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Skype is a freemium voice-over-IP service and instant messaging client, currently developed by the Microsoft Skype Division. The service allows users to communicate with peers by voice using a microphone, video by using a webcam, and instant messaging over the Internet. Phone calls may be placed to recipients on the traditional telephone networks. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free of charge, while calls to landline telephones and mobile phones are charged via a debit-based user account system.
Skype 6.16 for...
Heartbleed is a security bug in the open-source OpenSSL cryptography library, widely used to implement the Internet's Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol. This vulnerability results from a missing bounds check in the handling of the Transport Layer Security (TLS) heartbeat extension, the heartbeat being behind the bug's name. A fixed version of OpenSSL was released on April 7, 2014, at the same time as Heartbleed was publicly disclosed. At that time, some 17 percent (around half a million) of the Internet's secure web servers certified by trusted authorities were believed to be vulnerable to the attack, allowing theft of the servers' private keys and users' session cookies and passwords. (Heartbleed - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Here is a listed of places that are or were affected by the Heartbleed bug.
If something you use is on the list and their services have been patched you may want to change your password....
In a surprising move today, Microsoft just announced that long-time CEO Steve Ballmer will retire in the coming 12 months. He will stay at the helm of the company until a special committee appoints a new CEO.
Steve Ballmer To Retire As Microsoft CEO Within 12 Months | TechCrunch
Looks like the folks that still hate Windows 8 will have one less reason in August, as Microsoft have announced that both a more classic start menu and the ability to run "modern" applications within a Window as shown below.
I am always pleased to see such great momentum with operating system developments, but I must admit I was starting to get used to the new full screen menu but I am sure I can adjust back just as quickly if it is done correctly.
I do find the live tiles fairly useful in some applications but must admit for services like Twitter and Facebook I continue to use the web versions just as well, although I appreciate that on Tablets the apps are always far more accessible.
Windows 8 Start menu should return in August,...
Dropbox is an online storage provider and with all the options out there is still one of the best. I use this application to easily sync files between my work and home PC but as a super easy way of getting files to other people. I also find the Android application very useful to get non-Play Store applications quickly across my various devices.
Both Microsoft and Google are making a huge push to get people using their various offerings, but this one I just keep coming back to. What is new since 2.6.28? Not alot but change is good!
Microsoft is moving at a very quick pace with Windows 10, from new technical previews being pushed at a semi-regular pace, to also building Windows 10 for phones at the same time. It goes without saying that all the engineers at Redmond are putting in long hours to bring you technical previews that have already been released, but there is light at the end of the tunnel for the final build.
The next logical question is when will the OS be completed? We are hearing that Microsoft is targeting the month of June at this time, but as with any timeline, this could slip.
Why is the company targeting June instead of its traditional August release? Well, the month of August did not make a lot of sense if you were trying to sell licenses and devices for the back to school market. Previously, when an OS hit RTM in August, hardware...
Users are urged to disable or uninstall java as there is a critical security vulnerability which is reportedly already being used for large scale cyberattacks.
Deactivating the Java plugin in Firefox
Deactivating the Java plugin in Chrome
Deactivating the Java plugin in Safari
Things are about to get...complicated
Earlier this week, the team behind Ashes of the Singularity released an updated version of its early access game, which updated its features and capabilities. With support for DirectX 11 and DirectX 12, and adding in multiple graphics card support, the game featured a benchmark mode that got quite a lot of attention. We saw stories based on that software posted by Anandtech, Guru3D andExtremeTech, all of which had varying views on the advantages of one GPU or another.
That isn’t the focus of my editorial here today, though.
Shortly after the initial release, a...
A patent complaint that Segway filed with the US International Trade Commission in 2014 has resulted in a wide-ranging order banning "personal transporters" that infringe some of its patents.
On Wednesday, the ITC issued a general exclusion order banning several types of the self-balancing devices often called "hoverboards." The case could affect the whole market, since a general exclusion order is the commission's most powerful remedy and can affect even parties not involved in the investigation.
There's also a limited exclusion order issued directly against the products of several Chinese companies sued by Segway. Only one of those companies responded and fought the case at all, while the others were in default.
The general ban applies to any device infringing US Patent No. 8,830,048, which could be a whole lot of products. The first claim of that...
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To help residents and emergency personnel cope with the aftermath of the storm, Comcast is opening up its XFINITY WiFi hotspots in the affected markets to anyone who needs them – including non-Comcast subscribers. Comcast owns and operates thousands of WiFi hotspots in Comcast service areas in PA, NJ, DE, MD, DC, VA, WV, MA, NH and ME. Non-XFINITY Internet customers should search for the “xfinitywifi” network name and click on the “Not a Comcast subscriber?” link at the bottom of the Sign In page. Then select the “Complimentary Trial Session” option from the drop down list. Users will be able to renew their complimentary sessions every 2 hours through Wednesday November 7th. For a map of XFINITY WiFi hotspots, which are located both indoors and outdoors in malls, shopping districts, parks, and train platforms, please visit XFINITY WiFi: Comcast WiFi, WiFi Access For XFINITY Internet Customers at No Extra Charge (Note:...
Single package combines five years of updates into a single patch.
Anyone who's installed Windows 7 any time in the last, oh, five years or so probably didn't enjoy the experience very much. Service Pack 1 for the operating system was released in 2011, meaning that a fresh install has five years of individual patches to download and install. Typically, this means multiple trips to Windows Update and multiple reboots in order to get the system fully up-to-date, and it is a process that is at best tedious, typically leading one to wonder why, at the very least, it cannot pull down all the updates at once and apply them with just a single reboot.
The answer to that particular question will, unfortunately, remain a mystery, but Microsoft did today announce a change that will greatly reduce the pain of this process. The company has published a "convenience rollup" for...
Counterintuitively, a person should NOT turn off auto defrag when they install an ssd. (this advice applies to windows ten seven and eight)
However Windows 10, (scott says 7 and 8 also received a defrag update), not only recognizing you have ssd, but also using a different, less invasive method for defragging your ssd, this defrag is set ON if you have system restore enabled, I recommend TURNING IT ON even if you do not use system restore.
This new type of deffrag does indeed increase performance, and does indeed increase the life of your ssd.
Scott Hanselman for Microsoft, blog post, http://www.hanselman.com/blog/TheRealAndCompleteStoryDoesWindowsDefragmentYourSSD.aspx
...It’s also somewhat of a misconception that fragmentation is not a problem on SSDs. If an SSD gets too fragmented you can hit maximum file fragmentation (when the metadata can’t represent...
Windows 10 can be strange, I couldn't find any way to send edge to the desktop, you can't drag it there, there is no "send to" option in the start menu when right clicked, when I pinned it to the task bar I couldn't send it or drag it either.
I need it on the desktop so I can assign a keyboard shortcut, I really avoid the mouse when I can.
If you want to go directly to a specific web address, just go to the address bar of that site, copy that and paste it into the path for your shortcut, then create your keyboard key.
For instance, if you wanted quora opened instead of your start or home page, just paste this into the path;
Right click on your desktop and follow prompts for a shortcut, once the shortcut is created you can right click on that. go to properties and assign your keyboard key to launch,
The actual app shortcut path is below if for some reason you don't want to go straight...
By Perris Calderon
So my hard drive failed, when looking for vids on doing it, everyone was talking about replacing it with ssd even though their hard drive was fine
So that's what I did, the price is right, just about 100 bux for 1/2 terabyte, I'm sure those will go down in price but there's not a good reason to wait this upgrade is that remarkable. I use external drives and the cloud so half terabyte is plenty for native storage.
Absolutely the best upgrade ever, this 4 year old laptop is now faster then my 1 year old all in one
Cold boot is faster then recovering from sleep used to be, even restart takes about the same time as waking from sleep used to be.. I have 8 gigs of ram in this box so that"s not an issue.
SERIOUSLY, if you have an old computer, want a newer faster one, SAVE YOUR MONEY, your old box with a swapped in SSD hard drive will probably run faster then a new box, since as of now, most still come with the mechanical hard drive.
I didn't take...
When using edge, if you want to go to one of your favorite sites, rather then go to the mouse, you'll find it more convenient and faster hinting control=L
In Edge, and probably other browsers, not only does control+L open the address bar, it also presents a short list of your most visited sites, you can just use your arrow key to get to the site you're looking for, and hit enter.
If the site you want to go to isn't on that list, you can usually type the first letter of the site, and if you've visited it before, it should come up in that list, for instance, if you visit quora once in a while, and want to go there, rather then going into favorites, just hit control+L then type the letter Q and quora should present itself, hit enter, bam.
Previous versions of windows, changing file extensions was simple, just rename with your extension.
That feature's hidden by default in 10, but un-hiding it is simple;
Open any file, hit "view" on the top left, then check the "file extensions" box on the far right, done.
As I posted before, when you have a solid state hard drive, your start time becomes incredibly fast, using sleep doesn't really start the computer noticeably faster then hibernate, therefore, you should probably use hibernate instead of sleep so components aren't kept active, you save a little wear and tear, electricity.
Especially if you're on a laptop as using sleep will leave you with less uptime on battery.
Start time is so much faster you might even want to do a full shut down, however you won't be able to come back to your work when you completely shut down, so I recommend hibernate.
With sleep you usually don't have to use the power button, you can just touch a key or mouse to wake, those items still get power and the stroke is recognized as going to work, in hibernate all power is off, a key or mouse stroke won't be seen nor start the computer.
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