Windows 10 may soon tell you which apps are using your microphone

dims?crop=1600%2C1013%2C0%2C0&quality=85Microsoft is testing some privacy and notification features in its latest Windows 10 Insider preview for Fast Ring users. A previous build added an icon to the notification area that tells you when your microphone is in use, and the newest update wil…

Do Navigation Apps Make People Worse at Navigating?

writers-opinion-navigation-apps-featuredNavigation apps have opened up a whole new world for most of us. When was the last time you retrieved a paper map from your glove box to navigate to your destination? While there are most assuredly some stalwarts out there, most have probably been using GPS for several years at this point. But a recent article states that navigation apps are making us worse at navigating. Has the convenience of these apps made us forget the lifelong lessons we’ve attained and the natural abilities we were born with? Do navigation apps make people worse at navigating? Our Opinion Phil is “of the opinion that… Read more

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Did You Know Windows 10 Has a Green Screen of Death?

Everyone’s heard about the blue screen of death (BSOD) that appears when your Windows PC crashes. But did you know Windows 10 has a green screen of death, too?

The green screen of death only appears when you’re running an Insider Preview version of Windows 10. It’s the same as the blue screen of death, and it will show the same error messages.

In other words, anything that triggers a blue screen of death on a normal version of Windows 10 will trigger a green screen of death on an Insider Preview version of Windows 10. The only difference is this screen says you’re using a “Windows Insider Build” and it has a green background instead of a blue one.

The green color highlights that the error was generated by unstable development builds of Windows 10. These Insider builds often have crashes and bugs you wouldn’t experience on a normal version of Windows 10. Microsoft sometimes warns of “green screen” errors Windows Insiders may encounter while running this development software.

If you see a green screen of death (GSOD) on your PC, that’s a sign you’re using an Insider Preview build of Windows 10. The problem could just be a bug in the unstable build, although it could also be a deeper problem with your PC’s hardware or drivers. You won’t know for sure until you go back to a stable version of Windows 10.

Microsoft made this change back in the Creators Update, which was released in April 2017. Before that, Insider builds of Windows 10 used standard blue screens of death.

If you’re using an Insider Preview build of Windows 10 and want to see it for yourself, this registry hack for manually triggering a blue screen still works—and it’ll trigger a green screen with the “MANUALLY INITIATED CRASH” stop code.

RELATED: Everything You Need To Know About the Blue Screen of Death

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How To Put Your iPhone or iPad Into Recovery Mode

If your iDevice starts acting strangely and you’ve run through the gamut of normal troubleshooting fixes, Recovery Mode may be your answer. This lets you easily reset the device and re-install iOS using iTunes.

When you reinstall iOS, there’s a chance that you may lose all the data on your phone, so it’s good to stay in the habit of making regular backups on your computer via iTunes or iCloud. With that said, here’s how you can boot your iOS device into Recovery Mode.

First, Make Sure You Have the Latest iTunes Version

First, you’ll need to make sure you’re using the latest version of iTunes. With the program open, head to iTunes > About iTunes.

Make a note of the version you’re using, and check it against this official Apple Support page to see if you’re on the newest release.

With that out of the way, you’re ready to get started. The rest of the procedure varies slightly depending on what device you’re using, so we’ll go over them one at a time.

For iPhone 7/iPhone 7 Plus or Later

If you’re using an iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, X, XS, XS Max, or XR, here’s what to do.

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How to Attach Files to Google Calendar Events


Google Calendar Events are a great way to organize meetings, but no meeting is complete without a slideshow, spreadsheet, pictures, or reports. Fortunately, you can easily attach anything from your Google Drive or your local hard drive to an event.

How to Attach Files to Google Calendar Events

Adding attachments to an event gives you an easy way to share materials with attendees ahead of time. It also lets them pull up those materials at the meeting without having to hunt around for them.

Fire up Google Calendar in your web browser and click the red “+” to create a new event.


Next, click the paperclip icon located in the event detail tab to add an attachment.


RELATED: How to Juggle Multiple Google Calendars

You can add files from your Google Drive, files that others have shared with you through Drive, or upload files from your local hard drive. We’ll be using the Google Drive option for this guide, but the others work just the same.

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4 Most Common Cyber Attacks Used Against Older People in 2018

browser-extensions-seniors-00-featured.jCyber criminals preying on the elderly is a big problem throughout the world. While all age groups are equally vulnerable to two-bit frauds, the elderly may be prone just a bit more. Many retirees, widowers and lonely grandparents may have their entire nest egg easily accessible, and that makes them targets. There are other factors as well. Many elderly arrived late on the technology scene and would have developed easy habits such as an unwillingness to use complex passwords or learn about new security hacks. As a generation, they generally are more polite to strangers, a trait potential fraudsters often use to reel in their… Read more

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Here’s a Bunch of Fun Microsoft Surface Rumors


The year is winding down, and it’s very unlikely Microsoft will announce another major product, so naturally, we need to look forward to 2019 and beyond. Brad Sams of Thurrot has plenty of delectable rumors in his new book Beneath a Surface. Some his claims about Microsoft’s product roadmap reinforce things we’ve…

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