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The 20 Worst PINs: Is Your ATM Code This Easy to Crack?

The 20 Worst PINs: Is Your ATM Code This Easy to Crack? | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Remember that list of the most frequently-used passwords? Did you have a good chuckle at the fact that "password", "123456" and "qwerty" were at the top?
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Microsoft Reveals Pricing for Office 2013

Microsoft Reveals Pricing for Office 2013 | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Microsoft just announced how it's going to sell the next version of Office, called Office 2013.
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iPhone 5's Material Costs Estimated at $168

iPhone 5's Material Costs Estimated at $168 | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
A 16 GB iPhone 5 that sells for $179 with a three-year contract and $699 without a contract contains materials that are worth about $168, according to one industry analyst. UBM Tech Insights crunched the numbers and found the components add up to $167.50 for the 16 GB model. For comparison's sake, the 16 GB models of the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 have material costs of $132.50 and $112, respectively, according to the researcher.
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NVIDIA’s WHQL-certified graphics driver for Windows 8 is here

NVIDIA’s WHQL-certified graphics driver for Windows 8 is here | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

Today NVIDIA have released a new WHQL-certified driver for Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista systems. This is the first WHQL-certified driver for Windows 8 proper from the graphic card company. The driver executable weighs in at 128MB and 175MB depending upon if you download the 32 or 64-bit version respectively. As well as passing the Windows Hardware Quality Lab tests the new driver has support for new GPUs, driver performance upgrades in various games and a couple of bug fixes.

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Acer, Asus to pull out of netbook market

Acer, Asus to pull out of netbook market | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

Asustek is already set to halt its Eee PC product line and officially phase out from the IT industry after completely digesting any remaining inventory. As for Acer, so far, the company has not yet made any plans to open new netbook projects, indicating that the vendor may also plan to step out of the market.

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Encrypt Files and Folders in Windows 8 with EFS

Encrypt Files and Folders in Windows 8 with EFS | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

For those using Windows 8 there is built-in file encryption, called Bit-Locker, available, but only if you are using the Pro or Enterprise version.

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What Are the Windows A: and B: Drives Used For?

What Are the Windows A: and B: Drives Used For? | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
The C: drive is the default installation location for Windows, if you have a CD/DVD drive on your machine it’s likely the D: drive, and any additional drives fall in line after that. What about the A: and B: drives?
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Broadband ‘tax’ may be in the works to expand high-speed internet access | ExtremeTech

Broadband ‘tax’ may be in the works to expand high-speed internet access | ExtremeTech | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Once again, we're talking about taxing the Internet. But is it a good idea this time, considering the goal is broadband access nationwide?
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Users urged to disable Java as new exploit emerges

Users urged to disable Java as new exploit emerges | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

A new browser-based exploit for a Java vulnerability that allows attackers to execute arbitrary code on client systems has been spotted in the wild – and because of Oracle's Java patch schedule, it may be some time before a fix becomes widely available. The vulnerability is present in the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) version 1.7 or later, Atif Mushtaq of security firm FireEye reported on Sunday, while PCs with Java versions 1.6 or earlier installed are not at risk.

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Printing out Emails -- a Beginner's Guide

Printing out Emails -- a Beginner's Guide | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
For one reason or another, you want to translate a digital message into an archaic, physical form. Don't worry, it's actually quite simple to accomplish.
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Eight Things You Should Keep in Mind when Backing Up Data

Eight Things You Should Keep in Mind when Backing Up Data | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

The problem with computers is that they’re never 100% reliable. Whether through a virus, degradation of your hardware, or an error in your system, there’s always a chance that any data, no matter where on your system it’s stored, might become corrupted, fragmented, or lost. As such, it’s pretty much vital that you keep a backup of any files you can’t afford to lose. I’m talking vital documents, family photos, save games…all the important stuff.

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Hands-on with Synaptics' next-generation mobile input devices

Hands-on with Synaptics' next-generation mobile input devices | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

A few weeks ago, Synaptics invited us down to Santa Clara, California, to check out its latest mobile computer input devices. How could we say no? Touchpads, touchscreens, and keyboards may not be as sexy as some components, but they're the only tactile connections we have to the computing devices that are increasingly at our side or within arm's reach. These physical inputs are fundamental parts of the user experience, and they often don't get the attention they deserve.

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Windows 8 Upgrade Offer

Windows 8 Upgrade Offer | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

Buy a Windows 7 PC and get Windows 8 Pro for $14.99

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Secret Microsoft policy limited Hotmail passwords to 16 characters

Secret Microsoft policy limited Hotmail passwords to 16 characters | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Users shocked to learn that Hotmail has silently enforced the policy for years.
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Apple 'hasn't really run out of iPhone 5s AT ALL'

Apple 'hasn't really run out of iPhone 5s AT ALL' | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

In a revelation that seems set to shake the technology world to its very foundations, a clandestine Register source has informed us that secretive shiny-stuff behemoth Apple could easily supply more than enough iPhone 5s to meet initial demand: but that it deliberately chose not to.

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Helium-filled WD drives promise huge boost in capacity

Helium-filled WD drives promise huge boost in capacity | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

Western Digital is preparing to launch a line of hard drives filled with helium gas that is said to drastically reduce internal friction and thus lower power consumption by 23% while increasing capacity by 40%.

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How encryption works in your web browser.

How encryption works in your web browser. | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
How encryption works in your web browser.
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Virtual reality's time to shine: Hands-on with the Oculus Rift

Virtual reality's time to shine: Hands-on with the Oculus Rift | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Creators talk about the future following Kickstarter success.
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Who Provides Internet Service for My Internet Service Provider?

Who Provides Internet Service for My Internet Service Provider? | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

You pay your Internet Service Provider (ISP) for internet access, and they turn on the sweet, sweet, fire hose of data for you. But who provides the flow for your ISP? Read on to learn the ins and outs of global data delivery.

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Don’t be so cheap: Five reasons you should spend more on your next laptop

Don’t be so cheap: Five reasons you should spend more on your next laptop | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Low-cost laptops may look tempting, but the sacrifices you make to get there will often come back to bite you in the years of ownership ahead.
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Lexmark to exit inkjet printer market

Lexmark to exit inkjet printer market | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

Lexmark will stop making inkjet printers and cut 1,700 jobs as part of a cost-cutting restructuring move. The US company has struggled to compete in an inkjet market dominated by Canon and HP. Earlier this year, it began to shift its focus away from consumer inkjets by quietly withdrawing from high street stores such as PC World.

 

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How to Turn Off or Disable the SmartScreen Filter In Windows 8

How to Turn Off or Disable the SmartScreen Filter In Windows 8 | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Windows 8 has a new layer of security that builds in the SmartScreen filter from Internet Explorer right into Windows itself. If you don’t like that idea, here’s how to disable it.
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Manage Microsoft Account data with Microsoft’s Personal Data Dashboard

Manage Microsoft Account data with Microsoft’s Personal Data Dashboard | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

Microsoft today has released a beta version of its Personal Data Dashboard web application which reminds me a bit of Google’s Dashboard which serves a similar purpose. The dashboard displays some of the information that Microsoft has about you or thinks it knows about you.

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Why passwords have never been weaker—and crackers have never been stronger

Why passwords have never been weaker—and crackers have never been stronger | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Thanks to real-world data, the keys to your digital kingdom are under assault.
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Microsoft radically overhauls license agreements for Windows 8

Microsoft radically overhauls license agreements for Windows 8 | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

For Windows 8, Microsoft has completely rewritten its license agreements, replacing legalese with plain language and for the first time allowing retail customers to legally install cheaper OEM versions.

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