• TechByter Worldwide 2015.12.06: Anti-Virus Applications Are No Longer Sufficient, UltraEdit Moves to 64-bit Versions, Short Circuits, and Spare Parts

    10 days ago - By TechByter

    Undoubtedly you have an antivirus application on your computer, but that's no longer enough protection. UltraEdit Studio, my preferred text editor, is now available in a 64-bit version that works faster than the 32-bit version. In Short Circuits, Adobe's November 30th Creative Cloud update may not be revolutionary, but it brings several new and welcome features to the applications; if it seems too good to be true ; and if you're not in an area with a telephone area code overlay, you probably soon will be. I'll take a look at what's happening in my own back yard. In Spare Parts...
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  • TechByter Worldwide 2015.12.13: MP3 Players Refuse to Go Away, Learning or Refreshing a Language with Duolingo, Short Circuits, and Spare Parts

    10 days ago - By TechByter

    Despite the appeal of on-line music streaming services, there's still a valid reason to have an MP3 player application on your computer. If you're thinking of learning a new language or refreshing your knowledge of a language, the free Duolingo service would be a good place to start. In Short Circuits: Some people are trying to avoid having their computers updated to Windows 10. If you're in that group, I have some tips that may help. The 2016 version of Acronis True Image backup comes with several new features. In Spare Parts : There's an increasing demand for video conferencing, but the...
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  • TechByter Worldwide 2015.12.20: You'll Get a Charge Out of This, Known Security Flaw Found In More Antivirus Products, European Union Doubles Down on Privacy; Short Circuits, and Spare Parts

    10 days ago - By TechByter

    Batteries have finite life spans and a utility that's available in Windows 8 and Windows 10 can help you identify when it's time to replace the battery. Even security applications that are intended to protect your computer can sometimes be used maliciously. The European Union moves forward to enable legislation that will enforce privacy laws with severe fines. In Short Circuits: A Chinese company says that its Privacy Eraser won't really erase your privacy and IBM has a plan to clean up air pollution in Beijing and elsewhere. Spare Parts : Microsoft cooperates with the Linux community to...
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  • TechByter Worldwide 2016.01.03: You Can't Have Too Much Backup, Beware the Phish that Bites, Short Circuits, and Spare Parts

    10 days ago - By TechByter

    If you're still looking for a worthwhile resolution, how about improving your computer backup system? And if you don't yet have a backup system in place, how about establishing one? Fraudsters are getting better every day. Millions of e-mail messages containing links to malware are sent out every day and so are legitimate-looking requests that can give a thief enough information to steal your money or your entire identity. In Short Circuits: Apple will pay Italy $350 million to settle tax evasion charges. Although I spent a lot of time talking about Windows 10 in 2015, it's been a busy...
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  • TechByter Worldwide 2016.01.10: Taming Public Wi-Fi, the Enemy We Love; Short Circuits; and Spare Parts

    10 days ago - By TechByter

    If you connect to the Internet using a public Wi-Fi hotspot, you're exposing yourself to a significant risk. While trying to find a way to reduce the risk, I found a way to make Wi-Fi connections secure. In Short Circuits, we'll take a look at malware that can shut down electric generating plants, consider talking to your Volvo automobile, and compare the Oculus Rift to Microsoft's HoloLens. Spare Parts It's January, so the Consumer Electronics Show is running in Las Vegas.
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  • TechByter Worldwide 2016.01.17: "Mostly Cloudy" is a Perfect Forecast for Creatives, Short Circuits, and Spare Parts

    10 days ago - By TechByter

    The latest version of Adobe's Creative Cloud adds so many new improvements, tweaks, and features that just trying to list them all is impossible, but I have some information about some of them. In Short Circuits: Microsoft support for most versions of Internet Explorer other than version 11 ends, along with support for Windows 8, if the system hasn't been updated to version 8.1. We'll look at security threats to watch for in 2016. Adoption of Windows 10 is running ahead of expectations and more than 200 million Windows 10 computers have been activated. In Spare Parts : A system is being...
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