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Tablo’s DVRs will soon automatically skip ads

Tablo’s DVRs will soon automatically skip ads in your recordings – By Jon Porter, www.theverge.com

Tablo’s DVR boxes will soon be able to automatically skip the ad breaks in your antenna TV recordings, its manufacturer Nuvyyo has announced, according to Variety. The skipping will happen without you having to do anything. As you watch, the DVR will automatically skip to the end of the break when it detects that one has started. The new functionality will enter a testing phase this quarter, and the company intends to have it ready for a full release in the coming months.

Give Your Old Hard Drives and SSDs a New Job

Give Your Old Hard Drives and SSDs a New Job With This $9 Enclosure – By Shep Mcallister, kinjadeals.theinventory.com

If you have an old hard drive or SSD lying around, or you just want to build your own external drive from scratch, this $9, 2.5" enclosure (with code XMASAK23) is one of the most affordable we’ve ever seen with UASP support, which allows for faster data transfer speeds when using an SSD.

Drive Cloning & Imaging

Drive Cloning & Imaging By Explainingcomputers, www.youtube.com  VIDEO

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ExplainingComputers

Published on Nov 11, 2018

SSD and HDD cloning and imaging explained and demonstrated using Macrium Reflect 7 Free Edition. Note that all cloning and imaging software should be used with great care and is downloaded, installed and used at your own risk.

The Samsung 860 EVO 250GB SSD that I used in the video can be found on Amazon here (affiliate link): https://amzn.to/2Dh2UMK

The free cloning and imaging software that I refer to in the video is available from the following links. Please note that these links are provided in good faith and that I have no association with any of these organizations:

Macrium Reflect 7 Free Edition (as I use in the video): https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree

Samsung Cloning Software (for Samsung SSDs only): https://www.samsung.com/semiconductor… EaseUs ToDo Backup Free: https://www.easeus.com/backup-softwar… Clonezilla: http://www.clonezilla.org/ My “Laptop SSD Upgrade” video referred to in this video is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVDTN…

– How to spot a phishing email

How to spot a phishing email By Andrew Burton, www.carbonite.com

Phishing and other social engineering attacks are only increasing in frequency, and unfortunately, sophistication. However, there are a number of common indicators of a phishing attack. Knowing what to look for goes a long way to protect yourself against attacks. If you spot any of the following tip-offs, proceed with caution.

Are Your Password Security Habits Improving

Are Your Password Security Habits Improving? (Infographic) by entrepreneur.com

From the French presidential election to Gmail, a number of incidents have unfolded this year revealing how vulnerable our online security is. That’s why it’s more important than ever to make sure you go above and beyond to secure your digital privacy. And that can be as simple as changing your password every once in awhile.

How Two Friends Built a Remote Astrophotography Observatory

How Two Friends Built a Remote Astrophotography Observatory by petapixel.com

Deep Sky West is a remote astrophotography observatory in New Mexico, USA. It offers the opportunity for any astrophotographer around the world to use the site to access clear skies without the need to travel there, and to use advanced astronomy and photography equipment without the need to own it themselves.  DeepSkyWest

Why Your Router Has Two Wifi Bands and How They Work

Why Your Router Has Two Wifi Bands and How They Work by gizmodo.com

Few devices are as essential to the smooth running of a modern-day digital household than a wireless router, so it’s strange that this black box is so little understood. Here we’ll outline one of the key features of many modern routers, dual band 2.4GHz and 5GHz support, so you know exactly what it is and how to take advantage of each.

* Turn Your Smartphone into an Early Warning System

How to Turn Your Smartphone into an Early Warning System for Almost Anything by gizmodo.com

Our phones affect our lives in all kinds of ways, from socializing to travel, but these ever-present pocket gadgets can also act as early warning devices for a host of important alerts—from life-saving notifications to convenient warnings about your commute. Here we’ll show you what’s possible, and which apps you’ll need. 

* Stars Circle the Milky Way’s Monster Black Hole

Stars (Including 1 Daredevil) Circle the Milky Way's Monster Black Hole (Time-Lapse) by space.com

Spectacular time-lapse footage from the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile captures stars orbiting the black hole at the center of the Milky Way, including one daring star that circles incredibly close.

A monster black hole called Sagittarius A lies at the heart of the Milky Way, about 26,000 light-years away from Earth. The footage, taken during a 26-year-long observation campaign, revealed that a small group of stars orbit this gravitational monster at high speed.


Stars orbiting the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way by space.com – This time-lapse video from the NACO instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope in Chile shows stars orbiting the supermassive black hole that lies at the heart of the Milky Way over a period of nearly 20 years.


Simulation of the orbits of stars around the black hole at the centre of the Milky Waby space.com – This simulation shows the orbits of a tight group of stars close to the supermassive blackhole at the heart of the Milky Way. During 2018 one of these stars, S2, passed very close to the black hole and was the subject of intense scrutiny with ESO telescope. Its behaviour matched the predictions of Einsteins's general relativity and was inconsistent with simpler Newtonian gravity.

Lying Sextortion Scammers Score $250,000 After Sending Victims Their Own Hacked Passwords

Lying Sextortion Scammers Score $250,000 After Sending Victims Their Own Hacked Passwords by forbes.com

Online scammers have been innovating of late. In the last month, one group of ne'er-do-wells has sent out spam emails telling recipients they've been caught watching porn through their webcam and if they don't pay, all their dirty laundry will be aired in public. That's not new. But putting a novel twist on that scam, the crooks are sending through passwords they claim to have stolen as proof they have been spying on the victim. So far, more than 150 people have coughed up $250,000 in Bitcoin for fear of their private web browsing habits being exposed.

I barely noticed a difference using this $250 smartphone

I barely noticed a difference while I was using this $250 smartphone after using $800 phones for years by businessinsider.com

I looked around the subway one day and noticed people with expensive smartphones, like the $1,000 iPhone X and $800-plus Galaxy S9, and I questioned whether those people getting more out of their expensive smartphones for their day-to-day apps than I was with this $250 device.

I was streaming my music via Bluetooth, streaming videos, browsing the internet and social media, sending emails and messages, video calling with family abroad, and using all the apps I usually use without a hitch on the Moto G6.

The Best Way to Inherit an IRA

The Best Way to Inherit an IRA by fool.com

It's always been hard for people to save and invest, but tough conditions for many Americans have put a rising number of people into an uncomfortable financial situation. One in three Americans are counting on getting an inheritance from parents or grandparents in order to reach or maintain their financial stability, according to a recent report from Merrill Edge surveying a subset of reasonably well-off households. When you look at the college-age generation, that figure jumps to more than 60%.

This is What a Moonset Looks Like with an Ultra-Telephoto Lens

This is What a Moonset Looks Like with an Ultra-Telephoto Lens by petapixel.com

Using lens compression to capture a giant moon is nothing new, but photographer Daniel López has taken things to a whole level. He set up an ultra-telephoto lens about 10 miles (16km) away from a volcano and captured this mind-blowing 2-minute video that shows a moonset in real-time.

Shutting Down Doesn’t Fully Shut Down Windows 10

Shutting Down Doesn’t Fully Shut Down Windows 10 (But Restarting Does) by How-To-Geek

When you click “Shut Down” on your Windows 10 PC, Windows doesn’t fully shut down. It hibernates the kernel, saving its state so it can boot faster. If you’re experiencing computer problems and need to reset that state, you’ll need to restart your PC instead.


Why Does Rebooting a Computer Fix So Many Problems?

Ask a geek how to fix a problem you’ve having with your Windows computer and they’ll likely ask “Have you tried rebooting it?” This seems like a flippant response, but rebooting a computer can actually solve many problems.

How Tech Companies Use ‘Dark Patterns’ To Trick You

How Tech Companies Use ‘Dark Patterns’ To Trick You by Howtogeek

Websites like Amazon, Facebook, and Google don’t just appear: people make them. Everything about their design is intentional, is serving some kind of purpose—and sometimes those designs deliberately make things hard in order to change your behavior.

These sorts of designs are called “dark patterns,” and they’re everywhere. 

View (and Monitor) Your Credit Report For Free

How to View (and Monitor) Your Credit Report For Free by howtogeek

If you keep a regular eye on your credit report, you’ll notice when identity thieves open accounts in your name and when errors are listed that might cause you problems in the future. Here’s how to do it for free.

US law entitles you to a free yearly credit report directly from each agency, but you’ll have to go…

Windows 10’s Redstone 4 Update, March 1018

What’s Coming in Windows 10’s Redstone 4 Update, Available March 2018 by How-To Geek

Microsoft is hard at work on Windows 10’s next update, codenamed “Redstone 4”. This is Windows 10 version “1803”, which means it will likely launch sometime in March 2018.

This article contains features that have arrived through Insider Preview version 17083, which was released on January 24, 2018.

Metered connections in Windows 10

Metered connections in Windows 10

Applies to: Windows 10


A metered connection is an Internet connection that has a data limit associated with it. Cellular data connections are set as metered by default. Wi-Fi and Ethernet network connections can be set to metered but aren't by default. Some apps might work differently on a metered connection to help reduce your data usage. Also, some updates for Windows won't be installed automatically.

To set a Wi-Fi network connection as metered:

  1. Select Start  > Settings  > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi  > Manage known networks.
  2. Select the Wi-Fi network > Properties > turn on Set as metered connection.

How, When, and Why to Set a Connection as Metered on Windows 10 by www.howtogeek.com

Windows 10 is designed for PCs with unlimited Internet connections, and it normally uses as much of your download and upload bandwidth as it wants without asking. Setting a connection as metered puts you back in control, and it’s essential on some types of connections.

How Google Fights Password Thieves​

How Google Fights Password Thieves by Gizmodo

Photo: APGoogle and researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, teamed up to study how Google accounts become compromised, shedding light on how the company…


Few Gmail Users Enable Two-Factor Authentication by ExtremeTech 

Data from a Google engineer shows that just 10 percent of users have enabled two-factor authentication, with only slightly more deploying a password manager. Security…

Coming in Windows 10’s Redstone 4 Update

What’s Coming in Windows 10’s Redstone 4 Update, Available March 2018 by How-To-Geek

Microsoft is hard at work on Windows 10’s next update, codenamed “Redstone 4”. This is Windows 10 version “1803”, which means it will likely launch sometime in March 2018.

This article contains features that have arrived through Insider Preview version 17083, which was released on January 24…

How Much Data Does Netflix Use?

How Much Data Does Netflix Use? by How-To Geek 

We live in an age of prolific media streaming, with services like Netflix leading the charge. At the same time, we also live in an age where capped data packages for home internet is something that many people have to deal with. If you’re one of the millions of people with a capped data package, knowing how much data Netflix actually uses is crucial.

What Can Your Google Assistant Do?

What Can Your Google Assistant Do? by Google Help

Google set up a page where you can find everything its AI Assistant is capable. There are over “1 million things to try” according to Google, but to make things easy the list is broken down into categories like “Home control,” “Games & fun,” and “Productivity.” The main page also points to new and trending skills, along with a search bar.

How Photography Works

How Photography Works: Cameras, Lenses, and More Explained by How-To-Geek

Confused by that digital SLR you have, and all the photography jargon that goes along with it? Take a look at some photography basics, learn how your camera works, and how that can help you take better pictures.


Your Camera’s Most Important Settings: Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO Explained

Getting a nice camera is just the first step in taking great photos—you also have to learn how to use it. Shooting on auto will only take you so far. Shutter speed, aperture, and ISO may sound like intimidating photographer terms, but they’re quite simple—and crucial to getting great photos.


Get Out of Auto: How to Use Your Camera’s Shooting Modes for Better Photos

If you want to get the most out of your DSLR camera, it’s best to learn its different shooting modes, rather than just using full Auto all the time. With all the letters and symbols surrounding the dial (like M, Av, Tv, and P), though, things can get a bit confusing. Here’s a first-timer’s guide to getting out of Auto mode and crafting better photos.


How to Develop a Better Eye for Taking Good Photos

Digital cameras have gotten really good. Most of the time, you can put them in Auto, press the shutter button, and, click, you’ve a perfectly adequate photo of what’s in front of you. It won’t be anything special (and it’ll be the exact same photo that everyone who was standing nearby took), but you’ll have something to share with your friends on social media.

Guide to Giving Better Family Tech Support

The Complete Guide to Giving Better Family Tech Support by How-To-Geek

It’s that holiday time of year again, and that means it’s over the river and through the woods to…well, fix your family’s Wi-Fi and other tech problems.

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you’re the “tech person” in your family. That means your family is constantly asking…

High school kids get video of the eclipse

High school kids get video of the eclipse… from 32,000 meters above the Earth! by www.syfy.com

Look, I know: After the total solar eclipse in August, you probably reached saturation with images of videos of it. I know I did, having seen the event from every angle and manner possible.

Or so I thought. In fact, there was one I hadn’t considered, and jaded as I was I still gasped with delight when I saw it: a video of the Moon’s shadow on the ground taken from a weather balloon from a height of 32 kilometers (105,000 feet)!

How cool is that? And it gets better: That balloon was launched by high school students. They were participating in a group called Earth to Sky Calculus, started by some of the students who were “tired of being lectured to and wanted to explore Nature in a different, more hands-on way.” So Dr. Tony Phillips — the person who created the fantastic…

Computer Keyboard Key Explanation

Computer Keyboard Key Explanation by Computer Hope

When dealing with technical commands that use the keyboard (for example, web pages or the command line), you may hear such things as forward slash, backslash, and caret.

Many times, this can be confusing for anyone unfamiliar with each of the symbols on a keyboard. The table below identifies non-alphanumerickeys with a description or link for additional information.

Google Assistant – Google Search Guide

Your guide to using Google Assistant and the Google search app on Android & iPhone by Danny Sullivan, Founding Editor of Search Engine Land

Google Assistant is coming widely to Android phones. Here's how to use it and other ways to Google on your smartphone — even for iPhone users.

Google Assistant has now come to Android phones beyond Google’s own Pixel. It’s a significant change to how Google’s previously offered search on mobile devices. It’s also the latest in a wide variety of ways people can search with Google on Android.

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