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Create bootable USB drives with Rufus

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:14:26 +0000

Rufus is an easy to use portable software program for Microsoft Windows devices to create bootable USB drives using ISO images. It appears that I have never reviewed Rufus before here on Ghacks, even though I mentioned it a couple of times in the past when it came to the creation of bootable USB media. […]

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Good Riddance: 3D TV is dead

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 07:58:10 +0000

A report on Cnet suggests that 3D TV won't be the next big thing after all, as the last two major TV makers of 3D TVs announced that they would stop producing 3D TVs in 2017. The revival of 3D in home entertainment began with the release of Avatar back in 2010, but the technology […]

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Windows 10 Build 15014: Ebook Store, Free up Space automatically

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 06:43:00 +0000

Microsoft pushed out a new Windows 10 Insider Build today, bringing the latest version of the development version to version 15014. The company published a blog post on the Windows Experience Blog that highlights major changes, and issues that users may experience. As always, the features listed here will likely be part of the Windows […]

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MediCat DVD: bootable toolkit with Windows 10 WinPE

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:28:38 +0000

MediCat DVD is a bootable troubleshooting environment that ships with Linux and Windows boot environments, and troubleshooting tools. The author of MediCat DVD designed the bootable toolkit as an unofficial successor to the popular Hiren's Boot CD boot environment. Hiren's Boot Cd has last been updated in 2012, and while it works in many cases, […]

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Ghacks Deals: The Full Stack Programmer Bundle (97% off)

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:39:21 +0000

The The Full Stack Programmer Bundle is a massive eLearning course offering more than 130 hours worth of content that teaches you how to program in several languages, and how to build products such as computer and mobile applications, and websites, using those languages. Among the many languages are JavaScript, Python, PHP, C#, Ruby on […]

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Beware: new sophisticated Gmail phishing attacks

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:07:39 +0000

Researchers have discovered a new phishing attack that is currently underway that is targeting Google Gmail accounts in a sophisticated way. What's interesting about this specific attack is that it uses a new method, one that could even lure tech savvy users into its trap. The attacks begin with compromised Gmail accounts. The attackers use […]

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Cloudshot: screen capture software with upload feature

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:49:06 +0000

Cloudshot is a free screen capture program for Microsoft Windows devices that is easy to use, and supports local and online storage locations. The name of the application reveals one of the program's main features already: the ability to upload screenshots that you take to various online services that it supports. The service supports Dropbox, […]

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This is Firefox’s upcoming Permissions System

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:58:17 +0000

Back in mid-2016 we gave you a glimpse of the new permissions system that Mozilla was working on at the time for its Firefox web browser. Mozilla worked on it a bit more in the meantime, and plans to launch an updated version of it soon that improves the user interaction with permissions in several […]

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Microsoft advertises one of its Chrome extension in Windows 10 now

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:13:36 +0000

If you run Windows 10, you may have noticed an increase in native advertisement creeping in ever since the operating system was first revealed. The operating system may display ads on the system's lock screen to you, on the start screen, as taskbar notifications, and soon also in the share interface when the Creators Update […]

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Ghacks Deals: Linux Power User Bundle (97% off)

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:52:51 +0000

If you don't like Windows 10, one viable option that you have when support for your current operating system expires is to migrate to a Linux distribution. The Linux Power User Bundle offers essential skills and information for users who are new to Linux. The bundle includes the following courses: Linux for Beginners -- Get […]

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Pick & Save Images for Firefox: excellent image downloader

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:04:15 +0000

Pick & Save Images is a free browser add-on for the Firefox web browser that improves the browser's image downloading functionality significantly. All web browsers ship with built-in options to save images, or to browse the local Internet cache to pick them from there instead. While that is sufficient most of the time, you may […]

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Windows 10 Game Mode and Drivers: what we know so far

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:26:54 +0000

Microsoft will introduce a truckload of new features in the Creators Update for Windows 10, including the new Game Mode feature and one where drivers may get installed automatically when certain Store games are downloaded and installed on a device running Windows 10. While I'm not playing that many games anymore, I'm still a gamer […]

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Chrome Annoyance: new tabs not added to tab bar anymore

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:40:53 +0000

If you have a medium number of tabs open in a Google Chrome window, you may experience that new tabs that you open in the browser are not shown at all anymore in the interface. One big annoyance of Google Chrome is the browser's tab display behavior in my opinion. Chrome reduces the size of […]

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Microsoft: Windows 10 hardening against 0-day exploits

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:26:38 +0000

One key focus of Microsoft when it comes to promoting the company's latest operating system Windows 10 is to hammer home that Windows 10 is better for security. The company published a blog post recently on the Microsoft Malware Protection Center blog which exemplified that by analyzing how Windows 10 handled two 0-day exploits, or […]

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Webrecorder: create recordings of web browsing sessions

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:57:02 +0000

Webrecorder is a free online service that you can use to create recordings of web browsing sessions on the site independently from your browser. You can use the service anonymously and make use of the majority of functions that it provides including downloading sessions to your system. Users who create a free account get options […]

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Screeny is a powerful screen capture program for Windows

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:53:49 +0000

Screeny is a free for personal use screen capture program for Microsoft Windows that supports image and video captures, and an immense set of features. You have plenty of options when it comes to taking screenshots or videos on Windows machines. From the good old Print-key-paste-in-image-editor option to screenshot tools that offer basic and advanced […]

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Deal of the Week: Private Internet Access VPN (63% off)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:25:06 +0000

Private Internet Access is one of the three VPN services that I'm subscribed to currently. It is rare to have such a great service available on Ghacks Deals which is why I decided to post this message early. The deal is for a two year subscription to the service for $59.95. That's more expensive than […]

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Mozilla considers making Firefox DevTools a System Add-on

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:16:01 +0000

Mozilla is investigating options currently to turn the built-in Developer Tools of the Firefox web browser into a system add-on. So-called system add-ons are browser add-ons that ship with core Firefox. Basically, add-ons that are not installed by the user but by Mozilla. Firefox users have less control over these system add-ons, even though it […]

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Unifie: fast thumbnail browser with extras

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:09:11 +0000

Unifie is a free program for Microsoft Windows devices to browse image thumbnails stored in any folder on the local system quickly. Image viewers are a dime a dozen on Windows, and there are plenty of good ones around. I have reviewed my fair share of them over the years, and you can check out […]

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WorldBrain for Chrome: full-text search history and bookmarks

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:23:15 +0000

WorldBrain is a free browser extension for Google Chrome -- a Firefox add-on is promised -- that indexes all visited web pages and the bookmarks to add full-text search capabilities to the browser's address bar input field. Modern browsers don't index the full web page when it comes to making suggestions to the user based […]

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Preserve web pages with the Wayback Machine

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:05:28 +0000

The Wayback Machine, part of the Internet Archive, is a massive web page archive that holds more than 279 billion copies currently. This makes it an excellent option to look up pages that are no longer available at all, or have changed. You can head over to the Wayback Machine website directly to look up […]

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Ghacks Deals: Mailbird Pro Email Client Lifetime (55% off)

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:10:31 +0000

Mailbird is a desktop email client for Windows based on the open source email client Sparrow. It is offered as a free and commercial version, with Mailbird Pro supporting additional features that the free version does not ship with. What you get is basically what desktop email clients like Thunderbird offer, plus a set of […]

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Latest Windows Updates and Service Packs overview

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:34:54 +0000

This guide provides you with information on the latest Windows updates and Service Packs, including where to download them and how to install them. Microsoft released service packs traditionally for its operating systems, but switched to the new feature upgrade system with the release of Windows 8. Service Packs are only available for Windows 7 […]

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Firefox: new default theme, theme API makes an appearance

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:47:47 +0000

2017 will be quite the interesting year for the Firefox web browser. Mozilla plans to make the switch to WebExtensions in that year, launch a new themes API that is based on that, and will introduce a new default Firefox theme on top of all that. The first changes have been pushed to the Nightly […]

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Page not found? Load archived copies with Wayback Machine for Chrome

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 11:34:15 +0000

Wayback Machine is a new browser extension for Google Chrome that detects page error codes to suggest to access archived copies of the page. There is a saying that the Internet won't forget a thing, and that it is difficult to impossible to remove content from the Internet completely. While that is the case, it […]

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Windows 7: Microsoft waves an early goodbye

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:21:12 +0000

Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system is still the world's most widely used OS, but that does not stop Microsoft from waving an early goodbye to the operating system. The company informed customers on the German Microsoft press site that support for Windows 7 will end on January 14, 2020: about three years from today. This […]

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Windows Security Only Update won’t include Internet Explorer patches anymore

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 16:14:42 +0000

Microsoft's Nathan Mercer announced new servicing changes for Windows 7 and 8.1 in a new blog post on the Windows for IT Pros site on January 13, 2017. The company switched to a new update servicing system for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, and the server operating systems Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, […]

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Image Resizer for Windows

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 07:30:50 +0000

Image Resizer for Windows is a free, open source program for Microsoft Windows devices to resize images straight from Explorer. Windows users have quite the diverse selection of tools at their disposal when it comes to image manipulation. Microsoft Paint, or the Windows Photos app, may be all that is needed in some cases to […]

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WhatsApp Security: make this change right now!

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:58:26 +0000

Security researchers found a backdoor in the popular messaging application WhatsApp recently that could allow WhatsApp to intercept and read user messages. Facebook, the owner of WhatsApp, claims that it is impossible to intercept messages on WhatsApp thanks to the services end-to-end encryption. The company states that no one, not even itself, can read what […]

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Analyze Amazon reviews for authenticity

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:36:45 +0000

Shopping websites like Amazon support review systems that allow customers to leave reviews for products on the site. Designed to add unique content and information to shopping sites, ratings are often also used when it comes to an item's visibility on a site. Customers who buy online may rely on reviews more than they rely […]

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TranslucentTB make Windows Taskbar transparent

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:02:57 +0000

TranslucentTB is a free open source program for devices running Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system that makes the Windows Taskbar transparent when run. The Windows Taskbar is one of the central locations to start and manage programs on Windows ever since Microsoft improved its functionality with the release of Windows 7. While functionality changed -- […]

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Windows 10 Build 15007: Edge, UWP, Hello improvements

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:38:17 +0000

Microsoft released a new preview of Windows 10, Windows 10 build 15007 for PC and Mobile to the Fast Ring Insider Channel this night. The company released Windows 10 Build 15002 less than a week ago, a massive build that introduced dozens of features and changes to the upcoming version of Windows 10. The new […]

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Firefox 53: JSON Viewer on by default

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:28:00 +0000

Mozilla plans to enable the built-in JSON Viewer of the Firefox web browser for all browser channels including Firefox Stable in Firefox 53. The organization integrated the viewer in version 44 of the web browser, but did not enable it by default for all channels but the Developer Channel. Firefox's JSON Viewer displays structured JSON […]

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Opera Neon: a new concept browser for the desktop

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:24:31 +0000

Opera Software revealed a new concept browser called Opera Neon a moment ago both in a life stream and on the official Opera Blogs website. Opera Neon is a prototype web browser that "envisions the future of web browsers similar to the way concept cars predict the future of automobiles" according to Opera Software. The […]

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Steam Customizer: create custom Steam skins

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:34:32 +0000

Steam Customizer is a free service that enables you to create custom Steam skins that you can apply to the Steam client program on your computer. Steam supports custom skins that you can load, but the process of creating or loading skins is not as comfortable as it could be. Steam Customizer changes that. It […]

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Windows 10 Creators Update: Blue Light mode

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:27:15 +0000

Blue Light mode is another new feature that Microsoft will introduce with the Creators Update for Windows 10 that will be out in April 2017. The feature is very similar to Apple's Night Shift mode that the company introduced in iOS 9.3, and to a degree also to popular applications like F.Lux which have been […]

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Windows 10 Creators Update: Dynamic Lock

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 06:30:06 +0000

Dynamic Lock is a new feature of the recent Windows 10 build 15002 Insider Build release designed to lock the PC automatically when you are away. While you can lock the PC at any time using Windows-L, or configure your PC to lock automatically after a period of idle time, Dynamic Lock attempts to make […]

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Ghacks Deals: The Comprehensive Cyber Threat Analysis Bundle (97% off)

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:48:00 +0000

The Comprehensive Cyber Threat Analysis Bundle consists of two Cyber Security eLearning courses. The first course, Cyber Security Threat Intelligence Researcher, covers the different phases of research such as hunting, behavior extraction and tracking. The second course, Cyber Security Advanced Persistent Threat Defender, gives an overview on Advanced Persistent Threats, the lifecycle, and other information. […]

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Warning: latest Adobe Acrobat Reader DC installs Chrome extension

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:30:10 +0000

When you install the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, Adobe's free PDF reader, you may notice that it installs a Chrome extension along with the update. Tip: Make sure you disable the offers on the download page to install True Key by Intel Security, and McAfee Security Scan Plus, as they will […]

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Firefox Cliqz Test Pilot experiment available

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:39:42 +0000

Mozilla has published a new test pilot project for the organization's Firefox web browser that brings Cliqz suggestions to Firefox's address bar. Cliqz, available as a standalone desktop browser, mobile apps, and a Firefox extension, is a service that returns rich suggestions as you type. While most browsers support suggestions, they are limited usually to […]

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