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Do I Really Have to Unplug My Cable Modem for at Least 10 Seconds?

Do I Really Have to Unplug My Cable Modem for at Least 10 Seconds? | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Today’s Question & Answer session comes to us courtesy of SuperUser—a subdivision of Stack Exchange, a community-driven grouping of Q&A web sites.
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Windows 8: the uphill battle for an OS ahead of its time

Windows 8: the uphill battle for an OS ahead of its time | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Love it or hate it, Windows 8 is an operating system that is trying to break new ground. Microsoft’s move to rethink their world famous platform is the grandest risk and endeavor that the company has ever taken.
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The Ultimate Guide to Changing Your DNS Server

The Ultimate Guide to Changing Your DNS Server | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
We recently looked at the many reasons you might want to use a third-party DNS server. You can change the DNS server for your entire network on your router or set it individually on a PC or other device.
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Clean Your inbox and Save Money with a Dedicated Spam Account

Clean Your inbox and Save Money with a Dedicated Spam Account | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Even if you delete 99% of email newsletters from stores and restaurants, they can occasionally send you a deal good enough to keep you from unsubscribing.
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Mac Pros: Is it time to consider a hackintosh?

Mac Pros: Is it time to consider a hackintosh? | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Apple's limited Mac lineup can be frustrating, especially for pros who need to get stuff done. Could "hackintoshes" – PCs running OS X – be a solution?
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What is 802.11ac, and how much faster than 802.11n is it?

What is 802.11ac, and how much faster than 802.11n is it? | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Over the last few weeks, the first round of 802.11ac WiFi devices have started to emerge.
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Lenovo barely ekes out title of No. 1 global PC provider, unseats HP

Lenovo barely ekes out title of No. 1 global PC provider, unseats HP | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
PCs are - you guessed it - not doing so hot, but one maker isn't shy about claiming what remains a tenuous title.
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Microsoft extends Windows Phone's support lifecycle from 18 to 36 months

Microsoft extends Windows Phone's support lifecycle from 18 to 36 months | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Microsoft today made two major announcements regarding its business strategy for Windows Phone. The first is an expansion of its support lifecycle from 18 months to 36 months and the ...
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Disable Microsoft Office 2013's Start Screen with This Registry Hack

Disable Microsoft Office 2013's Start Screen with This Registry Hack | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Microsoft Office 2013 starts up with a screen showing you templates and recently opened documents. If you find this annoying and would rather get straight to work, all you need to do is change one registry entry.
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The 7 Most Disappointing Software Updates of All Time

The 7 Most Disappointing Software Updates of All Time | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
The road to success is paved with speed bumps -- or something like that. Take a look at our list of themost disappointing software updates we've seen yet.
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Brute-Force Attacks Explained: How All Encryption is Vulnerable

Brute-Force Attacks Explained: How All Encryption is Vulnerable | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Brute-force attacks are fairly simple to understand, but difficult to protect against. Encryption is math, and as computers become faster at math, they become faster at trying all the solutions and seeing which one fits.
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Apple faces competitive hurdle in Brazil market

Apple faces competitive hurdle in Brazil market | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
SAO PAULO, Brazil — On a recent vacation to Orlando, Fla., from his home in Brazil, Tulio Avellar made sure to stop by such world famous tourist destinations as Walt Disney World and Universal Studios.
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How Can I Safely Run Ethernet Cable Outdoors?

How Can I Safely Run Ethernet Cable Outdoors? | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
You want to link your home network to an outbuilding, like a garage or workshop, and wired is the only way to go. How do you run the Ethernet cable safely to the secondary building?
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Oracle to stop developing Sun virtualization technologies

Oracle to stop developing Sun virtualization technologies | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

Oracle will soon be announcing its decision to stop development of Sun virtualization technologies including Sun Ray Software and Hardware, Oracle Virtual Desktop Client, and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) product lines.

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How to protect smart TVs and connected appliances from hackers

How to protect smart TVs and connected appliances from hackers | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
t this year's annual DEF CON and Black Hat hacker conferences, of prominent interest will be exploiting all new devices in the home that have network capability. Want to secure your toaster (or, you know, garage door)?
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Disable the Charms Hot Corner Without a Registry Hack on Windows 8.1

Disable the Charms Hot Corner Without a Registry Hack on Windows 8.1 | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
One of our biggest annoyances about using Windows 8 on a desktop PC was the Hot Corner feature, which bought up the Charms Bar when you hovered your mouse in the top right hand corner of the screen.
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Want to encrypt your way past the NSA? Good luck with that

Want to encrypt your way past the NSA? Good luck with that | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Using strong encryption is the only real protection you have against skilled snoops. Too bad figuring it out will make your brain melt.
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Memo to self: Take the batteries out of a mouse you're not using

Memo to self: Take the batteries out of a mouse you're not using | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
I've been using trackpads almost exclusively with my computers, and had not touched either mouse in a while.I went to change the batteries in the one on my home office desk and discovered they ...
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How to Setup Your Laptop with Tracking Software in Case You Ever Lose It

How to Setup Your Laptop with Tracking Software in Case You Ever Lose It | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Apple offers a “Find My Mac” service to track a lost or stolen stolen Mac computer. However, Microsoft doesn’t provide an equivalent service for Windows PCs — not even for tablets running Windows 8.
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Strange “ransomware” title pushes surveys, knows Close Encounters tune

Strange “ransomware” title pushes surveys, knows Close Encounters tune | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Shadowlock creators may have a sense of humor. Or maybe they're from another world.
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How elite security ninjas choose and safeguard their passwords

How elite security ninjas choose and safeguard their passwords | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
There are many ways to manage your digital keys. Here's how five experts do it.
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7 Reasons to Use a Third-Party DNS Service

7 Reasons to Use a Third-Party DNS Service | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Your Internet service provider runs DNS servers for you, but you don’t have to use them. You can use third-party DNS servers instead, which offer a variety of features that your ISP probably doesn’t.
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50 best Linux distros: find the best one for you

50 best Linux distros: find the best one for you | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Choice and flexibility are the hallmarks of the Linux ecosystem and mean you can choose the desktop distribution that's exactly right for you.
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Building the Ultimate VirtualBox Lab

Building the Ultimate VirtualBox Lab | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
In my never-ending quest to continue learning as much as I can in the IT industry, one thing has always caused me some headaches until now. Setting up the proper foundation for my testing in the fo...
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