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Microsoft issues emergency update to address critical security flaw

Microsoft issues emergency update to address critical security flaw

Security risk extends to all current versions of Windows and could allow remote takeover of your computer

Microsoft has released an update to fix a newly discovered security flaw that could allow “remote code execution” of a computer. The flaw is exploited through documents or webpages with embedded OpenType fonts and was considered critical enough for Microsoft to issue an immediate out-of-cycle patch. All current versions of Windows are affected including Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 and 8.1.
Monday, July 20, 2015/Ken Charvoz| Profile/Number of views (2466)/Comments (-)/
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What you’re going to like about Edge, Microsoft’s new browser

What you’re going to like about Edge, Microsoft’s new browser

Edge is replacing Internet Explorer, and it comes with a raft of new features you’re going to love

Ken Charvoz explains the latest features on Microsoft's new browser, Edge.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015/Ken Charvoz| Profile/Number of views (1803)/Comments (-)/
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Facebook has updated News Feed controls to put you (more) in charge

Facebook has updated News Feed controls to put you (more) in charge

New settings allow you to choose the pages and people you want to see first

Facebook has decided to take a step out of the way and let you choose—to an extent—the friends and pages that you want to see at the top of your feed when you first log on. According to Facebook “you’re the only one who truly knows what is most meaningful to you”, so they have expanded settings in News Feed Preferences to let you prioritize.
Friday, July 10, 2015/Ken Charvoz| Profile/Number of views (2040)/Comments (-)/
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Microsoft to abandon Skype Modern app and upgrade Translator

Microsoft to abandon Skype Modern app and upgrade Translator

Skype ditches the Modern app and focuses on the desktop while adding two new languages to the Translator preview

If you count on Skype to keep in touch with loved ones, it’s helpful to know about some of the recent changes that could impact you.
Thursday, July 09, 2015/Ken Charvoz| Profile/Number of views (3002)/Comments (-)/
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Can’t wait for Windows 10? Get in line now.

Can’t wait for Windows 10? Get in line now.

Reserve your update or risk waiting in line

Windows 10 will be released in 190 countries world-wide on July 29. You'll get a notification when your upgrade is available for download, but Microsoft is saying that some notifications may be weeks or months after the release. Fortunately, if you are in a hurry you can reserve your spot in line for early notification with just a few clicks. Here's how.
Tuesday, June 02, 2015/Ken Charvoz| Profile/Number of views (4092)/Comments (-)/
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Facebook adds legacy contact feature to accounts

Facebook adds legacy contact feature to accounts

What happens to your account when you die? Now you have a choice.

What happens to your digital history when you die? Should your presence be erased or should you grant access to someone to handle—and perhaps clean up—your online social media accounts? Facebook's new legacy contact feature lets you choose someone to have limited access to your account after death to memorialize your account.
Monday, February 16, 2015/Ken Charvoz| Profile/Number of views (4247)/Comments (-)/
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Google shutting down the Helpouts community

Google shutting down the Helpouts community

Helpouts connected experts and learners, but wasn't growing

Google is shuttering its Helpouts service on April 20 because of lackluster growth. Helpouts was an online service connecting experts and learners for a fee - but why pay when what you want is available for free?
Sunday, February 15, 2015/Ken Charvoz| Profile/Number of views (3503)/Comments (-)/
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Google's new one click picture-friendly email

No more hunting for photos, Gmail users now have instant access to their Google+ gallery

Here’s another reason to use Auto Backup for the pictures you take with your cell phone (Android or IOS.) Google has added a new insert button that instantly accesses all of your photos from within the Gmail window.
Thursday, April 17, 2014/Ken Charvoz| Profile/Number of views (4516)/Comments (-)/
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Passwords: a love-hate relationship

We hate incomprehensible passwords, but we love the protection a good password provides

Good passwords are an inconvenience and we hate having to have a different password for each of our accounts. There, that’s out of the way. It’s the price we pay for living in an online world. So if you love peace of mind, here are some good tips for staying ahead of the hackers.
Friday, April 04, 2014/Ken Charvoz| Profile/Number of views (5364)/Comments (-)/
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Teaching Siri how to pronounce difficult names

Have an odd name like me? Here's how to teach Siri to recognize and pronounce it correctly

Siri is awesome but she can really Travoltify names at times. This can lead to a frustrating experience when you want to use voice commands, and the occasional panicky hang-up when Siri dials the wrong number. Fear not, it’s actually really easy to teach Siri how to recognize the name you are speaking, and say it back to you surprisingly well. There are two ways to go about it. I’m going to show you both.
Wednesday, April 02, 2014/Ken Charvoz| Profile/Number of views (6386)/Comments (-)/
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Microsoft Office 365 subscription on sale at Amazon

One-year subscription 33% off, good for up to five devices

If you have been waiting to try an Office 365 subscription, now might be a good time to jump in. Amazon is offering a Home Premium one-year subscription at a 33% discount. That subscription is good for installation on up to five devices, including the just-released Office Web App version for iPad.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014/Ken Charvoz| Profile/Number of views (5607)/Comments (-)/
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Countdown to Zero-Day for Windows XP

Microsoft ends all support for the aging operating system on April 8

Microsoft will no longer provide security patches and updates for Windows XP after April 8. The aging operating system is obsolete, and users who still have XP need to upgrade—or face an increasing risk of exposure to malware and viruses. Learn more about the options you might have for upgrading your software, or purchasing a new computer. Microsoft is offering a $100 discount on selected new devices through June 15, 2014.
Thursday, March 27, 2014/Ken Charvoz| Profile/Number of views (4925)/Comments (-)/
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