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ComputerWorld
Feb 06, 2023

Dell Technologies to lay off 6,650 staffers
Dell Technologies is laying off 6,650 workers, about 5% of its total workforce, due to declining PC sales and infrastructure requirements.

The company has already tried to cut costs by pausing hiring and limiting travel before taking the decision to downsize its workforce, Co-Chief Operating Officer Jeff Clarke wrote in a blog post.

"Unfortunately, with changes like this, some members of our team will be leaving the company. There is no tougher decision, but one we had to make for our long-term health and success," Clark wrote.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 06, 2023

Q&A: Fintech expert: digital wallets need this tech 'magic' or they'll fail
Bank after bank has unsuccessfully tried to compete with the likes of Apple Pay, Google Pay, PayPal, and other established digital wallet players. And now, a consortium of US banks, including three of the largest, hopes to cash in on digital wallets again.

The problem: what they're apparently pitching doesn't offer any real advantage for consumers, according to analysts who are relying on details given exclusively to The Wall Street Journal.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 03, 2023

Apple's $117.2 billion Q1 misses earnings expectations
Apple on Thursday reported revenues of $117.2 billion in the first fiscal quarter, off 5% from a year earlier. While there were several bright spots, the financial report confirmed iPhone supply challenges plagued the company in the last three months of 2022, compounded by the effects of a strong dollar.

The numbers game The overall numbers tell the story:

Product sales generated $96.3 billion compared to $104.4 billion in Q1 FY 22. Services generated $20.7 billion, up from $19.5 billion a year ago. Apple's execs cited a difficult foreign exchange environment and supply chain challenges as the main problems. They explained the company revenue did grow on a "constant currency basis" — though the currency wasn't constant and revenue didn't grow as a result.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 03, 2023

How to protect your privacy in Windows 11
From the moment Microsoft released Windows 10 in 2015, the new OS came under fire for the amount of private information it gathered from users by default. Over the years, the vendor gradually introduced changes to Windows 10 that alleviated some of those privacy concerns, but some remain — and most of those apply to Windows 11 as well.

Whether you think Windows 11 crosses the privacy line or just want to safeguard as much of your personal life as possible, we're here to help. Here's how to protect your privacy in just a few minutes.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 03, 2023

5 more out-of-sight options to supercharge Google Assistant on Android
Google Assistant may not be the shiny new A.I. superstar of the moment, but it's a surprisingly useful resource just waiting to hop in and help on any Android phone you're carrying.

And some of its most helpful options are buried deep within the service's virtual bowels.

Continuing on the theme of hidden settings for a smarter Assistant Android experience, today, we'll pick up where we left off on Wednesday and explore another five easily overlooked Google Assistant Android options. Dig 'em up, check 'em out, and add 'em into your own personal Assistant setup, and you'll find your favorite familiar helper growing ever more helpful and tuned into your needs.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 02, 2023

Microsoft's new Teams Premium tier integrates with OpenAI's GPT-3.5
Teams Premium, a new tier of Microsoft Teams now generally available to customers, uses the new version of GPT — the OpenAI artificial intelligence engine and database on which ChatGPT is based — to underpin the AI capabilities that will be available to users of the new version of the collaboration application.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 02, 2023

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

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

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

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ComputerWorld
Feb 02, 2023

Apple's growth story is consistent and sustained
No matter the recent issues with Apple's supply chain, the war in Ukraine, and COVID-19, when you zoom out, you'll see a bigger picture of success for the company. 

It's the picture of consistent growth.

Growth? But Mac sales are down, year on year — right? Yes, they are. But PC sales have fallen further, Apple is gaining market share and while the overall PC market has declined massively, the Mac has gone from strength to strength.

Just look at the data. IDC results for 2019-2022 show that across the last three years the Mac has seen a 60% increase in market share while the PC market grew 6%, as Jamf CEO Dean Hager has pointed out.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 02, 2023

ACLU, public defenders push back against Google giving police your mobile data
The ACLU and eight federal public defenders are asking the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to exclude mobile device location data obtained from Google via a so-called geofence warrant that helped law enforcement catch a bank robbery suspect.

The first geofence civil rights case to reach a federal court of appeals raises serious Fourth Amendment concerns against unreasonable search and seizure related to the location and personal information of mobile device users.

Geofence warrants have primarily been issued for Google to hand over data about every cell phone or other mobile device within a specific geographical region and timeframe. The problem: location data on every person carrying a mobile device in that area is scooped up in a wide net and their data is then handed over en masse to law enforcement.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 02, 2023

Over 100K of unfilled jobs for IT workers eliminated in the US: Report
In an unexpected turn, the US IT job market has seen over 100,000 unfilled jobs being eliminated, according to a report from management consulting firm Janco Associates.

"In a startling turn of events CIOs and hiring managers of IT professionals have seen the elimination of over 100K jobs from the open requisition for those positions," Victor Janulaitis, CEO at Janco Associates said in the report.

The elimination of IT jobs is being considered unexpected as the US' Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data showed that the country had added 223,000 jobs in December, including 17,600 positions at technology companies, despite layoffs at high-profile technology companies dominating the month.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 01, 2023

Intel cuts employee, executive salaries as it faces weak PC, chip demand
After posting a double-digit revenue decline for its fourth quarter of 2022, Intel is looking to weather a potentially problematic 2023 by making companywide cuts to employee pay.

Responding to media reports about possible pay cuts, Intel said on Wednesday that in order to navigate "macro-economic headwinds and work to reduce costs across the company," it has made several adjustments to its 2023 employee compensation and rewards programs.

"[These changes] will help support the investments and overall workforce needed to accelerate our transformation and achieve our long-term strategy," the statement continued. "We are grateful to our employees for their commitment to Intel and patience during this time as we know these changes are not easy."

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ComputerWorld
Feb 01, 2023

US agency calls Apple, Google App Stores 'harmful'
Apple appears to have been given yet another set of reasons to expand its legal team as the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) calls for antitrust action to force Apple and Google to make big changes to their mobile app store business models.

What's the problem? NTIA is the principal advisor on telecommunications and Internet policy to the Biden administration. It argues that the way things are run at present may be "harmful," arguing that Google's and Apple's "gatekeeper" positions may harm consumers by raising prices and reducing innovation.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 01, 2023

BrandPost: Come What May: Anticipate Disasters — and Recover Quickly
Successful organizations know to expect the unexpected. They invest in flexible infrastructures that are always ready to respond to a potential outage. The reason is simple. Organizations that can recover from an outage instantly are able to minimize business disruption and get their business back up and running as quickly as possible.

The case for resiliency Business continuity can cover a lot of ground, ranging from facilities management to staffing, but it typically goes back to disaster recovery. And while that focus is important, the ability to keep companies up and running no matter what happens calls for more. Resiliency is really the result of two different factors: having a flexible infrastructure and the capability to bounce back from outages.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 01, 2023

PayPal to lay off 2,000 employees
PayPal has become the latest technology company to announce wide-spread layoffs, with the company set to cut 2,000 jobs, about 7% of its workforce.

In a message shared with PayPal employees and since posted on the company's online newsroom, President and CEO Dan Schulman said while PayPal had made "significant progress…to address the challenging macro-economic environment" over the past year, "we have more work to do."

The job cuts will occur over the coming weeks, with some parts of the business impacted more than others, Schulman added without sharing the specifics. 

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ComputerWorld
Feb 01, 2023

PayPal to layoff 2,000 employees
PayPal has become the latest technology company to announce wide-spread layoffs, with the company set to cut 2,000 jobs, about 7% of its workforce.

In a message shared with PayPal employees and since posted on the company's online newsroom, President and CEO Dan Schulman said while PayPal had made "significant progress…to address the challenging macro-economic environment" over the past year, "we have more work to do."

The job cuts will occur over the coming weeks, with some parts of the business impacted more than others, Schulman added without sharing the specifics. 

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ComputerWorld
Feb 01, 2023

5 hidden settings for a smarter Google Assistant Android experience
Ah, Google Assistant. Sure seems like our trusty ol' Android-dwellin' pal is getting brushed over a lot as of late, doesn't it?

First came the fact that Google made nary a mention of its honey-voiced virtual genie at the big honkin' Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas last month — and that's after years of Assistant and its "Hey Google" catchphrase being placarded practically everywhere at that event and being the company's core focus.

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ComputerWorld
Feb 01, 2023

6 surprising facts about ChatGPT nobody told you
Everybody's talking about ChatGPT, the OpenAI tool that writes poetry, prose, and even software code like a human.

The chatter mostly gravitates toward amazement, fear, and warning — amazement at what it can do, fear of cheating and replacement by "robots," and warnings about the perils to humanity of outsourcing creativity to machines.

All that chatter misses the moment. In fact, ChatGPT (The GPT bit stands for Generative Pre-trained Transformer) is less amazing, less scary, and needs fewer warnings than claimed by most of the media coverage. ChatGPT is an AI language model from San Francisco-based OpenAI. It can converse with a person via text and generate a wide range of content upon request.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 31, 2023

What we'll be looking for in Apple's Q1 results
Apple will reveal its first quarter results for the 2023 fiscal year this week. We'll be watching to see how Apple is faring amid the cross-currents plaguing the world economy.

Here's what to keep in mind when the results are released Thursday afternoon.

Hardware sales are important, but not the whole story We all expect some bad news around iPhone sales, but how bad? While supply chain problems had some effect on availability, there are differences in some economies that mean smartphone sales fell across the board. But numerous data points tell us Apple fared better than most.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 31, 2023

The Great Resignation: Where did the millions who quit their jobs go?
Tens of millions of American have quit their jobs since the beginning of the pandemic in what's become known as the Great Resignation - and a new study indicates those workers feel good about where they wound up.

The study by online education service Cengage Group shows "the Great Resigners" are generally happy about their workplace decisions, with an average 81% indicating they do not regret leaving their previous job. 

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ComputerWorld
Jan 30, 2023

Desktop tweaks in Windows can be fun, but watch out for risks
Like many things, computer desktops are unique. Though large businesses tend to deploy a single image for all their workstations to lock things down (and limit customization), many small firms and home users want to make their desktop, well, theirs. Case in point: one of the first things I do after installing Windows 11 is move the bottom menu over to the left. After so many years of turning off my computer with the Start button on the left, I found myself always clicking on widgets to turn off my computer. Not only did that small change look better, it served as a small productivity boost.

The desire for customization is not new. As far back as I can remember with Windows, users have been installing custom backgrounds, editing icons, trying out different colors, and so on. But all that customization can come with side effects. Too often with Windows 11, a third-party customization tool will behave badly after a Windows update, prompting the user to blame Microsoft. But it's the tool that's acting up because it relies on registry entries that have changed.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 30, 2023

Apple wants to build a new computing platform with AR
Apple's plan to create an App Store and an easy way to create mixed-reality apps offers an important insight into its strategy and confirms that the company sees these devices as platforms, not peripherals. And when considering the business case for them, we need to see whether they hit that mark.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 30, 2023

US wins support from Japan and Netherlands to clip China's chip industry
The US has convinced two other countries to join it in expanding a ban on exports of chip-making technology to China, according to a report by Bloomberg. The move could cramp China's home-grown chip industry as there are few, if any, other sources for the sophisticated technologies required for modern semiconductor manufacturing.

As part of a broader trade war with China, the US sought for its chip technology embargo from Japan and the Netherlands, where some of the world's largest manufacturers of semiconductor manufacturing equipment are headquartered. It first imposed restrictions on exports of chips to China in 2015, extending them in 2021 and twice in 2022. The most recent restrictions were introduced in December.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 30, 2023

Study: When employees don't have to commute, they work
When employees are allowed to work remotely, they most often use the time they would have spent commuting to the office working.

On average, employees save 72 minutes in commute time every day when they're allowed to work from home rather than in the office, according to the Global Survey of Working Arrangements (G-SWA) study performed by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

"That's a large time savings, especially when multiplied by hundreds of millions of workers around the world," the study said. "These results suggest that much of the time savings flow back to employers, and that children and other caregiving recipients also benefit."

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ComputerWorld
Jan 27, 2023

Intel suffers double-digit revenue decline in Q4 2022
Poor sales of PC and server chips caused Intel's revenue for the fourth quarter of 2022 to dive 32% year on year, leading to a $664 million net loss for the quarter.

The outlook for Q1 of 2023 is not an optimistic one either, with CEO Pat Gelsinger telling analysts in a call, "Our results and our Q1 guidance are below what we expect of ourselves."  

However, he said that Intel is "working diligently to address the challenges brought on by current demand trends" and the company continues to have confidence in its long-term plans and trajectory.

Intel took the biggest hits across its two largest business units, with the chip maker's Client Computing Group (CCG) and Data Center and AI group (DCAI) posting year-on-year revenue drops of 36% and 33%, respectively.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 27, 2023

MacStadium sees a ‘massive opportunity' for Apple in business markets
After Apple introduced its amazing M2 Mac mini, I caught up with one of the world's biggest Mac mini customers, MacStadium, for some insights into how the company views the new systems.

"I've never been more optimistic for the Mac platform," said Chris Chapman, MacStadium's CTO. "When we first started, the rate of change for Macs was something like five to seven years per model. It was specific.

"Their proliferation into the business and enterprise market was still a little fuzzy because iPhones were new, and Macs were good for specific people," he said. "This has changed — they are becoming the de facto standard for laptop, desktop, and phone and you're really starting to see it become pervasive. It starts with the consumer but has grown to pervade business and enterprises everywhere."

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ComputerWorld
Jan 27, 2023

Google Forms cheat sheet: How to get started
Need to make a quiz, survey, registration form, order form, or other web page that gathers feedback from co-workers, customers, or others? You can design and deploy one right from your web browser with Google Forms. It's integrated with Google Drive to store your forms in the cloud.

Anyone with a Google account can use Forms for free. It's also part of Google Workspace, Google's subscription-based collection of online office apps for business and enterprise customers that includes Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Gmail, and more. Forms is lesser known than these other productivity apps, but it's a useful tool to know how to use. This guide takes you through designing a form, deploying it online, and viewing the responses it gathers.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 27, 2023

Microsoft's mixed reality and generative AI moves — girding for war?
Disclosure: Microsoft is a client of the author.

Microsoft's decision to move away from mixed reality (where it was arguably the leader and market-maker for augmented reality with HoloLens) was a big surprise. And its massive investment in OpenAI and ChatGPT was equally surprising, given the company's advanced internal AI efforts.

What we're seeing, I suspect, is a company girding for war — and working to make sure what happened to it when the internet, iPhone, and Google arrived  doesn't repeat with the arrival of generative AI. 

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ComputerWorld
Jan 27, 2023

9 handy hidden features in Google Docs on Android
Few apps are as essential to mobile productivity as the humble word processor. I think I've probably spent a solid seven years of my life staring at Google Docs on one device or another at this point, and those minutes only keep ticking up with practically every passing day.

While we can't do much about the need to gaze at that word-filled white screen, what we can do is learn how to make every moment spent within Docs count — and in the Docs Android app, specifically, there are some pretty spectacular tucked-away time-savers just waiting to be discovered.

Make a mental note of these advanced shortcuts and options, and put 'em to good use the next time you find yourself staring at Docs on your own device.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 26, 2023

Morgan Stanley fines some employees $1M for WhatsApp, iMessage use
Investment banking firm Morgan Stanley has punished some of its employees with fines that topped more than $1 million for breaching compliance rules by using WhatsApp and iMessage for business communications.

The fines were levied by docking previous bonuses or future pay, according to a report  in the Financial Times.

While the fines might seem steep, Morgan Stanley itself has had to pay millions of dollars in fines for previous SEC violations related to the use of consumer messaging apps for business purposes.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 26, 2023

Tech jobs dominate the top 25 'best' jobs in the US, Indeed says
Online job site Indeed this week released its list of the 25 best jobs in the US, and the top slot went to full stack developer, which offers a median annual salary of $130,000 and allows for a mostly remote or hybrid workplace.

In fact, eight tech jobs were among the top 10 positions on this year's list, compared to just two tech jobs in the top 10 on last year's list. In 2022, tech jobs were moving down the top jobs list; now, a year later, tech jobs are surging upward.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 25, 2023

Cisco's Mac choice scheme confirms Apple's future in enterprise tech
Two-thirds of employees would use a Mac at work if given the choice, and companies that fail to offer hardware options to their employees are making a mistake.

That's one of the inferences I see reprised in a report exploring Cisco's approach to Mac deployment across its business that crossed my desk last week. Creative Strategies analyst Ben Bajarin looked at Cisco's Mac enterprise team, now led by former IBM CIO Fletcher Previn.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 25, 2023

How layoffs at Google could affect enterprise cloud services
An investor with a $6 billion stake in Google parent Alphabet is calling for more layoffs at the company, although it has already cut 12,000 jobs.

The managing partner of London-based TCI Capital Fund Management wrote to Alphabet's chief executive, Sundar Pichai, asking him to cut thousands more jobs and to reduce the compensation of its remaining employees.

Alphabet already plans to cut its workforce by 6%, it said on January 20, 2023, a move that will affect staff across the company including in its enterprise cloud computing division.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 25, 2023

Atlassian doubles down on automation with new capabilities for Confluence
Atlassian has announced new automation capabilities for its Confluence collaborative workspace platform, allowing customers to set up rules that streamline processes and remove the need for repetitive manual work.

Automation is something that Atlassian has been investing in for a while and that has now become a core part of its platform, said Erika Trautman, head of product for work management at Atlassian. The company first rolled out new automation capabilities to its Jira platform in 2020, and Trautman said it will not stop with Confluence: it plans to launch additional automation functionality in other products in future.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 25, 2023

Microsoft Teams and Outlook suffer global outages
Microsoft on Wednesday said it was investigating a network issue that has seen users across the globe struggling to access Microsoft products, including Outlook and Teams.

Microsoft Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business were also among the services that were impacted, according to the company's status page.

At 7.31AM GMT, the Microsoft 365 Status twitter account said the company was "investigating issues impacting multiple Microsoft 365 services." Two hours later, the same account updated users, saying "we've rolled back a network change that we believe is causing impact. We're monitoring the service as the rollback takes effect."

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ComputerWorld
Jan 25, 2023

Big banks' proposed digital wallet payment system likely to fail
A group of leading banks is partnering with payment service Zelle's parent company to create their own "digital wallet" connected to consumer credit and debit cards to enable online or retail store payments.

The new payment service, however, must compete with entrenched digital wallets such as Apple Pay and Google Pay that are embedded on mobile devices and already well established. It's also not the first attempt for some in the consortium to create a digital wallet payment service.

The consortium includes Wells Fargo & Co., Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, and four other financial services companies, according to The Wall Street Journal. The digital wallet, which does not yet have a name, is expected to launch in the second half of this year.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 25, 2023

13 advanced tips for Android 13
Let's get one thing out of the way here: Android 13 absolutely isn't your average Android update.

There's no way around it: Google's most recent Android version looks pretty ho-hum on the surface. It almost seems like a subtle refinement to last year's far more consequential-feeling Android 12 release, with few marquee features and the appearance of more polish than progression.

The reality is much more complicated. Android 13 actually is significant — monumentally so. In fact, it may ultimately prove to be one of Android's most important releases. But its most consequential changes are aimed at the tablet and foldable front, and most of us won't feel the full effect of their presence quite yet.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 25, 2023

Microsoft says cloud demand waning, plans to infuse AI into products
Microsoft on Tuesday said it expects the growth across its cloud business to temper down through 2023 as enterprises brace for economic headwinds.

The Windows-maker reported 29% growth in total cloud revenue to $21.5 billion for the second quarter of fiscal year 2023, slowing from Q1, 2023 where the company posted 31% growth for the segment. These numbers exclude the impact of currency fluctuations. Microsoft said it expects its third quarter cloud gross margin to decrease by one percentage point, driven by Azure.

Microsoft Azure and other cloud services grew 38% in constant currency terms on a year-on-year basis, slowing down by 4% from the previous sequential quarter. 

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ComputerWorld
Jan 24, 2023

Apple marks Data Privacy Week with in-store privacy training, more
Apple this year is marking Data Privacy Week by working to educate iPhone users about the privacy protection tools they already have in hand, a move that has implications across any business that wants to maintain privacy.

Data protection is the bedrock of business Data Privacy Week grew out of the Jan. 28, 2007 first convention on data protection. Today, it's a global event that aims to raise awareness around privacy and data protection.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 24, 2023

How Microsoft is helping Ukraine's cyberwar against Russia
One of the big surprises in Russia's war against Ukraine has been how well Ukraine has fended off Russian cyberattacks. Ad hoc groups of white-hat hackers have helped, as have a number of nations and the US government.

Less well known is that tech companies, including Microsoft, are part of the effort. That aid ranges from giving advice to identifying attacks, offering fixes for them, and providing Ukraine with free tech and security services.

Microsoft isn't just trying to help defend a country under siege from an aggressive, more-powerful neighbor. Russian cyberattacks against Ukraine can also get loose in the wild and do damage to enterprises and organizations that rely on Microsoft technology. (Russia could also deliberately target private companies with those attacks.)

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ComputerWorld
Jan 23, 2023

Review: The M2 Mac mini is the perfect desktop for most users
Nothing is the same with Apple Silicon. While the leap from M1 to M2 chips doesn't deliver quite as big a  performance improvement as the jump from previous Mac chips to Apple Silicon did, it still adds enough juice to ensure that even the entry-level M2 Mac mini does what most people need.

The Geekbench tests Here are some Geekbench performance figures for entry-level Mac mini configurations dating back to 2011. The M2 system data was generated by a test machine made available by Apple:

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ComputerWorld
Jan 23, 2023

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

The Windows Insider program is divided into three channels:

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

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ComputerWorld
Jan 23, 2023

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

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

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ComputerWorld
Jan 23, 2023

Tech layoffs in 2023: A timeline
After a year in which technology companies announced massive layoffs, 2023 is looking no different — in fact, the year is starting off worse than 2022.

The problem: Big Tech companies like Amazon, Oracle, Microsoft, Salesforce and Facebook went on a hiring binge during the pandemic when lockdowns sparked a tech buying spree to support remote work and an uptick in e-commerce, and now they face revenue declines.

It's not only tech giants who are conducting layoffs. Smaller tech firms were also caught up in pandemic-generated hypergrowth and are now suffering the consequences.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 23, 2023

Microsoft exec: AI will reinvent Windows user experience, define ‘our time'
Microsoft appears all in on artifical intelligence (AI), whether as an update to Windows 11 or a future "Windows 12" platform.

During the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this month, Microsoft Chief Product Officer Panos Panay said AI is "the defining technology of our time" and would play a significant role in the future development of Windows.

"It's like nothing I have ever seen before," Panay said during AMD's CES keynote session. "It's transforming industries, it's improving our daily lives on many ways. Some of it you see, some of it you don't see. And we are right now, right this moment, at an inflexion point. This is where computing from the cloud to the edge is becoming more and more intelligent, more personal, and it's all done by harnessing the power of AI."

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ComputerWorld
Jan 20, 2023

Apple appeals UK probe, but is it just buying time?
Apple has filed an appeal against the UK competition watchdog's decision to launch an investigation against it and Google into their dominance of mobile services.

Apple has appeal The iPhone maker's legal team argues that the probe should be reviewed, arguiing it missed timing requirements to launch an investigation, Reuters explains. Then UK  Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) will continue to look into the matter while defending its decision.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 20, 2023

Big tech backs Google in defending internet liability protections
A week after Google filed a defense brief to the US Supreme Court, warning that altering Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) would "upend the internet," a number of corporations —including Twitter, Meta and Microsoft, have filed their own legal briefs — supporting Google's argument that narrowing the statute could have dire consequences for digital publishers.

Under the 1996 CDA statute, companies are protected against liability for user content, including comments, reviews and advertisements. However, the Supreme Court has been asked to consider whether Section 230 is still relevant and appropriate, given that it was enacted before the internet became such an integral part of daily life.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 20, 2023

Google's parent company Alphabet to cut 12,000 jobs
Google's parent company Alphabet is cutting 12,000 job, around 6% of its global workforce, according an internal memo from Sundar Pichai, Alphabet's CEO.

In an email on Friday morning, Pichai told employees that he takes "full responsibility for the decisions that led us here" but the company has a "substantial opportunity in front of us" with its early investments in artificial intelligence.

News outlet Reuters reported that the layoffs are global but are set to impact US staff immediately, and will affect teams across the company including recruiting and some corporate functions, as well as some engineering and products teams.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 20, 2023

iCloud for Windows: What is it (and how do you use it)?
If you use both Apple and Windows devices, then you should also be using iCloud for Windows. It's an app for your Windows system that enables you to access iCloud data and features from your PC.

To get started, first download the app from Microsoft's App Store.

Microsoft iCloud for Windows is avalable in MIcrsofot's App Store.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 20, 2023

8 advanced Android clipboard tricks
You'd never know it, but one of the most potential-packed parts of your favorite Android phone is a feature you rarely actually see.

It's mostly invisible by design, in fact — and yet, if you teach yourself how to tap into it, you'll save time, increase your efficiency, and feel like a total smartphone sorcerer.

The feature of which we speak is the humble-seeming Android clipboard — the simple virtual space where anything you copy stays tucked away out of sight 'til you're ready to use it.

If you haven't spent much time thinking about the Android clipboard, believe me: You aren't alone. But my goodness, are you ever missing out.

So allow me to introduce you to some of the most advanced and easily overlooked productivity boosters hiding away in your phone's invisible holding space. Copy these tricks into your noggin, and before you know it, you'll be slashing all sorts of wasted seconds out of your day.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 19, 2023

Generative AI isn't about what you think it is
A lot of people seem to think tools like DALL-E and ChatGPT are all about replacing workers. In fact, they're more like useful assistants.

ChatGPT and other generative artificial intelligence (AI) programs like DALL-E are often thought of as a way to get rid of workers, but that isn't their real strength. What they really do well is improve on the work people turn out. (I realized this after reading "The 10 Most Insane Things That ChatGPT Has Done This Week.")

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ComputerWorld
Jan 19, 2023

Winget: The best way to keep Windows apps updated
For a little more than a year, I've been working with winget daily to monitor and maintain my Windows 10 and 11 PCs. For those not already in the know, winget is the built-in, PowerShell-based interface to Microsoft's Windows Package Manager service.

Winget is designed to enable "users to discover, install, upgrade, remove and configure applications on Windows 10 and 11 computers," according to Microsoft Learn. In my experience, winget is helpful for checking and updating most applications that run on Windows.

Please note: winget is included with Windows 10 version 1709 and later and all versions of Windows 11 as the App Installer. If you're running an earlier version of Windows 10, visit the winget home page at GitHub. There, click the Latest link under "Releases" at right, and download an item named "Microsoft.DesktopAppInstaller...msixbundle" (the missing characters identify Microsoft Store apps). Double-click on this item to install it. (Don't worry: if you do this on a newer Windows version it will inform you, "The App Installer is already installed.")

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ComputerWorld
Jan 18, 2023

BrandPost: Making the Mainframe Central to Your Data Fabric Strategy
How can you have a data fabric strategy without the most valuable data in the enterprise: Mainframe data? That's like having a dinner party without the main course.

Data management consistently ranks at the top as a key challenge faced by enterprise organizations. This reality is not surprising as data volume is growing exponentially at a compound annual rate of 23% per year through 2025, according to IDC estimates.1

The surge of data, coupled with an increasing need to generate insights for a competitive edge, opens significant opportunities for organizations with the right technology stack and architecture. Add in the fact that data is increasingly diverse, complex, and distributed across disparate mediums, and it becomes clear that traditional data management techniques fall short.

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Jan 18, 2023

BrandPost: 3 Enterprise Tech Investments with the Biggest Payoff
Fish swim. Birds fly. And enterprises grow. Well, in the right environments they do. For enterprises, investing in the right technology strategies is what sets apart the leaders from the rest of the pack. However, with the breadth and depth of tech options, it isn't easy to know which ones will pay the biggest dividends.

Enterprises that are thriving have a tech stack that is fast, efficient, secure, and future proof. However, it's easy to become enamored with the latest technology trends and mistake them for a shortcut to success. In reality, investments with the most impact may not be what you expect. Indeed, the top three investment areas that are delivering the biggest payoffs are openness, data, and people.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 18, 2023

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella confirms plan to lay off 10,000 workers
Just hours after media reports forecast more layoffs at Microsoft, CEO Satya Nadella confirmed in a blog post that the company would be cutting almost 5% of its workforce, impacting 10,000 employees.  

"Today, we are making changes that will result in the reduction of our overall workforce by 10,000 jobs through the end of FY23 Q3. This represents less than 5 percent of our total employee base, with some notifications happening today," Nadella wrote in the blog post.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 18, 2023

Apple now offers Wi-Fi 6E in Macs; what does it do?
Apple first introduced support for Wi-Fi 6E in iPads late last year and this week rolled out the first Macs to support it. What difference will it make to professionals and why does it matter?

What is Wi-FI 6E? Where it is permitted, Wi-Fi 6E uses the new to Wi-Fi 6GHz wireless band that makes for faster and more reliable Wi-Fi, though you do need a Wi-Fi router or access point that supports the standard.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 18, 2023

A colossal Wear OS calendar upgrade — Google Pixel Watch and beyond
Google's Pixel Watch has plenty of good things goin' for it. But one part of the Wear OS software that remains decidedly meh is its system calendar integration.

It's a frustrating limitation not just for the Pixel Watch but for Wear OS on the whole and virtually any associated gadget. Somewhat shockingly, for a company that claims Google Calendar as one of its most popular and important productivity products, Google has yet to grace its wearable operating system with any meaningful agenda-interacting interfaces.

Now, sure, you can always check in on upcoming events or make appointments on your watch via voice command — but try to add an actual calendar tile into your watch's swipeable mix of at-a-glance info panels, and your only real option is something like this:

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ComputerWorld
Jan 18, 2023

Gen Zers and Millennials split over the appeal of remote work
Older employees want to work fully remote nearly twice as much as younger ones, according to a new study by job search site Joblist.

The study found that about half (49%) of millennials surveyed want to work fully remote, whereas only 27% of Generation Z (Gen Zers) feel the same way; they're much more likely than average "to be seeking in-person" work opportunities. Oddly, Gen X and baby boomers felt less impassioned about remote options. Only 40% of either group indicated  "their ideal workplace setting" should be remote.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 18, 2023

Enterprise software, services to boost 2023 IT spending by 2.3%: Gartner
Software and IT services will drive worldwide IT spending to $4.5 trillion in 2023, an increase of 2.4% above 2022, according to the latest forecast by market research firm Gartner. That's down from last quarter's estimate of 5.1% growth, mainly due to a slower-than-expected rebound for hardware sales.

Enterprise spending on software and IT services is projected to increase 9.3% and 5.5% in 2023, respectively. However, continuing a trend from previous forecasts, spending on hardware devices is expected to decline 5.1% this year as both consumers and enterprises lengthen device refresh cycles.

Otherwise, enterprise spending on data-center systems and communications services is forecast to rise modestly, by 0.7% and 0.1%, respectively.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 18, 2023

Microsoft could layoff 11,000 employees: Reports
Just months after laying off nearly 1,000 staffers across its Xbox and Edge divisions, Microsoft is expected to carry out another round of layoffs in the coming weeks, impacting 5% of its workforce, according to a Sky News report.

About 11,000 employees out of Microsoft's 220,000-strong workforce are expected to bear the brunt of the decision, the report claimed while citing a Wall Street analyst who predicted that the number could be higher.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 17, 2023

Good-bye, Windows 7
When Windows 7 arrived 14 years ago, it was seen as better than its predecessor but still with issues. Vendors weren't ready for it, important drivers were lacking,  and few end users and IT admins liked User Account Control (which had been first introduced in Windows Vista).

Yet, as its lifespan comes to an end this month after 10 years of support and three additional years of extended security updates, many users and administrators refuse to move on. (Many argue that Windows 7 was their most-loved operating system and say Microsoft will never make another platform like it.)

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ComputerWorld
Jan 17, 2023

Apple unveils new Macs with faster M2 Pro, M2 Max chips
Apple today lived up to recent speculation over the introduction of new Macs with faster M2 processors. The new M2 Pro and M2 Max processors make their debut in upgraded models of Mac mini and new 14- and 16-in. models of MacBook Pro.

What's new in the processors? Apple has been making hay ever since it introduced support for its self-designed M-series processors — the company continues to build market share on the strength of Apple Silicon. The M2 series processors will maintain this trend.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 17, 2023

Microsoft cheat sheets: Dive into Windows and Office apps
Need to get up to speed on the latest features in Excel? Wrestling with an old version of Word? Finding your way around Windows 11 or looking to get more out of Windows 10? Computerworld's cheat sheets are easy-to-use guides to help you navigate Microsoft's core productivity apps.

Here's a one-stop resource where you can find in-depth stories on several generations of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for Windows, focusing on what's new in each major release. We've also got guides for Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, OneDrive, OneNote, Planner, and Windows itself.

Microsoft's subscription-based office suite, called Office 365 or Microsoft 365 depending on your version, is continually updated with new features, so we periodically update the cheat sheets for the "365" versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. But we're willing to bet that many companies and individuals will stay on older versions of the non-subscription software (Office 2016, for example) for some time to come, so we've got cheat sheets for several generations of those products as well.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 17, 2023

Q&A: How to create workplace culture in a time of remote work
As companies settle into the reality that hybrid and remote work will dominate tech and other 'knowledge worker' industries for the foreseeable future, the next challenge is to create corporate cultures that drive results.

In Q4 2022, 79% of US employees worked in a remote or hybrid environment, according to market data firm Statista. Only 21% were fully onsite, compared with 60% fully onsite in 2019.

Statista The "Computer & IT" industry was the top career category for fully remote jobs in 2022, with remote listings growing 24% year over year, according to job search site FlexJobs.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 16, 2023

Microsoft Visio cheat sheet: How to get started
It's often much easier to convey information with a well-designed diagram than to communicate through a large text blurb. As the old saying goes, "a picture is worth a thousand words."

That's where Microsoft Visio comes in. Part of the Microsoft 365 suite, this app helps professionals convey information through professionally designed diagrams.

What is Microsoft Visio? Microsoft Visio is the diagramming and vector graphics application in the Microsoft Office family. If you need to make diagrams such as decision trees, flow charts, org charts, and so on, this is the Microsoft tool to do it. Visio is less popular than other Microsoft apps like Word or Excel, but it is still a valuable tool to understand and use in everyday business.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 13, 2023

Google warns court against changing liability shield for internet companies
In a defense brief filed to the US Supreme Court this week, Google warned that altering Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act — which protects internet-based companies from being sued for content created by their users — would "upend the internet."

The brief was filed as part of Google's defense in a lawsuit brought by the family of Nohemi Gonzalez, a 23-year-old US citizen who was killed by ISIS in Paris in November 2015. Oral arguments for the case are set to be heard on February 21.

The family argues that Google-owned YouTube violated the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) when its algorithms recommended ISIS-related content to users. They argue that even if the company is not liable for the ISIS content, the algorithmic recommendations should not be protected by Section 230.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 13, 2023

Patch now to address critical Windows zero-day flaw
The first Patch Tuesday of the year from Microsoft addresses 98 security vulnerabilities, with 10 classified as critical for Windows. One vulnerability (CVE-2023-21674) in a core section of Windows code is a zero-day that requires immediate attention. And Adobe has returned with a critical update, paired with a few low-profile patches for the Microsoft Edge browser.

We have added the Windows and Adobe updates to our "Patch Now" list, recognizing that this month's patch deployments will require significant testing and engineering effort. The team at Application Readiness has provided a helpful infographic that outlines the risks associated with each of the updates for this January update cycle.

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Jan 13, 2023

Microsoft aims to improve OKR adoption with Viva Goals integrations
Microsoft Friday announced new features for Viva Goals designed to make it easier to accelerate the adoption of Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) through enhanced integration with Microsoft applications such as Teams and Planner, as well as new analytics capabilities that aim to help business leaders better understand how employees are engaging with goals.

Research commissioned by Microsoft and undertaken by Forrester found that 47% of leaders said poorly structured goal setting reduces employee motivation. Additionally, 50% of employee respondents said that having more clarity around their goals gives them a greater sense of purpose and motivates them to work harder, a sentiment echoed by 60% of leaders that were surveyed. New research from Forrester and Microsoft shows employees who have clarity around goal setting are make for more motivated employees

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ComputerWorld
Jan 13, 2023

How Apple and ‘composable business' go hand in glove
Break it down to build it up. At its root, that's the nature of composable business. I'd argue that the Apple platform has a powerful place to play in this new approach to business transformation, agility, and competitiveness.

What is composable business? Gartner says that by adopting a composable approach to business, enterprises can become more resilient to future shocks. The idea behind this approach is that rather than being committed to monolithic business applications, a business breaks down its needs to find modular solutions that integrate.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 13, 2023

Hybrid-work hardware debuts at CES. Wait…, what?
Hybrid hardware makes perfect sense from a marketing perspective.

The most significant trend in how people work is remote and hybrid work. Some are working from home full-time, others part-time. And still, others work often neither at home nor in the office but from wherever they happen to be at the moment. 

Marketing-speak is nice, but have hardware needs actually changed to reflect what remote and hybrid workers need in the real world?

Two of the leading makers of business hardware emerged at last week's CES 2023 with some straightforward answers. Let's have a look.

Lenovo

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ComputerWorld
Jan 13, 2023

The productivity promise (and perils) of generative AI
There's a lot of tech industry excitement these days about tools like ChatGPT and DALL-E that fall into a class called generative AI. Generative AI looks at existing work and generates a result that seems unique,  but is actually derived from what it's viewed. (I'd argue this is how most people produce work — by taking what they've learned from others to create a skill set that can be used independently of those earlier references.)

Like many others, I really enjoy working out the concept of something I want to create, but I get bored quickly when executing that concept. This reminds me of an old friend who bought a knock-off Ferrari kit car. Coming up with the dream of driving it was easy and fun, but actually putting in the thousands of hours to build it was too much. It sat in his garage, unbuilt. With these tools, you can focus on the fun part of creation (coming up with an idea), and then let the tools step in to do the tedious part of bringing everything to fruition. 

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ComputerWorld
Jan 13, 2023

9 Android accessibility treasures that'll make anyone more productive
Accessibility in our age of mobile technology is a pretty inspiring thing.

I mean, think about it: These powerful little computers we carry around in our purses and pantaloon pockets have the potential to open up all sorts of futuristic possibilities. Their effects can be downright life-changing for folks with issues like impaired hearing or limited vision — and in the grand scheme of things, those sorts of advancements are far more meaningful than any random phone feature we use to organize our lives or save ourselves a few seconds here and there.

Here's the cool part, though: Those two areas don't have to be mutually exclusive. Some of Android's most interesting accessibility options are poised to both help those who truly need 'em and be handy in a way that can benefit anyone. They work for accessibility, sure, but they're also valuable for far more mundane productivity gains.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 13, 2023

Alphabet robotics subsidiary Intrinsic lays off 20% staff
Layoffs at Alphabet's "Other Bets" division has widened to include its robotics subsidiary Intrinsic AI, which is eliminating about 20% of its workforce or roughly 40 employees, according to reports.

Intrinsic AI came out of Alphabet's X research unit, after incubating there for close to five years. It is a robotics firm that is working on developing artificial intelligence-based software to bolster the use of robots in industries and commercial environments.

The news about the company's layoffs was first report by The Information. An email sent to Intrinsic AI didn't immediately receive a response.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 12, 2023

Microsoft finally ends Windows 7 and 8.x support
This week signals the end of the line for Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 support. After years of extended security updates, no more bugs or security holes will be patched in the venerable operating systems.

Windows 7 had a good run. When it launched in 2009, it helped Microsoft bounce back from the disastrous Windows Vista era. Windows 8, by contrast, was almost as big of a disaster as Vista but for a different reason. Whereas Vista was bloated and slow, Windows 8 was simply marred by a very bad interface that was universally panned.

This transition is no different than what we went through last decade with end-of-life support for Windows XP, said Mike Cherry, senior analyst at Directions on Microsoft. "We all understand that even though we have a perpetual license in theory, we're at the mercy of how long Microsoft focuses on [the version]."

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ComputerWorld
Jan 12, 2023

Database error, not cyberattack, led to air travel stoppage, FAA says
The FAA said Wednesday evening that a "damaged database file" was the root cause of a systemwide failure in its NOTAM safety information database, which grounded flights across the US for several hours that morning. There was "no evidence of a cyberattack," according to the agency.

The ground stop was issued early Wednesday morning, shortly after the NOTAM — or Notice to Air Missions — system crashed, halting departures nationwide even as the airways recover from mass cancellations at Southwest Airlines over the holidays. Flights resumed later in the morning.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 12, 2023

Amazon to face off with workers, government on staff reduction in India
As Amazon looks to shed staff around the world, it is heading for a showdown with worker and government representatives over its hotly contested Voluntary Separation Program (VSP) in India.

Workers say that the program has not been truly voluntary, but rather a way of enacting layoffs without going through legally sanctioned procedures. On its part, Amazon has said that none of the workers who have left the company in the last few months have been laid off, but rather have participated voluntarily in the VSP.

The company has not revealed the number of workers it says have recently left the company via the VSP.

Meanwhile, the Pune Labor Commission has summoned representatives from Amazon India and the Pune-based Nascent Information Technology Employees Senaten (NITES), a workers rights association, to a joint meeting on January 17. Pune is the largest municipal district in the state of Maharashtra, and a major IT hub for the country.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 12, 2023

Is that an iPad in your fire truck or am I seeing things?
In one frequently mocked Apple iPad ad, a small child asked, "What's a computer?" Critics continue to claim the tablet isn't a real computer, and while that may be true sometimes, that's not always the case.

Just ask the fire service.

Your iPad does emergency calls An article from Fire Apparatus Magazine offers insights into how iPads are evolving to fill the spaces mobile teams rely on.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 12, 2023

PC sales fell hard in 2022
PC sales dropped by more than 25% year-over-year in the last quarter of 2022, as did the prices for the hardware that did sell, according to several reports from industry research groups.

Every major PC vendor saw the heavy declines in PC sales, with Dell Technologies hardest hit in the fourth quarter; it experienced as much as a 37% drop in sales. Apple was the least affected, with as little as a 2.1% decline. (The figures vary somewhat depending on reports from IDC, Gartner and Canalys.)

The sales declines didn't reshuffle the top three worldwide PC vendors with Lenovo maintaining its top spot, followed by HP and Dell.

While Lenovo retained 24% of the market share, it also endured its steepest decline since research firm Gartner started tracking the PC market. Lenovo's shipments fell in all regions except Japan, declining by more than 30% in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Latin America.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 12, 2023

Microsoft launches new 365 Basic tier, overhauls its Office app
Microsoft has announced it will be introducing a new, low-cost subscription tier to its Microsoft 365 product bundle.

Called Microsoft 365 Basic, the new tier will be priced at $1.99 per month, or $19.99 per year, and will be globally available on January 30. Initially, users will have access to 100GB of cloud storage, an ad-free Outlook web and mobile experience, with enhanced security features like ransomware recovery and password-protected sharing links in OneDrive being rolled out in the coming months.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 12, 2023

Alphabet-owned Verily cuts 15% workforce to simplify operating model
Alphabet-owned life sciences firm Verily is downsizing 15% of its workforce to simplify its operating model, according to a company blog post. The move comes just months after the company raised $1 billion.

The blog post, which contains the email sent by Chief Executive Stephen Gillert to all its employees, notes that the downsizing is part of the company's One Verily program, which aims to reduce redundancy and simplify operational aspects within the company.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 12, 2023

Your next job recruiter might be an AI bot
Amid a recent spate of high-profile layoffs and a recognition many companies rushed to hire to fill pandemic-driven business needs, organizations are now refocusing on quality of hiring — and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to aid in those efforts.

From 35% to 45% of companies are expected to use AI-based talent acquisition software and services to help select and interview job prospects in the coming year, according to two recent studies.

Nearly three in four organizations boosted their purchases of talent acquisition technology in 2022 and 70% plan to continue investing this year — even if a recession arrives — according to a survey by online job recruitment service Modern Hire.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 11, 2023

Apple puts local businesses on the Maps
To some extent, businesses have been able to publicize their location within Apple Maps for years. But the iPhone maker has now introduced significant improvements in a new service it calls Apple Business Connect.

Introducing Apple Business Connect The new tool gives business owners greater control over their public appearance across the Apple ecosystem. They can use it, for instance, to claim location place cards or customize how their information appears in Maps and other apps that use that data, such as Maps tiles in Messages or within Siri search.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 11, 2023

US flights resume after system failure causes FAA to halt air travel
The Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) system, a centralized database operated by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that provides key safety information for all air travel nationwide, was back online Wednesday morning after an outage that grounded flights across the country.

NOTAM provides an automated, central source of critical flight data for aviators, noting information like closed runways at particular airports, equipment outages, and hazards along travel routes. The FAA's first public notice of the outage was in a tweet sent at approximately 6:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, but it's unclear at what point, overnight, that the system actually went down. As of 9 a.m. EST, the FAA said in a follow-up tweet, the system was fully restored.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 11, 2023

Microsoft announces release date for Teams Premium offering
Teams Premium, a new tier of Microsoft Teams first announced at the company's Ignite event in October, is set to be generally available from February this year.

Operating in public preview since December, the Premium version of the collaboration application offers users advanced security features, such as the ability to watermark meetings, turn on end-to-end encryption for meetings with more than 50 participants, and add sensitivity labels for virtual meetings that will prevent participants from copying and pasting meeting chats.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 11, 2023

How to switch from Android to iPhone
The days when migrating from an Android device to an Apple iPhone was characterized by frustration, complexity, and lost data are for the most part behind us. Which means when you're ready to make the leap to the Apple ecosystem, as many are, the process should be straightforward — and even easier if you follow this guide.

There's an app for that: Move to iOS Apple has created Move to iOS, an app to soothe the pain when moving to an iPhone. The app is available in the Google Play Store and automates much of the migration process for you.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 11, 2023

The most promising Google Pixel product of 2023
We may be only mere days into this shiny new year of ours, but man alive, lemme tell ya: I'm feeling pretty darn excited about what 2023's got cookin'.

Here in the land o' Googley matters, y'see, this odd-numbered eon is rapidly shaping up to be a significant one when it comes to Pixel-flavored produce. Google's riding the long-building momentum of its homemade Android products and gearin' up for a monumental year of potentially shapeshifting launches.

The Pixel prize we're hearing the most buzz about right now, without a doubt, is the on-again off-again (and still completely unofficial) folding Pixel phone — believed to be known as either the Pixel Fold or the Pixel Notepad, depending on which rumor du jour you've read most recently.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 10, 2023

IT leads industries in remote jobs
The number of remote and hybrid jobs increased 20% last year, continuing a pandemic-led trend that saw remote jobs jump 12% in 2021, according to a new report by online job site FlexJobs.

While the rise in remote and hybrid jobs over the past two years isn't surprising — the arrival of COVID-19 forced many companies to embrace workplace flexibility — the percent of remote or hybrid roles for manager- and senior-level positions is noteworthy.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 10, 2023

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

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

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

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ComputerWorld
Jan 10, 2023

15 years of iPhone put Apple into business
When he laughed at the arrival of the first iPhone, then-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made it clear he thought Apple had no chance of success.

Things have changed a lot since Apple introduced iPhone in January 2007.

The product that changed everything At the time, Apple was an iPod company that made also-ran, underpowered PowerPC Macs, too. Today, it's the iPhone manufacturer whose iPad devoured the netbook ‘industry' and whose entry-level Macs with their custom silicon deliver low-energy computational performance that competes with the best PCs.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 10, 2023

Meta launches AI-based VRS system to reduce bias in advertising
Meta has launched the AI-based Variance Reduction System (VRS) in the US, to reduce bias in the distribution of advertisements, after working in partnership with the Department of Justice for a year. 

The company had announced its plan to create VRS for equitable distribution of ads as a part of a settlement with the DOJ, which was representing the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in June last year. 

The development of VRS was part of the settlement for a complaint raised in August 2018, in which Meta social network platforms were accused of violating the Fair Housing Act, based on their targeting options and delivery processes for housing advertisements. The company's ads were said to facilitate certain demographic groups over others, through indirect profiling. 

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ComputerWorld
Jan 10, 2023

The office is dead
Elon Musk didn't make many friends when he took over Twitter, but some bosses liked that he banned remote work.

Too bad he's already backed off that idea. When Twitter was evicted from its Seattle offices because Musk was no longer paying rent, he told Twitter's Washington state workers they now had to work from home.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 10, 2023

Microsoft in talks to invest $10 billion in OpenAI: Report
Microsoft is in talks to invest an additional $10 billion into ChatGPT owner OpenAI as it looks to integrate the GPT3-based chatbot into its search engine Bing, Semafor reported.

In 2019, Microsoft had invested $1 billion in OpenAI to expedite efforts to further artificial general intelligence for "widely distributed economic benefits."

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ComputerWorld
Jan 10, 2023

This lawsuit against Microsoft could change the future of AI
Artificial intelligence (AI) is suddenly the darling of the tech world, thanks to ChatGPT, an AI chatbot which can do things such as carry on conversations and write essays and articles with what some people believe is human-like skill. In its first five days,  more than a million people signed up to try it. The New York Times hails its "brilliance and weirdness" and says it inspires both awe and fear.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 09, 2023

Apple won't announce VR for the rest of us at WWDC
The whispering will continue until the weather improves, as Apple seems set on introducing its v.1 mixed-reality goggles at or just before this year's Wordlwide Developers Conference (WWDC), even as it puts software evolution on the fast track.

Not for the rest of us These will only be of slight interest to most people, of course. The price, said to be around $3,000, reflects that. At first, they're likely to be pitched toward businesses, developers, and pro users.

Think of them as a kind of highly advanced tech blank canvas into which Apple will put much energy to convince developers to explore the new platform.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 09, 2023

How to buy PCs for your enterprise
When it's time to replace your users' aging PCs — or maybe to rationalize your PC fleet after a series of acquisitions — the decision on what PCs to buy doesn't start with the machines themselves. Instead, several other factors should lead to your eventual decision on which computers to provide your organization's users.

Three PC makers dominate the market globally: Lenovo has maintained the No. 1 spot for years, with roughly 23% of sales, while HP and Dell Technologies essentially tie for second place with roughly 16% to 20% of sales each (their numbers tend to vary from quarter to quarter), according to IDC's market data. Apple comes in fourth, but its percentage can vary strongly, usually between 8% and 14%. Asus and Acer typically tie for fifth place, with around 6% to 7% market share.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 07, 2023

How many jobs are available in technology in the US?
Even as some high-profile layoffs have lead the news over the past few months, the US added 223,000 jobs in December, including 17,600 positions at tech companies, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and other research.

Technology job gains were recorded in four of five sector categories. It's the 25th straight month of net employment growth in the tech industry, according to a report by CompTIA, a nonprofit association for the IT industry and workforce.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 06, 2023

Microsoft teases Windows 12 at CES 2023
Disclosure: Microsoft and AMD are clients of the author.

The AMD keynote at CES 2023 was worth watching this year because AMD stepped away from its typical "speeds and feeds" presentation about processors and GPUs. Instead, the presentation was dominated by partners who spoke about what they're doing with AMD technology. That allowed AMD to step out from under Intel's shadow as one of the major companies enabling its partners to define the future. 

AMD, of course, highlighted its technology and aggressively pointed out how it's outperforming rivals. But this time, it had full back-up from partners on stage who could validate the results. What was also fascinating was that each partner seemed to know AMD CEO Lisa Su and obviously liked her. This is important in a partnership and showcases AMD's unique advantage in the x86 space. (One interesting comment in passing: Teslas plan to feature AMD for in-car gaming in the future. One undercurrent from the show was that almost every car maker showcased some kind of gaming partnership, suggesting that once cars drive themselves, we'll all become gamers.)

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ComputerWorld
Jan 06, 2023

Microsoft's bid for Activision-Blizzard faces new regulatory delays in UK
Microsoft's proposed $68.7 billion purchase of game studio Activision Blizzard is facing closer scrutiny from regulators: A month after a US regulator asked a court to halt the deal, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the UK regulatory body that investigates potential anti-competitive behavior, has extended the timetable for its ongoing investigation.

The UK regulator was due to publish its findings from the phase two investigation on March 1, 2023, however, in a statement released on January 5, the CMA said this deadline had been pushed back until April 26, 2023. It noted that the extension had been granted due to the scope and complexity of the investigation, in addition to needing more time to assess the "large volume of evidence, as well as main party and third-party submissions."

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ComputerWorld
Jan 06, 2023

Microsoft doc details the dos and don'ts of Mac ransomware
As enterprise adoption of the Apple platform accelerates, it's important to note that Macs can and sometimes do get hit by ransomware. So it's good to stay tuned to security concerns on a platform and application level — and take precautions.

Knowledge is power With this in mind, extensive insights into Mac ransomware recently published by Microsoft can help explain these threats. The impact of such attack can be huge - ransomware already costs victims hundreds of billions each year, and no one is immune. 

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ComputerWorld
Jan 06, 2023

7 advanced Android adjustments for your new year
Ah, January. It's the perfect time to step back, take stock of your digital life, and set yourself up for a year packed with pleasure-producing productivity.

Oh, and you also might make a few overly ambitious resolutions we all know you won't keep.

But meaningless promises aside, that "stepping back" stuff can actually make a meaningful difference — and here in the land o' Android, whether you're palming a shiny new device or trying to make the most of a trusty old companion, a handful of simple steps can go an impressively long way in improving your experience.

Here, specifically, are seven advanced adjustments worth revisiting on whatever phone you're using — adjustments that are all too easy to forget about and fail to keep up with over time.

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ComputerWorld
Jan 05, 2023

Apple in India shows the future of tech
It wasn't so long ago that critics derided Apple CEO Tim Cook for his ambition to build business in India, but now it all makes complete sense.

India has a lot to offer Apple and tech India has and always did have a lot to offer Apple: a young population, education, a growing middle class and consumer market, and relatively low employment costs. Apple has also worked extremely hard with India's governments to navigate that nation's desire to protect its own economy while opening to manufacturing.

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