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By Mike Cutmore | Welcome to 'fixmypc.24ex'. Collecting hints, tips, news, information & all home computer relevant issues. Keeping up with all the changes in domestic related tech - a constant, continuing operation... PC tech evolves constantly, sometimes seemingly faster than we can try to keep up with. With the rapid rise of on-line services like cloud computing & new platforms, tablet computers & smartphones more & more dangerous security threats seem to appear regularly...

The year Windows died at home and nobody cared

While Microsoft's desktop operating system continues to be a key fixture of enterprise computing environments, it faces extinction at home. And …

Mobile Devices

This Eye Surgeon Brings Old Computers to Back to Life with Windows 10 - Windows Insider

When Basilio Kalpakian spots an old PC on the side of the road, he knows he’s struck gold. A self-described tinkerer, Basilio is an eye surgeon by …

Windows 10

17 things you'd need to carry if you ditched your smartphone

How much do you rely on your device? We take a look at some of the things you would need if you did not have a smartphone.<p>As concern grows over the …

Mobile

The explosive race to totally reinvent the smartphone battery

If you’re reading this on your smartphone, you’re holding a bomb. Beneath a protective screen, lithium – a metal so volatile that it can ignite on …

Clean Energy

Tech Facts: Interesting Computer and Technology Facts

<b>Interesting Computer and Technology Facts</b><p>There are many new computer and technology facts that many people do not know. Even though there is an …

Washing Machines

Admit it, older people – you are addicted to your phones, too | Sophia Ankel

My mother likes to sit with her legs crossed on the sofa, glasses balanced on her nose, while she scrolls through her iPhone. I don’t know whether she is commenting on a friend’s family photo album, crushing candy or liking a meme with the caption: “Tonight’s forecast: 99% chance of wine”, but I do …

Social Media

Windows 10 ultimate tips - Speed up your PC with these simple tricks

MicrosoftWindows 10 tips and tricks<p>Microsoft's Windows 10 is made to work across a variety of hardware devices and so may run slower on some less …

Socket to ’em! Why we must resist the rise of plugspreading

<b>Name:</b> Plugspreading.<p><b>Age:</b> It has been creeping up on us for some years now.<p><b>Appearance:</b> Unwieldy, outsized, invidious, pointless.<p><b>I’ve heard of manspreading. This sounds a bit like that, only more disgusting.</b> It is certainly disgusting.<p><b>OK. I’ll brace myself</b> <b>so you can tell me about it.</b> Are you</b> …

Home Automation

“I Was Devastated”: Tim Berners-Lee, the Man Who Created the World Wide Web, Has Some Regrets

Berners-Lee has seen his creation debased by everything from fake news to mass surveillance. But he’s got a plan to fix it.<p>“For people who want to make sure the Web serves humanity, we have to concern ourselves with what people are building on <i>top</i> of it,” Tim Berners-Lee told me one morning in …

The tech that changed us: 50 years of breakthroughs | ZDNet

​1968: The launch of Apollo 8<p>In 1968, Apollo 8 was originally designed to perform Lunar Module testing in low Earth orbit, but production failures …

Windows 10

Computers Go Hollywood

Have you ever been watching a TV show or a movie and spotted a familiar computer? [James Carter] did and he created a website to help you identify …

Now Microsoft ports Windows 10, Linux to homegrown CPU design

MSR's E2 processor EDGEs into public view... with a little help from Qualcomm, too<b>Updated</b> Microsoft has ported Windows 10 and Linux to E2, its …

Blockchain won't save the world, but might make it a better place

Although blockchain's crypto-anarchist utopian dream is unlikely to be realised, it still promises plenty of benefits.<p>One of the most striking …

The word 'hack' is meaningless and should be retired

The word ‘hack’ used to mean something, and hackers were known for their technical brilliance and creativity. Now, literally anything is a hack — <i>anything</i> — to the point where the term is meaningless, and should be retired.<p>The most egregious abuse of the term “hack” comes from the BBC’s Dougal Shaw. …

Why the Mac you know has no future

Apple's Mac is about to head toward an assisted living community in the desert -- and then its final resting place in the cloud.<p><i>Video: WWDC 2018:</i> …

5 Innovative Ways Artificial Intelligence Is Advancing Technology

Artificial intelligence is moving forward in these five important ways. Are you ready for it?<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Bots are dominating online communication, and most consumers don’t even realize the number of times they have interacted with a bot while …

Artificial Intelligence

It's time to break up with VR

Dear VR: It's not me, it's you.<p>We've had some good times, we've had some motion sickness, we've bumped into a few walls. But after giving you the benefit of the doubt for the past two years, it's time to throw in the towel. Virtual reality may yet become a massive mainstream hit, but it's not going …

Technology that changed us: The 1980s, from MS-DOS to the first GPS satellite

In this 50-year retrospective, we're not just looking at technology year by year, we're looking at technologies that had an impact on us, paved the …

​What is digital transformation? Everything you need to know about how technology is reshaping business

Digital transformation: what it is, why it matters, and what the big trends are.<p><i>Video: Why some companies won't success on their digital</i> …

Technology everyone wanted the year you were born

Microsoft's Big Ideas Are Awesome, But When Does Reality Catch Up With the Tech?

Today, Microsoft announced the Surface Hub 2, and like many of the company’s previous Surface products, it offers a tantalising view into a future …

Windows 10, Android and iOS: Gearing up for the next ecosystem battle

Three giants with billions of users; but is that going to be enough?<p>How big is big enough? One hundred million users? A billion users?<p>Big numbers are …

Google Duplex beat the Turing test: Are we doomed?

Google’s new Duplex AI sounds human, with stammers, pauses, and all. It could be a useful addition to Google Assistant or the harbinger of something …

The best change in Android P is Google’s all-new Material Design

Your smartphone is a mess of buttons and menus. While the hamburger menu and settings cog have become ubiquitous, dig a little deeper and you’re …

At I/O, Google showed its willingness to change and shape our lives

How personal can Google get before it all becomes too creepy?<p>Every company in Silicon Valley will tell you, with operatic grandeur, that it aims to change the world and make it a better place. But set aside the pretenders trying to sell you $400 juicers, Google happens to be a company that <i>can</i> …

The Era of Fake Video Begins

The digital manipulation of video may make the current era of “fake news” seem quaint.<p>In a dank corner of the internet, it is possible to find actresses from <i>Game of Thrones</i> or <i>Harry Potter</i> engaged in all manner of sex acts. Or at least to the world the carnal figures look like those actresses, and …

Virtual Reality

It’s Impossible to Prove Your Laptop Hasn’t Been Hacked. I Spent Two Years Finding Out.

Evil Maid Attacks<p>If you don’t use full disk encryption on your laptop, anyone who gains physical access to it, even for just a few minutes, can …

Linux

When's the best time to buy a TV, laptop or smartphone?

If you read about a new TV in January, you won't be able to buy it until the spring or summer.

Technology doesn’t mean you can forget the basics of customer service

From the invention of the telephone in 1876 through to today’s reliance on smart technologies, the way that customers interact with companies and …