Microsoft just released a patch for Windows XP that fixes a file sharing flaw being exploited by the WannaCry ransomware. Here's how to install it. You can download some versions of the patch using links at the bottom of this May 12th Microsoft article: Customer Guidance for WannaCrypt attacks. The full list of patch variants, including languages other than English, is in the Windows Catalog, just search for KB4012598. For an x86 machine with Service Pack 3 installed, the downloaded file name is windowsxp-kb4012598-x86-custom-enu_eceb7d5023bbb23c0dc633e46b9c2f14fa6ee9dd.exeI know, its looks like malware itself. The file is small, only 665K. Logon as an Administrator and, for good luck, make a Restore Point first thing.To see if System Restore is enabled, right click on My Computer, get the Properties and go to the System Restore tab. To actually make the Restore Point, go to Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> System Restore.The … [Read more...] about Patching Windows XP against WannaCry ransomware
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Welcome back to tax season, I’m Jeff Battersby and I’ll be your guide for all things related to filing your taxes online. This year we’re going to look at the usual suspects, TurboTax and H&R Block. We’ll also look at TaxAct Online (last year’s newcomer), and Tax Slayer (this year’s newcomer). When it comes to filing taxes the basics are essentially the same: You provide your financial information and the tax software uses an interview process to gather that information, minimize your tax liability, and, with some luck and good data, maximize your refund and reduce your stress level. All of these online services offer various try-before-you-buy options that let you fill out your forms and then pay when it’s time to file. It’s important to note that all these app also charge more money the closer you get to tax time. We’ve included some links to paid versions on Amazon, so before you buy anything, make sure you’re … [Read more...] about H&R Block, TaxAct, TaxSlayer, and TurboTax: Which tax program is right for you?
Apple Watch Series 3 has arrived, and it could be the model that finally pushes Apple’s wearable into the mainstream. After several software revisions, Apple Watch has evolved into one of Apple’s major project categories, and a constant cycle of new features and bands keep it feeling fresh and fashionable. Series 3 brings it all together, with health, fitness, and Siri enhancements, and, of course, iPhone independence with LTE. But after three generations, you might still be asking: What can I really do with it? The answer might surprise you. Find out and more in this ultimate guide to Apple Watch.Editor's note: Updated Dec. 5, 2017 with information about Apple Pay Cash, new bands, and trade-ins. Mentioned in this article Apple Watch Series 1 MSRP $249.00Viewon Apple Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS only) Viewon Apple Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) Viewon Apple Apple Watch Nike+ Series 3 (GPS only) Viewon Apple Apple Watch Nike+ Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) Viewon … [Read more...] about Apple Watch and watchOS: Apple Pay Cash now available, plus new bands and a new trade-in program
The beta version of Skype, better known as Skype Preview has just been updated with a couple of new features. Although the app appears as “unreleased” in the Google Play Store, you can download it on your Android smartphone for free.So, here is what the Skype has added in the latest update, which will become available to everyone in the coming days if the testing doesn't reveal any unexpected issues.First off, users will now be able to share photos and links to Skype from other apps. Also, there's a new option that enables Skype users to add or remove contacts directly from their profiles.Along with the new features mentioned above, the Skype team also added some general performance improvements, as well as enhanced in-call photo rendering. That's about all you get if you're a member of the Skype Insiders program, or nothing at all if you don't have the beta version installed. Skype Preview for Android Skype Preview for Android … [Read more...] about Skype Preview for Android update adds option to share links and photos from other apps
After the biggest visual overhaul in iOS history last year, the new iOS 8 doesn't offer a bold and freshly overhauled look, but will bring many brand new features to your aging iOS device, and improved functionality. These are arriving to the Apple iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, or iPhone 5s, your iPad 2, iPad 3(new iPad), iPad 4, or iPadmini and mini 2 tablets, as well as your iPod touch 5th generation media player. Apart from the grandstanders, like the newHealthapplication, or the Interactive Notifications set, we also have a smorgasbord of smaller feature update and improvements. And the news is "massive," as Apple says, since iOS 8 will also allowthird-party keyboards, and evenforeign widgetsin the notifications center for the first time. Here's what you need to do to download and install iOS 8 on your iPhone or iPad:Clean it up and Back up the truckSuch a major iOS update is a good excuse for some fall cleaning of your … [Read more...] about How to download and install the iOS 8 update to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch