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  • JR Raphael’s 20 Android tips and tricks you shouldn’t miss from 2017

    Posted on December 15th, 2017 at 10:30 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    My main phone is a Pixel XL (the original version, sniff), and I found this list of more than a hundred tips most useful.

    JR Raphael, Android Intelligence, Computerworld.

  • AIM ( = AOL Instant Messenger) shuts down today

    Posted on December 15th, 2017 at 08:35 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Remember when all of the messaging programs were trying sooooo hard to be AIM compatible?

    As AOL announced last October, today is the final day for AIM.

    Catalin Cimpanu at Bleepingcomputer has the details.

    Data associated with AIM, such as files and past conversation logs, will also be deleted. AOL has advised users to save any files before the cut-off date.

  • Remember the HP Synaptics keylogger that was pulled last week? HP says it wasn’t a keylogger

    Posted on December 15th, 2017 at 08:30 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    You can make up your own mind, of course, but last week I posted a reference to Catalin Cimpanu’s report of a massive replacement of HP Synaptics drivers.

    HP now says:

    Synaptics is aware of articles that were published where it was purported that there was a “keylogger” in our touchpad drivers. This is inaccurate. Our debug tool was mischaracterized in the articles as “keylogger”…

    Using a standardized risk scoring system, the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS), this debug tool scores approximately 2 out of 10, and is classified as a low risk. In today’s heightened sensitivity to security and privacy, Synaptics will take the precautionary steps of defeaturing the debug tool for production drivers to further prevent the tool from being used in an unintended and malicious way.

    I’m of the opinion (in my usual snarky way) that anything that walks like a duck and quacks like a duck certainly has ducklike qualities.