Monthly Archives: December 2016

Encryption backdoors are against US national interest, say lawmakers

Encryption is safeguard for our personal secrets and economic prosperity, says report.  By Steve Ranger | December 22, 2016 Weakening encryption is against US nation interests, says a congressional working group. Image: iStockphoto     Any attempt to weaken encryption is against the national interest, a group of US lawmakers has warned. The widespread use…
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Apple CEO Tim Cook explains why he met with President-elect Donald Trump

In an answer to employees obtained by TechCrunch, Cook explains why he went to Trump Tower.  By Jake Smith| December 21, 2016 Apple's Tim Cook testifies before the Senate Homeland Security Committee's in May 2013. (Image: file photo)     Apple CEO Tim Cook explained to Apple employees on Monday why he met with President-elect…
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Why Windows 10 users have better anti-virus protection

The latest Microsoft Security Intelligence Report shows an increase in the use of anti-virus software following the introduction of Windows Defender, and highlights the extra security improvements in Windows 10  By Jack Schofield| December 21, 2016 The more recent the version of Windows, the more likely it is to have anti-virus software running. Image: Microsoft…
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Windows 10 tip: Keep your laptop from waking up in your travel bag

Everyone who owns a laptop knows the feeling of reaching into a travel bag to discover that your PC woke up unexpectedly at some point, chewing through your battery without your knowledge. Here’s how to prevent that from happening.  By Ed Bott| December 21, 2016 Change this simple setting to ensure that your PC doesn’t…
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Telstra begins blocking pirates following Federal Court decision

Telstra follows through on Federal Court order to block piracy sites such as The Pirate Bay.  By Asha McLean | December 20, 2016 Screenshot: ZDNet       Telstra customers looking to download content from certain torrent sites will be denied access after the telecommunications provider has started blocking domain names in response to a…
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Take control of your privacy in Windows 10

Where do you draw the line on personal privacy? The right options are different for everyone. In this guide, I show you which privacy settings help you create the right balance of privacy and convenience in Windows 10.  By Ed Bott | December 19, 2016 Image: ZDNet Over the past year, I've read countless "privacy…
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Why AirPods are the future of wireless audio

Their sound quality may not impress audiophines but Apple's odd-looking wireless earbuds set a new experience standard for connections that the industry should embrace. By Ross Rubin | December 19, 2016 Apple AirPods (Jason Cipriani/ZDNet)       The iPod's original design, which housed a 5 GB hard drive, a full-size FireWire connector, and a…
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