5 days, 5 killer tech tips Microsoft slowly started to sneak advertisements into the Windows platform with Windows 8, and they've only crept up further in Windows 10. Thankfully it's easy to shut down most of these annoyances if you know where to look.
Moving to a new phone used to be a painful process, especially the transfer of data like contacts, photos and apps. But today if you put cloud storage to good use in combination with the right utility, it can be done more easily even if you are moving to a different platform. Samsung offers Smart Switch to facilitate the shift and evidently it's keeping it up to date. You can download it here for Windows, Mac and Android.
Hacking For Dummies, 5th Edition explores the malicious hacker's mindset, helps the reader develop an ethical hacking plan, and cover typical hack attacks and how to counteract them. You can get the ebook free of charge with your email address or by connecting via LinkedIn. The offer is only good until Feb 15.
GIMP is arguably the closest it gets to an open source free alternative to Adobe Photoshop. With tons of features and image manipulation tools at your disposal (and the complexity that comes with it), GIMP is a powerful cross-platform desktop photo editing program. The latest version brings several GUI improvements, bug fixes and general enhancements. Full release notes and download links for Windows, macOS and Linux are here.
Page reloading has long been a staple feature of web browsers and its original behavior has been kept throughout the years. Upon a reload, browsers check with the server if cached resources are still usable. This typically results in hundreds of network requests. In Chrome 56, improvements to this behavior produce reloads that are 28% faster and result in 60% less validation requests. You can download the latest stable version of Chrome for Windows, macOS and Linux here.