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This New Tool Can Free Files from WannaCry

<i>UPDATED 3:00 pm Friday with clarification that WannaCry does not spread to computers running Windows XP.</i><p>If you've had your files encrypted by the …

It looks like Microsoft has a new Surface Pro after all

Microsoft VP Panos Panay recently said that "there's no such thing as a Surface Pro 5," and we now know what he meant by that. Images from uber-leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks) and his article in <i>Venture Beat</i> show a device simply called the Surface Pro, without a model or series number in sight. Other …

Google may be quietly tracking everywhere you go — here's how to turn it off

You probably don't know the answers to these questions — but Google might.<p>How? It's thanks to a feature nestled away in your Google account called Location History. If you care about your privacy, you should probably check it out.<p>Location History is exactly what it sounds like: It's a comprehensive …

Happy World Backup Day! (What The Heck Is World Backup Day?)

If you haven't secured your data yet, then take the World Backup Day pledge today.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate …

The Most Useful Keyboard Shortcuts You'll Ever Learn

There may be no clearer sign of a computer novice than the failure to use keyboard shortcuts.<p>My mom, for instance, has been using a computer …

Keyboard Shortcuts

PSA: Using a VPN can protect your browsing history as Congress allows ISPs to sell it

Well, it’s official. Both the Senate and the House voted to overturn privacy rules created by the FCC, and your ISP will now be free to sell your Internet browsing history and location data to advertisers.<p>Internet service providers will have a few expenses to set off against this revenue stream – …

Privacy

Hero prankster puts Yahoo up for sale on Craigslist

Things just keep getting worse for Yahoo.<p>In case Yahoo's short-term outlook wasn't bleak enough, the company has now been listed in for sale ad on …

Google's OnHub router uses IFTTT to automate your life

Google's $200 OnHub router arrived last year, delivering fast WiFi in a device that touted an easy setup and automatic security updates. In the months following its arrival, the company has also added features like guest mode and band steering. Today, OnHub became even more useful as Google …

New Android malware disguises itself as a Chrome update

There’s a new info-stealing malware hiding out there in a familiar cloak, waiting to infect your Android device. Zscaler’s security research team, …

'Free' Windows 10 Reveals Its Expensive Secret

<i>Windows 10 is free</i>.<p>This is a statement which makes many people uneasy. After all Windows didn’t used to be free and nothing in life is ever really free, right? So when will the <i>real cost</i> of Windows 10 be revealed? Well now we know and it hits both customers and Microsoft in very different ways…<p>Let’s …

Windows 10

Xiaomi Mi 5 review: This is how you build a flagship phone

I’ve been itching to try the Mi 5 ever since Xiaomi first unveiled its flagship for 2016 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February. When I got a chance to take a closer, but brief look at it at the press event, it seemed to check all the boxes for what a smartphone should have, both inside …

Phones

HTC 10 vs. Samsung Galaxy S7: The ultra-premium tier of Android - ExtremeTech

By on April 25, 2016 at 9:37 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>The last few years have been rough …

Brave browser's plan to improve ads gets it in trouble with important newspapers

Is there a problem with the current advertising model? I think we can all agree there are definitely things that could be improved. Plenty of parties have been looking into ways to make it all better, including Brave browser. But not everyone is happy about some of the choices the Brave team has …

Digital Advertising

Apple could be making a big change to the way it updates iPhone software

Apple's update cycle for the iPhone has stayed relatively consistent over the past few years: New versions of the iPhone come with a new update, usually signified with a new number (such as iOS 9).<p>After that, updates are delivered with a point — such as 9.1 — and include smaller features and bug …

Password service LastPass was forced to increase its security

LastPass is a piece of software that keeps lots of different passwords in one place. It makes it easier to manage lots of complex passwords.<p>But security researcher Sean Cassidy published a blog post that showed how it could take criminals "less than a day" to build a spoof version of LastPass that …

WhatsApp Ditches $1 Annual Fee, Tests Business Accounts But No Ads, Says CEO

Today at the DLD conference in Munich, Germany, the CEO of Facebook-owned WhatsApp made a couple of big announcements about how the messaging app plans to evolve to its next phase as it approaches 1 billion users: the company plans to drop its $0.99 annual subscription fee, and it will start to …

Google stomps on ad injectors that rob publishers, bug users

Google on Thursday announced new measures to thwart “ad injectors,” which are software programs that often trick users into accepting unauthorized …

Notifications, alarms and more with the IF notification tool - Android customization

Last week we kind of went overboard on our Android customization, building a personal favorite project of mine, using IF, Pushbullet, Tasker and Zooper Widget all together in one. The project was pretty simple, we were creating our own custom widget-based notification to remind us when the latest …

Android News

Alex stops you from publishing inconsiderate content

It’s all too easy in today’s overly politically correct world to get caught up in the heat of the moment and publish a comment or article that could offend readers without intending to do so.<p>That’s why I’m excited about Alex, a new project by developer Titus Wormer that helps catch potentially …

Apps

Chinese police arrest 15,000 for cybercrimes

Police in China say they have arrested about 15,000 people for crimes that “jeopardised internet security”, as the government moves to tighten controls on the internet.<p>Police have investigated 7,400 cases of cybercrime, the ministry of public security said. It did not make clear over what period …

China

Stagefright 2: all versions of Android since 2010 hit by privacy-busting flaw

Security researchers warn that privacy of victims may be at risk from hackers running their own code on mobile devices – and a patch is not yet available<p>Stagefright, the hugely widespread Android vulnerability which Google finally patched in early August, is back for a second go.<p>Security research …

Android News

Google, Facebook get behind Samsung in patent battle with Apple

Along with eBay, Dell and HP, the tech giants have filed a legal brief arguing that if the current court decision stands -- particularly, the damages -- it could have a "devastating impact" on the industry.<p>Some of the technology industry's biggest companies have filed a motion with a US court to …

Intellectual Property

Microsoft rushes emergency security fix for Windows

The software maker patches a security hole that lets hackers take control of any Windows machine, including ones running Windows 10.<p>Microsoft on Monday issued an emergency fix for all supported versions of its Windows operating system, plugging a hole that essentially allowed hackers unfettered …

Information Security

AMD's GPU performance under Linux can be boosted by renaming certain executables - ExtremeTech

AMD’s GPU performance under Linux can be boosted by renaming certain executables<p>By on July 21, 2015 at 11:21 am<p>This site may earn affiliate …

Why The Apple Watch Is Flopping

When Apple fails at UX design and fashion design, do we still call it good design?<p>The Apple Watch, despite years of hype before it was even announced, appears to be flopping after all.<p>It wasn’t a good sign when Apple announced shortly before the Watch release that they weren’t going to be breaking …

Study: Googling gives you an inflated sense of your own intelligence

Gathering information is easier than it’s been at any other time in human history, thanks to the internet. And much has been written in the past several years about how the panoply of facts now at our fingertips effects how we think. It’s making us smarter, or maybe dumber, or perhaps some of …

Psychology

iTunes stops working for Windows XP users, Apple security change likely to blame

iTunes users who still run Windows XP started to experience connectivity issues this week. As documented in an Apple Support Communities thread, they can’t log into the iTunes store, meaning functions like buying content, watching already purchased movies and TV shows, playing DRM-protected …

Wi-Fi hack creates 'no iOS zone' that cripples iPhones and iPads

The only solution for Apple users? Leave the affected area immediately<p>A newly revealed bug in iOS lets attackers force iPhones and iPads into restart loops, repeatedly crashing and rebooting, using nothing but aWi-Fi network.<p>Once the user has entered what its discoverer, security researchers …

Information Security

Hollywood Be Damned, the 'Netflix for Pirated Movies' Just Launched an iOS App

Popcorn Time found a way around Apple's vetting process.<p>Popcorn Time is an inspiring bit of programming. Whereas, in the past, someone scooping up a humongous torrent would sit, wait, and pray for the download to go uninterrupted, Popcorn Time locates all the versions of the file across the web, …

Popcorn Time

Facebook says it tracked people who didn't use Facebook because of 'a bug'

Facebook today published a blog post responding to an independent report criticizing the company's privacy policies, but the responses aren't likely to mollify privacy hawks.<p>The report, from the independent Belgian Privacy Commission, made several accusations about Facebook, suggesting the company …

Privacy