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How to remove Live Tiles from the Windows 10 Start menu

04.07.16

Say you’re just not feeling Windows 10’s Live Tiles, it’s possible to banish them from the Start menu for a minimalist vibe.

Windows 10 Start menu
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An easy way to divide a room of Windows 10 fans is to start debating the merits of the tiles section in the new Start menu. Some people love it, others don’t. Personally, I think Live Tiles on a PC can be helpful for quick hits of information like the weather, news headlines, and stock prices.

That said, lately I’ve been playing around with a tiles-free version of the Start menu. It’s very minimalist and forces me to make some hard choices about what I put on the taskbar. That’s because when you give up the Live Tiles section, you have almost zero control over the rest of the Start menu. Nevertheless, right now I’m finding it useful and you might too.

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An easier way to share Tweets privately

04.06.16

Starting today, you’ll notice something new on Tweets — a Message button. With this new feature, it’s simple to share a Tweet via Direct Message and spark a private conversation.

Every day, millions of people send Direct Messages to communicate privately with friends, family, experts, brands, and anyone else they find interesting on Twitter. In fact, we’ve seen the number of messages sent grow over 60% in 2015. And the number of Tweets shared privately has grown even faster, at 200% in just the second half of last year.

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Apple iOS 9 flaw enlists Siri to bypass your iPhone 6S lock screen

04.05.16

Apple keeps fixing problems in the latest edition of its mobile software, but another one has popped up.

A bug has surfaced iniOS 9 and higher that takes advantage of digital assistant Siri and the pressure-sensitive 3D Touch feature in the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. The glitch was initially demoed in a video by a YouTube user named Ideosdebarraquito and then further detailed in a second video by YouTuber EverythingApplePro.

The flaw works by asking Siri to search Twitter, specifically looking for a result that returns an email address. On an iPhone 6S or 6S Plus, you then “force tap” on the email link to access the 3D Touch menu and choose the option to Add to Existing Contact, which provides access to all contacts. You can also choose to Create a New Contact and add a photo to that contact, which gives access to all photos.

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How to stay secure on LinkedIn

04.04.16

Unlike the majority of social media sites, LinkedIn is business oriented and focused on networking. This allows it to stand out and has contributed to its immense popularity. However, as we’ve mentioned in the past, as with any form of social media, the more popular a network is, the more likely the chance of security issues.

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With the site’s focus on professionalism, it is safe to say that the risk of someone sharing embarrassing photos with too public of an audience shouldn’t be an issue. Well if you are sharing those types of photos on LinkedIn, you may want to reconsider how you are using the platform, because that is not what it is for. Much like other social sites, a user’s profile still generally contains quite a bit of information, so keeping track of your privacy settings and ensuring your account is properly secured is still extremely important.

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Apple releases iOS 9.3.1 with fix for bug that causes tapping links to crash iPhones

04.01.16

Well that was quick. A couple of days after a bug affecting iOS started making the news, Apple has released a fix. iOS 9.3.1, now available on the iPhone and iPad, fixes this bug. The changelog is quite short as there’s only one item. “Fixes an issue that caused apps to be unresponsive after tapping on links in Safari and other apps,” it says.

As a reminder, many users reported on Apple’s forums that Safari or any other app would crash if they tapped on a link. It turns out some third-party app developers started abusing an iOS 9 feature, universal links. The bug wasn’t just affecting iOS 9.3, it was also affecting users on older versions of iOS 9.

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Review: 9.7″ Apple iPad

03.31.16

If you own an Apple iPad, statistically, the odds are you own an iPad 2. There’s no shame in that. Your four-year-old tablet is probably on your coffee table, or next to your bed. Maybe it’s in your briefcase, full of movies for your flight tomorrow. Perhaps you’re thinking about upgrading to the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro. There are many new features (and limitations) that only show up in the iPad Pro. Here’s what you should know.

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Maktub Locker Ransomware

03.24.16

Maktub Locker is another ransomware that comes with a beautifully designed GUI and few interesting features. Its name originates from the Arabic word maktub which means “this is written” or “this is fate”. The authors were probably trying to make a joke by referencing the act of getting infected with ransomware, hinting that it is uninvited and unavoidable, just like fate.

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What’s new—Office 365 Video

03.23.16

Office 365 Video provides you a single tool for uploading, sharing and playing back videos anywhere on your company intranet—whether you use SharePoint Online and/or SharePoint Server on-premises.

“It was difficult to find information in our original intranet. The Office 365 Video and Office Delve tools make it easy for our employees to reach into the firm and bring all our intellectual resources to bear on finding creative ways to solve problems. These tools are exactly what our employees are asking for.”
—Deborah Youmans, senior manager of Collaboration Development at Booz Allen. See their full case study and video.

As you may have seen on the Office 365 Roadmap, we’ve been working hard to bring you numerous features and capabilities ranging from improving the upload experience, enhancing accessibility with closed-caption support, delivering analytics per video to provide aggregate trending patterns and more.

Watch the new Microsoft Mechanics video to see highlights of the new innovations—rolling out now.

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Readdle updates PDF Expert

03.10.16

Readdle updates PDF Expert with Handoff support and other enhancements.

Readdle, the Ukrainian developer of fine productivity software, has refreshed its PDF management and annotation app, PDF Expert for OS X and PDF Expert for iOS, with support for Apple’s Handoff technology.

With Handoff, PDF Expert users can start editing a PDF document on their iPhone or iPad and then continue right where they left off on their Mac, and vice versa.

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