We won't stop using passwords that make it easy for hackers, so Microsoft is taking action and banning them
When it comes to passwords, we can be our own worst enemy. Remembering a different cryptic password for every site is difficult and confusing. Here’s how to set strong passwords.
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.
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.
There’s a lot of hype about the iPhone 6 Plus bending easily, but don’t take it too seriously. Just don’t sit on it.
Bendgate, the reported tendency of the new iPhone 6 to flex and bend, has gone viral. But today's mobile phones have always been subject to bending and the iPhone 6 is no exception. In fact, SquareTrade, the company that insures mobile phones, says the iPhone 6 is the toughest model they've ever tested. Get some perspective and watch the video here.
Using a PIN can prevent access to your sensitive account in case of theft or loss of a device!
Hackers rely on users logging on with an admin-level account to install viruses and malware
Default user accounts in Windows have administrative-level access. That's fine, it's quite necessary. It is also the number one reason that hackers can compromise Windows computers, installing malware and viruses. Here's how to create alternative accounts and strengthen your personal security.
Pew Research finds that place based learning is still vital for most American lifelong learners
Online learning options have grown dramatically in the past decade, but this Pew Research poll shows that American adults are still largely in the dark about Internet learning
New animated emojis give you more choices of expression when reacting to posts
Facebook has released an expanded set of emojis you can use to express your reaction to posts. And, of course, you can use more than one at a time.
Google is retiring the venerable but outdated Picasa app in March of 2016
Picasa rarely got any love from Google in the way of updates so it isn’t surprising, especially given Google’s expansion of the Google Photos app, that Picasa is officially on the chopping block. According to Google, there will be no further support after March 15, 2016, although current users can continue to use the app.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Continuous readings on a device you might already carry are in the near future
Medical device maker Dexcom is working on an app to pair their implantable glucose sensor with the iPhone and iWatch to display glucose trending.