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,, ComputerWorld, LinkedIn, Reddit,, Bleeping Computer, TechCrunch, PC World, Tom's Hardware, Slashdot, Hacker News, The Register, and more.

Martin's articles on Ghacks

Windows 11 1st preview build - no search in start menu

Microsoft introduces new keyboard shortcuts in Windows 11

Preview builds and leaks of the Windows 11 operating system have been around for a while. While the operating system is still in active development, it is clear already that it will […]

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Linux Mint 20.2 is now available

The team behind the popular Linux distribution Linux Mint released Linux Mint 20.2 "Uma" this week. The new version of Linux Mint is available as a standalone download and as a direct […]

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Is your Android device water resistant? An App promises to tell you

Water Resistant Tester is an application for Google's Android operating system. It is designed to test the water resistant level of the device to tell you if the device is water resistant. […]

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Chrome for Android may soon display search links in a bar at the top

Searching on mobile devices is not really that comfortable if you want to access multiple sites displayed in the results. While you can long-tap on results to open them in new tabs, […]

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Auto Cookie Optout responds to cookie prompts automatically in Firefox

Auto Cookie Optout is a new open source extension for Mozilla's Firefox web browser to respond to cookie prompts on sites automatically. Most sites display so-called cookie prompts, permissions to store cookies […]

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First Look at Vivaldi Browser's Command Chains feature

Vivaldi Technologies is testing a new feature called Command Chains currently in the Vivaldi Browser. Command Chains allow users to chain commands so that all of them are executed when invoked. Sometimes, […]

Ghacks Deals: The JavaScript DOM Game Developer Bundle (98% off)

You may find the JavaScript DOM Game Developer Bundle useful if you want to start developing games but don't know how to start. The bundle consists of eight game development courses, all […]

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Here is what happens when you run out of Google Storage space

As a Google customer, you do get 15 Gigabytes of storage space for free. The storage space is shared across several of Google's products, including Google Mail (GMail), Google Photos and Google […]

Windows 11 will tell you how long it will take to install Windows updates

No direct upgrade path from Windows 7 or 8.1 to Windows 11

Devices that run Microsoft's Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 operating systems can't be upgraded to Windows 11 directly using inplace upgrades. Direct upgrades are only available on Windows 10 devices. A recent […]

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PDF Reader SumatraPDF 3.3 has been released

The developer of the lightweight PDF Reader SumatraPDF has released SumatraPDF  3.3 this week. Sumatra 3.3 is the first release since the release of Sumatra 3.2 in March 2020. The new version […]

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Should you get a regular Nintendo Switch or a Nintendo Switch OLED Model?

Nintendo announced the new Nintendo Switch (OLED Model) yesterday and plans to release it later this year. The new Nintendo console won't replace any of the existing offerings; the regular Nintendo Switch […]

Ghacks Deals: The Complete 2021 Microsoft Power BI Super Bundle (98% off)

The Complete 2021 Microsoft Power BI Super Bundle teaches you data analytics and visualization skills in 9 courses and more than 50 hours of video content. The bundle includes introductory courses as […]


Try this fix if you get "This pc can't run Windows 11" during setup

Windows 11 has stricter system requirements than Windows 10; this means that devices that run Windows 10 may not be compatible with Windows 11, even if they are not that old. Microsoft […]

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How to block the Windows 11 update

Microsoft's Windows 11 operating system will be released later this year and systems that are compatible with the new version of Windows may be upgraded to it free of charge. Administrators have […]

Firefox Lite is dead: development has ended

Firefox Lite, a mobile version of the Firefox web browser designed specifically for Asia, won't receive any updates anymore after June 30, 2021. Developed by Mozilla Taiwan, Firefox Lite was released in […]

Windows 11 will tell you how long it will take to install Windows updates

Windows 11: one feature update per year and longer support cycles

Microsoft's upcoming Windows 11 operating system will receive one feature update per year and each version will be supported for a longer period. Windows 11 shares many features with Windows 10, but […]


The best free Audacity Alternatives

Audacity is a popular open source audio editor that is available for Windows, Mac and Linux devices. It is free to use and supports a wide range of editing features. It is […]

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Audacity Controversy continues with newly published Privacy Notice

The last couple of months have been anything but pleasant for the new owners of the open source audio editor Audacity. It all began in May 2020 with news that Audacity was […]