Charlie Fripp

Veteran journalist and writer with a knack for producing fast, high-quality consumer technology articles, product reviews and lifestyle news for online publications.

Microsoft Finds Exploit That Leaves Mac Vulnerable

It’s a common myth that Apple’s macOS and iOS are impervious to malware and hackers. No matter the developer, any operating system is vulnerable when cybercriminals discover an exploit. While it is rare for Apple, Microsoft recently discovered an exploit that leaves Mac computers at the mercy of hackers.

Stay safe: learn how hackers demanded $10M with ransomware, then leaked personal info.

Any computer user will know that there is a potential treasure trove of information on the device’s hard

Hackers Demand $10M with Ransomware, Then Leak Personal Info

One of the largest government-sponsored dental insurance companies, Managed Care of North America (MCNA) Dental, confirmed on its website that it suffered a data breach in late February. Hackers ransacked the online servers with ransomware and managed to steal the personal details of nearly 9 million customers, then demanded $10 million in ransom.

Lock it down: learn how to enable ransomware protection in Windows.

According to a filing with the Office of the Maine Attorney General, the MCNA da

10 of the Best Apple Airtag Wallet Options

Most people tend to put a wallet in their back pocket. It may be convenient, but it also makes it easier for pickpockets to steal. The best solution would be to move your wallet to the front or leave it in your handbag, but that’s not always practical.

But if it gets stolen, you’ll have a tough time tracking it down – unless you have an Apple AirTag inside. While the small Bluetooth tracking gadgets aren’t included in the wallets (you’ll have to buy one separately), you can easily slot it into

WhatsApp Could Soon Introduce Screen Sharing and Usernames

WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging platforms, with millions of users sending daily text messages and making video calls. It’s also easy to send screenshots or Web links to friends and family, but the platform doesn’t allow you to share your screen. This makes it awkward when you want to show someone a specific service or how to change settings on the phone. But that will soon be a thing of the past, as it’s been announced that WhatsApp will soon allow screen sharing and usernames.


How to Improve Battery Life on Your Steam Deck

You can play video games at home, but if you want a handheld console to game on the go, your options are relatively limited. Nintendo’s Switch is arguably the most popular device for that, but game developer Valve also stepped into the ring in 2022 with its Steam Deck. However, as a handheld and portable gadget, Steam Deck relies on a rechargeable battery that might not last as long as expected.

Tip: check out some of the best games for your Steam Deck that you just can’t miss.

The Steam Deck

BMW 5 Series Gets Built-in Gaming Console

Playing video games on the go is usually limited to handheld consoles, such as the Nintendo Switch or a mobile phone. Of course, you could also spend a small fortune to install an Xbox One or PlayStation 5 into your car, but that would be highly impractical. However, you wouldn’t need to if you bought the new BWM 5 Series, as it will have a gaming console built in.

Tip: looking for something to play on your Android? Browse through these social gaming apps like GamePigeon.

Cars are becoming mor

AI Turns Super Mario Heroes Into Terrifying Villains

OpenAI’s artificial intelligence platform ChatGPT is an excellent source for finding answers to complex questions. However, generative AI models, such as Stable Diffusion and Midjourney, have taken text-based queries to a new level by generating impressive art from only a few words. But it’s not always what you expect, such as with these AI versions of Super Mario heroes turned villains.

Tip: try the best Mario games for Nintendo Switch.

Plumber brothers Mario and Luigi are instantly recogniza

Netflix Enforces Password Sharing Rules in US and UK

Over the last few months, there have been rumblings and speculation about global streaming giant Netflix and when it would clamp down on U.S. users sharing passwords. Earlier this year, several countries in Latin America and Spain encountered the roadblock, noticing additional charges for the transgression. However, with very little fanfare, it seems that the tight restrictions are now targeting American and British Netflix users who participating in password sharing.

In the know: learn how Net

WhatsApp Lets You Edit Messages You Have Already Sent

If you have ever looked at a WhatsApp message you just sent and cringed at the sight of a typo, the latest update to the app will make your mistakes a bit more bearable. Of course, you can quickly fix grammatical or spelling errors with a swift follow-up message, but you can now edit WhatsApp messages before the recipient notices.

Tip: if you need to let someone know where you are, check out how to share your location on WhatsApp.

The Meta-owned messaging service rolled out an app update that

Google Chrome Can Now Detect URL Typos

Entering a URL for a specific website is so easy for most Internet users that the simple action is often taken for granted. But not everybody has the mobility or capability to do so and can find it challenging, especially on devices with small text or address bars. Google is assisting those with accessibility limitations by making several changes to the Chrome browser, including checking for URL typos.

Tip: need a change? Learn how to switch from Chrome to Safari on Mac in six easy steps.


How to Perform a Country Specific Web Search

No matter which search engine you prefer, a ton of information is available at your fingertips. However, one search engine can work drastically different from the next, giving you alternative results. It also depends on your location and settings, as these can all influence the answers and the sources they are pulled from.

This tutorial shows how to tailor your search engine to deliver country-specific results.

Good to know: Google vs. Bing vs. DuckDuckGo: Which is best?

Several years ago, it

Prepare for Ads When You Pause YouTube Videos

Plenty of people watch YouTube videos on mobile devices or a computer and have to deal with sporadic advertising popping up at the beginning. But if you primarily watch YouTube on your TV through an installed app or gaming console, you’ll be getting longer ads – even when you pause a video.

Tip: did you know that you can download YouTube music on Windows? We show you how.

When using a social media platform or video-sharing service, you expect a certain amount of advertising. It’s part and parc

Montana First U.S. State to Ban TikTok

There have been many discussions, investigations and accusations surrounding video-sharing platform TikTok in the U.S. Over the last few months, several internal committees have been set up to establish the veracity of claims that the mobile app, developed by the Chinese company ByteDance, is spying on American citizens. No longer willing to risk it, Montana Governor Greg Gianforte signed a bill that makes it the first U.S. state to ban TikTok

Tip: want to share your TikTok videos on more platf

Your iPhone Will Soon Speak For You During Calls

Navigating today’s digital world is almost impossible without a mobile phone. We use these devices to share photos and videos, access social media, catch up on news and communicate with friends and family. But not everybody can speak into the microphone or read the text on the display. That will soon change when Apple rolls out several new accessibility features on the iPhone.

Tip: struggling to see the keyboard? Take a look through how to make the keyboard bigger on iPhone and iPad.

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Fix for Overheating Pixel Phones Rolling Out

Your mobile phone is a digital extension of your life, keeping all your memories, apps, and important documents safe. When something goes wrong with your device, it can leave you in a seriously bad situation. That’s the daily fear many Pixel phone owners had to deal with recently, as an update to the Google app drained batteries much faster than normal, with some phones dangerously overheating.

Tip: learn how to stop spam calls on Android phones.

Owners of Google’s Pixel 6 and 7 phones noticed

Google Admits to Decep­tive Advertising in Texas

Tech companies are no strangers to going all out to get ahead of the competition, but sometimes it doesn’t go as planned. The latest example of a tech giant engaging in underhanded tactics is Google, but it met its match in Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, resulting in the company coughing up $8 million in a settlement claim over its “deceptive advertising.”

Tip: learn how to make your Android phone look like a Google Pixel without rooting.

Before launching a new product or service, companie

Peloton Recalls 2.2 Million High-Tech Exercise Bikes

Peloton, best known for making high-tech exercise bikes, issued a recall that affects more than 2.2 million machines. The fitness bikes feature a large LCD display for watching an online trainer and participating in classes. Through wireless technology, your exercise statistics, workouts and routines are viewable on the mobile app. However, it seems that Peloton Bikes Model PL01 isn’t as sturdy as it should be, forcing the company to recall it.

Tip: want to stay in shape while working? Read our

Elon Musk Quits as CEO of Twitter

Ask any regular Twitter user about their experience on the social media platform over the last six months, and it will probably be described as a dumpster fire. Since billionaire Elon Musk took over as CEO last year, several changes have raised the heckles of many. His biggest transgressions include removing the blue verification checkmark, charging for it, and tweaking the algorithm that messed up the feed. But his time at the helm has (finally) come to an end.

Before it happened: co-founder a

Disney+ Lost Millions of Subscribers Two Quarters in a Row

The streaming industry is cut-throat, with platforms competing daily for viewers, new subscribers and exclusive content. And with more choice than ever before on where to spend their dollars, users aren’t afraid to jump ship to a rival streaming service, either. That seems to be the case with Disney+, which revealed it lost several million subscribers for the second quarter in a row.

In the know: if you like Amazon Prime content, you might start seeing Amazon Originals on other streaming platfo

Amazon Originals Coming to Other Streaming Platforms Soon

Streaming platforms, such as HBO Max and Netflix, are fiercely competitive in retraining subscribers, while also providing the best entertainment possible. It’s extremely rare for one platform to make its exclusive content available on a rival’s platform, but that is what Amazon is doing with the newly created Amazon MGM Studios Distribution.

Tip: not sure what to watch? Check out these budget-friendly multistreaming platforms.

Amazon’s Prime Video platform is one of the big hitters in the str
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