Jim Howson

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Microsoft quietly patches potentially dangerous Windows security hole

Microsoft released 14 regular security updates for Windows on Tuesday, but one in particular shines a light on a sizable critical vulnerability that …

Innovative new Type Nine keyboard for iOS 8 takes you way back to 1993

Gather round, children, and let Grandpa Beasley tell you a story about the olden days. Long before these newfangled iPhones and Androids existed, most people didn’t have full keyboards on their cell phones, unless they were using a BlackBerry (but that’s a story for another time). In order to type …

Omnistat Puts A System Monitor In Your iPhone's Notification Center

iOS: Sometimes, you just want to know everything that's going on with your iPhone or iPad. Omnistat is an app that does just that. It gives you a ton …

Facebook opens up to anonymous Tor users with .onion address

Warns of ‘evolutionary and flaky nature’ of experiment to ensure anonymous users aren’t wrongly identified as botnets<p>Facebook is making it easier for users of the Tor anonymising service to access the social network, by launching a .onion address.<p>The company is describing it as “a way to access …

How to Build a Computer: The Complete Guide

Building a computer from scratch gives you the perfect machine for your needs, but it can be daunting the first time around. Here's our complete …

Ello Raises $5.5 Million, Legally Files As Public Benefit Corp. Meaning No Ads Ever

Ello.co, the ad-free social media network which blew up last month, has nabbed $5.5 million in venture capital funding even as it plants a legal flag in the ground that the company will never make money from selling ads or user data and that no acquirer can do so either.<p>The company filed in …

How to Tap Your Network and See Everything That Happens On It

Your home network is your fortress. Inside it lies tons of valuable information—unencrypted files, personal, private data, and perhaps most …

Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity

Siri: The Ultimate Guide

Siri is the name of Apple's personal digital assistant. It's basically voice control that talks back to you, that understands relationships and …

Sonico Mobile releases iTranslate for Mac with 80+ languages

Sonico Mobile, makers of popular apps such as iTranslate and iTranslate Voice for iOS today released iTranslate for Mac, bringing the features of the corresponding iOS app to the Mac.<p>iTranslate for Mac sits right in your menu bar, so translations are always just a click away, no matter what app …

Lifehacker

After you're unable to log in yourself, things get a little hairy for anyone left behind:

How to Anonymize Everything You Do Online

One year after the first revelations of Edward Snowden, cryptography has shifted from an obscure branch of computer science to an almost mainstream …

Does It Really Matter if You Eject Disks Properly?

Your computer nags you if you don't hit "eject," but there's a good reason.<p>We've all yanked external disks out of computers in a hurry, skipping the step of properly ejecting them. If you have a Mac, then your machine probably nags you about it. But are you actually doing any harm? The answer is …

Turning off your iPhone won't stop NSA bugs, but this will

Just because you turned off your phone doesn't mean the NSA isn't using it to spy on you.<p>Edward Snowden's latest revelation about the NSA's snooping …

Top 10 Incredibly Useful Windows Programs to Have On Hand

Some apps are essential, and you use them every day. Everyone knows their names: Firefox, VLC, 7-Zip, and so on. However, there’s another class of …

These Harvard And MIT Kids Say They've Made NSA-Proof Email

Those who worry that Gmail or the National Security Agency may be rifling through their emails now have a new alternative: ProtonMail, a super-secure email service created by students from Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.<p>"It was the Snowden leaks that got us started," …

VirusTotal Uploader is a quick and easy way to scan suspicious files

With so many security scares lately, it’s the perfect opportunity to make sure that your Mac security is as beefed up as possible.<p>That’s why it’s good timing — both for Google and for us — that the search giant has just released a very useful tool which makes it easy to upload suspicious files for …

Free up your Mac’s precious USB with Thunderbolt Dock

Analyze & Troubleshoot Your Wi-Fi Network w/ NetSpot Pro | Cult of Mac Deals

• Reach maximum Wi-Fi efficiency<br>• Easily assure that hotspots are placed correctly & radio channels are assigned properly<br>• Visualize your wireless network w/ maps so you can see where to best increase connection strength<br>• Point your location on the map to starts collecting Wi-Fi data around you<br>• See dead …

14 Google Tools You Didn't Know Existed

1. Google Ngram Viewer<p>2. Google Correlate<p>3. Google Trends<p>4. Google Think Insights<p>5. Google Public Data Explorer<p>6. Full Value of Mobile<p>7. Get Your …

How to Save your Gmail to Google Drive Automatically

Introducing Save Emails, a new Google Docs add-on that will help you easily save email messages and file attachments from Gmail to your Google Drive …

Apps

The Best Apps for Any Kind of Writing

Writing is a very personal practice, and as a result you have a million writing-focused apps to choose from. From distraction-free apps that take up …

Mac Desks Blog Shows Off Gorgeous Apple Setups

This picture comes via Mac Desks (and Dribbble), a blog showing – that’s right – photos of desks that have Macs on them. And some of them are gorgeous.<p>Of course, reality often doesn’t match up to such fantasies.<p>My own desk, fashioned from a wooden workbench with the legs cut down to match my old …

How To Get Media Into iTunes Faster [OS X Tips]

I’m all for getting my stuff into iTunes more efficiently, aren’t you? Jordan Merrick is, too, and he’s come up with a brilliant way to do just that. He’s also got a great site full of clever tips there as well. Really, go check it out.<p>The default way, says Merrick, for media to get to iTunes is …

Out in the Open: Inside the Operating System Edward Snowden Used to Evade the NSA

When NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden first emailed Glenn Greenwald, he insisted on using email encryption software called PGP for all …

Best social apps for power networkers: IFTTT, Buffer, Drafts, and more!

Whether you want to track followers, track links, or queue posts - these are the very best social metric apps for iPhone!<p>Looking for the best iPhone …

How Facebook Is Killing Your iPhone’s Battery Life (And What You Can Do About It)

Does your iPhone battery constantly drain from 100% to nearly 0%? You might think the battery is to blame, but there could be a far more dastardly culprit: Facebook.<p>Over at Overthought.org, an ex-Apple Genius with much experience trying to determine the cause of low battery life in iDevices claims …

The Ultimate Guide to Solving iPhone Battery Drain

I worked on the Genius Bar for almost two years, and the most difficult issue to solve was short iPhone battery life. It was extremely difficult to …

How to Make Google Drive Work Like a Desktop Suite

Google Drive, and the apps in it—Docs, Sheets, and Slides—are great for people looking for a simple Office suite. It's free, makes collaboration …

17 Fixes To Common Internet Problems We All Know And Hate

If you're reading this, it means some part of you enjoys surfing the Internet. Maybe you even enjoy spending an enormous percentage of your day doing it.<p>But are you doing it correctly? Is your web browsing as efficient, productive and fun as it could be? If you're unsure, and you should be, follow …