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How to Turn Off Real-Time Protection in Microsoft Defender on Windows 10

By default, Windows 10’s built-in antivirus program called Microsoft Defender scans your PC for threats in real-time. Sometimes, you might want to turn it off—either temporarily or if you are using your own antivirus solution. Here’s how.

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How to Use Google Assistant with Xbox One

xbox-google-assistant-feature.jpg Forget Cortana, you can now use Google Assistant with your Xbox One. With Google Assistant integration, you can use your voice to control various aspects of your Xbox One console. What Can I Do with Google Assistant on My Xbox One? Microsoft has previously dabbled with voice controls in the past, mainly with the Kinect console add-on. That being said, it was fairly limited in terms of what it could do. Fortunately, with Google Assistant, voice-command capabilities have greatly improved. To get started, wake up your Google Assistant app or smart speaker by saying “Hey Google” or “Ok… Read more13700427.gif

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New Mac ransomware is even more sinister than it appears

Scrabble letters sitting atop laptop computer spell Ransomware.

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The threat of ransomware may seem ubiquitous, but there haven’t been too many strains tailored specifically to infect Apple’s Mac computers since the first full-fledged Mac ransomware surfaced only four years ago. So when Dinesh Devadoss, a malware researcher at the firm K7 Lab, published findings on Tuesday about a new example of Mac ransomware, that fact alone was significant. It turns out, though, that the malware, which researchers are now calling ThiefQuest, gets more interesting from there. (Researchers originally dubbed it EvilQuest until they discovered the Steam game series of the same name.)

In addition to ransomware, ThiefQuest has a whole other set of spyware capabilities that allow it to exfiltrate files from an infected computer, search the system for passwords and cryptocurrency wallet data, and run a robust keylogger to grab passwords, credit card numbers, or other financial information as a user types it in. The spyware component also lurks persistently as a backdoor on infected devices, meaning it sticks around even after a computer reboots, and could be used as a launchpad for additional, or “second stage,” attacks. Given that ransomware is so rare on Macs to begin with, this one-two punch is especially noteworthy.


“Looking at the code, if you split the ransomware logic from all the other backdoor logic the two pieces completely make sense as individual malware. But compiling them together you’re kind of like what?” says Patrick Wardle, principal security researcher at the Mac management firm Jamf. “My current gut feeling about all of this is that someone basically was designing a piece of Mac malware that would give them the ability to completely remotely control an infected system. And then they also added some ransomware capability as a way to make extra money.”

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How to Take a Selfie Without Holding the Phone

The classic selfie pose involves holding your phone in front of your face and smiling as you snap your picture. The problem with this pose is that your arm might be included in your photo, creating an awkward-looking picture without much of the background in it. If you want to up your selfie game and try taking a picture without holding your phone, you can use the self-timer or a selfie stick to take better selfies with more natural looking poses.


[Edit]Using a Self-Timer

  1. Place your phone on a steady surface with the front camera facing you. Choose a surface that is about eye-level, like a shelf or a chair. Set your phone with the front facing camera towards you on this surface and make sure it is standing completely upright.[1]
    Take a Selfie Without Holding the Phone Step 1.jpg
    • If your phone is tilted forwards or backwards at all, it could throw off the depth of your selfie and make your face look distorted.
    • You can set your phone on its side for a landscape selfie or keep it upright for a portrait selfie.
  2. Adjust the lighting and make sure you are in focus. Open your camera app and spend a few minutes adjusting the exposure and focus of your frame. Make sure that the area you will be standing for the photo is in focus.[2]
    Take a Selfie Without Holding the Phone Step 2.jpg
    • Avoid standing in front of a light source so that you don’t look washed out.
  3. Set your timer to go off in 10 seconds. Click the option for your self-timer and choose the longest option, which is usually 10 seconds. This gives you a chance to move into position and adjust yourself before the timer goes off.[3]
    Take a Selfie Without Holding the Phone Step 3.jpg
    • Depending on the phone you have, you may be able to set a timer for even longer.
  4. Click the photo button and quickly move to your selfie position. Keep an eye on the countdown display of your phone to figure out when your timer will go off. Move into the position that you’d like to take your picture in as quick as you can.[4]
    Take a Selfie Without Holding the Phone Step 4.jpg
    • Make sure you aren’t moving when your camera goes off, or your picture will probably come out blurry.
  5. Look at the camera, not the screen. As you wait for your timer to go off, make sure you are looking into the lens of the camera, not at your phone screen. This will make your picture seem more natural and not like you are looking at something behind or next to your phone.[5]
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    • You can look at your phone screen as you adjust your selfie position, but be sure to move your eyes back to the lens before the timer goes off.
  6. Check out your picture to see if you want to redo it. If you do, simply reset your timer and change your phone’s position or your own pose. Make sure you keep your phone at about eye-level for the best picture.[6]
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    • Some phones take timed pictures in “bursts,” which means they take about 10 photos all at once. If your phone has this option, you can pick and choose which photos to keep and which ones to delete.

[Edit]Holding a Selfie Stick

  1. Plug your phone into the selfie stick with the headphone jack cord. Most selfie sticks attach to your phone with a simple cord. Plug this cord into your headphone jack and make sure it is secure.[7]
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    • Some selfie sticks connect to the Bluetooth on your phone. If yours does, turn on the Bluetooth function on your selfie stick and pair it with your phone in your Bluetooth settings.
  2. Clip your phone into either side of the selfie stick. Take your phone and position it in the clips at the top of the selfie stick. Make sure your phone is snug in between the clips so that it doesn’t fall out.[8]
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    • Some selfie sticks have detachable clips. If yours does, secure the clips around your phone and then attach the clips onto the top of your selfie stick by screwing them into place.
  3. Hold the selfie stick by the handle and extend it fully. Grab onto the bottom of the selfie stick and pull the top outwards until the stick is fully extended. Make sure your phone is secure in the clips before lifting it in the air.[9]
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    • Make sure your selfie stick locks into position so that it will keep steady as you take your selfie.
  4. Angle your arm so that the selfie stick isn’t in the picture. Hold the selfie stick by the handle and put your phone up in the air. Watch the front facing camera on your phone screen to see how your picture will look. Make sure your arm and the selfie stick aren’t in the frame of your photo.[10]
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  5. Click the button on the selfie stick to take a photo. Find the button on the handle of your selfie stick and click it when you want to take your selfie. Click the button a few times in a row to take a couple of pictures so you have some variety to choose from.[11]
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    • Some selfie sticks have Bluetooth remotes that pair with your phone. If yours does, click the button on the remote to take a photo.


  • You can also ask your friend or a stranger to take a photo of you instead!


  1. https://improvephotography.com/34158/17-ways-make-better-selfies-iphone/
  2. https://improvephotography.com/34158/17-ways-make-better-selfies-iphone/
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlZ-ntDdAq4&feature=youtu.be&t=204
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlZ-ntDdAq4&feature=youtu.be&t=230
  5. https://improvephotography.com/34158/17-ways-make-better-selfies-iphone/
  6. https://improvephotography.com/34158/17-ways-make-better-selfies-iphone/
  7. https://improvephotography.com/34158/17-ways-make-better-selfies-iphone/
  8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nmXzkAezgM&feature=youtu.be&t=46
  9. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nmXzkAezgM&feature=youtu.be&t=166
  10. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlZ-ntDdAq4&feature=youtu.be&t=170
  11. https://improvephotography.com/34158/17-ways-make-better-selfies-iphone/

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7 Tips to Make the Web More Readable on an iPhone

You probably spend more time reading on your iPhone than you do texting, calling, or playing games. Most of that content is likely on the web, and it’s not always easy to see or scroll through. Fortunately, there are plenty of hidden features that can make reading on your iPhone a much more pleasant experience.

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