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May 2017

How to install text-to-speech languages in Windows

Speech recognition, and text-to-speech engines, have come a long way since Microsoft's infamous Vista speech recognition presentation.

Microsoft ships text-to-speech engines with its Windows operating systems, and uses it in some of its tools such as Narrator. Other programs may use the voices as well, for instance to provide users with text-to-speech capabilities.

Disc Archiver: backup data to discs

Disc Archiver is a free program for Microsoft Windows devices that enables you to backup data to one or multiple discs, and to restore it.

When it comes to creating backups, one of the decisions that you need to make is to pick a target storage location for the data, internal or external, probably as they may store Terabytes of data.

Detect and Mitigate Intel AMT vulnerability

A recently disclosed vulnerability in Intel products using Intel Active Management Technology, Intel Small Business Technology, and Intel Standard Manageability gives attackers remote access to the manageability features supported by these products.

First the good news: the vulnerability does not affect (most) consumer PCs with Intel consumer firmware.

Turn Books into Audiobooks with AudioBookMaker

AudioBookMaker is a free program for Microsoft Windows devices that enables you to turn books into audiobooks using text to speech engines.

There are situations where audiobooks can be quite useful. Say, you want to go for a walk or a jog, take a nap, or are in another situation where you cannot read comfortably or at all, or don't want to.

Windows 10: allow apps from Store only analysis

The Windows 10 Creators Update comes with a new feature that allows you to restrict software installations to apps from the Windows Store.

The feature looks similar on first glance to Microsoft's Windows 10 S operating system that the company introduced last week. While similar on paper, things are not nearly as identical when you take a closer look.

GNU/Linux Security: A look at QubesOS

Using GNU/Linux is by default more secure than using Microsoft Windows, this is common knowledge; however just because you use GNU/Linux, does not mean that your system is secure, and that is why some distributions have been created in order to maximize security; such as QubesOS.

A look at Windows Alternatives in Linux

GNU/Linux users are well aware of the fact that many pieces of software commonly used in Microsoft Windows, do not function for us using things like WINE; and so we must find alternatives to use.

Granted, you could use a virtual machine to run Windows, but as I have encountered and I am sure others as well; not everything runs smoothly when you go down that route.

One example using my laptop was that Adobe Premiere for video editing was extremely challenging to use in a Virtual Machine due to resources...So, what options do we have?

Opera Max 3.0 for Android with new design, Facebook support

Opera Software released Opera Max 3.0 for Android today featuring a streamlined interface and Facebook data saving support.

Opera Max is a data savings application that sits in between your device and the websites, apps and services that you use on the Internet.

Microsoft to change Windows 10 release terminology

In an effort to streamline release terminology of Windows 10 and Office 365, Microsoft plans to replace the current terms "Current Branch" and "Current Branch for Business" with "Semi-Annual Channel (Pilot)" and "Semi-Annual Channel (Broad).

Firefox: copy multiple text bits at once

Text MultiCopy is a free browser add-on for the Firefox web browser that enables you to copy multiple bits of text at once to the Clipboard.

If you copy and paste regularly throughout the workday, you may have run into situations where you needed to copy multiple parts of an article to paste them somewhere else.

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