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Google Finally Gives Up the Duck

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Solidifying its powerful monopoly on duck-related online content, the privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo is now the proud owner of duck.com. The development comes after Google finally relented in an age-old dispute.

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/google-finally-gives-up-the-duck-1831042194
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How to Fix Microphone Not Working Issue in Windows 10

Windows10-microphone.jpgIt is needless to talk about the importance of the microphone in your PC.  Just think of all your meetings on Skype or Zoom and the like, and you already realize how much of a setback a nonfunctional microphone on your Windows 10 laptop is. Nonfunctional Windows 10 microphones may not be a frequent occurrence, but there have been a few factors that have triggered this issue. One common culprit is when updates are not properly installed. It could also be a hardware issue, and in such case your technician may be the best bet in fixing it. Here we will walk through steps to… Read more

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Source: https://www.maketecheasier.com/fix-microphone-not-working-windows10/
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FCC offers $67 million more per year for rural broadband programs

dims?resize=2000%2C2000%2Cshrink___PURIMThe Federal Communications Commission announced today additional funding to its Connect America Fund dedicated to expanding broadband internet service to rural communities. The agency will make available $67 million more per year than originally earm…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/12/12/fcc-67-million-rural-broadband-connect-america-fund/
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‘Game of Thrones’ was 2018’s most on-demand show, despite no new episodes

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Game of Thrones is the number one show for Comcast video-on-demand, USA Today reports – even though the show hasn’t aired a new episode in almost 18 months.

“The fact that that show is still ranked No. 1 across the board when it wasn’t even current is pretty incredible,” Brynn Lev, VP of editorial and programming at Comcast Cable told USA Today. “It shows just how large of a following that show has (and) how new people are still discovering it,”

Comcast examined data from its 22-million subscribers on network TV viewing behaviors (a.k.a. no streaming originals). After Thrones, the top on-demand shows were This Is Us, Power, 9-1-1, and The Good Doctor. Power actually beat Thrones for the top spot in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and D.C., and almost half of the top 20 were on broadcast networks (e.g. not premium cable like HBO, Starz, or Showtime). Read more…

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Source: https://mashable.com/article/game-of-thrones-comcast-on-demand-usa-today/
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The Best Portable Printers For Printing On The Go

Have you ever needed to print a photo or document in the car or away from home? If you run into this situation frequently, it might be time to grab a portable printer.

Not everybody needs a portable printer (some people don’t even have a printer in their house, let alone one that they can slip in a briefcase). But if you’re out in the field a lot for your job, and your job required printed documents like invoices or estimates, a good printer you can use right from the seat of your car or a client’s kitchen counter is invaluable.

Portable printers are more powerful and affordable than ever before. For the price of a regular, full-sized printer, you could buy a portable, battery-powered printer that’s about the size of a shoe box. Most portable printers are compatible with your cell phone, and some can even connect to the cloud, which makes it easy for you to print documents for work or school at the last minute.

But, like any other piece of technology, it’s hard to shop for the perfect portable printer. They all have different features and specifications that may be good for one person and bad for another. For example, if you need to print high-quality photos, then you don’t want to use a printer that has a low resolution. Luckily, most of the work’s been done for you. We’ve selected our favorite portable printers and figured out their strengths and shortcomings. Whether you need a cloud-compatible device or a dedicated mobile photo printer, we’ve got the right portable printer for you.

HP OfficeJet 250 Portable Printer ($280)

If you need a portable printer that can also scan documents, then you should take a look at the battery-powered HP OfficeJet 250. It features a 10-page document feeder, so you can easily process a large stack of papers or documents in the car or at a hotel. When you need to print a photo or document on the OfficeJet, you can do it via USB, Wi-Fi, or from your phone with the HP ePrint app. The OfficeJet prints documents at a resolution of 4800 x 1200 dpi, which is a good resolution for business documents or schoolwork (but not really good enough for photo printing).

Really, this is a great all-around portable printer. It’s got the scanner, it’s got the app, and it can fit in your backpack. While the OfficeJet may not be your first choice for photo printing, it’s a great tool for scanning and printing documents on the go.

Epson WorkForce WF-100 Mobile Printer ($230)

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Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/10581/the-best-portable-printers-for-printing-on-the-go/
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How to Fix Mac Startup Problems Using Recovery Mode

If your Mac won’t boot, there’s a hidden “Recovery Mode” that you can use to diagnose and fix issues or reinstall macOS completely.

The first thing you’ll need to do is boot into Recovery Mode. Fortunately, that’s easy. Turn off your Mac and then restart it, holding down Command+R while it starts. This should get you into Recovery Mode, where you’ll see the macOS Utilities window. Recovery Mode provides four services. You can restore from a Time Machine Backup, get help online from the Apple Support site, try to fix disk problems with Disk Utility, and reinstall macOS. We’re going to be focusing on those last two options in this article.

RELATED: How to Fully Restore macOS From a Time Machine Backup in Recovery Mode

Run First Aid From Your Recovery Partition

The Recovery Partition on all Macs comes loaded with Disk Utility, which can run “First Aid” on a drive that may be corrupted, and attempt to fix some of the issues. This

Warning: If the Disk Utility tells you that your drive is about to fail, take it seriously. We recommend backing up your Mac (if you’re not already doing it) and replacing the disk. Disk Utility won’t be able to fix a failing disk.

After it’s done, try booting into macOS again. If Disk Utility wasn’t able to fix all your problems, you could try running it again. If often can fix more on the second run-through.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/393221/how-to-fix-mac-startup-problems-using-recovery-mode/
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How to Toggle and Customise Conversation View in Outlook

Back in Outlook 2010, Microsoft introduced the Conversation View, which works something like Gmail’s conversation threading. It’s turned on by default in newer versions Outlook, but not if you upgraded from an older version where it was switched off. So, if you didn’t know it was there, it might be time to take a look.

What is the Conversation View?

Although Microsoft talked up the Conversation View a lot when they introduced it, most people outside of corporate IT departments and readers of high-quality tech websites probably weren’t aware of it. After all, when was the last time you looked for and read through the “new features” article on an app you use?

This is a pity because Conversation View is a handy feature that a lot of people wanted after seeing conversation threading in Google’s new Gmail, which debuted in 2004/5. Such was the demand that suddenly everyone was talking about how to use the “Conversation” column to group emails in Outlook 2003, although this only picked up mails in the same folder. So some convoluted workarounds were fashioned using dynamic search folders, but this was all a bit crude compared to the AJAX-powered ease of Gmail.

Microsoft got on the case and added a proper Conversation View—one that pulls emails from all folders—when they rolled out Outlook 2010. This might seem a bit late, seeing as their previous version came out 3 years earlier (Outlook 2007), but one can only assume that it took the product managers at Microsoft a while to realize just how popular Gmail’s threaded conversation view was, by which point it was too late to add it to 2007. No matter, Outlook 2010 got it, and it was a decent effort that has worked well in all iterations since.

Since Outlook 2013 it’s been switched on by default, but in many businesses, it’s still turned off by default by the IT department. Also, if you turned it off in your old version of Outlook, it stays off when you upgrade to a new version. One of our geeks turned it off five years ago in Outlook 2013, and it’s still off now that they’re on Outlook 2019. It’s turned on by default in the Outlook web app as well, so it’s more well-used there, but for plenty of people, the Outlook client is their main email app.

Let’s take a look at how to turn Conversation View back on and what customization options you have. Better late than never!

How to Toggle the Conversation View On and Off

You can turn the Conversation View on and off via a simple toggle, so if you try it and don’t like it, it’s easy to turn it back off. To turn it on, switch on the View > Show as Conversations option.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/397298/how-to-toggle-and-customise-conversation-view-in-outlook/
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Marriott cyber attack: Hotel data breach that hit 500 million guests linked to Chinese spy agency

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Trump administration plans actions targetting China’s trade, cyber and economic policies in coming days

Source: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/marriott-cyber-attack-starwood-hotel-data-breach-china-spy-agency-guests-a8679006.html
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The Article Was Written/Published By: David E Sanger, Nicole Perlroth, Glenn Thrush, Alan Rappeport

The Morning After: Which smartphone has the best camera?

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This morning, we’re stepping back to the ’80s with some special-edition Pumas, while Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot shows off the future of commuting. LG is kicking off the CES flood with a brewing machine and pa…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/12/12/the-morning-after-which-smartphone-has-the-best-camera/
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Now Windows 10 Has C, B, and D Updates. What is Microsoft Smoking?

According to Microsoft, Windows 10 has “B,” “C,” and “D” updates—but never “A” updates! These updates are released at different times, contain different things, and are offered to different people. Let’s break all this down.

What Is a Cumulative Quality Update?

Microsoft calls these “quality updates,” and each is released once per month. This distinguishes them from the big “feature updates” like the October 2018 Update and 19H1 that are released once every six months, usually in the Spring and Fall.

Quality updates are cumulative, which means they contain all the fixes from previous updates. So, when you install the December cumulative update, you get the new security fixes from December as well as everything that was in the November and October updates, even if you haven’t installed those previous updates.

And, if you’re updating a new PC, you only have one big cumulative update package to install. You don’t have to install updates one by one and reboot in between each.

That’s all great, but the way Microsoft handles C and D updates is just bizarre. Microsoft tricks people it calls “seekers” into installing updates before they’re fully tested. But almost none of these people even realize they’re signing up to be “seekers.”

“B” Updates: Patch Tuesday

The big updates most people are familiar with come out on “Patch Tuesday,” the second Tuesday of the month. These are called “B” updates because they’re released in the second week of the month. That explains why there are no “A” updates, as Microsoft doesn’t generally release updates in the first week of the month.

B updates are the most important updates, featuring new security fixes. They also contain previously released security fixes from prior B updates and previously released bug fixes from prior C and D updates.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/398226/now-windows-10-has-c-b-and-d-updates.-what-is-microsoft-smoking/
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