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QTIP: The Web Turns 3o Today 🎂

Posted on March 12th, 2019

Image credit bbc.uk.co Sir Tim Berners-Lee of Boston, the British computer scientist credited with inventing the World Wide Web, writes in Wired 30 years after his proposal on March 12, 1989, for "linked information systems" that include hypertex...

AXIOS: Fatal distraction | Tech's worry as D.C. bares fangs

Posted on March 12th, 2019

Getty Images/Ringer illustration The prospect of corporate breakups isn't Silicon Valley's biggest worry, Axios' Scott Rosenberg and Ina Fried report: • Instead, insiders fear missing the next cycle of industry change if they're distracted and h...

NYTIMES: Discount Cable and Charger Brands You Can Trust

Posted on March 5th, 2019

Credit Simon Landrein The New York Times, By Eric Ravenscraft, Feb. 25, 2019 The future isn’t as wireless as we were promised. Whether you’re looking for a second charger for your phone or need a new video cable for your home theater, you need...

TR: Bill Gate's 10 Breakthrough Technologies for 2019

Posted on March 1st, 2019

For its March/April 2019 issue, MIT’s Technology Review asked Bill Gates to choose this year’s list of inventions that will change the world for the better. "I was honored when MIT Technology Review invited me to be the first guest curator of its...

BINSIDER: Google says Nest microphone was 'never supposed to be a secret'

Posted on February 22nd, 2019

Nick Bastone, Business Insider Feb. 19, 2019, 9:04 PMNest GuardIn early February, Google announced that its home security and alarm system Nest Secure would be getting an update. Users, the company said, could now enable its virtual-assistant tech...

QTIP: Praise the Pen

Posted on February 19th, 2019

A pen doesn't have to be mighty to be praise-worthy. At the right time and place a simple pen can help capture big ideas. Keep a pen close by, you never know when inspiration might occur. Photo ©John Suiter, Poets on the Peaks While on the road,...

QTIP: What's in a Name? That which we call a file...

Posted on February 12th, 2019

Tech friends often ask, "how should I organize files?" Little wonder they ask when their files and folders are arrayed across the Desktop, Documents folder, Downloads folder, even in the Trash. No need to elaborate on the confusion this create...

Thurrott.com: Gmail's Right-Click Menu Just Got a Lot More Useful

Posted on February 12th, 2019

Posted on February 12, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Google with 3 Comments Google is rolling out an interesting change to Gmail this week. The company is revamping the context menu for emails within Gmail that you get to use when right-clicking on e...

MSPOWERUSER: New Windows 10 Cumulative Update now available

Posted on February 12th, 2019

by Surur @mspoweruser It’s Patch Tuesday and Microsoft is pushing out a new Cumulative Update to Windows 10 users, taking the OS to build 17763.316. Like all Cumulative Updates, the new build brings fixes but no new features, with the improvement...

QTIP: Now Hear This!

Posted on February 12th, 2019

Want to get smart? Maybe you just want to hear a great story. Listen to podcasts. What’s a podcast? Wikipedia says "a podcast or generically netcast, is an episodic series of digital audio or video files which a user can download in order to list...

BINSIDER: Ex-Facebook security boss Alex Stamos likens the company's leadership to a 'Game of Thrones'

Posted on February 12th, 2019

Alex Stamos Win McNamee/Getty Images Rob Price, Business Insider, Feb. 10, 2019, 9:00 PM Former Facebook exec Alex Stamos says the leadership culture at the company is like "Game of Thrones."In an interview with CNN, the outspo...

LIFEHACKER: How to Protect Your Credit Now That Equifax's Monitoring Service Has Ended

Posted on February 6th, 2019

Editor’s note: After the 2017 Equifax data breach QTIPS recommended that users avoid using the credit bureau’s TrustedID Premier service. Reasons were explained in this QTIPS blog post from October 2017. That QTIPS post also highlighted instruct...

QTIP: What's a Never-Ever?

Posted on February 5th, 2019

A "Never-Ever" is something no one should ever do. "Never Evers" are those sometimes unwritten rules about things that matter most to us; love, family, work, and computing. Topping my list of computing "Never-Evers" is this: never, ever fall for...

NYTIMES: How to Do a Data ‘Cleanse’

Posted on February 1st, 2019

New year, new you, right? You may be headed to the gym, but what about the health of your phone, computer and all your precious data? Here are some tips to get your digital life in order. By David Pogue Feb. 1, 2019 If we need a checkup on our hea...

REUTERS: U.S. judge rejects Yahoo data breach settlement

Posted on January 30th, 2019

This article from Business Insider is from original reporting by Jonathan Stempel, Reuters, Jan. 29, 2019Marissa Mayer was CEO of Yahoo from 2012 to 2017. Ethan Miller/Getty A U.S. judge rejected Yahoo's proposed settlement with millions of people...

QTIP: Beware of Fake PDF apps

Posted on January 9th, 2019

Watch out for phony PDF reader apps. Even mainstay free Adobe Reader can be compromised by cybercriminals and posted to sketchy software download sites visited by the unwary. Myriad off-brand free PDF reader apps are often malicious schemes to ...

QTIP: Computer Clutter Trashes More Than Your PC

Posted on January 7th, 2019

Leaving files all over a Mac and PC Desktop is like leaving dishes on the table overnight after a meal. How do computer files and dirty dishes have anything to do with one another, you ask? Stick with me. Frat boys know there’s no rush to clear t...

NYTIMES: Devices That Will Invade Your Life in 2019

Posted on January 5th, 2019

(and What’s Overhyped) Brian X. Chen, The New York Times, January 4, 2019 A.I. that responds to your voice. Next-generation wireless networks. If this year’s biggest consumer technology trends have a familiar ring, there’s a reason for that. Cr...

NYTIMES: 5 Ways Facebook Shared Your Data

Posted on December 20th, 2018

December 20, 2018 Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, The New York Times For years, Facebook gave many large technology companies special access to users’ information. Here’s how it worked. Facebook for years gave major tech companies, including Yahoo a...

BINSIDER: Facebook allowed Netflix and Spotify to access private messages

Posted on December 20th, 2018

Shona Ghosh 22h Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, ...

NYTIMES: Opinion | How You Can Help Fight the Information Wars

Posted on December 19th, 2018

Silicon Valley won’t save us. We’re on our own. By Kara Swisher Contributing Opinion Writer Dec. 18, 2018 Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, and Jack Dorsey, Twitter's chief executive officer, testifying before the Senate Inte...

CSM: UK releases documents showing potential abuses by Facebook

Posted on December 6th, 2018

Internal documents from 2011-2015 show Facebook selling user's data with little regard for privacy concerns. The social media giant says the information offers an incomplete picture, but lawmakers in the US and Britain are pushing for more regulat...

QTIP: Change Your Downloads Folder

Posted on December 4th, 2018

Something is wrong. You just can’t face it. It’s your Downloads folder, isn’t it? Cartoon adapted from The New Yorker That 1,000 mile gaze comes over you as you the scroll years of long forgotten .zip, .doc, .pdf, .xls, .jpg, et al. downloads a...

WINDOWS CENTRAL: Microsoft will replace Edge on Windows 10

Posted on December 3rd, 2018

Microsoft is throwing in the towel with Edge and is building a new web browser for Windows 10, this time powered by Chromium. Zac Bowden 3 Dec 2018 Microsoft's Edge web browser has seen little success since its debut on Windows 10 in 2015. Built ...