Month: March 2015

Why And How To Calibrate A Monitor In Windows 7 And Windows 8.1

In a previous article, we discussed installing color profiles for your monitor, and where you can find those profiles for your own equipment. Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 include a Calibrate Display Color wizard that can help you calibrate your monitor for the best possible color display. In this article, we’ll discuss how to use that wizard to set everything to your liking.

NOTE: The process is exactly the same in both operating systems. The illustrations are from Windows 8.1. The wizard uses a grey background throughout.

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How To Use The Kindle App For Windows 8.1 To Read eBooks

If you own a Windows 8.1 device and you enjoy reading but you do not own an eBook reader like Amazon’s Kindle, there’s great news: in the Windows Store you can find the Kindle app which offers you access to over a million books from theKindle Store including new releases and bestsellers. Besides reading your favorite eBooks with it, you can place bookmarks, highlight text and add notes. In this article we will show you how to use this Windows 8.1 app to make reading an enjoyable experience for you. Let’s get started:

How To Get Started With The Kindle App For Windows 8.1

First you need to download the app. Click or tap here to get it for free.

After downloading and installing the app, you need to sign in with your Amazon account. To get started press the Sign in button placed at the bottom of the window. If you don’t have an Amazon account press the + button and follow the instructions for creating one.

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How To Customize The WinX Menu In Windows, Using Win+X Menu Editor

In this tutorial we will show how you can customize the WinX menu from Windows 8.1 using a free application called Win+X Menu Editor. What you are about to learn also applies to Windows 8 or Windows 10. After you read this article, you will be able to add or remove items from the WinX menu, or create and configure new groups. We will walk you through the complete process of downloading, installing, starting and using the Win+X Menu Editor application.

What Is The WinX Menu?

WinX draws its name from the many websites calling it like this, since Microsoft does not provide an official name for it. It is basically a power user interface that allows access to administrative features of Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10. You can read more about it here: What Is The WinX Menu & How To Access It?.

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What are Windows Essentials & How to Install Them

Windows Essentials is a suite of free programs that has evolved a lot over the years. At first, it was named Windows Live Essentials. Now it has been rebranded to a shorter, simpler name. To make things even more confusing, the number of programs included in this suite has evolved a lot over time. That’s why, in this article, I will explain what Windows Essentials are and how to download and install the programs included in this suite.

What are Windows Essentials

Windows Essentials is a suite of free tools offered by Microsoft to Windows users. The latest version includes the following applications: Microsoft SkyDrive, Mail, Writer, Messenger, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker and Family Safety.

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How To Import Photos & Videos Into Windows Movie Maker

Creating movies from pictures and videos is a breeze with Windows Movie Maker. Once you have your pictures and video clips imported into this application, you can get right down to applying AutoMovie Themes, creating title clips and credits, setting your project to music and adding animations and transitions. But before you can begin, you’ll have to import your multimedia, so in this article we’ll show you how to do that.

Before we begin, make sure you have Windows Essentials installed. If you need instructions about how to setup this suite, check out this tutorial: What are Windows Essentials & How to Install Them.

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FREAK flaw: ​How to protect yourself now

Summary:The FREAK security hole is more widespread than previously thought. Here’s everything users and system administrators need to know in order to stay safe now.

Great, just great. FREAK, the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) security hole, isn’t only in programs that use Apple’s SSL implementation or old OpenSSL. We now know that FREAK is present in Microsoft’s Secure Channel (SChannel) stack too.

FREAK enables SSL Man-in-the-Middle attacks because of bad security decisions made almost two decades ago. As Andrew Avanessian, Avecto‘s EVP of consultancy and technology services, told me in an e-mail, “The FREAK attack is clear evidence of how far back the long tail of security stretches. As new technologies emerge, and cryptography hardens, many simply add on new solutions without removing out-dated and vulnerable technologies. This effectively undermines the security model you are trying to build.”

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Security For Everyone – Reviewing ZoneAlarm Internet Security 2015

ZoneAlarm is a company that is best known for their free firewall application. However, they also release commercial security products that include both antivirus and firewall protection, like ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 2015. The last time we looked at it, in 2012, this product did not manage to convince us as it was not a great performer in our testing. A lot of time has passed since then and we thought we should give it another chance. After testing it thoroughly, we are now ready to share how effectiveZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite 2015 is in securing your Windows computers and devices. Read this review to learn more:

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How To Scan QR Codes Or Text With Your Windows Phone

Windows Phone has the built-in capacity to scan special barcodes, such as QR codes, and no third-party apps are required for this task. Also, you are able to scan text and translate it using the same feature. The procedure is really simple: just “point and shoot”. In this article we will show you how to use this feature in a simple and efficient manner. Let’s get started:

NOTE: This tutorial works with Windows Phone 8.1.

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The Complete Guide to the Windows 7 Start Menu

The Start Menu is one of the elements which remained unchanged for many versions of Windows. Windows Vista was the first to introduce some major redesign choices, some more inspired than others. Windows 7 marks another evolution but, this time, changes are more subtle. There are a small number of new features and many fixes for the less inspired changes introduced by Windows Vista. In this article I will start with an overview of the new features, improvements and changes done in the Windows 7 Start Menu. Then I’ll show you how to launch the Start Menu settings window, change the default action of the power button, how to enable or disable recent items and programs, how to change the number of recent items and programs shown, how to customize the icons and menus from the Start Menu and how to pin items to the Start Menu and Jump Lists.

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