From: GeekWire - Amazon will collect sales tax in four additional states starting April 1


Amazon will start collecting sales tax in four additional states starting next month. Customers in Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, and New Mexico — the four remaining states that did not require sales tax payments on Amazon purchases — will start paying tax on April 1, CNBC reported on Friday. We’ve reached out to Amazon to confirm the new policy and update this story when we hear back. In February, Amazon added 10 more states where it now collects sales tax. Amazon doesn’t collect tax in Alaska, Delaware, Oregon, Montana, and New Hampshire, as those states do not have sales tax. Amazon has battled several… Read More

From: Blog – Hackaday - Half-Baked Idea: Put Your PLA in the Oven

[Thomas] wanted to try baking some carbon fiber 3D printing filament because the vendor had promised higher strength and rigidity after the parts were annealed in the oven. Being of a scientific mindset, he did some controls and found that annealing parts printed with the carbon fiber-bearing filament didn’t benefit much from the treatment. However, parts printed with standard PLA became quite a bit stronger and more rigid.

The downside? The parts (regardless of material) tend to shrink a bit in the X and Y axis. They also tend to expand in the Z direction. However, the dimension changes were …read more

From: BGR - No, Microsoft isn’t spying on everything you type in Windows 10

Microsoft’s Windows 10 might’ve been good enough to make people forget about Windows 8, but it really didn’t impress when it comes to privacy protection. Thankfully, the company has taken various steps since then to ensure that users can guard all the different aspects of their Windows 10 experience and tweak privacy settings as they see fit. Of course, Microsoft can probably do an even better job to make sure nobody accuses it of privacy missteps in the future when it comes to its extensive data collection practices. But the company is probably not spying on everything you type while using your Windows 10 computer with the built-in keylogger.

Yes, there is a built-in keylogger inside Windows 10 that’s supposed to help Microsoft improve typing experiences for Windows users. “Send Microsoft info about how I write to help us improve typing and writing in the future,” the settings says. In a FAQ, Microsoft explains that it’s collecting keystrokes to improve handwriting and pronunciation recognition, not to monitor everything you do.

It appears that said setting caused some commotion over on Reddit recently. According to Myce, some users found that turning the setting off doesn’t work, as Windows 10 turns it back on. Myce has not replicated the issue, however.

That said, if you want to turn off the feature yourself, go to Start, Settings, Privacy, General, and disable the feature right there.