Google Announced New News Search Feature

Last week, Google wrote a blog post sharing the inconsistencies with news articles through search. Too often, sources with the reliability are brought in after other rumors and articles have hit the internet.

So now, Google search will send a notice, informing the user that the stories are evolving and will become more reliable as it becomes available.

Since last year, we’ve had similar notices that let you know when Google hasn’t been able to find anything that matches your search particularly well. With our recently-launched About This Result panel, you can also quickly find information about sources you find on Google Search and better determine if they’re likely to provide helpful or trustworthy information. With this additional context, you can make a more informed decision about the sites you may want to visit and what results will be most useful for you.

Source: Google
Google Search example with the notice. Source: Google

This feature is to help users find the most reliable sources available on the internet. With the amount of remote users working from home, the web has become one of the most utilized tools for information. Google will be working on sharing this handy feature to other search engines within the next few months.


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Watch Microsoft’s Event This Week

This week, Microsoft will be holding their major event, unveiling the newly updated Windows OS.

For months, any reports have circulated concerning the imminent Windows 10 update. Some speculated that Microsoft made it obvious that Windows 10 will be the final version. Others speculated that the software behemoth had something up its sleeve.

Last week, a leak produced a visual of what the new operating system would look like. End of support for Windows 10 revealed Windows 10’s retirement in 2025. And their Event announcement on their website might indicate the last hint that Windows 10 is no more, and Windows 11 will emerge.

Windows OS image similarly looks like the light coming through the windows is a number 11. Source: Microsoft

You can watch the free, livestream Event on June 24th at 11 am EST.


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Windows 10 EoS Announcement

With the multiple rumors surrounding the upcoming overhaul of Windows 10, speculation set in with a possible Windows 11.

On the Microsoft Docs, however, a small but significant note was made for Windows 10 Home and Pro. The Support page shows a retirement date of October 14th, 2025.

When end-of-life happens, the operating system will no longer receive security or quality updates, although Microsoft may decide to extend the deadline slightly at some point in the future, as it did with Windows 7.
Once support ends, users will no longer be able to contact Microsoft for advice in the event of problems with that OS.

Source: BetaNews

What this states is simply clear: Windows 10 End of Support will be ending in 2025. This could mean that the Microsoft event happening on June 24th will be announcing the future of Windows OS – whether its name is Sun Valley, or Windows 11.

There are so much confusion, as well as many questions that Windows users are asking, but we have to wait a couple more weeks for the answers.


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Security Feature Added to iOS 15

Apple’s WWDC is happening this week, and announcements have already been overflowing.

iOS 15 has been one of the main topics of this conference. Many of the apps involved with their devices are getting upgrades, including Messages and Facetime.

Yesterday, Apple announced a well known security feature to the operating system: 2-Factor Authentication. According to TechRadar, “iOS 15 will include a built-in authenticator that will help generate verification codes for online services that support 2FA, eliminating the need to download a third-party app, like Google Authenticator or Authy.”

2FA, or Two-factor authentication, was intended to provide the highest effective level of account security. You will set up your accounts in the Settings App, and the feature will simply fill in the code automatically.


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What is Sideloading?

It’s no secret that hackers are looking for new ways to inject harmful malware into potential victims’ computers in order to breach their privacy and steal sensitive data. Sideloading is just another way to do that.

If you have an Android, you may be familiar with the term ‘sideloading’. This feature allows users to install apps from different types of sources. While this might be an advantage to those who prefer no limitation, it could also be problematic.

According to Bitdefender, “Using a combination of tricks to persuade users to install apps outside of the official store, criminals spread most of their malware through sideloading.”

It’s important to remember to download content from legitimate sources. Not doing so could potentially welcome attacks to steal information.


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Defend Your Computer

Computer piracy has unfortunately seen a surge in popularity, affecting not just big companies but also individual users of technology. And with advancements in the tech world growing over time, hackers are becoming more intelligent on backdoors and software vulnerabilities.

Firewalls and anti-virus software are important steps to take because they are effective weapons against invasive spyware, attempting to firewall and uninstall any suspicious material detected on your system. Keep the security software up-to-date.

Make a backup of all the files that are important to you and that you trust personally. Keeping backups to all your files would also guarantee that your data is not destroyed if your computer crashes.

Emails, text messages, files, graphics, and connections from unknown senders should be treated with caution since they have the potential to contain malware. Certain websites and pop-ups can even corrupt your computer with malicious material.


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How to Uninstall Update

Windows 10 updates are crucial to lowering your PC’s risk of cyber attacks. It also comes with a plethora of quality improvements and fixes.

However, sometimes updates can cause other issues to your PC and the only fix is to uninstall the update to the previous version. It’s easy to do.

Follow the steps below:
  1. Go to the Settings app
  2. Click on Update & Security
  3. Go to Windows Update
  4. Click View update history
  5. Click Uninstall updates
  6. Choose the update you’re wanting to uninstall
  7. Power down your computer and turn it back on

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First Major Windows 10 Update

Every year, Microsoft releases two major updates, with minor patches and improvements throughout. This Windows 10 May 2021 update should be released within the next couple weeks.

According to WindowsLatest, “Microsoft also explained that Windows 10 version 21H1 will be rolled out in phases and users won’t be able to download it immediately.” Thankfully, though, they explain that Microsoft includes Update Assistant and Media Creation tools if you would prefer to update your PC manually.

And just for clarification, while this update is the first “major” one to come out in 2021, there’s nothing major about it in any way. There are no high-end features (those will be released in the October update) and only a handful of improvements will be included:

  • Windows Hello Camera Support
  • Enterprise advancements
  • Windows Search Improvements

Note for Windows Insiders: The preview may carry bugs that can affect your device. To become part of the Windows Insiders Program and try out upcoming features before anyone else, sign up here! Be sure to read the Important Notice before agreeing to join, as it adds a variety of risks to your computer.


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Why Use 2-Factor Authentication?

2-Factor Authentication, simply put, is just extra security. But why utilize it? Cyber attacks are reportedly one of the top rated risks in 2020. It’s expected for these attacks to double in size by 2025.

As the Covid pandemic continues, more and more people will work remotely as a safety precaution. However, with that comes a dire need for extra security. Thankfully, 2-Factor Authentication can help lower the risk for any potential attacks – even if someone knows any of your passwords.

With a trusted phone number, you will be provided with a verification code to a newly signed-in computer. When you put the code in, you’ll be able to access your accounts. It may sound annoying going through additional steps, but it saves the hassle of potential hacks that could harm your computer or steal your personal information.

iOS

On your iOS device, go to Settings. From there, you’ll click on your name at the top, and then to Password & Security. Turn your Two-Factor Authentication on. You will then put in the phone number you want getting verification codes.

Mac

On the Apple menu go to Apple ID in your System Preferences. Under your profile picture, go to Password & Security. Turn on Two-Factor Authentication.

Microsoft App

In the Google Play Store, you can download the Microsoft Authenticator app. Once installed, add your personal account in the app.

Microsoft Web

Sign into your Microsoft account on your computer. Once that’s done, click on the Security tab and turn on the Two-step authentication. Follow any instructions given to process and confirm.


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Apple’s M2 Chip Already in Production

It wasn’t too long ago when Apple announced their own M1 chip, replacing Intel chips in their upcoming devices.

At the virtual Apple Event last week, information and specs were shared about it, claiming to revolutionize their products’ overall performance. This new technology shows a 2x faster CPU performance in the M1. Also, the M1 only uses 25% performance of what a PC normally uses. Now, production of the next line, M2, is underway.

According to MakeUseOf, “Similar to its predecessor, the M2 chip will integrate multiple discreet components onto a single chip, a design referred to in semiconductor talk as “System-on-a-Chip” or “SoC”. The article states that the M1 combines the CPU, GPU and Neural engine (Apple’s artificial intelligence and machine learning accelerators) all on a single silicon die.”

It’s stated the new M2 chip could be available in July of this year, since Macbooks are going on sale around that time frame.


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