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Microsoft completes modified version of Windows 10 for Chinese government Microsoft could be on the verge of making greater headway in China after completing a modified version of Windows 10 for the Chinese government. The operating system has been banned for governmental use for some time despite the fact it is already available to consumers in the country.

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Turn off most Windows 10 Ads with a double-click, or manually The following guide offers instructions on turning of all ads on Windows 10, and most of them with a simple double-click.

Not all Windows 10 users have seen advertisement yet on devices that run the operating system, but the number is certainly growing.

The main reason why it is growing is that Microsoft is pushing what it calls suggestions or tips to more and more places on the operating system.

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Windows 10 KB4015438 fixes crashes and hangs The new cumulative update for Windows 10 version 1607 (Anniversary Update) KB4015438 patches two issues introduced by last week's Patch Day.

This raises the version of the Anniversary Update version of Windows 10 to 14393.969.

The KB4015438 update seems to fix two issues introduced last week that affected some users of the operating system after devices were updated with last week's security updates.

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Microsoft ready to block updates for Windows 7 on latest PCs Microsoft may be getting ready to enforce a new support policy for Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 that was announced last year, a recently-revised support document signaled.

Personal computers powered by the latest processors from AMD, Intel and Qualcomm will be blocked from receiving security updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, according to the support document. "Your PC uses a processor that isn't supported on this version of Windows and you won't receive updates," one potential message stated.

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Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee warns of the three big dangers facing the internet tim berners-lee, fake news, web foundation

It’s been 28 years since Sir Tim Berners-Lee submitted his original proposal for the world wide web. To mark the occasion, the Web Foundation founder has written a blog post highlighting what he believes are the three challenges facing the internet today.

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Desktop Linux the best it has ever been and it keeps getting better While users of proprietary operating systems suffer with new, slower, buggier, more spy-filled systems, Linux users are enjoying better performance and more support.

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Microsofts Patch Tuesday is Back Microsoft missed the entire month of February, leaving Windows users exposed to attacks.

After delaying Patch Tuesday in February, Microsoft has released security updates for March. The latest updates fix more than a dozen vulnerabilities.

According to Wccftech, “Among the patches, Microsoft has also fixed a ‘critical’ flaw, which was publicly disclosed earlier last month following Microsoft missing February’s Patch Tuesday. The exploit code related to a Windows SMB bug was made available by Laurent Gaffie, but Microsoft hasn’t credited Gaffie in the bulletin.”

One of the most severe vulnerabilities was in Microsoft Windows SMB Server, which, according to the Microsoft security bulletin, “could allow remote code execution if an attacker sends specially crafted messages to a Microsoft Server Message Block 1.0 (SMBv1) server.”

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Google Discloses Serious Security Flaws in Microsoft Products Microsoft fails to patch any of the three serious security flaws that affect its operating system.

Google disclosed an unpatched vulnerability in Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge web browsers. After giving Microsoft 90 days to fix the bug, Google researchers have published the details of the vulnerability along with proof-of-concept code. The security hole affects all supported Windows versions, including Windows 7, 8.1, and 10.

According to The Hacker News, “The vulnerability (CVE-2017-0037), discovered and disclosed by Google Project Zero team's researcher Ivan Fratric, is a so-called ‘type confusion flaw’ in a module in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer that potentially leads to arbitrary code execution.”

Google discovered the vulnerability in November 2016 and reported it to Microsoft on November 25, but for unknown reasons, Microsoft did not fix the problem.

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CCleaner v5.28, to boost your PC's performance If your PC is running slowly and freezing, you might not be aware that routine cleaning is what keeps your PC working at peak performance. CCleaner does just that...
CCleaner safely cleans the useless files, data and settings accumulated during day-to-day use, which clog up your computer. It also protects privacy by deleting web data, including browsing history, cookies, cached images/files and if you want to, passwords.
Scheduled cleaning means your PC stays clean, safe and fast - without you doing a thing!

This latest version brings:
- Improved Chrome and Opera History cleaning
- Improved Firefox Session and Cache cleaning
- Updated ZoneAlarm cleaning

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Mozilla: people have no idea how to protect their privacy and security online Privacy and security are major concerns when it comes to life online, but a survey by Mozilla reveals that a worrying number of people do not know how to stay in control of them. The company also found that a third of people feel they have no control over their information online, with a similar number confessing to knowing "very little" about encryption.

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Mobile Menace Monday: Facebook Lite infected with Spy FakePlay A version of the popular mobile app Facebook has been found to be infected with what we detect as Android/Trojan.Spy.FakePlay. Facebook Lite is a more compact version of the popular app that uses less data and claims to work in all network conditions (i.e. where network conditions are poor).

The infected Facebook Lite works as advertised, but with the addition of malicious activities. It does this by using a malicious receiver com.google.update.LaunchReceiver and service com.google.update.GetInst. Note the use of using a receiver and service name that attempts to hide under what some may think is Google Update; something an untrained eye may not catch.

Service com.google.update.LaunchReceiver runs whenever the phone is booted, and immediately runs receiver com.google.update.GetInst.

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Free antivirus coupon leads to tech support scam Before we showed how users were redirected to a tech support scam page via a rogue Google Chrome extension. This time we take a look at another clever ruse to trick you into calling for assistance, and ultimately getting scammed.

This scheme is actually hosted on the same domain that was running the fake Windows support we described before and our assumption is that users are redirected to this coupon page via a similar malvertising campaign.

It plays on special offers, discounts and time-limited deals to entice you to claim your product now, choosing between Norton or McAfee. After filling in your personal details (which are actually sent off to the crooks), a page simulates the offer being processed only to fail with an error message. Victims are mislead into thinking that their offer was redeemed, but that they must perform a final call to get it completed.

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Mac security facts and fallacies Fallacy: Macs don’t get viruses

The idea that there are no viruses for the Mac goes back to the beginning of Mac OS X, at the very beginning of this millennium. Most people associate this idea most strongly with the “I’m a Mac/I’m a PC” commercials from a decade ago:

Unfortunately, this is a myth. As with most good myths, though, there’s a slight element of truth.

Technically speaking, a virus is malware that spreads by itself, by attaching itself to other files. By this strict definition, there are no Mac viruses. However, by that token, there also aren’t very many Windows viruses these days, either. Viruses have mostly disappeared from the threat landscape.

The average person, though, understands a virus to be any kind of malicious software. (A better term for this is “malware.”) Since there definitely is malware for the Mac,

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Windows vs Linux - What's the best operating system? Given their different strengths and use cases, it’s difficult to definitively state whether Linux or Windows is the better OS.

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Nvidia Driver 378.78 big DirectX 12 improvements Nvidia released a new driver for GeForce video cards yesterday that bumps the version to 378.78 and improves DX12 performance significantly. The new video card driver ships with three core improvements; namely, DirectX 12 optimizations, support for the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, and Game Ready support for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands.

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Safari browser sheds users, mimicking IE Apple's Safari browser, like rival Internet Explorer (IE), has lost a significant number of users in the last two years, data published Wednesday showed. The most likely destination of Safari defectors: Google's Chrome.

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Skype application for Linux Microsoft has just released the beta version of its new Skype application for Linux. This new version, despite being in stable, has replaced the existing Skype 4.3 on its website as the default download.

If you are not already aware, until now, Microsoft used a Qt based Skype client for Linux. This application lacked a number of features and was not updated for several years. The user interface looked like it was made before 2010.

But Microsoft woke up from the sleep and announced that it was working on a new Skype application for Linux. The new version uses modern cloud architecture, unlike the older version that used peer to peer architecture.

The new Skype version is basically the web version of Skype wrapped using Electron and Node.js. But it does bring the regular Skype features that Windows users are enjoying.

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Best Linux distributions for beginners Let’s face it, Linux can pose an overwhelming complexity to new users. But then, it’s not Linux itself that brings this complexity. Rather, it’s the “newness” factor that causes this.

Not knowing where to start can be a downer. Especially for someone who does not have the concept of something else running on their PC in place of Windows or MacOS.

Linux is more than an OS. It’s an idea where everybody grows together and there’s something for everybody.

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Bad bug found in Microsoft browsing code Google has released details of a bug in Microsoft's browsing programs that would allow attackers to build websites that make the software crash.
Google researcher Ivan Fratric said the bug could, in some cases, allow attackers to hijack a victim's browser.
The bug was found in November, but details are only now being released after the expiry of the 90-day deadline Google gave Microsoft to find a fix.
Microsoft has yet to say when it will produce a patch that removes the bug.

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best privacy-focused Linux distributions This article shows you the list of best privacy-focused Linux distributions. This article is intended for readers who are extremely concerned about their only privacy.

Privacy is a serious and much-debated issue. In this age of cyber espionage and electronic surveillance, privacy becomes a crucial subject.

While most of us Linux users care about our privacy to an extent, some people take it to an ‘extreme level’. Such people are often termed ‘privacy freaks’ (not in a derogatory manner).

The good thing about Linux is that it has got a distribution for (almost) everyone’s needs. Privacy is not an exception.

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CCleaner alternative for Linux Windows users often look for CCleaner alternative for Linux. CCleaner is a popular Windows application that lets you easily free up space by removing unnecessary files and completely uninstalling a software.

Stacer is a new application for Ubuntu that functions similar to CCleaner i.e. to optimize your system.

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New macOS ransomware spotted in the wild A new file-encrypting ransomware program for macOS is being distributed through bit torrent websites, and users who fall victim to it won't be able to recover their files, even if they pay.

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No February 2017 Patch Tuesday Patch Tuesday is a recurring event on the second Tuesday of each month. Microsoft will release security patches for Windows operating system versions and other company products on that day.

An update to the original announcement on February 15, 2017 confirms that the February 2017 Patch Tuesday has been cancelled, and that the next batch of updates will be delivered on the March Patch Tuesday instead.

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Remix OS: Is This the Droid You Were Looking For? Ever wanted to try Android on your PC but there weren’t any really usable projects? Now you can. Remix OS is an Android based operating system that’s designed to offer a full-fledged desktop PC-like experience. The developers have done a lot of work to implement many desktop-centric features such as multi-window multi-tasking. It offers a very familiar interface inspired by Windows, so the learning curve is not that steep. If you have used Android before, you will find yourself at home.

Remix OS is being developed by Jide Technologies, a company founded by three ex-Googlers, “with a mission to unlock the potential of Android in order to accelerate a new age of computing,” reads the “about us” page.

http://www.jide.com/remixos

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MajorGeeks tops list of safe software download sites MajorGeeks is proud to announce that The Windows Club listed us first in their recent article, Safe Software Download Sites where they took to task many of the largest download websites and pointed out that many of these sites now bundle their own installers, often including what is considered malware with their downloads. Safe software download sites There was a time when we went to some good download sites and clicked on the Download button to download software. And what we got was – software. But times have changed now, and things have gotten a bit messy. Now you have to be very careful before you click on any Download button or link, because you never know what you may end up with! You may go visit a download site to download, say our 340KB Ultimate Windows Tweaker, and end up with a bunch of other crapware you did not ask for!

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Debian's long-term support experiment Debian Linux, which calls itself "The Universal Operating System," is a huge and popular Linux variant. Debian was one of the first Linux distributions, and it remains one of the largest, with over 43,000 software packages. Unlike many other leading Linux distros, Debian is not backed directly by a company, and it is managed democratically by the many volunteers who populate the Debian mailing list.

Despite its reputation as an all-free, counter-cultural collection for hackers, Debian is also quite stable and reliable, which makes it a viable option for many corporate networks. But after many years of Linux in the enterprise, admins have a pretty clear idea of what they want: a system that will operate for several years without requiring an upgrade. Rolling out a new operating system in the enterprise can take many months, and the process is quite complex and prone to complications

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LibreOffice Goes Online with 5.3 Release The Document Foundation announced the release of LibreOffice version 5.3. The latest version is available for macOS, Windows, and Linux. This release has many new features, including an experimental ribbon-like interface reminiscent of Microsoft Word.

One of the biggest highlights of the new release is the source code for LibreOffice Online. Users can now install LibreOffice Online on their servers and use file sync and storage services like NextCloud to create an experience similar to Google Docs and Office 365.

Although the source code is available for download, the Document Foundation has no plans to offer LibreOffice Online as a service. Italo Vignoli, a co-founder of the Document Foundation, told us that the foundation doesn’t have the resources to build a Google-like infrastructure to offer such as service. LibreOffice Online is intended for ISPs and private cloud vendors.

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SUSE Working on a New Operating System Called MicroOS SUSE’s answer to container-centric operating systems.

Cloud and containers is the next frontier for Linux companies. Responding to Container OS, Project Atomic, and Snappy Core, SUSE is working on MicroOS. The new operating system by SUSE is based on SUSE Enterprise Linux and focuses on delivering microservices.

In an exclusive interview with The New Stack, SUSE’s newly appointed CTO, Dr. Thomas Di Giacomo, said that it will help those customers who are running legacy systems but want to migrate to modern technologies over time. “We want to make sure that companies that have legacy infrastructure and legacy applications that can move to modern technologies, where container as a service is offered through that OS itself.”

One of the core components of MicroOS is transactional updates which use the snapshot capabilities of Btrfs. All updates will be installed automatically and a reboot

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How to tell if you are infected with malware Picture this: you start your computer and wait. And wait. And wait some more. When your desktop finally shows its face, things don’t get any better. Your Internet is sluggish, your programs are taking forever to load, and your cursor is dragging 20 seconds behind your mouse. You might have tried to open too many programs at once. Or…

You might be infected.

Sometimes a malware infection is plain as day. Other times it’s a silent killer. If you want to know whether or not your machine is sick, you first need to understand the symptoms. So let’s take a look at the telltale signs.

Blatant signs of infection

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Celebrate Safer Internet Day Safer Internet Day is an awareness-raising campaign that started in Europe more than a decade ago. Hosted by ConnectSafely.org, Safer Internet Day gained official recognition in the US in late 2012, with a joint agreement between the Department of Homeland Security and the European Commission to work together to build a better Internet for young people. Now, it is celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide.

The theme for this year’s Safer Internet Day celebration is “Be the change: Unite for a better Internet.” Organizers are looking for people to post about positive social actions online—whether it’s a random act of kindness or a full-on flash mob. Here are some ways you can participate:

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The best Linux graphic design software. Linux has no dearth of graphic design software. In this list, we’ll see the best Linux graphic design software.

It is not true that Linux does not offer tools for digital artists. Of course, there’s something for everyone which makes Linux better than Windows.

There are plenty of Linux graphic applications which help digital artists enhance their work or build something interesting from scratch. Well, maybe, the applications that do exist with Linux are not commercially popular, but they do offer powerful features to act as a perfect companion for a digital artist.

In this article, we would be specifically concentrating our focus on the tools that deal with digital drawings/sketches and image editors.

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Libreoffice 5.3 released LibreOffice 5.3 has been released today and The Document Foundation (the organization behind LibreOffice) has called it the “most feature-rich releases in the history of the application“.

It’s not bragging. LibreOffice 5.3 does boast of a number of new features to it, most important of them all, its own version of MS Office’s Ribbon interface.

In case, you didn’t know already, LibreOffice is a free and open source productivity suite available for Windows, Linux and MacOS. While you have to pay a huge amount of licensing fee for Microsoft Office, LibreOffice is completely free to use on any platform.

NEW FEATURES IN LIBREOFFICE 5.3

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Why Use Linux ? It's a new website called Why Use Linux. Basically, it's a web page (in progress) that lists the benefits of using Linux, shows the available applications for general computing usage and recommends a few Linux distributions to try.

It's still in beta, which means I will be adding more features and changes to it. Meanwhile, if you have any suggestions related to features, designs or even grammatical errors, please let me know. Together we can make it the ideal website you can refer to encourage people to use Linux.

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Linux Mint 18.1 Serena Xfce released! Linux Mint 18.1 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2021. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

New features:

This new version of Linux Mint contains many improvements.

For an overview of the new features please visit:

“What’s new in Linux Mint 18.1 Xfce“.

https://www.linuxmint.com/rel_serena_xfce_whatsnew.php

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Linux Mint 18.1 Serena KDE released! Linux Mint 18.1 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2021. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

New features:

This new version of Linux Mint contains many improvements.

For an overview of the new features please visit:

“What’s new in Linux Mint 18.1 KDE“.

https://www.linuxmint.com/rel_serena_kde_whatsnew.php

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Windows 10 KB3216755: Important fixes, Update Catalog exclusive KB3216755 is only available on the Microsoft Update Catalog website. Most Home users of Windows 10 will probably not be aware that the update is available.

It fixes several high profile issues, including failing file downloads in Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge, failure to clear the browsing history in Internet Explorer, XSS false positives after logging in to a site, network connection issues, and more.

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KDE branded laptops When it comes to computers preloaded with Linux, it’s Ubuntu that gets the biggest piece of pie. From Dell to System76, from ZaReason to Logic Supply, everyone has Ubuntu (with Unity).

It doesn’t mean that are not other options. You can buy Ubuntu Mate preloaded system from Entroware. Linux Mint has got its own branded Mintbox series.

KDE, one of the best Linux desktop environment, had nothing so far.

But this is going to change soon. KDE users will be

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run Windows software on Linux, WINE 2.0 The latest version of Wine, a program that lets you run Windows software on Linux, brings the support for Microsoft Office 2013 among other changes.

Wine 2.0 is here. After over a year of development and over 6,600 changes, Wine 2.0 has been finally released. The biggest highlights of this release are support for Microsoft Office 2013 and 64-bit support for MacOS ().

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How to backup and restore Linux Be it a beginner or an advanced coder, A Linux user will, at some point find the need for a backup solution. All it takes is just one sudo command to go wrong and you’ll be sent back to the stone age. Linux shows you no mercy when you don’t have a solid a backup.

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Best screen recorders for Linux In this article, we list you the best screen recorders for Linux. This list also includes software that let you record your Linux desktop as gif.

Often we need to record our desktop screen for various purposes, like broadcasting gaming session online, making video tutorials etc. Today, we are going to present various screen recording applications for Linux.

This list is divided into two parts:

Recording screen as video
Recording screen as gif
All the softwares mentioned here are free and open source (FOSS).

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Windows 10 Creators Update could ship March 31, and we're already worried about bugs We'd rather wait than have a repeat of the Anniversary Update's shenanigans.

Microsoft hasn’t officially committed to a ship date for Windows 10’s Creators Update, but evidence suggests it could reach Insiders as soon as the end of March. Given how the last major Windows 10 update went, however, we’re feeling equal parts eagerness—and caution.

So far, all Microsoft has promised for the Creators Update is that it will ship in “early 2017.” Two tantalizing clues suggest a more specific date: Both Microsoft’s Surface Studio PC and Dell’s Canvas monitor offer features closely tied to the Creators Update, and both now list shipping dates at the end of March. It’s no stretch to suppose that both companies would align those releases with the Creators Update, and Dell has said as much already.

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You still can not turn off Windows 10 built-in spyware Microsoft is reducing the data it collects from your Windows 10 PCs, but what does that really mean? Good question. Microsoft isn’t saying.

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Memory Hogs: PC Performance Alerts Memory Hogs is a free program for Microsoft Windows designed to monitor the performance of PC components, and alert you when thresholds are reached. While you may notice that something is wrong performance-wise when things slow down to a crawl, crash, stutter, or show other symptoms of weakness, it is sometimes not as obvious at first that something is wrong.

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5 Linux Desktop Environments on the Rise for 2017 With each passing year, the Linux desktop ecosystem shifts and morphs from one darling to the next. Although it’s sometimes challenging to tell, from month to month, which desktop will reign as the fan favorite, there are always signs that a particular desktop is going to rise in market share.

Three trends I always examine are evolution, usability, and modernity. I prefer my desktops to have evolved along with the needs of current trends and users, to be easily used, and have a modern design aesthetic. Bonus points are generally awarded for a high range of flexibility.

Currently, the Linux desktop environment is dominated by Cinnamon, Xfce, GNOME, and Ubuntu Unity. Of those four, I believe only one will see a sharp rise in market share in 2017. Which one? Let’s dive in and see which five desktops, I think will climb the rank and file.

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The Browser Setting That Everyone Should Turn Off Right Now Affected browsers include biggies like Chrome, Safari, and Opera, as well as extensions like the password manager/form filler LastPass, which is perhaps an even more obvious target. So, if you're currently using any of these, it'd be wise to head to your Preference menu and temporarily disable the autofill feature until a security patch is pushed out.

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Microsoft's latest Windows 10 ad annoys Chrome users with taskbar pop-ups Ads on the Windows 10 taskbar aren't just for Microsoft Edge anymore

Myce recently spotted yet another pop-up ad on the taskbar in Windows 10. This time around Microsoft was advertising its extension for Chrome dubbed the Personal Shopping Assistant (Beta). The extension is a Microsoft Garage project that lets you compare prices across shopping sites.

Prior to the Chrome extension pop-up, Microsoft was advertising its rewards program for Microsoft Edge, which we spotted in early November. The earlier ad appeared to be targeted at people who didn’t use Edge that frequently.

The Chrome one, by comparison, is probably targeted at people who use Chrome as their default browser. Microsoft's likely thinking that if people won’t stop using Chrome on Windows, at least they can use some Microsoft software while they’re doing it.

Microsoft told Thurrott.com that ads like the one for the Chrome

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Microsoft labels Windows 7 'outdated' as it stumps for 10 Microsoft on Monday reminded customers running Windows 7 that they have just three years of support remaining, told them that the aged OS was "long outdated" and urged them to upgrade to Windows 10.

Windows 7 will exit what Microsoft calls Extended Support on Jan. 14, 2020; at that point, the company will stop all security updates.

Microsoft used the three-years-and-counting milestone to simultaneously denigrate Windows 7 and promote its successor. "Windows 7 is based on long-outdated security architectures," said Markus Nitschke, the head of Microsoft Germany, in a post to a German-language company blog, adding that the OS "does not meet the requirements of modern technology, nor the high security requirements of IT departments."

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CCleaner v5.26, to clean and speed up your computer Is your computer not running as fast as it used to? Use CCleaner to boost its performance!
As your machine gets older it will collect unused files and settings, which slows it down and takes up valuable hard drive space. CCleaner will remove all these unnecessary files, fix registry issues and instantly make your computer run faster! It will also protect your privacy by securely erasing cookies and browsing history.

This latest version brings:
- Improved Firefox History and Session Cleaning
- Improved Opera History cleaning
- Improved Thunderbird Session cleaning

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Best Linux Distributions for New Users Ah, the age-old question...one that holds far more importance than simply pointing out which Linux distribution is a fan-favorite. Why is that?

Let me set the stage: You have a user—one who has, most likely, spent the majority of their time in front of either a Windows or Mac machine—and they’ve come to you for an alternative. You want to point them in a direction that will bring about the least amount of hiccups along the way and highlight the power and flexibility of Linux.

But, remember, the single most important aspect is that they must get it, out of the box.

That’s why we often take the time to point out which distributions are best designed for new users -- because bringing new users into the mix is the best way to spread the word and grow the base.

With that said, what are the best distributions for new users?

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Microsoft Security Updates January 2017 It is the second Tuesday of the month, and that means it is once again Patch Day over at Microsoft.

The company has released security updates and non-security updates for client and server versions of its Windows operating system, as well as for other company products today.

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The future of Yahoo Web Properties Verizon offered $4.8 billion for the Yahoo brand name, core patents, and the bulk of the company's Internet properties, and Yahoo accepted the offer last year. The only major properties not included in the deal is the stake in Yahoo Japan, and the stake in Chinese company Alibaba.

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Microsoft lets some Windows 10 users hit pause on updates Latest beta also allows more Home users to defer forced updates with metered connection trick

Microsoft today delivered a new Windows 10 build that includes changes designed to address long-standing complaints about the operating system's update practices.

Testers -- those registered with the Windows Insider program and on its "Fast" release track -- were handed build 15002 today. Dona Sarkar, the Microsoft software engineer who serves as the public face and voice for Insider, called 15002 "a BIG update" in a post to a company blog that spelled out a slew of changes.

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Analysis Of The Top 10 Linux Distributions Of 2016 The list is the top 10 distributions as found on Distrowatch.

The point of this guide is to look at each of the top 10 distributions and to highlight how suitable the distribution is for the everyday Linux user.

There is a set criteria I use to determine how suitable a Linux distro is for the average person which is as follows:

Must be easy to install
Must have an intuitive desktop environment
Must be easy to use
Must have a standard and fairly complete set of applications installed
Must have a decent package manager for installing other applications
Must be ready to use straight away
The list is ordered in the same way they are on Distrowatch.

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The Best Linux Distros for 2017 The new year is upon us, and it’s time to look toward what the next 365 days have in store. As we are wont to do, Linux.com looks at what might well be the best Linux distributions to be found from the ever-expanding crop of possibilities.

Of course, we cannot just create a list of operating systems and say “these are the best,” not when so often Linux can be very task-oriented. To that end, I’m going to list which distros will rise to the top of their respective heaps...according to task.

With that said, let’s get to the list!

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Microsoft browsers may have hit rock bottom Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) and Edge browsers may be near the bottom of their unprecedented crash in user share, measurements published Sunday show.

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How to Remove Nova.rambler.ru (Chrome/Firefox) This Nova.rambler.ru removal guide works for Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Nova.rambler.ru looks like a rather convenient platform. The website has a search engine, an email client and several extra features. Nova.rambler.ru lists relevant news items. It gives access to games and horoscopes. The website links to a dating platform and an advertising network. Nova.rambler.ru gives information about the current exchange rates between rubles, US dollars and euros. The last feature of the website needs to be addressed in detail.

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Firefox's ready to supercharge browser speed with major multi-process push Mozilla is getting closer to rolling out a faster, more responsive browser to all its users since introducing multi-process Firefox to a select few in August. Soon a much wider swathe of users will be able to experience the performance gains that multi-process Firefox offers. Mozilla says the new Firefox design is offering a 400 percent increase in responsiveness and a 700 percent improvement when webpages load.

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How to use Tor Browser If you want to keep your web browsing private, you can use the Incognito mode in Chrome, Private Browsing in Firefox, InPrivate mode in Microsoft Edge, and so on. While this will prevent other people who use your computer from seeing your browsing history, it doesn't prevent your ISP from monitoring the sites you are visiting. You might well want to – for any number of reason – browse the internet completely anonymously, and this is precisely what the Tor browser offers.

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Task Manager DeLuxe review Task Manager DeLuxe is a free portable task manager alternative for Microsoft Windows that gives you more information and addition system controls.

The Windows Task Manager is not necessarily a bad program, but it lacks options and information that users may find useful at times. It is great for quickly killing a process and other basic tasks, but once you need to dive deeper, for instance by analyzing process dependencies, it reaches the end of its usefulness.

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How to hang on to Windows 7 for the long run Not sold on Windows 10? We have the keys to keeping your Win7 system running the way you like it

If Windows 7 represents peak Windows for you, you’re not alone. Twice as many people use Win7 as use Win10, even after 18 months of Microsoft pressure to get you to give up Win7 and jump to the shiny new version as your operating system of choice.

Your reasons for staying with Win7 may range from mere convenience to mental inertia to an abject fear of the Win10 info borg. Whatever your reasons for remaining with Win7, there are steps you can take right now to ensure Win7 keeps working -- at least until Microsoft pulls the plug on security patches, on Jan. 14, 2020. (Yep, that’s a Patch Tuesday.)

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Reminder: Windows Vista support ends this year Support for Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system will end on April 11, 2017; Microsoft won't publish public security patches anymore for Windows Vista after the Patch Tuesday in April 2017. Windows Vista is currently in the so-called extended support phase. Microsoft divides the support period of its operating systems into mainstream and extended support phases.

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Windows 7 to Windows 10 upgrades still free You can still upgrade to Microsoft's new operating system Windows 10 for free using a valid Windows 7 or 8.1 product key.

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Firefox will support Windows XP and Vista until September 2017 Numerous web browsers have already stopped supporting Windows XP and Vista, but not Firefox. To this day, Mozilla's latest software can work with your decade-old PC. However, even that team has its limits -- it's phasing out support for XP and Vista starting next year.

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9 must know Amazon Echo tips and tricks Amazon's Echo, Echo Dot and Tap devices can do more than just check the weather and sling playlists.

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18 Hidden Roku Tricks for Streaming Success Whether you're a cord cutter or not, you're probably going to want a streaming device for your TV, and Roku remains the most popular against Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and the Amazon Fire TV Stick, according to Parks Associates.

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How to Set Up Your Apple MacBook Pro So you just unboxed your new aluminum and glass Apple MacBook Pro. We walk you through the best way to set it up.

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Apple Fixes Password-Related Bugs in iOS and Mac OS Two separate flaws give away user passwords.

Apple is usually reliable for security and privacy, but every once in a while, things slip by. Two serious, and separate, vulnerabilities in iOS and Mac OS were discovered that can give away passwords. Apple has patched both security holes.

An iOS vulnerability was discovered by Davut Hari, a patent attorney from Turkey. It’s just a silly mistake. Saved passwords are not shown in plain text and are hidden by just showing ****. That’s one line of defense. Apple is also good at the accessibility feature, so if you select the password, accessibility is enabled, and you click the “Voice” option, the iOS device reads the password. Anyone in earshot can hear the password.

Apple released an update on December 12 and admitted that a “nearby user may be able to overhear spoken passwords.” The update disabled speaking of passwords.

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Linux Mint get a major upgrade With this long-term support Linux desktop, which is based on Ubuntu 16.04, Linux Mint is better than ever. Since I've already found Linux Mint 18 to be the best desktop out there of any sort, that's saying something.

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CrossOver 16 released Wanted to use Microsoft Office 13 on Linux? Well, here is the latest CrossOver 16 with Office 13 support and much more.

CrossOver is a compatibility layer that makes it possible to run some Windows software on Mac or Linux computers. It’s basically a commercial version of the open-source program WINE providing Linux users with an easy way to install various applications and games that run only on the proprietary Microsoft Windows operating systems.

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free and open source web browsers for Linux. Google Chrome might rule the world of browsers but you don’t need to keep on using it. Here are some free and open source web browsers for Linux.

When Google first released their Chrome browser in the fall of 2008, nobody suspected how much it would change the landscape. Within a short time, this new and fresh browser surpassed older entities that had been fighting for market share in the browser wars.With

With over 55% market share, Chrome became the reigning kings of browsers. For some, this was unfortunate because it gave Google access to even more data on them. In this age, data is the most important thing and the so-called free web browsers are a way to get to your data.

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Is Linux is better than Windows? Are you wondering if Linux is better than Windows? Don’t wonder.

If you are not a power user, it might seem that “Windows” OS is a better (or easier) choice when compared to Linux. In either case, if you are not enjoying using a Linux distro then Windows would be your obvious choice.

However, in reality, we tend to experience something different, which lets us jump to the conclusion where Linux gets the edge over Windows OS.

ADVANTAGES OF LINUX OVER WINDOWS

In this article, we will take a look at 10 of the compelling reasons why Linux is better than Windows.

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5 things you should do following the Yahoo breach The massive data breach can be an opportunity to do some cleanup and implement security recommendations.

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0-day alert: Your favorite Linux distro may not be as secure as you think Popular Linux distros such as Ubuntu and Fedora -- including the newly-released Fedora 25 -- are vulnerable to zero-day exploits, shattering the myth that the open source software is ultra-secure. Vulnerabilities can be exploited that allows an attacker to run any code he wants on a victim's computer -- with potentially devastating consequences.

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Linux Mint 18.1 Serena Cinnamon released! Linux Mint 18.1 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2021. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

New features:

This new version of Linux Mint contains many improvements.

For an overview of the new features please visit:

“What’s new in Linux Mint 18.1 Cinnamon“.

https://www.linuxmint.com/rel_serena_cinnamon_whatsnew.php

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Linux Mint 18.1 Serena MATE released! Linux Mint 18.1 Serena MATE Edition

Linux Mint 18.1 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2021. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

New features:

This new version of Linux Mint contains many improvements.

For an overview of the new features please visit:

“What’s new in Linux Mint 18.1 MATE“.
https://www.linuxmint.com/rel_serena_mate_whatsnew.php

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Linus Torvalds releases 'biggest ever' Linux 4.9, then saves Christmas Linux overlord Linus Torvalds has released Linux 4.9.

“I'm pretty sure this is the biggest release we've ever had, at least in number of commits,” Torvalds writes on the Linux Kernel Mailing List.

“If you look at the number of lines changed, we've had bigger releases in the past, but they have tended to be due to specific issues (v4.2 got a lot of lines from the AMD GPU register definition files, for example, and we've had big re-organizations that caused a lot of lines in the past: v3.2 was big due to staging, v3.7 had the automated uapi header file disintegration, etc).”

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Ransomware may turn victims into attackers, infect 2 others and decryption is free In the world of ever-evolving ransomware, one recently spotted variant is like doxware and another has a “nasty” option of infecting two other people – be it friends, enemies or strangers – and your files will be decrypted for free.

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Microsoft Photos for Windows 10 update brings edit, draw and interface enhancements Microsoft released an update for the built-in Photos application for Windows 10 yesterday that brings editing, drawing, and interface enhancements. The Photos app for Windows 10 is a basic photo viewer and editor. Like many other apps that ship with Windows, it is sufficient for basic tasks but neither feature-rich nor super fast when it comes to opening and displaying photos.

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Microsoft Security Bulletins December 2016 Microsoft released a batch of updates for company products today as part of the company's monthly Patch Tuesday event. The December 2016 overview of Microsoft's Bulletins provides you with detailed information on all bulletins and related information.

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Millions of routers allegedly backdoored with malware that can’t be removed One of the hackers purportedly responsible for a zombie army of Mirai-infected IoT devices, claimed he infected millions of routers with malicious firmware which can't be removed; a victim's only recourse is to trash the router.

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Easily exploited Netgear router flaw discovered At least two Netgear routers, the R6400 and R7000 are vulnerable to a command injection flaw that is easy to exploit and could lead to the total takeover of the routers.

This is a developing story. See updates at the end.

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Samsung software update will brick few Note 7s left in the wild Samsung said Friday it's had overwhelming participation in the US refund and exchange program for the Galaxy Note 7 phone, "with more than 93 percent of all recalled devices returned." The company also said it's issuing an even more punishing software update to make sure the remaining Note 7 devices are returned.

Starting December 19, Samsung will begin distributing a software update that prevents the phones from charging and "will eliminate their ability to work as mobile devices." The software update will be rolled out over 30 days.

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Three serious Linux kernel security holes patched The good news is developers are looking very closely at Linux's core code for possible security holes. The bad news is they're finding them. At least the best news is that they're fixing them as soon as they're uncovered.

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Gaming on Linux What’s the Achilles’ heel for Linux users?

Let me point that out for you. It’s gaming on Linux.

Don’t get me wrong. Gaming on Linux has improved significantly in recent years, thanks to the effort of companies like Steam, Feral Interactive and GOG.com. We even have Linux distributions specifically for gaming.

In addition to that. Steam has launched its own gaming console range in the form of Steam Machines. These gaming consoles are basically PC hidden inside the casket of a gaming console.

But even with all these, gaming on Linux nowhere close to gaming on Windows. Can this scenario be changed?

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Ubuntu 17.04 release schedule, and features Ubuntu 17.04, the upcoming release of Ubuntu Linux, has been codenamed Zesty Zapus. The release schedule of Ubuntu 17.04 is out.

Long term Ubuntu users might already be aware that 17.04 will be released in April 2017. It’s not rocket science to guess the release month at least, considering that there is a specific logic behind Ubuntu codename and version. In 17.04, 17 stands for the year 2017 and 04 stands for the month of the year (i.e. April).

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Linux distribution for developers Linux distribution exclusively for programmers and web developers? Why not? In the world of Linux, there is a distribution for everyone.

The battle of the best OS is long and forever lasting and the Linux army has a new armor at their disposal. Meet SemiCode OS, a new Linux distribution based on Ubuntu and with a focus on programmers and web developers.

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Random iPhone 6S shutdowns due to faulty battery component, Apple says Apple is offering a free fix after a consumer group in China complained about the problem

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Here's how to check if your Google account is one of the 1 million infected with malware Anyone running an older version of the Android operating system, be warned: Malware is infecting 13,000 Android devices every day, putting at risk the private details of more than 1 million Google accounts.

That's according to cybersecurity software company Check Point, which discovered a new piece of malware called "Gooligan" that's infecting Android phones and stealing email addresses.

Users who download Gooligan-infected apps or click links in phishing messages are being exposed to the malware, which allows attackers to access sensitive information from Google apps like Gmail, Drive, and Photos.

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Email Backup Software MailStore Home 10 released MailStore Home 10 is the newest version of the popular email backup software solution for Windows that supports local and remote email accounts. You can use the free MailStore Home client to back up emails from desktop email programs like Outlook or Thunderbird, local email files such as Mbox, PST or EML, and also from email servers using Pop3, IMAP or Microsoft Exchange.

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Zorin OS 12 Improves Linux Desktop Access for Windows Users The New Zorin OS 12 Linux distribution release aims to make it easier for users of proprietary operating systems to work with Linux.

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Fedora 25 makes Linux easy enough for anyone to try The first thing to know about the new version of Fedora is that you don’t have to download an ISO file and write it to a USB stick. This is an important thing to note, as preparing installation media for Linux is one of the bigger hurdles for newbies. (When I say newbies, I think of my mom trying to download and properly burn a USB image.)

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Office Hub app on Windows 10 The ‘Get Office’ app for Windows 10 has received a considerable upgrade to make it more than a billboard to sell Office 365.
It’s now (or will be) an ‘Office hub’ for access to all things Office. Recent documents, the programs themselves, Office 365 account settings plus help and training.

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Mozilla patches critical Firefox flaw weeks after update Mozilla released a security update to patch a critical flaw in Firefox which could allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.

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3 security reports about shopping online for Black Friday and Cyber Monday Researchers list the most and least secure online retailers, warn about vulnerabilities in WordPress e-commerce plugins and warn that crooks are cashing in on top store brands and "Black Friday" to scam consumers.

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How Linux can save small businesses (and old hardware) Many small businesses with tight budgets are facing a tough choice: Stick with obsolete systems and remain vulnerable to hackers, or spend a lot to install new gear. David Gewirtz shows how Linux can help you preserve your investment while staying safe and secure.

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Apple will replace the battery of your iPhone 6s that keeps shutting down First Samsung, now Apple. Battery problems in smartphones are all the rage these days. Of course, Apple's battery problems are very different than the ones Samsung users experienced, notably in that nothing has yet exploded. But what is happening to iPhones? And which models are affected?

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Thunderbird 45.5 email client released A new version of the popular desktop email client Thunderbird has just been released. Thunderbird 45.5 fixes several issues but does not introduce new features.

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Microsoft becomes a Platinum member of The Linux Foundation Today The Linux Foundation is announcing that we’ve welcomed Microsoft as a Platinum member. I’m honored to join Scott Guthrie, executive VP of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise Group, at the Connect(); developer event in New York and expect to be able to talk more in the coming months about how we’ll intensify our work together for the benefit of the open source community at large.


Microsoft is already a substantial participant in many open source projects and has been involved in open source communities through partnerships and technology contributions for several years. Around 2011 and 2012, the company contributed a large body of device driver code to enable Linux to run as an enlightened guest on Hyper-V. Microsoft has an engineering team dedicated to Linux kernel work, and since that initial contribution, the team has contributed improvements and new features

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Apple offers to repair iPhone 6 Plus devices with touch disease Apple is offering to repair at a reduced price iPhone 6 Plus smartphones with display flickering or multitouch issues.

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There might come a time when you’ll need to log in to your router to change a setting or two, most likely the network key for the Wi-Fi connection. But what happens if you can’t log in because you forgot the router’s username and/or password?

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A fresh installed Windows 10 operating system, regardless of whether it is store-bought, an upgrade from an earlier version of Windows, or a reset of Window 10 machine, is a good opportunity to apply some useful tweaks and fixes to the operating system.

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  Microsoft completes modified version of Windows 10 for Chinese government

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