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ComputerWorld
Jul 07, 2022

Hiring across borders is tough. Global HR startups aim to help
Before co-founding global hiring firm Remote, Job van der Voort was VP of product at GitLab, a tech firm with a fully remote workforce. Like any company without a physical office, GitLab was able to hire talent across the world, tapping into a global talent pool outside of the bounds of the daily commute.

Van der Voort found the processes for hiring new staff laborious and complex, particularly when taking on employees in a new region.

"We would find someone great in a country where we've never hired someone before and have to figure out: how do we pay them? How do we provide benefits? How do we stay compliant, which as you become a larger organization becomes more and more important," said van der Voort, now CEO of Remote.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 07, 2022

Microsoft backs off facial recognition analysis, but big questions remain
Microsoft is backing away from its public support for some AI-driven features, including facial recognition, and acknowledging the discrimination and accuracy issues these offerings create. But the company had years to fix the problems and didn't. That's akin to a car manufacturer recalling a vehicle rather than fixing it.

Despite concerns that facial recognition technology can be discriminatory, the real issue is that results are inaccurate. (The discriminatory argument plays a role, though, due to the assumptions Microsoft developers made when crafting these apps.)

Let's start with what Microsoft did and said. Sarah Bird, the principal group product manager for Microsoft's Azure AI, summed up the pullback last month in a Microsoft blog. 

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ComputerWorld
Jul 07, 2022

The Polish IT market shows resilience despite challenges in H1
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ComputerWorld
Jul 06, 2022

Accused of ‘unfair' practices, Apple faces App Store court battle in UK
Depending how you look at it, Apple is gaining a fresh opportunity to explain why the charges it levies at the App Store are fair, or regulators are getting the chance to decide what the future shape of online business will be by defining what constitutes an acceptable profit margin in digital sales.

In either case, these decisions set precedents which can, presumably, be applied against other forms of business and retail. After all, if regulators define acceptable profit margins for one line of business, then they must adopt a consistent approach that can be applied across all industries. Right now, Apple seems to believe that for most transactions, the fair figure is zero or 15%, with those with the broadest shoulders paying more to support others.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 06, 2022

European Parliament approves sweeping big tech antitrust laws
The European Commission announced late yesterday that the Digital Markets Act (DMA) and Digital Services Act (DSA) have been voted through, marking a new chapter for how technology companies will be able to operate in the EU. The parliament voted 588 in favor and 11 against for the DMA, while 539 MEPs backed the DSA, with 54 votes against.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 06, 2022

How many jobs are available in technology?
Over the past three months, IT job openings for entry-level positions have declined significantly, according to a new report.

Job openings for entry-level tech workers declined from 29,500 in April to 24,000 in May and to 18,400 in June, according to IT employment consultancy Janco Associates.

Janco's report, which was compiled from US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and survey data, said the downward trend is the result of several factors — the most critical of which is an increasing belief among C-level executives that we are already or soon will be in a recession.

In creating its May forecast for future IT hiring, Janco found that almost all 217 CIOs it surveyed are planning on:

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ComputerWorld
Jul 05, 2022

Apple (almost) says, ‘If you want to collaborate, stay apart'
Apple has made a decision that should show most enterprises that, when it comes to COVID-19, it's not over till it's over. The company has reportedly deferred plans to get staff back in the office three days a week because of increasing infection rates.

Living with COVID means taking it seriously A weekend Bloomberg report tells us the full implementation of Apple's originally mandated three-days-a-week-in-person plan is probably "not imminent." The report suggests the company is experiencing rising infection rates across its workforce. If Apple is experiencing this, then it is not alone.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 05, 2022

Think twice before deploying Windows' Controlled Folder Access
As ransomware attacks gained steam in the mid-2010s, Microsoft sought to give Windows users and admins tools to protect their PCs from such attacks. With its October 2017 feature update, the company added a feature called Controlled Folder Access to Windows 10.

On paper, Controlled Folder Access sounds like a great protection for consumers, home users, and small businesses with limited resources. As defined by Microsoft, "Controlled folder access helps protect your valuable data from malicious apps and threats, such as ransomware. Controlled folder access protects your data by checking apps against a list of known, trusted apps. Supported on Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2022, Windows 10, and Windows 11 clients, controlled folder access can be turned on using the Windows Security App, Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, or Intune (for managed devices)."

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ComputerWorld
Jul 05, 2022

Yes, you can avoid 2022's business travel miseries
For better or worse, I'm back on the business travel road again. And, friends, let me tell you, it's miserable out there these days.

Here are some woes my friends and I have faced — and what you can do to avoid them. 

First, remember that COVID-19 continues to be a problem. At my last conference, three of the organization's top leaders came down with it immediately after they arrived. Organizationally, they managed to juggle all their duties —  but for a while, I thought I'd end up introducing keynote speakers!

(Fortunately for all, it didn't come to that.)

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ComputerWorld
Jul 05, 2022

Are banks quietly refusing reimbursements to fraud victims?
There are some scary reports popping up that various major financial institutions no longer credit back all fraudulent transactions, even when victims file a police report. If true, it's a disastrous move that will painfully hurt the institutions.

Let's look a recent New York Times report on the problem:

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ComputerWorld
Jul 05, 2022

Tech talent shortage slows reshoring of chip manufacturing in US
As Intel, Samsung, TSMC, and others move ahead with plans for new computer chip development and manufacturing plants in the US, those efforts are running into a new headwind: there aren't enough people with the skills needed to run the facilities.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 01, 2022

Cookie conundrum: The loss of third-party trackers could diminish your privacy
Third-party cookies may be going away in 18 months, but will that achieve Google's stated intentions of creating a "more privacy-first web?"

Chris Matty doesn't think so.

In fact, he believes the death of the invasive little trackers could paradoxically make our online identities less secure.

And he believes the motivations of Apple and Google, which have advocated for an end to this form of passive surveillance, are motivated by goals that are less altruistic than they may seem.

Matty is the founder and chief revenue officer of Versium, a business-to-business omnichannel marketing firm that profiles online visitors without using cookies. Instead, it harvests data from various third-party sources in a process that complies with the California Consumer Privacy Act and then uses deterministic algorithms to make what is essentially an educated guess about the identity of visitors.

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ComputerWorld
Jul 01, 2022

10 next-level tricks for your Pixel Clock app
Google's Pixel phones are practically overflowing with useful stuff. And some of the best options of all are things you've probably never even noticed.

That's true for the Pixel's core Android software as well as its Google-made apps — everything from the excellent calling-related features in the Pixel Phone app to the expanded array of advanced options in Google Assistant on Pixels.

It's even true in apps that seem so basic and utilitarian, you'd never think they had anything interesting lurking in their dusty virtual corners.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 30, 2022

Reviewing the latest Apple rumors
On Today in Tech, join Michael Simon and Ken Mingis as they separate the facts from fiction about the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, the M2 chip, the M2 MacBook Air, and the latest rumors.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 30, 2022

How to set up and use Focus modes on iOS 16
Focus mode is Apple's way of helping users get the task at hand done filtering out the noise. It's available in iOS and for iPads and Macs and can be a real productivity boost — if you know how to set it up right.

This is how it works.

Finding Focus Since iOS 15, Focus has appeared as an option in Control Center, or via SettingsFocus.

In iOS 16, due out this fall, it can recommend relevant Lock Screens for the Focus options you provide, such as a data-rich Lock Screen for work.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 30, 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
Jun 30, 2022

The evolution (and eventual end) of computer monitors
(Disclosure: All of the vendors mentioned are clients of the author.)

I met this week with Stefan Engel, Lenovo's vice president and general manager of visuals business, and we chatted about where monitors are — and where they are going. That prompted me to reflect on why monitors are likely headed toward obsolescence by the end of the decade, and the different approaches Dell, HP, and Lenovo are taking now. 

Let me start with that last point first. 

Dell, HP, and Lenovo march to different monitor drummers When it comes to setting up a monitor, most users are also interested in speakers and a webcam — especially in the video-centric world in which we now work. Dell views it monitors as entirely separate items; cameras and speakers (with some exceptions) are usually separate, although Dell does tend to support charging and accessory connections, turning them into USB hubs.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 30, 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 21H2) 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 21H2, 21H1, 20H2, and 2004. (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
Jun 30, 2022

Here comes the 'destination workplace.'
In a market economy, some human spaces are provided as services that compete with other services to attract customers. This is true of hotels, gyms, and shopping malls.

But it hasn't been true of workplaces.

In the past, the workplace was provided by a monopoly provider — the company you worked for. As a result, offices hadn't been particularly appealing or creative, with industry exceptions like tech, where the nature of employment can be fluid.

Once an employer was chosen, individual employees didn't have a choice like customers. Instead, workplace quality was just another factor lumped in with many other factors for how appealing an employer might be.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 30, 2022

Gartner predicts PC shipments to fall by 9.5% this year
Global PC shipments are set to decline by 9.5% in 2022, according to the latest forecast by Gartner.

"A perfect storm of geopolitics upheaval, high inflation, currency fluctuations and supply chain disruptions have lowered business and consumer demand for devices across the world and is set to impact the PC market the hardest in 2022," said Ranjit Atwal, senior director analyst at Gartner, in comments published alongside Gartner's data.

In EMEA, this figure is expected to decline further, by around 14%, with a combination of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, price increases, and unavailability of products from China due to ongoing lockdowns all leading to a softening of consumer demand.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 30, 2022

Should you start going to business conferences again?
Back in the 2010s, I averaged almost 100,000 miles a year on business travel. I went to endless Linux, open-source, and cloud conferences. When COVID-19 hit, I went from flying around the country and to Europe every few weeks to driving to the grocery store every few weeks. Now, I'm back on the road — and in the air — again. So far, in 2022, I've been to Boston, Valencia, Spain, and Austin for work. I expect to finally make it to Dublin, Ireland, and numerous spots in the US before the year is over.

So, do I recommend traveling for business again? Hell, no. It's not safe out there. It really isn't. It only seems safe.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 29, 2022

FCC commissioner wants Apple, Google to remove TikTok from App Stores
FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr has written to Apple and Google to request that both companies remove the incredibly popular TikTok app from their stores, citing a threat to national security.

Is your data going TikTok? Carr warns the app collects huge quantities of data and cited a recent report that claimed the company has accessed sensitive data collected from Americans. He argues that TikTok's, "pattern of conduct and misrepresentations regarding the unfettered access that persons in Beijing have to sensitive U.S. data...puts it out of compliance," with App Store security and privacy policies.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 29, 2022

14 best practices for Microsoft Teams video meetings
It's easy to start a video meeting in Microsoft Teams, but there are ways to enhance the experience for you and the other attendees, whether it's an informal video chat with co-workers, a presentation to a client, or a department-wide quarterly update. Here's how you can get the most out of video meetings in Teams — best practices for before, during, and after your meeting.

This story is primarily for users whose organizations have a subscription to a Microsoft 365 or Office 365 business or enterprise plan. Although Microsoft offers subscriptions tailored for home users, as well as a free version of Teams, these don't include many of the features covered in this story. Also note that these instructions describe the Teams desktop app; some features are not available in the web or mobile versions.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 29, 2022

The Android clipboard enhancement you didn't know you needed
Unless you're an exceptionally quirky creature, your phone's clipboard probably isn't something you spend a ton of time contemplating.

And really, why would you? It's just an invisible layer that works quietly in the background and supports a relatively mundane system function.

Keep a pinch of your contemplation energy available, though, 'cause my goodness: A teensy bit of attention to your phone's clipboard now can enhance your Android-using experience in some pretty powerful ways. And you'll enjoy those enhancements for months or maybe even years to come.

[Get three things to try every Friday with my Android Intelligence newsletter — and three custom bonus tips the second you sign up!] Fittingly enough, Google itself is turning its focus to the Android clipboard in the upcoming Android 13 release. As we discussed in my newsletter on Friday, Android 13 will introduce a slew of genuinely useful clipboard-centric enhancements, all revolving around a new clipboard pop-up that appears anytime you copy something on your phone.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 29, 2022

Worried about burnout? Few enterprises are set up to fight the real causes
Employee burnout is often cited as a reason for losing enterprise employees. But a CEO saying that is like the head of a hospital saying death is the prime reason for bad outcomes.

Although both statements are obviously true, they are effectively meaningless without addressing their causes. A recent McKinsey report found that "employers have invested unprecedented resources in employee mental health and well-being." That is a classic way of treating "burnout" as though it is a mental aberration.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 28, 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
Jun 28, 2022

How Apple is improving single sign-on
Among a slew of announcements at WWDC this year were some important changes to Apple's support for single sign-on (SSO). Here's what's coming when new updates ship this fall.

SSO BYOD = iOS 16, iPadOS 16 Apple first introduced SSO support at WWDC 2019 with Sign in with Apple, which also saw the introduction of extensions to enable this kind of authentication. It allowed a user to access a service or website using their Apple ID, and meant support for identity providers, the use of highly secure token-based signatures and the tools service providers required to implement these systems.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 28, 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 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.

Note: If you're still using Windows 10, see "Windows 10: A guide to the updates." And if you're looking for information about Insider Program previews for upcoming feature releases of Windows 11, see "Windows 11 Insider Previews: What's in the latest build?"

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ComputerWorld
Jun 28, 2022

Q&A: Two coding-bootcamp graduates tell their stories
Technology bootcamps are relatively short-term full- or part-time intensive training programs offering skill sets that in many cases can quickly catapult a previously non-technical person into a high-paying tech career. 

The schools teach students in-demand skills in areas such as coding, cybersecurity and fintech, and in recentyears, the one-and-a-half to six-month long bootcamps have become talent pools for organizations looking for skills-based job seekers. And with the Great Resignation in full swing, more workers are choosing to move into tech for flexible working conditions and high pay.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 27, 2022

Time for a mid-year browser security check
We've reached the mid-point of 2022 and when it comes to security, I feel like we're not making much headway. I still see people report they're getting scammed, ransomed, and attacked on a regular basis — and for many users the browser is becoming the most important part of whatever platform you use. So now is a good time to review your browsers, and any extensions you've installed to beef up security.

Note, I said browsers —plural. While enterprises might want to standardize on only one browser for better control, for small businesses and individual users, I recommend installing more than one. (I often use three different browsers.)

Why is this important? Because attackers (and trackers) go after browsers. In fact, it's good to think of your browser a separate operating system, and act accordingly to protect it. Though I focus mainly on Windows issues, these guidelines and recommendations apply to Mac OS, Ubunto, Mint, and others.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 27, 2022

How Apple plans to dent reality in the next 12 months
Apple updates hardware, software, and services every year and has never been too afraid to cannibalize an existing product range to make way for the new — the iPhone ate the iPod, after all. Now, we hear that Apple is preparing its late 2022/early 2023 product salvo, and, as expected, this may include AR glasses.

What's the story? Mark Gurman at Bloomberg condensed all the current Apple speculation in a recent post. In brief, upcoming arrivals include:

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ComputerWorld
Jun 27, 2022

Now open for entries: Best Places to Work in IT 2022
Computerworld's Best Places to Work in IT is back for its 29th edition, and this time we are looking for great organizations from the US, UK, Sweden, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand. If you work for a brilliant employer of IT professionals, let us know.

Over the past three years, the pandemic has re-shaped the workplace, and the ways in which employees engage with colleagues and employers. After a decade-long gestation, digital transformation became a day-to-day reality overnight. 

Creating great, physical workplaces remains key, but factors such as flexibility are increasingly important as the future workplace evolves. Compensation is critical, but job progression, training, diversity, and sustainability increasingly matter to workforces across the world.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 27, 2022

Zendesk confirms cut-price $10.2B buyout
Customer service software company Zendesk has announced it will be acquired for $10.2 billion by a group of investors led by private equity firm Hellman & Friedman and investment company Permira, as well as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and GIC, a sovereign wealth fund from Singapore.

The acquisition caps a tumultuous year for the Californian company and comes just two weeks after announcing that it would remain a "public, independent company".

In February this year, Zendesk's board of directors rejected an acquisition proposal of $17 billion from a consortium of private equity firms, saying that it "significantly undervalues" the company.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 27, 2022

What's coming in Windows 11 22H2
Windows 11 version 22H2, the first feature update to Windows 11 since its introduction in October 2021, is expected to be officially released sometime this fall, likely in October. (The "22" stands for the year 2022, and "H2" means it's being released in the second half of the year.) Microsoft has already issued a version of it to the Release Preview Channel of the Windows 11 Insider Program; Build 22621 is expected to be close to the final version, if not the final one.

When 22H2 gets its final release, we'll give it a full-blown review. However, if you want a sneak peek, we've looked at the version in the Release Preview Channel, as well as some features introduced in later builds released to the Beta and Dev Channels that might make it into the final release. Based on that, here is what you can expect when the official version hits.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 27, 2022

The great job hunt: 7 top job-search apps hit all-time highs
The top seven job search engines have been hitting new monthly use rates since March, according to data from web-metrics provider Apptopia.

After a period of ebb and flow, numbers have been climbing steadily for the past year, according to Apptopia's latest data. Average daily active users for the month of June have so far grown 57% year-over-year.

"What's super interesting to note is that no month this year has hit a record for monthly active users. This means that while the apps are adding new users, users who already have the apps are playing a large role here, meaning engagement has increased," Adam Blacker, Apptopia's director of content and communications, said in a blog post.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 24, 2022

Cisco announces plan to exit Russia and Belarus
After first suspending operations in March 2022, the networking company has formally announced it will be quitting Russia.

ComputerWorld
Jun 24, 2022

The surveillance-as-a-service industry needs to be brought to heel
Here we go again: another example of government surveillance involving smartphones from Apple and Google has emerged, and it shows how sophisticated government-backed attacks can become and why there's justification for keeping mobile platforms utterly locked down.

What has happened? I don't intend to focus too much on the news, but in brief it is as follows:

Google's Threat Analysis Group has published information revealing the hack. Italian surveillance firm RCS Labs created the attack. The attack has been used in Italy and Kazakhstan, and possibly elsewhere. Some generations of the attack are wielded with help from ISPs. On iOS, attackers abused Apple's enterprise certification tools that enable in-house app deployment. Around nine different attacks were used. The attack works like this: The target is sent a unique link that aims to trick them into downloading and installing a malicious app. In some cases, the spooks worked with an ISP to disable data connectivity to trick targets into downloading the app to recover that connection.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 24, 2022

Italian spyware firm is hacking into iOS and Android devices, Google says
Google's Threat Analysis Group (TAG) has identified Italian vendor RCS Lab as a spyware offender, developing tools that are being used to exploit zero-day vulnerabilities to effect attacks on iOS and Android mobile users in Italy and Kazakhstan.

According to a Google blog post on Thursday, RCS Lab uses a combination of tactics, including atypical drive-by downloads as initial infection vectors. The company has developed tools to spy on the private data of the targeted devices, the post said.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 24, 2022

Noteworthy tech acquisitions 2022
Amid the on-going coronavirus pandemic, 2021 followed in the footsteps of its predecessor, continuing to be an unpredictable, and at times incredibly difficult, year. But one thing that stayed constant was the steady flow of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) across the tech sector.

According to research by Global Data, global tech M&A deals had already neared $3 trillion by Q3, largely supported by the tech, media, and telecom sectors. Although nothing rivalled Xilinx's $35 billion acquisition of Advanced Micro Devices in 2020, last year did see Intuit buy Mailchimp for $12 billion and Square splash out a princely sum — $29 billion — for Afterpay.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 24, 2022

Human digital twins and evolution: The real Westworld?
Last week, I wrote about a new company — Merlynn — that's selling a rudimentary human digital twin tool. I've been thinking about digital twins ever since — and about how a tool like this could become the next killer productivity application.

When tools that enhance an experience are initially created, they tend to emulate what came before. The first cars looked like horse-drawn carriages without the horses and were even called horseless carriages. Cars evolved and no longer look at all like those early examples. I expect digital twins to evolve, too, into something very different than they seem to be today. 

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ComputerWorld
Jun 24, 2022

There's just one thing businesses can do about the ‘splinternet' — adapt
In ancient times (before COVID-19) I grandly announced that the long-feared "splinternet" had arrived. And I made peace with the fact.

The splinternet idea is simple: instead of the single, global, open internet that early network pioneers intended, we actually now have multiple unconnected internets.

Exhibit A in my argument was the successful isolation of China by the Chinese government's so called "Great Firewall of China," along with aggressive internet censorship. The Chinese government not only censors domestically, but also takes advantage of the lack of controls abroad to censor globally, and to spread pro-Beijing propaganda and disinformation. For example, during the Bejing Olympics, thousands of super active fake accounts and bots flooded the comments of any prominent Twitter user (including myself) criticizing the Olympics or the Chinese government's human rights record. Twitter later deleted the accounts.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 24, 2022

Let's put smartphone mics to better use
I was working on a file the other day when my iPhone popped up a message: "A sound has been recognized that may be a doorbell." Indeed, a doorbell had just rung. 

This is one of the new collection of accessibility notifications for those who have trouble hearing. Apple has been rolling out a lot of these lately, and Google's Android has been doing the same. 

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ComputerWorld
Jun 23, 2022

Apple says it's time your business ran BIMI
Apple will add another obstacle against successful phishing attacks in iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura, which will show a company's official logo to help recipients recognize genuine from fake emails.

Brand Indicators for Message Identification Apple's forthcoming operating systems will support Brand Indicators for Message Identification (BIMI). This is a specification to enable the use of brand-controlled logos within emails and will be a way to tell recipients that an email genuinely comes from the company concerned. Google has supported BIMI since 2021.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 23, 2022

The business user's guide to Google Voice
All right, quiz time: In a single sentence, can you tell me exactly what Google Voice does?

It's a question even the most giddy Google-appreciating geeks struggle to answer succinctly — and for normal, non-tech-obsessed Homo sapiens, the answer typically falls somewhere between "Huh?" and "Wait, is that the same thing as gChat?"

Really, it's no surprise. Google Voice is one of Google's most complex, confusing, and poorly promoted services. But it's also one of its most powerful — if you take the time to figure out exactly what it does and how it can work for you.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 22, 2022

Zoom unveils its latest platform evolution with the launch of Zoom One
Zoom has unveiled Zoom One, a new offering that brings together chat, phone, meetings, and whiteboarding capabilities in a single, purpose-built environment.

Users of Zoom One will be able to access Zoom's collaboration and communication tools and perform actions such as starting phone or video calls from a chat message or collaborating on a whiteboard from a Zoom desktop or Zoom room.

In a press release announcing the launch, company President Greg Tomb said that as Zoom evolved from a meeting app to a comprehensive communications platform, it was clear that introducing new packaging like Zoom One was the next step in the company's evolution.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 22, 2022

Apple doesn't want a metaverse, it wants a better universe
The news that Apple hasn't joined an all-new industry alliance that seems mostly led by its competitors isn't terribly surprising.

Augmented and virtual reality shouldn't be defined as virtual designer shopping experiences, NFTs, and escapism — these powerful tools should become solutions that extend and embrace our existing universe. 

What's the story? Apple apparently declined to join a new outfit called the Metaverse Standards Forum, which already includes some of the bigger names in this new dimension. Member companies presently include Microsoft, Sony, Nvidia, Adobe, and some of Apple's biggest competitors, including Facebook (now Meta) and Epic Games.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 22, 2022

Slack adds video and screenshare to Huddles audio chat
Slack's Huddles audio chat feature, a popular way to start informal conversations since its launch last year, has seen the fastest uptake of any Slack feature to date, according to the company, with millions of users each week. And at its Frontiers conference this week, Slack announced plans to expand functionality within huddle calls with optional video and screen sharing.

"It's going to retain that lightweight, instantaneous audio-first experience it has today, but you'll be able to progressively expand the scope of any huddle that you're in," said Rob Seaman, senior vice president for product at Slack, who added that audio will remain the default option when starting a huddle call.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 22, 2022

Q&A: Four business leaders on their 4-day workweek pilot plans
As interest in a four-day workweek mounts, the largest pilot scheme of its kind kicked off in the UK earlier this month. Around 3,300 employees at 70 small businesses - ranging from tech firms to financial services companies and even a fish-and-chip shop - are taking part in the six-month trial coordinated by the non-profit organization 4 Day Week Global and think tank Autonomy.

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Jun 22, 2022

14 ways Google Lens can save you time on Android
Psst: Come close. Your Android phone has a little-known superpower — a futuristic system for bridging the physical world around you and the digital universe on your device. It's one of Google's best-kept secrets. And it can save you tons of time and effort.

It's a little somethin' called Google Lens, and it's been lurking around on Android and quietly getting more and more capable for years. Google doesn't make a big deal about it, weirdly enough, and you really have to go out of your way to even realize it exists. But once you uncover it, well, you'll feel like you have a magic wand in your pocket.

At its core, Google Lens is best described as a search engine for the real world. It uses artificial intelligence to identify text and objects both within images and in a live view from your phone's camera, and it then lets you learn about and interact with those elements in all sorts of interesting ways. But while Lens's ability to, say, identify a flower, look up a book, or give you info about a landmark is certainly impressive, it's the system's more mundane-seeming productivity powers that are far more likely to find a place in your day-to-day life.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 21, 2022

Cloudflare outage brings hundreds of sites, services temporarily offline
A Cloudflare outage on Tuesday knocked hundreds of websites and services, including Discord, Shopify, Fitbit, Peleton, various cryptocurrency services, and Cloudflare itself, offline for a number of hours.

Founded in 2010, Cloudflare is a US-based content delivery network (CDN) that also provides distributed denial-of-service protection to online domains, speed optimization, and various cybersecurity services.

The company faced similar issues last week when an outage in the India region caused several services including Discord, Shopify, Canva and GitLab to suffer from network performance issues across India, Indonesia and Eastern Europe.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 21, 2022

Hexnode's CEO on Apple in the enterprise and the transformation of the workplace
Apple's rapidly growing enterprise market share is generating an expansion in the support services ecosystem for the products. One company to recently enter the Apple device management space is Hexnode. I spent a little time with company founder and CEO Apu Pavithran to see this part of the world through his eyes.

What will the workplace of the future look like?  As we work through the pandemic, we hear a lot about the new workplace. But no one yet knows what this will be. We know expectations have changed and employees have proved that remote work can be productive, though many managers are having problems making this transition.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 21, 2022

Trouble with Windows? You have support options
So, you finally got around to installing a Windows update from Microsoft, and there's a problem. Where do you go for support and assistance?

Short answer: it depends.

If you are an Enterprise customer and have an issue with your work computer — whether in the office or remote — there should be a designated IT administrator or help desk for you. You either call the help desk or open a trouble ticket and someone gets back to you. Often, they have tools to remotely connect to your computer and see what's going on.  If the issue is so serious your machine can't be fixed, they'll deploy a new computer or reimage your PC using tools such as Autopilot to deploy a fresh copy of Windows for you.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 21, 2022

The dangers of embracing cryptocurrency
I have a friend, let's call him Joe, who runs a small restaurant and is really upset about the recent stock market declines. I can't blame him. We're in a bear market now. It's ugly. So, what does Joe want to do? He wants to take some of his assets out of the market and bet it all on — God help us — cryptocurrency in a desperate effort to keep his business running.

No! Just no!

That's literally jumping from the frying pan into the fire. Yes, I'm a crypto-cynic. As far as I'm concerned, Bitcoin, Dogecoin, Ethereum, all the cryptocurrencies, are one big con job.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 21, 2022

How tech companies are responding to the talent gap
As the number of unfilled tech jobs rises, and younger tech workers head out the door quicker than ever, companies are being forced  to turn to non-traditional methods of finding new talent.

Organizations are developing in-house training to upskill and reskill employees, some of them from non-technology business units. Companies are also bypassing academic requirements to focus on skills-based hiring and seeking talent in regions not traditionally sourced for new hires.

While unemployment is at historic lows in many sectors, the tech industry has been hit hard by the pandemic and the Great Resignation, leaving companies facing a dearth of qualified job candidates to fill more than one million openings.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 20, 2022

How Apple is updating mobile device management
As expected, Apple at WWDC announced a series of significant changes to how Macs, iPads, iPhones, and Apple TVs are managed in business and education environments. These changes largely break into two groups: those that affect overall device management and those that apply to declarative management (a new type of device management Apple introduced last year in iOS 15).

It's important to look at each group separately to best understand the changes.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 17, 2022

Microsoft delivers solid Windows-focused updates for June's Patch Tuesday
June's Patch Tuesday updates, released on June 14, address 55 vulnerabilities in Windows, SQL Server, Microsoft Office, and Visual Studio (though there are oo Microsoft Exchange Server or Adobe updates this month). And a zero-day vulnerability in a key Windows component, CVE-2022-30190, led to a "Patch Now" recommendation for Windows, while the .NET, Office and SQL Server updates can be included in a standard release schedule.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 17, 2022

How iPhone users with Windows PCs can get 'Continuity Camera' features now
iPhones account for around 50% of the smartphones used across the US enterprise markets, and while Mac share is growing, there are still millions using iPhones who rely on Windows hardware for work. So, when Apple announced Continuity Camera at WWDC last week, plenty of iPhone users with Windows PCs might have felt left behind.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 17, 2022

Will COVID's legacy be a healthier workplace?
Exit signs and fire extinguishers became mandatory following the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City. The 1933 Long Beach earthquake triggered an overhaul of building codes for California public schools. Regulations covering the construction and operation of nuclear power plants were fortified after the 1979 Three Mile Island accident.

What will the long-term impacts of COVID-19 be on workplace safety?

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ComputerWorld
Jun 17, 2022

Big tech platforms sign up to the EU Commission's new Code of Practice on Disinformation
The European Commission has strengthened its Code of Practice on Disinformation, following guidance published in 2021 that it should be updated to take into account events such as the COVID-19 pandemic and Russia's war with Ukraine.

The latest version builds on the original code of practice that was established in 2018, setting out a number of new commitments by both technology platforms and the broader industry to better fight disinformation online.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 17, 2022

Apple offers devs two useful enterprise security tools
Two sessions I attended at last week's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) — the Managed Device Attestation and Secure Endpoint sessions — highlight the company's commitment to delivering increased capabilities for security tools. While both were naturally oriented more to developers of device management and security solutions than to end users or IT admins, some of the additional capabilities developers will be able to build into enterprise tools are noteworthy.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 17, 2022

7 reasons to stock up on day passes to a co-working space
After working from home for a couple of years, no one wants to go back to commuting. But home offices come with unique distractions: Irritating roommates, attention-seeking children, less than ergonomic equipment, and household to-do lists can all interfere with workers' ability to focus.

According to a recent Pew Research study, 44% of people say working from home has made it easier to get work done, but 60% say they feel less connected to co-workers, and some crave the office because their home doesn't have resources they need. This is where a co-working space can save the day.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 17, 2022

12 handy hidden tricks for Google Calendar on Android
Google Calendar is a core part of the Android productivity package — but if all you're using is what you see on the app's surface, you're missing out on some pretty powerful possibilities.

Yes, oh yes: Just like so many of our modern digital tools, there's more to Google Calendar than meets the eye. And while the majority of the service's advanced options revolve around the Calendar website, the Calendar Android app has its share of handy out-of-sight options that are specific to the mobile experience. From time-saving shortcuts to efficiency-boosting options, they're all things that have the potential to make your life easier in small but significant ways.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 17, 2022

What the EU Qualcomm ruling means for big tech antitrust efforts
This week, Qualcomm successfully appealed against a €997 million ($1 billion) fine imposed by European Union regulators in 2019. The fine was originally given after the European Commission ruled that between 2011 and 2016, the chipmaker had paid billions of dollars to Apple to exclusively use its chips in all of its iPhones and iPads, an act that breaks EU antitrust laws.

The decision to nullify the fine came after the second highest court in Europe, The General Court, found that "a number of procedural irregularities affected Qualcomm's rights of defense", ultimately invalidating the Commission's analysis.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 16, 2022

Windows 11 Insider Previews: What's in the latest build?
Windows 11 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
Jun 16, 2022

The state of Apple's laptops in 2022
On this week's episode of Today in Tech we talk about the state of Apple's laptops, whether you should preorder the M2 MacBook Pro, and what the future will bring.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 16, 2022

6 things they don't tell you about digital nomad living
When the average professional imagines the digital nomad lifestyle, no doubt inane stock photography comes to mind — some 22-year-old in a hammock, or sitting on the sand or perched on a mountaintop awkwardly balancing a laptop.

The pictures are pretty. But to any real digital nomad with a serious career, the photos fall flat. (Expert tip: the beach is a bad place to work.)

What's wrong with these pictures is that leisure time and work time are combined into a single image, whereas in real life, these have to be separate, or you ruin both.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 16, 2022

Jamf CIO: Apple will be the No. 1 enterprise endpoint by 2030
I spoke with Jamf CIO Linh Lam on a recent UK visit to mark the company's 20th anniversary. The 2020 Bay Area CIO of the Year Finalist joined Jamf in 2021 - and thinks Apple will be the top enterprise endpoint by 2030 as its current momentum accelerates.

The changing landscape of enterprise IT "The way the demand is growing and the expectations of younger generations joining the workforce, Apple devices will be the number one endpoint by 2030," she told me.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 16, 2022

Microsoft launches new AI-powered Viva Sales tool
Microsoft has announced the launch of Viva Sales, a new sales tool that marks the first job-specific module of the company's Viva Insights recommendation tool.

Launched last year, Viva Insights surfaces personalized news, analytics, and knowledge for employees. Jared Spataro, corporate vice president for modern work at Microsoft, said that until now, every module available in Viva has been broadly applicable to every employee in the company. "Viva Sales is the first module that takes a different dimensional tack. It is focused on helping people, specifically salespeople, to get their job done."

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ComputerWorld
Jun 16, 2022

How to get a job in healthcare IT
Wes Cronkite's company, CPSI, makes software for the healthcare industry, and he has seen both health tech companies like his own and healthcare institutions grow their tech teams in recent years. That growth has created more jobs, demand for a broader spectrum of skills, and more places to work.

Roles in this field range from entry-level help desk positions to user experience designers to health informatics specialists at medical centers, physician practices, startup healthcare ventures, and vendor companies.

CPSI Wes Cronkite, chief innovation officer, CPSI

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ComputerWorld
Jun 16, 2022

'Sign in with Apple' comes to the enterprise
Apple introduced "Sign in with Apple" a couple of years ago. Like similar options from Facebook and Google, the feature allows users to sign into apps and websites using their Apple ID rather than creating a unique account for each app or site.

Unlike other options, however, Apple allows users to choose whether their email address and related information is shared with each app/site. If a user chooses not to share this information, Apple will create a separate unique address to present to the app/site and will forward any mail to the user's actual email address.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 15, 2022

Merlynn and the promise of human ‘digital twins'
Digital twins are being created in factories and cities, and we even have an Earth 2 effort that attempts to create a digital twin of the planet.

But the most important of these will be human digital twins, which many of us thought were still years away. Well, Merlynn, an AI-centric tech firm, has already begun marketing a human "digital twin" that might initially improve productivity but could eventually lead to the elimination of human employees in many companies.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 15, 2022

Cisco Webex boosts admin controls to support hybrid workforces
Cisco Webex has announced several new enhancements to its Control Hub, aimed at enabling administrators to better support a hybrid workforce.

The Control Hub is a centralized management portal that allows Webex admins to configure their service, manage users, and view usage analytics and reporting. The latest updates aim to speed up the identification and resolution of user-related issues and improve collaboration.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 15, 2022

Webex boosts admin controls to support hybrid workforces
Webex by Cisco has announced several new enhancements to its Control Hub, aimed at enabling administrators to better support a hybrid workforce.

The Control Hub is a centralized management portal that allows Webex admins to configure their service, manage users, and view usage analytics and reporting. The latest updates aim to speed up the identification and resolution of user-related issues and improve collaboration.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 15, 2022

The killer calendar app your Chromebook's been missing
Let me just go on the record as saying: The Google Calendar website is fine.

And fine really is the most appropriate word here. Google's default desktop Calendar interface is perfectly functional, and it gets the job done.

It's good enough, in fact — until you experience a truly exceptional Chrome OS calendar alternative and realize how much more efficient, effective, and generally enjoyable your Chromebook-based agenda juggling could be.

I've been raving endlessly about my favorite Google-connecting desktop calendar app of the moment, the recently-acquired Cron, and lemme tell ya: Phenomenal doesn't even begin to describe it.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 15, 2022

The death of Internet Explorer: Good riddance to bad rubbish
Today, at long last, Microsoft is officially ending support for Internet Explorer. Goodbye and good riddance to the most annoying web browser of them all.

Let's review:

Back in 1993 when I wrote the first story about this newfangled thing called the WEB, I knew it would be big. That's more than Bill Gates thought about it at the time. At the 1994 Comdex, Gates said, "I see little commercial potential for the Internet for the next 10 years."

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ComputerWorld
Jun 15, 2022

Office 2021 vs. Microsoft 365: How to choose
Microsoft Office is how billions of people around the world go to work and school, whether they do it from home, an office, a classroom, or a combination of any of those. This suite of productivity tools is used by people working in 106 languages in nearly every country in the world, and it's available in versions for personal, small business, enterprise, and educational use.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 14, 2022

Microsoft promises to recognize Activision Blizzard unions
Microsoft and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) have reached a neutrality agreement that promises to ease the path to unionization for staff at Activision Blizzard, the game studio Microsoft plans to acquire for $68.7 billion.

Quality assurance staff at Activision Blizzard subsidiary Raven Software voted to unionize last month, the culmination of months of action — including a five-week strike in January over Activision's decision to lay off 12 QA testers — that resulted in the first union at a major US video game publisher. Despite initially refusing to voluntarily recognize the CWA-backed union, Activision Blizzard's CEO Bobby Kotick reportedly changed tack in an email to staff last week.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 14, 2022

In the new workplace you'll use Cisco Webex with Apple's CarPlay
Confirming Apple's growing reach in the enterprise, Cisco has announced a range of upcoming features that will benefit any Apple-using knowledge worker using Webex.

Introducing Move to Mobile Apple and Cisco began working more closely together in 2015, when the companies issued a joint statement promising they would begin "optimizing Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps, integrating iPhone with Cisco enterprise environments and providing unique collaboration on iPhone and iPad."

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ComputerWorld
Jun 14, 2022

Can a four-day-a-week workweek really work?
I am not the person for a four-day workweek. My typical week involves about 50 hours over six days a week. But then I'm a workaholic, and that's not really a good thing.

Most people in the U.S., according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), worked for an average of  34.7 hours in 2021. So, in a way, you could argue we're already heading to a four-day-a-week workweek.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 14, 2022

What to do if the Mac you need is delayed?
In the run up to last week's Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), a concerning problem hit people trying to order new Macs. For some configurations, customers were told they would have to wait until August to get their new machines. Granted, many of these delays involve systems with added memory or storage. But you can't upgrade many Macs after you buy them, so - for some - this problem is not trivial.

How bad is the problem? Apple's 14- and 16-in. MacBook Pro laptops, which have been on sale since last fall, are weeks out from delivery. If you order now, you'll have to wait until at least July 28, and maybe well into August, before the new hardware arrives. Even worse: the base 24-in. iMac, if ordered now, won't be in hand for "nine to 10 weeks," according to Apple's online store. (Higher-end iMacs are available right away, however.)  

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ComputerWorld
Jun 13, 2022

Mozilla launches email for Android devices
Mozilla today announced a new email client for Android devices called K-9 Mail. The new mobile app is being launched as part of Mozilla's Thunderbird family of open-source desktop email and chat applications.

The Mozilla Foundation said it is also currently evaluating the development of a K-9 email client for iOS devices.

K-9 Mail includes an improved account setup using Thunderbird account auto-configuration, improved folder management, support for message filters, and synchronization between desktop and mobile versions of Thunderbird, Mozilla said. (K-9 Mail is available for download through these various sites.)

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ComputerWorld
Jun 13, 2022

Before Patch Tuesday, a to-do list to avoid trouble
You could call today Patch-Tuesday Eve. It's the day before Windows machines get offered updates from Microsoft. What should you be doing to prepare?

It depends on what kind of computer user you are.

If your files are stored in the cloud You keep everything in the cloud, you use a Microsoft account, you don't mind reinstalling your OS if need be. Your data is protected by a username and a password, and if you are savvy, your data is protected by two-factor authentication.  

Prior to Patch Tuesday, you might decide you don't need to back up your computer system since you know if something happens to your computer, you can reinstall the operating system and merely reconnect to your various online storage services. You've double-checked that all cloud services you use have Version History." rel="noopener nofollow" target="_blank"file versioning enabled, so if you need to roll back to a prior version of a file, you can do so.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 13, 2022

How Apple improved enterprise deployments at WWDC
Apple remains focused on the needs of enterprise IT. With this in mind, it made several interesting changes at WWDC 2022. Here's a rundown of the improvements Apple announced we've identified so far.

Apple announced a raft of developer technologies Apple ushered in a range of enterprise-focused improvements during the developer sessions held at the event.

Declarative Device Management Introduced in 2021, declarative device management works to make devices more autonomous and proactive, while allowing servers to be lightweight and reactive. It is now also available for Macs.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 13, 2022

How to master the diversity hiring challenge
The hiring of people from under-represented groups, whether it's racial, nation of origin, sexual identity, etc., is usually non-controversial.

But even non-controversial issues can get elbows flying. The latest example: when Trellix CEO Bryan Palma argued during an RSA keynote last week that the industry needs to do a better job of hiring people from diverse backgrounds.

"Palma drew on data clearing showing that ‘straight white men dominate our industry,'" according to a story about the speech in InfoSecurity Magazine. "He argued that the industry is turning away great, diverse people and consequently ‘doing our industry a disservice. ‘We are neglecting to provide pathways for people of color, women and members of the LGBTQ community. The lack of diversity restricts ingenuity, innovation and our ability to recruit the next generation of cybersecurity professionals."

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ComputerWorld
Jun 13, 2022

Why young tech workers leave — and what you can do to keep them
In recent months, a variety of surveys from the likes of PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC), Gartner and Paychex have delivered a torrent of information about what workers — especially those in technology — want. With one in five workers expected to quit their current jobs in the next year, the market for talent is tight and companies scrambling to keep workers happy; the data offers clues to what smart enterprises can do.

Sometimes it's as simple as asking employees what they want; in other cases, it could be simply offering employees remote work options, a decent raise, news skills, or a chance to find meaning in their work.

"If the ‘Great Resignation' has taught employers anything, it's to not take their workers for granted," said Bhushan Sethi, PwC's People & Organization Joint Global Leader. "Yet many companies risk doing exactly that — whether it's by not paying close enough attention to skilled workers who are at elevated risk of quitting or by failing to support workers who seek personal fulfilment and meaning at work.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 10, 2022

Apple's Freeform adds another digital whiteboard option for remote work
Apple, at its developers conference this week, unveiled a digital whiteboard app to support real-time collaboration among users. The slick-looking app, named Freeform, was among the highlights offered up by Apple execs during the WWDC keynote; they described it as a collaboration tool that could be easily used for project planning or brainstorm sessions.

But could its limited reach keep Freeform from gaining traction in the enterprise, much as Apple's FaceTime video app — unlike Zoom and Microsoft Teams — failed to reach a broad audience during the COVID-19 pandemic?

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ComputerWorld
Jun 10, 2022

Amazon to pass Walmart as No. 1 retailer by '24; the latter's store-based tack is to blame
Amazon is expected to push past Walmart as the No. 1 retailer in the US by 2024, according to new report from Ascential. That news is hardly surprising to retail watchers, as Walmart bet on a store-based approach years ago. While that made sense at the time, consumers have changed their habits — and Walmart is about to pay the price.

The mammoth company — which today is not only the largest retailer in the US but the largest company in any category — had little choice at the time. With so much of its revenue coming from its 4,735 brick-and-mortar stores, e-commerce was seen as a way to extend that revenue, but to never replace it. (Globally, Walmart today commands 10,585 stores and employs some 2.3 million associates.)

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ComputerWorld
Jun 10, 2022

WWDC: Apple, Cloudflare, Fastly plot the end of CAPTCHA
Apple took several steps toward a password-free future at its Worldwide Developer Conference, but another component of its strategy will be to replace CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart) with a more private solution.

Introducing: Private Access Tokens Apple is working with Cloudflare (with whom most think it developed the tech behind iCloud Private Relay). It is also working with Google and Fastly to deploy a standardized alternative to CAPTCHA called Private Access Tokens.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 10, 2022

The rise of text and phone scams and why you should worry
The text was from a number I didn't recognize, but there was no question I knew the sender's name.

He identified himself as the CEO of a company I've worked with for years, and he had a favor to ask. Would I mind going to the nearest Apple Store and texting him a list of available gift card denominations? He planned to buy a few for his staff as a surprise.

I was immediately suspicious.

For one thing, the CEO is in California, and I'm 2,500 miles away in Massachusetts. He also deflected my request for a call to confirm details by explaining that he was on a conference call with a client, an unlikely excuse on a Saturday afternoon.

When I again insisted that he call to confirm, the texter went silent for good.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 10, 2022

Note to IT: Apple's upcoming public betas can be your friend
With Apple set to release the public betas of macOS 13 "Ventura" and iOS/iPadOS 16 sometime in July, it's inevitable that some business users will want to get an early look at what's coming. The typical IT reaction is to try to block users from trying out beta software, but that may not be the most advantageous way to handle what's coming.

In fact, you can actually make these betas — and eager early adopters — work in your favor.

Developer betas of the new OSes were released Monday after Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference keynote. The public betas that will follow can be useful for a manufacturer like Apple in terms of accelerating feedback and releasing bug fixes during the development process. They can also be exciting for users who want to try out the new features of an upcoming OS before everyone else gets their hands on them. (The final release for all of these OSes won't be until this fall.)

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ComputerWorld
Jun 09, 2022

Could the EU's USB-C edict push Apple to cut the cord altogether?
The European Union (EU) mandate that makers of most mobile devices use USB-C by fall 2024 has turned up the heat on speculation Apple might just go all wireless in future models of its iPhone and AirPods.

While the directive from an EU Parliament committee applies to all manufacturers of mobile electronics, the unprecedented requirement is expected to directly affect Apple, whose products — including the popular iPhone — use the company's proprietary Lightning connector protocol.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 09, 2022

WWDC 2022 wrap-up
On today's episode, it's a WWDC wrap-up party! We'll talk all about the new iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and watchOS updates and which features you'll be most excited to try. And of course we'll have a lot of thoughts about the new M2 processor and MacBook Air.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 09, 2022

Salesforce announces NFT Cloud platform amid crypto concerns
Salesforce announced Wednesday that it has rolled out a closed pilot program for a new service called NFT Cloud, allowing users to mint and manage NFTs for brand engagement and marketing purposes, even as the wider crypto market continues to spiral.

NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are best understood as a method of fingerprinting a particular piece of art, code or almost anything else stored digitally, using the same fundamental blockchain technology as cryptocurrency to create a unique copy of that item. The idea is, since that item is uniquely identifiable, it becomes "non-fungible" and can hold a particular value in the marketplace, in the same way that a famous work of art has value that a reproduction does not.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 09, 2022

Bitrise announces virtualized Apple Silicon M1 CI/CD dev environment
For developers working on enterprise applications who need to develop for both Intel and Apple Silicon platforms, Bitrise now has a cloud-based option offering the world's first virtualized M1 CI/CD environment.

Easing the transition to Apple Silicon "The M1 chip provides many benefits, but to take advantage of them today, developers need to be able to seamlessly switch between Apple Silicon and Intel-based build options," Bitrise CEO Barnabas Birmacher said.

The company, whose customers include N26, Transferwise (now "Wise"), Virgin Mobile, Tag Heuer, Mozilla, Paysafe, and Philips Hue, sought to provide developers with that kind of flexibility while also providing a scalable solution built on the company's own iOS CI/CD technology.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 09, 2022

The productivity advantages of Microsoft Azure: vertical focus
Disclosure: Microsoft is a client of the author.

This week Microsoft offered up a presentation on its "Microsoft Cloud For Sustainability" effort, which should benefit companies trying to wrap their arms around efforts to reverse climate change and pollution. Companies are looking to do more in this area because customers increasingly favor vendors with a strong focus on ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) values. The environmental part is currently getting the most focus because it is in the public's eye with concerns around climate change driving vendor and solution choices. 

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ComputerWorld
Jun 09, 2022

Why Elon Musk's back-to-office mandate will backfire
Last week, Elon Musk said in a leaked email to Tesla executives that Tesla workers need to stop working from home and spend at least 40 hours per week in the office.

"If you don't show up, we will assume you have resigned," Musk wrote. When challenged on Twitter about the email, he replied: "They should pretend to work somewhere else."

The decree felt shockingly out of touch with what we've learned over the last two years about remote work and the employees who now insist upon it.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 09, 2022

Microsoft commits to ban non-competes and increase pay transparency in the US
Microsoft has launched four new employee workforce initiatives aimed at creating a more transparent workplace culture, including the banning of non-compete clauses in contracts and a commitment to improved pay transparency.

The four commitments have been categorized by Microsoft as:

Empowering employee mobility Fostering a safe space for concerns Increasing pay transparency Conducting a civil rights audit The new policies aim to address concerns raised by employees that current non-compete obligations are being used as a forced retention tactic. Consequently, the company will be removing non-compete clauses from US employee agreements and will not enforce existing clauses for workers outside of Microsoft's senior leadership team.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 09, 2022

Europe gives Apple a smack in the chops on USB-C power standardization
One of the many ways Apple makes its billions is by only offering proprietary software and hardware. This is not just the obvious products such as macOS or iPhones. Everything that Apple can slap a claim on — such as the shape of a tablet — so it can charge you more, it will. So it is that an official Apple 1-meter USB-C to Lightning cable will run you $19, while the best USB-C cable that PC World found in a recent round-up cost $13.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 09, 2022

How AI can give companies a DEI boost
As artificial intelligence (AI) makes inroads into the enterprise, the adopters who've seen the most success are taking a holistic approach to AI, according to PwC's 2022 AI Business Survey. Comprising 36% of survey respondents, these "AI leaders," as PwC calls them, are using AI to target business transformation, enhanced decision-making, and systems modernization simultaneously rather than addressing one area at a time.

These and other organizations are also beginning to use AI to solve more complex business decisions around diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). In fact, 46% of AI leaders are using AI to make workforce decisions that include DEI, compared with 24% of other companies, according to PwC.

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ComputerWorld
Jun 08, 2022

What the EU's USB-C mandate means for Apple — and for users
The European Union (EU) this week announced it will require makers of most consumer electronic devices adopt the USB Type-C charging standard by fall 2024.

The unprecedented mandate is widely ecpected to affect Apple, whose products — including the popular iPhone series — use the company's proprietary Lightning connector protocol. The move means iPhones and AirPods sold in the EU will be required to switch to the more ubiquitous USB-C ports and cable connectors.

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