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ComputerWorld
Sep 22, 2018

Why everyone is talking about everything talking
Voice-first technology went radically mainstream this week.

For starters, Amazon announced on Thursday a stunningly high number of Alexa-enabled devices.

These include an Echo for cars, a voice-interaction wall clock and an Alexa-equipped microwave that can order popcorn when you run out.

The products are fun. But the real news is that Amazon announced the Alexa Connect Kit, which includes a very low-cost circuit board the size of a quarter that has the electronics necessary to turn any device into an Echo. Expect a tsunami of Alexa-equipped devices next year.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 21, 2018

IDG Contributor Network: Getting ready for Microsoft Ignite
Next week is Microsoft Ignite (disclosure: Microsoft is a client of the author) and a whole bunch of us are flying into Orlando on Sunday to spend the week with Microsoft. In anticipation of this sold out event, I thought I'd list my expectations for this event which is largely focused on enterprise customers. (You can stream many of the sessions if you want to attend this thing remotely. As an aside, I wonder when we'll be able to attend events like with Mixed Reality?)

Let's get to it. 

Push to the cloud While I expect there will be sessions that cover the breadth of what Microsoft provides I also expect that most of the focus for this show will be on Azure and the cloud. Azure is Satya Nadella's baby and he takes incredibly good care of it. With the coming of 5G, I've been expecting a big pivot from Microsoft toward even more comprehensive cloud services, and my expectation is that is exactly what we will see at the show. There is very little you can't do in the cloud these days with the only limitations, at least when it comes to personal technology, being bandwidth. With 5G networks starting to get lit up in a few short months (2019 event), the ability to truly pivot to the cloud is near, and I'm looking forward to seeing just how far that pivot will be at Ignite.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 21, 2018

Apple's dropping Back To My Mac Remote Access. Here's an Alternative, Currently Discounted.
Apple is dropping the Back To My Mac remote access feature, and in a recent support document they urge you to be prepared by looking for alternatives.

RemotePC by iDrive is a full-featured remote access solution that lets you connect to your work or office computer securely from anywhere, and from any iOS or Android device. Right now, their 50 computer package is 90% off or just $6.95 for your 1st year. So if you need an alternative to Back To My Mac, or have been thinking about remote access, now is a good time to consider RemotePC. Learn more about it here.



ComputerWorld
Sep 21, 2018

8 things you'll want to try first with your iPhone XS
A few million Apple customers are likely to be unboxing their brand-new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Mac devices today, so what do they need to know?

But I didn't get a new iPhone You don't need to actually have a new iPhone XS to get a sense of what they are like - Apple has published a little microsite in which you can toy with an interactive 3D model to get a sense of them. You can also compare the sizes of the new devices with those of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. You must be using mobile versions of the Chrome or Safari browsers for this to work. 

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ComputerWorld
Sep 21, 2018

Samsung's Note 9 takes DeX to a new level for business
Samsung's Note 9 flagship enterprise smartphone has arrived with a bunch of hardware upgrades that make it one of the most advanced smartphones ever, but enterprise users might be more interested in a clever upgrade for DeX, the innovative Samsung software that allows a smartphone to be paired with a TV or monitor for a virtual desktop.

Christopher Hebert/IDG The Galaxy Note 9's S Pen comes in new fashionable colors to match the phone.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 21, 2018

Back to the ol' spam-fighting drawing board
Pilot fish returns from an extended holiday weekend to find his inbox full of spam -- and for once, dozens of the messages seem to be related.

"I was curious, so I didn't delete all 50 of them right away," says fish. "The first one was obviously spam -- a 'Hi, do you remember me, can we talk?' message with a phishing link.

"But the first reply was from an autoresponder at a legal-services company: Thank you for your email. You have reached the email inbox for... Please let us know if you have any questions."

The next message is from another autoresponder, replying not to the spam but to the first autoresponder: Thank you for contacting us. This is an automated response confirming the receipt of your ticket. Our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 21, 2018

Future Forward: Leadership lessons from IDG founder Patrick McGovern
Editor's note: More than 50 years ago, at the dawn of the computer age, Patrick J. McGovern founded International Data Corp., and, later, International Data Group (the parent company of Computerworld, which he started in 1967). From that small beginning, McGovern, who passed away in 2014, would go on to create a global publishing and data empire.

That empire eventually grew to include some 300 publications in 97 countries, 460 websites and 700 events focused on all aspects of the IT industry. And in 2000 it allowed McGovern to work with MIT to create the McGovern Institute for Brain Research.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 20, 2018

Enterprises expected to implement annual Windows 10 upgrade pace
Most enterprises will now adopt a once-a-year upgrade model for Windows 10, finally getting some relief from the pressure of seemingly endless rounds of testing and deployment, a Windows expert said today.

"I think enterprises will fall into an annual cadence," Stephen Kleynhans, a Gartner research vice president, said in an interview. "With 30 months of support, you get to choose when to start rolling out [the upgrade]. You may say, 'We'll start kicking tires in January, piloting in March, deploying in June.' That's a nice window."

[ Related: Windows 10 October 2018 Update: Key enterprise features ] Kleynhans was referring to the changes he expects enterprises to make following Microsoft's announcement last week that it is extending support of Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education to 30 months. The additional support - previously maxed out at 18 months - will be awarded only to the fall feature upgrade, the one each year labeled xx09 in Microsoft's yymm format. Windows 10 Enterprise 1809 (and the matching Education edition), slated to release later this month or early in October, will be the first to get two-and-a-half years of security patches and non-security bug fixes.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 20, 2018

Quip builds out productivity offerings with 'Slides'
Quip, the collaborative word processing app acquired by Salesforce for $750 million, has added a new slideshow creation feature, further adding to its capabilities as a productivity suite. 

Quip was initially focused purely on word processing, but expanded its focus with the addition of a spreadsheet tool. Now, with the debut of Slides, the company has three of the basic components of major office productivity suites offered by Microsoft and Google. 

[ Related: 7 tools to supplement (or supplant) PowerPoint] The idea behind Quip Slides is to allow creation of simple slideshows for team meetings rather than in-depth keynote presentations. That's how such apps are most frequently used anyway, the company said. 

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ComputerWorld
Sep 20, 2018

What Microsoft has joined together, let no man put asunder. Except for .Net patches.
Do you remember the July patching debacle? We were treated to wave after wave of Win10 patches that didn't work. Arguably worst of all, the .Net patches were so bad that the Microsoft .Net Framework team publicly — on Github, no less — posted a warning, advising those who had been suckered into installing the patches to curl up real tight and kiss their keesters goodbye.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 20, 2018

How to make Gmail's desktop interface infinitely better
Google's recently revamped Gmail website has a lot of good things going for it — but the service's interface could still use some serious improvement.

Plain and simple, the Gmail desktop site is busy and cluttered, particularly if you've spent any time working with its far more minimal and aesthetically pleasing Inbox cousin. So now that Inbox is on the way out, what's a discerning email user to do?

Fear not, my friends, for there is hope yet. Just as you can recreate Inbox's best features in Gmail — and make the Gmail Android app a touch more pleasant to use — with a teensy bit of effort, you can pare down Gmail's desktop interface and transform it into a calm and uncluttered center for email productivity.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 20, 2018

Microsoft Patch Alert: Despite weird timing, September's Windows and Office patches look good
As we near the end of patching's "C Week" (which is to say, the week that contains the third Tuesday of the month), there are no show-stopping bugs in the Windows and Office patches and just a few gotchas. As long as you avoid Microsoft's patches for Intel's Meltdown/Spectre bugs, you should be in good shape.

[ Related: Windows 10 October 2018 Update: Key enterprise features ] Why a Patch Monday? On Sept. 17, Microsoft released two very-out-of-band cumulative updates for Windows 10:

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ComputerWorld
Sep 20, 2018

The enterprise guide to the September 24 'Mojave' upgrade
Apple will ship the next major macOS release, 10.14 Mojave on September 24, meaning thousands of Macs currently used in the enterprise will be due for an upgrade. With a successful iOS upgrade under your belt, here's what you need to do to prepare your Macs for the next iteration of the OS.

Which Macs are compatible? The following Macs are compatible with macOS 10.14 Mojave:

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ComputerWorld
Sep 20, 2018

Windows 10's new support policy a slap to SMBs
Microsoft's decision to extend Windows 10 support to 30 months for customers running the Enterprise edition leaves small business users adrift, a patch expert argued.

"Keep in mind that this only applies to those who have purchased Enterprise and Educational versions. I'm a SMB (small- or medium-sized business). We buy Windows 10 from Dell and HP," said Susan Bradley, a computer network and security consultant, in an email reply to questions. Bradley also moderates the PatchMangement.org mailing list, where IT professionals exchange tips on patching tradecraft, and she writes for AskWoody.com, the Windows-centric site run by Woody Leonard, a Computerworld columnist.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 20, 2018

What is Project Treble? The Android upgrade fix explained
It's tough to talk about Project Treble without getting lost in a forest of technical gobbledygook.

And it's no wonder: Project Treble (take a deep breath) is Google's ambitious effort to rearchitect Android in order to establish a modular base in which the lower-level code created by silicon vendors is separated from the main Android operating system framework so that device manufacturers can update the OS code without having to rely on silicon vendors to refresh the lower-level code for every release.

Whew! See what I mean?

In reality, though, Project Treble doesn't have to be so complicated. Let's break down what Treble is actually all about, in real-world terms — and what it actually means for you, as someone who uses Android and doesn't necessarily speak the language of mumbo-jumbo.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 20, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Mini hands make light work
This pilot fish is doing support work for some local schools where something odd is going on.

"I kept getting calls from one particular classroom in an outlying school," says fish. "The children were having trouble getting the computers to respond to the mice."

So, time after time, fish goes to the school the next morning to check out the problem. Fish cleans the rubber balls and rollers in the mice, checks the computers and makes sure everything is working fine.

But the calls keep coming in -- even after fish swaps in some new mice that test out perfectly.

An answer doesn't come until one day when fish is running late and doesn't get to the school until midafternoon.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 19, 2018

Mastercard, Microsoft partner on B2B fintech network that could save billions
Mastercard has launched a new global B2B network built on Microsoft's Azure cloud service that aims to reduce inefficiencies and inaccuracies in verifying supply chain providers and create a near real-time electronic payment system.

Mastercard Track is a global trade platform for the procure-to-pay-process, which today can be a highly manual effort. The B2B network enables banks, insurance companies and tech providers to streamline services to business customers, such as enhanced data analytics and trade finance.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 19, 2018

This small iOS 12 feature is the birth of a whole industry
Imagine if you had a low-weight imaging format you could use to transmit a huge quantity of data about an object, like an image that included height, weight, depth data.

That's exactly what iOS 12's clever USDZ imaging format provides, and it's a building block for far more powerful AR experiences in future.

To succeed, AR needs standards I spoke with Louis Jonckheere, Chief Product Officer at Showpad to learn his thoughts on this

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ComputerWorld
Sep 19, 2018

FAQ: Windows 10, now with more upgrade skipping
Corporate customers have repeatedly told Microsoft to put the brakes on Windows 10's runaway upgrade train.To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

ComputerWorld
Sep 19, 2018

Mingis on Tech: What's coming in the Windows 10 October update?
When it comes to this year's Windows 10 October 2018 Update - due out, naturally, next month - there are variety of feature tweaks and improvements users can look forward to.

We're talking about things like the expanded clipboard, better search previews, added screenshot functions, group policies for Microsoft's Edge browser, the Your Phone app and even a dark theme (similar to the new theme in Apple's macOS Mojave).

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ComputerWorld
Sep 19, 2018

The Intern Experience
This company makes software for people movers, which means it's just the sort of outfit that hires dozens of interns each summer from local colleges for a taste of real-world IT work, reports a pilot fish on the inside.

"We were assigned an intern for our central control group, which designed the systems for monitoring and controlling our automated trains," fish says.

"My manager specifically assigned this young man to work with me."

Trouble is, fish already has his hands full with a project that has a very aggressive timeline to create some very complex software.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 18, 2018

Why Windows 10 is the most secure Windows ever
Three years after its debut, Windows 10 is poised to overtake Windows 7 as the most popular version of the Windows operating system. Microsoft introduced virtualization-based security features - namely Device Guard and Credential Guard - in Windows 10, and in subsequent updates, has added other virtualization-based protections to the operating system.

Microsoft tackled the two biggest challenge for enterprises with Windows 10, password management and protecting the operating system from attackers. Windows Defender was renamed Windows Security in 2017 and now includes anti-malware and threat detection, firewall and network security, application and browser controls, device and account security, and device health. Windows Security shares status information between Microsoft 365 services and interoperates with Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, Microsoft's cloud-based forensic analysis tool.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 18, 2018

Windows 10: A guide to the updates
The launch of a big Microsoft Windows 10 update like the April 2018 Update isn't the end of a process — it's really just the beginning. As soon as a major update is released, Microsoft quickly gets to work on improving it by fixing bugs, releasing security patches, and occasionally adding new features.

Here we've summarized what you need to know about every Windows 10 update being released to the public. First come updates to the currently shipping version of Windows 10 — version 1803, known as the April 2018 Update — with the most recent updates on top. (Note that the April 2018 Update is on a phased rollout, so you may not have received it yet.) Below that are updates to version 1709, known as the Fall Creators Update, and below that updates to version 1703, known as the Creators Update. For each build, we've included the date of its initial release and a link to Microsoft's announcement about it.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 18, 2018

Easy way to bypass passcode lock screens on iPhones, iPads running iOS 12
Update for iOS 12 With iOS 12 and iPhones that have Touch ID, you can still bypass the iPhone lock screen and trick Siri into getting into a person's phone. The bypass is the same as it was in earlier versions of the operating system:

Press the home button using a finger not associated with your fingerprint authentication, prompting Siri to wake up. Say to Siri: Cellular data. Siri then opens the cellular data settings where you can turn off cellular data.

[ Further reading: How to use a strong passcode to better secure your iPhone ] As was the case before, anyone can do this. It doesn't have to be the person who "trained" Siri.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 18, 2018

5 handy hidden features in the Gmail Android app
Let's face it: Between the pending death of Inbox and the days-away demise of Newton Mail, a whole bunch of us are gonna be making our way back to Gmail before long. And that means we've got a lot of begrudging adjustment ahead.

The Gmail Android app isn't awful to use, mind you, but it can be a bit of a shock to the system when you've grown accustomed to something different. Whether you're returning to Gmail for the first time in ages or you've been living with it all along, though, Google's soon-to-be-only email app has some nice touches you've probably never noticed — easily overlooked features that can make your mobile email experience a little more pleasant.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 18, 2018

9 iOS 12 security improvements you should know about
Apple has shipped iOS 12 and it's packed with new security improvements and settings every user needs to know about.

Ad tracking Apple has made it much harder for data harvesting companies to exfiltrate your data without you knowing.

Safari in iOS 11 blocked third-party cookies that tracked you across multiple websites and cookies older than 30-days in age.

iOS 12 also gives you the option to block social media sharing icons and comment boxes from tracking you. Apple has also made it much harder for fingerprinting technologies to track and identify you by gathering information about your device, such as capacity or installed apps.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 18, 2018

How to navigate the shifting sands of macOS Server
Earlier this year, the fate of macOS Server was thrown up in the air after Apple announced it would be deprecating virtually all of the components of what had been a robust solution for the SMB market. Now, Apple has posted a Service Migration Guide PDF on its support site, a 43-page document that details the services Apple will no longer support. Essentially, it's a guide to moving off macOS Server, with directions for moving to open-source alternatives that can run on the same hardware as macOS Server.To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

ComputerWorld
Sep 18, 2018

W. Va. to use blockchain-based mobile app for mid-term voting
West Virginia this fall will let members of the military and their families deployed overseas to vote by smartphone or tablet using a blockchain-based app developed by a Salt Lake City start-up, Voatz.

The voters using the app would otherwise have to submit paper absentee ballots via mail or vote over a land line telephone.

The move means the state will become the first in the U.S. to use blockchain in a voting system in a general election.

[ Further reading: What is blockchain? The most disruptive tech in decades ] After being elected in January 2017, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner  tasked IT staff to investigate mobile voting options for 8,000 West Virginian military members overseas. Warner, a retired U.S. Army officer with four children who are also all current or former Army officers, cited his own inability to vote when deployed in Afghanistan as one reason for his efforts.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 18, 2018

When the going gets tough...
It's a few decades back, and this IT pilot fish is on the team converting a data system at an organization in the Midwest.

"In those days, things took longer," fish says. "We worked loading software and then data, pretty much around the clock for a couple of days.

"When everything was ready, we fired up a smoke test -- and on this project, smoke there was. One of us had missed a step back at the beginning, and we were going to have to start over.

"It had happened before, but this time it just broke one tech's spirit. For several hours, he was only vaguely aware of others occasionally stepping across him as he slept on the hard, cold computer room floor."

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ComputerWorld
Sep 17, 2018

BrandPost: Influencers Weigh in on How to Balance IT, End-User Technology Needs
The dynamics of the workplace are changing, part of the sweeping IT and Digital transformation trends disrupting business. When you consider the changing demographics of the workplace, technology is placed squarely in the center of the forces reshaping how we work. With Millennials now comprising the largest segment of the workforce, expectations and demands on IT are heightened. In a recent survey by Forrester Consultants, "68% of Millennials said the expectations of the younger workers are pushing IT to keep technology current, but there is a palpable gap between what employees are demanding and how IT responds to them." (1)

We reached out to technology influencers for ideas on what steps can IT leaders take to balance workplace technology demands of end users and the needs of IT managers. Here's what they told us.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 17, 2018

SharePoint Workflows go belly-up when you install the September .Net Security Only patch
‘Softie Rodney Viana has posted details and a workaround for the "System.CodeDom.CodeBinaryOperatorExpression is not marked as authorized" bug.

Apparently, installing last Tuesday's KB 4457916 Security Only updates for .Net Framework 3.5, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2, 4.7, 4.7.1, and 4.7.2 for Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 causes a hard stop with any SharePoint Workflows. (Workflows are set up by an admin to handle the flow of documents through a series of steps.)

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ComputerWorld
Sep 17, 2018

IDG Contributor Network: AT&T Mobility wins GWS Best Network OneScore
Congratulations to AT&T Mobility on the most recent Global Wireless Solutions study where they were awarded the Best Network OneScore. This comprehensive study compared all major wireless competitors after a very extensive series of tests all over the country. This was an evaluation of the leadership in today's wireless marketplace in the United States.

Study findings say, based on the nationwide voice and data tests, combined with consumer research, AT&T has the best ranking. Verizon is second. T-Mobile third and Sprint fourth.

Verizon is number one for the fastest mobile internet upload like posting videos and photos. AT&T has the best video streaming quality and quickest load time.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 17, 2018

How enterprises can control iOS update bandwidth demands
If you use iPhones in your business you probably see a spike in network activity whenever new versions of Apple's mobile operating systems ship. This is a problem when trying to get critical work done. Here are some ideas that may help reduce the load on your internal systems while still enabling your workers to get what they need.

In the background Does anybody else remember when iOS upgrades almost broke the internet? Back in 2014, people installing iOS 8 caused internet bandwidth to spike in the U.S. and U.K.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 17, 2018

FAQ: Microsoft ups Windows 10 support to 30 months
Microsoft on Sept. 5 upended Windows 10 support. Again.To read this article in full, please click here

(Insider Story)

ComputerWorld
Sep 17, 2018

Speed kills
It's the early 1980s when this IT pilot fish joins the workforce -- and figures out a neat hack at his first real job at a small company.

"The company's minicomputer had user terminals in some of the offices," says fish. "The terminals allowed you to do a few things beyond simple data entry, and one trick was to tell the terminal to skip input fields on a data entry screen.

"One day my boss gave me a large batch of General Ledger journal entries that needed to be corrected. They were missing values in two fields, out of about two dozen. So I programmed the screen to skip from the required fields to the end, accept the page, go to the next entry, and skip down to the fields I had to enter.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 15, 2018

In killing Inbox, Google takes another swipe at its most passionate users
For all its skill and dominance in artificial intelligence, Google can be surprisingly lacking in the natural kind.

In move after move, Google snatches defeat from the jaws of victory. And all because the company's culture is blind to the value of passionate users.

I'm quite certain that Google watches user numbers and applies analytics to everything it can measure. A radically analytical approach is powerful, but it can blind you to the factors that cannot be measured. Factors such as user passion.

My favorite example is Google . After an initial surge of usage in the first couple of years, the social network gradually fizzled — smothered by a reputation for low engagement.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 14, 2018

Top 35 free apps for Windows 10
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With Windows 10 adoption ramping up, many folks are looking for ways to further improve the Win10 experience. So why not make the most of your transition by reconsidering your old app habits and getting Win10 tools that will help you work smarter, faster, and more productively?

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ComputerWorld
Sep 14, 2018

Top 36 free apps for Windows 10
Top 30 free apps for Windows 10 Free Apps for Windows [cover]" data-license="Getty Images"/Image by ipopba / Getty Images

With Windows 10 adoption ramping up, many folks are looking for ways to further improve the Win10 experience. So why not make the most of your transition by reconsidering your old app habits and getting Win10 tools that will help you work smarter, faster, and more productively?

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ComputerWorld
Sep 14, 2018

Here are Apple's macOS Mojave and iOS 12 release dates
Apple will release macOS 10.14, aka Mojave, on Monday, Sept. 24, the company announced earlier this week.

Leaving the news until the last minutes of this year's nearly two-hour presentation on Wednesday, CEO Tim Cook revealed the launch date with little fanfare, mentioning it with about as much drama as he had the update to tvOS, the operating system that powers Apple TV.

[ Related: Weighing a move from Windows 10 to macOS? An IT checklist] "And then the following week, we've got a great new update for the Mac, macOS Mojave," Cook said before ticking off improvements like dark mode and a redesigned Mac App Store.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 14, 2018

The evolution of Apple's iPhone
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The iPhone has come a long way since its arrival in 2007.

First iPhone The Evolution of the iPhone The Original iPhone" data-license="IDG"/Image by IDG / Apple

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ComputerWorld
Sep 14, 2018

Apple's Dual SIM tech is right place, right time
While only a handful of carriers will support Apple's Dual SIM (eSIM) at first, its arrival within the new 2018 iPhone range heralds more rapid adoption of the technology in future, as industry consensus has mostly been achieved.

What is eSIM? The promise of eSIM technology is that users can swiftly switch between network providers on the fly, accessing the best available deal or strongest coverage as they go. In truth, this isn't quite how it works - it is conceivable that it could but linking up with a new carrier also means porting your phone number, and that's a task that takes time where it is possible at all. Dual SIM is also a big deal in emerging markets.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 14, 2018

Four industries Apple is set to disrupt
Apple's event this week was all about its new iPhones, which go on sale Sept. 21, and the Apple Watch Series 4. The focus, as is usually the case with Apple, centered largely around consumer uses - health tracking, photography, performance, incredible new OLED screens and the "Liquid Retina" display of the less-expensive iPhone Xr. The on-stage demos centered on audio, still images, video and gaming. 

Though the improved hardware will no doubt be important to business users, there was essentially no discussion of enterprise use cases for the devices. And yet they will disrupt multiple industries. In some cases, this disruption will be a continuation of the impact that Apple has already had or re-disruption of industries Apple has already significantly transformed. 

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ComputerWorld
Sep 14, 2018

One small step forward, one giant leap back
This pilot fish is paying his monthly bills online when he discovers one of his utilities has changed the payment part of its website -- a lot.

"I clicked on the 'Payment' button, and saw that I now had the option of paying with or without logging in," says fish.

"OK, the no-login option could be handy, but I've been paying this bill online for years, so I clicked on the login option. It asked me for my user name and eight-digit PIN. What PIN? I have a long, secure password. I tried that. It didn't work."

And after several unsuccessful attempts, fish tries the no-login version -- which just takes him to the same screen asking his PIN.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 13, 2018

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

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

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

[ Related: 8 ways to turn Android into a productivity powerhouse ] All-in-one iOS-to-Android switching tools First things first: Some Android devices, like Samsung's Galaxy phones and Google's Pixel products, ship with their own all-in-one iPhone-to-Android switching systems. These systems may include special software and possibly even physical cables for moving a bunch of data from your iPhone to your new Android device in one fell swoop. If your Android phone offers such a service, it's a smart place to start.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 13, 2018

The worst part about Google's Inbox assassination
You've probably heard the news by now: Google is killing off Inbox, its experimental email app that's lived alongside Gmail for the past four years. The service is set to shut down for good this coming March.

When Inbox was announced in October of 2014, Google described it as something "years in the making" — a "completely different type of inbox, designed to focus on what really matters." The engineers behind it said it was "designed for the problems we're going to see in the next 10 years."

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ComputerWorld
Sep 13, 2018

IDG Contributor Network: Agile teams define the modern model of work
How a business structures itself internally can have a huge impact on workflow and culture—both across individual teams and the company as a whole.

Companies need to be fast, focused, and adaptable to remain competitive in a world where customers' needs are constantly changing. A wide variety of stakeholders have to work together across an organization to align the product or service with customer needs and company goals.

A new model of work must be adopted to meet this challenge—and with that challenge comes a major opportunity for IT leaders to demonstrate business leadership far and wide across their organizations.

Agile has been a prominent development practice for the past 15 years in technology, but the basic tenets of agile can be a cross-company organizing principle to help teams in any function be more efficient and, well, agile. According to Salesforce's second annual "State of IT" report, 75 percent of tech leaders say IT is currently in the midst of the biggest historical shift of its role, becoming more deeply involved in the business and playing a critical role in processes. Since technology leaders already have vast expertise with agile, they're well positioned to be change agents for forward-thinking companies by encouraging widespread adoption of the philosophy.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 13, 2018

IDG Contributor Network: Smartwatches finally evolve into a viable platform
[Disclosure: Qualcomm is a client of the author.]

I believe the near-term future will largely be defined by wearable devices, but there's no denying the class started ugly.

First, we had the incredibly foolish Google effort called Glass. Then Apple decided to toss out the brilliant product, marketing and naming strategies that resulted in the iPod, iPhone and iPad and created the Apple Watch. While still powerful enough to set an industry trend, the move almost terminally destroyed what we now consider to be the smartwatch market.

You see, with the iPod, iPhone and iPad Apple defined the products themselves. But when you call something by a name that's already defined - like "watch" - that name then defines the product. But the Apple Watch wasn't a "watch" - it was more of a wearable iPod. 

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ComputerWorld
Sep 13, 2018

Prep for Cisco, CompTIA, and More IT Certifications With This $39 Bundle
A staggering amount of digitally-focused companies launch every year, and none of these companies can operate without a dedicated team of IT professionals. Numerous avenues have opened for aspiring IT professionals seeking professional certifications. For example, this Ultimate IT Certification Training Bundle features prep courses for some of the most popular IT certifications on the market. You can find it here for $39.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 13, 2018

Apple just made the Apple Watch something you might not live without
Apple Watch is no longer a rich boy's toy or an accessory for Kool Aid-drinking hipsters - it's a device you'll want to give to people you love because you want to protect them. This new status means it has reached a significant inflection point, becoming an essential tool for better healthcare.

What has Apple done here? Among a raft of improvements to the product (many of which had been predicted), Apple introduced critical heart and health-related features for Apple Watch Series 4:

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ComputerWorld
Sep 13, 2018

Apple just made the Apple Watch something you might not live without (u)
Apple Watch is no longer a rich boy's toy or an accessory for Kool Aid-drinking hipsters — it's a device you'll want to give to people you love because you want to protect them. This new status means it has reached a significant inflection point, becoming an essential tool for better healthcare.

What has Apple done here? Among a raft of improvements to the product (many of which had been predicted), Apple introduced critical heart- and health-related features for Apple Watch Series 4:

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ComputerWorld
Sep 13, 2018

Slack adds enterprise key management for Enterprise Grid users
Slack has unveiled new features aimed at attracting a wider audience of enterprise customers, including enhanced security, compliance and admin controls.

The company has made a concerted effort to court large businesses since the launch of its Enterprise Grid product last year. And during its second annual Frontiers event in San Francisco last week, Slack - which recently raised $427 million in new funding - highlighted several  enterprise-focused announcements, including the acquisition of Missions.ai, its new partnership with Atlassian, and a glimpse of its feature roadmap.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 13, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Just one more thing to worry about
This pilot fish and his wife are planning a long-overdue vacation to an all-inclusive resort -- one of those places where you don't have to worry about things like meals or tipping.

"I log onto the resort's website in order to make some reservations ahead of our arrival," fish says, "and am presented with the standard registration page."

He enters his information on the page, which also asks "for security reasons" that he set up a password.

It's not until after he has clicked "OK" that fish looks at the icon in his web browser and realizes the page isn't encrypted. He does a quick browse of the source code for the page, and finds that there's no SSL anywhere securing the data he's just typed in.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 12, 2018

Review: 5 digital whiteboard displays for business collaboration
Whether your business team is designing a next-gen widget or developing an online campaign, you need a place to get together, brainstorm and map out a strategy. In years past, a dry-erase whiteboard was typically where such ideas were recorded, with some obvious drawbacks. For starters, somebody had to capture all those great ideas from the whiteboard before it got erased. Worse, remote meeting attendees couldn't see the on-board action.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 12, 2018

Thoughts on Apple's iPhone 2018 announcements
I wrote earlier on some of the enterprise implications of Apple's 2018 iPhone and Apple Watch range. Here are a few more insights on the new range as Apple closes in on selling its two billionth iOS device.

iPhone range intelligence Apple now offers three iPhones: iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone XR.

Analyst Patrick Moorhead believes the iPhone XR will be the biggest-selling smartphone over the next year. In part this is because it offers the same powerful chip, can do portrait shots and other imaging tasks and comes in a range of cool colors at a more affordable price.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 12, 2018

Here's How You Can Train To Get Your MCSA and MCSE Certifications
With the demand for information technology professionals rising, earning an IT certification can be a lucrative career choice. There are dozens of IT certification providers, one of the most popular being Microsoft. If you'd like to learn what it takes to become a Microsoft-certified IT professional, the Ultimate MCSE Certification Training Bundle and Ultimate MCSA Certification Training Bundle are good places to start.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 12, 2018

Error 0x8000FFFF in Win7? Phantom patch for Win10 1803? There's a solution.
Consider the following Gedankenexperiment.

You turn on your Chromebook (or phone or iPad), things whirr and glurg for a few minutes, and the computer throws up this message:


Enlightening, eh?

That's what we're seeing this week in Windows land. Except Windows isn't polite enough to throw a message up. It just throws up.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 12, 2018

Why is Apple's Airpower still a no-show?
It's now been a full year since Apple announced it would release its first wireless charger to go along with the first iPhones that could be wirelessly charged.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 12, 2018

16 wireless chargers for both iPhones and Android devices
From wired to wireless chargingImage by Apple

Apple's iPhone X offers a variety of cutting edge features, such as Face ID technology, and it supports native wireless charging - just like the iPhone 8 (and a variety of Android devices).

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ComputerWorld
Sep 12, 2018

An enterprise take on Apple's 2018 iPhones
Expectation is high and #AppleEvent is trending on Twitter, so you know it's September 12 when Apple is expected to introduce new iPhones, Apple Watch, iPads and possibly a few more goodies. I thought it might be good to flag up a few enterprise-focused things to watch for.

What we think we know We've provided cut-out-and-keep guides to some of the latest speculation here, here and here, and I'll be attempting a live feed over here (I'm using a new tool to do so and wanted to test it somewhere first). The new Macs will pack a punch but will merit an article of their own. I'll be providing post-announcement analysis here after the event, but for now I wanted to touch base on the potential significance of Apple's new products for enterprise users.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 12, 2018

What is Microsoft's Intune - and how well does the UEM tool really work?
As businesses look for ways to give employees flexible work environments, whether on desktops or mobile devices, in the office or out in the field, IT shops have had to scramble to consolidate the management of hardware platforms using a single console.

With that IT goal in mind, Microsoft in 2011 launched its Intune cloud service to address the emerging enterprise mobility management (EMM) needs of the workplace.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 12, 2018

Why we (don't always) love the squeaky wheel
IT contractor pilot fish's project at a big company is winding down, so the company cuts him loose -- but also offers him a job as a developer doing the same thing he was doing before.

"With no other real options except unemployment, I decided to accept the position," says fish.

"Upon arriving for my first day of work as a regular employee, basically working on the same projects I was working on as a contractor the previous Friday, I figured there would not be any issues with my new job."

It doesn't take long to get his computer set up, and fish soon starts back in on his project, which means building stored procedures for database transactions in exactly the same way he's been doing for months.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 11, 2018

Windows 10 update (and retirement) calendar: Mark these dates
Microsoft's shift to Windows-as-a-service (WaaS) for Windows 10 yielded a repetitive, predictable schedule of version release and support expiration dates for Windows 10.

Although consumers can essentially ignore any schedule — Microsoft decides when their devices are upgraded — business customers and their IT personnel should be marking the calendar with the important upcoming events.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 11, 2018

Chat happens: Your guide to 10 group-chat services
Everyone knows the secret to success — personal and business alike — is good communication. But in what form? If you're trying to communicate with a group in real time, you're no doubt familiar with the old standby: conference calls. You know: those mind-numbing phone meetings in which talkers overlap, voice quality is terrible, half the people aren't paying attention and somebody's dog barks intermittently throughout the call.To read this article in full, please click here

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ComputerWorld
Sep 11, 2018

A standout new Android launcher for ergonomic efficiency
When we think about Android launchers, we tend to think about programs that add oodles of options into our home screen environments. But a new and still under-development Android launcher aims to do just the opposite — to strip your home screen down to its bare essentials and turn it into an ultra-efficient launching board for getting where you need to be.

It's called Niagara Launcher, and while it's still technically in beta and "unreleased," it's available to anyone to download and try out for free from the Play Store. I've been using it on my phone for a little while now, and I've gotta say: It absolutely is not your average Android launcher. And for plenty of people, that could be a good thing.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 11, 2018

Apple's subscription push is a lesson for every enterprise
Apple really wants app developers to build their business around app subscriptions, rather than a la carte app sales, and this reflects an overall shift within the company.

Apple as a service Apple has invited selected developers to meetings at which it evangelized app subscription models.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 11, 2018

Microsoft cuts Office 2016 some slack, lets users connect to services until 2023
Microsoft is giving Office 2016 a reprieve of sorts, saying that the one-time-purchase suite will be allowed to connect to Microsoft's online services for three more years than ruled earlier.

In April 2017, Microsoft proclaimed that applications provided by Office 2016 would be unable to connect to cloud-based Office 365 services after Oct. 13, 2020. The ban on accessing services like Microsoft-hosted Exchange inboxes, OneDrive storage space and Skype for Business' conferencing was part of sweeping changes to Office's support statutes - all part of a push to get more customers to adopt Office 365 subscriptions.

[ Related: Mastering your Outlook inbox ] The October no-more-access date was derived from the end of Office 2016's mainstream support, the first five years of the usual decade. All future suites in perpetual license form - those for which customers paid a one-time, upfront fee and then were allowed to run the software as long as desired - would have the same limitation: If Office 2019 launched in early October of this year, say, it too would be blocked from connecting to services after its mainstream support expired in October 2023.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 11, 2018

There are great interns, and OK interns, and then...
This IT shop hires interns over the summer, and one turns out to be particularly, um, memorable, says a pilot fish working there.

"He came from a decent university and interviewed well enough," fish says. "However, when we set him on a task to convert text output from a small issue-tracking system to a replacement with analogous capabilities, things went badly.

"It wasn't clear if he was incapable, or just of the opinion that an internship was about getting paid without doing any work.

"Whatever the reason, a co-worker and I took twice as long to do the conversion because we kept trying to get our young charge to do any part of it.

"He must have had a sense that things weren't going well because his dad called up the boss, and demanded in no uncertain terms that we stop abusing his son.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 10, 2018

Firefox calls it quits on antiquated Windows XP, Vista
Mozilla last week shut down Firefox's support for Windows XP and Windows Vista, ending browser security updates for the outdated operating systems.

"It required effort, and it required devoting resources to supporting XP well after Microsoft stopped doing so," Chris Hutten-Czapski, a Firefox engineer, said in a Sept. 5 post to his personal blog. "It meant we couldn't do other things, since we were busy with XP."

[ Further reading: 14 must-have Firefox add-ons ] Support for the two past-expiration-date OSes - Microsoft dropped Windows XP in April 2014, Vista in April 2017 - ended with Firefox ESR 59.9, which was released June 26. That version was supplanted by Firefox ESR 60.2 on Sept. 4.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 10, 2018

IDG Contributor Network: Wireless innovation on full display at MWCA 2018
As a wireless analyst and columnist, I've been commenting on the always growing and changing wireless industry for more than thirty years. I spend time following and commenting on the changing industry, new products and services and companies who compete in the mobile space. This week the Mobile World Congress in partnership with CTIA are holding their MWCA 2018 wireless trade show in Los Angeles. This year I think I may just be speechless at the innovation wave that is coming our way.

Sure, we expect to see leaders like AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and Sprint on the network side. And Google with Android, Apple with iPhone and Samsung with Galaxy on the handset side. Plus, hundreds if not thousands of app makers in their own corner of the show. But there is so much more. But there is also so much more.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 10, 2018

Time to turn off Windows Automatic Update and brace for impact
August 2018 was a relatively innocuous patching month, although the final resolution to the August problems didn't appear until late Friday night just as the month was coming to a close — on a three-day weekend in the US.

We've seen the same pattern repeat itself almost every month since the beginning of the year: The first round of Microsoft security patches (notably including Win10 patches) introduce bugs, while subsequent rounds of patches each month squash most of them. If we're lucky.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 10, 2018

Mac and iOS apps stealing user data -- an enterprise take
Reports claiming numerous apps distributed through Apple's App Store are secretly exfiltrating user data should be an alarm call to enterprise CIOs. It signals a new battlefront in the eternal enterprise security wars.

The enterprise risk of personal data On the surface, the data being extracted is kind of… personal: Location, browser histories, information like this provides additional insight into what individual users are up to. Why should that concern an enterprise?

That's a rhetorical question, of course. Most enterprise security professionals recognize that any form of data exfiltration poses an overall challenge.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 10, 2018

Mac and iOS apps stealing user data, an enterprise take
Reports claiming numerous apps distributed through Apple's App Store are secretly exfiltrating user data should be an alarm call to enterprise CIOs. It signals a new battlefront in the eternal enterprise security wars.

The enterprise risk of personal data On the surface, the data being extracted is kind of… personal: Location, browser histories, information like this provides additional insight into what individual users are up to. Why should that concern an enterprise?

That's a rhetorical question, of course. Most enterprise security professionals recognize that any form of data exfiltration poses an overall challenge.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 10, 2018

A new phone-like device from Redmond? Why, Microsoft, why?
Five years ago, in September 2013, Microsoft made one of the most ill-conceived acquisitions in tech history, purchasing Nokia for $7.9 billion. Having failed in all its earlier attempts to bolster its failing Windows Phone line, Microsoft decided it would buy its way into mobile success by acquiring what had once been the world's dominant mobile phone maker.

Key words: "once been." By the time of the acquisition, Nokia, like Microsoft itself, was being brutalized in the smartphone market by the iPhone and Android. Microsoft ended up writing off the Nokia deal in 2015, laying off thousands of people.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 10, 2018

Why security is the first thing to go, episode 65,723
IT contractor has a project to upgrade some software for a client -- and the project is way behind schedule, says a pilot fish on the client side.

And why is that such a problem? "The existing product goes End-of-Life soon, at which time it will no longer be an approved product for us," fish explains.

"The contractor's people come in and pitch their schedule to upper management. In the briefing, they bring up the fact that the new product is not even approved to be on our highly secured network, and they have not even started on getting it approved.

"Essentially, if they have to get it approved, they can never get it deployed on time.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 09, 2018

Microsoft plans to sell post-2020 support for Windows 7
Microsoft bowed to the reality that enterprises won't purge Windows 7 by its January 2020 retirement, and has announced it will sell extended support for three years past that deadline.

Called "Windows 7 Extended Security Updates" (ESU), the after-drop-dead deal will add support through January 2023, according to Microsoft. The news was part of a larger announcement Thursday by Jared Spataro, the executive who leads marketing for Office and Windows. "While many of you are already well on your way in deploying Windows 10, we understand that everyone is at a different point in the upgrade process," Spataro said in explaining the offer.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 08, 2018

Social media and trolls: The end is near
Companies and brands are starting to quit social media.

This quitting takes many forms. Many are reducing or ending their presence on sites such as Facebook and placing new emphasis on other social sites.

Another approach is to back off on organic reach and instead use social advertising primarily or exclusively.

And yet another approach is getting off social media altogether.

There are several good reasons for this:

Social sites such as Facebook take away control. With Facebook's "monopoly on everybody" — which is to say that Facebook has long been the social network with the most users and therefore the strongest network effects — companies were told that they had to be on Facebook because that's where the customers were, and also because, on social media, messages can go viral, resulting in what is essentially free advertising.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 07, 2018

How to fix six Windows 10 headaches
Microsoft Windows 10 has gone a long way towards fixing the problems that were endemic with earlier versions of Windows — notably Windows 8. But it's still far from a perfect operating system and has its share of headaches.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 07, 2018

IDG Contributor Network: Putting an end to IT monitoring sprawl
Enterprise IT groups are at odds with each other—especially at large corporations. IT professionals have few choices available to them in driving their organizations towards solutions that scale and solve for the needs of every IT silo. This leads to the deployment of point solutions managed separately by each group, further driving the silo-fication of IT. Part of the problem is that niche monitoring solutions provide views that are either too acute to be relevant to the larger organization, or too obtuse to be useful in solving niche issues. Each IT domain, be it application, network or infrastructure, tends to be monitored, analyzed and sometimes even remediated via its own runbook. However, these processes are happening per domain and not holistically across the business. Additionally, the increasing TCO pressures, evolving best practices and the dynamic nature of modern IT environments have intensified this fragmentation.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 07, 2018

What we think we know about Apple Watch Series 4
We've looked at what improvements to expect in 2018's iPhones and iPad Pros, today we explore the current speculation surround Apple Watch Series 4, which may also be introduced at Apple's Gather Round September 12 special event.

We actually don't know a huge amount about the next-generation of this important Apple product. We can imagine a faster processor and it seems reasonable to anticipate an improved or upgraded W2 chip, but what else is being discussed?

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ComputerWorld
Sep 07, 2018

How to make an old Android phone feel new again
Old Android phones are everywhere. They're in closets, kitchens, desk drawers — and, yes, even in the pockets of productive business people who (gasp!) haven't bothered to upgrade in a while.

Despite the constant marketing to the contrary, mobile devices can remain perfectly capable long after their launch dates. They can, however, start to seem a little slow or behind the curve after a few years of use — and the older and more resource-limited a device is, the more pronounced that effect is likely to be.

But wait! Don't abandon hope just yet: A handful of simple steps can make your old Android phone feel new (or at least newer) again. And whether you're still carrying the device around as a daily driver or using it for more creative purposes, every little improvement counts.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 07, 2018

Mingis on Tech: UEM and the future of mobile management
First came BYOD.

Then in response, companies came up with MDM - and later, the more granular MAM - as part of an overall EMM strategy.

And now we're all moving toward UEM.

Got it?

Allow us to explain: BYOD refers to employees who years ago began bringing in their own devices (smartphones and tablets) to work. That forced companies to come up with an enterprise mobility management (EMM) strategy to protect corporate data, which at first entailed mobile device management (MDM) and more recently, mobile app management (MAM).

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ComputerWorld
Sep 07, 2018

Another satisfied IT customer!
This IT pilot fish is assigned to do a system installation for a bank that happens to be not far from his old hometown.

"It was for a small but important department at the bank," says fish. "The department head was my liaison in configuring the product and converting their current information.

"Working with him was fraught. Some days he had lots of questions, and he answered mine. Other days he seemed sullen, had no time for me and changed direction on critical decisions.

"Eventually I completed the job and moved on.

"About six months later, I was visiting family and picked up a local newspaper. It had an interesting article -- it seems that department head had just pled guilty to misappropriation of funds.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 06, 2018

What's in the latest Chrome update?
A decade after Google launched the first iteration of Chrome, this week the company updated the browser to version 69, touting a freshened user interface (UI), an enhanced password manager and a more informative address bar.

Google also patched 40 security vulnerabilities in the browser and paid bug bounties to researchers who reported the flaws.

[ Related: Get serious about privacy with the Epic, Brave and Tor browsers ] Chrome updates in the background, so users can usually just relaunch the browser to install the latest version. To manually update, select "About Google Chrome" from the Help menu under the vertical ellipsis at the upper right; the resulting tab either shows the browser has been updated or displays the download-and-upgrade process before presenting a "Relaunch" button. New-to-Chrome users can download it from this Google site.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 06, 2018

You Can Get 85 Hours Of Cybersecurity Certification Training For $69
Data breaches are at an all-time high. Industry giants such as Facebook, Best Buy, and FedEx were once thought to be invulnerable, but these last few years have revealed that even giants can be harmed. As such, the demand for IT professionals with cybersecurity experience, or "white hat/ethical hackers" has grown considerably. IT professionals can take advantage of this lucrative and growing field by earning cybersecurity certifications; this Cybersecurity Certification Mega Bundle contains prep courses for three popular certifications for only $69.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 06, 2018

Office 365: A guide to the updates
Office 365 subscribers always have the latest version of Microsoft Office — currently Office 2016. They also get more frequent software updates than those who have purchased Office 2016 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 key updates to Office 365 for Windows since Office 2016 was released in September 2015 — all the 2017 updates and the most important ones from 2016 and late 2015, with the latest releases shown first. We'll add info about new updates as they're rolled out.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 06, 2018

Atlassian exec apologizes to HipChat and Stride users for Slack decision
BARCELONA - Atlassian's co-CEO this week apologized to HipChat and Stride users facing disruption as a result of a decision to discontinue the team chat apps.

The Australian software vendor sold the intellectual property for the chat assets to Slack in late July for an undisclosed fee; in return, Atlassian - which also owns a range of business collaboration tools including Jira, Confluence and Trello - will make a small equity investment in Slack.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 06, 2018

The end of an era for Google hardware
Dearly beloved, we gather here today to mourn the loss of two pioneers in the Google hardware universe — two names near and dear to many of our hearts, and names whose final spark has now flickered and faded.

This virtual funeral honors the memory of both the Nexus and Chromebook Pixel lines of devices — the inaugural Google-branded flagship products for Android and Chrome OS, respectively. The two have now joined their cousins Google Reader, Google Lively, and Google More Messaging Services Than Any Semi-Sane Person Can Possibly Count in the severely overcrowded Google graveyard.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 06, 2018

IDG Contributor Network: Office 365 'Coming Soon' feature heralds a new era of user engagement
[Disclosure: Microsoft is a client of the author.]

One of the common mistakes made by companies is that both they and their customers often take upgrades and improvements for granted. They don't promote them, we as users often don't use them and, even if we do, unless the changes are heavily marketed we tend to take these changes in stride and devalue them.

This is a problem when a competitor emerges or when it comes time to upgrade to a new version of a product, because we're likely to try the competing product or avoid the upgrade…because we don't see the value of either the existing product or the improved offering.

Apparently, Microsoft is moving to address this problem with something called the "Coming Soon" preview pane. I recently received this as a heads-up as part of my Office 365 subscription. I'm intrigued with the idea, because it seems to address the problem of folks taking Outlook for granted. If successful, I expect this capability to move to the rest of Office and become a far more common practice both within Microsoft and other firms as well. 

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ComputerWorld
Sep 06, 2018

There's some way to go before Siri controls the world
I recently spent some time with Tom Hebner, Worldwide Leader of the Cognitive Innovation Group at Nuance Communications. We discussed voice search and the emerging future of AI.

The voice user interface "Voice technologies being deployed by large technology companies is awesome for everyone in the industry because it really shows the power of the technologies, but also shows the edges too, because people get all hyped-up and think it does more than it currently can," he said.

"The promise of voice technology is that we will need to learn less about the computer. Like, back in the day when you had to type in a terminal you had to really understand how to code, then with graphical user interfaces it became a little easier," he said.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 06, 2018

New blockchain ledger will let you sell personal healthcare data
Most people don't know it but there is a multi-billion dollar industry that collects  healthcare information, strips it of basic personal identifiers such as name, address and Social Security Number, and then sells it off to researchers, drug developers, marketers and others.

Medical informatics companies, such as Iqvia (IMS Health), Optum, and Symphony Health reap the profits of selling the healthcare data while the people from whom it's collected have no control over how it's used. Nor do they get any compensation for it.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 06, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Well, trial and error IS a mechanism
New regulations go into effect requiring more physical and electronic security at this health insurance company, so the company hires a chief security officer to oversee the efforts, says a pilot fish there.

"I was involved in the original security implementation on most of the systems and offered to help, but the new CSO refused our input," fish says. "He put keycard access on the computer room and UPS room and confiscated any physical keys he could find.

"When asked what would happen if the keycard system went down, he responded that 'mechanisms are in place,'" fish recalls.

Soon, only three people have physical keys: the CSO, chief financial officer and facilities manager.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 05, 2018

Get caught up on your July and August Windows/Office patches
With the arrival of "Fourth Week" patches on the last working day of August, and having had a few days to vet them, it looks as if we're ready to release the cracklin' Kraken.

The steaming pile of Windows Intel microcode patches Microsoft continues to unleash microcode patches for Meltdown and Spectre (versions 1, 2, 3, 3a, 4, n for n =4). You won't get stung by any of them, unless you specifically go looking for trouble.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 05, 2018

Windows by the numbers: Windows 10 marches on, but pace may be a problem
Windows 10 last month recorded its strongest growth since January, accelerating the timeline when the newer operating system will overtake the venerable Windows 7.

According to analytics company Net Applications, Windows 10 added 1.2 percentage points in August, moving its user share to 37.8% of all personal computers and 43% of those running Windows. (The second number is always larger than the first because Windows never powers all personal computers; in August, it ran 87.8% of the world's systems, with the rest managed by macOS, Linux or ChromeOS.)

[ Related: Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide ] August's gain was the fourth straight month that Windows 10 added about a point, or more, of user share. Over the May-August period, Windows 10 grew its user share by 4 points, the largest four-month increase since the stretch from November 2017 to February 2018, when the OS grew by 5.4 points.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 05, 2018

Why monday.com Is The Universal Team Management Tool for Your Team
Every project management tool seeks to do the same instrumental thing: keep teams connected, on task and on deadline to get major initiatives done. But the market is getting pretty crowded, and for good reason — no platform seems to have gotten the right feel for what people need to see, and how that information should be displayed so that it's both actionable/relevant, and contextualized.

That's why monday.com is worth a shot. The platform is based off a simple, but powerful idea: that as humans, we like to feel like we're contributing to part of a greater/effort good — an idea that sometimes gets lost in the shuffle as we focus on the details of getting stuff done. So projects are put onto a task board (think of it like a digital whiteboard), where everyone can have the same level of visibility into anyone else who's contributing set of tasks. That transparency breaks down the silos between teams that cause communication errors and costly project mistakes — and it's a beautiful, simple way to connect people to the processes that drive forward big business initiatives.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 05, 2018

Is Apple losing its magic touch?
When Apple speaks, the world usually listens, but is Apple losing its magical ability to stimulate interest in what it has to say?

It doesn't look that way I contacted SEO specialists, SEMRush. I wanted to find out how well Apple has been generating customer interest in terms of expectation around its new products in the prelude before its big news reveal September 12.

The truth?

Apple has trained its audience well and it seems highly receptive to new Macs, iPads, Apple Watch and iPhone models. Take a look at this global data around search.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 05, 2018

Well, you asked for it!
Flashback to the days when big companies are still regularly faxing documents to each other, and this pilot fish at one such company is doing everything from database admin work to data entry.

"One client of our small database group kept faxing multipage updates for their database, instead of emailing the files to us," says fish.

"Between the tiny font and the poor quality of the faxes, it was nearly impossible to tell a number 1 from a lowercase L, or a zero from the letter O."

"We asked them to send their next update in a larger format.

"Three days later, a long shipping tube arrived in my office. The client had printed their data, in 12-point text, on 3-feet-by-4-feet drafting paper!

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ComputerWorld
Sep 04, 2018

Atlassian launches Jira Ops, acquires OpsGenie for $295M
BARCELONA - Atlassian, which has acquired incident management firm OpsGenie for $295 million, today unveiled a new product in its Jira line-up to help IT operations teams deal with costly software outages.

The launch of Jira Ops at the Atlassian Summit here is part of the Australian software vendor's plans to better focus on serving IT and technical teamsafter striking a deal with Slack to discontinue its team chat tools, HipChat and Stride.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 04, 2018

Top web browsers 2018: Chrome edges toward supermajority share
Google's Chrome last month continued to creep up on a two-thirds supermajority of browser share, while Microsoft's once-dominant position deteriorated. Again.

According to analytics company Net Applications, Chrome's user share climbed half a percentage point in August, reaching 65.2%, an all-time high. In the last 12 months, Chrome has gained 5.9 percentage points, the only browser of the top four - others include Apple's Safari, Microsoft's Edge and Internet Explorer (IE), and Mozilla's Firefox - to add to its total during that period.

[ Related: Get serious about privacy with the Epic, Brave and Tor browsers ] Net Applications calculates user share by detecting the agent strings of the browsers people use to visit its clients' websites. The firm then tallies the visitor sessions - which are effectively visits to the site, with multiple sessions possible daily - rather than count only users, as it once did. Net Applications primarily measures activity, although it does so differently than rival sources, which total page views.

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ComputerWorld
Sep 04, 2018

Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the builds
Microsoft never sleeps. Even before the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803) started to roll out, the company began work on the next major update to Windows 10, code-named Redstone 5 and due to be released this autumn. As it did with the April 2018 Update, Microsoft has been releasing a series of public preview builds to members of Microsoft's Insider Program.

What follows is a list of every preview build of Redstone 5, starting with the most recent. For each build, we've included the date of its release, a summary of what's in the build and a link to Microsoft's announcement about it. After that you'll find summaries of all the preview builds that led up to the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (Redstone 4), the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (Redstone 3) and the Windows 10 Creators Update (Redstone 2).

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ComputerWorld
Sep 04, 2018

Get A Lifetime Of Cisco IT Certification Training For Just $49
The demand for information technology professionals is on the rise. However, IT covers a wide spectrum of skills, like networking, security, and cloud development, meaning you'll need to certify your understanding before you can get your foot in the door. Cisco is one of the most popular certification providers in the industry, and with the  Ultimate Cisco Certification Super Bundle, you can train to ace a number of their exams at the beginner and advanced levels. It's on sale today for only $49.

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