Windows 8.1 Update Leaves OEM Owners With Broken Restore Function

If you haven’t upgraded to Windows 8.1 yet, and plan to do so by downloading it from the Windows app store, there’s something you should know before you do. Microsoft made a huge blunder that could leave you in a bind should you ever need to use the Refresh or Restore recovery tools after you more »

Windows 8.1 Update Causing Headaches for Some Tablet Owners

If you’ve got a Windows 8 tablet — specifically a [easyazon-link asin=”B00CLHA9V0″ locale=”us”]Dell Latitude 10[/easyazon-link], [easyazon-link asin=”B00CM1BN5Q” locale=”us”]Acer W8xxX[/easyazon-link], [easyazon-link asin=”B00CTHQORA” locale=”us”]Samsung ATIV[/easyazon-link], [easyazon-link asin=”B009TLA7P4″ locale=”us”]Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2[/easyazon-link] or any other Clover Trail-based device — and plan to upgrade to Windows 8.1, you might want to hold off. The upgrade does not play nice with more »

Ebooks Are Changing How We Read

  Have you found yourself enjoying reading more now that you have a tablet or e-reader?  You’re not alone. A new study commissioned by USA Today revealed that ebooks really are changing the way we read. These days 40% of adults and 46% of those ages 18-39 own a device that displays ebooks. That’s twice more »

Facebook and Flipboard Finally Coming to Windows 8

  Microsoft’s vice president revealed recently that Facebook and Flipboard are finally coming to Microsoft 8 and in the process of launching Metro style apps for the OS. Panos Panay made note of the impeding launches when talking about the company’s new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets. “Last year we launched this product more »

28th Amendment Hoax Going Viral

  The government shutdown is heading into week 2 and as expected, spammers and hoaxers are rushing to take advantage. The latest internet hoax is using the crisis in Washington to resurrect an old hoax urging people to support a proposed 28th amendment. In case you’re a little rusty on your American history, the Constitution more »

Have Facebook Friends You Don’t Really Like? You’re Not Alone

Do you have a few Facebook friends you really don’t like but just can’t bring yourself to unfriend? According to a newly released British study, you’re not alone. The study surveyed 2,683 people and found that 34-percent said they had friends they really don’t like but are reluctant to unfriend. Why? 58-percent said because of more »

The Government Shutdown’s Effects on the Web

The government shut down is going into its fourth day and its effects are already being felt by many. Services like WIC and Headstart are being shutdown and all our national parks and monuments are closed. Did you know the shut down is having an effect on the web too? Since the people responsible for more »

FBI Shuts Down Online Marketplace for Cybercriminals

The FBI announced it has shut down a website that served has an online marketplace for cybercriminals. Dubbed “Silk Road”, the site offered drugs, malware, firearms and even hitmen. Site owner Ross William Ulbricht, a 29-year old San Francisco man, was arraigned on charges of money laundering, narcotics trafficking and computer hacking. He is also more »


Facebook Page Like Scams Running Rampant

Facebook pages are always looking for likes. The more the better, many page admins say. Turning your page into an active, thriving community takes work and time. Unfortunately some page owners are being lazy and scamming for them by posting fake events and photos. One recent example comes from the Facebook page Proud Single Mother, more »

Switch Failure Knocks 4 Major Hosting Providers Offline

A series of network switch failures sent 4 major web hosting providers crashing down late last week. The outage, which lasted about 8 hours, occurred during routine maintenance and had a rippling effect. BlueHost, HostGator, JustHost and HostMonster were all knocked off line.


Facebook’s “Share” Feature Can Get You In Trouble

Sharing is one of Facebook’s core features. Much of the site’s content is generated by users sharing photos, links, videos and other user-generated materials. However, users who abuse this feature are at risk of damaging their reputations and even breaking the law. Don’t believe it? Let’s look at two recent examples. The first involved a more »


How Windows 8 Surprised Me

  I recently got a Windows 8 tablet and yes, I like it! I’ve been using Windows since the days of 3.0 (yes, I’m that old) but when I first heard about 8.0, I wasn’t exactly thrilled. Most of what I heard was negative and no start button? Really? When I got a new laptop last fall more »