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.
How Safe is Mint.com? – By Curtis Hearn, smartmoneynation.com
A few weeks ago, Equifax, one of the world’s largest repository of personal financial information, announced it had been hacked. Over 140 million consumers’ personal data was stolen, including credit card numbers for some of those affected.
How to Remotely Troubleshoot a Friend’s Windows PC Without Any Extra Software – By Chris Hoffman, www.howtogeek.com
Windows offers a few built-in tools for performing remote assistance over the Internet. These tools allow you to take remote control of another person’s computer so you can help them troubleshoot it while you’re on the phone with them. They work similarly to Remote Desktop, but are available on all editions of Windows and are easy to set up.
What is the cloud? | CNBC Explains By Cnbc International, www.youtube.com VIDEO
The cloud is big business for tech giants like Amazon, Google and Microsoft. Revenues from cloud services are expected to exceed $200 billion in 2019. But what exactly does the cloud do? CNBC’s Elizabeth Schulze explains.
Microsoft Accounts Now Support Passwordless Login via FIDO 2 Security Keys By Lucian Armasu, www.tomshardware.com
Microsoft and Yubico announced today that all Microsoft account owners using the latest Windows 10 version (build 1089) and the Edge browser will be able to log in to their accounts using nothing but a FIDO2/WebAuthn-enabled security key like Yubikey 5.
Privacy.com: Protect Your Bank Accounts By Justin, operational-security.com
It is no secret that I am a major fan of Blur, the privacy service that allows you to mask your email address and phone number. One of my favorite features of Blur is credit card masking – the ability to create one-time-use credit card numbers that are billed to your real credit card. A new service has come along that allows you to create one-time use credit card numbers. The service is a little bit different than Blur, and has some advantages and disadvantages. It is called Privacy.com.
On Sept. 21, the three big credit reporting agencies will have to give consumers credit freezes for free.
Just one year ago, consumers woke up and discovered that hackers had one heck of a field day with their Social Security numbers and other information in a massive data breach at Equifax.
Credit Freezes Will Soon Be Free by lifehacker.com
With the one-year anniversary of the Equifax breach just behind us, here’s a reminder that you will be able to freeze your credit reports and sign up for year-long fraud alerts for free starting Sept. 21 thanks to a federal law passed earlier this year.
Know the difference between a fraud alert and a credit freeze by komonews.com
It's been one year since Equifax let us know that hackers stole the personal information of half the adults in the country. But a surveyshows most of us have not taken steps to freeze our credit reports.
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
Create virtual cards that protect your money. at privacy.com
Privacy is the safest and easiest way to shop online.
Freeze, unfreeze, and set spending limits. Get real cashback rewards. Take control of your money.
Privacy provides a service that allows you to checkout online without sharing your real credit or debit card information online. We allow you to use any name and billing address with the merchant you would like, so your private information remains secure and private.
Privacy.com Review by echeck.org
When you pay for something online, you are putting your financial and personal details at risk. No matter which form of payment you use, there is always a risk, and there is no way for you (the consumer) to know just how big or small the risk is. The sheer number of massive hacks and leaks over the last ten years is proof enough that we have no idea how safe our payment information really is. Privacy.com adds another layer of privacy.
Slinging your credit card information all over the web may be the norm when you’re online shopping, but playing fast and loose with those precious numbers is just begging for identity theft to happen. A new company dubbed Privacy.com thinks it has a solution to the problem. Instead of handing out your actual debit and credit card numbers, Privacy.com lets you create “virtual” debit cards that are locked for use with a single vendor, or “burner” cards that are valid only for one-time use.
Privacy.com allows consumers to make payments online safely and anonymously. For security or privacy reasons, people don’t always want to use their regular payment methods online and expose their card/bank details, name, and address to random online vendors.
Privacy.com is a VPN for credit cards by theverge.com
In 2016, it’s remarkably hard to buy something anonymously. Bitcoin would be the easiest way, but most places don’t accept it. Even walking into a store and paying cash, there’s a decent chance you’ll be asked for your name and zip code. Paying online is even harder. Use a credit card or a traditional payment service and the odds are your purchase will end up in an anonymized database, used to target you the next time advertisers want to find someone who’s bought a burrito, a pair of jeans, or a lamp in the last month.
Image Resizer Online Is a Fast Image Resizer
Image Resizer Online does all image resizing in the browser, so you do not need to upload any photos to the server to resize the pictures. Not uploading also allows you to keep your photographs secure as all the images stay on your computer at all times as well as using no bandwidth for sending copies to a server which also makes Image Resizer Online very fast. Or visit: https://imageresizer.online/
Installing the Chrome Extension lets you use the tool with a Chromebook.
Or visit the Web Site to use the tool online directly: https://imageresizer.online/
Image Resizer Online was created for a simple reason, to make resizing images online as simple, secure and fast as possible. Image Resizer Online does all the image resizing in the browser which means that your pictures stay on your computer at all times, they never get sent to a server to be processed like many other services.
Image Resizer Online is actively being worked on to improve functionality and user experience. We want to make image resizing and conversion as fast and as simple as possible.
Why use Image Resizer Online
- Works with Windows, Mac, and Chromebooks.
- Pixel or percentage based image resizing
- Image Resizer Online can convert images to JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, and WebP (Chrome only)
- Image Resizer Online can compress JPG and WebP images.
- Very fast. Because Image Resizer Online runs in your browser, it's extremely fast.
- Batch image processing. Image Resizer Online can batch process images which means that you can select multiple photos and process them all together.
Need more features check out TinyPNG.
Why use TinyPNG?
PNG is useful because it’s the only widely supported format that can store partially transparent images. The format uses compression, but the files can still be large. Use TinyPNG to shrink images for your apps and sites. It will use less bandwidth and load faster.
Chrome and Firefox: There are plenty of reasons you might not want to give out your real email address when signing up for a site or service. Maybe you’re really big on privacy; or, more likely, you just hate spam, and figure the fewer places that know your real email address, the better.
What is Google Smart Lock, Exactly? by howtogeek.com
Google does this thing where it uses bad names for products. Then it re-uses those names for other products, confusing everyone. Such is the case for Smart Lock, which is technically three different things, depending on whether you’re talking about Android, Chromebooks, or passwords.
Here’s are the three different things that are housed under the Smart Lock name:
The world is awash with cash, but you don’t seem to be getting any of it from your bank account.
Banks pay almost nothing for deposits these days — the average savings account gives customers 0.09% a year, according to Bankrate. That means you’d earn $9 a year on an account worth $10,000.
Cloudflare's mission is to help build a better Internet. We're excited today to take another step toward that mission with the launch of 18.104.22.168 —…
Chrome Extension Detects URL Homograph (Unicode) Attacks by BleepingCompute
The team from Phish.ai has developed and released a Google Chrome extension that can detect when users are accessing domains spelled using non-standard Unicode characters and warn the users about the potential of a homograph attack.
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…
The Cheapest Way to Stream TV: Rotate Your Subscriptions by howtogeek.com
Ever since the dawn of cable bundles, all we viewers have ever wanted is to pay for just the shows that we want to watch. Now that everyone and their parent company has a streaming subscription, you can sort of do that…but if you subscribe to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO Now, and all of the other ones you want, it could end up costing as much as cable. Fortunately, there’s a solution: rotate your subscriptions.
How to See What Packages and Mail You Have Coming Before It Arrives by howtogeek.com
The United States Postal Service, UPS, and FedEx all offer online dashboards where you can see exactly what packages (and letters, in the case of the US Postal Service) are scheduled to arrive at your address. They’ll even email and send you text message notifications so you can stay on top of things.
Digitally preview your mail and manage your packages scheduled to arrive soon! Informed Delivery allows you to view greyscale images of the exterior, address side of letter-sized mailpieces and track packages in one convenient location.*
* Images are only provided for letter-sized mailpieces that are processed through USPS' automated equipment
No need to take time off work, change plans or stay home for a package anymore. UPS My Choice® lets you decide how, where and when home deliveries occur to fit your schedule. Get estimated arrival and progress alerts. Sign for a package in advance. Set vacation holds, change a delivery address or hold at a UPS location. Whether online or by mobile, UPS My Choice makes it easy to put your plans ahead of the package.
FedEx Delivery Manager®. Customize deliveries
Receive alerts whenever a FedEx®package is sent to you. Sign up and see FedEx packages coming your way, including things you buy online. View arrival dates and take more control of delivery options. Don't miss another delivery!
Request to hold packages for pickup at a FedEx location, Walgreens and more. Use our Hold at Location option to pick up or redirect to a convenient location.
Sign for a package. Authorize your delivery online and avoid having to schedule a redelivery.
Wireless Farm Data Networks using WiFi by Ayrstone
Ayrstone Productivity® introduces the AyrMesh® System of Wireless Farm Networking for your farm, ranch or other rural property. The AyrMesh system is designed for easy…
Wyze Labs WyzeCam hands-on review by DigitalTrends
For $20, the WyzeCam might be all the home security you need
Founded by ex-Amazon employees in Seattle, Washington, Wyze Labs is the newest player in the smart home market and the WyzeCam is its first product. A feature-rich smart home camera, the WyzeCam’s spec sheet stacks up nicely to other high-end home monitors, offering 1080p video, motion and sound detection, night vision, and two-way audio. But it also comes with 14 days of free cloud storage plus a MicroSD card slot for continuous local recording. It even offers a time-lapse mode.
The Four Best Free Email Services by How-To-Geek
Email used to be the sole domain of the earthbound office worker, a boring and beige evolution of the fax and the sticky note. These days, email is still pretty boring (hey, we’re not going to lie to you), but it’s also an essential part of online life for anyone with an Internet connection.
How To Backup Your Hard Drive Using Google's Backup And Sync Tool? by fossbytes.com
Backup & Sync is a tool developed by Google. It automatically uploads the data from your hard drive and connected USB devices to your Google Drive.
Backing up their data is an important task for regular users, be it the computer or smartphone. But an important question in this regard is how you backup your data? Locally or on a cloud drive. And how often you do it?
In the past, I have told you about backing up your hard drive using…
How to Switch to VoIP and Ditch Your Home Phone Bill Forever by How-To Geek
You can enjoy the convenience of a whole-house phone line without shelling out your hard earned money to your local telecommunications provider. Read on as we show you how to ditch the phone bill, keep the land line, and enjoy free local and long distance calling in the process. Click Here to Continue Reading
Remember the halcyon days of 2015 when the Federal Communications Commission voted to secure net neutrality in the United States? That was only two years ago, but the FCC is already looking to reverse itself.
Just chick this link 10MinuteMail.com get an email address that lasts for just 10 minutes.
The author of 10MinuteMail states that it has been one of the most popular and heavily used temporary email services since it launched almost 10 years ago. Over a million users a month, from 200 countries, with a million email addresses. Hundreds of millions of spam have been blocked from ending up in people's inboxes!
- 10MinuteMail is a secure temporary e-mail service. It lets you have a private e-mail address that anyone can send e-mail to. The e-mail and the address both self-destruct in 10 minutes, so you don't have to worry about SPAM or any other junk mail.
- The most common reason to use a temporary e-mail service is if you are forced to give an e-mail address to a website you don't fully trust. Many websites force you to register in order to see content. Many of those websites will then either send you SPAM for years or, even worse, sell your e-mail address to large scale SPAM operations. 10MinuteMail allows you to easily give an e-mail address that won't exist in 10 minutes, so there's no risk of SPAM. If the website makes you verify the e-mail address by sending you a link to your e-mail that you have to click, then you can read the e-mail right here on 10minutemail.com and click on the link. You can also reply to e-mail, as some sites require a reply. You can forward the e-mail to your personal account if there's some information you need to save.
- When you need an e-mail address to fill out an online form or registration, just open another window or tab and go to 10MinuteMail.com.
- The e-mail address you see on the page is yours. You are the only person who can see that address.
- You can copy it from the window, or just click on the icon that looks like two sheets of paper which will automatically copy the e-mail address to your clipboard. DO NOT CLOSE the 10MinuteMail.com window.
- Then paste the e-mail address into the website you needed it for, complete the registration/form/whatever.
- If the site sends you an e-mail, it should show up on the 10MinuteMail.com page, down on the page, under the Messages section. It may take a couple of minutes to arrive.
- Once you see it there, just click on it, and you can read the e-mail. Then you can click on any links, or get any information you need.
- When you are done, just close the 10MinuteMail.com window, or wait for the 10 minutes to expire. That's it.
- No need to sign up or provide any information, the idea of 10MinuteMail is to be as fast and simple as possible. Just open 10MinuteMail.com and you have a private secure address ready and waiting for you. You don't need to do ANYTHING!
Note: Don't use a temporary e-mail address when.
- Registering at your bank, credit card site.
- Setting up online services like Amazon, Google Play, Netflix or any site that might need to communicant with you in the future.
- Signing up for an e-mail service like Gmail, Yahoo, OutlookMail, AOL… In the future they may need to send email to your backup address for password reset…
Free Secure Email – ProtonMail
ProtonMail is a security-minded tool to manage your email. It offers great data security and a clean, stylish, user-friendly interface. It also has an end-to-end encryption that ensures no one, not even the creators can read your emails. Available for the Web, iOS, and Android.
Signup for free ProtonMail plan. You can upgrade anytime for more feature.
In addition to providing secure web-based email, ProtonMail also provides encrypted email on your mobile device. Mobile applications are available for download from both the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store. Mobile apps are compatible with smart phones and tablets.
If you send an email to other Protonmail users, they will see the message normally. If you send a message to someone who does not use Protonmail, they’ll be sent a link and will need a password to view the message.
An email sent from one ProtonMail account to another ProtonMail account is automatically encrypted with the public key of the recipient. Once encrypted only the private key of the recipient can decrypt the email. When the recipient logs in their mailbox password decrypts their private key and unlocks their inbox.
When sending Emails from ProtonMail to non-ProtonMail email addresses you may choose to sent in plain text or with end-to-end encryption. With encryption the email is encrypted with AES under a user-supplied password. The recipient receives a link to the ProtonMail website where they can enter the password and read the decrypted email. ProtonMail assumes that the sender and the recipient have exchanged this password through a back channel (voice call, text message…). Emails sent to non-ProtonMail email accounts can be set to self-destruct after a period of time. The non-ProtonMail recipient can reply securely with end-to-end encryption to the sender with a ‘Secure Reply’ button included in the message.
ProtonMail is a free service, you can help support online privacy by selecting a paid account. Your contribution helps us support more users and continue to develop ProtonMail as free and open source software.
Note: I still prefer using Gmail fo my day to day email needs but having a ProtonMail account is handy when needing to communicate is a highly secure manner. The free ProtonMail 500MB, 150 message account is handy to have set up for use when privacy is important.
- ProtonMail Security Features
- ProtonMail Blog
- ProtonMail adds Tor onion site to fight risk of state censorship by techcrunch.com – Swiss-based PGP end-to-end encrypted email provider, ProtonMail, now has an onion address, allowing users to access its service via a direct connection to the Tor
- ProtonMail Review 2017 – Free Secure Email by Lifewire – lifewire.com – ProtonMail offers free, end-to-end encrypted email through a web interface and mobile apps. Exporting emails or accessing them by any other means is challenging, though, and ProtonMail could offer more productivity features itself.
- Secure Privacy Email Options 2017 by bestvpn.com – Douglas Crawford – In this article on secure privacy email options, I look at various ways to make your email more private. I pay particular attention to the new breed of end-to-end encrypted webmail services. As a technology, email was not designed with security in mind…
Bitcoin – Open source P2P money by bitcoin.org/
Bitcoin is an innovative payment network and a new kind of money. Find all you need to know and get started with Bitcoin on bitcoin.org.
What is Bitcoin? by CNN Money
Bitcoin is a new currency that was created in 2009 by an unknown person using the alias Satoshi Nakamoto. Transactions are made with no middle men – meaning, no banks! There are no transaction fees and no need to give your real name. More merchants are beginning to accept them: You can buy webhosting services, pizza or even manicures.
What is bitcoin? by CoinDesk
Bitcoin is a form of digital currency, created and held electronically. No one controls it. Bitcoins aren't printed, like dollars or euros – they're produced by people, and increasingly businesses, running computers all around the world, using software that solves mathematical problems.
FAQ – Bitcoin by bitcoin.org
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Amazon Prime Reading Bumps Up the Subscription Benefits for Prime Subscribers by WinSuperSite.com
Today Amazon revealed an added feature for all of their Prime subscribers that provides unlimited reading of books, magazines, comics, and Kindle Singles.
The benefit is called Prime Reading and it is not only available on your favorite Kindle device but also through all of the free Kindle apps plus Amazon's Fire tablets.
Just some of the magazines you gain access to at no extra cost includes:
- Sports Illustrated
- Entertainment Weekly
- Motor Trend
- Consumer Reports
Why you should use a password manager by Sophos
For years, I read many, many articles about password managers – much like this one – and despite the fact that I’ve been working in the information security field for about a decade, I still resisted trying them out. It seemed like a lot of hassle, and who needs more of that?
Instead, I kept an arsenal of passwords in my head: A few “disposable” ones for
New ‘Coding With Chrome’ App Helps Students Learn to Code by OMG! Chrome!
A new Google app helps students learn more about programming with using web technologies.
The search giant’s ‘Coding with Chrome’ app is billed in the Web Store as: ‘an educational IDE showing off various Google EDU technologies’.
Type with your voice
You can type and edit a document by speaking in Google Docs.
Note: This feature is only available in Chrome browsers.
Type with your voice
Start voice typing
- Check that your microphone works.
- Open a document in Google docs with a Chrome browser.
- Click Tools > Voice typing. A microphone box appears.
- When you're ready to speak, click the microphone.
- Speak clearly, at a normal volume and pace (see below for more information on using punctuation).
- When you're done, click the microphone again.
Correct mistakes while voice typing
- If you make a mistake while you're typing with your voice, you can move your cursor to the mistake and fix it without turning off the microphone.
- After you correct the mistake, move the cursor back to where you want to continue.
- To see a list of suggestions, right-click words underlined in gray.
You can use these phrases to add punctuation to your text:
- Exclamation point
- Question mark
- New line
- New paragraph
Note: Punctuation works in German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Russian.
You can use commands to edit and format your document when you voice type. For example, "Select paragraph," "italics," or "Go to the end of the line."
Note: Voice commands are available only in English. The account language and document language must both be English.
To select text, say these commands:
- Select [word or phrase]
- Select all
- Select all matching text
- Select list item
- Select list items at current level
- Select next character
- Select next [number] characters
- Select last character
- Select last [number] characters
- Select line
- Select next line
- Select next [number] lines
- Select last line
- Select last [number] lines
- Select paragraph
- Select next paragraph
- Select next [number] paragraphs
- Select last paragraph
- Select last [number] paragraphs
- Select word
- Select next word
- Select next [number] words
- Select last word
- Select last [number] words
- Select none
Format your document
To format your document, say these commands:
- Align center
- Align justified
- Align left
- Align right
- Center align
- Left align
- Right align
- Apply heading [1–6]
- Apply normal text
- Apply subtitle
- Apply title
Text color and highlighting
- Text color [color]
- Highlight [color]
- Background color [color]
- Remove highlight
- Remove background color
Note: The colors available are: red, orange, yellow, green, cyan, blue, purple, magenta. If you say "highlight" by itself, the highlighting color is yellow.
- Decrease font size
- Increase font size
- Font size [6-400]
- Make bigger
- Make smaller
- Decrease indent
- Increase indent
- Line spacing [1-100]
- Line spacing double
- Line spacing single
- Create bulleted list
- Create numbered list
- Insert bullet
- Insert number
- Clear formatting
- Remove formatting
- Remove bold
- Remove italics
- Remove strikethrough
- Remove underline
Edit your document
To edit your document, say these commands:
- Copy link
- Delete last word
- Delete link
- Insert table of contents
- Delete table of contents
- Update table of contents
- Insert bookmark
- Insert equation
- Insert footer
- Insert footnote
- Insert header
- Insert horizontal line
- Insert page break
Add and edit tables
To add and edit tables, say these commands:
- Insert table
- Insert table [1-20] rows by [1-20] columns
- Insert row
- Insert column
- Insert new column
- Insert new column on the left
- Insert new row
- Insert new row above
- Insert new row below
- Delete column
- Delete row
- Delete table
- Remove column
- Remove row
- Remove table
- Exit table
Move around your document
To move around your document, say these commands:
- Scroll down
- Scroll up
Resume voice typing
To move the cursor to the end of the paragraph and start voice typing again, say "Resume."
To move the cursor to a particular word or phrase, say "Resume with [word]." The cursor moves to the end of the word that you speak.
Here are all the commands you can say to resume voice typing:
- Resume with [word or phrase]
- Go to the end of the paragraph
- Move to the end of the paragraph
- Go to the end of the line
- Move to the end of the line
Commands to open help
To open a list of voice commands in your document, say these commands:
- Voice typing help
- Voice commands list
- See all voice commands
Speak (for accessibility)
To use these commands, turn on screen reader support. It's best to wear headphones so the screen reader feedback isn't typed into your document.
- Speak cursor location
- Speak from cursor location
- Speak selection
- Speak selection formatting
- Speak table row and column headers
- Speak table cell location
- Speak table column header
- Speak table row header
If voice typing isn't working, try these steps.
"We're having trouble hearing you"
If you see an error message that says "We're having trouble hearing you," try the following:
- Move to a quiet room.
- Plug in an external microphone.
- Adjust the input volume on your microphone.
- The microphone isn't working
If you can't get the microphone to work on your computer, try the following:
- Make sure that that the microphone isn't broken.
- Make sure that your document has permission to use your camera and microphone.
- Check that your microphone is plugged in and is not being used by another application.
- Move to a quiet room.
- Restart your computer.
Voice commands aren't working
If voice commands aren’t working, try the following:
- Speak more slowly and clearly
- Pause before and after each command. The text of your command might show in the document for a moment. For example, if you say "select all," the words "select all" show up before your text is selected.
Some suggested headsets
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8 Reasons You Should Be Using Google Voice (If You’re American) by How-To- Geek
Google Voice has been out for years, but many people in the US still haven’t given it a try. Google Voice offers many features you can’t get elsewhere, and almost all of them are free.
There are ways to sign up for Google Voice outside of the US, but even if you manage to do so you’ll be left with a US number. That’s a bit awkward if you live outside the US.
Yahoo stops some users accessing emails in ad-blockers row by BBC News Services
Yahoo has confirmed that it is preventing some people from accessing their email if they are using ad-blocking software in their browser.
Some users in the US reported that Yahoo Mail was displaying a message asking them to disable their ad-blocker before they could access their inbox.
Yahoo said it was testing a "new product experience" in the US.