Verizon Finally Offers Gigabit FiOS Speeds –

April 25th, 2017

This is sort of an odd way to roll out a new service. Apparently, new customers are offered a lower price for gigabit service than existing customers.

After years of ignoring the gigabit speeds of other providers, Verizon has finally buckled and begun offering gigabit connections. Users in our Verizon FiOS forum point out that the launch isn’t technically new; Verizon has quietly and simply renamed the company’s 750 Mbps “Instant Internet” tier — launched last January.

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How to Run Microsoft Edge on Windows 7

April 24th, 2017

You definitely can’t install Edge on a Windows 7 machine, but you can still run it using virtual machines.

Can you install Microsoft Edge on Windows 7, another Windows operating system, or even on non-Windows operating systems? The short answer to that question is no, you cannot. But you do have options when it comes to running Microsoft Edge on devices that are not running Windows 10. Microsoft itself notes that Microsoft Edge is only available on Windows 10. Edge is the default system browser on Windows 10 devices. It replaced Internet Explorer (which is also still available), and can best be described as a fast but basic web browser.

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Canada Protects Net Neutrality as US Prepares to Dismantle It

April 21st, 2017

It will be interesting to see how the rest of the world reacts to this issue; will net neutrality be dismantled in most countries, or will it be protected?

While the United States is poised to gut its own net neutrality rules sometime in the next month, Canadian regulators just doubled down on protecting it — and have now created some of the toughest net neutrality rules in the world. Canadian regulators had already passed functional net neutrality rules that prohibited blocking and other blatantly anti-competitive behaviors. But the CRTC this week released its full, final guidelines that take things further, effectively prohibiting giant ISPs from using arbitrary usage caps to give their own content an unfair market advantage (aka zero rating).

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New Satellite Broadband Push Could Create Surge in ‘Space Junk’

April 20th, 2017

This will inevitably happen sooner or later. Someday, we’ll probably need a solution for hauling off old satellites that are no longer in use or practical.

A new study from the University of Southampton claims that the latest rush to expand broadband access via constellations of lower-orbit satellites could result in a dramatic spike in “catastrophic” space accidents.

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Free Up Gigabytes of Disk Space after Windows 10 Creators Update Installation

April 19th, 2017

If you’ve recently installed the Windows 10 Creators Update and disk space is an issue, you might find this helpful …

You may save Gigabytes of hard disk space after upgrading a Windows PC to the Windows 10 Creators Update by running the Disk Cleanup Tool. Veteran Windows users know that previous versions of Windows installed on a computer are kept on disk when the operating system is upgraded to a new version. These upgrades can be from an older version of Windows, say Windows 7, to a newer one, say Windows 10, or from an older version of Windows 10 to a newer version.

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Disable Security Messages on Windows 10

April 14th, 2017

Just in case you already know that Windows Defender has been disabled, and don’t feel the need to be constantly reminded.

The following guide explains how to disable security messages on Windows 10 to prevent popup notifications on the desktop. Windows 10 monitors security and maintenance related features and settings, antivirus protection and Windows Update for instance, and notifies you if something is not working correctly. If antivirus protection is turned off for instance, you get a notification to check the virus protection.While that is certainly useful if you are not aware of it, it can become annoying quickly if you know that already, or if Windows failed to read the situation correctly.

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Mozilla Servo Browser Builds for Windows Released

April 13th, 2017

There’s only a demo version at this point, but it does provide an interesting peek at Mozilla’s upcoming lightweight browser.

Mozilla just released the first build of the Servo browser engine Developer Preview for Microsoft’s Windows operating system. The organization released builds of Servo for Linux and Mac in July 2016, and has added Windows to the list just now in April 2017. Windows users may head over to the official Servo download page to grab the installer. All that is required then is to run the installer to install the Servo preview — called Servo Tech Demo — on a Windows machine.

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Firefox gets a Performance Settings Section

April 12th, 2017

This sounds like a convenient addition to Firefox, although it doesn’t appear to offer many new functions beyond what is already available via about:config.

Mozilla plans to add a Performance section to the Settings page of the Firefox web browser that allows users to modify some performance related parameters in the UI. The roll-out of Firefox’s multi-process architecture was a big step in the right direction for Mozilla. The architecture separates the browser’s core from sites and applications.

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Microsoft Shuts Down CodePlex on December 15th, 2017

April 11th, 2017

If you’re a regular user of Microsoft’s CodePlex site, it’s probably a good idea to start researching a few alternatives …

Microsoft announced yesterday that it will shut down its open-source project hosting website CodePlex on December 15, 2017. The company launched CodePlex in 2006 as a place to “share software”. CodePlex enabled anyone to create and share projects. The site offered various tools for that, including a wiki software, source control based on Mercurial, Subversion, Git discussion forums, issues tracking, RSS support, and a lot more.

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First Post Windows 10 Creators Update Build 16170 Released

April 10th, 2017

From most reports, this first release doesn’t contain anything that users will find particularly amazing. But at least it’s reassuring to know that this version of the Creators Update marks the beginning of the next feature update development phase.

The Windows 10 Creators Update has been available as a manual download and installation since April the 5th, and will be available through Windows Update next Tuesday (April 11th). This apparently does not keep Microsoft from releasing the first build of the next feature update for Windows 10 to the Fast Ring release channel.

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