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29 Jan 15:37

“You took so much time to joke me”—two hours trolling a Windows support scammer

by Sean Gallagher

Tech support scammers in India got trapped on the phone with me for nearly two hours, and all they got was a revocation of their remote access software ID. (credit: Aurich Lawson)

Technical support scams are the bottom of the barrel for cyber-crime. Using well-worn social engineering techniques that generally only work on the least sophisticated computer users, these bootleg call-center operations use a collection of commercially available tools to either convince their victims to pay exorbitant fees for "security software" or extort them to gain control of their computer. And yet, these schemes continue to rake in cash for scammers.

We've dealt with these scammers before at Ars, but this week I got an opportunity to personally engage with a scam operation—so naturally, I attempted to inflict as much damage on it as possible.

On Monday afternoon, I got a phone call that someone now probably wishes they never made. Caller ID said the call was coming from "MDU Resources," but the caller said he was calling from "the technical support center." He informed me there were "junk files" on my computer slowing it down and that he was going to connect me with a technician to help fix the problem.

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29 Jan 15:36

Saturday's Best Deals: Thinkpad Yoga, TRX Training System, LED Bulbs, and More

by Jillian Lucas on Deals, shared by Jillian Lucas to Lifehacker

A Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga for under $300, a TRX suspension system, cheap LED light bulbs, and more lead Saturday’s best deals.


29 Jan 15:36

This Flowchart Helps You Decide If That Impulse Purchase Is a Good Idea

by Stephanie Lee

In the moment, you can justify pretty much any purchase decision. Maybe you do need a third coffee maker and more flannel shirts—they’re 40% off! But wait, do you really? This flowchart helps you figure out if your desire to buy is actually out of necessity or just an impulse.


29 Jan 15:36

Bake Pasta in a Bundt Pan for the Most Crispy, Delicious Edges

by Claire Lower

The best part of baked pasta is all the crispy corners and bits of broiled cheese, and cooking it in a bundt pan lets you maximize that joy.


29 Jan 15:36

Learn How to Make "Kevin's Famous Chili" From The Office

by Patrick Allan

Kevin Malone on The Office doesn’t do a lot of things well, but he sure does know how to make a delicious batch of chili. It’s probably the thing he does best. Here’s how to make it at home.


29 Jan 15:36

This Week's Top Downloads

by Andy Orin

Every week, we share a number of downloads for all platforms to help you get things done. Here were the top downloads from this week.


29 Jan 15:36

This Flowchart Helps You Find Your Leadership Style

by Alan Henry

If you ever have to step up and manage people, it can be pretty difficult to figure out the best way to do it in a way that both works with your personality and gets the job done. This flowchart can help you figure out—in broad categories, of course—what type of leader you might be.


29 Jan 15:33

MacBook Pro 13 with Touch Bar

by cellmate707

Eight years ago, Apple announced its second generation MacBook Pro with a brand new “unibody” design, and four years ago arrived the slimmer generation wood with high-resolution Retina display market. On both occasions was hallelujah factor just as high as we remember it as.

And especially odd was not it. Apple both revolutionized and innovated, and although some might disagree with the next statement, they lay on currently streets ahead of many staunch competitors over Windows PCs tenant.

Today, four years after the last major designoverhalingen, is the fourth generation MacBook Pro here. This generation has claimed Apple sold in advance at least as good as previous models and created just as many headlines as we are used to. However, the big difference from previous launches, somebody interested in technology have failed to notice a change of pace when it comes to coverage and general reception of the new MacBook Pro.

People are generally more skeptical and cautious than before, and even among members of the right enough collusive, still halfway existing Apple congregation, asks many questions about the new generation. For the first time it is not only the price increase people laugh about, but also the fact that it is not as clear as before whether the new MacBook Proen will offer thoughtful and noticeable “Quality of Life” updates, or whether the first and foremost offer renewal for renewal guilt.

Questions asked is not surprising, for rarely has Apple gone so hard out with hammer and chisel on its traditional silver MacBook Pro now. It’s a bit scary all the time that we are actually talking about a machine that has long served as the world’s benchmark portable – that machine all other machines is measured against.

So, change Apple pattern just because they can or because design chief Johnny Ive found out that they have lived with the “status quo” long enough? Absolutely not.

The fact is that many of the design moves that have now come to the fourth generation is essential. In the four years Apple has sold the same MacBook Proen, interrupted only by small comfortable hardware upgrades, has in fact their competition undergone a real transformation.

Gone are the thicker, grayer, more plastic-like “patchwork machines” which competed against Apple in the past. Lately it literally clean out with roaring good Windows-based laptops here at the house, which almost got it to go inflation in grading our. Special mention HP Spectre and Spectre x360 OLED , Asus’ Zenbook UX305 and UX360 Flip and Dell XPS 13 . We know, moreover, that the Lenovo Yoga 910 is just around the corner, which could mean an additional competitor to take on Apple.

With the increasingly aggressive competitors, it is important that Apple is all right this time, since they have less “going on” than previously.