Back in 2013, OnePlus jumped into the smartphone scene with a bang, introducing their OnePlus One smartphone, which quickly distinguished itself by offering flagship class smartphone features at a pricepoint of just $299. Thanks to massive community support, OnePlus was able to quickly build a name for itself as the enthusiast class smartphone with the best value possible.
Fast forward to June 2017 and OnePlus has continued this tradition of delivering flagship class smartphones at very reasonable prices. The OnePlus 5 featured all the latest and greatest hardware including a 5.5-inch AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, up to 8GB of RAM, [...]
Mozilla has just unleashed a massive update to its Firefox browser making it so fast that they’re calling it Firefox Quantum.
Firefox Quantum started as a perpetual project in October 2016 with the goal of developing a better web engine for today’s web content. The web is no longer a collection of static pages, and is now driven by many types of webapps. To run these apps optimally, Quantum takes advantage of the multi-thread, multi-core processors found in most of today’s machines. Instead of letting one core handling the command stream for the entire browser, the engine will intelligently distribute the workload across multiple threads and the GPU. [...]
Like Google Chrome, if you just go directly to the Mozilla Firefox website, you’re directed to download the Firefox Stub Installer, which is essentially a file that detects your operating system then downloads the most appropriate version of Firefox from the web then installs it. While this works fine if you’re planning to just use Firefox on one computer that has internet access, if you’re trying to deploy Firefox on multiple machines that may or may not have internet access, using a stub installer is a massive waste of time and bandwidth.
Like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox is available as standalone offline installers, but finding them is a bit [...]
As someone who often gets tasked with IT jobs to deploy software across a number of systems, one of the most annoying things to do is to deploy Google Chrome. If you just visit Google Chrome’s normal website, the only way to download Chrome is by downloading Google’s Chrome web installer utility which then connects to the internet to download the full copy of the software for installation. While this is fine when installing Google Chrome on one system, when you’re tasked with updating 10 or 20 or more computers, having to connect to the internet individually for each machine to download Google Chrome is way more time consuming than it needs to [...]
Google Chrome’s built-in internal PDF viewer is pretty good. It’s fast and it’s not a bad PDF viewer for basic PDF viewing. However, if you need to do more advanced things such as saving forms with pre-filled fields or digitally signing documents, Chrome’s built-in PDF viewer falls flat on its face. As a result, you’ll have to save each PDF to the system, then re-open them up with something like Adobe Acrobat Pro.
If you’re a PDF power user, this is obviously not ideal. So, how do you have Chrome automatically launch Adobe Acrobat Pro to view your PDFs? Simple. By disabling Chrome’s built-in PDF viewer. Here’s [...]
For those who are particularly security conscious, any sort of potential vulnerability is worrisome. Within browsers, a functionality called WebGL allows web developers to run code directly on the video card which of course isn’t exactly something you’d want to let web applications do. While web browsers attempt to protect against major security vulnerabilities by sandboxing the webapps, having the functionality to begin with could become a vulnerability.
While WebGL vulnerabilities are still a debated topic among security researchers, the easy way to prevent any issues is just to disable it. Here’s how.
Disable WebGL in Chrome
For those who use the internet in any way, having a VPN service is essential. VPN services not only help protect your security online, but can also help you get around government censorship, geo-restricted content filters, and ISP traffic shaping.
As a part of a new series of VPN reviews, today we’ll be reviewing VPN Unlimited by KeepSolid. KeepSolid VPN Unlimited is a New York based VPN service with development teams in Ukraine founded back in 2013. The service is well reviewed, offers lots of servers around the globe, and is reasonably priced, but does it live up to its expectations? Let’s find out!
The Basics VPN Service KeepSolid [...]
If you’ve ever tried watching a few hours of YouTube in the dark, you’ll know that the bright white background color YouTube uses is downright painful to the eyes. This is why competing online video services such as Netflix or Hulu uses a black background.
Because of this, users have been requesting a dark theme from YouTube for years and while it hasn’t been officially released yet, it’s being rolled out to select users as part of a beta test.
Of course, if you’re like me and can’t wait, turning it on only takes a few quick steps.
Enable YouTube’s Dark Theme
YouTube’s Dark Theme is actually a [...]
Back in 2013, privacy and encryption was thrust into the forefront of mainstream news when NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, leaked a huge repository of classified materials to the press, revealing a lot of very unnerving information about the NSA’s global surveillance programs. Among what was revealed included the NSA’s capability to monitor the online activities of US citizens which include everything from browsing activity to phone calls to e-mails to text messages and much, much more.
While government spying may be worrisome, what should be even more worrisome is the fact that unencrypted transmissions can literally be deciphered by anyone [...]
Chances are if you’ve used a modern internet browser in the past few years, you probably know that each browser has some sort of private mode. In Google Chrome, it’s called Incognito, in Microsoft Edge, it’s called InPrivate, and in Mozilla FireFox, it’s called Private Browsing.
While many have used this type of private browsing functionality, one of the biggest questions that I get is, “Is private browsing actually private?” and the simple answer to this is no.
In fact, each of the browsers specifically warn you before surfing the internet in their respective private browsing modes that while private browsing will keep your [...]