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Test if your system is infected with Flamer, The latest threat on the Internet

Test if your system is infected with Flamer, The latest threat on the Internet | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

You have probably already heard about Flamer, Flame or Flamy, as some antivirus companies call the malware. Flamer was only recently discovered, despite indicators that it has been spread on targeted systems at least since 2010. This alone highlights the danger of the tool, but that is not the only reason why some security companies call it the most sophisticated threat encountered on the Internet up to day.

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CPU Wars Is a Trump-Style Card Game Driven by Chip Stats

CPU Wars Is a Trump-Style Card Game Driven by Chip Stats | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

If you’re looking for the geekiest card game around, you’d be hard pressed to beat CPU Wars–a top-trumps card game built around CPU specs.

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Windows 8 Pro PC Upgrade Cost is Just $15

Windows 8 Pro PC Upgrade Cost is Just $15 | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

A coming Microsoft promotion will provide Windows 8 Pro to buyers of Windows 7-based PCs for just $14.99, according to my sources. The promotion begins June 2, and was first reported by my Windows Weekly cohost Mary Jo Foley.

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My own private Internet: .secure TLD floated as bad-guy-free zone

My own private Internet: .secure TLD floated as bad-guy-free zone | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
My own private Internet: .secure TLD floated as bad-guy-free zone  —  A venture with $9 million in backing wants to establish a locked-down domain.  —  A security researcher has won investments of more than $9 million
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Thunderbolt on Windows gets hands-on, lacks Mac's hot-swapping

Thunderbolt on Windows gets hands-on, lacks Mac's hot-swapping | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Thunderbolt's 10-gigabit interface is only just making its way to Windows after spending more than a year as a Mac-only feature, so it's not surprising that a lot of questions surround how well the Apple- and Intel-developed connection works for the rest of the world.
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Microsoft: Media Center not part of 'the future of entertainment'

Microsoft: Media Center not part of 'the future of entertainment' | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
A new blog post from Microsoft fills in details about how Media Center will fit in Windows 8, as an extra-cost option.
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ExtremeTech’s guide to air cooling your PC

ExtremeTech’s guide to air cooling your PC | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Blowing room-temperature air across heatsinks is an effective way to mitigate heat. This guide aims to help you maximize air flow through your case.
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Google Docs adds 450 fonts and 60 templates, sadly includes Comic Sans

Google Docs adds 450 fonts and 60 templates, sadly includes Comic Sans | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

Google Docs has lagged behind offline apps in the number of fonts and pre-made layouts to choose from, but that's just changed with a much larger catalog for both.

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Google Graduates Lab Projects, Including an Auto-Email Translator

Google Graduates Lab Projects, Including an Auto-Email Translator | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

Three Google Lab projects are moving out of labs and into Gmail. Users should now see automatic message translation, title tweaks and smart mute in their regular Gmail accounts.

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Top 5 Myths Computer Repair Customers Believe About "Going Apple"

Top 5 Myths Computer Repair Customers Believe About "Going Apple" | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

“If I got a Mac, I wouldn’t have these problems.” If I got a nickel for every time a customer told me that…. well, you get where I’m headed with this. There seems to be a perceived consensus among a segment of my customer base that believes going Mac would solve all their ills, save them money, and provide numerous other benefits. While there are situations where Macs are justified, the steamrolling in the media by the Apple-centric movement to iEverything helps fuel a majority of this misconception surrounding the Apple brand.

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HP x86 Windows 8 PCs will be available by the holidays, says Meg Whitman

HP x86 Windows 8 PCs will be available by the holidays, says Meg Whitman | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

On HP's earnings call today CEO Meg Whitman told reporters that the company "will be well positioned on Windows 8 x86 by the holidays" — confirming that the world's largest PC maker will release a product that runs the new operating system by years' end. With HP's less-than-stellar quarter, the CEO noted the company's dependance on Windows, saying that the better Windows 8 is, the better the computer manufacturer will do. While Windows 8 availability isn't yet known, it's expected to be released around October of this year. Meg Whitman hopes Microsoft sticks to that schedule, saying that "we're rooting for a fantastic Windows 8 product that's out on time for holiday." The CEO only mentioned x86 systems, so it's not known if the company has any plans to join Microsoft in support of low-powered ARM chips in Windows 8.

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How many Apple IDs should your family have?

How many Apple IDs should your family have? | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
If your family owns multiple Apple devices and has many Apple IDs, it can be overwhelming or even maddening figuring out where your content is.
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Help Protect Your Friends And Family From Phone Scams

Help Protect Your Friends And Family From Phone Scams | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

The best way to help those friends and family members that rely on you for tech support is to arm them with information. Not only are you helping them, you’re helping yourself, if they avoid the scam, you avoid having to clean it up.

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Hoax Microsoft Windows security calls offer hindrance not help

Hoax Microsoft Windows security calls offer hindrance not help | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Scam calls claiming to help fix computer virus problems need to be dealt with swiftly – by putting the phone down...
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Google Talks About Its Ubuntu Experience

There was a very interesting session at the Ubuntu Developer Summit by Google developer Thomas Bushnell. He talked about how Ubuntu, its derivatives and Goobuntu (Google's customized Ubuntu based distro) are used by Google developers.
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Second time is (hopefully) a charm with HP putting Windows 8 on new tablet line

Second time is (hopefully) a charm with HP putting Windows 8 on new tablet line | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
HP has not had much luck in their early attempts at penetrating the tablet market after launching and subsequently canning their WebOS TouchPad in less than 2 months.
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Linux Live USB Creator isn't another 'me-too' utility

Linux Live USB Creator isn't another 'me-too' utility | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
At first glance Linux Live USB Creator looks much like UNetbootin, the Universal USB Installer, and every other tool that aims to help you download and create a bootable Linux environment for your PC.
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Bought a new Mac Pro? 1-in-100 chance it'll destroy your data

Bought a new Mac Pro? 1-in-100 chance it'll destroy your data | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
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8 More New Uses for Your Old Smartphone

8 More New Uses for Your Old Smartphone | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
Give your old phone a new lease on life by converting it into a brainy TV remote, a GPS navigator, or a numpad companion for your keyboard.
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Over 1.5 million Visa, MasterCard credit card numbers stolen?

Over 1.5 million Visa, MasterCard credit card numbers stolen? | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

U.S.-based credit card processor company Global Payments is about to announce more details about the security breach that recently saw millions of credit card numbers stolen. It doesn't look good.

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How to do Incremental Gmail Backups

How to do Incremental Gmail Backups | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

Windows only I rely on my Gmail account for just about all of my email communication, and I'd be pretty sad if I lost some of my emails.

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Use Google Docs to Monitor Your Website's Uptime

Use Google Docs to Monitor Your Website's Uptime | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

Have a website and want to know the minute your site is down? This simple Google Docs spreadsheet from Digital Inspiration can email you and monitor your website for free.

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