Microsoft’s killer Windows 7 patch: Breaks networking, flags legit PCs as ‘Not genuine’

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Windows sysadmins wake up on Wednesday with an almighty Patch Tuesday headache.

Some Windows 7 admins are feeling the pain of Microsoft’s latest updates in this week’s Patch Tuesday releases.

Thankfully for Microsoft, hardworking admins continue to spot bugs that it didn’t detect during pre-release testing. 

This time they’ve found that its January security updates are bricking Windows 7 devices … Read more...

Microsoft Is Making It Harder To Mess With Windows 10’s Built-in Antivirus

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In the Spring of 2019, Microsoft will be releasing another big update for Windows 10. You can expect a long list of tweaks and a few brand new features. One of those new features will help keep your computer malware-free.

The Surface Pro 6 is on display during a news conference, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in New York.

That new … Read more...

A new Google Chrome attack can freeze your Windows 10 device

A new exploit has been discovered in Google Chrome that can potentially freeze Windows 10 devices completely. The new bug is being used in a tech support scam that freezes Windows 10 and then tells the user that their device is infected by a virus.

The newly discovered bug uses Javascript code to create a loop and which makes it impossible … Read more...

Here’s what Facebook knows about you

New report says Facebook gave other companies access to users’ private messages without their consent

The New York Times reported that Facebook gave some companies more extensive access to users’ personal data than it has previously revealed, allegedly allowing firms to read private messages or see the names of users’ friends without consent. (Richard Drew/Associated Press)

Ask privacy advocate and … Read more...

This free online tool uses AI to quickly remove the background from images

A handy utility if you don’t have access to Photoshop

Remove.bg is a quick way to edit out a picture’s background. But it does make mistakes — just look at Elon Musk’s missing chunk of eye in the image on the right.

If you’ve ever needed to quickly remove the background of an image you know it can be tedious, … Read more...

Duck.com now points to DuckDuckGo, not Google

Non-tracking search engine, DuckDuckGo, is now a little easier to find online after the company acquired the premium generic domain name  duck.com — thereby shaving a few letters off its usual URL.

This means browsing to duck.com now automatically redirects to DuckDuckGo .com.

The twist in this tale is that duck.com’s prior owner was Google. And DDG had accused … Read more...

Marriott Data Breach Is Traced to Chinese Hackers as U.S. Readies Crackdown on Beijing

From the first revelation that the Marriott’s computer systems had been breached, there was widespread suspicion that the hacking was part of a broad spy campaign to amass Americans’ personal data.

WASHINGTON — The cyberattack on the Marriott hotel chain that collected personal details of roughly 500 million guests was part of a Chinese intelligence-gathering effort that also hacked health … Read more...

Four Simple Tech Hacks That Will Make You More Productive

Reclaim your productivity and squash procrastination with these tools.

While technology’s omnipresence in our lives affords us the opportunity to get work done from anywhere at anytime, being on devices all the time can lead us down time-wasting tunnels, making us less productive.

Thankfully most of the smartphones and computers we use now also have built-in settings or additional apps

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Marriott says Starwood data breach could affect 500 million guests

Guest records were stolen from Starwood’s reservation database.

Starwood Hotels has been hit by another data breach, the third suchincident in as many years. Parent Marriott today revealed that the records of 500 million guests have been stolen from Starwood’s guest reservation database. The hotel chain says it determined on November 19th that an “unauthorized party” had accessed the … Read more...

Meet Viv, the Artificial Intelligence That Will Change the Way You Live

Our most “human” relationships may be with our phones.

Getting With The Program

The winds of change are blowing through Silicon Valley—not terribly unusual, granted, considering that something new seems to come out of that part of the world several times a year.

But this time, we seem to be witnessing the opening of what promises to be a sea … Read more...