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ComputerWorld
May 17, 2021

Podcast: When is it time to upgrade? Device lifecycles and upgrade timelines
When the newest version of a phone, tablet and/or laptop launches, the idea of upgrading a personal device can feel enticing. For IT teams, keeping employee devices up-to-date means upgrading strategically and adhering to planned upgrade cycles. Upgrading too often gets expensive, while upgrading too infrequently can mean using slower or even less secure devices. Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis, Macworld executive editor Michael Simon and Computerworld managing editor for features, Valerie Potter, join Juliet to discuss how to decide when to upgrade your personal and professional devices and what to consider before you buy.

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ComputerWorld
May 17, 2021

For Windows users, tips on fighting ransomware attacks
Ransomware.

It's one word that strikes fear in the minds of many a computer user, especially given the near daily headlines about companies affected. It makes us wonder why this keeps happening to users and businesses, large and small.

But there's plenty you can do to protect yourself or your business.

Be wary of what you click on Most of the time, ransomware that affects an individual happens after someone clicks on something they shouldn't — maybe a phishing-related email or a web page that installs malicious files. In a business setting, the attacks often come from an attacker going after open remote access protocol, either using brute force or harvested credentials. Once inside the network, they can disable backups and lie in wait until the best time to attack.

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ComputerWorld
May 17, 2021

Cloud-based thin-client Macs become a reality
Does your workforce actually need company equipment, or do they simply require access to cloud-based Macs and PCs? Teradici and MacStadium are betting the future is Mac As A Service.

Toward the thin-client Mac The two companies are pooling skills to offer this kind of future, which lets users access their Mac from any device anywhere.

Perhaps the time for such models is here. The current context is one in which remote working leads to more agile and flexible workforces, while asynchronous collaboration means employers can draw on an international pool of employees. Projects become demand-driven, and the number of people a company employs may change fast.

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ComputerWorld
May 17, 2021

Tech Resume Library: 27 downloadable templates for IT pros
A well-crafted resume will attract recruiters, HR pros and hiring managers, but getting it just right is a daunting task. To jump start the process, Insider Pro has assembled this collection of real resumes revamped by professional resume writers. (Watch this space for new templates.)

ComputerWorld
May 17, 2021

Google makes a big security change, but other companies must follow
In a wonderful cybersecurity move that should be replicated by all vendors, Google is slowly moving to make multi-factor authentication (MFA) default. To confuse matters, Google isn't calling MFA "MFA;' instead it calls it "two-step verification (2SV)."

The more interesting part is that Google is also pushing the use of FIDO-compliant software that is embedded within the phone. It even has an iOS version, so it can be in all Android as well as Apple phones.

To be clear, this internal key is not designed to authenticate the user, according to Jonathan Skelker, product manager with Google Account Security. Android and iOS phones are using biometrics for that (mostly facial recognition with a few fingerprint authentications) — and biometrics, in theory, provides sufficient authentication. The FIDO-compliant software is designed to authenticate the device for non-phone access, such as for Gmail or Google Drive.

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ComputerWorld
May 17, 2021

15 ways to speed up Windows 10
Want Windows 10 to run faster? We've got help. In just a few minutes you can try out 15 tips; your machine will be zippier and less prone to performance and system issues.

1. Change your power settings If you're using Windows 10's "Power saver" plan, you're slowing down your PC. That plan reduces your PC's performance in order to save energy. (Even desktop PCs typically have a "Power saver" plan.) Changing your power plan from "Power saver" to "High performance" or "Balanced" will give you an instant performance boost.

To do it, launch the Control Panel app, then select Hardware and Sound Power Options. You'll typically see two options: "Balanced (recommended)" and "Power saver." (Depending on your make and model, you might see other plans here as well, including some branded by the manufacturer.) To see the "High performance" setting, click the down arrow by "Show additional plans." 

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ComputerWorld
May 14, 2021

Browser updates are back for the May's Patch Tuesday
With 55 updates, three publicly reported vulnerabilities and reported public exploits for Adobe Reader, this week's Patch Tuesday update will require some time and testing before deployment. There are some tough testing scenarios (we're looking at you, OLE) and kernel updates make for risky deployments. Focus on the IE and Adobe Reader patches — and take your time with the (technically challenging) Exchange and Windows updates.

Speaking of taking your time, if you're still Windows 10 1909, this is your last month of security updates. 

The three publicly disclosed vulnerabilities this month include:

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ComputerWorld
May 14, 2021

Upgrade your IT skills and learn how to fight cyber crime for just $30
Cybercrime is a serious threat. And it's only going to get worse every year, which is why companies and governments pay top dollar to professionals that know how to mitigate the risk. Want to add that very particular skill set to your IT repertoire? Then the 2021 All-in-One Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing Bundle may be the most convenient way.

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ComputerWorld
May 14, 2021

V2 Cloud is the simplest cloud desktop for a distributed workforce
According to Gallup, nearly two-thirds of U.S. workers who have been working remotely during the pandemic would like to continue to do so. To break that down a bit further, 35 percent of remote workers would simply prefer to continue working remotely, while 30 percent want to work away from the office because of a concern about COVID-19. So, as you most likely already knew, the challenges of operating a distributed workforce and supporting a small business infrastructure — all via the connective power of computers and the Internet — is a workplace dynamic that doesn't look to phase out anytime soon. And this new normal will affect various roles within organizations and a range of companies differently.

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ComputerWorld
May 14, 2021

WWDC 2021 is coming, and we know very little about it
Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) takes place online June 7-11. That's just over three weeks away. So what do we expect?

Known unknowns It's interesting how little we think we know this year, but don't let the lack of anticipation fool you. This may turn out to be a year in which Apple lays the foundations for its next wave of new product launches.

All the same, when Apple goes quiet, I grow curious.

State of the transition: The Mac Apple only recently introduced new iMacs. These are already racing to the top of the speed charts, delivering 37% gains in comparison to Intel Core i7 and i9 models, making these all-in-ones a nemesis for HP and a viable proposition for any enterprise looking to invest in new desktops.

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ComputerWorld
May 14, 2021

IBM Think: How AI could make big virtual events better than in-person alternatives
Disclosure: Most of the vendors mentioned are clients of the author.

IBM Think, the firm's iconic (and now-digital) annual customer event, took place this week and I was again reminded how firms like IBM with internal video competence and studios do these things better than those without. Everyone was rehearsed, even the top execs; the staging was TV-show quality, camera angles and sound conveyed a sense of competence.  The impression of competence from an event does seem to transfer to a company's brand, positively affecting sales prospects and valuation. 

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ComputerWorld
May 14, 2021

The new, self-organizing workplace
More than 20 years ago, I joined an internet startup that had some unconventional ideas about the workplace that deserve revisiting as offices begin to reopen across the U.S.

The company had no requirements for employees to come into the office. Even people who lived within a comfortable commuting distance could work remotely full-time if they wanted. Most showed up no more than a couple of days per week; there were no set hours, either. Job expectations were defined by outcomes which, for people in my group, had little to do with the time of day. There was also no vacation policy. Employees were free to take as many days off as they wanted because no one was counting.

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ComputerWorld
May 14, 2021

9 Chrome extensions that supercharge Google Drive
Google Drive is a powerful business tool in its own right, especially when partnered with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. But a number of Chrome browser extensions can add more file management features and other tricks to Google's cloud storage and office apps.

If you regularly use Google Drive through Chrome or Chrome OS, consider adding the following extensions to make working with Drive and Google's productivity apps more efficient and productive.

[ Further reading: How to use Google Drive for collaboration ] 1. AwesomeDrive for Google Drive If you use Microsoft Office and store your Office documents in Google Drive, AwesomeDrive is a must. Once the extension is installed in Chrome, you can open an Office document from Google Drive and it will load in the Microsoft Office application (Excel, PowerPoint, Word) that's installed on your computer.

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ComputerWorld
May 13, 2021

Podcast: M1 iPad Pro outperforms Intel MacBook Pro in early benchmarks
Early benchmarks suggest that the soon-to-be-shipped M1 iPad Pro is much faster than the previous generation iPad Pro, as well as the 16-inch MacBook Pro with Intel Core i9 processor. Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis and Macworld executive editor Michael Simon join Juliet to discuss the benchmark results, whether or not it's worth it to ditch your MacBook Pro for an iPad and the enterprise use case for an M1 iPad Pro. If you have any questions about the M1 iPad Pro and its performance, leave a comment and we'll do our best to answer during the livestream.

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ComputerWorld
May 13, 2021

Social engineering, fake App Stores, hit iOS, Sophos warns
I didn't entirely mean to focus on Apple device security for most of this week (see here and here), but new Sophos research should interest any enterprise working to enhance security awareness.

Breaking bad The research looks at 167 counterfeit apps used to scam iOS and Android users. Those that impact Apple's mobile OS particularly stood out, as they show the increasing sophistication of malware authors.

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ComputerWorld
May 13, 2021

This smart new service brings Google Docs, Trello, and Notion together — in your inbox
It's pretty rare that I stumble onto a new service and think, "Whoa! This is exactly what I've been missing. And I didn't even know I was missing it."

Well, my fellow efficiency-obsessed earthlings, I'm ecstatic to report that that magnificent moment just happened — and the service in question is a little somethin' called Hitsnag.

Hitsnag? Hitsnag. (I'm assuming that's meant to be read as "hit-SNAG" and not "hits-NAG," but I'll leave that up to your own interpretation.) The service may sound like a funky-lookin' protrusion you'd go to the dermatologist to get removed, but don't let its name fool you: Hitsnag is an incredibly clever way to connect some of your favorite productivity tools to your inbox and make 'em more useful than ever. If you're familiar with the app-connecting automation platform Zapier, it's kinda like that — only it exists entirely in email, without any extra apps to open or complicated processes to configure.

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ComputerWorld
May 13, 2021

Microsoft nixes Windows 10X
Microsoft will likely abandon Windows 10X, the concept operating system that was to serve as a streamlined, simplified rival to the likes of Chrome OS, according to a recent report.

"Microsoft will not be shipping Windows 10X this year and the OS as you know it today, will likely never arrive," wrote Brad Sams in a piece on Petri.com last week. Citing "people familiar with the company's plans," Sams then added, "The company has shifted resources to Windows 10 and 10X is on the back burner, for now."

Sams' account was not a huge surprise. Previously, reports about Windows 10X had claimed that the operating system would launch in the spring of 2021; in fact, its debut was to take the spot usually devoted to the year's first-half Windows 10 feature upgrade. That went by the wayside when earlier this year Microsoft announced plans to issue Windows 10 21H1 on the usual timetable.

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ComputerWorld
May 12, 2021

Jamf adds zero trust security to the Apple enterprise
Apple enterprise management company Jamf has announced its pending $400 million acquisition of zero trust cloud-based security company, Wandera.

Apple security with zero trust Security remains of critical concern to the many enterprises deploying Apple equipment during the time of COVID-19, and as the mobile device management (MDM) services industry becomes more competitive, many providers are attempting to bolster services with security protection.

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ComputerWorld
May 12, 2021

US IT jobs growth continues, with pandemic in the rearview mirror
A little over a year after the first COVID-19 lockdowns in the US, the US IT industry has recovered the jobs lost in the aftermath and added new ones. And that growth looks likely to continue, resuming the annual growth seen before the pandemic.

The latest figures from IT employment consultancy Janco Associates show 23,600 IT jobs were added in April, based on the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) monthly reports. Thart's a remarkable number given that the total for February and March combined was 9,100, a big decline from earlier BLS estimates of 15,900 for the period.

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ComputerWorld
May 11, 2021

Office 365: A guide to the updates
Office 365 and Microsoft 365 subscribers always have the latest version of Microsoft Office — currently Office 2019. They also get more frequent software updates than those who have purchased Office 2019 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
May 11, 2021

Enterprises need to get smart about iOS security
The XcodeGhost malware attack that allegedly affected 128 million iOS users is an excellent illustration of the kind of sophisticated attack all users should get ready to defend against as platforms become inherently more secure.

Designer label malware XcodeGhost was an intelligent exploit that presented itself as a malware-infested copy of Xcode made available via websites targeting Chinese developers. Developers in the region downloaded it because it was easier to get than the real code because local networks wereunreliable.

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ComputerWorld
May 11, 2021

No matter the size of your business, you must take security seriously.
I recently wrote about using passwords correctly, and a reader replied: "I've been getting told this for years, but who's ever going to attack my 12-employee business?"

This isn't the first time I've heard remarks like that. The answer is: "Who won't attack you!?"

Hackers don't care whether your annual revenue is in five figures or nine. They will target you. Indeed, if you're on the smaller size, you're more likely to be vulnerable because, chances are, you're an easier target. After all, as BullGuard CEO Paul Lipman said: "Small businesses are not immune to cyberattacks and data breaches and are often targeted specifically because they often fail to prioritize security."

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ComputerWorld
May 11, 2021

How to block the Windows 10 May 2021 Update, version 21H1, from installing
It's that semi-annual time again when a new Windows 10 feature update is imminent — and when you need to decide whether or not you want to participate in its unpaid beta testing process. Microsoft makes it easy for you to opt into beta testing, but not as easy to opt out.

Sure, Microsoft says its Windows Insider program is its beta testing program for new releases of Windows 10, but I honestly consider that more of a mechanism for marketing new features. It's only when a new Windows 10 feature release is offered up to the public — and begins to run on all of the different hardware that we have out here in Windowsland — that the true testing begins.

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ComputerWorld
May 10, 2021

Microsoft, Mozilla plan new upgrade tactics for Edge, Firefox
Microsoft and Mozilla have spelled out steps they plan to take to streamline the upgrade process for their browsers, Edge and Firefox, respectively.

In March, Microsoft announced it would change how the company updatsd Edge, noting that the current method, which relied on a utility best known for keeping Office applications up to date on Macs, would be awarded a browser-specific servicing module.

"It will solely be responsible for updating Edge-related products and will not be affected (e.g. blocked) by other pending product updates," Olivia Zhang, program manager, wrote in a March 10 post to a company blog. "Updates will happen automatically and silently, and no out-of-Edge notifications will be shown."

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ComputerWorld
May 10, 2021

Google and Apple claim their devices deliver a better sleep; not true, university says
Shocked I am, shocked beyond words.

A new study from Brigham Young University (BYU) found that a highly-touted smartphone capability claim from both Apple and Google is indeed complete nonsense. The feature, in this case, is Apple's Night Shift (and Android's Night Mode), which adjusts a device's screen to warmer hues, theoretically allowing users to get to sleep faster.

BYU detailed the perception, the myth Apple and Google played upon, and then obliterated it.

"It's widely believed that the emitted blue light from phones disrupts melatonin secretion and sleep cycles. To reduce this blue light emission and the strain on eyes, Apple introduced an iOS feature called Night Shift in 2016, a feature that adjusts the screen's colors to warmer hues after sunset," BYU said in a statement. "Android phones soon followed with a similar option, and now most smartphones have some sort of night mode function that claims to help users sleep better. Until recently, claims of better sleep due to Night Shift have been theoretical. However, a new study from BYU challenges the premise made by phone manufacturers and found that the Night Shift functionality does not actually improve sleep" nor does it help people get to sleep any more quickly.

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ComputerWorld
May 10, 2021

How to make Apple's Mail deliver more productivity
Apple gave its Mail app a small facelift in 2020, but it remains quite limited in comparison with other available email rivals. But you can get a little more from Mail with a little perseverance thanks to Rules.

Here's how to get Mail to deliver more.

What are Rules in Apple Mail? Mail supports Rules that are automatically applied to incoming messages. These rules can automate such functions as message forwarding, archiving, and more.

There are some big limitations, however:

You can't create rules on iOS devices. While you can create rules on Macs, they will only be applied on that Mac. To create a rule that works and syncs across your Macs and iOS devices you must make it at iCloud.com. Unfortunately, this will only work with your iCloud mail. None of these restrictions is ideal, but if you use iCloud mail in your business (or just want to create an automated system to capture any business-related messages that may slip through your home account in this WFH-age) rules may help.

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ComputerWorld
May 10, 2021

Patch Tuesday preview: Time for a 'measured' approach to updates
It's time again: with Patch Tuesday in sight, I always recommend pausing or delaying updates, and this month is no different. But the second Tuesday of May also brings to an end support for Windows 10 1909. If you want to receive updates for Windows 10 after May 11, you'll need to make sure you're running Windows 10 2004 or 20H2.

So my first request on this Patch Tuesday week is that you check to see what exact version of Windows 10 you have installed, so you know you are still supported.

Typically, there is a window of time when we can safely defer or delay updates and when businesses can test patches before rolling them out. The days of worm attacks where we had to immediately patch systems have long since passed. These days, attacks are typically done using phishing lures to gain access to a system; the weakest link isn't necessarily software, it's us,opening Office docs or other files that harvest credentials. If you are even a slightly savvy user, give yourself time to ensure that there are no patching side effects.

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ComputerWorld
May 10, 2021

How to create a digital workplace
Because a secure, remote-work strategy has become essential for business resilience, IT organizations are increasingly thinking now about creating digital workplaces. But doing so means much more than enabling remote work via VPNs, using identity controls, and rolling out cloud-based applications.

It also means devising a strategy that takes into account employee needs, regardless of location, in a way that ensures business moves forward smoothly.

[ Related: When it's time to return to the office, tech is key to success ] As companies worldwide grapple with what the post-pandemic workplace looks like, it's important to understand the difference between a digital workplace and a digital workspace. They're not the same thing. And whether  companies plan a full return to office, an all-remote staff, or something in between — the "hybrid workplace" — the core issues they face in setting strategy remain the same.

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ComputerWorld
May 07, 2021

Apple, Earthlink and the digital transformation of everything
Can you imagine life without the internet?

Yet, 23 years ago when Apple introduced the iMac, internet access was expensive and unreliable. Even so, then-CEO Steve Jobs was among the first to see that connectivity should be baked inside the product that you got.

This is the story of Earthlink and Apple.

The trends of change Back in '98 when Apple's returnee-interim CEO launched the iMac, the company had captured at least three computing trends that drove the product's global success and pushed Apple into ascendancy:

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ComputerWorld
May 07, 2021

Apple, EarthLink, and the digital transformation of everything
Can you imagine life without the internet?

Yet, 23 years ago when Apple introduced the iMac, internet access was expensive and unreliable. Even so, then-CEO Steve Jobs was among the first to see that connectivity should be baked inside the product that you got.

This is the story of EarthLink and Apple.

The trends of change Back in '98 when Apple's returnee-interim CEO launched the iMac, the company had captured at least three computing trends that drove the product's global success and pushed Apple into ascendancy:

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ComputerWorld
May 07, 2021

Rethinking business as usual: How to thrive as a manager In the ‘20s
Disclosure: Dell is a client of the author.

One of the things that makes Dell Technologies World, which took place this weerk, unlike other vendor events is the amount of non-vendor content. One year, the company had former President Bill Clinton talk about what was going on in the world; another time, a big topic was about how the next big thing in tech would be robotics; this year there was a Q&A with Bill Nye answering science questions for kids, and an interesting discussion on how life on Earth may have come from Mars.

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ComputerWorld
May 07, 2021

The loneliness of the long-distance worker
Deborah Golden, who leads the U.S Cyber & Strategic Risk practice at Deloitte has a rule that any staff videoconferences held on a Friday must proceed with cameras off. Giving people permission not to apply makeup or put on a dress shirt is one small way of taking pressure off her remote workforce.

"I've worked to find as many ways as I can to help relieve stress for colleagues and clients—and myself, candidly—and my ‘no video call Friday' approach is among the most widely appreciated," she said.

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ComputerWorld
May 06, 2021

Podcast: How Apple v. Epic Games could force the App Store and iPhone to change forever
Apple and Epic Games, the developer behind the popular video game Fortnite, are in court over Apple's decision to remove Fortnite from the App Store. Epic Games attempted to bypass Apple's in-app purchasing system within Fortnite, violating App Store terms. Apple removed the game from the App Store as a result. Macworld executive editor Michael Simon and Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis join Juliet to discuss how this court battle could force Apple to shake up the way it runs its App Store and how it could affect the identity of the iPhone.

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ComputerWorld
May 06, 2021

10 Microsoft Teams tips for Mac users
No one can deny that Zoom has been ascendant for collaboration in this video-centric world, but Microsoft Teams continues to be a go-to tool for many enterprises, which means a growing army of Mac users may need to learn how to get more done using it.

These tips should help users gets more from Teams.

Define an Urgent message When inside a chat, click on the exclamation sign below "Type New Message" and select "Urgent" in the message options menu. This is best used sparingly, as once you create an urgent message its recipients will receive a notification that it exists every two minutes for 20 minutes; that can become annoying if abused.

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ComputerWorld
May 06, 2021

3 wacky ways to make Android widgets more useful
Widgets, widgets, widgets. Has there ever been an Android feature so full of promise that's gone unloved by Google for so very long?

Okay, so maybe there has been — erm, lots of times, actually. But even so, Android's widgets system is a perfect example of an exceptional advantage that Google basically buried, abandoned, and left on the brink of extinction up until its sudden revival in this year's upcoming Android 12 release. (And that revival, by the way, is happening for no apparent reason whatsoever. Just a totally random, unprompted change of heart after a decade of indifference. Riiiiiiiiight.)

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ComputerWorld
May 06, 2021

Facebook's Workplace gets ‘Plugins,' new app integrations
Facebook this week announced a handful of updates to its Workplace enterprise social network, including new video features and improved integrations with third-party applications.

Among the features unveiled Tuesday are updates to a Live Q&A feature rolled out last year.  A presenter can now click on a question and get details about the person who asked it, making it easier to personalize a response. By clicking on the question, the presenter can also place it in the middle of the screen for hosts and the audience. (Employees will soon also be able to include their name pronunciation, helping to avoid mispronunciations during video Q&As.

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ComputerWorld
May 05, 2021

With Apple's Claris, digital transformation goes to school
Just as digital transformation accelerated in the enterprise, the implementation and deployment of tech in the education sector has also accelerated, prompting Apple's Claris subsidiary to introduce its own powerful student information system (SIS), which it calls Claris Connect for Apple School Manager.

Digital tools as learning goes remote "Schools across the U.S. constantly face challenges around getting the most meaningful information out of the volumes of data gathered and processed each day—- which we are solving with Claris Connect for Apple School Manager," Brad Freitag, CEO at Claris, said in a statement.

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ComputerWorld
May 05, 2021

Learn how to stop cybercrime with this low cost bundle, right from the comfort of home
Every IT pro should have at least a basic understanding of cyber security. That's because the field is constantly evolving, and it makes sense that opportunities to change your career focus could come your way. Want to explore the possibilities without dropping thousands on college tuition? Then The All-In-One Super-Sized Ethical Hacking Bundle is an economical alternative that lets students learn on their own terms.

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ComputerWorld
May 05, 2021

Microsoft previews new Windows servicing APIs for enterprises
Microsoft last week launched a public preview of the APIs (application programming interfaces) that IT admins can call on to control Windows Update for Business Deployment Service, the company's latest effort to push commercial customers to adopt cloud-only servicing for Windows 10.

"With today's public preview release, you can use the Windows Update for Business deployment service directly through the Microsoft Graph API and associated SDKs, as well as Azure PowerShell," David Mebane, principal program manager lead with the Windows servicing group, said in an April 28 post.

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ComputerWorld
May 04, 2021

The Epic/Apple battle shows how execs think about their business
Other than Apple's case note slideshow, its internal emails are perhaps the only interesting thing to emerge from Epic's assault against the App Store. They provide a glimpse into how company execs think.

Android v Apple As you might expect, there's plenty of information concerning how Apple works to differentiate iOS from Android, and a little insight into how the company sees services as a way to retain iPhone users. "I am concerned the iMessage on Android would simply serve to remove an obstacle to iPhone families giving their kids Android phones," Apple's Phil Schiller — now an Apple Fellow — told other executives.

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ComputerWorld
May 04, 2021

A clever way to bring widgets into Chrome OS
Some weeks, Chrome OS gets so many new features, it feels like we're practically drowning in possibilities. And man alive, is that ever a delightful sensation (even with the metaphorical lack of oxygen).

One part of the Chrome OS experience that hasn't changed much in recent years, though, is the desktop environment — y'know, the Chromebook's exceptionally humble home screen. Sure, the taskbar area (a.k.a. the Chrome OS shelf) has learned a few new tricks over time, but the desktop itself has remained vexingly blank and free from advanced functions ever since its inception.

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ComputerWorld
May 04, 2021

Getting passwords right for you and your business
Chances are you've never heard of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication 800-63, Appendix A. But you've been using its contents from your first online account and password until today. That's because, within it, you'll find the first password rules such as requiring a combination of a lowercase and uppercase letter, a number, and a special character — and the recommendation of changing your password every 90 days.

There's only one problem. Bill Burr, who originally set up these rules, thinks he blew it. "Much of what I did I now regret," Burr told the The Wall Street Journal a few years ago.

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ComputerWorld
May 04, 2021

Noteworthy technology acquisitions 2021
Amid the coronavirus, 2020 was unpredictable in more ways than anyone would have expected. But one thing that stayed fairly constant was the steady flow of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) across the tech sector.

Global tech M&A deals last year totalled $634 billion, a 91.8% year-over-year increase, according to GlobalData. Among a late flurry of big deals was the $35 billion acquisition of Xilinx by Advanced Micro Devices and Salesforce's $27.7 billion acquisition of Slack.

[ Further reading: Biggest technology acquisitions of 2020 ] As for whether 2021 will maintain last year's pace, if the first part of the year is anything to go by, there will be no slowing of big deals across the industry, with silicon innovations and collaboration software already proving to be hot areas.

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ComputerWorld
May 04, 2021

6 fast fixes for common Google Docs problems
Once upon a time, a word processor was little more than a blank canvas for your finger-transmitted musings: You'd open up the program, type whatever you wanted — and, well, that was pretty much it.

These days, dealing with documents has practically become an art. And even though Google Docs is among the more approachable options out there (paging Microsoft Office Ribbon...), the service has grown surprisingly multilayered as of late.

For the most part, that's a good thing. Docs is still generally quite easy to use, and it packs more than enough punch for most common word processing purposes. But sometimes, the layers of complexity can lead to cloud-sized headaches that are anything but light and fluffy.

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ComputerWorld
May 03, 2021

For Windows, it's ‘squirrel away time'
It's that semi-annual time of the year we in AskWoody land call "squirrel away time" — time to make sure you have a copy of the ISO currently installed on your computer in case you need to reinstall it. There are a number of ways to get older versions of Windows by using a trick publicized on the Thurrott.com site. But the easiest way to grab a copy of, say, 20H2 is to go to the software download site, download a copy and store it on a spare hard drive, flash drive or external USB drive.

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ComputerWorld
May 03, 2021

Next-gen digital whiteboards: 7 shared canvas apps for visual collaboration
Digital collaboration platforms have seen an explosion of interest over the past year, as all-remote teams look to provide better ways for employees to brainstorm, develop products, manage projects, and more. Once used mainly by software development teams, these platforms have expanded horizontally to include users from across the enterprise looking for visual collaboration tools that go beyond the basic whiteboard function found in online meeting platforms such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Webex.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 30, 2021

Apple's big iPhone 12 deal with Delta shows a path to AR
As the possible 2022 launch of Apple's AR glasses draws nearer, enterprises continue to explore real-world uses for augmented reality, evolving new deployments at a relatively swift pace.

The in-flight Apple enterprise Delta Airlines this week dropped the biggest hint of this when it announced deployment of 19,000 iPhone 12s for its in-flight staff. The airline shared some of the ways in which it expects to make use of these devices, particularly in training and catering.

In short: Delta plans to use iPhones to offer immersive training experiences to staffers, featuring video, photos, and AR. Specifically, it plans to use AR to help cabin staff quickly locate where items are stowed - useful for hand luggage but even more useful when attempting to locate a flight's worth of desserts for the meal.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 30, 2021

The collective problems with videoconferencing
Disclosure: Cisco is a client of the author.

Cisco these days offers up a regular cadence for updates to the company's WebEx platform, and did so again this week. It is incredible how quickly these kinds of video platforms are advancing, especially since these tools have historically been more defined by what they can't do than by what they can accomplish. The result is a market that has developed significant peaks and valleys.  

[ Related: Do's and don'ts of videoconferencing security ] Let's look at some of the problems endemic to videoconferencing and the features — apparently not on anyone's roadmap — that would make things better. 

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ComputerWorld
Apr 30, 2021

Biggest tech IPOs of 2021
The 2020 calendar year will long be remembered as an annus horribilis for most, except for a handful of technology companies that reaped the rewards of a global shift to remote work with successful initial public offerings (IPOs).

US companies alone raised a record $435 billion in stock sales in 2020, with more than a quarter of that figure coming from IPOs — far outstripping 2014's mark of $279 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The vast majority of those new listings defined themselves as technology companies.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 30, 2021

What to do when customers complain
Customer reviews have become so ubiquitous that we no longer notice how dependent we've become upon them, but for many businesses and product categories, they're a make-or-break proposition.

A 2020 survey by BrightLocal found that 87% of consumers read online reviews for local businesses, and nearly half say they won't engage with a business whose rating is less than four-star. In industries like hospitality, consumer electronics, and local services, a string of negative reviews can be devastating.

Every company has disappointed customers. In fact, the occasional complaint actually enhances the credibility of a review site. "If everything you see is five stars and looks like it's written by a marketing department, common sense is going to tell you something feels off," said Jennifer Griffin, vice president of content integrity and insights for consumer-generated content services provider Bazaarvoice, in an interview with CIO.com.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 30, 2021

Handy Word keyboard shortcuts for Windows and Mac
Word's Ribbon interface is great for finding everything you might ever want to do in the word processor — particularly things you don't do frequently, like inserting footnotes or doing a mail merge.

But if you're looking to do common tasks fast, you'll find keyboard shortcuts far more useful. Why bother to lift your hands from the keyboard if you want to open or close a document, apply formatting to text and paragraphs, do a spell check, navigate through a document, or undo and redo actions? With keyboard shortcuts you won't have to.

[ Related: Microsoft cheat sheets: Dive into Windows and Office apps ] There are keyboard shortcuts to accomplish a vast array of tasks in the Word desktop client, in both the Windows and Mac versions. (Fewer shortcuts are available for the Mac, but you can create your own custom keyboard shortcuts if you like.)

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ComputerWorld
Apr 29, 2021

Podcast: iOS 14.5 brings App Tracking Transparency; Next Apple Silicon chip
Apple's iOS 14.5 update arrived this week, including a much-discussed feature called App Tracking Transparency. The feature allows users to have more control over their data and how they're tracked across apps and websites. Plus, Apple's recently refreshed iMac could be the last Mac to ship with M1 chips, as a new Apple Silicon chip is on the horizon. Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis and Macworld executive editor Michael Simon join Juliet to discuss the implications of App Tracking Transparency and when the next Apple Silicon chip may arrive.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 29, 2021

Apple confirms the hybrid workplace is here to stay
Apple CEO Tim Cook believes many of his company's enterprise customers will continue to support hybrid workforces once the threat of COVID-19 recedes.

Work from home ‘very critical' Cook's comments came as he was discussing his company's record-breaking Q2 21 results. "It seems like many companies will be operating in a hybrid kind of mode," he said about record-setting Mac and iPad sales. "And so, it would seem that work from home and the productivity of working from home will remain very critical."

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ComputerWorld
Apr 29, 2021

A highly sarcastic Android security warning
Holy floppin' hellfire, Henry! Have you heard? A terrifying new form of Android malware is running amok — stealing passwords, emptying bank accounts, and drinking all the grape soda from the refrigerators of unsuspecting Android phone owners.

We should all be quivering in our rainboots, according to almost all the information I've read on these here internets. Numerous adjective-filled news stories have warned me that the "scary new Android malware" is "spreading quickly," targeting "millions" (millions!) of users, and occasionally even "kicking people square in the groin." (All right, so I made that last part up. But you get the idea.)

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ComputerWorld
Apr 29, 2021

BrandPost: How Predictive Analytics Helps Minimize Device Downtime and Keep Users Productive
Predictive analytics is being used in myriad industries to revolutionize maintenance processes, and IT is no exception. During the pandemic, it's providing a much needed helping hand to IT in dealing with end-user devices that are now in employee homes, far from the corporate help desk.

Traditionally, machines of various types - from those on plant floors to a UPS in a data center - were maintained strictly on a calendar basis. That meant parts were replaced because a calendar said it was time, not because there was anything wrong with them.

Predictive analytics uses artificial intelligence (AI) technology to make maintenance smarter. Now tools are available that can detect when a machine or a device, including a computer, is not functioning as it should, according to an established baseline.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 29, 2021

FAQ: What's Microsoft done to perpetual Office now?
Contrary to expectation and a surprise to some — including Computerworld — Microsoft will continue to offer a "perpetual" Office for enterprises. The latest in that line will release later this year.To read this article in full, please click here

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ComputerWorld
Apr 28, 2021

This beginner-friendly web development coding course is just $20 right now
There are lots of platforms out there that'll help you build a website without knowing how to code. Commonly referred to as WYSIWYG editors, these are fine if you're putting together something simple such as a blog. If, however, you want a website with a little more muscle — like a retail store — then those platforms likely won't cut it. You'll either need to hire a pro web developer or, better yet, learn how to code one for yourself.

It may come as a shock, but learning how to code a website from scratch isn't as difficult as it might seem. And it isn't time-consuming either. In fact, you can learn the basics in just a few hours right from the comfort of your own living room with the Introduction to Coding with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript e-training course. And since it's offered right now at only $19.99, it's way more affordable than spending thousands on a web developer or even hundreds on subscription fees for a WYSIWYG platform.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 28, 2021

Atlassian launches Jira Work Management, opening its Jira platform to all business teams
Atlassian has launched a new platform, Jira Work Management, bringing Jira capabilities to all enterprise business teams and enabling departments like marketing, HR, finance, and design to easily connect their work with that of their technical counterparts.

Over the past year, organizations have had to compress multi-year digital transformation plans into weeks and months, with many scrambling to find the right tools to support their workers and allow collaborative work to continue.

[ Related: 6 best practices for business data visualization ] Cameron Deatsch, chief revenue officer at Atlassian, said that although the company had seen a lot of organizations use platforms like Jira to track work while offices were closed, the company understands that sitting next to colleagues in the office offers benefits not easily replicated at home.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 28, 2021

How long until Apple boots apps from its stores for privacy issues?
Apple will inevitably begin enforcing the privacy requirements it has put in place across its ecosystem, meaning developers who attempt to avoid or dissemble their way around these protections should expect action, including removal from the App Store.

What Apple is doing Everyone recognizes how seriously Apple takes privacy. Statement by statement and all through iterative software and product releases, the company is making it crystal clear that it believes privacy is essential to achieve the potential of digital transformation.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 28, 2021

Microsoft patents biometric 'wellness insights' tool for workers
Microsoft has patented an employee "wellbeing" recommendation feature that uses biometric data to detect a worker's stress levels when completing tasks such as sending emails, encouraging them to take a break when anxiety levels run high.

The "Emotion Detection From Contextual Signals For Surfacing Wellness Insights" patent, filed in October 2019 and published last week, describes a "wellness insights service" that collates data from a range of sources. This includes blood pressure and heartrate monitoring data that could be obtained from an employees' wearable devices, such as smart watches and fitness trackers.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 27, 2021

Why enterprises must install the latest macOS software patch
Enterprises should install Apple's latest macOS Big Sur 11.3 update to secure their Macs. I spoke with Jamf Mac security expert Jaron Bradley, who explained why.

Install macOS 11.3 immediately Enterprise users running fleets of Macs should get their IT support teams to approve the installation of Apple's macOS Big Sur 11.3 update as swiftly as possible; the update should protect Macs against a serious software vulnerability that places data at risk.

As first spotted by Cedric Owens (and subsequently heavily researched by Jamf), the malware — a new version of a known Shlayer vulnerability — spreads in the following ways:

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ComputerWorld
Apr 27, 2021

The mystery of Google's missed Pixel opportunity
I've been thinking an awful lot about Pixel phones lately. And it seems safe to say the cause for my current contemplation is a teensy bit unusual.

The burning question in Android Land at this particular moment, y'see, is why Google appears to be preparing to launch a new Pixel phone that seems shockingly similar to one of its previous-generation Pixel models — which itself existed in a strange in-between position, with no obvious reason for its presence in last year's quirky lineup. (Oof. My head hurts.)

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ComputerWorld
Apr 27, 2021

Can you require your employees to have a COVID-19 vaccine?
After months of waiting, if you're an adult in the United States and you want a COVID-19 vaccine, you can have one. Thank God. I drove more than an hour each way to get my two Pfizer shots. Soon, I'll safely see my friends and relatives again. And, oh yes, I can travel for business again.

But not everyone is as gung-ho as I am. One in four Americans would refuse the vaccine, according to a recent NPR/Marist poll. That's a real problem. The spread of misinformation has made them paranoid — and that's more dangerous than any vaccine. If it only put them in danger, I wouldn't care. It doesn't.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 27, 2021

Microsoft previews perpetual license Office LTSC to enterprises
Microsoft last week released to corporate customers a preview of the next pay-once, perpetual license version of its Office suite.

The application bundle — by far the productivity standard in business — came with a mouth-twisting name change: Office LTSC Professional Plus 2021. As it did in February when it revealed some information about the successor to Office 2019, Microsoft again argued that the new suite is a limited-use option for enterprises.

"The next perpetual version of Office for commercial customers is built specifically for organizations running regulated devices that cannot accept feature updates for years at a time, process control devices that are not connected to the Internet in manufacturing facilities, and specialty systems that must stay locked in time and require a long-term servicing channel," the Microsoft 365 team wrote in an April 22 post to a company blog.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 26, 2021

April patch recap: Mostly quiet on the Microsoft front
Unlike March, when patch updates caused issues with some printers, Microsoft's updates for April were relatively tame. Windows users lost the old pre-Chromium version of Edge; some users saw performance issues; and Microsoft started talking up "News and Interests."

In fact, its that last one that has some IT admins concerns. (More about that below.)

Old Edge out, new Edge in First off, Microsoft this month installed the new Chromium-based Edge browser and removed the old Edge. Now that the browser relies on the Chromium engine, it will receive updates on the same schedule as Google Chrome. Note: the rollout wasn't without some side effects. If you had some other application set to open up PDF files, the April release reset your default PDF reader to be Edge. So, you'll need to reset the default application back to whatever your preference was. (This can be easily done; check out this recent YouTube video for details.) Microsoft also moved the default download location from the bottom left of the browser window to the top right — in line with other browser download locations. If you're a long time Edge user like me, this takes a bit of getting used to.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 26, 2021

Tech event calendar 2021: Upcoming US shows, conferences, and IT expos
Regional IT events Africa Australia India Middle East Southeast Asia Global security events All IDG US events All IDC North America events Computerworld has compiled a list of upcoming technology events for the IT industry taking place in the following weeks and months.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 26, 2021

iOS 15: Playing the expectations game
iOS 14.5 is about to drop and WWDC 2021 is only weeks away, so it seems this is a good moment to consider what's next for Apple's mobile systems.

iPad widgets and Home screen As recently noted here, Apple is expected to make a few changes to widgets and Home screen layouts on iPads. Principally, users will be able to place widgets anywhere on the iPad Home screen, rather than only in the Today View column. You'll also be able to replace all the apps on your Home page with widgets. And expect some changes to the lock screen also.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 26, 2021

Rethinking mobile security in a post-COVID workplace
In the world of enterprise mobile security, sometimes horrible situations force security corner-cutting to preserve the company. And COVID-19 forcing companies to empty office buildings and move everything (and everyone) to remote locations and the cloud in March 2020 is the classic example. What led to the security shortcuts was not just the abrupt change to work from home, but the fact that companies typically had to make the transition in a few days.

Add to that increased problems with IoT security — especially as IoT devices in home environments accessed global systems via VPNs, sometimes spreading malware through the pipeline — and you have a mess. A recent Verizon mobile security report put it bluntly: "Almost half of respondents admitted that their company had knowingly cut corners on mobile device security. That's an increase from our 2020 report when the figure was 46%. The proportion rises to two-thirds [67%] in our IoT sample. And of those remaining, 38% (27% IoT) came under pressure to do so. Another way of looking at this is that 68% came under pressure to cut corners and 72% of those succumbed."

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ComputerWorld
Apr 23, 2021

Microsoft ships Office 2019 preview for Mac
Microsoft has made a couple of important announcements for Mac and iOS-using enterprises, including moves toward a new "perpetual" version of Office and improvements to its popular Teams collaboration app.

Why it matters: Anything Microsoft does with its productivity suite has a consequence for enterprise professionals, even those using Macs, iPads, and iPhones. After all, 650,000 US companies have standardized around Office, and Microsoft has more than 258 million monthly Office 365/Microsoft 365 users, including plenty who use the suite on Apple's products. Boosted by COVID-19 and the shift to remote work, the company in October told us that its collaboration tool, Microsoft Teams, now sees 115 million daily active users.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 23, 2021

Microsoft ships Office 2021 preview for Mac
Microsoft has made a couple of important announcements for Mac and iOS-using enterprises, including moves toward a new "perpetual" version of Office and improvements to its popular Teams collaboration app.

Why it matters: Anything Microsoft does with its productivity suite has a consequence for enterprise professionals, even those using Macs, iPads, and iPhones. After all, 650,000 US companies have standardized around Office, and Microsoft has more than 258 million monthly Office 365/Microsoft 365 users, including plenty who use the suite on Apple's products. Boosted by COVID-19 and the shift to remote work, the company in October told us that its collaboration tool, Microsoft Teams, now sees 115 million daily active users.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 23, 2021

Google Meet gets a UI refresh to help ‘deepen the meeting experience'
Google has announced a refresh of its Meet user interface for desktop and laptop users, to begin rolling out next month.

The updates to the videoconferencing app's web interface include improvements to video feeds, how you view and present meetings, and the navigation bar. Dave Citron, director of product management for Google Meet, said these improvements aim to "deepen the meeting experience, regardless of how and where people participate."

Addressing meeting fatigue In a blog post, Citron said that by giving users more control over how they view themselves in meetings, Google hopes to reduce "meeting fatigue." Users can choose to have their video feed in a standard tile in the grid or as a floating picture, which can be resized, repositioned, or minimized completely. Google said it will also be adding a setting that enables meeting participants to turn off self-feed across all Google Meet calls.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 23, 2021

The Bose Videobar VB1, huddle spaces, and the post-pandemic workplace
As we begin to consider whether and when we are going back to in-office work, many companies are moving their office configurations away from fixed offices, cubicles, and large conference rooms in favor of hoteling, where workers rotate among shared desks, and huddle rooms, small meeting spaces where a handful of employees can collaborate. I've begun to look at huddle-room products from companies like Poly, Microsoft, Cisco, and, more recently, Bose.

Bose sent me its latest huddle space product, the Videobar VB1, for evaluation. For a company relatively new to this space, this is a decent effort. 

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ComputerWorld
Apr 22, 2021

WWDC: How will Apple change iPadOS for pros?
Apple's decision to put an M1 Mac chip inside the iPad Pro surely means it's about to make some big changes in the user interface for Apple's pro tablet, making these systems an even better fit for business professionals.

Fast enough for anything? Apple's new iPad Pro introduces a Liquid Retina XDR display and the same 8-core M1 chip used inside over 50% of all the Macs Apple currently sells.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 22, 2021

Give yourself an Android productivity upgrade
Hey — you. Yes, you. The gorgeous hominid there with an Android phone in your britches. What if I were to tell you that that phone, the very same one you tote around and cradle like a baby all day, had a secondary home screen that you could access from anywhere, no matter what you were doing on the device? That with a single swipe, you could pull up supercharged shortcuts for everything from your favorite apps to time-saving tools and even one-tap access to advanced system functions?

Now what if I were to tell you that this power-filled personal productivity panel is actually your Android phone's Quick Settings section — that same set of ho-hum buttons you see and probably look past every time you peek at your notifications? And that all you had to do was take 10 minutes to transform it and unleash its inner beast?

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ComputerWorld
Apr 22, 2021

4 steps to repair Microsoft Office
We've all been there. You're working on a document or a spreadsheet, or using email, and BAM! One of your Microsoft Office applications starts acting weird or stops responding.To read this article in full, please click here

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ComputerWorld
Apr 21, 2021

What's in the latest Firefox update? 88 stymies shifty JavaScript tracker
Mozilla this week refreshed Firefox by releasing version 88, adding yet another anti-tracking defense, this one set up to stymie abuses of the JavaScript variable window.name.

The company's developers also patched 13 vulnerabilities, five of them labeled "High," Firefox's second-most-serious label. "We presume that with enough effort this could have been exploited to run arbitrary code," Mozilla noted in three of the five. None were marked "Critical."

Firefox 88 can be downloaded for Windows, macOS, and Linux from Mozilla's site. Because Firefox updates in the background, most users can relaunch the browser to install the latest version. To manually update on Windows, pull up the menu under the three horizontal bars at the upper right, then click the help icon (the question mark within a circle). Choose "About Firefox." (On macOS, "About Firefox" can be found under the "Firefox" menu.) The resulting page or pop-up shows that the browser is already up to date or displays the upgrade process.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 20, 2021

An enterprise take on Apple's Spring Loaded event
Apple's Spring Loaded event may seem to have been consumer-focused, but it offered food for thought for any enterprise. Consider:

What's a computer? The iPad Pro is gaining the same M1 chip that powers the latest Macs and has made the PC industry green with envy. The 12.9-inch model is also getting an XDR display backed by more than 10,000 mini-LEDs. Given that you can connect an iPad Pro to an external display and work with a wireless keyboard and mouse, it's hard to ignore its potential as a PC replacement.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 20, 2021

What's in the latest Chrome update? Default to HTTPS, focused links
Google last week released Chrome 90, which gives preference to using encrypted connections to websites, lets users craft links that pinpoint selected text, and supports an open-source codec optimized for videoconferencing.

The Mountain View, Calif. search giant also paid out more than $54,000 in bounties to those who reported some of the 37 vulnerabilities addressed in Chrome 90. Six of the bugs were marked "High," Google's second-most-serious threat level, with $36,000 paid to the reporting security researchers. A number of the bounties, including two labeled "High," had not yet been assigned a dollar amount, so Google's final payout will be higher than the acknowledged total.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 20, 2021

Will you be heading back to the office? Should you?
I'm old enough to remember when Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was some guy who had this crazy dream of making money by selling books online. Sure, some people would ask, "Who'd shop online when you can always get a book from Borders, Crown Bookstores, or Waldenbooks?" They didn't just miss the boat, they hit the water and drowned — and Bezos laughed all the way to the billionaire bank.

Now, as we slowly recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, some people are expecting we'll eventually return to our brick-and-mortar offices. I don't think so. Here's why.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 20, 2021

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 is officially referred to as Windows 10 version 20H2, or the October 2020 Update. The next feature update, due in the spring of 2021, will be version 21H1.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 20, 2021

This Python and Django web development course bundle is just $24 with code
As far as tech careers go, web development is probably the best one to get into. And that's largely because the field is expected to grow by quite a lot in the next few years. Thinking of refocusing your career track into web development? Then this may be the perfect time to get started on your training, especially since The Learn Python and Django Developer Bundle is offered right now with extra savings for Mother's Day.

This discounted e-training package includes eight courses that introduce students to web development using the Python and Django platforms. They'll learn how to code with Python, a general-purpose language that's predominantly used on the server-side of web development. And they'll discover how to use Django, an open-source Python framework that speeds the development process. If you want to make money as a pro web developer, then having expert ability with these platforms is an absolute must.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 20, 2021

VMware targets remote work security with Anywhere Workspace
Providing secure access to vital applications has been a key challenge for businesses forced to adapt to remote working during the pandemic. And with many businesses set to continue to support a distributed workforce even after offices reopen, it will remain a priority for IT for some time.

With this in mind, VMware has unveiled a suite of security and endpoint management tools to support remote workers. VMware Anywhere Workspace, announced on Tuesday, combines VMware's Workspace One, a "digital workspace platform" that delivers applications across a range of devices, with its Carbon Black Cloud endpoint security tools and SASE, which provides secure network access for distributed teams.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 20, 2021

4 new hidden Chrome features you should really be using
If there's ever been an app that represents The Google Way™, my goodness, it's gotta be Chrome.

Chrome is quite literally in a perpetual state of change. Google is constantly working on updates for the browser, and new features show up in it all the flippin' time — often with little to no notice to us earth-dwelling humans who rely on it for our obviously wholesome web activities. Some of the new features have the potential to save you serious time and make your jolly web journeys ever more enjoyable, too, but unless you keep up with Chrome development like a detail-obsessed freak of nature, it's damn near impossible to know when something new and worthwhile worms its way in.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 20, 2021

10 Slack tips for Mac users
The simplest explanation of Slack is as a user interface that lets you access numerous private chat rooms, including project-based spaces. Here you can share messages and other assets.

With more than 10 million active daily users, Slack has become communications glue across many enterprises, as in-office, remote, and contract workers use it to share ideas, work on projects, and more. It felt past time to put together a short collection of Slack tips for Mac users (with a sprinkling of ideas for iOS users, also).

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ComputerWorld
Apr 20, 2021

Starting a new job in a pandemic: Virtual onboarding to the rescue
Starting a new job can be stressful under normal circumstances, but starting a new job during a global pandemic, when all interactions with managers and teammates take place online, is a uniquely challenging situation.To read this article in full, please click here

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ComputerWorld
Apr 19, 2021

PC shipment gains continue as students, workers remain remote
Personal computer shipments continued their brisk-as-all-get-out pace in the first quarter, with year-over-year increases from 32% to 52%, a pair of research firms said last week.

Analysts disagreed over whether these increases were tied to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting work-at-home orders, the latter responsible for driving buying sprees globally in 2020. Instead, analysts credited carry-overs from last year for the robust numbers early this year, saying that the disruption of supply chains 12 months ago sustained a year-long domino effect.

"Unfulfilled demand from the past year has carried forward into the first quarter, and additional demand brought on by the pandemic has also continued to drive volume," said Jitesh Ubrani, research manager for IDC's mobile device trackers team, splitting the difference in assigning responsibility for the shipment numbers.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 19, 2021

Skimping on drive space means Windows 10 update woes
Whenever I get to the time of the year that a Windows 10 feature update is about to come out, I use it as a sign that I need to take stock of my computer systems. Last week I talked about how 16GB is my new bare minimum of RAM when I am purchasing any computer.

But what about the hard drive?

32 gigs? Don't make me laugh First off, let's put something to rest: To Microsoft and any computer vendor that thought — or still thinks — that a computer with less than 100GB of storage is viable to run Windows, I say think again. Those notebooks that had Windows 10 squeezed onto 32GB were never serviceable. The only way you were ever able to get to the next feature release on those computers was to connect an external hard drive to the unit and install the upgrade from there.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 19, 2021

3 ways to build stronger remote teams
While some companies are attempting to push people back to the office, millions will continue working from home. That means enterprise professionals are struggling to build trust in remote teams to help maintain loyalty, productivity, and employee health.

Digital solutions for the WFH challenge We've already learned some of the approaches to help enterprises boost remote work, but there is also a need to nurture trust in order to build effective remote teams.

Digital technologies are boosting performance but also increasing the risk of burnout as employees work longer hours at home. This is particularly essential as managers work attempt to consolidate team performance around project targets and goals, while simultaneously working to prevent their own tendency toward loyalty-destroying micromanagement of their teams.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 19, 2021

Details of how the feds broke into iPhones should shake up enterprise IT
Apple has an awkward history with security researchers: it wants to tout that its security is excellent, which means trying to silence those who aim to prove otherwise. But those attempts to fight security researchers who sell their information to anyone other than Apple undercuts the company's security message.

A recent piece in The Washington Post spilled the details behind Apple's legendary fight with the U.S. government in 2016, when the Justice Department pushed Apple to create a security backdoor related to the iPhone used by a terrorist in the San Bernardino shooting. Apple refused; the government pursued it in court. Then when the government found a security researcher who offered a way to bypass Apple security, the government abandoned its legal fight. The exploit worked and, anticlimactically, nothing of value to the government was found on the device.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 19, 2021

Rethinking collaboration: 8 vendors offer new paths to remote work
Keeping employees connected and working productively has become the glue holding many businesses together during the COVID-19 pandemic. And with social distancing ruling out face-to-face meetings anytime soon, the need for new digital tools to help teams collaborate better has soared.To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

ComputerWorld
Apr 16, 2021

The Patch Tuesday focus for April: Windows and Exchange (again)
On Tuesday, MIcrosoft rolled out another broad series of updates across its Windows ecosystems, including four vulnerabilities affecting Windows that have been publicly disclosed and one security flaw — reportedly exploited already — that affects the Windows kernel. That means the Windows updates get our highest "Patch Now" rating, and if you have to manage Exchange servers, be aware that the update requires additional privileges and extra steps to complete.

It also looks as if Microsoft has announced a new way to deploy updates to any device, wherever it is located, with the Windows Update for Business Service. For more information on this cloud-based management service, you can check out this Microsoft video or this Computerworld FAQ. I have included ahelpful infographic which this month looks a little lopsided (again) as all of the attention should be on the Windows and Exchange components.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 16, 2021

BrandPost: Even With Windows Autopilot, Enterprises Face Device Configuration Challenges
As enterprises move to modern IT management, where users get a more streamlined, "mobile-like" experience with their computing devices, many are running into challenges with the time it takes to fully configure new devices.

With Windows Autopilot, customers exit the image creation and maintenance business. Instead, they purchase devices with a corporate-ready image, such as Windows and Office, and deliver the devices to their employees. When an employee turns on the new PC, it configures itself from a cloud-based profile, registers in Azure Active Directory, and enrolls into a modern, unified endpoint management platform such as Microsoft Endpoint Manager.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 16, 2021

Appogee becomes one-stop shop for enterprise iOS deployment
The Apple-focused enterprise services market continues to evolve. Case in point: Apple-only value-added-reseller Appogee is now offering a fully-managed iOS hardware deployment thanks to an arrangement with TRUCE Software.

A one-stop enterprise mobile shop At its simplest, this means enterprises choosing to deploy iOS devices across their business can approach Appogee to purchase, deploy, and create contextually-aware management tools for these new fleets. The system integrates tools from both TRUCE and Jamf and means businesses can accelerate their mobile strategy, and do so while ensuring their own policies can be enforced on a device and user basis.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 16, 2021

Lenovo's global employee kickoff: The evolution of company meetings?
Disclosure: Most of the vendors mentioned are clients of the author.

When I first started in technology, I worked for ROLM Systems and our employee events were largely weekly: we'd get together on Friday afternoons for beer, snacks, and updates.  All-hands meetings were  less frequent and required travel; they were nowhere near as much fun but just as critical for understanding top-level strategy and my role within it. (I was less a fan of these because I'd often end up getting a virus — large crowds and finger food are a danger — and spending a week to recover every other time.)

But big events often get employees, particularly sales employees, fired up and motivated. And  they help create critical connections we often need to complete a task or progress as an employee. I've been wondering how companies are handling these things during the pandemic, so I was excited to be invited to Lenovo's all-hands meeting virtually.  It was nicely done, given the limitations of technology.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 15, 2021

Podcast: What to expect at Apple's "Spring Loaded" event
Apple is holding a spring event after all. After weeks of speculation and rumors, Apple announced it will host a virtual event, titled Spring Loaded, on April 20. Computerworld executive editor Ken Mingis and Macworld executive editor Michael Simon join Juliet to discuss what Apple may announce at the event. Rumors suggest Apple may release a new iPad Pro, a new Apple Pencil or maybe even an Apple Silicon iMac.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 15, 2021

With Parallels, Apple continues to make superior Windows PCs
You know things have changed when one of the fastest ways to run Windows is to run it using Parallels Desktop on an M1 Mac and Microsoft brings in Apple Silicon support for its own Remote Desktop application.

The fastest Windows PC? Get a Mac Parallels now offers native Apple Silicon support in Parallels Desktop 16. As anticipated, this extends to various ARM-based Linux installations (Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, and Kali) and also to Windows 10 on ARM Insider Preview.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 15, 2021

2 big questions to ask about Google and privacy
I don't know if you've noticed, but it's become a teensy bit trendy to trash Google and its position on privacy these days.

This wiggly ol' web of ours has always spent a fair amount of energy focusing on how Google uses personal data, of course — and that's a good thing. We absolutely should be aware of how companies do and don't tap into our information.

Lately, though, the conversation has turned especially heated, with a growing chorus of virtual voices suggesting it's time to ditch this-or-that Google service because of how it handles privacy and (insert spooky horror music and/or Sting ballad here) watches every move you make.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 14, 2021

This $1,600 game development e-training bundle is just $40 today
Got an idea for a cool new game but aren't sure how to bring it to life? Then The 2021 Complete Learn to Code by Making Games in Unity Bundle, offered now at over 90 percent off the original value, may be right up your alley.

The 2021 Complete Learn to Code by Making Games in Unity Bundle offers a beginner-friendly introduction to the world of game development. It introduces students to popular development tools like Construct 3 and Unity, coding with Python, and art design with Blender. And since every single course is delivered by Mammoth Interactive — a well-known game producer with dozens of titles to their credit — students will be learning from the best of the best.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 14, 2021

OmniPlan 4 offers powerful project management for Mac, iPhone, iPad
Businesses running primarily on Macs, iPads and iPhones can now wield a powerful new project management tool with the release of OmniPlan 4 for iPad and iPhone.

What is OmniPlan? OmniPlan is a well-designed tool from one of the world's most experienced Mac developers, the Omni Group. As a former NEXTSTEP consulting company, the firm has roots in the Mac platform that predate macOS; it has introduced apps for Apple's platform since day one.

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ComputerWorld
Apr 14, 2021

FAQ: Microsoft preps Windows Update for Business as go-to enterprise servicing tool
At its Ignite developers conference in March, Microsoft issued a host of announcements — some new, some more akin to status updates — about new features and functionality for IT to manage Windows, enough that it required a recorded list all its own just to keep everyone clear.To read this article in full, please click here

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