Restore Your System When You Can’t Launch System Restore – System Restore automatically backs up the state of Windows and your installed programs (but not your data). When Windows misbehaves, System Restore allows you to return the operating system to a previous condition. So when System Restore misbehaves, you may be tempted to pick up your laptop and smash it into the wall. That’s not recommended.
A power user’s guide to the Windows 8 Consumer Preview – In this post, and the accompanying gallery. I want to share some of the little shortcuts, surprises, and secrets that only reveal themselves when you roll up your sleeves and use the new OS every day. These are things you might not discover on your own.
Are You Ready for YouTube in 3D? Well, It’s Coming Anyway – YouTube has had a tool in beta for awhile now that lets people convert their own videos into 3D. Now, however, it will be doing all of the work for you, meaning your smartphone masterpieces will eventually be converted for all the world — or the small percentage who have 3D glasses at home for some reason — to marvel at.
Sky News Admits, Defends Email Hacking – U.K.-based news organization Sky News Thursday admitted to hacking the email account of a criminal suspect, but defended the move as “editorially justified.”
Microsoft readies patch for gaping IE browser security holes – Microsoft plans to ship a high-priority Internet Explorer update next Tuesday to fix gaping holes in the world’s most widely deployed web browser. The security holes in Internet Explorer could be exploited remotely by malicious hackers to launch remote code execution attacks, Microsoft warned. Vulnerabilities with a “critical” rating can typically be exploited to launch drive-by download attacks if a user simply surfs to a booby-trapped web site.
How to protect yourself online in three easy steps – Although the Web can feel like the Wild West at times, with gunslingers everywhere looking to separate you from your privacy, your log-ins, and your cash, there are some concrete steps you can take to avoid dem long-eared galoots.
Need the Most Life from Your Laptop’s Battery? Use IE, Not Chrome – We regularly test the four most popular browsers for speed, but what about battery life? If you’re on a laptop, an extra 20 minutes can make a pretty big difference. Weblog 7Tutorials did a battery life test of each browser, and found that Internet Explorer was the most likely to give you a noticeable battery boost.
When you don’t trust Windows for online shopping and banking – What I wrote about nearly three years ago still applies today. The best way to do this is to load a Linux distro onto a CD/DVD or USB flash drive and use that for banking and online shopping. I recommend using a CD/DVD because absolutely nothing can be written to the disc. It’s not an ideal setup because it can be a hassle, but it will offer you a significant level of protection.
Campaign Targeting Syrian Activists Escalates with New Surveillance Malware – We have reported on several Trojans, which covertly install spying software onto the infected computer, as well as phishing attacks which steal YouTube and Facebook login credentials. The latest surveillance malware comes in the form of an extracting file which is made to look like a PDF if you have file extensions turned off. (recommended by Michael F.)
Easter eggs, with a side order of scareware – Planning some activities this Easter? Perhaps buying some Easter eggs? Maybe hand decorating some eggs? Before you go searching for tips, take a read of this post which highlights how seemingly innocent search terms can lead to malware.
Intel vs. ARM: Key Players in Growing Chip Rivalry – Intel and ARM dominate their respective chip markets: Intel with PC and server x86 processors and ARM in the mobile computing device space. However, both are looking to make noise in the other’s world. Here, eWEEK takes a look at the key players in this rapidly growing rivalry.
Apple investigating, replacing problematic iPad 3 Wi-Fi tablets – Apple is “capturing” and replacing iPad 3 devices that appear to suffer from Wi-Fi related issues, according to a leaked internal memo, but remains publicly silent on the matter.
Court Revives Viacom’s $1 Billion Copyright Suit Against YouTube – The five-year battle between YouTube and Viacom began anew Thursday when the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected part of a lower court decision on the issue.
Twitter to spammers: We’re suing – The social-networking site is working to shut down five popular spam tool providers by suing them in federal court.
Kindle Fire – The Kindle Fire is the most recent addition to Amazon’s Kindle line of portable e-book reader devices. The Kindle Fire debuted in late 2011 as a 7-inch Android v2.3 “Gingerbread”-powered $199 tablet computer designed to compete with similar devices like the NOOK Tablet and the Apple iPad. In addition to the vast collection of e-books available from Amazon, the Kindle Fire also includes access to Amazon’s Appstore for thousands of apps as well as streaming movie and TV content.
Off Topic (Sort of):
Learn a Language, Help Translate the Web – Part crowd-sourcing project to translate the Web and part language-learning site, Duolingo (beta) has several incredible and unique tools for practicing Spanish and German. It’s the only crowd-source language-learning tool to get it right.
Project Glass: the augmented reality glasses from Google – News of these glasses fell off the radar for a little bit, until Google unveiled their Google+ page for what they are calling Project Glass, with a video to accompany it. Project Glass is the name Google is currently using for their wearable computer technology that they plan to start testing in public starting today.
Earth’s wobble led to CO2 release that ended last Ice Age – A team at Oregon State University reconstructed globally averaged temperature changes during the end of the last Ice Age, in contrast to previous studies, which only compared CO2 levels with local temperatures.
Report: E-Reading Soars, Shift from Print to E-Books Continues – Over one-fifth of Americans have read an e-book, ebook ownership is way up after the 2011 holiday shopping season, and one-third of people who read e-books now say they spend more time reading in general, a topically broad-ranging study on e-reading habits by the Pew Internet & American Life Project found.
“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”
– Henry Ford
Today’s Free Downloads:
UFO: Alien Invasion – The team behind UFO: Alien Invasion managed to pull off what half a dozen development teams and several million dollars either could not or would not do. UFO: Alien Invasion is a high-resolution return to form for players looking for more of the turn-based goodness that X-COM provided.
Tales of Maj’Eyal 4 – Tales of Maj’Eyal 4 is a roguelike game, which means a top-down experience where you control a single character who traverses a semi-random world in pursuit of power, glory, and finding new and interesting ways to die. TOME 4 does quite a few things differently, though.