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Ten of the best FREE online education resources that you should know about

Ten of the best FREE online education resources that you should know about | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

We recently published an article that listed the free online learning resources offered by the best 40 colleges in America. In the process of doing so, we came into contact with all of the major, most important and professional FREE online education sites on the internet. This article will present you with ten of the best of these.

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Download the ‘Getting Started with Ubuntu 12.04′ Manual for Free

Download the ‘Getting Started with Ubuntu 12.04′ Manual for Free | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

If you or someone you know is new to Ubuntu, then the release of this free 143 page manual for the latest LTS edition of Ubuntu is the perfect download. The manual will take you from installing Ubuntu 12.04 all the way through to trouble-shooting the system if you run into problems.

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How to Survive Without a DVD Drive In Your Laptop

How to Survive Without a DVD Drive In Your Laptop | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
A lot of laptops are coming without DVD drives these days, like the super-thin ultrabooks or Apple's new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.
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Internet Providers Testing Metered Plans for Broadband

Internet Providers Testing Metered Plans for Broadband | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Broadband companies are moving toward a strategy called usage-based billing, which will charge tiers of pricing based on how much people use their Internet at home.
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Stuff You Don't Have to Buy Because You Can Print It Yourself for Free

Stuff You Don't Have to Buy Because You Can Print It Yourself for Free | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

I have two printers that rarely see any use. While printing isn't obsolete by any stretch of the imagination, paper is slowly losing its usefulness to computers, smartphones, and other electronics. If you have a printer at home that's mostly collecting dust, brush it off and start using it to print out a few free products you'd otherwise have to pay for.

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More Canadian SMBs sharing files -- and risk -- through BYOD

More Canadian SMBs sharing files -- and risk -- through BYOD | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Cloud-based systems make it easier for Canada's SMBs to share files remotely. But combined with BYOD practices, they also expose those smaller firms to more security risks, new Symantec research shows.
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10 best free lightweight productivity tools

10 best free lightweight productivity tools | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
There's more to productivity software than expensive and heavyweight office suites, which hog hard drive space and clutter your PC.
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'Steam for Schools' is a free version of Steam for students, facilitates Portal 2-based lessons

'Steam for Schools' is a free version of Steam for students, facilitates Portal 2-based lessons | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

"Steam for Schools" is Valve's next push into edutainment. This summer, educators can apply for beta inclusion in the program, which includes a "limited version of Steam" featuring Portal 2, the game's level editor, and its workshop for hosting and organizing user-created levels. This new version of Steam will be free for educators (in and out of beta), and will give educators administrator access – meaning that kids cannot share levels.

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Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to manage partition directly with partition manager bootable CD.

Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to manage partition directly with partition manager bootable CD. | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to boot computer directly into MiniTool Partition Wizard to manage partitions without any limitations. Features including Rebuild MBR, Partition Recovery, Move/Resize Partition, Merge Partition, Change Cluster Size, Copy Partition, Create Partition, Delete Partition, Format Partition, Convert File System, Hide/Unhide Partition, Explore Partition and much more.

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US warns users of new Citadel ransomware hit

US warns users of new Citadel ransomware hit | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
The Citadel Trojan, which is based on Zeus, is being changed for new nefarious purposes.
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Confirmed: US and Israel created Stuxnet, lost control of it

Confirmed: US and Israel created Stuxnet, lost control of it | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

In 2011, the US government rolled out its "International Strategy for Cyberspace," which reminded us that "interconnected networks link nations more closely, so an attack on one nation’s networks may have impact far beyond its borders." An in-depth report today from the New York Times confirms the truth of that statement as it finally lays bare the history and development of the Stuxnet virus—and how it accidentally escaped from the Iranian nuclear facility that was its target.

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Windows 8 Hits Its Next Milestone -- Release Preview Is Out Now

Windows 8 Hits Its Next Milestone -- Release Preview Is Out Now | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

Microsoft has released the latest test version of its upcoming Windows 8 operating system, which is now officially in what the company calls its "final phase".

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Microsoft TechNet/MSDN keys will expire at end of subscription period

Microsoft TechNet/MSDN keys will expire at end of subscription period | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Microsoft, in an attempt to fight piracy, has tightened the terms for MSDN and TechNet subscribers once again.
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Google offers free online course to turn you into a 'power searcher'

Google offers free online course to turn you into a 'power searcher' | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
If you're game for learning some new search tricks, they may as well come from the hive mind itself.
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Fix Your Terrible, Insecure Passwords in One Minute With This Foolproof Technique

Fix Your Terrible, Insecure Passwords in One Minute With This Foolproof Technique | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

Right now you’re scrambling to change all your passwords. If you’re not, you should be. In the wake of a couple of massive security breaches—one at LinkedIn that nabbed 6.5 million passwords and another at eHarmony that compromised 1.5 million accounts—security experts are advising that people change their passwords at the affected sites and at every other site where you used a similar password. By now you’ve probably heard the time-worn guidelines for creating strong passwords: Don’t use your name or other common words. Use different passwords for different sites. Change them often. Choose security questions that don’t involve information that everyone knows about you, or stuff that crooks can easily find on Facebook.

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Apple Quietly Pulls Claims of Virus Immunity

Apple Quietly Pulls Claims of Virus Immunity | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
In the wake of the Flashback malware, Apple has removed a statement from its messages on its that Mac OS X isn't susceptible to viruses.
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Thousands of office printers hit by "gibberish" malware

Thousands of office printers hit by "gibberish" malware | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

What’s been dubbed as a “paper salesman’s dream come true,” thousands of printers worldwide are spewing out garbled content as a result of a malware infection.

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How to embed a video into a PowerPoint presentation and package it within a SINGLE PowerPoint file

Have you ever inserted a video into a PowerPoint presentation, only to discover that you are unable to distribute your presentation as a single file? Typically, inserting a video (or videos) into a PowerPoint will require that you make sure the video(s) are always placed within the same folder as the PowerPoint file, making the distribution or sharing of your PowerPoint very complicated. This is the case for 99% of the ‘how to insert a video into PowerPoint’ tutorials that I found on the web.

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Retina MacBook Pro is the least repairable laptop ever, says iFixit

Retina MacBook Pro is the least repairable laptop ever, says iFixit | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

Apple's new MacBook Pro with Retina Display is ridiculously fast and thin -- but you can forget about ever taking it apart. The repair gurus at iFixit unveiled their teardown of the Retina MacBook Pro this morning, and thanks to its plethora of non-upgradeable parts, they ended up giving Apple’s latest and greatest laptop a dismal repair score of 1 out of 10.

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Windows 8 Upgrade Offer

If you purchase a qualifying Windows 7 PC between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013, you're eligible to get a Windows 8 Pro upgrade for $14.99USD. The last day to register and order your Windows 8 upgrade is February 28, 2013.

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Why antivirus companies like F-Secure failed to catch Flame and Stuxnet

Why antivirus companies like F-Secure failed to catch Flame and Stuxnet | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
F-Secure's Chief Research Officer: A/V outfits were out of their league.
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Pocketables – How to install Windows Media Center on the Windows 8 Release Preview

Pocketables – How to install Windows Media Center on the Windows 8 Release Preview | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

The removal of Windows Media Center from Windows 8 has caused quite a stir among the application’s small but loyal fan base. Windows Media Center no longer comes pre-installed on Windows, but if you have the Windows 8 Release Preview (which was made available for download earlier today), it’s possible to bring it back. Here’s how to do it.

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