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ComputerWorld
Nov 24, 2022

Meta teaches an AI to lie, strategize
Meta has trained an AI agent to play a boardgame that involves chatting with other players to persuade them to support its strategies — and then betraying them.

The company, which owns Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, says that its Cicero AI may have widespread applications in the near future including developing smarter virtual assistants with the combined use of technologies such as natural language processing (NLP) and strategic reasoning, according to a blog post released by the company.  

In a research article in the academic journal Science, Meta said its Cicero AI achieved human-level performance at the strategy boardgame Diplomacy in an online league where it played 40 games against 82 humans, ranking in the top 10% of participants who played more than one game.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 23, 2022

Changes to Google's employee appraisal system stir layoff fears
After several major technology companies announced layoffs due to macroeconomic headwinds in the last few months, Google is now under the spotlight as news reports this week predict that the company will cut at least 10,000 jobs.

The forecasts are based on a report from the Information, which said that under the Google Reviews and Development (GRAD) program, launched earlier this year, managers have been told to allocate a low performer rating to at least 6% of employees compared to 2% under the old performance review process.   

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ComputerWorld
Nov 23, 2022

HP to cut up to 6,000 staff in plan to mitigate PC market softness
In the face of declining revenue, HP has announced it expects to lay off 4,000 to 6,000 employees by the end of fiscal year 2025, reducing its 51,000-strong global workforce by about 12%.

The news comes as economic turbulence causes other major technology companies to announce layoffs.

The news of the HP job cuts was made public when the company on Tuesday posted its fourth quarter 2022 financial results, which saw a year-on-year decline in revenue of 11.2% to $14.8 billion. The company's personal systems, consumer, and commercial segments fell by 13%, 25% and 6% respectively. Notebook and desktops units also saw a decline, with units decreasing by 21% overall.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 23, 2022

Apple has improved Mac MDM with this important feature
The ever growing numbers of Mac users have always been able to set apps to launch when they log in to their computers, but this has changed in macOS Ventura. Login items are now managed in a different place, and Apple has also made it possible for Mac admins to manage them using MDM software.

Where are my login items? Traditionally on a Mac, login items were managed in the Users & Groups section of System Preferences. This changes with Ventura — not only have System Preferences become System Settings, but they have been quietly shifted to a new section found in the General category.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 23, 2022

Demand for IT pros remains high even as layoffs continue
Even as high-profile layoffs continue in the tech sector, the demand for experienced IT professionals remains high, according to a new report by IT employment consultancy Janco Associates.

Over 100,000 jobs for experienced IT pros remain unfilled in the US, according to Janco's report. Those job roles include coders, application design specialists, security and compliance specialists, and blockchain/e-commence engineers at all levels.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 22, 2022

Zoom sales growth slows as online business slumps in post-pandemic era
Zoom's third quarter results show that the big question for the company is whether sales to enterprises will be strong enough to compensate for slowing growth of online, or consumer, revenue as businesses bring workers back to the office in the wake of the pandemic.

Zoom's third-quarter 2022 revenue, announced Monday, rose 5% year-over-year to $1.1 billion, but in the previous quarter, total revenue grew 8%.

Third quarter enterprise revenue was $614.3 million, up 20% year over year. However, online revenue was down 9% year over year, totalling $487.6 million. The decline in online sales along with growing expenses led to a 23% drop, to $66.5 million, in net income from operations.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 22, 2022

Apple, Google face legal pressure over UK mobile services dominance
Apple faces yet more regulation as the UK's competition watchdog launches an investigation into how Apple and Google dominate the market for mobile services.

Control the internet by controlling the browsers The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has said it will now investigate both companies for their dominance around browsers, app stores, and cloud gaming.

For insight into that dominance, the CMA points out that 97% of all UK mobile web browsing makes use of either Apple or Google's browser engine.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 22, 2022

Is ChromeOS right for you? A 4-question quiz to find out
Google's ChromeOS is one of the world's most misunderstood computing platforms. Chromebooks are foundationally different from traditional PCs, after all — and consequently, there are a lot of misconceptions about how they work and what they can and can't do.

Since people are always asking me whether a Chromebook might be right for their needs, I thought I'd put together a quick guide to help any such wonderers figure it out. Whether it's you or someone you know who's curious, the following four questions should help shed some light on what the platform's all about and for whom it makes sense.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 21, 2022

Amazon shuts Wickr Me encrypted messaging service; enterprise service remains
Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced late last week that it will close down the free Wickr Me encrypted messaging service, saying in a blog post that it plans to "refocus" on its related AWS Wickr and Wickr Enterprise products at the expense of the consumer wing of the Wickr family.

Wickr has been in operation for a decade, making it one of the first end-to-end encrypted messaging apps on the market. Wickr Me was popular with journalists and whistleblowers alike as a method of secure communication of sensitive information, according to experts, but it was also alleged to be in wide use as a medium for illicit content like child sex abuse and drug transactions, according to a June report from NBC News.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 21, 2022

Spot virtual workplace creators on the future of work
Emerging technologies including Microsoft's Mesh and Facebook's Horizon Workrooms hint at how augmented reality may become part of the future hybrid workplace. I caught up with Gordon Hempton and Wes Hather, co-founders of the augmented reality/metaverse communication platform Spot to see how they visualize the future of work.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 21, 2022

Windows 11 Insider Previews: What's in the latest build?
The Windows 11 2022 Update has been released, but behind the scenes, Microsoft is constantly working to improve the newest version of Windows. The company frequently rolls out public preview builds to members of its Windows Insider Program, allowing them to test out — and even help shape — upcoming features.

The Windows Insider program is divided into three channels:

The Dev Channel is where new features are introduced for initial testing, regardless of which Windows release they'll eventually end up in. This channel is best for technical users and developers and builds in it may be unstable and buggy. In the Beta Channel, you'll get more polished features that will be deployed in the next major Windows release. This channel is best for early adopters, and Microsoft says your feedback in this channel will have the most impact. The Release Preview Channel typically doesn't see action until shortly before a new feature update is rolled out. It's meant for final testing of an upcoming release and is best for those who want the most stable builds. The Beta and Release Preview Channels also receive bug-fix builds for the currently shipping version of Windows 11.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 21, 2022

Making sense of out-of-band Windows updates and KIRs
For many years, the term "out-of-band Microsoft update" meant that Microsoft was releasing a special patch for a security issue identified as being under active attack. The patch was urgent enough to be released outside the normal "Patch Tuesday" security updates released the second Tuesday of every month.

But recently Microsoft has been releasing out-of-band updates that fix issues that were introduced with the monthly security updates. Often people install the monthly security updates without realizing that there are additional ways that Microsoft fixes issues introduced by its patches.

Because Windows 10 and 11 updates are cumulative, when you install an update it's an all or nothing deployment. There is no way to install some components of the update without installing all of it. Depending on where the underlying problem with a patch lies, Microsoft can use either an out-of-band update or a Known Issue Rollback to introduce a fix to the system. Let's explore both of these methods.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 21, 2022

What Amazon, Twitter, Meta, and others got wrong with layoffs
Twitter, Stripe, Coinbase, Salesforce, Zendesk, Tesla, Meta, and others have announced significant layoffs in recent months, even though unemployment rates are among the lowest in 50 years.

Facebook parent company Meta announced last week it would cut 13% of its staff or 11,000 workers, with Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg saying he overestimated how long the pandemic's e-commerce boom would last.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 18, 2022

The future of security: smarter devices that protect themselves
Jamf officially completed its acquisition of Zecops this week. Why is this important and what might it mean to enterprise mobile security? Potentially, a lot.

Security beyond the perimiter To get an answer to the question, think about how security has evolved. as the proliferation of mobile devices has made traditional security protections even less effective than they used to be.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 18, 2022

Nvidia nudges Omniverse closer to connected digital twins — and full automation
Disclosure: Nvidia is a client of the author.

Nvidia this month announced a series of enhancements to its Omniverse creation and simulation tool. Collectively, they more tightly connect metaverse instances with the real-world devices they emulate, assuring that any related digital twins are synchronized in real-time with their real-world counterparts, substantially increasing realism. 

This will have several near-term benefits for remotely administering any solution covered by a metaverse simulation; it will also provide a shorter path to full automation and set a framework that should make that final step faster and more reliable.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 18, 2022

Google Sheets power tips: How to use dropdown lists
Google Sheets lets you design spreadsheets with sophisticated features, and one of the most useful to know is dropdown lists. You can add a dropdown list to a cell (or to a range of cells), and when you or another person with access to your spreadsheet clicks the cell, a dropdown will open that shows a list of numbers or words that they can select. The number or word that's selected will then appear inside the cell.

Some use case examples:

You need co-workers to enter very specific numbers or words into your spreadsheet. Providing dropdown lists makes this more convenient for them and eliminates the risk of mistyped entries. You add a dropdown list containing number presets that immediately change a chart embedded on your spreadsheet. You create a spreadsheet to track a project, in which co-workers select their work progress status from a dropdown list. You can create two kinds of dropdown lists in Google Sheets: The first lists specific numbers or words that you've entered as preset choices, while the second lists data that currently appears in a range of cells in your spreadsheet. This guide walks you through the basic steps of creating both types of dropdowns and adding color to them.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 17, 2022

Why Macs and iPhones should avoid installing 'orphan' apps
There are many reasons any business with a connected fleet of tech products needs robust security policies in place. But the need to protect the enterprise against vulnerabilities inherited with third-party software must be among the biggest motivators. While I shouldn't need to convince Computerworld readers to keep things locked down, I want to reprise two recent reports to reinforce the warning.

Half of all macOS malware comes from one app Elastic Security Labs (via 9to5Mac) recently estimated that half of all macOS malware is installed as a result of poor management of the MacKeeper utility app. The report said almost 50% of Mac malware arrives through its installation.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 17, 2022

How intelligent automation will change the way we work
Automation in the workplace is nothing new — organizations have used it for centuries, points out Rajendra Prasad, global automation lead at Accenture and co-author of The Automation Advantage. In recent decades, companies have flocked to robotic process automation (RPA) as a way to streamline operations, reduce errors, and save money by automating routine business tasks.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 17, 2022

6 secret settings for a smarter Chrome Android setup
Hey. You. Yes, you there — the one with your overly moist eyeballs pointed at the screen. What if I were to tell you that that the browser you rely on for all of your web-based exploring on Android had oodles of extra features — top-secret settings that'd add awesome powers into your mobile browsing adventures and make wiggling your way around this wacky ol' web of ours meaningfully better?

Well, provided you're using Google's Chrome browser for Android, that's as true as true can be. And best of all, it doesn't take much to uncover all of Chrome's carefully concealed treasures — if you know where to look.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 16, 2022

Offboarding processes pose security risks as job turnover increases: Report
Organizations across multiple industries are struggling to mitigate potential risks—including loss of end-user and storage devices as well as unauthorized use of SaaS applications—during their offboarding process, according to new research conducted by YouGov in partnership with Enterprise Technology Management (ETM) firm Oomnitza.

Over the last 18 months, employee turnover has increased, with the US Department of Labor estimating that by the end of 2021, a total of 69 million people—more than 20% of Americans—had either lost or changed their job. Although these figures could initially be attributed to the so-called Great Resignation, this figure is likely to increase due to the numerous job cuts that are now being reported—including layoffs at major technology companies—as organizations look to reduce operational costs.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 16, 2022

Mosyle brings new iPhone, iPad endpoint security options
Mosyle is ramping up its wares with new security protections for iPhones and iPad adding more fuel to the Apple-in-the-enterprise fire.

Hardening and compliance options for iPhones and iPads The company is unveiling its first endpoint security solution for IT admins overseeing fleets of mobile Apple devices. The idea is that the product, Mosyle Hardening and Compliance, ensures that employee devices are protected, compliant, and following the latest cybersecurity benchmarks.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 16, 2022

FTX meltdown likely to spur crypto regulations, cool digital currency push
The crash last week of FTX, one of the world's leading cryptocurrency exchanges, is likely to push lawmakers to create central oversight of an otherwise unregulated marketplace.

And while cryptocurrencies like those traded on FTX are different from others backed by fiat money or other assets, the meltdown of the exchange looks likely to cool a burgeoning number of efforts to adopt digital currencies by industries and governments.

Bahamas-based FTX Trading filed for bankruptcy last week after cryptocurrency prices dropped sharply and the company, once valued at $32 billion, found itself billions of dollars in debt. The exchange was founded in 2019 by MIT graduates Sam Bankman-Fried and Gary Wang. It quickly grew into the third-largest cryptocurrency trading platform, raising almost $2 billion in venture capital from high-profile investors.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 15, 2022

Asana to lay off 9% of its workforce to improve operating costs
Joining other technology companies that are laying off workers to battle global economic headwinds, work management software provider Asana on Tuesday said it was laying off 9% of its total workforce in order to cut operating expenses.

The company's chief operating officer (COO), Anne Raimondi, took to LinkedIn on Tuesday to announce that the company was reducing the size of its global workforce, estimated to be over 1,600 employees.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 15, 2022

As remote work gains favor, employees' relationships to their jobs are in flux: Report
New research from the visual collaboration platform Miro has found that employees' relationships with their work are in a state of flux, with a large majority of knowledge workers questioning where they want to work, the bonds they want to build with colleagues, and what they need and want from their job.

Having surveyed 2,053 knowledge workers across North America about their relationship with work, Miro found that while 90% of workers don't want to be in the office full time, current hybrid workers are less likely to say their relationships with co-workers have improved, compared to before the pandemic.  

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ComputerWorld
Nov 15, 2022

How to use Emergency SOS via satellite on iPhone 14
Apple's spending lots of money to ensure you never get lost and can always share where you are with a tool called Emergency SOS via satellite, available in iOS 16.1 and iPhone 14 or later.

What is Emergency SOS via satellite on iPhone 14? Available only in the US and Canada at the moment, it will arrive for users in France, Germany, Ireland, and the UK starting next month. The feature lets iPhone 14 users connect with emergency services when cellular and Wi-Fi coverage aren't available.

It also supports FindMy location tracking when off the grid. Users can share their location with others using the FindMy app.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 15, 2022

The ultimate guide to Android contacts management
You'd think keeping tabs on your contacts would be about the simplest and most straightforward task imaginable in our modern connected world — wouldn't you?

I sure would. But as I've learned over the years, that perfectly understandable instinct couldn't be more inaccurate.

Effectively wrangling your contacts on Android and keeping 'em manageable, organized, and optimized for efficiency really is a fine art. And in a way, it's no wonder: Most of us have reached a point where our phones' contacts are a sprawling goulash of earthlings from all different eras of our lives — clients, colleagues, college buddies, and, of course, your cousin Carl from Poughkeepsie.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 14, 2022

Tech layoffs in 2022: A timeline
Technology companies this year have been hit with global economic turbulence that is slowing growth and leading to widespread layoffs, even as some segments of enterprise spending on IT seem to be holding steady.

According to TrueUp's tech layoff tracker, there have been 1138 rounds of layoffs at tech companies globally so far this year, affecting 182,605 people.

When global economic headwinds started picking up earlier in the year, many technology companies reacted to fears of an incoming recession by putting the brakes on hiring. The bad news is—amid rising interest rates, the ongoing war in Ukraine, high fuel costs, supply chain issues, and a decline in personal PC sales—most of those freezes have since been accompanied by job cuts, as companies look for ways to reduce operating costs.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 14, 2022

Amazon to layoff 10,000 employees: Report
Joining other technology companies that are laying off workers to battle global economic headwinds, Amazon is expected to cut close to 10,000 employees by the end of this week, according to a report from The New York Times.

The job cuts, which would represent just a small fraction of Amazon's 1.5 million-strong workforce, are expected to include technology as well as corporate positions, the report says, citing sources with knowledge of the matter.

Jobs at Amazon devices, Alexa and corporate positions in its retail business including human resources are under consideration, the report said.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 14, 2022

Do you really know what's inside your iOS and Android apps?
It's time to audit your code, as it appears that some no/low code features used in iOS or Android apps may not be as secure as you thought. That's the big take away from a report explaining that disguised Russian software is being used in apps from the US Army, CDC, the UK Labour party, and other entities.

When Washington becomes Siberia What's at issue is that code developed by a company called Pushwoosh has been deployed within thousands of apps from thousands of entities. These include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which claims it was led to believe Pushwoosh was based in Washington when the developer is, in fact, based in Siberia, Reuters explains. A visit to the Pushwoosh Twitter feed shows the company claiming to be based in Washington, DC.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 14, 2022

Windows 10 Insider Previews: A guide to the builds
Microsoft never sleeps. In addition to its steady releases of major and minor updates to the current version of Windows 10, the company frequently rolls out public preview builds to members of its Windows Insider Program, allowing them to test out — and even help shape — upcoming features.

Windows Insiders can choose to receive preview builds in one of three channels. The Dev Channel is where new features are introduced for initial testing, regardless of which Windows release they'll eventually end up in. The Beta Channel lets you test more polished features that will be deployed in the next major Windows release. Insiders in the Dev and Beta Channels are now testing Windows 11 builds.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 14, 2022

Q&A: RPI president says CHIPs Act will spur quantum computing, next-gen tech
Even before it was signed into law in August, the CHIPS and Science Act had attracted the biggest manufacturers of semiconductors to commit to buidling fabrication plants in various parts of the United States, essentially "re-shoring" an industry the nation once dominated.

The measure is a $52.7 billion package of subsidies and grants to the US semiconductor manufacturing industry aimed at reducing US dependancy on Asia-based silicon makers. The lack of US-based chipmakers recently lead to a supply chain crisis for computer device makers, the automotive industry, and other industries dependent on the microprocessors to run their highly automated products.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 11, 2022

Patch Tuesday includes 6 Windows zero-day flaws; patch now!
Microsoft on Tuesday released a tightly focused but still significant update that addresses 68 reported (some publicly) vulnerabilities. Unfortunately, this month brings a new record: six zero-day flaws affecting Windows. As a result, we have added both the Windows and Exchange Server updates to our "Patch Now" schedule. Microsoft also published a "defense in depth" advisory (ADV220003) to help secure Office deployments. And there are a small number of Visual Studio, Word, and Excel updates to add to your standard patch release schedule.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 11, 2022

Jamf Q3 data confirms rapid Mac adoption across the enterprise
Supply chain challenges and cautious consumer purchasing patterns are affecting most businesses, but the transition to Apple in the enterprise is continuing That movement was confirmed by Jamf during its most recent fiscal call.

Mac, Mac and away Jamf CEO Dean Hager cited IDC data that showed Mac device shipments declined in Q2, remaining pretty much flat year on year, but observed that for the four preceding quarters IDC pegged Mac shipments as increasing 30% year over year.

Macs accounted for 13% of all PCs sold, "the highest Mac share on record," he said. His company continues to believe the Mac will become the dominant enterprise endpoint by 2030.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 11, 2022

It's time to talk about productivity again
Remember when everybody used to obsess over productivity? That conversation has fallen out of fashion in recent years. But it's time to bring it back.

The reason is that productivity crashed this year.

A productivity decline in the second quarter of this year was the largest ever recorded by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (It recovered very slightly in the third quarter.)

Changes in productivity appear to shed light on the remote work/work-from-home trends. A simplistic view is that productivity went up when more people worked from home, then crashed when many were forced to come to work again.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 10, 2022

Apple to spend $450M on SOS via satellite for iPhones
Apple has announced it will invest $450 million from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund to develop the  infrastructure that allows off-grid backpackers to call for help when outside mobile coverage.

Is that all there is? Apple's iPhone 14 is the company's first-ever satellite phone. Or to be more accurate, it's a step toward becoming one. You can't make calls on it, but you will soon be able to use the satellite connection to send messages to emergency services from across the US and Canada. This could be a life saver.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 10, 2022

In the shadow of the Twitter disaster: How to prep for layoffs
Disclosure: Dell is a client of the author.

There is an increasing chance many of us will experience layoffs shortly — and last week's Twitter job-cuts disaster is a rolling showcase of how not to do one.

Let's look at the Twitter acquisition and layoff trainwreck and how you can assure the groups you're in (or who report to you) remain viable in the face of job cuts or a corporate acquisition. 

The Twitter vs. Dell process Dell has the best acquisition process on the planet. What makes it so good is this: Dell does a lot of due diligence and planning at the front end and accepts the related risk of having to sideline executives for up to a year if the acquisition doesn't go through. This measures the risk of losing the productivity of a handful of people against losing the productivity of the entire acquired unit. So far, every Dell acquisition I've tracked has not only been successful, but the acquired company outperformed its previous status. (This last is very unusual; most acquisitions fail to meet expectations.)

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ComputerWorld
Nov 10, 2022

Corporate execs confident on sustainability goals, admit more work needed
About six in 10 executives believe they can achieve their corporate sustainability goals over the next year, according to a recent global survey commissioned by Honeywell International. But only about 16% think they'll do so primarily through technology-driven changes, such as upgrading or replacing existing systems with newer, more efficient or more sustainable technologies.

The vast majority of the 600 business leaders surveyed — 62% — expect to hit their short-term goals mainly by modifying or eliminating operational processes or business behaviors.

Sustainability has become an increasingly hot-button issue in recent years for companies looking to reduce their carbon emissions. The idea is that by making changes now, they will see a substantial return on investment later, spend less on energy and materials, and build up infrastructure resiliency to weather-related catastrophes. 

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ComputerWorld
Nov 10, 2022

5 advanced add-ons for the Gmail Android app
Friends, emailers, internet persons: Lend me your ears — 'cause my goodness, have I got one heck of an incredible Gmail treasure to share with ye today.

It's an entire system of advanced add-ons that I'm pretty sure has been largely forgotten. I know I'd forgotten all about it until just the other day, when I was poking around in my inbox (as one does) and suddenly found myself making a hilariously cartoony slack-jawed expression whilst guffawing with glee.

And lemme tell ya: If you're anywhere near as obsessed with efficiency as I am, you're about to be doing some slack-jawed guffawing of your own.

Let me quickly set the stage before we dive in: These add-ons are part of an official Google Workspace Marketplace platform that I'm pretty sure precisely four people have visited in the past six months. It's home to a series of tools you can add directly into different Workspace apps and then use without ever having to open anything else or interrupt your workflow.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 09, 2022

Cloud, services to fuel 3.7% jump in EMEA IT spending in 2023: Gartner
New research from Gartner shows that IT spending in EMEA is set to see a 3.7%, year- over-year increase in 2023, rising to $1.3 trillion.

While companies are often hesitant to sign new contracts or commit to long-term spending initiatives during turbulent times, enterprise IT budgets are not central to this hesitancy, and as a result, businesses in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) are set to increase their IT budgets in 2023, said Gartner analyst and vice president John Lovelock.

In research released Wednesday at the company's IT Symposium 2022 in Barcelona, Gartner found that increased spending on cloud software is largely fuelling the spending growth, with EMEA CIOs using cloud-first technologies to drive new initiatives, such as packaged business capabilities (PBCs) and data grids, while maintaining current on-premises environments.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 09, 2022

iOS Mail alternatives: 5 business-friendly options
Apple includes its Mail app on every iPhone. While it is a perfectly usable email client that connects to a variety of mail services including Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft 365, it isn't as feature-rich as it could be, particularly for business and enterprise environments.

Thankfully, there's a wide range of alternative email apps for iOS. In this article, I'll discuss five excellent choices, each with its own unique feature set.

One note before we get started: I am only including mail apps that connect to multiple services. Services like Gmail and Yahoo Mail offer first-party apps that connect with only that service. They are generally solid options if you only need to access a single service.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 08, 2022

Windows 11: A guide to the updates
A Windows launch isn't the end a process — it's really just the beginning. As with Windows 10, Microsoft continually works on improving Windows 11 by fixing bugs, releasing security patches, and occasionally adding new features.

In this story we summarize what you need to know about each update released to the public for the most recent version of Windows 11. For each build, we've included the date of its release and a link to Microsoft's announcement about it. The most recent updates appear first.

The easiest way to install updates is via Windows Update. Not sure how? See "How to handle Windows 10 and 11 updates" for full instructions. Note that Windows 11 version 22H2 is being released as a phased rollout and may not be available to you in Windows Update yet.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 08, 2022

Windows 10: A guide to the updates
The launch of a major Windows 10 update isn't the end of a process — it's really just the beginning. As soon as one of Microsoft's feature updates (such as Windows 10 version 22H2) is released, the company quickly gets to work on improving it by fixing bugs, releasing security patches, and occasionally adding new features.

In this story we summarize what you need to know about each update released to the public for the most recent versions of Windows 10 — versions 22H2, 21H2, 21H1, and 20H2. (Microsoft releases updates for those four versions together.) For each build, we've included the date of its initial release and a link to Microsoft's announcement about it. The most recent updates appear first.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 08, 2022

Zoom focuses on email and contact center integrations at Zoomtopia 2022
Zoom has announced a host of new innovations to its collaboration platform, including new email and calendar integrations and conversational AI features in Zoom's contact center.

In addition to the updates, Zoom is also launching Zoom Spots, a virtual co-working space designed to help to drive employee connection and collaboration.

The latest platform innovations were announced at Zoom's annual Zoomtopia conference, which kicked off Tuesday.

Speaking at a briefing before the event, Joseph Chong, head of product, solutions and industry marketing at Zoom, said that one of today's biggest challenges facing businesses of all sizes is how to stay nimble and adapt to customers' evolving needs, while trying to figure out what hybrid work means to their organisations and find new ways to make employees feel more connected.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 08, 2022

LambdaTest adds macOS Ventura testing to its cloud
Apple developers might be pleased to learn that cloud testing platform LambdaTest has introduced support for macOS Ventura, which means they of any kind can begin to test sites and services across Mac in the cloud. That's important as the platform becomes ubiquitous.

Test different? One of many rapidly emerging Indian tech success stories, LambdaTest attracted $45 million in Series C funding earlier this year. It already provides a suite of testing services for iOS apps, and supports cloud-based continuous app testing for Windows, Android, and various breeds of Linux. The idea is that websites and web apps can be tested across 3,000 different combinations of browsers, operating systems, devices, and more.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 08, 2022

Should you let workers know the salaries you pay?
It's a debate that goes all the way back to whether you should tell Fred that Barney gets two more clams than he is as a Bronto crane operator at Slate Rock and Gravel Company:

Should you be open with your employees about their salaries — or keep it quiet?

A new law in New York City requires employers with four or more workers (in good faith) to disclose the minimum and maximum annual salary or hourly wage the employer believes it would pay when they post a job opening. Or a promotion or transfer opportunity.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 08, 2022

How to create a complete Microsoft experience on Android
Microsoft's Windows Phone platform may be long gone at this point, but don't despair: You can still get a fantastic Microsoft experience on your mobile device. You just have to look to an unlikely bedfellow.

With Windows Phone out of the picture, Microsoft has been devoting an ever-increasing amount of energy to creating its own mini-platform within Google's Android ecosystem. And given Android's immense flexibility and customization potential, that opens the door to some pretty compelling possibilities.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 07, 2022

Meta reportedly set to cut thousands of jobs this week
Meta, the parent company of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, is preparing to cut thousands of jobs, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.  

The news comes mere weeks after weak performances from Facebook and Instagram saw $80 billion wiped off Meta's market value and its share price drop to less than a third of what it was at the start of the year.

The job cuts reported by the Wall Street Journal are expected to be announced on Wednesday and will impact "many thousands" of Meta's 87,000 global employees, according to source cited by the WSJ as being familiar with the situation.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 07, 2022

UPDATE: Meta confirms it will cut thousands of jobs
Meta, the parent company of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, has confirmed that it is preparing to cut thousands of jobs, impacting 13% of its global workforce.

The news comes mere weeks after weak performances from Facebook and Instagram saw $80 billion wiped off Meta's market value and its share price drop to less than a third of what it was at the start of the year.

On Wednesday, Meta confirmed earlier reports about the layoffs and announced it would be reducing its global workforce by 13%, leading to 11,000 employees losing their jobs. In a statement, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerburg said that the company has already sought to cut costs across the business, including scaling back budgets, reducing perks, shrinking our real estate footprint, and restructuring teams to increase our efficiency.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 07, 2022

For Windows 8, the end is near
Let's say it's your favorite version of Windows. It allows you to specifically download updates. It doesn't insert cartoons or ads into your search engine. It doesn't move your icons around. It's well behaved.

And yet, it's a flavor of Windows most people don't even use.

I'm talking about, of course, Windows 8.1. (You didn't really think I was describing Windows 11, did you?)

And, like every other major operating system Microsoft develops, Windows 8 is coming to its end of life.

Just as important for Windows 8 users, if not more so, is support for browsers. Often, users will continue to run an out-of-date, unsupported platform long after its end of life — as long as there is a supported browser that still works. Windows 7, for instance, has had a longer-than-normal life because of the Extended Software support Microsoft has provided; that's given it an extra three years. Sure, each year meant an increase in price. But there clearly were enough firms using Windows 7 to keep Microsoft in the business of patching the old OS.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 07, 2022

Apple: COVID-19 will hit iPhone supplies
Apple has warned that COVID-related disruptions mean it will not be able to meet demand for iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, forcing customers to wait longer to get hold of the new smartphones and undercutting sales in the current quarter.

iPhone production hit by new lockdowns The company confirmed this news in a short statement on Sunday. It's unusual for a company to make statements on Sundays, suggesting Apple expects these events to impact its trading results, something it must disclose.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 07, 2022

How to protect your privacy in Windows 10
There has been some concern that Windows 10 gathers too much private information from users. Whether you think Microsoft's operating system crosses the privacy line or just want to make sure you safeguard as much of your personal life as possible, we're here to help. Here's how to protect your privacy in just a few minutes.

Note: This story has been updated for Windows 10 version 22H2. If you have an earlier release of Windows 10, some things may be different.

Turn off ad tracking At the top of many people's privacy concerns is what data is being gathered about them as they browse the web. That information creates a profile of a person's interests that is used by a variety of companies to target ads.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 07, 2022

How many jobs are available in technology in the US?
Tech firms in October hired between 15,300 and 20,700 workers (depending on who's doing the counting), marking roughly two straight years of hiring growth in the industry, according to two new employment reports.

So far this year, tech industry employment has increased by 193,900 jobs, 28% higher than the same period in 2021, according to a jobs report from CompTIA, a nonprofit association for the IT industry and workforce. 

In contrast, technology job postings by tech and non-tech companies had been on a five-month downward slide until last month. Tech workers employed throughout the economy, regardless of industry, declined by 116,000 last month, according to CompTIA. CompTIA's report is based on the latest US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 04, 2022

JumpCloud brings Remote Access to cross-platform teams
Small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) seeking unified device and identity access management often take a multi-vendor approach. JumpCloud, a company that helps centralize management across users and devices, recently introduced its free cloud-based Remote Assist solution to provide a missing link to remote tech support.

I caught up with Principal Product Manager Tom Bridge to find out more.

What does Remote Access do? Remote Assist reflects the company's mission to provide IT teams and MSPs with a single space from which to manage identities, devices, and access. Rather than cobbling together a variety of point solutions, IT teams can now reduce cost, while increasing productivity and security, with a modern cloud directory.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 04, 2022

Are in-office mandates killing productivity?
After worker productivity climbed to near-record levels during the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic and the reslting shift to hybrid and remote work, it fell hard in the first half of 2022 — leaving experts to scratch their heads as to why.

On Thursday, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics released third-quarter data showing business productivity had increased marginally — up just 0.3% from the previous quarter -- and worker output had risen a paltry  2.8%. But compared to the same quarter a year ago, productivity is still down 1.4%, a decline that represents the first instance of three consecutive declines in productivity since 1982.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 04, 2022

11 out-of-sight Pixel Watch superpowers
Having a Googley gadget on your wrist can be a great way to stay on top of stuff — but with Google's Pixel Watch in particular, the best productivity-boosting possibilities are the ones you can't see.

A smartwatch, after all, is a tiny screen. And that means it isn't especially optimal for intricate, extended interactions revolving around touch (unless you're a Tinkerbell-sized creature with teensy fingies, in which case the Pixel Watch is probably bigger than your entire being — so, yeah, good luck with that).

It seems like the understatement of the century, I realize. And yet, device-maker after device-maker continues to emphasize those very sorts of painfully awkward touch-based interactions and app-centric experiences with the smartwatch form.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 03, 2022

Podcast: Apple's holiday push
Join Macworld's Michael Simon and Computerworld's Ken Mingus as they discuss Apple product lineup as we head into the all-important holiday shopping season.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 03, 2022

How the new Matter standard could unleash innovation in IoT
In what may turn out to be an industry-defining step to unleash fresh innovation that inevitably extends beyond the consumer market, the Connectivity Standards Alliance today officially launched the Matter standard, following the introduction of final specifications in October.

The Internet of Things must be smart, not dumb Speaking at the Matter launch event in Amsterdam, Ben Wood, chief analyst at CCS Insight, explained why the introduction may become as important a moment to the future Industry of Things (IoT) as the formation of Bluetooth was elsewhere in tech.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 03, 2022

Can today's videoconferencing tech evolve into tomorrow's metaverse?
I've been covering videoconferencing since the late 1980s, when I was brought in to review a very early deployment at Apple by AT&T. It failed spectacularly. A decade later, I watched efforts by Intel and HP also fail.

The latest video development wave was driven by the pandemic, when people were forced to work from home and video tools advanced more in two years than in the prior two decades.

As we look at the next anticipated big step — the emergence of the metaverse and immersive virtual reality (VR) collaboration tools — it's time to scope out what's needed, what can be done, and whether it will work. And it's critical to remember the needs of employees themselves.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 03, 2022

Office 365: A guide to the updates
Office 365 and Microsoft 365 subscribers get more frequent software updates than those who have purchased Office without a subscription, which means subscribers have access to the latest features, security patches, and bug fixes. But it can be hard to keep track of the changes in each update and know when they're available. We're doing this for you, so you don't have to.

Following are summaries of the updates to Office 365/Microsoft 365 for Windows, with the latest releases shown first. We'll add info about new updates as they're rolled out.

Note: This story covers updates released to regular Office 365/Microsoft 365 for Windows subscribers. If you're a member of Microsoft's Office Insider preview program or want to get a sneak peek at upcoming features, see the company's "Release notes for Office for Windows Desktop (Beta builds)" page.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 03, 2022

Q&A: Expedia CTO details return-to-work program for workers who come back
Spurred by the global pandemic, the Great Resignation saw an exodus of people from the workforce; over the past year, more than 4 million US employees each month have left jobs for a myriad of reasons.

Some employees said they were highly dissatisfied with work, but others cited more practical reasons. For example, women left the workforce more than men because of care-giving responsibilities, whether it was for children or elderly relatives, according to Amy Loomis, research director for IDC's worldwide Future of Work market research service.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 02, 2022

Apple must take another brick from its wall, says EU
The European Union (EU) wants to break down the wall surrounding Apple's proverbial garden, as new laws targeting Big Tech may force the company to support third-party app stores on its devices.

Another brick from the wall The EU's Digital Markets Act (DMA) demands a lot. It aims to level the playing field for internet services and is the latest in a global wave of regulation to hit the tech sector.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 02, 2022

BrandPost: From Banks to Bananas: The Future of AI for IT Operations
The concept of artificial intelligence (AI) has far-reaching promise and applicability across the business and technology landscape. Thanks to the growth of big data, machine learning, analytics, and blazing computational speeds, the use of artificial intelligence has matured and is now playing a critical role in every major vertical, from banking to retail to logistics. This opens opportunities for organizations to combine the power of AI and mainframe to drive higher levels of operational resilience across their IT environment.

The mainframe AI revolution is here To compete, enterprises need to ensure that their business processes can scale and perform flawlessly to delight their customers. Whether purchasing groceries, booking a flight, or trading stock, consumers expect 24/7 sub-second response. Over the last two years, technology teams around the world have done an amazing job keeping things running during the pandemic, but they continue to deal with plenty of moving targets. Every day, they face fresh challenges, and they are increasingly using AI as part of the solution.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 02, 2022

BrandPost: The Economics of Technology Investments
The 4th Industrial Revolution is moving at a pace so significant that there is no historical precedent. Even within the world of economics, we're experiencing a new kind of economy: a Technology Economy. In this evolving landscape, enterprises that understand Technology Economics principles and use them to guide decisions are among top industry performers.

So what does this mean for evaluating the cost and effectiveness of your tech stack and planned IT investments? Glad you asked. Here is a framework for managing your Technology Economy.

New asset classes are born A substantial part of any economy is assessing risk and identifying value. When calculating the value of technology, it's necessary to consider how technology influences your operational costs, efficiency, customer satisfaction, and ability to deliver products to market. As with traditional economies, in a Technology Economy, each investment in a particular technology presents relative levels of value and risk. However, rather than measuring those variables on a scale of profit, loss, and volatility, value and risk in a technology context correspond to attributes such as economics, scalability, software capabilities, information security, reliability, availability, and sustainability impact.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 02, 2022

BrandPost: Compliance: Meeting Regulatory Requirements...and More
Compliance is an important focus for every business, but regulatory requirements are only the tip of the iceberg. Compliance also plays a role in ensuring that organizations meet the needs of their employees, leaders, and stakeholders.

At the heart of how enterprises conduct their business, compliance is a top boardroom topic. When it comes to IT, with highly valuable business data and applications in the mix, the stakes run high. With the mainframe, leaders can stay sharp and make compliance, transparency, and reporting a core part of a winning business strategy.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 02, 2022

How to unlock Google Assistant's most advanced Android shortcuts
Google Assistant's got all sorts of time-saving smarts on Android. That much we all know by now, right?

But get this: Assistant's most useful Android superpower is something that's completely out of sight and up to you to dig up and activate. (And no, I'm not talking about its freshly expanded Android automation station — though that's pretty sweet, too.)

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ComputerWorld
Nov 01, 2022

Location flexibility linked to improved organizational outcomes
For knowledge workers, location flexibility significantly improves outcomes related to innovation, wellbeing, burnout, and perceptions of organizational culture, according to the 2022 State of Teams report from work management company Atlassian.

The research consisted of responses from 1710 knowledge workers across Australia and the U.S.,  between 21 and 65 years old, operating in teams. The sample comprised 43% women and 57% men.

The main findings outlined that teams have an equal shot at success regardless of where they work, with the improved outcomes regarding wellbeing and innovation creating a ripple effect that yields even more favorable outcomes.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 01, 2022

Your company brand may soon be held hostage to Adobe, Pantone
The truism that Hell is other people is proving true once again as companies that have standardized their brand assets using Pantone colors in documents created in the industry leading Adobe Creative Suite may now find those valuable items unusable thanks to reasons that make little sense.

What's the story? For decades, Adobe has offered support for Pantone spot colors within its creative apps, including Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator.

Given that Adobe's products are the go-to design suites for most creative departments, and that most companies wield a mix of print and online graphics assets for their brands, it's reasonable to think that at least some of your company's brand assets have been created using Pantone.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 01, 2022

Your company brand may soon be held hostage to Adobe, Pantone (u)
The truism that Hell is other people is proving true once again as companies that have standardized their brand assets using Pantone colors in documents created in the industry leading Adobe Creative Suite may now find those valuable items unusable thanks to reasons that make little sense.

** Updated to add statement received from Adobe.

What's the story? For decades, Adobe has offered support for Pantone spot colors within its creative apps, including Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator.

Given that Adobe's products are the go-to design suites for most creative departments, and that most companies wield a mix of print and online graphics assets for their brands, it's reasonable to think that at least some of your company's brand assets have been created using Pantone.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 01, 2022

BrandPost: Data Storage Power: Preparing for an Intelligent Digital Future
As the world's digital economy continues to grow and mature, digital infrastructure has become a key driver and enabler underpinning economic development. Along with computing power and network connectivity, efficient and reliable data storage is a cornerstone of effective digital infrastructure.

By 2030, the world is expected to enter the yottabyte era, dealing regularly with data quantities on the scale of a quadrillion gigabytes. Working with such data will place huge demands on storage capacity and require optimised storage functions to read, write, and transmit data efficiently and reliably. As such, data storage power rises in importance as it used to assess the potential effectiveness of data storage systems as a crucial element of modern digital infrastructure.  

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ComputerWorld
Nov 01, 2022

How ‘synthetic media' will transform business forever
The biggest technology-driven trend to affect business in the coming years is synthetic media. Yet this phrase is rarely even uttered in boardrooms and on Zoom meetings.

It's time to clarify what synthetic media is, and why it's going to be so impactful.

Synthetic media is any kind of video, pictures, virtual objects, sound or words that is produced by, or with the help of, artificial intelligence (AI). This category includes deepfake content, text-prompted AI-generated "art," virtual content in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) environments, and other new content types.

Many synthetic media tools started as obscure academic research or limited-beta online playthings. But it's now on the brink of making a colossal splash in business, marketing, media and, well, human culture.

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ComputerWorld
Nov 01, 2022

This would be a good time to test your cloud ROI
Enterprises have been moving steadily to the cloud for years, often paying for multiple cloud platforms — and the COVID-19 pandemic greatly accelerated that trend, as businesses closed offices and outsourced their on-prem operations. 

Now, as the pandemic seemingly winds down and workers are returning to the office, several questions arise: Has anyone on your team run an ROI analysis on your cloud use? Is your company actually saving money? Is the cloud-centric environment indeed more scalable and secure than your team can deliver internally? Has someone — anyone — recently done the math? 

David Heinemeier Hansson, the co-owner and CTO of 37Signals (maker of Basecamp and HEY), argues that many have not — and they need to. With 2023 just around the corner, and the need to support fully remote workers with cloud-based apps and software waning, this is the time to crunch some numbers. 

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ComputerWorld
Oct 31, 2022

Global monthly semiconductor sales drop as chip market takes another hit
Worldwide semiconductor sales are down 0.5% in September, on a month-to-month basis, according to statistics released by the Semiconductor Industry Association, and down 3% compared to September 2021, as demand continues to soften in the face of multiple macroeconomic difficulties.

According to the SIA's report, September chip buying in the Americas region rose by 11.5% compared to the same month in 2021, to a total of just over $12 billion, and upticks to $4.53 billion and $4.05 billion, respectively were seen in Europe and Japan. Those gains, however, were more than offset by the mainland Chinese market falling by 14.4% to $14.43 billion in the same time frame, along with a 7.7% decline to $11.97 billion in all other markets.

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ComputerWorld
Oct 31, 2022

Apple's Mac renaissance has truly begun
Despite so many macroeconomic challenges, Apple's enterprise growth story continues — and the company last week announced another portent to suggest this direction will continue.

What's driving Apple's growth story? The biggest trends driving this growth are fairly well known. They include the consumerization of IT, the move toward employee choice, Apple's big success in consumer markets and the company's deserved reputation for security, product reliability and overall lower running costs.

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ComputerWorld
Oct 31, 2022

Beware going down the Windows beta-testing rabbit hole
If you're a normal geek, you likely play around with various operating systems and releases. Often, I find that trying out various betas can not only leave you confused about what's been officially released, it can also confuse your computer.

I typically use a mixture of virtual and actual machines for my beta testing, and I often use the laptop I have at home for betas. (At work it's too important to have a machine run possibly non-stable code.)

This leads to interesting situations at home, where I have an older laptop that works great for typing up Computerworld post and remote accessing various servers, workstations, and cloud services, but is not good enough for Windows 11.

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ComputerWorld
Oct 31, 2022

Beware going the Windows beta-testing rabbit hole
If you're a normal geek, you likely play around with various operating systems and releases. Often, I find that trying out various betas can not only leave you confused about what's been officially released, it can also confuse your computer.

I typically use a mixture of virtual and actual machines for my beta testing, and I often use the laptop I have at home for betas. (At work it's too important to have a machine run possibly non-stable code.)

This leads to interesting situations at home, where I have an older laptop that works great for typing up Computerworld post and remote accessing various servers, workstations, and cloud services, but is not good enough for Windows 11.

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ComputerWorld
Oct 31, 2022

Q&A: Chase CIO offers top interview tips for tech job seekers
The tech sector has been hit particularly hard by the Great Resignation, leaving organizations facing a dearth of qualified job candidates for more than a million job openings.

At the same time, CIOs and CFOs have started to slow the rate at which they're creating new IT jobs and hiring due to inflation and recession fears, according to a recent report from job research firm Janco Associates.

Nevertheless, US tech firms added workers for the 22nd consecutive month, and companies in a range of industries hired an estimated 84,000 new tech workers in September, according to the latest Tech Jobs Report from CompTIA.

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ComputerWorld
Oct 28, 2022

Apple's Q4 results show growth in 'interesting times'
Apple remains the most resilient FAANG business. While other big tech firms (like Alphabet and Microsoft and Facebook) report grim news, Apple managed to set fresh records, increased Android-to-iPhone switching numbers, but still slightly missed expectations.

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ComputerWorld
Oct 28, 2022

Intel forced to cut jobs and spending as revenue continues to decline
"A penny saved is a penny earned" seems to be the new motto for Intel—struggling to grow its revenue due to overdependence on PC sales—and is instead looking at an annual spending cut of up to $10 billion a year by 2025.

Intel reported a 20% decline in third quarter revenue to $15.3 billion, and an astonishing 85% decline in profit to $1 billion for the quarter that ended October 1. In the previous quarter, Intel's revenue declined 22%.

The chipmaker also lowered its annual revenue guidance for the second time this year to $63 billion, down from $65 billion-$68 billion it expected at the end of last quarter, which was lower than the original revenue guidance of $76 billion.

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ComputerWorld
Oct 28, 2022

iPhone to Android: The ultimate switching guide
So, you're ready to leave your iPhone for greener pastures — specifically, the bright green hue of Google's Android ecosystem.

It's a major move, to be sure, but it doesn't have to be daunting. Beneath the surface-level differences, Android and iOS actually have a lot in common — and with the right steps, you can switch from an iPhone to an Android device without losing anything significant (including your sanity).

Make your way through this easy-to-follow guide, and you'll be happily settled in your new high-tech home in no time.

All-in-one iOS-to-Android switching tools First things first: Google itself now offers a universal iOS-to-Android switching service that works with any device running 2020's Android 12 software or higher. That's hands-down the simplest way to get everything from your old iPhone onto your new Android device in one fell swoop and with the least amount of hassle possible.

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ComputerWorld
Oct 27, 2022

Google execs knew 'Incognito mode' failed to protect privacy, suit claims
A federal judge in California is considering motions to dismiss a lawsuit against Google that alleges the company misled them into believing their privacy was being protected while using Incognito mode in the Chrome browser.

The lawsuit, filed in the Northern District Court of California by five users more than two years ago, is now awaiting a recent motion by those plaintiffs for two class-action certifications.

The first would cover all Chrome users with a Google account who accessed a non-Google website containing Google tracking or advertising code and who were in "Incognito mode"; the second covers all Safari, Edge, and Internet Explorer users with a Google account who accessed a non-Google website containing Google tracking or advertising code while in "private browsing mode." 

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ComputerWorld
Oct 27, 2022

As videoconferencing needs change, it's time to plan for what comes next
The COVID-19 pandemic was, no doubt, an unusual event. But we're likely to see more such crises in the future. How successfully we handle them will depend on what happens and how politicians and corporate executives respond. One thing that's clear is that flexibility and foresight will be needed as companies sort out what comes next.

For example, it seemed clear a year ago that practically everyone in office jobs would remain largely remote, so companies realized they needed occasional on-premises collaboration spaces that were small and intimate. (These were often called huddle rooms.)

Now, companies are talking about large conference rooms again as they envision people coming back to the office en masse — largely because they never addressed the issues that cropped up with the shift to remote work. Those problems include workers who felt like they didn't have the same opportunities as on-site employees and managers who either don't know how to manage remote employees or simply don't trust them to do their jobs.

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ComputerWorld
Oct 27, 2022

Apple improves iCloud.com for better ease of use
Apple is testing improvements to iCloud.com designed to make it easier to use — and has unveiled a new look and a few new tricks to reflect features recently introduced in its operating systems.

iCloud services for the rest of us If you are one of the millions who use iCloud with their iPhone but no other Apple product, you probably use the online service to access your digital content from other devices.

iCloud is Apple's sync service that acts as a secure online supporting actor for many of the apps and services its customers use. While it has been through a handful of incarnations, there has always been some form of online access at iCloud.com.

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ComputerWorld
Oct 27, 2022

Build the ultimate bootable Windows repair drive
I've learned to keep a collection of useful Windows tools and repair environments around. They help me restart, troubleshoot, and — if necessary — repair Windows installations that are having difficulties. These could be related to hardware problems, Windows updates gone bad, device or driver issues, and a whole lot more.

I keep all these tools on a single USB drive that I like to call the ultimate bootable Windows repair drive. Interested in building your own? You just need a modestly sized (256GB or 512GB) USB drive and the right software. This kind of setup works splendidly with Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10, and 11 installations.

My technique relies on a special foundational tool called Ventoy, along with a collection of ISO files from which Ventoy will boot a Windows PC. The first part of this story introduces and explains Ventoy. The second part explains that improved performance may justify the cost of an NVMe SSD and a compatible USB drive enclosure. The third introduces a carefully curated collection of ISO files, with brief explanations of what they can do, what they contain, and where to find and download them.

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ComputerWorld
Oct 26, 2022

BrandPost: Q&A: How do you proactively solve problems by tracking IoT devices?
Dear Craig,

Our company uses many IoT devices across our global network. But we have struggled to get visibility into how these devices are performing until it affects our bottom line and reduces our productivity. My team wants to proactively identify issues early before they snowball into bigger problems. Is there a simplified, cost-effective way to track all these devices in the network, monitor their performance and detect abnormal behavior?

- A Reader

Dear Reader,

Check out VMware Edge Network Intelligence™ — a key component of VMware SASE™ — which gives enterprise IT teams the necessary visibility to be proactive instead of reactive. Providing you insights into all your IoT devices as these devices access your enterprise apps, VMware Edge Network Intelligence detects your devices automatically, classifies them, and creates a baseline for their performance. This eliminates the need for your team to manually track the devices' performance over many months to establish thresholds for abnormal versus normal behavior, significantly streamlining their workload.

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ComputerWorld
Oct 26, 2022

BrandPost: Top 3 Mobile Security Lessons
During our annual conference we engaged with customers and partners about all things technology — which naturally included security, as it remains a leading area of concern across most businesses today. Many organizations made exceptions to enable remote work in 2020 and 2021. Now they're focused on closing the gaps in their security plans, including those for advanced protection of mobile devices. 

Our session titled "Tear Down the Wall with Unified Endpoint Security" was an opportunity to talk about the threat landscape, customer challenges, and ways to facilitate anywhere work.  

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ComputerWorld
Oct 26, 2022

BrandPost: VMware Customers are Building the New Multi-Cloud Universe
At our multi-cloud event of the year, VMware Explore US we kicked off Day 2 with a Customer Innovation Showcase. This session allowed us to focus on how the VMware Customer Experience and Success (CXS) team empowers VMware customers to accelerate their journey to cloud smart. We had the pleasure of hearing from leaders at McLaren Racing, Comcast, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. on partnering with VMware CXS to build their multi-cloud solutions.

Check out what they had to say: 

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ComputerWorld
Oct 26, 2022

BrandPost: Top Three Kubernetes Myths
In the past few years, we've seen a rapid increase in container adoption as the go-to strategy for accelerating software development. After all, why wouldn't you move towards containerization considering its advantages? Benefits such as application portability, IT resource efficiency, and increased agility would make any infrastructure or operations leader interested in adopting containers with Kubernetes.

Kubernetes indeed has much to offer, but let's look at some key Kubernetes myths, as well as how you can adapt best practices to reduce long-term Kubernetes management complexities. 

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ComputerWorld
Oct 26, 2022

BrandPost: Saved by Zero
Enterprises are incredibly complex ecosystems existing in incredibly complex (and global) business environments. That means there is a lot that can go wrong during any given day — especially with the constant threat of bad actors always looming — in addition to the constant demand for new services to keep the enterprise competitive.

Most of these Herculean tasks fall on IT security personnel, and as the past few years have proven, they are up to the challenge. In general, enterprises across the world weathered the unexpected and truly devastating impacts of the pandemic, among other disruptions — and even thrived. The same was true for new business services, with case studies from companies like Zoom and VMware proving enterprise IT can create and deploy solutions customers need most.

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ComputerWorld
Oct 26, 2022

Apple VP confirms iPhones will shift to USB-C
There's good news (I guess) for tech purchasing departments and frequent travelers: Apple now says it will eventually standardize around USB-C charging cables — because it has no choice. This follows a European Union (EU) decision to create a mandatory charging standard for small electronic devices.

‘We have no choice' says Apple VP Speaking at the WSJ Tech Live Conference, Greg Joswiak, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, explained Apple's position. His revelation followed a recent EU decision to require all manufacturers to use USB-C for charging small electronic devices  such as iPhones by the end of 2024.

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ComputerWorld
Oct 26, 2022

Rising cloud revenue helps soften Microsoft's growth slowdown
Microsoft reported its slowest growth in five years for the first quarter of its fiscal 2023, due largely to a strong US dollar and an ongoing decline in personal computer sales, causing net income to fall by 14% to $17.56 billion from this time last year.

However, the company was still able to post an overall increase in revenue, up 11% to $50.1 billion for the three months that ended September 30, driven by the ongoing strength of its cloud computing services, which exceeded $25 billion in quarterly revenue, up 24%.

As a result of the announcement, Microsoft saw its share price fall by 5.65% in morning trading on the Nasdaq exchange Wednesday.

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ComputerWorld
Oct 26, 2022

Got a Google Pixel Watch? Get this watch face
I'll admit it: I've really been diggin' Google's purty new Pixel Watch.

I've been wearing the watch for the past few weeks, bathing and slumber-time notwithstanding, and here's the twist: I absolutely did not expect to enjoy it.

I was actually really into Wear OS and Google's smartwatch odyssey early on, too, way back when the platform first came out in the prehistoric era of 2014. But then, well, a couple things happened:

I reached a point where I wanted the ability to be less tethered to technology, and wearing a smartwatch made me feel perpetually on the grid and tied to my electronic obligations. Google gave up on its thoughtfully conceived original vision for wearables, with a focus on contextual info and glanceable nuggets, and instead started chasing Apple's more popular philosophy — with an emphasis on complicated standalone apps and intricate interactions. That stuff looks impressive in ads but doesn't make for a great real-world experience in my eyes, and it just didn't jibe with the way I wanted to use a watch. So suffice it to say, I assumed my journey with the new Pixel Watch would be an interesting technological diversion but a short-lived adventure I'd be eager to abandon.

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ComputerWorld
Oct 26, 2022

Is performance tracking about to go mobile?
Productivity and performance tracking have been on the rise since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and the shift to remote and hybrid work. Now, as pandemic restrictions recede and more traditional work habits reemerge, it's inevitable some organizations will want to extend tracking beyond the company PC to mobile devices.

That means IT could soon be involved in selecting, implementing, and supporting productivity and performance monitoring solutions that keep tabs on workers wherever they are — even if they're not sitting in front of a computer.

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ComputerWorld
Oct 25, 2022

Cisco Webex supports hybrid work with new collaboration capabilities
To further support hybrid workers, Cisco Webex is launching major updates to its Webex suite, including features to further support flexible working, a partnership with Microsoft, a brand-new whiteboarding app, and new functionalities to help improve security and manageability.

The announcements of the new capabilities were made Tuesday at the company's annual WebexOne conference.  Speaking at a media roundtable event, Jeetu Patel, general manager of security and collaboration at Cisco, said that even though most companies have been working in a hybrid way for a big chunk of time, there is still often an issue of disconnect that comes from not being in the same physical space as your colleagues.

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ComputerWorld
Oct 25, 2022

Apple's DeskView and Continuity Camera come to Webex
Apple and Cisco have found a way to integrate many of the best collaboration features introduced in iPadOS/iOS/macOS to Webex. The new integrations even extend to Deskview, a new feature that lets a user share a video of their desk while in a Webex meeting. 

Webex gets the best of Apple collaboration Cisco announced its news today at Webex One. The big takeaway: Apple and Cisco continue to extend the partnership they began in 2015 around the time Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared at Cisco Live to introduce the tie-up.

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ComputerWorld
Oct 25, 2022

Why more than half of IT leaders may be looking for new jobs
Two new studies warn that more than half of IT leaders are actively looking for new jobs because, in part, they're dissatisfied with the amount of C-level support they and their tech organizations receive.

As many as 58% of enterprise IT managers are currently job hunting, according to a survey of 3,300 "decision makers"  commissioned by ManageEngine, the enterprise IT management division of Zoho. ManageEngine used market research agency Vanson Bourne to conduct the global study, which included IT and other key business functions from a range of private sector organizations.

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ComputerWorld
Oct 24, 2022

10 ways iPadOS 16 can make you more productive
Apple today is expected to release iPadOS 16.1. Most of its improvements aren't confined to iPad — you'll also find them on iOS 16 and macOS Ventura. But they should help you be more productive, whichever Apple device you use.

Here's a look at some of the improvements and what they do.

A more Mac-like Desktop Stage Manager (see more below) tries to bring both Mac and iPad closer together, but iPad gains new system elements and interactions in the Desktop Class apps, including Files. These include consistent undo and redo, customizable toolbars, and the ability to change file extensions and view folder sizes in Files. This alone may be enough to upgrade, given how important Files has become for some workflows.

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ComputerWorld
Oct 24, 2022

What does Windows 10 22H2 bring to the table? Not much.
So, Windows 10 22H2 is finally out. And it includes…well…um…just what exactly?

First, remember that this fall brings two 22H2 releases: One for Windows 11, one for Windows 10. While Windows 11 22H2 has a lot of changes (such as File Tab explorer, which just rolled out), Windows 10 22H2 is, in the words of Microsoft, a much more "scoped" release "focused on quality improvements to the overall Windows experience in existing feature areas such as quality, productivity, and security."

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ComputerWorld
Oct 24, 2022

Sustainable IT: An environmental and social approach to business tech
Sustainable or green IT is not new. In fact, it has been a topic of discussion among IT leaders for decades. But the concept of sustainability in general, which the United Nations defines as "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs," is something people and organizations are prioritizing more than ever — and for good reason.

Concerns about the environment and climate change are front and center among world leaders, environmental advocacy groups, and society at large. Corporate executives and boards want their organizations to do their part — or at least be perceived as doing their part — to help.

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ComputerWorld
Oct 21, 2022

Workers with two jobs — is this really a problem?
If an employee works two jobs, are they really stealing from your company?

I don't think so, but Canopy CEO Davis Bell apparently does.

Bell, whose company is a midsized, Utah-based accounting practice management software firm, wrote on LinkedIn that he'd recently "fired two recent hire engineers who never quit their last job at a big tech company. The reason? This is not about side hustles or moonlighting. These were people holding down two, full-time synchronous jobs and lying about it — trying to be in two meetings at once, etc. Their early performance was really bad, and fortunately, we have great managers who sniffed them out very quickly."

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ComputerWorld
Oct 21, 2022

9 more out-of-sight settings for your Google Pixel 7
This week, we're pawing our way through the giddily good Google Pixel 7 and exploring some of the phone's more easily overlooked options.

The Pixel 7 and its plus-sized Pixel 7 Pro sibling are practically overflowing with awesome stuff, y'see, but some of their best experience-enhancing possibilities require a wee bit of spelunking to surface and set up.

So following up on our first set of hidden Pixel 7 settings, today, we're gonna dive into even more out-of-sight switches you'll absolutely want to dig up and adjust on your glitzy new Googley phone.

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