comes to software quality, and it is something that the company needs to address if it wants to avoid a backlash.
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How to properly protect your Outlook.com account If you are using Microsoft's Outlook.com email service you have various options to connect to it. You can use the web interface, mobile apps or desktop email clients. Regardless of how you use the service, you may want to make sure that it is properly protected against hacks and other malicious attacks.
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Microsoft abruptly dumps public Patch Tuesday alerts For the first time in a decade, Microsoft today did not give all customers advance warning of next week's upcoming Patch Tuesday slate.
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Bypass adware-installers on sites like Sourceforge or Afterdawn automatically Sites like Cnet's Download.com or Sourceforge began to implement wrappers on their services some time ago with the sole purpose of earning extra revenue from software downloads. These wrappers are similar to installers that contain the adware right away, and the only difference to them is that the wrapper's only purpose is to display offers to the user.
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Macro-based malware is making a comeback, researchers warn For the past several months, different groups of attackers have distributed malware through Microsoft Office documents that contain malicious macros, reviving a technique that has been out of style for more than a decade.
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Google outs unpatched Windows 8.1 vulnerability, and debate rages on both sides A Google researcher has disclosed an unpatched vulnerability in Windows 8.1 after Microsoft didnâ€™t fix the problem within a 90-day window Google gave its competitor.
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How to create email filters on Gmail Filters are a great tool to process emails automatically on Gmail. You can create filters to apply labels to filters automatically, prevent that it ever lands in spam, or forward emails automatically.
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Verizon warns enterprise cloud users of 48-hour shutdown Verizon is warning users of its new cloud service to brace for a two-day outage late this week.
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How to run Windows 10 on a Mac, for free Want to check out the new Windows 10 Technical Preview but find yourself not invited to the party because you run OS X? Don't worry, because you can do just that, completely for free.
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Make way for Chromebooks! Four reasons they're ready to rock in 2015 I have a confession to make: I didnâ€™t always believe in Chrome OS. Years ago, Iâ€”like manyâ€”thought Chromebooks were doomed to fail. Who wants a laptop that can only run a browser?
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Firmware flaws could allow a malicious reflash, US CERT warns Three vendors have released fixes for vulnerabilities found in the critical firmware used during a computerâ€™s startup, according to an advisory from the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team.
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Copy certain files by type from any location using File Fisher If you ever had to move specific files from one location to another you know how difficult of an operation this can be. Say someone connected an USB Flash Drive to your computer and you want to copy all images, video files or documents to it.
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Download of the day: FreeFileSync There's never an excuse not to backup your vital data, and FreeFileSync makes it easier than ever.
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Protecting yourself on social networks We all love to spend time (some would say waste time) fooling around on Facebook, Twitter, and other services. We also use these sites for serious, professional reasons.
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How to restore the last session in Google Chrome You can configure the Google Chrome web browser to open the last session, meaning all tabs and windows open the last time you used it, or to open a blank page or set of pages each time you open it.
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Yes, U.S. workers still need email The end of email has been foretold many times, but despite these predictions of doom, U.S. workers can't seem to get rid of it.
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How to set up an ergonomic workstation Use this five-step approach to set up an ergonomic desk and add a little more zen to your day.
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Windows 10 Technical Preview: The consumer goodies we expect to see next Those of you installing or planning to install the Windows 10 Technical Preview are eventually going to wonder: You know, this is great for business users, but whatâ€™s in it for me?
Expect Microsoft to begin answering that question in 2015. If the rumors are true, that means three big things: Cortana, notifications, and Internet Explorer 12.
Thatâ€™s because for now, Microsoft is trying to win businesses back.
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3 Best Things about Windows 7 Compared To Windows 8 Microsoft just recently came out with a new version of Windows 8. While, this was supposed to be an upgrade, there are some things that make Windows 7 better.
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Microsoft's reported 'Spartan' browser will be lighter, more flexible than Internet Explorer Instead of revamping Internet Explorer for the launch of Windows 10, a new report claims Microsoft plans to start from scratch with a new browser, dubbed â€śSpartan.â€ť
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How to export and edit Google Contacts Google maintains a list of your contacts automatically if you use company products such as Gmail, Google Plus and others. This list grows over time and situations may arise where you may want to export the list of contacts, for instance for safekeeping or to import it in another program, application or web service.
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Getting started with your new Android You just got a new Android phone or tablet, here's your guide to setting up it right.
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How to recover deleted photos from a memory card Just deleted an important batch of images from your memory card? Never fear, here's how to undelete them for Mac and PC users.
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Your complete guide to Apple's iCloud Drive iCloud Drive will store and sync your files across all of your devices. It's a good idea to learn as much as you can about it.
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Goodbye IE? Report Tips New Microsoft Web Browser According to ZDNet, Redmond is working on a brand new browser for Windows 10 with an experience similar to Mozilla's Firefox and Google's Chrome. Forget Internet Explorer 12; this will be something entirely new.
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International Space Station - Linux Migration Itâ€™s hard to get tech support 400 kilometers away from the Earth, which is why Keith Chuvala of United Space Alliance, a NASA contractor deeply involved in Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS) operations, decided to migrate to Linux. â€śWe migrated key functions from Windows to Linux because we needed an operating system that was stable and reliable â€“ one that would give us in-house control. So if we needed to patch, adjust or adapt, we could.â€ť
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Beyond basic TV settings Once youâ€™ve got the basics (contrast, brightness, color, etc.) set, there are still dozens of adjustments on your TV. What do they mean, and whatâ€™s the right setting?
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Get started with your brand new iOS device Sparkly new gadgets are abound this holiday season. Instead of sitting alone in fear of messing something up, let us help you get started with that new iPhone or iPad.
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The magic behind Ubuntu Ubuntu, the latest LTS version 14.04 operating system (OS), is definitely worth trying.
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Dolphin Browser now with flash player for Android Lollipop devices While it is not that popular of a video platform anymore, there are still some websites that use Flash videos (like Facebook sometimes).
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Retrieve serial numbers, product codes and login information on Windows with recALL The free program recALL can do that for you. It works similar to other programs of its kind but seems more extensive than programs that I come across until now.
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Are you using the most secure and private web browser? Aviator web browser, created by a WhiteHat Security, is setup to maximize privacy and security safeguards by default. Simply download OS X or Windows versions and then start surfing in private, protected mode without being tracked.
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Court reaffirms: Think before you email A recent ruling against Google makes it clear again that courts can demand access to email, even after itâ€™s been deleted.
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Apple deploys first-ever automatic patch to fix NTP flaw Apple on Monday used an automatic security update mechanism for the first time to deploy a fix for a critical vulnerability in NTP, or Network Time Protocol, that was uncovered by a Google engineer.
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How to set up your Fitbit Flex Whether you have a compatible smartphone, or need to use a computer, it only takes a few minutes to set up the Fitbit Flex.
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What to do before selling or donating your phone Selling or giving away your smartphone this season? Prep your device properly with this handy game plan.
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7 reasons Chromebooks hit their stride in 2014 Let 2014 forever be known as the year Chromebooks truly came into their own. From PC manufacturers to Adobe and even Microsoft, the entire PC industry has started taking Chromebooks more seriously, and Googleâ€™s continued tweaking of the operating system makes Chrome OS far more capable today than it was a few short years ago.
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Fake Adobe Flash Update Installs Ransomware, Performs Click Fraud Adobe Flash is one of the most widely distributed products on the Internet. Because of its popularity and global install base, it is often a target of cybercriminals. Cybercriminals are using social engineering methods to distribute their malware through fake Flash update sites, often compelling unsuspecting users, who may be in need of a software update, to unknowingly install malware.
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Santa Claus has Linux in his sack -- PCLinuxOS 2014.12 is here PCLinuxOS 2014.12 sees release, and it looks awesome. If you have never tried a Linux-based operating system before, this is a great choice.
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Apple releases security update for critical NTP vulnerability in OS X Apple has issued a security update to address a critical security issue with OS X's Network Time Protocol service. The company recommends that all users apply this patch "as soon as possible."
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Study: E-readers, tablets can disrupt sleep Using an electronic book reader or another portable electronic light-generating device prior to going to sleep can disrupt regular sleeping habits, researchers at Pennsylvania State University have found.
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So you got a smart home gadget...now what? Here's what you need to know if you're bringing a brand new connected device into your home this holiday season.
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