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IT Spending to Eclipse $3.7 Trillion in 2018: Gartner

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Move to HTTPS before October deadline

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Windows 10 Privacy Update

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How to find the default gateway's IP address

Often, you'll need to know the IP address of your default gateway in order to troubleshoot any networking issues, as it's your network's primary point of contact with the wider internet. Thankfully, it's a snap to find this information out.

First, open your operating system's command line utility - Command Prompt for Windows, or Terminal on Linux and macOS. If you've got a Windows machine, use the 'ipconfig' command, the 'netstat -nr | grep default' command on macOS or the 'ip route | grep default' command if you're a Linux user. The command line utility should return a list of connection details, including the IP address of the default gateway device.

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Secret trick to boosting your Wi-Fi

There's a secret trick to boosting your Wi-Fi speed lurking in your kitchen.

Researchers have discovered that wrapping aluminium foil around router antennas strengthens Wi-Fi connections.

Take off your tin-foil hat, you're going to need it for something else. The outlandish theory that foil improves a signal might not be so bogus after all. Researchers at Dartmouth College found that the use of aluminium foil does indeed increase the range of Wi-Fi connections and can also improve its security.

The team, led by assistant professor Xia Zhou, placed a 3D-printed reflector made of just plastic and a thin layer of aluminium around a Wi-Fi router. The reflector redirected the wireless signal to the areas in the room which have limited wireless coverage, boosting weak spots. After testing the reflector in two different rooms, the team found it was able to increase the strength of coverage by a whopping 6dB, the equivalent of one thick wall or ceiling. In the case of physical security, the reflector was able to decrease signal range in unwanted areas by 10dB, providing many obvious benefits for physical security. “Not only do we strengthen wireless signals, we make those same signals more secure,” Xia Zhou, assistant professor at Dartmouth College, said in a press briefing.

The reflector improves on previous studies which involved the use of aluminium cans being placed behind Wi-Fi access points to improve the directional connection. Wi-Fi is notoriously challenging for use indoors because of the frustratingly complex relationship between radio signals and environmental factors such as walls and furniture. Solutions that improve the strength of wireless connections can often be, annoying to say, bank-breaking. This research has found that all you actually need is a 3D-printed piece of plastic wrapped in foil that's been directionally configured for the targeted area.

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How one mouse can control multiple PCs

How one mouse can control multiple PCs with Microsoft's Mouse Without Borders app. Slide seamlessly from one PC to the next, cut and paste between PCs and more. And it's free!

Microsoft’s Mouse without Borders app is an unsung productivity tool whose ability to let a mouse and keyboard hop from one Windows device to the next is worth checking out. It unlocks a versatility similar to that of Logitech’s Flow, but for far, far cheaper—because it’s free to use with any Windows device. Mouse without Borders originally launched in 2011, long before Logitech debuted Flow. The app resurfaced Wednesday as part of Microsoft’s inaugural Microsoft Garage Wall of Fame, a celebration of smaller apps developed within Microsoft. You should try it out.

Like Flow, Microsoft’s Mouse without Borders allows you to use the same mouse and keyboard (yes, keyboards too) across multiple PCs. Once you move the mouse cursor to the edge of one screen, it hops over to the next connected computer—exactly as if it were a passive monitor, allowing you to bring in additional PCs into your workspace.