Computer Abuser

By mr_street | A magazine for computer users

Pinterest makes it easier to collaborate on group boards

Pinterest is adding some new features to group boards that will make it easier to message the group members as well as keep track of what's being changed and who's joining. The new activity feed will show you when a member has saved a new Pin or when a new section has been added to the board. It …

Social Media

Twitter follower counts drop after a change in how they are counted

Twitter will stop including accounts that have been locked for bad behavior in publicly posted follower counts, the company said today. Accounts are …

Google retires DoubleClick, AdWords brand names

Google executives said its fees are not changing, and no services are merging. The company will retain the AdSense and AdMob brands for ad sales …

'I downloaded all my Facebook data and it was a nightmare' - BBC Three

Radhika Sanghani21 June 2018<p>To tell you the truth, I have never been the kind of person to worry too much about my personal data online. I know it’s concerning, but trying to do anything about it just feels pointless. Where are we even supposed to start?<p>I'm 28, and I’ve spent most of my life …

Social Media

Why Empathy Is Your Most Important Skill (and How to Practice It)

TL;DR: Empathy is the most important skill you can practice. It will lead to greater success personally and professionally and will allow you to …

Empathy

IBM’s machine argues, pretty convincingly, with humans

<b>On a stage in San Francisco, IBM’s Project Debater spoke, listened and rebutted a human’s arguments in what was described as a groundbreaking display of artificial intelligence.</b><p>The machine drew from a library of “hundreds of millions” of documents - mostly newspaper articles and academic journals - …

Laptops with 128GB of RAM are here

Brace yourself for laptops with 128GB of RAM because they’re coming. Today, Lenovo announced its ThinkPad P52, which, along with that massive amount of memory, also features up to 6TB of storage, up to a 4K, 15.6-inch display, an eighth-gen Intel hexacore processor, and an Nvidia Quadro P3200 …

Computer Hardware

Samsung Family Hub 3.0 – a very smart fridge

The new Samsung Family Hub 3.0 Refrigerator is the latest iteration of its smart ‘talking’ refrigerators. There are three in the range.First, the …

21 clever Alexa commands you will use again and again

More than any other device, Alexa has become our closest approximation of artificial intelligence.<p>Amazon's voice assistant has a voice and personality, and if you ask the right question, it'll even get sassy with you. Users even refer to Alexa as “she.” We usually prefer to say her name, rather …

Facebook privacy bug 'affects 14 million users'

<b>A software bug meant millions of Facebook users may have unknowingly posted private information to the public, the company has warned.</b><p>The glitch set a user’s post to be shared to "everyone", even if a user had previously chosen a more restricted option, such as “friends of friends”.<p>“We’d like to …

Apple Watch: $17,000 smartwatch is obsolete after latest update

Apple's famously expensive, gold Apple Watch is now out of date, just a couple of years after people were buying them for more than $10,000.<p>As part …

3 Google Assistant Routines you should set up right now

In just a few short years, Google Assistant has gone from a cool glimpse of the future to come to a legitimate digital helper that you can use every …

Lynq is a dead-simple gadget for finding your friends outdoors

If you’ve ever been hiking or skiing, or gone to a music festival or state fair, you know how easy it is to lose track of your friends, and the usually ridiculous exchange of “I’m by the big thing”-type messages. Lynq is a gadget that fixes this problem with an ultra-simple premise: it simply tells …

5 things you need to know about Microsoft's 'Your Phone' for Windows 10

Microsoft's Shilpa RanganathanHere are some intriguing things we learned about the "Your Phone" app this week at Microsoft Build.Microsoft this week …

Google Assistant can now help you order movie tickets

Although it's now easier than ever to order movie tickets, having to download an app, search for a showtime, and enter your credit card info can …

Windows 10's Timeline is the star of its latest update

When Microsoft launched Windows 10 three years ago, the company proudly said it was focusing on productivity. That might not sound very exciting, but it was a noble goal nonetheless -- one that made it clear Microsoft was paying attention to its more dedicated users. So it's not too surprising that …

How to handle the flood of GDPR privacy updates

<b>Many app users' inboxes are bulging with requests to review new terms of service and privacy conditions.</b><p>And it is no coincidence that so many developers have revamped their small print at the same time.<p>In just under a month, the EU will introduce a new privacy law that gives Europeans new data …

Animations in Windows 10 breathe life into a cold, sterile experience — we need more, not less

Microsoft is adding some UI flair to Windows 10, but it still has work to do.How much does adding somewhat frivolous animations to an OS matter? I'm …

Microsoft's 4 most disappointing products and services

Microsoft makes a lot of great products ... but it also makes a few bad ones.The Microsoft ecosystem feels a bit shaky these days. Across mobile, …

Microsoft Planner tasks can now be imported to Outlook

Now you can track your Planner tasks alongside everything else in your Outlook calendar.Alongside several new features announced for Microsoft …

This is an early look at Gmail's new design for desktop

In the "coming weeks", Google will introduce a huge redesign for Gmail. Something along these lines is long overdue, and thanks to recently shared …

If your computer has slowed, you might be mining crypto coins for someone else — here's how to stop it

Good news: Virtually all traditional types of malware declined in the past few months. Not so good: mainly because hackers are more interested in using your computer to help them mine cryptocurrencies.<p>It's likely you, or your employer, aren't even aware it's happening. Malware miners latch onto …

Poke the World

My latest favourite toy for LaMetric time is <b>Poke the World</b>.<p>LaMetric app used to control the LaMetric device (as seen on my Android phone).<p>LaMetric …

Apps for Flat-Earthers

Some facts:<p>the Earth is an oblate spheroid;<p>the Earth and Moon orbit the Sun, which is a star approximately 150 million km away;<p>gravity holds water, …

Avoid These to Improve Your SSD Life and Performance

Regardless of the stronghold conventional hard drives had on the market, the emergence of SSD surely dimmed the glory HDD received. Agreed that …

Operating Systems

Apple doesn't understand what makes Chromebooks great

Apple announced a new iPad earlier this week at an education-focused event. Though it’s rare for the company to directly acknowledge its competition during presentations, it made no secret the new iPad was aimed at one rival in particular: Chromebooks.<p>The ePad, as some call it, came in at the same …

Facebook’s crisis demands a reevaluation of computer science itself

As Robert Oppenheimer watched a mushroom cloud from the first nuclear detonation bloom over a New Mexico test site, he repeated a line from the Hindu …

You had questions about your Facebook data. I have answers

I recently wrote about downloading 14 years of my Facebook data, where I uncovered a large collection of personal information about my life that the company has held onto over the years.<p>I fell down that rabbit hole on Friday, days after news broke that the data firm Cambridge Analytica misused …

Social Media

Excel is getting smarter

Excel is the workhorse of many industries and if you love your spreadsheets, the following news will likely make you unreasonably happy: Excel is getting smarter, thanks to a fresh infusion of artificial intelligence. As we previously reported, the Excel team has spent the last few months adding …

Artificial Intelligence