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ComputerWorld
May 27, 2022

WWDC: Is Apple preparing to give iPad a mammoth upgrade?
The lack of true multi-tasking has long been a criticism thrown at the iPad, but this may (or may not) be about to change, and we may (or may not) learn more about this at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). The big event begins June 6. 

Let's mingle, let's mix it up The evidence for the change is sparse — it consists of additional WebKit code for a multitasking mode that suggests freely-resizable windows. What this might mean in practice is that you'll be able to open multiple windows on iPad and resize them as you like, closer to the Mac experience.

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ComputerWorld
May 27, 2022

Considering contract help? Keep these 10 tips in mind
A record 4.5 million people quit their jobs in March in the U.S. alone, and the ratio of unemployed people to job openings hit a record low.

While the "great resignation" will eventually run its course, the attitude changes engendered by the COVID-19 pandemic are likely permanent. One of those is the freedom for people to work whenever and for whomever they want.

Upwork reported that 59 million Americans - or 36% of the total workforce - freelanced in 2020, an increase of two million people over 2019.

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ComputerWorld
May 27, 2022

6 Android settings for smarter notifications
Ah, notifications. Has any other technological wonder managed to be so incredibly helpful and so impossibly irritating at the same time?

Notifications truly are one of our smartphones' greatest strengths — and one of their most irksome annoyances. They keep us connected to important info and yet also keep us tethered to our digital lives at the most inopportune times.

Here in the land o' Android, notifications are actually designed in a sensible way that makes 'em reasonably easy to manage and customize. (The same can't be said for, ahem, certain other smartphone platforms.)

But taking total advantage of Android's notification intelligence requires a teensy bit of effort. Some of the most helpful and advanced notification options are buried in the software and need a virtual treasure map (and/or a skosh of gentle coaxing) to be summoned into action.

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ComputerWorld
May 26, 2022

WWDC 2022 Preview
Apple's big Worldwide Developers Conference is coming up in less than two weeks. While it's uncertain there'll be new hardware , there will be previews of upcoming versions of macOS, iOS, iPadOS and more. This week Macworld Executive Editor Michael Simon and Computerworld Executive Editor Ken Mingis look at what kinds of software announcements may be in the offing.

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ComputerWorld
May 26, 2022

Microsoft pumps the brakes on hiring
Microsoft is pulling back on hiring quotas for its Windows, Office and Teams chat and conferencing software groups.

The company is apparently readjusting staffing needs in reaction to a global economy that's been buffeted by rising prices, supply chain problems, and spillover effects from war in Ukraine. The move was first reported by Bloomberg.

"As Microsoft gets ready for the new fiscal year, it is making sure the right resources are aligned to the right opportunity. Microsoft will continue to grow headcount in the year ahead and it will add additional focus to where those resources go," the company said in a statement.

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ComputerWorld
May 26, 2022

Apple's bid for ubiquity across the US retail industry comes into view
Seeking growth in an likely-to-be flat market, Apple has improved its payments services products with the live launch of Tap To Pay and the introduction of a new virtual "Apple Account Card" in its Wallet app.

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ComputerWorld
May 26, 2022

DOJ reverses itself, says good-faith security researchers should be left alone
In a move that could have a major impact on enterprise penetration testing and other cybersecurity tactics, the US Department of Justice last Thursday reversed one of its own policies by telling prosecutors not to prosecute anyone involved in "good-faith security research."

This is one of those common-sense decisions that makes me far more interested in exploring the original DOJ policy (set in 2014, during the Obama era). 

The underlying law at issue is the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which made it illegal to access a computer without proper authorization. It was passed in 1986 and has been updated several times since then.

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ComputerWorld
May 26, 2022

IT salaries aren't keeping up with inflation — but that may soon change
Pay for some IT professionals is failing to keep up with inflation, according to a salary survey by IT employment consultancy Janco Associates for calendar year 2021. But preliminary data indicates pay for tech workers could soon change drastically with job market in IT tight, and many companies eyeing major tech projects in the year ahead.

With inflation in the US running at about 8% over the past year, salary increases — even for IT execs — have failed to keep pace.

The mean compensation for all IT pros last year rose only 2.05%, with the median salary at $100,022 for those at large enterprises and at $95,681 for IT workers at mid-sized firms, according to Janco.

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ComputerWorld
May 25, 2022

Microsoft security vulnerabilities drop after five-year rise
While elevated privilege attacks remain a critical security concern when using Microsoft products, a new report says that the raw number of vulnerabilities is dropping.

ComputerWorld
May 25, 2022

Microsoft takes productivity, collaboration to the top floor at Build
(Disclosure: The companies mentioned are clients of the author.)

Microsoft Build is my favorite Microsoft conference because it usually introduces me to fun new stuff to try out. Having this show be virtual is necessary because of the current environment but disappointing because it's hard to check out some of the new things remotely. Interestingly, much of what Microsoft has been announcing at Build could fix that at future events because it's turning up the ability of its tools to operate collaboratively far beyond what's previously been possible.

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ComputerWorld
May 25, 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.

Microsoft numbers Windows 10 releases using a YYH1/YYH2 format, with the YY standing for the last two numbers of the year and H1 or H2 referring to the first or second half of the year. So the most recent version of Windows 10 is officially referred to as Windows 10 version 21H1, or the May 2021 Update. The next feature update, due in the fall of 2021, will be version 21H2.

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ComputerWorld
May 25, 2022

Why you should pay more attention to Apple's green slide
At every Apple product launch, the company demonstrates a green slide in which it talks about things like energy use and recycling. I've noticed way too many people seem to ignore that slide, but it may be one of the most important ones you see at every product introduction.

Let me explain why.

Sustainability has become a business imperative for virtually every enterprise, from resource gathering to recycling and every step in between. Like many companies, Apple is developing sustainable business practices across its entire operation.

Zooming out, what strategic lessons can business leaders take from its approach?

Work with your partners Apple's environmental reports show it understands that to meet some of the environmental challenges of sustainable business, it isn't enough just to improve the company's own operations — it must also take steps to help partners and suppliers improve their own processes. In Apple's case, this means working with smaller partners to build better business practices; the company's recent announcement that its supply chain has doubled the use of clean power is part of that investment.

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ComputerWorld
May 25, 2022

About the Best Places to Work in IT
A note from Foundry's Global Editorial Director: Thank you for your interest in Computerworld's Best Places to Work in IT.

IDG We're excited to announce that the Best Places to Work in IT program is expanding in 2022! As a global company we want to recognize the achievements of companies all over the world. To enable worldwide participation in this popular program, we are making some significant changes this year:

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ComputerWorld
May 25, 2022

Microsoft looks to make Teams screen-sharing more interactive with Live Share
Looking to make screen-sharing more interactive so colleagues can collaborate using third-party apps directly in Teams video meetings, Microsoft this week unveiled Live Share, a Teams SDK extension that's now in preview. It lets developers customize applications so users can co-edit and co-create while on a call together.

Announced Tuesday at Microsoft's Build conference, Live Share uses Microsoft's JavaScript-based Fluid Framework and is hosted on the Azure Fluid Relay cloud service and allows developers to build apps without writing back-end code.

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ComputerWorld
May 25, 2022

How to use a smartphone as a mobile hotspot
Buried inside just about every smartphone is a capability that few people take advantage of but that I have come to rely on: the ability to turn my phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot. And since I got a 5G-capable phone — and 5G mobile networks have become reliably available in many places my day takes me — I can supercharge my hotspot with enough data and speed for my entire crew.

You don't need to run out and buy a 5G phone to turn on a hotspot or even to access 5G networks. You only need a 5G phone to access the fast speeds of 5G. If you come to depend on hotspotting the way I have, though, those blazing 5G speeds are a great reason to upgrade as soon as a 5G network is available to you.

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ComputerWorld
May 25, 2022

Android 13's dueling identities
When Android 13 officially arrives this summer, we're bound to see a bunch of befuddled head scratching.

It won't be because of heat-induced brain fog and/or dry scalp, either — not entirely, anyway. Instead, this fresh crop of confusion will stem from the fact that after months of buildup and anticipation, Google's latest and greatest Android version isn't gonna look like much for the majority of Android-owning organisms.

Sounds strange, I know, but it's true: For anyone carrying a phone that was already running last year's Android 12 software, Android 13 is shaping up to be an incredibly subtle, almost-not-even-noticeable change — at least on a surface level.

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ComputerWorld
May 24, 2022

Workers planning 'bleisure' trips this summer spur travel demand
Travelers who plan to work at least part of the time while on summer vacation this year are creating increased travel demand, according to a new study by business consultancy Deloitte.

The report examined travelers' behaviors and preferences, and showed travel concerns over COVID-19 have waned. Those concerns, however, have been replaced by financial worries, with many travelers keeping a close eye on higher costs.

After being decimated by the pandemic over the past two years, business travel is expected to return to pre-COVID numbers by 2024, according to the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA).

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ComputerWorld
May 24, 2022

Adobe tightens Microsoft integration for document management, validation
Adobe is bringing broader integration of its document management, tracking and validation services into Microsoft's product ecosystem, including tighter connections to Teams and the Purview information protection framework.

At Microsoft's annual Build software conference, Adobe announced a new single sign-on option for Acrobat for Teams, integration with Purview from directly within the desktop version of Acrobat, and Microsoft Power Automation functionality that will allow users to make repetitive tasks with Acrobat Sign easier, among other features.

Adobe also announced unified installation technology for all of the newly released features, meaning that IT staff can deploy them across their organizations with relative simplicity, as well as the achievement of FedRAMP Moderate (a government security standard) certification and Sign Graph connectivity, meaning that checking on signature status for things like sales contracts and onboarding is now faster.

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ComputerWorld
May 24, 2022

Apple is building a transformative platform for AR
Apple has shared some details concerning accessibility features it is working on, dropping some pretty big hints at how it sees augmented everyday reality. Will we see more on this at WWDC 2022, and how will it be applied?

Making life accessible, making reality data Two of the upcoming accessibility enhancements seem to suggest Apple's approach: Door Detection and Live Captions. Here's what they do:

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ComputerWorld
May 24, 2022

Software QA workers at Activision vote to unionize
Workers at a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard voted to unionize on Monday, establishing the first union at a large US video game publisher.

Software quality assurance workers at Activision's Raven Software division, which works on the "Call of Duty" series, voted 19 to 3 in favor of unionization and will be represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA).

The vote, counted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), applies to a segment of workers at Raven, which employs around 350 people. The NLRB previously rejected Activision's demand that a union election include all workers.

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ComputerWorld
May 24, 2022

The 5 best SMB storage clouds
I want to talk to you today about clouds.

But I'm not here to talk about hyper-scale, public clouds such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure, or Google Cloud. They're great, but for many, they're overkill.

Instead, most organizations need a way to store our documents and data so we, and our teammates, can easily get our information whether we're at home or sitting at a convention center in Valencia, Spain.

As it happens, that's what I'm doing right now.

Twenty years ago, I'd be saving this article to my local hard drive with a USB stick backup. Today, I'm saving it automatically to Google Drive and my Linux-based NextCloud instance on my TMD Hosting server back in Chicago.

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ComputerWorld
May 24, 2022

PDF to Excel conversion: Your ultimate guide to the best tools
In an ideal world, the data we need to analyze would be available in ready-to-use format. In the world we live in, though, a lot of valuable data is locked inside Portable Document Format (PDF) documents. How to extract that data from PDFs into an Excel spreadsheet? You have a number of PDF to Excel converters to choose from.

There's software from major vendors like Microsoft and Adobe, task-specific cloud services including PDFTables and Cometdocs, services from general-purpose cloud providers such as Amazon, and even free open-source options.

Which is the "best" PDF to Excel converter? As with the "best computer," the answer depends on your specific circumstances.

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ComputerWorld
May 23, 2022

Hey Microsoft! Is anyone there listening?
Microsoft, we need to talk. Lately, you've been doing things with your desktop software that make me question whether you're really listening to your customers.

I keep seeing you code and roll out items that make no sense. First, let's agree that users run Windows because there is some key application or feature they need. (Otherwise they might have moved to another platform by now.) This recent tweet resonated with me: "The value Windows has to consumers and businesses today isn't the eye candy. It's running 30 years of apps, many of which should've been retired long ago. If you started over, you'd have to jettison that - and the platform would be worthless to most."

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ComputerWorld
May 23, 2022

We already know how Apple will prosper in uncertainty
With inflation raging, supply chains broken, and a tech workforce unsettled by the COVID-19 pandemic aftermath, what's a smart company to do? We already know what Apple will do - it will follow the maxim of founder Steve Jobs, put its figurative head down and "innovate" its way through uncertain times.

When the going gets tough… Speaking to CNN many years ago, Jobs explained his approach:


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ComputerWorld
May 23, 2022

What Gen Z and millennials want from employers
With unemployment in the tech industry hovering around 2%, companies will need to scramble to meet the concerns of new hires if they're going to succeed in attracting — and keeping — top talent. Two new surveys show what younger workers want and just what companies need to do to navigate the Great Resignation and the workplace changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the surveys, one by business consultancy Deloitte LLP, and another by workplace management software maker Robin Powered, young adult workers feel burned out, face financial anxiety, are taking on second jobs, and want more purposeful — and flexible — work.

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ComputerWorld
May 20, 2022

The essential guide to iCloud login
The iCloud login process provides plenty of value without requiring a great deal of thought. Here's what do need to know about iCloud login and how to get the most from it.

What is iCloud login? First, a swift recap of the basic concepts:

Apple's iCloud powers numerous apps and services and acts as a glue to securely enable powerful features such as document and data syncing across your Apple devices with iCloud Drive, Apple Pay and more.

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ComputerWorld
May 20, 2022

Some tech firms hit the pause button on hiring
Salesforce is apparently the latest firm to hit the brakes on recruitment as reports of hiring freezes and layoffs affecting tech workers ramp up. Twitter, Meta, and Uber are among the companies that have slowed hiring for a variety of reasons in recent weeks, amid rising inflation and an on-going stock market sell-off.

"Since the onset of the pandemic, organizations have accelerated their digital transformations to support new ways of working and reaching customers," said Jamie Kohn, research director at Gartner's HR practice. "Tech companies have been at the center of it all. Now, they're taking a step back to re-evaluate what they need for future growth. Therefore, these freezes are most likely short-term pauses."

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ComputerWorld
May 20, 2022

Customer obsession begins with owning the customer's problem
Years ago, I was walking through a parking lot in Mountain View, CA, when I bumped into Scott Cook, the founder of Intuit, the software firm known for such blockbuster financial applications as Quicken, QuickBooks, and TurboTax.

As we briefly chatted, I mentioned that I was a Quicken user. Cook's eyes narrowed as he leaned toward me. "Really?" he said. "What can we do better?"

It's been over two decades since that encounter, but the exchange has always stuck with me.

In my experience, tech executives are good at telling you what their companies do well but not as eager to ask for feedback.

In the course of building a nearly $10 billion company over 39 years, Intuit has carved out a reputation for "customer obsession," so when I got a chance to catch up with Nhung Ho, vice president of artificial intelligence, I jumped at the chance to find out how that obsession plays out in real life.

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ComputerWorld
May 20, 2022

What's so great about Google's ‘translation glasses'?
Google teased translation glasses at last week's Google I/O developer conference, holding out the promise that you can one day talk with someone speaking in a foreign language, and see the English translation in your glasses.

Company execs demonstrated the glasses in a video; it showed not only "closed captioning" — real-time text spelling out in the same language what another person is saying — but also translation to and from English and Mandarin or Spanish, enabling people speaking two different languages to carry on a conversation while also letting hearing-impaired users see what others are saying to them.

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ComputerWorld
May 19, 2022

Podcast: Could hardware supply chain issues upend Apple's WWDC plans?
Not-so-breaking news: Supply chain constraints continue to challenge technology manufacturers, and Apple is no exception. While the wait for some Macs is quite short, others, like the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro face wait times of eight to ten weeks. And with WWDC looming, could hardware supply chain issues upend any hardware announcement plans? Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis and Macworld executive editor Michael Simon join Juliet to discuss current hardware supply chain issues and how they may affect WWDC.

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ComputerWorld
May 19, 2022

How multiverse simulation can speed up innovation
Apparently, during the pandemic, I spent so much time-consuming digital content, I stopped reading print magazines. Last weekend I tried to catch up on reading my Popular Mechanics magazines — from 2021 — and one article blew my mind a bit. The story, "How the Air Force Secretly Designed and Flew a New Fighter in a Year" (here's another piece on the topic from DefenseNews), described how simulations helped designers go from concept to viable, finished product in a fraction of the time it once took to conceive, model, build, test, re-test and then risk death as pilots worked the bugs out of the design.

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ComputerWorld
May 19, 2022

Microsoft pledges changes to European cloud licensing policies
Microsoft has outlined a set of five new European Cloud Principles in response to recent criticism from rival European cloud vendors after customers were asked to pay more to run Microsoft software in non-Microsoft cloud environments, under what were seen as restrictive cloud licensing policies.

The changes come a month after Reuters reported that the EU commission had started asking European Microsoft customers questions about their cloud licensing terms.

In a blog post published on May 18, Microsoft president Brad Smith outlined a set of five European Cloud Principles that Microsoft plans to adopt.

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ComputerWorld
May 19, 2022

The Future of Work? There's an app for that: Airbnb!
People associate Airbnb with vacation travel. But Airbnb was founded as a service for business travelers.

 

The company began in 2007. Then called AirBed & Breakfast, its founders' business model was simple: Buy three air mattresses, and build a website at airbedandbreakfast.com. Then, invite attendees of the city's 2008 Industrial Design Conference who couldn't find a hotel room to crash at their house.

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ComputerWorld
May 19, 2022

How to avoid paying Apple for extra iCloud storage
No matter how many iOS or macOS devices you own, Apple offers just 5GB of free storage to iCloud users - a paltry amount given what rivals offer. But there are ways you can avoid paying for more storage space, or at least limit how much extra you pay.

[ Further reading: 40 tips to get the most from your Mac (and macOS 'High Sierra') ] Here are easy-to-follow tips on how to put some of the biggest iCloud data-consuming features on a diet and save money on iCloud storage.

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ComputerWorld
May 19, 2022

Apple's self-repair program is bad for consumers, but might work well for IT
Apple has changed its self-repair program in ways that make a horrible option for consumers, but might make a lot of sense for enterprise IT — especially those wanting to do iOS device repairs, either for company-owned devices or BYOD user devices. 

It's worth noting that the need for users to always have their phones coupled with the mass-employee distribution of a remote workforce might make this less attractive. Still, for the non-trivial number of users still in large corporate buildings, it's an attractive option.

Let's start with the fun part, which is describing how ludicrously bad these changes are for some. MacRumors did a wonderful deep dive into the experience; here are some of my favorite lines.

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ComputerWorld
May 19, 2022

Windows 10 cheat sheet
When it was first released in July 2015, Windows 10 was the best operating system to come along from Microsoft in a long time. A shape-shifter that changed its interface depending upon whether you were using a traditional computer or a touch-based one, it undid the damage wrought by Windows 8, including eliminating the awkward Charms bar and bringing back the long-mourned Start menu.

Windows 10 introduced many other key features as well, including the Edge browser, the Cortana digital assistant, links to Microsoft's cloud-based OneDrive cloud storage service, and plenty more.

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ComputerWorld
May 18, 2022

RIP, macOS Server
When Apple announced recently that it was discontinuing macOS Server, the move didn't come as a huge surprise. Apple has been deprecating and removing its core services for a while, and moving others - such as Caching Service - into the macOS itself.

But let's take a moment to say goodbye and contemplate what we will do without it.

MacOS Server has a long and storied history. It pre-dated Mac OS X by a year, launching initially in 1999. One of its cardinal features was Open Directory, which launched within Mac OS X Panther Server. It was Apple's answer to Microsoft's Active Directory and was a powerful solution for managing Macs, user accounts, and any settings on a Mac bound to it. It also integrated nicely with Active Directory, making it a solution for mixed Mac and Windows environments.

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ComputerWorld
May 18, 2022

Airtable exec describes building a 'data hub' for the enterprise
Airtable has been lauded for reinventing that mainstay of office productivity software, the spreadsheet. But there's a lot more to the company's low-code app than replicating spreadsheet functions in the cloud, according to Ilan Frank, who recently left Slack to be vice president of product at Airtable.

Airtable combines the functionality of a relational database with an intuitive interface that lets users plan a team project, manage a sales pipeline, and more. Its low-code approach enables a wide range of users to customize workflows to meet their specific needs.

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ComputerWorld
May 18, 2022

Apple improves enterprise training to meet growing demand
Apple has overhauled the professional training and certifications it offers for IT support and management in an effort to build up the skills a growing number of enterprises now need.

Can't get the staff? Why not train them? We know that more and more companies are deploying Macs, iPhones, and iPads, which is creating a new challenge: demand for Apple-skilled tech support and staff is also growing. (The demand for Macs is growing even as the PC industry shrinks.)

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ComputerWorld
May 18, 2022

Miro looks to move beyond the whiteboard and support hybrid work
Miro has unveiled a host of new features and integrations, designed to support hybrid working and move it beyond being predominantly a whiteboarding tool.

The collaboration software maker has added several new features this week, include three updated frameworks for its Miro Developer Platform, new integrations with the Google Meet and Webex videoconferencing tools, and improvements to interactive presentations.

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ComputerWorld
May 18, 2022

Google's potentially pivotal Pixel Tablet curveball
As Google looks toward the future of Android and its platform-wide tablet philosophy, you can't help but be reminded of the past.

'Twas a whopping 11 years ago, after all, that Google first turned its focus toward creating an optimal Android tablet experience. Back in the prehistoric era of 2011, Le Googlé launched its initial Android tablet push with the introduction of the Android 3.0 Honeycomb software and an effort to get developers on board with big-screen app interface optimizations.

That effort didn't last for long, to say the least. Within about a year, Google — well, y'know, Googled. The company lost its focus, pivoted away from its vision, and ultimately just let the idea of the Android tablet languish without any meaningful movement forward or any real platform-level promotion.

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ComputerWorld
May 17, 2022

Apple backs off its return-to-work policy, cites virus resurgence
Apple told employees today it will delay a plan to require them to come back to the office a least three days a week amid surging COVID-19 cases.

The company had planned to require workers to return to the office thrice weekly by May 23, according to a memo seen by Bloomberg. Apple said the requirement is being delayed for "the time being" and didn't provide a new implementation date; it still expects workers in the office two days a week.

The company also re-instituted a mask mandate for employees at Apple Stores, but is not requiring customers do the same.

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ComputerWorld
May 17, 2022

Apple boosts diversity with its latest accessibility tools
What can humans do alone? What can computers do? And what can humans and computers do when they work together? Apple's latest accessibility features gives us a sense of new ways in which tech and humans can augment each other.

Happy Global Accessibility Awareness Day This week, Apple is celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day with news of these upcoming improvements, and a range of special sessions, curated collections, and more.

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ComputerWorld
May 17, 2022

Apple's boosts diversity with its latest accessibility tools
What can humans do alone? What can computers do? And what can humans and computers do when they work together? Apple's latest accessibility features gives us a sense of new ways in which tech and humans can augment each other.

Happy Global Accessibility Awareness Day This week, Apple is celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day with news of these upcoming improvements, and a range of special sessions, curated collections, and more.

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ComputerWorld
May 17, 2022

Chromebooks: Desktops you can trust to be there
I've been a Chromebook believer for over a decade now. A week ago, I was reminded of one of the fundamental reasons I use them: when a Chromebook fails, you can buy a new one and be back to work in minutes.

I was in Myrtle Beach, SC, on a semi-vacation — that is to say, I was only working six hours a day — when my old Chromebook failed. I hoped it wasn't dead. I thought maybe it was just resting or maybe stunned. So, I tried everything: removing a USB drive, a hard reset, beating on it, and yelling, "'ELLO POLLY!!!!! Testing! Testing! Testing! Testing! This is your nine o'clock alarm call!"

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ComputerWorld
May 17, 2022

Amid talent crunch, Microsoft looks to keep talent through pay hikes, bonuses
Under tremendous pressure to attract and retain talent, Microsoft is boosting worldwide compensation for employees to remain competitive with some of its Big-tech rivals, including Amazon and Meta.

The Redmond, WA company plans to nearly double its global budget for merit-based salary increases, and increase its range for annual stock-based compensation by at least 25% for employees at the senior director level and below, according to a GeekWire report.

"Specifically, we are nearly doubling the global merit budget," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told employees in an email Monday morning. "Merit budgets will vary by country, based on local market data, and the most meaningful increases will be focused where the market demands and on early to mid-career levels. We are also increasing Annual Stock ranges by at least 25% for all levels 67 and below."

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ComputerWorld
May 17, 2022

Amid talent crunch, Microsoft looks to keep workers through pay hikes, bonuses
Under tremendous pressure to attract and retain talent, Microsoft is boosting worldwide compensation for employees to remain competitive with some of its big-tech rivals, including Amazon and Meta.

The Redmond, Wash. company plans to nearly double its global budget for merit-based salary increases, and increase its range for annual stock-based compensation by at least 25% for employees at the senior director level and below, according to a GeekWire report. The news was first reported by Business Insider. 

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ComputerWorld
May 16, 2022

The future of work: Apple's heroes-to-zeroes story
You have to be deeply committed to multiple forms of denial to not recognize that the world is changing. And while not every change is positive, one that makes more sense than most is the chance to create distributed. remote workforces at scale that are more flexible, diverse, and resilient than what we had before.

It's time to seize the moment For two years, technology has supported a new era of flexibility. Many employers now recognize that remote work can be just as — and sometimes more — productive than the in-person experience, while employees have enjoyed the flexibility of working when it's most productive to them, reducing risk of burning out.

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ComputerWorld
May 16, 2022

Not all patching problems are created equal
It's the third week of the month — the week we find out whether Microsoft acknowledges any side effects it's investigating as part of the monthly patch-release process.

First, a bit of background. Microsoft has released patches for years. But they haven't always been released on a schedule. In the early days, Microsoft would release updates any day of the week. Then in October 2003, Microsoft formalized the release of normal security updates on the second Tuesday of the month. Thus was born Patch Tuesday. (Note: depending on where you are in the world, Patch Tuesday may be a Patch Wednesday.) The following day, or in some cases, over the next week, users and admins report issues with updates — and Microsoft finally acknowledges that, yes, there are issues.

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ComputerWorld
May 16, 2022

Apple is the latest example of how the remote work fight has gone lunatic
The emerging corporate pushback against working from remote locations (otherwise known, unfortunately, as work from home) is nothing shy of self-destructive and bizarre. I say this because it comes at the same time enterprises struggle to attract and retain the talent they need during a major talent shortage.

It's as though C-level execs argued to their boards: "This worker shortage is hurting us badly and it must be fixed. But as long as we're here, let's make the shortage much worse by undermining our remote worker policy."

Apple is a terrific example because the nature of its operations are perfectly suited to a distributed workforce and it has seen firsthand all of the benefits — and virtually none of the downsides — during the past two years. And yet, down the "let's bring our workers back into corporate buildings" rabbit hole it plunged. 

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ComputerWorld
May 16, 2022

No degree? No problem. Tech firms move away from college requirement for new hires
The tech industry has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic and the Great Resignation, leaving organizations facing a dearth of qualified job candidates for more than 1 million openings.

For all US jobs, the number of openings was at a high of 11.5 million at the end of March, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Meanwhile, in each of the past six months, more than 4 million people have quit their jobs, according to the agency.

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ComputerWorld
May 14, 2022

May's Patch Tuesday updates make urgent patching a must
This past week's Patch Tuesday started with 73 updates, but ended up (so far) with three revisions and a late addition (CVE-2022-30138) for a total of 77 vulnerabilities addressed this month. Compared with the broad set of updates released in April, we see a greater urgency in patching Windows — especially wiith three zero-days and several very serious flaws in key server and authentication areas. Exchange will require attention, too, due to new server update technology.

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ComputerWorld
May 13, 2022

Does your team need a cloud-based unified communication and collaboration tool?
The debate is over — and the cloud won. Most businesses have left their quaint PBX phone systems behind and moved to a unified communications system (UC) that exists entirely in the cloud, because they don't want to be tied to a particular location to communicate. For today's distributed and hybrid workforce, cloud-based business communications and collaboration tools make sense.

If your team is clinging to the phones on their desks or your IT team is reluctant to support yet another cloud solution, it's time to let go, especially if your company is embracing a hybrid work model. Not only is that phone likely to gather dust, but UC has become the technical glue that holds people together when in-person collaboration is a challenge. Failing to deploy it is likely to hold the entire business back.

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May 13, 2022

Apple's Mac shortage is a big red flag for enterprise IT
Enterprise purchasers should expect to become frustrated when purchasing new hardware in the coming months, as supply chain logistics continue to deteriorate. When it comes to Apple kit, you may have the budget, but Macs are becoming increasingly difficult to find.

Constraint is not better than constrained Apple recently announced record-breaking second fiscal quarter revenue of $97.3 billion, but warned supply-chain challenges could cost the company $4 billion to $8 billion in future quarters.

"Right now, our main focus is on the supply side," said Apple CEO Tim Cook.


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May 13, 2022

How one company used lockdowns to envision a new way of working
As the maker of one of the world's best-selling hand sanitizers, you would expect GOJO Industries to take special care when bringing people back safely to the workplace. The firm's methodical approach could serve as a guidebook for any company facing the same challenges. 

The Akron, OH maker of Purell prides itself on collaboration, so the forced isolation of COVID lockdowns was a blow.

"Prior to the pandemic, we were almost entirely an in-person culture," said Emily Esterly, vice president of work ecosystem and employee experience. "We were super collaborative with no closed offices." 

The company wanted to maintain that culture while respecting new needs for social distancing and the wishes of employees who had taken a shine to remote work.

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ComputerWorld
May 13, 2022

Zoom pushes further into the contact center with Solvvy acquisition
Video conferencing giant Zoom has announced it is acquiring Solvvy, a California-based startup which specializes in conversational AI and automation solutions for the contact center.

Founded in 2013, Solvvy offers an AI-powered self-service customer support agent aimed at easing the load on customer support teams by dealing with simple requests before handing over to a human agent. Customers include technology companies like Calendly, Calm, Seat Geek, and Scribd.

The financial terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed and the deal is expected to close in the first half of 2023, with Zoom incorporating Solvvy's software and team into its contact center platform offering.

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ComputerWorld
May 13, 2022

The missing piece in Google's Pixel puzzle
All right, stop me if you've heard this before: Google's about to get serious about hardware.

Yeah, yeah — I know. I'll pause for a second while you regain your composure.

Look, I'm a huge fan of what Google's trying to do with its Pixel products. If you've read my ramblings for long (or seen the NSFW multicolored "P"-logo tattoos on various parts of my person), you know how I feel about the Pixel's place in the Android ecosystem and the critical role it plays. (Just kidding about the tattoos, by the way.) (For now.)

But the truth is that we've been hearing the "Google's about to get serious about hardware" line for a long time now — over and over and over again. At a certain point, you've gotta ask: "Uh, gang? When is this actually starting?!"

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ComputerWorld
May 12, 2022

Dell, Cisco, and HP vs. Apple and the hybrid-work test
Disclosure: All of the companies mentioned here except Apple are clients of the author.

One of the people I admire in the tech world is Stella Low, who I initially met at Dell Technologies. She moved from Dell to Cisco to Apple, and then quickly jumped to HP.  Dell, Cisco ,and HP all prioritize employee and partner job satisfaction, while Apple is far more focused on margins and lowering costs.

Which approach is better?

Apple's performance and market valuation show the financial benefits of its tactics, but issues with companies like Qualcomm, and its constant efforts to remove employees' ability to leave can create serious problems with hiring and retention once those methods are discovered and become broadly known. 

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ComputerWorld
May 12, 2022

Podcast: Apple employees push back on return-to-office plans; the end of the iPod
Some Apple employees are protesting the company's return-to-work policy, which requires employees to be in the office three days per week. With that in mind, Computerworld Executive Editor Ken Mingis and Macworld Executive Editor Michael Simon join Juliet to discuss how Apple's plans compare to other tech firms' policies and what the hybrid work landscape looks like. But first, the trio looks at the end of the iconic iPod.

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ComputerWorld
May 12, 2022

Europe puts Apple's CSAM plans back in the spotlight
Apple may have put some of its plans to scan devices for CSAM material on hold, but the European Commission has put them right back in the spotlight with a move to force messaging services to begin monitoring for such material.

CSAM is emerging as a privacy test In terms of child protection, it's a good thing. Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) is a far bigger problem than many people realize; victims of this appalling trade end up with shattered lives.

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ComputerWorld
May 12, 2022

Busting three myths about the future of work
First impressions, gut reactions, and unexamined assumptions about the future of work become embedded in conventional wisdom. Even when they turn out to be false, people still believe them.

Here are the three biggest myths about the future of work.

Myth 1: Zoom fatigue is a real problem

When the first wave of pandemic lockdowns hit in 2020, and employees started working from home at scale, everybody started complaining about "Zoom fatigue."

And "Zoom fatigue" was real. The shock of isolation drove people to overuse videoconference tools. Zoom and its competitors dominated workdays, with most of the day taken up by video calls. And it spilled over into personal time, as people started having long video chats with family and friends.

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ComputerWorld
May 12, 2022

How to use File History in Windows 10 and 11
When Windows 8 made its public debut in October 2012, one of the new features it introduced to users was called File History. Still available in both Windows 10 and 11, it can help you make sure you never lose an important file. 

Simply put, File History is a snapshot mechanism for all files that users store in the primary folders or directories associated with their user accounts. Formerly known as Libraries, these folders include Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, and Desktop. Also included are offline files associated with the user's OneDrive account.  

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ComputerWorld
May 11, 2022

Google brings automated summaries to Workspace ‘Spaces'
Google today unveiled a range of updates to its Workspace productivity apps aimed at easing the workflow of remote teams. Among the features announced at the company's I/O event are auto-generated text summaries of chat conversations to help keep team members on the same page.

The summary feature was rolled out in February to Google's Docs word processing tool, where it is used to generate an overview of text within a document. The company today extended the summaries to Workspace "Spaces" — the chat rooms that enable conversations and file sharing for a specific purpose, such as a particular team or project.

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ComputerWorld
May 11, 2022

Salesforce acquires Slack-bot maker Troops.ai
Salesforce has announced the acquisition of Troops.ai, a revenue and communications platform that uses Slack and Microsoft Teams bots to surface CRM data from platforms such as Salesforce.

Salesforce said in a statement that Troops and its team will become part of Slack—which it acquired in 2020—when the deal closes in 2023. The terms of the deal were not announced, but Troops.ai had raised $19.4 million to date according to Crunchbase, including investment from Slack's own venture fund.

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ComputerWorld
May 11, 2022

5 ways COVID-19 has changed healthcare IT
Two years of COVID-19 has changed how many organizations and their IT departments function. The shift in priorities, particularly when it comes to issues like supporting remote and hybrid work models, has cut across industries. But one sector — healthcare — has had a much different experience and different needs.

As someone who used to manage IT for a healthcare provider and has worked on a number of healthcare IT projects since then, I was curious to see what changes IT departments for hospitals and other medical facilities have had to invest in, and whether these changes will persist in a post-pandemic world.

All in this together The biggest change I heard from both hospital IT staff and the doctors, nurses, and administrators they support is that the two groups are collaborating more than before COVID. This wasn't something I expected at all. While many IT departments have bumpy relationships with their end users, the strain on the relationship in healthcare organizations is particularly acute and volatile.

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ComputerWorld
May 10, 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
May 10, 2022

Why Apple needs to evict old and unsupported App Store apps
Apple's recently announced plan to get rid of unloved older apps from the App Store may have annoyed some developers, but with more than 1 million abandoned apps littered across Google's and Apple's App Stores, the evidence supports the decision.

What Apple said about its plans In an April note to developers, Apple warned that it intends to begin removing old apps that have not been updated for three or more years and have seen few downloads in the preceding 12 months.

"We are implementing an ongoing process of evaluating apps, removing apps that no longer function as intended, don't follow current review guidelines, or are outdated," the company said.

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ComputerWorld
May 10, 2022

Apple shows how work-from-home is here to stay
With starting salaries in the $300,000 range, life is good for some employees at the FAANG companies (aka Facebook (now Meta), Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google (now Alphabet).

Of course, they all have problems.

Amazon is a workaholic's heaven or hell. There is no work-life balance at Google; there's only Google. Netflix stock options "were" great; Facebook is a cult.

But at Apple, most people like where they work. Or they did.

When Apple announced all employees would be required to go to the office three days a week, starting May 23, the crap hit the fan.

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ComputerWorld
May 10, 2022

3 clever new tricks to turn Google Docs into a collaboration superhub
Google's annual I/O developers' conference kicks off on Wednesday, and we're sure to see all sorts of intriguing new stuff across the entire suite of Google services.

Here's a little secret, though: You don't have to wait 'til then to find something new and useful. Google rolls out game-changing additions to its apps and products almost constantly, all year long. Most of the goodies just show up with surprisingly little fanfare and end up getting lost in the shuffle.

That's why today, as we sit patiently and twiddle our collective thumbs ahead of Google's big ol' honkin' announcement extravaganza, I want to draw your attention to a series of spectacular additions in the oft-dusty Google Docs domain. These new features quietly crept into the software over the past several weeks, but most mere mortals would have no way of even knowing.

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ComputerWorld
May 10, 2022

Q&A: Why video calls can be bad for creativity
The popularity of video calls soared during the COVID-19 pandemic as office closures required new ways for workers to connect. But for all their benefits, videoconferencing apps have their downsides, too — and it's not just Zoom-fatigue after several back-to-back meetings.

A recent study, "Virtual communication curbs creative idea generation," published in the journal Nature found that  creativity took a hit when people work collaboratively via video. That's apparently because videoconferencing restricts a person's focus to the computer screen, effectively filtering out the rest of the physical space people occupy. This narrowing of view also serves to restrict cognitive focus, stifling the creative thoughts that come more naturally as people's eyes wander when talking to others in-person.

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ComputerWorld
May 09, 2022

Just what does Windows 11 bring to the table?
The other day, my Dad — my bellwether for technology — mentioned in passing that he'd read online that Windows 11 shouldn't be used and that the operating system wasn't being adopted.

Dad had a point. He's more of an Apple user now — I have him on my phone plan to support his tech needs, he uses an iPhone and has an iPad. As his needs have changed, his reliance on Windows devices has decreased. In fact, his current Windows needs involve applications not on the Apple platform. (And because he's a standalone user, not a domain user, many of the advances in Windows 11 having to do with authentication won't be available to him.)

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ComputerWorld
May 09, 2022

What you need to know as Apple shutters one iCloud service
It took eight years, but Apple has finally completed the transition to replace iCloud Documents and Data service with iCloud Drive. What is happening, why did Apple do this, what might it mean to your business and what should you do now?

What you should do now Most iCloud users will find that Apple has already transitioned their content to iCloud Drive. It is easy to use and delivers a much more elegant user experience.

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ComputerWorld
May 09, 2022

Google, others adding office space in anticipation of the great return
Since January 2020, Google's parent company Alphabet has spent nearly $100M on expanding its U.S. commercial real estate portfolio, including a $28.5 million office it bought in Sunnyvale, CA. at the height of the pandemic.

More recently, Alphabet announced in January it would spend $1 billion for a campus-like office setting in London."We'll be introducing new types of collaboration spaces for in-person teamwork, as well as creating more overall space to improve wellbeing," Ronan Harris, managing director of Google UK wrote in a blog post. "We'll introduce team pods, which are flexible new space types that can be reconfigured in multiple ways, supporting focused work, collaboration or both, based on team needs. The new refurbishment will also feature outdoor covered working spaces to enable work in the fresh air."

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ComputerWorld
May 06, 2022

BrandPost: Questions that every business should ask managed services providers
Businesses with lean IT teams may find it difficult to juggle business continuity, disaster recovery and backup strategies. All of these are critical for a strong defense to meet today's cybersecurity challenges, and yet they're also challenging on top of handling day-to-day tasks.

Many small and midsize businesses (SMBs) are turning to managed service providers (MSPs) to help fill security skillset gaps, as well as help with general IT needs.

"SMB IT spending is estimated by analyst firm Gartner to be $1.2 trillion, and growing at a 4.6% compounded annual growth rate,'' says Pat Hurley, Vice President and General Manager of Sales Americas, at Acronis. He adds that the pandemic has caused businesses of all sizes to adjust rapidly to protect employees working from home.

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ComputerWorld
May 06, 2022

BrandPost: SMB Best Practices: Questions to Ask Before Contracting With a Security Services Provider
Getting ready to procure managed services to help support or augment your security team? You're not alone: 62% of organizations said they plan to outsource some or all of their IT security functions in 2022, according to the Foundry 2021 Security Priorities Study.

Before going down that route, it's wise to gather your requirements and think about the services you want from a managed security services provider (MSSP).

There are a several basic considerations when choosing your service provider, including: the MSSP's experience, the types of support and services they offer, and how their service level agreements are structured. You'll also want to know the MSSP's specific domains of expertise and how they correlate with your needs.

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ComputerWorld
May 06, 2022

BrandPost: Small Business Best Practices: How to Convince Your Boss to Invest in Cybersecurity
The numbers speak for themselves: Nine out of 10 security leaders believe their organization is falling short in addressing cyber risks, according to Foundry's 2021 Security Priorities Study.

And while investing in hardware and software to better protect sensitive data from cyberattacks is a best practice, it is not cheap.

However, many small and midsize business (SMB) leaders mistakenly believe their organizations are not targets, and that spending more money on IT security is wasteful if they haven't been breached, says Candid Wüest, Vice President of Cyber Protection Research at Acronis.

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ComputerWorld
May 06, 2022

6 virtual collaboration solutions for remote teams
So many employers don't yet see that modern employee experiences demand autonomy and flexibility more than they need presence. It's no surprise that since the pandemic struck, technologists have been busily attempting to build collaborative tools to support the distributed hybrid future of work.

Here's a look at some of the virtual collaboration tools available to companies.

Why these tools are important Every survey suggests workers are more willing to find a new job than return to the bad old days of presence-based micro-management. Arguments that returning to the workplace boost collaboration may have some weight, but  much of this relies on old-fashioned email and virtual meetings held from the office, rather than the home.

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ComputerWorld
May 06, 2022

BrandPost: The SMB Guide to Securing Employee Personal Devices
Trying to stay ahead of cyberattacks is a headache for most organizations. Another pain point is securing employee-owned devices, which puts an additional burden on IT.

As a result, personal devices are often overlooked or protection is limited to the secure business applications that are used on the devices, according to Gaidar Magdanurov, chief success officer at Acronis.

That means that employees are moving company data onto personal devices and sharing it through unsecured channels like personal email or file sharing applications. Or, they are storing information in the device memory outside of the protected corporate application. Although this may be convenient for employees, it creates significant security risks for the small and midsize business (SMB).

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ComputerWorld
May 06, 2022

Dell's sustainability program envisions a better future
Disclosure: Dell is a client of the author.

At Dell Technologies World this week, one of the most interesting briefings I received was from Cassandra Garber, vice president of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance). That's because when I first talked to Dell in the early 2000s on this topic, it was on the wrong side of the ESG effort.

There are two kinds of companies that talk about sustainability. One kind treats it as a marketing tool with little substance; the other treats it more like a religion. Dell's initial effort was basically, "if you buy a product, we'll plant a tree." It sounds nice, but is also a clear indicator it's just giving this important topic lip service. Since then, Dell has embraced its ESG commitment, funded it, and created showcases of its efforts — like Concept Luna, the sustainable design project that could redefine the technology market and make it far greener. 

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ComputerWorld
May 06, 2022

Neighborhoods, phone booths, and huddle rooms: Meet the office of the future
As people tiptoe cautiously back to the office, some consensus is beginning to form around what the new workplace should look like.

Cubicle farms are out, "huddle rooms" and "telephone booths" are in.

Real estate owners are struggling to balance the space consolidation opportunities that remote work presents with the need to remain sensitive to employee experience during a period of unprecedented turnover.

"It's the wild west right now," said Brad Golden, customer success manager at VergeSense, which develops technology to help business leaders understand workplace utilization. "Many companies have a return-to-office policy but no idea how many people are returning and how space will be used."

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ComputerWorld
May 06, 2022

Apple employees revolt against mandatory back-to-work policy
A group of Apple employees is pushing back against a mandate by the company requiring them to return to the office three days a week. The group, which calls itself "Apple Together," published an open letter to executives criticizing the company's Hybrid Work Pilot program, characterizing it as inflexible.

Among other grievances, the anonymous letter called the company's requirement that employees spend three days in the office as showing "almost no flexibility at all."

"Office-bound work is a technology from the last century, from the era before ubiquitous video-call-capable internet and everyone being on the same internal chat application," the letter says. "But the future is about connecting when it makes sense, with people who have relevant input, no matter where they are based.

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ComputerWorld
May 06, 2022

7 hidden Pixel shortcuts you probably aren't using
We're likely just days away from the launch of Google's latest Pixel phone — the potentially pivotal Pixel 6a midranger. So it seems safe to say the subject of Googley phones is gonna be comin' up a bunch in the weeks ahead, with snazzy new hardware being the main theme of the moment.

The nice thing about Pixel phones, though, is that you don't have to have the latest and greatest model in order to find some fantastically useful new tricks. Google's constantly updating its Pixels with features both big and small, and it's all too easy for some of the more subtle touches to get lost in the shuffle.

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ComputerWorld
May 05, 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
May 05, 2022

11 business lessons from iPod father Tony Fadell
On tour to promote his latest book, ‘Build,' former Apple executive and iPod designer Tony Fadell talked tech with CNBC. The conversation includes a slew of tidbits for Apple history fans, but Fadell also shared great advice for anyone in enterprise tech.

What follows is a small smattering of what was said.

When creating products, think why "You have to be able to tell the ‘why' story," Fadell said.

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ComputerWorld
May 05, 2022

California legislators put four-day workweek proposal on hold
A proposal to shorten the workweek for employees in California has apparently been put on hold.

The California State Assembly's Labor and Employment Committee declined to advance Assembly Bill 2932, according to the Wall Street Journal, preventing it from moving forward during the current legislative session.

The California bill could return at some stage, however. Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Dist. 28), one of the legislators who has been pushing the idea, said he will now consult with stakeholders on changes to improve the bill's chances in the future.

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ComputerWorld
May 05, 2022

Welcome to the new world of business travel
The COVID-19 pandemic crushed the business travel industry, hammering trade shows, hotels, airlines, and other services. As video meetings went mainstream, the industry's loss was Zoom's gain.

But now, restrictions are being lifted. As a result, business travel is coming back.

Travel management company TripActions says business travel bookings for the first quarter of this year exceeded all bookings for the entire previous year.

Unsurprisingly, the "return" of business travel, in fact, is less of a return and more of a new world of trends.

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ComputerWorld
May 05, 2022

Google acquires Raxium in augmented reality push
Google has acquired Raxium, a five-year-old Bay Area startup working on microLED display technologies for wearables and augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR) headsets.

"Raxium's technical expertise in this area will play a key role as we continue to invest in our hardware efforts," Rick Osterloh, senior vice president of devices and services at Google, wrote in a blog post. The Raxium team will immediately join Google's devices and services team.

The financial terms for the deal were undisclosed, but could be as much as $1 billion according to earlier reports by The Information.

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ComputerWorld
May 05, 2022

Microsoft Edge has edged out Apple's Safari in browser popularity
Microsoft Edge has passed Apple's Safari to become the world's second most popular desktop browser based on data provided by web analytics service StatCounter.

In February, Microsoft Edge was on the cusp of catching Safari with less than a half percentage point (9.54% to 9.84%) between the two browsers in terms of popularity among desktop users. StatCounter's latest figures show Edge is now used on 10.07% of desktop computers worldwide, 0.46% ahead of Safari; the latter dropped to 9.61%.

Google Chrome still holds the top spot by a long shot, at 66.58% of all desktop users. And Mozilla's Firefox had just  7.87% of the share, a significant drop from the 9.18% share it held in February. The new data was first reported by MacRumors.

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ComputerWorld
May 05, 2022

How to translate emails, documents, and more with Microsoft Office
I once worked for an international company that was headquartered in Switzerland and have always been fascinated by languages and dialects. I enjoyed the frequent exchanges with Swiss colleagues who knew four or five different languages. Their emails gave me a tantalizing taste of another culture. I'm also half Italian and exchange frequent emails with Italian relatives.  

When the person I'm emailing is more comfortable writing and reading in their native tongue than in English, I don't let my own inability to write in that language slow me down. I simply use Microsoft Translator to translate my emails for them and their emails for me. Not only does it expand my view of the world, but it also gives me the chance to sharpen my Italian as I watch how Translator turns Italian into English and English into Italian.

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ComputerWorld
May 04, 2022

The Great Resignation puts pressure on those who stay behind
Office workers are starting to feel the pain of the Great Resignation, as increased workloads and the strain of repetitive tasks has pushed up to 70% of employees to consider quitting their jobs in the next six months.

That's according to enterprise automation software company UiPath's 2022 Office Worker Survey, which collected 5,000 responses from office workers across the US, UK, France, Germany, India, Australia, and Singapore.

The so-called Great Resignation is showing no signs of slowing, with a record 4.5 million American workers quitting their jobs in November 2021 alone, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Now, 70% of survey respondents said they are considering following suit in the next six months.

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ComputerWorld
May 04, 2022

Mosyle introduces new MDM services for Apple enterprise
Apple's continued growth in enterprise IT is again reflected in the news that Mosyle has introduced new business-focused MDM services and secured $196 million Series B funding. It shows the rapid extent to which the Apple in the enterprise space continues to effervesce.

The enterprise growth zone "Over the past year we've aggressively rolled out innovative security and management features that used MDM as a medium to extend protection to other layers of the device," Mosyle founder and CEO Alcyr Araujo said in a statement.

The company's funding round was led by New York-based global private equity and venture capital firm Insight Partners.

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ComputerWorld
May 04, 2022

Google responds to EU data rulings with new Workspace controls
Google Cloud has announced a new set of Sovereign Controls for users of its Workspace productivity software, aimed at allowing organizations in both the public and private sector to better control, limit, and monitor data transfers to and from the European Union.

The changes look to have come in response to a range of recent European Union efforts to better protect the personal data of members when using cloud services, following the collapse of Privacy Shield.

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ComputerWorld
May 04, 2022

Tech firms face unionization push, as Amazon and Apple workers organize
The recent efforts by workers at Apple and Amazon to undertake high-profile attempts to organize represent something of a departure from the norm for a sector that's long been averse to worker unions.

"The tech industry has, by and large, resisted unionization since its beginning," said Thomas A. Kochan, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management and faculty member of the MIT Institute for Work and Employment Research. "Apple, Google, Facebook, IBM; pick a large-scale computer company, they're all non-union," he said.

He described the recent pressure from workers to unionize as "unprecedented."

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ComputerWorld
May 03, 2022

EU accuses Apple of market abuse with NFC and Apple Pay
Above a desk somewhere at Apple HQ someone has probably pasted the slogan, "Another week, another lawsuit," and this week seems no different as the EU is targeting Apple Pay, or to be more specific, how Apple constrains use of the NFC chip inside iPhones.

What's the claim? The second charge in Europe this year, EU antitrust regulators have alleged that Apple restricts competitors by denying access to the NFC (Near-Field Communications) technology it uses in its mobile wallet.

Apple has been sent a statement of objections in which regulators detailed how it has abused its dominance position in markets for mobile wallets on iOS in contravention of Article 102 of the TFEU.

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ComputerWorld
May 03, 2022

It's time to speed up your business network
A friend of mine recently wrote about the "joys" of having slow Internet in Grand Bahamas. Of course, he was there on vacation; for me, vacation is just a word in the dictionary. I'm the kind of person who used to send in stories using a 300-baud acoustic modem on a payphone. Now, that was slow!

But, for work today we need the fastest possible internet to our home offices and workplaces. That's because now more than ever, whether we're working from home, the office, or a combination of the two, we need fast with a capital "F" Internet.

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ComputerWorld
May 03, 2022

Google offers US businesses $100,000 worth of digital skills training
Google has announced plans to provide $100,000 worth of Google Career Certificates to US-based businesses that want to train their employees in data analytics, digital marketing, IT support, project management, or user experience (UX) design.

Eligible organizations can apply for up to 500 scholarships each in a variety of digital skills. Google says that no previous experience is required and credentials can be earned over a period of either three or six months of part-time study.

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ComputerWorld
May 03, 2022

Download: UEM vendor comparison chart 2022
Unified endpoint management (UEM) is a strategic IT approach that consolidates how enterprises secure and manage an array of deployed devices including phones, tablets, PCs, and even IoT devices.To read this article in full, please click here

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ComputerWorld
May 03, 2022

Enterprise mobility 2022: UEM adds user experience, AI, automation
The past two years have seen mobility management take on a greater importance than ever in the enterprise. As remote and hybrid work models take hold at many organizations, "mobility management" has expanded its meaning from management of mobile devices to management of all devices used by mobile employees, wherever they happen to be working from.

Unified endpoint management (UEM) has become a strategic technology at the center of companies' efforts to control this increasingly complex environment. Essentially combining enterprise mobility management (EMM) tools with PC management tools, UEM platforms help companies manage and protect a range of devices including smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers across multiple operating systems — all from a unified interface.

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ComputerWorld
May 02, 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
May 02, 2022

How many jobs are available in technology?
While all IT jobs lost during the pandemic have been recovered, the hiring of IT professionals is now being hindered by a lack of qualified individuals, according to the latest statistics.

Even so, the IT job market continues to expand. Over the past year, more than 11,000 new IT positions have been  added each month, according to IT employment consultancy Janco Associates. (Janco bases its information on data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics — the BLS.)   

"All signs point to that growth continuing," Janco said in a statement on its website.

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