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Comment There and gone (Score 1) 125

I've lost count of the number of times something popped up while I'm typing, just as I'm about to press the Enter or ESC keys, leaving me wondering what I just broke or signed up to.

In Windows 10, non-critical messages are signaled in the status bar. A flashing icon could be less destructive than an easily-dismissed dialog.

Comment Take 2 tablets daily (Score 1) 231

I was lucky enough to find a lightly-used Surface Pro 3 (i7, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD storage) with 2 pens, keyboard (or whatever Microsoft call it) and full-sized dock for less than half price. With a 128 GB micro-SD card, it gives me 4-6 hours of battery to do the 'serious' stuff which, in my case, is photo processing (Lightroom 4,ON1 Photo 10, Photoshop Elements) and music making (Presonus Studio One, Ableton Live 9.5, Komplete 10, etc). Plenty for my needs, and it slips into the skinny laptop compartment of my rucksack with room to spare. (It actually also fits into the map pocket of my gilet, but that's another story). Also in my rucksack is a small, lightweight Bluetooth mouse for when the pen and/or keyboard aren't enough - it doesn't get a lot of use.

In my pocket is an 8" Acer Windows tablet which also gives me 4-6 hours of 'consumption', including G+, Twitter, web browsing, maps, train and other transit times, magazine and book reading, etc, etc. It has 32 GB of storage space (plus a 64 GB micro-SD card) and 1 GB of RAM. As it's an 8" device, it runs full Windows 10 desktop.

Out and about, they connect to the net (and so to OneDrive, Dropbox, etc) via my 10 GB per month 4G to WiFi dongle. At home, they're on the same Workgroup as my PC, so I can drag and drop files between them at LAN (the Surface) or WiFi (the Acer) speeds.

This combination of two tablets serve my needs very well. Perhaps the OP might consider this solution.

Comment Re:I ran it (Score 2) 54

I ran it too and what the app told me wasn't immediately useful. When I checked on Google Play, others had said the same. So I installed Lookout Security's Stagefright detector and it not only told me my devices were vulnerable, it also linked to helpful instructions to change my settings and avoid the problem.

You can install it from here: https://play.google.com/store/...

Lookout's blog page has details about the app and how to make sure your messaging apps are safe from the exploit: https://blog.lookout.com/blog/...

If you use a third-party messaging app you will have to follow the general instructions given on the blog page to find the settings specific to your particular app. I should point out that Textra has already fixed the problem from their end. Here's what the app showed me: http://i.imgur.com/36G7o0t.png

I don't know if it's possible for someone to remotely install the Stagelight vulnerability on your device and then use the device to send exploited messages to everyone on your Contacts list, but if I thought of that then you can bet someone else will.

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