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No More Ransom project helps thousands of ransomware victims

After only a year, the initiative has unlocked thousands of devices, but there is more work to do.  By Charlie OsborneJuly 27, 2017 -- Symantec Since inception, the No More Ransom initiative has helped thousands of victims unlock their PCs without paying a ransom. This week, No More Ransom, launched by the Dutch National Police,…
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When will Microsoft end support for your version of Windows or Office?

As Windows 10 reaches its second birthday, the support clock for earlier versions is ticking. Microsoft pulled the plug on Windows Vista earlier this year, and support for Office 2007 ends in a few months. So how long until Windows 7, Office 2010, and other currently supported versions reach the end of the line?  …
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Illegal Kodi plugins may compromise your personal security

Certain third-party add-ons used to find pirated material may no longer be trustworthy.  By Charlie OsborneJuly 26, 2017 If you've been taking advantage of third-party Kodi add-ons to find pirated content, the trust you have placed in this software may now place your personal privacy and security at risk. TVAddons, once one of the most…
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Windows 10 tip: Add custom shortcuts to the Start menu

Adding your own customized program shortcuts to the Start menu is easy, once you know where those shortcuts are stored. Here's how to create your own subfolder full of one-click links to tasks in the Settings apps.  By Ed BottJuly 26, 2017 Shortcuts you create here automatically appear in the Programs list on the Start…
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Canonical asks users’ help in deciding Ubuntu Linux desktop apps

The next long-term support version of Ubuntu desktop Linux will include default programs chosen by users.  By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for Linux and Open Source | July 24, 2017 Canonical Ubuntu Linux has long been one of the most popular Linux desktop distributions. Now, its leadership is looking to its users for help to decide…
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Microsoft Paint lives on, just not inside Windows 10

You'll still be able to download Paint from the Windows Store, but Microsoft probably won't be adding too many new features in future.     By Liam Tung | July 25, 2017 Microsoft still loves MS Paint, but it won't be updating it in future. Microsoft The apparently cold send-off for "trusty old" MS Paint…
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IBM patent uses printed circuit boards to protect cryptographic codes

Big Blue's new patent aims to protect cryptographic keys and make them tamper-resistant.  By Charlie OsborneJuly 25, 2017 IBM IBM has revealed a new patent which utilizes printed circuit boards to protect cryptographic keys and codes. On Tuesday, the tech giant said the patent, granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), uses…
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