2018

These days, pretty much everybody is using a cloud file hosting service. Might be iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive.

Preferably you would ditch all those services and choose a self-hosted cloud server software, but the next best thing is to encrypt your files before uploading them to the cloud.

We’ve talked about VeraCrypt before. Now let’s take a look at Cryptomator – a free and open source client-side encryption app.

The app is available for free ( “pay what you want” option is available if you want to support the development ) for Mac, Linux and Windows and you can get it here. The iOS app is available here ( $4.99 ) and Android app is available here ( $4.99 ).

Check the video below to see how stupidly easy it is to encrypt your files for your cloud services…

Don’t want to use YouTube? Here’s a Hooktube link….

2018


When it comes to tearing down new tech, nobody does it better than iFixit. Most of the time it doesn’t matter if you’re the first to do it as long as you do it better than everyone else. However, in this case,  iFixit is not always the first to do it but also the best. So how do they do it?

Motherboard followed iFixit on their race to teardown the new iPhone X, literally traveling to the other side of the world to be the first to learn what’s inside Apple’s latest and greatest phone.

Don’t want to use YouTube to view the video? Here’s the hooktube link

2018

When you say “Google”, 9 out of 10 people think of “searching the web”. The other guy thinks of mass surveillance. Seed-funded by the NSA and CIA, Google was merely the first among a plethora of private sector start-ups co-opted by US intelligence to retain ‘information superiority.’

But you don’t have to think just about the search engine, and all the wonderful, life-saving services they offer us, for “free”. They also have a phone in millions of people’s pockets. So how much information is Google getting from those phones?

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2018

Ads are not only used to advertise products and services, but also to track your activity and behavior on the internet, steal your data and infect you with malware. The worst part? You don’t even have to click on ads to be affected by malware, tracking and ransomeware.

In the past uTorrent quietly installed cryptocurrency miners and The Pirate Bay was discovered to run browser-based miners. YouTube was recently caught displaying ads that covertly leach off visitors’ CPUs and electricity to generate digital currency on behalf of anonymous attackers.

There’s a few things you should take care immediately…

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2018

At WWDC 2017, Apple told developers that macOS High Sierra will be the last macOS release to support 32-bit apps without any compromise. And now with macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 beta, Apple is also notifying users of the imminent change.

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2018

Playing media files out of the box on macOS is a pretty lousy experience. So, we have to rely on 3rd party software.

Most of us use VLC, and we’ve been using it for years. So maybe, we’re due for an update. Here’s IINA.

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2017

Homebrew – the missing package manager for macOS. Probably the most popular package manager for macOS, Homebrew provides an easy way to install UNIX tools and binary apps.

For the average user Homebrew will definitely make life easier when installing binary apps. For example…

Let’s say you want to install Firefox. Normally you will do a Google ( or DuckDuckGo ) search for Firefox, click on the Mozilla link, click the download button, wait for the .dmg to download, open the dmg, and drag the app to /Applications folder.

With Homebrew you can install Firefox just by typing a short command in Terminal ( e.g. brew cask install firefox ). That’s it.

Jump over the break to learn how to install and start using Homebrew…

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2017

Recording footage from computer screens has become a popular way to create video guides of apps, or even save content such as video calls, online streaming videos, live events, and so on. However as much as it has become more widely-used many still avoid it – mostly because of how complicated it seems to set up and start recording.

In many ways Movavi Screen Capture Studio turns all that on its head by providing a screen recorder that is focused on being simple and user-friendly. It does that by designing both the interface as well as features to be intuitive, so they are easy for even a first-time user to grasp.

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2017

Maybe I should start by explaining what a hosts file is. But you can read all about it here. The average user probably shouldn’t mess with the hosts file unless…

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2017

I’ll keep this short and sweet. Ubisoft is having a holiday promotion where you can get three free titles. For PC: Assassin’s Creed Black Flag, Watch Dogs, and World in Conflict.

To get the games you will need to register for a free Ubisoft account, then claim the titles and add them to your game library. To actually play the games you will need to download and install the Play client.

Once the client is installed, you will find the games in your library from where you can download and install them.

Get the bundle here.