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

Mozilla earned close to $600 million in 2022

Mozilla published its audited financial statement for the year 2022 this week. Revenue has stayed approximately the same, but a certain trend starts to make a noticeable impact on the organization's revenue. […]


After 6 years Microsoft launches Seeing AI app for Android

When Microsoft released its Seeing AI app for Apple iOS devices in 2017, many thought that the release of an Android version was only a matter of time. Seeing AI is an […]

Microsoft is reportedly auto-installing the HP Smart app on Windows 10 and 11 PCs

There is an explanation for the HP Smart app Windows auto-installation issue

The unwanted installation of Hewlett Packard's printer software HP Smart on Windows 10 and 11 devices caused confusion in the past couple of days. Windows users, even those without HP printers or […]

Chrome shows how much memory a tab uses

Google is testing a new feature in its Chrome web browser that reports the memory usage of each browser tab to the user. The new feature is available in Chrome Canary already […]

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Ad Speedup: mute, skip and fast forward ads on YouTube

Over the past couple of months, a new breed of extensions has emerged to deal with YouTube's ever increasing arsenal of ads. These extensions don't block advertisement on YouTube like traditional content […]

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Soon, Google has even more leverage against adblockers

Google plans to roll out Manifest V3, a new rules system for browser extensions, by mid 2024. The old system will no longer be supported by then, which means that all extensions […]

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Windows 11 24H2 and Windows 12 expected in 2024

Will Microsoft release Windows 12 in 2024 and what would the release mean for Windows 11? Microsoft hasn't announced Windows 12 publicly at this point, but several sources inside and outside Microsoft […]

Windows 11 Development: overview of the November 2023 changes

Microsoft announced and introduced several important changes in November 2023. The company released several development builds to testers, which included minor and major changes. Highlights include the promise to make Microsoft Edge, […]


Firefox 120.0.1 update fixes issue that caused 100% CPU usage on some sites

Mozilla released the first point update for Firefox 120 some hours ago. This new version addresses several performance related issues, including one that caused 100% CPU usage on sites such as Google […]

How to transfer files from Android to PC or Mac

BLUFFS: new Bluetooth vulnerability discovered that affects most devices

BLUFFS is an acronym for a new Bluetooth vulnerability that security researcher Daniele Antonioli disclosed recently. BLUFFS, which stands for Bluetooth Forward and Future Secrecy, is actually a set of six unique […]

Paint's AI Image Creator is now available for everyone

Microsoft Paint's AI image creator is now available for all users according to reports. Microsoft unveiled the new functionality back in September 2023, but did not make it available for all users […]

Google Chrome redesign

Time to update Chrome, another vulnerability is exploited in the wild

Google released an update for its Chrome web browser some hours ago that fixes several vulnerabilities. One of these, CVE-2023-6345, is exploited in the wild according to Google. Chrome users may want […]

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Samsung launches its Internet browser Samsung Internet for Windows

Samsung Internet, Samsung's flagship web browser for the Android operating system, is now available for Windows. Windows users may head over to the Microsoft Store and hit the Install button on the […]

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Free Evernote users may soon be limited to 50 notes

Remember Evernote? The note taking service was acquired in 2022 by Bending Spoons, an Italy-based maker of mobile applications. Back then, Evernote was said to have 250 million users and a revenue […]

Amazon WorkSpaces Thin Client

Amazon turns its Fire TV Cube into an Enterprise PC

Amazon's Fire TV Cube is the company's top of the line hardware streaming product. Unlike its Fire TV cousins, it is packed with an Ethernet connection, the ability to control Alexa by […]

Microsoft revealed multiple innovations during the 2023 Ability Summit that will offer better user experience on different aspects.

Microsoft is retiring its Microsoft 365 Extension

Microsoft confirmed the retiring of its Microsoft 365 browser extension for Chrome and Edge in a new support document. The company plans to remove the extension from the Chrome Web Store and […]

How to format USB Flash Drives in Windows

Most USB Flash Drives that you plug in to a Windows PC are detected automatically by the system. Some may need to be formatted before you can start using them. Put simply, […]

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Some Google Drive users claim that they lost months worth of files

Over the past couple of days, users flocked to the Google Drive Help forum to report on a issue. According to their reports, they lost files that they hosted on Google Drive. […]

Google is the master of fake Privacy features

Google started out with a "don't be evil" motto when it launched its first product, Google Search. Today, Google is a different company. It has created numerous products and abandoned a lot. […]

Enable 256-bit Bitlocker encryption on Windows 11 to boost security

Bitlocker is the default encryption technology of the Windows operating system. It is used widely on Windows, but some users prefer third-party solutions, such as VeraCrypt. What many users of Bitlocker don't […]

LibreOffice is now available for Android, sort of

LibreOffice is a popular open source Office suite for Windows, Macintosh and Linux. It is one of the top choices when it comes to replacing Microsoft Office with a free alternative. The […]

20 years of Notepad++. Version 8.6 launches with Multi-Edit feature

Notepad++ is an open source plain text editor for Windows that offers better functionality than the built-in Notepad tool of the operating system. Notepad++ is celebrating its 20th anniversary today. The developer […]

Microsoft confirms Narrator issue in Windows 11 version 23H2

Windows 11 users who install the latest version of the operating system via ISO or media may not be able to start Narrator during installation. Microsoft confirmed the issue today on a […]

ChatGPT vs Bing vs Google Bard

You may now ask Google Bard questions about YouTube Videos

Google expanded the functionality of its AI Google Bard this week. The new feature improves the AI's understanding of YouTube videos. Basically, what it allows you to do know is to ask […]

Google rolls out new Google Maps color scheme

If you use Google Maps, chance is that you have noticed that the service is using a new color scheme. The change is still rolling out to users on all device types […]

Security researchers bypass Windows Hello fingerprint authentication

Security researchers at Blackwing Intelligence managed to bypass Windows Hello fingerprint authentication on devices with the three most used fingerprint sensors on Windows. The researchers were asked by Microsoft's Offensive Research and […]

Epic Games Store Black Friday Sale

Steam, Epic Games and GOG launch Black Friday Sales

The last two months of the year are always packed with sales. This is especially true for game distribution platforms, regardless of whether the platform is PC, PlayStation, Switch or Xbox. Sales […]

This Windows file controls the uninstallation of Edge, Web Search and other features

Microsoft plans to introduce fundamental changes to its Windows 10 and 11 operating systems in the coming months. Two of the main changes allow users to uninstall Microsoft Edge and Web Search […]

Firefox 120 ships today with massive privacy improvements

Later today, Mozilla plans to release Firefox 120. The new stable version of the web browser includes a large number of privacy improvements and some other changes. The release date is November […]

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How to copy image text quickly in Windows 11

Copying text in Windows 11 and other versions is easy. Just select the text and use Ctrl-C to copy it to the Clipboard. You may also be able to right-click on the […]

YouTube video loading delayed? Fix inside

Some visitors of YouTube noticed that the loading of videos would take a whole lot longer than usually. Affected users seem to use browsers that are not Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge. […]

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Google wants a slice of the AI holiday shopping pie, too

After Microsoft and Mozilla, Google also announced how generative AI can help shoppers find the perfect holiday gifts.  Some shoppers on Google may use AI to get gift ideas for the holiday […]

Ad Accelerator mutes and speeds up YouTube ads

Ad Accelerator is a new browser extension for Chromium-based web browsers such as Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge. It's only purpose is to make ads on YouTube easier to bear. The extension […]

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You can remove Edge and Bing Search on Windows 11 even if you don't live in Europe

Microsoft announced this week that users in the European Economic Area will soon be able to remove Bing and Edge from Windows 11. Users from all European Union countries as well as […]

Protect your eBay account with Authenticator apps

Users of eBay had several options up until now to improve account login security using 2-step verification. They could get texts or emails from eBay that contain the code, or get codes […]

Your Chrome extensions may stop working in 2024

Google has resumed the plan to deprecate Manifest V2 extensions and will end support for these by mid-2024. Extensions for Google Chrome use Manifest V2, a kind of rulebook that highlights what […]

Breaking: Windows users in the EEA will soon be able to remove Bing and Edge

Windows users who reside in the European Economic Area will soon be able to uninstall Microsoft Edge and Bing Search on Windows 11. They will furthermore be able to disable (some) ads. […]

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Google launches updated Titan Security Key with FIDO2 support

Google announced the official launch of its latest Titan Security Key devices in select regions this week. Main improvements include support for FIDO2, which allows users to add compatible non-Google accounts to […]

Microsoft releases the Windows App. Here is a quick explainer

Microsoft released the Windows App as a preview this week. The application is available for Windows, macOS, iOS and web browsers at the time of writing. No word yet on an Android […]

Microsoft investigating Windows 10 and 11 activation issues

Microsoft is investigating Windows 10 and Windows 11 activation issues. Windows customers who try to use Windows 7 or Windows 8 / 8.1 keys to reactivate Windows 10 or Windows 11 may […]