How to Stop Too Many Tabs From Taking Over Your Browser

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Browser tabs. Can’t live with them, can’t live without them. They’re both incredibly useful and an extremely annoying suck on your productivity and your computer’s system resources. But perhaps there is a way to use multiple tabs the way the universe intended without letting them run roughshod over your life.

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/how-to-stop-too-many-tabs-from-taking-over-your-browser-1841058455
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Hitting the Books: Hackers can convince your IoT devices to betray you

dims?crop=6000%2C3750%2C0%2C0&quality=85Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we’ve done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find and…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/2020/01/18/hitting-the-books-power-to-the-people-audrey-kurth-kronin/
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Instagram noticed you never hit the IGTV button, so it’s going away

Instagram noticed you never hit the IGTV button, so it's going away

Back in 2018, Instagram launched its longform video brand IGTV. We’re less than a month into 2020 and maybe the most prominent way to access IGTV is going away.

TechCrunch reported Saturday that Instagram would remove the IGTV button that appears at the top right corner of users’ home screens in the main Instagram app. The reason? Nobody was voluntarily tapping that button, an Instagram spokesperson told TechCrunch.

If you didn’t know it was there in the first place, congratulations!

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Of course, that doesn’t mean IGTV is going away or even being scaled back in any meaningful way. Not now, anyway. That button was just one pathway into the illustrious world of IGTV. You can still find it in previews on your news feed, an entire IGTV page in the Explore tab, and on the profile page of any user who has made IGTV videos. Read more…

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Source: https://mashable.com/article/igtv-instagram-button-removed/
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Microsoft will fix an Internet Explorer security flaw under active attack

dims?crop=1500%2C1000%2C0%2C61&quality=8Mozilla isn’t the only one grappling with a serious web browser security flaw. Microsoft has confirmed to TechCrunch that it will fix an Internet Explorer security exploit already being used for “limited targeted attacks.” The vulnerability lets…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/2020/01/18/microsoft-to-fix-internet-explorer-security-flaw/
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I Want to Upgrade Windows 7, but I’m Scared to Lose My Programs

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Everyone’s talking about Windows 7 this week. And even if you have absolutely no interest in the inner workings of your PC’s operating system, your attention has no doubt been drawn by Microsoft’s twist: The company isn’t supporting Windows 7 with security updates anymore.

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Source: https://lifehacker.com/i-want-to-upgrade-windows-7-but-im-scared-to-lose-my-p-1841044394
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Chrome OS May Get Steam Support, and That’s Got Us Hot and Bothered

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If there’s one thing I don’t have on my Chromebook I wished I had, it’s a working version of Steam. I know I can get around that by installing the Linux version of the popular PC gaming client, but let’s just say performance wasn’t the best in my experience. It looks like Google read my mind, because the company is working to bring official Steam support to Chrome OS.

Speaking with Android Police, Chrome OS Director of Product Management Kan Liu confirmed he and the Chrome team are working to bring Steam to the operating system. Liu also said Chrome OS’ Linux compatibility will allow the project to move forward. He didn’t say if Google is working with Valve on the project or how far along the project currently is.

This might not seem like news if you’re very familiar with Chrome OS, since you can use the Crostini Linux compatibility layer to install Steam onto your Chromebook. However, the lack of official support means performance is spotty at best. In my experience, I couldn’t even get a 2D game like Bastion to run smoothly on my Acer Chromebook Spin 13. Keep in mind Bastion is a game that was first available as a browser game. Half-Life 2 was also a sputtering mess, which I partially blame on Chromebooks’ limited graphics acceleration.

Gaming Chromebooks? Gaming Chromebooks!

Speaking of performance, Liu said we will see more powerful Chromebooks down the line. He didn’t say if these Chromebooks will have discrete graphics, but I’ll be honest: I’m salivating at the thought. As someone who’s fully immersed in Chrome OS, having access to Nvidia GeForce or AMD Radeon graphics would significantly improve my gaming experience.

Then again, how many computer manufacturers are chomping at the bit to make a gaming Chromebook? Yes, Chromebooks have gotten to the point where they can run less-intensive titles. The problem is not many people use Chrome OS, even though it’s the popular choice for schools. Chromebooks have access to the Google Play Store and Google Stadia, but Windows continues to be the top destination for computer gaming.

Regardless, Chromebook fans like myself have reason to be excited by the news. Liu didn’t say when official Steam support will arrive on Chromebooks, but I now have one more reason to stay and see what happens with Chrome OS.

Source: Android Police

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/33239/chrome-os-may-get-steam-support-and-thats-got-us-hot-and-bothered/
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Google at a trillion dollars: How a garage startup morphed into an omnipresent leviathan

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‘They’ve bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit, and tilted the playing field against everyone else,’ argued Elizabeth Warren

Source: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/features/google-trillion-dollar-value-alphabet-market-cap-larry-page-a9283486.html
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iPhone Not Charging? Clean Your Lightning Port

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You swear you plugged in your iPhone to charge on your nightstand, in the car, or while waiting for your flight, only to find that it didn’t charge at all—even if you saw the charging symbol when you plugged it in. Before you waste time and money troubleshooting it, try this simple trick.

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Source: https://www.lifesavvy.com/16195/iphone-not-charging-clean-your-lightning-port/
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Microsoft’s Xbox Console Streaming preview goes global

dims?crop=940%2C528%2C0%2C0&quality=85&fMicrosoft has been experimenting with streaming Xbox games to Android phones and tablets for a while as it looks for an answer to the PS4’s Remote Play. Now, after opening a limited beta late last year, all Xbox Insiders in countries that support Xbo…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/2020/01/17/microsoft-xbox-android-streaming-beta/
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