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HTC U11 RUU stock firmware collection Android 8.0 Oreo and Nougat

Android Sage HTC U11 RUU stock firmware collection Android 8.0 Oreo and Nougat HTC U11 is the latest flagship phone

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AWS launches new partner programs for networking and machine learning specialists

 Amazon’s AWS cloud computing division is launching a number of new programs for its partner ecosystem today. These include a new networking competency program for companies that focus on advanced networking features, as well as the new AWS Machine Learning Partner Solutions program that highlights partners that have demonstrated expertise in (can you guess it?) running machine… Read More

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Why Python and Pygame are a great pair for beginning programmers

We look at three reasons Pygame is a good choice for learning to program. … Linuxtoday.com

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HP ‘spyware’ could be slowing down your laptop or PC

Update: HP has provided us with a statement on the matter, which you can read below: 

“HP Touchpoint Analytics is a service we have offered since 2014 as part of HP Support Assistant. It anonymously collects diagnostic information about hardware performance. No data is shared with HP unless access is expressly granted. Customers can opt-out or uninstall the service at any time.”

Original story follows

HP has been accused of stealthily installing a piece of software on its users’ PCs which hoovers up data on that machine, effectively acting as spyware, and it seems it is slowing systems down considerably, as well.

This worrying development was reported by Computerworld, and the software in question is called the HP Touchpoint Analytics Client. According to HP’s description itself, the client “harvests telemetry information that is used by HP Touchpoint’s analytical services”.

Telemetry information could potentially be anything related to the hardware, software or usage of your machine.

Unsurprisingly, there’s been a lot of anger online concerning the unsolicited installation of this client, which appears to have popped up on desktop PCs and laptops without asking or notifying the user.

Although at this point, it isn’t clear whether the software was delivered via an HP update, or an update courtesy of Microsoft. There has been plenty written about this across the net in various forums and tech sites, some of which observes that the process was put in place following the latest batch of Windows updates.

System slowdown

The other major pain point here is not only the surveillance aspect of this client, but also the fact that it appears to weigh heavily on system resources.

A poster on Reddit tells us: “So today all of a sudden, I’m experiencing a considerable slowdown in my laptop (Pavilion P3V59PA). Once I look for the problem in Task Manager, I found out that the program called HP Touchpoint Analytics Client (and its subsequent follow up) constantly jumping the memory usage.

“I don’t remember ever installing this program whatsoever, and in control panel, I found that for some reason this program was silently installed today, without my consent.”

Another post on an HP support forum observes: “I noticed my mouse lagging significantly on Chrome, went to Programs & Features in Control Panel on my Windows 7 HP desktop and saw this ‘HP Touchpoint Analytics Client’ was installed on my PC without my permission on 11-17-17.”

HP Touchpoint Analytics was recently updated and there were no changes to privacy settings as part of this update. We take customer privacy very seriously and act in accordance with a strict policy, available here.

In the meantime, if you want to be rid of this particular little pest, removal is easy enough as outlined by Martin Brinkmann over at Ghacks.net.

It hasn’t been a great year for HP on the suspect software front, when you consider that back in the spring, some HP laptops were found to be hit by a keylogger (capable of monitoring and recording keystrokes) which was buried in an audio driver.

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Windows 10 ‘Sets’ bring the browser tabbing experience to desktop apps

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Tabs are fantastic for browsing content online: so fantastic, in fact, that I’ve got 23 open in front of me right now. 

In hindsight, it’s a bit of a shock that it took Microsoft so long to extend the same concept to apps, but that’s about to change with the introduction of a new Windows 10 organizational feature it’s calling “Sets.”

The concept for Sets (which is just a temporary name that may change) barely differs from what you’ll find while using a browser like Microsoft’s own Edge. 

So, what would this look like practice? Let’s say you’re working on a project in a Word document and you want to easily copy the information you’re writing into a PowerPoint presentation. All you’d need to do is look at the title bar of the Word document, click the new button with a “plus” icon much as you would to open a new tab in Edge. 

You’d then see a splash page with all of your most recently used apps, along with a search bar in case you don’t see what you need. Click on the app you want (so, PowerPoint), and it pops up in a new tab in the same window as the original app — in this case, Word. 

You can then add even more if you want – like, say, to open a tab for a browser for research. This way you can minimize the whole project if you want in order to work on something else, while opening another “Set” for another project or entertainment.

Keepin’ tabs

It’s not entirely a new concept. After all, Chromebooks have operated under the same principle for years, as all of the apps found on them are essentially little more than glorified webpages and plugins. Still, it could drastically change the way we use Windows, which remains one of the world’s most widely used operating systems.

Despite the feature’s seeming obviousness, Microsoft is treating “Sets” as an experimental feature for now. You’ll only be able to use with with some specific Windows apps like Mail and Calendar at first, but eventually Microsoft will extend its range to more complex programs like Adobe Photoshop and the humble Notepad. 

Microsoft is also sticking to a trial rollout over the coming weeks that’s limited to only a few people. Currently you only have a chance to see if Sets you’re a member of Microsoft’s Insider Program, and even then you might end up waiting a while before they show up in your operating system.  Microsoft has been burned for unpopular feature overhauls in the past, and now it seems eager to make sure everyone likes Sets before fully unleashing it on the world.

Also, the feature will be optional. Much as with a regular browser tab, you won’t need to use Sets if you don’t want to.

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Make #money with your #Blog

I see some blogs having more articles than mine, but getting less traffic and income compared to my blog. What could be the problem?. Here is the reality, all articles will not bring money and the articles you highly targeted for income will not work sometimes, but surprisingly, the post you have published without considering anything may get more income than other articles.

What/Where is the Problem?

Before I go further, let me tell what is ‘Blog’ in my opinion. A ‘Blog’ is a place where you write your opinions, lessons, experience, interests, findings, guides, how to’s, articles..etc, altogether it is completely ‘Your Posts’. You are unique in this world (correct?), so your posts should be unique for global readers and search engines..

Nowadays everyone starts a blog, publishes few posts and expects money. They think making money online is very easy, but that’s not the case now. As for exemple, I have been working on this blog for more than 2 years, testing, trying working to find out how and what is the best way to make money.

Let’s forget money, even finding a unique topic and driving traffic to a blog is the difficult job now.
There are plenty of part time bloggers and full time bloggers who make money online very well.
You must work hard,smart and do something differently to become a successful blogger. Always keep some long term plans in your mind and work towards it.
Do not look for short term achievements. Also, do not discourage yourself by traffic and earning stats initially, it needs time.
Writing about anything comes to your mind will not bring much income. Select a topic and write about it and stick to it.
If you`re an expert in a particular field, share your knowledge, your success, life experience and people will come back to your blog to read about it. Personnaly I think you better write one post a week, a post that you will have worked on, offer some reference, show that you have made some research about it, this kind of post will get you more visitors, than you write a quicky everyday.

When you need a steady income from your blog then definitely you need to invest time, energy and money too.
Traffic is the money
That’s the golden rule, if you need more money then you need more traffic to your blog. There is two type of traffic

Organic Traffic (from any search engines like Google, yahoo, Bing)

Other Traffic ( Regular, Direct, social networking, referrals and other)

Traffic Exchange with 1,378,000+ membersFrom experience, I wouldn`t recomend any manual or auto surf program, as it will take lots of your time to click each page to earn credit which in return you will use those credit to get website traffic, don`t forget if you click whitout looking at the website, other will do the same as you so your time is waisted. I am still a member of easyhits4u, have so many referrals that they earn me approximatly 100 credit per month, you wouldn`t imagine how much time and money I spent on this program alone thinking it would help me make money. And it is against Google Adsense rules to use these program, so right now those credit are just there not doing much.

Each traffic source influences every monetizing method in a blog. For example, organic traffic works well for PPC (Pay per click ads like Google adsense) and some times to affiliate marketing sales too, at the same time your regular visitors do not click any PPC ads, but they will be interested in buying the products you recommend and review, so it can increase the affiliate or own product sale.
So, What’s the Catch and How to Really Make Money online from Blogs?
Whatever method you select, making money from new blog will take some time. You need to be patient and active for at least first six months to build up a blog with great content which drives good traffic.

IF only PPC (Pay Per Click) programs will be your money making source, then mainly concentrate on Search engine traffic.If you are going to make money by PPC, Affiliate sales and your own products, then concentrate in following traffic sources,
Search Engines traffic

Regular readers – Subscribers, direct and returned visitors.

Social networking sites – Facebook fans, Twitter followers and anything similar to this.

Subscribers mail list – Capture the email address of visitors and create a mail list

PPV (Pay Per Visits), Adwords and any advertisement sources.

In a nutshell to really make money from blog

Decide on how you are going make money and select the money making programs.

Identify the required traffic sources to make money with selected programs.

Get more and more traffic (visitors) to your blog via decided traffic source.

Now make money!!!.

Need more money?

Increase the traffic again and look for new money making opportunities

Author Conrad Richard

Civilization VI’s first expansion — Rise and Fall — is coming February 8

2K and Firaxis announced today that Civilization VI is getting its first expansion. Rise and Fall will come out for

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Android Devices Suffer More Malware Infections compared to iOS and Windows Devices

As it turns out, Android devices suffer more malware infections compared to iOS devices and even Windows devices, making them

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VMware expands AWS partnership with new migration and disaster recovery tools

 Remember how VMware was supposed to be disrupted by AWS? Somewhere along the way it made a smart move. Instead of fighting the popular cloud platform, it decided to make it easier for IT to use its products on AWS. Today, at the opening of the AWS re:invent customer conference, it announced plans to expand that partnership with some new migration and disaster recovery services. As Mark… Read More

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Time-Warner’s Turner opts for AWS as its preferred cloud provider

 All of the hyper-scale cloud providers love to tout their new customer acquisitions: Google talking about Spotify; Microsoft signing up various Adobe services for Azure; or AWS working with the likes of GE. That’s a sign of how competitive this market is, despite AWS’s continuing market share leadership. At its annual re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, Amazon’s cloud… Read More

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InMotion Scooterboard Electric Rideable

Introducing the InMotion Scooterboard Electric Rideable. It’s a brand new electric skateboard/scooter hybrid with three wheels and a handle to

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Where is the X-factor?

Microsoft has created the most powerful console ever with the new Xbox One X, a very impressive piece of engineering

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EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti K|NGP|N Hydro Copper Is The Fastest GPU From The Company

EVGA recently launched a new version of the top of the line GTX 1080 Ti from Nvidia. Which is known

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Pokémon GO gets a surprise new legendary: Ho-Oh

Dear MIUIers & Gamers, A bit of a surprise just dropped for everyone poking around Pokémon GO this holiday season:

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It’s deja vu as Uber forms a joint venture in Russia, much like it did in China

Uber has found a local partner in yet another country, as the firm inks a deal with Russia’s largest technology

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Summon Night 5

When worlds collide and everything is turned upside-down, a new order must be created to keep chaos at bay. BandaiNamcos

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The best Cyber Monday 2017 deals: all of today’s price drops listed

The best Cyber Monday 2017 deals you need to see today are all in our list below. We’ve kept this

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Android Barcode / QR Code Scanner using Google Mobile Vision – Building Movie Tickets App

Nowadays Barcodes and QR Codes are widely used in lot of mobile apps. In a QR Code you can store

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Denon D-M41DAB

What is the Denon D-M41DAB? I’ve been listening to the same thing for 12 years: the Denon D-M31 micro system

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Xiaomi R1 smartphone rumored to ship with 18:9 full display

Xiaomi is well known for the release of several smartphones once in every two months. The latest rumor is that

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iPad Game Review: Warhammer Quest 2 for iOS Review

More Warhammer Quest 2017 than Warhammer Quest 2, which is a pretty good thing, actually.Warhammer Quest 2 is the follow-up to the excellent and appropriately named Warhammer Quest. The premise and setting will feel VERY familiar to fantasy role-playing gamers (classic fantasy races banding together in a quest to destroy another set of classically evil fantasy races intent on …

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iPhone Case Review: LifeProof Next for iPhone 8/7 (also available for iPhone X) Review

As Apple’s iPhone lineup evolves to become more resistant to water exposure, the market for waterproof cases seems to be evolving too. This makes sense when you consider that most people who bought/used waterproof cases didn’t actually take their iPhones underwater, but instead simply wanted them protected from everyday exposure to things like rain, dust, snow, etc. This occurred …

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Apple iPhone X review

Say what you will about Apple’s overly expensive products, locked-down ecosystem and its habit of playing catch-up with key technological

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Forget about Mac games torrents: Do This Instead

Why are Mac games torrent sites popping up all over the place? And somehow, they offer every popular game under

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BlackBerry KEYone on sale, including GSM and Verizon models

We’ve seen lots of mobile deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, including microSD cards and Android tablets, and now

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