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.
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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
Mozilla has just released the first Firefox 113.0 point release. The update addresses three non-security issues in the browser, including an incorrect colors issue on Windows and a video playback issue. Firefox […]
For the past couple of days, some YouTube users were blocked from watching videos on the site. These users were informed that "ad blockers are not allowed on YouTube" and that they […]
Google's file storage and synchronization service Google Drive will get a dedicated Spam folder later this month. Google announced the change during its Google I/O 2023 event. The Spam folder works similarly […]
Microsoft's Bing search engine could soon become the default search engine of Mozilla's Firefox web browser. All web browsers come with a default search engine that is used when users run searches. […]
Elon Musk confirmed the availability of encrypted direct messages on Twitter earlier today after he teased it last week. The milestone is marred by restrictions, as the feature is only available for […]
Last week, Google unlocked the ability to create passkeys to protect Google Accounts and to switch to using passkeys instead of passwords for protection. The question that Google customers may have is […]
Google Search Labs is a new initiative from Google that allows users to test early-stage experiments in Google Search. The goal of Search Labs is to give users a first look at […]
Users interested in Google Bard, the company's AI chatbot and answer to Microsoft Bing Chat, had to join a waitlist to eventually gain access to Bard. Yesterday, Google announced that the days […]
It feels already as if Amazon is everywhere. The mighty company has come a long way since its humble beginnings and has expanded into more and more areas. With such a large […]
The Thunderbird team, responsible for the open source cross-platform Thunderbird email client, published its financial report this week. Almost all revenue of the project is based on donations. The team states that […]
Twitter news have not been all that positive since Elon Musk's acquisition of the service. There have been layoffs, subscription changes, API limitations, removal of a security feature, or the rumor that […]
Modern Windows operating systems include Microsoft Defender Antivirus by default. The security component is enabled by default, but it will turn itself off for the most part if an administrator installs another […]
Microsoft released security updates and non-security updates for all supported versions of its Windows operating system and other company products on the May 2023 Patch Tuesday. All versions of Windows are affected […]
The social messaging service Twitter plans to purge inactive accounts in the near future to free up handles on the site. Elon Musk confirmed the plan on Twitter yesterday, stating "We’re purging […]
Firefox 113 is the latest Stable version of the Mozilla's open source cross-platform Firefox web browser. The new version is a larger update that improves security, fixes security issues, includes a redesigned […]
Back in 2019, I revealed that AntennaPod was my favorite podcast manager and player on Android. It is a free open source podcast player that is available on Google Play and on […]
Microsoft introduced support for gadgets, small apps that ran directly on the desktop, in Windows Vista. Gadgets were limited to a sidebar in Windows Vista and unlocked in Windows 7, so that […]
The first 7-Zip 23.00 Beta version has been released on May 7, 2023. The release improves the compressing of executable files, the creation of multivolume archives on macOS and Linux, and more. […]
Most customers who have bought Windows 11 or upgraded from an earlier version of Windows that they bought may not have expected that they will see more and more advertisement in the […]
Up until very recently, Google Search was the clock when it came to online search. Google Search dominated, and still dominates, search, but the tide seems to be turning, and it is […]
Western Digital customers who have used the company's Western Digital online store may have had personal information stolen by hackers. The company revealed in early April 2023 that it suffered a security […]
Microsoft has just released Microsoft Edge 113 Stable for all supported operating systems and platforms. The new version of the browser makes a change to its Enhanced Security Mode, automatic updating on […]
Some Gmail users are now seeing ads in the middle of their inboxes on the Gmail website. Google has a long track record of displaying advertisement on Gmail. It is not uncommon […]
Remember the movie Idiocracy? It is funny how many of its predictions have come true or may come true in the future. There was one scene in the movie that showed a […]
Zoho has launched Ulaa, a new web browser that it claims is private, secure and "superfast". Ulaa is available for all major desktop and mobile operating systems. Interested users may download it […]
A report by Bloomberg suggests that Microsoft is working with AMD to develop chips specifically for AI applications. The report bolsters an The Information report from April 2023. The magazine stated back […]
After numerous rumors and leaks surrounding Google's first foldable device, the company has now confirmed that it is indeed working on the Pixel Fold device. The Made by Google account revealed first […]
1Password revealed plans this week to launch passkeys support in June 2023. The announcement was published on the same day that Dashlane, another password service, announced support for passwordless sign-ins as well. […]
Brave Software published a new version of its Brave web browser today. Brave 1.51 adds several privacy-focused features to the browser or improves existing ones. The new version of Brave browser is […]
Password management service Dashlane announced plans to eliminate the master password; this password is used currently to unlock a user's vault at the service. The company announced support for passkeys in its […]
Windows system administrators who want to stay up to date regarding known issues may subscribe to email alerts know that inform them of updates. Known Windows issues describe problems with different versions […]
Microsoft has announced the new OneDrive for work and school today. A news post on Microsoft's Tech Community website offers a preview of some of the upcoming features. At the core of […]
Links in Microsoft Outlook open in Microsoft Edge by default now for Microsoft 365 Personal and Family subscribers. The change is coming to business subscribers and the Teams application as well. Microsoft […]
Google has released Chrome 113 today. The new stable version of the Chrome web browser is a security and feature update. It addresses 15 unique security issues in the browser and introduces […]
Mozilla announced the acquisition of Fakespot, a service to detect fake reviews and scams, on May 2, 2023. User reviews are a cornerstone of the Internet shopping experience. Other customers may leave […]
Intel's upcoming processor generation Meteor Lake will like appear under a new naming scheme. Intel's head of communications, Bernard Fernandes, confirmed on Twitter that the company will make brand changes after rumors […]
Amazon plans to launch Fire TV Channels, a new free ad-supported service for Amazon Fire TV device owners soon. Fire TV Channels may sound like Amazon's Freevee service at first glance. Both […]
Valve Software published the Steam Hardware and Software statistics for April 2023 today. Last month saw Microsoft's newest operating system drop by almost 8% and Windows 10 gaining almost 10%. This month, […]
Google has just released the May 2023 security bulletin for its Android operating system. It addresses 52 different security issues in Android and components. The company publishes the security bulletin on the […]
Windows 10 continues to be the most popular version of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system, even though Windows 11's usage share continues to climb. Usage statistics tracking service Statcounter published its stats […]
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Ghacks is a technology news blog that was founded in 2005 by Martin Brinkmann. It has since then become one of the most popular tech news sites on the Internet with five authors and regular contributions from freelance writers.