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Make Tech Easier 08/23/2019 06:25
Home DNA kits that can help you discover your family ancestry are popular now, with two of the most used being kits offered by and The question is, what do these companies do with that personal data you’re handing them? FamilyTreeDNA sold 1.5 million of these at-home DNA kits and then allowed the FBI to take a look at the data to solve crimes. Is that what these 1.5 million people signed up for when they spit into the tube? FBI Exploits Home DNA Kit Data Don’t get me wrong: I’m here to...
Make Tech Easier 08/23/2019 01:25
People use GPS extensively every day, but not many people know how it actually works. How can a smartphone know where you are, to the point you can use it as accurate directions while you drive? Let’s open the hood on GPS and see how it works. Related: It’s Not Just GPS: We Have Six Global Navigation Satellite Systems, and They’re Getting Better How GPS Finds You Let’s say you’re hiking in the woods when you get lost. That’s alright, though: you had the smarts to download the official app for these woods. The app claims to help you find your way, no matter where...
Make Tech Easier 08/22/2019 20:25
The text-to-speech option provided by Android is an extremely useful feature that allows you to interact with your phone via spoken commands. As with any new technology, there is a breaking-in period where you learn to properly use this function. First, you will need to download the Gboard app from the Google Play Store and install it as your default phone keyboard. To make use of text-to-speech, tap anywhere you can add text. Once Gboard has been installed, a mic icon can be seen at the end of the typing field. Tap on the icon to activate text-to-speech. Now the keyboard is ready to listen...
Make Tech Easier 08/22/2019 13:25
System upgrades can be exciting, but they can also be frustrating. They can offer you many new goodies, yet they can also take away a feature that was much beloved or change something just enough so that it no longer works. This leads to a question of whether you should upgrade as soon as it’s available or whether you should wait until all the kinks are worked out. Do you upgrade your system software right away? Our Opinion Alex plays it smart and has a machine set aside for immediate updates, yet he typically waits...
Make Tech Easier 08/22/2019 13:25
This is a sponsored article and was made possible by Recovery Toolbox. The actual contents and opinions are the sole views of the author who maintains editorial independence, even when a post is sponsored. Archive file formats like the RAR format used by WinRAR are a blessing and a curse. On the plus side, they let us easily move and share multiple files as easy as sharing a single file. They also compress those files, saving hard drive space and making them easier to move around. The nature of formats like these also makes them dangerous. If a...
Make Tech Easier 08/22/2019 06:25
It seems no matter where we turn there are websites, apps, and devices that are tracking us. Every day the news informs of us we’re being tracked by yet another source. It’s unavoidable, it seems. Mercedes is admitting we can add them to the bunch. The carmaker admitted that all the cars it sells are fitted with tracking devices. Again, being tracked is just unavoidable. Mercedes Tracking Its Cars The car maker admitted that all its cars are fitted with a tracking device so that it always knows your car’s location. The company explained the...
Make Tech Easier 08/22/2019 01:25
Deciding which calendar app to use on your iPhone isn’t simple. The App Store has a huge variety of third-party apps that add features and functions default apps don’t offer. While you can’t replace the default app due to Apple restrictions, these popular calendar apps for iPhone are a glimpse of what the default app could be. Related: 4 of the Best Calendar Apps for Mac 1. Fantastical 2 Nearly every list of the best calendar apps for the iPhone includes Fantastical 2. Full of features, customizations and natural language support, it’s excellent. The magic starts with the popular DayTicker layout. This all-in-one view of...
Make Tech Easier 08/21/2019 20:25
A flickering screen can be an annoying problem when you are trying to work on your Windows computer. There are several reasons the screen could be flashing. These include incompatible apps, outdated display drivers, an update to Windows, and magnetic interference. Here’s how to find the causes and execute solutions to stop the flickering. Related: How to Split Your Screen in Windows 10 Test the Task Manager To solve the problem with the flickering screen, first determine if a malfunctioning driver or incompatible app is causing the issue. Test this by opening your Task Manager. You can open the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl +...
Make Tech Easier 08/21/2019 17:25
In 2010, two Papa John’s pizzas cost 10,000 Bitcoins – around 41 US dollars. Today, a $41 purchase would cost just a tiny fraction of one Bitcoin (0.0390 as of August 2019), and 10,000 bitcoins might be worth well over 100 million dollars (or well under, depending on the day). Holding your money in cryptocurrency can be a real rollercoaster, which is why stablecoins have gotten increasingly popular over the last several years. Stablecoins are cryptocurrencies designed specifically to prevent big changes in their value, usually by tying themselves to another asset, like the U.S dollar...
Make Tech Easier 08/21/2019 11:25
Distributed Denial of Service or “DDoS” attacks sequester a server’s resources through abusive digital communication tactics. These types of attacks are the computer world’s organized raid. Numerous bothersome anti-like actions combine to create formidable enough threat to halt a seasoned server in its tracks. Worst of all, there happen to be multiple means of waging such guerilla web warfare against unsuspecting servers. Luckily, servers can be configured to fight back. Nginx, a highly popular server system for Unix machines, comes with enough built-in functionality to greatly limit the effectiveness of DDoS attacks. Here are a few effective options for handling such threats on an Nginx-powered...
Make Tech Easier 08/21/2019 06:25
This just seems like a case of “damned if you do; damned if you don’t.” If Apple offers no protection for kids’ apps, they get heat for caring more about profit than children’s welfare, and if they offer protections, then they aren’t doing well by app developers. Starting next month Apple planned to implement new rules for children’s apps: they would be banned from external analytics software and prevented from adding ads. But this has app developers asking how they’ll make money if they can’t collect information on kids and can’t advertise to them. Apple’s Rule Changes ...
Make Tech Easier 08/21/2019 01:25
Teacher-rating websites can be a mixed bag. Sometimes they give you useful insight into how a course works and what to expect if you choose it. Sometimes they’re simply dumping grounds for students to vent their frustration, regardless of whether the teacher is actually good or not. If you’re interested in doing some research on a teacher, these are the best three sites to do that. Related: Do You Trust Ratings and Reviews at Online Stores? 1. Rate My Teachers Since its creation, Rate My Teachers has changed hands between different owners. It...
Make Tech Easier 08/20/2019 20:25
Garlic routing is an improved browsing technology that leverages multiple encryption routes to anonymize your Internet traffic from corporations, governments, hackers and ISPs. In this regard, it has a similar purpose as onion routing, which uses Tor-encrypted networks to deliver anonymity. However, there are a few key differences. In onion routing, the data passes through intermediary nodes which are peeled back one at a time much like an onion. Also, Tor uses bidirectional tunnels to ensure more efficient memory usage, low bandwidth overheads and centralized controls. What Is Garlic Routing? Garlic routing is an extension...
Make Tech Easier 08/20/2019 15:25
Most people are aware of the free photo storage offered by Google. However, many of you, even those of you who are Amazon Prime subscribers, don’t realize that Amazon has free unlimited photo storage, even of full-resolution RAW image files. With Google, you only get 15GB of storage if you don’t want the images to be compressed. If you compress the images, you can have unlimited storage, but the photos will not have the quality they initially did. If you would like to move your Google photos (or copy them for another backup), you’ll need to download them from Google and move them into the...
Make Tech Easier 08/20/2019 11:25
Even with one of the best Linux distros for gaming installed, you may still struggle with the performance of your GPU if it isn’t properly configured. Checking the management tool for your particular graphics card could help you determine if there are any problems or issues. If you have an Nvidia GPU, there are two tools on Linux to help you monitor its performance — NVTOP and Nvidia-SMI. Using NVTOP If you want to monitor the usage of your GPU in real-time, you’ll need to give NVTOP a try. You’ll need to be using the...
Make Tech Easier 08/20/2019 06:25
It seems like there is no end to these stories. Every so often we’re reporting that more malicious apps have been found on Google Play. At some point it seems Google should get better at weeding those out. Yet, here’s another story. Eighty-five Android apps were downloaded a total of 8 million times from Google Play. These photography and gaming apps flooded users with spam. More Malicous Apps at Google Play Google has now removed the apps, but not until after being download 8 million times and proving to be just adware disguised as photography...
Make Tech Easier 08/20/2019 01:25
Apple’s Shortcuts app continues to impress with a seemingly endless array of capabilities. Want to set a reminder to brush your teeth or get directions to your next event? Shortcuts, the … shortcut. One of the most popular apps, Shortcuts is a quick and easy way to fine-tune your home screen. As Apple has long been against personalized customization on your smartphone, this workaround is the answer. Related: How to Create Siri Shortcuts on Your iPhone and iPad Basically, this shortcut creates a new button for your favorite app, say Facebook, and swaps out the traditional...
Make Tech Easier 08/19/2019 20:25
Distance-measuring instruments have evolved a great deal from the rudimentary surveyor’s wheels to contemporary laser rangefinders and theodolites. Although accurate distance measurement still remains expensive and unwieldly for professional applications, the modern smartphone has nevertheless miniaturized and simplified this complicated engineering problem. A smartphone is now all you need to quickly tackle macro measurement tasks such as estimating networking/electrical cable runs within the house or figuring out how far your daily jogging route takes you. Unfortunately, for every distance-measurement app that is barely competent, there are a dozen that are virtually useless. Luckily for you, we have waded knee deep through the mediocrity.
Make Tech Easier 08/19/2019 13:25
This is a sponsored article and was made possible by XUANZHI. The actual contents and opinions are the sole views of the author who maintains editorial independence, even when a post is sponsored. There is a lot of great software available for Android. A lot of this software is available for Windows or macOS, or at least as a web app, but not all of it. This is especially true when it comes to games. There are plenty of games that are mobile-only. What if you want to run your favorite Android games on a bigger screen? Yes,...
Make Tech Easier 08/19/2019 11:25
Since Docker containers are little boxes of software, so to speak, you can copy and move them around from computer to computer. However, this is not often discussed, probably because larger organizations set up their own repositories, where they can customize their own images and distribute across their servers as they see fit. But you shouldn’t have to go through the trouble of setting up your own line of distribution if you occasionally need to move one or more containers around. It may be that you worked on a Docker instance on your local computer and decided to move it to...

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