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  • The latest Android vulnerability has been called Fake ID, and as I understand it fools the OS by pretending to be a different app. How does it do that, and what can I do to prevent it?

    2 days 10 hours ago

  • I was surprised to see the news that included in the massive 18,000 job cuts is the elimination of XBox Entertainment Studios. I thought that Microsoft was “all in” on the XBox One, but this sure doesn’t look that way. What will this mean for XBox One owners over the life of the console?

    2 weeks 13 hours ago

  • No. When you send out the invitation, it includes a link for the other people to use. They simply click the link, they do not need to sign up for anything.

    5 weeks 9 hours ago

  • The short version: the next version of Android with ART instead of Dalvik runtime load a little faster, run a little smoother and be slightly more power efficient for improved battery life, but at the cost of a little more space. 

    5 weeks 10 hours ago

  • Fire 3.5 is a forked version of Android 4.2.2. That means two things in particular: it won’t support the latest LE Bluetooth devices, and it doesn’t have all of Google software, including maps.

    6 weeks 17 hours ago

  • Can anyone point me towards a good explanation of SDN?

    6 weeks 1 day ago

  • It's not too often I get one of those "I am living in an age of miracles" feelings, but when I learned that Skype has developed technology that translates multilingual conversations in near real-real time I certainly did.

    9 weeks 4 hours ago

  • It’s a term created by Tim Wu, a Columbia law professor. It basically means that all traffic through the internet “pipes” gets treated the same, without preferential or negative interference by the ISPs. If you have 3 minutes to spare, there is a brilliant summary of the issue by CGP Grey on YouTube.

    12 weeks 2 days ago

  • You will need to get an HDMI out adapter for the Wii, as well as an HDMI to DVI adapter and DVI cable. You can get the Wii HDMI adapter on Amazon for about $20, just search for “Wii HDMI adapter” and you should see them. Be aware that the audio might not sound great through these adapters, but this should get you up and running on a monitor.

    12 weeks 2 days ago

  • VLC player would by my first choice. It’s open source, works well, and it’s free. VideoLAN still has versions of VLC player to download for Macs going back to 10.1 Puma available on their website, and even older versions are available through their FTP archive.    

    13 weeks 21 hours ago

  • I’ve got a pretty long flight coming up next week and was thinking of using inflight WiFi to get some work done while on the plane. Does anyone know what kind of speeds can be expected with in-flight WiFi services?

    13 weeks 3 days ago

  • I have an XBox Music account because I have an X360 and I though, “Hey, I can use this on my new Moto G!” Well, it turns out that I can use the app for streaming, but it won’t let me play offline. It tells me that offline isn’t supported and there is no offline option for my playlist.

    16 weeks 3 days ago

  • As anyone who has watched the fascinating documentary on Helvetica knows, the choice of font for anything written is important. Is there any objective measurement of font legibility for use in website design?

    16 weeks 6 days ago

  • A law firm that specializes in technology law has a blog I ran across that listed some things that you might want to hang onto beyond invoices: Purchase Orders License Certificates Register Receipts Serial Numbers Emails Link to the full blog post: 

    18 weeks 2 days ago

  • My wife lost her android smartphone in the house. The ringer is off, so calling it won't help. Is there an app that we can completely install remotely through Google Play that will allow us to activate the ringer and help us to find it? All the apps I've found seem to require installation and setup on the phone itself.

    19 weeks 7 hours ago

  • Is there a standard bitrate to use for CD quality sound? Is there any reason to go beyond 128kbps for the average listener, or is that audiophile only territory?

    20 weeks 3 days ago

  • You could give Documents Free (Mobile Office Suite). It’s not the “fanciest” office suite, but it is Dropbox compatible and covers the basics. Plus, as the name suggests, it’s free, so you don’t have anything to lose if you give it a try.

    21 weeks 1 day ago

  • You could try software that is supposed to remove all associated files with the software you are installing. Revo is the only one I can think of at the moment, but I’m sure there are others.

    22 weeks 1 day ago

  • reCaptcha is hosted by Google, and one of the more interesting things about it is that it is used to digitize text of old newspapers and books. That’s why there are two “sections” of a reCaptcha instead of the single series of characters for CAPTCHA - one is known text, the other is not.

    23 weeks 2 days ago

  • The most noticeable changes are improved user management of storage space and download management. USB keyboard support is new, and better system stability will also please a lot of people.  

    23 weeks 2 days ago

  • Earlier this week, there was a DDoS attack on a Cloudflare customer that reached 400 gigabits per second and actually slowed network traffic across Europe. Apparently, it was a network time protocol amplification attack. What makes this type of attack so much more disruptive than other types of DDoS attacks?

    24 weeks 2 days ago

  • I still remember my first computer, an IBM PCjr. I taught myself BASIC using a book that came with it, and played my first computer game, King’s Quest. I was thinking about it today, and I’ve always been a “PC guy” instead of an “Apple guy,” probably because the PCjr was my first computer.

    25 weeks 6 days ago

  • It seems like the main goal is to trick you into installing the awful ASK toolbar or sneak in McAfee the one time you forget to uncheck the install box. Honestly, I think it is a way to Oracle to turn updates into an additional revenue stream.

    25 weeks 6 days ago

  • AT&T is planning to allow companies to pay for the data used by their apps so that it won’t count towards users monthly data limits. It seems to me like this would violate net neutrality standards. Am I missing something? This seems the very definition of treating some data differently. How does this NOT violate net neutrality?

    29 weeks 15 hours ago

  • I know that I hate it when I ask a question and I get this answer, but….it depends. There are such widely differing demands placed on servers depending on what you are hosting, a static site is just not going to generate the same demands on hardware as a busy e-commerce site, for example.

    30 weeks 6 days ago

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