The Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge Is Coming

The new Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be available for purchase on the 10th April. Here are some early reviews and details of the devices. The Verge :Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge put design first Engadget:Meet Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge CNET:Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge restyle Samsung’s image with curves, metal, glass (hands-on)

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The Superfish Problem

The software Superfish has been discovered on certain Lenovo computers which is a security flaw that could let hackers impersonate shopping, banking and other websites and steal users credit card numbers and other personal data. Lenovo has apologised for pre-loading the computers with Superfish’s visual search software, which captures images that users view online, such as a sofa or pair of shoes, and then shows them ads for similar products. Superfish which is an image recognition algorithm may not be a security risk. However the problem came about because Superfish used software from another company that can “eavesdrop” when Internet users visit secure or encrypted websites. Superfish replaced the encryption code on websites with its own easily-hacked code, according to several researchers. The Department of Homeland Security issued a notice saying Lenovo customers should remove Superfish software because of the hacking dangers. So how do you know if you have Superfish:Click here If you have… Read More

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PUP & Wrappers – What Are They And What You Need To Do

What’s A Pup And What’s A Wrapper ?A PUP is a potentially unwanted program and a wrapper is a program that you download that comes with multiple unwanted programs and add ons. These are extremely prolific now with users going to a site , say download.com , and attempting to download say a video editing program , then having to agree to a proliferation of other programs , browser add ons. A bit of research and not agreeing to all things that are presented to you on your computer screen will go a long way to keeping your computer free from such infections. Checkout this article : Yes, Every Freeware Download Site is Serving Crapware (Here’s the Proof)

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Upgrading To iOS8 – Here Is Some Advice

iOS8 has arrived for your iPhone and iPad and the following will help you make the move. Remember to back up to your computer through iTunes or make sure you are backed up through iCloud and that you have enough space on your device (5.78gb ) to do the upgrade. Here is a great article and post from CNET on making the upgrade to iOS8 for Apple devices. What To Expect When Upgrading To iOS8  Then here is advice about when to make the move to the new iCloud drive Don’t Pull The Trigger On iCloud Drive Just Yet Lastly a review of iOS8 from the Wall St Journal  A New Phone Without Buying One  

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Downloading Software – Be Careful Where You Get It From

When you need software for your computer or a device for your computer eg:printer , where do you get it from ? You need to use the manufacturers / makers site. For example if I need anything from Microsoft , patches , drivers , software I go to Microsoft. if I need drivers for an Epson printer i go to Epson. What I DO NOT DO is go to a 3rd party site through a Google search such as Cnet download.com where software i may download will install 3rd party toolbars etc to my computer. These are called wrappers , so when you download drivers etc you also get a swag of other software (toolbars , browser extensions ) that will need to be removed as in the installation process you will have to agree to install these to get the drivers you require.  

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Passwords – How Do You Manage Them & How Poor Is Yours

The annual list of the worst passwords has been revealed – The 25 Worst Passwords – Cnet So how do you manage yours? Most people are instructed to come up with a combination of letters , numbers , symbols. So how quickly can a password be broken ? An 8 digit password can be broken by a computer in under 13 minutes. So how do we make a secure password that we can remember and that will struggle to be broken. If you were to put 3 words with no relationship and capitalise one letter in each word and add in a number between one and a symbol between the other you are well on your way. For example: Suzuki-Microsoft1-Coffee You make it 3 words you can remember with a number and a symbol. If all this is too hard you may want to try password software: Lastpass Keepass 1… Read More

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Move iTunes Library To A New Computer or Hard Drive

If your iTunes library is getting too big for your computer , you can consider moving it to an external hard drive.Here are detailed instructions on how to do this from CNETThis is a big job and the transfer will take a while depending on the size of your library.There is also a video tutorial available. Looking for instructions on moving your iTunes library on a mac , here is a great article from Apple , Moving Your iTunes Library Looking for instructions on moving your iTunes library on Windows , here is a great article from Apple , Moving Your iTunes Library

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The New iTunes

The new iTunes ( version 11 ) is out now and is a big change and a welcome update to the old version. It is available for both Windows and Apple computers. There is a much cleaner look to it as you can see from the image below and there is a lot more cloud integration.  To learn more about the new iTunes check out the links below Lifehacker – How To Use iTunes 11 CNet iTunes 11 Tips And Tricks Macworld – Hands On With iTunes 11

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