Free Windows tools, ready for the taking

When it comes to the word “free,” the unspoken fear is that there’s always a catch. Hidden fees you didn’t expect. Extra money that’s required to unlock the real features you want or need.But sometimes free really is free.This collection of stories offers a wealth of free tools and apps that can help you better use Windows — whether it’s the latest version, Windows 10, or earlier iterations still in use. You’re almost certain to find something you can use.Drive cloning in Windows 10
Cloning a drive can come in handy for a variety of reasons, but it’s primarily useful when you want to replace your PC’s hard drive with another that’s either bigger or faster — or both.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


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You can now use an iPhone to log into a Windows 10 PC, Microsoft says

Apple’s iPhone isn’t always a good pairing for Microsoft’s Windows 10 PCs, but you’ll be able to use the phone’s biometric authentication features to log into PCs.
Microsoft wants to kill passwords with Windows Hello, a technology that allows users to log into PCs by fingerprint, face, iris or pattern detection. Beyond Windows 10 devices, the feature is also coming to devices, accessories and apps that support Windows Hello.
Apple’s iPhone will be able to use such an accessory or app to log into Windows 10. At its Ignite conference this week, Microsoft said iPhone owners can use specific RSA SecurID authentication tools on their devices to unlock Windows 10 PCs.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


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Verizon learned of massive Yahoo data breach just two days ago

Verizon, which is finalizing its $4.8 billion purchase of Yahoo, said late Thursday it was notified of the massive data breach at Yahoo only in the last two days.Verizon said it would evaluate what it will do next. In an emailed statement, the company acknowledged that it now has only “limited information and understanding of the impact” of the hack.Yahoo earlier in the day blamed the attack on a “state-sponsored actor”without further elaboration and said its ongoing investigation indicates that information from at least 500 million user accounts was stolen.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


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Android 7.0 Nougat — when your phone will get the upgrade

The long wait is over — for some people, at least.
Google has finally released Android 7.0 Nougat, and there isn’t much new to the OS that we didn’t know about before. Nexus users will be the first to enjoy the upgrade, but if you are not one of the lucky few, when can you expect to receive it?
In IT Blogwatch, we play the waiting game.
Before we jump into when phones will receive Nougat, let’s review what’s new with this release. Juan Carlos Torres has a few details:If there were a single, highly anticipated feature in…Nougat, it would…be…multi-windows support. Specifically, split screen support…But that’s not the only new multi-tasking super feature…Now you can swap…your two most recently used apps by simply double-tapping the multi-tasking button. … Nougat is also loaded with options to customize your Android experience…Like…the ability to organize you Quick Settings tiles…Android 7.0…also lets your reply right within the


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Yahoo sells internet biz to Verizon in $4.8B deal

Ailing Yahoo is selling off its operating business for about $4.8 billion to Verizon Communications in a cash deal that will reduce the storied tech company to mainly holding its cash, stakes in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan and non-core patents.
For Verizon, the acquisition will help it gain Yahoo’s 1 billion monthly active users, its internet properties and key applications like search and email, and its advertising systems. Verizon is not unfamiliar to the acquisition and integration of web companies after its 2015 acquisition of AOL for $4.4 billion, when it acquired similar assets.
The transaction is expected to be completed by the first quarter of next year, subject to regulatory approvals, ending a long drawn out bidding process for the company. After the transaction is closed, Yahoo will be integrated with AOL under Marni Walden, its executive vice president and president of the Product Innovation and New Businesses organization at Verizon,


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SoftBank will acquire ARM for $32 billion

Japan’s SoftBank will acquire UK chip design company ARM Holdings to cash in on growing demand for processors and other technologies for the internet of things and mobile markets.
SoftBank is paying £24.3 billion ($32 billion) in cash for the chip company that licenses its designs to a large number of chip suppliers to smartphone makers and to the emerging IoT market.
The Japanese company will retain ARM’s headquarters in Cambridge and plans to double the number of employees in the U.K. over the next five years, when it will also increase the company’s headcount outside the U.K.
ARM, with 4,064 employees,  will be an independent business within SoftBank, which will pay for the acquisition from existing cash resources and a loan. SoftBank said it intends to retain the current ARM organization including the existing senior management team, brand, and partnership-based business model and culture.To read this article in full or to leave a


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How to secure your router and home network

Many computer users don’t realize it, but for most people their internet router is the most important electronic device in their home. It links most of their other devices together and to the world, so it has a highly privileged position that hackers can exploit.
Unfortunately, many consumer and small-business routers come with insecure default configurations, have undocumented backdoor accounts, expose legacy services and have firmware that is riddled with basic flaws. Some of these problems can’t be fixed by users, but there are many actions that can be taken to at least protect these devices from large-scale, automated attacks.
Don’t let your router be a low-hanging fruit for hackers.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


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Intel scales back Android development

Android was once a big part of Intel’s plans for mobile devices, but the company is now paying much less attention to the OS.
Intel is moving away from developing Android for x86 processors used in smartphones, since it is exiting the handset market. The company’s commitment to Android development for tablets, however, is also under question.
The company still has a strong partnership with Google, with an Intel spokeswoman saying in email, “We continue to work with Google on supporting their OS for different product lines including Chromebooks, tablets and IoT products.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


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Google fixes over 100 flaws in Android, many in chipset drivers

Google released a new batch of Android patches on Wednesday, fixing more than 100 flaws in Android’s own components and in chipset-specific drivers from different manufacturers.
Android’s media server component, which handles the processing of video and audio streams and has been a source of many vulnerabilities in the past, is at the forefront of this security update. It accounts for 16 Android vulnerabilities, including seven critical flaws that can allow an attacker to execute code with higher privileges. 
The bugs can be exploited by sending specifically crafted audio or video files to users’ devices via the browser, email or messaging apps. Because of the repeated media server flaws, Google Hangouts and the default Android Messenger applications no longer pass media to this component automatically.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


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