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Tablet PC

What To Look Out For When Choosing A Tablet PC

Tablet devices are still not as cheap as we would like them to be, which is why we tend to spend a lot of time choosing the right one. Read on if you are curious about tablet PCs and if you would like to buy one soon.

1. The feel and grip of the device

This is the first thing we test out when we have to buy a new tablet PC. After all, it is a device that we will be using for a long time, which is why we need to feel comfortable while using it.

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You should try holding a tablet before buying it. Try to figure out whether the weight of the device feels OK. The reason why you shouldn’t trust reviews when it comes to the feel of the device is that we all have different-sized hands. Try the device before you buy it, and make sure that your fingers and wrists aren’t getting tired during use.

2. The size of the screen

You need to know whether the size of the screen is very important to you. A big screen size means that you wouldn’t be able to carry your tablet device as easy as you would be if the screen were small. On the other hand, you need to know whether a small screen will hinder your use of a tablet PC.

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Think about what you will be using the device for and about the fact that you have to carry it around, and you will know which screen size fits your needs.

3. The battery life

Ideally, you should go for a device that gives you the most battery life but you should also keep in mind that the battery contributes a lot to the size and weight of your device.

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Manufacturers sometimes make compromises – they lower the battery life to make a smaller device. If you notice a thin lightweight tablet with a low price, the chances are high that the battery life is short.

4. The processing power

The processing power contributes to the usability and the entertainment value of the device. The more processing power the device has, the better it will behave during usage. The less processing power, the higher the chances of the device not performing as you expect it to perform. If you want to avoid problems, you should go for a device with lots of processing power.

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3 Hacks To Make Your Google Chrome Work Better

We all know that Chrome is the most-used browser in the world, but that doesn’t mean that it is perfect. Google Chrome is updated many times throughout a year, but it still manages to come to our computers requiring further optimization.

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Read on and learn how you can make Google Chrome work better, and how to make its minor flaws less annoying.

1. Block annoying data requests

It is a good thing that Chrome asks for your permission before it allows a website to access your location, but it can get annoying. There is a way to make the browser automatically decline the request!

– Click the three vertical dots in the upper right-hand corner
– Click on ‘Settings’
– Click ‘Show Advanced Settings’ at the bottom
– Find the ‘Privacy’ section and click on the ‘Content Settings’ button
– Find the ‘Location’ and ‘Notifications’ options and select ‘Do not allow any site to show notifications’

2. Stop auto-play videos

Even tho Chrome doesn’t have an option that allows you to disable auto-playing videos; there is a workaround.

– Click the three vertical dots in the upper right-hand corner
– Click on ‘Settings’
– Click on ‘Show Advanced Settings’
– Find the ‘Privacy’ section and click on the ‘Content Settings’ button
– Find the ‘Flash’ portion of the options and select ‘Block sites from running flash’

This way, whenever there is a Flash element on a page, it won’t start playing unless you right-click on it.

3. Easy mute tabs

There is nothing more annoying than a page which blares noise out of nowhere. Yes, Chrome does show a volume indicator in the tabs that are playing audio, but we will show you how to enable the option to mute those tabs.

– Copy and paste the following text into the URL bar: chrome://flags/#enable-tab-audio-muting
– Press Enter and you will be in Chrome’s experimental options
– The ‘Tab audio muting UI control’ option will be highlighted – enable it
– Relaunch Chrome

Now you can click on the volume indicator icon to mute a noisy tab. There you have it, three simple hacks to make your Google Chrome experience much better. Which one do you think is the most useful? Which one will you be using? Let us know!

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Gmail Will Start Blocking JavaScript Attachments

We have learned that starting Feb. 13; Google will forbid JavaScript attachment on the Gmail service. This move should stop one of the main methods the malware has been distributed during the past two years.

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Users who want to attach .JS files to emails in Gmail will no longer be able to do it. Even if a user compresses the file into an archive like .zip or .gz, the user won’t be able to attach it to emails in Gmail.

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Yes, there will be rare cases when JavaScript files need to be shared, but that can be done using storage services like Google Drive.

The .JS file extension will be added soon to an existing list of banned file attachments that includes: .ADE, .ADP, .BAT, .CHM, .CMD, .COM, .CPL, .EXE, .HTA, .INS, .ISP, .JAR, .JSE, .LIB, .LNK, .MDE, .MSC, .MSP, .MST, .PIF, .SCR, .SCT, .SHB, .SYS, .VB, .VBE, .VBS, .VXD, .WSC, .WSF and .WSH.

Most of the mentioned file types have been abused by criminals for a long time, which is why they are on the list of banned file attachments.

JavaScript files are executed directly on Windows thanks to Windows Script Host (WSH), and that is why cyber criminals have been abusing it during the past two years. JavaScript files can be used as downloaders for other malware, but the biggest problem is that JavaScript can be used for the distribution of ransomware. There is even a ransomware program which was completely written in JavaScript.

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As you already know, the number one rule is that if you don’t recognize a file type and you are not sure what it does, you should not open it. If you are expecting files in formats to which you aren’t accustomed to, you should always check with the sender whether you have received what you are supposed to receive, but it would be better not to share such files via email.

We are glad to see that Google is working on security, and we are especially glad to see that they are doing something to combat the spread of ransomware by blocking JavaScript attachments. We have to wait and see the results of their new action against cyber crime.