Monthly Archives: July 2015

How to Disable Bing Search in Windows 10’s Start Menu

Microsoft has started rolling out its latest operating system, Windows 10. That means there’s going to be some new annoyances to fix. One of the most noticeable is Bing search results showing up in the Start Menu. If you don’t want these, here’s how to turn them off.

Unfortunately, Microsoft has bundled Bing search results together with Cortana, so you’ll lose Windows 10’s new voice assistant with this setting. If you’re okay with that, follow these steps:

  1. Press the Windows key to open the Start Menu.
  2. Search for “Cortana & Search Settings” and select the option that appears.
  3. Disable Cortana in the first toggle in the menu.
  4. Once Cortana is disabled, you should see an option that reads “Search online and include web results.” Disable this toggle.

Once you’ve done this, your Start Menu should only show you results for your local machine. This should make your Start Menu a little less cluttered, as well as a little faster on some older machines.

How to Disable Bing in the Windows 10 Start Menu | How-To Geek


Google Maps Now Shows Your Location History in a Timeline 

Web app/Android: Google Maps is rolling out a new feature for Android and desktop called Your Timeline that shows you location history in a handy timeline view.
When you tap on the Your Timeline option in Google maps, you’ll see a map of where you spent your time on any given day, month, or year. This allows you to visualize your routine and see where you’ve been. If you’re using Google Photos, you’ll also see any photos you took on a specific day. Your Timeline is only visible by you, and you can delete days, places, or your history at any time. You can access Your Timeline on desktop and Android if you’ve opted-in to store your location history already.
Google Maps | via Google Maps Blog


Chrome for iOS Adds Swipe Navigation

iOS: Chrome for iOS is great, but one of the weird quirks was that swiping left or right brought up a tab view instead of navigating a tab’s history. Now, that’s fixed.
Now, when you swipe left or right in Chrome you’ll navigate tabs instead of switching tabs. You can still switch tabs by tapping the icon in the right corner. The update also adds support for Physical Web, which means that the Chrome widget in the today view will scan for URLs so you can control real world objects.
Chrome (Free) | iTunes App Store


Affair Site Ashley Madison Hacked, Info Stolen For 37 Million Accounts

You won’t find Ashley Madison on any of my recommendations. However, the site aimed at helping people in existing relationships have an affair has been hacked, with 37 million users’ data stolen. And worse yet, that data’s currently being held for ransom. Who knows where this could lead?

According to security site Krebs on Security (who previously reported the Home Depot hack), Ashley Madison’s parent company Avid Life Media suffered a security breach at the hands of a hacker group calling itself the Impact Team. The group is currently holding data on 37 million of Avid Life Media’s users for ransom, demanding that Ashley Madison, as well as sister-site Established Men, be taken offline permanently.

The personal data stolen includes real names, financial records, and private details for users of the site. While the data has not yet been revealed to the public, a small sample data set was initially released before being taken offline.

Avid Life Media released a statement saying that it has secured the unauthorized access points and is currently working with law enforcement to identify the perpetrators of the attack and prevent the data from being released. It’s unclear whether there’s anything users can do to protect their accounts.

Online Cheating Site AshleyMadison Hacked | Krebs on Security