Intuit Quietly Sells Quicken To Private Equity Firm

Intuit sells Quicken to HIG Capital

Intuit completed the sale of Quicken to private equity firm HIG Capital last week.

Longtime readers will recall that Intuit issued a very strange press release in August begging someone, anyone, to take Quicken off their hands. Intuit said it was completely focused on Quickbooks Online and TurboTax and found Quicken too distracting. […] continued

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Putting Your Finger On The Next Big Technology Trend

Fingerprint sensors for laptops and Windows Hello

You should think about getting a fingerprint reader on your next laptop. There are only a few available today but that will change in the next few months.

Fingerprint readers have become more common on phones. Faster and more accurate fingerprint sensors on phones allow you to have additional security and quick access to secure apps without any inconvenience. […] continued

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Apple And The Ever Multiplying Devices

Apple and the ever multiplying devices

Until recently, Apple’s business strategy was to release only a few devices but make each one special and highly anticipated.

In the last few years the anticipation has been waning as Apple has failed to deliver the Next Big Thing, as described in the previous article. Apple has naturally turned, therefore, to refining its existing products and addressing niches in the market. […] continued

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Apple And The Quest For The Next Big Thing

Apple and the quest for the next big thing

Did you know Apple introduced a smaller iPhone and a new iPad Pro last week? If you missed it, no surprise – we’ve come a long way from the days when Apple press conferences were front page news. Well, among other things, there are no such things as “front pages” any more, but you know what I mean. […] continued

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Finally! A Simple Way To Prevent Windows 10 Upgrades

Never10 - a simple way to prevent Windows 10 upgrades

Steve Gibson of Gibson Research Corporation is a well-known security expert – cranky, contrarian, deeply wedded to the past (his personal computer runs Windows XP), and old-school in his approach to writing programs. His website is defiantly retro, a fine example of what the Internet looked like twenty years ago. […] continued

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A New Google Chrome Trick To Amaze And Delight You

Google Chrome - pin website to taskbar

It’s the guiding principle of technology these days: everything is simple and easy once you know how to do it. I discovered a Google Chrome trick that makes me giggle with happiness.

Chrome lets you pin a website to the taskbar.

Really, that’s it. Doesn’t sound like much, does it? Let me tell you how it’s done, then I’ll gush for a while about why it’s such a swell trick. […] continued

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Is LastPass Causing Internet Explorer To Crash?

LastPass 4.0 - new logo

A lot has happened with LastPass recently – an acquisition, a new version of the program, a redesigned logo, and maybe some new problems running LastPass in Internet Explorer. Let’s take it one step at a time.

If you’re new to LastPass, it is the essential cloud service for storing passwords and other confidential information. […] continued

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Why An SSD Is The Most Important Part Of Your Next Computer

Hard disk drive vs SSD performance

If you get a solid state hard drive (SSD) instead of a conventional spinning hard drive in your next computer – laptop or desktop PC – it will make more of a difference than any other choice you make for the computer. An SSD changes the performance of a computer more than any other single component in the history of personal computing. […] continued

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Three Reasons That Google Should Be Your Next Phone Carrier

Google Project Fi should be your next phone carrier

The tech community is entranced with Google Project Fi, a partnership between Google, major carriers, and hardware manufacturers to deliver a unique and satisfying phone experience – and along the way deliver a powerful message to the carriers about how they should change their business practices. It’s audacious and ambitious. […] continued

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Windows 10 Tip: Turn On System Restore! (Because You’ll Really Miss It If You Need It And It’s Not There)

Turn on System Restore in Windows 10

System Restore is turned off by default in Windows 10. It’s not used often but it’s absolutely crucial when you need it. If you’re running Windows 10, I want you to go turn it on if it is disabled on your computer. (As always, this advice is for normal non-technical individuals and small business users. […] continued

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Windows 10 Upgrades Are Starting To Happen Without Permission

Windows 10 upgrades are starting to happen without permission

Since Sunday night, I have heard from five clients whose computers were upgraded overnight to Windows 10 without their agreement – they had not planned to upgrade and they did not click on an OK button to start the upgrade.

Before we turn to how this is possible, let’s talk about your next move if it happens to you. […] continued

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The Decline Of Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer market share is shrinking fast

Market share for Internet Explorer is going down fast. Google Chrome is the Internet browser being chosen by more people every year. If you’re an Internet Explorer user, you’re not required to switch! This is an interesting trend, not an emergency. Nonetheless, I recommend having Chrome installed on every Windows computer, either as the default browser or as the fallback for websites that Internet Explorer does not handle properly. […] continued

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Do Not Call The 800 Number!

Do not call the 800 number for "tech support"!

If you receive a call from someone who offers technical support or who claims your computer has been hacked or infected with a virus, hang up.

You are talking to criminals and they are lying to you.

If your computer displays a message while you are browsing the Internet claiming that you have been hacked or infected with a virus, it is a lie by criminals. […] continued

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Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid: Locky Is Coming To Steal Your Files

Locky is the latest security nightmare

Are you scared yet? You should be quaking every time you sit down at your computer. It gets worse every day.

Locky is the latest virus sweeping the globe. It arrives as a Word or Excel email attachment that appears to be an invoice. When you open it, the contents are scrambled, but a friendly message suggests that you click the button if the “data encoding is incorrect.” You click. […] continued

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The Real Stakes In The Apple vs FBI Standoff

The real stakes in the Apple vs FBI standoff

There are three points that are frequently overlooked in the debate about the FBI’s demand that Apple provide custom access to a terrorist’s locked iPhone.

  •  Apple is not defying a court order

  •  The FBI is seeking a broad precedent

  •  The tool requested by the FBI would compromise Apple in other countries

These are not the only issues in this debate. […] continued

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