Computer Abuser

By mr_street | A magazine for computer users

LastPass Exploit Shows That Last Password You Made Probably Wasn't Your Last

LastPass is one of the most prominent password managers around. It’s extremely convenient but if it were hacked, it would be quite the pain in the …

Network Security

CP/M 8266

Hands up if you’ve ever used a machine running CP/M. That’s likely these days to only produce an answer from owners of retrocomputers. What was once …

Arduino

Google turns Search into an app launcher (and it’s a pretty big deal)

Now Google is making your life even easier by rejigging it’s mobile app and website to work with tappable shortcuts, complementing the search box and …

Google

Like a Siri for travel, HelloGbye is a new streamlined travel-planning app

Why it matters to you<p>Frequent traveller? HelloGbye could take some of the headache out of the planning process by generating itineraries based on …

Travel

Whatever happened to …

… screen savers?<p>Inspiration this time comes from Alfred Thompson.<p>@dougpete What ever happened to screen savers? Does anyone use them anymore?<p>— Alfred …

Chromebook

PiSound, The Audio Card For The Raspberry Pi

Kids today are being loud with their ‘drum machines’ and ‘EDM’. Throw some Raspberry Pis at them, and there’s a need for a low-latency sound card …

Raspberry Pi

How To Download YouTube Videos

Sometimes streaming isn’t enough and you just want to know how to download videos from YouTube. There are plenty of reasons to do it. Perhaps you …

Apps

Fitbit now rolling out Windows Phone app to beta testers with Call & SMS Notifications support

We reported a few weeks ago that Fitbit was collecting users for a closed beta to test the Call and SMS notification feature in Windows 10 Mobile …

Microsoft

Google employees built a messaging app without a keyboard for emoji lovers

Earlier this week, we told you about Uptime, a video sharing app from Googlers who participated in the company’s Area 120 internal incubator for side projects. Now, the initiative has launched its first Android app.<p>Supersonic is a messaging app that relies almost exclusively on voice input: hold …

Apps

Interactive fiction and the origins of the conversational interface

It’s 2017, and conversational interfaces (people talking with machines the same way they talk to other people) are everywhere. Siri has become a household name. Taco Bell lets you order tacos over Slack. A chatbot lawyer can help you get out of your parking tickets. MasterCard is allowing people to …

Chatbots

Beware This Clever "Fake Attachment" Gmail Phishing Scam

With a little know-how, most phishing scams are pretty easy to detect. This one, on the other hand, is devilishly clever and just might dupe you if …

Identity Theft

All the Instruments In This Excellent Rock Band Are Played by Actual Rocks

Last year, artist Neil Mendoza turned a hamster running in a wheel into a talented sketch artist. This year he’s pulled off an even more amazing feat …

Music

'D&D Beyond' takes the pen and paper out of tabletop RPGs

Despite all the newfangled ways one can play <i>Dungeons and Dragons</i>, there's something special about playing it the old fashioned way -- in person with a bunch of friends and a geometrical mess of dice. Still, if you want to modernize your tabletop adventure just a little, you'll have the option soon. …

Dungeons and Dragons

Lost your Android phone? Good luck trying to get it back

We all know the feeling, that sudden amount of fear that envelops us the moment we realize we’ve lost our phone. Your heart beats a little bit faster as you attempt to recall the last time you’ve used it, but even then, there’s no pause for you until you’re reunited with it – safely back into your …

Mobile Technology

TeamViewer stopped working? Let me guess, your ISP is TalkTalk...

If you have ever had to provide remote technical support to a less-nerdy friend or member of your family, you’ll know just how hard it can be.<p>Over …

This smartwatch displays messages in braille

Day By Day Helps You Stick to the “Don’t Break the Chain” Method

Android: The “Don’t Break the Chain” method for productivity might be a little gimmicky, but it works. Day by Day is a free app that can help you …

Productivity

The desktop PC is finally cool

2017’s all-in-ones will make you rethink what a desktop PC can be<p>If you haven’t been paying attention to the PC world lately, you might not have noticed that the lowly PC has seen a bit of a resurgence, with interesting designs and unique concepts. We saw this come to bear at CES just a couple of …

Laptops

One Micro Bit Accomplishes Its Goal

Like the Raspberry Pi, the BBC Micro Bit had a goal of being foremost an educational device. Such an inexpensive computer works well with the current …

Raspberry Pi

A first kick at Dropbox Paper

Earlier this week, I shared <b>An Interview with Peter McAsh</b> on this blog. I enjoy doing these interviews; it’s a chance to dig just a little bit deeper …

Productivity

Top 10 Services Google Killed Off

Google has a long history of introducing, then forgetting about, and finally officially killing off its products. Most recently, that included Google …

Google

Do you remember the BBC Micro?

While the iconic <b>Sinclair ZX Spectrum</b> often gets the lion’s share of the credit for pioneering the use of computers in the UK, it was the BBC Micro …

Raspberry Pi

How millions of kids are being shaped by know-it-all voice assistants

Kids adore their new robot siblings.<p>As millions of American families buy robotic voice assistants to turn off lights, order pizzas and fetch movie times, children are eagerly co-opting the gadgets to settle dinner table disputes, answer homework questions and entertain friends at sleepover …

Parenting

Mail app Message Preview Text - Turn On or Off in Windows 10

Published by<p>Brink<p>Administrator<p>Posts: 18,325<p><b>How to Turn On or Off Message Preview Text in Windows 10 Mail app</b><p>Information<p>Windows 10 comes with a new …

Microsoft

How to Get Windows and macOS Apps on Your Chromebook

As capable as Chromebooks have become, there are times when you might need to load up Photoshop, iTunes or something else that relies on Windows or …

Chromebook

Give your friends a Glympse of your location with this helpful GPS app

Why it matters to you<p>This real-time location-sharing app helps people quickly share their current location, making it easier to meet up and stay safe …

GPS

Careful how you use Facebook reactions, they’ll soon affect News Feed more than likes

Why it matters to you<p>Facebook claims reactions matter more than likes when it comes to determining what people want to see on the News Feed, but its …

Facebook

TELETEXT BAD APPLE, by Bitshifters

<b>“Bad Apple” - The definitive BBC Micro/Teletext Version</b><p>The Tou Hou Bad Apple video has become a benchmark for pushing retro computing power to the …