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ComputerWorld
Dec 06, 2017

What do you get when you merge a lie detector, a job application and a mobile app?
Mobile apps have certainly made a wide range of documents — including job applications, insurance claims and consumer surveys — easier to handle. But can they also silently add truth detection and emotion interpretation to increase the forms' accuracy and value to companies?

A U.K. company that goes by the name Human is arguing it can. It pairs video captured from a mobile device (or, sometimes, a retailer's closed-circuit television camera) with analytics software that examines the subject's face and tries to determine the most likely emotions being felt at that instant. Does a job applicant pause and grimace before answering that he has never been convicted of a felony or that leaving his last job was his own idea?

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ComputerWorld
Dec 06, 2017

iOS 11 overtakes earlier versions of Apple's mobile OS
Apple's iOS 11 is now on almost six in 10 of the company's mobile devices, according to new data shared by the company.

On Nov. 8, less than two months after its Sept. 19 release, the mobile platform had achieved just over a 50% adoption rate, according to Apple's App Store support webpage for developers. Today, the company said that number has grown to 59%, with iOS 10 dropping to 33% and all earlier versions of iOS running on just 8% of devices.

Apple Within a week of its initial release, the latest version of iOS was already powering 30.21% iDevices, according to Apple. While that uptake rate may seem fast, it was far slower than last year's iOS 10 or 2015's iOS 9, which achieved the fastest uptake to date.

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ComputerWorld
Dec 06, 2017

3 top reasons people dump Android for iPhone
As it stands, the market battle between Android and iPhone seems set to continue forever, but you can't ignore that the majority of users who do switch are abandoning Google for Apple. What follows are three of the biggest reasons for doing so, identified by Creative Strategies, as Apple's iPhone sales threaten to spike.

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ComputerWorld
Dec 06, 2017

At last, a place that really appreciates him!
Freshly hired C programmer goes to work in this IT department, and in short order there's just one question on everyone's lips, according to a pilot fish working there: What the heck is it with this guy?

"He came into work late every day, grumbling and miserable," fish says. "But after lunch, he was suddenly mellow and happy. He'd also return reeking of cigarettes and have red, dilated pupils.

"And he'd frequently subject us to his ramblings about various conspiracy theories involving space aliens and some secret government agency that was watching him."

The programmer's reputation is cemented when one day he accuses a female colleague of sabotaging his work -- his source code files were missing from the server, he said.

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ComputerWorld
Dec 06, 2017

The best note-taking apps for Android
Taking notes is serious business, and having the right note-taking app for your Android device can make a world of difference in your ability to stay organized. That's because a good note-taking app doesn't just help you take notes; it also makes it easy to find what you've saved later, regardless of where you are or what type of device you're using at that point.

But figuring out which note-taking app makes the most sense for you isn't always easy. The Google Play Store has an endless array of similar-seeming options, and what's ideal for one person may not be optimal for another.

[ Further reading: 8 ways to turn Android into a productivity powerhouse ] I've spent a lot of time exploring the most prominent contenders for note-taking on Android, and I've identified the apps that rise to the top in three core categories: a "best for most people" tier, with a happy-medium balance of features and usability; a "best fully featured" division, with a focus on apps that provide a more robust set of functions for those who need it; and a "best no-frills" class that offers a recommendation for those seeking the utmost in simplicity.

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ComputerWorld
Dec 05, 2017

Is your company a great place to work in IT?
Computerworld's annual Best Places to Work in IT list showcases organizations that offer top compensation, training and access to hot technologies. Nominate an organization for the 2018 list!(survey.researchresults.com)To read this article in full, please click here



ComputerWorld
Dec 05, 2017

Android nostalgia: 13 once-trumpeted features that quietly faded away
Every time a new Android version arrives, a new game begins: Which of the lovingly described fresh platform features will fail to live up to its hype and then end up fading out of the foreground — either to be phased out completely or just brushed aside and consigned to oblivion?

It seems like a funny thing to say, but when you look back at Android's history, you realize how many once-transformative-sounding features ended up fizzling and being forgotten soon after their grand debuts. Some remain buried in the software while others quietly vanished after a period of inertia, but they all share the fact that they're nowhere near the center-stage-worthy elements they once appeared to be.

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ComputerWorld
Dec 05, 2017

Priorities
There's a major system failure in this data center, and it's all-hands-on-deck for everybody in IT, according to a consultant pilot fish who's been through this before.

"I'm willing to help as best I can," fish says. "In order to be viewed as a team player, you have to stick around — it doesn't matter if you're contributing or only sitting there available.

"But after about 30 minutes of just being in reserve, I approached the manager in charge: 'Hey, I'm just sitting here burning billable hours. Do you want me to remain here? I'm reachable and can dial in if needed, but...'

"He did a quick check with the rest of the team to find out if they needed me — and then told me, 'No, head on out, we'll call you if we need you.'"

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ComputerWorld
Dec 05, 2017

iOS guide: How to use Apple Pay Cash
I've called it a step toward a new cryptocurrency. I've talked about how Apple Pay is just yet another chip taken out of the shoulders of conventional banking. I've even looked at Bitcoin and why that digital asset is growing in stature among Apple users. Today, I want to explain how to use the new iOS 11.2 feature, Apple Pay Cash.

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ComputerWorld
Dec 05, 2017

Thanks, Microsoft, but I'm still saying no to Windows 10
I've been hearing a lot from friends recently about how Windows 10 is the best Windows ever and people would be stupid not to switch. These being friends, I don't want to be rude, but — cough, ahem — I don't buy it.

Is security your No. 1 concern? Well, Windows 10 is no more secure than Windows 7 — which is to say it is a profoundly insecure operating system. There have been a lot of serious Windows security patches in the last year, and Windows 10 had all the same problems as Windows 7.

True, Windows didn't have anything as bad as macOS's unbelievably stupid "Let anyone log in as the administrator" security hole, but just because Microsoft didn't botch things as badly as Apple did doesn't get it off the hook. I mean, what do you call it when Microsoft fixes security holes in Windows 10 that it doesn't patch in Windows 7? I call it really, really stupid.

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