Samsung laptop users beware!


So after Lenovo had its Superfish fiasco last year, you’d think that hardware makers would be more careful about making changes to their users systems that are malware-like. It appears not, as Samsung has pulled a fast one on their laptop users. See below:

https://www.petri.com/samsung-laptops-are-quietly-disabling-windows-update

Now the reasons they offer are somewhat legit. We never recommend that you update your systems drivers via Windows update. They aren’t the optimized versions of driver and are more likely to break a system. However, their response was WAY over the top in two ways.

1> Giving no controls to the user to be able to reverse the change that prevents Windows Update from working.

2> Not simply working with MS to be sure the best driver are available.

If you’ve got a Samsung laptop (and I’ll be honest I can’t remember the last one I saw in use) beware. I’ve seen reports that Samsung is putting out a fix to reverse this change, but nothing concrete as yet.

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Severe iOS bug prompts iCloud password theft | ZDNet


Severe iOS bug prompts iCloud password theft | ZDNet.

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Rogers modem at centre of fire investigation – Consumer Life – CBC Player


This is the first incident about fire on these types of modems so there may be more to this than the news report is revealing but with hundreds of thousands of these modems distributed over the last 2 years, it may be a fluke. Worth watching though at least.

Rogers modem at centre of fire investigation – Consumer Life – CBC Player.

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Gmail Adds “Undo Send” Feature – Geeks are Sexy Technology NewsGeeks are Sexy Technology News


Gmail Adds "Undo Send" Feature – Geeks are Sexy Technology NewsGeeks are Sexy Technology News.

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How “Toy Story 2″ Was Almost Destroyed : theCHIVE


True Moral of the story… have a proper backup that is monitored and checked regularly and that YOU VALUE as much as your live data!

How “Toy Story 2″ Was Almost Destroyed : theCHIVE.

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Useful tech tricks you probably didn’t know about (12 Photos) : theCHIVE


Some cool little tips for you geeks who like to shortcut things. My favorite (which I verified) is #9:Create a folder named GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}. It will create a ‘God Mode’ folder that will give you access to everything.

via (1) Useful tech tricks you probably didn’t know about (12 Photos) : theCHIVE.

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Scumbag Windows [Comic] – Geeks are Sexy Technology NewsGeeks are Sexy Technology News


Scumbag Windows [Comic] – Geeks are Sexy Technology NewsGeeks are Sexy Technology News.

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(RE-)BREAKING NEWS: GameStop, Not Hot Topic, To Buy ThinkGeek! – Geeks are Sexy Technology NewsGeeks are Sexy Technology News


(RE-)BREAKING NEWS: GameStop, Not Hot Topic, To Buy ThinkGeek! – Geeks are Sexy Technology NewsGeeks are Sexy Technology News.

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Here comes Windows 10! Along with it’s annoying reminder


Earlier today (June 1, 2015), Microsoft announced the released date for Windows 10, their latest and greatest OS for the end of July. If MS sticks to form (where every other operating OS is great) than Windows 10 looks like it might break some new ground for Microsoft. What’s both intriguing and annoying is how they’ve handled this announcement.

You may have noticed a new icon in your system tray (down by the time in the bottom right). It looks like a Windows logo and if you click it, it pops up a new window to tell you about the new version of Windows, it’s release date and how you can upgrade to it for free for a year after the release. All well and good, and we’ve discussed this before. The upgrade is something many users should consider, especially if they are running Windows 8. Windows 7 users might not be in such a rush, given their Windows still runs very well and this is going to be another big change to what they are used to.

Still, the free upgrade is hard to resist and it will be applied using the Windows Update feature, no DVD’s required. That being said, MS has chosen a very…adware like method of promoting this. The Windows icon you click offers a chance to reserve your copy early. Ok but why? If it’s available digitally to anyone with a legitimate version of Windows 7 or 8, what is there to reserve? I don’t need to pick it up at a store, they’ve made it quite clear how it is to be delivered. So what is my “reservation” actually doing? I assume it is logging that it will autostart the upgrade once it’s released, but this is about as clear as user license agreement.

More annoying, even after you’ve performed the reservation, that icon doesn’t seem to disappear. At all. It just sits there, constantly offering you information of what is to come…in about two months time. Why keep this running in the background after a user has already been informed? It’s an odd choice and I suspect we’ll be getting a lot of questions about this.

In the meantime, keep in mind there is no rush to do this upgrade. For many of our larger clients, we’ll be doing staged rollouts of this once we know that the upgrade goes smoothly. For smaller clients, we’ll be taking it one at a time as to whether it is truly worth it for them or not.

So if you see a mysterious new icon down by your time, don’t panic. It’s not malware…just MS providing a new kind of annoyware.

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If you’re on a 3 year smart phone contract READ THIS!!


Because as of June 3, 2015, no matter when your contract was supposed to end with your carrier in Canada, it is done. Your device balance is zero, zip, zilch as of June 3, even if your original three year contract wasn’t going to expire until 2016. See the CBC story below for full details.

Cellphone customers have extra bargaining power

The key to this is the timing, because of how the CRTC changes the rules and most carriers switched new and renewing customers to two-year plans. A boatload of customers of the big 3 are all going to be up with expired contracts in June. This means you have the power now to shop around for deals on phones and plans that you wouldn’t normally have.

Check with your provider, as Rogers has already begun zeroing out device balances owing, but the other Canadian carriers will be following suit soon. Call your provider to see what they are offering, but don’t just jump at the first offer. Shop around and see if some of the smaller companies (such as Wind) have better deals. Also keep in mind that Fido, Virgin, and Koodo are all just “flanker” brands for the big 3 (Bell, Rogers and Telus).

One last hint, don’t get stuck with deals on phones being offered for $0. These are often older devices, like the Samsung Galaxy 4 or Apple iPhone 4 0r 5. While this might seem like a good deal, you are going to get locked into a two-year plan that would leave you with a device that could be 6-7 years old in its tech by the time your contract is up.

If you can afford it, your best bet is always to buy your device outright, as that gives you the best options in the long run. One way or the other, take advantage of the offers available to you right. I’m stuck in the middle of a new two-year plan after my last phone died…so I’m stuck. Don’t let that happen to you.

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