February 19, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

Windows users still running Windows 7 already face a deadline of Jan. 14, 2020, when Windows 7 support expires. But if you routinely block updates, break that habit briefly to allow an upcoming March patch. Otherwise, Windows 7 support will effectively stop in July.Here’s what’s going on: Microsoft delivers updates using either the SHA-1 or SHA-2 encryption algorithm for security’s sake. But the company recently decided to phase out support for SHA-1 entirely in an upcoming security update, due to begin delivery on March 12. That update will mark Windows’ shift to using the more secure SHA-2 hash algorithm. In…

February 19, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

The term “computer virus” calls to mind imagery of pathogenic creepy-crawlies bringing down a device’s operating system, their flagella wriggling as they multiply into hordes that infiltrate its chips and wires. And while it’s true that our computers can be infected with literal biological bacteria like staphylococci, per Science Illustrated, the threat of malicious codes and programs intent on corrupting data and files looms far larger: According to a recent study from the University of Maryland’s Clark School of Engineering, attacks on computers with internet access is virtually ceaseless, with an incident occurring every 39 seconds on average, affecting a…

February 19, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

These days, customers are smarter and more connected than ever — meaning their expectations are higher. In order to deliver a customer experience tailored to those needs, companies need to quickly transform the way their teams collaborate and work together. That’s where Quip, a Salesforce company, comes in: a trailblazing communication and productivity platform that empowers teams to stay connected, work more efficiently and innovate at a rapid clip.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

February 19, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

The web can be a dangerous place, and going online without the security of a VPN is akin to stepping into a construction site without a hard hat. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of security resources out there to keep you safe when you jump online. Right now, you can score a lifetime subscription to Ivacy VPN and their NAT firewall service for only $49.99 today.Hackers use unprotected networks, such as public Wi-Fi and cellular data, to access and harvest your data. And, while simply refusing to use those types of networks can prevent your information from being compromised, it’s not…

February 19, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

Bluetooth speakers help you kick out the jams no matter where you are, and today, Amazon’s throwing a one-day saleRemove non-product link with steep discounts on three superb wireless Anker speakers. The Anker SoundCore 2 is $28, down from a list price of $40; a two-pack of SoundCore Flare stereo speakers is $70, down from a list price of $110; and the SoundCore Boost is $56, down from a list price of $79. You’ll need to act quick if you’re interested though, as this Amazon Deal of the Day expires at midnight.To read this article in full, please click herePowered…

February 19, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

This isn’t something many people like to think about in February, but tax time is fast approaching. Even if your plan is to procrastinate until just a few hours before the deadline on Monday, April 15 today’s deal is well worth picking up. Amazon is selling the H&R Block Tax Software Deluxe plus State 2018 package for just $18. It was more recently selling for $35, though was also available earlier in February for $25. Today’s deal is available for the disc version for PC and Mac, or the separate digital copies for PC and Mac.Any way you slice it today’s…

February 19, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

Can PowerPoint speak aloud and read the text in my slideshows? Yes, it can. Using the Speak command, also known as the Text to Speech (TTS) feature, PowerPoint can read the text in your slideshows and in your notes out loud.Be advised, however, that there is not a pause and continue feature with Speak. This is available only with the Read Aloud command, which is available in Word and Outlook, but not yet in PowerPoint or Excel.Add the Speak command to the Quick Access Toolbar 1. Click the Customize arrow on the Quick Access Toolbar.2. From the drop-down menu, select…

February 19, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

Whether you call it TouchWiz or the Samsung Experience, the interface on Galaxy phones has always felt like it was fighting Android rather than embracing it. It’s not just the presence of duplicate apps for everything Google makes, or even the proprietary app store that sells Galaxy-branded versions of Play Store apps. More than any other skin, Samsung’s phones have always pretended Android wasn’t really there, slathering it with a thick coat of paint and ignoring many of the latest features.Christopher Hebert The recents menu is just one of the ways One Ui cleans up Samsung’s Galaxy interface.To read this…