12 April 2014

Reddit Adds New List Of Trending Subreddits To Homepage



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Reddit is one of the most popular websites on the Internet, but it’s not a site that makes headlines often with big changes. Usually, when Reddit is in the news it’s because someone of great importance is doing an IAmA, or something controversial happens. This time though, we actually have news of Reddit launching a new list of trending subreddits right on the very top of the homepage. Many Reddit users end up hanging around the default subreddits, never venturing out to experience some of the other very active communities the website has to offer. This new feature could fix...


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Cast Videos in Chrome for Android



The latest beta release of Chrome 35 for Android added support for casting HTML5 videos. You can now send videos to the Chromecast from any site that uses HTML5 video players, including YouTube.



To connect to a Chromecast, you need to play a video in fullscreen, click the cast icon and select a Chromecast device. You can then change the volume, fast forward or switch to a different video. YouTube's mobile site has support for the TV queue, so you can add videos to the queue instead of playing them right away.















The Chromecast integration is not perfect, there are some bugs that need to be fixed, but it's nice to see that you can cast almost any video right from the mobile browser, without having to install other apps and wait for the developers to integrate their apps with Chromecast.



Chrome 35 for Android also adds support for undoing tab closing, Samsung's multi-window feature and fullscreen videos with subtitles and HTML5 controls. Here's a video that shows the undo close tab feature in action, courtesy of Android Police:






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11 April 2014

Diving Into LinkedIn? 5 Tips To Get You Started



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When LinkedIn launched in 2003, it was a pretty simple idea: a social network for the professional sphere. But since then, the site and the way people use it have increased in complexity, and it can be a bit overwhelming trying to get into it for the first time. These 5 tips will get you from total newcomer to all-star networker in no time. 1. Create a Great Profile Your LinkedIn profile is your professional face online, so make it a good one! If someone comes to your profile, you want them to be impressed. You don’t want sloppy writing,...


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Get 1TB Of Cloud Storage With MediaFire For $2.50 A Month



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The regular price for 1TB of MediaFire storage is normally $5, but for a “limited time”, you can sign up for the 1TB plan for $2.50. Your move Google! It’s getting crazy in the cloud storage business. No sooner did Google Drive announce rock-bottom prices for their cloud storage options, than MediaFire has come along and announced that they too are having a sale and everything must go! In a press release, MediaFire also announced several other new features, which they hope will tempt you away from the other major players : Both free and paid users can upload individual...


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Edit Translations to Improve Google Translate



Google Translate now lets you edit translations. Click the "Improve" icon below the translation, edit the text and click "Contribute". Google shows this message: "Your contribution will be used to improve translation quality and may be shown to users anonymously".



Until now, you could only click the words from the translations and pick one of the alternate translations offered by Google.









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WordPress Blog Too Slow? 7 Ways You Can Speed It Up Again In Minutes



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Your WordPress site is slow, and you’re losing page views and revenue because of it. But you’re also busy – I get it. Here’s seven speed tips you could have a crack at on your lunch break – they’re so simple and easy. Optimize Images This is a two-parter. The first thing is to equip yourself with the knowledge of using the best format for the job. When we talk about images used on the web, it’s generally restricted to either a JPG or PNG. PNG is a lossless format, best suited to simple images and illustrations, or screenshots. JPG...


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Why You Should Replace Microsoft Security Essentials With A Proper Antivirus



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Microsoft threw its hat in the anti-virus arena in 2009 with Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE), a tool that runs on Windows XP, 7 and 8. The move received early praise, as it seemed strange that the company had gone so long without providing even the most basic anti-virus protection, and early tests showed MSE to be nearly as effective as paid competitors. The honeymoon didn’t last, however. More recent tests have shown that MSE doesn’t provide the features users should look for in an effective anti-virus. Here’s where it falls short – and what you should look for in a...


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Amazon Prime Air Update, OpenSSL Author Speaks, Google Glass For All [Tech News Digest]



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Today in Tech News Digest, an Amazon Prime Air progress report, OpenSSL Heartbleed culprit speaks, Google Glass for everyone, gamers get frustrated, Amazon buys ComiXology, Skype TX arrives, and S.E.L.F.I.E. automates the selfie-taking process. Amazon Prime Air Drones In Flight Testing Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has issued his annual letter to shareholders detailing how the company is doing and where it’s going. The most interesting part of which concerns Amazon Prime Air, the delivery by drones initiative first revealed in December 2013. Bezos reveals, “The Prime Air team is already flight testing our 5th and 6th generation aerial vehicles, and...


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Disqus Commenting Platform Introduces Sponsored Comments



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Just when you thought there were no new ways to introduce ad space into a website, a brand new approach to earning more income with your website comes along. On April 7th, the popular commenting platform Disqus announced that it is actively testing a new and innovative ad revenue stream called Sponsored Comments. It was only a month ago that the company introduced the Featured Comments feature, where website owners could choose select comments to “feature” at the top of a comment thread. In this case, the company is taking the same approach, but placing advertisers at the top of...


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6 Of The Simplest Ways To Spark Your Passion With Creative Ideas



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There are no bad ideas. Okay, I stole that line from a favorite TV show, and it goes like this… There are no bad ideas Lemon, only great ideas that go horribly wrong… – Jack Donaghy, ’30 Rock’ Ideas are little sparks. Miss them and they are vapor. Catch them. Fan them. They turn into flames. Of course, like the soap quote above, bad ideas can burn. But why be so pessimistic. We have seen that ideas are basic to any creative process, and when you are brainstorming alone or in a team, all ideas are welcome. Think of this...


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Anti-Malware Monitoring for Android Apps



By default, installing apps outside of the Google Play Store is disabled on most Android phones. If you try to install an APK file, you'll see a warning and you'll have to check an option in the Settings to enable app sideloading.



Just in case you install APK files, Google Play Services includes a feature that verifies apps when you install them. It blocks potentially harmful apps and it has been used more than 4 billion times. The anti-malware feature is now a lot more powerful: it now monitors apps even after installing them.



"We're rolling out a new enhancement which will now continually check devices to make sure that all apps are behaving in a safe manner, even after installation. In the last year, the foundation of this service - Verify apps - has been used more than 4 billion times to check apps at the time of install. This enhancement will take that protection even further, using Android's powerful app scanning system developed by the Android security and Safe Browsing teams."









Apparently, Android is more secure than you would think. "We've found that fewer than 0.18% of installs in the last year occurred after someone received a warning that the app was potentially harmful," mentions Android's blog.



QZ.com reported last year that the percentage was 0.12% and that "0.001% of app installations on Android are able to evade the system's multi-layered defenses and cause harm to users". 95% of the phones have Verify Apps enabled by default and 0.5% of app installs from unknown sources receive a warning. Just because you receive a warning doesn't mean that the apps are actually dangerous: 40% of the warnings are for apps that root your device, another 40% are for fraudware apps that send premium SMS messages and another 15% of the warnings are for commercial spyware.





10 April 2014

Google Play Music Integrates With Sonos



A few months ago, I was about to buy 2 Sonos wireless speakers, but I realized that Sonos doesn't support Google Play Music. That was unfortunate, especially considering that Play Music doesn't even have a public API. The good news is that Google Play Music now integrates with Sonos.






"Now available around the world, you can stream directly to Sonos from within the Google Play Music app on your Android device, or simply stream Google Play Music from your Sonos app to any Sonos player throughout your home," mentions the Sonos blog. "Enjoy all the features of your Google Play Music app in Hi-Fi sound by playing directly to Sonos from Android devices. Use the Google Play Music app to start a song in any room and control the volume without ever leaving the app. For full access of all your music services and multi-room control, use the Sonos app to stream all the music you love to any room."



Google Play Music uses the same "cast" icon that's also used for connecting to Chromecast. Apparently, Play Music's database now includes 22 million songs.

How To Generate Dummy Data in Ruby, Perl and Python



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You’re building a web application, and you need some realistic information to shove into it. You need to check that your validation functions work perfectly, and see that your product actually works. The only problem is, you can’t really use real-world data. There are just far too many legal and ethical considerations you need to make. Indeed, in some jurisdictions, there are specific legal obstacles to using real-world data in development environments. Take, for instance, the UK. Here, there’s something called the Data Protection Act, 1998. It’s quite unambiguous with how companies are allowed to handle the data it retains:...


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3 Easy Ways To Stop Email Overload From Hitting Your Inbox



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Email has quite a reputation as a productivity killer. Managing email well can help you keep your inbox clean, but wouldn’t it be great if you got less of it to begin with? Methods that help you organize your emails are often designed to work on emails that have already arrived in your inbox. To minimize the amount of time you spend sifting through email, you need to stop it at its source i.e. before it hits your account. The following simple hacks can help ensure that there are fewer incoming messages for you to deal with. Move Your Conversations...


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How To Clean Install Windows 8.1 Update From USB Drive



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Windows 8.1 Update has finally been released via Windows Update to all existing Windows 8.1 users and is a mandatory update. PC users who’re running Windows 8.1 can now get the major Update either via Windows Update or by manually downloading the same. As you likely know, this is a free update to Windows 8.1 […]

4 Websites That Look Official But Will Take Your Money



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We tend to be trusting of official-looking websites, but not everyone out there is as honest as we’d like to believe. Even if you’re a scrupulous person, it can be easy to get tricked by an official-looking site. Here are four examples. These four have caught a lot of people off-guard: make sure you’re not one of them! These aren’t “scam” websites (though it’s important to watch out for scams, too), as they do actually state what they offer and, if you’re paying attention, you’ll see that you’re going to pay more than is required for what you’re looking for....


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How To Free Up Disk Space Without Booting Into Windows



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Hard drives spend most of their time in the computer they were originally shipped with, but as computers age and user needs change they may eventually be replaced by a better drive, placed in storage, or moved to a new PC. This may, in turn, leave you with a need to free up disk space without booting into the Windows on the computer a drive was originally used with. Taking care of this is easy if you have the correct tools. The Hardware Path Failure of a computer, or corruption of Windows, can be one reason why you need to...


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Windows XP To Chrome OS, Comcast Worst Company, iWatch Rumors [Tech News Digest]



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Today in Tech News Digest, switching from Windows XP to Chrome OS, forcing Facebook Messenger, Project Ara developers, Comcast named “worst company in America,” Apple iWatch rumors, and an Easter PSA from Goldieblox. Google Urges XP Users To Try Chrome OS With Microsoft having ended support for Windows XP, those people still using the aged operating system need to jump ship or risk becoming a target for cybercriminals and digital ne’er-do-wells. Google is offering a solution: switch to Chrome OS. In order to persuade XP orphans that Chrome OS is the way to go, Google is offering sizeable discounts for...


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Windows XP To Chrome OS, Comcast Worst Company, iWatch Rumors [Tech News Digest]



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Today in Tech News Digest, switching from Windows XP to Chrome OS, forcing Facebook Messenger, Project Ara developers, Comcast named “worst company in America,” Apple iWatch rumors, and an Easter PSA from Goldieblox. Google Urges XP Users To Try Chrome OS With Microsoft having ended support for Windows XP, those people still using the aged operating system need to jump ship or risk becoming a target for cybercriminals and digital ne’er-do-wells. Google is offering a solution: switch to Chrome OS. In order to persuade XP orphans that Chrome OS is the way to go, Google is offering sizeable discounts for...


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How To Remove Shutdown Button From Start Screen In Windows 8.1 Update



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Earlier this week, Microsoft officially released Windows 8.1 Update to public. In addition to performance enhancements, this update makes Windows Store apps much easier to use for mouse and keyboard users. Other than that, shut down and search button now appear on the Start screen. Those of you have installed Windows 8.1 Update probably have […]

Microsoft Has Killed Windows XP… Now What? [We Ask You]



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Windows XP is no more. It’s dead, done, dusted. Sure, it still exists and may even be sitting on your computer beavering away in the background. But with Microsoft having ended support for the aged operating system it’s time we all moved on. But move on to what? That is the question. eXPired We want to know, Microsoft Has Killed Windows XP… Now What? We simply want you to tell us how Microsoft ending support for Windows XP is going to affect you personally. Or, if you’re not still using Windows XP, how it will affect someone you know who...


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5 Tips To Build Your Confidence When Founding An Online Business



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“A year from now you may wish you had started today.” — Karen Lamb If you want to set up an online business, now is a great time to start. Don’t let a lack of confidence stop you. Your experience with entrepreneurship is likely to be as unique as you are. Once you take the plunge, you’ll be determined to do whatever it takes to make things work. But the fear of putting that first step into the unknown might be holding you back. We have given you various resources to guide you into online entrepreneurship, such as this free...


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09 April 2014

3 Benefits of SSD Web Hosting



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Solid state drives have dropped in price and the performance benefits to desktop users are immediately obvious to anyone who owns one: your computer will fly. But does this translate into benefits to a website when utilising SSD hosting? Of course it does, and here’s why you should be looking at SSD hosting from your provider. Check out SSD web hosting by Doteasy, starting at just $4.95 a month for the first year. What are SSDs? Solid State Disk drives use non-volatile memory to store information. Unlike regular volatile memory (RAM), this means that the data isn’t lost when power...


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Four Excellent Image Editors For Your Chromebook



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Do you like editing and tweaking images but find the Chromebook’s default editor too limited? Here are some alternatives. The default editor on a Chromebook is extremely basic. It is opened by running the image viewer and clicking on the pencil icon, but beyond auto-enhance, crop, brightness, and contrast there are no further options available. Luckily, there are both cloud-based editors and offline editors available through the Chrome Web Store. Here we have a look at some of the leading candidates to become your go-to image editor on a Chromebook. 1. Pixlr Editor Pixlr Editor is currently the most powerful...


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Massive Bug in OpenSSL Puts Much of Internet At Risk



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If you’re one of those people who’ve always believed that open source cryptography is the most secure way to communicate online, you’re in for a bit of a surprise. This week, Neel Mehta, a member of Google’s security team, informed the development team at OpenSSL that an exploit exists with OpenSSL’s “heartbeat” feature. Google discovered the bug when working with security firm Codenomicon to try and hack its own servers. Following Google’s notification, on April 7th, the OpenSSL team released their own Security Advisory along with an emergency patch for the bug. The bug has already been given the nickname...


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11 Chrome Extensions That Will Super-Power Your Gmail Experience



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Google makes the Chrome browser and Google makes Gmail. Naturally, you have some great Chrome extensions to make your Gmail experience better. But there are just so many of them! Some have the same functionality, like tweaking the interface or scheduling a mail for later, and others are defunct extensions that top search results. So we scoured through the Chrome Web Store and came up a list of the best of the best. Here’s how to super-power your Gmail in Chrome. mxHero Toolbox The first thing you need to install is mxHero Toolbox, which is possibly the only Chrome extension...


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11 Chrome Extensions That Will Super-Power Your Gmail Experience



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Google makes the Chrome browser and Google makes Gmail. Naturally, you have some great Chrome extensions to make your Gmail experience better. But there are just so many of them! Some have the same functionality, like tweaking the interface or scheduling a mail for later, and others are defunct extensions that top search results. So we scoured through the Chrome Web Store and came up a list of the best of the best. Here’s how to super-power your Gmail in Chrome. mxHero Toolbox The first thing you need to install is mxHero Toolbox, which is possibly the only Chrome extension...


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How Can I Extract Audio From An MP4 Or YouTube Video?



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Watching YouTube videos is great – but what if you want to just listen? Stripping the audio from a video can let you enjoy YouTube content anywhere. You might even distribute a video podcast on Hangouts as an audio podcast! Dealing With YouTube’s Vast Volume Of Content There is a lot of content on YouTube. You’ve probably noticed, and found yourself watching video after video well into the night on at least one occasion. But what were you watching? YouTube features everything from pop videos to classic adverts, TV event reactions to instructional pieces covering cooking, computers, nuclear fission, putting...


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How Can I Extract Audio From An MP4 Or YouTube Video?



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Watching YouTube videos is great – but what if you want to just listen? Stripping the audio from a video can let you enjoy YouTube content anywhere. You might even distribute a video podcast on Hangouts as an audio podcast! Dealing With YouTube’s Vast Volume Of Content There is a lot of content on YouTube. You’ve probably noticed, and found yourself watching video after video well into the night on at least one occasion. But what were you watching? YouTube features everything from pop videos to classic adverts, TV event reactions to instructional pieces covering cooking, computers, nuclear fission, putting...


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How Can I Extract Audio From An MP4 Or YouTube Video?



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Watching YouTube videos is great – but what if you want to just listen? Stripping the audio from a video can let you enjoy YouTube content anywhere. You might even distribute a video podcast on Hangouts as an audio podcast! Dealing With YouTube’s Vast Volume Of Content There is a lot of content on YouTube. You’ve probably noticed, and found yourself watching video after video well into the night on at least one occasion. But what were you watching? YouTube features everything from pop videos to classic adverts, TV event reactions to instructional pieces covering cooking, computers, nuclear fission, putting...


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Twitter Mimics Facebook, Heartbleed Bug In OpenSSL, Netflix 4K Streaming [Tech News Digest]



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Today in Tech News Digest, Twitter becomes Facebook, Microsoft releases Windows 8.1 Update 1, OpenSSL suffers Heartbleed, IE6 declared dead, Netflix streaming in 4K, Sesame GO launches, and Rise Of The Patent Troll. Twitter Rolling Out Facebook-Like Profiles oh man the new twitter profiles are terrible. RIP Twitter. — Adrian Chen (@AdrianChen) April 9, 2014 Twitter is rolling out a major redesign of user profiles that takes its cue from rival social networking site Facebook. The updated profiles add more information and several new features designed to make the user experience easier and more fulfilling. We first reported that a...


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Twitter Mimics Facebook, Heartbleed Bug In OpenSSL, Netflix 4K Streaming [Tech News Digest]



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Today in Tech News Digest, Twitter becomes Facebook, Microsoft releases Windows 8.1 Update 1, OpenSSL suffers Heartbleed, IE6 declared dead, Netflix streaming in 4K, Sesame GO launches, and Rise Of The Patent Troll. Twitter Rolling Out Facebook-Like Profiles oh man the new twitter profiles are terrible. RIP Twitter. — Adrian Chen (@AdrianChen) April 9, 2014 Twitter is rolling out a major redesign of user profiles that takes its cue from rival social networking site Facebook. The updated profiles add more information and several new features designed to make the user experience easier and more fulfilling. We first reported that a...


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Your Favorite Online April Fools’ Day Pranks [We Ask You Results]



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You were caught out by an April Fools’ Day prank, weren’t you? It’s OK, you can admit it, we’re all friends here. And while you were proving you’re dumber than you look, the rest of us were compiling a list of our favorite online April Fools’ Day pranks from the last few years. Read on to catch up. The Fool Fighters We asked you, What Is The Best Online April Fools’ Day Prank Ever? The number of responses was extremely disappointing, with only a handful of you deigning to bless us with your input. It’s easy to see why though,...


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Securing Your Chromebook With Two Easy Tweaks



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One of the most touted benefits of a Chromebook is its security. But are there any steps that owners can take that will improve and enhance the current level of protection? Google claims that their Chromebook devices are virtually virus free. The machine has been designed using the principle of ‘defence in depth’ – meaning the Chromebook has multiple layers of protection and if one layer is bypassed, others are still in effect. The existing layers are already very extensive and cover a lot of potential threats. Automatic updates, sandboxed browsing, verified boot and vitally important localised data encryption all...


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Can’t See Windows 8.1 Update In Windows Update? Here Is How To Get It



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As promised earlier last week, Microsoft has released the first major Update to Windows 8.1 and is now available via Windows Update. PC users who’re running Windows 8.1 should now be able to see and install this mandatory update for Windows 8.1. One can also download Windows 8.1 ISO file from MSDN. Windows 8.1 Update […]

Download Windows 8.1 Update ISO File From MSDN



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The day has finally come! Millions of PC users who’re eagerly waiting to upgrade their Windows 8.1 systems to Windows 8.1 Update can now update to the newest version of Windows operating system via Windows Update. The first major update to Windows 8.1 can also be downloaded using these Windows 8.1 Update direct download links. […]

10 Ways To Celebrate National Poetry Month



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April is National Poetry Month in the US, but online, just about anyone can participate in the festivities of the month. Whether it’s through reading the poetry of others, sharing your own poetry, or spreading the joy to others around you, there’s no shortage of great ideas from the likes of the New York Times, NPR, Poets.org and more. Before we get started with the list, you might want to know a little bit more about National Poetry Month. Started in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry month aims to raise awareness about poetry. The goals of...


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08 April 2014

Official Windows 8.1 Update Direct Download Links



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In the first week of April, at its annual developer conference, BUILD, Microsoft officially announced the wildly leaked Windows 8.1 Update, a free update for Windows 8.1 to make it more keyboard and mouse friendly. During the event, the Windows 8.1 Update was made available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers. Though Windows 8.1 Update was […]

YNAB Makes It Easy To Make A Budget And Stick To It



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It’s quite embarrassing, but my checking account resembles more a debt-burdened Southern European nation than it does an actual grown-up, taxpaying adult. I’m old enough to know better, but it’s just so hard to make a budget and stick to it. Part of that is impulse purchases. Quite frankly, these decimate my bank balance like locusts in a cornfield. It’s really damn tiring to keep track of each £3 coffee and each £0.70 candy bar. It’s the attribute I dislike most about myself. There’s no dignity in being fiscally feckless. And hey, I’d love to spend less money, save more...


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Microsoft Kills Windows XP, Hollywood Sues Megaupload, Virus Shield Scam [Tech News Digest]



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Today in Tech News Digest, RIP Windows XP, Hollywood sues Megaupload, Virus Shield scam, Xbox 360 emulation, multiplayer Goat Simulator, and Mario escapes into the real world. Microsoft Ends Support For Windows XP I have no strong feelings about the death of XP because I stopped caring about it 7 years ago. — Carmen Crincoli (@CarmenCrincoli) April 8, 2014 Microsoft has officially ended support for Windows XP, with the ancient operating system no longer receiving updates after today (April 8, 2014). Despite Microsoft having given plenty of warning of the impending XPocalypse, around 30 percent of computers are still running...


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Microsoft Kills Windows XP, Hollywood Sues Megaupload, Virus Shield Scam [Tech News Digest]



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Today in Tech News Digest, RIP Windows XP, Hollywood sues Megaupload, Virus Shield scam, Xbox 360 emulation, multiplayer Goat Simulator, and Mario escapes into the real world. Microsoft Ends Support For Windows XP I have no strong feelings about the death of XP because I stopped caring about it 7 years ago. — Carmen Crincoli (@CarmenCrincoli) April 8, 2014 Microsoft has officially ended support for Windows XP, with the ancient operating system no longer receiving updates after today (April 8, 2014). Despite Microsoft having given plenty of warning of the impending XPocalypse, around 30 percent of computers are still running...


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Of Toasters And Smartphones: Apps And The Economy



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Your relationship with your toaster is pretty simple – at least, I hope it is. You bought your toaster, and now you can toast things with it. Sure: there are various bakers out there vying to sell you bread, and you need to pay your electricity bill to keep things working. But the company that makes your toaster isn’t hoping to take home a percentage of these sales – and it isn’t showing ads based on your past toasting history. You bought your toaster; you use your toaster. That’s it. Your Smartphone and The Economy Compare this to your relationship...


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The Best Speed-Reading Extensions For Chrome



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The Galaxy S5 just got Spritz, a speed-reading app that is shaking up the way we read on our tablets. And now many of us want that speed-reading tool elsewhere too. What are the best speed-reading apps for Chrome? Let’s take a look. Spreed – Speed Read The Web (Chrome) Spreed is the clear favourite of the Chrome store. To use it, click Alt-V and then highlight the passage you’d like to speed read, and Spreed will even guess which text you’d like in advance. Or right-click and choose “Spreed selected text” from the context menu for the same results....


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5 Woodworking YouTube Channels You Should Subscribe To Today



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Woodworking is a highly visual craft. There’s just something photogenic about lumber getting cut to size, dry-fit, glued or tacked together, and finally sanded down and finished into a beautiful piece of furniture. Even if you’re not a woodworker yourself, watching high-quality woodworking videos is a great way to learn about how stuff gets made, and who knows, you might even realize you want to make something yourself. Over a year ago, I wrote up a round-up of three woodworking resources which included talented YouTube woodworkers Matthias Wandel, Steve Ramsey, and Marc Spagnuolo, AKA The Wood Whisperer. All three still...


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07 April 2014

Remapping: The Secret Software Solution To Increase Keyboard Productivity



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Are you constantly hitting the Caps Lock key by mistake? Or need a keystroke or Mouse Action in a game that for whatever reason you are not able to execute. There are solutions. It would be safe to say that the majority of us as computer users assume that the purpose of a key on the keyboard is to type the letter or symbol which it has and that is all, end of story. In fact it is possible to remap all the keys on the keyboard in Windows. Enter remapping software. Essentially, applications which allow you to change what...


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