Apple's latest operating system, Mac OS 10.11 "El Capitan" is now available. With any new operating system, if you rely on your computer for work, it's always best to wait to ensure that it will work for everything you need. A good rule of thumb is to wait until the second update after the release.
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If you're ever involved in an accident or have a medical emergency, your smartphone can play a critical role. But when it's locked, the information isn't accessible for emergency personnel to retrieve. That's where "ICE," or "In Case of Emergency" standards come in. You can set up your phone so that it will remain secure, while still making it possible for first responders to get to the critical information they need.
There seems to be an increased amount of spam activity happening on Facebook lately, and you may have noticed an increase in the amount of bogus friend requests you've received. As a general rule, if you don't know the person in real life, they shouldn't be a Facebook friend. There is a way to at least reduce the amount of requests by making an adjustment in Facebook's settings.
Before you put down money to store your data in the cloud, you might want to check that you're getting the best price. There are several options for cloud storage, and here's a breakdown of cost for 1TB of storage:
Amazon Cloud Drive Unlimited Photos - $11.99. This gives you unlimited storage for photos only, and 5GB for videos and other files. This is free for Prime members, and has limited RAW support.
The EFF has released a new browser plugin called "Privacy Badger," which aims to block spying ads and invisible trackers. It will prevent advertisers from loading anymore content in your browser, even if they're tracking you across multiple websites.
If you have Windows 7 or 8, you should see an icon in your system tray that prompts you to reserve a copy of Windows 10. This upgrade will be free for all Windows 7 and 8 users, and users of the insider program have stated that it fixes a lot of the frustrations people had with Windows 8. Microsoft will be releasing Windows 10 to the public on Wednesday, but there are a few things you should do before upgrading.
When your internet speed seems to slow down to a crawl, it can be useful to put it to the test and find out exactly what speeds you're getting. But it may be misleading to just check one speed test website. This is because some internet service providers actually give priority to certain speed test sites, giving you a faster reading than what is actually true for the rest of your browsing. In fact, some internet service providers encourage you to use only a site of their choosing for speed testing.
When getting a new phone, it can be a hassle to reinstall all of the apps you were previously using on your old phone. There's a few ways to make this process much quicker and easier, though. First, with Android 5.0, you can transfer your data over Bluetooth and NFC. It's called "Tap & Go," and you can transfer content by simply tapping the old phone to the new one after selecting "Tap & Go."
On June 15, 2015, password manager LastPass made an announcement that its password database was hacked and some user account information had been stolen. Since LastPass has uses encryption and many layers of protection to slow down hackers, the damage will be minimal for LastPass users. While the hackers may have obtained the database of master passwords, they still don't have immediate access to everyone's passwords. That information has been encrypted, salted, and hashed, so it would take quite a bit of effort to break into it.