Martin Brinkmann, Author at gHacks Technology News

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Martin Brinkmann

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Martin Brinkmann is a journalist from Germany who founded Ghacks Technology News back in 2005. Martin started his career as a tech support representative at a large German financial corporation which he used to finance his college education in English, Information Technology and History.


He quit college and his job when Ghacks began to attract a large enough readership. He made the decision to become a full time blogger and webmaster, and has not looked back since.


Martin is interested in all things tech. His primary focus is on desktop operating systems, web browsers, Internet services, and privacy related topics.


He published the book The Complete Windows 10 Privacy Guide: Windows 10 Fall Creators Update version in 2017. Martin writes a weekly column for fellow tech site Betanews as well.


You can reach Martin on Facebook or on Twitter. Please use the contact form at the bottom of the page to contact the author directly.


Martin has been quoted or mentioned in many major online and print publications, including Forbes, Lifehacker.com, ComputerWorld, LinkedIn, Reddit, Betanews.com, Bleeping Computer, TechCrunch, PC World, Tom's Hardware, Slashdot, Hacker News, The Register, and more.

Martin's articles on Ghacks

Microsoft retires Cortana support on iOS and Android

Remember Cortana? The digital assistant that Microsoft integrated into the company's Windows 10 operating system? Microsoft went all in on the digital assistant when it first launched Windows 10 and even made […]

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Startpage Search owner changes raise serious questions

Startpage announced on September 28, 2019 on the official Startpage blog that Privacy One Group Ltd has made an investment in Startpage.com. The announcement revealed that the relationship between the two groups […]

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Microsoft: don't remove the Microsoft Store app

Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system comes with the Microsoft Store application by default (formerly known as Windows Store) that is accessible via the operating system's Taskbar and Start Menu. Windows administrators and […]

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Twitch Studio Beta launches for Windows: streaming for everyone

Twitch launched the first public version of Twitch Studio, a new streaming application for Twitch designed to make things easier for anyone, this week. Up until a few years ago, setting up […]

Ghacks Deals: .TECH domain name registration (price drop)

You can now register a .TECH domain name for 5 or 10 years for a discounted price. Domains with the .TECH extension are ideal for technology related sites, e.g. blogs and news […]

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Microsoft updates list of deprecated Windows 10 features : goodbye My People (November 2019)

Microsoft has updated the list of features and technologies that it is no longer developing after the release of Windows 10 version 1909 in November 2019. Windows 10 is an operating system […]

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Opera 65 Final is out: here is what is new

Opera Software released a new version of the company's Opera web browser, Opera 65.0 Stable, to the public on November 14, 2019.  The new version of the desktop version of Opera comes […]

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Brave Browser 1.0 is now available

After more than four years of development, Brave 1.0 has been released by Brave Software to the public after the release of Brave Beta 1.0 in 2018. The new and first final […]

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Handbrake 1.3 video converter out with major improvements

Handbrake is a long-standing open source cross-platform application to convert video formats using built-in presets and advanced features. The developers released Handbrake 1.3, the first update in over a year, recently. The […]

Google implements controversial Manifest V3 in Chrome Canary 80

Google has implemented an initial version of the controversial extension manifest V3 in the latest Chrome Canary (and Chromium) builds. Developer Simeon Vincent announced the inclusion on the Chromium Extensions group on […]

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How to upgrade to Windows 10 version 1909

Microsoft released the November 2019 security and non-security updates yesterday and along with the updates came the long-awaited Windows 10 version 1909. Microsoft published a blog post on the official Windows Experience […]

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Microsoft Windows Security Updates November 2019 overview

It is the second Tuesday of November 2019 and that means that it is Microsoft Patch Day. Microsoft released security and non-security updates for its Windows operating system and other company products. […]

Ghacks Deals: Best-Selling VPN services Black Friday Price Drop

It may be a bit early for Black Friday but if you are looking for a VPN service currently, you may find it interesting that we have dropped the price of five […]

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Read MSDN Magazines, Newsletters and TechNet Newsletters online

Microsoft announced the discontinuation of MSDN Magazine earlier this year. The developer-focused magazine started out under the name Microsoft Systems Journal back in 1986 and got its current name in 2000 when […]

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Mozilla Taiwan releases Firefox Lite 2.0 for Android

Mozilla has created several Android web browsers in the recent past: from classic Firefox and Firefox Preview to Firefox Focus and Firefox Lite. Firefox Lite 1.0 was released last year by Mozilla […]

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Firefox 72: dynamic scrollbars based on page color

Mozilla plans to adapt the color of the scrollbar in the Firefox web browser to the background color of the visited webpage in Firefox 72. Dark themes are en vogue currently; operating […]

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How to block Steam from updating games automatically

Valve's Steam platform client will update any installed game or application automatically by default. If there is a network connection when you start Steam or Steam is running, updates will be installed […]

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Firefox 71: new about:config interface lands

Mozilla plans to launch the redesigned about:config interface in Firefox 71, the next stable version of the web browser. The internal page about:config provides Firefox users with access to an advanced set […]