Windows 10: One Week Left For Free Upgrade

If you’re putting off taking that free upgrade to Windows 10 – you’ve only got one week to go! The free upgrade offer for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 devices expires on July 29.

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After that, you’ll pay around $100 if you want to upgrade your device. The upgrade is good for the life of your PC.

Ubuntu User Forums Hacked

Usernames, passwords and email address for millions of those registered in the Ubuntu forums were stolen by hacker.

Ubuntu is a popular “flavor” or “distro” of the Linux operating system. Ubuntu is an open source operating system that is free to download and install. It’s also considered to be very safe.

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But nothing is hacker-proof in this day and age. In this case, the crook managed to get into the forums where users provide each other with tech support. The folks that maintain the forum say they’ve wiped the affected servers clean and rebuilt them and reset all system and database passwords as well installed a firewall. They also promise to pay closer attention to security patches.  There have been perceptions in the past that certain operating systems like Mac OS or Linux distros were safe from attacks. But that’s just not the case. Any system can be a target.

Can Clip-On Lenses Up Your Phone’s Photo Power?

A company says its clip-on lenses for your smartphone camera will give you the power of a DSLR camera. But is it true? These LUX HD450 lenses can offer a wide angle view, a 12X zoom and a fisheye lens to add some variety to your phone photography, but you will fall far short of having the power of an expensive DSLR camera.

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However, the Lux clip-on lenses fall at the top of the clip-on lens price range. Also the necessity of adding a clip-0n lens sort of defeats the purpose of having a quick camera to go to in an instant in your pocket. And this certainly isn’t the only option. There are a lot of other kits out there for a lower price.

~ Cynthia